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Moment of Awesome - Hank McCoy/Beast: Quentin Quire takes Hank to his first nightclub. Which happens to be a gay nightclub.

At first it seemed his dance partner was going to respond by either tripping over himself or fainting right on the spot, but somehow Hank managed to pull himself together. "This is just all very new to me," he told Quentin, his chest rising and falling with the deep breath he took to steady himself. "Patience would be appreciated while I, er, find my feet."

"It's just dancing. It's not like we're doing shrooms." Although that would be fun, Quentin mused. Still, for Hank's sake, he dropped his hand from the taller man's chest and put a little more space between them. His other hand remained on Hank's back, though. "Okay, think about it this way. Music is math with sound. The beats come at regular intervals. Shit's measured in hertz, like all other kinds of cycles. Make sense?"

His companion nodded, his gaze going a little farway as he tuned into the music, doubtless listening for the beats and cycles that Quentin had pointed out. Unsurprisingly his movements almost immediately became less stiff and self-conscious; they were by no means artistic but he at least looked less like he was being held on the dance floor upon pain of death. His hips even began to sway, helped along by Quentin's hand at the small of his back. "There's actually a very interesting cross-rhythm to the chorus of this song," Hank observed.

"Is there?" All this shouting over the music to hear each other was hurting Quentin's throat, and besides, the DJ was now playing the new Hayley Kiyoko, which demanded complete attention. They continued to dance, Quentin feeling at home on the floor, Hank not quite so alien anymore. He was not such a lumbering hulk after all. As the track changed again, Quentin spun around and pulled Hank's arm around his waist so now Hank was holding Quentin close. The psi looked over his shoulder and grinned, grinding lightly against Hank's hips.

He caught a glimpse of bright blue eyes widening in surprise - but Hank didn't pull away. After a moment Quentin felt another oversized hand come to rest on his hip, both keeping Hank in rhythm and ensuring that Quentin didn't grind too intimately.

Quentin played nicely, keeping that bare minimum space between them and not daring to move Hank's hands while still tutoring him on club basics. Not for the first time, he yearned for his full powers back, just to know what was going on in the other man's head. What was going on underneath that blanket of apprehension?

Whatever it was, the psi figured it could use another drink after all. When the track changed again, he started to push away from the floor, and beckoned Hank to follow him back to the bar, where it took an unnecessarily long time to call the harried bartender and order a pair of Manhattans. "This" — Quentin handed one of the glasses to Hank — "Is considerably different from round one."

Hank took a sip. "Oh, now this is spectacular," he said, blinking in surprise. Another sip. "This I like."

"The appropriately named Manhattan. Should have figured you for a whiskey man. Just don't become one of those assholes who makes a whole thing about it. It's fine, but it's not the only alcohol around."

"Somehow I doubt the likelihood of that happening. This is illegal," Hank pointed out, "and besides, I can't imagine making a habit of this sort of evening. Not that it isn't novel and enjoyable, but I think it's clear that I don't exactly fit in here."

"Oh, sis." Quentin patted Hank's shoulder and shook his head in mocking frustration. "If I teach you anything tonight, besides how to move, it's that everyone fits in here. It's the whole fucking point. Clubs have been the center of queer life for a hundred years for exactly that reason. And for real, have you seen the way guys've been looking at you here?"

Hank shifted uncomfortably. "I've noticed the staring. It's difficult not to. That's what I'm talking about." He dropped his voice until it was barely audible above the music from the dance floor. "They know I'm a mutant."

The last time they'd had this conversation, Quentin did all he could to push Hank in uncomfortable directions. Trolling was safe in Hank's lab. But he looked on the verge of a panic attack now, and not the virginal anxiety he has displayed on the dance floor. Quentin's hand ran down Hank's arm and rested on his hand. Not like Quentin was a particularly big man to begin with, but Hank's hand made his look positively childlike. The absurdity made the psi let out a little laugh.

"Maybe they do, or maybe they're looking at you like this 'cuz they want to fuck you."

The only real response to this was a hefty gulp of Manhattan; only once Hank had choked that down could he brave a glance around the room. Sure enough there was more than one pair of eyes on him and Quentin, but the longer Hank dared observe the more he noticed the lack of disgust in his fellow club-goer's eyes - indeed, they looked quite friendly, in a slightly hungry sort of way. One of them even went so far as to catch his eye and tip his head towards the entrance to the toilets, a signal that took the normally quick-witted young man a moment to parse. "Oh my stars and garters," he muttered, turning back to Quentin with burning cheeks. "You may well be correct."

Today in XProject:

June 16

2003: Kitty proposes a trip to New York for the students. Alison takes Paige shopping at Sam's request.

2004: Moira arranges a therapist, Jack Leary for Nathan. Amanda meets Manuel's father Alphonso de la Rocha.

2005: Jamie and Kitty celebrate their second anniversary. Nathan asks Jake to research into his father's company.


2007: Laurie emails Scott, Ororo and Jean about becoming a trainee and field medic. Ororo and Nathan return home. Krakoa: On a Pacific island, Japanese troops die mysteriously as they set foot on land, where only one living being has survived since WW2. Doug takes Angelo out for Mexican food and straight talking.

2008: Ororo seeks out Callisto for help with establishing official identities for the Morlocks. Crystal emails Charles and Cain to let them know Forge will be recovering in her suite and that she will be staying with him for the duration. Tatiana reveals the source of her grant is an 'anonymous benefactor'.

2009: Face The Blood: Emma emails Remy to let him know what she did to secure the transplant; Catseye keeps Yvette company as she recovers.

2010: A Betrayal of Heart: Bobby posts about what happened at the graduation ceremony; Hank posts to the journals about graduation and injuries that were sustained; Meggan comforts the grieving Kurt. Nico posts to the journals, asking for interaction. Homeward Bound: Amanda and Amara arrive in Nova Roma and break the news of Selene's meddling to Amara's 'father'.

2011: Matt gets to clean out the stables as punishment for beating up Artie and powers training for his newly discovered sonar skills.

2012: Jessie arrives at the mansion and is greeted by Kurt and Sarah V. Jessie and Tandy post introductions to the journals. Carmilla texts Kurt complaining about people trying to get to know her. Laya e-mails Korvus asking him to help her replace the bracelet he gave her and he ends up agreeing to teach her to fight. Carmilla e-mails Layla about making excuses for her on the journals and the two get into an argument. Angel complains about her summer classes prompting sympathy from Clarice.

2013: Hotel California: Haller emails Scott, letting him know that Jean has failed to check in and is no longer registering on Cerebro; while talking with Topaz, Marie-Ange has a precognitive fit related to Jean; while Scott and Haller are trying Jean’s contacts to see if anyone has seen her, Haller receives a call that spurs them into action; Scott lets x_team know that he and Haller will be joining X-Force in retrieving Jean; the group gathers at Jean’s hotel, with not a lot to go on but Marie-Ange’s visions and a vague sense of magic being felt by Amanda and Nico; when Amanda opens the door, something happens and they find themselves split up in a strange otherworldly version of the hotel; Scott encounters a strangely-belligerent Remy and visions of Jean and Logan together; Marie-Ange finds herself traversing Dante’s Inferno, specifically the hell of the lustful; Nico discovers herself at a debutante and is rescued by a handsome stranger with whom things get physical; Amanda is taunted by visions of the happiness of others, as well as other visions where she is someone else in the hotel, preparing for some kind of ritual; Haller meets another version of himself who points out all of his failings; Wanda is trapped by Chthon inside her own mind; Jean encounters the old man again, only to discover he is Parker Matthews as he begins killing the hotel guests and staff; Amanda, Haller and Wanda manage to break free of their tormentor and find each other; Scott encounters Logan and Jean and a fight breaks out, but he realises he’s being played and manages to break the illusion; Marie-Ange continues her downward spiral into Hell; Nico pays the wages of sin; Jean battles Matthews, realising at last that it’s not him she is facing after all; Marie-Ange finds the centre and is found; Jean and Scott manage to find each other, for real this time; the group gathers together in the library and discover the journal of the man in Amanda’s visions, the fact they’re facing a demon summoned by him, and that Gambit is “loose”; Marie-Ange, Nico and Remy distract Gambit while Jean, Haller and Amanda prepare for Jean to sever the demon’s connection to the summoner’s soul and let him finally rest; Wanda and Scott head for the greenhouse where the summoner’s body is housed, with Amanda helping as best she can via her connection to the hotel; Remy proposes a deal with Gambit, in a desperate attempt to save some of his team - and himself, it seems; Jean battles the demon for the summoner’s soul and the wards on the hotel break under the strain, which creates chaos; Wanda and Scott find the summoner’s body and destroy it; Remy taunts Gambit as the demon’s hold on the hotel is handicapped by the loss of the summoner as the anchor to this dimension; the group have a brief respite, but the job isn’t finished as Remy realises he has to take Gambit back in order to be sure he can’t escape and hurt anyone else; Haller and Remy face down Gambit, severing his connection to the demon and allowing Remy to take him back, while Haller is severely psychically injured; with Gambit no longer providing the demon focus, all hell breaks loose; Scott and Jean protect Remy from the demon’s wrath; Amanda nearly becomes the next host for the demon, but Nico steps in and the First protects its property; Marie-Ange, Haller and Wanda make an exit; back in the ‘real’ world, only a short time has passed and everything is back to normal - except those who were injured. Topaz texts Amanda to make sure she’s okay and gets a half-asleep response. Clarice needs coffee.

2014: Johnny S. posts this video. Lorna leaves a bottle chardonnay for Cecilia. Johnny S. asks why there was a rabbit's foot on his door and jokes that it was barely edible. Cecilia isn’t sure what the rabbit's foot means and thanks Lorna for the wine. Namor posts about the soccer match between Portugal and Germany. Megan texts Tandy asking if the rabbit's foot is real. Cecilia leaves a stack of comics for Molly to read since she is grounded. Lorna and Haller have a heart to heart talk after the incident in Salem.

2015: Adrienne asks Rogue to provide Namor with the Battle League details. Laurie asks Wade, Marie-Ange and Doug what one should do when hit upon by Atlantean royalty. Alison poses a question about wearing her own tour shirts. Miles is excited about the Final Fantasy VII trailer.

2016: Maya is unimpressed by her performance in finals. Laurie shares a book about science fails with Clint and Darcy. Kyle and Sooraya go shopping for books for the kids of the Mutant Underground.

2017: Hope apologizes to Reed.

2018: Fourteen emails Marie-Ange to let her know that they’ve found the team for her to support during the world-cup...Belgium. Clarice posts about a scientist who created a statue of the perfect human body, not happy she ignored mutants.


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