"Please! I didn't do anything during training! Please don't punish me!" Kurt's pleas fell on deaf ears, as he was strapped down onto a metal table he knew was used mostly on torturing people.

"Stop screaming, Nightcrawler." Hauptmann Englande growled. "Not even Meggan pleaded this much when she was branded!"

"But I didn't do anything!" Kurt said.

"You think I don't know that? This is just to make sure you don't get any ideas on escaping. When people see this brand, they'll know you're a member of the Lightning Squad, and you won't last long once they see it! It's a deterrent for people who might want to get away!" Hauptmann Englande explained, lightly touching something that was in the furnace.

"It won't last long." Meggan whispered, leaning in close so that her mouth was touching Kurt's ear. "It only hurts when it first touches you."

"You never told me about this!" Kurt cried, looking at her with wide eyes. Taking a step back, Meggan sighed and shook her head a bit.

"I'm sorry, Nightcrawler." She said simply as Hauptmann Englande removed the branding iron from the flames. It had the words LS burning bright red.

"Help remove his pants, love." He said. "I think I'll place this on the inside of his thigh."

A scream like an animal's rang throughout the entire building. ***
Kurt lay in bed on his back, tears coursing down his cheeks due to the pain that was throbbing on the inside of his right thigh. Placing an arm over his eyes, he tried to weep in silence, not wanting Hauptmann Englande to come in and mock him in his weak condition.

He stifled his tears as best as he could when he heard someone knocking on his door.

"Nightcrawler?" Meggan asked, turning the knob and pushing the door open. "Nightcrawler?"

"You never told me he was going to do that after six months of being here!" Kurt said, unable to hold back the sob that followed. Closing the door behind her, Meggan sat down beside him and she rested a hand on his brow, sending calming waves through him to soothe the pain.

"I know. I'm sorry about that." She said. "I think I forgot about it because mine happened so long ago..."

"Where did he brand you?" Kurt asked.

"You don't want to know." Meggan sighed softly, removing her hand. "Nightcrawler, I'm sorry that I forgot to tell you about the branding and I know how much is hurts but, Hauptmann Englande wants you downstairs in five minutes. We have a mission to get ready for."

Groaning, Kurt placed an arm over his eyes and he lay there for a moment, slowly gathering his strength to face this hell he was in.