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FF "Need" (1/1) PG [Logan/Rogue, Jean]

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  • Elizabeth Wilde
    Author: Elizabeth Wilde Title: Need Series: none; sequel to “Missing” Distribution: Anyone who has my fic, anyone who asks me for it,
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      Author: Elizabeth Wilde
      Title: Need
      Series: none; sequel to �Missing�
      Distribution: Anyone who has my fic, anyone who asks
      me for it,
      http://www.geocities.com/aloysiusj/need.html
      Disclaimer: I don�t own the X-Men or the song �One
      Reason� by Tracy Chapman. Don�t sue!
      'Ship: Logan/Rogue
      Classification: romance
      Summary: Logan looks for a reason to go back... and
      finds one.
      Rating: PG
      Spoilers: none
      Feedback: Oooo! Please? wilde_moon@...
      (offlist if possible, since I have a lot of 'em on
      digest)

      Give me one reason to stay here and I'll turn right
      back around
      Give me one reason to stay here and I'll turn right
      back around
      'Cause I don't want to leave you lonely
      But you've got to make me change my mind.

      Baby just give me one reason, give me just one reason
      why
      Baby just give me one reason, give me just one reason
      why I should stay
      Because I told you that I love you and there ain't no
      more to say.

      //Logan!//

      Jean�s mental shout was enough to make Logan choke on
      his beer. The bartender gave him an odd look, but
      Logan composed himself quickly, growling, //What?//
      back at her. He wasn�t far from the school, hadn�t
      been able to bring himself to run like he wanted to.
      Truth be told, he was tired of running.

      //Sorry for interrupting.// Logan noted dourly that
      she didn�t sound the least bit sorry. //You need to
      come back.//

      //I do, do I?//

      //Yes.// There was a moment of indecisive silence.
      //Rogue needs you.//

      //Oh, yeah? Ma�Rogue told me to leave.//

      //I know. She was hurt, Logan.// He could feel an
      edge of desperation in Jean�s mental voice. //Hurt
      and scared.// A teasing note came into her voice,
      //Remind you of anyone?//

      //Cute, Jeannie.// �Whiskey, double,� he ordered the
      bartender.

      //She needs you. And you need her.//

      //How can ya be so sure she needs me?//

      //She told me. And, no, not in as many words. She
      told me the way you did.//

      He half-smiled, remembering their conversation in the
      lab. Jean could pull things out of him that nobody
      else could. //Yeah, well, maybe ya read �er wrong.//
      He downed the whiskey and motioned for another.

      //I didn�t.//

      Logan sighed and drank the second shot. //Maybe it�s
      just better I don�t come back.//

      //Maybe that would kill the both of you.// He
      remained silent and Jean continued, //I know what it
      would do to me if I had to be without Scott. If you
      really love her, it�s the same way for you being
      without Marie.//

      Logan swallowed against tears and shook his head.
      //Marie�s gone.//

      //No, she�s not. She�s hiding. She�s scared. This
      is all new to her, Logan.//

      //Not exactly familiar territory for me either. She�d
      be better off with some nice kid �er own age. Like
      that snowflake she�s friends with,// Logan protested.
      Already, however, he had paid his tab and was heading
      out the door.

      Jean ignored his objections. //You coming?//

      He climbed onto his bike. //Yeah, I�m coming.//

      Logan was rewarded with a warm mental �hug� from Jean.
      //I knew you would!//

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      Logan stood outside Rogue�s room for what seemed like
      forever. He couldn�t quite get the nerve up to knock.
      //Just another minute.// He hadn�t seen anyone when
      he arrived, had avoided every possible encounter, his
      entire being focused on reaching Marie. So he stood
      outside her door, waiting for the right moment and
      enough courage.

      Suddenly the door swung open and Marie moved to step
      into the hall, almost slamming into Logan. She gasped
      and stumbled backwards. �You�re here!�

      Her eyes were wide and suddenly she looked much more
      like the girl Logan knew. He almost sighed in relief.
      �Yeah, I�m here. You goin� somewhere?�

      �Ah was just� Ah�� She blushed and stepped aside.
      �No. C�mon in.�

      Logan entered the room, wondering what he should say,
      if he should say anything.

      �Logan?�

      He whirled to face Rogue again. Rogue, who stood with
      her back against the now-closed door looking pale and
      nervous. �Yeah?�

      �Ah... Ah just...� She swallowed and trained her dark
      eyes on him. �Ah love you too.�

      Logan was across the room in a heartbeat, Rogue pulled
      tight against his chest. Her arms were squeezed
      around his waist and his face was buried in her hair.
      �Never thought I�d hear ya say that, Rogue.�

      He could almost feel her smile against his chest as
      she replied, �Marie. Just Marie, alright?�

      �Sounds good to me.� He sighed and breathed in her
      scent. She didn�t wear any perfume or body oils, and
      Logan couldn�t remember coming across anything that
      smelled half as good. �So, Marie, you okay with me
      stickin� around this time?�

      She held him just a little tighter. �You think Ah�m
      lettin� ya out o� this place, you�ve lost yer mind.�

      �I�m just glad my ribs are made of adamantium.�

      �Why�s that?� Rogue asked without easing her grip.

      �Because otherwise they�d all be crushed,� he chuckled
      against her hair.

      �Just a warnin� in case ya ever get any bright ideas
      about leavin�,� she assured him, laughing as well.
      �Ah wouldn�t want you goin� and doin� anything
      stupid.�

      �No worries there. I�m not going anyplace, darlin�,
      not without you.�

      �You promise?�

      �I promise.�

      �Guess those chains Ah bought to tie ya up with won�t
      be necessary, then?� she joked, finally pulling back
      enough to look into his eyes.

      Logan smirked and tugged on a lock of her hair. �You
      hold onto �em just in case.�

      �Aw, I got handcuffs for that,� Rogue responded with a
      wink, disentangling herself from his arms and grinning
      at the way his jaw dropped. �Ya�ve been gone a long
      time, Logan. Lots of new things to get used to,� she
      added with a quirk of her eyebrow.

      �That so?� Logan folded his arms across his chest
      before taking the chair across from Marie by the
      window. �I can hardly wait to hear about it.�

      THE END

      Well? Huh?

      Peace & Love,
      Beth

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