Acceptance Series 5/?
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The Take Over
Logan conversed with the "him" that talked through Rogue. Though,
thoroughly confused by the events that lead him to talking to
himself, he nonetheless held up his end of the conversation. Logan
told "him" about his unsuccessful quest to find his past. How he
couldn't stop thinking about the girl that he left here at the
mansion. About how he worried about her and her adjusting to life at
the mansion. He had often wondered whether he had made the right
decision or not about leaving her. He told "himself" about how he had
freaked out when he realized that Rogue had meant a lot to him and he
didn't know how to handle that. How he wasn't used to caring about
someone other than himself in all the years that he could remember.
But a scared little girl had weaseled her way into his heart and
there was nothing that he could have done to prevent it. So he
decided that the best way to deal was to keep moving. Either he'd
return one day to claim her when she was older ... ready for him,
legal. Or he'd disappear, she'd forget about him and move on. At the
time he wasn't sure what to do. The Professor took the decision out
of his hands or really Marie had.
"In all the years that I can remember, I have never felt a connection
to one person as I feel with Marie. It's a damned unsettlin' feelin'.
She's gotta be okay. She's just gotta be." Logan mumbled to
"Yeah, she's a special girl, this one. She's never stopped
believing, trusting in 'us'."
"She hasn't? Even after all this time?" Logan sounded uncertain for
the first time in a long time. Luckily there was no one around to
see a self conscious Wolverine.
"DUH. What do you think? I mean she wears that freakin' dogtag all
the time. Talks to me all the fuckin' time. She misses you -- the
physical you, that is. She likes having me in here. It makes her
feel closer to you, ahh, to 'us' -- fuck, this is confusin' as hell."
"Ya ain't tellin' me nothin', I don't already know there, Bub. This
shit is confusin'. But I didn't know that she was waitin' fer me.
Now I feel like an asshole. More than usual. Why didn't she ever
move on? It's not like there ain't enough guys her own age here.
She's turned out to be one hell of a babe. I mean, when the fuck
did she get those? How'd I miss them the last time around?" He
looked directly at Rogue's rather well endowed chest.
"That's easy, you, ahh, we had eyes for only one set of tits and they
belonged to Jeannie. Only Scooter gets to play with them. But when
Marie doesn't notice I still get a quick look at them. But she
usually catches me when I do and that gets her pissed at me and
sometimes she won't speak to me for a week. She locked me up snug
and tight in this pretty brain of hers once because I was staring.
That fuckin' sucked, man...sucked big time. As for the other guys
her age, she wasn't interested in them. Good thing for them too,
because I didn't like any of them that sniffed around her. Non
of 'em good enough for my Marie."
"Ah, my Marie? When that happen?"
"She's always been ours, dickhead. You just never noticed. Never
wanted to notice. Whatever. She's been waitin' a long time for you
to see the light. Took ya long enough. I was afraid that she'd give
up. But not my Marie, she's as stubborn as it gets. A damned brick
wall. When the others-- I mean Jean, Scott, Storm all told her to
move on that you wouldn't be back. If you did come back that you'd
only see her as a little sister or maybe even a daughter," both
flinched at that statement because each personality knew that he
could never see her as a daughter, nope, not with these thoughts in
his head, "she was great. I was so proud of her. She just 'yessed'
them until they gave up. It was classic. Yep, a stubborn one, this
girl of ours."
"It's kinda scary ta have ta live up ta all her expectations of me.
The scariest one is that I have no idea what she expects of me."
"Believe it or not, she doesn't expect anything of us. She just
wants us close to her. She'll settle for whatever we can give her.
She wants only that."
"She deserves so much more than that. She deserves someone whole.
Someone who has a past. Who's not old enough to be her fuckin'
father. She deserves a man who will worship her."
"Yes, she does. And she deserves someone better than 'us'. But she
believes in 'us'; she wants 'us'. The question here is, do you think
that you can give her all that?"
Ahhh... I... I'm... Marie? MARIE!" Without warning, Rogue's eyes
snapped shut, almost as though she were in pain. Then just as
suddenly, she fell backwards, her head made a sickening thud as it
struck the hard metal of the exam table. Logan, alarmed by the
abrupt change, mentally yelled for Jean and the Professor.
"Jean! Professor! SOMEONE GET IN HERE NOW!!!"
"Logan? What's wrong?" Jean mentally replied to him.
"I think that she's gone back under. I mean, she's unconscious
again, I think. She needs help. GET YOUR ASS BACK IN HERE NOW!" He
was not prepared for the site that next befell his eyes. One moment,
Rogue was lying there peaceful, almost looking as though she were
sleeping. The next moment, her body began convulsing...legs and arms
flailing, head banging against the cold metal table. It took all his
strength to hold her down on the table. That was how the Professor,
Scott and Jean found them. Logan struggling with a convulsing Rogue,
trying to keep her from hurting herself while in the throes of a
"What. did you do!?" Scott accused as he rushed over to help Logan
secure Rogue on the table.
"I didn't do anythin'. I was, we were just talkin' like Hank said to
do. One minute we were talkin' the next was this. What's goin' on?
How do we get her to stop? She's gonna hurt herself."
"Logan, we have to let the seizure run its course. We really don't
know what we're dealing with at the moment. This could mean so many
things. Good or bad." Jean said as she ran over to check Rogue's
condition. As she reached the table Rogue's eyes flew open and her
"Rogue?" Jean asked softly but took a step back. She wasn't stupid.
She remembered what happened the last time that Rogue woke up.
"Hello, Jean." Rogue said in a soft womanly voice, much different
from the voice that was used while the 'Logan' personality inhabited
"Rogue?" Jean couldn't hide the hope in her voice.
"No, I'm sorry. Rogue's still sleeping."
Jean looked over to Scott, then to Logan. Each held a puzzled look
on his face.
"Carol?" Jean asked softly.
"Yes, Jean. It's so nice to see you again. You're looking as lovely
as ever. Scott, Professor. I'm glad to see that at least the team
survived that ill fated mission. By the way, how is Storm? She's
not here. I hope that doesn't mean that something has happened to
"No. No Carol, Storm is just fine. She's in the library doing some
research to help Rogue recover."
"That's good. I was fearful for a moment when I didn't see her."
Dark eyes once again turned to Logan, "Ahh... you must be Logan. I
have heard so much about you."
Logan growled low and deep. A very menacing sound if ever one was
heard. This was the woman that did this to 'his' Marie. He'd be
damned if he'd be civil to her.
"Ah, uh, ahh, Logan, my dear. That is no way to greet a friend.
Hasn't anyone ever taught you manners, beastie man? Hmmm... So
you're the infamous Wolverine. You don't look so tough. What could
she possibly see in you?" Logan's growl grew steadily in volume
before he answered.
"Look Lady, one, I'm not your friend. Two, I may not look tough to
you but I'm sure that if I could figure a way to kill you without
killing Marie, nothin', come hell or high water will stop me, not
even death. Three, what Marie sees in me is none of your God damned
business. This is your fault! You did this to her! If you were really
her friend, you would have known that what you did would do this to
her. How could you do it? How could you call her friend?"
"Well. What did I do to deserve all this anger? I was only Rogue's
friend when you were no where to be found. How dare you presume to
know anything about me. I did what I did because I love...loved
Rogue. She is...was my best friend. I knew I was dying. I knew if I
died then she'd be alone, defenseless. She needed...needs my power.
I just thought that once she had it, that my personality would fade
into the background like all the others. I didn't know that this
would happen. That she'd fight this. She has to accept what has
happened. She needs to wake up soon. Otherwise she'll go insane,
"Well, We're taking suggestions from the peanut gallery?" Logan
directed this comment toward Carol.
"No need to be so snide, Logan."
"Call me Wolverine."
"Fine. Wolverine it is then. Can we put our petty differences aside
for a mo..."
"Petty? PETTY! YOU THINK THIS IS PETTY? Listen lady..."
"NO. You listen. We don't have that much time left. We need to
work together here. Like it or not, I'm a permanent member of this
team now, Wolverine. I'm really not as bad as you may think I am. I
wish we could have met in person. Rogue thought that you and I would
have gotten along. Can't we just try to work together here, for her
"Fine. But I want you all to know that I don't like this."
"Dually noted, Logan." Scott couldn't hide his smirk even if he
wanted to, and he didn't. It's been a long time since he's seen
someone besides himself put Logan in his place. Under different
circumstances he would have been rolling on the floor laughing. But
now was not the time. If what Carol said were true, Rogue would be
lost forever really soon.
"Do you have a suggestion, Carol?" The Professor asked.
"Yes. Logan has to touch Rogue again."
"WHAT! NO. There has to be another way." Scott yelled his concern.
"I'm afraid not. Only he...the one inside her, can wake her from her
sleep. Only he is trusted enough."
"But you...you were her bestfriend. That's what you said. You're
stronger than the Logan in her head. Can't you wake her?"
"Unfortunately no. She doesn't trust me the way she did before this
happened. Neither do the others in here. I regret this, I really do.
But Logan has to touch her again. Another dose of him and the Logan
in here will be as strong as I am in her psyche. He'll be able to
pull her out."
"I'll touch her. I'll do it. Just don't let him touch her again."
Scott's voice cracked and the fearless leader persona left his body
replaced with the concerned of a brother, "Please. She doesn't need
more of him in there. We've finally got her to get 'him' under
control. Another touch and he'll be just as loud as 'she' is. What
if another touch from him totally pushes Rogue out? What if she
won't be able to handle more of him? Remember the nightmares?
Remember the swearing every other word? Remember the mood swings? I
don't want to lose her. I want her back. But to force her to accept
more of his personality is cruel."
"Scott, we know that you're scared. We know that you love her. We
all do. We have to try this. If we fail, if this plan fails..."
Jean couldn't continue. Her eyes welled up as she stood next to the
man she loved looking down at the girl he, they, all believed to be a
little sister or a daughter. All that is but Logan.
"Stop being a selfish prick, Cyke. She needs me. I'm touching
her." Logan reached a bare hand to her face. Inches before bare
skin touched bare skin Logan was tackled to the ground.
"I'M. NOT. LETTING. YOU. TOUCH. HER. DAMN IT!" They rolled around on
the ground of the lab knocking things over and each getting in a
punch here and there. Then suddenly, they were frozen. Neither
could move an inch.
"SCOTT! I have had enough. This discussion is over. Logan has
agreed. This does not concern you. I think it would be best if you
left and cooled down." The Professor wheeled over to where the two
lay frozen, Scott on top of Logan, each had an arm cocked to strike
the other. "Maybe you should go lay down and rest. Or take a walk in
the garden. But I think it would be wise if you left." Scott looked
up at the Professor. Shock clearly visible on his face.
"Professor? Are you sending me to my room? Like a child?"
"Yes. If you wish to see it that way. Then yes. You are acting like
a child and until you can act like the adult that you are supposed to
be you will not be permitted within this room. Is that clear? I
want Rogue back anyway way I can get her back. I love her too. I
have had enough. Right now all that matters is getting her back.
Going insane is no way for her to live. If there is the slightest
chance that she'll have her lucidity back, we'll take it. I will
deal with the repercussions of this. I will help her. But I can't
reach her now. I can't help her now. I am being selfish. I want
her back. The mansion isn't the same without her. Without my little
Rogue. Logan. Once I release you. You may touch her. But only hang
on long enough to boost her inner you, understood?"
"Yes, Professor." They both said at the same time then looked at one
another. The Professor released them both from their frozen state.
"Cyke, wanna get off me, or are you comfy?" Logan smirked a
triumphant smirk. Scott flung himself up and away from Logan. A bit
stunned by the Professor's reaction and also a bit hurt that no one
was listening to his opinion. He stormed out of the lab, nearly
knocking over Storm on her way in.
"Well, it seems that you bring out the best in everyone, Logan.
Rogue told me that the two of you don't get a long but I wasn't
expecting that." Carol said. "Anytime you're ready, big boy. Just
tell her that I'm sorry, would ya? Tell her that I never meant for
this to have happened." Rogue looked pleadingly at Logan then to Jean.
"I will, Carol. I will tell her." Jean answered.
"Thank you, Jean. Ready when you are, Logan. How do we want to do
"Maybe Logan should sit down on the chair. Or better yet, Carol could
you sit in the chair and Logan, hop up onto the table. It'll make
life much easier, just incase you pass out, we won't have to struggle
getting you to the table."
"Fine. But can we get this over with." Logan's impatience was
evident in his tone. With a nod from Rogue, signaling that Carol was
ready. Logan leaned forward. His hand gently cupped her face. The
connection quickly sucked at his essence. He leaned even closer. His
lips a mere breathe away from hers, continued on their path. His
veins bulged under his skin, pain raced through his body, but he was
bound and determined to taste her lips, skin to skin, just once. As
his warm loving lips finally met her soft full ones, his eyes closed,
savoring...memorizing their taste, their softness, the feel of her
breath mingling with his. He felt her wake though he didn't see her
eyes open. He knew that she was Marie again. He gave into blissful
oblivion while his Marie stared wide eyed down at his unconscious
body. Lovingly and thankfully.
"Welcome back, Rogue. We've missed you." The Professor wheel himself
over to her, smiling the most brilliant smile that she had ever seen
on his face. She took a deep breath to steady her raging emotions.
Tears welled in her eyes as she looked around the room at her
friends...at her family.
"Thank ya Prafessah." She scanned the room again, "Thank ya very
much." She said to all in the room. Then she leaned close to Logan's
ear and whispered, "Ah'm nat goin' any where, Sugah. Ah'm stay'n
raght here, with you. We've got a lot ta talk about." Then she sat
up looked around the room, leveled her eyes with Jean's, the most
stubborn look etched on her face. "Ah'm stay'n raght here, Jeannie.
Can we hold off on the testin' until the mornin'?" She laid her head
down onto Logan's chest listening to the steady rhythm of his heart
beating. Jean walked over to her and laid a gentle hand on to her
"Sure, Rogue. Tomorrow. We'll do the tests tomorrow. I glad you're
back." And as uncharacteristic as it was Jean Grey, leaned down and
kissed the back of young woman's head. She knew that she was
protected by her hair, there was no danger. Rogue smiled. Jean
smiled. The Professor wheeled over and rubbed her back softly and
bid his farewell. Storm mimicked Jean and kissed the back of Rogue's
head. And told her how glad that she was the she was back. They all
turned to leave Logan and Rogue in the lab. Her voice caught them as
they reached the door.
"Ah love ya'll very much. So very much. Thank ya for giving me a
family. Jeannie, please tell Scott that Ah love him too. Ah want ta
see him, Prafessah. Can he be allowed back in here? Ah want him ta
see that Ah'm all raght. That this was the raght decision, fa me."
"We'll see Rogue, Scott has a lot of anger to work through and I
don't want him to up set you. Not right now at least. We just got
you back. I wouldn't want to loose you again over something so
"Okay, Prafessah. Soon though."
"Yes, Rogue, soon. Good night."
"Naght everyone. Ah'll be here in the morning, Ah promise." They
left and Rogue went back to concentrating on Logan's heart beat.