First off, I know I started posting the original that was up on Kindred Spirits about two years ago. At the posting of the last chapter before this long break between chapters, a lot had been going on, and I do mean A LOT. So now I am rectifying it. I am going to try and finish posting the first story sometime between now and Thanksgiving, with Halloween being an early long shot. Those of you one here that do read my stuff know I put a good deal of work into this stuff, and that I have to prioritize between writing, and real life obligations. Also note that when I post these, they are for the most part as is. There will be typos, there will be misspelled names. This is also because I plan to post the redux chapters as well. These stories are something I am proud of, even though I am rewriting them. It is only right, in my mind, to let you see the original version, as well as the updated version. It shows how much one has matured in their skills between the time the original was written and now. I want all of you to note that Changes, the first story of The Cale Storyline, is twenty years old this year, and I wrote it during my senior year in college.
Now, Here is the seventh chapter of the first story of the Cale Storyline.
|Generation X Cale Storyline Disclaimer|
Attention: Generation X and their villains, as well as any other mutant mentioned in this story, is property of Marvel Comics. The character Richard Cale is named after family relations. Any other reference to anything copyrighted is a chance happening.
|Prior Stories and Chapters|
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Chapter 7: Bonding (Updated Version)
Angelo was wondering what Sean had in mind. He figured that Emma might of had a hand in this as well, but with Rich's abilities, the Biosphere seemed the perfect place. He noticed that Jubilee had taken Penance out of the building. When they entered the Biosphere, Sean said to the two of them. "Angelo, Rich is going to have to learn more about everyone, especially if he doesn't want his ability going chaotic. He decided to go through everyone by their names."
Angelo finally realized that it more so for Rich's sake. Angelo nodded and then turned to Rich. "So, Rich, how would you like to begin. Talking, or using mutant ability." Rich seemed to have an air of mystery about him.
Rich stepped forward and said, "We don't have much to talk about, unless I start to mimic you." Rich looked at his body and Angelo noticed the same thing that Rich did. His skin appeared to be melting. "Angelo, I hope your codename makes sense for this."
Angelo almost laughed and then remembered what he went through when his ability first appeared. He approached Rich and said, "It'll be Okay, amigo. Just concentrate. It takes some time, but it will work. It strains the mind, but it can be done." He watched as Rich slowly pulled his skin tight and looked like himself again. "Feeling better?"
"You must have a sense of humor to cope with this. Is that why you are such a joker?"
"Sometimes, I couldn't pull this stuff back home. I suppose you probably now know about my life in the hood."
"I can only see gimpses of it. It appears that it wasn't as traumatic as other things."
"Oh, why do you say that?"
"You leaving the hood, it was the biggest sacrific you ever made, and you lived to regret it." Angelo realized that Rich must have latched onto his battle with the X-Cutioner. He had to admit, the only thing he thought was good in his life, he was regretting.
"Your right on that, there are sometimes that I wish I could go back home. But, I can't. I remember how much my 'death' changed things back home. I was there, in disguise, and saw what it had done."
Rich gave him a knowing glance. "You miss her, don't you?" Angelo knew who Rich was talking about. Angelo decided it was time to change the topic. He gave Rich a mean glance. Rich just said, "Oh Kay, Let's talk about you're mutant ability. So, what can you do with this ability."
"Watch." Angelo distended his skin and grabbed a nearby tree. He used his skin to pull himself up into the tree. He turned around only to see that Rich was only a foot away from him, doing the same thing.
"I see, a living bungee cord. Oh joy. Tell me. It this all that you can do?"
"As of right now, yes. That's why I got the code name Skin. I'm trying to lean to do more, mainly so I can live a normal life." Angelo spent the rest of the time he was with Rich showing other aspects, and flaws of have 6 ft of extra skin.
Paige looked around the Biosphere. She had seen Angelo, and Sean had told her that it was her turn to meet with Rich. She was abit nervious, but she could handle it. She still had in her mind that she was going to be an X-Man just like her brother Sam. Paige almost jump in fright when Rich stepped out in front of her. "Calm down, Paige. I was waiting for Angelo's ability to leave me."
"Ah'm alright. You just startled me. I take it you are ready to learn about my mutant ability."
"Let's see. Find out what it's like to rip my skin off my body. Now's a good time as ever." He stepped forward and said, "Now, how do I control this, by the way, what is your code name?"
"Husk. Now first, you got to thing you have to do is focus on what you want to take the form of. Then, it is just ripping your skin off." Paige decided to demonstrate by ripping her skin off and revealing a body of pure diamond.
Rich just looked at her and said, "It must play havoc with your wardrobe. Well, I must well try this ability." He started ripping at his skin and revealed a body of obsidian.
Paige thought that he must be stuck on the color black. He choose a black element and she said, "Ah think that the color suits you, Rich."
"And I think that Penance might become jealous if she hears that. Besides, there is already someone who cares for you, he justs is having trouble accepting the feeling back from you. Try to patch things up with him." Deep down, Paige knew that Rich was right, but she still could forgive Jono for what had happened at her home on Thanksgiving. She was almost lost in that painful memory when Rich finally said, "Paige, how long does these changes usually last."
"What, Ah'm sorry, Ah was lost in thought. The phase changes usually last about as long as needed. Watch." She ripped of the diamond skin that she had and reverted back to a normal state.
"Ladies and gentleman, this is an interesting ability. I take it that sometimes you aren't really in descent wear for your ability to wear out."
Paige blushed and said, "That's true. Ah sometimes have to rip my uniform off. Ah must have had the most uniforms of the whole team."
"Since I am a gentleman, I will not look in your direction at those times."
Paige seemed to notice many times before that Rich was a gentleman. "Don't worry, Ah usually cover up before that happens. That has to one of the drawbacks of mah mutant ability. Rich, I know I mentioned this earlier, but you don't seem to be used to waking early."
"That's true Paige, and don't try to hide your accent, it's who you are. One should never be ashamed of who they are. Now, why do you ask?"
"Ah was wondering if you would like to jog with me. It's one of the few times Ah can relax."
"Alright, I see you at 6AM or 6:30?"
"6:30. I do a workout every morning." She decided to leave after that. She figured that Rich knew enough about her, than she could ever tell him. She knew that the process of husking was time consuming, but Rich's own ability had to pull him out of it also. She decided she leave early, so Jubilee wouldn't see the sight. Jubilee still thought it was a degusting ability.
Jubilee had entered the biosphere quietly. She had learned a few things in her days with Wolvie and the X-Men. She had talked briefly to Paige before she enter. Paige told her how Rich had surprised her. Jubilee was determine to suprise Rich. She knew that it might not be the best way for Rich to experence her abilities, but it might prepare Rich for somethings that he will encounter. She noticed Rich waiting by a small stream that was in the biosphere. As she approached him, she noticed that he put his hand to his head. He seemed to be in a bit of pain. She relized he mistake when she screemed. He jumped in fright and she saw a dozen pyrotechnic plasmoids knock her down. She was thankful that they were low level. She knew that she couldn't be hurt by her abilities, but Rich used them against her.
He looked in shock. "I'm sorry. I wasn't in control. It is your own gut instinct, ya know."
"I know. The last time I had someone scare me like that was .."
He completed the sentence for her. "when Sabertooth broke free in the mansion. Jubilee, that scared you alot and was traumatic for you."
Jubilee knew that he was right. She knew that he knew the reason by now and said, "It was the first time Wolvie wasn't there for me. I honestly thought that I was going to die." She almost broke into tears. She then noticed that Rich had walked over to her and sat down.
"I hope I never run into Sabertooth, if that is any consolation to you. And, I am sorry for plasma attack. Jubilee, what was it like, being an X-Man?"
Jubilee was surprised by what Rich said. "You want to here about when I was with the X-Men! Nobody wants to here those stories. Why do you want to here them?"
He looked at her and said, "Jubilee, don't take any of this as an offense, Okay. What you lack in maturity, you make up for in experience and wisdom."
She was almost glowing when she heard that. "Wow, do you always say stuff like that or is it just who you are?"
He turned his head, acting as he was looking for someone else and said, "Alright, who told you I like to startle people. I can't believe someone started a rumor like that about me."
She started to laugh and he smiled. "Ok, I take it you like to startle people."
"Of course I do, I like to start that rumor. By the way, Jubilee, is that your codename?"
"Yea. It was my nickname in school, and it stuck when I joined the X-Men along time ago. It doesn't truely relate to my abilities, as you have figured out is to shoot pyrotechnic plasmoids. I used to entain kids in a mall back in So Cal with them."
"So, how did you get hooked up with the X-Men."
"Long story, which I can tell you later. Anything you want to know about by ability, abit more maybe."
"How dangerous is your ability, Jubes?"
The way he said it was almost like how some of the X-Men had said it. She always thought of the X-Men as a family for her, and then Generation X, and now Rich seemed to becoming the new member of the family. She thought about his question, though, because it was odd. "Why do want to know, Rich?"
"Jubilee, when you snuck up on me, your own personality took became merged with mine. I had a brief headache. The reactions, the actions, they are all you, including that you fear your ability. When your mad, you can't control the sparks. I have a nasty temper, if I let it loose. I have controlled it for a long time. The last time I let it lose was, well I forget. It wasn't a pretty sight."
"You mean when you chew out Emma?"
"No, that was just a fraction of the rage that I hold bottled up." Jubilee's eyes went wide at that. Could Rich hold so much anger in him that she wondered if he was more dangerous than all of villians that Gen X and the X-Men faced.
She decided to answer his question. "Rich, I know that when I'm fumming, I don't have much control. I once leveled a house with my fireworks."
"Remind me to stay away from you when I'm mad," he said with a smile.
Jubilee decided to be a little bit devilish. She looked at him. "Rich."
"Stay away from me when you're mad."
"You have a little devilish streak in you, don't you." He started to laugh and then said, "How about telling me one story about you and the X-Men."
He seemed destine to here her tell about her life with the X-Men. She decided to tell him about the time she save Wolvie's life.
Mondo entered the Biosphere and walked in Rich's direction. Rich still had abit of Jubilee's power and was shooting sparks from his fingers. Mondo thought that Rich's ability was similar to that of Everett's and his combined for some reason. He slowly approached Rich and said, "Olla, Rich, how are you."
Rich looked at Mondo and said, "Hello Mondo. I'm just waiting for Jubilee's power to leave so I can learn about your ability. Tell me Mondo, what exactly is your ability, and your codename."
Mondo just smiled. He looked at Rich and said, "My name is my codename. That is how life works. Life just does what it does."
Rich looked at him and said, "You have an interesting look on life, Mondo. But, what is your ability."
"Well, I have been called an omnimorph. Watch." Mondo placed his hands on the ground and looked at Rich. Rich had a look on his face that could only be amazement. Mondo was starting to absorb the ground and was transforming into it. Rich finally understood what was going on. Rich then stepped towards him did the same.
"Looks simple. Let me try." Rich started to do the same and Mondo was simply amazed. Rich had copied his ability and was using it. Mondo watched as he turned into the same ground that he had absorbed. "Interesting ability, Mondo, what can you do with it?"
"It is simple my friend, come along." Mondo shifted into the ground and Rich followed. For about ten minutes, Rich and himself shifted all over the biosphere. Eventually Rich started to retake a human form. Mondo slowly reformed and said to Rich, "Is something wrong, my friend."
Rich looked a little flushed and said, "Could you help me get to someplace with water, I need to take some medication."
Mondo started to worry. "Rich, are you Ok? Are you feeling well?"
"It's nothing to worry about Mondo. I take medication for my epilepsy. It's just that I feeling a little uneasy as well." Mondo helped Rich out of the Biosphere and back to the main building. They entered the kitchen only to run into Sean and the three boys, Artie, Leech and Franklin. Sean was fixing them a little lunch. Sean must have felt lik a father to the kids.
Sean looked at Rich and said, "Is something wrong?"
"Nothing a little medication won't take care of, and a little lunch?" Mondo almost was started question what Rich said earlier, at least until Rich said, "The medication for my epilepsy requires food to be in my stomach." Rich managed to get some food together and took his medication. Mondo realized that Rich seemed to be dependant on it.
Mondo's own concern seemed to be shared by Sean. "Rich, isn't there another way to take care of your epilepsy?"
Rich looked at Sean and said, "Not without having my brain hacked up. I feel that the medication is the less dangerous option. I'll be on it for life, but it is better than living with half a mind." Mondo now thought he had a better understand why Rich had such a view on life.
|Next Chapter||Bonding Part II||(updated)|
|Future Chapters and Stories|
|Chapter 9||Calm Before The Storm||(updated)|
|Chapter 10||Enter Emplate||(updated)|
|Chapter 11||Under The Influence||(updated)|
|Library Page||RichGenX's Library - The Cale Storyline 1 - Changes|