Title: Heterogeneous Challenges

Author: Sarge

E-mail: Samcwannabe@aol.com

Rating: PG-13

Summary: The Mutant X team is having a boring day, although turns out to be anything but......

especially for Shalimar.

Status: Work in process

Disclaimer: They're not mine(Dangit!!)

Author's Notes: I really hope ya like it......PLEASE READ AND REVIEW!!!!!!! Good or bad.... Thanks!!

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It was a very slow day at the Mutant X headquarters. There were no helpless new mutants to save, no evil plans to thwart, there was absolutely nothing to do, and the whole team was bored.

"Come on, Adam. There has to be something to do," Brennan complained in an almost whiney voice.

"Yeah," Shalimar agreed. "Think of something, Adam, before I go completely insane."

"Like what?" Adam asked as he walked over to the couch Shalimar was sprawled out on and sat down.

"I don't know. Maybe something that involves kicking someone's butt," she answered with a lopsided smile.

"Well, why don't you all catch up on some self defense training then?" he suggested.

"Because we've already done that. Not to mention that I'm kinda sick of beating Brennan, Jesse, and Emma all the time," Shalimar said.

"Hey! What exactly are you saying, Shal? That we're not good enough for you?" Jesse questioned from where he lay on the floor next to the couch.

"No, I'm just saying that, while you're all good to warm up with, you don't present that much of a challenge for me," she replied with a sly grin.

"Is that right?!" Jesse exclaimed as he jumped up and started tickling Shalimar, making her squeal as she attempted to fight him off.

Adam had to get off the couch to avoid getting kicked by Shalimar's flailing feet. Sitting down in a chair, he quietly watching them with a smile on his face. Brennan and Emma were doing the same thing from where they sat.

"Jesse...stop!!!" Shalimar squeaked out between hyperventilated breaths.

"Oh, what's the matter, you big pussy cat? Can't handle me? I thought I wasn't a big enough challenge for you." Jesse said with a grin as he continued to tickle her.

"JESSE!!!"

"First, what do you say?" he asked.

"PLEASE!!!" she replied before she let out another loud squeal.

With that, Jesse stopped tickling her and sat back down on the floor with a content smile on his face.

After catching her breath, Shalimar glanced over at Jesse with another sly grin across her face, saying, "I never said that YOU weren't a big enough challenge for me," Jesse gave her a confused look. "I said you ALL weren't a big enough challenge for me."

At that Jesse immediately jumped up again and went after Shalimar. But this time, as he reached to tickle her, she got a hold on him and flipped him over the back of the couch. With an audible thump and a slight groan, Jesse hit the ground.

Cautiously peeking over the couch, Shalimar looked down at Jesse, who was still laying on the floor, and then started laughing.

Jesse glared up at her. "You're so dead," he growled as he stood up and lunged back over the couch at her, but Shalimar was too quick. She jumped off the couch and backed away towards Brennan and Emma.

Standing up, Jesse looked past Shalimar and over to the other two.

"Why don't you guys help me? She was criticizing you two as well," he said to them.

"He's got a point, Brennan," Emma agreed with a smile.

"Yeah, I guess he does," Brennan replied as he leaped to his feet and grabbed Shalimar around the waist from behind.

"Oh, no you don't," she said as she broke free of Brennan grip and vaulted herself into a flip over his head. Landing behind him, she gave him a swift kick in the back and sent him flying into Jesse, sending them both over the back of the couch.

Softly giggling to herself, she turned to Emma who was still sitting down.

"You wanna play too?" she asked as she glanced back toward the couch to see that Brennan and Jesse were just starting to stand up.

"Wait!" Adam exclaimed as he stood up.

"What?" Shalimar questioned as she looked over at him.

"I just don't want you to start fighting with me sitting here. I'll be in the lab," he replied as he quickly scurried away.

Shalimar smiled as she watched him leave. Turning back to Emma, she asked, "So, you wanna join in too? Because, you know, I wouldn't want to defeat you while you were sitting down. It's just no fun that way."

Emma raised an eyebrow and then smiled. "Sure, I'll play," she replied as she immediately looked over at the guys, indicating for them to grab Shalimar. With nods of acknowledgment, she used her telepathy on Shalimar, making her think that she was in chains and that she couldn't move.

"Emma! No fair!!" Shalimar whined as she was grabbed by Brennan and Jesse, then pinned to the floor.

Once released by Emma's telepathy, she managed to get away from them again and took off, but was immediately pursued by the three.

They did this for almost the rest of the day, until Shalimar finally, as she said she would, defeated all of them. She had tired Brennan and Emma out by constantly making them run after her as she flipped about the sanctuary and she knocked Jesse into one of the ponds, holding him down in it until he proclaimed that she had won.

"Now, that was fun," she declared as extended her hand down to Jesse to help him stand up, but as she did so, he grabbed her arm and pulled her down into the water with him.

Coughing and spitting out water, Shalimar glared at Jesse. "Why you little..." she growled, but before she could finish her sentence, Adam butted in.

"You know, those ponds aren't for swimming," he said with a smirk on his face.

Jesse looked over at him. "I guess not, but I used to be one of those mean little boys who liked to dunk big pussy cats in the bathtub," Jesse replied with a big grin as he stood up and stepped out of the pond, leaving Shalimar sitting in the water, glaring after him.

"And I'm guessing that the little boy inside you hasn't changed much," Brennan said from where he and Emma were sitting on the stairs.

Jesse shrugged as the grin on his face got wider. "I guess not."

By this time, Shalimar had stood up and was out of the pond. As she walked past Jesse, she smacked him on the back of the head and then continued on her way to her room to get changed out of her sopping wet clothes.

"I suggest you go change out of those wet clothes, but when you're done, I want you, Shalimar,

and you two," Adam looked at Brennan and Emma, "to meet me back here. I have an assignment for you all."

"Finally!" Jesse huffed as he headed to his room.



TO BE CONTINUED....

(Tell me what you think so far. More is on it's way.)