*Thanks to XM6, my favorite reviewer!

*Anyone here like Mystique? 'Cause I'm starting my very own fanclub! Email me at SperryDee13@msn.com if you wanna join!

*Responses:

*Spikey the Neon Blowfish: Why is everyone so mean? She's a shapeshifter, and their distrust of Mystique, unfortunately, carries over to her, even though she can only change into animals.

*asa majikku: cool name! What's it mean?

*XM6: Thanks for reviewing, as always!

^^^^= begin/end dream

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Morigan wandered into the library, in a slightly better mood than she normally would've been in. She had just finished watching the best movie she had ever seen, on the recommendation of Mr. Wagner, who she now was quite friendly with. He was like an older brother, mostly. And when he had heard of her interest in cinema, he had suggested she watch the classic swashbuckler, "Captain Blood".

It had been better than she had expected. Much better. Even though it was in black and white, which Morigan did like, it seemed the older the movies were, the better the quality, it was the most wonderful movie she had ever watched. Okay, the only ones she had seen were "Gone With the Wind", Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds", and the version of "Pride and Prejudice" with Colin Firth.

She had gone to return the movie, and perhaps find another book to read. She had just finished re-reading the Lord of the Rings series, one of her favorites. She liked the Two Towers the best, mostly because a large part of it took place in a forest not so unlike where she had lived back in Ireland. However, she didn't expect to find the lights in the library on, not this late.

"Good evening, Morigan," the professor said calmly. "Though, considering the hour, I suppose morning would be a better term."

"Hello, Professor," Morigan replied, rather surprised. "Why are you up this late?" The instant the question was out, she regretted it. "Not meaning to pry or anything."

"I could ask you the same question, if I didn't already know the answer," he answered back. "I know what happened at breakfast that day."

"I should've expected it, Professor. Most people don't really like me. I'm too different from them. I mean, those students probably grew up with parents, being loved, being normal children until their mutations kicked in. I don't remember much of my past, my parents abandoned me, and until recently, I've had to hunt down my food every day so I can get what little I need to survive. I'm just too strange to fit in."

"I don't believe that, Morigan. They just need to get to know you. Everyone has problems fitting in at first."

Morigan snorted. "I most certainly doubt that," she said, then realized that she had spoken aloud. "I meant no offense, of course, Professor."

Xavier disregarded the comment with a wave of his hand. "Do you want me to talk to the students?"

Morigan's already pale face went stark white, and her eyes grew wide with horror. "No, not at all, Professor," she blurted. "Really, I think it'd do more help than harm, but thanks for the thought."

"You're welcome. This is just a suggestion, but perhaps if you made your habits a bit more diurnal, the students might accept you more. After all, I'm sure not everyone thinks all shapeshifters are bad, but how are you going to know unless you stop avoiding them?"

"Thank you, Professor. That's very good advice. Perhaps I shall try it sometime," Morigan said, returning the movie and looking for a new book.

"By the way, if you're looking for something to read, perhaps you should read Tamora Pierce's The Immortals series. They're just over there, right before the Tolkien books, and who knows, you might like them."

"Thank you for the idea. I believe I shall." Morigan picked out the first book, Wild Magic. There was a picture of a girl with wolves beside her on the cover. 'This looks interesting.' "Goodbye, Professor."

"Goodbye, Morigan. And do think about my suggestion." Xavier wheeled himself out of the room, and Morigan soon followed, to sleep until the sun rose. He did have a good idea, and hey, there's no time like the present.

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