[ I Turn To You ] by Todd Fan
Chapter Two: Reunion
The professor gave a deep sigh and put down his
"What the matter professor?" asked Sidney,
"I can give you more information if you like...".
"There's no need Sidney", said the professor,
wheeling out of cerebro's control room and shutting it in, "we
already know where Mr Tolenski is".
"You do?" said Sidney a smile sweeping across
her face, "really? Is he here? I mean, I didn't see him at dinner,
it's been six years, but Iím sure Iíd recognise him. And.... why are
you shaking your head?"
The professor looked up sadly, he didn't want to burst
Sidney's bubble, but it looked like he had no choice.
"Todd is not a student here Sidney", he said,
glumly, "he had the opportunity, but he turned us down".
"He's with those Brotherhood people the other were
talking about, isn't he?" asked Sidney sadly, "the people who
are our enemies".
"I am afraid so", said the professor,
nodding, "Iím sorry Sidney".
"I can't be his enemy", she said, shaking her
head, "he's too important to me to loose over some stupid
"I understand Sidney", said the professor,
"Iím not making you stay here if you don't want to. If you wish to
"No", said Sidney, shaking her head, "I
don't want to leave here, I'll think of something. Thank you
The young feline mutant stepped out of the
professorís study and headed down the hall. She kept her eyes on the
ground, taking in what she had just been told. Todd was her enemy? She
couldn't believe it. All those things that the others had said about the
Brotherhood were not like the friend she knew. Sure, he was a pickpocket
and at times a little rude and anti-social, but that was just who he was.
She couldn't shake the fact that she would have to fight against him, and
she questioned herself, if it came to it, would she be ABLE to fight
against him? She sighed sadly as she entered the common room, finding it
deserted she sat on a chair to think things though. She was so deep in her
thoughts that she didn't notice anyone enter the room until someone tapped
her on the shoulder. Sidney jumped up and gave a hiss of surprise coming
face to face with Kitty.
"Oh, like, sorry I startled you Sid", said
the perky freshmen, who looked more shocked than Sidney was, "I was
just wondering if you were alright, you look a little down and out".
"I'm sorry to jump at you like that Kitty",
said Sidney sitting down, "I guess I was thinking too hard and you
caught me off guard. Yeah, Iím down and out. Remember the friend I told
you about?. Well I asked the professor if he could find him on cerebro,
then I found out that he was already in Bayville, with the
"Really?", said Kitty, thoughtfully "who
IS your friend anyhow?".
"Todd Tolenski", said Sidney with a sigh.
"TOAD!!!", shouted Kitty in shock, then
composed herself, "the best friend you have ever had is the
"You know him then", said Sidney with a
frown, " you know all the bullies used to call him that. I think I
was the only person our age to actually call him Todd".
Sidney stopped and looked up at Kitty puzzled.
"Why are you so shocked that my best friend is
"Well he just doesn't seem the 'best friend'
type", said Kitty, shuffling her feet, "but I guess you can't
judge a book by its cover".
"It doesn't matter anyway", said Sidney
sadly, "he's supposed to be my enemy, and I know I can't fight
against him. I don't know what to do".
Kitty looked in thought for a second them smiled,
"do you want to go to see him?"
Sidney looked up in disbelief and blinked a few times.
"You know where he lives?" she asked
"Yeah. I'm..errrrr.. 'good friends' with their
leader, Lance", said Kitty, blushing, "Iíll take you there
now. But don't tell anyone where were going, Logan doesn't like us going
Sidney was so happy she very nearly hugged Kitty.
"Okay, thanks a lot", she said, switching on
her image inducer, fizzing up her holographic image, "lets go".
The two girls headed out of the house, unaware they
were being watched.
At the Brotherhood boarding house, things were
quiet.... too quiet, thought Lance. The leader of the Brotherhood sighed
and walked out of the kitchen, looking around for trouble. He found it.
Just as he entered the living room, he was hit square in the face by ball
"Bullseye", shouted Pietro jumping up from
his hiding place and laughing manically.
Lance groaned as he watched the white haired speed
demon dash to his chair in less than half a second and sit down.
"Hey Rocky whatís up?", asked Pietro,
innocently, "did you know you have pasta on your face?".
Lance looked around suspiciously.
"Okay, jokes over", he shouted, "come
out you guys. I'm not, I repeat NOT in the mood for funny business".
To prove his point, Lance concentrated on his mutant
power. His eyes rolled to the back of his head and a small tremor swept
through the ground, shaking the house slightly. Defeated, two other
figures appeared from hiding spots around the room.
"Okay Lance, just chill", said Fred, the
large bulky blonde held up his hands in surrender.
"Yeah man, we give up already", said Todd,
shaking his head.
Lance narrowed his eyes, that was easy, really easy.
Something wasn't right about this..
"Gotcha", said a manically high voice and
Lance felt something cold and wet being dropped down the back of his
shirt. He'd been set up. He put his hand down the back of his shirt and
picked up what Pietro had just dumped there. He brought the object out
from his shirt to the front of him, not really wanting to look at it. When
he finally decided to see what the offending object was he nearly gagged.
It was a fish. Not a fresh fish, but one that must have been lingering in
the bottom of the freezer for a long time. Lance gave a defeated groan,
dropping the fish on the floor and sitting in his chair.
"Why me?" he asked himself pitifully.
"Because ya an easy target yo", said Todd,
leaping over to where Lance was sitting, his single jump carrying all the
way across the room, "plus ya ask for it on a regular basis fer datin'
Suddenly Lance's arm shot out and grabbed Todd by the
"DON'T CALL HER THAT", he shouted, tightening
his grip on Toddís throat with each word, "GOT IT?".
"Okay", came Todd's choked reply.
Lance nodded, satisfied and dropped Todd.
"Anyway, were not dating, were just 'good friends'
thatís all", he said.
"Yeah right and Iím the queen of Sheba",
came the fast reply of Pietro.
"Shut up Speedy", said Lance, feeling his
patience start to slip.
"Okay, but Iím just saying that you are totally
ga ga over Pryde", said Pietro tapping his foot, "all you have
to do is admit Iím right and Iíll be happy".
"I'm not admitting anything Pietro", said
Lance, "so you can just.."
"Hey guys", said Fred, who was looking out of
the window, "Kitty's here".
Lance jumped out of his seat very quickly.
"Kitty's here? Now?" he said happily.
Pietro and Todd rolled their eyes in unison.
"Yeah and she's got another girl with her",
Sidney looked up at the house that Kitty had brought
her to. It wasn't the best place she had seen, in fact it looked like it
was about to fall down.
"Todd lives here?" she asked Kitty.
"Yeah, I know the place is a fixer-upper, but the
guys are happy here", she said.
Kitty had told Sidney about the other Brotherhood
members on the way to the house, but seemed to talk about Lance a lot more
than any of the others. But she kept on insisting that they were just
'good friends', though Sidney doubted this a lot. Sidney doubts were
clarified when Lance Alvers came rushing out the house, a huge smile on
his face. Sidney looked over to Kitty and noticed she had an equally as
big grin. There was no doubt about it, these two were crazy for each
other. They were just in denial.
"Hi Kitty", said Lance happily, "what
are you doing here".
"Like, hi Lance", said Kitty, blushing
slightly, "Iíve brought an old friend to see Todd".
Lance blinked for a second before looking over at
"You know Todd?", he said, an eyebrow raised.
"Yep", said Sidney nodding, "is he
Lance looked at her for a second again before looking
towards the house.
"Hey Todd", he shouted, "come out here
Lance turned back to Sidney.
"No one ever asks for Toad", he said,
"especially not girls".
Sidney was about to retort something back at Lance when
she saw Todd emerge from the house. She smiled, he looked the same as he
had when she had left. Long, dirty blonde hair, big swampy green eyes,
short, with his legs making up the bigger part of him. He was followed by
who Sidney realised must be Fred and Pietro. They seemed as shocked as
Lance that someone would ask for Todd, and obviously wanted to know what
was going on. Todd made it over to them and looked at Kitty and Sidney.
"What?" he asked.
"Apparently, this girl say's she knows you",
said Lance, motioning towards Sidney.
Todd looked at Sidney and blinked.
"You know me?" he asked, obviously trying to
figure out who she was.
Sidney was about to yell at him for not recognising his
best friend, when she realised her image inducer was still on. Of course
Todd wouldn't recognise her with her holographic image. She smiled.
"Yeah, I think I could say I know you very well
Todd", she said, turning off her watch.
As her holographic image frazzled and disappeared she
couldn't help but smile at the look on Toddís face.
"Sid?" he asked, blinking several times, just
in case he was seeing things, "is it really you?".
"No it's the ghost of sleepy hollow", said
Sidney with a chuckle, "of course it's me".
She ran over and gave Todd a hug, much to the amazement
of his friends.
"I missed you, you creepy little frog-boy",
she said with a smile.
"I missed you too you psychotic cat-girl",
said Todd, hugging her back, "what are ya doin' here? I thought ya
mother wanted ta keep ya outta Bayville".
"She did, but she decided on her death bed that
she wanted me to move to the Xavier institute", said Sidney with a
shrug, " go figure".
"Excuse me??", said Pietro speeding over to
where Todd and Sidney were standing, "but you never told us that you
had a friend Todd. Especially not another mutant."
He looked over to Sidney and grinned.
"Or a particularly gorgeous mutant at that",
he said, still grinning at Sidney, "allow me to introduce myself. I
am Pietro Maximoff, also known as Quicksilver".
He had rolled the 'R' in Pietro as he always did when
he was trying to chat up girls. Todd picked up on it instantly.
"Don't even think about it Speedy", he
Pietro looked innocently at Todd.
"Don't think about what??".
"You know what Speedy", said Lance, then
turned to Sidney, "don't mind him, he'll get bored of trying to woo
you in a few seconds".
"Hey stop stepping in on my territory Rocky",
said Pietro, "you've got Pryde".
At this Kitty blushed and this caused Pietro and Lance
to start a full-scale argument again. Sidney looked over at Todd.
"You live with these people?" she asked, an
eyebrow raised, "are they sane?".
"Yes unfortunately", said Todd "and in
answer to your second question, I doubt it".
Pietro had pulled himself away from his fight with
Lance and before Sidney knew it she had been picked up by the speed demon.
"So what do you say you and me go see the sights
sweet stuff", he said with a grin.
Sidney narrowed her eyes at Pietro before smiling
seductively. Todd groaned, he knew what was coming.
"You want to take me out?" asked Sidney
playfully running a clawed finger under Pietro's cheek.
"You betcha I do", said Pietro, grinning like
"Too bad", said Sidney with a shrug.
Pietro looked confused for a second then Sidney's eyes
began to glow.
"Here we go", Todd muttered under his breath.
Pietro looked over at Todd nervously then looked back
at Sidney. Suddenly he no longer had the pretty mutant in his arms, but a
huge lioness. The lioness gave a low growl. Pietro buckled under her
weight and fell flat on his back. The lioness stood over him for a second
before swatting his head with a paw BIGGER than his head. The lioness
snorted and walked over Pietro, her head in the air. She turned round and
put her face right by Pietro's. Pietro gulped, this was it, he was going
to be eaten by a psychotic lioness. He closed his eyes and waited for the
inevitable. When it didn't come he opened his eyes slowly. Where the
lionesses' face was, there was now Sidneyís. She smiled evilly.
"I don't date jocks", she said with a grin,
"and another thing, don't ever call me sweet stuff again, okay?"
Pietro gulped and nodded.
"Okay, got it, it won't happen again", he
said in a panicked voice.
"Good, see that it doesn't", said Sidney,
walking away from him to stand next to Todd again.
It was at this point that everyone else burst out
"Aww man Speedy", said Lance trying hard to
talk, "you should have seen your face".
"Definitely a Kodak moment", said Kitty,
"Evan's gonna love this!!".
Pietro stood up quickly, despite the fact he felt he
had been mauled by a wild thing, well actually he had, kind of.
"Don't you DARE tell Daniels", he said,
ďIíll never live this down".
Pietro gave one last shout of humiliation before
dashing into the house. A few seconds later the slamming of a door could
"Touchy touchy", said Sidney shaking her head
Fred came over from where he had been standing at the
"Hey that was pretty cool", he said,
"not may people can get Speedy flustered like that".
Sidney grinned and made a mock bow.
"Thank you", she said with a smile, "you
must be Fred right?"
"Yeah", he said then made a funny face and
"Bless you", said Kitty, who was still trying
to recover from watching Pietro.
"Thanks", said Fred then sneezed again, and
again, and again, "Iím going inside. I think Iím allergic to cat
The big boy left and disappeared into the house, still
"Oooops", said Sidney," Iíve scared
off two of the people you live with already Todd. Somehow, I don't think
Iím giving the right impression".
"Hey it ain't your fault, ya jus' bein' you",
he said, "an' besides ya ain't scared Rocky off.... yet".
"Keep that 'yet' in mind", said Lance.
Sidney chuckled then smiled evilly again.
"I just remembered Todd", she said, "you
still owe me a soda from when I beat your butt at snakes and ladders
before I left. I think it's time a collected my winnings".
"But we were nine years old!!" protested
Todd, "but, a promise is a promise. We'll go to the gut bomb".
"Good, I want to see how Bayville's changed
anyhow. Hey the gut bomb's still standing? Wow", she smiled and
nodded over to Kitty and Lance who were deep in conversation,
"besides, it'll give the 'just good friends' there some time
"I heard that", said Kitty, looking up.
Sidney rolled her eyes and it was then she noticed the
discarded fish that Pietro had put down Lance's back.
"Hey do want that thing?", she asked pointing
"It's old, it's smelly, itís been down my back
AND on the floor, so I guess I don't want it", said Lance with a
Sidney smiled and walked over to the fish, picking it
up and eating it in two bites.
"'Cause Iím hungry", she said with a grin,
licking her lips.
"Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew", said Kitty, gagging,
"that's, like, so totally gross".
"Well, she shares Todd's disgusting eating
habits" said Lance, "the fact that she's his best friend is
becoming more and more believable".
"Whatís wrong with Todd's eating habits?",
"Youíve got to be kidding", said Lance.
"You are aware that he eats", Kitty paled for
a second, "bugs".
"So?", said Sidney with a shrug, "I eat
rats, big whoop".
"Yup, definitely friends with Todd", said
Lance, shaking his head.
Sidney made a face.
"Fine", she said jokingly, "me and Todd
will take our eating habits elsewhere. We'll leave you love birds alone,
come on Todd".
She turned her image inducer back on and headed off
towards the centre of town, Todd following close behind. In the distance