The Story Behind the Story
This story has slowly grown and begun to sprawl through the course of multiple prompters inspiring additions. It's a story of Rogue and Bobby and Rogue and Remy, illusions and pretensions and, of course, some heartbreaking realities.
The story began as a present-tense image, the opening drabble, tragic and entitled "Lonely." The story grew from there. At the end of "Pretending," I knew there was only two ways this could or would end. Either they would divorce their spouses and begin a real relationship with each other, or they would leave each other. Even when Bobby woke up, when Rogue realized she did not love him, I had no idea which she would choose.
Rogue is a strong woman and, in this story, she has integrity. The movies did not give her a villainous past, and the hand she's been dealt would have built her character. The decision isn't just about her though; it's about a man separated from a wife he still loves that he's still married to.
The story isn't about either pairing really. It's about the importance of keeping your word, protecting those you love, doing the right thing, doing the hard work of rebuilding.
This is an almost entirely prompted work of fiction. The first section popped into my head one day, and for those of us who love the Rogue/Remy pairing, it was tragic. The second part of "Pretending" was prompted by whipsy, "Awaken" by whipsy again, and the rest of the story by arliddian, a true Rogue/Bobby shipper. Thank you all.
The X-Men movies and characters belong to Marvel and Fox. Please do not offer me any donations because of this fic. It is a derivative, noncommercial work of fanfiction.
The quote by Samuel Beckett was borrowed from a page of quotations about dancing. I did no further research or verification.
"Revolving Days" is a poem written by and belonging David Malouf. I heartily recommend to you the entire piece.
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