The Prince of Thieves
Chapter XXXIV: The End
DISCLAIMER: I don't own the X-men. I just write fanfics for fun.
Remy opened his eyes and looked around. The last thing he wanted to do was wake up to an empty lab. Hell no.
He sat up and ripped off all the wires that were hooked up to him. He knew Ororo was going to be pissed at him, but labs just freaked him out.
"How is the Juggernaut?" Ororo asked as Xavier opened up the vault to lock up the Crimson Ruby of Cyttorak. "I know how hard it was for you to lock him up again."
"Yes, it was hard." Xavier paused, and then unlocked the vault. Then, he placed the ruby inside. "But it was had to be done. I hate doing it, but it is safer for everyone including himself for him to be contained."
"It is." Ororo wasn't sure what else to say. How do you comfort a man like Xavier? She didn't even know where to begin. He was the gather figure. He always comforted the team.
"I'm alright Ororo." Xavier replied. He didn't mean to pry, but he knew she was worried about him.
"I…" Ororo wasn't sure what to say next. He already knew what she was thinking.
"It's alright." Xavier said. "I just wish it didn't have to be that way. I wish Cain and I could see eye to eye."
"I know, but you can't force someone to change." Ororo said, and then realized her words. She couldn't make Gambit stay. She had to learn how to accept that. Once Remy was up and ready, he was going to leave.
Xavier sensed her distress. "How's Gambit doing?"
"He's fine." Ororo replied. "His brother gave me a remedy for him. He woke up about an hour or so ago."
"That's good." Xavier smiled. "I had a strong feeling he was going to make it through. Gambit is a very strong spirited individual."
"And a very hard headed one too."
"I agree." Xavier chuckled. "But despite that, I would be honored if he stayed here and joined the team."
"Really." Ororo was shocked at that. She knew Xavier had asked Remy to stay, but didn't know how much he actually meant it. After all, Remy was no innocent soul. He lies, cheats, steals, smokes, and drinks. Shit, he's just a younger version of Logan. He's just taller with a tighter ass.
"I think Gambit has a lot he can offer this institution." Xavier explained. "He's very good with the students. I think he would make a good teacher here and very valuable X-men."
Ororo agreed. "He would." I just wish he would realize that.
Oh shit. Ororo looked at her communicator. She had it signal to Remy to make sure he was alright.
"What's wrong?" Xavier asked as he followed her.
"It's saying Remy is unstable." Ororo said rushing towards the med lab. "I checked him just a half hour ago. This doesn't make any sense."
She flung the door open to see Remy standing at the edge of the bed.
Remy stared at her as she walked in with the Professor shortly after. "Where my clothes?"
"What are you doing up?" Ororo fussed. "Get back in bed."
"I's looking fa my clothes." Remy replied. "Dis gowns got a draft."
"Get back in bed before I knock you unconscious again."
"Nice ta know ya care chere."
Ororo sighed. "Do you always have to be this difficult?"
"Oui." Remy smirked and sat down on the edge of the bed.
"What am I going to do with you?"
"I gots a list." Remy replied. "But it's in my pants."
Ororo rolled her eyes. Something tells me he is back to normal. "We'll get your clothes. Just let me check your cast and bandages first."
"I wonder what the Professor wants with us in the War Room." Rogue said as she, Bobby, Jubilee, Kitty, and Piotr headed to the War Room.
"You know how Storm is." Bobby replied. "She probably wants to yell at us for fighting without X-men status.
"I wouldn't put it past her."
"Guys like quiet." Kitty fussed as they stood before the door.
"Here goes nothing."
They pushed the door open to find Professor Xavier, Storm, wolverine, and Nightcrawler standing on the opposite end of the table. Their faces were hard and placid. It wasn't looking good.
"You wanted to see us Professor."
"Yes." He replied and motioned for them to sit. "Please take a seat. We have an important matter to discuss."
Reluctantly and dreading what was about to come, they all took a seat on the opposite end of the War Room table.
"Storm, you are field leader." Professor looked up at her. "Perhaps you should begin the discussion."
"Yes sir." Storm smiled then as she turned her attention back to the Junior X-men it turned back into that placid look again. "As the five of you already know, last night's events were no Danger Room simulation."
They all nodded in agreement.
"You were all ordered to go in the Danger Room and remain there for your safety and to protect the younger students." Ororo reminded them.
Logan folded his arms and grunted to reiterate that it was he who gave them the order.
"Yet," Ororo slammed her fist on the table. "Four of the five of you disobeyed orders. You dressed in your trainee uniforms, gave Gambit Cyclops's uniform, and excluding Kitty entered back on the first floor to fight against Juggernaut putting yourselves in great danger."
"Storm, we can explain."
"I don't recall being finished with the discussion."
They all cringed.
"As I was saying." Storm cocked an attitude. "Challenging the Juggernaut was the stupidest thing you all have ever done…However…you saved our lives."
We don't get it. They each thought as they looked at the softened expressions of the X-men.
"You proved to us that you were capable of handling yourselves in battle." Ororo smiled. "You functioned as a team and for that we couldn't be anymore proud. We owe you our lives. Professor perhaps you should be the one to close out this discussion."
"Thank you Storm." Professor smiled. "We have privately discussed this matter together and have concluded that you all have earned you places as part of the team."
"Yes Kitty, like really." Professor answered putting a smile on all of their faces. "However, until you all graduate school of course, will come before missions."
"I think we all can handle that." Jubilee spoke for everyone.
"Good." Professor signaled Kurt and Logan to stand by the walls. "Ororo would you do the honors."
Ororo smiled. "As full members of the team, you each get your own official uniforms. We've been waiting to give you these for quite a while now."
Kurt revealed the first X-suit. "Iceman."
"Bobby your X-suit is modeled off of Cyclops' X-suit. It's entirely black." Ororo explained. "But what makes it different is that it can adjust to your body temperature so your body can stay cool. It also can solidify into ice with you."
"So this means I can't run around in my underwear on a mission."
"Yes Bobby. It does." Ororo couldn't help but laugh at the joke.
"Ahem." Logan revealed the second X-suit. "Jubilee."
"Jubilee, your X-suit is modeled off of Jean's." Ororo pointed out. "However, yours is sleeveless. Being so, you have a long matching black jacket that stops halfway to your knees. Also, since your powers create such wild sparks, we've created specially made pink tinted glasses to protect your eyes."
"Katzchen." Kurt smiled and revealed the third X-suit. "Shadowcat."
"Kitty, although you never fought in last night's battle, staying behind to watch over the students and work the computers earned you an equal position on the team. Your X-suit is modeled off of my own." Ororo smiled. "Except, yours doesn't include a cape. And, if you haven't noticed, it is deep navies blue instead of the black most of the suits have been made out of."
"Colossus." Logan revealed the fourth X-suit.
"Piotr, your X-suit is modeled after Nightcrawler's." Ororo explained. "When your body solidifies into steel, you grow in height. Your black and maroon trimmed X-suit has the flexibility to accommodate your growth."
"And last but not least." Kurt revealed the final X-suit. "Rogue."
"Rogue, your suit is also modeled after mine minus the cape." Ororo pointed out. "Of course, like Kitty's, your suit isn't the traditional black. It's a deep forest green. To match you uniform, you have black gloves and black jacket with roll up sleeves."
"When can we try them on?"
"Later." Storm smiled. "Maybe in a Danger Room exercise."
"Why don't the five of you follow me downstairs?" Professor Xavier said. "You can try out your new suits later on tonight."
After they all cleared the room, Logan turned to Ororo. "You think we did the right thing."
"Ve'll know vhen the Danger room is destroyed." Kurt snickered and Logan joined in.
"Not funny." Ororo folded her arms. "I think we did the right thing. They keep surprising us. And don't say I told you so."
"I vasn't even thinking it." Kurt smirked. "So vhat's this one." He said pointed to the last covered case.
Ororo looked away. She didn't want to admit what it was. "It's just an X-suit I've been working on." She finally said.
"Oh really." Logan said. "Who's."
Kurt didn't give Ororo a chance to reply and revealed the other X-suit.
"Alright, dis be a full house, dis be two pairs, and dis be a flush." Remy said trying to explain some of the basics of poker to Evan, Jamie, and Rahne. They just stared at him. "How 'bout we just play go fish."
As he played the game, he couldn't help but feel like he belonged. He really did like it at the mansion. For the first time in years, he could actually say he felt like he was home. He didn't have to wander around looking for food. He didn't have to worry about finding a place to stay the night. He didn't have a reason to be alone anymore.
"It's your turn."
"Oh." Remy looked at his cards. "Rahne, ya gots any Aces."
"Nope, go fish."
Logan and Kurt weren't so shocked to see what it was. There before them was Gambit's X-suit. It was black with a maroon bullet proof torso and navy and maroon stripes on the arms and legs. Black boots, cut off gloves, and a black trench coat topped off the suit.
"Don't start." Ororo covered the X-suit back up.
"Ororo." Kurt stepped forward.
"Just." Ororo held her hand up to signal him to back off. "Don't."
"'Ro, you can't force the Kid to do something he don't want." Logan reminded her.
"I wasn't." Ororo replied. "I know that. Let's just forget about this." She said and walked off.
A few days later…
"You got everything." Ororo asked as Remy slung his bag over his shoulder.
"Oui." Remy smiled. "I gots everything and I'm gonna be alright. You don't have ta worry about me all the time."
"I know. You are old enough to take care of yourself." Ororo replied, but pointed out that he still had a broken arm and a nice size cut on his forehead. "You be careful, you hear and visit me…us. Visit us."
"Oui Stormy, and I call too."
"You better." Ororo sniffled. "Now come give me a hug." She said and grabbed a hold of him. She just couldn't help it, but she broke down and cried on his shoulder.
Remy rubbed her back. "Stop, ya makin' me mushy."
Ororo giggled and sniffled again. She pulled away and looked up at him. "You behave."
"Ya know me. I's an angel." Remy had her smile again and turned to Kurt. "Ya be good ta her homme. Cuz if ya so eva as ta make her cry, I's coming back ta kick ya ass."
Kurt shook his head. He knew Gambit was serious. One look in his burning eyes told him so. "I vill take good care of her." He let go of Gambit's hand and grabbed Ororo's. He gave it a gentle squeeze to show him that he was serious about his feelings for her.
Remy next turned to Logan. The feral man had his arms folded and held a glare at him. "Au Revoir Monsieur Cranky Pants."
Logan smirked. He couldn't help it, but he did. Gambit just had a way to charm the nice side out of you. "You take care of yourself Kid. And, if you ever get in trouble, just call me. I'm always in a mood to help kick someone's ass."
"Will do." Remy smiled. Then, he turned to Professor Xavier. There was only one thing he could say to sum up all he had done for him. "Thanks."
"You're welcome." Xavier smiled and extended his hand. "And you are welcome here anytime you want. My door is always open."
"Thanks Professor." Remy shook his hand. "I will remember that." He backed up and looked at all the students. "Au Revoir Petites. See yawl when I be back one day here." He waved and walked down to the taxi.
Rogue pushed her way through the students and over to him just as he opened the taxi door. "Remy wait."
Remy turned around and smiled. How could he leave her behind? "Hey chere. Ya here ta give me a good-bye kiss."
Rogue blushed. "Maybe." She kissed his stubby cheek.
"Dat be it chere." Remy smiled and bit his lip. If it wasn't for her deadly powers, he would have grabbed her, dipped her, and kissed her until he took her breath away.
"This is for you." Rogue said and handed him an envelope. "Don't be a stranger now."
"I won't." Remy looked at the envelope. Before he knew it, Rogue was back at the front of the mansion with the rest of the school. He sighed and put is bag in the taxi and sat down closing the door behind him.
"Where to Mister?" The taxi driver asked.
"De train station." Remy replied.
"Yes Sir." The taxi driver said and headed towards the gates. "That was a nice girl you got. You sure you want to leave her."
Remy didn't listen to a word the taxi driver had said. He looked down at the envelope in his hand. He had to open it. He couldn't wait a second more. He was expecting to see a love letter. Instead, he found something else.
Ithought you never lose a bet.
Remy stared at the letter. Huh? What she talking about? He shook his head and folded the letter back up to put it back in the envelope. Then, he realized what she was talking about.
Still in the envelope was four cards. He pulled them out and recognized them instantly. My cards: the Ten of Cubs and the Jack of Hearts. Jack of Hearts. He usually identified himself with that card. Well, that and sometimes the joker. But, that wasn't the case. His cards added to 20. It was a tough number to beat.
The Queen of Hearts was Rogue's card. Chere is the Queen of Hearts. I never meet a femme who held my heart like that, not even Bella. He flipped over the singed card and his jaw dropped. He couldn't believe it.
"Yo Yo Yo Homme. Turn de car around." Remy ordered the taxi driver.
"Are you going to be alright Ororo." Kurt asked as they walked along the hallways of the school.
"Yeah." Ororo replied. "I just wish he didn't have to leave us like he did. He's a good man and he deserves some happiness is his life."
"I know." Kurt nodded. "But you must have faith in him. The Lord vill guide him. You shall see."
Ororo smiled and leaned her head on his shoulder. I hope you are right.
Rogue stared out the window watching the taxi pull away. She couldn't believe he was leaving her…them like that.
Rogue turned to see Bobby standing in the doorway. Why couldn't it be Remy? "Hey Bobby." She said softly. "Whatcha want?"
"Nothing really." Bobby shrugged. "You just disappeared so quickly a minute ago. I had to make sure you're alright."
"I'm fine." Rogue replied. "I just…just didn't want to be in the crowd."
"I understand." Bobby said knowing how uncomfortable she got around other people especially since she is afraid of hurting anyone. "You want to go play some pool."
"Sure." Rogue joined him, unaware of the taxi heading back.
"Here homme, Sorry bout dat." Remy handed the taxi driver a twenty. "For your trouble."
The taxi driver just stared at the young man as he hurried out. "I always get the strangest customers." He said to himself, then drove off.
Remy slipped around the back of the mansion. He peeked in the windows seeing the students and teachers all socializing together. Like one big happy family. He smiled at the thought and snuck in.
He hid in the shadows for a moment debating to himself if he was making the right decision or not. He evaluated everything going on around him. Logan was arguing with Xavier about drinking a beer in the mansion. Kurt and Stormy were flirting with each other. Piotr was trying his best to get Kitty to notice him while Jubilee laughed at his attempts. Rogue and Bobby started a game of pool. Rogue…He looked at the singed card in his hand. The Ace of Spades…
Remy immerged from the shadows and walked through the students. Everything around him seemed to slow the down. The students all stopped to stare at him like they had seen him for the first time. Logan stopped drinking the beer while Xavier turned to see why. Kurt cut off his last flirtatious comment and turned Ororo to see him. Rogue dropped the pool stick on the floor. Rogue…He dropped his bag on the floor in the middle of the room and just stared speechless for a moment.
"Gambit." Ororo said confused as everyone else. "Did you forget something?"
"Yeah…" Remy for once felt like he couldn't speak a word. "I uhh…" He looked down at the card in his hand. He took a deep breath and looked back up. 'I want ta stay…Dat is if yawl still have me."
Professor Xavier smiled. "Of course, you are welcome here Gambit. My home is yours."
"Merci." Remy smiled. "And…my name is Remy…Remy LeBeau." He said showing that he trusted them.
"Nice to have you join us Remy." Professor Xavier nodded. He knew Remy wasn't a very trusting person, but the fact that he gave his real name said that he did honestly trust him.
As everyone greeted him, Remy stared over at Rogue. He caught her blush and a smirk lit up on his face. He knew he had made the right choice.
I'M FINISHED! PARTY!
GAMBIT IS GOING TO BE IN X3! PARTY!
OK. I'm alright. Wow. I'm finally done. I feel so relieved. What am I going to do now that Prince of Thieves is done? Oh yeah. I got Sweet Little Lies to work on. My bad.
Well. Where do I begin? Well first off, I want to thank everyone who has read and reviewed. Yawl have given my 420 plus reviews. I have never gotten so many reviews. This is nearly twice for what I have gotten for The Truth Hurts. I am practically speechless. Everyone's reviews mean a lot to me. I wouldn't have been able to push so hard to finish this if it wasn't for yawl. Thank you.
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Sequel? Hmm. This is a question that has popped in my reviews for past few chapters. Will I do a sequel? Unfortunately No. However, The Prince of Thieves can be seen as the prequel to The Truth Hurts.
Well, I guess this is all I have to say. Thank yawl so much. I'll start writing Sweet Little Lies after Easter. I have some big plans for Sweet Little Lies so stay tuned. Romyness. Kuroro. Cute little T.J. A moody Scarlet Witch. A psychotic Graydon Creed. A mushy Sabretooth. Has the X-world gone made. Nope. But crazy stuff happens when I write. Sinister laugh. Oh, Sweet Little Lies is the sequel to The Truth Hurts.
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Well. I guess this is the end.
GAMBIT IS GOING TO BE IN X3! PARTY!