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Moment of Awesome - Artie Maddicks/Facade Running into a cranky Maya Lincoln-Lopez, Artie gives her a lesson in basic conversation.

“And here I thought zombies only existed in movies.”

Maya stood at the entrance to the kitchen, which stood, conveniently enough, in a small hallway off to the side of the main stairs. It was both an easy run from the residential areas and nicely central to the other parts of Xavier’s school for the eternally optimistic and slightly or entirely mad.

Maya hadn’t asked anyone about the last but she was fairly sure you had to be permanently lacking in sanity to live here long-term.

Artie gave her a tired glare. "Hi Maya. i'm well thanks. How are you today?" Maybe modelling polite conversation would work with Maya. Who knew. He reached the kitchen and the coffee maker and poured one out.

“I’m stuck in a never ending hellscape while my family is in danger and I can’t be with them. Oh, and they guy who told my Dad he’d look after me left me with some bald, old guy as a guardian. How are you?”

Having delivered that short tirade via sign, Maya walked back into the kitchen and took a seat, chin immediately meeting hand as she gave Artie a bright, sunny smile laced with sarcasm. It wasn’t that she didn’t like him, she actually did. She just had no ability to be _nice_.

None of that was new, though. Artie drank his coffee, eyes half closed and felt some of his headache ease. The hangover half. The other half of his headache was mostly from the now barely visible bruise on his cheekbone and coffee didn't fix that or any of the other bruises he had. One handed, the other still cradling the half empty mug, Artie signed "Yes, and?"

“I have a dance recital?” she signed back.

She gave him a somewhat quizzical look, unsure as to exactly what he was looking for. She wasn’t a sharer, or a person to whom small talk came naturally.

He was too hungover for this. Whatever. Fuck it. "Maya," Artie put the coffee cup down and used both hands now, for additional emphasis. "Am I your therapist or a friend?"

"Friend."

Maya's sign was in no way hesitant, although she wasn't exactly sure where he was going with this. It's not like she was telling him her life story or anything.

Fuck it. "Look, I'm telling you this as a friend because I am out of fucks to give today. You don't talk friends like that - starting with an insult and going on to bitch about shit that isn't going to change. You have a fucking conversation. If you did that, people would get along with you better. You're a good kid. Let them see that by having a normal conversation occasionally." Artie rubbed his temples. Yeah, he needed that Tylenol.

"Firstly, that wasn't an insult, it was a joke but whatever. Anyway, did you miss the part where I told you I had a dance recital?"

"Right. I missed that. Sorry." The word dripped with sarcasm. "It doesn't change the fact that you think a joke is when you insult someone!"

"Are you just looking to fight with me?"

Maya who had started off signing one handed had also switched to two for emphasis, her gestures sharper as her temper, never far from the surface began to boil. She wasn't here to be lectured to by anyone, not even a friend.

"From where I'm standing, you started by looking for a fight. You're snippy. Can't you just chill the fuck out for fifteen goddamn minutes for once in your life? People would like you better if you had a little chill sometimes." Artie's pose was was relaxed and his face and hands matched his posture. XForce made you an actor. But his heart was racing. Fuck, come in for tylenol, pick a fight with a kid. Whatever.

Today in XProject:

April 21


2004: Monet encounters a zombielike Manuel and decides to use him as a houseboy. Alison encounters Frank the Lizard for the first time, with amusing results for everyone but her.

2005: Madelyn returns from vacation and she and Kurt discuss Meggan and the Grgics, Madelyn decides to take action; Madelyn visits Nathan and they talk about the wedding; Madelyn tells Hank about her job offer from Fred Duncan. Meggan meets Kyle. Alison has her first piloting session in the Blackbird. Jean has another conversation with herself, over her frustration at being grounded. Manuel and Dani discuss Amanda and Manuel's problems with people.

2006: Emerald Isle: Terry sets up her uncle to be caught by the police. Shiro reads another disturbing article. Not So Plain Jane: Jane runs into Remy in New Orleans.

2007: Monet invites Illyana to the prom. Turf War: Amanda lets the Snow Valley staff know she's in LA helping Angelo, and thanks Kurt for the use of his inducer; later, she and Angelo meet the Kick gang and Amanda poses as a user; after an altercation the pair are invited back to join the gang. Nathan takes his group to Hungary.

2008: Jay gets home late from his bar tending job and things get hot and heavy with Kevin.

2009: Clarice posts about a strange noise coming from Forge's office, and Doug responds asking Forge how much they drank that night. This sets off a long winded discussion between Forge, Doug, Laurie and Marie-Ange to name a few. Arses are handed to people, and various fun and games ensue. North makes a note that Doug better have brought enough alcohol for all of them, and then talks to Marie-Ange about the effects of alcohol on his powers. Kyle and Clarice share a musical moment in the same thread. Laurie posts about Austria and lakings, and Kyle replies that perhaps she's missing the point of said punishments. Callie posts about the brownies she made, and challenges everyone to guess what she put in them. Jean-Paul e-mails Lil about her offer, and they agree to meet up for a night of chocolate, wine and good looking men on film. Jean-Paul comes to talk to Nathan about an Elpis consultancy proposal he slipped under Jean-Paul's door; they agree that Nathan is evil, and that Jean-Paul is interested. Laurie e-mails Doug and Forge to say sorry.

2010: Lakshmibai Raj: Charles holds a meeting in his office and announces his decision to help stop the invasion of Pakistan; Jean-Paul gives Kevin a letter before boarding the plane for India; Charles calls Vanessa into a meeting and makes a request that she helps secure Lilandra's safety.

2011: Vanessa texts Warren, inviting him over. Yvette comments on Amara's plan to move to New York and room with Callie. Jean-Paul sees Vanessa and Warren sleeping together. Angelo emails Yvette, letting her know that he's found information about her father and half sisters. Jean, Julian and Haller train in the Danger Room; Julian gets a little bit thumped. Artie posts to the journals, revealing that he's remembering more about his childhood than ever before. Jean and Vanessa have lunch in New York.

2012: Scott meets Sooraya in the Danger Room and she has an important question for him.

2013: Kyle makes a journal entry asking if anyone saw the Brewers/Cubs game on Friday. Matt makes a journal entry about running away to join the circus. Maddie makes a journal entry informing Care Bear that he just got served, son.

2014:


2015: Matt posts about his love of the city in the evening. Roxy asks Generation X if anyone wants to go watch the Lyrid meteor shower.

2016: Jubilee emails Amanda about meeting up for dinner. Alison texts Marie-Ange if she needs a bunker. She also texts Tabitha about having a fake identity. Arthur posts about being spoofed. Laurie posts about science making her head hurt. Jessica posts about dying pink streaks in her hair.

2017: Reed and Molly experiment with human trebuchet flight. Reed posts about the possible legal issues concerning his trebuchet.

2018: Scott confronts Topaz about her draining of emotions during the rescue of his father and she is less than repentant.

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