Ah the irony! I finish up chapter 9 today, the
one I teased you about earlier, and there are all these messages begging
for fic or something... what are the odds? Well I hope this cheers
everyone up. There's exciting guest stars! There's a tiny bit of Opal
bashing! There's enough X-Baby cuteness to rot your teeth! Enjoy!
Day Seventeen: Sidekicks
Bobby's eyes fluttered behind his eyelids. He was dreaming about
Lorna, Rogue, and Opal all dumping him on the same day. Of course,
in Opal's case it wasn't so bad. His observer knew nothing of this.
BJ looked up at their new father figure. All he could tell was that
Bobby had fallen asleep after the birthday party. It had been the
coolest day of BJ's young life. Paper, ribbons, and balloons were
still strewn everywhere. Remy was over next to the window playing
with some new action figures. Gambit had bought the boy several Avengers.
BJ had gotten a cool Hawkeye figure from the thief. Not to be outdone,
Jean Luc LeBeau had bought the boys a Playstation 2 and several games
including a racing one. Gambit and Bobby had played it more that the
boys, but BJ liked watching Gambit crash Bobby's car into the pit
wall so much that he didn't mind. His new Grandma Maddie had gotten
them clothes. They hadn't been as huge a hit. Grandpa William had
just given each boy a ten-dollar bill to buy his own things with.
After all the excitement, the Drakes had gone to bed early. Gambit
and his father had decided to go out to dinner together for some time
alone. That left Bobby in charge, or at least he had been until he
fell asleep. BJ was trying to play quietly.
"BJ!" Remy whispered loudly in obvious awe.
The little Iceman walked over to the window to see what his friend
was looking at. The Millennium Broadway Hotel towered over most of
Times Square. The suite they were staying in was rather high up giving
them an excellent view.
"What?" BJ asked.
"Look," Remy said pointing.
Down below on one of the rooftops stood a brightly colored figure.
BJ was suddenly very attentive.
"Spider-Man!" he gasped.
The hero was crouched on the roof looking around suspiciously. Just
as BJ was going to ask Remy what the wallcrawler was doing, Spider-Man
leapt into the air as a large gray man burst out of the shadows and
charged at him. Both boys yelled and banged on the glass. Spider-Man
flipped in the air and landed on the huge man's back.
"He needs help!" BJ said.
Remy nodded. They bolted for the door and headed for the elevator.
Bobby slept on, oblivious.
"Come on Rhino," Spidey whined. "Why do we have to go through this
tango every time?"
"I'm gonna crush you, Spider wimp!"
"That's what you always say."
Spider-Man was having a pretty ordinary day.
Three bank robbers caught? Check. Two purse-snatchers caught? Check.
Lunch at Lebowski's Deli? Check. Sticking to J. Jonah's window and
making faces? Check. Obligatory "super" villain? Check. A tiny ice
slide with tiny yelling heroes coming at him? Che...???
"What the?" Spidey yelled just before Rhino grabbed his leg and flung
him into a conveniently placed brick wall.
The large villain crouched into a simple football squat and prepared
to charge. He was preempted by two small figures jumping in front
of his dazed foe. One appeared to be frozen and the other looked like
a regular kid with funny red and black eyes. The somewhat normal kid
was holding a little Captain America doll in his hand.
"You leave Spider-Man alone you big bully!" the frozen one yelled.
Rhino paused. He was easily confused on a good day, but this was
Spider-Man sat up and shook his head to clear the cobwebs. At first,
he thought he had a concussion that was causing him to see things.
After a moment, he realized that there really was a mini Iceman and
some kid in front of him yelling at Rhino.
"I know that cold causes shrinkage, but gee whiz, Drake!" he said
astonished. The other kid, who had funny eyes that reminded him of
something, turned around and took his hand.
"C'mon Mistah Spider-Man. BJ can take care of him. You hit your head!
Remy take care of you."
"Gambit?" Spidey wondered. He was so surprised that he actually let
the little guy lead him off to the side.
"Hey!" Rhino said realizing that his enemy was escaping. The large
man took a step forward only to feel his foot slip forward. It flew
out in front of him causing him to fall flat on his back. The whole
building shook from the impact. He could feel the roof beneath him
and it was very cold. Before Rhino could fully recover, he felt someone
walking on him. The little ice kid stood on his chest looking down
"That's what you get! Now be nice!"
"But I'm the bad guy!"
"So! That's no excuse," BJ said nodding his head for emphasis. He
was sure Bobby would approve.
The X-Man in question snorted and rolled over on the couch. His dream
Lorna, Rogue, and Opal had decided to work together and beat him up
for being a dork. He commented to the girls that his time with Opal
had been punishment enough. They just hit him harder. Bobby slept
Rhino lost his temper. He tried to slap the ice kid away, but the
boy was too fast for him. BJ jumped off the heaving man's chest and
Spider-Man was sticking his tongue out, mask pulled up to his nose,
for the little Gambit to examine. He still wasn't sure why he was
going along with all the silliness.
"It must be the cuteness factor," he figured to himself.
"Looks okay. I t'ink you gonna be fine, Mistah Spider-Man."
"Thanks," the hero said with a touch of sarcasm.
The two were interrupted by a shrill voice.
"REMY!" BJ screamed.
"You wait here. BJ needs my help."
Remy quickly ran around the corner. BJ was dodging and weaving in
and out of Rhino's legs. The villain was trying to clap the boy between
his large hands like most people would do with a gnat.
The X-Baby looked around for something to charge up. He didn't see
anything and his kid-sized playing cards were in his coat back at
the hotel. Remy looked at the Captain America action figure in his
hands. His Oncle Remy had given it to him. He sighed and pulled the
shield off its back.
Rhino was getting frustrated with the ice kid. He couldn't get a
hold of the little guy. He turned around to get better footing and
saw the other kid standing in front of him. The boy stood with his
head cocked to the side. He was just staring at Rhino with those weird
eyes of his. The villain sneered and leaned forward.
Rhino was leaning at Remy. The boy stood calmly until the horned
man was close enough. Then, he flung the small charged shield at the
man's broad face. The shield exploded right between Rhino's eyes like
a firecracker. The villain jerked he head away and stumbled backwards.
His heel collided with a small block of ice behind him. He was rubbing
his sore eyes and didn't have time to catch himself as he fell back
over the side of the building. With a bellow, Rhino disappeared. The
boys winced until the building shook one more time. They turned to
see Spider-Man on his knees scratching his head.
"Did you two just beat Rhino?" he asked.
"Yup!" Remy said with a smile.
"Daredevil's never going to let me live this down. Who are you guys?"
"We're X-Babies!" BJ said obviously very proud of the title.
"Oh, is your mom around or something?"
"Don' have one. Bobby, he take care of us. An' Gambit, an' Grandpa
Jean Luc, an' Grandpa and Grandma Drake!" Remy replied in a rush of
Spidey raised his eyebrows and said, "Bobby? As in Bobby Drake? Of
the X-Men? Seriously?"
"Where is he?"
The boys pointed at a hotel down the street. Spidey frowned under
"Does he know you two are here?"
Neither boy answered at first.
Finally, BJ looked at his feet and said, "No."
"That's what I thought. Well, let's go take you two back, huh?"
Spider-Man picked up BJ and threw him over his right shoulder, and
then picked up Remy and threw him over his left. The two giggled hanging
behind his back. He smiled and shot out a web line. One swift swing
and they were down on the street. Spidey could see police cars rushing
to the alley were Rhino fell. He sat the boys down and took their
hands. The trio walked down the street and got several funny looks.
On their way to the hotel, they passed a hot dog vender.
"Hey you guys want a hot dog?" the hero asked.
Both boys jumped up and down excitably.
"All right! All right! I'll take that as a yes."
Spidey ordered the hot dogs. Remy tugged on his tights. He looked
down and the boy was holding out a ten-dollar bill.
"'S my money!" he said proudly.
"That's okay. You keep your money. This one's on me. After all, you
both saved my life and all."
Both boys puffed up at that and the hero had to keep from laughing.
He made sure that Remy's money was put back in his pocket, and he
asked for a bag for the hot dogs. BJ was allowed to carry the bag
the rest of the way to the hotel. The boys didn't remember the number
of their room, so it took some doing to convince the concierge to
tell it to them. Finally, they went upstairs.
Bobby woke up and stretched. He hadn't meant to fall asleep. He could
feel the imprint of the couch's fabric on his cheek. The room was
noisy. He looked around a bit and promptly fell off the couch in surprise.
The boys were sitting in front of the TV playing their PS2 with Spider-Man.
"What the?" Bobby sputtered.
"Hey, Frosty!" Spidey said cheerily and continued racing Remy.
"Do I want to know?" Iceman asked with a serious tone.
"Probably not, unless you want to have a heart attack."
"BOYS!" Bobby yelled. He wasn't sure, but he thought that Spider-Man
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