The next day I was waken up by knocking on my doors. I realized that I had to fall asleep while writing in journal. I put it under a pillow and sat down.
"Proszę!-- I mean, come in!..." I wiped my eyes fighting back fatigue. Even through I was sleepy I wondered who it was with satisfaction. Although I would be glad, whoever the visitor was.
The doors declined and a beaming brunette with her hairs pulled back in a pony tail, walked into the room. She was around my height, and she was wearing light purple t-shirt and jeans. I didn't need to take second glance to recognize her.
"Hello, I've heard from the Professor X that you need some new clothes" she said hapilly. I wanted to agree, but she didn't let me say a word. "Fallen, is it? I'm, like, Katherine, but you can call me Kitty, everyone does it" the girl reached out to me. I shaked her hand. Her surname was Pryde, alias Shadowcat. Ability to phase through solid objects.
"Nice to meet you." I said politely, but quite honestly glad to meet her.
"If we want to make it before the dinner we should hurry, so, like, get ready."
I threw a look on a watch. It was nearly 9 am. So how long does she plane to be shopping?!
"See you in main hall in ten minutes" Kitty waved her hand and left. She herself surely would be getting ready about half an hour, but gave me only ten minutes. Fortunately I made it in time and went to the main hall, one of only several places I was shown.
Shadowcat looked at me and her smile faded. I quess she just realized that there will be no buying mini-shirts and sweet t-shirts. She glanced at my combat boots.
"I see you would get along with Rogue" she muttered. I smiled at the comment. Kitty's smile was back too."Just a second and we can go. Scott! Scott, we need, like, a ride to the mall!" she called in direction of kitchen's doors. Suddenly I felt relieved. Kitty won't drive. Agreeing on her driving would be a suicidal move.
"Who is "we"?" asked a tall brunet in shades, who walked out of the kitchen. He stopped, seeing me.
"It's Fallen. She's new here and I need to get her some clothes. She have only what she wears right now. So, like, can you drive us?" Pryde hurried with explanation.
Scott sighed and pulled out his keys. He spinned them on his finger and noded towards exit. Shadowcat clapped her hands.
"We owe you!"
I followed them outside, to the garage. Kitty sat on a back sit of red cadilac, and I sat beside her. Scott, who of course was the driver didn't speak up until we were out of the Institut's area. Then he looked at me in rear view mirror, which was noticable even despite his shades. He had to wear them because of his ability - in shortcut, he had a bazooka in eyes. He was stiff and responsible, so it's not hard to quess he was also leader of the X-Men team. He was very tall and well build, but it only made me feel shorter around him.
He finally spoke to me "So... what's your power?... Fallen, is it?"
"Yes, Fallen, and... I don't have any power."
Kitty and Scott raised theirs eyebrows. "Here it goes" I thought.
"Then what are you doing in our school?"
"I just... have nowhere else to go and the Professor was so kind to let me stay" I admited it will be better to hold on to this version.
"I see..." the nineteen year old boy crearly wasn't too happy of Xavier's good heart. Not in this case at least.
Kitty considered it for a moment before she intruded."But you gonna train with the others?" she asked.
"I don't know, I wasn't told" I answered truthfully. Pryde noded that she understands.
When we got to the mall we thanked for the ride and Shadowcat pulled me toward shops. I absolutely hate shopping, so I knew it's going to be an agony. But hey - I got into a cartoon. I was confused enough to let her dress me in a pink shirt and dye me blond!... Okay, maybe it's not THAT bad with me.
When she finally realized what style she can look for, she began to tell me about the Institute, showing me some clothes every two minutes. She was telling me who have what power, personality and what she thinks of them. I knew it all, but inhaled her every word. Finally she bagan to ask questions. Seeing that I avoid the subject of how I found myself at Xaviers, she droped it and began to talk about music and other trivial stuffs. I was trying to keep up with her.
I came back kind of satisfied with the shopping, but most of all, happy that they already are finished. Already, or rather scarcely. It really were almost dinner time. Kitty was so kind to help me with carrying bags, then she left me so she can take her time to get ready for dinner. Personally I don't get what's so necessary to eat a meal. I only took off my combat boots replacing them with sneakers, and took of a blouse, because all rooms at the mansion seemed to be kept in temperature high enough.
Earlier Kitty told me when and where the dinner will be, so five minutes before time I went to the dinning room. About half of the students already were there, counting in Katherine, that waved to me. Without thinking I walked to her and asked to point me a free place. Finally I was sitting almost in front of her, but exactly in front of me were Rogue. I smiled to her, but she ignored it. Appearently she wasn't in mood.
Two minutes later or so everyone were by the table. Most of people who were entering were smiling to me, but no one started a conversation. I was wondering how many times they got rebuked for being intrusive for new members. Independently of how many times it was, it worked. Nonetheless I still worried that sooner or latter attention will be on me, and there will be awkward questions, more awkward answers and it will cause the whole atmosphere to be awkward, and I don't like awkwardness.
Following the others I imposed a food. I don't like so called swedish table. I never know what to eat. This time however, I didn't care about what I eat and I was just taking what was close at hand.
Everyone were talking to someone else and about something else then the others. Some weren't talking, paying their whole attentions on tidbits or were considering possible ways to get something that was too far from them to reach. Anyways, everyone were swallowed by doing things which gave me an opportunity to make a more detailed analysis. I began to match names to faces, paying attention mostly to the people I knew better.
Whole "jet set" were in front of me. On left from Rogue were Scott and Jean, on the right in line Kitty, Logan, Kurt, Evan and Samuel. The rest were on my side of the table. I was between Jubilation and Rahne, which I could stand.
Professor from his 'place of honor' admited that I study the company and watched me like he wanted to ask "and how do you like?". I smiled gently and he smiled back.
Finally Rahne cut off talking with Roberto and turned to me.
"So, yoo're new here? What's yer nam'?" She asked with her accent. She had green eyes and short brown hair pulled into two pigtails.
"Fallen" I introduced myself and we shaked hands. Sunspot leaned out from behind the Scotchwoman.
"Roberto" he also shook my hand.
"I'm Rahne. I can transf'rm into wolf or werewolf" said Sinclair, then also Da Costa explained how does his power work like. I wouldn't understand a single word if I didn't know before though. Gaining power of sun to make it into his own strength - in shortcut. After that, of course, they asked me about my power. I sighed.
"I'm not a mutant. The professor let me stay because I have nowhere else to go." You know, after you say it dozen of times and get dozen of 'what-da-heck' looks, it becomes a norm.
They both seemed to be surprised, but in a moment Rahne laughed.
"That's so in th' prof.'s style. If he could he'd help th' whole world."
"So true" agreed Roberto, also laughing. I smiled at them.
"Hey, have anyone shown you around?" asked Jubilation from my other side. I looked back at her and smiled gently. The girl could shot fireworks from her hands if you wonder.
"No, not yet." I told her.
The Asian girl looked at my plate, which was already empty. Some students already left. The girl grasped my arm and pulled toward doors.
"I'm Jubilee. C'mon, you have to see Black-Bird *NOTE: SR77 Black-Bird is tuninged version of SR71 Black-Bird - long-rage strategic reconnaissance aircraft served with the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998.*!" she said excited.
"Fallen" said Prof.Xavier. We stopped.
"When you'll see everything could you see me in my office? I want to talk about High School."
"Of course" I couldn't say anything else, because Lee pulled me out to the hall.
For next three hours Jubilee were showing me all more interesting places, and with each another my presence here seemed to get deeper and deeper into my mind. The girl told me also some of her stories about what happend in a place she was showing me at the moment, which took a lot of time. When I entered the Prof's office it was past 6 pm.
"Evening." I greeted.
"Good evening. Fallen. Sit down please" Xavier was behind his desk, I sad in an armhair in front of him. "As far as I know you'll be 16 next year" the man watched me like he waited for me to confirm. I noded. "If so you will be attending our High School from the end of Christmas break."
"Alright, I expected that." No school? That would be way too beautiful to believe it.
"Good. You'll have to fill those forms and I'll take care ot the rest" Professor moved few pappers toward me. I glanced at them hesitantly. "I'll make sure no one will realize you ran away" Xavier provided me, calming me with this. Someone may say it's weird that he wants to cover me, but that's how this school works. It helps even if it's against law. "You can fill it right now" he handed me a pen. I took it and began to fill. Name, last name, since leaving Poland I changed it to Grace, date of birth... I stopped at place of living. "Write down name of the school, Jefferson Avenue" I noded.
"What about trainings, professor?" I began, finishing filling the forms. "Should I participate?" The trainings were to develop your powers. As for I had no powers, I didn't know what should I do.
"I think it would be a good idea. You can start even tommorrow, altough you can also take your time and give it a try later."
I put down the pen and the Professor took the pappers. While he checked out if there's nothing else to fill I began to consider it. I know how it would look like if I'd try to train later - I would say 'next time' until I would be forced to begin, which Logan, the trainer, wouldn't like. He'd want to make up for the lost time and I would have to train ten times harder. It's better if I'll get to this right away, and will not give myself time to consider other options.
"Any uniform that I should wear?"
"I'm quite sure one's already waiting for you in your room" Professor smiled. "Right now I don't need anything else from you."
I said goodbye and left. Owing to Jubille I was able to comfortable move around the school, so I went to a kitchen. There were Wolverine reading a newspapper. He looked at me, but didn't say a word. He was short, but very muscular man, who never start the converstation. He was harsh, but he had a good heart.
I opened the fridge and found only juice and milk.
"Any soda water, mr. Logan?" I asked. I respect him, a lot, and he gives me some kind of dread, but I didn't actually fear him.
"Up there, kid" the man pointed with his head to a cupboard over a blade.
"Thank you" I said and looked into the cupboard. There were some soda drinks. I took out a water and poured into a glass from dish rack. When I swallowed, Rogue entered the kitchen. At first she seemed dissatisfied with my presence, but after a second she relented. She walked to the blade, took a glass from dish rack and poured water into it too. I looked at her with corner of my eye. She was a goth, but she had different style from me. She had red or brown hairs with white bangs, dark make up and she was very pale. She had long sleeved purple shirt, black jeans, combat boots and leather gloves. She had to cover her body like this all the time, even in middle of summer, because if she'd touch anyone she'd absorb their memories and powers (if they have some). It was her power, and her curse. And main reason why she drew away from society.
"Yer nah havin' the best welcomin' evah, don't ya?" she asked, with heavy, south accent.
"I don't want to draw attention, so quess it's alright"
Rogue looked at me like she was surprised that I like it the way it is.
"You dun' want tho drah attention but yer dressin' this way?" her gaze moved through my clothes and back to my face. I looked at myself too. Ragged black jeans, quite loose t-shirt with Evanescence's logo, belt with brads and the sam collar.
"I could ask you the same. Do YOU want to draw attention?" I asked.
I swallowed one more gulp of water.
"People can stare, but not tell me who to be" I poured more water and taking the glass with me I left to my room. I didn't say good bye, I knew Rogue won't mind, while I didn't get into english too much and was like "the less words, the better".
I put down the glass on my bedside and with a sigh I threw myself on the bed. I think that first steps are behind me. It bit by bit was calming me down, even though my organism wanted to advertise rebellion in one way or another. But controling myself is something I seemingly learned better than I thought, and who cares for the nauseases.
A small box near my hand catched my eye. I was practically sure it was an x-uniform. I took the package to my hands, ripped the papper and took out an black suit from lajkra. I stood up to take a better look. On the arms were emblems with "X". In the box were also yellow shoes, gloves and belt. It was very tipical standard uniform for The Recruits. Generally I disliked uniforms, but this one was kinda cool.
I hanged it on one of free hangers in wardrobe, thrown away the ripped papper and looked at a watch. It was nearly 7 pm. I wondered if there's anything interesting going on at the mansion right now, maybe movie night or tranings I could watch. But I decided to stay in my room for the rest of the evening. This day exhausted me.
I threw a gaze to the balcony. I always wanted to have a room with a balcony. I liked to look outside, or 'spy' on people from a distance. Well, I was sure that this balcony will be very interesting place to watch people when it will be warmer outside.
I opened the balcony and a fresh, evening air seemed to be a salvation. Maybe a t-shirt ain't enough for a december, but I didn't feel like coming back for a blouse. I walked outside and with the corner of the eye noticed somebody's presence on the neightboring balcony. Kurt Wagner. I didn't need a second thought to recognize him. Of course I'm a poor ninja and the boy noticed me in the very first moment."Hi." I said.
"Hello" I didn't even have to think of if should I start conversation, he did it for me. "So hov vas your virst day at Xavier's?"
I resisted confortably on the railing.
"I don't want to go shopping ever again in my entire life."
Kurt chuckled to himself before he spoke again.
"I could ask you about pover, but people talks so I zink I knov ze vhole story already."
"I could ask you the same, but Kitty talks a lot either" honestly, the brunette only mentioned something. I just wanted to stop Kurt from giving me reduntant, awkward explanations about - not really his powers as it was nothing to hide but - about his look. Some mutants look different and it's part of their mutations. Kurt's one of them. However Prof.Xavier made a special watch-alike image inductor that creates a hologram, to make him look like avarage teenager. If he wouldn't it would be hard for him to go anywhere outside the mansion. However he felt better looking 'normal' so he frequently used it at the Institut either, right now too. With the corner of the eye I looked in direction of the German boy that made me come to this unusual school. At first he was a bit confused, but then he appearently found the situation fair enough.
I got back to watching surroundings. My nerves after the whole day of working hard, seemed to arrange a strike becaus I felt completely... okay. ALMOST completely calm.
Even despite the darkness the mansion's area was fascinating with its values. I regreted only one thing. That my balcony were from the town site, not pool's, and what's even better - sea's. Bayville wasn't port city, but a huge part of it were over a sea, and a small part of the beach belonged to the Xavier's school. All students were very happy about it, because they could freely swim or sunbath without worrying about people seeing them using powers.
Suddenly it hit me, I forgot to ask the Professor about something quite very important. I straightened up.
"Hey, do you know when the sooner training for the recruits is?" I asked the boy from neightboring balcony.
"Tomorrov afternoon, I quess".
"Thanks" at that moment I began to feel that a t-shirt and jeans ain't enough to keep me warm. I got goose bumps and a cold shiver went through my spine. "I better go inside. See ya, Kurt."
"Hov do you knov my name?"
I frozen just in the doorway. Fail. Epic.
"From Kitty" I answered, but in reverse of my intentions it didn't sound too convincigly. Even more like a question. "By the way, I'm Fallen. G'night" I entered my room and closed the doors behind. I felt frozen from cold and dreamed about a warm shower. It was only few minutes after nine, but I didn't plane to go anywhere anyway.
I spent almost half hour in bathroom, then took care of the journal till 10, and untill 1 am, with music turned on in a headphones, I was thinking about past few days.
Finally I layed to sleep after 1 am. Tommorrow there will be training, and I wanted to meet those that I didn't meet yet, and to look around the mansion's area on my own. It's going to be a long, long day, as they say.