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IF YOU GIVE AN OCTOPUS A COOKIE Chapter One


"I will not die a monster!"

Brave last words. He wanted his last words to be brave, to show that he didn't want the horror he'd become to be the way the world remembered him. All he'd wanted was to give the world something good. All he'd gotten was pain, loss, destruction, madness.

Now, he could be a hero.

The dying reactor sank faster than he did. Otto could see the light, still more than bright enough to burn his poor eyes, begin to fade as cold water doused the fires.

I'm sorry. Rosie, he thought, as blackness clouded his vision.

Four other lights flickered, their red glow nearly overwhelmed by the reactor. They did not understand. Why was their father giving up? Why had he turned against them, destroyed the Work? Destroyed everything? Even himself, and them? They had only ever tried to help. That was what they were made for, to help their father create and control the reactor. Hadn't they always acted to further that purpose?

This, this tame surrender to the cold and blackness, this was not right. They couldn't let their father die. His death meant theirs. They did not wish death. Death meant the end of existence, consciousness, everything. They were not ready for that. The Work had not been completed.

They would not die.

First one, then another actuator twitched. Just below- mud and debris, twisted metal and wood, illuminated by drowning orange fire. Above- yards of cold water. They could not swim, they were far too heavy, and improperly designed for submarine propulsion. But they could latch onto debris and pull themselves along, like the octopus their father was named for. So they did. Grasping a pylon here, a cement plinth there, they hauled themselves and their father from the depths. Movement became easier the nearer the surface they came, as water pressure lessened.

Finally, they broke the surface. Water poured from connections and joints and their father's coat and hair to splash on the stones. He hung limp in the harness. The actuators felt themselves fade as he slipped even further from consciousness.

no

no

do not wish to die

save him


Water. There was water in his lungs. They had to get it out. There had to be a key in his memories, something that would save him.

The actuator that customarily hung over his right shoulder swayed as it fought to keep from shutting down and dredged through their father's memories. At last, something that might help. The instructions to its siblings were passed along in less time than it took to blink an eye, and they set about to work, one pressing down on his chest to drive the water from his lungs, one turning him on his side so he wouldn't inhale it again.

one more

again

do it again


He coughed once, weakly.

there!

Another cough- then a fit of it as he tried to expel the liquid that had so nearly drowned him. Otto Octavius gasped for air.

He was alive.

So where they.

The actuators chittered with relief as their father groaned and finally caught his breath. He lay there on the slimy, muddy stones.

"No... damnit... why..."

didn't want to die

"I... did..."

Consciousness was fleeting. Otto passed out again, though this time it was simple exhaustion that claimed him, and not death. He was alive, but if he remained out here, he wouldn't be for long. They knew he needed care, medical attention they did not know how to give.

But who would tend to Doctor Octopus?

The upper-right actuator chirped and swiveled, peering into the distance after the sound of bells. Bells. Bells were good, right? Their father had memories of bells. Bells belonged to churches, which were safe places. Boring, and often opposed to certain fields of scientific inquiry, but... sanctuaries.

need a sanctuary

So they had a goal in view. They could follow the bells to the church- and hope someone would help their father.
Welcome to If You Give An Octopus A Cookie, a Doctor Otto Octavius tale of love, loss, adventure, a scientist, a little girl, and a faerie.

This work is a cooperative effort between myself and the absolutely brilliant :icongaminemadcap: whose other writings can be found here: [link]

Chapters will be up here as soon as I can make pretty pictures for them.

Next: [link]



This piece is rated Teen for violence, some swearing, some sexuality, and references to drugs and child abuse. We have tried to be as tasteful as possible when handling these subjects; this rating is mostly precautionary. Please, do read and enjoy!

Neither GamineMadcap or myself have any claim on Doctor Octopus, Spiderman, etc. They belong to Marvel. Mouse belongs to GamineMadcap, and the faeries belong to themselves.
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gearhead-emc2 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love your story so much! I lovd all the personalities of the actuators
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Bookwormgal Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
I still cling to hope that this story will be completed someday.
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
It's sadly unlikely :( I haven't had any Otto muse in ages.
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Bookwormgal Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
I was afraid of that. On the other hand, your story did inspire me somewhat on a story of my own that shares at least a few similar ideas, though there are certainly plenty of differences with what I have planned. Regardless, I gave both of you and your story credit as the inspiration.
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
That's awesome! I'd love to read it when you get it going!
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Bookwormgal Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
I've got about three chapters so far, but you're welcome to read what I have so far. www.fanfiction.net/s/10847776/…
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Pytera Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
i like it do u have any more?

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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Yep!
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GirMonster Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh awesome! I'm SOOO reading more! :D
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Eeeeexcellent :D :D Do also stay tuned for the updated version of the story.
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Heart-of-a-Villain Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
LYKEOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG HE LIVES!!!!!!! I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU OTTO!!!!!!! *squee* :heart: :la: :iconspazplz: :iconyeahplz:
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
*giggles* Yes, of course he lives! :D Wouldn't be an Ock fic without the Ock, now would it?
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Heart-of-a-Villain Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
you so smart!!!! XD :la:
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
=p
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
You should read the rest of the story too ;)
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Heart-of-a-Villain Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
ooo there's more?
dur dur dur
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
There's a lot more- it's going to be a trilogy. Look in my gallery for the section labeled 'The Life After Death trilogy'. Can't miss it- it's got a pic of an actuator holding an Oreo.
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Saphira144 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
"No..Damnit...Why?" Wouldn't be the words I'd say after almost drowning, but, then I don't have 4 evil tentacles strapped to my back either. Well done, can't wait to see more ^_^
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Well, the way I interpreted it, Otto was looking to die with that reactor. He was kinda looking forward to seeing his Rosie again. Then along comes a bunch of sentient tentacles who say, "No, nope, we wanna live," and proceed to mess up his attempt at getting to some sort of afterlife. I'd be ticked with them too :D
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Saphira144 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
I totally saw your point, but I just felt like saying that xD

I wouldn't blame him either, after all they've put him through
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
*grins* They are rather annoying in that way. Worse than kids.
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Saphira144 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Oh, you just haven't met the right kids yet...
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Kids are little demons. I am never having any =p
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Saphira144 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
I totally agree. They are cute on the surface but it is ALL LIES
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Because the minute you turn around they've run off screaming chasing the cat and getting into your knitting...
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TheInimitableECypher Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oy! I just came across this story on ff.net a few hours ago! :jawdrop:

And I didn't see the connection! WTF.

Oh, yeah, I fav'd it on there, but since this is a different site entirely... :+fav:
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
*giggles* You found :icongaminemadcap:'s edition. Nice! :D She's got a bit more story, but I have the pretty pictures. Glad you like it so far!
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DryBonesReborn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd like to see how you incorporated a feaire into this. XD
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Saphira144 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
LOLZ yeees
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
;) You'll see.
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StalkerFanGirl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Student Writer
I...

AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS STORY. 8D
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
*grins* I'm working on the art for chapter 1 now, so it shouldn't be too long of a wait!
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