5398/And Sometimes Your Life Picks You

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And Sometimes Your Life Picks You
Date of Scene: 01 March 2021
Location: Recreation Room
Synopsis: Call of Duty is broken up by the arrival of a kitten in the Recreation Room. A kitten that wins the heart of even the most cycloptic at the school.
Cast of Characters: Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Scott Summers, Piotr Rasputin, Henry McCoy, Noriko Ashida

Kitty Pryde has posed:
It's afternoon at the school. Classes have let out and student's time is their own again. Down in the Recreation Room, that tends to mean at least some of the TVs have on Call of Duty or whatever the current flavor of the week is in video games.

At the moment Hambone, a slightly chubby student known for getting into mild amounts of trouble, is on one TV and playing online in a match that has Tommy in it as well. Tommy is another student, with a frog-like complexion and great leaps, and wearing a Mets cap. The two have been having an uneasy alliance, but other students are whisper to them that the other is going to frag them at some point. Which will probably be true thanks to the other students egging them on.

Outside, a car pulls over and parks outside the garage. Kitty Pryde hops out, wearing jeans and boots, and a sweater beneath a warm jacket. She takes a cardboard box out of the car and starts heading for the front door.

Rogue has posed:
Rogue is already in the rec room, she'd been organizing the small kitchen inside of the room and is standing behind the bar counter leaning over it and looking at her phone. She's wearing a green tshirt with big black letters that say... 'ROGUE' on the chest. It's a weight lifting supplier company or something, someone got her the shirt as a gift. A pair of blue jeans and leather boots make up the rest of her outfit with gloves on her hands and sunglasses resting on her forehead. She's just chewing on a bit of cookie and reading her phone.

Scott Summers has posed:
"Slow down in the hallway." Scott is playing hall monitor, hands on his hips after his class has released. He's standing in a green sweater over a button up shirt with the collar laid over the top. A light colored tie and his usual gunmetal gray glasses with the ruby red quartz lense. "Wherever you're going, you don't need to get there that quickly." Every moment is a teachable one!

Piotr Rasputin has posed:
Piotr Rasputin is in the rec room at the moment already, the large Russian making his rounds, checking on the students here and there and trying to make sure there is nothing of note. In general his demeanor is just casual, a light smile on his features and simply enjoying the light moment.

Henry McCoy has posed:
After last night's tension, Henry had decided to revisit the rec room to see about catching up on the movie he had wanted to watch. After bounding through the hallways, like a giant blue superball and catching a stern word from Scott, he steps into the room. The noise from the video game draws his attention, spotting Hambone and Tommy. Keen ears catch the egging on, the Beast shaking his head. "Games are meant to be civil between friends, yes?" He suggests to the others.

A wave is given to Rogue and Piotr, his smile genuine. "How are you two doing today?"

Kitty Pryde has posed:
Just as Beast finishes giving that good advice, Hambone holds his hands in the air in celebration. "See that!? I blew his head off!" Then he turns towards Henry. "What, sir?"

Tommy snorts. "Only because you're camping over there while I run around and lead them to you."

Hambone looks back to Tommy and says, "Yes, that's what you call fighting with your head." The other students around him look at each other and shake their heads, then go back to trying to get Hambone to hit Tommy with a phosphorous grenade.

Kitty comes down the hallway, eyeing Scott hanging out there. "Hey Scott," she says. "Got a little surprise for everyone," she says. There's a sound of movement in the box as Kitty goes past the cycloptic teacher and into the Rec Room. "Ooo, what's cooking Rogue?" she asks as she goes over and sets the box down on an end table.

Noriko Ashida has posed:
Noriko has decided to test a new way of speeding around the mansion.  That is, she arrives in the rec room with her sneakers in her hand, not really still /in/ her socks.  She's been testing this/some theory all day by the looks of how dirty what's left of the cloth, apparent when she suddenly appears sitting on the couch deep in sock inspection.

"Not worth going so slow either," Noriko mumbles to herself.  Did she see the box on the way?  Absolutely.  Did she peek?  Well at the very least, she was certainly tempted.  She pulls off her 'socks' and stuffs them into her shoes.

Piotr Rasputin has posed:
"I'm well." Piotr responds to Hank and then smiles over to the others as they arrive as well, Kitty gets a light wave. "A surprise? Now I am curious." he says with a chuckle, pausing just to the side of Tommy and the other students playing Call of Duty, but not interjecting on game strategy, big thumbs, he's no good at such games.

Rogue has posed:
Rogue straightens up on the counter and leans against it to her waistline. She takes a second to type something on her phone with her covered thumbs then sets it down and looks up to Hank to give him a grin. "Heya, Doctah." She says to him with a happy tone before she glances around the room at th eothers. The kids silliness make Rogue look toward them, but they just get an eye roll and she sweeps her stare back toward the arriving Kitty. Her eyes go down to the box as its presented...

"Lockheed in there?" Rogue asks, giving a glance to Nori when she shows up too.

Scott Summers has posed:
Scott perks a brow at Kitty and looks to the box she's carrying with a mixture of curiosity and apprehension. "That better not be a kitten." He murmurs to himself, turning on his heels to follow the burnette into the rec room where the others have assembled for the present like some kind of crazy gender reveal party.

Holding a position at the door, he plops his hands down on his hips and nods to those present. Specifically looking at Noriko and her dirty socks which she's shoving into her shoes. This is a classic situation of pick your battles, so he doesn't bother. Glancing up at Kitty waiting.

Kitty Pryde has posed:
Kitty glances at Noriko's feet. "Now I'm finding myself wondering if your feet can handle your speed for long, or whether they'll blister up like anyone else's would," Kitty says in a curious tone.

She grins back to Rogue then and says, "It's a kitten!" She opens up the box and pulls out an adorable little brown tabby, of an age it is probably only just recently taking solid food.


The kitten mews and looks around, leaning into Kitty's finger that scritches it. "This is Scruffles. Jubilee and I found him in town outside the Baskin Robbins. No sign of a mother and couldn't leave him by himself," she says. "Still figuring out where to find him a home."

A number of the students perk up and Kitty sets the kitten down on the ground. He sniffs and then begins trotting around the room to sniff at various legs and feet.

Henry McCoy has posed:
Henry gives a chuckle to Rogue at her greeting, and her guess of Lockheed-in-a-box. A nod to Piotr from Henry, as his eyes then go to Kitty and her surprise. A blink and a smile, the big man squatting down to offer over his hand to be scented by the kitten. "Quite the curious fellow, Kitty." He grins. "Cute little guy."

Piotr Rasputin has posed:
"Awwww....that is adorable." Piotr says before he can help himself, but then he clears his throat and furrows his brow. "I don't know if this is exactly the best place for a kitten, who would take care of it?" he begins but he can't help but smile at the kitten, because...kitten. He doesn't step forward, he doesn't want to get too close to the kitten or he will melt and want to cuddle the kitten.

Rogue has posed:
Rogue just... watches... as the reveal of a kitten comes from Kitty. She does show a grin when the little bobble headed animal's face appears, as it's hard not to be melted immediately by such a thing., but hwen it's set down on the ground the Belle slowly shakes her head side to side with her white bangs swaying against the sides of her cheeks.

"Maaaan, if Jeepers sees that thing, we're gonna have a epic battle on our hands." She comments while the little bean of a kitten starts to claim space in the rec room, and people too.

Scott Summers has posed:
The kitten makes it's circuit of the room, sniffing fingers, winning the hearts of children, and melting the hearts of adults. Save one. Scott stares at the little monster as if it's presence along represents everything that's worng with humanity. The degeneration of basic ration amongst his contemporaries, all reaching out to pet or smile at the little gremlin.

Behind his glasses, Scott narrows his eyes. Arms crossed over his chest as it finally gets to him by the door. The Gargoyle vs the Adorable. Locked in a staring match that will go down in the anuals of history as one of the greatest battles of will ever waged in the halls of Xavier's institute.

Then, suddenly, the kitten mews and starts scampering directly up Scott's leg. Using his slacks as a ladder to hang from the front of his sweater like a Finger glider. Near as face to face with him as something that small can get without defying gravity.

"What are you staring at?" He says aloud.

The preceptive will note the little curve of a smile.

Apparently, Scott Summers appreciates the little trolls moxie.

Kitty Pryde has posed:
Kitty watches the kitten stop to rub against Hank's hand, and move on to where Tommy gives a soft, "Aw, you're adorab- Darn it Hambone, that's not fair I wasn't looking!"

Hambone chortles as he runs on after knifing Tommy's character in the back. "All's fair in life and war." One of the female students tells Hambone, "Love." He turns to look at her, brow furrowing. "Um, thanks, love you too," he tells her.

Kitty facepalms and looks to Rogue. "Well, we'll have to socialize them. If he stays at the school anyway. I figured we could see how it goes?" She looks back to keep track of Scruffles and doesn't see the kitten. Kitty leans out, looking around furniture, before finally seeing the kitten start up Scott's leg. "Oh.." Kitty says, and looks about to rush over, when she sees Scott is just watching Scruffles climb. She stays where she is, watching also.

Noriko Ashida has posed:
"Well if they where normal I think I'd have gotten to bone already," Noriko implies a data point Kitty wasn't privy to, of course, but also suggests she hasn't fully tested it.  Whatever she was going to spout next, she thinks better of it with a few more speedy brain loops than necessary.  It's not relevant.  THE BOX IS RELEVANT.

Noriko finds her way to the edge of everyone immediately drawn to the kitten.  She stays on the periphery though, and ends up watching Scott 'catting' the kitten.

Rogue has posed:
Rogue glances up toward Scott to see him observing the 'situation' here. She sees the kitten fuzzball going right for him with its tail up and its super tiny little paws not even making a noise on the ground as it pads over toward him.

"Yep, they always zone in on the one who is most likely to not like them." The Belle quietly comments. "Congrats, Scott. He's now imprinted on you." She casts a grin to the X-Men's leader and then reaches down to gather up her phone when it beeps with a message and she keys it on to read it.

"Scruffles the X-Cat as joined the chat." Rogue idly throws out there too.

Scott Summers has posed:
EYE to EYE(ish)...

This confrontation could go either way...

Scott is not reknowned for his empathy and warmth...

And Kittens are not reknowned for giving a crap about that...

They stare at each other, Scott squinting at the kitten hanging from the front of his sweater just at the neckline, Scruffles staring right up at him unmoved by his hard hearted stare. The little monster mews again, a fierce cry to be sure.

Scott is not amused.

His hand wraps in around the tiny little beast, holding it up at eye level. Tiny little paws dangling over his knuckles. The mistake is when he glances over at Rogue to offer up a feeble argument against any such nonsense. The reward for this mistake is a tiny little paw smacking him right on the nose. No claws extended... no, Scruffles just booped the shit out of him.


Reversing his grip, Scott's the kitten on his shoulder and crosses his arms back over his chest. Now achieving his next level of evolution.


Piotr Rasputin has posed:
"Perhaps it will be good for Scott." Piotr mock whispers to Rogue and Kitty. "The fearless leader of the X-Men, having a reminder of the joys he fights for...adorable Kitty..." a glance to Kitty, "Er...Kitten."

The boop causes a hearty chuckle to continue from Piotr, "I think we have a victor in this challenge for leadership." he adds.

Kitty Pryde has posed:
Kitty Pryde eyes Nori's feet. "Yes, be careful. They may not grow back. Would hate to have to change your nickname to 'Stumps Ashida'," Kitty tells her. Before pausing. "Actually that does have a bit of a ring doesn't it?"

The young X-man pulls out her phone as the stare down is going on over on Scott's chest. She snaps a photo of the stare down, and then of Scott holding Scruffles in front of his face. She gets two of the nose boop, breaking out in a grin.

Kitty leans back to Rogue and Piotr and whispers in her best Boris Karloff voice, "Some say the Cyclop's heart grew three sizes that day..."

Rogue has posed:
Rogue is right there with Kitty and the phones. But Rogue is taking video of it. She grins at the display and slowly nods her head to Pitor's words. "I'll have t'start shoppin' for kitten sweaters t'go with him now." She says, loud enough for Scott to hear, obviously.

"That's cute though, my Instagram followers are gonna love this one, Scott. Prepare t'become internet famous." She chides him further whilst aiming her phone at him.

Rogue looks over to Kitty. "Did you get the thing checked out? It could have diseases..." She says in a more grim tone of voice.

Noriko Ashida has posed:
"Sounds like a shitty pirate name."  Noriko arches her brows at Kitty for a moment before her expression breaks into a sudden smirk.  "I'd prefer to get that name by the sword or eye lasers or partial teleportation...Just call me Lieutenant Dan."  But the sudden consideration of something or someone taking her feet, legs, even a toe, is harrowing.  Left, right, her eye snap.

"Kitty no matter how big his heart gets he'll never give me the A++++ I deserve."

Scott Summers has posed:
Together they formed the perfect crime fighting duo: Scruffles and the Clops.


He is definitely not coming up with catchy pet names for them...

Nope, Scott is staring all serious faced with his arms over his chest. Definitely not looking at Rogue when she instagrams him. Or Kitty when she says he's grown a size in heart... or even Piotr suggesting the kitten might be good for him.

He is the cold hand of Xavier's.

With a purring kitten kneading his shoulder and chewing his hair.

Nothing to see here.

Kitty Pryde has posed:
Kitty Pryde flashes Noriko a grin back. "Well, we can just be happy if all the Whos get their toys back," she tells her. "Though if you want me to look over your English Lit paper and give you any suggestions, happy to do it." Kitty had taken over Scott's class while he was in Genosha several months back, at that.

She looks back to see the kitten chewing on Scott's hair, and it makes the young woman break out in giggles. The kind that you feel so deep they make your belly move, and are a better ab workout than Logan gives you if they go on for long enough.

She nods towards Rogue. "Yep, we found him last week and I took him into to get checked out. Also searched for his mother, and had asked around at the shops there if anyone had seen a cat in the area. But, it's been a couple of days so I think the odds of reuniting him with his mother are pretty slim."

Kitty looks back to Scott. "God that's so cute." She tells Scott more loudly, "I've got a litter box and some food and a few toys out in the trunk I can bring in later."

Piotr Rasputin has posed:
"At the very least we know what to get him for Christmas. Kitten toys, a coffee mug with the kittens face on it..." he begins to drone out ideas, each worst than the last.

He then leans in a bit and peers at the Kitten, and asks what shouldnt have to be asked but for some reason does, "Its not going to change into a mutant killing robo kitten assassin is it?" assessing for danger, which as it kneads into Acott he just grins.

Rogue has posed:
Rogue finishes recording the video and lowers her phone to stare at it for a moment longer before she slips it in to the front right pocket on her jeans. "Well that's just good." She says about the cat being checked up on by a vet. The Belle reaches out for a metal thermos she had on the counter and picks it up as she walks over to move around the counter and stare at the kids still playing their video games. She spends a moment telling them the should go outside for a bit before the sun goes down, but they all just ignore her and keep clicking away at their plastic buttons.

She shakes her head and walks back toward the other side of the room with Scott and Fuzzy Scruffles. She smiles at him, them, and looks to Kitty. "I'll go get that stuff outta the car for ya." She says as she moves to the door.

Noriko Ashida has posed:
"My English is so perfect it's perfectly poor," Noriko blusters with an amused look shot to Kitty out of the corner of her eye.  The kitten.  The kitten devouring Scott.  "This is the best screensaver ever."  Noriko shifts into her more natural frame of velocity to get a 'slower' look as if this was worth it. "Yeah way worth the slow motion," she chirps like a jaded hummingbird.

There for the comment, gone after the beat.

Scott Summers has posed:
Scott does not have to take all this trechery by the Xavier staff and student body! He, nor Scruffles, must subject themselves to such flame! With a derisive SCOFF, Scott uncrosses his arms, looks at the kitten chewing on his hair, "Come, Scruffles. Let's go show you to your new quarters." It is entirely likely that the small adorbgoyle will have it's own tiny little foot locker.

He turns sharply on his heels, kitten holding on easily, and stalks out of the room. His new crime fighting partner in tow.

Batting at his ear.