Fanmail, fanmail, and even beneath the fanmail there was, surprise! More fanmail.
The aged actor plopped his daily pile of fanmail in the
boxed labeled as such and then turned back to his laptop. The Ninjago News at
Nine was filling the silence of the living space as Cliff scanned quickly
through his emails. Not important, not
important, might be important later but not now, and…nope. Nothing important.
He closed out of his email and stared at his mainscreen for a few seconds. The
powerful and famous blue ninja stared back.
With a sigh, Cliff sat back and ran his fingers through his slicked
back black hair. He knew so little about his biological son, the current Master
of Lightning. He only knew that his son, Jay, was the blue ninja because his
ex-wife was the former Master of Lightning herself. After they both vanished
when Jay was only an infant, all Cliff had to track his son was time and the
rise of the next lightning-gifted elemental master.
But now he found him. The auburn haired freckled face boy
was now one of Ninjago’s biggest celebrities along with his five ninja
companions, and he was just as famous as Cliff is. But Jay doesn’t know Cliff
Gordon, does he? Sure, he’s done a lot of movies Jay would recognize, most notably
the space samurai Fritz Donagen from the comic book series. But he didn’t know enough
about his son to know whether or not Jay even cared for movies, let alone
Cliff. What Cliff wanted most of all was that when Jay finally discovers who
his biological dad is (if he does) that Jay will be proud to be family with
him. That is all.
“….some new footage of the Ninja was released to the media
today,” a Newscastor’s introduction to the next story on the news caught Cliff’s
attention. He turned up the volume and leaned forward to listen in. “The footage
is from a year ago when the Ninja team went aboard a spacecraft to stop the
evil robots from getting the remains of the once-powerful golden weapons. As we
know, they failed that mission, but here’s some never-before-seen action
moments of the ninja aboard the spacecraft. Take a look,” the castor nodded his
head and the clip appeared.
Cliff instantly broke into a grin when he saw the security
footage of the teenage heroes all in spacesuits, save the robot in his original
skin-colored exo-suit. They looked a little ridiculous, and definitely not ninja-like,
but they had their masks over their mouths. Cliff instantly recognized his son
as he spoke to the other teammates. Subtitles appeared at the bottom of the
screen to help decipher what they were all saying through the static of their suits.
“I can’t wait to see the expressions on the faces of those
metal crom-domes when they find out we stowed away on board!” Jay cackled
through the static, and Cliff couldn’t help but chuckle. “Crom-domes?” he
laughed under his breath, his eyes glued to the action.
“They’re nindroids, nimrod.
They don’t have expressions.” The black ninja shot back at Jay (what was his
name again? Cam? Chris?). Cliff laughed even harder at “nimrod”. “What are
these names?” he asked the screen.
The screen flipped to a camera inside of Jay’s helmet so
that his entire face filled the screen. “Oh yeah?” Jay refuted as he raised his
eyebrows. “Zane has expressions.”
The screen flipped to the interior of the red ninja’s suit,
but Cliff was left breathless. That was the closest he’s ever gotten to his
“Zane isn’t like them,” the red ninja groaned. “Do we really
have to go over this right now?”
The screen popped back to the exterior of the ship where Jay
and the other ninja were sliding on the wing. “It’s just so quiet,” Jay
explained to the others. “I’m only trying to fill the space.” Jay paused,
waiting for the comedic beat before saying, “Get it? SPACE!!”
“He’s got his mom’s sense of humor, that’s for sure,” Cliff murmured
with a smile as he sat back on the couch, unknowing of the tear that quickly
ran down his cheek.
The footage jumped around a little, showing the robots as
they climbed out of the ship. The black ninja said loudly in the static, “So
much for our surprise attack! Look out!!”
The shots of laser guns lit up the footage as the battle
erupted. Cliff shook his head a little, realizing how similar of a scene this
is to one of his Fritz Donagen movies. Jay pulled himself up to what looked
like to be an antenna as one of the robots used their rocket boots to jump and
land right in front of him, the laser gun pointed right at his son’s face.
Cliff’s heart skipped a beat, but it looked like Jay wasn’t
scared at all. The screen flipped to a camera to the side of Jay, a perfect
shot to see him pull back the antenna and whack the robot.
The robot flung backwards, now airborne in the zero-gravity.
In an epic move, Jay used the antennae to flip, grab the laser gun, and land perfectly
on the spacecraft.
All the ninja cheered, and Cliff tightened his fist in
pride. “That’s my boy,” he said proudly. “That’s my Jay.”
One of the other ninja must have cheered on Jay using his
name too, because as the blue ninja was shooting and flipping and performing
amazing stunts, Jay quickly said, “Not Jay! Fritz
Donagen! Fear isn’t a word from where I come from!”
It was as if the house had suddenly dropped 20 degrees.
Chills ran up and down Cliff’s body when he heard those words come from the
voice of his son. The clip was continuing, and the other ninja were still
talking before joining in the fight, but Cliff had a tunnel vision only for the
blue ninja. Everything was blurry except for him, and the only sound he heard
were the laser guns and his son saying he was Fritz Donagen over and over
Before the clip ended, Cliff was a mess of tears. He couldn’t
hold them back this time, his mind was exploding and his heart was pounding too
hard. Cliff and his son just made a connection, and as stupid as it is- a comic
book hero- it was enough for Cliff to prove to himself that his son and him
were similar in some way. And for never meeting his own son, a silly connection
was the best thing that he could have ever hoped for.
After the clip ended, Cliff tried to wipe his face and calm
his sobs to hear the rest of the story. “How about that, folks. A ninja-robot
space battle that actually happened.” The newscastor grinned and turned to his
partner. “Something you would see in the movies, right?”
She laughed, then said. “Absolutely right. And that Blue
Ninja, right? He nailed it right on the head acting as his favorite character
of all time, Fritz Donagen.” Cliff leaned forward suddenly, his eyes even wider
“Ah yes, I remember him mentioning he was very fond of the
Space Samurai, especially in the movie adaptations. He plays him very well.” “Very
well indeed. Now next up we dig a little deeper into how the city of Stiix is
holding up after….”
There was a long pause as Cliff stared in awe at the screen.
He slowly digested everything he just heard, making sure that he heard
everything correctly. His son wasn’t just a fan of Fritz Donagen. He was a fan
of Cliff Gordon’s Fritz Donagen.
With a shout of pure joy, Cliff leapt off the couch and
began to do a happy dance, his body shaking with joy and excitement, his mind
screaming with pride, and his heart swollen with emotion. He was crying through
his happy dance, because he never imagined discovering the most coincidental
connection he had with his son he’s never met.
Do you have any Young Justice fanfic recommendations?
Hey hey hey guess who’s about to drop some YJ fics on everyone??? It’s me, that’s who. Anyways, a good place for YJ content is @youngjusticeweek , a project I did after S3 was announced. I never ended up being able to finish updating the blog because of stuff going down IRL but there’s still a bunch of fics on there :)
I rec’d this anst-monster earlier but it’s one of my favourite fics of all time so here we go again! Going to put the description of this one in again:
It’s been three years. Three years since the North Pole. Three years
since Wally vanished. His former teammates, heartbroken by the loss,
aggressively pre-empted their mentors to create a new world. A better
world. Under their rule, the Earth has no crime, no violence…and no
choice. Still, pockets of resistance gather under the surface, waiting
to make their move and take back their world. And when Wally returns,
thrust into this new and strange world by the energy that should have
killed him, how will his presence change every plan laid over the past
thousand days? AKA that one time travel fic where Wally doesn’t die and
the Team becomes the Justice Lords.
19 chapters, 68936 words.
Hey look yet another Bluepulse fic. It’s not like I read them constantly or anything. Anyways, I like the description on this one so I’m just going to put that here; It had seemed logical, practical even, for them to become
roommates. They were already familiar with the others’ annoying habits,
they liked the same snack food, and they were comfortable around each
other. It was the perfect arrangement, aside from one minor caveat. Bart fell in love. 4689 words
Slowly sliding in here with some spitfire because I love those nerds. Anyways, it’s a highschool AU but Artemis is an assassin and she’s supposed to kill Wally and MAN my emotions. Unfinished. 2 chapters. 7012 words
I am just going to shut up about the fact that this is bluepulse and supply you with a summary. Okay so this is supposed to be the first part in a CW-verse YJ AU (there aren’t other parts yet or I’d link the series) that happens to be ridiculously cute. Takes place the first night back after they save the world. 1739 words.
Spitfire and some Dick/Zatanna. A College AU that was kind of inspired by Miraculous Ladybug. Artemis and Zatanna are roomies and so are Dick and Wally. Basically shenanigans both in and out of costumes with Artemis and Wally not knowing the others secret identities. 15439 words
“young justice” fics. lmao my dear anon I think you meant bluepulse. Oops.
Summary: "Hi this is Tim working at the Laundrette. We got a rat infestation in out back, can you deal with it?“ Jacket gets a phonecall. How the hell are the Payday crew going to deal with this? Triggers: Blood, violence Word Count: 3647 (Fuck me sideways, did it all in one sitting too)
Interesting things revealed in The Compleat Ankh-Morpork
I’m always finding little gems in this book, so I thought I’d share a few:
There are a surprising number of
“ethnic” restaurants–Bhangbhangduc food, Agatean, Tezuman, even
Gimlet’s Delicatessen now serves food for
all races, including vegetarians (which is probably the most surprising thing)
Olwyn Vitoller is master of the Guild of
There are goblin officers in the Watch, and
Of the Leaf the Storm is the visiting professor of Goblin Studies at UU
Miss Maccalariat is the head of the League
There is an Orc Rehabilitation Society, although most orcs live near the Hub
The Fresh Start Club, run by Reg Shoe (who
else?) is based at 668 Elm Street (the Neighbor of the Beast)
The Ninja Morris Men “occasionally
slide into the city and perform unscheduled and sometimes lethal
There is an Igorina clinic where they
perform cosmetic surgery
Quite a few inns have both hot and cold running
water. Running water has been mentioned before (Vimes runs a bath in Men at
Arms), and a flushing toilet is mentioned once or twice, but it’s unknown
whether plumbing is wide-spread
Twilight Canyons is a retirement home for
elderly trolls and dwarves. According to the afterword in The Shepherd’s
Crown, Terry was writing a book about this
Dwarf food is popular among even human foodies
in Ankh-Morpork, and the most sought-after dwarf chef is Thwack Glodson
The Guild of Clock and Watch Makers has an
official dinner every year on the 4th of Grune, “when all present raise
their glasses to the best of them, Jeremy Clockson”.
“The patron goddess of Ankh-Morpork is
Morporkia, who has the drawback of not really existing that much”.
Constable Visit is a lay preacher at the Temple
Ruthven Vacatia provides cosmetic dentistry to
Miss Battye has a repairs and darning shop on
Treacle Mine Road
Grace Speaker, of Pellicool Steps, has an ad for
her pet shop and crossword tips. She stocks Tracklement’s Yums, which according
to Making Money were Wuffle’s favorites and what Vetinari still puts on
his grave. It’s very possible (at least, in my mind) that Vetinari has gone to
her pet shop to meet her and buy dog treats.