khaosworks: (Superman)
I have an idea for a television series called Extraordinary. College-age girl wakes up one day to find out she has superpowers. It'll be Felicity meets Supergirl with a dash of Superman: Secret Identity thrown in.

Pay me. Or write fanfic. Whichever.
khaosworks: (Doctor Me)
While I'm still trying to whack the next whofic into shape (man, I suck at plotting), here's what I threatened to do some posts ago: a sort of Cliff's Notes for all the continuity easter eggs in "The Last Battle". Yes, this is pure ego, but maybe some may actually be interested in where it comes from.

Notes after the cut. Spoilers for several books and episodes. )
khaosworks: (Tardis)
First ever Doctor Who fanfic. May your judgment be merciful, or swift.

Romana Before Christmas. )
khaosworks: (Default)
Old Steel

"Hey, buddy, time to go."

"Mmm?"

"I said," the bartender repeated, putting his head at the level of the counter where the drunk had his own face plastered, "Time. To. Go. Home. Sleep it off." Around them, the bar was empty - even the most die hard of the patrons had wandered back to their Talos Island apartments, anticipating the hangovers they would have the next morning. This guy, though, looked like he was going to be cultivating his for a long time.

The drunk placed two hands on the counter, tried to push up and off, and only succeeded in losing his balance. He tumbled off the stool and hit the floor. The bartender didn't move to help him. The drunk didn't feel a thing. "Home?" he slurred, as he ungainly wobbled to his feet. "Don't have a home," he added, barely loud enough to hear. "Don't have a home, don't have a job, don't have a life..."

He stood up to his full 6'2" height, rubbing his unshaven face, the formerly neatly kept beard now a tangled growth. The shirt he was wearing was missing a tie, his pants were permanently wrinkled from sleeping in doorways, and he hadn't had a shower for weeks. With as much dignity as he could muster with eighty-proof breath, he turned to the bartender and said, "I used to be somebody, you know."

"Sure you were," the bartender said skeptically, coming around to take a hold of the drunk's arm and guiding him to the exit, "I bet you were a superhero. Superheroes make the worst drunks."

The drunk reacted to this, flinging the bartender off easily - strong for a lush. He grabbed the bartender by the shirt, and yelled in his face, "Not a drunk!" He released his grip, pushing the bartender back. "Not a drunk," he repeated, in a softer tone, "Not a hero. Not... not anything."

He walked out of the bar, with the bartender screaming obscenities back at him, warning him never to step in there again. He wondered which alley looked comfortable tonight. Maybe he'd be lucky and some Tsoo would come along and start beating him up again for fun. At least this time, he'd be able to use the hospital facilities without paying off too much. When he turned the corner, there they were. The Tiger Enforcer smiled, cracking his knuckles. "Gotta pay the toll," he said.

Thaddeus Connors, former CEO of ConTek Industries, former holder of the Stark-Hawkins Chair at Paragon University, former engineering wunderkind, former superhero celebrity, former human being, just smiled. Maybe this time I won't get up.

Just weeks ago, he was on top of the world. Dinners at the White House, interviews with the Paragon City Press. Nemesis was said to grow livid at the mention of his name - no easy feat for a steam-driven cyborg. Connors - Battlebug - had been cleared for access to the Shadow Shard, and General Hammond himself was saying he looked forward to working with him.

Then the newspapers revealed that Connors had been embezzling funds, skimming off the top of ConTek Industries, overreporting revenues, deceiving stockholders. An SEC investigation quickly (perhaps too quickly) found evidence of insider trading. An IRS audit followed, but Connors still had enough influence with the government and brownie points stored up to prevent any major felony charges from being filed. He lost the company, lost his security clearance, and worst of all, lost the suit and the associated technology. The Incomparable Armored Battlebug, who had bounced back from every defeat, wasn't bouncing back from this one.

He was losing himself in the oblivion of another Tsoo beating when he heard the familiar sounds of a flame blast. The Tsoo around him could barely react as they were quickly surrounded by waves of heat and the moisture was sucked out of their bodies. Whoever did it had excellent aim - Connors was untouched, while his assailants dropped to the ground, unconscious, and were teleported away by the city police grid into the Vaults.

He sat there on the alley floor, propped up by a brick wall, and looked up at his rescuer with bleary eyes. "Didn't need rescue," he muttered, "Jus' leave me alone..."

"Thaddeus Connors?" the red-clad figure in front of him asked. "Battlebug?"

"Not any more," Connors laughed bitterly, "Who wants to know?"

"My name's Thermion," he said, "I'm with the PACK."

The PACK. He'd heard of them. Big supergroup - operated in another part of the city, though. They and Penguin Force never crossed paths. "Whoopee for you," he said, spitting out some blood and part of a tooth, "So what? You gonna give me a lecture on what a disgrace I was to the tights?"

"No," Thermion said, "You didn't do what they said. We found the evidence inside a CreyNet mainframe. It's not enough to reinstate you, but..."

He shook his head, trying to clear it for the first time in days, because he wanted to hear this. Evidence? Proof he was innocent? If the PACK had proof, they had to know...

"Who?" Connors managed to get out, his voice with an edge to it. The old steel.

"Countess Crey."

Of course. It was obvious. Crey Industries had wanted the Battlebug technology from the beginning. They were the ones that tried to steal the prototype, sending a raiding force of Fifth Column and Sky Raider mercenaries, back when Connors was freshly graduated from MIT and trying to perfect the cold fusion generators that would power the armor. Connors had been saved by the 1960s hero Battle-Bug, but the older hero died from his wounds, and Connors decided to take up the fight in his name. The Countess. He had gotten close once or twice, even took down Hopkins, her right-hand-man, alongside Task Force Chimera, but he'd never met her himself. The Countess. So, it was personal. Probably got so right after he shut down Project Locke and the obscene way they were creating the Paragon Protectors...

Connors leaned his head back and sighed. "What do you want?" he said, suddenly very tired, "You can't get my company or my suit back. What can you offer me?"

"A second chance," Thermion said. He tossed a large bundle at Connors's feet - it clanked when it hit the pavement. Connors looked down and unzipped the bag. Inside were the pieces of his old armor - the Mark I suit, when he was starting out, that he had kept in his trophy room as a reminder but had long abandoned. It was pretty basic, without all the bells and whistles he put on the Mark II, III and IVs, but... it was the suit. He was quickly sobering up as he saw it, and wanted to ask how Thermion had gotten his hands on it, but in the end, all he could get out was one word, carrying with it everything.

"Why?"

"Revenge," Thermion replied, smiling, and added, "Justice."

Connors ran his hands over the pieces of the armor. It felt good, like a call to battle once more. He looked up at Thermion and smiled back. It had an edge to it, too, this smile.

The old steel.
khaosworks: (Default)
I don't feel confident enough in my abilities to write a Doctor Who story with the "right" atmosphere to be able to do these, but maybe they can inspire people. Here's 3 CD covers for hypothetical Ninth Doctor stories with accompanying blurbs. I actually had myself as the Doctor (with pictures), but decided that was too vain.

Warning: Who material follows. Non-fans may find it boring )

December 2011

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