The Mind Warper Part 2

Title: The Mind Warper Part 2

Author: Rabbitearsblog

Universe: X-Men

Rating: T - For Some Disturbing Moments

Summary: When a mysterious being invades the Institute, Kitty and Colossus must stop this evil being from getting the secret it needs. But can they survive the torturing mind warping that this being possesses?

Notes: Please be gentle with the criticisms! :D

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Chapter 2: The Intruder

Kitty Pryde was inside her office still signing documents for the Institute’s financial support. Normally at this hour, she would be in her bed, dreaming of good things that would make her dance with joy in the mornings. But here she is, doing more paperwork than necessary, which was one of her least favorite duties that she has to do as the headmistress of the Institute. Kitty sighed in exasperation as she continued signing the papers when suddenly, her skin started to crawl. Usually, Kitty would get these creepy feelings whenever she senses that something is wrong and with the way that her skin had crawled a few seconds ago, she knew that someone or something was inside the Institute. Kitty then immediately got up from her desk and went out into the hallway to see what was going on.

Meanwhile, Piotr Rasputin was lying on his bed, thinking about his conversation with Kitty today. In all honesty, Piotr wanted to say more to Kitty then about the great day she was having. He wanted to talk to her about what he said when he was possessed by the Phoenix Force and how it had made him felt terrible for the past two years. Even though he knew that it was the Phoenix Force talking about possibly killing Kitty and bringing her back to life, that was not something he would ever say to Kitty or anyone and this revelation made him feel so miserable. Piotr was still deep in thought when suddenly; he heard a crashing noise coming from downstairs. Piotr immediately got up from his bed and went down the hallway to investigate.

Piotr crept quietly around the hallway as he tried to search for the intruder and just as he was approaching the stairs, he bumped into someone and immediately changed into his steel form to protect himself. But when he saw who it was he bumped into, he changed back into his normal form and said, “Katya?”

“Peter?” Kitty said, getting out of her fighting stance. “What are you doing here?”

“I was about to ask you the same thing,” said Piotr.

Kitty briefly looked around the hallway and asked Peter, “Did you notice that something weird is going on around here? Like, did you have this creepy feeling that someone is inside this Institute at this moment?”

“Da. I also heard a crash coming from downstairs. Maybe it is a burglar trying to break into the Institute,” said Piotr.

“Or maybe it’s something much worse. We got to find out who this intruder is before it reaches the students,” said Kitty.

“I agree,” said Piotr.

Kitty and Piotr then crept quietly through the hallway and when they reached the middle of the staircase, Kitty said, “Hey Peter, I know that we are trying to find this intruder in the Institute, but I think we need to talk.”

“Talk about what?” asked Piotr as he turned to look at Kitty. “Talk about how we feel a little old when we are teaching the students the same things that we were taught when we were younger?”

Kitty briefly smiled and said, “No, although that thought has definitely went through my head a couple of times. I mean “the talk” about you and me; you know when we were a couple.”

Piotr briefly stopped, causing Kitty to bump into him and he said, “You mean the conversation we had with each other earlier today?”

Kitty looked up at Piotr and said, “Peter, whatever we were talking about earlier today was not a “conversation.” That was just a way to burn time just so we could avoid talking about the real touchy situation that happened to us two years ago. I mean, I’ll admit that I’m still shook up over the events that happened years ago, although stuff like that happens to us all the time for some oddball reason and furthermore…”

Kitty stopped talking as soon as Piotr gently put his hand over her mouth.

“It is good to know that you still talk too much when you are upset,” said Piotr smiling.

As soon as Piotr took his hand off of Kitty’s mouth, Kitty was about to say something snarky, but then she just smiled softly and said, “And you always knew how to shut me up.” Kitty sighed and then said, “What happened to us Peter?”

Piotr was about to say something, when they heard another loud crash coming from downstairs.

“Oh no! That must be the intruder! We got to hurry!” said Kitty.

Kitty and Piotr then started running down the stairs, when another crash was heard upstairs.

“It seems that there are two intruders in the Institute now. This is not good,” said Piotr.

“Let’s split up! You take the upstairs and I’ll take the downstairs,” said Kitty.

Piotr nodded and started running upstairs while Kitty ran downstairs.

Minutes later as Kitty neared the bottom of the stairs, she started looking around to see if the intruder was still in the area. When she saw that the intruder was nowhere to be found, she was about to go back upstairs when she suddenly heard footsteps coming from upstairs. Kitty stood in a fighting stance, ready to attack whoever was coming down the stairs until she saw who it was.

Piotr was walking slowly down the stairs, his body in its steel form. Kitty sighed in relief when she saw Piotr and she said, “Oh Peter! Thank goodness you’re here! Did you find the intruder? He doesn’t seem to be down here…” Kitty stopped talking when she took a good look at Piotr. Piotr’s eyes were white, as usual when he transforms into his steel form, but there was something very unsettling about the way he looked at Kitty. As if he was about to harm her…

“Peter? Are you feeling okay?” asked Kitty a bit frightened.

Piotr smiled eerily at Kitty and then said in a quiet and chilling voice, “I have never felt better.” Then he lunged at Kitty, grabbed her neck and started strangling her.

Kitty then started gasping for breath as she felt Piotr’s grasp on her neck tightened, but then she quickly phased through Piotr’s hands and fell to the floor, gasping wildly.

“Peter! What do you think you’re doing!?” gasped Kitty.

Piotr just looked at Kitty with coldness in his eyes that froze Kitty and said, “After being exposed to the Phoenix Force, I now know what it is like to have so much POWER! Can you not feel the energy coursing through me? It is so BEAUTIFUL! And now, I will use this power against you for scorning me!”

Piotr then leaped at Kitty again, but this time Kitty dodged him and he crashed into the wall. He then quickly turned around and tried to grab at Kitty again while Kitty was yelling, “PETER STOP THIS! This isn’t you! You’re letting the power go to your head! STOP IT!”

Kitty threw her hands in front of her to stop Piotr, but she felt nothing but air. Kitty opened her eyes and saw that Piotr was no longer there; like he just disappeared out of existence.

“What…what was that all about? Was I…just imagining that?” wondered Kitty to herself. Kitty looked around again with dread and she quickly ran up the stairs to avoid anymore “traumatizing” surprises.

Chapter 3: The Mind Warper

Meanwhile…

Piotr was still walking upstairs and searching throughout each room to see if the intruder was anywhere in those rooms. When Piotr approached the last door, he saw that nothing was amiss and he started backing out of the room, when he heard a chilling voice behind him.

“If you are trying to find this “so-called” intruder in this miserable Institute, then you might as well look up.”

Piotr looked up to see a shadowy figure in a black turncoat. He noticed that this intruder was a male and that he had very muscular arms and tight black pants.

“Who are you?” Piotr asked suspiciously.

The man just smiled and said, “I’m your worst NIGHTMARE and once I’m through with you, you won’t remember ever having this conversation with me, once I obtain the final ingredient to make myself more POWERFUL!”

“Final ingredient? What final ingredient?” asked Piotr.

The man just looked at Piotr darkly and said, “Let’s hope you never find out.” Then the man leapt at Piotr, trying to grab him. However, Piotr quickly turned into his steel form, grabbed the man by his arm and threw him against the wall, causing a large hole to appear in the wall.

The mysterious man then slumped to the floor and Piotr went up to the man, grabbed his shirt and asked again threateningly, “What final ingredient?”

The man shook his head, smiled at Piotr and then put up his hands in front of him. Piotr then felt a sharp jab of pain in his head and he fell to the floor, while whimpering uncontrollably. As the pain worsened, the last thing that Piotr saw was the man’s wicked smile before the room started swirling around in front of him and he fainted on the floor.

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Piotr then woke up and started shaking his head to ward off his sleepiness. He then stood up and said to himself, “What…what just happened? Was that man real or was he just a figment of my imagination?”

Piotr then started walking down the hallway when he suddenly saw a person standing at the end of the hallway.

“The Intruder!” exclaimed Piotr and he turned his body into steel and started running towards the figure, when he suddenly stopped as he realized who the figure was.

Kitty was just quietly standing near the staircase, her expression unreadable to Piotr. Piotr then turned his body back into normal and he quietly approached Kitty. When he finally reached her, he said, “Katya, did you find the intruder? I just saw him a few minutes ago…or at least I thought I saw him.”

Kitty just looked up at Piotr and said, “Why no Peter, I haven’t seen the intruder yet. But, there is something very important that I wanted to talk to you about.”

Kitty then approached Piotr quietly and put her arms around his neck and said, “You know, I’ve been thinking. These last few years might have been tough on the both of us, but I want us to start over again. I want us to be…lovers again.” These last few words were spoken in such a sensual way that the hairs on the back of Piotr’s neck started to stand on its ends.

Piotr swallowed hard and said, “R..really?”

“Why yes. Why should we let this little bickering between us stop us from what we really wanted? You know that we are just going to come back together anyway. We always do,” said Kitty ever so quietly.

Kitty then placed her hand on Piotr’s chest and said, “You know, I always love my men big and strong, but I like them better with big hearts. Especially…from YOU.”

Kitty then phased her hand through Piotr’s chest and started squeezing his heart tightly.

Piotr then gasped as he felt his heart being squeezed painfully and he started slowly slipping towards the floor.

“But…why?” asked Piotr gasping.

Kitty then laughed wickedly and said, “Oh, you silly Russian fool! Do you think that I haven’t forgotten what you did to me all those years? You keep on trying to save the world, even at the cost of your own life, but did you ever stop to think about how it would affect me? No, you didn’t, which is why I’m giving you a taste of your own medicine! You broke my heart so many times over, so I’m taking your heart and breaking it too!”

Kitty then pulled out Piotr’s heart, which was bloody and still beating and Piotr’s body gave out as he fell to the floor dead. Kitty then threw Piotr’s heart to the floor and walked away laughing.

Minutes later, the man in the black turncoat came back and saw Piotr’s body and he said in a chilling voice, “Well, it seems that I have my work cut out for me. Now, I have the secret ingredient for my experiment and I know just how to get it out of you.”

The mysterious man then started dragging Piotr’s body to the laboratory located at the bottom of the Institute and laid Piotr’s body on the operating table, prepared to carry out his plan.

Meanwhile…

Kitty came back downstairs, since she didn’t see anything suspicious upstairs and she quietly headed towards the laboratory. Suddenly, Kitty heard a strange noise in the laboratory and she started running towards the laboratory to investigate…

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The Mind Warper Part 1

Title: The Mind Warper Part 1

Author: Rabbitearsblog

Universe: X-Men

Rating: T - For Some Disturbing Moments

Summary: When a mysterious being invades the Institute, Kitty and Colossus must stop this evil being from getting the secret it needs. But can they survive the torturing mind warping that this being possesses?

Notes: Please be gentle with the criticisms! :D

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Prologue:

It was a beautiful sunny day at the Jean Grey Institute and all the students were busy walking to their classes. But, unbeknownst to the students, a mysterious shadowy figure was sitting in a tree nearby the institute. The figure was watching from above the ground at the frenetic activities caused by the students and it smiled wickedly to itself.

“Look at all the little mutant children going to their classes. Enjoying life and not having a care in the world. Well, they certainly have no idea about what is in store for them. Once, I get the one item that will make me more powerful, nothing will stop me from over taking this pathetic Institute!”

The shadowy figure then jumped down from the tree and making itself invisible, it walked among the students without being noticed. Then it silently walked inside the Institute and hid in the shadows, waiting for its chance to put its plan into motion.

Chapter 1: Old Pains…

Kitty Pryde, codename SHADOWCAT, was standing by the window on the top floor of the Institute, watching the students going to their classes. She smiled as she remembered that many years ago she was once a student of the Institute. Now, she is currently the headmistress of the Jean Grey Institute and really enjoyed teaching the students about learning how to control their powers and using them for good.

However, when she saw two students, a young boy named Julian Keller, codename HELLION and a young girl named Laura Kinney, codename X-23, holding each other’s hands, she thought about her past romantic relationship with Piotr Rasputin, codename COLOSSUS. About two years ago, the X-Men had split up into two different teams: one team was for Wolverine, who decided against having children being involved in battles and the other team was for Cyclops, who decided that children needed to be involved in battles to get the job done. Even though Kitty herself was involved in battles when she was young, she didn’t want anymore children being hurt in battles and risk losing their childhoods in the process, so she joined up with Wolverine’s side. However, she realized that in doing so, she had lost the love of her life, Piotr Rasputin as Piotr was forced to side with Cyclops because he was affected by the Cyttorak’s influence at the time. However, that seemed to be an issue long ago forgotten when Piotr lost the influence of the Cyttorak after he was possessed by the Phoenix Force, which made matters worse for the both of them. After that, Piotr was briefly on the run from the Avengers for his actions as one of the Phoenix Five. However, once Piotr did some community service for New York City, he was able to get off of the charges and decided to return to the Jean Grey Institute to work as the art teacher. Kitty knew that Piotr loved children and he always wanted to teach art to them and she smiled to herself when she remembered Piotr’s happy reaction to being accepted at the Institute.

But even though Piotr was back at the Institute, things still haven’t been the same between them ever since the incident with the Phoenix Force. Kitty knew that Piotr wasn’t himself when he was possessed by the Phoenix Force, but still it had hurt her just as much as it had hurt Piotr when the Phoenix Force made him say things that he didn’t mean. Kitty so much wanted her and Piotr to maintain the same relationship that they had before the whole Cyttorak incident, but so much has happened between them that it might be impossible to get that relationship back. Kitty sighed sadly and then started walking down the hallway towards her office to sort through some papers.

Down the hallway in a classroom, Piotr Rasputin had just finished teaching his art class and was sitting back in his chair thinking to himself. Piotr had really enjoyed teaching art to the students and after the events that had happened two years ago, it was refreshing to do something that didn’t involve fighting enemies. But, whenever he remembered the events two years ago, he felt sorrow in his heart for how everything had turned out. Piotr remembered becoming the avatar of the Cyttorak in order to save his sister, Illyana from becoming the next avatar. Unfortunately, this act had caused him to lose his relationship with his long time lover, Kitty Pryde and since at the time, he couldn’t feel any emotions because of the Cyttorak’s influence, he finally felt the full burden of losing Kitty after he lost the demonic powers. Piotr desperately wished that he could get Kitty back and resume their relationship after Kitty was released from the bullet many years ago, but even he knew that it would be impossible to obtain that relationship, not after how things went between them for the past two years. Piotr sighed to himself and got up from his chair and he decided to take a walk in the hallway to clear his mind of such thoughts. When he was walking out of the classroom, he bumped into someone and started saying, “Oh, I am so sorry. I did not…”

Piotr then stopped talking when he saw the person he bumped into and he slightly hung his head down.

He then said quietly, “Hello…Katya.”

Kitty straightened herself up, looked up at Piotr and said quietly, “Hey, Peter.”

Kitty and Piotr stood there for a few minutes, not saying anything until Kitty asked, “So, how was your day?”

“It was wonderful actually. I managed to teach the children about sketch drawing today in class. Everything is going well with the students,” said Piotr.

“That’s great! I’m glad that you’re really enjoying teaching art class to students. I knew you would!” said Kitty brightly.

“Da, thank you Katya,” said Piotr with a smile on his face.

More silence.

“Well, I guess I better get back to my office. I got some work to do before the day finishes,” said Kitty.

“Da, with your new duties as the headmistress,” said Piotr.

“Right,” said Kitty.

More silence.

“Well, bye Peter,” said Kitty.

“Good bye, Katya,” said Piotr.

As the two former lovers walked away from each other, only one thought ran through their minds: even though they want to be in each other’s arms more than anything, they knew that it was not meant to be, not with how things are going on between them at the moment.

Later that night…

As soon as all the students went to their beds for the night, the shadowy figure materialized out of the shadows. It had decided to wait until nightfall for all the students and the teachers to go to their beds, so that way it would be much easier for the figure to carry out its vicious plan. As the figure started slinking through the hallways, it noticed that only two teachers were still up late in this hour and it laughed evilly to itself as it said:

“Finally, now I can accomplish my task in retrieving the items that I need for my ultimate goal! Now that these two mutant teachers are still roaming about, I will turn their worlds into the ultimate NIGHTMARE! Beware mutants, BEWARE.”

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Red Steel #3: Showdown! Part 6

Title: Red Steel #3: Showdown! Part 6

Author: Rabbitearsblog

Universe: X-Men

Rating: T - For strong violence

Summary: Now that Colossus has discovered the true motives of his new friend Jerome, he will soon be in an epic battle that will determine the fate of Earth as Nigel's plans come to light and an alien invasion is threatening the world!

Notes: Please be gentle with the criticisms! :D

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Chapter 6: A Brand New Life

“Hello ladies and gentlemen! This is Sharon Whittner, once again reporting live from the Morning News! It seems that all is right in New York City as the terror of the alien attacks had come to an end! After the devastating effects of the attempted alien invasion two days ago, it seemed as if New York City would never fully recover from that nightmarish day again. However, the buildings and streets in New York City are currently being rebuild after that travesty, as many of the citizens are helping out in making New York a beautiful city once again! As for who saved New York City from the alien invasion, we have both the Avengers and the X-Men to thank for that! Without the combined efforts of these superhero teams, New York City would had faced a bigger devastation then it ever had before! We also would like to point out that despite the many casualties that was caused by the unexpected alien invasion; there were no reported deaths among the citizens during the invasion as an anonymous person made sure that the citizens made it to the safety of their homes before the invasion started. “

Sharon Whittner then paused briefly as a tall man suddenly came to her and gave her more reports. Sharon Whittner then nodded and began reporting again:

“This just in. It appears that there were two deaths during the alien invasion! The bodies that were identified during this invasion were none other than the alien leader who arranged the whole invasion and Representative of the Natural Resources Division, Nigel Faust! Authorities stated that judging by the knife wounds on both bodies, both Nigel and the alien leader were stabbed to death during the invasion. According to the evidence that the authorities had discovered, it appeared that Nigel Faust stabbed the alien leader when the leader’s back was turned. As to whom stabbed Nigel Faust, the supposed knife that stabbed him in the throat had disappeared from Nigel’s throat before it was looked over by authorities. Without the evidence of the knife to ensure who had committed the murder of Nigel Faust, authorities decided that mysterious circumstances had caused the downfall of Nigel Faust. On a related note, Red Steel was also shown among the X-Men and the Avengers, fighting alongside them during the alien invasion. Who is this mysterious red masked savior of New York City and what is his true identity? The world will probably never know. This is Sharon Whittner, reporting from the Morning News.”

Meanwhile…

In the streets of New York City, the citizens are busy cleaning up the mess caused by the alien invasion days ago. Among the citizens, Piotr Rasputin and Jerome Brown are also helping rebuild the buildings, as not only do they want to make sure that the citizens feel safe once more, but it is also apart of their new “duties” to the city.

“Man, the aliens really did a number on this city during the invasion!” exclaimed Jerome.

“Da, I know! There is so much to do around this city,” commented Piotr.

“Well, it could have been worse. We could have been in jail by now if the Avengers hadn’t convinced the police to lay off the punishments,” said Jerome.

“I am still shocked about how the Avengers were willing to let everything we did in the past go by unnoticed. Although, I could now understand their reasons,” said Piotr.

Two days ago…

“Not quite. There are still some things we have to take care of,” said Captain America looking at Red Steel.

Everyone then looked at Red Steel, including Jerome, and Red Steel just looked at Captain America and said, “Yes, I suppose we do have some things that must be taken care of.”

Captain America then faced Red Steel and said, “You are aware that there is an arrest warrant on you from what happened with the Phoenix Force situation?”

Red Steel briefly looked down and said, “Yes, I am aware of what happened and I am terribly sorry for the horrible things I had done, even though I was controlled by the Phoenix Force at the time.”

“Do you have anything to say in your defense?” asked Captain America.

Red Steel then looked at Captain America and said, “I knew the risks I took when I became Red Steel since the police would had arrested me if they had discovered my true identity. But, I wanted more than anything to redeem myself for my actions while under the influence of the Phoenix Force, even though I was not in full control when it had happened. In my heart, I will always be an X-Man, saving the world no matter what happens and even though I had done some terrible things during my life, I will still protect this world the best way I can,” said Red Steel.

The other X-Men were amazed at Red Steel’s touching speech and when they turned to look Red Steel, they smiled broadly at him. Even though Piotr had changed so much over the years due to bizarre circumstances, he was still the same kind-hearted man they had known and loved ever since they first met him.

The Avengers looked at Red Steel, briefly nodded their heads and then they turned towards Jerome, who was slowly getting up after Hank finished attending to his wounds. Captain America then spoke, “Jerome Brown, we had heard reports from the police that you were responsible for the deaths of many civilians many years ago. Is that correct?”

Jerome lowered his head and said, “Yeah, it’s true. I was responsible for the deaths of many people years ago. So, I guess you could arrest me now, but there is one thing I want to point out before you do.” Jerome took a deep breath and said, “Even though I had committed a terrible crime, I tried to wash the blood off my hands by trying to protect the people everyday of my life. I’m ashamed for what I did even though I was in pain when it had happened, but like Red Steel here, I wanted to redeem myself and prove that I can still save lives to make up for the lives that I took away years ago.”

Captain America looked at both Red Steel and Jerome and said, “Well, it seems that you two have defended yourselves so well. And because of that, I’ll convince the police to lower your punishment.”

“WHAT!?” said Red Steel and Jerome both surprised.

Captain America just smiled and said, “Colossus, your friends told us about what happened to your friend Jean Grey when the Phoenix Force took over her body years ago. I know what it’s like to lose someone you care about and for the Phoenix Force to turn the person you care about into a destructive force; it would be hard to deal with such a situation.”

“Wow Cap, I didn’t know you were a softie,” commented Iron Man.

Captain America just glared softly at Iron Man, until Black Widow spoke up, “And not only that, but the fact that you two had redeemed yourselves for what had happened makes your efforts truly heroic. You should give yourselves some credit over that.”

Colossus and Jerome just looked at each other and then said to the Avengers, “Thank you.”

“And thank you all for helping us stop the alien invasion. However, since you two had committed crimes in the past, the law won’t exactly let this go unnoticed. But, with your help, we might be able to convince the police that in helping us stop the alien invasion; your punishment should be lowered. Until next time,” Captain America said and he and the Avengers walked away from the X-Men to go to the police station.

After the Avengers left, the X-Men then ran up to Colossus and started hugging him.

“Oh Peter! We’re so glad that you didn’t get arrested!” said Kitty happily.

“You…you are?” asked Piotr.

“Of course we are, buddy! We thought that we were going to lose our resident strong guy,” said Bobby.

Piotr looked down on the ground and said quietly, “Thank you. Thank you all.”

“So, you coming back to the X-Men or not?” asked Logan.

Piotr took off his red mask, looked up at the sky and said, “Well, now that I am no longer in danger of going to prison, I think I will come back. Besides, I have always wanted to be an art teacher!”

The other X-Men cheered and started congratulating Piotr. Jerome meanwhile, was still standing nearby, checking out the scene. He saw the love that the X-Men were giving Piotr, despite the fact that Piotr was one of the hosts of the Phoenix Force that caused destruction around the world. Jerome decided that he should leave them alone for awhile and said quietly to himself, “Well, I guess I’ll be going then.”

As Jerome was about to leave, Piotr saw him and he called out, “Jerome! Why not come and join us?”

Jerome looked back at the group and said, “Join you?”

“Hey, why not! You helped out Piotr when he really needed it,” said Kitty brightly.

“And your powers are quite useful. It would be a great honor if you joined the X-Men,” said Ororo.

Jerome just stood there, looking shocked and he said, “I…I don’t know what to say. I guess I’ll have to think about this.”

“Take all the time you need,” said Hank kindly.

Now…

“Losing loved ones is very difficult indeed. So much has happened over the years that I almost forgot about the day that Jean Grey sacrificed herself to save the world from the influence of the Dark Phoenix. It had truly affected us all since Jean Grey was a dear friend to us,” Piotr said with tears in his eyes.

Jerome looked at Piotr and said, “I understand perfectly how that feels. Remember, I lost my parents when I was very young and it hurt me so much that I took the lives of many people to show that loss.”

Piotr wiped away the tears from his eyes and then said, “Da, I am sorry for your loss. So, are you thinking about accepting the offer to become apart of the X-Men?”

“Well, I’ve been alone for so many years ever since the incident with my parents’ deaths. It would be nice to be around people again. I guess that qualifies as a ‘yes’ in my book, once I tell them my answer myself,” said Jerome happily.

Piotr then went up to Jerome and hugged him and said, “Well, let me be the first among the X-Men to welcome you into the group!”

“Umm…Peter? I can’t breathe here,” said Jerome gasping.

Piotr quickly released Jerome and said, “Oh, I am sorry! Sometimes I keep forgetting my own strength!”

“I know. So, how long do you think that we will be doing community service?” asked Jerome.

“Well, judging by the massive damage that was done by the alien invasion, I think that we will be doing community service for two weeks or more,” said Piotr sadly.

“Great! Just great,” said Jerome exasperated.

Four hours later…

At the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, everything was peaceful as the students went to their classes, eager to learn something new. Piotr Rasputin was among the students as he walked towards his classroom. After the events of the alien invasion, the X-Men wanted him to come back to the school since they needed an art teacher. Piotr easily accepted their offer, since it had been a long time when he last dealt with art. Piotr had always loved art and he remembered enjoying painting pictures of beautiful landscapes during his personal time. But when House of M happened, things had changed so drastically that he never had the time to paint to his heart’s desire. Now, he could pursue his interest in art; only now, he is teaching his passion to the students, which is something he always wanted to do in life. As Piotr neared his classroom, he saw Kitty Pryde at the end of the hallway, standing by herself. Piotr then stopped abruptly, unsure of how he would approach her, not after what happened before, even though he barely had control of the Phoenix Force’s actions. Kitty might not have shown her true feelings after the Avengers told them that Piotr’s punishment was lowered, but he could tell that his actions as the host of the Phoenix Force had hurt her deeply.

For awhile, Piotr just stood there, but then he started to remember his adventures as Red Steel and how he had become a changed man during those days. It was then that Piotr realized that he can no longer run away from his problems and he must face them head on, no matter what the consequences will be. So, Piotr went up to Kitty and said, “Hello…Katya.”

Kitty looked up from where she was standing and saw Piotr towering over her. Even though she had known Piotr for many years, she still looked in awe at Piotr’s massive height. She said quietly, “Hello…Peter.”

Piotr put his back towards the wall and crossed his arms across his chest. For a few minutes, Kitty and Piotr didn’t say anything to each other. Then, they both said at the same time, “I just want to…” and then they both stopped abruptly and looked down at the ground.

Piotr then looked up and said, “I know that you are still upset with me. I am aware that it was the Phoenix Force that made me say all those horrible things to you, however, that is no excuse to treat you that way. So, I understand if you do not want to see me ever again.”

Kitty then went up to Piotr and whacked him on the back of his head.

“Ow! Why did you do that?” asked Piotr rubbing the back of his head.

“Peter Rasputin! Of course I knew that the Phoenix Force was controlling you when we last talked with each other! Why would I not want to see you again?” asked Kitty annoyed.

Piotr looked at Kitty and then said, “Well, after everything that has happened, I thought that it would have been difficult for us to be in the same room together since everything keeps going wrong between us,” said Piotr sadly.

Kitty just looked at Piotr and said softly, “Piotr, just because things weren’t going well between us doesn’t mean that I would be shallow enough to blame you for something that you had no control over. I was actually worried about you after what happened with the Phoenix Force.”

Piotr looked down briefly and said, “Thank you Katya, for caring. It is just that things had been…difficult lately, what with the divide among our team. I want everyone to be friends again like old times, but it might be hard to accomplish that with the way things are.”

“Oh Peter. Things might be difficult now, but we can get through this! We just have to do everything in our power to make sure that another divide won’t happen to this team and that pursuing Professor Xavier’s dream of peace for mutant kind is still important.”

“The Professor…I still cannot believe that he is gone,” said Piotr sadly.

“I know,” said Kitty sadly.

Kitty and Piotr stood there for a few moments in silence and then Piotr said, “So, now that we have…broken up for the time being, do you think we should be friends for now?”

Kitty looked up and said, “Yeah, I think being friends would work out for the best for now, at least until we get this all sorted out.”

Piotr smiled and then said, “I agree. Friends then?”

Kitty smiled and stuck her hand out while saying, “Friends.”

The two X-Men then shook hands and they both started walking down the hallway together.

“So, Miss Headmistress, what is it like running this school?” asked Piotr jokily.

“Oh no, first Logan calls me that and now you? Well, I guess that can’t be helped. Anyway, things are actually going pretty well! The students are surprisingly behaving, despite the fact that we have random aliens coming to attack the school,” said Kitty.

“Aliens?” asked Piotr surprised.

“Yeah, things get weird here,” said Kitty.

Piotr laughed deeply and while he was still talking to Kitty, he thought about how everything had changed so much over the years. Yes, it was stressful and despite the past crimes he had done as the host of the Phoenix Force and as the Avatar of the Cyttorak, he learned that he should always use his powers for good, not for bad and that he must be wiser in not letting anyone tell him how to use his powers. Becoming Red Steel had allowed Piotr to use his powers for good, even if all odds were against him and that was an experience that he will never forget.

Piotr thought about becoming Red Steel again since he really enjoyed being the masked crusader.

Will he become Red Steel again? Maybe, if any threat comes to harm the Planet Earth again! But for now, he is just happy being a teacher and being with his friends again.

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Red Steel #3: Showdown! Part 5

Title: Red Steel #3: Showdown! Part 5

Author: Rabbitearsblog

Universe: X-Men

Rating: T - For strong violence

Summary: Now that Colossus has discovered the true motives of his new friend Jerome, he will soon be in an epic battle that will determine the fate of Earth as Nigel's plans come to light and an alien invasion is threatening the world!

Notes: Please be gentle with the criticisms! :D

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Chapter 5: The Alien Invasion!

Somewhere in space, near Earth’s atmosphere…

“Soldiers of the Gorkian Army! We are now this close to accomplishing our goals! Once we obtain the natural resources from the Planet Earth to power this army, nothing will stop us from world domination of this pathetic planet!” cried Commander Zoid.

The Gorkian Army then raised their hands in an army salute and cheered in elation for they believed that Commander Zoid will lead them to victory in dominating the Planet Earth. The Gorkian Army, which consisted of over four-hundred members, were gathered inside a giant black and blue spaceship that was heading towards the Earth’s atmosphere. Once the spaceship makes its landing in New York Harbor, the Gorkian Army will soon attack all of the earthlings inhabiting Earth and take over the planet. As the army prepared their weapons, Commander Zoid jumped off the podium where he gave his speech and started to prepare himself for the battle ahead. Commander Zoid then started thinking to himself about the deal he made with Nigel Faust, where he told Nigel that he could have full control of Planet Earth if he gave him the natural resources needed to power his army. However, after much thought, Commander Zoid decided that it was pointless in letting Nigel take over the Planet Earth since he knew that Nigel would do anything to become ruler of the planet and he had his own plans for Earth also. Once his army takes all of the Earth’s natural resources, he will give Nigel Faust the reward that he justly deserves.

Meanwhile…

The X-Men and the Avengers were traveling at top speed inside the X-Men’s Blackbird, trying to get to New York Harbor quickly before the alien army arrived.

“Wow! I’m impressed with the technology of this plane! No wonder you guys can get to the action so fast!” Iron Man said in awe.

“See? I told you it would be much faster to travel this way!” said Kitty proudly.

“It has been such awhile since I rode in the Blackbird that I almost forgot what it was like to ride in it,” said Red Steel.

“I know,” said Bobby.

“Look! Up ahead!” shouted Captain America.

Everyone on the Blackbird looked ahead and saw that the alien spaceship had finally gotten through the Earth’s atmosphere and was landing on New York Harbor.

“Oh no! We got to get there quickly before they start attacking the people!” exclaimed Jerome.

“Hold on everyone!” said Hank as he steered the Blackbird towards New York Harbor at break-necking speed.

Meanwhile, the Gorkian Army’s spaceship landed at New York Harbor and from inside the ship, Commander Zoid shouted to his army, “Now my soldiers! It is time to take this planet as our own! Gorkian Army, ATTACK!

The Gorkian Army then ran out of the spaceship and into the streets of New York City, yelling out battle cries. As they neared the buildings, they came to an abrupt stop when a young woman suddenly phased out of the ground and said to them, “You know, you guys shouldn’t be running towards this city yelling like maniacs. It’s really annoying on the ears.”

Kitty jumped into the air and then gave the alien in the front a swift kick to the head, knocking the alien unconscious. Then, she did a back flip, phased through the ground and phased back up through the ground, giving the next alien an uppercut. Even though the aliens were shocked at this display, they came to their senses and started shooting at Kitty, who phased herself to avoid the shots. The alien army continued running towards the city once more, only to be stopped by a steel man wearing a red costume. Red Steel then told the aliens in a booming voice that ranged throughout the streets, “I DO NOT THINK SO!”

Red Steel then ran towards the alien army and plowed straight through them, knocking each alien aside the street. As the aliens looked on with fright, they then noticed that the sky was darkening as a large jet plane came into view. Suddenly, the rest of the X-Men and the Avengers jumped out from the jet plane and landed on the street near the aliens, where they proceeded to attack the alien army head on. Captain America threw his shield towards the aliens, knocking them down one by one, while Iron Man started shooting his beam rays at the aliens, disintegrating them in an instant. Black Widow was shooting at the aliens hitting them in the heads and killing them, while Storm created windstorms to throw the aliens into the river. Iceman soared through the air and started shooting ice beams towards the aliens, freezing them in their places. Wolverine and Beast’s attacks were the most brutal since they were cutting up the aliens’ bodies with lethal accuracy. Wolverine used his claws to slash at the aliens, causing many aliens’ body parts to be thrown around the street with purple blood gushing out everywhere. Beast meanwhile was ripping limbs off of the aliens, causing just as much bloody mayhem as Wolverine.

When Commander Zoid saw that his alien army was brutally being beaten by the X-Men and the Avengers, he yelled out in pure rage, “NO! NO! THIS CANNOT BE! HOW COULD MY ALIEN ARMY BE DEFEATED BY MERE EARTHLINGS?!”

“Beats me, buddy, but I guess they never went up against mutants and super beings before,” said Jerome. Jerome was then running towards Commander Zoid while materializing daggers out of his hands, planning to finish the alien commander off. Commander Zoid then whipped out his plasma gun, but was quickly tackled down by Jerome, who then started slashing at Commander Zoid’s face. Commander Zoid started screaming out in pain as gushes of purple blood sprayed out of his face and onto Jerome. However, Commander Zoid then reached for his gun and shot Jerome in the arm, causing Jerome to fall back with a pained yelp. As Jerome tried to get up, he was suddenly jumped on by Commander Zoid who started squeezing Jerome’s throat in a painful manner.

Commander Zoid then said sadistically towards Jerome, “This is the end of the line, mutant!”

Commander Zoid then started squeezing Jerome’s throat even harder causing Jerome to gasp out in pain. Just when Jerome thought that he was done for, Red Steel suddenly came barreling towards Commander Zoid and punched him hard in the face, causing Commander Zoid to fly three feet away from Jerome and crash into a building. Red Steel then checked on Jerome and said, “Jerome, are you alright?”

Jerome was gasping for breath before he answered, “I’m fine, although if you had come a moment later, I would have been nothing but a blue faced corpse by now.”

Red Steel just smiled and then he heard the X-Men and the Avengers approaching them.

“Everything alright?” asked Kitty concerned.

“Sure, Red Steel just saved me from being throttled to death by Commander Zoid; although he gave me a good shot in the arm,” said Jerome.

“Hmmm…we need to attend to this arm,” said Beast. “I’m sure I got some bandages right…”

Just then, a loud crash came from one of the buildings and Jerome, Red Steel, the X-Men and the Avengers all turned their heads towards the sound in shock. Commander Zoid suddenly came out of the rubble and started breathing heavily as he stood to face the superheroes. He then started laughing manically and said in a loud and menacing voice, “FOOLS! YOU ARE ALL FOOLS! YOU MAY HAVE DEFEATED MOST OF MY ARMY, BUT YOU HAVE NO HOPE OF EVER BEATING ME! I AM THE MOST POWERFUL BEING IN THE UNIVERSE AND ONCE THAT STUPID NIGEL FAUST BRING ME THE NATURAL RESOURCES I REQUESTED, I WILL DISPOSE OF HIM JUST LIKE I WILL DISPOSE OF YOU…!?”

Commander Zoid then started choking and immediately fell to the ground, as a large knife was protruding from his back. It was then that the superheroes saw that Nigel Faust was standing over the dead body of Commander Zoid, breathing heavily. Nigel then spoke in a low and threatening voice, “So, this…idiotic alien think that he could trick me into giving him the Earth’s natural resources and then destroy me in the process? Well, it seems that he was quite mistaken since he couldn’t protect himself when I approached him. No matter, now that this alien scum is out of the picture, I will take his remaining alien army and use them to rule this planet! But first things first, I will require some “energy” to become more powerful than ever before!”

Nigel then jumped towards the superheroes, his hands spread out wide as he was prepared to steal some energy from them. But then, Jerome yelled out, “I DON’T THINK SO, LOSER!”

Jerome then quickly materialized a dagger out of his hand and then, using his good arm, he threw the dagger towards Nigel. Nigel then abruptly stopped in his tracks, as the dagger hit him in the throat and blood started to slowly dribble down his neck. Nigel then staggered around a bit and then fell down to the ground, dead as a cold corpse.

The X-Men and the Avengers looked on in shock as Jerome lowered down his hand and said, “I was hoping that it didn’t have to come to that, but there was no other way to stop Nigel.”

Wolverine just looked at Nigel’s dead body and muttered, “Man, everyone’s is getting stabbed in the back lately.”

Meanwhile, the remaining alien army, which was only up to fifteen members left, looked on in shock as they not only saw their fellow alien members be slaughtered by the X-Men and the Avengers, but witnessed their powerful alien leader being killed by one mutant. The remaining alien members then realized that they were no match for the combined forces of the X-Men and the Avengers. So, they all ran back into the spaceship in fear and then the spaceship started taking off high into the air and then flew into warp speed towards space, never to be seen again.

“Well, it didn’t take long for them to turn tail when the going got rough,” commented Iron Man.

“Well, I suppose that everything has been taken care of now,” said Storm.

“Not quite. There are still some things we have to take care of,” said Captain America looking at Red Steel.

Everyone then looked at Red Steel, including Jerome, and Red Steel just looked at Captain America and said, “Yes, I suppose we do have some things that must be taken care of.”

Next Chapter: Part 6

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Rabbitearsblog's Fan Fiction Review #1: DC Genesis: SECRET SIX

After reading Wildvine's fantastic review on Joygirl's "Gotham Hearts" fan fiction (you can check out the review here), I decided that I wanted to do reviews for various fan fictions too, so that way, everyone can get attention for their fan fics!

The fan fiction that I am reviewing today is Irishlad and Joygirl's classic fan fiction, "DC Genesis: Secret Six" and here is my review!

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Story: DC Genesis: SECRET SIX

Authors: Irishlad and Joygirl

Summary:

When a mysterious message that comes from Mockingbird is shown towards the Secret Six (which includes Harley Quinn, Bane, Ragdoll, Catman, Scandal Savage and Grifter), they are given a mission where they must kill the Joker. But, will the six come together again to defeat the Joker?

PROS

Now, I had read this fan fiction a couple of months ago and I had really enjoyed the set up of the characters and the mission that they are about to do. I am ashamed to admit that I hadn’t read a “Secret Six” comic before I read this fan fiction, but Irishlad and Joygirl had done a brilliant job at introducing these characters (Harley Quinn, Bane, Scandal Savage, Grifter, Catman and Ragdoll), while explaining about their past histories, so it would be enough for the reader to actually understand these characters.

I loved the way that the beginning introduced the character Catman and we get to see from his point of view about how he feels about being summoned for another mission. One of the most important things about writing a fan fiction is to draw the reader into the story from the very beginning and after reading the beginning of this story, I was automatically sucked into the dark world of the Secret Six and waiting to see how the Six would react to killing Joker, especially Harley Quinn! I also loved the way that Irishlad and Joygirl arranged the images of the characters being introduced into this story so that way, the readers would have a good chance of seeing what these characters really look like in the comics.

CONS

The only con with this chapter is that there were a couple of grammatical errors, but not enough that could make this story hard to read through.

OVERALL

My rating:

“DC Genesis: SECRET SIX” is a brilliant read for fans of the “Secret Six” comics and if you want to check this fan fiction out for yourself, here’s the link:

DC Genesis: SECRET SIX

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Red Steel #3: Showdown! Part 4

Title: Red Steel #3: Showdown! Part 4

Author: Rabbitearsblog

Universe: X-Men

Rating: T - For strong violence

Summary: Now that Colossus has discovered the true motives of his new friend Jerome, he will soon be in an epic battle that will determine the fate of Earth as Nigel's plans come to light and an alien invasion is threatening the world!

Notes: Please be gentle with the criticisms! :D

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Read the previous chapter.

Chapter 4: Showdown!

“What? “Red Steel” is really Colossus?” said Captain America surprised.

“Yes, he is,” said Ororo.

Captain America looked down for a moment and then said, “Look, I know how close you all were to Colossus, but we have our responsibilities to perform and we have to take him in since he was one of the Phoenix Five responsible for the near destruction of the entire world!”

Kitty then looked at Captain America and said angrily, “Responsibility?! Colossus was “possessed” by the Phoenix! How could he or the others actually control those powers? And besides, how would you feel if your good friend was possessed by a force that can barely be controlled?”

“Shadowcat is right! Many years ago, we had to see one of our dearest friends, Jean Grey, be possessed by the Phoenix Force. We tried to save her, but she ended up giving up her own life to save the world when the Phoenix became too unstable. We may had lost one friend to the Phoenix Force, but we are not going to lose another one this time!” said Ororo with determination in her voice.

“And you know that I will be there for my buddy, no matter what!” said Bobby.

“You want to get to Colossus, you have get through us,” said Logan, sheathing his claws.

The Avengers just looked at the X-Men and Iron Man said, “Well Cap, what it’s going to be? Either we take in Colossus or we have to deal with some really mad mutants who are ready to take us down (again) if we do take him in.”

“And what about the situation with Nigel? Why would he feel the need to gas us and take away Colossus and the other person?” said Black Widow.

Captain America then looked at Black Widow and said, “You’re right, Natasha. It’s strange that Nigel would kidnap those two. It’s like he has some sort of ulterior motive of some sorts.” He then looked at the X-Men and said, “Alright, since Colossus is somehow involved in this problem, we’ll drop the “Phoenix” situation with him for now. Right now, we got to get back to Nigel’s headquarters and see what he is planning. Will you work with us to stop him until then?”

“Sure, anything to protect our friend and all of humanity from whatever alien force hits us at the moment,” said Bobby.

“So where did this Nigel guy go with Colossus and that guy?” asked Logan.

“Nigel has a headquarters located somewhere in the center of New York. But it would be hard to get back to the center of New York City without a clear way to guide us through,” said Captain America.

“Leave that to me! I do have a tracking device in my armor, you know,” said Iron Man.

“As do I, except it’s a nifty gadget that I had lying around and decided to bring with us before we left the school,” said Hank.

“It figures you two would have a tracking device on you,” remarked Kitty.

“My thoughts exactly,” said Black Widow.

“Alright, now we can go to Nigel’s headquarters and get Colossus back!” said Ororo.

And so, the X-Men and the Avengers unite with each other to not only save a dear friend of the X-Men’s, but to save all of humanity from whatever Nigel has planned for Earth!

Meanwhile…

At Nigel’s headquarters, Nigel and Jerome were circling around each other as they were preparing to fight each other to the death. Nigel started cracking his knuckles, prepared to grab Jerome again and suck out his energy again, while Jerome started relaxing his muscles as he was prepared to throw his daggers at Nigel if he tries to take away his energy.

Jerome continued staring at Nigel as he said, “So Nigel, now that we are settling this matter once and for all, I just want to know one thing. Were you responsible for the disappearances of the mutants, years before M-Day got started up?”

“Well, I guess you could say that I had something to do with the disappearances of the mutants years ago. When I was discussing the plans about world domination with Commander Zoid, I was thinking to myself about how it would be nice to be the only mutant alive to control the world! Just think about it! For too long, mutants had been persecuted for just existing in this world! Once Commander Zoid is done with taking away most of the Earth’s natural resources and giving me the power to rule the world, I will withhold the remainder of the Earth’s natural resources and force all of humankind to bow down to me. Those petty humans will do absolutely anything to use the resources for their survival!” said Nigel with a dark tone in his voice.

“So you want to enslave humanity? What does that have to do with the mutants’ disappearance?” asked Jerome.

“My, aren’t we impatient today. Well, if you must know, not only did Commander Zoid’s soldiers kill some of the mutants before M-Day, but I managed to get my hands on some unfortunate mutants,” Nigel sneered.

“You mean…you monster! You sucked away at the other mutants’ energies to get more powerful,” said Jerome angrily.

“Yes, and it was a truly beautiful experience for me! Imagine the exhilaration I felt when the other mutants’ energies flowed through me, while I heard their screams of terror! Commander Zoid may destroy the rest of the mutants once he arrives, but I will take great joy in gaining more energy from the remaining mutants who are left on this planet!” Nigel said with pride.

“So you’re willing to kill your own kind just to be the ruler of this planet? What kind of psychopath are you?” asked Jerome distastefully.

“The best kind, my friend! Or should I say, my enemy?” said Nigel snidely.

“Enough talk! Let’s end this!” said Jerome.

Jerome then ran towards Nigel with his daggers gleaming. He then jumped up into the air and was prepared to stab Nigel in the head, but Nigel grabs Jerome’s arms and flings him across the office. Jerome hit the far side of the wall and falls to the ground, temporarily dizzied by the impact. Nigel then menacingly walks up to Jerome and stretched out his hand, prepared to suck out his energy. Suddenly, Jerome quickly jumps up and then slashes at Nigel’s hands causing some blood to flow from the wound. Nigel roars in pain and then came charging towards Jerome, but Jerome jumps into the air again and flips over Nigel, quickly slashing at Nigel’s back arms.

“Getting a little slow, aren’t you Nigel?” taunted Jerome.

“Oh, you haven’t seen anything yet!” screamed Nigel.

Nigel then lifted the desk behind him with one hand and threw it towards Jerome. Jerome then quickly jumped to the side as the desk smashed to pieces when it hit the wall. Jerome looked at Nigel in surprise as Nigel started bragging, “Remember when I said that the more energy I take away from people, the more powerful I become? Well, your little energy boost earlier gave me the power I need to become stronger and now I can easily take you down with both hands tied behind my back!”

“Well then, what are you waiting for? Let me see your little power upgrade!” said Jerome.

Nigel smiled wickedly and then proceeded to grab a large brass vase behind him and he threw it at Jerome, almost hitting him.

“Man, I better stop taunting people to give me all they got,” said Jerome to himself as he avoided another heavy object being thrown at him.

Down in the sewers…

Red Steel was climbing towards the large manhole and finally reached the top. He then grabbed the large steel manhole with one hand and easily lifted it up and threw it aside the street. Then, he climbed out of the sewers and ended up on the streets of New York City. Red Steel looked around the street and said to himself, “I am in good luck! This street is near Nigel’s building! Now, I just have to get inside the building somehow and defeat Nigel before it is too late!”

Red Steel then began running down the street and finally ended up at Nigel’s building. Remembering how he got inside the last time, Red Steel started sneaking around the lower base of Nigel’s building and started climbing up the stairs that would lead him to Nigel’s office. Unfortunately, as soon as Red Steel came across an unknown hallway, he encountered Nigel’s guards who were waiting for him. It turns out that there were over seventy guards guarding the hallway and they all had their guns pointed at Red Steel.

“Remain where you are! Nigel gave us orders that we should shoot down Red Steel if he tries to approach this building!” shouted one of the guards.

Red Steel looked at the guards and said, “Hmm…let me see. I am made out of steel, which makes my body indestructible to any gunshot and I also have the strength of a dozen rampaging elephants. So, I would say that the odds are in my favor, tovarisch.”

“Oh yeah?” said the guard.

Suddenly, the guards started shooting out acid from their guns at Red Steel and Red Steel quickly jumped away from the acid.

“Luckily, the guns we have here are acid-poof, so the acid won’t burn through these guns that easily! Your time is up, Red Steel!” said the guard.

“Acid! I did not expect that!” said Red Steel to himself. “Alright, I will have to defeat these men the hard way.”

Red Steel then ran at the guards and as the guards started shooting acid from their guns, Red Steel jumped up and landed on two guards, crushing both of their arms. The two guards then yelled out in pain and Red Steel continued running on through the hallway, throwing every guard standing in the hallway to the side. Unfortunately, just as soon as Red Steel reached the end of the hallway, he found more guards standing there, pointing their guns at him.

Red Steel looked at the guards briefly and then he jumps high into the air and falls back to the ground, causing the ground to shake and the impact knocks the guards down to the ground. Red Steel then stood up and said to himself, “I really need to cut down on the borscht.”

Red Steel then continued running down the hallway, trying to reach Nigel’s office before it was too late.

In Nigel’s office…

Nigel and Jerome continued fighting each other as Nigel was still throwing heavy objects at Jerome, while Jerome avoided being hit. Unfortunately, one of the vases that Nigel was throwing hits Jerome in the head, knocking him down to the ground. Nigel then quickly jumps from the other side of the office and lands on Jerome, grabbing his throat with his hands. Nigel then slowly began draining Jerome’s energy from his body as he said wickedly, “Aha! Now I got you! Now, I will drain all the energy from your body until you become nothing but a lifeless piece of ash!”

“I DO NOT THINK SO, TOVARISCH!”

Red Steel then quickly ran into the room and rammed into Nigel, knocking him across the room and into the wall. Nigel was knocked out unconscious by the blow and slumped to the ground. Red Steel then ran towards Jerome and asked, “Are you alright, Jerome?”

“Yeah, I’m alright, although that’s the second time I got my energy zapped out of me. It’s a surprise that I’m still around to be talking like this! Nice move!” said Jerome.

“Thank you! I had managed to learn some new moves as an X-Man,” said Red Steel.

Suddenly, there was a sound of a dozen footsteps thumping across the hallway and Red Steel and Jerome stood up quickly and they were prepared to take down anymore guards, until they caught a glimpse of the figures in the hallway.

The X-Men and the Avengers arrived at Nigel’s office and as they ran inside, they suddenly stopped by the doorway, shocked to see Red Steel and Jerome standing there with Nigel’s body slumped over at the far side of the wall.

“Well I’ll be,” started Captain America.

“They really did a number on Nigel there,” said Iron Man.

“How…how did you all get here?” asked Red Steel.

“Well, aside from following the path of demolished guards around the headquarters, both Iron Man and Beast had tracking devices where they lead us right here at Nigel’s headquarters,” said Bobby.

“Wow,” said Jerome.

“Well, it seems that you had taken care of everything here, Colossus,” said Captain America.

Red Steel looked at Captain America in shock, but then said, “Uh, Captain, I know that I am a fugitive and everything, but there is an urgent matter at stake. Nigel had contacted the Gorkian Army and they are on their way to Earth to take away the Earth’s natural resources. We must stop them!”

“Nigel had contacted an alien race to Earth? So, that’s what Nigel was up to. Do you know where on Earth the alien army plans to land on?” asked Captain America.

“I think I have a good idea where,” said Jerome. Jerome then started walking towards Nigel’s overturned desk and looked through the desk drawer and he found some maps.

“According to these maps, it seems that Nigel told the alien army that the best place to land on Earth would be at New York Harbor,” said Jerome.

“So, we must get to New York Harbor before the aliens arrive,” declared Ororo.

“Let’s take the Blackbird. It’ll be much faster than traveling on ground,” said Kitty.

“What do we do with this jerk?” asked Logan.

The X-Men and the Avengers looked at the unconscious form of Nigel Faust and Red Steel went up to Nigel’s overturned desk and grabbed some ropes. Then, he started tying Nigel up to make sure that he would not escape, even after he woke up.

“There, he will not harm us now,” said Red Steel.

“That’s good. Alright, everyone! Let’s get to New York Harbor, on the double!” said Captain America.

As the X-Men and the Avengers ran out of Nigel’s office, no one noticed that Nigel was slowly waking up and that he was reaching for a knife that was lying on the floor beside him.

Next Chapter: Part 5

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Red Steel #3: Showdown! Part 3

Title: Red Steel #3: Showdown! Part 3

Author: Rabbitearsblog

Universe: X-Men

Rating: T - For strong violence

Summary: Now that Colossus has discovered the true motives of his new friend Jerome, he will soon be in an epic battle that will determine the fate of Earth as Nigel's plans come to light and an alien invasion is threatening the world!

Notes: Please be gentle with the criticisms! :D

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Read the previous chapter.

Chapter 3: The Truth about Nigel Faust

As soon as Nigel’s airship landed at his headquarters and Nigel and his guards got out of the airship, they immediately ran to Nigel’s office and dumped Red Steel and Jerome on the floor. Nigel then walked over to his desk and grabbed a glass of water that was sitting on there. He then dumped the water on Red Steel and Jerome causing them to wake up. As the two friends began sputtering out the water, they then slowly began to raise their heads up to see where they are.

“Awake now?” asked Nigel coolly.

Jerome coughed a few times and then said, “Yeah, your so-called wake up call really was so comforting to us.”

Nigel just smiled coldly and said, “It’s so “gushingly” good to have you two here.”

“What do you want from us?” asked Red Steel through gritted teeth.

“Oh, I want nothing more than to “eliminate” anyone who gets in the way of me accomplishing my plans. Plans that I had set up ever since the day I took in Jerome to work as my personal assistant… a decision I regretted greatly,” muttered Nigel.

“So, what? You caught me now, so are you just going to gloat about how you outsmarted two of New York City’s most popular saviors? Which I would be very interested in hearing about, by the way,” Jerome said sarcastically.

“Touchy, touchy. Well, I might as well take this opportunity to gloat about my plans, since you two so-called “heroes” will not be around much longer to see them come to fruition,” Nigel said coldly.

Nigel then took a deep breath and began his story, “Yes Jerome, you did see me talking to a blue guy that day. But, this was no ordinary “blue guy,” oh no. This “guy” as you like to call him, was an alien commander who promised me the chance of world domination and he is known as Commander Zoid!”

“Commander Zoid?” asked Red Steel.

“Yes, Commander Zoid. You never heard of him since you are more concerned with the Shi’ar Empire and such, but he is apart of a great alien race called the Gorkian Race that pride themselves in being the most elite alien race in the universe! For many years, I had always believed that I was destined to rule Earth, but I knew that even though I was a prodigy in my field, I could never attain that level of power with wits alone. So one day, while I was conducting business deals with the Natural Resources Division, I received a call from a mysterious person and it turned out that this person was none other than Commander Zoid himself!

“Commander Zoid then proceeded to discuss matters with me concerning Earth and its citizens and about how I could change the world with his help. At first, I was skeptical about an alien contacting me on Earth, but since we also live in a world full of “mutants,” I decided to suspend my disbelief and listen to what Commander Zoid had to say. It was then that Commander Zoid told me about how his warriors on the Planet Gork needed the Earth’s natural resources to create powerful weapons that will make his army stronger and if I kept sending him Earth’s natural resources, then he will reward me by making me the ruler of Earth!”

“So, what does that make you? An alien spy or something?” asked Jerome with scorn.

“Oh, but you are so far from the truth! You see, I am not an alien, but I am just like you and Red Steel here. Allow me to show you.”

Nigel then slowly went to Jerome and suddenly grabbed him by his collar, lifted him up in the air and then placed his other hand on Jerome’s chest. Nigel’s hand then started to glow in an eerie blue color and Jerome started whimpering painfully as he felt his energy being taken away from him.

“I have the ability to take away life energies from any victim! It is unlike that “Rogue” woman that the X-Men have in their group as I not only become stronger as I steal people’s energies away, but I can turn them into dust once I drained every last energy!” Nigel laughed wickedly.

“LEAVE HIM ALONE!” screamed Red Steel as he struggled to his feet.

But then Red Steel found himself being pulled by a strong energy force and he was thrown roughly to the floor.

“Oh, did I forget to mention about the energy field I had installed in my office? It can bring down anyone who tries to threaten me while I “play” with my victims,” Nigel said as he continued sucking away at Jerome’s life energy. “You see, I could have used it on you earlier Red Steel, if that’s what you call yourself these days. Yes, I knew you were “Colossus” a long time ago, which was way I chased after you. Of course, I never would have expected you to put on a red cape and pretend you are the red version of “Batman.” Oh, and by the way, I contacted Commander Zoid before I brought you two over here, so he and his alien army will be here any moment to destroy all the citizens of Earth! Goodbye, Red Steel.”

Nigel then pulled a level beside him while still holding Jerome and the floor beneath Red Steel gave way and Red Steel began falling through the floor into a deep abyss.

“RED STEEL!” yelled Jerome, still struggling against Nigel’s grip.

“Oh, don’t worry about him. You and me got some “unfinished” business to attend to,” said Nigel as he dropped Jerome to the ground.

Jerome started coughing a bit and then said with a strained voice, “Unfinished business?”

“Yes, it seems you were doing a little “spy” work right under my nose. I could have killed you by sucking all of your energy dry, but I want to fight you…TO THE DEATH!” Nigel yelled out.

Jerome then slowly stood up and then two daggers suddenly materialized out of his hands. Jerome then growled towards Nigel, “Bring it on then, punk!”

Meanwhile…

In an old junkyard off the coast of New York City, the Avengers and the X-Men were finally waking up after the effects of the gas wear off. Logan then got up, rubbed his aching head and said, “Man, what just happened?”

“I think that Nigel guy just hit us with some gas that knocked us out,” said Bobby.

“Where’s that “Red Steel” guy?” asked Iron Man.

“I don’t know, but we got to go after him and Nigel before something terrible happens,” said Captain America.

“Wait! Listen, about Red Steel,” started Kitty.

“Yes?” asked Captain America.

“Cap, we gotta talk,” said Logan.

Meanwhile…

Down in the sewers of New York City, Red Steel suddenly came up out of the water. He then began looking around the sewers, wondering how he got down here. Then he remembered that Nigel pulled a lever, which caused him to fall down into the sewers. But that was not all he remembered, Red Steel also realized that Nigel had just contacted the alien army and that they were coming to Earth in a few moments!

It was then that Red Steel realized that he must somehow stop Nigel’s tyranny from coming true and he started running through the sewers. When Red Steel finally found an opening that was covered by a steel bar manhole at the top of the sewers, he then said to himself:

“All right Nigel, you have made yourself known in this world…NOW IT’S MY TURN!”

Next Chapter: Part Four

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Red Steel #3: Showdown! Part 2

Title: Red Steel #3: Showdown! Part 2

Author: Rabbitearsblog

Universe: X-Men

Rating: T - For strong violence

Summary: Now that Colossus has discovered the true motives of his new friend Jerome, he will soon be in an epic battle that will determine the fate of Earth as Nigel's plans come to light and an alien invasion is threatening the world!

Notes: Please be gentle with the criticisms! :D

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Chapter 2: Confrontation!

“What? The X-Men are here?” asked Jerome uncertainly.

“Yes, and it appears that I had signed my death certificate,” said Red Steel.

As Red Steel stood there, he can slowly feel his heart breaking as he saw his former teammates fighting off the aliens. Wolverine was as usual, slashing away at the aliens with his admantium claws. Iceman was blasting the aliens with his ice powers while freezing them. Beast was ripping through the aliens’ bodies with feral fury and Storm was shooting lightning bolts down at the aliens. But the last person that Red Steel expected to see was Kitty Pryde, his one true love (or at least used to be his one true love). What would he say to the X-Men now that he is a fugitive? Would they even turn him in because he’s a wanted man or would they forget everything that just happened and let him go?

Not likely.

Jerome then quickly ran up to Red Steel and shook him gently while saying, “Come on, Peter. Pull yourself together! Listen, I know that you’re in shock about seeing the X-Men here, but there are innocent people in danger of being killed. If you want to prove to everyone that you are still the same Colossus that was a true hero, then now is the time to do it!”

Red Steel was silent for a few minutes and then said, “I do not know…”

Suddenly, he saw an alien hovering over the very spot where Kitty Pryde was fighting another alien. Even though Kitty was doing a fine job of fighting off the aliens as she phased through them and then punched them from behind, there was no way she could see the alien above her while she was fighting.

“Oh no! Katya!” At that moment, Red Steel didn’t care if he was trying to stay low or not, all he cared about was reaching Kitty before the alien got to her. Red Steel started running towards Kitty and then he quickly jumped over her and grabbed the alien by the neck. Kitty ducked quickly as this mysterious man in red jumped over her and looked on in shock as she saw the red suited man snap the alien’s neck in two.

As Red Steel threw the alien’s body to the ground, Kitty took a closer look at him and whispered in disbelief, “Peter?”

Red Steel then froze as he heard Kitty’s voice, not sure about what to say to her. He then cleared his throat and told her, “I am not Piotr, I am Red Steel, the savior of…”

“It really is you! I mean, who else would have a steel body and is able to snap anyone’s neck in two with his bare hands?” exclaimed Kitty.

Red Steel looked a bit embarrassed for a moment and then said, “Well, you are still as perceptive as you have always been, Katya.”

“Yeah. So, you’re Red Steel now, huh?” Kitty said quietly.

“Well, yes. I guess you could say that I am. Katya, I want to talk to you about…what happened at the school…” Red Steel started.

“Kitty!” several voices cried out at once and Red Steel looked on with a shock expression on his face as the other X-Men came running towards him and Kitty.

“Peter! Is that really you?” asked Bobby as he and the others approached him.

“I…ah…” Red Steel then sighed sadly and said, “Yes, it is me. For the moment, I am known as Red Steel, but that probably does not matter at this moment. You have all found me, so I guess I will be turned over to the Avengers for my crimes against humanity.”

The X-Men all looked at each other uncomfortably and then Bobby said, “Yeah, well, you can’t really be blamed for this. I mean, it was the Phoenix Force that took over…”

“But it is more than that!” Red Steel broke in. “I know that we were never intended to be the hosts of the Phoenix Force, but we should have known that the Phoenix Force is not easy to control! Even I knew about the dangers of using the Phoenix Force, especially…after what happened to Jean Grey…”

“You mean when she turned into the Dark Phoenix?” asked Kitty.

“You and Bobby weren’t there when it happened, Pumpkin. But it did put a hurting on us…physically and emotionally,” said Logan.

“So we heard,” said Bobby.

“Peter, we remembered what happened that day and it had affected us all. But in knowing about what happened to Jean Grey when the Dark Phoenix took over her, it would be most difficult to just forget about what the Phoenix Force does to its hosts. We are just sorry that you had to go through this ordeal,” said Ororo softly.

“Ororo’s right. I know that we haven’t really been…close to each other ever since M-Day started, but we should have never forgotten about our friendship with each other,” said Hank helpfully.

“You…all still forgive me, even after what has happened?” said Red Steel surprised. “I…do not know what to…”

“Hold it right there!” a voice boomed across the street. The X-Men, Red Steel and Jerome turned towards the voice and saw the Avengers running towards the aliens with Captain America yelling out “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!”

The Avengers then started attacking the aliens using their fighting techniques to their full extent. Black Widow started using her karate moves to punch out the aliens, Iron Man used his laser beam guns to shoot down the aliens, and Captain America used his shield to ward off the aliens’ attacks.

“So, the Avengers finally showed up,” said Logan.

“Oh no!” said Red Steel. “I must get away from here!”

“Wait Peter! You can’t leave just yet!” said Hank.

“You do not understand! I am a fugitive! If they catch me, they will…” Red Steel started to say, but was suddenly interrupted by a low humming noise from the sky.

“What is that noise?” asked Ororo.

Suddenly, a mysterious airship landed on the ground and once the door opened, Nigel Faust rushed out of the ship and shouted into his speaker:

“RED STEEL AND JEROME! GIVE YOURSELVES UP AT THIS MOMENT OR ELSE, I WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO USE FORCEFUL ACTION TO MAKE YOU SURRENDER!”

“Red Steel?” wondered Captain America. “Is he the new hero that the news reports have been talking about?”

“I don’t know, but if he is, this Nigel guy is not happy about his existence,” said Iron Man.

“Watch out! Nigel’s up to something!” yelled Jerome.

Before anyone had a clue what Jerome was yelling about, a purple gas started coming out of Nigel’s ship and started engulfing everyone.

“What the…?!” exclaimed Bobby as he suddenly felt sleepy.

Then all at once, the X-Men, the Avengers and Jerome all fell down to the ground, knocked out by the gas.

However, since Red Steel was in his steel form, he was not easily affected by the gas and he started running towards Nigel’s airship, trying to get to Nigel. But, Nigel saw Red Steel coming and since the gas did not work on him, Nigel pressed a button beside him and a large steel ball came out of the ship and flew towards Red Steel at break-necking speed. Red Steel tried to stop himself from getting too close to the ball, but the steel ball struck him in the head in full force and knocked him down unconscious.

After this stunt, Nigel and his guards started coming out of the ship and since they were wearing masks to protect themselves from the gas, they were not affected. Nigel then told his guards, “Bring forth Red Steel and Jerome to the ship and dump the Avengers and the X-Men somewhere where they cannot get to my headquarters.”

Two of Nigel’s largest guards then went over and picked up Red Steel and Jerome while the rest of Nigel’s guards picked up the Avengers and the X-Men and took them away from the area.

Then Nigel got into his airship and flew away with the unconscious Red Steel and Jerome.

Next Chapter: Part 3

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