Alright, so it's been about one month since I started working on this fic, and I believe I have finally finished it. Now, I am a big fan of Marvel comics, and at one point short after I finished KS, I thought to myself "What if the characters had superpowers?" So I spent some time working out the idea, and at one point asked for advice on this forum. I have attempted to make it so that you will not need too much knowledge of comics to enjoy the fic, as generally I have included exposition to detail the characters that appear. Here is the first chapter. I will be posting subsequent chapters in the near future. Now, As I wrote this, I found that the idea of merging Katawa shoujo with the marvel universe proved to be a great deal trickier than I initially thought. This is primary due to the fact that in the marvel universe, there are often “miracle cures” available for superheroes that would negate the KS characters disabilities. I did not want to completely throw the disabilities out the window, as that would negate the entire premise of the source material. However, I also did not want to blatantly ignore the cures available, as that would defy logic in much the same way that Oracle being stuck in wheelchair for twenty years did. So I attempted to deal with any potential cure with heavy thought and consideration in hopes of making a fanfic that deals with these issues in a sensitive, yet logical way. Or at least as logical as I could considering the premise has superpowers involved. I hope I succeeded.
***Additional note: 5/5/12. I have begun revisions of the chapters. Primary changes include reworking dialog, cutting out unnecessary exposition, and making the Grandmaster more pompous. A BIG thank you to Oddball for giving me feedback. Without him, this fic would still have major problems.****
*Note: 5/13/12. Revision have been completed. Another BIG thank you to Oddball for his help.*
“Happy twenty second birthday, sweetie.” Lilly said, planting a kiss on Hisao's neck.
“Thank you,” Hisao responded and smiled, hugging his girlfriend, “Time sure has flown, hasn't it? Four years gone just like that.” He snapped his fingers for emphasis and was interrupted by a knock on the door. Hisao got up and opened it. A young women with purple hair and bangs over the right side of her face walked in, holding a gift bag. She smiled warmly
“Hey there Hisao, I've missed you.” Hanako grinned slightly
“Likewise. How was your trip?”
“Fun. Mt. Fuji is lovely this time of year. Ran into some delays on the way back, but I wouldn't miss your birthday for the world.”
“I'm so proud of you.” Lilly said “Wasn't long ago you would shy away from such an event”
“Well, I'd say three years or so would count as a long time in my book. But yes, I am aware.” Hanako nodded, her long bangs brushing against her scars.
“Given any more thought to graduate school?” Hisao asked
“Still thinking about it. It would help out, yes, but it not as necessary as it would be in some fields. There are quite a few programming jobs around even for undergraduate degrees. But I might. Are the two of you going?
“Probably,” Hisao replied “Teaching positions are rather competitive now.”
“Almost certainly,” Lilly added “For the same reasons.”
Hanako sat down and handed the gift bag to Hisao, who put it on a nearby table next to another one. She then pulled out a round stone from her pocket, looking like a cross between crystal and marble. “I brought this as entertainment” she said somewhat sheepishly “It allows people to look into parallel universes. Think it might be an interesting diversion”
“Parallel universes? Really? That's hard to believe.” Lilly remarked
“It's true,” Hanako replied “Very interesting stuff, such as the world where every human had Hulk powers. Or the one where cosmic storms touched down on Earth and turned the entire population of New York into superhumans.”
“Seriously? I have got to try that out.” Hisao chuckled slightly at the thought.. He was interrupted by a loud “thunk” at the door.
Not a knock so much as the sound of something slamming against it.
“Thats probably Rin,” Hisao said and opened the door. Sure enough, the auburn hair girl was there. Around her neck was a bag.
“Hey there, good to see you,” Hisao greeted her “How have you been?”
“Better,” Rin said and smiled somewhat. It was nowhere near a full smile, but it was more than she gave most of the time “I have medicine now. Makes me half-normal. Or was that a question rhetorical? .”
“Actually I was genuinely interested,” Hisao replied, “Glad to hear you've got your...mind straightened out.”
“Its half straight. Diagonal,” Rin replied, shrugging the bag off her neck and on the table with the other two. “My first med prevented me from painting at all. But now I am on balance. Half-Inspired-but-unable-to-express-myself and Half-Able-to-express-myself-but-uninspired. I'm now better. Than I was,” She shrugged “How are you three?”
“I'm real good,” Hisao replied, “It's great to be able to meet up with everyone. We really should get together more often. ”
“I'm doing good also,” Lilly replied, “Its nice to hear you're doing so well. Lots of interest in your paintings?”
“Decent,” Rin replied “May have to compromise and start naming them. Don't want to. Still analyzing that. Databases are tricky to use without names.”
Hanako chuckled slightly, “I bet.” she replied, smiling.
The door opened. “Hey, birthday boy” Emi bounded into the room, and dropping a couple presents on the table. “Great to meet you again!” She dropped down on the floor and scratched right above her right artificial leg.”You need to call more often. I hardly ever see you outside our morning runs!” She stuck her tongue out at Hisao
Hisao responded, “Sorry, its been busy lately.”
“No excuse!” Emi replied “I mean, you talk with Lily every day.”
“Well, we share an apartment.”
“So? Call me!”
“Yes, I'm sorry. I'll make a point to call more often. How are your studies?”
“Studies? Eh, I'm doing okay. My track team said that if I get any faster, they'll have to put me in the superhuman category! Now, they might have been joking. But can you believe that?”
“You are very fast.” Rin replied
“Yeah, but do you know how many teams there are of that level? Like, one. I mean, if I was actually a superhuman it wouldn't be a problem, but I'm not!” She pouted then added “Happy birthday!”
The door burst open. Two girls sprung into the room, each carrying at least a half-dozen bags.
“Heya Hicchan!” Misha practically shouted into the apartment. She and Shizune put the bags on the table “We kinda went overboard with the shopping. Hope ya don't mind! Wahahaha!” She leaned over to Shizune and planted a kiss on her cheek. The rest of the room did a double take.
“Um, are you two-?” Hisao began but Misha cut him off
“Yeah, we are totally together now! Only took six years, right?” Shizune nodded and made several signs with her hands “Go ahead?” Misha interpreted “All right. About a year ago, I was hurt when that giant robot attacked Sendai. Spent time recovering in the hospital. When I got out, Shicchan was waiting for me.” She leaned over and kissed Shizune again. Shizune then made several more gestures. Misha turned and translated “She says that its good to meet you all again. She is also very glad to be invited to the party. She's missed you all.”
“I've missed you too.” Lilly replied, “It's been a while since we last talked.”
“So is this everyone?” Emi asked
“Almost,” Hisao replied,“I invited one more person. He's kind of weird...Well, a lot weird. He's not that bad underneath though.”
“Kenji, I'm guessing?” Lilly asked
Lilly nodded, her calm exterior hiding the fact that deep down she thought that was a really bad idea, and said, “Very well.”
There was a short knock on the door.
“Must be him,” Hisao said, “Come on in” He then called out.
The door opened, but to everyone's surprise, it wasn't Kenji. Two people were there. The first was a twenty-something Japanese women, dressed in a green top and black skirt. The second was a similarly aged red-headed lady in a black dress. They stood in the doorway for a moment.
“You're not Kenji,” Hisao started, but Hanako interrupted him
“Mariko?” She cried with excitement “Sunfire?”
“Oh, Hello,” Sunfire replied, “Um, sorry I didn't realize we would be interrupting something. We can come back later.”
“You know her?” Hisao asked Hanako
“Yes,” Hanako replied excitedly, “This is Mariko Yashida, she's from an alternate reality. I'm one of her biggest fans. I take it that is Spiderwoman?”
“Um, Yeah.” The red-head responded “But I prefer Mary Jane when in civies”
“Should we leave? I don't want to be a bother.” Sunfire asked
“No, it's fine,” Hisao replied “Sunfire and Spiderwoman, huh? And alternate realities?”
“Yes,” Sunfire replied, “I was on a team known as the Exiles. There were six or seven of us, and we were kidnapped from our homeworlds to go to other universes and “correct” them. At one point I met Hanako, though she knew my team from before. MJ here is my girlfriend, who I met on one of the worlds.”
“But alternate realities?” Lilly asked “Really?”
“Yes, there are an infinite number of universes stacked back to back like cards in a deck. Its quite well known among the superhero community. MJ and I thought we'd go to a planet in excellent shape for our vacation, and since I promised Hanako I’d visit her when I got the chance...”
“I'm so glad you came.” Hanako beamed and begin pointing to various people in the room, “I told you about Hisao and Lilly. That's Emi, She's Rin, and over there are Shizune and Misha. Misha's the one with the pink hair. So glad you came, your team has been my idols since I learned about you. ”
“How'd you find out about them?” Emi asked.
Hanako reached onto the table and picked up the orb she had placed there earlier “This gem allows people to look into alternate realities. Bought it at an antique store about a year ago. Here, try it.” She tossed it to Emi. Emi looked at her funny “How do I use it?” the girl asked
“Just focus hard.”
Emi nodded and stared at the stone. After a moment, she looked up, “Huh pretty interesting.”
“What'd you see?” Hisao asked
“Several versions of myself. One never lost her legs, one dyes her hair purple. One never met my boyfriend.”
“You have a boyfriend?” Hisao asked
“As of five months ago, yes. He's a cutie too. Here, you try.” She tossed the stone to him. He caught it and looked inside. After a few minutes, he winced.
“What'd you see?” Lilly asked
“There are a lot of realities...where I don't survive my first heart attack.” He shook his head sadly, “Um, you try” He tossed it toward Shizune. She attempted to grab it in midair, but missed by a few millimeters. The stone fell onto the tile floor, making a sickening crack as it did so.
“Aw, dammit,” Hisao said. Shizune turned to pick the stone up, but as she reached down, it began to sparkle. Then it erupted in a burst of light that enveloped the room as the stone seemed to disintegrate.
“Dude, are you okay?” A voice called from the doorway. Kenji approached and walked over to the dazed Hisao,“I told you not to hang out with all these girls. Getting women into groups of three or more is just asking for trouble. And why the heck are there so many at once? You starting a harem or something?”
“No, they're friends.” Hisao mumbled out, still dazed like the other people in the room.
“Friends? Why would you have so many female friends? Going undercover to infiltrate the conspiracy?”
“What on earth are you talking about?” Sunfire asked, getting up “What conspiracy?”
“Why, the conspiracy of feminists to conquer the world of course!”
“I...you...what...” Sunfire was stuck dumb for a moment, then erupted “Are you NUTS?”
“Don't get him started, please.” Hisao stated. The girls were starting to regain their composure.
Kenji however was giving his rant about being the “only sane man in an insane world” against the “feminist conspiracy.” Most of the girls were looking at him like he was nuts, which he admittedly was.
“Why did you invite this guy?” Emi whispered to Hisao
“Seemed like a good idea at the time.” Hisao then turned to Kenji “Kenji. Kenji! HEY KENJI!”
Kenji stopped his ranting.
“They're friends, okay?” Hisao said “Not part of the conspiracy. Friends. Please stop your shouting.”
“Okay. Friends you say? I trust you. You're a cool guy,” Kenji nodded and pushed his thick glasses up his nose. “So what was that flash of light anyway?”
“Well, Hanako had a stone that can see into other realities, and we dropped it, and-”
“Alternate realities?” Kenji yelped “Thats a Godstone! You know what happens when you drop a Godstone!”
“Godstone?” Spiderwoman gave him a screwed up look. “What?”
“Well, yeah. A stone touched by Gods. Thats what it is. Drop it and all the power comes flowing out into whoever is nearby. Gives them powers like... telekinesis, or mind control.”
“And how do you know this?” Sunfire asked, clearly not believing a word Kenji was saying.
“Well, when I was fifteen I hacked the Fantastic Four's files. This was one of the ones I read before they traced the signal back and told me to knock it off. Thing was rather pissed in particular. But he wouldn't hit a guy with glasses. Saved my life, let me tell you. Always wear glasses, I say. Never know when a giant walking rock will bust you.”
“Wait, what?,” Misha said as Shizune signed “That’s absurd.”
“Well, its true. Would I lie to you? Well, you're a cute girl so probably. Possibly a feminist as well. But this is true! For example, did you know Spiderman is some news photographer? And he got his powers by getting a radioactive spider to bite him? Its true! I need a radioactive spider to get bit by. And get this- the reason Bruce Banner has multiple Hulks in him is that being abused by his father gave him multiple personality disorder. And get this: DAREDEVIL IS BLIND! So if I got a billy club and acrobatic skills, I could be daredevil too!” The group had skeptical looks, except for Sunfire and Spiderwomen who were looking at each other with extremely nervous glances. “Now if I had powers.” Kenji continued “I would want time travel. Or the ability to read minds. Either would be a great help. Problem is, most superheros put great danger on the universe. Especially the X-men”
“Why, because we're mutants?” Sunfire asked, and then immediately regretted doing so.
“What? No, that’s absurd. Mutants are fine.” Kenji pushed his glasses up and then continued “Except feminist mutants, of course. No, the X-men's problem comes from the fact they keep coming back from the dead. Gums up the whole afterlife system. Did you know Pheonix alone has died like fifteen times? That's not good for reality. When I die, coming back would be a bad idea. Let the world remember me as the greatest hero of the modern era.” Sunfire almost said something at that last point, but fortunately got interrupted.
“Shall we get to presents?” Lilly asked, desperately trying to change the subject
“Presents? Oh right,” Kenji remarked “Um, I left mine in the car. Be right back.” he turned and bolted down the hallway
“And I thought I had issues.” Rin said in her usual monotone voice
Shizune signed something. Misha seemed to think for a moment before translating, “Why is he driving? Isn't he legally blind?”
“He is.” Lilly said “He is also one of those people who doesn't...” She thought hard for a polite way to say it.
“Live in the same reality as the rest of us?” Hisao finished.
“Clearly.” Spiderwoman remarked, “Sorry, but that guy's just...”
“Crazy, yes I know. But he's not that bad deep down.
“Sorry we interrupted your birthday party,” Sunfire said “If you'd like I can contact the rest of my team and have them send some food down.”
“Don't worry too much,” Hisao replied. Then he added “What kind of food?”
“Anything. Our headquarters connects to every dimension in the multiverse,” She pulled a small crystal device out of her pocket.
“What would you like? She asked the group
As the group gave suggestions, she relayed the orders into the object. Kenji walked in towards the end and plunked a large box onto the table
“Whatcha doing?” he asked Sunfire
“Getting food,” she replied, clearly uneasy “Any requests?”
“How about a large pizza with pineapples, sushi, and spaghetti as the toppings,” He grinned and added
“And a large bottle of whiskey. Actually, better make it three, we have a lot of people here.”
Sunfire gave him a funny look but relayed the order into the device.
“Alright,” Sunfire replied “It'll take a bit for them to summon the food, but it should arrive.”
“Kenji” Emi piped up, “Why are you driving?”
“I'm not driving.” He replied, “I hacked into my car's GPS and reprogrammed it to drive for me.”
“But to do that, you'd have to rewrite the entire system from scratch” Hanako pointed out, “Plus add a ton of information to control the car, obey all the rules of the road-”
“It took a lot of work” Kenji admitted, “But I got it! I can rank the self-driving car up with my robotic surgeon, genetic scanner, and personal satellite network connect on my “projects accomplished” list. Up next I think I'll see if I can get my transdimenional network connection figured out. It's very difficult, because I have to sub-encrypt the pan-universal acess to-
“Presents,” Hisao said, a slight note of exasperation escaping from his lips. “Let's do presents.”
The rest of the group seemed thankful for the diversion. Hisao picked up Lilly's present from the table and began to unwrap it. Inside was an extremely fancy ornate antique picture frame, with a large photo of Lilly, Hanako and himself framed inside.
“Awww,” he said “Thank you Lilly. It's Beautiful”
“My pleasure” Lilly responded “Happy birthday, sweetheart.”
Hisao then picked up Hanako's present, and opened the wrapping.
“A kindle! Very nice, Hanako, thank you very much.” Hisao smiled at his friend
Hanako smiled back “Yes, I thought since you liked to read so much...well..” She blushed a little.
“I do, thank you very much.” He then picked up Emi's two presents. The first held a series of weights in various sizes along with a manual on various exercises they could be used for.
“Still on my case about exercising huh?” Hisao teased “Thank you Emi. I may add that to my current regimen.” He then opened the other one “A boxed set of Saikano huh? 'The last love song on this little planet?' Are you trying to tell me something?” He gave her a cheeky smile and she stuck her tongue out at him
“Of course not, I just thought you'd enjoy it.” She replied.
“Very nice Emi, thank you.” Hisao smiled, then picked up Rin's present and opened it. As he had guessed, inside was one of her paintings. As with most of her works, it was extremely abstract, this one appear similar to a crowd of faces but quite distorted.
“Thank you Rin, Your art is excellent, as always.”
Hisao then turned to the pile of presents Misha and Shizune had bought. He unwrapped them and thanked the two after each one. They had really gone overboard, and he couldn't help but wonder if they had an agenda, much as they used to when he saw them on a regular basis. But he pushed the thought out of his mind.
“So, whats the strangest universe you have ever been to?” Hanako asked Sunfire, who thought for a moment.
“There are a number of candidates for that.” Sunfire replied, “In terms of sheer bizarreness, I'd have to go for planet populated by Antelope men. And I'm being perfectly serious here. Antelope men. How the heck does something like that evolve?”
“What would be your second pick?”
“Probably the reality where the Fantastic Four were Sol Brodsky, Flo Steinberg, Jack Kirby, and Stan Lee. Or maybe that one where Galactus was turned into Elvis Presley. Or possibly the one where Conan the Barbarian was dumped into modern day New York and wound up joining the Avengers. Or maybe...”
“How many realities have you been to?” Hanako inquired
“I lost count around mission eighty.” Sunfire shrugged, “And it's not over yet. There are still hundreds of worlds left that need to be fixed. It's good to take a break though.”
After finishing opening the various books, CDs, and DVDs Shizune and Misha had bought, Hisao picked up the extremely large present Kenji had got him.
“Oh geeze.” he almost said when the wrapping paper fell. Inside was a brand new computer. Looking at the specs he was awestruck, octa-core processor, eight gigs of ram, top of the line graphics card....it must have cost over a hundred thousand yen.
“Um..Wow..” He got out
“I'll take it you like it” Kenji said, smiling
“Yes, but isn't it...a little much?” Hisao was having a hard time articulating. It was always extremely awkward when someone bought you a gift that was more expensive than the occasion really deserved. He really didn't want to appear ungrateful, but he wasn't sure if he could accept it.
“Oh, its no problem,” Kenji waved dismissively “Us fellow anti-conspirators need to stick together. You'll need a mean computer to fight back, so I got you one. Don't even bother trying to reject it. You need this man.”
Hisao thought about what to say next, but then everyone was distracted by a “blink” sound. A pile of food appeared in the corner of the room.
“Food!” Emi cried, and the group dove into their meals.
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