One Syllable

Disclaimer: Nope.

A/N: Here's a math problem: Me plus boredom times gothic music equals this one shot.


It's interesting how one syllable can make you feel so many things.

Sadness, fear, heart break, to just name a few, where what every single one of the Institute's residence felt.

"S-say that a-again?" Jamie asked shakily, as the youngest, he was understandably having the hardest time.

Hank shook his head, tears building in his eyes, "I said…it was Kurt."

The noise that came from Kitty would haunt everyone as the girl fell to the ground with a cry, hugging herself and rocking back and forth.

It was soon that everyone else's minds were shattered.

Everyone else had gotten out, all but two in that massive explosion.

Those two had been Amara and Kurt.

The always selfless blue mutant had bamfed back into the building that had been a ticking time bomb thanks to the Acolytes.

Rogue just blinked, shaking her head in denial as she slid down the wall, hugging her knees to her chest.

Kurt had bamfed in and bamfed out just as the building exploded.

They had rushed their teammates back to the mansion and now; they learnt that only one of them had survived.

And it hadn't been Kurt.


Hank couldn't hold back his own tears as the X Men fell apart. It truly wasn't fair how quickly one person's life could be taken away.

"C-can we see him?" Rahne asked quietly.

Hank couldn't say no, "Of course." He stepped out of the way as the mutants all filed in, silent aside from sobs and whimpers.

Kitty nearly lost it again when she saw him lying there.

His fur was still a stark contrast against the white sheets. If they hadn't known better, they would've sworn he was sleeping; but there was now rising or falling of his chest, no soft sweeping noise as his tail slid back and forth under the covers. He wasn't there anymore.

Rogue sobbed as she removed her gloves, placing her bare hands on his shoulders and running her fingers through his fur. She cried even harder when she felt no pull from her mutation.

Evan wrapped his arms around her shoulders and let her cry into his chest.

"Wake up K-Man, wake up." He whispered softly in a tearful voice, but everyone heard him and it broke their hearts.

Kitty went over to the opposite side of the bed and took his hand with hers.

He was cold to her touch.

She whimpered and fell to her knees, crying as hard as his sister.

The rest of the X Men and the New Mutants surrounded the bed; there wasn't a dry eye in the room.

"Hey, what's going on?" Amara questioned as she woke up, wondering why everyone was crowded around the bed opposite her.

"Who died?" she questioned at their expressions.

"Shut up!" everyone jumped and turned their gazes to the person who had yelled the order.

It had been Jamie.

"Just shut up! You don't know what you're saying!" he choked on a sob and Jubilee hugged the younger boy, hushing him softly.

Amara's expression became stricken and she stumbled from her bed. "No, please no."

She ran to the other side of the room and nearly screamed when she saw the unmoving of her saviour. She had to grab Bobby to keep from falling as it was. The Brazilian quickly joined the rest of her teammates in crying.

"It's not fair it's just not fair!" she ranted, slapping Iceman on the chest. The boy just held his friend tighter.


A/N: I know, not one of my happier pieces, I actually think I'm going to expand on this.