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100 Themes - 9 Citrus9. Two Roads - CITRUS100 Themes - 9 Citrus by StrayPhoenix
She hates that she feels it, but her first reaction is anger. Anger that she wasn't the one to find it first.
The school is abuzz with the news of a cure, X-Men and recruits alike. The world is abuzz with it. The ethics and politics are all the news stations are talking about.
Cessy ignores it. She buries herself in the lab, working on her current project and almost misses Xavier's mandatory meeting on the subject. Nina and Amy find her glued to a microscope.
"The talk is starting soon," Amy says.
"Yeah, you're gonna miss it," Nina adds from the doorway.
"Everything he's going to say he heard from Professor McCoy and I heard it from him first," she says.
Nina shrugs and leaves and Amy is quiet long enough for Cessy to think she's left too. When she looks up though, she jumps to see she's still there.
"Are you looking at it?" Amy asks hesitantly. "The...cure? What does it look like?"
Cessy feels the anxiety itch over her skin, more than usual. She puts the microsco
100 Themes - 31 Mirage31. Charge - MIRAGE100 Themes - 31 Mirage by StrayPhoenix
Leadership training is the only class Amy dislikes enough to try to skip. It's not just because leadership training is crazy stressful, and not just because it's Cyclops who does the program.
But Amy's excuses to get out of leadership training with Cyclops only last as long as it takes Rook to complain about why he has to train and she doesn't. Then she's in the line of fire too.
"But I'm never going to lead a team," she says when Cyclops has lined a group of them up at random in the Danger Room for training. "I'm never going to lead an X-Team. I'm never going to have to charge into battle or warn that the British are coming."
"We can announce ourselves, thank you," Nina deadpans.
"Regardless," Cyclops says loudly, over the rumble of discontent from those gathered. "It's mandatory to your X-Men training. If the designated leader is out of commission, each and every one of you must be ready to take up the X mantle and complete the mission at hand. Understood?"
100 Themes - 61 Cuttlefish61. Fighting Chance - CUTTLEFISH100 Themes - 61 Cuttlefish by StrayPhoenix
Swim tryouts are the summer before school starts. Evelyn spends the days before going down the cliffs to the rocky beach under the institute with Amy and Russ and swimming laps in the ocean as fast and hard as she can while Amy times her and Russel alternates between reading a book and complaining.
"Wow," Amy says, shaking out the stopwatch to make sure it's not defective. "You should have tried out for the Olympics."
"I know," Evelyn says, perching on an outcrop of boulder like a mermaid. She smiles. "My mom's been telling me that since I was five."
"They won't let her now," Russel says. "She has a 'Genetic disadvantage'."
It had been all over the news. The London Summer Olympics had endured riots and pickets over the mutant controversy within its pool of athletes. Should previous gold-medalists discovered to be mutants give up their medals? What kind of testing could be done to weed out the mutants passing as humans? Should it be treated like substanc
100 Themes - 26 Kinetic26. Fantasia - Kinetic100 Themes - 26 Kinetic by StrayPhoenix
Movie night at the Institute is always, predictably, crazy. And while Russ is sure anything they watch would have had a better book, he gives in when Amy and Evelyn threaten to drag him down the stairs. All three flights.
Stools, folding chairs, boxes, and mounds of pillows are set up around the Annex TV and Eddie even drives a motorcycle in behind the couch so he and Ava can sit on it. Russ sits at the foot of the couch, as Evelyn perches on the arm and Amy arranges a pile of pillows on the other side.
Curtis comes around with a hat and slips of paper for people to cast their votes. He puts in "Harry Potter 1-8" like he does every week.
"What did you put?" Amy asks Evelyn, over his head.
"We haven't had a Disney movie in a while," she answers, ending her scribble in a flourish.
Curtis collects the slips back in the hat and shuffles them to the encouraging shouts of those gathered.
"Fantasia!" she says, reading off the slip.
There's a general grumble around him a