The Boy With The Red Sunglasses

Evelyn James is just an average teenage girl - clever, relatively popular, friendly. But after the unbelievable events of her prom night, she manages to fall into more and more trouble, and there is only one person who understands - the boy with the red sunglasses.

*Basically, an X-Men fanfic set in present day, explaining Scott's first experiences with his mutation and the X-Men. I've been told it makes total sense even if you don't know anything about X-Men! So, please check it out. :)*


24. Naming

**So, I write all of my fics as notes on my iPod and I have been labelling the chapters within this one with letters (eg. Chapter 1 was ‘A’). This chapter is Chapter X! So I thought it would be fitting to do something significant.**


Code names? I thought he was joking about that before. Isn't that a little immature. Although, I suppose people finding my identity out isn't really what I'd want right now.
We walk together down to the living room, where the professor leaves us alone together.
"Am I the only one who feels kind of silly doing this?" I mutter awkwardly.
"It could be fun, I guess." Jean replies cheerfully. "Let's start with Warren. Any ideas?"
"Oh! Oh!" Bobby exclaims. "Bird Boy!"
He laughs and Warren slaps him on the arm. "Shut up, Bobby." He says for the second time in the few hours I've known him.
"I have an idea." I speak up. "Angel."
"Angel?" Warren raises an eyebrow.
"Yeah, you know, you kind of have that angelic appearance about you. It would so work!"
"I agree, Warren!" Jean grins. "It's very... 'You'! What do you think, Scott?"
We all turn to the boy slouching on the coach next to me.
"Yeah, whatever." He mumbles. Oh my gosh! He IS jealous! I take his hand in mine and smile at him softly.
"Okay, one down, four to go!" Jean says sweetly.
"I have one for Evelyn." Scott's tone seems unusually blunt. "Ardor."
"I don't get it." Bobby wrinkles his nose in confusion.
"It means 'a burning passion'." I explain, not taking my eyes from my boyfriend.
"As inappropriate as it seems," Bobby starts. "I think it kind of works."
My mouth twitches into a smile as I look at Scott. I kiss him on the cheek and feel his body relax slightly.
"Don't be jealous," I whisper gently to him.
"I'm not." He hisses back, making me smirk.
"This is supposed to be a group discussion, guys." Warren mumbles from across the small room.
"Oh, shut up, feather boy!" Scott growls.
"Scott!" I exclaim.
"Come on, boys. Be nice." Jean is not smiling now.
"Why should I? He's a complete asshole!" Scott yells. Woah. Where did that come from?
"Seriously? I'm the asshole? Okay then, cyclops!" Warren scoffs sarcastically, mocking how Scott's visor gives him the appearance of just one eye.
"Stop it! This is total-" I stop. Wait. That works! "Scott, that could totally be you alias."
"You want me to take a code name from an insult this douche used against me?" He raises an eyebrow, but seems less angry than before, more confused.
"Yeah, I think she's right." Jean speaks up. As much as I am irritated by her, I guess she can be alright.
"Weird as it is, it would totally work," Bobby laughs.
Scott seems to relax slightly. I think he likes Bobby. I wonder for a moment if it's because Bobby is slightly younger than us, around the same age Scott's brother he told me about would've been if it weren't for the crash. I get a strong urge to hug the boy sitting next to me. Being a single child, I couldn't imagine what it would be like to have a sibling, let alone lose one. Instead, I settle for taking his hand in mine. He looks done at our connection and back up at me. I pull a small smile.
"Okay," Scott says curtly. "Fine. Whatever."
After another twenty minutes (and two more stand offs between Scott and Warren), we have completed our task. Both Jean and Bobby have acquired typical, cheesy superhero names, particularly Bobby. He decided rather quickly on the less-than-original 'Iceman'. I guess he probably just wanted to escape the room, I know I did.
Jean's decision took longer, of course. I think I counted six points at which I had to stop myself from rolling my eyes in the thirteen minutes it took her to choose. In the end, she finally settled for 'Marvel Girl', which I think is rather cheesy.
"I believe you have all decided?" The professor asks, as he re-enters the room. We all nod slightly. "Good. I would like you to start referring to each other in this way as much a possible within the mansion."
"Seriously?" Bobby and I ask simultaneously.
"Yes, it is important that you get to know each other by these names as, for now, it would not be safe to announce your true identities." He explains. I sigh inwardly. I'm gunna feel so stupid doing this.
"You may leave now, students." He smiles again and exits the room.
"Well, that was fun," Warren mumbles sarcastically, walking towards the door with Jean. She giggles.
"Oh, Warren, be nice." She places her hand on his shoulder and they leave the room, closely followed by Bobby. Scott and I are now left alone.
"So, how are you enjoying mutant high?" He winks at me. Jeez, this boy's mood swings are going to drive me insane.
"This morning's been... Different!" I laugh. "I'm so glad I've got you here with me, Scott."
"Me too," he wraps his long arms around me, pulling my body to his. He kisses me softly. "I love you, Ardor."
"I love you too, Cyclops." I whisper, surprised at how strangely natural the name feels.
"Now, can we please get back to my room so I can get out of this outfit?" He pulls off one of his yellow gloves and tangles it between our faces. I giggle again.

**YAY! Scott is now Cyclops! Also, I know I changed the outfits in the last chapter a lot from what they were in the original comics but, come on, that was 1963! xD I posted a sketch of Evelyn’s outfit (from the front) a while back in my Mumbles, but I thought I should put it on here too. So, here you go guys! Hope you like her! Comment with useful feedback please? I really enjoy getting constructive criticism on this fanfic, so that I can make it the best it can be. Thank you. :)**



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