New X men (Intersperse)
With everyone out on mission the X mansion is pretty boring. I just sit in my room creating balls of energy in between my hands, getting a better grasp of my energy manipulation powers. I can do a bit with them but my control could use some more work. Part of me really wants to go out and fight with the others on Genosha but the other part wants to avoid them as much as possible right now. It's lonely but I'm used to being by myself since I didn't really have any friends back home. I'd always refuse to hang out with people who approached me because I was so interested in the hero world that the one I lived in seemed so uninteresting. It's about time for me to start my independent work out schedule Logan has me doing.
Logan and ms.Frost are out by the front gates of the school. Logan leans on the gate and takes a sip of the beer in his hand. "So, you wanted to talk about the kid?" He asks ms.Frost who swats a fly from her face. "Yes." She misses the fly and decides to take it out with a mental burst. "I would rather have this conversation inside but it is something of…delicacy." "The kid went berserk again." Logan sighs. "So what? I've had my little episodes before." "Yes, but a healing factor and your unbreakable claws don't quite have the destructive potential of biological and chemical manipulation." Ms.Frost tells him. "We have gone through the necessary procedures to make sure non of our students with omega level potential will have their powers copied unless they use them on campus, but that does not eliminate the possibility that he will gain their powers after his have evolved further." "You know," Logan looks her directly in the eyes. "The professor may have limited his students powers but he never did it behind our backs. He'd get in our heads but he'd ask first and he never kept secrets." "With all due respect, I am not the professor." Ms.Frost retorts. "And he never had a student with this kind of potential. The closest thing he had to Skylar was Jean and if she was around then Skylar would have her abilities too and become even stronger than her as well." "What I mean is that you should trust the kid a bit." "And have him run wild through the school with every omega level ability on file?" Ms.Frost crosses her arms over her barely covered chest. "All I am asking is for you to hand in reports on his mental state." "Fine. That's your report." Logan finishes the beer off. "Unlike you I trust the kid. He's powerful, inexperienced and can't make snap decisions but what he isn't is stupid. He'd be freaking out if he thought he was a danger to anyone so if he says he's fine then he is." "How touching." Another voice enters the conversation and Logan goes flying to the ground.
I was brought out of my room by Logan who didn't seem too happy. I felt this uneasiness in the air but had no idea why. Little did I know that behind the door of ms.Frost's office was something I never wanted to see again.
I stand in the doorway, a look of shock and terror on my face. "D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-ak." I mumble, pointing a shaky finger at the mow hawk wearing man leaning back lazily in his chair. "Daken!" He smiles when he looks back at me. "Hey, it's the sexy A$$ kid." "Sexy A$$ kid?" Ms.Frost asks as I dive behind Logan. "Keep him away from me." "Is that any way to treat a friend?" Daken asks me with a pouty face. "And I didn't even get a hug." "Molesters don't get hugs!" I yell from behind Logan. "They get iced over if they come near me." "You're breaking my heart." Daken chuckles. "And here I thought we had something special." "Just shut up!" "Can we please move on?" Ms.Frost sighs. "I don't know what happened and frankly I do not wish too. The point of this little meeting is to send you on a mission." I shoot my glance from Daken to ms.Frost. "What?" I ask her. "I'm on probation." "It's lifted for this special case." Ms.Frost tells me. "Daken has asked us to send some support with him on a mission of his own which mutant kind will benefit from. It is a mission to investigate a HYDRA base-" "HYDRA?" Logan asks. "Isn't that a little heavy for the kid?" "We're short staffed since everyone else is gone for the day. Only you and Intersperse are available." "Then shouldn't I go?" Logan asks but Daken raises his hand. "I vote for the kid." He says smugly but everyone ignores him. "You may accompany Daken and Intersperse but it is my decision to send him for specific reasons." Ms.Frost tells Logan. "Besides. I thought you said something earlier about trust." Logan sighs and walks out to get his uniform.
I don't want to do this. "This mission will require very little delicacy." Ms.Frost tells us. "You will find a young mutant being held captive for study by HYDRA agents in a hidden facility. Daken will not reveal to me where." "So, my mission is to save the mutant?" I ask her. "Yes." She tells me. "That is why it is so important to send someone right away. I would not have asked you to do this if it was not of the highest urgency." The young girl is reported to have no known powers. She was taken from her family by force and they have asked Daken for help." "They put me up one night and I save their kid." Daken shrugs looking over at me. "I'm just a nice guy like that." "I know you have pheromone powers." I tell him. "So you can stop using them." He looks disappointed but intrigued. He notices ms.Frost's disapproving glance. "What? You never dated a minor before?" "I'm eighteen." I tell him. "Score." He smiles leaning back with his arms behind his head. I wish I just let him think I was underage but knowing him so far, he'd still try something. "Your mission to save this girl comes before helping Daken. The issue is with the security around her. You will be fighting an expert spy agency from another country so there will be a few surprises along the way. Don't tell Logan but I was planning on sending him with you all along." She pauses for a moment before deciding. "I also want you to write up a report when you get back about everything that happened whether it be about the mission or about you." "Is this because of my new powers?" I ask her and she nods. "Alright." I agree.
We fallow Daken to the scene, him and me posing as civilians while Logan fallows in costume from the rooftops. "How about after this we get some Italian?" Daken asks me. "I'm straight." I tell him. "But still single?" He asks as we turn into a dark ally way. "You know, I'm a nice guy when you get to know me." He continues. "I told you to stop trying your pheromones." I tell him. "It's your imagination." He pretends to be innocent. "Kids already got a girl." Logan's voice comes in over the intercoms in our ears. "Who?" Daken asks. "Abby." I say, not knowing why I chose her. "Liar." Daken sighs and sniffs the air. "For one thing you would've said so earlier." "Can we just drop this?" I ask. "If you go to a movie with me." "No." I grumble. "Will you two hurry up." Logan groans through the coms.
We make it to the entrance of the HYDRA base. It looks like a small bar. "Menacing." I say sarcastically. "The real base is that building." Daken points to a large business tower back in the city. "We are almost a freaking mile away." I sigh. "But the entrance is here." Daken says with a big grin. "Logan'll be breaking in closer and we take this route. I'm not trying anything." "Right." I agree to go in with him.
We go in the bar and sit down at the front. Daken orders me a beer without asking but I don't drink it…for multiple reasons. He polishes his off. "Nice. Jack Daniels with a dash of dirt and hint of chloral HYDRAte." He grabs the bartender by the collar and tosses him back into some guys behind us who where going to shoot. I freeze their weapons and arms to the ground. "Good." Daken smirks. "Now, how'z about we find the back door." He rips the floor boards apart and there's a hidden staircase. "What happened?" Logan asks, walking into the bar. "Aren't you supposed to be attacking the main headquarter…" As I say it I realize I should never trust Daken about anything.
We enter the hidden bar entrance and go down into steel lined tunnels. Daken leads and Logan fallows behind me, so that the two with enhanced senses can watch out for danger. We don't have to go far to find it. Within minutes of entering the tunnel the three of us are ambushed by men in green armour. They come out of nowhere, surrounding us in a flash but they are put down just as fast. Both Logan and Daken get ready for a fight but I've already started my own counter attack. Each of the green men are flung towards the walls with static electricity. Both Logan and Daken look at me, impressed and thrown off guard. "You don't usually react so quickly." Logan points out. "I thought I might need a move that takes people out without killing them so I've been experimenting with static electricity. I can't move while doing this though." I explain. Daken and Logan interrogate the guards but they have poison pills in their mouths and all end up dead.
It takes me a while to get over seeing a couple dozen men drop dead like that but I keep soldiering on behind Daken. Daken sniffs the air, becoming ridged at the scent that meets him. "Sorry, Skylar." He says back to me, unsheathing his claws. "Looks like I brought you a bit more trouble than I thought." He dodges to the side and I have a split second to throw up an ice wall to protect myself from a flying canister. I don't have time to feel proud of my blocking skills since a tiny bullet hole in the canister ignites an explosion, knocking me back onto the ground. I feel a cold burning sensation in my shoulder, probably because of the big shiny blade in it.
I'm pinned to the ground with a blade in my shoulder. "Don't open your eyes!" Logan calls out to me. I snap my eyes shut and turn on my healing powers just in case. I feel the blade being pulled out of me and I block out all distractions to listen to the sounds around me like Logan trained me to do. I hear the swing of a sword and duck out of the way in time to form my own sword out of ice. "Another swordsman." I can feel the attacker smirking at me. I can't sense the enemies powers so they aren't mutants. I can at least sense Logan and Daken. I sense Logan coming at me and then feel a leg in my side. Next thing I know I'm knocked over and hear Logan's voice. "You two go on ahead!" He calls out and I feel Daken lead me on.
We run for a short while before Daken tells me I can open my eyes. "Good thing I didn't take advantage of the situation." Daken says to me playfully. "If you did I'd assume you where the enemy and nuke you." I tell him. "That guy back there was the Gorgon." Daken tells me, getting serious. "You look him in the eyes and you end up stone. He's a swordsman and a member of HYDRA. I don't suggest facing him on your own." He looks around the area and has a realization. "Well, here's where we part." He says pointing to the left tunnel. "You need the far right tunnel over there. That should lead you to the girl." I feel an uncomfortably familiar feeling and charge my arm with energy. "Hands off." I tell him, swinging my arm back. He does it and heads down his tunnel. "That jerk." I groan.
I have to go the rest of the way myself which sucks because I have no sense of direction. I look around the winding and converging tunnels, littered with the unconscious bodies of HYDRA soldiers who tried to take me down. I look around confused and toss my hands over my eyes as I fall to my knees. "Where am I now!?" I call out in dismay…I think I saw this on an anime once…Ran…something…half…That doesn't matter right now! I'm totally lost. I figured my ability to sense mutants would lead me to the girl but I guess it doesn't work on unawakened powers. This sucks. I can hear the mayhem caused by Logan's battle with Gorgon and a few explosions I can only assume are Daken's handiwork.
It's no use. I have to take control of the situation. I sense out my comrades and use them as a marking point to try and figure out this maze of a base. That ends up screwing me up since they are moving around so much. I keep one of the HYDRA soldiers conscious when they next attack and try to interrogate him. "Go F%(& yourself." He tells me and I have him frozen to the wall. "All you mutants are just tools for us. Cut off a meaningless limb like me and HYDRA will grow three more in its place." "Speaking of growing unneeded body parts." I activate my genetic manipulation powers and put two fingers on his chest. "I wonder how many times I can implode your heart and regrow it in time to keep you alive." I move around some non-vital organs, causing the solider pain. "This hurts me a lot more than it hurts you, dude." I tell him with a devilish smirk.
Eventually I do get some info from the guy. Turns out he's new member of HYDRA and the girl is kept seven halls away and that guard wet his bed until he was seventeen. Interrogation's fun. I run down each of the halls, leaving destruction behind as I freeze right through my enemies.
I finally reach the room where they're keeping the girl. She's being kept in a small containment room with a big one way window. I'm about to fry the locks but I feel an arm reaching out for me and dodge in time to avoid a massive hand. The hand in mechanical. It belongs to an exoskeleton being piloted by a woman doctor. The machine body attacks but I dodge and fire a bast of energy, cutting the arm off. I quickly freeze over the rest of the suit, leaving the doctor unharmed and I rip open the cockpit. She's so frightened that she undoes the locks on the girls door for me before running off. I walk into the room and look over at the girl. "I'm here to save you." I tell her, going for a heroic look but sounding like a child doing Superman's voice. She looks relieved and fallows me so I guess I nailed the heroic thing…ish.
We run through tunnel after tunnel of the exact same stainless steel wall, I'm starting to see what thirty laps around the school grounds each day is doing for my endurance. There is way more security going out so I end up using up a lot of the moister in the air just getting out. We're almost out. We run out into a large warehouse filled with humungous boxes. The exit is at the end of the warehouse so we make a run for it. I get the uneasy feeling that we might be in danger and freeze a tire in place seconds before it comes flying out to the darkness to hit the two of us. I step in closer to the girl, getting ready for a fight. I listen in and can only hear one pair of footsteps running around. I motion for the girl to start moving but as soon as she does I feel an eerie chill behind me so I grab her by the arm and spin around, stabbing the attacker with an ice spike.
I thought I had him but I only got his long cloak. He uses the opportunity to jump up onto one of the large crates. The guy looks like a vampire. He smirks down at the two of us before fading back into the darkness. "Be aware of your surroundings, listen to the sounds around you, look for the weak points in your opponents defences." I'm surprised I can remember everything Logan's told me. The girl trembles and I can feel her hands shaking as she clings to my arm. It's too hard to move with her like that. I'll have to focus on sound since the enemy isn't showing any signs of letting me see him. I'll have to assume he's a trained assassin considering who we're dealing with. My main issue is protecting the girl. She has to be at the forefront of my concern right now.
The enemy comes out of hiding to try a strike at the girls head but I'm ready for him. I grab his arm and pull down using Aikido techniques to toss him further to the exit, closing the distance between me and him while he is adjusting to the situation. He comes up to hit me but I block with an energy infused arm. He kicks me back and uses the time to escape to the darkness. I motion the girl out in front of me and try to lead her out of the building. I can't let her leave the building without me since I have no idea if they have anymore traps ahed of us. I block a few more things he sends flying at me. This mission is really starting to tick me off.
The girl sounds off so I look back at her. She has a cut on her left leg. She doesn't seem to notice but she's crying. "Are you okay?" I ask her and she nods. "I just want to go home." She tells me before she starts to sob. "I want to see my mom and dad and my little sister and I just want this all to end. They're going to take me back and they'll drug me and use me in those experiments. I'll never be able to see my family again." She starts getting overwhelmed. I look back out to the battlefield before looking back at her. I grab her by the shoulder and look her in the eyes. "I wont let anything happen to you. You're gonna make it home and you'll see your family again." She nods but doesn't stop crying. I feel terrible and don't know what to say so I tell her the truth. "I wont let them get you. I'm going to protect you so just, stop crying."
I get really tired of playing cat and mouse with this vampire creep so I decide to go on the offence. I charge both my arms with energy, making them glow brightly, shedding light on my surroundings. I walk into the middle of the room, the girl waiting close enough for me to defend her but far enough for me to avoid her getting hurt if he attacks. "Come out of the shadows." I command, acting confident. "Are you afraid of a little mutie? We're not so easy to push around without the safety glass between us." I try to sound like I'm full of myself but I'm sure he can see through me so I try to imitate Andy. "You're just like all the others." I say, bobbing my head and smiling like I've seen my oversized teammate do a million times. "You're scared. I was really expecting better from HYDRA. I come here expecting a world class assassin and I get some Dracula fanboy. Cute." He's not bitting. "I don't blame you for running away. I've got the powers of some of the most powerful mutants on the planet. You're nothing to me. Just a little bat that need to be exterminated." I get the danger feeing again and he comes out from the darkness, grabbing onto my throat. "Big talker." He says with his lips stretched around his large teeth. "Lets see if you can back it up." I grab his right wrist and turn, causing his left hand to let go of my neck. Then I grab onto the wrist with my other hand as well and flip him over my shoulder. I punch down with my still charged arms but he's already spun on the ground and kicks me across the face. I hit hard against one of the large crates. I turn in time to see him jump kick at me and I fire an energy blast, knocking him into the opposite crate. I get over to him before he can get up and toss him, firing two blasts. One hits him in the face, making him spin and the other sends him soaring into a wall. "He's gonna be ticked."
I look back at the girl crying in the corner. She's looking back at me. She looks so scared. I wipe the blood from my face and walk out into the middle of the warehouse. "Let's do this." I say to myself as I close my eyes and freeze an ice sword into my left hand. I charge my other hand with energy and calm my mind. I let all of my emotions free and let the darkness take me over. There is a brief moment of silence fallowed by my deep breath and then I swing my sword back nearly taking off the vampires head but he flips back, avoiding my blade by seconds. I open my eyes and raise a hand just in time to block a kick to the face. The enemies shoe is disintegrated by my energy and falls to the ground in burnt shreds. He tries a flying roundhouse which connects and sends me to my back. I hop back up to my feet instantly and block a punch with the broad side of my sword. He snaps the blade and tries to kick me three times in a row. I step back in unison, avoiding each kick with ease. The enemy tosses a knife up into the air, cutting the rope that is suspending a barrel. I jump back and charge my leg just in time to kick the barrel forward in an attempt to hit him instead but hi flips over it. We exchange blow, me blocking his with energy charged arms. I can see that the energy is getting to him. His sleeves are burnt and he has red marks on both his wrists. He goes for a chop across my face and I grab his arm, turning around and pulling it down on my shoulder. Then I spin kick backwards and knock him off of his feet. I turn around to freeze him but he tosses a knife up at my face. I back up fast enough to avoid a fatal blow but I get a slash straight up my cheek. He comes in for a punch but I turn out of the way and elbow him in the face. He's looking pissed.
My enemy decides to take care of official business and tosses a knife towards the girl. I freeze it in mid air, stopping it in flight, but as a consequence I leave myself open for attack. The first one is a knee in my stomach fallowed by an elbow to the back of my neck.I fall flat on the floor and get a stomp to the back of my head. He smirks as he pulls out another knife and gets ready to take me out for good. "Wouldn't do that bub." I hear a familiar catchphrase and am so glad I did. Logan saves my butt by grabbing the enemy by the arm and tossing him back into the wall. He lifts me up off the ground and looks me over. "You where doin' pretty good." He tells me. "You're distracted with the girl. I'll take him on and you two can go." "Can I take him?" I ask. "Look," He explains. "The mission is the girl." "Yeah." I wipe the blood from my face and heal my scars. "But I really want to kick his A$$. If you could watch out for her then I can do it." Logan smirks and pats me shoulder. "Go get em kid." I smile back and charge my arms again.
The vampire appears to me this time. "Should've let your buddy take me on. Now it's game over." He smiles down at me. I chuckle back up at him, unable to keep a smirk off my face. "Game's just starting." I point up at him with one supercharged finger. "Hope you can keep up now that I'm not distracted." I fire a blast of energy so fast he almost doesn't avoid it. I fallow him with my finger, sending blast after blast after him, keeping him on the run, not giving him any time to breath. he look around, not seeing where I went. "He disappeared." The vampire snarls. I jump out from behind a crate and point my finger like a gun. "Finger bang." I fire a blast right at him, slashing a scar in the same place he put one on me before. "Vulgar name but it gets the point across." I tell him as I role to my knees and fire again. "Well played." The enemy jumps back behind a group of crates. "This place is like a maze." He calls out to me. "Hope you have fun finding me before I find you." "Grade school." I sigh and jump into the air with my supercharged legs. Looking down I can see the whole thing. I grab onto a rafter and swing up onto it. I'm surprised at how agile I am now after Logan started teaching me and since I learned to use Vulcan's powers to amp up my body. I pinpoint the unsuspecting enemy and fire blast after blast on him in a flurry. He dodges each one with his incredible speed and jumps up at me. "Mid air assault suck for manoeuvrability." I tell him as I hold my hands in the air. "DragonBall Z tribute: Spirit bomb." I send my energy into a ball above my head and send it flying at him. He takes the hit, lucky for him it wasn't enough to kill him but his body is smoking. He lands on a rafter and tries to cut me with his nails. I jump back and then punch forward with an energy blast to back it up. He leans back, dodging the blast and setting himself up to land three kicks to my stomach. I spit blood down from the rafters. He goes for one to the head but I duck down and super charge uppercut his stomach. I send three punches to his face, all of which are blocked and then I kick up into a flip, landing my foot against his face and completing the flip. When I land I send out a blast at him, knocking down his defences. Next I jump to my hands and use my energy blasts like rockets to push myself forwards and land a good kick on his face. Landing, I go for a punch to the face them stomach then again to the face. I grab him by the hair while he's disoriented and with my other hand I fire blast after blast against his stomach before I let him fall from the rafters. My hands hurt but I'm getting used to the feeling. I'm starting to enjoy this.
He's hurt but not enough to stop fighting. "You're good." He calls up to me, tearing off the shards that remain of his shirt. "I was trained by the best at what at what he does." I call back down. "Your moves are well thought out but I detect a hit of desperation. Self doubt. That is mans worst enemy." The vampire sneers up at me. "But I also sense conviction. You hold back while being perfectly ready to kill me if things don't go your way. That kind of self conflict is deadly." "I'm not gonna kill you." I call back. "But there's no harm in breaking a few limbs." "Your unwillingness to kill is your weakness." "Your faith in your friends is yours." Wait what? "I don't understand." The enemy calls out. "Star Wars reference." I explain. "Sorry. I'm in a reference mood." He tossed another knife at me and I flip down from the rafters, avoiding it with ease as I ice slide down.
He tosses some more knives and I deflect them with my own ice knives. "I'm out." He tells me. He runs up and goes for a desperate last strike. I fire at his legs but he leaps over it and gets me by the neck. He goes to bite me but I sidestep along with his attack and chop his neck. He lands on the ground behind me and springs up, slashing a cut down my back. I turn to face him but am met with a kick to the stomach. This time he pushes me back into a crate and holds me back. "You're a good fighter, but lets see what you taste like." He says, going for my neck with his sharp fangs. I kick him in the stomach and blast him back. He retaliates by leaping forwards and punching me so hard in the side of the head that I fall to the ground. My body's numb from all the fighting. He kicks me in the stomach. I go to fire a blast at him but nothing happens. "Out of juice?" He asks me tauntingly. "Guess it's feeding time." He picks me up and slams me into a wall, going for my throat again. I laugh, catching his attention. "What's so funny?" He asks me. "You really gotta learn what a fake out is." I tell him. He tries to move but I've frozen his feet in place. I grab his head with both hands and smirk triumphantly. "I think you to get some sun." I unleash ultraviolet rays over his face. He screams out in agony breaking away from me and holding onto his smouldering face. "You B@$+@)D!" He curses at me. "You sick B@$+@)D! My face! You ruined my face!" I grip his hair and pull his head back, healing his face with my other hand. "All better?" I say, showing him his reflection in the steel of the wall. "Yes." He says through laboured breaths. "Good." I smiles then knock him out in a final punch. I hold my sore hand and return to Logan and the girl.
Needless to say the rest of our rescue was a success. No problems from that point on. I am relieved when I finally get home. I feel pretty good about the whole thing and I saw a lot of the fruits of Logan's training. We didn't hear from Daken after that so I guess he got what he wanted and left. All in all, a pretty good way to spend a normally boring afternoon.