“Alright, guys. There’s something I need to show you.” Hank says as he leads us to his room where he’s hooked up TV monitors to ancient looking computers, “This the system I designed to record any news about Paris, over all three networks and PBS.”
“All three?! Wow!” I say sarcastically.
“Yeah, and PBS. Look what I found.” Hank says, obviously not realizing that I was using sarcasm.
He plays recorded footage of a news report, “Tomorrow in front of the White House, the President will make his announcement. He’ll be joined by Secretary of Defense Laird and has even sought the help of renowned scientist Bolivar Trask, he’s special adviser to combat this mutant issue. The White House has asked…”
Hank stops the recording.
“Raven doesn’t realize that if she kills Trask at an event like that with the whole world watching…” Charles trails off.
“I know and Erik is no better. He’s heading over to DC right now as well.” I say with my eyes closed, seeing Erik already on a plane.
“Then we came a long way for nothing.” Logan says exasperatedly.
“And there’s more bad news. I saw the report, they found traces of her blood in Paris. For all we know, they already have her DNA, which is all they’d need…” Hank trails off.
“To create the Sentinels of the future.” Logan finishes.
“Now there’s a theory in Quantum Physics that time is immutable. It’s like a river, you can throw a pebble into it, create a ripple, but the current always corrects itself. No matter what you do, the river just keeps flowing in the same direction.” Hank says deep in thought.
“That isn’t true. I have kept things from happening in the future. I’ve saved lives and stopped potential wars from happening.” I defend.
“Just because someone stumbles, loses their way, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.” Charles smiles to himself, “No, I don’t believe that theory, Hank. And I cannot believe that that is who Raven is. Ready the plane, we’re going to DC.”
Once on the plane I notice Charles touching his leg.
“You alright?” I ask the Professor.
“Getting there.” He sighs, and we both take our seats.
“Whatever happens today, I need you to promise me something. You looked into my mind and you’ve seen a lot of bad, but you’ve seen the good too.The X-Men. Promise me you’ll find us. Use your power, bring us together. Guide us, lead us. Storm, Scott, Jean. Remember those names. There’s so many of us. We will need you, Professor.” Logan tells him.
“I’ll do my best.” Charles says with a smile.
“Your best is enough, trust me.” Logan says as he lights a cigar.
“Thousands of people will be gathered here today. They’ve come from all over the world to witness history. Along with news crews from at least fifty different countries.” I hear one particular journalist report.
At security everyone is being checked through a metal detector and as Hank wheels Charles though the detector beeps.
“Can I see your invitations, please?” One of the secret service men asks.
“Yes, you may.” Charles pulls out four blanks slips of paper and uses his power to make the man believe we have tickets.
“Go ahead.” He says, clearing the way.
Charles then uses his power to try and find Raven in the crowd while I close my eyes and try to track her.
“She’s beside the…” I start but am interrupted by the presenter.
“The President of the United States.” I suddenly hear and Nixon walks up to the podium as the crowd cheers.
“Yeah.” I say lowly to Logan, who nods.
“My fellow Americans, today, we face the greatest threat in our history: Mutants. We have prepared for this threat. In the immortal words of Robert Oppenheimer, “Behold. The world will never be the same again.”He says, pointing to the giant American flags behind him which unveil to reveal the Sentinels.
“I got Raven.” Charles says, with his fingers at his temple.
“Logan, Hank you get her. I’ll stay with Charles.” I say pointing them to Raven.
Then suddenly the Sentinels become activated.
“What the hell are you doing? I didn’t tell you to activate them!” Trask says near the mic.
The Sentinels begin to rise and the crowd cheers, thinking this was planned. They then float over the crowd then stop before shooting at a police car. The crowd panics and makes a run for it.
“Erik! Erik, I doesn’t have to end this way and you know it.” I scream upward getting his attention.
“It’s for the greater good,Y/N.” He states, not even looking at me as he drops an entire stadium around the White House, nearly crushing Charles had I not moved him.
“What? To make humans even more afraid of us?!” I yell, feeling my throat already become a bit sore.
Erik ignores me as he dispatches the Sentinels around the stadium to stand guard.
“I’m probably not supposed to ask this kind of thing, but in the future, do I make it?” Hank says, suddenly at my side.
“No. But we can change that, right?” I tell him, optimistically to encourage him to fight harder.
Motivated, Hank changes into his Beast form but Erik notices Logan and Beast and turns to the Sentinel standing guard telling him to, “Do what you were made for.”
The Sentinel turns to Logan and Hank and starts shooting at them, while Erik uses this opportunity to try and locate Nixon.
“Erik! Stop this! You’re hurting your own kind!” I yell, dodging bullets from a Sentinel.
Logan tries to fight off the Sentinel while Beast jumps on top of it.
“I got this! Go, Logan!” Hank yells, continuing to fight the Sentinel.
Both Logan and I approach Erik as he throws anything with metal at us but I try to dodge each one, only to be struck in the shoulder by a bullet.
“Fuck!” I scream out, grabbing my shoulder after hiding behind a flipped table with Charles.
“This may hurt a bit.” He says before using his telekinesis to pull out the bullet.
“Thanks Charles.” I hiss out.
Logan fights his way through the metal while Erik then gets a block with rebars and wraps it through Logan’s body. Erik then makes Logan rise and float making him yell in pain.
“So much for being a survivor.” Erik says snarkily, before throwing Logan into the Potomac River.
“Erik! That’s enough! You aren’t helping anything!” I approach him without fear.
“You’ve said that already! Y/N this is the only way to save our kind! To save your mother!” He says, hitting a nerve.
“My mother would not be proud that we achieved acceptance this way. Please, Erik. Think things through.” I plead teary eyed.
Erik ignores me and pulls a room out of the White House, that I can only assume is where the president is. He lands the room on the lawn in front of him, and pulls the door apart. He then levitates all their guns into the air then turns all the live news cameras toward him and gives a speech.
“You built these weapons to destroy us. Why? Because you are afraid of our gifts. Because we are different. Humanity has always feared that which is different. Well, I’m here to tell you, to tell the world, you’re right to fear us. We are the future.” Erik says into the camera.
“We are the ones who will inherit this earth, and anyone who stands in our way will suffer the same fate as these men you see before you. Today was meant to be a display of your power. Instead I give you a glimpse of the devastation my race can unleash upon yours. Let this be a warning to the world.”Erik continues,” And to my mutant brothers and sisters out there, I say this; no more hiding, no more suffering. You have lived in the shadows in shame and fear for too long. Come out, join me. Fight together in the brotherhood of our kind. A new tomorrow, that starts today.”
I hate that I’m basically useless, not able to teleport or fight against the Sentinels or even help Logan who was currently… drowning. Or can I? With tears in my eyes, knowing this could be the end for me, I stand.
“Y/N! You don’t have to do this.” Charles says grabbing my wrist.
“Yes, I do. It’s for the greater good. Just stop them for me, yeah?” I smile sadly and close my eyes, focusing only on Logan in this time period.
In my mind, I find him underwater at the bottom of the river. Taking a deep breath, I teleport to the bottom of the river and already feel pretty drained. I grab hold of Logan’s shoulder and think about the riverbank. Already seeing black spots in my vision, I use the last of my energy to teleport to the bank. This last thing I hear before blacking out is the sound of Logan’s heavy breathing.
“It’s about time you woke up. Do you need anything? Food? Water?” Peter says quickly as he zooms to my side, making my heart pound in fright/surprise.
I sit up and notice that I’m again, in Peter’s basement with Charles, Logan, and Hank.
“Woah kid, give her some space.” Logan laughs gruffly, crossing his arms.
“Yeah. Can I have some water please?” I ask the silver haired mutant raspily, who in a flash leaves and comes with a glass of ice water.
“Thanks, Pete.” I say gratefully and chug the water down.
He looks at me with his usual smirk, “No problem, Y/N.”
“So how long have I been out? Did Raven or Erik kill Nixon?” I ask, rapid-fire like Peter.
“Only a few hours. Peter here, freaked out because he thought you were dead.” Hank teases, making the speedster blush.
“Did not! I just thought it’d suck if she died. Then she couldn’t fulfill her promise.” He says more to me and gives me a wink.
“Thanks Peter for caring about my well being. Now can someone please tell me what happened?” I say beginning to become anxious.
“We did it kid. We saved the future.” Logan pats my shoulder giving me one of his rare smiles.
“Hell yeah!” I fist pump, with a smile.
“But there’s something I have to tell you Logan. This event has greatly altered our futures. There will be memories that others have of us that we won’t remember. When we return home, we’ll be living different lives.” I warn him, before he’s shocked by our new futures.
“Gotcha kid. Been there, done that. What’s new?” Logan shrugs.
“Bye Charles. In the future, try to go easy on me with the homework yeah? You made 10th grade hell for me.” I joke giving my professor a hug.
“I’ll try to remember that.” He laughs, as he shakes Logan’s hand goodbye.
“Hank, it was nice meeting you. Please remember to be proud of who you are.” I hug him and give him a smile once I see him nod before saying goodbye.
“Peter. I’ll keep my promise. But I swear to god if your fifty year old ass teases me about it in the future, remember that I’m younger and faster than you and can kick your sorry old ass.” I ruffle his hair and kiss his cheek.
“If we’re close like you say we are in the future, then you should know that I won’t keep that promise.” He quips, pulling me in for a hug.
The sad part is that I had to lie to him that we’re still close. After he left the brotherhood, we hadn’t come into contact since, unless it was to try and hurt one another.
“Bye kid.” Logan says to Peter, breaking me from my thoughts and I let go to Peter.
Darren Criss has made me so proud to be an alum of the University of Michigan. He is so talented yet seems so humble and good natured. He, and Chris Colfer for that matter, appear to recognize how fortunate they are to be in their position and are actually grateful for it. I wish more of young Hollywood would follow their example. Best wishes to him and Go Blue!
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Mutation. It is the key to our evolution. It is how we have evolved from a single-cell organism into the dominant species on the planet. This process is slow, normally taking thousands and thousands of years.