#1 Mary Russell (“Holmes/Russell” novels, Laurie R. King)
#2 Vala Mal Doran (Stargate SG-1)
#3 Richard Castle (Castle)
#4 Will Riker (Star Trek: TNG)
#5 Cat Grant (Supergirl)
#6 Natasha “Black Widow” Romanov (MCU)
#7 Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
#8 Sarah Jane Smith (Doctor Who)
#9 Sherlock Holmes (ACD canon*)
#10 Victoria Cogsworth aka “Victory Anna” (Velveteen vs. series, Seanan McGuire)
#11 Dairine Callahan (“Young Wizards” series, Diane Duane)
#12 Severus Snape (“Harry Potter” series, J. K. Rowling)
#13 David Xanatos (Gargoyles)
#14 Brigadier Alasdair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (Doctor Who)
#15 Peggy Carter (MCU)
( First set of answers: )
From malkingrey (via a prior unfinished round):
Richard Castle and Cat Grant go into business together. What do they sell/what service do they provide, and which # is their first customer?
Cat hires Rick to ghostwrite a series of Supergirl adventure novels (her third choice, after J. K. Rowling and Lois McMaster Bujold turned her down; she figures that the Nikki Heat series was a good warmup for the job). Rick makes a noble try at it, but after one too many arguments with Cat-the-editor he hands the job off to his daughter Alexis...who is both mightily amused and wildly successful, not least because Alexis manages to coax a blurb for the first one out of the Black Widow.
Vala Mal Doran, Dairine Callahan, and David Xanatos are all on the same train from New York to Chicago. Which one is actually a fugitive on the run (and why); which one is secretly tailing them; and which one is the unsuspecting third party who accidentally gets involved? And what happens when the train reaches Union Station?
In this trio, anyone could be the fugitive...but on this occasion, it happens to be Xanatos, who is trying to deal himself into the interstellar black market in high-tech weapons, Dairine having recently foiled a previous attempt in that direction. At present, he’s hoping he can finagle in Chicago what he’s been prevented from doing in Manhattan; Dairine, who saw this coming, has followed him onto the train (in magical disguise) so as to
How do Cat Grant and Victoria “Victory Anna” Cogsworth get along?
At a great distance from one another. The first time Torrey saw Cat on television, she drew a very large ray gun from a very small pocket and melted the TV. All parties have since agreed that it would be a Very Bad Idea for the two women to come closer than, say, 300 miles from one another.
Would Mary Russell and Dairine Callahan have an affair, fall in love, tolerate each other, or hate each other?
“Tolerate” is probably safest. For a variety of reasons, a romance between the two is unlikely in the extreme, and both are too dedicated to their respective pursuit of justice to be likely to hate one another. That said, prolonged contact between them would probably try both their patiences severely.
How would Natasha Romanov and Rupert Giles handle the zombie apocalypse?
With both Giles and the Black Widow on board, the situation would stop being apocalyptic in fairly short order.
If Vala were in Sherlock Holmes’ world, how would he or she fit?
The rivalry would be epic, and immensely entertaining – Vala as master thief, Holmes as master sleuth. (Somebody please write this series....)
If Richard Castle and Rupert Giles were to play a game together, what would they play?
Castle would almost certainly try to talk Giles into laser tag. Giles would propose chess. Castle counters with “live chess” using actual people for playing pieces. Giles offers Scrabble played in Latin. They end up in an all-night poker session in which both of them get their clocks cleaned by everyone else in the game.
Out of Victory Anna and Severus Snape, who would save whom?
Heh. Victory Anna would save Snape, mostly because Torrey would be wildly unlikely to get herself into a situation precarious enough to require Snape-level intervention. Snape, being Snape, would be tremendously annoyed at having been rescued when he obviously could have saved himself (and also because he’d find Victory Anna’s brand of surreal steampunk science totally baffling).
What would Vala make Will Riker for supper?
Vala and Will wouldn’t get to supper. That date would progress right past supper to nightcap-and-subsequent-breakfast-in-bed without dinner bothering to intervene.
Snape and Cat Grant are in a fight. Who wins?
On one hand, this is an Irresistible Force/Immovable Object conflict. On the other, Snape has a magic wand and knows how to use it. Round to Snape.
If Vala were setting Castle up on a blind date, which of the others would she set him up with?
Interesting question, mostly because Vala herself is probably the most likely match. If she’s indulging her mischievous side, probably Natasha Romanov. If she’s thinking in practical terms, very likely Sarah Jane Smith. (Not even Vala would match Castle with Cat Grant in a romantic context; with that pair on a date, there’d very possibly be murder by morning.)
What would be the perfect date for Mary Russell and Peggy Carter?
Afternoon high tea in any of London, San Francisco, or Victoria BC, preferably with a sedate and genteel side of intrigue. They could talk shop and trade stories for hours on end (and plot ways to have Peggy replace the Russell-verse version of Mycroft).