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XMen The New Age 5
by Eric Christopher Jackson
04/12/10
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INT. X-MANSION DINING ROOM - NIGHT

The X-Men are laughing, making jokes, holding their own individual conversations with one another, but listening to the entire group at the same time.

A long brown table in the middle of the room, candles, two turkeys, the table is covered with food and dishes from different cultures. Bobby takes the floor, re-telling a story of a battle between the X-Men and Sentinels.

At the table sits: Professor Charles Xavier, HANK MCCOY, Scott Summers, Jean Grey, Ororo Munroe, Bobby Drake, Anna Marie, Remy LeBeau, Logan, Kurt Wagner, WARREN WORTHINGTON III, KITTY PRIDE, PIOTR RASPUTIN, BETSY BRADDOCK, and JUBILATION LEE.

ICEMAN
No, no wait! I'm the one who had him and Logan thought I was taking too long to destroy him! He jumps off the top of the building and rips the back of the Sentinel apart…

WOLVERINE
I didn't feel like taking the elevator…

Everyone laughs.

ICEMAN
I'm like, man…are you totally crazy? You're out of your mind!

WOLVERINE
No big deal…

ICEMAN
I could have frozen you…I was taking him down!

WOLVERINE
No…big…deal…

COLOSSUS
I would throw Logan into Sentinels, he was so anxious!

ROGUE
You were having too much fun to be in a battle…

WOLVERINE
I was trying to get loose…I'm not the only one…

EVERYONE
OOOoooo…

CYCLOPS
Orroro swept the Sentinels up in a tornado.

Everyone laughing.

GAMBIT
Anna knock 'em outta the park!

Everyone laughing.

ARCHANGEL
Kurt learned how to teleport a Sentinel into the air, and I'd catch it by surprise…

JUBILEE
That would make me laugh the most!

XAVIER
Another excellent advancement in Teamwork.

Everyone laughing.

KITTY
Are these the good ol' days or what?

The room quieted. They all looked around at each other…

JEAN GREY
No…we figured out how to get along though…through the fighting.

BEAST
Yes, in light of our past, our present is treasured that much more.

PSYLOCKE
Although I do get bored of the "normal" life…
(a few laughs)
you are all my family. I'm glad to have you in my life.

EVERYONE
Yeah…agreed…yes...

STORM
We are wondering why we're all here…

Silence.

NIGHTCRAWLER
I feel a terrible sadness…that I have spoken too soon…

KITTY
Is there a problem?

XAVIER
I'm sure some, if not all of you, watch the news from wherever you are in the world. There was a man on an International newscast a few days ago that publicly stood up against mutants…which hasn't been done in this venue for quite some time. Kurt came to me with his concerns on the matter…but we have no legitimate reason to believe a threat is rising against mutants. In all honesty……I'm rather surprised at the amount of peace we are witnessing around the world. For a few months, it was some sort of a miracle. But now, as the mutant population grows beyond all expectations…we are beginning to become the dominant species on the planet.

ROGUE
So it is true?

BEAST
Scientists used to believe mutation was a disease, which originated from different viruses. Today, more scientists are mutants. They've began to educate people about the real origin of the X-gene, absent of any bias opinion.

CYCLOPS
I think…over time, people began to see that the X-Men stood for what was right. Not only for mutants, but people in general. We earned their trust. I want to keep their trust Professor.

XAVIER
So do I Scott.

ICEMAN
Then…this "emergency" signal just pushed our family reunion?

XAVIER
I pray this is true.

WOLVERINE
If somethin's eatin' at ya, let us know.

NIGHTCRAWLER
The boldness this man spoke with alarmed me. The people he represents are hidden, but he is the voice for someone…

WOLVERINE
And we need to know who and if they can really tear the peace apart again.

NIGHTCRAWLER
Yes.

COLOSSUS
Wait…surely they have investigators at the U.N. to handle such a problem. They must be looking into it as we speak!

JEAN GREY
Not if someone from the U.N. is covering it up…

PSYLOCKE
Who would benefit from any of this in the U.N.? It doesn't make sense!

JUBILEE
Oh, I can't believe we're talking about this!

Silence.

XAVIER
You have all moved forward…to live your own lives…and I am proud of how you've turned out. You have made an impact on the world like few can. I…I can't ask you to become X-Men again…the choice is yours. I want this to be…the last mission because…we cannot fight forever.

Silence.

XAVIER
Anyone.

Silence.

ICEMAN
(bouncing up from his chair…)
I've had it. I'm not doing this anymore. This is it. I'm done.

PSYLOCKE
I agree. I miss you all…but I…I almost died quite a few times, for people I barely knew. I want to keep my own life now.

JUBILEE
I really…really don't wanna let you down Professor…I just…
(pause)

COLOSSUS
(Rises up from the table)
I am staying the night…but I will go home in the morning.

Colossus put his emergency comm-link on the table and left the room. Wolverine and Cyclops stood up, placed their comm-links on the table. The rest of the X-Men did the same, save Nightcrawler and walked into the living room with the others. Cyclops stayed by Professor Xavier's side, but walked to the wall.

NIGHTCRAWLER
I cannot say that I am angry with them Professor Xavier. I am very sorry…I am…

Nightcrawler put down his comm-link and walked away. Xavier, at the head of the table, went to a window, staring out at the landscape, thinking, wondering what to do next. Cyclops walked over to him.

CYCLOPS
Professor, there has to be an end.

XAVIER
Yes, but we must be certain this is…

CYCLOPS
Will we ever be certain?
(pause)
Will we?
(pause)

XAVIER
We have to be sure, Scott…

CYCLOPS
Jean is pregnant!
(pause)

XAVIER
Jean is…
(paused in joyful wonder)

CYCLOPS
This has to end…now.

Scott Summers leaves the room to join the other X-Men in the living room. Xavier turned to look out the window, deep in thought. Then he rolled into the living room where all the X-Men sat around together, but apart. They all stood and looked at him, waiting for him to say something.

XAVIER
I will remember your sacrifices; your bravery; your perseverance. I didn't say "thank you" enough…for the countless hours you put in, training, sparing, studying, watching over the world that dismissed you. I thank you, X-Men, you are all like my children. But you've grown-up into adults, fully capable of leading yourselves in the right direction.
(pause)
I agree with you all. It is time to cease the battle. If a war is going to be fought, we will not be on the frontlines. It is time to let others continue what we've started.
(pause)
Your work is finished.

With that said, he put his own comm-link signal on an end table and rolled to the window, staring out…wondering what would happen next. The X-Men walked towards him, he turned to them, they all hugged, some crying…all relieved…that this was the end of the X-Men.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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