chapter 7 Soul Mates
Rating: The entire story gets an R rating (so be warned)
Setting: two years after the end of X2.
Summary: Wolverine and Panther and a budding relationship
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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After sharing their intense passion, they felt at ease with their
sexual tensions released. He lay on his back holding Danielle
tightly. Then, he tensed expecting her to leave as he had been left
so many times before whether it was the drunken barmaid or
streetwalker after she got paid for services rendered. His heart
pounded with nervousness. But, Danielle wasn't going. She rested
her head on his shoulder as her hand began to gently skim over his
chest. She sensed his concern somehow, and she continued stroking
"What's wrong, Logan?" she asked.
"Ain't ya leavin'?" he asked her. She rose to meet his eyes.
Logan closed his eyes Stupid thing to say, you jackass, he cursed
"Only if you want me to," she replied.
"I'm sorry. I just don't remember ever bein' this close to someone
before. I don't want ya to leave," he replied.
"I won't go anywhere, then," she said as she nuzzled closer to him.
Her hand rested on his chest feeling his heart beat. He laid his
hand on top of hers gently pressing it against his heart. She could
feel it pounding wildly.
"You do this to me makin' my heart race," he said softly. "I've
been afraid to say anything, figurin' you wouldn't really want me
that I'm too dangerous for ya, especially after everything that
happened to ya before," he said.
"I wanted to tell ya what I was feelin'. But, I thought you were
still too hung up on Jean. I hate to say it, but I'm glad Jean
refused ya," Danielle said.
Logan embraced her and a feeling of relief filled his heart their
true feelings had been expressed.
"Listen to my heart whisper I love ya," he said softly.
Danielle was shocked. Gruff bad ass Logan being poetic? She looked
into his eyes.
"What? I'm not allowed to be a little romantic? I ain't all
animal," he said gruffly.
She gently smiled.
"I love ya too wild man," Danielle said lying back down at his
side. "Why did we do this wait so long to say somethin'?" she
"I don't know. Jean said dangerous men are only to flirt with.
Guess I took it too much to heart," he said sadly.
"I wasn't just flirting. I meant it but figured Jean was still too
important to ya," she responded.
"Guess we both messed up," Logan replied.
"Hope I convinced ya to stick around a little longer," she said.
"I guess I can manage to hang around a while," he said. "Hey, I need
a beer. I'd like some company. That is, unless you got somethin'
better to do," he added.
She waited a moment before responding. With every passing second,
Logan was dying a little more.
"I'd love to go with ya," she said then kissed his chest. He was in
heaven. Danielle hopped out of his bed and tossed on her clothes.
"I'll meet you in the garage, say around 8," she said before leaving
Logan smiled happily his heart relieved that she didn't say no.
Why would she after all this? Logan smiled and got up to again
shower and change.
Danielle was booking down the hall to her room. Bobby and Rogue were
in the living room playing video games when Marie heard Danielle
running down the hall.
"Danielle, what's going on?" Marie asked coyly. Danielle was rifling
through her closet pulling out an outfit to change into.
"Going out for a beer - with Logan," she said as she dashed into the
"A date? That's really cool! This is great!" Marie said with
excitement. As Danielle turned around, Marie looked at her oddly.
"Danielle, you look different. Aw my gawd, you two that's what all
that racket was," Marie said.
Danielle smiled and that was enough of an answer. Danielle pulled
out her black leather pants and a swooping and clingy black blouse.
"It's not too you know slutty?" Danielle asked.
"I think it will look great," Marie said.
Danielle showered and dressed. Rogue watched her put on her make up
and silver studded leather jacket. As she puffed up her hair a bit,
Marie looked Danielle over.
"Aw, my Gawd. Yer gonna give Logan a heart attack," Marie said.
"Oh, I don't wanna do that," Danielle giggled.
"Go have fun. And, don't get into too much trouble," Marie said.
With that, Danielle hurried off.
Logan was seated on Scott's motorcycle anxiously awaiting Danielle.
She slid to a halt just before rounding the corner opting to walk out
slowly and nonchalantly. Logan's enhanced hearing picked up the
sound of her leather shoes on the pavement. As Danielle entered his
field of vision, his heart skipped a beat. He began looking around
"Holy shit. You all dolled up for someone special?" Logan asked as he
eyed Danielle from head to toe.
Oh, shit! Baby, let's forget the bar. She slid onto the motorcycle
behind me and slowly wrapped her arms around my waist. Christ, it
all of a sudden got really hot in here. Maybe we should go back to
my room again. I feel her hands sliding up my sides and she leans
against my back.
"Never know who I might run into at the bar," she answered.
"He better be ready for a gut full of metal," Logan replied.
"Isn't this Scott's bike?" she asked.
"Scooter always let's me borrow it," he said.
"You two really hate each other and I don't think `borrow' is the
word you really mean to use," she replied.
Just then, Jean and Scott were entering the garage on their way out.
Scott wanted to scream at Logan for taking his motorcycle without
asking. Jean grabbed his arm quickly.
"Scott, let him go," Jean said sternly.
Logan glanced over his shoulder with a smug look and raced the bike
out of the garage with screeching tires on pavement.
I rode fast fast enough to make her want to really hang on to me.
I loved it and I smiled. I musta been smilin' from ear to ear with
the high I was on.
The pub was a decent sized place holding a good couple hundred
people. Logan and Danielle walked in. Logan had his arm around her
possessively and she had hers around him with her hand in his back
pocket. Then, her best friend spotted Danielle and they greeted each
other with hugs.
"Girl, you lookin' really good. So, introduce me to this fine
example of maleness you came in with. Wolverine, right?" Loni asked.
"Loni, this is Logan, my
" Danielle said before he cut her off.
"Boyfriend," he said. Danielle peered at him. She was struck funny
in hearing that word drift from his lips.
"Logan, this is my best friend, Loni," Danielle introduced.
He pulled off his jacket and set it on the seat where they were
sitting. Loni's mouth dropped open upon looking at how snugly the
white tee shirt hugged his well-built frame. They all sat down at
the table and began chatting.
Loni took serious note of how Logan and Danielle were apparently very
close. Danielle would coyly lean into him from time to time, and
Logan seemed so protective of Danielle. He was constantly staring
down anyone who looked like competition. Loni looked Logan over
sensing the restrained feral fury in his heart.
"Hey, girl, I gotta hit the powder room. Come with me a minute,"
Logan's attention was elsewhere not hearing Loni's request. As
Danielle got up, Logan grabbed her hand.
"Be right back you know we girls can't go to the can alone," she
He let her go and patiently waited for her to come back.
"So, what's going on between you two?" Loni asked point blank.
"Nothing, much," Danielle giggled.
"You lie, girl. Hell, man, he's got nice biceps, a broad chest, six
pack abs I'm sure he's got a nice butt too. Gotta be awesome in
bed," Loni probed.
"Yes, he's good in bed and I love him," Danielle said. A stressed
look crossed her face.
"What's botherin' you, honey? You know you can talk ta me," Loni
said putting her arms around her tormented friend.
"I do love him and it scares the hell outta me. What if I end up
making another big mistake?" Danielle asked.
"Ya know, if he made the first move, I would say let it ride at
least for the sex. See how things play out. Ya got plenty in common
from what I hear," Loni said.
"I know," Danielle said.
"Then, just go with it," Loni giggled.
They returned to their table. Logan instantly settled down with
Danielle back at his side.
"You ok?" she gently asked putting her arm around him.
It was pretty obvious he was a little agitated.
"I'm goin' ta get a couple more beers," Danielle said.
As she approached the bar, Logan spied a familiar face getting close
to Danielle. He had noticed John enter the bar a short time ago and
his anger with Danielle's vicious ex-boyfriend was getting harder to
restrain. Logan quickly walked over to intercept.
"Let me get those," Logan said grabbing all the beers Danielle had
ordered. He wanted her to follow him back hoping to avoid John.
But, John did notice.
"Hey, mutant," John said. "And I see ya came in with my girl."
Logan slowly turned around to John as his eyes filled with rage.
"I am givin' ya a little free advice, bub stay clear of her," Logan
"Or, what, tough guy?" John asked snidely.
Danielle walked over to Logan's side.
"She's quite spirited, ain't she? Why don't ya come over here, my
little honey," John ordered.
Logan's blood began to boil first for the mutant insult, and next
because of Danielle.
"Like I would be that stupid. I know yer game, John," she replied
putting her arm around Logan's midsection.
My heart beat a little faster adrenaline coursing wildly through my
veins it was a combination of her touch and my wanting to kick some
ass that began to turn me on.
"What are ya doin' with this mutant anyway? Come back to me, honey
be with a real man," John said.
"Why? So you can turn me in to yer military buddies? Logan's got
more class than you'll eva have, John mutant or not," Danielle
As Logan and Danielle turned around to go back to their table, John
gave Logan a push to his shoulder. His great strength and reflexive
powers allowed him to stand his ground in the face of his adversary.
"I don't think this conversation is over, mutant," John said.
Logan's brows furrowed as he tried very hard to restrain his building
"Logan, please. He's not worth it," Danielle pleaded with the now
He didn't reply only casting hateful glares at the man. He had
spent so many years getting into trouble with drunken idiots and this
was no different. He actually was inviting a chance to get into a
fight, and especially because of his feelings for Danielle he would
do anything for her.
"Come on tough guy. Show me your stuff," John said raising clenched
Logan's instincts to defend himself and Danielle were flying high.
Danielle took the beer bottles from him as he handed them off to
her. The anger in his heart was so obvious in his eyes as he
returned his sights to John.
"I'll let ya take the first shot, jackass," Logan said sternly and
dropping his hands to his sides.
"First off, I'm gonna take care of you, mutant. Then, I'm gonna take
care of my woman," he said. Now, Logan had had it.
"She ain't your woman anymore," Logan growled pushing Danielle behind
protectively. Loni pulled her back as Logan instigated the fight.
Come on, punch me!
John threw several direct punches that put Logan on the ground.
Danielle wanted to run to him, but she knew better than get in
Logan's way. He returned to his feet, wiped the blood from his nose,
let his wounds heal, and took his first swing a direct hit to
John's face instantly breaking his nose. The sound of metal clanged
as he made that hit.
John stood up, wiped the blood away, and pulled two large knives from
his jacket. The blades were indeed immense but Logan had no fear of
"Let's rock," John said.
"With pleasure," Logan teased.
The drunken John took a swing slicing Logan's arm open. Logan was in
pain. Within seconds, the bloody wound healed and angered
Wolverine even more.
"Ya call that a swing, you pansy? Don't ya remember who I am?" Logan
The guy charged at Logan and they fought in the middle of a circle of
drunken guests. John broke through the circle of onlookers his
blade aimed for Danielle.
"I can't let you go with him," John said taking a swing at her.
Logan's agility in fighting showed through as he pulled John back,
swiped the blades from his hands, and backed him to the wall. With
claws extended, Logan pinned him by the shirt. No real bodily damage
was done; although it would have been too kind to impale him for the
hell he had put her through. As John tried to get free, Logan sent
the middle claw on his right hand into the wall right between John's
"Next time ya try something bub, I'll make sure you speak with a
higher tone of voice. And stay the hell away from Danielle. She's my
woman," Logan said sternly.
"I know where ya are, girlie. I'll get ya when ya least expect it,"
"And, I'll be waiting, bub," Logan replied protectively.
Danielle stood by Logan and looked directly at John. Logan retracted
his claws, grasped John by the shirt and tossed him out the door.
The entire bar applauded. Logan took Danielle's hand and they
returned to the table to chat with her friend. Danielle sat down and
looked at Logan with an intense amount of fear in her eyes.
"I am impressed. That was some bit of fightin'," Loni said.
Danielle trembled thoroughly.
"Hey, stop shaking. I'm not gonna let anything happen to ya," Logan
said trying to comfort her.
Danielle knew he meant what he was saying, but the threat from John
shook her to the bone. John wouldn't let up she knew that for sure.
"Logan, just hold me," she pleaded.
He pulled her close feeling her continue to tremble.
"What did you ever see in him?" he replied.
She pulled away to look into his eyes.
"Nothing much, compared to someone else I know," Danielle replied as
she again nestled into him.
Logan put his arms around her holding her close.
"Oh, come on, girl. Fess up. She thought he was a decent lay," Loni
"LONI!! That's not true!" Danielle shouted at her friend.
Logan tried not to laugh.
"Hey, Danielle, ya got yerself one hell of a prize there, girl," Loni
giggled. Logan sat back proudly knowing he was being addressed.
Loni went back to the bar to get a few things to munch on giving
Danielle and Logan a few moments alone. Logan was still trying to
get Danielle to relax. She looked deeply into his eyes. At that
moment, Loni returned.
"Hey, girl, you two look like ya need a room or somethin'," Loni
"Don't mind her she has an atrocious way about her mind is always
in the gutter," Danielle said.
"Oh, looks who's talkin' Miss Sweet and Innocent. Yer eyes just be
beggin' for him to take ya home and do a little dancin' in the
sheets," Loni stated. "I'm headin' out for the night. Catch up with
ya later you call me, girl," Loni said with a wink and bid a
goodnight to both Danielle and Logan.
"Maybe it's time we get back too," Danielle said.
"Do we need a room?" Logan jokingly asked.
"Yes, yer room," Danielle replied with a coy look crossing her
face. "I need ya," she whispered in his ear.
They returned to the mansion. Logan parked the motorcycle in its
usual spot in the garage and escorted Danielle to his room. They
were silent realizing it was 2:30 in the morning. They made love
again and afterwards lay close in each other's arms.
"I really had fun tonight. First time in years," he said.
"I did too," she replied.
"I'm sorry if I have been a jerk," he added. "I'm thinkin' of leavin'
for a while need ta get away from here," he started.
Danielle instantly locked up with fear wondering why. It never
bothered her before when he would take off for parts unknown.
"Where ya headin'?" she asked.
"North. Wherever it doesn't really matter," he replied.
He watched her go cold and the scent of fear mixed in with the
lingering scent of sex. "I want ya to come with me," he added.
"Just you and I?" she asked.
"Just you and I. Alone. I think we need it," he said. He could
just barely hear her expel the breath she was holding.
"When?" she asked.
"As soon as you are ready to go. I will clear things with Wheels in
the morning," he said.
Morning arrived and Logan woke up with a stretch and loud growl. He
felt refresed. Then, he realized something just as he finishing
rubbing the sleep from his eyes he didn't dream no nightmares
awakened him in the dead of night to bring forth the intense fury of
released rage no unleashing of deadly metal claws to harm a kind
soul wanting to comfort him.
He looked to his side. Danielle was still there sleeping
peacefully. A small smile danced over his lips as he caressed her
shoulder and cheek. He had his special someone now - his soul mate -
and today they would leave on vacation to be totally alone together.
She lay silent with her arm draped over his waist and her head on his
chest. He gently stroked the side of her face. Danielle awoke and
it took her a minute to realize she had not dreamed last night's
"Good morning, Sunshine," Logan said to Danielle. He kissed her
gently. "I'm glad you stayed. It was nice having you close to me,"
Danielle smiled, kissed him again before they got up, showered,
dressed and headed down to the dining hall for breakfast.
The entire school was at the expansive table when Logan and Danielle
finally ventured in.
"It's about time you two joined us," Charles said looking
suspiciously at them as they nonchalantly strolled in.
Logan and Danielle headed right to the buffet ignoring the comments.
Rogue and Bobby strangely watched Logan, as he certainly seemed in a
much better mood than usual. Normally, he was cranky and irritable.
But, this morning he seemed happier and more playful. Marie knew
As Danielle and Logan collected food from the buffet, Logan was
softly cracking jokes and teasing Danielle to the point where she was
giggling. They took the back table to be alone and he continued to
play with Danielle. Rogue tapped Bobby on the shoulder with her
"Naw," Bobby said. Marie didn't have to say a word on what she
Danielle tried to be discreet, especially with the children present.
But, Logan's unusually playful behavior was proof enough to the
Kurt was silently saying prayers of thanks to God for his divine
intervention in getting Danielle and Logan together. Charles smiled
widely happy that Logan was for once not in a cranky mood, even
though he too knew why.
As Logan retrieved more food, one of the kids dropped a spoon and
Logan quickly caught it before it hit the floor. He handed it back
to the young boy and brushed his hand over the child's head. Scott
watched Logan curiously and nudged Jean.
"What the hell has gotten into him this morning?" Scott asked Jean
Jean watched as Logan and Danielle settled down Logan sitting by
Danielle's side, holding her hand under the table and feeding her.
"He's fallen in love," Jean replied trying to hide the hint of regret
in her voice.
With breakfast over and most of the residents leaving for assorted
activities, Logan and Danielle remained behind sitting down together
Danielle seated on Logan's lap. Rogue and Bobby snuck back into the
hall trying not to be seen. Danielle had her arms around Logan's
neck as he held her close.
Bobby and Rogue peeked around the corner just catching sight of Logan
and Danielle kissing. Rogue elbowed Bobby with excitement. Logan
and Danielle both sniffed the air picking up Bobby and Marie's scents.
"No privacy," Logan growled.
"We got plenty of time coming to us," Danielle said.
"I'm gonna go chat with Wheels about us takin' off," Logan said
"I'll go situate things with the kids and put together a few things
to bring along," Danielle replied as she hopped off his lap.
Logan pulled her close kissing her one last time before they parted