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I had a stalker.

I first saw her a week ago. I'd been at my locker, looking over my shoulder for the usual trouble, when I caught her watching me from down the crowded hallway. She was tiny, not even five feet tall, and had milk chocolate skin, short, thick dreadlocks and a round, little face that made her look too young for high school. She wore horn-rim glasses over her sad puppy-dog eyes

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A Worm fanfic by JMHthe3rd written on the sufficientvelocity forums.

Weaver and Jinx is based on the premise of Taylor getting a friend before her first night out heroing. Together, she and Maribel become “Weaver and Jinx”. And set out to solve the gang problem in Brockton Bay.

Noteable for the reversal of several traditional Worm Fanfiction conventions, among which is Taylor defaulting to the voice of reason and temperance to Maribel’s more militant mentality.

Warning: Full story provides spoilers for Worm.


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This series provides examples of:

  • Alternate Universe Fic
    • For Want of a Nail: Taylor gets a friend in her fellow school outcast, Maribel, who turns out to have a potent Trump power.
  • Ambiguous Innocence, Obliviously Evil: Maribel is pretty thoughtless and tends towards cruel and/or risky plans in general.
  • Anti-Villain: Maribel might be considered one, as the first major act she undertakes in-story is befriending Taylor, and she gets herself injured to stop Taylor's bullying, but she tends to lean towards villainous behavior.
  • Blood Knight: Strangely enough, tiny, diminutive and bespeckled Maribel seems to be something of one.
  • Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: Maribel seems to be a mild example, and has urged Taylor to not join the Wards or cooperate with them. She’s also fine with Taylor being a villain if she wants to be.
  • Break the Cutie: Maribel’s backstory. Taylor’s everyday life.
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  • Dark and Troubled Past: Every parahuman, as per canon.
  • Hook Hand: Maribel lost a hand in her trigger event and got fitted with an artificial prosthetic.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: A significant portion of the story has covered Taylor helping Maribel figuring out her power
  • Inverse Law of Utility and Lethality: Averted with Taylor, whose power has many uses and can be equally lethal. Zig-zagged with Maribel’s power, which is only power buffing and debuffing and can’t kill- but may have other aspects that have been hinted at.
  • Original Flavor
  • Sociopathic Hero: Jinx is this, a little bit.
    • "Oh, come on! Can't you at least have your spiders chew his dick while he sleeps? He'll wake up going, 'Ahhh! My dick!' And if you use brown recluses, it'd be even funnier!"
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Maribel can analyze powers and have a generally good idea what they do.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Weaver and Jinx when Shadow Stalker compliments them after their Curb-Stomp Battle debut.

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