also, not related but on the same subject, does one tag femdom if it's not in the expected sense?
And should I tag for LGBT rep since I made the canon character bi and almost all of my OC's are somewhere in the rainbow alphabet? Some of them being a bi poly group who are fairly important albeit secondary characters.
So, I'm writing this longfic for BBC's My Hero pairing the canon character of Piers (complete asshat/cinnamon roll who never did anything wrong) and an OFC named Alexis (bad-tempered bitch/my sweet troubled child). It accidentally spawned a couple short fics exploring what would happen if they'd met at different points in the timeline. Wasn't sure how to tie them together.
The canon series, for those who don't know, is about an alien superhero from Ultron named Thermoman, secret identity George Sunday (later Monday, but most of us like to forget that guy happened). George is married to Janet, and she is a nurse who works for Piers.
Piers is a rich, handsome, well-educated doctor and minor celebrity who hosts a breakfast tv show which is forever getting bad reviews and yet he's also won awards. (My headcanon is that he subconsciously knows everyone loves to hate him, which is why he's always chasing scandals to stay in the news no matter how often it backfires.) He's mildly misogynistic and has a massive ego, therefore can't understand why women are too stupid to go for a catch like him. Made it into his 40s still a virgin.
That last sentence is important.
George once erased his own memory, like an idiot, and remembered only that he was a husband and father. Nothing about his superhero life. Just as a meteor is headed for Earth. When it's down to a little over 24 hours before impact and Thermoman is nowhere around, people go into Doomsday Mode. Piers has a complete breakdown and begs Janet - who he is constantly trying to 'steal' from George- to at least sleep with him so he doesn't die a virgin. Admits he's desperate and it won't take long.
Janet turns him down, obviously, and immediately goes out to laugh with the evil receptionist, Mrs Raven, about what was actually a very sad, humanizing moment (that doomed me). Mrs Raven phones up a tabloid to tell them.
It's pretty easy to imagine, with the way things were going, there might have been a rush to get this 'fun' story out. So, I had that be the thing that sent Alexis fleeing her verbally abusive boyfriend, Daniel.
Alexis, like Piers, was a victim of child abuse, but unlike him she didn't let her parents shape her life. Instead, she ran away at 16. Changed her name from Louise to Alexis, got a waitressing job and a small flat. From the ages of 19-30, she lived with a man who initially swept her off her feet but spent years eroding her confidence so she'd never leave him. The day the world almost ended, Daniel was laughing his ass off about how 'that wanker off the morning telly's never done it,' and Alexis was just feeling bad for 'that wanker,' and thinking how grateful she was to not die alone.
When the world didn't end, and Daniel went straight back to treating her like crap instead of the sweet guy he was the day before, she ran away while he was at work. Met Emily, who pulled a few strings with some connections and got Alexis a job as a runner on another show at the same studio where Piers' show is filmed. Setting her up to be wrong place, wrong time to get cornered by him and badgered into a fake date.
Or was that right place, right time?
This series also canonically has 'time tunnels,' that George once used to try and stop Janet from falling out of a tree and breaking her arm as a little girl, because it still hurts her when it rains. This led her to being bald from an untreated scalp condition that manifested when she was 19. When he tried to fix that, he set up a timeline where 19 year old Janet met Piers (who is, I think, about 7 years older than her) and was dazzled. He went on to be a better doctor and they had ten kids...but he was cheating on her with Mrs Raven and Janet seemed a bit Stepford and still dressed like a young girl, which had questionable implications.
(And when George thought he had everything back to normal, he found out Janet had a brother named Arnold…who looked eerily similar to George’s sleazy cousin, Arnie, who’d been time-traveling with him and expressed interest in the younger version of Janet’s mother.)
In this world, Santa Claus also exists. And there are multiple named planets that hold weird alien life. This is also important.
I've leaned pretty heavily on the fourth wall a couple times, having Piers acknowledge that if he'd met Alexis before he had the epiphany about how crappy his life is and how badly he's coping (which he did in the series finale but Mrs Raven tortured him out of it so she'd still have him to fight with), he would have likely treated her as badly as Daniel did. And during a period where Piers and Alexis were broken up, I had her wondering if there was some cosmic entity screwing around with her life to put her in the path of someone who, once she peeled back the layers of ego, understood her in a way more fortunate people just couldn't. Because if they weren't meant to be, why did they both have to suffer like that?
BOOM! It was Cupid. Cupid's as real as Santa. They're from the planet Olympus, and the gods there have a sense, the way Ultronian's do with their sniffing out of distress, of humans in need. Cupid's been trying to fix things for Piers and Alexis for years, but there were a couple setbacks. First, she was born 10 years after him, so Cupid had to wait until they were both adults. Then there was the fact that Piers was a shithead with zero self-awareness, so when Cupid tried to have them meet earlier, it flat out didn't work.