Author's Note: I'm evil... 'Nuff said

*** Everyone at the mansion was very worried for one of their newest teammates. Kurt Wagner, AKA Nightcrawler had gone out two days ago, and they heard nothing from him since. Xavier had tried several times to find him with Cerebro, but for some reason he couldn't find Kurt anywhere with it! It was as if Kurt had simply vanished from the face of the Earth!

They decided to go out and try to see if they could find Kurt in the town, but no one could figure out where he could have gone off to, or why he never came back for that matter.

Logan remembered the day Kurt went out and he knew that he had only meant to be away for a little while.

Something had happened to Kurt, and Logan was ready to kill whoever had messed with one of the few people he called friend. ***
Kurt had gotten the idea to go out when Xavier gave him the image inducer.

Xavier had called Kurt into his office at around noon. A few seconds later, Kurt teleported into the room, crouching down in a chair with his tail swaying side to side like a lazy cat.

"Yes, teacher?" he asked, tilting his head to one side, his tail flicking to the same side with the spade tip angled like his head. Xavier couldn't help but laugh softly at the young man's attitude towards like. It seemed that every time he saw him Kurt was smiling or laughing as he told a joke or performed to make his other teammates relax and laugh.

The boy had a knack for making people forget their problems for a while.

"Kurt, do you remember what we spoke about? Back in Winzledorf?" Xavier asked. Cocking an eyebrow, Kurt nodded faintly.

"[i]Ja?[/i]" he asked. "Why do you asked, teacher?"

"You asked if I could help you to be normal." Xavier said. Kurt snorted softly, shaking his head faintly.

"Teacher, when I asked that, it wasn't as if I... I mean... Ach, I cannot explain in English!" Kurt said in frustration.

"Try in your native tongue." Xavier offered gently. "I'll understand everything you say to me."

"[i]When I asked that, it wasn't because I was ashamed of what I was, what I am.[/i]" Kurt explained. "[i]I asked because sometimes I want to go outside and not be forced to cover up in wide brimmed hats and trench coats! Do you know why I left my family in the circus? Because the man who bought it tried to put me in the freak show! My friends who were part of it told him I was the star acrobat, but he ignored them and said that with my looks, I belonged in the freak show![/i]"

"I understand what you meant, Kurt." Xavier said with a smile. "And I have an answer to your earlier question." Rolling around his desk, Xavier held out an ornate watch to Kurt. Slipping the watch on, Kurt looked at it and cocked an eyebrow at Xavier.

"What does it do?" he asked. "Or is it a simple watch?" Xavier laughed, shaking his head slightly.

"It's called an image inducer." He explained. "When you press that red button it covers your body in a hologram."

"A hologram?"

"With an image of a human version of yourself." Xavier nodded with a smile. Cocking his head to one side, Kurt pressed the button. He gasped when he saw his hands become milk white, the fingers in two pairs to show where his original two were meant to be."

"[i]Unglaublich![/i]" he whispered.

"Go look at yourself in the mirror." Xavier said. Nodding, Kurt got up and walked over to a mirror and he gasped.

He was staring at a young man of seventeen. His face was the same, and yet it wasn't. His eyes were normal, but they were the same golden hue. Laughing, Kurt ran a hand through his cobalt hair. Resting his hands on his hips, he smiled and tilted his head to one side.

"Ach, I may be human, but I am not as handsome!" he said over his shoulder. "Pity!"

"The image inducer will help you go outside without worrying about mobs with pitch forks and torches coming after you." Xavier said.

"May I go out now, teacher?" Kurt asked.

"I don't see why not." Laughing, Kurt surprised Xavier by hugging him suddenly.

"[i]Danke![/i]" he said before he teleported out of the room. ***
Logan was in the kitchen, downing his second beer when he saw someone who looked like Kurt walk by the doorway. Cocking an eyebrow, he got up and went after him.

"Hey!" he called. "Who the hell are you, bub? How did you get in here?" The man stopped and laughed, turning around to face him.

"Logan, don't you recognize me?" he asked. "Use your nose!" Logan's nostrils flared and he was very confused.

"You smell like Kurt but..."

"Will this help?" Kurt pressed the button, lowering his hologram to reveal his true form.

"Elf? How did you do that?" Logan asked.

"It's a watch teacher gave me." Kurt said, showing it to him. "I can go outside without any real hassles or worries about mobs coming after me now!" Logan snorted softly, keeping his opinions to himself for the moment regarding the device.

"I'm going out for a while." Kurt said. "Would you like to come with me?"

"Nah, I'll leave you to explore your freedom by yourself, Elf. Just make sure you're not late for our hide and go seek match!" Kurt smiled, nodding a bit as his tail swayed happily.

"I'll see you later then!"

That was the last time Logan and anyone else saw him.