(Takes place 2003, which I think is actually before X1.)

By Izzy

There was heavy ice outside, which had shut down the east coast. Just about every other school in the area was closed, but weather didn't interfere with Xavier's School for the Gifted, where both students and teachers lived in the same building as the classrooms. This made most of the students very grumpy, and Charles had to fight the temptation to force them to listen.

And so early afternoon, after he'd finished teaching that day, found him wandering the halls, gazing out the windows, when he suddenly remembered.

Today was February 15. Erik's birthday.

Suddenly he felt a lot colder.