Mystique: So. I think this past week I’ll have been poking the danger room a little
in an impressed in spite of myself sort of a way
Beast: Well, you are more than welcome to put it through its paces
Or I can give you an in-depth orientation
Mystique: yeah, show me what it’s got
Beast: You should probably have one of those if you really want to optimise your utilisation of its full capacity
[Well, you’ll get a very in-depth demonstration of what it’s capable of – there are different ‘scenarios’ programmed in that can be accessed through the communicators or the main computer… stuff like ‘dark alleyway w/thugs’, ‘building to building chase scene’, ‘rescuing little girl from fire’ etc.]
Mystique: definitely impressed, although I try not to show it
Beast: Well, Beast is very clever, but not always the best at observing people, so he probably doesn’t notice :P
well, it does look like there’s some practical application to all your daydreaming, Hank
yeah. Charles can be very good to people..
Beast: Yes, he can, he’s a great man
He wants the best for us, I know that
and he’s very kind
what else do you want to do with this?
Beast: With the Danger Room?
you shouldn’t work too hard you know
Beast: Oh, well, it’s not really mine to do anything with – I mean, I’ll maintain it and programme new scenarios, but…
Mystique: Oh I don’t know. You built it. It’s your baby.
Be proud of it
Beast: Oh, I’m quite proud of it, but there’s so much else I’d like to do
Mystique: like what?
I get impatient here sometimes
Beast: Well, there’s the genetic research I’m working on with Linda at MIT, not to mention the nanoscience paper I’ve been working on for months now, and the medical training I’ve been undertaking on the weekends…
Impatient? How so?
Mystique: Oh, yeah, Linda – how’s things going with her at the moment?
Just… what are we doing all this for, Hank, if we just hide in the shadows…
Beast: [He’s obviously ignoring the question about Linda, and looks bashful.]
Well, certainly we need to be mindful of our safety, but it’s the Professor’s goal that one day we won’t need to hide any longer
That’s why we’re here, to help further that goal.
I just get tired of hiding sometimes I guess
what’s the nanoscience about?
Beast: “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
Mystique: a quote?
Beast: Yes, from Jean-Jacques Rousseau. I find it very reassuring sometimes
Mystique: but I guess it being bitter might put you off the fruit in the end, if you wait too long
Beast: Well, if you’re only concerned with short-term goals, I suppose. Do you have anything to occupy yourself with – learning a skill, a language, a hobby?
Last year I taught myself Japanese, it was fascinating
Mystique: You could say I have a very long term project of personal development…
Beast: Oh? perks up That sounds quite interesting, may I inquire as to its nature?
Mystique: looks hard at Hank, as if weighing him up, then suddenly shifts very briefly to a mirror image of him, then back to her usual self
Oh, this and that…
Beast: Fascinating. You’re very unique, you know. I haven’t encountered another mutant with your abilities in any of my research
Mystique: I guess… not very useful if I always have to hide though, is it
I’m learning though.
The appearance is nothing without understanding the person, really. That’s how Charles caught me the first time
Beast: What do you mean?
Mystique: Oh, I was stealing food. He caught me in the kitchen and I pretended to be his mother. Trouble was, I offered to make him a hot chocolate and his mother would never have done that
Beast: Ah, I see. So it’s not just physical form you need to imitate, but mannerisms as well.
Mystique: Well, you can get away with it for trivial things. It’s how I survived. But to stay in a form you need to be believable
Beast: Well, it seems like a perfect opportunity to study psychology – how better to understand how people operate?
Mystique: thinks about it and brightens
you may be right, but where to start?
Beast: Ah! Well, I certainly have some recommendations I could make there, if you were interested
Mystique: That would be good, actually. I’ve been approaching it from an acting perspective
but a psychological point of view might be good too
Beast: Excellent! Well, why don’t I compile a list for you – I think we should have most of them in the library, actually – and that should certainly give you a broad base to start from
Mystique: Thanks Hank
I hear you want to go see a concert?
what are you thinking of going to see?
Beast: You’ve… heard about that? Oh. I see. Well, there’s a rather talented quartet touring the East Coast at the moment and they’ll be holding a concert nearby in a few weeks’ time – Shostakovich’s Quartet Number 8
Mystique: looks a little crestfallen ah, classical music. I don’t know much about that. Didn’t really have much chance to learn about that…
(is Beast in the blue and furry mode? I know there are different canon incarnations of him…)
Beast: Oh! Well again, there’s plenty of good material out there if you’d like to learn a bit more about it…
(No, it’s pre-fur and pre-blue, he’s basically a funny-looking human)
Mystique: looks a bit embarrassed maybe. But it’s good you are thinking about going out and having fun…
Beast: Well, though I’m no artist I do think the arts are very important
What sort of music do you enjoy?
Mystique: I’ve… not really thought about it much
Beast: No? Ah, well, perhaps you haven’t found your fancy yet
the psychology sounds good though
I’ve been putting it off, not really knowing where to start. Mostly I just watch people, get their mannerisms, listen to them
Beast: Well, and I’m sure that’s invaluable experience as well. But it never hurts to get another angle on things, does it?
Mystique: nope grins – hit me with that reading list, Mr Brains :)