The Ties That Bind
The Ties That Bind x-men stories

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The body of Rogue's brother, Kurt, is found abandoned outside of a hospital in town. Rogue goes on a mission to find out what happened to her brother so she can get revenge; but instead she ends up biting off more than she can chew when she learns that nothing is what it seems...

The Ties That Bind

Hi All, this is my first attempt at fanfic (trying to improve my writing skills so one day I can write an actual book like I've always dreamed of).

Please read and review and let me know what you guys think :)



She could still remember when she received the call.

{Ma'am, are you Ms. Darkholme, brother to a Kurt Wagner?

Yes, speaking. Who is this?

Ms. Darkholme, I'm so sorry to have to tell you this but your brother recently passed. We're going to need you to come down-}

That's it. That's the end of the memory. Everything else was a blank. From the dropping of the phone, the drop in her stomach, to the sharp pain when her knees hit the ground. Gone.

Everything was gone.

Before that phone call the future seemed bright. After years of her trying to get through to him, Kurt had finally been coming to his senses.

Before, he always had that rosy, naive, hopeful perspective on everything. But now, she could see it in his eyes: the harsh glare of reality.

They were in agreement for once. They were going to get an apartment together and start over. He was finally beginning to see just how dysfunctional his situation was.

But then, all of a sudden everything changed.

3 months earlier

{"I can't leave Ro, please. You have to understand." Kurt's voice was plaintive.

"It's Anna, Kurt! I don't go by that name anymore.

And is it that you can't leave or won't? I don't understand you! One minute you're complaining and the next you're running right back, full speed ahead.

You do recognize that this is what abuse looks like, right?"

He recoiled as if I had slapped him. "But they're my family!"

"Wow. And here I thought I was your family. Guess that's yet another area where our perspectives differ." I turned away.

I could feel myself on the verge of tears; and the thought of letting him see even one of them drop infuriated the heck out of me. I wouldn't give him the satisfaction.

"Anna," Kurt replied, "Don't be like this," placing his hand on my shoulder. "This isn't personal. This is just something I have to do. I know it probably seems stupid right now but-"

"Not 'seems stupid'-IS stupid." I glared at him. While one part of me wanted to hog tie and beat him, the other part wanted to protect him. All of a sudden I could see it in his face.

The firm lines. The set jaw. It was the same look he got when we were kids and he had made a decision of his own.

"Anna, I'm sorry." While the words were poignant, Kurt's voice was muted. Almost flat. "But I have to do this. Someday, you'll understand. There's more to life than just us.

There's something -bigger. A purpose beyond ourselves."

"Save the hogwash for your 'family.' I'm outta here! And you know what? Screw you! Screw all of you! You deserve each other!"}

That was our very last conversation. To say I really regretted it now would kind of be like saying the Pope is Catholic-huge understatement. I wanted to go back in time.

But it was too late for that now. The results of the autopsy still weren't in. But what had really left me fit to be tied was the knowledge of how the police found him.

Lying in a wheelchair right outside of the local hospital. Nobody saw anybody drop him off. He was just lying there. Lifeless. Bleeding out of every orifice. All alone.

Like a vagabond without a home.

I was angry. And I had finally reached the point where I had no more tears to cry. That's when I made my decision. I was going to find out who killed my brother.

I had to get to the bottom of how my vibrant, energetic, loving brother-who wouldn't even hurt a fly-could end up like that So help me God I was going to make them pay and suffer.

But to do that I'd have to start at the source and do something I swore I'd never do. I'd have to enter the lions' den.

Time to join the X-men.

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