Once they were all collared, Stefan and the guards left and locked the door behind them.
Ari groaned slightly in pain and struggled to stand for a moment. She went to Alex and nuzzled him slightly rubbing the strap on the ball gag on his shoulder slightly.
Alex glared at the man responsible for their people being chained like animals being led to slaughter. The collars were rough and heavy, weighing down on their shoulders. He could feel the prongs digging into his throat where the electroshocks would hit if the guard pressed the button.
He fought against every instinct to run to Ari as a shock was delivered to her. He'd never felt so useless in his entire life. Biting down on his lip to keep from yelling out, Alex drew blood.
Ari swallowed hating the sight of the others being collared and whined slightly before being shocked by Stefan. She collapsed to the ground and panted heavily from the pain.
The young king's jaw locked in a desperate attempt to follow his queen's orders. He hated every second of it. Looking to their friends, he quietly nodded to follow instructions. [b "We're in your territory. We will do as expected. You can tell your leader that we are willing to cooperate."]
God, it went against his every instinct. He was a hothead for a reason, and never shied away from a fight no matter how likely it was he'd lose. But, this was not his kingdom to jeopardize. Ari was the monarch, and he would obey her wishes.
Alex's eyes dropped to the floor, unable to stand the smug expression on the man's face. He slumped against the wall, bringing his knees up to his chest. Now they waited.
Stefan smiled and said. "There was never any treaty nor did the king intend to do anything like that.... He simply lured you all out of hiding.... Now cooperation would be greatly desired but not entirely necessary."
Ari looked at Alex and nodded slightly hoping he'd just go along with things for now. She was confident that Jasper and the others were already starting their rescue.
[b "We agreed to negotiate a treaty,"] Alex snapped. [b "Not to be held captive as your guinea pigs."]
He wanted to lunge forward to come to Ari's rescue, but the sight of the collar around her neck kept him glued to his place. Who knew what kind of damage they could inflict on her if he were to step out of line.
[b "You don't have to do this,"] he forced himself to speak calmly. [b "We can handle this diplomatically."]
Despite his pleading, he knew it was unlikely the madman was going to listen. He looked far too eager for whatever plans laid ahead for the hostages.
The door opened and the carts of collars were wheeled in. Ari was also led in by the head scientist. "Good afternoon, my name is Stefan Constantinescu. I am ze head scientist of the area. Do not vorry yourselves, Ariana Belicova here has kindly offered to help me with my experiments instead of having to inconvenience you all." He said and watched everyone in the room.
Ari was tired and battered. Her eyes were slightly defeated but there was still a stubbornness that shone through.
Mystique watched the head scientist and asked. "What's with the collars?"
"They are... Um.. let's say for your protection." He said and picked one up. "You will each be given one and tomorrow morning, you will all be transferred to the new facility."
Alex was too far from the steel bars to get much of a view. He relied on the expressions on Sabertooth and Mystique's faces to gauge his own reaction. [b "Can you see who it is?"] he called quietly to them.
[i "What if they're coming for more of us?"] Bobby reverted to a frightened teen, trying to make himself hidden in the corner, wrapping his arms around his legs.
[b "We won't let them,"] Alex assured him, balling his fists, ready for a fight.
Mystique watched the two brothers and paused hearing something nearby. "Shhh, both of you. Sabertooth, you hearing that too, right?" She said and looked over at the grizzly bear of a man. It almost sounded like carts coming towards their cell.
Ari followed behind the guards and struggled against the restraints slightly. She was wearing a collar with a blinking red light, a set of cuffs around her wrists and ankles and a ball gag to keep her from biting.
[i "We have our own problems to worry about at home!"] Scott argued. [i "We had enough to deal with before being dragged in to conflict for a country none of us has ever been to."]
[b "This country is going to be my home, that means I give a fuck about the people here!"] Alex snapped back. [b "Mutants aren't only suffering in America, they're persecuted everywhere. At least they aren't being hunted out of their homes in the States, like they are here!"]
Mystique watched the two brothers and said. "Fighting with each other isn't going to help us get out of here.... Oh and Scott, in case you didn't notice no one fucking likes war. It's kill or be killed... Not only that, you make yourself look like a fucking hypocrite saying you care about other mutants and want to keep them safe and turn around and not help with a war torn country that's targeting mutants specifically."
Jean sighed and said. "Normally I'd defend him and his actions... But not right now, Scott.... You really did it this time...."
At the mention of his traitorous brother, Alex's eyes narrowed. [b "Don't think what you did will be forgotten,"] he snapped at the elder Summers man.
[i "I won't be made the villain in a war I wanted no part of,"] came Scott's reply from the shadowed corner.
[b "A deal was struck, and you agreed to fight. Your actions after that were nothing less than treasonous. You're lucky if you don't hang for it,"] Alex fumed.
[i "It's not treason when I don't serve the country or queen."]
Alex tried to lunge at him, only to be held back by the chains. [b "If she dies, you're next."]
"Erik and I have been watching this war develop, they have these buildings with cells some for individual mutants and some for groups... They'll put these collar things in us that'll suppress our abilities.... But I have a feeling, Ari's abilities won't be affected too much.... Merely because when I was watching them take her for experiments, it almost seemed like... Like she was two people in one body... Like Ms grey over there and pheonix." Mystique said and looked over at Bobby. "No one is abandoning the cause or Ari, except for Scott over there."
Alex tried using his powers to blast the iron chains, but whatever was in the gas was blocking their abilities. [b "So you're telling me we're supposed to follow orders?"] he locked eyes with Mystique. [b "Ari is not going to give up her country, and we've sworn to fight beside her. I'm not bowing down to their demands."]
[i "What containment facility are you talking about?"] Bobby's voiced piped up from the left side of the room.
"we are still fighting for the freedom of mutants, Summers. Which is more than you...." Mystique hissed at him from nearby. "I heard they're going to send us to the containment facility as soon as the head scientist finishes his quote unquote physical for her."
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