Stories in this series
A series of short stories about the Super Beings Bureau,
someplace all super-powered types have to visit at one point or another,
and Ann Miller, a long-suffering, perfectly ordinary person who
wants to be a super hero in order to help people.
A Hard Day's Work
Magneto returns to the Bureau for the annual renewal of his super-being license.
So You Want to Be
A perfectly normal, well-adjusted woman named Ann applies to be a superheroine.
What They'll Do for
Sick of all the hurdles shoved in their paths, Rogue and Gambit demand a marriage license.
The hard-working folks at the Super Beings Bureau discuss the most recent events at the
What's a Super Heroine
Trying to "help" Ann become popular, the Bureau places her with Generation X.
What a Super Heroine
The people at the Bureau make one last-ditch attempt to show Ann how to be a super
Trapped in the office for nearly 2 weeks during a power outage, the folks at the Bureau --
and the long-suffering super beings who just came to renew their licenses -- must endure
hunger, boredom and each other.
Clients of the Bureau visit the dentist. <Shudder>
A Super Heroine's
Ann Miller and Ms. Marvelous go on the Susan Smith
Show to discuss their respective lifestyles as super heroines.
Ann Miller about Her Latest
While her frustrated Writer struggles to rewrite/revamp/redo/re-whatever Ann Miller's last
appearance, Ann tells the folks at home what's going on.
Ms. Marvelous: The
(or: "So You Want to Be a Sleek Sex
An intimate look at just how Ms. Marvelous got started in the
Disclaimer: Ann is mine, Northlight
is me, so absolutely nothing in here belongs to Marvel.
The room was silent, filled only with the low hum of the
computer. A young woman was sitting before it, her fingers
motionless over the keyboard. Hesitantly, her fingers began
to dance over the keyboard. They fell still once more as she
looked over the words that had just been typed.
And then she cursed. "Bloody piece of -- grr!--"
She jabbed her finger onto the delete key, and the words disappeared
from the screen.
Ann watched the other girl sadly. This wasn't getting either
of them anywhere. She dropped the ridicuously-expensive-school-book-that-would-never-again-be-needed
which she had been flipping through onto the bed.
Northlight had given up on writing (or attempting to) and
was now venting her frustration through a string of rather
repetitive curses. Ann was incredibly thankful that she wasn't
actually real in that alive outside of fic kind of
way, or she feared that Northlight would have throttled her
There was only one thing to do.
Ann turned towards the audience (which is you, by the way)
and smiled as charmingly as she could manage. "Hello,
for those of you who don't know me, my name is Ann Miller.
I am the star of 'So You Want
to be a Super Heroine', 'What's
a Super Heroine to Do?' and 'What
a Super Heroine Should Be'.
All of which are available at Northlight's
Treasury (which I'm still rather giddy about), Down-Home
Charm (the titles for the stories are totally awesome
there!), and RogueStar's
Page (which is new so you should really check it out).
"And I also appeared, along with Susan Smith and Ms.
Marvelous in 'A Super Heroine's
Life' -- which is what all the fuss is about."
Ann sighed deeply, casting another glance at the fuming writer.
"Truthfully, that story was rather lame, not as lame
as some things she's churned out, but not all that impressive
either. I think Northlight is rather disappointed by that
story, so she's been trying to rewrite it."
Northlight pushed back from the computer and moved towards
a wall, which she began banging her head against. "She
isn't having any more luck with her last few tries. I think
that she's about to give up on this one, which she doesn't
want to do because Lynx -- who was nice enough to send feedback
-- suggested it, which is why it's especially annoying that
the last one sucks."
"Anyway, getting to the point here, anyone who thinks
that they want to try writing my adventure, go ahead. It doesn't
have to be in my all dialogue, no description format. My stories
usually have 'Super Heroine' in them, but that isn't a must,
it's just an easy way to recognize an Ann Miller story. If
nobody wants to write (or rewrite my last offering), then
we'll just leave it as is."
"Even if nobody takes up my offer, let's just pretend
that 'A Super Heroine's Life'
never got written, okay? It'll make her," Ann nodded
towards Northlight, "quite relieved."
"Well, that's all. Thanks for listening. Bye an' all
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