A montage of scenes from Gambit’s past – the seduction of Genevieve, Sabretooth’s betrayal, and Rogue.
1. CAPTION: Genevieve Darcenaux. One of many women I seduced. I did it so dat I could steal from her. Maybe I cared for her. If I did I never told her. I never gave her anything in return for her trust. But I promised I would protect her.
2. CAPTION: That didn’t stop Sabretooth from killing her.
3. CAPTION: First time I killed a man, I was just a pup. Never thought the first time I would feel guilt would be for someone I never laid a hand on.
4. CAPTION: Rogue’s no different. I want to seduce her. So’s I can steal her heart. And what can I give her in return, ‘cept pain?
Close up of Rogue’s shifty face as she hides in the shadow of a mansion wall.
1. CAPTION: Spying was never meant to be her game.
2. CAPTION: The young mutant named Rogue was a born scrapper; all up-front and feisty with the subtlety of a tank.
Close up of a car racing out of the mansion driveway and onto the road.
Close up of Gambit behind the wheel, with the expression of someone who has a job to do.
As the car speeds off into the distance, Rogue flies off after him, keeping her distance from him.
3. CAPTION: Then again, it’s always been said that love makes you do crazy things. And right now, she’s wondering that perhaps she is a little crazy.
4. CAPTION: Crazy for chasing after the most infuriating man she’s ever known.
5. CAPTION: And crazy for chasing the most damn attractive man she’s ever known.
Rogue manages to keep up with Gambit, and follows him down to the quay-side. Finding an empty spot she lands on quiet feet, making sure she doesn’t blow her cover.
Rogue looks about and finds his car parked by the canal, but, contrary to her expectations, it’s empty.
Realising he could be anywhere, she quickly backs up against a building.
1. ROGUE: Durnit! He knows ah’m followin’ him!
Rogue edges herself to the corner of the building, concentrating for any sound of Gambit’s presence.
But before she can turn the corner, Gambit himself pokes his head round, grinning by way of a greeting.
2. GAMBIT: Y’know, you’re really bad at that ‘stealth ‘n’ sneaky-like’ routine?
Rogue attempts to fight off his charm, looking angry, and definitely trying not to look surprised.
1. ROGUE: Speak for yourself! Ah wasn’t the one slinkin’ off to the Big Easy!
Gambit grins and reaches out to touch her hair.
2. GAMBIT: Nice hair, chere. Did I forget t’ tell you dat?
Rogue moves back, resisting him.
3. ROGUE: Stop doin’ this, Remy!
4. GAMBIT: Hey, I’m not the one followin’ you around.
5. ROGUE: Don’t sass me none, Gambit! Ah’ve seen the little clandestine talks you an’ Logan have been havin’. Either you’re in cahoots over somethin’ or ah’m the Queen of Sheba. So why don’t you tell me what you were doin’ those 6 months you were gone?
Gambit turns and walks towards the waterside, attempting to hide his shifting mood.
6. GAMBIT: I told you, Rogue. Business.
Gambit’s face is half shrouded in shadow as he looks into the water. Over his shoulder, Rogue looks at him suspiciously.
7. ROGUE: What kinda business?
8. GAMBIT: The kind I don’t want you t’ get mixed up in.
Rogue stares at him through narrowed eyes as she walks up to stand beside him.
9. ROGUE: You weren’t in New Orleans, were you?
10. GAMBIT: …
1. ROGUE: Y’know, ah always assumed it was fam’ly business you were goin’ on. But it wasn’t, was it?
In the water, Gambit’s reflection shows the tightness of his jaw as he remains silent. Rogue takes the silence to be an admission of guilt.
2. ROGUE: Why didn’t you tell me the truth?
3. GAMBIT: I didn’t want you to worry ‘bout me.
4. ROGUE: Remy, y’ take off in the middle of a fight, without even sayin’ a word. What did ya expect me t’ do?
5. ROGUE: Remy, is it so hard t’ believe ah care about you? D’ya want me to just shrug this off an’ say it’s okay? Tell me what you want from me, Remy. Tell me what you want from us.
A small grin lights Gambit’s face at her words.
6. GAMBIT: So you do care…
Suddenly Gambit hears something above them.
A shadow leaps down from the nearby building. Gambit pushes Rogue out of the way of the unexpected attack.
7. GAMBIT: Look out!
A clawed fist punches a hole in the ground where the two were standing.
Only having just managed to dodge the attack, Gambit steadies himself to see Sabretooth staring up at him from the smashed concrete, laughing maniacally.
1. SABRETOOTH: What have we here? Two little mousies when I was expecting a wolf!
Lunging forward, Sabretooth attacks Gambit, who counters with his bo-staff.
Having temporarily been staved off, Sabretooth wipes his mouth with the back of his hand, a sinister grin on his face.
2. SABRETOOTH: We meet again, punk!
Gambit returns the grimace, taking out several cards and charging them.
4. GAMBIT: Always said we gotta stop runnin’ into each other like dis Creed.
Sabretooth charges forwards, sweeping his claws in Gambit’s direction.
1. SABRETOOTH: An’ tell me, why exactly are you and the frail here and not the wolf?
But Gambit is ready for him, throwing his charged cards at the charging Sabretooth.
2. GAMBIT: What can I say? I’m a t’ief!
3. GAMBIT: An’ I stole his prey!
But Sabretooth dodges the cards and kicks out at Gambit, winding him and sending him sprawling backwards.
4. SABRETOOTH: It’s you who’s the prey, X-Man!
As Gambit lands on the ground, temporarily out for the count, Rogue flies to the rescue.
Bearing down upon Sabretooth quickly, she raises a fist for a punch…
…But Sabretooth swats her off like a fly with his incredible strength, and she lands in some old crates and boxes.
With Rogue now out of the picture, Sabretooth turns his attentions to a recovering Gambit and lunges at him.
Gambit stands, his eyes glowing. Enraged, he takes out several cards, but he is too crazed and loses concentration.
Sabretooth slashes at his chest, ripping his top open to reveal old claw scars.
1. SABRETOOTH: You’re mine!
Sabretooth is about to impale Gambit…
But Rogue jumps on him from behind and drains his power
2. ROGUE: Didn’t your momma ever tell you never t’ turn yah back on your enemy, furball?!
Sabretooth roars and slumps to the floor, out cold. Gambit hurries over to Rogue, who is doubled over Sabretooth’s inert body, trying desperately to contain Sabretooth’s memories and personality.
1. GAMBIT: Chere…You okay?
2. ROGUE: Gimme a moment, Gambit. Ah didn’t touch him f’r long, but…dammit…
After a moment Rogue recovers and allows Gambit to help her up, but as she does so she notices the old scars on his chest.
3. ROGUE: Remy, what the hell happened?
4. GAMBIT: S’nuthin’.
Rogue places a gloved hand on his bare skin; the tension between them is evident as their lips nearly touch.
5. GAMBIT: Y’know, I always thought dere was electricity b’tween us. An’ it’s got nothin’ to do with my bio-kinetic chargin’, chere.
6. ROGUE: Jus’ you wait ‘til ah touch yah with my bare hands, then you’ll know the meaning of electricity, boy.
Gambit leans forward, willing to try his luck, but Rogue pulls away from him.
7. GAMBIT: Is dat a promise?
8. ROGUE: Remy, this is no time to joke. Those are claw marks. And they’re not Wolverine’s – they’re too ragged. They’re Sabretooth’s.
9. ROGUE: I knew it! You weren’t in N’awlins, were yah?! You were aftah Sabretooth!
Gambit can tell she’s not going to settle for anything else but the truth.
10. GAMBIT: Him an’ me, we got some bad blood ‘tween us. I had a score t’ settle.
Flashback of Sabretooth and Belladonna fighting against a weakening Gambit.
11. CAPTION: As it happens, I did track him to New Orleans. But it was a trick. And I fell right into the trap. Seems he’d teamed up with my ex-wife Belladonna. Let’s jus’ say I got into a bad situation.
12. CAPTION: Thought I was gonna die. Next t’ing I knew, I woke up in hospital. No idea who got me dere. Not a callin’ card left or nothin’.
13. CAPTION:Last I heard of Sabretooth, he was headin’ up dis way. Dat’s why I came back. I lost his trail on the way, but I figured Wolverine would know.
Rogue looks at him, arms crossed, but her expression more sympathetic.
1. ROGUE: An’ those reasons…care t’ tell me ‘bout them?
2. GAMBIT: He took somethin’ from me without call. Somethin’ I can’t get back.
3. ROGUE: Is this about him, Remy? Or is it about you?
Before Gambit can reply, Wolverine unexpectedly comes onto the scene.
4. WOLVERINE: Fancy meetin’ you here, cajun.
5. GAMBIT: Hey, I owe you one, mon ami. Left you to take out de trash.
He points to Sabretooth lying in a pile of rubble.
6. WOLVERINE: Revenge ain’t so hot now, is it Gambit?
7. GAMBIT: Dis ain’t finished yet.
8. WOLVERINE: How many times do I have to tell you, gumbo? Stay outta this! I gave you your chance to level the score. Now Creed’s mine. An’ I don’t want you in the crossfire.
9. GAMBIT: We both want the same t’ing, Logan. Only difference is, where I’m concerned Sabretooth is only a small part of a larger picture.
Wolverine gazes at him with narrowed eyes.
10. WOLVERINE: Whaddya talkin’ about?
11. GAMBIT: Sabretooth was workin’ wit’ Belladonna. She and I got history, but getting’ Creed in on the game? Belle’s up to somethin’, no mistake.
Wolverine lifts Sabretooth up by the lapels of his trenchcoat and hurls him into the canal.
1. WOLVERINE: Yeah, well, whoever orchestrated this ball, it ain’t got nothin’ to do with me. Next time you ask me for a favour, bub, you’ll be the one bookin’ the ring-side seat, not me.
The three leave the quayside, but unbeknownst to them someone is watching them from atop a nearby building. It is the silhouette of a woman. Belladonna.
It is night-time. A wide shot of Rogue’s bedroom, clean and spruce, a couple of teddy bears laid against the pillows. Rogue is dressed in a loose vest and panties as she leaves the bathroom and walks towards the bed.
1. CAPTION: Later.
Getting into bed, Rogue puts the lights out.
Rogue settles into bed, facing away from the windows. In the shaft of moonlight flooding in from her window, the silhouette of a woman looms across the room.
The silhouette of the woman kneels and quietly pries the window open.
Close up of the woman’s feet as she tiptoes over to the bed.
View of Rogue, seemingly fast asleep. Over her shoulder the shadowy figure of the woman lifts a handkerchief to Rogue’s face.
Small inset of Rogue’s eyes opening swiftly.
Quick as lightning Rogue sits up and backhands the woman, briefly touching the exposed skin on the woman’s face and draining a bit of her attacker’s power.
Rogue realises it’s Belladonna. Belladonna steps back, momentarily stunned, but gets up again, ready to attack. She is wearing a dark body suit with only her face on show.
1. ROGUE: Belladonna?! How in tarnation did y’ get in here?!
Rogue jumps out of bed to attack Belladonna…
…But Belladonna holds Rogue back with some plasma blasts.
While Rogue is momentarily stunned, Belladonna races for the window, but Rogue flies after her before the assassin can escape.
2. ROGUE: I dunno what your game is, sugah, but wanna know jus’ how and why you’re here!
Rogue pulls Belladonna down. She struggles against the southerner’s grip, but can’t get free.
1. ROGUE: Somethin’ t’ do with Remy, is it? Or shall I touch yah and drain the reason right outta yah?
Lifting a leg, Belladonna kicks Rogue in the stomach and sends her crashing into the opposite wall, winded.
2. BELLADONNA: Over my dead body, whore!
Belladonna takes the chance to jump deftly out of the window.
Recovering, Rogue goes to the window, but Belladonna is nowhere in sight.
3. ROGUE: Whoa, that li’l prairie dog’s fast. Where’d she go?
Behind her, the lights to her room turn on. Xavier and Storm are in the doorway in their pyjamas.
4. XAVIER: Is everything all right in here, Rogue? I received a brief panic signal from your mind.
Xavier looks about to see the room in a tip.
5. XAVIER: Hm. Looks like we’ve had a visitor.
6. ROGUE: You’d better check out our security systems, prof. Someone’s busted in here without even wakin’ a mouse.
7. XAVIER: ‘Someone’?
Close up of Rogue’s face.
8. ROGUE: Belladonna.
It is the next morning. Xavier has called a meeting of all the X-Men in the War Room.
1. XAVIER: As you all probably know by now, we had an intruder last night last night who could have done some serious damage – indeed, could even have taken the life of one of our team members. I have been informed that this intruder happened to be a certain member of the New Orleans Assassin’s Guild. Their leader, Belladonna Boudreaux.
Gambit looks up, looking visibly shocked, but says nothing.
2. CYCLOPS: But that’s ridiculous! How on earth could anyone break through our security systems without being detected?!
3. BEAST: I’m running a diagnostic on the security systems right now. So far I’m getting nothing anomalous. Whoever got past the system is no ordinary assassin.
4. CYCLOPS: You mean she could have had outside help? Mutant help?
5. BEAST: At the moment, Scott, anything’s possible.
6. STORM: But why would Belladonna want to attack us? As far as we know, she has already sorted out her differences with Gambit.
7. XAVIER: Gambit, do you know anything about this? She is your ex-wife after all.
Gambit shrugs, trying to look unperturbed.
8. GAMBIT: Isn’t it obvious? The lady’s jealous. I can’t help it if dey is all wanting to fight over a piece of Gambit.
9. ROGUE: So this is how you’re treatin’ this? Ah coulda been killed last night, and you go on makin’ jokes?!
Rogue’s words silence Gambit, who suddenly looks grim.
Gambit turns to Xavier.
1. GAMBIT: You got a problem den it’s my problem, prof. Truth is, I dunno why Bel’s hangin’ round here, but I’m gonna find out why and sort dis problem out. For all of us.
Gambit leaves the room. Rogue is fuming.
2. ROGUE: Ah’ve had just about my fill of that sleazy cajun!
3. JEAN: Gambit’s is a hard man read, Rogue, but when he jokes at a time like this, I know it means he’s feeling insecure.
4. ROGUE: What’s he got t’ feel insecure about? He comes across Belladonna, all he gotta do is bat those pretty boy eyes of his and charm her!
Jubilee nudges Wolverine beside her.
5. JUBILEE: Getta load of that, she is jealous!
Rogue sends Jubilee a scowl, but before she can say anything, Xavier cuts in.
6. XAVIER: Enough. Let’s not bicker. I want to know exactly what’s happening here. Logan, you’ve been awfully quiet. Anything you might like to add?
Wolverine rubs his cheek thoughtfully.
7. WOLVERINE: I’m not sure, Chuck. We all know why Gambit would want to lay hands on Sabretooth, and we all know the big tiger’s been hangin’ round New York with the Brotherhood lately. But Belladonna? If she’s in league with a mutant, seems likely that Sabretooth has somethin’ to do with it.
Rogue bites her lip, remembering Gambit having mentioned Sabretooth and Belladonna the previous day, but she says nothing.
1. STORM: Hm. You don’t think Belladonna could have followed him from New Orleans?
2. WOLVERINE: Makes sense. But for what reason? Joinin’ old Mags is out of the question. And why would she target Rogue? I’m willing to bet this is more than just the old green-eyed monster rearin’ its ugly head.
3. XAVIER: Well, whatever the truth of the matter, I say we’ll need to prise it out of Gambit himself. But something tells me he won’t we willing to tell us anything at present.
4. XAVIER: He believes this is his problem, that he needs to deal with it. And that Rogue has already become involved in something that he never wanted to happen.
Rogue blushes and looks away, her expression guilty.
Beast is checking the security systems at the computers. Xavier comes in.
5. CAPTION: Later, and elsewhere…
6. XAVIER: Any luck?
7. BEAST: Hm-mm. I finally picked up an anomaly in the computer’s memory. I scanned the security data’s record files for any sign of a disruption from the previous night.
Beast taps on a few keys on the control board.
1. BEAST: Seems there was a short burst of an electro-magnetic impulse that temporarily disabled a minute section of the mansion’s security ring. The south-west corner of the gardens, to be precise. Almost as soon as the disruption appeared, the comp went back online as if nothing had happened.
2. XAVIER: Hm, no wonder we missed her.
Beast swings round in his chair to face the Professor.
3. BEAST: Not only that Charles, but several minutes later the same anomaly occurred again, exactly as before – a split-second short burst. Seems that’s how our lady friend got in and out. She must’ve been fast.
4. XAVIER: Magnetic waves, you say? Magneto?
5. BEAST: Either that or a very sophisticated device. Or perhaps some other mutant who’s able to manipulate electromagnetic fields. It’s times like these I wish Forge were here. Anyhow, I’ve reprogrammed the computer to detect an identical anomaly again immediately. We shouldn’t get the same trouble again.
Close up of Xavier, pensive.
6. XAVIER: Which means our assassin will have to think of another way to catch her prey.
Gambit is sitting out by the lake in the mansion grounds, staring at his reflection in the water.
7. CAPTION: Momma always taught me, however many ladies y’ woo, always treat ‘em right.
8. CAPTION: Actually, she didn’t, but dat’s not de point.
Rogue walks up behind him, but he pretends he doesn’t know she’s there.
1. CAPTION: Point is, Belladonna was my wife.
2. CAPTION: And I didn’t treat her right.
When he doesn’t acknowledge her presence, Rogue finally speaks out.
3. ROGUE: Y’ like the water, dontcha?
4. GAMBIT: Me, I like a lotta t’ings. Not many of dem make me feel dis peaceful though.
Rogue crosses her arms and looks away, her face hard.
5. ROGUE: Remy…Ah heard about the mission the Professor’s sendin’ you on.
6. GAMBIT: Guess you heard he wanted you to accompany me as back-up too, huh?
7. ROGUE: Sure did. Why didn’t you…?
8. GAMBIT: Allow it? D’ you know why he wanted you to go? So’s he could use you as bait. You t’ink I’m gonna allow dat?
9. ROGUE: An’ what if ah told you it was all mah idea?
10. GAMBIT: What?
11. ROGUE: Bel’s not herself, Remy. Evah wondered why she’s workin’ with that pea-brain, Creed? Someone else’s behind this, and it ain’t Magneto. They want you for somethin’.
1. GAMBIT: An’ they want you so dey can get to me.
2. ROGUE: Which makes it personal. Ah’m goin’ with you.
3. GAMBIT: Like hell, y’are.
4. ROGUE: This is about Genevieve, isn’t it.
5. GAMBIT: How’d you know?
Rogue points to her temple.
6. ROGUE: Your mem’ries floatin’ round in mah head. Sometimes, when ah get this close t’ you, it’s almost like ah can feel you, Remy. Right inside. An’ that’s when I know that you…
She trails off and looks away.
7. ROGUE: You’re still hurtin’ over the girl, ah understand that. But one day, Remy, y’ gotta let go. Ah’m not Genny. Ah can take care of m’self.
Gambit stands up and turns to her.
7. GAMBIT: Okay.
8. ROGUE: Okay?
9. GAMBIT: You can come. But if you get in my way…
10. ROGUE: Ah know. You send me packin’.
11. GAMBIT: No. I get distracted. Den don’t say I didn’t tell you so.
Rogue juts out her jaw at him, trying to swallow the expletives forming in her mouth.
12. ROGUE: Ah’m gonna go and get ready.
13. GAMBIT: You do dat, chere.
Rogue stomps off back towards the mansion, leaving Gambit to stare after her with a satisfied grin on his face.
3. CAPTION: I figure it's the best thing to do – take her where I can keep an eye on her.
4. CAPTION: She knows that’s what I’m thinkin’. We both know it’s only half the story.
5. CAPTION: Tension’s so thick you could cut it with a chainsaw. Rogue’d be darned before she cut through it first.
Lighting up a cigarette, Gambit begins to walk back towards the mansion.
6. CAPTION: It all suits me fine for now. Like momma always says, it’s best to bide your time.
7. CAPTION: Poppa said, always listen to your momma.
Gambit’s shadow disappears over the hill, leaving only a small trail of smoke visible over the horizon.
8. CAPTION: Would it make any difference if I told you I never had no momma?
A wide view of the Assassin’s Guild mansion in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It is night time, and the opulent building stands in silence over a picturesque stretch of the Mississippi River. Only one room one the uppermost storey of the building shows any sign of life. A burning orange light flickers through a row of large, ornate Victorian windows.
9. CAPTION: Looking over the Mississippi River in New Orleans’ French Quarter stands an old mansion, as ancient and unchanging as the first year it became the ancestral home of the Boudreaux family, the leaders of the New Orleans’ Assassin’s Guild.
A close up of Belladonna gazing with a frown upon a framed wedding photo of her and Gambit.
10. CAPTION: Her deadly and almost mythical reputation had given her the nickname of Queen of the Bayou. Ruthless and beautiful, Belladonna Boudreaux was a woman who had learnt to kill by the age of five.
As Belladonna broods over the photo, several figures can be seen in the shadows behind her. They are Mystique and Phantazia of the Brotherhood; and another man, tall, muscular and seemingly dressed in a suit, whose features cannot be seen at all.
1. CAPTION: This night though, the queen is nothing more than a pawn in her own palace.
2. MAN: You failed, Bordreaux.
3. BELLADONNA: The girl touched me, briefly. My powers were sufficiently drained to…
4. MAN: Do not give me excuses, woman! You have endangered our mission! How can you be certain that Rogue did not gain knowledge of our plans from our contact with you?!
5. MYSTIQUE: If the contact was only brief then Rogue would only have obtained brief impressions of the victim’s personality, nothing more.
6. MAN: Hmph. You know her better than anyone, Darkholme.
Belladonna swings round to face them, her expression heated.
7. BELLADONNA: Give me another chance, and I’ll be prepared! I shall go to de mansion again and…
8. PHANTAZIA: No, it’s too dangerous. It is too risky to use my electro-magnetic powers again on so sophisticated a security system.
9. BELLADONNA: But you can make yourself invisible!
10. PHANTAZIA: Yes, but I can’t cloak you. Besides, after last night, they will be expecting another attempt to abduct the girl.
11. BELLADONNA: But we don’t need de girl! Let me do dis my way! I will get Remy for you!
The mystery man interrupts the bickering.
12. MAN [off-panel]: ENOUGH!!
Silhouette of the three villains, menacing in the shadows.
1. MAN: LeBeau is not the only one who is intrinsic to the success of this mission. We need the girl too! She will be taken!
2. MAN: And as for LeBeau, when you have finished with him, make sure he is brought to me. He is, after all, my son.
End of Full-Circle, Part IIHome