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It was a Wednesday.

Following 23 hours of labor, Drew Theodore P. Lipsky (the P stood for nothing in particular) entered the world at 11:59 p.m. He was born a bit blue in the face; but at the time that was easily explained by the hypoxia.

No one — least of all the overworked obstetric staff of Lowerton General Hospital — was in a position to appreciate the deeper significance of that color. Or the prophetic irony behind the moment itself: having fought all to day to delay his own birth from the most woeful of days to the most ambitious, and with his goal not only in sight but within reach, newborn baby Drew would find himself falling short by mere moments. It was to be his first grand failure, and the one which would set the stage for all the others to follow.

Compared to that, the mishap during the bris was but a minor setback. One which was kept under the table, when both the rabbi and the hospital (eager to avoid a scandal) were quite willing to settle with the Lipsky family out of court.

Drew's mother denied him nothing. Except, of course, for material possessions. It was far from what she'd wanted; but with her husband stationed overseas nine months out of the year, she was unwilling to be separated from her little Drewbie for even the span of an eight-hour workday. Instead, mother and son spent nearly every waking moment together, or at least in the same part of the house; it was said — often by snippety neighbors — that Myrtle Lipsky put the 'mothering' in 'smothering'.

Those apron strings would remain uncut well into Drew's adult life.

Of course, under the circumstances he probably couldn't help being spoiled: absent father, no siblings, with only one relation anywhere near his age. And that relation, his ham-handed cousin Eddie, had no patience for anything small and delicate: which included both Drew and most of his initial experiments. To keep his cousin interested and willing to help, Drew had to learn to dream big, build big — but to avoid big words.

Fueling those experiments cost money that neither of them had. Fortunately, both Drew and Eddie's moral compasses skewed heavily south-to-north; neither of them balked at shoplifting, snatching waitresses' tips from tables, and myriad other petty crimes. From there, they began to specialize: Eddie developed a love of all things loud and mechanical, especially those with wheels; while Drew found himself drawn toward robots, weapons and other devices of individualized destruction.

That last may have been his grandfather's fault. Bartholomew Lipsky was a frustrated inventor and would-be evil genius; unfortunately, his entire legacy pretty much consisted of half-written, mostly-illegible plans and one badly-scratched celluloid gramophone record from the 1904 Middleton World's Fair, containing the mysterious quote, "And when the Electrostatic Illuminator is mine, the whole World's Fair will bow before me!"

Melodrama, thy name is Lipsky.

But of course, most of the world wasn't destined to know him by that name. So how did his nom de guerre of choice come about? Well for starters, it was a Sunday.

The Lipsky cousins were down at the local junkyard, scavenging for parts: Drew was looking for something to power his mini laser cannon, while the younger-but-larger Eddie wanted to build the, quote, "Biggest muffler ever! Seriously."

Neither was having much luck. After an hour or so, Eddie commented, "This sucks, cuz. Too bad we can't grab the bus and head over to Upperton; I hear their junkyard's sweet."

"We can't take the bus, Eddie, because one, we don't have any money; two, how would we get the parts back home; and three, we don't have any money."

"I know, I know." Five seconds ticked by. "But what if we lived in Upperton instead, man? In some swanky digs like that Paisley fella. Then we could walk to the junkyard! Seriously."

Drew chuckled. "Plus, then we'd have money."

"Oh yeah, cuz. That too."

"But if we lived in Upperton, we'd have to have a better name than Paisley. Or Lipsky. Nobody thinks a Lipsky could ever rule the world."

"No problem, man." Eddie pointed his thumb at his chest. "I got my name all picked out. I'm gonna be Eddie the Fixer-Upper."

"Really?" Drew laughed. "And you think that'll make people take you seriously? No no no, you need a name that plays to your strengths. Let's see . . . Fixer Ed? No. Motormouth? Tempting, but no. Motor Head? —I've got it! Motor Ed! Oof!"

That last was because Eddie had clapped his older cousin on the back. "Motor Ed? Sweet! I like it, cuz! Seriously! But what about you? What name are you gonna use once you're famous?"

"Oh, that's easy. I'm basing my evil genius name on one of the fiercest creatures ever. I will be," dramatic pause, "Doctor Dragon!"

Now it was Eddie's turn to laugh; and he started rolling around on the ground for good measure. "Seriously? Dr. Dragon? That's the best you got? Seriously."

To say the smaller Lipsky was a bit miffed, would be putting it mildly. "And what's wrong with dragons?"

"Nothing, cuz. Except . . . you're not one." Eddie thought about it for a moment. Or two. Or three.

Finally, he said, "Maybe all it needs is something harder. Y'know, like those heavy metal sounds. Maybe we could call you Døktør Dråkkën. Whaddya think, cuz?"

"Hmm. I'm not a fan of all those weird symbols; they'll make it harder to write my name when signing new laws. Not to mention autographs. But I like the basic idea; when I'm ready to conquer the world, I shall call myself . . . Dr. Drakken!"

Two minutes later, Eddie uncovered a not-very-rusty electrical generator and Drew chanced upon a long tube bent into a U shape; and the whole conversation was forgotten. But thus was Dr. Drakken born.

As for the blue skin: funny you should ask. Not funny ha-ha, mind you. But since you brought it up, it was a Tuesday. . . .
:icondrakkenplz: This is a character study of Dr. Drakken, the main villain of Disney's Kim Possible animated TV series, with a cameo by his cousin Motor Ed. It's intended for the Childhood Memories fan art contest.

Drakken is a complex character: he's highly intelligent, yet self-important and a bit of a buffoon. Part of this is the nature of the Disney universe, where villains are required to be both humorous and vanquishable, and therefore the recurring ones must have exploitable character flaws.

I had wanted to expand this story beyond its initial premise, and after the contest is over I plan to do so. In the canon timeline, Dr. D doesn't acquire his signature blue skin, trusted lieutenant Shego, or series of ever-changing lairs until sometime after dropping out of college which is beyond the scope of the contest.

I also took the liberty of making Drew and Ed no more than four or five years apart in age, so that each could be a foil for the other. In continuity, depending on who you ask, there may be as much as a ten-year difference. (Funnily enough, they're both voiced by the same actor: the versatile John DiMaggio, probably best known for playing Bender the wisecracking robot in Futurama.)

Also, the days-of-the-week is a reference to the traditional poem Monday's Child, as well as a shout-out to the very last line of the entire series, in which Drakken starts to tell a fellow villain (but not the audience) the story behind his blue hue.

:reading: ~WordCount: 1,008 words.

Update, as of Jan. 3: It garnered an honorable mention, which is both fair and appreciated. :thanks:
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:iconcembree:
Ugh, I let this rot in my inbox...:roll: Sorry about that. XD
Well, first of all, I think it's a good piece overall. It has a type of calmness to it, but it isn't dull.
There were a few problems here and there, I must say. First, there was some muddy water in the beginning. It seemed that Drew died. Second, there were times when you were being a bit too clever, and it was hard to comprehend it. I've never really watched Kim Possible, so I'm not sure exactly how much you're stuck to the canon. But I didn't think it was Kim Possible until I read the comments. ^^;
The story flowed along very well, as your stories always do. Its structure seemed pretty good too, and the long (about half of the whole) part about how Dr. Drakken acquired his name reflected both a bit of thinking and didn't seem too long. It seemed just fine.
As for the impact, it really makes me think. It's because first, you've managed to make the beginning very resonant, and brought in some things that the reader just feels may damage Drew some day ("denied him nothing", "mothering in smothering"). Second, you've made the experiments and the mode of paying biting. And of course, you're writing about a villain. ;P
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Headphone4clock Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I had to correct myself of the title, cause I was thinking of david bowies song Thursday's child XD, sorry to bother, wanted to talk
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Not a problem; I like that song, and love its video.
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Headphone4clock Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
yay! thank you great poem
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MyBlankInfinity Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student Writer
I liked the story. Never really watched Kim Possible so I couldn't really comment on the effectiveness of the fan fiction aspect...

But I really enjoyed the flow. I agree with =cembree... the intro bit about his birth and (s)mothering was just long enough. The whole story was fun to read and by the end I was waiting to hear more...
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Writer
And at some point I will write up and post the revised and fleshed-out version. Thank you; and apologies for the lateness of my reply.
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Zelinxia Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Oh man, it's been a while since I watched Kim Possible (not that I got to watch every episode, shh).

This was a delightful read. It had its humor, was entertaining, and seeing how a villain would think when he was a child was definitely interesting.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you; I'm glad you enjoyed this. Now that the contest is over, I do intend to flesh it out once I have the time. :)
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Animeluver-13 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist
I loved Kim Possible.... Do they even play the re-runs anymore?? :-/

I liked the backstory though. It reminds me in the show Phineas and Ferb, how Dr. Heinz goes into his stories about his childhood. Very good though, I like it =D
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks, Gina. :)

I haven't checked recently, but they may still play them on Toon Disney. Whenever I need a fix, though, I turn to YouTube.
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Animeluver-13 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist
I think it's prob on at like 2am XD
But youtube always help
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