An X-Men: Evolution Fanfiction
By Jaelle and Orla
Chapter Eleven: Chaos in Cairo
Disclaimer: All belongs to Marvel. etc,
etc, etc. Damn it all.
Pandemonium reigned in the streets of Cairo as people fled from the
figure of Apocalypse hovering in the sky. All but a few.
"Look, up in the sky!" Bobby said sourly.
"It's a bird," said Ray.
"It's a plane," said Roberto.
"No, it's a bloody great big blue mutant!" Pyro finished. "Can we get
on with it?"
"Do NOT set fire to the city!" Erik scowled at him.
"Spoilsport," Pyro kicked a stone.
"This is not good," Storm looked around, "we need to calm people and
evacuate the area." She looked at Wolverine and Erik. "My team can
"Go right ahead," Logan said, barely avoiding being trampled by several
panicked storekeepers and a camel. "My team will collect Angel. Sam,
"Cool!" Sam brightened.
"_Try_ not to get killed," Logan said wearily.
"Ah'll be fine! Ah'm invulnerable when Ah'm blasting, remember?"
Logan nodded and waved his team forward, "Alright people, try not to
injure him too badly."
"So what do we do?" said Kurt, as Logan's team left.
"Well, there's always Apocalypse," Gambit pointed out.
"So, you would dare to oppose our Great Lord?" a new voice boomed from
Erik's team turned to see three figures standing before them.
The speaker was a tall, broad-shouldered man with chalk-white skin and
red eyes. On his left was a blonde woman dressed entirely in white. And
on his right was a young boy with haunted eyes.
"Let me guess, you're the Horsemen?" Pietro asked. "Or should that be
"This is not the time to be politically correct," Kurt said, eyeing the
Horsemen warily. "These people mean business."
The blonde woman smiled and extended a hand. "Don't you feel the urge
to fight?" She asked sweetly.
The group looked at each other. "Uhhh... no?" Kurt said.
"Well often I have the urge to strangle Pyro in his sleep," Gambit said
cheerfully. "But chere, I'm a lover, not a fighter."
Pietro and Kurt made gagging noises.
"Who writes _your_ dialogue?" Rogue demanded. "Because your pick-up
lines need work!"
War's expression darkened and a look of intense concentration twisted
"It won't work," said Erik. "Just give it up!"
"Oh, the mental blocks! Of course!" Colossus exclaimed.
Erik sighed. "I was trying to keep that a secret Colossus."
War glared at them. "There are other ways," she hissed. "My Lord
Apocalypse has made my powers stronger than ever!"
Around them rocks, pots, and other objects shuddered and rose into the
"Oh great, telekinetic, wonderful," Pietro sighed. "Where's Jean when
you need her?"
"ATTACK!" Pestilence roared, and charged.
"Bow to our Lord! Behold his glory!" Angel continued his slow progress
across the city of Cairo, shouting out the word of Apocalypse. "Tremble
before him! He is..."
"Shut up!" Sam yelled as he cannonballed into the other man. "I liked
you better when you were just a playboy pretty boy!"
"How dare you strike His herald?" Angel twisted out of Sam's grip. He
drew a sword from a hidden sheath on his back and struck at the young
Sam yipped as the sword impacted on his blast shield, and shattered.
Angel flew back, a frown on his face.
"Now be a good boy Warren and just come down," Sam said, curving around
to tackle him again.
"NEVER!" Warren dodged. "I will never abandon our Lord!"
"Oh well, Ah asked you nice," Sam shrugged as he went past. "Bobby!
Down on the ground, Bobby grinned and sent a lasso of ice shooting
towards Warren, entrapping the other mutant and started to pull him
"NO!" Warren struggled desperately.
"Unhand my Herald!"
"Uh-oh," Kitty gulped as Apocalypse appeared. "I don't think he's
Logan growled. "Damn… Sam! Get your butt down here!" he ordered.
But Sam wasn't listening. Taking a deep breath, he cannoned into
Apocalypse with all his power.
To no effect.
"Young fool!" unharmed, Apocalypse swatted Sam aside, sending the young
mutant careening head-first into a building with a huge crash.
Logan swore. "Ray, Roberto… keep him busy," he ordered quickly. "But
don't get too close. Jamie, Kitty…"
"We'll check on Sam!" Kitty said and ran off immediately with Jamie in
Ray and Roberto did their best, attacking Apocalypse with everything
they had, but to no avail. Apocalypse deflected their attacks with
almost insulting ease, seemingly protected from their powers.
Bobby stumbled back. "I'm iced-out…" he gasped, looking at Wolverine.
"What do we do? Nothing affects him!"
Logan snarled. "Why the f…" his eyes widened as a thought occurred to
him. "Rogue… he absorbed all our powers from her…"
"Then… how do we defeat him?" Bobby looked around. Ray was still firing
away desperately, Roberto was unconscious and Kitty had yet to return
with Sam and Jamie.
"This is not how we planned it…" Wolverine growled. "Where's Storm?
They should've evacuated the area by now… and Erik's team? Where the
hell are they?"
//Logan,// Xavier's voice echoed in his mind. //Storm's team is on
their way. Erik's team has encountered a slight problem…//
"Bloody hell!" Pyro set a jet of flame shooting towards War and watched
in exasperation as she deflected it, setting another building on fire.
"What did I say about not setting the city on fire?" Erik roared.
"It's not MY fault!!" Pyro yelled. "Sh…!" he yelled as a vegetable cart
hurtled towards him. Luckily Kurt grabbed him and they teleported out
of the way.
Erik didn't respond, he was too busy maintaining a magnetic shield
around his team, deflecting the barrage Pestilence was hurling at them.
Also, his attention was on the young Famine who had already proved to
be a dangerous adversary despite his appearance. Apparently the boy had
the power to reduce organic matter to dust. Pietro had brushed against
him and was now lacking one sleeve of his costume. Erik hadn't seen
what this power would do to humans and didn't want to find out. To make
matters worse, the minions had minions.
"Did this guy watch too many horror films as a child or something?"
Rogue complained as a figure that could only be described as a zombie
mummy lurched towards her. She threw an explosive at it. "I mean, ew."
"Tellmeaboutit," Pietro commented as he flashed past. "And my costume's
"Too bad it wasn't your mouth," Rogue muttered, leaping away from
another two zombies. "Little help here!"
Colossus rushed up and promptly reduced the zombies to small pieces.
Rogue looked at the remains. "Yuck."
//Rogue,// Xavier's voice sounded in her mind. //I can't contact Erik,
is he wearing his helmet again?//
Rogue glanced at where Erik was battling Pestilence, along with Gambit.
//Yeah, but he kind of needs it right now. We're under attack from all
three of the Horsemen. Aren't there supposed to be four of them… AH!//
Rogue screeched as Famine's hand came down on her arm, and her clothing
began to crumble away. She wrenched away and grabbed his hand
involuntarily. Her gloves dissolved and suddenly her bare skin met his.
They both screamed.
Scott ran around a corner at a speed that almost matched Pietro's. His
heart was hammering in his chest, but he pressed on. Behind him were
Evan, Todd, Amara and Rahne (in her wolf form), above flew Storm and
Jean. They could see Apocalypse ahead, and the flashes of light
indicating their friends attacks. Scott could see the flashes were
getting weaker and weaker.
//Scott!// Xavier's voice in his mind startled him and he faltered
//Professor? We're on our way to help Logan…//
//Send someone to help Erik's team… they're pinned down by the
Scott swore. "Evan! Rahne! You need to help Erik's team!" he yelled.
"Professor X will give you directions!"
The two younger mutants nodded and peeled away from the main group,
heading to the right. Scott continued his run and arrived just in time
to see Ray collapse, completely spent.
Immediately Scott sent a full force eye-beam at Apocalypse.
"You are all fools," the blue mutant sneered. "You cannot defeat me. I
am Apocalypse, I am invincible!"
"Forgive us if we still try," Storm sent a barrage of lightening at him.
"I'm so glad to see you guys!" Kitty emerged from a building. "What
does it take to stop this guy?"
"Let me try," said Amara, powering up.
"Are you alright, Kitty?" Scott asked quickly.
"I'm fine," she said. "But Sam's out cold, I can't move him… Jamie's
"Roberto's out too," Logan limped up, evidence of an ugly fight still
present on his face. "Ray and Bobby are pretty much drained."
"This is not going according to the plan," Scott snarled. "We were
supposed to grab Warren, take down the Horsemen, and _then_ attack
Apocalypse all at once!"
"When does anything ever go according to plan?" Logan pointed out.
"Welcome to the real world kid. Jean, see if you can get Warren. At
least we can do something about him. Scott, Amara, back up Storm."
"What do you want me to do, yo?" Toad asked.
They all looked at him.
"Just... try not to get killed."
"I can do that."
Erik flinched as he heard Rogue scream. It nearly cost him his head as
Pestilence swung a huge fist towards him. He threw the man back with a
magnetic pulse and looked over his shoulder.
Rogue and Famine's hands were locked together. Both had expressions of
extreme pain on their faces. To one side, Kurt was trying to tug Rogue
loose, but they seemed trapped in some sort of power feedback.
"Of course," Erik murmured. "Touch. Both activated by touch..."
"WATCH OUT!" Pietro yelled. Running over, he grabbed Erik and threw
them both clear as a huge boulder smashed onto the spot where Erik had
been standing. "Gambit! Pyro! _Do_ something about that woman!"
Gambit sighed and caught War's eyes. "Why fight me, chere?" He smiled,
exerting all his fascination power. "We could dance a better dance than
It was enough to make her hesitate, long enough for Colossus to slam
into her, knocking her out.
"She's down!" The large mutant called, before wading back into the
zombies. Gambit nodded and waited until his compatriot's attention was
elsewhere before wandering over to the fallen woman and smacking her
hard in the head twice with his staff.
"_Now_ she's down," he murmured. "Sorry chere, but you can't be too
careful in this business."
"Good," Pyro said. "Now can we take the big guy down please?" He was
slowly backing up in the face of Pestilence's attacks.
"On my way to help you mon ami!"
Kurt tried once more to pull Rogue free of her lethal grip on Famine.
"Rogue! Rogue! You have to let go!" He called. *Please, please don't
let her get stuck with these powers permanently,* he prayed.
"Needsomehelp?" Pietro ran over, Erik flying behind.
"I can't get her loose!" Kurt wailed.
"Break his fingers," said Erik flatly.
"I can't do that!" Kurt was shocked.
"Then I will," Erik reached out, creating a magnetic barrier around his
gloved hand, and forcibly pried Famine loose. There was an ugly
cracking sound as several fingers snapped in the process, but the
deathgrip was broken.
The second the two mutants were separated, they both collapsed into
"I got her!" Pietro grabbed Rogue as she fell, forgetting that his
sleeve and glove had been dissolved earlier. Bare skin touched his.
"Oh shi... hey wait a sec." He paused. "She's not absorbing me!"
"Or dissolving you," Kurt said. "Don't drop her, you idiot!" He grabbed
Rogue and slowly lowered her to the ground. "Their powers must have
cancelled each other out." He checked her pulse. "She seems to be okay."
Erik let out a long breath. "I am tired of this game." Turning, he
faced the only remaining Horseman, who was under siege from the
Acolytes. "It is time to finish." He gathered all his power and raised
Metal emerged from every possible area, from the street, from the
buildings, even from underground, forming two huge walls on either side
of Pestilence. Narrowing his eyes, Erik slammed his hands together. The
two walls met.
"Umm..." Kurt stared at the block of metal. "Wow. Remind me not to get
Erik did not respond to his comment as he gently took Rogue into his
"Let us go and face Apocalypse."
Just as that point, Rahne and Evan arrived.
"We're here to back..." Evan faltered. "Oh."
"Go with Colossus," Erik ordered them. "Make sure the remaining
Horsemen will not rise again."
"But not in the way that Pestilence won't rise again!" Kurt added
hastily. "Just, you know, lock them up or something?"
"Why, what happened to Pestilence?" Evan asked.
Pietro and Kurt glanced at the large block of metal lying on the
ground. "Well, let's just say that he's not going to be getting up any
time soon," Pietro said slowly.
Storm continued to hammer Apocalypse with lightning bolt after
lightning bolt. Behind her, face twisted into an ugly expression of
hatred, Angel hurtled towards her, clearly intent on harm. However,
before he could reach her, a powerful, invisible force encircled him,
dragging him downwards.
"Got him!" Jean said through gritted teeth. "But he's fighting me."
Angel struggled, managing to stabilise his descent, and even starting
to move upwards again. Sweat dripped down Jean's forehead as she fought
to hold onto him without hurting him, but she could feel herself
weakening against his determined efforts to escape. Suddenly a blast of
power surged past her, and encased Angel's wings in ice. With a cry of
rage the winged mutant tumbled to the ground, his fall cushioned only
by Jean's telekinesis.
Bobby smiled weakly. "Got him," he said, slumping to his knees. "Sorry
I can't freeze him totally though."
"Don't worry about it," Jean said. "With his wings trapped he's pretty
"Until the ice melts," a harsh voice pointed out.
Jean and Bobby turned to see Erik and his team approaching, Rogue
carried in Erik's arms.
"Thank God you're here," Jean said. "We really..."
"Gambit, make sure Angel stays down," Erik ordered, ignoring her.
"Pyro, remember how I told you not to cut loose?"
"I take it back. He's all yours."
"All riiightt!!!" Pyro exulted. He ran into a building, making his way
up to the roof so that he could get a clear shot.
"Pietro, go with him and keep him out of trouble."
Pietro blurred off, muttering something about "impossible".
"Hey blue guy! Take some of this!" Pyro screeched from the roof,
letting loose with a huge burst of fire.
"Um, excuse me," said Jean. "Who made you boss?"
Erik looked coldly at her. "Do you _want_ to defeat him, or not? We
have no time to be nice. And in answer to your question, Xavier did.
This is _my_ team." He lowered Rogue gently to the ground, and tenderly
brushed her hair out of her face.
Jean and Bobby looked at the unconscious girl, glanced at each other
and plastered helpful expressions on their faces. "What do you need us
to do Erik?"
Behind Erik, Kurt gave them both a big thumbs up and mouthed, "Good
"Kurt, go find the others, we need to enact the plan now."
"I'm on my way!" Kurt saluted and disappeared.
"Rahne, see if you can find any of our fallen."
The wolf growled and ran off. Erik looked over at Bobby. "Iceman, is
your power completely drained?"
Bobby smiled weakly. "I can go on a bit longer. If you let me rest a
few minutes I should be fine."
"Good," Erik nodded. He looked up into the sky where Apocalypse still
battled the others. "We need to bring him down to the ground."
"Scott!" Kurt teleported near to his friend. "Erik's rallying the
others, can you keep him busy for another couple of minutes?"
"Barely," Scott replied. "Tell him to hurry."
"I don't have to tell him, believe me," Kurt replied. "Just be ready."
He ported away.
"ERIK!" A chorus of voices sounded out.
Erik turned to see a small army of Jamies running towards him, being
led by a wolf.
"We're so glad you're okay! You're not injured are you? What's going
on?" Jamies pelted him with question. He raised a hand and they
quietened. "You need to move back out of range."
"Okay, but we brought Cannonball back!" One of them piped up, and seven
or so Jamies moved forward, carrying Cannonball, who was awake and
looking rather miffed.
"Ah'm not a show and tell toy, put me down!"
"Can you fight?" Erik demanded.
"Just point me in the right direction," Sam responded.
Kurt appeared next to him. "Wolverine's bringing the others. Scott,
Amara, and Storm are keeping him busy, but they don't have much time
"What's the plan bub?" Wolverine ran over to Erik.
"We bring him down," Erik said grimly. "Jamie, I need you to look after
Rogue and Roberto."
"YES SIR!" Yelled all the Jamies.
Erik activated a comm link. "Charles, are you ready?"
"Give the word Erik."
Erik looked around at his assembled forces. "NOW!"
"Fools! You know that you have no chance!" Apocalypse swatted away yet
another one of Pyro's fire blasts. "Bow down before me and I may yet
allow you to live, serving me. I…"
His words were cut off by a roar and an explosion as a missile impacted
on his back. For a brief moment, he wavered, clearly stunned.
"Sam! Go!" Jean yelled through her comm link from her seat in the
X-Jet. She looked at Xavier. "Another missile?"
He nodded grimly. "Sam will be alright."
Apocalypse soon found himself under attack from a combination of
telekenesis, missiles and Cannonball. Roaring with rage, he fought them
off, but they attacked again and again, joined by Storm's lightning
bolts, Scott's eye-blasts and Pyro's fire. Slowly they forced him lower.
Flinging his arms wide, Apocalypse unleashed a burst of pure energy
that flattened everything in its path and sent the X-jet spinning away.
"Get down!" roared Erik.
Everybody flung themselves to the ground as the wave roared over them.
High above, Pietro grabbed Pyro and sprinted out of the building as it
collapsed into rubble. Invulnerable within his blast field, Cannonball
could not stop himself from being forced back, but managed to grab
Storm and get to safety.
"You will pay for your defiance!" Apocalypse stood at ground zero,
glaring at Erik and the others as they got to their feet.
"Maybe, but we're going to make you work for it," Gambit replied with a
"And who among you is going to stop me?" Apocalypse sneered.
A huge metal figure crashed into him, knocking him down.
Colossus loomed over him. "I am Colossus," he introduced himself.
"And I'm Wolverine."
Apocalypse barely avoided the flashing claws. Logan grinned at him.
"Does that answer your question, bub?"
"Insects! Begone!" Apocalypse sent Wolverine and Colossus tumbling
"Together people, we attack _together_," Erik reminded them all.
Rogue slowly stirred and opened her eyes. "Ow..."
"Are you okay?" Two Jamies peered at her worriedly.
"I don't know, Ah'm seeing double."
"Oh, that's just us," the Jamies nodded.
"Right." Rogue sat up, rubbing her head. "What's going... oh." Her eyes
widened as she stared at the pitched battle taking place several blocks
away. "What happened to the city? Where are we?"
"Apocalypse, and on top of a building just outside of the damaged
area," Jamie replied.
"We carried you up here!" Another one said proudly.
"Roberto too," another piped up.
"Not Toad though, he just came with us," the first one added.
"Aw man, our guys are getting creamed," Toad moaned.
"What are you doing here?"
"Well, they told me not to get killed, so here I am, not getting
Rogue sighed. "Typical." She got slowly to her feet. "Well, Ah guess
they need mah help." She looked at the unconscious Roberto. "Ah'm sorry
about this, but Ah need it more than you do." She laid her hands on his
face. "Just a touch more… there."
She lifted her arms to the sun and smiled as power flowed through her,
washing over her as a black fire. "Stay safe up here, Ah'll be..."
"Ummm, hey Rogue?"
Toad fidgeted and held out a hand. "Take my powers too."
Rogue stared at him. "What for?"
Toad shrugged. "I dunno, maybe it will come in handy. I'm pretty agile
Rogue's face softened. "Thanks Toad."
"Do I get a kiss with that?" He asked hopefully.
"Ah'm not _that_ grateful. Besides Erik would kill you," she grinned
"Oh yeah, don't kiss me then."
Rogue examined his crestfallen expression and sighed. She bent down and
quickly kissed him on the cheek.
Toad convulsed and collapsed, smiling slightly.
"Do you want mine too?" Jamie offered.
"No thanks, we need someone to look after these two, and you're it,"
Rogue smiled gently at him. "Be careful!"
Apocalypse tossed Quicksilver aside and laughed. "You cannot win, give
A black figure barrelled into him, sending him skidding backwards. He
swiped at it, and it leapt over him and viciously kicked him from
"Hi sugar!" Rogue grinned. "We're not the giving up types. We're more
the kicking your butt types." She dodged another power blast. "In fact,
I'm the taking your power and kicking your butt type." She grabbed his
"Rogue, get back!" Scott called out. "Your power can't affect him."
"Well duh! Kind of noticed that!"
Apocalypse stared at her. "You are the one who woke me."
"Yeah, don't remind me," Rogue groaned, leaping backwards. "I'm
guilt-tripping about that enough already."
"You are the one I have searched for," Apocalypse smiled triumphantly.
"At last! My final Horseman! Death, arise! You shall be mine!"
"Excuse me?" Rogue exclaimed.
"EXCUSE ME?!" Erik yelled from the sidelines. "Get away from her!" He
sent a pulse of magnetic energy towards Apocalypse, who brushed it
"You are mine! You are Death." Apocalypse advanced on Rogue, shrugging
off all the others attempts to stop him. Rogue snarled and punched him
with all of Roberto's power, but didn't leave a mark. She pulled her
hand back for another punch, and felt the last of her borrowed power
She backed away. "Um... I don't want to be Death, thank you very much.
I may dress like a Goth, but it's really not my thing."
"It is your destiny."
"Well thank you Darth Apocalypse, but mah Destiny is actually somewhere
else, and Ah think she'd object to me being Death."
"You spurn your rightful calling?"
Apocalypse gestured and Rogue suddenly found herself flying backwards,
smashing her into the remains of a wall. The wall collapsed on her
impact, covering her with fragments of mud brick, canvas and wood.
"Such is the fate of all those who defy the will of Apocalypse!"
"NO! ROGUE!" Kurt screamed, teleporting over the pile of debris
covering his sister. "Rogue! Speak to me! Rogue!"
"Oh my God," Kitty breathed.
"I can't hear her," Jean said to Scott.
"Dead?" Scott asked in a stunned voice.
Gambit and Colossus both turned to look at Erik.
Visible magnetic energy crackled all over his body. His eyes glowed
blue, and his face looked like it had been carved from marble. He did
not need to articulate his feelings of rage and loss, the air vibrated
with the emotions.
"Apocalypse," he said quietly. "You're going to die now." He walked
towards Apocalypse, the others moving out of his path as he advanced.
//Erik, don't! It's suicide!// Xavier yelled mentally. He tried to
reach inside his friends mind to calm him down, but the rage was so
intense that he could not reach him.
Apocalypse sneered in the face of Magneto's anger. "This is why I will
always triumph over insects like you. You allow your feelings to rule
you, and that makes you weak."
"Shut... the hell... up," Magneto said pleasantly, before he struck out
with his fist, magnetic power surging from it. The punch sent
Apocalypse tumbling to the ground.
Apocalypse stared up at the man who had just knocked him down, and
Magneto smiled coldly.
"Impossible, how can you hurt me? I should have the ability to match
"Newsflash, Rogue didn't manage to get _my_ power," Magneto raised his
hands and made a ripping gesture and Apocalypse screamed as he was torn
"EW!!!" Kitty screamed.
"GO ERIK!" Kurt howled, from where he was digging Rogue out. "Kill that
Magneto stood over Apocalypses body. "You weren't _that_ tough," he
Mocking laughter filled the air as Apocalypse's body reformed and the
blue mutant once again stood whole. "Did you really think it would be
that easy? I am Apocalypse! I am the strongest."
"We'll see," Magneto replied, lashing out with another burst of power.
"If I have to turn the world off its axis and destroy the magnetic
poles to get rid of you, then I will."
"I don't think he's following the plan anymore," Bobby said.
"I've got her!" Kurt yelled. Ray and Sam joined him, pulling Rogue out
of the debris.
"She's alive!" Ray breathed, seeing Rogue's chest rise and fall with
slow, shallow breaths.
"Don't tell Erik yet," Kurt said fiercely, holding his sister to him
protectively, his eyes fixed on the continuing battle between Magneto
and Apocalypse. "I want him to take that son of a bitch down!"
No one else could get close to the combatants now. The air around them
crackled with deadly energy and in the centre Magneto threw everything
he had at Apocalypse and more. The ancient mutant fought back, but it
was clear that Magneto's attacks were causing him a great deal of pain
and forcing him to retreat. With a howl of rage, Apocalypse sent a
concentrated burst of energy at Magneto, enough to punch a hole through
a man's body. Only Magneto's shields saved him, but he was sent
hurtling back several metres, smashing into Colossus.
"Attack!" Scott yelled, ripping off his visor and cutting loose. Around
him the others poured their energy and power into one last effort,
forcing the weakened Apocalypse back.
"This is not the end!" Apocalypse cried and fled into the sky, still
barraged by attacks, and vanished into his ship. The vessel glowed and
then was gone.
"We did it…" breathed Jean.
//Professor? Have you…?//
//Yes, Scott. Hank is prepared.//
"All right, people!" Scott turned to his weary comrades. "It's not over
"No," Erik got to his feet. "Now we have to finish it," he gestured and
his helmet flew into his hands. "For Rogue's sake, I will not let him
"That's lovely, sugar…"
"Rogue, I…" his eyes widened and he turned to see Rogue being supported
by Sam and Ray. She smiled weakly. "Guess what, Ah'm alive."
Without a word, Erik strode over and took her in his arms, heedless of
the onlookers. "I thought I'd lost you…" he murmured into her hair.
"Not that easy," she said, laying her head on his chest. "Now… let's
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