Trapped in Darkness 10
in part 1.
Quick recap: The X-men have been taken as slaves. Scott was tortured. We
left Scott with the X-men and
Cecilia and Black Thunder in sick bay.
Thanks to Maria, L. Burke and Misty of the Red Shades list for helping
me with these parts.
Warnings: Talk of torture. Nothing big.
Jean let a finger gently trace the scar on Scott's face.
" Oh, love," she whispered, pain and sorrow in her voice.
" I'm so sorry."
" Just hold me. For now, just hold me," Scott plead and she
pulled him into a gentle embrace, careful not to bruise him or touch him
more than with the lightest touch.
" Are you alright?" Xavier asked worried as Scott and Jean had
sat on the floor, buried in each others arms for a long time without
talking; merely enjoying each others nearness.
" I am now, " Scott answered as he finally let go of Jean,
taking hold of her hand and giving her a soft, loving kiss.
" What did those bastards do to you?" Logan demanded to know,
anger clear in his voice. Rogue went into his embrace to try and calm
him down but also to see if some of his strength couldn't hold her up in
this hard time.
" They asked me questions. About the X-men. Where they were,"
Scott's voice held no emotions at all and that scared the others more
than anything. They didn't have to ask if he had said anything; the
scars on his body spoke for themselves.
" Do you know what they'll do to us now?" Peter asked and
tried to calm Kitty down.
" No, but I guess we are to work as the other slaves here,"
Scott guessed. He didn't even want to think the thought that maybe they
weren't through toying with them. He didn't know why they had stopped
his "interrogation". A few days longer and he'll have broken.
He knew it and he was sure that both this Black Thunder character and
the man he called captain knew it as well.
" Speaking of slaves..the man who brought you here. He was
obviously a mutant, wearing a collar. Was he working for the
captain?" Ororo asked as she recalled the man who had brought Scott
back. There had been something in his eyes, something in his soul that
had spoken to her. Like a memory from a dream.
" Black Thunder? Yes, he was."
" That double crossing Judas," Jubilee spat furiously.
" I never thought I'll say this but I agree with Jubii on this
one," Bobby said grimly but giving Jubilee a smile.
" Why, that's a first," Jubilee said sarcastically but neither
her nor Bobby's words held any anger. On the contrary they were the only
ones left who still tried to lighten the mood a little.
" Why would he do such a thing?" Jean asked confused as she
gave Scott's hand a gentle squeeze, careful not to hold on to his hand
too hard because of the bruises from the chains on his waists even
though she wanted to hug him close and never let him out of her sight
" He didn't seem like a evil man nor did he hold that look in his
eyes as the guards did. The look of contempt and hatred," Xavier
" I don't know why he works for them but he isn't evil and I don't
even think he likes them. He saved me. Brought me to the hospital and
let me stay there for two days," Scott thought out loud.
" Maybe we can use him to our advantage," Ororo suggested.
There was something about his eyes, those deep black eyes. It is said
that the eyes are the window to the soul but Ororo refused to believe
that the man, Black Thunder Scott had said his name was, had a soul as
black as his eyes.
" Maybe," Scott agreed absently as he got lost in Jean's green
eyes. " You are so beautiful," he whispered as he stroked her
cheek. Jean smiled and let her fingers dance gently over his scar on his
" So are you."
She drew him into a kiss and the others knew that they had lost
themselves in each other and their love once again.
" I love you so much. The thought of you brought me through this.
That and nothing else," Scott mumbled against her lips.
" I love you too. So very very much," the last of Jean's words
were muffled as Scott closed his lips over hers, tasting her, feeling
her, marking her. Loving her for now and in all eternity.