Disclaimer: The X-Men are property
of Marvel. No one in this story is mine, I don't think. Not
even Rogue's husband, Daniel, who, by the way, is property
of the extremely talented Amanda Sichter.
Again, Amanda, thank you for letting me write this. :)
Dreams to a Reality
Kurt Wagner stared sadly at the wedding picture. Rogue had
refused to leave her husband and return to the X-Men. She
was deaf to his pleas and to the questions of the police officers
Kurt had sent. She had denied all of Kurt's allegations and
had turned them all away.
Kurt put the frame down and turned away. But, perhaps it
was for the best. Things had changed greatly amongst the X-Men.
Because of the circumstances, Kurt could not bring himself
to tell Remy, Kitty, or the others of Rogue's marital state.
He had confided in only Logan and Raven, and both had given
him similar answers. Raven had refused to acknowledge that
she had a daughter, especially such a weak and pathetic character
as Kurt had described. Logan had wanted Rogue to get out of
this on her own. It was her business and her call and he would
help her only when she admitted that she needed help.
Robert Drake walked into the room, a heavy frown set upon
his face. He handed Kurt the cordless phone. "It's Rogue,"
Bobby said worriedly. "She sounded really bad."
Kurt was not telepathic like Jean, Betsy, or Professor Xavier.
His mutant power was of teleportation. But, he did not need
telepathy to know that something was terribly wrong. "Rogue,
"He's dead," Rogue said shakily.
If Kurt had a regular face it would have paled. "He's
dead," Rogue repeated. "He he came at me again.
An' he was really mad an' drunk an' he was hittin' me an'
it hurt so much." Rogue broke off crying. "An' then
when he fell asleep, Ah Ah went crazy. Mad. Ah started hittin'
him an' Ah couldn't stop. An' he tried to put up his force
field but Ah kept hittin' an' he was too weak an' he fell
over unconscious but Ah couldn't stop," she sobbed into
"Shh, it'll be alright," Kurt soothed. It was self-defense,
anyone could tell that by looking at her. Or, at the very
least, it was temporary insanity.
"An' then, an' then," Rogue continued softly, "when
he was havin' trouble breathin', Ah Ah realized that Ah nevah
loved him an' an' that Ah only married him cause he could
touch me an' an' Ah wanted ta know if he evah loved me."
Kurt's eyes widened. She couldn't have
"An' Ah absorbed him. Every bit of him. An' an' he nevah
loved me. He jus' wanted me to control," Rogue whispered.
Kurt did not know what to say. His sister sounded so lost,
so abandoned Even though what his sister did was unforgivable
and irreversible he could not help but wish Rogue had done
more to her husband.
"We'll be right there," he promised hoarsely.
"Kurt, Ah don't want ta go ta jail," Rogue whispered.
"You won't," Kurt said firmly.
Rogue buried her tear-streaked face in Kurt's shoulder and
Jean tore her eyes away from the reunited siblings and glared
at Rogue's husband's body. HE had done this to her. HE had
driven her to the edge of insanity and over. HE had broken
her. He deserved worse than what Rogue had done to him.
Logan walked up to Jean. "Scott and the Professor would
never approve of this."
Jean crossed her arms defiantly. "That's why we're not
telling them. Or anyone else for that matter. This stays between
me, you, Kurt, and Rogue. As far as they need to know, Rogue's
husband has been constantly abusing her. And tonight he was
drunk and he was beating up on her and she ran away. She came
back and found her husband in the tub underwater not breathing.
So she attempted to resuscitate him and, in that process,
permanently absorbed him. And now his body has passed away."
Logan lit a cigarette. "It'll be good to have her back."
Jean nodded. "Yes."
"But they'll be returnin' soon. We have to tell her."
Jean's brows furrowed with worry. "I know, Logan. But
not yet. I don't think she'd be able to handle it."
"Welcome home, child, welcome home," Ororo said
warmly as she hugged Rogue tightly.
Next: Suicide Mission
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