I wanted to post this in it's entirety. I am sorry for
it taking so long.
Disclaimers and stuff: I don�t have anything� I take
that back I have a pretty nifty baseball card I�ll
trade for rights� No? I didn�t think so.
Achieving: If you want it take it. Just let me know
so I can visit�
Summery: Someone has come home, and its not Logan.
PLEASE feedback. My children would appreciate Mommy
being in a good mood.
One foot, then another, just put one foot then
another, and you�ll be home. It had become a mantra
running through her head. So close to home, she was so
close that she could see the lights of the elegant old
mansion. It had been three years and 4 months since
she left. Not that she was keeping count or anything.
It had been three years and four months since the
fight. Three years and four months since she had lost
the most important piece of her self. Three years and
four months, and all she could do was hope that she
wasn�t too late� She just had to make it in time. All
too often she felt like she had let him down.
�Please stay,� his frustration shouted at her even
though he had spoken in his soft tone of voice.
�I can�t this is a chance of a life time. If I don�t
do it I never will.�
�You can�t go. I won�t allow it.�
�I am NOT asking you to allow it! I am going,� with
fury in her voice and a slam of the door she was gone.
I should have listened, Zoe thought to her self as
she hopped over the wall to cut across the huge
grounds. He was so right. I wasn�t ready. Her lungs
burned and her muscles cried out for relief. Soon, she
told her self soon I can get some rest. Soon I can
Logan had very few pleasures that he allowed him
self. All of the things that he took pleasure in
Scooter frowned on. So much better, that meant more
for him more whiskey, more women, and more cigars. He
chuckled to him self as he settled down under a tree
to enjoy the night, when a noise caught his attention.
It sounded like there was something moving in the
brush. It was getting pretty late and he would have
bet that it was one the kids trying to sneak out. He
crept forward on silent feet. Just a little closer and
he�d have �em.
Zoe didn�t think that there was going to be too many
people up at this hour. She was just hoping that the
locks hadn�t been changed, when a flying tackle hit
her. Suddenly she found her self pinned under a heavy
weight and she couldn�t move. She fought and kicked.
The damn girl was fighting like a hellion Logan
thought to him self. His nose told him that she wasn�t
anyone that lived at the school. It also told him that
she hadn�t washed in a while. The more that she
struggled the more that he was afraid that he was
going to end up hurting her. He ducked her swinging
fists and roughly turned her over to try to calm her
down. That�s when she let out a shriek that Logan was
sure woke the dead. She wailed like a terrified
wounded animal. Logan backed away from her unsure of
what to do.
The outside floodlights suddenly lit up the area.
�What the hell is going on out here?� Scott�s
irritated voice cut over the girl�s screaming.
Jean pushed past him as she caught sight of the girl
lying in a huddled heap on the lawn. Jean�s first
thought was that the girl must have gotten hurt. She
reached out with her mind to try to calm her. That�s
when Jean froze.
�She came creeping out of the brush I thought she was
one of the kids sneaking out.� Logan explained to Jean
his voice trailed off as he caught the look on her
�Scott, you had better come over here,� Jean called
out to Scott as he tried to direct the other students
back to bed. Scott made his way over to where Jean
knelt in the grass. Jean smoothed back the tangle of
hair. Scott felt like someone had kicked him in the
�Is she all right?� Scott asked Jean.
� She fainted. She was terrified Scott,� Jean told
Disclaimers were in the first part.
Two days. For two days the teachers of Xavier
Institute shifted their schedules. It was Kitty that
noticed first that Scott wasn�t teaching. She was the
one that pointed it out to the others. Rogue was the
one who got volunteered to ask Jean where he was.
�Scott has an old friend that is really sick, so
right now she needs him.�
Rogue had always been good at watching people. It
used to be a game for her to watch people and see how
they moved and acted when they talked.
�So Scott has a sick friend that has come back,�
Rogue informed the others.
�I bet it is the chick from the other night,� St.
John piped up.
�Well is it me or has Jean seemed a little tense
lately?� Rogue asked.
�Of course Jean is tense,� Jubilee, piped up. �It
Scott�s old flame that came home.�
�What?� Rogue gasped.
�Sure all the signs are there. Scott set everything
aside to sit with her and Jean�s jealous.�
The others let that sink in and then shook it off.
Scott wouldn�t do that to Jean. Still when a rumor
lifts its ugly head it�s so hard to stop.
�Come on you can�t hide down here forever,� Scott
told her. Worry seemed to dance around in those wide
Zoe could be as tight lipped as a clam when she
chooses to be. Scott had tried everything that he
could think of to make Zoe open up to him. She just
wouldn�t talk to him. He was frustrated. The Professor
was convinced that she would talk to him when she was
Zoe nodded and took Scott�s hand and slid off the
bed. She was almost as tall as he was. She had always
been a gangly kid. Scott smiled to himself as he
noticed that she finally seemed to grow into her long
limbs. Her sable brown hair was shorter then he
remembered. It teased the tops of her shoulder.
// �That girl is impossible Professor! This morning
she super glued all of the toilet seats and lids
together and then glued them to the bowl.�//
//�Did you ask her about it?�//
//�Of course I asked her why she had done it. She
just looked at me and said �Because I could.� //
The sound of her voice cut through Scott.
�I�m sorry I was gathering wool. What did you say?�
�You and Jean seem to be a pretty tight item. Does
she make you happy?� Zoe asked him.
Scott could feel his shoulders relax as he thought
about Jean. They have been together for the last three
years. Things some times got a little rocky especially
when that Canadian was around but never their love for
each other. He was sure of that.
�Yeah we�re happy. Especially when Logan isn�t
around,� Scott chuckled. Zoe wasn�t laughing though.
She knew Scott well enough to know when he was
�Why don�t you go on into the dinning room and get
something to eat. I need to let the others know that I
will take over my classes again.
�Yeah sure,� she told him. She watched as he walked
down the hall. Zoe went in to grab a bit if for
nothing else to humor him.
St. John noticed her first and he kicked Bobby in the
�Ow! What was that for?� He glared at St. John. Till
he noticed that he was staring at something over his
shoulder. He saw a tall brunette wearing a pair of
faded blue jeans making her way to the kitchen.
�Is that her?�
�What are you guys doing?� Kitty asked as she set her
�Scott�s mystery friend just went into the kitchen.�
Bobby told them as Jubilee and Rogue came over to join
Zoe ignored the whispers that came from the other
table. She took her food and sat down at her favorite
table at the other end of the room. It felt as if
everything and nothing had changed. The kids were new,
but then she expected people to come and go.
�She is sitting at the teachers table,� Bobby gasped.
�Well, there isn�t a sign posted that she couldn�t
sit there,� Kitty told them.
Logan came in for a quick bit. He noticed that there
was someone new sitting at the teachers� table as he
sat down. It was that woman from the other night. For
a few minutes they sat there in silence as they ate.
He watched her out of the corner of his eye. She was a
scrawny thing, and she still had a swollen eye where
his fist grazed her during the struggle.
�Sorry about that,� he gestured to her eye.
Zoe could feel the trembling start. �It�s okay.�
Way to go Logan, ya scared her again, he thought to
�Logan,� he told her trying to set her at ease.
He slid down so he wouldn�t half to speak to her from
across the room. As he did he noticed Kitty, Jubilee,
and Rogue watching a few tables away. He tossed them a
wink as he sat down across from the new person.
Logan. This was the Logan that had made Scott unhappy.
Zoe glared at him as he re-seated himself. Then the
bastard had the nerve to wink at her.
�Once when I was a kid my mother let me keep a puppy
that I had found. He had gotten stuck between a
concrete wall and a building. It took a really long
time and a lot of coaxing but he finally trusted me
enough to get him out. He had been in a dark tight
place for a very long time. The first time he walked
into the light he was scared. My best friend and I
talked to him and played with him. In the end my
father wouldn�t let me keep him. The puppy had always
loved both of us, so I gave him to my friend because
it was what was for best. It didn�t mean that he loved
me any less just that he loved me differently, but her
brother couldn�t understand that and he harassed that
poor dog till he ran away. That won�t happen again,�
Zoe stood up with anger poring off of her.
�I don�t�� Logan started to say.
�You wouldn�t BROTHER.� Zoe walked away.
Disclaimers were in Part One
Her head felt as if it were going to blow off. At
least she had some place where she could let go in
private. Back and forth Zoe paced as she could feel
her head pound with every heartbeat. Just remember to
breathe in and out Zoe. She just kept repeating this
to her self as she paced the small confines of her
room. The pain will fade just focus on something else.
She enjoyed her breakfast for the first time in ages.
Zoe was laughing With Scott and Jean when Logan
stalked into the dinning room.
Kitty stopped in mid sentence when she caught the
look on Logan�s face.
�Did you do this?� he dropped a bundle of knotted
material in front of Zoe.
She looked at him and cocked an eyebrow. �What if I
did?� she shoved back her chair. Logan moved into a
defensive stance, but it was his look of disbelief on
his face that caught her attention.
�Now just a moment,� Scott started to pipe up, but
Jean put a hand on his arm.
[A moment love.] She told him through the link.
�What exactly is this?� Ororo asked them as she picked
up the tightly tied bundle of material.
Zoe shrugged, �His shorts. Now he knows what it is
like to get them in a knot.� She walked off towards
Logan stalked past a shocked table full of kids. Bobby
and St. John just looked at each other wide eyed.
�Did she really?� Bobby started to say.
�Yep,� replied Kitty.
�Did he look like he was going to strangle her,�
gulped St. John.
�Yep,� replied Jubilee.
�And she just walked into the kitchen?� gasped Rogue.
�Here she comes,� Remy piped up. The teenagers could
just stare at her wide eyed as she walked past.
Zoe wasn�t stupid. She had noticed the night before
that the kids pretty much steered clear of Logan, and
she heard the rumor of his fierce temper. She wasn�t
even sure of why she had tied his underwear into
knots, but hey you only live once. Zoe figured that
she didn�t have much to loose at this point in the
�I wonder if I should warn him about the superglue in
his shower head?� she muttered just loud enough that
she was sure that the kids heard him. She was almost
ran down by the stampede of kids that shoved past her
to get upstairs.
Shattered Dreams (part 4)
Disclaimers were in the first part.
Logan wasn�t sure what this kid�s problem was. He
knew that she didn�t like him, not that it bothered
him much. She never hesitated in making him look
foolish or play a practical joke on him. He woke up
one morning after being out all night to everything in
his room pink. His cloths were pink. As well as his
towels and even his shoes were pink. He wrapped the
sheet around him and stalked off to find her.
She was sitting in the Rec room like nothing was
going on watching TV with the Boy Scout. Logan paused
in the doorway and watched them for a second. They sat
very close together and Scott was rubbing little
circles on her back. Occasionally his hand would drift
up and give her neck a light squeeze. He looked up in
time to see Jean standing just out of their line of
sight with her hand over her mouth and tears in her
eyes. She turned and hurried away.
�Do you thing that it will ever end?� Zoe asked Scott
as they watched the news.
�As long as there are people that work towards a
peaceful solution between humans and mutants,� Scott
told her with a smile.
�I wish that I could help,� Zoe told him.
�Not that I am complaining Zoe but why did you come
back? I mean there was nothing that held you here,�
Scott asked her.
�I came back for you,� Zoe told him softly. She could
feel Scott freeze. �No silly not in that way. Scott,
there is something that I have to tell you,� Zoe
paused not sure how to tell him the truth.
Suddenly she was pulled off the couch and tossed
across the room. A very furious Logan wearing a bed
sheet stood above her.
�Ya got a lot of nerve kid. Warning me off of Jeannie
and then sittin� here pretty as ya please. All yer
mean little jokes I can take, but not when ya make
Jean cry,� Logan snarled at her as he approached with
his claws out.
�Logan you are way outta line,� Scott snapped as he
got in between Logan and Zoe. �This isn�t what you
Zoe could feel the pain screaming through her head as
she tried to focus on Logan.
�Go ahead tough guy,� She whispered soft and low. Zoe
tried to stand on wobbly feet. Scott rushed over to
help her up.
Scott smoothed back the hair from her face and noted
the pallor of her skin and the beads of sweat that
dotted her forehead.
�Zoe are you all right?� Scott asked her.
�Isn�t that sweet,� Logan snapped at him.
�Just goes to prove that you are all brawn and no
brains, Logan, � Zoe said as she fought down the waves
�Don�t move, Zoe. I am going to get Jean,� Scott stood
and started to make his way out of the room. �You had
better hope that there is nothing seriously wrong with
her,� Scott told Logan and turned to leave.
Logan watched for her for a second. �Are you all
right?� he asked concerned. He didn�t think that he
had grabbed her that hard. He could tell that there
was something seriously wrong with her.
�Yeah, just spiffy,� she snapped at him. God her head
felt like it was going to blow right off.
�He really cares for you doesn�t he?� Logan asked her.
�Why shouldn�t he, shit for brains?� Zoe asked him.
�He is my father, you dork�
�What! � Logan looked down at her where she laid on
�Scott and I have been together since I was sixteen, �
She told him softly and tears of pain squeezed out
from under tightly closed eyelids. � My family were
card carrying members of FoH. One night there was a
rally and like any good member my father took the
whole family to the meeting.� Zoe tried to catch her
breath as the pain intensified.
�Jean,� Scott�s hesitant voice cut through her tears.
�Scott,� she turned to straighten some things on her
desk and to wipe away the tears.
�Jean what�s wrong? If it�s about Zoe�� Scott started
to say but she cut him off.
�Scott, I trust you. I know there is nothing going on
with Zoe,� Jean reassured him.
Her medical test came back today,� Jean told him. �She
has a brain tumor. She is dying Scott,�
Scott felt like the world had dropped out from under
him. �No, that can�t be right. She would have told me.
You made a mistake.�
�I am sorry Scott.� Jean wrapped her arms around him.
� I remember hearing the sound of someone crying. They
had found this mutant girl. I remember sitting there
and thinking my god she is my age. They started to
beat her. I tried to stop them. I covered her body
with mine.� Zoe could feel the tears coming harder
now. �Scott and Storm showed up and put a stop to what
they were doing. The last thing that my father said to
me was get out and never to come back. Scott brought
me back here and Professor Xavier took me in even
though I wasn�t a mutant.�
�Yer not a mutant?� Logan was surprised and then
horrified for what he had done.
� No, I am not,� her mouth twisted into a painful
grimace. �I had a hard time here. I was taught to fear
and hate mutants now I was stuck here, but Scott never
quit trying to reach me. My father had decided that I
was better off dead then to be allowed to protect
them. He was convinced that they had somehow
brainwashed me. So he came here to kill me. Scott took
a bullet that was meant for me. That�s when I realized
that I had made a big mistake. Mutants are people
blessed, not cursed, and there were good people and
bad people. No matter if they were different or not.
Scott may not be my father by blood or papers but he
was my best friend, brother, and father in everyway
that counted. The night that I left we had a terrible
fight. He was afraid of what might happen but I
wanted to go. I came home to make peace with him.�
Shattered Dreams (part 5)
Disclaimer in first part�
�Today we are here to celebrate the life of Zoe
Anderson-Summers,� The Professor�s voice seemed to
just drone on to Scott.
He remembered the first time that he met her. She was
so afraid to let anyone near her. She reminded him of
a wet kitten spitting and hissing at everything and
everyone. She had been his first student, and the one
of the few people that he let get close.
The two days before�
�Why didn�t you tell me, Zoe?� Scott asked through his
tears. Jean had done everything that she could to make
�There was nothing for you to do Scott,� She whispered
to him. �I am dying.�
�Don�t say that. Jean has gotten a hold of her friend
Hank. There maybe hope yet,� Scott told her and he
smoothed back her hair.
�No there isn�t, Scott.� She whispered to him.
His tears fell faster and harder.
�Please don�t, � with a shaking had she reached up and
brushed the tears from his face. �It�ll be all right
soon. Please promise me something?�
�Anything,� Scott whispered to her.
�Promise that you�ll play jokes on Logan? He needs to
lighten up a little,� she smiled softly at him. Her
attention shifted to where Jean, Ororo and the
Professor stood. Ororo had tears rolling down her
face, while Jean sobbed quietly.
�He�ll need you,� Zoe told Jean. �Take care of him for
�I will,� Jean came over and took her hand.
�I�m sorry that I didn�t get to know you better,� Zoe
Zoe looked up at Scott and stared as if to memorize
everything about him,� I love you. Please remember
�I will,� Scott told her. �But you are going to get
better�� His voice drifted off as the machines around
him went nuts.
Scott stood for a long time by the grave after
everyone else had left. He wondered if Logan found his
surprise. Just then he heard a crash and a bang and he
knew that Logan found the glue and feathers.
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