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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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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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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhh man. Way to take the Disney premise and turn it into something, well, a little less shallow (not to mention adult...don't think bris ever comes up for Disney).

Yeah, this definitely needs more. It feels like an introduction, and even more so an introduction that's a prologue rather than the first chapter--it's setting the foundation for the stage.

Also--considering your history, and the paragraph right before...is "Those apron strings would remain uncut well into Drew's adult life." a pun? :eyes:
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Writer
Well, I always assumed Drakken was Jewish. Maybe it's because of his name?

:shh: This really does have a first-draft feel to it; I may have procrastinated a bit too long. The full version has already been blocked out; it's just a matter of writing it.

Oof. Not intentionally; I was riffing off the cliché of cutting the apron strings. But now that you mention it . . . :paranoid:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, why not :D

haha, it happens! (I clame the scepter to the throne of procrastination. Well, I will. Eventually.)

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Cassildra Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Writer
Whoa. Nicely done. I couldn't cut mine down in time, but I hope you win something--this is really well written. :heart:
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Writer
I was wondering what had happened when I didn't see yours in the contest. I figured you might've been waiting for $devart to move it in, since there was a glitch in the submission process.
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Cassildra Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Writer
Naw. I didn't manage to cut it down. I was at ~2600 when I finished, and none of my editors had time to help me out. *shrugs* No big!
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Gunnut51 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
You've tweaked my inner Possible Geek!
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
:mwahaha: And you think you're all that, but—

No, wait. Yes, you are.
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Writer
Has this got anything to do with Odin? (After Gaiman's American Gods, anything with Wednesday makes me suspicious...) :paranoid: I see it's fanfiction. I don't know what of, but it's really interesting and well written (naturally, funny as well) - catches you and doesn't let you go from the start liek. Nicely done!
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
I'd be surprised if Kim Possible made it all the way to China; then again, Disney is known for releasing its properties globally to maximize potential revenue.

And as I've indicated above, it's actually a reference to a folk poem; the relevant lines are:

Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go.


:paranoid: However, knowing Gaiman, he probably drew on the same source for the character of Mr. Wednesday.
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Writer
As far as I can remember, four years ago, when I had a functioning television, if you got a ... thing ... (look, I'm not good with the technical stuff - I think it was like a TV satellite or something?), you could watch Kim Possible and The Sweet/Suite Life of Zack & Cody and - um - Emperor's New Groove, the llama thing, was it? - and others. So yeah. But really, all I remember of Kim Possible is that episode where the guy - Ron? - starts singing the .. naked molerat song, was it?

Ah, I see! And I think Gaiman just took it from the normal days - you know, Thursday is Thor's day, Friday is Freyja's day ([link]), Wednesday is Odin's day (or Onsdag). But I've heard of that rhyme as well, so I see where you're coming from. :D
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Sounds about right. And yeah, that song. *shudder* I have to remind myself that the show's market was teens and tweens; from my perspective, the watered-down attempt at hip-hop, while cute, was yet another case of 'tries too hard'.

That could be as well. I knew about the Norse gods, but never quite made the connection that Mr. W could represent Odin. Looks like I have some rereading to do.
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Writer
Yeah, I remember that song. It was funny when I watched it, but I didn't like the music even then. :paranoid:

It could be or it could be some other obscure reason. The only reason I thought of it because I'm a mythology nut. :XD:
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Writer
Literature nuts are the best kind of nuts.

Well, except maybe for unsalted cashews. :yum:
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student Writer
Yuppers.

I like peanuts, myself... (insert many, many elephant jokes here related to my avatar :giggle:)
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Writer
:omfg: *sputters* But, but . . . peanuts aren't actually nuts; they're legumes!
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Writer
Ooh, Kim Possible! I should've known! This is pretty awesome. Like *Gunnut51 said - my inner, cartoon-lovin', Disney-watchin', fanfiction reading :lol: really adores this.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hmmmm.

Well written; I liked the day theme. I assume there's more to the story?
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
There is, or rather there will be; I've just updated the Artist's Notes to reflect that.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ohhhhhh, I see. A contest entry... you have to send it to Stormpenguin in a note. Good luck, I hope you get in!

I've never seen Kim Possible, so I didn't recognize the character.
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Writer
Which is what I did . . . at exactly the same time Drakken was born, no less. Coincidence, or foreshadowing? :plotting:
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
dun dun DUN!
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