The mood at the Xavier-institute after Rogue's sudden collapse
Logan's brutal assault of Magneto was oppressed.
A few hours ago there had not been any patients at all. Now there
were two, and there was a risk neither of them would survive. Those
who were involved, currently including Xavier, Jean, Storm and Scott,
felt worse than they ever had before.
Logan was nowhere at the mansion. They had not heard him leave, but
it was obvious that he had left, since he wasn't left at the
They wondered where he had gone. And if he ever would return.
But besides Magneto and Rogue, Charles was the person they worried
about the most. After getting Magneto under medical treatment (the
old man's injuries included two knocked out teeth on his lower
broken nose, a fractured jaw, a (surprisingly) mild concussion, a
dislocated shoulder, which Jean had managed to put back in place,
plus some minor things - bruises, cuts, and a wound across his left
temple, which sure was no minor thing, although it wasn't a more
serious injury either. There was left too see if he had sustained a
scull fracture or any other bone fracture.) Jean had had to carry out
an operation and correct his nose, which had practically been turned
Logan had hit him so hard it was miracle his face could be saved in
the first place.
Now, two hours after the operation, Magneto lay asleep in the med-
lab, heavily sedated, and now they had to see if he would ever wake
Jean had not allowed Charles to stay in the operation theatre while
she performed the surgery. He had not wanted to leave, but she had
been relentless and sent him away together with Scott and Storm.
She could not simply induce herself to let him watch her operating
his beloved, especially when it wasn't even certain that he would
Charles had been upset, but she had stuck to her decision.
Before they left, she had pulled Storm aside and told her not to
leave Charles alone during the night. He was still in a so-called
Storm had nodded seriously and promised to stay with him. They had
not tried to hide their conversation from Charles, but he had not
seemed to hear what they said, in spite that he was sitting only a
few feet away. He had stopped crying at the time, but the look in his
otherwise so soulful and eloquent eyes had been expressionless and
- Please, make Erik okay...he had murmured, maybe to Jeannie, or
maybe to himself. Please, make him well...
Jean had given him a sad look and not given him any promise,
although she had promised to do her best. Then the three persons had
left, and Jean had been left alone with Magneto and her difficult
Now, two hours later, the nose operation was finished, and Jean
believed it had been successful, but even if it had, it didn't
Magneto would recover. The whole nose thing had only been a cosmetic
If he was to become well depended on whether or not he had
sustained any brain damage. Jean was hopeful after examining him, but
she was not certain. There was however a risk he would remain a
Jean had not left the med-lab. Two so ill patients needed to be
supervised around the clock, and she was the one to do it.
Now with Magneto as a second patient she could not give Rogue as
much attention as she had hoped. It was a pity. It was Logan's
By doing that to Magneto, he had unconsciously also worsened
Jean wondered where he had gone, and if they ever would see him
again. And would Charles even welcome him here after what he did?
The questions were so many, and Jean was tired. Even telepaths
required sleep, and she got none, at least for now.
She was almost falling asleep when she sat with her microscope,
studying tissue samples from Rogue, and wondered what had made her
body reject the serum.
It was very likely that she had fallen asleep, if she had not heard
the sound of a door opening and then the sound of footsteps entering
the lab. She slowly raised her head and focused her weary eyes,
expecting to see Scott, Storm or anyone else who had come to check on
her, but not Logan.
Logan stood a few feet in front of the door when she first saw him.
His jeans and shirt were soaked, like his uncontrolled hair, and
water was dripping from him onto the floor. It even sounded. Drip,
drop, drip, drop, it sounded.
When she spotted him Jean got so scared she screamed involuntarily.
Then she cursed herself and winked to make sure he really was there.
He was. She was not dreaming or hallucinating. Logan stared at her
for some time, and she stared back at him, unsure of what to do or
- So you're back... she said finally, when the silence had
- Yeah... Logan replied with a sigh. I almost thought about
splitting again, but then I thought... I... I had nowhere to go...
- Does anyone know you're here? Jean asked.
- Not to my knowledge. Only you.
At least Logan didn't think anyone had heard him sneak back in.
sighed again and lowered his eyes. He at least had the decency to
- How's Marie? he asked then. Any change?
Jean shook her head. - No, she is still unconscious. I...eh, I am
just...looking for... causes to why she is...rejecting the serum...
- Alright. I see. How... how's the old man, then? Logan asked
carefully, afraid of the answer he might get.
Jean got up and rubbed the bridge of her nose before she answered.
Logan's voice oozed with guilt, and it should. His behaviour had
almost been unforgivable.
- He...is alive, she told him and looked into his eyes. But we
don't know if he will survive. You might have given him a brain
damage, Logan. He is unconscious for now. I just operated his nose,
which you turned sideways. I believe the operation succeeded. How it
turns from here, time will show. But we are hopeful. His chances are
- That was...great...
- Logan, do you realize what you've done? Jean asked. A few
blows, and he would have died. What were you thinking?
- I wasn't thinking, Logan said miserably. That's the
freaked out. I have no other excuse. I just saw him standing in front
of me...and I snapped. He... I remembered he said he was sorry for
Jean approached him until they were standing face to face.
Logan didn't know what else to say. He could sense how anxious
disappointed Jean was, and it greatly upset him. Now he really
started realizing the consequences of his actions.
- How's Charles...? he asked.
- He is very upset. In total shock, Jean replied truthfully.
- Should I go see him?
- No, I don't think you should go see him now, she said
Storm's with him now, taking care of him. He is all but fine at
moment. Seeing you now would not be easy for him. Wait until
- Jeannie, what shall I do? I'm sure he hates me! What should I
I know I can't change what I did, but what would be the best to
don't know anything...
Logan's voice broke, and he started sobbing, with his hand
to his mouth. He cried for the second time in a row that evening.
Despite all he had done, Jean couldn't help feeling sorry for
and she placed her arms around him and held him to her. He was wet,
and the water from him stained her clothes, but she didn't mind
- Logan, she said and stroked his wet, spiky hair. Logan, take it
-What do I do, Jeannie? What do I do? I lost control, that's
How will I ever make this up?
- That you are sorry is a good start, Jean said.
- Does everybody hate me now?
- I don't hate you, and I can't believe the others do
you did a terrible thing, Logan. You can't deny that.
- I'm sorry, Jean.
- Logan, answer one thing... Jean began carefully. Had you killed
him if not... Scott and Storm had pulled you away?
- I don't know, Logan replied honestly. I actually don't
might have. And I'm ashamed of it.
Jean grabbed Logan's shoulders and held him at arm's length
looked into his eyes.
- Maybe you had better get some sleep, she suggested. And change
you clothes, so you won't get pneumonia.
Her uttering even made Logan smile slightly.
- Jeannie... I can't catch anything. Healing factor, remember?
- Yeah, right. So you can't. But still go and get some rest.
- Could I see Rogue first? Logan asked. Just for a little while?
Jean hesitated. - Alright, she said then. Why not. There is not
much more I can do for her tonight. Come on.
Jean brought him to a small, sterile hospital cell with white
walls. Rogue lay there, quiet and pale in an all too big hospital
bed, with an IV in her arm, connected to a heart monitor. She wore a
white hospital shirt.
Her eyes were closed and she drew slow, deep breaths, and it
sounded like she was asleep, even though she was unconscious.
Logan went and sat down on the edge of her bed, and took her limp,
warm little hand in his own and squeezed it gently. She did not
- Oh, Marie... he said and tears started burning in his eyes again.
- I'll leave you alone for a while, Jean said and gave Logan a
on the shoulder. I'll check on Magneto. I'll be out there if
- Thanks, Jeannie, Logan replied, but without looking at her.
Jean went and left Logan alone with the unconscious young woman.
With his other hand Logan started stroking her forehead, that now
felt cool and dry. Whatever Jean had done, she had at least made the
fever go down.
- Oh, Marie... he said again and brought her limp hand to his lips
and kissed it. Why would this happen to you? Why?
He didn't receive any answer from Rogue, of course, but she
kept on breathing in the same, slow rate as before.
Logan rested his dark head on her stomach and closed his eyes. The
steady peeping from the heart monitor started to dissolve in his mind
after some time.
Logan was asleep.