Monday, September 04, 2006

The Final Battle

The Brotherhood and I appeared at Xavier's school in New York. A typical motley crew was assembled. As usual, Xavier himself was nowhere to be seen. My team gave the X-Men and their friends dubious looks, but none of us said anything.

A distant roar was growing louder until the noise was nearly deafening. Soon the heavens were black with the alien demons. Another of Koma's portals opened next to me. Sky walked through.

Without a word we embraced, our lips locked in the most passionate kiss I have ever experienced. Impending death can do that to you.

As the monsters swooped down on us, Sky and I parted. I turned to face our enemy. I sent out a powerful magnetic wave right through their center, seperating the force into two groups. My Brotherhood stayed in tight formation, watching each other's backs so the demons could not get behind us.

I could describe the details of the battle but words would fail to describe the wild range of emotions that grip one in war. Anger, exhilieration, fear. Several of my people fell. Still we fought on in the face of overwhelming numbers, refusing to accede defeat.

And then it ended. Our enemies turned to dust. Before my very eyes the landscaped was transformed from the hellish ruined battlefield into a prestine rolling estate. The shattered school was restored to its prestine condition. And our fallen comrades rose up.

A voice of such purity that I could barely stand to listen told us that the battle was over and we were heroes. Her closing words were that all would be as they should.

Then I saw Colossus striding towards the school. In his arms was the limp body of Gaia.

"I detect life signs," Sky said to me. "She must be terminated."

Without another words Sky leapt at Gaia, her arm transforming into a giant battle axe. A bolt of ruby energy shot through the air and blasted her back. Apparently she had been wounded in the battle as she collapsed at my feet.

I raised my hand and started to crush Cyclops' visor around his head. Wolverine jumped in front of me, his claws sliding out of their housing with a loud 'snikkt' sound.

"Don't even think about it, bub!"

"Bah! You know you are no threat to me!"

"There's only one way to find out," he said as he moved towards me.

"Wait!" shouted a loud, commanding voice. Storm. "Haven't we been through enough today? Take your people and go Magneto!"

I thought about flinging Wolverine claw first straight at her chest.

But what's the point? Sky's self-repair program had probably mostly healed her already. I have had enough war for the day.
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