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Fandom 5k Letter

Dear Writer,

hey there! This is song_of_staying on AO3. Thank you for writing for me! I am way waaay nervous about this exchange, so I just want to assure you: I am very easy to please, I love all the ships I'm requesting, and this is going to be fun.

You can find some previous letters on my LJ! If you want to contact me, please go to http://court-of-ocelot.tumblr.com/ because that's where I hang out. Anon messaging is always on. My requests this year are: MCU (Tony/Rhodey), Sleepy Hollow (Abbie/Crane), SW:TFA (Finn/Kylo Ren, Finn/Rey/Kylo Ren, Finn/Rey), Sherlock Holmes (Downey films) (Holmes/Watson/Morstan), The Comfortable Courtesan - Madame C- C- (Clorinda/Sandy).

First, my Do Not Wants for this exchange:
- non-con between the main characters, unless it's something like aliens make them do it (which I love).
- cheating, intense jealousy, things like sabotaging other romantic partners.
- zombies.
- uniform kink, or really any focus on uniforms, flags, or patriotism as primary motivator. As a single element of a more complex story, it's fine, but please don't make it the main theme.
- bashing exes or other canon love interests of the main characters - please either include those characters in a positive way or don't include them at all.
Note: You're always welcome to write any of the characters having additional romantic relationships in the background. I don't need any of these ships to be exclusive!

Now, the stuff I love! I really like Fandom 5k's genre matching system. You are welcome to write whatever genre you enjoy the most - I read absolutely any genre. But I figured I could list why I love my favorite genres, and leave some prompts while I'm at it:

AU - Canon Divergence: I love fork-in-the-road stories. I also love it when stories just go with whatever parts of canon work best and ignore the rest. Also, Role Reversal AUs are a particular delight of mine - for example, what if Rhodey had been the one trapped in a cave? I also like Role Reversals that swap the characters' backgrounds, such as millionaire Rhodey and not-a-millionaire Tony meeting at MIT. I just love seeing the ways a different initial setup changes the ways two characters interact! And I like heightened/altered stakes for canon dilemmas.

AU - Genre Shift: I love alllll the possibilities. I like any tropey AU (dystopias! A/b/o! Highschool dramedy!) and I like fusions with other canons (daemon AUs!). Remember that time Orlando Jones made this poster: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/0e/5d/6d/0e5d6d9a2753bebe383cac9f383de6ca.jpg ? Yeah, I dig it. I'm also a big fan of historical romance novels, so you could turn any canon into one of those (and keep or remove any supernatural elements that you see fit), if that's the kind of thing you're into! I love the feeling that characters are always going to like each other, regardless of circumstances, because they're so well-matched.

AU - SciFi / Fantasy Elements: Just feel free to add vampires to everything. Or A.I.s, claustrophobic space flights... I love it all. Or make someone a ruler and someone else a knight and then add kneeling and optionally a dragon. I love SF/F settings because they make it possible to write huge power differences, and explore themes of identity and choice, in a fanciful grand sexy way. I also like AUs that are similar to canon but integrate magic or science into it and give it a different feel - for example, I'd be very into reading, for example, something that takes the ~black magic~ elements of Sherlock Holmes further.

Hurt/Comfort: I love every possible approach to h/c. I love delicate secret hurt and gentle comfort delivered with tact. I love INTENSE WHUMP, with spattered blood and maybe an Evil Torturer, and desperate comfort in the heat of battle. I love rescue-fic, nightmares, dramatic plunges into the deep, injury recoveries, and characters being upset because someone was unpleasant to them at a party. I also do love Torture As A Path To Redemption - for example, I'd like to see Kylo Ren endure untold suffering to keep someone else safe. I also realllly love it when the hurt part of h/c impacts two characters at the same time - for example, Rey and Finn trapped in a space dungeon, each trying to keep the other's spirits up... That kind of thing.

Mystery/Procedural: I love it when the mystery solving process requires the solvers' particular life skills and experiences. I love mysteries happening in closed communities that our heroes have an insight to, or communities where they have to try to blend in. For example, I'd really enjoy Clorinda and Sandy being sleuths in one of London's weird little underground societies. And, you know, possibly they pretend they're lovers. Or they pretend they're not lovers! Or like, undercover in a 19th century kink club. That could work.

Smut: Yesss, I love porn, especially if it's full of Feelings. I love it when the force of desire overwhelms characters who are usually cool/sarcastic/jaded. I really like reverence in sex, but I also really like sex that's so comfortable that it's completely unglamorous and full of these very graphic details that could be disgusting but somehow aren't. I enjoy D/s, spanking, crying, overstimulation, roleplays and teasing (especially of characters stoic characters who completely lose their call). Also: intense sex against unexpected surfaces, horizontal or vertical. I also dig bondage and fuck machines. I love fuck-or-die situations, especially if it's public. I also love forbidden secret desperate sex. I love first times together, especially after long pining.

OKAY. So all that said, here's a couple of things I'm into for each ship I'm requesting!

Tony/Rhodey:
- My favorite scene was the one where Tony helped Rhodey up in CW. My second favorite was their dorky angry mecha fistfight in IM2! The two ends of the spectrum of their love. :D
- I like seeing the liberties they take with each other. Does Rhodey use Tony's stuff? Does Tony make himself comfortable in Rhodey's lap? Does this change when there's people around? Does it change after they get together? How does it manifest in bed? I also like seeing the difference between how they behave in public vs. how they are in private! And again, does it change once they start dating?
- ... An additional genre I requested here was Getting Together, because they gotta. Maybe during a battle! A kidnapping! An interdimensional torture situation! Or maybe just quietly and gently and with no catalyst but time. I could read any amount of post-CW recovery fic, and the rise and fall of the ignoble Tony Stank.
- I'm really curious about their first time. Is it on the floor? Is it tenderly in bed? Is Rhodey injured? Is Tony? Is it full of adrenaline and pinning each other down? Or full of tenderness and care? Some mixture of both?

Abbie/Crane:
- Remember that episode where they put magic scorpions on their chests and Abbie wore a sports bra? I loved that episode. So I'd appreciate any kind of thing where one follows the other into danger and they're attractively disheveled or in pain.
- I love their rapport, and the way they understand each other's thoughts. Maybe something where they go undercover together? Or something when one starts wildly improvising and the other goes along with it? I also think you could do interesting things with truth potions, sex pollen - they'd face down something invasive like that, and they'd still be very attuned to each other.
- I kind of like the idea of car sex for them. Or elevator sex. Or anything else that starts with Crane Meets Modern Tech and ends with orgasms?
- In addition to other genres, I requested Fix-it, because, well, you know. Please ignore the way this ship ended in canon. Though if you're into a dramatic resurrection with Jesus imagery, that works for me too. Very much.

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson/Mary Morstan:
- The best scene of the first movie was Mary and Holmes meeting by Watson's sickbed! I loved the Understanding they came to. The best scene of the second movie was, of course, Holmes's self-sacrifial plunge, and the dance preceding it. I love all of the melodrama that he indulges in, and also I looooooove self-sacrifice of every kind.
- What would have happened if Moriarty had gone after them after all? What if John's missing and she and Holmes have to go after him? What if Holmes is the one missing and John goes after him and Mary follows?
- Remember when Watson called Holmes a masochist? I wonder if he was right! Or maybe he was projecting? This is like the perfect canon for methodical sexual experimentation.
- In addition to other genres, I requested Slice of Life and Established Relationship. I'd love to see some post-movie fluff, maybe with cases, maybe with working out a Watson-sharing system very pragmatically. Maybe with Holmes and Mary bonding over another shared passion. (You could make them romantically involved or keep them platonic - I have no preference!)

Finn/Kylo and Finn/Kylo/Rey and Finn/Rey:
- My favourite scene of the movie was the battle in the snow.
- This seems like a perfect canon for Undercover As A Couple and any kinky variations.
- Things I love about Finn: everything, but especially how flexible and ruthlessly adaptable he is. Favorite thing about Rey: she has so many feelings, about the forests, about Finn, about ships!! and BB-8's fate! She and Finn both have this huge capacity for caring, and I love that. As for Kylo - I like him, I liked him best when he was losing his cool over the TRAITOR or getting his feelings all over Rey while she's tied to a chair.
- I do tend to prefer Redeemed Kylo, if you're going to make him part of a ship, but it doesn't have to be absolute or anything. He could be their big menacing First Order interrogator who eventually falls in love in lust? in love prey to the lure of the Light and then lets them go and has to deal with the aftermath. I'm also completely cool with an AU where he isn't Kylo but Ben. (I requested Fix-it, in case you're into that kind of thing.) I am very good with any AU origin stories for Rey and/or Finn too! I don't particularly care who Rey is related to. I don't particularly need Finn to be a Jedi, though I'm not opposed or anything (I do think he's Force-sensitive! I just... am not that into the Jedi).
- A thing that makes me especially happy about Finn and Rey's relationship is the way they react in the exact same way to things. I'd love to read about them handling whatever plot thing in perfect harmony, and then have wild amazing sex, still in perfect harmony. Also, maybe they could dance!
- If you're doing Finn/Kylo, I'd love to hear more about Kylo's initial choice not to report Finn! I wonder if Kylo would bring out Finn's powertrip side (the one he showed with Phasma, it was very hot.), or maybe he'd just fail to affect Finn deeply and then suffer because of this!
- If you're doing Kylo/Finn/Rey - well, absolutely anything is welcome. But I'd especially like to see Finn and Rey teaming up on Kylo at any point, and overwhelming him. In any sense of the word.

Clorinda/Sandy:
- I requested them for Chocolate Box and for Yuletide - check out my LJ for those letters! I love them so much. I love to imagine the ways they'd blur the borders between friends and lovers. I love their random spikes of desire for each other. I can't even choose a favorite scene - maybe the first time she called him a weasel? :D Just, everything about their intimacy and trust is a delight. And I adore the nicknames.
- I'd love to see them destroy an enemy together. Especially if it's someone who hurt one of them.
- I really love that they both entered the literary world. Do they do in roleplay sometimes? I mean, in bed, or maybe just like, an attempted (epistolary??) roleplaying game thing? She'd play a seductress and he a young priest! And he'd keep getting sidetracked by philosophy! I don't know, I just love exploring the way they perceive themselves and each other.
- In addition to other genres, I'm requesting Humor, just because like - I'd literally read 5k words of them being lovingly sarcastic at each other and maybe meeting a swan.

Chocolate Box letter

Dear writer,

Hi! This is my first time doing this challenge, and I AM SO EXCITED. Thank you for writing for me. ♥

I am song_of_staying on AO3, and court-of-ocelot on tumblr. You are welcome to message me on tumblr if you have any questions or even just want to talk about a particular ship – anon messaging is always on! I don’t use LJ for blogging, but you’re welcome to check it out for my Yuletide letter, if you want to see more of my general likes and dislikes!

I enjoy fic of any rating and any length, I am completely fine with 1st (or 2nd) person narration, experimental formats (like drabble series or scripts or whatever), it's all good. Most of my requests are A/B rather than A&B, but don't feel pressured to make it Shippy Enough - I will just be pleased by the characters interact and feel strongly about each other. Similarly, if an A&B request turns shippy as you're writing it, I'll not mind at all.

Some things I love:
- Devotion showed through physical ritual – hand-kissing, kneeling, etc.
- Contrast - for example, sweet gentle sex after an intense battle, or two lovers who appear to be sedate and boring but have rough, passionate sex in private. I also really like it when a couple has a power difference but it doesn't extend to their private lives or is inverted there.
- Hurt/comfort - particularly physical hurt. The tropier the better - dungeons for all!
- Religious imagery - altar sex. Crucifixion or other painful religious events. Divinities and their devotees, or atheists who deny gods and make their own way. Afterlives. Reincarnation.
- Dancing.
- Well-muscled bare arms, especially on women. I also like strong wide hands, and details like scars or burns or stains.
- Space opera, historical, fantasy, fairy tale AUs or story elements.
- In-jokes, alliances, shared secrets, undercover together, powering through an uncomfortable social situation together.

Things I would rather not read about for these ships:
- Non-con within the main ship. It is fine as backstory or as an element of whump. I'm good with the kind of dub-con that comes from a power difference, so long as there's mutual desire, however complicated. I'm also absolutely good with scenarios where both characters are forced to have sex although they'd prefer not to, such as sex pollen or Eldritch Ritual Made Them Do It.
- Jealousy, cheating, unrequited pining, or stories where the character's canon support system Is Taking Them For Granted.
- Prison-fic and anything to do with a modern military or police setting. This includes AUs.
- College fic, including AUs. It's fine if a character is in college, but I'd prefer it to be off-screen!

Here's some very, very optional prompts, combine or discard them as you wish!

Requests:

1. Crossover Fandom. Whoever nominated these were geniuses.

Pomona Sprout (Harry Potter)/Yavanna (Silmarillion)
This ship is visually arresting and metaphysically fascinating. Just, yessss. I adore the concept of gods having favourites, and following their lives and giving them strength, or taking from them (as much as the mortal will give, which is often everything). But they don’t need to have a goddess/acolyte relationship – they can meet anywhere and in any form. (Or meet many times, with Yavanna changing forms.) You are welcome to make Sprout and elf, or Yavanna a very, very special witch – but you can also merge the mythologies in any way that works for you.

Some prompts:
- I adore afterlife-fic. Sprout walking in the gardens of Valinor, learning of Yavanna’s grief.
- Yavanna learning about Sprout’s grief – about the war, about the plants of the battlefields and the awful siege, and the forest, and all the places that mean so much to Sprout.
- maybe Sprout is an Entwife? Is that where they all went? To Hogwarts??! Is Hogwarts a lesbian Entwife sanctuary? Was Helga Hufflepuff an Entwife too?
- ... sex. I love Sprout’s flyaway hair (and dirt under her fingernails), contrasted with Yavanna herself – and any take on Yavanna will work, from Tall Woman to literally a tree, to anything in between. Maybe some dream-like in-between state where Sprout dozes off in her Greenhouses and then bangs the goddess of trees and then wakes up refreshed. Or just any form of intense physicality – Yavanna touching sprout to heal her wounds, Sprout kissing Yavanna’s (work-roughed?) knuckles reverently. That kind of thing!

Finn (Star Wars)/Johnny Jaqobis (Killjoys)
My two favourites, and magnetically compatible. What I love most about both of them is the way their morality stems from compassion. I love that they are Good, and self-sacrificing but in a reasonable and careful kind of way, and I love that they are both willing to lie and both identify as cowards. I imagine they would see the strengths in each other - they are also both very, very perceptive. I really dig the religious figure imagery they both have going on - Finn with his bloodied helmet, Johnny with his acid rain. And I really, really dig how dedicated they are to their friends. Please no bashing of Rey or of Dutch - it is perfectly fine if they're off-screen though.

Some prompts:
- some sweet gentle romance in their combined bleak space world? I could see them being very, very good to each other. Leaving each other gifts, or messages, if it’s a long-distance relationship.
- WHAT KIND OF SEX.
- I’d kind of like it if they went to some kind of formal event together, for any reason at all. A Resistance shindig? One of Delle Seyah’s parties? A sad little dance on Jakku? They don’t have to arrive, just prepare for it!
- old school hurt/comfort. As I've said, I really love the part where Johnny gets acid rained upon. All acid rain is welcome, and so are dungeons, de- or re-programming, endless desert treks, creepy interrogators, flesh-eating training programs, severed hands. Go wild.
- canon-setting AU: maybe Finn was a Stormtrooper who was sent to terrorize Westerley and couldn't go through with it. Maybe Johnny found Finn alone on a ship, still in blood-stained wedding clothes?

Fëanor (The Silmarillion) & Tony Stark (MCU)
I love dark-eyed self-destructive genius types with death snapping at their heels. (I'm a big fan of Hamilton too!) I think how much they'd like each other would mostly depend on whether Fëanor was capable of liking anyone at all at the time. I will happily read about them as strangers, as friends, lovers, mortal enemies, relatives, or even as different facets of the same person.

Some prompts:
- Tony in Fëanor's setting - he made a divine light and then hid it inside his own body. I love the visuals here - what would Tony wear? Would the Silmaril-ish thing in his chest burn? What is JARVIS in the mythology of the Silmarillion?
- Fëanor in Tony's setting - in a white labcoat (and possibly a ponytail), Fëanor created something nobody else could. And then kept it.
- two geniuses walk into a bar. No context necessary. It can be a sex bar, or a science bar, or a regrets bar. Or a drinks bar.
- I am fascinated by their life choices. I don't think Tony would ever have sworn an oath like Fëanor did - he is not an oath kind of guy, especially not unto world's end, because he is, at his essence, flexible. And Fëanor isn't flexible, I think, or he chooses not to be. But that's just my take and I'm curious about yours! Fëanor in a torture cave together with Tony? Tony standing by his side, or turning against him when he swears the oath?

Note: I really like both Pepper and Rhodey, and I ship Tony with both. It is fine if they're off-screen, but I would prefer it if you could avoid writing about how Tony is completely alone and nobody understands him, because I strongly feel that both of them do.

2. The Librarians (TV 2014)

Eve Baird/James Moriarty (Librarians) I adore this canon, but I did not expect to ship anything in it - and then Moriarty snuck up on me. I am incredibly into the way he sees Eve's hidden strengths, ones the others aren't always aware of. I really like when he calls her "duchess", but most of all I like that she's into it. They have beautiful, mutually respectful foeyay, and I think it’s refreshing for Eve to be with someone she isn’t vow-bound to protect. In fact, she can even hurt him a little.

Some prompts:
- I find Eve Baird incredibly gorgeous, so a costume sequence would work for me. Presumably it would also work for Moriarty. I'd like to see them going undercover together, or preparing for a mission together. I particularly like Eve's hair.
- AU where she IS a Duchess. Or where she's Sherlock Holmes. Or any different setting AU, so long as Eve's main job is a protector one. I feel like this is a particularly good canon for D/s or alpha/beta/omega AUs, if you like that sort of thing!
- canon AUs - a different ending for them (optionally with prisoner Moriarty?). Or, how does their relationship develop in the canonical different timelines - say, if Eve is devoting her life to serving Dark Lady Cass, or one of the others?
- hurt/comfort: I'd kind of like to see one of them very worried about the other! The hurt can range from gruesome torture to an unfortunate (magic?) pollen allergy.

3. Doris & Mary-Anne Are Breaking Out Of Prison (Web Series)

Doris/Mary-Anne (Doris & Mary-Anne Are Breaking Out Of Prison)
If you haven’t heard of it, Doris and Mary-Anne is a short webseries. Like, five minutes long overall. And it is hilarious, with memorable, deeply weird protagonists. Doris is an awkward extrovert who either has a very weird life or lies all the time - or both. Mary-Anne is beautifully poetic and understandably wary of people. She is going to break out of prison. And they are halfway to being in love.
Here is where you can watch it:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqjXY7MELqs0N4bETDaHKTt0Jyo87454i
And here is the creator’s official tumblr, with some highly inspiring additional art that includes ideas for their future careers:
http://dorisandmaryanne.tumblr.com/

Some prompts:
- I’d really prefer fic set after canon, outside of prison. BUT, if you feel like writing the escape itself, I will be very pleased. Does Mary-Anne just slip out? Does she go looking for Doris? Does Doris come back for her? What makes them decide not to go their separate ways afterwards?
- does Doris talk, like, the whole time they’re having sex? Is Mary-Anne chivalrous or shy or confident? What do each of them like? Have they got any experience with sex? Have they got any experience with dating? How do they manage the regular ‘milestones’ of a romantic relationship?
- they should dance. I don’t think they should necessarily dance well. But they should try.
- I loved the surreal hilarity of Gangrok the Destructor. I would gladly read about casually present magical shenanigans. Or, if you’re into crossovers – I can see them moving to Night Vale. Doris would make an excellent voice of Night Vale. Mary-Anne would make an excellent maker of dry observation, or possibly mayor. (My favorite Mary-Anne moment is actually this comic: http://dorisandmaryanne.tumblr.com/post/115881693636/will-mary-ann-still-be-worshiping-lord-gangrok-now - this is definitely the right approach to surviving Night Vale.)

4. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Katey Miller/Javier Suarez (Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights)
This is my favourite comfort movie, I would watch it forever. I'm not the biggest fan of how it handles the historical aspect - in particular, I hated the brief execution imagery, even though it was thwarted - so it would be great if you could focus on the characters rather than setting (which includes Katey's American life), or just do a different-setting AU. Or just stick to La Rosa Negra, which I loved.

That said, I adore Katey and Javier. I love their shared sense of whimsy and the secret place they worked out for each other - and then they go into battle together, and they keep that private shared connection but turn it outward. They are very, very aware of their public, and yet wholly in sync with each other. Also, their sense of humor matches excellently.

Some prompts:
- preparing for a public performance! Dress descriptions very welcome.
- dancing and sex - what's similar about it? What's different about it? Does Katey move her hips in a circle or a box?
- domesticity. I have a very strong mental image of Javier doing all of the ironing at home, which is why Katey reminded him of an ironing board. How would they manage if they lived together? I liked their own atypical takes on gender roles, and the way they fit each other. (There can also be sex.)
- a different setting AU - a space opera! A fusion with The Hour! Something with gun-slinging instead of dancing! Or ice skating instead of dancing. Or slam poetry. Or lightsabers. (Note: I haven't seen Rogue One yet, and I'm hoping to stay non-spoiled, so no fusion with that, please.)

5. Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold

Bel Thorne/Byerly Vorrutyer
I have been shipping this for a long time, and I am thrilled that someone nominated it! I really really feel they would be happy together. I like that they are both shrewd and practical and surrounded by patriotic maniacs and very dedicated to getting their task done - and they follow their own conscience rather than the chain of command. I think they have a similar sense of humor and similar ways of coping with society, although Bel is way more tempestuous. I think they'd both delight in shocking society, and I think they'd be really into getting to know one another, working through those many necessary layers of deception.

Some prompts:
- they end up on a diplomatic mission together! Maybe By gets Dendarii bodyguards for some reason, or maybe they're assigned to the same place after Bel leaves the Dendarii. I think they'd instantly be into each other, or at least very fascinated.
- they end up on a diplomatic mission together, and then aliens make them do it. I mean, either they get hit with some aphrodisiac, or Cetagandans are particularly creepy hosts, or maybe some evil Jackson's Whole person wants to test their cover (as a married couple? As a respectable Betan tourist with a boytoy?)
- they meet on Miles's wedding and dance (or scheme) the night away.
- they eventually have their own wedding? Proooooobably not on Barrayar. Maybe on Barrayar.

Note: I am absolutely okay with Bel's herm identity being a theme - for example, in facing down hateful Barrayarans, or infiltrate Jackson's Whole with Bel pretending to be an attraction. But please have Bel come out of it victorious.

6. The Comfortable Courtesan - Madame C- C-

Mr MacD/Madame C- C, Madame C-C- & Sandy MacD
Sandy and Clorinda are my favourite parts of this incredible series. I love them as best friends. I love them as lovers. I love them as best friends pretending to be lovers. I love them as lovers pretending to be in a very different kind of romantic relationship than what is true. I love them as best friends who could never ever be lovers and are perfectly content with it.

I prefer them to also stay in their canon romantic relationships - I think everyone involved would approve, though with many different approaches.

I requested Clorinda and Sandy in my Yuletide letter, here - http://court-of-ocelot.livejournal.com/1109.html - and everything in that letter still applies!

Some more prompts:
- someone tries to be catty about Clorinda to Sandy, or vice versa.
- they pretend to be a horrible couple, and stage fights in public.
- they dance! This is a theme for this letter. But, seriously, I'd particularly like it if Clorinda led whatever dance they were dancing - for reasons of utilitarian philosophy, of course. I also love it when they share a social scene together, especially when it's not proper for them to be seen to interact much.
- maybe they write, or read, or critique, some erotica together? This can lead to experimentation, or just some highly cerebral hypotheticals.

Oct. 7th, 2016

Dearest Yuletide Writer,

Thank you so much for writing for me. I love all of these canons and will be thrilled to receive fic for them. I hope you'll have fun with writing and follow your inspiration - all my optional details are very optional! I don't use lj anymore, but I'm active on tumblr, so if you have any questions, you can reach me at court-of-ocelot.tumblr.com - anon messaging is always on! I am song_of_staying on AO3.

(20/10: Added some clarification to the DNWs list and the Earthsinger section.)

My canons this year are: Earthsinger Chronicles - L. Penelope; The Comfortable Courtesan - Madame C- C-; Eternal Nightcap - The Whitlams (Album); Piszkos Fred könyvek | Dirty Fred series - Jenő Rejtő; Questionable Content; The Brothers Sinister Series - Courtney Milan.



Generally: I love fic about relationships, both platonic and romantic. I love porn, and melodrama, and all kinds of hurt/comfort. I love all AUs, crossovers, experimental formats like epistolary fic. I am absolutely comfortable with graphic violence and dub-con/non-con. Would prefer no major character deaths, and, in general, I prefer happy endings to sad ones.

Some stuff I love: (note that these all apply to close friendships as well as romantic relationships!)

- significant touches: reverent, sensual, conspiratorial, calming, beseeching.

- kneeling: for sex, for ritual, out of exhaustion, out of desperation, for sheer practicality.

- unexpected kindness from unexpected places.

- bizarre fluff: like, a picnic on a battlefield, or a dinner date after a fistfight, or giving someone a gift that anyone else would find upsetting but the recipient loves it.

- awareness of public perception. So I love scandalous public declarations of love/solidarity. (Public or hiding-from-the-public sex is also nice.) But I also love in-jokes, shared secrets, partners undercover. (Costume sex / roleplaying is also nice!)

- devotion, being willing to break the laws of god and man to keep each other safe. I especially love when there's a power difference, and the person who has more power is entirely devoted and starstruck and humbled by the other and willing to do anything for them.

I would rather not read about:

- jealousy and cheating.

- abuse of power (in the main ship - abuse in backstory is not a problem).

- “tough love”, a character hurting someone ‘for their own good’ and the narrative agreeing with this, sympathetic manipulative mentors, any ships with the dynamics that one character 'needs' the other to be unpleasant to them.

- blackmail. Most of these prompts contain same-sex relationships in historical or fantasy settings - and I am absolutely okay with fic dealing with homophobia. Just please no extortion via threats of outing.

- college settings and AUs - high school is fine, space academy or fantasy university are fine, just please avoid contemporary college settings with dorms and classes and frats and whatnot.

Note: Comfortable Courtesan and Questionable Content update daily, and I'm not sure when the next Earthsinger book is coming out. Please do not worry about your fic being contradicted by new canon! I understand that writing a fic takes time, choose any 'cutoff date' you like - I enjoy canon divergence anyway! Conversely, I do keep up with the updates, so please don't worry about spoiling me or anything either.



Earthsinger Chronicles - L. Penelope: Any LINK

The canon: An ongoing, two-book fantasy romance series with 1920s tech, royalty, prophecies, death magic, and a lot of Forbidden Love. The first book is Song of Blood & Stone, the second is Whispers of Shadow & Flame. You can fill my request based on either one of them. (But I absolutely recommend reading them both.)

The characters: Jasminda is an orphaned young woman living near the border of a country at war, raising goats and dealing with prejudice. She saves Jack (Jaqros!), who is a very important man with a mysterious background, and who is pretty much instantly smitten. Darvyn is Jack's friend and sort-of ex-prisoner, he is also very important because he's trying to end the reign of a corrupt god back in his home country. Kyara is the assassin serving the corrupt god, and she's sent to kill Darvyn and she's a very rare female example of Iron Woobie.

Other characters include: happily settled older lesbians who drive a steamship; Kyara's terrifying female mentor; a petty, family drama-driven pantheon.

Fic I want:
I am absolutely game for anything - just please don't set your fic in the refugee camp (battlefield setting is fine, dramatic torture dungeons are more than fine). I love the worldbuilding, but AUs are great too (I'm very curious about what a modern AU would look like!) You don't have to write the nominated characters - I'm also good with Jasminda's parents or aunts, Darvyn or Kyara's parents, or anything about the pantheon (including incest - I am like 99% sure that incest was going on there).

Specific prompts:
- Jack and Jasminda's wedding: public reactions! Private reactions! Dresses & crowns/hair ornaments. WEDDING NIGHT.

- Intense whump: I really love the reoccurring theme of "beautiful man gets tortured beautifully, then provides support or comfort to heroine" (Particularly Darvyn). I also loved the part with Kyara's dislocated shoulder and her entire relationship with her eeeevil mentor - I do not ship it, but I would be very okay with some dirtybadwrong menacing, and beautiful defiance (just please end it on a note of Kyara wanting to get away or get revenge). On the other hand, I was very, very into Jasminda's public sacrifice too. So, heroic acts, either private and hopeless or public and despairing - followed by comfort and gentleness, or intense life-reaffirming sex.

- Jasminda/Kyara: it makes a lot of sense, okay! Even ignoring the cliffhanger at the end of Book2 and what it implies, they just seem like each other's type. Kyara is poetic and reckless, which is what Jasminda likes; Jasminda shines like sunlight, which is what Kyara likes. OT4 (or sedoretu!) also works for me - there's some great canon opportunities for a Darvyn/Jack thing.



The Comfortable Courtesan - Madame C- C-: Madame C- (The Comfortable Courtesan), Mr MacD- (The Comfortable Courtesan) LINK

The canon: The memoir of Clorinda Cathcart, early 19th century writer, former courtesan, now elevat'd to aristocratic rank. The story updates daily, and you can read it for free here: https://the-comfortable-courtesan.dreamwidth.org/ !

The characters: Clorinda C- is a mastermind who uses her powers for good to maximise felicity. She loves men and women, fighting for justice, and Shakespeare. (update 6/10: also prone to erotic melodrama, e.g. "O, says I, with perhaps a little tearfullness, I am a bad, wick’d, thoughtless C-, and indeed I deserve to be punisht -" https://the-comfortable-courtesan.dreamwidth.org/126845.html#comments ) Sandy MacD- is a private secretary and aspiring detective. He loves men, fighting for justice, and utalitarian philosophy. (And he has some fascinating reactions to kneeling: https://the-comfortable-courtesan.dreamwidth.org/51642.html)

Fic I want: I LOVE THEM WITH ALL MY HEART, and I love their relationship more than any other in this amazing series. I love that they're ~platonic soulmates~ - they both have lovers they adore and trust, but there are parts they have only shared with each other. I love the way they combine their knowledge from different spheres. I loved that they stood together on the periphery of respectable society, and I loved the period when Clorinda got in but Sandy hadn't yet, and I love what they're doing now. I just really enjoy reading about their mutual trust and adoration, and they ways they are similar (e.g. they swing dramatically between pragmatism and overthinking the situation; they are jaded to some forms of social attacks and very vulnerable to others).

Specific prompts:
- Undercover as a couple! How this would go would depend on WHERE they would go undercover - but really, I'm fascinated by the way they both alter their presentation depending on what social stratum they are interacting with. It can go as far as you like - Clorinda/Sandy sex would be very, very hot (Exhibit A: https://the-comfortable-courtesan.dreamwidth.org/2016/05/21/ Exhibit B: https://the-comfortable-courtesan.dreamwidth.org/2016/05/24/)... but so would platonic bedsharing, in a delightful nobody-knows-what-we're-doing-under-the-covers and-we're-discussing-gothic-horror kind of way.

- One of them gets kidnapped (by a jilted admirer? They both have plenty of those!) and the other is desperate and ruthlessly effective in getting 'em back.

- My guilty pleasure for this canon is a Lord G-/Sandy/Clorinda/Eliza/Josiah kind of arrangement - they share a house! It could happen! This is very optional, of course, but if it appeals to you, I'd love to read it - especially Sandy and Clorinda teaming up and going down on any of their lovers.



Eternal Nightcap - The Whitlams (Album): Charlie (Eternal Nightcap), Charlie's girl, Singer (Eternal Nightcap) LINK

The canon: one of my favorite music albums - about love and friendship and worrying, and age play and newspaper ads, and dogs and drugs and debts, and solidarity and zodiac signs.

The characters:
"Charlie you're not my Charlie anymore you're screwing it up
You're killing your soul with an audience looking on
...
There's a girl going crazy about you
And I'm not far behind"

The relevant songs are Charlie No. 2 (Buy Now Pay Later), Charlie No. 1 and Charlie No. 3, and you can find them on youtube! The whole album is worth a listen. [Note: the first song, No Aphrodisiac, uses some offensive phrases and references. I don't think any of the other songs do.]

Fic I want: this is my OT3 song for all occasions - apparently there's nothing I love as much as two people who like each other and love a third one who is self-destructing in an altruistic kind of way. So - anything about this three-person dynamic! What is Charlie's girl doing? Does the Singer want him, has he ever had him? (I can't tell if they're lovers or friends - there's not much difference, on this album.) What is Charlie actually doing? You can focus on any of the three characters, so long as the other two are somewhere around. Any style is great, from dreamy and elliptical to very very specific (themes of addiction or self-harm are welcome, just so long as Charlie survives).

Specific prompts:
- I absolutely love the way this album approaches sex as this relaxed, warm, bittersweet, exploratory thing. If the Singer loves Charlie in that way, I'd love to see how a threesome would work. Does Charlie end up against the wall?

- Slice-of-life set after Charlie No. 3. Other characters, like the Melbourne girl or Kinky Renée or Louis Burdett are all very welcome.

- Very optional fantasy AU possibility: what if Charlie owns a (wooden?) dragon that survives on his flesh? Or an actual demon? What IS he feeling like a little dog? Is he a Gemini?



Piszkos Fred könyvek | Dirty Fred series - Jenő Rejtő: Any. LINK

The canon: A series of hilarious, optimistic, deliciously trope-y books about pirates, written by a Jewish Hungarian author during World War II. All the nominated characters are from the first book, Dirty Fred, the Captain, which has been translated to English (click on the comic for a link). All of the books are readable for free online in Hungarian!
[Please note: considering the era they were written, there are some racist and sexist tropes and descriptions.]

The characters: Jimmy is a sailor who wants to be a gentleman and keeps trying to dress and act like one. St. Antonio is the prince of a small island and he really, really likes Jimmy and also romanticizes ~rough living~. He and Jimmy switch roles. Then Jimmy meets St. Antonio's mom, Helena, a tragic queen who is very kind to him and who he immediately feels a filial devotion for. Meanwhile, St. Antonio is kidnapped and tortured by a bunch of pirate types, and their queen, Anna Alvarez, who has terrifying green eyes and tries to force him to marry her.
Other characters in the series include a female travel agent crossdressing and infiltrating pirates; a nobleman who became a smuggler for tragic masculine reasons; a male millionaire who wants to be famous by faking an expedition and a ruthless lady reporter who wants to stop him; several spies who are sectet nobility; Dirty Fred himself, who is sort of a more mercenary Dumbledore who doesn’t bathe.

Fic I want: ... It's pretty hard to come up with fic I don't want. Please no Helena death, even offscreen. I don't like Dirty Fred much, but absolutely include him if you need a quick and filthy deus ex machina. But any of the nominated characters, and all the other not-nominated characters from future books are all welcome. Fic in Hungarian is absolutely welcome. I would be fascinated to see how others feel about this series, whether they grew up with it like I did, or only read it recently!

Specific prompts:
- Jimmy/St. Antonio. Okay, the whole sequence of Jimmy accidentally developing a loyalty kink, and St. Antonio being SO INTO all of Jimmy's impertinence, that was incredibly hot. I think they would both be into the cross-class taboo of having sex with each other, and there could be identity exploration too! (would either call the other 'your highness' in bed?)

- Anna! Does she bring her terrifying pirate queen work experience to her new job? How did the royal wedding go? (And again I ask - would either call the other 'your highness' in bed?)

- Jimmy & Helena!! I loved their interactions so much. I love to think that he writes her letters too - she would absolutely love to read them, I think. Also, he'd absolutely do anything she asked, so I'd love to see him hurrying back if she needed something (or, you know, someone) retrieved.



Questionable Content: Faye Whitaker, Bubbles (Questionable Content) LINK

The canon: Ongoing webcomic "about romance and robots". Updates daily! Faye was a character since the very beginning; Bubbles arrived around the 3000th comic. http://www.questionablecontent.net/ (If you're reading from the beginning - the art gets way, way better.)

The characters: Faye is an artist and welder, currently a recovering alcoholic, kinda aggro and a great friend. She works at an illegal robot fighting ring, with Bubbles the AI. Bubbles is a veteran who is trying to live a peaceful life. She enjoys tea.

Fic I want: They're my favourite relationship in the comic. I believe deep in my heart that they're going to be romantically together one day (I discovered http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2262 while rereading and screeched foreshadowing), but I will be just as happy with non-shippy fic about them getting to know each other. I REALLY love that Bubbles brings out a side in Faye that we hadn't seen before. Like, Faye loves joke-punches, but Bubbles has very different experiences with violence, and apparently this doesn't upset Faye at all. Also, usually Faye's tenacity sort of overrides the personality of anyone she's dating or friends with (not in a bad way! But she is very intense.) but with Bubbles, it's ineffective half of the time and useful the rest of the time. And they are both trying so hard with each other! I'd like to read more about that.

I would prefer not to read about Faye relapsing.

Specific prompts:
- So this panel made me gleeful: http://www.questionablecontent.net/comics/3241.png . Maybe there's a police raid, or some kind of highly localized robopocalypse situation, and Bubbles protects Faye bodily. Nnngh. (Uh, please don't kill off the rest of the cast though, I am fond of most of them.)

- Conversely, I love reading Bubble's terse scenes with their boss (whose name is CORPSE WITCH according to the panel title - makes sense). Faye overhearing more of this! Or Faye finding out Bubbles IS being unethically exploited! Or basically anything with Faye snapping into protective mode, and Bubbles being very surprised.

- Smut! I am really into Faye's new look, with the arms and the muscles/softness combination, and I love that Bubbles is so very strong but also so very precise and sensual. We had some hints about human/AI sex before (thank you, May!), but how would it work for them specifically?



The Brothers Sinister Series - Courtney Milan: Patrick Shaughnessy, Baron Lowery LINK

The canon: A series of historical romance novels. Patrick and the Baron appear in Suffragette Scandal, which is about a suffragette newspaper editor and her devoted scoundrel (the scoundrel being Patrick's BFF, who owes him like at least one life debt). Patrick's brother Stephen is the hero of the novella Talk Sweetly To Me (he writes a joke column about mansplaining, and falls in love with Rose the mathematics prodigy) but Patrick and the Baron aren't featured there.

The characters: Patrick is a stablemaster with a moderately tragic childhood and a scarily flawless work ethic. George - Baron Lowery - is his lover, and his employer. They are both VERY careful about making this work.

Fic I want:Patrick is so chill about everything all the time (except public speaking, ha), and I would love to know what falling in love looked like for him, what made him decide to go for it. What about George - who and what does he care about? Really, I'd love anything about how they integrated into each other's lives. I also really enjoy the way canon avoided unnecessary secret-keeping - George knows about Edward, Stephen knows about George, apparently Patrick is very honest with his people, and they all love him fiercely.

One thing I would not like to read for this couple is, like, teaching moments for the clueless noble. I prefer a George who understands that things are complicated and still decides it's worth it.

Specific prompts:
- First times: What happened the first time they used each other's names? How did they figure out they had a chance with each other? First night together?

- Rescue-fic: Patrick is in danger! George will do anything to protect him. Or: George is in danger! Patrick has a scoundrel at his disposal.

- I absolutely do not require this, but if you feel like writing an Edward/Patrick/George thing, I wouldn't object. I just really like Edward's feelings of devotion and loyalty to Patrick, and I can see it turning lusty under some circumstances, and George would be willing to work with this. (I loved that he wasn't jealous about Patrick's star-crossed BFFship, just protective.)

Note: My letter contains book covers or unofficial illustrations of each canon - you can click on them for more information about the canon in question. Apparently, LJ refuses to load this correctly on certain computers! So I've created an identical, image-free letter, here: http://court-of-ocelot.livejournal.com/1453.html. Read whichever suits you best <3


Dearest Yuletide Writer,

Thank you so much for writing for me. I love all of these canons and will be thrilled to receive fic for them. I hope you'll have fun with writing and follow your inspiration - all my optional details are very optional! I don't use lj anymore, but I'm active on tumblr, so if you have any questions, you can reach me at court-of-ocelot.tumblr.com - anon messaging is always on! I am song_of_staying on AO3.

(20/10: Added some clarification to the DNWs list and the Earthsinger section.)

My canons this year are: Earthsinger Chronicles - L. Penelope; The Comfortable Courtesan - Madame C- C-; Eternal Nightcap - The Whitlams (Album); Piszkos Fred könyvek | Dirty Fred series - Jenő Rejtő; Questionable Content; The Brothers Sinister Series - Courtney Milan.



Generally: I love fic about relationships, both platonic and romantic. I love porn, and melodrama, and all kinds of hurt/comfort. I love all AUs, crossovers, experimental formats like epistolary fic. I am absolutely comfortable with graphic violence and dub-con/non-con. Would prefer no major character deaths, and, in general, I prefer happy endings to sad ones.

Some stuff I love: (note that these all apply to close friendships as well as romantic relationships!)

- significant touches: reverent, sensual, conspiratorial, calming, beseeching.

- kneeling: for sex, for ritual, out of exhaustion, out of desperation, for sheer practicality.

- unexpected kindness from unexpected places.

- bizarre fluff: like, a picnic on a battlefield, or a dinner date after a fistfight, or giving someone a gift that anyone else would find upsetting but the recipient loves it.

- awareness of public perception. So I love scandalous public declarations of love/solidarity. (Public or hiding-from-the-public sex is also nice.) But I also love in-jokes, shared secrets, partners undercover. (Costume sex / roleplaying is also nice!)

- devotion, being willing to break the laws of god and man to keep each other safe. I especially love when there's a power difference, and the person who has more power is entirely devoted and starstruck and humbled by the other and willing to do anything for them.

I would rather not read about:

- jealousy and cheating.

- abuse of power (in the main ship - abuse in backstory is not a problem).

- “tough love”, a character hurting someone ‘for their own good’ and the narrative agreeing with this, sympathetic manipulative mentors, any ships with the dynamics that one character 'needs' the other to be unpleasant to them.

- blackmail. Most of these prompts contain same-sex relationships in historical or fantasy settings - and I am absolutely okay with fic dealing with homophobia. Just please no extortion via threats of outing.

- college settings and AUs - high school is fine, space academy or fantasy university are fine, just please avoid contemporary college settings with dorms and classes and frats and whatnot.

Note: Comfortable Courtesan and Questionable Content update daily, and I'm not sure when the next Earthsinger book is coming out. Please do not worry about your fic being contradicted by new canon! I understand that writing a fic takes time, choose any 'cutoff date' you like - I enjoy canon divergence anyway! Conversely, I do keep up with the updates, so please don't worry about spoiling me or anything either.



Earthsinger Chronicles - L. Penelope: Any
Book cover with a celestial-looking dark-skinned, curly woman, looking up at the sky. The canon: An ongoing, two-book fantasy romance series with 1920s tech, royalty, prophecies, death magic, and a lot of Forbidden Love. The first book is Song of Blood & Stone, the second is Whispers of Shadow & Flame. You can fill my request based on either one of them. (But I absolutely recommend reading them both.)

The characters: Jasminda is an orphaned young woman living near the border of a country at war, raising goats and dealing with prejudice. She saves Jack (Jaqros!), who is a very important man with a mysterious background, and who is pretty much instantly smitten. Darvyn is Jack's friend and sort-of ex-prisoner, he is also very important because he's trying to end the reign of a corrupt god back in his home country. Kyara is the assassin serving the corrupt god, and she's sent to kill Darvyn and she's a very rare female example of Iron Woobie.

Other characters include: happily settled older lesbians who drive a steamship; Kyara's terrifying female mentor; a petty, family drama-driven pantheon.

Fic I want:
I am absolutely game for anything - just please don't set your fic in the refugee camp (battlefield setting is fine, dramatic torture dungeons are more than fine). I love the worldbuilding, but AUs are great too (I'm very curious about what a modern AU would look like!) You don't have to write the nominated characters - I'm also good with Jasminda's parents or aunts, Darvyn or Kyara's parents, or anything about the pantheon (including incest - I am like 99% sure that incest was going on there).

Specific prompts:
- Jack and Jasminda's wedding: public reactions! Private reactions! Dresses & crowns/hair ornaments. WEDDING NIGHT.

- Intense whump: I really love the reoccurring theme of "beautiful man gets tortured beautifully, then provides support or comfort to heroine" (Particularly Darvyn). I also loved the part with Kyara's dislocated shoulder and her entire relationship with her eeeevil mentor - I do not ship it, but I would be very okay with some dirtybadwrong menacing, and beautiful defiance (just please end it on a note of Kyara wanting to get away or get revenge). On the other hand, I was very, very into Jasminda's public sacrifice too. So, heroic acts, either private and hopeless or public and despairing - followed by comfort and gentleness, or intense life-reaffirming sex.

- Jasminda/Kyara: it makes a lot of sense, okay! Even ignoring the cliffhanger at the end of Book2 and what it implies, they just seem like each other's type. Kyara is poetic and reckless, which is what Jasminda likes; Jasminda shines like sunlight, which is what Kyara likes. OT4 (or sedoretu!) also works for me - there's some great canon opportunities for a Darvyn/Jack thing.



The Comfortable Courtesan - Madame C- C-: Madame C- (The Comfortable Courtesan), Mr MacD- (The Comfortable Courtesan)
Book cover with pale woman in early 19th clothing and a feathery hat The canon: The memoir of Clorinda Cathcart, early 19th century writer, former courtesan, now elevat'd to aristocratic rank. The story updates daily, and you can read it for free here: https://the-comfortable-courtesan.dreamwidth.org/ !

The characters: Clorinda C- is a mastermind who uses her powers for good to maximise felicity. She loves men and women, fighting for justice, and Shakespeare. (update 6/10: also prone to erotic melodrama, e.g. "O, says I, with perhaps a little tearfullness, I am a bad, wick’d, thoughtless C-, and indeed I deserve to be punisht -" https://the-comfortable-courtesan.dreamwidth.org/126845.html#comments ) Sandy MacD- is a private secretary and aspiring detective. He loves men, fighting for justice, and utalitarian philosophy. (And he has some fascinating reactions to kneeling: https://the-comfortable-courtesan.dreamwidth.org/51642.html)

Fic I want: I LOVE THEM WITH ALL MY HEART, and I love their relationship more than any other in this amazing series. I love that they're ~platonic soulmates~ - they both have lovers they adore and trust, but there are parts they have only shared with each other. I love the way they combine their knowledge from different spheres. I loved that they stood together on the periphery of respectable society, and I loved the period when Clorinda got in but Sandy hadn't yet, and I love what they're doing now. I just really enjoy reading about their mutual trust and adoration, and they ways they are similar (e.g. they swing dramatically between pragmatism and overthinking the situation; they are jaded to some forms of social attacks and very vulnerable to others).

Specific prompts:
- Undercover as a couple! How this would go would depend on WHERE they would go undercover - but really, I'm fascinated by the way they both alter their presentation depending on what social stratum they are interacting with. It can go as far as you like - Clorinda/Sandy sex would be very, very hot (Exhibit A: https://the-comfortable-courtesan.dreamwidth.org/2016/05/21/ Exhibit B: https://the-comfortable-courtesan.dreamwidth.org/2016/05/24/)... but so would platonic bedsharing, in a delightful nobody-knows-what-we're-doing-under-the-covers and-we're-discussing-gothic-horror kind of way.

- One of them gets kidnapped (by a jilted admirer? They both have plenty of those!) and the other is desperate and ruthlessly effective in getting 'em back.

- My guilty pleasure for this canon is a Lord G-/Sandy/Clorinda/Eliza/Josiah kind of arrangement - they share a house! It could happen! This is very optional, of course, but if it appeals to you, I'd love to read it - especially Sandy and Clorinda teaming up and going down on any of their lovers.



Eternal Nightcap - The Whitlams (Album): Charlie (Eternal Nightcap), Charlie's girl, Singer (Eternal Nightcap)
Photo of shaggy-looking man with keyboard, silhouetted in light The canon: one of my favorite music albums - about love and friendship and worrying, and age play and newspaper ads, and dogs and drugs and debts, and solidarity and zodiac signs.

The characters:
"Charlie you're not my Charlie anymore you're screwing it up
You're killing your soul with an audience looking on
...
There's a girl going crazy about you
And I'm not far behind"

The relevant songs are Charlie No. 2 (Buy Now Pay Later), Charlie No. 1 and Charlie No. 3, and you can find them on youtube! The whole album is worth a listen. [Note: the first song, No Aphrodisiac, uses some offensive phrases and references. I don't think any of the other songs do.]

Fic I want: this is my OT3 song for all occasions - apparently there's nothing I love as much as two people who like each other and love a third one who is self-destructing in an altruistic kind of way. So - anything about this three-person dynamic! What is Charlie's girl doing? Does the Singer want him, has he ever had him? (I can't tell if they're lovers or friends - there's not much difference, on this album.) What is Charlie actually doing? You can focus on any of the three characters, so long as the other two are somewhere around. Any style is great, from dreamy and elliptical to very very specific (themes of addiction or self-harm are welcome, just so long as Charlie survives).

Specific prompts:
- I absolutely love the way this album approaches sex as this relaxed, warm, bittersweet, exploratory thing. If the Singer loves Charlie in that way, I'd love to see how a threesome would work. Does Charlie end up against the wall?

- Slice-of-life set after Charlie No. 3. Other characters, like the Melbourne girl or Kinky Renée or Louis Burdett are all very welcome.

- Very optional fantasy AU possibility: what if Charlie owns a (wooden?) dragon that survives on his flesh? Or an actual demon? What IS he feeling like a little dog? Is he a Gemini?



Piszkos Fred könyvek | Dirty Fred series - Jenő Rejtő: Any.
The canon: A series of hilarious, optimistic, deliciously trope-y books about pirates, written by a Jewish Hungarian author during World War II. All the nominated characters are from the first book, Dirty Fred, the Captain, which has been translated to English (click on the comic for a link). All of the books are readable for free online in Hungarian!
[Please note: considering the era they were written, there are some racist and sexist tropes and descriptions.]

The characters: Jimmy is a sailor who wants to be a gentleman and keeps trying to dress and act like one. St. Antonio is the prince of a small island and he really, really likes Jimmy and also romanticizes ~rough living~. He and Jimmy switch roles. Then Jimmy meets St. Antonio's mom, Helena, a tragic queen who is very kind to him and who he immediately feels a filial devotion for. Meanwhile, St. Antonio is kidnapped and tortured by a bunch of pirate types, and their queen, Anna Alvarez, who has terrifying green eyes and tries to force him to marry her.
Other characters in the series include a female travel agent crossdressing and infiltrating pirates; a nobleman who became a smuggler for tragic masculine reasons; a male millionaire who wants to be famous by faking an expedition and a ruthless lady reporter who wants to stop him; several spies who are sectet nobility; Dirty Fred himself, who is sort of a more mercenary Dumbledore who doesn’t bathe.

Fic I want: ... It's pretty hard to come up with fic I don't want. Please no Helena death, even offscreen. I don't like Dirty Fred much, but absolutely include him if you need a quick and filthy deus ex machina. But any of the nominated characters, and all the other not-nominated characters from future books are all welcome. Fic in Hungarian is absolutely welcome. I would be fascinated to see how others feel about this series, whether they grew up with it like I did, or only read it recently!

Specific prompts:
- Jimmy/St. Antonio. Okay, the whole sequence of Jimmy accidentally developing a loyalty kink, and St. Antonio being SO INTO all of Jimmy's impertinence, that was incredibly hot. I think they would both be into the cross-class taboo of having sex with each other, and there could be identity exploration too! (would either call the other 'your highness' in bed?)

- Anna! Does she bring her terrifying pirate queen work experience to her new job? How did the royal wedding go? (And again I ask - would either call the other 'your highness' in bed?)

- Jimmy & Helena!! I loved their interactions so much. I love to think that he writes her letters too - she would absolutely love to read them, I think. Also, he'd absolutely do anything she asked, so I'd love to see him hurrying back if she needed something (or, you know, someone) retrieved.



Questionable Content: Faye Whitaker, Bubbles (Questionable Content)
Buff pale woman says with short hair play-punches tall blushing robot woman in full-body armor. The canon: Ongoing webcomic "about romance and robots". Updates daily! Faye was a character since the very beginning; Bubbles arrived around the 3000th comic. http://www.questionablecontent.net/ (If you're reading from the beginning - the art gets way, way better.)

The characters: Faye is an artist and welder, currently a recovering alcoholic, kinda aggro and a great friend. She works at an illegal robot fighting ring, with Bubbles the AI. Bubbles is a veteran who is trying to live a peaceful life. She enjoys tea.

Fic I want: They're my favourite relationship in the comic. I believe deep in my heart that they're going to be romantically together one day (I discovered http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2262 while rereading and screeched foreshadowing), but I will be just as happy with non-shippy fic about them getting to know each other. I REALLY love that Bubbles brings out a side in Faye that we hadn't seen before. Like, Faye loves joke-punches, but Bubbles has very different experiences with violence, and apparently this doesn't upset Faye at all. Also, usually Faye's tenacity sort of overrides the personality of anyone she's dating or friends with (not in a bad way! But she is very intense.) but with Bubbles, it's ineffective half of the time and useful the rest of the time. And they are both trying so hard with each other! I'd like to read more about that.

I would prefer not to read about Faye relapsing.

Specific prompts:
- So this panel made me gleeful: http://www.questionablecontent.net/comics/3241.png . Maybe there's a police raid, or some kind of highly localized robopocalypse situation, and Bubbles protects Faye bodily. Nnngh. (Uh, please don't kill off the rest of the cast though, I am fond of most of them.)

- Conversely, I love reading Bubble's terse scenes with their boss (whose name is CORPSE WITCH according to the panel title - makes sense). Faye overhearing more of this! Or Faye finding out Bubbles IS being unethically exploited! Or basically anything with Faye snapping into protective mode, and Bubbles being very surprised.

- Smut! I am really into Faye's new look, with the arms and the muscles/softness combination, and I love that Bubbles is so very strong but also so very precise and sensual. We had some hints about human/AI sex before (thank you, May!), but how would it work for them specifically?



The Brothers Sinister Series - Courtney Milan: Patrick Shaughnessy, Baron Lowery
Victorian engraving of a stable, a horse and a man with a bowler hat.The canon: A series of historical romance novels. Patrick and the Baron appear in Suffragette Scandal, which is about a suffragette newspaper editor and her devoted scoundrel (the scoundrel being Patrick's BFF, who owes him like at least one life debt). Patrick's brother Stephen is the hero of the novella Talk Sweetly To Me (he writes a joke column about mansplaining, and falls in love with Rose the mathematics prodigy) but Patrick and the Baron aren't featured there.

The characters: Patrick is a stablemaster with a moderately tragic childhood and a scarily flawless work ethic. George - Baron Lowery - is his lover, and his employer. They are both VERY careful about making this work.

Fic I want:Patrick is so chill about everything all the time (except public speaking, ha), and I would love to know what falling in love looked like for him, what made him decide to go for it. What about George - who and what does he care about? Really, I'd love anything about how they integrated into each other's lives. I also really enjoy the way canon avoided unnecessary secret-keeping - George knows about Edward, Stephen knows about George, apparently Patrick is very honest with his people, and they all love him fiercely.

One thing I would not like to read for this couple is, like, teaching moments for the clueless noble. I prefer a George who understands that things are complicated and still decides it's worth it.

Specific prompts:
- First times: What happened the first time they used each other's names? How did they figure out they had a chance with each other? First night together?

- Rescue-fic: Patrick is in danger! George will do anything to protect him. Or: George is in danger! Patrick has a scoundrel at his disposal.

- I absolutely do not require this, but if you feel like writing an Edward/Patrick/George thing, I wouldn't object. I just really like Edward's feelings of devotion and loyalty to Patrick, and I can see it turning lusty under some circumstances, and George would be willing to work with this. (I loved that he wasn't jealous about Patrick's star-crossed BFFship, just protective.)

Shit, it's February!

So, I have this v. elaborate plan to combine this account with my tumblr and establish something like a regular-ish online presence between the two - but it's going kind of slowly, mostly because my year began REALLY WEIRDLY and not very pleasantly.

But! Good parts:
- this thing I wrote which is, honestly, really kinda cool
- watching Librarians! With egelantier! Oh my god it's so happy and cheesy and uplifting. And there's librarians_kink
- I received this Untamed drabble from wordsofastory, and it's heartbreaking and terse and perfect and canon-true. I love Untamed so much, and really need to re-read it.
- this layout, which egelantier made for me, and I love it with a passion. She also made the icon, which I feel is reflective of my soul, although possibly I need to gather some more icons at some point.

(still haven't figured out how to make my flist page match my lj's layout. Apparently they're called feeds now, also. WHY!)

Let us begin my new stab at LJing with a fic meme!

I randomised 10 songs and chose lyrics from each - your job is to pick a number and a character (or ship) (or friendship) (or assortment of characters) and receive a ficlet!
Actually, feel free to request two. <3

1. "my head's in heaven, my soles are in hell"
2. "now you're in deep and now you're gonna cry / you got a woman to your left and a boy to your right"
3. "my house is out of the ordinary"
4. "true beauty lies on the blue horizon"
5. "my boat can slip away into a calmer sea"
6. "we dancing in the dungeon every Monday night"
7. "and then take full weight of me / guard my dreams, figure this out / it's me on my own/ helpless, hurting, hell / will you stay strong as you promised?"
8. "but the way the stars look into my eyes tonight"
9. "on your knees out in your shack"
10. "some make you sing and some make you scream / one makes you wish that you'd never been seen"

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