Marie woke up early, sweat pouring off her forehead and her whole body shaking. Her bearings readjusted and she felt a heavy weight on her wrists. Looming above her, she found Logan. He was straddling her hips and was holding her wrists down.
"You okay?" He asked worriedly. Marie froze underneath him and bit her lip. Logan winced, "it was mine wasn't it." It wasn't a question. Marie only nodded and began to cry.
"Ah shit Marie. I'm so sorry," Logan groaned and slowly helped her sit up. He held her tightly in his arms, unafraid of the possible danger of her losing control. Marie calmed down, but snuggled deeper into him. She felt completely safe and didn't want to let go. He was the only one beside the professor that she touched and she loved the feeling.
Marie slowly leaned back to lie back down and Logan began to let go. "Don't go!" She quickly begged and Logan stared at her. He then shrugged and collapsed next to her. Marie rolled over to him and just looked into his eyes.
"Did I wake you?" She whispered. Logan gave a dry chuckle.
"Nah, I've been up for a while. Don't worry about it. You've got a few more hours of night so go ahead and use them," He gave another one of his rare smiles. Marie didn't argue. She was tired and knowing that she needed a full nights rest also made it sound like a good idea.
The next time Marie woke the sun was shining through the curtains, giving the room a soft yellow glow. She was on her stomach with her arms tucked underneath her chest. To her surprise, Logan had fallen asleep right beside her with his arm stretched over her upper back. He was breathing heavily and twitching in his sleep. Marie bit back her laughter, but lost it when Logan rolled toward her. She fell off the bed with a loud thud that startled Logan awake. He blinked the sleep out of his eyes and stared at her with a ridiculous expression.
"What are you doin' down there?" He asked incredulously.
"You're the one that's hogging the bed!" Marie cried between bursts of laughter. Logan looked around and grinned crookedly at her. She grabbed the pillow from underneath his elbow, making him fall back down. With a half strangled battle cry she lunched at him with her pillow raised. Logan grunted as she landed onto his stomach and began to cuff him with her pillow.
"Marie, you're messing with the wrong guy," Logan growled playfully and grabbed her around the waist. She squeaked and tried to get out of his grasp. "I think a cold bath would wake you," Logan chuckled and carried her to the bathroom against her laughing protests.
"What is going on up here?" Her father bellowed. Logan quickly lowered Marie and ran into the bathroom. Marie felt a little woozy on her feet, but smiled innocently as her parents ran in.
"Logan and I just woke up," Marie shrugged and began to absentmindedly make the bed. Her parents seemed unconvinced, but only closed the door leaving her alone.
"Is it clear?" Logan poked his head in comically. Marie laughed and nodded. "Well, since I'm in here, I'll take a shower. If you need anything just come in," Logan added as he closed the door.
Marie quickly made the bed and hesitated once she was dressed. She wanted her hairbrush along with all her makeup, but it was all in the bathroom. Marie swallowed down her embarrassment and knocked while opening the door slightly.
"Come in kid," Logan shouted. The cream curtain was the only thing between her and a showering Wolverine.
"I'm just in here to get my hairbrush," Marie said quickly. The water shut off and just as she grabbed her hairbrush the curtain was pulled to the side. Marie shrieked and quickly closed her eyes.
"Oh come on kid. I'm wearing a towel for Christ's sake!"
Marie opened her eyes and quickly averted them away from Logan's still dripping form. Logan moved past her and began to rummage through his bag in search of God knows what. She stole a glance at him and noticed his dog tags swinging like a pendulum. He was only wearing the dog tags and a towel around his waist. She turned red at all the thoughts that came running through her head and began to brush her hair in a rushed fashion.
She quickly put the brush away and was about to leave the bathroom when Logan came and leaned in the doorway. He had a smirk across his face as he watched her. Marie tried not to look at him and attempted to get past. Logan quickly blocked her exit.
"Is something wrong Marie?" Logan asked with a raised eyebrow. Marie concentrated on his face, trying not to look at places she shouldn't. He knew exactly what was her issue and was making everything difficult.
"No, you can have the bathroom," she said quickly. A little too quickly. Logan moved to the side and Marie walked briskly to her dresser.
She heard him come up behind her. She felt herself swallow hard, "Have you been waiting for me to control my powers just so I can be another one of those girls?" Logan grabbed her shoulder firmly and spun her around, an angry look in his eyes.
"Listen Marie!" He shook her forcefully, but not hard, "I am happy you can touch, but not for that. If that's what is bothering you…" He trailed off unable to finish. He turned and marched back into the bathroom. Marie hesitated then followed slowly. He was leaning over the sink, his hands gripping the white marble. He glanced at her then returned to staring at the sink.
"Look, I'm really sorry. That shouldn't have come out like it did. I guess I'm just jealous of all those other girls." She waited for a reaction. Marie was actually hoping for a positive one. Ever since Jean died, Logan had become closer than she could have ever dreamed of. Even when she was mad because Bobby was going off with some other girl Logan tried to comfort her. Bobby had left because she couldn't touch, but Logan was willing to still be with her.
Logan shoved himself off the countertop and stared at her. Marie gave an awkward smile. She had told him her true feelings and what she wanted to do with him. "Let's go spend the damn day with your parents," Logan sighed and walked up to her. He gave her a gentle kiss that made her stomach flutter.
Being with her parents all day didn't sound at all good. The silent war between her father and Logan continuously clashed. Her mother was a nervous wreck around her and jumped at every little word she said.
They had decided to go to the zoo. Her father was smirking at the fact that Logan would 'be at the place where he belonged'. The code name 'Wolverine' wasn't helping the matter either. Marie had actually forgotten what the zoo looked like and enjoyed walking side by side with Logan and her parents.
"Hey look Logan!" Marie pointed at the pen ahead of them. Logan followed her gaze and rolled his eyes. They had arrived at the wolverine pen. There were three animals inside with two growling and snapping at each other. "Well, I can see how the name fits," She said finally.
"You're goin' to regret you said that darlin'," Logan rumbled, a wicked flash in his eyes. Marie sarcastically shook her head.
"Come on, there's a whole bunch of animals to see over here!" Her mother piped up nervously and began to walk away. Her father soon followed. Marie realized her parents were trying to stop anything that dealt with the feral man. The Logan inside her began to make plans of an escape and she listened to them half-heartedly.
One idea sounded good and she decided to go with it. Her parents didn't need to be with her if all they did was crack comment about mutants, especially Logan in particular. Marie grabbed Logan's hand and began to drag him for the exit.
"Marie- wait a minute- where the hell are we going?" Logan asked worriedly as she shoved past families. Her gloved hand tightened over his as she pushed through the last of the crowd. Once in front of the entrance to the zoo Marie spun at him.
"Are they following us?"
"Are they following us?" Marie demanded harder this time. She watched as Logan cocked his head and sniffed the air. His eyes darted back to the zoo.
"Yeah." It was all that he could say because she was dragging him around to the bus stop. "Okay! Hold it! I want some explanations and now," He grabbed her arm tightly making her wince.
"I just want to get out of here. The bus will take us a few roads down from the house. We'll grab our stuff and drive off. I don't care if we go back to the mansion or not as long as my family isn't involved.
Logan raised an eyebrow, "it's up to you Marie."
The bus ride seemed to take forever though it was only a half hour. Logan was fidgety next to her and that made her impatience worse. Once the bus stopped near the house, Marie began to drag Logan all the way home.
Her parents were still out looking for her so the house was empty as they rushed to get their things. Logan almost soared into the drivers seat and started the car. Marie clambered into the passenger seat.
Just as they were about to drive off, her parents' minivan skidded to a halt in front of their Jeep, blocking the exit. Her father climbed out and slammed the door, signaling an angry man. Marie glared at him. He had hurt Logan.
Marie quickly thought up of something to get back at him and she would enjoy it too. It was like hitting two birds with one stone. She unbuckled herself and stretched over to Logan who was mumbling to himself about running her father over. She grabbed his chin and forced him to face her. With a pleading glance into his eyes she kissed him hard.
Logan struggled briefly before completely drowning himself in lust. She heard her mother's cry and her father shout her name angrily, but continued the kiss until she was breathless. Logan was staring at her with his hands on the steering wheel.
"Holy shit," he mumbled before literally backing up into the large garbage bin and speeding off. Marie smiled proudly at herself and buckled back in.
"Marie, I don't want to know where that came from," Logan merely shook his head briefly before concentrating on the road.
"Well, I thought it was like pay back and I enjoyed myself," Marie glanced at him.
Logan chuckled, "Well, I don't think I can call you kid anymore."
"Thank you!" Marie exaggerated.
The mansion was like a giant welcome home beacon as they drove into the garage. Logan turned the car off and leaned into his seat with a loud sigh. He glanced at her, "I'm glad that's over with."
"Well, it's Sunday and there's no school. What do you want to do?" Marie asked and fiddled with her bangs.
"I think a strong drink is in order since I just went through hell," Logan groaned as he shifted in his seat.
"Can I come?" Marie pouted out her lower lip for good measure. Logan chuckled.
"I'm just goin' in the fridge. Then, I think I'll give good ol' Sabertooth a piece of my mind," Logan opened the door and began to head for one of the kitchens.
"Well look who's back. How'd it go?" Storm smiled at them as they walked past.
"You don't want to know," Logan growled and continued his mission to the kitchen.
"I'll have to agree with Logan on this one," Marie gave Storm the, I'll tell you later look. Storm frowned anxiously, but didn't say another word.
Logan already had a beer out of the fridge and was taking a long swig. Marie leaned against the door and watched him finish the beer in another mouthful. He gave her a dirty look.
"The next time you decide to take me with you on one of your 'family get togethers', I'll stay in the car," He growled menacingly and began to head down to the Danger Room.
Marie flinched; he was having another one of his mood swings. Something bad was bothering him if he was in such a bad temper. Taking a deep breath, Marie followed him down and joined up with him just as he finished putting the information in the computers.
"Logan, what's wrong?" Marie insisted. Logan clenched his jaw, sending the veins in his neck to grow.
"That shouldn't have happened. What you did in the truck," His voice was angry yet hurt at the same time. "You should be off getting a young guy chasing after you. I'm not the type of guy you want."
Marie laughed making Logan frown even more. "I have you inside my head. I know exactly the type of guy you are and Logan, honestly," Marie paused. "You have been the only one I've wanted ever since you gave me the ride in Canada."
"Then I shouldn't have given you the damn ride! How old are you again?" Logan slammed his hand against the counter.
"I'm an adult now Logan! You can't decide for me anymore. I can take care of myself. I want you and that's it!" Marie stomped one foot. She could feel the Logan side of her taking over and suddenly kicking Sabertooth's ass sounded really good. She pressed the starting button and marched down into the room. Logan began to curse under his breath, but followed.
Marie felt the Logan side gain all control and she slammed her whole body weight into the large hairy mutant. The digitally created Sabertooth was forced into one of the walls. He quickly shoved her away, sending her onto the floor. Marie grunted and went back to her feet.
Logan had already taken her place, slashing Sabertooth until the larger mutant collapsed to the ground. He spun to Marie, his whole body shaking with the remaining rage he had left. With a strangled snarl he ran up to her and planted a kiss on her lips. The rage that was still consuming him continued into the kiss making her wince at his force.
"Good job you two." A voice from the speakers made them separate. Marie looked up and saw Xavier along with her parents standing in the control room.
"Ah shit!" Logan groaned and allowed his claws disappear back into their places. Marie noticed the gaping faces on her parents and fought down the butterfly feeling in her stomach as they both made their way down to them.
Logan warily made his way to the opposite side of the room and began to pace agitatedly. Marie stole a look at him and returned to her parents. They were mostly staring at her.
"Leave me alone!" Marie growled.
"Don't you think he's a little old?" Her mother whispered, glancing at Logan who was still pacing, but he had cigar in his mouth.
"Mom, please don't push me. I already have the Logan inside my head running around and killing is pretty much on my mind right now," Marie sighed loudly. Her mother's face turned white. "Being a mutant is who I am and I'm in love with Logan. He's the only one that's been there for me. If you have an issue with it, I don't want to hear it," Marie walked over to Logan who stopped and watched her with weariness in his eyes.
Marie buried her face into his chest and smelled the cologne he wore. Her mother smiled suddenly and Marie wanted to just drop her mouth. "I'm really proud of you honey. Your life has been hard and I'm so happy your alive," her mother hesitantly came closer, keeping an eye on Logan who's animalistic characteristics were kicking in and he was becoming protective.
Her mother gave Logan another smile, "Thank you for being there for our daughter. Take care of her." Logan's whole body tensed. Marie's father wanted to intervene, but something held him back. Marie guessed that her mother and him had an argument and she had won. Her mother was good at winning.
"Keep in touch Marie," Her mother smiled wider and began to lead her father away. Xavier looked between Marie and Logan, a smile also on his face.
"We'll see you later Professor," Marie grinned and leaned into Logan's side. Logan wrapped an arm over Marie's shoulder and they walked out.
"Was that just permission to have you or what?" Logan asked, his voice revealing his amazement.
"Who knows and I honestly who cares. I've been yours way before this," Marie smiled.
"Mm," Logan grunted and gave her a kiss on the temple. "Just let me know when that power of yours kicks in," he kissed her again.
"Don't worry about it," Marie whispered as Logan led her outside and into the trees.