Klaine Bingo prompt #2: Clones.
Orphan Black AU – Kurt never knew why Dyad had him monitoring Blaine, until he bumped into someone who looked like him. ~3300 words.
Kurt rubbed his eyes and sighed, the pressure behind them making his head throb. Downing a couple of pain killers with a glass of water, he willed the pain away before he had to face Blaine. In all honesty, he didn’t know what he should be feeling right now, he felt like whatever emotion was bubbling up inside of him was wearing a disguise so he couldn’t identify it. All he knew was that he was finally going to get the answers he had been thinking about for the past four years.
He was a junior in high school when he came across the Dyad Institute. They were a New York based research company that was offering money for taking part in top secret study, offering a select few the chance of being part of something new, and something big. Four years later and Kurt still has no idea what that is.
He was accepted into the study and told that he would, in addition to being paid a lot of money, be transferred out of his high school and to a private school, all expenses paid. The prospect of getting away from the morons at McKinley (especially that ape Karofsky) was enough of an incentive to join, but when he found out what he would be actually doing in the study, he found himself praying to whoever was up there, thanking them for putting that flyer through his dad’s garage door.
He had to ‘monitor’ Blaine Anderson, whatever that meant. Kurt could have laughed out loud when he was given his contract and a photo of Blaine. His part in the study was to engage Blaine, befriend him, and report back to Dyad. If Blaine was sick, Kurt had to report what medicines he was taking and how long he was ill for. He also had to make sure Blaine was safe and keep him happy.
Sometimes it felt like Kurt was being paid to date Blaine.
Until he was.
portraitofemmy said: Stevebucky HP AU! Gryffindor!Steve and Slytherin!Bucky! INTERHOUSE ROMANCE EMA! *coughs* I got hit by feels.
oh god. dude. dude. what if. they grew up together and they were both brought up on stories about how evil everyone in slytherin is and they’re both so sure they’ll get sorted into the same house and then steve ends up in gryffindor and bucky ends up in slytherin.
and bucky is horrified and affraid, because if he’s in slytherin that means he’s evil right? and he starts avoiding steve, because steve is good and perfect and he shouldn’t hang around the likes of bucky. he’d promised steve’s ma he’d always protect steve and he’ll do anything to keep steve safe, even if it means staying as far away from him as possible.
steve is having none of that of course. bucky is the best person he knows (besides his ma) and if the hat put bucky in slytherin, obviously each and every one of those stores about slytherin was horse shit. he tries cornering bucky in hallways and classrooms, but bucky still manages to weasle away from him, so steve ends up camping out in front of the slytherin doorm for days even though the other slytherins keep giving him nasty and perplexed looks and it isn’t until one of the older kids threatens to hex steve if he won’t leave and almost goes through with it that bucky shows up (his steve senses were tingling) and drags steve away. they finally, finally, get to talk and bucky still isn’t convnced he’s not evil, no matter what steve says, but he’s missed him. god how he’s missed his best friend and he eventually always gives into steve and this time it’s no different.
from then on steve is dead set on making house unity happen and get the school to realise slytherins are just regular students too, not voldemorts in the making, but bucky is never fully convinced there isn’t something evil lurking inside him, but he squashes it down because steve needs him (and he needs steve, in more ways than one as it turns out a few years later when he finally has the guts to kiss steve under some mistletoe).
a decade later there’s another evil wizard on the move, a new movement of hatered (they call themselved hydra). and when one of his minions captures bucky, calls him perfect, ‘just what we’ve been looking for’, before he sends a hex his way and bucky is swallowed up by darkness, oblivion, the last thing that goes through his mind is ‘i was right.’
JFC, Bucky doing Hyrda’s bidding under the imperious curse, and Steve, pride of the Auror office, absolutely devastated when he finds Bucky shooting killing curses at everyone.
But he’s adamant that Bucky’s not operating under his own free will, because this isn’t Bucky, Bucky’s better than this. Bucky’s good. But everyone else is eager to point out, well, he was a Slytherin.
(Natasha’s the only one who believes him. She went to Durmstrang, after all. She knows something about over-coming prejudice, and the power the Dark Arts have, to make even good men do awful things)
Steve Rogers as a guest on Sesame Street. With Super Grover.
"Hi, I’m Captain Steve Rogers - "
"And I am SUUPER GROVEEER! *CRASH* … I meant to do that.”
" …and we’re here to talk to you about the word ‘responsibility.’"
And after Tony and Clint tease Steve, asking him for Kermit’s autograph
Until two autographed pics show up
I want to take a moment to imagine all of the Avengers making an appearance on Sesame Street. This is very important to me.
It doesn’t take much for Steve to get on board with this. He’s THRILLED with easy public access television for children, especially when he learns that the original concept for Sesame Street came from creators wanting to target urban kids who might not have access to early learning because of their money status. Steve, in fact, makes multiple appearances on Sesame Street. He finds ways to help support them, and increasing support for international versions of Sesame Street. (he’s also made an appearance or two on the PBS funding drive circuit)
Once he finds out how popular his episodes are, he talks the others into going on.
Thor is also really easy to get on board, though at first the creative team isn’t so sure what to do with him. Then Thor opens up about Loki, so they do a special with Baby Bear and Curly Bear about the importance of always being open and honest with your siblings. Thor also inspires the creative team to come up with Muppet characters who are adopted or foster children, as they’ve been lacking in that area.
Bruce is hesitant at first, especially since his experiences aren’t always relatable to children. Steve brings him to the creative team, and he’s presented with a special with Big Bird. Big Bird breaks Susan Robinson’s new flower pots, and Bruce tells him about how sometimes big mistakes happen, but you have to be honest with the people around you, and they’ll still love you in the end. Bruce doesn’t find out that Natasha is the one who suggested the theme.
Clint is a little wary at first, but then decides to just go for it. He tells the creative team that he’ll be up for anything, and so his episode is also the introductory episode for a new deaf Muppet, a little girl named Francis who loves books.
Tony and Natasha are both adamant about not appearing on the show; neither one of them are good enough for it. Tony makes as many excuses as he can; he even throws multiple fundraisers to put enough funds into the Sesame Workshop’s accounts to help them through the next decade or so. But Steve is relentless, showing him pictures of kids in homemade Iron Man suits, telling him how important it is for kids to see their heroes be relatable. Finally, Tony agrees, and he teaches Elmo what the word “science” means.
And then there’s Natasha. Steve has to work on her for almost two years, following his first appearance on the show, and she keeps putting it down. She’s not a role model for kids, she’s got a terrible past, no one should be like her; Steve hears every excuse in the books, but all he hears is more reasons for her to go on. Natasha tells him that little girls who might be in her old shoes aren’t watching public access TV. Steve tells her it doesn’t matter, girls of all ages need to hear her talk. Finally, mostly to shut him up, Natasha agrees, and she’s given a special with Abby Cadabby, Zoe, and Rosita; they talk about how no matter what happens to you in life, you can always change what happens to you as long as you’re brave enough.
After Natasha’s episode airs, the team is called down to the studio, and they get a group picture with all of the cast and the Muppets. Each one of the team keeps that photo somewhere secret.
A+ excellent addition would reblog again. (“Mr Tony! Mr Mr Mr Tony!” “Yeah?” “What is the difference between doing science and making a mess?” “Well, Elmo, there is one important difference. With science, you write down what happened, and do it again.”)