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"The Super Beings Bureau Saga"

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 Superheroine
A perfectly normal, well-adjusted woman named Ann applies to be a superheroine.

What They'll Do for Love
Sick of all the hurdles shoved in their paths, Rogue and Gambit demand a marriage license.

Office Gossip
The hard-working folks at the Super Beings Bureau discuss the most recent events at the office.

What's a Super Heroine to Do?
Trying to "help" Ann become popular, the Bureau places her with Generation X.

What a Super Heroine Should Be
The people at the Bureau make one last-ditch attempt to show Ann how to be a super heroine.

Power Hungry
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 Life
Ann Miller and Ms. Marvelous go on the Susan Smith Show to discuss their respective lifestyles as super heroines.

Ann Miller about Her Latest (blah-ish) Outing
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 Early Years
(or: "So You Want to Be a Sleek Sex Goddess")
An intimate look at just how Ms. Marvelous got started in the superhero business.

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 by now.

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 Page, Ro'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 that stuff."


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