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Fic: "Office Hours" [Jul. 18th, 2005|10:03 pm]
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Title: Office Hours
Author: Aldalindil (tartanshell)
Characters: Hank McCoy, Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Scott Summers, Jean Grey
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: It all belongs to Marvel.
Written for: minisinoo
Request: Hank McCoy and Peter Parker: Crossover between movieverses. We saw Hank speaking in X2, and he's slated for X3. I'd love to see a story where Columbia biochemistry professor Henry McCoy discovers his student Peter Parker's secret, and attempts to befriend him. I don't care if Peter's introduced to Xavier's or not, but I want one scene in particular ... Hank and Peter bonding over science texts while hanging from the ceiling.
Summary: Peter learns a lot from Professor McCoy.
Author's Notes: Thanks to minisinoo for the fabulous prompt! I had a ball with this, and I hope its length (OMG!) will make up for its lateness. *g* Thanks to my fiancé, Nick, for the read-through, and thanks to penknife for offering to beta, though I declined because this is SO late and SO long. That being the case, all mistakes are my own. Also, though it's canon, I'll admit that I first fell in love with the idea of Hank as a Star Wars fan through artaxastra's fic "The Last of the Jedi."

Feedback and concrit are, as always, very welcome. :)

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ETA March 2007: There's now a sequel to "Office Hours." It's here.
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2005-07-21 02:54 am (UTC)
*bounce* *much glee* YAY! Oh, I am so thrilled that you liked this!

It was such a great idea, but I knew you backed off 'cause you're not a scientist, so I was a little nervous about tackling it. (I almost didn't.) What I know about biochemistry could fit in a thimble. With room left for a finger.

But...oh! Yay! You liked it! *G* (And your husband liked it! Also yay!)

Thanks for the fantastic request. I'm glad you changed your requests to add this, too. I can't remember the last time I've had this much fun writing (or have received such a great response to) a fic.

You know, if you write any followups, I will most definitely read those, too.

Despite my best intentions, I started thinking about a sequel tonight. *headdesk* At least now I have incentive to get my other projects finished so I can start it!

Thanks again, and again, I'm just thrilled that you weren't disappointed. :)





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[User Picture]From: lysistratah
2005-07-19 05:20 pm (UTC)
This story is what all other fanfic wants to grow up to be. I hope you're writing professionally somewhere. Fabulous stuff.
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2005-07-21 02:49 am (UTC)
Awww! What a fantastic compliment! Thank you! I'm really glad you liked this.
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From: dragovianknight
2005-07-19 06:14 pm (UTC)
I started copying my favorite lines to quote and squee over, and then I realized it'd take up less space if I copied the non-squee-riffic lines. So I figured it was better to just squee over the whole thing without quoting any of it.
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2005-07-21 02:49 am (UTC)
*G* Any squeeing is good squeeing, quoted lines or no. ;)

Thank you! I'm really glad you liked this.
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[User Picture]From: wyzeguy
2005-07-19 06:29 pm (UTC)
Wow.

Just awesome.

You've absolutely nailed both characters in a story that's touching in a way a lot of superhero team-up stories (fanfic or pro) aren't. It definitely plays on Peter's anxieties with his identity and gifts contrasted with Hank's wisdom and experience -- in fact, I think it's awesome that the "identity and gifts" in question aren't necessarily what he can do as Spider-Man, but what Peter can do as a genius and a superhuman. It's his search for a way to apply Great Power and Great Responsibility that leads to him becoming Spider-Man ... almost in desperation for a way to apply the philosophy. So it makes so much sense that eter would jump at the chance to apply it in a way that would theoretically make things easier for him: a mansion, free room and board, better-made uniforms, and oh yes -- people who might understand his solitary alter ego.

I might be over-analyzing this, but I can't help it: your story nails these characters and their situation. Excellent job.

Now I'm hungry for Doritos. ;)
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2005-07-21 02:48 am (UTC)
Just awesome.

Thank you! Glad you liked it. *G*

You've absolutely nailed both characters in a story that's touching in a way a lot of superhero team-up stories (fanfic or pro) aren't.

Oh, wow, now I'm blushing madly. Thank you!

I think it's awesome that the "identity and gifts" in question aren't necessarily what he can do as Spider-Man, but what Peter can do as a genius and a superhuman. It's his search for a way to apply Great Power and Great Responsibility that leads to him becoming Spider-Man

Exactly! This is very much movieverse Peter, a kid who's trying to do the right thing but is half-tempted a lot of the time to just throw in the towel. In this fic, he's not committed to being Spider-Man so much as he is to the idea of doing something with his gifts.

As such...hell yes, he'd rather have other super buddies (and a nice place to live) than go it alone! Particularly when he sees Hank and Scott together. I mean, comic!Spidey is buddies with Daredevil, so I think it's reasonable to assume that movieverse!Spidey might be willing to be friends (or teammates) with the X-Men.

And Spider-Man 2!Peter is in such a bad place, financially and in his living arrangements and...everything. Peter in this fic is in a similar situation, where just trying to deal with being Spider-Man is incredibly difficult, and I think he'd jump at the chance to have people who understood him and could help him cope.

your story nails these characters and their situation

Thanks again!

*passes the Doritos*


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From: jcalanthe
2005-07-20 01:34 am (UTC)
Oh, I just adore this story. Today was a kinda sucky day, and you've totally brightened it for me. I love Hank and Peter's relationship, and how Hank very carefully gives Peter opening after opening, with no pressure, and how well they work together (that lab... mmmm lust). And the playing - hanging from the ceiling together! So cute. And I adored that Peter managed to amaze Scott at the end, and the bit where Scott enlists Peter to help get Hank to eat. And yay for Jean.

I can see that Hank & Peter will have the convo about whether Peter should join the mutants over and over as time passes. Maybe Peter will be sold on not joining, but I suspect they'll continue to have interesting philosophical, theoretical, strategic, etc debates.

I don't suppose there's any way to bribe you to write more in this 'verse? *g* I'm just so in love with the world you've created, and there's so much room for endless stories... If you were so inclined, I would happily read and lavish further praise upon you. <insert usual disclaimer that of course you don't owe me anything and no pressure and all that> Either way, I'll happily re-read this & send all my friends. :)
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2005-07-21 02:41 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading and commenting! I'm glad you enjoyed this. :)

Today was a kinda sucky day, and you've totally brightened it for me

Aww! I'm glad.

I suspect they'll continue to have interesting philosophical, theoretical, strategic, etc debates.

I think that's a given. *G*

I don't suppose there's any way to bribe you to write more in this 'verse?

Well, lots of chocolate... ;) Actually, I'm planning to write a sequel. Probably not immediately, but Hank and Peter are too much fun not to revisit. :)

Thanks again!

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From: directormll
2005-07-20 10:03 am (UTC)

Warm fuzzies all around

I came to your story through Min's journal. What a great crossover! You caught the tone of both 'verses and did wonderful job with both Spidy and the X folk. I am a big Hank fan and very particular about how he is written in fanfic. You did a fantastic job! Thanks.

Linda
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2005-07-21 02:37 am (UTC)

Re: Warm fuzzies all around

Thank you, and thanks for coming over to read! I'm glad you enjoyed this. :)

I am a big Hank fan and very particular about how he is written in fanfic. You did a fantastic job!

Oh, thank you! This means a lot. I love Hank, but I was nervous about writing him as a main character because I know he's hard to get right. I'm glad my version of him worked for you.
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[User Picture]From: meret
2005-07-20 01:20 pm (UTC)
This is great! I especially like the banter and feeling of camraderie. :)
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2005-07-21 02:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! The banter came pretty easily once they got started. (And then they wouldn't shut up!) ;)
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From: wingstar
2005-07-20 06:19 pm (UTC)
Wonderful. I think I read over half of this with a giant grin on my face. =D

It's just so incredibly cute, and geeky, and just ♥! *grins*
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2005-07-21 02:34 am (UTC)
I think I read over half of this with a giant grin on my face. =D

Oh, thank you! That is exactly what I wanted to hear. *G*

Glad you liked it!
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2005-07-21 02:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. :)
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[User Picture]From: musamea
2005-07-21 04:20 pm (UTC)
Aiyee! *Dies from the geeky genius* This was such an amazing and absolutely bril way of writing the challenge prompt. I love your Hank - you have such a knack of writing his dialogue without sounding like you're trying. And the winks to Scott and Jean... so much squeeing all around. *loves*
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2005-08-05 06:58 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! I'm really glad you liked this.

I love your Hank - you have such a knack of writing his dialogue without sounding like you're trying.

*g* Eeee! I love hearing this! I know Hank is notoriously tricky to write, and I was nervous. But being a total geek (if not a science geek) probably helps. ;)

Thanks again!
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[User Picture]From: nevacaruso
2005-07-23 07:39 am (UTC)
Hard to pick a favorite moment or try to say something that other reviewers haven't, so I'll just tell you that I loved this! Hank is so amazingly darling.
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2005-08-05 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed this. :)

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From: (Anonymous)
2005-07-24 12:44 am (UTC)

Just A Passerby

Too cute. I absolutely love this story. I loved the way you characterized Hank and Peter. They're exactly as I picture them in my head. I really don't know what else to say than great job all around.
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2005-08-05 06:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Just A Passerby

Thanks for stopping by to read and review! I'm really glad you liked this.
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[User Picture]From: elke_tanzer
2005-09-30 07:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is wonderful!
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2006-06-14 06:39 am (UTC)
Very, very belatedly--thank you! Glad you liked my fic!
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[User Picture]From: erinlin
2005-12-04 01:12 pm (UTC)
Oh man! That is a *fantastic* story.
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2006-06-14 06:40 am (UTC)
Very belatedly, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed my fic. :)
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[User Picture]From: swedish15
2006-05-31 07:29 am (UTC)
Here via nekare
Beautiful work, really, with being true to characters, and best of all, almost no action; the fact that the enemy, the foil is not something the X-Men and Spidey simply can beat up, but rather an almost House-like approach makes it so much better. And the mentor/student-relationship between Peter and Hank is also very refreshing.
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: tartanshell
2006-06-14 06:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. *g*
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