The disclaimer telling all of you that I don't own any Marvel characters has been smashed to pieces. Along with the status quo of the Misfitverse. I decided to have some fun before moving on to the final chapter of the saga. This is just something that ran through my deranged head as Scott and Jean leave the X-Mansion for the first time and try to do something no mutant has yet been able to accomplish!
Living the Normal Life
Chapter One: Moving Out
"Think of this as a brand new start of a brand new adventure," Scott said in a happy voice. "We're moving out and moving on to live real lives just like a normal family."
"Since when are we a normal family?" Madelyne asked from the back seat of the SUV. "I mean don't you guys have a kid that lives in another timeline or something?"
"Madelyne…" Jean sighed. "I know you're a little upset about leaving your friends at the Institute. But really this is for the best. For all of us. No more craziness, no more being someone's pawn in a big superhero game…"
"Do our enemies know that?" Madelyne asked. "And why are we taking Jean's SUV? If we're going to take off to a new life, can we at least do it in style?"
"No, we don't need my old car," Scott said. "Besides the way it gets blown up every month anyway it was too expensive to keep."
"You left behind your corvette?" Madelyne said.
"It wasn't practical," Scott told her. "Besides I don't need a fancy car. Especially one that gets destroyed every other week."
"Boy Jean you really mind wiped him good," Madelyne blinked.
"Don't look at me," Jean told her. "I wanted him to bring it with us. I told you Scott I could drive the SUV while you follow us…"
"No," Scott interrupted. "That car is a symbol of the past. I'm casting it aside to make room for the future."
"That's because the Professor gave it to you isn't it?" Jean put two and two together.
"That car was a lot like our relationship," Scott explained. "All shiny and fast powered on the surface but a whole lot of responsibility underneath coupled with a ton of guilt and lies!"
"Boy all that therapy stuff we've gone through while we were in the X-Men really got to you didn't it Scott?" Madelyne asked. "You gonna give up your goggles while you're at it?"
"Maddie at least try to make this work," Jean sighed. "Can you do that please? All we ask is that you keep an open mind and try to help us make it as a normal family."
"A normal family of ex-mutant superheroes with serious issues, an all powerful cosmic force and a clone," Madelyne rolled her eyes. "Yeah this is gonna work."
"It will work," Scott told her. "We have it all planned out."
"And where are we gonna live our oh so normal lives?" Madelyne asked. "Mutant Town or Fantasy Land?"
"No, we have a nice apartment waiting for us at the Baxter Building in New York City," Jean told her.
"The Baxter Building?" Madelyne asked. "Wait isn't that where…?"
"Yes, the Fantastic Four do live above us," Jean sighed. Then she said in a chipper voice. "They're going to be our neighbors as well as landlords."
"So what you're saying is that we're trading one family of super powered maniacs for another?" Madelyne gave her a look.
"They are not maniacs," Jean admonished. "Well the Fantastic Four anyway. This is going to be fun!"
"That's what I'm afraid of," Madelyne said. "If their ideas of fun are anything like the X-Men and the Misfits…"
"It's not going to be anything like that!" Jean told her. "You will go to a normal school and I'll teach you more about your powers at home. I'll take a couple of classes during the day and start looking for a job."
"Oh yeah I can just see the offers pouring in," Madelyne rolled her eyes. "Are you going to get a job too Scott?"
"I already have a job! I am going to be the new assistant manager of the building," Scott said cheerfully.
"What does that mean? What does an assistant manager do?" Madelyne asked.
"Oh he does lots of things," Scott said. "He helps fix things when they break, assist the tenants with their problems. Sometimes if someone is locked out I help them get into their apartment."
"You mean a janitor?" Madelyne said. "You're going to be the janitor."
"I am not the janitor!" Scott snapped at her. He softened. "I'm going to be the assistant janitor."
"A well paid assistant janitor," Jean said. "In fact we're also getting free room and board."
"Gee I wonder why?" Madelyne rolled her eyes and snickered.
"Here we are!" Jean said cheerfully, ignoring Madelyne. They pulled up to the Baxter Building. "There it is, the Baxter Building."
"And there parked in front is an ambulance," Madelyne pointed. "And a few cop cars."
"That doesn't mean anything," Scott said a bit too quickly. "Could be for something else."
"Yeah there could be a dozen reasons why there's a need for medical equipment and law enforcement here," Madelyne told him.
Scott parked they car and they went into the building. Immediately the elevator opened. "This is all your fault Johnny!" A blond haired woman in a blue uniform snapped at a blond haired man in a similar uniform. They were accompanied by a few paramedics, a policeman…
And a body covered by a bag being wheeled out on a gurney.
"Uh Madelyne maybe you should sit in the car?" Jean gulped.
"Like I've never seen a dead body before," Madelyne gave her a look. "Give me a break."
"Come on he was like ninety two," Johnny said. "It was gonna happen sooner or later anyway!"
"He was sixty one!" Susan snapped at her brother.
"Really? He looked a lot older to me," Johnny blinked.
"I think I'm starting to see how you got this apartment so cheap," Madelyne commented as they wheeled the body away.
"Look the guy had a bad heart! How was I supposed to know that my fire would start an explosion that scared him so bad…" Johnny began when he noticed he had an audience. "Uh hi there."
"What happened?" Jean looked around.
"Minor accident," Johnny said quickly. "Uh Scott Summers and Jean Grey right?"
"No, they are the Incredible Hulk and Miss Universe," Madelyne gave him a look. "I'm Madelyne. So what's with the dead guy?"
"Well uh," Sue gulped. "He had a little heart attack…"
"Looks like quite a big heart attack to me," Madelyne quipped. "Who was he?"
"He was the man in charge of maintenance," Sue said. "Actually Scott since you were supposed to be his assistant that makes you the new man in charge of maintenance."
"Wow Scott you've already got a promotion on your first day!" Madelyne remarked in a cheerful sarcastic tone. "You're really climbing your way up the ladder!"
"Scott maybe this isn't such a good idea?" Jean said.
"Jean it's going to be fine! So there will be a few explosions and fires?" Scott told her. "And our landlords are superheroes. Other than that life will be perfectly normal."
"Where have I heard that before?" Madelyne rolled her eyes.
So will Scott and Jean manage to have a normal life in the Baxter Building? What do you think? Stay tuned for the madness!