First of all I would like to say that after reading some of the
fiction that gets posted on here, its a little bit intimidating to be
the new kid on the block. That being said, this is my first fic, and
TITLE: Be My Friend (1/3)
RATING: "R" for adult language
DISCLAIMER: I own nothing, except for the computer this was written
FEEDBACK: Is highly valued, and appreciated. (You can even tell me
how much you hated it and why... as long as you don't curse at me, I
SUMMERY: Can Rogue forgive enough to do the ultimate favor for the
person who betrayed her?
NOTES: Please note that this is a WIP. Thanks to Victoria P. for her
advice. Just bear in mind, that this is only the first part of a
trilogy, and that all things are revealed in time, so don't get too
upset if some of the character actions bother you. They will be
** xxxx ** is telepathic communication
The phone was ringing somewhere in the room. "Where in the
hell did that stupid cordless phone go?" Marie muttered. She could
never find anything around here anymore. Why couldn't those damn
teenagers pick up after themselves? It looked like someone
celebrated Mardi Gras in the common room; paper littered the floor;
soda cans and glasses spilled over; discarded coats, hats and gloves
looked almost like confetti.
Finally, she found it between the cushions of the couch.
Since it had already rung three times, she hurriedly answered it
before the machine picked up. "Hello, you've reached Xavier's
Institute for Gifted Youngsters. Marie speaking."
There was a long pause before anyone answered, but
then, "Rogue, this is Kitty. Can you talk?"
Marie's felt her smile slip to be replaced with a scowl, as
she said coolly, "Well, Katherine, I can talk, but tell me a good
reason I should want to."
Kitty replied, " Rogue we used to be best friends. Would you
at least hear me out?"
"The operative words there are used to be. As in we are no
longer best friends, due to the fact that you slept with my fiancé
the day before my wedding, and then proceeded to run off with him. I
don't know, but that sure burns your bridges as far as I'm concerned."
"Look, that was a mistake. A stupid, selfish mistake. Rèmy
is sorry, and I am sure as hell sorry. I really need your help
Rogue. You know I wouldn't ask if it weren't life or death."
Rogue sighed and said wearily, "What do you want from me?
Haven't you taken enough? Whatever you're gonna say had better be
the truth because I can't stomach any more lies."
" I know and I'm not lying to you," Kitty sounded relieved.
Her voice was thick with emotion when she said, "Oh God, this is so
Rogue, I've got cancer and
dying." There were
several minutes of silence, in which Marie didn't know what to say.
A small part of her thought it was deserved, but most of her was just
really scared and sad.
Kitty finally broke the silence, sounding determined to
finish what she had to say, "Look, I know I wronged you in the worst
way. I never meant for things to turn out this way, and I've
regretted every single second of pain that I've caused you. I'm not
asking for forgiveness, because I don't deserve it, but I am going to
ask you a favor."
"What do ya need? A place to stay while you
God, isn't there any kind of treatment for you?"
"I've had the cancer for a long time, they said. It is a
very hard to detect strain. I kind of need a place to stay, but that
isn't what I'm asking of you. Look, the thing between Rèmy and me
fizzled out, but the thing is, is that I'm pregnant. I want this
baby to live so much. That is the main reason why my cancer isn't
treatable, because it would kill my baby. I don't care if I die, as
long as this baby doesn't. It deserves a chance. I don't want an
answer to my question right away; you deserve time to think about
it. Please, you used to be my very best friend, and there is no one
else I trust enough. Will you take this baby and raise it when I
"Jesus. What a fucking question. Don't you have anyone else? What
about your parents, or Rèmy? He is the father, right?"
"Rèmy is gone. He knows about the baby and the cancer. He left, and
said that he never wanted this kind of responsibility. And my
well, my parents wouldn't raise me after they found out I
was a mutant, so why would they want a mutant grandchild to raise.
No, there is no one else I trust. You are the only one."
"Who says I want this kind of responsibility? Of any people's child
that I would choose to raise, why would I pick the child of the two
people who betrayed me?"
"Marie, this baby needs you. You are the only person I could think
to turn to. Don't hate this baby for its parents' stupid mistakes.
I really loved him, the way you couldn't. You never loved him the
way he deserved, and you both knew it. He knew that you really loved
someone else, but you were tired of waiting, so you settled for him.
The trouble is he didn't really love me, he loved you. Since he
could only have a part of you, he settled for all of me, and only
gave me a small part of himself."
In her heart Marie, knew that Kitty was right, but she wasn't ready
to admit it to herself, let alone anyone else. She needed the anger
to get past the loneliness. She knew what it was like to love
someone with no hope of that love ever being returned. She
sighed, "Why don't you come stay here? I'll move out of your old
room, so you can have that. I'm not ready to decide about the baby
yet. I need some time to think things through, but I really will
think about it. How far away are you? When can you get here?"
"I'm about two hours away. I will pack my stuff and be there soon.
"Thanks for not hanging up on me."
Marie's voice softened. "I'll see ya in a couple of hours. Drive
"Okay, I will. Bye."
Marie just sat and listened to the dial tone for a long time. For
the second time in five months Kitty had turned her world upside down.
Scott walked in the common room, to find Marie pale and shaking.
Instantly alarmed he said, "Hey, Rogue, are you okay?" She hadn't
alarmed him this much when she lost her fiancé the day before her
"No, Scott. Ah am definitely not okay. I may never be okay again."
"What is wrong, and why are you speaking in monotone?"
Lets see my fiancé slept with and ran off with my best
friend five months ago. Today that same `friend' calls me up, and
tells me she has cancer, and she's dying."
"What? Kitty has cancer?"
"Oh, wait, you haven't even heard the most shocking part. She is
pregnant with my ex-fiancé's child, and
She's pregnant, AND she has cancer?"
"Lord, Scott, you're quick. Now would ya fuckin let me finish,
dammit!" Rogue said, on the verge of hysteria.
sorry, go ahead."
"Okay not only is Miss Pryde pregnant and dying, she wants me
"Wants you to what? Forgive her?"
"Oh, if only it were so simple. She wants me to raise the baby."
"Whoa! That is a pretty insane request. After hearing all that, I
hate to tell you but I came to deliver some other news."
Marie was still lost in her own train of thought, so she didn't
really register what Scott was saying. Instead she went on, "No
shit, it's insane, but the thing is, I'm considering it. Yeah, she
hurt me, but she really loved Rèmy, loser that he is, and that baby
didn't do anything wrong. I invited Kitty to stay at the Mansion. I
need to move my stuff out of her old room."
"It's your decision, and you have to make the right one for you.
Where does the infamous Gambit fit into this picture?"
"He doesn't. He left her when he found out she was pregnant and had
cancer. I have no idea why before you ask. Kitty said something
about him no wanting the responsibility. Oh, didn't you say you had
some news of your own, Scott? Is the world as we know it coming to
an end, or is someone else dying?"
not exactly," Scott hesitated
"What do you mean not exactly?" Marie demanded.
"Well, more like someone coming back from the dead. Logan arrived a
little while ago."
"Great! Boy, he sure knows how to time it. Six years, and he picks
now to come back."
"I know, but things really will get better Rogue."
"They're gonna get a whole lot worse before they get better," Marie
said slumping onto the couch.
Scott stood up and said, "Well, I gotta get going. If you need to
talk, I'm going to be in my office. The door is always open, so to
"Thanks, Scott. Can you leave a note on my classroom, and office
doors that says I'm canceling classes today? I need to pull myself
together, and find a place to move into before Kitty gets here."
"Sure, Rogue. Take it easy. You don't have to make any major
Marie stood up and followed Scott to the doorway. As she turned to
go down the opposite side of the corridor she said, "Thanks Scott,
I'll se you later."
Halfway to her room Marie received a telepathic message from
Professor Xavier asking her to meet him in his office.
**Can I take a shower first, Professor? After that well discuss
**Sure Rogue, but please meet me sooner rather than later. I have a
matter upon which I need your input.**
**Okay, say 15 minutes tops.**
**I'll see you then, my dear.**
Marie hurried to her room to take a shower, only to find Logan
sitting on the edge of her bed. How many times did she dream of him
coming back, before she gave up hope? How many times had she told
herself to forget him, before she agreed to become Rèmy's wife? Had
she been partly to blame for her own betrayal? God, he still looked
exactly the same. He was absolutely gorgeous.
"Hey Marie. You grew up real nice." Logan said in his gravelly
voice, as he looked her over.
"Thanks, Logan. Did you need somethin? I hate to be rude, but I've
gotta meet the Professor in his office in 15 minutes, and I really
need a shower." `Not to mention that my life is falling apart, and I
need to get myself together,' she thought. "So, If it isn't a dire
emergency, can I just catch you later?" Marie responded shortly.
Could this day get any better?
Sure, Marie, I didn't want to bother you. Could we meet for
dinner or something?"
"Can you ask me later? If this day goes anymore downhill, I think I'm
just gonna crawl in bed and hide. Wherever my bed might be, because
I have to move out of this room today."
"Sure I'll talk to you later about dinner. Did you need any help
moving your stuff? Do you know where it needs to go?"
"I would love help, and I have no clue where I'm moving to, all I
know is that I promised this room to someone else and I really don't
want to share with that person."
"Well, Chuck put me in one of the two room suites. You know with the
sitting room, private bathroom, and bed room. You can take the
bedroom part, and I'll take the sitting room part, and we can share."
"Really? That would be great if you don't mind, because with the
recent influx of new students, I think we're just about filled to
capacity. Pretty soon we are going to have to build dormitories.
Ah'll make sure it's only temporary, `cause Ah don't want to take
over yer room"
"I don't mind sharing, and I'll get started moving your stuff, as
soon as you're outta my way. "
"Great, I'll be outta here in about ten minutes. Thanks again,
"No problem. It sure is good to see you, Marie."
As Logan was walking out the door, Marie suddenly called out, "Logan!"
"I missed ya a lot."
"I missed you too, Marie, see you later."
Looking at the time Marie realized that instead of a shower, she
would have to settle for a change of clothes.
When she arrived at Charles' office, she was unpleased to find that
someone else was waiting with the professor. "Please, come in,
Rogue, and have a seat. Rèmy and I were just discussing the
feasibility of him coming back to the school and the team. I very
much would like your input upon this topic."
For just a moment she sat there in shock. Could her day really get
any worse? "I'm sorry Professor but the feasibility, isn't looking
too good, at this time." Marie said evenly.
"Care to elaborate for de Cajun, Marie?"
"Sure, Why not? For one thing you cheated on me, the day before we
were gonna get married, and I really don't want to see you anywhere
in the near future."
"It's a big place, we can avoid each other, non?"
Marie looked at Rèmy and raged, "Ya aren't even sorry, are ya? Wait;
don't answer that, because ya are sorry. A sorry piece of swamp
"Can't you just forgive and forget, it's been five months already."
"Forgive is a mighty big word for such a small man. Besides you know
what they say, forgive, and forget, relive, and regret. Thanks but I
have enough regrets already, sugar. Not the least of which is
meeting up with you in the first place."
"Of course, that isn't even the biggest reason why I don't think ya
should return. It was just the first one in the chronological order
of events. Kitty called me this morning."
At that comment Gambit looked down, and was strangely silent.
"What no comment? Yeah, didn't think there would be. How could ya
leave her alone? Not only did ya leave her alone, ya left her alone,
and pregnant, and dying of cancer. Why in the hell did ya do that,
huh? Answer me that one, Cajun. She loved you. She loved you
enough to betray me, and you don't want the fucking responsibility?
Not good enough." By this time Marie was no longer sitting, and she
was screaming at the top of her lungs.
"Rogue, could you please lower your voice? I can understand why
you're upset, but there is no sense in airing the laundry for all to
"Everyone will know soon enough, Charles. She'll be getting here
anytime, now. At my invitation, I might add. I've decided at her
request that I'm gonna raise this baby after Kitty is no longer with
us." Marie hadn't realized she'd made the decision until the words
came out of her mouth. When they did, she felt the rightness of them.
"Rogue, my dear, are you sure that this is wise?"
"She would do it for me if the situation were reversed. This child
didn't do anything wrong, it deserves to have a place where it will
be loved, and know that its mother loved it enough to die so he or
she would have a chance at life. Since, Gambit, here, has decided
that he can't, or won't assume the responsibility, its up to me.
Kitty is almost like a sister to me, and no matter how badly she hurt
me, I love her enough to look past her mistakes, and give her child a
After finishing her impassioned monologue, Marie heard sniffling
coming from the doorway. Fully intending to blast whoever was
interrupting, she turned to find Kitty standing there looking
overwhelmed with tears coursing down her cheeks.
"Katherine, you arrived at an opportune time, and you are lucky to
have such a friend. Friends that are willing to forgive anything are
quite rare. Rèmy, at this time, I can't in good conscience grant
your request to come back to stay, but you are more than welcome to
visit on a regular basis. I am truly sorry, but I cannot endanger
the health of other residents. Physical or mental health. It sounds
as though the three of you need to come to some kind of agreement
upon custody, and have those papers drawn up accordingly. Gambit, if
you do not want to participate in this child's life, it would be a
kindness for you to terminate all parental rights, so that Katherine,
and Rogue can make the necessary arrangements for the child's future."
Marie rushed to Kitty's side and took her arm to support
her. "Kitty, I'm sorry, you had to witness my little scene."
"I'm not, Marie. You've erased all of the doubts that I had. I am
grateful, and relieved."
Marie then turned to Charles. "Professor, I've already cancelled my
classes for the day, in order to get Kitty settled. I've also found
other accommodations for myself, so that Kitty can have her old room
"I've no problem with that arrangement. Take it easy and I'll talk
to both of you later."
Rèmy looked at Kitty, and said softly, "I'm so sorry, that I can't be
what you need me to be."
Kitty replied sadly, "The thing is that I never wanted you to be
anything you weren't. I thought that my love for you could be enough
for both of us. I'm sorry I forced you into something that you
weren't ready for."
Marie hurriedly jumped to Kitty's defense, "Don't apologize to him.
He has no excuse good enough. He doesn't deserve to breathe the same
air as the rest of us"
Without looking to Gambit for a reaction and seeing that Kitty was at
the end of her strength, Marie led her down the corridor to her
bedroom. Luckily Logan already had all her things moved over to his
room, so Kitty could have some privacy to rest.
"Thank you, Marie. I didn't mean to displace you, but it sure is
nice to be back in this room."
"It's not a problem, I'll be right down the hall in Logan's suite."
"Logan's back, and you two are sharing a room? Wow. When did this
"He just got back, today. And we aren't exactly sharing a room.
He's sleeping in the sitting room, and I get the bedroom. This is
gonna be complicated."
"Hey, maybe, Wolverine being back is a good sign. You always loved
him. I think you still do."
"Yeah, maybe. Well, I'll leave you to get settled in," Marie answered
uncomfortably. She was ready for some time by herself, away from the
craziness of the day.
And Rogue, thanks for being my friend."
Curtain: End Act One: Please rejoin us after the intermission.