FIC: Towards Some Overwhelming Question (Whats Past is Prologue 17/18)
- Towards Some Overwhelming Question (Whats Past is
Scott? You got a minute?
Yeah, sure. Whats up?
Its about the law firm we retained for your brother.
I just wanted to update you.
Thanks, Warren, but I think I am up to date. I spoke
with Alexs attorney. Alex gave him permission to talk
Theyre returning most of the retainer?
They dont feel they can really do anything for him.
Theyve met with him via teleconference. Theyve
reviewed the transcripts and the police reports. His
attorney said there really isnt any basis for an
appeal. He advised Alex to just be a model prisoner
and hope for parole.
When is he eligible?
Not for another four years.
So what happens now? Do you think he can keep out of
trouble and wait it out?
Its too long. I cant just leave him there.
Its not like you have a lot of choice in the
I got his hopes up. Ive got to get him out. Thanks
for trying with the lawyer, Warren. It would have been
nice if that had worked out, but it was a long shot.
Im moving on to Plan B now.
Hi, Mom. I just got your message. Hows Uncle Harry?
Where were you? With that Jake Patterson?
No, Im not seeing him anymore. I was just at the
park, with Ezra. Hows Uncle Harry?
Hes going to be okay.
Great! Im relieved to hear that. Can I do anything
No, Mona and I have everything under control. Its
usually the second heart attack that kills you, you
This is his third, isnt it?
Yeah, thats why hes okay.
Mom! It doesnt work that way.
I thought you were a journalist. Suddenly youre a
Okay, Mom. Have it your way. So, where is he? Ill
send him a card.
Mount Sinai. Sign it from you and Jean-Paul. I dont
want the whole family knowing youre having problems.
Dont tell me Im in denial. Dont tell me I have to
get used to it. Dont tell me its none of my
Its time you came to your senses, Adam. Stop chasing
that man in California and go back to the one who
"Mom, you dont know what
I know, I know. You don't know what you're talking
about. Stop telling me what to do, Mom. Im a grown
man. Well, start acting like one, then. Ezra needs
his parents. Together, not half the time with each of
you. And you need each other. If ever two people were
meant to be together, it's you two. Youve got too
much going for you; youve been through too much. You
cant give up now. You had your fling. Youre a lucky
man if Jean-Pauls willing to take you back. Wait too
long and he might not.
Im moving to New York, Mom. To Xaviers. Jean-Paul
and I are back together.
Thank God you finally listened to me!
This has *nothing* to do with you. Its between
Jean-Paul and me. And I didnt have a *fling*. And it
*is* none of your business.
Well, Im glad youre back together.
Me, too. Im very glad. Mom? Theres something else.
Ezras a mutant.
I thought it was Hank.
We all thought that, but we were wrong. Hanks not a
mutant after all, apparently. And Ezra is.
How do you know?
Hes come into his powers.
Yes, its very early.
Hes so precocious. Just like you were. Hes more
like you every day.
Mom, hes adopted.
What does that have to do with anything?
About the mutant thing - youre not upset?
Why would I be upset?
I dont know. I just thought it might be hard news to
What? You think I dont know anything about mutants?
I dont think any such thing.
My son-in-laws a mutant.
Oh, really? Do I know him?
Ha ha. Most of the people I work with now are
mutants. I spend about half my time at Xaviers now,
you know. And even at home, its not like I never see
mutants. That nice couple on the third floor the
Jacobsons - they have a mutant daughter. Im not
exactly living in some cave, Adam. Some mutant-free
zone. I live in the real world.
Of course you do, Mom.
Whats Ezras gift?
He can change things different colors. He turned Hank
blue. Thats why we were confused. He can change
objects, people, anything.
Well, that sounds very useful. Maybe he can save me
some money. Its getting very expensive dying my
You might have a little trouble getting through to
him on just what you want. His powers are developing
faster than his language is.
Thatll come. Adam?
Im glad youre moving to Westchester. Ill get to
see you all the time, now that Im working for the
Foundation. Washington was so far...
Mom, DCs the closest Ive been to New York since I
I know. And I never complained when you were off in
all those foreign countries, did I?
Of course you did. You complained every time I talked
Thats not how I remember it. Anyway, its different
now that you have a baby. I dont want to miss my
grandson growing up. Im glad youll be home again,
Adam. You and Jean-Paul and Ezra.
I wont meddle, I promise. You dont have to worry. I
wont interfere in your personal life.
Of course not. I never imagined you would.
You little shit!
Mr. Summers, Im sorry.
Where is she now?
I dont know! I think maybe she went back to her old
boyfriend. Nick. Jamie looked down. I didnt even
know she was gone until this morning. I know I
shouldnt have said that stuff, but I was shocked. She
was lying to me. I didnt know anything. And I
You think you can just use her and throw her away
like that? Just because its been done to her before?
You have no idea how lucky you are that she liked you.
Its practically a miracle that a girl like RoseAnn
Mendez would even talk to a self-important flyboy like
you. And instead of appreciating that, you do your
best to shred every ounce of dignity shes managed to
acquire. To *reacquire*. With greater effort and at
greater cost than you can begin to comprehend. Its
your fault that she left, you little bastard. And if
anything happens to her, her blood is on your hands.
Scott pounded on his desk, causing a cup of paper
clips to turn over.
Mr. Summers. I...
Jamies wings began to flutter, not under his
conscious control. His whole body shook as Scotts
hand went to his glasses. Jamie didnt move, just
closed his eyes and waited. Nothing happened. When he
opened them again, he saw that Scotts glasses were
indeed off, but he had closed his own eyes before
removing them. Eyes closed, he sat there, head on his
desk, silently crying.
Come on. Tell me all about it.
All about what, Wendy?
Its like pulling teeth with you lately, Jean-Paul.
First you tell me you werent even going to call this
Rick character back. Then I see you spending half the
memorial service talking to him.
I was just doing that to keep him occupied. Adam and
I took turns. We didnt want him hearing anything we
wouldnt want to read in the Washington Times.
Oh come on. Fine, if thats all there was to it, but
its not. Then you go off and spend the whole weekend
with him, and you wont say a thing. And I know you
were there the whole weekend because I called you
umpteen times. When you leave on Friday and come back
on Monday thats not a trick; thats a
So Wendy Ringsmith is the arbiter of such things?
Havent I always been?
Well, I didnt spend the weekend with him. Bien sur,
I was barely with him for an hour.
It didnt work out?
No. It very much didnt work out. I wont see him
Quest-ce qui ce passe? First you want to hear all
about it. Now youre glad Im not going to see him
I was just trying to be supportive. But really,
Jean-Paul! Its like Kolya all over again. I know
youve got a thing for reporters, but you didnt have
to go for an anti-mutant one, did you?
Its nothing like it was with Kolya. Ricks not like
that. He's not a mutant hater. Hes just doing what he
thinks his job is.
Dont tell me you approve!
I dont. I hate that paper and all that it stands
for. Im just saying hes not like Kolya. Kolya was a
mutant hater. Ricks just an uptight closet case with
a personality thats equal parts compartmentalization
You make him sound so appealing.
I said Im not seeing him anymore, nest-ce pas? And,
actually, I'm not really pleased with myself for how I
"I don't want to talk about it. Anyway, he's not what
you're making him out to be. Not for me, but a pretty
nice guy. And he knew I was a mutant right away, Ill
have you know. Im never getting into a Kolya
situation again. I have a new policy disclosure
before sex. Or I did have one. I dont need it
You never know. So, if you werent with Rick, where
were you all weekend? Everyone at Xaviers thought you
were in DC.
I was in DC. I was with Adam.
I totally lost it with Jamie. I shouldnt be allowed
anywhere near the kids, Jean. I cant believe I did
Where is he now?
Hes with Warren. Whos convinced Im out of my mind
and a danger to the students. And hes right.
Youve been under a lot of stress.
Thats no excuse. I was completely out of control. I
wouldnt be surprised if Jamie thought I was going to
You can make amends to Jamie later. Look, lets deal
with the current problem. Jamies in good hands. Lets
figure out what to do about RoseAnn. What do you know?
When did she leave? Where did she go?
Last night. She sneaked out after lights out. Nobody
realized she was gone until Jamie went looking for her
this morning. She told Jamie about her past yesterday.
They had a big fight. He says he was regretting what
he said this morning and went to see her. And she was
gone. Her roommates are both home for the summer, so
there was nobody to notice...
She must have left after rounds. Rogue reported all
kids in their own dorms at midnight. How did she go
anywhere anyway? There are no trains in the middle of
Theres a car missing. One that shed been working
Where do you think she went?
Jamie thinks she went back to Nick. It makes sense.
Where else does she have to go? Ive always worried
she would. I was trying to give her enough attention,
enough focus, that she wouldnt feel she needed to. I
wanted her to know people care about her here. That I
care about her.
I know. She does know that. She loves you. And she
was learning there can be a kind of love that doesnt
include sex. Its an important lesson.
Yeah, well I started that lesson and then fucked it
up. Since Charless death, Ive neglected her. This is
my fault, not Jamies.
Enough. Stop with the self-flagellation and lets do
what needs to be done. Weve got to find her. And
thanks to Charles and RoseAnn we can. Its a good
thing weve got Cerebro.
Bobby, sugar! Youre duty officer today, right?
Yeah, whats up?
On a mission.
I have to get hold of him, right away.
You cant. Hes incommunicado until he gets back.
Okay, then Jean.
Shes with him, Rogue. A two-man mission.
Jean? Shes supposed to be hors de combat.
I guess its not a combat mission. They werent in
uniform. I dont know what its about, but they
thought theyd only be a few hours.
I dont know what to do!
Whats the problem?
The *White House* is on the phone. For Cyclops. To
tell him his meeting with the *President* is set for
tomorrow. What do I say?
Shit! Say hell be there, I guess. Take the
information and give it to him when he gets back.
What if hes not back in time?
We call back and say he has to reschedule? We send a
substitute? I dont know. Tomorrows duty officer can
decide. Whats the meeting about, anyway?
I have no idea. You think Im gonna ask that?
No, I guess not. Well, lets just hope he gets back
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