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Towards Some Overwhelming Question (What’s Past is Prologue 17/18)
“Scott? You got a minute?”

“Yeah, sure. What’s up?”

“It’s about the law firm we retained for your brother. I just wanted to update you.”

“Thanks, Warren, but I think I am up to date. I spoke with Alex’s attorney. Alex gave him permission to talk to me.”

“They’re returning most of the retainer?”

“They don’t feel they can really do anything for him. They’ve met with him via teleconference. They’ve reviewed the transcripts and the police reports. His attorney said there really isn’t any basis for an appeal. He advised Alex to just be a model prisoner and hope for parole.”

“When is he eligible?”

“Not for another four years.”

“So what happens now? Do you think he can keep out of trouble and wait it out?”

“It’s too long. I can’t just leave him there.”

“It’s not like you have a lot of choice in the matter.”

“I got his hopes up. I’ve got to get him out. Thanks for trying with the lawyer, Warren. It would have been nice if that had worked out, but it was a long shot. I’m moving on to Plan B now.”


***************************************************************

“Hi, Mom. I just got your message. How’s Uncle Harry?”

“Where were you? With that Jake Patterson?”

“No, I’m not seeing him anymore. I was just at the park, with Ezra. How’s Uncle Harry?”

“He’s going to be okay.”

“Great! I’m relieved to hear that. Can I do anything to help?”

“No, Mona and I have everything under control. It’s usually the second heart attack that kills you, you know.”

“This is his third, isn’t it?”

“Yeah, that’s why he’s okay.”

“Mom! It doesn’t work that way.”

“I thought you were a journalist. Suddenly you’re a doctor?”

“Okay, Mom. Have it your way. So, where is he? I’ll send him a card.”

“Mount Sinai. Sign it from you and Jean-Paul. I don’t want the whole family knowing you’re having problems.”

“Mom, I –”

“Don’t tell me I’m in denial. Don’t tell me I have to get used to it. Don’t tell me it’s none of my business.”

“I’m not –”

“It’s time you came to your senses, Adam. Stop chasing that man in California and go back to the one who loves you.”

"Mom, you don’t know what –”

“I know, I know. ‘You don't know what you're talking about. Stop telling me what to do, Mom. I’m a grown man.’ Well, start acting like one, then. Ezra needs his parents. Together, not half the time with each of you. And you need each other. If ever two people were meant to be together, it's you two. You’ve got too much going for you; you’ve been through too much. You can’t give up now. You had your fling. You’re a lucky man if Jean-Paul’s willing to take you back. Wait too long and he might not.”

“I’m moving to New York, Mom. To Xavier’s. Jean-Paul and I are back together.”

“Thank God you finally listened to me!”

“This has nothing to do with you. It’s between Jean-Paul and me. And I didn’t have a fling. And it is none of your business.”

“Well, I’m glad you’re back together.”

“Me, too. I’m very glad. Mom? There’s something else.”

“What?”

“Ezra’s a mutant.”

“I thought it was Hank.”

“We all thought that, but we were wrong. Hank’s not a mutant after all, apparently. And Ezra is.”

“How do you know?”

“He’s come into his powers.”

“So soon?”

“Yes, it’s very early.”

“He’s so precocious. Just like you were. He’s more like you every day.”

“Mom, he’s adopted.”

“What does that have to do with anything?”

“About the mutant thing - you’re not upset?”

“Why would I be upset?”

“I don’t know. I just thought it might be hard news to hear.”

“What? You think I don’t know anything about mutants?”

“I don’t think any such thing.”

“My son-in-law’s a mutant.”

“Oh, really? Do I know him?”

“Ha ha. Most of the people I work with now are mutants. I spend about half my time at Xavier’s now, you know. And even at home, it’s not like I never see mutants. That nice couple on the third floor – the Jacobsons - they have a mutant daughter. I’m not exactly living in some cave, Adam. Some mutant-free zone. I live in the real world.”

“Of course you do, Mom.”

“What’s Ezra’s gift?”

“He can change things different colors. He turned Hank blue. That’s why we were confused. He can change objects, people, anything.”

“Well, that sounds very useful. Maybe he can save me some money. It’s getting very expensive dying my hair.”

“You might have a little trouble getting through to him on just what you want. His powers are developing faster than his language is.”

“That’ll come. Adam?”

“Yeah, Mom.”

“I’m glad you’re moving to Westchester. I’ll get to see you all the time, now that I’m working for the Foundation. Washington was so far...”

“Mom, DC’s the closest I’ve been to New York since I finished school.”

“I know. And I never complained when you were off in all those foreign countries, did I?”

“Of course you did. You complained every time I talked to you.”

“That’s not how I remember it. Anyway, it’s different now that you have a baby. I don’t want to miss my grandson growing up. I’m glad you’ll be home again, Adam. You and Jean-Paul and Ezra.”

“Me, too.”

“I won’t meddle, I promise. You don’t have to worry. I won’t interfere in your personal life.”

“Of course not. I never imagined you would.”

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“You little shit!”

“Mr. Summers, I’m sorry.”

“Where is she now?”

“I don’t know! I think maybe she went back to her old boyfriend. Nick.” Jamie looked down. “I didn’t even know she was gone until this morning. I know I shouldn’t have said that stuff, but I was shocked. She was lying to me. I didn’t know anything. And I just...”

“You think you can just use her and throw her away like that? Just because it’s been done to her before? You have no idea how lucky you are that she liked you. It’s practically a miracle that a girl like RoseAnn Mendez would even talk to a self-important flyboy like you. And instead of appreciating that, you do your best to shred every ounce of dignity she’s managed to acquire. To reacquire. With greater effort and at greater cost than you can begin to comprehend. It’s your fault that she left, you little bastard. And if anything happens to her, her blood is on your hands.” Scott pounded on his desk, causing a cup of paper clips to turn over.

“Mr. Summers. I...”

Jamie’s wings began to flutter, not under his conscious control. His whole body shook as Scott’s hand went to his glasses. Jamie didn’t move, just closed his eyes and waited. Nothing happened. When he opened them again, he saw that Scott’s glasses were indeed off, but he had closed his own eyes before removing them. Eyes closed, he sat there, head on his desk, silently crying.

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“So?”

“So what?”

“Come on. Tell me all about it.”

“All about what, Wendy?”

“It’s like pulling teeth with you lately, Jean-Paul. First you tell me you weren’t even going to call this Rick character back. Then I see you spending half the memorial service talking to him.”

“I was just doing that to keep him occupied. Adam and I took turns. We didn’t want him hearing anything we wouldn’t want to read in the Washington Times.”

“Oh come on. Fine, if that’s all there was to it, but it’s not. Then you go off and spend the whole weekend with him, and you won’t say a thing. And I know you were there the whole weekend because I called you umpteen times. When you leave on Friday and come back on Monday – that’s not a trick; that’s a relationship.”

“So Wendy Ringsmith is the arbiter of such things?”

“Haven’t I always been?”

“Well, I didn’t spend the weekend with him. Bien sur, I was barely with him for an hour.”

“It didn’t work out?”

“No. It very much didn’t work out. I won’t see him again.”

“Well, good.”

“Qu’est-ce qui ce passe? First you want to hear all about it. Now you’re glad I’m not going to see him again.”

“I was just trying to be supportive. But really, Jean-Paul! It’s like Kolya all over again. I know you’ve got a thing for reporters, but you didn’t have to go for an anti-mutant one, did you?”

“It’s nothing like it was with Kolya. Rick’s not like that. He's not a mutant hater. He’s just doing what he thinks his job is.”

“Don’t tell me you approve!”

“I don’t. I hate that paper and all that it stands for. I’m just saying he’s not like Kolya. Kolya was a mutant hater. Rick’s just an uptight closet case with a personality that’s equal parts compartmentalization and rationalization.”

“You make him sound so appealing.”

“I said I’m not seeing him anymore, n’est-ce pas? And, actually, I'm not really pleased with myself for how I treated him."

"What happened?"

"I don't want to talk about it. Anyway, he's not what you're making him out to be. Not for me, but a pretty nice guy. And he knew I was a mutant right away, I’ll have you know. I’m never getting into a Kolya situation again. I have a new policy – disclosure before sex. Or I did have one. I don’t need it anymore.”

“You never know. So, if you weren’t with Rick, where were you all weekend? Everyone at Xavier’s thought you were in DC.”

“I was in DC. I was with Adam.”


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“I totally lost it with Jamie. I shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the kids, Jean. I can’t believe I did that.”

“Where is he now?”

“He’s with Warren. Who’s convinced I’m out of my mind and a danger to the students. And he’s right.”

“You’ve been under a lot of stress.”

“That’s no excuse. I was completely out of control. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jamie thought I was going to kill him.”

“You can make amends to Jamie later. Look, let’s deal with the current problem. Jamie’s in good hands. Let’s figure out what to do about RoseAnn. What do you know? When did she leave? Where did she go?”

“Last night. She sneaked out after lights out. Nobody realized she was gone until Jamie went looking for her this morning. She told Jamie about her past yesterday. They had a big fight. He says he was regretting what he said this morning and went to see her. And she was gone. Her roommates are both home for the summer, so there was nobody to notice...”

“She must have left after rounds. Rogue reported all kids in their own dorms at midnight. How did she go anywhere anyway? There are no trains in the middle of the night.”

“There’s a car missing. One that she’d been working on.”

“Where do you think she went?

“Jamie thinks she went back to Nick. It makes sense. Where else does she have to go? I’ve always worried she would. I was trying to give her enough attention, enough focus, that she wouldn’t feel she needed to. I wanted her to know people care about her here. That I care about her.”

“I know. She does know that. She loves you. And she was learning there can be a kind of love that doesn’t include sex. It’s an important lesson.”

“Yeah, well I started that lesson and then fucked it up. Since Charles’s death, I’ve neglected her. This is my fault, not Jamie’s.”

“Enough. Stop with the self-flagellation and let’s do what needs to be done. We’ve got to find her. And thanks to Charles – and RoseAnn – we can. It’s a good thing we’ve got Cerebro.”

******************************************************

“Bobby, sugar! You’re duty officer today, right?”

“Yeah, what’s up?”

“Where’s Cyclops?”

“On a mission.”

“I have to get hold of him, right away.”

“You can’t. He’s incommunicado until he gets back.”

“Okay, then Jean.”

“She’s with him, Rogue. A two-man mission.”

“Jean? She’s supposed to be hors de combat.”

“I guess it’s not a combat mission. They weren’t in uniform. I don’t know what it’s about, but they thought they’d only be a few hours.”

“I don’t know what to do!”

“What’s the problem?”

“The White House is on the phone. For Cyclops. To tell him his meeting with the President is set for tomorrow. What do I say?”

“Shit! Say he’ll be there, I guess. Take the information and give it to him when he gets back.”

“What if he’s not back in time?”

“We call back and say he has to reschedule? We send a substitute? I don’t know. Tomorrow’s duty officer can decide. What’s the meeting about, anyway?”

“I have no idea. You think I’m gonna ask that?”

“No, I guess not. Well, let’s just hope he gets back in time.”


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From:lunamazes
Date:August 3rd, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
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I like Adam's mum.

President and Alex??
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From:mofic
Date:August 3rd, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
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like Adam's mum.

As Adam says to Jean-Paul, that's because you haven't had her running your life for 30 years. I think it's not a coincidence that Adam moved far, far away from New York as soon as he could. I also think that him moving back, and to Xavier's where Miriam is spending so much of her time now, is either a sign of:

a) True love and devotion to J-P; or
b) Not having sufficiently thought this one through.

All that being said, I do like Miriam, too. I'm just glad she's not my mother.

President and Alex??

Why Scott is seeing the POTUS will become clear in tomorrow's story, the final chapter. Not everything will be resolved, of course, but I think it's legitimately the end.
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From:lunamazes
Date:August 3rd, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
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the reason I like Adam's mum is because she is not my mum~~hehehe
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 3rd, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)

BLOODY HELL!!!!!

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What a barrel of confusion? I'm sad, happy, upset, depressed & worried all in one reading. I feel for the whole Scott and Alex thing, but I figured it would be a difficult case, but what worries me the most is Plan B.I think the pressure is getting daunting on Scott, he puts the world's and students problems on shoulder way too much.

The Jamie/RoseAnn situation I like the fact that it seemed that Jamie is more upset about the fact that she lied to him rather than her being an ex-prostitute (shows that he actually cares about her). I know some might think that he is an asshole now, but if you remember what Jamie's parents did to him, which might have been under a false guise, so he needs honesty in his life. And plus he is obviously sorry about it if he went to apologise for it the next morning. This is similar to the case with Oliver. Hope to see them work it out.

What can I say Adam and his Mom, typical. Perfect depiction of most mother son relationship, always butting in.

Love the Rogue & Bobby part and what is this mysterious meeting with the president about.

Vision
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From:mofic
Date:August 3rd, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)

Re: BLOODY HELL!!!!!

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I think Jamie does care about her and I think he's genuinely upset that she lied to him, but I don't think that's all there is to it. To some extent I think the concern that she lied is displacement because he doesn't want to deal with the underlying issue. You see that a lot when people come out, too - the person they came out to focusses on the deception in large part because s/he doesn't want to deal with his/her own internalized homophobia. Surely if Jamie manages to think about it, he'll understand how hard it was for RoseAnn to tell him the truth, and why.

I think the more pressing issue for Jamie in the long run - if they have a long run - is sexual insecurity. He's already anxious about his lack of sexual experience and was uncomfortable that RoseAnn was more experienced than him. And that's when he thought her experience was quite limited! Anyway, they're kids - unlikely they'd end up together, but it would be nice if they weathered this bump.

Scott's Plan B will become clear tomorrow, with the final story.

I'm using my RoseAnn icon for this one, since I don't have a Jamie one. If anyone has a picture of a red-headed, freckled kid with wings :-) please send it on.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 3rd, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC)

Re: BLOODY HELL!!!!!

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I am so going to hate seeing this fic end. It's one of the few things entertaining to read lately but it just mean I will be anticipating your next set of stories.

Like your explanation of Jamie & RoseAnn situation.

Vision
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From:mofic
Date:August 3rd, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)

Re: BLOODY HELL!!!!!

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That's a very nice thing to say! I'm planning on not jumping into another fiction project because I really must get moving on the new website. So that's next up.

When I do get back to fiction, the things I'm thinking of doing are:

* a third series to finish up my version of the Phoenix saga

* An Alex-and-Scott focussed series on them trying to rebuild their relationship. How they interact, how it affects Logan and Scott, etc. Probably some stuff about J-P, Adam and Ezra as they adjust to life at Xavier's and also RoseAnn and Jamie in that one, too.

* a series about Charles's pre-X-Men days, ending with him finding Scott and their early time together. I want to retell that episode from Charles's POV, with his memories of it differing in some respects from Scott's. Now that Charles is dead, I find I miss him :-).

At least those are the things I'm thinking about now...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 3rd, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)

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That's cool. I actually forgot about the Phoenix Saga version you ended it with implicated a third part right. I loved that one.

All the ideas sound great can't wait even if I have to wait due to website updates, which are long overdue.

Going to miss these stories so much.

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