Title: Off the Corner
Author: Victoria P. [victoria_p@...
Summary: Still AU. Logan takes Rogue home. Sequel to "First Trick of the
Series: Off the Corner - yeah, it's a series. Sigh.
Rating: R - language, sex, implied violence/sexual abuse.
Disclaimer: All X-Men characters belong to Marvel and Fox; this piece of
fan-written fiction intends no infringement on any copyrights.
Archive: With "Angel of the Evening" and "First Trick of the Day"
Feedback: You know you want to.
Notes: Thanks to my beloved betas -- Dot, Meg, Jen, and Pete -- who
don't understand my hooker!Rogue fixation any more than you do <g>. And
to Dark Ferret for the lipstick idea.
< > indicates thoughts
// // indicates dreams
Off the Corner
Logan unlocked the door to the dingy apartment he was renting on the
Lower East Side. His client had booked a room for him at the St. Pierre,
all expenses paid, but that was too public, too easy to trace. Logan
hired a homeless guy to check in under his name and live on room service
and champagne while he rented out an old cold-water flat by the week --
under an assumed name and in cash. Not traceable.
Rogue took in the two rooms, which were strewn with what few clothes he
owned, empty pizza boxes, fast food wrappers and beer cans. "Suddenly,
my life doesn't look so bad," she muttered, picking her way through the
mess to the couch.
He stood in the doorway, realizing what it looked like through her eyes.
"Hey, I can still get you a room --"
She looked back at him, eyes wide, worried. <Does she think I'd actually
throw her out now? Shit.> She was speaking again. "No, no. It's --
"Cozy," she affirmed, pushing some junk onto the floor and settling on
the couch. "I kinda like it."
He felt the goofy grin spread across his face before he could stop it.
He didn't let it linger, though. He was the Wolverine. He was a badass.
He wasn't at all nervous and happy because he had an eighteen-year-old
hooker in his living room.
"I'm gonna take a shower," he said, jerking his head toward the
bathroom. "I'll be right out."
She nodded, already absorbed in one of the newspapers lying on the
He shucked his clothes and stood under the hot spray gratefully. He felt
dirty, which was kind of funny, considering what he did for a living.
But just hearing that dickwad call Marie names made him sick; it made
him think of the times he'd used her, paid her for sex. Was he really
any better than the pimp?
His thoughts were interrupted when she yanked back the shower curtain
and stepped into the tub with him.
"Lean back," she murmured, pushing him against the tiling. He noticed
that even though she'd removed her boots, she'd kept her latex suit,
gloves and stockings on. And she'd reapplied her lipstick. She pressed
those wine-dark lips to the sensitive spot just below his ear and then
dragged them down his neck and chest, leaving a waxy trail behind. She
stroked his cock with a sure hand as she pulled the condom out of her
"Marie, what are you doing?" he choked out.
"What's it look like, sugar?" she drawled as she rolled the condom onto
his hard length.
"You don't -- we don't --" he sputtered, blinking and trying to regain
his focus as her mouth engulfed him.
She stopped and he almost cried out at the loss of her warmth. "That's
what you like, right?" she asked softly, her eyes dark with emotions he
couldn't identify. No fear -- just gratitude, trust, and was that
desire? He nodded dumbly, but then shook his head.
"No, not like this," he said, his voice rough. He didn't want her to
fuck him out of gratitude. But he did want to fuck her.
She apparently didn't get it, because she swung them around -- he moved
unresistingly -- and wrapped one leg around his waist, bringing her
groin into contact with his. He gasped as he felt the metal of a zipper
brush against the sensitive head of his penis, and then he grabbed her
hips and pushed her up the wall, taking her other leg and pulling it
around his hip. Her hands were already between them, one back to
stroking him while the other unzipped the suit and let the full, rich
scent of her arousal loose inside the steamy shower. He swallowed
convulsively, breathing it in.
He was poised at her entrance when he said, "We shouldn't-- You don't
"I want to," she whispered, guiding him into her wet heat and dropping
her head to the side. He leaned in to nuzzle her neck and she snapped to
attention. "Be careful!" she hissed. "My skin --" He figured it was hard
for her to form coherent sentences. God knows, he could barely
understand a word she was saying, he was so submerged in the rhythm
their bodies were creating. "My skin is dangerous," she murmured.
"Okay," he replied, and then the time for conversation was past. He
buried his face against her hair, where it appeared to be safe, and
reveled in the feel of her gloved hands scraping down his back and her
heels digging in to the backs of his thighs as he thrust into her while
the hot water poured over them.
"Logan," she whimpered, her voice thready. He could feel how close she
was to coming; he could smell it. "Logan, please. Logan!" she moaned and
then she made these little noises in the back of her throat as she
climaxed. It was the sexiest thing he'd ever heard.
He grunted and growled and cried out her name as he finished thrusting
into her and shuddering with his release. "Oh, baby, fuck, Marie," he
muttered when he could speak again.
She trailed a gloved hand down his chest as she untangled herself from
him. "Thank you," she said, in the same sweet voice she'd thanked him
Then she stepped over the edge of the tub and was gone.
He stood under the water until it got cold, wondering what she was
thinking, and what he should do next. He hoped that what they'd just
done wasn't some sort of payment, or a mistake, because it was damn near
the best sex of his life, and he'd had plenty -- that he could remember.
He braced an arm against the wall and leaned on it after he turned off
the water. He tried to think of something to say when he went out into
the other room.
Scott waited patiently as Professor Xavier finished his phone call. The
professor had called him into the office for a reason, and Scott had a
feeling it had something to do with the fact that Magneto's associates
had been spotted a few days ago in Toronto.
Xavier put the phone down and looked at his surrogate son. "Sabretooth
is in New York. Mystique is with him." He steepled his fingers and
sighed. "I'm afraid they are looking for the girl, Rogue."
Scott looked up, startled. "Rogue?" He remembered the thin, scared girl
whose life he'd saved at the Statue of Liberty.
"Yes. She remained in Manhattan after she left us. I've been keeping
tabs on her."
"She may not have wanted to stay here, Scott, but since we failed her so
grievously, I felt the least I could do was watch over her. She's not
had an easy time of it."
"No," Scott murmured, thinking of his own inability to control his gift,
and how bad it must be to never be able to touch.
"She's currently in the company of another mutant. His name is Logan.
His thoughts are very confused, but I think he may be the Wolverine
we've all heard whispers about."
Scott raised an eyebrow. "I thought Wolverine was a legend, a story to
scare children and keep mutants in line. I mean, a beast-man with
razor-sharp metal claws? What kind of mutation is that?"
"He exists, Scott, and he's with Rogue. I fear that the metal claws are
the result of experimentation."
"But how -- who would do such a thing?"
Xavier sighed. "I don't know. I will keep an eye on the situation,
Scott. You should keep the team on alert, in case Rogue needs rescuing
Scott smiled grimly. "Of course. I'd like to avoid the mistakes we made
at Liberty Island. And get rid of Sabretooth."
The professor nodded. "It was not your fault she was hurt, Scott. And we
did save her life."
Scott laughed bitterly. "After what they did to her, I'm not so sure she
should thank us for that."
Logan took a deep breath and swung the bathroom door open. Marie was
curled up on the couch, staring off into space.
"Hey." He spoke softly, not wanting to startle her. She jumped anyway.
"Hey, yourself." She swallowed and sat up, and he could see the mask
slipping into place as she schooled her features to friendly
He sighed internally. He wanted her to be comfortable and he had a
feeling that fucking her was not the smartest thing he could have done.
He knew she enjoyed it -- wanted it, even -- but still, he didn't want
her out of some misplaced sense of gratitude or pride. The next time
they had sex, he promised himself, it would be on equal terms. She would
come to him through her own choice, not because he'd taken her in when
she had nowhere to go. He decided that casual would be the way to go for
"You need a shower?"
Her lips turned upward slightly, a hint of a smile. "Do you think I need
<Shit.> "That's not, that's not what I meant. I just thought you might
like to, you know, clean up."
She thought about that for a second and then nodded. "Okay."
He reached into the closet, pulled out a towel and handed it to her as
she brushed past him into the bathroom. "I'll find something for you to
She shut the door and he looked at the clothing scattered in the room.
He grabbed a sweatshirt and wrinkled his nose. Needed to be washed. He'd
done laundry the other day. Where was the laundry bag? He found it,
empty except for a couple pairs of boxer shorts he rarely wore,
sweatpants, and an olive green t-shirt. That would do.
He heard the water running, so he opened the door without knocking. He
said, "I'll leave the clothes on the towel rack--" his voice died away
as he got a good look at her. She wasn't in the shower yet; she stood
facing the mirror on the medicine chest and turned at the sound of his
voice. Her back was crisscrossed in scars like the ones on her face and
there were others running along her belly and thighs. "Fuck, Marie."
Her arms flew to her chest in an attempt to cover herself. "I'll go
now," she said dully, reaching for her rubber suit.
"God, kid, no. Just --" He shook his head, unable to think of what to
say, knowing that nothing he said could make it better. "C'mere."
Remembering what she'd said about her skin, he held the shirt in one
hand and the shorts in the other and pulled her into a hug. She
stiffened, then relaxed when he said, "I'm not gonna make you leave. I
said I'd take care of you, and I meant it." He rested his chin on her
head and she sighed.
She sniffed. "I, I don't know what to say."
"Then don't say anything," he replied, his voice gentle. "Take a shower,
get dressed, and then we'll talk. Okay?"
She swallowed hard. "Okay."
He sat in the living room, trying to figure out what he could do to help
her. He'd already stopped wondering *why* he wanted to help her -- he'd
accepted her into his life and he wasn't letting her go. That was the
end of it. And when she finally spilled the name of the bastard who'd
fucked her up like that, well, the world would be short one evil
cocksucker. Logan doubted anyone would miss him.
He heard the water being shut off, and in a few minutes she came out of
the bathroom wearing the boxers and t-shirt, wet hair hanging down her
back and dirty clothing in her hand.
"Better?" he asked.
Again, the half-smile. "Much. You don't know how warm one of these
things gets," she said, holding the suit up. He noticed she'd put her
gloves back on, though they had to be wet from her time in the shower
with him. She plucked at the boxer shorts. "I think I need something
that gives me a little more coverage, though." He patted the cushion
next to him, but she remained standing. "I told you, my skin is
dangerous. Bad things happen when people touch it."
"Like what?" He wondered how come nothing bad had happened to the
asshole who'd shredded her.
"I suck out their energy and their memories," she said softly. He
blinked. "Yeah, freaky, huh?" He patted the sofa again. "Are you sure?
Most people don't want to get too close."
"I wouldn't ask if I wasn't sure, kid," he rumbled. "I got gloves around
here somewhere." He leaned over and shuffled through some of the clothes
he'd piled on the floor. Then he remembered. "You see that black duffel
bag over by the TV?" She nodded. "Bring it here."
She did as he asked. The bag was heavier than it looked. "What the hell
do you have in here?" she asked, dropping it with a thump on the couch
next to him.
"Tools of the trade," he responded mysteriously, unzipping the bag and
digging through it.
"And what do you do, Logan?" she asked, her voice teasing.
He liked that she could tease him. No one else ever had. He wouldn't
have let anyone else get away with it. "I'm the best there is at what I
do, Marie, but what I do isn't very nice," he answered, not wanting to
tell her right away. As professions went, assassin wasn't much higher up
on the social scale than hooker. He found his favorite pair of black
leather gloves and pulled them on. "All right now," he said, deftly
changing the subject, "I've got gloves on, so you can take those wet
"Off," he commanded.
"Yes, sir!" she snapped, with a mock salute.
He grinned and pushed the bag onto the floor. "Now, sit down." He
thought about asking for her story again, but turned on the television
instead. They had time.
When she fell asleep, he carried her to the bed and tucked her in
tenderly, surprising even himself with the depth of emotions he felt.
<Is this love?> he wondered, sliding into the bed behind her and
wrapping her in his warmth.
// He could smell the champagne mixed in with the blood. His blood. He
wanted nothing more than to move, but he couldn't. He could only watch
helplessly as they cut into him, the scalpels sliding easily through his
flesh, cutting all the way to the bone. //
He tossed and groaned, awakening the young woman sleeping in the circle
of his arms. She turned to face him.
"Logan," she whispered, "wake up." He didn't respond. His thrashing only
//They were laughing. He could hear them laughing as he tried to scream
in agony, only to be thwarted by the tubes shoved down his throat. He
was going to kill every last one of them. He'd make them regret they'd
ever been born. They called his name and he cursed them.//
"Logan," Marie said, a little louder, leaning over to reach out a
tentative hand and touch his shoulder.
Faster than she'd have thought possible, he bolted upright; she felt
something warm and cold at the same time slide through her body. His
eyes were open but unseeing.
"Logan," she said again, unable to move.
Suddenly, he realized what he'd done. "Oh, God, no! Marie!" He retracted
the claws just as quickly, and she fell back. He slid an arm around her
and whispered, "Hold on, kid. Hold on," as he fumbled for the phone.
"I'm sorry," she whispered, seeing the horror in his eyes as she reached
a bare hand toward his face.
"Marie," he groaned as her skin met his. He marveled in the feel of her
soft, warm hand against his cheek. He pressed his lips to it, savoring
the taste and smell of her before he became aware of a strange pull.
Then he felt himself -- everything that made him Logan -- thoughts,
memories, quirks -- flowing into her.
She gasped as she felt his strength course through her, healing her
wounds. "I'm so sorry," she whispered. "It was an accident."
Then everything went dark.
The first thing he noticed was the scent. It was good. He liked it a
lot. It was the girl's fragrance -- Marie. Her name was Marie. And it
was mixed with his. There was salt, as well. He felt the wetness --
"Marie?" he asked, his voice rusty from disuse, opening his eyes slowly.
"I'm right here." He felt rather than heard her words, her breath soft
against his ear. She was behind him, her arms wrapped around his chest.
She was wearing the sweatshirt he'd picked up earlier, as well as her
gloves. "Are you all right? I'm so sorry."
He turned over to look at her. "I'm the one who's --" his words died on
his lips as he took in her appearance. "Marie?" He closed his eyes and
then reopened them, unable at first to take in the sudden change in her
appearance. He reached out and cupped her cheek, not even really aware
that he still had the gloves on, not caring if he didn't. "You're even
more beautiful," he whispered, running his thumb over her lips as his
fingers traced the newly-healed skin of her face. "The scars?"
She licked her lips and swallowed. "They're all gone. You, you healed
me, Logan. All of me." She placed her hand over his and turned her face
into his palm, placing a gentle kiss on the leather. "I'm so sorry. I
just wanted to touch you once before I died. I didn't think it would
hurt you." He felt tears splash on his arm. "I never meant to hurt you."
He wrapped an arm around her as his right hand continued to stroke her
face. "You didn't hurt me, Marie. You, you saved me, too. I--" He didn't
have the words for it. His empty existence, the living from day-to-day
that he'd been doing for the past fifteen years, had never brought him
peace or happiness. He woke every morning and tried to kill himself, and
cursed God and the doctors who'd cut him open as he watched himself
heal. It was almost funny. At first, he'd gone to great lengths to die,
but over the years he'd settled for cutting open a couple of veins and
seeing if he'd heal before the blood-loss killed him.
But now, now that he'd seen his own death -- stared it in the face,
because he had no doubt this slip of a girl could have killed him if
she'd held on too long -- he didn't want it anymore. He wanted to live.
More specifically, he wanted to live with Marie.
"I know," she answered, breaking into his reverie. "You're up here." She
tapped the side of her head.
"Ah, shit, kid. I'm sorry."
"No. No." She shook her head for emphasis. "I like it. You, you fit. We
fit. It's not like the others." His ears perked at that, though she
didn't notice. "You're not fighting me -- you're just there."
She bit her lip at the slip. "Um, one or two. Mistakes." She pulled away
and stood, wrapping her arms around herself. "The first boy I ever
kissed was in a coma for three weeks. And, and--"
"The bastard who hurt you," he prompted.
"No. He used a knife or his claws. He never touched me. But Magneto--"
she broke off. "This man who wanted to use my skin -- he touched me. And
then the doctor -- you'd like her, she's a redhead -- she helped me, but
she brushed against me accidentally. And her fiancé, when he saved my
"You got a real party goin' on up there, huh?"
That won him a watery chuckle. "Kinda."
He nodded toward the bed. "Get back in here, Marie. I'll feel much
better if you're next to me."
She shook her head. "Logan, I don't want to hurt you again."
"Jesus, Marie, I put three metal blades through your chest. I'm --" he
fumbled for the words, "stunned that you stuck around long enough to put
some more clothes on. I'm the one who's sorry. I'm the dangerous one."
It was sinking in -- the fact that he'd almost killed her. "It's what I
am, Marie, what I do," he said in a low, harsh voice. "I'm a killer."
"No, Logan. No." She denied it vehemently. "You saved me."
"If I didn't have these things," *snikt*, "I wouldn't have had to." He
retracted the claws and put his head in his hands. "*I* don't want to
hurt *you* again."
That brought her back to the bed. She put an arm around his shoulders
and stroked the back of his neck. "It's not your fault. You didn't *ask*
for them." He wagged his head, not committing to yes or no. "We're a
fine pair," she said, laughing a little.
"We certainly are," he replied, his own mouth starting to quirk into a
grin. "Sleep now?"
She nodded. "Okay."
They rearranged themselves in the bed. Marie pressed herself to Logan's
back, wrapping her arms around his chest, so that if he accidentally
extended the claws while he was sleeping, she'd be safe.
He lay awake, enjoying the feel of her against him, listening to her
even breathing. Their conversation had drained what little energy he'd
recovered, but he didn't want her to know how weak he really was. He was
afraid -- yes, he, the Wolverine -- was afraid that she'd leave and
never come back if she thought she'd hurt him. He'd decided that he
needed her, and she him, and they'd work out the details later.
"I figure that if you love someone, they bring out the best in you, and
they inspire you to be your best for them. You're changing you. Love
just makes you more of who you really could be." Donna Moss in The Tears
of St. Lawrence, by Pix
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