Author's Note: Short chapter, yes, but I thought it a fitting ending. Hope you agree and enjoy it.
He found her, as always, in her office, rifling through a stack of bills that needed to be paid, the most notable of which was the bill owed to the air conditioning repair shop. The song "Total Eclipse of the Heart" was playing on the boom box that sat right next to her computer, and Ororo was humming along.
"Never did like that song," Logan said, making her jump as he approached the desk, "Always thought that Bonnie Tyler needed a throat lozenge."
"Goddess, Logan, don't sneak up on me like that," she requested as she pressed the button that skipped the CD to the next track. The Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden" filled the room.
"All I want…is for you make love to me," he sang as he pulled her up from her chair and into his arms. She giggled and her eyes smiled into his.
"Now's not a good time, I'm sorry to say," she joked, taking his hand in hers and giving it a squeeze.
"Really? Well, would you have the time to just listen to me?" he asked, "I've got something that I need to tell you."
She pulled away from him with a look of horror. "What is it?"
"Now why do you have to be such a pessimist? I didn't say it was anything bad."
"I'm sorry," Ororo apologized, "I just…have a hard time looking on the bright side of things lately, as you can imagine."
"Yeah, I know," he replied regretfully, "I wish it didn't have to be that way for you, or for either of us, but you're the only person in the world that I trust."
"And I trust you with my life," she wrapped her arms around his middle and buried her face in his chest.
"Do you trust me with your heart?" asked Logan.
"What?" she looked up him.
"You heard me. I've wanted to tell you for so long, but I didn't know how you'd take it…until now. I love you, Ororo. But can you bring yourself to give your heart to me?"
Without hesitation, she nodded.
"You've had it for years; since the first time that I met you."
"I wouldn't have known," he admitted.
"Yes. I purposely made it that way, because I knew that I wasn't what you wanted. You wanted Jean, and only Jean," for the first time, she was able to say the words that had been inside of her for years. He grimaced as he thought of all of the times he'd chased after Jean and ignored the woman who was now in his arms, never stopping to realize that she, too, had emotions and desires.
"I don't deserve you," he whispered to himself. When he realized that he'd said this aloud, he leaned down to kiss Ororo's mouth. "You're amazing, you know, to give yourself to someone like me…especially after how I treated you."
"No. No, I'm not amazing. I was infatuated, back then, and, when you found me that night, I was broken. You were the first person that I had to reach out to. I gave myself to you because it was what I had always wanted, and along the way I realized that I needed you. I still do."
"I need you, too," he admitted, "more than I've ever needed anything else. And I want you…I want you forever."