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Marlow is copyrighted by Allen Sumner 1996.
After going through all the E-mail I got on this story, I
have went back and made a few changes, most of which do not
change the over all story, but help clarify some of the questions
that I was asked. I hope you enjoy it again.
Send comments\messages to: ASumner@Highland.Net
Here we go, enjoy:
"What have ya done t' him, ya MONSTER!" Rogue screamed
as the rest of the X-Men tried in vain to hold her back.
The young mutant, who was the focus of Rogue's outrage, was
on her knees, crying. She couldn't of been over 14 years old.
Rogue! Calm down. Professor X's telepathic voice echoed
in her mind.
Moments before, she and Gambit had came to Xaiver's study
along with the rest of the X-Men to welcome a new student.
When they arrived the young girl had suddenly drop to her
knees in pain, crying out in agony. Gambit rushed to her and
reached out to help and then vanished in a brief flash of
azure as he touched the young girl's shoulder..
Rogue rushed over to the girl and grabbed her, lifting her
into the air with one arm, the other drawn back ready to punch.
Jean Grey-Summers, better known as the Phoenix, reached out
with her telekinesis and grabbed Rogue's arm holding it back,
while all around her the X-Men watched, some breathlessly,
some ready to try and take Rogue down.
"I.... I don't kn... know." she whimpered. "Pl...Please
don't hurt me.""
Rogue!! this time Professor X's voice boomed in her
mind, Put her down, Now! Gambit is okay. "Where
is he?" Rogue said, a slight bit calmer this time, but
still holding the girl.
"Rogue," this time the Professor spoke, "This
is Tina Marlow, she has the ability to shift objects through
"What, are ya tryin' t' tell me that Remy's in another
time." she lifted the girl a little higher and looked
deeply into her eyes, "Bring him back, now!" she
"I.. I.. can't." Tina stuttered. "Rogue. She
can only send objects." Jean interrupted as her telekinic
grip on Rogue's arm strained as Rogue fought it.
"Why ah ought t'." Rogue said as she strained against
Jean's bond, but couldn't break it.
"Calm down, Gambit will return shortly. Tina's timeshift
only lasts around an hour." Professer X said.
Rogue finally calmed down and sat Tina down who was now shaking
like a leaf. Taking a deep breath to calm herself as Jean
released her telekinic hold. Rogue walked over to a chair
and dropped down into it with her face buried in her hands,
as the rest of the X-Men breathed a sigh of relief.
"Ah.... Ah'm sorry, Tina..." Rogue said, her voice
full of shame for the way she had just acted, "Ah jus'...."
her voice trailed off as she tried to figure out what else
to say. Professor X telepathically asked to other X-men to
leave. They quietly filed out the door leaving Rogue alone
with the Professor and Tina.
Tina got up and walked over to Rogue, her hands behind her
back and head hung low. She stood there a moment and shuffled
her feet. "Th..That's okay lady, I'm sorry. I didn't
Hearing those words, Rogue thought back to a time when she
herself had used similiar words. Back to when her mutant powers
first appeared. Back to when a boy name Cody kissed her and
never woke up. *Ah'm so sorry Cody.* Then slowly she raised
her head and looked at Tina.
"Ah know shugah, Ah know."
"Awe, but momma," the little girl complained as
she fiddged with the collar of the new dress her mother had
just put on her, "Ah don't like this dress. Can't ah
just wear my regular clothes to the fair?"
"Now Amanda child, stop fiddging, why does a pretty
girl like ya not like this dress?" Her mother questioned
as she stepped back to admire her lovely daughter. "Oh
child, you are beautiful, why ya goin' to be a regular heartbreker
when ya gets grown. Yeah ya goin' steal all the boys hearts,
ya goin' be a regular ol' rogue of hearts, child."
The little girl looked up at her mother and smiled. "Ah
like that word momma."
"What word, child?"
Later, Gambit fell back, very unagile like, flat on his butt.
Hope nobody saw dat. he thought as he looked around,
the study was gone, as was everybody else.
Dis not be good for Gambit. Not good 't all. Getting
to his feet he brushed the the dirt off of him. Not good
He was standing between a wore down wooden fence and a semi-trailer.
On the side of the trailer, painted in faded red letters,
was : Grambenee's Carnival of Wonders. From beyond the trailer
he heard the sound of a pipe organ and the sounds of people
laughing and enjoying themselves.
Hmm... Gambit always did like th' carney.
Then he heard it, a soft crying sound, a little girl's cry.
Peering around the back of the truck he saw a fair ground
full of people, tent's and rides. Then he spotted her,a little
girl huddled behind a nearby tent, holding a stuffed bear
. As Gambit neared, something about the girl looked familiar.
No.. it can't be. But then again how many brown-haired
girls had a streak of white down the middle of their hair.
Ho' dis be? Looking around he noticed everybody was
dress like it was the early to mid seventies. Then the little
girl's cry caught his attention again.
He stepped up to the little girl and noticed that the bear's
head was hanging from the body by a few threads,as well as
a leg, white stuffing bulged out of the rips. The little girl
sniffled and looked up at him tears still welling up in her
"Are y' okay, petite?" he asked as her looked into
her eyes, no doubt about it this was Rogue, but she only appeared
to be about six years old. He must have been sent back in
"Some mean ol' boys stole Mis'tah bear an' hurt 'em,"
she gasped for a breath, "then they ran off." she
continued to cry. "Now ah lost my momma."
Gambit squatted down besides her and looked at her, cautiously
her reached out and touched her forehead with his bare finger,
nothing. Then he brushed back a lock of brown hair.
"Everyt'ing gonna be okay, petite. Gambit help y' find
She stared at him a moment. "Mis'tah Gambit, are ya
a clown? Ya sur' do dress funny." she said as she stopped
crying. She took Gambit's hand and stood up still clutching
the torn bear next to her chest.
"No, petite...", he said. He flick his free hand
and card appeared out of nowhere, "Gambit be better dan
a clown." He watched as the young Rogue's eye widened
in amazement as the card started to glow and hum. He flipped
the card into the air and it vanished with a small pop and
puff of smoke.
Rogue was entranced, "WOW.... ya a magic man."
"Close enough, petite, close enough. Now let's go find
y're momma." with that he lead her out into the crowd.
"Do you have a name petite?"
"Mah name's Amanda," she paused a moment, "but
ah want a fun name like yours." she told him with a smile
across her face. "Well den, petite, What you want Gambit
to call you?"
"Hows 'bout... um... Rogue?" she said with a giggle.
Gambit smiled, "Den Rogue it be."
They walked for several minutes, Gambit hadn't realized how
big this carnival was or how many people were here. They stopped
for a moment.
"Do y' see y're momma?" he asked as Rogue suddenly
grabbed hold of his waist and inched around behind him. "What's
a matter petite?"
"That's them. The mean boys that took Mis'tah bear."
she said as she pointed over toward three boys that looked
to be about 15.
"Is dat so."
Gambit started to follow the boys but Rogue held tight to
his waist. Lifting her up and balancing her on his waist he
continued after them. They followed them as the boys wandered
around the carnival causing general trouble where ever they
happened to stop.
The boys ended up at a small water tower nearby the carnival.
Standing beneath it they starting to smoke, laughing and joking
about taking the little girl's bear. Gambit and Rogue was
standing next to a nearby tuck . Hearing this really got to
"Rogue, petite, y' stay here, Gambit be back in a moment."
he said as he sat her down on the hood of the truck.
Gambit walked up to the boys. "Pardon, I couldn't help
over hearing y' boys. What y' did to the young lady wasn't
The boys looked at each other and laughted, then the one
with the pack of cigarettes spoke. "Yeah whats it to
ya, ol' man."
"Well, the young lady is a friend o' mine."
"So" "So," Gambit said as he reached
out as snatched the cigarettes for the oldest boy's hand,
before the teenager knew it Gambit had pulled two cigarettes
out. He put one in is mouth and held the other where they
could all see it. "I'm here t' tell y' to leave her an'
everyone else alone. N'cest-ce pas?." With that he charged
the cigarette, the boys stared in awe as he tossed it up at
the water tower. As they watched the glowing cigarette, Gambit
leaped away as it hit the tower and discharged, blowing a
hole in the bottom and drowning the boys with several hundred
gallons of water.
Gambit walked over to Rogue who was standing on the hood
of the truck laughing at the now mud covered boys as they
scrambled around trying to stand.
"Way to go Mis'tah Gambit!" she said as he helped
They walked by one of the game booths, one of the one where
you throw the baseball and try to knock down the milk bottles.
They had a big pink giraffe almost as tall as Rogue. "Come
here petite ." Gambit said as he lead her over to the
booth. "How much?" he asked the proprietor of the
"Fifty cents for three balls."
"Gimme three an' keep th' change." he said as he
hand the man a dollar, making sure the date on it was older
Rogue watched as Gambit picked up the balls and in fast succession
threw them, knocking over three stands of milk bottles.
"We Have A Winner!" the man in the stand shouted.
"What'll it be."
"Th' pink giraffe over ther, Mon ami." He remembered
that Rogue had always loved giraffes.
Gambit handed the stuffed giraffe to Rogue, who handed him
the bear and then huged the giraffe tightly, she then motioned
for him to come closer. He knelt down in front of her. She
wrapped her free arm around his neck and kissed him on the
"Thank ya Mis'tah Gambit. Thank ya, ah'll keep it forever."
Just then they both heard a woman's voice shouting Rogue's
name. Rogue turned and saw her momma and took off running
for her. The woman scooped the little girl up in her arms
and hugged her.
Gambit put the bear in his jacket pocket as he watched the
woman hug Rogue. "I love y', Petite." Then he vainshed
in a brief glow of azure colored light..
"Amanda, darlin' ya no ideal how worried ah've been.
Where have ya been girl."
"With Mis'tah Gambit, the magic man." little Rogue
said as she turned in her mothers arms, but Gambit was nowhere
to be found.
Gambit fell back, very unagile like and landed on his butt.
Mon dieu, not again.
This time he was infront of the mansion. He was back, or
so he hoped .
Leaping to his feet he rushed to the main door and knocked.
Rogue answered the door with a gasp and then hugged the cajun,
careful not to touch her skin to his.
"Remy, ah was so worried."
"Chere, dat's nice, Gambit missed y' to." Rogue
blushed. "So, hows 'bout a little kiss fo' Gambit, t'
show 'im how much y' missed 'im." Remy said as he puckered
his lips and closed his eyes. The next thing he felt was Rogue's
gloved hand slap his cheek, firmly but not inflicting too
"Remy, ya know better than t' ask tha'." Rogue
snapped. "Do ya'll want t' end up in a coma or what?"
"Dat's alrigh' Chere. Gambit dun got his kiss."
He said and walked on in pass her.
What did Remy mean by tha'?
They walked in to Professor X's study where Jean and the
Professor was talking to Tina. Gambit could tell she was scared.
"I'm sorry I timeshifted you, mister Gambit." she
said as tears began to form in her eyes.
"Dat's okay, petite. y' like magic?"
She nodded her head a little. Then Gambit flicked his hand
and a card appeared and started to glow and hum. Her eyes
grew wide with amazement, as did Rogue's. Then he flipped
the card into the air and it vanished with a pop and a puff
smoke. Gambit smiled as the little girl cheered up, he turned
to Rogue, who looked like she had seen a ghost, and winked.
"WOW" Tina said.
Later that evening Gambit was laying in his room when Rogue
appeared in the door way. In her arms was a worn pink giraffe.
Gambit watched as she entered the room and sat on the edge
of his bed.
After a moment she spoke. "That was ya, wasn' t it?"
Gambit didn't answer, he just reached under his pillow and
pulled out a stuffed bear, who had recently had minor surgery
performed on it to close up the rips in its neck and leg.
The bear also had a new collar with a shiny gold tag stamped
"MAGIC MAN" around it's neck. He handed it her and
Tears swelled in Rogues eyes, she was speachless, then she
hugged the cajun.
Well, I hope that answered two of the
three main questions I received. As for the third, read on.
1) Why did Rogue say her name was "Rogue" In my
first draft I just assumed that "Rogue" was a nickname
she had since she was little. 2) Have you every tried to lift
a nine year old on your hip and carry them? I decided to change
her age, for 1) the question listed above, a nine year old
is pretty good sized, and 2) I believe that would be more
accurate with the comics (I have always had trouble keeping
track of years in comics : ) ) 3) Why hasn't Rogue confronted
Remy before about "Magic Man"? Well, time travel
is a tricky thing, even in theory.
See ya -Allen
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