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Stories by RogueStar

"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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This entity is a contradiction. Composed of elements which have always been set against each other, it should not exist. But it does. Different dreams and visions which have collided many times in the past are now one. A deadly collusion, a gestalt created when the most powerful minds combined with the most powerful body. It has taken on a new name, a significant one, Alpha. The name is apt - this entity believes itself to be the beginning. Yet, another way, it is also the end - for it desires the destruction of a dream. A dream, which ironically enough, was the brainchild of one of the component minds. A dream opposed fervently by the other pieces of this tripartite mind - this jigsaw psyche. Alpha is pleased with its first action. It has set into motion the domino effect which will spell the end of the only ones capable of opposing him - the X-Men. With a trial that laid open their doubts and their fears, that divided the team in two irrevocably, Alpha began its master-plan. He now seeks to continue their destruction, piece by piece, until the jigsaw puzzle is broken. Systematically eroding his opposition. Alpha has always believed in the old maxim ‘divide and conquer'. He smiles.

M'head hurts as I wake up t'another cold day. Pardonnez-moi, night. De glare off de snow makes it impossible t'travel when it is light. Been walkin' f'r a few days now - wit'out food, save f'r what I could scavenge from de wrecked citadel. Water be no problem when ya surrounded by miles o' featureless snow. Melt some an' drink. From what I remember o' National Geographic, dere be bases in Antarctica - if I c'n get to one o' dem, I stand a chance. Or de Savage Land. Seems impossible here in dis cold landscape dat dere be a tropical paradise nearby. C'n taste dat fruit now, feel de sun on my face . . . . Been pushin' m'powers to deir limits simply t'survive - t'keep warm - an' I'm exhausted. Seems t'me dat it would be nice t'crawl up in de snow an' die - least den I'd get some peace. Non. Can't t'ink like dat . . . must keep movin', leBeau. No time f'r self-pity. An' self-pity really don't suit you well, Remy. Her words still echo through my aching head, over'n'over again like a bad record. Can't bring m'self t'hate her, even though she did leave me t'die. Or survive. She didn't care. It's up ta you whether you live or die. Ah don't care any more. Can't feel m'legs. Everyt'ing's shimmering . . . so much light . . . red light . . . like . . . .


"I don't care, Kevin. You've betrayed me. Lied to me about who you are and your entire history," the blonde woman put a hand over her heart melodramatically, "How could you? I loved you. Unconditionally."

Cannonball puts another handfull of popcorn into his mouth, rapt.

"You wanted the truth, Rhonda? The whole truth? Look at the way you are reacting now - I couldn't have trusted you with my secret," her husband - a tall, dark man - pleaded, "I couldn't have!"

"Turn that trash off, Sam," Rogue says, her eyes narrowing into slits.

"But . . . Rogue . . . . It's th' Days of All Our Children's Bold Lives in the City. Ah always watch it."

"Ah said to turn it off, Sam."

"Sheesh," he ignores her and carries on watching the flickering screen.

"So now I'm leaving you, because I simply don't care any more. About you. About what you did. I'm tired of living with the uncertainty of wondering how much else you aren't telling me. It's over, Kevin."

"But, Rhonda, I love you."

"You're honest with the people you love, Kevin. Otherwise, you run the risk of being hurt."

"TURN IT OFF NOW!!!!!!!!" The X-Woman screams.

"Rogue?" Cannonball asks in concern, "Rogue?"

"Leave me alone . . . ." she runs upstairs to her room as she has so often this past week, "JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!!"

"Well done, Sammy," Iceman says sarcastically, "I'll go talk to her."

"I'm sorry . . . I didn't know . . . ."

You can cut the tension in this house with a razor-blade. You can feel it around you, hanging over you like a dark spirit. Like a bitter taste that seeps into the sweetness. Bobby would say that it's the black fly in our chardonnay. And it's not only because I'm telepathic that I can pick up on it - everyone has been on edge. I wish I could calm the tumult of emotions that rages around me. As is, I'm escaping it. Scott needs time to recuperate far from the burdens of leadership. He says that he will do nothing, but I know he will. He's that kind of man. Especially now that everything seems to be falling down around our ears. My bags are packed and we're leaving in a few hours for Alaska. Hopefully, when we return, things will be better . . .

The tall, african-american looks down incredulously at the cajun slumped in the snow. He repeats his previous word.


"Bishop. Now dat de introductions are over, c'n ya help me up?"

Bishop hauls his team-mate to his feet, "What, in the name of the Uniorb, are you doing here?"

"Could ask ya de same question. Last time I checked, Antarctica wasn' de premier spot f'r a vacation."

"The Shi'ar ship that I commandeered from Deathbird uses an electromagnentic guidance system. It is logical that it would automatically direct itself to the area of greatest intensity - the South Pole, in this case."

"Ya sure ya not be Vulcan?"

"‘Vulcan'?" Bishop looks confused.

Gambit smiles briefly, "Carry on, mon ami."

"The scanner on the ship indicated a life-form nearby, I hoped it was a base as the ship is running low on fuel. I found you here instead."

"T'ank heavens."

"Now that I have explained why I am here, would you be so kind as to do the same?"

"I'll tell ya on de way home. It be a long story."

"Do you know where we can get fuel?"

"Don' need any," Gambit flexes a hand, "Shi'ar drives run on energy produced by a complex chemical reaction. Kinetic energy."

"You look exhausted. Perhaps you should rest before we attempt a return flight."

"Oui," He stumbles and Bishop puts out an arm to steady him, "C'n I rest outta de cold, mon ami?"

"Come on . . . ."

Ah think Ah should win an award from Kleenex foh most loyal customer th' way Ah've been usin' their tissues. Way Ah've been cryin', Ah'm surprised Ah have any more tears left. There has ta be a limit somewhere. Never is one though. Is this what love is meant to be like? Tears an' pain - no wonder Ah didn't want any part of it. Damn you, Remy. Comin' along with your pretty words an' pulling me outta mah fears, just when they were startin' ta feel right. Makin' me believe that we had a chance. That Ah could be normal. Could be yours. That's what it comes right down to in the end . . . Ah fell in love with you. Foh once in mah life, relationships stopped bein' a game - stopped bein' somethin' ta win a prize. Love was th' prize. It was enough. Was. ‘Cause, sugah, seems like we've spent th' past few years playin' a game o' three-card monte where we always lose. There can be no winner. There is no red queen in th' three card set.


"Go ‘way, Bobby."

"Are you all right?"

"Ah'm fine, Can't stand soaps is all. Somethin' ‘bout all that collagen an' silicone that gives me a headache."

Ah'm lyin' o' course. That soap was too close ta life. Mah life. One long drama after another - always ends in tragedy.

"Tell me about it. Cannonball's addicted though. He's now onto Beautiful Savannah Sunset."

"Tell him Ah'm sorry. Just if'n Ah saw that blonde bimbo clasp her hand ta her heart one more time . . . ."

"Sure. I know how you feel."

Liar. Since when has he left th' love of his life ta die?

"Yeah, Ah know you do."

"Rogue . . . do you want to talk about Gambit?"

Mah heart catches in mah throat at th' mention of his name. Ah don't want ta face up ta what Ah've done any more than Remy did.


"If you ever want to, you know where to come."

"Sure thing, Aunty Ruth."

"If you sure, you're okay . . . ."

"Ah'm fine."

Just fine. Th' tears come again.

"Bobby . . . oh Bobby . . . ." Beast bounds down the hall, "Why so blue? And coming from me, that's surprising."

"Rogue," his reply is as simple as it is apt, "I hate to see her so unhappy."

"Then my proposal shall rectify that problem."

"Proposal, Beast? You? And disappoint the entire female population?"

"Ha ha ha. I have recently received a postcard from an old friend of mine, inviting me on an expedition to South America to study rare orchids."

"Sounds fascinating," Iceman states sarcastically.

"Doesn't it?" He grins, "I'd like you to come with me."

"Let me think about it . . . ." he is silent for a few seconds, "I thought about it. No."

"There will be pygmies . . . ."

"Hmmm . . . ."

"And I hear that it's almost carnival time in Rio . . . ."

"Hmmm . . . ."

"The old friend is a young, attractive woman."

"What are we waiting for? Let's go."

Beast slaps him on the back, "I knew you would see it my way."

Psylocke stretches as she wakes and climbs off the futon where she has been sleeping. Her head hurts and she reaches for an aspirin. What did she do last night, she thinks groggily, certainly she had not drunk anything. Then remembers . . . . She had fought yet another battle with the dark side growing within her, the core of pure, corrupt evil in her mind. It had required considerable psionic skill to eradicate the inclination. Considerable skill which she would not have dreamed she possessed. Skill that the other members of her team certainly would not have thought she commanded.

"Phoenix. Always Phoenix," she whispers, "Always Jean. The protegee. Jean . . . Jean! Jean! How I hate that name!"

"There are two of us then," an amused voice says from the other side of the room.

Psylocke spins around, her psionic knife blazing into life, her headache forgotten.

"Shaw. I thought you were dead."

"I did not think you cared," he leans against the white wall, "I have a proposition, my dear, which I believe you will find most attractive."

"I'll hear you out . . . ."

I have been known as many things in my lifetime. A street-rat. A goddess. Wind rider. X-Man. All titles which I have accepted gladly, save for the second. There has always been one title which I have hated and oddly enough long to be called again. Stormy. It is not the name that matters, Shakespeare was quite right there, but the man who calls me it. My brother and my dearest friend. The one whose name is no longer spoken here, and, when it is, is accompanied by a dreadful pause that says the unsayable. Remy leBeau. Gambit. Goddess . . . I miss him so dreadfully and, yet, a part of me rejoices in his suffering. The part that was the protector of the Morlocks. The part that still mourns for their deaths. How can I reconcile these two halves of me? The friend and the foe. Goddess only knows.

Marrow hides in darkness, as she hides from her own ugliness. She kids herself, pretends that all ugliness is beauty, that it only serves to make her stronger. She never believes it in her deepest heart, in the part of that still cries for her people and remembers their deaths.

"You want ta talk, girl?" A slow southern drawl asks from the other corner of the room.

"Go away, cornball, before I rip you a whole new flow-through ventilation system."

"Sure. Whatevah. Sound like mah sister when she's been deprived o' her fix o' Oreos."

"I am nothing like your sister."

"Paige? You two are similar. Both angry at who they are, where they come from. Both playin' th' biggest game of fancy-dress o' their lives."

"Life is no game."

"Maybe not," Cannonball grins, "But life ain't a funeral either. You're only cheatin' yourself if'n you think it is."

"I am the living monument to my people's deaths. I am the hate they feel. I am their revenge."

"Gee an' there I thought you were just a mutant girl."

"Laugh while you can, farmboy."

"Here," he slides the tray of cookies and cocoa towards her, "Thought you might be hungry."

She takes it gingerly and slurping noises soon emanate from her dark corner, followed by crunching.

"Mah pleasure. Dinner's in an hour. Come upstairs."

In the darkness, a single tear drips down Marrow's cheek and falls into her cocoa.

"The chosen one," Alpha looks at the image of a man on the screen before him, "My dark slave, my assassin. The one who will betray them all."

The robot, standing quiescent in the corner, splutters into life.

"Fenris. Fetch me everything that my other servant had gleaned before his capture."

"Processing. Which servant is that, Lord?"

"Bastion," Alpha's voice betrays his impatience.

"Retrieving files BST14-ST to OZT56-ZT now."

"Excellent," Alpha's face is lit up by the read-outs scrolling up the screen, "Excellent. . . ."


To be continued.

1. The black fly in our chardonnay bit is from the Morisette song - ‘Ironic'


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