That's it. It's finally done. I know, it could have been longer and it could have been better, but to be honest, I'm getting a bit tired of it. It's been around a year that I've been working on this and I think it's time this project came to a close. Thank you for sticking with me so long and please, if you've come this far, leave a review. It's the last chapter, I really want to know how you enjoyed (or didn't enjoy) the story. Happy Reading. AlphaWolf13.
A Job Well Done
"He called me a whore," Siobhan shrieked, pacing around in Miguel's living room. Shortly after Quinn had stormed out of her place, she had shoved on her shoes and her coat and gone to Miguel in a huff. "Where does he get the nerve to call me a whore?"
"I'm sure he was just upset, Von," Miguel assured.
"Why?" Siobhan yelled. "Please explain to me how my sex life is any of his business?"
"Well, you are always talking to him about it," Miguel said.
"Whose side are you on?" the redhead snapped.
"I don't take sides between friends," he said. "It seems to me that you're both upset. Give it some time."
"But what if time apart is all it takes for Quinn to realize that he really doesn't want to be with me anymore?" she asked timidly.
"You say it as if you're dating," Miguel laughed.
Siobhan's eyes widened almost comically as she let out a small gasp, realizing that Miguel was right. It really was like they were dating. And she didn't want them to be any other way. Judging by how upset Quinn was that she had been with someone else, she could guess that he too wanted to be more than just friends.
"Shit," she swore. "Miguel, I have to go fix something."
"Go get him," Miguel encouraged, as Siobhan threw on her shoes and darted out the door. She ran through the damp field at a breakneck speed. When she arrived on his doorstep, she pounded furiously. There was a noise from inside as Quinn moved to open the door.
"What do you want Siobhan?" he asked tiredly.
Instead of answering him with words, she threw herself up on her tiptoes and kissed him with everything she had. He didn't miss a beat, pulling her closer and kissing back. When they pulled back for air, he kissed her forehead gently and tucked a strand of stray hair behind her ear.
"Please don't stay mad at me," she whispered. "Please don't go anywhere. I do need you."
"You've got a bloody strange way of showing it," he sighed. "I always thought, because you were so willing to sleep with just about anyone, that there's no way you could want me."
"Yeah," Von laughed. "Well I can sense sexual energy and I had no idea that you wanted me back, so I didn't try."
"That's because I'm not lusting after you," he said. "I'm in love with you, Siobhan Fitzpatrick."
"I'm in love with you too, Quinn Murdock," she sighed happily before leaning in to kiss him once again.
Another five weeks passed but finally, Siobhan deemed the X-Men ready to return home, having been taught everything the sochaí could teach them. The sun was just peeking up over the horizon when the Blackbird touched down outside the compound gates. Asha, along with a telekinetic from the sochaí met Ororo, Charles and Logan at the front gates. They escorted them to the temple in the town's center, much like they had the first day. Waiting there were the young X-Men, laughing and getting along better then they ever had before.
"You did a good job," Charles commented. Siobhan smiled softly.
"They're great kids," she said.
"Professor," Scott greeted, waving with one hand while he held Jean around the waist with the other. Professor X smiled warmly. Finally, Jean and Scott had stopped running circles around each other and admitted their feeling.
A cursory glance around the temple showed that Jean and Scott had not being the only couple to benefit for their little trip to Ireland. Kitty and Lance sat cuddled up to one another, Remy and Rogue were holding gloved hands and even Roberto and Sam had their hands interlaced for all to see.
"You did a really good job," he furthered.
"Did you just tell everyone to hook up left right and center," Logan grumbled.
"Falling in love is to be expected when you work very closely on a team with someone," Quinn said, coming over to stand behind Siobhan, wrapping his arms around her waist and kissing her on the cheek. Siobhan giggled airily and Logan stiffened, but didn't react otherwise.
"It's good to see you all again, children," Ororo said, smiling brightly and going over to hug her young protégés. "I've missed you all."
"We missed you too," Rahne sighed. The others agreed. It was great to have spent time with the sochaí and their instructors were totally awesome, but they were all starting to miss home.
"So no chance I've gotten myself any new recruits?" Siobhan teased. The group laughed and shook their heads no.
"It's no bother," Siobhan sighed. "But I am going to miss you all. Try to remember what we taught you, alright."
"There's no way we'll be forgetting this any time soon," Jean assured her, walking over to her mentor and hugging her tightly. Pretty soon, a group hug had formed and almost everyone was in tears, Bobby crying possibly the hardest of them all.
"We'll visit, alright?" Kitty asked.
"You're welcome any time," Miguel assured them.
"We need to be getting back," Charles said, breaking up the moment. "Go get your bags and we'll meet at the jet."
They all did as they were told and some ten minutes later, almost everyone was aboard the Blackbird. Only Rogue and Remy remained outside, taking in the last of the beautiful Irish morning.
"Remy," she began hesitantly.
"Yes, chérie?" he replied.
"I learned something," she continued. "Just hold still."
Remy did as he was asked and slowly but surely, Rogue got up on the tips of her toes and delicately kissed her boyfriend. The kiss didn't last long and so shortly after, Rogue pulled back, flushed and panting.
"That takes a lot more energy than I'd like it to," she wheezed. Remy rested a hand on her shoulder and she looked up at him.
"Remy doesn't care, ma chère," he said slowly. "If you can't kiss him, it doesn't matter. What matters to Remy is knowing that you will always be with him. If the physical never comes, he can live with that. He just wants you happy, and healthy. Don't push yourself for Remy."
"I want to, though," Rogue sighed. "I want to be able to kiss you. I really care about you."
"And Remy loves you," Remy said. "He will always love you."
"That's good, cuz you aren't going anywhere."
After another moment of watching the horizon, they boarded the jet with the others and the Blackbird shot into the sky. The X-Men took one last fleeting look at the sochaí aontaithe before it disappeared behind the fog.