Title: Seasons of Growth
Chapter 11: Men, Snow and Otherwise
Author: November Tuesday
Rating: Is it PG-13 if there's one naughty word?
Summary: Winter flirting and frolicking.
Continuity: Series begins 3 years after X1.
Disclaimer: Marvel, Fox, Brian Singer yadda yadda yadda
Archive: Sure, and if it's someplace other than list archives, please
let me know.
Feedback: would really pull me outta the funk I'm in.
Thanksgiving came. As always around the holidays Rogue's thoughts
turned to Logan and she felt a tight faint pain in her chest,
wondering where he was. If he was safe and warm and okay.
On Thanksgiving day the entire staff and faculty of the school
attended a grand dinner with the students who remained for the break.
There were about fifty people. Each person went around the room and
said what they were thankful for, as was Xavier's tradition.
Rogue was thankful for friends, for the professor, and for "her"
little girl. Maggie was thankful for turkey and gummi bears.
Scott and Jean had been shooting each other secretive glances,
holding hands. When it was his turn, he stated that he was also
thankful for turkey and gummi bears, but also because the lovely Dr.
Grey was going to do him the honor of being his wife.
Everyone cheered and applauded and raised a glass in honor of the
Later, the boys pushed the sofas from all three lounges into the
ballroom with the big screen TV. While students and faculty alike
watched football in a turkey-binge stupor, Jean asked Rogue, Kitty,
Jubilee, and Storm to be bridesmaids. They passed a bridal magazine
back and forth, debating the merits of different dresses. Maggie sat
on Carter's lap and they watched football. Outside, it began to snow.
The next day when Maggie woke there was a thick blanket of snow all
around. She bounced into Rogue's bed and woke her. Rogue, who had
been studying until three, groaned unhappily.
They went onto the front lawn and Marie showed Maggie how to make a
snowball and roll it until it was big enough to make a snowman. Then
Xavier's little niece Gillian, who was visiting for the week, came to
join them. Then some of the teenagers came too.
When it was done there were about five snowmen. "Now we've got to
accessorize them." Rogue said. The teenagers went to scavenge for
various items, then came back and began to dress them as different X-
men. They put shades with red nail polish on one for Scott. The
students who had been there longest, who actually remembered Logan,
embedded long folded pieces of tinfoil so that they protruded from
the thorax of one of the snow people, to be Wolverine's claws. One of
the girls embedded pieces of rock in their faces for eyes and Swedish
fish for lips. They put a yellow shirt on one of them and made the
eyes somewhat slanted.
Rogue took a smaller snowball and made a little snow-girl. She then
took the food coloring the girls had brought and proceeded to dye the
hair blue. It was a little snow Maggie.
Meanwhile more of the staff and students came out. Another snowman
was erected and given red Swedish-fish eyes and a deck of cards.
Storm brought the professor out onto the lawn, manually pushing his
wheelchair through the snow. He saw the motley snow-crew and threw
his head back and laughed. "I think we've started a winter
tradition," he said, chuckling. "That snow-Wolverine is the most
pathetic thing I think I've ever seen."
Carter also came out to inspect the snowmen. He saw his likeness with
a wrench and black hair and said "I look like freakin' Trent Reznor."
"You say that like it's a bad thing," Rogue smiled.
"No one's built a Snow-Rogue?"
She surveyed the nine or so snow people. "I guess not."
"Carter, you should build one," Xavier said, eyes twinkling with
"Do you have a skunk we could put on its head?" Carter asked. She
lunged and he remembered belatedly that he didn't yet have her combat
training. She ground snow into his face, down his pants, until he
Scott wandered out onto the lawn to see what was going on. He was
"Scott, I think they nailed your likeness pretty well." Scott scooped
up some snow and playfully tossed it at the Professor. It
disintegrated about two feet from Xavier's face and the residue blew
back toward Scott.
"You just threw a snowball at the wrong man, son." Xavier said,
grinning. He sat absolutely still, and without warning several
snowballs materialized and flew out from behind the chair. This time
Scott got a face full of snow, and it was Rogue's turn to laugh. She
had her camera and captured the moment for posterity, much to Scott's
Xavier was still grinning and three more snowballs manifested and
flew toward Scott. Jean saw them coming in their direction and
without thinking deflected them each in a different direction. Two
fell back into the snow, but one hit Carter in the face.
"Say cheese!" Rogue yelled, giggling as she took his picture.
"You little bitch!" he lunged after her. Rogue yelped with laughter,
squealed and ran. He reached down to scoop up snow and hurled it at
What he wasn't prepared for was just how well Rogue had trained. She
moved in a zigzag line, then darted around the building and hid
behind a rose trellis. When he came bolting around the corner she
threw a snowball at his head. He yelled and grinned and she sprinted
into the rose garden, taking advantage of the shoulder length hedges
to duck and hide.
He could never catch her if she didn't want to be caught. And she
knew the layout of the rose garden, which he didn't. She scurried
behind a rose bush and waited until he ran by. Then she tackled him,
bombarding him with a handful of snow. He went down on his side, with
her on top of him.
"So you wanted to catch me, huh?" She grinned, sprinkling snow down
on his face. He winced and the snow caught on his eyelashes.
"Yeah." His cheeks were red and his hair was jet black against the
He was a absolutely quiet for about three seconds, and then he
growled and she was suddenly on her back, with him on top. He wasn't
touching her except for where he had her pinned - at her shoulders
with his forearm and at her feet.
Her eyes were huge. He had growled at her. She didn't know he had it
in him. And she didn't want to think about why that excited her.
They were both very quiet. She thought she could hear the snow fall.
"So what are you gonna do with me, now that ya've got me?" She said
"You`re the one who tackled me!"
"Oh yeah. True." she said dumbly.
"So really I should be asking you what you're gonna do with me." He
"Carter, shut the fuck up and kiss me!"
He kissed her hard, laughing all the while.
Just after Thanksgiving, Rogue drove into Dean Tierney's office. He
drafted the paperwork for her to request to adopt Maggie and it was
filed shortly before Christmas.
Rogue never questioned her decision, not when finals rolled around
and she was frantically spending every night studying. She was
absolutely in love with Maggie and happier than she'd ever been.
She could not remember ever being so excited about Christmas as she
was this year. Kitty and Jubilee came over and helped her decorate
the tree. She baked more cookies than she and Maggie could ever eat.
She bought Maggie an obscene number of presents, with her own money
and Xavier's, and wrapped them after Maggie had gone to bed.
It was around this time that she started thinking of herself as a
mother, even though Maggie called her Miss Rogue. The custody hearing
was set for July 11, an interminably long time away, and Rogue tried
hard not to think about what would happen if her petition were
On Christmas eve after Maggie had gone to sleep, she unlocked the
hall closet and began putting presents under the tree. When she was
done she was exhausted, and she fell into bed.
Before sleeping, she thought of Logan. As always wondered where he
was, what he was doing. Whether he thought of her. Anger flared,
calmed to sadness before she fell under the mantle of sleep.
Chapter 12 is up at novemberotica.com