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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," "kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Spiders. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

This story returns to the main storyline of "Love Is for Children." The first few chapters show Black Widow considering and carrying out a mission, then after that it's pure ageplay. It fills a square in the Plot Challenges Bingo Card 7-4-14:
Situation: Crime pursued by vengeance
Setting: Red Light District
Complication: Everything Is Spiders

I also have a list of photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, a series landing page, and anarchive of images. The perk story "Brotherlove, Brotherlust" Part 3 is still open for participation.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

Anonymous commenters: You don't have to specify exactly who you are, but it helps to have a first name or a username from some other service, so I have some idea of who's saying which and how many different "Anonymous" folks there are. You can just type some kind of identifier at the end of your comment.

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"Up the Water Spout" Part 1

Natasha Romanova was growing restless, and that was never a good sign. What the Red Room had done to her could not be entirely undone. It could be ameliorated somewhat. It could be directed toward legitimate targets. In between those, she could control her urges, or satisfy herself if necessary, but that only worked for so long. There were dark places inside herself that she needed to revisit. Therefore Agent Coulson tried to make sure that she got adequate opportunities to go hunting.

He was gratified when a suitable one arrived in his inbox. A few deft touches of symbols on his desktop opened a line. "Agent Romanova, I believe I have a mission for the Black Widow," said Agent Coulson. "Please come to my office to discuss it."

She arrived within five minutes, slipping silently through the door to perch on the very edge of a chair. "Reporting for duty, sir."

Agent Coulson passed her a Starkpad with the relevant files onscreen. "We have a location on Dartmouth. He's in a red-light district not far from Hell's Kitchen, running call girls through a hotel and controlling them with drugs sourced from AIM," he said. "Daredevil doesn't want to tangle with him again." Their last encounter had involved an air horn. "Neither does Spiderman." That one had ended with Dartmouth losing more than a bit of skin to escape the webbing, but he'd also bounced Spiderman off the side of a bus. "So he's all yours if you want him."

The Black Widow took a dim view of men who controlled women with mind-altering substances. She licked her lips. "I want him."

* * *


Black Widow has been portrayed in various ways, but always as a femme fatale. Her predatory nature in canon is somewhat modeled after the black widow spider. In this series, I posit that the Red Room's training had some deep effects on her body and mind, some of which have been reduced but not removed by Phil's efforts.

Hell's Kitchen is a bad neighborhood in Marvelverse New York, the territory of Daredevil. Because he is blind, he uses his other senses to compensate, and that leaves him especially vulnerable to sonic attacks.  The same area was historically a bad neighborhood in local-New York, although gentrification in recent decades has changed that; thanks to [personal profile] thnidu for this reference.

AIM is a supervillain organization made of mad scientists.

Spiderman is another New York superhero.

[To be continued in Part 2 ...]


Date: 2014-08-27 06:19 am (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
You stopped it THERE?

Where's the rest?

(Lifts laptop, looking beneath and behind it.)


(baleful sigh).

Re: Whoah--

Date: 2014-08-27 01:23 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
But shortly isn't NOW (whine!)

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Date: 2014-08-27 07:35 am (UTC)
somecrazygirl: (Default)
From: [personal profile] somecrazygirl
This mission is not going to end with Natasha feeling good about herself.

I'm curious about why Phil would send her on something this personal, but I assume we'll hear that soon.

If we ever have a Black Widow movie and it doesn't touch on the damage done by the Red Room, I'm going to be very upset. Not that I actually think we're going to get a Black Widow movie.

(I've been around, I just haven't had a lot of words; maybe I'll have more words for this one.)

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2014-08-28 02:43 am (UTC)
somecrazygirl: (Default)
From: [personal profile] somecrazygirl
It's not her need to act as she was trained to do that puzzles me so much as Phil choosing something particularly similar to her own background as a good place for her to unleash that. It _could_ be healing to use the skills taught to you by people who drugged women into compliance to save women who are being drugged into compliance. But there's a sort of fundamental mish-mash that bothers me.

But Phil would know her better than I do, of course.

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Date: 2014-08-27 10:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] just_ann_now
The Black Widow took a dim view of men who controlled women with mind-altering substances. She licked her lips. "I want him."

Oh, YES.

*pours coffee, sits back to enjoy the mayhem*

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Date: 2014-08-27 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] murphysscribe
I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes!

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Date: 2014-08-27 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
This is skeptic7. How did Phil get everyone to cooperate? Daredevil and Spiderman aren't in his chain of command. Daredevil might respond to sweet reason, but Peter Parker is very stubborn. Or he used to be, I loved the comic books eons ago but haven't kept up. What I used to love about Peter Parker is that he is very vulnerable compared to Superman and the Hulk but he doesn't give up. He faces super villians when he has only slightly more than normal strength and healing.
Speaking of cooperation does Phil have a method for getting information about the sex trafficcing to regular law enforcement so they can get all of his friends, and allies and other criminal associates?

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Date: 2014-08-27 03:03 pm (UTC)
peoriapeoriawhereart: Blair freaking and Jim hands on his knees (Jim calms Blair)
From: [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart
Sounds like they (DD and Webslinger) have had that dance and are more than happy for someone else to punch that card. Spidey might have gotten a 'mind if someone takes out this trash', as a courtesy, since he can have an issue here or there.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2014-08-28 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Oh, yay! I love it when Spidey and Daredevil coordinate with the Avengers. :)

Re: Yes...

Date: 2014-08-28 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
(That was Santosha, I always forget to sign, arg.)

Re: Yes...

Date: 2014-08-29 12:53 am (UTC)
peoriapeoriawhereart: Ray gotta eat him up with a big spoon (Ray with marshmellow creme)
From: [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart

(Having thinky thoughts, looking forward to tasty bits.)

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Date: 2014-08-27 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm excited about this one. -ER

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Date: 2014-08-27 02:22 pm (UTC)
siberian_skys: (Default)
From: [personal profile] siberian_skys
This is a great beginning. I'm waiting impatiently for part 2.


Date: 2014-08-27 03:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] draggon_flye.livejournal.com
This is going to get ugly.

One of the things I enjoy most about your writing is that you deal with the aftermath of trauma. No one does that. There's plenty of trauma all over, but mostly it gets blissfully ignored. It will be interesting to see where this goes. I have a feeling it's going to get worse before it gets better.

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Date: 2014-08-27 03:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aldersprig

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Date: 2014-08-27 06:21 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Hell's Kitchen was a bad neighborhood in real New York when I was growing up just a mile or so north of it.

Re: Thank you!

Date: 2014-10-16 01:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gingicat
And it became Lincoln Center. And my high school, the LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts (a merger of the High School of Music and Art and the High School for the Performing Arts, the basis of the movie and TV show "Fame"), was right behind Lincoln Center. The building was still brand-new -- partially unfinished, in fact -- when I was in the first freshman class in 1984.

Hell's Kitchen is also the setting of West Side Story. There is still a housing project between Lincoln Center and the Hudson River -- next to my high school, in fact. When we went back for our 25th reunion, my classmates and I noted that we were no longer allowed to enter on that side of the building.

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Date: 2014-08-27 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Oh, yeah! Go get 'em, Widow! And then come home and decompress as Natka and giggle about washing spiders away with Uncle Phil and--- maybe some play in the rain? I just have this image of Natka in wellies and a raincoat splashing in puddles somewhere no one can see and giggling and then the two of them going for cocoa. I know we have to go through angst to get to that time, but that's okay, because we know you don't disappoint when it comes to ageplay healing. I'm sorry I haven't commented as much with 'Little and Broken but still good" but that was because it hit damned close to home and made me all wibbly. Just in case no one has told you today, I adore you and your writing and how damned -useful- it is. Thank you so much.

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Date: 2014-08-28 03:20 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I really enjoyed this. I was looking forward to dealing with Black Widow, especially since I enjoyed Birthday Girl. Looking forward to more soon! - Readera

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Date: 2014-08-28 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tadpoleacorn
Ooh, I wanna see what happens next!

Re: Yay!

Date: 2014-08-28 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tadpoleacorn
That's great news!!!!!

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Date: 2014-08-29 11:19 pm (UTC)
helgatwb: Drawing of Helga, holding her sword, looking upset. (Default)
From: [personal profile] helgatwb
Well, I was going to ask for more info about Natasha's characterization in this series.

Re: Yay!

Date: 2014-08-29 11:32 pm (UTC)
helgatwb: Drawing of Helga, holding her sword, looking upset. (Default)
From: [personal profile] helgatwb
You are one of my favorite authors precisely because you always seem to have something that I want/need, at just the right time. I was thisclose to going crazy looking for an Avengers nonsexual ageplay story when I found this series.

I'm pleased this came to you.

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Date: 2014-08-31 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I have failed miserably at commenting on the rest of this series. Sorry. I did want to say, though, that I've read all of them now (and enjoyed them immensely, even though several of them (particularly the Bruce and the Clint ones) rather sucker-punched me in the feels. The notes were very helpful, though, so thank you.).

I'm very, very glad that you're still writing these and I'm also glad that we'll get to have another Natasha one.

Thank you!


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Date: 2014-09-12 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] labelleizzy.livejournal.com
Was rereading Dolls and Guys this week and am so pleased to note that you are delving into Widow red and black.

As the fan above says, *pours a cup of tea*
*settles into a comfy spot*
*opens next chapter*

I love what you say in an earlier comment about not wanting to nerf the characters. Natasha Romanov's a power in her own right, sharp edged and honed to a razors thinness. I love her.

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Date: 2014-10-23 07:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pinkrangerv
You mentioned you weren't 'nerfing' Natasha, and probably that's my favorite thing about her--her pain is her power, and she has the freedom now to choose what she wants; if she wants it, it's hers. Watching her interact with herself here will be AWESOME.

(Sorry if this double-posts, I tried to post and my 'net connection got interrupted.)


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