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Happy FFWF! Do any of your stories have alternative versions? (plotlines that you abandoned, AUs of your own work, different characterizations?)
Happy FFWF to you as well!
I’m not sure about some of these things but I do know that I have had several stories that have had several endings before I settled on one. lol. Sometimes I save the writing to be reused elsewhere and sometimes I scrap it completely. I have an entire document full of ideas that stemmed from other ideas! lol.
My cat sharing her food with her Spidey toy.
[Pls.ignore the mess]
… And now I want to write an AU where Peter messes with something that makes him temporarily shrink…
AU where Peter has to run SI for a few days because Tony and Pepper have to go on a trip and Pepper's assistant absolutely hates how Peter does stuff. Congrats on 1K!!!!!! bye!!!!
“You’re out of my mind!”
Tony doesn’t even grace that with a snort. “I’ve heard that one before. And you have probably, too.”
“I should’ve listened to them. You have to be out of your mind to ask this of me.”
“Relax, it’s no big deal.”
“You’re asking a nineteen-year-old to be in charge of one of the biggest companies in the world!”
The man shrugs, as if it’s not a big deal. “You’re the only both Pepper and I trust enough to do this.”
Tony and Pepper, the very newlyweds, are supposed to go on a secret honeymoon. Only for a couple of days, because if they vanish from the eye of the public for too long, people might get suspicious. They’re flying to some very small island (Tony said he bought it and Peter isn’t quite sure if the man is joking or not), completely cut-off from society and technology. Well, except for one phone for absolute emergencies like another alien invasion.
To Peter’s enormous surprise, he not only got that emergency phone number, but they also asked him to sit in Tony’s lab at SI (they first suggested Pepper’s office, but the idea freaked him out so much, they quickly decided to come up with a different plan) and the leader of one of the biggest companies in the world (!!!) by proxy.
“You don’t have to make any decisions,” Tony says, trying her best to calm Peter down. “We’ve talked everything through with Pepper’s assistant Ian and there are no major projects going on right now. Your only job is to sit there and decide if the emergency everyone claims to have is actually an emergency or just Sarah from PR just being overly dramatic.”
“Is Sarah from PR often overly dramatic?”
“You have no idea. Next to her, I’m the most down to earth guy you’ll ever meet.”
That’s hard to believe, but there are more pressing matters than Sarah’s dramatic streak. “But what if I make a mistake?”
“Buddy,” Tony says softly, walking over to the couch where Peter is currently having his crisis. Sitting down next to him, he throws his arm around his shoulders, giving him a squeeze. “If you’re worrying about ruining the company-”
“Please don’t say it out loud.”
“-don’t worry about it. I did so much shit in my days as CEO, the company should’ve gone bankrupt at least eleven times. I mean, please don’t see it as a challenge to actually do something that would ruin us, but I don’t have any doubts that everything will be fine.”
“I just… don’t think I’m good enough.”
“You are, Peter. I already told you, there’s no one better for this than you. So? What do you say?”
Peter glances at the man who went from idol to mentor and to something like a father-figure over the last few years. If he says no, Tony and Pepper would most likely cancel their honeymoon, and Peter knows how excited they are for that trip. He can’t be the reason they aren’t going.
“Well… if you’re sure you want me to do it, then… okay, I guess. I’ll do it.”
“Thank you, Peter,” Tony beams, pressing him against his side. “I knew I could count on Spider-Man.” Peter only gives him a shaky smile, already feeling like he’s ready for retirement.
Peter has to hide in Tony’s lab for five days in total. When he first got there, Pepper’s assistance Ian greeted him. They’ve seen each other a couple of times, and in Peter’s eyes, he’s a very competent man – you have to be, if you’re Pepper Stark’s assistance and are keeping up with her demanding schedule.
The first day, Peter doesn’t get interrupted, and he has enough time to work on all of the MIT work he took with him, knowing that there’s no better place to work on his project than Tony Stark’s lab. The second day, he gets interrupted by Ian a couple of times to nod of some documents (Pepper reassured him that he doesn’t have to make decisions, but as their official substitute, he has to give his final okay).
It happens on the third day. He’s elbow-deep in a hologram, working on an engine he has been designing, when Ian stops by once more. “Hey, can you approve this one real quick?”
“Yeah, uh,” Peter says, looking from the hologram to the man. “Can it wait, like, five seconds? It’s just-”
Ian smiles and shakes his head dismissively. “Yeah, no problem. I’ll be back in a few minutes.”
Out of the corner of his eye, Peter sees him leave, and a minute later (once he got his hands out of that hologram), he walks over to the table to take a look at the document. Like all the other times, his eyes fly over the page, not really reading it, but he would feel bad to approve them without at least taking a glance at them.
However, when his eyes fly over the calculations, he notices an error. Going back to that line, he takes another look, making sure that he actually read it the right way – he did. The math is still wrong and if he would approve this the way it is right now, it would cost SI a small fortune.
Immediately, a knot forms in Peter’s stomach. Until now, he never told Ian no, but he can’t approve this. What is he supposed to do? Pepper and Tony didn’t prep him for a situation like this. Is this one time sensitive? Is he allowed to find out more about this project? The need to call Tony and ask is almost overwhelming, but he promised to only call in the case of an alien invasion or something similar.
When Ian returns a couple of minutes later to collect the document, Peter still doesn’t know what to do. “Good to go?” the man asks, smile still in place, already reaching for the papers.
Peter gulps. “Actually,” he answers, pulling the stack to himself, “I can’t approve that.”
For a second, Ian stares at him. “What do you mean?”
“There’s a mistake in here and-”
“There’s no mistake, I wrote it myself,” he interrupts Peter, the smile dropping from his face to be replaced by a scowl. “It’s perfectly fine.”
“No, it’s not. I think you might have a simple calculation mistake. If I could just look at the rest of the data-”
“No, you can’t, it’s classified,” he says in an icy voice. “You could sell out trade secrets.”
Peter kind of wants to point out that it would be very dump of Pepper and Tony to appoint him their substitute if they would think there’s even the tiniest chance of him selling out some classified information – and they aren’t dumb people.
However, he bites his tongue. “I’m sorry,” he says, voice firm and pulling the stack all the way to him, “but I can’t approve it. Not like this.”
Ian is very much not happy about it. According to Happy (who stops by to keep him company during his lunch break) he tells everyone who’s listening – and isn’t listening – that Peter obviously has no idea what he’s doing and that he’d only been appointed to this position because Tony has been blinded by his parental love for the boy.
It makes it even worse that Peter actually kinda agrees with him, but it still stings. He might have no clue about how to run a business, but he knows math. And there simply had to be a mistake somewhere in that calculation, and if he could just take a look at the original data, he could figure it out.
But he’s not allowed to. FRIDAY told him that either Pepper or Tony have to give him access (which they didn’t) – or he has to go through Ian. Which is a big no. So, all he does is hide in Tony’s lab, the document in question always at the edge of his field of vision, paranoid that someone (read: Ian) might sneak in to steal it.
Day four gets worse. Ian tries to make Peter approve the paper a couple of times, reminding him that he’s nothing but a place holder until the Starks return and that Ian himself has worked for Pepper for years and never made a mistake. Peter, unable to hold it in, only shrugged and said that there’s always a first time for everything.
After that, Ian actually synched other people on him, like the head of the R&D lab (who wasn’t that interested in getting the paper and spent an hour talking about Peter’s project), someone from HR, and the infamous Sarah who is at the very least just as dramatic as Tony.
But Peter stays strong. Even when Sarah swears this will be the downfall of the US (Peter didn’t quite follow how she came to that conclusion, but she didn’t left any room for questioning her logic) if he doesn’t hand over those papers.
On day five, he decides to channel his inner Tony – lock the door of the lab, turn up the volume of his music, and tells FRIDAY to open the door only in case of emergencies. He’s pretty sure this isn’t really what Tony or Pepper had in mind, but what is that saying? If you’re bad enough at a job, you will never have to do it again? And Peter never wants to be the substitute CEO again.
“What’s going on here?” a voice cuts off his music, and Peter whirls around. He has to blink a couple of times to make sure that Pepper and Tony are actually standing in the lab (both of them wearing hideous Hawaii shirts, which had probably been Tony’s idea). A quick glance to the clock tells him that he’s been in the lab way longer than he noticed. “Is this some kind of parent trick? Are you trying to show me how annoying it is when I’ll do this?”
“If only it would be this easy,” Pepper mumbles, but Peter sees the smile hiding in the corner of her mouth.
“Uh, no,” Peter says, knowing he has to say what’s been going on. “I hid from Ian. And basically everyone else.”
Both Starks pull their eyebrows together. “Ian?” Pepper asks. “Why?”
“Because I didn’t approve this paper. There’s a calculation error, but he didn’t believe me and didn’t let me look at the original numbers to fix it.” He holds out the document to them, and Pepper grabs them, flipping over a few pages until they find part in questions.
Tony cocks his head to the side. “Well, you’re right. Those numbers don’t add up. It would’ve costed SI quite a bit.” Suddenly, a smile breaks out on his face and he stares at Pepper with a look Peter can only describe as love-sick. “Aw, honey, this reminds me of how we met! You threatened to pepper spray Happy! So romantic.”
Peter’s question gets ignored.
Pepper gives her husband a smirk and a kiss against his cheek (Peter can’t wait for this weird honeymoon-phase to wear off and for them to go back to their normal flirty banter, it makes him a lot less nauseous), before flipping the pages back. “I’ll talk to Ian in the morning,” she declares. “That behavior isn’t acceptable.”
“Please don’t fire him or anything,” Peter throws in, suddenly feeling guilty. Yeah, he didn’t really like how the man treated him these past couple of days, but that doesn’t mean he deserves to lose his job.
Before Pepper can answer, Tony only shrugs. “We’ll see. People who act like this when someone points out their mistakes aren’t really that fit for a position like his – or any position, to be honest. Now, how about pizza?”
Happy Fanfic Writer Friday!! How do you deal with having deadlines for your works? Do you feel it helps you or makes it worse?
Happy FFWF to you too!
I actually LOVE deadlines. They keep me focused and on task. BUT only if they are imposed by someone else. I can’t keep self-imposed deadlines to save my life.
That’s why if I’m struggling to finish a fic I’ll get someone else to read it. Having someone else pushing me to get it done even if it’s just because they’re excited to read the rest, helps me to keep moving forwards.
nicknames: I don’t really have one… my childhood nickname was Simba though
zodiac: aries and monkey
hogwarts house: ravenclaw
last thing I looked up: “how to annotate individual facets in ggplot2” lol
song stuck in my head: world on fire by slash
amount of sleep: usually around 8 hours
wearing: my extremely comfy loungewear set in grey cashmere that I splurged on during lockdown 😌
lucky number: 4
favourite instrument: saxophone or violin
favourite song: with my questionable taste in music it’s just impossible to choose
dream job: professor (in evolutionary ecology)
aesthetic: something like Scandinavian minimalism meets dark academia?
favourite author: Tolkien, just because he had a big influence on me growing up
favourite animal noise: baby sloth sounds 🥺
random: I really can’t draw, despite @deuchess doing her best to talk me into having a go at it (that stick figure noah doesn’t count)
thankyouu for the tag @ariendiel 🖤
nicknames: cjay but more recently people have calling me by my pseudonym lilith
height: last time i was measured i was 5’7
hogwarts house: slytherin
last thing I looked up: “how do i limit how much time i spend on social media” oop
song stuck in my head: my heads empty atm
amount of sleep: 5 hours
wearing: a black vest top and my bestfriends pj trousers lmao
lucky number: idk eh 3
favourite instrument: bass guitar
favourite song: i don’t have one atm
dream job: i wanted to be an actress but that’s not happening so eh probably a photographer or an author
aesthetic: idk i don’t think i have one
favourite author: Juno Dawson
favourite animal noise: lizards feet against wooden flooring
random: gHoSt pHoTosHooT
Thank you for the tag, @lilithlibrxa !
Nicknames: don’t mind being called lj. Altho I like the nickname ‘peer’ that I’ve been called from my username.
Height: I think about 5'6
Hogwarts house: Ravenclaw
Last thing I looked up: “among us red” it was for an art reference. I know… I’m hooked 😂
Song stuck in my head: Creep by Radiohead. Specifically cause my favourite YouTuber always sings it when he Twitch streams.
Amount of sleep: Depends on the night. Usually 6-7 hours.
Wearing: butterfly patterned pjamas and dressing gown.
Lucky number: well second most lucky number is 99. Not giving the first because it’s in my password XD.
Favourite instrument: Piano.
Favourite song: still the same as the last time I did a similar tag game a couple months ago,, Hit and Run by LOLO. Mainly cause I haven’t listened to music in a while.
Dream job: author. Specifically author of fiction.
Aesthetic: hm it depends. I like pinks and pastel colours. Prolly just a soft aesthetic. Altho rn my profile aesthetic is just a lorge fox
Favourite author: tricky,,, I do enjoy Kathryn Lasky’s Wolves of the Beyond series.
Favourite animal noise: very specific and might not be the right answer but… my dog running through crunchy leaves. Cronch cronch.
Random: uhhhhmmm hmm imma go for a game screenshot too xD
My soldier from Team Fortress 2 after getting shot multiple times by the team medic with healing syringes.
Thank you for the tag, @peer-parker
Nicknames: I don’t really have any? Unless you count my user name. In which case, people have been known to refer to me as happyaspie and/or happy. But irl, my name is Joy and that’s pretty short already.
Height: I think about 5'3
Hogwarts house: Usually the ‘tests’ put me in Hufflepuff but sometimes I get Ravenclaw. I think I’m probably more Hufflepuff than anything else though.
Last thing I looked up: Um… ‘How vaccines are made’ because I home school my oldest and I was looking up videos/articles to assign him to watch/read.
Song stuck in my head: Skull Crusher Mountain by JoCo because my husband played it this morning as we were getting ready to go and now it’s in my head.
Amount of sleep: heh. Well, um… on a good night I would say maybe six hours? Sometimes less, rarely more.
Wearing: Sweat pants, FIRST robotics State Champ. Shirt, FIRST robotics team jacket and red converse.
Lucky number: Seven? I dunno. Never really thought to much about it.
Favourite instrument: Electric Guitar!
Favourite song: Gosh, that changes all the time. I really like the Dose, Meant To Be right now.
Dream job: Speech Therapist
Aesthetic: Rustic and warm.
Favourite author: Huh. I don’t know that I have one…? I read a lot a varied things. My favorite books are Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and I, Coriander by Sally Gardner.
Favourite animal noise: That noise that Cat’s make when you first touch them. That little, Purr/meow, activation sound. You know the one. xD
Random: Uh… I’m at the park right now so here’s a picture of my cat. Caught her mid-meow. xD
Familiar Faces - happyaspie
Part 11 of the Spider-man Stories: Not Otherwise Specified series
Rated: Teen Archive Warnings: None Word Count: 3203
Summary: Between the rain, the lack of cell service, and a broken-down car, Tony and Peter are forced to check-in to a less-than-ideal hotel.
Happy Spooky Month!
- Except under the cut
- Artwork/Animation by happyaspie
- Click for better quality
“Mr. Stark?” Peter sleepily slurred as he was awoken by the car rolled to a sputtering stop. The drive back from their tour of the MIT campus was taking longer than expected. Heavy traffic had led the man to take a few backroads despite FRIDAY’s insistence that staying on their current course would be faster. When he got no immediate reply he rubbed his eyes and sat up in his seat. “What happened?”
“Not sure, Kiddo.” Tony finally answered with a deep sigh. The road they were suddenly stranded on was dark and to make matters worse it was pouring rain despite the calls for clear skies and mild temperatures. “This car is brand new. I just bought it. It shouldn’t be cutting out on me,” he said, completely irritated by the situation.
“Oh,” Peter replied in mild surprise. “What are we going to do now?”
“Call a tow truck and a cab I guess,” Tony said before yanking his phone out of his pocket only to realize that he had no service. Giving it a quizzical look, he tapped the screen a few times and then held the device closer to the window as if that would actually help. Then he growled in frustration and dropped his head heavily onto the steering wheel. “How do I not have any bars? This is ridiculous.”
Peter frowned and looked out the window, through the heavy rainfall and spotted a nearby building at the top of a hill. Upon further inspection, he realized that there was also a blinking hotel sign, advertising ‘vacancy’. “Maybe they have a phone,” he suggested as he ran a hand over his eyes and yawned.
“Maybe,” Tony agreed even though his mind kept reminding him about was how wet they were going to get during the short trek down the side of the road. Then he looked at Peter who looked five seconds from falling back to sleep against the window and made a decision. "Let’s just grab our bags and plan on staying the night. Sound good, kid?“ he said in defeat. He knew it wasn’t going to be anywhere near the five-star accommodations that he was used to but he figured it was better than spending the night in the car.
After making sure that the man was serious, Peter leaned over the backseat and grabbed both of the overnight bags that had been packed for their one night stay at a classy little bed and breakfast near downtown Cambridge. Once he had them, he pulled his hood up over his head and got out of the car, flinching when a clap of thunder boomed as he did so.
"You’re not scared of a little thunder and lightning are you, kiddo?” Tony chuckled as he too climbed out of the car, pulled his leather jacket a little closer to his body, and adjusted the cap on his head.
“No,” Peter indignantly stated, though it sounded less so with his teeth chattering as they were. Late October rain was cold and it was so heavy that it had nearly instantly soaked through both his jacket and his shirt. "I’m not scared of anything. I’m spider-man.“
"Famous last words,” Tony sing-songed and then began to trudge through the puddles towards the unlit driveway.
Tagged by @void-tiger
Tag 10 People you want to get to know better or catch up with :)
Favorite Color: Purple. Hands down. Purple is the best colour. I also enjoy pink and sky blue. Purple, pink, blue is my favorite colour combo!
Last Song: more like current song lmao, it is Higher by The Score
Last Movie: uhhh I actually don’t remember 🤔 it might have been Bloodshot? Maybe? That’s the last one I actually remember at least. I’m not sure if I’ve watched anything since then…. Oh! Actually it may have been Spider-Man! The 1st Tobey Macguier one (I was in a nostalgic mood that day, I also watched the first Michael Keaton Batman movie that day)
Sweet, Spicy, or Savory: Sweeeeeet. Though I also like me a nice savoury treat, but then I want something sweet after to balance out the salt 😆
Tea or Coffee: I do enjoy both but I have like 1 cup of coffee in the morning and then like 2 or 3 cups of tea after so definitely more tea than coffee.
Almost forgot Currently Reading! And just today I finished Want by Cindy Pon. Which I enjoyed.
Thank you for the tag, @noisypaintersong! :D
Favorite color: Sapphire Blue (although I’ve really come to enjoy purple, too)
Last Song: Unbreakable by Fireflight
Last Movie: Mortal Engines (I got it from the library on DVD)
Sweet, Spicy, or Savory: Hmm…I’d say it’s a tie between sweet/savory. :-)
Tea or Coffee: Coffee! :D (But I enjoy tea too)
Currently Reading: Neil Gaiman’s ‘Coraline’. It’s a short book, but oh wow. This guy knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat (and make sure the lights are all on, too.)
Thanks for the tag <33
Favorite Color: Deep blue.
Last Song: Singularity by BTS
Last Movie: Captain America: Civil War (coulda done without watching it again, but it was with little sibling, and also Peter Parker Exists^tm for the first time in that one so/)
Sweet, Spicy, or Savory: Sweetttt
Tea or Coffee: TEA. _(—-)D_ (<- teacup and saucer)
Currently Reading: Uhh. Always various fanfics. But also “The most beautiful moment in life: the notes 1″ by Seok-jun Yoon… I guess?? That’s who’s on the copyright page?? Goodreads just says “Big Hit Entertainment”. Anyway. ^^’
Thanks for the tag!
Favorite color: Teal
Last Song: The Unforgiven by Metallica
Last Movie: The Wave (2015)
Sweet, Spicy, or Savory: Sweet!
Tea or coffee: Tea
Currently reading: Fanfiction! Specifically, my own, which I stayed up until 4am last night writing and am still writing
Thanks for the tag!
Favourite colour: that very specific shade of orange in a really nice looking sunset
Last Song: actually current song - Fright of Their Lives from Beetlejuice (thanks for the rec @an-odd-idea I’m really digging this!)
Last Movie: A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood and I have to say, as a Brit who’s never seen Mister Roger’s show before, it’s kinda scary… like that scene in the cafe where Tom Hanks silently stares through the camera and into my soul? Yeah…
Sweet, Spicy or Savoury: 100% sweet
Tea or Coffee: *over the top posh English accent* tea darling
Currently Reading: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet - I’m undecided as to whether I like it or not yet, not very far through
Thanks for the tag, @thedumbestavenger !
Favourite colour: pink. Either pastel pink or that nice deep rich shade of pink.
Last song: Free Spirits from the Life is Strange 2 soundtrack (love that song, and I’m learning it piano currently)
Last Movie: Spider-Man:Far From Home
Sweet, spicy, or savoury: sweet all the way
Tea or coffee: neither 😢
Currently reading: well I’m reading 4 books at once but… to choose my favourite, I’ll go with The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. I love me a dystopia
(The above tags are optional as always)
Thanks for the tag @peer-parker
Favourite colour: Green but pale teal is a close second
Last song: Re: Your Brains by Jonathan Coulton (If you’ve ever heard this, you NEED to. Youtube )
Last Movie: Halloween Town (Don’t Judge me!)
Sweet, spicy, or savoury: Sweet! All the sweet!!
Tea or coffee: I like both. It depends on the day.
Currently reading: All of the fics on my ‘Marked For Later’ list on AO3.