You Cant Hurt Me Anymore
By Nadja Lee 10/26/02
English is not my native language. Please forgive me my mistakes.
Disclaimer: X-men and all the characters here belong to Marvel, 20 Century Fox and I intend no infringement, this is a piece of amateur fan fiction, and I make no money of it.
Only the original idea contained within this work is the property of the author. Please do not copy this story to any website or archive without permission of the author.
Timeline: Set after the X-men movie.
Universe: Movie. ONLY movie! AU
Romance: Scott/Ororo, Scott/Jean implied.
Summary: Scott finds Ororo after she has made a fatal decision and hes left to wonder why.
Archiving: Want, ASK, take, have.
Feedback: Yes, please. My e-mail address is nadjalee@...
Warnings: mature themes; depression, suicide.
Authors notes: Might be a bit dark
okay, I *know* its dark as I was depressed when I wrote this
Thanks as always to Estelle for beta.
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No answer. Strange, she was always on time. This was the first time that Scott could remember that she had been late for anything; especially a training session. It was Saturday and he hadnt seen her all day. He understood she would want some privacy but it was now almost one in the night
..Jean had reassured him that she was in her room and was sure she just wanted some space but Scott had still been uneasy about it and had wanted to check in on her on his way to bed. Only she wasnt answering. Concerned Scott placed a hand on the door handle to her room and tried to open it; locked. He frowned in concern. He knocked again.
Ororo? Are you alright?
Still no answer. This wasnt like her. She was always on time, she was always there
..this wasnt like her at all.
Okay; Im coming in, Scott said out loud, just in case she wanted privacy and for some reason he couldnt figure out had chosen not to answer him. He again turned the door handle and again the door didnt open. Suddenly he recalled Sabretooths fascination with Ororo and Scotts uneasiness grew. He let go of the door handle, took a step back and kicked the door in. It swung open and Scott walked into the room, one hand to his glasses, ready for an attack.
He had only been in Ororos room a few times yet the grace and beauty of it with an African air to it had always fascinated him. Today however what concerned him was the open doors to her balcony, the dark room with no lights burning and the broken mirror laying on the floor, pieces of it shattered all over the floor like deadly snow.
Ororo? he called softly, trying to conceal his concern. He saw the door to her bathroom was open and he carefully walked towards it, something in him warning him that there was something inside he didnt want to find
didnt want to know. As he was closer to the door he saw a set of small dedicate brown feet laying on the floor; Ororo!
*Jean! Something is wrong with Ororo. Come quickly! * Scott called telepathically. He didnt wait for her reply but closed their bond as soon as he was sure she had gotten his message. He needed his entire concentration for what was to come.
His heart in his throat he walked closer and entered the room. The small light above the sink was lit but that was all
..it was enough. He saw her lying on the floor, her long white hair like a halo around her head as she lay still on the floor. Her eyes were closed but an almost peaceful expression was on her face.
Ororo! Scott yelled panicked and quickly knelt beside her and began searching her for injuries. There was blood as red as wine around her, coming from her right wrist. The cut was alarmingly straight
it didnt look like a wound received in battle. He quickly tore a piece of his shirt and band it as tight as he could around the wound, hoping itll stop some of the bleeding until he could get help. He searched for more wounds and lying in her thin long white nightdress with bare arms it wasnt too hard to do. Her dress had curled up to show her thighs he gashed in surprise. There were wounds on her thighs and the inside of her upper arms
. carefully cut
almost craved. He looked around and found a bloodied piece of glass beside where Ororos right hand had laid.
Ororo, he whispered horrified, tears coming to his eyes as he gathered her close and held her in his arms. He tried to control his sorrow and fought the tears as he held her a little away from him and began shaking her to try and wake her up.
Ororo! Ororo, wake up
please, wake up, he shook her again, her head rolling back and forth. Wake up!
Her eyelids moved and she blinked. Her peaceful expression disappeared and pain took its place.
Scott? she asked weakly, her voice hoarse, pained and low.
Yes. Yes, its me, his voice sounded strange even to him. He had trouble speaking for the lump in his throat.
would see you
. one last time, she got out, forcing a weak smile. Scott was going out of his mind from worry; where were the others? What should he do? What could he do? Not sure what to do he simply held her close and put some loose hair away from her face. He tried to smile for her but it turned into a grimace. His mind was in turmoil; he didnt know what to do or think. Everything was turning in his head; nothing made sense anymore.
Dont talk like that. Youll be fine, Scott assured, praying fanatically that he was right.
were always a poor liar, she got out, grimacing in pain. He tried to smile but the smile froze on his lips. Suddenly everything came crashing down on him and he tried all he could to hold it all inside.
Why? Why? he whispered softly, his voice agonized, his mind tormented and his cheeks wet from tears. She had no strength to lift her hand but she made a motion as if she wanted to wipe his tears away.
No words can describe the pain Ive felt within, her voice was fading now, growing weaker.
He did not understand; she had always seemed so controlled. What had gone wrong? Why hadnt he noticed she was unhappy? Why? She had always been there, ever silent, ever present. Never drawing attention to herself, never doing anything that made others notice her
God! He had failed her
.he hadnt looked beneath the surface; he hadnt been thinking. He hadnt
he should have
he should have
he whispered softly, taking her left hand to his cheek before he softly kissed it.
dont say I love you, she asked weakly, fighting to get the words out as tears ran from her eyes. Dont. Not now.
There was such agony in her voice
such longing. A sudden realization hit him.
You love me?! he got out, surprise, shock, happiness, sorrow and a mix of other feelings running through him.
A ghost of a smile played over her lips.
I always did
you just never seemed to notice me, she said softly.
Oh, God, he mumbled. How could he have been so blind? All her kindness, all the times she had been there for him
and where had he been? Where had he gone after she had helped him? To Jean
always Jean. Why hadnt he thought of this? Why?
Dont cry for me
Youll hardly know Im gone
.you hardly knew I was here to begin with, her voice was sad and pained with a hint of sarcasm and loss
.strong loss and despair. He didnt know what to say because
she was right. He had taken her for granted. He had assumed she was always strong, that she was always there and that she could handle anything
..he had assumed she would always be there to help
but never had she needed help herself.
Im so sorry, he got out, tears blurring his vision, his cheeks were hot and red. He pulled her closer and stroked her hair.
.You cant hurt me anymore
.no one can, she whispered weakly, her eyes beginning to fall shut. Panic rose in him.
Dont leave me!
She smiled weakly to him as her eyes closed completely.
Im finally free, she whispered as her last breath was torn from her lips.
NOOO! Scott yelled in agony and held her closer to him, burying his head by her neck. Oh, God
Suddenly there was a lot of people in the room but his mind was frozen in time, his eyes stiffened and the only sound he heard was her words
You cant hurt me anymore.
What had he done? What had he done? Why hadnt he seen the signs? Why? Why hadnt he understood the Hell her mind had been in? Why had he somehow assumed she was strong enough? Why had he thought that only the body could be in Hell and that keeping her safe from villains would be enough; would keep her well?
He should have known
he should have done something
..he looked down at his hands and saw that they were covered in blood as was his shirt
In that moment he understood what she had meant by the pain within because his mind was in agony as it felt like it was being torn apart; a confusing mass without beginning or end. Suddenly the world seemed so dark, suddenly everything seemed impossible
.he felt so tired and drained
You cant hurt me anymore.
Her words kept ringing in his ears, he kept seeing her bloodied body laying on the floor
kept seeing the pure agony written on her face
..what she must have gone through
.a pain she had carried inside herself
..a pain he hadnt seen
..a pain he hadnt understood.
He walked out of Ororos room as in trance, his mind somewhere else
.his mind in torment yet no one could see it
.no one would know.
He began to see that the greatest pain could be the pain inside himself.
You cant hurt me anymore
She might have found freedom at last
.but she had left him in Hell
.a Hell he might first find escape from
in death as she had.