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Adjustment Chapter 4: Family History

Fandom: New X-Men
Author: Me!
Character/Pairing: Julian/X-23
Summary: title basically says it all!
Rating: PG-13 (for now)
A/N: Sorry it took me so long to update!
Disclaimer: No, I don't own X-Men, but I hear Disney does!

Half an hour later…

Julian walked into Biology with a purpose. For the past half hour, he had paced his room, trying to figure out what the hell he had just done and he was going to do about it. Within fifteen minutes, he came to conclusion that he nearly kissed Laura. It took another ten to admit that he had some feelings for her. After five minutes of weighing the pros and cons of the situation, he chose to do nothing about it. What if she didn’t feel the same way for him? Could she even have such feelings? Whatever the case was, Julian entered that classroom with the will to ignore the girl as much as possible.

Laura had the same plan towards Julian. She rushed into the class and sat at the table in way back; far away from where Hellion was seating. She pulled out her schoolwork as Cessily took the seat next to her.

“Hi Laura!” she chirped. “Hey, you fixed your necklace!”

It was then did Laura realize that she was still wearing her locket with the silver chain. The silver chain that he gave her. Before Cessily could ask where Laura got it from, Dr. McCoy came to the rescue by calling everyone’s attention.

“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! I’ve got a-” he stopped when he reached the front row. “Mr. Vacarro? Could you please hand over whatever erotic magazine you’re hiding behind your textbook?”

“What are you talking about?” Santo exclaimed in a tone that did not hide his guilt. “I’m studying!”

A few students snorted at these words. Beast raised an eyebrow.

“Of course, a 12th grade Biology book usually brings out aroused emotions, especially when it’s upside down,” he said in sarcasm before holding out holding out his hand. “The magazine now, if you please.”

Rockslide hesitated, but surrendered his copy of Sports Illustrated. Beast shook his head as he stowed the magazine in a drawer, before facing the class.

“As I was saying,” he said, “I’m assigning you project with a partner.”

At these words, mostly everyone groaned and moaned.

“For this project,” Beast continued, “You and you partner will be interviewing each other about yourselves and your families, in search of genetic traits. Who knows? You might know a little bit more about your partner after this.”

Laura glanced at Julian for a split-second before forcing her eyes back to Dr. McCoy, who pulled out a stack of papers and began handing them out.

“Now, I’ve made a list of who you’re going to be paired with. But before that I want you to fill out this questionnaire. You should finish in five minutes.”

Julian looked over the piece of paper. It wasn’t too hard. Name. Date of birth. Height. Weight. Hair color. Eye color. Julian completed it in a flash. Once everyone was done, Beast handed each student a packet.

“These will be the questions you’ll be asking your partner and your partner will ask you,” he announced. “You will also give your partner your survey. You’ll be writing essay on that compares the packet and the survey. Now, I understand that there are some questions you may not know right away. So I’ve assigned dates in the lab, where you can have those questions answered. Today, however, you’ll be asking questions of family history. And now, to the moment we’ve all been waiting for…”

Beast pulled out another piece of paper and Julian closed his eyes in prayer.

Please, God, not X. Anybody but X.

“Mr. Borkowski… you are with Miss Washington. Miss Ashida… please seat next Mr. Abidemi. Mr. Alleyne… with Mr. Vacarro. Mr. Foley… next to Miss Aldine, if you please. Mr. Hammil… with Miss Kincaid. Mr. Keller…”

Please God!

“… you’re with Miss Kinney. And Mr. Green… you’re paired with Miss Qadir. Now, let’s get cracking, shall we?”

“Damn, Julian. How’d you get so lucky?” muttered Santo as Julian gathered up his things. “I wish Alleyne was a clone. X only got Wolverine.”

But Julian knew that wasn’t true. According to Blindfold, Laura had a mother, an aunt, and a cousin. Something told him that Laura wasn’t too keen on talking about her family history. This whole project threw his plan on ignoring her, out the window. Julian glared upwards as he dragged his feet to the back of the room.

You just love screwing with me, don’t you?

He took the vacant seat next to Laura as he handed her his survey. Laura slid hers towards his seat while looking over the packet. She was determined to avoid eye contact as much as possible.

Please name any close blood relatives,” she recited.

“Hang on a second, will you?” Julian muttered and Laura went silent.

She watched as Julian studied her survey. His eyes stopped at a question, shot up towards Laura, then back at the question.

“Is something wrong?” Laura asked.

“It says here that your birthday is in three days,” Julian replied.

“That is correct.” Julian stared.

“And are you going to be doing anything special for your birthday?”

“I do not understand your question,” Laura said quickly, “nor do I believe it is relevant to the assignment.”

“Right, the assignment,” Julian looked at his packet. “So, any close blood relatives?”

“Yes,” Laura answered. “Logan is my genetic twin.”

“Anyone else?”

Laura pondered at this. Of course, some students would have noticed that she and Logan had some different traits (other than the gender).

“My mother,” she finally said in a half-whisper, “Dr. Sarah Kinney.”

“Your mother?” Julian repeated and Laura nodded.

Before he could stop himself, Julian asked: “What happened to her?”

Laura glared at him

“I mean,” Julian continued, “I highly doubt anyone would send their kid to mutant school with Wolverine as the delivery boy.”

“My mother died when I was thirteen,” Laura half-snapped.

After that, Julian thought it was best not to discuss Laura’s family history any longer. His own family history took up the rest of the period, because his Irish grandparents never knew the word birth control.

Once the bell rang, Laura grabbed her things and bolted through the door. Julian saw that Prodigy was about to follow when an idea hit him.

“Hey, Alleyne, wait up!”

David turned around and Julian rushed towards him.

“What’s up, Keller?” Julian looked around for other stray students then lowered his voice.

“You can hack into O*N*E* locator system, right?”

David looked around to make sure no one was listening in.

“So, what if I do?” he demanded.

“So, I need to find some people outside the institute.”

Several hours later…

Julian was dragging his feet towards his bedroom when a voice came from behind.

“Hey, Keller!”

Julian turned to see Alleyne coming towards him with a manila folder in his hand.

“I found them,” David said, handing Julian the folder.

“That was fast,” Julian muttered as he read the contents of the portfolio. “They don’t live that far from here.”

“Their phone number is on the second page,” David continued on.

“Thanks, man.”

“Keller, Why are you so interested on finding these two?” Julian hesitated.

“It’s a little complicated,” he said. “Thanks again.”

“No problem,” David replied before heading to his own bedroom.

Julian waited and then went straight to his dorm room. He took out his cell phone and pulled out the second page from the folder. He took a deep breath and dialed the number and waited while it rang. Then, a woman’s voice could be heard from the other end.


Julian gulped.

“Uh… hello,” he stammered. “Is this Debra Kinney?”

He heard the woman gasped.

“Who is this?” the woman hissed.

“My name is Julian Keller,” Julian replied, “and I know your niece… Laura.”


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