Kitty began spending time with her friend, Doug Ramsey, another computer genius, and together, they hacked Project Wideawake files.
Soon after this, even though Kitty had acted out of love to save him, Piotr started to question the time she was spending with Doug, which even led to Kitty missing scheduled Danger Room sessions.
Xavier relented and retained Kitty in the X-Men after Kitty impressed him by defeating two Sidri with the help of Lockheed, who had followed her back to earth. Peter and Kitty became close, though at the time, both were too shy to fully admit their feelings for each other.
However, after surviving the threat by the alien Brood, Kitty and Peter grew closer and started to date.
Visiting a local malt shop with some of the X-Men, Kitty and Storm began what would evolve into a close friendship.
While returning to their dimension, Belasco grabbed Illyana and Kitty held her arm.