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UXM #350 Aftermath

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: If it's not mine, it's Marvel's.

Lindsey sighed and shifted her bag from one hand to the other for the fifth time in the last ten minutes. She winced at the deep red groove the plastic bag's handle had left in her palm and silently cursed whoever it was who had made such uncomfortable bags.

A soft clinking sound made Lindsey glance down towards her newly repositioned shopping bag. Her wine coolers were banging together with every step that she took. Another long suffering sigh escaped Lindsey as she squatted down on the sidewalk. She peered into the stretching plastic bag and considered her options.

Several moments later, Lindsey shoved her loaf of bread between the two bottles of Passion Fruit wine cooler. She looked at the arrangement through narrowed eyes, as if daring the bottles to test her patience any further. Seeing as the bottles didn't seem ready to do so at that moment, Lindsey wearily rose to her feet again, pushing a strand of brown hair out of her damp face.

A loud cry caught Lindsey's attention. She recognized the voice as the same one she had heard shortly after leaving Metro. I just hope that it isn't some kid thinking that I'm mommy... Lindsey thought. It's far too hot for any of that today!

The sound of pounding footsteps approaching dashed that hope. Lindsey sighed and turned around, waiting for the coming confrontation. Damned mutant power! Lindsey thought, highly annoyed at her ability to appear to be anybody that people expected to see.

It could be useful, on occasions, but her particular genetic quirk could also be a real pain. Especially when all that she wanted to do was get her groceries home, open her wine coolers, and pop in a nice movie.

A teary eyed woman was tearing across the pavement towards Lindsey. Her lips parted and a name tore it's way out. "Remy!" the woman cried, her hands wrapping around Lindsey's upper arm as she skidded to a halt next to her.

Lindsey's blue eyes widened in shock as the narrow telepathic abilities which were a part of her larger mutancy picked up a wave of guilt and sorrow from the woman. A picture of a man with red on black eyes flashed through Lindsey's head. That must be who she sees me as, Lindsey realized.

Her desire to see this man must be so intense that my power is picking up on it! Lindsey thought, aghast. Almost every previous use of her power had served to make her less noticeable. And now, she was faced with a woman who looked about ready to fall apart on her.

"Remy..." the woman breathed, her green eyes filling with tears. Her hand was painfully tight around Lindsey's arm.

What does she want from me? Lindsey thought frantically. The telepathic abilities which always ensured that Lindsey could come up with the proper words fitting the image that she wore in people's minds piped up.

The words which flashed through Lindsey's mind was enough to make her draw in a deep, pained gasp. Oh God! She expects to find so much hatred here!

Lindsey struggled to pull herself out of the harsh, unforgiving words that flowed from the woman's mind to her own. She's hurting so much! I can't say any of those things...

"Chere," Lindsey said, her voice taking on an accent that she had never before possessed.

The woman stared at her, wide eyed and suddenly hopeful. Her hand twitched against Lindsey's aching arm.

Lindsey dove past the words that the woman expected to hear, and found those which she most wanted to hear. "Chere, I understand."

The woman's face broke into a teary smile, and Lindsey gave a mental sigh of relief. Now all that I have to do is explain that I'm not actually this 'Remy' person... But at least I can feel my arm again.



*Sigh* I don't think that I managed to explain Lindsey's power all that well. I hope that everyone understood despite the not so great explanation.


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