FIC: Personal Demons (PG-13 6b/8)
- See Part 6A for disclaimer and story info.
Scott struggled to silence the incredible thudding of his heart,
fought to control the tightness in his throat. He forced himself to
focus and measured the distance between his hand and his visor
trigger, and eyed her grip on the gun. Not a prayer. Shit. He
heard running steps behind him but knew it wasn't Jean or
neither of them wore army boots. "We're in, Doc. The others
still pinned down on the south side."
Hull motioned to Scott's visor, "Grab that thing off him, and
remember, young man, I can kill you first or do to your kids what I
did to you while you watch."
Scott shut his eyes. "Let's go," he heard Hull say from
the darkness, like a monster from his nightmares. Someone yanked his
hands behind his back and pulled him up the stairs. Towards the
He was hauled onto the first floor where the older students' dorm
rooms were, blind and unable to put his weight on his injured leg.
"Which door?" he heard someone say.
"Doesn't matter. This one." They stopped and Scott
tensed as someone
pushed the gun against the back of his neck, "Tell them to open
door, and I might not hurt them," Hull said in a low voice.
He swallowed hard, "Which door is this?"
"It's the first one. On the left side of the hall."
They were outside Kitty and Jubilee's door. Scott could feel
trickling down his forehead, "Kitty? Jubilee? Do you hear
"Mr. Summers?" he heard Jubilee exclaim from inside. In his
eye, he could see her reaching for the knob.
"DON'T OPEN THE DOOR!!!" Scott screamed at the top of his
lungs so he
could be heard in every room on the floor, "No matter what
DON'T" the butt of a gun slammed onto the back of his head,
him to the ground.
"You really do want to see those kids suffer, don't you,
heard Hull say through the roaring in his ears.
Inside the room, Kitty, Jubilee, and Nadine stared at each other,
"Hello in there, girls!" said a terrifyingly casual
outside the door. The three of them froze, staring at each other in
panic. "I'm afraid Mr. Summers doesn't know what's
good for him or
you. He's insisted on making thing's difficult, but maybe I
hurt him too badly if you open your door."
"Don't!" they heard Cyclops shout before the thud of a
Kitty had both hands clapped over her mouth, and Jubilee was
whispering, "Oh God, oh my God, somebody help!"
"They're holding him hostage," Kitty whispered, stating
in her shock.
"There has to be something we can do!" Nadine whispered back,
they torture him again, they could kill him."
"Come on, girls, don't be scared now. I just need you to
obedience this time. We all know that he'd never let anything
to his beloved students. You'll be just fine, I'll get the
cooperation I need, and he won't get hurt. It's not so
There was a long pause, "Or maybe I still need to convince you
I'm serious. Shall I demonstrate what I did to Mr. Summers last
he didn't answer me?" They heard the thud of another blow,
Outside, Elaine Hull shook her head in irritation as Scott Summers
bit his lip so hard that it bled, but didn't cry out. She was
certain that her associates outside were keeping the other X-men
preoccupied, but she didn't like Summers' unexpected
She'd had him as her prisoner long enough to make him deeply
of her, that much was certain. He'd cave in once she stuck him
those nerve triggers she'd brought. She nodded to the nearest
and this time they slammed him in the stomach with the butt of a
rifle. Summers slumped against the door, struggling for breath, but
still barely made a sound. "I may just have to have you shoot
she told her guard loudly so the girls could hear. "Then you can
smash the door down and let all the girls' neighbors know what
happened to them." The guard took the hint and cocked his gun
by the door so the occupants could hear the sound.
Kitty, Nadine, and Jubilee were sobbing softly on the other side of
the door, hugging each other in terror, but obeying Scott. "Let
go!" Kitty pleaded. "Then we won't have to open the door,
and maybe I
can stop them from killing him!"
"No!" Jubilee hissed, furiously wiping her tears away.
said it herself; Mr. Summers'll do anything she wants once
you hostage. Do what he said and stay inside! Jean, Wolverine, and
Storm have to know what's happening by now" thumping on the
cut her off.
The girls were about to hide when they saw that it was Rogue, hanging
precariously from the windowsill, "Open up!" she mouthed
Kitty opened the window and pulled her in, then helped Charlotte up
behind her, "How'd you get up here?"
"Never mind; they've got Mr. Summers," Charlotte said.
"We know!" Kitty jerked her head to indicate the noise
door. "They say they'll torture him and kill him if we
the door!" Desperately, she suggested again, "I could go
"No!" Rogue whispered back. "Nobody's goin' out
there! Those people
are animals; they tortured him before just for fun! Trust me,"
took a deep breath, "he'd be better off dead than having to
them do it to you."
Nadine stifled a sob and Charlotte hissed, "Where exactly is
"Right outside," Kitty started to say.
"Last chance, girls, or I'll really make him scream,"
they heard the
woman's voice outside.
"Stall `em!" Rogue whispered frantically.
"Wait!" Jubilee exclaimed, running to the door, "Wh-what
do you want
"I told you, honey, just to ensure his obedience. I'm
do whatever is necessary to keep you safe, so hurting him
necessary either." The voice was remarkably reasonable, almost
sounding trustworthy. That made it even scarier.
"Is he okay now?" Jubilee called.
"Tell the girls you're okay, Scott," they heard her say.
No answer. "Make him say something!" Charlotte mouthed
Nadine motioned to Charlotte to speak. Moving close to her
ear, she whispered, "Say you're Kitty. I doubt they can tell
voices apart, but he'll know it's you."
The girls exchanged glances, and Rogue nodded at them, so Charlotte
went to the door, "Mr. Summers, it's Kitty. Please say
Then she crossed her fingers at the other girls, all of them praying
that Scott would recognize her voice.
There was silence. *Shit!* Rogue thought, but suddenly they heard,
"I'm here Kitty. I'm okay."
Charlotte's powerful ears let her figure out exactly where Scott
"He's on the floor against the door," she whispered,
"How does that help us?" Nadine asked.
Rogue handed Kitty the handgun, making sure it was loaded.
your hand through and get off as many shots as you can; aim high.
Just get ready to jump back when they return fire."
"Couldn't you touch Kitty, then do it yourself?" Jubilee
"You're probably a better shot."
Kitty looked apprehensive at that idea, but Rogue said, "I
that; it's too risky. I can't control other people's
powers when I
first get `em. I'd fall right through the floor. Also
weak, and if this doesn't work, she can't protect
"Well, girls? What's it going to be?" came their
Kitty had had enough. "I can do it," she whispered. She had
intention of letting this bitch push them and Mr. Summers around
anymore. Motioning to Rogue and the others to get back in case shots
came through the door, she called, "Okay listen, don't
hurt him. I'm
gonna come out, okay? Just please don't hurt him!"
"Don't worry, sweetie, we won't."
"Kitty, no!" there was a crack as someone clubbed Scott, and
as he collapsed on the floor. Charlotte motioned to Kitty that
fallen across the doorway.
"Okay, I'm coming out first," Kitty said nervously.
On the other side of the door, Elaine Hull smiled, anticipating the
sound of the door unlocking, but she was entirely unprepared when a
teenaged girl stuck her head right through the wood. She was rather
disappointed that they'd relented before she could use the nerve
trigger she'd stuck to Scott's neck, but this way was more
succeed. The girl looked down at the unconscious Summers in horror,
"I thought you said you wouldn't hurt him!"
"He'll be fine, he just wouldn't stop giving you girls
Elaine said soothingly, trying to coax the kid far enough out to grab
her. She would greatly enjoy seeing Summers go mad when she got her
hands on the girl. "Come on out now. We won't hurt
you." *Come on,
honey, just a little further out, and you're mine! Now I'll
get to hear him scream when he watches what I do to you.*
The girl looked at Elaine and her guards nervously, then started to
lean further through the door, and abruptly her arm swept through the
door panels with a gun in her hand, and she started shooting. Elaine
and her guards had expected a scared, tentative kid, but not an armed
one, and they all had to dive for cover. At the same time, all hell
***Coming Soon: Part VII***