Title: The Question
Author: Victoria P. [victoria_p@...
Summary: "He should have seen it coming."
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Notes: Thanks Dot, Meg, Jen, and Pete'n'Melissa. This is
a response to Khaki's first line challenge. It just
showed up, thereby showing the first crack in my
He should have seen it coming.
He should have been able to add the clues up, but he was
blind. Willfully so, if he was honest with himself.
Looking back, he could even pinpoint when things
changed -- he still had the letter from her, the one
that first mentioned Remy's arrival and his initial
interest in her.
But he was away, and the search for his past was almost
The next clue -- about a year after Remy's first
appearance -- she stopped whispering, "I love you" into
the phone after saying goodbye. She had to know he could
hear it, even if he never gave any indication, always
hanging up before saying it back. She was too young, and
he was staying away, giving her a chance to grow up,
experience life, before he came back and claimed her.
Remy's name grew more and more prominent in her letters,
but he chose to ignore the implications. He thought it
was good that she had someone interested in her, someone
who didn't mind her skin. He didn't want her to feel
isolated from the others at the school while he was
away, though some part of him had hoped she'd missed and
needed him as much as he had her.
Time moved on, as it always does, as he chased one dead
end after another in search of his past. Her letters
grew less and less frequent, and now, she was just as
often out when he called as she was waiting for his call.
The night she hung up first, without waiting for him,
was the night he knew he had to get back before he lost
He'd still believed, at that point, that he had a
chance, that she was his and he hadn't waited too long.
He came back to find her more beautiful than he'd ever
imagined, and wearing Remy's ring on her left hand.
He should have seen it coming, but he hadn't.
And how he stared at her in shock, unable to process the
question she'd asked.
"Logan? Did you hear me? I asked if you'd give me away
at the wedding."
He nodded absently, his mind reeling as his heart
dropped to his toes.
Rogue flung herself into his arms and squeezed
him. "Thanks so much, Logan! I told Remy you'd never let
She ran off to tell her fianc� the good news, leaving
Logan standing shell-shocked in the kitchen.
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