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Moment of Awesome - Scott Summers/Cyclops: When Kitty Pryde returns from one of her trips, she finds boyfriend Scott where she left him - doing paperwork.


It felt like there was a never-ending avalanche of paperwork constantly flowing through his office, from preparedness reports from all the teams to intelligence to authorizing the purchase of groceries used by the mansion. The truth was Scott had no idea how Charles had managed to keep on top of it and do everything else that he had done. Most of the time he felt like he was barely keeping up with it, just a few steps ahead of drowning. He could still feel the paperwork, multiplying, waiting for him through the floor, almost calling out to him to just work a little more, to try to get ahead, the impossibility that still sounded so sweet. A siren song.

Brown eyes dropped down to stare at the floor, his teeth worrying at his lower lip for a moment before he shook his head and reached for his coffee, settling back in the armchair he'd claimed for the night as his gaze lifted to the window, watching the twinkling stars decorating the heavens, a satisfied smile pulling at his features as he snuggled back, letting that warmth take him over. He could let it be, let it go for one night right? It wasn't gonna be the end of the world. Eyelids started to flutter closed, the leader of the X-men just sat, enjoying the silence till a series of sharp knocks punctuated the calm, lite stones thrown into a calm pool.

Scott's eyes shot open, shooting upright in his chair as he fumbled with his coffee for a moment before he managed to find the coffee table without spilling anything. That was a knock he remembered. For a moment Scott fought a loosing battle to hide the smile threatening to overwhelm his face before he gave up, pulling open the door to rest a shoulder against the jamb. "Hey stranger...I just put a pot of coffee and you show up? That's more than coincidence don't you think?"

She laughed, feeling a little giddy at the look on Scott's face. It was relief and she felt a little guilty at it, that she would have doubted anything else but a smile upon her return. Old habits died hard, however, even if the memories she was drawing on were years old.

"Well...I'm hoping not to be as much of a stranger anymore," Kitty said, going suddenly shy. She pulled a wild strand of hair behind her ear, looking up at him. "Mind if I come in? You almost look as if I woke you up."

There was something about being in the woman's presence that reminded Scott of a day on the beach, of that moment when you took a plane up through the clouds, it was that happiness, that pure joy that you found so rarely. Seeing Kitty still brought that genuine smile to his face, that feeling of elation he hadn't ever expected to feel again, and the way she just glanced down, the unexpected shyness well... "I was just watching the stars," Scott admitted softly, reaching out for Kitty's hand, tugging her into the apartment, "although, if falling asleep means waking upto you...suddenly the idea of sleep sounds a whole lot more appealing.

There was a soft click as Scott's foot pressed against the door, swinging it shut behind the woman as he drew her further into the room. "So...I'm hoping this isn't a fleeting visit?"

"Nope. Back for good," Kitty said, basking just a little in the warmth of his smile. "Or, you know, until the Mansion blows up or we get taken over by robot overlords or possessed by alien monkeys or something."

She followed him happily. Not much seemed to have changed in the attic or else, if it had, she was simply too glad to be there to see it. Her thumb rubbed the top of his hand thoughtfully, wondering what had him looking up at the stars. She admitted to herself that when she looked up at them herself, she always thought of him. Probably always would.

"Don't tempt fate," A wry smile twitched up the corner's of Scott's lips as he took a half-step back and to the side, pulling Kitty closer as he slipped an arm around her waist as if to check that she was real and not a phantasm of his overworked mind. In this place, you really never knew. "It's entirely possible now you've said that that the mansion's going to get blown up tomorrow, and robotic invasions seem to be a weekly occurrence, the next one's scheduled for Tuesday." The dim light of the stars and moon streaming through the windows lent an almost ethereal aspect to the scene, throwing up shadows where none might exist as a soft white light was drawn across the couple like a silken cloak. "I..." Scott's smile softened, a genuine look reserved only for the woman in his arms, "I'm glad you're back, I've missed you."

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August 5


2003: X-Men Mission: Pyro: Cyclops emails Storm and Pete letting them know something is wrong, but won't give details via electronic means; he arranges to meet Pete in New Orleans; Storm assembles a secondary team of X-Men as instructed.

2004: Asgard (plot): Those left at home try to cope; Shiro meets the Norns and becomes their champion; Doug becomes a bard's apprentice; Illyana winds up in Hel's service; Angelo saves an elven prince's life and becomes their champion; Rahne joins Hrimhari's wolf pack; Amanda is brainwashed by the Enchantress into believing herself to be her daughter; Paige becomes a Valkyrie.

2005: Jean officially requests to return to active duty.

2006: Kick It Up: Shiro has a difficult time in the Danger Room until he uses Kick.

2007: Sound of Silence: Attilan returns to its normal dimension, and Forge is the first to make radio contact with the outside world; Scott spreads the word of Attilan's return; Elpis is invited to join the Red Cross in helping Attilan readjust and Nathan asks Pietro to come with them.

2008: Laurie and Yvette have a farewell of sorts as Laurie moves into a senior suite with Morgan. Adrienne asks Morgan for a place to stay overnight on Terry's birthday. Terry's internship remains full of paperwork and filing. Crystal asks Pete about his dislike of Morgan. Garrison, Cain and Amanda unwind at Harry's Hideaway.

2009: Manuel and Jake run into each other and verbally spar before Manuel offers to help Jake with his emotional overload and sets up a meeting in Jean-Paul's suite; Jake and Jean-Paul discuss Manuel and Cammie while waiting for Manuel and when the empath arrives he uses his powers to ease Jake's emotions and allow him to sleep. Home and Native Land: Lil calls Jean-Paul to let him know she and Madison are alright and they discuss Johnny and the losses to Alpha Flight. Manuel inquires as to Cammie's emotions but is evaded, though he wasn't really seeking an answer. Amanda posts to Snow Valley to find out if anyone's heard from Remy. Jay posts to the team comm announcing that he has joined and trainee names are offered. Jake and Jean-Paul discuss their relationship when Jake claims he is not worthy of Jean-Paul. Jean questions Scott's decision to let Jay join the X-Men in an email.

2010: Laura joins Garrison for lunch by the pool and they get to talking about higher education. Kurt decides to join Bobby in his search for Nick. Butterflies and Hurricanes: Jean-Paul sends Vanessa another text, this time concerning a man claiming to be Julian in Arizona.

2011: Don't Close Your Eyes: Jean and Charles bring Amelia back from her dispersed state; Jean announces that Amelia Voight is still, after all, alive. Yvette invites people to her birthday at Silver. Returning to the mansion, Wade gets antsy and kidnaps Kyle for drinking and catching up, before a harmless joke prompts the panicked thought Wade might be Kyle's biological father. Warren and Laurie discuss her filing system at the XFI offices.

2012: Angel emails Lorna about going to the Lion King at the end of August. Hope, Maddie, Sue and Tandy spend the night in together playing cards and getting to know one another.

2013: Angelo and Frank have a conversation that does not end well.

2014: Cecilia mentions her medschool friends are wanting to take a trip to a cabin in the woods, and reflects on how badly that could go. Darkness Within: Scott posts to the staff comm to update them on what happened; Doug emails Amanda and Marie-Ange about Sue staying with him for a while and asking if she can use their bathroom, and emails Artie to warn him to put on pants; Topaz texts Matt from the Box, asking for company; Tandy emails Amanda and Haller, asking to see them both; Adrienne comes back from Boston to help Tandy and they talk over what happened. Matt visits Topaz in the Box and they discuss going to the zoo by themselves, returning to school, and driving.


2015: Jubilee posts a YouTube video without comment. Laurie e-mails Doug, Wade, and Marie-Ange about the ‘new’ Jean-Paul. Adri texts Tandy to invite her to a Katharine Hepburn marathon. Cruelty is Bitter Bane: Kane reaches St. Louis and has a talk with the head of the Field Office. Marie-Ange e-mails Jean and Wade about a lapsed contract that had been put out on Jean. Jean-Paul rescues Adrienne from her poor cooking skills and a kitchen full of smoke.

2016: Maya notes how weird it is to live in a places where people can just mention offhandedly that they’re thinking about buying a castle or two.

2017: Clarice finds herself in a youtube spiral and doesn’t know how to get out.

2018: Felicia and North do their grocery shopping and act cute.

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