and the Keys of Music
Part Two: Cryin'
Rogue flew back from town, a smile on her lips. Maybe
he can do somethin' f' me! Maybe my powers will be gone, then
Remy an' Ah-
She stopped in mid flight. She and Remy could what? She left
him in Antarctica, remember? She left him in the cold to die,
told him she didn't love him, that he was an X-Man no more.
B-But Ah can find him! she told herself, then shook
He had done some bad things. She'd never forgive him for
"But Ah love him!" she whispered to herself. It
didn't matter. He didn't love her. How could he? How many
lies did he tell her? Had there ever been any truths?
She shook her head, clearing the thoughts from it.
She was over Central Park now, and she looked down. Tears
formed in her eyes at young lovers walking by the pond, kissing,
holding hands. Something she'd never been able to do. Why
can' that be me? She closed her eyes, wishing it would
all go away.
When she opened them again, she saw a bundle of wings laying
on the ground. Archangel?
She flew down closer. It was him! She touched ground
beside him, and put a hand on one of his wings.
"Warren? Sugah, you alright?" She asked. He didn't
move and instead of hearing his answer, she heard music. An
old song she couldn't place at first, and then another:
There was a time
When I was so brokenhearted
Love wasn't much of a friend of mine
Love a friend? Hump! Never! All the love she'd ever known
was driven away by her blasted powers. All the more reason
to let that doctor take them away.
No more hurt, pain, or broken hearts.
The tables have turned, yeah
'Cause me and them ways have parted
That kind of love was the killin' kind, so listen
She'd killed Cody. Gambit was probably dead too.
What had she been thinking, leaving him there without a shirt?
She had known he wouldn't be able to make it back.
But then again, he was a survivor, if all else, he survived.
Probably wasn't in the Arctic anymore either.
All I want is someone I can't resist I
know all I need to know by the way that I got kissed!
Kissing's what got her in this mess.
But she loved it. It was the most thrilling experience of
her life... well the second most, but she wouldn't think about
that. She couldn't without crying, or ripping something
She had just learned what all other women felt, and now...
well, it was gone. If this doctor couldn't help her, she'd
never feel it again.
Now there's not even breathin' room
Between pleasure and pain
Yeah you cry when we're makin' love
Must be one and the same
Remy had cried. The first time she'd really seen tears in
his eyes. He'd told her how beautiful she was to him, how
much he loved her. He'd held her so close afterwards, and
so gently, like she would break, that she had cried too.
The little bit of discomfort she had first felt went away
quickly, and then there was nothing but the pleasure. His
soft kisses, and his professed love.
His saying those three words had been the best part of all.
Because as he uttered them over and over again, she knew,
deep in her heart, that they were true, and that she would
forgive him anything because he'd said them to her.
It's down on me
Yeah, I got to tell you one thing
It's been on my mind
Girl I gotta say
We're partners in crime
But she didn't forgive him everything.
Because of him, hundreds were murdered. Because of him, Archangel,
their friend! had lost his wings. Because of him, her heart
was broken again.
But was she any worse for leaving him in Antarctica? Leaving
him in the cold, without a shirt? Without a hope of getting
back, and only a slim chance of survival?
You got that certain something
What you give to me
Takes my breath away
He had given her her first real taste of love and passion,
what had she given him? The cold shoulder, literally. His
kisses... they had been lasting. She could still feel the
trail his lips had made all over her face and neck.
She could still see him, when he'd thought she was asleep,
reach out and almost brush her face with the back of his hand.
A loving caress she had never felt, because he'd pulled away
Now the word out on the street
Is the devil's in your kiss
If our love goes up in flames
It's a fire I can't resist
She still wanted to feel that hand on her check. Still wanted
to feel his lips brush hers. She... she wanted to be back
in that cave, without their powers. She wanted to relive that
night over and over again...
Oh God! Had she always been so wanton?
No, this is what he had done to her. It wasn't her
fault, it was his!
Cause what you got inside
Ain't where your love should stay
Yeah, our love, sweet love, ain't love
Till you give your heart away, yeah ahh
She gave her heart away, and look at what it got her.
It was smashed to bits. Burned to flame... just like the
queen of hearts card she still carried with her.
And why? Because she'd been foolish enough to fall in love
with someone who she knew had a past. One she knew would never
tell her the whole truth.
But she'd never told him the whole truth either. he didn't
even know her real name! No one did. He didn't know all she
had been through, or why she kept it all a secret. But she'd
never done something so bad as what he'd done!
I was cryin' when I met you
Now I'm tryin to forget you
Your love is sweet misery I
was cryin' when I met you
Now I'm dyin' 'cause I let you
Do what you do down to, down to, down to, down to, down to...
Could she really blame him for not telling her, or anyone
for that matter? Look at what they'd done to him when they
found out. He was no longer an X-Man, cast out forever it
If he showed up on their doorstep, would anyone open the
door? Probably not.
What would Professor Xavier say about that? Did he know?
Had Gambit told him, or had the Professor ever looked that
deep into the Cajun's mind to see what he hid from everyone?
Did he not care, or did he think the that Gambit had
When she had met him, her life was just seeming to come together
again. She was with people like herself, and she had friends.
But had she really been happy? Did she really feel like she
The happiness had started when he'd started to show interest
in her. Someone who knew what she was, what she could do,
and yet, he had chased her. Had tried to get her to love him.
It had been fun, that game.
But when had it stopped being a game, and become real love?
She didn't know. She just knew that she did love him, no matter
what she had told him, he was her heart and soul. And now
all three were probably dead. Long gone. Frozen.
I was cryin' when I met you
Now I'm dyin to forget you
Your love is sweet
I was cryin' when I met you
"Get outta my head!" She cried out. She wanted
him to leave her alone. But would she let him? Could
Like Archangel, she fell to her knees, but she wouldn't cry.
She hadn't done anything wrong.... What had she done? She'd
left her heart to die in the cold! Is that why chills were
running up and down her now?
She started to cry after all.
Continued in Chapter
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