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January 8th, 2007
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New Series: Past and to Come
Series Title: Past and to Come

Author: Mo

Characters and Pairings: Various characters appear in this series, both canon and original. The main pairings are Scott/Logan and Jean-Paul/Adam Greenfield (an original character).

Summary: Alex joins the X-Men and it’s a bumpy ride. Jean-Paul and Adam adjust to changes in their relationship; Scott and Logan adjust to Scott’s new responsibilities; everyone is trying to adjust to the loss of Charles Xavier.

Rating: This series is intended for an adult readership. It contains graphic descriptions of sexual activity and deals with adult relationships and concerns.

Format: A story series of 10 stories. Total length is about 25,000 words.

Scenario/Sequel/Series: X1 Movieverse, although much has happened since the movie. This series was written well after X2, but does not attempt to include the events portrayed in that film. I attempt only to be consistent with the first movie and my previous fiction.

Past and to Come begins several months after the events depicted in What's Past is Prologue. In my timeline, the “not so distant future” of the movie (released in 2000) is the year 2006. This series takes place during 2013.

Brief biographies of the main characters, both canon and original, are available, to make it easier for those coming in well into the story. They can be found in the biographies section of the home page of the Mofic site.

The characters, situations and events in Past and to Come are consistent with those portrayed in my previous stories and series:

Anything Can Happen
I Know What You Are
We’re Not What You Think
Canadian Nights
What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been
Night and Day
Foreign Correspondence
Adult Education
Continuing Education
Safe House
Different from All Other Nights
Commencement
Chips Cashed In
Taking Chances
Trials
Unexpected Occurrences
Reminiscences
A Time for Every Purpose
What's Past is Prologue


All of these are available, with illustrations, on my website at http://mo.fandomnation.com/fic/

Note on Character Origins: As covered in some of my previous fiction, my version of Cyclops has neither the origin story of the comic books nor that of the movie novelization. His back story is one of my own devising. It is covered extensively in Canadian Nights, Commencement and Chips Cashed In, and is revisited and expanded upon in What’s Past is Prologue and here. It preserves the comics convention of the Summers brothers having a complicated and difficult relationship, but the reasons for both the complexity and the difficulty are specific to this story and are not an attempt to reproduce their comic book history.

Disclaimer: The X-Men and Alpha Flight belong to Marvel. The movie belongs to Fox. Adam, Miriam, and Ezra, and assorted other characters are the products of my fevered imagination. Scott and Logan feel a little bit like they're mine, too, since I've been borrowing them for so long.

Feedback: Oh, yes! I love feedback. Please comment on the chapters as published in my livejournal, review the stories on my website, or send me email at mogbrg@yahoo.com

Archiving: Sure, just ask. Alternative file formats available upon request.

Additional Information: Most of my characters — as Magneto points out in the movie — live in a school. My version of Cyclops is an English teacher and tends to think in literary terms about events around him. Consequently, my fiction includes a lot of literary quotes and allusions. It has been my practice to publish a literature guide providing supplemental information on literature quoted in each series, along with URLs for the complete works, if available. The guide for Past and to Come will be posted after the stories themselves. It contains spoilers so should be read after the series. As is my occasional practice, the file contains information not only on literature referenced but also on some issues raised in the series.

Acknowledgements: Thanks to my very helpful and insightful betas — kestrelsparhawk, Ann Marie, and Vision — for sticking with me on this one and offering many suggestions for improvement. Their assistance was invaluable. Mistakes are mine alone.

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From:barenakedrachel
Date:January 8th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm... I've been getting back into reading fiction, and, since I *love* X-Men with a passion, I would like to read your work. Do you recommend that I start from the beginning of the list you provided, or would I not be totally lost to just start reading this story?
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From:barenakedrachel
Date:January 8th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Me again, I meant to add that what caught my interest in your X-Men fics is your pairing of Scott/Logan, as I happen to have felt some tension between them myself... what I like to believe is sexual tension :-)
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From:mofic
Date:January 8th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
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It's always a hard decision - how much background to give to assist new readers, and how much is too much and will bore the old ones, you know? I try for balance. But you probably are better off reading one of the earlier ones.

I Know What You Are was my first slash series. It assumes no knowledge of anything but the original X-Men movie, and it takes that sexual tension a lot of us saw and explores what it might have led to. I think it's a good place to start with seeing if you'd like to read my fiction. It's short nd it sets up my interpretation of the characters.
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From:barenakedrachel
Date:January 9th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I have already started from the beginning and am rather addicted... reviewing the heck out of them, hoping to not be too repetitive for you - but just saying what comes to mind. It is pretty much impossible for me to share with you everything I am thinking so far of what I've read, as I have way too many thoughts and then by the time I reach the end of the chapter... well, it's just too much to remember to tell you!

I love Walt Whitman and find it an incredibly wonderful touch to everything. I'm mostly in awe over how well you have taken what "they" give us about the characters from the movies (seen them all countless times!) and worked your own vision in. It works, it flows, and it fits. Your writing is incredibly vivid... I can practically smell every detail, hear every word exchanged. But I have a very vivid imagination, too, and your story seems more than real to me as I read ;-)

I find myself somehow relating very intensely to both Scott and Logan (more to Scott); your writing is really that good, your attention to perspective that good, that I forget I'm not one of them for a minute. Your knowledge of all things X-Men is amazing - the detail of it all is so... real, for lack of a better word. And, of course, the sex is beyond hot, if you don't mind my saying...

You've had me laughing out loud, gasping from the eroticism, and feeling a pang of sadness as though their loneliness and pain were my own.

So I'm hooked :-)
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From:mofic
Date:January 9th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you're enjoying them! There are lots more where that came from :-).

I originally wrote I Know What You Are as kind of a lark or an experiment. I wanted to see if I could do it, if I could get inside their heads enough to make it believable, to have an alternative idea of what's going on in the scenes we don't see. It purposely ends when the movie ends. But then I got hooked. I wondered what happened when Scott found out that he'd gone. I keep wondering what happens next and the only way to find out is to write it :-).

It was Hugh Jackman's portrayal of Logan that originally intrigued me and made me want to flesh him out. I started off seeing Scott as mostly a foil for him, and was not pleased that Cyclops is practically a non-entity in the film. But over time I've become kind of glad that he has such a small part, since it gives me more room to develop him the way I see him. I usually say that I got into this for Logan, but I stayed for Scott.

I will read and respond to your reviews.
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From:barenakedrachel
Date:January 9th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Well, you can certainly do it! I'm just totally amazed, to be honest. I don't mean that in any sense of having *doubted* you could do it, but just that I've never come across anything so... good. No, it's not just good - it's more than that. It seems that these characters became *you* as much as you became them... and I imagine you lying awake at night literally wondering what happened in the so many un-seen scenes...

Ugh. No time to comment or get into this because my little guy is crying for me...

Anyway, I love, love, love what you've done with the missing parts to the movie (haven't read the comics, probably should)... And I was hooked into the movie/stories because of Logan. When the first came out, I saw it three times, three days in a row in the theaters. Jackman is the PERFECT Wolverine/Logan... and I couldn't believe it because I'd only really seen him in stuff like Kate and Leopold!

Okay, gotta go... you don't need to respond to every review... there will be lots of them, which I hope is ok. I'm always torn between reviewing too much or too little...

I have to go out of town tonight and won't be able to get my fix until Wednesday :-(

THIS is why I quit reading all fanfic when I had my second baby! It's terrible because I end up glued to the computer... never been good at moderation...


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From:mofic
Date:January 9th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
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It seems that these characters became *you* as much as you became them...

LOL! There's definitely part of me in all of my characters. Some more than others.

I hope your out of town trip is fun. Where's town that you go out of :-)? Are you a rl friend of Amy and Kate? I seem to remember that I found you (or vice versa) through them.
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From:mofic
Date:January 9th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
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Hey, I'm glad to see you're still reading in X-Men, even though you've mostly deserted us for HP.
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From:chimosa
Date:January 10th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
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oh cool!! I've been off lj for a few weeks but I just saw that you've started this new series and I'm really excited! (BTW- happy be-lated holidays and new year ;-)
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From:mofic
Date:January 10th, 2007 11:19 am (UTC)
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Happy New Year to you, too! I hope you had a good vacation. I'm sporting the throat-slit-ear-to-ear look, which I understand is quite fashionable this year (see http://mofic.livejournal.com/44924.html) and feeling better than I have for a long time.

I hope you like the series!
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From:chimosa
Date:January 10th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
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which I understand is quite fashionable this year
Well, you know, if it's not, you'll *make* it fashionable... Aw, boo! I had no idea! But I'm glad it all turned out okay and that *you're* okay
I do have pretty good recuperative powers generally - it's my Wolverine tendencies.
LOL! And thank God for that!

*mwah*
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From:mofic
Date:January 11th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the kiss! And indeed, I will have to just walk with an attitude that says a wound in the neck is a fashion statement. It's also less noticeable all the ime.
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