[ I Turn To You ] by Todd Fan
Chapter One: Arrival
The cloaked figure climbed the steps of the Xavier institute
for gifted youngsters. She paused at the door and took a deep breath, she
had traveled a long way for this place, she just hoped it was worth it.
"Here goes nothing", she said to herself as
she rang the bell.
She waited for an answer, shifting her suitcase to
another hand for comfort, it wasn't long before the door was answered, she
looked up to see a boy of her age standing at the door, he had blond hair
and looked like he had just come in from some sort of outdoor activity,
for he had knee and elbow pads on.
"Hi can I help you?" he said with a smile.
The cloaked figure nodded, being sure to keep herself
"Yes, my name is Sidney Cagney", she said,
"professor Charles Xavier is expecting me".
The boy looked in thought for a second before nodding as if replying to something in his head. Sidney had heard the professor was a telepath, was that who this boy seemed to be listening to.
Suddenly the boy stepped aside and smiled.
"Yeah, the professor's ready to see you. Come on
Sidney nodded and stepped inside, immediately awed by
the size of the place. This was much larger than the farmhouse she had
been living in for the past 6 years. She was brought out of her trance by
the boy, who was walking towards a door.
"This way, the professor wants to see you in his study", he said, opening the door for her to enter.
As she stepped in she saw the man who could only be Charles Xavier. Bald and in a wheelchair, he was exactly how her mother had described him to her.
"Thank you Evan, you may go now", he
addressed to the boy that had let her in.
Evan nodded and left, closing the door behind him. The
professor turned around to face Sidney.
"Hello Sidney", he said with a smile holding
out his hand for Sidney to shake, "your mother told me of your coming,
I'm professor Charles Xavier".
Sidney looked at his hand but didn't shake it, keeping
her hands hidden in the sleeves of her cloak. The professor nodded, as if
"Ah yes, your fear for your appearance", he
said calmly, "well I can assure you here that you are not alone
Sidney. We have another student here, with an equally as unusual appearance
as yourself. In fact, he's blue".
"Really?", said Sidney, with a sigh,
"well okay then, just don't get freaked out".
She pulled back the hood of her cloak to reveal a girl
of 15 who looked more like a cat than a human. Her green feline eyes shone
out under her glasses. Her hair was long and wild, black with a white
streak running from top to bottom. Whiskers protruded from either side of
her flattened nose. She had tabby-patterned fur that covered her body. Her
ears were rounded, just like that of a cats. A long tail swished out from
under the cloak.
Sidney smiled and took the professors hand, her own
hand had long cat-like claws for nails.
"I'm pleased to meet you professor", she said
with a smile, "my mother said I would be happy here. Or at least she
thought so in her will".
"Yes, I am awfully sorry about your mother. But
she was right, you will be happy here. You can learn to control your
powers and will be able to make friends with others like yourself".
"Well it about time I made some friends, I've only
ever had one REAL friend, but right now, I don't know where he is",
she said with a sigh, "is it okay if I go to my room professor, this
bag is kinda heavy."
The professor smiled.
"Yes of course, it must have been quite a journey
from Wales to here, i can understand why you would want to get yourself
Sidney stared at her room in disbelief. It was huge,
she had never had such a big room in her life. There were French windows
and even a balcony, with a beautiful view of Bayville.
"Do you like it?", asked the professor.
"I love it, thank you professor", she said
with a grin and sat on her bed.
"I'm glad", he said, then reached into his
pocket and pulled out a watch, "this is for you".
Sidney walked over to the professor and looked at the
watch for a second before putting it on. Suddenly her arm seemed to
frizzle and her fur disappeared, becoming normal human skin. Sidney gasped
in shock and looked up at the mirror. Her reflection was not the one she
was used to, she looked . . human. Her eyes, though still green now took a
more human look to them, he ears were normal too. She smiled and turned to
"Wow", she said, amazed, "what on earth
is this thing?".
"It is a holographic image inducer", said the
professor with a smile, "it covers your own image with a holographic
one. People will still feel your fur if they are to touch you, but this
means you can go to the local high school. I trust you are happy with
Sidney almost cried with delight and ran up to the
professor giving him a hug.
"Oh thank you so much professor", she said
happily, "this is one of the best things anyone has ever given me. I
mean, school will be a new thing for me, I've had private tutors all of my
life, but I think I can get used to it".
"I'm glad you like it", said the professor
with a chuckle, "I'll leave you to get unpacked. Dinner is six, you
can meet the other students then".
With that he left the room. Sidney sighed happily,
looking at the image the inducer had created for her before switching it
off, bring back her true form. She walked over to her bad and started to
unpack. It didn't take her long, she had very few possessions, a few
clothes, a walkman and her beloved guitar among other things. She finally
came to the bottom of her suitcase and brought out two photographs in frames.
The first had a picture of her parents on their wedding
day. Her mother had given this to Sidney before she had died. He father
had died 6 years before while she still lived in Bayville. When he had
died, her mother moved them to Wales, to get away from the memories. Now
with her mother gone, Sidney need this Xavier guy more than her knew.
She put the photo on her bedside table and looked at
the other one. This had a picture of Sidney at the age of nine. With her
was a boy the same age as her. They had their arms around each others
shoulders and were laughing about something. The boy was Sidney's best friend.
The ONLY person she had befriended growing up. They were both considered
outcasts, shunned by the other children, so forming a friendship together seemed
the most natural thing to do. The picture had been taken a year before her
father died, before she had to leave. She hadn't been able to keep in
touch with him, her mother didn't want Sidney to have contact with anyone
outside her house.
Sidney sighed and put her photo on her dresser.
"Where the heck are ya buddy?", she said to
the boy in the photo.
She glanced at the clock to see that it was almost six.
"Well girl, it's now or never. Time to impress
your peers. Wish me luck", she said to the picture as she walked out
of her room.
"So what's the new girl like?", asked Kitty
Pryde, sitting on the fireplace mantle piece, swinging her legs.
"I only saw her with a cloak on", said Evan,
"but, she seemed nice enough".
"I heard she looks like a catgirl", said
Kitty, jumping off her perch, "like completely covered in fur".
"Not ANOTHER fuzzball", said Rogue, looking
up from her book, "isn't one enough?".
"Hey!", came the reply of Kurt, who was
currently hanging upside down from the ceiling.
"She's coming", interrupted Jean, her hands
to her temples.
"Okay people, lets try and be nice", said
Scott, starting to talk in what was affectionately known as his 'leader
voice', "she's had quite a trip and isn't used to other
Before the others could reply, Sidney walked into the
"Hey Sidney, welcome to the institute, I'm Scott.
And this is Jean, Kurt, Kitty, Evan and Rogue", said Scott with a
smile, motioning to each mutant in turn.
"Pleased to meet you", said Sidney.
"So, like, what's your gift Sidney?", asked
"You can call me Sid", said Sidney then
grinned, "I can show you if you like".
The young mutant's green eyes glowed for a brief
second, and in time it took to blink, in her place stood a leopard, with
curious ringed markings around it's eyes.
"Wow", came the response from the other
The leopard seemed to grin before changing once again,
this time into a normal domestic cat, still with the rings around the
eyes. The cat mewed once and changed back, revealing Sidney once again.
"Wicked!", said Evan.
"Thank you", she said, "i can change
into any member of the cat family i want, big or small. I can also
communicate with any cat, but only once I've taken it's form".
"Vhats vith the rings around your eyes?",
asked Kurt, still hanging upside down.
Sidney hadn't noticed him yet and looked up.
"Woah, you are blue and furry, and I thought the
professor was just trying to make me feel better. The rings around my eyes
are because of my glasses", she said, motioning to her glasses,
"I've never been able to morph them right, I have no problem with
clothes, but my glasses just wont change with me, so they stay as markings
on the cat I change to".
She looked around the room.
"So what can you guys do?".
"You want a demonstration?", asked Kitty,
"okay, watch this".
She grabbed the book Rogue still had in her hand.
"Hey ah was readin' that!", shouted Rogue.
"You'll, like, get it back in a second Rogue, take
a chill pill".
Kitty knocked on the book, showing Sidney it was solid,
she then passed her hand straight though it.
"Cool", said Sidney, impressed.
"I can phase people through things too", said
Kitty, pleased with Sidneyís reaction, "and if I phase through
machinery, it, like, totally shorts it out".
Kurt chose this moment to teleport from the ceiling to
the ground in front of Sidney.
"Guess vhat I can do", he said, grinning.
"Thatís useful", said Sidney with a grin,
"what about the rest of you.
Jean closed her eyes and suddenly the book Kitty was still holding lifted out of the
girls hands. It floated across the room and landed back in Rogue lap.
"I'm telekinetic", said Jean with a smile,
"Like the professor?", asked Sidney.
"Kinda, but I'm not as powerful as he is".
"Look what I can do", said Evan, waving his
hands to get Sidney's attention.
He held out his arm and produced a long bony spike from
"Wow, now that could poke somebodyís eye
out", said Sidney, chuckling.
"Yeah, just keep away from him while he sneezes
an' stretches", said Rogue, "Porcupine kinda looses control of
those things after that. Ah can't really show ya'll mah power. Ah absorb
the memories an' abilities of whoever Ah touch. If Ah touch a mutant, Ah
get their powers too. Only problem is, Ah knock them unconscious when Ah
Woah, what a power", said Sidney, "it must be
hard not being able to touch anyone".
"Ya'll have no idea", said Rogue with a sigh.
Scott looked up.
"My powers aren't any good to show you
indoors", he said, "I wear these shades for a reason. My eyes
emit a destructive optic blast, I need to wear ruby shades all the time to
filter them out".
"Cool", said Sidney with a nod.
They were interrupted by the professor wheeling in,
with Ororo and Logan at his side.
"Ah, I see you have met the others", said
Xavier with a smile, "this is Ororo Munroe, also known as Storm and
Logan, also known as Wolverine. They are trainers here".
"Welcome to the institute Sidney", said
Logan merely gave a grunt.
"Okay Tiger, it's time fer dinner", he said
as he and the other adults left the room, going towards the kitchen.
"Tiger?", asked Sidney.
"Logan likes to give people nicknames", said
Kurt with a sigh, "Iím Elf, Evan's Porcupine, Kitty's Half-pint, Jean's Red, Scott's Shades and Rogue's
stripes. It looks like your Tiger".
"Great", said Sidney with a sigh,
"Tiger, well it's a new one for me".
She and the other students headed off towards the
kitchen for dinner.
Over dinner, Sidney learned a lot about the institute
and the people living there. She learned of Storms ability to manipulate
the weather and Loganís healing factor and increased senses. She found
out that each mutant had their own codename, which they used in the field.
After much thought, Sidney decided to give herself the codename Octavia.
She learned about where everyone had come from and how
they came to the institute.
She told them about her own past. How she had grown up
in Bayville until her father died in a car crash, and her mother moved her
to a farmhouse in Wales. She told them about the private tutor she had all
through her years of growing up, Ms Haskney, and how she was taught how to
sing and play the guitar. She told them that it had been her mothers dying
wish for her to join the institute and learn to control her powers.
After dinner the students were lazing around in the
common room. Sidney had been lost in thought then looked up.
"So if Kurt is from Germany, Rogue's from
Mississippi and Kitty's from Chicago, how on earth did the professor find
"Oh that easy", said Kitty, "he used
"Who's cerebro?", asked Sidney.
"Not who, what", corrected Scott,
"cerebro is a mutant detection system, it picks up mutant
"So it can find Any mutant, anywhere in the
world?", Sidney asked, her face lighting up.
"Pretty much", said Evan, looking up from the
computer game he was playing with Kurt.
"Aww man, three fingers are no good for computer
games", sighed Kurt, putting down his controller after he lost,
"So you admit defeat Elf-man?", said Evan
with a grin, "do you admit Iím better than you?".
"Pietro had a bad influence on you", mumbled
Kurt teleporting to a seat.
"Is Pietro a student I haven't met yet?",
"No", said Scott, a little coldly,
"Pietro is part of our enemy side, the Brotherhood of Mutants".
"The Brotherhood of Mutants?" asked Sidney.
"Yeah, a buncha delinquents that belie they can do
what they like", said Logan walking into the room", ya better
stay away from them if ya know whatís good for ya Tiger".
"Fair enough", she said, "hey is it okay
if I speak to the professor?".
"Sure thing Tiger, he's in his study", said
Logan, "ya know where it is?"
"Yeah, I think so", said Sidney with a nod,
heading off in the direction of the professors study.
Sidney found the professors study with ease. She was
about to knock on the door, but stopped, almost having second thoughts.
*Come in Sidney*
Was that voice just in her head? Sidney gave a shiver,
this guy knew everything that was going on, it would be impossible to keep
anything from him.
She stepped into the room and the professor looked up
from his desk and smiled.
"How can I help you Sidney?", he asked.
"I have a question, about cerebro", she said,
her tail twitching nervously.
"I was wondering if it could find a mutant I knew
a long time ago. I grew up with him here in Bayville and I would really
like it if I could find him again. He's my best friend, and I miss him a
The professor smiled and nodded.
"Well we can try", he said, wheeling from
behind his desk to a wall, which opened, revealing a huge computer in a
big metal room.
"Cool", said Sidney in awe.
The professor nodded and picked up a headset next to
"Do you have a name, age mutant powers, anything
like that would be useful", he said looking up at Sidney.
[ Chapter Two ]