The Robinverse is a universe created by Zoe Taylor and Ashleigh McGreagor (Dark Kitten) based on the original novel series, Becoming Robin (link) and Boys Don't Cry / Everything's Sunny with Sarah (BDC, ESWS)
~* Another Extra Ordinary Day *~
“This is so cool,” Allison giggled. “I’ve always wanted to visit Disney World.”
“God, me too,” I answered. “I’m like the biggest Disney freak ever.”
“Yeah, but I love you anyway,” Nicole teased.
First, let me just say a very happy holiday season to everyone! I know it's been quite awhile since I've posted. It's been a rough year for me, between finishing up dental surgery, dealing with a cyber-stalker, and most recently the CT school tragedy. But I'm not posting this to complain about the bad.
~* Momentum *~
“Hey, sorry I’m late,” I said as we hugged. “So I’m not going to lie; I’m way out of my element here,” I teased. Allison giggled as she led me over to where Joe and Jane were standing.
“Oh, I don’t expect you to shoot unless you want to take a gun safety class first,” she said, wrapping her arm around my shoulders. “I just wanted you to come down so you wouldn’t worry about me going all gun crazy or anything. Actually, I was hoping to talk to you first, before I talk to Nikki and Jenn. I’m glad Jane’s here too though because I could use her input.”
People asked for it, well here it is! =^.^=
The Morgans’ garage could only be described as a ‘garage’ in the most liberal sense, in that it was a place to shelter vehicles. Museum would almost be a more accurate description, but for the scatter of professional-grade tools throughout making it more a hodgepodge of the two with workshop thrown in the mix.
Robin had been staring for quite some time at the FBI van when the door from the house slowly opened, and Nikki stepped out.
“What’s on your mind?” she asked thoughtfully.
Robin shook her head. “Maybe it’s the booze talking, but I’ve got an idea.”
The Midnight Society were a group of friends who met in the woods to tell stories around a campfire, but after three generations, no one was left to carry the torch. They fell into urban legend, until Kristina decided to resurrect the traditions with a story of her own.
Life was hard for Kristina ever since her return to school as a girl. She was ready to try anything, but would a scary story really be enough to win over her peers?
“Sarah! Phone’s for you,” Mary called as she rounded the corner from the kitchen, nudging the sleeping mound on the sofa.
Faith laughed, “No daughter, I have a lot of work to do, and I don’t have time to take time off.”
“I’m at your disposal, of course.”
Faith nodded, “I need you to find me one more for him for now: someone who is powerful, just like your great great granddaughter.”
“What persona is he seeking next? As far as I know he can’t have Death, which also means he can’t have access to the spirit world, so no analogues to Kris.”
Kris and Marry took that moment to appear in Bethany’s office, “Or we can have it now?” Kris smiled. “Sorry we weren't eavesdropping, but I felt something here, and I had to make sure Bethany was ok.”
Bethany leapt from Faith’s arms, right into Kris and Marry’s. Kris grunted a little, but Marry giggled and knelt to kiss Bethany’s cheek.
“I’ve never felt anything like that. It was like his very presence here was poisoning me.”
Kris frowned at that, turning to Faith as she stood, her chair vanishing again. “I thought no mortal could harm us? … He was mortal right?”
“Oh cool, I’m glad you guys are still friends.” Angel smiled, “I think between her and her cousin Casey and I look down right sexy.” Taking a moment she added, “But even more so on my end.” sticking her tongue out at Casey.
Casey blushed bright red, causing the others to start giggling all over again.
Lacy piped in, “I think you went and broke her Angel.” She giggled.
Casey stuck out her tongue. “Hey, I’ve only been ‘out’ a day. I’m not exactly used to being called ‘sexy’!” she shot back, still blushing, but starting to giggle too.
Casey wasn't sure where that size came from because when she first grabbed her size, there wasn't a 9 ½ but then when she went back there was. “Do you want a pair Angel?”
Angel, trying on a pair of flat white gladiator-style sandals glanced up and grinned. “Oh, totally! Those look adorable on you!”
Casey grabbed a second box one for her and one for her sister, “Angel, those sandals look like something mom would have worn.” she teased.
~* Patient Zero *~
“Hey, are you okay?” the contractor suddenly asked me. All three of them were staring at me now. I could feel my cheeks burning as I shook my head.
“I’m not sure. I’m not feeling well,” I trailed off.
“Nikki!” Marry shouted. Nikki stepped around the corner, laughing at something, but she suddenly stopped laughing when she saw everyone’s serious expressions. “You need to get Robin to the hospital.”
“So what’s next?” Angel asked as she fiddled with her phone.
Casey smiled as she loaded her app and changed her pin number then looked at her sister. “Lets head back to the dorms, and meet up with everyone so we can go to town!”
“Sure, but didn’t you have someone else to meet first?” Angel asked.
“Um I think so, oh yeah, duh Stephanie, sorry with everything that’s going on I got scatter brained.” Casey sighed.
~* Back to the Salt Mine *~
“Wow. You’re really being considered for Captain?” Nikki asked as she approached me at my locker following second period English. I hadn’t breathed a word of it to her yet since in my mind, I had already decided I wouldn’t accept nomination.
“Oh, yeah, but it’s just Chelsea. She doesn’t want the Captain slot this year so it’s up in the air,” I answered as I closed my locker and pulled her into a hug.
She grinned. “Mmm. That was nice. What was that for?”
“I need a reason to hug you?” I teased, leaning up to kiss her. “C’mon vampire. Walk me to the gym? You’ve got Chem this hour so it’s on the way.”
Nikki giggled, wrapping her arm around my waist. I lay my head on her shoulder as we started down the hall together, but she suddenly stopped and whispered. “Hey, who’s the new girl with Jenn?”
“Weird...” Casey frowned, pushing the door closed. Angel was waiting right behind her, causing her to jump, and squeak just a little. “Jesus!”
“Sorry?” Angel giggled. “Who was at the door?”
“Our dorm guardian, Stephanie. She gave me these...” Casey held up the orange bottle with a frown. “She said they’d ‘help me fit in’. Weird huh?”
A Tale of Self-Discovery
By Zoe Taylor
as he discovers the girl she always wanted to be.
“Is this the Smith residence?” A professional-sounding female voice asked.
A sharply dressed woman met the three of them in the parking lot. She was younger looking then Ms. Smith but still as sharply dressed, she had a huge smile on her face and looked really friendly. The two women exchanged a brief hug.
“It’s so good to see you again,” the woman announced cheerfully. “And these are our newest residents?” she asked, turning an appraising glance on the two siblings.
“That’s right. I have their paperwork in my briefcase if you want to look over it first. I’ll be sending an e-file copy as soon as I get back to the office, in either case.”
Faith stepped casually through the closed door into Bethany’s office at Sunshine Academy as though the heavy slab of oak wasn’t even there. "Hello little girl." Faith smiled at Bethany, her eyes a soft, shimmering pink, but with little flecks of blue.
"Little? I'm big enough I could take you over my knee in this body!" Bethany giggled and hopped up to hug Faith. "No, but seriously, what's up?"
Angel and Casey Owens thought they were en route to their Grandma house in Rhode Island for a two week stay because they were grounded. They never made it there, instead they got an accidental new life.
Amanda spent the ride home dividing her time between looking at her human face in the mirror attached to the passenger-side sun visor, and sticking her hand out the window, and giggling at how the wind would blow it this way and that.
Darcy smiled as she looked briefly over at Amanda, “That’s not safe sweetie put your arm in the car.”
Amanda quickly pulled her hand back in, just in time as a mailbox that someone had put too close to the road whizzed by. “Meep!” she half-squealed, half-chittered, guarding her hand. “Scary,” she whispered, looking up at Darcy.
~* The Lighter Side (Of Darkness)*~
Trina nodded. “Like I said before, I’m still not ready for Trina to be exposed to the rest of the school like, officially.” She sighed. “Sometimes it still feels like Trina’s taking over my life.”
I couldn’t take it anymore, and finally pulled her into a hug. “Trina, there’s something I have to tell you. I know exactly what you’re going through because … Because I went through it last summer. The reason I was out for surgery is … because I was having GRS.” I frowned. Trina’s eyes widened and her jaw slackened. Annabell just smiled a soft, reassuring smile.
“You’re... You weren’t born a... I mean...” she fumbled, utterly shocked. I nodded.
~* The 'A's Have It *~
“Robin said she’s never been to a tea party. I think we should have one this afternoon.”
Amanda’s eyes lit up. “Really?!”
“Absolutely. After lunch I’ll help you set everything up. How’s that sound?”
This chapter is dedicated to my dear friend Piper, who's going through some rough stuff. The Robinverse wouldn't be what it is without you, sweetie. :-)
~* Making Waves *~
“My lawyer advised me that it would be okay if I provided you with all the documentation, since you all are able to independently confirm with the gynecologist that she did indeed file everything.” I reached down, opening the briefcase Max had loaned me, and handed over the documents for the three present to review, as a few more, as well as Principal Rochelle, entered.
The principal smiled and nodded. “Hello Robin. Staying out of trouble?”
I laughed. “Hey, I haven’t been down to your office since Homecoming! I gave up trying to stay out of people’s way though. When you try to be nice to everyone someone inevitably thinks you’re up to something.”
~* Chaos Theory *~
““Eep?” Nikki asked.
“That was Moira. She said she loved my song and wanted to lay down some music backing.”
“I’m so sorry,” Nikki answered quickly. “It was an accident. I printed off a copy of your lyrics when you emailed them to me, and Moira dropped by unexpected. I couldn’t just lie to her when she asked me who the author was. Please don’t be mad?”
~* A Daughter's Love *~
“I want to pick up some aromatherapy candles,” Mom replied, rubbing her protruding belly lightly. “I should have known better than to marry a martial arts instructor,” she added, as we walked out to the parking lot.
“Why’s that?” I asked.
She giggled. “Because I think one of your siblings just roundhouse kicked my bladder. You go on ahead. I need to go to the bathroom again.”
“She was just so adorable sleeping like that,” Michelle grinned, “I didn’t want to go any closer you know.” She took LeAnne’s hand again, leading her down the hallway to her room.
LeAnne smiled sheepishly. “I couldn’t help myself. She just looked so innocent and angelic. But at least those years of ballet finally paid off,” she added with a quiet giggle.
At that very moment the house froze in time, and Faith and Bethany both looked around the house. Faith had a big smile on her face as she looked at LeAnne and Michelle, “Now that’s perfect. Nature is balanced again.”
“I never would either LeAnne. Friends first sweetie, always.” Michelle smiled as they both went into the kitchen to scope out what to make for dinner.
LeAnne giggled a little. “Gawd, this kitchen’s amazing. I haven’t had a real kitchen with anything beyond a piece of crap stove and a 700 watt microwave in like, two years.”
“It’s a damn professional kitchen. It looks like something you would see in Gordon Ramsay's house.” Michelle giggled.
Sarah stared in silence between the slightly dusty beige miniblinds. Even the impending rain didn’t seem to bother the army of reporters, photographers, and possibly the odd stalker or two camped outside Mary’s home. A week had past since the big scandal had broken, and for the last two days neither girl could even leave the house without being harassed constantly wherever they went.
“Maybe this was a mistake,” she mumbled softly. Mary stood to approach, wrapping an arm around Sarah and resting her head on her shoulder.
Michelle walked Taylor and the girls to the music store, pulling out Taylors iPod and getting it ready for her, then handing it over. “You know what we forgot to do Sweet Pea? I forgot to buy a wireless router for the new house, and order internet.” Michelle giggled.
“Oh yeah! The realtor lady said it was already wired for high speed. I guess that means we just have to get it turned on huh?” she giggled. “This is so cool!”
~* Take it Easy *~
Chelsea grinned as she hugged me. “Hey you!”
Brittany smiled and hugged me next. “So this is where you’ve been hiding, huh? We heard you were in the hospital. How are you feeling?”
“Sore, but getting better. I um... I had surgery to correct my birth defect,” I answered, blushing softly.
“Oh wow,” Chelsea answered. “So does this mean no more hiding in the coaches’ office?”
Following Robin's gender reassignment surgery, life has begu to return to normal - or as normal as life in Alpine Springs ever gets. Two new neighbors have moved into the area, and Robin's taking on even more projects.
Will she be able to balance her new comic book? How will the other girls at school react when she enters the locker room for the first time? And what's Jessica, of Heedless Despair, doing with that contract?
Taylor followed along behind her sister the whole way, nodding. “I have some ideas, but I’ll figure it out later. Does your GPS know where the mall is?” she half-asked, half-teased.
“Maybe. I forgot to ask Ms. Smith if there was a mall in Alpine Springs.” Michelle smiled, looking it up on google with her phone, “I think I need to get us some laptops too. Mind if I do that with the card Tiffany gave you?”
“Oh, I forgot about that thing,” Taylor answered with a mild giggle. “Sure, I can probably use it for school stuff anyway.”
A young woman in her mid twenties stepped out back of “Teen Scene” to have a smoke. Hearing rustling inside the large green garbage can, she stopped in her tracks.
“Who’s in there?” the young woman demanded, “Come out of there right now!”
More thumping around could be heard from the can, but nobody came out.
Read and find out!
“So we can check her out now then?” Michelle was a bit confused, but at least there was time left in the day to make it over to Alpine Springs to find a place; the afternoon was just starting to blaze on.
Robin is about to meet up with some undead in this crazy story, Join Robin and the gang from Robinverse as they survive a Zombie Apocalypse!
Robin woke up in a lab somewhere, on a hospital bed with equipment hooked up to her, it was to quiet but the power was still on it seemed.
“Wh...a...aaa...” she moaned as she tried to sit up, and began clawing at the equipment to get it out of her body as quickly as possible, tearing and rending the tubes and needles, heedless of the extreme pain the process was causing her. The lights in the building flickering off and on, but there seems to be nobody coming to her room to stop her or check up on her.
Later that afternoon, Natalie walked into the room, not realizing Taylor had a visitor. "Hey kiddo. I got that poster I promised you. Sorry it took so long but I had to drive over to Alpine Springs to get Robin ... to..." she paused, offering a sheepish smile.
Sitting by Taylor’s bed was a girl who couldn’t be much older than herself, with medium length blonde hair, and wearing a tight tanktop exposing a belly button ring to complement several earrings. "Sorry, I didn't realize you had a visitor. I'll come back later,” Natalie backpedaled.
Taylor looked and in its original box was a Stacie doll, his blue eyes went wide at the sight, “Oh oh .. um.” was all he could get out.
Natalie giggled a little, completely misreading Taylor’s shock. “I know it’s not much, but ever since they brought you in we’ve all kind of been praying for you. It’s, um... Well, it’s kinda a miracle you’re even alive right now.” She trailed off for a moment then smiled, carefully setting a fresh glass of water well within the girl’s reach and range of motion.
Fresh tears ran down Taylor’s face, “You all are nice, thank you.”
“Doctor?” an older girl’s voice called, startled. “Doctor! That kid they brought in the other day just woke up!” she practically cheered, rapid footsteps racing out of the room.
Taylor’s vision slowly started to come back blurry like in the ambulance. The young girl from the ride smiled from the doorway which was the the only thing he could see clearly, and she waved at him then turned around walking through the door, seeming to disappear into nothing.
In book one Taylor finds himself a herself, his or should we say her life turned upside down, a Brother that is now his or again should we say her sister, Her life story had some minor changes thanks to some melding old ladies and the Universe whose on her side.
Taylor was a highly intelligent but depressed 9 year old till Faith stepped in.
“Hi Mom; it’s me,” Sarah spoke cheerfully into her cell phone as she left the airport. “Just wanted to let you know we landed safely.”
“I’m glad you made it alright Sarah sweetie, oh you should give your sister a call sometime this week, shes got some very interesting news for you.”
“Uh oh. She didn’t finally give in to that loser she’s been dating did she?” Sarah asked hesitantly.
“Well thats for you to find out from her sweetie, I just thought I figured I’d tell you.”
Reading the above article has kind of got me curious about Amazon self-publishing. Word of mouth advertising in this day and age is actually pretty huge. There's a #1 bestseller, the name of which I've completely forgotten now (It was referred to as "Twilight for Moms" in a recent news article :-P) that was huge with eReaders, IIRC. So, yeah. I'm thinking about using this to publish Book one of Becoming Robin.
Frank Castle was on his way to graduating high school on the honor roles, he was also destined to follow in his fathers footsteps and join the Marines, but that all ended... Read more about the Punisher here.
“Hey Sarah!” Em cheered as Sarah and Mary stepped through the doorway. “What’s wrong?”
Mary frowned. “Somethin’s up with the competition. They’re sayin’ Sarah canna compete, or some BS. Bella and Moira’re goin’ back to Ireland as we speak ta try and sort this crap out.”
“Bella?” Beth asked. “As in Bella McConnell?” she paused to giggle. “What? I googled Irish dance and her name came up a lot.”
“Yeah,” Sarah answered, “Turns out her and Moira go way back. I’m trying not to think about it, but Mary and I have worked way too hard for this.”
Just wanted to leave a little note here that the projects I'm involved in will be a bit slower for awhile. Specifically stories I'm co-authoring with Ashly (DarkKitten) or editing for her might be a bit backlogged, as I'm currently recovering from oral surgery. Every day is hit or miss. Like tonight I felt great, and helped her edit Punisher 1 in no time :-) But last night and this morning I could barely see straight. :-)
I've got some good painkillers though, and HOPEFULLY recovery should be pretty quick, but I just wanted to post a li'l update that I'm not being lazy or anything. :-P So look for ESWS some time next week maybe, and the rest I'll try not to slow Ashly down too much on :-)
This story is a Retcon and contains a lot of foul language, a questionable scene (non sexual) involving pee, the death of a minor and two adults, if any of this offends you please do not read any further.
Sixteen year old Frank Castle had just finished up his ROTC training and headed off to the Youth Center to play some basketball with some of the other kids, something he always enjoyed doing after school. He happily gave up a lot of his time to the guys over there who had nothing.
Sarah was true to her competitive nature when it came time to start her training. She trained hard in the mornings, and even when she wasn’t officially training, when she had downtime, she practiced on the hard kitchen floor of her house. There was hardly a time when she was home, that her house wasn’t full of music.