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Marvel Girl
 Posted: Apr 10 2018, 12:08 PM
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Giving an order not to act felt wrong and when she had finally extricated herself from the heated meeting Jean had more or less given up on it being a productive day. On second thought that was information that could have gone out in an email. Or just not been given out at all. This policy of transparency was just a headache waiting to happen.

Of course the last week and a half had been one massive migraine anyway. Between her own worries about the missing girls, the constant use of Cerebro trying unsuccessfully to track them down, and having to hear and feel everyone else's thoughts and anxieties meant that she had taken enough Tylenol and Advil to probably give herself liver failure and an ulcer.

On the bright side if her organs started failing maybe she could take some time off. She'd insist they take her to a normal hospital instead of letting Merry and Kaylee treat her, since either one of them might just run a line of air into her over Neena going missing on her watch and her refusal to immediately launch the team into a rescue mission that was probably whoever had them's way of getting to the X-Men. A nice hospital stay would probably be relaxing after this.

"How'd I even get to be in charge Darwin?" she asked as she and the puppy walked down to the lake to what would hopefully be a few minutes of quiet. "I was much better at just telling Scott how bad of a job he was doing." Which hindsight being twenty-twenty may not have been the best way to help the leader, but she had made a much better behind the scenes player than the one the spotlight was on. Sure, she had shown up to the meeting, game face on, and delivered the plan without letting them know how much she was doubting it was the right decision, but inside she wasn't sure. Maybe she was being paranoid. Maybe it wasn't a trap. Maybe Laura really was that good that she had gotten free long enough by herself.

Or maybe if she took the team in blind she would just get them all killed.

Darwin however did not suddenly decide to be a fount of wisdom as in answer to her question he took off along the shore barking wildly at nothing before he got distracted by his own tail. Well. At least someone was having fun.

She shoved her hands into her pockets, looking out across the water. She was going to have to go back sooner or later and pretend she still had an excellent plan, while praying the security team turned something useful up. Or that Logan called back. He would have known the best way to go about getting into the place and getting them out. She had to hope that he was actually already on their trail and had opted not to tell them. She hated the lack of trust, but it was better than the alternative that he had either finally figured out a way to get black out drunk and didn't care about the teenager who considered him her father and the little girl who he had known her whole life or had gotten himself into some kind of trouble.

The sound of someone approaching made her straighten up and wipe the worried expression from her face. If it was one of the kids or the younger team members the last thing she needed was for them to see her uncertain.

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 Posted: Apr 10 2018, 06:05 PM
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"Criticism - however valid or intellectually engaging - tends to get in the way of a writer who has anything personal to say. A tightrope walker may require practice, but if he starts a theory of equilibrium he will lose grace (and probably fall off)." Jase said as he strolled down the path and onto the dock. A book clutched in his hand. Old and worn, obviously one that had been read time and time and time again.

One could tell, by the manner in which he carried this book, that it was one of Jase's most treasured possessions. One that he had read enough times that he could probably quote it line for line, and had just quoted to Jean and excerpt from that book. One that was just as much about self doubt as it was being overly critical of one's purpose and capacity. At least that was how Jase read the words. The fabulous thing about "The Professor" and his words. They gave what you got out of them and what you got out of them were always what you needed, but only if you listened.

"Though if Tolkien's words are not what is needed then perhaps Gandalf will serve best. 'For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” Jase simply said as he pulled up not to far from Jean. Turned and looking out over the lake in a different direction than she had been. Jase gave Jean that soft smile of his his, as soft a smile as a scarred face could give, before turning back out to look over the lake. "In times of great uncertainty I tend to turn to The Professor." Jase simply said, "Perhaps he can help with this worry that you are so terrible at hiding."

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 Posted: Apr 21 2018, 06:09 PM
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Jean relaxed a fraction when she saw who it was approaching. Jase had been with the school long enough to have been through enough situations like this. It was no newbie she had to reassure or New Mutant come to howl at her about not immediately going in for Laura. Martyr was rational and he knew what was at stake. Even if his method of coping with it was Tolkien. Not that Jean had anything against Tolkien, she just wasn't sure he was the expert voice on kidnappings and potentially the end of the world. As much as she might like a good story she didn't know that getting life advice from literary heroes was the best way to go.

Although to be fair they dressed up in flashy costumes and ran around being super heroes so maybe any advice was good advice at this point.

"I hope I'm not the tightrope walker falling off," she said dryly. It felt like that some days recently. One wrong move might send them all plummeting.

She knew that was being over dramatic, the end of the world could hardly end up being her fault. It would probably be due to a whole series of bad decisions and wrong moves.

"Am I that obvious?" she asked with a wry smile, trying to take his advice to heart. She knew he was right, even if his suggestions came in the form of quotes about wizards, but it was hard for her to accept it. "An oncoming invasion or two missing girls would be bad enough, now we have both." And she wasn't sure how to deal with the first and knew well enough she wasn't going to like what they found when they could deal with the second. "Do you remember when our biggest worry was Magneto and his hooligans?" Those were the days. No aliens. No messages from the future. No Weapon X. No Savage Land, just good old metal head and his Brotherhoodlums.
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