“Well that didn't work.”
Scott said with a frustrated huff. His arms now crossed and his face muddied with a look of confusion and deep thought. The ruby colored shades hid this somewhat, but those who had lived with Scott for some time were all masters at reading his body language by now, and it didn't take a telepath to know that Scott was downright stumped by what was wrong with the danger room.
“The obstacle course isn't meant to make you break a light sweat James, you should be challenged. That last time you didn't even have to go faster than a light jog. And the randomizer is obviously be affected by the fact that it is you going through the trials.”
Scott began to type some different commands into the obstacle course programming. It wasn't anything beyond basic computer skills since anything beyond what he was doing had to be done by Hank, but it was something. “I would say try it now, but I don’t think it fixed anything.”
[James comments and then runs through the obstacle course again. Once again needing to do little of anything to get though unharmed]
Scott rolled his eyes and clicked the immediate stop command. The Danger room became fully lit and the different contraptions and machines sank into the ground and walls. He was about to say something over the microphone, but he was stopped by hearing, if that is the best way to describe it, the Professor mention that there was pizza in the kitchen area. Normally Scott wouldn't have dropped what he was doing just to get some food, but tonight was a special night and he knew how important it was that everyone gathered together for dinner.
Before leaving the control room overlooking the danger room Scott’s fingers danced around the keyboard one last time as he saved all the recordings from his time today with James. In an effort to keep himself updated and to help with creating new programs and challenges to the teams Scott had the danger room record every practice. Even when he wasn't there to oversee someone’s training the computer would stash a record in their personal file which Scott could watch later. The file now saved and the danger room shutting down Scott spoke a final time into the microphone. “Alright that is it James. Let’s get up and claim some pizza before it is all gone.”
Leaving the room and heading down the hallway towards the elevator he waited by the door of the danger room for James to come out. When he did Scott stopped leaning against the wall and fell in step with James. The two began to make their way through the underground portion of the Institute and towards the above ground kitchen. Along the way they chatted about this and that. “I noticed your movements are getting more deliberate and smooth James. Whatever you have been adding to your workout is really starting to show. Keep up the good work.”
Scott smiled as he gave James the well-earned compliment and acknowledgement of personal growth.
The two reached the elevator and turned around as the massive metal doors of the elevator closed. The short jitter of the elevator starting its climb upwards was overshadowed with a somewhat odd selection of elevator music. Unable to place where he had heard the song before Scott tilted his head towards James. He saw the young man smiling and actually tapping his toes slightly to the fast beat of the music. Shortly after James looked back at Scott and smiled. “It is a song from Street Fighter 2.”
He said and then turned his attention back to the song. “Wasn’t me though.”
He added as Scott was slow to turn back.
Just after leaving the elevator Scott and James saw Nyx walking towards them with her tail wagging the way it always did after she saw Scott and dinner time was coming close.
‘I take it this was another unsuccessful attempt?’
“That would be correct.”
Scott said. “Though you can’t blame James now can we? After all he is the only one so far who has been able to beat their personalized obstacle course past level 5.”
Scott knew that James had heard what Nyx was ‘saying’. There was a slight difference between communicating though telepathy and communication through their link. For now Nyx seemed content with walking with the two mutants into the kitchen where several people had already arrived and started eating. Scott saw the Professor and Tessa were in attendance as well as Estella and Jean.
Waving to everyone as he walked in Scott stopped in front of different pizza boxes and picked up a few slices. He then made his way to the counter where everyone had seemed to set up and took a bite. He glanced this way and that, though since no one could see though his ruby glasses it looked more like he was eating in comfort. Finally he found himself looking towards Jean for a moment longer than normal.
‘You’re staring.’ Nyx said to Scott.
‘I am not.’ Scott shot back with his mind. ‘I was just…’ While normally good with words even Scott couldn’t come up with something
to excuse his staring. His only safe from grace was the fact that he was wearing glasses. After that thought he frowned slightly. ‘I can’t stare.’
‘Ooo cut the whining you little puppy!’ Nyx’s tone was that of an aggravated mother.
‘You have been in such a rut this last few days and it is enough to make me want to go running
by myself. If you want to sloth around your feelings go do it in your room like everyone else and stop
hiding away in that infernal practice room.’ Nyx rarely went to the danger room due to the fact all
the machinery can get her confused.