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Monday, April 21st, 2014
5:13 pm - sitrep
Hello! Blowing the dust off this ficblog, I'll remind you again that the best way to follow my writing is now by subscribing to me on Archive of Our Own, as I'm not using LJ or DW to host my new stories any longer, but I know some people don't have accounts there. So here's a quick list of links to everything I've posted in the past 12 months.


Title: dance this silence down (the emergency room remix)
Fandom: Les Misérables - All Media Types
Rating: Mature
Word count: 16,566 (so far)
Notes: A modern AU and a remix of the DJ Enjolras story by littledust (her story is Cosette-centric; mine looks at what Grantaire is doing before and during the events of it). This one is currently a WIP.

Title: The Evolution of Reptiles
Fandom: Elementary
Rating: Teen
Word count: 7708
Notes: Joan Watson visits Jamie Moriarty in prison. Magical realism, art, and the recruitment of psychopaths.

Title: Lines on Palms
Fandom: Captive Prince - S.U. Pacat
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 13,639
Notes: Laurent of Vere attends a wedding, plays several games at once, and finds himself in a place that he did not expect. A canon divergent AU briefly referred to in the books.

Title: except in my affections
Fandom: The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
Rating: Teen
Word count: 3576
Notes: An enchanted forest, an inconvenient episode of amnesia, and a meditation on the nature of the modern marriage.

Title: a distinct lack of tutus
Fandom: Brooklyn Nine Nine
Rating: Teen
Word count: 2879
Notes: Santiago and Diaz go undercover at a gay bar.

Title: today begins and it's all that we have
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 6858
Notes: A Clint/Natasha coda to Winter Solder. Sex and feelings and needlessly luxurious hotel rooms.

on the quicksilver scale...

Friday, May 24th, 2013
9:48 pm - [Hannibal fic x3!]
(I'm in the midst of a serious fling with the Hannibal fandom, and I've been very remiss about posting here the various fics I've been writing; these days I tend to stick things on Archive of Our Own first, so it's worth subscribing to me there if you want to track my new writing without relying on LJ)

Title: Medico della Peste
Rating: T
Word count: 5150
Notes: Commedia dell'arte, Hannibal Lecter's memory palace, and the careful recruitment of two killers.

( Will grasps the knife in his bloody hand and says, "This is what you did to Abigail, isn't it?" )


Title: Isometric
Rating: T
Word count: 1335
Notes: For a prompt at hannibalkink: 'Abigail gets seriously injured going after her prey, and Hannibal and Will tend to her'. Murder-family OT3 in Paris.

( She accepts their anger, their investigation of her dented anatomy, and the love that lies beneath it. )


Title: we will become silhouettes
Rating: M
Word count: 1060
Notes: For a prompt at hannibalkink: sci-fi AU where the dead can be brought back as cyborgs.

( Perhaps Will Graham would always have learned to smile like that, given deaths enough and time. )

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Saturday, March 16th, 2013
9:35 pm - [merlin: miss the train before (4/9)]
Title: Miss the Train Before
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: currently PG
Word count: 8648 for this part
Notes: MIRACLE OF MIRACLES, IT'S STILL ALIVE. I decided that having a WIP from three years ago hanging over my head was ridiculous, given that the plot outline is complete, so here we go again :)

I'm cutting the photographs from here on in, for the sake of efficiency, and the AO3 upload will be lacking them entirely. If you feel a need for atmosphere, feel free to Google Image Search 'London in winter' and then ignore all the ones that aren't vaguely grey and miserable looking.

(Part One | Part Two | Part Three)

Everything was going to be fine, Merlin told himself, if he could get through the first day without forgetting to wince.Collapse )

Reading: 9 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

Friday, March 8th, 2013
3:49 pm - an unexpected update appears
Hello hello!

Two pieces of news:

- Firstly, I am excited to announce that I'm involved in a fantasy lit anthology called Fight Like A Girl, which is bringing together a heap of talented writers to produce a Kickstarter-funded collection of short stories with strong, interesting female protagonists. The Kickstarter page is here -- I strongly encourage you to check it out, spread the word, and support us if you can! It's going to be a fantastic book.

- And secondly, for the tiny wee handful of readers who may still be hanging around because of my long-neglected Merlin heist AU: I'M SORRY I'M SO TERRIBLE, and also, the fourth chapter of a planned nine is WELL UNDERWAY as we speak! I'll be moving it to AO3 and probably continuing to post it chapter by chapter, linking to each chapter from here as it goes up.

Reading: 2 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
10:41 am - [Avengers fic: love is for children and other lies]
Title: love is for children and other lies
Fandom: The Avengers (MCU)
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 30,205
Summary: Natalia Alianovna Romanova, and everything that she became.
Notes: Featuring as it does a protagonist on the asexual spectrum, this is definitely not the porn you're looking for. That said, it still dwells firmly in the Clint/Natasha camp. I should also mention that this is a movieverse fic, so comic book canon was either roundly ignored or ransacked for the occasional neat idea like 'ballet'.

Section headings come from all over the place; it's either from a poem, a song lyric, or I made it up.

Enormous thanks to Del and Kelsey and Imry for reading bits and cheering me on, and to Pennifer for her excellent beta skills.

( War is the child's emptiness, the surrender of identity, the transformation into a simple system: purpose goes in, action comes out. )

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Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
1:50 pm - [XMFC: prayers for the living]
Title: Prayers for the Living
Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 29,634
Notes: Cowritten by fahye (Charles's POV) and littledust (Erik's POV). AU from midway through the film, looking at what might have happened if Azazel had (sensibly) teleported to Russia and Emma had (sensibly) gone recruiting baby mutants. In which Moira is badass, actions have consequences, and Charles and Erik manage to have some feelings when they're not racing around the country.

To forestall any questions about Mr Black: we had to give Oliver Platt's character an actual name so that we could stop calling him Oliver Platt, or, as IMDb would have it, 'Man In Black Suit'. We decided to err on the side of unsubtlety.

Endless gratitude to pocky_slash for her beta reading skills and enthusiasm.

( Erik has just finished dressing when the explosions begin. )

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
10:08 pm - [Sherlock: look west from London]
Title: look west from London
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Rating: PG for anatomical pathology
Word count: 4588
Notes: This is entirely apiphile's fault, as she was the one who came up with Molly is an ancient goddess in the first place. You should consider yourselves lucky I was the first to get off my arse and write it; her version would have been ten times as depressing.

Title from 'The Autopsy Garland' by the Mountain Goats.

She feels Sherlock Holmes die like someone has snapped a rubber band against the unbroken skin of her hand.Collapse )

Reading: 32 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

Monday, June 27th, 2011
4:55 pm - [X-Men: anthem for doomed youth, 2/2]
It's just them, Raven thinks. Just them, aligning around her until she can't name north.Collapse )

Reading: 147 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

4:53 pm - [X-Men: anthem for doomed youth, 1/2]
Title: Anthem for Doomed Youth
Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Rating: PG-13 (warning for attempted sexual assault)
Word count: 12,918
Notes: This fic is a belated birthday present for schiarire, without whom it would not exist. She was the one who took advantage of my weakness for OT3s and suggested that I see the film, and then write about Mystique. So I did. And I did! It's not explicitly Charles/Raven in the same way that it's Charles/Erik and Raven/Erik, but the relationship between the two of them is still the most important one, I think.

Things I never thought I'd be doing in the name of fanfic: wiki-ing the concept of the Mile High Club to see if it existed in the 60s (it did. you're welcome.) The Magritte painting referred to herein is Black Magic; it's one of my favourite works of art and I have a big print of it on my wall, so maybe my interest in Mystique was inevitable :)

The implied timeline in the film makes NO bloody sense so I've fiddled with it a bit -- not in any important ways, just enough to keep people's ages sensible and allow a few genetics references that shouldn't really be there.

Title is from Wilfred Owen's poem; it was a placeholder and then it stuck.

When she was younger she watched people carefully in order to become them, but it was like memorising a song in another language: the imitation was perfect but she never bothered to learn what it meant.Collapse )

Reading: 4 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

4:18 pm - PSA
Just to let you know: the journal formerly known as mercurial_wit has been renamed fahye_fic, due to the author reaching the end of her patience when it comes to having two separate fandom pseudonyms. All old links etc. should still work :)

Reading: 1 degree | on the quicksilver scale...

Saturday, May 28th, 2011
11:30 am - [Thor: we may be better strangers]
Title: we may be better strangers
Fandom: Thor
Rating: PG
Word count: 4933
Notes: The first time someone mentioned this movie to me I wasn't aware of its comic book status (who's got two thumbs and has never read a single superhero comic in her life? this girl) and was like, OH MAN, NORSE MYTHOLOGY, THIS IS GONNA BE GREAT. Because -- spoilers, spoilers, whatever, I suppose the time has come -- my name is Freya, pleased to meet you, I have never seen a movie featuring a character with my name. And then I found out that there was NO FREYA in the damn movie. Sob sob.

I enjoyed the film a lot, but I was most interested in the whole idea of translating a mythology into a functioning other-planet society full of people. So I wondered what the goddess Freyja (responsible for love, and fertility, and apparently also cats) would become if you translated her, and also what a fertility specialist does all day in a society that is clearly warrior-centric.

Plus, just like the rest of fandom, I wanted an excuse to write about Loki's ENORMOUS FAMILY-RELATED ISSUES.

And this is what came of that. It's not at all romantic, and I quite like that about it, although I suppose if you Magic-Eyed the thing you might catch a glimpse of Loki/Freyr and Loki/Thor/ISSUES. It also doesn't have any cats in it, though it does feature quite a few bits and pieces of myth, mixed in with the things that I just plain made up.

Title is from As You Like It because that is, as ever, how I roll.

Freyja was born after, but in the same hour as, her brother. If anyone puts them in any order, it's purely by accident.Collapse )

Reading: 40 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

Sunday, April 17th, 2011
6:01 pm - [Inception: and little other care hath she]
Title: and little other care hath she
Fandom: Inception
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 2857
Notes: This is for metonymy, who won my fic-writing services by her generosity in the help_japan auction. We have shared interests that include mythology, Arthur/Ariadne/Eames and globetrotting, so this was a pleasure to write! Many thanks to ineptshieldmaid who stepped up like a champ for a last-minute beta.

Despite living in and loving Sydney for many years, I think this is the first time I've used it as the main setting for a story. As you will probably guess, I miss it (and its food) enormously.

Title from 'The Lady of Shalott'.

Every craft has its own language and she's already fluent in her own, so it's nice, in a way, to be starting at the beginning again.Collapse )

Reading: 54 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
9:23 am - help_japan auction
Sorry, not a fic post. HOWEVER. I though I'd mention on this ficblog that I'm offering 2000+ words of fic for the help_japan auction, with a starting bid of $5.

The thread is here.

I've listed these fandoms -- Avatar: The Last Airbender, eyai, White Collar, Inception, Harry Potter, Community, Sherlock.

...but if there's something else you want, feel free to comment here and ask if I'll write it!

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Friday, November 19th, 2010
7:49 am - [Inception: the manor house (3/3)]
Arthur's face hasn't changed a bit, thank you, but he would like to know what mask he's currently wearing.Collapse )

Reading: 134 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

7:46 am - [Inception: the manor house (2/3)]
If Arthur looks straight ahead all he hears is the click of her shoes on the Parisian street and she could be someone else.Collapse )

Reading: 2 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

7:43 am - [Inception: the manor house (1/3)]
Title: The Manor House
Fandom: Inception
Word count: 23,636
Illustrations by: inknose
Notes: Well, this one's been a marathon. Anyone who knows me will think it should have been easy -- yeah, yeah, another control-freak character -- but this story surprised me by taking 5,000 words to work out what shape it would have, and then changing its mind a little at 12,000 and finally needing almost another 12,000 to achieve it.

I owe great thanks to apiphile, who came up with the idea of personality architecture in the first place, and littledust, beta extraordinaire, who gave this its sadly accurate alternative title: Symbolism Is Fun. Thanks also to everyone who listened to me bitch about how hard it is to write a love story from the perspective of someone who isn't aware that it is, in fact, a love story.

And of course I am eternally grateful to inknose for agreeing to lend her talents in bringing some of the dreamscapes to life, working through thick and thin and computer crises. She's an extraordinarily talented artist and I'd hire her as my Architect any day.


He feels at home here. He feels as though he could dream himself into the fabric of the place and weaponise it.Collapse )

Reading: 10 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
12:09 am - [HP: pick your apple]
Title: pick your apple (take a bite)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 4328
Notes: Directly after watching the HBP movie I wrote a story called The Game of Kings. This is a sequel to that one, basically, and grew out of a wonderful email exchange with pogrebin. A lot of the good ideas in here are hers :) It sat around half-done for months and months and I've finally dusted it off and finished it; it's set between the events of HBP and DH, so I wanted it completed before the next movie is released.

Title taken from 'Everybody's Got The Right', from the glorious Sondheim musical that is Assassins. Yeah, I figure that's just about the right level of irony for this story.

When Draco comes down to breakfast there's a smell of vinegar in the air and a dead rat on his seat.Collapse )

Reading: 13 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
8:53 pm - [Inception: OH&S]
Title: OH&S
Fandom: Inception
Rating: PG
Word count: 2753

Here it is! Everything you've ever wanted to know about IV access and lots of things you didn't. This fic is a direct result of my medical degree, up to and including the fact that the majority of what Yusuf says about neural sleep-state transitions is perfectly scientifically true. Including the word 'endosomnogen', which I didn't invent, but kind of wish I had.

I needed to write something purely silly as an antidote to my epically long and in-no-way-ridiculous WIP. This contains lots of Arthur/Eames and also Ariadne/Saito because apparently I ship that now, THANKS A LOT, foreverdirt. It was unbelievably fun to write.

It's always the most experienced dreamers who get blasé about the process and start falling into bad habits.Collapse )

Reading: 349 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

Sunday, August 1st, 2010
10:16 pm - [Inception: autoimmunity]
Title: Autoimmunity
Fandom: Inception
Rating: PG
Word count: 5590
Notes: Eames, before and after. You can tell I wrote this fic because it contains medical metaphors, psychiatry nicked from William Rivers, and references to Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead.

A whole lot of Arthur snuck into it because Arthur is BADASS and I love him, but the story is basically as gen as it can be given that I believe wholeheartedly in the queerness of Eames. (My brain's attitude to this fandom is apparently: shipping? Fuck shipping. Let's get with the worldbuilding.)

I got this one out in a single day, so it's not as polished as it could be, but I desperately want my brain back. I need it! For studying!

If you're wondering what his first name is, well, SO AM I. The fact that I couldn't make one work suggests that it is in fact so terrible that it would require professional extraction for him to own up to it.

Yeah, let's go with that.

He can always find his true face in mirrors, if he looks hard enough, no matter how many layers deep he goes.Collapse )

Reading: 155 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
8:43 am - [Ouran: a wish to assimilate the world]
Title: a wish to assimilate the world
Fandom: Ouran High School Host Club
Rating: R
Word count: 6392
Notes: So... remember this one? No? That's okay, it was a long time ago and I haven't written for Ouran since. But I really liked the character dynamics I set up there, and kept revisiting them in my head, and eventually I knew that I had to offer a peek into what happens next.

It has plot (not really) and scenes during which everyone remains fully clothed and conversing (really) and even some Deep Emotions (really really!). But it’s also full of sex! Often with strong overtones of kink. With perhaps a couple of notable exceptions, I now know more about (this) Kyouya's complex sexuality, and the way he thinks about love, than I do about any other character.

The PLAN was just to dash off a sequel to what remains one of my favourite self-penned fanfics, but you know what they say about plans. Many thanks to myrafur, who provided cheerleading <3

Title from More and More by Margaret Atwood, which is -- apt, I think, for this story.

Kyouya tries, as a general rule, not to reach within himself and start tangling his hands in the complexity of his needs; he lets them surface one by one according to the context, and then he acts on them.Collapse )

Reading: 72 degrees | on the quicksilver scale...

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