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"Sorry Im late, sir. Minor incident at breakfast." Scott was the last of
the group to let himself into Xaviers office.
"Nothing worrisome, I trust?"
"Bobby decided to adjust the temperature of the juice dispenser. We
managed to chip him loose eventually."
The Professor sighed and refrained from inquiring as to the extent of the
dining room damage. "I would like to thank you all for taking the time
before your first classes for this meeting. Ill try to make it brief.
Bright and early this morning I received a telephone call from Ms. Emma
Frost. She had a very interesting tale to tell..."
"Is Rogue all right?"
"That may be a matter of some debate, Ororo. It seems, according to my
" <cough> " esteemed colleague, that Miss Gordon has been leaving the
lot of us very much in the dark concerning her abilities to control her
"Why would she " Scott began, only to be cut off by Jean.
"This is about her parents, isnt it? They want her home and she
doesnt want to go?"
Hank frowned. "Pardon my disbelief, but why *wouldnt* Rogue want to
return home? She seems to genuinely miss her parents. And even if she
prefers to remain here, I can see no reason for her to have concealed her
abilities from *us*."
"I was getting to that. Ms. Frost *claims* that Rogue was concealing her
control to prevent suspicion, because she was having an affair with a
faculty member." Charles paused significantly, watching all of the
faculty members all the *remaining* members exchanging confused,
suspicious, or speculative glances.
Scott was the first to realize which "faculty member" Xavier most likely
referred to. "That sneaking, two-faced *pervert*...!"
Behind Scott, Ororos eyes widened. Hank remained skeptical. Jean looked
disbelieving. "Professor, you *cant* mean wait. Did Ms. Frost get this
from Rogue? Because shes always had a crush on him she could have been
"According to Ms. Frost, Logan came to her school yesterday seeking a
position as a self-defense instructor or the like. She refused him, upon
learning of his relationship with a sixteen-year-old student, and last
night in the wee hours he returned to her school and abducted Miss
Gordon." Charles allowed the four X-Men time to process this information.
"He *abducted* her? Carried her off? Sir, we have to find them!" That
was Scott, always ready to believe the worst of Logan. Beside him, Jean
was slowly shaking her head from side to side, stunned and still
disbelieving. Ororo looked thoughtful, as did Hank.
"I think the term abducted was a matter of dramatic hyperbole on Ms.
Frosts part. Apparently Rogue was a willing co-conspirator in her own
kidnapping. In fact, Ms. Frost was rather incensed by Rogues willingness
to use her power against the headmistress to facilitate their escape."
"That son of a bitch..." Scotts flash of outrage had cooled to a low
burn of helpless indignation.
"Professor, just how trustworthy a source *is* Ms. Frost?" Jean was
clinging to hope.
"Not at all, which is why I called you in here. If any of you know
anything that may serve to prove or disprove any part of her
assertions, I should very much like to hear it."
A moment of silence, which Ororo ended. "I believe it could be true."
"Ro, how could you say "
"I did not say it *was* true, Jean, merely that it *could* be. *If* Logan
is a much better actor than weve given him credit for, and *if* she
loves him or believes that she does enough to hide her control to
stay with him..."
"That *bastard*. Making that little girl keep from touching anyone else
and layer up in all those extra clothes when she didnt even *need* to,
just to keep her where he could get at her..."
Tiring of Scotts seething and Jeans denial, Xavier turned his attention
to the person who hadnt weighed in with an opinion yet. "Hank? Your
thoughts on the subject?"
"Hmm? Oh, I was just wondering about how she could have possibly gained
control. Considering what I read in their medical files, if Logan
suffered so comparatively little from the ill effects of Rogues ability,
it would make him an excellent guinea pig for practicing on."
"Then you believe Ms. Frosts allegations?"
"I wouldnt care to testify under oath on the subject but we all knew
that they were close to one another. And it has to mean *something* that
he left mere days after she did..."
"As much as I hate to admit it, Hank has a point." Jean looked tired now
that reality had seeped in.
"So what are we going to do about this, sir?" Scott looked alert, clearly
hoping for the order or at least the permission to go track down the
couple and retrieve their wayward student. (To hell with Logan, of
course. Ideally very soon...)
"Do? Given that our source of information is untrustworthy at best and
actively duplicitous at worst, were not going to jump to any rash
assumptions. What we *are* going to do is attempt to contact the pair of
them and if they return here, whether today or at some point in the
future, we will *not* make accusations without first getting to the
bottom of this."
Scott was clearly disappointed, Jean just as clearly relieved.
"How were you planning to contact them? Cerebro?" Hank was, as ever,
moving on to the problem that *could* be worked on now.
"If necessary, though Ill also try Logans cell phone. I believe that
the Gordons should be notified, if Ms. Frost hasnt done so already
though it would be very interesting indeed if she had *not* done so, or
if they had been given a different story..."
"You can try e-mail, too. I believe Kitty and Jubilee have her address,"
"An excellent suggestion. Yes. If you could handle that, Ororo I am
sure you would know what best to say." Xavier trusted Ros discretion
not to mention her ability to remain soothing and non-accusatory. Jean
was more frequently called up on liaison duties, but given her apparent
sense of betrayal at Logans "defection," her skills in diplomacy might
not be up to this particular situation.
"Let me get this straight. Were going to see if Logan decides to start
answering his phone again, and send Rogue an *e-mail*, and call her
parents and thats *it*? Were going to let an underage girl go running
off with a psycho killer probably old enough to be her *grandfather*
and not try to stop her?!"
"Scott, this is a sanctuary not a prison. We can offer the both of them
a home, a place in the school or on the team, but only if they wish to be
here. If they want to go, we have to let them. We can only offer our help
not force it upon them..."
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She Whose Quotations Are Both Exotic and Appropriate
Keeper of his Deadly Startle Reflexes, Guardian and Examiner of the
Adamantium-Revealing X-Rays, and Official Listener for the Occasional
"Okay, then, you have to promise if I say something you don't like you
won't do that voice that sounds like people with wet and bubbly stuff in
their lungs buried under the ground being crushed to death by giant worms
-- Delirium, SANDMAN #41, by Neil Gaiman
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