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Emma Frost was created by Chris Claremont and John Bryne.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was created By Joss Whedon and all the characters with the BTVS TV series are his as well.
The Thundercats were created by Ted Wolf and currently belong to Warner Brothers, at one point in time Marvel comics did do a run of the them in comics form, although DC comics do them now.
“Don't you see what he's doing?” Mystique yelled. “He's making us weak!”
“He's been calm and perfectly rational. Granted his methods of making me listen were fairly extreme but they were effective.” Magneto countered. “Are you sure this isn't because he's your son?”
“You've gone from the man I've known to someone that's taking in the strays that Xavier wouldn't.” Mystique countered. “He may be my child, but I had no hand in raising him. Destiny saw to that.” She spat. “If it had been up to me, he would have been your right hand.”
“My genetic manipulations... They aren't the answer Mystique. I've been trying to force the evolution of us. He's right. Mutant kind will rise in time. I've been a fool to try to force us to advance. Each mutation is unique, like a snowflake. The use of the shards of Cyttorak are temporary anyways. I haven't come up with a single enhancement that wasn't either flawed or temporary. Your son Kurt is a prime example of that. Alexander.... He is so much more than I am. When he spoke to me, I felt what I had lost. I am flawed, human.”
“We're better than them!” Mystique screamed.
“Because of a genetic lottery?” Magneto countered. “A man saved me as a child, doing the best he could. My power... I've been surviving since then. I haven't been living.”
“This isn't you! I gave my son to your cause and now you're turning your back on it!” Mystique cried.
“Mystique... When was the last time we were happy?” Magneto asked before standing up. “I have to go. I'm supposed to meet these... Morlocks and discuss the possible options.”
“You can't be thinking of taking them to the Asteroid.” She said quietly.
“The Asteroid is a pipe dream Mystique. Neither Charles or I can save everyone. But we can damn well try.” Magneto said before walking out of the room.
“He's ruined everything!” Mystique cried as she punched the wall of her kitchen.
“There are options that we can explore.” Xander said to the large group of mutants. “Living underground, while understandable isn't even remotely safe.”
“We could build a community, maybe not in New York, but one for mutants. A haven where you won't be shunned. However there have been instances in this nation where people who live in isolation have ended up becoming objects of government scrutiny and destroyed.” Magneto said.
“You mean what happened in Waco.” Xander said with a nod. “Those were religious separatists, but I understand the sentiment. There isn't a sovereign nation in the world that.... acknowledges mutants yet.” Xander trailed off. “I think I know.... but god help me it sounds crazy.”
“What are you considering?” Magneto asked.
Xander told him.
“You are crazy. Maybe, maybe as a last resort. Until then, perhaps something nearby. A farm of one sort or another. Pool our resources. The young mutant Forge could outfit them with their own power source, possibly a hydroponics greenhouse capable of letting them grow the lion's share of their own food.”
“A commune?” Xander asked. “Do those ever work?”
“They can provided there is an outside source of funding. They cannot be fully self sustaining, but they can be close with the right technology.” Magneto said.
“Look, we just want a roof over our heads, food that hasn't been taken from a dumpster and a chance to live in peace.” Callisto said. “Whatever the options, let's start with the simple ones okay? And I don't mean getting us all over to this Latveria place.”
“Well, I've compiled a list of suitable farmland that is available for sale in the tristate area and beyond.” Charles Xavier told her as he passed the literate Morlocks dossiers of various plots of lands. “In this you'll see the various places, the sizes of the farms. I've also listed pros and cons, nearest available hospitals and the like should something happen. I anticipated both Eric and Xander's trains of thought on this. I believe there is some land in Woodstock that is suitable. Though with all the various artists in and out of there it could be trouble.”
“We need some time to think on this.” Callisto said for the group.
“That's fine.” Xavier told them. “Dinner is at six.”
“How is she Charles?” Eric asked his old friend.
“Still full of rage Eric.” Charles said after collecting his thoughts. “I cannot believe you would abandon her as you did.”
“I think it's rather evident I am no parent. She was out of control Charles. I was focused on the mission. Her powers were such that it would have taken considerable amount of time and training that I couldn't offer. It was better than killing her.”
“Was it?” Charles asked him.
Eric didn't answer.
“I've been counseling her, but her rage isn't going away.” Charles told him. “There are options, but most are ones I'm not willing to do.”
“Find a way Charles. One that you can stomach.” Eric told him. “Even if it means she hates me. Let her live.”
Xander sighed as he looked up from his drafting table. This wasn't how he imagined spending his first Christmas away from the Hellmouth.
“You got those plans ready?” Forge asked him.
“Yeah. You know I still find it hard to believe people haven't come up with a better waste disposal system.” Xander told him as he handed the teen some blueprints.
“Well, people tend to go with what's easy.” Forge told him. “I thought people would have done better as well, but I was wrong. Since I was trapped,Some things have progressed greatly, while others have remained almost stagnant. Still, this will keep me from being bored once the place has been purchased. Some of the Morlocks barely have an elementary school education. I've already begun making some tutorial computers for them.” He shook his head. “A shame really.”
“I just hope some of them who can pass chose to attend the institute. Give them a chance at some normalcy.” Xander said. “That Berzerker kid is the only one I can think of off the top of my head.”
“His ability to be a walking generator aside.” Forge grinned.
“Well there is that.” Xander admitted. “Still this place we're working on. It had better have some defenses. I don't know if they'll be comfortable without some means of protection.”
“It will.” Forge promised.
Logan raised an eyebrow as that Callisto chick walked down the hall. He caught wind of something interesting and followed her to go 'play'.
Maybe having house guests wouldn't be so bad.
“Well, we've settled on some land in South Dakota. Far enough from the big cities and prying eyes.” Callisto told the three men.
“That can work. I'd have to visit the site before I can teleport to it freely.” Xander said with a nod. “The land is fairly cheap too. Do you have a legal identity?” He asked her.
“I'm still technically alive, just haven't had a job to pay taxes in the past couple of years.” Callisto said. “We can sort this out before long can't we?”
“With some expedited paperwork, I believe it will be done within two weeks after the New Year.” Xavier said. “At least another month after that to fully outfit the place with the proper equipment and privacy fence.”
“Are you willing to put up with us till then?” Callisto asked. “We aren't exactly the best house guests.”
“We'll manage.” Xavier told her.
“Thanks for getting us out of there.” Cordelia said to her boyfriend as the four of them headed towards the big city.
“No big.” Xander said with a shrug. “It's pretty crowded there right now. Caliban is finding more of the …. 'unacceptables' by the day. I'm glad we've expanded the underground levels as much as we have. Otherwise we wouldn't have the room.”
“To think there were more Morlocks in New York.” Anna said. “At least this is just temporary.”
“Temporary or not, I just hope this is motivation enough for Magneto to give up his 'strong must survive' ideology. Regardless of his actions the strong will survive anyways.” Xander said with a sigh. “Is it me, or has this little thing of ours gotten real big real fast?”
“It isn't you.” Cordelia told him with a grin. “Of course now we're going to be stuck in traffic.” She said as they slowly headed towards New York City.
“Well I could always park the van in Jersey.” Xander offered. “Teleport us over after that.”
“You know this Morlock thing isn't so bad.” Forge said. “The Professor could have us recruiting more mutants over the summer to attend the institute.”
“You know you just jinxed us right?” Anna asked him while Xander banged his head into the steering wheel.
“Oh.” Forge said before realizing just how deep they were going to be in it later. “For what it's worth, I'm sorry.”
“For that, you can walk back from Jersey.” Xander growled.
“You wouldn't do that to me would you?” Forge asked. “Guys? Guys?”
“What on Earth is going on?” Emma asked as she and Fred came into the mansion. The place was more crowded than ever.
“Dunno.” Fred said as he scratched his head. “There's way more people here than before we left.”
“I assure you it's temporary.” Professor Xavier's voice said within their minds. “If you'll come to my office, I'll explain.”
“So how many of them are here?” Emma asked the Professor after he'd given them basic rundown of the situation.
“Close to sixty at this point. As it stands Forge's hot water heater is working at capacity in the mornings.” Xavier said with a grin. “The land has been purchased and the taxes paid, but it's going to take a lot of work to get everything ready to go.” Xavier told them.
“What can we do to help?” Fred asked.
“Well there is going to be a considerable amount of heavy lifting to be done. The two of you could help immensely in that department.” Xavier told them. “We've another week before school starts. I would like for all of us to pitch in on this. The sooner it's done, the sooner our home is ours again.” Xavier told them. The others are already on board for this. You two were the last to arrive.”
“When do we start?” Emma asked while Fred grinned at her.
“Mystique?” Eric called as he entered the house. He didn't get an answer. He searched the house and found nothing.
“She's left.” Pietro told his father.
“She's still angry.” Eric stated. There was no question about it.
“Boy I'll say.” Pietro snorted. “So since she's gone what am I supposed to do? Stay here? I'm sure as hell not staying with the Morlocks.”
“They're Mutants like you and I are Pietro.” Eric told him.
“No. They're not. You don't see it but I do.” Pietro told him. “Have fun with your new mission. I'm staying out of it.”
“So be it.” Eric said before going upstairs to get the few things he'd been keeping here.
“Thank goodness that's over.” Xavier said as the cluster of teens were collapsed on various pieces of furniture in the mansion. It had been a long time coming, but the Morlocks were fully moved into their new home. It was a thousand acres of terrible land that they'd managed to make into something wonderful on a budget. Magneto's ability with metal came in handy to build the privacy fence that covered the entire compound. It had it's own power and water sources and a large enough living area for triple the number of the current Morlocks to live there comfortably.
Charles, after many long talks with his old friend, felt comfortable with the idea of Eric being their primary caretaker. For now things were peaceful. He could only pray that it would last even though he knew it wouldn't.
It was spring break for all involved when it happened. Xander had lead the whole group of teens on a camping excursion over in California when Xavier first got notice that Cain had escaped from prison. Something had managed to block his mutant signature until he was within spitting distance of the mansion itself.
Charles had managed to press three buttons on his phone when Xander appeared in the room along with everyone else.
“Who's the giant?” Xander asked him.
“My stepbrother, Cain.” Xavier said. “He's...only vulnerable to psychic attack.”
“Will the sedatives work?” Cordelia asked.
“He was kept in a cellular stasis chamber. There is a chance the sedatives will work but I don't know how well.” Xavier told her. “We can try to sedate him first, but he'll be on guard after that.” Xavier warned.
“I'll get the weapons, everybody else, go gear up.” Xander told them.
“Good luck my X-men.” Xavier said as they ran to go collect their gear.
They found him a few miles out from the Mansion. He was plowing through the wooded area when Kurt and Todd teleported in to be the advanced snipers. They tagged the man's exposed arms repeatedly with sedative pellets but they didn't even slow the man down. They did however get the living juggernaut's attention.
“This isn't working!” Kurt called as he teleported to avoid a tree that had been thrown at him.
“Tell me something I don't know!” Todd shouted as he dodged a large chunk of earth being thrown his way.
“Fred and Emma's up next.” the two heard in their earpieces. Kurt grabbed Todd and teleported out as Xander teleported the two heavy hitters in. Emma was off to one side as Fred got in the Juggernaut's path. She sent her most powerful telepathic bolt at the behemoth only for it to fail.
“I can't sense him!” Emma said into her intercom. “It's like he shielded.” She said as the man literally tore Fred from the ground as the teen's personal gravity field kept him rooted to the ground underneath his feet.
“The Helmet.” Cordelia said. “It's got to be blocking you somehow. Are there any latches or anything on it?” She asked.
“Yes. But we'd have to get them manually. My telekinesis isn't working either.” Emma called.
Xander teleported Scott and Jean in front the man's path. “Give him all you've got while I try and get the helmet off.” He told them.
Scott began pouring on the energy as Xander teleported behind the behemoth. He managed to get both of the rear clips undone before Scott fell to his knees in exhaustion. Jean was attempting to force him back as Xander got the remaining two undone. Once the helmet was off, Emma went to work as Jean tried to keep him still.
It took almost a minute but the man slumped into unconsciousness.
“That was intense.” Xander said quietly before calling into the radio. “He's down. Is anyone hurt?”
“Only my pride.” Fred called in. “Scott looks a little worse for wear though.”
“I'm just tired.” Scott called. “He's out though?”
“We're on our way.” Professor Xavier said over the radio.
“Professor, I found out who released him.” Emma said. “It was Mystique.”
Xander sighed. “Figures.” He muttered. “Once we get this guy back in his cell, we're going back to camp.” He called into the radio.
“Oh hell no!” Todd yelled. “I'm done with camping if this is what leaving the mansion gets us.”
“I'm with him.” He heard Cordelia say into his earpiece.
“I just can't win can I?” Xander asked the sky.
AN: If anyone objects to the brief hints of the Logan/Callisto pairing, she's way hotter and less crazy in the cartoon than she was in the comics.