Chapter 1: Recruiting the Alliance
It has been months since the events on Alcatraz Island, including the death of Scott, Jean, and Professor Xavier. Although things hadn’t been the same with the professor not around, the X-Men didn’t allow that to break their family apart.
With Storm now in charge of the Institute for Gifted Youngsters, and with the help of Logan and Beast, the younger mutants have been growing stronger as a team and training to control their powers every day.
Storm: “Well done. Great teamwork, everyone.”
However, things between Rogue and Bobby haven’t been going so well. Ever since Rogue had taken the cure months ago, she thought it would strengthen her relationship with Bobby. Instead, things between them had become rather distant. Rogue also noticed how much Bobby and Kitty had grown closer to eachother ever since they fought side by side on Alcartraz Island.
Bobby: “Hey, Kitty. Thanks, again for having my back in there. I owe you one.”
Kitty: “Well, like Storm says, we are a team. But, hey, maybe one day you’ll get a chance to save my life out in the real world, rather than a danger room session.”
Bobby: “Well, who knows when that’ll be? You’re a pretty tough gal, you know.”
Rogue watches Kitty and Bobby from a distance, feeling nothing but jealousy about their growing relationship.
Logan: “Wanna talk about it, kid?”
Rogue: “I’m fine. Thank you.”
Logan: “Ever since you took the cure, you’ve been acting different. You’ve been skipping class, you missed another danger room session, and I’m no expert in relationships, but I have a strong feeling that ‘Ice Prince’ over here has a new crush.”
Rogue: “I was stupid to take the cure, thinking it would make a difference. I thought it would make things better for us. But somehow, things have gotten worse.”
Logan: “How’s that? So, what if the cure was only temporary, and your powers came back. No one else knew, besides me and Bobby. You’re still you, Rogue. And if he can’t accept you for that, then he’s not the guy for ya.”
Rogue: “Well, there really aren’t any guys for me out there.”
Logan: “Or maybe the right guy hasn’t come along, yet.”
Rogue: “I doubt it.”
Logan: “Just think about what I said, Rogue. You’ll be fine.”
As Rogue walks away, Beast approaches Logan from behind.
Logan: “Hank, just the guy I need to speak to.”
Hank: “Logan, what can I do for you, my friend?”
Logan: “Listen, I’ve been doing months of research ever since Alcatraz Island, and something kinda hit me.”
Beast: “What is it?”
Logan: “When the professor was killed, there was no evidence left behind. I mean, I saw it happen, but the question is what really happened? Same with Scott, when he disappeared, there was no body trace anywhere.”
Beast: “But we know what happened. Jean killed them. And like you said, you saw it with your own eyes.”
Logan: “But what if her powers didn’t kill them? What if they just somehow got teleported to a lost dimension that was controlled by her powers?”
Beast: “Do you think it’s possible that they are still alive out there somewhere?”
Logan: “The world is full of surprises, Hank. And I believe if we use the correct resources, we can find them and bring them back. And if we dig deeper, we might be able to bring back Jean.”
Beast: “Wait, this is crazy, Logan. What exactly are you saying?”
Logan: “You heard me, Fur Ball. I’m gonna to bring them back.”
Meanwhile, back at Magneto’s Lair…
After being injected by the cure on Alcatraz Island, Magneto had been taken in by his two children, Wanda and Pietro. With months of their help and hospitality, Magneto had finally regained his strength and powers back and immediately began rebuilding his Brotherhood of Mutants. By recruiting both old and new members of the crew, Magneto hopes to accomplish his goal in getting revenge on the X-Men, being the ones responsible for his plan backfiring on Alcatraz.
Magneto: “My fellow mutants. I thank you all for joining me here today. As some of you may know, the X-Men have gotten in the way of my plans for the last time. Now that I have finally regained my strength and powers, we must take immediate action and make sure they stay out of my way for good.”
Pyro: “And how are we going to do that, this time?”
Magneto: “Well, my boy, at times like this we need to turn to other resources. And with these resources, I can assure you we will be ready for the X-Men. They won’t even see us coming.”
Toad: “A sneak attack? I like it!”
Magneto: “Come, everyone.”
As the Brotherhood proceed to follow Magneto, Wanda decides to stay behind, having some doubts about her father’s plan.
Pietro: “What is it, Wanda?”
Wanda: “I have a really bad feeling about this. Father is going to get us all killed.”
Pietro: “Don’t be silly. Dad knows exactly what he’s doing. I trust his instincts.”
Wanda: “You mean the same instincts he had back on Liberty Island and Alcatraz Island? Yeah, and look how well those turned out.”
Pietro: “What happened back then wasn’t his fault!”
Wanda: “Don’t be stupid, Pietro!”
Pietro: “Look, all I know is that he’ll now have us with him to back him up when he needs it. The question is, will you be willing to do your part when it comes to it?”
Pietro proceeds to follow the rest of the group, leaving his sister behind to think about what her actions will be...
Meanwhile, back at the Xavier Institute…
Logan tries to convince Beast to help revive Jean, Scott, and Professor Xavier.
Beast: “I don’t believe what I am hearing. Do you have any idea how dangerous that can be?”
Logan: “If you don’t know by now how much I enjoy danger, then you obviously don’t know me well enough.”
Beast: “But you’re messing with the dead! The forces of life!”
Logan: “You mean the same way my life was tampered with when they injected this adamantium into my bones?!”
Beast: “That was a different story!”
Logan: “No, it wasn’t! I made a choice for them to do this to me, and this gave me the opportunity to live a longer life. Jean, Scott, and the professor didn’t have a choice, and their lives were swept away from them. I’m sorry, Hank, but I owe it to the three of them to give them that second chance in life.”
Beast: “This is wrong, Logan, and you know it. I am sorry, but I will not allow you to do this.”
Meanwhile, at Sinister’s Castle…
As Sinister sits in his throne, he senses an unwanted presence in his castle.
Sinister: “Who goes there?”
Magneto approaches from the shadows.
Magneto: “Good evening, my friend. You might want to change the locks to this place. You wouldn’t want any unwanted visitors…”
Sinister: “You! What are you doing here? How did you get past the guards?”
Magneto then transforms into Mystique…
Mystique: “You’d be surprised of all the things shape shifters can do.”
Sinister: “Who are you? And To what do I owe the pleasure of this visit? Before I rip your head off!”
Mystique: “I am not here to fight you. I am Mystique, and I came here to ask for your help.”
Sinister: “Really? And what might this request for help be?”
Mystique: “I need you to help me kill Magneto.”
Sinister: “Come again? You want me to assist you in destroying the one person who was once your close ally? I find that very hard to believe. Why would you want him dead?”
Mystique: “Several months ago when I was accidentally shot by the cure, taking the dart for him…he left me behind. He didn’t even care for my well-being after I was turned into a human. I never once thought that he’d turn his back on me. But now that I am back, I know that I cannot take him out alone.”
Sinister: “And why should I trust you?”
Mystique: “I am not asking you to trust me. I am only asking you to help me end him.”
Sinister: “And what’s in it for me?”
Mystique: “What is it that you want? I can assure you I can be of good use for a lot of things.”
Sinister: “Hm, I think I have something in mind…”
Meanwhile, back at the Xavier Institute…
Logan is still trying to figure out a way to bring his friends back from the dead, unsure if he is able to find help at the moment.
Beast: “I’ve been thinking about what you said today.”
Beast: “About how possible it might be to bring back the professor, Scott, and Jean. I do think that Storm is doing a great job running this school on her own, but I’ve also been watching these kids, myself. They need the professor, Logan. They don’t say it…but I can tell.”
Logan: “I’m right there with ya, Bub.”
Beast: “I guess what I’m trying to say is…that I am willing to help.”
Logan: “Thanks, Hank. Just promise not to say anything to Storm at the moment. If anything, she wouldn’t understand.”
Beast: “I guess we’ll just have a lot of explaining to do when this is all over. So, where do we begin?”
Logan: “Well, the cause of the professor’s disappearance was done by a telepathic mutant, which means…”
Beast: “We’ll have to find another mutant with telepathic powers in order to summon him back. And I think I know just the person.”
Meanwhile, at the Sentinel Factory…
Magneto and the Brotherhood arrive at the Sentinel Headquarters, where Magneto threatens Bolivar Trask to program his Sentinels to target the X-Men.
Magneto: “So, have we come to an understanding? You will reprogram every single one of your Sentinels and send them off to the Xavier Institute and destroy the X-Men!”
Bolivar: “You don’t understand! It doesn’t work that way! I am under restricted orders!”
Magneto: “Either you do that, or I’ll have Sabretooth here rip your throat out.”
Bolivar: “You are mad!”
Magneto: “You’d be surprised what I am capable of when I get angry. Now, I want a war. Do not disappoint me, or I can assure you next time you see me, you will be ripped to pieces.”
Sabretooth drops Bolivar Trask to the floor, and the Brotherhood leave the factory, as a figure approaches Bolivar from behind.
Bolivar: “What am I going to do?”
Bastion: “You heard him. If it’s a war Magneto wants...”
Bastion: "...then it's a war he will get."
TO BE CONTINUED…