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This story fills a square on my second card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This fest encourages people to create and share material focused on what is variously called fluff, schmoop, gentle fiction, light reading, comfort reading, positive thinking, chicken soup for the soul, or anything else that offers a fun alternative to usual run of sex, violence, and angst of modern media. I'm hoping to attract some new readers for my writing.

The following story belongs to Schrodinger's Heroes, featuring an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world from alternate dimensions. It features a very mixed cast in terms of ethnicity and sexual orientation. This project developed with input from multiple people, and it's open for everyone to play in. You can read more about the background, the characters, and a bunch of assorted content on the menu page.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6. This is a crossover with the Hulk from The Avengers. So it doesn't match up exactly with the various Hulk movies, and Bruce Banner is played by Mark Ruffalo. The story goes into alternate-universe mode after the lab accident while Bruce is running from General Ross but before Bruce meets any of the Avengers.

There is a sequel, "Two Spirits, One Past."


Fandom: Hulk / The Avengers / Original (Schrodinger's Heroes)
Prompt: Safe
Medium: Story
Summary: Bruce Banner, on the run in America, seeks help from his college lab partner Alex. She is not happy that people have left him in such a shabby state, and decides to get more involved than Bruce intended.
Content Notes: Hurt/comfort. Angst. Advanced science. Bruce and Alex are science buddies. Fragile!Bruce. Protective!Alex. Cuddling. Teamwork. Ross!whump. Safe ending.


"Safe Keeping" Part 7


"You're strong, Bruce," Quinn said. "You've survived worse with less backup."

Bruce twitched. "What makes you say that? You don't even know me."

"The way you move, the way you dress, the way you talk," Quinn said with a shrug. "You don't need to explain anything, and I don't even need to send myself a note. Alter!Quinn will see it too. You're a survivor. You'd manage fine on your own. With some support from friends, you'll do great."

"Yeah, I'm a terrific success story," Bruce said sourly.

"You're still alive, so yes, you are," Quinn said, not backing down.

Bruce looked away. "Whatever. I don't want to fight about it."

"Of course, Bruce. I'm trying to lift you up, not cut you down," Quinn said.

"I should go," Bruce said softly. "You've all made good points. I don't really want to leave but ... the life I had here is already wrecked. I can't go back to it, no matter how much I wish I could. Yeah. Let's do this."

"All right, you said that you had contacts and plans. Let's explore some of that in case you need any of it. We can cross-reference things in the destination dimension," Alex said.

They weren't ten minutes into that process when they were interrupted.

"Perimeter contact," Kay said over the comm. "Block or pass?"

Bruce picked up the duffelbag and nodded.

"Let them pass, Kay," said Alex.

"Acknowledged," Kay said.

Everyone crowded around to wish Bruce well. "Finish the paper," Morgan whispered into his ear. "In my dimension, Dr. Banner won a Nobel for it." Bruce was too stunned to reply before Morgan passed him on to Alex.

Alex hugged Bruce goodbye. "Core!me misses you already, Bruce. Alter!me looks forward to meeting you," she said. "Just ... be safe, old friend."

"I will be, thanks to you," Bruce said. He pushed the button on the terminal, and the air rippled into a portal. He handed the terminal to Alex. Then he turned to go.

"I hear choppers," Ash said.

Bruce paused, the duffelbag swaying slightly in his grip.

"Don't look back," Morgan said.

"I never do," Bruce said. He stepped through the shimmering portal and vanished.

Alex turned away, and then a flare of not-quite-light blotted out her vision for an instant.

Bruce stepping out of a portal into the Tef.

Greetings, introductions. Bruce shaking hands with Alex. Alex pulling a startled Bruce into a hug.

Kay keeping watch. Bruce acknowledging her with a cautious nod.


"Hey, Alex, are you all right?" Quinn asked. He had an arm around her shoulders.

She shook her head, trying to clear her vision, then said, "Yes, I'm fine, or I will be. Just give me a minute." The glare was fading. The headache it left behind was less than usual.

"You flashed again, didn't you?" Quinn asked.

"Yes, I was thinking a little too much about quantum mechanics, we opened portals, and Bruce is kind of an anomaly," Alex said. They had all picked up some weird psychic abilities as a result of one incident. She had mostly gotten rid of that, but sometimes things randomly returned for a brief moment. "I saw Bruce arrive. He'll be fine. He'll be safe."

"That's the important thing," Quinn agreed.

They settled on the couch to rest, but it didn't last long.

Someone was pounding on the door again. Alex opened it. A craggy man in an army uniform stood there, backed by several burly soldiers.

Alex bared her teeth in what a particularly dull person might have mistaken for a smile. Between her ankles, Schrodinger hissed. "General Ross," Alex said with a graceful sweep of her hand, "come into my parlor."

* * *

Epilogue

"I was assured that you were a better technical consultant than Tony Stark, and that you could deal with any challenges put forth by the cute little girls whose skirts Banner decided to hide behind this time," said General Ross.

"Working on it as we speak ..."

"Are you any closer to getting us the fuck home?" General Ross snarled at his hapless consultant. All around lay an empty, grassy plain in which the soldiers huddled together around their commanding officer. Butterflies fluttered above a patch of wildflowers.

"Uh, yes sir, any minute now," said the mousy little man. He adjusted his black-framed glasses and then pushed a button.

Reality flickered, bounced off the Teferact's firewall, and crashed hard. Wind howled and snow drove into the thin desert fatigues of the troop.

General Ross heaved himself to his feet. He glared around at the hilly terrain with its raging blizzard. Then he reached down and lifted his consultant by the collar. "Tony Stark could have done better than this," he roared, "in a cave, with a box of scraps!"

"I-I -- I'm not Tony Stark," Justin Hammer confessed in a tiny voice.

* * * 

Notes:

Some of the epilogue lines come from the movie Iron Man.  General Ross is from Hulk fandom.  Justin Hammer is from Iron Man 2.   Just some jerks I felt like bouncing off a wall.


~ END ~
 

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Date: 2012-11-29 04:35 am (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Oh, GOOOOOOD. Karma.

Re: Thank you!

Date: 2012-11-29 04:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thnidu
Heh. You know, don't you, that tribbles cuddle up to all humanoids except Klingons. They growl at Klingons, and the feeling is mutual. ("The Trouble with Tribbles", ST:TOS)

The Klingon word for 'tribble' is yIH, pronounced "Yicchhhhh!"
Edited (change icon) Date: 2012-11-29 04:58 am (UTC)

Re: Thank you!

Date: 2012-11-30 05:53 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
YOU! Pervy Klingons! *LOL* Only you... *HUGS*

and g-d DAMN I like your sabertooth karma tribbles. I wish we could manifest just a couple three...

Re: Thank you!

Date: 2012-11-30 03:10 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
As soon as someone points to a "universal" aversion, I think "Somebody else is going to kink that."

Rule 34a? *laughter*

You *are* deliciously twisted. Glad I found you... :)

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Date: 2012-11-30 05:53 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
(in case you can't tell, I enjoyed the hell out of this... saved'em all up to read in one swell foop... :)

Re: Thank you!

Date: 2012-11-30 02:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] technoshaman
*nods* I knew when you said "part 1 of 7" and it was SH and Avengers that I was going to want to read them all at once...

Oh, and even though I had the whole schmear to hand at once? Thanks for not cliffhanging. At least when the next installment is out in hours or days, it wouldn't be so bad, but when the lights go out and they're falling and the next book isn't for six or eight months? That's just *mean*. IMNASHO.

Re: Thank you!

Date: 2012-12-03 10:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thnidu
(late nitpic*): Marc Okrand.

*deliberate: see pic

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Date: 2014-03-06 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] labelleizzy.livejournal.com
Ohhh. Ross and Hammer? Deserve each other So Very Much.

This series took a little work to wrap my head around, but I remembered the Avengers!Fic you wrote of them watching SH and dug in. This is good.

And this Bruce? So much love for this Bruce and for Alex.

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Date: 2014-08-27 12:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] angelbabe_cj
I've had this story bookmarked to read for ages after you told me about it in an AO3 reply. Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed it.

I like the idea of booting Ross into a dimension where he can do no harm, and Bruce going into one where he's safe. :)

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Date: 2014-09-20 02:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pinkrangerv
XD THIS IS GREAT!

Re: Thank you!

Date: 2014-09-20 04:47 am (UTC)
pinkrangerv: White Hispanic female, with brown hair, light skin, and green eyes, against a background of blue arcane symbols (Default)
From: [personal profile] pinkrangerv
I *know that feel*. Normally I get it with Sam from Supernatural and the urge to cluehammer the everloving fuck out of Dean--Dean's able to defend from a lot of things, but oh, that man has weak points, and *how* I would enjoy seeing some unending force exploit those until he *shatters like the trash he is*.

Re: Thank you!

Date: 2014-09-26 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I've been caring for my sister since she was three, so I have far less sympathy for Dean. He has access to the internet; he knows hitting is wrong from school...he has reasons for what he does, but even in wish'verse he was an asshole, and in canon he's outright abusive. It's hard to watch, to the point where I can't rewatch SPN at all.

I understand, just don't sympathize, I guess. Parentified children don't always hurt thier charges.

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