The entire student body of Bayville high were
gathered in the hall for the morning assembly. The students were still
half-asleep, the way most school students are when the school day starts. The
few students that were awake were chattering to amongst themselves. Kurt was
telling a joke to Rogue, who was one of the less awake stdents and so kept
trying to swat Kurt away. Evan and Pietro were bickering, again, while Lance was
trying his best to impress Kitty.
"Thats nice Lance", said Kitty, rolling her
eyes, not really listening to the story he was telling her.
"So Kitty", said Lance with a smile, brushing
back his hair, "you've served your time now, so you can go out again,
"Yes Lance", said Kitty with a smile,
"me and Sid are free teenagers again. Why?".
"Well i was just wondering if.. you know..you'd
like to go grab a burger after school...with me".
"I'd love to", said Kitty with a smile,
"i'd have to, like, ask Mr Logan, but he should be okay, me and Sid were
really good when we were grounded".
"Cool", said Lance with a grin.
Meanwhile, Sidney had fallen asleep next to Todd. It
was just then that principal Kelly walked to his stand.
"Alright students, simmer down", he said
speaking into the microphone, "lets have your full attention, shall
Todd gave Sidney a poke.
"Hey Sid", he said, "ya better wake
"But i don't want to sit on the dinosaur
mummy", she muttered in her sleep, then opened one eye, "Todd? Did i
fall asleep again?".
"Yes Sid, you fell asleep again", said Todd,
rolling his eyes, "unless ya want ta end up in more trouble, i'd wake up if
i were you, Kelly's talkin'".
"Okay i'm up, i'm up", said Sidney, sitting
up and rubbing her eyes, "he never says anything important anyway".
All this time, Principal Kelly had been rambling on
about various school activites and how the students needed to learn how to work
"And finally, the school has obtained a reward for
some of our more gifted students".
The entire teenage mutant population of Bayville looked
"The star athlete's have been treated to an
all-expenses-paid dinner for two at a restaurant of their choice", said
Kelly with a smile.
Both X-men and Brotherhood members relaxed.
"The lucky students are: Duncan Mathews,
Brock Edwards, Pietro Maximoff and Evan Daniels", said Kelly,
clapping, "well done to you all".
Brock and Duncan cheered and slapped each other on the
back while Pietro and Evan just stared at each other.
"Well that will be all for this morning
students", said Kelly, "thank you for your attention,
i know that it was a challenge for your short attention spans to listen
for a full half-hour. I will now let you go back to your learning
With that, Kelly walked off, mumbling about how he
wished he'd chosen a better career.
By lunch time, all the female students at Bayville high
were trying to find Pietro, knowing that the dinner ticket was for two. Duncan
had already asked Jean if he could take her, and she accepted, much to the
annyoance of Scott. Brock was taking one of the cheerleaders and Evan... Evan
was sitting at a table wondering what to do with his prize.
Kurt came up grinning.
"Vow vhat a stroke of luck Evan", he said,
stiing down next to the young mutant.
"Yeah", sid Rogue with a smile, walking up
"now you have and excuse to aske Sidney out".
"You really think she'd go with me?", asked
Evan, a slight smile appearing on his face.
"Eeets vorth a shot", said Kurt with a shrug.
"An' ya'll can always go fer the pitty play",
said Rogue with a smile, "make yourself look pathetic enough and she'll
feel sorry for ya'll. She'll go out with you outta pitty".
"I don't think so", said Evan with a sigh,
"i don't want to make myself seem desprate.
"Evan if you are?", asked Kurt with a raised
eybrow, getting a glare from Evan.
"Hey guys whatcha talking about?".
The three spun round to see Sidney approaching the
"Oh nothing much Sid", said Kurt, "ve
vere just talking vith Evan, finding out vhat he's going to do vith his
"Oh yeah", said Sidney, sitting down,
"congrats on the win Evan. So what are you going to do with it?".
"Oh look Kurt", said Rogue suddenly out loud,
"theres some new snacks in the vending machine all the way over there. Lets
check it out".
"But i vant to stay here and listen to..."
"I said lets check it out", said Rogue,
pulling Kurt away from the table.
"Okay okay, you don't have to pull", said
Kurt as he was dragged away.
"Okay..that was weird", said Sidney raising
an eyebrow at the pair.
"Yeah", said Evan with a nervous chuckle.
He took a deep breath, it was now or never.
"So..um..Sid", he said, rubbing the back of
his neck, "i was kinda wondering if...well you'd like to..umm..go to the
dinner with me. I mean, if you want to".
Before Sidney could reply, Pietro had sped up, hearing
the entire conversation.
"Oh come on Daniels as if a classy lady like Sid
would want to go to that dinner with you when she could go with me", he
said, throwing Sidney a grin.
"Push off Maximoff", said Evan with a frown,
"i asked her first".
"Yeah, but i'm so much better than you".
"No your not"
"Yes i am".
"You get lost".
"Hey guys", said Sidney, drumming her fingers
on the table, "don't i get a say in this?".
The boys were too deep in their argument to here her.
"Come on Daniels, she obviously wants to go out
"Where did you get that from, the time she
flattened you and nearly took your head off?".
"Oh you had to bring that up didn't you?. Well i
can beat you any day of the weeks for Sidney".
"SHUT UP!", came a snarl.
The boys turned around to see a VERY angry looking
"I am NOT a prize to be won", she said,
crossing her arms, "but if you two are going to act soooo immature about
this, i'll set you guys a little challenge".
"A challenge?", said Pietro, perking up at
the word, "well i'm an expert at meeting challenges. I'm in".
"Yeah, me too", said Evan frowning at Pietro.
"Fine", said Sidney, narrowing her eyes and
giving and evil grin, by now the whole caffereria was watching, "the first
of you to bring me a black tulip will get to take me out to dinner. You two up
"Cake-walk", said Pietro with a grin,
"Daniels might as well give up now, while he's ahead".
"Don't call me out for the count yet Pietro",
said Evan with a smile, "i'll find that flower before you, no
With that, the boys stared at each other for a second
more before storming off in opposite directions.
"Wow", said Kitty, comming up from where she
had been listening to sit next to Sidney, "that was,like, weird. Don't you
think your being a bit cruel though?".
"Not really", said Sidney with a shrug,
"they want to treat me like a prize they have to pay the price".
"But theres, like, no such thing as a black
"I know that. You know that", said Sidney
with an evil grin, "but they don't know that".
Evan sat on the sidewalk and sighed. Since school had
left out he'd visited every flower shop in Bayville. When he asked for a black
tulip, the shop assistants either laughed at him or told him to leave. He
couldn't understand it. He looked up to see and old flower shop across the
street he hadn't visited yet. He decided he'd give it a shot, it was his last
hope.He crossed the street and entered the shop. The bell above the shop door
gave a tinkle as he entered, the place was like a jungle, filled with flowers of
all varieties, but Evan couldn't see any black tulips. He decided he needed help
with this, he walked over to the counter where an elderly lady was sitting,
arranging a flower display. When she saw Evan she looked up and smiled.
"How can i help you young man?", she asked
with a kindly smile.
"HI", said Evan, "i was wondering if you
had any black tulips?. Iv'e looked everywhere and i can't find one
"Another one!", exclaimed the old lady with a
sigh, "another young man came here earlier on today looking for one of
them. Very impaitient if i remember correctly".
Evan frowned, Pietro had pipped him to the post, he
still had a shot of getting a flower to Sid before Pietro,
assuming that Loagn wouldn't let the guy in the institute grounds.
"So i was wondering if you could help me?",
asked Evan, giving his best inocent boy smile.
The old lady tutted and shook her head.
"I'll tell you the same thing i told the other
young man", she said with a sigh, "there is no such flower as a black
tulip. Tuilps come in many colours, but not black".
"What?", said Evan, his eyes widening,
"but thats what Sidney asked for. She said that she'd take out whoever gave
her a black tulip first".
"Ahhh so that explains the other boy and why you
two are so desperate to get that flower", she said with a smile, "a
girl's involved. Well i'm afraid youv'e both been fooled".
"Great", said Evan with a sigh, "i guess
i deserved it".
He looked thoughtfull for a second then smiled.
"Hey can i buy a white tulip please?", he
asked, getting out his wallet.
"Of course", said the woman, picking out a
single white tulip, "take it".
"For free?", asked Evan.
"Sure thing young man", said the old lady
with a smile, "it looks like you need it. Besides, your much more polite
than your freind. Good luck".
"Thanks. Your the coolest", said Evan with a
smile, leaving the shop, making a mental note to thanks his parents and aunt for
teaching him how to keep his manners.
He got on his skateboard and dashed to the mall, he had
Sidney sighed contentedley from her place on her
balcony. She had got rid of Pietro ages ago, who came whining that there was no
such flower and that she was a cruel, cruel person. Sidney had just laughed and
told him that it would teach him to treat girls with more respect and closed the
door on him. He'd running off, shouting that he could take out any girl he
wanted. She told him she didn't really care. She was now aiting for Evan to show
up, expecting the same scenario from him. Pietro and Evan were so alike, it was
strange that they were enemies. Sidney was sure they must have been freinds at
one point, and something caused them to start this bitter rivalry between them.
She was deep in her thoughts when she heard a knock at her door. She rolled her
eyes and prepared for take take two. She opened her door to see a sheepish
looking Evan holding a white tulip.
"Well well", said Sidney with a raised
eyebrow, "at least you brought a tulip, more than Pietro did. But it isn'
black. I guess youv'e figured theres no such flower then?"
"Yeah", said Evan with a sigh, "i know i
was an idiot and i deserved what came to me. I shouldn't have treated you like a
prize in me and Pietro's rivalry".
"Got it in one", said Sidney, crossing her
arms, "i must admit, i'm impressed. I had to tell Pietro all of this".
"Yeah, well i can understand if you never want to
talk to me again", said Evan, "but i do have something for you. You
know..to say sorry".
He showed her the white tulip and pulled out a spray
can from behind his back. He sprayed the tulip, with it, making the flower turn
black. He handed the flower to Sidney.
"Interesting", said Sidney, taking the
flower, "i guess your forgiven then".
Evan nodded solemnley and stared to walk away.
"So when are we going to dinner then?".
Evan spun around.
"What?..but i....", he started to say,
"You brought me a black tulip did you not?",
said Sidney holding up the wilting, dripping spray covered flower,
"well...sort of. You won the bet".
"Really?", said Evan smiling, "you'd
really go to dinner with me?".
"Hey i keep my promises", said Sidney with a
smile, "besides, it was kinda sweet of you to go to this trouble".
"Wow, okay then", said Evan, aware that he
was blushing furiously, "what about Thursday, you pick the
"Okay", said Sidney with a smile, heading
back into her room, "Thursday it is".
Evan smiled as he watched Sidney head back to her room
and ran into Kurts. He bust into Kurt room with a shout of happiness and did a
"She's going to dinner with me", he sang
happily, "she's going to dinner with me".
"I guess ve have esablished she's going to dinner
vith you", said Kurt, looking from his homework, "i can't belive you
didn't know that there vas no such thing as a black tulip. Even I know that. So
vhat did you do?".
"Well Kurt, i appologised whole heartedly",
said Evan with a big grin, "and i kinda spray painted a white tulip
"Oooooooh i'm impressed", said Kurt with a
grin, "quick thinking Spyke-man. So when are you going to take her to
"Thursday", said Evan with a smile, "i
told her she can pick the restaurant".
"Smooth move", said Kurt with a nod,
"chicks love that. So you nervous?".
"Couldn't be more terrifed".
Before long Thrusday had come. Sidney had chosen an old
fashioned restaurant. Apparently, they served the best steak in the world and
Sidney had loved the place as a child. Evan was waiting nervously in the commong
room pacing the room and glancing at the clock. Storm looked up from the book
she was reading and smiled at her nephew.
"Don't worry so Evan", she said, "you
look fine. It's only a dinner after all, no reason to get so worked up".
"I know", said Evan, looking at his aunt,
"it's just..iv'e been waiting all week for this, i want it to be perfect.
Do you really think i look alright?".
He was wearing his best shirt and pants, along with a
tie, his jacket was still flung over the chair.
"Yes Evan", said Storm with a smile,
"you look very handsome. Sidney's a lucky girl".
"Thanks auntie O", said Evan blushing.
It was then that Sidney chose to walk into the common
room. She was dressed in a low-cut top whitch stoped at her midrift. The sleaves
were long and bell-bottomed a pashmina around her shoulder She wore a dress,
which was very rare for her along with high heeled shoes. A very differnt attire
to her usual jeans, T-shirt and combat boots. Her hair had been tied up in a
pony tail and looked like ti had been tamed, slightly. Evan looked at her,
open-mouthed and wided eyed.
"Wow Sid", he fianlly managed to get out,
"Well you don't look to shabby yourself
Porcupine", said Sidney with a laugh, "so you reay to go?".
"Yeah sure", said Evan, comming out of his
daze and grabbing his jacket.
"Good", said Sidney with a smile, holding
aout her arm, "shall we".
"We shall", said Evan with a smile, taking
Sidneys arm in his own and heading out, "see you auntie O".
"Have fun you two", said Orono, watching the
"Porcupine and Tiger gone?", asked Logan
"Yes, Evans really nervous, i think if he had
stayed here any longer, he would have paced a hole in the floor".
"Well i saw the Tiger", said Logan sitting
down, "she cleans up pretty good".
"Well a'h should think so", said Rogue
comming in follwed by kitty.
"Yeah it took me and Rogue, like,
two hours to persuade her to wear a dress", said Kitty.
"An' don't even get me started on me tryin' ta
tame that mop on her head", said Rogue sitting down exhausted.
"Well you girls did a lovely job", said Storm
with a smile.
The restaurant that Sidney had chosen was exactly as
she had described it. It had an old fanshioned feel to it, like it had been
there for decades. Sidney had ordered a rare steak, saying being so cat-like,
she thought that it tasted better rare instead of well cooked. Evan decided against the rare steak for himself,
ordering some chicken instead. The dinner had gone quiet well in Evans
perspective and he was disapointed when it had come to an end. As they left the
restraunt, Sidney looked over at the theater and smiled.
"Hey you want to see half a musical?", she
asked Evan with a grin.
"Yeah, but i haven't got much money", he
"Who said anything about money?", said
Sidney, grabbing him by the arm, follow me.
They came to the entance where some of the audience of
the musical were stood ouside, taking a breather or having a cigarette while the
intermission was on. An attendant came and opened the door, and the people
started to walk in.
"Just pretend your with one of the adults",
said Sidney with a smile, walking in.
Evan did as he was told and was surprised that he was
let in. The group entered the theater and were ushered to their seats. Evan
entered the darkened room and looked around for Sidney, he was suddenly yanked
into an isle. Sidney looked at him with a smile, her eyes shining in the dark
despite her image inducer.
"See i told you we didn't have to pay", she
said, indicating to the musical that had started again, "of course, you
have to watch it from halfway through, but you get the jist of it".
"Cool", said Evan stting down next to Sidney
to watch the musical.
After the musical had ended, it was getting close to
cerfew time, so Evan and Sidney walked back to the institute.
"Thanks for taking me to dinner Evan", said
Sidney once they got back to the institute, "i actually had a great
"Me too", said Evan with a smile, "and i
can't belive that it didn't cost us a penny".
"Hey like they say",
Sidney said, then sang, "the best things in life are free".
"Yeah", said Evan, "thanks for comming
with me. I didn't think you'd come".
"Hey, like i said, i keep my promises", said
Sidney, "but i'll admit, i had more fun than i thought i would. So
She gave him a kiss on the cheek and walked upstairs.
"Goodnight Porcupine", she said with a smile
before disapearing into her room.
"Yeah goodnight Sid", said Evan with a sigh.
"Had a good time?", asked Storm, walking out
of the kitchen.
"Oh hi auntie O", said Evan, nodding,
"yeah i had the best time ever".
"Good", said Storm ruffling her nephew's
hair, "now off to bed with you, it's late".
"Okay, goodnight auntie O", said Evan going
into his own room, feeling happier than he had done in a long time.
Sidney walked along the darkened alleyway cautiously.
She heard a can being kicked and spun around, her ears moving to pinpoint the
direction of the sound. She was currently in the form of a tiger, and was using
the cat's heightened senses to her advantage. Suddenly a group of men with
rifles came out of the darkness towards her. She gave a snarl and went into a
full-fledged assault on her attackers, spreading them in all directions. When
the last of the men had retreated she smiled a feline smile and purred proudly,
washing a paw. Suddenly she felt a burning pain in her side and felt herself
being catapulted across the alley. She hit the wall on the other side with a
yelp and fell to the ground. She looked up in shock at her attacker. It was
Todd!. She gave a snarl and changed into her normal form.
"Stop the simulation", she shouted angrilly.
The alleyway around her faded and frazzled out, as did
the holograph of Todd.
"What do you think your doin' Tiger?",
shouted Logan, coming into the danger room, "you know the rules. Don't call
off a simulation unless your really hurt. How many times to i have to tell you
Sidney gave a low growl and her tail started to twich,
a sure sign she was irritated.
"I was promised that Todd wouldn't be in my danger
room simulations", she said, "i will NOT fight against him".
"Tiger", said Logan with a voice that showed
his paitence was fading fast, "the danger room shows ya likey situtions
that you could get inta. I'm just gettin' ya prepared for what's likely ta
Sidney shook her head violentley.
"Todd would never attack me", she said,
"and i would never attack him".
"How can ya be sure of that Tiger?",
said Logan with a low growl, " in case ya haven't forgotten, he's a
member of the Brotherhood, and if he's ordered to attack ya, he probably will.
Do ya really trust him?".
Sidney growled angrily, her hackles raising, she
couldn't belive what she was hearing.
"I trust Todd with my life", she said, then
gave a grunt, "i know what this is about. I know you guys have something
against Todd. He told me about his 'auditon'. No one else got that treatment,
why did the professor make Todd go through it?".
"Because people like him don't deserve ta be in a
place like this", said Logan angrilly, "at least the audition got rid
"Really?", said Sidney with a snarl,
"then maybe i don't belong here either".
With that she pushed Logan out of the way and headed
out of the danger room. Logan heard her storm upstairs and slam her bedroom
A few hours later, Logan was sitting in the common room
watching tv. He was flipping aimlesley through the chanels, feeling guilty for
the way he had talked to Sidney. He knew he shouldn't have used Todd in an
exercise for her He groaned. He
knew how much she cared about the Toad, even if he couldn't stand the guy.
Dispite what he'd told the professor, the fact that Sidney was Sabertooth's
niece WAS a problem for him, and he berated himself for letting it be. He got up
with a sigh and headed upstairs, he needed to talk to Sidney, so he could get
her to at least understand that what he had done was in her best intrests. He
got to her closed bedroom door and knocked on it.
"Tiger", he said through the wood, " i
need a talk to ya".
He got no response. Logan figured she must be sulking.
"Tiger?", he said knocking once again.
He go no reply once again. Logan tried the door handle
and was surprised to find that the door wasn't locked. He took a deep breath and
entered the room. He stoped dead as soon as he had entered. The room was empty.
All of Sidney's possesions had been cleared away,her X-men uniform was on her
bed and her image inducer lay on her dressing table. The French windows leading
to the rooms balcony were open, curatins blowing gently in the breeze. Sidney
Change of heart
In the Brotherhood house, Lance was sitting alone
watching the WWE on televison. The other members of the Brotherhood had gone out
to get food, so he was enjoying the peace and quiet...Well if you could call
watching men trying to tear each other to pieces peace and quiet.
"Go on hit him!", shouted Lance at the
televison, "suplex! Suplex!. Aww come on my granny could hit better than
He was interrupted by a knock on the door. Frowning he
stood up and backed out of the living room, his eyes still on the tv. Once he
was out of sight range he turned to the door.
"I don't know why you guys are knocking, you all
have keys", he said opening the door.
He stopped short when he saw Sidney stood by the door,
looking like she was both very angry and very upset. She had a suitcase in one
hand and her guitar case slung over her back.
"Hey Lance", she said with a sigh.
"Hey Sid", said Lance, "Todd isn't in
right now, he's gone shopping with the guys and....is that a suitcase?".
"Yeah it is", said Sidney, "i kinda had
a fight with Logan and left the institute. Is it okay if i stay here?. Todd did
say that i was welcome to come if i needed to".
"Uuh yeah..sure", said Lance, "you can
stay here. Here, let me help you with that".
He reached to get her suitcase.
"No it's okay, i've got it", said Sidney with
a chuckle,as independant as ever "but if you could find me a room i'll be
"You got it", said Lance, showing her to an
empty room upstairs.
"It isn't as glamourous as one of those rooms in
the mansion", he said, looking around the room, "but its
"It perfect", said Sidney with a smile,
"it's inbetween the mansion and the farmhouse, it's just right for me.
"Your welcome. I'll leave you to unpack",
said Lance, starting to walk out, then stopped by the door, "hey are you
"Yeah, i think so", said Sidney with a sigh,
"it's taken me this long to realise that i really didn't fit in at the
mansion. I'll be okay once iv'e settled in, thanks".
"Okay, if you need anything, just give a
holler", said Lance leaving the room.
Sidney sighed and looked around her new room. Lance was
right, it wasn't plush, but it was enough for her. She unpacked her stuff and
lay down on her bed, she was
exhausted, she hadn't got any rest after her danger room session and she could
use some sleep.
A few hours later Todd, Pietro and Fred came in through
the Brotherhood's door, laden with shopping bags.
"Honey i'm hoooooooome", shouted Pietro,
"and iv'e got foooooooood!".
"Hey guys", said Lance a smug smile on his
face, "weve got another recruit".
The three other boys looked at Lance like he had gone
"What are you talkin' about Rocky?", asked
Todd, cautiously putting his shopping bags down.
"Is it someone we know?", asked Pietro.
"See for yourself", said Lance, pointing to
the stairs where Sidney was walking down, rubbing her eyes and yawning.
"Hey guys", she said with a smile noticing
the others were home.
"Sid?", asked Todd, wide-eyed.
"What's SHE doing here?", demanded Pietro,
pointing at Sidney.
"I live here", said Sidney, then smiled,
"hey i didn't realise how good that would sound".
"YOUR the new recruit?", asked Fred,
"Yep. To put a long story short, i had a fight
with Logan, and..well, here i am", she smiled and pointed at Fred,
"your not sneezing".
"Errrr no i'm not", said Fred, "i went
out and got some allergy treatment. Good thing i did if your living here
"So your one of us now?", asked Todd.
"Yep", said Sidney with a smile, "looks
like i'm a member of the Brotherhood now".
She saw the shopping bags and smiled.
"Hey what do you say i cook something for dinner
tonight?", she said with a grin, "i don't offer to cook very often, so
if you want to try my cooking, i may not offer again for a long time".
"Sure", said Lance with a smile, "that
would be great".
Sidney smiled and walked off into the kitchen, taking a
few shopping bags with her.
"She CAN cook right Todd?", asked Lance,
"Can she ever", said Todd with a smile,
" and she makes the best choc-chip cookies on the planet".
"Mmmm", said Fred with a smile, "i like
Meanwhile, back at the institute, Xavier was breaking
the news to the rest of his students.
"She's gone?", asked Kurt wide-eyed.
"Yes", said the professor with a sigh,
"she had a...disagreement with Logan and she left out of her window".
"I can't belive it", said Kitty, shaking her
head, "Sid was, like, so happy here, why would she want to leave?".
"The same reason a'h left the Brotherhood",
said Rogue, "she didn't feel like she belonged here".
"I bet she's run off to live with the
Brotherhood", said Jean bitterly.
"More than likely Jean", said Xavier,
"but remember, we can't force anyone to live here if they don't want to.
Remember that, it's her choice and you should respect that".
The students nodded sadly and left the professors
study, talking amongst themselves. Evan had been very quiet.
"You okay Porcupine?", asked Rogue, putting
an arm around Evan's shoulder.
"Not really", said Evan with a sigh, "i
thought she liked me. But she obviously doesn't. I got ditched for the
"Ah'm sorry Evan", said Rogue, "ya'll
really liked her didn't ya?".
"Yeah", said Evan, closing his eyes,
"look i appreciate your concern Rogue, but right now, i just want to be by
"Yeah sure thing", said Rogue, giving Evan's
shoulder a pat, "but if ya'll want ta talk, ya'll know where ta find
Evan nodded and went to his room. Rogue sighed and
watched him go. The poor guy looked heart-broken.
Back in the professors study, Logan was staring through
"It's my fault the Tiger bolted Chuck", he
said, shaking his head, "i shouldn't have let my feelings against
Sabertooth effect the way i treated her".
"It isn't your fault Logan", said the
professor, shaking his head, "i have a feeling that she would have left us
before long anyway. Her family and her...and Todd are in the Brotherhood. She
had more reason to live there than here".
"I know", said Logan with a sigh, "i
just shouldn't have been so hard on her".
"You shouldn't blame yourself old freind",
said Charles, "but if i know you, your going to brood over it anyway".
"Ya know me too well Chuck", said Loagn with
a half-hearted chuckle.
Xavier nodded and started to wheel out of his study.
"Now if you don't mind, i'm going to make a visit
to the Brotherhood house".
He was stopped at the door by Evan.
"Professor, if your going over there, can i come
with you?", he asked.
"Well..i don't know Evan..", said the
professor with a sigh.
"Please?", said Evan pleadingly.
"Okay", said the professor, deafeated,
"but you can't try to convince her to come back".
"Oh i won't professor", said Evan shaking his
head, "i just want to say...to say goodbye".
With that, Evan and the professor got into the
professors car, driven by Storm, and headed for the brotherhood house.
At the Brotherhood house, everyone was tucking into
Sidney's dinner. Even Pietro had to admit, the girl could cook. There was a
knock at the door and Pietro sped away to answer it, in half a second, he had
returned with a scowl on his face.
"Baldy's here", he said, crossing his arms,
"and he's got Daniels with him".
"You want me to go bust some heads?", asked
Fred, slamming his fist into his hand.
"No thanks Freddy, i'll think i'll take this on my
own", said Sidney with a smile, standing up and walking to the door,
"don't worry guys, i'm not going anywhere".
She walked outside and true enough there was Xavier,
with Spyke leaning against the car, looking at the ground.
"Hello Sidney", said the professor with a
"Hey professor", said Sidney with a sigh,
"look, i'm sorry if i caused you any grief, but i finally realised where i
"Don't worry about it Sidney", said Xavier
with a wave of his hand, "you don't have to excuse yourself. I have come to
bring you something you forgot".
He reached in his jacket and brought out Sidney's image
"Awww but i don't deserve this", said Sidney
with a sigh, "i'm not part of the X-men anymore".
"I know Sidney", said the professor,
"but you need it to go to school. You ARE still planning to go to school
"Well yes, of course i am", said Sidney,
sheepishy taking the image inducer back, "thanks professor".
"Well, good luck Sidney", said the professor
wheeling back to the car.
He stopped when he came to by where Evan was standing,
looking down at the ground.
"If you need to say anything, i suggest you get it
off your chest now Evan", said the professor sympathetically, "it
doesn't do any good to keep things inside. Your aunt and i will wait in the car
"Thanks professor", said Evan sadly and
walked over to Sidney, "hey Sid".
"Hey Evan", said Sidney with a smile,
"I can understand why you left", he said with
a sigh, "i wish that you hadn't. Your the most...amazing girl that i've
ever met. I like you alot Sidney, and i'm loosing you already".
Sidney blinked for a second, she hadn't been expecting
"Look Evan", she said with a sigh, "i 'm
afraid i don't feel the same way.I'm sorry to disapoint you Procupine. Your a
nice guy and all but..."
"But", Evan gave a sigh, "you like Todd
Sidney gave a nod.
"Yeah, i do. In fact, i think i only realised it a
few hours ago. Todd doesn't even know yet", she said with a smile,
"look Evan, your a great guy, and i have no doubt in my mind that you'll
find someone who's perfect for you. She'll be a lucky girl, but she isn't
"Yeah, thanks Sid", said Evan with a sigh,
"i guess your right. Well... i hope you'll be happy here".
"Thanks i will be", said Sidney, giving Evan
a kiss on the cheek, "goodbye Porcupine".
"Goodbye Sid", said Evan with a sigh,
touching his cheek and watching the feline mutant disappear inside the
"Are you okay Evan?", asked Storm as he got
back into the car.
"Yeah, i'm fine", said Evan, "i got to
say goodbye, thats what i wanted".
"Like they say Evan", said the professor as
they drove away, "the course of true love never did run smoothly".
Sidney walked back into the Brotherhood kitchen looking
at her image inducer.
"What did they want?", asked Lance.
"Xavier wanted to give me my image inducer",
she said, holding it up.
"What about Daniels?", asked Pietro, a little
"He said goodbye", she said with a sigh,
Sidney sat down to finnish her dinner then looked at
the Brotherhood members.
"So what do you guys do for fun around
"Dr Plum, in the kitchen with the revolver",
said Pietro with a wicked grin, "hey i win!".
"Again", said Sidney, rolling her eyes,
perhaps a board game hadn't been the best idea, or anything competitive at that
matter in Pietro's case.
Pietro was now dancing on the table, holding three
Cluedo cards in the air.
"I am the Cluedo king, all bow before me", he
said, laughing manically.
"Well 'oh great king of Cluedo'", said Sidney
sarcastically, "i think i'm tired of getting beaten badly at this game, i
understand now why the others quit ages ago".
True enough, Fred, Lance and Todd were sitting away
from Pietro and Sidney, playing a card game.
"What!. You mean your not going to play with me
anymore?", asked Pietro, making puppy-dog eyes.
"Nope", said Sidney, unfazed, "i'm going
to play with my guitar".
She walked off, picking up her instrument and flopping
into a chair, starting to tune in the strings.
"Oooooooooh that looks like fun", said
Pietro, moving from the table to next to Sidney in a heartbeat, "lets have
"You have GOT to be kidding me", said Sidney,
raising an eyebrow.
"Okay then", said Pietro crossing his arms,
"be like that, i don't care".
Sidney chuckled and shook her head and started stumming
the first few notes of 'Dream a
little dream'. Pietro perked up.
"Hey i love that song!", he said pointing a
finger and Sidney's guitar, "Todd told us you were a good singer, or was he
just making that up?".
Sidney shot Todd a glare.
"I'm not gettin' involved in this", said
Todd, slinking further into his chair.
"If you must know i can sing", said Sidney,
turning her glare to Pietro, "but that doesn't mean that i'm going
"Awww come on, just a few verses", said
Pierto, "i want to see how good you are".
"Actually, i want to hear this too", said
Lance, looking up from his card game.and moving over to sir by Pietro
"Yeah me too", said Fred, following Lance.
"Remind me to kill you later".
"Don't blame me if i forget ta do that", said
Todd, getting up from his chair and joining the others.
"Come one, sing, sing, sing", said Pietro,
jumping up and down.
"I will if you shut up", said Sidney with a
snarl that made Pietro squeak and sit down,Sidney smiled sweetly "thank
you. Okay guy's, but youv'e got to promise not to laugh, i'm a bit rusty".
The boys held up their hands.
"We wont laugh at you Sid", said Lance.
"Okay here goes nothing", said Sidney, taking
a deep breath and starting to play on her guitar.
shining right above you
breezes seem to whisper 'i love you'
singing in the sycamore tree
a little dream of me".
Lance, Pietro and Fred's jaws all dropped open, while
"She's improved", he said casually.
The others could only manage a collective 'wow'. Todd
had been right, Sidney had the voice of an angel.
night-ie-night and kiss me
hold me tight and tell me you'll miss me
i'm alone and blue as can be
a little dream of me"
It was at this point that Pietro decided to join in,
much to the dismay of his teammates.
fading but i linger on, dear
craving your kiss
longing to linger till dawn, dear
The other Brotherhood members gave a sigh of defeat and
dreams till sunbeams find you
dreams that leave all worries behind you
in your dreams whatever they be
a little dream for me
When they finished the Brotherhood gave their latest
recruit a round of applause.
"Wow, your..excelent". said Lance, with a
"Yeah, you got talent", said Fred.
"You could probably beat ME with that voice..don't
let anyone know i said that", said Pietro.
"Thanks guys, your not too bad yourselves....sort
of", said Sidney with a laugh, "you could be my backing singers any
"See what youv'e done know?", Todd said with
a chuckle, rolling his eyes, "youv'e inflated her ego a little bit, we
won't hear the end of this for days".
He quickly dodged the pillow that Sidney threw at him.
With Sidney living in the Brotherhood house now, things were certainly going to
Chapter 8 - Just another normal school day.....or not.
Sidney looked up at Bayville high school with a look of
dread. It would be the first time she would see her former teammates since she
left them for the Brotherhood. She was thankfull that she had left on a Friday,
and so had the whole weekend to prepare for today, with the support of her new
teammates and uncle. She jumped when she felt a hand on her shoulder.
"You okay?", asked Todd.
"Well i feel like i'm going to my own
execution", said Sidney with a nervous laugh, "but other than that,
"Aww it ain't that bad", said Todd with a
smile, "besides, ya ain't doin' this on yer own, ya got me ta help ya
"Lucky me", said Sidney chuckling and rolling
The bell rang, signalling to the students that they had
five minutes before they had to go to their first class of the day. Sidney took
a deep breath.
"Okay, here goes nothing", said Sidney,
heading with Todd into the school.
As Sidney opened the door, Todd started humming the
funereal march, earning a cuff on the head from Sidney. Sidney hoped she could
avoid the X-men as much as possible, or at least until Lunch time. Lady luck
wasn't smiling on ther though, because the first person she met as she and Todd
walked through the door was Kurt. She sensed Todd tense up next to her, she knew
that her friend didn't like Kurt in the least, and just hoped that both boys
could keep their cool, she really didn't want to have to break up a fight.
"Hey Sid", said Kurt, waving at her and
walking over, he seemed okay.
"Oh hi Kurt", said Sidney with a sigh.
"How are you holding up?", asked the German
boy with a freindly smile, "i hope your happy over there".
"Why wouldn't she be Wookie-boy?", asked
Todd, narrowing his eyes at Kurt.
"I'm fine thanks Kurt", said Sidney, putting
a hand on Todd's shoulder and pulling him away from Kurt, "look i know you
guys are disapointed in me but...i just didn't belong in the institute".
"Eeets okay, ve understand", said Kurt with a
sigh, "ve vish you hadn't left, but you have to be vhere you feel most
happy. I hope this doesn't mean that ve can't still be freinds though".
"Of course it doesn't", said Sidney with a
laugh, shaking her head, "who says we have to fight ALL the time?".
Kurt nodded, satisfied.
"Okay then", he said with a grin, "ve
have shop class now Sid, you comming?".
"Yeah sure, see you later Todd", she said,
giving her freind a pat on the shoulder and heading off, "and please don't
try to kill anyone okay?"
"Yeah, i'll try. See ya later Sid", said
Todd, watching her go before heading off to his own history class.
Todd managed to get into his shop class early for once.
He took his place and looked around the room, boredom setting in pretty quickly.
He noticed a VERY depressed looking Evan sitting at his own desk a few tables
away. Evan looked up and Todd could swear that the guy was scowling at him. what
the heck had HE done?. Just then, Evan stood up and strode determindely towards
him. Evan stopped in front of Todds desk and frowned.
"What do ya want Daniels?", asked Todd, he
was in no mood to start a fight with the guy, besides, Sidney had asked him not
to hurt anyone, he wouldn't break a promise to her.
"I want to congratulate you on getting your new
recruit", said Evan, a slightly bitter tone to his voice, " you should
count yourself a lucky guy, getting a girl like Sid".
"Yeah", said Todd, then blinked, "hey
what do ya mean 'gettin' a girl like Sid?'".
"Well you know.. Sidney told me..and",
suddenly realisation spread across Evan's face "...oh oh!".
"What are ya 'oh oh'in' about Daniels?", asked Todd, looking suspisously at
Evan, "what did Sidney say?".
"Errrrrrr.. nothing, nothing at all, i didn't say
anything", said Evan, rushing back to his seat.
Todd blinked. That was weird. What could Daniels be
talking about?, and what was the guy hiding?, and what had this got to do with
Sid?. His thoughts were interupted by his teacher comming in, barking orders for
the class to shut up and turn to page 23 of their History books.
Todd had sat restlessy through the mornings lessons,
trying to figure out what Evan had meant. He was glad when the bell rang for
lunch, at least now he could ask Sidney about it. He entered the caffeteria to
look for her. Lance and Kitty were off talking, completely unaware of anyone
else but each other. Pietro was chatting to Freddy, who was trying to eat a
sandwhich. Sitting at their table was Sidney, munching on an apple, engrossed in
a book. Todd took a deep breath and headed over, sitting down next to Sidney.
Sidney looked up from her book and smiled.
"Hey Todd", she said,then seeing her friends
face, "woah, you look like
youv'e been thinking WAY too hard, whats wrong".
Todd chuckled, he was reminded about how well Sidney
knew him, it was spooky.
"Yeah, iv'e been thinkin'", he said,
"Daniels said somethin' weird in history, i've been trying ta figure out
what he's talkin' about".
At the sound of Evan's name, Pietro looked up from
"Come on, Daniels never says anything that isn't
weird", said Pietro tapping his foot, "but i understand 'Evan speak',
unfortunately, i've had years of practice. Lay it on me Frogger".
"Okay", said Todd with a shrug, "he
wished us luck in gettin' our new recriut, then he said somethin' about me bein'
a lucky guy gettin' Sid, then he said Sid told him something. He was about ta
say what when he got a funny look on his face and said 'oh oh' and walked
"Mmmmmmm....interesting", said Peitro,
scatching his chin with his hand, "that is weird, even for him. I'd say
he's covering something up".
"Tell me somethin' i dont' know Pietro", said
Todd with a sigh, "do ya know what he's talkin' about Sid?".
Sidney had gone quiet from the second Todd had
mentioned Evan, she shook herself out of her trance.
"Huh?", she said,going red, "no, i don't
know what Evans talking about. I didn't tell him anything. Not a thing".
"Okay, i know ya well enough ta know that ya
hidin' somethin' Sid", said Todd crossing his arms, "come on, i
thought ya could tell me anythin'".
"I can Todd, honestly, i'm not keeping anything
from you", said Sidney, "i'll tell you whats on my mind, but not
"Yeah, i guess", said Todd, not looking very
They carried on with their lunch, Sidney breathing a
sigh of relief. She knew she'd have to tell Todd how she felt eventually, but
for some reason the very thought of telling him terrifed the normally brave and
Kitty and Lance were deep in conversation over at their
"So i'll, like, meet you at the mall at
seven?", said Kitty smiling.
"Yeah, sure", said Lance, with a grin,
"that would be great".
"Are the guys suspicous of us yet", she asked
nodding over to the Brotherhood table.
"Kitty they've been suspicous of us since we
started hanging out" said Lance with a sigh, "but they just like to
tease me. The only one who knows about us is Sidney, and i don't want to go inot
that story again. What about your freinds?".
"Well Rogue knows, it's kinda hard to hide things
from your roommate", said Kitty with a sigh, "and Kurt has an idea, he
has got to, like, stop watching all of those soap operas".
"But you gotta admit", said Lance, putting
his arm around Kitty, "there good for ideas".
"Lance!", said Kitty with a blush, "if
my freinds see us, i'll be totally dead".
"Awww let 'em look", said Lance with a grin,
"i'd love to see Summer's face if he found out you were dating me".
"And i'm sure you'd love to see Wolverine's face
too when he finds out and tries to hunt you down", said Kitty with a laugh.
"Point taken", said Lance nervously.
The bell rang.
"Well, gotta go to class", said Kitty with a
sigh, standing up, "i'll see you tonight Lance".
"I'll be looking forward to it", said a
grinning Lance, watching Kitty leave for her class.
After school, Lance was nervously pacing the living
room of the Brotherhood house.
"You okay Rocky?".
Lance jumped and spun around to see Sidney at the door,
her arms crossed and an eyebrow raised.
"Huh, yeah, i'm just fine, never better", he
said with a grin.
"Looking forward to your date with Kitty?",
asked the feline mutant with a grin.
"Yes, and i really wish that you wouldn't say it
out loud like that", said Lance with a groan, "why i told you is
"Lance, no one else is here, anyway you heard me
talking to Kitty on the phone about how much i like Todd", said Sidney with
an evil grin, "so i needed some jucy gossip from you in return".
"Yes, and how many times do i have to tell you it
was an accident?", said Lance with a sigh, "i wanted to talk to Kitty
and i knew you were talking to her. How was i supposed to know what you were
"Well there is such a thing as knocking before you
enter a room Lance", said Sidney rolling her eyes, "anyway, where are
you taking her?".
"I'm taking her to that nice coffee house in the
mall and then maybe a walk in the park", said Lance, "sound okay?,
from the viewpoint of a girl?".
"It sounds great, really romantic", said
Sidney with a sigh.
"Well you know, if you just told Todd how you
felt, you could do all that romantic stuff too".
"I'm not telling him yet", said Sidney,
shaking her head, "i haven't got the guts to do it".
"This comming from the niece of Sabertooth. Tut
tut Sidney, your putting the Creed bloodline to shame".
"I don't care, as long as i don't have to bear my
heart and soul and find out he doesn't feel the same way and wrecking my
life-long friendship..", said Sidney, getting a little stressed out,
"well, you know, i'm just not ready to tell him yet".
"Speaking of him, where is the little frog?",
"He's gone out to get a video and some
pizza", said Sidney, "as seen as Freddy and Pietro are going to see
that space movie thing, he said he'd stay home with me. He knows how much i hate
space movies. He'll be back later".
"Okay", said Lance, looking at his watch,
"well iv'e got to go on my date now, so i'll see ya later".
"Okay, good luck Rocky", she said, waving him
Lance nodded and walked out the door, stopping and
"Hey Mr Creed", he said, nervously, the big
mutnat terified him, "i'll be going now".
Sabertooth walked in, watching Lance run off.
"That kid is really.....odd", he said,
shaking his head, then smiled and turned to Sidney, "how ya doin'
"Hey uncle Vic", said Sidney, flashing
Sabertooth a smile, "i'm fine thanks. Sick of ol' Romeo and Juliet
incarnate telling me I should tell Todd how i feel".
"I take it ya refering ta the Rocky boy and the
Valley-girl", said Creed with a grin, "well i'm afraid ya get this
keepin' ya feelin's bottled up thing from your mothers side of the family. Ya
great grandfather was the worse, ya couldn't get anythin' outta him even if ya
had him pinned up against the wall".
"Great, thats comforting", said Sidney with a
"Nah, don't worry about it", said Sabertooth
with a wave of his hand, "it gets less through the generations, heck, your
kids could be normal. Besides, don't worry yaself too much Kiddo, i bet the
Frog's just about as crazy about ya as you are about him".
"Yeah, i guess", said Sidney with a sigh,
"thanks uncle Vic".
Meanwhile, in the mall, Kitty and Lance's date was
going well. They'd chosen a table outside of the shop, close to a baclony area
which overhang the main part of the mall.
"This is a great idea Lance", said Kitty
dreamily, absentmindely stirring her coffe.
"Yeah, thanks", he said with a smile, "i
never knew how handy it would be having a girl living in the Brotherhood place.
At least then i can be told what and what not to do".
"Well remind me to thank Sidney tomorow",
said Kitty with a giggle, " talking of which, have you had any luck
convincing her to talk to Todd?".
"No way", said Lance with a sigh, "geez
that girls stubborn, she's convinced that he doesn't feel the same way, when
it's obvious that he does".
"Well i guess we'll just have to keep grinding at
her", said Kitty, "eventually i think she'll, like, tell Todd how much
she really likes him".
The couple spun round to see Todd standing there,
wide-eyed, holding a pizza box in one hand and a video in the other.
"That can't be good", said Kitty.
"Errrrr Todd...", Lance started to say.
"You mean Sidney likes me, and you knew???",
asked the frog-like mutant, looking like he was about to pass out, "and you
didn't tell me?"
"Well she kinda wanted me to keep it a secret
and...Todd where are you going?".
"Where do you think i'm going?", Todd shouted
over his shoulder at Lance, "i'm going to talk ta Sidney".
Before either Kitty or Lance could stop him, Todd ran
out of the mall, heading back towards the Brotherhood house.
Chapter 9 - Confessions and pizza.
"Bye uncle Vic", said Sidney, waving
Sabertooth off at the door. She watched him speed off on his motorbike and went
back inside. She hoped Todd would be back with that pizza soon, she was starved.
Suddenly the phone rang. She sighed and picked it up.
"Hello?. Lance?. Whoah slow down. What are you
talking about?. Aren't you supposed to be on your date with Kitty? Oh, you are
there. Look you can't expect me to give you advice right now...What do you mean
he's comming?. Who's comming? Yes i know Todd's comming, he's bringing me pizza,
i've told you this.. What do you mean he knows?. Lance slow down...Lance.. Oh
just put Kitty on. Hi Kitty, what's your idiot boyfriend talking about?. Uh huh.
Yeah.. You told him WHAT!. He's comming here?. Now?".
As if on cue, Sidney heard the door open hurriedly. She
gave a squeak and dropped the phone, looking manically for a hiding place. She
could hear Todd making his way into the front room. She dropped to the ground
and slid under the couch.
"Hello? Sid are you, like, there?", came the
sound of Kitty's voice through the phone.
"Sidney?", said Todd, heading into the living
room, "where are you?. We really need to....talk".
He scanned the room, he was sure he heard someone in
here a minute ago. He then noticed a tabby-striped tail sticking out from under
the couch. Despite the situation, Todd couldn't help but smile, Sidney always
was terrible at hiding.
"Sidney, are you hiding under the couch?", he
"Sidney...i can see ya tail".
There was a shuffling sound.
"So are ya gonna come out?".
"I don't know", came a muffled reply.
"Well i really would like ta talk ta ya",
said Todd with a sigh, "but i think it might be a bit easier if i could
speak ta ya face, rather than ya tail".
Sidney gave a sigh of defeat and more shuffling was
heard. The shuffling sound suddenly stopped.
"We have a little itty bitty tiny baby
"Sid please, ya know that ya should be able ta
talk to me in front of my face by now. Theres no need to hide from me yo".
"It isn't that".
"Well what is it?"
There was more shuffling then a yelp.
"Oww, that hurt. Yep i'm stuck and now i have a
spring sticking in my back".
"You need a hand?".
"That would be nice", came the sarcastic
"Theres no need ta be sarcastic. You got yourself
in this mess", said Todd walking over to the couch, "why didn't ya
transform inta a small cat, ya coulda fit under there then".
"You didn't exactly give me enough time to do
that", Sidney said irritably.
"Well if ya just told me the truth in the first
place, ya wouldn't be in this mess right now", said Todd, starting to move
"Owwwwww watch the tail", said Sidney,
"and what did you expect me to say?. 'Hey Todd. You know, even if weve been
friends forever , i've just realised how much i really like you, even if i'm
living with you now'. Are you crazy?".
"Well i woulda thought ya could tell me anythin'.
I AM ya best friend.", said Todd, trying to lift the couch up, but being
unable to, "how can this thing be this heavy?".
"Hey, you haven't got all this weight on your
back", said Sidney with a moan, "and the fact that your my best friend
WAS the problem. I didn't want to tell you and find out you didn't feel the same
way. I didn't want to ruin our friendship. And...ouch!, could you hurry it up
please, before my back gives in.
"Hang on", said Todd, bracing his legs
against the back of the couch, "and who said anythin' about me not feelin'
the same way. Did it ever occur ta ya that i might feel exactly the same as you
It was at this point that Todd gave the couch a gentle
kick, which sent the couch flying across the room, only to hit the wall on the
other side. It also brought him and Sidney face to face.
"Really?",she said wide-eyed.
"Really really", said Todd with a smile,
"i'm crazy about ya Sid".
Sidney smiled and blushed, she went to move and gave a
"Owww, i think iv'e twisted something".
Todd gave a chuckle.
"Here let me help ya up".
Todd reached down and grabbed Sidney by her waist
helping her to her feet. He helped her walk over to a chair and sat her down.
"Where does it hurt?", he asked her.
"Everywhere", said Sidney with a laugh,
"that couch is heavy....errrr was".
She indicated to the now battered couch. It was bad
enough before but being kicked by Todd AND hitting the wall was too much for it.
It couldn't even pass off as a bean bag anymore, it was truly destroyed.
"Oooops", said Todd with a chuckle, "i
guess i really don't know my own strength".
"Lance is gonna freak out", she said
sitting up, the giving a yelp.
"I'll go get ya some ice", said Todd, heading
off into the kitchen.
Sidney watched him go and smiled. Even though she felt
like she had been trampled by rampaging buffalo, she felt ecsatically happy. She
couldn't belive it, after all of her doubts and fears, Todd felt the same way.
She would have jumped up and danced around the room, but it didn't seem like a
good idea just yet. She smiled smugly and waited for her ice to come.
Meanwhile at the mall, Kitty put Lance's cell phone
"So what happened?", asked Lance, looking up
"Well from what i could make out. Sidney got stuck
under the couch and Todd somehow got it off. There was, like, a big bang. And
then they pretty much told each other how they felt. Sidney's hurt and Todd's
gone to, like, get her some ice", said Kitty with a smile.
"And you hung up?", said Lance, wide-eyed,
"but it was getting good".
"Lance, give the poor guys some privacy",
said Kitty, waggling her finger at him, "besides, you should be
concentrating on OUR date".
"Yes, i should", said Lance with a cheeky
grin, "i can't neglect you now, can i?".
"I should hope not", said Kitty with a grin,
grabbing Lance's arm, "now lets go for that walk in the park you promised
"Yes Kitty", said Lance with a sigh, letting
himself get dragged along with a goofy grin on his face.
Back at the Brotherhood house, Sidney had an ice pack
on her back, another on her ankle and one more on her shoulder.
"Remind me not to hide under the couch
again", she said with a chuckle.
"Okay", said Todd, "i doubt ya need ta
hide again though, unless theres somethin' else ya not tellin' me about?".
"Nope", said Sidney patting Todd's hand,
"the fact that iv'e been harbouring a secret love for you is about
"Isn't that enough?", said Todd with a
chuckle, "so....what do we do now?".
"Mmmm well i'd sugest we'd go see a movie",
said Sidney with a sigh, "but for one thing, i don't think i can actually
walk that far. And another thing, Pietro and Freddy are already there, i don't
particually want to run into them right at this moment in time. You know what
Pietro's like, he'll cause a scene".
"Yeah, we don't want him throwing a hissy fit in
the middle of the movie dome", said Todd, "well...ya know we do still
have that movie i rented and a pizza, it's kinda cold, but i think i can reheat
"Sounds like a good idea to me", said Sidney
with a smile, "okay, you go heat up the pizza and i'll try to get the VCR
"Rather you than me", said Todd, walking into
He grabbed the pizza, putting it in the microwave. As
he waited for the pizza to reheat, he thought how lucky he was. Usually, girls
woudn't look at him twice, he wasn't exactly one of the most popular guys in
Bayville high. Now, suddenly, the most beautifull girl he'd ever met in his life
liked him! He'd been heart-broken when Sidney left the first time, and when she
came back, he was unbelivably happy. He had always liked her, but never really
brought up the courage to tell her, if he hadn't overheard Lance and Kitty
talking, he probably would never have said anything. He made a mental note to
thank Lance and his Valley-girl girlfreind for being gossipers. The microwave
dinged and he took out the hot pizza, heading back into the front room. Sidney
was crouched over the VCR, pressing various buttons.
"Havin' trouble?", he asked, sitting down on
"No, i'm fine", said Sidney, putting the tape
into the VCR, pressing play.
She stood up and walked over to Todd, sitting down next
"So whats the movie?", she asked, gabbing a
slice of pizza.
"Its 'Dead man on campus', it's a comedy",
said Todd with a grin.
"Sounds interesting", said Sidney with a
About half-an-hour into the movie, the pizza was all
"Is it just me or does Cooper remind you of
Pietro?", said Sidney, looking contemplatively at the screen.
"Ya know, come ta think about it, he does",
said Todd with a nod, "but that Lucy girl is just like Kitty-cat".
"Well watching a movie about suicide and getting
good grades while squashed up in a tiny chair with a twisted shoulder and ankle
wasn't exactly the idea i had for our first date, it turned out to be
perfect", said Sidney cuddling up to Todd's arm, causing Todd to blush.
"Ya really think it's perfect?", he said with
a smile, "even if ya got stuck under the couch?".
"Even that", said Sidney with a smile,
"though it wasn't the best part of the evening".
"Really?", said Todd with a raised eyebrow,
"well what was the best part?".
She leaned over and gave Todd a kiss. Todd's eye's
widened, his first Kiss!. And it was with Sid! He closed his eyes and fell into
the kiss. He smiled when Sidney pulled away.
"Okay, i'll have a agree with ya there", he
said, "thats gotta be my favorite part of the date too".
so", said Sidney with a giggle, putting her head on his shoulder. Todd
sighed and put his arm around her, he had to admit it, he felt amazing.
Pietro and Fred came home from the movie with Pietro
chattering ten to the dozen. It was starting to grate on Fred's nerves.
said Pietro, quicker than usual, perhaps, Fred thought, it WAS a bad idea to let
Pietro eat some sweet buttered popcorn, but it was too late now.
"I know Pietro", said Fred with a sigh,
"you only told me a million times aready".
"Really?, onlyamilliontimeshuh?", said Pietro
opening the door and bouncing in "welli'lltellToddandSid,
The hyperactive mutant dashed into the living room.
"Yeah right", said Fred closing the door.
He heard a squeal comming from the the living room and
sighed, walking towards the living room to see what had bothered Pietro. He
walked in and stoped in his tracks. Todd and Sidney were sitting cuddled up on a
chair together, fast asleep. An astonished Pietro was pointing at them, his
mouth moving but no words comming out. Fred sighed.
"Awww how cute", he whispered.
"Cute?", said Pietro under his breath, the
shock bringing him to talk normaly again "what the heck is going on? Did i
"If you did, so did i", said Fred, scratching
his head, he then noticed the couch, "oh my god!, what did they do to the
"Thats the couch?", asked Pietro, pointing at
the mangled heap, "i really don't want to know, i'm going to sit in the
kitchen until Lance comes back".
"Good idea", said Fred, backing out of the
room, while Sidney and Todd still slept.
Meanwhile Lance was saying goodbye to Kitty at the
front door of the mansion.
"I had a really great time tonight Lance",
said Kitty with a smile.
"Me too", he said.
"Hey, listen, my mom gave me tickets to go to that
new Theme park for my Birthday, wanna come?".
"Yeah", said Lance with a smile,then stoped,
"Yeah, next week silly", said Kitty with a
*Oh god*, Lance thought, *Her birthday?. Didn't she
aready have one of those?. Oh man, i haven't got her anything. Oh great now
she's looking at me, you better say something Alvers*.
"I knew that", said Lance with a smile.
*Smooth move idiot*, he mentaly berated himself.
"Good", said Kitty with a smile,then noticed
Logan staring at her though a window, "errrr. I think you'd better be off
before Mr Logan, like, comes out to get you".
"Yeah, i gotta go see how Sid and Todd are, i hope
they didn't kill each other. Heck, if they didn't Speedy and Freddy will be home
now, i have a bad feeling that Pietro would have lost it".
"Yeah", Kitty giggled, "well..goodnight
She gave him a goodnight kiss and skipped into the
"Goodnight Pretty-Kitty", said Lance with a
Lance opened the door of the Brotherhood house and
listened. It was really quiet. HAD they really all killed each other? He snook
into the front room, closing his eyes as he opened the door, expecting to see a
blood-bath. Instead, all he saw was Todd and Sidney fast asleep, cuddled up to
each other, he smiled. They actually made a cute couple. He grabbed a blanket
and put it over the pair. It was then that he noticed the couch.
"Man, Kitty wasn't kidding", he said with a
sigh, "that things thrashed".
He walked out of the living room quietly closing the
door behind him and headed into the kitchen. Standing there was a very anyoyed
looking Pietro and Fred, who looked like he was ready to strangle Pietro,
spending too long in the speed demon's company did that to a person.
"Oh so Romeo finally decides to come home",
said Pietro, tapping his foot on the floor and crossing his arms.
"Hi Lance", said Fred in his 'i'm trying to
stay calm but can snap at any second' voice.
"So do you know whats going on with Cat-girl and
Frog-boy?", asked Pietro.
"Yeah guys", said Lance with a sigh,
"sit down and i'll explain it to ya".
It took a while for Lance to explain to the rest of the
Brotherhood about Todd and Sidney. Pietro kept insiting that Lance should have
told him if he knew. Pietro HATED to be left out of anything. Fred took it in an
nodded, saying he hoped they would be happy together and they really were made
for each other. All was calm now and the boys were drinking cups of coffie and
watching the kitchen's black and white TV when Sidney and Todd came in, Sidney
still limping slightly.
"Welll hello there", said Pietro with a smug
smile, "sleep well?".
"Pardon?", asked Sidney, blinking a few
times, then realised what he was talking about, and blushed, "oh well yes
"Tut tut tut", said Pietro waggling his
finger at them, "you could have said something to me. I am the relationship
'relationship king', you could never get a date with me now, could you?",
said Sidney rolling her eyes.
"Well obviously", said Pietro, with a snort,
"thats because you aready liked Todd and..Oh my god, what am i saying? A
beautifull girl picked the Toad over me! Over ME!!".
He banged his head on the table a few times.
"Anyway...", said Lance shaking his head at
Pietro, "you two ARE together now, right?".
"Yup", said Todd with a smile, giving Sidney
"Awww, i'm so happy for you guys", said Fred,
giving them a hug, picking both of them up easily.
"Owww Freddy, i'm injured", said Sidney, her
voice muffled by one of Fred's arms.
"Yeah and i'm kinda running outta oxygen
here", siad Todd.
"Oh sorry guys", said Fred, releasing the two
"I hate to break up the love", said Lance,
"but what are we going to do about the couch?".
"Errr, get a new one?", offered Sidney.
"Why should we waste good money on buying a new
couch", said Pietro suddenly looking up, "i'll make one".
"YOU know how to make a couch Speedy?", asked
"I could learn", said Pietro with a shrug,
"leave it to Pietro, i'll get the job done".
"Why do i have a feeling of dread about
this?", muttered Lance under his breath.
10 - Couch making for dummies.
Todd awoke the the sound of someone sawing. He groaned
and looked at the clock, it was only six am. He sighed and crawled out of bed,
heading towards the source of the noise. The sound was comming from the living
room, Todd opened the door with a feeling of dread. The living room was a jungle
of wood, tools, nails and fabric. Propped up on a plank of wood was a book
intitled 'Couch, chair and upholstery making for dummies'.
"Pietro?", he asked with a sigh.
Pietro's head popped up from the middle of lots of
piles of wood.
"Hey Frogger", he said with a grin, "how
are you this morning?".
"I'm fine Speedy", said Todd, indicating to
the mess, "why are ya doin' this now?".
"Well, you know i'm an early riser, so i went to a
twenty-four-hour DIY store and got all of this neat stuff", said Pietro
excitedly, "you know, i read the book there, and this couch making is
"Whats all of the noise?", said an irritable
Lance, walking in, the seeing the mess, "oh good god, what crashed in
"Pietro's makin' a couch", said Todd bluntly,
"I think i'm going to sit in the kitchen until
school starts", said Lance, walking off.
"I'm surprised ya haven't woken Sidney up
yet", said Todd rolling his eyes, "she's a really light sleeper".
"Oh she came down two hours ago", said Pietro
indifferentely, "she threatened to scratch my eyes out if i didn't stop the
hammering, so i started sawing instead".
"So where is she now?", asked Todd.
He was answered by a pathetic meow from somewhere
amongst the mess.
"She's...somewhere..in here", said Pierto,
indicating the room around him.
"What the heck did ya do to my girlfriend?",
asked Todd, looking around the rubble, "Sidney, keep meowing honey, i'll
move to the sound of your voice".
More mewoing was heard and Todd clambered over pieces
of wood, trying to pinpoint the noise. Eventually he moved a piece of wood and
picked up a grey cat. The cat gave a low growl and jumped out of Todd's arms,
stalking over to Pietro. She hopped onto a piece of wood next to him and stared
at him, her ears back.
"Oh hey Sid", said Pietro with a grin,
"you got out".
Sidney stared at him for a second before growling and
swiping out a paw at Pietro, scratching his hand.
"Arrrrrrrrrrrh!", shouted Pietro, grabbing
his hand and hopping about, "she drew blood, she drew blood. I'm feeling
Sidney gave a growl and stalked away, her tail
swishing, into the kitchen. Todd following her, walking past Pietro, ingoring
his screams of agony. When he got into the kitchen, he saw that Sidney had
changed back to her normal form, dusting sawdust and wood shavings off herself.
"I can't belive the nerve of that guy", she
said, shaking her hair, sending up a cloud of dust, "i was stuck under
there for two hours, and he didn't even notice".
"You know Pietro", said Lance, taking a sip
of his coffee, "once that guy starts one of his little 'projects', not much
can get in his way".
"Yeah", said Todd, pouring a bowl of cereal,
"you should have been here when he tried ta 'fix' the shower. Water,
"In that case, i'm glad i wasn't here then",
said Sidney with a chuckle, putting some bread in the toaster, "wheres
Freddy anyway?, his room is right above the living room, i woulda thought he
would have been woken up by now".
"Nah, Freddy can sleep through and
earthquake", said Todd eating some cereal, "trust me, i speak from
Sidney gave a glance towards Lance, who coughed and
looked down at his coffee.
"Okay, i don't want to know", said Sidney
rolling her eyes and buttering her toast.
It was at this point Pietro came in, holding his hand
and scowling at Sidney. He rummaged about in a cubard and pulled out a first aid
kit. He dropped it on the table and looked at it.
"I might need help here", he said with a
sigh, "it's kinda hard for even ME to bandage my own hand".
"Oh i'll help you Peetey", said Sidney with a
unnaturally sweet voice, "i feel really bad about scratching you. Let me
make it up to you".
"Errrrrr", Pietro glanced over at Todd, who
shrugged, "okay, thanks Sid".
"Sit down", she said pointing to a chair.
Pietro did as he was told while Sidney rummaged about
in the kit. Pulling out a bottle.
"Hey that isn't the stuff that stings is
it?", asked Pietro, worridely pointing at the bottle.
"No Pietro, it isn't the stuff that stings",
said Sidney with a smile, "hold out your hand".
Pietro sighed and held out his hand while Sidney put
some of the bottle's contents on a cotton ball. She gave an evil grin before
dabbing the wet cotton ball on Pietro's wound. Pietro screamed blue murder,
jerking his hand away and holding it close
to his chest, away from Sidney.
"You promised it wasn't the stuff that
stings", he said after he'd finished yelling in pain.
"I lied", said Sidney with a nonchalant
"Your a mean, horrible person", said Pietro,
backing away from Sidney and looking at Lance, "will you dress my wound
Rocky?, please?, i'm scared of phsyco cat-girl over there".
"No, i will not dress your 'wound'", said
Lance, drinking his coffee, "besides it's only a little scratch, it doesn't
"Hah, that shows how much you know", said
Pietro with a snort, "what about infection, which reminds me, i hope you've
had your shots missy".
"I beg your pardon?", said Sidney, tapping
her foot, "i happen to be a very healthy individual thank you very
"Hey guys, what happened to the living
room?", asked Fred, comming into the kitchen with a yawn.
"Ask Mr Fix-it over here", said Todd, nodding
over at a sulking Pietro.
"Awww Speedy your still not planning on making a
couch are you", said Freddy with a sigh, "you know, it would be easier
just to buy one".
"None of you have faith in me", Pietro said,
crossing his arms, "don't worry, it's a one day job, tops".
"Where have i heard THAT before?", said Lance
with a sigh.
"Hey i didn't predict that the shower water main
would explode!", said Pietro defensively, "that was an acident".
"Sure you keep tellin' yaself that Speedy",
said Todd, patting Pietro's shoulder.
"Okay guys", said Sidney pointing at her
watch, "don't we have to be in school in quarter of an hour?".
"Oh oh", said Lance,jumping out of his chair
"i can't be late, Kitty'll be waiting for me. I can't not say hi to her
before lessons start".
"Oh that WOULD be a tragedy", said Pietro
"Just shut up and get into the jeep", said
Lance, hustling everyone out of the kitchen.
"I'll just finish putting these few nails in the
wood", said Pietro, dashing into the kitchen, "i can easily get to
school in less than five seconds".
"Okay, but don't blame me if you get a
tardy", said Lance walking out.
"I would never get a tardy", said Pietro
shaking his head and returning to his work.
"So how are you two going to survive the
day?", asked Fred as he clambered into the jeep.
"What are ya talking about Freddy?", asked
Todd, hopping in, Sidney jumping in beside him.
"Well you two are dating now right?", said
"Yeah, so?", said Sidney.
"Well think about it", said Lance, starting
up the jeep, "one of the most sort-after girls in the school dating one of
the most avoided and hated guys. It'll be around the school within
"Let 'em talk", said Todd, putting his arm
around Sidney's shoulders.
"Yeah, we don't care", said Sidney, giving
Todd a hug and a kiss on the cheek.
"Alright", said Lance with a sigh, "but
i warn you now, prepare for whisperings".
"And snickering", said Fred, rolling his
"Yeah, because we don't get that already",
said Sidney sarcastically.
As Lance's jeep pulled up in the students parking lot,
Kitty came bounding over to them, followed by a less excited Rogue.
"I'm leaving before this gets too sappy",
said Fred, getting out of the jeep and walking off.
"Like hi Lance", said Kitty, giving Lance a
hug and a kiss as he stepped out of the car, "how are you?".
"I'm fine thanks", said Lance with a sigh,
"despite being woken up at an ungodly hour by Pietro. He's making a new
couch, aren't we lucky?".
"Oh yeah", said Kitty, looking over at Todd
and Sidney as they climbed out of the jeep, "so you guys are together now
"Yeah Kitty", said Sidney with a smile.
Before they knew what was happening Kitty gave a squeal
of delight and bounded up to the pair. Todd and Kitty could only manage a
terrifed squeak each before Kitty had grabbed them both and started bouching up
"This is, like, so great", she said happily,
"i'm so totally happy for you guys".
"Kitty will ya'll let the poor guys go?",
said Rogue, rolling her eyes, "a'h think your gonna cut off their
"Ooops, sorry guys", said Kitty, dropping the
"Thats okay Kitty-cat", said Todd, rubbing
"Yeah, i think you guys will be the last ones
that'll be happy with our relationship", said Sidney with a sigh.
"The cheerleaders are happy", said Rogue with
a smile, "they don't have to hold really tight reigns on their idiot
boyfriends anymore. But a'h think all the jocks'll want ya hide
"So what else is new?", said Todd with a
"Hey guys", said Kurt , walking over.
"Oh hi Kurt", said Kitty, jumping away from
Lance, they were still trying to keep their relationship from the institute
"Oh keep hugging your boyfriend Kitty", said
Kurt with a wave of his hand.
"You know?", asked Lance, wide-eyed.
"Oh please, everyone knows", said Kurt with a
chuckle, "think yourselves lucky, everyones more preocupied talking about
Sid and Todd than you guys, so i don't think Scotts caught on, yet".
"Thats reasuring", said Lance sarcastically.
"What is it with these people?", said Sidney
with a sigh, "they hear one little thing and it spreads like a
"Get used ta it, it's called bein' in a high
school", said Todd.
The five minute bell rang and the students began to
file into the school.
"You okay?", asked Todd.
"Well you know me, i'm too proud for them to get
at me", said Sidney, but then grabbed Todd's hand, "but better safe
As the two mutants entered the hallway, the chattering
students fell silent, and stared at the pair.
"Oh yeah, theres no tension here", said
"Never mind them", said Todd with a smile,
lets just get our stuff and head off ta class".
When Sidney and Todd disappeared from the corridor
towards where the freshmen lockers were, the chattering started up again.
"Wow, i can't belive it".
"Yeah, it's not fair man, what a waste on such a
"I think their suited for each other".
"Yeah, well your an idiot".
"Anyway, i heard that Alvers and that Pryde geek
are dating too".
"No i'm so serious".
"Wow i bet Scott Summers totally freaks, you know
how protective he is of the institute kids".
"Yeah, hey, wasn't Cagney part of that
"Yeah, but she left for the boarding house, freaky
"Whats going on with those two places
The chattering was stopped once more when Kitty and
Lance walked in, they got the same treatment as Todd and Sidney got.
"Hey i'll see you later okay?", said Lance
giving Kitty a hug.
"Yeah, see you Lance", said Kitty making a
show of giving him a kiss before heading off in the same direction that Sid and
Todd had gone in.
She caught up to the two mutants as they were at the
freshmen lockers, getting their stuff.
"Hey guys", said Kitty with a sigh, "did
you just, like get the silent treatment?".
"Yeah, i thought we were on trial, the looks we
got", said Sidney with a sigh.
"Don't worry girls", said Todd, "trust
me, if i know this place, the gossip will die out before the weeks out".
The rest of the day had gone without a hitch. Evan had
glared coldly at Todd a few times, but other than that, the couples had come out
pretty much unscathed. Scott had found out about Lance and Kitty and had nearly
got into a fight with Lance, causing both boys to get after school detention.
The Brotherhood had to walk home, but it didn't bother them too much, they
didn't live too far from the school. When they eventually got in Sidney sighed
and collapsed in a chair in the kitchen, the living room still a jungle of
planks of wood.
"What a day", she said with a sigh, "but
i bet Xavier will ground Scott for trying to break Lance's head open with that
"Yeah", said Pietro with a chuckle, "i
mean what damage did he think he could do with a text book?".
"Maybe Slim needs those shades of his fixed",
said Freddy, starting to root about in the cubards for something to eat,
"hey theres no food again".
"Who's turn is it to shop?", said Sidney with
a sigh, "wheres the rota gone?".
"Here it is" said Todd, pulling a big piece
of card from behind the fridge, "now why would someone want ta hide it
"Maybe because it's Pietro's turn", said
Sidney, looking at the card and tapping at Pietro's name.
"Oh it's MY turn?", said Pietro inocently,
"we'll i guess i'll have to leave my work for a second to go get some
"Wait a minute", said Sidney looking at the
rota, "Todd, it's YOUR turn to do the laundry".
"It IS?", said Todd, mocking shock, "oh
i had no idea!".
"Guys your not slaking off on your duties",
said Sidney, crossing her arms, "i already did my share of the work, i took
the garbage out and i cleaned up the living room, until SOMEBODY put a load of
wood in there".
"Okay, okay", said Pietro backing out,
"i'll go get the food, Freddy, could you help?".
"Hey i got cooking duty today", said Fred,
"you go shop by yourself".
"Fine, Sid, you help me".
"No, i've done my work for this week, i'm going to
go have a cat-nap", said Sidney, walking off to the living room.
"Fine, i'll go all alone", said Pietro with a
sigh, "and i'll probably get the wrong food and get Freddy
"I'm comming with you", said Fred, standing
up and walking out of the house.
"Works every time", said Pietro with a grin,
following Fred out.
"Yeah, right", said Todd with a sigh, packing
up the dirty laundry and heading out to laund-a-rama.
Lance walked into the Brotherhood house and sighed,
he'd had a hard day of detention and still hand't got a clue what to get Kitty
for her upcoming birthday. He walked into the kitchen and saw the rota on the
"Man, i thought i'd hid that thing", he said
to himself, shuddering at his name next to 'bathroom duty'. He guessed that
everyone had gone off to do their chores, but it looked like Sidney had already
done her chores, she had ticks next to her name.
Lance walked into the living room and looked around,
scanning the roomfull of wood and tools. Perched on the windowsill was a white
cat, sleeping soundly, her tail swishing slowly off the edge. The tell-tail
markings around her eyes gave her away for who she REALLY was.
Lance quietly walked over to the cat and gently prodded
"Sid", he said, almost whispering, he knew
from Todd it wasn't the best idea to wake up the feline mutant quickly, so he
took his time, "hey Sid, come on wake up".
The cat slowly opened one eye and regarded Lance
drowsily before she gave what could only be called a feline sigh and opened both
eyes. She gave a yawn and stretched before sitting up on the sill. Lance stepped
back to give her the chance to change into her true form. Within seconds,
sitting on the windowsill was a very irritated looking Sidney.
"This better be important to interupt my nap
Rocky", she said, crossing her arms.
"Oh yeah, it's really, really important",
said Lance, nodding wildly, "it's about Kitty".
Sidney sighed and put a hand to her forehead.
"What now?", she asked, trying to be patient.
"Well it's her birthday next week and i don't know
what to get her", Lance said, "i want to get her something really
special to show her how much i care about her. But i'm not too good at that
stuff. And, well, your a girl....".
"Get to the point Rocky, i'm loosing nap
time", interupted Sidney.
"Oh, yeah, sorry", he said, "anway i was
just wondering if you could give me any advice on what to give her, you know,
from a girls point of view".
"You want the most tomboyish girl in Bayville to
give you a girls point of view?", asked Sidney, an eyebrow raised.
"Well okay, your the only girl i know that would
give me advice without telling Kitty", Lance admited, "but i do need
your opinion, please?".
Sidney sighed, defeated.
"Get her something personal", she said,
"it doesn't have to be big, it doesn't have to be expensive. As long as it
comes from your heart, she'll love it. If you can, put a story to it, girls love
things with story's attatched to them. Serenading her won't hurt either. Can i
go back to sleep now".
"Yeah, thanks Sid, that really helps", he
said with a smile, "serenading huh?. Can i borrow your guitar".
"Do i let anyone touch my guitar?", asked
"Well....no..", said Lance.
"Then theres your answer", she said.
Before Lance could retailate, she had changed back into
a cat and was settling back down to sleep. It was obvious that Lance would get
no more from Sidney until later on. He sighed and left the room, leaving Sidney
to her cat-nap, he had to think of something to give Kitty.