An image of a galaxy cluster taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope gives a remarkable cross-section of the Universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history. They range from cosmic near neighbours to objects seen in the early years of the Universe. The 14-hour exposure shows objects around a billion times fainter than can be seen with the naked eye.
Image Credit: NASA/ESA
“Good lab,” Isaac repeated, unable to contain the smile on his face as he listened to Jane’s parenting and her science-ing. For a moment, he forgot all about the implications of her absence, her mission, and all he could think of was how much he loved her. How much he genuinely loved her in a way that was reserved just for her. It was hard to define how exactly he felt. Even in his own mind, Isaac couldn’t apply words to the warm, fuzzy sensation. It was just nice. A niceness Isaac had not known, not really, before he had met Jane.
And suddenly, he found himself putting a hand on Jane’s shoulder, and grinning, and repeating, “I missed you, Jane.”
She reminded him that he truly did have family outside of Xavier’s, something he had conveniently forgotten. It didn’t discredit his family at Xavier’s, but neither did that family discredit the one at Stark Tower, even if it was further away now.
"I missed you, too." Jane pulled him into a hug. Of course Thanner was there, grabbing their legs, and Einstein circled around them.
Jane hadn’t always been affectionate and ‘huggy’ with people. That just wasn’t the way of it, being a woman in her field - not until she’d really felt like there was a good family unit with Erik and Darcy, and they were even further united by Thor’s appearance…and time away. Then she’d grown distant, but Darcy had been pretty persistent. And becoming a mom, and watching how proud Thor looked when he accompanied her to major events or even the grocery store…that had all made her more affectionate.
So had Isaac and his persistence, and as she felt Thanner hug her leg, she realized something: Isaac had made her a better mom.
Once the hug was complete, she realized how proud she was of him. Truly proud. Here he was again teaching her about the best parts of being a mom.
"No more super secret crazy missions… not for a while. I’ll probably be on Asgard more often than Earth during the summer, but I’ll be back every week. We can see each other more often, or you can come with us if you want," she offered.
Jane took Isaac out to grab some food, and even took him shopping for new clothes. Thanner got a new baseball cap and some sneakers with lightning bolts on them. He asked Isaac to play games like they used to, like ‘toss me in the air’ and all.
Before they left, Jane discreetly placed a rather plain looking USB drive in Isaac’s room. Safe with someone I trust, she thought. And safe at Xavier’s. He has good judgment, just like Isaac.
Nothing in the world smells as good as the person you love.
nothing helps me sleep more peacefully
You got it. Look, I can’t - I don’t want to put you in danger, but yeah, there’s big stuff going on.
I missed you - oof. *She accepts the hug and returns it* I missed your hugs. Please just believe me - I’m sorry. I was doing what I could to keep everything safe.