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Fanfic / Lighningbird's FusionFall AU

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Growing up is hard; growing up in an era of war is even harder. But even in the middle of an alien invasion that could decimate the entire Terran galaxy and beyond, friendships are forged and some of them are highly unexpected.

Loyalties are forged, broken and tested in equal measure as the forces of Earth face the Fusion threat and lessons are learned…sometimes in ways our heroes would rather have avoided. But even in the middle of a war, life goes on and family stands strong, whether it's by blood or choice. The author's main page can be accessed here: All of their stories plus some art, including some tied to currently, and possibly indefinitely, unpublished story ideas, can be found here:


     Stories currently in the lightning bird AU, in rough chronological order 

[Lighningbird's FusionFall AU] contains examples of:

  • Armor-Piercing Question: Dexter gets to the heart of Ben's issues by asking Gwen where his Plumber communicator is; she fumbles briefly for an answer but comes up completely short.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Having gotten sick of hearing about Dexter, Kevin tells Ben to shut up. Ben does…completely.
  • Family of Choice: Dexter considers his family to include Deedee, the Utoniums and Ben with honorary membership being extended to other friends he makes along the way.
  • Happily Adopted: Dexter by the Utoniums.
  • Heel Realization: More like a Heel Re-Realization but in “Invisible Sun” Chapter 10, Buttercup is noticeably distraught over Dexter's implied school situation and the fact that at one point in her life, she was just like the kids making Dexter, who she adores and would do anything to protect, miserable.
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  • Odd Friendship: All of Dexter's though his relationship with Ben is shown most. Also Numbuh 4 and the Professor.
  • Parental Favoritism: Dexter and Dee Dee's parents will let her do anything she wants and cater to the majority of her whims. Meanwhile they set impossible standards for Dexter and can barely be bothered to pay attention to things like what he wants for his birthday; Deedee has to intervene to make sure he gets at least one thing he wants.
  • Protective Sibling Instinct: Over the course of the series, Dee Dee, Blossom, Buttercup, Bubbles and Ben all demonstrate it for Dexter who reciprocates fully.
    • Deconstructed with Gwen and Kevin's relationship with Ben as the person they want to protect him from, Dexter, is treating Ben better than either of them have been and is also completely harmless.


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