A/N: I'm very sorry that it took me so long to update! It's been really hard with college and all!

"My name is Julian Keller," Julian replied, "and I know your niece… Laura."

"Laura?" Debbie gasped and Julian could hear the panic in her voice. "How do you know her? Is she all right? Where is she? Are you from the Facility? I swear to God, if she's hurt-"

"Whoa, hold on a second," said Julian. I can now see where Laura gets her extreme paranoia. "M'am, I can assure you that my intentions are good and-"

All of sudden, a second, younger female voice came into the conversation.

"Who the fuck is this and what the fuck did you do to my cousin?" she demanded. Julian was taken aback.

"Uh… hello?"

"Megan," Debbie hissed. "Get off the phone right now and pack your stuff."

"Not until this asshole tells us what happened to Laura," Megan yelled back and Julian had to pull his phone away from his ear. "Anyways, it doesn't matter, if they found us here, they'll find us anywhere."

"Ladies!" Julian shouted and waited for the other end to go quiet. "I call in peace! I go to school with Laura! The reason why I called is because I thought you should know that Laura's birthday is in three days."

Three days later…

Daylight seeped through Laura's window as the sun rose to face the mansion. Laura fluttered her eyes and sniffed the morning air. All of sudden, she sat bolt right up on her bed, her eyes wide opened.

No, she thought. They can't be here.

She sniffed the air once more and her heart pumped with the upmost speed. Megan and Debbie were in the school. The scent was unmistakable. Laura spun around to find that Sooraya was not in the room. Laura sprang out of bed and out of the room. She raced down the stairs and to the front doors.


The scent told Laura that Megan and Debbie were in the mess hall… along with everyone in the school. Was it a trap? Had the Facility taken everyone she cared for hostage? She sniffed the air for Kimura or any advanced weaponry. Her nose found neither Kimura nor weapons of any kind. Nevertheless, her claws slid out of her fist and ran towards the cafeteria. She slowed down, as she got closer, taking every single precaution. Then her hears perked up as a familiar feral voice came from inside.

"She's here."

Without hesitating, Laura kicked the doors open.


Laura froze in pure shock. The entire room was decorated with bright colored papers and confetti and in the middle was a large indigo banner with words "HAPPY 17th, LAURA!" plastered on it in big black letters. Below the banner, were the X-men and the students, all were wearing party hats. Their smiles were wiped at the sight of Laura with her claws exposed. Still dumbfounded, Laura retracted her claws as she waited for an explanation. Then an amused voice came from behind her.

"I told you she was going to take it the wrong way."

Laura spun around and there were Megan, and Debbie, beaming at her. Their hair had grown longer since she saw them last. But their smiles remained as sweet and kind as ever. Before anything else could be said or done, Laura's aunt and cousin pulled her into a tight embrace. Over Debbie's shoulder, Laura saw Logan, who just grinned at his clone, shaking his head, and Julian, who smiled and waved at Laura.

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