Mallory/Jonathan Metropolis civilians!Alt.End.
The Metropolis Civilians!Alt.End is one of the many alternate endings I have.
Basically, instead of going to Arlen, Mallory stays in Metropolis since her life before the Wendigo is there. She meets up with her old coven and they're more than happy to reintegrate her back into their ways. Mallory gradually begins to accept the magic part of her ancestry and thus the curse is broken. Mallory and Diane rekindle their friendship, and they begin collaborating on the academy in Metropolis, with the two witches getting Lex Luthor to help fund their schools.
Mallory begins checking in on her parents to help them become better people and to help them break the curse. It is an arduous process, but with the members of Justice League Dark's assistance and Diane's help/enlightening, the Anderson and Sinnet families are eventually free of both the curse of the Wendigo and the bad luck curse.
Such luck leads Jonathan back to Mallory. They accidentally meet up at a local cafe. Jonathan looked horrid, bony and bleeding. He'd gotten mugged on his way out of Gotham, a city he had grown sick of now that his plots weren't flourishing, his fear seemingly erased, his fear toxin weak and nonexistent now that his resources were slim to none, and his most fascinating test subject - his once close confidant - had apparently died. It hadn't helped to find out that Nygma had become a private investigator or that other rogues had also managed to keep themselves well-off and somewhat happy.
Jonathan's shock and mixed feelings were buzzing when he stumbled across Mallory. Mallory explained her cleansing process and, to regain his trust, gave him money, directions to a nice hotel, and, among the roll of dollar bills, a vial of pure Wendigo essence she had managed to persuade Zatanna to give her. However, she did ask Jonathan why he hadn't helped her get rid of the Wendigo, and she preyed on his vulnerable state to further regain his loyalty, giving him the reassurances and support he needed. She repeatedly made it clear that she wished to help him find a better life, and that if she hadn't been told to leave for her own safety, she never would have left his side.
After this display of trust and her loyalty was secured, Crane chose to accept Mallory's help if only to analyse the side effects the Wendigo bestowed upon her. He secretly wouldn't admit it, but he did not want to let her go so easily. The ropes of infatuation, dusty as they were, still clung to him tightly.
Just as Mallory had hoped.
It was only months later, when the couple had finally reached stability and all seemed mercifully normal, that Mallory confessed her plan to Jonathan.
Jonathan Crane has been manipulated by fear and cowardice and scorn and disgust and thus learned to manipulate by those methods.
Mallory Sinnet was manipulated by love and fear and wariness and beauty and self-preservation, and learned to manipulate those traits.
She, unlike Jonathan, started manipulating others at a very young age thanks to her parents teaching her so/doing the same to others.
He started doing so in his late teens and stopped altogether, becoming vastly introverted when he secured his short-lived success at Gotham's psychology branch.
He barely wielded his manipulation skills progressively when he chose to, and as a villain only manages to manipulate negatively with fear and eeriness..
Mallory, on the other hand, wanted to continue honing her manipulation of others and thus strived to familiarize herself with the arts - most specifically acting - and the psychology degree helped as well.
The Wendigo was a test, and she was certainly intimidated by the fact that she could not manipulate a spirit. And yes, she needed a little shove to help her get better with dealing with it. But it helped her out, it taught her how to stalk and successfully ensnare her prey. It honed her manipulation skills and allowed her to pull of self-preservation stunts she never could have done due to human error and feelings.
Now who would be the more skilled manipulator? Mallory, of course.
It was much better than her acting degree, she just never knew it until Jonathan had helped her realize it. It was then that she began planning. There was no way she was going down so easily without a fight. The Wendigo went along with the intrigue that this certainly hadn't been done before. Every other Anderson had simply laid down and was devoured. If she was going to die - which she wasn't, not by a long shot - she was going to do something meaningful first.
Batman knew this plan. She had told him her plan and he had agreed, even though he was unsure it would work at all. It was a plan to help purge corruption from Gotham, and some of it worked.
Mallory agreed to Crane's offer both because she wanted to get better and because it meant testing out her capabilities on a totally demented sort of mind.
When she became the wicked witch, Mallory foregoed her ties to Gotham's elite in order to delve into more interesting test subjects.
She - with the Wendigo's help - managed to get the Master of Fear under her thumb. She, a woman of feelings and the occult, managed to get a man of science and fear to to develop a sort of attachment to her - whether he was aware of it or not.
She didn't even have to mold herself to be someone else he wanted. He was so subconsciously lonely that he welcomed her as her flawed self with open arms when his nightmares became too much for him. He actually adored her for herself - in all her eccentricity and energized creativity. That made her feelings all the more genuine, but it didn't hurt to keep so much from him. It was all for the best.
None of her feelings developed for any of the rogues were lies. Her intentions were shielded, but she left her personality bare to some degree. She was most open and truthful to Crane, but he didn't know half of what went on in her mind.
She allowed him to manipulate her, allowed him to withdraw the cure to further enhance their dependence on one another. She knew he was leading her to what could be her demise if she had't planned out something so properly orchestrated. She did not approve of his methods of revenge - she thought revenge was an utter waste of time - but earned his faithfulness by learning every inch of his mind and committing his orders without question. He barely knew a thing about what went on in her head, and she preferred to keep it that way. The Wendigo, in retaliation to her melting heart, shielded her mind. It was better to be essential than to be in charge.
Yes she wanted her feelings back and certainly did not want to die - but she had to endure the Wendigo long enough for her to gain not only Crane's trust, but most of his devotion and dedication.
Not only would that help her get a cure - so she hoped - but it would allow her to change someone she deeply cared about's life for the better. To mold him into a person he was meant to be, a person he could still be.
The black ice incident was kind of staged. Mallory and the Wendigo planned it out and went with it as soon as they were positive that Jonathan Crane was infatuated with them, and that the Gotham Rogues thought of her as a trusted ally - even, in Harley's case, a best friend.
The Wendigo couldn't stop Justice League Dark's cleansing of Mallory and, as a reward for her cunning outwitting of it, left her with a few perks, such as freezing her appearance to its physical peak, allowing her mind and senses to be relatively sharpened and focused, and other blessings in disguises I mentioned in her character sheet aftermath.
It hurt to leave her hard work to go to Metropolis, and all Mallory could do was hope her hard work had paid off. When Jonathan came to her, she nearly cried in relief because all of that planning was so close to working. She nearly had all she could ever want, doing unbelievable things in the process. It was so risky, and yet things couldn't have been going more greatly.
Once Mallory had spit her guts out to Crane, she left him alone to think. Least to say, he was flabbergasted. No-one had ever done something like that to him in all his life. No-one had gone to such extreme lengths to ensure his happiness and safety, no-one had tolerated him, identified with him on such a personal level, adored him as she did and still managed to keep her secrets hidden so well from him, nor had anyone manipulated and tormented him so horribly.
Mallory Kieran Sinnet impacted Jonathan Crane so profoundly that he stayed, utterly beguiled. And they were /"normally"/ happy and successful ever since. Jonathan, now under the alias of Johannson Crowley (I'm still working on the name), earned a teaching spot at Metropolis Universities' psychology branch, helping his wife, Mallory Crowley, with her books and horror show/movie pitches. Mallory put her acting talents to good use, and the two flourished among Metropolis' community, though they did unsettle some with their morbid tastes.
Um, what else? The two were married on Halloween and attempted unsuccessfully to produce children, suffering the same fate Mallory's parents had. They stopped trying after their third miscarriage, and instead, upon Crane's insistence, adopted Giles Corey and Annabelle, two infants who, due to the mothers' request, were going to be shipped off to an orphanage in Arlen.
That's all for now. Fanfics will be written soon enough.
Now that that's explained, onto the memes!
The umbrella, when it rains - Jonathan. He usually hogs it to himself. Mallory adores the rain so she doesn't mind at all. Though Jon tries to stay dry, Mallory always ends up hugging him at some point, getting his clothes soaked. He doesn't pull away too much now that they've been in a relationship for years.
The popcorn at the cinema - Mallory. Jon doesn't eat much popcorn. He holds the candy instead.
The baby, when it cries - Mallory during the day and Jonathan during the night. Jonathan is a bit more affectionate with the kids at night, having nothing else better to do when his insomnia kicks in.
The ice cream cone, when they share - Mallory. They rarely share ice cream, though. They only do so when they pretend to be one of those lovey-dovey couples for appearance sake.
The remote, when they sit down to watch a movie - Jonathan, your resident control freak, /always/ holds the remote.
The basket, when they go shopping - Jonathan. Mallory would, but she is too busy picking out the many ingredients she uses in her vegetarian culinary pursuits.
The door, on dates - They take turns.
The other’s hand, most often - Mallory reaches out to hold Jonathan's hand frequently, but it is Jonathan who keeps the hold going on. He is unbelievably clingy when he is allowed to be.
Their breath, upon seeing the other on their wedding day - Jonathan. He had trouble believing that he was actually getting married in the first place.
The camera, when they take pictures together - Jonathan. Again, resident control freak. Plus photography is totally his hobby when he feels like it.
Who made the first move; Mallory by proving her loyalty. Jonathan sealed the deal, though.
Who said ‘I love you’ first; Easy; Mallory. Jonathan was relentlessly guarded with the words and never said it until he was positive that they wouldn't ever be parted again.
How often they fight; They try not to fight much. Mallory often communicated well enough with Jonathan to prevent fights, but Jonathan still hadn't mastered that very well. They get into fights sometimes about things such as work overloads and whenever they're both totally stressed about work or people. Their arguments range from ridiculous little things to completely serious matters.
For instance, when they found out that G.C. and Annabelle were witches and had powers, the two had an argument about what to do. They ended up consulting Diane for advice and doing their best to follow it.
And a week later they were arguing about whether Dandy from American Horror Story was a complex character or not.
Who's big spoon/little spoon; Should be obvious, given their physiques. Jon/Mal.
What their nicknames are for each other; Mallory switches between "Jon-Jon" and "Pumpkin." Jonathan switches between "Coppertop" and "Witch." The term "Ragdoll" is an insult in Mallory's opinion, so that nickname is used in particularly heated arguments. In an argument, Mallory lashes out back with the nickname "Farm boy."
Who's the better cook; Mallory had formal training, so she is. Jonathan succeeds in burning toast, but can brew coffee well.
Their song; I'm not really sure, but there is a fear family playlist by Yoruhoshi on Grooveshark. Here it is: grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Fe…
Who remembers their anniversaries; Mallory was the one who remembered their anniversaries at first, doing small things like unexpected scavenger hunts and horror movie marathons and late night horror game binges. But as their relationship progressed, it's Jonathan who acutely remembered things like birthdays and anniversaries to the extent that everything he planned out (/if/ he even plans something out because sometimes he forgets or just procrastinates 'cause he has work to do) has to be perfect; nothing can go wrong or else he'll just grow frustrated and sulky.
Their favorite thing to do together (besides sex); Talk about morbid stuff.