Rogue walked out of the motel room and looked at the carnage the Expansion had wrought.
Abandoned buildings and the long dead bodies of both animal and human filled the sides of the roads that she had traveled on, she'd been in Arkansas looking for survivors in less populated areas of the state but there was very little beyond death.
Ready to move on to somewhere else after her dead end trip through the state, Rogue got her car and started it.
Before she began her drive to wherever she was going, she remembered how it was in the blink of an eye that new cities magically appeared, places like Metropolis and Gotham showed up, bringing countless new people with them.
It was anarchy, countless people died thanks to inadequate food and water due to the new cities taking space in more agricultural towns and the sudden massive population boom, that led to various diseases killing even more.
The Superhero community was largely (at least in terms of physical health) unaffected by The Expansion.
The main theory being that they tended to be more mobile and had better access to places that did have food and water (not to mention that some superheros could just conjure things up out of thin air), so they could get whatever they needed for themselves and their loved ones.
Mentally, however, things were much different story.
With such a devastated population leaving not a lot of people (outside of the large cities) to save, many superheros had resorted to the three things they were best at: Fighting, training and fucking.
Some superheros quickly turned on each other as they tried to figure out what happened for instance, The Avengers and the X-Men had begun a war that neither side seemed to be winning and Wakanda had descended into Civil War with Storm vs. Black Panther in what everyone was pretty sure was a proxy war for the Avengers and the X-Men.
Others gave up superheroing all together.
Dazzler had returned to music full time, deeming it incredibly important to use music as a way of helping people through this nightmare.
There was even a rumor going around of some superheroine leaving it all behind and working in a strip club that had become renowned for it's live sex shows.
No one ever named a name, so Rogue was skeptical of that, but she had to admit that anything was believable at this point.
After Rogue left the X-Men, Pixie became the last real line of contact to the team, happily gossiping with her about who was sleeping with who and what various Ex-Teammates where up to.
That led her thoughts to stray towards Gambit.
Their relationship had ended shortly after the Expansion, the weight of everything causing them to become incredibly tense which in turn led to them constantly arguing about the slightest thing, soon enough their relationship was over and Gambit had completely dropped off everyone's radars, it was made worse by New Orleans ending up under water.
Something that she knew wore deeply on Gambit's soul.
More than anyone she ever met, Gambit had identified himself as being proud to be from New Orleans.
She felt some guilt on her part, she had been so busy trying to both the X-Men and the Avengers from splitting apart at the seams that she spent little time consoling Gambit.
But, things were different now and there was little time for guilt.
Recently she'd heard rumors that Gambit was leading the guilds in running Bludhaven, not that she would be shocked by that, it made sense that the Guild would want a presence somewhere, especially if rumors of Gambit having recruited some pretty heavy hitters to the new Guild were true.
As for Rogue, she had left both the X-Men and Avengers when the war truly broke out, instead she had become a solo super heroine who bounced around from city to city, going wherever she was needed, trying to stay as unconnected from people as possible
Not that she hadn't had one night stands here and there (or, in the case of Nightwing, a two week stand), but she was focused on protecting the weak from the countless villains who now found themselves much higher on the proverbial food chain keeping people safe and getting them to larger communities were what she was about now and all romantic feelings did was distract from her mission.
She couldn't say the same for others.
For some reason, during her travels, she had become rather popular with guys now.
Not that she wasn't before, but there was a line few could cross due to her powers.
Despite the traumatic events, she maintained her control over them and, as such, guys saw her as much more available.
In particular she had to deal with Lex Luthor and Black Panther (although she was pretty sure the Panther was trying to twist the knife on Storm).
Outside of a brief vacation with Nightwing, she made a point to rarely stick around in the life of any potential romantic partner.
Still, those two seemed the most persistent in trying to make her theirs.
Panther was more than happy to offer her a spot in Wakanda, helping the fight against Storm's rebels.
As for Luthor, it appeared as though he'd turned over a new leaf, trying to help as many survivors as he could.
Everyone that knew him from before was sure that there was a scheme there and had repeatedly warned her away from him, but he hadn't dropped the other shoe yet, so those people left him to his devices, while keeping one eye on him.
Lex may have tried to charm her, but she'd been in love with Remy LeBeau long enough to know bullshit when she saw it.
Which left her in her current situation: figuring out her next move.
Maybe she'd accept one of the many offers she got to help out.
Panther wanted her to help out in Wakanda, as did Storm, both wanting her and her powers on their side.
Lex was practically begging her to return to Metropolis, according to him there was something of urgent importance that he needed her help with.
He was being cagey about the details, and that was something that worried her.
But still, if it was as urgent as he said, he probably did need her help.
Magneto had reached out to her a few times to see if she wanted to help him in his rebuild of Genosha, although she was pretty sure that her name was pretty high up on the list of potential Queens for him.
Made sense, it wasn't like their prior relationship had ended on bad terms.
She could also head to a city that she'd never been to before like Star City.
Or, if push came to shove, she could tell them all to piss off and go check up on whatever the hell Gambit, Nightwing or even Deadpool were doing.
She had a lot of options at her fingertips.
She just had to pick one.