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!]


2011-06-27 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)

//That...// Jono lifted a shoulder slightly. He wasn't brushing anything off, really. He was digging, trying to find the words. //A rumour started circulating around th'school that there were mutants taking classes alongside th'human kids. That went over... about as well as you might expect. Riots. Panic. Parents swarming in. And in th'middle of it, there was Adrienne, who'd already tried t'kil th'lot of us, and she'd planted bombs in th'school. Set to go off right there, mid-riot. We managed to get most of them.//


2011-06-27 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Raven bit back a surge of anger, hating this world again for how it treated people like Jono. It wasn't fair how her mother's world was accepting of those with powers, and Jono's treated them like they were monsters.

"Adrienne -- your headmistress, who is related to Emma?" she said, remembering what Jono had told her at the Strawberry Social. "Why would she...?"

Then it sank in what he'd said. "Most of them? But not all? Was someone hurt?"


2011-06-27 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Jonothon didn't reply for a few moments more before finally coming up with words.

//Everett. One of us. Everybody made it but Everett. He tapped into Monet's power as best as he could from as far apart as they were, and he used himself to shield th'bomb. The rest of us were trying to evacuate th'building when it happened.//


2011-06-27 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)

"Oh, Jono, I am so sorry," Raven said, tightening her arm around him. She didn't need to ask if he'd died; Jono's words and tone made that clear to her. She just wished she'd been there for him afterward.

"How long ago was it?" she asked.


2011-06-27 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)

//A few months now,// Jono replied, lifting a shoulder slightly. //It's still... weird, I guess, not having him around. Not that I was ever really part of th'team the same way the others are. I didn't know him all that well. But... well enough. He was one of us. It was harder on th'gels. They were both fairly fond of him.//

Truth be told, he was a difficult sort to dislike. Even if Everett had been able to use Jonothon's own powers better than Jono himself could. That had caused no small amount of resentment from Jono for a short while, but Synch certainly hadn't deserved the end he'd been met with.

//For me, it's mostly another reminder that I'm not in Fandom anymore, I suppose.//


2011-06-27 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)

"Even Fandom is not immune to such losses," Raven said, shifting her arms so she had both wrapped around him, thinking of Triela and Karla's friend Katniss. "But at least there you were more free to be yourself." And those deaths had been caused by their own homes, not Fandom itself.

"Adrienne is gone now?" she said. "And the other students as well?"


2011-06-27 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)

//She is, and they are,// Jono agreed, shrugging his shoulders a little and leaning in a little closer to her. //We've been training harder, since. If nothing else, there's that.//


2011-06-27 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)

"And saving children, and dealing with a...Juggernaut?" Raven said.

She rubbed her hand against his shoulders and the back of his neck. The leather wrappings were a barrier, but she could cheat and let him feel her touch against his skin to try to ease some of the tension from him.


2011-06-27 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Jonothon's eyes slid closed at the touch. He was going to have to work on staying awake if she kept that up. Just being close to her had him more relaxed than he'd felt in weeks, and then that?

He'd be bloody terrible company if he just happened to start napping on her, unfortunately.

//Juggernaut's his name,// he explained, as if that really explained anything at all. //Or his codename, at least. Massive bloke. Can take any punishment a person can throw at him. Showed up one day alongside one of Sean's cousins and someone who wasn't quite one of our other old, dead teammates.//

The mortality rate for being a mutant in spandex...

//We sent them on their merry way without too much trouble, eventually.//


2011-06-27 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)

"Have you had any time to relax and enjoy yourself?" Raven said. "I hope it has not been constant fighting all these months for you."

She turned to the side so she'd have a little more leverage while rubbing his back. No, she wasn't helping matters much with regards to staying awake, but she wanted to encourage his relaxing.


2011-06-27 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

//Some,// Jono offered. //It's been more training than fighting, for th'most part. We're not really X-Men yet. We're kind of more... in limbo, with the occasional idiot swooping in and trying t'kill us, or kidnapping one of us, or...//

Come to think of it, most of the trouble they'd had lately was a direct result of some psycho or other painting a target on Emma and Sean. Huh.

//... We're waiting for our invitations to become part of th'real deal.//

And he couldn't help but glance awkwardly at the nightstand that held his own.


2011-06-27 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Raven followed his gaze to the envelope sitting on the nightstand. "They have asked you to join them?" she asked. "To be one of these X-Men?"

That might explain the uncertainty she'd picked up on. She wasn't sure how she felt about that herself yet.


2011-06-27 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)


See him jump for joy, there? No? Go figure.

//On th'one hand, they're actually out there making a difference. Doing things that mean something, instead of prancing about what's left of their schoolyard in magenta tights with the occasional incidental act of heroism thrown in for good measure. "Sworn to protect a world that hates and fears us." Proving that not all mutants are overpowered madmen. I should be honoured to be asked to be a part of that.//


2011-06-27 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

"But you are not?" Raven said, resting her hand on his arm. "What are concerned about? How do you truly feel?"

She could feel that, but she couldn't sense the reasons behind the emotions.


2011-06-27 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

//I don't know, luv,// Jono sighed, closing his eyes and turning to pull her into his arms. //I'm flattered that Xavier hand-picked me for his little band of heroes. Any one of us in Generation X would leap at th'chance to join. But...//

He faltered, shaking his head. There were words for this, he was certain of it, but the best that he could manage was a small taste of the loyalty that he felt toward the other members of the team, projected her way with a slight clumsiness that suggested that it had been a while since he'd attempted to send anybody anything more than his thoughts.

//We've been through so much together. I took off on them once already, it just doesn't feel... right.//

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