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Moment of Awesome - Cecilia Reyes: Accompanying Quentin Quire on a mission of mercy, Cecilia confronts the ugly face of institutional racism.

"What's the prognosis, doc?" he asked, steadying himself against the bed.

"Neglect, for one." Cecilia's brow was wrinkled as she looked at the drip. "This is — I mean, you told me, but this is worse than I'd imagined. Well." She turned around, her lips pursed. "All this is palliative. They're trying to avoid the problem, whatever it is, by keeping him comfortable with drugs. A lot of drugs." She scratched an eyebrow as she looked at his arms. The structures in them had a kind of pallid quality, and she moved to grab a pair of gloves. "It's not like I can tell what's underneath without a chart, but maybe a physical exam will give me some hints. Might need some scans."

"No," a male voice said from the door. "you won't." Cecilia, in the middle of snapping on a pair of latex gloves, looked up to find a tall man with a russet beard staring her down with a disdainful look on his face. "Because this isn't your patient." He stepped into the room, his lip curled as he looked from Cecilia to Quentin and back.

"Annie told me a surgeon from Columbia was here. But we didn't call anyone at Columbia." His focus was on Cecilia now, and he gave her the kind of once-over she associated with the beginning of her career, when the sight of an Afro-Latina surgeon was so unfamiliar to doctors of a certain age that they responded with suspicion. It made her face grow hot. "So who are you, and what are you doing here?"

"I'm here to help," Cecilia responded, her face neutral, her tone taking on a steely edge that surprised her, "because I'm a doctor. And a good one. Which, judging from what's going on here, might be more than I can say for you."

"He's barely your patient, either, the way you've treated him," Quentin piped up from beside Jax. He held so tightly onto the bed's railing that his knuckles were white. "Do your fucking job, flatscan."

"Cálmate, Quentin." Cecilia hoped Quentin could tell that her rebuke was more for show than anything else. Despite her simmering anger, she had to play good cop in order to get anywhere. "Look" Cecilia said, her voice calm as her eyes bore into him. "I've got prestigious degrees and years of experience in mutant medicine. Which makes me helpful in a patient situation in which you are clearly in over your head."

The male doctor crossed his arms and opened his mouth, but Cecilia continued. "It will also make me all the more credible when I bring several medical boards down on you and this hospital for what is an obviously severe case of patient neglect." She gave him a small smile. "And I," she nodded her head slightly, "also have a witness."

Quentin's brain felt like it had just finished a hundred weight-lifting reps just from the exertion of communicating with the comatose Jax. He probably risked actual brain damage if he pushed into the doctor's mind to make him acquiesce to their demands.

Worth the price, though.

"The sooner you let her doctor, the sooner we're all gone," Quentin said, bracing himself against the bed again as his legs threatened to give way, "and the less likely we are to generate enough media and political attention to close this place down. Yeah, all your patients would lose their care, but don't think for a second we wouldn't sacrifice the health of every human here for the life of one mutant."

The male doctor's teeth had been gritted, his jaw clenched. But the tension in his features lessened ever so slightly — slightly enough that Cecilia had a hunch Quentin had done or was doing something, even if she had no way to prove it.

"I want to treat this man," she said, the ferocity out of her voice but still in her gaze, "and I can actually help him. Which gets him out of your hands."

It wasn't the most noble coup de grace, but it was apparently what they needed. "Fine." The other doctor practically spat at Cecilia, his scowl all too present. "Just what, exactly," he cast his gaze over to the patient he'd so clearly mistreated, "do you propose?"

Cecilia couldn't help but look a little triumphant, even though their victory was besides the point. "I'm going to need labs and scans, to start. And probably surgery, if I had to guess, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Point is, this is my patient now, and I'm going to need you to not stand in my way."

Today in XProject:

August 18 - Marie-Ange Colbert's birthday

2003: Essex takes Sarah to meet Major John Greycrow, her new trainer.

2004: Trojan Horse: Cable receives his first assignment.

2005: Betsy discovers bad news about her eldest brother.

2006: Worlds On Fire: The cultist activity in South America comes to a head; Snow Valley and the X-Men are there to save the day, and Xavier’s ends up with a new student – Amara. Scott meets Angelica.

2007: Monet announces her return. Alexander's Wall: The conference is interrupted by an escape attempt by Ilyas Saidullayev and Nathan and Haller find themselves caught between him, the military and Magneto, with backup too far away; the X-Men are scrambled; Nathan and Saidullayev fight to a standstill and Haller manages to break the stalemate, but then the two are ambushed by Magneto, who takes the unconscious Saiullayev; coming to in Russian custody, Haller and Nathan are rescued by Gabrielle Haller and her connections.

2008: Red X Mission: Shake Hands With The Devil: Angel and Yvette discuss the helplessness of the situation in Sri Lanka as they are being flown home; Yvette posts that they are back. Amanda wishes Marie-Ange a happy birthday. Xbalanque: Angelo asks Julio to go along on an Elpis trip to Guatemala; Angelo lets the rest of Elpis know about the addition; Terry asks to go along too. Wanda goes over to the mansion to check on Nathan.

2009: Jubilee and Jean-Phillipe wish Marie-Ange a happy birthday. House of Wolves: The day after, Wanda and Jake don't talk about what happened, instead trying it again; Wanda makes her report; Wanda emails Nathan from Muir Island, where the group have gone for medical care. Reefer Madness: The New Mutants (including new student, Klara) arrive at the Adirondack Park Preserve and remeet Archie Wilson, the superintendent some of them had met during the first New Mutants trip, in order to observe a controlled burn in the park; an unexpected wind change results in the students having to evacuate, rescuing three hippies from their burning superdope crop in the process; faced with unpleasant consequences from their buyer without crop or refund, the hippies enlist the stoned New Mutants to help; Yvette, Angel, Catseye, Nick, Klara and Dori delay the collectors; Nori, Inez, Julian, Fred and Meggan go to Atlantic City with the Decoy to raise the money needed with a Flying Wedge. In Nova Roma, Marius and Cammie compare drinks and mutations before being asked to help remove deadly posionous snakes from a house; the celebration begins; a tipsy Amara tells Lex about her manifestation. A snuffly Vic meets Nathan down by the dock.

2010: Kevin texts Jean-Paul about his inability to telekinetically move his television into his bedroom.

2011: Fred makes a journal entry apologizing for not being social for the last year and letting people know he still exists. Kevin makes a journal entry announcing he's leaving for Atlanta and doesn't know when he's coming back. Sing Me A Prayer: The team finds a way to Akkaba, where unfortunately they find out that they're too late. Yvette announces that the end of summer BBQ will take place on September 3rd. Jean-Phillipe wishes Marie-Ange a happy birthday on his journal. Angelo lets everyone know that Warren is with him and okay after an incident the night before. The Problématique: Doug e-mails Jean, Adrienne, Warren, and Wade, updating them on how his research into Vanessa's disappearance is going.

2012: Sarah and Layla both wake up from nightmares and find comfort in each other and watching stupid movies. Renee meets Angel, and so much talking ensues. A Kind of Magic: The NY1 local evening news reports that Trump has fallen victim to a practical joke.

2013: Angelo takes Sue for a driving lesson and lunch. No Way Back: Hope emails Matt about the dinner with her parents and what has gone on so far. Wade asks Marie-Ange if she can skip work on Monday.

Fury Said To A Mouse: Scott announces the return of the battered Fury team on x_team; Marius asks Kyle for a “donation” of the old kind; Cecilia announces the medlab is closed to visitors; Sooraya offers food to the medlab team and its patients; Adrienne encounters an exhausted and odd-looking Garrison in his suite and is unhappy at the situation; Yvette asks Cecilia if she can sit with Fred provided she does as she’s told, and asks Sooraya to bring down her spare bodysuit; Cecilia posts an update on x_medical; Jean announces she’ll be offline for a few days.

2015: Maya introduces herself on the journals. Monica emails Adrienne to thank her. Artie and Maya meet.


2017: Maya posts that she is able to go home and visit her family. Matt posts asking if there’s anything going on for the eclipse. Matt and Ev have a different type of sparring session. Clea posts her NY Comic-Con costume.

2018: Sins of the Father: A drugged-up and French-speaking Marie-Ange wants a pirate themed party for her birthday; Topaz texts Amanda wondering what sort of birthday gift says “sorry you lost an eye rescuing me”; Ty emails Topaz suggesting Marie-Ange should meet his parents; Amanda heads down to medlab to visit her best friend and talk over what happened.

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