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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys," "Saudades," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," and "Happy Hour."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Bruce Banner, Hulk, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Phil Coulson, Natasha Romanova, Clint Barton.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Canon-typical violence. This story is mostly fluff.
Summary: The Avengers fight some giant birds. After smashing the ones on the ground, Hulk gets bored. Agent Coulson reads him a story.
Notes: Birds. Teamwork. Team as family. Friendship. Multiplicity/Plurality. Communication. Anger management issues. Storytelling. Reading. Books. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Love. Bruce Banner needs a hug. Hulk needs a hug. #coulsonlives.

So ... slight change of plans. Audience interaction led to this short, fluffy story which chronologically follows "Hide and Seek." I want to post it now, because we've recently done some other out-of-sequence stuff. I have "Hairpins," the Phil and JARVIS retrospective story, which is complete and will post later. I'm also still working on the big piece about getting Bucky back into action. Sorry for the scramble, and I hope you enjoy this story.

Skip to Part 3, Part 4.


"Green Eggs and Hulk" Part 1


Hulk comes out to fight. City has bird problem. Hulk is confused. He thinks of pigeons and sparrows. Why need Hulk?

Bruce thinks of big birds with sharp beaks and claws. Inside their head are paintings of nasty birds and pictures of old bones.

Then first bird finds Hulk. Bird looks Hulk right in face! Hulk has never seen other bird so big and mean. Black feathers flash green in sun. "Hulk-bird," he says.

"Hulk, smash the birds!" says Star Man.

Hulk is happy to smash. He swings his big fist. Hulk-bird jumps away. It screams at him. Hulk roars back.

Hulk-bird is fast. Hulk is faster. He catches Hulk-bird and smashes it. Hulk spits out feathers and looks for new bird.

He smashes one, two, three Hulk-birds. He can count little bit.

Then two beaks peck on Hulk at once. He does not like that. Hulk roars. Birdie shoots one Hulk-bird. Hulk smashes other.

Hulk finds egg in park. Egg is big and green like Hulk. There is no fighting right here. Hulk stops to think. Maybe egg come from Hulk-bird.

Team needs to know about that. Hulk uses talky thing that Tinman made for him. "Hulk find egg," he says. "Big. Green. Hulk smash?"

Agent says, "No, don't smash it. I'll send someone to pick it up. Go smash more birds."

Hulk-birds are more fun to smash than eggs. Hulk goes. He fights hard. Hulk-birds peck him but Hulk is hard to hurt. Hulk is strongest!

One Hulk-bird grabs Red. Hulk squeezes it by neck. Hulk-bird drops Red. Hulk smells blood. Red limps away. Hulk squeezes until flapping stops. Hulk angry! HULK SMASH!

Soon there are no more Hulk-birds to fight. Hulk kicks last one again. Feathers fly. Hulk sneezes.

"Iron Man, bogey incoming on your six!" shouts Birdie.

"Hawkeye, get me ID on that plane," Tinman says.

"That's not an airplane, it's a fucking condor!" Birdie says.

Hulk looks. Birdie is right. Hulk-bird is size of plane. Hulk jumps, but Hulk-bird is too high to smash.

"I got this!" Tinman says.

Hulk stops jumping. Team is good. Tinman can smash way-high things. Hulk watches. Tinman flies away after plane-bird.

City is empty now. Hulk-birds all dead. Fire hydrant makes water. Hulk drinks from hydrant. Broken glass tinkles. Half a car honks and flashes. Boring.

"No more smash?" Hulk asks. "Bruce now?"

"No more smashing at the moment, Hulk, but we need you to wait a little longer," says Agent. "More of the birds might come."

Hulk humphs to himself and sits down. "Time?"

"It's four twenty-three in the afternoon," says Agent.

Not quite suppertime. Hulk is hungry anyway. Fighting is hard work. "Hulk wait," he says. He wants to be good for team.

So Hulk waits. Cloud goes over sun. Water from hydrant stops. Cloud goes away. Hulk picks feathers off himself. Feathers are bloody and itchy.

"Time?" Hulk asks.

"It's four twenty-eight, five minutes after the last time you asked," says Agent. "Are you bored? I can come keep you company."

* * *

Notes:

This story comes courtesy of audience discussion following Saudades." [personal profile] librarygeek mentioned in a comment, "I don't see Bruce getting poetry yet, I think. It would take emotional skills that Bruce doesn't have?" Then [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart said in another comment, "I think this worked for Bruce, because while he might not turn to poetry, I think it's in there. He's swimming in emotions, he just doesn't express them." That got me thinking that Hulk would love poetry, which led to me thinking about Dr. Seuss in some specific contexts, which are set later in the series. So then Anonymous (Kellyc) protested, "May I just say that it is NOT too early to have someone read Hulk Dr. Seuss? Because it really, really isn't." I thought about that further, and eventually came up with a current place to start this.

The giant birds are inspired by "terror birds" and extinct condors, so some of them are flightless while others can fly. Yes, there have been Hulk-sized birds and small-plane-sized birds.

Giant birds lay giant eggs. The largest known eggs came from the extinct elephant bird, up to three feet long, which is about the size that Hulk finds. The largest eggs laid by living birds come from ostriches.

Boredom is a challenge, especially for young children. It's important for children to learn how to entertain themselves. There are lots of fun options. A key problem for Hulk is that he has almost no life experience of his own. Bruce only lets him out willingly for fighting. So of course Hulk gets bored when there's nothing left to smash! He needs to learn about doing other things, and the team helps with that.


[To be continued in Part 2 ...]

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Date: 2014-02-10 07:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sherza
You thought we would be ... unhappy ... with more fic? It's aaaaaall good, Ysabet. Trust me on this.

And yeah, I'm still around and still reading. Just been busy lately. All that said ...

I am half expecting Hulk to decide to keep the egg and make the bird a pet, but this is probably my recent (very fluffy) Hulk-centric Avengers fic reading that's talking.

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Date: 2014-02-10 08:01 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I love that you still post on monday. It is my leat favorite day of the week. Your awesome stories make it a little more bearable. Thanks

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Date: 2014-02-10 12:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Telling a fairly complex bit from Hulk's perspective..and you pull it off beautifully...amazing!

and yes... poor Hulk doesn't get out much so he deserves a fic of his own!

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Date: 2014-02-10 03:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] draggon_flye.livejournal.com
I'm extremely fond of Bruce/Hulk so I'm loving the switch-up.

I may have said this before but your conceptualization of Hulk as a separate plural identity makes so much sense. It particularly struck me today in the toddler-esque way Hulk speaks and (sometimes) interacts. It's Extremely common when people experience childhood trauma, especially in very early childhood, for a part of themselves to essentially be "stuck" in that time. Bruce very likely began to conceptualize Hulk, his protector, as a very young child in the midst of severe abuse so it makes perfect sense that Hulk is still in some ways that "toddler-self."

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Date: 2014-02-10 03:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Giant birds! \o/

I enjoy your writing from Hulk's perspective, all broad strokes and nicknames.

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Date: 2014-02-10 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
asdfmnsdfn!!! I'm petty much going to be excited with any and all additions to this verse, tbh, but I'm especially thrilled to see more from Hulk's POV. I love the way you write him and treat his character, so I did a happy-spastic-chair-dance when I saw this. Thank you so much for sharing with us, I look forward to the next part!

- dogsnameisfrank

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Date: 2014-02-10 07:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] snippy
Reading this gave me new insights and a different perspective on the Saudades poem. I experience Bruce/Hulk as the same person having different TAB-y-ness, which aligns with my experience of loss of cognitive function, balance, and physical ability when I have vertigo. As a result separating Bruce and Hulk for purposes of describing their emotional responses and experiences makes it hard for me to integrate that new telling of their stories with my model of the character.

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Date: 2014-02-10 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaayadei.livejournal.com
A great start! I really like Hulk's point-of-view.

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Date: 2014-02-10 10:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thnidu
Sorry for the scramble, indeed! No you're not. :-)
Hulk hungry.
Hey! Much meat here! Dead Hulk-birds BIG!!
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Date: 2014-02-10 10:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chordatesrock
I love your version of Hulk.

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Date: 2014-02-11 02:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadynaiad
I love the way you write Hulk! And <3 at the idea of someone (I'm guessing Phil) reading Dr. Suess to him. :)

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Date: 2014-02-11 07:13 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Lovely as always!

(Though Ysabet- I was rereading everything and... are you ever thinking of reintroducing Thor and Loki? )

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Date: 2014-02-12 12:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elaiel
F%@& yeah Hulk!!!

That is all ;-)

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Date: 2014-02-12 12:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
Lovely!

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Date: 2014-02-13 12:49 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I really enjoyed seeing more Hulk. How he see's things and people helps to focus on the emotion in the story, for me at least. I suppose that makes sense as he is the more emotional one of the two. -readera

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Date: 2014-02-14 10:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jeshyr
I like this.

Inarticulate comments "r" us today. But thank you :)

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Date: 2014-02-16 04:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] helgatwb
YAY! More Hulk! I love Hulk, so much. I want to huggle him. I love seeing things from his perspective. I love that you and the team are kind to him.

On another note, I have always thought of Bruce-and-Hulk as multiples, two persons in one changeable body.

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