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House of Cards Timeline

January 6th, 2018 (10:08 pm)

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Well, since Tumblr is so dumb and doesn't let you put tables inside posts, I'm posting this timeline for the House of Cards series here.  Spoilers if you've not read the House of Cards series and care to read it someday.  You can read it on my Fanfiction.net or AO3 pages.


Age of Gambit

Age of Rogue

Age of Rachel Summers






Birth of Nathaniel Essex in England.





Birth of Irene Adler in Austria.





Birth of Raven Darkholme in Austria.





The origins of the Black Womb Project, whose benefactor is Nathan Milbury (Nathaniel Essex) and whose director is Amanda Mueller.  Its employees are Kurt Marko, Alan Ryking, Carl Denti, Fred Duncan and Irene Adler (Destiny), the latter having infiltrated the group in order to oversee the birth of certain mutants, including Gambit.





Mortimer Toynbee, aka Toad, is born in the Black Womb Research Facility, Nevada.

Beginning of April 1983




Gambit is born in the Black Womb Research Facility, Alamogordo, Nevada to Amanda Mueller, using the seed of Essex.  He is the final test subject born of the Black Womb Project.

January 1984




Birth of Belladonna Boudreaux to Marius Boudreaux of the Assassins Guild.

End of July 1984




Rogue is born in Caldecott, Mississippi, to Owen and Priscilla.  She is named Anna Marie.

January 1985




Rogue is referred to the Black Womb project by her mother’s obstetrician.

Autumn 1985




Essex implants a timer into Rogue’s genetic template, with the intention of having her Omega level powers manifest themselves fully and flawlessly at the moment they first emerge, little knowing she will not be able to control them.

December 1985




Amanda Mueller destroys the Black Womb compound.  Rogue and Gambit are taken from the burning building by Destiny and Mystique.  Destiny is almost killed whilst saving Gambit.  Raven returns Rogue to her parents and nurses Irene to health.

January 1986




Irene Adler takes Gambit to the Thieves Guild of New Orleans, where she plays upon Marguerite LeBeau’s belief in the local superstition of Le Diable Blanc.  Jean-Luc LeBeau is persuaded by his wife to adopt the child, and he is named Remy Etienne LeBeau.

Late 1991




Kate Pryde is born.





The marriage of Scott Summers and Jean Grey.

January 1993




Rachel Summers is born.  The DoFP timeline is the only timeline that she is born in.

June 1993




Tanya Trask is born to Bolivar and Sandra Trask.

Summer 1998




Rogue's powers first manifest and she accidentally kills Cody Robbins.  She runs away from home and is intercepted by Mystique, who takes her in with Irene Adler.  Together the two hope to mould Rogue for their own purpose.

Bolivar Trask begins work on the Sentinel project.





Rogue becomes a full-time member of the Brotherhood.





Gambit murders Julien LeBeau and is exiled from the Thieves Guild.  He travels to New York, hoping to make a new life for himself, but he ends up homeless and involved in petty crime.  His Omega-level powers become increasingly out of control at this time.  This is the period where he first meets Clarity.





Gambit takes part in the Oyama job with Devereux.  His powers completely flare out of control, endangering the lives of those around him as well as his own.  Sinister takes him in and removes access to his Omega level powers by way of a lobotomy.





At eighteen Rogue joins the X-Men after defecting from the Brotherhood.  Later that year the mutant Mastermind detonates a nuclear bomb in Pittsburgh, killing Jean Grey-Summers.





In January Senator Robert Kelly, a vocal mutant registration supporter, is murdered by the Brotherhood, being shot by Destiny herself.  The Days of Future Past timeline is put into motion by this one act.

Bolivar Trask's Sentinel project is given the official green light.  The Mark 1 Sentinels are finally put into operation.

Doctor Rory Campbell (soon to become Ahab), having long since put ethics aside, breaks his association with Doctor Moira MacTaggart.  He begins research into brainwashing mutants in earnest.  In Washington a Mutant Regstration Act is hotly touted.

Summer 2005




Gambit joins the X-Men as an undercover agent of Sinister, his orders being to infiltrate and gather intelligence on the X-Men, and to ultimately collate DNA samples.  The extent of his planned betrayal is unknown.  It is possible he was planning to give over the X-Men physically to Essex as part of his mission.

Tanya Trask develops her mutant powers. Trask begins trying to develop ways of ‘curing’ her.

Summer 2006




July – Gambit gives Rogue the butterfly pendant.

Early August – The date down by the boathouse.

Late August – The military attack the Xavier Mansion.  All the inhabitants, apart from Rogue and Rachel Summers are killed.  Simultaneous attacks are launched against other super-powered mutant outfits; most are killed, many are taken into custody.  Several escape, only to be caught later.  Of those eventually incarcerated are Magneto, Storm, Colossus, Kitty Pryde and Franklin Richards.  Of those who remain free (though operating underground) are Wolverine, Gambit, Jubilee, Emma Frost, Synch, Psylocke, Scarlet Witch and Shinobi Shaw.

Gambit is pulled out of the mansion by Essex, and goes into hiding.  Destiny, having seen a premonition of the attack, rescues a comatose Rogue from the mansion with the rest of the Brotherhood.  Rachel is taken by Ahab (Rory Campbell) and is brainwashed into being a Hound.  The Sentinel project is put into action and martial law is declared against mutants.  A mutant registration act is put in force.  The Mark 2 Sentinels are put into operation.  Trask Technologies begins research into an injectable form of power disruptor harnessing the power of nanotechnology.

The first war between statics and mutants begins.

Autumn 2006




Magneto leads a mutant battle against the Sentinels in the heart of downtown Manhattan.  Many civilian casualties.  Anton Simmons’ wife and daughter are killed in the fray.  Magneto finally loses when the Sentinels break his spine.  He is confined to a wheelchair and interned in the South Bronx Mutant Internment Center.

December 2006




A bill is passed to codify into law the Mutant Registration Act.

Early February 2007




By this time, the Sentinels and Hounds have either wiped out or captured almost all of the super-powered mutants.  The rest now go into hiding.  The war effectively ends.  New laws are immediately put into place. Mutants can no longer enter the professions.  Genetic testing is required for all newborns.  If the tests are positive for the X-gene they are sterilised at birth.  All children born to interned mutants are discarded of.  While there aren’t enough funds to enforce mass sterilisation of the entire mutant race, free birth control is available to all mutants upon presentation of their ID.  A campaign is put begun to encourage non-mutant pure-breds to reproduce.

At the end of the war, Sinister begins to rebuild the Black Womb project, using Gambit to start recollecting super-powered mutants

Late February 2007




Rogue awakens from her coma.  She begins to work for the Brotherhood again.

Autumn 2008




Rogue destroys the Sentinel parts factory and meets Gambit again.  The two effectively become lovers.  Destiny has foreseen this but keeps the knowledge to herself.  At about the same time Arthur Rogers, a lowly lab technician for Trask Technologies, begins his research into the Mark 3 Sentinels.

Spring 2009




Gambit frees Sage from an internment camp, whose ‘computer brain’ is studied by Sinister.  Gambit sets Clarity onto finding and watching Rogue.  About this time the nanomachine power disruptor technology is put into mass production and secretly injected into all government employees.

Tanya Trask is injected with nanomachines that mask her genetic scent.

June 2009




Clarity discovers Rogue's whereabouts.  At Irene's instigation, the Brotherhood sends Rogue out to steal Art Rogers' research notes on the Mark 3 Sentinels.  Rogue inadvertantly discovers the government's use of nanomachine power disruptors.  The Mark 3 Sentinel notes are destroyed and the project is essentially averted.

December 2009




Gambit breaks out Leech from a juvenile internment camp for Sinister; his power disrupting ability is studied by Sinister.  The Brotherhood send Rogue to assassinate General Kincaid, leader of the Friends of Humanity and an advisor to the President.  Ultimately he is murdered by Gambit.

January 2010




Destiny and Mystique begin to formulate a plan to break free Rachel Summers, a chronoskimmer or time jumper who can traverse the Timestream into the past, future, or into different dimensions within the Omniverse.

November 2010




A plague breaks out in the run-down Lowtown district of Madripoor.  Sinister's attention turns to Rachel Summers, daughter of Cyclops and Phoenix.  Sinister quickly and secretly develops an antidote to the Madripoor plague.

December 2010




Rogue seduces Troy Rifkind, the Assistant Director of Trask Technologies, and steals and copies his keycard.  The keycard is used by Mystique who uses Rifkind's form to access Trask Technologies' 'Core', a database where all its files are stored.  Mystique downloads all the Mutant Registration files and disseminates the information to various mutant underground organizations.  Only information on Rachel Summers is kept exclusively by the Brotherhood, who thus discovers the whereabouts of the infamous Hound Pens.

Gambit is sent by Sinister to bribe Lady Viper into giving up information on the Hounds (specifially Rachel Summers).  Viper gives information on Ahab's brainwashing techniques; Gambit gives her the plague antidote and an epidemic (potentially a pandemic) is averted.

January 2011




A full investigation is made into the break-in at Trask Technologies' Core.  Eye witnesses say Rifkind was the perpetrator, but interviews with him are inconclusive.  Rifkind is pressured into resigning from Trask Technologies.

March 2011




Gambit plans to discover the whereabouts of the Hounds himself and thus figure out Sinister's true motivation.  He goes to the Morlock Caliban, but instead asks for Rogue's whereabouts.

Summer 2011




The mutant named Guess rips out Rifkind's memories of the night before the Trask Technologies break-in.  He discovers Rogue and goes to the Ritz, where he makes two copies of the security video of Rogue and Rifkind.  The Brotherhood receives a tip-off about Guess (by an anonymous Clarity), who is purportedly working for Bolivar Trask.  Rogue goes to spy on him, and discovers him about to sell the Ritz security tape to Trask himself.  Guess is killed by Gambit, but Trask now knows Rogue's face and sets in motion a search for women with white streaks in their hair.  Trask also begins to research the whereabouts of the X-Man Rogue.

The Brotherhood sets up headquarters on the outskirts of New York City.

Gambit breaks into Guess' hideout and steals the Ritz security tapes, only to destroy them a week later.  All evidence of Rogue being in the Ritz the previous year is lost.

Gambit breaks out Empath and brings him to Sinister as a subject in his latest experiment.

Winter 2011




Gambit breaks out the Multiple Man for participation in one of the Sinister's experiments.

Early 2012




Tanya Trask loses control of her powers and is lost in the Timestream.  She remains in a coma for several weeks.  When she awakens, the experience so traumatises her that she becomes mentally unstable.

September 2012




Bolivar Trask, finding his daughter increasingly difficult to deal with, sends Tanya to live with her mother in Chicago.  Tanya enrols in the University of Chicago.

December 2012




Sinister contacts the Brotherhood suggesting a joint operation to break free Rachel Summers.  The Brotherhood knows her location, whilst Essex knows how to break her free of her brainwashing.  Irene and Raven's motivation is to save mutantkind; Essex's is to study and replicate the DNA of the supposed pinnacle of mutant evolution.  He, however, has no intention of sharing Rachel with anyone else, and while he orders Gambit to work with the Brotherhood, he also orders him to kill them once Rachel's location is known.

Rogue absorbs both Destiny and Gambit.

Gambit murders Anton Simmons, Director of Hound Security.  He seduces Simmons' secretary and discovers the code to the Hound Pens.  Rogue and Gambit free Rachel, who is absorbed by Rogue in the process.  Rachel is later recaptured by Ahab, but Rogue's absorption has disrupted Ahab's brainwashing and over the coming weeks Rachel begins to break free of it.

January 2013




Gambit seeks out Sinister only to find Sinister's headquarters empty and his former boss vanished.  He goes through Destiny’s Diaries and discovers that Irene Adler is predicted Rogue’s death at Sinister’s hands.  Determined to avoid this, Gambit then plans to get Rogue somewhere safe before returning to New York to kill Sinister himself.  He begins to inquire into the whereabouts of the former surviving X-Men with the aid of Clarity.

February 2013




Rachel finally breaks her programming and attacks Ahab, permanently scarring his face.  Ahab attempts to reprogram her with little success.

Rogue decides to leave the Brotherhood and go with Gambit to discover the current whereabouts of the surviving X-Men.  Gambit takes one last trip to Clarity before leaving New York.  Clarity pinpoints Logan's location in Chicago.  Rogue and Gambit head towards Chicago in search of him.

March 2013




Sinister, having moved to a new base of operations, actively begins to seek out Gambit again.  He is lead to Clarity, who he threatens into giving away Gambit’s location.  Through this, Sinister also discovers that Rogue is still alive and with him.  His reasons for pursuing his son are now doubled.  He coerces Clarity into his employ and contacts Gambit, demanding he deliver Rogue to him by a certain deadline, otherwise Clarity’s life is forfeit and Sinister will be forced to take matters into his own hands. Gambit, hedging his bets and wanting to get Rogue to safety in Chicago before turning back to kill Sinister, continues on anyway.

Troy Rifkind commits suicide in his New York apartment.

May 2013




Rogue and Gambit run into Rachel in an Ohio town. They quickly move to a holiday house in Grand Lake St. Mary’s State Park, intending to stay here only a couple of days before moving on.  This, however, lengthens into weeks.  Over this time, Rachel begins to slowly recover her powers and memories.

July 2013




Rachel finally gains full possession of her powers and her memories.  Seeing the location of Kate Pryde in Gambit’s mind, she leaves Rogue and Gambit and heads back towards New York.  Rogue and Gambit continue westwards in their search for Logan.

August 2013




Rachel allows herself to be captured and incarcerated in the South Bronx Mutant Internment Center, where she is reunited with Kate Pryde and other imprisoned super-powered mutants.  These include Storm, Colossus, Magneto and Franklin Richards, son of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman.  Initially intended to foment a rebellion against the Sentinels, Rachel finds a jaded and inert population who are wary of all-out revolution.

September 2013




Rogue and Gambit finally discover Logan and his small band of X-Men in Chicago.  The current roster comprises of Jubilee, Synch, Emma Frost and Psylocke.  They do not actively consider themselves as X-Men – more as a vigilante group.  Both Rogue and Gambit join the band.

October 2013




Gambit makes contact with Tanya Trask.

November 2013




Tanya Trask outs herself as a mutant and is taken in by the X-Men; her training begins.  Gambit leaves Logan’s group, heading back to New York to finally kill Sinister.

December 2013




Beginning of the month – Tanya is drawn to Rachel’s power signature and appears to her and Franklin Richards via her astral form.  The New York mutants learn of the existence of the Chicago group.

Gambit meets with Sinister, intending to kill him; but when Sinister dangles the knowledge of his true origin in front of him, he hesitates.  Sinister directs Gambit to the ruined Black Womb test facility in Alamogordo, Navada.  Gambit then heads south-west.

Mid-month – the New York and Chicago contingents plan to change the timeline using Rachel’s powers.  Rogue contacts the Brotherhood, requesting Forge make a device to nullify the effects of the power disrupting necklaces.

Gambit arrives in Alamogordo and meets Amanda Mueller there.  He discovers the truth of his origin – that he is the biological son of both her and Nathaniel Essex.  He also learns of Essex’s Cronos Project, and that if Essex dies, his genetic template (which has been grafted onto several unknown mutants across the world) will be triggered in one of his many test subjects, thus granting him a new life in another body.  Therefore, Essex cannot be killed.  Whilst at the test facility, Gambit learns that Irene Adler had worked there as its archivist.  He returns to New York, intending to learn more.

End of month – Gambit visits the Brotherhood.  He learns from Irene Adler the extent of his Omega level powers – the ability to tap into the kinetic flow of the Timestream and remake himself inside it.  Irene tells him that this ability will be the only thing to prevent Essex from killing Rogue.  But since Sinister still holds the part of Gambit’s brain that will restore his Omega powers, he will have to return to Sinister.

The Chicago mutants head to New York, except for Rogue, who, under the instructions of Destiny’s psyche, follows Gambit to Alamogordo. To find out what he knows.

Gambit makes a deal with Sinister – restoration of his Omega powers for Rogue.

The New York mutants regain access to their powers through Forge’s nullifying device.  Whilst Rachel sends Kate back into the Timestream to her younger self so that she can prevent the death of Senator Kelly, the other mutants head to the Sentinel mainframe to destroy it as a failsafe.

But Tanya Trask betrays them, getting her father to send the Sentinels into the internment centre in a pre-emptive attack.  Storm, Colossus, Magneto and Franklin Richards are all killed.  Tanya attempts to coerce Rachel into becoming her mentor, teaching her to better use her time-twisting powers.  Rachel refuses and moves into the Timestream, hoping to find a way to fix the DoFP timeline for good.  Tanya follows her.

Kate Pryde →  616: temporarily enters canon Marvel-verse. Her younger self successfully prevents Senator Kelly from getting killed, which only affects the 616 timelines, but does not divert the DoFP timeline (Earth-811) from occurring.  Kate returns to this timeline, but ultimately she leaves the X-Men.

September 2014




Rogue, having travelled slowly south towards Alamogordo, finally encounters Amanda Mueller, learning that both she and Gambit were parts of the Black Womb project, and that Gambit himself was intended as Sinister’s prize experiment.  She returns to Logan’s band in New York.

October 2014




Irene’s psyche warns Rogue of her imminent death, and encourages her to contact Gambit to help her – which she does.

Gambit informs Sinister of Rogue’s contact.  Seeing a chance to move in, Sinister devises a diversionary attack to draw Rogue away from the other X-Men.  Gambit however secretly meets with Rogue, wanting to reconnect with her and discover how much she knows about him.  It is less than he’d feared.  Rogue is delivered up to Sinister.

Olivier LeBeau is conceived.

Mystique and Logan, discovering that Gambit has sold Rogue over to Sinister, head towards his base to free her.

Rogue is then forced to absorb Leech and Sage.  After Sage’s absorption, Remy demands the surgery to restore his Omega powers.  Sinister does this, but, sensing Gambit’s true feelings for Rogue, he adds in a failsafe by grafting his genetic template onto his son.

Sinister reveals his plan to add Rogue to his collection of mutants and clone an army of her.  This spurs Gambit into action, revealing his true allegiances. Sinister informs him that Remy is now his genetic receptacle and that he will be reborn in him the moment he dies. Remy tries to escape the compound with Rogue, but Mystique arrives and kills Sinister, activating his genetic template in Remy.  Logan and Rogue escape.

Sinister!Gambit now begins to destroy the Sentinels and the Hounds.  The second great war between statics and humans begins.

The death of Irene Adler.

Using the combined powers of the psyches she has absorbed – Irene, Leech, Sage, Rachel, and Gambit himself – Rogue is able to challenge Sinister!Gambit.  Using Sage’s mutant gene activating power – but in refuse – Rogue manages to destroy the Sinister’s genetic template in Gambit.  She is severely injured, but Gambit and Wolverine are able to prevent her death using their powers.  The war continues.

November 2014




Rogue slowly recovers.  The new band of X-Men are busy trying to mitigate the ravages of the war.  Rachel returns from the Timestream with Kate in tow.  She is unable to physically change anything in the past, as she cannot be physically embodied in the Timestream. However, she, Rogue and Gambit plan to use their combined Omega powers to achieve this.

Tanya again betrays the X-Men, whose base is attacked by Sentinels.  Rachel, Rogue and Gambit put their plan into action.  They find themselves transported to the White Hot Room by the Phoenix.  The Phoenix, longing to be reborn in the world of men, sees the similarities between herself and Rogue and offers to bond with her.  Seeing this as an opportunity to right the wrongs of the world, little knowing that the Phoenix would destroy her personality completely.  When Gambit steps in to prevent this, the Phoenix begins to feed from his soul, destroying completely the Omega part of him that Sinister restored. Rogue, realising this, absorbs the Phoenix, gaining herself time to escape with Gambit into the Timestream.  The Phoenix then bonds with Rachel, who, unique in the multiverse, realises she is born to be the mortal half of the Phoenix.  Rachel then gives Tanya a shard of the Phoenix Force to Tanya, enabling her to physically travel in time too. They go back to the past, to the inception of the Sentinel Project.  Tanya attempts to prevent her father from writing the Sentinel code, but realises that her only point is to make sure the future comes to pass.  Rachel instead writes a Trojan into the Sentinel code, which will be released in the future.

Rogue and Gambit arrive in the past, in the garden of the adolescent Irene Adler.  Still consumed by the immortal soul of the Phoenix, Rogue begins to feed Destiny’s own prophecies to her, unknowingly setting in motion the entire sequence of events.  Rachel arrives, healing Gambit from the Phoenix’s flames, and removing all the psyches – including the Phoenix’s – from Rogue’s mind. They return to where they had started, where Rachel releases the Trojan in the Sentinels.  It rewrites their prime directive – that is, to protect statics from mutants – telling them now to protect all humankind.

The war ends.

The negotiations between mutants and statics begins.

Rachel returns to the Timestream to now join the 616 timeline → joins canon Marvel-verse

Tanya returns to the Timestream to join the Askani timeline → joins canon Marvel-verse. (Her and Rachel later meet in this timeline, later becoming Madame Sanctity and Mother Askani respectively, where they are instrumental to the upbringing of Cable).

Gambit leaves for New Orleans, intending to make peace with both to Guilds and to see whether he can have his exile rescinded.

December 2014




Rogue discovers she is pregnant.

Towards the end of the month she and Gambit return to New Orleans.  The Assassins Guild refuse to allow him to be reinstated into the Thieves Guild, but agree to withdraw the exile if he performs the age-old Winnowing rite.  This he does, and is allowed free access to the city again.

July 2015




Olivier Luc Jean LeBeau is born.

November 2017




Rebecca Raven Marguerite LeBeau is born.

End of Time




Rachel end of time stuff/Phoenix leaves her, c.f. Cable (v.1) #85-86.

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Arrow of Time now available as a print book!

April 4th, 2016 (09:40 pm)

Current mood: sick

Dear friends and readers,

After a long hiatus, I'm finally happy to announce that Arrow of Time- the third and final book in the House of Cards trilogy - has now been released on Lulu!  You can click on the image below to go to the product page. :)

Please do buy if you’re so inclined, and please also be assured that I receive no revenue from sales - all you’ll pay for is the cost of manufacture and shipping.  I have tried to keep costs down via black and white illustrations (colour is expensive!), and trying to keep page numbers down (it still amazes me how much I have written…it becomes more obvious in print form, less so in serial form on FF.net and AO3). However, I know it’s still pricey for some, so here’s a link to a useful discount site that does coupons for Lulu (which is great for me also, since I have to buy my own products. Yes, there are no concessions for authors :p).  Make sure you plug in the codes at checkout!

To buy the first two books, you can find them here. :)

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Vote for House of Cards

June 12th, 2015 (04:05 pm)

Current mood: nervous

So there are only a couple of days left before the first round of voting on the Fanatic Fanfic Awards is over!  This is just a plug to ask that if you enjoyed reading House of Cards, please do head on to the site and give my fanfic a vote.  I will appreciate your loving forever! xxx

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Sharing House of Cards

February 2nd, 2015 (10:06 pm)

Current mood: crazy

Well folks, since the House of Cards trilogy is winding down very soon, I'm going to put it out there on a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. That means that you have permission to share it, adapt it, write your own fic about it/the world, draw pics of it, etc., as long as you a) give me credit for the source material; b) share the material under the same license as the above.

Use the characters, use the world, expand on the AU, draw illustrations for it, make games, do cosplay, whatever the hell you want... and let me know about it. I'd love to see what you come up with! :)

-Ludi x

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Rogue & Gambit's journey in Twist of Fate

November 1st, 2014 (08:45 pm)

Current location: United Kingdom,
Current mood: listless

This map is more for my benefit than yours, but I’m posting it anyway.

This is the route Rogue and Gambit take from New York to Chicago in Twist of Fate. First there’s Boonton where they meet Deveraux; then I mentioned the Penn Lincoln Parkway and that ‘nameless Pennsylvanian town’, so I put that in there. There’s a long stopover in Ohio with Rachel in the vacation house at Grand Lake St. Marys…. And then a pretty straightforward route to Chicago where they meet up with Logan around Wells & Lake.

Actually they do quite a few detours, especially on the Pennsylvania - Ohio leg of the journey, so this map is not entirely accurate, but it’s not important.

Got it all figured out, y’see… ;)

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House of Cards & Twist of Fate illustrated books!

October 31st, 2014 (10:20 pm)

Current location: United Kingdom, Epsom
Current mood: accomplished

Happy Halloween, my dear Romy friends!

For those not already in the know, I have some exciting news!  I have now self-published House of Cards and Twist of Fate through Lulu!  I will gain no profit from the sale of these books - what you pay is for the material costs and for the postage and packaging.  I've tried to keep the price down as much as possible, but please bear in mind these are long stories and each book is nearly 500 pages a piece! O.O

To buy them, please click on the pictures below!

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To all those who do buy - I hope you enjoy the story in print form as much as you did on screen! :D Arrow of Time will be up when I've finished posting it on Fanfiction.net and completed all the editing and typesetting. :)

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On Tanya Trask

August 22nd, 2014 (10:00 pm)

Current mood: productive

When I first started playing around with the idea of a sequel to House of Cards, there wasn't a lot I had in mind, but Tanya Trask seemed to loom fairly large from the get-go.  I don't really know why.  I was never a huge fan of hers in the comics, and to be honest she is not a very attractive character.  But she just started forcing her way in there and who was I to deny her?

sanctity03In the X-Men comics, Tanya is the older daughter of Bolivar Trask, the inventor of the Sentinels, whose brother, Larry, is a mutant (I jettisoned Larry as a mutant in HoC, largely because it was a complication I didn't need).  Tanya is also a mutant who has the power to enter the Timestream, or to chronoskim.  Whilst experimenting with her powers she gets stranded in the Timestream and loses her mind.  Rachel Summers, travelling through the Timestream after abandoning the Days of Future Past timeline, finds Tanya and saves her life by repairing her mind and 'anchoring' her in another timeline; this turns out to be the Askani timeline.  Here Tanya becomes Madame Sanctity, the slightly unhinged second-in-command of Mother Askani, Rachel's future self, and protector of the Askani'Son (who is actually Nathan Summers, Cable, the son of Scott Summers and Madelyne Pryor, who was sent to the future in order to protect him from the techno-virus).

Confused yet?

Madame Sanctity continues her trips through time in an insane bid to control the past and thus control the future.  One of her ideas is to go back into her own past and stop her father from creating the Sentinels and making things difficult for mutantkind.  Rachel only just manages to prevent her from creating a fatal paradox in time by wiping Bolivar's mind of the memory of his daughter's future self, whereupon both Rachel and Tanya return to the Askani timeline.

Now in the midst of all this convoluted backstory, there was something about Tanya that just stuck out to me.  Maybe it was the self-serving insanity; or maybe it was the fact that her powers exactly mirror Rachel Summers' (check out their powers and abilities on the
Marvel Database).   I had this idea that Rachel was still important in the HoC universe, but she needed a something to drive her, and I sensed that something (without knowing what it was) in Tanya Trask.

Meanwhile, I was playing around writing little scenes from a projected HoC sequel, and somehow Tanya started popping up in a lot of them.  The only thing I could do was to grudgingly give in and accept that Tanya was a part of this world and wasn't going to go away.  At first Rogue starts going flaky with Destiny's psyche; Gambit goes back to Essex to figure out his relationship to him; Essex, having lost Rachel, wants Tanya instead; Gambit is sent undercover to 'collect' her and ends up having an affair with her.

Tanya_Trask_smallThose were the initial seeds of Twist of Fate, bits and pieces of which I kept in the final storyline.  Almost as soon as I started writing her in ToF, her history began to reveal itself.

Tanya Sarah Trask is intelligent, resourceful, creative, closer in personality type to her father than her mother or her brother.  (She is also, for some reason I cannot quite pinpoint, curly-haired in my mind).  Bolivar is proud of his daughter's accomplishments, but one thing comes first for him - his research.  He is disinterested in raising a family and his bigotry towards mutants fuels his desire to create the Sentinels and unleash them on the world.  At about the age of fourteen, Tanya first started manifesting her telepathic powers, which she hid from her family.  Later, when her ability to travel the Timestream kicked in, she was unable to hide the fact that she was a mutant any longer.  Unable to control her powers, and more than that, suspicious and afraid of them, Tanya was unable to leave the Timestream and spent a long, traumatic time lost in it.  This trauma affected her grip on reality, and when she was finally able to control her powers enough to leave her prison, her mental stability had been severely affected.

Growing up in a bigoted household, Tanya had never felt fully loved or appreciated by her father, and this was compounded by the fact that Bolivar was horrified by his daughter's 'abnormality' and sought to hide it.  He funded research into nanomachine technology, a technology that would be able to mask the X-gene from any scan.  The process was long and painful, both physically and mentally, but eventually it worked, and Bolivar was satisfied that his daughter would now pass as 'normal'.  But Tanya was deeply hurt and damaged by her father's actions, and whilst she loved him deeply she could no longer trust him.  Caught between a vengeful hatred of her father and a craving for his approval, she excelled in school yet infuriated her father by continuing to use her powers and risk exposure.  Throughout this rebellion, Tanya's intelligence and exuberance masked her inner tendency towards depression, self-loathing, and inadequacy.   Her mental health further deteriorated when her parents divorced and Tanya was left in New York with her father whilst her mother moved to Chicago.  Tanya grew even more unmanageable, and Trask was eventually forced to enrol her in the University of Chicago in the hope that the change of scene and the move to her mother's would help improve her increasingly erratic behaviour.

Unfortunately for Trask, the rather more liberal atmosphere at UC gave Tanya an outlet for her frustrations and a platform to stand on.  She became active in the Mutant Rights Movement, which drew enough attention to her that people started to notice - including a certain mutant named Wolverine...

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22 Drabbles - Drabbles #12-22

August 2nd, 2014 (10:29 pm)

Current mood: gloomy

Continued from here

Unseen Eyes

      She wallows neck-deep in the water and closes her eyes.  This is the closest she’s felt to being at home in her own skin.  She allows herself to dream.

      She dreams that he comes knocking, that she lets him in.

      That he sees her naked beneath the bath-water.

      She wants him to see her naked.  She wants to know what he thinks when he sees her with nothing between them but themselves.

      Sometimes she wants so much she aches.

      A knock on the door.


      His voice is soft, uncharacteristically uncertain.

      She slides down under the bubbles and says nothing.


      He runs like the devil’s on his tail, leaping over puddles and rooftops with the same practised ease.

      The rain stings his face, the air sears his lungs.  He can hardly breathe.  His power is thrumming under the pores of his skin, electric, crackling through every nerve and for the first time in a long time he feels pain, raw and physical.

      He throws himself between the space of two buildings, lands clumsily, bites dust.

      There is blood in his mouth, on his stomach and fingers, and he tries to ignore it, he tries to push himself up, but -


      Sleek and satiny, she crosses the room in a red dress and walks right up to him, says:-


      She places a gloved hand on his abdomen and he winces.  She moves her hand, confused.

      “Ribs got busted,” he explains, snatching back her hand and placing it higher, on his chest. “Punctured a lung…”


      He smiles.

      “All in a day’s work.”

      “No dancin’?”

      “No dancin’.  Sorry.”

      The mistletoe sparkles in the twilight.  He doesn’t even joke about it anymore.  He lifts her hand to his lips and she feels the heat of them on her fingers.

      Not.  Close.  Enough.



      The cards rain down all around him like a snowstorm, landing at his feet with the rest of his nearly-destroyed room.

      He cracks his knuckles, his fingers, willing a spark, anything.  Nothing.  He’s nothing.  Naked.

      It isn’t coming back.  The power.  It’s gone.  Gone forever.

      Well shit.  At least he can still pick pockets, kick ass, screw women and…


      Not enough.

      He kicks a piece of chair across the room.

      He’s naked.  So is she.  He doesn’t like it.  It freaks the hell outta him.

      He picks up a card, tries to charge it.  Scowls.

      Queen of Hearts.


      Syncopated beats and neon lights; Kitty is lost in the crowd, and she plunges headfirst into the tidal wave of bodies, all sweat and pheromones and touch after touch after touch after touch…

      Later she stands outside on the street, the bass thrumming through her stomach, her skin raw with sensation.  Her bare flesh prickles with more than just the cold; her heart is in her mouth.  The memory of contact is almost too much to bear.

      She shivers now, wide awake.  Everything is suddenly new and tumultuous, vast and endless.

      Only now they unfold before her.

      All the possibilities.


      He dares himself to be naked to his soul.  He is all at once scared and elated, but he does it for her, for them.  He can’t tell her what this means to him.  He doesn’t have the words.

      “I love you,” she tells him.

      She wraps herself around him, so soft, so warm, so willing, and this time he is not being selfish because somehow she has disarmed him and he’s not in control anymore…

      Neither is she.

      He can do whatever he wants to her and he does, not because he can, but because he loves her too…


      Sugar and spice and all things nice.  That’s what little girls are made of.

      Sugar and spice.

      She laughs.  It’s bitter.

      Rogue, concentrate! Emma’s voice resounds in her head.

      She spins on her heel, smashes a gloved fist into someone’s jaw.  She feels bone crunch beneath her knuckles and feels a surge of satisfaction flood her senses.

      Sugar and spice.

      Blood inside her gloves, between her fingers…

      That’s what little girls are made of.

      Boot heel in solar plexus and the crunch of teeth biting dust…

      Not this li’l gal.

      She’s made of nails an’ if y’touch her you’ll die.


      Itchy feet, itchy fingers.

      He doesn’t run – he walks – but inside he’s running, and the knuckles of the hand holding the emerald are white.

      The darkness swallows him up like ink.  When it spits him out it is back out onto the streets, wading through soupy air thick with the scent of spices and the sound of jazz.  He’s come home to run away; he’s come home to seek refuge.

      The girl on the corner smiles his way.  Waxy brown curls glisten in the lamplight.

      He picks the pocket of a random passer-by and smiles back.

      He walks on over.


      Remy isn’t good at keeping still.

      Even when he’s silent his fingers are moving, fanning a pack of cards, back, forth, whirr, shlick.

      It’s been six months, and she’s not angry anymore.  She thinks she might be ready if he is.

      She finds his foot beneath the War Room table, bumps it with her own.  He bumps it back, silly, playful, forgiving.

      And he’s still now, the cards quiet in his hands.  His foot hooks her calf, twines their legs together.

      Gawd, Ah’ve missed yah, she broadcasts breathlessly, impulsively, and though he can’t hear, she couldn’t care less who does.

Last Breaths

      It isn’t funny.  Staring death in the face.

      It’s goddamn beautiful… Humbling.  Here he is light, he is perfect.  He is new.

      Let’s dance.

      But she calls his name and, “Ah love you,” she says, just like the first time; and in this place he sees what it really means – so many nuances of emotion he’d never known existed, and this time he’s not afraid to say it, he’s not afraid to mean it.

      She fights for him, the way he couldn’t for her, so damn stubborn…

      And he turns back from the light.

      Because it’s what he does best.

Seize the Day

      Her toes curl in warm sand only to be washed by the tide, and on it goes, on and on…

      And her hand curls around his, as if she had never let him go.

      This is what it is to be ‘normal’.  Quiet.  Static.  Years of running have brought her here.  How long she’ll stay, she doesn’t know but… right now, she’s happy standing where her footsteps fall.

      Only the sea changes now, ticking away time – but they’ll ignore it, just for a little while.

      She smiles.

      Together they slide into the sunset without even a word between them.

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22 Drabbles - Drabbles # 1-11

July 20th, 2014 (10:24 pm)

Current location: In bed
Current mood: discontent

My plan was to have finished Arrow of Time (HoC Book 3) by July, but that is looking increasingly unlikely.  I'm about 9/10 of the way through the that last 1/10 is being a bitch.  Instead, to tide us both over, I figured I would post some Romy drabbles I wrote as a Christmas present to a dear friend and fellow writer several years ago.  You know who you are.  Thanks for all the joy and inspiration.

All drabbles are exactly 100 words long.

Room 47

        “Whatever’s in there,” Jean-Luc had said, “it ain’t likely t’ be pretty, boy.”

        Two decapitations, three guttings, and one gibbering mess.

        “And no one even knows what’s in dere anyways.”

        He’s  young,  seventeen; he’s full of cocksure arrogance and he’d liked the odds.  He’d just had to try it.

        Heart thudding, adrenaline pumping, breath belaboured… Who needs sex?  Between his fingers the skeleton key doesn’t even make the whisper of a sound.

        His gut churns with anticipation, and Death is right there on the other side of that door and he’s ready to tango.

        Lock open.  He grins.

        Let’s dance.

Living Walls

        Walls have ears.  Hers have a pulse and a voice.

        She hears them at night.  Cody and the old guy.  Whispering.  Muttering.  Heartbeat fluttering.

        She itches her palm through her glove, takes a swig from the bottle.  It’s all teenage angst and rebellion.  She loves it.

        The old guy remembers the taste of beer.  Cody goes “uuuuurgh, gross!” and she laughs.

        Wimp! She jeers.

        But when she tries the cigarette she coughs and splutters.

        The old guy sighs an appreciative sigh, flush with memories.

        Ha ha, told ya so! Cody heckles from the sidelines.

        Go ta hell! she snaps back.


        From way up here he can see the world; just a stretch and he believes he can touch it.  Nights like these he was made for.

        “Remy!” the woman calls from the room behind him.

        He teeters on the balcony railing, breeze cooling the flush of his body, and he wonders what it would be like to fall, to lose himself in something other than flesh and shame.

        He wants intensity of feeling.  Not sensation.  It isn’t the same.

        He wants to dare himself to be naked to his soul.

        He sways. 


         He opens his eyes.  He steps down.


        He was smoking a cigarette.  It reminded her of the first one she’d tasted.

        “Bad habit,” she quipped from the doorway.

        He noticed her.  She noticed him.

        “Have a feelin’ somethin’ else will get me first,” he grinned.  Lopsided.  The curve of his mouth unnerved her.

        “New guy?” she asked.

        He stuck the cig between his teeth, held out a hand.

        “Gambit,” he said.

        She took it. “Rogue.”

        His fingers were long.  She liked the feel of them against her gloved palm.  He used his hands a lot, she thought. 

        “So what d’you do?” he asked.

        “Read palms,” she replied.


        She was sweating.

        Back home it was winter.  Not here.

        “Oh Gawd,” she complained, fanning herself with a glove.  Her hands were white.  Not white white.  Just the pale blush of skin that had never seen a tan.  Nice.  Delicate.  Untouched.

        “Do we have to wait out here for the others to come?” she groaned.

        He leaned against the wall and shuffled his cards.

        “You heard what de boss said,” he said.

        “Screw Cyke!” she exploded.  “Ah'm boilin’ here!”

        She tugged the zipper right down to her cleavage.  More skin.  Unwitting striptease.  He swallowed.

        “Me too, chere,” he muttered back.

Sleep Tight

        It’s hard to be sceptical around him.  Especially when he’s half-naked and staring at you like you’re a box of cherry liqueur chocolates.

        “So.  Dinner.  Tomorrow?” he asks.

        “Uh huh.” She stares at his pecs.   And a little lower.  Does he have to go walking around the mansion right after he’s showered?

        He’s tricking her.  He has to be.

        She feels stupid because she’s standing outside her door in pink teddy bear pyjamas and fluff-ball slippers.  She tries not to look at his pants.

        “Seven?” he asks.


        She turns the handle, her cheeks flaming.

        “Sleep tight, Rogue,” he says.


        She laughs and throws her arms round his neck.  They hug under the sweltering moonlight and it’s only in that moment that he lets himself think I’m home.

        A pot of gumbo on the stove and the scent of Southern Comfort on the upholstery.  Tante Mattie’s the only woman who never lets him down.

        He swirls his supper round the plate and thinks of what he can’t make his.

        It’s unfamiliar.  Rejection.

        Mattie hugs him and makes him feel like a little boy again.  He doesn’t have to be a man with her.  Just a boy.

        “Welcome back,” she says.


        She gives Bobby the finger.  She’s so not in the mood.

        He shrugs and walks off.  She fumes by the car.

        And the old guy says grow up, darlin’, and Cody laughs at how bad she is for telling Bobby to fuck off, and Remy says…

        Well, nothing really.  He just smiles.  Smirks.

        “What are you smilin’ at?” she mutters mutinously, slamming the gas pump hard into the tank.  And his smile widens.

        Chere, I can’t wait till de next time we get to tussle.

        She drops the pump and the gas splashes all over her jeans.

        “Damn,” she swears.


        The pews are hard and cold.  He sits there with the smell of frankincense swirling around him, not sure what this means.  Not sure why he’s here.

        Her heels clap against the mosaic floor.  When she slides in next to him he says nothing.

        “It’s cold,” she whispers.

        He nods.  Warmth is his sanctuary.  Warmth is being held.  Being safe and loved and connected.

        He sits in the cold to see what it’s like to be her.

        “Let’s go,” she pleads, but he can’t and…

        Her gloved hand curls round his own.  And she is warm.

        And he is loved.

Residents Past

        The wall is made of damp brick, notched and slimy.  She runs her fingers over it, trying to read it like she reads flesh.

        Logan sniffs.  He’s standing next to the mutant’s body with a grimace on his face.

        “No scent,” he growls. “He’s long gone.”

        She’s touched this wall before.  In someone else’s memory.

        When she touches the wall she sees this room as it was.  Occupied by the smell of death and human detritus.  And the man…

        She heaves.  Hyperventilating.

        “You okay, stripes?” Logan asks, concerned.

        “I need to get out,” she croaks, and oh God, she vomits.

Alternative Therapy


        He’s hooked her.  Line and sinker.

        Four rotating hips and acres of tanned flesh.

        He needs this, and all he needs now is not to compare.  This is just about need.  About filling a hole.  Scratching an itch.

        And he can’t compare.

        He’s hardly touched her, for Chrissakes.  Hardly knows what she feels like, and yet…

        The texture of her is imprinted on him.  All it took was a moment.

        They dance.  They swirl.  They parry and they spar.

        Back and forth.

        And when he’s done he wants to cry.

        Because nothing in the world can compare with her.

Continued here

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Checking in

May 29th, 2014 (09:27 pm)

Current mood: pensive

I'm aware I've been neglecting this blog of late, mainly because both work and studies have been eating up my time.  In the meanwhile, Twist of Fate has been completed, and the third book in the HoC series, Arrow of Time, is about 2/3 of the way finished and awaiting the return of my muse.  Rogue and Gambit, it seems, have decided to take a vacation, and those plot bunnies have gone along with them.  In the meantime I'm just gnawing on pencils and waiting for them to come back.

There's a lot I still want to say about Twist of Fate that I missed saying when I was actually posting the story.  Plot points like Gambit's Omega powers and the Black Womb project actually come from the comics, and the greater part of Rachel Summers' story is from the Days of Future Past timeline (comic universe, not movie universe).  It was my intention to expand upon these here, but it would involve scanning in pictures and thinking about what I'm writing, and I just haven't had that time recently.  Apologies.

Since ToF and the projected Arrow of Time are basically incomplete works (as in, largely unedited), I'd really appreciate if any readers could bring to my attention any areas that need improvement, especially where I tend to repeat myself or where aspects of the plot or characters don't ring true.  I would find this most helpful as I am planning to make limited, illustrated print copies of the books when they're all done, and of course want them to be as good as they can be before I do so.  Please feel free to post your thoughts here, or on fanfiction.net, or by email -- whatever works for you!  I really appreciate every little help I can get!

In the meantime, here's a little something I found to share with you and make you smile... :)  It's a sketch of the black and white ball chapter from katjenfic's Bad Touch.


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