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Fic: Rebuilding Burned Bridges (missing scene)

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Mar. 23rd, 2008 | 04:32 pm
posted by: mayachain in dry_ice


Happy holiday, people, have an easter egg!
The vote thing was pretty non-conclusive, so I decided to adhere to twilightr who was the first to comment. Not to worry, the St John-centric prequel will also be posted in the near future.

Title: Rebuilding Burned Bridges missing scene
Author: mayachain (mayachain)
Pairing: Bobby/St John
Rating: PG
Summary: "So now I know that if anyone ever discovers a "cure" that's permanent, I'll be dead before they make me take it. Still, it helped me understand Stels a bit, so all in all, it was a worthwhile experiment." (Bobby in R-b-Br-6).
Those first few days they spent in silence? This is one conversation they could have had.
Note: I didn't send this one to inootz for beta-ing, but I hope it's okay anyway.

Part 1 of Rebuilding Burned Bridges can be found here, all following chapters are linked internally. A short overview can be found in the During or after X3: Series section on mayachain's fic list here.



Rebuilding Burned Bridges


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If St John were to peer over Bobby's shoulder as he's working at his computer, he'd see that the programs that are keeping the college student busy at the moment consist of an open MSWord document, an excel document, an internet browser and a permanently open chat window. If he were to look more closely at the screen, he'd soon pick up a series of numbers with which Bobby seems to sign everything. If he weren't sitting on the couch reading while fiddling with the cap of his green pen, he could ask "Why 24/7?"

If he were to ask, Bobby might possibly consider giving an answer along the lines of "because I hang out with a group of mutants who've all tried, but since sworn off the vaccine."

At St John's hypothetical look of surprise and confusion, he might be inclined to go on: "You know, the vaccine? The one Dr McCoy makes by using Jimmy's blood instead of his marrow like the Alcatraz scientists did, instead of the "cure"? The one the X-Men have been giving to mutants who're afraid of their powers - yes, like Rogue, although she actually only takes a shot once or twice a year - for four years? What, Mystique didn't tell you about this? Well, we don't tell just anyone, you know."

While St John would be figuring out how to react to that, Bobby could explain: "There's about a hundred of them who come to the Mansion every three weeks. Stella did that for years."

If St John were interested, he could tell him how it was his responsibility to hand out water to help with the nausea post-vaccination, how at best the recipients had been able to direct small smiles at him when he'd hit the chill perfectly. How one day nevertheless this girl had started talking to him, had explained what power she wished to suppress, had eventually caught on to why Kitty and Piotr occasionally called him Iceman. How, when she'd realized that because of living at the school, this potentially dangerous young man with the glasses of cooled water had free access to it but never took the vaccine, it had been a revelation.

How she'd come to the Mansion three weeks later, sat in the infirmary, eyeing the syringe in Dr McCoy's hand, and had decided to ditch it.

If they were in a situation where Bobby could pick up on St John's reluctant curiosity, Bobby could tell St John about weeks spent in the Danger Room, about the first earthquakes and how absolutely terrified Stella had been, in spite of Jimmy sitting cross-legged on the floor, alert and at the ready, just out of reach. He could inadvertently spur the fire-manipulator's jealousy by telling him about a really bad panic attack and about how he, Bobby, had gripped her hand to calm her down and how the chill of his iced-over fingers had burned into her skin, giving her focus.

If they hadn't spent the last three days in silence, he could proceed to tell St John about Traipsie, who only wasn't mad at his family for urging him to try the "cure" because their insistence he be normal had led him to meet Stella and Bobby. He could tell St John about endless financial arguments with Storm, about the budget he'd finally been given, about Shadowcat defending his decision to temporarily "leave" the X-Men to Rogue, about Kitty manipulating records so the three of them would get into the same college, about clandestine sessions every Friday night in the gym, about fear and trust and hundreds of dollars spent on repair jobs, about how Traipsie unapologetically snapped a mental finger and erased the short-term memory of anyone who saw something they shouldn't. He knows for sure he'd get St John's rapt attention by mentioning how scared he'd been when Mystique had contacted him, Bobby, and expressed an interest in what they were doing. Stay under the radar, but never be ashamed of what you are. He could tell St John about Amanda, who makes plants produce more oxygen and occasionally flashes green, about Susan with her eyes sharper than the world's largest microscope, and Reynolds with his ability to pull all the light out of a room, and how they'd all decided to never again submit to vaccination, to be and stay and live as mutants 24/7.

He could tell St John all that, and maybe he will, but St John hasn't peered over his shoulder, hasn't asked, is sitting on the couch fiddling with the cap of his green pen, reading, so Bobby doesn't.

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Profiterole

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from: _profiterole_
date: Mar. 23rd, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
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That was so interesting. ^_^ It's great to see more about what happened between Bobby and the other mutants.

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Michael

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from: lux_apollo
date: Mar. 24th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Icon. Can't look away. And I'm in class. D'oh.

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Profiterole

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from: _profiterole_
date: Mar. 24th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
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It's from Torchwood. I'm sure you'd love this show. ^^

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I deliberately left it out in the main story, but now that St John's met them and will learn more about them, so should you :)

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DawnMarie

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from: x_if_i_left_x
date: Mar. 24th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
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This explains SO MUCH. I think, if possible, I love this all even more because of the way this connects the missing pieces and shows why Bobby has become the character he is now.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I left all those holes in the main story on purpose, so the reader would never know much more than St John, but he's catching up now, and that means you can too :)

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from: twighlightr
date: Mar. 24th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Ive toatlly fallen in love with your stella :)

this filled in so much for me and its great to see bobbys thought process x

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Ah Stella... she's great. She'll be a top seismologist one day and very actively and personally prevent natural earthquakes...

Thank you!

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Michael

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from: lux_apollo
date: Mar. 24th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
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I love this. I'm so glad you chose to show it to us.

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Michael

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from: lux_apollo
date: Mar. 24th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Also, it is SO VERY in character for movie-Bobby. Props to you.

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mayachain

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from: mayachain
date: Mar. 30th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I didn't want to have a long bit of exposition disrupt the main story flow, but since it's really quite important, I thought you all should know.

Also, it is SO VERY in character for movie-Bobby. Props to you.
*glows*

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