Part 14 of 14
“Not a chance,” he said.
The other man who was blocking the door approached her as well. “Ole Marius wants you alive,” he said, staring intensely at her. He grabbed her throat in the attempts to choke her. “But he didn’t say anyt’ing about damaged.”
“Yeah,” said the man of whose hand she bit. “Gag her,” he said. “An’ tie dose pretty little hands a hers.”
At that moment Rogue kneed the guy who was holding her in the crotch. She had almost reached the door when she felt her body being slammed to the floor. The impact knocked the wind out of her. She tried to move, but there was an incredible amount of weight on her.
“Get off me!” she shouted, struggling to get free.
“I said gag her! Don’ wanna hear her whinin’ ‘til we get her to de boss.”
“You ain’t takin’ her nowhere,” a voices came from the door. Rogue was barely able to look up. It was dark, but she saw a pair of glowing red eyes, familiar eyes. She knew exactly who it was. She had never been so grateful to have a stalker then that moment.
“Get out a here, Gambit, dis don’ concern you,” said one of the men. Rogue was still being held down by the other two.
“If it concerns her, den you gotta deal wid me,” Remy said.
“Marius wants her, and dat’s all you need to know,” he said. “Now get out a here and let me do my job.”
“Like I said, you ain’t takin’ her nowhere,” Remy said and exposed the card in his hand. It glowed brightly within seconds. The three men backed up, but before they could get away Remy threw the card towards them.
They dived out of the way in different directions as the card exploded. It left a large whole in the wall that led outside. The three men scrambled through the opening and ran out into the night. Rogue had her face covered until the noise died down. She looked up to see Remy’s handiwork.
Remy squatted down next to Rogue who was still lying on the floor. “Hey, you alright?”
She tried to sit up, but she felt the pain in her back. “Damn, that hurts,” she said.
“Take it slow,” Remy said as he helped her onto the bed. “Dey hurt you.” It was more of a statement. “Damn assassins.”
“Assassins?” Rogue said, a look of fright in her eyes.
“Yeah,” Remy said. “Dey would a killed you.”
“No, they said that someone, Marius ah think, wanted me alive.”
“Merde!” Remy said and paced the floor. “Chere,” he said, looking over at her. “You ain’t safe here, not if Marius wants you.”
“Why? What would he want with me?” she asked.
“Don’ know,” he said. “Maybe ‘cause you’re a mutant.”
Rogue turned away as tears fell from her eyes. Remy sat next to her and wrapped his arms around her. “It’s alright, Rogue. I’ll protect you, I promise.” She turned to him while drying her eyes. “Won’ let dose damn assassins get dere hands on you.’
“You mean that?” she asked. He nodded as she gave him a small smile. Then she leaned into his chest. She felt his arms around her, his touch was so gentle, and for some reason she felt she would have been content to stay there forever.
After a few minutes she raised her head to look in his eyes. “Gotta get you outta here,” he said
“Ah got nowhere t’go,” she said.
“Don’ worry, Rogue,” he said. “I’ll take you ta my place.”
“Wait, ah can’t do that,” she said. “Ah don’t want ya t’think…”
“What?” he asked. “Jus’ wanna protect you. I promise, I be a perfect gentleman.” Rogue hesitated for a moment. “Can’ you trust me to take care a you? An’ if I get outta hand you jus’ knock me out with that power of yours.”
Rogue genuinely laughed for the first time in days. “Alright, just remember ya gave me permission.”
He stood up from the bed and took her hands and helped her up. She was still in a bit of pain. He picked up her bags that she left in the corner and walked with her out of the hotel room.