Back Where the Sun Can Find You: Darkness

by Addie Logan

Disclaimer: I don't own the X-Men. Amazing, huh? Ooh, and here's another shocker・I don't own any of the songs used in this fic. If you sue me, you're a moron. "Jubilee" is sung by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Summary: Now that Logan and Jubilee are reunited, will they be able to withstand the trial set before them by a ghost from his past? (Part eight in a series)

Rating: PG-13

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 I can tell by the way you're walking
That you don't want company
I'll let you alone and I'll let you walk on
And in your own good time you'll be
Back where the sun can find you
Under the wise wishing tree
And with all of them made we'll lie under the shade
And call it a jubilee

And I can tell by the way you're talking
That the past isn't letting you go
But there's only so long you can take it all on
And then the wrong's gotta be on its own
And when you're ready to leave it behind you
You'll look back, and all that you'll see
Is the wreckage and rust that you left in the dust
On your way to the jubilee

And I can tell by the way you're listening
That you're still expecting to hear
Your name being called like a summons to all
Who have failed to account for their doubts and their fears
They can't add up to much without you
And so if it were just up to me
I'd take hold of your hand, saying come hear the band
Play your song at the jubilee

And I can tell by the way you're searching
For something you can't even name
That you haven't been able to come to the table
Simply glad that you came
And when you feel like this try to imagine
That we're all like frail boats on the sea
Just scanning the night for that great guiding light
Announcing the jubilee

And I can tell by the way you're standing
With your eyes filling with tears
That it's habit alone keeps you turning for home
Even though your home is right here
Where the people who love you are gathered
Under the wise wishing tree
May we all be considered then straight on delivered
Down to the jubilee

'Cause the people who love you are waiting
And they'll wait just as long as need be
When we look back and say those were halcyon days
We're talking 'bout jubilee

*** *** ***

"I'm givin' ya five seconds to get the hell away from me, and then I'm guttin' ya・again."

"Logan, please, be reasonable. I'm not here to do anything bad to you. I just need your help."

Wolverine laughed. "Why should I help you? You've caused me enough trouble for one lifetime, lady."

"Please, it's my son. He's been kidnapped, and I'm afraid they're going to kill him."

"Probably doing the kid a favor, sparin' him from being raised with you fer a mother."

"Logan, please, this is my son. He's only two years old. You can't seriously refuse to help me!"

"Watch me," Wolverine replied as he moved to shut the door.

"His father is Keniuchio Harada!" Viper said right before the door was shut completely.

Logan opened the door partially. "What did you say?"

"I said his father is Keniuchio Harada. The Silver Samurai. I believe you may know him," Viper said, her tone a little too smug for Logan's tastes.

"I didn't know the two of you had a child."

"It isn't exactly general knowledge. I was hoping by keeping my son's existence a relative secret, I could prevent something like this. Obviously, it didn't work."

"Why can't Harada just help you since it's his son?" Logan asked.

Viper sighed. "Trust me, I'd much rather have his help, but I can't seem to find him. We haven't exactly been keeping in touch recently. He just drops by from time to time to see Akira."

"Don't you have some of yer own people who could handle this?"

Another sigh from Viper. Logan decided for someone who was desperate for his help she sure was getting exasperated with him easily. "That's part of the problem, Wolverine. I'm afraid some of my people may be involved, and I'm not certain who it would be. I can't very well ask someone to help me find my son when they may have been the person who kidnapped him in the first place. I need help, Logan, and there's no one else I can turn to."

"So yer desperate."

"In a manner of speaking, yes."

Wolverine cursed under his breath. As much as he hated Viper, there was a child involved・and the child of a friend, no less. "You couldn't have possibly picked a worse day, Viper."

"What, you got a woman in there or something?" Viper asked.

"Actually, yes. Although it ain't quite what yer thinkin'."


Wolverine's head whipped around at the sound of Jubilee's voice. Viper took advantage of the distraction to slip into the cabin. Jubilee came into the living room and stopped short when she saw Viper.

"What the hell is she doing here?" Jubilee asked, her voice enough of a growl to rival Logan.

"Do I know you?" Viper asked.

Jubilee just rolled her eyes.

Logan's mind was going a mile a minute as he was trying to figure out some way to have his ex-wife and fianc・ in the same room without blood being spilled. "You remember Jubilee, don't you?" Logan said.

Viper's eyes got wide for a moment before her usual sardonic expression returned. "Jubilee? And I thought you had a woman in here, Logan."

Logan could see the anger in Jubilee's eyes growing. "Logan, tell me what she's doing here, please," Jubilee said, trying to remain calm.

"Her son's been kidnapped," Logan replied.

"And how is that our problem?"

"It's my problem because the child's father is Keniuchio Harada, and Viper has requested my help in savin' the kid."

Jubilee didn't miss Logan's use of "my" instead of "our." "So you're going to help her?"

"I can't turn my back on Harada's son, kid."

Jubilee bristled Logan calling her "kid." Was he playing down the extent of their relationship in front of Viper? Jubilee knew that Logan had always hated his ex-wife, and he had told her that the marriage had never even been consummated, but Jubilee couldn't help but notice the way his attitude towards her had changed as soon as Viper had shown up. "Logan, can I talk to you for a moment? In private?"

"Logan, we don't have much time," Viper said. "My son is in danger. Every second we wait could bring us closer to his death."

Logan glanced between Jubilee and Viper, obviously torn. "Logan..." Jubilee said, her tone a warning.

"This ain't gonna take all day, Viper," Logan said. "Just wait here while I talk to Jubilee."

Viper sighed yet again. "Be quick about it, Wolverine. Every moment we waste brings my child closer to death. Besides, I don't know why you're allowing yourself to take orders from a mere child."

Jubilee started to say something, but before she had a chance, Logan took her by the arm and led her out of the room. "Don't let Viper know what's really goin' on here," Logan said once they were behind the closed bedroom door.

Jubilee's anger flared up even more. "And why not?"

"Look, darlin', I don't trust that woman, and I don't know what she'd do if she knew we were gettin' married. She's trouble, Jubilee, and nothing gives her greater pleasure than seein' me suffer."

"Then why are you helping her?" Jubilee asked.

"Because there's a child involved, Jubes. I can't turn my back on a kid, no matter who its mother may be. And if she's tellin' me the truth, that kid's father is an old acquaintance of mine who's done a lot for me in the past, especially concernin' Yukio and Akiko. If his son's in trouble, then I have to go after him."

Logically Jubilee knew what Logan was doing was the right thing, but she didn't want to accept it. "Logan, we were supposed to get married tonight."

Logan took both of Jubilee's hands in his. "I know, darlin', and we'll still get married. We're just gonna have to postpone it fer a little while. As soon as I get back, I promise."

Jubilee shook her head. "No."

Logan raised an eyebrow. "No, what? I can't・"

Jubilee cut him off. "You're not leaving me here," she said. "If you're rushing off to save Viper's son, then I'm going with you."

"It ain't safe fer ya, Jubilee."

Jubilee glared daggers at him. "Don't even start that with me, Wolverine. I haven't exactly led a sheltered life, and I'm plenty capable of taking care of myself. And don't even begin to think that I'm going to let you go running off every time something like this happens and just leave me at home. If I'm going to be your wife, then you're gonna be stuck with having me around・take it or leave it."

Logan couldn't help but grin. He'd always loved her fiery temper, even when it was directed at him. He wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her against him. "I'll take it," he whispered into her ear.

"Does that mean you're going to let me come?"

"As long as you promise to behave," he replied, kissing her temple.

"I don't think that's a promise I'm physically capable of keeping, Logan."

Logan held her at arms length away from him. "I don't want Viper knowin' we're together, all right? She'll find some way to use that to her advantage, and it won't be good."

"I don't like that, Logan."

"I know, darlin', but it's for the best. I don't want her tryin' t'hurt you, and she will if she knows you're gonna be my wife."

"This better not take too long," Jubilee said, her tone one of resignation. "I want to marry you."

Logan kissed Jubilee on the forehead. "And I want to marry you, but this is something I have to do."

Jubilee met his gaze. "We have to do. Don't make me have to keep on reminding you we're a unit now."

"We then. C'mon, darlin', we need to get goin'."

Jubilee threw her arms around Logan and kissed him hard. "What was that all about?" Logan asked when she pulled away.

Jubilee shrugged. "I just wanted to, since apparently I won't be able to for awhile."

"Good idea," Logan said, grabbing Jubilee and kissing her with enough passion to make her knees buckle. "Damn, Viper has awful timing," Logan muttered as he broke the kiss.

"She has always had a way of ruining your life," Jubilee agreed.

"Well, we might as well go out there and get this over with," Logan said, kissing Jubilee softly one last time. "I love you, darlin'."

"I love you, too."

Viper was sitting impatiently on the couch when Logan and Jubilee came out of the bedroom. Jubilee had already started to think of this as her and Logan's house, and was less than pleased to see Viper making herself at home there. "Took you two long enough," Viper said. "What, was the little girl trying to talk you out of going, Wolverine?" she cooed.

"Jubilee and I just had some things to discuss," Logan said, planting his hand tightly on Jubilee's should to keep her from flying across the room and tearing Viper to bits.

"So is she going to be okay while we're gone, or is she going to need a baby-sitter?"

"Jubilee's comin' with us," Logan informed Viper.

Jubilee saw the one eyebrow that wasn't hidden by Viper's hair slowly rise at that statement. "She is?"

"Yeah, she is."

"Logan, I don't know if that's such a good idea..." Viper said.

"Look, woman, if you want my help yer gettin' Jubilee, too. It's a package deal."

Viper waved her hand dismissively. "Fine. I don't really have time to argue this. But if the child gets herself killed, it's not my problem."

"I'm perfectly capable of handling myself, Viper," Jubilee said through clenched teeth. Logan tightened his grip on her shoulder.

"I'm sure you are," Viper said with a saccharine-sweet smile. Viper stood up and headed towards the door. "Come on. Every second we stand around could be one second that my son is losing of his life."

Jubilee couldn't help but notice the flippant tone Viper's voice held, even when she was talking about the possible death of her own son. Still, she kept her mouth shut as she followed Viper and Logan out of the cabin. She just knew she'd have to keep her eyes open on this one.

Jubilee was certain there was more to this than what appeared at the surface.

*** *** ***

Logan stared at the small plane hovering just above the ground in front of his cabin. "How did I miss this thing landin'?" he asked.

"It's silent," Viper said. "Even to those who can pick up sounds normally only dogs can hear."

Logan climbed in the plane after Viper, and Jubilee followed reluctantly. "Madripoor," Viper told the pilot once Jubilee was inside.

Viper leaned over and placed her hand on Logan's knee. Jubilee had to suppress the urge to reach over, rip Viper's arm off, and beat her with it. "So, Logan, tell me what you've been up to since I reluctantly granted you a divorce."

"Just been enjoyin' life without bein' married to a psychotic bitch," Logan said, removing Viper's hand from his knee.

"I take it that means that the rumors I heard about you marrying Jean Grey are false then?" Viper asked. Jubilee had to force herself not to giggle at that.

"No, Jean and I aren't married."

"And you're okay with that? Or were you up here licking the wounds. Maybe you got desperate and decided to use the child over there to warm your bed."

Every muscle in Logan's body was tense. "My love life ain't none of your business, Viper."

Viper shrugged. "Just trying to make idle conversation."

"I'd rather you just didn't speak unless ya have to," Logan said. "I hate the sound of your voice."

Viper winked. "Then why don't we join the mile high club then? Would give us something to pass the time."

Jubilee had never hated anyone more than she did Viper in that particular moment. "I don't think that would be a good idea," was all Logan said. Jubilee wished he'd just throw her out the plane.

"We could send the child into the cockpit with the pilot," Viper said, leaning close to Logan. "It would be just the two of us back here."


Viper batted her eyelashes, obviously not giving up.

Jubilee sighed inwardly. It was going to be a long trip.

*** *** ***

"Gee, this place hasn't changed a bit since I was here last," Jubilee said as she climbed out of the plane on to Madripoorian soil.

"It never changes," Logan whispered to her. "Except maybe for the worse."

Wolverine surveyed their surroundings. "So you're living in the palace now, Viper? What, was your Lowtown mansion not good enough fer ya?"

Viper shrugged. "I've made myself Princess of Madripoor," she said. "Head Crimelord just didn't have enough of a ring to it, and, well, it's not like Baran is around anymore."

"You're sick, Viper," Logan said.

"Well, now I'm sick and royalty."

"Whatever," Jubilee muttered.

Viper shot Jubilee a dirty look before smiling at Logan. "Come along, I'll show you to your rooms. Unless you'd rather sleep in mine that is," she said.

Jubilee's chin almost fell all the way to the ground when she heard Wolverine say, "Actually, Viper, I wouldn't mind sleepin' in yer room tonight."

Under different circumstances, Jubilee might have found the fact that Viper looked just as surprised funny. "Well, um, in that case..." Viper pointed to one of her guards. "Show Miss Lee to her room."

"Wait," Logan said. "I want to see where yer puttin' Jubilee. Make sure she's gonna be okay fer the night."

Viper sighed. "Very well. Show both of them to a spare bedroom, then lead Wolverine back to me," Viper told the guard. "I'll be waiting, Logan," she said with a wink.

The guard began to walk off, and Jubilee and Wolverine followed. "What the hell are you doing?" Jubilee hissed once she was sure Viper was out of earshot.

"Trust me on this one, darlin'."

"How am I supposed to trust you when you're going to be spending the night in her room?"

"Jubilee, do ya honestly think I'm going to sleep with Viper? I didn't want her when she was my wife, why would I want her now?"

"If you don't want her, then why are you going in there with her?"

Logan lowered his voice even more, and Jubilee had to strain her ears to hear. "Because something's up here," he said. "Back in Alberta she was in a rush to get started on rescuin' her kid, and now suddenly she wants us to go to bed? And the whole flight over here she never once mentioned her son. I doubt Viper's exactly in the runnin' fer world's greatest mom, but ya gotta admit somethin' ain't addin' up here. I'm gonna try t'figure out what's going on, and I don't want t'have t'wait until the mornin'. By then it might be too late."

"I don't like us bein' separated here, Logan," Jubilee said.

"Neither do I, but it's the best fer now. I know you'll be able t'take care of yourself, darlin'. And hopefully we'll be back together soon enough. Odds are, I'm gonna need ya."

Jubilee felt her heart swell at that admission. "Be careful," she said. "Viper's a tricky one."

Logan and Jubilee stopped once the guard reached the bedroom. "Your room is in here," he told Jubilee.

"I'm goin' in with her t'check things out," Logan said to the guard.

"The Princess wishes me to bring you to her chambers."

Logan rolled his eyes. "Then wait fer me out here. C'mon, Jubes."

Wolverine led Jubilee into the bedroom. "Logan, what's going on?" Jubilee asked.

Logan held his finger up to his mouth in a gesture for her to be quiet. He started to search the room, then suddenly stopped when he reached a painting. He grabbed something off the wall and crushed it in his hand. Jubilee went over to him. "What was that?" she whispered.

"Bug," Logan replied. "Might be more of 'em, too." He sighed. "I don't want to leave you in here, darlin'," he whispered.

"Then don't," Jubilee said. "Don't go back to Viper's room."

"I have to. I need answers. I'll be back as soon as I can."


Logan took her hand and squeezed it gently. "I'll be back."

Jubilee gave him the best smile she could muster. "You'd better be."

*** *** ***

Viper was waiting for Logan when he came into her room. She draped her arms over his shoulders, pressing herself against him. "What took you so long, sexy?" she asked.

"Had to make sure Jubilee was settled," Logan replied. He hoped Viper would interpret the shudder of revulsion that went through him when he touched her as tremors of desire.

"I'm amazed you want me, Logan," Viper said. "You never did when I was your wife."

"You know how men are, darlin', always wantin' what we can't have and never wantin' what we can. Lure of the forbidden and all."

Viper gazed at him from under heavy eyelids. "I'm certainly not forbidden to you tonight, Logan."

Wolverine growled low in his chest as he started leading her towards the bed.

"Kiss me, Logan," Viper whispered.

Logan shook his head. "There are other things I'd like t'do to ya, darlin'."

Viper smiled coyly. "Such as?"

Logan picked her up and deposited her on the bed. "Like this," he told her with a wink.

Viper reached up to pull his face to hers, but before she had a chance Logan grabbed her wrists in one hand, pinning them above her head. He held her legs down with his. He released the claws of his free hand and held them at Viper's throat. "What aren't ya tellin' me, Viper?" he growled.

Viper's eyes got wide. "What・what are you talking about?"

"You said yer son's gone. Had t'get me here as soon as possible t'save him. Now yer more interested in beddin' me than savin' yer kid. Explain that t'me."

Viper just looked up at Logan, her mouth moving up and down, but no words coming out. Wolverine growled. "Give me an answer, woman."

"Kiss me and I'll tell you."

"I don't think so."

"I've been honest with you since the beginning, Logan."

Logan moved his claws closer to her neck. "Nice try, but I ain't fallin' fer that."

Viper gave him a small grin. "It doesn't really matter. You won't be my concern anymore in a minute anyway."

Before Logan could ask what she meant by that, Viper's guards burst into the room, dragging Jubilee along with them. "Let me go!" Jubilee screamed, struggling and doing her best to paf them with her arms tied behind her back.

"Better let me go, Logan, or the girl is dead."

To emphasize Viper's statement, one of the guards pulled out a gun and pointed it at Jubilee's head. "Let 'er go, Viper," Logan growled.

"Not until you release me," Viper replied. "And you can hurt me all you like, but as soon as you do, young Jubilation is dead. What it's going to be, Wolverine?"

Logan got up, reluctantly freeing Viper. She got up off the bed and snapped her fingers, two guards immediately running to her side. "Restrain the animal," she said, gesturing to Logan. "And if he resists, kill the girl."

Logan stood passively as Viper's guards chained his hands behind him, but the anger was evident in his eyes. "I'm gonna kill you fer this, Viper."

"I don't think so, Logan," Viper said. She waved her hand. "Take them away."

"I'm so sorry, Logan," Jubilee said as they were drug off. "I tried to fight them, but there were just too many・"

"It's all right, darlin'. This is my fault. We should be on our way to get married right now. I shouldn't have trusted Viper."

"We'll get out of this," Jubilee said.

"I know we will, darlin'. I promised I'd marry ya, and that's a promise I intend t'keep."

Viper's guards led Wolverine and Jubilee into a cell and threw them in, locking the door. Jubilee pushed herself up into a sitting position and struggled with the bonds around her arms. "If I could just paf these, I think I could melt them・"

Logan struggled with his, too. He extended his claws, but couldn't get the right angle to cut himself free. "They knew what they were doin'. I can't get to 'em to cut 'em."

"Scoot over her towards me," Jubilee said. "I have an idea. Get yourself so your hands are facing mine."

Logan did what Jubilee said. "What are ya gonna do, darlin'?" he asked.

"I'm going to try to get yours off. If I burn you, I'm sorry."

Logan chuckled. "Burn me all ya want if it gets these things off. I'll heal."

Jubilee looked over her shoulder, trying to see what she was doing. Carefully, she paffed the shackles around Logan's wrists, melting them off. Logan broke free and pulled his wrists in front of him, rubbing them until the pain went away. He smiled at Jubilee. "Yer a smart one, darlin'." He kissed her quickly. "Now let me cut these off ya."

As soon as she was free, Jubilee threw her arms around Logan and held him close. "How are we going to get out of this?" she asked.

"Don't worry. We'll think of somethin'."

"What is Viper up to?"

"I wish I knew. I was tryin' to get it outta her when the guards busted in with you. She kept tryin' t'talk me inta kissin' her. I'm wonderin' just what type of lipstick she was wearin'."

"You think she wants to kill you?"

"Darlin', Viper's always wanted to kill me."

"But why the whole story about the child and everything? If she wanted to kill you, wouldn't there be some less complicated plan? It doesn't make sense, Logan."

"I know. Something's up. I just don't know what yet." Logan moved Jubilee into his lap and pressed her against his chest.

"We're going to try to break out of here, aren't we?" Jubilee asked.

"Of course we are. Never been fond of bein' locked up."

Logan and Jubilee stood up. Logan went towards the door but suddenly stopped. He slashed at the air with his claws and then jumped back, as if in pain. "What's wrong?" Jubilee asked.

"There's some kinda force field here. When I try to cut through it, my claws shock me."

Jubilee walked up and touched it, feeling that there was indeed something there. She tried to paf it, but nothing happened. Logan came up behind her. "It goes around the whole room. I just checked."

Jubilee sighed. "Damn."

"Yeah, that pretty much says it all," Logan said, running his hand through his already unruly hair.

"Any ideas?"

"Nope. I'm tapped."

"Viper's more clever than I would've given her credit for," Jubilee said.

"She ain't as dumb as she looks."

"So what, we just sit here and wait for her to come and kill us?"

Logan shook his head. "Nope. We sit in here and wait fer her to come in here and try t'kill us. Then we look for some sort of way to escape."

"For some reason I don't really like the sound of that."

Logan took hold of Jubilee's shoulders and spun her to face him. "Darlin', I want ya to promise me somethin'."


"Say you'll do it first."

Jubilee shook her head. "Oh no. I'm not falling for that one. You're about to say something I'd never promise to do in a million years."

"I need you to say you'll do this, Jubilee."

"Tell me what it is, Logan."

"If there's a way for you to get outta here, but ya gotta leave me behind, do it."


"Jubes, I'm serious about this. I need t'know you'll take any opportunity to get outta here. If somethin' happens t'me, it'll be all right as long as I know you made it out."

"Life without you wouldn't be worth living."

"I'm not sure how I feel when I hear ya say somethin' like that, Jubilee."

Jubilee reached out to touch Logan's face. "It doesn't matter, because we're both getting out of here alive. You promised me a wedding, and I'm holding you to that."

"I love you."

"I love you, too."

*** *** ***

Several hours later, the door to the cell opened and Viper walked in. "Well, it looks like you were able to free yourself from you bonds," she said. "Though I take it the force field proved to be somewhat of a problem."

Logan glared at her. "Go to hell."

"I'm sure I will soon enough. In the meantime・" Viper motioned to her guards and they converged upon Logan, tying his arms back the way they'd been before. Jubilee tried to run to Logan, but two of Viper's guards grabbed her before she could. She began to paf them as soon as they grabbed her, but her powers seemed lost on the armor they were wearing.

"Knock her out," Viper ordered. Logan lunged forward at the sound of that, but was stopped by Viper's men. One of the guards shot at Jubilee and she crumpled to the ground.

Viper laughed at the stricken look on Logan's face. "She's only stunned," Viper said. "She'll wake up soon enough."

"If you hurt her, Viper, I swear・"

"She is your woman, isn't she?" Viper asked. "Don't tell me you're the one that put that gigantic ring on her finger."

"Hurt her and I'll kill you," Logan growled.

"Idle threats from a dead man walking," Viper replied.

"You can't hurt me," Wolverine said.

"I'm not the one you need to be worrying about." Viper turned back to her guards. "Take them to the audience chamber. I want to get Akira back as soon as possible."

The guards complied with Viper's order, dragging an unconscious Jubilee and a struggling Logan through the palace. They stopped in a large room full of people that had what appeared to be a boxing ring in the middle.

"I've brought you the Wolverine!" Viper yelled. "Bring me my son!"

A man dressed entirely in deep red emerged from the shadows. "Show him to me," he said, his voice mechanically enhanced to sound deeper.

The guards threw Logan at the man's feet. "There!" Viper said. "You have him!"

A door opened and a little boy came running out, throwing his arms around Viper when he reached her. "Mommy!" he called.

Viper hugged the child fiercely before picking him up and resting him on her hip. "You have the Wolverine now," she called out to the man dressed in red, "do with him what you will."

More guards appeared to drag Wolverine into the boxing ring. The crowd began to cheer.

Jubilee slowly opened her eyes, still too groggy to attempt standing. She saw the man in red walk into the ring and heard the crowd go wild. The next thing Jubilee heard made her blood run cold.

"Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to witness the death of the Wolverine!"

*** *** ***

Yeah, yeah, me and my evil cliffhangers. Blame the rabid plot bunnies that nip at my toes.

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