*sigh* I've finally completed something longer than a one shot. I've enjoyed the ride, and I hope you have too. The characters are a blast, and I miss seeing them weekly. Ah well. Hope you enjoy, and whether you do or don't let me know what you think.

Come the Morning

By the time nine o'clock rolled around they were all awake. Rogue and Wanda had been awake since about six, neither being able to fall asleep after waking up from their dreams. Danielle was carefully avoiding the gaze of others which had Rogue and Wanda suspicious but Kitty had already told them off, claiming that everyone would have had bad dreams if Dani had been behind it all and hers had been fabulous.

Someone must have realized they were up, because there were delicious smells wafting out of the kitchen. The five of them trekked down to the kitchen and caught sight of Scott standing at the stove, already dressed and showered. Kurt was sitting at the table, his head on top of his folded arms.

"Breakfast?" Scott asked, gesturing to the semi covered table and the plate of pancakes he was stacking.

Jean rubbed her eyes and blinked at him. It was a Saturday, no one should be up this early. "What are you doing up?"

"I ran sessions," Scott said grinning at her. "Figured the least I could do was make breakfast for all of you. Happy birthday Kitty."

"Thanks Scott," Kitty said with a yawn as she headed over towards the table ant took a seat.

"And he dragged me into it. I am going back to-" He caught a glimpse of the other girls entering the room, including his girlfriend. "Manda!"

Amanda blushed slightly and smiled at her boyfriend. "Hi Kurt."

"I vas just helping Scott to fix breakfast," he told her as quickly teleported over to her side.

"You what?" Scott asked, turning to look at his younger friend like he was crazy. "I thought you were going back to bed."

"Vhat?" Kurt asked, pressing a three fingered hand to his chest, a look of shock and horror all over his face. "How could you think such a thing?"

Rogue snorted and slid into a chair at the table. "At least it's not Kitty's cooking this morning."

"I am not that bad!" Kitty fired back.

Scott cut off any argument that would start, especially that involved ganging up on Kitty by putting the pancakes down on the table. "Breakfast is served." He watched everyone else begin to dig in to the food on the table before he slipped into the seat next to Jean. He rubbed his hand over hers as she yawned and smiled as her head came to rest on his shoulder.

After breakfast the girls were exiting the kitchen and the doorbell rang. Wanda and Kitty were walking past and towards the staircase as Ororo opened the door.

"Cuddlebumps!" A voice called out from the doorway.

"AHHHHH!" Wanda shrieked and realizing someone was in her path, lowered her hands. "This is all a huge nightmare."

"Jeez!" Lance's annoyed voice came from the doorway. "Toad, go get in the car." He stepped around Storm and glanced at Wanda. "I can take you back to the house whenever you're ready."

"Can I kill him?" Wanda asked angrily.

"No."

"I'm going to go get dressed," she called out as she stopped off to the room she'd left her bag in.

"Lance?" Kitty asked moving closer to the doorway. "What are you doing here?"

Lance pulled a shoulder in what was supposed to be a casual moved. "Well, you know, I came to pick up Wanda, and to keep Todd from doing something stupid and well, because it's your birthday. I have something for you."

Kitty was touched, especially considering she knew how little money her boyfriend was operating on. "Lance, like I told you that you didn't have to-"

"I wanted to," he said shortly, cutting her off. "Could we go anywhere else?"

Kitty looked around and she knew that the mansion had ears just about everywhere, especially those of her nosy friends and those who thought Lance wasn't the best guy for her. "Yeah," she said with a nod, "the garden should be empty."

Lance nodded although seemingly thinking her suggestion over. "Yeah, that sounds good," he answered finally.

Kitty and Lance walked across the mansion's grounds in silence and into the garden. Kitty wasn't really sure she wanted to say anything. It was just nice to be standing beside him, walking over the grounds as if there was nothing that separated them, like who their friends were, or how much money he had, or what her parents would think of him. She really did wish that it could always be this easy.

After awhile Lance pulled up short once they were in the garden and pulled something out of his vest. "Here," he said, handing her a newspaper wrapped rectangular object but not really looking at her. "It's not much or anything. I mean it's not like I have any cash you know, but I figured I should get you something."

Kitty looked at the present she had unwrapped. It was a copy of Alice and the Looking Glass from a second hand shop. She had remembered mentioning the story to him but that she had lost her copy when her family had moved to Northbrook. It was old and slightly beaten but it had held up through out the years, and it had been given in love. "Thank you," Kitty said honestly, leaning up on her toes to kiss him. "I'll treasure it."

Lance's face colored a bit and he ran his hand over her ponytail before looking out over the grounds. "Well, I'd better get Wanda and Toad out of here before they kill each other. And before Summers decides to kill me."

"He'll get used to you eventually."

"When hell freezes Kit." He wrapped an arm around her and began walking back towards the mansion with her. "So everything was alright with that Dani here?"

Kitty was very tempted to scowl and hit him, but just stiffened slightly to let him know she was offended. "Yes, everything was just fine. And she's Dani, not that Dani."

"No nightmares or anything?"

Kitty grinned as his hand continued rubbing her back. It was so adorably cute how he was worried about her but she knew better than to tell him that was cute. Knowing Lance hed take it funny. Instead she gave him a guileless smile. "Actually, I had a fabulous dream."

"Uh, with me?"

"For your information, yes."

"Did we do anything…fun?"

The suggestive tone along with the lift of Lance's eyebrow had kitty giggling. She pulled away and shook her head as she danced out of his reach. "I shant tell you, it's a secret."

"Shant?"

"Sorry, left over from the dream." Kitty walked back across the grass and wrapped her arms around Lance's neck before whispering, "You were my prince charming."

"I'm a long way from that."

"You're more than you think you are."

"Argh!" Wanda's voice could be heard clear across the grounds to where they were standing. Kitty and Lance both turned to watch as Toad went flying from the entrance to the mansion.

"What the hell did I tell you about staying in the car?" Lance shouted at Todd as he landed hard on the pavement from one of Wanda's hex bolts. Lance turned back to Kitty and looked at her apologetically, running a hand through his hair. "We'll, I better go, bring Todd and Wanda home, make sure they don't kill each other. If you wanna, we can go grab some pizza later. Stupid idea, you probably had pizza for dinner last night."

"Yeah, but that was take out pizza, you can take me to that Chicago deep dish place. Pizza really should be a food group all it's own."

"Yeah it should. Happy Birthday Kitty," he said, laying a kiss on her forehead. He kissed her on the lips afterwards and then turned away and called, "Do you two want to go home now?"

"Yes!" a frustrated Wanda called back.

Todd jumped up and wrapped his arms tightly around Wanda's waist and he looked up at her with his big green eyes. "I want to be wherever you are Schnookums!" he pledged.

"I want you dead," Wanda shot back.

"Go." Kitty said pushing him, she leaned up and gave him a kiss on the cheek. "I'll call."

Kitty watched Lance leave before she walked back into the house. She said goodbye to both Danielle and Amanda, although the latter appeared to not want to leave. Kitty suspected that had a lot to do with her fuzzy blue friend. She then returned to her room with her sleeping stuff and turned to Rogue who was also cleaning up. "That wasn't so bad was it?"

"I suppose not." Rogue pulled a package out from her bedside table and tossed it to her roommate. "Happy birthday Kit."

Kitty grinned at her friend before she peeled the paper off of the box in her hands. She flipped it open and found a rather dainty silver Star of David on a chain. She already had a gold one from her bat mitzvah but that only went with so many outfits. She resisted the urge to rush across the room and hug her roommate. "Rogue it's so pretty. Thank you."

"No problem."


"What's that?" Kitty asked, watching Rogue run something through her fingers.

She handed the card over to Kitty "It was left on my pillow."

Kitty examined the card, it was a joker, one not often used. "Interesting, very interesting." She caught a glimpse of Rogue eyeing the card anxiously and handed it back over. "Now tell me about your dream please?"

"No."

"Please! It's my birthday."

Rogue glared at her. "Ah said no!"

"I'll tell you about mine."

"Ah don't wanna hear what you did with Lance."