Sabretooth: Redemption (Info)

STATUS: Complete

AUTHOR: AnonGrimm = (@MET_Fic)

NOTICE: No part of this story is to be posted anywhere without the author’s permission. Thanks. Feedback and constructive critiques are welcome, too. Just email me.

CATEGORY: Angst, Hetero Erotica (Some Slash Erotica)

PAIRING: Sabretooth / Tabitha Smith (Boomer, or Meltdown)

RATING: NC-17 for “foul” language, graphic and violent sex, and extreme violence.

WARNING: This story involves some taboo subjects such as rape, cannibalism, bondage, torture, abuse, and excessive violence. There is also some canon Sabretooth misogynistic sexist stuff, too, but for Sabey fans, that’s not going to be a shock. Sabretooth is a gleeful villain and I don’t plan to redeem him here; if you like evil main characters, enjoy! If not, you might want to re-read this warning…

SUMMARY: Sabretooth runs into Tabitha Smith, a.k.a. Meltdown. After a difficult mission in San Francisco, the mutant group X-Force disbands, and Tabby takes the opportunity to strike out on her own, ending up in Seattle. Running out of money, she tries mercenary work, but balks when her client expects her to kill up in Alaska. He gives her the job of stealing something from a bad man out in the Yukon instead, and she reluctantly accepts. To her shock, her mark turns out to be Victor Creed. Her hang-ups about redemption lead her into danger again, but what game is Sabretooth really playing?

TIMELINE: This story occurs after X-Force Vol. 1 #115, the Sabretooth limited series, Mary Shelley Overdrive, and prior to X-Men Vol. 2 #188. The story is set in late October through December 2002 (with the last chapters ending up in August 2003). It occurs after Overdrive and before the events in my Blood Song tale, and runs concurrent with the last part of my Wolverine fic, Shattered Silence and my Doc Ock fic, Of Dreams and Dust. This fic is the third story in my Sabretooth series (The Hunt: Three Our Fathers takes place as one of the jobs Victor does in the back half of this tale). My Sabretooth is based on the blonde mutant in the comics.

NOTES: Victor Creed (Sabretooth) has most of the same attributes and mutant gifts as his long-time nemesis, Wolverine. Mutant abilities: healing factor, heightened senses, retractable claws on hands and feet, and long canines (upper and lower). At the time of this story, Victor possesses an adamantium skeleton and claws (his second round of it, via a re-launched Weapon X program, a group that also enhanced his healing factor). It has often been established by Marvel Comics that Sabretooth is stronger than Wolverine, but that is open for debate. Contrary to his appearance and manner making him seem stupid, Victor is intelligent. He can operate (or infiltrate) complex government systems, fortresses, and weapons. He has flown the X-Men’s Blackbird jet, and accomplished many other delicate missions that others might think him incapable of. Tabitha has been busy since Victor saw her last. She has been trained as a black ops spy, specializing in computer hacking and martial arts, as well as learning to use her powers in new and deadlier ways. She is still haunted by an abusive past. If you haven’t read any Marvel Comics or seen the X-Men movies, the History section may help.

HISTORY: As a boy, Victor’s mutation showed up early, possibly earlier than puberty. His memories of family (which may be false implants) involve a lot of abuse. His father repeatedly removed his claws and fangs with tools, including chopping off his hands. Eventually, his father chained him in the basement. Victor may have killed a brother, and his mother before eventually escaping. It is assumed he killed his father. Due to his healing factor, he is older than he looks, and his exact birth year is unknown; it is estimated to be between 1868 and 1885. For my story, I’m going with 1868. According to Marvel Comics, Victor is not Wolverine’s father or brother. Victor was a part of the same original Weapon X program (with memory implants and blocks) and the same special ops teams with Wolverine, also working with him for the CIA in the 1960s. Victor has had at least one known child, a human named Graydon Creed (mother: Mystique); Graydon grew up hating mutants, especially his parents. Victor may have other unknown children due to his proclivity for rape. Victor has been a member of many groups on both sides of the law, most often working as a freelance assassin. His murderous bloodlust became an uncontrolled addiction that drove him mad for a time, relieved only by “the glow” (a blast of brain band-aid from a telepath). When his “pet” telepath Birdy was killed by Graydon, he ended up a prisoner of the X-Men while Xavier attempted to cure his madness by making him face his mental and moral horrors. Realizing that he would be cured only to be punished for his crimes, he escaped. Wolverine stopped his planned rampage in the X-Mansion by sending a claw through Victor’s brain. It rendered him a seemingly harmless and childlike creature for a time. During that period, Victor was kept in a holographic “jungle” in the Danger Room, visited clandestinely by Tabitha who wanted to believe he could be redeemed from his evil past. When he healed, Victor kept his renewed psychopathic nature a secret for a time. Escaping the X-Men again by tricking Tabitha (and nearly eviscerating Psylocke in the process), it is learned that due to the claw through his brain, he no longer needs “the glow”; also, it is almost impossible now for a telepath to sense, track, or control him. Tabitha was devastated and changed her entire personality and codename to cope with her guilt. The X-Men recapture Victor and hand him over to the government. He ends up doing a turn as a member of X-Factor with Mystique (both of them wearing control collars), though it was later revealed that he had been a “sleeper agent”, meant to kill members of the team that the government couldn’t control. He was forced back into the re-launched Weapon X program (where he was bonded with adamantium again) but then escaped them. At present, he is tired of teamwork and causes, and has returned to working as a freelance assassin, available to the highest paying clientele. He prefers clients who allow him to be “creative”. I am borrowing the parts of Victor’s history that serve my story and may at times ignore other parts. At this time, he believes the telepath Psi-Borg has removed the memory blocks and false memories of the Weapon X program, but again, some of these memories may be real or false, as serves my story; in particular, memories of his mother may still be implants in this story.

DISCLAIMER: None of this is real, it didn’t happen. The characters (except for Victor’s banker, safe house servants and a handful of other originals), locations, situations, terminology and history involved here, I am borrowing from Marvel Comics. All song lyrics are credited to the artists, some lyrics are abbreviated. No money has or will be made with this, unless Stan Lee lets me turn it into a novel someday.

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Table of Contents

1. Crash and Burn

2. Revelations

3. Testing Ground

4. Lessons in Blood

5. Sins of the Fathers

6. Into the Woods

7. The Enemy Within

8. Gift of Madness

9. According to Plan

10. Mr. Creed

11. Beta

12. Becoming

13. Blood and Fire

14. From the Ashes Rise

15. Epilogue: No Absolution

Sabretooth Series