Author: Kat Lee
Character/Pairing: Jubilee/X-23, also mentions Scott/Jean and Hank/Bobby
Challenge/Prompt: 1_million_words Bingo: Fluff #1: Vacation - Fireworks - Cupid
Word Count: 921
Date Written: 6 March, 2016
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Marvel Comics and Disney, not the author, and are used without permission.
"Have you enjoyed your vacation?" Laura asks softly. Jubilee ponders the question while watching the fireworks light up the night sky from the haven of her girlfriend's arms. "That is the right term for it, isn't it?" Laura questions, beginning to worry over Jubilee's silence.
"I'm not sure," she admits. "I know we said we were going to get away from it all, and we have, but . . . " She chews her bottom lip with he fangs. "Vacation kinda implies you have somewhere you have to be, like school or work."
She shrugs, enjoying the way her shoulders slide against Laura's bare arms. "I guess there are places I should be. Like with Shogo, for one, but Hank and Bobby are great with him." She grins at the thought of her baby's godfathers doting on her child. If she hadn't wanted to keep Shogo for herself, they would have been the perfect fathers.
"You haven't gone on any missions."
"It's not like I'm really called on them any more. I'm not a part of the team any more, Laura."
She's surprised she hasn't realized this before, but she admits softly, "Some of them still don't trust me. Some of them never will." The admission hurts more than she thought it would. After all, it's not like she hasn't realized this before. Some of the newer X-Men still look at her every time she's around them like they're expecting her to go for their necks at any second. The team isn't like it used to be. It's more than a family now, and less. She doesn't like the way it's changed.
Laura rubs her arms with gentle reassurance. "I know that . . . feeling?" she tries, clearly uncertain if that's the proper term. "They do not trust me."
"Some of 'em do," Jubilee returns softly. "The ones who matter do." And the ones who matter trust her, as well. Frostie and the new kids, except for Pixie, who's been good to her, and Roxie, too, can screw themselves, but Ororo, Logan, Hank and Bobby, Remy, even Scott . . . They've all been there for her.
But this is no longer home. She walks this island and feels the stares she gets. She's no longer comfortable in the team. She doesn't really have a home to which she belongs any longer, but there are places she still feels safe, secure, loved . . . There are places with certain people that still feel like home, and then she finally understands something she overheard Jean tell Scott once several years ago, back before their relationship started having problems. She remembers, and everything else clicks into place.
She shakes her head before leaning closer back into Laura's arms. "Nah," she speaks decisively. "This ain't no vacation. A vacation, a real vacation, means you're going somewhere other than home. This's a staycation; I am home."
"I thought you no longer felt comfortable with them?"
"I'm not talking about them. The X-Men aren't my home any more, but a few of them still are."
Laura's brow furrows. She's not understanding this at all!
"I'm home when I'm with Wolvy, or 'Ro, or sometimes even with Kitty. I'm home . . . " Jubilee's pale fingers now trail down Laura's arm, but although she's supposed to be a dead, blood-craving fiend, there's nothing cold at all in her touch. "I'm home when I'm with you. Just like Jeannie used to be with Scott. Like Hank and Bobby are. No matter where we are or where we go, or what we're fighting or why, we're home when we're together. You are my home."
"Are you saying . . . Are you trying to say . . . ?"
Jubilee grins, hearing the way Laura's heartbeat is picking up and now racing. Her girl claims not to believe in love, claims she isn't capable of feeling emotions for the most part, but Jubie knows that's wrong. Her heart gives her away every time. "Yeah. I'm saying I love ya," she whispers in response, but then when Laura's silent too long, she adds jokingly, "Stupid Cupid. You probably thought you'd get a lot better than some crazy Vampire chick falling for you."
"I do not know what this Cupid is," Laura replies quickly now, "but what I do know, Jubilee, is that I feel very strongly toward you. I do not know what it is. I do not know what love is. But I know it is beyond friendship for there is no one else for whom I feel as I feel for you."
Jubilee turns to face her. Her wide smile reveals her fangs, and they sparkle in the dark night. The fireworks have settled. The other mutants have scattered away, but they were already giving them a wide berth. Let 'em, she thinks. Neither one of them needs them. She has a few people she still needs, a very few, but Laura's definitely near the top of her list. She can tell she is, too, for her. Her red eyes glitter as she tells her casually, "No need to call it anything, babe. Just say, 'Me, too.'"
Laura's smile is the brightest Jubilee's ever seen on her. "Me, too."
Jubilee kisses her then, long and deep. She doesn't hesitate to let her feel her fangs as her tongue slips into her mouth. She drinks hard of her, hungrily of her, but not of her blood. She inhales her essence, and her soul soars for she knows she is loved.