Title: Prometheus and Pandora
Author: Almighty Hat
Fandom: Monster High
Characters: It's a surprise!
Word Count: 1300 (thematic and accidental)
Rating: G
Pairing(s): None, but some background historical het referenced.
Warnings: Extramarital affair resulting in late-teens pregnancy (based on real history), strained relationship with father figure (canonical)

Author's Notes: I wrote this four months ago, by the time stamp, and never posted it. I found it yesterday, and decided that I still liked it even if the Big Reveal at the end isn't as dramatic as I'd like.

Summary: He's a young doctor whose scandalous experiment has rocked the Mad Science world. And parts of the mundane world. She's a young writer who sees something far more interesting than the scandal.

It had been a dark and stormy night, when she’d written the piece. )
Title: Boo York Minute
Author: Almighty Hat
Fandom: Monster High
Characters: Toralei Stripe, Ghoulia Yelps, Ramses de Nile, Nefera de Nile, Cleo de Nile, Madam Ptolemy, Deuce Gorgon, Seth Ptolemy
Word Count: 4,230
Rating: G
Pairing(s): Background Deuce/Cleo, attempted Seth/any princess who'll have him
Warnings: Ramses trying to arrange his daughter's life without her input, Nefera being Nefera planning to manipulate and gaslight.

Author's Notes: I love Monster High and for a 72-minute to commercial, Boo York, Boo York was pretty good. But there were a handful of moments where I went "Wait, what? Seriously, what?"

Summary: What's she doing there? Why did she leave her best friend behind? Why didn't they do the sensible thing, if they were so invested? Why did she refuse? Was she on the marquee?

A look at the gaping plot holes and gnawing questions that the latest Monster High special has me asking.

Villain Decay )

Genre Savvy )

Altar Diplomacy )

Child Marriage Veto )

The Show Must Go On )
Title: Strange Cases
Author: Almighty Hat
Fandom: Monster High (mostly diaries, some webisode influences)
Characters: Jackson and Holt's parents, Jackson Jekyll, Holt Hyde, background family
Word Count: 11,933
Rating: PG
Pairing(s): Jackson and Holt's parents (technical OCs, Brand Burns, Jenny Jekyll, and Hedda Hyde)
Warnings: Occasionally misguided parenting decisions made with the best of intentions, periodic foul language (I tried to stick with MH style language, but Hedda Hyde wanted to be able to cuss), a bundle of control and self-esteem issues (thanks, Henry Jekyll), a couple of minor instances of non-graphic violence (one involving drunk college idiots and canon-typical fantastic racism), adult fears, and spoilers for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which came out in 1886 and is available to read for free on Project Gutenberg, so if you want to go read that first, I'll wait here for you.

Author's Notes: I can't blame anyone but myself for this one. Thanks, however, go to Celaeno for reading the thing and agreeing it hit her in the feels where it hit me, and if you want to picture Brand and Jenny the way I do, picture them as imagined by Creamo Dreamo. Names were chosen for canon-style puns, alliteration and meaning, or sheer nerdery (Jennifer Walters is She-Hulk). A line of dialogue was filched from Jackson Jekyll's signature diary, as was the situation in the last scene.

Summary: Knowing the inspiration, it's sometimes easy for fans of Monster High to look at a teenage character or a series of parenting decisions and wonder, "How in the hell did that happen?"

Jackson Jekyll and Holt Hyde, son of a fire elemental and a great-great-whatever-granddaughter of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, spent fifteen years believing they were each alone in their body, and just had a sleep disorder that kept Jackson from staying up past sunset and Holt awake all night long, right up until their trigger changed to the presence (or absence) of music in 4/4 time over 90 decibels.

This is the story of how in the hell that happened.

They met at college, sort of. )
Title: Whatever, Whenever, However
Author: Almighty Hat
Fandom: Monster High
Characters: Jackson Jekyll and Toralei Stripe (mentions of Operetta, Frankie Stein, Nefera and Cleo de Nile, Manny Taur, and assorted others)
Word Count: 3,526
Rating: G
Pairing(s): Jackson/Toralei
Warnings: Infidelity/cheating, but I defuse it quickly.

Author's Notes: The Monster High prom has kind of a lot of characterization and continuity issues, but it's got the least likely ship ever, and I hereby dub Creamo to be captain of that good ship. Be the voyage short or improbably long, I'm here for the ride (mostly because I can ship anything so long as I don't feel squicky about the age difference and somebody works at making me believe it).

Summary: Jackson and Toralei's evening following their last iCoffin chats and social media posts.

'Come back and let’s dance,' her text had said. (Well, the one before the confessions about unleashing the cats, but Jackson had strongly suspected that before he’d invited Toralei.) )
Title: Clear The Air
Author: Almighty Hat
Fandom: Monster High (webisodes, TV specials, and doll diaries set to 'frappe')
Characters: Abbey Bominable & Heath Burns (mentions of Manny Taur, Frankie Stein, Clair, Holt Hyde & Jackson Jekyll, and Headmistress Bloodgood)
Word Count: 2,985
Rating: G
Pairing(s): Abbey/Heath (brief, brief mention of the tumbleweed that is Frankie and Jackson and Holt and Clair)
Warnings: Canon-typical misogyny, called on

Author's Notes: Somewhere on the internet, someone said they were really disappointed in the Abbey/Heath subplot in Ghouls Rule-- that it was less about their feelings for each other than about Heath getting his man card back in Manny's eyes. And somewhere on the internet (possibly in the same place, I don't remember), someone said they weren't really keen on Heath, who for a long, long time was That Creeper Who Wouldn't Stop, eventually being rewarded with a girlfriend... and then he hits on Jinafire in Scaris. Basically, I just wanted to make sense of all that. So I re-watched Ghouls Rule, and this happened.

Summary: In the aftermath of Ghouls Rule, when there aren't emergencies or crowds, Abbey knows she and Heath have a lot to talk about.

November started with party cleanup and relief at Monster High. )
Title: Up On The Roof
Author: Almighty Hat
Fandom: Monster High (webisodes, doll diaries, and TV specials set to 'frappe')
Characters: Deuce Gorgon, Rochelle Goyle, Roux; mentions of Medusa, Cleo De Nile: exceedingly brief mentions of Frankie Stein, Perseus the rat, Smokey
Word Count: 2,448 (excluding author's note and diary entry)
Rating: G
Pairing(s): Background Cleo/Deuce, potential pre-Deuce/Rochelle
Warnings: Exceedingly G-rated false pretenses; gratuitous French
Author's Notes: Yes, I am aware Rochelle using Roux to get Deuce up to the roof with her was problematic. I'm disappointed in her, but I'm rolling with it as a thing that happened. The text of the relevant diary entry and more extensive author's notes follow the vignette.
Summary: The events of Rochelle's diary entry from October 19th... from Deuce's point of view. When a gargoyle griffin steals his ball and gives it to the one person he can safely look at, Deuce figures there's no harm in hanging out for a little while.

Roux, qu'est-ce que tu as là? Où avez-vous eu ça? )

This is tagged 'gen' because it's all from Deuce's point of view, and Deuce is a little oblivious when girls aren't devastatingly obvious about their crushes on him.



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