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Super Beings Bureau
Emily waved a group of Avengers towards the elevator which
would lead them to the Non-Mutant Super Hero floor and turned
her attention back to the book that she was reading. Or at
least, trying to read.
The Bureau paid well (it had to, considering how high risk
the jobs were) but sometimes Emily was tempted to give up
on the money just for a chance for a little peace and quite.
A shadow passed over her desk and Emily's brown eyes rose
to see Kyle Stone walking past. She rolled her eyes as he
pushed through the crowded lobby imperiously. The man was
one of the single most annoying people that Emily had ever
had the misfortune of meeting. But, he was also necessary
to the Bureau.
Kyle was their 'emergency man'. He handled all the super
beings that had scheduled on short notice. It was a dangerous
job as the people he went up against were usually even more
bad tempered than the rest of the visitors to the Bureau.
Emily would have pitied the man if she hadn't disliked him
The insistent ringing of the telephone drew Emily's attention
away from Kyle's retreating form. She slid into professional
mode and picked the shrill instrument up.
"Super Beings Bureau. How may I help you?"
"Emily? It's Pierre," a shaky voice replied.
Emily darted a quick glance at the loose watch hanging from
her wrist. Pierre should have been in over an hour ago. "What
happened, Pierre?" Emily asked, keeping the sigh out
of her voice by force of habit -- It was best not to show
any signs of irritation towards people capable of killing
you with the slightest effort.
Pierre hesitated uncomfortably. "Well ... I accidentally
... while helping Ms. Pryde find a new uniform ... and she
... you see ... It was an accident!"
"Just like with Psylocke, right?" Emily asked.
"Never mind, I really don't want to know any of the sordid
little details. What did you want?"
"Sordid?!" Pierre echoed, sounding highly offended.
"You heard right, Pierre. Now talk or I'm hanging up,
I'm a busy woman."
"I just wanted to inform you that Maria will be replacing
me today. So let her in when she arrives. She'll have my head
if she has to wait again."
"There she is," Emily answered, catching sight
of the diminutive woman weaving her way through the crowds
towards the desk. Without waiting for a reply, Emily dropped
the phone back into it's cradle.
Maria smiled cheerfully as she unwound her thick woolen scarf.
"Hey, Emily!" Maria leaned forward conspiratorially.
"I haven't been in the building since last Monday --
tell me what's happened!"
Emily grinned and pulled out the thick notebook she noted
all the juicy (and not so very) gossip down in. "Let's
see ... you haven't missed much. Magneto attacked Kyle."
"Rogue and Gambit got a marriage certificate."
Maria's eyes widened in shock at that little bit of news.
"Really? Didn't the Boss want at least five more years
of the tortured love act from them before they would even
be allowed to admit that their relationship could use a little
bit of work?"
Emily shrugged. "Apparently, Rogue threatened to grind
Kyle into a pulp and he gave in, as usual. The Boss was rumored
to have been considering firing Kyle, but nobody else would
have been willing to take his place."
"Well, you know that Pierre propositioned Shadowcat.
So let's see..." Emily flipped through her notebook,
bypassing the usual injury by irritated Super Being entries.
"Ted from the Time Travelling Mutant Department and Julie
from the Resurrected Mutant Department announced their engagement."
"That's good," Maria replied. She dabbed on a coat
of lip gloss before continuing. "What about Andrew? Is
he still on leave?"
"Yes, he won't be coming back until Rogue isn't angry
at him anymore. Who thought that she would get so very angry
just because he only coloured her bangs white?"
Maria laughed. "I think the Psyche department had a
pretty good idea -- but we all know that emotional instability
"For an interesting Super Heroine," the two women
"Excuse me," a deep, grumbling male voice broke
Maria turned around to find herself face to abdomen with
-- she craned her neck up -- Sabertooth. "Yeah?"
she said, not at all impressed by the hulking, fanged man
glaring down at them.
"I'm here to update my Super Mutant Villain Death Count
File," he announced proudly. "I have an entire twenty
new entries since the last time!"
Emily nodded, not even considering a reply to that piece
of news. She checked her appointment book and found that Sabertooth
was indeed scheduled for that hour. "That way,"
Emily informed the man, who had already begun to shove his
way to the proper elevator.
"I'd better be going too," Maria said reluctantly.
"I wouldn't want to be late my first day back."
She offered a quick parting wave to Emily before disappearing
into the milling crowds.
Emily picked up the phone that would connect her to the security
station and informed them of both Sabertooth and Maria's arrival.
Before she hung of, David spoke again. "Did you hear
about Simon from the Recruitment Center?"
Who needs peace and quiet anyhow? Emily thought, dropping
her novel back into her purse before settling back to listen
to whatever bit of gossip David had to pass along.
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