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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

Disclaimer: I'm absolutely positive that you can figure this one out on your own :)
And yet more sillyfic!

It was summer, and it was hot. In fact, it was the hottest day in recent memory. It was the kind of day, where eggs didn't just fry on the sidewalks, they burnt. It was so hot that pools didn't offer much more relief than bath water. It was the kind of day where every normal person stayed safely inside, their butts parked on the vents as the air conditioner pumped out as much cold air as possible.

But the X-Men weren't normal, which was why on a day hot enough to melt spandex, they were facing the incredibly powerful sometimes villain, sometimes good guy, but currently bad guy, Magneto.

Hovering above the sweating X-Men, Magneto wondered why he hadn't checked the weather forecast for the day. His head felt like it was being roasted inside of his helmet. "Stand... Stand back..." he gasped out, the air almost too thick to breath.

"No... way," Cyclops wheezed back. Sweat trickled down his face and formed beneath his visor where it rolled down to his lashes. Of course, he couldn't rip off his visor and rub the sweat as he was severely tempted to. 'Damned villain!' he thought.

A slight thud caught the two men's attention, and they turned to see Beast collapsing to the street.

"Get him out of the sun... Jean," Cyclops commanded, forcing the words out through a dry throat. Water. He needed water.

Cyclops glared at Magneto, and his eyes caught on the man's cape. It was flowing... just like water. Water... So thirsty...

"What the hell do you think I'm trying to do!" Jean shrieked shrilly, wiping damp tendrils of hair out of her face as she used her telekinetic power to nudge Beast's overheated body towards some nearby shade.

Magneto began to say some villain-ish thing suitable to the situation, and then blinked. What the hell was he doing here?! He'd pass out from heat stroke before getting what he wanted, anyway.

"Cyclops," he said, finally giving in to the urge to take off his helmet. He winced slightly as it burned his fingers even through his gloves. "Why don't we take this up later, when it's cool enough to actually think?"

Cyclops hesitated and looked towards his troops. Beast was unconscious. Rogue was stripping. Iceman looked about ready to melt. And he was still sweating like a pig.

"Sure. How does sometime during the fall sound?"


And with that, Magneto and the X-Men moved off towards a nearby ice cream stand and slurped back a few friendly slushies together.

None of them heard The Voice. "Damn it! Now what?! They can't leave, how's going to fight! People need to be entertained!"

And then, The Voice had an idea. If the X-Men and Magneto wouldn't fight during the summer months, it'd find people who would!

The Voice quickly made it's way to the Super Person's unemployment office and scanned the room full of sweating, miserable, powerful people until it found those who fit it's purpose.

"Hello, OneEye," The Voice addressed the slumped over, cheap Cyclops rip-off. "How would you like to do a little job for me? Hmmm?"

OneEye slowly looked up and surveyed The Voice through his pink tinged visor. "What kind of job? It's hot out there, you know?"

"I want you and your teammates to replace the X-Men during the summer months, OneEye. You, Psi-Lock, Rouge, Gambler, Pheenix, and Furball against Magnet. It's gonna be great! I can see it now, the passion, the drama, the fighting!"

OneEye's eyes widened in awe. "We can replace the X-Men for a while? Wow, that's our shot at the big leagues!" His head bobbed up and down excitedly, "Sure, Voice, we'll do it!"

The Voice nearly purred, "I'll go get Magnet!"

"Wow," OneEye breathed, we'll make it out of the 'who the hell are they' category into the 'instant recognition and awe' category! The others will be sooooo excited when they hear about this!"

"Gambit," Rogue said softly, happily sipping at her cherry slushy. "Do you see that?"

Gambit looked towards the area they had recently vacated, the scene of their aborted battle with Magneto. "Yeah," he responded. He waved a nearby waitress over and ordered another slushy for himself and Rogue.

Magneto snorted slightly, nearly choking on his own slushy when he saw the helmeted figure with little bits of metal stuck to him. The strange man floated up into the air and faced the other, equally stupid looking figures.

"Cheap rip-offs?" Cyclops asked, downing his third milkshake.

Jean nodded. "Yeah."

"Does that mean we get the whole summer off?" Rogue asked, excited. "We can have an actual, honest to goodness vacation?"

"Guess so," Cyclops responded.

And they had a wonderful one while the cheap rip-offs battled equally cheap villain rip-offs.



Read the follow-up, "Summer Vacation"


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