MEANWHILE!!

"So whom do you think will win?" asked Professor Xavier as he, Magneto and Mystique sat at the finish line with their various flags and #1 foam hands.

"Obviously my Acolytes!" said Magneto pompously.

"No, I meant out of the teams we assigned." Said Professor Xavier.

"Well, I'm saying that there's NO way the teams held up until the end." Magneto answered.

"You must have FAITH Magnus." Said Professor Xavier.  "I believe that the teams held true to the end."

"We shall see soon enough." Said Mystique.

Just then, Bobby, Forge, Beast, Storm, Angel, Logan, Sam and Jamie came trotting up.  They all were rooting for different teams but they weren't about to create controversy.  The rest of the New Recruits came out as well to see the teams cross the finish line and pretty soon, Victor, Piotr and Fred came out of their secluded bubbles in the corner to watch as well.

The cheer started out low…

Then it started to grow!

Everyone was cheering for who they thought deserved to win!!

Suddenly, from over the hill, St. John dressed in green and Remy dressed in red appeared.

"Go Acolytes!!" cheered Magneto.

"Is that the finish line?" St. John said, peering at the yellow stripe of tape that stretched across two trees.

"It must be." Said Remy.  "Come on, let's end this!"

"FASTER EVERYONE!!!" came a voice from behind them.  Remy and St. John turned around to see the Brotherhood coming towards the yellow tape.  "JUST A LITTLE BIT FURTHER!!!"

"No!" yelled Scott as he hobbled around the corner with Jean slung over his shoulder.  "We must win!!"

"Hurry up, Pietro!" Wanda called.  "I never thought I'd say this, but you're slowing us down!"

"I'm…too tired to run or…walk…" said Pietro as he collapsed.

"Idiots!" Wanda yelled as she pointed to Todd and Lance.  "Carry my stupid brother!"

"Can't we just cross without him?" asked Todd.

"You must cross with EVERYONE!" came Professor Xavier's voice over a megaphone.  Mystique grabbed the megaphone out of his hand.

"Pietro, you dishonor me!!" she yelled.  "Get your rear in gear!"

"Both teams have an injured member." Observed Remy as he and St. John jogged closer and closer to the finish line.  Then he took St. John's lighter out of his pocket.  "Better increase those numbers."

"You're going to give me my lighter and allow me to create an impenetrable wall of fire?" St. John asked.

"No." said Remy as the lighter began to glow with strange sparks and Remy threw it among the hobbling Brotherhood and X-Men only to have it create a mighty explosion.

"HOW COULD YOU?!" St. John cried.

"HEY!!" Professor Xavier and Mystique yelled over the megaphones.

Sadly, both the X-Men Team AND The Brotherhood Team are now all dead.  Alas.

JUST KIDDING!!  HAW HAW HAW!!  Remy missed.  He has BAD AIM!  He just created a giant crater.

"Come on…" said Remy but St. John was now in the fetal position on the ground crying over his dearly departed lighter.  "What are you doing?"

"My LIGHTER!!!" wailed St. John.  "YOU BLEW IT UP!!"

"I refuse to lose this way!" said Remy as he grabbed onto St. John and attempted to pull him but St. John was kicking and screaming and grabbing onto anything that he just so happened to be dragged past.

While this was happening, Remy watched as the X-Men ran by one by one were teleported across the gorge and then hobbled across the finish line.

"WE WIN!!" cheered the X-Men Team.

"I knew all along." Said Professor Xavier, wiping a tear from his eye.

Okay…that MIGHT have happened…but here's what COULD have happened:

"Both teams have an injured member." Observed Remy as he and St. John jogged closer and closer to the finish line.  Then he took St. John's lighter out of his pocket.  "Better increase those numbers."

"You're going to give me my lighter and allow me to create an impenetrable wall of fire?" St. John asked.

"No." said Remy as the lighter began to glow with strange sparks and Remy threw it among the hobbling Brotherhood and X-Men but Wanda appeared to be paying attention and threw her hands out just in time to turn the lighter around so it went DIRECTLY for the X-Men and it blew a big gorge in front of them.  Then she zapped both Remy and St. John.

"Come on!" she said.  "Now's our chance to win this!"

The three jogged (with Pietro being carried by Todd and Lance) up to the finish line and broke the tape triumphantly.

"I knew you would win." Said Mystique, crossing her arms.

"You doubted us?" said Lance.

"Never." said Mystique, wiping a tear from her eye.

That's a possibility…but how about this?

"Both teams have an injured member." Observed Remy as he and St. John jogged closer and closer to the finish line.  Then he took St. John's lighter out of his pocket.  "Better increase those numbers."

"You're going to give me my lighter and allow me to create an impenetrable wall of fire?" St. John asked.

"Yes." Said Remy as he handed the lighter to St. John and he did just that!!

Then Remy and St. John strolled leisurely across the finish line.

"I'm glad you didn't embarrass me." Said Magneto.

"What, by losing?" asked Remy.

"No, by staying on the same team as the X-Men!" said Magneto as he wiped a tear from his eye.

But here's what REALLY happened.

"Both teams have an injured member." Observed Remy as he and St. John jogged closer and closer to the finish line.  Then he took St. John's lighter out of his pocket.  "Better increase those numbers."

"You're going to give me my lighter and allow me to create an impenetrable wall of fire?" St. John asked.

"WAIT!!" Jean yelled over all the commotion.  Everyone immediately stopped and looked at Jean who was in an utterly pathetic state as tears streamed from her eyes.  "Isn't this whole race about teamwork?  We should all cross the finish line TOGETHER!!"

Even though this would NEVER happen in real life, everyone agreed with Jean, linked arms and frolicked across the finish line.  They all wiped tears from their eyes at a job well done and chuckled warmly as a black circle engulfed them all.