Title: After All these Years

Author: KathrynValmont

Shipping: Bobby/Rogue

Summary: Rogue left Bobby on the day of graduation because she wanted him to be with someone he could touch. They find eachother years later and now she has found a way to touch people. Will they be able to be together?

Rating: Pg-13

Prologue

Rogue looked into Bobby's eyes. She could look in his eyes all day. It was the same eyes that could always make her smile and laugh. They were the same eyes that she could always find comfort in. When she looked into his eyes she knew she was never alone, ever. They were the same eyes, whose heart she had to break.

"Bobby, today was graduation. Tommorow I will leave. I can't stay here anymore. I don't belong here anymore. Maybe I never really did," said Rogue wistfully.

Bobby's look was full of confusion and conviction at the same time as he said, "You belong here more than any other girl who lives here. How can you say that? Every mutant belongs here. It's our salvation. It's our salvation from the world. It's the only place where we will always find acceptance," said Bobby.

"I know all of those things are true. We stay here because it's safe. I've been hiding for too long. I've hidden from the world, my parents, everyone. I'm tired of using this place as an escape. You don't want to be with me Bobby. I can never touch you, really. I am holding you back. We can never really ever get married-"

"Is that what this is about," Bobby grinned, "I want to marry you. A few years after this we'll marry."

"You're too good to me Bobby, better than anyone else in my life. I swear I'll never forget how good you have been to me. I swear it. I can't marry you. I can't marry anyone without the chance I'll kill him. I can never have a child- I can't ever do the normal things that married people do. You deserve that Bobby. I love you and I want you to be happy," said Rogue.

"I love you more than life in itself. Don't leave me. I don't need to touch you. I am content to just hold you and know that I love you. Isn't that enough for you as well?"

"Please, don't do this. I'm letting you go. Someday you're going to want to have children but if you stay with me that will never happen."

"I don't know how to let you go. You're a part of me. I don't know how to let that part of myself go. From the moment we met I think I loved you. I do love you, Rogue. You mean everything to me. There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you. Please, please stay. I need you."

"I have to do this for me. You told me yesterday that you were going to stay here and teach and become an X man. I am so proud of you. I really am. One day, I promise, I will come back and see you. Can you promise me something," asked Rogue.

"Anything."

"Promise me that you won't forget me. Promise me that when I come back you'll remember me. And promise me that you will move on with someone you can be with," said Rogue.

Rogue, I could never forget you, even if I wanted to which I don't. When you come back I will remember you. It doesn't matter if I am in the middle of teaching class I will run to you and pick you up. I can't promise you the last one, though. All I can do is try."

"Goodbye, Bobby."

"Don't say goodbye but goodnight, or I'll be seeing you."

"Okay, goodnight, Bobby. I'll be seeing you, someday in the near future."

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She had left that next morning before the sun had risen. She hadn't even bothered to say goodbye to anyone, not even to Bobby even though she had said her good-bye's to him last night.

Bobby missed her already. He felt it had been years since he had seen her, heard her sexy accent, and seen her beautiful smile. He missed her so much. He missed everything about her.