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Chapter Three: Simple and Sweet

"Hey, get up mon ami. We gotta get goin'."

Remy's voice woke me up for a quick moment. I looked towards the door to find that he had shut it again. I then felt the warm sensation starting on my arm to my chest. It was Belle, sleeping peacefully as my arm was wrapped around hers. It seemed that Belle fell asleep along with me during our talk. Then I smirked when I remembered what else had happened. Quickly but gently, I slid Belle's arm off of me and slipped out of the bed to get ready.

"Y' done yet?"

"Yeah, yeah hold on!" I called back quietly.

I zipped up my boot then sat over on the nightstand besides Belle. Just looking at her made me feel strange. Like I was about to commit a crime or something. Since we had ta hurry, I bent over and kissed her lightly on her rosy pink lips and went downstairs to meet Remy in his car.

Outside, Remy was talking to Rogue. As I buckled myself in, Rogue eyed me for a moment then back to Remy.

"Ya'll be careful now." She called. "When will yuh be back?"

"The most, probably 'bout.." I discontinued my sentence when Remy started.

"Maybe by tomorrow night." He answered.

Rogue nodded and waved as we drove off.

We got to Russia faster than I thought we would. Magz allowed us ta take his new modified version of the bloody X-men's 'x-jet'. We were both in our uniforms when we entered the tall glassy building. It was colder inside than outside the building. I was surprised Belle didn't force us to bring coats. But maybe it was best for her to not worry. I followed Gambit into the elevator shaft room, waiting for him to make some response to his founding. He gestured me to press the button as he stood watch. As I did, he started to talk.

"Did y' say bye t' her?" he asked with a grin.

I looked at him strangely then realized what he was talking about. "Not really."

The elevator started coming to their floor. Gambit looked back to me.

"Didn't botha wakin' her up?"

"I didn't want 'er worryin' even more." I shrugged.

Finally, when the elevator opened, Gambit's jaw dropped. His red eyes staring at the opening elevator. As I turned, I couldn't believe what I saw. There stood Belle in her uniform with her wings flattened down. I looked down towards her hand and saw that she had a red disk that was titled: "Top Secret".


She laughed a little and walked over to me, handing over the disk. I snatched it from her and grasped it angrily and worryingly at the same time. Belle cringed, holding her hands together.

"Why!? ...How'd ya' get here!?" I shouted.

"I followed you here." She replied softly.

I couldn't believe it. Just when I thought Belle wouldn't worry anymore, she decides to come along. I could imagine how much she would worry. I thank Piotr for all this.

"I didn't want ya' followin' us!"

"I thought I could be of some help!" she tried to sound helpful. But it wasn't good enough for me.

"Well you're not! Can ya' imagine what could happen!? This is a mission! Not a vacation!"

Just then, I wished I had never said what I said. Belle began to shout back. I had never seen her so angry besides the time when Magneto kidnapped her.

"I just wanted to help! Isn't that good enough for you!?" she paused, catching her breath for some reason. "And I know it's a mission! I'm not stupid! I just thought... I just thought that..."

"Ya' thought what?!" my voice was sharp like stones against her.

Tears streamed down her eyes as she started to run past us to the exit. "Nothing! I thought nothing!

I gritted my teeth then realized what had just happened. I turned to Remy to find him shaking his head in disbelief.

"I screwed it up huh.?" I asked, feeling guilty.

"Big time mon ami." Responded the Cajun.

"Just great. I screwed up our relationship ova some stupid mission.."

Gambit bent over and pointed at something on the ground. "Not only dat."

I swallowed hard when I saw when he was pointing at. Drops of blood and several white feathers laid on the ground.


We rushed over to our reserved hotel. I raced up the stairs when the secretary said someone had already taken our room keys. I knew Belle had came in and took them. I began knocking on the door, hoping Belle would be in a forgiving mood.

"What do you want?!"

But by the sound of her voice, it didn't seem like it.

"Please luv. Lemme in. I'm really sorry. I didn't mean ta say all that."

When the door cracked a little, I heard music playing. Probably one of Belle's cds.

Can't you see?
There's a feeling that's come over me
Close my eyes
You're the only one who leaves me
Completely breathless

I noticed Belle finally opening the door all the way but I stood in place waiting for her to say something. Her tear stained face made me feel even guiltier.

"Really?" she cried.

I nodded and grabbed her hands, trying to make them warm from the cold.

"I'm sorry luv."

I felt her come against me close then pulling me inside. The door closed gently by itself by the blowing winds.

No need to wonder why
Sometimes a gift like this you can't deny

"I know." She whispered back.

"I just didn't want ya' hurt or anything. I just- I'm really sor-"

Belle placed a finger on my lips, making me silent as she looked up at me with her eyes glittering. The music had somehow fit the moment perfectly.

"Now you're starting to worry."

I moved Belle's finger away and began talking again. "But I-"

Before I could finish, a burst of water shot at me. Drenching me from my hair to my shoulder. Just several feet away from me was Belle giggling as I glared at her playfully.

'Cause I wanted to fly,
so you gave me your wings
And time held its breath so I could see
And you set me free

"Now you're laughin'." I responded evilly.

Belle crossed her arms. "That's payback."

I arched an eyebrow and smirked suspiciously. "Think ya' can dodge this?"

As I went down to trip her, Belle jumped up and leaped over by the bed side. Then I heard a thumping sound, as if something hard had dropped. When I looked up, there was Belle panting and holding onto her arm tight.


I walked over then kneeled down, trying to get her to relax. I tried to move her hand, but she pushed herself away, leaning against the bed.

"Don't touch." She warned. Her voice was shaky as she opened one eye.

I moved my hand over again and placed it on top of hers. "Just lemme see it then."

Belle winced then released her hand. There was a wide cut with a large scrape underneath it. Blood streamed down from the wound and down her arm.

".I'll be right back. Don't do anything." I demanded.

I walked into the bathroom and found some gauze pads with tape. Since it was the only helpful thing there besides the peroxide and Q-tips, I grabbed them all and brought them back to Belle. I kneeled back down. When Belle took a glance at the peroxide, she started scooting back.

"Don't you dare touch me with that stuff!"

I sighed and showed her the bottle. "It has no alcohol luv. It's not gonna sting that much. Now lemme see your arm."

Belle slowly gave me her arm, wincing everytime. I took the Q-tip and dipped it in the peroxide and dabbed her cut first. Belle cringed then started looking away the whole time, trying to prevent her tears streaming down her eyes. Mentally and physically.

When I was done, I wrapped each wound with the gauze pad and taped it onto her skin so it stayed on well enough. Belle stood up as I did and sat on the bed, taking several breaths.

"See, it wasn't all that bad." I said.

Belle looked up at me and tried crossing her arms. Until she winced and rested her arm back the way it was.

"Ouu." She whined.

I sat next to her. "Yeah it's gonna be hard moving your arm fer a while."

Remy finally came to the door with the keys to his car and the jet. It was obvious we were leaving already with the disk in our skillful hands. It was also obvious that Remy had no chance to score a free room for us with the secretary either...

There's the chapter! How'd it go? Hope it was good. Well, I havta go to my regular pool table games with the Acolytes. Wish me luck! Reviews please!