Too Much, Too Fast

Part 3

by D.E. Lewis (Sherlockian221 at
Holmes found himself falling down a long, dark, very scary tunnel. His side was screaming with pain. He landed on the ground in what appeared to be a dry well. Then he felt it. The flames were licking his ankles. He couldn't tell where they had come from, or how they had gotten there. He couldn't breathe. The smoke was choking him. A hand reached down to him.
"Holmes! Grab on!" Lestrade was above him. He stretched his hand out, but she seemed to float away. He couldn't reach. Then the floor gave out, and he was falling again. He hit the ground of a prison cell, something like the ones he was used to. A figure sat huddling in the corner. Holmes approached the figure. He was expecting Tennyson, or maybe another Irregular, but it wasn't.
"Moriarty?" Holmes asked, quietly.
"Go away! Go! No! No!!" Holmes yelped and sat up. He had been dreaming the whole time. He touched his side. There was a blood-stained bandage wrapping his side. Lestrade was sitting in a chair next to the bed, trying to calm him down.
"Holmes, come on, lay down. It's okay, you're going to be fine." Holmes felt dizzy, and promptly obliged.
"Wh-where am I?" he asked, weakly.
"The Institute for exceptionally gifted youngsters, or, in our case, adults."
"What are you talking about?"
"Holmes, you electrocuted two men. Tell me you find that unusual."
"Well, at least you haven't known for a while. Holmes, we're mutants. We have the evolved X-gene."
Holmes wasn't really listening. He noticed Wiggins, poking his head around the corner. Wiggins entered the room, followed by Deidre, and Tennyson, who was floating out of his hover-chair.
Holmes stared. Tennyson grinned a wide grin, and sat down on the edge of the bed.
"Mister Holmes?" Wiggins' voice cracked. Deidre looked over, but Tennyson started crying, and all three hugged him fiercely.
"Mister 'Olmes. We thought you was gonna die...." Deidre choked.
"It takes a lot more than that to get rid of me," Holmes whispered. The three kids giggled. Tennyson started using sign language. He was signing something.
"Uh, Tennyson says, 'Welcome to the X-Men.'"

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