Disclaimer in part 1
Picks up where #6 left off....
The X-Mansion, Logan's room.........
Marie tossed restlessly, and moaned. No matter where she
went Eric was right behind her. He had finished with Logan and was
coming after her. Just as he reached her she bolted upright and let
out a bloodcurdling scream. She was drenched in sweat and trembling
from the aftereffects of the nightmare. The room was dark and she
didn't know where she was. A soothing hand on her cheek let her know
she wasn't alone. Logan was with her.
This was the first time she'd been conscious since the events
of the night. Marie hadn't had a chance to fully process what had
happened and it hit her for the first time. Three people had died
tonight. Logan had killed Sabertooth, Cyclops had killed her mother,
and she had killed her father. Her parents were dead, and she had
caused one of those deaths. Rage, guilt, sadness, joy, and a sense
of freedom flooded her system. It was too much at once and she was
Knowing exactly what she needed Logan pulled her into his lap
and cradled her as sobs wracked her small frame. They stayed that
way for hours. She clutched onto him in a grip that would have
bruised anyone else and he whispered soothing words of comfort as he
stroked her hair. He held her to him long after she'd fallen
asleep. He thanked a deity that he'd never believed in till now that
this extraordinary young woman had been allowed to live. He
unconsciously gathered her closer to him as he thought about how
close he'd come to loosing her tonight. Logan sighed and carefully
lay back onto the bed. He arranged himself around Marie and fell
into a contented sleep.
Logan slipped from his room at about noon the next day. The
other members of the team were all still sleeping or attending to the
other members of the team. Ororo was in the infirmary recovering
from the surgery Jean had performed on her to dig the bullet out of
her leg. After treating everyone else, an exhausted Jean Grey had
finally retired for some well-deserved sleep. Scott Summers was
currently briefing the entire school on what had happened. Logan
slipped into the auditorium just as the X-men leader got around to
talking about Rogue.
" As you may or may not know, Magneto and Mystique had a
daughter. She's known as Rogue and may be staying here for awhile.
It's important to understand that she lost all of her family, and
saved one of our team members. Treat her with respect, and disregard
the fact that she was with the Brotherhood. The important thing is
she is here now and safe."
Logan had to admit Scott had handled the situation better
than he could have. Of course Logan would have just said something
like "if ya fuck with Rogue, you'll get a chest full of metal" or
something to that extent. Logan shook himself out of that still-
tempting thought and refocused on why he came downstairs in the first
Marie woke up when Logan opened the door, armed with a
steaming bowl of tomato soup. "Thought you might be hungry," he said
as he set the bowl down on the night table by his bed.
A ghost of a smile flitted across her face at his kind
gesture. Logan sat down on the bed by her. "Why'd you do it?"
She sighed, "I don't know. He was going to hurt you, and I
just couldn't let him do that" she said and looked up into his
face, "why did you kill Victor?"
"Same reason. 'Cept, I've always hated that guy. What he
said he was gonna do to you, that was it. The bastard had to die,"
he said as he stretched his arm across her shoulders.
Rogue nodded and ate her soup, while Logan was content to
just listen to the relaxed rhythm of her breathing. After she'd
finished he pulled her up. "Come on, Chuck wants to see ya."
Marie entered the Professor's office with a tight grip on
Logan's hand. She knew he wasn't a bad guy, but after growing up
hearing he was `the enemy', she was still a little nervous. Logan
turned to leave and she pulled him back "please?" she asked him,
knowing he'd understand what she meant. Logan nodded and sat down in
one of the chairs across from the professor's desk.
Charles sensed the bond between the two. It made him smile
and hope that these two lonely people could come together and
complete each other. He had wanted to speak with the girl alone, but
noticed the slightly panicked look in her eyes and knew Logan
wouldn't leave her. It amused him that this generally reserved man
had been hovering over their guest in the same way that Scott did
"Welcome Rogue. I'm Charles Xavier, but I'm sure you already
know that" he spoke in a soft voice. "I realize you lost your entire
family yesterday, and I am sorry for your loss. I would like to
offer you a home here."
"Thank you" the girl said in a voice barely above a whisper.
"You're most welcome my dear. Now, I understand that you've
recently absorbed another personality?"
Marie hung her head in shame, and tears began rolling down
her cheeks. Logan switched his hands around, so he could stretch his
left arm around her shoulders, while keeping a hold on her right
hand. He bent his mouth to her head; it broke his previously
impregnable heart to see this young woman crying. It tore him up
inside. He shot a sharp glare at Xavier for making Marie cry.
The Professor was amused by the gruff man's sudden hostility;
he was able to keep the smile from his lips, but not his eyes. Logan
saw it, and slid his middle claw out in the classic "fuck-off"
gesture. Xavier silently chuckled but grew solemn as he wheeled
around to the left side of the girl. He lightly took her hand that
wasn't clutched in Logan's grasp, and pulled it to his lips.
"My dear girl, you have done absolutely nothing wrong. Why,
if it weren't for you, the lunk of a man sitting next to you wouldn't
be here. I speak for the entire team of X-Men, and Logan especially
when I say that I'd be honored if you choose to stay here with us.
You may even join the team sometime in the future, if you'd like." He
affectionately told her before placing a gentle kiss on her palm.
Logan stroked her back and made gentle shushing noises, as
Xavier continued to lightly massage her palm. Eventually the sobbing
subsided, and Marie lifted her tear stained face.
" Why are you being so nice to me? You know better than
anyone else what I am!" she exclaimed, part bewildered and part
hopeful. Bewildered that genuine kindness wasn't the made up fairy
tale her parents had always told her it was. And hopeful that for
the first time in her young life, an offer was being made without a
" Cause you're worth it darlin" Logan whispered against her
"I realize this is all quite a bit to think about Rogue, and
I don't expect a decision from you right away. However, you are most
welcome to stay for however long you choose. I believe there is a
room available right next to Logan."
Logan whipped his head up long enough to shoot Chuck an evil
glare before turning back to Marie, " You can stay with me , ya
know, if ya wanna."
"Logan." Charles said, in a warning tone.
"Fine, you can stay in the room next to me. Then if ya
wanna, you can move in with me later" he told her softly.
"Logan, why don't you take Rogue to her quarters so she can
He nodded and stood up with his arm still around her
shoulders and steered her towards the door.
" Thank you professor, for everything" the shy girl said over
As she walked down the hallway with Logan, a plethora of
emotions washed over her. She was surrounded by people who were
genuinely nice, it felt different and strange, but in a good way. To
her right was a man that had nearly given his life in saving hers.
To her, he emanated love and protection. But mostly, in the wide
halls of Xavier's Marie Lensher felt something foreign and wonderful,
she felt like she was finally home.
She knew she could survive anything life choose to throw at
her, especially with Logan at her side. It was a good feeling; one
that she was sure would last a lifetime.