icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Fairytale)
( Mar. 15th, 2016 09:20 pm)
Haven't watched or written OUAT in ages, but hey. Written for a prompt on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic: "Cora doesn't take out her own heart." Probably a lot happier and relatively healthier than that would actually have gone, mind, but I still adore Cora and the twisted, ferocious thing she and Rumple had. If she'd chosen to turn her formidable will to that, instead of power, I can't help but wonder how it would have turned out. What she said to Regina, "You would have been enough". I would have liked to see that.

Title: All or Nothing
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Once Upon A Time (TV)
Characters/Pairings: Cora, Rumpelstiltskin, Regina, mention of Neal/Baelfire. Cora/Rumple, Cora & Rumple & Regina
Summary: A glimpse of how things might potentially have gone if Cora hadn't removed her own heart. If she had chosen the love she had for Rumpelstiltskin, and borne him the child she'd promised him, and made him realise he loved her too
Wordcount: 2512
Warnings/Notes: Alternate universe, canon divergence, villains in love, families, mother & daughter, father & daughter, fate, choices, magic, determination
Disclaimer: Not mine

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icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Fantomas)
( Sep. 22nd, 2015 05:37 am)
Random thing. I've been trying for Strange/Childermass for a while.

Title: Lightly Hold the Rein
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (TV)
Characters/Pairings: Jonathan Strange, John Childermass, Gilbert Norrell, mention of Arabella Strange and Jeremy Johns. Strange/Childermass, Childermass/Norrell, Jonathan/Arabella
Summary: Vampire AU. When Jonathan is forced to go for some time without feeding, Norrell grudgingly allows that he might drink from Childermass this once. Childermass takes this very much in stride, though it would not be true to say that he surrenders to it. That, he offers to only one vampire
Wordcount: 5058
Warnings/Notes: AU, Vampires, Blood Hunger, Feeding, Master & Servant, Backstory, Angst, Control, Defiance, Challenge, Surrender, Victory, Loyalty, Love
Disclaimer: Not Mine

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A small addendum to The King's Roads that got rather long on me. I wanted h/c in the aftermath of the previous story, Childermass and Grant's journey north and everyone's fear/grief over it. I wanted post-apocalyptic family feels, mostly. What I ended up with was angry Emma, unconscious Childermass, and poor Major Grant getting yelled at a bit. And family feels. Heh. My apologies to all. Venturing a little towards Emma/Segundus/Childermass, with Jonathan/Arabella and possibly hints of Jonathan/Arabella/undead!Grant as well. Because I'm cracked. Maybe hints of Stephen/Vinculus too.


Title: The King's Roads: Family Disputes
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (TV)
Characters/Pairings: Emma Wintertowne, John Segundus, John Childermass, Mr Honeyfoot, Stephen Black, Vinculus, Arabella Strange, Major Grant, Walter Pole, mention of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Ensemble, hinted Emma/John/John, Arabella/Jonathan(/Grant) and possibly Stephen/Vinculus, as well as Emma & Arabella
Summary: In which there are unconscious spies, angry warriors, sheepish undead majors, much hurt/comfort and the odd threat of shooting
Wordcount: 4102
Warnings/Notes: Post-Apocalyptic AU, mentions of past horrors, mention of loss of limbs, hurt/comfort, anger, families of choice, protectiveness, relief
Disclaimer: Not mine

This was written (somewhat hastily) for a prompt on the kink meme, which I have just discovered and which makes me very happy. This was possibly not exactly to the prompt, as I never got as far as the Raven King's return, but I hope it's not too far wrong.

Title: The King's Roads
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (TV)
Characters/Pairings: Ensemble. Emma Pole, John Segundus, Stephen Black, John Childermass, Arabella Strange, Mr Honeyfoot, Vinculus, Colquhoun Grant, Walter Pole, mention of Jonathan Strange, Gilbert Norrell, the Raven King, original faeries, original monsters
Summary: More than magic has come through the mirrors, and England has fallen to terror and ruin in the spaces between the worlds. In Last Hope, the last free citadel in the North, the survivors search for some means to push back the monstrous armies, and may have found it in the charnel house that was once London
Wordcount: 4540
Warnings/Notes: Post-Canon, Future Fic, Post Apocalypse, Dimensional Shifting, Magic, Plague, Demons, Monsters, Undead, Safe Places, Sieges, Last Cities, Spies, Magicians, Team, Hope, Hopeful Ending
Disclaimer: Not mine

icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Lanterns)
( Aug. 27th, 2015 02:28 am)
I was flipping channels the other day and accidentally found myself watching the tail end of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". It made me think of Civil War era vampires, Western vampires, and then naturally M7. Um. So. Have a very long, very hastily written and very random M7 vampire AU?

Title: Beneath the Skin
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: The Magnificent Seven (TV)
Characters/Pairings: Ezra Standish, Nathan Jackson, original vampire characters, and a little bit of Buck. Nathan & Ezra, mostly
Summary: Ezra Standish can recognise a vampire on sight. He's not quite a hunter, aiming more for self-defence, but at a push he might be close enough to count. When a stagecoach full of vampires rolls into Four Corners, he finds himself pushed, and a great deal more besides. It turns out he's not the only one of the Seven nursing a dark supernatural secret
Wordcount: 8827
Warnings/Notes: Vampire AU, canon character as vampire, vampire hunters, period-typical racism, reference to slavery, violence, battle, some blood and gore, identity reveals, trust issues, reconciliation, friendship
Disclaimer: Not mine

For the following prompt on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic: Fairy Tales, any princess, peasant girl or nobleman's daughter, (potential modern AU) (631): I want to see a guy holding a pizza and a bottle of scotch and a box of magnums. I'm a simple woman.

Title: Guns and Glass Cases
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Grimm's Fairy Tales, specifically The Glass Coffin
Characters/Pairings: Gabriele (the maiden), Leo (the tailor), Alban (the stag/brother). Gabriele/Leo, maybe slight hints of Gabriele/Leo/Alban.
Summary: Nine months after they've escaped a monster's clutches, Gabriele's idiot husband and her idiot brother have gone to get her a birthday present. As it turns out, they know her very well indeed. Modern Crime AU of "The Glass Coffin"
Wordcount: 2922
Warnings/Notes: I suspect 'magnums' was meant to mean the ice-creams, but I couldn't resist the chance to play with one of my favourite fairytales, so I went with the guns. Mentions of crime, kidnappings, captivity, rescue, guns, recovery, family/friendship
Disclaimer: Not mine

I've been meaning to do a proper TOS crew daemon AU, where humans have daemons but many aliens don't, but it kept not working for me. Except, oddly, for these two. So. Here you go?

Title: Sarek and the Firebird
Rating: PG
Fandom: Star Trek: the Original Series
Characters/Pairings: Sarek, Amanda Grayson, Sarek/Amanda
Summary: A daemon was an embodied soul, a katra given voice and form and left to walk outside its owner. Sarek found that such a strange and alien idea, even still. And yet, despite that, he could not help but find her beautiful, this human woman and her peacock soul
Wordcount: 2329
Warnings/Notes: AU, daemon AU, interspecies relationship, alien cultural differences, romance, marriage proposals
Disclaimer: Not mine

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Written for the following prompt on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic: "he wasn’t born with the name Eames or anything like it – but he named himself for his soulmark, which read Go to sleep, Mr. Eames".

Title: In A Name
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Inception (2010)
Characters/Pairings: Eames, Arthur, Eames/Arthur
Summary: Eames chose his name for the words written on his wrist, chose to be the man his soulmate would know him as. It wasn't quite the lie it sounds, though
Wordcount: 2406
Warnings/Notes: AU, soulmates, soulmarks, dreams, identity issues, truth & lies, friendship/love. Also, warnings for discussion of guns, open relationships, and Eames & Arthur being Eames & Arthur
Disclaimer: Not mine

In A Name )
icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Bridge)
( Jun. 15th, 2015 11:00 pm)
Written for a prompt on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic of: "Lord of the Rings, Any, Justice League fusion: The Fellowship of Superheroes". I think this is probably closer to a generic superhero AU than a Justice League fusion, although I did borrow from the White Martian invasion in the DCAU for the 'Dark Maiar Invasion' (War of the Ring) here. Which makes Gandalf the Martian Manhunter, which actually somewhat fits, I think? Anyway. Have fun.

Title: Timely Interventions
Rating: PG
Fandom: Lord of the Rings (bookverse)
Characters/Pairings: Pippin, Merry, Beregond, mention of the Fellowship, Faramir and Éowyn. Merry & Pippin & Beregond, background Gimli & Legolas, Aragorn/Arwen, Faramir/Éowyn
Summary: The Fellowship of Superheroes guard the city against all who threaten it. Sometimes, though, the superheroes need a little help from heroes of their own. An exasperated Beregond catches a battered Pippin and Merry attempting to sneak home before anyone realises they're hurt
Wordcount: 2175
Warnings/Notes: Superhero AU, Canonical Character Death in backstory (Boromir), Grief/Blame, Injuries, Hurt/Comfort, Friendship/Love
Disclaimer: Not mine

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This started out because I wanted a Gimli/Legolas dieselpunk AU that was still set in Middle Earth, and then it morphed on me half way through into canon style angst and reconciliation between Gimli and Thranduil. I have a terrible suspicion that it is neither fish nor fowl now. Apologies in advance?

Title: Northern Babylon
Rating: PG
Fandom: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit
Characters/Pairings: Gimli, Thranduil. Gimli/Legolas, Gimli & Thranduil, Gimli & Glóin
Summary: After four years fighting the war in the south, Gimli and Legolas have come back to their home city of New Rhovanion changed, and perhaps for the better. Gimli tries to make Elven Councillor Thranduil understand this, and understand that maybe there's hope for more than just Gimli and Legolas as well
Wordcount: 6036
Warnings/Notes: Alternate Universe, Dieselpunk, Cities, Post-War of the Ring, Meet the Parents, Family Feuds, Old Grudges, Reconiliation, Love
Disclaimer: Not mine

icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Electric Night)
( Dec. 11th, 2014 09:30 pm)
I was thinking that Jareth makes a very good femme fatale. And that's a role that rarely ends well for anyone.

Title: Sweet the Sting
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Labyrinth (1986)
Characters/Pairings: Sarah Williams, Jareth, Toby. Sarah/Jareth
Summary: "He wanted me to be cruel. He got more than he bargained for. You always remember the first man you kill."
Wordcount: 1601
Warnings/Notes: DARK, noir, character death, love gone very wrong
Disclaimer: Not mine

icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Electric Night)
( Jul. 9th, 2014 12:12 am)
For the following prompt on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic: Reese's secret is that he's a werewolf but while Finch passes well for being a regular human there's something... off.

Title: Where The World Grows Thin
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Person of Interest
Characters/Pairings: John Reese, Harold Finch, Supernatural Creatures, Nathan Ingram. John/Harold
Summary: There was something off about Finch. He wasn't another werewolf, wasn't an undead, wasn't anything John could pin down, but there was something wrong about him, and John knew it. He just hadn't imagined quite how wrong it might be, or how much it might cost. Dark paranormal AU
Wordcount: 3200
Warnings/Notes: AU, paranormal elements, death, sacrifice, omens/portents/premonitions
Disclaimer: Not mine

Originally for a prompt on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic that went sideways on me. Essentially what happens when I throw Norse Mythology, the Terminator, time travel, magical robots, and a prompt of 'Tony/Loki: fire and ice' in a blender with added Jane Foster. Um. Results may be questionable at best? My apologies in advance -_-;

Title: Ginnungagap
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Avengers movieverse
Characters/Pairings: Tony Stark, Loki, Jane Foster, Hel. Tony/Loki/Jane
Summary: In a dark future, in a galaxy overrun by unstoppable alien invaders, Tony, Loki and Jane are the last remnants of the resistance. Huddled in a cave on a distant world, they ready themselves to throw magic and science into a last desperate act of vengeance, and a faint hope for the survival of some other world. Or, an engineer, an astrophysicist and an alien magician at the end of the galactic rope, and ready to strike back.
Wordcount: 2189
Warnings/Notes: Dystopian AU Futurefic, with time travel, galactic conquest, love/hate, relationships formed in the face of certain death, AIs, golems and vengeance -_-;
Disclaimer: Not mine

I was curious to see what kind of AUs I've done, what I'm most prone to and the like, so I did up a list of the AUs I have posted on AO3, by genre of AU. Because, well, I'm weird like that. Heh.

So I wrote a continuation of Crash-courses in Therianthropy -_-; Bit of a darker tone on this one, given McCoy's backstory as a wolf, and I'm possibly messing around with Len's timeline a bit? I'm not sure on the dates of his divorce relative to his starting Starfleet and/or his mercy killing his father. *shrugs sheepishly*

Title: Golden Monsters
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Star Trek: the Original Series
Characters/Pairings: Leonard McCoy, Pavel Chekov, mention of Nyota Uhura, Hikaru Sulu, Jim Kirk and Spock. McCoy & Chekov, McCoy & Uhura, touch of Pavel/Hikaru still
Summary: McCoy sits Chekov down and explains some of the facts of their new universe to him. Including how Len himself came to be a werewolf, and why that ain't ever happening to anyone else on this ship, no matter what Len has to do to ensure it
Wordcount: 5068
Warnings/Notes: Um. Kidnapping, forced transformation, pack dynamics, fight to the death, escape, finding family, protectiveness of the occasionally homicidal sort?
Disclaimer: Not mine

I was sort of absent and unconscious yesterday, due to a crushing migraine. They're getting more regular again, but I suspect that's partly due to increased stress lately (my mother is deteriorating a bit the last couple of months). I think I've forgotten to reply to some people: I'll try and find them later, yes?

However. Just for a random sideline into things my migraine-fried brain decided to think about:

- I tend to get a shower when I've a migraine, because I like to crouch and press my head into the tiled corner of the stall so there's cool pressure around my head while the water keeps the rest of me warm. I usually lean all my weight on my head, but when it gets too much I bring my knees up against the wall too. For some reason, this made me wonder if this was how they originally came up with the idea of flying buttresses in gothic architecture? Because you can really feel the different in weight when you do that.

- Completely random, but you know in daemon AUs? The ones based on the His Dark Materials trilogy? I kind of want to see a fic where someone has a hippopotamus for a daemon. You know: "Yes, I'm a big, stupid-looking herbivore, but honey, when I walk in a room there are apex predators who get the hell out of my way". Like that? I'm not sure who'd have that kind of daemon, though. The only person I can think of off the top of my head is maybe Bruce Banner? I'd also like to see a female-female human-daemon pair where the daemon is a hyena, signifying a leader and an apex hunter (hyenas have something like a 70-80% success rate when hunting, compared to things like 30-40% for wolves and lions). Again, not sure who'd have that, but Wonder Woman/Diana might be a candidate?

I also had a kind of fever-dream type thing where something started out as a Downey!verse Holmes daemon AU and rapidly became some weird, fae, avian-shapeshifter style story. It was ... very weird, and I think I don't tend to think in straight lines when I'm in pain -_-;

*shakes head* Anyway. This post was brought to you by random migraine imaginings. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
There are moments when I realise that the continuum between fanfic, AU and original story can be very, very short when it comes to my writing. It makes me wonder somewhat about my writing impulses.

There are several original worlds/storylines that I basically run as comfort stories in my head. I mean, when I'm walking or thinking or somewhere without access to external stories, or when I'm lying abed trying to sleep and kind of failing at it, or just when I want to ramble around in some world that isn't this one, I tend to grab around among the stories in my head until I find one that feels good right now, and let it run awhile.

I'm mentioning this now because I was running one earlier, and tracing it back through earlier iterations out of curiosity's sake, and abruptly remembered that that story had initially started out as a fandom AU. It'd been more or less morphed beyond all recognition by the present iteration, but it had actually started as a mental fanfic.

And there are a couple of those, now that I'm remembering them. I tend to write AUs at the drop of a hat, and to imagine AUs for half the bloody canons I've ever seen/read, and some of the ones I don't end up actually writing as fanfic have a tendency to shift on me. Just as an illustration, a couple of the ones I actually ended up writing fragments of in their orig-fic forms:

For a prompt on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic of: "MCU, Pepper, benevolent dictator". Um. I suspect I took this a LOT more seriously than intended -_-;

Title: Pale Queen
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Avengers movieverse
Characters/Pairings: Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, a little Rhodey. Tony/Pepper
Summary: "Ask me to help you take over the world, Pepper Potts. Ask me to be your knight, and you my queen. Ask me that, ask me anything, and I will."
Wordcount: 1317
Warnings/Notes: Erm. Pain and joy and world domination?
Disclaimer: Not mine

For a prompt on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic. For some reason, I haven't been able to write in months, and this is the thing that pops out. *facepalms*

Title: Bright Lights and Cigarettes
Rating: PG-13/Light R
Fandom: Avengers movieverse
Characters/Pairings: Tony Stark, Loki Laufeysson. Tony/Loki
Summary: 1940s-ish noir AU. Private investigators Tony and Loki reminisce at the scene of a Beverly Hills murder.
Wordcount: 985
Warnings/Notes: 1940s slang (mostly using this hardboiled dictionary as a basis) and probably some dodgy attitudes towards homosexuality implied by it. Also, smoking and violence.
Disclaimer: Not mine

icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Flight)
( Sep. 13th, 2013 11:53 pm)
Um. I still haven't seen the movie. And I probably ought to stop checking out the kinkmeme -_-; But. Um. Have a Newt & Hermann Inception AU?

Title: Cathedrals in Potassium and Water
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Characters/Pairings: Newton Geiszler, Hermann Gottlieb, mention of Stacker and Tendo. Newt & Hermann
Summary: Newton Geiszler is the best damn chemist in the dreamshare business, and Hermann Gottlieb is the best damn architect, but holy shit do you not want them to ever actually share the same headspace. They'd shared jobs, but never shared the dream. Not until now, not until this one. And look where that had gotten them. Or: the Newt & Hermann Inception AU wherein they both get stuck in Limbo.
Wordcount: 2012
Warnings/Notes: For this prompt (Inception AU). Angst and h/c ahoy
Disclaimer: Not mine

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