On board an unmarked airplane - the undercarriage
"Remy, I am your father." the sentence seemed to
echo continuously throughout the airplane through each individuals
"Oh Lordy..." Rogue breathed unable to express
herself in any other way. Her gloved hands cupped over her
mouth and nose.
Sam's mouth kept opening and closing at various times without
a sound coming out.
"Shit. I knew I wasn't going to like what Sinister had
to say." Logan grumbled as he sat with his head lowered
not looking at the other two X-Men.
Sinister had prepared for numerous types of responses he
felt Remy would make after hearing that he -- Sinister --
was his father. Number one was a flat out refusal to believe
it. Sinister was not prepared however, when Remy started to
laugh. He must think I was trying to trick him or that
it was some sort of joke. Sinister quickly formulated
ways to convince Remy of the truth. Remy though, spoke before
Sinister opened his mouth.
"It be just Remy's luck non? 'avin you for de father.
No wonder why Remy be so messed up eh?" Remy chuckled
again. "You know de sayin' 'life imitates art'?"
Sinister nodded cautiously, unprepared for Remy's unusual
response and unsure of the direction Remy's thoughts were
"Well dat really be Remy's life non? Remy's whole life
be like dat whole movie 'Star Wars'." Remy chuckled some
more. "Remy be Luke Skywalker. De orphan who never knew
'is real parents. Raised by a couple, alone. While dreamin'
of some big, flashy, richer life. De couple dies and Luke
be mentored by another. Dat Obi Wan guy. He was a great man
but had flaws and failin's. For me dat would be when I be
trained by de t'ieves guild eh? Den Luke be trained by de
best and most noble jedi trainer, Yoda. Dat would be when
Xavier took me in eh? Showed Remy 'ow to be a better person.
Now dat Remy t'ink about it Xavier and Yoda even look alike
eh? Both bald. Old. Talk in riddles, 'stead of just
talkin' straight out. Anyway, Luke make new friends and family
wit' de rebels; dat be de X-Men for me. Den Luke find out
dat Vader is his father; remember de scene, Vader say 'Luke.
I am your father.' Just like 'ow you said it to me. 'Remy
I am your father.' So I guess that makes you my Dart' Vader
eh? Guess dat means I have to turn you from de dark side huh?"
when Sinister didn't reply Remy's drugged brain hooked onto
another part of de movie and his life. "Hey you mentioned
a brother. In Star Wars Luke found out dat he had a twin sister
dat he didn't know about. Funny huh? Do I have some special
power like Luke dat make me a threat to de emp'rer? Hmm, who
be de emp'rer in my life? How 'bout Apocolypse? Maybe not.
Dat's Cable's job right?"
Intrigued by how close Remy was coming to certain truths
and the parrellels he drew with a fictional movie, Sinister
continued the conversation. "Who would be your equivalent
Han Solo and Princess Leia?"
Remy was silent for a moment. "Rogue be my Princess
Leia. Smart, beautiful, and able to take care of herself.
Though dat would make her my sister. Don't like dat. Logan
has to be Solo. Tough, independant, but underneath he cares
'bout everyt'ing. You know, before you tell me all dis stuff,
I t'ought I was Han Solo and Rogue, Princess Leia. Worked
you know. I was de ladies man, I was out only for me. Den
she came into my life and made me care 'bout life and other
people again. Made me a hero. But Solo didn't have Dart' Vader
for a father. I t'ink I prefer to be Solo again. Den you could
be dat big fat slug t'ing Jabba de Hutt. I did a job for you
and you want Remy's soul as payment for bailing out on you.
Sorta like dumpin' Jabba's spices."
"Hey, ya know Remy's right. His life is a lot like 'Star
Wars'." Sam said in a rather amazed voice. He looked
at Rogue and Logan as if expecting them to acknowledge Gambit's
"I'll show him flamin' Han Solo. The drug has fried
whatever the Cajun had for brains." Logan grumbled.
"How could Sinister have treated him so callously? Giving
away his own son." Rogue said quietly to herself, not
caring whether the others heard her or not. "Remy doesn't
need to hear this. Come on, we have to get him out of here.
Now." Rogue started to stand up.
"Not so fast darlin'. We have to let Sinister play this
through. At least for a bit longer. If we pull the Cajun now,
we'd be leavin' too many unanswered questions. It would nag
at the kid until he went chasin' after Sinister to get the
"Hey that would be like the part where Luke senses when
Vader is near and then finally searches him out to settle
things about Vader being his father." Sam looked at the
other two questioningly. "I wonder if Gambit can sense
"Shut up, Sam." Logan growled.
"You have quite the imagination Remy. Didn't you ever
wonder why I always followed your progress. Why I was always
there to pick you up and start you off again? Didn't you ever
find it odd that I always referred to you as 'son' and 'my
boy' from the first time I met you?"
"In de beginnin' maybe. Remember I told you 'I ain't
your son. My name is Remy Lebeau. You can call me Gambit though.'"
Remy stopped. "You laughed. Said somethin' 'bout me bein'
surprised 'bout how much alike we were. I thought you meant
by bein' what we were not who we were." Remy stopped
again for a moment. "Den when I joined de X-Men, and
I read 'bout you and Scott Summers and Jean Grey, I thought
you did stuff like you did to prick at peoples self-esteem.
'sides. You seemed all obseessed wit' dem two by den and I
hoped you written me off and forgotten 'bout me."
"What do you think about Scott Summers?" Sinister
asked switching subjects for a moment.
"Good guy. Uptight do'h. Got himself a hot wife. Don't
know what she be seein' in him. She must like guys who have
a broom stick shoved up dere as.."
"I get the point Remy." Sinister cut Remy off.
"I am not however, 'obsessed' with either Summers or
Grey. I am a scientist. I realised some time ago that their
genetic DNA would result in a genetically superior offspring
with previously unheard of power levels. That was why I cloned
Madelyne Pryor and set her up for Summers. Neither really
had a chance of escaping my plan, and it worked. They had
their offspring. The man now known as Cable though, did not
meet the power levels I had foreseen. Which is why I have
ignored him. He is a failure to what I wanted to accomplish.
Besides, the Summers/Grey match was my second choice anyway.
I had a DNA mix in theory only that was of a vastly superior
nature. Unfortunately I could only get my hands on one sample,
and was in the process of obtaining the other when events
happened that thwarted my goals. As Apocolypse was and is
my greatest opponent in directing the future of mutants, I
had to throw him off my greatest find, so I played up the
second best. A great smokescreen don't you think? I gave Apocolypse
a target. A target that was portrayed as his greatest threat.
A person who would actually have the power to destroy him
completely. All I had to do was show up once in a while and
be seen playing with the two 'components' and setting plots
that could be stopped by Apocolypse's men. He felt he was
on top of the situation and I was left alone to work on the
true 'power' that will stop Apocolypse, and be the ultimate
life form on the planet as we know it. And I will have invented
"Apocolypse has a vast information supply. Why hasn't
he figured it out yet?" Remy asked.
"He has never been able to get a true tissue sample
from Cable. He has gotten tainted or mixed samples but never
a pure sample. Because of that and his ego the situations
continues. He has invested a lot of time and energy in to
destroying Cable. To stop now because of mixed DNA samples
that may be right or wrong, he won't do. He has acknowledged
Cable as a threat to himself. In fact, he has GIVEN Cable
the power to destroy him by acknowledging the supposed threat.
If Apocolypse backs away now and announces that Cable is not
a threat, others will realise he had been fooled for years
and that he isn't as great as he has made himself appear.
So he must perpetuate the stories and deal with Cable as the
'only' threat in order to keep face with his minions."
"Kind of a long way about gettin' what YOU want
d'oh ain't it?" Remy questined.
"Perhaps. But, science is a long process and I aspire
to the greatest heights."
To be continued.
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