Generation X Presents:
A Short (and somewhat inaccurate) History of the X-Men

Part Six (of 12)

Written by Jaelle

This story takes place after Onslaught and before that Bastion dork came along. It also doesn't quite fit into continuity, but oh well, that's never stopped Marvel!


Generation X and the X-Men are all trademarks of Marvel Entertainment. No attempt is being made to infringe on these trademarks. Blah blah blah.


"Welcome back!" Jubilee said, walking onstage. She peered out at the audience. "Wow, no casualties yet. The audience is still whole, here, and most importantly - awake! You guys must be real masochists. Then again, that's probably why you're in this biz instead of something sensible, like, say, accounting."

"BLEAGH!" yelled Bobby. "I'd rather die!"

"I think you did a time or two Bobby," pointed out Jubilee. "Ah, but enough cheerful banter. In this part of the story we move on to the Inferno. And no, I'm not referring to the weather in the Australian desert."

"Y'aren't far off though," noted Rogue. "It was scorching there! Ah spent all mah time in shorts and bikinis."

In perfect synchronisation Gambit and Joseph slapped their foreheads and cried out, "D'oh!"

"Thanks for stealing the scene Rogue," said Jubilee. "And we haven't even started yet! Sheesh! Well, to bring you up to speed, when last seen, the X-Men were all dead. Dead! Dead! Dead! Deceased! Passed-on! They were ex-X-Men!"

Everyone groaned.

"Two more X's and they could have been an Australian beer." Added Jubilee. "Which is a strange coincidence, since that's where they all headed next. Australia. Down Under."

"Down under what?" asked Joseph.

"I suppose someone had to ask." Jubilee sighed.

"_Anyway_, before the X-Men could set up shop, they first had to move a bunch of cyberhead free-loaders out of the place, namely the Reavers. This was done without much ado, but unfortunately it was one of those things which would come back to haunt our faithful heros. Not that this is anything new. It seems the X-Men can't even do the dishes without it coming back to haunt them.

Synch staggered on stage, wearing a pot on his head, a pot lid as a shield, knives, forks and spoons tucked into his belt and holding a dish like a discus. "Revenge!" he croaked. "Revenge for all the plates Colossus broke, for all the bent forks from people practicing telekinesis at the dinner table... for all the days between being cleaned... I demand REVENGE!"

"Okay, so we're exagerating in this instance." said Jubilee, as Synch staggered offstage. "But not by very much."

"So anyway, this marked a new time for the X-Men. Finally, they could take a break."

The 'X-Men' (Skin as Wolverine, Jono as Havok, Paige as Rogue, M as Storm and Mondo as Colossus) tromped onto the stage carrying elaborate coloured cocktails with umbrellas in them, deckchairs, sunglasses and books.

"For about five minutes," Jubilee added.

The 'X-Men' groaned.

"Hey come on, saving the world is a full-time job. Now let's see, what disasters do we have in store for a good little mutant group?"

The 'X-Men' gulped their drinks, and flicked through the books while Jubilee consulted her cue cards. "Ah HA!" she pronounced. "Firstly we get the alien invasion of Australia."

"What?" said Sean. "I never heard about that?"

"Not many people did," said Logan. "Nice guys for invaders, no good at poker though."

"Ooookay..."

"Oh come on Jubes," said Paige. "That was practically a non-event. Most people slept through it."

"Oh, alright. Moving along... actually there were a lot of little things happening during this time. Nothing momentous."

The 'X-Men' grinned and started setting out their deck chairs again.

"Except..." Jubilee grinned evilly, "for the first encounter with, you guessed it, something which would come back to haunt them later - the Island Nation of Genosha!"

"AAAAAAAAHHHH!" complained the 'X-Men'.

"Poopie." Paige pouted. "This is where Ah go schizo, right?"

"Bada bing bada boom!" said Jubilee. "It all started..." she waited for the others to move the deck chairs off the stage, "a long long time ago, when a plane in the Aussie outback went down in a botched kidnap attempt by the Genoshans. And who was the first one on the scene but Rogue, displaying her supersonic speeds for the last time in X-Men history."

"Rogue can fly at supersonic speeds?" asked Joseph stupidly.

"Well, practically." said Jubilee. "Certainly she can fly really really fast."

"Oh yeah," said Rogue. "I forgot all about that!"

"Me too," said Storm. "I wonder why you don't use it anymore?"

Rogue shrugged.

"So, Rogue arrived on the scene." Jubilee continued. Paige as Rogue zoomed onto the stage and looked around. "Got the people - items, one nurse and one pilot, to safety. The end."

There was a pause, Paige looked at Jubilee with an expression that clearly said, 'you took me away from my tan for _this_'?

"Oh wait!" said Jubilee, "There's more on the other side!" she turned over her cue cards.

"At the hospital, the nurse, who turned out to be a native of Genosha, and _utterly_ _coincidentally_ a mutant and engaged to the Gengineers son, was kidnapped. Rogue and Wolverine unfortunately got in the way of the teleportation thingy, and got grabbed too, sent to Genosha, and stripped of their powers, not to mention their clothes. Kinky. Also captured at this time was Madeline Pryor, who I believe had been flying said plane when it was blown up."

Skin as Wolverine walked onto the stage, and stood next to Paige. The rest of the team in combat gear surrounded them.

"Whilst incarcerated, Rogue handed over the reins to her buried absorbed personality, Carol Danvers."

Paige as Rogue dropped her head, then raised it again with an evil grin on her face.

"HAAAAAAAI-YA!" She shouted, and launched into a karate kicking attack. GenX as one clutched their sides.

"OW! AH! ARRRRRHHHHHH!!!!" They shouted as one, and then collapsed.

"And that display of truly bad acting wins todays Kevin Costner cup," said Jubilee, looking down at M, who had landed at her feet.

"Rogue/Carol and Wolverine escaped and generally made a nuisance of themselves, rescuing the nurse in the process. Maddie spent her time weirding out the Gengineer with strange occurences, whilst in the meantime the rest of the X-Men had arrived! Yay!"

"Eventually Rogue and Wolvy managed to get their powers back, convince the Gengineers son that all was not well in the state of Genosha, rescue Maddie and the other girl, and meet up with their teammates."

"Remind me again why exactly we're here when we could have been at home drinking tequilas?" asked M as Storm.

"We're here to rescue our teammates Storm," said Skin as Havok.

"They seem to be doing just fine without us." pointed out M.

"Yeah, but look at this place."

The 'X-Men' elaborately looked around. "Looks fine to me," objected Mondo. "Looks just like Genosha Island and City."

"Exactly," said 'Havok'. "The whole place is still standing. No random property damage at all."

The 'X-Men' all looked round and oohed and aahed. Mondo pulled out a camera and began taking pictures.

"Tch tch, Logan must be getting old," said 'Storm'.

There was a 'snickt' sound from the audience.

"Well, it's up to us to rescue our friends and leave the city in ruins!" said Mondo, who was dressed, for some strange reason, in a blue costume with a gold star on it.

Jean Grey felt the entire audience, as one, think, *why is _he_ cast as Dazzler?*.

"Don't you feel the vibes telling you so?" Mondo said to Skin.

*Oh.* Thought the entire audience.

"Anyway," said Jubilee, reclaiming the attention, "the X-Men snuck in and began their programme of random destruction."

"Hey," said Betsy. "We didn't do _that_ much damage... the first time." Evil grins were had all round.

"Oh really?" said Jubilee. "We now present exhibit A. Once the X-Men were all reunited and had had a little chat with the Gengineer and so on, reunited the mutant nurse and her true love Philip, the Gengineers son, Havok, a man _not_ known for his subtlety, blew up the main monument tower in Genosha in order to make a point. You'd think they'd be able to take a hint wouldn't you? But noooooooo. But more on that later, the X-Men were able to head back to their HQ, there to face an even greater threat."

GenX crawled off the stage and there was a pause. Then Paige stepped out to the front. She had red hair and green eyes this time round, and was wearing a flight suit. She also had a very evil smile on her face. She patted her hair.

"Unbeknownst to the rest of the team, Madeline had been having a very bad time lately. The attempts on her life, the stealing of her son, and her temporary death and exile to Australia were not things guaranteed to make her happy. Then she made a worse discovery - it seemed that X-Factor were back from space and Jean Grey was back from the dead and they were all back together again, including Maddie's husband Scott Summers. Madeline decided it was time to register a complaint about the whole thing. So instead of getting a really good divorce lawyer and suing Scott for everything he had like any sensible person she did a
deal with the devil. Literally."

Paige as Madeline smiled widely and reached up and husked away her skin and costume. Her new form had much wilder hair and more risque clothes. She was now wearing a black leotard.

"Maddie's actual Goblin Queen costume was much more risque than this," Jubilee said. "But someone mentioned the words "Sam", "older brother" and "shotgun" to me, so we took a few liberties. I mean, compared to what we're doing to the history - who cares if the costume is a little inaccurate?"

Sam nodded grimly in the audience. The others concealed smiles.

"Maddie decided, as you do, that what she really wanted was to kill Jean Grey and sacrifice her own son Nathan, in order to create hell on earth. Well heck, you know what they say about a woman scorned." said Jubilee. "And so we wound up with the demon invasion of earth. Fortunately it was concentrated in Manhattan so very few people noticed."

Snorts of laughter from the audience.

"This was the Inferno," Jubilee's voice became deeper, more menacing. "A time of madness. When X-Man fought X-Man and X-Factor fought all of them. When the heros became demons. This period marked a momentous event - all four of the then X-teams were involved in one way or another. For the New Mutants, it was a fight for the life and soul of their teammate Illyana, the Darkchilde. This fight came out even, Illyana lived in a new incarnation - as the child she should have been, who would later..."

Jubilee's voice choked to a halt. She shook her head and continued. "It also marked their own trial by fire, as they met new teammates and, having witnessed their betrayal by their then headmaster, decided to move on alone. Excalibur too were involved, when teammate Meggan was turned into a demon. But the main story is that of what happened when X-Factor, who had disappeared and been assumed dead, met the X-Men, who had also disappeared and been assumed dead." She wiped her eyes. "Boy, no wonder we can't get life insurance!"

Laughter. Cries of "Or health insurance!" and "Or ANYTHING insurance!" Cheered, Jubilee moved on.

"So anyway, the demon reign had this really weird effect on everyone. It fried their hair and made their costumes rip."

GenX as the X-Men and X-Factor walked onstage. Paige moved to one side to make room for Jono as Havok, who was wearing his standard trenchcoat and scarf... and shorts. All in black.

"Again, the actual outfit was much more, er, brief than this, but Jono objected, violently, to historical accuracy. Something I hope will be noted in his end of term marks. Oh, and Banshee, we're sorry about the pool table."

Banshee buried his head in his hands.

Paige linked an arm through Jono's and rubbed her head against his shoulder.

*What are you doing gel?*

*Just getting into the part.* Paige responded sweetly.

Jono looked at her nervously, *must be the red hair*.

The rest of Gen X, in a variety of roles, lined up on opposite sides of the room. M was still dressed as Storm, now wearing a lot of leather and with her hair tied up into a high tail, led the 'X-Men'. Skin next to her was Wolverine. Behind them danced Leech and Artie in miniature Dazzler and Longshot costumes, a solitary torch light shining on them.

Opposite this group was 'X-Factor', with Synch as Scott and Mondo as Iceman. Penance stood off to one side, evidently playing the role of Jean Grey (it was hard to tell, most of her costumes didn't really last very long, and underneath she was dressed as normal.

"The two X-groups faced each other, each nervous and tense. Each totally convinced that the other group were fakes created by the demon reign. They watched."

The two 'X-groups' stared at each other... tension apparent.

"and watched..."

Skin flexed his 'claws' and strained forward.

"and watched..."

Synch readjusted his 'visor'.

"and watched..."

Mondo leant so far forward he fell over.

"Yes! I was waiting for that to someone!" said Jubilee.

"And watched..."

"WILL YOU GET ON WITH IT!!!!!" Yelled Bobby from the audience. "The tension is KILLING ME!"

"and watched..." said Jubilee.

"Don't encourage her," snapped Emma.

Silence. Jubilee watched the audience. The audience watched her. Shrugging, she smiled and said, "and then they fought."

Both 'X-groups' collapsed, exhausted from the battle of wills.

Jubilee sighed. "Oh well. We never did get the fight choreographed correctly anyway."

"I still think the mud was wrong," said M.

"Ssh." said Jubes. "The important bit was that Maddie Pryor, yes, remember her? Looked down on the fight and decided that she didn't like the way it was going. Added to which her baby called out to Jean Grey."

"Hey, honey!" yelled Jono.

There was a pause.

"I was referring to the _baby_ baby dummy," said Jubilee.

"Oh sorry." said Jono. "Where is the little thing?"

"Catch!" Synch chucked a small blanket wrapped object over. Jono caught it and handed it casually to Paige, who was shaking her head.

"Remind me to never ask you guys to babysit," she said. "Gimmee." Paige held the 'baby' gently.

"Now where were we?"

"Little Nathan called out to Jean Grey," prompted Jubilee.

'Madeline Pryor' nodded and swiftly moved the 'baby'. "Ma-ma." it said mechanically.

There was an overwhelming silence as everyone fought the urge to laugh or look at Cable, whose face was completely, carefully blank. Sam looked at his old teacher, Cable stared impassively at him, then opened his mouth.

"It's... NOT... funny."

The entire audience (and the cast) broke down in tears and laughter. Scott and Jean howled loudest of all, with Wolverine and Sam coming a close second. The show came crashing to a halt as chaos reigned.



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