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the rest of the tea ! "#hat do yo$ ean, yo$ %an find Magneto&' as(ed )%ott! "*id he register on the astral plane&'
Xavier frowned! Everyone stepped onto the foyer elevator as it started to des%end! "+nfort$nately, no,' answered Xavier! "My telepathi% range is only a few h$ndred (ilo etres, and his hel et blo%(s y telepathy!'
",hen how will that gi- o of yo$rs find hi &' as(ed .obby! ",his gi- o,' started Xavier, "is the (ey to finding not /$st Magneto ! ! ! ! b$t every Earth!' )everal of the tea "01 e bers raised their eyebrows! $tant on
sorry, 2rofessor,' said 3an(, "yo$1re going to have to e4plain that one!'
Xavier sighed as the elevator rea%hed the hangar! "01 3an(!' Xavier t$rned his %hair aro$nd and started to roll to the ba%( of the hangar! Everyone else followed! 5t the ba%( of the hangar was a lo%(ed, %ir%$lar door! 5s Xavier rolled $p the door, a light bl$e laser shot fro the %entre into his eye! 5fter a o ent, the laser disappeared and the door opened! sorry to say that 01ve been (eeping so ething fro yo$ all,' stated Xavier! "Even yo$,
Xavier rolled inside the newly opened roo , followed by the tea ! "6h, y stars and garters,' said 3an(! was a assive etalli% sphere! ,he door led into a wal(way, whi%h %overed the etal hel et
radi$s of the sphere! 5t the end of the wal(way was a %o p$ter %onsole, with a polished sitting on it! "#hat (ind of roo is this&' as(ed 2iotr!
Xavier rolled $p to the %onsole and t$rned aro$nd!
",his ! ! ! ! is Cerebro!' 7ean loo(ed at the panels that for ed the sphere, narrowing her eyes! "Cerebro&' said )%ott! "8es,' replied Xavier! "0 felt the na e appropriate %onsidering what it was designed to do!' "5nd what was that e4a%tly&' as(ed 3an(! ",o enhan%e the $tant abilities of telepaths,' answered Moira, as she stepped forward! "5s
Xavier told yo$, his range of psy%hi% dete%tion is li ited, even tho$gh his telepathy is very well developed! *$ring o$r initial resear%h together, we theori-ed that a a%hine %o$ld be %onstr$%ted
whi%h %o$ld ta(e the astral signal of a telepath and relay it so as to widen its range ! ! ! ! li(e a satellite dish!' "3ow far is Cerebro1s range&' as(ed 3an(! "#orldwide ! ! ! !' answered Moira, "if it wor(ed!' "0f&' "8o$ see, when we first b$ilt Cerebro, it was $nable to properly %hannel the a o$nt of psy%hi% energy that it was re%eiving,' e4plained Moira! ",he a%hine alone %o$ld not deal with the load! #hile a(e it wor(, 0 soon
at first, Xavier believed that he needed to develop his %ontrol of his powers to dis%overed that it was be%a$se the ind!'
a%hine1s interfa%e was far too si ple %o pared to the h$ an
.obby, his ar s folded, loo(ed at 2iotr! 2iotr loo(ed over at hi ! ,hey both shr$gged and shoo( their heads before loo(ing forward again! "#hat it needed was a g$idan%e syste ,' %ontin$ed Moira! "5 sorting algorith to properly
organi-e the telepathi% data! 0 wor(ed for years on vario$s %o p$ter progra s to try and si $late so ething that %o$ld be effe%tive, b$t 0 wasn1t able to ! ! ! ! $ntil now!' "8o$ still haven1t e4plained why yo$ wanted to b$ild Cerebro in the first pla%e,' said 3an(! "E4tend telepathi% range, s$re, b$t to what effe%t&'
$tants,' answered Xavier!
3an(1s eyes widened! "0 propositioned Cerebro as a way for all of yo$ ! ! ! ! b$t 0 %an only do so reason! "Magneto,' said )%ott! Xavier nodded! 3e then p$lled o$t the i%ro%hip and pl$gged it into the Cerebro %onsole! ,he ing so$nd of the a%hinery droned in the $%h on e to find $tants in need,' Xavier said! "7$st as 0 fo$nd
y own! 9ight now, however, we need it for a different
%onsole lit $p with bright, bl$e energy! ,he soft, h$ ba%(gro$nd! Moira p$t her hand on Xavier1s sho$lder!
"Charles,' Moira said, "are yo$ s$re yo$1re ready for this&' Xavier loo(ed $p at her with a slight frown! "0 %an1t afford not to be!' Moira %losed her eyes for a the tea ! Xavier pla%ed the o ent before ta(ing her hand off his sho$lder and standing with
etal hel et on his head and %losed his eyes! .reathing in slowly, he felt a a%hine entered his
tingle of ele%tri%ity hit the ba%( of his s($ll! 3is whole body /er(ed slightly as the ind! 7ean too( a step forward with her ar
o$tstret%hed, b$t )%ott p$t his hand on her sho$lder and
shoo( his head! 7ean withdrew her hand and stood ba%(! Xavier1s breathing started to speed $p! 0 ages began to flash a%ross the astral plane! 3e %len%hed his hands on the ar s of his wheel%hair! #in%ing, he fo%$sed his tho$ghts as vario$s began to whirl thro$gh his psy%hi% view! 5 wo an flying thro$gh the savannah s(y! 5 yo$ng girl with a single white strea( in her hair! 5 an h$ddled in a winter forest! 5 an in torn nin/a garb hanging onto a %eiling with his tong$e! 5 wo an with bright bl$e s(in and %ri son hair! $tants
5 an in
etalli% ar o$r, wearing a p$rple hel et with
Xavier opened his eyes! ,he i ages faded away as he breathed in! 3e then too( off the hel et and pla%ed it on the %onsole! "01ve fo$nd hi !' "#here&' ",a pa,' replied Xavier! "#e1ve got to get to the /et! :ow! 3e1s a(ing his ove!'
"01ll go fire her $p,' said 3an(, as he t$rned aro$nd and ran into the hangar! ",i e to s$it $p,' said 2iotr! Xavier rolled $p to 7ean as the others began to leave! "7ean, we have ! ! ! !' "+nifor s,' said 7ean! "0 (now! 0 a%t$ally Xavier raised an eyebrow! "01ll be right ba%(!' 7ean ran ba%( to the elevator and too( it $p and o$t of the hangar! Xavier rolled past the elevator and onto the loading ra p! 5s )%ott and the others were p$tting on their $nifor s, Moira sat down in the one of the side seats! 3an( was in front, a%tivating the /et %ontrols! )%ott loo(ed over at Xavier! "#here1s 7ean&' "3ere!' Xavier t$rned aro$nd to see 7ean standing at the botto and gold s(intight s$it with a golden sash hanging fro sy bol in the shape of a bird! )%ott stared at 7ean, his "*id yo$ ! ! ! ! "8es!' "#here did yo$ get the idea for that i age&' "6h this&' of the ra p! )he was wearing a green ade one for yself!'
her waist! 6n her %hest, was a bright, gold o$th hanging open! Xavier1s eyes widened!
a(e that yo$rself, 7ean&' as(ed Xavier!
7ean loo(ed down and pointed at the bird sy bol! "8es!' "0t1s so ething 01ve seen in y drea s before! 0 li(ed it, so 0 (ept it!'
Xavier nodded his head slightly! "9ight,' he said! "6n the /et, then!' 7ean s iled and %la bered $p the ra p! )he loo(ed at )%ott before ta(ing a seat! Everyone else sat down as Xavier strapped hi self in ne4t to Moira! 5s the do%(ing ra p %losed, Xavier loo(ed at the bird sy bol again! 3is breathing slowed! ;;;; "Closing in on designated target!' ,he )entinels flew in stri%t for ation over the ,a pa s(yline! #at%hing the video feed fro lead )entinel, <elly folded his hands and s ir(ed! "*on1t worry, Mr! 2resident,' <elly started, "3e doesn1t have a %han%e! ,he )entinels were spe%ifi%ally designed to ta(e down $tants!' /$st wondering how we1re going to e4plain thirty assive the
"#e1ll see, 9obert,' replied Ellis! "01 robots flying aro$nd to the Florida pop$la%e!'
"=et the p$bli% relations people handle that,' said <elly! "8o$1ve
ade the right de%ision!' ain gate,
,he )entinels flew over the forest and arrived at Cape Citadel! 5s they flew over the they swit%hed fro bl$e lights fro view of Eri(! ",arget a%>$ired! *esignation ! ! ! ! M$tant!' hori-ontal to bipedal
ode and began to land on their feet in the %o po$nd! ,he ar%hed forward $ntil they %a e into
their eyes s%anned the s$rro$nded area! ,hey
,he )entinels raised their ar s as their hand lasers %harged! Eri( s ir(ed before throwing $p his hand! "6rders ! ! ! ! Eli ina ! ! ! !'
,he )entinels powered down for a brief eyes instead of bl$e! "Eli ina ! ! ! !' "9obert, what is going on&' <elly tapped his phone!
o ent before starting ba%( $p, this ti e with orange
"Ma%(en? #hat is happening&? #hy aren1t the )entinels atta%(ing&' "0 don1t (now sir?' sho$ted Ma%(en! ",he %ontrols ! ! ! ! they1re not responding?' Eri( %h$%(led! "3ow foolish ! ! ! ! to send an ar y of Eri( then raised his voi%e! "0 (new abo$t yo$r $tant-h$nting robots, <elly?' etal en to fight the aster of agnetis !'
<elly g$lped as sweat drops fell down his forehead! "0 wanted yo$ to send the ,' Eri( %ontin$ed! "0 let yo$ do it!' Ellis loo(ed over at <elly with wide eyes! ,he )entinels finally f$lly rebooted and stood straight! "2rogra ing ! ! ! ! altered! :ew orders! ,arget ! ! ! ! 3$ ans! 6rders ! ! ! ! Eli inate!'
,he )entinels then t$rned aro$nd to fa%e the %ity! Eri( flew $p and landed on the sho$lder of the lead )entinel! 3e loo(ed straight into its eyes, so that <elly and Ellis %o$ld see hi view s%reen! ":ow, it1s y t$rn,' said Eri(! ! ! ! ! down? :ow?' $p %lose on the
"Ma%(en?' s%rea ed <elly! ")h$t ! ! ! ! the "0 %an1t, sir?' "5llow Magneto!' e to share with yo$
y other na e, <elly,' started Eri(! "0 prefer to be %alled ! ! ! !
,he )entinels lifted off the gro$nd and began flying towards the %ity! Ellis and <elly sat ba%( in
their seats as they helplessly wat%hed the
hover over the edge of the b$ildings! ,hro$gh the view
s%reen, they %o$ld see h$ndreds of people staring $p at the )entinels! "2eople of the world,' started Eri(, "0 a Magneto! ,his is the beginning of a brand new age! the wea( ! ! ! ! for far too long has the nat$ral
For far too long, the strong have been for%ed to hide fro
order been disr$pted! 0 will finally %leanse this planet of the degenerate and lowly ho o sapiens ! ! ! ! and a(e way for a new world of ho o s$perior? ,oday, asters of this Earth?' $tants ! ! ! ! the f$t$re of o$r spe%ies ! ! ! !
ta(e their rightf$l pla%e as
<elly too( off his glasses as he tre bled! ")tarting with this %ity, 0 will wipe this world %lean of h$ anity! ,o any $tants o$t there ! ! ! !
do not be s%ared! 8o$ will not be har ed! 8o$ no longer have anything to fear! 0 have %o e to liberate yo$! )i ply stay in yo$r ho es and wait for Eri( then t$rned to the )entinel1s eyes! ")ee yo$ soon, )enator!' ,he view s%reen %$t o$t! 5ll that was left was stati%! y word ! ! ! ! and then, yo$ shall be free?'
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