Title: Degrees (1/6)
author: C. Moreno
(brief) summary: Ronny Drake lies in a hospital bed, fighting for
his life. Who did this to him, and what does it have to do with
Based on X-men: The Last Stand
Warning: Major spoilers for X-men 3!
Disclaimer: Iceman and other X-men characters are owned and
copyright of Marvel and 20th Century Fox. They are being used here
for non-profit entertainment only.
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Part One of Six: Reunions
The only sound in Ronny Drake's hospital room was the constant
beeping of the monitor. The doctors told his parents that his
chances of survival were 50/50. His mother could barely look at him.
His face was grotesquely disfigured. According to the police, he was
found unconscious in a dark alley. Somebody had beaten him to within
a few inches of death. Madeline wept, while Mr. Drake looked on
stoically, willing his son to find his way back. Suddenly, Ronny
moved ever so slightly. He painfully opened his eyes.
"Ronny!" his mother screamed. She stood by his bed while her husband
Steven ran to get a doctor.
mom?..." Ronny managed to say weakly
"Oh Ronny, we were so worried! Oh baby, please don't leave me too."
I need to
I need to talk to him
"Him? Who, Ronny?"
I need to talk to Bobby
Bobby Drake stood in front of the tombstones. He looked around to
see if anybody was near. Satisfied that he was alone, he sat down on
"I'm sorry I have not come by in a while. Things have been so busy
We all miss you a lot, all of you
I miss you." He stared at
the three names: "Charles Xavier", "Scott Summers", "Jean Grey".
"Storm has been great; she has taken over the whole operation. She
is a natural leader for sure. For a while she was worried about
finances, but Warren's Dad apparently had a change of heart and made
a "highly generous donation", according to her."
Bobby sighed. He wished such a change of heart would become a
reality in his family too, but he was not holding his breath.
"Rogue and I are good. She decided to stay even though she's not a
mutant anymore. We are teachers now, to the youngest kids. It's
You know, sometimes when she touches me, I feel a tingle
I don't know how to describe it
it's like a very small residue of
her power is still latent inside of her. I don't tell her, of
course. I don't want to upset her."
"What else? Oh, Logan ran off again, apparently his memories are
starting to come back and he just said he had to check some things
out. I dunno. Although, I'm sure any day he'll be back. Boy,
sometimes he looks at me like he's Rogue's Dad or something, like
saying with his eyes "you mess with Rogue and I'll slash you into
crushed ice". If he only knew what we
oh, sorry, you probably don't
want to hear about that either."
Just then, Piotr came running from inside the mansion.
"There you are. You better hurry inside, there's a phone call for
you. They say it's urgent."
"Who is it?"
"She says she's your mother."
The next day, Bobby Drake sat silently next to his brother's
hospital bed. He had a cold reception from his parents, all very
matter-of-fact, no emotion. They told him about how the police found
Ronny, about Ronny waking up and asking to see Bobby, and how he
succumbed back into the dark. He had not woken up since.
Bobby's parents had taken an hour to get something to eat.
"Who did this to you, Ronny?" Bobby thought out loud. "And why did
you want to talk to me
after what you did?" Bobby's anger towards
his brother, which had simmered within him for so long, was squashed
the instant he saw in what bad shape Ronny was. "I guess hate, like
everything else, comes in degrees", thought Bobby. No matter what
his brother had done, he never wished something like this for him.
?" Ronny slowly opened his eyes.
"Ronny! Let me call the doctors quickly."
I didn't tell them
"Tell who what, Ronny?"
"They kept hitting me and they kept asking,
but I didn't tell them