2:30 in the morning. One of the only times of the night the mansion was relatively quiet.
He could hear some of the students and other faculty talking in their rooms, but it was sporadic as he moved down the hallway. He passed by the kitchen, seeing Jean Grey take in her ritual sneak of the Butter Pecan ice cream. He assumed he’d need that too if he was married to Scott Summers. He passed by without saying a word; a flash of a crimson cape would have been all she saw if she was paying attention.
He hadn’t been back for long, recently coming back to join the team as he had decided that this was where he was meant to be. He had left his home, his woman, even his world to come back here and be a part of the X-men. It was because that he was here; he could still do some good, and not be reminded that he was a monster. Everything about where he came from reminded him that he was no longer human. Here…that was okay.
He had been doing this for a few nights now, leaving his room in the night and heading to the Danger Room. It was the one place where he could really cut loose and let off some steam, and at 2:30 in the night it was deserted. He pressed his access code into the door panel, as the large metal doors slowly slid apart allowing him in. He looked at his exposed right arm, covered in a dark blue skin with sharp claws that would be fingers at the end of it.
As he walked into the stainless steel room, he pulled his three-barreled revolver Cerberus from its holster at his leg and held it in his good hand as his right hand moved to fasten buckles of his cloak at his neck. <State Desired Progam>. The computer stated as he looked around. “Something challenging.” Vincent said, his voice calm and monotone as the computer beeped in response. Instantly, the environment changed around as the holographic imagers painted a canvas of destruction around him, New York City in ruins to be precise.
<Choose Difficulty Level>. The computer stated as Vincent looked up. “Seven.” He asked as the computer let off a different beep. <Warning. Chosen difficulty level higher than recommended for this scenario.> The Computer responded as Vincent nodded. “That’s the point. Begin Program.” Vincent stated as the computer beeped in response once more, before the still images around him came to life. In a moment, he was whisked away to a possible alternate future, death and destruction its calling card. Fires raged amongst buildings in rubble, and the only sound that could be heard was the sound of booming footsteps, rapidly getting louder.
<Mutant Lifesign Detected. Termination in progress.> The robotic voice of the lead Prime Sentinel of three commanded as they turned the corner of 34th Street.
“Termination…My Specialty.” Vincent muttered as he held Cerberus out in front of him, the revolver glowing an eerie green, as a green orb on the side of began to glow a bright emerald green as well. As it seemed that it could get no brighter, he pointed it right at the lead Prime. “Thundaga!” He roared, as lightning split the smoky sky above it and crashed into the Prime, striking it right in the chest and sending it flying into the other two Primes.
But they slowly got up as the hole that the lightning bolt caused began to repair itself, and it was only going to be a matter of seconds before they were at him again. “I did say I wanted difficult…something a bit stronger then.” He said, as he held Cerberus out in front of him once more, but this time the red orb began to glow, covering the revolver in a crimson cloak. He just needed some time to concentrate.
It would never come, as energy blasts from the Sentinels knocked the gun out of his hands, and then plowed into him, on shot in the gut and the other to his shoulder. As he was sent flying back against the side of a crumbled building, he slumped against the side of it as the Primes approached. His good hand was reaching for Cerberus, his eyes glowing an intense crimson, and his hand almost reaching the revolver, but another energy blast from all three hit him once more in the chest.
<Termination Complete. Resuming Patrol.> The Prime Sentinel Lead announced as the three turned and started to walk away. And they had only gotten a few feet, before a monsterous roar stopped them in their tracks. They turned, only to find Cerberus laying on the ground, and Vincent nowhere to be found. It was then that the flapping sound of wings could be heard, as a demonic looking creature slowly floated down from the skies as it looked to the Prime Sentinels.
It had Vincent’s head wrappings spiked and separated like a crown, enormous bat like wings keeping him a float, and a combination of his cape and clothes spiked around and wrapped like a suit of armor, red and black slashes mixed with hints of gold. His ivory skin now matched his exposed arm, a darkened blue covered all exposed areas, and his crimson eyes now glowing an intense gold. As his feet softly hit the ground, the demonic creature looked at the Prime Sentinels like Godzilla looked at Tokyo.
This wasn’t Vincent anymore. This was Chaos.
Chaos rushed forward, leaping slightly to latch himself onto the lead Prime Sentinel. Claws on each hank sunk themselves into the temples of the robot’s head, clenching at first but then violently pulling away as the head split apart in two jagged pieces. The other two Primes raised their arms to fire another volley, but not before Chaos grabbed the downed Sentinel by its legs and flung him at the other two like a ball and chain.
With the downed Sentinel on top of the other two struggling to get free, Chaos slowly walked towards the group of them, as a purplish light started to form a shape in his hand. It was long, had a andle that fit into his hand as it came to life, and a crossed barrel at the fire end that nearly scraped the ground as it walked. As Cerberus was Vincent’s weapon, Death Penalty was Chaos’s weapon. Stopping just the sight of the three Sentinels, Chaos slowly raised the rifle at the three of them, before pulling on the trigger, sending out a blackened beam of light from the barrel of Death Penalty that engulfed the group of Sentinels whole, reducing them to ashes.
As the light faded, the room returned to normal, the stainless steel construction showing again. Chaos closed his eyes and breathed in, as the demonic features started to recede, showing Vincent once more. As Vincent opened his eyes, he went over to collect Cerberus and holster it at his leg. Once that was done, he moved for the exit and the elevator back up to the main levels of the house.
The others would be awake soon. It was best that they didn’t see him like that.