"Sugar??" Scott frowned, turning to Rogue for an explanation.

"Lance," Rogue answered, "the delivery boy."

"Only his 'delivery' wasn't good enough," Todd cackled as he watched the cold mist thin as it hit the warm air.

There was a loud roar as the Harley was revved and then through the smoke came the sleek black frame of the bike itself. Perched upon the leather seat was Lance, dressed in dark leathers.

"LANCE!" Kitty squealed rushing forwards.

Lance grinned, swinging himself off the bike and collecting Kitty up into his arms. Behind them Toby scowled, bristling with fury.

Lance: Whatever happened to Saturday night? When you dressed up sharp and you felt alright. It don't seem the same since the cosmic light came into my life. (He paused and took looked over to where Scott and Jean stood. He grinned and gave Jean the top to toe) I thought it was devi-hine!

Toby's scowl deepened as he watched Lance pick Kitty up and place her on the back of his Harley.

Lance: I used to go for a ride with a chick who'd go...and listen to the music on the radio. A saxophone was blowing on the rock'n'roll show and we climbed in the back and had a really good time!

Lance, Kitty, Rogue, Todd and Guests: Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll. Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll. Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll. Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll.

Lance: My head used to swim from the perfume I smelt, my hands kinda fumbled with her white plastic belt. I'd taste her baby pink lipstick and that's when I'd melt, and she'd whisper in my ear that tonight she was mi-hine!

Kitty laughed as Lance planted a kiss on her lips, pulling her close.

Lance: Get back in front and put some hair oil on. Buddy Holly was singing his very last song. With your arms around your girl you tried to sing along (Lance smirked at Scott) It felt pretty good whoo! Really had a good time!!!

Kitty tugged at Lance's shirt pulling him down and kissing him hard. Jean's eyes widened in shock at the public display of affection and Scott gave an embarrassed cough. Pietro was dancing as the guests continued to sing.

Lance, Kitty, Rogue, Todd and Guests: Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll. Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll. Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll. Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll.

Growling under his breath Toby snatched Pietro's arm up and dragged him towards the lift. Before Pietro could do anything he slammed him in, closing the door behind. Pietro spun around, hitting the metal cage door in frustration. Toby paid him no heed, turning instead to the vault from which Lance had sprung and stalking towards it.

Lance, Kitty, Rogue, Todd and Guests: Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll. Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll. Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll. Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll.

Lance revved the Harley, driving it at a dangerous speed up and around the ramp the laboratory has up against the wall. Guests dived out of the way to claim safer ground as Lance tore about the lab, Kitty clapping and laughing in delight from where she stood on the ground.

Lance: Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll. Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll. Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll. Hot Patootie, Bless my soul! I really love that rock'n'roll.

Lance grinned, skidding to a halt in front of the vault he had come out of. Pietro, who had been yelling in protest as he hit the bars suddenly went silent as his eyes grew wider in fright. Lance, noticing this, turned around to find himself face to face with Toby. Toby smiled disarmingly, keeping something very firmly out of sight behind his back.

"Hello Lance," Toby purred.

"Lance!!" Kitty screamed in panic, realizing seconds before, what was going to happen. Lance cried out in terror as Toby swung the ice pick from behind his back, laughing maniacally as he chased after the teenager. Kitty screamed, covering her ears with her hands, and squeezing her eyes shut as the sounds rolled out of her in unstoppable waves.

There was the sound of metal hitting flesh from inside the vault and seconds later Toby came staggering out, his pink gloves covered in blood. He looked up at the guests, at Jean and at Scott and gave a brilliant smile.

"One from the vaults." A ripple of laughter came from the guests. Toby glanced down at the gloves and wrinkled his nose. Turning away from them as if offended by their mere presence he held out his hands to Rogue, who peeled them off his hands.

There was a moaning and the lift car rattled once more as Pietro beat at the door, frightened.

"Oh...BABY!" Toby cried, rushing to the speedster's side and tore the lift door open. Pietro gave a frightened whimper and covered his head with his hands. "Oh don't be afraid," Toby said, his voice soft and tender with love, "I would never destroy you. I mean Lance well.........he had a certain naive charm - but no muscle." Pietro flexed his arm, smiling at Toby. "Oh!" Toby exclaimed with pleasure.

Toby: But a deltoid and a......bicep. A hot groin and a tricep makes me - ooh - (Toby did a small shimmy) shake-ah! Makes me want to take Charles Atlas by the hand! In just seven days - oh baby - I can make you a maa - ha - ha - ha - haaaaan!

Toby threw open his arms, allowing Todd and Rogue to take the green surgeon's robe off him. He smiled at Pietro and began to walk back towards him, kicking his heels up teasingly.

Toby: I don't want no dissension, just dynamic tension. I -

Jean: (much to everyone's surprise) He's a muscle maa - haan!

Scott gave Jean a disapproving look and Jean looked at the ground ashamed. Toby raised and eyebrow and turned back to Pietro, offering his arm to the speedster. Pietro looked at it, puzzled, then, as Toby linked his arm with his own Pietro smiled in understanding.

Toby: In just seven days, I can make you a maaa - ha - ha - ha - haaaaaaaaan!

He laughed and led Pietro up the small isle the guests had created. In front of them the walls of the laboratory slid open to reveal a large bedchamber. Confetti rained from the sky as the guests tossed the white paper into the air shouting, "Pietro, Toby rah rah rah!! Pietro, Toby rah rah rah!! Pietro, Toby rah rah rah!!"

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Freddy: There are some people who say that life is an illusion, and that reality is simply a figment of our imaginations. If this is so then Scott and Jean are quite safe. However; the sudden departure of their host and his.......creation, into the seclusion of his somber bridal suite had left them feeling both apprehensive and uneasy. A feeling which grew as the other guests departed and they were shown to their separate rooms.

- - - ******* - - -

Jean was just falling asleep when the doorknob to her room rattled uncertainly. Jean shot up in bed, clutching the sheet to her chest.

"Who is it!?!" Jean gasped, "who's there?"

Scott's voice came muffled slightly through the darkness. "It's only me Jean."

"Oh Scott!" Jean cried, relieved. She flung the sheet wide to allow Scott to slip in beside her, "come in darling."

"It's alright Janet," Scott whispered, kissing her softly, "everything's going to be alright."

"Oh I hope so my darling," Jean sighed, wrapping her arms around Scott as he kissed her neck tenderly. "Oh Scott!" she giggled, batting at him, "oh yes my darling, yes - oh! YOU!"

"I'm afraid so Jean," Toby purred, taking the wig from Jean's hands and tossing it aside, "but isn't it nice!?!"

"You beast!" Jean cried, beating at Toby's chest in her futile rage, "what have you done with Scott!?!"

"Well, nothing," Toby answered, leaning forward over her. "Why? Do you think I should?"

"You tricked me!" Jean cried, falling back against her pillow and giving a small cry, "I wouldn't have.....I'd never...I've never...."

"I know," Toby purred, grinning wolfishly, "but it wasn't all bad was it? In fact I think you found it quite," he paused as he began to kiss Jean again, moving slowly downwards, "pleasurable. Mmm, so soft...so.....sensual."

"Oh," Jean moaned, "Oh..ooh..oh! Stop. I mean HELP! I - SCOTT!!!"

"Shhhh!" Toby hissed, pressing a finger to Jean's startled lips, "Scott's probably asleep by now. Do you want him to see you...LIKE THIS!!" He hoisted Jean's legs upwards spreading them as he did so.

"Like this!?! Like how!" Jean yelled, pointing an accusing finger at Toby, "It's your fault! You're to blame!.........I was........saving myself."

"Well," Toby smiled, "I'm sure you're not spent yet."

He made to move downwards once more but Jean stopped him with a finger to his mouth. "Promise you won't tell Scott?" she asked, smiling simperingly.

"Cross my heart and hope to die," Toby grinned.

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Pietro's breath came softly across the room as Todd and Rogue cleaned the laboratory. Todd glanced up, taking in Pietro's sleeping form. His eyes narrowed and slowly he stalked over to the bed. For a moment he watched Pietro's sleeping face and then silently he picked up an enormous candelabra, mounted with many flickering candles. Pietro's stirred in his sleep, sensing the eminent danger as the jealous Todd came closer. With a thwack Todd bought the flaming candles down onto the youth's back. Pietro cried out in pain, leaping backwards, his new born mind in terror as it tried to fathom the cruelty that was being displayed. Todd hissed, leaping forward as he threatened the angelic speedster with the candelabra.

In an instant Pietro had broken the chains that held him to the bed and he tore off, fleeing the angry Todd. As Toby's creation climbed down the lift shaft Todd laughed, tossing a lit candle after him. Todd turned to Rogue, suddenly calmed. The two came raised their arms, bringing their elbows and then hands together ever so slowly. A small laugh bubbled out of Rouge's mouth and grinning Todd grabbed her about the waist, kissing her hard.

- - - ******* - - -

Scott was woken by his door slamming shut. Startled he sat up, listening intently. A soft sobbing could be heard as soft footsteps made their way towards him.

"Oh Scott it's no good here!" Jean cried, throwing herself into Scott's open arms, "it will destroy us."

"Don't worry Jean," Scott whispered, stroking her hair tenderly as he held the red head close, "we'll be away from here in the morning. It's alright. I - YOU!" Scott gasped, looking at the long haired wig in his hands.

"I'm afraid so Scott," Toby purred, giving him a cheeky kiss on the lips. "But wasn't it nice!?!"

"Why you - what have you done with Jean!?!" Scott growled, grabbing Toby roughly by the shoulders and shaking him.

"Oooh," Toby moaned as if in ecstasy, "well....nothing. Why? Do you think I would?"

Scott let go of Toby, his face reddening. "You tricked me. I wouldn't have.........I'd never.....never never."

"I know," Toby laughed, enjoying himself immensely, "but it wasn't all bad was it?" He ran a finger down Scott's chest as he kissed Scott's neck tenderly, "I think you found it quite," he moved downwards, "pleasurable."

"Ahhh," Scott moaned, relaxing slightly, "oh oh. Stop it. I mean Jean! JEAN!"

"Shush!" Toby said, clapping a hand over Scott's mouth. "Jean's probably asleep by now. Do you want her to see you.........LIKE THIS!?!"He hoisted Scott's legs upwards spreading them as he did so.

"Like this!?! Like how!" Scott yelled, "It's your fault! You're to blame! I thought it was the real thing!"

"Oh come on Scott," Toby rolled his eyes, "admit it. It was enjoyable wasn't it? There's no crime in giving yourself over to pleasure." He kissed Scott hungrily, giving a throaty, playful growl. "Oh Scott, you've wasted so much time already. Jean needn't know. I won't tell her."

"Well......" Scott paused, "if you promise you won't tell."

"On my mother's grav - mmm," Toby answered, his last words muffled as he began to pursue where he had left off. Scott gave a small moan, arching his back as he did so.

Quite suddenly a monitor above the bed flashed into life, revealing Todd's calm face as he surveyed the scene before him.

"Master," Todd spoke, "Pietro has broken his chains and vanished. Your new playmate is loose and in the castle grounds. Rogue has just released.......the dogs."

"God!" Toby growled, his voice tainted with annoyance at the interruption. "Coming!!" He turned to Scott, "after I'm done with you."

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So sorry about the large gap between this chapter. And sorry to say there will be another one! I'm off on holiday for 2 weeks. *cries* But I will return! And finish this......oh what will become of Scott, Jean and Pietro!? What of Toby, Rogue and Todd!? What of poor Kitty!?! Only RHPS fans will know. Ciao.