-St. Joseph's Memorial Hospital ER Center-
An ambulance stopped outside the ER. The doors were thrown open and a boy was pulled out on a stretcher. The boy was brought to the door of the ER and quickly placed on a gurney. Several nurses and a doctor immediately gathered around him and rushed him down the hall.
"Teenage male, gunshot wound trough the right shoulder blade."
He was rushed past personnel and patients. To weak to speak and only left with his thoughts. 'I've never been hurt this bad. I can't talk and my throat is dry.' He looked up at the ceiling as it quickly flew by. 'Must stay conscious… Ignore the pain.'
"He's lost a lot of blood. Rapid temperature drop."
'Focus on… her.' He felt a small prick in his arm. A nurse had put an IV in his arm. He closed his eyes trying to concentrate on what happened that day. 'Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death… I will fear no evil… for thou art with me.'
-Flashback a few hours earlier by the pool at Xavier's School for the Gifted-
Bobby held Jubilation in his arms as they both stared at the moon's reflection glistening off the water.
Jubilation pulled away from Bobby and looked him in the eyes, "We never have time to just sit around and talk anymore."
Bobby kissed her on the forehead; "Yeah Scott's bent on training 'his' X-Men for something bigger and badder than that Apocalypse guy."
She pulled her body back into Bobby's chest and rested her head on his shoulder, "What do you think about that?"
Bobby rested his head on her head, "It's not all bad I have learned a few tricks." He concentrated on the placid water in the pool. Suddenly a few columns of water shot up.
Jubilation stared in awe, "Wow, how did you do that?"
Bobby smiled, "Well Scott said if I could control ice why couldn't I manipulate water."
She nodded, "Ice is just frozen water."
He smirked, "That's not all." He concentrated on the water columns and they twisted into a heart. He then winked and it froze. "What do you think?"
She smiled and snuggled into his chest, "It's beautiful."
"If you're done showing off, you're late for training," the mood was immediately broken as Scott approached Bobby clad in his X-Men uniform.
Bobby kissed Jubilation one last time sighed and got up to go train. She watched him leave a single tear rolling down her cheek, "I just wanted to spend more time with you."
-Bobby's room an hour later-
Bobby walked into his room and threw himself on the bed, with a towel around his neck and only wearing a pair of boxers.
"Stupid Scott and his stupid training," he flipped over onto his back.
He heard a knock on the door, "Bobby?"
He looked up and smiled, "Come in Jubes."
She walked in with a big smile on her first, "Why don't you put some pants on and we'll runaway for the night?"
Bobby smiled, "Scott may have run me out of ice, but for you I'd run around the world."
She blushed at his response, "Well hurry up. Before the telepaths or Mr. Logan find out."
He nodded in response and hopped out of bed, "I'll be ready in two minutes."
-Two minutes later-
Jubilation looked in the room, "Are you done yet?"
Bobby finally walked out of the room, "Yeah. That took a little longer than usual."
She peeked an eyebrow in interest, "Why?"
He wrapped his arm around her shoulder, "Well having a girlfriend has been such a good influence on me. I actually combed my hair instead of just running my fingers through it."
She smiled and wrapped her arm around his waist, "Well don't I feel special. My boyfriend combed his hair for me."
He kissed her on the cheek, "You want to runaway for the night?"
She nodded, "Of course that's why I came to rescue you."
He smiled as they began to sneak down the hall, "Well I know about this great little café. It's open 'til all hours of the night. We can finally do some of that talking stuff you keep saying we're not getting enough of."
She leaned her head on his shoulder, "That sounds nice."
-A couple of hours later outside the café-
Bobby and Jubilation walked down the street. Bobby held her close to his body with his arm draped over her shoulder, while she had her hand around his waist.
Bobby smiled at her, "I could get used to this."
Jubilation cocked her head to the side, "And what, Mr. Drake could you get used to?"
Bobby leaned in and kissed her, "This. Just spending time with you and talking about things that have nothing to do with some psycho trying to take over the world."
She leaned her head on his shoulder, "Yeah to bad that's not our life."
He stopped and stood in front of her holding both of her hands in his, "Maybe it could be. Maybe we could just run away and never have to worry about this ever again."
She started laughing at him, "I know you too well Robert Louis Drake. You're a hero. You couldn't stand by and let bad things happen to innocent people."
Bobby shook his head, "Yeah you're…" Suddenly he saw someone staggering in the distance.
Jubilation looked into her boyfriend's eyes with concern, "Bobby? Bobby what's wrong?" The staggering man pulled a revolver out of his filthy trench coat.
Bobby's eyes went wide in horror. He quickly wrapped his arms around Jubilation and turned his back to the man.
In an instant Bobby began to fall backwards. The girl he loved watched his body hit the ground, tears streamed from here eyes as she saw the culprit pulling back the hammer of the gun trying to get off a second shot.
Jubilation shook her head and raised her hands, "You bastard!" Small fireworks shot out of her fingertips and made their way to the man. With each blasts impact he staggered back until unconsciousness finally claimed him.
Bobby looked up at Jubilation, "Jubes I'm… I'm scared."
She shook her head wildly as she dug in her pocket for her cell, "Don't worry Bobby. I'll call an ambulance, and you'll be fine," She smiled at him tears still dripping from her eyes, "You're gonna be fine."
-Current time Surgery in St. Joseph's Memorial Hospital-
The surgeons and nurses were prepping him for surgery. They had to move quickly because they did not know the extent of the internal damage.
'They told her… it was some junkie… trying to rob us, as they loaded… me into the ambulance. I personally… couldn't believe it. Here I am dying in surgery… morphine filling my veins but I… still feel so very cold.' He tried to move his body to rid himself of the cold but he could do little more than listen and think.
"Oh my god his lung is filling with blood."
'You know… it's funny, I… always thought I'd die… in some epic battle. Maybe against Magneto in space… or Apocalypse resurrected and seeking revenge… Hell even a bunch of… mutant hating baselines would have… been better than being… shot by some junkie.' He stared at the ceiling; every now and then a mask-covered face would enter his line of vision.
"His right lung has collapsed, he has at least two broken ribs."
'Life never goes… as planned. I wanted… to go to college. I… wanted to marry… Jubilation Lee. I wanted to… have kids… and teach them tolerance. But here I am… staring at the… infamous white light.' It was becoming increasingly difficult for him to see.
"Nurse the bullet is still lodged in his rib cage."
'The Professor always… encouraged us to… dream. I'm… starting to wonder… what he would think… if we had a dream… he didn't like. I'm gonna miss… Jubes. It doesn't matter how hard you work cause when you die, you die.'
"His temperature is still dropping. We need to stabilize him."
'These guys… are great. They're the real… heroes. Mutant… Baseline… Alien… doesn't matter to them. They'll… fix you up. But… why can't they… fix me? Oh well… the white light… is calling out to me.'
"We're losing him! Dammit, we're losing him!"
'I don't want to… leave her though. I'd miss… her the most. She'd… miss me the most. I… wonder what… the other side is like. The white… light won't leave… me alone. I tell it… 'No. I want to stay… here with her.' And it laughs at me. It wants me to let go… but I'm not ready… I haven't told her… how I feel yet.'
"I love you Jubes." His eyes slowly closed.
"He's gone. We've lost him."