During the legislation which proposed the enactment of the Mutant Registration Act, two members of the New Mutants—Skids and Rusty Collins—were imprisoned for refusing to sign. After this atrocity, the Mutant Liberation Front (MLF), including Strobe, first came on the scene to demand the liberation of the pair. The group tried to free them by force, but this only ended in confusion. During the break-in, Cable tried to intervene and a prison guard accidentally shot Rusty. Skids believed that it was Cable who shot her friend, so she decided to side with the MLF.