Sometimes it takes time to get close to someone.

Wolverine/Rogue, so if you don't like, please don't read. This is my definitive manifesto (could I be any more pompous?) for how I think they should/could get together, and why they're right for each other.

Disclaimer: Not mine. Characters belong to... someone other than me. I make no profit from this (more's the pity, because I spend far too much of my time writing this stuff).


Prolix, adj.: Tediously prolonged, wordy. Tending to speak or write at excessive length.


8 years ago

"Hey, Logan! I'm glad you called. Didja find anything up there?"

"Nah, not much. There's a coupla things I'm gonna follow up, but I ain't too hopeful."

"Don't feel like talking about it, huh?"

"Not really. How's things there? They treatin' you okay?"

"Yeah, it's pretty cool here. Made a few friends. It's nice to be with people who aren't weird at all about my skin. I haven't had that since it started."

"That's great, kid."

"They've got a kind of junior team thing going, I'm thinking of trying out for that."

"Junior team? What, like the X-geeks?"

"Yeah. They don't go out on missions or anything, but they're in training for it, sort of thing."




"Come on, spit it out."

"Just take care, that's all. Don't go joinin' anything 'cause you feel you owe 'em or somethin'."

"Well, that's not really it. I mean, I do kind of feel that, but that's not why - it's more like it's a chance for me to really do something with my life, you know? Fight the bad guys, protect the innocents, all that."

"Rogue - it's not - it's not all like that. Fightin' is - well, it's just not as straightforward as that."

"You do it."

"Well, not exactly. I mean, yeah, I worked with the team that time, and I fight a lot and stuff, and maybe if I come back I'll help out again, but - I'm not a crusader. Chuck and that lot are. They've got this big cause, and it's good and all, but it's not somethin' to join up to without really thinkin' it through."

"And you think I'm not thinking it through. Well, gee, thanks."

"Shit, kid, I didn't mean it like that. I just meant - well, I wanted - just be sure you have thought it through, that's all. Be really certain. It's dangerous, you'd be puttin' your life on the line, you know? I heal from just about anythin', so what I do don't really count."

"I think it does. You still get hurt. You nearly died up on the Statue. You're not completely invulnerable."

"No, but mostly I am."

"But not completely. I could've killed you, but you touched me anyway. You put your life on the line then."

"Yeah, but that wasn't for no cause or anythin'. That was for you."

"I know. I've still got you in my head. You're amazing, you know?"

"Nah. I just-"

"You are. Believe me. But what I mean is, that was kind of a cause, because it was what you believed in - you believed I was worth that risk, worth making that promise, and worth keeping it. I've got a piece of you lodged in me, now, and it's telling me I should fight for what I believe in, no matter what the risks."

"You shouldn't always listen to that me. That was me when I was kinda high on fightin' and adrenaline. I don't want you gettin' yourself hurt because of that."

"No, I don't want to get hurt - the you in my head doesn't want me to get hurt, either, it's not like that. But I don't want to stay safe just because I'm afraid of getting hurt. I have to take some risks to do what I want to do. You see?"

"I guess. Yeah, I guess I can understand that. Just be careful, though. Don't take unnecessary risks."

"I won't. I promise."

"Good. Look, I gotta go, kid. I'll call again."

"Please, please do, Logan. Let me know how it's going. And don't you take unnecessary risks either, okay? You aren't invulnerable."

"I'll try. Take care, kid. Think it through."

"I will. Bye, Logan, don't forget to call, bye!"