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"I'm alive." She spoke to herself quietly, testing her voice, her hearing. "I'm alive."

Risen is a X-Men alternate universe fanfiction written by Sequoia Swenness.

Jean Grey comes back to life two years after dying on the Moon. Now back in action, Jean tries to resume her life and rebuild old relationships as looking for ways to keep her overwhelming power under control.

Risen can be read in, as well as the Redshades Archive,, Fonts of Pryde and Wisdom, here and here.

Tropes found in "Risen":

  • Adapted Out: Neither the Phoenix Force nor Madelyne Pryor exist in this history. Rachel Summers never turns up.
  • Back from the Dead: Jean Grey goes back to life two years after her suicide.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mastermind thought he could insult Jean to Cyclops' face with impunity. He was punched into a wall.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Scott and Jean's first post-return kiss was downright magical.
    "I know. It's just..." She looked up at him and was suddenly very aware of the proximity of his body to her own, of the heat that coursed between them, strong, as if she had never been gone.
    He bent his head and brushed his lips to hers, a soft and tender barely-there-kiss, the brief contact both sweet and electrifying, leaving her lightheaded and exhilarated, as if she had just been kissed for the very first time. "I'm sorry," he said quietly and genuinely apologetic. "I shouldn't have done that. We haven't talked—"
    "We'll talk later. Kiss me again."
    The feel of his mouth against hers was exquisite, achingly familiar and brand new all at once, sending a tingly warmth through her limbs and down her spine, a heavenly sensation that heightened her awareness of herself as well as of him; blending them in a way that no psychic ability ever could. And for just a moment, the first since her resurrection, she had no doubts, no worries.
    No regrets.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Mastermind seriously loves baiting people who can obliterate him within a split second.
  • Dead Fic: Back in 1999, an incomplete fragment of Chapter 19, which included the promise of a rewrite, was published after a long hiatus...
  • Death Equals Redemption: Discussed. Some X-Men believe Jean already redeemed herself when she committed suicide, but Jean herself doesn't believe her actions can ever be forgiven.
  • Drives Like Crazy: No one sane and/or lacking a healing factor lets Jean drive.
    Jean: Nothing. Can I drive the rest of the way? I've been itching to get back behind the wheel.
    Ororo: Thank you, I'm fine. We're almost home. I would like to make it there alive.
    Jean: You've been listening to Scott, haven't you? He's been filling your head with all kinds of crazy stories about what a terrible driver I am, hasn't he?
    Ororo: Jean, you _are_ a terrible driver.
    Jean: I am not! I'm just more... adventurous than most people.
    Ororo: I suppose that's one way of putting it.
    Jean: You know, some people enjoy my driving. Logan says it's exhilarating.
    Ororo: Thank you for making my point for me.
  • Fiery Redhead: Jean has a terrible temper.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Scott decks Mastermind when he insults Jean.
  • Gotta Get Your Head Together: Jean clutches her head when Scott points out that Mastermind is playing her like a fiddle, again.
    She sat down on the edge of the tub, her head between her hands. "Jesus... he's getting to me again."
  • Hearing Voices: After a lovemaking session with Scott, Jean hears a strange voice as she is berating herself, and she completely freaks out.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When Scott goes and confronts the Hellfire Club, Emma feels he subconsciously wants her. This scene was written in 1999, back when Cyclops/White Queen was a Crack Ship at best.
  • Hypocrite: Jean pleads with her ex-teammates for a second chance, but she's unwilling to give Xavier one. She’s at least aware of the hypocrisy.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Misty Knight feels she needs a glass of brandy while Jean tries to explain her pre-resurrection experience.
    "I still remember nothing. Seemingly neverending nothing. The problem is, I'm starting to remember what was before that. It isn't much, not even enough to really be called a memory. Nothing I remember seeing, or hearing, or experiencing. Just a feeling."
    "Does this feeling have a name?"
    "That's certainly to the point," Misty said quietly, wondering if it were too early in the day to have a brandy. She'd forgotten how unsettling Jean and her life could be.
  • Irony: Meta example. The author wrote this story because she was sick of retcons... still Jean’s friend Annie Richardson and her crush on Wolverine are retcons, and inversely some dialogue of the original Dark Phoenix Saga hinted at Phoenix being a cosmic entity.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Scott and Jean know Mastermind intends to brainwash Jean again, but they ignore he's being manipulated by Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • As soon as he's up and about, Mastermind resumes his attempts to make Jean his puppet. Unfortunately for him, Scott Summers is better at outchessing people than Jason will ever be.
      "This is what he wants," he said after a few minutes. "He wants us fighting. He wants to drive us apart so that he can gain leverage over you."
      "Yes," she snapped. "This is his master plan. We'll yell at each other about how evil he is, and then I'll run to him for comfort. That makes sense." She turned off the water and reached for a clean towel.
      "Not for comfort. You'd run to him out of anger." As the color drained out of her face he knew that he was right and wished it wasn't so. "The truth, Jean - you were going to leave here and confront him, weren't you?"
      She sat down on the edge of the tub, her head between her hands. "Jesus... he's getting to me again."
    • Jason Wyngarde himself is Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost's unaware puppet.
      Sebastian Shaw: Did your meeting with Wyngarde go as planned?
      Emma Frost: Better than I expected. He is even more of a fool now than he was before. He's so eager for vengeance, domination, that he'd do anything I requested without a second thought, provided he believes there's something in it for him. I wish you could have been there to see it, Sebastian. He played right into my hands. It was delicious.
  • Modeling Poses: In chapter 11, Jean spends several hours performing model poses for a fitness and health magazine.
    "Okay, now you can move," Roy decreed, his camera already clicking. "Stay on your knees. Get up on your toes...keep your feet straight. Hands right above your knees...lean forward. Keep your upper back straight...arch, keep your butt resting on your heels. Shoulders back. Tilt your chin. No! Look over there, don't focus on anything...Look dreamy...Damn it! Not sultry, distracted! This isn't Cosmo!" His voice sweetened as she achieved exactly want he wanted. " hold it."
    She remained perfectly still as he shot a dozen more frames from various angles, relaxing only when he told her to.
  • My Greatest Failure: Warren blames himself -mostly irrationally- for Jean's death.
  • The Needless: Jean doesn't need to eat, drink or breathe, but she still craves for it.
    Moira: You're hungry?
    Jean: Yes. Why, shouldn't I be?
    Moira: Well, I'm not going to argue with what your body is telling you; but no, you shouldn't be hungry. Your power levels are the same as they were before you lost control, when you didn't need to eat, drink, breathe, or keep warm to survive.
    Jean: Is it possible that my powers could be at the level where those things aren't absolutely necessary; but because of some other reason, I feel that they are?
    Sean: What kind of reason?
    Jean: "Because I want them to be? Before, I didn't have to do those things, although most of the time I still did, because I liked to or wanted to, because I was used to it and it was a reminder that I was human.
    Sean: And now you feel like you have to do those things? Even though you know that you don't have to do them?
    Jean: I guess so. It's strange. A part of my mind knows that if I don't eat, I'll be fine; but then my body feels like it's starving, and another part of my mind is telling me I must eat, and breathe, and everything else. The only reason I can think of for why that would be is because I wanted it that way, and so it happened.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Jean is often underestimated by those who can't see past her non-threatening likeness. It used to piss her off until she learned how to take advantage of it.
    Because of her slight build, fine, angular features, and the almost childlike quality of her voice and mannerisms, Jean Grey was often underestimated by those who did not always see the strength, the iron will, that lay just beneath the delicate exterior. And although it made her angry not to be taken seriously, she had learned early on how to turn such a liability into an asset.
    Now, as she entered the Professor's study and closed the door behind her, unaware of his decision but preparing herself for the worst; she launched a pre-emptive strike, clasping her hands in her lap, crossing her ankles, biting her lower lip and casting her eyes down, looking for all the world like a lost little girl in desperate need of a hug. Charles would have to have a heart of stone to turn her over to Lilandra, or do anything else along those lines. Her demeanor would not seem false to him either, for she was not acting. She was simply allowing what was at the core of her to shine through her hard mantle of courage, and the deceptively fragile shell.
  • Official Couple: Scott Summers and Jean Grey.
  • Sexual Karma: Scott and Jean make passionate, hot love as opposed to the power games of people like Sebastian Shaw and the White Queen.
    Much later, the afterglow of their lovemaking lending a most pleasant languor to his body and mind, Scott pushed his damp hair off of his forehead and sat back against the headboard, silently studying his lover. She lay sprawled on her stomach amidst the tangled bedclothes, her head resting on folded arms at the end of the bed; as his fingertips traced slow patterns on the smooth skin of her legs she turned her face to look at him.
    "I think I had forgotten just how incredibly good we are together," she murmured, rolling over onto her back, the sheet that partially covered her falling away. "Thank you for refreshing my memory."
    "It was my pleasure." He lifted her foot to his lips.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Mastermind taunting Cyclops goes as well as it could be expected.
    "You don't know anything about me, or Jean —"
    "Or your eternal, true love," Jason interrupted, mocking. "Please spare me the rest, oh noble hero. You'll not manage to say anything that will change my assessment of the situation in the slightest."
    Scott stared at him coldly. "And what is your assessment?"
    "Only that while you may be bedding her now, she'll come crawling back to me eventually. Women like her want to be used," he continued, crossing his arms across his chest. "They *need* it.
    Emma watched with amusement as Scott's fist smashed into Jason's face, blood spraying from her colleague's nose as he fell back, vainly attempting to protect himself from the sudden assault. Scott grabbed him by the collar of his shirt to keep him standing and hit him again, his stoic reserve shattered by Jason's words. "You stay away from her," he said, shaking him. "You stay away from her, or God help me..."
  • Their First Time: Scott and Jean had sex for the first time the night they got together.
    She found herself remembering the first time they had danced and the subtle transformation he had undergone, becoming more self-assured, less nervous; she had realized at that moment that this was *love*, that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with this man and die in his arms. Later that night he had told her how he felt, and she knew it was right; without hesitation she had taken him into her heart and her bed and had never looked back.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Xavier becomes more unpleasant throughout of the story due to his students drifting apart. Rogue leaves, Jean refuses to trust him again, Scott decides against rejoining the team, Wolverine announces he’s quitting to raise his son… for the time Scott decides to reveal his identity in order to testify in a trial, Xavier is embittered enough to disown him.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Jean comes across as utterly irrational when she angrily turns down every offer to help out and ensure her mental and emotional stability, which she has proven to be unreliable.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After Xavier disowns Scott, Jean refuses speak to him. Even Magneto calls Xavier out on being angry with Scott because his student did what Xavier himself ought to have done: taking his teachings to their logical conclusion and take a public stand even though it costs him his secret identity.