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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

Alara's Challenge: Kill your favorite character.
Disclaimer: Marvel's.

Soft rustling. The slightest sound of a boot falling against the floor. A sudden quick intake of air.

Rogue's eyes peeled open slowly, blinking under the dimmed lights. For a moment, she remained still, disoriented. And then, the knowledge of who she was and what had woken her came tumbling back into place within her mind.

Her eyes shifted, sending her vision blurring wildly at that smallest of motions. The sight that met her eyes was enough to make that nausea worthwhile. "Remy!" Rogue croaked through parched lips.

She blinked slowly as her voice reached her ears. She didn't sound right. A brief surge of panic tore through her. What had happened to her?

"Chere," Gambit replied softly. He voice was strangely pained as he spoke to her. Rogue focused her attention on him, her panic fading into the background as she took in his familiar features.

He looked upset. Rogue struggled to find any reason for Remy to look so uneasy. She shifted through her cloudy memories, searching for the one that would fill in the missing pieces.

Cold. Snow. Antarctica?

Yes, that was it. She had left Remy there. That was why he looked so upset, he thought that she was still mad at him! Or maybe, he was upset with her?

It hurt her head to think. Rogue gave up trying to figure out what could have upset him and settled for an apology. "I'm sorry for... I'm sorry," Rogue gasped out, wincing at the tightness in her chest as she spoke.

Remy's expression didn't clear at her apology as she had expected it to. Rather, his face seemed to sink deeper into uneasiness.

Rogue's throat constricted painfully. He hadn't accepted her apology. He was still upset with her! "Remy..." Rogue tried again only to fall silent as the pain made it impossible to continue.

His hand rose from his side and moved towards her, settling on her hand. Rogue fought back her panic, trying to warn him away. She wasn't wearing her gloves! Her protest died when his hand rested on her own. Nothing happened.

His hand was warm against her own. But somehow, it didn't feel right. She could barely feel his skin against her own. There was pressure and heat pressed against her, but nothing else.

That wasn't what it felt like to touch, was it?

"Oh, Rogue!" Remy whispered, his voice wavering. Tears were swimming in his eyes, threatening to spill out across his cheeks.

Why was he crying for her? They were touching! Of course, those were tears of happiness! Of course they were...

Her lips stretched into a smile. "Dr Agee helped me, Remy... We can... We can be together now!"

Her voice still didn't sound right to her ears. It came as low grunts rather than the words she had spoken.

The tears finally spilled out from Remy's eyes. "It's okay, Rogue. I love you.." His voice was raw with pain, and his hand tightened around hers briefly.

Rogue tried to raise her hand to wipe the tears from his face. She found after a brief, pained effort that her hand wouldn't listen to her. It remained at her side, motionless.

Her panic burst into the forefront of her mind once again. Rogue struggled to move with as much success as her initial attempt had gained her. Her body felt heavy, clumsy. Unfamiliar.

A low moan tore out from her throat. What was happening to her?!

A large, furred blue hand dropped down on Remy's shoulder. Beast. That was why he was upset, she was injured! That explained everything, didn't it?


"I love you."

The words were still strong in her mind when the pain shot through her. Her body shuddered violently, and then everything faded away.




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