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as expected, but wow, I have that sunset look on my head that we all know
and fear. Go figure, most people have mid-life crisis at forty, not
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Title: Anomalous Happenings
Author: jenn (jenn@...
Codes: St. John, Rogue, Remy, Kitty, Logan, St.John/Bobby, others
Series: On Love and Lust at Mutant High #15
Summary: In which the kids do something bad but sort of fun.
Author Notes: First off, the author does not condone any action taken
during this story, even if there is a possibility she or one of her friends
and/or family might have tried something like this themselves. Thanks to
Sare for the beta.
Archiving: List, otherwise ask
Feedback: Accepted gratefully with vanilla latte.
Only one person would dare open his door without knocking (besides Bobby)
and sound that cheerful when she did it.
"Johnny? Whatcha doin'?"
Oooh. Good question. St. John was currently breathing. He thought that
was pretty good, all things considered. That he still could, that is. Ten
minutes before, it had been a serious issues of consideration. But now it
was happening more regularly, and with less pain, so that had to be a good
Well, conditionally a good thing. Breathing meant he was alive. Alive
meant he had no excuse not to go to class tomorrow. Class tomorrow meant
he would be going through this again. Fuck.
"Go 'way, Rogue."
Her boyfriend--okay, so not her boyfriend, but close enough--Logan was
doing it on purpose, he knew it. He was taking a fiendish delight in
torturing them, in watching them suffer.
Opening one eye, he regarded the relatively bouncy young woman standing at
the door. Hated her. Hated everyone right now, but hated her because she
was closest and therefore convenient. She'd showered and the long dark
hair was still wet, twisted up on top of her head, but was in jeans and a
t-shirt, a loose flannel pulled over to cover her arms, sleeves rolled a
little to show the black leather gloves, her trademark. Suspiciously, he
looked at the shirt.
"Is that Logan's?" he asked. She frowned, glancing down as if she'd
forgotten, then shrugged.
"Yeah. He let me use his shower, so I grabbed it before I left. I gotta
do laundry, outta long sleeve shirts." She paused, frowning a little.
"Shit, Johnny baby, you crawl outta the shower to die or somethin'? You
look like crap."
St. John let his eyes narrow.
"If I had more energy, I'd light you on fire."
She snickered and skipped across the room, dropping on top of him despite
the bare skin of his chest and the towel, the only thing he was wearing.
She'd seen him naked before. She'd fucking laughed at him naked before.
Uh-huh, Roguey baby, I remember that. Straddling neatly, she braced a
gloved hand on either side of his head.
"I need some help, sugar."
Rogue playful was something new in his experience--good mood, yes, but
flushed, a little giggly, a little bouncy--no. Never seen that. Was
weird. Kind of creepy.
"Anythin' for you, babe. Whatcha got in mind?"
Rogue was endlessly creative--not quite at Jubilee's level of sheer mayhem,
but up there when it came to finding ways to get around the conduct code.
She was cool like that--now that Logan was back, she was slowly moving into
public more--early on, St. John had noted Rogue's avoidance of the teachers
and the rest of the students. Even understood it, especially after that
little trek into isolation. With Logan home, however, she was more and
more willing to be seen, and he found that oddly comforting. And couldn't
hate Logan, damn it, if he gave her that kind of security.
Fuck. There went his righteous rage. With a sigh, he finally relaxed into
the bed, folding his arms behind his head and Rogue shifted her gloved
hands to rest beside his chest.
"Remy and Kitty wanna do a little--er, creative work at the mall," Rogue
answered. "Bobby's unconscious on the couch and Jubes don't wanna get
involved since she got caught swiping that candy downtown and Jeanie tore
strips outta her for that. So they asked us to run interference."
St. John thought about that.
"Where's he thinkin' of this time?"
"Jewelry store." A pause. "I think he's gettin' somethin' for Jubes. He
was askin' me what her favorite stone is and all that."
Whoa. That was upgrading. St. John began to sit up and Rogue adjusted her
position in response. And his body, despite its exhaustion, was waking up
to the face that she was positioned *really* well right now and her
eyebrows both jumped as she glanced down, grin widening.
"Hoo-ha, Johnny sugar, glad you're so happy to see me. You gonna play or
"I'm in. I gotta do some shoppin' anyway." Easily, she slid off his lap,
stepping back and pulling absently at her sleeves so the rolls began to
cover her hands. "Doncha worry. It's been rainin' anyway, I'll get my
gloves--God knows, your boyfriend almost broke my fucking hand in that
little session with grips today. And you have extra sessions, doncha?"
Rogue flushed at the reference to Logan.
"One, he ain't my boyfriend, so mind outta the gutter, sugar. Second--only
in combat twice a week."
St. John threw the towel over the hamper and ducked into his dresser.
"Then what the hell do you do those other three days?"
Unaccountably, Rogue was silent, and St. John pulled on his boxers and
turned around to look at her. She was flushing, and damn, that was
"Meditation," she said reluctantly.
"Meditation wouldn't make you look like that," he observed, rummaging with
one hand for a clean t-shirt. "Roguey--"
"Hey, I can have a private life, you know!" Wow, even her voice seemed to
flush and St. John pulled on the t-shirt and hunted for his jeans. Behind
him, he heard Rogue start checking under his bed for his shoes. Probably
to hide her face.
"And that meditation must be interesting if you classify it under your
private life. Babe, we all do that stuff. What makes it so different that
you turn that particular color?"
Getting the jeans on, he turned to see Rogue, now all the colors of a
sunset, holding both his boots. Grabbing some socks from the floor, he sat
down to pull them on, getting something of a kick out of the look on
"It's--he does it different than the Professor," she said finally.
"What, are we talkin' the kama sutra of meditation here?"
"Fuck you, Johnny." God, soon she'd be the color of a tomato and he
automatically checked the neckline of her shirt. She shifted until she was
sitting, and he could see the smile tugging at her mouth. "He--um--fuck,
Johnny, he's not exactly--" she stopped again, head going down, and John
pulled on his left boot and stared at her. "No clothes. None at all."
Whoa. That was some imagery. St. John took a minute, trying to get a
picture of that lodged firmly in his head for later enjoyment. Jubes was
gonna want to wire the room to get some images like that. Glancing down,
he saw Rogue was smiling.
"Nah. Well, I could--but--" she stopped, tilting her head slightly--the
flush was receding a little. "He's hard to read, ya know? Me naked, him
naked, that's like asking for trouble. It's not like I can throw myself at
him, because really, that could cause some serious injuries, but God,
wouldn't it be tempting? And anyway, it's not me he wants."
It actually took several seconds for the sense of her words to penetrate,
and St. John already had his second boot on before he realized what she
said. Stomping his foot in, he stood up, pulling on his gloves and
extending her a hand to pull her to her feet.
"Whatdya mean?" He couldn't imagine anyone *not* wanting Rogue.
Beautiful, elegant, great body--shit. But she didn't seem very fazed by
the idea, casually going to the door as he grabbed his wallet and the keys
to his bike.
"Jeanie. He still wants her. I gotta wait." Casually, she opened the
door, turning around, and he saw her smile--natural, very much herself.
Which was odd.
"Okay, I get the idea--hey, do I need my jacket?"
"Okay, I get that you don't feel threatened--"
"She's ten years older than me, Johnny. Trust me, I can wait." That smile
again, that always made St. John wonder what the hell was going on behind
"Okay." Make it simple--Rogue liked simple. Walking out the door, St.
John flipped the lock and considered the girl beside him, absently sliding
an arm around her shoulders. "What's our job?"
"Fire alarm on second floor--Remy said you got quite a talent for it,
sugar." Easily, she lifted her hand to her shoulder, linking her fingers
through his--comfort-touch. She only did that with people she trusted.
"After, we get to shop." She gave him a speculating look. "You know, you
and Bobby are really close to not speaking at all. I'm gonna ask the
age-old question of what is it about the words 'talk to each other' that
translates in the male mind as 'never talk at all if you can help it'?"
"I'm getting relationship advice from the girl who has no problem with
Logan drooling over Dr. Grey."
"Oh." She paused briefly, checking her gloves, then they continued to the
stairs. "I have problems with it, but it'd be like having problems with
the sun rising. In theory, I could wish they'd just fuck and get it over
with; in practice, I hope she keeps her legs shut except for Scooter.
That whole 'unavailable' mystique would clear up pretty quick--they
wouldn't get along in a relationship at all. Jean needs stability badly
and he can't give her the kind she needs."
"Where'd you pick up that psychobabble?" he asked curiously as they got to
the bottom. He could hear Bobby snoring over the volume of the television
and grinned a little. So did Rogue, who giggled softly and waved at
Jubilee, who barely lifted her head from Bobby's stomach to wave back
before flipping through the channels.
"Logan's head. Well, some deduction, anyway." She shook her head. "It's
useful if you want someone to carry around a carbon-copy of them in your
mind. Saves me a few mistakes."
"Except for the telling him part."
"It's been five days, he's been okay with it. And I couldn't be sure. We
takin' your bike?"
Getting into the garage, he found the helmets, throwing one to Rogue, who
fastened her hair quickly before unclipping the chin strap. After a few
minutes, he turned around, watching her straddle the bike, helmet perched
on the top of her head. Very cute.
"I get why you didn't tell him about Remy. Made sense, it's all good, I
like Remy pretty well, ya know? That's not the problem. But he's gotta
know about that room, babe, and what happened in there. You didn't flip
out because of the absorption--you flipped when they started putting
restraints on you."
A pause, and he couldn't see her face.
"I was dangerous, Johnny. They didn't have a choice."
"Fuck a choice! Jean Grey's a telekinetic--all she had to do was get you
outside where you had space. The grounds of the school are big, just
monitor you until you could handle it. Locking you up was the worst
possible thing--even Dr. McCoy thought so." He took her shoulders, turning
her until he could see her eyes. "Roguey, I've never lied to you. You
gotta tell him about it so he'll know."
"Not when you're still dreaming 'bout it."
"I can take care of myself, Johnny-boy. Doncha worry, 'kay?'
She shook her head, pulling the helmet down, and St. John sighed, knowing
Jubes had already tried to get her to see reason. No hope, Rogue just
wasn't in a reasonable mood. Sighing to himself, he pulled on his own
helmet and got on in front of her, feeling her arms lock around his waist.
"Yeah. Remy 'n Kittycat'll meet us at the entrance. Drive, boyo."
* * * * *
It was much later that St. John would think that they probably could have
handled it better. Sitting quietly in front of the mall, the four of them
waited patiently under the eyes of no less than eight security guards.
Eight. Wow. Recalcitrant mutants rated watching. He didn't blame them.
"We're gonna get fried," Kitty whispered. Remy began to say something, and
her fist instantly connected with his stomach. St. John winced in
sympathy. "You don't say a fucking word. You're fault we're in this
It was only half Remy's fault--put aside the whole stealing part, Kitty had
been the one to move too fast and trip the alarm. Fuck.
St. John glanced up at the guards, then quickly back down. Against him,
between him and Kitty, Rogue shifted a little, fiddling with her gloves,
long hair loose--in public, her hair was always down, the only real shield
for her face unless she took to wearing a mask or something. Which
frankly, in St. John's opinion, would be some sort of crime.
"Who'd they call?" she whispered. Picked at her gloves. Shifted her feet
"Don't know. Whoever picked up the fucking phone." God, it could be Mr.
Summers or Dr. Grey or Ms. Munroe or--oh, he wouldn't think about that.
God wasn't that cruel.
Oh, it could be that bad, and Rogue twisted around, eyes going wide and
very dark very fast. Logan and Dr. Grey--Dr. Grey, who was with the head
of mall security and carrying cash. At a nod from the head guy, security
warily moved away, eyes on them, and St. John stumbled to his feet,
grabbing Rogue by the arm and pulling her up with him, since really, she
didn't seem like she wanted to move too much. She looked at him, then at
Logan, who looked so utterly expressionless that St. John didn't even want
to know what was going on in his mind.
Mutely, all four of them followed Logan to the car. Stuffed themselves in
the backseat while Logan took Remy's keys and St. John's, handing them over
to Dr. Grey, who would doubtless use Kitty's car to drop off the bike.
Logan gave a glance at Rogue as she got in, and she hesitated, then slowly,
so slowly, circled the car and got in the front seat.
St. John figured this was one of those times that she was less afraid of
close human contact than the alternative.
"Logan--" Got to give her points for courage.
"Don't even try. Get in, sit down, and shut up."
Shoulders went straight and her head went up--but she ducked in and pulled
her seatbelt on, picking at the edges of her gloves. Logan got in, started
the car, pausing for a minute.
"Value at five thousand, Gumbo. That's grand theft. You were anyone else,
you and cat girl there would have your asses in jail. Along with these two
idiots who agreed to run cover in such a half-assed way."
Not one of them dared to comment. Beside him, St. John felt Kitty wince,
head down. Probably not so much at the thought of jail--she'd been in
juvie more than once before coming here--but St. John suspected the failure
was really grating on her pride.
"What was the plan?"
What an odd question. Even odder when Rogue shifted to answer it--not that
any of the denizens of the backseat could get a word out.
"Kitty does the case. Johnny and I go in to look at the choice. We leave,
Remy waits for the fire alarm. Kitty phases through and gets the lock,
Remy makes the switch. Piece of cake."
She made it sound like a military maneuver.
"Uh-huh. What went wrong?"
"Kitty missed one of the alarms and it went off."
"Motion sensor." Startled, Remy lifted his head. "You're fast, kid, but
you shoulda disabled that first time in."
There was silence again, and Logan sighed.
"I'm a lousy thief--don't like the trade particularly." A pause. "You
gonna pull something like this, you do it right. Housebreaking isn't
jewelry-store class. You open your mouth and say you've pulled off better
back in New Orleans, Gumbo, I'll tell you, this place knows all about
mutants. They got security here that's better than you are." Another
pause, and they were pulling out of the parking lot and onto the road.
St. John wasn't sure if he'd ever heard such a surreal lecture in his life.
"You aren't mad." Rogue sounded faintly shocked.
"Oh, darlin', I'm mad. That kind of stunt lands you in jail. And trust
me, you don't wanna see me when I have to bail four kids who should know a
hell of a lot better--or be a hell of a lot more careful--outta jail." He
hit his blinker, glancing both ways before turning onto the road headed for
"Are they gonna press charges?"
"Nope. Xavier's on the phone now, doin' some mighty fast talkin' to keep
you four outta there." Logan gave Rogue a look and St. John could swear
she almost sank into her seat. "Don't worry though--I'm sure Chuck has
somethin' in mind for you to do to work off this."
Ooh. That didn't sound good. Rogue was staring out the window, and St.
John felt Kitty shift beside him. Remy looked like he wanted a cigarette
"And you got a nice lecture comin' from Jeanie and Scooter, kiddos. Should
be fun." A pause. "They think I'm not keepin' you busy enough."
Rogue spun in the seat so fast her hair went flying. St. John shut his
eyes and his muscles immediately began to ache.
"We're busy. We're very busy, Logan. You have no idea how busy. And
tiring. And good for us or something like that."
"Not if you have time to put this together, kiddo." He gave her a glance,
then back to the road. Logan was thoroughly enjoying this, no
question--and St. John, unnerved as he was, had to admit it was a massive
improvement over what Mr. Summers would have subjected them to. Or rather,
would be subjecting them to once they got back. "Sit back and just relax.
I'm sure Chuck will think of something to keep you occupied for the rest of
Oh fuck. St. John didn't even want to think about what that could mean.
--She has all the passion and attraction of airplane noodles.--Nacey's
opinion of Jean's wild side