GratuitousViolets
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Joined 09-13-10, id: 2536738, Profile Updated: 10-27-14
Author has written 8 stories for X-Men: Evolution.

My name is Ash and I'm madly passionate about writing fanfiction about Rogue and Gambit from X-Men Evolution. There's not much else interesting to say, really.

Few Q&A I've had over the past year in various PM's and reviews.

Q: What else are you working on? What's coming next?

A: "I, Assassin" is still in the works, whether few read it or not, it's probably been one of my most favourites to write up to date and I'm definitely intending to see it finished. There's a couple of Gambit-centric stories in the works, but at this point they're merely prologues. There was going to be a Christmas Special follow up to the "Magnetic Attraction" trilogy, but the short few pages I intended to turn into a short follow up turned into a rather lengthy 110 pages (in an unfinished format) and I wasn't sure I wanted to go that route again. I haven't touched it for months. Next story will probably be "Beneath the Surface".

Q: Why do you keep misspelling "Derranged". No spellchecker?!

A: Because it's a play on the word "Arranged". It's deliberate, not accidental or bad spelling.

Q: Why is "Trouble in St. Tropez" so short? Did you really hate writing it?

A: I wouldn't say I've hated writing it, it's been no picnic however. There are a few reasons it's shorter than the others I've written, but one main one is that the story is meant to take place over the course of a week (which is trimmed down slightly when Wolverine appears). The story is shorter because the time span is shorter and there's only so much I feel could "fit" into a week what with Gambit getting ratarsed every night, lol. However I do expect the third instalment (working title "Beneath the Surface") will span a much longer time frame as they're in Bayville.

Q: Is there going to be a sequel to "Blind Leading the Blind"?

A: I'm not going to say "no" definitely, but at the moment there's no real plans and never really have been for any sequels to that particular story. I felt there was enough closure that Remy would join the X-Men and he and Rogue would work towards a relationship slowly.

Q: Why are all your stories so angst-ridden? Why can't you just write fluff and happy stuff?

A: In essence, writing 'fluff' and steady easy going romances isn't really my cup of tea. I write Angst because it tends to come very naturally to me. Something inside of me seems to write the chapters without much prompting from me. I don't sit there thinking "what's the most messed up thing can I write to make the story more dramatic". It doesn't work like that for me. I go through a strange writing process where I don't think of what I'm going to write, it just seems to flow out, as if someone else is in my body writing it for me and I'm being ordered to type. Sometimes I'm as much a reader as any one else, I never know what's going to happen until it's written. Seems to be an inner writer who makes the decisions and I'm just the one who gets to type it...I don't get to know her ideas until they're down on a document, lol. While I do think it's nice some people can write fluff and happy stories, I just can't. Remy and Rogue were never a "lucky" couple in the comics or the shows, they were always doomed to various downfalls and that's why I always found them so fascinating as a couple and as individuals.

Q: Your writing style and plots/angst are similar to a series of Romy fics called "Dismal Angel", are you basing yours on them?

A: No. I don't copy from other fanfics and I don't really read them (because I rarely have time to write them, let alone read them, lol). The truth is I wrote "Dismal Angel" (and DA: 2010 and DA: Revelations) some time ago. The reason it remains unfinished was due to the bulk of finished parts to it that were accidentally deleted during a move of house. They will also be finished some day. The reason this account was made to ensure that these stories aren't mixed up with the "Dismal Angel" plotlines (I was also curious how many would probably figure out the same author wrote both, lol).

Q: Your stories have the annoying British spellings popping up (colour instead of color, etc), why is that?

A: I'm Scottish and this is how I write. Open Office corrects when I try to put the American spellings in and I'm too lazy to change the program to accommodate that. If "pavement" appears in a story, I've almost always typed out "sidewalk" but the program simply doesn't allow it and autocorrects to "pavement". It's a slight flaw, but hopefully it can be overlooked ;) The story is important, not the wording (hopefully).

Q: Did you know every story you write has a newel post in it?

A: LOL...no. St. Tropez doesn't have a newel post ;)

Q: Why is Rogue not in "I, Assassin"?

A: I've had this idea for a while that it'd be interesting to see Remy while he is not being defined by a relationship he is in with Rogue (which is usually what I write, even unintentionally). I've been wondering for a while how Remy's character would turn out if he was given the chance to just be in a story without any of Rogue's problems giving him reason to be depressed or suicidal, without him having to abstain or deal with heartbreak. Remy having the chance to be a normal hot blooded young man with opportunities for sex, but also having dilemmas that are nothing to do with Rogue was too good to pass up on writing about. After all, in the comics he wasn't always defined by his relationship with Rogue (he had sex with various women, etc, he had a life outside of his feelings for Rogue and her issues didn't dictate how he lived his life completely). "I, Assassin" is Remy's survival story, possibly with a later instalment after it ends focusing on the second phase of his story.

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Beneath the Surface reviews
Remy returns with Rogue to Bayville to start his life over, but finds himself frustrated with his secretive relationship with Rogue and the looming presence of Jean-Luc. With so many secrets, is Remy heading for disaster? Or will a new friend be the one thing that keeps him from losing his sanity?
X-Men: Evolution - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 48 - Words: 380,592 - Reviews: 305 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 4/15 - Published: 12/14/2014 - Gambit/Remy L., Rogue/Anna Marie - Complete
Trouble in St Tropez reviews
Sequel to "Derranged Marriage". The newly weds take off to St. Tropez for a week in the sun following the traumatic events in Louisiana; on the surface everything seems fine but is Remy LeBeau really as together as he seems or is he being haunted by his troubled past?
X-Men: Evolution - Rated: M - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 72,968 - Reviews: 88 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 27 - Updated: 11/12/2014 - Published: 8/19/2014 - Gambit/Remy L., Rogue/Anna Marie - Complete
I, Assassin reviews
Remy LeBeau is traded to the Assassins Guild in an attempt to stem a feud that has lasted for centuries. Thrown into training as an Assassin leaves Remy questioning whether he truly has what it takes to take a life.
X-Men: Evolution - Rated: M - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 20 - Words: 64,203 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 9/9/2014 - Published: 7/27/2013 - Gambit/Remy L.
Slight Return reviews
Sequel to Darkness Within. Rogue has been gone from Bayville for four months to work on her recovery on Muir Island while Remy has spent four months recovering and training, finally joining the X-Men fully. Rogue may be ready to come home, but is Remy prepared for her return?
X-Men: Evolution - Rated: M - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 49 - Words: 293,240 - Reviews: 493 - Favs: 44 - Follows: 43 - Updated: 7/21/2014 - Published: 3/24/2014 - Gambit/Remy L., Rogue/Anna Marie - Complete
Darkness Within reviews
Sequel to "Magnetic Attraction". Months after her evolution, Rogue is suffering with depression and constant fear of her new powers, hiding from the world with her friends fearing for her life and sanity. Remy awakens from his coma in a weakened state with no memories of the events that led to his situation, and to Rogue's despair, no memories of their relationship.
X-Men: Evolution - Rated: M - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 46 - Words: 273,936 - Reviews: 312 - Favs: 45 - Follows: 49 - Updated: 3/17/2014 - Published: 9/25/2013 - Gambit/Remy L., Rogue/Anna Marie - Complete
Magnetic Attraction reviews
In an act of desperation Rogue makes a deal with Magneto to join the Acolytes if he will evolve her powers. Leaving the X-Men is a small price to pay for what may eventually give her the ability to control her abilities. Meanwhile, Gambit lands himself reluctantly in a relationship with Magneto's daughter leading to many complications. Mature themes/definite triggers.
X-Men: Evolution - Rated: M - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 44 - Words: 261,132 - Reviews: 296 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 46 - Updated: 7/23/2013 - Published: 5/8/2013 - Gambit/Remy L., Magneto/Erik L., Rogue/Anna Marie, Scarlet Witch/Wanda M. - Complete
Blind Leading The Blind reviews
An Outraged Remy is blinded by one of Cyclops optic blasts and is forced to live with the X-Men while Professor X tries to find a way to restore his vision. One girl has the experience of living with a blind person - but can she help Remy?
X-Men: Evolution - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 46 - Words: 157,332 - Reviews: 779 - Favs: 317 - Follows: 392 - Updated: 4/19/2013 - Published: 12/30/2010 - Complete
Derranged Marriage reviews
Gambit concocts a crazy scheme to prevent himself from being married to the daughter of a rival guild by marrying Rogue, but can he convince his hateful and abusive family to come to terms with his marriage? MATURE themes.
X-Men: Evolution - Rated: M - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 13 - Words: 98,679 - Reviews: 189 - Favs: 253 - Follows: 65 - Updated: 10/14/2010 - Published: 9/19/2010 - Rogue/Anna Marie, Gambit/Remy L. - Complete