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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.

This is actually the first piece I've written about fans of the show, rather than the characters within the show itself. (It will make more sense if you've read the background material, especially "About the Show," "Aired Episodes," and "Unaired Episodes.") In this case, the Avengers are all great big fangeeks, and they happen to love Schrodinger's Heroes. There are also references to assorted other fanac hijinks. As sometimes happens with Schrodinger's Heroes, various relationships among the Avengers are hinted rather than specified. So you can pretty much fill out the shipping manifest with your favorite combination(s).

Begin with Part 1.  Skip to Part 4, Part 5.


Fandom: Avengers/Original (Schrodinger's Heroes)
Prompt: Crush / Infatuation
Medium: Fiction
Summary: The Avengers and friends watch television together and discuss how much they wish for the return of a favorite show.
Content Notes: Fluff. Meta. An assortment of crushes, squishes, infatuations, and admirations. Team bonding. Patching up dysfunctions. Friendship. Science jokes. Avengers geeking out. Pepper is perfect. Tony is a jerk but he's OUR jerk. Steve is homesick for his former time. Phil is the puppy-est fanboy in the history of ever. Some references to real people, but all offstage.


"Saving the Heroes" Part 2


"Look, there's YoSaffMidge," Bruce said when Midge first snuck into the compound during 'Axis of Evolution.'

"Oh! I get it!" Steve said with a huge grin. "That's the same actress from Firefly." He snickered. "YoSaffBridge to YoSaffMidge. That's a good one, Bruce."

The other Avengers smiled at each other. It was worth a year of Saturdays to get Steve to where he could catch modern references on his own.

"Back in my obnoxious fanboy days --" Phil began.

"Back in?" Steve said.

"-- I sort of snuck into the toilet adjoining the WorldCon Green Room so I could ask Christina Hendricks for her autograph," Phil said.

"Oh my god, you're that guy," Bruce said. "I heard about this!"

Steve raised his eyebrows. "Okay, Phil, I concede that you've gained some control over your inner fanboy since then."

"I honestly never meant for you to find out about the underwear," Phil said.

"Then you shouldn't have left them in the dryer," Steve hissed, blushing.

"We have a dryer? Like, for clothes and not enamel paint?" Tony said.

"Also a washer. Pepper showed me how to use them," Steve said.

"JARVIS, make a note: add laundry and drycleaning as in-house services," Tony muttered.

"Some of us like doing our own, Tony," said Steve. "And shush, I want to watch the show."

Steve goggled a bit at 'Harnessing Power,' which was the episode with all the bondage scenes about using erotic energy as a power source. Thor turned to Tony and said earnestly, "You must never show this to my brother!"

Tony, who usually weaseled out of obeying orders by sheer reflex, gave a firm nod. "Agreed," he said.

The fifth episode, 'Landing the Eagle,' went over better as it dealt with the Army's attempt to take over the compound.

Bruce rudely compared Jayden to General Ross.

"She's not that bad," Tony said.

"She's not much of a sniper either," Clint said, siding with Bruce.

When everyone but Alex -- including Jayden and the other soldiers -- got shuffled into alternate dimensions, Alex had to figure out how to bring them all back. She pulled out her copy of Warped Passages and referred to it while typing rapidly on her computer.

"See, that's why Lisa Randall is so great," Tony said. "She can totally save the world even when she's not there!"

"My Jane would like this Lady Randall," Thor said.

"I believe they've met, actually. I know they co-authored a paper on quantum astronomy," said Phil. "It's too bad she'd never agree to work with the Avengers Initiative."

"Really?" Bruce said.

"Yeah, she's never gonna speak to me again," Tony said.

"Why not?" Steve said. "She sounds like a nice dame. Really smart and all, and she knows Jane, so --"

Tony rubbed a hand over his face and mumbled, "I kind of spilled my drink all over a napkin she'd been writing equations on for most of an hour."

"That'd do it, yeah," Bruce said with a wince.

Pepper nodded. "I did my best with damage control, but Lisa spent twenty minutes on the phone ranting about what a drunken jerk Tony is and how I'd better keep him on a shorter leash," she said.

"Tony may be a jerk, but he's our jerk and she better not diss him," Clint said hotly.

Pepper rolled her eyes at him. "Anyway, I made agreeable noises," she said. "Then Lisa hung up on me. Since she wasn't suing us I figured the polite thing to do would just be to keep Tony out of her hair."

"But Tony still has a big squish on her?" Bruce said. "Like Alex in the show?"

"Pretty much, yeah," Pepper said.

"I do not have a crush on Lisa Randall. I just really admire her work," Tony argued.

"I said squish, not crush," Bruce said, "and yes, you do."

Tony shrugged. "Okay, yeah, I could take her to bed, but I could get any bimbo for that, doesn't mean anything. Lisa now -- I could spend hours just picking that woman's brain."

"Mmm, yeah," Bruce said dreamily. "This one time, I met Stephen Hawking at an event, and he was just going on and on about her latest theory. We talked for a whole ten minutes and neither of us once mentioned our own work, just hers."

"So did you get to meet her too?" Tony asked.

"Nah, Stephen saved her a seat next to him at the banquet and I got stuck at another table," Bruce said with a philosophical shrug. "I mean, who wouldn't jump at the chance to sit next to Stephen Hawking? Or Lisa Randall."

"Or Bruce Banner," Tony said, playfully elbowing Bruce in the ribs. "They were ninnies not to grab you while they had a chance, and now the Avengers have dibs."

They watched 'Why Pat's Not at Work' next. When Chris jumped in to rescue Pat from the interdimensional stalker, Phil muttered, "Why can't innocent bystanders ever be that competent in real life?"

"I'll settle for them not blocking my line of fire," Tony said.

Clint and Natasha sang along with Chris' rendition of 'Scarborough Fair,' Clint taking the gentleman's verses and Natasha taking the lady's verses. Their voices were unexpectedly sweet. Steve got a soft look on his face, watching them sing.

* * *

Notes:

Explore Firefly. Shiny!

A squish is an asexual crush.

Read the lyrics to "Scarborough Fair."


[To be continued in Part 3 ...]

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Date: 2012-12-17 07:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stardreamer
What kind of superhero undies does Coulson have? OMG, don't tell me they're Captain America!

Would Steve say "dame"? That sounds awfully lower-class and slangy for him. I would have expected him to say "girl" unless Pepper and Natasha have already trained him to say "woman" instead.

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