- I'm not scary! Agatha replied, frowning slightly. All the Jäger say I'm adorable!
By chance, a certain trio of Jagers stumble across an adorable five year old Agatha separated from Barry Heterodyne. What follows is Agatha's childhood in Merchanicsburg, raised by Mamma Gkika and the von Mekkhan family. A peculiar way to grow up, but not one prone to a boring lack of Death Rays.
Noted for its often understated but witty humor and attention to detail, particularly in the worldbuilding. Also of note are the original characters, some of whom have become as popular as the canon characters themselves.
The central story, It takes a village (or sometimes an army), covers Agatha's discovery and early childhood and University years. A second story, Keep it under your hat, chronicles a collection of drabbles that did not fit into the larger narrative.
This fanfic contains examples of:
- #1 Dime: Ducky has a pfennig coin she won from the neighborhood bully in a bet. She keeps it on her nightstand.
- Adorkable: Agatha, of course!
- Six year old Agatha: Science waits for no one!
- Ducky also counts.
- Child Soldiers: Mentioned. Mechanicsburg schools teach Invasion Preparedness, Efficient Torture Techniques, and children are instructed in the use of small arms at an actual firing range. It is worth noting that the children are not expected to use these skills as actual soldiers, and are just learning them to make more efficient minions for the Heterodynes.
- Deadpan Snarker: Both Ducky and Petra take this role from time to time.
- Expanded Universe: Keep it under your hat serves as one for stories that cannot fit into the main story's narrative.
- Friend to All Living Things: Agatha grows up in Mama Gkika's Jager hospital and the Mechanicsburg sewers. As such she has contact with a lot of strange Spark-made constructs and critters, and her compassion towards them is a defining character trait.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: Agatha, often, usually with a Death Ray.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: Ducky, to the point where referring to herself as Evdokia in front of a lie detector will make it go off.
- Nice Hat: All the Jagers wear one. Ducky also loans one to Agatha. Only Ducky and (possibly) Agatha think it looks good, however.
- Original Characters: Many, surprisingly they are applied to the betterment of the story!
- Put on a Bus: Interestingly zig-zagged. Ducky gets put on a bus for an entire arc, but the readers are eventually filled in on the shenanigans she's gotten up to, and in the end it almost feels like Agatha was the one put on the bus. It's used to help fill out a time-skip to great effect.
- Pyrrhic Victory: One footnote claims that the trope name in Europan parlance is a reference to Agatha's ancestor Pyrrhus Heterodyne, who tended to invoke these in his foes and single-handedly embarrassed an entire generation of heroes.A Pyrrhic victory, in Europan parlance, refers to the inexplicable event in which a Spark defeats you even though he spent the entire battle dealing grievous damage only to himself.
- The Stations of the Canon: Zig-zagged, Agatha still ends up a student in Beetleburg, but not before she has a number of adventures along the way.