fic: champaign and french fries
- next in Seasons Change series by peachy.....
after mind games....
enjoy and feel free to archive
Title: Champaign and French Fries
Teaser: Rogue's birthday surprise
Logan decided to finally take Marie out for the first time
date. He wanted to make it special since her birthday was coming up.
She deserved it. He'd be a sap if he did it, but he did it for
Marie. Before he could even raise a hand to knock
"Just come in Logan." Jean said. He walked in.
"What can I do for you?" she smiled knowing what he wanted and not
sure she approved of it but left her opinions to herself.
"You know of any good places to eat around here. Someplace nice."
"Sure, Lespinasse if you want something French, Citronelle for
Italian and Richii's has just about everything."
She didn't have to ask why and he knew she'd probably know.
"Great, any of those places have music and such?"
"Yes and they are all very expensive."
"Logan, be careful. That's all I ask." Her eyes filled with
concern. She knew they were connected and could sense their ever
growing closeness but Rogue was so much younger then Logan. She felt
love between them though and that made her smile. They were happy
and that was the important thing.
He left before she could say anything else.
He called finding out prices and making reservations and getting
proper dress. He was glad he saved up. This was going to be an
expensive evening but it was worth the price for Marie. He estimated
about 500 bucks for the night. But it was her birthday and he wanted
to make it as special as possible.
She would be 19. Still so young compared to himself. He didn't know,
he could be well over 80. Because of his age difference he kept his
distance, never pushing her for anything. Never wanted her to feel
uncomfortable with him. He finally acknowledged all those thoughts
he had for Marie when he saw her and didn't push them away any
longer. He realized he like them and perhaps it was ok. Everyone
else saw friends but he saw more. He wasn't sure how to define how he
felt about her but he would never force anything on her, ever. She
had an effect on him like no other woman had before.
Rogue's birthday was this weekend. She'd be 19. She felt older and
couldn't believe how much has changed in her life. She wanted to go
back to 15, before her mutation to the life she had. There were no
worries; she was planning her great trip to Anchorage in Alaska and
had her loving family at that time. On the other hand she wanted to
be older, to be closer to Logan.
She knew her friends were planning a party for her. She didn't want
a big deal made out of everything but they would anyway. They tried
to hide it from her but the whispers too many smiles and small
She should have been more prepared and expecting it but fell into
their trap. She went to a movie watching session with her friends in
the TV room, just like any other Friday night, and
"SURPRISE! Happy Birthday!"
She jumped about three feet in shock and smiled. She knew it was
coming yet they got her good.
The party was a lot of fun. They got her a giant ice cream cake, her
favorite. There was music galore and dancing. It was a blast.
Gifts then came. She didn't really want or need anything. She had
everything she could possibly want. They chipped in to buy this and
that for her.
Finally Logan gave her something. She was excited and didn't know
what he could possibly get her. She was disappointed at what he
handed her. A card. Nothing more. He quickly avoided her eyes and
said happy birthday. She opened it and it read; Happy Birthday
tomorrow 7 p.m. & wear something nice. Her disappointment faded and
she was replaced with intrigue. She looked up at him and his
expression was blank. She didn't know how to read him. With that
the party kick up and Logan left. Rogue guessed he was not much of a
dancing fan. He just didn't want to ruin his image and have them all
see him get all mushy in front of everyone.
That night she danced almost till dawn and eventually went to bed. It
was hard to sleep, all she could think about was tomorrow night, well
actually now it was 3 a.m., so it would be tonight.
The day was too long and all she could think about was Logan's
surprise. Her stomached turned in anticipation of what might come.
Jubilee and Katherine rubbed in all their ideas, some of Jubilee's
were rather crude and Rogue yelled at her for it. Finally she got
ready for the evening. Jubilee and Katherine helped her. The guys
weren't thrilled about her going out with Logan. They thought he was
too old for her and were just worried about her. The girls loved it,
St. John knew why. All the girls thought Logan was so cute.
Finally the guys stopped by to give their approval of the girl's
final product. Their jaws dropped at the sight of Rogue. She was
like an angel. She had on her scarf and gloves with the dress that
fit her perfectly. Bobby got an elbow in the ribs from Katherine and
his jaw finally shut.
"You look fabulous Rogue." St. John said. He was safe.
Gambit whispered in Jubilee's ears "You'd look just as good."
And she smiled and glazed her eyes at him.
The guys finally left because if Logan showed up; he'd kill them all
to know they were waiting to see him.
Finally Logan came to knock on her door, taking Jean's advice to give
Marie plenty of time to get ready. He could hear whispering inside
the door. Girl talk great! Just what he didn't want. One of
younger students passed him in the hall and stared at him in the tux
suit. He growled and the kid ran off.
He knocked and Marie opened the door. She stood before him in a
frost green dress, spaghetti straps with a silk wrap to match. The
top part was thin layers of silk binding in the back and flowing down
her back in two drapes. She had her gloves on and a scarf that
matched her thin silk lace top. The dress was tight at the top and
flowed at the bottom to her ankles. Her hair was pulled back except
for the white ringlets on her face. He realized he wasn't breathing
and exhaled and inhaled deeply. Rogue noticed and blushed, her face
turning flush. Logan thought it was cute but felt bad about making
Rogue opened the door to find Logan but not her average Logan. He
was dawning a tuxedo black from head to toe. What they say it true,
every man looks good in a tux. He was gorgeous. He was clean shaven
too; he did that for her? Makes him look a lot younger and much more
handsome in her opinion. She thought it was sweet. Loved how his
eyes bored into her and took her away with him.
Jubilee and Katherine peeked out the door and were shocked at the man
before them, which was not Wolverine but Logan on sedatives. They
couldn't believe it.
"Shall we go?" Was all he said and extended his arm. He didn't like
an audience. Rogue took it and waved bye to Jubilee and Katherine,
who ran to the guy's room to share every juicy detail.
As they walked out to the garage Logan leaned over and whispered in
her ear, "You look like an angel tonight Marie."
She smiled, "thank you, you look very handsome yourself." And looked
up at him.
He smiled and was that a blush Rogue thought she saw?
He took the black stick-shift sports car. Next to the motorcycle it
was his favorite. He had to hand it to Xavier, he loved cars and had
He was a gentleman and opened and shut her door for her.
He turned the ignition, pushed down on the gas petal and shifted into
gear and they were off.
Rogue bit her lower lip during the drive and looked out the window as
he played some tunes off of some CD. She felt like she was floating
"So, where are we going?" She was rather curious.
"Sorry," he turned and gave a grin she melting into. If he had asked
her to speak, she wouldn't be able to. "My secret." He finished. And
looked back to driving.
Occasionally he glanced over and they made small talk about her party
and how the rest of the event went. She said it was ok and admitted
to being anxious about tonight.
Logan then hoped he could make it live up to her expectations.
Finally the two love birds arrived at the restaurant and Rogue looked
from the restaurant to Logan and back and back again. She was in
"What, I can eat at a place like this too you know." He got out and
gave the valet the keys and opened the door for her. She took his
hand and went in.
Their table was perfect, overlooking the dance floor below and the
window outside to see the city lights. They had a small orchestra
playing. She couldn't believe he did all this for her birthday. It
was too much. She quickly wiped a tear that was forming in her eyes
It was so elegant. Logan ordered champaign that tasted like
strawberries. Rogue loved it and downed it. It wasn't a Logan drink
though, so he let her enjoy it, but not too much.
"Careful there." As she finished her first glass like it was water.
"I like it!"
"I don't want you to pass out on me now." He smiled.
The dinner was fabulous, a six course meal in total over three
hours. She didn't think she could eat that much food. In between
they danced below to the soft symphonic music. Logan knew how to
slow dance as he swept her out around the floor. She had to giggle,
as no one else got to see this secret side of Wolverine but her. It
made her feel very special.
They got some weird looks from some people but ignored them all. It
was just her and Logan. His hands were soft as they traced her back
over the silk shawl she wore. Felt him close to her. She loved every
minute of it. With his arm around her waist, he made her fell light
as a feather as they glided. His touch was so light, gentle and
romantic. Also something most people who meet the Wolverine wouldn't
No matter how much or how long they talked, they always find
something new to say and kept on talking for hours on end. Talking
and dancing she couldn't get enough of it. Finally it was time to go
She realized she did drink a bit too much as she tried to stand up
but Logan was there to give her support and eyed her with an I-told-
you-so look but she just giggled.
While waiting for the valet to get the car she thanked him. He tried
so hard to make it perfect. She knew he felt a bit uncomfortable in
the penguin suit and being stuck in such a formal setting, but he
tried so hard for her he did it all for her. She felt so special
made her want to cry, a good cry though.
"Thank you Logan." She smiled and gave him a hug.
He took her hand and placed a lingering kiss upon the palm. She felt
his warm lips and soft fingers even through the fabric.
"Tonight was unbelievable." She added.
"Yeah, it was great." Logan smiled at her. He felt wonderful inside
that she had fun and enjoyed it.
"But it wasn't perfect."
"What?" he was startled. What had he messed up on now?
"What was wrong with it?"
"Oh Nothing! But I think I could go for a dark cigar filled smoky
room, cheep beer, and a game of pool. How bout you?"
She realized that statement was taken by him the wrong way as if he'd
messed up. That wasn't possible Rogue thought. She saw he was
uncomfortable tonight and she wanted him to be happy too. She was
"Not if you don't want to go? This is your night," he asked. This was
her night not his.
"I do." She eyes him with those big brown orbs and batted her eye
"Sounds like a plan miss." He smiled and kissed her hand again. She
then unbuttoned his jacked, removed the tie, undid a few shirt
buttons and scruffed up his hair.
"How does that feel?"
"Better." He grinned.
The car finally pulled up and they were off again into the night.
As they entered the bar everyone stared. Logan just drew Marie
closer to him, staking his claim. It wasn't everyday a guy in tux
and a lady in a formal dress came into the bar. Logan grabbed a beer
and Pepsi for Marie. She didn't need any more to drink that night. He
lit up a cigar and they went back to play a game or two of pool.
Rogue had blast. They danced to the slow country tunes on the old
jukebox and even ordered up a huge plate of greasy fries. Rogue
could see how much more comfortable he was. She wanted him to be
happy and she knew he was.
Finally at about 3 or 4 am Rogue was exhausted and Logan took her
home. They walked a bit in the garden and Logan stopped her and
looked into her eyes. Rogue felt the mood get very serious but
didn't fight it. She looked back into his eyes. She did know what
he wanted from her. He smiled and looked at the lady before him.
She knew him better then he did himself. You can hide things from
yourself, that you deny, but others will see. You just choose not to
"Close your eyes, " he said sweetly.
"I want to kiss you." He blurted out. He didn't know if this is where
Marie wanted their relationship to go but he had to know. He thought
it was, he cared about her. He wanted to give her everything, even
Her mood changed in an instant. She became scared, frightened and
took a step back.
"You can't." She didn't want to hurt him, or herself. She shook her
"Trust me," was all he said.
She looked at him. He cared, he wouldn't hurt her. She did trust him.
He stepped closer; she gulped and closed her eyes, slightly shaking.
Logan went over to a rose bush and removed a petal. He placed it
first on his own lips then on hers. She flinched back at first
contact then realized it wasn't his skin touching her and relaxed.
He grazed the rose petal over her top lip and then the bottom. Soft
and smooth. Rogue loved the sensation that went though her body with
his soft touch of something, a rose petal by what she could smell.
It was beautiful. He moved the petal from her lips to her check
softly grazing to her ear. Her head following his, not wanting the
feeling to go away. He then slid the petal along her chin and back
to her lips. He then repeated that motion with the other side.
Finally returning to her lips he removed the petal and placed it on
his own. He noticed a single tear fall from Rogues eyes.
She didn't want to open her eyes; she wanted the feeling back again.
It was wonderful and didn't know how he could do that to her. He
finally looked at her and her eyes.
"Happy Birthday Marie."
"Thank you," she whispered and gave him a hug she didn't want to
leave, warm in the cool night air.
It was the perfect end to a perfect night.
She reached her door and heard the whispers. Katherine and Jubilee
waited up to hear the gossip. Well she was a lady, she'd never kiss
Tonight Logan gave her something special, he helped ease the memories
away even more of her last kisses and touches with Shadow. They
would never go away but made her feel that touch wouldn't be all
bad especially if it came from Logan.