Rescue: Part Three

"Rogue!  Rogue!"

Rogue opened her eyes a fraction and tried to steady her bouncing head.  Kurt was shaking her hard, his yellow eyes intent on her face. 

"Open your eyes!" he cried.  "Now eez not ze time to sleep.'

Rogue held out a hand to stop him from shaking her and she opened her eyes fully.  Next to her, Remy was already awake but he held a hand to his head and his eyes were squeezed shut.

"What's wrong?" she asked him, putting a hand on his shoulder.

"Just a headache," he said, blinking a few times.  "Y'alright?"

Rogue nodded, rubbing her eyes.  "Ah didn't mean to fall asleep."

"Me neither.  Lucky for us de cavalry came."

Rogue realized then that besides Kurt, Scott, Jean, and Logan were in the cave…and they were all looking at her with curiosity.

"What?" she spat.

"You looked pretty cozy," Kurt said with a teasing smile.

Rogue glared at him as Remy chuckled.

"Don't worry, mes amis," he said, holding his hands out.  "Her virtue is still intact doh she had t'spend de night wid de enemy."

He put an arm around her waist and kept a firm hold on her arm as he pulled her to a standing position.  Rogue willed herself not to blush as she felt her teammates' eyes on her. 

"Can you stand?" Scott asked.

Remy let go and she nearly fell over as the pain in her ankle shot up her leg. 

"No," she answered dryly, leaning against Remy for support. 

"I can teleport you back to the mansion," Kurt said.  "We're not far."

"You gave us quite a scare," Jean admonished.  "But I guess you were lucky that he was around."

Remy and Rogue exchanged a look. 

"Yeah," she said.  "I guess I was lucky."

"Try not t'gush, Roguey."

"Ah told you not to call me that."

"Would you like to come back to the house with us?" Jean invited much to Scott and Logan's visible dismay.

Remy threw them a rakish grin.  "Naw, but tanks.  I'll be headin' back."  He gave Rogue an amused look.  "Magneto probably be needin' somethin'."

Rogue smiled.  "You sure?"

"Yeah."  He touched her cheek with a warm finger and the touch was so light that it felt like the breeze, but his finger had been bare and she felt something akin to electricity go from where he touched her right to the tip of her toes.  His eyes widened a bit, but then he smiled crookedly.  "Take care, Chère."

Remy looked over at Kurt and gestured for him to take Rogue.  Looking awed, Kurt went to Rogue's other side.

"Thanks for everything," Rogue said.

Remy nodded and he started to walk to the mouth of the cave. 

"What were you doing on the grounds?" Scott demanded as he passed.

Remy's chin lifted and he regarded the other boy archly.  "Watchin' de sun set.  I wasn't on de property anyway.  Later."

He pushed past them and went out into the snowy drifts.  Rogue glared at Scott.

"You didn't have to talk to him like he was some kind of criminal," she said.

"He's still one of Magneto's henchmen no matter what he did," Scott said firmly.

"Ease up," Rogue snarled.

She looked to the mouth of the cave but Remy was gone.  The corners of her mouth lowering, she sighed.

"Let's go home," she said.

Rogue stood in front of her dresser mirror.  She'd just gotten out of a much needed warm shower and she brushed her wet hair slowly, her eyes fixed on her face.  Her skin had a healthy pink glow from the shower but for the most part, she was just as pale as her makeup—she just enhanced it a little more than other people normally would.  Remy's words, about her wanting to remain scary, floated in her mind as she picked up a bottle of foundation and she wondered if it was true.  She did enjoy the looks of fear that she got when she walked into a room full of preps.  Shrugging, she put the bottle down, trying to push him out of her mind. 

For the last two days, she couldn't stop thinking about him and she wondered if he'd be back.  Their rescue from the cave had been but a brief respite from the steady snowfall and the X-Men had been stuck in the house since then.  For once, Rogue didn't feel like smashing all their heads together as her mind was always somewhere else whenever they tried to engage her with anything.  She spent a lot of time sitting by her window, staring out at the snow, lost in her daydreams.  She felt like a loser, pining for someone she barely knew, but she just hoped that it was a passing thing and she'd be back to normal soon.

"Rogue," Kitty said, coming into the room with Rogue's parka on.  "I found these in your pocket."

She held out two cards which Rogue took, her brow furrowed.  Her lips parted with surprise as she saw what they were.

A King and Queen of Hearts.

With a sinking feeling, she realized she wouldn't be back to normal anytime soon.