[ Devils Eyes ] by Dani
Chapter 6: The Ball and The Thief
walked inside the foyer of the Hyatt Hotel. It was twice as big as the
Ritz and just as stunningly elegant. They presented their invitation and
walked into the ballroom.
was massive. A large crystal chandelier hung from the ceiling,
illuminating the large crowd of people. Gowns of every shape and size were
on people of every shape and size. Several people were waltzing on the
floor to medieval style music whilst the rest were either seated at the
round tables with candles on them or were standing talking to people at
was like they had stepped a little back in time. Everything was stunning,
dark rich colours and creamy lighting made for a beautiful combination
and looked like one of the balls that Kings and Queens would hold.
had just found their table and were about to sit down when a pair of
slender arms wrapped themselves around Storm’s waist.
Chere, why is it dat you ge’ more an’ more stunnin’ ever’ time
I see you.” The man, or rather teenage boy, who spoke was tall and lean,
dressed in an Armani tuxedo and wearing, for some reason, sunglasses.
Will you never stop being such a shameless flatterer?”
grinned with delight as he took her hand, kissed it, and then pulled her
into a hug.
if I did dat den who would dere be to make you blush so prettily?”
let go and looked over to her team mates. A couple of them did double
takes, the rest were just shocked. That was the first time they got a good
look at his face. He was, for lack of a better word, beautiful.
angular but delicately boned cheek-bones that were very prominent. A
finely chiseled nose made it look more like a work of art then a face.
The man was really little more than a teenager, though his smile was a
little more wary then someone of his age normally would have. The aura he
gave off was both charming and dangerous, a gift and a warning. Storm had
always been sure that angels would send him straight to hell for envy of
his face alone. He had sensual red lips, pale, golden skin and they could
have sworn they saw a flash of red from behind the sunglasses.
wasn’t like Scott, thick and muscular, he was slender with flat, wiry
muscles but he looked thin, a little malnourished. He was now leaning
against one of the walls, the silver earring in his ear giving him a devil
may care look from his stance. He was tall, a little shorter than Scott,
about 6ft 2”.
“An’ you are?”
am Prof. Xavier. This is Scott Summers,” Scott held out his hand to
shake Gambit’s. Gambit grinned and shook it with his own slender one.
Grey.” Jean blushed as Gambit took her hand and kissed.
Pryde.” Gambit did the same to her.
Nack.” She pouted as Gambit gave her nothing but a polite nod.
Wagner.” Kurt laughed as Gambit did an impersonation of Scott and stuck
his hand out stiffly.
Daniels.” Evan smiled as Gambit and he sook hands, he liked this guy.
Logan shook his hand warily, not sure what to make of this boy who had
done and seen so much at only 17.
sitting over there is Rogue.” Gambit looked at her. She was watching the
dancers waltz across the floor. The girl looked stunning in a dress most
girls would never have the guts or figure to wear.
gentlemen.” A short, tubby waiter said politely. “You are the Xavier
party no? You can sit out here if you would like but a private dining room
was also arranged in your honor. You are welcome to go back and forth.”
They thanked him and he walked off.
dining room was decorated in much the same manner of the ballroom but was
smaller and had only one table. There was, however, a small dance floor
just left of the table and the music from the other room drifted in
nicely. They sat down, though Gambit stayed near the door. He suddenly
you be comin’ ta arrest me den, huh? Surprised ya haven’ done notin’
al’eady.” He was looking even more wary than ever. Xavier shook his
Gambit. Storm told us you would return the Emerald eventually. We merely
wished to talk to you about your mutant powers and maybe tell you a little
about our team.” Gambit grinned charmingly at the last statement, though
he did not relax his defensive stance, even in the chair.
you all be mutants den? What’re your powers?” They were sitting around
the table, Lisa, Kitty, Kurt, Jean, Scott, Xavier, Logan, Storm, Rogue and
Gambit at the seat nearest to the door. Kitty spoke first.
can phase through things,” she demonstrated, phasing a hand through her
glass of water whilst holding it with the other hand.
can use my body to throw spikes,” Evan drew one from his finger but put
it back after a sharp look from Storm. And so it went around. Everyone
said their power and did a quick demonstration. Kurt told his power and
then, after a nod from the Prof. turned off his image inducer for a minute
or two. Gambit didn’t even blink at the fuzzy blue elf and then the
normal teenager as they swapped images.
wasn’t nearly as developed in her power as Jean or the Prof. mild
telekinetic ability was all she possessed. She tried to make Kitty’s
glass float but it just wobbled a little. So she just tried to smile
seductively at the thief whilst he tried not to gag at her behaviour.
used his beams to make a tiny hole in the floor, Logan showed one claw and
the Prof. told them all off for doing it in public. Everyone had spoken
except for Jean and Rogue.
thought about what to show him. Then she grinned. She used her mind powers
to take off Gambit’s sunglasses. He was shocked, but didn’t open his
they know you are a mutant,” Storm said in an undertone, “you may show
them your eyes.”
hesitated, the opened them slowly. Jean gasped, and the rest did a double
take for the second time that night. His eyes were completely black except
the round irises. They were a passionate, fiery red that burned through
your mind and soul. The very intensity of the gaze made them both worry
and feel drawn to it, like moths to a flame. But they also held a world
wary note, as if he didn’t trust anything that breathed and never would.
I have my glasses back now?” Jean gave them back and apologized. They
understood. Kurt, Evan and Scott especially understood how difficult it
was to be labeled as a mutant. Kitty spoke.
know this sounds, like, really dumb of me but they, like, aren’t half
bad.” Gambit grinned again and thanked her. Lisa spoke.
why don’t you tell Gambit your power.” She was slightly put off at the
fact that Gambit was paying more attention to Rogue than her. Gambit
appraised the girl. She was medium height, but stocky, unlike the other
girls, who had well developed muscles and were either naturally slender or
kept in very good shape. He face was marginally pretty, but her make-up
made her look like a clown. The thick green eye shadow and pastel pink
lipstick were smeared on and did not go even remotely with the dress,
which looked like an overstretched trash bag. All in all she looked to him
like several women he knew and did not like.
heard the bitchiness in her voice and smiled sweetly.
I have th’ bes’ power of all,” all the team looked shocked, she
probably had the worst. “I can absorb people’s mind, thoughts, hopes,
dreams and deepest, darkest fears just through skin to skin contact. This
of course renders me untouchable, but has its advantages. I know more
secrets about the X-men than they know about themselves.”
smiled again at Lisa, who had grabbed her one Danger Room session and made
Rogue absorb a little of her.
for instance, would melt if placed in a fire.” Kitty giggled as Rogue
pointed first to her nose, then her lips, then her boobs and then her
butt. Xavier was trying not to laugh. The rest of them were roaring with
laughter and Lisa was turning bright pink.
jus’ gonna git the drinks now.” Everyone smiled and told her what they
wanted, except Gambit, who grabbed Rogue’s arm briefly whilst he stood
you can’ touch nobody?” She nodded, a little sadly. He grinned and, to
all the team’s amazement, kissed her full on the mouth for a good twenty
seconds. He let go and then grinned again, unscathed.
be a real bummer.”
[ Chapter Five ]