Title: Trouble in Paradise
Part 1 of 1
Rating: PG for adult situations
Summary: After 'When Love and Hate Collide,' Wolverine and Panther
deal with the aftermath caused by Mystique.
Archiving: fine with me but please let me know where.
Disclaimer: I don't own any of the X Men and don't write for profit,
however the creation of Danielle aka Panther is mine and it is
forbidden to make any use of this character without my permission.
Danielle stood before Logan and sighed heavily. Her mind drifted to
Mystique. After being held captive by the Brotherhood mutant,
Danielle had been feeling at odds with herself and with Logan.
She loved Logan deeply, but a part of her cringed at the thought of
him spending intimate times with Mystique. Danielle had been
confronted several times by Mystique after the incident. The blue
mutant tormented her by telling of all the things she did with Logan
sexual things. Danielle never asked Logan what happened she felt
she didn't need to the female scent of Mystique had been all over
Logan when they reunited.
"What's wrong, darlin'?" Logan would ask.
Danielle would smile and not respond. She would go on with whatever
she was doing or leave the room. Logan knew enough what was
bothering her and he couldn't hide it the blue mutant had taken
advantage of him while in captivity and there was little he could do
to stop it. He was cold to Mystique's advances, but the drugs she
used left him wondering how far things actually went with her.
Danielle was not in any way uncomfortable with herself or lacking any
trust of Logan. She knew he had no choice it was all a matter of
survival. But, a part of her couldn't let go of the idea of him
being with Mystique. She spent several nights sleeping alone either
on one of the couches or even on the floor. It was hard for her to
be near him.
"I can still smell her on you," Danielle would say.
"I'll take another shower, if it makes you happy," Logan would reply
even though he had already taken several showers trying to rid
himself of the offending scent.
Jean watched the turmoil between Danielle and Logan. Danielle sat
outside alone looking out at the sunset while Logan watched her from
the window with a lonely and heavy heart.
"Give her some time and space, Logan. She will come around," Jean
"I wish I could get her to understand it didn't mean anything what
little that actually did happen. All I could think of was getting
back to her," Logan said sadly.
"It's easy for you to turn off your emotions. You have done it for
so long. Danielle is feeling a little uneasy. She just needs some
time to come to grips with what happened," Jean said.
"Logan, would you come into my office?" Charles asked.
Logan followed the professor and took a seat in one of the chairs in
front of his desk.
"There is going to be a gathering of sorts on Liberty Island. It has
been several years now, but the world leaders are hoping to get
together again for negotiations concerning mutant freedom. It has
been requested by the United States President that we attend as
guests of honor," Charles started.
"Really? I guess that means I have no choice in having to be there,"
"I know you don't care for large crowds, but this would be a very
important appearance," Charles said.
"Do I have to wear a suit?" Logan asked.
"No. The Team will be in uniform sort of a way of making the
public aware of us," Charles responded.
"Sounds cool," Logan replied. (Damned black suits.)
"The children will be providing some of the entertainment. Danielle
has gotten her band together to provide the music. We all know how
much she loves to sing and dance," Charles said.
Logan hung his head down. The mention of Danielle's name hit a nerve
and Xavier sensed it without even having to enter Logan's troubled
"Logan, she loves you. Just be patient. She will come around,"
"You are sounding like Jean," Logan said softly. "I just wish I
could take it back, so she doesn't need to feel hurt."
"She will be fine. She knows you were forced into a situation,"
"You think she'll ever get over it?" Logan asked.
"I know she will. She's a tough girl," Charles replied.
The party on Liberty Island was full of fun, laughter, and a coming
together of mutants and humans. Danielle led the children of the
Xavier school in a series of dance numbers set to the music of
N'Sync. The members of the X Team were on public display and showing
how they posed no threat to the public and would always be around to
help in times of need.
Danielle and the children returned to Charles. There were several
tables set aside for them and ice cream and soda was served for a job
well done. Logan watched Danielle from the distance as she answered
questions from some of the delegates. Her feline instincts had made
her aware of his eyes peering at her. When she finished answering
the questions, Jean confronted her.
"I think you are being a little too hard on Logan," Jean said.
Danielle looked to her and then in Logan's direction. He looked so
sad wanting to be with her.
"I just can't get the thought out of my mind," Danielle said.
"You know he would never have done anything intentional," Jean
Danielle looked to him again.
"I suppose you are right. We need to move on," Danielle said.
She walked over to the stone fence looking out at the large crowd.
Silently, Danielle called for him the toss of her hair and the way
she looked at him was all he needed to understand. Logan slowly
"You look so sexy in that uniform," Danielle said of the skintight
black leather X Team jumpsuit.
She continued to look out over the crowd without turning around. His
gloved hands grasped her shoulders gently massaging the tension
away. Danielle closed her eyes. She did miss her Wolverine.
"I love ya, darlin'," Logan said softly.
"I know. I love ya too," Danielle replied while turning to face
In the distance, the Xavier residents watched as Logan and Danielle
"Hey, look Logan's trying to make up with Danielle," Bobby said to
Marie, Jubilee and John.
Logan pulled a yellow daisy from one of the planters and tucked it
into Danielle's hair.
"I guess I had trouble putting the thought of you and Mystique out of
my mind," Danielle said.
"It meant nothing. Hell, woman, she didn't get to do more than kiss
me and try to get me to...ya know. I wouldn't no matter what," he
"She told me otherwise," Danielle replied.
"Ya know she's lyin'," Logan retorted.
Danielle looked deep into his eyes where she could see right into his
soul. His arms pulled her close embracing her tightly. Danielle
held on not wanting to let go.
"Yer all I need you, me, and Jean Marie," Logan said.
The entire X Team seemed to collectively sigh in relief as Logan
kissed Danielle. The feelings of deep love and passion ebbed through
Back at the mansion, Danielle put Jean Marie to bed then stepped over
near the window. She sat down and looked outside. Logan watched her
in silence, and then he walked over to her. His firm hands kneaded
her shoulders relieving the stress.
"Come to bed, darlin'," he finally said.
Danielle looked up to him, stood up and leaned into his body.
"Promise you will be gentle with me," she coyly said.
"Promise," he replied before kissing her deeply.
All would be well...for now.