Title: Feral Abilities

Author: Sarge

E-Mail: Shalimarfox2@aol.com

Rating: PG(for now)

Summary: A man who has a grudge against ferals is sent after Shalimar by Eckhart to test a special 'feral tranquilizer', but little do they know that it could take her out of action permanently.

Status: Work in Progress

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

Author's Notes: Hey, I really hope you all like it. This is dedicated to my adorably cute boyfriend, Josh. You know who you are! PLEASE REVIEW!!!!!! Good or bad.

P.S. Any suggestions for a new title would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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He watched as she walked down the street. She was about 5'8" and 135 pounds with strawberry blonde hair and green eyes. She was beautiful, but that's not what he noticed. The only thing that his brain acknowledged was the fact that she was a feral. He could sense it. Anytime a feral was anywhere in the radius of 100 feet of him, he knew it. That was his new mutant ability. He could sense when ferals were around him. It was kind of a lame ability, but it was perfect for him. For he hated ferals and he wanted to destroy all of them. So, he used this ability to do just that.

He stood on a roof of a building with a tranquilizer gun in hand. After making sure no one was around, he took aim and then pulled the trigger. He smiled as he saw the tranquilizer dart hit its mark, the back of the woman's neck. He watched as she stumbled slightly, then stopped to pull out the dart. He quickly climbed down the fire scape and made his way across the street to the woman. She was now holding onto the building for support as the drug from the dart took over.

"Ma'am? Are you alright?" he asked, trying to sound sincere.

"I don't know," she replied breathlessly. "I was hit by something in the back of the neck and now I'm extremely dizzy. I can't see straight."

He smiled nefariously. Yes, his drug had worked perfectly. "Oh. Well, let me help you then, Ma'am," he said as he took her by the arm and led her down an alleyway. Once he was sure that they were far enough down the alley that no one would see them, he pushed the woman up against the wall and pulled a gun out of his jacket.

"What's going on?!" the woman asked, fear evident in her voice.

He didn't answer. He was too busy screwing a silencer onto his gun. When he finished doing that, he looked up at the woman to see her eyes flash feral as she lunged at him, but she was too late. He pulled the trigger, sending a bullet straight into her chest. As she collapsed to the ground gasping for breath, he smiled again, saying, "Goodnight, pussy cat." Then he aimed the gun at her head and pulled the trigger again.

***

She was on a beautiful beach with palm trees and clear blue water. The sky was cloud free and the sun was warm. She could feel the sun's gently rays caress skin as she lie upon the soft sand. Yes, this was heaven.

"Shalimar?...Shalimar?!"

Shalimar groaned as she slowly awoke from her perfect dream to the sound of Adam's voice over the comlink.

"What?!" she growled.

"Sorry to wake you, Shalimar, but I need to see you right away," Adam said.

Shalimar glanced over at the clock to see that it was only 2:54 in the morning. Giving out a huff, she grumpily replied, "Fine. I'll be there in a minute." Rolling out of bed, she stood up and looked down at the clothes she had on to make sure she was wearing something presentable enough. She had gone to bed relatively early after having a rough day of thwarting Eckhart's evil plans and she hadn't bother to really look at what she was putting on to go to bed in. She had just grabbed something out of her clothes closet, put it on, and slipped into bed, falling asleep almost instantly.

Seeing that she was wearing a tank top and a pair of pajama pants, she sighed and then wandered out of her room to find Adam.

Adam looked up from the computer to see a very sleepy looking Shalimar groggily stumble over to him and the rest of the team, who were there too.

"Good morning, Shalimar. Nice of you to join us," Adam greeted a little too cheerfully.

Shalimar mumbled something that sounded like, "Yeah, whatever Adam."

"Not a morning person, are you Shal?" Brennan quipped.

"Shut up, Brennan," Shalimar grumbled as she looked around at everyone else. She noticed that both Brennan and Jesse were in their boxers and t-shirts while Emma was wearing a tank top and pajama pants just like she was. Adam, like usual, was still in the clothes she had seen him in just before she had gone to bed, undoubtedly because he had stayed up late to do research and hadn't even gone to bed yet.

"So, tell me Adam, what was so important that you had us all get up at 3:00 in the morning?" Shalimar asked, still angry that she had been woken up in the middle of a good dream.

"I asked you all to meet me because I have just found reports of new mutants being killed," Adam explained as he turned to Shalimar, "and they've all been ferals."

Shalimar's eyes widened slightly as she quietly asked, "How many have been killed?"

"Eleven in the past month, four of which have been this week," he replied as he showed them the pictures of all the victims on the computer.

"I know this is kind of a dumb question, but do you think they've all been killed by the same person..or people?" Emma asked.

"Yes, I think so. Not only have they all been ferals, but they have all been killed in the same sort of way," Adam answered.

"What kind of way?" Jesse inquired.

"They were all shot, but that's not the only thing. They all had traces of a tranquilizer in their blood. Undoubtedly, this person knows quite a bit about ferals to know to use a tranquilizer. I mean, not to sound crude, but it is the best way to take down a feral...or anyone really. Incapacitate them by using a tranquilizer that way they can't fight back," Adam explained.

"Who would do something like that?" Shalimar asked, thoroughly disgusted by the information they all had just learned.

"Someone who has a definite grudge against ferals," Brennan said.

"Most likely, yes," Adam answered.

"But how does he, she, or them find all these ferals?" Emma questioned as everyone looked over at her. "I mean, you would think it would be kind of hard."

"I've been trying to figure that out as well," Adam said with a shrug.

"What about new mutants?" Jesse suggested. "You know, like one who can sense when new mutants are near them."

"Yeah, like Maria who was telling Caleb about any new mutants that came into the club," Brennan put in just before there was a brief moment of silence as each team member remembered that horrible day when Emma had been killed. Thankfully they had managed to kill Caleb Mathias before he ended up doing the same Shalimar as well and then, of course, after he had died, Emma miraculously came back to life.

Adam mentally shook himself before answering. "Yes, that could be possible. I mean, it most likely wouldn't be that type of new mutant exactly because they can't distinguish the difference between a feral and let's say..an elemental, but there are those who can sense one type of new mutant. So, it could be a new mutant that can senses ferals."

"Great," Shalimar muttered.

***

He sat in a bar simultaneously drinking a beer and watching Proxy Blue on the television. It was just then that several men in suits came if and walked over to him.

"Zane Matthews?" one of the men asked.

"It depends who's asking," he growled in return.

"Someone wants to meet you," the man said as he and another one of the men grabbed him by the arms. Taking him outside, the had him get into a black car and then they drove off. Finally they stopped and got out of the car. He was led to an office where a man with white hair sat at the desk in front of him.

"What is going on, where am I,...and who are you?" he demanded.

"Please, Mr. Matthews, take a seat," the man with white hair said.

"I prefer to stand," Zane snarled.

The man with white hair looked past him to one of his men. The man in the suit nodded and then walked over to Zane, pushing him down into one of the seats in front of the desk.

"That's better," the man with white hair commented. "Now for your questions, my name is Mr. Eckhart and this is Genomex. I have had my agents bring you here because I have a job for you."

"What kind of job?" Zane asked suspiciously.

"I have had some of my agents follow you and your...'work'. I like what you're doing even though you have eliminated several of what were looking to be some promising recruits, but that doesn't matter anymore. My scientists have created a new type of 'tranquilizer' for ferals and I want you to test it on a certain one," Eckhart explained.

"What type of tranquilizer? Because I've found that you need a certain type to take down a feral and keep it down long enough to...eliminate it. For some reason, they are very fast to get over the effects of a tranquilizer."

"Well, my scientist have created one that will not only disable them like a regular tranquilizer, but it attaches itself to the a feral's mutant DNA. Therefore when they get too active, such as in a fight, the tranquilizer reactivates itself so they can't do anything," Eckhart told him.

"I like it," Zane said. "But what's this whole thing about you having a certain feral that you want me to test it on?"

They was a brief pause before Eckhart finally answered, "One of my enemies has a feral 'working' for him and I want you to test it on her."

"And what do I get out of this deal?"

You will work for me or die, you imbecile, Eckhart thought to himself. "Well, either you can stay here and work for me by hunting down ferals or you can take some of the tranquilizer and go on your merry way," Eckhart lied.

Zane nodded. "Alright, I'll think about it, but in the meantime, I'll go kill that feral for you."

"I don't want you to kill her. Well, not yet anyway. You can injure her, but I don't want her dead. I just want you to test the tranquilizer on her and if it works, you'll have another chance to kill her."

Zane glared at Eckhart for a moment before replying, "Ok, fine. Where can I find this feral?"

"She'll come to you."

Zane eyed Eckhart suspiciously. "Ok, then what's her name?"

Eckhart smiled. "Shalimar Fox."

TO BE CONTINUED

(A/N: Yes, I know it's a cliffhanger, but I really hope you like it so far. More is coming soon! Next up, Shalimar is shot with the tranquilizer and it gets worse from there. PLEASE REVIEW!!!!!!!!)