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"Always Coming Home"
Gambit finds his way back to the Mansion ... and asks for a retrial.
"Mending Fences"
Rogue and Gambit both suffer through reminders that neither of them can escape their pasts. (Unfinished.)

"Blowing in the Wind"
In honor of the Gambit Guild's "Gambit Day," RogueStar writes a story of reconciliation and hope for Rogue and Gambit.

"The Briar Patch"
A dark, thorny look at how Rogue might internally view her powers. Takes place after Rogue's emergence from the Siege Perilous.

"Cantique Noel"
A series of holiday-themed stories about personal despair and choices for the future, featuring Siryn, Rogue, Gambit and Marrow.

Christmas 1998
A series of three stories written as a gift for the mailing lists Southern Comfort and Gambit Guild.
"Frankincense" - featuring Gambit and Bebete (the green mist lady)
"Gold" - featuring Cyclops and Phoenix
"Myrrh" - featuring Rogue, Gambit and Nightcrawler

"Demain des l'aube"
Rogue mourns the death of her mother and plans to pass Raven's teachings on to her own unborn child.

"The Eighth Color of the Rainbow"
After his "death" at the end of the Magneto War, Joseph makes one last trip to Salem Center to say a very special goodbye.

"Fallen Skies"
In a pocket universe where Rogue stayed in the service of her foster mother Mystique, Rogue becomes known as the woman who killed Magneto. (Unfinished.)

"For My Daughter"
A woman in Mississippi writes a long-overdue letter to her daughter.

"Forever"
Rogue and Gambit think back to when they once decided to break up for good -- and laugh at their younger selves' naivete. Written in response to the recent X-book writing/editorial decision to break them up.

"The Happiest Night"
Just before Rogue and Remy are set to leave for their honeymoon, Rogue finally reveals the real reasons she's so uneasy about being with him. A response to Rogue and Gambit's rumored break-up in Gambit #16.

"The Horse of Another Color"
Magnus, the Mage, demands a tithe from a small town every month. This time, he wants the townspeople to deliver Rogue as his tribute, or else find for him the mythical horse of a different color. (Unfinished. In revision.)
"The Sword and the Rose"
Sabrina and Remy LeBeau settle into their new roles as husband and wife as they train and prepare to defend themselves in a world that has become even more uncertain. (Unfinished.)

"I Am"
Rogue asks Gambit to accept the real her. A response to "All's Fair..." by R.V. Bemis.

"Indian Summer"
Rogue and Gambit make their piece and decide to get back together. In response to Gambit #16.

"The Intolerable"
In a different world, Mystique had early ties to the Thieves Guild and sent Rogue to New Orleans to study the arts of thievery.

"Jazz"
Gambit offers Jean a small comfort as she grieves over Cyclops' apparent death. Inspired by UXM #386.

"Last Dance"
As Rogue lay dying, probably of the Legacy Virus, Gambit fulfills her final wish: one last dance.

"The Magician and the Butterfly"
Sabine Robbins leaves her settled life with Cody as a farmer's wife and runs away with a circus magician. Told from mulitple perspectives.

"A Matter of Pryde"
When Soldier Alpha escapes the project and joins the rebels, it is up to a Black Striper to bring her to justice. Unfinished.

"Miss American Pie"
Rogue stares at her reflection in the mirror and evaluates what she is -- and isn't. X-Men: Evolution universe.

"The Queen and the Hunter"
Barely more than a child when she married Magnus, Rogue quietly defers to her husband, then feels the urge to rebel. Age of Apocalypse.

"Return to the Rooftop"
As they settle into their new roles as leaders of the X-Men, Rogue and Gambit try to settle into another role as well: platonic friends.

"Sek, Lies and Videotape"
(with Keri Wilson)
After their wedding, Rogue and Gambit record a farewell message of sorts for Sehkmet Conoway. Sillyfic.

Sim Salem Project
An ongoing series of stories in which Rogue and Gambit are living a happy suburban life with their precocious son, Luc.
• "Confiteor"
• "The Cherry Cookie Incident"
• "The Sphinx's Question"
• "Gotta Learn Them All"
• "Happy Anniversary!"
• "Home Nursing"
• "Saturday Morning in Salem Center"
• "The Cabbage Patch"

"Smoke and Mirrors"
Centering on the relationship between Rogue and Remy and on the growing human intolerance of mutants, this story begins (in terms of "normal" continuity) just before Bishop joins the team and ends just after LegionQuest.

"Snapshot"
(With Alexis)
When Mercy LeBeau comes to deliver some news to Gambit, she falls in lust with Iceman and chaos ensues. (Unfinished.)

"Solitaire"
After coming back home to the X-Mansion, many of the X-Men, including Rogue and Colossus, try to make peace with the ghosts in their lives. (Unfinished.)

"Trials"
(With Faith Barnett)
Just after the Trial of UXM 350, the various X-Men try to get on with their lives. (Unfinished.)

"A Walk in the Woods"
Banished to the woods after her disastrous encounter with Cody, Rogue is suspicious when she meets a beautiful woman who wants to take care of her.

"A Window to Her Soul"
Colossus awakens and finds inspiration in Rogue's sleeping form.

elsewhere in Alykat's World:

"The Morning Paper"
Hank and Bobby miss seeing their favorite comic strip in the Sunday paper. A tribute to Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.
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I am

Am I afraid to look at her for who she is
because it'll make me look at myself for who I am?

Everyone needs a god - whether it is the mystical, unknowable Bright Lady of Ororoís faith or a murmured prayer to Lady Luck, accompanied by the clatter of dice. Some people find their gods at the bottom of a bottle, or gorgeously wreathed in flowers in an incense-rich temple. They praise them to an organ in a cathedral or to the whisper of wind in a green forest. Even blank, frank atheists worship the knowledge of this world and nothing further. On the other hand, some, unable to find them amidst the thousand idols and few true gods, create them out of anything and nothing, as you did to me.

In the end, your expectations of me were what came between us. You sculpted me from jagged rock and steel into something I was not, smoothing all rough edges into curves and arcs with a masterís hand. I was your masterpiece. Elevating me to a height that I was unable to sustain, you watched amazedly as I fell to earth with the snow and rain, clawing at the clouds. Your belief in my perfection did both of us disservice as you never considered that my hands too were familiar with the curve of a gunís butt, that they too had wielded knives and explosives, that they too were deeply stained with blood. You thought I hated you for what you had done, when I could only understand. I have killed, you know. Have planned murder against my team-mates, because they had what I could never have. I have hurt, both mentally and physically. I have made mistakes, as I did in Antarctica, where I let your guilt get the better of me, then regretted it bitterly.

You cannot say that I have ever claimed to be an angel. For all I am mutant, I am too deeply human to navigate the infinite, subtle currents that run beneath society without hitting a rock or coming aground once a while. You should know that. We're the same, you and I; we belong to each other. We both recognise the absurdity of our relationship - how you can want to kiss a woman who can rip every secret from your soul and leave you in a sort of living death, how I can want to be with someone who frankly scares me through his own acceptance of his sexuality. The age-old game of a kiss and a kick. We keep returning to each other, despite the pain, not out of kismet or some divine bond but because we understand each other perfectly, even when we wish we did not. When it is too much like looking in the mirror and seeing ourselves for ourselves.

It's the reason you have created your own version of me - by redeeming me, you salvage yourself. You can believe yourself worthy of the love of a infinitely noble heroine, rather than that of a battle-scarred, amoral former villain. And, do you know what is bitterly ironic? You could love who I truly am even more. Could love the terrorist, the outrageous flirt, the loyal daughter to Mystique, the flawed lover, more than the saintly virgin of your creation.

So, LeBeau, here I am, stripping off the layers of self, opening the doors to my heart which hardship locked, trying to take myself off the pedestal on which you placed me, asking you to love me for who I truly am.


Disclaimer: This is a rebuttal, which could not have been done without the help of Karolina's Rogue Continuity. Very cool summary of everything Rogue, although it gets a tad depressing when you realise that after Rogue\Remy start to flirt, no real Rogue characterisation happens. Anyway, comments to brucepat@iafrica.com and characters are Marvels.

 


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