Title: Caught In The Rain
By: Bridget McKennitt
Pairing: Kitty Pryde/Lance Alvers
Rating: G
Word Count: 1303
Summary: Kitty and Lance become stranded outside the entrance of the mall until the rain stops pouring. The perfect time for some cuddling, kissing, and talking.
Contains: No warnings in as far I know that can't be extrapolated from the header itself.
Disclaimer: X-Men: Evolution is owned by other companies. They are used here without permission, and for entertainment purposes only. No challenge or infringement upon the copyright is intended, nor should any be inferred.


Kitty knew she shouldn't have gone to the mall today. The weatherman was always wrong and for her to believe him when he said that it was going to be a beautiful day, well, it goes to show how big of a fool she was.

Because five minutes after Scott and Jean dropped her off, it began to pour. No, that was an understatement. It was like the rainstorm that flooded the world. She tried to escape the rain by heading inside the mall when she realized that the mall had already closed down for the day. So she, the silly Kitty, had no way of getting back to the Institute or calling anyone to pick up. She was stuck at the closed mall until the rain subsided. At least she could wait until the archway entrance.

Kitty shivered and wrapped her arms around herself. This just wasn't her day. First, the Professor had sent them on a mission that caused her to miss a very important exam in English and her teacher wasn't allowing her to make up. Then some immature person decided to cause a food fight and she got caught in the crossfire before she could phase away. And now this.

"Is the poor little Kitty all by herself?" Kitty looked up and saw a soaked Lance heading her way. Where did he come from? As if reading her mind, he answered, "My jeep broke down and since it doesn't have a roof, I decided to head for some shelter."

"Oh." She turned away. "Well, I have this spot, so just go somewhere else."

"Kitty, in case you didn't notice, it's raining cats and dogs! I'm not moving." Lance went to the other side and sat down in a huff. Kitty did the same on her side.

The rain continued to pour relentlessly, and Lance decided to sneak a peek at Kitty. She wore her traditional ponytail, a white long-sleeved shirt, and a jean skirt. Even though she looked like a poor kitty, she was still beautiful in Lance's eyes. The words she spoke to him a couple of weeks still pained him. He had tried so hard, yet in the end, she considered him nothing but a hood. Less than nothing.

But as he kept glancing at her, he couldn't help but wonder if it was truly over between them. He still liked her, of that there was no doubt, but what did she think of him?

"Come on, Alvers, be brave. This is probably the only shot you have to make amends and you don't want to screw it up," he muttered to himself. He stood up and closed the distance between them. "Kitty?"

"Like, get away from me, Lance. I don't want to talk to you."

He took off the Bayville sports jacket he stole from Duncan and offered it to her. Kitty looked up at him in surprise. "Take it. I--I know you're cold, and I don't want you to get sick or anything."

She took the jacket and slipped it on. "Thanks, Lance," she said and smiled at him.

Hoping that she was feeling a little friendly towards him, Lance sat down next to her. She looked at him with a strange expression in her eyes but did not say a word. A couple of minutes went by before Lance spoke.

"So what have you been up to lately?"

Kitty stared at her hands. "Oh, the usual. Homework, training, fighting off super villains." She looked up. "You?"

"Pretty much the same thing. Keeping the Brotherhood in line, scrounging for food and money, and fighting off superheroes." Lance grinned.

Kitty smiled back, despite herself. Lance could always cheer her up. "Lance, I--"

"Are you still cold?" he cut in. "Because if you are..." And with that, he scooped the surprised Kitty into his lap, holding her loosely in his arms.

"Lance!"

"I promise, no hanky panky," he said as his eyes twinkled.

"Somehow I don't believe you, Lance." However, Kitty snuggled deeper into Lance's embrace and rested her head on his shoulder.

Lance allowed himself a sigh of relief that Kitty didn't take offense at his bold move. It was nice to just be with her and not have to worry about what everyone else thought about them or if he would hurt her during one of the numerous fights between the X-Men and the Brotherhood.

"Lance?"

"Hmm?"

"I'm sorry for calling you a hood."

He looked into her incredible blue eyes and saw sorrow and guilt in them. "Nah, it was nothing, pretty Kitty. I wasn't hurt by it."

"Don't lie to me, Lance," her tone was gentle instead of snapping. "I *know* I hurt you and I'm sorry."

Lance softened and embraced Kitty, pressing kisses on the top of her head. "I'll forgive you if you forgive me for being such a stupid jerk to you. I *never* want to hurt you."

"Forgiven." She glanced away and sighed. "When will this horrible rain end?"

"Oh, it's not so bad, really. It allowed me to spend some time with you." Lance lifted Kitty's chin. "And I love spending time with you." Then his lips touched hers.

Kitty blushed, like she always did when he kissed her, and responded back. It seemed so surreal to them both, but right. Lance pulled away and he had a crooked grin on his face. "Remember when we first met and I promised to rock your world? Wanna phrase us though the walls and into a nice bed somewhere?"

"Lance!" She wrinkled her nose and tried to get up, but Lance wouldn't let her go. Of course, they both knew if she really wanted to leave, he could not stop her.

"I'm joking. Don't get so riled up." Lance kissed her again.

"You better be, mister. I'm, like, nowhere near ready to go to that next level."

"Nah, pretty Kitty. You know I'd never force you into anything you don't want to do. You're far too special for me to ruin our relationship."

And so they spent the rest of the time cuddling, kissing, and talking. Neither of them noticed that the rain finally started to relent and slowly began to stop. The two were in their own little world. But peace didn't last forever. A red car zoomed into the mall's parking lot and beeped its horn.

Kitty looked up, startled, and saw Jean and Scott looking at her. "Uh, hi guys."

They both got out of the car and walked towards Kitty and Lance. The latter two quickly got up to face the music. "We're sorry we couldn't get to you fast enough, Kitty. As soon as we realized that the mall was closed today, the rain started falling and we couldn't leave the manor until it stopped," Jean explained.

"Was Alvers here bothering you?" Scott asked, his hand on his glasses, ready to let out his optic beam.

"No! Like, Lance kept me company, otherwise I would have gone crazy. You guys go back in the car. I want to say goodbye to Lance." She turned to Lance. "Despite the situation, I had a really nice time, Lance. Thank you."

"No problem. I would do it again in a heartbeat." As Kitty was taking off the sports jacket, Lance held up his hand. "Nah, keep it. It's not mine anyway."

She laughed. "I figured as you're not the type to join a sports team. But that's okay, I like you just the way you are." She kissed on the lips. "Bye, Lance."

"Bye, Kitty." She ran to Scott's car, and as soon as she was inside, Scott sped off, leaving Lance alone. But that was okay. Lance lifted his fingers to his lips and blushed. He may not have rocked her world, but Kitty definitely rocked his.



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