ordinary heroes

Quotes
  • Adam Lambert: "Love overcomes hate. Love has no color. Love has no orientation. All is love."
  • Rogue: "I am not ashamed... honesty, tempered by love, can feel no shame."
  • Gerard Way: "Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary."
  • Bill Kaulitz: "Always remember, believe in today, believe in tomorrow, believe in yourself, and whatever happens, don't jump."
Comfortable (Ordinary Heroes)

Diana’s eyes narrowed. She wanted to sit on the couch, but her parents were sitting on it. Oh well, she could just sit on one of their laps. But which one? She rubbed her chin. Whose lap would be more comfortable, her mom’s lap or her mommy’s?

She decided to start with her mom’s lap.

Ignoring the look of mild amusement her mom gave her, Diana climbed into her lap and shuffled around a bit before settling down. Her mom’s lap was definitely very comfortable. She reached over and draped one of her mom’s arms around her. There. That was very nice.

But what about her mommy?

Diana climbed out of her mom’s lap and settled in her mommy’s lap. Shuffling around again, she did the same thing as before and then settled one of her mommy’s arms around her.

“What are you doing?” Lightning asked.

Diana fidgeted. Her mommy’s sari wasn’t quite big enough to go around her too, at least not without some adjustment. “I’m seeing whose lap is more comfortable.”

“Is that so? Then maybe you should come back here.”

Diana shrugged. “I don’t know. Mommy’s lap is pretty comfortable, mom. I think I might stay here.”

Diana missed the slight twitch in her mom’s eyes as her mommy patted her on the head and shot her mom a teasing smirk.

“That’s fine, Diana. My lap is better anyway.”

“I don’t think it is,” Lightning retorted. “I think mine is better.”

Diana ignored their bantering in favour of reaching for the chocolate bar in her pocket. She could eat it while watching television. Drawn by the sound of her parents’ voices, Averia strolled into the room.

“Averia,” Lightning said. “Whose lap is better, mine or your mommy’s?”

“Huh?” Averia stared. “I don’t know. They’re probably pretty similar.”

Lightning’s eyes narrowed. She hated to lose. “Diana thinks your mommy’s might be better. We need a second opinion to be sure. Get over here.”

“I am not sitting on your lap!” Averia cringed. “I’m nine years old, mom.”

“Get over here.”

Sasha's reconciliation with her people was honestly so well done

I mean the manga gets all the credit for this one.

Sasha wanting to just force all the people disrupting her life style out.

Childishly but hey, human beings think of number one first right?

But then her dad is like no, Sasha…we need to take care of our fellow humans even if we have to abandon our ways of life…

Because no matter how other human beings live THEY ARE STILL HUMANS. We are a part of the same race.

And then he sees Sasha single handledly saved that girl instead of just running away.

She fought a Titan on her own without any gear.

And he hasn’t seen her in three years but now suddenly she’s grown up.

She’s not the same selfish narrow minded kid who clung to her traditions and took care of herself.

She’s a soldier of humanity now and even though she was scared she stood her ground.

Thank you, Isayama.

Female character development doesn’t have to revolve around being a love interest.

And human beings need to help one another survive and look passed each other’s personal grievances.

Sasha Braus is an ordinary hero.

She’s not Eren, she’s not Levi or mikasa, she’s not Armin.

She’s just a good person with the heart of a warrior and god bless her.

I hope she lives.

4

Representation: Make Your Own, Vote with Your Wallet

Here’s a comic that I drew up to explain my grievances with these counter-arguements I’ve seen popping up. I’ll write more in text here.

I don’t want to stop anyone from making their own games. Making games is a hard, incredibly rewarding creative task, and you should never stop making games, ever. You want to see a game that is totally your thing, your own brainchild go out into the world for people to enjoy? Do it. Make that game, and share with the world more culture than ever before. There is nothing stopping you from making your own game except time and effort.

But one person’s games, that’s just one voice in a million. As a gay person (and I cannot speak for anyone else but my own gay self), I grew up without any gay protagonists, with the constant background radiation of “Straight Is Normal”. Every romance, every love interest, every single character who wasn’t a joke or a villain, straight. I couldn’t share a part of me that was vitally important to me, and nobody knew what being gay meant, since there were no positive gay characters in the media we were consuming. If I made a game with a gay main character, that would still be one game in tens of thousands. It wouldn’t reach a wide audience, and there wouldn’t be the presence in media that is sorely required. I would need to have a marketing campaign, and millions of dollars I don’t have to reach the audience who really needs this representation.

Because this isn’t about one game, this isn’t about any particular game. This is about culture in general. Children will grow up playing straight leads and create straight leads in their own games. They won’t think “Hey, maybe I should make this lead gay” because that’s not what they grew up playing. We imitate what we’ve learnt, and we create building blocks with which we craft stories. The gun toting veteran soldier is always male, the princess who needs saving is always female, the hero is always straight and always gets the girl.

But what if we made sure that wasn’t the case? What if the hero had a gay love interest, what if the princess was a dude, what if the gun toting vet was a lady? What if we explore these avenues, construct a more complex narrative and not just rehash the same narratives we ourselves played as children?

We shout loudly for this to happen, decry wasted opportunities because we need to. Because if we don’t bring it to the attention of the people making the games, nobody will. We cannot remain passive consumers - “only play the games you like” only counts if there are games that represent us - and if there are parts of those games we find hurt us, we can still love those games and recognise the hurtful bits. I do not want to boycott games with problematic elements - that will ensure only bad games get made. How do you make money speak the necessary things we have to say?

(As a footnote, I will explain how money talks. Money is a language all of it’s own, and it is a very simple language. If you give someone money for doing something, you are saying “I support the thing you are doing”. If you do not give them money, you aren’t really saying anything, as it could be anything from “I don’t support this at all!” to “Eh, I wasn’t invested enough to lay down money” to “I wanted to support you, but I couldn’t.”. Now, if someone made a really really good game, but it had an insulting or degrading depiction of your group inside it, and you really liked the game, would you buy it? Would you not buy it? If you bought it, you are supporting the status quo - they will continue to do anyway. If you didn’t buy it, they might think “Wow, we need to not do a game like this ever again” and not even consider that the problematic elements were the problem. Money is too crude of a language to get this across.)

So, we are left with the only avenue that is viable for us: Actual Dialogue and Critique. Where we are free to say “I really liked this game, but it had problematic elements in it”, and discuss the things that went wrong in the game. Now, critique is not the same as censorship. With censorship, you remove the media from the public’s eye as soon as possible, so that their eyes are not offended by it. I do not want this. I cannot stress enough that I do not want this. Censorship is a regressive and counterproductive tactic, which does not help us learn from our mistakes and missteps. If we censored every piece of art that had mistakes, we would stagnate.

Critique, on the other hand, is the honing of skills and behaviour through discussion of the implementation of such behaviour. Just like an artist can recieve critique on anatomy,a writer can recieve critique on representation. A poor artist draws what they think something looks like, a poor writer writes what they think something acts like. And just like a poor artist can avoid drawing body parts they have no skill in drawing, a poor writer can avoid including people they know nothing about. Representation is simply another way we can improve the quality of our games - with proper representation comes richer, more varied casts.

I want to stress again that critique is forward thinking, not backward thinking. When we say, say, that Assassin’s Creed: Unity has four identical white males and that’s boring and samey - it is a critique of the game itself. It is a flaw that perhaps Ubisoft can learn from, and if we didn’t point it out, they would be none the wiser about it. Ignoring flaws is just as bad as censorship - both ways we learn nothing about it. Would you like to see a game industry filled with nothing but grizzly Doom Marines? If nobody pointed that out, the industry would blindly make more Doom Marines, because that’s what would sell. But once we’ve pointed out the samey Doom marines, or the four white lads, future games can be made that have an eye to this critique, and it can only benefit everyone. Sure, there will still be problematic games, but we are only human, and we are still allowed to enjoy those games. But I think the game industry can be better, and it needs to be told where it is going wrong. Those games that it creates, they will still exist for you to enjoy. They will always exist, and they will be fun.

I know you want creative freedom, and I do too, but the industry makes a profit from creating games geared with marketing and not just a little cynicism. By having better representation, we open up avenues for more voices, more varied creators to have their say, not just the ones that “sell at the moment”, as executives, the ones that are really in charge of the creative decisions, are a frightened and conservative lot. If we show them that no, we won’t stand for this lack of representation, they will have to reconsider their cynical and conservative marketing avenues. And we can’t do this by money alone. Money can only take us part of the way there, and for the rest of it, the vast majority, we need…

REAL FUCKING DIALOGUE.

I bet even some of you out there are still skeptical, like, why do we even need better representation, games are fine as they are. I’m not here to tell you that you can’t enjoy games. I’m not here to tell you that games aren’t important, or aren’t art, or should be a lame minority rainbow, or that all games should be Captain Planet and the Planeteers, where social consciousness is the deal of the day, all day, every day. I think that would be terrible. But what I do want? I want gay heroes to be just as normal and ordinary as straight heroes. I want black heroes to be unnotable and accepted. I want female heroes, I want trans heroes. I want characters that stick in people’s minds as normal. There is no “Special Snowflake Patrol” wanting to make every hero be an intersection with every marginalised group.

I just… want to be normal. I don’t want to have to shout, or campaign, or point out Straight White Male Protagonist #6753 as being yet another wasted opportunity.

I want to be normal. I want to be able to walk down the street with my boyfriend, holding hands, without people recalling all the regressive stereotypes that they have seen in the media and informed themselves about my sexuality.

I want to be normal. I want to be the hero sometimes, I want to be the villain sometimes. I want great gay romance, I want terrible gay romance.  I want to pick up a straight-to-DVD animated movie and sometimes see gay characters just existing, being gay, without it being notable or anything.

But that will never happen if I just make my own media and just passively consume the media that most closely fits me. Not existing in media I enjoy is not good enough for me. I refuse to be a passive consumer. This solution needs

DIALOGUE.

And if we need to get a little loud to be heard over the roar, well, that’s just what we’ll have to do. Why not join in, so that we can fix this problem sooner, and we can all rest and enjoy making our own games, while enjoying games made by teams of people with far more money than we’ll ever see in our lifetimes? After all, it must be great to see a big budget game with a romance that you can connect with. I wish I could play one!

And even though I’m gay, and not a person of colour, female, or transgender, I still want them to feel the same thing I’m striving for. That’s what equality is all about. I’ll help them, they’ll help me, and if you help as well, to strike up dialogue, to critique, to discuss and deconstruct, we’ll get there.

We’ll get nowhere just passively consuming. Let us

TALK.

UPDATE: My good friend Samael inked the comic for me! It looks much better now!

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Musing About Ordinary Heroes

I’ve gotten a lot of questions over the years about Ordinary Heroes, the AU that provided an alternate ending to Final Fantasy XIII and first introduced Diana and Averia as Lighting and Fang’s children. What I’d like to do here is to talk about some of the things that often come up when people ask me about the series. I ask that you forgive me if it comes across as rambling. It’s really more of a stream of consciousness, and I haven’t gone back and revised anything except spelling/grammar.

In many ways, Ordinary Heroes was serendipity. I didn’t much like the ending of Final Fantasy XIII, and I thought it would be nice to give the characters the happy ending that I thought they deserved. Of course, people don’t always get what they deserve in real life, but that’s the nice thing about fiction. You can give characters the endings you think they deserve, and I thought Lightning and the gang were most definitely deserving of a happy ending. 

One of the issues that I had to think very deeply about when I started was what tone and direction I would take with Ordinary Heroes. The decision I came to was that Ordinary Heroes was not a story that was going to focus on angst, or drama, or intrigue. If Final Fantasy XIII was a storm with dark clouds, thunder, and lightning, then Ordinary Heroes would be the sunny day that comes afterward.

It is not a coincidence that two of my favourite manga/anime of all time are Azumanga Daioh and Yotsuba&!. What I loved about both series was the warmth that permeated them and the way slice-of-life was used to add texture to the characters while bringing a smile to the faces of readers/viewers.

I wanted to do something similar with Ordinary Heroes.

Stories can inspire a range of emotions, but the one I wanted to inspire with Ordinary Heroes has always been warmth. I wanted people to smile when they read the story. I wanted them to laugh. Above all, I wanted Ordinary Heroes to be the kind of story that could make someone feel better after a very hard day because, in many ways, that’s how I think of family.

Family, to me, has always been a source of strength and comfort. 

Given all of this, it’s not surprising that so much of the story (and especially the shorter snippets that I’ve continued adding over the years) is told from Diana’s point of view. Diana is, in many ways, the person that Fang could have been if life had been kinder. She is inquisitive, curious, and very mischievous. To Diana, every day is an adventure, and every adventure should be fun. 

Most of us can vaguely remember the days of wonder we experienced when we were children, the days when everything seemed new, and fresh, and interesting, and good. To Diana, every day is like that. It’s why she picks fights with squirrels, chases after birds, plots against the monster under her bed, and dreams up ways of ambushing her parents.

It’s very easy to forget that feeling, but I think the reason so many people seem to like Diana is because no one ever completely forgets that feeling. And seeing the world through the eyes of someone who is still like that can’t help but bring a smile to our faces. 

But as popular as Diana has been, I think Averia has been equally popular. In many ways, she is her sister’s opposite. Of the two, she’s always been the more practical, and as much as she finds herself dragged along into Diana’s adventures, she’s usually the one trying to keep Diana from doing anything too crazy to begin with.

What readers have told me they most like about Averia is that as grouchy and grumpy as she is, she loves her family for who they are. She understands Lightning’s prickly nature - she shares it, actually - and she understand how much Lightning cares for her and Diana, even if Lightning isn’t exactly open about saying it. Likewise, Averia has always taken the time to learn the lessons Fang has to teach about Yun culture and customs even though they must seem very strange to her.

And then there’s Diana.

Diana is odd. She was written that way, and it’s a part of who she is. Averia knows that, but she’s never tried to make Diana change who she is. Instead, she’s done her best to protect Diana while also showing Diana what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour. The dynamic between them is a special one, and it mirrors the closeness between Lightning and Serah and also Fang and Vanille.

But arguably the part of Ordinary Heroes that I’ve had the most fun writing over the years is Lightning and Fang acting as parents. Both of them were forced to grow up too quickly, and both of them had to act almost like parents to their younger siblings. So how would they fare when faced with actual parenthood?

The answer, of course, is that they would do well, albeit not without a few hiccups along the way. Lightning has the emotional elegance of a baseball to the noggin, so her interactions with the kids have always been enjoyable to write. In many ways, I think she’d be quite cautious, afraid of making the same mistakes as she did with Serah. But life has a funny way of turning out.

Lightning might have wanted to play the part of a perfect parent, calm and controlled yet also warm and caring, but no plan ever survives contact with the enemy, so to speak. The first thing Averia did was glare at everyone, and the family’s resident grumpy guts can be even pricklier than Lightning. Add Diana, and you have two kids that simply don’t allow Lightning to plan and strategise. She just has to dive in and hope for the best.

It might not be planned, but it turned out perfectly.

Likewise, Fang has similar problems. Oh, she seems friendlier than Lightning, but emotionally, she has many of the same problems. She’ll smile and laugh, but how often has she actually let people get close to her? And as someone who values her culture and traditions, how is she going to cope with raising children in a world where she is, most likely, the last Yun?

But Fang copes. She always has. And if there’s one thing she can do, it’s to keep pushing forward no matter what. And with the kids around, she’s not the last Yun anymore. Raising a mini-Lightning and a walking disaster zone (who somehow manages to escape harm every time) can’t be easy, but it’s something Fang obviously relishes because they’re her family, and family has always mattered to her.

Of course, other than the Yun-Farrons there are the other families. Snow and Serah and also Hope and Vanille (or Lumina and Vanille depending on which AU we’re talking about). And this lets me get at the dynamics of extended family. The Vanille and Diana dynamic, for example, is one that has existed through all of the iterations of the story. They are partners in crime, and although Vanille loves all of her nieces and nephews, it’s clear that Diana is her favourite. None of the other characters begrudge her that either, and Diana doesn’t get jealous of the kids Vanille eventually has.

Hmm… I’ll stop there now and come back to this more later.

BNHA Light Novel 2 Trans.

Chapter 4, AB Union: A Girls only Gathering, Part 1.

(AB合同女子会)

t/n some of the parts refer to stuff that happened in the previous chapter which was basically Mineta trying to peep on the B girls also it was really hard to translate some bits so it may seem really weird especially the ending where it got way toooo philosophical lol but I hope it still makes sense, also another disclaimer, this part is really long too imo D: 

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I’m sick and tired of edits, photo sets, and gif sets that include nearly every major character in the Arrowverse… but conveniently leave out Laurel, Iris, and James. Also Kendra even though she isn’t as prevalent in the stories as the others

Like it’s so transparent and disrespectful. You’re excluding all these major characters because of shipping biases (sans Kendra) while including random characters like Jessie who aren’t even series regulars or even that important in the grand scheme of things?

And don’t use death or changing rosters to exclude Laurel and Kendra when Snart is still included

And don’t think that we all don’t notice that these characters are mostly black and/or female. We see you 👀

Like yeah Laurel, Iris, James, and Kendra may not be your favorites, but how can you exclude them from a celebration of the Arrowverse when they’re so central to the stories of each show?

Laurel Lance. She might have been the most important figure in Oliver, Thea, Quentin, and probably Sara’s lives. She was who Oliver always remembered when he wanted to go home, she kept things real when he was too far up his own ass in vigilante mode. She steered Thea off the wrong path when she was spiraling and helped her dad recover from alcoholism. She fought to honor + avenger her sister, then rose her from the dead. She never stopped fighting for the people of Starling City, whether as a civilian or a superhero. She may be gone, but her impact on the series can not be ignored.

Iris West is the leading lady of the Flash. Full stop. Not Caitlin. How disrespectful is it to leave her out? “Oh but she’s just a civilian, not a superhero…” Bruh, I see you sliding Quentin and Joe into these posts. They don’t have code names, they don’t have powers… but they’re still part of the teams. And Iris has been a member of Team Flash since near the end of S1. She is the love of Barry’s life, she’s what brought him home from the Speed Force. Half the cast of the Flash is made of her family. Like it or not, she has become the emotional center of the Flash. Respect her.

James Olsen has kind of gotten the shaft (let’s be honest, which character I’m talking about here hasn’t?)… He mainly played the role of love interest in S1 but didn’t manage to get with Kara until the last moment… and then they got broken up by the writers right away in S2. But James was always there to give Kara advice. He held her to high standards and made her see that the dark path she was walking by illegally imprisoning Maxwell Lord wasn’t her. He brought out her light. And in S2, he chose to become a hero of his own. And he may be derided for it by Kara and fans… but isn’t every single show in this series about ordinary people becoming heroes? James is a man of values and bravery and just because the writers choose not to respect him, doesn’t mean we have to treat him like this.

Poor Kendra. The woman endured thousands of years of sexual harassment and murder at the hands of Vandal Savage, not to mention the rather messy treatment she got at the hands of the writers. She became a good friend and student to Sara. She kicked Savage’s ass and saved the team on more than one occasion. Hell, she dealt the final finishing blow, as was her destiny all along. The main antagonist revolved around her, making S1’s plot about her. You couldn’t have S1 of Legends of Tomorrow without Kendra motherfucking Saunders.

I’m tired of seeing these four get neglected, forgotten, and hated. *Oliver voice* The writers may have failed these characters, but we don’t have to. *end Oliver voice*

100 reasons NOT to kill yourself

1. we would miss you.
2. it’s not worth the regret. either by yourself if you failed or just simply left scars, or the regret everyone else feels by not doing enough to help you.
3. it does get better. believe it or not it will eventually get better. sometimes you have to go through the storm to get to the rainbow.
4. there’s so much you would miss out on doing.
5. there is always a reason to live. it might not be clear right now, but it is always there.
6. so many people care, and it would hurt them if you hurt yourself.
7. you ARE worth it. don’t let anyone, especially yourself, tell you otherwise.
8. you are amazing.
9. a time will come, once you’ve battled the toughest times of your life and are in ease once again, where you will be so glad that you decided to keep on living. you will emerge stronger from this all, and won’t regret your choice to carry on with life. because things always get better.
10. what about all the things you’ve always wanted to do? what about the things you’ve planned, but never got around to doing? you can’t do them when you’re dead.
11. i love you. even if only one person loves you, that’s still a reason to stay alive.
12. you won’t be able to listen to music if you die.
13. killing yourself is never worth it. you’ll hurt both yourself and all the people you care about.
14. there are so many people that would miss you, including me.
15. you’re preventing a future generation, YOUR KIDS, from even being born.
16. how do you think your family would feel? would it improve their lives if you died?
17. you’re gorgeous, amazing, and to someone you are perfect.
18. think about your favourite music artist, you’ll never hear their voice again.
19. you’ll never have the feeling of walking into a warm building on a cold day
20. listening to incredibly loud music.
21. being alive is just really good.
22. not being alive is really bad.
23. finding your soulmate.
24. red pandas
25. going to diners at three in the morning.
26. really soft pillows.
27. eating pizza in neww york city.
28. proving people wrong with your success.
29. watching the jerks that doubted you fail at life.
30. seeing someone trip over a garbage can.
31. being able to help other people.
32. bonfires.
33. sitting on rooftops.
34. sweing every single country in the world.
35. going on roadtrips.
36. you might win the lottery someday.
37. listening to music on a record player.
38. going to the top of the eiffel tower.
39. taking really cool pictures.
40. literally meeting thousands of new people.
41. hearing crazy stories.
42. telling crazy stories.
43. eating ice cream on a hot day.
44. more harry potter books could come out, you never know.
45. travelling to another planet someday.
46. having an underwater house.
47. randomly running into your hero on the street.
48. having your own room at a fancy hotel.
49. trampolines.
50. think about your favourite movie, you’ll never watch it again.
51. think about the feeling of laughing out loud in a public place because your best friend has just sent you an inside joke.
52. tour survival will make the world better, even if it’s for just one person or 20 or 100 or more.
53. people do care.
54. treehouses.
55. hanging out with your soul mate in a treehouse.
55. snorting when you laugh and not caring who sees.
56. i don’t even know you and i love you.
57. i don’t even know you and i care about you.
58. because nobody is going to be like you ever, so embrace your uniqueness!
59. you won’t be here to experience the first cat world emperor.
60. WHAT ABOUT FOOD?! YOU’LL MISS CHOCOLATE AND ALL THE OTHER NOM THINGS!
61. starbucks.
62. hugs.
63. stargazing.
64. you have a purpose, and it’s up to you to find out what it is.
65. you’ve changed somebody’s life.
66. now you could change the world.
67. you will meet the person that’s perfect for you.
68. no matter how much or how little, you have your life ahead of you.
69. you have the chance to save somebody’s life.
70. if you end your life, you’re stopping yourself from achieving great things.
71. making snow angels.
72. making snowmen.
73. snowball fights.
74. life is what you make of it.
75. everybody has a talent.
76. laughing until you cry.
77. having the ability to be sad means you have the ability to be happy.
78. the world would not be the same if you didn’t exist.
79.its possible to turn frowns, upside down
80. be yourself, don’t take anyone’s sh*t, and never let them take you alive.
81. heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary. be your own hero.
82. heing happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
83. one day your smile will be real.
84. having a really hot, relaxing bath after a stressful day.
85. lying on grass and laughing at the clouds.
86. getting completely smashed with your best friends.
87. eating crazy food.
88. staying up all night watching your favourite films with a loved one.
89. sleeping in all day.
90. creating something you’re proud of.
91. you can look back on yourself 70 years later and being proud you didn’t commit.
92. being able to meet your internet friends!
93. tea/coffee/hot chocolate.
94. team starkid.
95. cuddling under the stars.
96. being stupid in public because you just can.
97. if you are reading this then you are alive! is there any more reason to smile?
98. being able to hug that one person you havent seen in years.
99. people care enough about you and your future to come up with 100 reasons for you not to do this.
100. but, the final and most important one is, just, being able to experience life. because even if your life doesn’t seem so great right now, literally anything could happen!

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Sisters and Cousins (Ordinary Heroes AU Snippet)

Averia was not happy. She was extremely not happy. Her sister had managed to outdo herself this time. It was bad enough that Diana and their Aunt Vanille had built a time machine, but they’d actually decided to test the damn thing… and now Averia and Diana were stuck in the past. 

Given the fact that Cocoon was still in the sky, they were at least thirty years in the past. It could even be more than that although the scar on Cocoon suggested that they couldn’t be too far back. 

“Well,” Diana said. “It could be worse. We’re not dead.”

Averia turned slowly. Worse? Worse? “The time machine is broken!” Averia growled. “How are we going to fix it? Most of the parts we need haven’t even been invented yet!”

“Relax.” Diana backed away. “I know how to fix it. Heck, I could probably cobble something workable together out of what’s on a standard transport.”

“Do you see a transport anywhere?” Averia hissed. “Do you?”

“No… but if worse comes to worst, I’ll just have to go back to basics. You know, I’ll start with fire and work my way all the way up to temporal distortion technology. It’ll take me… maybe… a couple of years tops.”

Averia fought the urge to scream. She failed.

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“Do you hear screaming?” Vanille asked. “I mean… human screaming?”

Lightning frowned. “Yes… I do. It’s just over that hill.”

“Should we check it out?” Snow asked. “What if they sent more PSICOM after us?”

“I don’t think that’s PSICOM,” Fang said. “That sounds more like someone getting strangled.”

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Averia was in the process of strangling her sister when she noticed people peering down at them from the top of a nearby hill. She immediately stopped strangling her sister - only to resume when she saw exactly who those people were.

“We’re doomed!” Averia growled. “Doomed! Do you see them? Our parents are there. This is their journey as l’Cie. There is absolutely no way we won’t create a temporal paradox and wipe out the universe.”

“Uh, technically,” Diana said, prying Averia’s hands off her throat. “We can’t do that. Due to… various things, the universe itself will act to prevent any temporal paradox. We’ll be fine.”

Averia was going to go back to strangling Diana when there was a rush of movement, and she found herself staring down the length of Fang’s spear.

“Get off her, right now,” Fang drawled. Her eyes flicked to Diana. “You’re Yun, right?”

Averia made a face. Of course, her mom would say that. Diana was wearing a sari, and she had the characteristic Yun features. She got off Diana and backed away.

“Oh, thank you,” Diana cried, hopping onto her feet. “I’m so glad to meet one of my clanswomen out here. I thought I might be stuck with that… miscreant.”

Averia’s eyes narrowed. Diana moved her head over so slightly. Averia’s eyes narrowed some more. Diana moved her head again. So that was the plan? That was so stupid…

“Hey,” Vanille said. “You look a lot like Fang. You could almost be sisters.”

“Wait!” Diana cried in seeming surprise. “You’re not Oerba Yun Fang, are you?”

Fang shrugged. “And if I am?”

“Well… we really are sisters then!” Diana struck a pose. “You see, during the War of Transgression, I found out that I had a sister named Oerba Yun Fang. I journeyed near and far to find her, but before I could find her, something happened, and I found myself stuck in a crystal. I only managed to break out of it yesterday, but then I ran into her.” She pointed at Averia. “Based on her weird clothing, I assumed she was from up there.” She pointed at Cocoon.

“Hold on.” Fang shook her head. “I don’t have a sister. I’m pretty sure I would know if I did.”

“Are you super sure?” Diana darted over to Fang and stood next to her. “Look how similar we are. We could almost be twins.”

“She does have a point, Fang.” Vanille giggled. “Other than having blue eyes, she really does look like you.”

“Yeah,” Sazh said. “She’s right. You really could be twins although I guess her hair is a little bit spikier than yours.”

Fang frowned. “I’m not saying I believe you, but you definitely do look like me.” She said something quickly in Pulsian. “You should know what that means if you’re really Yun.”

Diana rolled her eyes and then replied in flawless Pulsian of her own. “How’s that?”

Fang’s eyes widened. “You even speak Pulsian with the same quirks as someone from Oerba…” She turned to Averia. “So… what’s your story?”

Averia sighed. “Would you believe I’m here because of my…” She sighed again. “Cousin?”

“Cousin?” Fang raised one eyebrow. “And whom would that be?”

Averia sighed again and gestured at her face and hair. “How many people do you know with hair this shade of pink and features like these?”

Fang turned to Lightning. “You have a cousin now?”

“No. I don’t.” Lightning turned the full force of her Farron Death Glare on Averia. “I’m sure that I don’t.”

Averia decided to respond as only a Farron would. She returned fire with her own Farron Death Glare. “Yes, pink-haired people with features like yours just fall out of trees every day.”

“Oh, boy,” Snow muttered. “They’re definitely related.”

Hope nodded. “They do look really similar. If I didn’t know better, I’d say they were sister, maybe even twins, instead of cousins, except her eyes are green and Lightning’s are blue.”

“This makes zero sense,” Sazh murmured. “We have sisters and cousins appearing out of nowhere now?”

“Look,” Fang said. “Who knows what’s going on. Frankly, if they’re willing to help us, maybe we should bring them along. At this point, everybody else is trying to kill us.” She nodded at Diana. “What’s your name?”

Diana smirked. “My name is… Oerba Yun Claw.”

“Claw?” Fang made a face. “What kind of name is Claw?”

“What kind of name is Fang?”

“Good point.”

Lightning marched up to Averia and tried to stare her down. For a long moment, the two pink-haired women just glared at each other. “You, what’s your name?”

Averia smirked. “Claire Farron.”

Lightning twitched. “You don’t say…”

“I think Claire is a wonderful name. It’s so nice, compassionate, and caring.”

More glaring. Lots more glaring.

Finally, Lightning turned on her heel. “Let’s go… and what is that thing over there?”

“Oh, that?” Diana glanced at the time machine. “That’s a… machine that we found here. Mysteriously. We should probably take it somewhere safe, you know, in case it turns out to be handy.”

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Diana blithely ignored the daggers her sister was glaring into her back in favour of watching her future parents bicker around the campfire. It was so adorable. Fang would verbally prod Lightning and then smirk. Lightning would snap back and then glare. How romantic.

“Kiss!” Diana whispered, loudly enough for everyone to hear. “Kiss!”

“What?” Lightning rumbled.

“Well… it just seems that you two have a lot of unresolved sexual tension. You should probably deal with that.” Diana nodded sagely and gestured at the bushes on the other side of the camp. “You can go handle that over there while we finish dinner over here.”

Lightning’s eye twitched.

“Just… don’t bother,” Averia drawled. “I’ve known her for what feels like forever, but this is just how she is.”

“I thought you just ran into her today,” Fang said.

“Believe me, a day around her feels like forever.”

“I can imagine,” Lightning ground out. “But, just so we’re clear, there is no unresolved sexual tension between me and Fang. She and I will never, ever be sexually or romantically involved. Ever.”

“Wow,” Fang said. “Harsh.”

“Is that so?” Diana’s eyes gleamed. “How about this… if you’re wrong, you have to name your second daughter after me. Claw Yun-Farron has a nice ring to it.”

“Fine, whatever.” Lightning scoffed. “As if that’s going to happen.”

X     X     X

Author’s Notes

This snippet was based on the following prompt: if a 21-yr old Diana was randomly dropped into the past during the l'cie’s journey, would they mistake her for Fang if Fang was out on the plains or away for some reason?

Edge Of Venomverse #3 by Francesco Mattina

EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #3 (of 5)

SIMON SPURRIER (w) • TIGH WALKER (a)
Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
Variant Cover by RON LIM
THE SYMBIOTIC SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE! Robbie Reyes was just an average, ordinary super hero with a flaming skull…right up until he found himself bonded with a dangerous extraterrestrial symbiote! Don’t miss the first daring drive of the HOST RIDER!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS (w) • IRENE STRYCHALSKI (a)
Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
Variant Cover by RON LIM
A PINK NIGHTMARE!
The wall-breaking wunderkind we call Gwenpool gets ahold of the VENOM SYMBIOTE and turns into a sword-slinging, web-swinging master of disaster!
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EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #3 (of 5)
SIMON SPURRIER (w) • TIGH WALKER (a)
Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
Variant Cover by RON LIM
THE SYMBIOTIC SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE!
Robbie Reyes was just an average, ordinary super hero with a flaming skull…
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Here’s a theory…

What we know about Noumu is that it used to be a regular human being and was injected with numerous quirks, also maybe some gene splicing going on too, which caused the body to become dangerously unstable.

From what we can tell Noumu has no memories of its human life. None at all. It obeys its masters and does what it does, but the Villain Alliance were already working on making more. If I remember correctly they all went missing, they couldn’t find them? Correct me if I’m wrong.

What if the kids end up finding another Noumi beast that has tons of quirks, and when Izuku sees the fire it screams out of its mouth, every muscle in his body stops mid-action and his blood runs cold.

“I..zu…ku…….”