The next chapter is finally here! Sorry it took
so long. :D Hopefully the next chapter will be along shortly. I'd
like to thank JenN for the beta, and for everyone that is still interested
in the series.
Disclaimer: All characters depicted are
property of Marvel Comics. No profit is being made from this work.
Summary: A day out for Gambit and the boys turns sour.
Notes: Anyone interested in the previous chapters can find
them at (un)frozen because I'm currently
working on my webpage.
Day Twelve: May the FAO Schwartz Be with You
New York's Fifth Avenue is always a sight to see, but the building
at 767 Fifth Avenue, is a special treat. It is the home of one of
the most famous toy stores in the entire world. Of course, such history
was lost on the two young men barreling out of the taxi in front of
it. All they could see were...
"TOYS!" BJ yelled.
"Would you look at dat!" Remy whispered. His eyes followed
the building all the way up.
"I knew you two would like dis place," Gambit said with
a grin. "Now I want both of you to stay wid me, okay? Dis is
a big place."
"Okay," two young voices chorused.
As soon as they stepped through the door, the music from the large
toy tower overwhelmed them. Gambit made his way to the main counter
with the two boys trailing behind.
"Hello, I was wondering if y'all have de Biff Baseball toy.
I used to have one when I was a kid, and I'd kind of like my boys
to have one, you see."
The girl behind the desk smiled and said she'd look it up in the
computer. It took a minute or two, but the answer came back negative.
Gambit sighed and turned to the boys to tell them the news only to
discover that they were gone.
"BJ! REMY!" Gambit bellowed. He was sure that they couldn't
have gotten far. Their legs just weren't that long. A quick scan of
the room with a thief's eye for detail turned up nothing.
"S'cuse me Miss, but did you 'appen to see my two boys just
a second ago?" he asked, still with an air of calm.
"No, sir. Would you like me to call security?"
"Non, I don't think dat will be necessary just yet. I'll look
around. They couldn't have gotten far."
The young woman smirked.
"Haven't been around kids long, have you?"
Remy was headed toward the center of the store, and didn't have time
to ponder her remark. He was only starting to get upset. There wasn't
panic yet. No, anger was mostly taking precedent. He had told the
boys to stay with him. Of course, he really couldn't blame them. He
would have done the same thing at that age. In fact, he often had.
A search of the main floor yielded nothing. He headed up the stairs
to the other toy sections. A quick look around and he spotted an auburn
head running around a display of stuffed animals. Gambit hustled around
the display and reached out grabbing the boy by his shirt collar.
"Gotcha!" he said triumphantly.
The boy in his hands screamed. When he turned the boy around, he
realized that it wasn't Remy. A woman stepped in front of them.
"What do you think you're doing to my son, you pervert!"
she screamed and smacked a ducking Gambit with her purse.
"Sorry! Sorry! I thought he was one of mine. Sorry!"
The abashed X-Man made his escape. When he did find the boys, they
were going to regret it.
Remy sat in a child-sized recliner in the store's book section. He
watched the older kids pick out books and sit down on the carpet.
He remembered when Dazzler would gather together all the X-Babies
around for a bed time story. Suddenly, he missed Scotty and Rogue
and the others. BJ had run off when Remy was looking at the Legos,
and now he didn't know where Gambit or his friend was.
"You look lost," a man said, coming up to Remy.
"I don' know where BJ is."
"Is BJ your dad?"
"Non. He's my friend."
The man smiled and said, "We can go look for him, if you want."
Remy got up and took the stranger's hand. The man ran his hand over
Remy's head and they headed towards the front of the store.
BJ had never seen so many balls of every kind. The boy stared at
the wall in awe. There were footballs, soccer balls, volley balls,
basketballs, and even tennis balls. A dark boy stood next to him.
"I want a new soccer ball, but mom says I have to wait till
my birthday," the boy said.
"I have a football! Bobby bought it for me. What's a birthday?"
"What are you? Stupid? Everybody has a birthday!" the boy
laughed at BJ and walked off.
"You're stupid!" BJ yelled, but the boy was already gone.
BJ thought, Bet he can't even make ice cubes.
A hand grabbing his shoulder interrupted his thoughts. BJ was whirled
around to face a very angry Gambit.
"Where have you been! I tol' de both of you not to leave my
"I'm sorry, but, but...."
"No buts! I t'ink we should go straight back to de hotel. I'll
take you boys out again when you learn to listen to me. Now where's
BJ looked around, but didn't see Remy anywhere.
"He was with me before."
Gambit stood and looked for himself, but the little Cajun wasn't
He asked the boy, "Where were you when he was with you last?"
"He was looking at the Legos, an' I came over here."
Gambit took the boy's hand and went to the Lego section of the store,
but Remy was not among the children milling around. Gambit took a
deep breath. It wasn't like Remy to run off. He normally stayed very
close to BJ. Like Gambit when he was very small, the boy was just
too quiet and shy to really be a problem. The X-Man was no longer
angry. Now he was worried, very worried.
"All right. We're going back down to de main desk to tell security,
and if you even t'ink about running off again, so help me, I'll tan
you little behind."
"I think I see your friend going outside, maybe we can catch
him?" the man asked and pulled Remy towards the door.
"I don' t'ink dat dey would leave."
"If we don't catch them, we may not see them again."
Remy looked up at the man. He seemed nervous. They were very close
to the front door, but Remy hadn't seen BJ or Gambit anywhere. He
didn't want them to leave without him, but he wasn't sure that they
"Gambit's prob'ly lookin' for me. I'm prob'ly in trouble. Maybe
we should ask over dere?" the boy said pointing toward the main
counter where they had left Gambit before.
"I don't think that would be in a good idea. If they find out
you're by yourself, they may make you leave and never let you come
back. You wouldn't want that would you?"
"I guess not."
The man smiled and patted Remy's head. He glanced around them quickly
and then looked at the door again.
"We'd better hurry or BJ will be too far ahead for us to catch
Gambit and BJ stood on the second floor overlooking the lobby. They
were waiting for the robot shaped elevator to pick them up. BJ held
Gambit's hand tightly. He knew he was in big trouble, but now he was
also concerned. Gambit had seemed angry before, but now he looked
even more upset. BJ wasn't sure why the man was so worried. Remy had
to be around somewhere. He looked at the large toy tower and followed
it down to the lobby. There near the doors was Remy with someone BJ
"There he is, Gambit!"
"Down there with that man!"
Gambit looked to where the boy was pointing, and his heart stopped.
Remy was walking toward the doors with someone. Without a second thought
he picked up BJ and pushed him into the arms of a woman with three
kids that was standing behind them. The X-Man grabbed the metal railing
and jumped over it. He heard another woman scream. All his training
kicked in as he rebounded off the top of the elevator and then launched
himself into the middle of the lobby. People scattered screaming as
he landed on his feet. Quickly, he started running toward the doors.
The stranger lunged toward the doorway when he heard screaming behind
him. He didn't even turn to look, but Remy did.
"Gambit!" the boy called. He tried pulling away from the
man, but his arm was in too firm a grip.
The stranger was one more step from the doors when a brown blur slammed
into him from behind, knocking him over. Remy fell flat on his back
from the impact. A woman who was entering the store yelped and pulled
back. Security guards were running towards the tangle of arms and
legs from every direction.
Remy scooted backwards from the man and Gambit. His Oncle was holding
the man down and angrily whispering something into his ear. The stranger
was trying to wiggle free, but Gambit's knee was planted firmly into
his back. BJ ran up and grabbed his friend into a choking hug. Remy
still didn't understand what was going on. He was even more confused
when the security guards pulled his Oncle off of the man. There was
a lot of talking and yelling, and some policemen came. The stranger
was put in handcuffs and dragged from the store. Gambit bent down
and picked Remy up.
"Gambit, what's happening?" he asked.
"It's all right now. It's all right."
"Even after all of that, you still bought them toys?" Bobby
asked, shaking his head.
"Well, I t'ink he an' BJ were still a little bit scared after
all de commotion. I figured dat it would calm dem down. I've already
had de stranger talk wid dem on de way back. It never even occurred
to dem, Bobby. Dey grew up being famous on Mojoworld. Dey were supposed
to please everyone. Remy didn't know any better."
Bobby looked over to the boys who were playing with some action figures
in front of the TV. He took a deep breath and let it out slowly. When
Gambit had told him what had almost happened, Bobby had about had
a panic attack. He'd grown so attached to the boys that the thought
of loosing one was too much to contemplate. They were safe now, that's
all that mattered.
But a small voice whispered in the back of his mind, "What are
you going to do when Dazzler comes back?"
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