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Stories by Indigo

"The Last Bug Hunt"
Tragedy befalls Nightcrawler and Rogue when they take a vacation to Hawaii together and run into the Brood.

Sinister and the Marauders try to atone for their past crimes -- through housecleaning.

"Recipe for a Really Bad Day"
Takes place sometime after the X-Men's battle with Alpha Flight in UXM 355. Scott takes the PMS-striken Rogue, Jean and Psylocke to the DMV to renew their drivers' licenses.

"A Rose by Any Other Name"
Rogue calls a team meeting to finally reveal her real name.

A number of poems written by the prolific fanficstress about the skunk-striped maiden.

elsewhere in Alykat's World:

The World is a Playground
When the Avengers get involved with the satellite launch of X-Men #80, something goes wrong, reverting all the X-Men back to childhood.
(at The Danger Playpen)

"The Race"
The Hellfire Club, Xavier's and the Massachusetts Academy all vie for the right to contact a mutant whose powers have just manifested, and Bobby and Emma, leaders of two of those contingents, explore some unresolved issues.
(at (un)frozen)


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DISCLAIMER: This response to Alec Wire's 'flipside' challenge is NOT to be taken remotely seriously. It was a passing goofy-silly thought I had no intention of blowing into a full story. But Kaylee and Falstaff have been encouraging me, so, well, here it is. The characters are Marvel's, used without permission, for entertainment purposes only and I'm not making a dime off this. Special thanks to Abyss, Matt Nute, and Haesslich for sub-beta-reading.
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PERMISSION: I publicly okay this story to be made into a POP-UP FANFIC, but I publicly announce I do not wish this story MSTed.


Rogue blinked blearily and struggled to focus. "Nine in the mornin'?" she muttered sleepily, sitting up. "On a Saturday? Who'd be callin' on us this early?" She listened a moment; the other X-Men were already up and around. "Ah'm goin' back t'bed." With that, she rolled over and tugged the pillow over her head to block out the bright morning sunlight.

[~Scramble! All X-Men to the front foyer at once! Scramble!~]

Rogue startled awake again at the telepathic alert from Phoenix, and fell from bed. With a mumbled curse, she threw off her nightshirt and wriggled into her combat togs.

Half-stumbling out of her room, Rogue encountered Sam, Bobby, Cecilia, and Hank, likewise coming out of their rooms in various states of awareness. It was rare the X-Men ever got up at the same time, given that the more studious of them were prone to be up cracking the books until all hours, and the more industrious of them were inclined to be doing chores or handiwork equally late.

Some, like Rogue, just appreciated the chance to sleep in once in a while.

Logan barrelled down the stairs first, growling. There was the distinctive sound of him unsheathing his claws.

"Aw, maaaaan," Bobby whined, "that means he thinks it's a genuine threat, and this isn't one of Scotty's sneaky Danger Room sessions."

"Either dat," Gambit added, leisurely smoking a cigarette as he strolled down the hall, "Or it is, an' de Canuck ain' in de mood."

A small, localized raincloud suddenly appeared over the Cajun's head and doused the flame of his smoke. "Wolverine is not known for displaying his claws in such a manner any longer," Ororo glided over their heads and down the stairs, pulling a gale wind in her wake to force the stragglers to hurry along.

The sight that met their eyes in the foyer caused all the X-Men to stop where they were, eyes wide, mouths agape in various expressions of shock or surprise.

In the foyer stood a tall, imposing figure. Surrounding him were eight figures who stood equally imposing.

"Sinister an' th' Marauders?!" Sam whispered, one arm immediately going protectively in front of Marrow.

"Marauders?!" Marrow echoed, eyes blazing with hate as she pulled her bone knives from her shoulders.

"Indeed, child," Sinister replied, turning to regard the assemblage.

"Scott, sugah?" Rogue asked, arms folded. "There a reason we ain't throwin' down?"

"Uh..." Scott said, for once unable to keep his glacial cool as the X-Men's fearless leader. "J-Jean?"

"Well," Phoenix began slowly, green eyes narrowed suspiciously, "They say they've reformed, and a psi-scan shows they believe this. I can't find any ulterior motive."

"You're kidding," Cecilia said dubiously.

"Oh, my stars and garters," Hank said quietly, stroking his chin. "And what brought about this sudden change of heart?"

Sinister gestured eloquently, shrugging out of his flanged cape and draping it over the arm of -- well, he looked like Blockbuster, but he was wearing a natty black suit with a neat white shirt.

"Permit me to explain, my dear children," Sinister spoke softly, eyes scanning over the roomful of suspicious faces. "I have recently come to regret -- and recant -- my ways of late. I no longer desire to build the perfect mutant to use as a weapon against Apocalypse. I no longer desire to purify the pools of genetic potential.

"I desire, in fact, to make recompense for the pain and suffering I have caused you in my machinations."

"How?" demanded Rogue. "How you gonna make up for all you did? You did some thangs ain't no way of makin' up for!"

Sinister inclined his head and cast a sharp glance around. The figures assembled around him -- the Marauders -- all reluctantly bowed their heads as well. "You are correct, my dear. However, we wish to do what we may. We hope you will permit us to begin by cleaning your mansion."

"Cleaning --?" Cecilia repeated, looking to the senior X-Men for her cues. "He's not serious," she asked, "Is he?"

"As best I can determine," Jean breathed, "He's quite serious."

"So let 'em try," Logan shrugged. "Not like we can't take 'em if they pull one out of their hat."

Out front, a white van pulled up with a stencilled logo painted on the side. Sinister and the Marauders were depicted as cutesy Disney-like cartoon characters. Beneath their smiling faces was the name of their 'company' and their motto:

We'll clean your house
or die trying!

"You give us permission, then?" Sinister asked.

Scott, still silent, nodded.

"This has got to be an April Fool's joke," Rogue murmured, shaking her head.

"But chere," Remy whispered, cigarette hanging from his lips, "It August sevent'."

"Very well," Sinister said, clapping his hands. "Begin."

Scrambler was the first to move, lifting a black sachel from his side. He removed feather duster after feather duster and very calmly began affixing them to Riptide's uniform. He was the only one who still wore his Marauder colours, but the outfit had been altered to allow the feather dusters to be attached.

"Stand back, please," Scrambler called. The X-Men, still wary and dumbfounded, obeyed.

"Look out! It's gas!" cried Sam, as Scrambler producded a canister from the sachel.

Scrambler turned the canister slowly so that the X-men could read the label on the yellow container.

Lemon Pledge

Logan sniffed twice, arched a brow and shrugged. "Furniture polish."

Scrambler nodded, and sprayed a thick cloud of Lemon Pledge onto Riptide's uniform, feather dusters and all. "Okay, Rip. Spin."

Riptide grinned and nodded, bursting into motion. Like a crazed top, he whirled through the foyer, dust swept off every surface he passed.

Sinister snapped his fingers. "Arclight. To the kitchen. You will plan out the menu for the week."

Arclight, resplendant in a maid's costume over her normal metallic body suit, nodded. "Come along, Prism." The glass-skinned Marauder followed the muscular woman into the kitchen.

"Scalphunter," Sinister said.

"Yeah, boss?" there was no joy in the response, merely a reluctant resignation.

"Go and get your attachments. There are carpets to be done upstairs, and the hedges need trimming. The grass needs mowing."

"Yes, boss." With that, Scalphunter removed his butler's jacket, revealing his normal costume. However, instead of weapon parts, now tools, appliances, and vacuum cleaner attachments hung from him.

Jean hovered above the foyer, keeping mental track of the staff of Maraud-a-Maid as they began to scatter through the house.

"Harpoon, repair the fence."

"Blockbuster, take the cars to the lake and wash them."

The two large men nodded and obediently truged off to obey.

"What're we gonna do now?" Rogue asked Scott, who still looked poleaxed.

"Give them the chance, I suppose," Scott answered after a moment of silent thought. "And hope the rest of our enemies follow their example."

"They're actually doing a good job," Jean observed. "I hope everyone likes Chicken Marsala. I think that's what Arclight's making for dinner."

Logan glanced out the window. "Yo, Cajun, I think you better go talk to Blockbuster. Looks like he means to wash your car by tossin' it in the lake."

"Merde!" Gambit was out the door like a shot, passing Vertigo, who was pulling on a pair of rubber gloves and a hairnet.

"If Ah wasn't so scared to leave the house," Sam murmured, "Ah'd go to Harry's for a drink."

"Ah'm goin' back t'bed," Rogue declared, turning to climb the stairs again. "This here's gotta be a dream."

"Tea?" Sinister asked, producing a silver thermos. "I have Earl Grey."

"Race you to the liquor cabinet," Logan muttered, heading for the sidebar.




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