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 It's two thousand miles and one left turn, tag : Remy LeBeau | date : 14th November
Paige Guthrie
 Posted: May 2 2017, 07:33 PM
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Paige had yet to see a truly big city. Raised in a little valley with a whopping population of 800 spread amongst a few central areas and homesteads, the idea of a city holding more people than some countries was unimaginable. So when she got the chance to visit it, she insisted on being allowed to come along on a trip one of the X-Men had to go on. Scott was awkward the entire time but Paige didn't really care that much. Getting to visit the big city was more than enough.

And the big city was, in fact, huge. Paige was a little bit intimidated, to be honest. She had never seen anything like this except in pictures, and those hadn't nearly captured what the place looked like. Or sounded or smelled. The latter wasn't something she'd really expected but she could get over that. Most importantly, the place was big and amazing. It wasn't too far from the school, either, even though a long day trip (or two-day trip) would be necessary to really see anything. Such trips were rare, though, so the thought excited her more than anything else.

Which was also what made it a little scary. So naturally veering off the main streets into a quieter section was what she needed to do. And she wasn't particularly worried about whether or not she got into a seedier part of town. Her mutation would keep her from getting hurt if things turned bad. One of the convenience stores supplied a soda, and she continued on her way. She knew she picked up some attention along the way, since she was a pretty girl out on her own, but she ignored the guys unless they came close. Most of them seemed to be admiring from a distance, but she wouldn't put it past one of them to try something.

Pretty soon the noise and activity of the busy streets attracted her back into the thick of things again. She was glad she didn't have a bag or anything on her that would attract pickpockets - her cell was in her front left pocket and her wallet in her right. That was all she had on her, since she didn't really need anything else. She and Scott were supposed to meet up at the hotel around six, but until then, she was free to be on her own. And very clearly a girl not used to big cities like this one, even if she didn't quite give off the typical tourist vibe. Still, it was a long ways away from home.

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Just because Remy was not part of the Thieves' Guild anymore, it did not mean that he did not know a mark when he saw one. Instincts did not die with conviction, and even when the Cajun was merely walking down the street, he kept picking out people who were his kind (not that he associated with them in any way, most of them were amateurs), and people who were easy targets for them. The girl was the latter... but there was something else about her too, a confidence that most newcomers lacked... as if she knew she could not be hurt. It made Remy curious.

He followed along at a distance, carefully walking the line between casual bystander and creepy guy. The latter position was soon filled by one of the amateurs, a moderately charming your man who sidled up to the girl with an award-winning smile.

"You should be careful around here. Pickpockets love tourists in this part of town..."

Remy rolled his eyes, leaning against a wall close enough to hear, but far enough to let the situation unfold on its own.
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Paige probably wouldn't have noticed Remy tailing her even if she'd been paying attention to the crowds instead of the other sights. But it would have been pretty hard for even her to miss the guy that evidently had decided to latch onto her. Surprise, surprise. Even though he supposedly wasn't one of the pickpockets he was warning her against, she wasn't a totally clueless girl. She knew trouble when she saw it.

"Oh really?" she replied, eyes widening slightly as she decided to play along with his little game to see where it took her. And if she played up her accent and the poor-little-country-girl vibe, well, girls just want to have fun. "I never would've thought a big ol' place like New York City would have people like that." She was putting on as much of a show as he had, but it seemed like he was buying it more. Doubtlessly he thought he'd found a ridiculously easy mark.

There was a few more minutes of talking, toeing the distinction between friendly and flirty. But while Paige was nice, she wasn't that nice - and this stranger wasn't getting a dime. "I appreciate the advice, honey, but I'm afraid I've got to be gettin' on soon," she said, words dripping with faux regret. "Gotta meet a friend of mine. Nice meetin' ya, though."

"Aw, don't be like that, girlie," the man complained, probably not liking the thought of not getting anything out of their interaction.

"I'm more woman than you can handle, bless your heart." From the slightly confused look on his face, Paige would bet the guy had never heard that articular Southernism in his life. Bless his heart indeed. "Bye now."

"Hey, hold on." Rather than letting her go, he followed her a few steps, ignoring the fact that she was ignoring him. "I could show you a real good time around the city."

'I bet,' Paige thought. And seriously, what kind of pick-up line was that? "Up your game and you might take home a drunk girl from a bar someday. Today? Not that someday." He was probably used to an easier class of prey, one that Paige would have fallen into a couple years ago. But she knew better by now, and even if she sort of hadn't, her mama had always told her not to go off with strange boys. This strange boy looked like he was considering trying to grab her arm, and Paige wished he wouldn't be stupid enough to try. She had no problem shedding to defend herself but it would probably lead to at least four or five slightly awkward questions. Like 'what happened to your clothes' and 'how did your skin come off like that'.

"This is the part where either you let go or it gets fun for me."
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Remy watched with no small amount of amusement as the guy tried to hold up the girl way past the point where she had called his game. She might have been new to the city, but she was not dumb, and she knew not to talk to strangers. The best thing the guy could do right now was to give up and walk away... but, unlike her, he really was dumb. Remy scoffed as he grabbed on to her. Sure, they were in a side street, but it was not exactly a good place to assault a young woman anyway.

>>"This is the part where either you let go or it gets fun for me."

Remy arched an eyebrow. If the girl was bluffing, she did it really well. There was real confidence in her voice. He reached into his coat to grab a few cards and charge them - but he held off, curious to see if the guy really was dumb enough to keep trying, and to see what she had up her sleeve. He told himself that she might need to escorted to Xavier's later. Which would make Remy responsible for helping a young mutant.

Remy smirked as the dude tried to drag the girl along.

Yes. This was totally work-related.
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Paige muttered something in annoyance that would've made her mama rinse her mouth out. The guy had a good grip on her, she'd give him that, but that wasn't going to help him too much. Rather than attempt to attack him to free herself, as most probably would have done, she dug her fingernails into her own skin. At first there was some blood, and then the skin peeled back to reveal smooth imperial topaz.

"Y'see, darling, a couple seconds ago is where you went wrong," she informed him. Rather than answer, the man stared in horror at the scrap of skin still hanging off her arm. "That's what you humans call imperial topaz. On my planet, we call it warrior's badge. It's our favoured subdermal weaponry." At that bullshit story, the man yelped and let go of her, eyes wide.

The fact that he actually fell for it made Paige laugh, and she pulls off the rest of the skin of her arm, casually picking off strands. He's still looking, but that's not entirely a surprise. "Now, either you run along or you try to do something about this." He chooses the latter, tries to draw a knife on her. She blocks it with her topaz hand and the blade bends, not leaving a scratch. She mutters a nonsense phrase under her breath, just for dramatics, and punches him in the face.

He went down, groaning and holding his face. Paige bent over and pried the knife from his fingers, flipping it up and catching the blade between two fingers. "You're not getting this back," she informed him. "Now run along home." It didn't seem like anyone had noticed her change, so she'd just have to find some way to hide half an arm made of polished gemstone for the next hour or so.

And then she turned around and saw a guy watching them. "Shit." It was the only word that came to mind. While her alien story had, hilariously, worked on the idiot would-be attacker, she was pretty sure this guy was smarter. Even if the eyes were kinda weird. If she'd just made up an alien story in front of an alien... maybe he was another mutant.
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Remy had expected a flashy display of powers... but what he got went well beyond all expectations. Damn. Instead of fighting, or throwing a lightning bolt, or shape-shifting into a feral cat or something, the kid simply ripped her own damn skin off, and even had time to come up with a story about it. Remy had no doubt it was a story. He knew a mutant when he saw one.

And the mutant knew a dumbass when she saw one. Once the guy was gone, one knife poorer and one lesson richer, the girl finally turned and noticed Remy - and was none too happy about it. No matter. The Cajun was already impressed anyway.

Clapping slowly with clear appreciation, he took a few steps closer.

"De alien thing was a nice touch" he admitted with a grin "Although I think he crapped his pants about thirty seconds earlier already. Still. You got talent, mademoiselle." he raised his hand to tip an invisible hat. "Is the topaz part real? Does it hurt to shed it?"
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Okay, the clapping wasn't the kind of reaction Paige had expected. She wasn't exactly sure which part of the display had been the one to most catch his attention, but it hardly mattered how the cat had gotten out of the bag, now did it? "I always figured that spending my time reading would pay off someday. Just never expected things to go like today did." Really, scaring off two-bit pickpockets in New York City with stories about being an alien warrior?

>> "De alien thing was a nice touch. Although I think he crapped his pants about thirty seconds earlier already."

"I mean, he was stupid enough to pull a knife on me," Paige mentioned. It was a nice knife, too, she had more than half a mind to keep it. "But topaz is not only beautifully patterned but one of the harder gemstones. Pretty useful for when you want to scare someone."

>> "Still. You got talent, mademoiselle."

She smiled at the hat tip, giving a bit of a curtsy despite the fact she wasn't wearing a skirt. "I do my best," she agreed. "And honestly, that was just fun." Not what she'd traditionally consider an enjoyable use of her time, but oh well.

>> "Is the topaz part real? Does it hurt to shed it?"

"Skin, yes. Whatever's underneath it, no. It's kind of like getting paint or glue on your skin and having to pick it off. It'll sting, but it's not really painful. After about an hour, it'll start cracking up and my real skin will come through. In patches at first, but it'll finish pretty quick."

Now on to the part that had her truly curious. "From the colour of those eyes, I'm guessing you're about as normal as I am. Do you have powers too?"
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>> "I always figured that spending my time reading would pay off someday. Just never expected things to go like today did."

"Reading saves lives." Remy chuckled. He liked the idea, anyhow. The world, and especially schools, were full of people telling kids that reading was important, but he never saw much practical application to it in the curriculum. If it helped one come up with a good cover story on the spot... he was all for complimenting that.

He stepped closer, now that he and the girl were on friendlier terms, to take a look at the topaz on her arm. He knew his gemstones, and he knew the thing was real, and she was right about it too. The fact that she had simply shed it out of her body was all the more fascinating.

>>"Skin, yes. Whatever's underneath it, no. It's kind of like getting paint or glue on your skin and having to pick it off. It'll sting, but it's not really painful. After about an hour, it'll start cracking up and my real skin will come through. In patches at first, but it'll finish pretty quick."

"Dat's fascinatin'" Remy said honestly. A mutant who could turn her body into gemstones by peeling off her skin? That was just the right mix of pretty, useful, and sufficiently gory for a first impression...

>>"From the colour of those eyes, I'm guessing you're about as normal as I am. Do you have powers too?"

"Exactly as normal, although less pretty." he grinned at the girl; not like he was going to hit on a teen, but he could not resist the habit "Yes, I have powers." he pulled a card from his sleeve and charged it, just enough to make it glow. "I make things explode. Name's Gambit. Nice to meet you." he glanced at her skin again "So, when the topaz falls of... you what, just sell it?"
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>> "Reading saves lives."

Paige couldn't disagree with that under the current circumstances. "That's true, not that most people would see it applied like this." When he came closer, she held out her arm to let him see it, not minding if he felt like touching it. It would hardly be the first time. The kids at the school could seemingly never get enough of poking at whatever form she took.

>> "Dat's fascinatin'"

"Isn't it? It took me a while to get the hang of it, but it's proven useful. And not just when idiots try to grab me off the street." Seriously, she'd warned the guy. You'd think he would have known better.

>> "Exactly as normal, although less pretty. Yes, I have powers. I make things explode. Name's Gambit. Nice to meet you."

"Aw, you flatterer," she teased, giving him a smile. Remy's minor display interested her greatly, though she had zero interest in attempting to poke at it, for once. "Must be useful. I'm Paige Guthrie, or sometimes Husk, for obvious reasons." While she hadn't named herself, she could appreciate it, and it was certainly accurate.

>> "So, when the topaz falls of... you what, just sell it?"

"Some of it. About half of it will turn into dust or really small chunks. Too small to use for anything. The rest would be pieces in the size of a quarter to the size of my fist. Even bigger if I shed everything, but that would've ruined my clothes, so I try not to do that. Honestly, I don't know the right people to sell it and not track questions back to me, or I would. Usually I just give it to anyone that would have use to it. I have a couple friends that are into gemology, and Hank's a helluva nerd so he'll use samples for experiments and stuff. Although I think he set one piece into a necklace for his girlfriend."
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Paige Guthrie. Husk. The kid had a grip on her powers (as much as any mutant really did, but at least she was not flailing to figure them out), and she even had a mutant name. Those were all the rage in some circles, and a necessity in others; for some kids, they were just a stubborn nickname that stuck. Gambit did not venture to ask which one it was, but apparently she was comfortable enough with being called Husk, otherwise she would not have mentioned it.

The question of the topaz, though...

>>"About half of it will turn into dust or really small chunks. Too small to use for anything. The rest would be pieces in the size of a quarter to the size of my fist. Even bigger if I shed everything, but that would've ruined my clothes, so I try not to do that. Honestly, I don't know the right people to sell it and not track questions back to me, or I would. Usually I just give it to anyone that would have use to it. I have a couple friends that are into gemology, and Hank's a helluva nerd so he'll use samples for experiments and stuff. Although I think he set one piece into a necklace for his girlfriend."

Remy chuckled at the answer. People apparently found a whole lot of uses for a friend who tended to shed gemstones sometimes. He would not have expected any less, especially since she had people around her that did not mind the mutant bit at all, rather than taking her for some circus freak of the useful kind.

"Well, if you ever need buyers... I can help ya with that. And make sure to find the ones that won't try to sell you instead of the stones." he added. Selling gems was one thing even stealing them was mostly okay in his book - but go after a mutant kid, and Gambit was going to blow some shit up.

"So... you a student at Xavier's by any chance?" it was a shot in the dark, but not an unlikely one.
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>> "Well, if you ever need buyers... I can help ya with that. And make sure to find the ones that won't try to sell you instead of the stones."

"I'd appreciate that, Gambit," Paige said. Both the pocket change and the possible alliance would be welcome. "And what would you want for a seller's fee, hm?" Friendly though she was, she wasn't naive, and she didn't expect this Gambit to be helping her out for free - it was sort of in his name for him to be a wild card.

>> "So... you a student at Xavier's by any chance?"

"Not a student," Paige corrected him. "I"m a history and literature substitute teacher, and guidance counsellor. And sometimes the X-Men need someone vaguely indestructible for a mission. Though the kids would probably say my job is to be their honorary big sister." She smiled at that, clearly not minding.

"I'm here with one of my teammates, he offered to let me come along since I'd never been to New York City. You're familiar with the school? I would've noticed you around, with those eyes, or at least heard about it."
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>>"I'd appreciate that, Gambit. And what would you want for a seller's fee, hm?"

"A healthy cut, obviously. You're too old and too capable to be insulted with charity." Gambit grinned. He guessed she had to be a Xavier's student, of some sort. Someone like her was not yet tough enough for the city, but definitely not lost either.

>>"Not a student. I"m a history and literature substitute teacher, and guidance counsellor. And sometimes the X-Men need someone vaguely indestructible for a mission. Though the kids would probably say my job is to be their honorary big sister."

Gambit let out a low whistle. Teacher and counselor, then. She was definitely an independent person. Which was great, because he could only make friends and business partners out of so many of Xavier's protégés, before the old man came after him again.

>>"I'm here with one of my teammates, he offered to let me come along since I'd never been to New York City. You're familiar with the school? I would've noticed you around, with those eyes, or at least heard about it."

"Familiar" Gambit gave a short nod and a smirk "Chuck doesn't like me all that much since I tried to sneak in once. But there's someone in there who was worth it. What can I say, I'm a romantic." he added with a shrug. "I could teach, but most of what I do is not usually on the curriculum...."
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"Well now, flattery gets you everywhere, doesn't it?" Or so the saying went. "But I'd appreciate it. No use in turning down an opportunity like that when it comes my way." Paige wasn't broke, but she knew better than to turn down what was literally a free source of money. And it wasn't like she could have left husked topaz pieces all over New York City. Someone would be curious sooner or later, especially if it was in a recognisable shape of an arm.

She chuckled at Gambit's portrayal of why Charles wasn't fond of him. "I'm sure the lady in question appreciated it. But maybe try calling ahead next time?" Or so she hoped, because Remy seemed like a pretty good guy. What wasn't to like about a man who had both manners and charm?

"I'm sure you'd find plenty of students, regardless. The best way to get those kids to do something is to tell them they're not allowed. Sometimes I half think we should try making homework illegal. But now you've got me curious. What would you be teaching?" Pickpocketing and lockpicking, probably.
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