UNCANNY X-MEN MINI #39: NEW FACES

BY: LOGANALPHA30

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The Mansion+

2:30 P.M.+

(We start off with a few panels of some of the team in the game room as Sam and Warpath are playing pool, Strobe is sitting on the couch all bandaged up, Tabitha and Siryn are busy watching a movie on the television which Strobe is half watching). "Uh oh Sam, looks like you're about to lose," (We then see Warpath say with an excited smile on his face as he's leaning down to take his next shot before we then move over and see Tabitha glance back over her shoulder and at first her brows furrow). (Then we see her look change to a sly grin before we then see her form a small ball of plasma energy in one hand, a ball that's about the size of a billiard ball). (Then we see Tabitha flip the plasma ball back over her shoulder that then lands onto the pool table just as Warpath makes his shot but he hits the plasma ball instead of the one that he wanted to hit and it blows up in his face as he reacts in shock and surprise, but not anger). (Then we see Tabitha not be able to keep from laughing).

"Tabitha," (We then see Warpath say with a stern look on his face as he puts his pool cue down onto the pool table). "Easy boyo, Tabitha was just having a little bit of fun," (We then see Siryn say with a half smile on her face as she sits up in her chair and turns and leans over the back of the chair). "I know that Terry, but she could have at least held off until after I had beaten Sam," (We then see Warpath say with an unhappy look on his face as he then starts to take the balls out of the pockets along with Sam). "Just relax guys, we're all supposed to be taking it easy, me especially," (We then see Strobe say with a sarcastic look on her face before she then winces badly as she carefully moves her arm). "We are taking it easy, I was just bored," (We then see Tabitha say with a bored look on her face before she leans forward and picks up the bowl of M & M's and then begins to pick out the yellow ones).

"You get bored putting your socks on in the morning, and don't take all of the yellow ones, you always do that," (We then see Warpath say with a bored look on his face as he picks his cue back up as Sam resets the balls). "Just as long as you leave the red ones, they're my favorite," (We then see Siryn say with a snicker as she then turns back around in her chair and picks up the remote and stops the movie). "To late Terry, I already ate them all," (We then see Warpath say with a cheesy grin on his face as he line up the cue ball). (Then we see Siryn spin back around and glare at Warpath before we then see him lean over and pick up a small bowl and then hand it to Siryn, as we see that the bowl is full of red M & M's). "You had that planned," (We then see Siryn say with an embarrassed smile on her face before she then picks up on of the candies and then pops it into her mouth). "Maybe…guess you'll never know," (We then see Warpath reply with a slightly smug smirk on his face as he then goes back and takes the first shot in his game with Sam).

"Ye know I could always just ask Elizabeth to peek around inside your head, see if you were really," (We then see Siryn say with a sneaky smile on her face as she stands up and then walks over to the pool table while eating M & M's before she then leans over and picks up the cue ball). "I don't think that'll be necessary Terry, James isn't that bright," (We then see Sam say with a big grin on his face as he leans back up against the wall with his arms crossed with the pool cue in between). "Thanks Sam…really," (We then see Warpath shoot back at Sam with a restrained scowl on his face before he then leans over and takes the cue ball from Siryn and takes his next shot). "Hey man, I'm just callin em like I see em," (We then see Sam say with a smile and a shrug of his shoulders as he hangs his head just a bit). "Why don't the two of you just play pool while the rest of us watch whatever movie it is that we're watching," (We then see Strobe say with a skeptical look on her face as she looks up from her spot in her chair and then closes her eyes and then winces in pain).

(Then we see the whole group look at each other in silence before we then see Siryn walk over to Warpath and hop up onto the side of the pool table with her Daisy Dukes on and then says with a big smile on her face as she's looking straight at Warpath), "Or…you and I could find something better to do." (Then we see Tabitha look back at Warpath and Siryn and then she fake gags with a grossed out look on her face, as Sam can't help but laugh). "You guys are terrible," (We then see Strobe say with an unimpressed look on her face as we see that she keeps her eyes closed). "Ah cut it out will ya, you're just jealous because you're the only one around here that's not getting any," (We then see Tabitha say with a big smile on her face as she leans over with a hand outstretched to shakes Strobes shoulder but she stops just in time and she pulls the hand back with a scared look on her face). "Oh really Tabitha…and just how do you know that I'm not," (We then see Strobe counter with a sly smile on her face as she slowly opens her eyes and looks over at Tabitha).

(Then we see a stumped and stunned look on Tabitha's face as she tries to reply quickly but can't think of anything to say). "Let's just stop right there shall we, what do you on your personal time is your own business," (We then see Sam say with a nervous look on his face as he picks up his pool cue and then goes to take his shot as Warpath missed his last one). "Your shoulder feeling any better today Maggie," (We then see Warpath ask with a relaxed look on his face as he intentionally breaks the silence and changes the subject). "A little, though it still feels like a Clydesdale kicked me in the ribs," (We then see Strobe reply with a weak smile on her face as she lays a hand over the patched up wound). "I know the feeling," (We then see Siryn say with a sympathetic look on her face as she gingerly reaches up and gently rubs her throat as Warpath edges over and lays a hand on her shoulder). "How so," (We then see Strobe ask with a confused look on her face as she looks back over the back of her chair as Tabitha then steps in), "A while back someone that we once counted as a friend slashed her throat terribly…thankfully Terry got better."

"Oh, so what happened to that former friend," (We then see Strobe ask with a concerned look on her face as she then turns back to Tabitha). "Somehow she got out of jail and now works for the X-Corporation branch in India, still don't know how she managed that," (We then see Sam say with an awkward and nervous look on his face before he then takes his next shot as we see several of the balls fall into the pockets). "You're joking right," (We then see Strobe say with a surprised look on her face as she turns and her feet slide off of the chair and onto the floor). "Unfortunately no, she even worked with James for awhile," (We then see Tabitha say with a less than happy look on her face as she stands up and then steps around her chair as Sam reacts to missing a shot). "Don't ask, I don't want to talk about it," (We then see Warpath say with a grim look on his face as he watches Sam miss the shot before he then goes to take his shot).

"Good, because I wasn't going to," (We then see Strobe say with a slightly combative look on her face before we then see her start to stand up but then she grimaces badly in pain and then starts to wobble and then fall back down into her chair but then Tabitha jumps back around her chair and catches her just in the knick of time). "Hey now…easy, I got ya," (We then see Tabitha exclaim with a very concerned look on her face as she struggles to hold Strobe up). (Then we see a quick panel of Tabitha and Strobe as they start to tumble backwards before we then cut over to the others in the room as they all react in an instant). "Watch out," (We then see Sam shout with an alarmed look on his face as he leaps over the chair and gets ready to catch both Tabitha and Strobe as Siryn slides off of the pool table and starts to leap up into the air and Warpath runs forward and he catches Strobe as Tabitha then falls into Sam's arms in the chair). "Everybody okay," (We then see Siryn ask with a worried look on her face as she lands beside the chairs). "I'm fine," (We then see Strobe say with a tired and weary look on her face as she tries to get her feet back under her before we then see Tabitha look up and reply with an overly comfortable looking grin on her face), "Perfect, just perfect, never better in fact."

(Then we see the others in the room stare oddly at Sam and Tabitha as Sam blushes in embarrassment while Tabitha could care less as she curls up into Sam's lap). "I think that we should take you to the infirmary," (We then see Siryn say with a concerned look on her face as she goes to open the door as Warpath picks Strobe up as we see that she's not thrilled to be being carried). "I'm fine…just take me to my room," (We then see Strobe say with a tired and weary look on her face as she puts a hand over her wound). "Take your time guys, no need to hurry back," (We then see Tabitha say with an overly excited grin on her face as she throws an arm back around Sam's neck as Sam looks nervous).

Later+

"So did you find anything," (We then see Erica ask with a concerned look on her face and her hands on her hips as she's looking up at Forge sitting one of the wings of the X-jet with a panel of the wing open). (We see that they're both in the hanger with the hanger door open and a breeze is passing through the hanger as there are tools scattered around the wing that Forge is sitting on along with other tools under it). "Nothing yet," (We then see Forge reply with a very serious look on his face as he continues to work on something in that open section of the wing). "Anything that I can do to speed things up," (We then see Erica ask with an interested look on her face as she stops at the top of the angled metal stairs). "Not really, even I'm not sure that I even know what I'm looking for, all I know is that I'll know it what I'm looking for when I find it," (We then see Forge say back with a very frustrated and concerned look on his face as he continues to work on the opened compartment).

"There's a lot of that going around lately," (We then see Erica say back with a bored and sarcastic look on her face as she climbs up and out onto the wing before she then sits down like Forge, with her feet down into the compartment, but on the other side of the compartment). "These are confusing times for certain," (We then see Forge say with a frustrated slumping of his shoulders as he picks up a piece of equipment out of the compartment and then lays it down at his side). "Despite my private school upbringing I do know my way around a toolbox," (We then see Erica say back with a relaxed smile on her face as she grabs a wrench and bends down into the compartment and starts to loosen one of the bolts). "Really, I'm sorry but that's a surprise to me," (We then see Forge say with a slightly surprised smile on his face as he sits up and then starts to wipe his hands off on a dirty rag). "Yeah well…my father just didn't want me to be dependent on anyone you know, he wanted me to be able to take care of myself," (We then see Erica say with a happy smile on her face as she continues to loosen a part in the compartment as there's some grease on her forearms and a little bit on her nose). "Smart man," (We then see Forge say with a pleased look on his face as he reaches back and then picks up another wrench and then hands it to Erica before taking the wrench that Erica hands him).

"He probably would have liked you," (We then see Erica say with a happy grin on her face as she sits back up and then hands another part to Forge). "I hope so," (We then see Forge say with a slightly nervous look on his face as he scowls and studies the part carefully). "Is that what you were looking for," (We then see Erica say with a calm look on her face as she rubs her nose with the back of her hand and then afterwards we see that there's more grease on her nose than before). "I don't know, so far it looks okay," (We then see Forge say back with an unsure look on his face as he closely inspects the part while Erica looks on). "How long have you been at this," (We then see Erica ask with a worried look on her face as she reaches forward and lays her hand on Forge's knee). "Far to long I'm afraid, but when you're behind the proverbial eight ball as we are your time is not your own," (We then see Forge say with a tired look on his face before he then sets the part back down and takes the tool from Erica and starts to go after another part).

(Then we see a panel of the two working on the compartment before we then see some of the tools and spare parts being levitated up into the air as it makes Forge and Erica look up and around). "You two kids having fun," (We then see Betsy ask with an impish smirk on her face as we see that she's wearing a pair of dark blue pants and a white long sleeved blouse as she's levitating herself up to the level of the wing). "Tons, thanks for asking," (We then see Forge say back with a sly smirk on his face as Betsy then lands on the wing and everything that she was levitating is softly set back down). "Maggie had a little setback earlier, a few of her stitches popped, Warren's taking her to the hospital and should be back before dinner, the others are out back in the pool," (We then see Betsy say with a relaxed look on her face as she slides her hands down to her hips and looks down at Forge and Erica as they look back up at her). "Perhaps it would be wiser to send her to a safer location where she can rest and recuperate in peace and quiet," (We then see Forge say with a serious and concerned look on his face as he picks up another tool and sets about loosening up some of the other bolts).

"That could be a good idea, though I'm not sure if you'd be able to convince her to leave," (We then see Betsy say back with a very serious and anxious look on her face as she starts to walk around the open compartment towards the ladder that Erica climbed up earlier). "And what of our new houseguest, has she given us anything useful yet," (We then see Erica ask with an amused smirk on her face as she droops her head just a bit and quickly glances over at Betsy at the ladder and then back over at Forge). "So far no, though I have a sneaking suspicion that she's holding something back, and unless I completely cast aside the list of morals that I want to someday pass onto Charles and Moira I'll have to sit on my hands and wait until she's good and ready to tell me," (We then see Betsy say with a nervous look on her face as she starts to make her way down the ladder). (Then we see a panel of Erica and Forge as they look up and also at each other with a concerned look on their faces). "Do you think that she's with them, that she's some sort of double agent," (We then see Erica ask with a worried look on her face as she crawls over to the edge of the wing and looks down at Betsy).

"I cannot say much about our newest guest, however I can tell you that while she may be many things a double agent is not one of them," (We then see Betsy say back with a certain look on her face as she starts to walk away from the X-jet but then she half turns back and smiles up at Erica and Forge). "Well whatever she is she's barely left her room since she got here," (We then see Erica say with a concerned look on her face as she stands up at the edge of the wing). "That's because I put a special lock on her door, if she steps more than ten feet away from her room she'll pass out," (We then see Betsy say with a proud look on her face as she gets to the doorway and stops there with a hand up on the wall beside the door). "You're not thinking about doing that to any of our rooms…are you," (We then see Erica shoot back with a nervous and scared look on her face as she glances back at Forge and then turns back to Betsy). "Not unless you give me a good enough reason to Miss Kalen," (We then see Betsy say back with an almost mean grin on her face before she then walks out of the hanger). "She has a pretty sick sense of humor you know," (We then see Erica say with an unhappy expression on her face as her shoulders slump as she turns around and looks back and down at Forge as we see that he is not looking back up at her and trying not to laugh).

Meanwhile, At An Unknown Location

(We open with panels of a darkened room with two mercenary looking guys standing underneath a light and the two do not look confidant, but very scared instead). (Then we see the two men flinch visibly as someone says from out of the darkness), "The two of you have failed us for the last time, you have only yourselves to blame." "No please, give us another chance, it wasn't our fault…we told him to wait, the commander ignored the warning signs, and forged ahead without…," (We then see one of the two guys start to say before we then see the sounds of many guns being cocked and then just as the two men start to notice that something is amiss we see them both get ventilated like Swiss cheese with bullets). (Then we see a panel of the two men as their lifeless bodies drop to the floor as the guns have stopped firing before we then see a panel of the two men lying on the floor in a pool of their own blood as they're both dead). "Pathetic," (We then see someone say from out of the darkness before we then see other mercenary types walk in and drag the two dead men away).

"I could not agree more, if you had approved my earlier plan then none of this would have happened and the lovely Ms. Hatherington would not have slipped from our grasp, she should have been killed years ago," (We then see a young looking woman say with an almost bored look on her face as she steps calmly into the space vacated by the two dead men as she lights a cigar). "We have been over this to many times to count Miss Hanert, you're recommendations were taken into consideration and decided against, your efforts are appreciated but this is not your decision I'm afraid, Miss Hatherington must die, ever if she is your baby sister," (We then see someone say from out of the darkness as we see Miss Hanert shrug her shoulders and act as if she could care less about what would happen to Olivia). "Just as long as I'm the one that gets to slit her throat," (We then see Miss Hanert say with a very calm look on her face after she blows out a puff of smoke). "That has yet to be decided…your involvement in his matter is purely a privilege, do not assume that you deserve anything," (We then see someone say from out of the darkness while we see that Miss Hanert does not look pleased). "That was not what I agreed to," (We then see Miss Hanert say back sharply with an unhappy look on her face as she crosses her arms). "To bad," (We then see someone say from out of the darkness before the light is then suddenly turned off).

The Mansion+

Twilight+

(We open with a panel of Siryn and Warpath in the hot tub with the lights on as we see that Siryn's top is lying on the side of the hot tub). "Did ye talk to Warren about Maggie yet," (We then see Siryn say with a calm look on her face as she sits up in the hot tub just enough to still be covered as Warpath's arms are mostly encircling the hot tub as he's playing with Siryn's top with his index finger). "They replaced her stitches and gave her some more powerful pills, she made it as far as the guest room before she crashed," (We then see Warpath say with a tired look on his face as he moves his hand and brushes some hair gently off of Siryn's face). "Do you know if we have any missions tomorrow, because there's a little something that I forgot to tell you, I kind of made a friend a promise for you, you remember at the part there were all of those unplanted trees and large boulders that needed to be moved and," (We then see Siryn say with a nervous smile on her face as she glances down at the water in the hot tub).

"This is important to you, isn't it," (We then see Warpath say with a sympathetic look on his face as Siryn looks up at him and smiles). "It's the only place that I can feel at home since Tom sank Cassidy Keep, well except for here with you but…," (We then see Siryn say with a concerned look on her face as she looks off to the side and splashes the water in front of her towards Warpath before he then says with a warm smile on his face), "When do they need me?" "Tomorrow morning bright and early at seven, if we're lucky we'll be home by noon," (We then see Siryn answer with an optimistic look on her face as she slides around the edge of the hot tub until she nestles up next to Warpath). "Did you clear it with Warren yet, Elizabeth made him swear that he wouldn't allow any of us to leave the mansion on missions in teams of less than four or five," (We then see Warpath say with a concerned look on his face as he puts an arm around Siryn and pulls her close before she then looks back up at him and say with a thoughtful look on her face), "But would this be considered a mission, we're only going to the arboretum."

"Probably not, we're not even leaving the city, and who would attack us while we're planting trees and moving a bunch of rocks," (We then see Warpath say with a laid back look on his face as he's looking down at Siryn and she's looking back up at him and she then says with a slightly scared look on her face), "No one, unless a certain uncle of mine decides to pay me a visit." "After what happened in New York you and I are probably not on the top of his list," (We then see Warpath say with a nervous look on his face before he then leans down and kisses Siryn). "Even so Jimmy, we should keep our guard up while we're there, he could have developed some new power in his downtime," (We then see Siryn say back with a concerned look on her face before she then reaches over and turns up the jets).

"Like with my ability to fly and your furthering of your control with your scream," (We then see Warpath say with a serious look on his face as he brushes the back of Siryn's head in an attempt to try and get her to relax a bit). "Only both of our increases in powers we know about we don' have a clue about Tom, and no one has heard from Cain either since that day at the mansion," (We then see Siryn say with a sad look on her face as she sinks down into the water a bit up to her chin and closes her eyes).

Ops Room+

(We open with a panel of Olivia sitting in one of the chair with her back to the wall of televisions as each of the screens shows the serious look on her face). (Warren is sitting in a chair on the opposite side of the main console with a very serious look on his face and a lot of papers on the console in front of him). (Betsy is standing beside him with one hand on his shoulder, with an equally serious look on her face, while she holds a small toy boat in her other hand). "Let's get started shall we," (We then see Betsy say with a calm but yet serious look on her face as her hand slips from Warren's shoulder and goes up so that both hands on are the toy as Warren looks up and over at her). "I've already told you all that I'm going to," (We then see Olivia say with a very determined look on her face as she looks straight across the room at Betsy, while ignoring Warren). "Not what we wanted to hear Olivia, Elizabeth and I are not new at this…we may look like we belong in some of the same circles with the likes of Donald Trump and the Hiltons but we've had more than our fair share of hard times," (We then see Warren say with a stern and serious look on his face as he turns back and looks straight at Olivia as he also opens up a file that way laying in front of him on the console).

(Then we see Olivia look up and then to Betsy, who gives her a stern look). "You make it sound like I don't have a choice here," (We then see Olivia say with a look of slight disbelief on her face as she looks up at Betsy but we then see Betsy hold up a hand and interrupt her before she then says with a serious look on her face), "That is because you do not, now either you shut up and be a good girl or you keep up this façade of continual denial and force me to use my abilities to carve each and every secret out of your pitiful excuse for a psyche, a process that I've been told is not a pleasant one." "Don't I get a phone call," (We then see Olivia say with a curious look on her face as she pulls her chair up closer to the center console). "We're not a prison here Miss Hatherington, which means that unlike jail you do no get a call and we can hold you here indefinitely," (We then see Betsy say with a very serious look on her face as she hands the small toy boat to Warren).

"And since no one important knows that you are here no one is going to pull you out of here, so just play along and tell me the truth about what you were really doing in that cell in Egypt," (We then see Warren add with a very serious look on his face as then we see Olivia's confused look disappear from her face). "I already told you, that I have a personal beef with The Legacy and I'd rather not talk about it with the likes of you," (We then see Olivia say back with a forced look of calm on her face before she looks away and then a pink halo appears around her head). "On second thought we don't have time to sit here and listen to you prattle on and on about nothing," (We then see Betsy say with a very serious look on her face as she slowly closes her right hand that she holds up in front of her as her power flares around it with Warren looking up at her with a calm but curious look on his face). "Betts," (We then see Warren say with a serious and concerned look on his face as he lays a hand on Betsy's arm).

"Relax luv, I'm just speeding up the process a little, I promise I won't make her cluck like a chicken or anything mundane like that, even if it would serve the trollop right," (We then see Betsy say with an impish smirk on her face as she looks back down at Warren and lightly pats his hand that's on her arm). "Alright, but you could have told me that you were going to do this, then I could have planned accordingly and taken Charles and Moira up for their first flight," (We then see Warren say back with a long sigh as he takes his hand from Betsy's arm and sits back in his chair, closing the file that's sitting in front of him along the way). "Now wait a minute Warren, I thought that we agreed to wait until the children were at least like…thirty," (We then see Betsy say with a somewhat stern and awkward look on her face as she turns only her head towards Warren as he looks back at her with a smug grin on his face). "Flight is who I am Betts, and besides Moira has the same bone structure as I do, her future is in the air with me," (We then see Warren say back with a slightly pleading look on his face as he stands up and looks over at Betsy in the foreground while we see Olivia in a sort of telepathic trance in the background).

"Can we talk about this later dear, because if I leave Olivia in this trance for to long her brain will turn to mush," (We then see Betsy say with a somewhat defensive look on her face as she leans in and then gives Warren a kiss on each cheek and then a longer one on the lips). "And we certainly wouldn't want that to happen…would we," (We then see Warren say with a subtle and sly look on his face as Betsy grins back). "You two gonna make out all day or are we gonna get some answers," (We then see Tabitha say from the doorway with a bored look on her face and her arms crossed with Sam standing behind her, casually scratching the back of his neck and yawning). "We'll get answers Tabitha you can trust me on that," (We then see Betsy say calmly back to Tabitha as she brushes past Warren and starts to head towards Olivia). "But will we actually be able to do anything with any of the answers that she gives us," (We then see Tabitha ask back with a skeptical look on her face as she shakes her head and looks back at Sam).

"That's why I put her in this trance, now she will have no choice but to tell me exactly what I want to know," (We then see Betsy reply with a confidant smirk on her face as she walks across the room towards Olivia after stopping momentarily). "Just make sure that she doesn't remember any of this okay, the last thing that we need is for any anti-mutant group or news agency to find out how we gained this information," (We then see Warren say with a serious look on his face as he starts out of the room before he's interrupted by Betsy with an amused look on her face), "Yes dear." "You going to wipe her memories of this when you're done like Warren said," (We then see Tabitha ask with a somewhat sly smirk on her face as she steps into the room along with Sam as the door shuts behind them). "If I'm not to busy, I do have to make sure that Charles and Moira sleep through the night and don't start to wander the halls again, little Charles almost fell down the stairs last week," (We then see Betsy say back with at first a proud grin on her face as she turns back to Olivia and lay her right index finger on Olivia's forehead).

"You ever thought about putting a lock on their door, that's what my mother used to do with us when we were kids," (We then see Sam say with a helpful look on his face as he pulls out a chair and sits down). "That would not be a good idea in our case, if Charles and Moira got up in the middle of the night and found the door locked they'd get upset enough that their combined psychic turmoil would wake me up and never let me get back to sleep even after I tended to them, no Sam…we're just going to have to think of something else, now if you'll excuse me I have to get some answers," (We then see Betsy say with a serious look on her face before she closes her eyes and waves Sam and Tabitha away).

One Week Later+

(We open with a panel of the team in the danger room as we see that the danger room is changing from the normal standby mode into the center of a large shopping mall). "Okay, anyone want to tell me what we're doing here," (We then see Tabitha ask with a slightly confused look on her face as she and Siryn are standing up at the top of the escalator, both wearing a variation of their normal battle outfits). "Urban survival training Tabitha, the danger room has constructed this environment to test our abilities to confront and defuse any possible contentious situation that may arise," (We then see Warren say with a very calm, serious, and informative look on his face as he walks out into the danger room with his hands clasped together behind his back with Betsy at his side, still programming components into the computer). "When are we going to get attacked in a mall," (We then see Erica ask with a somewhat skeptical look on her face as she leans out over the railing to look down at Warren and Betsy).

"If memory serves Sam…Tabitha, were you yourselves not forced to take on one of Apocalypse's golems in our local mall several months ago," (We then see Betsy say with a somewhat sarcastic smirk on her face as she turns back and looks up at Tabitha and then over at Sam). "Good point, so when does this session begin," (We then see Tabitha ask with a bored look on her face before we then see several large battle droids materialize around the area and they open fire as we see Warpath pick up a large potted plant and use it to block the blast that's aimed at his head). (We see Sam power up, bringing up his blast shield, and then launch himself up into the air, pulling a lot of the attacks his way). "Better get moving Tabitha, ye don't want to get tagged," (We then see Siryn say with a slightly joking smile on her face before she then takes off and heads down into the fray as we see Tabitha react with an impatient pout on her face). "Nobody can tag me," (We then see Tabitha exclaim with a confidant and triumphant grin on her face as she runs forward and then starts sliding down the escalator rail, firing pointedly as she goes, taking out several of the droids in the process).

"You say that now, but I'll wait and see what you say when you're riding the pine and I'm…yeow," (We then see Erica say with a proud and slightly jeering smile on her face as she goes into action, torching a couple of droids, before she then gets a stray shot that hits her in the side of her but and we see Erica scream in pain and hop around holding a hand over where she got hit as Betsy snickers and Warren lifts off to avoid a few stray blasts that were aimed his way as Betsy calmly then watches the blasts hit the ground very close to her, but makes no attempt to move). "Who's riding the pine now honey," (We then see Tabitha shout back up at Erica as Tabitha's in a crouched position at the bottom of the escalator). "F#$ off Tabitha," (We then see Erica growl with a very pained and angry sneer on her face as he drops down to first her knees and then she flops down onto her side as we then see Forge jump up the escalator, blasting droids away as he goes, before he then rushes over to kneel down beside Erica as he holsters his gun and then picks her up into his arms).

"She okay there Forge," (We then see Siryn ask with a concerned look on her face as she lands and kneels down in front of Forge and Erica and then she uses her sonic scream to keep the droids away as she casts quick glances back over her shoulder). "I think so, but I'm afraid that her fight today will have to be put on hold," (Wet hen see Forge reply with a concerned look on his face as he stands up and picks Erica up at the same time). "One down," (We then see Warpath say with a slightly joking smile on his face as he watches Forge carry Erica out of the danger room). "And seven to go," (We then see Warren say with a somewhat disappointed look on his face as he ducks, dodges, and weaves his way through the air dodging the attacks of the droids). You mean six; Forge took himself out of the game when he took Erica to the infirmary , (We then see Betsy say telepathically to Warren as we're looking at Warren as he lands on the center display-as it's a large globe-of the mall as we see Betsy's words beside him in their own balloon).

I'm aware of that Betts, but I'm willing to bet that Forge will be back once he's seen to Erica's injury, it didn't look that severe, her pride was probably hurt most , (We then see Warren say back telepathically with a calm look on his face before a blast gets to close and he leaps off and towards the second story). To true, however as we both know all to painfully well, pride is a very hard thing to recover , (We then see Betsy say back telepathically with a somberly sarcastic look on her face as she blocks an attack from one of the droids before she then spins around to that droids back and then picks up a broken piece of pipe that's lying nearby and drives it through the middle of that droids back as sparks go flying all over the place). You're right, though our combined pride should be enough to get us through the rough spots , (We then see Warren say back telepathically as he lands behind Betsy and then punches the head off of a droid that is trying to attack Betsy from behind).

We can only hope , (We then see Betsy say back telepathically with a sly grin on her face before she then does a spin kick to the head of an onrushing droid). "Come on guys, I thought that this was supposed to be hard," (We then see Tabitha say with a bored look on her face as she's lazily crouching down on top of one of the large potted plants that had the green part blown off before we then see a droid catch her by surprise and use part of the railing that has a chunk of concrete attached to it, as a weapon and smashes her right in the middle of her back, directly between her shoulders and she screams in pain and surprise as she then tumbles down the escalator and rolls out until she slams hard into a large pile of droids and knocks herself out). "Tabitha," (We then see Sam shout in alarm as he looks back over his right shoulder as he's struggling to fend off the attack of another droid).

"Don't worry boyo, I got her," (We then see Siryn say with a serious and determined look on her face as she tumbles out of the sky and then lands beside Tabitha). (Then we see Siryn start to pick Tabitha up as she says with a concerned look on her face), "Don' worry lass, I got ya," (before we then see the droid that knocked Tabitha all loopy steps off of the escalator at the bottom and then it takes a swing at Siryn with the same weapon that it hit Tabitha with, and it tries to do the same to Siryn but she senses the attack and tries to roll out of the way but doesn't move fast enough and so the droid only manages to graze her shoulder but it hits her hard enough to send both Siryn and Tabitha rolling off to the side). (Then we see Siryn start to recover from the initial attack before we then see that droid start to continue the attack but Siryn gets up quickly enough and she gets the drop on that droid she lets out a very highly concentrated sonic scream straight up into that droid that pretty much shatters and liquefies it on the spot, in a large panel). (Then we see a quick panel of Siryn as we see that the sonic scream took a lot out of her, more than she thought as she looks like she's about ready to pass out).

"This is not turning out as I had hoped," (We then see Betsy say with a less than pleased look on her face as she rips an arm and leg off of one of the droids and then uses it to smash that same droid) "True, however as of yet this is not a total loss," (We then see Warren say with a serious look on his face as he then swoops in and lands beside Siryn and he then steadies her). "What battle are you fighting in: (We then see Siryn say with a confused and somewhat angry scowl on her face as she glares over at Warren). "Regardless of our current predicament Theresa the battle is not over yet, (We then see Betsy say with a confidant look on her face as she then uses her foot to smash in the face of one of the droids that is lying on the ground on its back and trying to get up)."So says you," (We then see Siryn snap back with an angry look on her face before we then see Siryn pull herself back up to her feet while Warren picks Tabitha up).

"Easy Terry, it's not that bad," (We then see Warpath say with a calm look on his face as he uses one of the fake trees to take out several of the droids like as if he was swinging a bat). "Just keep pushing Jimmy, and we'll see how quickly yet get tossed out with the bathwater," (We then see Siryn growl back with an angry scowl on her face as she then rips the head off of the nearest droid and then throws the head hard against the wall and it shatters when it hits). Perhaps you should but out the humor and stick with your strengths , (We then see Betsy say telepathically to Warpath as he stops fighting long enough to hear what she has to say). "Which are," (We then see Warpath ask with a subtle smile on his face and turns to look at Betsy). "Your heart and loyalty," (We then see Siryn say back with a proud look on her face before she then blasts always about to fall but Warpath rushes over and catches her).

Later

(We start off with a panel of Warren and Betsy a they're casually relaxing in the danger room's control room). (We see both sitting in chairs with their feet up on the other chairs). "We are doomed if that was our best offering," (We then see Betsy say with a less than pleased look on her face as she rolls her head to the side to look over at Warren). "Tabitha and Erica are still far to confident in their abilities, although Tabitha does seem to be beginning to change her tune a bit, but she's still young so she has time," (We then see Warren say with a hopeful look on his face as he reaches over and brushes Betsy's bangs off of her forehead as she then smiles back at him before she then says back with a sly look on her face), "However James can be at times a bit to easygoing, there have been times that I've though about using my telekinesis to trip Terry up just a bit to spur him into action." "It's okay with me as long as he never finds out about it," (We then see Warren say with a subtle smirk on his face as he opens a file and then starts to flip through it).

"You are wicked Warren, how did you ever make it this far without me," (We then see Betsy say with a daringly sarcastic grin on her face as she reaches out and runs her right index finger along the line of Warren's jaw). "Not a clue," (We then see Warren say back with a somber frown on his face as he didn't look at Betsy before we then see her say with a very serious and concerned look on her face as she pulls her feet down off of the console and sets them down on the floor as she brings the hand that was on his jaw down and lays it on his arm as she then says), "Easy Warren, no need to get down on yourself and brood again, it'll give you wrinkles." "I thought that was stress," (We then see Warren say with a subtly serious look on his face as he lifts his head and looks over at Betsy as she sarcastically smiles back at him). "We may never know," (We then see Betsy say back with a slightly sly smirk on her face as she picks her hand up off of Warren's arm and then scratches the underside of his chin).

"While that may be true we can't stay locked up in the mansion with Maggie well enough on the mend we should be able to get back to searching for the members of The Legacy," (We then see Warren say back with a serious look on his face as he opens up one of the files and begins to trace his right index finger down the line of names as we see a quick panel of the list of names and some of them are doctors and senators). "You're right we should, though rather than shipping off to remote hotspots all over the globe perhaps we should visit somewhere a little closer to home," (We then see Betsy say with a somewhat reserved look on her face as she sits up in her chair and then turns on the danger rooms computer). "If only it were that simple Betts, but I don't think that any of our neighbors are secretly members of The Legacy," (We then see Warren say back with a slightly defeated look on his face as he closes the file that he's looking at and then he stands up and then walks over and stands behind Betsy and looks over her shoulder at the computer screen).

(We see first a large map of the world with different countries lit up before we then see a list of possible Legacy members and a number that represents the likelihood of them being a member of The Legacy). (We then see the numbers start to change, some going up and some going down while still others disappearing altogether as then we see Betsy say with a less than impressed look on her face as she starts to type in a new program as we see her face reflected in the computer screen). "True, however stranger things have happened remember, of course this could all be for folly, all of these names could be false leads and turn out to be a complete and total waste of our time, though if even one of these leads pans out then it'll all be worth it."

"The only adage of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer," (We then see Warren say with a subtle grin on his face as we then see Betsy look up at him with an unhappy scowl on her face before she then shakes her head and replies), "Something like that, actually one of our informants just checked in and said that lucky number twenty eight on our list has just surfaced, he chartered a boat to ferry him out to his island in the south pacific, if I have Forge gas up the X-jet then Sam can lead a team there while I assist him from here, I can feed Charles and Moira and be ready to give them whatever assistance that they require before they land in India and then find a boat to take them to the island so that they're not spotted, while you attend this month's board meeting." "Always looking for a way to miss them aren't you," (We then see Warren say with a slightly cheesy grin on his face as he leans down a bit further and kisses Betsy on the cheek). "Guilty as charged," (We then see Betsy say back with a slightly randy look on her face as she hits a few more keys and then we see the file that she had been working on close).

Nightfall

(We start with a panel of Sam and the others being ferried across the water to the small island on a small boat). (We see that Tabitha is wearing Sam's coat and she's holding it tightly around herself as she just threw it around herself and didn't actually fully put it on). "How much further," (We then see Erica shout across the boat towards Sam with a bored and cold look on her face as her arms and midriff are bare but she's trying to hide the fact that she's freezing her butt off but she wants to appear tough and not saying anything). "The same as the last time that you asked," (We then see Sam shout back with a less than happy look on his face before he turns his head and checks his watch). "Why are we doing this again, I could be at home in a nice hot bubble bath," (We then see Tabitha ask with an unhappy look on her face as she slides off of the edge of the boat and gets down into the boat and out of the breeze).

"We're checking up on one of the people on Psylocke's list that might be part of The Legacy," (We then see Warpath say with a steady and calm look on his face as he remains motionless sitting in the front of the boat). "And what are we supposed to do when we find this person, ask him nicely to lead us to the other members of The Legacy," (We then see Siryn ask with a skeptical and sarcastic look on her face as she fights to keep her hair out of her eyes). "Capture him and then bring him home so that Psylocke can grill him for information, and don't even think about dumping him in the ocean," (We then see Sam say with an unpleasant scowl on his face as he then pulls a palm pilot like device out of his belt and turns it on). (Then we see the screen of that palm pilot like device and we see a map appear with two blinking lights as the two lights start to get closer together). "That wasn' my fault, Jimmy, Tabitha, and I weren't even with them then," (We then see Siryn say with a surprised and somewhat upset frown on her face as she turns back to look at Sam).

"Let's just do this okay, my ass still hurts like hell and this stupid boat is about as comfortable as a bed of needles," (We then see Erica grumble with an unhappy look on her face before we then see the boat hit a big wave hard and when it does we see her wince badly in pain and grab her hip). "Easy Erica we're almost there," (We then see Warpath say with a stern and serious look on his face as he stays still and keeps looking forward towards the island that they're speeding towards). "Easy for you to say big guy, when you're practically invincible," (We then see Erica say with a sarcastic scowl on her face as she then turns and looks back away from Warpath and to the driver of the boat). "Doesn' mean that he can't feel pain," (We then see Siryn say back to Erica with a rather disapproving scowl on her face before we then see Siryn edge a little bit closer to Warpath and lay her head on his back).

"Hey, I was just saying that it's easy to charge into battle when nothing short of a nuclear explosion can stop you, unlike the rest of us that take our lives into our own hands every time that we leave the mansion," (We then see Erica say back with a slightly defensive look on her face as she turns back and looks down at the bottom of the boat). (Then we see Siryn start to say something but then she gets interrupted as the boat slows down and then comes onto shore). "Thank you," (We then see Sam say with a nice smile on his face as he waves to the guy driving the boat while the others get out and walk up the shore). (We then see the guy driving the boat wave back and then pull the boat away and leave them on the island). "So do we start looking for this guy now or bed down here and begin the search in the morning," (We then see Erica ask with a tired look on her face as she sits down on a rock and then starts to rub her arms to try to warm herself up). "Set up camp over there just inside the entrance to that cave, Tabitha and I will go greet the locals," (We then see Sam say with a deep breath as he nods his head over towards the cave and then checks his watch).

"Just perfect, can't even have a moment by the fire to get warmed up, oh well such is the lift of glamour that we lead," (We then see Tabitha add with a somber and sarcastic pout on her face as she slips her arms through the sleeves of Sam's coat and then she zips the coat up as far as it will go leaving only from the bridge of her nose up uncovered). "Okay Psylocke we're here, where to now," (We then see Sam say with a serious look on his face as he pulls a small earpiece out of one of his pockets and then puts it in his ear). (Then we jump back to the mansion as we see a comfortably dressed Betsy sitting in the ops room at the computer putting a headset on as the room is mostly dark except for a small lamp and the light of the computer screen). "I'm here Samuel, the topography is coming up right about…now, there it is," (We then see Betsy say with a serious look on her face as she brings up the layout of the island that Sam and the others are on as we then see on the computer screen that the map of the island is coming from a satellite orbiting overhead).

"Tabitha and I are leaving the beach and heading inland while the others set up base camp in the mouth of a nearby cave, see anything interesting on your end," (We then see Sam say back with a calm look on his face before he then looks back and hands Tabitha his gloves which she then smiles back and eagerly puts them on). (Then we see a split screen panel of Sam and Betsy as we then see Betsy say with a calm expression on her face as she's flipping a few switches with one hand while turning some knobs with the other), "Nothing yet…wait, we just might have something, I can't be sure because something seems to be interfering with the signal, I'll see if I can clear it up." Are you absolutely sure that this guy is even here, but if the signal's being jammed somehow then…," (We then see Sam say back with a concerned look on his face as he and Tabitha walk into a group of trees before we then see Betsy answer with a grave look on her face as she takes a deep breath), "Then it's a pretty good bet that someone that we'd rather not meet know that you're there."

"So then how do we proceed, I don't like walking into a trap unless I know what's waiting for me…and even then," (We then see Sam say back with a serious look on his face as he then turns back and helps Tabitha step over a downed log). "It's only a trap if they don't know that we know that it's a trap," (We then see Tabitha say with a slightly dopey smile on her face as she's leaning heavily on Sam's shoulder before we then flash over to Betsy as she closes her eyes and shakes her head). "As always Tabitha your logic astounds me, now will the two of you help me out a bit and kindly refrain from making any more genius observations like that one about what constitutes a trap until after I determine whether or not one is before us," (We then see Betsy say back with an impatient and frustrated sigh as she rubs her tired eyes with one hand while her other hand is on the keyboard). (Then we see a quick panel of Sam and Tabitha looking straight at each other with nervous looks on their faces before we then see Tabitha step forward onto the trail and say as she goes), " I'll try my best to keep Sam in line boss lady."

(Then we see two quick panels, the first one of Sam with a surprised look on his face and then in the second panel we see Betsy let out a sigh and close her eyes before she shakes her head).

Later

(We start with Warpath, Siryn, and Erica all sitting around a campfire just inside the mouth of the cave). "You know what, this isn't half bad," (We then see Erica say with a relaxed look on her face as she leans back up against the wall of the cave while the fire casts a lot of shadows on the wall). "I used to do this all of the time with my family back on the reservation," (We then see Warpath say with a nostalgic smile on his face as he pulls Siryn closer). "I wish that I could say the same thing," (We then see Siryn say with a tired and content expression on her face as she leans further back up against Warpath and lays her head against his bicep). "Believe it or not but this is my first time camping," (We then see Erica say with a slightly nervous smile on her face as she picks up a stick and then pokes the fire a bit, kicking up some sparks and smoke). "I'd buy that, ye almost blew yourself up earlier while trying to light the fire with the bottle of lighter fluid right next to it," (We then see Siryn say with a slightly impish smirk on her face as she turns her head to the side a bit and looks up at Warpath).

"Thanks guys, pick on the new girl," (We then see Erica say with a look of some scorn and anger on her face as she kicks up a little sand). "It's not that, we're just trying to cheer you up, you've looked pretty down ever since we left the mansion," (We then see Warpath say back with a sympathetic look on his face as he lets out a deep breath and shakes his head). "I had plans for tonight okay, Forge and I were going to visit a museum and then take in a show, you know…actually have a personal life," (We then see Erica say back with a sad and unhappy frown on her face as she pushes herself up to her feet and then she starts to walk out of the cave but she stops and half turns back as Siryn then says with a serious and concerned look on her face), "Where are you going?" "For a walk if that's alright with you your highness," (We then see Erica say back with a slightly mocking smile on her face before she then bows low and walks out of the cave). "Go, I'll be here when you get back, she need to talk to you right now, another sister," (We then see Warpath say with a relaxed smile on his face before we then see Siryn smile and stand up before giving Warpath one last look back and then she walks out of the cave after Erica).

(Then we see Siryn walk across the beach towards the edge of the water where Erica is standing rubbing her arms and trying to stay warm as the wind picks up blowing her hair all around and there's a halo of light red light around her body). "There something that you want to talk about," (We then see Siryn say with a curious look on her face as she arrives at Erica's side as Erica looks over). "What are we doing here, I know that we're supposed to be following that guy on Psylocke's list but even if we find this guy what then huh, we can't just lock them all up in the mansion's cells underneath the danger room," (We then see Erica say with an exasperated look on her face as she continues to rub her arms). "I don't think that we're going to lock them all up, just the important ones," (We then see Siryn say back with a slightly unsure look on her face as she slides her hands down into her pockets).

"But what then, we need to be doing more than just picking up The Legacy's breadcrumbs, we need to even out the odds a bit, I don't want to be doing this twenty years from now Theresa," (We then see Erica reply with an unhappy frown on her face before she then squats down and picks up an old seashell). "That's why we're here, we find out what this scum knows and then we use that to strike back," (We then see Siryn say with a serious look on her face as she takes the seashell from Erica and dumps the sand out of it). "Only if we're lucky and this guy that we're following actually knows something about The Legacy, otherwise this is just one giant goose chase," (We then see Erica say with an unhappy pout on her face as she takes the seashell back from Siryn and then throws it back out into the surf).

"They wouldn't do that to us," (We then see Siryn say with a honest and serious look on her face as she steps in front of Erica). "How can you be sure though, I wouldn't put it past Psylocke to leave out part of her plan, even if it puts us in mortal danger," (We then see Erica say with a skeptical and unsure frown on her face before we then see Siryn stop her by laying a hand on her shoulder and saying with a serious and determined look one her face), "Elizabeth is not Tessa Erica, she doesn't care more about herself and settling old scores than the mission, and unlike some of the other leaders that I've known over my time with the X-men Warren isn't blinded by secretive loyalty." "What's that supposed to mean," (We then see Erica say with a confused look on her face as she looks straight over at Siryn in a quick panel before we then see Siryn scowl impatiently and then reply with a tempered look on her face), "What I mean is that simply put we got lucky leader wise, Warren and Elizabeth have their problems, Lord knows we all do, however they've always been honest with us about what our objectives are and how they hope to get them accomplished, some aren't so lucky."

"Sorry Terry, guess I'm just a little worn out by all of this," (We then see Erica reply with a sad and somber look on her face as she turns and then starts to walk away from Siryn through the surf). "And ye think that I'm not, before we left I asked Psylocke about maybe if we don't find this guy then we could take a mini vacation and stay here for a few more days," (We then see Siryn say with a hopeful smile on her face as she kicks up the surf a little bit). "It wouldn't be a vacation for me without Forge here," (We then see Erica say with a sad pout on her face as she stops walking and looks down at the surf at her feet). "No, no I guess not, but the sooner that we find this guy the sooner that we get back to the mansion and you can catch up with Forge," (We then see Siryn say back with a slight shrug of her shoulders as she walks up to Erica and then gives her a one armed hug).

"That'd be the first good news that I've heard all day…speaking of which shouldn't Sam and Tabitha be back by now," (We then see Erica say back with a concerned look on her face as she walks back up onto the beach and pulls her hair all of the way back into a ponytail with one hand to keep it from blowing onto her face). "Don't worry about Sam, he always shows up on time, we just have to believe that nothing's happened," (We then see Siryn say back with a confidant look on her face as she starts to walk towards Erica as we pull away and then up into the sky).

San Francisco

The Mansion

The Ops Room

(We open with a panel of Betsy sitting in the chair in front of the computer wearing a pair of sweatpants, a beater, her hair is up in a loose ponytail, and she's also wearing her glasses). (Then we see a deep panel with Betsy in the foreground and the room's door opens with Warren's shadowy figure in the background). "So far everything's going according to plan, they've just set up base camp on the beach and are waiting for Sam and Tabitha to return before proceeding," (We then see Betsy say with a calm look on her face as she types a command into the computer). "That's the first bit of good news that I've heard all day," (We then see Warren say back with a tired and weary look on his face as he rubs his eyes and walks towards Betsy). "Trouble at the office," (We then see Betsy ask with a curious and concerned look on her face as she looks up from the keyboard and turns her head back towards Warren). "You could say that…Henderson and Collins both tendered the resignations, you could have heard a pin drop in there, and with Jenkins being so close to retirement…I can see the stock going down right now," (We then see Warren say with a weary and worried look on his face before he leans down and then starts to trail a line of kisses up from Betsy's collarbone to her ear as we see Betsy chuckle softly in reply).

"Things will all turn our for the best luv, we just have to patient, board members can always be replaced even those with as many years put in as Jenkins, and as for the price of your stock well it's been down before and it will rebound just like it did before, so take a seat and help me figure out a way to aid Sam and the others," (We then see Betsy say with a content look on her face as she reaches her right hand up and pats Warren on the cheek). "I'd love to dear, so tell me have they encountered any sort of resistance yet," (We then see Warren say back with a relieved smile on his face as he pulls up a chair and then sits down beside Betsy as she then hands him one of the files).

"Not yet, though Sam and Tabitha have spent the better part of the night trying to ruin a well laid trap," (We then see Betsy say back with a small sigh as she turns to Warren and then she leans over a bit, props her elbow up on the back of Warren's chair, and then she straightens Warren's collar before moving on to smoothing out the hair on the back of his head). "Have they actually found anything yet,"(We then see Warren ask with a calm and serious look on his face as he starts to flip through the folder). "Nothing yet, but shortly after they landed I detected a large amount of interference, indicative of someone that has something to hide, Sam and I agreed that it's probably a trap, he agreed to take it slow but," (We then see Betsy reply with a serious and somewhat concerned look on her face as she pulls her hand back and then picks up a headset and then puts it on). "Are they going to need our help," (We then see Warren ask with an interested look on his face as he closes the folder and then scoots his chair a bit closer to Betsy's chair).

"I believe that they can handle this themselves…at least I hope that they can," (We then see Betsy say back with a hopeful look on her face as she then opens the channel to Sam as at first there is only static). "Sam, come in Sam," (We then see Warren say with a somewhat concerned look on his face as he leans in close to Betsy's microphone as Betsy half turns towards Warren with an unhappily surprised look on her face). (Then we see Betsy scowl impatiently, Warren sees that and then leans in closer with an impish smile on his face and kisses her on the lips). "We're here Warren, Tabitha and I have scouted ahead but so far we haven't spotted anyone or anything that would lead me to believe that anyone has been here recently, what do you want us to do next," (We then see Sam say back over the link that interrupts Warren and Betsy's kisses past the first one). (We then see a panel of Warren and Betsy's faces as they're almost kissing with their faces centimeters apart as Betsy blushes and smiles sweetly while she telepathically says with also hesitantly pushing Warren away a small bit), Hold that thought .

"You didn't find anything, no…that can't be, there has to be something," (We then see Betsy say back to Sam with a nervous look on her face as she punches up the radar map of the area that shows several blips on the map). "I wish that there was but there's nothing here," (We then see Sam say back over the link as Warren and Betsy share a look of concern before Warren then leans in close to Betsy by putting an arm around her shoulders and pulling her to him and says with a serious and tired look on his face), "Good work you two, get back to base camp and rest, you've done a lot of work tonight and deserve a good rest, James and the others can pick up the slack until a later time." "Okay," (We then see Sam say back as Warren then leans back away from Betsy and yawns).

"Thank you for consulting with me first honey," (We then see Betsy say back with an unhappy frown on her face as she scowls over at Warren and crosses her arms). "Sorry Betts, I just thought that it was prudent, I could tell them to turn back and keep them out all night if you think that it'd be better," (We then see Warren say back with a slightly guilty look on shi face as he nervously pushes one of the folders around on the desk with the fingers of one hand). "It was the right thing to do Warren I just would have appreciated it if you had at least asked me about if first," (We then see Betsy say back with a less than pleased but restrained look on her face as she looks away from Warren). "Next time I will, I'm sorry, it's just that I got," (We then see Warren start to say with an exasperated and tired look on his face before Betsy lays a hand on his arm and then says with a calm look on her face), "I know Warren, one of the benefits of being a telepath, and one of your faults, but like a lot of things in our lives we don't get to choose the one that we truly fall in love with, we're stuck with each other, for better or worse."

"For richer and poorer," (We then see Warren say back with a sly smirk on his face before he then leans over and gives Betsy a kiss on the cheek). Can we get back to work now, something isn't right about all of this , (We then see Betsy say back telepathically with a nervous look on her face as she starts to spin the ball mouse around to flip through the pages on the screen). "But do we have anything to go on, you said that the scan of the island showed many points of interest, Sam said that they couldn't find anything, now either the readings are somehow false or Sam and Tabitha were deceived somehow," (We then see Warren say with an equally concerned look on his face as he scoots his chair up a little bit closer to Betsy's chair and starts to boot up another computer to run a diagnostic on the computer that Betsy is using). (Then we see Betsy look over at Warren and scowl at him with concern). "I'm not sure that's going to do much good, if the computer already has a problem the others could be in real trouble," (We then see Betsy say with a serious look on her face as she starts a diagnostic on the computer that she's using).

"You're probably right Betts, however we should probably not rule out the possibility that whoever is on the island other than Sam and the others has gone to extraordinary lengths to cover up the evidence of their existing there," (We then see Warren say back with a grim look on his face as the computer that he booted up begins the diagnostic on the main computer). (Then we see a panel of Warren and Betsy as they watch the diagnostic continue before we then see Betsy say with a serious look on her face), "The problems has to be there on the island, it can't be here, our virus protection is the best there is, Forge keeps updating it every week." "Regardless of where the problem is the fact remains that there is a problem and until we figure it all out none of us is going to be sleeping tonight," (We then see Warren say with a very serious and grin look on his face as he and Betsy share a look before they both then go back to work).

Later

The Island

(We open with Sam and Tabitha curled up together by the fire in the cave, both are sound asleep). (We then move over and see Erica using Warpath's coat as both a pillow and a blanket as she's fast asleep and looking comfortable). "Ye know Jimmy, next time we get a few days off I'm thinking about maybe coming back here," (We then see Siryn say with a slightly bored look on her face as she's sitting on a rock just inside the mouth of the cave while we see Warpath standing calmly and almost proudly at the mouth of the cave as we see the breeze blow his hair around a bit as he also has his arms crossed). "Didn't we go someplace warm for our last vacation," (We then see Warpath reply with a subtle smirk on his face as he stays still and keeps watch). "Well we can' exactly go back t' Cassidy Keep, not after Tom sank it all," (We then see Siryn say with a sour and almost sadly nostalgic pout on her face as she drops her chin down into her upturned palm with her elbow propped up on her knee as her legs are crossed). "So we'll find a new vacation spot, but look at it this way, at least we go the boring watch," (We then see Warpath say with a slightly amused look on his face as he half turns back towards Siryn and nods his head a bit).

"Though that probably also means that we'll miss all of the fun tomorrow," (We then see Siryn say back with a sly smirk on her face as she then looks off into the night sky). (Then we see the two share a look before then we see a ping sound echo out suddenly as then the two react to the sound). "Should we wake them up," (We then see Siryn ask with a serious look on her face as she eases off of the rock). "Not yet, at least not until we're sure that it's not a rabbit or something like that," (We then see Warpath reply with a concerned look on his face as he checks out the small device that's hooked to his belt). "Then you'd better get to it, I'll stay here and keep watch, if you're not back soon then I'll wake Sam," (We then see Siryn say with a serious but not scared look on her face as she walks towards Warpath and then grabs his collar and pulls him down until he gets low enough and they share a quick kiss). (Then we see Warpath go super speed and rush away). He used to play a similar game when he was still a child back on the reservation. Back then though he was excited by chasing rabbit's and other desert animals. Now he was putting the skills learned back then to good use. Making sure to stay downwind from any animals that he might spook and alert those that he is hunting he makes his way down the beach.

(We see panels of Warpath as he races off down the beach, barely kicking up any sand before he then heads off into the trees near the shore). (Then we see panels of Warpath as he begins to hunt for whatever it was that set the alarm off). (Then we see several heavily armed mercenaries slowly making their way through the trees). This is almost to easy, wait…this is to easy , (We then see Warpath think to himself with a very serious look on his face as he crouches down in a small grove of trees and then looks around with a nervous look on his face). (Then we see Warpath back up a bit and let the foliage cover him up as he then thinks with a cold serious look on his face), Okay James stay calm and remember what got you here . He keeps his wits about him and carefully makes his way out of the hot zone. (Then we see the mercenaries that Warpath was tracking stop moving and kneel down and then point their weapons all around as if they've seen something). "Colonel Lazier report," (We then see one of the mercenaries say with a turn of his head before we then see one of the other mercenaries turn around and stand up and then say), "Nothing yet sir."

"Hawkes," (We then see the first mercenary ask as he turns around to look at another of the mercenaries before we then see a blur of color rush into the clearing). (Then we see the blur tear into the mercenaries as they get flung all over and we see one get thrown up into the air and then down into the trunk of a tree with a loud cracking sound). (Then we see the rest of the mercenaries get taken out leaving one left). (Then we see Warpath stop rushing around and grab the last remaining mercenary by the throat and then pick him up off of the ground). "Who are you," (We then see Warpath shout with an angry scowl on his face as he looks like he's having to keep himself from crushing the mercenaries throat). "I'll never talk mutant," (We then see the mercenary shout back with a defensive scowl on his face as we see that Warpath is not pleased). "The underlings always say that, but in the end you guys always do, so let's just cut to the chase and spill your guts," (We then see Warpath say back with a very grim look on his face as he then squeezes the mercenaries throat a little tighter).

"Go to hell," (We then see the mercenary choke out with a desperate look on his face as he struggles to try and free himself from Warpath's grip). "Sorry, already been there, didn't like it much," (We then see Warpath say back with a smug grin on his face as he then tightens his grip again on the merc's throat). "And we don't like trespasser's either," (We then see someone say from off panel as we then see Warpath look surprised and then turn and look over with a confused look on his face). "Who the heck," (We then see Warpath ask with a stumped look on his face as he turns his head and looks off to the side). "You are not supposed to be here, this island belongs to us and us alone," (We then see a little blonde girl with pigtails say with a very unhappy and disapproving scowl on her face as she balls up her fists before we ten see Warpath scrunch up his face in confusion). "Is this a joke," (We then see Warpath ask with a surprised look on his face before we then go back to the little girl as we then see giant bubbles appear floating in the air above the little girls head as Warpath holds onto the mercenary).

"I hate jokes," (We then see the little girl grown back with an angry scowl on her face before we then see a halo of light rise up from her to form a large menacing looking creature that encases the little girl). "Yeah, me to," (We then see Warpath reply with an unsure and confused look on his face as he's looking over at the little girl). "You made fun of me…now I'm gonna hurt you," (We then see the little girl growl back with a very angry sneer on her face before we then see her and the creature both move forward towards Warpath looking ready to attack at any moment). "Yeah whatever," (We then see Warpath say with a serious look on his face before he drops the mercenary and then turns to fully face the little girl, who raises her arms as she looks ready to attack along with the creature). "Die," (We then see the little girl growl with an angry scowl on her face as she then takes a swing at Warpath and the big creatures fist his Warpath squarely in the chest, as up until the fist hits him Warpath is actually smiling).

(Then we see Warpath react to the punch as he's sent flying back through the trunks of many trees before he then slams hard into a vertical pillar of rock, and the force of him hitting it snaps it over and the pillar then falls over with Warpath on top of it). "Ow," (We then see Warpath say with a hurt look on his face before we then see him get back up to his feet and look up to try and find out where the little girl is). (Then we see two figures walk out of the line of trees and then there's a small explosion that kicks up a lot of smoke and dust, causing Warpath to choke on it all and try to clear the air by waving his hands around). "You are not welcome here," (We then see someone say from out of the middle of the cloud of smoke before we then start to see the cloud get blown away). As the smoke begins to clear a new dual threat emerges from within.

(Then we see a panel of Warpath as he takes a step forward and then we cut over to the two figures). (We see two young women standing back to back in the middle of the old cloud of dust). (One of the young women has dark blue hair that hangs down to the back of her knees that's all bound up into a tight braid while she's wearing a black bodysuit with the fingers cut out). (We see that she's also wearing a kind of body armor and what looks like a spear that's made apparently entirely out of crackling blue energy). (The other young woman has orange hair that goes down to what looks like a small fanny pack that's pushed around to her back at her belt with a similar looking wetsuit and body armor on with her hand and whole body covered with crackling orange energy). "You should take your friends and go, leave this island and don't look back," (We then see the orange haired woman say with a nervous look on her face as she kneels down and runs her right hand through the dirt). "You know ladies, you're not being very hospitable," (We then see Warpath say back with a slightly peeved frown on his face as he starts to calmly dust himself off, which causes both of the young women to glare angrily back at him).

"We gave you a chance to leave without a fight, you should have taken it," (We then see the blue haired young woman say with an angry scowl on her face as she raises her spear up into an attack position before we then see the other young woman look a little scared as she then adds meekly), "Please…go, just go." "I'll go alright, but not until I'm good and ready," (We then see Warpath say back with a very determined look on his face as he shoves aside a big chunk of a rock as he walks towards the two young women as the older of the two takes a step forward towards confronting Warpath, while the other young woman looks sad and scared). "Good, it makes this just that much more fun," (We then see the blue haired young woman say with an excited grin on her face before she shoots a bolt of energy out of her spear that hits Warpath squarely in the chest, knocking him back a bit but otherwise it doesn't appear to have hurt him at all).

"You call this fun, trust me you haven't lived until you've pissed Shatterstar off by taking one of his swords and then evading him long enough for him to calm down and realize that we were just playing with him," (We then see Warpath say back with a sly grin on his face as he then brushes the attack off and then starts forward towards the spear wielding young woman as she doesn't look happy that he's not down for the count, or at least appearing to be injured). "You will fall," (We then see the spear wielding young woman growl back with an angry sneer on her face before we then see several panels of her trying to hit Warpath with the spear that she wields as he ducks and dodges easily out of the way as the woman gets more and more angry every time that she misses him). "Like I haven't heard that one before," (We then see Warpath shoot back with a confident look on his face before he then jumps forward and grabs the end of the spear, setting his jaw and doing his best to not show any pain).

"You cannot," (The blue haired woman growls back with an angry sneer on her face as she tries her best to wrench the spear out of Warpath's grasp). (Then we pull back a bit and see Warpath suddenly get tackled out of the way by what looks like a giant orange tiger made completely out of orange energy). (Then we see a panel of Warpath lying flat on his back with a large orange energy tiger pinning him to the ground as the orange haired young woman then says with a pleading look on her face and a hand on Warpath's shoulder), "Please leave, you still have a chance." "You've gone soft Callie, luckily for the master I have not," (We then see the blue haired young woman say with a bitter look on her face in a close up panel of her face before we then see her rear back and then start to angrily stab downward at Warpath's head).

His past begins to flash before his eyes, until his present and hopefully future gets involved. (We then see a panel of the blue haired young woman's spear almost hit Warpath's head but just in the nick of time we see a sonic scream slam into her and she screams in shock, surprise, and pain as she gets flung back up into the air and back into the trees before she then finally crashes down out of sight). (Then we see Callie look up in shock and surprise before we then pull back a bit and see Siryn, standing a few feet away, from behind from her waist down as Warpath turns his head to look up at her). "Anything ye want t' tell me here boyo," (We then see Siryn ask with a skeptical grin on her face as she crosses her arms and tilts her hips to one side). "We're not alone," (We then see Warpath say back with a nervous look on his face before he then throws Callie off of him and she is surprised as she crashes to the ground and rolls through the dirt and rocks).

"I can see that," (We then see Siryn say with an unhappy scowl on her face as she uncrosses her arms and then leaps out of the way of a blast from a bedraggled and angry blue haired woman). "You'll pay," (We then see the blue haired woman shout with a very angry look on her face as we see Siryn launch herself up into the air while we see Warpath pick up a large chunk of rock to deflect the blasts with). "What'd ye do this time," (We then see Siryn shout with a serious look on her face as she looks down and back at Warpath as some of her hair is getting blown all over and across her face). "Nothing…I swear, trouble just seems to find me, they jumped me before I could find out anything," (We then see Warpath say back with a pleading grin on his face as he looks up at Siryn as we then see the little girl from earlier rushing up from behind him with an angry scowl on her face with also her fist raised to strike him). "Jimmy look out," (We then see Siryn shout with an alarmed look on her face as she stops flying towards the blue haired woman and turns hastily back towards Warpath).

"Huh…ah crap," (We then see Warpath say with a confused look on his face as he slips out of his offensive stance just as he starts to turn around and he then gets the little girls monster creature sized fist slam into his jaw). "Knock him out Billie," (We then see the blue haired woman shout with a triumphant and happy grin on her face before she gets knocked back by a sonic scream that hits her square in the chest and she goes flailing backwards into a grove of trees). (Then we see Warpath crash back into some more big rocks that causes a big crash and almost an explosion of rocks and dust). "Good shot don't ya think," (We then see Billie say with a proud look on her face as she turns to Callie as if asking for her to agree). "You shouldn't have done that," (We then see a nervous looking Callie say as she starts to back away from the fight before we then see Billie snap back angrily), "Hey, whose side are you on?"

"Does it matter, nobody ever listens to me anyway," (We then see Callie say with an unhappy pout on her face as she crosses her arms in front of her chest as she sits down with her legs crossed as she leans back up against a broken off tree). "What episode of Springer did we interrupt," (We then see Siryn ask with a surprised expression on her face as she scrunches up her face and turns towards Warpath). "Dysfunctional super villain families split apart by a conscience," (We then see Warpath joke with an amused grin on his face as he gets up and pushes some big boulders out of the way as the little girl that first punched him has her force field up and is scowling). "Shut up," (We then see the blue haired woman scream with an angry scowl on her face as she fires off a blast that hits the ground at Callie's feet as she shrieks in fear and scrambles out of the way, first and then at Warpath as he ducks and rolls underneath the blast as it harmlessly passes over his head).

"No," (We then see Siryn crack back with a daring grin on her face before she then fires off a sonic scream that hits the blue haired woman squarely in the back and the force of the blast sends her into Billie and the two then go tumbling down into the trees and dust in a cloud of dirt and dust). "Nice shot Terry," (We then see Warpath say with a proud grin on his face as he starts to push trees and boulders out of the way as he makes his way towards Callie as she ducks down behind a really big boulder). "Thank ye boyo, can ye hold these three off by yerself while I get Sam and the others," (We then see Siryn say back with a serious look on her face as she hangs back a bit and hovers just above the tops of the trees). "I think so…just as long as you don't take all day getting back here," (We then see Warpath say back with a confidant look on his face as he finally gets to Callie and grabs her with one hand that wraps completely around her with her arms pinned to her sides as she grins up at him with a sheepish and scared look on her face).

"I'll try t' hurry, be back soon," (We then see Siryn say back with a quick wave of her hand and a smile on her face before she then turns and flies off) "What a lady," (We then see Warpath say back with a proud smirk on his face as he lets out a deep breath and watches her fly off). "Yeah…heh, uh how about you be nice and let me go okay, I haven't hurt anybody yet," (We then see Callie say with a pleading look on her face as she tries to look as innocent as she possibly can in the hope that he would be nice and let her go). "Not on your life," (We then see Warpath say back with a very serious look on his face as he gives Callie a little squeeze, silently telling her that he was not going to let her go anytime soon).

The Mansion+

The Nursery+

(We start off with Warren calmly rocking Moira back to sleep in one rocking chair as the moonlight cascades down onto him through a large window). (Beside him we see Betsy sitting in another rocking chair holding Charles in her arms as both Warren and Betsy are dressed for bed and wearing silk bathrobes as we see Betsy yawn deeply). "How much longer till they check in," (We then see Warren say with a tired look on his face as he stops rocking Moira long enough to reach over and lay a hand on Betsy's arm, as her eyes are closed). "Thirty minutes luv…why," (We then see Betsy say with a content smile on her face as she keeps her eyes closed but starts to use her telekinesis to make the rocking chair that she's in rock back and forth). I have a bad feeling that I just can't shake, something about this whole affair doesn't sit right with me, you and the computers registered something there on that island and then Sam and the others said that they couldn't find anything," (We then see Warren say with an unhappy look on his face as he looks straight ahead and continues to rock Moira).

"In four hours the nanny will be here and if their report isn't spectacular then you and I will fly there ourselves okay, we will get to the bottom of this one way or another," (We then see Betsy say back with a serious look on her face as she opens her eyes briefly at the end to look over at Warren). (then we pull back a bit and see the door to the nursery open and see Strobe lean in and say with a somber and serious look on her face), "Forge wanted me to tell you that he found something, that island was under some sort of cloaking technology, Forge cracked the code, that island is crawling with un-friendlies." -END