Fic: final chapter Together Again
- Together Again
Rating: The entire story gets an R rating (so be warned)
Setting: two years after the end of X2.
Summary: Some startling after effects face Wolverine, Panther, and
some of the other members of the X Men
Disclaimer: I claim no ownership of any of the Marvel characters,
however the creation of Danielle aka Panther is mine. This is the
final in a series of chapters.
Feedback reasonable and not nasty - greatly appreciated. If you
wish to archive this story please email me first. Trust me, I am
sure I will be thrilled, but want to know where it is.
Author's note - I hope you enjoyed this series and I hope to write
some new adventures based on this beginning full length series.
It took some time for Danielle to really recover. She dealt with the
painful memories of the torture quite well, and like Logan, took to
her new body and claws as if they were always there. Yet, she had
been so severely tortured into submission that Jean worried about her
having the nightmares like Logan had suffered from. Because Logan
worked with her, she suffered little in the way of after effects. He
was gentle and understanding having experienced the same tortures
before. After some time, Danielle carried on with a normal life at
She did demonstrate retaining her new gifts her increased strength
and metal claws, and a slight change in personality. Panther became
the newest member of the X Men Team and Logan loved it when they went
out on missions together. She had indeed become his match and he was
glad she wasn't his rival and adversary. Her strength was
incredible, her skills unmatched except by Wolverine, and she was
cunning - a perfect hunter quite like the Wolverine.
Danielle sat outside looking up into the clear night sky. It was now
New Year's Eve and the Professor had arranged a special display of
fireworks for the children. Everyone had gathered in the courtyard
to watch. Logan sat down by Danielle. He put his arm around her
pulling her close. Danielle looked over to Scott and Jean both
sitting with their arms around each other.
"I know why you loved her. She's really a classy woman," Danielle
"So are you. And, it was wrong of me. I am not really a bad guy. I
admit I can be a jackass. I knew it wasn't gonna happen. She loves
Scott, even though I think he is a dork," he said.
"Logan, it's ok. I'm just glad we are together again," Danielle
She looked up into the sky watching the fireworks with great
excitement. Logan was not enthused with the fireworks tending to
spend the time looking at her. She seemed a little different than
what he knew from before. Physically, she was the same with the
addition of adamantium. But, her personality was a bit different.
He couldn't quite put a finger on it.
As he was deep in thought, he realized Bobby and Rogue were missing.
But, Danielle got his attention again with her excitement. She then
looked deeply into his eyes and he kissed her.
"I love ya," he whispered.
Danielle held onto him and kissed him again. Scott jabbed Jean
gently in the side.
"Hey, looks like Logan's got his own fireworks going," Scott said.
Jean smiled watching Logan and Danielle head inside for some
privacy. It would be the first time of sharing intimacy since the
Morning arrived and Logan was sitting outside with his cigar. Bobby
sat down next to him, grabbed the cigar, and took a long hard drag
from it. Logan looked at him strangely as Bobby handed it back.
"Hum what's up with ya?" Logan asked.
Bobby couldn't say he had a smile from ear to ear across his face.
"Don't even answer that," Logan said knowing exactly what had
happened with Bobby.
"Somehow I think this year will be a special one. You were right,
Logan," Bobby said.
"You sly little devil. Now, whatever ya do, don't break Marie's
heart or I'll have ta hurt ya," Logan replied extending the claws on
his left hand.
"You got it, man. I don't dare cross you," Bobby said with a laugh.
Danielle was in her room packing up her files and clothes when Marie
"Where are ya goin'?" Rogue asked.
"The Professor is allowing Logan and I to move in together," Danielle
"Together?" Rogue asked.
"Yes, together. I have decided to stay on permanently as your
teacher," Danielle said.
All of a sudden, Marie began to giggle uncontrollably.
"OK, give it up. Why are you so giddy this morning?" Danielle
Marie couldn't speak she just giggled more.
"You and Bobby?" Danielle asked further.
Marie nodded affirmatively and with a sly look in her eye.
"The Professor helped me learn total control of my power it
happened when I helped Logan to save you. But, Bobby and I...ya
know, we found the way too ," Marie said.
She touched Danielle's face without her gloves on. There was no
damage to Danielle. Danielle hugged Marie tightly.
"Oh, girl. I am so happy for you," Danielle said.
"I can help you pack if you need help," Marie said.
"Sure. Then, maybe you and I need to go out shopping later. This is
reason to celebrate and you and I both need some new clothes,"
Spring arrived and the leaves on the trees were just beginning to
sprout. Tulips and hyacinths bloomed around the campus and Danielle
went outside to get some fresh air. She lay down in the grass under
the warmth of the sun.
Logan looked outside and eyed her suspiciously. Jean walked down the
hall seeing him looking out the window.
"Everything ok?" she asked.
"I don't know. I don't remember her sleeping this much," he said.
Jean looked out seeing Danielle stretched out in the sun.
"Very typical cat thing. Cats love the sun and love to sleep," Jean
"Hum " Logan mumbled.
"She has taken on quite a feline personality since that battle," Jean
"She has changed. I can't begin to tell ya," Logan said.
"You aren't sounding too comfortable with it," Jean said.
"Well, it's just something I gotta get used to," Logan replied.
"You want me to check her over again? I can later on today if you
like," Jean responded.
Logan thought hard about it. It seemed like a reasonable thing to do.
He joined Danielle outside, nestling down behind her molding his body
to hers. She stretched and yawned and pushed her back into his chest
as his arm fell around her. She smiled to herself knowing it was
Logan she smelled him without even having to look. Danielle loved
him his rugged maleness and strong disposition, and he was hers,
"You feelin' alright?" he asked.
"Fine. Don' ya just love the sun?" she replied.
"I was thinkin' maybe we could go out for dinner tonight. Just you
and me," he suggested.
"Sounds good. Seafood I hope," she replied sleepily.
"Whatever ya want," Logan said.
Afterwards, they both got up. He kissed her gently feeling her body
go limp in his arms. She held onto him absorbed in his kiss. Just
then, Danielle felt a little faint. She quickly grabbed onto his
"Hey, you ok?" he asked.
"God, I feel really weird right now," Danielle replied.
"You been like this for weeks. Something's wrong," he said. He felt
her knees go out from under her and he lifted her into his arms and
carried her down to the lab.
Jean asked for some privacy and Logan reluctantly left the room. She
took Danielle inside the lab and began checking her over. Danielle
informed her of these same fainting spells she kept having. Jean
suspected it being caused by after effects of Danielle's trauma.
Nothing was turning up she seemed normal very normal for her
"I'm pregnant, right?" Danielle asked.
"Looks that way. About eight weeks. No morning sickness?" Jean
replied and questioned.
"No. Just really tired. And, hungry all the time," she replied.
"Do you want me to call Logan in? I can assume he has no idea of
this," Jean asked.
Danielle nodded yes and Jean was at the door to let him in.
"What's up? Hey, you ok? What's wrong?" he asked with great
Danielle lay on the exam slab and took Logan's hand. He leaned into
her as she pulled him to her for a hug.
"I need to tell ya something important," she started.
His eyes were wide with fear thinking something was terribly wrong.
"I hope ya don't hate me. I know yer not all too crazy about kids,"
Logan cocked his head wondering what she was driving at.
"Yer gonna be a father," she said.
Jean showed him the ultrasound. Danielle watched Logan's expression
"Logan, I won't ask ya to do anything if ya don't want to be
involved," she said.
"Are ya crazy?" he asked.
*I stood there staring just staring. I was completely unable to
move, frozen there as if Magneto had me in his grasp. Danielle took
my hand and I still couldn't move. My eyes were just glued to that
video monitor and the image of the child Danielle was carrying it
held me defenseless. Then, I go and say somethin' in Logan style.*
"It's mine? It's really mine? We did this?" he asked.
"Well, unless someone else has been wearin' yer shorts, then it's
yers," Danielle joked.
*Here is bad ass Logan strong, solitary, feral animal and I am
gonna be a father. We're gonna have a family of our own.*
Logan started out of the room like wildfire.
"Where ya goin'?" Danielle cried out.
"I gotta make arrangements. We gotta get ready!" he said.
"Logan, you still got 7 months before the baby comes," Jean said.
"I don't mean that," he said and was out the door before any more
questions could be asked.
It was lunchtime and the entire campus was gathered in the expansive
hall to eat. Charles sat at the head of the table watching the
residents gather together for lunch. Bobby and Rogue sat down next
to Danielle, who was unaware of Logan's whereabouts. Scott and Jean
were across from them and all the rest of the younger residents
filled in around the table.
"It is with great pleasure that I wish to announce to you that
Danielle has indeed accepted to stay on permanently with us. I am
sure Logan had something to do with it. I also hear Logan has a
special announcement to make. Logan, the floor is yours," Charles
Logan entered the room. Danielle could see he was nervous about
"I am really bad at expressing myself, but I just wanted to thank you
all for puttin' up with me these last few years. I came here angry
and lonely I still don't know who I really am, but it doesn't
matter now. This is my home, my family - people like me and who
understand me. And because of that, I wanted to share something with
ya all," Logan started.
He pulled out the dog tag from his pocket. Silently, he stared at
it. Danielle began to wonder what was going on. His attention
turned to her as he got down on one knee.
"Danielle, I know this ain't much and that I had given it to you
before, but it is the only thing I have to offer you you already
have my heart," Logan said softly.
Marie grabbed Bobby's arm she was awestruck by his popping "the
question". Danielle couldn't move she felt Logan's hands place the
chain around her neck and she looked at the dog tag "Wolverine 458-
"I'll ask ya official like, would you be my girl?" he asked.
"Yer stuck with me, Logan. I love you," she responded and hugged
Kurt sat down holding his rosary as a wide smile crossed his face.
"God has blessed these two souls and given them the faith in
themselves to find the strength to love again," Kurt said.
"Well, now, I think we ought to have a toast for this special
announcement," Charles said.
Logan stood up and moved behind Danielle's chair.
"Before ya go ahead with that, there's something else I need to say.
Danielle's pregnant," Logan added.
Marie nearly cried with jubilation.
"I never imagined the pitter-patter of young feet around here. It
ought to be a real blessing. Congratulations to both of you,"
Scott walked around the table to stand before his former adversary.
"Congratulations," Scott said extending his hand to Logan. Logan's
eyes were welling up and Scott hugged him.
"I know I have been a real jerk to ya, but I think I need someone to
be a best man or somethin' like that. Ya think ya wouldn't mind?"
"I'd be honored to with one condition," Scott started.
Logan waited figuring he was going to have something nasty said to
him. "You promise to take care of her forever."
Kurt married Logan and Danielle a month later, inside the dining hall
of the mansion. The entire school was present. Scott and Jean
announced their expecting a child of their own. Bobby and Marie
November Logan was working outside fixing a few things around the
mansion. He was called on the intercom to immediately report to the
lab. He dropped everything and bolted inside. Scott and Marie were
outside the lab.
"It's time, Logan," Scott said.
Panic filled Logan's heart. Jean was already assisting Danielle, who
had gone into a hard, fast labor. Logan quickly entered the lab and
took her hand trying to encourage her. A short time later, a baby
girl was presented to Logan. He held the defenseless infant in his
arms crouching down for Danielle to see. The child took a strong
hold of his finger and Danielle watched his expression that of the
proud new father. Scott and Marie joined them. Scott laid his hand
on Logan's shoulder.
"Oh, Logan. She's beautiful," Marie said.
"Just like her momma," Logan said.
Back in their room, Danielle lay in bed nursing the baby. She was
smiling softly watching the child at her breast. Logan had gone to
get dinner. She was still too tired to venture down to the hall. He
returned and lay down near Danielle.
"Have ya settled on a name yet?" Logan asked as his finger traced the
outline of the child's face.
"Actually, I have that is if you like it. I kinda like the ring of
Jean Marie," Danielle said.
"Jean Marie. Hum Jean Marie. Yeah, I do like it," he agreed.
DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL
*I had been the object of his desire several years ago. I don't know
what I did to deserve his attentions, but I had to push him away. It
was very hard to do the man is handsome, courageous, and all the
more feral and dangerous. He is an effective predator a killer
with 12-inch adamantium claws embedded in his arms but never once
did he ever try to hurt any of us at the school. A sworn protector
he has since become. For me, I resisted the temptation of his
excitement the wildness, the thought of not being so regimented,
and his seductiveness. I was already engaged to someone someone I
had known for a long time, who was strong, reliable, and
responsible. Yet, he plagues me with thoughts of sharing unbridled
passion, uninhibited pleasures, setting free the animal inside me
the animal we all house inside.
Then, Panther entered his life - a perfect match to the Wolverine
fitting together with him like two pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. She is
as feral as he is, as wild and unbridled as he, and most of all - she
understands him thoroughly and loves him deeply. I had told him he
would some day encounter this special someone. Their courtship was a
rocky one for he obsessed on the heart-breaking words I had said to
discourage him, and she assumed he was still pining for me and
refused to interfere. As wild as she was, she still held on to her
morals. A year ago, he became a father. I never imagined this feral
man being such a loving, doting father. The child the apple of his
eye has become his latest object of obsession. He flies into a
rage whenever there is any threat towards his offspring. It now is
only Panther's kind and loving ways that will calm the rage of the
There are days I sit back and reflect on what could have been. I
watch him carry his daughter around cradled in his broad, strong
arms so protectively. The way he spent hours being angry, hiding
away in his room, or wanting to run again has all changed. He will
sit with her on the floor and growl and grunt at her just to make her
laugh only to sit back and smile himself. She is already exhibiting
the mutant abilities she has inherited from both her parents a
strong-willed feral personality and the ability to heal. I have kept
records of her progression as she grows a continuing study of
mutant evolution. But the one thing I fall back on is how I
misjudged him and I let him go.*
*There's my special friend the man who almost left me alone on that
desolate snow-covered road in Canada. He changed his mind and that
began the change in him. My friend never thought much of caring for
anyone but himself. I could understand that no one cared for him.
He was a wild ferocious animal capable of slicing you to bits with
them metal claws of his.
He wanted for nothing, cared for no one, and lived life in a feral
way. Home was the camper attached to his pick up truck his refuge
and escape when it was time to move on. Our first few months
together were a little awkward now that I think about it. Everyone
just thought I had a little crush on him. And, why not? He is such
a handsome man, even though he is so much older than I and he took
care of me. He never broke that promise to protect me and I will
always love him for that. There were so many times I wondered what I
was doin' thinkin' about him all the time maybe it was when our
minds joined them two times and for so long I had him in my head.
I began to feel I possessed him because only I knew him and
understood him so intimately. But, when he left only leaving his
dog tags and those binding thoughts he shared with me when our minds
became one those things he left in my care to remember him by it
was then that I began to realize it was only a crush on the man who
saved me. Bobby began to take his place and it was right we
loved the same things, enjoyed being together, and growing into full
Then, he returned and when I thought it would be bad, it turned out
so good, for she came to reside at the school. He had met his match
a feral female of quick wit, intelligence, beauty, and having the
same ability to heal. She comforted him when he was having his fits
of rage; listened to him when he needed to talk pouring out the
pain of a fractured heart and a fractured life; and stood up to him
when he was being stupid. He fell head over heals in love with her
abandoning the doctor as a part of his recent past yet, never
abandoning me as his true friend.
I pushed him to her pushed him to realize his heart needed her, and
I don't regret one bit of what I did even though at times I was
terribly mean to him and part of me wished I could be her. I pride
myself in thinkin' it is because of me that he learned to love again
he learned to care casting aside the feral ways of self-
preservation and inability to trust and love. I believe it is
because of me that he is now happy.
This couple has honored me she has presented him with a daughter a
year ago, and this child bears the names of both of his past loves.
I enjoy babysitting giving the weary parents time to spend
But, this one day will forever remain plastered in my mind. I go to
their room to pick up the baby. It is well passed feeding time. I
knock on the door to find mommy looking out the window camera in
hand I had seen her do this so many times before when she was
spying on the dad before they started actually goin' together.
"Danielle," I begin to address Panther, "where is Jean Marie?"
"Look out the window," she replies with a gentle softness in her
voice and afterwards, a big smile.
I go to the window and look outside. It is wonderfully sunny out
mildly warm, but comfortable. Just about 20 paces away is a tree,
and under the tree is the dad. He lays out in the shade, in the
freshly cut grass, on his back. He is wearin' his trusty blue jeans
and a white tee shirt. The delight of this image is the child
lying on his chest her tiny frame must have gone to sleep to the
sound of the beating of his loving heart. He has protectively
embraced her in his powerful arms and he too has gone to sleep the
light wind caressing his feral sideburns. I smile widely. My friend
has indeed changed and I like to think it is because of me.*
*Who ever would have thought Hairball would be a father well, not
in the ideal sense of the word. Any man can make a child, but it
takes a special man to be a real father and this man certainly has
done just that. I have to admit that when we first met, after I
dragged his arrogant ass away from his exploding truck, that I would
end up being his friend. It was a reluctant friendship we had to
learn to count on each other for the benefit of the Team.
As much as I hated it, I understood his wanting Jean. She's my girl
a really special woman. But when Panther came along and stole his
heart, it made way for us to put aside our rivalry. Instead of
making rude comments, he now comes to me for advice to give him
answers to questions on keeping Panther happy. Now, there is a
child his daughter his special girl. I pity the jerk that dares
threaten this child. I've seen him in action seen his berserker
rage the fits of anger and the bloodshed from the metal claws of
the Wolverine. He is fierce when it comes to protecting the children
of this school, but I am sure he will be ten times fiercer if anyone
hurts his little girl.*
*I haven't been around much as of late. The winds of time whirl me
in new directions new things to explore. I have learned to not
fear those who feared me. There are those who still think ill of us
mutants, but my teaching skills are reaching out beyond the Xavier
School. I have a position at the local college for all people
mutants and regular people.
But, I return every so often and I have come home to visit with the
little one Jean Marie Little Jeannie Marie as she is
affectionately called. I sit with Panther and watch the Wolverine
with his child a special bond between them an unbreakable bond of
father and daughter. I would suspect someone getting a belly full of
metal if they dared tried to interfere. She is a delight very
personable and spirited and knows very well, even at this young age,
that she has her father wrapped around her tiny finger.*
*When I set up this school, it was for the young teenagers who
discovered their new mutant gifts. It never dawned on me that we
would have little ones here. Logan and Danielle brought a new life
into the world the first to be born right here at this
I delighted in being able to expand this extended family this group
of mutants who had no family for the most part. This school filled
the void for them. I take pride in seeing how it was through the
interactions of all my residents "my children" I think of them all
as that this large family has come about. Many came in frightened
unsure of who or what they were and how to cope with it. Others
One in particular was the Wolverine. He was so difficult to handle
at first. His rebellious nature left one to wonder. But, Rogue
started it, Jean assisted, and Panther continues to keep the
Wolverine in check. He has learned a great deal learned to put his
anger aside and to think of others beside himself. If this school
has done anything for him it was to bring back the human inside the
Now a father himself, we spend more time chatting about kids about
expanding the school for younger mutants those born to mutants.
His protectiveness of his own child and his adopted family is
intense. Yet, he has learned to curb his anger and react with
reasoning before violence. Although, when provoked, he will not
hesitate to fight.*
*I thank Jean for her understandin' and love. I thank Marie for
bein' a true friend to an old jackass like me. Charles Wheels he
gave me a roof over my head and never expected anything in return.
Storm she's a goddess with a heart of gold. The kids well now,
maybe my experiences with the kids haven't exactly been too great,
but that's changed too. Guess bein' around them helped warm me up
for what was to come about.
I sit here in the grass cradling' my little one my special girl
and thinkin' how this all happened. I prided myself on bein' a
loner never needin' or wantin' anything. I was an animal no
home, no past, nothing but myself.
I found myself carin' for others Marie my sweet Marie who was
my first real friend that I can remember. Jean reminded me that I
was still a man capable of loving someone. Then along came my
Panther she stole my heart when I was ready to give up on love
again. She loves me, understands me, and doesn't stand for my crap.
Now, she's mine really mine and has given me a future her full
love and a gorgeous daughter.
Danielle sits at my side with her camera taking pictures of me
goofin' around with her. I have lost my heart to a little girl with
curly brown hair and light brown eyes. I can't say what I would do
if anyone ever wished to do her harm. I still have a berserker rage
that can fly at a moment's notice.
But, this child overwhelms me with a feeling of pride and I will not
hesitate to kill if someone dares try to hurt her. She has her
mother's eyes and she already knows how to use them to melt my
heart. She's only a year old but she can easily win over anyone's
heart. I think about all the boys she's gonna bring around askin' my
approval and damn if I ain't gonna find fault with all of them.
She's Daddy's little girl and I ain't gonna let her go to just
anyone. I know it's a long way off, but time has a way of just
passin' by quickly.*
*Lord knows I wanted him from the start. But, I couldn't get between
two people who I thought were still in love. I later learned it
never happened and that's when we got close really close. We
bonded deeply both of the same feral ways like two animals now
mated for life. Sounds really primal, but that's how we are very
basic. All I wanted was his heart all he wanted was to trust.
I knew from the start that he'd make a great father some day his
unrelenting protection of the Xavier residents, especially of Marie,
proved it to me. I learned of his growth after arriving there, but
the pains of his past still haunted him. We shared that too me not
to the same extent but I was aware of what was to be done to me at
the installation, which did happen later on. And, here we both are
augmented into a lethal weapons. We learned to put the past aside
to put a leash on the nightmares and harness the rage for the greater
He treats me like a queen his girl he calls me. When I first heard
him introduce himself to my best friend as my `boyfriend' I have to
admit I was tickled to have captured the Wolverine. I have a new
life now with Logan and our daughter. My new claws and feline ways
allow me to help other mutants and to protect the weak.
When she was born, I saw such love in his eyes. He dotes on her for
everything. The moment she would cry in her bed, he would be up and
rocking her back to sleep. He needs to know her every whereabouts
and usually is never out of her sight. When he returns from a
mission, he is immediately looking in on her and she knows it
raising her arms up for him to hold her. This kid is gonna be so
spoiled what will I do? She's Daddy's little girl.*