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New Surroundings

by slickboy444 0 reviews

AU on how the X-men came to be. Major Jott and Kurtty. Scott, Jean, Kurt, Kitty, Evan, and Rogue have all had horrible lives. See how they ban together and become the future X-men with the help of ...

Category: X-Men: Evolution - Rating: PG-13 - Genres: Drama, Romance - Characters: Cyclops - Warnings: [?] [R] [V] - Published: 2005-09-19 - Updated: 2005-09-19 - 3460 words

X-men: Evolution of the Heart
Chapter 11: New Surroundings

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Scott Summers, Jean Grey, Kurt Wagner, Kitty Pryde, Evan Daniels, and Rogue all wearily boarded the strange plane that was to take them to their new home. They couldn't help but be amazed by the grand presence of the XR-77 Blackbird. It looked like something straight out of science fiction, but they boarded the plane nevertheless. However, Scott was more reluctant to get on then anybody else. Knowing that there was a plane before him, images of the terrible accident that killed his family came surging back thorough his mind. The professor looked back at the blind teen and saw him grow incredibly pale. He was about to say something when Jean approached him.

"Scott? Are you okay?" asked Jean knowing his fear of plane's all too well and sensing his growing anxiety.

"I...I don't know," responded Scott.

The rest of his friends were already on the plane, but they had their concerns about him as well.

"Don't worry Scott...It will be okay," reassured Jean.

Slowly, she took his hand in hers and immediately felt his anxiety wane. Scott took a deep breath and made his way on to the plane and took a seat next to Jean. She still held on to his hand, hoping it would keep him calm.

"Are you okay to fly Scott?" asked the Professor. "If you want, you could go by other means."

Scott briefly contemplated this before responding.

"No...It's okay Professor," assured Scott, "I guess I can't keep from flying forever."

"Are you sure?" asked Xavier.

Scott then gave Jean's hand a gentle squeeze causing her to smile ever so slightly.


The Professor only smiled back at him reassuringly as he wheeled himself in to the cockpit with Logan and Storm and prepared for takeoff. The rest of the group only sat in silence, for this whole thing was a lot to take in and anxiety was visibly present in each of them. As the plane took off vertically and sped off in to the midday sky, the Professor and his two associates couldn't help but look back at them with concern. Logan could relate, for he had been in World War II and these teens looked like concentration camp victims to him.

'Quite a spirited bunch aren't they Chuck?' commented Logan through his thoughts.

'Yes...They seem almost...Lost in a sense,' added Ororo.

The professor shared their views in finding these six mysterious young people. He knew from the start that he wouldn't be dealing with normal kids, but he never could have anticipated finding children living in such a deplorable state of existence. Living in an abandoned warehouse was definitely a harsh place for anybody to survive, but being both mere children and mutants could only make such a life worse. The professor sighed, for he knew he had a long road ahead of him.

'I sense your fears my friends...But we must have faith in them above all else. From the looks of it, they haven't had a lot of good things in their lives. That is why we must be the ones to help them, for they are the future.'

'That's quite a lot of pressure to be putting on them Charles,' responded Ororo.

'I know, but I sense that there is hope for them. Otherwise they wouldn't have chosen us so willingly. Like everyone, they deserve a chance at a decent life...And if we don't help provide it, who will?'

The Professor's thoughts projected in to his two weary teachers with confidence. They weren't psychic, so they couldn't argue with what he knew because they couldn't sense what he could. Although the six young teens' minds were a jumbled mess from years of pain and suffering, the Professor was forced to pick up some of their psychic projections. They were not at all pleasant...In fact, giving their circumstances; their disposition was quite remarkable. He still didn't want to invade their privacy, but there were some things he just couldn't avoid sensing.

As the six teens watched the land below them zoom by, they couldn't help but look in awe. For many, except Kurt and Scott, this was the first time they had been on a plane. Jean sometimes would quietly describe the scenery to Scott as best she could so he could at least picture it. Through the whole flight, Scott held on to Jean's hand and Kurt held on to Kitty's for no other reasons then for comfort. Logan looked back at Rogue and smiled, which helped to calm her down a bit. She was still in shock on how much things had changed since meeting the strange Canadian man that saved back in that alley. Maybe there was hope for them after all.

Soon, the Xavier mansion came in to view.

"Whoa...This is a school?" said Kurt in amazement.

"Yeah, it looks like a mansion!" said Evan.

"Actually, it is a mansion," said Logan as he swung the jet around the back and towards the cliff entrance.

He watched the shocked looks on their young faces with amusement.

"I think they're going to like it Ro," said Logan to Storm as the young teens took in the sight.

"So it seems," replied Storm with a grin.

The jet soon came to a stop and the engines were then powered down.

"Well, last stop kiddies. Welcome to yer new home!" said Logan with a wolfish grin.

Slowly, they made their way off the plane and in to the large hanger. They looked around in amazement at their new surroundings, for it was unlike anything they had ever expected.

"What's it look like Jean?" asked Scott who somehow sensed the strange aura of this new place.

"It's...Amazing," said Jean at a loss for words.

As the Professor wheeled himself out of the plane, he smiled at their wonder of the institute. It was definitely a good sign.

"It seems we have a lot to show you all," said the Professor, "Ororo, why don't you give our new students a tour?"

"Very well...Come on everyone!" called Ororo.

They all eagerly followed, wanting to see more of their new home. While they began to see the institute, Logan and the Professor stayed behind.

"Well, what do ya think Chuck? Ya think they're X-men material?" asked Logan as they made their way up to the main floors.

"They definitely have real potential Logan...But for now we must focus getting them adjusted to such a dramatic change in lifestyle," replied Charles.

"Did ya sense anything during the plane trip that might help us?"

Professor Xavier paused for a moment. He knew what he sensed, but the details were almost too hard for him to repeat. The thoughts that these six young teens had projected were anything but pleasant. It would only make their jobs more difficult.

"I did sense some things old friend...More then I wanted to sense, but that's the price of having telepathy."

"That bad huh?" said Logan, knowing what he was trying to say.

"It's probably far worse. However...I feel it's too early to tell what effects these thoughts and feelings will have on them."


As Ororo finished the tour of the institute for the new recruits, she grew slightly more optimistic. They all seemed very willing to embrace this new home and follow the Professor. She was also overjoyed at the presence of her long lost nephew Evan, who stuck close by her side the whole time. It helped put some of her fears to rest, but at the same time it also arose new ones. Why Evan was forced to live such a terrible existence was beyond her. And why his mother, her own sister, no longer admits to even having a son was even more baffling. However, she tried not to think of that now. She just wanted to live in the present and from the looks of it, so did Evan.

Upon finishing the tour, Ororo guided each of them to their new rooms. Scott and Jean got rooms right next to each other for obvious reasons, Kurt and Kitty got rooms in a similar respect, Evan got a room that was closest to Ororo's, and Rogue chose the room closest to Logan's.

"And this will be your room Evan," said Ororo as she showed him his new room.

"Man...This is huge!" said Evan with great enthusiasm as walked around his new dwelling. "Hell my old room could probably fit in the closet."

"Well...I'm glad you like it," said Storm as she watched his enthusiasm with a smile.

"Like it...I love it Aunty O!" exclaimed Evan as he sat on the soft bed.

Ororo walked over to him and sat beside him. This was quite possibly the happiest she had ever seen him. This time his parents weren't there to complicate things and they could focus on the present.

"It's good to have you back Evan," said Ororo to her nephew.

"It's good to be back. I can't tell how long I've been searching for you...Hoping that you haven't forgotten about me," replied Evan.

"Evan...I never forgot about you. And I can't tell you how sorry I am for not being there when you needed me the most," said Ororo solemnly, still not completely forgiving herself.

"Hey, don't worry about it," assured Evan, "It was out of both of our hands."

"It still doesn't feel justified...That I let you suffer like that."

"Hey, don't ever say that..." said Evan in response. "If anything it was my so called 'parents' that did that to me and you know it...And that can't be changed. I'm just glad you're here now."

"Me too," said Ororo with a smile.

There was a brief silence between them, for this whole situation was quite a bit to take in. But for now, none of that mattered.

"Aunty O? Remember that time when I was ten...And you took me to stay with you for a while after my parents had some 'issues' with their anger and took it all out on me?"

"Yes...Why?" asked Ororo curiously.

"Well...When you took me to the emergency room, the doctor asked if you were my mother...And I wanted you to say yes..."

Evan didn't like to show emotion most of the time, but upon saying those words he couldn't fight back his tears. Ororo then gave her nephew a loving hug...Helping him cope his long-time feelings of pain.


As Scott Summers slowly walked around his new room, he ran his hand along the walls to get a feel for his new surroundings. Occasionally, he bumped in to some things and stumbled on others. After a while he found himself lying on the soft, warm bed. He then sensed a familiar presence.

"Jean? Is that you?"

"How do you always know?" replied Jean with a smile.

"Beats me...I"

She walked over to his bed and sat beside him.

"So what do you think of all this?" asked Jean.

Scott took a few moments to make his response.

"It's...Great. We couldn't have hoped for a better place to call home," replied Scott.


The two teens simply sat in silence, but they couldn't help but smile. Scott soon found his arm draped across Jean's waist as they took in their new home.


Young Kitty Pryde had finished going through every square inch of her new room. It was at least twice as big as her old room and a lot cleaner at that. Just then, Kurt appeared in the room in a flash.

"Man these rooms are SO cool!" exclaimed Kurt to his best friend.

"Definitely! No mold, no fungus, no rats, and no rotting smell!" replied Kitty.

"Certainly a step up from the old varehouse."

"No argument here."

The thoughts of the old ways they had to live were sobering. It only helped them appreciate this new home even further.

"So what do you think happens from here?" asked Kitty as she lay back on her bed.

Kurt briefly contemplated his response, for he too was curious on that matter as well.

"I honestly don't know. But vhatever happens...I'm sure it vill be better than our lives on the streets."

"I hope so Kurt...I really hope so."

Kitty simply smiled back at her friend as he walked over and sat by her side. She soon sat up next to him and Kurt could only smile back.


Rogue had not expected this. She never expected this new 'home' to be so big, spacious, and warm. Being the loner she was, she didn't say much while Ororo gave them a tour of the mansion. Several times she looked back at her with concern, but her friends knew that's just the way she is. She hoped the Professor or Storm wouldn't pressure her in to talking much, for her friends never did. They simply accepted her persona and in the end that is what was so enduring about them. Besides her friends, Ororo, and the Professor, there was also Logan to consider. He seemed to want to help her most and she still felt like she owed him for saving her earlier that day. Just then, Logan appeared in the doorway before her.

"Hey stripes. So what do ya think of the place?"

Rogue took a while to respond, for she couldn't quite find the words to properly describe such an unreal place.

"It's so...unreal. It's like a dream or somthin," said Rogue.

Logan couldn't help but smile at that. He felt she definitely had a place here.

"Glad ya like it," replied Logan, "I just came by to tell you that the Prof wants to talk to you all in the living room. Hopefully he can answer any more questions that you and yer friends might have."

"Okay...I'll be there in a minute," replied Rogue.

Logan then started to walk away.


He soon stopped and looked back at the young teenage girl behind him.

"Thanks...For everything you've done. I can't tell you how much it means to me and my friends."

Logan was never one to get emotional, but he couldn't help but smile back at her and say, "You're welcome."


As the evening hours fell over the Xavier Institute, the six new students gathered in the main living area. The Professor was there, waiting to see how the tour went. He was still worried about the great challenges to come for these six mutant teens. As it was, they had already faced tremendous hardships. Although he didn't know the specific details of those hardships, he didn't want to push them to find out. With hard work and a little luck for him and his two teachers, there was definitely hope for these young teens.

As his new students filed in to the room, they eagerly awaited what the professor had to say.

"I take it you all are now familiar with the institute. Now tell me...What do you think?" said Xavier.

Scott was the first to speak.

"This place is beyond anything we expected Professor. I honestly don't think we could've hoped for anything better," said Scott.

"Yeah, nobody has ever been this nice to us. I don't know how we could ever thank you," added Kurt.

"No thanks are necessary Kurt," said the Professor, "That is why I formed this institute...To give people like you a chance. The whole mutant phenomenon is not something to be taken lightly. It is an exciting new world for humanity to explore, but as of now the human race is simply not ready to accept it. That is why you all must take the first steps towards helping mutants live in peace with others. In the coming months we will train you to deal with such issues that may threaten that peace."

"Threaten peace? You must mean the Brotherhood," said Jean.

"Yes, but make no mistake about it...They are not the only ones out there who share such malevolent views about humanity. And there will even be people out there who share such views against mutants as well. But we must all learn to overcome these obstacles in time and I hope to help all of you do so along the way."

"Help us how?" asked Rogue curiously.

"I understand that some of your mutations have caused a great deal of turmoil in the past because you didn't understand it fully. But here I have the tools necessary to help each one of you with your unique condition. I can help Scott with his eyes, I can help Jean with her control, and I can help Rogue deal with the unique nature of her powers as well. I can help you in the same way I helped Logan and Ororo. All that is required of each of you...Is to be willing to accept such change."

The professor's words added hope to the minds of the six lost teens. For years change had always been bad for them. It always meant things getting worse and never better. But this time they had an opportunity to turn that luck around, and they were sure as hell not to waste it.

"Professor," said Scott as he stood up to speak, "I hope I speak for the rest us when I say...We'll stand by you and your cause, for we owe you as much for giving us a chance..."

The professor couldn't help but smile back at the rest of the six teens before him, for they all seemed ready and willing to face the future that lay before them.

"Then consider your selves...X-men."


After such an exciting day, the new X-men took their time to celebrate their new lives. Although it would be impossible to forget about the harsh times that had come before, they finally had some hope.

It was late at night, but Scott, Jean, Kurt, Kitty, Evan, and Rogue weren't asleep. They were in the living room, gathered around Scott and his guitar, which was the only thing that they had salvaged from the old warehouse. His music had always kept them going before and now as he sung a new song that reflected their feelings of the past years, they reflected on how far they had come and now they finally had a future to look forward to.

Closing time, time for you to go out, go out into the world.
Closing time, turn the lights up over every boy and every girl.
Closing time, one last call for alcohol, so finish your whiskey or beer.
Closing time, you don't have to go home but you can't stay here.
I know who I want to take me home.
I know who I want to take me home.
I know who I want to take me home.
Take me home...

Closing time, time for you to go back to the places you will be from.
Closing time, this room won't be open 'til your brothers or you sisters come.
So gather up your jackets, and move it to the exits, I hope you have found a friend.

Closing time, every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.

Yeah, I know who I want to take me home.
I know who I want to take me home.
I know who I want to take me home.
Take me home...

Closing time, time for you to go back to the places you will be from...

I know who I want to take me home.
I know who I want to take me home.
I know who I want to take me home.
Take me home...

Closing time, every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end...


AN: Well, the X-men have been formed! Stay turned to see how their lives change in the next chapter. By the way that song I just mentioned was "Closing Time" by Semisonic. That song, in my opinion, best describes the feelings in this chapter. What do you all think? Please remember to REVIEW! Post them on or send them to me at Thank you for reading and best wishes to you all.

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