Disclaimer and notes on chapter one.
This chapter contains: Exposition really.
After the Awakening
“You seem troubled Jean,” she said to her friend as they sat eating lunch together. Alex has only just been returned so the members of her team who were closest to him were visiting him first. She knew Logan would have liked to visit him but he couldn’t set foot on Genosha.
“Alex’s return has brought up some things I thought I was over,” her friend said tiredly. “Scott certainly didn’t help matters by taking him out of Genosha with no warning.” She couldn’t blame Scott for taking his brother somewhere he felt safe to talk though it had complicated things. “I understand why he did it but now everyone will know he’s been to Genosha.”
“The governments of the world are aware of Scott and his team’s ability to bypass boarders even if they are not aware of how he’s doing it.” She had never shared any information on Lila Chaney’s gift to the team and their leading theory was a mutant teleporter who never went on missions.
“That won’t stop our enemies from using it as evidence that Xavier’s administration here on Genosha is working with criminals.” Jean sounded tired. “I should have simply waited to inform Scott that Alex was alive until Alex was ready to leave Genosha.” She and Jean both knew that would not have been possible.
“Word would have reached Scott eventually if you hadn’t and it would have made things worse between the two of you.” She could tell Jean knew that the situation with her ex was already tense but that would have been the last straw. “Do you think if I negotiated an amnesty deal, Alex could convince Scott and his team to take it.” She had the feeling that the situation with Scott’s team and the government was coming to a head soon. She didn’t want to alarm Jean but Val had been dropping hints.
“I can try to convince him to do so but I don’t know if anyone can convince Scott,” Jean said with a sigh. “When Scott is convinced he’s in the right he can be incredibly stubborn it was one of the things I loved and hated about him.” Jean had a slighly fond smile for a moment and then it was gone. “I fear that this going to get him and his team killed before this is over with.”
“I know for a fact Madripoor has a death warrant out for them after Scott’s team destroyed her new sentinel factory.” Storm said watching Jean’s eyes widen in shock. “She claimed they were for national security not to hunt mutants but Scott’s team destroyed them anyway.”
“I don’t blame him but Viper is not someone to mess around with lightly,” Jean said after a moment. “Genosha has had its fair share of dealing with her machinations and we haven’t always come out ahead.” She was familiar with the incidents that Jean was referring to. “Perhaps it is time I get Charles involved he’s asked me to inform him if I think Scott is going to far.”
“It may be for the best,” She said and then saw Jaime, Guido, and Rhane leaving Alex’s room. “If you will excuse me Jean, I will give Alex my well wishes before we have to depart we have things to deal with back in the US.” Jean nodded and gave her a hug. “It has been good seeing you my friend even if the subject of our conversation was so grave.”
“Likewise, I only hope the next time we see each other the conversation is about much happier topics.” Jean said with a tired smile. “Good luck, Ororo.” Her friend said as she turned and headed to see Alex Summers for the first time in four years.
She found him reading something as she came in. “It is good to see you again Alex,” She said as she walked over and gave him a hug. “Wolverine sends his regards but he cannot set foot on Genosha.”
“Yeah, I know Rhane told me,” Alex said looking around. “Can you ask him if he’s the one who told Scott about that time in Mexico?” She had no idea what time in Mexico Alex was referring to but she nodded. “Thanks, I’d really like to know how Scott knew about that.” He smiled then, “So working for the government that’s a difficult job.”
“Yes, but I believe the rewards and benefits out way the problems,” She said knowing this was one of the few people who could understand her position. “I do believe I should warn you that the governments of the world are growing tired of Scott and may take action soon.” She could tell by her face that he got the implication. “I could try to work out an amnesty deal but I do not think I could convince Scott to take it.”
“No one could,” Alex said with a shrug. “I know my brother if he thinks he’s in the right he won’t back down no matter what.” She could recall the times she’d butted heads with Scott over issues and knew that Alex was probably right. “I will warn him that the government is making rumblings about dealing with him next time I see him.” He gave no indication of when that would be.”
“I would be grateful if you would,” she said and then an idea hit her. “Perhaps when you are well enough to resume an active involvement in mutant affairs you would be willing to join the XSE?”
Alex looked thoughtful, “I”ll think about it while I’m here and give you my answer once I can move about without help.” He looked put out. “I know I’m lucky to be moving as well as I am and that in any other situation I’d be bedridden for months instead of just days but it is still frustrating.” She could understand that better than he could possibly know.
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