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New Mutants Unlimited #29
Post by Protoman on Dec 24, 2006, 1:53am

Written by Dillan and Myself.

New Mutants Unlimited #29
Dirty Little Secrets

Cover Description: Older versions of Dillan and Lex looking at the ruins of the mansion.

It was the night after Christmas, which didn't particularly mean anything to anyone, except for the New Mutant known as Lex. To him it meant the end of an entirely too stressful day.

He had spent much of the early morning tending to Jubilee, the mother of his unborn child, who was suffering from a particularly nasty case of morning sickness. By the time she had finished, Lex swore he could've looked into the toilet bowl, sink, garbage can, and tub of Jubilee's temporary dorm room and pointed out exactly what she had eaten for dinner the night before.

The rest of his day had been spent in a rather lengthy training mission that Bishop had forced him into. If he had been able to ignore the pain caused by the sprain in his ankle, he probably would've realized that he had learned quite a bit. He didn't even bother to remove his uniform as he collapsed onto his bed.

"You look like shit and smell like vomit. Shower or get out." barked Dillan at an already aggravated Lex.

The day had only gotten worse after Bishop's training session. As Lex had walked out of the Danger Room he had met up with Sephula, who just happened to spill an entire bottle of soda all over him.

"I'm seriously not in the mood Dillan, don't make me cook you." Lex replied without look at the time traveling mutant.

"Oh boo-hoo." mocked Dillan. "You're not in the mood? Do you even realize how I spent my day?" he didn't bother revealing all the details but the short story was that he over-shot a time-jump. The long story was that he overshot a time-jump and wound up getting stuck in one of the mansions elevators with his future self and a very much in labor Jubilee.

For reasons he had never bothered to ascertain, the rest of the team (along with the X-men) was away and only Dillan and Jubilation remained. Something caused the mansion computers to initiate a lockdown while they were travelling up from the lower levels and the stress of the situation caused Jubilee's water to break. Not only was he stuck in an elevator with them, he also had to help deliver the baby (much like an episode of Saved By the Bell he was fond of)

Much to his ire, he had rephased into the past (technically present) before he could see the baby's sex. He figured at the very least now he knew to avoid getting in any elevators with Jubilee but he couldn't in good conscience leave delivery of the baby to just his past self.

"Long story short: I'll never be able to consider that chicky of yours a milf."

"I'm not sure if I want to ask." Lex said hesitantly. "You were hitting on her before I was, so apparently you saw something there."

At least there was someone to talk to now, someone that Lex actually enjoyed talking to. He smiles and turns to Dillan, "You just never made your move."

Dillan grinned. "Trust me, I wanted to make a move, it's just that…well there was…is another girl. She's not my girlfriend or anything and the last time we spoke she tried to kill me, but I like her a lot."

Lex laughed, "Tried to kill you? I could probably deal with that, but I suppose it would depend. Is she hot?"

"Crazy hot, and incidentally, actually crazy." he paused. "She's at a rest home now, because of me. Because of a crazy future me." He stopped himself and looked over at Lex.

"Y'know, the first time I went back in time…I just wanted to kill myself. I knew that with this much power I'd do something wrong and wind up like that Kang guy the Avengers are always fighting."

"I kinda know what you mean." Lex stops for a moment, as if he almost doesn't want to continue. "The first time my powers activated it pretty much ruined my life. I burned my mom, like really bad. She needed surgery and my dad threw me out."

Lex looks like he's about to cry. Dillan doesn't really know what to say, he's never been the best at helping others deal with their emotions so naturally he does what he does best.

"Heh." he chuckles slightly. "Look at us, acting like softies. Do you know what I just realized? We don't really know each other do we? I mean we've been teammates for months now, we've fought demon bears and alien metal things but we don't know each other." he laughs some more. "We don't know each other and here we are revealing all our deep darks out of veritable boredom."

"If either of us were a flatscan I'd call this Xavier's dream at it's finest."

Lex laughs, but it's clear that he's forcing it. "Yeah, I guess you're right. We really don't know each other. What was your home life like?"

"Nothing spectacular. Dad worked the nine to five, mom kept the house running for me and my sister, Viola." he starts to tear up as he thinks of his sister. "You would've liked her, you both had a Smallville obsession."

Dillan sits up in his bed and faces Lex. "Tell me I can't Lex. Tell me I can't and I won't."

"I can't Dillan. I can't say that, because you can. If you really want to you can." Lex opens his mouth to continue, but just closes it again.

That wasn't the answer he wanted to hear. Dillan wanted, no, needed someone to tell him no. For days after discovering he could travel back in time the thought had crept through from the back of his mind to the forefront: Time is my plaything. It was the first thing he told himself when he woke up in the morning and the last thing he said to himself at night.

"You really need to tell me I can't Lex." he said, standing up and grabbing his teammates hand. In rush of energy and a blink of light they're now moving between the ticks of a second. The scene before them a familiar one, the New Mutants sitting around a camp fire.

"Dillan…I…." Lex stops as they appear at the campfire. "Dillan, can they see us?"

"No, we're slighty out of phase with time. The only one that could even have an inkling we're here is me, and we're really only registering as a nagging feeling." Dillan walks around the campfire, looking at the New Mutants right when it began, still fresh…pure. He stops moving right when he reaches Roxanne.

"Everyday I come here and I yell at her. It doesn't matter that she can't hear me, in some ways that makes it better. I just stand here and shout at her the most vile things I can think of and then I blame her." he tries to not let his anger seep through. "I stand here and I blame her for the world being a mess, Curt being paralyzed and Sam being dead." he knelt down near Roxy.

"It's always that last one that makes me feel like a terrible person. I blame her for Sam being dead and then I threaten to just yank her out of time and leave her where we are now. She wouldn't be dead, but Sam might be alive and the world might be better off." He walked over to Lex and looked him dead in the eye.

"Everyday I come back to this and everyday I come closer and closer to doing something terrible, Lex. I need you to tell me I can't!"

"Dillan…I can't tell you that, because in a way you may be right. As much as I like Roxanne, you may be right." Lex looks really ashamed at what he just said. "I can't tell you not to do it…"

Lex walks around, looking at the group. They all look so different than they do now. None of them expect their first moments as a team to be mere minutes away. He stops next to Roxxane.

"Dillan, if I told you to do it…would you?" The scene around them faded and the two young mutants were once again in their dorm room. "I'll take that as a yes," Lex says as he sits back down on his bed.

"Dillan, I feel really bad about what I said while we were there…just don't tell Roxanne."

"I wouldn't tell her, shit I can barely look at the kid without feeling enraged." he took a few deep breaths. The time-jump had left him exhausted but still had plenty of energy left. "Still, if I'm doing a favor for you, you need to do a favor for me."

Lex clearly didn't like the direction this was headed. "Dillan, I thought this whole thing with Jubilee proved that I didn't swing that way," he said, trying to lighten the mood. "Ok, what do you want me to do?"

It took Dillan a few moments to try and find the right words. "My brain. If it ever looks like I've gone insane you need to use your powers on my brain. Freeze it, boil it, doesn't matter. If I can't think straight I can't use my powers to get away. That's all I need from you."

"Ok, I can do that." Lex answers without hesitating. "I'm not sure what you mean by that, but it's not my place to ask."

They sit in silence for a few minutes until Lex speaks. "Dillan, can I tell you something that I've been meaning to get off my chest?"

"Go ahead." Dillan wondered if it was that thing he told Jubilee never to tell anyone which she accidentally screams out while cursing Lex's existance during labor.

"Ok," Lex takes a deep breath before continuing. "I've almost left eight times in the past week. I don't know if I can handle all this shit. I'm only 17, I shouldn't a father. I don't think I can handle it. Unless you know something I don't…"

Dillan's silent for a moment. "I get where you're coming from, and if it were me in your situation, I'd high-tail it out of here in a heartbeat, but I'd take Jubes too. This isn't the kind of place you want your kid growing up. Remember how Mojo snuck in here and kidnapped us? What do you think it'd be like to wake-up and have your kid gone?"

"Get out of here while you can man." Dillan finishes, flopping onto his bed. "I don't even need to have been to the future to know that this isn't where you want to raise your family."

That wasn't what Lex was expecting to hear. "It's you guys that keep me from leaving. This team is the first real friends I've had. I mean, sure I had friends back before I got my powers, but it seems like it was a lifetime ago."

The time-travelling mutant closes his eyes. "Whatever, I told you what I think. You'll have to pick between your family and this team eventually, better sooner than later. Trust me on this."

"I hope it doesn't come to that," Lex whispers, "because I don't know what I'd choose."

"You'll choose wrong." states an older Lex as he watches the conversation between his younger self and a younger Dillan.

The older version of Dillan that stood beside him chatizes him. "Not so loud damn it, I'm pretty sure I heard you." he says, pointing at his younger self who had turned in their direction after Lex had spoken.

"Sorry, Dillan. I just wish—-we shouldn't have come here." he replies. He had almost wished Dillan hadn't let him take a detour, they had a mission that needed completion.

"You wish what?" The future Dillan asks, but he knows as soon as sees the look in Lex's eyes. "No, we can't. We shouldn't even be here, I am not letting you go see her. You'll do something stupid."

"I already did, I just hope that he doesn't make the same mistake." Older Lex points to the younger Lex sitting on the bed.

"He will, and you know it." the older Dillan grabs the older Lex and they vanish.

"Did you hear something?" Dillan asks.

"No, why?" Lex responds.

"Nothing…nothing at all."

Re: New Mutants Unlimited #29
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Dec 24, 2006, 8:54am

*cue ominous music*

Not bad, guys! Sort of curious on the implications of the ending.

Re: New Mutants Unlimited #29
Post by Marisol Morales on Dec 24, 2006, 5:24pm

This is the most depth Lex has had since… well, ever. Neat.

Re: New Mutants Unlimited #29
Post by Armando "Army" Rosewell on Dec 27, 2006, 1:36am

Quite nice. Been glancing over it for days, but this is the first time I've had a chance to sit down and read. Good interaction between the two, nice to see a bond form, and I loved the nods to Jubilee's 'state'. Could've done without the mental image of her bowel movements, though…but nice.

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