Title: "Not This Time But Every Time"
Author: Pirate Turner
Rating: G
Summary: She'll never forget her, even if she lies.
Warnings: Femme Slash, Established Pairing, Drabble
Word Count: 200
Date Written: 16 July, 2011
Challenge: For the 10iloveyou LJ comm
Disclaimer: Katheryne "Kitty" "Shadowcat" Pryde, Rachel "Phoenix" Summers, all other characters mentioned within, and the X-Men are ᄅ & TM Marvel comics and Disney, neither of which are the author, and are used without permission. Everything else is ᄅ & TM the author. The author makes absolutely no profit off of this work of fan fiction, and no copyright infringement is intended.

She stares into her eyes and sees the flame of her best friend's soul looking back at her. "Rachel," Kitty pleads, her heart breaking again, "we can't do this! This isn't right! I know you don't remember me from before, not in this lifetime any way, but we can't do this!"

Rachel turns, the fire of the Phoenix's wings engulfing her face and hiding her true emotions from view as tears slip down her cheeks. She does remember her, but she's not going to let her in, not this time. It hurts too much every time she loses Kate, and she doesn't think she can handle the pain again. "All right," she says at last and walks away.

Kitty glares at the quivering punks. They're wrapped in chains and won't be going anywhere until the police arrive. "You got lucky this time," she tells them and chases after the other half of her soul. She'll be chasing her forever, she realizes, and just hopes that it won't take much longer and that they won't be too old and tired to live their love as they did before. Rachel glances back at her, and Kitty smiles, knowing that will never happen.

The End