Logan lay back on the carpet of leaf litter, watching sunlight filter down through a canopy of foliage. An endless forest. It wasn't really how he expected it to be. But peaceful enough, he supposed.

He started at the sound of footsteps, leaping to his feet and whirling around. "Whoa. Chuck. Didn't expect to see you in the afterlife." Why would he be here? What, is he my conscience or somethin'? Holy shit—is he God? That would make a freaky kinda sense . . .

A small smile played at the man's lips as he walked easily across the clearing. "You're not dead, Logan. Merely unconscious. The team found you in a parking lot in Anchorage and brought you back to the school straight away. You're in the infirmary."

A sinking feeling settled over him. The sunlight faded away, the trees withering around them. "No," Logan said in disbelief. "No, I—I don't believe that. I gave my life. I gave—" he shook his head. "It worked, Chuck. I could feel it. It worked." He turned away, refusing to listen anymore. This wasn't Chuck. Probably some demon sent to torment him, fill him with doubts. Figures he would get sent to hell.

"Oh . . ." the old man said contemplatively. "Oh. I see. You and the girl. Yes, that did work. In a way, it is just as you believe. You gave your life to her. She's here. She's fine."

Logan turned to Xavier, looking him over skeptically. "Really?"

Xavier nodded. "She is a mutant, you see, one who can absorb the mental and sometimes physical qualities of those she touches. In your case, she absorbed the ability to heal. And the, ah, other aspects of your mutation as well."

No way. It was too good to be true. Wasn't it? "She was dead, Chuck. I felt it. No breathing, no pulse. She was gone. How do you heal from that?"

Xavier merely stared at him with those inscrutable gray eyes, lifting and dropping his shoulders in an elegant shrug. "Who knows? Perhaps it was a miracle. In any case, she is here in the infirmary and has been waiting many days to see you. Are you ready to wake up?"

"I . . . shit. Yeah, alright."

Xavier chuckled. "Then follow me." He led Logan out of the woods.


Author's Notes: Woohoo. Done with finals and ready to get this story wrapped up over the holidays—and get back to Feral. Hope you enjoyed the latest installment! They were kinda 'necessary' chapters to push the plot along, but I tried to make them as quick and painless as possible, heh. Please review!

Wishyouknew: I have to agree with you there. Logan's feral side is very interesting, both to read and to write! Skye: Yep, if anyone deserves to be imprisoned in the mind of the girl he murdered with the man who loves her doling out his eternal punishment, it's Jose =D. Austin: Thanks so much. I'm very glad you're enjoying the story! Jinx: Thanks for the review! Circumstances may have conspired against them a bit, but you're very right about Logan still wanting to get her to himself for a while. And I don't think Marie minds that one bit :). Suoidkun: Thank you so much! I'm glad you're attached to the story—although that does raise the standard for me a bit, huh? Hope this batch of chapters didn't leave you wanting. They felt a bit disjointed, but I kinda wanted to rush through the boring plot stuff and get back to Logan and Marie (hey, who can blame me? ;) Lazydreamer: Ha, sorry his death wasn't slow and torturous enough for you ;). Thanks so much for the review! I hope you enjoy the rest of the story. Doctor: Sorry about the wait =) Thanks for reviewing! CraZy: Thanks very much for reading and reviewing! I hope you like the rest of the story. Random: Yep, lucky Logan. Of course, being instinctively attracted to someone and actually knowing and loving them are two different things. If Logan thinks instinct is all it takes to build a relationship, he's in for a surprise ;P. Stampiej: Thanks for taking the time to review. I'm very glad you've enjoyed the story so far. Compa16: Yes, please do :). Glad you're enjoying the story.