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Stories by Northlight

On one bright, beautiful morning, the X-Men awaken to face their deadliest foe ever: bad hair.

"Inquiring Minds"
A mysterious figure decides to "tell all" about the secret lives of the X-Men in a bestselling book.

"Just in Time for Christmas"
Gambit is rescued in Antarctica -- by Santa Claus?

"Love and Pain"
Stuck in the "waiting room" between appearances in their respective series, Gambit and Angel (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) compare notes on their respective problems.

"Reunions and Other Troubles"
The sequel to "Love and Pain," Gambit and Angel escape from Limbo and are reunited with their respective love interests.

"Maybe Just a Little Strange"
The true origin of Wolverine is revealed.

"Nothing More"
In response to Alara Rogers' challenge to kill off one's favorite character, Northlight writes her own version of Rogue's death as a result of Dr. Agee's "cure."

"Of Cooties and Dice"
Rogue, Jean and Storm get a little too involved in their board game.

"One of Those Days"
An evil villain attacks -- and so does Murphy's Law, as the X-Men suffer multiple "insignificant" inconveniences on their way to the battle.

Sitting on the roof, Rogue looks back on what really happened in Antarctica as she tries to avoid the other X-Men.

"Searching for Justice"
A man tries to seek justice for the death of his sister as a result of Dr. Agee's "cure."

A woman named Lindsey, with the unique power of appearing to be whoever someone else wants them to be, meets a frantic woman on the street and walks into another case of mistaken identity.

"Skin Crawl"
A unique take on Rogue's feelings toward her powers.

"Small Problems"
Rogue awakens to the incessantly annoying attempts of a misguided mosquito to get a morning snack.

Realizing the sheer stupidity of fighting in the dead heat of summer, Magneto and the X-Men decide to get slushies together. Since TheAudience still needs to be entertained, the PTB find replacements for the heroes and villain.

"Summer Vacation"
In a follow-up to "Substitutions," the X-Men prepare to go on a real vacation and leave their "replacements" in charge of the Mansion.

"That's What Happens"
Wondering about the practicality of Rogue's skimpy little outfit in UXM 353-4, Northlight writes her version of what could happen if Rogue's not careful...

"The Super Beings Bureau Saga"
A series of short stories about the Super Beings Bureau, someplace all super-powered types have to visit at one point or another.

"The Susan Smith Show"
A series of talk shows in which various super hero-types discuss the issues that affect their lives.

For someone like Rogue, the sense of touch can mean any number of things.

"Untitled Random Mutterings"
A series of vignettes in which Rogue deals with engagement, marriage, parenthood and growing older.

"Watching from a Distance"
We all know how the heroes feel. But how about their parents? This story is from Rogue's mother's perspective, as she watches her daughter grow up through news reports and newspaper headlines.


Web site: Northlight's Page

Summary: Wolverine's past is finally explained, and it's the last thing anyone would have expected.
Type: Sillyfic. It's short and rather ridiculous (not to mention pointless!). But I didn't feel like working, and this gave me a (meager) excuse for avoiding exactly that.
Note: Happy early Christmas :)

T'was a week and a half before Christmas, and all through the house, the only creature not stirring was Bobby (who'd had a nasty run-in with a harried mother's elbow during a frenzied final shopping spree). And in a break with tradition, the individual who slid down the chimney that evening wasn't jolly ol' Saint Nick (not to mention that it wasn't actually the right moment for entry by chimney). Rather, the man who stepped out from the fireplace was short and stocky, with a fierce expression on his weathered face.

"By the Goddess!" Storm exclaimed. "What is going on here?!"

Rather than springing forth to batter the little man into a bloody pulp, the X-Men decided to take a chance and see whether such a question could possibly be answered without a fight. To their great shock, they discovered that it was indeed possible to bypass a messy fight.

"I'm Roland," he said shortly, in a low, gravelly voice. "And I'm here to get Logan."

Knowing full well what the term 'get Logan' usually implied, the X-Men readied themselves once again for a useless, but rather invigorating fight.

Once again, Storm decided to ruin their fun. "What do you wish of him?"

"To bring him home, of course."

Was there anything at all threatening in that? the X-Men wondered uneasily. Deciding to go with the old saying 'better safe than sorry,' they prepared to fling themselves en mass onto their guest.

"Home?" Storm inquired.

Roland nodded. "Yup. Up North, to Santa's workshop itself."

Santa? Workshop?

Storm cleared her throat. "Perhaps someone best summon Logan," she suggested.

The hairy little Canadian mutant was promptly ushered into the room by a shell-shocked Rogue, still struggling over the gathering of the words 'Logan,' 'Santa,' and 'workshop' under the cover of one topic.

"What the blazes is this all about?" Logan grumbled.

Roland crossed heavily muscled arms over his barrell-like chest. "Enough playing around, Logan. The big guy himself sent me out to get you."

"Big guy?" Rogue eeped.

"Santa," Roland replied tersely. "You certainly are unobservant folks, aren't you? Hmp. No wonder you haven't noticed Bishop's missing yet."

"Bishop? Missing?"

Scott cleared his throat. "What exactly are you suggesting here, Mr. Roland?"

Roland's heavy black eyebrows drew together. "Logan works for Santa, woodworking division. He went out on a beer run a several decades ago an' never came back."

Well, that was certainly...

"Impossible," Scott said flatly. There was no way that this could be true. What in the world would Santa, of all people want with an annoying little berserker?

Roland sighed. "Note the short, stocky build?" The X-Men nodded in unison. "Adaptation for cold environments. Notice how well those claws slice through stuff? Work real well on wood. That healing factor? Long lived employees saves Santa the trouble of having to retrain his workers so often."

Storm turned cat-like blue eyes towards the silent man on whom the discussion was centered. "Is this true, Logan?"

He shrugged.

"Think he can put in a good word for me with Santa?" Rogue wondered.


Ta da! Told you it was dumb :)
Now off to reread 'Barometer Rising' and scrounge up a few thousand words on what it means to be Canadian... *sigh*


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