Demon's Dilemma

Summary:
July 21 2014: Illyana shows up in Nancy's room at the Institute looking for… advice…?

Xavier's Institute for Higher Learning

Standard Issue Dorm Room. Could be at home on most college campuses


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Illyana doesn't drop by the Institute too terribly often. It's been years since she graduated and she's really on sort of an 'on-call' basis with the X-Men. Usually when she drops by it's to visit her brother but he's been away on some recon deal. But today, with the sun shining down bright and cheerful, Illyana is in Nancy's room waiting for her to get back from whenever it is she's wandered off to. For a change, she's not going through Nancy's things or otherwise being nosy. She's sitting in the window, looking down at the grounds below. She has an old, weathered book in her lap but she's not really paying it much mind.

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When Nancy comes into her room, it's after her music practice. Her cello is in one hand and she's talking to someone as she enters. "So, should we go to the gym after lunch or do you wanna show off in the Danger Room and make me look totally ineffectual?" It's only when she is fully in her room that she sees Illyana lounging on her bed. "Sorry, most of my clothes now are the ones you made me, so if you don't like them, there is no one to blame but yourself."

*

Right behind her is a tousled, sandy haired Bobby, who is grinning like the cat who ate the canary. "I can't make you look totally ineffectual in the Danger Room if we're too close, though I think there's maybe something to be said for practicing working in close quarters. If you want to make me look totally ineffectual we could spar for a whi- Oh! Illyana, right?" Bobby looks at Nancy as if say 'what's she doing here?'

*

Illyana looks over as the pair enters, gaze sliding past Nancy to Bobby and then back to Nan with an arched brow. "Haven't you gotten the house rules about entertaining boys in your room?" Illyana asks with her usual mocking tone. It lacks a bit of its normal bite then. Like her heart isn't quite in the mocking. She closes the book in her lap and gives a wave of her hand. "Your clothes are fine." Well, Illyana probably conjured them so of course they are.

*

Nancy doesn't seem the least bit bothered by Illyana being in her room. She smirks as she puts her cello away in its corner and shakes her head to Bobby to let him know that it's not something to worry about. She'll explain later. Probably warn him that if she decides she likes him he'll get random visits like this too. She hops onto the bed and looks at the book. "I got that rule. And I even obey it. We're just talking. About beating each other up." She points at the book, not foolish enough to touch it. "So, do I dare ask?"

*

Bobby had been carrying a guitar, which now goes down against a book case near the door. The book had also drawn his attention but Nancy has already asked. All Bobby really knows about Illy is that she's Nancy's friend, shows up at odd times and is a bit intimidating. So rather than flop down on the bed like Nan he pulls up a seat, reverses it and sits down.

*

Illyana hmms? And then looks down at the heavy, leather-bound book and then shakes her head. "Oh. Nothing. Some light reading." She smirks at Nancy. The book looks like it's from something out of someone's D&D game. Hardly light reading for most. "There's some weirdness in New York, I'm trying to see if I can find any past correlations."

The blonde frowns, thoughtful, and it's a pretty easy guess that she didn't drop in to talk about the book. Given that Illyana can be pretty damned blunt, her not going straight to the point is a bit… odd.

*

Nancy isn't one to be intimidated easily. It usually takes bullets to her head or being drawn into Limbo without any warning to make her freak out. She smirks about the book and shakes her head. For Illy, she can totally believe that is indeed light reading.

"Okay, so what brings you here? Is Jer okay?" She glances over at Bobby and gestures with her head towards him as she keeps talking to Illyana. "Want to talk alone?" Hoes before bros?

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Bobby's eyebrows quirk and he makes as if to rise. "I can wait down in the kitchen if you'd like? Is this important?" Jericho's name has come up before and he knows the guy's important to Nancy though… he wasn't aware there was an Illyana connection as well. He's gotta meet this guy at some point.

*

Illyana makes a sound that's part frustration and part annoyance. "He's not in imminent danger." Which doesn't mean that he's 'OK'. She drags her knees up toward her chest and curls her arms around them as she looks over at Bobby and then gives a quiet sigh. "Eh. Maybe an outside opinion would be good." She's still obviously not enthused about the possible conversation. She's not used to talking to anyone but Piotr and occasionally Kitty for advice. It's there in the quick glances around the room, considering just saying 'screw it' and leaving entirely.

*

Nancy gets a look of puzzled concern on her face. This is not the way Illyana usually behaves. Maybe her weirdness from before was some sort of mutant virus and now Illy has it. Lovely. "Okay, spill it. What's on your mind." She shakes her head to Bobby. "You can stay. If she wanted you gone, she'd have said so."

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Bobby nods. He doesn't really know Illyana beyond, you know, meeting the one time and seeing her in action at Nova Roma, but heck. Any friend of Nancy's… Besides, Nan's right. She does look a bit off… not projecting that same confident aura she did when she sought him out to deal with Zombie Nan.

"What's wrong?

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Maybe it's radiation. Illyana gives a bit of a grimace and leans back. The multiple shifts in position are sort of like fidgeting for other people. "I think I'm gonna and up being a danger to him." She says finally, tone grim.

*

Nancy watches Illyana and waits for her to talk, making no effort to push. She knows Illy will say what's on her mind when she is good and ready. When the Demon Queen finally reveals her worries, Nancy nods.

"Because of that whole Hell corrupting people if they are there enough? How much time is he spending there?"

*

Bobby… rather evidently has less than a clue what's going on. "Why would he be in Dan-" Huh? Hell corrupting people? This is rapidly turning rather odd. "Um… forgive me if this is a silly question but… what's going on?"

*

Illyana gives a slow shake of her head. "Not that much, and… actually no. I'm less worried about it corrupting him than me being an actual danger to him." Illyana says to Nancy. Poor Bobby's clueless question gets a smirk. "You know, there's probably not a 'nutshell' version to be had." But she looks over at Nancy to fill him in. Since maybe, being a little more removed, she can think of a good sum-up.

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Nancy gives Illyana a look when the blonde gives her the nod to fill in Bobby. "Seriously? You want me to Cole's Note this?" She sighs and looks over to her boyfriend. "Okay, so Illy here is the Top Banana in a hell dimension that she calls Limbo. For questions relating to how she got to that position, please refer to the Cole's Notes on Limbo and it's Leaders over the eons. Anyway, she checked out my foster brother, Jericho, before I knew I could trust him. She and he became friends. Maybe …. like us friends. Anyway! If she's saying what I think she's saying, he is bringing out her inner 'I wanna tie you down and make you scream and not in a good way' and so her not demon side is feeling bad about that." She looks to Illyana with a quirk of a brow. "Did I get it all?"

*

Pretty good Cole's Notes, that. Too bad the subject elicits too much 'what?' for them to erase the really puzzled look on Bobby's face. "Okay. So… but… so confused. Have you hurt him? Or just… like, feeling bad about thinking about it? Or just worried that it might come up?" He doesn't have near as good an idea of hat Illy's demonic nature is like, or how strong temptations can be. He's catching on fairly quick though. It only took him twenty seconds or so for 'Top Bannana in a Hell Dimension' to stop making his head hurt.

*

Illyana narrows her eyes a bit at Nancy. "You perhaps pay too much attention for your own good." She observes. "And no, thank you, I'm not sleeping with him." The blonde finishes in a small huff. She pinches the bridge of her nose, and all of this probably *is* giving her a headache. "No, I haven't… hurt him like that but." She gives a rough sigh. "And I swear, he just encourages it!" That's right. Blame Jericho.

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Nancy shrugs at Illyana. "Hey, I saw the way you were looking at him at the concert. Not that I blame you. If he weren't so old and well, like a brother to me, I'd agree with you on his fitness." She takes a deep breath, not actually mocking Illyana about this. In spite of her words, she is being dead serious.

"Well, yeah, he doesn't shy away from trouble. Especially if he thinks it will help someone. If he's encouraging it, then it likely means that he thinks you hurting him will help you in some way."

*

Bobby shoots Nancy a look that says, quite eloquently really, 'What? Is the guy nuts?'.

"Why would he encourage you to hurt him?" Beat. "Unless he's into that kind of thing…" He mutters, possibly quietly enough to pass unnoticed. Okay… so, summation so far. Illyana has a friend who is Nancy's 'Foster Brother' who is a fair bit older than Nan… who is not sleeping with Illy and asking to be hurt.

This makes sense, yes? Oh dear.

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Illyana smirks at Nancy as she says she doesn't blame her. Uh huh. The trouble Illyana gets into when trolling some people! Really. The dark-haired woman gets a narrow-eyed 'you're not helping' look. "I was hoping you'd talk some sense into him." Because Illyana sure can't.

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Nancy takes a deep breath and thinks about that one and finally nods. "I can try. But like I said, if he's got it into his head that he thinks letting you hurt him will do you some good, then nothing I say is gonna change his mind on that. You are someone he has come to care about. A lot. And you know… when I move into the safe house for the N series mutants… you have the same invitation from me. Mi casa es su casa."

*

Bobby chuckles softly from his seat. Okay. Actually… he thinks he has some idea what's going on here. "Look, Illyana, Nancy here thinks you're pretty great. And she's not one to be shy about telling it like it is."

His grin grows a bit wider as he remembers several times where she has done exactly. "If someone she likes well enough to call a brother thinks enough of you for that kind of thing, I mean really, are you sure you're not being a bit too hard on yourself?"

*

Illyana drops down into a sprawl across Nancy's bed, scowling. "Famous last words." She warns Nancy before her gaze shifts over to Bobby. "So if I were in a temper, I could rip your soul out of your body and wear it as jewelry and then send your body around as my own personal puppet. So tell me, do you think it's a good idea for someone to let me do whatever I want to them?"

*

"Illyana, as bad as you say you are, I've never seen it. I'm not saying it's not there, but.. maybe he sees in you what I see. Hell, he spends more time with you then I do. Half the time when I text him, you and he are watching movies together. And drinking vodka." She smirks at her friend. "I think he's willing to let you try because he has faith that the good side of you will win. I can't say he's right, but… as much of a bitch as you can be, I will say that I hope he is. And besides, maybe he's just saying that to see you out of *your* clothes, little miss pop in and say hi while he's in the shower. Which, need I remind you, eww."

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The notion clearly disturbs Bobby a lot more than it does Jericho. Which is to say the way you might expect it to strike a normal person. That said, he just shrugs after a few moment's thought. "Someone does, though. So that's gotta say something. I mean, unless the guy just needs help."

Bobby's eyes slide over to Nancy. "Uh. Does he?"

*

"That's because I work. Very hard. At keeping it that way!" Illyana shoots back at Nancy, her tone clipped. "No one gets close. It's safer that way. For them. For me." Guess the pair of them did have that in common after all. Not even Nancy's reminder of grossing her out with the shower bit can pull her back to a lighter mood.

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"And maybe that is what is keeping things hard for you. I didn't let myself have friends and it only added to my belief that no one wanted me around. Then I got all mutanty and I didn't have time to keep people away. And then, next thing I knew, I had friends. And was smiling. And am kinda happy." She moves over closer to Illyana and wraps an arm around her. "I'm not saying that that *will* happen for you, but isn't it better to at least try? Even if you fail, it's better than not having tried at all.""

*

There's not a whole lot Bobby can add to that, if only because he doesn't know Illyana as well. Some things can be cured by letting yourself trust the folks around you, he knows that much. Some things… really can't. Either way it sounds like the Jericho guy is in for an interesting ride. Maybe Nan should drop by and talk to him, if only to let him know that this really seems to be bothering Illyana.

"Safer for you?"

*

Illyana gives Nancy a bit of a glare as she puts her arm around the Russian, but Illyana doesn't shrug her off. "If I fail," She reminds Nancy, "I could doom his soul to Hell. And mine. And unleash Hell on Earth." Which is maybe something Nancy didn't know. And probably would have felt better *not* knowing. With a slight sigh, Illyana finally sits up so she can get off the bed, collecting her book as well.

She glances over to Bobby with those ice cold eyes, empty as windswept glaciers. "Not all destinies are great and glorious things."

*

Nancy lets Illyana get off of her bed, concern written on her face. "I'll talk to him. I can't say that I can make him stop, but maybe I can make him take this a little more seriously." She takes a deep breath, her frown one of worry then anger. She doesn't say what's on her mind since that would likely make the Duchess of Demons even more upset. "I'll see him tomorrow, okay?"

*

That the cold look gives Bobby a little chill should be telling. But he doesn't let it deter him too much. Friend of Nancy's right. "Uh, headed out, then?" Not the most intelligent of questions, no, but she did just say she could unleash Hell on Earth and seemed quite serious.

*

Illyana gives Nancy a small nod, and then walks towards the door. Of course, she never quite makes it. A stepping disk opens up once she's far enough from Nancy to call it up and she walks through the event horizon. Another heartbeat, and it's gone.


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