Title: Matters of the Heart
Disclaimer: I don’t own the characters
Summary: Fed up with Rogue, Kitty takes matters into
her own hands.
A/N: This is my first Evo fic, so be gentle. It’s not much, but I’m pretty proud of it.
Probably set a few months after the Apocalypse stuff. If I get enough encouragement, I may even try another fic, lol. The
horror, ;) Also, I tried not to make Rogue talk too much because I’m not used to accents.
her spot in the tree branch, she could see everything. It managed to make her feel content for the moment. Living in the institute
could mange to drive anyone insane. Quiet moments like this were a much needed break from her normal hectic lifestyle. Sighing,
she relaxed, closing her eyes and leaned against the tree trunk. It would be a while before anyone came looking for her.
loud accented voices broke the quiet and she managed not to groan out loud. Opening her eyes, she spotted Rogue and Remy,
arguing. This wasn’t unusual, but she could tell that Remy must have aggravated Rogue more than normal this time.
she thought it was romantic that Remy tried to always touch Rogue and try to show her that her mutation didn’t matter
to him. But she knew Rogue better than anyone. While sharing a room with her, she noticed the little things. Her friend could
only take so much before wanting to hit something or someone. And unfortunately for the Cajun, he seemed to always be there
to set Rogue off.
Remy seemed to be trying to placate her, but Rogue was on a roll. She was screaming at him to never
touch her again. Kitty knew from experience that Rogue was just trying to hide behind her cold demeanor. It wasn’t hard
to see that Rogue was scared. Scared of her feelings or the fact that someone actually dared to contradict her “no touching”
rule, she wasn’t sure.
She felt her heart break for her friend. Rogue had been traumatized with the Cody incident
and didn’t want to hurt anyone. She could understand that, but it only served to make Rogue cold and distant. In the
long run, it would only hurt her more to separate herself from everyone. Despite what Rogue believed, she did need friends
and the others at the institute were aware of her mutation.
The fact that not many of them went out of their way to
befriend Rogue didn’t help matters much. Not that she could blame some of the younger mutants. Rogue’s glare could
even intimidate Mr. Logan on a good day. The only one who was immune to it was Jamie. He was also one of the few people who
could get her to smile. A miracle in itself.
Kitty wished that she could slap some sense into Rouge, but that would
only be a death wish. Remy was the only person who dared to stand up to her and test her limits. And even he had his limits
for how much abuse he would take. She saw him walk away and watched as Rogue leaned against the tree.
She almost fell
off the branch when Rogue spoke.
“Ah know you’re up there, Kit...”
Catching herself, she slowly
phased down, landing to stand next to Rogue. Placing a hand on her shoulder, she tried to ignore Rogue’s flinch.
do you push him away? It only hurts both of you.”
“He’s playin’ with me.”
glared at her, folding her arms across her chest. Staring up at the taller girl, she gathered all of her courage. “Rogue,
listen to yourself. You thrive on making your life a drama. If it was a game to him, he would have given up by now. But who
has he followed around for the past three months? Who has he cooked for, tried to impress?”
Rogue glared back,
but didn’t respond. Kitty met her gaze, starting to feel more confident. “Guys are idiots. Face it. But he likes
you. I can tell.”
A smirk appeared on Rogue’s face. “Jus’ like ya knew Bobby an’ Amara
where “so right”?”
Kitty stuck her tongue out and continued. “Don’t change the subject!”
humored her, although Kitty got the impression that she wasn’t really listening. She was on a roll and she was going
to phase her halfway through the ground if she had to. “I just want you to be happy, Rogue. We’re friends, right?”
waiting for Rogue to answer, she rushed ahead. “Remy could very well be a gamble, but if he ever hurts you in any way,
just think of all the people that would hurt him! Mr. Logan, for one would dice him up, Kurt would probably tear him limb
to limb, I would make him eat my cooking, and I’m sure the others would rough him up some.”
laughter made Kitty stop and stare. Rogue was laughing? That wasn’t the plan. Frowning, she watched as Rogue composed
“Sorry, Kit, but Ah couldn’t help but picture it. Poor Rem...” She started to snicker again
and Kitty pouted. This wasn’t at all what she had in mind.
“But, Rogue, that wasn’t the point! The
point is that you shouldn’t close yourself off from everyone. We care about you and I’m sure Remy cares about
you as more than a friend.”
“But what’s the point?”
“Don’t start with the
“Ah can’t touch” crap! As far as I’m concerned, it’s a defense mechanism.”
raised an eyebrow and waved a gloved hand in her direction.
“You know what I mean, missy. I’m sure Remy
can get creative enough....”
“Don’ ya dare finish that sentence.”
Kitty stopped and
grinned mischievously. “Why not, Roguey? Afraid you might like what he comes up with? He is a thief, I’m sure
“Kitty, if ya value your life, Ah’m warnin’ ya.”
“If you could
see the look on your face. You’re redder than Jean’s hair. Admit it! You like him!”
ta dignify that with a response.”
“Someone has a crush.”
“Someone has a death wish.”
still didn’t deny it.”
“But Ah didn’t admit it.”
Kitty sighed. “You, are
Rogue snorted and grabbed Kitty’s arm, dragging her towards the institute. “An
you’re annoyin. We’re even.”
Together, the two friends traded insults as they headed inside. Kitty
smiled, knowing that one day she would make Rogue see just what she could have, but for now, she was happy just to see her
friend smile. But if she had to lock the two in the same room to work out their differences, she would. There was only so
much mayhem she could take with all these people around here. An evil smile graced her features as she plotted ways to get
Rogue to admit her feelings.