Hey everyone! I'm Red Rae Rae and this is my first fanfic for Fantastic 4, but not my first fanfic. I have 2 stories up in Fruits Basket (anime), 1 in Newsies (musical), and another one in High School Musical (musical, duh). I'm especially excited about this story, though, and I hope you'll all enjoy my style and leave me comments on each chappie. I love getting reviews and hearing what everyone has to say. I've tried to keep all of the characters in character and I hope I can pull it off. This story starts after the second movie, obviously, but enough of this prelude. Let's get on with the story! Enjoy, and R&R!
Just Another Girl
"Hey, sis, how was the flight?" Reed said as he and Susan made their way up to a beautiful red-head who was rushing excitedly toward them from the baggage claim.
"Oh, hey!" she cried as Reed embraced her happily. "Not bad, but you didn't have to meet me; I told you I could get there." She pulled away and looked at her older brother accusingly. He simply smirked. "I'm so sorry for the inconvenience; you get married and just as soon as you get settled the annoying little sister stops by for an extended visit."
"Oh, Becca, it's no trouble at all," Susan said, taking the girl in her arms. "You're not the only Richards to have financial difficulties." She eyed Reed through her peripheral vision with a teasing smile as he smirked back, turning slightly red. "Besides, we're family now, and family helps family in times of need. I'm sure you'll be back on your feet again in no time writing fabulous, best-selling novels." She smiled encouragingly at Rebecca Richards as the girl returned her smile with one of her own.
"Thank you so much," she said.
"So, can I take your luggage?" Reed asked, looking down at his sister.
"Reed," she sighed, rolling her eyes. "I may not have super powers but I can at least lift my own suitcase." Susan turned to Reed with a grin and he shrugged as Becca rushed off to get her luggage.
"She's got a mind of her own, doesn't she?" she said.
"She always has; that's why she writes books," he said.
Rebecca Richards, who went by "Becca," was a beautiful, bright, young girl with sparkling green eyes and red hair always clipped back away from her face since she was usually hunched over a desk or stove most of the time and had grown tired of constantly brushing it away from her vision. She was the polar opposite of her older brother Reed as far as careers. He was a scientist; she was a novelist. As far as personalities, the two were fairly similar though, and very close. Reed had always looked after his younger sister and protected her, and she had always appreciated it, though at times she felt as if she wanted the chance to do things on her own; she wasn't a child anymore, and neither was he. He was married, and this reality was quickly sinking in for Becca. She loved her brother so much and always wanted to be there for him, and right now that meant showing him that she truly supported his marriage to Susan Storm, since he seemed doubtful of her approval.
During Reed and Susan's rocky relationship, or lack thereof, she had had hostile feelings toward the woman, so he had every reason to believe his sister still disliked her. But all that Becca had honestly wanted was for Reed to be happy, and now that he was she had nothing to worry about. She had made assumptions and was willing to admit it, apologize, and move on. There had been misunderstandings and mistakes on both sides, but now all that was over and everything had turned out splendidly. Susan was a wonderful woman and loved Reed just as much as she did; she could tell. He was in good hands; there was no need to worry, and she wasn't going to. What she needed to do now was build a relationship with Susan, become just as close with her new sister-in-law as she was with her brother, because for Rebecca Richards relationships were everything.
"Ben!" Becca shouted, dropping her luggage there in the doorway of the Baxter Building as Ben Grimm walked out to greet the three.
"Hey, Bec, good to see you," he said as she flew into his arms and he caressed her lovingly.
"Your hugs are much stronger than they were before," she said as they pulled away, hoping that he really would take it as a compliment; she knew how self-conscious he was ever since the accident in space.
"Thanks," he said with a sarcastic inflection.
"Oh, Ben," she sighed dejectedly, leaning her head against his gigantic chest, not even attempting to wrap her arms around him.
"It's okay, Bec," he said, shortening her already shortened name, as she pulled away once more and smiled at him as if to say, "You've always looked great to me, and this could never change anything."
"Bec" had always been Ben's special nickname for Becca, and it only added to the already obvious bond they shared. Ben had been Reed's best friend since high school, so obviously Becca had been there too, and whereas the rest of Reed's friends had blown her off, Ben had always taken a special liking to her. Whenever he needed to get away from Reed's arithmetic for a minute, Becca was always there with her guitar to play him her newest song or throw her latest poem in his face for constructive criticism, and as a result he had become not only a brother to Reed but to Becca as well.
"So, don't tell me you live here too," she laughed, turning to look at Reed and Susan behind her.
"Sure, I do," Ben chuckled. "The Baxter Building is huge; Alicia and I live in our own separate apartment. I mean, come on, they're married now."
"Yeah, don't remind me," Becca added, rolling her eyes, choosing to question Ben later on this "Alicia."
"Hey!" Reed and Susan cried together teasingly.
"My big brother – married! I'm sorry, Reed, but it's gonna take a while to sink in; I, I just can't believe it," she said. "Plus, it does double my guilt on staying here, I mean-"
"Becca, we already told you not to worry about that; we're happy to help," Reed said, staring at her with assurance.
"Please, Becca, it's no trouble at all; in fact, I'm so glad you turned to us; I'd feel horrible if you hadn't asked," Susan insisted.
"Well, all right," Becca sighed.
"Then we won't hear anything more about it?" Reed questioned.
"I suppose not," she consented as he and Susan exchanged smiles.
"Yeah, they're used to company," Ben said with a chuckle.
"Huh?" Becca turned back to him and looked up at his face.
"Yeah, Ben and Alicia are over at our apartment all the time," Reed said.
"And Johnny drops by from time to time too," Susan added.
"Johnny?" Becca asked, looking at the three, wide-eyed and suddenly more interested than she had been about anything thus far.
"Yeah, Johnny," Ben sighed in frustration. "I swear, Susie, I'm gonna kill that kid some day." Susan just smiled.
"Well, wh-where is he right now?" Becca asked. "I mean, am I gonna see him too sometime?"
"Oh, you'll see him all right; I just couldn't tell ya when," Reed said with an exasperated tone.
"So, Bec, are you gonna bake us one of your famous apple pies sometime?" Ben asked, changing the subject.
"Oh, that reminds me, thanks, Ben," she said, turning to Reed. "I'm making all of your meals for you while I'm here."
"What?" Reed asked.
"Since you refused to let me pay you for my room and board then I had to think of something else to express my gratitude, and this is the best I could come up with. What, I'm not that bad of a cook, am I?"
"No, of course not, Becca, you're a fabulous cook, but, well-"
"Then it's settled," she nodded as Susan glanced from the red-head to her husband in astonishment.
"Reed, you can't let her-"
"Oh yes, he can," Becca said determinedly, cutting her off.
"Oh yes, he can," Ben added suddenly as Susan turned to look at him. "Sue, Bec's cooking is to die for; you'll see what I mean, and so will I. I hope you don't mind me dropping by for dinner every night from now on, oh, and dessert." Becca smiled softly.
"Oh, and anything else you can think of for me to help you out with, don't hesitate to let me know; I want my presence here to be a luxury, not a nuisance."
"Well, uh, if you insist," Susan stuttered, not knowing what else to say.
"I do," Becca smiled.
"Well, if you're gonna be cooking, can we have your famous chili to start off with tonight?" Ben asked as Reed nodded.
"Come on, let me show you where you'll be staying," he said, grabbing her bags and leading her to the stairs.
"Hey, I can get 'em," you could hear her saying, grabbing at the bags as Ben pulled them away playfully. "Hey, no fair, you're even taller now!"
"That's right, shortie," he taunted, laughing.
"Hey, why can't we take the elevator?" Becca asked as Ben just stared at her.
"You can if you want," he said.
"Oh, no, I'll take the stairs with you; I need the exercise anyway; all I do is sit at my desk all day," she assured him as he smiled softly at her.
"So, uh, that's Becca," Reed said to Susan as the couple stood there, watching the two disappear behind the staircase door.
"She's a character," Susan said with a smirk. "She sweet; I think I'm gonna like her."
"Or at least you'll like her cooking," Reed laughed as Susan nudged him in the side with her elbow.