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Poirot’s chief personality characteristic was undoubtedly his overweening - but lovable - egotism. On rare occasions he would present an appearance of modesty, but it was patently so forced and false that it fooled no one. Some of his own evaluations from one story or another: “Hercule Poirot… is of a cleverness quite exceptional;” “impossible to deceive Hercule Poirot;” “me, I know everything.”
- Russell H. Fitzgibbon, The Agatha Christie Companion

YA Lit Meme: The Finishing School [3/10 Book Series]

After every unladylike action, there must be an equal and opposite reaction. Consider the necessary, analyze the consequences, clean up the mess.

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Happy 126th Birthday, Dame Agatha Christie
(Sept 15 1890 -  Jan 12 1976)

Image: Newspaper announces the safe return of Agatha Christie. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

On this day (Dec. 3) in 1926, a young Agatha Christie left her home with no explanation. The next morning, her car was found five miles away – but there was no trace of the novelist herself. Tom Nissley’s A Reader’s Book of Days (our go-to source for literary anniversaries) explains that her disappearance was the talk of England, and thousands turned out to look for her:

She was finally discovered residing under a pseudonym at a luxury spa and claiming temporary amnesia. The mystery has never been definitively solved, though scholar Jared Cade has argued convincingly that she staged her disappearance – never suspecting it would cause such uproar – to embarrass her husband, whose affair was ending their marriage.

And here’s another fun fact: An episode of Doctor Who attributes Christie’s disappearance to a confrontation between the author and a giant, half-alien wasp.

-Nicole

Modern Girl Genius AU where Heterodyne Labs is actually a big R&D  company, operating out of small but lively city Mechanicsburg.

The company has had a fairly sketchy past, but latest CEOs Bill and Barry have managed to salvage it’s financial and ethical reputation, along with high-ranking board member Klaus Wulfenbach.

Lucrezia is a sharp-minded businesswoman with her own ideas of how to run the place. When she is proposed to by Bill, she transfers Klaus to a different branch. But when she and the Heterodyne brothers go missing, he takes over running the place until young Agatha completes college and comes of age, where she then steps up and has to figure out how to run a business.

Tarvek has just recently inherited a rival company, and is highly interested in a merger (Tweedle, on the other hand, simply wants to buy them out). Von Zinzer is an temp who never wanted to be there in the first place but did and now he’s hired. The Von Mekkhan family were probably also board members, except Vanamonde seems to operate entirely out of the Starbucks in the lobby. Krosp is a shrewd financial adviser. Gil is still Klaus’s son, with little interest in running a company and more interest in playing in the laboratories. Othar is probably some sort of activist against big businesses and the way the practice science and is constantly stirring up rallies and trying to sue. I’m not yet sure about Zeetha or the Jägers…

Superhero twist, which was where I was originally going with this for the sake of having an AU to roleplay in, is that the company’s “sketchy past” is that it seems to keep getting tied up with supervillains (seems = it is literally providing funding and tech for the supervillain-prone Heterodyne family. Kinda like Oscorp). Bill and Barry have turned this on it’s head, protecting the city in their spare time instead. Lucrezia, however, was thinking that world domination was actually a pretty good idea. Probably got herself and husband stuck in another dimension. Klaus knew about this and ran the company like an actual company during his time and not as a front, only kicking butt when absolutely necessary. Agatha has to choose between the villain or hero path once this becomes revealed to her, and kinda ends up as Iron Man with an overfondness for death rays, or maybe like Gru from Despicable Me after he gave up supervillainy. The Castle Heterodyne AI is kinda like J.A.R.V.I.S.. Lars probably showed Agatha all the secret stuff and then promptly got fired by Klaus.

anonymous asked:

... I had to remind myself that johnny going on a date with each spiderclones and related spiders except peter parker is NOT canon. Weirdly enough, im more disappointed at the lost opportunity of ben decking out johnny's room with various spider terrariums with each spiderperson he has a date with.

Well, he did kiss the clone-of-Peter version of Jessica Drew in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, and in 616 he and Ben Reilly have some moments. When the FF and Avengers were presumed dead during Heroes Reborn, Ben got pretty emotional over Johnny specifically (which makes sense – at the time he thought it was him who’d had all those early squabbling teamup adventures with Johnny).

but also, related to this ficlet where the spider-clones are all siblings, but Peter’s the only one who got bit by the spider:

FIVE ENCOUNTERS JOHNNY STORM HAD WITHOUT PETER PARKER (+ the one time they got it right)

1) Ben

“Listen,” Spider-Man said, sounding a little breathless, and okay, maybe that one was on Johnny. He probably should’ve given Spider-Man a little more warning before he kissed him. Like, maybe just enough to roll up the mask. 

“That’s never been my strong suit,” Johnny said, trying for seductive and probably failing. It was hard to be coy when you were trying to scrape the taste of lycra off your tongue. He ran his hands up Spider-Man’s chest. “And can I just say, damn, you look strong in that suit?”

Spider-Man’s laughter was high and nervous. He grabbed Johnny’s hands, holding them still. “That’s – super flattering, really, I am so flattered, but I’m also –”

“Taken?” Johnny asked, sighing. “Not interested in men?”

“No, he’s – I mean, I’M single, totally single, not so sure about the other thing, kind of a confusing time in a young vigilante’s life, you know these experimental college years!” Spider-Man released Johnny’s hands, mostly so he could wave his own around like an over-excited chicken. “Speaking of, time flies, crime to catch, you know the drill! See you, Torch!”

Then he scampered down the fire escape with significantly less grace than Johnny was accustomed to seeing from him.

“Ah, Torchie,” he said to himself, watching Spider-Man go. “You still got it.” He pitched his voice louder than normal and said, “So I can kiss you again, right?”

Spider-Man made a series of strangled noises, which definitely wasn’t a ‘no.’

2) Kaine

The second time Johnny kissed Spider-Man, he had to lean up on his toes. Spider-Man didn’t kiss back this time. He hadn’t really kissed back last time, either, but he’d sort of gasped a little and Johnny thought there might have been a split-second of hesitation.

This time, Spider-Man just went very, very still.

“Are you taller than normal?” he asked.

“How is this my life?” Spider-Man asked. He took Johnny none too gently by the shoulders and separated them. “You. Stay. Over. There.”

“Kind of getting mixed signals here,” Johnny said. “Considering last time and all.”

Spider-Man squinted down at him. He definitely looked taller than usual. “Did he – fuck, would he not tell us?”

“Would who not tell us what?” Johnny asked. 

“Fuck,” said Spider-Man.

“You know, I’ve never heard you swear before,” Johnny said. “It’s kind of hot.”

“Are you actually this dumb, or are you making fun of me?” Spider-Man asked. “Because you cannot possibly be this fucking dumb.”

“Wow, save the sweet talk, Spidey,” Johnny said, scowling.

Spider-Man sucked in a breath like he was about to go off, but Johnny was saved by the flash of a camera.

“Wow, it’s Spider-Man!” said Peter Parker, professional pest. How Parker always managed to show up at the wrong place at the wrong time, Johnny would never know. He was going to get himself punched in that (pretty cute, kind of – Johnny had always had a thing for lanky brunet nerds, a fact he tried not to think about too hard in light of his brother-in-law) face one of these days. “Mr. Osborn, would you BELIEVE Spider-Man is RIGHT HERE, on this VERY STREET we just SO HAPPENED to turn down?!”

Norman Osborn stroked his chin. Johnny bristled a little; Parker should really know better than to hang around a bastard like that, even if he knew from the tabloids that Parker was best friends with Norman Osborn’s only son. 

“Yes,” Osborn said. “How very… coincidental.”

“Fuck this,” Spider-Man said. He stepped out on the curb and hailed a cab. “I hate my life, I hate my life, I haaaaaate my liiiiiiiiiife.”

A cab pulled up and Spider-Man climbed inside. He was 100% for sure taller than usual.

“Weird,” said Johnny.

3) Jessica

Contrary to what Sue and certain tabloids thought, Johnny could take a hint. Spider-Man had thought about it and decided he wasn’t interested in Johnny. It stung a little (it stung a pretty impossible lot) but Johnny could accept that. A few more weeks of moping and he’d move on.

Spider-Man was his friend, first and foremost. Johnny wasn’t going to let his trampled feelings get in the way of a good old-fashioned team-up.

He hadn’t meant to turn his head at the exact same moment Spider-Man did; their faces brushed together. Not a kiss. Not really. 

Close enough for Johnny.

“Oh,” Spider-Man said, very quietly, and, head tilted, leaned in again. It was a strange, close-mouthed kiss through the mask, but Johnny’s lips tingled after.

Spider-Man sighed, then clumsily patted at Johnny’s chest. His voice had been very growly all day, overly deep, like he was aiming for a Christian Bale sort of thing. “Nope. Still like girls. But that was super nice.”

“Oh,” Johnny said, trying not to sound too disappointed.

“But like,” Spider-Man said. “Maybe try again next week! When I look slightly taller. Not a lot taller. Slightly taller.”

“Uh,” Johnny said. “Okay?”

“And only if I don’t sound blond,” Spider-Man said.

“I don’t really get what’s going on with you lately, Spidey,” Johnny admitted.

Spider-Man sighed. “Trust me – on these days, I’m gonna write a book.”

4) Ben, Take 2

“Oh, this is the famous family luck in action,” Spider-Man said. “Listen, I’m going to run away now, but only because this is awkward in ways you can’t possibly understand, not because you don’t have a chance! Hey, check out that cute photographer!”

The cute photographer was Peter Parker again, go figure. By the time Johnny looked back, Spider-Man was running.

“This was not the deal!” Parker yelled at Spider-Man’s retreating back.

“Sorry, random citizen!” Spider-Man shouted over his shoulder.

Johnny was beginning to regret his affections.

5) Kaine & Jessica

There were two Spider-Men. Neither of them was the right height. One of them had a little girl clinging to his back.

“Uh,” Johnny said.

“Alternate universe!” the shorter Spider-Man said, too quickly.

“Clones!” the taller said at the exact same time.

“Clones! From an alternate universe!” said the shorter one. “Gotta love this wacky superhero lifestyle we lead, huh?”

“Urgh,” said the taller one. “Aracely, don’t yank on my mask.”

“You said we were going for ice cream,” said the little girl. She gave Johnny a gap-toothed smile. “Human Torch! Come with us for ice cream. You want… strawberry!”

She wasn’t wrong.

6) Peter Parker

“Oh,” Johnny said, staring down at Spider-Man’s maskless face. He knew that slightly crooked nose, that messy brown hair, the curve of that jaw. Peter Parker was the man beneath the mask. “This makes no sense at all.”

Agatha Harkness’ hand landed feather light on his shoulder. “The truth rarely does.”

“But it’s him, right? It’s really him?” He didn’t know why he was asking. He knew it was, deep in his soul, sure in a way Johnny had rarely known himself to be sure about anything. He watched the slight rise and fall of Peter’s chest, the dark curve of his eyelashes. He was so still. “What do I do?”

“He’s cursed, placed in an enchanted sleep,” Agatha said. “And here you are, the dashing young hero. What do you think you should do?”

Johnny could practically hear Reed scoff, Sue’s skepticism, Ben’s flippant denial. He swallowed. “But that’s not real, right? That’s not how real life works.”

“Young man,” said Agatha, gesturing. “Look at your real life and tell me something can’t be real.”

Johnny nodded. If he knew one thing, it was that he loved Spider-Man – he’d loved him without knowing his name or his face, for years, before he knew what this feeling truly was. He wanted him, but he loved him first – loved him unselfishly, the kind of love he hadn’t known he could have for people who weren’t Sue, Reed and Ben.

Johnny ducked his head and pressed his lips to Spider-Man’s slightly parted ones. He palmed his cheek and pressed their foreheads together and said, “Hey, Webhead. Time to wake up.”

Peter’s eyelashes fluttered.

“But I don’t understand,” Johnny said later, sitting side by side with Peter at the Statue of Liberty. “I’ve seen you and Spider-Man together. You take photos of him. How do you do it?”

“Really fancy mirror tricks,” Peter said. He sighed, ducking his head. “I’ve got two brothers and one sister and some extra suits. I – they don’t do it often. They can’t, they don’t have powers. But whenever I need to prove that Peter Parker isn’t Spider-Man…”

He waved a hand.

“Wow,” Johnny said. “Okay. That explains things. I’m pretty sure I have kissed like, all your siblings.”

“I know,” Peter said. “They rated you.”

“What?” Johnny squawked. “They rated me?!”

“Kind of low,” Peter said. “Maybe they were trying to keep my expectations down.”

“They rated me low?” Johnny said.

“Ben gave you an A for effort,” Peter said, snickering. Johnny made an outraged noise.

“Oh,” he said, leaning forward. “Oh, I am going to show you effort, Peter Parker.”

For the song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”, three different actresses respectively provided the singing voice of Anna: Katie Lopez as Young Anna, Agatha Lee Monn as Teenage Anna, and Kristen Bell as Anna. Agatha is the daughter of the film’s writer/director Jennifer Lee and Katie is the daughter of its songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. In fact, Katie and her sister, Annie, sang the film’s deleted song, “Spring Pageant”, along with their parents. The song can be found on the film’s two-disc Deluxe Edition Motion Picture Soundtrack.