"You will be expected to report to all Danger Room sessions and follow the rules of the mansion, just like all the other students. Lights out at 10:00, no alcohol whatsoever, and if you want to leave the grounds you must tell either Miss Munroe, Dr. Grey, Logan, or myself. If you are willing to abide by these rules, you will find that we are fair and kind," Mr. Summers said with a smile, to the 2 new boys in front of him. Kitty pressed her ear closer to the hallway door.
"What are they saying?" Jubilee hissed behind her. Kitty frowned, and put a finger to her lips.
"Hold on," Kitty whispered back. She craned her neck to see a tall, good-looking silver haired boy with a perpetual smirk being given what looked like a schedule. In fact, it looked like the schedule Kitty herself had gotten on her first day at the mansion.
"Let me show you your rooms," Dr. Grey said, leading both the boys towards the hallway.
"They're LIVING here?!" Bobby yelped.
"Shut up! Do you want them to hear you?" Rogue hissed.
"Are they cute?" Jubilee asked eagerly.
"Ow," Kitty muttered, as Rogue's elbow pressed into her back.
"Oops, sorry Kitty," Rogue apologized, trying to sneak a look for herself, and accidentally falling against the door with a loud thump.
"Did you hear that?" Kitty heard Mr. Summers ask.
"Oh no, let's go!" Jubilee whispered fiercely, trying her best to squeeze out of her boxed position near the door. Kitty herself tried to move, but found she was firmly wedged between Bobby and Rogue.
"Would y'all quit shoving!" Rogue said angrily, as Bobby clumsily tried to get up.
"Ahem," a booming voice above them sounded. Kitty looked up to see a stern looking Logan, his arms crossed in front of his chest. Uh oh, Kitty thought, cursing herself for getting into this situation. It seemed, whenever Jubilee let curiosity get the better of her, the results were disastrous.
"Hi," Jubilee said in a chipper voice, avoiding Logan's inquisitive gaze.
"Do you mind telling me what the hell all of you are doing at this time of night?" Logan growled. Kitty gulped. She knew Logan was really a big softie under that gruff and tough outwardly façade but nonetheless, their punishment would not be an easy one. We're probably going to have, like, 80 nights of kitchen duty, Kitty thought mournfully, wincing at the idea of her least favorite chore.
"We couldn't sleep, so we all came down for a glass of water," Rogue said calmly. Jubilee and Kitty exchanged relieved glances. Good old rational Rogue. Kitty knew Logan was most likely to believe Rogue out of any of them.
"All of you couldn't sleep?"
"That's right," Kitty nodded quickly.
"Then why are you crouched near the door?" Logan asked, his eyes narrowed. Good question, Kitty thought.
"We fell?" Bobby offered weakly.
"Right," Logan said, rolling his eyes. "And it would have nothing to do with the two new recruits?"
"Well, as long as they're here, they might as well meet them," Dr. Grey gave in. Jubilee let out an excited squeal as they were led into the kitchen. Kitty found herself face to face the silver-haired boy with the piercing blue eyes. Oh god, I must look like a mess, Kitty realized, running a quick hand through her sleep tousled hair.
"This is Pietro Maximoff," Mr. Summers introduced the silver haired boy, who only gave a brief, curt nod. Boy, he looks friendly, Kitty thought sarcastically. "And this is Lance Alvers," he continued, pointing to the dark-haired smiling boy next to Pietro. "Pietro, Lance, this is Kitty, Bobby, Rogue, and Jubilee. Now, I'll give you all 5 minutes to get acquainted, but you have to promise to go to bed right afterwards," Mr. Summers told them.
"Oh we promise," Jubilee promised promptly, while sneaking looks at Lance. Mr. Summers waved and headed back down the hall with Dr. Grey. Kitty saw Pietro roll his eyes and look bored. What is his problem? Kitty thought irritated. It was surprising that she found him so annoying. Kitty prided herself on usually being the one to lay out the welcome mat for all new recruits. Well, someone else can get that job this time, Kitty thought resolutely as she watched Pietro, he looks like he might bite someone's head off.
"So, what are your powers?" Bobby asked casually.
"Oh great way to break the ice Bobby," Rogue said, rolling her eyes. Jubilee giggled a little at the pun.
"No, that's all right, I don't mind. I can start earthquakes," Lance said quietly. Kitty watched in amazement as the lamp across the room began to shake violently. And then after a few seconds, stopped.
"That's really cool," Rogue remarked with a smile. "Isn't it, Jubes? Jubes?"
Jubilee seemed to be in some sort of trance watching Lance, but quickly snapped out of it, blushing. "Oh yeah, cool."
"What about you?" Bobby asked, turning to Pietro eagerly.
"What about me?" Pietro said flatly. Kitty crossed her arms. This guy has the biggest attitude problem, Kitty thought disgustedly.
"I meant, what are your powers?" Bobby repeated, a little nervously.
"I have super-speed," Pietro said finally, as if he'd just imparted a valuable secret to them.
"Gee, thanks for sharing," Kitty muttered. Pietro raised an eyebrow.
"And who might you be?"
"Kitty Pryde," Kitty asserted.
"Your name is Kitty?" Pietro asked, smirking.
"It's short for Katherine," Kitty said curtly.
"Interesting name," Pietro said, with the same smirk.
"You're one to talk, PIETRO," Kitty retorted. The others watched in amusement at the verbal battle.
"Uh, chill out guys, we don't wanna wake the others," Bobby cautioned.
"Of course not, that would be so.. naughty," Pietro mocked. Kitty clenched her teeth. He could mess with her, but if he thought he could make fun of her friends and get away with it, he had another thing coming.
"What is THAT supposed to mean?" Kitty demanded, her temper flaring.
"You guys are so whipped. Do you always follow everything that Summers guy says?" Pietro asked derisively. Kitty would have laughed if she hadn't been so pissed. Hardly a week went by without Bobby or Jubilee playing some prank or another. Whipped, indeed! "All you have are rules, rules rules!"
" Right, and those rules are what's gonna keep us from getting killed!" Kitty shot back, rising to the defense of Mr. Summers. Sure some of the rules were dumb, but Kitty had not forgotten the kindness of the Professor in taking her in. This jerk Pietro had no right to insult them.
"Uh huh, I'm gonna die if I stay out past 10:00," Pietro said, rolling his eyes. Kitty gritted her teeth, only Rogue's restraining arm kept her from socking him.
"What are you guys still doing up?" Logan demanded, appearing practically from nowhere.
"We were just going," Jubilee piped up quickly, casting one last look at Lance before shooting off down the hallway, followed quickly by Rogue.
"Bobby, from now on you'll be sharing a room with Lance, is that okay?" Dr. Grey asked. Bobby shrugged.
"No prob. I'll take you up. Watch out for the dirty clothes though, I nearly tripped and died the last time I came up without the lights on," Bobby warned Lance, as they walked down the hallway.
"Now Kitty, I was wondering if I could ask you a favor?" Dr. Grey asked, taking Kitty aside by the arm.
Kitty blinked. "Uh, sure Dr. Grey. What is it?"
"Well, I don't know if you've noticed, but Pietro is a little...," Dr. Grey trailed off.
"Retarded?" Kitty offered.
"Kitty!" Dr. Grey admonished. "I was going to say..rough around the edges. Which is why, I wondered if you minded showing him around the mansion, you know, helping him get acquainted, just until he makes some friends."
Friends? With that attitude? Not likely, Kitty thought, casting a bleak look back at Pietro who was drumming his fingers rapidly on the kitchen counter. The very thought of hanging out with the arrogant jerk made her ill.
"Uh, Dr. Grey, I really don't think I'm the right person for this," Kitty interjected. "Of course you are, Kitty," Dr. Grey said, surprised. "You're so friendly, you've always made the new recruits feel welcome in the past. You'll do fine."
"Okay," Kitty agreed sighing, as Dr. Grey led her back into the kitchen.
"Pietro, Kitty's going to be the one showing you around for the next couple of weeks," Dr. Grey explained with a smile.
"That should be fun," Pietro said, winking at Kitty. Kitty flushed, trying to ignore how good-looking he was.
"And look Kitty, Pietro has most of his classes with you," Dr. Grey said cheerfully, looking over Pietro's schedule.
"Oh. Joy," Kitty said dryly.
"Yeah, I can hardly wait," Pietro replied, with a sardonic smile.
"Well, goodnight Kitty and thank you," Dr. Grey said, Kitty nodded and after sticking her tongue out at Pietro behind Dr. Grey's back, retreated down the hallway. I really should learn to be less friendly, Kitty thought resignedly.