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"Always Coming Home"
Gambit finds his way back to the Mansion ... and asks for a retrial.
"Mending Fences"
Rogue and Gambit both suffer through reminders that neither of them can escape their pasts. (Unfinished.)

"Blowing in the Wind"
In honor of the Gambit Guild's "Gambit Day," RogueStar writes a story of reconciliation and hope for Rogue and Gambit.

"The Briar Patch"
A dark, thorny look at how Rogue might internally view her powers. Takes place after Rogue's emergence from the Siege Perilous.

"Cantique Noel"
A series of holiday-themed stories about personal despair and choices for the future, featuring Siryn, Rogue, Gambit and Marrow.

Christmas 1998
A series of three stories written as a gift for the mailing lists Southern Comfort and Gambit Guild.
"Frankincense" - featuring Gambit and Bebete (the green mist lady)
"Gold" - featuring Cyclops and Phoenix
"Myrrh" - featuring Rogue, Gambit and Nightcrawler

"Demain des l'aube"
Rogue mourns the death of her mother and plans to pass Raven's teachings on to her own unborn child.

"The Eighth Color of the Rainbow"
After his "death" at the end of the Magneto War, Joseph makes one last trip to Salem Center to say a very special goodbye.

"Fallen Skies"
In a pocket universe where Rogue stayed in the service of her foster mother Mystique, Rogue becomes known as the woman who killed Magneto. (Unfinished.)

"For My Daughter"
A woman in Mississippi writes a long-overdue letter to her daughter.

Rogue and Gambit think back to when they once decided to break up for good -- and laugh at their younger selves' naivete. Written in response to the recent X-book writing/editorial decision to break them up.

"The Happiest Night"
Just before Rogue and Remy are set to leave for their honeymoon, Rogue finally reveals the real reasons she's so uneasy about being with him. A response to Rogue and Gambit's rumored break-up in Gambit #16.

"The Horse of Another Color"
Magnus, the Mage, demands a tithe from a small town every month. This time, he wants the townspeople to deliver Rogue as his tribute, or else find for him the mythical horse of a different color. (Unfinished. In revision.)
"The Sword and the Rose"
Sabrina and Remy LeBeau settle into their new roles as husband and wife as they train and prepare to defend themselves in a world that has become even more uncertain. (Unfinished.)

"I Am"
Rogue asks Gambit to accept the real her. A response to "All's Fair..." by R.V. Bemis.

"Indian Summer"
Rogue and Gambit make their piece and decide to get back together. In response to Gambit #16.

"The Intolerable"
In a different world, Mystique had early ties to the Thieves Guild and sent Rogue to New Orleans to study the arts of thievery.

Gambit offers Jean a small comfort as she grieves over Cyclops' apparent death. Inspired by UXM #386.

"Last Dance"
As Rogue lay dying, probably of the Legacy Virus, Gambit fulfills her final wish: one last dance.

"The Magician and the Butterfly"
Sabine Robbins leaves her settled life with Cody as a farmer's wife and runs away with a circus magician. Told from mulitple perspectives.

"A Matter of Pryde"
When Soldier Alpha escapes the project and joins the rebels, it is up to a Black Striper to bring her to justice. Unfinished.

"Miss American Pie"
Rogue stares at her reflection in the mirror and evaluates what she is -- and isn't. X-Men: Evolution universe.

"The Queen and the Hunter"
Barely more than a child when she married Magnus, Rogue quietly defers to her husband, then feels the urge to rebel. Age of Apocalypse.

"Return to the Rooftop"
As they settle into their new roles as leaders of the X-Men, Rogue and Gambit try to settle into another role as well: platonic friends.

"Sek, Lies and Videotape"
(with Keri Wilson)
After their wedding, Rogue and Gambit record a farewell message of sorts for Sehkmet Conoway. Sillyfic.

Sim Salem Project
An ongoing series of stories in which Rogue and Gambit are living a happy suburban life with their precocious son, Luc.
• "Confiteor"
• "The Cherry Cookie Incident"
• "The Sphinx's Question"
• "Gotta Learn Them All"
• "Happy Anniversary!"
• "Home Nursing"
• "Saturday Morning in Salem Center"
• "The Cabbage Patch"

"Smoke and Mirrors"
Centering on the relationship between Rogue and Remy and on the growing human intolerance of mutants, this story begins (in terms of "normal" continuity) just before Bishop joins the team and ends just after LegionQuest.

(With Alexis)
When Mercy LeBeau comes to deliver some news to Gambit, she falls in lust with Iceman and chaos ensues. (Unfinished.)

After coming back home to the X-Mansion, many of the X-Men, including Rogue and Colossus, try to make peace with the ghosts in their lives. (Unfinished.)

(With Faith Barnett)
Just after the Trial of UXM 350, the various X-Men try to get on with their lives. (Unfinished.)

"A Walk in the Woods"
Banished to the woods after her disastrous encounter with Cody, Rogue is suspicious when she meets a beautiful woman who wants to take care of her.

"A Window to Her Soul"
Colossus awakens and finds inspiration in Rogue's sleeping form.

elsewhere in Alykat's World:

"The Morning Paper"
Hank and Bobby miss seeing their favorite comic strip in the Sunday paper. A tribute to Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.
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DISCLAIMER: Bring me a burning stake, because I feel like a heretic to the mighty cause that is RoGambitedom. :D However, if you feel merciful, feedback or commentary would be great at You know all characters are Marvel's? Actually, I really invented this great new character called Rogue ... and ... she can't usually touch people and stuff ... Isn't that just so original? :D I'll give it a PG -rating for the word "sex" and very subtle, nongraphic implications of Rogue and Colossus having it.

A Window to Her Soul

On a bleak, grey dawn, Piotr Rasputin awoke to his muse. Lying next to him where she had the morning before and the morning before that, was his lover. Although he had known that she would be there, he had not expected to find her transfigured by the indefinable something that created art, by the elusive, ungraspable mystery found in la Giaconda's inward smile. Where, however, the Mona Lisa hinted mockingly about knowing some delicious secret of happiness, Rogue's expression seemed to tell of a private grief that went to the core of her being. While the man's heart broke for her pain, the artist rejoiced in the juxtaposition of beauty and tragedy, innocence and knowledge, vulnerability and strength.

He had to sketch her, he knew instantly, no self-conscious model could hope to capture the immense poignancy that she, sleeping in her white-silk slip, did. Hastily, not wanting her to wake in the interim, he fumbled in a drawer and removed a sketch-pad and dark pencil. Hands nimbly sped over the paper, as if possessed, tracing the contours of her body and face. She had lines that were the reason that the cavemen had first scratched on walls, he thought in growing delight, the quote's aptness compensating for its unoriginality in his eyes. (1)

He drew feverishly, scribbling towards the end in his haste to capture every aspect of her from ungraceful feet to the swirl of hair that was the stroke of a brush. Finally, book filled with endless sketches of her, he put his pen down and flipped through his work, amazement growing with each page he turned. If he painted this, he thought with a realisation that went beyond arrogance, it would be a masterpiece.

It would also be a violation of an intimacy that went beyond sex or love. She did not care for him - he understood that fact all too well as he held her slender body, knowing that her soul and heart were either a thousand miles or a few doors away. The fact did not hurt him, because he felt the same way about her. They found mutual comfort, understanding, a respite in each others arms, without the encumberance of love. She trusted him, because he demanded and gave nothing. Similarly, by their silent compact, he took nothing from her that she did not offer freely, and she did not offer her innermost soul freely to him. Did not share the secrets or the tragedy that his hastily scribbled sketches showed. He knew what he had to do.

Dropping a kiss on her creased forehead and pulling the sheet over her shoulders, he clambered out of bed and walked to the fireplace. A puff of breath reignited the embers, shot up tiny sparks and a cloud of ash. Almost reverantly, he tore the first page off the wad of sketches and placed it in the hearth. It took almost instantly, black spreading outward from a spot over her heart as flame consumed the picture and hid her soul from him again. That was the way it was meant to be, but it hurt.



1. Anyone watched the justifiably brilliant “As Good as it Gets”?


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