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15 January 2011 @ 11:51 pm
WHO: Hank McCoy and Kurt Wagner
WHERE: Some Establishment in the City
WHEN: Friday evening, Jan. 14
SUMMARY: Hank's had a lousy time of things this day, and the default solution to any problem is to go for a drink or two. Talking it out and ending the evening in drunken singing are both completely optional.
FORMAT: dem paragraphs?

A couple of blocks from the school there was established a small bar, one of undoubtedly many like it in the City. The place was all warm-looking wooden booths, but the lighting was dim and the air cool. This was a blessing, considering the weather. Suddenly warm weather didn't suit Kurt Wagner one bit, and he had confirmation that it was simply horrific for Henry.

So, yes. Opening the door of the place to feel that little rush of cooler air. He even uttered out a little, "Thank God." Further blessing, the hostess only look horrifically surprised for a moment before stuttering out a greeting and showing them a suitable table. Lovely.

Kurt was, probably obviously, determined to be as cheerful as possible about this whole thing! He slid into his respective seat and smiled at his old friend. "Much better, ja?"
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Um.bluepurrymuffin on January 16th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
Hank raised an eyebrow at the waitress. On good day that might've passed unnoticed, but he was just tired today, but too tired to say anything either. He just hung his head a little as he slid into the booth.

"Yes, the temperature is much nicer," he said, then folded his arms on top of the table and rested his chin on them. He was a little uncomfortable to find that he was brooding.
Kurt Wagner: what do you mean?in_likeflynn on January 16th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
Perfectly alright, really. An amount of brooding was something that simply came with the territory of living, much less living in a situation in which one was often faced with moral and professional conundrums.

Unfortunately, Kurt was having a hard time finding anything to say that might alleviate Hank's frustration with the situation. He understood it to a degree, and... It's difficult to find opposition to something that you could easily agree with.

After a pause, he tried smiling again. "Try not to worry about it for a moment, Hank. A moment's rest might do in easing your mind about this whole mess."
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: How disappointing!bluepurrymuffin on January 16th, 2011 06:04 am (UTC)
He slowly slid his elbows outward until his head met the table, chin still resting on them. "And if I don't worry about it, what though shall I replace that gap with?"

"What'll I use to prop me up if I let it go?"
Kurt Wagner: gerruniiimoo.in_likeflynn on January 16th, 2011 06:17 am (UTC)
To that, Kurt can only shrug, taking a moment to mull over the question. "It... I suppose that's a matter of personal preference. I was only speaking in the short-term, thus this obvious attempt at distracting you for an evening."
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Let's consider this.bluepurrymuffin on January 16th, 2011 06:41 am (UTC)
"Ah," Hank started, propping his head back up with one hand while the other held an inquisitive finger toward the ceiling, "but the question still applies in the short term. What, if not this, shall I occupy my brain with? 'Nothing' isn't an answer I can accept, I don't believe my brain actually works that way."
Kurt Wagner: well dang kid.in_likeflynn on January 16th, 2011 07:06 am (UTC)
"I'm not sure that anybody's does." He imagined that he couldn't operate on the same level that Hank did, not being an insanely brilliant academic sort, but he was somebody who had to have a track of thought. He didn't know if anybody could function otherwise, with nothing on their mind. The problem might simply be finding something that could suitably distract Hank and allow for concentration elsewhere.

It would be difficult, to say the least. The problem at hand was so consuming.

Kurt gave up his thoughtful moment and tried a different approach. "I'm not sure if you'd want to try to talk about it any more than you already have, but... Perhaps if you were allowed to reach some final conclusion on the matter it would vex you less."
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Oh?bluepurrymuffin on January 16th, 2011 07:44 am (UTC)
He met Kurt's eyes with a raised eyebrow and a thoughtful frown. "Well, I suppose that's why we're here, isn't it. If I'm not in the mood to be distracted, we may as well take the current train of thought to the end of the line."
Kurt Wagner: why's it so red in here?in_likeflynn on January 16th, 2011 07:58 am (UTC)
Kurt nodded in response, his expression taking on a more somber tone. Hopefully, a chance to openly discuss everything would do some good. Even better if that could apply to the both of them. Regardless, he'd console to the best of his ability, which was something that he seemed often useful for.

The waitress came back as he opened his mouth to speak, and so there was something of an awkward lull in the tense atmosphere while he tried to order and convince the poor girl that he was a perfectly friendly person. Anyway... Yes.

"Anywhere in particular you'd like to begin? ... Is there a particular beginning, to all of this? After all of the chaos involving the child?"
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Hmm?bluepurrymuffin on January 16th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
"Which chaos with which child would that be?" It had been an eventful and nebulous amount of time since Hope had been sent to the future with Cable, and frankly, Hank couldn't concern himself with it enough to give it much thought anymore. He did his best not to look in the waitress' general direction when she returned with their drinks, and let out a resigned sigh at the knowledge that she'd be eyeing him in horror.

He started sipping his bourbon as he began. "If we really needed a starting point, just prior to M-Day would be a likely candidate." He glanced out the window. "They wanted to kill Wanda Maximoff, if you'll remember. They wanted to present a consensus, a 'unified front'."

"The funny thing about a unified front," he paused to finish his glass in a single gulp, "is they require the silence of any dissenting parties. I think you ought to know me well enough to guess where I came down on that decision. And we all know what the consequences of that attempted 'execution' were."
Kurt Wagner: ignore the collarin_likeflynn on January 16th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC)
Of course, most everything would inevitably lead back to M-Day. And every event happened so quickly, everything so jammed together, he could hardly remember where he'd been at which moment throughout it all. Either way, he must have been on the fringes. He had been for ages, perhaps even since he'd returned from England. It didn't matter now.

He didn't finish off his drink quite so fast, but it may have been because his hands were folding on the table in front of him. Not lightly, he answered, "Yes. Of course."

From up-and-coming to a populous of less than two-hundred, the effectively-snuffed mutant race. More of less.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: I have nothing positive to say.bluepurrymuffin on January 16th, 2011 10:02 am (UTC)
He shifts in his seat a little and plays with the ice in his glass a bit. "And then there was the aftermath. A school full of students, but the majority of them depowered overnight, and what do we do with them? We send them home! No kind of aid, not a word of counseling, just a 'Sorry for the inconvenience, but you're not one of us anymore.' These were still our people, they were still victims in this 'war', but the Xavier Institute didn't want them because they weren't the right kind of mutant!"

He scoffs bitterly before continuing. "It was for them that I tried to find a solution to M-Day. Certainly, there was a biological imperative, being a member of a suddenly endangered species, but on some level there was also the idea of those disenfranchised and depowered that we'd turned away. I wanted to restore their place in our community."

He sighed heavily, and warily motioned for the waitress. "But that was a dead-end endeavor for a dead-end species, and the paltry results weren't worth the toll they took on me. You may remember how distraught I was when I returned to the Mansion."
Kurt Wagner: yeah I prayin_likeflynn on January 16th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
Mention of the children made Kurt automatically bow his head, looking hard at the edge of the table. Turning them away was sorry enough in itself... The fact that the endeavor had gotten so many of them killed, children, was something he still couldn't make himself understand. That had been Stryker, however... But perhaps the what-ifs were useless to think on.

He looked back up to merely nod, showing that he did indeed remember Hank's state of mind, then. To hear him use the words 'dead-end'... Well, he found Hank to be a most usually a very practical and truthful man. It was disheartening, and this was second-hand feeling.

He finished his drink in time to quietly order another, once the young lady responded to Hank's gesture, and he thanked her quietly, too, before she left.

"I thought... Of course, if anybody could find a solution, it would be you. That conclusion drawn, however, I can more understand your state of mind regarding what's happened since."
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Hmm?bluepurrymuffin on January 17th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
When the waitress brought their drinks, Hank tried to make eye contact this time and gave a polite nod. He wasn't yet buzzed, that would take at least two more, but he decided he'd nurse this one for now. "When I was younger, I truly believed that I could solve any problem I set my mind to. I learned years ago that simply wasn't true, but every failure still seems to devastate me. The involvement of...the other Beast certainly disn't make the situation any better."
Kurt Wagner: idek it's a backpackin_likeflynn on January 17th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
"Couldn't imagine it helping very much. He's... Rather evil, to my understanding." Though brilliant, which was a frustrating combination. He wondered, briefly, how many people had been made to deal with less than ideal counterparts and considered himself lucky he'd only made his own acquaintance very briefly.

The important thing to address for the moment, however, might be Henry's feelings of failure where he could not find solutions. He took a moment to gather up what to say. "I suppose I've held similar beliefs. I didn't know what I was for so long that, when I knew there were people like me and that I would be working towards making myself and them, all of us, more welcome in the world... I thought that we could truly do it. But more and more... I have seen friends die and seen terrible crimes and felt increasingly helpless against it, and now..."

And he couldn't very well finish that thought! Couldn't voice while attempting to console that he wasn't sure what he'd dedicated his life to, at this moment.

Instead, he opted for gesturing vaguely to the air in front of him. "Things happen, Henry. And every time you decided whether or not it is worth it to press on. I very much want it all to be worth it. I'm sure we all do."
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: I find myself brimming with thoughts.bluepurrymuffin on January 17th, 2011 07:11 am (UTC)
"I wonder if it isn't a question of methods. We've had it drilled in our heads for too long that we only have the two extremes to choose from, either playing as 'good' mutants and apologize for our oppressors, or to be 'bad' and desire the death of the whole lot. Magneto's dream is ethically unsound, but Xavier's is ineffective, it only perpetuates the oppression we hope to fight.

"We need to find some kind of balance including peaceful dissent but with an an unapologetic impatience for the system as it presently exists. We're already aware that we'll need to be strong defensively, but operating ourselves like an army is still the wrong route, I feel. It's a war, no doubt there, but we, under the leadership of Scott and Emma, have been far more ruthless with our own than with our enemies, and that is simply not how it should be."
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