Wake Up And Smell The Roses! By Nadja Lee 11/12/01
English is not my native language. Please forgive me my mistakes.
Disclaimer: “X-men” and all the characters here belong to Marvel, 20 Century Fox and I intend no infringement, this is a piece of amateur fan fiction, and I make no money of it.
Only the original idea contained within this work is the property of the author. Please do not copy this story to any website or archive without permission of the author.
Timeline: Set in the movie universe. After the movie
Universe: Set in the movie universe; NOT the book which goes with it.
Romance: Scott/Kitty, Logan/Rogue, Jean/Hank
Summary: Logan has a plan to bring Scott and Kitty together but will it succeed?
Archiving: Want, ASK, take, have.
Feedback: Yes, please. My e-mail address is email@example.com
Sequel/series: Part 5 in “Forbidden Love” series.
Dedicated to Leah and Susan with love and thanks.
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“Are you sure you know what you’re doing?” Jean whispered lowly to Logan as she passed him on her way to the assemble hall where Scott was leading the production of this year’s school play; “Romeo And Juliet” with Jubilee and Remy in the leading roles. The play was planned to open in two weeks so Scott had his hands full. Right now he was setting the background.
“Of course. It’s me,” Logan said confidently and smiled at Rogue who he held by the hand.
“That’s why I’m worried,” Jean mumbled under her breath.
They entered the assemble hall to the usual chaos that Scott was unsuccessfully trying to sort out. Tons of students were running around with paper threes, costumes, parts of what should be a house and so forth. Kitty was standing up on a ladder and trying to arrange the roof of Juliet’s castle and Scott was eying her worryingly and telling her to get down so he could do it. Kitty had just been convinced to come down as she reached for something out of range and lost her footing.
“Help! Scooooott!” Kitty yelled panicked and tried to grab hold of the ladder again but couldn’t.
“Look out,” Jean yelled and got a telekinetic grip on Kitty but she was still falling towards the floor, only a little slower this time. “I can’t hold her,” Jean said panicked.
Scott looked worried at Kitty and reached up his arms towards her.
“Let her down slowly, Jean. I’ve got her,” Scott called and Jean nodded. Everyone held their breath as Kitty was slowly eased down into Scott’s arms and he lifted her all the way to the ground.
“You alright?” Scott whispered worried and looked her into the eyes.
“Uh, hmm,” Kitty just whispered and Scott pulled her close to him.
“I could have lost you,” he mumbled lowly.
“Jean. You alright?” Hank asked worried as he through the bond he and Jean shared had felt her panic.
“I’m fine,” Jean assured but sounded very tired.
“Come here,” he said softly and pulled his girlfriend into his arms. Hank had loved Jean since he had first seen her at a medical conference and her acceptance of him and his looks had made him see her as special. And after he had talked with her and seen her brilliance in the medical field he had been stuck by Cupid’s arrow. When he had heard she had broken up with Scott or rather him with her he had come to see her again and they had started dating. They had now been going out for six months and Jean had not only loved him back but had also showed him the greatest trust a telepath can; she had created a mind link between them so they could both always read and hear each others thoughts. Truly Hank had never been happier.
“I don’t know how but I’m sure you had something to do with that,” Jubilee said to Logan as she pointed towards Kitty and Scott who were still locked in after shock embrace.
“Me? I can do many things but manipulate the forces of nature aren’t one of them,” Logan assured. Just in that instant Ororo entered the room.
“Aha, your accomplice,” Jubilee said and went over to talk with Ororo. Rogue laughed.
“Really, Jubes sees conspiracies everywhere.”
Logan smiled secretly.
“You know what they say; it’s only paranoia if they aren’t out to get you.”
“What do you...” Rogue began but Logan silenced her efficiently by putting his lips over hers.
“Logan, my friend, I need to talk with you,” Ororo’s gentle voice broke through Logan and Rogue’s rising passion and reluctantly Logan ended the kiss. Oh, the joy of Rogue now being able to control her powers...
“What is it?”
“There is a man at the door who claims.....” Ororo began.
“I’ll take care of it,” Logan cut her off. He turned and gave Rogue a quick kiss. “I’ll be right back,” he promised. She smiled.
“You better be or I’ll go look for a new husband,” she teased.
“Don’t you dare,” Logan only half joked and went to the front door.
As if on a signal Kitty suddenly began to cough violently as Logan left. Scott drew back from her looked worried at her.
“I’m...” Kitty began but then blushed heavily and just coughed again. Her legs gave way under her and Scott gently eased her to the floor, never letting go of her.
“What’s going on here?” He shouted towards Jean and Hank. “Jean, Hank. Tell me,” he demanded.
Jean looked from Kitty, to Hank and then towards the door where Logan had just disappeared through. Why in the world had they ever agreed to Logan’s insane plan anyway?
“It’s...bad, I’m afraid,” Jean got out and to her credit it sounded genuinely sad but then she had always been a good liar.
“What is it? What’s wrong with her? Tell me!” Scott yelled panicked and Kitty gritted her teeth. Why had she ever agreed to Logan’s plan? Oh, yeah. She loved Scott more than anything in this world and somehow Logan’s strange logic had made sense.... back then anyhow.
“Exituxtic. It’s incurable and contagious through body fluids,” Hank said soberly. He was a poor liar but Scott was too upset to notice.
“Exituxtic?!” Jean whispered. Hank shrugged his shoulders.
“Why didn’t you tell me?” Scott whispered softly to Kitty, tears in his voice.
“I...didn’t think you’ll care,” she whispered and blushed again.
“That girl is the world’s worst liar,” Jubilee whispered to Rogue. “Now, I on the other hand...”
“Not now. Where IS Logan anyway? What in the world is he up to?” Rogue wondered.
“Do you think he loves her?” Bobby asked the girls.
“Yes,” Rogue answered. “Well, I hope so anyway.”
“Of course I care!” Scott protested hotly to Kitty’s comment. Kitty smiled sadly and turned her face away from him.
“Yes...like a teacher for a student or maybe a big brother for a little sister.”
Scott shook his head violently.
“No, not like that at all. Kitty, look at me,” he asked softly and slowly she turned back to face him.
“ I’ve tried to fight it. I’ve tried to deny it. You were never supposed to know but.... I love you. I love you like a man loves a woman. I love you more than anything in this world or the next.”
“Yes. I do,” with that he bent down and claimed her lips with his in a loving kiss. It was everything Kitty as ever hoped for and more. It was such a sweet, gently and loving kiss than she had only thought possible in fairytales. After what seemed like forever Scott drew back.
“That was...” Kitty began dreamingly until a thought stuck her. “You...you kissed me! But....”
Scott smiled kind of sadly.
“I know. I meant it when I said you mean everything to me. Without you I have no reason for living. If you can’t live with me I’ll die with you.”
“Oh, Scott,” Kitty mumbled touched and drew him into her embrace.
“Hey, look what I found,” Logan announced and all but dragged a Rabbi over to stand before Kitty and Scott.
“A Jewish priest?!” Rogue said disbelieving. What was the odds this would still fool Scott?
“Kitty, I meant for this to be said much better, much more romantic but.... will you marry me?” Scott asked softly.
“He’s in love,” Rogue, Jubilee, Bobby and St. John said at the same time. Apparently it was true; love really did make blind, as Scott apparently still haven’t figured it all out.
“Oh, Scott! I’ll love to,” Kitty said and she drew him into another kiss before she felt herself being lifted up. When she turned around she saw that Scott was carrying her as he stood before the Rabbi.
“Scott, put me down.”
“No, I’ll never let you go again,” he promised warmly and she smiled.
“I like the sound of that.”
“You two ready or what?” Logan asked impatiently. Kitty and Scott turned towards him and the Rabbi.
“We are,” Scott answered for them both and reluctantly put her feet on the ground.
“Harey at mekuddeshet li B'taba'at….” the Rabbi began and Kitty listened intensely to him and smiled while Scott looked truly baffled.
“Sorry to interrupt, Rabbi....but I can’t understand Hebrew,” Scott admitted.
“Aren’t you Jewish?” Logan asked disbelieving.
“No. I’m Catholic.”
“Fucking great,” Logan mumbled. “I thought you said he was Jewish,” Logan whispered accusingly to Jean.
“Scott never told me anything of his childhood. I thought...” she shrugged her shoulders.
“That’s not important. Rabbi, can you still marry us?” Scott asked.
“Well, it’ll not be legal....” the Rabbi began.
“It isn’t legal in the eyes of the law anyhow. But according to my belief, this wedding will be legal and that’s what matters,” Scott explained.
A claw appeared on Logan’s right hand.
“Sure, sure. No problem. You can be married,” the Rabbi said hurriedly and backed a little away from Logan. Logan smiled and let his claw disappear again.
“Okay. Guide us through it,” Scott asked and took hold of Kitty’s left hand and held she close.
“We’re gathered here...” the Rabbi began.
“Go to the important part,” Logan bummed.
"Yes, okay.” The Rabbi agreed, sounding nervous and tried to create more distance between himself and Logan. He turned towards Scott. “ Do you....”
“Scott Christopher Summers,” Scott helped him out.
“I didn’t know you had a middle name,” Kitty said out loud.
“Neither did we,” Jean mumbled.
Scott grinned to Kitty.
“There’s a lot about me you don’t know and now you have the rest of your life to find out.”
“ Do you Scott Christopher Summers, take .....”
“Katherine Pryde,” Kitty said softly. She couldn’t believe this was really happening. She was marrying the man of her dreams.
“...take Katherine Pryde to be
your lawful wedded wife, to love, to honour and to cherish?"
"I do. With all my heart," Scott promised and added softly to Kitty: “I’ll rather die tomorrow than having lived a lifetime without having known you.”
”Oh, Scott,” Kitty whispered and wanted to add something when the Rabbi spoke again.
"Do you, Katherine Pryde, take Scott Christopher Summers, to be your lawful wedded husband to love, to honour and to cherish?"
Kitty smiled. How many times hadn’t she heard those words in her dreams?
"I do. There is nothing I
”Do you have any rings?” the Rabbi asked.
“No. Wait a minute...” Scott corrected himself and took forth a necklace that had been hidden under his shirt. There hang a beautiful gold ring on it.
“Why...” Kitty began puzzled. Scott smiled.
“I brought it for you, thinking I’ll never give it to you. Now, it’s yours,” Scott answered warmly.
The Rabbi turned towards Scott.
"Do you, Scott Christopher
Summers, put this ring upon the finger of your bride and say to her ‘Harey at
mekuddeshet li B'taba'at zo k'dat Moshe V'israel1’?”
Scott repeated the vow as accurately as possible and it wasn’t bad when one considered he had no idea what he was saying.
“Now, place the ring on her finger.”
With a warm look Scott let the ring slide onto Kitty’s finger and she admired how it shinned in the light.
The Rabbi turned to Kitty.
“Repeat after me: ‘May this ring I receive from thee be a token of my having become thy wife according to the Law of Moses and of Israel’,” he asked her in Hebrew, knowing she’ll understand.
Kitty repeated her vows and couldn’t stop smiling brilliantly.
“Do the bride have a ring for the groom?”
“No,” Kitty answered.
“Then I pronounce you husband and wife according to the laws of Moses and Israel,” the Rabbi said. Scott seemed to wait for something.
“May I kiss her now?”
The Rabbi smiled and Logan laughed.
“You may kiss the bride.”
Scott smiled and kissed Kitty. She put her arms around him and the kiss deepened. The students and teachers broke out in cheers and applauded.
“Mazel Tov!” Hank yelled, smiling for the young couple’s happiness.
“Now, may I...” the Rabbi began.
“Oh, no. Let me follow you to the door,” Logan hurried to say before the good Rabbi said something that could let Scott know something was wrong. Logan all but dragged the Rabbi from the room.
“Kitty, I love you,” Scott whispered as they drove apart. “ I love you...my wife.”
“Now I know you do and I love you too, husband.”
Scott noticed her flagging look.
“Is something wrong?”
“I...have to tell you something.”
“I’m.... I’m not ill,” she admitted and turned her head away from him and blushed deep red. “I should never have said so. It was wrong and....but I was desperate. I didn’t know what to do...” her voice broke down and she began to cry.
“Schhhh. Don’t cry. Not on your wedding day,” Scott said softly.
“But...you’ll hate me now,” she sniffed.
“Kitty...look at me,” he asked and she turned back to face him.
“Yes?” she tried unsuccessfully to stop crying. He gently wiped away her tears.
“I’m not mad at you. I’m relieved that you’re not ill. That you’re not going to die. That none of us are going to die. That we have our entire life ahead of us. I could never be mad at you. I love you,” Scott said softly and kissed her.
“See? I said I could fix everything,” Logan said proudly as he re-entered the assemble hall and put his arms around Rogue from behind. Scott lifted his head and looked at Logan.
“If it wasn’t because Rogue love you so much and I don’t want to make her a widow I’ll kill you. Now, I think I’ll ‘just’ put you on toilet cleaning duty for the rest of your life!”
“Of all the ungrateful..... After all I’ve done for you,” Logan said in mock anger.
“You mean nearly gave me a heart attack!” Scott protested hotly.
“Whoa, wait a minute here. I just tried to help. Besides everyone was a part of this. And finally would you EVER have admitted your feelings for Kitty if not you thought something bad was gonna happen? If she had had a boyfriend would you have interfered?”
“Of course not!”
“Even if he was older than her?”
“I’ll worry for her but accept her choice.”
“You see why I had to do as I did? You’re sense of duty and honour would have kept you apart forever,” Logan threw his arms up in frustration.
“Maybe,” was all Scott admitted to but a smile was playing around his lips.
“Scott?” Kitty asked softly and drew his attention back to her.
“I know, love,” Scott drew her into a kiss and lifted her up into his arms and carried her towards the door.
“Hey, where are you going?” Jubilee asking teasingly.
“To have our wedding night, of course,” Scott smiled and Kitty blushed.
“Guess he isn’t a total loss after all,” Logan grinned as Scott carried his bride upstairs.
“Admit it; you care for them,” Rogue teased her husband. Logan smiled.
“You’re impossible,” Rogue laughed and Logan drew her into his embrace.
“And you love me for it,” Logan claimed and his lips neared hers. Rogue smiled softly.
Then no more words were spoken between them for a long time as they too found a great way to spread the rest of the day...in bed.
1 Hebrew for ‘Behold, thou are consecrated unto me with this ring according to the law of Moses and of Israel’