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Monday, May 16th, 2016 04:30 pm


LiveJournal | DreamWidth


Welcome to the Maria Hill Comment Fic Fest - a chance to write a bunch of ficlets about the woman who single-handedly rescued Captain America, the Black Widow, and the Falcon from death at the hands of HYDRA with nothing more than her brains, a stun-wand, a laser-cutter, and balls of pure titanium.

Instructions
1. Leave a comment containing a prompt, scenario, or quotation to inspire someone else. If you want to leave characters or pairings in addition to Maria, then add them in!

eg.
Maria & T'Challa, understanding and responsibility
Maria, gen, We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are. (Tobias Wolff)
Maria/Steve, sex in uniform up against a wall where there's the fear of discovery

2. Pick a prompt. Write a drabble (100 words exactly), ficlet, fic, novella, or GRAND EPIC TALE about Maria from that prompt.

3. Post it/link it to the comment-fest, putting the title/character/pairing/rating in the subject line.

eg.
MCU: "Killing In The Name Of" by Tielan - Maria & Natasha, R (violence)
Ultimates: "If It Wasn't For Those Damned Kids" by SelDear - Maria, G
Comics: "UnPleasant Hill" - Maria/Steve by SueLinley, PG-13

4. Do it all over again!

Any incarnation of Maria is okay, any pairing/threesome/moresome with her in it, any additional characters - so long as the story is about her!

There are no deadlines, no requirements to leave prompts or to fill, and no pressure to perform! (Although I hope many people will - more Maria love is always needed throughout fandom b/c she is freaking AWESOME.)

There will be two posts where prompts can be left - LiveJournal and DreamWidth - and anonymous commenting is allowed and unscreened on the Fic Fest post so anyone can post a prompt or link to a fill! If there are enough fics, I might start an AO3 collection if there are enough fics for it on AO3.


Promotion

Cut and paste the following code into your LJ/DW post to promote the Fic-fest.



or



Come and play!

NB: I vaguely based this off the Porn Battle, as well as the various other prompt-fests out there.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 04:44 am (UTC)
Maria almost didn't notice her. Dressed like a student–Docs and ripped jeans, layered t-shirts and rubber wristbands supporting a rainbow of causes–she almost blended in with the rest of the college crowd. Maria's glance had swept dismissively past them; they'd collectively spent enough just getting here to build three schools and feed the labourers' families or hire teachers for a year. The kind of work Maria was supposed to be monitoring for Stark.

But, at the last moment, before she walked past, she picked out those dark eyes–a little wild, a lot heartsick–and her gaze stuck. Maria nodded fractionally, and ticked her head towards the students' canteen, hand spread wide across her thigh.

"Maximoff," she said five minutes later as the young woman shuffled in out of the sun. The back of her neck was burnt already, more visible by her scruffy ponytail and the hunch in her shoulders.

Maximoff nodded back cautiously, eyes weary, and Maria wondered if she'd ever trusted anyone besides that brother of hers. "Hill," she said as she sat down across from her.

"Didn't expect to see you here," Maria said neutrally. She pushed a styrofoam cup of milky tea across the plastic table. Maximoff didn't take it, possibly because Maria obviously hasn't touched her own. "What brings you to Joburg?"

"I did this." No dissembling there. If everyone was this wonderfully direct, Maria would probably be out of a job. "I know what that's like, to have your home fall down around you. I wanted to help."

"There are other–" Maria started to say, but then she realised what Maximoff must be doing, why she'd travelled to the far side of the world all alone, doubtless under a false passport. "You're using your powers, aren't you?"

Maximoff didn't anything, taking a sudden interest in her tea, wrapping her hands around the cup, but not drinking.

"You can make things go better, can't you?" Maria prodded, imagining a construction site where everything always went well, and what that would do to financial margins and overheads.

"Yes."

For a while, Maximoff didn't say anything and neither did Maria. They contemplated instead the impact they'd both had on this place, for good and ill. They looked at beige tea and temporary buildings, but not each other's eyes.

Finally, Maximoff drank her tea in one gulp and said, "I don't want to be the woman who set the Hulk on a city of more than a million people."

"Better to be an Avenger?" Maria asked, pushing to her feet as well.

"Perhaps. As long as that lasts."

Maria watched her return to her group, enjoying the shade for a few moments before she too had to be on her way again. Back to work for them both. She wondered how history would remember Maximoff; would it be as a terrorist or as a hero? Would it be as both?

At least, at the end of all this, Maria knew what her place would be: the quiet one who got things done, and that history remembered not at all.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 11:47 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm really interested in the emotional legacy of Wanda's change of sides, and of course what Maria thinks of everything.

(This fic would probably be improved by having seen Cap3, as it deals with similar themes. Oh well).
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 09:11 pm (UTC)
This fic would probably be improved by having seen Cap3

Noo it wouldn't....Wanda seriously spends most of that movie being babysat, which annoyed me so much.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 11:09 pm (UTC)
Certain parties still owe me Hill/May AMTDI.

Just throwing that out there.
Thursday, May 19th, 2016 03:01 am (UTC)
You say that like there's something wrong with it.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 06:37 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like this. Such a clever use of Wanda's powers, and I can totally see her doing that, as a sort of personal redemption quest. And I like this competent, quietly observant Maria, too.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It probably shades more into her comics powers than her movie powers, but they didn't really explain her movie powers, so I can do what I wants :D

I'm glad you liked it!
Thursday, May 19th, 2016 02:35 am (UTC)
I also loved all your great Totally Maria lines:

they'd collectively spent enough just getting here to build three schools and feed the labourers' families or hire teachers for a year. The kind of work Maria was supposed to be monitoring for Stark.

(Tony!)

No dissembling there. If everyone was this wonderfully direct, Maria would probably be out of a job.

...."You can make things go better, can't you?" Maria prodded, imagining a construction site where everything always went well, and what that would do to financial margins and overheads.


VERY Maria.
Thursday, May 19th, 2016 03:04 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm really glad you enjoyed it. Tony (or probably Pepper) is presumably funding sensible things too, but... my biases my be showing.

I just really like Maria. She always seems to have a lot going on, even if you don't see as much on the surface. The combination of practicality and strong feelings about loyalty appeals.