Author's Forward: With Easter fast
approaching, I started to daydream ideas of various superheros
as little kids searching for their Easter baskets. Silly idea
maybe. But maybe, I'll also write down quasi-Easter stories
for other characters beside Rogue. Also, I'm attempting to
write in Rogue's dialect. Hoping ya'all will bear with me.
Reflections of Easter Past
Ya ain't here, Ah know that. Your ashes are scattered across
the ocean waters. Momma told me all 'bout it. 'Bout how it
seemed like a huge setup ta encourage her not ta dwell on
mourning ya too long. The 'funeral' arrangements Ah mean.
Very clever. Ya knew 'bout your death beforehand. Your 'destiny'
as it were. And ya knew how Momma would react to it.
Ah came here, 'cause this was our home. Mah first home after
Ah ran away from mah folks. After Ah put Cody inta that coma.
Where Raven first brought me ta live wit' her, and you. Our
little hideaway in the woods. Not Xavier Mansion by any means,
but Ah loved it.
Another Easter is coming up awful fast. And all Ah can think
'bout is mah first Easter here. Ah was so withdrawn, and moody.
A brat, if Ah'm honest wit' myself. But you and Momma ...
ya were both so determined that Ah would enjoy myself. So
ya went all out.
Didn't matter that Ah was too old to believe in the Easter
Ah sure wasn't 'bout ta turn down free candy.
What kid in their right mind woulda?
Bought me a big ole stuffed bunny. As big as Ah was at the
time. Cottontail and Ah had so many adventures together. Dragged
that poor bunny all ovah the place. Still got 'im in my room
at the mansion. Despite how many times the mansion's been
destroyed, Ah still have managed ta find him in the wreckage.
A miracle if Ah ever saw one.
And that wasn't all. Ya bought me a rather ridiculous amount
of jelly beans. All sorts of different flavors and colors.
Ah had no idea that there were so many different flavors.
Did you and Momma have trouble deciding which kind ta buy?
Ah well, doesn't matter. Ah had a wonderful time playing jelly
bean poker wit' the neighborhood kids for months on end.
And the chocolate. ::giggle:: Well Ah kept that for myself.
The other kids could buy their own damned chocolate as far
as Ah was concerned. Ah kept it squirreled away, for anytime
Ah had the craving. It took me almost two whole weeks ta eat
that chocolate bunny you and Momma gave me. It was just that
huge. Guess it was a good thing that you two were so strict
about mah brushing mah teeth. Otherwise, the cavities, oh
lord the cavities Ah woulda had. The mind boggles at the horror.
But the best part was the Easter egg hunt at the local orphanage.
All those fancy decorated eggs, and a real live Easter Bunny
to boot. Ah thought the other adults were going to pass out
from shock when they saw Momma. But Ah guess she managed ta
convince them that it was just a "costume". The other kids,
they loved it. She definitively made their day.
If the other X-Men coulda seen her then ... Well ... The
big, bad Mystique of the "Brotherhood of 'Evil' Mutants" morphing
inta Peter Cottontail ta entertain a coupla orphaned kiddies.
Who woulda thunk it? You. Ya probably suggested the idea ta
her. Only you could have convinced her ta do it. Ya knew all
the right strings to pull wit' her. Ya always did. 'Cause
you knew Momma better than anybody else.
She's angry with me. Thinks Ah abandoned her. Ah hate that.
Ah'm always torn between mah responsibility and loyalty as
an X-Men, and Momma. In Dallas ... That was the worst. Wit'
Momma desperately trying ta keep me out of it. Regardless
of the consequences. Ah know she did what she did 'cause she
loved me, same wit' you. But it still hurt ta fight ya'll.
Mah other family. Well, Ok, not including Spiral. That girl
needed some major attitude adjustment. Hard ta believe she
was once just Longshot's 'normal' lady love. Fortunately,
Ali is a much better match wit' him.
Still can't believe that Ali and Ah are friendly now. Never
woulda believed it myself. All the hostility 'tween us when
she first joined the group after Malice had possessed her.
But she's gotten past it. They all have. Just like one big
extended family. Even if we ain't always together, that doesn't
mean we wouldn't help another member of the family who's in
Speakin' of family. Ah'm sorry Ah let you and Momma think
Ah was dead all those months ago, after Dallas. Ah didn't
know that Ah would never see you again. Ah just didn't know.
Ah'm so sorry. Ah just hope you knew how important you were
Ah'm dating someone new. Remy and Ah went our separate ways.
We decided that was best. Despite all our wishes ta the contrary
we were constantly hit by roadblocks. Not just the one involving
mah power. Ah wish...
Anyhow, ya knew him, my new fella. It's Petey. The big metal
X-guy. Ya know, the guy with the literal abs of steel. Have
ta admit, Ah always found his ... physique attractive. Just
never had the time, or the inclination ta do anything 'bout
it before. Also, Ah guess Ah saw him and Kitty as star-crossed
lovers. Always finding their way back ta each other no matter
We found out recently that Ah could touch Petey in his metal
form. Without the transfer of mah powers. It was wonderful.
It was beautiful. But Ah have ta admit, that Ah'm afraid that
the physical might be all there is ta our relationship. Oh,
we've been friends a long time. And we've shared a lot of
heartache and grief. But what else do we really have in common?
He's Petey-pureheart and Ah'm the girl who use ta take on
Dazzler for kicks.
And now, now Ah lead one of the X-teams. Crazy, ain't it?
Did ya see that in your mind's eye, Irene? Did ya? Ah never
woulda dreamt of it, just a few short years ago. But, Ah'm
gonna try mah best. Follow the examples that Scotty, Ororo,
Fuzzy, and Wolvie set before me. And Ah'm gonna try an use
the techniques Momma used when leading the Brotherhood. The
best ones Ah mean.
Now Scotty is up there wit' you. His body may be alive, but
his soul ... Well anyhow, please tell him hi for me if you
can. Tell him, we all miss him. We all miss our 'Cyke'. ::Sniff::
Didn't mean ta get all teary-eyed on ya. Just missing the
both of ya right now. Keep on thinking 'bout how Cyke woulda
handled the situations we keep on getting mixed up in. Wolvie
tells me that's pointless. But Ah can't help it.
This has been real nice. But Ah'd better go. Can't leave
the brood for too long, ya understand. Ah'll come visit again
real soon. If ya'all will have me. Ah don't know, perhaps
it's unnecessary to make the trip down here, ta talk to ya.
But, it feels like Ah'm coming home in some weird way. It's
as if ... naw. Ah've talked long enough as it is.
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