The older woman closed her eyes and tried to focus. [i "I'm getting a few traces, but I don't think the group is any larger than a handful of people."]
[b "Maybe part of this crew who bailed at the last minute?"] Alex looked between them.
She nodded and looked over at Jean Grey. "Sense anything ahead?"
[b "If they've systematically planned to take out one village after the next, we're going to need Azazel and Kurt to flash ahead to scout for us, along with the flyers,"] Alex ran a tired hand over his eyes.
She nodded and sighed. "Mystique, if you don't mind, get the others ready to move out as soon as Azazel gets back. We'll set up camp a couple of miles from the next town." She said and looked at the blue skinned woman. "Also tell the others to stay on guard while we go through this forest, there are wolves and many other things that could attack us on the way... As well as certain experiments and enemy soldiers that might be lurking around...."
[i "I'd be happy to,"] the red male snarled, roughly grabbing the prisoner by the collar.
He transported them before the man could argue for his freedom. [b "He said they were preparing another attack, but not when. It could be tonight, tomorrow, or a week from now. I suggest we camp for the night and then keep pushing after we rest up,"] Alex noted.
"good boy." She said and looked back to see Azazel watching nearby. "Take him back to the castle and throw him in the dungeon, if you don't mind."
[b "She'll shoot again, I promise you,"] Alex reminded the man.
He hung his head in shame, grumbling under his breath. [b "What was that?"] Alex tilted his head.
[i "I said four miles south of here,"] he snapped. [i "There's a mining town they're going to hit."]
Ari glared at him slightly and said. "Where are they going next? They must've told you that at least."
Alex winced as the man howled in pain, but only because the shrieking was so loud. [b "That's the least she'll do. I've known her to cut a man's tongue out for refusing to obey orders,"] he bluffed.
[i "I don't know anything! I just do what they tell me! They didn't tell us their plans!"] their hostage yelled.
[b "I don't know if I believe that,"] he turned to his colleagues. [b "Do you believe him?"]
Ari growled lowly and took a pistol shooting the man's leg. "Either talk or I'll aim higher."
The man paled and shook his head desperately. [i "You stay the hell away from me, freaks!"] he snapped, trying to push away from them as much as they could.
[b "Well that's not a very polite way to address royalty,"] Alex looked on with disappointment.
[i "I spit on the royal family,"] their hostage hocked a loogie at their feet.
Ari smirked slightly and looked at mystique. "It would be pretty fun and a great way to destress from earlier."
[b "What are you then? A farmer? Some desk jockey who got bribed to terrorize innocent people? I'd start talking or I'll step away so they can rip you limb from limb,"] he warned the man on the ground.
ari rlled her eyes and said. "their men aren't even properly disciplined to call themselves soldiers."
[i "He got a little handsy,"] Mystique admitted. [i "Copped a feel of my ass before I put him on the ground. He's lucky he's still breathing."]
[b "Clearly not one of their smarter soldiers,"] Alex crouched to meet the man's eye level where he was tied to the tree. [b "You're aware she can kill you twenty different ways with her bare hands, right?"]
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