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06 February 2007 @ 01:54 am
People Change  
I'm interrupting the regular fic to post a short song-based fic, based (uh, pretty heavily) on People Change by Rockapella. oh well. It was quite just the time-passer so don't take it too seriously please.

Title: People Change
Pairing: Kitty/Pyro, X-Men
Time period: After X3
Summary: Reflections from Pyro and Kitty after their seperation from the events of X3, based pretty heavily on aforementioned song.

Pyro stood at the end of an empty street, inside one of the few pay phone booths that still existed in New York City. He’d been standing there for a good five minutes, not doing anything but staring at the numbers. He’d brought a scrap of paper with a number on it, which was stupid of him, because he had the number memorized.

Pyro had been trying to lay low after the Brotherhood disbanded, following Magneto’s being cured. He was on his own, and at times didn’t know where to turn. Of course, he could just continue on as he had, living off of what he had, going from place to place where mutants were welcome, but today was one of those days where he had just a little bit too much time to think.

Either way, being found was probably not a good thing, so Pyro had taken as long a walk as he could stand to until he found a pay phone. He finally picked up the receiver and dialed the number without looking at his scrap of paper.

“Hi!” said a friendly voice on the other line.

“Are you – hello –” Pyro stuttered, before the voice continued. “You’ve reached Kitty, leave a message, I’ll get back to you. Have a great day!”

“Hey, uh… I can’t remember what I called to say, I just, I guess I thought you’d be home on a Saturday,” Pyro said awkwardly before quickly hanging up. And without another word, he exited the booth and crossed the street, taking the long way back, because he still avoided the park at Christopher, which held too many memories for him.

In fact, Pyro did as little as he could to remind himself of the things he and Kitty used to do. He stopped wearing that sweater, never climbed that particular tree again because he stopped taking walks at Christopher, and, although he still liked to keep up with the newspaper, tried not to pick it up from the place he used to. At least, not unless he was in a hurry, and had no choice but to take that particular train, and that particular newsstand was the only one open late.

This time, Pyro couldn’t help it. He was silently cursing himself as he walked along the familiar streets of New York, all the way to the train station. Those nights where he thought and remembered a little too hard were the worst ones, and tonight was probably the worst of the worst ones. After all, he’d actually gone through with it this time and called her. And now that he’d started, he couldn’t stop. He continued walking, trudging along until he reached the station and found himself buying a ticket.

As Pyro rode the train, he wondered to himself how a whole year could seem to go by so fast. Then he remembered that year that he’d spent with Kitty, and realized that a year could definitely feel like a lot less.

Kitty was the type of person who liked knowing who was on the other line. When she looked at her cell phone and saw “Unlisted” calling her, she ignored it. She was outside Xavier’s School, about to head back inside, when her phone alerted her to a new message and she checked it.

“Hey, uh… I can’t remember what I called to say,” was all Kitty heard before she froze up, not knowing how to react. There was no mistaking that voice, the one that had once whispered to her, “I love you,” and then, later, “I don’t know if I’ll be back.”

Kitty stopped in her tracks. She turned around to view the school grounds, and spotted the small bench that she and Pyro had shared last year. Things hadn’t been the same since Professor Xavier died. So many of the things that he’d taken care of were now mostly unattended. That was why that bench was overgrown with ivy now.

Kitty walked over to the bench and sank into it. She suddenly felt heavy, and wished that a year didn’t feel so long. It had been so long, in fact, that no one ever asked about him anymore. A year had been enough time for the grass to grow again in that spot next to the bench, the one that Pyro had accidentally burnt when he was showing off to her. After a few minutes of searching for the burnt spot and not quite being able to see where it had been, she let herself cry and tried to accept that people change all the time, and there was nothing she could do about it.

Kitty was startled awake when a hand was on her shoulder and that same voice was saying, “I don’t know if I should be surprised to see you here.”

Kitty stared at Pyro, who looked entirely different from when she had last seen him. He looked tired, and older. But as she looked at him, searching for something to say, she realized that those eyes of his were still the same, and reminded herself not to trust him. His eyes were the same when he told her “I love you” and when he said, “Maybe someday we’ll be back together.”

“You’re going to make this very difficult for me when you leave again,” Kitty finally said.

“I really am sorry about…” Pyro began, but he couldn’t figure out how to finish.

With no indication of forgiveness or anger, Kitty simply said, “People change.”

Pyro sat down next to Kitty, and began to learn that a heartbroken girl was one of the world’s hardest things to fix. “Yeah,” he answered, swallowing back a waver in his voice. “But, people change everyday.”

“What’s that you’re saying?” Kitty said.

“I’m here, Kitty,” Pyro said quietly. “I want to change again.”
Jess: x-men -->> kyro ; too distanthazy_crazy on February 6th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
Awwwww this was really good, Iris! I enjoyed it a lot. I love your writing style =)

I loved the reflections they both made, and the memories they shared. Both were very much in character and I'm really glad that Pyro came back =)

And also thanks for using your study time to write this. =D
Iris: heroes - sylar has a cute momentsleepall_day on February 6th, 2007 10:17 am (UTC)
And also thanks for using your study time to write this.
OH GAWWDDD. <:[ haha. Thank you for giving it a read! I appreciate it :)
Crystal: x-men - kyro - firepetitebelette on February 6th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC)
Oh, Iris, that was really good. :)
I'm not giving up on you either, Charliesummerrrain on February 7th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Awww Iris this was so good! You wrote it so well!

“I’m here, Kitty,” Pyro said quietly. “I want to change again.”

^ ^ Awww I loved that line!

Great job!
i was a drummer in a band that you heard of: Kittydramatic_sigh on February 7th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
aw, shucks. This was sooo sweet.

Loved the final line - cute as!

Great job with this XD