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Julian was making his way to the movie room, bowl of popcorn in his hands. He knew he was running late but he had felt the need to get his hands checked out by Forge, make sure that they wouldn’t glitch. He was being ridiculous, he knew that but still. They were stuck in gloves now, nothing wrong with them as he held on to the bowl.

Laura had asked him.

She had asked him if he wanted to come see the movie with her.

Back in the schooldays he would have just shut her down and told her no. He found it a lot harder to do so now. He had said yes. Even if he had seen the movie three times already. She hadn’t and he was curious to see her reaction to it. He was gravitating towards her, found himself seeking her out when he had no need to be at some places in the theatre.

To hell with Victor and his grumpy warnings about staying away from her. He could go fuck himself. Her uncle was a pain in the ass, glaring at Julian from a distance whenever he could. So far, he hadn’t acted on it, but Julian knew that it was just a matter of time before he had that growling beast up in his face.

It was self-destructive, going up against one Victor Creed but Julian had accepted that, the moment he decided to follow this, whatever it was, with Laura through.

He entered the room as the lights dimmed, he spotted her instantly and made his way to the empty chair next to her. He sat down in it, handing her the bowl of popped corn.

“Had to get this, no movie should be watched without food.” He told her with a grin. “What did I miss?”
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The seats, at least, were comfortable enough. If the movie was awful, she could curl up into a ball and try to sleep there. The dim lighting, the background noise the movie could prove to be, it could work. Her room was far too quiet, almost too empty, and it was left all to her. No roommate to distract her, though she wondered if it was done purposely. Nightmares could be troublesome. At least there in that theater, there was external stimuli enough to coax her into a semi lazy state, and none of it was meant to hurt her.

She drew her knees up and folded them to the side, tucking herself in to a degree as the movie set in. The previews were skipped and she wondered if Gabriel had a remote to do so, or if the film was simply set to skip by some default until the actual movie started.

Gabriel was already crunching away on popcorn and sucking greedily at his soda straw, and she tried to keep from grimacing. That was way too much excess. Salt, sugar, caffeine. She wondered if and how he managed to sleep at night when he flooded his body with that much…junk.

She straightened in her seat with a familiar scent nudged at her senses, and she tried to temper the budding excitement that he had actually decided it was an idea to show up. She hated that she had no idea how to ask someone to do anything without being direct about it or ridiculously awkward. Even with any interaction she had had with Victor and his attempt to coach her into fitting the profile of a woman her age, she was sure there was something obviously just not right with her make-up. But she hadn’t been born to be sweet and endearing.

“You need to learn to relax and just…be, like before.” Victor had insisted.
“I do not understand.” And she still didn’t.
“We need to work on your verbal contractions again.” He had sighed. No one speaks the way that you do.


Julian sat down beside her, drawing her out of her mind and he pushed a bowl of popcorn at her, insisting that one couldn’t watch a movie without anything to eat. She wanted to argue that you could really do anything without food, except, well, eating. Trying to heed Victor’s instruction, she bit her lip. Relax, right.

“These parents are sending their children to a dinosaur park.” She told him quietly as she looked back at the screen. “I do not understand why any parent would think that responsible considering that a similar park had already once been attempted and fell to tragedy.” It was some seriously poor parenting. And considering they were sitting for a two hour movie, she would only assume that they were in for a repeat. “The point of being a parent is to care for and keep your child alive. This just seems exceedingly irresponsible.” She looked down at the bowl and pushed a few pieces into her mouth. “Thank you.” She smiled when the butter melted across her tongue.
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Laura started to tell him what he had missed in the first few minutes of the movie and he couldn’t help but smile over it. Pointing out exactly what was wrong with it all. That you don’t send your kids to a park with living dinosaurs, because it was just asking for problems. She was right of course, else there wouldn’t be a two-hour movie if everything went okay.

“You’re welcome.” He told her, grabbing a hand full for himself out of the bowl he had just handed her.

“The way I see it though,” He started, giving his own spin on the movie. “Is that the aunt just wants to be totally cool to her nephews.” Which was understandable. He would have wanted to impress the kids too; not sure he would have done it with humongous carnivores though but beggars couldn’t be choosers.

He stuck a few of the popped corn in his mouth and contemplated some more. “Besides the kids are being dicks with running off like that.” He watched how the twins in the movie ditched the assistant to go explore themselves.

“Besides, the aunt looks responsible. I’m sure the parents thought so too. It’s not their fault that people don’t learn from their mistakes.” He put the rest of his popcorn in his mouth and started grinning. “Not that I would have let my kids run off alone to a park like that.” He started agreeing with her, his grin widening as he looked at her. “I would have come with. I mean, dinosaurs!”
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She did not understand how ‘being cool’ was the positive in the current context. A once removed relation attempting to impress upon those younger with fields of dinosaurs was not overtly ‘cool’. Victor did not act like that. What was there to impress with her? Nothing. She would likely point out every flaw were she handled into a similar situation. If anything, he would likely take her stance on the matter and insist that these people were idiots. Surely.

The children were being…dicks. She winced and tried to align the expression accordingly and decided that, yes the children had poor decision making skills, but they were children. It was in their nature to be curious. And the older sibling was out to impress, parading himself in a manner to attract the opposite gender. That was youth.

“I do not understand how you could deem the aunt responsible.” She shook her head and the volume of the movie increased, apparently a silent indicator. Pursing her lips, she twirled her finger around in the popcorn, realizing she was not doing the best with making light of the film by nitpicking and arguing over unnecessary facts. The point of the movie was that everyone seemed to be making stupid choices. Even Owen Grady who seemed so in-tune with the raptors once they appeared onscreen that she was almost convinced that the actor had spent time with wild animals in preparation for the role.

The assistant trying to capture a loose pig in the raptor pit was absolutely ridiculous if anyone wanted her opinion, but she shoved a handful of popcorn into her mouth to choke it back. The moment Owen ducked under the lowering gate and the raptors collided, she jumped.

The sound of bony flesh colliding with thick metal bars.

She knew that sound. Exceedingly well.

Laura swallowed and drew the bowl more tightly against herself. “The one in the middle is the leader. She tolerates the human’s presence. That was why he lived through that moment.” Because that was what it was. At some point, the blue one had formed a bond with the human, but she knew that she held the cards and the power.
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Julian, couldn’t help but shrug when she told him that she didn’t understand why he found the aunt responsible. The parents wouldn’t have sent their kids if they thought a blood relative wasn’t responsible. Or so he hoped. It’s not that his own parents were any kind of role models. They had betrayed him after all.

The next part of the movie played, showing them the raptor pit and their handler. It was funny to see how something so predictable came to life on screen. Because everybody knew that something horrible would happen right now.

Like that dumb ass assistant who thought running around lose in the raptor pit was a smart thing to do.

Of course it wasn’t.

But that Owen Grady was a smart cookie, making sure everybody got out alive. It didn’t go unnoticed that Laura reacted to the raptors slamming into the gate. Making him wonder if she was remembering something that had happened to her. Because he did not believe that this would have scared her.

But it wasn’t his place to offer her comfort.

“You’re right. She’s the leader, and she decides who lives and dies.” He knew that, knew how predators work. “But still, it makes for a good movie to watch. Amusing to see how people keep on making the same mistakes.” He reached for the bowl, took out another hand full and grinned. “How predictable things might get.”

“Because we all know that at some point those dinosaurs will break free, and chaos will reign that island.”
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The ranking system was easy for her to decipher and understand because the dinosaurs were animals, and she could relate to them in so many ways. The blue one was in charge and she kept the order where it was, kept the other raptors in line. When she moved, it was to maintain her dominance, not to actually snap the head off of their handler. Because there was something there, just beneath the surface. Imprinted was what Owen Grady claimed had happened, and that took place in youth, often shortly after birth. Even humans did it. Newborns already knew their mother’s voice, but the first moment when the nuzzled up against them, drew in their scent, it remained locked away in the mind somewhere for the rest of their lives. If focused, a blindfolded child could discern its mother from other women based on the way that she smelled.

That was imprinting. Logging away necessary information about the individual that immediately welcomed you into the world.

If she were being honest, she was curious how everything was meant to play out, regardless of her qualms over the plot and all the holes already laid out. So she had to at least somewhat agree with Julian when he cited that the story thus far was making for something entertaining to perceive. She wasn’t sure if she would watch it again, but she was glad to sit through to the end just to see if the writers filled in any gaping pitfalls.

She shifted herself forward slightly to relieve the pressure on her hip caused by her feet being tucked nearly under her and the bowl of popcorn tipped forward, prompting her to immediately react and pluck it right out of the air. Then she drew it back to herself and felt a flush of heat crawl up along the sides of her neck.

When he pointed out that the dinosaurs were going to be free and chaos would follow, she gave a nod. “Humans like the illusion of control.” With everything. Dinosaurs in the movie, mutants in the real world. But at some point, she was sure, that all the mutants were going to be free again. A part of her was concerned for what would happen to the humans in the aftermath. As the movie jogged forth to the schematics for the super dinosaur, she tilted her head. That was what humans were doing at present, trying to cobble together mutations to create super beings that they hoped to control. She hadn’t expected the movie that was lined up for the evening to so easily align with the current state of the world. She glanced at Gabriel and wondered if that was why he chose it.

The rest of the movie progressed, and she tried to keep her commentary to herself. It was meant to be a story to tell, not a perfect rendition of how she would have told it. The ending left an obvious opening for a sequel that she imagined Hollywood had already cashed in on considering Jurassic World was nearly ten years old.

“I will need to see the sequel, if there is one.” She told him as she looked down at the empty bowl in her hands. “This was a good idea.” She watched the screen go dark, watched Gabriel pop up, and then leave down the center aisle as though he had been the only present in the little theater. “He is such an odd individual.” She commented, somewhat just to acknowledge the fact. “You had already seen this movie, had you not?” He had already known what was going to happen. “You could have told me and we could have seen something else on a different night.”
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“That they do indeed.” He responded when she pointed out that humans liked the illusion of control. Wasn’t that the truth. Even his parents had tried to assume their control over him. Which had failed. Sending him off to a school for mutants, then trying to make sure he wouldn’t be an embarrassment to their name.

Well they didn’t have to worry about him anymore, did they? He fisted his armchair, heard it creak and knew he had to loosen up.

Instead he should just enjoy sitting here, watching the movie with Laura. So, he did. Watched how the dinosaurs got out, caused the chaos the movie had promised and watched how the main cast survived. Even the lead in for the next movie was there. One he hadn’t seen yet himself because he had been very occupied at the time.

“There is one. We can watch it next time.” The screen went dark and Gabriel just up and left, not even bothering to acknowledge them. “It was a good idea.” He told her and had to chuckle about her comment about Gabriel Summers. However, he stopped when she asked him if he had already seen it and why he hadn’t told her because they could have seen something else on a different night.

Julian turned in his seat and looked at her. “But I didn’t want to see another movie on a different night.” He told her. “I liked the idea of just spending time with you.” No matter how many times he had seen the movie.

“I haven’t seen the sequel though.” He told her with a grin. “We could watch that too.”
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It was entertaining at least, and she was glad to have sat through it, though she wasn’t sure she would actively want to watch it again. She didn’t do that much anyway, hadn’t even when they were at school. Any time she had spent in the school’s little film theater, she had only seen each movie offered once and been done. She didn’t understand the need to see a movie more than once. The story was told and concluded, what more did anyone need in going through it again?

A next chapter was different. It continued to tell more, even if sometimes half the story was a retelling of the first, or it echoed back.

When he confirmed that there was one, she sat up a bit straighter, placing herself back into the conversation. They could see it next time. He wanted to sit through another film with her about dinosaurs and awful plot holes. She would have to keep her tongue behind her teeth next time.

When he nodded and confessed to having seen the movie already, she wanted to ask why he would put himself through it again, only to come up short when he turned towards her and he admitted to just liking the idea of spending time with her. She bit her lower lip to keep from blabbing out an immediate ‘why’. She could imagine Victor telling her to relax, stop trying to make sense of everything. As detached from her old life as even having been at the school had allowed her to be, almost normal even, she had become the old her in confinement.

Relax, okay.

She smiled when he said he at least hadn’t seen the sequel. They could be equally entertained, then. She wouldn’t have to worry about him being bored sitting through yet another telling of something he already knew. “Okay.” She nodded in agreement. “It is a date.” She decided, because it was an agreed upon plan to meet up to… she felt heat push into her cheeks when she realized exactly what she had said.

“I did not…” She shook her head as she huffed a breath and tried to backpedal. She did not want him thinking she was assuming anything. “I will bring the popcorn, but it does not have to be a ‘date’, because that would imply other ideas behind meeting.” Though she wouldn’t lie and say her mind hadn’t gone there. He smelled nice, was nice to her, was nice to look at and follow after visually when he walked by her.

Victor was going to know, if he didn’t already.

“I…” she swallowed and then stood up, clutching the bowl against herself. “I enjoy spending time with you.” She finally said because it was honest, and then she tried for another smile.
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His smile widened when she agreed to see the sequel with him and it got even bigger when she called it a date. He knew that she didn’t mean it in the way that made her cheeks colour red when she realised her wording. It was interesting to see her come to awareness after she said certain things. At school he had found it cute and awkward, it still was but instead of pointing it out like he used too he just kept quiet for now.

Julian watched her, trying to take back what she had said and talk over it with telling him she would bring the popcorn. Even go as far to say it doesn’t have to be a date. And what it would imply.

What would it imply? That she was interested in him, more than just friends? Because if he had to be honest with himself, he wouldn’t mind exploring this and see where it would take them. Yet he knew that he had to tread carefully around her. She wasn’t like other girls, something he liked very much.

She was honest, sometimes too honest but he didn’t care. Her questions about life and the things around her made him regard things differently as well.

And she liked spending time with him.

“It’s a date then.” He picked up one of her hands, lifted it up to his lips and pressed a kiss to the back of her hand. He stood then, giving her a slight bow and a smile. “Just let me know when.” Julian winked, taking the empty bowl from her hands and left the movie room.
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She wasn’t sure why he put so much effort into making them anything particularly special. She was going to slather them in either peanut or hazelnut butter, then she was going to drown them in syrup. It had been one of the few things she had missed when they had been taken. The Facility had grown her on a nutritious, albeit bland, diet, and the moment she had stepped foot into McCoy’s she had been introduced to the wonderful world of junk food. SentS managed protein rich and carb infused crap that kept ever individual it held and employed alive well enough, but it tasted like cardboard.

When Victor glanced over at her, she brightened and offered him a smile, even as her brain screamed at him that she didn’t need anything fancy drawn into a damned pancake. She just wanted them. No cacti or stars or ‘L for Laura’ necessary. Just the pancake. They all tasted the same once they were in her mouth.

She wondered if it was his attempt at glossing over the Logan subject, filling in for what he thought his brother should be doing. If anyone wanted her opinion on the matter, Victor had come far closer to being ‘father’ than any genetic donor could have managed. She perhaps looked like Logan in the right lighting form the right angle, pushed similar claws out from between her knuckles, but Victor had been there. Even if her mind sought to remind her that he had basically hunted her for her head before he had ever even met her, apparently set on simply ‘fucking Jimmy over’. Before he had ever even learned that Logan had had nothing to do with her conception outside the utilization of his genetics.

He moved towards her with a plate that was steaming, a large flat cake waiting with a smiley face near as ridiculous as the one on his face, and she pushed her own further, nodding her unspoken agreement at the wonder of what she was offered.

“It’s perfect.” She assured him. “It looks great.” She nodded further.

Then she reached for the Nutella and slathered a generous portion of it across the entire front, somewhat obscuring the face he had worked to make for her, and then doused it in syrup. She cut at it quickly in order to push a bite into her mouth. She made an overzealous mm-ing sound and when he seemed to approve and walked back towards the stove, she dove in further, stuffing an even bigger bite into her mouth.

Artsy pancakes.
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