Title: A Real Life Dream
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They reluctantly parted and sat down at the table.
They talked, they laughed. It was just like it had
been before. They easily fell back to the friendship
they shared. They weren�t enemies, it didn�t matter
what side of the war they were on. They weren�t Rogue
and Pyro, just Marie and John.
The front door opened and a rumble of
activity made Rogue jump up from the rickety table.
Toad strolled into the kitchen focused on the fridge.
He opened the door and began rooting for something.
�Hey mate, who�s your Sheila?� the Englishman asked
with a poor imitation of a thick Australian accent.
�Bloody �ell Toad, I left Sydney when I was seven.
I�m not t� bleedn� Croc �unter� retorted John in an
equally bad mockery of Toad�s homeland. They were
both smiling, no anger in the often repeated exchange.
Toad grabbed something and turned around, coming face
to face with the love birds. Reverting back to his
own York colored inflection he smiled, �Oh, I know
her, one of dem X-men.� Rouge felt the blood drain
from her face. �Crickey mate, tell her to calm down.�
He threw the apple into the air and caught it with
his long sticky tongue. With a nod he headed back out
of the kitchen and up the stairs.
�Toad is alive?�
�Yeah, still off active duty from the
Liberty Island thing. Storm scorched him pretty good.
He tends to wear out a little too fast for your
�Is he going to tell people I was here?
Will you get in trouble?� she was worried about what
an angry Magneto might do to an already weakened John.
He�d mentioned Liberty Island, which was surely an
example of why one didn�t go against the Master of
�Nah, Toad�s cool� Marie still looked
worried. He placed his hands on her shoulders and
gently pulled her close. He kissed her, pulling back
when he felt the drain. Immediately he pressed his
lips to hers again, she kissed back passionately.
John was unusually resistant to her powers. Sure she
could drain him; she�d done so back in Boston. But
John should have passed out cold with how much she
pulled out of him. All he did was bend to his knees.
He even stayed conscious.
So they kissed. Marie was in heaven.
John pulled back, shook his head to clear it and
happily started another kiss. He couldn�t believe it
was a wonderful reality. Any minute he expected to
wake up. He pulled back and a moment later
reestablished contact with his lips on her throat.
She moaned happily and pressed closer to him. No
dream could be this good. He broke contact again and
shook his head. The movement put him off balance and
he stumbled. �We better take a time out.� Marie
smiled as she guided him to the room off the other
side of the kitchen, there was a couch in there they
could rest on.
It was kind of weird; the Brotherhood�s
base wasn�t what she�d expected. It reminded her a
lot of her own home at Xavier�s. It was stupid, but
she�d expected John to be surrounded by their evil
enemies, good but manipulated by circumstances into
thinking he was bad. The other mutants would laugh
sinisterly, rub their hands together, and plot ways to
kill humans. But it wasn�t like that. Toad and John
were friends. They had some inside joke going about
accents. Mystique actually cared about John, she
wanted him happy.
They lay on the couch, happily leaning
against each other. Both had on enough clothes,
touching wasn�t a problem. They just lounged there,
happy just being together.
�I�ve missed you so much.�
�I know, it�s like a big weight around my
�A simile, you�re so artistic.� John
laughed at her comment. Pyro, the mutant terrorist,
Growing serious he asked, �Do you feel this ache when
I�m on the other side of a fight?�
�Every time; it�s a pain in the bottom of my stomach.
I don�t want you hurt. I don�t want my teammates
�Sucks to be us�
They sat in silence for a moment after the succinct
statement. Then Marie broke that with, �Quit�
�I can�t quit� he whispered.
�Why not? Quit and rejoin the X-men.
Then we can be together.�
�One, I don�t want to be an X-man. I
really do believe that the humans are going to try and
crush us. I �m going to do everything I can to
prevent that.� Before Marie could disagree he
continued. �And two, you don�t leave the
�You left the X-men�
�Magneto is not Xavier. I wasn�t even one
of the X-men, just a kid at the school. But now, what
I know isn�t getting out of the organization.�
�So you�re trapped here?�
�It�s kind of a voluntary entrapment.�
She leaned against him, gently resting her
head against his chest. His heart pounded a steady
lub-dub rhythm. �So that�s where we are?� she sighed.
She couldn�t make him abandoned his life, she
wouldn�t want to. She was embarrassed by her order to
�Quit�. He couldn�t up and abandon the life he�d made
for himself anymore than she could just leave hers.
So they were stuck in this miserable situation. They
were so close, but a big clear wall had been put up
between them. She wanted to cry in frustration.
He looked down into her eyes. His chest
ached at the sadness he saw there, he just couldn�t
stand it. He took a deep breath, �No.� She returned
the solid statement with a skeptical raised eyebrow.
�I love you Marie. I�ll do whatever it takes so we
can be together.�
�But Magneto�what will he do to you?�
�Maybe nothing; maybe he�ll let me step
�And if not��
�I will do whatever it takes Marie. It�ll
probably take some time, but we�re going to be happy.�
She smiled at this.
They spent the rest of the day in each
other�s arms. Toad stayed in his room. Magneto and
Xavier did not get mentioned again. John and Marie
excluded Pyro and Rouge, and just enjoyed being with
each other. It was the best day either had
experienced in quite some time.
Later, Mystique called asking if John
wanted any Chinese food since they were stopping on
their way home. They�d be back in twenty minutes.
Knowing the truth it was a pretty thinly veiled excuse
to say when they�d be back. But the oblivious Magneto
and Sabertooth had no reason to be suspicious. It was
a tearful goodbye, filled with uncertainty. They
kissed. It was a slow lingering kiss that made both
weak in the knees.
Marie ran to the car, tears already
running down her cheeks. John�s eyes were glassy with
unshed tears. Toad, the pervert who�d been watching
from the stairs even had to hold back a sniffle. He�d
had every intention of teasing Pyro some more, but the
whole goodbye had just been too sad. Life was so
A few days later Pyro was lying on his bed
in the new compound. His eyes were closed and 2
notebooks lay beside him.
�Finish your story?� His dark eyes popped
open. Mystique was in his room, standing over him.
�Yeah, I did� he looked at her curiously.
�Did you need something Mystique?�
�I want to read the end of your story; the
suspense is driving me nuts.�
�You�ve been reading my story?� he rolled
off the bed onto his feet. He was angry that his
privacy had been invaded. Sure the story was
obviously fiction, but the feelings behind the
characters were his own. It was a little like she�d
read his diary, of coarse John didn�t keep a diary.
But more than angry he was confused. Why would
Mystique want to read some romance novel-esq story
he�d written? If she just wanted a book there were
plenty around, written by actual authors. She could
have brought a trashy romance novel at the drug store
where she got the notebooks. There was no reason to
wait for the next installment of what he was doing.
�You�re good John, really good.� He was
shocked, not just because it was the first time he
could recall her using his real name. But the idea
that he was good was so weird. He wrote because he
liked to, he liked making up stories, he liked reading
what he wrote. But he�d never really shown anyone
else anything he�d written unless you count school
projects or the occasion letter like the one he�d
�You liked it?�
�You�ve got talent.� She picked up the
last two notebooks and took them back to her room.
This time he knew full well she had them, but she
didn�t care. Deception like this was pointless. He
was good and he should know it. With that established
she left John alone with his thoughts.
He typed, he revised, and he tweaked his manuscript
for about a month. Mystique watched him doing this,
curious. Magneto had deemed him ready to work again
so his literary project filled his time back at the
base between jobs. After the month he presented a
thick stack of paper to Mystique.
�Will you read it for me?� She gave him a
�What are you up to kid?�
�I wanna step back from this, be with
Marie. If I can make a living doing this writing
thing, I�ll still have time for the Brotherhood, and
be able to have a normal life with Marie.� It really
was sweet, that same womanly part that cared when he
got hurt was touched by his goal. She smiled and
nodded, taking the pile with her as she headed for her
room. Getting published was hard. A man getting
published in the romance genre was hard. Convincing
Magneto to let you leave to be with the enemy you
loved wouldn�t be as hard as John thought. Erik was a
little soft when it came to young mutants in love.
But even so, it was quite an undertaking John had
begun. The least she could do was make sure he used
commas and that his verbs agreed.
Marie was lying on her bed. Her grounding was over
but she really had no need to be anywhere else. It
hadn�t taken long for her lie to be discovered. One
didn�t bring a blanket to Mississippi this time of
year. But respecting her privacy Xavier hadn�t pried.
She refused to say where she went, and accepted her
punishment. She was off X-missions for three months
and had been grounded for two. It was a little weird
to be grounded at her age, but she�d kind of expected
Kitty and Jubilee had refused to speak to her for 4
days, and since she was stuck in her room that had
wound up pretty awkward. Luckily for that situation
as teenage girls Jubilee and Kitty soon realized it
was about a boy, and different rules applied to such
situations. Marie was still wrong, but it was
understandable and the four days were enough
punishment. The two had done their best to find out
who the mystery man was, but all attempts were futile.
So, they continued to refer to him as �Mr. Mystery�
and only pestered her occasionally about his identity.
�You�ve got mail� announced Kitty happily as she
appeared at the door. Marie looked up. She and John
had been writing secretly since the day in Canada.
John used fake return addresses and a PO Box so it was
a slow system, but it kept them in contact. She
missed him, and missed him more than ever when she
read his letters, but it prevented that horrible ache
of secretly loving him from afar. Since she was off
X-missions for another three days she hadn�t even
gotten to see him as an enemy minion. She wasn�t too
upset by that since those situations were even worse
than not seeing him at all.
It was usually when the letters arrived that the
onslaught of �Why won�t you just tell us who he is�
would begin. But in Kitty�s hand wasn�t a letter, it
was a package. She knew this was going to make more
urgent demands. She might actually have to tell them
after this. Requiring privacy she took the package
from Kitty and shut herself in the bathroom. Tearing
off the brown paper she found she held a book.
Lines Blurred was the title, written in shiny gold
metallic embossing. Under that was �By: St. John
Allerdyce�. Marie nearly dropped the book. There was
It�s an advanced copy of my book. I did it; I�m
starting a normal life we can share. I�m a novelist.
I�ve gotten an apartment; a writer needs a steady
place to get mail delivered to. If you want, you can
join me here.
We�ll work out whatever we need to. I�m not demanding
you quit the X-men. I just want to have a place where
we can go and be together, where our ideas on humans
and mutants don�t matter. I want to wake up and have
you near me, I want to close my eyes at night and know
you�re safe, that you�re right beside me. And I want
the time in between these activities to show you just
how wonderful you make me feel.
I know we�re still young, that we have all our lives
ahead of us and there�s no need to rush into anything.
But, I hate being apart. The roads we are on are
separate and only take us farther apart from each
other. We really don�t know what will happen in the
future, the future of mutants remains hazy. So I
don�t want to spend any more time feeling as I have
the last two years.
I love you.
Marie was grinning from ear to ear as she
left the bathroom. �What did Mr. Mystery send?� Kitty
demanded, trying to sound angry but clearly happy to
see Rogue happy. It was time. She was going to put
everything out in the open. It didn�t matter now, if
they made a fuss or disowned her for her love of a
traitor. She and John were going to have a life
together, a nice normal life.
She held out the book. Confused Kitty
took it from her hand and read the cover. She looked
up at Rogue still not understanding the significance.
It took about 15 seconds, a long time in this sort of
situation, for her to remember John�s real name. She
hadn�t really thought of him as John in so long.
Since he�d defected he had really just become Pyro.
But his actual given name was St. John Allerdyce.
Her mouth dropped open and hung there.
Jubilee rushed over and read the cover of the book
that was leaving everyone speechless. She recognized
the name, �Pyro!� Then a moment later she put 2 and 2
together and vocalized the thought that was on the tip
of everyone�s tongue. They just weren�t sure they
wanted it out loud. �Your mystery man is Pyro, John�
she quickly corrected. Rogue was dating John, not the
Brotherhood super villain.
�Yeah, Ah�m in love with him.� She braced
herself for the yelling, being called an idiot and the
warnings that were sure to follow. But her two best
gal pals did nothing of the sort.
�Awww, that�s so cute. You�re in love�
Cooed Jubilee. Rogue was confused.
�You�re OK with this?�
�Girl, we totally knew�
Rogue was floored, �you knew?�
�We saw that letter he wrote you. You tried to play
it off like no big deal, but come on!� Kitty
Jubilee jumped in, �I know that was like pre Bobby
break up and all, but you could tell.�
�I�m that transparent?�
�No, no, not at all. It�s just that we know you�
and�� Jubilee faded and the more articulate Kitty took
�We weren�t totally sure, we just had the idea, you
know like a shadow in the back of our minds. Then you
did the whole disappearance thing, then the super
mopey grounded thing, we could tell it was pretty
�Does Xavier know?�
�Who knows, he�s like an all seeing Yoda guy.�
�Want to come with me when I tell him I�m moving out
to go live with John?�
�No dear, you�ve made your bed and now you have to lie
�With Pyro� added a giggling Jubilee
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