devise wit; write pen


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.
the ghost of myself

[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. )

[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)

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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.
the ghost of myself

[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. )
lost in a good book

[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. )
the ghost of myself

[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.

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devise wit; write pen

[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.

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lost in a good book


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 :)