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Post by XslvrstarX on Tue 5 Nov 2019 - 20:51

Serena's left breast was still healing, but the swelling had gone down significantly. She was examined by a doctor who believed she would have some scar tissue but otherwise the breast would heal in time. Colossus nearly cried when he saw her for the first time after everything had happened, but she had forgiven him and all was well between them. Scott was extremely embarrassed about how he had behaved and the things he had said, but they talked and worked everything out. Serena and Jean were considered heroes in the mansion and Serena's place on the X-Men team was secured. However, she had to lay off of training and fighting while her body healed.

Gambit spoiled her and they decided to no longer hide their relationship. They were in love and everyone knew it. However, they kept things between them more serious and professional when they were in X-Men team meetings. They officially still had their own rooms, but nearly every night Gambit slept with her. It was late one evening and they were preparing to go to bed after staying up for a while playing poker. It had become a favorite past time of theirs.

"Why don't you just officially move in here with me? It seems rather logical since you spend nearly every night here anyway."

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Post by Conleth on Wed 6 Nov 2019 - 8:20

Gambit enjoyed the eventual return to some semblance of normalcy. Serena was still healing but he actually liked being able to be of some use to her. He helped her take off clothes, he washed her hair and towel dried it. She was able to use a blow dryer herself but she still had difficulty lifting her left arm over her head.

There had been alot of healing to do with the team. Only time could heal the hard feelings that had sprouted up between them, like weeds that were difficult to pull. It didn’t matter that they all knew they were being manipulated by the extra-planar entity known as Shadowking, feelings had been raw anyway. Jean had moved out of Scott’s room but had come back. Colossus was very upset at the damage he caused. He had beaten Gambit and hurt Serena. Peter was actually a very gentle giant and it would take time for him to forgive himself even if they did.

The professor had been released from the hospital and was now recovering in the mansion. Storm and hanks injuries had healed and they too were very happy to be moving about and training with the team again. Students went to their classes, ate in the cafeteria and played out in the snow when the weather allowed.

What Gambit liked the most though were the quiet nights alone with Serena. She was very good at poker, a natural by all accounts and very competitive. Their normal stakes for the games they played usually involved sexual favors and she very much liked to win. Gambit did too but more often then not it resolved into another hot, sweaty night together anyway which neither of them minded at all.

Gambit winced at what Serena said. “Call,” he said as he waited for her to either raise, fold or lay down her hand. They had been playing for a while tonight, neither of them had been ready to concede the game. He suspected that meant she really wanted him to do something to her before they actually got to sleeping. She laid down a full house. “Bah!” He grumbled as he laid down only a 2 pair. Greedily she raked in the chips toward her pile. “I already talked to the professor about that. He doesn’t think that its a very good statement to show the kids. Particularly, the older ones. And Jean and Scott are married,” he said. He shuffled the cards for her since it was her deal.

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Post by XslvrstarX on Wed 6 Nov 2019 - 8:50

Serena glanced at the clock. It was getting late. They would need to make this their last hand. She had a class in the morning and because she was still healing from her injury it took her longer to get ready in the morning than it usually did so she had to get up a little earlier. Also, because she was still healing from her injury, Gambit would remain with her in her classroom in case she needed help. He would stay at the back and was always very quiet while she taught. Serena enjoyed having him there. Whenever she would look at him sitting in the back he would smile at her.

She sighed at what Gambit said and began to deal the cards after Gambit finished shuffling them. They spent nearly every night together in the same room, but she wouldn't go against what Charles wanted. She was a guest in his house and he had been very good to her after all.

"I guess then we just continue on like this..." She held her tongue against saying 'until we get married' for several reasons. A: She was still quite young B: She didn't know if Gambit even wanted to get married and she didn't want to scare him off And C: They hadn't been together that long. She didn't want to jinx their relationship by saying something like that when things were going so well.

She was quiet a moment as another thought came to her before glancing at Gambit. "I'm going to be heading into the city this weekend to visit my parents. I...I was wondering if you wanted to come with me and have dinner with them."

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Post by Conleth on Wed 6 Nov 2019 - 10:00

Gambit flinched to the question. He did not expect this though likely he just didn’t really think of it. He had no real family so it wasn’t in his thought process. It was now though. “I’m not certain they really like me,” he said. “He threw the ante, 1 red chip and 2 blue chips, onto the bed between them. This was what it took to play the hand. ‘And I’ll raise 100,” He said and tossed 2 red chips in. He did this mechanically though, not really focusing on the game anymore. “We...haven’t spoken much about them since you last saw them. I was worried that I acted...inappropriately with them. I just didn’t like what they were saying. I was upset that you were considering...leaving me...leaving the mansion,” He revised but he knew she had wanted to leave him. He had said things while under compulsion that upset her then.

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Post by XslvrstarX on Wed 6 Nov 2019 - 10:10

Serena listened to what Gambit said and sighed. She put down her cards and moved closer to him. She took his hand and gave it a squeeze. "The things that were said that day were said out of stress. A lot had just happened and we both were upset and my parents were upset. However, I have to say this. I think you made an impression on my dad by standing up to him like you did. Very few people are brave enough to do that. Just come...please. We'll clear the air and they can start to get to know you. My family is a big part of my life Gambit and you are now as well. I just want you all to get along."

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Post by Conleth on Wed 6 Nov 2019 - 10:22

Gambit didn’t meet her eyes he just looked down at the chips on the bed. He set down the cards when she took hold of his hands and he rubbed the backs of her knuckles with his thumbs. He had warm hands, warm everything. His body generated energy constantly so he always had an abundance. He had a high endurance as well because of that.

“Alright then I have something to ask you in trade,” he said hesitantly. “I want you to accompany me to New Orleans for a couple weeks...a vacation I guess. I grew up there and want you to see and experience it,” He said and finally met her eyes. “I have...no family,” he said and she would see his red eyes look almost sad right then.

“It’s not Marti Gras or anything but we could hit the casino’s, the clubs and stay at a nice hotel I know,” he said.

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Post by XslvrstarX on Wed 6 Nov 2019 - 10:31

Tears nearly came to Serena's eyes when she saw the sadness in his. For the first time she realized how truly lonely he must feel not having a family. She reached up and gently caressed his cheek with her hand.

"I would be happy to go to New Orleans with you. Classes are almost over so that shouldn't be a problem at all."

She leaned forward and kissed him for a few moments before pulling back and looking into his eyes.

"And you have family Gambit. You have Scott, Jean, Storm, Hank, Peter, Nightcrawler, Professor X...all of them. But most importantly, you have me. I love you Gambit and no matter what happens I will always be there for you when you need me."

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Post by Conleth on Wed 6 Nov 2019 - 11:45

Gambit looked down again and frowned. “Alot of bad stuff had to happen for you to come here. We lost people we loved,” He said and lifted up his gaze to meet her eyes. He looked...troubled if she had to put a finger on his expression right then. “You’ve been such a good friend to me Serena. Every day that I can talk to you, interact with you is a good day. Even if its just sitting in your class waiting for you to need me...You make me want to be a better person...a better man. I’m not proud of everything I’ve done in my life but meeting you...knowing who you are, who your parents are...I want you to be proud of the man you’re sharing your heart with. I want to earn this,” he said. “Earn you,” he said as if he hadn’t really yet. He looked down at the cards and then his mouth turned up into a smile. A mischievous smile. He let go of her hands and pushed all of his chips into the center with the others.

“I fold,” he said which meant that she won the game. “What do you want tonight Serena? For I am yours to command, cherie mwen,” he said in a very sexy drawl.

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Post by XslvrstarX on Wed 6 Nov 2019 - 11:54

That night Serena and Gambit showed each other just how much they meant to one another. She fell asleep in his arms and she woke up the next morning to his loving smile. Saturday morning they packed an overnight bag and then drove back into the city. They would be spending the afternoon and evening with her parents and the Avengers team and then on Sunday they would drive back to the mansion. Serena missed the Tower and hadn't been there since Evan's death.

Isabella was preparing some snacks and felt rather nervous. Things had been stressful for Serena for the last few months and she wanted her to feel relaxed at the Tower. They knew that she was bringing Gambit and despite her reservations about the man she wanted this visit to go well since clearly this man meant something to her daughter.

Tony stepped into the kitchen to get something to drink and she addressed him. "Tony, I want you to be respectful towards Gambit while he's here. Let's just consider this a fresh start, alright?"

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