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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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Disclaimer: This story is really depressing ... I can't believe a happy person like me wrote it. Must be my schizophrenic other side! All angsty characters belong to Marvel and are not used to make me any money - not even play-money. If you need therapy, write me at brucepat@iafrica.com and I will try and cheer you up by bringing out my selection of bad 'Why did x, y or z cross the road?' jokes.
If you just want to ask why on earth I did this, e-mail me. heck, e-mail me anyway - I love e-mail and I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment.
Amities and carpe fabulam,
RogueStar


Last Dance

Rogue lay dying. Her slender body was pockmarked with purple blisters and, every few seconds, a painful, racking cough tore through her lungs. She had been bedridden for the past month, too weak to walk, too weak to fly. Tubes pumped nutrients in and pumped wastes out, running under her skin like tiny maggots.

"Good morning, New York, on this bright and sunny day..." The cheerful voice of the DJ greeted from the radio, "I'm Smilin' Stan and I'll be your host for the rest of this morning."

"Bonjour, cherie. Comment ša va?"

She lifted a weak hand to acknowledge Remy's presence.

"C'n I make ya more comfortable?" He asked.

She shook her head slowly, painfully. Why was he refusing to acknowledge the fact that she was dying? Why was he not wearing black?

"Ya want me t'read t'ya?"

She nodded slightly, imperceptibly.

"Bien." He picked up a book from the bedside table - a book of poetry - and began to read. His voice rolled over the beautiful old verses of love and death, of spring and winter. Of the interconnectedness of gain and loss.

Tears slowly gathered in Rogue's eyes and fell onto the white sheet of the bed, staining it.

"Ya want me t'stop?"

She coughed, clearing her throat.

"Ah . . . ."

Another paroxysm, that died into a rattle in her chest, but she carried on regardless.

"Dance with me."

"Quoi?"

"Please." She whispered, "One last time."

"Sure," He nodded, "Let's see if dis radio has anyt'ing besides Smilin' Stan on it."

Remy turned the dial.

"And now for all you lovebirds out there, a special treat..."

Slowly, gently, he slid the tubes out of her fragile arms and abdomen, letting them hang loose like a noose before an execution.

"May I have dis dance?"

She smiled weakly, but it was lost in another coughing fit. Carefully, Gambit picked her up, silently railing against God at the lightness of her body.

Rogue's feet touched the cold floor and she instantly slipped, slumping against Gambit for support. He held her close to him, face buried in her pale hair because he was crying. Why was someone so strong - both physically and mentally - so weak? Why could she not stand on her own feet?

The music played on, beautiful verses that spoke about enduring love that went beyond the grave. Words that meant so little to him at the moment. Words spoken by some starry-eyed teenager who had never lost nor ever thought she could. Who really believed that it was better to have loved and lost than never loved at all.

The music continued, rising and falling. Music that would be played a thousand times over at discos and weddings. Music that played for the last time for one slender X-Man, because some time between then and later, the beat of Rogue's heart stopped.

 


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