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    Someone had to be the template for Widowmaker, and that someone is an armourer, materials engineer, and former field sniper, all for Talon, named Emily Gardner. She loves her work, just as her blue counterpart does, and together they make one of the more formidable weapons in Talon's arsenal.

    But good things can't last forever, can they?

    CW: this is... gonna be pretty fucked up.

    This is not part of the on overcoming the fear of spiders continuity. It is a standalone AU, largely canon-compliant through December 2017, other than talon!Emily and the ramifications thereof.

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    Overwatch has been revived by Talon assassin Lena "Venom" Oxton, in the guise of Lena "Tracer" Oxton, working with operations leader Winston, Lunar ambassador to the United Nations. Lena Oxton wants a better Overwatch, the kind entirely made of heroes, the kind that would not leave her abandoned outside of time in the Slipstream, the kind without a covert section at all - the aspirant, to Talon's necessity.

    But even with Venom's help - and the Amélie "Widowmaker" Lacroix-led Talon acting as an independent black ops - they're still feeling their way forward, picking up one piece at a time, trying to put things back together. And as some of the older members of the original Overwatch join up, Lena Oxton discovers - much to her dismay - that old soldiers might leave ghosts, and not all ghosts sleep quietly at all.

    This is part of the On Overcoming the Fear of Spiders Overwatch AU continuity. A maintained timeline for the AU can be found here.

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    Widowmaker brought herself in from the cold, one day, exchanging a list of Talon agents for sanctuary, and for a time, would not say why. The first person she opened up to was Lena Oxton, unexpectedly, at Gibraltar. Lena - having no idea how to process what she was feeling - took that to her wife, Emily Oxton, back home in London, who said she wasn't selfish, and didn't care what happened as long as it meant the sniper's scopes were no longer on her beloved.

    This story takes place a little more than six months later.

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    Widowmaker gets email from someone who shares both a common interest in deadly neurotoxin and a recurring annoyance who will not leave her alone.

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    Lena "Tracer" Oxton gave up on Widowmaker, but somewhere underneath it all knew that wasn't the right thing to do - so much so that she and her wife Emily "Kestrel" Oxton (from it is not easy to explain, she said) punched a hole across spacetime to find a universe where things had, in the end, worked out - coming across Lena "Venom" Oxton and Amélie "Widowmaker" Lacrox of Talon, from on overcoming the fear of spiders.

    But really, all you need to know is that Lena and Emily are both with Overwatch, and are taking one more shot at pulling Widowmaker out of Talon's clutches - even if doing so requires some dangerous sacrifices.

    This is probably the most current (November 2017) canon-compliant Widowmaker I've written.

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    A local MS-13 cell made a very, very big mistake - they stole from a Talon research lab. Lena "Venom" Oxton and Amélie "Widowmaker" Lacroix go to retrieve the stolen goods, leave a message, and decide to bring along a lunatic with explosives just to make the point a little more emphatically. And also because it's fun.

    This is the mission mentioned in Chapter 13 of Old Soldiers ("feeding the spiders"), and is canon in the on overcoming the fear of spiders continuity. But all you need to know really is that Lena and Amélie are both with Talon.

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    Widowmaker brought herself in from the cold, one day, exchanging a list of Talon agents for sanctuary, and at first couldn't or wouldn't say why. Her first breakthrough in explaining herself came in a talk with Lena Oxton, who then helped her break through Angela Ziegler's insistence that Widowmaker was not really a person, and that Amélie Lacroix could yet be recovered. But despite that truth, sometimes, some of Amélie's last memories - mostly but not always tightly compartmentalised away - trouble the spider, and this is one of those times.

    This is the sixth in a series of stories set in the It is Not Easy to Explain, She Said continuity, a timeline largely compliant with known canon as of July 2017 (pre-Doomfist/Masquerade), which is when I wrote and posted the first story. It is not part of the on overcoming the fear of spiders AU.

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    Widowmaker brought herself in from the cold, one day, exchanging a list of Talon agents for sanctuary, and at first couldn't or wouldn't say why. Her first breakthrough in explaining herself came in a talk with Lena Oxton. Now, a few days later, she is back for her daily check-in with Dr. Angela "Mercy" Ziegler, who seems to understand nothing, and she has run out of patience.

    This is the fifth in a series of stories set in the It is Not Easy to Explain, She Said continuity, a timeline largely compliant with known canon as of July 2017, which is when I wrote and posted the first story. It is largely canon-compliant with what we knew pre-Doomfist/Masquerade, and is not part of the on overcoming the fear of spiders AU.

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    Lena "Tracer" Oxton has second thoughts about giving up on the Widowmaker, and goes to extreme lengths to ask someone she met once - quite impossibly, but nonetheless met - for advice.

    While it involves the on overcoming the fear of spiders Venom and Widowmaker, and the it is not easy to explain, she said Emily "Kestrel" Oxton, it is canon in neither AU, and should make sense without having read either of those. It is canon, however, in the manic pixie murder machine series, which was not yet a series when I wrote this.

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    Venom fills out a Q&A meme post, and drags Widowmaker along into doing it as well.

    Demicanon to the on overcoming the fear of spiders universe, just because neither of them would actually fill one of these out, and I'm not sure Q&A memes are even a thing at that point in the Overwatch universe. But the rest counts.

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    Lena "Venom" Oxton and Amélie "Widowmaker" Lacroix - two of Talon's best assassins - enjoy viewing a total eclipse, driving very dangerously, mistreating a vintage automobile, and, of course, their work and each other.

    This is part of the on overcoming the fear of spiders Overwatch AU continuity, but is a standalone short story. All you really need to know is above.

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    Widowmaker brought herself in from the cold, one day, exchanging a list of Talon agents for sanctuary, and for a time, would not say why. The first person she opened up to was Lena Oxton, unexpectedly, at Gibraltar. Lena, for once, had no idea how to process what she was feeling, and took that to her wife, Emily Oxton, back home in London. Two years later, the three of them - now all Overwatch agents, including the new Flying Agent Emily "Kestrel" Oxton - are married, and one night not at all long after that, this happens.

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    What if Frodo had stood up successfully to Faramir on behalf of Sméagol? What if Frodo hadn't been forced to lie to Sméagol to protect him, and that as a result, Sméagol hadn't been captured by force, and therefore, still trusted Frodo as they headed into Mordor?

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    Widowmaker brought herself in from the cold, one day, exchanging a list of Talon agents for sanctuary, and for a time, would not say why. The first person she opened up to was Lena Oxton, unexpectedly, at Gibraltar. Lena, for once, had no idea how to process what she was feeling, and took that to her wife, Emily Oxton, back home in London. This story takes place two years later.

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    Widowmaker brought herself in from the cold, one day, exchanging a list of Talon agents for sanctuary, and at first couldn't or wouldn't say why. Her first breakthrough in explaining herself came in a talk with Lena Oxton. Of all people, why her? Tracer tries to figure it out, talking about it with her wife, Emily, over breakfast.

    This is not part of the On Overcoming the Fear of Spiders AU. It is... apparently the follow up to a standalone story in a timeline much closer to current known canon as of July 2017, but not including the Doomfist comic. It follows "It is not easy to explain, said the Widowmaker," and I think Emily might get one, too.

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    Lena wants to know why Gabriel sent Blackwatch agents after Gérard Lacroix.

    A short prelude to the upcoming story Old Soldiers. The entire work will be canon within the On Overcoming the Fear of Spiders continuity, an Overwatch AU.

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    This is an online version of my official timeline for On Overcoming the Fear of Spiders and all other stories set in that continuity, including all works in the web of time, and the new work in progress, Old Soldiers. The warnings apply not to the timeline directly, but to the stories referenced; check individual stories for their specific warnings. It is current as of 18 August 2017 and contains material not previously released. Spoilers abound.

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    Widowmaker brought herself in from the cold, one day, exchanging a list of Talon agents for sanctuary. Why?

    This is a standalone short story, nominally set in an AU that is still reasonably canon-compliant as of July 2017, up to but not including the comic appearance of Doomfist.

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    Lena "Venom" Oxton made Winston a promise, one Winston did not like. But Lena Oxton keeps her promises.

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    Lena "Venom" Oxton has a conversation with Shimada Genji in Nepal about joining Talon, or possibly another organisation. Short, and lightweight.

    This conversation is canon in the on overcoming the fear of spiders Overwatch AU continuity. This happens before the end of that story, so you might want to read that first to understand the context.

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