Title: When Love and Hate Collide
Part 3 of 3
Rating: PG for violence
Summary: The continuing adventures of Wolverine and Panther. Mystique
rekindles her interest in Wolverine and plays deadly games to capture
Archiving: fine with me but please let me know where.
Disclaimer: I don't own any of the X Men and don't write for profit,
however the creation of Danielle aka Panther is mine and it is
forbidden to make any use of this character without my permission.
Mystique entered the room with a carry case in hand. She set it on
the table off to the side. Logan lifted his head slowly. His body
ached from being restrained, and he tried to ignore the discomfort.
"You are some soldier, Wolverine. Pain means nothing to you,"
Magneto entered the room. His proud strides carried him to stand
before the wavering Wolverine.
"So, your little feline friend is quite some fighter. She is
recovering nicely, although I am sad to say it was a traumatic
experience for her," Magneto said.
"Traumatic?" Logan asked.
"We did what we could with the least amount of pain. I am sure you
remember having that alloy bonded to your bones. I nearly had to
remold some of it to get it right," Magneto responded.
A distressed look crossed Logan's face.
"Oh, dear boy, please understand it was a dreadful procedure in the
first place, and it was even worse trying to sift through pieces of
broken bone. It's not like I am a doctor. Mystique did assist her
knowledge is more enhanced than mine. But, I assure you she will be
just fine," Magneto answered.
Logan's eyes were filled with a restrained fury. Magneto could sense
that if he ever got free, there would be bloodshed.
"Such anger I feel. Why?" Magneto asked.
Logan didn't need to answer.
"Ah, yes. There's that protective nature of the animal in your
heart. You really should stop being everyone's watch dog," Magneto
snidely remarked before leaving the room.
Danielle's recovery would be considerably long and slow. Mystique
led her into the room that held Wolverine captive. Danielle ran to
him wrapping her arms around his midsection. Logan wished his arms
were free to embrace her.
"They are letting you go," Logan whispered.
"Me? What about you?" she asked.
"Get outta here!" Logan yelled trying to push Danielle away.
Tears began to stream down her face.
"Tell Jean Marie I love her," Logan said before Sabertooth roughly
pulled Danielle away.
Logan lowered his head hating himself for yelling at her, but he
needed to know she would be safely on her way home.
"Very touching. I wonder how that little girl will feel when she is
old enough to understand what her father is really all about?"
Mystique asked slyly.
Logan looked angrily at Mystique as she giggled softly.
"Now, I have you all to myself, huh, big boy," she said while tracing
her finger around his chin.
Logan snarled deeply before she injected him with another drug.
Slowly, he became a bit more subdued.
"What an awesome pairing we would make," Mystique giggled. "You, me
and a little one of our own," she replied saucily.
"Never," he said drowsily.
"Trust me, darling. You will soon forget about her," Mystique
Sabertooth escorted Danielle into another room with metal walls. He
sat with her for a few moments then kneeling down beside her, he
dragged a clawed finger around her face and he eyed her most
"They ain't lettin' me go?" Danielle said.
The hulking beast said nothing.
"Hey, no time for love," Toad snorted as he passed by.
Sabertooth growled. He found Danielle most intriguing and the feline
in her was very attractive to him.
It seemed like weeks had passed since the last time she had seen
Logan. Magneto and Sabertooth constantly visited her. The stress
Danielle had been feeling was showing in her eyes and her body.
Mystique kept her prisoner as a play thing. The blue mutant enjoyed
tormenting her by not allowing her to eat or making loud sounds that
would keep her awake.
Mystique played with Logan too - enjoying watching him try to get
free whenever she teased him with ideas of how she would eventually
kill Panther or how she would make him see how she and him really
Logan looked deep into the golden eyes of Mystique. An odd sort of
feeling filled the pit of his empty stomach. Somehow, he felt a
strange fascination in the blue mutant. This time in her captivity
left him unable to deny that she had an unusual sort of beauty and
her confident nature was rather enticing too. But then his mind
would drift back to the feline beauty he thought was waiting for his
return and the young child wanting her father. He glanced over to
his restrained hand his wedding band was missing.
"You should eat something, darling," Mystique said raising a plate
with a steaming steak on it.
The smell of the seared meat filled Logan's nostrils. It had been
several days since he had eaten. His body craved food.
"Where's my ring?" he asked.
"What ring? I didn't see a ring," Mystique said as she lifted a
piece of steak to Logan's mouth.
He lunged for it just as she pulled it back out of his reach. She
giggled knowing she was tormenting him. Mystique finally fed him.
Then, she began caressing him her hand gently exploring the
contours of his chest and shoulders. It began to disgust Logan, but
he knew he might have to resort to extremes in order to make his
escape. The soldier turned off his emotions as Mystique began
"I can't do much in this position," Logan said between kisses.
"You really think I would be that stupid to let you go? Not yet,
darling. I don't trust you yet," Mystique snickered.
The X Team began to fear the worst. There were no signs of either
Danielle or Logan to be found in any of their searches. It became so
frustrating that even Magneto's compound could not be located, even
after all these years. Yet, John remembered a few things when he was
"It's out over the ocean an island maybe. A very small island just
big enough for the large metal house," John said.
"Are you sure?" Scott asked.
"Positive," John replied.
The team frantically began searching again. They used every resource
available to them and finally the one small island was located.
"We will have to be very careful how we do this," Scott said.
"You know they are never going to just let us in," Ororo replied.
"Yes, but we have a trump card here me," John said. "I've been
there. I know the layout of the place and I have a pretty damned
good idea where they might be holding them," he added.
They planned to attack late at night when the inhabitants were
asleep. The entrance was open. There were no locked doors. John
walked down the expansive hall and looked into the window of one of
the rooms. Inside was Danielle. He opened the door and went in
followed by the rest of the team. She was lying on the floor - cold,
hungry, and sad.
"Danielle, oh my God, yer still alive," John said sitting down next
She weakly lifted her head and took his hand.
"Jean Marie is fine. She misses you," Jean said to reassure her.
Danielle looked up to the other X Team members.
"Why don't you stay here and let me look for Logan," John said.
They agreed and John left in silence. With the stealth of a
predator, he searched the other rooms down the hall until he found
Logan. He walked in awaking an exhausted Logan.
"How the hell do we get you loose?" John asked.
"I dunno. These restraints are adamantium and I can't even get a
claw on them," Logan said.
John looked around.
"There has to be something. Hey, would you trust Scott to blast you
free?" John asked.
"I dunno if he can. Guess it's worth a shot," Logan agreed.
"I know Danielle could free ya. She's got them metal claws too,"
John said with excitement.
"Danielle's still here? They were going to let her go," Logan said
"Never trust these guys. They say one thing and do something else.
Especially that bitch, Mystique," John said.
Danielle and Logan were happily reunited. She popped a single claw
and opened with lock freeing Logan. He stretched his aching muscles
as Danielle quickly massaged him trying to relieve the pain caused by
Just as they were to leave, Sabertooth and Toad were standing in the
doorway. Mystique entered the room after them.
"And just where do you think you are taking my prize?" Mystique asked.
"You have something of mine, bitch!" Danielle said as she stood in
front of Logan.
"What are you going to do about it?" Mystique asked.
"I want him back. We want to go home to our daughter," Danielle
Mystique laughed deeply.
"NOW!" Danielle cried out.
"You can't leave. We won't let ya," Toad replied.
Danielle and Logan stood back to back with claws extended. Toad
approached from one side while Sabertooth did from the other side.
It would seem a hopeless battle for the Brotherhood. The feral
mutants were ready for battle and bloodshed if necessary.
"Mystique, call off your dogs. This battle isn't worth fighting,"
Magneto called out. "You will never win his heart."
"You should have let her die when I asked you too. He will never be
mine as long as she lives," Mystique angrily replied.
"Mystique, darling, you can be anyone and have anyone. Let this one
go," Magneto pleaded softly.
"Kill them both first!" Mystique cried out.
"Why are you doing this? Why are you trying to break up a family?"
John cried out standing in front of Logan and Danielle.
Everyone looked to John unsure of how to respond to his words. Jean
felt a deep sympathy for him feeling his desire to be accepted and
having wished to have his family again. It was something he always
craved the love of parents and siblings.
"Because I am the better choice for Wolverine. I have been him - I
know him - what he wants, what he likes," Mystique responded.
"So, that's why you tortured me and drugged me? I see - for love,"
Logan snidely replied.
"I do love you, darling," Mystique said.
Danielle's anger began to flare immensely. Without any control, she
morphed into a 300-pound black panther. Her eyes had turned the most
brilliant golden color and her midnight black coat shined under the
bright lights. The members of the X Team stood paralyzed by what
they witnessed, and Mystique took a few steps back in fear.
Mystique listened to the low rumble of a deep throaty growl as
Panther circled her. Alloy claws popped from her front paws and with
incredible speed Panther raced after Mystique pouncing on her and
knocking her down.
Panther began ravaging Mystique with bites from 4-inch fangs and tore
at her body with alloy claws. Mystique became Wolverine and fought
back as best she could with claws of her own. Panther's anger raged
at fever pitch, but Mystique was able to get in a few good licks
wounding Panther. Toad and Sabertooth tried to help Mystique, but
Panther was strong and unrelenting.
It wasn't long before Panther backed away leaving Mystique bloodied
"Your infatuation with him isn't worth us getting killed," Toad
"I knew I should have just killed her," Mystique said. She vowed
Meanwhile, Panther darted down one of the hallways looking for a way
to escape. The sound of deep growls echoed against the metal walls.
"Danielle, come back," Scott called out.
John raced down the hallway with Logan right behind. Logan could
smell blood and followed the trail down the hallway. She became
trapped in a room.
"Danielle, please. You helped me. Now, let me help you," John
begged as he entered the room. Logan pulled his shoulder.
"You better let me go, kid. She seems pretty pissed off," Logan said
Several silent minutes seemed to pass and the growling stopped. The
sound of paw pads on metal was heard as Panther slowly made her way
into the open. She sat down in front of Logan, who knelt down near
her. He took her right paw in his hand lifting it up. There was a
trail of blood from the shoulder down but no wound could be seen.
"What the hell happened?" Logan asked as he looked Panther over.
John sat down near her and admired her.
"Ya gotta admit that was one hell of a cat fight," John giggled.
"That's my girl always kickin' ass," Logan said just as Panther
morphed back into her human form.
"Damn, woman. I had no idea you had that in ya," Logan said.
"I told ya I would kill to keep ya," Danielle giggled.
The Team exited the Brotherhood compound peacefully. Magneto had a
few scolding words with Mystique which only incited more of her fury.
Back at the mansion, Danielle and Logan were reunited with Jean
Marie, who stretched out her arms for her parents.
"We are gonna have some stories to tell her when she gets older,"
"Yes, we will," Danielle replied.