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Taylor Hebert, Medhall Intern [Worm Fanfic]

Discussion in 'Creative Writing' started by Ack, Feb 26, 2019.

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  1. Mecrazyfang

    Mecrazyfang Know what you're doing yet?

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    Every time I get to chapter two, three or so in an Ack fic I buckle down and ride past the cringe.
    Not of bad writing, lord no, of a genuinely painful and faithful recreation of bullying, such that Wildbow himself would nod and take a few notes.

    It's always swiftly followed by catharsis. Every, single time, it's wrapped up into a neat little package that is formulaic but inevitable.
    I know it's coming, and it doesn't dillute the effect at all.

    Thank you, Ack, I needed that today.
     
  2. Ack

    Ack (Verified Ratbag) (Unverified Great Old One)

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    Really? Every time? Huh.

    I need to up my game if I'm that predictable.
     
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  3. Xyshuryn

    Xyshuryn Holder of Hands

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    I wonder what it says about Brockton Bay that a nazi controlled company is more supportive and wholesome than Taylor's other options. Still, I am enjoying this as I do most of your other works.

    I feel that I'm due an Ack Attack! That is to say, I'll binge a few stories.
     
  4. Visual Pun

    Visual Pun Know what you're doing yet?

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    Can't wait for the revelation that Winslow has zero authority to do anything about Taylor macing Sophia.

    Since Taylor had already stepped onto the bus when Sophia laid hands on her, Taylor was off of school property.

    'Alexander the Great' will enjoy the hell out of eviscerating any and all opposition Winslow, the Barnsesezes (how do you STOP spelling that?!?), and the Trio can muster.

    I wonder if Sophia will spin a yarn about this to her PRT handler/Social Worker or will just hide the puffy eyes behind her mask and plot revenge on Taylor...

    Eagerly awaiting the the next chapter, whenever availability to write it syncs up with your, no doubt, copious free time.
     
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  5. SMDVogrin

    SMDVogrin Getting some practice in, huh?

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    Predictable? Or "Brand conscious"? :)
     
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  6. Crazael

    Crazael Could be wittier.

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    Is that necessarily true of everyone, though?
     
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  7. macdjord

    macdjord Well worn.

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    Greg mentioned that the janitorial staff made racist jokes, which eliminates the hypothesis that Medhall is an ordinary company which simply happens to be controlled from the top by the E88. They can't all be E88 members, but plainly enough of them are racists to influence the corporate culture. That doesn't mean everyone is racist, but Ms. Harcourt almost certainly is, and I doubt very much that Kaiser would allow someone who wasn't an E88 supporter to become the company's lawyer.
     
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  8. GladiusLucix

    GladiusLucix I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    I'm pretty sure that Victor was the guy from legal, especially with the mention of his wife working as a nurse sometimes.
     
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  9. Ack

    Ack (Verified Ratbag) (Unverified Great Old One)

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    Members of the Empire Eighty-Eight are seeded through the company, more or less keeping an eye on the rest of them. Victor (because Alexander the Great had many victories) is in Legal, Crusader is in Advertising, etc, etc.

    Hiring isn't controlled strictly by "if you're not a Neo-Nazi, you're not one of us" but people are carefully sounded out for white supremacist and generally racist leanings and more of those are hired than others. Not that they don't take on minorities from time to time, but they're there because a) Kaiser recognises that ability and intelligence is not restricted by ethnic boundaries and b) they're useful camouflage. Also, racial harassment within the company is strictly verboten, for obvious reasons. Also, racial harassment of company employees outside working hours. That sort of thing might hurt the company, so it's a no go.

    That being said, teams within the building tend to be organised in groups of 'we think this way'. Those who dislike PoC are grouped with others of a like mind, while those who have no opinion on different ethnicities are teamed with them. Those who do think in an 'acceptable' way, but who aren't already Empire rank and file, are marked out for discussion and eventual recruitment. Greg, being an intern, was dropped into a group who was about mid-range with their attitudes; happy to swap jokes but hadn't been given the recruitment pitch yet.

    Ms Harcourt is naturally that way; she's not Empire. They haven't bothered trying to recruit her (possibly because they're scared she'll take over). She is, however, fiercely loyal to Max Anders, to the point that she might not even take it amiss if she found out.

    Tracey is oblivious.
     
  10. macdjord

    macdjord Well worn.

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    Ah. Not nearly as bad as I'd feared.
     
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  11. Gladiusone

    Gladiusone Experienced.

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    The irony I picked up from that chapter? The tactics that the Trio use, the hate emails, harassment, assault, theft, gaslighting, manipulating authority figures? The tactics that the Medhall people are getting huffed up about?

    Theyre the tactics white supremacists use every day.

    ’But that’s totally different!’
     
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  12. preier

    preier Know what you're doing yet?

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    Cliche Nazi:
    "It's unnatural and immoral when it's THEM doing it to US"

    Fanon Sophia spawns:
    "Yeah, damn preys getting ideas, trying to get above their station!"

    Nazi, with tears in his eyes. "You understand, you really understand don't you?"

    This was to be only the start of a beautiful polyhating relationship and of the famed United Haters of Brockton Bay.
     
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  13. Ack

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    Max Anders signed a document, then put it in his out tray. He picked up the next one and skimmed it; just a cc regarding a new potential hire ... and then his brain skidded to a halt as he stared at the included photo. Ten seconds later, he was punching numbers into his phone.

    "What the hell is this on my desk? You're actually considering hiring this Sophia Hess?"

    "Uh, yes, sir. We're also thinking about fast-tracking her for recruitment."

    He took a deep breath, if only to prevent blood vessels from exploding in his forehead. "You fucking morons! She's black! You do not hire black individuals and recruit them into a Neo-Nazi organisation!"

    "Sir ... have you perused the additional material?"

    Frowning, he paused to do just that. When he'd finished, his tone had much moderated. "All right. I see your point. But ... recruiting a black person into the Empire Eighty-Eight ...?"

    "Sir, she's a natural. And you do keep talking about how we need to appear more inclusive."

    "Fine. Whatever." Max hung up the call, then got up and went to the liquor cabinet. Pouring half a glass of prime bourbon into his glass, he downed it in one gulp, not even noticing the bite.

    What's the world coming to when a teenage black girl does Nazism better than we do?
     
  14. preier

    preier Know what you're doing yet?

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    Eeeeee Ack-senpai liked and quoted my post!!

    Err, I mean...

    I'm honored, sir.


    Hmm makes me wonder, actually... We know that Max is not actually into the white supremacy koolaid, that krieg IS and that the pitfight trio is more into the "violence is life" trip ( I think, and hello Sophia). Do we have any insights into the fervour of the others?
     
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    Ack (Verified Ratbag) (Unverified Great Old One)

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    Reportedly, Rune triggered because she was in juvey with persons of colour (her parents aren't believers, but she is).

    Victor married into the Herren clan; Othala was a member of the extended family, which probably means she was indoctrinated from an early age.
     
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  16. macdjord

    macdjord Well worn.

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    That's a bit misleading:
    (From the Worm WoG thread)

    So it isn't that she was so intensely racist that just being in prison with black people constituted a Trigger event; she was racist enough to get herself in trouble and get sent to solitary, and that caused her Trigger.
     
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  17. Ack

    Ack (Verified Ratbag) (Unverified Great Old One)

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    Ah. Yeah, there's a little bit of a difference there.

    Still, she's racist.
     
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