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Logans own grasp of the rules of common courtesy was hazy at best.
However, he was vaguely aware that he should say something to Xavier
and maybe to Scooter and Jeannie and Ro, as well before just hopping
onto his bike and leaving the X-Mansion for good.
So after hed taken the things he wanted and thrown them into a bag not
a whole hell of a lot, really, but then hed learned to pack light after
years on the road he headed down to Xaviers classroom. His timing was
just right, catching the Professor as the students were filing out of the
room at the end of class.
Waiting until Chuck was the only person left in the room, he walked in,
pack slung over one shoulder. "Im heading out now. Dont know when Ill
be back *if* Ill be back. Dont let Scooter fuck up the combat classes
Xavier looked taken aback. "Is there anything wrong?"
Logan wasnt sure why Wheels was so startled had they really thought
they had him tied down for good? Or was it just that he and Marie had
done *that* good a job of hiding the true extent of their relationship?
"Nah, just no reason to stay. So Im going."
"No reason to Logan, youre a valuable member of our team and a skilled
instructor. We had hoped you had found a place here as a friend.
All of which made Logan distinctly uncomfortable. There was a definite
guilt factor involved, both in the thought of the do-gooders running off
to battle without him to bail their asses out of trouble, and in the
thought of the kids graduating to join the leather crew without him there
to pound some sense into their heads before they got themselves killed.
And yes, he *did* like a fair number of the people here quite a bit, in
...But the person he liked the best had moved to another state. And he
wasnt going to let Chuckie talk him out of following her. "I dont do
real well with being tied down."
The Professor gave him an intense gaze. "Are you entirely certain there
isnt some reason why youve chosen *now* for an attack of wanderlust?"
Caution kept him from the truth because he wasnt entirely sure he and
Marie wouldnt be able to swing a return to Xaviers one way or another,
and because Marie wouldnt reach the age of consent in this state for
some time. "It seemed like the right time to go."
"I wont be able to talk you into staying, will I?"
"Im not planning on it."
"Are you going to say good bye to them?"
He hesitated, thinking of Kitty and Jubilee, Kurt and Jeannie even
Scooter. "I dont do real well with goodbyes."
But somehow his path out of the X-Mansion took him through the lunchroom,
where most of the students and teachers alike were gathered. And on his
way to the door, he took the time to pass by a few tables. Most of them,
He didnt say a lot, nor did he stop anywhere long enough to get into a
genuine conversation. But by the time hed exited the building, the point
had gotten across. The Wolverine had left the building and it was
anyones guess as to when or if hed be back.
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Marie hadnt spent much time bonding with her new classmates. There was a
certain degree of curiosity about the pretty new girl with her mutant
classmates being especially interested in the girl who had attended an
alternate school for the "gifted" that none of them had even heard of
before. She was wary about giving too many details for one thing, she
didnt want to blow the X-Mens cover. For another, she was hoping that
Logan would soon be added to the faculty at the Massachusetts Academy
and she was afraid of saying something that might jeopardize that.
Letting alone the fact that he was her lover, he was a violent man
unimpressed with little things like petty legalities or keeping
impressionable youth away from liquor, sex or bad language. With his
potential acceptance at Frosts school at risk, she considered him to be
a sort of conversational minefield. Unfortunately, for her most talk of
Xaviers led to Logan so she spoke as little on her former school as
Which meant that her fellow students had no idea either that she had a
boyfriend back at Xaviers, or that they might soon be getting a new
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She Whose Quotations Are Both Exotic and Appropriate
Keeper of his Deadly Startle Reflexes, Guardian and Examiner of the
Adamantium-Revealing X-Rays, and Official Listener for the Occasional
"Okay, this is going to hurt quite a bit, but, I suppose, that's the
entire POINT. I'm aiming for obscene agony, so if it's just merely
unbearable, DO say something."
-- Johnny C, JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC #6, by Jhonen Vasquez
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