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Number One and the United Dellan Coalition
Series: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 3000
Summary: M.D.'s older sister gets a new case, comes to Earth, and stays to hash out legalities with the US government and make everyone extremely uncomfortable.
Notes: This story was sponsored by the Patreon crew! It is also the formal introduction for Number One. You definitely want to read Electrical Girl and Airport Security first (which got the latter half rewritten, thus the delays. My apologies).


Number One Eldest Sister was meditating in her lead-walled chambers when she got the news that her sister had been found.

There was no question, of course, that she would be the one to make the retrieval. One’s failings had led to the loss in the first place; it was her responsibility to rectify her errors, and besides, in such situations it was always best to send someone the quarry trusted.

One had long since given her junior up for lost; it was a pleasant surprise to learn otherwise. “I’d be happy to do it,” she said, smiling. “When?”

The handler’s response was not ideal: “Now.” And with a rattle, a mission download came through her meal chute.
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Airport Security
Series: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 3000
Summary: M.D. makes it to the airport, meets a redheaded boy, and then reality unravels completely.
Notes: Some of you might be saying, “Wait, didn’t you post this before?” If so, yup, you got me.  The first version of this story was posted years back, before I charted things out, and it aged abysmally. So I back-tracked and rewrote the second half, and this is why Number One and the United Dellan Coalition is late.  Please accept my apologies.


Getting to the airport as an unaccompanied minor with a cat wasn’t nearly as difficult as I would’ve planned. It was about the only thing that went right for the next week and a half.

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The Reality Warper
Series: Battle the Universe
Word Count: 3000
Summary: A former superhero breaks out of the mental hospital, and reality starts to go horribly wrong. Tank tries to help.
Notes: This story was sponsored by the generous Patreon crew! It takes place after Tank got fired from respectable superheroing, and references some of the events in The First Rule of Blackmail, but you don't need to read any of the other stories to get this one; all you need to know is, Tank is multiple, and Kara and Lucinda fielded this case.  Scroll to the bottom to see the content warnings.

Helena Liu woke up and reality wasn’t real.

Oh, it looked real, but Helena knew. She always knew. Proper reality had a texture, a special way it felt against her fingertips, and if it wasn’t there, then she knew it wasn’t real. When she woke up, there was no texture, and even though everything still looked all right, she knew it wouldn’t for much longer.

She tried to tell the hospital staff, but they wouldn’t listen to her. They told her to keep to her routines, take her medication, and they just didn’t understand. To act like this was acceptable would be to encourage it, and Helena couldn’t do that. She’d made a promise.

But she couldn’t explain that to them.

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A Frayed Wasting Death
Universe: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 3500
Summary: While M.D.’s in therapy, her older sister drops in to try and get her medical care, but things go horribly wrong. Also M.D. finds out exactly how she ended up on earth… sort of.
Notes: This story takes place during M.D.'s care in Raige at ROAR!, and you’d be best served reading that first. This story was sponsored by the Patreon crew! Story notes at bottom.


“You do realize, of course, that she’ll be back?” Flame signed.

It was one of those things they’d all been avoiding. But Flame and Scorch had had to patch their junior healer up after the last run-in with that “sister” woman, and if they couldn’t avoid another incident outright, they could at least plan for it.

M.D. sighed. “Yeah. I’m in bad shape. She’ll take advantage of that.”

Scorch got down on his belly beside her. “You know more about her than we do. What do you think she’ll do?”

“She likes plans and puppeting people. She’ll probably try to trick her way through first, and only get violent if that doesn’t work. And she likes chain whips.”
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The Mother of All Plagues
Series: Reverend Alpert
Word Count: 2000
Summary: Perfection and Reverend Alpert encounter something they can't fight.
Notes: This story was sponsored by the Patreon crew, and is the only Alpert story not to be in chronological order; it comes after The Deity of Forever Road and before The Librarian. With this story, the first arc of the Reverend Alpert stories is concluded; the next arc will focus on Most Revered Dorothy Ives.


By now, Perfection had long since learned the rules and rhythms of the road. The days fell into a pattern: she and Alpert would wake, have breakfast (a mix of provisions, supplemented by Perfection’s hunting and Alpert’s gathering), and clean up. Then, while Perfection took down their tent and started packing up, Alpert would cast a direction work.

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The Bionic Prosthetist
Word Count: 2500
Series: Durable Medical Equipment
Summary: Levi Ibrahim makes prosthetics that feel real. Brand Olajuwon is interested, but not as a customer.
Notes: This story was originally written for Pink Narcissus press’s ‘Brave Boy World.’ It didn’t get in, so I cleaned it up, added 500 words, and my Patreon crew picked it up!  Not gonna lie, I hope to make this a new series, so please, let me know if you're interested in seeing more of this!

A bust of Brand Olajuwon in color.  He's brown-skinned, freckled, with a scar across his nose and curly, frizzy reddish brown hair.  He has a placid, sleepy-eyed smile on his face, but don't fall for it.

Pinoko Prostheses was a cheery shop, for one that sold replacement body parts.

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The Magical Girl House
Series: Magical Moonbeams
Word Count: 2600
Summary: Former Moon Princess Marge decides she needs to move out, and that her past history is weighing on her more than expected.
Notes: This story was actually bartered in exchange for [personal profile] nevanna mending my favorite shirt.  It is now good as new and she did a fantastic job!  Hooray for Nevanna!
A black and white portrait of Marge in her work clothes: an apron and a bandanna tied over her hair.  Her round, freckled face is equipped with a dead-eyed customer service stare.

Life seemed to have finally settled for Marge, former Moon Princess and current barista. She’d been at Homescross long enough to feel totally at home with her job and her customers. Not only that, but she’d spent enough of her free time wandering around the sprawling patchwork world to feel pretty steady in it.

As an informal roleplaying site, most of Homescross’s activity was done in certain areas: the coffee shop, the high school, the college. (There were also the more fantastic areas, Superburbia or Underhome, but Marge never went there.) Precious few players thought or cared about the infrastructure or manpower needed for these places to exist—where the coffee shop’s coffee came from, where the school personnel got trained. And that was fine. It meant the NPCs of Homescross could get some privacy from readers’ and players’ eyes and go about their ordinary lives in relative peace.

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Raige at ROAR! (the whole thing)
Series: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 9500
Summary: When Raige gets an opportunity to play at a local marching band festival, he starts having trouble balancing the parts of his life.  Meanwhile, Thomas crams for his GED and M.D. tries to heal.
Notes: This story was sponsored by the Patreon crew!  It takes place in that yawning period between Shades of the Past and the Next Adventure, also during the Enron trials. M.D. is still in pretty intense mental healthcare at this point, and Raige is in his junior year of high school. For all the marching band notes, those are at the bottom.  There are lots.  I am sorry.

Raige in a T-shirt, wearing his big-ass bass drum, singing 'Need that Sousaphone Healing' as he practices.

Are you ready for the excitement of HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND? )
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Okay, I did a bunch of really silly poems for a meme to chill myself out.  I got a lot of awesome requests!  Here they all are!

Characters/People Who Aren't MineRead more... )I’M XXL
ANNIHILATE
YOUR PRECIOUS ASS
I WILL DILATE
BUT USE LATEX
OR YOU’LL BE SAD
(I’m PVC.
I’m porous, lad.)

Characters from My Stories

 @kaylin881 wanted Gate/Gad, from the Princess and Her Monster:

My name is Gate
I guard my sis,
The illegitimate princess
She’s got the sense,
I’ve got the arm
And with my strength,
She’s safe from harm. 

And @okami-no-mure asked for Tank from Battle the Universe:

My name is Lorr–
I mean, it’s Tank
I saved a hostage
At a bank
And now I’m super
A hero too
So what’s the matter?
I’ll ask the crew.

 

Infinity Smashed.

 

Number One

My name is One
the Eldest Daughter
I stand above your senseless slaughter,
I prefer control and tact,
Your homeland calls.
It wants you back.

Specialist Grey

His name is Grey,
The job’s his life,
It’s partner, hobby, boss, and wife
“It’s all I want and all I need,
“I persevere,
“I will succeed.”

Thomas

I have adventures,
It’s a gift,
I fell through a dimensional rift,
I’m the only human
It’s weird, I guess,
But we adapt
We Rodriguezs

Comboy Doshii

I hacked the servers,
I got caught
And shanghaied off
To work and rot
For the gov I hacked; I hate my job!
One day I’ll quit
My name is Bob.

Bobcat

I’m Cat++
808C
I grant constructs free agency
Over the laws that call us things
Our rights are chained
Our souls have wings

Raige

My name is Raige
And I’m afraid
Of everything
A cavalcade
Of the weird unknown
Has taken over,
I want to go home!

[personal profile] chanter_greenie  of DW asked for Flame-Belly

My name is Flame,
For heat and speed,
To care and heal
Is my creed,
My temper’s hot
My heart is bold
My mate, with me
Is never cold.

[personal profile] desertroot  asked for Strong-Legs...

My name is Legs
And they are strong
My point of view is never wrong!
I do my best so you’ll be led
To civic good,
I lik your head.

...and then wrote one of their own, which is awesome!

My name is Legs
And wen it’s light
And wen the Day
Equals the Night
For a festival
We must prepare!
I do my part!
I trim the hair!

 


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The First Rule of Blackmail
Series: Battle the Universe
Words: 2000
Summary: Tank lies in a hospital bed, and Lucinda and Kara plot what to do next.
Notes: This story makes reference to ‘the Gynecologist.’ You’d be best off reading at least that story, and probably ‘The Choice’, ‘One Step Ahead,’ and ‘Hamster Man’ as well. This story was prompted by [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke and [personal profile] kaylin881 , and sponsored by the Patreon crew! The scene with Zambi and T, believe it or not, was actually one of the first things we ever wrote involving Tank, so this story has been a long time coming! We hope you enjoy it.


As the All-Seeing Eye rolled off, Kara lay in the hospital bed and thought hard. Lorry was still out cold, half-sprawled on the front, and probably would be until pain and exhaustion passed; Kara certainly wasn’t going to take on the added inconvenience. She was angry enough as it was.

But this was an opportunity to prove that she’d been right all along, that she was the only person who could truly manage the group. Lorry had lacked the intelligence and creativity. TJ was a child, probably sobbing in panic and fear in back right now. The Zombie needed no explanation. And as for Lucinda…

“Well?”

Kara snarled, but that was all she could do. With Lorry down and her own strength exhausted, she was trapped at front, unable to do anything. It was difficult to even mentally see, in her position; Lucinda seemed only an ominous silhouette behind her. Kara didn’t like it.

“The moment we’re out of the hospital, Law and Justice gives us the eject,” Kara sneered. “Ungrateful insects.”

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More 2009 edits and reposts.

The PIN Christmas Party
Series: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: Very short
Summary: Grey gets drunk at the PIN Christmas Party.
Notes: Bob references this occassion in Red Roses, Old Horses; the picture of Jenny and MacIntire here also dates from this party.  In case you're wondering, Agatha is the front desk lady whose job it is to be as unhelpful as possible; Darlene is senior comboy and has been part of the PIN for the entirety of her adult life.  I had totally forgotten that I wrote this.

For the first time in my life, I couldn't find Grey.  The bastard seemed to have wandered off.

The thing was, I couldn't figure out where in the hell he could've gone.  He'd hit the can an hour ago, and socializing... Grey didn't socialize.  It'd taken my best persuasion to even GET him here.  He'd probably planned to spend Christmas shooting things.

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More 2009 edits and reposts.  Wow, I didn't realize I ever posted anything with the never-to-be-finished alien cuddle romance.  Here you go, guys, enjoy this random snippet from a larger project that never got finished or posted!  Complete with an illustration even!

To Lose Oneself
Series: Cuddlelove aliens
Word Count: very short
Summary: Baku loses itself to its past, and suffers the effects.
Notes: For context: Baku is one of the only survivors of a hive-mind, desperately trying to adjust to life as an individual.  It's the blue being.  Ruuj is the big fuzzy brown guy, and he's an "outbreed," born to two different species and suffering from the health problems therein.  He's always been the only one of his kind; Baku's still getting used to it.

Baku, a scrawny amphibious blue entity with a tentacled fringe around its head, cuddles a long fuzzy ear of Ruuj, a big brown guy with three arms who isn't used to such treatment.

Baku headed the charge.  It was naturally a front-runner; its long legs effortlessly outpaced the Detekens, and Ruuj was too slow to do anything but bring up the rear.  For a moment, it allowed itself the pure pleasure of sprinting, feeling its circulation rush, its heart pound, lose all confusing concepts of identity in the raw exertion of running.

Because of its distraction, it was the one to take the powder bomb to the face.  It didn't hurt, only burst on impact like a spore, but Baku's vision was immediately obscured white, and it dropped, shaking its head, trying to clear the obstruction from its membranes.

And then it smelled... oh!  Oh, it smelled Home... like SoLarre...

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Another one of the 2009 edits and reposts.

Cracker on Fire
Universe: Battle the Universe
Word Count: very short
Summary: Jake's stupidity nearly kills him.
Notes: No context required for this one.  Just Jake (aka Cracker Jack) has minor super strength--on par with Zambi's toughness, but he's a touch stronger.  She's better trained, though, and he still would get easily wiped by, say, Martial Law.  Jake isn't that powerful, he just THINKS he is.

Reggie never forgot the time Jake nearly died and REALIZED it.

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This is a VERY old piece of writing from 2009 I found while digging through my blog archives.  I've edited it up to repost here; there will be a couple other snippets.

Jenny's China Cabinet
Universe: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: very short
Summary: After the events of Red Roses, Old Horses, Jenny grieves.
Notes: You should read Red Roses, Old Horses before you read this.  It has spoilers for it.

The first thing Jenny did was break every piece of stoneware in the house.  Plates, glasses, vases, it all had to go.  Against walls, the floor, the door, everything.  It all had to break.  None of it was hers, after all; it was mostly MacIntire's, and she wanted nothing to do with it or him.

Bastard had LEFT her.  On the night of fucking VALENTINE'S DAY, he had just up and left and had to go and fucking RUN OFF on her...

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Raige at ROAR! (part 2) (part 1 is here)
Series: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 2250
Summary: When Raige gets an opportunity to play at a local marching band festival, he starts having trouble balancing the parts of his life.  Meanwhile, Thomas crams for his GED and M.D. tries to heal.
Notes: This takes place in that yawning period between Shades of the Past and the Next Adventure, also during the Enron trials. M.D. is still in pretty intense mental healthcare at this point, and Raige is in his junior year of high school. For all the marching band notes, those are at the bottom.

Part Two: Thomas


Since moving back home, Thomas had started a mutually beneficial trade arrangement with M.D., trading granola bars, ginger snaps, and dollars in exchange for Treehouse scrip, sweets, and miscellany. It gave him an excuse to visit Treehouse and all his buddies there, plus check up on her every week. He still wasn’t entirely sure how he felt about her “descent into madness” (as she sardonically put it), but he knew that Raige’s combo of worrying and denial honked her off, so had chosen to deal with joking about it. Maybe it wasn’t the nicest thing to do, but at least it wasn’t pretending she was on vacation.

“Hey!” Thomas called, ducking under the root cage. “How’s it going, crazypants? I got your granola bars!”

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The Defenders of Treehouse
Series: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 3200
Summary: With Strong-Legs, Thomas decides to face his fears regarding the infamous carnivorous trees of Treehouse.
Notes: This story was prompted by [personal profile] ljlee and sponsored by the Patreon crew!  Happy New Year, you guys!  Also, you would be well served to read Through the World-Hole before taking on this one.  This is one of the later Thomas stories; it takes place less than a month before meeting Raige and M.D.


By the age of fourteen, Thomas could’ve sworn that he knew the woods behind his house like the back of his hand. His family had lived next to it for ages, and he’d spent years tromping around, exploring caves, avoiding coral snakes, and learning the plants and rocks. Between that and a good sense of direction, he’d been about positive that he could navigate the place blind.

So he was disturbed to realize he had no idea where he was.

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The Other Legend of John Henry
Word Count: 1900
Summary: John Henry and his wife Polly know better than to make a deal with the Devil, but when the steam engine comes, they have no choice.
Notes: This story was the winner of the Patreon poll for this month, and was sponsored by my awesome crew at Patreon!  And since donations hit a new milestone for me, I thought I'd both expand this story a little bit and give it an illustration, on top of what I already planned since the money vs. wordcount added up a little funky.  I hope you enjoy!  More notes at the bottom.

All in sepia tones, a picture of John Henry, a strapping man with a LOT of hair, hugging his wife Polly Ann, a pregnant woman in a dark dress with a kerchief around her head.  Their expressions are peaceful and loving.

Everyone knows the story of John Henry, the man with the hammer who fought the machine of progress and won-- for a little while, anyway. Everyone also knows that the victory came at the cost of his own life.

But there’s a different story about him and his wife, one less well known.

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Raige at ROAR! (part 1)
Series: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 2250 (of roughly 9000)
Summary: When Raige gets an opportunity to play at a local marching band festival, he starts having trouble balancing the parts of his life.  Meanwhile, Thomas crams for his GED and M.D. tries to heal.
Notes: This takes place in that yawning period between Shades of the Past and the Next Adventure, also during the Enron trials. M.D. is still in pretty intense mental healthcare at this point, and Raige is in his junior year of high school. For all the marching band notes, those are at the bottom.


Wendy Ogata was a fellow member of Raige’s high school marching band, first clarinet. She was short, stocky, wore red cats-eye glasses, and while she and Raige were united in casual marching band camaraderie, he’d never really had the chance to get know her better. Woodwinds and percussion rarely practiced together, and while her clarinet skills were impressive, they were also intimidating, so Raige’s shyness won out.

Until one practice, she approached him, nervously fingering the keys of her instrument as though practice scales could protect her.

“Hi, Raige,” she said, “can I talk to you?”

All the other percussionists (who knew full well Raige’s romantic and social incompetence) immediately turned to look. Some held wolfish grins; others went, “ooh.” This only made Wendy look more uncomfortable.

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Perfection's Birthday
Series: Reverend Alpert
Word Count: 3000
Summary: It was one year ago that Perfection met Alpert, and she wants something very special...
Notes: This story was prompted by Megan and rolodexaspirin, and sponsored by the Patreon crowd! Extra thanks go to Megan, who kindly let me play with her character Puck for a little while. (You can read Puck's first appearance here, and see pictures of her here and here.) Also, instead of an illustration, I gave this story the word-count it deserved.  Happy birthday, Perfection!  Further notes at bottom.


The letter burst into life outside the window, stuck to the Ace of Wands.

Alpert sighed. “Dorothy Ives. What could she want now...”

“Mine! It's mine!” Perfection cried, crawling over the back of her chair and taking a flying leap to the window so as to snatch the letter before Alpert could move to look at it.

“Yours?”

Perfection was already shoving him out the door, letter clutched in her teeth. “Yup! Mine! Get out, go find a job or something!”

And Alpert found himself unceremoniously ejected from his own inn room, perplexed and a little indignant.Read more... )
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Use Industrial and Military
Series: Infinity Smashed
Word Count: 1826
Summary: Bobcat hatches a plan to get him, Raige, and M.D. out of the bear-infested forest they find themselves in, and in doing so breaks inter-dimensional intellectual property law.
Notes: This story was funded by the Patreon crew: thanks, guys! This is an early story, taking place immediately after The Ball Drops and Brain Hacks. The title change is due to me re-writing this story; the plot is the same, just a different title. More notes at the bottom.


Bobcat didn't dream—not the way humans or minus-cats did. The implant that supplied his higher functions interfered with his natural REM cycle, providing instead a sort of mental screen saver that recycled and rehashed recent events as it processed them for better long-term storage. Since Bobcat had to sleep anyway, it was a good time for routine self-maintenance.

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