Continued from part 1...
During a galaxy-faring encounter with the alien menace known as the Brood, Ororo became infected by a Brood embryo. Upon realizing her transformation into one of the Brood, Ororo panicked and attempted suicide by throwing herself into the vacuum of space. She would have surely died had she not been saved by the Acanti, another alien race. She was healed and returned to Earth shortly thereafter.
However, things were not as they seemed. Her link with mother nature was incomplete and she found herself growing increasingly violent. This all came to a head when she fought the Morlock leader Callisto for the freedom of her teammate Angel. Storm stabbed Callisto in the heart to maintain victory. Though Callisto survived, Storm became the new leader of the Morlocks and offered them the opportunity to live with the X-Men on the surface world.
In the intervening months, Ororo continued to change. On a trip to Japan, she met the reckless mercenary Yukio and the two developed a close bond which potentially led the two to being lovers. This new friendship stirred up new emotions within Ororo and she was inspired to alter her appearance. Sporting a mohawk and a leather jumpsuit, Storm shocked her teammates with her more aggressive appearance and behaviour. This ultimately drew a wedge between her and Kitty Pryde who felt personally insulted by Storm's altered appearance. It effectively ended their otherwise unsullied friendship but was merely a side-effect of Kitty's maturation and inability to maintain her friendships as she became increasingly consumed with spending as much time as possible with her girlhood crush Piotr Rasputin (AKA Colossus).
Storm, meanwhile, had taken to integrating the former villain Rogue into the X-Men. Though she had strongly argued against Rogue's stay with the team due to her psychotic assault on Carol Danvers and Alison Blaire, her teammates had slowly come to trust Rogue and Storm made steps towards trusting her as well. While brooding over her lack of control over her powers, Rogue was surprised by Storm who followed her to a small lake. Storm willingly offered Rogue the opportunity to take a fraction of her powers in order to show her the possibility that she could control herself. However, the pair were suddenly attacked by government agents after Rogue. They fired a blast from an unnamed weapon which was intended for Rogue but Storm selflessly hurled herself in front of in order to protect Rogue. The result left Storm powerless and she would have drowned in the lake below were it not for Forge who subsequently saved her and nursed her back to health.
For months, Ororo battled depression now that she no longer had her mutant abilities. She no longer saw the world as she once had through the beauty of mother nature but instead felt hopeless and abandoned, disconnected and disheartened. She slowly began to heal by developing feelings for Forge but upon discovering he had made the weapon that had robbed her of her abilities, Ororo left Forge and, after a long soul-searching trip across Africa, she returned to the X-Men.
TBC in part 3...
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