Not surprisingly, I did not sleep last night.
Professor Xavier called me into his office at sunrise. "Why didn't you tell me?" were the first words out of my mouth, and I don't even believe they were in English. He was calm, as usual, though not serene.
"She had been through too much. It would have done neither of you any good for me to have alerted you to her presence, in the state she was in." It did not seem like a good enough answer, but I could feel it was the right one, which made me sullen. "Kurt, I feel ought to tell you now that Miss Sefton has some amazing abilities of her own that I'm positive have nothing to do with an X-gene."
"Ich höre." I'm listening.
"You have obviously known her longer than I -- did you ever notice anything... well, let's be honest, magical about her?"
A trick question. "Not in the manner you mean, I'm sure."
The professor threaded his fingers together and kept his reaction to himself. "Amanda has the capacity to sorcel. Now, her powers have not been fully explored--"
"What are saying? That she is a witch?"
Xavier studied me with those infinite, measuring eyes. "Yes. I am saying exactly that."
It was easier to look out the window, to watch the fog flood the garden and pretend it is a new day. "It cannot be possible." This was more to myself than him, but in the company of a telepath, every comment is game.
"I admit, I am baffled myself. None of my research has ever indicated that forces outside of genetics can act upon and manipulate humans--"
I shook my head. "God teaches nothing about such things."
Xavier arched one eyebrow. "God teaches nothing about mutants either, Kurt."
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NOTICE: my German and Acrobatics students.
Class is cancelled for today. You may use the time as a free period, provided you are not destructive and you attend your other lessons. Kitty and Illyana, we are still on for power control this afternoon.
If you need me before then, my apologies. I will be with Amanda Sefton and do not wish to be disturbed.
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PRIVATE: for Ororo
Please know that she is a sister to me, and I can only love her as such now. I will explain it to you in time.