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Chapter 1 – Phoenix Rising
The civilians ran screaming in various directions. Bits of road were being torn up and thrown around. In the middle of the mayhem was the Phoenix. Jean Grey had deceased, and in her place was a monster with little regard to Jean's morals. Standing in front of her were the people who used to be her friends.
"Don't do this Jean!" Wolverine shouted. The Phoenix just smirked and threw something at him. Wolverine extended his claws and slashed through it like a hot knife through butter.
"It's no use," Rogue piped up. "She's not hearing us."
"Then we'll just have to try a different approach!" Wolverine roared, and leaped towards the levitating Phoenix.
"Logan no!" Rogue yelled, too late. The Phoenix sent a car at Wolverine, knocking him to the ground. Rogue ran over to him. "Logan? Logan are you alright?"
"Yeah kid," Wolverine scowled, a gigantic gash on his forehead closing up. "I'm just peachy." Rogue grabbed his hand and pulled him out from under the car. Wolverine winced. "That stings." He frowned up at Rogue. "Stop staring, I'll be fine. Geez, you'd think you'd have figured out that I was next to indestructible by now."
"Well fine," Rogue stuck out her chin. "You're welcome by the way."
"Hey Rogue," Storm hollered while trying to hit the Phoenix with a lightning bolt. "We need you over here!"
"I'm going to go where I'm wanted," Rogue looked pointedly down at Wolverine who shrugged and lit a cigar.
"Go ahead kid," he took a puff. "I'm not going to stop you." Rogue stalked away, angry tears in her eyes. Wolverine watched her go, puffing away at his cigar, and then looked up at the Phoenix. Storm was now trying to divert debris with mini tornado's. Nightcrawler was teleporting Rogue around the Phoenix, trying to distract her. Rogue was shouting at the Phoenix, but so far her attempts to gain Phoenix's attention were a failure.
"Please stop Jean!" Cyclops yelled.
"Jean is gone!" Phoenix cried. "There is only the Phoenix!"
"No!" Cyclops bellowed. "I refuse to believe that!"
"Like it or not Scott," Wolverine took a drag from his cigar. "We have to face the truth." He didn't like it any more than Cyclops did. He had loved Jean Grey. He pointed at the Phoenix. "That thing destroyed her. We have to take her down. For Jean, Scott. We do it for Jean." Cyclops said nothing, just stared balefully at the woman had at one point been his girlfriend. "Now get your head on straight, and let's go!" Cyclops squared his shoulders.
"Storm!" he ordered. "Try to draw her away from any civilians! Shadowcat, help the people evacuate!"
"Sure thing Cyclops!" Shadowcat darted off, her movements sleek like a dancer. A moment later, she was helping someone out of a nearby car. Storm was trying to direct Phoenix away from the civilians by creating a large tornado around her. Abruptly, Nightcrawler appeared next to Wolverine. Rogue was still with him.
"We need a new plan da?" Nightcrawler asked in a thick German accent.
"Yeah," Rogue muttered. "I don't think throwing things at a telekinetic was such a great idea."
"All we can do at the moment is try to keep her from hurting anyone," Cyclops grimaced.
"Easier said than done," Wolverine growled.
"Well we must do something da?" Nightcrawler pointed out.
"What if we use me?" Rogue suggested. Cyclops shook his head.
"No way," he sighed on his cigar. "Too risky."
"Well I don't see anyone else coming up with anything," Rogue crossed her arms.
"Let her try," Shadowcat suggested.
"I agree with Scott," Nightcrawler piped up. "It is too risky."
"I have to agree," Wolverine added. "I don't think you should kid, you could die."
"Well it wouldn't be the first time Logan," Rogue replied darkly, tossing the two white streaks in her dark hair back with her hand.
"I'm not afraid of death," Wolverine shrugged. "You should be." Storm flew over to the rest of the group.
"Any ideas?" she asked. Everyone shook their heads. Rogue squared her shoulders.
"Well, unless anyone's going to stop me, I'm going to try my idea," she darted off before anyone could catch her.
"Rogue!" Cyclops yelled after her.
"Get back here kid!" Wolverine bellowed and took off after her.
"Hey Phoenix!" Rogue waved her arms at the levitating mutant. "Down here!"
"You insignificant speck!" Phoenix scoffed, and threw a car at Rogue. Rogue stood rooted to the spot before Wolverine grabbed her and pulled her out of the way. They landed in a heap off to the side. Rogue rubbed her head. Wolverine was gripping her shoulders.
"What did you think you were doing?" he asked through clenched teeth.
"Well no one else was doing anything," Rogue replied sullenly.
"Why don't you leave this to the grown ups okay kid?" Wolverine stood up and walked away.
"Logan!" Rogue called after him.
"Hey you!" Wolverine bellowed at the Phoenix. She looked down at him coldly. "Why don't you pick on someone your own size?"
"Your efforts are pointless against the mighty Phoenix," Phoenix scoffed.
"Yeah, yeah," Wolverine rolled his eyes. Then he turned and smirked at Rogue. "This dame sure likes to talk." While his attention was diverted, Phoenix threw some pieces of rubble at him.
"Logan, watch out!" Rogue bellowed. Wolverine jumped into the air and slashed through the rubble with his claws.
"Come on!" Wolverine taunted. "My granny can throw harder than that!" In an answer to his challenge, the Phoenix sent him flying. He crashed down beside Rogue.
"Be careful what you wish for," she grinned down at him.
"Shut up kid," Wolverine winced. Abruptly, Nightcrawler appeared.
"We are getting nowhere fast," he peered out anxiously at Phoenix. "We must come up with a plan and fast."
"Hey!" Storm bellowed. "I think you all should take a look at this!" Rogue, Wolverine, and Nightcrawler made their way towards her. Storm was pointing up at the Phoenix. It looked like she was tearing a hole in the sky.
"What's she doing?" Rogue asked.
"Heck if I know kid," Wolverine shrugged.
'Rogue,' the voice of Professor Xavior filled Rogue's mind. 'You must stop the Phoenix, she is trying to escape to a different dimension.'
"We have to stop her!" Rogue began to run towards the Phoenix.
"This plane of existence has become redundant." Phoenix announced. "Other worlds shall now feel the power and wrath of the Phoenix!" She disappeared into the hole that she had created. Rogue dove through the hole, Wolverine following her. Storm, and Nightcrawler were the next ones through.
"Wait!" Cyclops yelled, but he was too late. Shadowcat slipped through the portal before he could get there. Cyclops stood rejected in the wake of the closed portal. He shook his head. He wasn't sure if it had been his imagination or not, but he thought Shadowcat had smirked at him before she had gone through.
- Scene Break -
Beast Boy trudged down the hallway of Titan's Tower. It was an unseasonably hot day in Jump City, and the Titans were all dealing with it in the best way they could. Beast Boy had stripped down to a pair of dark-magenta shorts, but even this didn't stop him from sweating profusely as he walked down the hall. He passed Starfire who was wearing a purple bikini which did not look all that different from what she usually wore. Her usually sleek red hair was matted and poofy from the heat. She was talking to Robin who was wearing turquoise shorts. His hair was suffering in a similar way to the alien's, but he stubbornly refused to remove his mask. The only Titans not present were Cyborg and Raven.
Beast Boy made his way to Cyborg's room. The robotic Titan had promised to fix the air-conditioning in the Tower. That had been yesterday morning, and needless to say, neither the air-conditioning or Cyborg were present. Beast Boy went and banged on the robotic Titan's door.
"Cyborg, when is it going to be done?" he whined. "I am dying here!"
"It will be done when it's done!" Cyborg barked from the other side. He was obviously not having a lot of luck.
"Dude!" Beast Boy howled. "Do you know what it is like to have skin that is similar to fur? It sucks in this hot weather!"
"Stop making up stories BB," Cyborg replied. "You have human skin just like the rest of us. Why don't you go bother Raven for a while? You know, make sure she's still alive in there."
"Fine," Beast Boy grumbled and stalked away. "What would you know about my skin? It looks like skin, but instead of hair, I have fine fur." He slouched towards her door and knocked. "Hey Raven!" He called. "You in there?"
"Yes," Raven's voice floated out from the door. "What do you want? I am hot, and not in the mood for you right now."
"I know you're hot," Beast Boy whispered to himself. Abruptly the door opened a bit and he could see Raven glaring down at him.
"What did you say?" she demanded.
"I said you're not the only one who feels hot," Beast Boy stuttered.
"Somehow I doubt that you're any hotter than I am," Raven muttered.
"Really?" Beast Boy raised an eyebrow at her. "Have you ever felt my skin?"
"Why would I feel your skin?" Raven wanted to know.
"Here," Beast Boy stuck his arm through the crack of the door. "Feel my arm."
"Fine," Raven agreed. "If it will get you to leave me alone." Beast Boy could feel her fingers running along his arm. He shivered slightly. "What on Earth?" She asked.
"See," Beast Boy smiled in triumph. "You're not the only one suffering. Now open the door." Instead of doing that, Raven stuck her bare arm out in front of him. "Huh?" Beast Boy wasn't sure what he was supposed to do.
"Go on," Raven instructed. "Feel for yourself." Beast Boy tentatively laid his hand on her arm. It felt as though he had just stuck his hand in a fire.
"Yow!" he pulled his hand back and shook it.
"You see?" Raven asked darkly.
"Man Raven!" Beast Boy shook his hand, trying to cool it. "I knew you were hot...but this? Ow!" He shook his head. "And I thought my skin was bad with having a coating of fur..."
"What?" Raven interrupted him.
"I have a coat of fine fur on my skin," Beast Boy repeated.
"No," Raven shook her head, flustered. "Before that."
"Uh," Beast Boy considered. "I said you were hot." The gravity of his words hit him. His eyes widened. "I mean...warm hot! Not attractive hot! Honest!" He flailed his arms as he spoke. "Not that I don't think you're attractive...I mean...waugh!" He slumped down on the floor.
"It's okay Beast Boy," Raven spoke eventually. "I understand the heat is getting to all of us."
"I think the heat has melted my brain," Beast Boy's voice was muffled by the floor.
"What brain?" Raven rebuked.
"Hah hah," Beast Boy replied. He heard a thump and looked up from his place on the floor. Raven had fallen to the ground and was not moving. "Raven!" He called her name, but she did not respond. Without pausing to consider what the consequences of his actions might be, Beast Boy shoved the door open. Raven was lying on the floor, her chest was barely moving. "Raven?" Beast Boy grabbed a hold of her shoulders in an attempt to shake her, but the heat of her skin burned his hands. "Yow!" He pulled his hands away. "We've got to get you cooled down!" He exclaimed, rubbing his hands. He looked down at her and set his jaw. Then he picked her up. He winced as Raven's skin burned him. "Ouch!" Beast Boy fought the urge to drop her. "Forget your pain Beast Boy. You just have to get her somewhere cool. Worry about your pain later." Beast Boy frowned. He had to think of somewhere that he could take her, and fast. His skin was starting to blister from the scorching temperature of Raven's skin. Then an idea struck him. He could take Raven to the bathroom and fill up the tub with ice-cold water. "Hold on Raven." He gritted his teeth and ran out of the room. "Just hold on." He skidded into the bathroom and put Raven on the floor. He turned on the faucet and waited until the water was so cold that it was painful to touch. Then he ran out of the bathroom and into the kitchen. He grabbed a bag of ice from the freezer, oblivious to Starfire and Robin who were watching. Then he ran back out of the room.
"What was that all about?" Robin wondered aloud. Starfire shrugged.
Beast Boy ran back into the bathroom and turned off the faucet. The tub was about half-full. He dumped in the ice, picked Raven up again, and stepped into the tub. A shock travelled up his leg and he had to fight not to pull away. Gritting his teeth, he sank into the tub, holding Raven against him.
"Yikes," he shivered. "That's cold!" Time crawled by, and what seemed like hours to the shape-shifter was in fact only fifteen minutes. His entire body was numb from the cold, and he was shivering. The only thing keeping him awake was Raven's body against his. He hoped that she would wake up soon. Eventually, she stirred in his arms. Beast Boy could hear his teeth chattering. Raven sat up and looked around. She didn't know where she was. Then she noticed that she was in a tub full of ice-water. She frowned, wondering how she had gotten there. She could feel something behind her, and turned around. Her eyes widened as she saw Beast Boy sitting there. His usually olive-green complexion was beginning to take on a blueish hue from the cold. His lips were blue and he was shivering. Raven blinked.
"You're close to getting hypothermia," she stated.
"R-really?" Beast Boy's teeth chattered as he spoke. "I d-didn't notice."
"Why didn't you get Cyborg to help you?" Raven demanded. "He can stand the cold better than you."
"H-had to t-think fast to s-save you," Beast Boy replied.
"Well we have to get you out of here," Raven stated. Then she phased Beast Boy and herself out of the bathroom and into her room. She laid him down on her bed and wrapped him up in the blankets. Raven sat down next to his shivering form and rubbed his back. There was whirring noise and cold air began to blast into the room. Obviously Cyborg had fixed the air conditioning. Raven groaned.
"I-is it j-just me, or d-did it j-just get r-really cold in h-here?" Beast Boy chattered.
"Cyborg must have fixed the air conditioning," Raven replied.
"C-could you t-turn it d-down?" he pleaded.
"No," Raven groaned. "It's a central air unit."
"I f-feel tired," Beast Boy replied, his voice faint.
"Hey!" Raven bellowed, startling him. "You have to stay awake Beast Boy!"
"M-maybe after a n-nap," Beast Boy's eyes began to droop. Raven groaned. If he fell asleep, it was likely that he wouldn't wake up again. Raven opened up the blankets and slipped in behind him. Then she wrapped the blankets around them. "R-Raven w-what are you d-doing?" Beast Boy asked when he felt her arms wrap around him.
"I'm keeping you warm," Raven replied. Beast Boy blushed. He could feel her warm breath on his neck. He could also feel her warm skin on his back. His eyes widened.
"Um R-Raven, w-what are you w-wearing?" Beast Boy asked.
"Nothing," Raven replied. She certainly didn't want him to know that she was wearing a bikini.
"S-seriously?" Beast Boy could feel his cheeks beginning to burn with embarrassment. "Y-you're not w-wearing anything?"
"No!" Raven spluttered. "That's not what I meant!"
"Oh," Beast Boy blinked. "So y-you are w-wearing something?"
"Well of course," Raven rolled her eyes.
"Okay," Beast Boy relaxed, but he couldn't help but feel a little bit disappointed. Mentally he slapped himself. He knew that he shouldn't be thinking about Raven in that way. He concentrated on the warmth of her skin. He noticed fabric pushing against his back where her chest was, and he used that to guess what she was wearing. "R-Raven, are you w-wearing a b-bikini?"
"No!" Raven bellowed.
"Are y-you sure?" Beast Boy asked. "It f-feels like it." Raven said nothing. Abruptly, the Titan alarm went off. Raven phased into her closet and pulled on her cloak over top of the bikini. When she came out Beast Boy was sitting up, only his face visible in the bundle of blankets. "Are you g-going to l-leave me here?" He chattered anxiously.
"Take the shape of something with fur," Raven replied. "I'm sure you'll warm up fast." Beast Boy glared at her and then became a polar bear. "Maybe something smaller." Raven suggested. He shifted into a tiger, and together, they approached the Titan's living room. "What's going on?" She asked Robin.
"Um, why is Beast Boy a tiger?" the Boy Wonder wanted to know.
"And for what use was all that ice that he took?" Starfire chimed in.
"Not important!" Raven hissed. "Now tell me what's going on."
"Take a look outside," Robin replied. Raven glanced out the window and her eyes widened. Large snowflakes were falling from the sky. Beside her, Beast Boy cocked his head to the side.
"Something weird's going on," Cyborg stated.
"Really?" Raven raised an eyebrow at him. "What was your first hint?"
"A minute ago it was pouring, and now this!" the robotic Titan ignored Raven's sarcastic question. Abruptly, the snow stopped, and a tornado formed.
"Well that's something you don't see every day," Raven murmured.
"If my sensors are correct," Cyborg typed on his arm. "Then all the weird weather is originating from one spot."
"That doesn't sound right," Robin frowned.
"Take a look!" Cyborg shoved his arm in the Boy Wonder's face. Robin did not appreciate having the metal arm in his face, but he read the scan.
"Huh," he said at length. "I guess we better get to that point of origin then."
"What about the tornado?" Starfire enquired.
"Take a look," Raven replied. Outside, the sun was shining again.
"Okay team," Robin seemed unsettled by the weather. "Let's go." The Titans made their way out of the Tower. Suddenly a strong wind broke out and blew open Raven's cloak. Beast Boy could now see that she was wearing a black bikini.
"Hah!" he gloated once he was human. "I knew you were wearing a bikini!" Raven swatted him on the head. "Ow!" He turned back into the tiger and growled at her. The Titans began to walk.
"Um, where are y'all going?" Cyborg called. The rest of the Titans turned.
"This was your idea Cyborg," Robin replied. "Go to the point of origin remember?"
"Well that doesn't mean we can't go in style!" Cyborg grinned. "Let's take my baby out!"