Rating: The entire story gets an R rating (so be warned)
Setting: two years after the end of X2.
Summary: Wolverine and Panther .
Disclaimer: I claim no ownership of any of the Marvel characters,
however the creation of Danielle aka Panther is mine. This is the
first in a series of chapters to follow.
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wish to archive this story please email me first. Trust me, I am
sure I will be thrilled, but want to know where it is.
Outside, the sun was shining and the kids were enjoying their
relaxing Sunday no classes, no homework, and no tests just lots
of playtime. Logan walked outside squinting from the bright sun.
The kids that had been harassing him all took off for other parts of
the campus and far away from Wolverine.
He leaned on the corner of the building crossing his arms over his
chest. Danielle's car was in front of him her prized Trans Am with
T Top. The hood was up and Marie and Scott were peering inside.
Scott loved fast cars and Danielle's was a vintage beauty.
Danielle was stooped before a toolbox rifling through it until she
found what she needed. It was then that she saw Logan standing there
"You come to rescue the little lady, Scooter?" Logan asked.
"She's leakin' oil," Scott replied leaning over the engine. "Just
stay out of the way, Hairball. This is a job for me," Scott said.
Logan snarled in anger and lit up a cigar. He spied Danielle looking
at him as Scott headed under the car and made the repairs.
"That oughtta do it," Scott said. He grabbed a rag and cleaned his
hands from the oil that had leaked out.
"Thanks," she replied.
"You ever need help ag'in, just give me a shout," Scott said.
"Hey, wanna take her for a spin?" Danielle asked Scott.
"Can I really? She's a cool piece of machinery," Scott said.
Danielle tossed him the keys and Scott took off like a kid with a new
toy. Danielle giggled. Logan was hatefully watching Scott peel out
of the driveway.
"You guys really don't like each other much?" Danielle asked.
Logan refused to answer.
I look into her eyes those brown eyes shinin' bright in the sun.
Slowly, I go to touch her cheek a spot of oil was there and I try
to rub it off. Just tryin' to be a good guy, ya know. She stands
her ground lettin' me remove the oil. I watch her close her eyes and
she turned her face more into my hand. Guess she likes it. I admit
I was draggin' it out a bit.
"That jerk still botherin' yer friend?" Logan asked.
Danielle looked at him awkwardly.
"John?" she asks.
"I heard ya chattin' with yer friend on the phone that he was lookin'
for ya callin' yer old job and pesterin' yer friend tryin' to find
out where ya went off ta," Logan replied.
"I'm a little nervous that he will figure out where I am at some
point," Danielle said.
"I can put a stop to that," Logan said threateningly.
Her eyes lit up sensing Logan's protectiveness.
"I just have to hope he won't get too smart too soon. It's not like
people don't know about this place now," she responded.
"So, what were ya really hungry for earlier?" Logan asked his
towering and broad form filling Danielle's field of vision.
"I could think of a few things I was cravin' at that moment, but I
can't tell ya," she replied.
"Why? Cause there are kids present?" he asked.
"Hey! I am not a kid!" Marie shouted.
"Ya think ya might be in the market for someone new at some point?"
"Logan, isn't that a little forward?" Marie asked then smiled to
herself this was too cute of Logan. He was never really good at
"Hey, kid, it's a legitimate question," he responded quickly with a
hint of anger.
Danielle tosses her hair over her head and peers at him with a
devilish look. Marie instantly reads a little flirtation going on
between Logan and Danielle.
"All depends on what's being offered," she replied smoothly.
Logan looks right into her eyes.
"Good," he slyly draws out and half smiles at Danielle.
Scott returned with the car and after tossing Danielle the keys, he
began to walk up the driveway.
"Hey, Danielle, if you want later on, I'll let ya take the Mazda for
a spin," Scott said.
He and Logan crossed paths, and Logan shot him a glare that would
unnerve most people. Scott just smiled at him.
"What's the matter, Hairball? Want me to stay away from your girl?"
Scott snidely asked.
Logan's snarl was enough of an answer for Scott.
Maybe now you know how I felt, Scott thought to himself.
Shithead Scott. Ya know that little punkass just had to go say some
shit like that. But, it don't matter. It's time for me to exit and
leave her thinkin' about what I asked.
"What's that all about?" Rogue asked before they began washing the
"What is what all about?" Danielle responded with a question.
Marie could see it was not something Danielle was able to answer or
didn't want to answer.
"You and Logan. What was all the growlin'about in the dining hall?"
"Just a little show of strength an animal thing. No harm meant,"
Danielle replies blankly.
Marie looked at her oddly.
"I was wonderin' if that wasn't some animal matin' thing ya know
like that stuff ya see on them nature shows," Marie said.
"Guess it could be. But, for me, I was just tryin' to break his
chops and let him know he ain't so bad, as he likes to think he is.
I can be just as mean and tough when push comes to shove," Danielle
"Hey, right. So, tell me more about how you met Logan," Rogue said.
Danielle explained how she met him in Canada and how he saved her in
"Logan's very wild and sexy, for an older guy. Is he the kind of guy
you would love to get on his back?" Marie asked as she got the bucket
and sponge to begin washing Danielle's car.
"He's just so
so male just total, untamed, basic, feral, sexy
male," Danielle replied.
Marie shot her an odd look making Danielle wonder if Marie was a
little bit jealous.
Just then, Bobby walked out. Rogue sprayed Bobby with the hose and
they laughed all together. Bobby wanted so badly to kiss Rogue, but
they had yet to find a way to allow their love to go beyond just an
emotional one. Danielle sensed the tension and frustration.
I just had to go back. Call it animal curiosity.
"So, when do I get a ride in that thing?" I ask. She peers at me
oddly like I just asked her if I could screw her brains out. Stupid
me was expecting a giggle and `later, man,' but she eyed me straight
She flipped me the keys and I walked over, casually opening the
driver's side door. Danielle was standing alongside the passenger
side. I eyed the inside of the old machine.
"Stick?? Ain't driven stick shift in years," I whined.
Before long, we are both in the car and she's showing me what to do
before we took off.
I wasn't very good at first, but then she laced her fingers through
mine guiding me to shift gears when necessary until I got the feel
for it. As exciting as the speed of this old car was, it was more
exciting just having her hand resting on top of mine. I glanced down
looking at her fingers playfully entwined with mine over the gear
shift and I knew it was trouble.
We're travelling along the back roads without sayin' a word. Then,
she goes and does somethin' really unnervin' for me she slides over
close by and her hand is no longer on top of mine, but restin' on my
thigh. Excitement pulses through my body. Logan, get yer eyes on
I tried to ignore it. Maybe she didn't realize how close she had her
hand to my personal belongings. Then again, maybe she did. I
glanced over to her seein' a half smile cut across her full lips and
I knew she was tormentin' me.
We hit open highway not a soul in sight. So, I pressed petal to
metal and let the machine fly down the road. She tightens her grip
on my thigh and I am doin' all I can do to ignore it. But, my
arousal was becomin' harder to hide as beads of sweat began trickling
down my forehead.
Her hand has slid up closer and all I can think to do is bring this
damned car to a screamin' halt and haul her ass into the back seat.
Just then, I hear the annoying ring of the transponder Danielle
"Yeah, what's up?" she asks. I watch her expression change she's
lookin' a little stressed.
"Oh, ok. We'll get back right away," Danielle responds. "You gotta
report in there's trouble and you guys are headin' out on a
mission." I am disappointed this could have ended up an
interesting ride but I know I need to go. After all, I am still
considered part of the Team.
After we returned, I thanked her silently for letting me drive and
rushed to the Professor's office. Scott was there discussing the
details of the mission. Another mutant was in trouble and in need of
assistance. As Scott went over a few of the most important parts of
the mission, Charles took note of my lack of attention. My eyes were
focused outside the window.
"Logan, is there a problem?" Charles asked. Logan snapped to
"Nothing, sorry," he replied. Scott went on with the discussion and
again Logan's attention drifted outside the window.
I sat down on the bench by the window and just watched in silence. I
think I must have fallen into a dream state or something. I could
still feel Danielle's hand grippin' me even though she wasn't there,
and man, do I wish she were. Charles rolled over to see what had me
Outside in the courtyard were many of the kids with Danielle and Jean
in the middle of the group. They were all sitting in the grass as
Danielle moved out towards the front of the group.
"The children really like her Rogue especially. Rogue thinks of
her like a big sister. I have heard nothing but good things about
her being here," Charles stated.
"Yes, and the kids love her teaching style too. I think this is part
of the hands-on activities," Scott stated as they watched from the
Danielle knelt down everyone was looking up into the nearby clump
of trees. Within a few moments, a large bird flew from the tree
landing onto Danielle's now outstretched arm. She slowly turned
around introducing the magnificent bird to the children. Jean was
amazed with her control over the animal a rare golden eagle.
"She is very much like you, Logan but advanced to the point where
she can also communicate with the animals," Charles stated.
Lady Beastmaster," Logan said. He sat down on the bench with
his head lowered. Troubled thoughts began passing through his mind.
"Scott, may I have a little privacy with Logan?" Charles asked.
Scott quietly left the office.
"You seem very interested in Danielle. Jean explained that little
scene in the dining hall was a test of sorts since you two are of a
common personality, shall we say," Charles replied.
"Yeah, she's cool and we were just goofin' around," Logan replied
"Logan, why do I sense hesitation?" Charles asked.
Logan looked towards the professor with a hint of anger. He didn't
like having these feelings read.
"It's ok. I sense what you are feeling and it's really all right,"
"OK, I like her. She's good with the kids," he tried to deny any
"Logan, what about you? You have been here long enough for me to
know your thought patterns quite well and you subdue many of your
feelings. Something is bothering you maybe about getting close to
someone again," Charles stated.
"Yeah, well after all that's gone on before, it
" Logan snapped then
trailed off thinking of how Charles knew of the love triangle between
Scott, Jean and himself.
"Logan, that's no reason to feel like you can't pursue something with
someone else. But, I will ask that you remain attentive to mission
details that are important for the Team," Charles said.
Logan took the scolding to heart knowing Charles was right. As
Charles rolled back behind his desk, he continued by saying "In all
honesty, I think she would be good for you. She's just your kind of
"Huh? You think I
" Logan trailed off again.
"I think you should go with your instincts if that is what you feel
is best," Charles responded with a friendly smile.
"I wish it were that easy," Logan replied.
His thoughts began to betray him again and Charles felt it. Logan's
mind drifted to those words from Jean how women flirt with
dangerous men and marry the good guys.
"Not all women feel that way," Charles said tapping the side of his
head with his index finger.
"What?" Logan again snapped.
"About dangerous men. Logan, one person's opinion doesn't make it
the rule. Besides, I picked up on enough silent hints between both
of you to prove it," Charles said.
This angered Logan it was so easy for the Professor, and most like
Jean, to get into his head and know everything he was feeling, even
though he knew the professor was right.
The mission should have been a straightforward one. Get in, save
mutant, return to base. The rescue mission turned into a life and
death struggle between the Team and a group of mutant-haters
renegade soldiers who took the daughter of a General hostage. Part
of the military base was sealed off and many of the soldiers took
turns attempting negotiations for the child's life. The Team was
called in to make the rescue, but faced wounding gunfire as a result.
Scott and Jean both took a few hits their wounds were very serious
but not life-threatening. As Storm rushed them to the jet, Wolverine
and Colossus rescued the child. Between Wolverine's healing factor
and Colossus with his ability to make body armor, the rescue was
made. Wolverine thundered through their forces slashing with
extended claws and taking several hits himself, which healed
quickly. Colossus provided cover once they obtained the child
guarding Wolverine and the girl as they escaped.
They returned home, and Danielle was put in charge of the teenage
child. As Danielle assisted in settling the girl down, she watched
how Logan responded to Jean's injuries. He fused over her with great
attention. Danielle really began to wonder if he really was over his
love of her. Logan hovered over Jean like a lost soul.
A few days later, Danielle sat outside catching some fresh air and
time alone as Kurt appeared by her side - his yellow eyes squinting
from the bright sun. Danielle handed off her sunglasses to him that
he kindly accepted.
Off in the distance, Logan had appeared sitting on one of the benches
having just lit up a fresh cigar. Jean joined him sitting rather
close to him on the bench. Danielle watched the interaction between
Jean and Logan.
"He has captured your heart, my dear," Kurt said.
"Huh? Oh, Logan. Yeah, he's cool," Danielle said shrugging off the
"He has a kind heart - when you gain his trust. Do you believe in
fate, Danielle?" Kurt asked.
"To a point, I do. Why?" she responded.
Kurt lowered his head in shame.
"I am snooping. Please accept my apologies. I begin to ask too many
personal questions when you don't even know me," he shyly replied.
"It's ok. Kurt, you are a sweet man and I know you mean no harm,"
"I believe you and him belong together. It is divine destiny that
you two have met," Kurt continued.
"Kurt, it is nice of you to be so faithful. I lost faith a long time
ago. And for what you are hinting at, I won't interfere with
relationships that seem to not have died," she said.
Her voice had a hidden tone of sadness and disappointment in it.
"I think you are misinterpreting," he replied.
"Life and death situations make you think about the choices you have
made in life," Danielle responded. She implied that there wouldn't
be a place in Logan's heart as long as Jean clung to him. Why would
Jean go to Logan instead of her husband? Danielle could only begin