"All Creatures Great and Small"
"Alpha"
"Babes in Smallville"
"Babysat"
"The Ballad of Trish and Henry"
"Blues"
"Bobby and Hank say 'Farewell, New York' and Other Things"
"Bobby and the Beast"
"Bobby's Casserole"
"Bobby vs. Pat Sajak"
"A Certain Face"
"Confounded Computer!"
"A Day at the Races"
"A Day in the Life"
"Dialogue"
"Dispensing the Shopping"
"The Early X-Men in Studio 54"
"Event"
"First, Do No Harm"
"For Remembrance"
"From the Dais with the Closed Coffin"
"The Good of the Many"
"Gunslinger Dreams"
"Heard No More"
"Hiccups"
"Homecoming"
"A Homely Touch"
"I Do Not Love Thee, Mr. Twinkie"
"Lamentation"
"Leadership"
"The Lecture"
"Longest Night"
"Love Is Just Another 4-Letter Word"
"Magic Breakfast"
"Making the Call"
"Midnight Twinkie Run"
"Miss April's Stars & Garters"
"The Morning Paper"
"Movies"
"Naomi"
"Neon Hearts"
"The No Story"
"Not a Creature Was Stirring"
"The Oath"
"Personal Delivery"
"Point Blank"
"The Power-Whup Girls"
"The Price of Coffee"
"Pygmalion's Silence"
"Rumble in Kitchen Stadium"
"The Shadow Inside"
"The Shi'ar Coffee Story"
"Shoot Me"
"Waiting"
"A Friend, Sleeping"
"A Small Addiction"
"Some Assembly Required"
"Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Someone Blue"
"Start Spreading the News"
"Such Sweet Sorrow"
"Tale of the Last Twinkie"
"Never Mess with a Furry Blue Genius"
"The TD2001"
"Tear Sheets"
"A Test of Power"
"Tripping into the Light Fantastic"
"Twenty First Century Guy"
"When in Rome"
"When Tomorrow Comes"
"Written from Purgatory"
"The Wyoming Pie"
"X-Men #75"
"Yummy Yellow White Surprise"
"Zero Degree Celsius"

**Standard Mice Disclaimer**
Mice is in no way associated with the Marvel Comics Group or Merv Griffin. She is merely trying to write a story and this is all she has to show for it. A noble effort. Though she would one day like to be paid for writing, please donít send her any money (send mail to urmonkeyifudo@yeahright.com on instructions to send her money). The characters of Bobby Drake, Hank McCoy, Angelo Espinosa, Emma Frost, She-Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Silver Surfer, Hercules, and Jubilee, belong to the Marvel Comics Group. Pat and Vanna belong to themselves. Any archiving of this story that is unaware of her attention will be ily received (Read Tikki Curse). She will be more than gracious if you ask to archive and will probably do something nice for you, like bake you brownies, not to mention archiving the story. She just wants to know where she can drool over the sight of her name. If you want to e-mail her comments, do it at mice5k@hotmail.com. Youíll also get some brownies out of the deal, but itís not really that great of a reward because she canít cook.


Few things are tried and true normal in a mansion located in Westchester. For one mutant, it happens at seven thirty p.m. on his t.v. every weekday. That mutant is Robert Drake. And that t.v. program...?

"Wheel! Of! FORTUNE!"

Bobby began to sway in tune with the theme music while at the same time studying the contestants. "I could beat her...cream him...she looks wily, but, yeah, I could beat her..."

Hank McCoy poked his head into the rec room where his best friend was seated. "Bobby, I--"

"Sh, Hank!"

Hank rolled his eyes. "Not Wheel of Fortune, Bobby...we talked about this..."

Bobby looked at Hank sharply. "Hank, I have few gifts in life. I can do the Jumble, I can program a VCR, and I am a natural at Wheel of Fortune."

"What about that thing about you being a mutant with the ability to manipulate ice?"

"Itís in there somewhere," Bobby said quickly. "The point is, Hank...I love this show. Iím good at this game. I just wish..."

"What is it, Bobby?" Hank urged.

Bobby looked sheepishly down at the floor. "Iwannaspinthewheel."

"íYou want to spin the wheel?í Is that what you said?"

Bobby nodded. "I just know if I could get on this show, I could kick some major ass!" Bobby sighed. "Itís stupid, I know..."

Hank shook his head. "No, Bobby. Remember, I have that fond dream of being on Win Ben Steinís Money..."

Bobby grinned. "And then thereís Jubilee..."

Hank raised a furry eyebrow. "What about our little sparkler?"

"She wants to go on Millionaire and have you as a life line."

Hank laughed. Indeed, he could see Jubilee cavorting with Regis, but also using all of her lifelines within the first four questions.

"But, Hank...my point is, no one would use me as a life line."

Hank frowned. "Bobby...if I ever had a question about National Geographic and was stumped, Iíd call you."

"But I donít read National Geographic."

"You used to. I know, remember when I visited you when you were with your father and I saw your old room? It was filled with them."

Bobby blushed. "Uh, Hank...I never read them."

Hank grew perplexed. "But, Bobby, I saw them! They were there and they had the naked pygmies on--oh." Hank blushed. "My mistake."


Two Weeks Later...

Hank raced down to retrieve the mail. "Please let it be here...yes! Excellent!" Hank went into the kitchen looking for Bobby and found him eating blueberry waffles. "Bobby, exciting news!"

"Better than waffles?"

"Most!"

Bobby squinted. "I donít know, Hank...waffles are pretty darn exciting..."

"Bobby, this came for you from Wheel of Fortune."

Bobbyís eyes grew wide. "THE Wheel of Fortune?! The one with the wheel where you can get a fortune?!"

Hank nodded. "The very one. I was talking to some of the Avengers, and they said that the Wheel is coming to New York and is pairing up contestants with super-heroís. I figured youíd be a shoe in."

Bobby raced over and gave his best friend a hug. "Hank...I donít know what to say...!"

"Just open up the letter and tell me if we got in or not!"

Bobby grinned maniacally as he opened the letter. "Okay, here it is...íDear Iceman...we are sorry to inform you that we have chosen someone a bit more super to be on our Super Hero Action Week...í" Bobby sighed as he read silently.

Hank put a paw on Bobbyís shoulder. "Iím sorry, Bobby...I thought this would be a sure thing."

Bobby nodded. "Itíll be a sure thing, Hank. Iím going on that show."

"But, Bobby, the letter--"

"Hank," Bobby said quietly before raising his fist towards the heavens, "As GAWD as mah witness, Ah SHALL spin the WHEEL!"


Three days later at the studio...

"Bobby...why are you doing this to yourself? Youíll never get on!"

"Never say never, Hank. I know that I can get on...just trust me."

Hank rested his head into his hands and rubbed his eyes. Since his friend had gotten the rejection letter, Bobby had seemed to have some sort of vendetta. Even the shake in Bobbyís hips when he swayed them to the theme song had a taste of bitter vengeance in them.

Bobby turned to his friend and gave him the thumbs up as he approached Hercules. "Hey, Herc, old buddy!"

Hercules smile. "If thine eyes doust deceive--ooh, a Pikachu!" Hercules followed the Pikachu trading card with lust in his eyes. Bobby led him to a closet that was full of Pokemon related articles which this god was enamored with.

Bobby didnít even have to lock the door as he closed it.

"Phase one complete."

Hank shook his head. "Bobby, you got rid of one of the super-heroes, granted, but what makes you think that they will let you on?"

Bobby smiled as he began to walk away. "Just trust me, Hank."

Hank stood slack jawed. "'Trust me, Hank'? Last time he told me that, I looked like Rogueís furrier, bluer twin."


Bobby looked around to make sure no one was looking and iced up.

A panicked director walked by. "Have you seen Hercules?"

Bobby shook his head.

"Well, then, weíre short a super hero and we are on in three minutes! Oh--hey, wait...arenít you--?"

Bobby grinned. "Thatís me."

The directorís eyes widened in amazement. "I canít believe it...I didnít even think you watched our little show!"

"Are you kidding? Itís my favorite!"

"Really? Wow...well, take your spot. Youíre with Rachel Fisher there on the right. Places!"


Hank settled into one of the seats and was getting ready to save one for Bobby when he spotted him. By the wheel.

"I cannot believe this..."

The lights went dark in the audience booth and the theme music was cued. The announcer began to introduce each contestant and super-hero. First there was She-Hulk and some red neck named Johnny who looked VERY happy. Then there was the Scarlet Witch who was with some girl named Kitty who accidentally got her hair caught on the wheel already.

Then it was Bobbyís turn. Bobby was aptly using his close up by doing his Wheel of Fortune dance.

"From Tajunga, California, we have Rachel Fisher, and her super hero side kick is the Silver Surfer!"


"Angelo, did you get Drakeís heart breaking on national t.v. on tape?"

"Yes, Jubilee."

"Excellent."


"All right, Silver Surfer--can I just call you SS?"

Bobby replied through gritted, frozen teeth. "Why, sure, Pat."

"Well, SS, spin the wheel!"

Bobby began to thaw out as he place a hand on the wheel. "Wow...the WHEEL..." Bobby looked up at the audience and saw Hank and waved. "Hank, Iím going to do it! Iím going to spin the wheel!!" Bobby grinned maniacally as the wheel went round and round.

"$250, SS."

Bobby looked up at the board. "Iíll take...an L."

"There are two Lís."

Bobby nodded knowingly. "Iíll spin again."

"$5,000!"

"Iíll take a...an N."

"There are five Nís!"

"Turn those letterís, baby!"


"Jubes, got the sound of Hank making an ass out of himself on national t.v.?"

"Yes, Angelo."

"Excellent."


"Pat..."

"Yes, Johnny?"

"Ah gotta question."

"Yes, Johnny."

"Can Ah stop the wheel with mah hands when Ah see sumthiní like the Free Spin or the Dinette Set?"

"For the last time, Johnny, NO!"

"But--"

"NO!"

"Okay, geeze, justa question, Pat..."


"And at the end of round four, we have Johnny, whoís hand is bleeding over the wheel, with a total of $500."

"Ah just had to have that ladies watch, Pat!"

"And in the middle we have Kitty, who has much shorter hair than when she first came on, with a total of $300."

She-Hulk and the Scarlet Witch bowed their heads in shame.

"And Rachel, who was paired with the Silver Surfer, has a total of...can that be right? $26,750! Wow, SS, what is your secret?"

"Iím single, Pat."

Pat laughed. "Now, on to the bonus round. Rachel, you can either play the round yourself or let SS do it."

Rachel thought long and hard before saying, "Iíll do it, Pat."

Bobby smiled weakly. Well, he said to himself, I didnít make it to the bonus round, but I got to spin the wheel, solve the puzzle, mock Vanna...itís everything I could have dreamed. And at least Rachel seems pretty smart. Maybe she can win it...

"Okay, Rachel, pick which letter you want, we have W, H, E, E, L--"

"Hey!" Rachel exclaimed. "That spells ĎWheelí!"

Bobby made the sign of the cross.

"I pick ĎHí!"

"Very well, then. The subject is Thing. The letters R S T L N and E have been given to you, Vannaís turning them as we speak."

{The Board: _ _ E _ _ _ }

"Ooh, not much. Choose your letters, Rachel."

"Okay...C, D, H, and O."

{The Board: _ C E _ _ N }

"I hope that will be enough as we start the timer..."

Bobby bit his lip.

Rachel stared hard at the board, biting her lip. "I...oh man...oh! Ocean!"

The timer buzzed. "No, remember, you chose O, and there is no O. Vanna, turn the letters...the answer was Iceman."

Bobby pinched himself. "What was that, Pat?"

"Iceman. A fellow super hero who, we hear, is a huge fan of the show. This is a public announcement to let him know that he is welcome on the show. Apparently, there was a mix up and we declined him -- a HUGE mix up. So, Iceman, if youíre out there, come to the studio tomorrow where you can see if youíre better than the Silver Surfer -- are you up to that SS?"


"Angelo, Jubilee, did you tape Robert being a total idiot on national t.v.?"

"Yes, Ms. Frost."

"Excellent."


Author's Notes:
This was my second story EVER. I wrote it back in early 1996, and the original does not show any literary talent what so ever, but I've always had a fondness for the story. Then recently, someone mentioned that they had read it and enjoyed it, and I got the urge to re-write it (believe me, it was more write than re-write!). I actually consider this to be one of the earliest Bobby/Hank fluffy buddy stories, but I digress.