Title: Revolutions and Revelations

Author: Jade Hunter

Disclaimer: None of the characters and properties of X-Men: the Movie and X2: X-Men United belong to me.

A.N: This will follow the movies both very closely, though it is an AU.

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It is the choices we make that define who we are.

The future is in constant motion. There is no destiny, no fate – not in the literal sense where everything is cemented in stone. There is simply the future, and the choices we make.

Every choice we make changes the future. Pick a bagel over donuts, a pantsuit over a dress, it doesn't matter. In the end, all the little choices add up, and they matter.

In one Universe, the X-Men face foes such as Sinister and Apocalypse, with such teams as Generation X and X-Factor existing. Here the X-Men are not always stalwart and true – Dark Phoenix existed, and when a traitor is suspected, Xavier plays out a twisted plot inside the minds of his team.

In another, there are no X-Men, because there was no Charles Xavier. The world is in ruins; a war between mutants and humans, led by the one called Magneto.

Another Universe has a world of complete desolation, where Redd and Slym roam with their son, Nathan.

In yet another, mutations arise years earlier, before puberty, and the X-Men begin to form as they go through high school. There are fights, but their lives are mostly filled with petty rivalries and just developing crushes.

This Universe has a Kurt Wagner that is at least ten years older than Marie D'Ancanto; they are related not at all.

In that Universe, Nightcrawler and Rogue are foster siblings.

In the Universe there, Nightcrawler and Rogue are twins.

And in this one…

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It began the same as a hundred other, quite similar realities near it.

In Poland, 1944, a young boy named Eric Lehnsherr and his parents were herded, along with his people, like animals by German invaders. He was separated from them by force. But not before his powers surfaced. Not before the seeds of Magneto were planted.

Years later, a fifteen-year-old boy named Charles Xavier began to hear other people's thoughts and hoped he wasn't going mad. He quickly learned the dangers of his powers when he almost killed a teacher of his. He withdrew from society, fearful of his own powers, and met one Eric Lehnsherr, who helped him face his powers and control them.

More years passed, and the mutant population increased.

In 1986, three things happened. Two went as they were supposed to, but one…one did not.

At a high school prom in Southern California, a seventeen-year-old named Scott Summers fought with his date, Selena Ki. His powers emerged, and eventually led Xavier to him.

Somewhere in Germany, a shapeshifting mutant woman named Raven Darkholme gave birth to twins, a girl and a boy. The girl took after her father in looks, with pale skin, green eyes, and auburn hair. The boy, however, took after his mother, with the same coloring and yellow eyes, though he had the addition of a tail as well as blue fur in place of Mystique's blue scales.

These two things went as they were supposed to. Followed the events of the realities surrounding it. But here, the conformity stopped, and the reality broke off.

When, in other worlds, Mystique gave up her obviously mutant son at a church before fleeing to America with her daughter to give her up as well, this Raven chose to keep her children. And in doing so altered the course of her Universe, of her future.

There were no obvious effects, at least, at first glance. A young girl, twelve, named Ororo Munroe came into her powers in Kenya, 1988. At the same time, a young woman of twenty-three, Jean Grey, entered medical school, to become a doctor.

In 2002, the changes became violent.

There was no girl in Mississippi to give a boy that deadly kiss. Instead, that kiss was administered to another boy, in Arizona. When the boy named Cody would have woken from his coma with an all-new zest for life, the boy named David would wake with an all-new hatred for mutants. When Cody would have become an award-winning journalist that was pro-mutant, David would join the army a excel, enough to catch the eye of one William Stryker.

The girl named Marie was not a D'Ancanto, she was a Darkholme, along with her brother, Kurt. And to her, this new reality was kind, for the most part. When her powers surfaced, she didn't have to run, didn't have to hitchhike for eight months, because she already knew about mutants and had the support of her mother and brother, as well as the other members of the Brotherhood, though to a lesser extent.

For a man in Canada, who went by Logan and had dog tags that said he was someone called Wolverine as well, this new reality was not too kind, but quite lenient, considering the circumstances. There was no girl he met in that bar, and so no attack by Sabertooth, but he managed to meet the X-Men anyway, because although he had not been attacked, Sabertooth had been in the area.

For the X-Men, it was a troublesome reality. Without the girl, without the attack, Logan had taken a lot of convincing to come with them. In the end, the man had agreed, but no one really knew why, not even Logan. Cyclops and Storm talked with him a bit about the school, their lives, Xavier, and by the time they reached Westchester, Logan had a good grip on the basics.

His first meeting with Dr. Jean Grey was much more pleasant, though he also knew the fact that he was Scott Summers' fiancée. He still found the codenames ridiculous, still called Xavier 'Wheels', still scoffed, but in the end, he still made that deal. Forty-eight hours.

And thus, the story begins.

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TBC…