Rogue folds her arms tightly across her waist. Kurt's hand
on her shoulder does little to ease her growing displeasure
at the direction the conversation has taken. At the moment,
she vents her anger against Scott Summers.
"Ya want to take someone who just got out o' a concentration
camp and throw him back in? That's about as brilliant as usin'
adamantium shackles to keep me from goin' back in the first
"Rogue, you are well aware that Scott's action was based
on concern for your own health and well-being."
Hank's gentle reprimand opens another sore point. Rogue's
jaw tightens. She knows. Ever since her rape by Genoshan renegades
earlier in the year, Hank had been regularly examining her
for any signs of disease or scar tissue. When she had joined
Amnesty International, she had Dr. McTaggert perform the necessary
exams and send the test results on to Dr. McCoy.
The last pap smear was abnormal. Pre-cancerous. After further
study, Hank concluded that the Genoshan collars Rogue had
been forced to wear during various periods of capture, were
having a cumulative, adverse effect on her body. To allow
her to return to New Genosha, risking another lengthy imprisonment
under the collar, was unthinkable.
"There is some merit to Scott's suggestion to re-create
the New Genoshan camp in the Danger Room. By initiating a
program of desensitization, in a controlled environment, we
can more quickly evaluate and respond to Gambit's reactions."
Professor Xavier temples his fingers beneath his chin as
he considers the two proposals.
"Certainly preferable to allowing Rogue to bear the
brunt of his anger."
"Blessed Goddess, you cannot be so quick to throw Gambit
to the wolves!"
"Y'all want mess up the Cajun's mind, ya can do it without
Rogue grabs her jacket and heads for the door. Kurt catches
up to her in the foyer. He grabs her firmly, forcing her to
stop and listen to his words.
"They don't understand!"
Then you must make them understand."
He taps her head.
Then her heart.
"Not this. Ja?"
Kurt turns her around and playfully shoves her back into
the living room.
Continued in Chapter
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