LionessoftheEast



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    “You know, I think the Séance was a bad name for me, in retrospect.” Klaus bends his head to the side, and his neck lets out a loud crack in release. “They should have called me the Cockroach.”

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    Here is the truth about Captain America and the Howling Commandos that every World War II historian must come to accept at one point or another: we will never know everything. We won’t even come close.

    So much was lost with the untimely death of Captain America. While the man beneath the uniform sunk to the bottom of the North Atlantic, the myth lived on, only to grow bigger and more unwieldy as the years went by. Now, it is near impossible to tell fact from fiction, to separate out truth from propaganda.


    In 1943, the Howling Commandos wrote goodbye letters to be given to their loved ones in the event of their deaths.

    In 2014, Sharon Carter finds those letters in a tin can in an abandoned HYDRA base.

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    While on a mission storming a HYDRA facility, James Buchanan Barnes touches one of the many strange alien devices collected by the Red Skull. He does this, in fact, twice— in the past, and in the future.

    Next thing he knows, Bucky Barnes is opening his eyes in the 21st century, which is full of great gadgets and coffee, and at least includes his old pal Steve. (And, inexplicably, a different Stark.) Meanwhile, the Winter Soldier finds himself in the middle of World War Two, helping Captain America hunt down HYDRA (which is at least familiar), pretending to be Bucky Barnes (which is not), and figuring out the very noisy group of soldiers who call themselves the Howling Commandos.

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    13 Nov 2020

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    With half the unit's eyes trained on him, Klaus starts to talk, all frenzied hands and Cheshire grins and twisted mischief. But it’s not one of his typical, wild tales of parties gone awry and curiosities found in dumpsters. It’s an epic. 43 women miraculously gave birth. A fabulously rich man adopted- the word Klaus uses is “bought”- seven of them, numbered them, and raised them to save the world using their mysterious superpowers.

    “Number Four. My legal name. Number Four Hargreeves.”

    “Ain’t on your dog tag.”

    “Well, I’m getting to that.”

    Dave hangs back when he tells his stories. Klaus is dangerous for him. He figures there's no harm in listening in, but then again: the others don't watch Klaus like he does.

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    (Dave falls in love, much too quickly. Klaus tries to find him, much too late. Death isn't what they think it is.)

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    27 Oct 2020

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    When Petunia Dursley refused to take Harry in she forfeited his birthright protection, so Dumbledore took the baby to the safest place he knew: Hogwarts.

    The applicable staff (mostly just… not Snape) took Harry in on a rotating schedule as he grew from baby to toddler to child. They traded extra credit for babysitting among the older students, and Harry grew up knowing a few dozen different laps that were safe and warm to nap in.

    This was a Harry who grew up among books, among old transient walls and learned professors. They gave Binns night duty sometimes, and let him talk young Harry to sleep. This was a Harry whose world changed, on principle, daily. The stairs moved. The walls became doors. You had to keep your eyes open–you had to pay attention. So he did.

    He grew up in a school. Knowledge was power, but knowledge was also joy. This was his sanctuary. There was magic in his world from birth.

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