Logan and Raven have a long overdue talk about their past.
Title: Family Ties
Author: Patrick Phillips
Rating: PG-13 (Some bad language)
Summary: Logan and Raven have a long overdue talk about their past.
Pairing/Characters: Logan/Raven, others characters are mentioned.
Archive: Sure, just let me know where.
Spoilers/Continuity: After X-2, but presumably before X-3
Comment: I'm cross-posting this to several groups. Sorry if you get
Author's Notes: See after the end of the story.
"Hey, honey. How's it going?" came a familiar, rough, voice from
Mystique froze -- and then relaxed. If he had wanted to kill her,
she'd already be dead.
Pivoting on her bar stool, Mystique turned to face Logan. He was
standing almost directly behind her. She hadn't heard a thing until
he spoke, which was both irritating and frightening. He hadn't
changed since the last time they met. But instead of the dark leather
and kevlar suit that she was used to seeing him wearing, he now had on
a combination of leather, denim, and flannel that seemed to suggest a
biker who had a day-job as a lumberjack.
As his dark eyes trailed up and down Mystique's body, a slight smile
of approval appeared on Logan's face. "Lookin' good, M."
But the smile didn't reach his eyes. They were dead serious.
Mystique was 'wearing' a form that she frequently used when she was
bar-crawling. It was tall, blonde, and beautiful -- with just a trace
of sluttishness in the face and eyes. The original had been a
high-priced call-girl in Los Angeles. She was ten years dead from a
Trying to get some control of the situation, Mystique slid slightly
forward on her stool and gently brushed a bare knee against Logan's
jean-covered crotch. "Did you change your mind, Logan?"
"Offer's still open? I'm kinda surprised," he said quietly.
"Yes. Everything's wide open," said Mystique, putting that purring
edge on her words that men usually found so mesmerizing.
Mystique definitely didn't want to get into a brawl with Logan. There
was absolutely no guarantee that she'd win, and Mystique didn't like
playing those kind of odds. She hadn't stayed alive this long by
depending on luck. Yes, she was just as fast as him and probably a
better fighter in terms of raw technique. But Logan was almost
impossible to put down and he simply kept on coming.
And those claws...
It took Mystique over a month to fully recover after the fight at
Liberty Island. If she hadn't been a mutant, she probably would have
died. She still had nightmares about the moment when Logan's claws --
so terribly, shockingly, cold -- had slid effortlessly into her body.
Mystique didn't want to admit it, not even to herself, but Logan
scared the hell out of her. There were very, very few people that did
that to her.
Showing no outward sign of what she was thinking, Mystique slightly
increased the pressure of her knee on Logan's crotch. Then she tilted
her head towards the far wall, where the restrooms were located.
"Why don't we go find a little privacy, Logan?"
In Mystique's experience, men were vulnerable, both physically and
mentally, whenever sex was involved. If she could deflect Logan from
whatever it was he wanted, that would be to her advantage.
And it wouldn't be the first time she'd been on her knees in a toilet.
In fact, it wouldn't be the first time that...
Mystique banished that last thought before she could finish it.
Logan surprised Mystique by stepping away and settling into the seat
next to her. Catching the bartender's eyes -- he was staring at them
anyway -- Logan pointed to the beer taps and called out the name of a
Mystique watched Logan out of the corner of her eye as she considered
rabbiting for the door. If she left her high-heels behind, she'd
probably be able to outdistance Logan. Of course, she'd have to avoid
being slashed wide open in that initial split-second after she bolted.
Logan had impressive reactions.
But then there was the fact that he could probably track her using his
impressive sense of smell. And, for that matter, she wasn't sure if
he was here alone. The others could be stationed throughout the area.
No. Her best chance was to stick around and try to brazen her way out
of the situation.
Twirling her stool so that she was facing the walnut-topped bar again,
Mystique picked up her drink -- a $25 Scotch on the rocks -- and took
"So if you're not here to attack me, and you're not interested in a
blowjob, what the hell do you want, Logan?"
A smile flickered across Logan's face, "So you figure we either have
to fight or fuck? There's nothing in between?"
She ignored his question, "How the hell did you find me?"
"Cerebro," said Logan tersely. "I asked Charlie to track you down. I
want to talk to you."
"This isn't a date," snarled Mystique. "Make this interesting or get
Logan looked at Mystique, "We know about you and Kurt."
Mystique seemed to hesitate. Then she snickered.
"It took you long enough. I thought Xavier was supposed to be smart."
"Charlie was suspicious early on. So was I -- you and Kurt smell
alike. But it took some time to settle it."
"And how did you do that?" Mystique sneered.
"The cops got a blood sample from you. You left some lying around at
Liberty Island after we had our disagreement there. Charlie got a
hold of the sample and used it to run a DNA test against some of
Mystique felt her mouth go dry. Of course, a DNA test. But that meant...
Still looking at Mystique, Logan took a drink from his beer, "We know
that you're Kurt's mother."
And now Logan's dark gaze was boring into Mystique.
"And we know that I'm his father."
Mystique closed her eyes for a moment. When she opened them, she felt
startlingly calm, but she couldn't bring herself to look directly at
"I'd like some answers," said Logan in a voice that was a bizarre
combination of quiet and steel-hard.
Mystique swirled the ice in her drink.
"I first met you about twenty-five years ago," she said. She could
hear Logan take a sudden, sharp breath in response to what she had said.
"Back then, you were part of Strykers' covert-ops team. It started
off as a NATO organization. But Bill Stryker took it over and turned
it into... I don't know... something that NATO thought was theirs,
while Washington thought it was working for them. As near as I can
tell, it was actually working for Stryker."
Logan nodded slowly. It was obvious that Stryker had known him during
that period of his life that was clouded by amnesia -- he has said as
much up at Alkalai Lake. And from what the President had said,
Stryker had run his organization any damn way he saw fit -- exceeding
and interpreting orders to fit his own agenda. So far, Mystique's
story was sounding good.
Mystique continued, "By then, I'd sorted out how my powers worked. I
hadn't met Erik yet and I was freelancing for a living."
Her glass was now empty except for the last of the ice. Mystique
contemplated it and decided against ordering another one. She wasn't
thirsty and suddenly she didn't particularly feel like getting drunk.
"Stryker paid me to pretend to be a certain grieving widow. He wanted
me to pick up a package from a security deposit box in a Tehran bank.
You were my contact in Istanbul. We met in a museum. I handed the
package off to you and you gave me my money."
"And?" Logan asked calmly.
Mystique shrugged, "We got to talking. You dropped off the package
with your control officer and we went out to dinner. One thing led to
another and we spent the night together in a hotel. You went on your
way the next morning. A couple of weeks later, I missed my period."
"We didn't see one another again?"
"The next time I saw you, it was at Liberty Island."
"What about Kurt?"
"At first, I was going to abort him. But then I decided not to."
"You wanted to be a mother?" Logan asked with a cold smile.
"Is that so hard to believe?"
Logan didn't respond.
"Once, I looked at the world differently than I do now," she said
Logan decided there was no good reason to argue he point, "Okay. What
"I had Kurt in Germany. There was a doctor there who specialized in
unusual births. He came highly recommended."
"How did he end up in the circus?"
Mystique began staring at 'her' image in the mirror behind the bar.
"It turned out that I wasn't much of a mother. So I decided to... to
have someone else take care of him. Of course, I couldn't go through
the normal adoption channels. I ran into this couple that worked in a
travelling circus that wanted a child -- any kind of child. At the
time, the Germans had some laws that made it difficult for someone
without fixed residence to adopt, so they were desparate. I gave Kurt
to them. It seemed to me that a circus would be a place where Kurt
would have a chance to fit in."
Logan frowned thoughtfully, "Kurt talks a lot about his adopted
parents -- it sounds like they were good folks. So it looks like that
was a good call."
"And now you want to hear what I know about you," said Mystique bleakly.
Logan nodded. "Yeah. For starters, what name did I give you?"
Mystique turned her head and looked Logan in the eye, "You said your
name was Kurt. I'm sure it was an alias -- you were on a mission,
Logan was silent for a several seconds. The he sighed and ran a hand
through his hair, "Anything else?"
"No. You know the drill -- you don't get specific about yourself when
you're in the field."
"How was I dressed?"
"An off-the-rack business suit and tie. Heavy black boots that didn't
quite go with a suit."
"A wristwatch. You didn't have a wedding ring. Logan, you were
dressed for a mission. Nothing you had on was your own."
"What did I say? Did anything stand out at all?" asked Logan with
just the slightest trace of desperation in his voice.
"No. We talked about inconsequential stuff like the weather and
Turkish food. We were both wary about saying anything that would give
away too much about ourselves. It was just small-talk before hopping
"Had I been in the restaurant or the hotel before?"
"I picked the restaurant. The hotel was a small place just next door.
I'm pretty sure you were never in either one before. I was in
Istanbul again about ten years ago. That entire neighborhood was torn
down and replaced by some sort of big EU trade complex."
For a long time, Logan sat as still as a stone, staring into the
barely touched glass of beer on the bar in front of him. Then he
sighed and got to his feet.
A thin smile appeared on Mystique's face, "Not going to try and beat
information out of me?"
Logan tossed a twenty onto the bar, "Nope. No point to it."
Then he turned to leave.
Logan paused and glanced over his shoulder at Mystique.
"What's he like?" Mystique asked softly.
Logan's eyes narrowed, "You've talked to him."
"Yes. But you've talked to him more."
After thinking it over, Logan relented and turned to face Mystique.
"He's a good kid and everyone likes him. He takes his religion pretty
seriously -- maybe too seriously, but I'm not a good judge of that
kind of thing. He talks and jokes a lot and sometimes I wish he'd
hold it down. On missions, he's really on the ball and I like having
him on my team. He's particularly good with youngsters, and the kids
at the school think he's the greatest thing since the invention of
loud music. Oh, and he and Ororo are spending a lot of time together."
"Kurt and Ororo?" Mystique asked in a surprised voice.
Logan nodded, "Yeah. Kurt has a... a... manner about him. He doesn't
care how people look. He's really good at seeing what's inside of
other people. That's one of the reasons he's so good with the kids.
Ororo likes and respects that."
Mystique took a deep breath, "Have you told him about us?"
"Are you going to tell him?" Mystique asked hesitantly.
"Do you want me to?" Logan shot back.
Mystique went back to staring into the mirror. Logan waited patiently
for her answer.
"I don't want him to know about me," she said finally.
"Okay," said Logan.
Mystique looked at Logan in surprise, "That's it?"
"You're his mother. So that part of this is your call. I'll go along
with it and I'll see that Charlie does, too."
Mystique looked down, "Thank you."
Logan cocked his head and looked closely at Mystique.
"Raven..." he said, and then hesitated as if he was trying to find
some specific words.
"No matter who we are. No matter what we've done. Something good
did come from us."
Mystique nodded wordlessly.
Logan turned away and vanished into the crowd.
Afterword: In the comics, Mystique is Kurt's mother. One of the
deleted scenes in the X-Men 2 DVD drops a strong hint that Mystique
has some sort of connection to Kurt.
A startling and amusing bit of comic book canon is that Logan and
Mystique shared a one night stand ('Wolverine' issue #51). The writer
was pretty vague about exactly what went on, but the event apparently
featured at least some kinky, shape-changing action. In fact, I've
always wondered if the infamous Logan / Mystique tent scene in X-Men 2
might have been influenced by that.
The Logan / Mystique one nighter has some interesting aspects. For
example: Logan seemed to think it was the first time that he and
Mystique had ever been that intimate. However, there were odd little
hints -- like the fact that Logan knew how to make an exotic drink
that Mystique liked -- that suggested otherwise. Also, for some
reason Mystique was sure that she could trust Logan when she was in
danger. Exactly why she felt that way was never explained.
I put two and two together and began wondering if Logan and Mystique
had a more extensive past than Logan remembered. Which raised an
interesting possibility in terms of who Kurt's father might be...
Kurt's paternity in the comics ultimately ended up being a bit of a
mess thanks to the mediocre-to-poor writing and editorial control
that's characterized the last two decades of the X-Men comic books.
The last I heard, Kurt's father was supposed to be some sort of
Personally, I still wonder if Logan is Kurt's father.