Poor Old Soldier
By Nadja Lee
English is not my native language. Please forgive me my mistakes.
Disclaimer: X-men and all the characters here belong to Marvel , 20 Century
Fox and I intend no infringement, this is a piece of amateur fan fiction, and I
make no money of it.
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Timeline: Set in the movie universe. Set after the movie.
Universe: Set in the movie universe.
Summary: How does Rogue react to Logans nightmares?
Archiving: Want, ASK, take, have.
Feedback: Yes, please. My e-mail address is nadjalee2000@...
Sequel/series: Comparison piece to Poor Soldier Boy.
Dedicated to whose who were there.
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Poor old soldier, poor old soldier
If ever I list as soldier again
The Devil will be me Sergeant!
- Hagman, Sharpe
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I heard him from my room, the mumblings and unvoiced screams. The others cant understand, they dont know what hes going through. But I know. I know because Ive been there, through him Ive felt what he feels.
I get up from bed and walks to his room and enters, making sure I close the door behind me. I stand in my nightgown that covers my entire body, complete with gloves, and looks at the man I love. His face is twisted with pain and words are forced from his lips. Its nothing but a dream but I know his agony was real once and that breaks my heart.
When I was first in this room, in his bedroom, he almost lost his life at my hands
but it also bind us together stronger than any force on Earth could. Inside my mind I carry all his memories, all his joys, all his pains
and all his nightmares. His desires dont control my body anymore but hell never leave my mind or my heart.
I tiptoe over the floor and climb into bed with him. Im not afraid; hell never hurt me. He knows my scent now and as I reach over and hold his hand in mine he squeezes my hand ever so gently and he calms down somewhat. I lead closer to try and hear what words hes still mumbling
doctor. I wont.
His words give little meaning but I know what they mean all the same; hes reliving his operation. I saw those things in my mind; doctors congratulating each other in champagne, pain, tubes, water
Shoot! Help them
so many dead
monsters. Bastards! Dieses ist nicht Krieg, es ist Mord!
What nightmare is he reliving now? Which dark past has his mind entered now? Is he a soldier somewhere? Is he alone and lost? Does he fear for his life? Does he see a friend in need he cant help? Those last words he spoke
what kind of language was it? Was it German? Has he fought in WW2? I got his memories but as time goes by I am losing them no matter how much I try to keep them. Logans memories are more often painful than not but theyre a part of him so I want them with me.
Logan told me that he has fought in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. I wonder now
. has his entire life been one great battle? I wonder, is he so much a fighter, a soldier, that he knows nothing but pain, betrayal and loss?
No, thats not true. When he looks at me I feel the warmth and love in his eyes, in his soul. I know he loves me. I never have and never will doubt his love for me. By heart is aching for his pain, tears is in my eyes for the lonely years he must have had but I swear Ill change all that.
I close my eyes and force my mind to go back, reach far, to find the part of Logan that is still with me. I want and I need to understand. I get closer, my mind gets more clouded, more complicated
. haunted. And
Im there. Its a dark place. I dont like being there yet somehow it still brings me comfort for its a part of him. I remember what he remembers, I see battles, I see men dying, I see women running, I see children dying
I remember far away countries like Germany, Ireland, Korea, Vietnam...the Golf
all blown up, buildings no longer standing, dogs running in the streets eating from corpses, escaped Zoo animals roaming the streets, an old confused lady waiting for a bus that will never arrive
.the ever present stench
God, I see it all now.
I feel despair, I feel loss, I feel betrayal
guilt. I feel an overwhelming guilt. Guilt for all those I couldnt help; civilians, comrades
I see them all now. Their eyes
theyre looking at me now. Hands reaching for me. No, dont. Dont crowd me, dont push me! Theres too many of you! Too little of me! Dont crowd me! Dont crowd me!
I lived, I survived. Why? I always survive. I feel guilty for being alive. When I walk the street and see couples fighting over whom shall drive the car I feel so angry. Dont them know they should be happy to just be alive?! When I see a mother arguing with her kid that she wont buy him another toy I want to yell at her. Dont she see that she should be lucky that she has a kid at all?! Dont she know how many mothers Ive seen crying over their dead childrens bodies, how many mothers I havent meet who have begged me to take their children with me, to save them
and see the sorrow in their eyes, the despair and pain as Ive had to walk away from them, leaving them to die. Why dont they understand? Coming home is worse than the war itself. People dont understand and they dont want to. They dont want to know about the terror, the pain, the bodies we had to bury, the stench
for years the smell of burned flesh disgusted me
..they dont want to know but what if I *need* to tell about it? What of me?
War is so much simpler. Ive seen so many of them and Ive hated them all for in war there are no good guys. One group of people kills and tortures another, then the first group retaliates ten fold and so on. War is hell, pure and simple
but at least in war I know what is expected of me, I know what to do. In real life
all their pretend at happy end, all their desire to glorify what was terrible
they want heroes and tales of uncommon bravado; not tales of men breaking down, crying, dying screaming for their mothers, boys not yet men being made into killers, the bad food, the cold weather, the fear
bravado is loyalty between friends and not to a country
or a moment of insanity
yet they still want their paper cut outs
Ive always been surprised at how good people are at lying to themselves. People who say theyre Christians leave their neighbours to die; so much for love thy neighbour, hmm? Soldiers killing and raping women; so much for honour. Prisoners of war being tortured and killed; so much for fair play. War has no rules anymore
sometimes it all just blows apart in my brain and I fear Ill end up hurting someone when I cant control my anger anymore.
I had a friend in Nam. He always seemed to cool, didnt let the place get to him, the screaming women and burning children
then six months after we got back home he blew his brains out. Only his mother and I showed up for his funeral. After all what he had been through, all what he had suffered and all he got was a country which didnt understand him and didnt want to and a plain gravestone which spoke nothing of his courage and bravado. People remember what they want to but soldiers havent got that luxury; they remember everything, its like a movie running through ones brain. When first it starts you cant stop it. It keeps running; you keep seeing the images
. bodies laying in the streets, men having been hung up on the side of their houses, women raped and children burned
hearing the noises
screams, rain of bullets, yells of pain and fright, someone far away begging for help
.it is a nightmare that will never end.
Sometimes its worse than others. Sometimes I can almost forget I was ever there, I can almost forget the faces of the people I killed or buried
.almost be happy. Almost
Too much! Its too much! I cant handle this. Pain, sorrow, guilt. It drives me crazy. I dont have your strength. Let me out! I want out. Please
please *sob* I need
I cant see this. Please, I can help but not from within here. Break free. Break free!
Im out. Im
me again. I take deep breaths. The images
are disappearing. My heart fills with sorrow, compassion and love as tears runs freely from my eyes. I gently stroke his hair. I can escape the pain but he has to live with it forever. I cant take his pain away from him but I can try to heal him, give him a moment of peace. I can be there for him, support him, try and understand and give him the space he needs when the memories become too much.
I lay my head on his chest and I hear his heartbeat through the thin fabric of my hood. I listen as its rhythm slows down, he grows calmer and his words of agony die out.
As he protects me with his life so will I protect his soul with mine. As he stands before me in battle so will I stand before him in dreams. No more battles, no more silent tears for my poor old soldier. Centuries of being a soldier are enough. From now on, just be a man. The man I love.
So, sleep easy now. No more demons will hunt you tonight, my love. Sleep easy now, sleep easy.
As my eyes closes a smile plays over my lips for I know
no more nightmares will hunt my love this night.
 German for This is not war, it is murder!