Chapter One - Third Times The Charm
"…really?" I asked her. "Again?"
God sighed and gestured to something behind me.
I turned around.
The rest of the Tenrou Team was behind me.
My name is Elle. I'm female, twenty-one years old, and utterly in love with my husband.
Here's where it gets complicated.
We were dead. But this wasn't the first time this has happened.
I died young in my first life, and basically decide to fuck up (or fix) the Fairy Tail world in my second, because (let's be honest here) it was fun.
Though if we're really being honest, it's because in Fairy Tail I could get the family I never had.
If I was back in God's library, it usually meant that I went into something like a coma so we could communicate.
But if the others were here, too…
"We're all dead, aren't we?" I asked God.
She nodded. "I'm not quite sure why Fairy Sphere didn't activate in your timeline, but yes. You all died."
"We're dead?" Orga asked with wide eyes.
"At least it was quick," Laxus muttered.
I hit him. "Baka." I turned back to God. "Can we go back?"
She shook her head. "The only way one can return to their universe like that would be to be reborn, and lose your memories. The same would happen for your previous world; you only got to keep your memories because you switched dimensions."
"Does this mean we could go into a different dimension?" Levy asked with wide eyes.
"Let's do Harry Potter!" Erigor shouted.
"Absolutely not," I said. "If we do Harry Potter, we're going to have to de-age ourselves so we'd be at our prime during the war. In addition to that, we'd have to go through seven years of schooling. I don't care if it is magic school, I don't want to do that. Also, I don't want to de-age myself much again. A few years is fine, but I'm not re-doing puberty again."
"Thank God," Laxus muttered next to me.
"Yes?" God asked.
I patted his shoulder. "Maybe you should stop talking."
"He's dead, he's allowed to be confused," Macbeth said.
"If anyone suggests Hunger Games, I'm punching them," Erza said.
"You do realize you could probably take down the Capitol single-handedly?" Jellal pointed out.
"No," Erza said.
"We're not doing Hunger Games," I sighed.
The sound of quiet whispering caught my ear, and I turned to look at Gajeel and Natsu who were conspiring with each other in the corner.
"What's running through your minds?" I asked them.
They both stopped, before they said together, "We want to go to Marvel."
"Oh, that'd be fun!" Levy said.
"You guys remember that a war with Thanos is coming, right?"
"That means that a few of us should probably meet up with the Guardians in space," I pointed out. "We'd have to split up."
"Well, Lucy and I-" Natsu said.
"No," Lucy interrupted, running up and clutching my arm. "I'm not going to be away from Ellie-nee for who knows how many years!"
"Same, I'm not leaving Onee-sama!" Juvia shouted, grabbing my other arm.
"Everyone, stop!" I said.
"Is everyone okay with Marvel? Do we all agree?"
There were nods, except for… "Master?"
"I think I'll stay here, if that's alright," he said, looking at God, who nodded. "At some point, the rest of our guild will pass, and they'll need someone familiar to lead them to the right place. Besides…I think it's about time for me to relax, and stop fretting over you people."
I looked at everyone else. "You guys agree, though."
I bit my lip. "Let me think."
Before I went into the Fairy Tail universe, I had thought over things I actively wanted to do; hell, I thought of them before I died. But now…
I thought over what I knew, and when would be a good time to interfere. This…this could work.
"Okay," I finally said. "We're going to Marvel, then?"
Nods all around.
I turned to God. "How would we get Ethernano?" I asked her.
"It will be in the air," she reassured me, though there was an extra smile in her eyes. "In all ecosystems, even other planets."
"Some of us will need to start off in space," I said, looking around. "Lucy, you already said no?"
She nodded, tightening her grip on me.
I couldn't really blame her, though.
I looked over the others.
"Jellal, Erza, what would you think?" I asked them. "Going into space and joining up with the Guardians, leading them back to Earth?"
The two exchanged looks, before Jellal looked back at me and nodded.
"Good," I said, nodding.
I knew I could count on Jellal for something like this.
"You can't all start off in the same place," God warned.
"Are we allowed to start off in pairs?" I asked.
She nodded. "That's allowed."
"Alright, everyone pair up," I commanded.
"I call Ellie-nee!" Lucy called.
"No fair!" Freed whined.
"ABSOLUTELY NOT!" Laxus said. He glared down at all of the kids. "All of you, pair up with your significant lovers."
"Isn't it significant 'others'?" Erigor muttered.
"I don't care what you idiots are calling your relationships now, but grab your other half," he demanded, pulling me closer to his side.
"Stop reading my mind!" Laxus glared at him. "And Exceeds go together."
Everyone started pairing up.
Lucy and Natsu, Gray and Juvia, Levy and Gajeel, Jellal and Erza, Macbeth and Erigor, Erik and Kinana, Freed and Mira, Evergreen and Elfman, Bickslow and Lisanna, Brandish and Cana, me and Laxus, and Happy and Lily.
"What about me?" Orga asked.
At sixteen, he was the youngest here, and the odd one out.
Laxus and I exchanged looks.
God was letting all of us go into a different dimension (the same one) with our memories intact. I wasn't going to push it by asking for a group of three.
"Orga, you'll be with Laxus," I said.
"He should be with you, I'm the oldest," Laxus said. "I should go alone."
"Actually-" Erigor said.
"Shut up, Erigor," we said.
I glared at Laxus. "I already did this once. Don't forget. I know what I'm doing."
We stared at each other, in a stalemate before God interrupted. "Elle will go alone."
Laxus threw up his hands. "Fine!"
I smirked at him. "Alright, guys, discuss with your partner where you want to show up. Or, point out a character you'd like to show up by."
"You don't care if we mess things up?" Natsu asked.
I glared at him. "I'm trusting the reasonable half of your pair to keep you in line."
Lucy sighed. "No promises, Ellie-nee."
"You'll be fine," I told her.
"Why don't you choose the places?" Freed suggested.
"If you have a place you want to go, that's fine," I said. "But yeah, I can help you pick."
"Oh, I know!" Natsu said excitedly.
"No," Lucy said, glaring at him. She looked at me. "I do have an idea, though."
"Alright," I said, looking around at them all. "Let's get started."
I started pacing and turned to God. "Can I have some paper and pen?" I asked her.
She nodded and gave me a notepad and a pencil.
I continued pacing.
"Anyway, we can help?" Laxus asked.
"Shhhhhhhhhhhhh," Freed shushed him. "Ella-sama is working."
I flipped forward and wrote a few things on the 'things we need' section, before flipping back up and writing down all of our names in groups.
Laxus and Orga
Natsu and Lucy
Gajeel and Levy
Gray and Juvia
Jellal and Erza
Erigor and Macbeth
Erik and Kinana
Cana and Brandish
Freed and Mira
Bickslow and Lisanna
Evergreen and Elfman
Happy and Lily
Then I flipped to the second page and wrote down important characters and places
Thor and Jane and co.
SHIELD and associates
Pym and Hope?
I already had ideas for Tony, Bucky and the Maximoffs. And technically Steve.
I looked back at my list
I added Wakanda and Kamar-Taj (Masters of the Mystic Arts) onto the list.
"Jellal, Erza, you guys are good for space?" I asked.
I crossed out Guardians and added it next to their name, and while I was at it, added Tony, Bucky, Steve and the Maximoffs next to mine. I'd take care of it.
"Who's okay with going undercover?" I asked. "Like…being evil? Or even infiltrating a place that's not evil?"
"Not evil!" Levy put up her hands.
"Awww," Gajeel whined.
"Okay, who's okay with pretending to be evil?" I asked.
Couples exchanged glances and raised their hands. Macbeth and Erigor, Gray and Juvia, Erik and Kinana – wait.
"Kinana, you're okay with pretending to be evil?" I asked her.
"If I spend my entire time as a snake with my Transformation Magic," she said, nodding.
"Oh!" at that Lisanna straightened. "Then we're okay with being evil, too!" she said, gesturing between her and Bickslow.
I looked between the two couples. "Are you sure? One of you will be hiding under Thanos."
"'Cause of our Soul Magic?" Erik asked.
The boys exchanged a glance and nodded. I don't know if it was acknowledging that they wouldn't back out so the other couple wouldn't get stuck with something, or if they were agreeing to do it or what, but I knew that they were okay with this now.
"Bickslow, Lisanna," I said, turning to them. "Are you sure? I'm going to place you with Thanos."
They both looked a bit frightened, but they nodded.
"Bickslow, are you okay wearing a helmet again?" I asked him. "It'll help you hide your expression. Also, I want you to downplay your abilities, make it seem like you don't have full control over them so they underestimate you."
At those words, Bickslow grew more confident.
"Lisanna, you'll be spending time in animal form?" I asked her.
"I want you to downplay your intelligence, and maybe only have like…three forms or something? So that way they underestimate you. They're more likely to speak around you if they think you don't understand."
At those words, I scribbled a few more things onto the third page.
Lisanna nodded. "Let's do it!"
I nodded back. "Then go over your forms with Bickslow, tell me if you have any ideas on something you want to specifically change."
The two of them split off from the group as I crossed off Thanos's name and tagged it onto theirs.
"Okay," I said, looking down at the sheet and the amount of available couples. "Macbeth, Erigor, and Erik, Kinana? Are you guys okay with infiltrating H.Y.D.R.A.? And possibly - technically S.H.I.E.L.D.?"
The group exchanged several looks before nodding.
"You realize you'll be, like….triple agents?" I clarified.
"We'll be good, Dawnie," Macbeth said, taking my hand and squeezing it.
"You'll probably see some really tough, really shitty things."
Bickslow snorted in the corner.
"Hush you!" I yelled at him.
I turned back to the two couples.
"We're good," Erik said, Kinana with her arms swept around his neck from behind, looking similar to the snake she'd eventually be.
Erigor and Macbeth nodded.
"You know H.Y.D.R.A. worked for the Nazis, right?" I asked them. "While the group originally was based on something else, they joined the Nazis in the 40s, and they weren't very accepting about…well, anything, but also homosexuals."
"Didn't we already cover that Macbeth is not gay, just Erigor-sexual?" Erigor muttered as the other glared at him.
"Still," I said, looking at them. "Are you going to be alright?"
They exchanged looks and nodded.
"Alright," I said, crossing off H.Y.D.R.A. twice and then tagging it next to their names.
I looked back up at the second list, of characters and places in the MCU.
I raised my gaze to stare at the group in front of me.
The very white group in front of me.
Yeah, there was no way any of us would be able to infiltrate Wakanda (hell, we'd probably be shot on sight since they hate intruders and such…).
But maybe…my gaze drifted.
The two Exceeds looked up.
"This is a pretty important job," I said. "You guys up to it?"
"What is it?" Lily asked, all serious.
"I need you guys to sneak into Wakanda," I said. "And befriend Shuri. Can you do that?"
"Will I get fish?" Happy asked.
I didn't answer. Wakanda was a landlocked country in the middle of Africa.
There'd probably be some freshwater fish, but still.
Lily hit him. "We'll be fine, Elle."
I smiled at him and crossed off Wakanda, adding it to their name.
Well, that's good. I was a bit worried about that.
"How many of you are up to joining organizations?" I asked.
I was surprised by Elfman and Evergreen's hands. "Really?" I asked them.
"Really," Evergreen said, glaring at Elfman.
The ones who specifically didn't raise their hands didn't surprise me. The thought of Natsu or Cana trying to work specifically in an organization was asking for trouble.
Most of the groups had at least one half I could count on to keep the other in line. Lucy can control Natsu, Levy keeps Gajeel in line. Gray keeps Juvia in line when she goes psycho, and she keeps him in line when his anger gets away from him. Jellal keeps Erza from going too far. Lisanna keeps Bickslow in line, just like Evergreen keeps Elfman in line. Lily is several years older than Happy, and has more experience than him.
Erik and Kinana are usually good, but being undercover should help them mature more, same as Erigor and Macbeth, who are a bit of a worry sometimes. Freed and Mira can be a bit much when it comes to certain things, but they can generally keep the other in a straight line…unless it comes to Ellaxus. But Laxus and I will not only be far away from the couple, but also far away from each other, so that should take care of it…
Cana and Brandish are going to be a bit worrying, because neither of them have much self-restraint. Cana, when it comes to drinking, or Brandish, when it comes to shrinking.
My eyes widened. Shrinking.
I crossed off another name on the second list and scribbled it onto the first one. "Alright, Cana, Brandish?"
"Yeah?" Cana asked.
"You guys are going to find Hope van Dyne," I said. "Cana, make sure Brandish only shrinks what she's supposed to."
Brandish deflated a bit.
"They'll let you do it a lot, don't worry," I told her. "Just make sure Cana gets coffee, alright?"
As long as Cana stuck to coffee, they should be okay. Mostly.
They nodded as I looked back at the available couples, and I tried to think through my options.
If someone needed to take on the Hulk, Laxus or Elfman would probably be the best bet to stopping him, though I'm more worried about General Ross.
"Levy, Gajeel?" I asked them.
They looked at me.
"How do you guys feel about joining SI?" I asked.
"What's that?" Gajeel asked.
"It's Stark Industries," Levy said. "And the answer is yes."
I nodded and scribbled some answers, looking at my remaining choices.
For Jane (and later Thor when he crashed) there was always Laxus and Orga (after all, they have lightning) but that might make Thor feel sad. And then there was my other option…
"Lucy, Natsu," I said, looking at the two. "Are you guys okay meeting up with Jane Foster and her group?"
Lucy brightened. "The astrophysicist?"
"Who?" Natsu asked.
"We'll meet up with Thor," Lucy told him.
"ALRIGHT!" Natsu yelled, fire breathing out of his mouth.
"No," Lucy said. "You can fight him when everything else is done."
I made a note, then looked at the remaining couples and flipping back and forth between the pages.
"You guys sure you're okay with going undercover?" I asked Elfman and Evergreen.
"Alright," I said. "You guys and Juvia and Gray will be joining S.H.I.E.L.D. Okay?"
They nodded, and I turned to Juvia and Gray, as well as Natsu and Lucy. "Gray, Juvia, you guys will end up with Hawkeye. Which means that you'll be in New Mexico near Natsu and Lucy." I glared at the two boys. "Don't spoil your cover by attacking each other."
"What about Black Widow?" Evergreen asked.
I thought of the timing. "You don't need to worry about her. You guys will probably be placed near the upper echelons so you can spy on them. Alright? You might need to be a secretary, Evergreen."
I looked at the last two groups and what remained on the second page.
There was still Peggy, Hulk, and Kamar-Taj.
"Freed, Mira, up for joining some Sorcerers?" I asked them.
"Awesome," I muttered, looking at the last two and thinking about the timeline.
I heard somewhere that part of The Incredible Hulk (the part where Hulk reunites with Betty and then beats the Abomination in Harlem) takes place a few days after the end of Iron Man 2. If that's true…
"Laxus, Orga, you're going to meet up with Betty Ross at Culver University," I told them.
"Okay?" Laxus asked, still confused.
I crossed out the name and added Peggy to mine as a possibility; it depended on a few things, mostly her dementia.
Finally, the first page looked like this:
Elle – Tony, Bucky, Steve and Maximoffs. Natasha. Peggy?
Laxus and Orga – Betty Ross and Bruce
Natsu and Lucy – Jane and co. (plus Thor)
Gajeel and Levy – Stark Industries
Gray and Juvia – S.H.I.E.L.D. (Clint)
Jellal and Erza – Guardians
Erigor and Macbeth – H.Y.D.R.A.
Erik and Kinana – H.Y.D.R.A.
Cana and Brandish – Hope van Dyne and Hank Pym
Freed and Mira – Sorcerers, Kamar-Taj
Bickslow and Lisanna – Thanos
Evergreen and Elfman – S.H.I.E.L.D.
Happy and Lily – Wakanda
No one was going to Asgard, but I had plans for that. Hopefully, everything will still work out, but I don't think the Allfather would be too welcoming to a bunch of mortals running around in Asgard anyway.
I looked at the third page of things we'd need.
I turned to God. "I'm a bit worried about the language barrier, and about telepaths getting into our heads and stuff."
"You'll possess the All-Speak," she said, nodding. "And even the Mind Stone should stay out of your heads."
I smiled. Nice.
"How about money?" I asked her.
"You all have a month to find a job," she told us. "You will receive an allowance."
"Thank you," I told her. That was awesomely generous.
I took each couple aside and privately told them what I wanted them to do, and covered any other questions they had. Everyone threw out suggestions, and eventually, everything was agreed and settled upon.
I took one last look at them all, and then back to Makarov, who sat off to the side with a contented smile.
And then the world shimmered and changed.
Anyone wanna guess when they're joining in on the timeline?