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Following talking to Adrian, and a few other people, Nori figured it was time to head back to her own world. It's been a while, and she's not entirely sure she's ready to, but if she doesn't actually open the door she knows she probably won't ever. The idea of her world being stuck in limbo is more unnerving than relieving, actually, however much she would have thought it'd be a nice reprieve.

But so many things happen while she's away that she didn't even look for a door; they find more information on the infant they've been looking for, and Nori organizes them as best she can to infiltrate a Purifier church. It backfires horribly, and though they all survive the encounter with the Reavers and Deathstrike, Nori knows it's not because of her. It's because of Pixie and her quick thinking to teleport them all out. The school is attacked by the O.N.E Sentinels, and they don't lose anyone--Nori almost thinks thank god, but she can't bring herself to believe there is one to thank anymore.

Or not one worthy of it, anyway. As much as she hates Keller sometimes, she can't stand the idea that he was hurt because of her, but there's next to nothing she can do about it after the fact. Emma tells her the important thing is that they're surviving: Noriko wonders, just for a second, if it's worth it to survive when the cost is so high.

The next thing Nori remembers clearly is being faced with a beast she can't even identify, but one that's huge and has more teeth and claws than she wants to think about. She ordered the rest of the kids away without thinking, yelling at them to move before she lost her temper, already trying to focus the predator's attention on her alone. It worked, at least, though only for a while. And it didn't help that they got it away from the noncombatant children when they were all teleported to Muir Island in the middle of a bigger fight there. It took a lot to kill the animal--if you could really call it an animal. She recalls that much. But the thing that overshadows all of that, that overshadows everything, is the fight between Sinister, Exodus and the Marauders and the X-Men.

It could have gone worse, she supposes--no one's dead on her roster, anyway. She's hurt, and she's got scratches and blood and god only knows what else all over her, and the gauntlet on her right arm is dinged up pretty badly, but she's alive. She's alive to hear Cyclops say there are no more X-Men, and in hindsight that's a shock she's completely unequipped to deal with. Nori's devoted her life since she came to the Institute to being an X-Man, to fighting the good fight and making sure that the kids younger than her will have a future that isn't being pushed to the fringes of society. And now all that was gone too. It was like being kicked out of her home all over again.

But she makes it to Colorado with Dani, the only person she could think to trust long enough to stay with. She supposes the rest will be peaceful; she hopes it will be. Dani's got a lot to teach her, Nori knows that, she's just not sure if any of it will be any good to her. Whens he discovers the door to the linen closet leads to Milliways, it takes her less than a second to decide to step through. She feels bone tired, and while she's clean (moderately) of all the mess that was on her only a few hours ago from her perspective, from Muir Island, she's still taking care of the injuries. She finds a table only a few steps from the door, and drops onto it.
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They had orders. Orders to stay inside the Institute--and Scott had said they were 'in no danger', which was complete bullshit, and Nori knew it. When the distress call from Forge had come, it didn't even occur to her to think about staying; the X-Men did what they had to, and she'd be damned if they weren't X-Men after watching what her team had done in the Purifier attack. When she told the others to mount up and get to the jet, it wasn't a request, and the team all knew it.

The infiltration went easy. Taking advantage of the fact they were kids was even easier; nobody expected them to get far or do much.

When the Nimrod unit-influenced discard prototype turned to attack them, Nori didn't hesitate to rip into one with a blast powerful enough to melt the internal electrical works, making a satisfying thud on the concrete workshop floor when the robot crumpled and hit the ground; but there were others, and the fight was in full swing before she thought about it. The bitch came when the Nimrod unit rebooted and joined the fray, switching over to the destroy protocol when they hit it--how were they supposed to know it wasn't an enemy right then?

They hadn't been told shit about it until it was too late and then, it was a problem. It took some quick thought to come up with the idea to overload it, because Nori didn't have the energy to spare--until Laura tore it open and she absorbed enough to have her gauntlets pop and crackle. She tossed them off and waited for Cessily to hold the gaps open, doing her best to ignore the yell as she was halfway electrified--Laura had been hit dead-center of the chest with a blast from the Nimrod unit and Nori couldn't turn around to see how she was.

She couldn't stop thinking or stop the fight to check on her team, having to trust that some of the others would take care of them. Santo was in pieces, rock and rubble all over the place and Cessily was screaming for him to reassemble; Laura was on the ground, burnt--she could smell the charred and acrid stink of burning skin. Noriko discharged everything she had, everything in her and was...surprised--to say the least--when instead of melting the electronic circuits there was a massive pink glow... And the thing was just gone.

"Jesus," Nori panted, suddenly exhausted--she'd never expended all her energy before--buckling as her knees gave out underneath her. "Get out," she snapped at her teammates, watching them turn for the door as she got up after them, because the end of a fight was never this easy.
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"Your concern should be your teammates."

It's a phrase that rings in her head incessantly after hearing Colossus say it, not even affected by her blast; no, he'd used it against her own team and would have killed them with that if they hadn't been in the Danger Room. All of their attacks, the things they'd been supposedly trained to do, backfired horribly. And the words are only accompanied by Emma's counter once they're all back on their feet, unhurt as the program turns off.

"Your team would all be dead."





The first fight was harder than Nori had imagined it would be. Against the Purifiers, people wanting to kill them all, Tavi's words come back to her as she finds her head goes blank but for the instinct to fight and to protect the others. You've got a war of attrition coming. The bullets fly like lethal rain and she remembers Tavi beating the crap out of her by never staying still for more than two seconds. Now would seem like a really good time to adopt that strategy, and Nori is all fluid motion until she's hit with two of those bullets--it hurts like a bitch, and it burns more than she'd have given a piece of metal credit for.

The shot sounds oddly loud in her ears the second time the metal projectiles hit her, but she keeps going, not giving them another chance if she can help it, but the second the turns around to sweep their legs out, X is there and is poetry in motion with those claws, splattering blood and brain matter over Nori's face as she jams one long bone-claw through the back of the nearest human's head.

She can't hear herself screaming at people, to get out of the way, or to just die, depending on who they are, mutant or human or Purifier. Her electricity is sent in short bursts--does less damage, but it will surprise them more, and that's just as useful. The bullets in her back hurt, and they refuse to be blocked out as she moves, acutely aware of how much she's using that muscle every time it throbs with the bloodflow that's soaking through the back of her shirt and jeans as she keeps ducking, rolling, hitting people hard enough to feel the shock jar her arms. She knocks the other students out of the way, not caring if she pushes them into doors or anything else as long as it's away from the fight; their enemies she hits as hard as she can, and takes a header down the stairs with one, remembering the cracked rib she got from Milliways on the receiving end of that. There's a nasty crack that she figures is either her collarbone and shoulder shifting or his ribs breaking, but Nori doesn't care as she uses her legs to push at him as hard as she can.

And it's over as soon as it begins, the fighting falls away and so does she, tripping over her own legs as the adrenaline rush subsides. That bullet to the back caught up with her pretty fast, but longer than Nori thought; being shot did nasty things to people on the street, she remembers that much. But the bullet didn't tear up too much of her back, despite her continually moving not helping it any. She's bloody, from herself and others, and there's bits of bone and brain fragment in her hair, on her face; the two bullets are the worst of her injuries, though her shoulder's going to hurt for a while after being rammed into someone's side.

She'll recuperate. Even if she has to spend a month in Milliways.
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There's a toll on a child when they see death. When something so final and irreversible enters their world, it changes them, and almost never for the better. Noriko had already seen death, the dying, the nasty blood-soaked ends of people who were too slow to stay on top, and got trampled by the ones who replaced them on the street.

But it was different when she'd joined the Institute and seen it. Been the one doing it.

The first fights she'd gotten into were nothing but bareknuckles brawls, either to scrap and pass the time or to scratch out a pecking order in the dirt in those back alleys. Since she'd been accepted and slotted into this school with so many other kids like her, she'd started to loosen up, to forget what it was like to have to be hard enough to win any fight whenever it happened.

Then there was...her. Noriko wasn't told the full extent of what Wanda had done, and if she was honest with herself she really didn't want to. But it certainly had fucked the world up, that. Ninety percent of the mutant population dead? Ninety goddamned percent?

That was jut shit, all around, no matter what way you looked at it. But the worst part was that more than half the school--more than half the people who'd become her family, her friends, the world around her--were depowered, half of those dead. The others had to be sent home, to protect them. They couldn't stay at a school for mutants, if they were now effectively human; it would have been dangerous for them and a liability for the rest.

And the bomb that had gone off on that bus. It was a bus full of kids, of the ones going home to finally see their families and their parents, who didn't have anything to hide anymore--Stryker killed them, and without a single regret. Nori had been right beside it when it blew.


[ooc: I know, this is a horribly short and overall horrible gloss for the House of M series in Marvel. But, I don't want to have to subject myself to the torture that is reconciling all the mismatched details that come with floating timelines and retcons, and this serves the purpose of moving Noriko into canon, from whence she can go places. So don't hate me, 'kay?]
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