[Fic] Individuality 10/?
- Double digits already. Very strange.
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Rating: PG (Mild swearing.)
What hath passed: D and Darren are lost in the woods,
while Kitty, Jubilee and Bobby search for them.
Meanwhile, D's popularity is yet again proved when she
gets accosted by several FBI agents.
_This is italicized. Either emphasis, or thought._
*This is a telepathic message. In some cases, it's
++This is usually a written message or sign.++
-This is a sound.-
-=This is a very loud sound.=-
D sidled up next to Darren. "What do you suggest we do
now?" she said in a low voice.
Darren had a sort of waxen grin. "I have no idea."
The possibly leader of the FBI agents nodded
encouragingly to them. "Just come along with us, and
nobody's going to get hurt..."
The leader didn't take his eyes off his quarry. "Not
"Sir, there's something you really need to know..."
"Like, you _really_ need to know about this _right
now_," Wilson said desperately.
The leader turned.
There were seven FBI agents at the scene. All of them
were armed with fairly powerful handguns, capable of
leaving nothing but a mess and some tedious forms to
fill in, with a possible bonus of a hefty legal bill.
As such, seven against two was not really an even
fight. This was even more so when you consider that
the most powerful handgun in the world is, when all is
said and done, just a handgun.
"Put the guns down slowly," Cyclops commanded. His
tone made it clear that failure to comply would mean
an immediate loss of priviliges, starting with the
privilige to exist.
The agents shuffled their feet nervously, but made no
move to surrender their weapons. One of them began
fiddling with his suit.
Storm, meanwhile, was heading quickly towards the two
misplaced students. "Are you all right? Are you hurt?"
"We're fine," D said calmly.
"Yeah," Darren said belatedly, after Storm looked
questioningly at him. "What she said."
"You two are a long way from home," Storm said
sternly. Then her expression softened. "Never mind,
we'll wait until we're back at the sch-"
There was a sound like a pillow gently hitting a
table, and everything went white.
The three students stared in horror.
At least, Jubilee stared in horror. Kitty and Bobby
were both trying to blink away the glare from the
sudden flash of light.
"That was a bomb!" she shouted.
"Whassat?" Bobby shook his head blearily. "I can't
hear you, there's a ringing in my ears..."
"We'd better get there fast," Jubilee continued,
ignoring him. "D might be hurt!"
"We just saw a bomb explode," Kitty said carefully,
"and now we're going to the blast site, where there
may be more."
"Just making sure."
"What was _that_?" Darren shouted over the din.
"Bomb," Storm said, creating a strong wind to blow
away the residual smoke. "Someone's trying to be
"They're trying to kill us?"
"Seems like either they get you two, or nobody does."
Storm's eyes flared a brilliant white. "Get out of
here, two of you!"
D, possessing rather more presence of mind than her
companion, grabbed Darren's collar, and ran in the
general direction of the school.
Cyclops was busy trying to fend off the FBI agents.
This was easily achieved by blasting large holes
beside the agents' feet, which rather spoiled their
Even so, it was clear that he wouldn't last for much
longer. The rules forbade him to actively hit a
non-mutant with his optic blasts, which made things
"Storm!" he called out. "I need some help here!"
Storm nodded, and her eyes flared, just as someone
"What the hell is going on here?!"
On reflection, perhaps the appearance of the three
students at this point in time was less than
The FBI agents turned their attention to their new
targets almost immediately.
D would have screeched to a halt if this were a
slapstick cartoon. But since it wasn't, she didn't,
but even so, she looked as though she had done it.
She looked in horror at the scene behind her.
Cyclops was obviously trying very hard not to break
the cardinal rule of the X-Men. This endeavour was
hampered by the fact that the agents had no qualms
whatsoever about killing him.
Storm, meanwhile, was lying prone on the ground, but
still alive. She was guarded by Jubilee and Kitty.
Jubilee was particularly effective at blinding any
agents who came close.
Bobby, meanwhile, had accounted for three agents, or
at least their weapons. That left four more. To be
precise, that left four armed agents, and three
unarmed, yet extremely pissed off agents.
FBI agents differed from Evil Henchmen(tm) in several
ways. One is the way in which they are trained; Evil
Henchmen(tm) are trained in _almost_ everything, with
one fatal flaw. FBI agents, however, are trained in
At least, these FBI agents were.
It might have been a help to the mutants on the scene
to know that these agents were not the usual
get-sent-to-investigate-alien-invasions type of FBI
agents. These were an elite force (though by no means
_the_ elite force), which were usually more
comfortably decked out in full riot gear.
As it were, they were making do with the suits. And
making do very well.
These are the woods, inasmuch as Salem Center has
woods, around the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters.
This is the skirmish in the woods.
These are the participants of the skirmish.
This is Storm, one such participant. Storm is on the
ground, fighting blood loss and a bullet wound in the
This is Cyclops, another participant. Cyclops is some
distance away, blasting big holes in the ground.
These are the students, Bobby, Kitty and Jubilee. They
are also participants of the fight, albeit
These are the FBI agents sent to capture D. They are
also participants of the fight, and make up one side
This is D, who is not quite a participant of the
skirmish, but she is at the scene, at least.
D likes her friends. A lot.
D does not like these nasty men who want to capture
She really, _really_ does not like them.
This is Darren, not a participant of the fight either,
but close enough to D such that he can be counted as
D's temporary companion.
Darren is very confused and frightened.
Watch carefully. Things are about to get very
Much later, the events of the next few seconds were
very carefully pieced together from the accounts of
almost everyone involved.
The plucky agent about to fire a shot at Jubilee, and
damn his eyesight, was suddenly confronted by a huge
monstrousity which looked very much like a purple
tentacled blob with a single large eye.
He screamed, and fired wildly.
The bullet flew straight through the apparition, and
was on course to embed itself somewhere in Kitty's
Storm, upon seeing this, managed to create a very
temporary air shield in front of the terrified girl,
who dodged the reduced-velocity bullet.
All that had the effect of making the rest of the
fighters glance in that direction for a brief moment.
Taking advantage of the brief lull, another agent had
plucked up the courage (or desperation) to shoot in
There was a long drawn-out millisecond. Time and space
seemed to... _stretch_...
Time and space snapped back into shape.
The bullet embedded itself in a tree.
After that, the noisy woods were suddenly very, very
Before any Dual canonists nuke me, I'd just like to
point out that compared to the things which happened
in the anime, what D managed to do is very small fry
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