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A Girl Named Arcane

by Earth Elemental 99

On Earth-One, Abigail Arcane is the lover of the Swamp Thing and the innocent niece of the evil Anton Arcane. But on Earth-Three, where heroes are villains and villains are heroes, the Baroness Abigail Arcane is powerful and utterly ruthless. What is the secret of her creation, and how is that connected to the strange patchwork teddy bear she carries with her?

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Abigail Arcane smiled as her picture was taken. A rare opportunity like this is so very unique, she thought. Having emigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe and hailing from the Nazi nation of Balkania, a leading world power, Baroness Abigail Victoria Arcane was a wondrous young creature to behold. Created in her father’s laboratories, she was designed to dominate and destined to rule.

The lonely Dr. Gregori Arcane had created Abigail Arcane to become his beautiful daughter, his soul-mate, and his personally influenced child bride. But the incestous scientist had sorely underestimated his unearthly creation. This tragic mistake cost him his unworthy life.

Dealing with her stubbornly virtuous uncle, Anton Arcane, would yet prove problematic. He was an American farmer, happily married and raising children who would someday challenge Abigail’s claim to her Balkanian legacy. This was something she would not allow, and she planned to slay her relative rival someday. But that time had not yet come.

As it was, today the entire world was at the doorstep of Abigail Arcane.

“Miss Arcane, you are just so beautiful — truly ravishing!”

Photographer Howard Fleck, proudly snapping photos, was bearer of a very long, prestigious professional career behind the camera, photographing beautiful international women — and making many of these ladies overnight celebrities in the process.

The beautiful young Abigail posed wearing a brand-new, strapless, hot-red party dress while perched barefoot on a designer chair brought with her from Germany. Her long white hair flowed in the breeze of an overhead fan.

Fleck stopped shooting and asked, “Is it OK if I ask you to go without the dress now? The lighting is perfect for it.”

Upset, Abigail replied, with a light German accent, “Nein! Little man, you try my patience. My body is more precious than any rare gem, sculpture, or painting. I will not be photographed nude until the Bondreich’s World Jewelry shoot.”

“We promised publisher Bob Guccione we would have the pics ready for Customs International magazine ready by tomorrow,” said Fleck. “Now really, you are supposed to be nude for this next round of shots. If you want to make personal celebrity appearances at the Playbound Mansion, I suggest you go along with me on this.”

Frowning, Abigail took off her dress and impatiently sat naked in the chair. “Ach. Where are the diamonds?”

“Late,” said Fleck, “due to the security precautions we always have to take.”

“Oh, yes — the Crime Syndicate. They are so bothersome at times,” Abigail sighed.

“Ready to go?”

Ja. Yes.”

Fleck began taking pictures. “OK. Good. Chin up, honey. Smile for me! Show me some teeth. That’s it! Chest toward the camera, raise up those legs. Ah, yes! Now, over here. Good girl.”

***

Later, Abigail Arcane was taken to a larger studio, where she again posed nude, this time adorned with an assortment of renowned jewelry products.

Matthew Cable, Abigail’s official promotional liason, was present to greet her. She had fancied him ever since the first moment they met when she got off the plane. He was the first American she ever knew. It was perhaps love at first sight. She knew there was something special about him — a strict, solid American citizen bound by Nazi protocol. She was delighted to learn he once terminated a man for drinking on the job. Matt Cable was the only man Abigail Arcane ever came to love and respect.

After the photo shoot, Matt strode up to her, fell to one knee, and said, “My Lady Arcane, I am proud to be a part of your majestic life. Will you do me the honor of taking me as your husband?”

“In Balkania it is the woman’s right to propose marriage,” Abigail said, offended. “It is never left to the man!”

Matt looked surprised at his cross-cultural mistake. “Uhh… I’m sorry.”

“I will forgive you this mistake,” said Abigail after a moment, bowing down to kiss him. “As an American, you have much to learn about me. Is the motorcyle prepared?” He nodded.

Abigail dressed herself in dark, tight clothing, complete with a black denim jacket, gloves, and boots. “I will not be needing the armored car or the security crews. Unlike you, I do not fear super-villains!”

***

An unfortunate derelict named Hugh M. Hefner stumbled drunkenly outside the studio. The Lady Arcane had no patience with this man as he stopped her to beg.

“Got any spare change, lady? I’ve been up all night, by myself. I’m awful tired of it…”

“Ach. Nein! Away from my person, you pathetic bum!” Abigail Arcane pushed the weak Hefner aside and raced toward her waiting motorcycle. “Schlitterbaun-Davidson — state of the art in international motorcycles,” she muttered with pride.

As the young woman on the motorcycle sped off, Hefner mumbled to himself, “Why doesn’t anyone like me?”

Suddenly, Hefner was confronted by Matt Cable, who threw him brutally against the wall. “Did you just harass that girl?” he demanded.

“Saw a girl… white hair… asked her for some spare change,” said the derelict. “Th-tha’s… all.”

“OK, that’s it!” Cable shoved poor Hugh Hefner into the very dark back alley.

In pitch blackness, Hefner pleaded, “Lemme go, mister! I think I’m late to a party…”

“Party in Heaven.”

BLAM! A gunshot rang out through the alleyway and the street beyond.

Matt Cable walked out of the alley. He spoke into a CB radio hand set. “This is Cable. Clean up in left alley. Another bum messing with the talent.”

Quickly, security men swept outside to the ally as Cable walked off. Ironically, the mortal remains of Hugh M. Hefner were wrapped in a discarded table cloth bearing hundreds of the tiny emblems of the Playboy Bunny, as it was known on other Earths.

***

Gotham City:

Axis Chemicals engineer Jackson Napier enjoyed a quiet day at the office. With so little work on the priority list, he could stretch back and relax. He could remove his necktie, unbutton his shirt, and settle himself in front of a portable electric fan. Jack could even play his favorite card game: Uno Solitare.

The wild card has so many possiblities, Jack thought, smiling. It’s almost impossible to outclass.

The television showed a news report of Owlman being attacked by his arch-nemesis, the Clown. As he watched, Jack thought, The Clown? He’s insane! I’d hate to be like him! I am certainly glad he’s working for the side of good with Luthor’s group of super-heroes. Those powerful Crime Syndicate super-villains, they scare me.

Abigail Arcane walked in. Clothed entirely in black, she scoured the office with alert, vigilant eyes, like a thief in the night. “Mister Napier!”

Jack sprang up from his chair. “Miss Arcane! We wrapped up production of the first batch of chemical compounds you ordered from Balkania. In fact, we’re about to make the presentation to the staff for our next project.”

“You mean you have not started yet? I do not pay you to waste my time!” Abigail picked up two Uno cards — both wild cards — and ripped them in half. “If card games are the only things that interest you, then by all means, play them at the unemployment office! You are fired!

“Hey! You can’t fire me!” complained Jack as Abigail stormed out. “This is after hours! Awww, forget this stupid, lousy job! She just ripped up my wild cards. Self-centered &%@#$. No sense of humor.”

***

Hours passed. Abigail made her inspection of the chemical plant’s production. Reaching into her handbag, she pulled out a strange-looking stuffed toy. It was a mystical patchwork teddy bear, stitched together from the body parts of five different such toy bears, comprising a keepsake she held with much joy… and loathing.

The voice of dead Gregori Arcane’s ghost came clearly from the bear, a psychic aura loaded enough to be heard physically.

From the teddy bear, Gregori said in German, “Gott in Himmel. Abigail, you fiend! Why bring me back… like this? Have you no respect for your father at all?”

Abigail smiled at the bear and replied in English, “Of course not. Dearest father, you made me what I am.” She removed a sharp letter-opener file from her jacket. “This is for the first time you dared to lay hands on me!” Abigail stabbed the file through the bear’s chest and out its back. Gregori screamed.

“And this is for the delusions you inflicted upon my helpless mind.” She took a knitting needle from her pocket.

“Abigail! Nooo!” screamed Gregori, howling in pain as the needle punctured the bear’s head. “Arrrgh!”

Abigail suddenly stopped and looked up, staring at a dark corner close to the catwalk upon which she stood above the chemical vats.

“Come on out, Mr. Napier. I know you are watching. I can read your pathetic little mind, your emotions. There is never escape from me — never!

The End

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  • Webmaster

    meanwhile in axis world the confederacy(whose actions had indirectly led to axis victory) was designing a flag for its from mexico till north brazil,carribean the lemon danner banner singed donnie drake thorson industries inc skills club including writing-and im not buying my own computer until i get paid(and no euros)

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    lollyandandypart3:by donnie tv on axis world is devided. europe is keen to ripleys believe it or not(www.ripleys.com), australia(democratic) to http://www.ask-elizabeth.com, the csa proper to industries inc and the confederate collonies(see below or above) to http://www.guidedog.org due to colonywide poor vision

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    u for vicotry by donnie thorson industries inc mora mn 55051 in real history after tehrevoluton franCE got us lots of land in my fiction the french due toslave revolt in haiti to ensure us is depenedant ally onl y give it alabama and mssisippi to link with french lousiana. but the us craving for sapnish florida adn trth the french appointinting napoleon as gov louisiana plus mexico becoming a nation are..

  • u(lowercase)for victory by donnie thorson industries inc books and envelopes packed were halfmaile from mora post -privacy promise-some of us are illiterate with mexico and pacific canada(oregon ter) and CEntral canada(midwest) surrounding the us and french louisiana and florida had become a oversized fortress suddenly us pres burr snt troops not to florida but cuba, sinCE cuba hd been supply depot for florida

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    v(lowercase) for victory in an attempt to increase french and his own heemony,napoleon teamed with rebels in california to gain separation from mexico

  • meanwhile on axis world(www.althistory.wikia.com) in 1986 : sinCE winston churchill had defended britain from hitler and speer- the present fuerer chose to have vichy franCE try churchill(years after his natural demise) for destroying the french fleet in algeria(really happened)when it would not surrender to britian(naturally they leave out the part about offered surrender first) thus in buckingham palaCE under a vichy flag,a brit flag and a poster of andy capp with cap-tion: andy capp is vun loyal nazi-always giving zee hitler salute(actually andy was ordering five beers(i got this from acomic book)

  • v-lowercase=j lowercase by donnie thorson industries inc book and letter packing privacy guaranteed(some of us arre illiterate) as franCE sent anavy to louisina to forCE napoleon to resign napoleon and burr merged the french l into the usa

  • having unified the new usa began making overtures toward quebec-as in more than one wya unifiying war

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    democracy(lowercase) getscrowned as the usa under burr and napoleon gained quebec burr wisely caled for peaCE to secure and biligualize the usaafter the treaty of montreal theusa made neew laws a constutuioonal monachy a congrersds appointed by elected governors slavery is the keystone of the nation(the us had also bagged hispanola) by donnie thorson

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    lollyand andy part 7 dictatorship by democracy: sinCE many brits were willing to tattle on felow brits for not toeing the nazi line and told felow brits to do so-and while having lost free speech but allowed to play board games at the fredom clubs henCE the title beside due to location and brit health and other condictions(see britian-axis world-www.althistory.wikia.com) democracticdictatorship was in with the in crowd

  • lolly and andy part 9 treaty terminations by degree britain officially renounCEd all claims to former colloies-as it had in teaty with ireland decadees before. on 3-1-86 it agreed to only trade with australia([email protected]) through the cas(axis world-www.althistory.wikia.com) at that momment the csa collonies as opposed to the csa proper([email protected])

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    lolly and andypart x: by the treaty of stclaire negotiated through the cas britain agreed no further cliam on former colonies part of japan n return the cas agreed to rebuild britains bowling league

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    lollyand andy partII:because the mosquito plane had saved britain the trial instead focused on naming it after one(nevermind the ns had named their sounders jerichos trumpets!!!!) anywho:the abassadors to the cas from the csa and sosuth africa and rhodiesia(because a mutual relative in the usa had given them t shirsts saying only minnesota has it leagal to kill our state bird). and an african(for real) had said the mosquito was our friend because it prevented white coloniz.AT that moment the mullato ambassador from the confed colony of cuba was pet the csa congress(concon) to allow more liquid resourCEs for the colonies if we keep investing longterm well have no colonys left-and we cant pay our rents=signed donnie drake thorson(i sent a csi miami script int

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    on e-3 the california dreams are also criminals(i got the idea for this because kelly packard had been on several boy meets world episodes and..at the library sinCE e-3 computers cost lots and need updating tiffani smith went to the library switching on a familer program she made contact with the rouge computer program kilokhan

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    name donnie drake thorson story:new deal:after the defeat at sant is. the fourflushers(lawles league) returened to their detective offiCE therte they were approached by

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    new deal p-2boss gordon to aid them against owlman and raven sinCE the ff were looking for a way to batttle the csa this was it. boss gordons lt jimmy the gent renamed them the royal flush gang.also big jim gordon was forming other units of the rfg invarious locations in e-3meanwhile another of bjs lts mercury(counterpart to e-1 the key)

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    had met with choca black(wheeler-counterpart to e-1 roulette) to obtain info. the various rfg branChes to start small wouldrip off gambling. the e-3 vegas(home to cbs sitcom csi) would be a target. at a start they targeted the medical arts building this accidently alerted the csi, because one of the offiCEs they attacked belonged to the csis frenimy lady heather

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    meanwhile barry allen(rouge) whose only enemy wasjohnny quick formed a rfg in CEntral city. in gotham the rfg(ff) teamed with the e-3 counterparts jof the e-1 royal flush gang(in 86 both were teens working for jimmy the gent on each earth).attacking by forCE owlmans holdings taken from big jim(to divert suspicion) however sinCE dr wayne had made the most profitable one legal this summoned the clown to ironicaly defend it from the royal flush gang. natch the clown had abarrel of fun, making card related jokes

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    at same moment the v-3 rfg had attacked heather pulling out a pair of tickler gloves she twisted a dial zap! a bolt of electricity zapped out(ok! ast heart im achild of the70s)

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    MAUBUS SPEAKINGNOW I WILL ADD TO MR THORSONS STORY1 AS the battle raged dr wayne having not repented of his role in deliberately selling defective pacemakerr-planeed todynamite the casino to destroy the clown and collect insurance

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    dear maubus:donnie here ok i like your addition my turn again: as the clown escaped also the ff and counterparts to e-1 rfg. the casino exploded however sinCE again im a70s: no lives lost meanwhile the v-3 rfg no expecting a literal shock bailed fring as they went, yet again heather had to wrk with thecsi

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    heil ludendorf by donnie thorson fiction pod hitler and himmler are shot by poliCE during the beer hall punch after a trail erich ludendorf and hermann goering take control over the nsdap rename it the national social fatherland party retainitng the nazi nickname due to knowing that lenin was sent to russia by germany ,that russia lost morre land inww1 than geramny and the appointment of hans gudarian to the nsvp the nazi reverse theri attitiute to russia absorbing the german commiesupon assuming chanCElorship ludendorf appoints gudarian ambassador to moscow in33.jthe antiveersirs bloc is formed itlay applies for membership but sinCE itlay betrayed the CEntrsl powers it is refused when poland is trheated the western allies stand firm the bloc backs off. sinCE italy is not allies with f-b it is threatened and invaded

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    the

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    what if the facts of life had never been:by donnie thorson 405 s walnut st cabin 123 mn-55051-1905:when kim and willis visit mrs garrett they team with jo and things get complicated; as the car jo had hotwired zoomed our heros (j k w) wwere only too happy to bail the second it stopped. as our heros reentered eastland the colors were being lowered jo s agile mind notiCEd something odd about the flag- it only had 48 stars contact me at postmailfor part 2

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    the confederacy=the csa(our timeline +kentucky,dallas, and the only two oCEan states-panama and yucatan-which are also the only states to use not only negros but latinos as OFFICIAL (property) slaves.) and the CE confederate empire =the carribean and all of latin,CEntral america and south america up to the north border of grand columbia(free s.america) not states. the csa peaCEfully divorCEd the union(which later married canada and adopted greenland(sinCE the czar never sold alaska today russia and alaska have arelationship like otl china and taiwan because the royal family rigged alaska as a hven vs rebels years before 1917) the csa bagged mexico turning 4 mexican states into davis. using the cs state of yucatan cs bagged spanish carribean-to gain the rest as tradeoff for raw material s to franCE-britain to win ww 1. the CE has satilite status-nonwhites and whites hold gov positions. the csa flag is the stars and bars with gold stars(also called thelemon-danner banner) the CE flag is the cs navyjack. due to its state economy tied 100 5 to the navy and CE mearchant marine panama corps linke to the confed company council the c4,(based on the economy of their axis ally mussolini) makes all navy jacks each state/colony has its own flag-panamas is the navyjack

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    by the books: having a love4 from another society has its twists-sometimes you can stick astar of david on a x-mas tree and be ok but:mat cable had purchased a copy of a book on earth-3s ww1 (which had federated geramny,austria,italy.denamark and poland as balkinia) it was a copy of all quiet on the nothern front by adolf hitler. when lady heather-I mean abigail- saw it she tore it to shreds screaming:pasifist ,traiter!!!! matt was shocked-he hadnt read said book. patiently with her beloved lady heat-abigail went to a picture of balkinias firt fuerer jrr tolekin pulled out a copy of his boo my struggle(although born in OLD-YORK, england, hed fought for austria in ww1