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I'm HALPING is a Worm fanfic by Ack (also known for Hope Comes to Brockton Bay, Security! and Recoil).

One night, David (more commonly known as Eidolon) dreams of a girl. A girl who through no fault of her own is subjected to a bullying campaign of staggering viciousness, a girl who is on the brink of losing all hope. He wishes with all his heart that he could do something to help her, and unbeknownst to him, his powers respond...

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On a bus just entering Brockton Bay, what appears to be a teenage boy comes into existence. He does not know his name or history, but he does know his purpose. He is here to help Taylor Herbert.


This work contains examples of:

  • Blue and Orange Morality: Zachary's highest good is the good of Taylor Herbert. All other laws, morals, and standards are subordinate to that.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Zachary never lies. However, because he also seems harmless, when he tells the truth about being an Endbringer, Taylor decides that he's joking.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: When Sophia's mom asks Zachary about his family, the only thing he says is "Behemoth". She naturally concludes that he's suffering Trauma-Induced Amnesia from an Endbringer attack. In reality, Zachary meant that as fellow creations of Eidolon's, Behemoth and he are actually family.
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  • If I Wanted You Dead...: Tagg decides that Zach tried to kill him with a thrown van that flew past his helicopter. Zach countered that the van missed him by a good fifty yards; if he'd been aiming at Tagg, he'd have hit him.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Zach decides that the Slaughterhouse Nine are an unacceptable danger to Taylor. So he kills them, with a van and a street signpost, from fifteen hundred miles away.
  • In a Single Bound: Zach has shown himself capable of leaping half a mile or more, without harming his passenger.
  • Megaton Punch: Zach has kicked Oni Lee into orbit (!) and backhanded Hookwolf four blocks (into the back of a dog-catcher van).
  • The Needless: Zachary does not need to eat or sleep, and judging by his immunity to tear gas and knockout gas, probably doesn't need to breathe either.
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  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: What happens to Hookwolf and Lung when they go up against Zach.
  • No-Sell: Zach can manipulate the powers of any cape facing him. He can also use these powers if he feels like it.
  • Not Hyperbole: Zachary literally punches Assault into the next state (Assault is fine, thanks to his kinetic energy manipulation).
  • Plague of Good Fortune: Taylor's situation. A random boy just pops up of nowhere and sets about the task of single-mindedly helping her out. The problem is, he seems to have no conception of right or wrong (beyond "good for Taylor" or "bad for Taylor"), and he has at the very least the strength and durability of a extremely high-level Brute. In other words, he is both entirely willing and entirely able to kill Taylor's bullies to stop them from hurting her (luckily, Taylor manages to talk him down before he actually does it).
  • Power of Trust: Zach literally has this. People trust him; or rather, they consider that he's not a danger to them.
  • Super Speed: Carrying Taylor, Zach runs several blocks in the time it takes her to say the word "fast".
  • Super Strength: Zachary is strong enough to tear free from containment foam without any real problem, and casually rips through steel doors to get things Taylor needs or get her out of lockers.
  • Wham Line (when addressing Eidolon and Chief Director Rebecca Costa-Brown):
    “Hello, Alexandria! Hello, Father! It is so good to meet you both at last!”
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