I'M STILL DYING!

(A/N: well, this is it. The final (very short) chapter of this part of the saga. But wait, there's more! We'll be starting on the sequel in just a few days, and should have it posted up here within a week. The one thing I need is a title. Any suggestions?)

When the Brotherhood got back to their own house, something felt wrong.

"Watch it." Lance instructed his comrades. "There could be booby-traps here somewhere."

In another room, a vengeful Marco waited to attack . . . but before he could Toad spotted him and told his teammates, "We've got company, yo!"
The mutants instantly swung into battle mode. Hopelessly outnumbered and without even a weapon, Marco got his posterior righteously kicked.

Nevertheless, he gave it everything he had, shouting as he attacked: "I'll kill you all!"

"Yeah, sure you will." While everyone else was busy fighting, Toad called 911.

Simultaneously, Magneto contacted Xavier.

Is this the way things are going to be? he wondered. Instead of fighting each other, we all fight on the same side?

If it were, it would certainly be a welcome change in circumstances.

Marco was backed up against a wall when he took something out of his pocket. He held it up triumphantly.

"Virus 10." he said. "And I'm going to use it to wipe out every last one of you for killing my sister!"
"Your sister is responsible for her own demise." Mystique shot back. "She plotted genocide against mutants and tried to kill my children..."

"She got what she deserved," said a voice from the doorway.

Everyone turned . . . and saw Brenda standing there.
The girl continued, "And may God have mercy on her soul."
There was the sound of sirens in the distance. Marco heard them and panicked, dropping the vial to the floor in his haste to flee the scene. A brain blast* from Brenda stopped him cold in his tracks.
"Brenda?" Toad said. "What you doin' here, yo?"

"I came to see you."
Just then the glass vial completed its floorward arc, and shattered at her feet.
Only Pietro's lightning-quick movements saved her and the others from getting infected by its contents....

Unfortunately, he couldn't save her from the infection that was already in her system . . .

(to be continued in the sequel!)


*One of Brenda's abilities is a brief psychic blast of energy, which serves to temporarily disable an opponent