Threads and Needles - Young Avengers
Prompt: Day 7 - Cosplaying
Summary: Joining a super-hero group is nice and all, but there's still that pesky part of putting together a costume to match you need to deal with.
Word Count: 648
"Ow!" Teddy exclaimed and put his finger in his mouth. He glared angrily at the pile of black fabrics that stood before him, as though mocking him, and the offending needle that kept finding new ways to cause him pain.
This whole 'make your own super-hero outfit' deal was harder than he thought it'd be at first.
"You ok?" Billy asked, and Teddy turned to look at him.
There he was, sitting down on the floor in Teddy's room, after Teddy accepted his generous offer to help him get his costume ready. As Teddy insisted to at least try on his own first, the would-be-mage was hard at work on his own attire. He was half covered in red fabrics, with various photos of the God of Thunder scattered around him for reference. Teddy
It's all in the wrist - Young AvengersIt's all in the wrist - Young Avengers3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Title: It's all in the wrist
Word Count: 405
Characters: Billy, Teddy
There was something very naughty to the way Teddy held Billy's hand during training. Now, naturally, there was very little naughty to the mere act of hand holding. It was sweet, and endearing, and Billy thought he could tell how Teddy felt about the world by how much pressure he applied at any given moment. It was adorable and all around innocent, but the fact they felt the need, even after officially hooking up, to keep Nate and Eli from seeing it made it feel dirty and forbidden and more exciting than it already was.
Billy specifically liked it when they held hands when Teddy was in his Hulk-sidekick form. His hand was noticeably bigger, and easily closed around Billy's clenched fist. The firm hold made Billy feel small and yet secure, as though he couldn't drift away from Teddy even if he wanted to - the other simply wouldn't let him, and Billy was ok with
Trouble Sleeping? - Young AvengersTrouble Sleeping? - Young Avengers3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Prompt: Day 6 - Wearing Each Other's Clothes
Summary: In which the two have to sleep alone for the first time in ages
Word Count: 851
Rebecca Kaplan was not someone you said 'no' to. Teddy learned that early on in his relationship with Billy, and this was even more evident after the Kaplans took him in. So when he brought home the forms from school regarding the annual class trip, listing what they were to do in each location, where they were to stay, and who concerned parents could contact, he figured he should've known better than to be hopeful.
In all honesty, Teddy wasn't sure he wanted to go. His differences with certain classmates and basketball-team members aside, he disliked the idea of putting so much distance between himself and the rest of the Young Avengers, especially Billy.
But between thinking that, and telling that to Billy's mom…
"You're going." Rebecca concluded that evening over dinner when Teddy told the family about the
Anniversary - Young AvengersAnniversary - Young Avengers3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Characters: Teddy, Billy
Summary: It's been one year since Teddy lost his mother - one year exactly.
Word Count: 1657
Warning: Based on personal experience
The mobile device by the bed burst to life, vibrating and spewing out sounds almost demandingly, announcing its existence. One minute, two, and it fell silent, like a predatory animal, waiting for the next chance to strike at its prey. It was partially successful, as one of the two bodies on the bed began to stir, letting out sounds to indicate its dismay with being awake.
He borrowed deeper under the covers for a moment before he reached for the phone. He let out a somewhat startled gasp once he saw the time, but relaxed the next moment once he regained a semblance of clarity.
Right; they weren't late, just intentionally slept in. Because that day was… special. Billy had no other way to put it - it was special, for better - and worse.
He carefully sat up and turned to look at
Bad Day - Young AvengersBad Day - Young Avengers3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Title: Bad Day
Characters: Teddy, Billy
Summary: In which it's one of the worst days in Teddy's life, but thankfully, there's one thing that can help - as soon as he gets back home.
Word Count: 799
It most certainly was not Teddy's day. It began with them sleeping in, given that he and Billy acted their gender and age and kept each other up the previous night. Now, they did manage to make it to school on time, mostly thanks to Billy's powers, but the morning rush left Teddy in a foul mood. He was less accepting of his classmates' antics, but that only marked him as more appealing a target, as they knew they'll be rewarded for their efforts with annoyance and maybe even rage.
It was in that upset mindset that Teddy faced a pop-quiz in one of his most hated subjects. It was enough to make him decide to hold back the next time Billy tried to get him to study, and not seduce the mage instead (as fun as that was).
Almost certain of his failure, Tedd
Habits - Young AvengersHabits - Young Avengers3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Prompt: Day 16 - During their morning ritual(s )
Summary: Never needing to shave or even comb his hair made Teddy appreciate all those little habits and routines Billy introduced him to, even if Teddy only participated as a viewer.
Word Count: 1299
"Boys! Get up!" Rebecca's voice came from beyond the door along with a knock, five minutes after Billy's phone gave up on trying to wake the two up. The woman was more relentless, and had her husband to take over for her when she needed to get ready herself for the day ahead. It was slowly working, and the noise Billy's brothers made while they went through morning routine was enough of a turn-off to make sure the teens didn't get indulged in any unholy activities.
They did insist on a closed-lip kiss, though, one that made Billy scrunch his nose.
"We need to brush our teeth, like, five minutes ago."
"Make it so."
Being a shapeshifter meant a great many things for Teddy.
It meant, for instance, that Teddy could
The Geek Who Had Everything - Young AvengersThe Geek Who Had Everything - Young Avengers3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Buying Billy presents was nigh-impossible - that was something Teddy learned early in the relationship. It was due to the simple, oh so simple fact that Billy was the biggest impulsive shopper Teddy knew. If he wanted it, he got it on sight, leaving no room for Teddy to get him anything Billy wanted.
"How about that?"
"Oh, yes - I'll get that right away!" Billy would declare and fumble for his wallet.
"you like that franchise, don't you?"
"Yeah, I already preordered the new one in the series." Billy would announce proudly and fish out his pre-order card, both to brag and to make sure he didn't lose it.
"…Nah." Billy would conclude with a scrunch of his nose, and Teddy would give up on the item - if Billy didn't buy it on the spot, it just wasn't meant to be.
Things were so bad that Teddy even considered stalking Billy's online wish-lists, but many of his attempts to win auctions were thwarted by people who waited to outbid auctions a second before they were over.
Fashionably Late - Young AvengersFashionably Late - Young Avengers3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Title: Fashionably Late
Prompt: Out on a Date (ok I cheated a bit)
Word Count: 603
It hasn't been that long since Teddy moved in with the Kaplans, and both Billy and he were still adjusting. It was an overall smooth transition, but they kept finding new things the change brought with it that they had to learn to live with.
"So we'll just... head out together?" Teddy asked one Saturday afternoon that found the two in their now shared room. They were to go out on a date later that evening, and it suddenly dawned on Teddy that they were, well - living in the same place.
"I suppose?" Billy asked in a somewhat distracted manner while he typed away on his keyboard.
"I mean, we are both here, right?"
Teddy nodded and scratched the back of his neck in a sheepish manner.
"I guess." He muttered, still uncertain how he felt about that. Only then an idea struck, and he smiled to himself.
"...what?" Billy asked, feeling a touch of unease at that smile.
"Nothing~" Teddy cooed and leaned down
Me Big Spoon, You Jane - Young AvengersMe Big Spoon, You Jane - Young Avengers3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Prompt: Day 17 - Spooning
Summary: Teddy likes being the big spoon. The problem is that despite the height differences, Billy does, too.
Word Count: 854
"Just go to sleep already." Billy huffed and glanced at the clock. It was half an hour into tomorrow, and with the current amount of homework Billy still had left, the only way he was to get any sleep was to not finish it. Of course, being him, he was more likely not to sleep a wink that night.
Knowing this, Teddy stayed up as well, despite being obviously exhausted. He kept yawning and nodding off, even though he was playing one of his favorite games on his handheld console. It was a long day, followed by a demanding basketball practice, and Billy knew Teddy was pooped, even if he did his best to try and hide it.
He was failing miserably, mind.
"Nah, just one-" Teddy's speech was interrupted by a yawn that made Billy snicker. "One more level, is-"
"What you said, what, three levels ago?"
Teddy scrunched his nose
Heal - Young AvengersHeal - Young Avengers3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Characters: Billy, Teddy
Time-Frame: Shortly after Children's Crusade, maybe even the night it ended, taking into consideration the news about the new series coming up in January
Summary: Having a fiancé and the title of 'Avenger' can help; they can't make you better, not on their own.
Word Count: 527
A soft breath caressed over smooth skin. Fingers trailed gently through dark locks, tips at times rubbing against the scalp soothingly, carefully, lovingly. It was late, and darkness filled the room.
One looked up, eyes following the lights from the street as they danced across the ceiling. The other gazed unseeingly through half lidded eyes and pulled closer.
It has been a while since they were like this, close, intimate, and one was loath to give up on it for the sake of sleep, instead wanting to cherish every instant where he could feel the other's skin against his, and the warmth radiating at him.
The other did not share his views as much, instead keep
Game Night - Young Avengers, 30 day otp challengeGame Night - Young Avengers, 30 day otp challenge3 years ago in Humor More Like This
Title: Game Night
Prompt: Gaming/Watching a Movie
Word Count: 334
Summary: In which the unbelievable happens, but it still ends the way it always does.
There would've been silence, if not for the music still spilling from the television set. The two teens sat on the bed, eyes glued to the screen. Neither uttered a word, and instead watched silently the game's result.
Player 2 wins.
The character Player 1 chose laid dismembered on the floor, after the finishing combo. This wasn't that rare a sight on the tv, though there was one thing that set it aside from what usually happened.
"Are you sure you didn't cheat?" Teddy asked, voice teasing, but there was a definitive undertone of accusation.
Billy in response narrowed his eyes and frowned.
"Yes, because cheats are so much easier to pull, compared to all the combos I suck at-"
"No, I meant-" Teddy huffed and quirked a brow at Billy.
"Did you zap my game, Kaplan?"
Billy pursed his lips. It would, i
Putting You Back Together - Young Avengers fanficPutting You Back Together - Young Avengers fanfic3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Title: Putting You Back Together
Characters: Billy, Teddy
Time-Frame: Right at the end of Family Matters.
Summary: When the battle's over and the adrenaline rush dies down, Teddy has to come to terms with the truth about himself. Billy'd be damned if he let him go through that alone.
Word Count: 1899
At the end of every war, there's an aftermath. Sometimes you see it on the news, sometimes you hear about it from the survivors. Sometimes you never hear about it at all.
But other times? Those times you were there, lived through it all, and had to find a way to put it all back together again - most likely on your own.
It wasn't his own home Teddy came back to once both the Skrull and Kree armies were gone. He had nothing - no one - to come back to, after all. With Billy's own house destroyed, there weren't too many places they had left to go to, and so the night found the both of them taking refuge in the old Bishop publishing house they used as their Lair. It was for the best, he shouldn
Lickslurp - Young AvengersLickslurp - Young Avengers3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Prompt: Day 13 - Eating Ice Cream
Summary: Teddy really couldn't help but stare when Billy did all those things with his mouth. It made him wonder if going for ice cream wasn't a total mistake, or the best thing he's ever done.
Word Count: 749
Shameful confession: I… had nothing better for a title orz as much as I tried
It was one of those hot days of early autumn, when the chilly weather was nowhere to be found and summer came back for an encore. For two boys in their teens, this development was less than favorable, and so Billy and Teddy were forced to find refuge from the sun. They found a spot under a large tree and rested there while enjoying the ice creams they bought in an attempt to fight the heat.
There was something downright sinister to the way Billy ate his ice cream, Teddy concluded after several moments he spent watching his boyfriend. It was truly amazing, how such an innocent act could be so sensual, yet Teddy was forc
Catching Up - Young AvengersCatching Up - Young Avengers3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Characters: Billy, Teddy
Time-Frame: Post Children's Crusade
Summary: Having recovered from his depression, it's time for Billy to start catching up on everything he missed during those months. Thankfully, Teddy's there to help him every step of the way.
Word Count: 855
Note: This was supposed to be a lot sillier and shorter but the feels just went up halfway through and this was the result. Oh god.
It had been several months since Billy fell into his depression, but he was finally recovering, thanks to support from family and friends, and of course, his amazing boyfriend, who along the way leveled up into a fiancé. It was refreshing, really, to be back amongst the living again, and Billy was practically rediscovering many things he took for granted before. Things like fresh air, and free time, and teasing his brothers. Even hearing about what new studies his mother was going on about was almost fascinating (almost), and he occasionally even volunteered to help his father i
Birthday Cake - Young Avengers ficBirthday Cake - Young Avengers fic3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Characters: Teddy vs. The Kaplan Family
Summary: It's Teddy's first birthday since he lost his mother, and Billy finds an original way to try and make up for her absence.
Word Count: 1211
It was an innocent question, one born from affection and care. All Billy wanted to know was what Teddy, who was to be Birthday Boy Teddy in two days, wanted to do to celebrate. He thought he'd be requested a party, demanded a present, maybe some special privileges...
He didn't expect that moment of silence, or that longing, distant look, or the shadow of a frown that twisted the handsome face.
"A cake." Teddy answered finally, looking almost embarrassed about it. At the very least, he looked adorably bashful, Billy concluded.
"That... is kind of a given, Tee." Billy snickered and leaned back on his chair, arm resting on the backrest.
Teddy smiled awkwardly at the statement he knew was true and reached to scratch the back of his neck. It was wi
Catch You When You Fall - Young AvengersCatch You When You Fall - Young Avengers3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Characters: Hulkling, Asgardian, Patriot, Iron Lad
Summary: Asgardian needs flight training, bad. Iron Lad's the one who catches him when he falls. Hulkling isn't too pleased with this arrangement. And Patriot just wants them to go on patrol already.
His eyes were trained on the airborne figure, taking in the bursts of electricity that shot out of its limbs and the unsteady way in which it floated. Every muscle in his body was tense, his whole being - on edge. His throat ran dry when the figure ascended slowly, higher, and higher, and-
"Hey, I- I think I got-"
The electricity went out. The area around him went dark. A moment longer he floated, but then-
He was falling.
He dashed, body sprinting into movement before he could even will it to do so. Thoughts ran around in his mind in a chaotic turbulence, of prayers and calculations and please, please, please!
"I've got you, Asgardian!" The s
Trolling the Troll - Young Avengers ficTrolling the Troll - Young Avengers fic3 years ago in Humor More Like This
Title: Trolling the Troll
Characters: Tommy, Teddy, Billy
Summary: In which Tommy finally pushed hard enough to make Teddy and Billy shove back.
Word Count: 1395
It was supposed to be a quiet night at the Kaplans'. The younger siblings were at a friend's sleepover. The parents? Off to catch a show downtown. That left the house's eldest son, his boyfriend, and spiritual twin at home alone, each to their own devices. Now, usually, such a scenario was quite favorable - Teddy and Billy wanted to be together, preferably alone. Tommy usually wanted to be away from the two during what he referred to as 'mating season', and could care less about where that desire took him. Usually, the separate wishes worked well together, but unfortunately for the young couple, that wasn't to be a regular night. Be it from loneliness, any other need for attention, or simply boredom, Tommy refused to leave the two alone. He followed them around the house, through the living-r
Down the Rabbit's Hole - Young AvengersDown the Rabbit's Hole - Young Avengers3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Prompt: Day 15 - In a different clothing style
Summary: Having ties to the fashion world doesn't mean you get things for free. When Kate's called to return the debt she owes for getting the Young Avengers their new uniform, Teddy and Billy are the only two she can ask for help, even if there's bribery involved. Oh well, at least they're into cosplay, she thought.
Word Count: 1322
The two teens stared in awe at their friend. Kate was practically beaming as she sat on the other end of the table from Teddy and Billy, with several flyers spread on the surface between them. The couple look from the flyers - bearing rather famous designs - up to Kate, and back again.
"Let me see if I got this straight." Billy requested and rested his elbows on the table so he could better speak with his hands. "You want us both to model for this guy, wearing who knows what, and potentially for free?"
"Sounds about right, only you neglected the
Bee Sting - Young AvengersBee Sting - Young Avengers3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Prompt: Day 14 - Gendersweep. As they're both guys, I went with Genderbender, instead.
Summary: When Teddy's pressured by the basketball team to introduce them to 'Bee', Billy decides to do what he can to help. It should've gone smoothly, but then Greg decides he simply has to play with Altman's little Bumblebee...
Word Count: 3828
The basketball team wants to meet 'Bee'.
That was how Teddy responded when Billy asked him why he had such a long face. They were both in their room, showered and fed, and left to ponder this newest dilemma.
"They don't know you're-"
"Gay?" Teddy interjected before finally shutting down his DS system and putting it aside; he couldn't concentrate on it, anyway.
"We kind of have a 'don't ask, don't tell' mentality, and frankly, I could do without them poking their noses into my love-life any more than they already do."
Billy nodded. Neither of them were all that social in school, but they got by, and Teddy did enjoy being on the team de
On the Matter of Soft SpotsOn the Matter of Soft Spots2 years ago in Humor More Like This
Characters: Billy, Teddy, Kate, Noh-Varr. All canon relationships apply
Time-Frame: Random volume 2, potentially ultimately retconned out of relevance but oh well.
Summary: Everyone has soft spots - even Noh. And Kate will find it yet, even if she has to ask for some expert advice.
"How about here?"
"This is ridiculous." Kate exclaimed and poked Noh's side again, an angry snarl on her face. The alien smiled at her in amusement and rubbed the offended spot.
"This we can agree on."
For the last five minutes the young woman had been trying to find what she referred to as a ‘soft spot' on her boyfriend's body. Every attempt ended with Noh looking between amused and irked, depending on how strong the poke was, while Kate was beginning to grow weary of that game.
"You can't not have a soft-spot." She declared. "It's... inhuman!"
"I'm not human, Kate." Noh reminded gently in an attempt to pacify her. "I wo
Looks Can Be Deceiving - Young AvengeLooks Can Be Deceiving - Young Avenge3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Characters: Billy Kaplan/Wiccan, Teddy Altman/Hulkling, Kate Bishop/Hawkeye, Steve Rogers/Captain America, Tony Stark/Iron Man, various Avengers mentioned
Summary: Everyone knows Hulkling is strong, and reliable, and sturdy, and capable. Unless you're Wiccan, and you know better.
Word Count: 1218
Wiccan sat silently and listened as Captain America revealed his plan. It was well thought out, and took into account each and every last superhero that answered his call to arms. Nothing was wasted, and one had to admire how well Cap made sure he knew everyone present so as to better put their abilities to use. He also knew about their affiliations and relations, thus refraining from putting together arch-rivals unless he had absolutely no choice.
That was a good thing, however it did reflect on his level of objectivity, and much like how he didn't force people together unless he had to, it meant that for the good of the mission, he pulled others apart.
Taking Advantage - Young Avengers FicTaking Advantage - Young Avengers Fic3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Title: Taking Advantage
Word count: 399
Characters: Billy, Teddy
Summary: In which Teddy finds the difference between how alcohol-tolerant he and Billy are.
Teddy wasn't a party-animal. He wasn't even all too fond of the experience as more often than not it ended with everyone being drunk even without being of legal drinking age and there being an embarrassing blank in certain people's memories. Now unlike most people his age, Teddy wasn't affected by alcohol. He related it to not being human, which might also explain why on some very basic level he wasn't enjoying himself all that much at the moment.
Then again it might also have had to do with the fact his date for the party, one Billy Kaplan, was missing for the past while, and more than a sting of loneliness, Teddy was beginning to worry. Billy wouldn't willingly get drunk, but then such parties weren't known for offering legitimate drinks...
True enough, a loud hiccup was let out against his ear,
Wedding Day - Young AvengersWedding Day - Young Avengers3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Prompt: Day 26 - Getting Married - Part 5/5
Summary: In which Teddy and Billy get married
The morning began like any other. The sun rose in the east, the birds were singing, the streets were noisy. They woke up next to each other after another night in which they slept less than they should've - albeit for a different reason than usual. That was the morning, one like the rest.
The day, though? The day was to be like nothing they've ever been through before.
"Morning." Teddy purred and kissed Billy's forehead. He was rewarded with a disgruntled growl and one open eye; that was enough to make Teddy smile and kiss Billy's cheek.
"Ready to get married, Lover?"
The next sound that followed was an almost terrified whimper, and Billy rolled away, head burying under the pillow.
Teddy could relate, but one of them had to keep his wits, and as the one who proposed, he figured it fell on him. Teddy therefore laid on his back, one hand resting over Billy's si
Lost Boy - Young AvengersLost Boy - Young Avengers3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Characters: Teddy, Billy, Skrull OC, Cap as background character
Summary: When a Skrull ship crashes on Earth, it's up to the Avengers to look after them until help arrives. For Wiccan and Hulkling, it's all but impossible not to get attached to one boy in particular…
Time Frame: Future setting. They're older here.
Word Count: 3269
It was 2 am in New York City when a mayday call was intercepted by S.W.O.R.D.. It came supposedly from a passengers' ship, carrying onboard it civilians and merchants, and had a cargo list to match. Supposedly, it was a harmless spaceship, asking for help due to mechanical failure, that's all.
Still, they hesitated due to the race occupying the ship.They were at war not that long before, and the wounds have yet to heal. No one was too eager to help if they were helping Skrulls, civilians or not. They hesitated, stalled, and it was those precious moments lost that let the ship break down completely and crash-land into Earth.
Happy Place - Young Avengers ficHappy Place - Young Avengers fic3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Characters: Billy, Teddy
Summary: Being a Young Avenger doesn't help real-life issues. When Billy's beaten up simply for being yet again, though, he's reminded that it gave him the best boyfriend in the world, and that's good enough for him.
Word Count: 1219
Teddy knew something was off when Billy didn't call him earlier. The two had long since adapted a habit of calling each other as soon as school was out, even if only to exchange no more than several words. Occasionally they would text each other instead, but never without trying to call first.
That day there was no missed call notice to accompany Billy's text message, the contents of which were unnervingly distant and obscure. Something came up and he wouldn't be able to meet Teddy after his practice - that was it.
Needless to say Teddy had more important things to tend to than the basketball team right then, especially when Billy failed to answer any further attempts to reach him.
The worst part of it was that