2011-04-11: A Sister Returns


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Summary: Star finally returns to Xavier's.

Date: April 11, 2011

Log Title: A Sister Returns

Rating: PG

Xavier Mansion - Courtyard

Surrounded on three sides by the school, a large courtyard forms the front yard. The courtyard leads right up to the door of the mansion. Yellow square stone slabs cover the ground where the grass would be. The most noticeable thing about the courtyard is the large statue of Jean Gray, aka Phoenix, in the middle as a memorial. Benches surround the outside of the statue so students can sit and hang out in the courtyard. There are two paths leading off the courtyard, one to the left and the other to the right.

It's been a long time since Star Rosen last darkened the door of Xavier's. Two months spent home in Boston in therapy trying to push her way through the issues she has as a result of captivity. That time away hasn't really changed much for the empath. She still wakes up sweating in the middle of the night, thinking that she's trapped in that lightless room back in Nigeria. Now, the petite girl is stepping out of a cab at the doors, stopping only long enough to pay the driver and get her suitcase out of the trunk. Dressed in jean shorts, a short sleeved blue t-shirt, and a pair of black sneakers, Star looks up at the front of the mansion and sighs, relaxing for the first time in a long time.

The only reminder that Cloud has of Africa is the lingering part of a mutate consciousness at the beck of his mind, luckerly for him it's pretty easy to ignore, still he's been worrying about Star for weeks and still isn't sure how he feels about her returning to this place of constant danger, not sure what time Star is getting there he's been sitting by the front door for a couple of hours now.

Star's eyes fall on the familiar, and very welcome, form of her brother by the door and her face lights up, "Cloud!" Her eyes slide easily over to blue and affection fills the air around her. God, it's good to be back. She drops her bag as the cab drives away and runs up to give her tall baby brother a tight hug. She looks a little better than she did when she first went home, her hair a few inches shorter now than it was before her capivity.

Cloud snaps out of his daze when he hears Star's voice, seeing her coming towards him he quickly stands up to the hug, he's grinning when they seperate, "You got a haircut, it's nice", honestly he'd be trying to talk her into leaving Xavier's again, but she's made her desision and it would only upset her.

The empath wrinkles her nose a little and runs a hand through her hair, "Yeah, I wanted a little bit of a change." Plus, Star's hair had been really matted when she was rescued… She had to beg their parents in order to come back to school, and the only reason she managed to talk them into allowing it is because there are people here that can help her learn to control her powers and finally stop making everyone else as jumpy as she is. She gives her brother a light poke in the stomach, one that's fairly easily avoided if he wants, "I missed you, baby brother. Got tired of worrying that you were going to do something stupid everyday." It's an excuse, anyway.

"I never do anything stupid, everyone knows i'm a head down and keep quiet kind of guy", Cloud did miss his sister but he knew she was more or less ok, ontop of phoneing he also had some friends keep an eye on her, "Just so it's understood, no more fieldtrips".

Star laughs, amusement bubbling into the air around her, "Sure you are." She doesn't hold it against him, anyway. At the mention of fieldtrips she winces and nods, sobering quickly as a hint of violet enters her eyes, "Yeah, no worries there." She isn't the least bit intersted in going anywhere right now, "Long as you don't go, either." If he goes somewhere, then she'd have to go, too, so that she can keep an eye on him. She walks back over to pick up her abandoned suitcase, dragging it along behind her.

Cloud follows Star over to her suitcase and attempts to take it off her to carry himself, yeah Cloud isn't planning on going anywhere either, "We only have a couple more months here anyway before we graduate, then we're free to rejoin normal socitey".

The suitcase is handed over without an arguement, which is odd in and of itself for Star and she looks up at her tall twin with an almost hesitant expression on her face, her eyes taking on a hint of gray and worry tainting the air around her, "Actually… I kind of ran into Rashmi while I was in New York earlier. She mentioned the school that she goes to and said that they offer a free ride." Yeah, there's always the possibility of being drafted if something Really Bad happens, but still, "It's kind of a military-type school. I was thinking that maybe I'd go there for college." She still has to think about it and talk to their parents first, but it's an idea, anyway.

Cloud laughs, "You're gonna go to military school?, i see that going well", Star taking orders?, that will work the day hell freezes over, other than that he's not thrilled that Star's planning on staying in New York.

"Well, it's either that or ESU." Star shrugs, "I figure I can maybe get better training with my powers at this Barnes place, though." Not to mention she can keep up the defensive training that she's been getting here! She gives him a look that he's probably quite familiar with by now. A look that says he'd better watch it with the comments about how bossy she is, "I can do military school! It's not like I don't know how to take orders." She just prefers to give them, is all.

"Why not Boston?, thats where i'm going when we're done with this place, back home", Cloud's gonna work on becoming a cop back home, "Like hell do you know how to take orders, the only time i've seen you do as you're told is when it's something you were gonna do anyway".

Star falls silent for several seconds at the thought of going back home after graduation. For a moment, it almost seems like she might not answer the question, but finally she speaks, her voice an almost hesitant whisper, "I don't feel safe anymore, "Cloud… Not even at home." A vague sense of shame swirls around her at that admission, "Like, if all this bad shit can happen to me when I'm here, surrounded by people that can do things that Mom and Dad couldn't even dream of doing, then how am I going to be safe at home when they aren't around?" The he comments on her ablity to take orders and she swells with indignation, straightening to her full height, "Yeah? Just try me! I can take orders when I have to." Admittedly, that's not very often, as far as she's concerned, but still.

Cloud sighs, "The reason that we're always in danger is partialy due to this school and the city, one mutant in the city wouldn't attract that kind of trouble, at least not enough troble that i won't be able to help you", he still chuckles slightly at the thought of Star taking orders.

"Yeah? Then how do you explain the freaks that kidnapped me that first week I was here?" Star stops and folds her arms over her chest while she waits for an answer, "I hadn't been here long enough to even know anyone." Beat, "And I wasn't even on the grounds when I was jumped." She could list all manner of things that have happened when she was the only mutant around and not even at the school, "And you can't be there all the time. At least here there are other people around." She pauses a moment, "And I swear that I'm not going to be leaving school without someone with me." That seems to be when she gets in trouble: When she's alone.

"It happened in New York, the bad guy capital of the country, thats why you got jumped", Cloud may be slightly dim to cirtain things but can see quite clearly when it comes to Star's safety, "Have you seen how fast i am when using electricity, all it would take is one call an i'll be there in no time"

Star just shakes her head, "I'm staying, Cloud. I'm back at school, I'm going to get caught up on my classes, and I'm staying." And that's all there is to it. "I want to talk to Dr. Parker-Mayfair soon. See if he can help me learn how to control my powers so I'm not making everyone around me feel the way I do." At least she's finally come to accept that she actually has powers, unlike when she first got to Xavier's. She rolls her eyes at the thought of her brother dropping everything to come running to her rescue, "You can't do that forever. And what about when you get in trouble? I certainly can't move that fast and, right now, I wouldn't be able to do jack to help. That's why I want to stay." She wants to be able to keep herself and her loved ones safe.

Cloud rolls his eyes, "Fine, we can talk about this another time, lets just get your stuff back up to your room, you're probably gonna have to check in with Frost and Summers aswell", hopefully that won't take too long.

As far as Star is concerned, the subject is closed, but she agrees with the thought of getting her things back to her room, "Yeah…" She makes a face, "I guess I really should check in with Miss Frost and Mr. Summers." Much as she doesn't really want to come face to face with Emma and have the woman digging around in her head to find all the things she did to try to forget Nigeria, she really should check in with the people in charge.

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