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I wrote:
The Mountain of the Rightful Emperor by [archiveofourown.org profile] pentapus
Ronin Warriors/Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, Sanada Ryo/Xiu Rei Fuan a.k.a. Kento, Ensemble cameos
"Welcome to the Middle Kingdom," Kento said, switching to Japanese.

"Uh, yeah -- it’s nice," Ryo said.
So I was the worst anon ever this year. Even forgetting the egregious use of geology, my backpacking trip to China, and a Ryo headcanon I mentioned in my yuletide letter (Ryo dancing! Come on, who doesn’t want that?!), I literally told Spoke two years ago that I wanted to write her a story where Kento and Ryo worked at Kento’s Uncle’s guest house. lots more rambling )

I received:

Yoroiden Samurai Troopers
Rites by [archiveofourown.org profile] penitence_road
Ronin Warriors/Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, Mia, Kayura, Ensemble
If purity were in the work of purification, they'd be all set. But that's not really how these things work. Or, The Netherworld's Trust-Building Exercises Are Pretty Hardcore. Features everyone, but stars Mia and Kayura.
Longfic! With Mia and Kayura! And Kayura trying to be a proper traditional girl while also ruling a demon underworld. I loved Mia and Kayura feeling each other out. The background that penitence_road gave Mia (French Catholic) made her even more of an outside observer, an interested academic observing Shinto practice in the netherworld, and I really liked that take on it.
Sleeping Arrangements by [archiveofourown.org profile] alessandriana
Ronin Warriors/Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, Mia, the Ronins
In the aftermath of the first battle against Talpa, they go home.
(Blatant fluff.)
Nrrrgh, so good. Exactly my kind of fluff -- cuddling with an air of hurt/comfort and lingering peril. Like, Ryo literally does not wake up for the entire story. He is so wiped out from all that Killing-Talpa business that he has to be carried from room to room by Kento as the story progresses. I DON'T KNOW WHY THAT WORKS FOR ME, BUT OH GOD, DOES IT WORK. Also, the Mia POV was great here as she tries to keep track of everyone while being wiped out herself. There’s a bit where she has to stop and stress by herself for a moment, but instead, she falls asleep leaning on the laundry machine – I have done that! I have totally done that! I mean, it was more college finals than demon attack, but it still happened.
Torii by Shusu ([archiveofourown.org profile] Sameshima_Shuzumi)
Ronin Warriors/Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, Kayura, Ronins
We're the unsung handymen of the netherworld. Only because Lady Kayura banned karaoke.
This was hysterical, and what really made it for me was the solid world-building underneath. There are some great descriptions of magic and the netherworld in here. And then everybody’s characters are fantastic. It gives it that real feel that just makes humor for me. And Kayura’s POV!

Books of the Raksura – Martha Wells
Too Wise (to wait till those wolves make nice) by [archiveofourown.org profile] mpatientdreamr
Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells , Moon, Ember, Song, Chime, Jade, Malachite
Indigo Cloud Court has a couple of visitors.
Malachite! Moon! And some perfect Raksuran characterisations. Loved Ember especially – Moon thinks of him as basically the same as the royal clutch, Ember only listens to Moon when he wants to! Also, the author said she had been worried about making Moon cranky enough, which, yes, haha, perfect sum up of the Moon writing process -- always make him crankier.
Lonesome Son by [archiveofourown.org profile] mpatientdreamr
Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells , Moon, Ember, Pearl
Pearl and Moon talk about Ember.
And then she wrote me another thing about Ember!
Alien Song by [archiveofourown.org profile] mpatientdreamr
Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells , Frost, Thorn, Bitter
Frost, Thorn, and Bitter during Flower’s funeral.
This was a neat look at the Royal Clutch and their position as outsiders to Indigo Cloud.

Lilo & Stitch (2002):
Leaving the Nest by [archiveofourown.org profile] trollprincess
Lilo & Stitch (2002), Lilo, Nani
Lilo takes one last surf before she leaves.
This was great. Introduces a very real source of worry while also letting good things happen – and all told nicely through dialogue and character interaction. A great glimpse of Lilo and Nani’s future with David and Lilo’s unusual babysitters. AND LILO CRIES AT E.T. FOR TOO LONG, OH MY HEART.
Jhua Tehrqua by [archiveofourown.org profile] failsafe
Lilo & Stitch (2002), Lilo, Stitch
Stitch struggles with listlessness and fears of being replaced one night when Lilo's all grown up.
This is a sad one, guys. A very depressing future in which Lilo and Stitch go to space, but Stitch is still not considered a free citizen. An interesting read since it wasn’t a vision I would have had of the Galactic Federation. She’s got some great descriptions of Stitch’s body language in here, really brings home the ouch.

The Death of the Necromancer - Martha Wells
A Lady’s Education by [archiveofourown.org profile] misura
The Death of the Necromancer - Martha Wells, Madeline
They all have things to teach her.
Really nice, quick glimpse of Madeline’s interactions with the main cast.
The Hanged Man’s Prodigal Son by [archiveofourown.org profile] misura
The Death of the Necromancer - Martha Wells, Arisilde
Arisilde on the brink.
Arisilde, oh my heart. ;_;
and she is the woman by [archiveofourown.org profile] misura
The Death of the Necromancer - Martha Wells, Madeline
Two choice pieces of gossip arrived from Vienne that week, in short succession of one another.
I fucking love gossip in fic, guys. A quick spin on the existence of a Sherlock/Watson-like duo in the books canon. Madeline gets to be a novel heroine! And the way each character reacts differently is great. Madeline’s reaction being my favorite. :D
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Today I started posting my old Yuletide and some other stories to AO3 (yes, I know one of them I just posted last night, but I forgot AO3 was a thing!):

King's Sword, Kingdom's Own (NYR 2008)
Tortall - Tamora Pierce, Raoul, Alanna, Jonathan, Thayet, Gary
"This," Raoul mimicked Haryse's gesture, "is the natural outcome of too many days spent reading about supply line logistics. I'm preserving my health of mind."

As Jonathan gathers the pieces of his kingdom in the wake of the coronation rebellion, Raoul can't shake a feeling of creeping stagnation.

The Protection Racket
Leverage, OT3 UST, Parker, Alec, Eliot
Eliot doesn’t look at her when she sits down. He’s got his fingers pressed against the bridge of his nose like he’s got a hangover. That’s when Alec notices they aren’t speaking to each other.

Transitions
Books of the Raksura, Moon, Jade, Chime, a little bit OT3, a little bit not
“You are not going to get stolen,” Jade said. It was almost the only thing she’d said since it’d happened.

Searching for Sharks (NYR 2008)
Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Mendanbar/Cimorene, Modern AU
"Sharks, sir? Really?" Willin said. "Forgive me, it's just--are you sure this is the image the company wants to send?"

The Enchanted Forest meets the Pacific Northwest, academia, virtual reality -- and Cimorene.
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Another Hockey RPF treehouse reversebang story! The prompt I gave was about all the behind-the-scenes film players take these days, and [archiveofourown.org profile] thehoyden delivered brilliantly. I loved the ensemble feel and her choices of what, exactly Sidney says in his sleep. Especially love getting a bit of Flower and Duper, troublemakers.
The Secrets that You Keep by [archiveofourown.org profile] thehoyden, art by [dreamwidth.org profile] pentapus
Hockey RPF, Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins ensemble
He knew, vaguely, that Sidney talked in his sleep.

Prompted from this picture:

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Here, have a bit of Raksuran nonsense. (5 sec guide: Raksura are awesome dragon-gargoyle people, queens are dominant, and I recommend the books.)
Transitions by [archiveofourown.org profile] pentapus
Books of the Raksura, Moon/Chime/Jade
"You are not going to get stolen," Jade said. It was almost the only thing she’d said since it’d happened.

ETA: I remembered that AO3 was a thing! I like AO3.
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The first Hockey RPF treehouse reversebang story! It is a lovely synergy where the tone of the story matches the tone of the art perfectly, which makes me happy because I definitely had a moment of "SORRY, HERE'S A MOOSE." My favorite part of this is Geno because he is sly like a fox. ♥
Penguins, Bears, and Moose Oh My by [archiveofourown.org profile] james, art by [dreamwidth.org profile] pentapus
Hockey RPF, Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin, Original Moose Character
Without the moose, it would have been perfect.

Prompted from this picture:

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I have 5 pictures to draw, with deadlines and everything, and after filling up about 30 photoshop layers with unsuccessful hockey sketches, I ended up doing this (which is actually something I owe [livejournal.com profile] umino_gaara, so I don't feel too bad):

700 words of Sundown, WIP, in which Malachite has never killed a Fell or led a colony but is sort of a playboy )
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Here is the second of the new(ish) Reversebang stories! I felt guilty initially because I had given [livejournal.com profile] tielan a set of characters that were not her first choice, but having read the story, I regret nothing. Fantastic Clint and Natasha, with some great outsider POV of Natasha (also, I like that - for not very long, admittedly - you are worred for Natasha's physical safety which becomes worry for her emotional well being, because, uh, she has the physical well in hand) plus great team dynamic with Maria as the new handler. Basically, it's a story about Natasha's anger and how well Clint (and to a lesser extent, Maria) know Natasha. :D
The Guy, The Spy, His Not-Wife, And Their Handler by [livejournal.com profile] tielan
It should be a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a date rape drug must be in want of a brain.


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Two more Tree House Reversebang stories are done! Here is the first, an eerie Doctor Who Rose/Ten story with an interfering TARDIS, for those of you who like your space ships with a little sentience. :P I especially liked the great opening that captured the weirdness of traveling on a ship where weird and fantastic are the norm.
For the Cost of a Nightmare by [livejournal.com profile] lar_laughs
Nothing has gone right lately. Rose knows it. The Doctor knows it. Jack knows it which is the very reason he decided to leave. Rose has no idea how to make things better so when she's given a chance to make things right, she jumps at the chance. Perhaps, this time, she'll figure out what's really important.




(Anybody recognize the landscape? :D)
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For Yuletide I wrote:
Children of the New Court
Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells, Moon/Chime, Jade/Moon, Moon/Chime/Jade, No warnings

Chime had his hands full of babies.

A few months ago I posted a huge rec + fanart for the Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells (The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths). Which showed me 1) that lots of people had already read them, 2) some more people were going to read them, 3) and we were all totally thinking that Yuletide and the Raksura would be great pals.

I started writing this story in November before the third book came out. Lots more about 'Children of the New Court' )

In other words, I am so happy with this story, and happy that fans of the books seem happy with it too. And hey, I've got a dozen pages of foreign embassies and predator attacks and secret crossovers with The Element of Fire: Raksuran AU lying around that I like to pretend I'll do something with.

Happy Yuletide everyone!


Gifts!
castle in the clouds by [livejournal.com profile] spoke
Yoroiden Samurai Troopers | Ronin Warriors, Gen, No warnings

Seiji calling him on deck was not to be ignored under any circumstances, but the urgency in his voice this time had Ryou up the ladder in a flash.
The fandom of my heart now and forever! And this story is huge on character and she got them right. <3

And a yuletide madness story in a fandom I never thought I'd receive...
Are you there? by [archiveofourown.org profile] hydrangea
Scrapped Princess, Pacifica/Fulle, Shannon/Senes, No warnings

Glimpses from an unwritten story.
Scrapped Princess! I'd resigned myself to this being that yuletide request I always enter and is never fulfilled. Senes and her boiling-over emotions! Shannon and Zefiris their crazy robot dragon and captain relationship! And bringing back the sci-fi aspects of the fantasy story! :D
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Here is a belated post for [livejournal.com profile] tucuxi's story for "Treehouse" Reversebang. Oh my god, guys, I made so much flailing when she sent me this. World-building! Action! Details! Ninjas! Plot! And just a touch of peril and worry. My favorite is how you get so much information about Kakashi's relationship with Iruka when Iruka isn't even in the room. I cannot believe the story she made out of my picture. SO HAPPY.
Breaking and Entering On AO3 On LJ by [livejournal.com profile] tucuxi
No warnings, 17k word count, action and world-building with a side of KakaIru
Kakashi notices an intruder in Iruka's apartment, and finds rather more than he bargained for.



If you need some intro to Naruto fandom, I previously recced it here and a bit here. Basically: it's a ninja village in psuedo-modern japan with plenty of world-building by way of mixing the bad ass with the mundane - a.k.a. deadly secret techniques + paperwork and politics. ♥
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And here is a Treehouse Reversebang fic by [personal profile] jonesandashes, another of the coauthor's on well, let the drum beat drop, an avengers ensemble team fic that I fucking loved. As previously mentioned, when I threw myself at them in the comments, they were both more than game, and it has worked out brilliantly. :D

A Brief Introduction to Asgardian Dinner Parties, PG-13, Avengers, Jane, Natasha, Bruce + Asgardians
This is the first Earth-Asgard bonding opportunity since that time Loki punched interstellar relations in the face, twice, and the king and queen of Asgard are here, and they are her boyfriend’s parents.

Jane is absolutely not going to get drunk at this party, is the point.


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Another Treehouse Reversebang fic! \o/ This one is by [personal profile] pollyrepeat, who was one of the coauthor's on well, let the drum beat drop, an avengers ensemble team fic that I fucking loved. And luckily for me, when instead of just commenting that I fucking loved it, I sort of threw myself and this reversebang thing at them, neither of them backed away slowly. Which leads us here -- to VICTORY.

He hit the heights at breakneck speed by [archiveofourown.org profile] pollyrepeat
PG-13, Avengers, Tony, Clint, Natasha
In which Natasha gives the thumbs-up to Tony Stark and the Iron Man suit, the Avengers Initiative starts a little differently, and Tony finds himself spending a lot of time with assassins and/or spies.


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OMG, guys, [livejournal.com profile] reccea wrote me comment fic for the story-less picture I did for [livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang. It is the adorablest. Go look!




"I am small and not very tasty," Chekov offered.
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The next Treehouse Reversebang story is done! Actually, it's two stories, because [livejournal.com profile] marbleglove wrote two separate possible scenarios to the prompt. Understandable I think, since she prompted me with a Methos crossover and then listed freaking Valdemar as a possibility. GOLD, RIGHT THERE. One is a fantastic, warm story with a bit of Teacher!Methos. The other gives us angst and Curmudgeon!Methos. I cannot decide which companion I like more. Read both!

Seventh Times a Charm
Story by [archiveofourown.org profile] marbleglove
Art by [archiveofourown.org profile] pentapus
Methos does not ride white horses anymore but a Companion can be, if not patient, at least highly determined.

Every Ending a Beginning, and Every Beginning an End
Story by [archiveofourown.org profile] marbleglove
Art by [archiveofourown.org profile] pentapus
A Companion without his Herald is only half a person, but Methos is determined to never again be who he was, riding out all in white..


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Title: Night Music
Author: [personal profile] sage
Artist: [personal profile] pentapus
Rating: Gen
Length: 24,000 words
Warnings: No major warnings. Some violence, wartime setting.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] sgareversebang!
Summary: The stargate program begins in 1928, when Dr. Langford's team discovers a working stargate in Giza and the symbols to dial Atlantis. Then the aliens invade.

[Read the story on AO3]

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Art by
Title: The Vulcan Queen
Artist: [personal profile] pentapus
Author: [livejournal.com profile] infiniterider
Genre/Pairing: Adventure, Eventual pairing S/K/M/U
Word Count: 39,185
Warnings: some strong language, gender bending

[Read the story]

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By Land or Sea, (1/?)
Fandom: Naruto
Characters: Sakura, Ino, Shikamaru, and (eventually) a lot of Kakashi.
Pairings: Kakashi/Sakura, Shikamaru/Temari (FOR LIFE)

Fic based on: By Land or Sea, a fanmix by [livejournal.com profile] oroburos69, which not only had some wonderfully evocative cover art but also a great list of songs. I am very glad to have claimed it. :)

Lengthy note: About the pairing )


Summary: Something that doesn't have anything to do with Kakashi suddenly turns out to have a lot to do with Kakashi.


Ino had wrapped her cornsilk hair around her head in a tight braid and put on a high-necked jerkin that turned her chest into an armored battlement. She looked about about as ready to eat the unwary as Ino usually did, but this woman wouldn’t stop to make sure her victim enjoyed the experience. She eyed Sakura up and down and with her usual solid grasp of undercover work, came out with, 'What are you supposed to be?' )
pentapus: (RW Ryo tiger samurai)
I got:
To Fall in Snow, Still Burning by [archiveofourown.org profile] snarkydame
Ronin Warriors | Yoroiden Samurai Troopers -- Sanada Ryou, Hashiba Touma, and others

Ryou has a fever. But the Samurai Troopers don't get sick.
Which starts with a familiar h/c scenario that turns out to have hidden, plotty teeth. EERIE hidden, plotty teeth. I loved it.

And THEN, I got a SECOND RW/YST story for Yuletide Madness. It is a steampunk AU but reads seamlessly as a spaceship AU as well, so you can pick your favorite. :) My favorite part may be the offscreen image of Xiu and Touma tag-teaming the engine repairs.
in the sea of the sky by [archiveofourown.org profile] spoke
Ronin Warriors | Yoroiden Samurai Troopers -- Sanada Ryou, Hashiba Touma

It’s a little strange, going down to the engine room without hearing it roar.
I wrote:
Drinks for All at the Peak by [archiveofourown.org profile] pentapus
Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold -- Byerly Vorrutyer, Dono Vorrutyer | Donna Vorrutyer

"Rage is going to get me through this," Donna purred.
And
Ten Mountains by [archiveofourown.org profile] pentapus
Tortall - Tamora Pierce -- Buriram Tourakom/Raoul of Goldenlake and Malorie's Peak, Thayet jian Wilima

It both did and didn’t make sense that she ended up in the comfortable mess that was the common room of the King’s Own – not the one upstairs with the Carthaki rugs and the gold frames on the mirrors, but the one downstairs, where the upholstery had gone bare on the couch arms and one of the wall hangings was an axe that had slain a giant.
I really enjoyed yuletide this year, from desperately trying to get a handle on the Vorrutyers (Donna! By!) to deciding that I could write a whole yuletide treat. Oh, Yuletide. ♥ For which I had to explain both yuletide and fandom to my traveling companions and then borrow the trip netbook on overnight trains to finish. Thank you, Dear Author Letters, for providing both a hilarious Good Eats prompt (Pangalactic Gargleblasters! Lembas!) and a prompt about the tragic romantic past of the Emperor and Chifu (Mulan) when I most needed to illustrate the true nature of yuletide. ♥ ♥

(Though I was really sad that nobody requested Tharkay so that I could have gotten our Asian Studies geek to help me write epistolary fic of Professor Owen Lattimore's observations of Tharkay's journal. Apparently that guy is a Serious Dude in Central Asian Studies.)
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Title: You'll Never Meet the President (2/6)
Fandom: X-men: First Class
Characters: Erik, Charles, ensemble
Warnings: None, except movie spoilers.
Notes: This used to be out of 13, but that got reorganized.

PART ONE

Summary: 'Don’t you ever use it?' Angel asked. )

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