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Sam Cooper

I'm not worthless, no matter what she says.

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a character in “X-men: Xavier and Magneto Unite”, as played by ViviOrunitiaFF9

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Name: None, as of yet

Civilian name: Sam Cooper

Age: 17

Occupation: Works in Starbucks, soon to join the X-men

Alliance: Good

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Sam stands at 5' 9", weighing around 179 lb, and has brown hair that he always has spiked up. His eyes are brown and, despite being only months from his 18th birthday, people have been known to say he is still a little baby faced, but his looks have been maturing recently. While he has some decent muscle to him, it doesn't show through his clothes all that well. His skin is tanned and his regular expression is mostly neutral, with small hints towards worried, maybe even pained. Despite this however, he tends to keep a smile on his face as often as he can (except in his moods) to keep others around him happy. Marking his skin, from bullying and abuse, are some scars and a few burn scars (his mom occasionally liked to use him as an ashtray). He has a small scar on his left elbow, two others on his right arm, a line of a scar down half of his back (though this was from an accident when he was experimenting with his powers), a couple of burn scars on his upper left arm and a few other ordinary things from any childhood. He knows he got off lucky. Many other people were put through so much worse.

Personality: While playful, fun and generally just happy go lucky with his friends - and he attempts to be the same to a lesser degree with others he doesn't know - he can sometimes become completely detached from everyone around him. The sudden mood shift can be a very slow thing, or within a second. Fortunately, it doesn't last for more than a day at the very most in regular circumstances. Despite having been around the world, Sam still knows very little about the world and can be somewhat naive at times, but his heart is always in the right place. Especially when he is fighting for something he believes in, or protecting those he cares about. Which he does more than he should. His ability to block pain, both mentally and physically, can sometimes make him aloof and a little numb to people. Generally however, he tries to get along with everyone he can.

Being abused and bullied as a child, he has a certain sympathy for those who are in similar situation. He particularly is concerned with mutant rights, though he tries to act as if he is indifferent to the cause. Sam is also very brave, often to a fault and is constantly trying to find ways to prove his worth to people, prove his isn't worthless and beneath people like his mother used to drum into his brain. Because of this way of being raised, he doubts his abilities and power. Narcissism has never been a reason for his acts of heroism. Despite his courage and wish to show the world he is better than he has been told, another main motivation of his is just to have a good time while he is still able to have it. He has matured enough for his age, but is still enough of a teenager to appreciate that he has to have some fun.

Mutant Classification: Beta - Can pass for human, but, while it is controllable, he cannot turn off his shield which can make it difficult in life as the shield dulls his sense of touch, his ability to taste and his sense of smell.

Powers and Abilities: His only abilities are his forcefield and his high resistance.

Shatter Shield (his name for it): He has a permanent shield around his body that protects him from both physical and mental attacks. He has the ability to project it in a dome from his body to defend several people or a specific area. The reason it has its name is that as it weakens under attack, cracks form along the barrier until it literally shatters like glass when destroyed which causes extreme, debilitating pain in his head.

A limitation of this ability is that it changes molecular state when it is being projected. The solid state it has becomes weaker and has the stopping ability of a thick liquid that becomes weaker the further away it goes from him, even to the point where it has the defending ability of a gas, but when he stops moving it and focuses it can return to a solid shape, though weaker the further it is from his body. Also, the shield works on both sides so attacks from inside cannot leave the shield. Due to these, a weakness is that if someone manages to get inside his shield and he attempts to bring it back to him, he will end up dragging his attacker closer to him as it strengthens the closer it gets. He is however currently working on the way he expends his shield (i.e. expending it without weakening it), lowering his shield, directing energy (to strength on area more than another on the dome shield and body shield) and allowing attacks from the inside to reach outside.

All mental attacks are blocked from his shield and no pain is felt from physical attacks. However, if a crack forms on the shield mental attacks and abilities that can get through such as heat and gasses will be able to reach him. His shield also does not protect against light. Also, while no pain is felt, if the shield is only around his body (or close) he can be stumbled and knocked back from strong strikes and attacks, and all attacks against his shield does harm to him in the form of headaches that progresses into a migraine the more he has to defend against. Nose bleeds are also a common thing with over usage.

The shield is entirely invisible around his body until cracks form along it. However, when projected, it has a slight shimmering effect in the air distorting the images a little through it on both sides. The further from him it is, the more it shimmers and distorts.

While his shield is around his body, his sense of touch and taste can be lessened slightly. The only way around it is to allow something inside his shield, but he can only do that by extending his shield which still affects furniture and other objects around him.

High Resistance: His body is more resistant to damage, drugs and poisons, but only slightly more than a normal human. For example, he could be shot in the stomach and the bullet would only go in half the distance of a regular human. Or, he could take pain killers and have the pain return within around half the time in normal situations.

Mental Resistance: Due to his shield and high body resistance, his mind is a lot harder to break into, influence and just generally break through natural means, such as mental trauma from an accident.

While his abilities are defensively strong and diverse, he has almost no offensive capabilities. The few attacks with his powers revolve around him either attacking physically with his body, using his shield to both do more damage and prevent damage to himself, or expanding the shatter shield into a dome and driving enemies and objects back, but this also leaves him with a weaker defense himself.

History: Sam Cooper, the only child of Chris and Amanda (nee. Stockard) Cooper, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His father worked for a small company at the time and his mother was a school teacher. During his birth there was a few complications that kept him in hospital for longer than usual, but he recovered quickly. Their family was very popular where they lived and when his father received a better job offer in New York when Sam was two, everyone was sad to see them go. The three of them left friends, family and their old life behind them when they left. Upon reaching New York, the opportunity his dad had received did not come to much and their company went under before Sam's fourth birthday. While his dad searched for work, his mom kept the family going on a low income from her new job as a teacher at the nearby school. For several months, they lived with little money after paying up their bills and debts.

Over half a year had went by before his father had even found something worth pursuing. He managed to get a job that paid less than his last, but gave the high possibility of moving up the ranks thanks to his previous business experience. His father quickly worked his way higher and higher, taking any opportunity to increase his place in the company he could. With each promotion his father brought more and more money into their family and continued to make their lives better. They moved into a better house and made friends with the right people. His mother continued to work at the school,Sam had good friends that he could rely on and was doing good in his classes. Soon, Chris was getting sent all over the world for the growing company to expend their business. Sam always looked forwards to going with his dad across the world, even if the trips were only a week or two long at a time.

It wasn't until Sam was 11 that the next big thing in his life happened. As the money coming into the family increased steadily, his mother started to meet the wrong kind of people and indulge in alcohol. His dad was away for most of the year by this point, almost entirely living in wherever his work placed him, the only way to keep the job and his family with money, so he didn't have a clue. It didn't take long for her to become addicted. While drunk she became a completely different person. Sam tried to stay out of her way as much as possible, but she always seemed to get angry at him for something. It wasn't until he was 12 that she started abusing him. If he pissed her off he would get a slap. Any sign of retaliation or threat to tell his dad would get him a few more. Sam had a habit of running his mouth without overly thinking about what the consequences could be which made it even worse for him when she was in one of those moods. In time, she added cheating and drugs to her growing list of offences. People began talking and gossiping about Amanda, and Sam started getting bullied for her behaviour, causing him to withdraw from a lot of people. Whenever his dad called she would always be there, stopping him from saying anything bad against her. When he visited, she tried her hardest to make it seem like nothing was happening.

Chris did find out however after he finally saw her hitting Sam when he was 14. He threatened to take Sam and all the money he was giving her for her booze and drugs away if she ever touched their son again. He stayed as long as he could, making sure she started seeing people about getting help. But when he left, she went straight back to her old ways, though she never hit Sam again for over a year. This was when Sam awakened to his abilities. After the man she was seeing behind her husband's back left her when they had a huge fight she tried to drown it out with alcohol and drugs. When Sam got home from a friend's house, one of the few who didn't make fun of him, she was lying on their living room floor. He rushed to help her, but she lashed out. He missed the first slap, but the second one hit. Before he could try and get away, she swung the vodka bottle she had been drinking from. It hit, and he should have at least been knocked unconscious, but his powers had saved him. He backed away on the ground. She came after him again, but fear drove his power further. His shield extended out, pushing all of the furniture around him away in a dome, which also pushed her back and over onto the coffee table. He told her, like he had in the past, that he would tell his dad about everything if she ever hit him again. When she woke up the next morning, she barely remembered anything, but she never did hit him again.

Everyday he experimented with his powers and grew strong, and got better. Though, one thing he could never do was turn the shield off, unless he somehow managed to break it, but that caused extreme pain. The best he could do was extended it so far from his body that it became as useful as air for keeping things away from him. In his relatively small group of friends, he was the only mutant. When he showed them, they treated him with a new respect. The group experimented with the ability, finding out the weaknesses and breaking strength of it. When word got out that he had mutant powers, the bullying he had received because of his mother doubled ten-fold. Now even the teachers treated him differently. His senior year years were supposed to be his best, but soon became his worst. He would regularly have things put in his locker to wreck his things, people would steal the gifts his dad sent form the countries he visited (which he would end up getting back about a week later, broken in some way, which is why he never took them to school again after that).

As soon as he was old enough, he moved out of his house and started living with a friend. He still got money from his dad and got a job to help pay the rent and such things, while still having plenty to have fun, despite the people who discriminated against him. When reports of the HMR kidnapping mutants surfaced, his friends tried to convince him to join them. It didn't take long. His heart is in the right place for wanting to help these people, but he brain is still catching up concerning the consequences of these actions.

So begins...

Sam Cooper's Story

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Sam watched the bustling streets with a worried frown. The familiar sound of morning traffic and reassuring scent of New York streets did little to ease his aching stomach. Worry was clouding his mind and affecting his body. He had heard the stories about the HMR, and he didn't feel great going to one of their headquarters. But seeing as one of his best friends, Ethan, was contacted and told to come in for questioning, he couldn't let him go by himself. With Sam's shield, he could protect them. Besides, it was his fault. He had wanted to mess around with their abilities. Sam's ability is nearly invisible, but Ethan's ability to defy gravity was not. He was just worried.

They crossed a road quickly and finally reached the door of the looming building. His eyes tracked the building as it rose to the sky. His stomach twisted again and he caught his friend's arm gently. Ethan looked to him, his face mirroring the concern and fear. Taking a deep breath, he voiced what was worrying him.
"You know," he began, taking another glance at the pillar of glass and metal and back, "you don't have to do this. I say screw 'em. I mean, for all we know this could just be a trap." At this Ethan's face went pal, paler than Sam ever thought was possible. He cursed in his mind at himself and sighed. Giving Ethan a reassuring smile, he nudged him forward, but lingered for a moment to project out his shield. He focused on sending the energy away from him and felt it pull from his body like a second skin, the stretching causing a discomfort in him mind and body. He had to push it out far enough that it basically became air before he could put it around his friend to protect him. The strain was torture. It was like holding a stretch for too long. Finally he stepped forwards and retracted it to cover them with a gentle sigh of relief.

The walked close together into the somewhat busy reception and towards the front desk. To avoid causing suspicion he retracted his shield more so that it didn't hit anything. While the shortening of his shield was a relief, having to maintain that distance perfectly was just as much effort. The man behind the desk looked up, a bored and generally tired expression on his face, before asking what they were needing.
"We were asked to come in for... questioning," Sam said, his confidence fading more the further into the sentence he got. The man's eyes grew wide for a second, but he recovered quickly and sheepishly motioned to where they had to go. Sam nodded and gave Ethan a gentle push in the right direction when he didn't move.

Waiting at the elevator the pair was sent to was a tall man in a black suit. as they approached he ushered them inside the open doors. Sam and Ethan gave each other a quick look to reassure each other, then climbed in the metal box. Sam pulled his shield closer and closed his eyes taking a deep breath.
'If we make it out of here by the end of the day, he so owes me.'

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Character Portrait: Vincent Xavier (Psionic) Character Portrait: Memory Ashcroft Character Portrait: Jonathan Moore Character Portrait: Philip Klein (Boom-Boom) Character Portrait: Abe Fuyumi (Shadow) Character Portrait: Matsuzaka Hideki (Flare) Character Portrait: Aidan O'Doherty (The Author) Character Portrait: Professor Charles Xavier Character Portrait: Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) Character Portrait: Cara Black (Shadowdancer) Character Portrait: Kyle Jean- Claude (Marvel) Character Portrait: Scott Summers (Cyclops) Character Portrait: Logan (Wolverine) Character Portrait: Ryan Legrand (Leviathan) Character Portrait: Ace Vasquez Character Portrait: Stinger (Wendy Sherman) Character Portrait: Frenzy (Joanna Cargill) Character Portrait: Sabertooth (Victor Creed) Character Portrait: Mutt Ant Character Portrait: Cain Xavier Lehnsherr Character Portrait: Colossus (Piotr "Peter" Rasputin) Character Portrait: Kent Van Pelt (The Nobleman) Character Portrait: Jean Grey Character Portrait: Jennifer Harolds (Clarity) Character Portrait: Sam Cooper Character Portrait: Ororo Munroe (Storm) Character Portrait: Robert 'Rob' Q. Ashdown (Switchblade)

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The Kitchen

"Well what do ya know, another good old Brit about! where you from mate? Down near London too?" Robert asked Aidan.
Aidan grinned, “I’m actually from Ireland. However my hometown is barely recognizable today as it was simply centuries ago since it was called what its name once was. But to air on the side of being less complicated, yes I have spent a rather lengthy amount of time in London.” Aidan was referencing his having been born in the late 1800s. “It is nice to have another Englishmen about.” Aidan smiled, a bit more genuinely this time.

As a number of X-men and fellow mutant guests wandered off to prepare themselves, Robert was busy trying to figure out which team to tag along with, mumbling feverishly under his breath as he lifted his hat to scratch at his scalp in puzzlement, before blurting decisively; "I got, Team 2! I'll follow them about for a bit! If it's alright with you Mr. Xavier, and Mr. Lehnsherr! Though I warn you lot, like i said before I ain't an athlete, too much sitting around on my bum recently. Well more than recent, but ya get what I'm blabbing."

Magneto smiled, he was thrilled with Roberts eagerness to help them. “We are most grateful for any assistance you’d be willing to provide us Mr. Ashdown.” He extended his hand and shook Roberts.

Charles added, “A wise choice you have made Robert. They will indeed look after you, as well as put their trust in you as they are also in your hands.”

Rob then turned to Joanna, who he now knew was Frenzy and gave a friendly grin, happy to have a somewhat familiar face on the team, even if that face was only familiar from the last half hour or so. "Well, looks like you’re stuck with me for a bit longer then huh? Who knows, we might end being the best partnership since Del-boy and Rodney!", he jokingly said with giving a chuckle.

Joanna giggled a little. She didn’t quite understand the Del-boy and Rodney reference but Robert’s jovial nature was enough to lift anyone’s spirits. “I am rather glad that we will get a chance to work together Robert. Perhaps I’ll learn a thing or two from you?” Joanna replied with a tickled smile.

Rob gave quick gruff nod with a smile to Aidan, giving a curt; "Alright there, Author!", to which Aidan responded with a flinch of a smile, before turning to Kent and Cara; adding; "Guess your Cara then love, and this posh fella is Kent! Hmmmm hang on a minute, you look familiar mate. Have you been on telly or something?"
He ended his sentence with yet another puzzled expression, pondering on why Kent seemed so familiar.

Kent gave a slightly embarrassed smile and ran his hand across the back of his head. “I’m a journalist and newscaster so you might have seen me on CNN. I cover a lot of international stories as well. It’s a pleasure to be working with you Robert. It’s alright if I call you Robert right?” Kent replied.

Hideki cut in, “May have seen me he says… He’s practically a celebrity. Not to mention who could not help but stare at those eyes?” Hideki blabbed on. His comments caused Kent to blush shyly and thus he chuckled nervously. He was as humble as one could be.

Logan yanked Hideki’s shirt to get his attention, “Alright Matsuzaka, enough fan-girling over Kent here. Go get changed will ya?” Logan let out a heavy sigh. “One track mind I tell ya.” He uttered.

“Alright Wolvie.” Hideki responded in a annoyed and embarrassed manner for having been stifled.

Jonathan looked to Kyle. "Guess we'll have to take that walk another time," he said with a smile.

Kyle mustered a smile through his disappointment. “Indeed, another time Mon ami. Be careful.” Kyle said quietly. Jonathan then excused himself to get ready and left for his room. Kyle then joined his team after changing.

The others departed the kitchen one by one to prepare for transport and battle. Straightening up, Ace put away her mug into the sink and walked over to Cain. Nodding her acknowledgment to her fellow shadow manipulator, Cara, Ace turned to the man she wished to talk to. "Looks like you'll be leading us Vincent's double, I suggest you call everyone to get ready and meet up wherever it is you please. Just tell me know, I really hate it when telepaths such as yourself try to talk to me. Any how I have a way that'll get us that much quicker to our destination but that'll have to wait when I come back from getting ready." With that being said, Ace turned around and walked right into the shadow between the door and the wall.

Cain listened to Ace a slight smirk crossed his face. He didn’t get to opportunity to respond to Ace before she disappeared into the shadows. He thought on her calling him Vincent’s double, and it somewhat bothered him. Perhaps he was only a mere shadow of Vincent Xavier, however in truth so was Vincent a shadow of Charles and Erik. It would be a long road before he would gain the trust of his allies. This mission would help him prove his worth and his differences from Vincent.

Ace took a step forwards only to step out of someone's shadow. As she did so, Ace threw on her coat with a dramatic flare and stood before her team. Looking to Cain she spoke, "So as you may know, like Cara I can travel about via shadow. We can get to the HMR building faster if we go via shadow but you'll need to make sure your in physical contact with my body. Otherwise I can't take you with and you'll look like an idiot trying to get through a shadow. So once you guys give the hey ho, I'll just take us to the Shadow dimension a d we can talk plans there. Mind you times different down there so no need to worry about having to hurry to be a bunch of lives."

Cain replied, “Thank you Ace. It will be quite helpful. Just make sure you’re not too injured so that you can take us home when this is all said and done.” He said with a playful chuckle. Cain then gathered the team consisting of Fuyumi, Ace, Mutt Ant, and Kyle together to discuss strategy. “Alright team, if we coordinate we’ll overcome any obstacle set before us. I would like for Mutt and Fuyumi to run evacuation duty. Help as many innocents escape harm as possible. Once you’ve cleared all that you can, Report back and assist the rest of the team as you see fit. Meanwhile, Ace, Kyle and I will keep the attackers busy and attempt to subdue them. The Professor has telepathically informed me that we are dealing with two mutants, one with the ability to disintegrate things upon touch and another with high resistance and force field generative abilities. We must be careful. Let’s move out.” With that Ace transported the team.

Philip a bit surprised by being chosen as a team leader. However it filled him with a sort of excitement at the same time. He looked forward to looking after the team. Vincent hugged Philip goodbye, “Don’t rush into things and be careful Philip. I won’t be a jolly man if something were to happen to you out there.” Vincent said. It wasn’t often he had to work a mission without Philip at his side. Perhaps Magneto wanted the two to work apart for a change of pace.

Philip relied with a whimsical smile on his face, “I’ve got Memory to look after me, I’ll be fine. You jus be sure to follow orders. Don’t forget Ryan and Terra are your team leaders. You’re not the boss this time Vince.” The two chuckled and then grew silent as the smiles faded. They embraced once more and with a quiet peck on one another’s cheek they departed for their teams.

Philip approached Memory. “Hey M, are you ready to lead the best team around? No need for worries, we’ve got Magneto, Logan and Jean on our team. What could go wrong that they couldn’t overcome?” Philip joked to lighten the burden Memory and he carried upon their shoulders.

Scott gathered Sabertooth, Stinger, Jennifer and Storm together for a team meeting. Scott wasn’t at all thrilled to be working with Sabertooth but orders were orders and he intended to follow them. Scott also expected Sabertooth to follow his orders as well. It wouldn’t be an easy, not to mention having Stinger on the team as well. Scott had never worked with Jennifer before so he could only hope that she was a level team player, not a wild card like Sabertooth and Stinger were. Storm was the second anchor of the team, Scott was much relieved to have her to assist them.

“Alright team, we’ve got a situation to neutralize. Expect the HMR to be hostile as well. Our first priority is to clear the area of innocents, and to neutralize the HMR opposition so that we can calmly talk the mutants in question into a ceasefire. I expect us to work as a solid team, do not over do things and try not to harm the HMR soldiers. Our goal is a peaceful resolution not increased chaos. Is that clear?” Scott spoke to his team.

Stinger slinked up to Scott and ran her index finger down Scott’s uniform covered chest flirtatiously. “Anything you want soldier boy….” She said with a wink.

Scott frowned and promptly moved Stingers hand away from him. “Stop goofing around Wendy.” He turned toward Sabertooth, “I didn’t hear a reply from you Victor.”

Sabertooth grinned in an icy manner., the look of a killer teasing prey. “Well of course I’m clear on the goal. However doesn’t mean that’s where I’m headed no does it?”

Scott’s anger showed through gritted teeth. “I swear if you do anything to jeopardize innocent lives or this mission, so help me God…” Scott retorted.

“Don’t make promises you can’t keep Summers. Relax, I’ll play nice today.” Sabertooth said calmly and patted Scott lightly on the shoulder.

Storm rubbed Scott’s back a little in an effort to calm him down. “Don’t you let him get under your skin. He likes to cause a trouble remember? Everything will be fine.” Storm said gently. Scott let out a sigh of relief.

“Thanks Storm… I needed that. I hope you’re right.” Scott replied with a gentle smile.

Storm gave Jennifer a friendly nudge, “Hey you ready to save the world?” She smiled with an adventurous look in her eyes. Soon afterward they headed off to their destination.

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Memory Ashcroft Character Portrait: Jonathan Moore Character Portrait: Aidan O'Doherty (The Author) Character Portrait: Cara Black (Shadowdancer) Character Portrait: Frenzy (Joanna Cargill) Character Portrait: Kent Van Pelt (The Nobleman) Character Portrait: Sam Cooper Character Portrait: Oliver Cassidy (Greenhill) Character Portrait: Robert 'Rob' Q. Ashdown (Switchblade)

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Jonathan


Jonathan flinched when Robert released the blades from his arms, then listened intently to his explanation. He noted it down in his mind and began to think of how exactly he could put Robert to use. While he had a good offensive ability, the man didn't seem like much of a fighter.
'I'll take what I can get,' he thought, then followed his team to the hanger.

When they were in the air Jonathan sat alone. Focussing his mind he attempted to push his power to his right hand. He stared down at it, eyes half closed with the concentration. Closing over his fingers he allowed his fear power to gather there. Flicking his fingers out quickly, palms facing up, her released the ability. A wisp of black smoke swirled into existence. Though his power took the form of this smoke when he used it to infect minds around him with fear it never really seemed much like smoke. It didn't move right. Instead of blowing around in the wind it slithered through the air. It's dark tendrils reminded Jonathan of oil, the way it pours to the ground. Just like oil his smoke also did not rise, as it should, but fell. It slipped through his fingers and twisted and coiled. There was a purpose to it.

He closed his hand shut tight then released another quick puff of smoke, and it too rose for a moment, then began to slip down past his hands. It was searching. Searching for a mind to plague. As it began to stretch farther from him it's inky form thinned and separated before it finally ripped from his hold and dissipated into the air, finally rising as smoke should. He watched it until it faded out of existence, then lowered his hand and turned to his team.

"Ok, our area is a good one. It is a solitary building a little distance way from other buildings except one. There's water on one side so unless the mutants have something that can work with the water we have them blocked on one side. We have to somehow keep them contained in this area. It might be difficult due to the layout but we'll manage it." He pulled back from them all again and readied himself. He would think of more specific organisations and tactics when they saw what they were dealing with.

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Jonathan and his team finally got close to their drop point. He gave each of them a quick glance over. Cara, Aidan, Kent, Frenzy, and now the new recruit, Robert. Following his own rules he began thinking of pairs quickly.

"Alright, here's what's happening. Cara, you're partnered with Aidan. He can take more damage than you can, and his powers to bring things into existence could potentially help you. Frenzy, you're with Robert. Keep him safe. Kent, you're with me. I've got the least offensive abilities, I'll might need your protection."

He was happy with the pairings he made, but guessed that would likely not be entirely the same for everyone. However, there wasn't time to argue it and he wouldn't be changing his mind based on a team member's grievances with another.

"From what the professor got in Cerebro, the are both strong mutants. One has the ability to manipulate elemental forces, but he is believed to have more than this. The other has abilities relating to the astral plane and supernatural abilities. He's also a teleporter, so watch yourselves.
"The only ones who can defend the team against attacks like this are Kent and Aidan, but Kent will be our main shield. Our best course of action will be to separate them. The first is well suited to combat with his abilities, and will be the biggest threat as far as I can tell. If we separate them, put ourselves between them if we must, Kent can continue to shield one side with us fighting to assist him, while the others fight the least offensive of the two. We cannot afford to let them stay together."

He sighed and looked out onto the streets outside the building.
"To be honest I'm hoping this can be sorted without violence, but I get the feeling we're going to have to fight. Regardless," he said, his tone serious, "our top priority is keeping everyone alive. Deadly force can be used, but it's a last resort only."

Jonathan stared down at small group of people outside the building. Ghostly shadow beings seeped from the ground and headed from the group to the police and HMR soldiers. He narrowed his eyes slightly.
'There you are,' he thought to himself, a flutter of panic making his hands shake. The second man had the ability to summon astral beings. They turned and attempted to make a flee from the building with the distraction, but Jonathan's team were getting dropped off directly in the path.

Jonathan had another quick look of the group's formation.
"Cara, if we can't make them see sense then use your shadows in any way you can to try and direct the people away from each other. I'll help as much as I can. Keep the elemental away from the water. Help Cara if you can in any way Aidan. Frenzy, Robert, you to are going to have to be against those creatures that are being summoned if we need to fight and separate them. You'll need to keep that one contained. Kent, keep use protected from whatever the elemental throws at us. If you can't defend against it any more, tell us and I'll we'll move to more defensive positions." They touched down where their targets could see them, so they would know they could not escape this way.

Erika


Erika ordered a group of security guards to form a group around her and ready their weapons. If one were to fall, the rest were to close in around her and protect her from harm. She didn't like having to manipulate people like this and having them die for her, but she would not let her children see the kind of hate that most other mutants had. Elliot, her sweet little six year old, and Olivia, only two years younger. She would not seem them harmed. She turned to three people on the floor and spoke to them with her power.

"I want you to destroy very camera on this floor. Every thing that can show we were here. Then find wherever the cameras record their footage to a destroy everything from today. Make sure no one will ever know we were here." Frowning she turned to her companion, Oliver.
"So, do you have any kind of plan for getting us out of here?" she asked him, a touch of desperation in her voice.

Sam


Sam stood with his nervous friend waiting on one of the men in suits to take them to an interview room. It had been over ten minutes of waiting. All around there had been slowly forming chaos and above there was slammed footsteps. Drawing his shield back closer around himself and his friend, Ethan, they waited.

The commotion above them grew louder, and soon others were also looking to the ceiling with frowns of concern and faces of worry. Then all of a sudden a crash sounded just behind them. They turned in a panic to a man standing surrounded by a group of dazed gunmen. The man charged up to Sam and Ethan, along with other people in the lobby, and kept them stuck there. Sam stared at the ceiling where a rugged circle had been removed, as if melted away. Seeing the power of this man, he kept himself and Ethan back.

From the quick conversation between the mad man and these new people, the X-men, Sam had realised that there was no way the man was willing to give up his hostages. Others around him jerked suddenly, and some began to form up together and hold hands - though only a few. At first he didn't realise what was going on but it suddenly dawned on him. There was a telepath here. They were likely giving all of the hostages instructions, but Sam and Ethan in Sam's shield were unable to hear it. Probably the main man that spoke to the crazed mutant. Magnus, was it? A codename.

He cursed quietly then stepped back and extended his shield until it was merely air, moving so that Ethan was removed from it, giving him the ability to understand hear the telepath. The shield was dangerously close to their captor, though Sam had no idea how his shield would react to the man's ability. He snapped it back to just outside his body and stepped in front of his friend, close enough to help him, but far enough away that Sam's shadow didn't touch Ethan. Now at least one of them would know what the hell was going on.

Sam kept his eyes on the mutant but tried to pay attention a little to the X-men team around them. He believed they were indeed here to help, so the first chance that Sam could get he would make them take Ethan. Sam was fine with his shield. Besides, he trusted they were here to help, but he wouldn't be letting them take him anywhere. Ethan could just use his power to get away as soon as possible when rescued. Ethan turned to Sam and reached to grab his exposed arm but hit his hand against the invisible barrier around the teen.
"We need to hold onto each other, everyone, so they can get us out of here, but..." Ethan whispered looking at where the barrier stood invisible.

'Perfect, I'm on my own either way.'

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Character Portrait: Jonathan Moore Character Portrait: Abe Fuyumi (Shadow) Character Portrait: Aidan O'Doherty (The Author) Character Portrait: Cara Black (Shadowdancer) Character Portrait: Kyle Jean- Claude (Marvel) Character Portrait: Ace Vasquez Character Portrait: Frenzy (Joanna Cargill) Character Portrait: Cain Xavier Lehnsherr Character Portrait: Kent Van Pelt (The Nobleman) Character Portrait: Sam Cooper Character Portrait: Oliver Cassidy (Greenhill) Character Portrait: Evan Prentice (Fair-Weather) Character Portrait: Vernon Yorkshire Character Portrait: Robert 'Rob' Q. Ashdown (Switchblade)

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Cain, Kyle, and Fuyumi

Cain listened and observed carefully as Andy reacted to what was said to him. Things were growing worse. Andy was only more paranoid and afraid than before. Cain decided that he would do something to try to turn the tables a bit. “Andy you will soon see that those men are not as powerful as you think.” Cain replied to Andy. He then stretched his hand out toward the HMR guards and drew their weapons out of their hands and into the air. The guards were taken by surprise with the sudden happening. The guns were then disarmed magnetically by Cain.

Fuyumi thought to act next. She phased through the ground and resurfaced partially beneath a couple of the dumbfounded guards. Grabbing their ankles the dragged them beneath the ground and phased them into another locked room. She came back and repeated the process as the other men attempted to run away. It looked as if the HMR guards were being dragged into the depths of hell. She then rejoined the X-men once all the immediate guards were removed from the immediate area.

Cain focused on Andy, “See now, there is no one here that will hurt you. You are free to escape or come with us. Professor Xavier can help you if you give him the chance.” Cain tried to speak calmly in an attempt to bring Andy down from his paranoia.

[OOC: Granted this happening could serve to make Andy Freak out even more. I know he's supposed to die so it is still plausible for another gunmen to enter and snipe him from a far. Just throwing a suggestion out there.]


Aiden, Frenzy, Kent, Evan, and Vernon

Jonathan and his team finally got close to their drop point. He gave each of them a quick glance over. Cara, Aidan, Kent, Frenzy, and now the new recruit, Robert. Following his own rules he began thinking of pairs quickly. "Alright, here's what's happening. Cara, you're partnered with Aidan. He can take more damage than you can, and his powers to bring things into existence could potentially help you. Frenzy, you're with Robert. Keep him safe. Kent, you're with me. I've got the least offensive abilities, I'll might need your protection."

The team listened closely to Jonathan’s instructions. Kent replied to Jonathan, “Sounds good to me. I’ll keep you protected.”

Aiden simply gave a smug smile, looking towards Cara. “It seems we’re mates now. I say it’s a rather charming fit don’t you agree?” He was pretty pleased with Jonathan’s choice. Aiden was certain that Cara wouldn’t slow him down.

Robert then replied to Jonathan, "Don't worry Jon, I ain't as fit and young as I used to be but I can take care of myself alright, hopefully you won’t have to keep an eye out too much, eh, Frenzy?" He commented with a warm smile.

Frenzy gave a spunky smile. “You’ll be just fine Rob, I know it. One doesn’t live with blades in his forearms all his life and not be able to handle himself in a world full of mutant haters.” She then gave him a playful nudge on the arm.

Jonathan had another quick look of the group's formation. "Cara, if we can't make them see sense then use your shadows in any way you can to try and direct the people away from each other. I'll help as much as I can. Keep the elemental away from the water. Help Cara if you can in any way Aidan. Frenzy, Robert, you to are going to have to be against those creatures that are being summoned if we need to fight and separate them. You'll need to keep that one contained. Kent, keep use protected from whatever the elemental throws at us. If you can't defend against it any more, tell us and I'll we'll move to more defensive positions." They touched down where their targets could see them, so they would know they could not escape this way.

Vernon, Evan and the other rescued mutants were suddenly cut off in their escape path by the X-men team. The group halted in their retreat. “OH COME ON!! What’s this?!” Evan exclaimed. He stopped and placed his hands on his hips impatiently.

Vernon could feel the spiritual energy emanating from Jonathan. His eyes fixated on the young mutant. “That man, it’s like the very spirit of fear emanates from him, like he’s brought death with him.”

Evan gave a curious look at Vernon. He was used to Vernon picking up on strange things spiritually as he encountered people or places. However this was amongst the strangest of reports Vernon has given on spiritual activity. They had little time to further ponder on spirits so Evan shook it off and refocused his attention on the X-men. Stepping ahead of the group he spoke, “Alright blokes what do you want? If you would kindly move out of the way, we would like to be going home and away from all of this bullshit.”

One of the mutants with the group looked quickly at all of the X-men team. “I think they’re here to stop us!! We can’t let them! Traitors!!” The young man shape shifted into a panther and lunged at Jonathan. Frenzy intercepted and with a sucker punch. Her steel hard fist sent the panther spiraling to the ground. He was unconscious and reverted back to human form.

Evan the frowned. “You lot are a twisted bunch you know that? How could you be mutants and want to turn us in to those mutant hating sods?! You’re gonna pay for what you just did to my little friend there and then you’re gonna get the hell out of our way!” He then stomped the ground causing a large piece of glowing concrete to levitate about shoulder length in the air. He then motioned as if throwing a shot put causing the glowing concrete to hurtle towards the X-men. Kent quickly erected a spherical shield that caused the projectile to explode like a bomb on impact.

Frenzy was shocked by the explosive power Evan wielded. “Whoah… This may be harder than I thought.” She said as she entered a fighting stance.

Vernon then created his beam sword.

[his beam swords look like this.]

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Vernon kept his eyes lock on the group but spoke to Evan. “Evan we should try to talk this out with them as opposed to using violence.”

Even quickly replied, “A bit too late for that love. Be careful this lot ain’t as weak as they appear to be.”

Aidan grinned widely. “Those two are in love… That’s why they’re such a deadly pair. Oh how novel!” He chuckled.

Vernon pointed his bean sword at the X-men and conjured a few more shadowy spirits. “Keep them busy, I command you!” The shadowy imps darted at the X-men. “Evan we should take the group and go now!”


Oliver

"So, do you have any kind of plan for getting us out of here?" she asked him, a touch of desperation in her voice.

Oliver smiled nervously, “Sure, I’m pretty sure we’re soon to be in the clear. Give me a moment, my garden needs tending.” He said and gave her a wink. Pulling out a few seeds from his pocket he blew on them as if giving dice a lucky blow before throwing them. The seeds tumbled towards the entrance of the building. They immediately grew into large venus flytrap like plants that were very much alive and aggressive. The reinforcements for the HMR would now have trouble reaching them for battling the plants. “We can escape through the back room. I’ll have a hole knocked through the wall.” Oliver replied.

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Character Portrait: Abe Fuyumi (Shadow) Character Portrait: Kyle Jean- Claude (Marvel) Character Portrait: Ace Vasquez Character Portrait: Cain Xavier Lehnsherr Character Portrait: Sam Cooper

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Andy


It must have been staged it had to be, why else would these people "try" to help him? The young man began to drum his fingers against his legs, ducking his head as he glanced around. The actions taken by Cain and Fuyumi appeared to have not bothered him in the least bit. Of course that's what it seemed like. In truth Andy was beginning to go into a mental breakdown and he was bound to take someone with him.

He did flinch at the sounds of the guns being disassembled, and the way the guards just disappeared frightened him. It was like the very ground itself was eating them alive, despite their protests and struggles to get free. However he knew it was that damned womans doing. His mind working a mile per minute, his fingers kept drumming against his legs. After those words left Cain's lips, the finger drumming suddenly stopped.

"I'll be let free you say? That's impossible." An eerie smile crept onto his face, as a strange laugh sounded through the air. Looking straight at Cain, Andy pointed a finger right at him as if to say you're next. Suddenly Andy darted to the left and hooked his arm around a young mans (Sam) neck, carefully not to brush his bare hands against the kids body. "I know how this plays out. They'll just take me if I escape right? Isn't that what you agreed to, with the men in suits? It didn't look like Andy was going to back down at this point.

His body shook with paranoia, his eyes darting to and fro while his head hid behind the kids. He kept glancing at the kid out of the corner of his eyes, a crazed smile on his lips. Andy knew he had outsmarted them. There was no one who would oppose him now that he got himself a hostage, except there was something wrong about the way he was holding the kid. Staring at him with a deadpan look, it soon screwed into a look of terror. Not many people noticed the small red dot danced around Andys body, trying to settle at a spot as Andy fidgeted. The look of terror was all the sniper needed to know, the poor kid in Andys clutches would soon be dead if he didn't do anything.

"You're a mu-" Andy's shout was cut off as his head snapped back from an unseen force, yet everyone knew what that unseen force was and there was no way they'd get the paranoid mutant back. His body shuddered one last time before he fell back to the ground with a thump. A look of surprised terror was still on his face as he lay there, a trickle of blood coming down from the hole in his head.

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Character Portrait: Abe Fuyumi (Shadow) Character Portrait: Kyle Jean- Claude (Marvel) Character Portrait: Ace Vasquez Character Portrait: Cain Xavier Lehnsherr Character Portrait: Sam Cooper

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Cain, Kyle, and Fuyumi

Cain, Kyle, Fuyumi and the rest of the team watched in terror as Andy grabbed a hostage. The young man struggled in the arm lock that Andy placed him in. Kyle’s eyes widened in shock.

“That guy is going to kill that hostage!! He isn’t savable, Magnus… we have to take Andy down now! Magnus… Magnus!!!” Kyle called to Cain who was at a loss.

Cain wanted only for Andy to be saved from his terrors. He didn’t want any harm to come to Andy, even with the hostage at risk. After Kyle beckoned a few more times Cain finally seemed to snap into the present and out of his thoughts. “No!!! We can still save him, there is still a way. There must be.” Cain replied anxiously, trying to think of what to do. They were at a tricky standstill.

"You're a mu-" Andy's shout was cut off as his head snapped back from an unseen force, yet everyone knew what that unseen force was and there was no way they'd get the paranoid mutant back. His body shuddered one last time before he fell back to the ground with a thump. A look of surprised terror was still on his face as he lay there, a trickle of blood coming down from the hole in his head.

Everyone watched stunned by the sudden sniper shot that took Andy down. The hostage, Sam, and Andy fell to the ground with a great thump. Sam struggled frantically to free himself from the dead mutant’s grip. He unwrapped himself from Andy’s arm and staggered backward.

Cain literally didn’t breathe for about half a minute, mortified by the happening that unfolded before the group. He slowly exhaled and tears streamed down his cheeks. It was as if Andy was related to him or he knew the deranged mutant personally. Cain simply felt deeply for mutant kind and wanted no mutant ever again to fall victim to human hatred. He turned around slowly. As he rotated to face the direction of the sniper and the room where Fuyumi had previously locked the other HMR Soldiers in, the foundations of the building began to rumble. Cain trembled with anger and rage.

Fuyumi looked on to Cain’s face with great concern. “Magnus, what are you doing…?” She said meekly.

He looked at her with the eyes of a man that lost a child would have. He spoke quietly in reply to her. “I am seeing that justice is served here today.”

He used his powers to bring the steel beams from the buildings structure inward on the room housing the locked up soldiers. Most in the now crushed room were impaled or simply crushed to death. “Now, that makes us even square.” He said. His resolve was firm and his anger silent but very present.

“Oh my god!! What did you do?!!” Kyle shouted.
Kyle swiftly flew toward the crumbled pile of debris that was once a large room and began to hurl the wreckage away to see if there were any survivors. He would try to free whomever he could. Fuyumi ran over to help the search move quickly.

“I can check swiftly to see if there are any survivors.” She said, then she phased the through the wreckage and after a few moments she emerged with only two men in arm who were severely injured. They moaned loudly.

“Thank the heavens somebody lived.” Kyle exclaimed. “That’s it? There were like 15 people in there…” Kyle continued.

“You don’t want to see what I saw in there…” Fuyumi solemnly replied shaking her head.

Kyle shoved Cain, “ARE YOU MENTAL?! We’re here to save people and stop the violence and you just murdered over ten people because one CRAZY MUTANT GOT SHOT and RIGHTFULLY SO!!”

Cain stepped back in Kyle’s face, “NO, NOT RIFGHTFULLY SO!! If one of US dies then it would take at least the blood of ten humans to even have a prayer of making amends. The debt is paid in full. Now youg mutant you had better stop thinking that WE, MUTANTS, are the same as THEM, Humans, because we’re NOT!! Those humans shot Andy down like a rabid dog. That’s what they intend for us all, they might as well engrave a bullet with each mutant’s name. I won’t sit idly by and watch it happen again. I WON’T!!”

Cain tried to calm himself. He placed his hands on Kyle’s shoulders. “I’m sorry to yell. I just… I just want what’s best for mutants. I want us safe and in a position where we shouldn’t have to be made to feel like mistakes and monsters.” Cain said in a brotherly tone.

“I want the same thing too Cain. Fuyumi and Ace want the same too I’m sure. But there must be a better way than murder.” Kyle replied.

“That is what the professor and magneto believe. There is a better way, but it’s not always satisfying to what we feel, nor is it easier.” Fuyumi chimed in.

Cain nodded reluctantly. “I understand. I apologize to you all.” He gave Kyle a light hug. Cain couldn’t help but feel Vincent’s feelings for each member of the X-men team. He was just as close to Kyle or any other person at the X-mansion as Vincent was. Kyle returned the hug and for once felt like he was hugging Cain as if he knew him for years. They but let go and gave a subtle smile.

Cain turned toward the hostages who were mostly still afraid to leave out of fear of what would happen if they moved. “You should go home now.” He said calmly. He then addressed the team. “Today was a failure. It is my fault. We should go home. I’ll take responsibility for this.” The team made their exit and managed to avoid pursuit by the HMR or the Authorities.

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Character Portrait: Abe Fuyumi (Shadow) Character Portrait: Kyle Jean- Claude (Marvel) Character Portrait: Ace Vasquez Character Portrait: Cain Xavier Lehnsherr Character Portrait: Sam Cooper

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Ace


The paranoid mutant was getting even more paranoid as Cain tried to negotiated with him. It would seem he was focused on the HMR soldiers that waited on the second level. She hadn’t sunk into her shadow much, just enough to cover her feet. Ace watched Fuyumi take the HMR soldiers into some other room where Andy couldn’t see them but the mutant was still ansty. If anything he got even more antsy. Cain spoke up again seeing as all threats were nowhere to be seen. Watching his actions carefully, Ace knew he was done for the moment he grabbed that kid (Andy). While it made sense for him to do so it wouldn’t help his situation much.

Andy responded to Cain’s words not believing anything the man said. The shadow mutant wasn’t sure what she could do to help the situation. It was then that she saw something flit about around Andy’s body. It was miniscule and it was only thanks to her training that she had even noticed it. Not only was it tiny but it was red and Ace knew all too well what that meant. Looking around, Ace couldn’t pinpoint where the sniper. She stepped around, turning into a full circle until she finally saw him. Well she wasn’t able to see him but she knew he was there by that tiny red source of light.

Without a moment's haste Ace dived into her shadow ran to where she knew Andy’s shadow was and jumped out, but it was too late. His body crumpled and she barely managed to catch it. “Dammit.” Suddenly the ground began to rumble and Ace immediately looked to Cain. The look of rage was apparent on his face as his body trembled with what Ace could easily tell was pure anger. It would seem Fuyumi wasn’t sure as to what Cain was doing but Ace knew. It was something she herself wouldn’t mind having done in the past.

Kyle and Fuyumi were quick to go to the rescue of the soldiers but Ace knew it was for naught. The likelihood of them even surviving that was very, very low. She watched Cain for a little while longer still cradling Andy’s head in her lap. She looked down at the face Andy made last, a look of utter terror. His eyes were wide open and she pitied him even in death. Ace reached down and forced his eyes closed, shaking her head. From where she sat Kyle really wasn’t all too happy about Cain’s rash actions. If anything it seemed he thought the soldiers lives were of equal worth to Andy’s.

Ace couldn’t help but snort at their words, especially the bit where Kyle assumed she wanted the same thing. Of course she wanted to be in a place where she was welcomed but that desire wasn’t on the same level of sentiment as the others. She kept silent as they continued to talk amongst themselves. It wasn’t her style really to give her thoughts on such philosophical views. “Well I’ve no intention of leaving his body here. Not for them to desecrate it however they please.” With that being said Andy's body sunk into his shadow. It was almost like he was being submerged into water, very, very dark water that pulled him in.

Standing up, Ace brushed herself off and looked around at the terrified onlookers. They looked at the group of mutants as if they were crazy and it made sense to a degree. Ace and company were talking as if Andy getting shot and the killing of fifteen soldiers wasn’t something that weighed heavily on their conscious. Hearing Cain apologize, Ace shook her head as she rose out of his shadow. “Oh you needn’t apologize to me.” She patted him on the shoulder as she took a step away from his personal space. Cain even apologized to the humans as he turned to face them again to take responsibility for what had happened. They were quick to exit after that and were lucky enough to not encounter anyone.

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Character Portrait: Vincent Xavier (Psionic) Character Portrait: Memory Ashcroft Character Portrait: Jonathan Moore Character Portrait: Philip Klein (Boom-Boom) Character Portrait: Abe Fuyumi (Shadow) Character Portrait: Matsuzaka Hideki (Flare) Character Portrait: Aidan O'Doherty (The Author) Character Portrait: Professor Charles Xavier Character Portrait: Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) Character Portrait: Cara Black (Shadowdancer) Character Portrait: Kyle Jean- Claude (Marvel) Character Portrait: Scott Summers (Cyclops) Character Portrait: Logan (Wolverine) Character Portrait: Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) Character Portrait: Ryan Legrand (Leviathan) Character Portrait: Ace Vasquez Character Portrait: Stinger (Wendy Sherman) Character Portrait: Frenzy (Joanna Cargill) Character Portrait: David North (Agent Zero) Character Portrait: Sabertooth (Victor Creed) Character Portrait: Agent Six (#6) Character Portrait: Cain Xavier Lehnsherr Character Portrait: Canaan Reyes Character Portrait: Terra Reyes Character Portrait: Colossus (Piotr "Peter" Rasputin) Character Portrait: Kent Van Pelt (The Nobleman) Character Portrait: Jean Grey Character Portrait: Sam Cooper Character Portrait: Niles Cranston (Boom Shard) Character Portrait: Oliver Cassidy (Greenhill) Character Portrait: Evan Prentice (Fair-Weather) Character Portrait: Keith Jathens (Bullet Lion) Character Portrait: Ororo Munroe (Storm) Character Portrait: Vernon Yorkshire Character Portrait: Robert 'Rob' Q. Ashdown (Switchblade) Character Portrait: Alice Timberly (Madness)

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Magneto, Logan, Quicksilver, Philip Klein, Hideki Matsuzaka, Jean Grey

The wreckage and rubble from the collapsed building surrounded the X-men team. They were saved Alice the once monstrously sized mutant now reverted to her original form. Logan was the first to come out of his slumber. Covered in debris he sat up and looked around. This was a disaster zone and there were siren sounds for miles. He began looking about frantically for the others after he shot to his feet. He may have been able to survive a building dropping on him but the others couldn’t.

He found Hideki partially exposed from the rubble and pulled him complete to freedom. “Hey kiddo you alright? Stay with me Matsuzaka…” Logan said as he held the young man.

Hideki groaned and then opened his eyes to see Logan’s concerned face. Hideki smiled through a couple of coughs. “I guess I’m alive after all. I knew you’d save me Logan.” Hideki said in a exhausted voice.

Quicksilver and magneto approached the group and Logan quickly filled them in on what happened since they separated. “Magneto I thought you were injured. You should be back at the jet.” Logan inquired.

Magneto narrowed his brow and replied, “I’m FINE. I’m of better use here than sitting in that jet waiting for you all to get yourselves killed. Now allow me to free the others so we can leave.” Magneto fussed. Logan didn’t complain however Quicksilver was annoyed that his father refused to take it easy. Magneto lifted the rubble off of the others and they were freed. Everyone seemed to be fairly alright. Quicksilver rushed back to the X-jet and piloted it so that he could pick the team up from the wreckage and take them back to the X-mansion.

Once Magneto, Logan, Jean, Alice, Hideki, Phillip, Oliver, and Memory were onboard the jet Quicksilver piloted the jet into the sky. Logan, using the com link, contacted team two. “Team 2, come in. This is Logan, are you ready for extraction? We’re headed over.”

Aidan, Frenzy, Kent, Evan, and Vernon

Kent listened, pressed the com link and replied to Logan’s beckon, “This is Kent of team two reporting in. Yes Logan we are more than ready to go home. Our jet is still intact so we will head back on our own. Thanks and see you at home.”

Logan replied with a grin, “Copy that Kent. Oh and it’s good to hear you consider the mansion home again bub. It’s great to have you back. You’ll keep the rest of us sane.” Logan was honestly glad to hear Kent’s voice. It seemed like everyone was generally alright. At least someone had a success today, he thought. After a few minutes of travel the speedy jet arrived at the X-mansion.

All of the other teams returned around roughly the same time. As the team members de-boarded the jets they all looked like they had been through hell. They all faced considerable danger today. Professor Xavier greeted the group and saw a few new faces. He had seen them while he used Cerebro to monitor the various situations however this was a first meeting between him and the newcomers. “Welcome to some and welcome back to others. I am proud of your bravery and decision making today. You all as individuals did exceptionally well in such distressing situations. For those of you who do not know me, I am professor Charles Xavier and I welcome you to the Xavier and Lensherr School for Gifted Students. You must all be tired. Feel free to utilize this place as a safe haven for as long as you require. I will soon hold a briefing meeting once everyone has had a day to rest and revitalize. I will update you all tomorrow.”

Cain was still quiet and brooding since Andy’s death. Vincent saw Cain standing there in silence as if the world was sitting atop his brain. He gave Ryan a proud smile for his valiant leadership ethic out and the field and a pat on the shoulder before approaching Cain. ”Hey… I know what happened out there and I wanted you to know that if you need me for anything I’m here for you. You did the best you could out there and there was nothing more that you could have done.”

Cain looked up toward Vincent and embraced him in his arms. “Brother…” He said as if exhaling for the first time in an hour. Vincent returned the embrace. It was nice to bond with Cain. The two hadn’t interacted much since their meeting. Cain stepped back from Vincent and replied, “Unfortunately there was something else I could have done to make sure that young man survived, yet I was weak and couldn’t bring myself to do it before it was too late. I won’t make the same mistake twice.” He said he reassuringly place his hand on Vincent’s cheek. Vincent was concerned with the state of mind his brother was in.

Scott and Jean hugged each other and kissed, simply being glad to be reunited. Scott hated being split up from Jean on their first mission since her return, however orders were orders. Logan stood not too far away watching the two of them. His face displayed a somber expression. Hideki walked up behind Logan and wrapped his arms around him. “Hey Wolverine, it’ll be alright. I’m here for you. We’re a mess let’s hit the shower.” Hideki couldn’t help by attempt to flirt with Logan.

Logan, smirking, slowly peeled Hideki’s arms from around him and turned to face him. “Yeah let’s Shower… in our own separate rooms.” Logan chuckled. He began to take a few steps away. “That imagination of yours seems to be working pretty vividly so feel free to imagine I’m there. That should do the trick Kid.” With that Logan exited the hangar. Hideki huffed at his failed attempt at Logan.

Everyone filed away to their quarters and the guests were shown to rooms so they could rest for the night. Xavier decided to stay awake and monitor the mansion for activity over night in the event that one of the guests weren’t so honest about being neutral. Erik wanted to watch in Charles’ stead but Charles refused. He knew Erik pushed himself very far today and needed rest.

(OOC: Hey sorry for the lazy post. I had a lot of ground to cover and instead of hitting all of the individual teams situations and characters with personal references which would have taken a lot of time, I met half way on it. So you can assume all teams are back at the mansion. The guests would be Robert, Vernon, Evan, Alice, Aidan and Niles. (Maybe Keith is Daimoa is still with us.) So it’s still night time that same day, Feel free to have your characters interact and mingle as everyone ponders where to go from here. Cain will soon start openly speaking to others about starting his own team. If anyone has any special ideas post them in the OOC. I’d welcome them.)