Kitty woke up rather late. She looked over at Ororo's bed to see it perfectly made without even the tiniest wrinkle in the sheets. "Great." Kitty commented. "I've got a neat freak for a roommate." Then, she heard a knock at her door. "Kitty? Are you up?" Jean asked from the other side.
"Yeah. I'll be right out." Kitty said. A few minutes later, Kitty walked through the door without opening it. "Look's like your gifts are settling in nicely." Jean noted.
"Yeah, I guess." Kitty said. "It still feels pretty weird, though."
"Don't worry. You'll get used to it." Jean said.
"Where's Warren?" Bobby asked.
"He's not a morning person." Kurt said.
"Good morning, everyone." Xavier said as he wheeled into the kitchen.
"Good morning, Professor." Everyone replied.
"Another new student came in last night and I would like you to greet him with a smile." Xavier said. "He just flew in from Russia yesterday and has had a long trip."
"We'll be sure to show him around after breakfast, Professor." Scott said.
"Thank you, Scott." Xavier replied. Logan walked in, right on schedule, grabbed his breakfast sandwiches and threw them in the microwave. He looked over at Kurt and said, "You ready for our training session today, Smokey?"
"I didn't know I vould be training against you today." Kurt said.
"No, no. You ain't ready for that." Logan corrected. "I'm going to be instructing you today."
"Which he still isn't ready for." Bobby laughed under his breath. Dr. McCoy walked into the room with a big smile on his face. "Hello, everybody!" He said enthusiastically.
"Where were you yesterday, Hank?" Logan asked.
"I went to go see my old friend, Dr. Banner." Dr. McCoy said. "He's made several major breakthroughs in gamma radiation since my last visit."
"Yeah. Sounds interesting." Bobby said with a glazed look in his eyes. Then, a tall, muscular guy walked into the room. "Dobraye utro." He said.
"Good morning." Xavier replied. "Everybody. I'd like you to meet Piotr Rasputin, our newest student."
"Good morning, Piotr." Scott said. "My name is Scott, but you can call me Cyclops."
"Pryvet, Cyclops." Piotr replied. "I apologize, but I have not learned much English."
"That's fine." Scott said. Bobby held his hand out for a handshake and said, "Hi, I'm Bobby, but you can call me Iceman."
"Pryvet, Iceman." Piotr said as he shook Bobby's hand. Then, Kitty, Jean, and Ororo walked into the kitchen. "Well. I'm going to watch my Friday morning cartoons." Bobby got up and went into the parlor with Scott close behind. "I'm going outside to stretch my wings." Warren said.
"Ok, but don't go near the bird feeders." Kurt joked.
"Haha. Real funny." Warren said as he went upstairs to go on the balcony.
"So, vhat do you call da vinged boy?" Piotr asked.
"It's not official, but I think ve call him Angel." Kurt answered.
"I still think we should call 'im Big Bird." Logan suggested.
"So, what's your name?" Jean asked.
"I am Piotr Rasputin." Piotr said.
"Nice to meet you, Piotr. I'm Jean." Jean said.
"Hi. I'm Kitty." Kitty greeted.
"Pryvet, Kitty." Piotr said.
"And I am Ororo." Ororo said.
"Pryvet." Piotr greeted.
"So, vhat can you do?" Kurt asked.
"Glad you asked, drug." Piotr said. He stood up, and a sound of clanging metal filled the room. His skin seemed to turn into plates of armor. It appeared almost as if he grew at least a foot in height. "Wow! That is amazing!" Kurt exclaimed.
"I need not eat or sleep or ewen so much as breathe in zis form." Piotr said. "I apologize, I never got your name."
"My name is Kurt, but the others call me Nightcrawler." Kurt said.
"Vhy is zat?" Piotr asked. Kurt then ported right behind Piotr. Piotr whipped around and said, "Whoa! Now your gift is vhat is amazing, little drug!"
"Ya, I guess." Kurt said, trying not to brag.
"So, now that we're done with our little 'show-and-tell', let's get to today's training sessions." Logan said as he chewed on his breakfast sandwich.
"Hey! With Piotr and Dr. McCoy here, we have enough for 'Who's Got the Button'!" Ororo said.
In an abandoned warehouse, the girl with the white streak in her hair stood in the center of the room, waiting for something. Then, a large man with an ape-like body launched himself at her. She rolled out of the way just in time. As the ape-man landed, she side kicked him in the ribs. He staggered back, and she knife handed his neck and knocked him out. He dropped to the floor and fell into the sunlight coming through the windows. The light showed the face of Dr. McCoy. Then, his body began to shift and change into a woman with blue, scaly skin. The girl offered her hand to help the blue woman off the ground. "You did a lot better this time, Mom." The girl said. "This time, you made it fifteen seconds." The woman took her hand and stood up. "That is only because I was not using my own abilities, Rogue." The blue woman said. "Had I used this form, you would not have lasted more than five."
"She is ready for the mission, Mystique." A man wearing a red suit and helmet said. "Now, it is time for her to bring us Dr. Henry McCoy."
"Yes, Magneto." They both said.
"All right! Here are the rules!" Xavier said over the intercom. "There will be two teams. Team 1 will be made up of Beast, Cyclops, Angel, Iceman, and Jean, and Team 2 will be Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Kitty. The first team to hit the button on the ceiling wins. You cannot hit the button with your powers. You must press it with your hand. Begin!" And the game was on! Cyclops already started strategizing. "Alright! Out of all five of us, I am the only one who cannot hit that button." Cyclops said. "Beast, you'll be climbing the walls. Jean and Angel, you two can fly at the button. And Iceman, you'll slide for it. I'll be covering all of you. Got it?"
"Yeah! Let's do it!" Iceman said. On the other side of the field, Storm began devising a plan. "Kitty, Colossus, and Wolverine, you three will be covering Nightcrawler and I while we will be going for the button." Storm said.
"Good plan!" Colossus said. Without any further planning, Colossus rushed into battle. "You have to admire his enthusiasm." Kitty commented.
"All right! Let's get a-rockin' and a-rollin' and what not!" Wolverine shouted. As quick as lightning, Wolverine's claws shot out and he ran at top speed into combat. Cyclops fired multiple energy shots to keep the opponents from getting too close. Kitty then went out onto the field and made herself into an easy target. "Careful when aiming for Kitty!" Jean said. "She's making an easy target!"
"And there's no such thing as an easy target!" Scott said. He fired a quick beam at Kitty, which went straight through her. "Just as I thought." Scott said. Beast climbed across the ceiling using monkey bars to get to the button, but Nightcrawler ported right in front of him and threw him off balance. Beast fell right to the floor and landed on his hands. Using the momentum fom his fall, he pushed himself back into the air and straight at the button. Then, he was hit by a lightning bolt from Storm and fell on his back. Nightcrawler started crawling toward the button while avoiding eye shots from Cyclops. He was about to press the button when he was yanked from the ceiling by Jean's telekinesis. "Vhat?! Hey!" Nightcrawler yelled.
"Now, Angel!" Jean shouted. Angel flew at the button at top speed, but Nightcrawler ported from the air to Angel, grabbed onto him, and then ported both of them away from the button. Then, Storm flew straight up and pushed the button. The buzzer went off to indicate the end of the match. "Very good team work and utilization of your abilities, everyone!" Xavier said. "Who's ready for their classes?"
After the daily classes, Hank sat in the classroom and was preparing tomorrow's classes. Then, he got a call on his cell phone. "Hello?" He answered.
"Hank, it's Bruce." The caller said. "I need your help. It's an emergency."
"I'll be right there!"
Dr. McCoy left the campus while on the phone with his friend, Dr. Banner. "Bruce! Calm down!" He said. "Now, tell me. When exactly did this happen?" Then, McCoy could hear some men in the background on the other end. "Hello, Dr. Banner?" One voice asked. "I am Emil Blonsky. I'm going to need you to come with us." Beast couldn't tell what happened next, but he knew there was some kind of struggle, with a lot of yelling and a lot of gunfire. The next thing he heard was Blonsky's voice shouting, "The Hulk is loose! The Hulk is loose!"
"Bruce?! Bruce?!!" McCoy yelled. "No!" He hung up his phone and started running. He took his shoes off and used his ape feet to run faster. Then, out of nowhere, Rogue came out and gave Beast a round kick to the gut. After knocking the wind out of him, she performed a circular hammer fist to the side of his head. "Ah!!" He yelled. "Who are you?!! What do you want?!!" As she began a kick, Beast grabbed her leg with his foot and threw her into a tree. "I may not know who you are, but that won't stop me from knocking you into submission!" Beast yelled. As Rogue struggled back to her feet, she glared at Beast, then smiled. "Now it's time for the gloves to come off!" She yelled. She took off her gloves and balled her hands into fists. Beast jumped at her. This was the exact scenario she had been training for. She rolled away in the nick of time. As he landed, Rogue gave him a side kick to the ribs. As he staggered backward, she knife handed his neck to knock him out. But, once he fell to the ground, he immediately began to recover. So, she touched his face with her bare hands. The pain was overwhelmingly excrutiating. Beast never thought that physical pain that great could never be possible for anyone to feel. And as Beast lost strength, Rogue gained it. After what felt like hours but was only minutes, she finally let go. Beast was completely unconscious. Rogue put her gloves back on and threw Beast over her shoulder. She ran abnomrally fast for carrying a large, ape-like man over her shoulder. She had finally found and captured her prey. All that was left was to deliver it.
As Rogue drew near the warehouse, her strength began to wear off and Beast started waking up. Eventually, she had to put him down. He began to open his eyes. He started moaning and getting up. "Oh, no you don't!" Rogue yelled. She touched his face one more time, knocking him out again and taking just enough strength to get him in the warehouse. She set him down inside and slumped to the ground. "Man! This is tough work!" She said. Then, Magneto and Mystique walked into the room. "I see you have delivered our prize." Magneto said as he stared down at Beast. He used his powers to wrap a few steel beams around Beast to make sure he couldn't escape when he woke up. "This is only the beginning, Rogue." Magneto said. "You have yet to prove your true worth to this team."
"Yes, Magneto." Rogue said.
"With Beast out of the way, there is very little that can stop us." Magneto said. "There is a potential new recruit in Detroit. I need you to go with Quicksilver to retrieve this young mutant." Just as Magneto finished what he was saying, a boy appeared in the shadows. His face was hidden by the darkness. "Remember, this is a test for the both of you. You cannot fail me. Understand?" Magneto asked.
"Yes, Magneto." Rogue said. then, the boy walked into the light, revealing his face. "Yes, Magneto." The boy said. Just then, Beast opened his eyes. The first thing that caught his attention was the young man called Quicksilver. He knew this boy by name. In fact, he once went to try and enroll him in Xavier's school. Out of surprise, Beast exclaimed, "Pietro?!"
To Be Continued...