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Fic: How to escape from prison in 210 days (part 5/5)

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Aug. 26th, 2006 | 07:30 pm
posted by: mayachain in dry_ice

Title: How to escape from prison in 210 days ( part 5/5)
Author: mayachain
Pairing: Bobby/St John
Rating: R for dark themes
Summary: A few years after X3, Pyro has been imprisoned by the X-Men. He is... (it´s day 210, people!) no longer a prisoner.
Note I: Inspired by, though by no means fulfilling all requirements of, the post-X3 challenge nightshade24  posted waaaay back.
Note II: I don´t care if "fruititious" is not a word.


                            

Not that they should be hard to find, but:
(I) Day 191   //   (II) Day 194   //   (III) Day 195   //   (IV) Interlude

How to escape from prison in 210 Days



Say not, the struggle nought availeth,
    The labour and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not, or faileth,
    And as things have been they remain.

(From "Say Not, the Struggle Nought Availeth"
by Arthur Hugh Clough)

Day 210



The door opens, and Bobby limps in. St John thought before he couldn´t possibly look worse, but he does. He stumbles towards the cell, a metallic something falling out of his shirt. Stumbles and falls, doesn't hurt himself too badly, St John doesn´t think, but he doesn´t get up.

There is no sound, but something breaks.

St John watches helplessly as Bobby´s fist starts hitting the floor, weakly at first, but again and again and with more force, his lungs and throat letting out a mixture of a sob and a scream which sounds completely inhumane, and St John knows one of the children has died.

Magneto´s death tore the Brotherhood apart. Some will have continued to fight for the old man´s cause, sticking to the means Lensherr himself would have employed.

Some, Pyro doesn´t know how many, will not.

There was no accident, and the child´s death was not by human hand.

"Bobby, give me the keys." He realizes later that it´s the first time he's spoken to Bobby since he´s been captured. Bobby doesn´t react. "Bobby, give me the keys," St John says again, but there´s just sobbing and sounds that shouldn´t come out of a mutated being. "KEYS, ICEMAN," St John shouts in his most authoritative Brotherhood voice, and it works.

A minute later Pyro´s jeers at being out being out being out are pushed aside by St John kneeling next to a broken Robert Drake and holding him close. He´s never said "Shh" before in his life, but now he does, and eventually the sobs subside. The violent shaking doesn´t stop.

St John gets up and walks over to the easily picked-open medical cupboard, and is relieved to find a sedative he remembers Mystique calling mild because he´s not sure about dosage. Bobby doesn´t react, doesn´t flinch, perhaps doesn´t notice when St John shoves the needle into his arm, and then he´s passed out.

St John watches him for a while, making sure there´s nothing wrong with the way he is breathing. Then, noticing with satisfaction just how fruititious his endless mindless workout sessions have been, he has no difficulties picking the Iceman up.


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Pyro provides the code to get out of the first prison section. At the second door, he holds Bobby´s hand against the scanner, which obediently equals the cryokinesis gene to authorized personnel. The third, for which he is sure he would´ve needed at least an hour to somehow fake an absence of drugs in Bobby´s eyes, miraculously is already open when he gets there.

The children all watch him as he carries Bobby across the corridor. They watch him wearily, but there isn´t a single exclamation of alarm. He´s Brotherhood, a member of which group just killed, murdered one of them, but they´re not afraid of him.

The older ones know him, they remember how St John used to live with them, they remember how Pyro and Iceman used to be friends. They also remember 189 days of Robert Drake regularly disappearing and have enough sense to understand the implications.

St John sees that there are mattresses laid out all over the dining hall floor, glimpses Jones positioned in a corner in front of a dozen monitors, but moves straight past to what he knows was Mr.Summers' and guesses correctly is now Bobby's room. He yanks the door open and gently lays the unconscious mutant teacher on the bed, drapes him in his bed sheets and puts a glass of water on the nightstand.

He rests his hand on Bobby´s cheek for a moment, then walks swiftly into the dining hall. He doesn't look at the children trailing after him as he wrenches open a cupboard and pulls out a box of candles. No-one says a word as he positions them along the walls of the large room, gaps of two feet between them.

Now. Where...

There is no gasp as he finds a set of matches and sends a small fireball to light them.

Only when every candle in the room is burning, St John turns to face the children. They are huddled together, frightened and grieving. St John meets the eyes of pigtail-girl, who he suddenly is sure must be Artie´s little sister.

His voice has barely been used for six and a half months, yet it´s steady and determined. "Anyone who´s trying to hurt you, they´re gonna burn."


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This is it.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Aug. 29th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
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*struggles for words*

*is speechless on account of absolutely awesome audience*

Thank you so much!

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from: lux_apollo
date: Aug. 26th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
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*wide eyes*

Whoa. This is awesome.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Aug. 29th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
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So is getting such a compliment from you!

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Jenn

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from: oraclejenn
date: Aug. 26th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
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wow. That is.... I don't have words. I'm floored. AMAZING! Thank you SO much for sharing it!

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Aug. 29th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
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I really cannot convey how much getting this kind of response to my writing means to me.

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Jenn

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from: oraclejenn
date: Aug. 29th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Hopefully it means you will continue to write more.

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pyroblaze18

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from: kultiras
date: Aug. 27th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
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I just read all 5 chapters, and I love this so much. Protective John. *sighs dreamily*

Any chance for an epilogue? *looks hopeful*

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Aug. 29th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Protective John is the best! *sighs too*

There may be more. It'll take time, though.

Thank you!

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Rory

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from: divided_poet
date: Aug. 27th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
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Oh Wow. I just read this whole thing, it was amazing! You have left me completely speechless. Great Story! *g*

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Aug. 29th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
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*tries to calm down incredibly inflated ego*

Thank you!

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that nerdy kid

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from: ragingpie
date: Aug. 27th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
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Ah! NO! Don't stop now!!!

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Aug. 29th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
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*grins*
I had to stop. For now...

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stand_ford

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from: stand_ford
date: Aug. 27th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
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Nice!

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Aug. 29th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

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fenris91

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from: fenris91
date: Aug. 27th, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)
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Such a wondeful ending. Makes me wonder if Bobby's visits were subject to the mansion rumor mill.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Aug. 29th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

Bobby's visits - they probably were. While it would've been odd if the bringing of meals had been left to my OC student altogether, if none of the X-Men had ever gone down there... the students would probably have a lot of fun speculating exactly why the lunch-bringings took so much longer. That said, I don't think there were (m)any rumours that weren't good-natured, because if you know your life depends so much on one person as the children's lives depended on Bobby after Storm's death, even before Piotr and Kitty got injured, then spreading malicious stories about that person is not a good idea.

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ayumie

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from: ayumie
date: Aug. 27th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
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Aaaaw.
But now I want to know what happens once Bobby wakes up.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Aug. 29th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
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I kinda have the next few days outlined in my head, but I don't know yet if I'll be able to write them. There'll be a lot more interaction required now St.John is out of prison.
Other than that - a few months later, I have this image of

Wolverine: Worship me, I'm back!
Children: Go away.
Wolverine: But I'm so awesome, I've got claws, look!
Children: We don't need you. We've got John now.

I know. It's silly *smiles sheepishly*

Anyway. Thank you!

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ayumie

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from: ayumie
date: Aug. 30th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
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Please, you need to write that scene. Please please please please please. Pretty please?

See, you've reduced me to begging. I'm shameless that way.

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train_diskense

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from: train_diskense
date: Aug. 27th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
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But....but....I wanna know what happens NEXT. *want to KNOW*

Protective!John and all those candles? Yes. Yes so very much.

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Viva Hate

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from: mandlebars
date: Aug. 27th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
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your icon wins

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Aug. 29th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Kinda how I feel about Days of Becoming :)
Some endings are eeevil... *grins*
I have a rough image of what happens the next few days, though. I'll try to write it, but it'll only get posted if it lives up to my own expectations.

Protective!John and all those candles? Yes. Yes so very much.
Oh yes.

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Lurrel

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from: chibi_lurrel
date: Aug. 28th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
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This ending was absolute perfection! I love that St. John is still dangerous.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Aug. 29th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
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*grins*
Of course he's still dangerous. He just... shifted his priorities.
Thank you so much!

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ces

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from: calla_comet
date: Aug. 30th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
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gosh, your ending surprised me! in the very best possible way. and made me very happy. i love protective!john. and yes, please... epilogue? with conscious!bobby?

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Dec. 9th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, you just made me very happy!

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Courtney

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from: underscoremily
date: Feb. 19th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
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this was beautiful. The length was perfect. Well done.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Feb. 19th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much!

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Jakob

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from: nexusofcrisis
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Just read this again. I need to see this continue. My god, what an amazing world you've set up with so few words.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Eeee, way to make me happy! I'm a bit more invested in Bridges right now, but timestamps are always a possibility. (Actually... I should have some first drafts of Bobby waking up in a drawer somewhere... hmm... maybe I should dig them up again.)

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