[Near Information Office]
Marie blinked, and couldn't help but chuckle at Max's awkwardness again. She reached out and ruffled his hair, a light tone in her voice as she said, "Hey, shut up about all that, okay? I'm not tired of you, and if you keep on like that, I might have to hit you." She shook her head, half smile still in place, and looked to William. "I'm going to go find my room and put my stuff up. You take this kid and go get some food or something. I'll find you guys in a few minutes. Kay?" She glanced back to Max, giving him a reassuring look, and then started off from the pair without waiting for their answer.
* * *
Jubilee looked up at the door, and pasted on another bright smile, even if part of her was dejected that the last three people had ducked out so quickly...Had she started to smell, or something?
"Hi! Welcome to the Jean Grey Institute of Higher Learning! If you'll just give me your name, we'll get you all set up!"
Once Matthias had given the relevant information, he got everything he needed to make his home here at the school, and Jubiliee launched into her lecture without giving him a chance to tell her he didn't need to hear it.
* * *
"Are you sure about this?" Scott asked, frowning softly as he looked down at the gorgeous blonde that stood in the circle of his arms.
"Scott...I understand your point of view. They are children, yes, but...The world would be a dangerous place even if we didn't teach them to fight. By giving them a chance to fight alongside us, we equip them to better survive," she explained, reaching up to cup his cheek, her thumb brushing lightly over his lips at the corner of his mouth. He was such an idealist. It was cute. He would see her way, though. He always did.
"Do we really need to put so many of them in uniform, though?" he asked, his brows furrowing over his red-lensed glasses.
"We won't enlist anyone who doesn't want to become one of us, dear. But if we denied those who do...Wait--" she said, turning to look at the wall with a soft frown.
* * *
[Between Cafeteria and Basketball Courts, fully visible from the Cafeteria]
A dark purple oval opened in the air in front of the tattooed man as he walked toward the building, and from it stepped a boy of roughly 17, his hair dyed blue. Aside from that, he looked like any other teenage boy, wearing cargo pants and red T-shirt screen-printed with the words 'Keep Calm and Carry On.' At his side, held by a cross-body strap, was a messenger bag covered with multitudinous patches, not even an inch of the original cloth or webbing visible.
The redhead stopped in his tracks, his eyes widening, and then he grabbed the younger man by the shoulders. "Jake!"
"Des, I know it's been a long time, but don't freak out!" the boy named Jake said, reaching up to gently take hold of the tattooed wrists. "I just came to warn you--"
"Fuck that, Jake! If you think I'm letting you go back there, you're out of your fucking mind!" the redhed growled. "I joined the X-Men so I could get you the fuck out..."
Jake sighed, frowning up at angry man. "Desmond...If you'd gotten me out, there'd be no one to come warn you about Magneto's plan."
"I don't give a shit about Magneto's plan, Jake! I care about my baby brother!"
"I'm not a child anymore, Des!" Jake yelled at him, his hands tightening over his brother's wrists as he tugged the tattooed hands away from him. "I can make my own choices! And I chose for myself to be part of the Brotherhood, just like you chose to become an X-Man!"
Desmond looked as though he'd been slapped, and shook his head, his lips parted wordlessly for a moment before he said quietly, "Jake, you don't know what you're doing."
"Yes, I do Desmond. I'm keeping the people I love safe. Well, as safe as I can. That's why I'm here. Magneto's planning to storm the school. I came to warn you...so you and the X-men could be ready for it."
* * *
"...Interesting. It seems we have a friend in the Brotherhood."
"What? The Brotherhood is here?" Scott asked, confusion creasing his brow.
"Lit's younger brother. He came to warn us. How adorable," Emma said, chuckling softly as she looked back up at her lover, making a point to stress the youth of the X-Man's sibling to quietly remind Scott that the Brotherhood recruited young, too.
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