This story takes place shortly after Rogue
and Magneto's wedding in the Age of Apocalypse.
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AGE OF APOCALYPSE:
Part One: The Announcement
"Sigh, another day, another successful battle,"
said Rogue,as she landed next to her husband Magneto. "And
still the hordes of Apocalypse come on."
"Yes," he looked somberly at the battlefield. "And
this is only the prelude to what must come next."
"Apocalypse is receiving a major weapons and supply
shipment in eight months. I want to raid the depot. We need
food and other supplies, we can use the weapons and the human
refugees fleeing to Avalon need food too. It will take a large-scale
assault to draw off the troops while we raid, and anything
we can't take with us will have to be destroyed. This is going
to be a major undertaking my love."
"You're up to it," Rogue said. "We're
up to it."
Magneto smiled at her, "Thank you Rogue. We will have
to be. Now, let us return home." He flew up. Rogue leapt
up into the air and faltered slightly, wobbling a bit.
"Is something wrong?" asked Magneto. "You
"Ah'm fine. Just felt a little woozy there, but Ah'll
be all right sugah." she smiled.
"All the same, perhaps you should get Storm to perform
a medical scan on you when we return." he suggested.
"Alright, if it'll make you happy."
"So," joked Rogue. "Will Ah live?"
Storm looked over the results. "Hmmm..."
"Uh Storm? Ah will live, right?"
"Oh yes, it's nothing... fatal. Tell me Rogue, having
you been feeling... well lately?"
"You betcha! In the peak of health... well... Ah am
findin' it harder to get up in the mornin's than I used
to, and for some reason breakfast makes me feel nauseous,
but Ah just put that down to Morph's revolting coffee. So,
what've Ah got?"
Rogue considered for a moment. "Is that some sorta weird
tropical disease that'll give me purple spots or something?"
"No, it's only the condition women find themselves in
before they have babies, although you may soon wish it was
that other thing."
"Ah'm... pregnant?! Ah'm gonna have a baby?!"
"Yes. Er, congratulations?" said Storm tentatively.
"But... but how?"
Storm raised an eyebrow at her.
"Ah mean, we use protection!"
"Condoms have a 5 percent failure rate you know. And
considering the standards these days..."
"Oh mah gosh... Ah'm gonna have a baby." Rogue
pondered for a while... "YES!!!!"
"Erik honey, Ah've got somethin' to tell you."
Erik blinked and looked over at his wife. He smiled briefly
in greeting. "Rogue, good news I hope. This base of Apocalypse's
is proving a tough nut to crack. I'd like your insight on
it. I thought perhaps our combined magnetic abilities might
serve to get the gates open. But wait, you had something to
"Yes," Rogue seemed nervous. "You better sit
down." She waited until he had done so, then took a deep
breath. "Ah'm pregnant."
"Pregnant? Pregnant in what sense?" Erik asked
"Pregnant in the biological sense of course!
Erik, can you hear me okay? We're going to have a baby!"
"I... heard, it just hasn't sunk in yet." Rogue
watched him as he sat there. Suddenly he jumped to his feet.
"OhmyGODyou'regoingtohaveababy?!AIEEEE!Quick! Sit down!
Do you need anything should I get a doctor?"
"Erik, Erik, calm down, Ah'm fine. You're the
one who's hyperventilating."
Erik sat down again, "How?" he wanted to know.
"We were so careful. I kept the magnetic shield up the
whole time. I know I did... otherwise I'd be in a coma
"Well... umm... Ah guess your concentration slipped
briefly in the uh... heat of the moment. Ah'm only seven weeks
gone, but I figure the night we took out that shipment of
sensors was the night. You were a bit jumpy as Ah recall."
"I couldn't help it, you kept nibbling my ear!"
"That probably would have done it."
"Alright, now that you've calmed down how are we gonna
tell the others?" asked Rogue.
Magneto looked at her blankly. "Tell who? Oh... yes,
"Perhaps Pietro first?" prodded Rogue.
Magneto considered his impetuous son and his likely reaction
to news of this magnitude. "Uh... yes. Telling Pietro
first, in private, would be a good idea."
Rogue smiled, "Ah'm sure that he will be just as happy
as you are darlin'. You are happy aren't you?"
Magneto managed a weak smile, "Ecstatic beloved."
Pietro entered his father's study in cheerful mood. The last
battle with Apocalypse's minions had been successful and better
yet, Storm was being quite open with him now. However he became
suspicious when he saw the expression on his father's face
as he sat down. Magneto looked very much like someone handling
a bomb that could go off at any second. However Rogue, who
was standing by the desk, had a faraway look on her face and
was muttering names punctuated with little coos.
Pietro looked at his stepmother in bafflement, "Are
you alright Rogue?"
"Ah'm just peachy honey. Now Erik, Ah think you should
Magneto jumped slightly, "Yes, well... ah... Pietro,
I have some happy news."
"That's good," said Pietro warily.
"Yes, we will soon have a new addition to the X-Men."
"Oh? A new mutant is joining?"
"Well, you could say that," Magneto cleared his
throat. "This new addition will not be a... well, what
I mean, we... that is Rogue and I, only found out a short
time ago that... well..."
"Oh for goodness sake!" Rogue exploded. "Jus'
spit it out!"
"My love, it isn't that easy."
"Course it is, all ya gotta do is tell him Ah'm pregnant...oops."
Magneto and Rogue looked over at Quicksilver, who had just
fallen off his chair.
"Yes son, Rogue is going to have a baby."
"You'll be a big brother again sugah!"
"B-b-but HOW?" squeaked Pietro.
"Oh not again," murmured Rogue. "Honey, did
you neglect his education that much?"
Pietro flushed bright red. "I know how, I mean
well... how could... no... if you..."
"Yeah," sighed Rogue. "Ah see what y'all're
gettin' at. Ah just don't know how Erik lost control when..."
"Uh, sorry sugah."
Pietro staggered to his feet. "I can't have a sibling
nearly 30 years younger than me!"
"Well, you're getting one!"
"Father, surely you're too..." Pietro stopped and
his father raised an eyebrow.
"Too old?" enquired Erik. "Surely not!"
"Don't worry Petey, he ain't too old!" laughed
Rogue. "How d'ya think this little one got here? Erik
Pietro held up one hand, "Rogue, I really don't need
"I don't think he was worried about that beloved."
"Well, Ah just don't want anyone to think you're past
it...cause you sure ain't!"
"I think I'll leave now," said Pietro. "I
need to lie down."
He weaved to the door, smashed into the wall and reeled out.
Erik watched him go. "I think that went well."
Rogue considered, "Actually hon, Ah don't think it's
quite sunk in yet."
"OH MY GOD!!!!"
Erik blinked, "It has now."
Continued in Chapter
Next part: Rogue gets a craving
... but where in the Age of Apocalypse are the X-Men going
to find STRAWBERRIES?
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