Series Title: What’s Past is Prologue
Characters and Pairings: Various characters appear in this series, both canon and original. The main pairings are Scott/Logan, Jean-Paul/OMC, and a heterosexual couple who are both OCs and both students at Xavier's.
Summary: Everything changes for the X-Men when Charles Xavier dies. Will echoes of the past impair their ability to move ahead?
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 18 stories. Total length is about 50,000 words. I’ll be posting one story a day to mailing lists and to my livejournal.
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.
What’s Past is Prologue begins two months after the events depicted in A Time to Every Purpose. In my timeline, the “not so distant future” of the movie (released in 2000) is the year 2006. This series takes place during the summer of 2012.
Brief biographies of the main characters, both canon and original, are available on my website, to make it easier for those coming in well into the story. They can be found at:
The characters, situations and events in What's Past is Prologue 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
What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been
Night and Day
Different from All Other Nights
Chips Cashed In
A Time for Every Purpose http://www.livejournal.com/users/mofic/6343.html
All but the most recent of these can be found, with illustrations of characters and locations, at http://www.angelfire.com/comics/mo. Later fiction can be read on my livejournal: http://www.livejournal.com/users/mofic, with specific urls as indicated above. My website is under reconstruction. All stories will be on the reconstructed version, with illustrations. I’m working on it, really. I just have to stop writing fiction long enough to do it.
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 here. Charles Xavier’s origin story is covered in somewhat greater detail in this series than has been shown in my fiction thus far. It is, as well, a story of my own invention. I believe it to be consistent with what is shown of him in the movie, but it does not follow comics canon.
Disclaimer: The X-Men and Alpha Flight belong to Marvel. The movie belongs to Fox. Rick, Adam, Miriam, Anjuli, Wendy, Jake, RoseAnn, Jamie, Babies Hank 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. Direct all comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 What’s Past is Prologue 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 – CEA, SLM, Ann Marie, and Kay – for sticking with me on this one and offering many suggestions for improvement, as well as providing some of the jokes and a few of the plot twists. Their assistance was invaluable. Mistakes are mine alone.