Okay, I admit it -- this has turned into a Really Long Story. The purpose of
these notes is to give potential new readers an idea of whether or not they
might like this story, without having to commit a whole lot of downloading/reading
time up front. (Efforts have been made to be non-explicit, to avoid ruining
the story for those who hate spoilers.) I'll try to send it out often enough
to be helpful, but not so often as to be annoying! Deal?
Part 1 -- The Ticket
They meet.... (This would
be Hank McCoy and a romance novelist named Cassie, in New York on business.)
Part 2 -- Talking to Strangers
...and get acquainted.
Part 3 -- Inching Up to the Brink
Cassie out for dinner and dancing, and reads a puzzling fragment
from her latest book.
Part 4 -- Falling In Slow Motion
on a slightly more personal level. What do Hank and Steven Wright have
Part 5 -- At Silver's
Their evening of fun
is cut short because of an attempted assault by a mutant-phobic punk.
Part 6 -- Specters of the Past (explicit)
The blossoming relationship is threatened by Cassie's fear of physical
Part 7 -- The Morning After (explicit)
Unwilling to end their time together any sooner than he has to, Hank
invites Cassie home for lunch. Speculation from his teammates begins.
Part 8 -- Public Appearances
Hank shows Cassie his image inducer, and
they discuss the pros and cons of his wearing it.
Part 9 -- First Impressions
The professor's reaction to Hank's new friend
is somewhat less than enthusiastic.
Part 10 -- Dangerous Dreams
The X-men deal with an anti-mutant riot in
the Danger Room, and Cassie has to deal with what this tells her about Hank's
Part 11 -- Picking Winners
Attending an awards ceremony with Cassie,
Hank finds more evidence that the Friends of Humanity are still a minority.
Part 12 -- Hank's Bad Day
One of Those Days for poor Hank. It includes
kitchen fires, uncooperative machinery, and a highly personal chat with Professor
Part 13 -- Happy Landings
Cassie gets to see the image inducer in action.
Hank gets to see the infamous Denver International Airport.
Part 14 -- Meeting the Folks
Dinner with Cassie's parents at Casa Bonita,
a Unique Dining Experience in more ways than one.
Part 15 -- Beware of the Cat
Hank meets Cassie's pet -- 'nuff said!
Part 16 -- Plans and Possibilities
Hank learns more details about Cassie's
past, which leads to tentative discussions of their future.
Part 17 -- Taking Chances
A near tragedy causes Cassie to reassess her
concerns about getting serious.
Part 18 -- Room Service and Other Comforts
Postponing their camping trip
for a day, Hank and Cassie try to relax at a nice motel.
Part 19 -- The Road Less Traveled By
Hank muses on his muddled feelings,
after a call back to the mansion.
Part 20 -- Shadows in the Starlight
A little communing with Nature puts
things in perspective.
Part 21 -- Grand Lake
You can't go home from vacation without presents!
But the fun is cut short by unpleasant news when Cassie calls home.
Part 22 -- Life in the Breakdown Lane
Hank and Cassie are stuck with
a flat and no jack, until a carload of strange folk stop to help.
Part 23 -- Family Matters
Hank meets Cassie's grandmother, cousin and
oldest friend, and sees a new side of his Western gal.
Part 24 -- Homeward Bound
One last, strange shopping event, which segues
into Rogue and Bobby meeting the returning couple at the airport. Bobby receives
a traditional squelching.
Part 25 -- Simple Gifts
Finding a present to suit someone's personality
is often tough. When it's the whole X-team....
Part 26 -- Girl Talk
In which Hank is compared with Fabio, and general
female bonding occurs.
Part 27 -- Comforts of Home
Hank settles back into his lab routine. Bishop
gets clued in on the facts about PMS.
Part 28 -- Initiation
To try to settle some of his doubts, Xavier has
an after-dinner chat with Hank and Cassie.
Part 29 -- Open Secrets
Rogue takes Cassie for a little aerial spin,
and Bobby and Sam help Cassie get her feet on the ground.
Part 30 -- Good Intentions
Bobby tells Storm and Jean his guess about
why Cassie's so shy around strangers.
Part 31 -- Confrontations
Hank, Cassie and several of the X-men go to
Silver's for fun, but instead encounter difficulties.
Part 32 -- Every Stop is a Place to Start
Cassie decides she needs to
try harder to fit in. Hank tries to help with a new Danger Room workout. Gambit
confronts Rogue about her hostile attitude.
Part 33 -- Whispers Out of the Past
An unexpected visitor named Joseph
shows up, creating quite a stir.
Part 34 -- Judgement Calls
Bishop doesn't trust Cassie. Cassie's worried
she's embarrassing Hank. Joseph worries everyone.
Part 35 -- Crosscurrents and Riptides
Hank argues with Xavier about Cassie.
Hank calls his folks and Cassie hears from her agent.
Part 36 -- Past Tensions, Future Trials
All from Joseph's POV, ending
in his learning the truth about his amnesia.
Part 37 -- High Spirits at Muir Island
Hank takes Cassie along when he's
asked to help repair the damage Nate did, only to find a mystery in progress.
Could it really be a poltergeist?
Part 38 -- Growing Things
The Gen X students come for check-ups, and
Xavier has a brilliant idea about a useful job for Cassie.
Part 39 -- The Best Defense
An innocent visit to the Danger Room turns
into a nightmare for Cassie.
Part 40 -- Prelude
Uh-oh! X-Force is dropping by for a visit! Three teams at once strains
even the X-mansion's resources