In the middle of what appears to be a jungle….

Jubilee quickly stuffs a silver egg inside a hollow stomp and turns around; full vamp on, a yellow trench creating a halo around her.

Jubilee angrily screams, “Who’s there? Whoever you are I have been trained by the best and I will not let you walk away from this! Haven’t you ever heard of never disturbing a mother and her cub! Especially one that considers herself the daughter of a wolverine! We might be cute and cuddly, but deadly.”

Breathing hard after her rant you can slowly see some of the color come back into her skin. She knows that a vampire should not have a tan but she can feel herself changing lately, and it was getting worse. As this thought briefly goes through her head she looks around, but all she sees is the leaves moving in the trees above. Wait a minute…. She is in a bio dome, there is no wind….

A thump behind Jubilee draws her attention back towards the log where she had left Shogo.

<Hello Jubilee. I have missed you, although you don’t know me… or not exactly.>

Jubilee looks confused and bursts out rapidly, “Penance! Claudette, Nicole? Are you in there? How am I ABLE TO UNDERSTAND YOU? And where have you been, I heard a rumor you were in LA, but I was dealing with my own problems. NOW WHAT IS GOING ON?” Touching her belt buckle Jubilee goes on, “Know It All, get in here now, none of your shit now, just get here right now.” After a brief crackling from Jubilee belt Jubilee snaps back, “I think it’s your sisters.”

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On the lawn of the school a group could be seen. It is one of those balmy times, neither hot nor cold but never quite just right…

The faces of the gathered group show confusion on some and shock on others. Striding to them is the former X-Men, Banshee. Already they had been greeted by Emma Frost, Karma, and Rictor, all well known in their own rights.

Monet stands slightly apart from the group. You can see the smallest of twitches leaning toward a frown. Monet looks around and realizes this is her chance to escape for a moment, spying a tree nearby she heads towards it thinking to herself, “Damn. Jubilee was right, I hate that. Now I can’t leave.”

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Chamber also stands alone. If he still had a face you could see that he was not surprised at all at Banshee still being alive. He thinks to himself, “I have already been here for a month, yet I was not this overwhelmed when I saw him. Nothing surprises us Brits. But still, to end up as poor Mr. Cassidy. I hope I can help him.” If you looked closely in Chamber’s eyes you could see pity in them.

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After making a short welcoming speech Banshee, Karma, and Rictor start greeting the young students individually. Banshee approaches Angel and Beak and smiles at them. Banshee greets them warmly, “Welcome. I hope the trip was not too long, I know you worry about your kids when your away, I am sorry for that but I hope all this will be worth it. If you decide to stay…”

Banshee is rudely interrupted by Angel who starts to poke Banshee in the chest pushing him back inch by inch,” Who do you think you are to bring us all the way here….”. Beak thinks to himself, ”I married her because I love her, but guess you can take the girl out of the ghetto but not the ghetto out the girl.” Angel’s continues going off at Banshee, “our children if we stay? Who’s going to take care of them while we’re off saving the world? And what about me and Barnell having no powers? We learned we should not pretend we do, it did not go pretty last time, people got….hurt.”

Banshee turns towards Beak and says, “And what do you think Barnell?” Beak takes a moment and thinks to himself, “I do want back in the game, I was never powerful to begin with but I always held my own. Plus the chance to teach and mentor these children, some that might be like Angel and I were…that would be great. But it looks like Angel is not up for it, and I don’t want to be on the couch forever.” But the words that came out his mouth were simply, “No sir.” Squeezing Angel shoulder in reassurance.

Banshee scarf blows in the wind and he tells Angel, “You will not have to worry about that lass. You would only rarely, if ever see, fieldwork. I would never endanger parents of children needlessly, contrary to recent rumors I am not a monster. I would like you to work more closely with the students, not as exciting but not as dangerous. Also we have the best nannies and learning equipment. And security. Once a hero always a hero they say and all heroes have enemies. You two might not powers anymore, but you think your enemies will not eventually take advantage of that?”

During this Angel is pacing, and starts to look like she is being won over, muttering, ”That she had never thought of that.” Beak knows any good husband should stay out of firing range when their wife was like this.” Angel suddenly stops and asks Banshee, “Just one question, do we get paid?”

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A blond girl in a bulky sports jacket stands there awkwardly waiting for a chance to pull Karma aside. Seeing her moment she pulls Karma aside and looks at Karma awkwardly. She starts then stops then starts to speak again, “Hello Shan. Well this is awkward, did you invite me here? I don’t know these people, these X-Men friends of yours. I don’t have any powers. So why me?”

Karma looks sheepish and says, “Yes I invited you. Brittney told me you were looking for a teaching internship, I know you’re the best for this job. You were third in our class after all. I hope we can put the past behind us. And…I miss you. I was hoping we could be friends again.”

Arlee looks at Karma earnestly, wanting to believe her, but doubt in her eyes. Arlee tells Karma, “I wish I could believe you. You lied to me once and it nearly cost our friendship. You sure you can handle that?”

Karma takes a deep breath and says, “I did not want to tell you until we had Dr. Rao confirm it. I suspect that actually you are a mutant. Brittney told me that you never go out to do your swims anymore. Why is that, your back?”

Arlee just looks shocked as hell, “Mutant? Wouldn’t I have known by now? And what am I going to tell my parents?” As Arlee collapses on a nearby bench Karma thinks to herself, ”Do I dare? I don’t want to make this harder on her, but seeing her in this pain…” With that Karma sits down and envelopes Arlee in a hug, but Karma’s shoulders are stiff.

Karma whispers into Arlee’s ear, “It will be okay.” As Arlee looks up at Karma, wiping tears away, Karma releases her. Karma tells Arlee, ”I think you did develop your powers a long time ago, but it was so subtle that you did not notice. Remember that time in sophomore year when you convinced me to go to the lake with you? Each time you took a stroke the muscles of your back pulsated. I barely noticed it even, and I was paying close attention…,” Karma stops for a moment and clears her throat uncomfortably, ”As for your parents, you came out to them at the age of 15, do you really think this is going to be that much harder? They still loved you then didn’t they?”

Arlee tells Karma,”When do I see this Dr. Rao? I still don’t believe I am a mutant, but your right I hate to admit. I need to know, the sooner the better. My back has been acting funny lately, but I thought it was because I increased my workout.”

Karma looks at Arlee and tells her in a mocking tone. “And I am guessing if the progression of your training is as hard as it was in school that you’re up to pressing about 500 lbs now? Did you know the world record for a non-super is 400 Lbs by Tamara Rainwater? So I guess that means welcome to the team, Buff.”

Karma walks away to join Lifeguard and give Buff some space to think things through.

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