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12-05-2018, 08:41 PM
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Jaxon didn’t need a handheld usually. He had most of his information at the ready right in his mind. Just that did not help much when trying to make a point to anyone else. So this time, he had a tablet in hand, scrolling through a list of scans he had made.

The day and past days had been very eventful, so that even Jax was still in the process of figuring it all out. His human side was causing him hiccups. He could not just brush over things, assimilate, store and index any more. This time, things made him think. Jaxon drew a breath into his lungs. It was something he still actually had to do. Even if now much less of his body required the oxygen.

The system readings had shown Caitlin Summers to be in the kitchen area. Her state had been flagged as ‘active’ in his list of things to do and look after. He wondered whether she even knew… And then he wondered whether she would believe him. It had to be early. Possibly too early for conventional methods. Then again, Jaxon was not exactly any kind of conventional.

He let the tablet drop to his side as he rounded the last corner and stepped into the kitchen area. There she was, appearing somewhat out of place – not unlike he felt right now. He had not ever actually done anything like this before.

“Caitlin”, he addressed her. “How are you feeling?”
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12-05-2018, 09:22 PM
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Jaxon noted how apparently he had managed to surprise Caitlin. As an empath, that should not be possible. Even with him. While part of his brain was bionic, much of it was not. He was perceptible to her much like anyone else. Jaxon nodded, when she tried to explain away what could only be explained as an unusual state for her.

Caitlin offered him tea, but Jaxon shook his head. “Thank you, but I will pass.”

He sat and watched her prepare her tea in silence. He figured he would get started when she was done, when he would finally have her full attention. Jaxon couldn’t help notice that she looked very tired. “Caitlin, there is something I wish to talk to you about”, he offered, putting down his tablet on the counter between them. “Would you care to sit with me for a moment?” he inquired.

Jaxon swiped across the screen of the tabled a few times, finding a list of reading along with what looked like a full body scan – just that it was the device simply putting all of the occasionally done scans together into a single picture.

“I was wondering whether you have had any troubles with … sudden bouts of sickness? Have you been feeling overly tired? Any issues in controlling your abilities?”

He wondered whether she would put together the pointers herself, or whether this would blindside her as much as his arrival had.
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12-06-2018, 02:39 PM
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Caitlin’s response surprised him. So she really had not noticed any of the signs? He found Caitlin to generally be someone who paid close attention. As an empath more so than most. To a point – and he and her had had this conversation before – where she overexerted herself. She needed to close herself off at least partially. She would run herself into the ground eventually if she kept reading at a 360 degree level.

Jaxon swiped back, to a screen of her midsection. It was a schematic more so than a picture of her actual body. It showed different stats. A doctor may have been able to catch the indicator in the digits alone. The number listed next to the three little letters HcG was usually a giveaway.

But any layman may not put that together – even a woman might miss it if her mind was occupied by so much else. “No”, he said, simply and to the point. “You are not sick. You will one day die, but I am not privy to that kind of information. Maybe Wanda.” He shrugged, then realised that maybe this was not the kind of thing she needed or wanted to hear right now.

“Anyway. It appears, Caitlin,” he turned around to face her, swiping over twice more to pull up the visual that would be readable even to her. It showed a schematic of gestational stage at the earliest stages of pregnancy. A little more than a dot, but the shapes around it – the uterus and the lower body of a woman – would certainly give it away.

To the right bottom corner of the schematic, a few words and a single number were written in golden hues. Gestation: approximately 6-8 weeks.

“It appears you are pregnant.” He pushed the tablet a little closer to her. “I find it concerning that you have missed all the signs.” Jaxon added in a softer tone, allowing his voice to sound a little more human. He remembered the day in the room of Scott Summers – and how she had not even realised how defenceless she had been against the emotional turmoil of her brother in law. That paired with the indicator of her emptying her stomach from something she should and would otherwise be absolutely able to regulate, were crystal clear to him.

That counting out the first signs for her had still not raised a bell… Jaxon contemplated whether he would need to talk to Gabriel after this. Caitlin needed to take it a lot slower, especially given she was pregnant with her third child now.
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12-06-2018, 06:48 PM
[In-Character] [Post #4]
Caitlin was, without a doubt, beyond surprised. Her reaction was proof beyond what he had expected that she was out of tune with her own body. He let her digest the information – though he doubted she could fully assimilate these news right now in no more than a few seconds. Eventually, she turned to him, her eyes somewhat hopeful when she asked about a full scan and about a heartbeat.

Yet it appeared, right in this moment, it was not an answer she needed. She was still processing. He could see it in her face, in her body language – the pieces were clicking into place. Was she noticing her own irritability? That her powers had possibly been greater than they ought to be? And quite possibly completely unregulated. Then that expression shifted, and he could see the brows furrow just that little and the colour of her eyes darkened. The protective hand on her tommy and the added moisture in her eyes. The realisation just what world she would bring yet another child into.

The words that followed made him smile. Maybe it was scare, possibly not exactly what they had planned for. But it was beautiful nonetheless. Maybe the world needed mutants, needed omegas. Just the kind that Gabriel and Caitlin apparently were capable of making. “You are”, he responded, and reached out for her to gently place his hands on each of her upper arms. “I think congratulation are in order. You are going to be a mom again.” He offered her a smile and then gently pulled her in for an embrace.

“It will be fine”, he said, his town low, soft in its deep cadence, and only for her eyes. “You will be fine.”
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12-06-2018, 08:17 PM
[In-Character] [Post #5]
The tears came almost instantly. Jaxon had calculated the likelihood at just above 85 percent. And apparently, his calculations were still spot on. She held onto him for a moment, and Jax did what he believed was needed. He hugged her, held her. Her word were, however, heartbreaking to him. It went hand in hand with what he had felt after watching the video about Scott and Emma. It was growing increasingly hard to keep the despair at bay.

Was the hope they all had, the reason they were fighting worth it all?
Would there ever be a place to peacefully live for their kind again?

“Yes, you have to believe.” He tried, wondering whether his words sounded less hollow to her than they did to him. And Caitlin made it ever so much harder to keep trying to give her the pick me up talk as her questions became harder and harder to answer. How could anyone paint a pretty picture about a handful of young kids stuck in a theatre? All of them would eventually need serious psychological if not psychiatric help. Especially these children.

Trophies. The word made him shiver, and he was amazed that his body was still capable of such very human feats. “We will protect them, Caitlin”, he murmured, unable to calm her down before her raging emotions made her dash for the sink. Jaxon followed her, his hand gently rubbing up and down her back.

He picked up the pitcher of water sitting just down from her on the workbench and poured her a glass of water. “You need to calm down, Caitlin.”
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12-07-2018, 08:24 AM
[In-Character] [Post #6]
Caitlin apologised and Jax just shook his head. “There is no need”, he returned with a smile. He was the resident android – or so it appeared – if anyone in the theatre had no problems seeing this it was certainly him. He watched her trying to regain composure and patiently waited it out. The question with which she followed up made him pull up his eyebrows. While he was contemplating to speak to Gabriel it certainly was not before Caitlin had had the chance.

“Of course not”, he responded, then nodded at her words as she continued. No, she most certainly had not figured it out. And that was exactly what had him worried. Caitlin continued to overexert herself. Even now, when he had just broken this kind of news to her, Jax doubted that she had for once completely shut herself off from everyone else.

She asked for another hug and Jax’s smile grew wider. “Yes, let us …” he responded in the affirmative and gave the woman the hug she waited for. “You are doing fine”, he said as he held her smaller form. “It is daunting, and an awful and troublesome time – but you and Gabriel are making the most of it. For your children, and everyone else in this theatre.” He hoped his words would not send her into another heaving bout, still he felt the need to say these things. Reassure her, that all of her efforts and their sacrifice was noted and appreciated. So many of the people living here now would have not been able to survive on their own without the youngest Summers brother and his wife.

“May I offer a suggestion?” he asked as he stood back just a little from the embrace. He gazed down into her face, seeing the added shadows under her eyes, a few new lines more defined in their corners. “Consider consulting with Elisabeth Silvercloud to aid you in your sessions with Scott Summers.” He paused for a moment. “The strain on you is becoming visible and now you will need to take better care of yourself, for the both of you.”
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[In-Character] [Post #7]
Hours stretched into days, and no matter how much he slept it did nothing to cut short the little eternities that appeared to continue on and on. And yet, he was not done. He could not just get up and leave – and it was not because he was strapped down. His bionics remained down, he required the life support. But more than that, he had as much an interest in making sure he was clean as Jon or Vision or Gabriel.

Another round of analytics. Elise had started it about two hours ago. Another deep scan. Bit by bit, inch by inch. Every zero, every 1 so to speak. Looked at, turned about, put back. Then the next. Leather. Rinse. Repeat. The screen showed a twenty percent progress. Jaxon closed his eyes. He certainly had not believed that he would be spending so much time in his own lab. His rooms were one storey up. But it all felt so far away now.

Suddenly stripped of every connection to the normalcy he had achieved in the past years made him once more wonder where exactly it was he belonged. But … and that was where his brain threw in soft brown curls and a smile that could light a room. He sighed, willing her to come back. Elise here by his side made the situation oddly bearable – at least to a point that aided him in not going mad. What with a majority of his body not functioning on its own right now, with his ability to move freely limited to no more than the confines of this room.

Jaxon heard steps approaching and he tried to crane his neck. “Lis?” he called, feeling so incredibly inadequate. It was not that an ego had ever been a thing with him. Neither did it have much to do with being a man. But after these past few days, there were those moments when he wondered whether there was any kind of dignity left for him.

But he could not see the person approaching – and Elise usually made herself be heard much sooner to make up for his lack of ability to actually look. Then he heard a familiar voice speak his name and it made his heart stutter for a moment. “Cait?” he pressed out, his voice suddenly breathless. Images flashed in front of his eyes – scarce memories he had of that night. Jaxon swallowed as a dozen thoughts ran through his mind all at once.

Had she decided to come here? Did Gabriel know? Would she ever forgive him? Did she know what had happened to him then? Did that make any difference? Was she okay? Was her baby okay? Did the suppressant have any lasting effect on either of them and had she gotten checked that out?

She was approaching him from above him and Jaxon could not turn to look at her. For a brief moment, he wondered whether she had come here with a weapon in hand. Irrational fear, he reminded himself. Apparently an issue when over half of the body was out of order. But it was still manageable and he willed the idea away. If Caitlin wanted him gone, he would no longer be here. There was no chance in this world that he would still be tolerated here if she wanted him gone.

Jaxon tried to feel relieved, tried to calm himself but his hormone levels were off the charts, half of his body functions were beginning to pose serious problems. His sleeping cycle was shot to hell, and he could not eat without his stomach rebelling anymore. Jon and Vision were working on it, but so far they had not been able to do much for him. They all knew that eventually they had to take the risk to reactivate him. Jaxon was no longer made to function without his bionics.

“Caitlin”, he repeated. “Are you okay?” he asked her, his voice a hoarse rasp.
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[In-Character] [Post #8]
Caitlin’s response was confirmation, reaffirmation but it was also potential complication. Part of him wanted to be relieved, to slip right back into normalcy and discuss security measures for the next weeks. But there was that other part that knew he now posed a security risk. Keeping here was taking a chance, no matter how clean they thought they had scrubbed him.

He appreciated when she came around and stepped into his field of vision. His eyes roamed her face and it was strange to be forced to take everything at face value. He no longer had his scanners to provide scans of miniscule changes, blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, those things. He saw what everyone saw. An image. Whatever front she decided to put up. It made him feel small, blind to a degree.

He saw her gaze flit across him, to where the wires were connected. Jaxon resisted the urge to try and hide them. There was no point. They all knew what state he was in, they all knew what he had done. Jaxon exhaled, trying to keep a brave face about himself. Human emotion had so barely been a part of him. So now suddenly having nothing but it was in such stark contrast to the life he had lived. It felt like there was no means to regulate their intensity. He was at their mercy.

Caitlin told him that she was fine and that her baby was as well. He nodded, allowing the relief to take root in his chest. That she had taken his hand helped. Jaxon thrived on human touch more than he could remember ever having. Not that he retained much of his memory from before he had been turned into what he had become. Jaxon squeezed back, no matter how little strength he could muster for it.

He appreciated the words she had brought for him. In a way, it was forgiveness. More than he could ask for. Her hands still wrapped around his, and Jaxon was grateful. She rooted him, kept him earthbound in a time when he wondered just how far above the ground he was floating by now. He exhaled with a quiver. He had never wanted to scare her. That the programming had chosen her out of everyone…

“I am so sorry, Caitlin.” He said, his voice a small whisper. He felt guilt weigh heavy on his chest. Her smile, the squeeze of her hands to his did not change the fact that he had done this to her, had done it to them, and no less to himself. She said that he was himself again, but he no longer really knew what that meant.

She would not blame him. And that she was glad to have him back.

He was family.

Jaxon closed his eyes for a moment. He was family. Did her husband agree? Had she thought this through? And it was not so much what had happened that made Jaxon wonder about this. It was the question about how easily it could happen again. Caitlin had made good use of him and his skills in her missions and they had surmised that it was during one of the missions that he had caught the virus.

None of them had noticed it. Not even Jaxon himself. How easy would it be from here on out to turn him? What else was left that he had not gotten rid of?

“We need to install a kill switch…” he pushed out. Forge and Vision had gotten rid of the update the night of the incident but no one trusted it yet. Not even Jaxon. He wanted something else, something more. He wanted Elise – or anyone in this house really – to be able to pull the plug on him if anything like this happened again.
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Jaxon had known that Caitlin would present some kind of opposition to a kill switch. Leave it to this woman to be one of the first to forgive him after what he had done to her. He sucked air in through his nose, trying to figure out the things to say to change her mind. Of course he wanted to keep her, them safe. It could not happen again. Not with this many people now living here.

With Beth and Alex having just returned, more romance apparently budding amongst other individuals living here, there was a statistically noticeable rise in possibility for more children to be conceived. With this number of people holed up in such a small space … He sighed. But that was not all of it. The Services had a plethora of programmes running. Every last person in the theatre would fit somewhere for them.

All worth very much…

How could he make Caitlin hear that?

She inquired about the virus and he just nodded. Apparently, Jon’s programme had gotten about half of it and Elise was now in the process of scrubbing the rest of it away. Caitlin’s voice shifted, her tone softer, lower now. It made Jaxon shiver when she cupped his face with one of her hands. Suddenly, it felt so strange to be touched. Especially after he had spent hour upon hour being certain that the one thing they wanted to do with him was take him apart and throw him into the next junk press.

So it was almost painful in contrast when she let her emotions flow into him. Jaxon shut his eyes, shook his head a little. “No, Caitlin, please.” He felt guilt. So much guilt. Throwing her love for him against it was a little like using fire on ice. It was painful. How could she see him like that after what he had done?

Jaxon opened his eyes when Caitlin spoke again. Elise was the reason that Caitlin was there? “How so?” he asked, puzzled and wondering just how much of the details he was really missing. Most of his memory was somewhat jumbled. Images were missing, others were blurry. Some seemingly oversharpened and overexposed. His eyes traced the lines of her face, and he could not help just feeling relief that he had not been successful.

He had seen the aftereffects left by captivity on some of the others. Anxiety. Panic. Full-blown PTSD. He did not want to imagine Caitlin suffering through anything that could trigger these serious conditions.
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Glitching. For all intents and purposes … he still was. There were things saved in his head he apparently had no access to. In some regards that was a good thing, in more it was not. He had to real control. Not over himself, not over his programming. Jaxon found it was something he needed to remedy. Quickly. Glitching …

He looked up at Caitlin, listening to her as she laid out for him what had happened. He only had a few images to match to her story. There had not been any of his human side for her to hook her empathy into. That was the purpose of the protocol he had been injected with. Jaxon exhaled through his nose, not without exasperation. Then she told him how she had mentioned Elise – and even now her words triggered the memory he did have access to. That moment when she had brought but the other woman.

His heart ached and he could not suppress the sudden need for her to be at his side. Whenever she was here, climbed up onto this makeshift bed of his and into his arms he felt somewhat alive, somewhat normal.

Your love for her…

Jaxon swallowed at this. “Is that what it is?” he asked with a whisper then he found himself trapped by her gaze as she reminded him that there was life after all this. Jaxon agreed to some extent – just that he had no idea what it would look like. Would he ever be able to activate all his bionics again? Should he? Or should he leave it all as it was now? Just that last option really would mean no future, of any kind.

A sad smile stole across his face when Caitlin mentioned the children and how they wanted to see him. He could not go there. Not yet. He could not go near anyone really until he did not at least saw some security reinstalled. He had even begun entertaining the idea to just pack up some of that gear and leave the theatre for a while. Run tests, try out new coding … away from anyone under this roof he could otherwise put in danger.

Jaxon nodded when Caitlin urged him to let Elise help him. She was really the only one he could see at his side through all of this. She knew the coding, knew her way around his bionics to some extent and she was willing to entertain almost any of his ideas. She had been equally resistant to the kill switch idea but Jaxon had decided that eventually he would be able to convince her. She would see the necessity as well.

He prodded at the sensation in his chest, the one that would tighten and tug whenever he thought of Elise. Now with a label slapped across it. A word to put to it. Love. Jaxon had always been so certain that his programming, his bionics would remove the chance for him to get truly attached to anyone. Or so they had told him then when he had still been part of the Troy programme. And now? Now here he was, feeling guilt in spades as he looked at one of the very few true friends he had in his life. And thinking of another woman with a need and desire that dug their roots deeper and deeper into him.

Jaxon exhaled. “What about Gabriel?” And in his words there was the knowledge that Jaxon knew that Gabriel Summers would not allow for anyone to hurt or threaten his family. Jaxon did have access to an image like that – one were Gabriel was certainly ready and willing to just end him, right there and then.
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