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Re-Creation, part 3Two Days Later
Before she opened the door she realized something had changed. The door handle wasn't loose in her hand. Wanda readjusted her grip on it, opened it, and went inside. Setting her purse by the door, she turned to close and lock it.
That was when she noticed the second new thing. The lock worked without having to kick it into the doorjamb. Her first thought was that Toad must have fixed it. She looked closer. The vertical crack running through the middle of the door had been sealed as well.
"Toad?" She turned around and called, but heard no movement or response. Wanda walked to the end of the hallway and glanced down its length. The bathroom and her bedroom door both stood open and undisturbed. He wasn't in the kitchen either.
Thinking that he'd probably gone out, she stepped up into the hallway and went to her room. She took her shoes off at her bed and let down her hair. It smelled like grease. So did her uniform. So did her skin. Her body ached, and she wanted lit
Re-Creation, part 1Philadelphia, P.A.
1 year, 3 months after Avengers Disassembled.
It was the kind of dream that gave your body the sensation of falling. So that even as you woke, your entire body tensed, expecting to meet the ground as soon as you opened your eyes.
Wanda started to consciousness, realizing that she was in her own bed. The window to her left leaked icy, winter air throughout her small apartment bedroom. It, along with the cracked door, water worn ceiling, dry-rotted walls, and leaking pipes, needed to be fixed. Wanda ignored it all. She paid too much for the apartment every month to do her own repairs.
The split level apartment was the best she could afford, unfortunately. And even that was becoming a steep monthly payment. Her savings were vanishing with unsettling speed, and she didn't have a job. Wasn't it funny how a career of defending humanity left one with no valued work skills? Unless she chose to work as a waitress (with no former employment record), she was out of optio
Hellboy III - Chapter 3The shining white stars speckled the sky above the clearing where almost two hundred elves had gathered to celebrate the coming dawn. Mierles, watching from her post at the rim of pines, had nearly forgotten that her people had ever danced. Apparently, so did many of her fellows, if their looks of perplexity were any indication.
A dozen Elven guards like her, dressed in formal, bright reds and oranges, sectioned the perimeter, while six black-armed guards stood around the king and queen. Queen Nuala had given them all explicit orders not to kill or injure any interfering humans, but to simply send them back the way they'd come. More than a few newscasters had been sternly removed from the grounds already. They were annoying and persistent as tree squirrels, but Mierles nearly admired their lack of fear. Humans were by far the most brazen creatures she'd ever encountered.
Also surprisingly bold was the queen herself, Mierles noticed, glancing at the aquatic being standing beside her. Ad
Hellboy III - Chapter 2Chapter 2
Mierles quietly stole into the council chamber, dressed in the very recently borrowed attire of her former station -a courtier- per the king's suggestion to her as he took back his weapons. Another of the king's small, armed company came in behind her, similarly attired.
The members stood restlessly awaiting the rulers' return. It took no great insight to see that King Nuada had merely sought a more private place to pacify any of the queen's objections. It would not do to see the co-ruling king and queen disagreeing publicly. Also plain to see was the excitement that the king's visit had produced. The recent promise of awakening, after thousands of years spent languishing, left the population restless. The two guards listened and watched as most of the council discussed, in whispers, what action they expected the crown to take next.
Diplomacy would normally lead Nuala to try to compromise. Nuada was right about the need to proceed with haste to the humans' i
Hellboy III - Chapter 1This story is an alternate-ending of the movieverse Hellboy.
"Avoid suspicion," had been King Nuada's only instruction. The elves did not often try to conceal their presence in his half of the world, but in Queen Nuala's territory - namely the cities - guile generally proved a more efficient tactic than power. As Mierles, homogenized by glamour, walked through veins of human traffic that pulsated throughout the city, she could not help but wonder at her queen's compassion for such creatures.
Cities seemed to exemplify humans' need for artificial order. Streets ran in mathematical grids, each bearing an ordered number from their counting system. Mierles knew enough of the race to understand that this organization grew out of a culture full of legends in which paths turned back on themselves, trees moved, and fairies vandalized road signs - all to confuse any human foolish enough to leave the safety of the city. What the humans didn't know was that such measures had bee
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