Chapter 28

"Why didn't you come up to him and ask him that in the first place instead of sneaking around and spying on him?!" Logan snapped at Mystique before the Professor could answer.

Mystique glared at Logan. "I was talking to the Professor, and I don't need you to tell me how to handle my own son."

"Well maybe he doesn't want anything to do with you!" Logan growled as he unsheathed his claws.

"Logan! That's enough!" the Professor said sharply. He rarely used that tone of voice, but when he did, even Logan backed down.

The Professor sighed and rubbed his forehead in irritation. "Logan, please go inform Kurt of the situation and tell him that if he wants to talk to Mystique, to go into my office in five minutes."

"Charles, you're not actually going to allow ...," Logan started before the Professor cut him off.

"Logan, Kurt has to make this decision on his own. Remember what we were just talking about," the Professor put in sadly, "we can't protect him anymore."

Logan sighed and ran his fingers through his hair as he turned around to get Kurt. "She'd better not hurt the elf any more than he already has been," Logan growled as a parting shot to Mystique.

She completely ignored him and looked at the Professor. "So, ... what I've been hearing about my son is true. Whatever Magneto did to him made him capable of carrying a child?" Mystique asked. Her tone seemed to be asking the Professor to deny the reality of what she'd just said.

"I'm sorry Mystique, but that is true," the Professor said, as Mystique bowed her head, trying to come to grips with having a pregnant son. "But all Erik did was to activate some dormant genes of Kurt's. He didn't do anything more outrageous than that."

When Mystique just stood there and said nothing, the Professor wheeled his chair around and headed for the mansion. "When you've composed yourself Mystique, fly in through my office window. You'll be able to talk to Kurt alone ... if he agrees to it. I won't force him to talk to you."

Mystique looked up at the Professor. "What's the matter? Don't trust me in your precious mansion?" she practically sneered at him.

The Professor stopped his chair long enough to pause and glare back at Mystique. "I won't have you upsetting Kurt, his parents, or the other students Mystique. To accomplish that, I'm afraid I'm going to have to keep your visit discreet."

That said, the Professor continued on towards the mansion.

*Logan don't let anyone else know that Mystique is here. Especially Kurt's parents. They don't need the stress this will bring.*



*Don't worry Charles. I wasn't even planning on it.*

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Kurt's parents were talking to him, but he didn't hear a word that they said. He was still hurt and angry that no one had bothered to enlighten him and what had went on last night.

It was his life at stake!

And the life of his unborn child!

And he was really sick of being protected! He was perfectly capable of taking care of himself.

Kurt was knocked out of his rambling thoughts when a knock sounded at the door.

"Whoever it is I don't vant to talk to them," Kurt replied bitterly.

Johannes shook his head sadly as he walked up to answer the door. "Who is it?"

"Kurt, it's Logan. Will you please come out? The Professor would like to see you in his office," Logan called out from the other side of the door.

Kurt growled. "I don't vant to talk to him."

Logan growled in frustration from the other side of the door while Elisabeth put a comforting arm around Kurt. "Maybe you should hear vhat he has to zay mein Sohn," she suggested tentatively.

Kurt simple snorted a reply before stiffening.

*Kurt, I didn't want to Logan to say anything in front of your parents, but ... Mystique is here.*

Johannes and Elisabeth were confused as their son's face went from hurt to shocked to angry in under fifteen seconds.

Finally, Kurt growled low in his throat once again.

*If you want me to Kurt, I'll ask Mystique to leave, but the decision is yours. I won't cut you off from what's happening again.*

Kurt wanted to scream in frustration. This situation seemed to be getting more and more out of control as time wore on. And now he had to deal with his wayward mother!

*That's okay Professor. In some weird way, I zhink I need to talk to her.*

*Then just come to my office Kurt.*

Both Johannes and Elisabeth looked at their son with confused looks on their faces as he got up and headed towards the door.

"It's okay," Kurt said to both of them, "I'm going to go and get all of zhis straightened out."

His parents still looked confused, but didn't try to stop him as he walked out the door. Logan raised his eyebrow at Kurt as he walked out and Kurt simply nodded at him to indicate that he knew completely what was going on.

"Good luck elf," Logan whispered.

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Kurt had already had a lifetime of getting used to his appearance, a graduation in which he stood proud in front of the entire school and part of the community of Bayville, and had five months to get used to the fact that he was pregnant.

So he walked into the Professor's office with his head held hide and didn't even try to hide his stomach under any heavy clothing.

Even with the baggiest t-shirt he now owned, his stomach was still visible.

He got the reaction he expected out of Mystique.

Mystique turned around when the door opened, almost half-expecting and half wishing that it was the Professor, Logan or even Kurt coming to tell her that this whole situation was just one big joke.

But the sight that greeted her when she turned around completely squashed any final hopes she had of this being unreal.

Kurt stood there, the bulge in his stomach completely visible.

Mystique narrowed her eyes at Kurt, but he remained unfazed by the tough scrutiny. He didn't so much as flinch under Mystique's heavy gaze and his tail swishing back and forth was the only indication that he wasn't simply a statue.

"What do want Mystique?" Kurt asked calmly. Almost too calmly. Mystique could tell that there was anger and resentment boiling below the surface of his calm exterior.

"So it's true then," Mystique said more to herself, "what I learned in the library, the prophecy I just learned from Destiny, what Magneto finally admitted. All of it is true."

Kurt said nothing at first since he needed a moment to compose himself. "Why didn't you just come out and ask me what was going on that day in the library instead of disguising yourself as Amara?"

Mystique sighed. "I know I'm not welcome."

"And that gives you the right to go around spying on me? Do you care about your own flesh and blood so little that you can't even confront me yourself?" Kurt asked bitterly before letting out a light laugh, "Wait. You were the one that gave me to Magneto to be experimented on so you couldn't have cared too much."

"That's not true!" Mystique said quickly.

"Then what is the truth?" Kurt asked with skepticism in his eyes.



Mystique opened her mouth, but no words came out. She didn't know how to make Kurt understand. "Everything I've ever done is for all of mutant kind," she finally said.

"And what about me?" Kurt asked. "Was giving me to Magneto necessary? Was helping Mesmero necessary? Was lying and manipulating Rogue? Was never bothering to tell us the truth about where we came from necessary? Was spying on us? Was kidnapping the Professor? Was destroying the mansion? Mystique you do a lot of damage and hurt a lot of people in the name of mutant kind," Kurt said.

Mystique stared at her son in surprise. "Is that how you view me then? As a problem, and a enemy?"

Kurt sighed. "I honestly don't know what to think of you Mystique. I spent most of my childhood trying to picture the perfect parents. Then I came to the Institute and found out that you were my mother. My origins are still mostly a blank. I don't know anything about my natural family beyond you Mystique, and I don't think you're ever going to enlighten me. On one hand I want to get to know you because you're my natural mother, but I also ... have a lot of resentment towards you."

Mystique sighed. "I guess I deserved that."

Kurt also sighed as he turned towards the door. "Since you only came here to see about this," Kurt said gesturing to his stomach, "we really have nothing more to say to each other."

Kurt was almost to the door when Mystique spoke up. "Magneto will never let you keep the baby you know. If the child really is powerful enough to stop Apocalypse than he'll take the child after Apocalypse is gone."

Kurt froze and turned to glare at Mystique. "I'll protect her with my life."

Mystique stared at her child in growing respect. "When did you get so tough?"

"Life handed me a tough card Mystique," Kurt started, "and I don't just mean the way I look. If it helps settle your mind at night, just know that I'm happy and I have a family."

That said, Kurt walked out the door. He had nothing more to say to Mystique.

As Kurt passed by a window on his way to his room, he say a raven flying away in the distance. Him and Mystique had no hope for a normal mother-son relationship. She might have been capable of being a loving parent at one point, but she let hate consume her. Kurt ending up with his foster parents was one of the better things that had happened to him.

He had to give Mystique and Magneto credit for at least leaving him to happy.

Kurt sat on his bed for hours as he thought about all that happened that day. He didn't even realize how late it had gotten until Kitty phased through the wall.

"What's going on Fuzzy?" Kitty asked and then she looked in alarm at Kurt's face. "Why are you crying?!"

Kurt wiped at the fur under his eyes. He hadn't even realized he had started crying.

"Are you alright Kurt?" Kitty asked sitting down beside Kurt.

Kurt nodded and was actually surprised that he was alright. "Yeah Kitty. I'll be fine."

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Okay, after taking a week and the Thanksgiving break off, I still wasn't actually sure how to write this conversation with Mystique and Kurt. Finally I decided that I wanted it to be a sense of closure for Kurt. His natural mother isn't someone he can count on, but I wanted to also give a sense that Kurt is growing up really fast in this story. He's essentially becoming the parent that Mystique was never able to be to him.

Also, I'm not looking at the reviews as I'm printing this up and I'm way to tired to look it all up right now. So any questions or suggestions just ask away and I'll answer in the next update. Also if this chapter sounds a little rushed, I'm sorry. I just felt that I'd been keeping readers waiting long enough. Oh, and thanks to the reviewer who suggested I make Mystique uncomfortable with the idea of Kurt being pregnant. I didn't use it completely, but I tried to hint at it a little.

Thanks for all the support

~Ice~