By the time ten o’clock hit that night, Wanda could no longer pay attention to her novel. The noise emitting from the lower levels of the boarding house were reaching dangerously high levels, and the amount of banging around in the rooms around her was enough to just gross her right out of her room. She did not want to know who – or what – was going on in there.
She set her book down on her nightstand and decided to make an appearance.
She knew that high schoolers were kind of lame just based on the ones she had met. However, Wanda had never attended high school. While the rest of the boys had to go, Mystique had never made her. She liked the times that they did go, however, because it had left her alone in the house.
She stepped in front of her mirror and looked at her hair. It was flat on one side from lying on her pillow for so long, and her pants were wrinkled. She walked towards her dresser and pulled out a black skirt. It was black and reached down just below her knees, and the bottom was edged in lace. She added a black chain belt around it, and pulled her combat boots on over her feet. She brought a hand up to her hair and just shook it; some pieces stuck up a bit from the sudden disturbance, but it looked much better than it being flat against her head. She shrugged her shoulders and made her way out the door.
She pulled the door open and instantly came into view of the couple dozen people perched around the upper hallway. People were standing in small groups, walking in and out of bedrooms, and making out against walls. She pushed her way through and looked for a familiar face. When she spotted one of the X-men, she swallowed down her pride for a moment and approached her.
“What are you doing here?” She asked.
The girl with the striped hair shrugged. “Had nothin’ better to do, and ah figured it would be a good idea ta keep an eye on my friends.”
Wanda nodded in return. “I’m Wanda.”
The girl nodded. “Ah know who ya are. They call me Rogue.”
Wanda looked around them and noticed that she was by herself. “What are you doing up here all alone then?”
Rogue rolled her eyes and jutted a thumb over her shoulder. “Hiding from swamp rats.” Wanda only gave her a confused look, so Rogue explained. “Gambit…the one who used ta work for ya father? He has a little problem not takin’ hints.”
Wanda nodded understandably. “Just be thankful he doesn’t look like a frog.”
Rogue laughed and crossed her arms. “I’ll take that inta consideration.”
“Ay Chere! There ya are!” A voice called from the stairs. Rogue immediately rolled her eyes and looked to Wanda. “It was nice talkin’ to ya and all, but…I gotta go hide or somethin’!”
Wanda said nothing, and only watched as the other girl disappeared down the hall. The man known as Gambit came bounding up the stairs. He nodded to Wanda and put a hand around the side of his mouth. “Oh Rogue! Ah know yer up here!” He pushed through a group of kids and made his way in the same direction as the girl had gone.
Wanda nodded her head in appreciation and smiled. ‘No, he looks nothing like a frog. Fuck, she shouldn’t be complaining.’
Some kid’s hand flew back and smacked her in the face. She glared as he turned around drunkenly and smiled at her. “Sorry about that, cutie…” He slurred and attempted to snake an arm around her waist. “Wanna dance?”
She cringed and hexed him down the stairs. “How about, no.” She heard his friends muttering something, but she ignored them and made her way down the stairs to see what her house mates were up to; she was hoping (although it was a stupid notion) that they were holding down the fort.
As she got to the bottom of the stairs, the first person she noticed was Freddy. He was just closing the front door and had a stack of pizzas in his arms…there were probably around twenty of them. She watched in amusement as a group of party goers tried to grab some of the bigger boy’s food, only to be knocked back and met with a growl. Wanda chuckled; she knew better than to bother with Fred when he was hungry. He could be very nice at times, but as soon as food was involved, watch the fuck out.
She stepped down the stairs and made her way behind him towards the kitchen. She knew that if that’s where the food was being stashed for the time being, the drinks would be available as well. When she made her way in there, she tapped Fred on the shoulder.
“Whattdya want?! Oh…hi Wanda.” He snapped, and then softened once he noticed it was one of his house mates.
She gave him a friendly nod and gestured towards the pizza. “Can I have some?”
He looked around and made sure they were the only ones inside the room at the moment. “I guess so…what kind would you like?”
She looked around him towards the box and pointed. “Meat lovers.”
Fred smirked at her. “How does that not surprise me?”
She just shook her head at his question and accepted the piece gratefully. She hadn’t had a bite to eat since earlier that morning. She grabbed a shot off the counter as well and poured it back. When Fred cocked an eyebrow at her, she shrugged. “If there’s gonna be free booze at the expense of my brother I’m fucking taking it!”
He only laughed and held up his hands. “I did not say a word.”
She grinned. “You didn’t have to. Why aren’t you getting smashed?”
He snorted. “With my abilities and never ending stomach it’s impossible.”
She nodded her head and considered it. “I never thought about it that way.”
Fred shrugged. “Whatever. Get smashed, I just want my pizza.”
She smiled and downed another two shots, finishing off her pizza crust in between. She scrunched up her face as the liquor burned her throat and took a deep breath. She waved off Blob and made her way towards the living room where most of the party goers were frequenting.
When she entered the room, the first thing she came across was Lance and his pretty Kitty in the corner necking. She figured that it would happen. It didn’t seem to take much for Lance to charm her, only god knew why. She liked Lance and didn’t quite understand why his on again off again girlfriend would get so mad so easily, and then be charmed right back into a relationship. Although, she had to admit that she preferred happy Lance over Kitty-less Lance.
“I see you’re having a good time.” Lance stopped and glared at her. Kitty, on the other hand, blushed like a tomato.
“Go away, Wanda!” Lance pleaded.
Wanda smirked at him and held up her hands, grabbing another shot off someone as they walked by. “No problem, Avalanche.” She stood for a moment longer as he continued to glare at her. She just smiled at Kitty, who seemed to find great interest in her ponytail at the moment. She snorted and then walked away. “Later, Alvers!”
Wanda smacked her forehead. If there was one thing she hated more than a hyper, horny Pietro, it was a drunken, flirty, hyper, and horny Pietro. At the current moment, he was dancing crazy circles around the ex-brotherhood member, Tabitha. She just laughed at his every move, and continued to try and dance with him. Wanda snorted and grabbed an empty beer bottle off of the couch and chucked it towards Pietro, luckily hitting him in the back.
“You’re an idiot Pietro!” She bent over and grabbed another shot from the coffee table, swishing it down quickly. “Are you even paying attention to the house or are you just busy trying to get laid?”
Pietro gave a sheepish look to Tabitha as she perched her hands on her hips. She gave him a cocky look. “Is that all your tryin’ to do, Speedy? Get me in the sac?”
“Well-I…youknow…” Wanda picked up another shot as she watched the ridiculous exchange.
“Well that’s all you had to say, Pie!” Tabitha grabbed him by the hand and began dragging him towards the stairs. Wanda rolled her eyes as Pietro waved at her.
“Thanks-sis!” They took the corner towards the stairs and disappeared from her line of sight.
“I need another drink.”
“Poopsie!” She heard from her right.
“Damnit!” Wanda hissed.
“Whatever you want I will give it to you!” Toad declared over dramatically.
“Really?” Wanda inquired.
“Yes cuddle bumps!”
“Go get me the rest of that bottle then,” She ordered. He hopped off quickly and returned within a matter of seconds. He gave her his best smile and stood with his hands tucked behind his back as if he were waiting for something from her. She gave him a glare and reached her glowing hand out, sending him into the next room. “Now you can go away.”
She tipped the bottle back and felt the stinging start down her throat. She wasn’t usually much of a drinker at all; in fact, the only times she had ever gotten drunk were four or five times with her house mates when they had nothing better to do. She had a tendency to lush out quickly, and not quite remember what she did the night before.
She sat back on the couch and watched the party move about around her. Lance and Kitty were still making out in the corner, giggling at each other every few moments. Toad was still recovering in the next room, presumably in the kitchen with Fred. She noticed Rogue trying to fend off the Cajun on the other side of the room. The only person left unaccounted for was…
“So they call you Magma, huh? You should show me what ya do, shiela!” His voice was not far away, in fact probably about ten or fifteen feet away to her left. She rolled her eyes as he harassed the young X-man.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea to do it in your house…” She replied softly.
Pyro quickly took out his lighter and formed a large puppy dog with the flame. “It’s okay, shiela! I do it all the time!”
“I don’t think so…”
“But I wanna see ya turn ta fire! Pretty please…” He whined like a small child.
She only shook her head as if she were annoyed and walked away with her little friends. Pyro watched her for a few seconds before shrugging and playing around with his flames some more. Wanda tilted the bottle back once more as she watched him; he was so simple minded. He looked up when he noticed her staring at him and gave her a playful wink. She quickly moved her head away and watched the ceiling as she polished off the rest of the bottle.
She rose from her seat shakily, and made her way back to the kitchen for more.
… … …
John sat back on the couch as the music continued to play. The party wasn’t quite as fun as he expected it to be. No one was interested in burning anything, or listening to funny, cheesy one hit wonders with him. Half an hour ago he decided to fold and start drinking. Of course when he drank, the fire became all the more amusing to him.
He stumbled over to his old friend Gambit once he spotted him on the other side of the room. Gambit was fun; they used to love blowing shit up for fun when they lived at Magneto’s base. Petey could be fun when he was in a destructive mood, but for the most part, it was usually just him and Rem Rem. What the hell did he just call him? In his drunken stupor, he stumbled over. “’Ey Mate, how goes it?”
Remy spun around quickly and looked at John in a surprised manner. “Well, ‘allo John boy! What the ‘ell have you been drinkin’?”
John shrugged and stumbled a bit to the side. “Everythin’ mate…what are ya doin’ ‘ere?”
Gambit nodded over his shoulder towards one of the female X-Men; ‘the life sucker,’ John thought. “Just followin’ my chere around.”
John cocked an eyebrow. “Didn’ you kidnap her, mate?”
Remy smirked and waved him off. “It was a mutual, romantic getaway, John boy! Now go find yourself some ‘shiela’ to keep yerself occupied, homme.” He turned in the other direction and made his way over to the lady, who immediately threw a drink at him and began to laugh. Gambit playfully chased her around the kitchen.
John only cocked an eyebrow and stumbled over to the kitchen. It was now almost one o’clock am and people were beginning to get reckless and started passing out. He knew that Toad had drunk himself into a stupor after being rejected by Wanda and Freddy was watching over the activities in the kitchen as he ate pizza.
Although, three of his housemates had been unaccounted for for the last hour or more. He had a pretty good idea where the two males had been, but Wanda was the mystery. He looked around the room and it wasn’t until he saw three people – all glowing an eerie shade of blue – come flying down the stairs that he got a good idea where she was. He stood up and pushed a young boy off his shoulder. He had been passed out for quite awhile now, mumbling incoherently beside him. He knew he was one of the X-Men…Nightshadow…or crawler…or something; it looked like the first time the boy experienced alcohol of any sort.
He made his way up the stairs, where he noticed there were a lot more things – glowing in blue – floating around. Lights were flickering on and off, and random things were scattering around the ground. He looked at the series of doors ahead of him, and when he caught sight of a glowing – and cracking – bathroom door, he knocked softly on it. “Wanda, love, you in there?”
“Go away,” he heard a soft voice reply.
He scrunched up his face. “You okay, shiela?”
He waited a few moments, but he got no reply. His head was starting to feel fuzzy, and he knew that he was completely wasted. He tried – unsuccessfully – to shake it off. “Shiela, will you answer me? Are ya alright?” Still no response. He tried to steady himself and tried the doorknob; it was locked. He sighed and pulled out his lighter. “I’m coming in, love.”
He began to giggle he flicked the lighter on and saw the flame he made a small fire ball hop off of the lighter and on to the door knob, where he proceeded to melt the piece of wood. It formed into a small happy face and Pyro started laughing. When it fell to the floor, the fire went out, and he instantly composed himself – the best he could in his state.
He pushed the bathroom door open softly and took a look inside. There was Wanda, sitting next to the toilet, with her arm draped over the seat, and her face resting on her elbow. Pyro scrunched up his face. “Oh, shiela…you know we don’t clean that toilet!” He approached her slowly and tapped her on the back of the head. “’Ey, you ‘wake, love?”
When all he got was a moan, he gently pushed her back so that she was leaning against the tub. Her eyes were completely sunken in and she had thrown up in the toilet. He stood up and grabbed a small wash cloth from the towel rack. He wet it with warm water in the sink, and quickly knelt down beside her, rubbing her cheeks and forehead with the cloth. “Wanda?”
“Mmphm,” She moaned and almost tipped over to the floor. Pyro pushed his hands out and caught her. “You’re totally smashed, aren’t ya, love?”
“Is she okay?” He turned around to see Rogue standing in the doorway with Gambit. Beside them both, was Toad, who bore a concerned look of his own.
“She’s just out for tha count, shiela.” He looked down at Wanda and then back at the other group of mutants. They began to duplicate as his vision went fuzzy. “What’s goin’ on?”
“You okay, homme?” Gambit asked worriedly.
Pyro shook his head and steadied himself. “Yeah, fine, mate.”
“We heard sirens, yo! I think the cops are comin’!” Toad blurted out.
“Shit!” Pyro yelled. He looked back at Wanda and then back to the others, “What’ll we do?”
“I need ta find Kitty. I got the rest of the X-Men rounded up…except her!” Rogue replied. Pyro sighed.
“Oi think she’s in Alvers’ room,” Pyro replied. “Someone needs to go get Quicksilver so he can get everyone outta ‘ere.”
Gambit nodded and looked at Toad. “You go get Alvers, homme. I’ll get speedy.” He looked back to Rogue. “You go get everyone outta here and get Blob boy to ‘elp ya.”
Pyro stepped forward to push his way through when Gambit stopped him. “You get yer Shiela ta bed, St. John…then you come back and help us, non?”
Pyro looked back at Wanda, who leaned forward and threw up again. He looked back at Gambit and sighed. “Fine, mate. You get everyone though, okay?” He nodded and stalked off.
John knelt down beside Wanda and tucked her growing bangs back from her eyes. He put a hand on her back and rubbed it. “Ya alright, love?”
The lights in the bathroom began to flicker on and off, and a bunch of items from the bathroom counter began to levitate. Pyro swallowed and looked at Wanda, who just moaned. “I feel like death.”
Pyro bit his lip. “Can Oi bring ya ta bed?”
She said nothing and slumped back to the floor. Pyro sighed and got up to open the bathroom door. As soon as he did, Toad, Gambit and Kitty Pryde went running by. Lance followed soon after, followed by a gush of sliver and white wind that could only be described as Quicksilver. The hallway outside the bathroom was now vacant.
He turned back towards Wanda and scooped her up in his arms.
… … …
“God, my fucking head…” Wanda threw her arm over her face as the sun light poured through her window. The fact immediately made her suspicious; her window was usually covered three times over. She rolled over and smacked her face…on someone.
She opened her eyes slowly and came face to face with another set of groggy blue eyes. She screamed and hexed the body off of the bed and peered over the edge of her bed and onto the floor.
“Bloody hell!” A masculine voice came from the floor. Instantly, Wanda’s heart stopped.
“What are you doing in my room?” She shrieked, throwing a pillow at him.
“Damn, shiela! I’m sorry! Stop throwin’ things at me!” He held up his hands to defend himself and pushed himself across the floor towards the wall. She noted quickly that he was in fact fully clothed. Her breathing became more controlled as he stared at her.
She sat up, noticing immediately that she was not wearing what she was wearing last night; at least she didn’t remember changing. She glared at him once more as he peeled himself off of the floor and sat on the edge of her bed. “What are you doing in here?”
He looked at her silently for a few moments. “You don’t remember?” He asked softly.
Her eyes narrowed further. “No. I drank a whole bottle of whiskey that’s about all I remember. And that my brother was getting it on with that blonde skank.” John laughed at that and looked towards the open window. She perked an eyebrow. “Why is that open?”
He snorted. “Well it was either I threw your pretty head out the window or ya puked all over yer bed again.”
Wanda cringed and lay back down on her bed. “Again?”
Pyro turned on the bed so that he was facing her. “Yeah. Again. You did it once last night. Twice all over yaself. I had ta do yer laundry.”
“So you spent the night in here taking care of me?” She blushed slightly, but tried her best to look confident.
Pyro looked uneasy for second and then shrugged. “Sure, love! You weren’t even throwin’ me inta any walls or nothin’!”
She rolled her eyes. “What happened?”
“The cops got called,” He replied. “Freddy, Gambit, and his shiela got everyone out. Yer bro cleaned everything up, while Toddy and Rocky dealt with the police. I on the other hand, had to drag you out of the bathroom and clean ya up.” He gave her a goofy grin and quickly began snapping his lighter open and closed.
Wanda, not in the mood for unneeded noise, quickly placed her hand over his. “Stop.” He gave her a quick nod and placed it on the night table. They sat in silence for a few moments. She wondered why he had decided to help her after how badly she treated him all week. Surely he didn’t have to clean up after her and take care of her. All she did was hex him into walls and make comments about his looks and his intelligence. She sighed and looked at him. “Why did you?”
He looked at her quickly with penetrating eyes. “Why did I what?”
“Help me?” She asked. “Why didn’t you just let me drown in my own barf?”
He snorted. “Ever the blunt one ya are, shiela.”
She perked an eyebrow at him. “Why?”
He swallowed and shrugged, once again moving his gaze back down to his lap before he looked at her once more. “Why not? No sense in losing sleep ova ya now. I didn’t want ya up all night by yaself.”
She blushed slightly. “Did you…I mean…how did I get changed?”
It was his turn to blush; which was a bit out of character for him. “To tell ya the truth, love, I was a bit out of it meself.” He raked a hand through his hair hesitantly. “I don’t know what ta tell ya.”
She perked an eyebrow and then straightened up a bit. “You don’t remember?”
He slightly smirked. “Now, I never went and said that did I, shiela? I said I was drunk, so I can’t be held responsible.”
She slightly pushed him and scowled. “Okay then, smart ass, how did you end up in my bed then?” She watched as he staggered for an answer. She had never seen him like this; usually he was all cuckoo and rowdy, bouncing off the walls. Now he was actually acting caring and – she hated to say it, but – sweet. It was a side of him she hadn’t seen before.
And strangely, she kind of liked it.
“You really don’t remember, Shiela?” He asked seriously.
She rolled her eyes. “No, dumb ass, why don’t you enlighten me?” She stared at him intensely before he quickly leant forward and pressed his lips against hers. She was so shocked at first, that the only thing she could do was respond. After a few seconds, she hexed him off the bed. “What did you do that for?”
He composed himself and swallowed. “Just wanted to refresh your memory, shiela.”
Her face paled and she didn’t say anything. How could she? She wondered, really, what she had done the previous night. If she was in a new change of clothes and he was kissing her to ‘freshen’ her memory…some how she felt that he wasn’t giving her the whole story. She looked back at him, only to receive a goofy – more Pyro-like – grin. She threw the blankets over her face. “Get out!”
“What shiela? You don’ love me no more?” She could hear the playful tone in his voice and scowled. She completely covered herself in her bedding and turned away from him.
She heard him snort. “Shiela…if you really wanted me gone I’m sure ya would have thrown me out already, love.”
She sat under her blankets and said nothing. He was right. He actually won. She growled and tried to move away from him.
“Wanda, you know I can hear you growling…” He once again had that cocky tone of voice.
She moved over until she felt the edge of the bed directly underneath of her. She did not want to face him, especially when he had this to hold over her head. Surely, she couldn’t have fooled around with the crazy pyromaniac, could she? She thought that he really wasn’t all that bad looking, and could be fun when he wasn’t stuck in his own little world. And although she wouldn’t admit it, he had livened things up around the boarding house since he had come along. She pondered her scenario until she felt his hands on her back, and then the floor quickly rushing to her face.
“Pyro you fucker!” She yelled as she untangled herself from her sheets. She sat on the cold hard wood floor beside her bed, as he sat above her laughing maniacally.
She stood up menacingly and stared at him with clenched fists. He just laughed and laughed as if her intense gaze had no affect on him. She growled and stepped closer to him. Now, he had begun to quiet down. “Um, shiela?” He swallowed hard and moved further away from her, towards the other side of the bed.
She only came closer and lunged towards him, knocking him onto his back. She landed on top of him and straddled his hips, pinning his hands over her head. She sent a hex towards his wrists, and he was no longer able to move them. With her now free hands, she began smacking him in the chest and arms. “How dare you throw me off of my bed you pathetic little twerp!” She bounced on him as she hit him harder, and didn’t stop until she noticed the look on his face – he looked way too happy. “What are you smiling at?”
His grin only stretched as he motioned towards her. She looked down and noticed exactly where she was sitting. He wiggled underneath of her. “Ya wanna bounce a little bit more, love? Because if gettin’ smacked feels this damn good then I’m all for ya beatin’ me up!”
Her cheeks burned as she felt him underneath of her; boy was he aroused! Being a bit inexperienced in the area, she didn’t quite know what to do. She looked at his face once more and noticed the glazed over look in his eyes. She lost enough focus that the hex on his wrists had disappeared, and his hands had now moved down and snaked around her hips.
She swallowed as she watched the expression on his face. He wet his lips quickly with his tongue, and that was all it took for her eyes to drop down to his mouth. He had such sweet, soft lips. They were pink and just shimmering in the light.
She shivered as she felt his fingers trail up her side. He gave her a soft smile. “Do ya feel it now, love?”
She leaned forward hesitantly, just hovering a few inches over his face. She stared into his eyes for a few more seconds, noting the care and the lust in them. He then shut his eyes and closed the distance between the two of them. His kiss was soft at first, slowly messaging her own lips. She responded slowly herself, being very careful and meticulous with what she was doing.
After a few more seconds, the two of them sped up, becoming more hungry and intense. He pulled her down on top of him, reaching a hand up into her hair. They pulled apart when they needed air, and she rested her forehead on his. “Wow…” she muttered.
He smirked. “Well its better than kissing the wall, that’s for sure.”
She playfully hit him in the chest, and was about to lean forward once more when the door crashed open. She jumped and came face to face with Pietro.
“WANDA!” He exclaimed, “What-the-hell-are-you-doing?”
She made no effort to move off of John. “What do you want, brother?”
His mouth just fell open, and for once the speedy boy was speechless. He looked from John, back to Wanda, to John, and back to Wanda. “What the hell!” He actually spoke at a normal pace.
She rolled her eyes. “You’re a slut, Pietro. You tell me!”
“NO!” He yelled. “That-is-so-wrong-and-SO-dirty!” He rubbed at his eyes ferociously. He almost seemed to be scratching at them. Wanda rolled her eyes, and with a flick of the wrist he flew out of the room and the door slammed – and locked – behind him.
She looked back down at John. “Where were we?”
He grinned. “So ya do love me still, huh?” he wiggled his eyebrows and grinned mischievously.
“You’re okay I guess, fire fly.” She smiled, and once more reached down to his lips.
She could have sworn she heard more screaming and a crying Toad outside her door. The only thing that mattered right then, though, was her and her crazy pyromaniac.