Looking away
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The Massachusetts Academy, Early Spring
Jono had a dilemma.

Or, more accurately, Jono had a whole host of dilemmas, all wrapped up into one tidy little envelope, sitting on his nightstand and staring him in the face. In part, of course, because of his face. The letter was, after all, from Xavier. And accepting the proposal in the letter meant a good many things. Leaving Massachusetts. Leaving Angelo and Jubilee and the others behind. He'd done that once before, when he wound up on Fandom Island, and he wasn't entirely certain if doing it now counted as running, or simply moving forward.

And there was the rest of the dilemma, there. Things had been insane for the members of Generation X, lately. Busy, heartbreaking, not particularly easy, and everybody was dealing with these things in their own ways. Surprisingly, the biggest changes to be seen were in Emma and Sean, both of whom were beginning to worry the surviving members of the team. Now would be some pretty rotten timing for Jono to take Xavier up on his offer to join the X-Men. Right?

His eyebrows furrowed a little as he stared again at the letter, and then shook his head, shoving it into his nightstand. He'd sleep on it for a few more nights, and maybe that would help him figure out just where he wanted to go from here. In the meantime, he was pulling out his phone and firing off a short e-mail to his friends.

Believe it or not, I miss you guys. How have things been?

Jonothon's conversation-starting skills needed work. But it was either this, or listen to Paige go on about rescuing trees from some money-hungry oil corporation for the millionth time.

[NFB for distance, but Open for texts, e-mails, surprise multidimensional visits, anything you don't need a mouth for. If you figure your character got Jono's amazingly verbose e-mail, they did, sure! I'm actually around again! Yay, around again!]

trigons_child

2011-06-26 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

The thing Raven hated about email was not being able to feel the emotions of the person she was talking to. It put her on an even playing field with everyone else, but it wasn't something she was accustomed to. Or entirely pleased with, of course.

It has been sunny and pleasant, she wrote. Much like Hawaii, but not as warm.

You are truly well? You are not just saying that so I will not worry, are you? Because you know I will worry regardless, so there is no need to do so.


Raven logic was special.

I can teleport to you as soon as my shift is done. Even if all is well I would like to see you. It has been three weeks here in Fandom. Has it been the same for you?

furnaceface

2011-06-26 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Months, came Jono's reply, after another few minutes of deliberation. There's melting snow here now. It has been an eventful winter, but there isn't any need to worry for me, Raven. I'll be fine. It takes a bit of doing to keep me down, Sunshine.

Really, at this point, he had no idea just what it took to keep him down. Fortunately, he wasn't in any sort of hurry to find out, either.

Still and all, I wouldn't mind a visit. I was deliberating a trip to the island myself, but haven't had a moment edgewise to actually manage one.

trigons_child

2011-06-26 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Then I will come the moment I am done in the library. She checked the time; it was late afternoon by then. In an hour? Would that be all right? There are no classes next week, so I do not even have to rush back.

She'd feel better seeing him for herself. And she missed Jono-snuggles.

furnaceface

2011-06-26 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Show up whenever you can, luv. Jono didn't bother checking the time, himself. If it had been three weeks to three months between them, odds were that he'd be waiting at least a little bit longer than an hour for Raven's visit.

That gave him a bit of time to... To clean his room up some, or something.

Maybe we can do some sightseeing around Boston while you're here, or something. Get away from the Academy for a bit. Breathing room?

For a man who didn't breathe, Jonothon certainly seemed the sort to need an awful lot of breathing room, really.

trigons_child

2011-06-26 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

I will finish up here and then come, she wrote. She made a mental note to stop by her room and grab warmer clothing if there was still snow on the ground there.

Do you want me to come straight to your room or should I announce myself at the door?

furnaceface

2011-06-26 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

My room.

Jono took a minute to contemplate just how events would go if he had directed her to go to the door. He pictured the worst person possible being the one to answer. Possibly Emma-the-psychotic. Possibly Sean-the-drunk.

Possibly Jubilee the gossip.

Definitely my room.

It was safer that way. By a long shot.

trigons_child

2011-06-26 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

I will be there soon, Raven promised. And you may show me Boston or whatever you wish. I will just be happy to be in your company.

She tidied up the library, returning the Pied Piper book to the shelves with a warning to behave, then made a quick trip first to her room to grab warmer clothes, then to the cabins to leave a note for Karla.

A minute later she was teleporting into Jono's room in Massachusetts.

furnaceface

2011-06-26 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

An hour in Fandom worked out to about four in Jono's Massachusetts, which left Jonothon with plenty of time to do something that vaguely resembled a tidying-up. If, by 'tidying up,' one meant that he'd shoved a large number of records into appropriately labelled boxes, shoveled his laundry into a hamper, and then changed the kitty litter.

Yes. Yes, that did take the better part of four hours. Why?

When Raven arrived, he was sitting on the edge of his bed, congratulating himself on a job that was more or less done. He jumped only a little as she arrived, it had been a few months since he'd last seen somebody just kind of swoop into existence in front of him like that, but he shook it off easily enough and stood, making his way over to greet her with a hug.

//Hello, Sunshine. Missed you.//

trigons_child

2011-06-26 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I wish there was a way for me to knock before I appear," Raven said, moving into his arms and hugging him tightly with a happy smile. And of course she was doing a quick empathic check to make certain he was uninjured.

"I hope I did not keep you waiting long," she said, lifting her head from his shoulder and sending him a kiss.

furnaceface

2011-06-26 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

She'd probably be pleased to know that Jonothon was completely uninjured, beyond the old wounds that his mutation had cursed him with. There were a few guilty undertones floating around the emotional side of things that hadn't been there before, and there was a fair bit of uncertainty all around, but none of it was because of or directed at Raven, at least.

//Not terribly long,// he replied, once he'd recovered from that weak-in-the-knees sensation that was vying for dominance over all of those other feelings. It had been entirely too long since he'd felt a kiss, as well. //Gave me time to plow a walkway across th'floor of my room.//

Okay, his room was cleaner than that. A little.

trigons_child

2011-06-26 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

She was very pleased by that, and while she noted the feelings of guilt and uncertainty, she filed that way to ask about later. She didn't want to be nosy and press when she'd only just gotten there.

But that didn't mean she was letting go yet. Three weeks was far too long, and she even longer for him.

"I appreciate the effort," she said, lifting a hand to his face. "But I come to see you, not your room. I do not mind." Well, as long as there was a walkway of some sort.

furnaceface

2011-06-26 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

//Really? But it is a room worth coming to see, I think.// He was teasing lightly, now, as he reached his hand up to clasp hers, holding her fingers against the skin of his cheek. //There're so many interesting things in it.//

Most notably at the moment? Raven. She was certainly the one thing in the room that was garnering the most attention from Jonothon, at least.

//You've been well, then? Really? Aside from errant literature and a moving island?//

trigons_child

2011-06-26 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Aside from the spiders, Fandom has been relatively quiet," Raven said, nodding. "Some of them were small, but others were much bigger, the size of large dogs," she said. "They were not alive, so I could not affect them with my gifts, but I could take them into my Soul-Self and dispose of them elsewhere so they could do no harm. And the rest fled after but a day, and then the island moved."

She lightly stroked her fingertips against his cheek above the wrappings, just enjoying touching him, then asked softly, "And what have you been doing?"

furnaceface

2011-06-26 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

//I could almost make a list,// Jono replied softly. //Things I've been doing since last we saw one another. Rescuing helpless children from fates worse than death. Facing off against th'Juggernaut. Tripping over bits and pieces of parts of th'school. Same old.//

And some not-same-old mixed in for good measure. Not that burying a friend was a new experience for him, but it was hard to be blase about that sort of thing. Ev had been a good man.

trigons_child

2011-06-26 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Do you want to talk about it?" Raven asked, sending warmth and comfort with her touch. "Or do you wish to forget about it for awhile? I will listen or distract, whatever you need."

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