Monday, 30 July 2007

The X-Men: The Future Generation [Part 8]

Fire on the mountain shall find the harp of gold,
Played to wake the sleepers oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea,
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree.

Alix frowned as she tapped into Cerebro's mutant-seeking power. The pain was becoming harder to resist. To calm herself down, she decided to do what Uncle Kurt Wagner always did. 'I recite a lot of psalms from the Bible when I'm feeling insecure,' Kurt had once told her. Okay, Alix thought to herself. Here goes.

'The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of the death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me...' Alix broke away at this time. Despite what Kurt had said, she couldn't focus on it. A mutant reciting David's Song...somehow it didn't seem right. Her mind flew to a song she'd heard, so enchanting yet familiar, like she'd heard it from a dream.

The pain hit again, forcing Alix back to reality. She inhaled sharply as she noted the individual mutants everywhere, but the more she looked, the more painful it became. It was as though her mind was telling her not to search any furthur, but she had to, she had to find David, or Lucas, she surmised, considering the dominant personality who'd taken over David previously.

'Focus,' she chided herself. 'Focus.' She pressed forward, urging her mind's eye to continue searching, while she focused again on the song she'd previously zoomed in on before the pain attack: the Song of Exile.

Taking a deep breath, Alix scanned for David/Lucas, as she started to sing the song to calm her down. 'Land of bear and land of eagle, land that gave us birth and blessing.' A sharp stab of pain hit her. She blinked away the tears.

Land of bear and land of eagle,
Land that gave us birth and blessing.
Land that calls us ever homeward,
We will go home across the mountain.

We will go home, we will go home,
We will go home across the mountains.
We will go home, we will go home,
We will go home across the mountains.

It was Chris, telepathically joining in. She felt relieved that he was holding onto her, and she continued with the next verses telepathically.

Hear our singing, hear our longing,
We will go home across the mountains.

Land of wolf and land of falcon,
Roaming swiftly to their families.
Gave us joy and gave us laughter,
We will go home across the mountains.

Suddenly, Alix struck gold. She found David/Lucas! Yes, she hissed telepathically. Letting down her defenses, she wasn't prepared for the next pain attack, but Chris was, and he took the pain from her.

Sorry, she apologized sheepishly.

Focus, he replied back.

Still sheepish, Alix turned back to David/Lucas. She saw him standing there with someone she knew as Optical, and several members of the Brotherhood, including Wanda Maximoff and her brother. She strained to hear what they were saying, but suddenly the pain was so much she wrenched the headset off her head and screamed in horror.

Calm down, Chris' voice came again. He started reciting a passage he'd read in one of his King Arthur books: Chris is a big fan of Arthurian Legends.

Inside the circle of the table, under the holy sword, a knight must swear he will obey to the eternal code, eternal as the table, a ring bound to honour.

Alix replaced the headset again, and strained to listen to the conversation between David/Lucas, Optical, and the Maximoff siblings.

A knight is sworn to valor, his heart knows only virtue, his blade defends the helpless, his might upholds the weak, his word speaks only truth, his wrath undoes the wicked.

Alix stared in horror as she realized what they were talking about.

The right can never die, if a man still remembers him. Words are not forgotten, if a voice pronounce them clearly, The Code always shines, if a heart preserves it brightly...
The Old Code....

The door to the Cerebro chamber opened, and Chris entered. He saw Alix kneeling on the floor, the headset replaced on the small table where it resided. He knelt down beside her and look at her, concern reflected in his eyes. 'What is it?'

Alix looked at him, for the first time, her defenses were totally down, and he knew she was extremely vulnerable. But it was also the first time Chris had seen her this way. 'It's Uncle Remy and Alison Blaire. They took them. I heard them say they'd killed them.'

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