Title: So Many Ways to Say I Love You
Author: Katta ( head_overheels@...
Fandom: X-men movieverse
Note #1: Written for Minisinoo's powerswap challenge:
Note #2: Yes, it's rather unnecessary to post it to the x-men groups now
that Min has told everybody where to find the challenge fics. But I didn't
remember to do it before, so... Think of this as the lazy fan's version. :-)
Pairing: Scott/Jean, Logan/Jean UST.
Summary: In certain situations, a weakness can be an asset.
"A la derecha!" Scott shouts, and we all run down the right-hand tunnel to
flee the soldiers following us. I lay my hand against the wall, building up
a solid block of ice between us and them. Logan is running right ahead of
me, and I can tell from the fluttering feathers that it's annoying for him
to be in an enclosed area, slowed down and forced to move in only two
We reach the end of the tunnel and Scott starts climbing up the ladder to
the surface, but turns for a moment to yell more directions, this time in
Russian. It's only a split second before Ororo repeats them: "Split up once
we're out of here. Jean, you take Logan back to the mansion. I want a second
look at those computer files."
Only a split second, but I'm standing next to Logan, and in that split
second I can see him rolling his eyes, practically hear the question he's
voiced so many times he doesn't need to anymore. *Why is that guy team
Because he's the best. Not just when we need stuff encrypted, which is what
even Logan admits Scott is good at, but at any time that needs quick
decisions. I do well enough as an X-man (woman, person), but I'm first and
foremost a doctor, and I tend to choose to freeze my way out of every
situation just so no one will get hurt. Sometimes it's the right thing to
do. Sometimes it's not.
Ororo is the most powerful, and she was the leader at first, but in a jam
she'd usually scan our minds to see who had the best idea, and more often
than not that was Scott. So one day she walked up to professor Xavier and
explained that she found no reason why she shouldn't give up command to
The professor didn't find any reason either. Nor did I. Scott was the only
one who tried to argue until Logan came along.
But there's more to it than Logan voicing Scott's fears. There's me. Behind
this "why" there's another, that even Logan doesn't dare to ask why Scott
and I stay together.
The teams we form for this mission, that's how Logan thinks it should be. Me
with him, Scott with Ororo who understands him like he understands everyone
else. Simple logic. Of course, if logic had anything to do with it, there's
no reason I should be with Logan either. The professor, perhaps, thawing my
ice but that's laughable, and who says my ice needs thawing?
Logan lifts me away, and I have to fight the urge to freeze him. No man can
touch me unless I want to anymore, but this is a mission, and he can't fly
iced down. I'll have to allow it, and part of me rejoices in it. Face it,
Logan is a very attractive man.
But so is the man left below, what with his high cheekbones, dimpled smile
and those eyes too blue to be true. In all honesty, and even though he'd
never believe it, Logan might stand a better chance if it *wasn't* for
Scott's powers. How could I resist a guy who can say "I love you" in a new
way every time he tries? The soft caress of a *je t'aime*, the playful *ich
liebe dich*, a whispered *ana behibek*, and the sweet diphthongs of my
favourite, *jeg elsker dig*.
To him, though, French and German and Arabic and Danish will never be
enough. He waits for the rare time when the words are in English, and in the
meantime does everything he can to show me. Romantic gestures like flowers
(ordered off the Internet), wacky ones like moonlight rides in the
Blackbird, and the tiny little things like taking my clothes off and folding
them neatly when I come home from late night duty and fall asleep the moment
I sit down on our bed.
I like Logan. He'll be a useful member of the team if he stays long enough,
and I hope he does. But I also *really* hope that he gets his head out of
his ass and sees the truth.
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