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This story is a sequel to "Love Is for Children," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys," "Saudades," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," and "Touching Moments."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, JARVIS.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: No standard warnings apply.
Summary: Bilgesnipe make for messy fighting. It takes a team to get Hulk clean again.
Notes: Asexual character (Clint). Aromantic character (Natasha). Asexual relationship. Teamwork. Canon-typical violence. Fluff. Trust issues. Skin hunger. Comfort. Non-sexual touching and intimacy. Non-sexual ageplay. Communal bathing. Cuteness. Personal growth. Family of choice.

If you've been reading this series for the ageplay, that's most of the story. There's a bit of combat up front and then alllll the fluffy goodness.

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."

Skip to Part 3, Part 4Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.


"Splash" Part 1


Hulk comes out in midair. Coming out always hurts, sometimes more, sometimes less. It makes him angry, but it also feels good, like stretching after too long sitting still.

Coming out in sky is different than on ground. It is like flying, but Hulk can only fly downward. At first he found this scary. Now he finds it fun. Smashing is more fun though. Hulk always gets to smash after flying like this.

When he lands, ground shakes. What needs smashing? Hulk wonders. Star Man points. There are huge things, furry and scaly, with big antlers. They look like goats and also like lizards. They stink.

Hulk jumps at them. Jumping is like flying sideways. Hulk is good at jumping. Tinman is better at flying. Hulk sees him zapping stinky goats. Green fist hits one before it can hurt Tinman.

Stinky goats do not go smash like robots or cars. It is more like splash. Now there is red everywhere. Goats stink even worse inside. Hulk roars.

This is good fight though. Sometimes when Hulk comes out, everything is too loud and bright and whole world hurts him. Then he can't decide anything, only react. Sometimes men shoot at him. Hulk would rather fight things other than men, even giant goats that stink. Today he does not feel like his skin is on too tight and Bruce is not nagging him to be careful of tiny, nasty men. Hulk is okay fighting these new enemies, no matter how messy they get.

"Hulk, smash those!" says Star Man, pointing at more of them.

"Splash," Hulk grumbles, but goes anyway. He does not want stinky goats to hurt his friends. They are stepping on everything in their path. All of it goes smash under their heavy feet. Hulk will show them smash! Or splash.

Stupid goat chases Red. She is small and fast and very fierce. Red does not smash. She runs close to Birdie and he shoots down goat.

Birdie reaches again but he is out of pointy sticks. More goats come. Hulk charges one and hits its hind end.
"OOO, STINK!" Hulk roars. He is covered in stink. Something like thick yellow oil oozes all over him. Hulk stomps on goat until it is just red slick on gray road. He cannot get more stinky now. Might as well splash.

Hulk looks for more enemies. Most lie still on ground. One fights with Star Man. Shield gets caught in big antlers. Star Man punches goat's nose! It skids back but does not go down.

Hulk shows Star Man how to smash. Splash. Goat does not move any more. Star Man wipes red and yellow off his suit with both hands. Now everyone stinks. "Son of a gun," Star Man says, shaking his hands off.

Nothing left to fight now -- smashing all done. Hulk kicks at loose piece of building. Small people will come squeak over that. They do not like messes. Let them clean up goat bits and bricks. Hulk just wants to go home and not stink anymore.

This is problem. Hulk is still covered in stink. Whenever Hulk goes, Bruce comes. Bruce does not need to be sleepy and stinky. Hulk protects Bruce. So Hulk stays even though he wants to go.

* * *

Notes:

Hulk's speech in canon resembles that of a toddler.  He often speaks with just one or two words at a time, but can string together several if necessary.  He tends to leave out the inflections and other fancy bits that a fully fluent speaker uses. This is partly because he has had little time out in the world to gain experience, and partly because Hulk handles concrete ideas well but abstract ideas poorly.  The instinctive, intuitive, emotional parts of the mind lean the same way. There are tips for encouraging language development.

Hulk is hypersensitive -- sometimes more, sometimes less.  I based this on Hulk's behavior in canon and especially on Bruce's remark in Avengers, "I'm exposed, like a nerve.  It's a nightmare."  Sensory hypersensitivity is a real condition that can be challenging or downright crippling for people depending on its severity.  There are tips for coping with heightened sensitivity.  Closely related is sensory processing disorder: a range of malfunctions in how the brain filters, combines, and interprets the messages coming from the senses.  This hypersensitivity and message scrambling often leads to sensory defensiveness, trying to avoid the overload.  

Hulk easily gets confused, frustrated, and angry because sometimes the whole world just hurts.  And then someone or something usually tries to kill him, so no wonder he lashes out.  This is similar to meltdown and related events from the autism spectrum.  Meltdown can be triggered by physicalemotional, or other overstimulation.  Given Bruce's remark in the movie, it sounds like things were pretty bad before.  (Hulk probably punched Thor for breathing too loud or emitting static electricity.)  Over the course of Love Is For Children, things have gotten better for Bruce-and-Hulk, so the sensory overload is mostly down to annoying instead of maddening.  There are usually warning signs before people have a meltdown, so sometimes it can be prevented.  Ideally, sensitivity is a gift rather than a curse.

Bilgesnipe are monsters mentioned in The Avengers. Various renditions have been made; I like this one, although I've always thought of them as a bit more goatlike with a touch of skunk.

Teamwork improves combat effectiveness.  Here you can see how the growing team bond allows them to combine their strengths better than they used to do.

Back in the Avengers  movie, Tony implied that Hulk was protecting Bruce and had saved his life.  This is true.  Hulk thinks of that as his job, and has since expanded it to other people.  Bruce is having a very hard time understanding this.


[To be continued in Part 2 ...]

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Date: 2013-04-02 05:34 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kellyc
Where there are Bilgesnipes, Thor follows, yes? Because Thor being introduced to the idea of this rocks. And soon-to-be-soapy Hulk? AWWWWW. It should be terrifying, I know, he's a 9+ ft tall green rage monster, but he's protecting Bruce from the stink. He definitely deserves a bath. Maybe through a car wash or something before they get him back to the Tower? He's like a big grumpy kid at bath time. Imagine a rubber ducky for Hulk to play with... :)

... Sudden idea of Hulk going into battle with Asgardians against Bilgesnipes, then him getting drunk on their mead. He'd drink it all.

As always, awesome. My stalking has paid off for the night that I'm (one of) the first to comment.

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Date: 2013-04-02 06:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] finch
Ooh, yay, another one! I've just caught up on these and I'm enjoying them.

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Date: 2013-04-02 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
Oooooh, nasty!

Seriously though, I like the look at Hulk's conscious thoughts. But splash? And red and yellow stink? EWWW. :P

*chuckling a smidge anyway* Totally not as grossed out as I sound in text. Mostly amused, alongside the ick factor.

So you know, I've been following this entire series pretty closely. I hadn't heard the term skin hunger to apply to a need to be touched before this... but it clarifies a few things for me personally.
Edited Date: 2013-04-02 06:46 am (UTC)

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Date: 2013-04-02 11:36 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Umm.. sorry about not commenting but the whole age-play thing doesn't do it for me... and there's this whole English thing of "if you can't say something good then don't say anything".

Although, age-play plus Hulk makes sense, because he is basically a Very Big Kid. The rest of them, not so much. [Well, maybe Tony, a bit.. for obvious reasons.]
Edited Date: 2013-04-02 11:38 am (UTC)

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Date: 2013-04-02 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nyrasmith
Team bath time! Bring out the bubble bath and the rubber duckies!!! Awesome beginning to the story, waiting for the next chapter :)

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Date: 2013-04-02 02:04 pm (UTC)
pheylan: (Avenge)
From: [personal profile] pheylan
Okay, I really like your Hulk voice. I can hear it plain as day in my head.

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Date: 2013-04-02 08:01 pm (UTC)
thnidu: Lucy bright and bold. Lucida Bright font, boldface: backslash, small-o, slash: YAY!! (yay)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
I was going to say the same thing, translated into Hulkese, but why bother. Yay!

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Date: 2013-04-02 03:08 pm (UTC)
pinkhairedharry: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pinkhairedharry
Yay for another! I love Hulk's inner voice and his need to protect Bruce from the stinky goat lizards. fire hose and bubble bath is my guess on how you clean a giant rage monster. a car wash sounds equal parts entertaining and cruel (they run extremely hot)

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Date: 2013-04-02 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antivol.livejournal.com
Hulk in a bath... I didn't know that I needed that in my life, but I realise, now, thanks to you! I enjoyed Hulk's point of view. Can't wait for the next part!!

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Date: 2013-04-02 05:10 pm (UTC)
alee_grrl: A kitty peeking out from between a stack of books and a cup of coffee. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alee_grrl
I love Hulk point of view. He is so sweet and protective. This made me grin and giggle. Thank you for this delightful series. It is like a dose of sunshine after bad weather.

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Date: 2013-05-16 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Just caught up to the beginning of splash, loving the stories so far! I really enjoy the character development that you have worked on and I really like the notes at the end that explain things when I get a bit confused.
Can't wait to read more!! -x-

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Date: 2013-05-16 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Just realised you asked for a name or something to identify anonymous people! This comment and the one above are from Calpuriel -x-

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Date: 2013-08-03 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] labelleizzy.livejournal.com
I'm inclined to point siderea.livejournal.com towards this series, even though I don't know if she likes or groks fanfic, because one of her things is 'pshrinkery', as she calls it, and I think she'd love you for your footnotes.

:-)

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Date: 2014-08-02 10:37 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I wasn't going to comment until I got to the end of this, but Hulk's POV just made me want to... <3

You've captured his voice very well and I utterly adore how he thinks of the others (Starman and Birdie *snerk* ... so lovely).

~Anony-mouse

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