A/N: Here's the next chapter and I didn't even make you wait as long as last time. I hope you all enjoy it. I had fun writing it. So here ya go. And thanks again for your reviews! grins

I Just Called to Say Goodbye

(by: Terri Clark)

Rogue once again listened to the ringing while she waited for the Professor to pick up the phone. She could feel her heart beat quicken and the pounding in her ears grew louder. She was extremely nervous about the talk to come with Logan and about telling the Professor the news.

"Good evening, Rogue." She heard the Professor say. She hadn't even heard him pick up the phone; she was too lost in thought.

"Hello, Professor." Rogue said with a sigh.

"What is it, Rogue?" He asked after hearing her sigh.

"I need your advice on something." Rogue replied.

"Alright." Was all he said while he waited for her to continue.

"It's about the doctor's appointment I had," Rogue started, "I didn't have the stomach flu."

"Uh huh." The professor said in a tone telling her he already knew that.

"Professor, I..." Rogue wasn't quite sure how to tell him, "I'm pregnant. With Logan's baby."

"I see. And you want to know if you should tell him." It wasn't a question.

"Yeah. I don't want to, because it'll ruin his marriage with Sherri, but he does have the right to know." Rogue explained.

"Well, I can't tell you whether you should tell him or not." the Professor began, "All I can do is tell you to do what you think is right."

"I was afraid you were going to say that." Rogue mumbled as she slumped her shoulders.

"Let me transfer you to his room and while you're talking to him, then you can decide whether you want to tell him." Rogue could hear the Professor was hiding something but knew if she asked he would just wave it off as nothing.

"Alright. Thank you professor." Rogue sighed.

"Your welcome, Rogue." He replied before she heard a click and the phone began ringing again. She gulped as she awaited to hear Logan's gruff voice.

"This had better be good, bub." She heard Logan growl and she couldn't help but smile.

"Hello, Logan." She replied.

"Marie!" Logan exclaimed. He couldn't believe his ears.

"Yeah, it's me." Rogue said softly with a small smile on her lips. She missed the sound of his voice and it was good to hear it again.

"Is everything okay? Are you hurt?" Rogue could hear the confusion in his voice as to why she was calling, and personally, she wasn't real sure herself.

"No, no, no. I'm fine." Rogue replied as she sat on the bed with her legs tucked under her as she leaned against the wall.

"Where are you?" Logan asked. He needed to know. It just killed him not knowing where she was. Just that she was somewhere other than with him.

"I'm in Colorado." The phone line went silent for a moment and she held her breath; waiting for something, anything.

When he didn't say anything, Rogue spoke up again. "I'm sorry I didn't call you sooner, I really am, but I knew you'd talk me out of leaving. Even though I was on the road." She was debating on whether to tell him or not. She still wasn't sure.

"Marie, why did you call?" Logan asked and she could've sworn she heard bitterness in his voice.

She furrowed her brow in anger at his tone of voice before answering him, "I just called to say goodbye."

Boy, I didn't mean to wake you

I'm okay, yeah, everything's alright

I'm in a phone booth outside of Denver

I drove all night

Well I would've called you sooner

But I knew you'd talk me out of this

Had alot of miles to do some thinkin'

And now it all makes perfect sense

No I haven't changed my mind

I just called to say goodbye

"Marie, no. No goodbyes. Goodbyes are permanent." Logan replied in a low growl.

"I know Logan. That's the whole point." Rogue replied, allowing her bitterness to flow through her voice, just as he'd done to her.

"Marie..." Logan began but was stopped short by the sound of Rogue's voice.

"You should really see it here, Logan. It's beautiful." Rogue interrupted as she got up off the bed, picking the phone up off the nightstand, and walked to the window, pulling back the curtain to watch the sunrise over the mountains. She knew he was going to tell her to come home, and she really didn't want to hear it. She'd probably break down and tell him everything.

"Marie, what was the real reason you left?" Logan asked. He knew the reason she gave him was a facade.

"I had to get away, Logan," she started her explanation, "and the thought of having you, but not fully having you was killing me inside. I had to leave. I guess I ran. A little bit of you I still have in me, I guess."

"Come home." Logan demanded.

"No. I can't, Logan." She wasn't sure why she had said it. She knew she needed to go back to the mansion, but that didn't mean she couldn't fight it.

"Marie, listen to me. There's was something I tried telling you, but you left before I could."

"Logan, no. I don't want to hear what you have to say. Whatever it is, it's just a way for you to try and get me to go back. And I'm not doing that, so you might as well give up." Rogue shot back. She really didn't want to hear what he wanted to tell her. It would be too much.

With a heavy sigh, Logan spoke up, "what's the real reason you called, Marie?"

"I told you. To say goodbye." Rogue answered.

"That's bullshit, Marie." Logan growled.

"Maybe. But it's the truth." Rogue replied as she sat back on the bed and layed back.

You should see this mountain sunrise

It looks just the way I dreamed

Got my map of Colorado

In the seat right next to me

If it's not packed in this ol' plymouth

It's better left behind

I just called to say goodbye

"Logan, I miss you. God, I miss you so much, but it doesn't hurt as bad here as it did there. You were so close to me, but so far away and I couldn't take it anymore." Rogue tried changing the subject. She didn't want to tell Logan the real reason she was calling, not yet at any rate.

"Marie, I miss you too. Come home." Logan demanded of her again.

"No." Rogue replied, her voice not faltering.

"Come home." Logan demanded again.

"No." Rogue gave the same reply, only this time her voice was shakey. She could feel tears building up behind her eyes.

"Come home." Logan demanded one last time.

"No." This time it came out as a whisper and Rogue closed her eyes shut tight; squeezing out the tears that filled her eyes.

"Marie..." Logan whispered her name and Rogue had to fight back the urge to pour her heart out to him.

"Logan. Please, don't do this." Rogue pleaded, but she knew it was useless.

"Do what?" Logan asked gruffly. Boy, that sounded awfully familiar.

"You have no idea what this is doing to me." Rogue whispered as she draped an arm over her eyes.

"Actually, I do." Logan replied.

"No. No, you really don't." Rogue said with a laugh.

"So, tell me."

"I want to. God knows I do. But I'm not sure I can." Rogue's lower jaw was now trembling as she tried to fight back the tears.

"Yes, you can. Tell me." Logan replied.

"I can't, Logan. It hurts too much."

Boy, you know I'm gonna miss you

But we both know it's for the best

We just can't keep using each other

As a safety net

I bet someday you're gonna thank me

When you finally get a taste of true love

Baby what we had was pretty good

Just not enough

So here's to tears we'll never cry

I just called to say goodbye

"Marie, I love you. You can tell me." Throughout the whole conversation, Logan had tried to find the right oppurtunity to tell her about him and Sherri but everytime he thought he found one, she would interrupt him.

"I love you, too, Logan. But I'm not sure I can tell you. I'm not strong enough. And I'm scared." She cried the last words out. It was true. She was terrified at how Logan would react to finding out she was pregnant with his baby. It scared her more than death itself.

"Scared of what?" Logan asked confused. What could she possibly have to tell him that would scare her? Was she scared of him?

"How you'll react." She answered.

"Baby, you should know that you can tell me anything and not have to be afraid." Logan reassured her, or so he thought.

"Yes, but nothing like this." Rogue whispered.

"Marie..."

"I can't. Not yet. I need more time." Rogue responded and it was true. She did need more time. Hell, she just found out the same day that she was pregnant. The day was bringing on too much and she needed some time to clear out her head so when the time came to tell him she would be stronger physically and mentally.

It was silent for a moment, neither one knowing really what to say. Logan knew this was probably the perfect oppurtunity to tell her but for some reason his mouth felt glued shut.

Panic rose in his chest when she spoke up, "goodbye, Logan."

"Marie, wait!" He exclaimed, almost jumping out of the bed.

"Goodbye, Logan." She said again.

"Marie, we're not together anymore." Logan said quickly.

He waited for a response and if it weren't for his hightened sense of hearing, he would've thought she hung up, but he could still her soft breathing.

"What?" She asked slowly after registering what he had said.

"Sherri and I... we're no longer together. I told her everything about you and me and she understood. In fact she was happy about it." Logan explained.

Rogue wasn't sure what to think. She wasn't sure if this made things a whole lot easier or harder. She could go back and be with him, but it somehow didn't feel right.

"Marie... say something." Logan begged and she could hear it in his voice. The suspense was killing him.

"I... I have to go." Rogue mumbled as she looked around the room for nothing in particular.

"Marie, wait." Logan begged.

"I have to think!" Rogue screamed. She hadn't meant to yell at him, but her mind was mess and she couldn't really think straight.

"Marie." Logan said her name again.

"Bye, Logan." Rogue said as if she hadn't heard her name. Logan heard the click on her end but noted she only said 'bye', not goodbye. So maybe. Maybe he would hear back from her. God, he hoped so.

You should this mountain sunrise

It looks just the way I dreamed

Got my map of Colorado

In the seat right next to me

If it ain't packed in this ol' plymouth

It's better left behind

I just called to say goodbye