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Ficlet: Most Wanted

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May. 23rd, 2007 | 12:48 am
location: at home
mood: sicksick
posted by: mayachain in dry_ice

Months ago, I wrote Gazette Day, wherein St John posts an open letter to Bobby's parents in the Boston Gazette and causes a small chain reaction. Sometime after, I wrote down a draft for a potential sequel, which I promtly misplaced and couldn't find again - until this evening. So, while waiting for the inspiration I need to get my current post-X3 WIP ready for posting, I bring you this.

Title
: Most Wanted
Author: mayachain (mayachain)
Rating: PG
Characters: Scott, St John
Summary: About two weeks after Alkali Lake and Boston, there was a series of open letters. Then, there was silence. Until...
Note: This is for asinnerofsorts, who didn't mind a sequel, and for sarkywoman, who liked Gazette Day Scott.


Most Wanted




When the phone rings, Scott is in his office, staring at the desk in the same listless, lifeless way that permeates his every action lately. Shaking himself to regain at least some amount of the professionalism his student's parent's rightfully expect of him, even if faked, he picks up the receiver.

"Xavier's School for the Gifted, Scott Summers?"

There is a second's pause at the other end, then

"Scott, it's John. I'm in some town in the middle of nowhere. Oak Ridge, North Carolina."

Another pause, then the sound of someone taking a deep breath. "Can you come get me?"

*

The caller’s identity and the nature of the request is not something Scott’s numbed, grief-stricken mind can instantly process. He hasn't dared hope for this, has watched his students religiously scan the Boston Gazette, watched them hope and wait for this, watched them lose hope one by one as another and then another week came and went. In the almost forgotten non-Jean compartment of his heart, he hasn't expected to ever hear from this particular teen again, has expected the loss of security to be too much to ever give the school as well as Scott himself a second chance.

*

"Of course," he says after what he hopes has not been a lengthy pause. Slightly bemused at hearing his voice convert to a bleak version of the Cyclops mode both he and most residents of the Mansion presently have deemed irrevocably lost, he asks, "Are you in trouble?"

A quiet snort. "What, is that a condition?"

"No, just inquiring whether I need to take the jet or break any speed laws."

There is relief and a trace of humour in the second snort on the other end. "I'm fine. I'll just sit here by this town square fountain and wait."

*

Left arm already reaching for a map to plan the trip, a sharper note enters Scott’s voice. Though St John's tone has been light, youth and teacher both know a bit too much for comfort about wishing and waiting for things that never happen. "I'll be on the road in eight minutes, John," and he waits for the closest thing to an affirmative sound he's going to get out of his neglected and dispirited advanced maths class' most wanted pyromaniac before he hangs up the phone.

When the car leaves the school premises, it's been seven minutes and eighteen seconds.

*




Some day, a third part will exist.
Oh, and according to open office, each of the smaller parts is exactly 100 words. Which I'm proud of.
ETA: Continued here

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train_diskense

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from: train_diskense
date: May. 22nd, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
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Awwwwww

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: May. 23rd, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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talk_back

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from: talk_back
date: May. 23rd, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
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This is like dangling a steak in front of a hungry, OT7 loving DOG. more?

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: May. 23rd, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Aren't I mean?
Yes, there will be more.

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Michael

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from: lux_apollo
date: May. 23rd, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
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There had better be a third part. :-)

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: May. 23rd, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
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There should be one, as soon as I get my head wrapped around the execution of it... *g*

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Accident-Prone Ninja-in-Training

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from: asinnerofsorts
date: May. 23rd, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
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`Some day, a third part will exist.`

And I shallst wait for that day. This was painfully short, which only makes me more eager for the next part. But I will be patient because you noted me! it is a virtue :P

ps

`In the almost forgotten non-Jean compartment of his heart...` That was a lovely little aside. Just thought I'd say ^_^

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: May. 23rd, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
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good things come to s/he who waits *g*

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: May. 23rd, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
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I'm trying! I'm trying!
Thanks!

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aka bloodnfire

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from: sendthewolves
date: May. 23rd, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
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I join the ranks of those wanting a third part!
Awwww I love your Scott :)

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: May. 23rd, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: May. 23rd, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
What is it with John making Scott go on road trips? *g*

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: May. 23rd, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
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hush, no revealing my secrit plan!
[I'll look forward to tomorrow, then :)]

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sarkywoman

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from: sarkywoman
date: May. 23rd, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Yay and squee. I can't seem to write sympathetic Scott. Even though I like him, he always comes across as an arsehole in my fics.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: May. 23rd, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
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I think my Scott owes a lot to kuriadalmatia's version of him in The Fundamental Difference of Experience; I have difficulties making him mean after reading that, and I don't want to, anyway :)

Yay for the squee!

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Jedi Knight Revan

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from: the_lady_revan
date: Jun. 16th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
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I hope Bobby was in the car, too ;)

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Jun. 16th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Nah, he's not. He's milling about the school along with the others, wondering where his math teacher disappeared to. Scott's a bit too smart to overwhelm John like that, and imagine the surpriiiise late in the evening!

Thanks for your comments!

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from: always2late
date: Jun. 25th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
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great can't wait to read more. very intersting concept. love it

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