Title: How Much is that Mutant in the Window?

Author: Sarge

E-Mail: Shalimarfox2@aol.com

Rating: PG-13

Content Warning: None

Pairing: Shal/Bren(ALL THE WAY!!)

Summary: A group of bounty hunters have been capturing new mutants and selling them to the highest bidder. Now it's up to Mutant X to stop them, but can they do it without getting captured themselves?

Disclaimer: They're not mine.(Dangit!!)

Author's Notes: It has taken me forever to think of a title for this story so I hope you like it! PLEASE REVIEW!!!




   It had been a week since the incident with the hologram had occurred. Since then, Adam had perfected the program, but neither Shalimar nor Brennan would even go near the dojo. After hearing the story of what happened, Jesse and Emma thought it was funny that the two wouldn't use the dojo to practice, but they said nothing.

   Shalimar was still feeling the after effects of the injuries she had procured during her run in with the crazed hologram. In fact, she was beginning to think that maybe Brennan hadn't healed her ribs all the way because they were still hurting like hell. Of course, she'd never tell anyone that.

   Then there was Brennan. Ever since Shalimar had said that she went for guys like him, he couldn't stop thinking about her. It didn't take long for him to realize that he had feelings for her…very strong feelings. Yet, he didn't know how to act on them. Should he tell Shalimar how he felt or try to forget about it? He didn't know. The only thing he did know was that if he didn't decide something soon, he was going to go crazy.

   Walking into the rec. room, he spotted Shalimar fast asleep on the couch in front of the television. Smiling, he quietly sat down in one of the chairs and after opening one of his favorite poetry books, he began to read. Although, every so often, he would look up and just watch as Shalimar slept. She is so beautiful, he thought to himself as he let out a soft sigh. Why can't I just tell her how I feel? All I have to do is say, 'Shalimar, I think I'm in love with you…No wait, I know I'm in love with you.' Brennan shook his head. No, that wouldn't work. I mean, what if she doesn't love me? All she said was that she went for guys like me, but not me. It would be so embarrassing, if not heart breaking, if I told her and she didn't feel the same way. Then I would end up acting all weird around her. No, I can't tell her.

   Just then, he noticed that he had stopped reading altogether and he was just staring at Shalimar. Sighing, he shook his head again and looked back down at his book.

   Suddenly, Adam's voice came over their comlinks, saying, "Brennan, Shalimar, could you please come to the lab."

   Brennan couldn't help but allow himself involuntarily shudder considering the last time they had been called to the lab, Adam had been mad at them. Looking over at Shalimar, he noticed that she hadn't woken up. He immediately got up and walked over to the couch. Kneeling beside it, he gently brushed an errant strand of blonde hair from Shalimar face and then softly said, "Shal, wake up."

   Her eyes slowly fluttered open and she looked up at Brennan. "Hey Brennan," she greeted in a sleepy voice as she gave him a small smile. "What's up?"

   Brennan took a moment to fight the desperate urge to kiss her before replying, "Adam called us to the lab."

   "Oh, I must not have heard him," she said as she began to sit up. Just then, she winced and grabbed her ribs.

   Concerned filled Brennan as he asked, "Shal, are you ok?"

   Sitting all the way up, she nodded. "Yeah, my ribs are still a little sore from our fight with the hologram, but I'll be fine."

   "Are you sure? I mean, I would have thought that they would be fine by now. I don't think you should still be feeling pain. Maybe you should have Adam check them out. I mean, maybe I didn't heal them correctly or something. You should really—," he said in a rush before Shalimar stopped him by putting her hand to his lips.

   "I'll be fine, Brennan," she assured him with a grin. "Now, we better get to the lab."

   Brennan nodded as he stood up and extended his hand down to Shalimar. Once she had taken it, he helped her stand and then they both walked out of the room.

   Making their way to the lab, they both saw that the other three members on Mutant X were already there.

   "Nice of you to join us," Adam quipped as a smirk lit up his face.

   "Sorry, it was my fault," Shalimar replied. "I fell asleep in the rec. room and didn't hear when you called for us."

   "So much for that feral sense of hearing, huh?" Jesse joked.

   Shalimar shot him an 'I dare you to say that again because if you do, I'll show you just how feral I really am' look.

   Jesse immediately shut his mouth.

   "Anyway," Adam began. "The reason I called you all here is because there have been reports from the streets that a rouge group of people have been capturing new mutants and have been selling them to the highest bidder…who has, consequently, been mainly Gabriel Ashlocke. They have sold a few to some other people, but are main concern right now is Ashlocke. Now, I want you all to go out there and see if you can figure anything out. If you do, I want you to report back here. I don't want you going out there trying to be heroes. All we want right now is information. When we have it, we'll figure out a way to deal with it. Alright everyone?"

   The four younger members of Mutant X nodded.

   "Good. I'll see you all back here later," Adam said as he watched them all leave the lab.


(A/N: Hey folks! Sorry it's taken me forever to get a new story up!! I've officially had the worse writer's block imaginable!! I REALLY hope you like this story. I've had the idea for a while, but I just couldn't seem to write it. Tell me where you'd like this story to go! PLEASE REVIEW!!)