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July 30th, 2005
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Insatiable Curiosity (What’s Past is Prologue 13/18)
“I need money, Warren. And I need you to keep quiet about it.”

“Well, that’s getting to the point. How much do you need?”

“I don’t know. I need the best criminal law firm you can find me. And whatever they charge, that’s what I need.”

“Scott. What’s going on?”

“It’s a long story.”

“What did you do? Kill someone?”

“Not lately.”

“Very funny. What do you need a criminal lawyer for?”

“It’s not for me. I need this for my brother.”

“You have a brother?”

“Yes, his name is Alex.”

“Younger or older?”

“Younger. Two years.”

“How is it that we’ve been friends since high school and I never knew you had a brother?”

“I haven’t seen him in close to twenty years. He needs my help. He’s in federal prison.”

“For a crime he didn’t commit?”

“No, then it would be easy and I wouldn’t need the high priced legal talent. He did it, all right. And a few others as well.”

“So... maybe he needs to serve his sentence.”

“I have to get him out. Whatever it takes. I can’t explain. I’m sorry, Warren. I know this isn’t the time to ask for money, but I need your help.”

“I’ll find you a lawyer. And a way to pay the fees.”


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“Rick? It’s Jean-Paul Beaubier.”

“I didn’t expect to hear from you.”

“I enjoyed talking to you the other day.”

“Are you calling about the article on the memorial service?”

“No, I wasn’t. I did read it, though.”

“It’s nothing personal.”

“I didn’t take it personally. Hey, it’s okay, copain. I’ve been called worse things than ‘menacing’ before.”

“I didn’t mean you. I didn’t mean any of you as individuals. It was just the whole spectacle. I’ve got nothing against mutants, really. But you’ve got to admit, there’s something frightening about a private army with powers the rest of us only dream about. And no government oversight.”

“We meant to impress, hein? That was the point of being there in uniform like that. There are all different kinds of impressions. A display like that is a two-edged sword. We were supposed to give a demonstration of power. Depending on how you feel about us to start with, that power can be comforting or... menacing, hein? I happen to know we’re the good guys. I can’t expect you to know that. At least not yet. Maybe if you got to know us better you’d realize that. Or at least got to know me better. When we met you said you’d like to get to know me.”

“Why are you calling me?”

“You called me.”

“Yeah, and you never called back.”

“I’m sorry about that. I wanted to, but I didn’t think I should. After I met you, I heard your name back in Westchester. Heard you were writing about the X-Men. I got worried. I started thinking I’d gotten set up, n’est-ce pas? That you’d known who I was when you came up to me in the bar that time.”

“I didn’t. I had no idea. I just saw you, was drawn to you, attracted to you. I wanted to get to know you.”

“I believe you. I realized afterwards you would have been a lot more persistent if you’d been after my information. Instead of my body, that is. You asked questions – you reporters can’t help yourselves, hein? – but when I said I didn’t want to answer, you accepted that. So, I figured you didn’t have any underhanded purpose in picking me up. Just the usual one.”

“I... I had a good time with you, Jean-Paul.”

“Moi aussi. Rick, I didn’t feel I could call you before. Not the way the other X-Men were talking about you. Maybe you don’t have anything against mutants. Your paper does. And the way the rest of the team was talking here, they would have thought I was a traitor if they’d known I’d talked to you. Or known what else I did with you. I didn’t want anyone to know. And I wasn’t just worried about what others would think, bien sur. I was doubting myself, worried that I’d misjudged you, been taken in by someone unscrupulous. But... I kept thinking about you.”

“I’ve been thinking about you, too.”

“Bien. Now the story’s done. It’s written and I don’t have to worry about slipping up and telling you something about the X-Men you might twist to your paper’s anti-mutant purpose. And, vraiment, I didn’t think the article was so damning, or even that unfair. Maybe I’ve got a thick skin. Maybe I think I can still convince you I’m a good guy. Or maybe I was reading it remembering having a good time with you... Anyway, I’d like to see you again. I don’t know if you’re interested.”

“I am. I’m very interested.”

“I still can’t talk to you about my work, hein?”

“I understand. I won’t ask. Well, I’ll try not to. You’re right; I have trouble not asking questions. Partly the job, partly just my personality. I’m the original Elephant’s Child.”

“Watch out for dangerous crocodiles. Ah, but you like danger, n’est-ce pas? Maybe that’s why I didn’t mind being called ‘menacing.’ I knew who was saying it.”

“Just tell me to shut up if I ask things I shouldn’t.”

“I can think of ways to keep you too occupied to ask questions.”

“That sounds very promising.”

“Can I come see you this weekend?”

“I’d love that. Will you... fly here?”

“Oui. Easiest way for me to get around. Give me your address.”


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“Who was she?”

“She’s just a friend of mine, Jamie. Her name’s Crystal.”

“Why haven’t I heard anything about her? Why won’t you tell me anything about her?”

“There’s nothing to tell. Just somebody I knew before I came here. I haven’t heard about everyone from before you came to Xavier’s, either.”

“If I knew somebody like that, I would have said so. RoseAnn, I don’t even think she... he... I don’t think that was a woman.”

“Well, she’s kind of working on that.”

“What does that mean?”

“Crystal... she’s a guy, but she likes being a girl sometimes. I don’t know. I don’t really get it. It’s just how she is. You know, we’re not exactly normal ourselves. It’s not like we should be criticizing people who are a little different.”

“I’m not criticizing him... her... I’m criticizing you. I’m your boyfriend. I thought I knew you. Now I’m starting to feel like you had a whole other life I knew nothing about.”

“That’s ridiculous. Don’t be so melodramatic. Just because I didn’t mention Crystal, suddenly I have this secret life?”

“Crystal sure isn’t somebody from your old school. So how does she know Nick? And what’s this about him looking all over for you?”

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“When are you leaving?”

“Tomorrow. I'll just be there overnight. 'Ro won't be back until after I am. You’re in charge while I’m away. Take care of them, Logan.”

“Maybe somebody else should go. That Kapell is still after you. What if he hears you’re going to Indiana?”

“It’s a risk, I know. I’m doing this as quietly as I can. I’m going by commercial carrier, not taking the Blackbird. But it’s got to be me. I have to see him.”

“Do you really think you can get him released?”

“One way or another. I have to. I’d rather do it legally, if I can. It’s my fault he’s in there.”

“You didn’t hold up a liquor store at gunpoint and take a customer hostage when the cops showed up. He did.”

“If not for me, it never would have happened. None of it. While I was spending my teenage years here, under Charles’s protection, he was in prison. And it’s my fault.”

“Come on, Cyclops. It’s not your fault. You didn’t know he was there. You didn’t know what happened. And you weren’t exactly living in some teenage paradise yourself. You were blind and on the streets for over a year, and then forming the Professor’s combat team. It’s not like you had it so easy.”

“Well, he should have had it easier. I just... I just want to help him. I want to give him another chance.”

“What will you do if you can get him out?”

“I’ll offer him a place on the team. I can give him a job, a home, something to do with his life.”

“What makes you think he’ll even want to be an X-Man?”

“I don’t know if he will or not. I can ask, can’t I? It’s what I’ve got to offer. He’s my brother. I’ll give him what I’ve got to give.”

“I don’t know, Scott. He’s not the little kid you remember. I read the dossier Adam put together. Any way you look at it, your brother Alex is a hardened criminal. A loner. Out only for himself. Not interested in your grand vision.”

“Gee, Logan, why would I think somebody like that could be an X-Man?”

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“Anjuli? It’s Adam.”

“Hi! Are you and Ezra settled back in?”

“Pretty much. He’s missing Hank something fierce, though. He keeps looking for him. So hard to get into his two-year-old brain that you and Hank are in New York, and we’re in DC. He keeps thinking Hank’s just in another room.”

“Yeah, Hank’s the same way. I feel bad, almost like splitting up twins or something.”

“Westchester’s definitely the best place for you. On general principles I try not to agree with my mother, but she’s right this time. And Ezra’ll be there half the time, at least.”

“At least? Are you moving to New York, too?”

“Maybe. I’m putting out feelers about jobs, anyway. It seems too hard to raise Ezra together if we’re living this far apart. Lots easier for Jean-Paul and me than for normal couples. Super speed comes in handy for kid hand-off, but still. Jean-Paul can get called off to a mission at any time, just as easily on his time with Ezra as on mine.”

“There are always plenty of people to take care of him here if Jean-Paul has to leave. You know I’m always glad to, and I’m not the only one.”

“Yeah, but I want to be with him when I can. That’s what was so great about the three of us sharing a place. We all keep weird hours and have unpredictable schedules, but with three of us, somebody was pretty much always around at night. One of us could always be with the babies. I do think it’s great that there are plenty of folks in the X-Men to care for Ezra, but I don’t want to rely on them. I’d rather Ezra’s with me when Jean-Paul’s away. Also, I’ve got nobody here, if I’m called away on an assignment.”

“So, if you might move here... and I hear you and Jake aren’t seeing each other anymore... Any chance of you and Jean-Paul getting back together?”

“I don’t think so. I’m not saying I haven’t been thinking about it, but I’m worried that I lost my chance.”

“Why do you think that?”

“Well, for one thing, where is he now?”

“I don’t know. Away for the weekend, somebody said. I didn’t hear if it’s a mission or what.”

“Well, I heard it’s a date. Dates that last a whole weekend start sounding like relationships, you know? Not that it’s any of my business what he does. Not when Ezra’s with me. But, like I said, I think I lost my chance. I don’t know that we could have made a go of it, anyway. Too much happened. I'm sure it's for the best we broke up. Still, I do miss him. Don’t tell him I said that, okay?”

“Okay.”

“Any progress on the mutant toddler front?”

“I’ve checked and rechecked Jean’s tests. I can’t see any errors. The theory’s sound. I don’t know what it means, though.”

“What’s Hank’s skin color now?”

“Café au lait. His old color. Not a hint of blue. He’s been back to normal – if this is normal for him – ever since you left. Maybe the color change was just a temporary thing and it’s over now? But I still don’t get it. What would make a two-year-old turn blue? How can there be any explanation other than a mutant coming into his powers?”

“I think I know the answer Anjuli. I think a mutant is coming into his powers. Just not Hank.”

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 30th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)

Alright

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So, Scott feeling guilty about Alex, now this is Scott we need to see in all mediums semi-irrational. I mean he said that he would rather get Alex out legally but it also suggested that he didn't completely rule out breaking him out.

Please tell me J-P is doing some recon on Rick to keep him off the X-Men's back because now Adam seems to want him back. So positions have been reversed.

I kind of figured that Ezra was the one that was coming into his mutancy, I remember that J-P saw Ezra's toy was a different colour than before, even though he thought it may have been Hank's.

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From:mofic
Date:July 30th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)

Re: Alright

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I think Scott is feeling like he'll do whatever he has to to get Alex out. But I don't think he knows yet what that might be - he's just hoping the lawyer can come through.

Tomorrow is the Summers brothers reunion at Terre Haute prison.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 30th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)

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WooHoo!! Can't wait for tomorrow dying to see their reactions to one another. Maybe Alex might even discuss his mutation if he has any. It's going to one emotional rollercoaster. Will Alex still love his borther or hate him.

Vision
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From:eveningblue
Date:July 30th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
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OH NO JEAN-PAUL WHAT ARE YOU DOING???

I hope Vision is right, and this is just a bit of spying. If it's a real date, I'm bummed.

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From:mofic
Date:July 31st, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
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LOL! Well, tomorrow is Scott and Alex meeting, but the story after that one is Jean-Paul and Rick, so you don't have long to wait to find out.

Hey, there was a lot of other stuff going on in this one :-).
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 31st, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)

Color...

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Hmm, there are alot of supposedly observant adults who haven't figured out the color thing yet. Maybe they should call Monk. And JP, the Mata Hari? Interesting. CC
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 31st, 2005 05:43 am (UTC)

Whoops...

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Dropped a line there... Ahem. So, after the line about about Monk... 'Oh wait. the light shines, okay Monk can reveal his mutant power to bring order to the Universe in another chapter'. Ya know, it's not easy being a smart ass when your computer won't cooperate. CC
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From:mofic
Date:July 31st, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)

Re: Whoops...

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LOL! Well, I've never seen Monk, but I know he's a detective. Adam's a reporter and he's used to figuring things out. Also, he has more info than the rest of them.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 1st, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)

Re: Whoops...

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Monk is a detective with OCD and the show actually treats his disease very seriously. He is an ex-cop, and it is the combination of his detective skills and his 'anal' personality which makes him notice things out of place that other people don't that makes him so good. It is a fascinating show. CC
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From:mofic
Date:August 1st, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)

Re: Whoops...

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Yes, I can see how OCD - within limits - could be an asset in some fields.

I basically haven't seen TV since around 1990, with the exception of some news shows, The L Word and sometimes QAF. And now lemurgrrl has turned me onto Starsky and Hutch (and lent me DVDs of the first season). So, I've seen 4 episodes of that. My son thinks it's very funny after almost no TV for so long that I'm ending the drought with a cheesy cop show from 30 years ago...
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