It's not a very big epiphany, and it won't be interesting to anybody except me (well, ok, maybe five people on my flist), but I just like to say things like that on my journal. It makes a person wonder what the hell it is I'm doing in the shower in the mornings. :)
Ok, so I've been re-reading the AoA story as it's been coming out in collected form, and while I really don't think they should've collected it in chronological order, it's possible that having done so has made me read it more carefully. Or maybe it's just that it's been ten years since I've read it and I'm more perceptive, or...
Anyway. So the X-Ternals go off to Shi'ar, where Gambit's supposed to steal a shard of the shattered M'Krann Crystal and save the universe. He, er, goes inside the crystal (don't ask, I don't remember or care) and is told that in order to take a piece, he's got to leave it something of his own. Maybe something as profound as a life; I've forgotten the phrasing, but it was ominous.
What he gives up, the life he leaves, however you want to phrase it, is his love for Rogue.
I cannot *believe* I didn't realize that before. It explains why in the last X-Ternals issue he opts to save the girl instead of the universe, when the *girl* is *Lila*, not Rogue, not that that seemed out of character for Gambit anyway, but it makes *more* sense now, and...and...duh! *heart stabbity stabbity stabbity*
This has made me inexplicably pleased. No more Camelot after all. *happysigh*
I have to do line edits today, which I'm looking forward to with approximately the enthusiasm of a ... not very enthusiastic thing. They're not really hateful, just *tedious*. But first I'm going to write a thousand words or so just so I don't totally lose momentum on HoC. Am I a party animal or what? :)