Author: Kat Lee
Character/Pairing: Wolverine, Jubilee, Cyclops, light Wolverine/Storm, mild Cyclops/Jean
Challenge/Prompt: 1_million_words Say What Friday: "It's not the years. It's the mileage." -- Indiana Jones and fffc Bingo: Blue Sky
Word Count: 1,167
Date Written: 20 March 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Marvel Comics and Disney, not the author, and are used without permission.
“I don’t like the idea of her going out with you again.”
“Nobody asked you,” Logan growled, shrugging into his leather jacket. “Kid goes where she wants.”
“You don’t exactly hang out with nice people, Logan.”
“You think you’re her pop now or something?”
“I’m just worried about her receiving the wrong influence -- “ Scott started, stepping into Logan’s pathway.
The Wolverine didn’t answer verbally. His lips pulled away from his teeth as he growled, low and deep, a final warning.
Jubilee darted in between them at that exact moment. “You’re not my dad,” she told Scott, grabbing Logan’s hand, the touch of her hand on his making him instantly retract his claws, “and I go where I wanna go. Come on, Wolvy.”
Wolverine had retracted his claws and calmed down for her sake, but he still stood where he was. “In a moment, Jube. Go ahead. I’ll be right behind you.”
“Wolveroonie -- “
“I mean it. Go.”
Jubilee looked up at him with her best, wounded puppy dog expression, but Logan stood his ground. “Go,” he growled again, but at her look and the whine he could hear accompanying her gaze in his head, he added, “I promise I won’t make him another convertible convertible or chop his butt down to size.”
The kid split into a grin. “Deal,” she said and roller bladed on.
“I don’t see why you have to take her everywhere you go any way -- “ Scott resumed now that they were alone.
“I only let her come when she wants to come and it’s not too dangerous. I can handle her, Summers, and she needs to have some fun outside of this dump.”
“If it’s such a dump, why do you stay?”
“Maybe I shouldn’t. But I do. Maybe the people have something to do with that. But the bottom line is: if Jubie wants to come with me, she’s coming if I allow it. You don’t get a say in the matter.”
“I’m team leader -- “
“Which means you lead the team, not us. Jubilee’s an old soul, Cyke. She doesn’t need to be treated like a kid all the time.”
“She is a kid!”
“Like I said, old soul. It’s not the years who make us who we are, Summers. It’s the mileage, and Jubilee’s been through way too much and saved both our asses too many times to be treated like a child all the time. She deserves to be looked at and treated for the young woman she is, not just another kid who’s in the way and under her foot. She’s a member of this team, and she’s my best friend.”
“Aw -- “
“Back. The. Fuck. Off,” Logan growled, unsheathing his claws again, “before I regret giving the girl my word that I won’t hurt you. She goes where she wants, and if anybody has a problem with it, or keeps having a problem with it, they answer to me. I gave her my word,” he states again, reminding himself as much as Scott and retracting his claws yet again, “an’ that’s the only reason why you’re still standing.”
“You talk a good talk -- “
“You wanna hear what I can talk?” Logan barked in retort. “Tell ya what: You say one more damn word, an’ I’m gonna tell Jeannie exactly where you were last Friday night.”
Thunder suddenly blasted outside the X-Mansion as the beautiful, blue sky suddenly filled with dark, storm clouds. Ororo approached the men, lightning cutting in her dangerous, blue eyes. “If you do not both calm down and put your testosterone away, I will, if necessary, use force to separate you. Logan, Jubilee’s waiting for you outside. Scott, Jean’s already called twice for you -- “ She paused, looked directly in his eyes, seemed to consider something, and finally cut her tirade short by simply adding, “ -- and you need to mind your business.”
“But he’s endangering the youngest and most impressionable member of our team!”
“Jubilee is in danger of every moment of every day she spends with us, and she is in even more danger outside the school. She was on her own for years, Scott, before she ever followed us to Australia, and she quickly proved herself far more mature than most adults I have known when she single-handedly rescued Wolverine from the Reavers. That girl is no child!”
Ororo shook her head sadly but released the clouds outside, chasing them away and returning the beautiful, blue day so that Jubilee could have the fun times she needed with Wolverine. “She is an X-Man, and her childhood was stolen from her much the same as most of ours was taken away. You will not stand between her and what fun she is able to have. Furthermore, if something was to happen where she is concerned, Wolverine would not stop even at ripping apart the whole world to protect her. You should know that, as well as you should know that the only reason you are still able to stand is because Logan promised her he would not resort to your measures and touch you. Now leave them alone.”
Scott -- Jean called inside Scott’s mind as his head lowered and his cheeks burned with both anger and embarrassment.
Yes, ma’am, he thought to her rather than say the words aloud. “You’re right. Jean is calling for me.” He slid pass Ororo and continued on down the hall.
Logan grinned down at Ororo. “Remind me not to ever make you mad, Stormy.”
“That wasn’t me angry,” she told him, smiling. “That was simply me irritated.”
“I know, darlin’,” he drawled, and he did know that as well as he knew that there were many reasons why she was called Stormy, not the least of which was the fact that she had the power to always back up her words. “Thank you.” He tipped his cowboy hat, and as he slid past her in the hallway, he leaned down and swiftly pecked her cheek.
Ororo smiled and called after him as he hurried after Jubilee, “I have it on a pretty trustworthy source that today is going to be a splendid day for riding.”
“Thanks,” he said, winking and darted out.
Ororo continued on until she reached the first open window, then leapt out of it and took to the blue sky. Flying high above her family, she could see Logan and Jubilee beginning their trek on his bike. She smiled as birds and the Springtime breeze sang. Those two were exactly what each other needed.
Logan would make certain the girl stayed safe while he tried to give her a taste of what a childhood with a father might have been like for her, and she was exactly what he needed to start opening up. Maybe one day she’d even make him soft enough that Ororo would finally win more than just a swift kiss from him. She sighed softly, still smiling. Now that was what dreams were truly made of!