Title: Heinriche Heine's Quote
Characters: movieverse Scott, Remy, Marie, Jean
Rating: R for language
Archive: LeBeau Library, Down Home Charm, and Heart of a Hero; anyone else,
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Summary: You are cordially invited to the Grey-Summers Headache... erm...
Disclaimer: No one belongs to me; they're all the property of Marvel
Entertainment, Fox, and Brian Singer & Co. Whilst I am immensely pissed off
that Cyclops is not even on the movie poster of X2, I will not follow the
urge to rip anyone's head off. Nor will I throw a tantrum over the fact that
Rogue appears to be Bobby's clothing accessory. I resolve not to gnash my
teeth into powder even with the knowledge that if you blink, you will miss
Gambit's cameo. If you are of the same mind, contact be an we can have a
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Heinriche Heine's Quote
You know, I've had a marriage. The past five years with Jean was a marriage,
a nice solid relationship liberally peppered with sparks, trust, and a few
heated arguments. It was great.
Then the wedding came.
I'm sure that weddings are around for a purpose. I mean, almost every
culture in the globe has a formal mating ceremony. There must be tonnes of
books and billions of websites devoted to weddings and their importance. I
wish someone would tell me. I was ready to hang myself with my cravat.
Warren rapped at the open door. "Need any help with that cravat, Scotty?"
"Can you drive the get-away car?" I snarled envisioning the two-hundred
count Egyptian linen going through the shredder.
"Can I have that in writing? Bronzed? You do know that I fully intend to
have an affair with Jean as soon as you two come back from the honeymoon."
I smirked as I tossed him the limp cravat. "Get in line." I walked to the
window almost tripping on a bump in the rug. My arm touched on the table for
balance. Three envelopes fell to the floor. Two were bills-- the only way to
start married life was to be billed for the wedding expenses. The third, the
one on the top, was in a dollar-store envelope with no writing on either
five months ago...
I snorted as I folded the weather section of the papers. There was something
very screwed up with the world when New York City gets sun in the middle of
January and Dallas gets a foot of snow. I sipped my coffee, inhaling the
scent deeply. Well, sunny but still cold enought to freeze the calls off of
a brass monkey. Or in the school's case, a brass lion.
Remy slid into the seat across from mine, cupping his gloved hands around
his industrial-sized mug. His irritation was evident even behind the parka,
the cap, the scarf, and the shades. "I hate you, you know that? Stupid,
fuckin' cold. There's a reason why I moved out."
"Yeah, yeah." I slid his present across the table. "Happy birthday."
He took out an envelope from his pocket. "Same to you. An' congratulations
on finally gettin' a pair of round-and-hairies and proposing to Grey. Any
longer an' I'd've done it for you."
I shook my head slightly. "I should have known. How'd you find out?"
He mimicked zipping up his lips and throwing away the key. "I'd tell you but
I'd have to kill you, hein?" He grinned, big and all teeth.
Funny thing is, sometimes I think he's serious.
"You buy a ring yet?"
"Naw, not really." I let myself slump a bit in my seat. "We both thought we
were behind all of that, y'know?"
I sighed. "But Jean's family got involved."
I could tell he only partially got it. "They're great people, really, but
kind of... proper. Needless to say, our original plan for a simple
vow-taking in the mansion has now been expanded into a three-ring circus of
a cathedral, a country club, and Bora-Bora."
"You complainin' about Bora-Bora?" He obviously wanted to add "You deranged,
fucked up, sorry excuse of a turd."
"No," I said slowly. "Not really about Bora-Bora. I love Bora-Bora. It's
just... I made plans, dammit!"
Remy laughed and I knew he understood. He was just as anal as I was about
planning, especially his heists. His heists. Funny how I didn't get half as
disturbed by them as I did when I first found out. Granted, most of the
anger was about his keeping secrets. That's what I get for thinking that I
was something special in his life.
"So, how's everyone?" he asked as he stirred more honey in his drink. As if
the amount of caffeine in that thing wasn't bad enough.
I shrugged. "Why don't you visit and find out for yourself?"
His eyes flashed behind the dark shades. I sighed, letting it go.
"Fine. Jean-Paul's taken your place as the object of every girl's desire
despite his sexual orientation."
Remy snorted. "Egotistical bastard. I bet he's lovin' it more than I did."
Chuckling, he said, "He still with What's-His-Face?"
"They broke up a couple months ago." I stared into my coffee. "That's when
he started becoming the pin-up actually. Hank and Trish are still together
even though I want to pop her like a ripe pimple."
He snorted in agreement.
"Ro's traded places with someone in the UK school and is apparently having a
"An' the kids?"
There's a reason why Remy picked up on poker so easily. If he was an actor,
he'd get Oscars left, right and centre. He's also got this fantastic mental
shield. Jean always suspected he had a latent telepathic powers. I don't
know how I pick up on his emotions and I sure as hell don't know how he
picks up on mine.
"Bobby, Kitty, and Piotr come visit at least once a month. They're having a
blast in college. Johnny--" I quickly swallowed a mouthful of coffee to
lubricated by dry throat.
Remy reached over to pat my hand. "Yeah. I heard about Johnny, too."
I took another gulp of joe. "Bobby took it the hardest. He's... too happy,
you know? He's friends with the entire NYU population and has a little black
book Hugh Hefner would envy but I just..." I let my tone finish off the
"He don't got anyone to bounce off against anymore," Remy said.
Unexpectedly, too. He used to just nod, letting the silence speak. "Him, he
pretends he hates the guy but you know that he'd fuckin'... He'd die for
Johnny." His knuckles went white on his coffee mug. "Got to be like a
fuckin' knife in the back knowing he didn't feel the same way, the stupid
Welcome to the city of Metaphor in the country of Denial where once I
"Maybe Johnny's just confused," I said, keeping my eye on Remy's
non-expression. "It's always easier to run away especially when you're
"It's fuckin' selfish."
"Kids are selfish. They're wired to be that way. I best thing I can hope for
is that I've taught them enough to let them figure stuff out once they've
"Thank you, Dr. Phil."
"The way I see it," I continued, ignoring the jibe, "the entire school just
have felt a bit like a trap. He probably had plans before his power flipped
on, things he wanted to do, places he wanted to see. But once he enrolled
and all this hype started up, it stopped being like a haven and started
becoming a cage. He wanted his life back and he tried to take a way out, to
have control, no matter how stupid."
"That's bullshit." Remy finally turned his face to me, his lips curled into
"Not complete bullshit."
I sighed. "Rogue's homesick, too, Remy."
He was going to deny his interest, I could see it in his body language. I
kept my eyes on him though, knowing where he was looking even though his
shades were reflective. Still, he wasn't going to ask for more information.
"They're a lot looser in England about mutants but she still misses home. We
get mass emails once a week." He probably did, too. I saw his address in the
carbon-copy lines. Chances were, he never opened them. "You scare her,
He stiffened. With a mental groan, I tried to back-pedal the conversation.
There was a reason why I hardly ever did talks like this.
"Not because your past or your present or anything you've... Shit, I'm going
to fuck this up." I dragged a hand through my hair. "She's a baby compared
to us, Remy. She had plans."
"I'm sure she did."
Ouch. That probably came out more bitter than he wanted. I forged on.
"Besides, it's not like you were that obvious. You flirt with everything
"Yeah, that's me. The communal bicycle. Anyone can get on and take a ride."
My lips pressed together as I tried to reign in my temper. "Cute."
He pressed a hand to his chest, his eyebrows arching up in mock-surprise.
"You, too, Summers? And newly engaged, too. There just ain't no borders in
my sexual magnetism."
There was more to be said. I knew it but I sure as hell wasn't going to
waste my breath when he obviously didn't want to listen.
"I'd better go," he said, fidgeting with his coat and scarf and all as if he
actually needed to. "I got stuff to do."
"Sure thing." I picked up the envelope he'd given me and gave it a little
wave. "And thanks."
"Same here." He pocketed the small, tissue-wrapped box. "Make sure an' tell
me how the wedding goes, hein?"
"Won't have to. I'll blast you if you don't come."
He smirked. "You can try." Fluidly, he rose to his feet. He did that a lot.
Move fluidly, I mean. Only one of the reason why Rogue might feel
intimidated-- how could a girl stand being around someone more graceful than
her? He held his arm out. I grabbed it and squeezed his forearm hard like
medieval warriors would, hanging on for a lot longer than necessary. It
forced his gaze back to mine.
Two guys wearing sunglasses and I was trying to make eye contact.
He squeezed my arm in response. Then, he was gone again, managing to charm a
disgruntled businesswoman and flirt with two servers before he even took a
step outside. The sky was painfully brilliant, reflected off a million drops
of frost. He looked to the left, to the right, and jaywalked in front of a
metermaid, curls of smoke or condensation rising from his scarf-covered
"Your brother's something else," said the server, the second one Remy had
charmed. "Is he an actor or something?"
"Or something," I replied, fingering the envelope.
The cliched thing to say is that (a) the wedding sped by at an excited blur
or (b) that everything went in a treasured slow motion. I experienced
neither. I wasn't kidding when I said that a vow-taking was all I wanted. It
was all I ever wanted in a wedding when I ever thought about it. This entire
ceremony was a headache of massive proportions.
I dry-swallowed a pill for my migraine in between the third and fourth
course. Jean patted my leg in sympathy and half in apology. She was enjoying
herself though. A hard-as-nails doctor she may be but I guess no one could
really complain about the set up (except me). This was the kind of weddings
that girls dreamt of. Classy, expensive, and-- I admit-- pretty smoothly
run. Even the kids were behaving themselves relatively.
I'm talking of the recent graduates not the various cousins, nieces, and
I don't know why I have such a special place in my heart for those seven.
They weren't the first class I'd ever taught nor were they the brightest.
God knew they weren't the most behaved. Only Bobby really thought of
becoming an X-Man and then only because he had no idea what else to do. Sam
wanted to work with mutants but in a noncombative way.
They all came to the wedding except Johnny, of course. Bobby looked kind
of... thin without his partner in crime. On the opposite side of the
spectrum was Kitty, who glowed. MIT really agreed with her. Piotr was also
basking in the glow of art school and Kitty's attention. Sam wrangled a day
off from the school where he worked to come; Jean got all teary when she
Jubilee was... well, she was Jubilee and you can't really say anything bad
about someone who's so determinedly optimistic about her ability to take
over the world despite dropping out twice in one year. Last I heard, she was
applying for acting school. God help us all. Dani came with her brother who
was wide-eyed at the big city. Proudstar somehow managed to come too,
despite his work in the PeaceCorps.
And then there was Marie. She was using her name again. A teacher shouldn't
have favourites, but I have to admit, she was one of mine.
"Hi, Mr. Summers." Marie paused for half a breathe before wrapping her arms
around me in an exuberant hug. "Congratulations. You, too, Ms. Grey."
"Grey-Summers," Jean corrected, smiling at my false irritation. "I'm glad
you could come."
"Are you kidding me? I wouldn't miss this for the world, school or no
school." She stepped back and pulled her friend over, loosely holding on to
his arm. "This is Jono, one of my roommates. You all owe him planefare for
flying me over."
Jono shrugged the words away. "Consider it a gift. She wouldn't stop whining
and making pouty faces. It was either help her out or murder her and the
rest of the guys convinced me that the latter would get too messy."
I shook his out-stretched hand. "Thanks for coming, Jono. I hope you're
"Better than midterms." He grinned ad winked at Jean. "Although the bride's
about to break my heart."
"Oh?' Jean raised one expertly pencilled eyebrow. "How so?"
"Well, how am I supposed to go on living knowing that God's loveliest angel
is now taken?"
Jean's skin turned as red as her hair and Marie coughed "Bullshit!"
dramatically. Some people looked over to make sure she wasn't choking. I
allowed myself to grin-- how Remy-esque. I'm not sure I had the patience to
deal with that though coming from someone other than Remy though.
Despite outward appearances, Marie was beaming over her water goblet. She
made eye contact with me and rolled her eyes. "Jono, behave yourself or else
you'll get thrown out. Then you won't be able to eat all this wonderfully
She touched his cheek as she talked, then his arm again, then ruffled his
hair all in just wrist-length gloves and short-sleeves. She'd gotten over
her fear of touch. At the very least, I should thank this Jono for that.
Three months ago...
The computer beeped urgently at me. I flipped on my IM; Marie was online and
was asking me to view her webcam. I sent off a warning note first, just in
case. That had happened before with Bobby; I still can't think of him or his
girlfriend without my face burning.
"Go ahead, all clear," Marie sent back.
A four-hundred square screen of Marie waved at me. She adjusted her mic and
greeted me with a, "Hi, Mr. Summers!"
As I didn't have a webcam or a mic on my office computer, I old-skooled it
and wrote another IM. "Hi, Rogue. I thought we agreed that Scott was OK for
you to use?"
She scanned the note for a moment. "Well, I know but it just seems weird
still. Gimme a few months, maybe I can call you that."
Am I really that ogre-like? Hmmm. "So what's up?"
Now she looked really excited. "Watch this!" she announced, pushing her
chair back. Five paper clips rose from the desk to follow her. Raising one
hand, she kept four of the paper clips still as she manouevred one into
larger and larger circles, slowly then faster and faster. The four in the
middle remained stationary.
I as about the type my congratulations when Marie called out, "Wait, there's
I sat back again. Now the paper clips were in a relatively straight line.
She touched all her fingertips together to form a very loose fist then,
slowly, opened them again. The paper clips shivered then began unbending in
unison. She closed her hand and then bent back in relatively the same shape.
"And the piece de resistance!"
I could see Marie's forehead wrinkling with concentration. Her arms were
locked straight, right in front of her chest. The paper clips weren't in
line any more but they were all curled into their original shape. The one
furthest to the right started uncurling and <i>only</i> the one on the
right. Then the one furthest on the left; the first paper clip was coming
out of its last curl. The second wire clip on the right started to unfurl
just as the first one straightened and the second one became C-shaped. And
on and on until all five were twisting and re-twisting out of synch.
I let out a war-whoop, clapping my hands together, laughing like a madman.
Jean came in immediately, sensing the out-pouring of emotion.
"What is it?" she asked. I pointed at the screen. In no time, she too, was
grinning from ear to ear.
"That's fantastic!" I typed. "It's further along that I thought you'd get to
Marie dropped her hands, noticeably wilting with exhaustion. "Yeah, well, at
the expense of my academic career, I've been practicing. It's coming easier,
"That's great," I sent.
Beside me, Jean asked, "What about her absorption power?"
I typed the question in.
Marie made a face. "It's about the same as before. I just... I can't get a
hold of it, Mr. Summers. With magnetism, I can see the energy lines and I
know what I have to do. The absorption is just... there. I don't have a
frame of reference."
Jean was thinking hard. I could feel it tickling the back of my head through
our link. "Maybe I should ask someone from the Muir Island Academy to have
tutor sessions with her once a week."
I asked Marie about the possibility. Her face was expressionless as she read
"I'll think about it," she replied. "I'm kind of busy right now though."
Too busy for MIA but not too busy to mess around with paper clips. I sighed
and shrugged. "Whenever you're ready, Marie. You know how to contact them."
"Sure thing, Mr. Summers." She twirled a lock of hair around her finger.
"I'd better go and hit the books then. I just wanted to show you that."
Dammit, now she was down. "Wonderful job, Marie. I'm really proud of you."
She smiled and waved at the webcam again before closing the window. Jean
kissed my cheek and I settled back into marking the pop-quizzes when a
message window opened up.
Marie again. "BTW, Mr. Summers, if you hear from Remy, could you ask him to
email or something? I'm beginning to feel like something you had to scrape
off on the grass."
Rice can't be thrown in weddings anymore in New York. Something about
expanding in birds' stomach and making them sick. I personally don't know
anyone who'd want a sick pigeon; healthy ones are bad enough.
So whenever Jean and I passed by anyone, we were bombarded with bubbles and
flower petals. Bobby confessed that he snapped a picture of the professor in
the middle of blowing a bubble. That was one picture I'd love to see. I'm
sure he could make something like that look regal and dignified.
There were, of course, the mandatory questions about having kids,
nudge-nudge, wink-wink. Mostly from Jean's side of the family. I didn't have
much family with me. My brother, Alex, came but we weren't very comfortable
with each other any more. He had his life and I had mine; they were so
different that conversation was impossible. Let's just say that he lived an
existance straight out of a sitcom. My grandparents were here, too, but they
weren't the type to say things like that. My side of the church were mostly
friends and students.
"So, Scotty." One of Jean's many godfathers punch my arm, looking a bit
surprised when I didn't fall over. Thank you, BowFlex. "So, Scotty, when
will we be expecting the little ones?"
I'm glad my glasses covered my eyes because the look on them would have been
extremely insulting. And he was the one who gave us money, I think. "I'm not
sure, sir," I replied, dutifully, "That's up to Jean."
"Better get crackin'. You're not getting any younger, you know."
Didn't he see the fifty-some-odd kids that were milling around?
There were also the mandatory perverted aunts who liked to pinch butts, the
mandatory threats of death from various male relatives, and the mandatory
clueless idiot who managed to insult everyone in sight.
"Good God!" said a woman who I thought was Jean's cousin. "Shouldn't there
be a different room for all the normal people? I'm afraid to breathe in
I was calm. Jean was furious. "I *told* Mom not to invite her!" she said
through gritted teeth. "I don't even like her!"
I patted her arm. "Just a few more hours and we'll be in Bora-Bora."
"Screw Bora-Bora. I'm going to--"
I squeezed her hands and forced them on her lap. "You're going to ignore
her. She's not worth it."
Jean pouted. God, she had nice lips.
"And besides," I added with a grin, "I'm sure one of the kids will do
something in revenge anyway."
That particular cousin went around the rest of the day with her skirt
perpetually blowing over her head revealing brown-stained underwear. No one
ever confessed to it, and I didn't bother to ask. Needless to say, she went
home early as did one of the kids. Something in the dessert didn't agree
with him; mutant metabolism can be such a bitch.
I danced with as few people as possible: Jean, my grandmother, Marie, and
Jubilee. They were the only ones who made my shuffling look half-way
Marie was trying to show me a proper waltz at first but she promptly gave
"I've got something for you," I told her as the song was ending.
"What is it?"
I reached into my pocket and took out the letter than Remy gave me. "Here.
Don't open it until you get back to England, okay?"
Looking curious, Marie nodded. "All right. I promise." A mischevious smile
danced in her eyes. "Is it naughty pictures?"
I almost fell on my nose. "Marie!"
Laughing, she said, "I'm kidding, I'm kidding." And as far as I knew, she
didn't even look at the letter once she stuck it in her purse.
Then finally, it was over and we escaped into a cab with our luggage.
Jean cuddled up close and kissed my cheek. "Imagine. For two weeks, I'm
going to be the only thing on your mind. No bad guys, no exams, no
"What about you, Ms. I-Just-Need-to-Run-One-More-Test Grey-Summers?" I
flicked a strand of red from her cheek. "I had to unpack your laptop."
She gasped. "You did not!"
"I did, too, and proudly."
"Scott, I need the reports on that computer." She tried to look serious but
I laughed it off.
"We're on our honeymoon, Jean. Hank will take care of your research while I
finally work on the tan lines that you complain about so much."
After a short mental struggled, she allowed herself to be teased. "At least
you can tan. I just turn into a giant freckle."
I tried to grin a Remy-grin but, failing that, resorted to a normal leer.
"You know what I like to do with freckles."
Playfully, Jean shrank back. "Yes, I do, and don't you dare do anything with
the cabbie watching!"
Oh, well, the cabbie was out of luck. We were quite civilised for the rest
of the trip, including the plane despite a small incident concerning my toe
and the food cart. Interestingly enough, when we got to the hotel, there was
a present left on the pillows with a note attached on top.
"Who's it from?" Jean asked, looking over my shoulder.
"Remy," I answered. "But I'm not sure who it's for."
"If it's from Remy, it must be for you."
"I don't know know, Jean." I held up the silk bustier, the French-cut
panties, and the thigh-high boots. "I'm not sure these are my size."
Jean looked caught between outrage, embarrassment, and lust. I could work
with that. I had no idea how Remy got the address for our hotel, never mind
the room, and quite frankly, I couldn't give a shit. Right now, the wedding
was over and we could concentrate on the marriage again. That thought kept
the smile on my face for the entire honeymoon.
The bustier helped, too.
nb: For anyone who was wondering, Heinriche Heine is a poet who once said,
"The Wedding March always reminds me of the music played when soldiers go
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