cherith: (Speak my Mind)
This will be my first time participating in [community profile] chocolateboxcomm but I'm not stranger to fandom exchanges. Dreamwidth is kind of my Yuletide/swap/reveals blog, for more general purposes I can be found on Tumblr at [tumblr.com profile] cherith.

Borrowing from my Yuletide letter for general likes/dnws:

Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators, f/f relationships that may or may not be explicitly sexual (but especially those that are), light and dark image dichotomies, faulty and questioning faith, perseverance, subversive religious ideals and relationships

:: Other useful things to know :: Dark is good. Crazy is good. Sex is great, fantastic even - especially during dark/troubled/angsty times. Seriously. Go wild, go deep, go dark... and most of all, have fun. Go as grim/dark or smutty as you want to author. I'm here for it.

:: Kink/Porn DNW list (please avoid) :: mpreg, torture, watersports/scat, au-type kinks: tentacles, aliens, highly involved pre-sex discussions or negotiations, lifestyle BDSM, A/B/O, genderswap/rule63.

Generally speaking, I'm pretty hard to upset. And I'm all about the whim of the creator. If inspiration takes you in a certain direction, go for it. I'm sure I'm going to love it. <3

And now the Fandoms


Life is Strange
Pairings: Max/Chloe, Max/Chloe/Rachel Amber, Chloe/Rachel Amber, Max/Chloe/Victoria

I love this stupid game and it's stupid feelings and time travel nonsense. Seriously, I love the endless opportunities Max's abilities might give us to experience any number of things with Chloe. Maybe they don't always get a happy ending, but sometimes they do, right? I'm also down for a few pairings that aren't strictly about Max/Chloe, because given the time Max has been away from Arcadia Bay at the start of the game, there's plenty opportunity for Chloe to have pre-existing relationships with other people. Anything is good here, whether it's something fluffy and sweet, dark and angsty, sexy, whatever.

Dragon Age
Pairings: Isabela/Aveline Vallen, Teagan Guerrin/Anora Mac Tir

(pre-apologies for rambling) For the most part I kind of consider Dragon Age to be the fandom where I live pretty much all the time. It's been my main fandom since before Origins came out, when all I had was the strained relationship between Maric, Rowan & Loghain to live on. I love so much about this stupid world and it's characters and it's hard to just whittle down to a few, but these two ships are kind of the ships of my heart. My tumblr is FULL of Dragon Age nonsense and I don't plan to stop that really ever. I'm am totally here for the warrior companions and characters though. If I had to pick one character type, that's what it'd be. Teagan, Aveline, Meredith, Cullen, Cassandra, Blackwall - there's so much about these characters and what makes them tick that I can't get enough of. But when it comes right down to it, Teagan and Aveline are my absolute favorite characters. And while I can ship them both with several different characters, these two ships... these are the end-of-the-line for me.

For Isabela/Aveline I'm in love with Aveline's sense of duty, her loyalty and dedication, and I love the way she and Isabela develop throughout the second game as characters individual of each other but also because of each other. Their friendship is also something that's really important to me, especially as someone with a similar sense of humor (where the best friends you have are also the ones you can rib at, or tease like you might a sibling). I don't consider them much of a fluffy ship, or very domestic in nature, but I do like snapshots of those moments in fic or art that show what they might be when no one else is watching. I'm also very much here for the angst that comes with the Captain of the Guard loving a pirate Captain who both know they can't always live in the same place together.

For Teagan/Anora I'm very much here for their history. I adore the intricacies that come from examining the fact that Teagan's older sister was Queen but he never would've known her much during that time given his age, that he probably spent time with Cailan and Anora, maybe in an older brother/cousin/friend kind of role before he joined the army. That Rowan and Loghain could've had this really intense relationship had it not been for Maric (or maybe they did carry on for some time, or maybe all three of them had something), and that the kind of rumors those relationships might spawn don't really die, even after the people pass on or grow old. I said that to say that I really like the idea of Teagan and Anora having to come to terms with the history of their relationship. Given Teagan's age and the fact that he hasn't been married before, I really like the concept that he might've been considered as a match for Anora at some point. (Or that he might've been paraded out at a younger age as an eligible bachelor that Anora found interesting/attractive, or the younger ladies at court did.) IDK, the TL;DR of this is that I love that there's a lot of potential history that could play into their relationship. Prompt wise, I'm open to whatever you might come up with, whether it's pre or post-Blight, whether it's something lighter and more simple fluff or darker more brooding character introspection (or smutty is good too - as with all prompts).

Mass Effect
Pairings: Female Shepard/Thane Krios, Female Shepard/Samantha Traynor

(Spoilers for game 3, I guess, just in case.) So in ME 2 my one and only ship is Femshep/Thane. I just really love Thane as a character in general but I also really enjoy how intense his and Shepard's relationship can be. I like how it goes from these really deep conversations about his past, to the revelation of how little time he has left, to this all-or-nothing thing for them both. In my mind (and my canon playthrough for ME 2/ME 3) after Thane passes away, it's Samantha's attention and empathy that helps Shepard kind of stay on track, keep focused on what needs to be done. It's more of a slow burn for her and Sam, because she spends some time grieving on the dl, away from the rest of her crew. But, I find Sam really sweet, very fiercely loyal and pretty adorable. I love how straightforward she is and how attentive she is. So ultimately, it'd be nice to have a Sam story that honored a past relationship. But I love Samantha enough that I'm fine if doesn't. In the ME universe, I love slice of life fics. I don't need something big or expansive or inclusive of game plot lines (though I'm fine if they do). But I love to see Shepard during the moments between the chaos that is her life.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Pairings: Theodora/Eleanor

I just read this book for the first time towards the end of last year (right after noms for Yuletide closed sadly). As soon as Theo and Eleanor met, I was sold. I think everything about the playfulness between them speaks to potential for a relationship. I don't think there's potential for them in a long term relationship, but I really love the two sides of their relationship while their at Hill House. At the beginning, they're quickly attracted to one another and there's an easy friendship and camaraderie between them and everyone else. Something simple and sweet about what they do in their hours together would be good. After things get darker, they snap at each other and Eleanor gets more paranoid/taken into the house's antics - something that shows how Theo deals with her, tries to keep Nell's attention, or bring her back to the real world would be great.

Star Wars - Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Pairings: Poe Dameron/Finn, Poe Dameron/Finn/Rey

Like most of the rest of the world right now, I'm in love with this movie and most especially the relationship between Poe, Finn & Rey. I've certainly here for Stormpilot, but I also really love the potential for the Sisterhood of the Travelling Jacket. I love Finn and Poe's enthusiasm, their openness, their friendliness and kindness. Honestly I just want anything/everything with them, with or without Rey as a third, but definitely as their friend.
cherith: (Muses are Busy)
I'm a little late with this; this holiday season has been busy.

I wrote three stories this year for Yuletide, all of which I'm really proud of given they're new fandoms to me in this year. I didn't host or participate in a Dragon Age holiday exchange this year for the first time in many years. But I did write a private gift for someone that might go on AO3 at some point, if she wants it to. I also wrote a small Star Wars piece, not for anyone but just because I love Poe/Finn and yup, that's it. I'm going to link that for anyone's reading pleasure as well.

So for Yuletide my main assignment was Life is Strange which I was really excited about since just after nominations I'd written a Life is Strange fic for myself (I have a lot of feelings about the end of this game and exploring them in fic is lots of fun. I may still not be finished.) Anyway, I was pumped and I liked the prompts. I also then picked up two pinch hits this year, another for Life is Strange and one for the video game Soma (which is super new to me). It's funny though, I feel like all three of my fics ended up with a similar story-in-a-story vibe. I'm pleased with them all though.

Please Don't Leave Me (1387 words) by Cherith
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Soma (Video Game)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Simon Jarrett, Catherine Chun, The WAU
Additional Tags: Extended Scene, Existential Crisis, Broken Reality, Game Spoilers
Summary: Simon has some thoughts after Catherine cuts out. He thinks about how long he has left, wondering if it's less than he's capable of managing. Without Catherine he finds himself at a loss for what comes next.

To the Start (3658 words) by Cherith
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Life Is Strange (Video Game)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Maxine Caulfield/Chloe Price
Characters: Maxine Caulfield, Chloe Price (Life Is Strange)
Additional Tags: Time Travel, Flashbacks, Alternate Universe, End of the World, Fix-It, Extended Scene, Love, Game Spoilers, pricefield, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Max makes the hardest decision she's ever had to make in her life and she hates every second of it. Living with the consequences is difficult and Max keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop- to find out that her choice meant nothing in the long run. What then, when her choices start to blend together, is she supposed to do?

Dreaming Awake (3444 words) by Cherith
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Life Is Strange (Video Game)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, Major Character Death
Relationships: Maxine Caulfield/Chloe Price
Characters: Maxine Caulfield, Chloe Price (Life Is Strange)
Additional Tags: POV Second Person, Flashbacks, Alternate Timelines, 5 Times, Misses Clause Challenge, Time Travel, pricefield, Game Spoilers
Summary: Moments within moments during the longest, strangest week of Max's life. She's making choices again and again that help her both define her relationship with Chloe, but also show the depth of emotion she feels.

The five AU times Max nearly tells Chloe how she feels. And the one time (when it really matters) she does.

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And one Star Wars for no one but me, just because:

If It's Hard to Believe (716 words) by Cherith
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn
Characters: Poe Dameron, Finn (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Dreams and Nightmares, Comfort, Stormpilot, One Shot
Summary: Poe had never dreamt about unmasking a Stormtrooper before. (We know that Finn thought Poe died after the crash, but wouldn't Poe have thought the same thing?)

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For Yuletide I requested a bunch of new-to-me fandoms but also my old standby: Little Red Riding Hood. It's the story closest to my heart and I don't care how many times I requested it, because it always gives me something new. This year was no different. My main story was a cool twist on the original, and the other was a small drabble-poem that really captured the spirit of LRRH in few words.

To the Grand Mother's House We Go (4301 words) by Bottomfeeder
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rotkäppchen | Little Red Riding Hood (Fairy Tale)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Big Bad Wolf/Little Red Riding Hood
Characters: Big Bad Wolf (Little Red Riding Hood), Grandmother (Little Red Riding Hood), Little Red Riding Hood, Mother (Little Red Riding Hood)
Additional Tags: Fairy Tale Retellings
Summary: They are all victims to the Grand Mother's experiments.

Inheritance (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rotkäppchen | Little Red Riding Hood (Fairy Tale)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Little Red Riding Hood
Additional Tags: Wolves, yumadrin, Drabble, Dark
Series: Part 99 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms


Overall a great holiday story wrap-up. I'm really happy with it all. Belated apologies and a big thank you to Bottomfeeder though for having to write for me a second year in a row. They gave me such a wonderful Legend (Darkness/Lili) story last year and I don't think I gave them as much to go on this year with all the newer fandoms. But they really gave me something different and unique, I like it a lot.
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Okay, so of course, it's maybe not always as fun as you wish it was, but you WILL earn my eternal gratitude for writing one of these fandoms near and dear to my heart. I'm all about the whim of the writer, consider my likes and dislikes as you would the pirate code (merely guidelines) and if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I will love it all the same. 
 
Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators, f/f relationships that may or may not be explicitly sexual (but especially those that are), light and dark image dichotomies, faulty and questioning faith, perseverance, subversive religious ideals and relationships 

 
And now the Fandoms
 
 
Little Red Riding Hood (Books/Literature): : Red and the wolf, dark is good here, the original is supposed to be scary. For an extra challenge, mentions of other Fairy Tales (like Snow White and Rose Red, or Briar Rose) would be welcome, obviously, I like the color themes. 
 
: (in addition) I've read a lot of books and retellings of popular stories, as well as rereading the original Grimm's stories. I have always loved how dark the original stories are. I'm also love a game called The Path. Which is also based on the story of LRRH. I mention the game only to mention the imagery about the wolf being distinct and specific for LRRH, Where any type of girl could be LRRH and have her very own wolf (her other, darker half perhaps). I love the idea and imagery that's involved in that -- because there's so many things you can do with it. I have a thing for the colors red and black and I've always felt this story was more about the visual than the written images in the story. I might not need to say it again, but I will: dark stories are okay here (and preferred).
 
Dracula (TV): : I hate that this show got so little time, but the love between Lucy & Mina was my absolute favorite thing about it. Give me Lucy before or after she vamps, before or after she declares herself to Mina. And give me Mina who loves her friend more than she loves Jonathan, or Grayson, or herself. And while I adore Lucy/Mina on their own, feel free to give me Grayson/Lucy/Mina. Maybe they live with Grayson, he takes Lucy under his wing and with Grayson, perhaps Mina sheds some of her hesitation about being with Lucy. ALSO, I'm also head-over-heels with Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne. So a Lucy/Mina/Lady Jayne threesome would just I don't even have words. It'd be great.
 
Hamilton (Theater/Musicals): : I am in desperate need of something Angelica/Hamilton. Whether it's in letters or in person, doesn't matter so much to me. Smutty stories welcome, Angelica/Eliza/Hamilton also welcome, but I'm not adding all three for your peace of mind, author, just in case (but if you are, read my ETA just below). I am in love with Angelica, her wit and intelligence. I want to see that spark in her, and how Alexander recognizes it. OOoh and while I'm at it, I should mention, I'm not always up for AU situations but in the case of Hamilton I'm completely down for a modernization or alternative version of the musical's story.

ETA: After stalking other letters after sign-ups closed I wanted to come back and this part, just in case. Author, if your heart is like mine, then please for the love of all that is holy if you're going to give me Angelica/Eliza/Hamilton make it as big as you like. Make it as Angelica/Eliza as your brain can handle, I promise you, I'm here for this.

Crimson Peak (Movies): : A new fandom, but already it's got it's hooks in me. I especially love Edith and Lucille, both as women with strong wills and women that love Thomas and want to be good to him/for him. I've requested all three characters and ideally, I'd love a threesome between Lucille/Thomas/Edith, definitely a better ending for them than the way it actually ended. Lucille as the dominant personality in a potential threesome is definitely what I'm here for, but I could also enjoy Edith or Thomas trying to offer it as a kind of peace treaty. As a note, Lucille/Thomas on their own is a-okay by me. After all, how might it have gone if Edith hadn't tried to nope out of the whole situation? But really, I'm up for anything involving the three of them as long as it's high on drama and atmosphere. This movie was visually stunning and everything my little goth girl heart could ever want. So, bonus points for keeping the themes and visuals as a major part of your story.

Last but not least, I'm requesting two music videos this year which is new and different for me. But I feel like they very much represent my need for visual themes on light and darkness as well as my penchant for stories involving ladies, strong ones (physically/emotionally/mentally) especially.
ETA:: About these two fandoms, since we don't have names for the characters, feel free to either make them up or don't, however it works best for you.

Ghost by Halsey:video on YouTube
I love the song on it's own but with the music video, I think a story can be built around the two women in regards to what it is that makes one refer to the other as her ghost. Personally I think this probably lends itself to the story of a breakup, but it doesn't have to be. 

Hide by Little May: : video on YouTube
The song I think portrays a breakup, for sure, but the video itself gives me a scenario that I'm much more interested in. I want to know where the girlfriend is going, who is the woman that picks her up on the road, and what is it the women are doing out in the forest/field around the fire. Supernatural elements are definitely welcome here if you're so inclined.
 
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:: Other useful things to know :: Dark is good.  Crazy is good.  Sex is great, fantastic even - especially during dark/troubled/angsty times.  Seriously.  Go wild, go deep, go dark... and most of all, have fun. Go as grim/dark or smutty as you want to author. I'm here for it.

:: Kink/Porn DNW list (please avoid) :: mpreg, torture, watersports/scat, au-type kinks: tentacles, aliens, highly involved pre-sex discussions or negotiations, lifestyle BD/SM, A/B/O (Generally speaking, I'm pretty hard to upset but I prefer to keep it within character/genre.)
 

cherith: (Muses are Busy)
 
Okay, so of course, the profit isn't monetary, but you'll earn my eternal gratitude for writing one of these cool fandoms. I'm all about the whim of the writer, consider my likes and dislikes as you would the pirate code (merely guidelines) and if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I will love it all the same. 

Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators, f/f relationships that may or may not be explicitly sexual (but especially those that are), light and dark image dichotomies, faulty and questioning faith, perseverance, subversive religious ideals and relationships 

Do Not Love: bad grammar, strict PWPs, mpreg 

And now the weather Fandoms


Fairy Tales (Little Red Riding Hood): : Red and the wolf, dark is good here, the original is supposed to be scary. For an extra challenge, mentions of other Fairy Tales (like Snow White and Rose Red, or Briar Rose) would be welcome, obviously, I like the color themes. 

(in addition) I've read a lot of books and retellings of popular stories, as well as rereading the original Grimm's stories. I have always loved how dark the original stories are. I'm also requesting fic for a game called The Path. Which is also based on the story of LRRH. I mention the game only to mention the imagery about the wolf being distinct to the LRRH, I love the idea and imagery that's involved in that -- because there's so many things you can do with it. I have a thing for the colors red and black and I've always felt this story was more about the visual than the written images in the story. I might not need to say it again, but I will, dark stories are okay here (and preferred).

Dracula (TV): : I hate that this show got so little time, but the love between Lucy & Mina was my absolute favorite thing about it. Give me Lucy before or after she vamps, before or after she declares herself to Mina. And give me Mina who loves her friend more than she loves Jonathan, or Grayson, or herself.

Dredd: : I want to know more about Ma-Ma.  I don't care if it's pre-movie, if she lives and it's post-movie.  If you're up for it, give me Ma-Ma/Anderson.  Give me Ma-Ma on Slo-mo, or without.  I just want to read more about this badass lady.

Legend: : Oh, this move.  You cannot do any harm by making your writing as dark as possible here.  I want Dark!Lily, I want Darkness.  It can be rough, it can be angsty, it can be as dark as you're willing to write it.  What happens if she stays with him?  What happens if she kills the unicorn?  What happens if Jack dies and she's left alone with Darkness?  What about if her father finally comes looking for her?

Stigmata: : By now you know I have a thing for darker fics, for the dichotomy between light and dark characters, for the struggle between good and evil, and of a person's inner character.  I want to see more of Frankie & Andrew. I want a struggle of internal beliefs, of what it means TO believe, or to give up your beliefs for the truth.  Again, dark is good here.

Witchblade (TV): : I absolutely love both the televisions series and the Witchblade comics. I would prefer something with Sara and/or Ian or Sara/Conchobar or Ian/Sara/Conchobar.  If you use Conchobar -- I adore "Cathain" the song that Conchobar (Grant Lee Phillips) sings. If you use Ian -- well, I'm probably going to love it no matter what, because he more than Sara is what drew me to the story in the first place. Obviously, if you've read my other fandom requests you know that the dark vs. light elements in stories appeal to me, and Witchblade is no exception. And definite bonus points for any inclusion of the adorable Gabriel.
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:: Other useful things to know :: Dark is good.  Crazy is good.  Sex is great, fantastic even - especially during dark/troubled/angsty times.  Seriously.  Go wild, go deep, go dark... and most of all, have fun.  
 

cherith: Dragon Age Grey Warden Logo (Dragon Age: Grey Warden)
My [tumblr.com profile] femtropebingo card and the five stories (diagonal top left to bottom right) I wrote for it:

Card below the cut )

The Right Idea About Us (secret relationship, Isabela/Aveline Vallen, Dragon Age 2)
Summary: Varric reveals the title of his newest novel to Aveline, and Isabela is determined to see how far Aveline will go to keep their relationship a secret.

The Time You Put In (au: coffee shop, Lucy Westenra/Mina Murray, Dracula (TV 2013))
Summary: Girlfriends Mina Murray and Lucy Westenra work at a coffee shop. (Just what it says on the tin.)

It's Not All Work (au: band, Isabela/Aveline Vallen, Dragon Age)
Summary: Aveline Vallen has just been hired as the bodyguard for Hard in Hightown's lead singer, the Rivaini woman who loves to keep the tabloids in business, Isabela.

Love is a Warm Color (domesticity, Lucy Westenra/Mina Murray, Dracula (TV 2013))
Summary: Lucy visit Mina at school with a gift, trying to entice her home early from her work.

Our Usual Greeting (free, Fem!Boss/Kenzie Kensington, Saints Row IV)
Summary: Something's been weighing on Kinzie's mind about their relationship.

cherith: (Default)
I only wrote one story for Yuletide this year, but I'm pretty proud of it. It's no surprise that I'm in love with the movie Legend, but I've never written anything for it before. This year my recipient's letter read like one I could've written and when I saw her request for Legend, I knew that's what I was writing.

Not Words Alone
Fandom: Legend (1985)
Word Count: 1341
Rating: Mature (not explicit)
Pairing: Dark!Lili/Darkness
Summary: Darkness seduces Lili and she submits... or does she?

This year was a bit daunting as I ended up with the same recipient I had last year. I wrote a Portal story for her last year, but wasn't sure I could do it again this year. I put Legend on my own request list this year and seeing it on hers was just perfect. She wanted something that was very close to my own request and while I wasn't sure what I'd get -- or if I'd get a Legend story -- I wanted to do my best to write something I'd be happy to receive. (Which is always a goal, but most especially when it's a shared fandom request.)

I also really wanted to write something that could fit within the seduction of Lili scene, something that felt a little ethereal or dream-like. I hope I succeeded in that. I also really liked having a good excuse to go on a bit of a Legend bender, rewatching the Director's Cut, and then the seduction of Lili scene (which has always been my favorite scene of the movie) again and again on Youtube.

And then there was the long internal debate about whether or not write Lili or Lily and I had a whole thing where I was looking at all the places where one or the other shows up. Of course Lili seems to be the more accepted form, so that's what I went with.

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Since I mentioned that I also requested Legend for myself this year I thought I'd mention the two (TWO!) Legend stories I received.

calliopes-pen wrote a really FANTASTIC story for me that used a challenge I threw out where Dark!Lili is a werewolf. It's an evil wins scenario where Lili goes with Darkness. Her story is Blood Begins a Curse Anew and is 14k words of awesome.

A Darker Dream is a story from boywonder. Long after the unicorn has been saved, Lili still has dreams of Darkness that are definitely NSFW. It's always nice to get a little smut for yuletide. <3
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Okay, so of course, the profit isn't monetary, but you'll earn my eternal gratitude for writing one of these cool fandoms. I'm all about the whim of the writer, consider my likes and dislikes as you would the pirate code (merely guidelines) and if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I will love it all the same.

Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators, f/f relationships that may or may not be explicitly sexual (but especially those that are), light and dark image dichotomies, faulty and questioning faith, perseverance, subversive religious ideals and relationships

Do Not Love: bad grammar, strict PWPs, mpreg

And now the weather Fandoms


Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland: : Hatter & Alice preferably conversational, and not overtly sexual. I like implied encounters. Also any inclusion of the Red Queen or Queen of Hearts gets bonus points. Dark is good, insane is better.

Dredd: : I want to know more about Ma-Ma.  I don't care if it's pre-movie, if she lives and it's post-movie.  If you're up for it, give me Ma-Ma/Anderson.  Give me Ma-Ma on Slo-mo, or without.  I just want to read more about this badass lady.

Being Erica: : I want Kai & Erica.  I want angst and fluff, I want to know what happens if Erica chooses Kai for good, if she doesn't become a therapist, or if she does and uses her abilities to see Kai.  Just, give me all of the Erica & Kai and make it work.

Eleanor & Park: : Give me five years, ten years, fifteen years later.  I want to see what happens.  Were the words in the letter "I love you?"  If so, what did they mean for Eleanor & Park's future.  What happens to Eleanor at her aunt & uncle's?  How does she grow?  How do they deal with the distance.  When do they find each other again?  

Legend: : Oh, this move.  You cannot do any harm by making your writing as dark as possible here.  I want Dark!Lily, I want Darkness.  It can be rough, it can be angsty, it can be as dark as you're willing to write it.  What happens if she stays with him?  What happens if she kills the unicorn?  What happens if Jack dies and she's left alone with Darkness?  What about if her father finally comes looking for her?

Stigmata: : By now you know I have a thing for darker fics, for the dichotomy between light and dark characters, for the struggle between good and evil, and of a person's inner character.  I want to see more of Frankie & Andrew. I want a struggle of internal beliefs, of what it means TO believe, or to give up your beliefs for the truth.  Again, dark is good here.

:: Other useful things to know :: Dark is good.  Crazy is good.  Sex is great, fantastic even - especially during dark/troubled/angsty times.  Seriously.  Go wild, go deep, go dark... and most of all, have fun. 

PS. If you're up for a challenge: My absolute favorite fairytale in the whole world is Little Red Riding Hood, in fact, I've requested it every year it's been available.  It's not this year, and that makes me sad.  If you want a challenge, find a way to incorporate that fairytale into one of my requests.  Alice is little red and the Hatter is the wolf?  SOLD.  Dark!Lily is a werewolf?  I'M THERE.  I will absolutely love you forever if you can make it happen.
cherith: Dragon Age Grey Warden Logo (Dragon Age: Grey Warden)
Okay, so the profit of course isn't monetary, but you'll earn my eternal gratitude for writing one of these cool fandoms. I'm all about the whim of the writer, consider my likes and dislikes as you would the pirate code (merely guidelines) and if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I will love it all the same.

Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators, f/f relationships that may or may not be explicitly sexual (but especially those that are), light and dark image dichotomies, faulty and questioning faith, perseverance, subversive religious ideals and relationships 

Do Not Love: bad grammar, strict PWPs, mpreg


And now for more Fandoms

The Path (video game):
: Scarlet / The Wolf - specifically the fay wolf that is specific to Scarlet. I love her version of the story. Having given up her music to help raise her five other sisters Scarlet's journey seems much more about loss and potential. I especially love how her music ties in.

: (extra things that might be useful to know) I am a music nerd. I think there are several things that draw me to Scarlet. Similar upbringing in raising younger siblings. But also a love of music. It makes complete sense to me that the thing that distracts Scarlet- the thing that gets her lost in the woods- is the piano at the old theater.

Palimpsest by Catherynne M Valente (book):
: I've considered myself a reader from the moment I read my first book. But Palimpsest was the first book I ever really fell in love with. The kind of book that sticks in your brain because there's so many stories and images and things to explore. I especially am hooked on the story of Ludovico and his wife, their love of knowledge and books. And November, her organization and her journals and the way she accepts Ludovico.

: (extra things that might be useful to know) I think the thing that makes me most enjoy Palimpsest is the language Valente uses. It's not just language, it's artistry. Each page is rich and encompassing and engaging. I'd hope that fic based on this world would take that into account.

Fairy Tales (Little Red Riding Hood): 

: Red and the wolf, dark is good here, the original is supposed to be scary. For an extra challenge, mentions of other Fairy Tales (like Snow White and Rose Red, or Briar Rose) would be welcome, obviously, I like the color themes.

: (extra things that might be useful to know) I've read a lot of books and retellings of popular stories, as well as rereading the original Grimm's stories. I have always loved how dark the original stories are. I'm also requesting fic for a game called The Path. Which is also based on the story of LRRH. I mention the game only to mention the imagery about the wolf being distinct to the LRRH, I love the idea and imagery that's involved in that -- because there's so many things you can do with it. I have a thing for the colors red and black and I've always felt this story was more about the visual than the written images in the story. I might not need to say it again, but I will, dark stories are okay here (and preferred).

Witchblade (TV): 

: I absolutely love both the televisions series and the Witchblade comics. I would prefer something with Sara and/or Ian or Sara/Conchobar or Ian/Sara/Conchobar.

: (extra things that might be useful to know) If you use Conchobar -- I adore "Cathain" the song that Conchobar (Grant Lee Phillips) sings. If you use Ian -- well, I'm probably going to love it no matter what, because he more than Sara is what drew me to the story in the first place. Obviously, if you've read my other fandom requests you know that the dark vs. light elements in stories appeal to me, and Witchblade is no exception. And definite bonus points for any inclusion of the adorable Gabriel.
cherith: (Default)

So, due to being sick and pretty much asleep for the majority of Yuletide sign-ups, I actually missed signing up as a writer.  But, like I have the past few years, I picked up a few pinch-hits and ended up writing two stories.  Neither in fandoms I've given a lot of thought to.  As with a lot of stuff I write that's outside my normal fandoms, I was super nervous to write these, and I'm still not completely happy with them.  But, I wrote them.

(All Story links go to AO3)

And then somehow (I didn't know they did this to be honest) I was able to sign-up to get a story anyway, because I picked up more than one pinch-hit.  Quel surprise! And then, I didn't get one, but SIX gifts, and I just was over-the-moon.  So, for your reading pleasure:

  • An Honest Mistake - Dragon Age [Isabela/Aveline] (a special treat for me by virusq because technically DA isn't a Yuletide fandom)
  • Purgatory - Carnivale [Henry & Management]

There's more, but let me first say that I've requested Little Red Riding Hood stories every year I've done fandom and I've been super impressed every year by what people come up with.  I got four LRRH stories this year and I love each of them.  You'll see by the tags, I have a type for LRRH stories and I think all of these are slightly smutty.

As for Dragon Age fandom, I wrote a few things for that (and one co-written piece) by far the longest of which is Of Wolves (which you might be tired of hearing about, but I'm not tired of talking about it - {see love of LRRH stories}

And I got some cool stuff too:

cherith: Dragon Age Grey Warden Logo (Dragon Age: Grey Warden)
Okay, so the profit of course isn't monetary, but you'll be due my eternal gratitude for writing one of these cool fandoms. I'm late to sign-up this year, so I'm especially grateful for whatever you put together. I'm all about the whim of the writer, consider my likes and dislikes as you would the pirate code (merely guidelines) and if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I will love it all the same.

Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators, f/f relationships that may or may not be explicitly sexual, light and dark image dichotomies

Do Not Love: bad grammar, strict PWPs, mpreg, non-con/rape

And now for more Fandoms


Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland: : Hatter & Alice preferably conversational, and not overtly sexual. I like implied encounters. Also any inclusion of the Red Queen or Queen of Hearts gets bonus points.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) If you check the tags at this journal, you can read the stories I've done - which differ greatly in tone. I'm really happy with anything Hatter and Alice related, dark is good, insane is better.

Carnivale: : I love the mystery between Ben and Management. Including Brother Justin is awesome, but not necessary.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) I'm not into the Carnivale fandom, but I miss the show a lot. Mostly, it plays on all my religious brain kinks that I have and I love the dark and light dichotomies in the show. This is something that I'm fairly easy to please in.

Fairy Tales (Little Red Riding Hood):
: Red and the wolf, dark is good here, the original is supposed to be scary. For an extra challenge, mentions of other Fairy Tales (like Snow White and Rose Red, or Briar Rose) would be welcome, obviously, I like the color themes.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) I've been reading a lot of books of retellings of popular stories, as well as rereading the original Grimm's stories. I have always loved how dark the original stories are. There's a video game called the "The Path" available for very cheap through Steam, which was a Little Red story with a twist: instead of one girl, there were seven. And each girls worked her way to grandmother's house, but could encounter the wolf each time she ventured off the path. The wolf was a different creature depending on which girl was making her way to grandma's. I mention the game only to mention the imagery about the wolf being distinct to the Red Riding Hood, I love the idea and imagery that's involved in that -- because there's so many things you can do with it. I have a thing for the colors red and black and I've always felt this story was more about the visual than the written images in the story. I might not need to say it again, but I will, dark stories are okay here (and preferred).

Witchblade (TV):
: I absolutely love both the televisions series and the Witchblade comics. I would prefer something with Sara and/or Ian or Sara/Conchobar.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) If you use Conchobar -- I adore "Cathain" the song that Conchobar (Grant Lee Phillips) sings. If you use Ian -- well, I'm probably going to love it no matter what, because he more than Sara is what drew me to the story in the first place. Obviously, if you've read my other fandom requests you know that the dark vs. light elements in stories appeal to me, and Witchblade is no exception.
cherith: (Muses are Busy)
Title: Until You Belong to Me
Author: Cherith
Genre: Horror, Supernatural
Word Count: 11,224
Rating: M
Warnings: religious subversion, something very much like dubcon, femslash, graphic/violent scenes, fire
Summary: Sorrow is a demon trying to get away from her master, and she enlists the help of an old friend. Written as a companion piece to last year's: Blind Denial the Long Way Down (also written for OFBB).

Part One | Part Two

Bonus content:
Mix: Devil's Spoke by [personal profile] inferiarecoming 
cherith: (Muses are Busy)
Title: Until You Belong to Me
Author: Cherith
Genre: Horror, Supernatural
Word Count: 11,224
Rating: M
Warnings: religious subversion, something very much like dubcon, femslash, graphic/violent scenes, fire
Summary: Sorrow is a demon trying to get away from her master, and she enlists the help of an old friend. Written as a companion piece to last year's: Blind Denial the Long Way Down (also written for OFBB).

Sorrow's Story Part #2 )
cherith: (Muses are Busy)
Title: Until You Belong to Me
Author: Cherith
Genre: Horror, Supernatural
Word Count: 11,224
Rating: M
Warnings: religious subversion, something very much like dubcon, femslash, graphic/violent scenes, fire
Summary: Sorrow is a demon trying to get away from her master, and she enlists the help of an old friend. Written as a companion piece to last year's: Blind Denial the Long Way Down (also written for OFBB).

Sorrow's Story Part #1 )
cherith: Dragon Age Grey Warden Logo (Dragon Age: Grey Warden)
[Written for a prompt at the Dragon_Age Community on LJ]

“Sister, what do I say? What do I tell him?”

“Bethany, I’m not the one to ask. If you feel the need to leave a letter, then do so. You already know the limits of what you can safely say to him.”

Bethany nodded and looked back down to the parchment under her fingertips. If she wrote it quickly, wrote it the way Marian had asked her to, she wouldn’t be saying anything at all- not really. And she couldn’t imagine what that might do. For him to find such a letter. For him to know that she had left not just the Gallows, but Kirkwall altogether, but nothing of how she felt, how she wanted to stay, not how she wished that things had been different- oh, so different.

Marian would have her say none of that. Not to say that she was leaving, not to say that she cared for him (and in a way that no mage should care for a Templar) and especially not to say that her sister, her sister, was bringing Anders with them. Maker, how could she fit all that into a single letter? Or a pile of them.

She couldn’t.

But, she knew words that he would understand. Even, if there was nothing else to go with them.

Carefully, she penned the Canticle of Trials, just two verses. It was all she would need, if she put his name at the top and her name at the bottom, then he would know. He would know.

When she was done, she showed it to Marian who nodded her approval. ”If you had to write something,” her sister sighed, “then that was well written. In that you didn’t really write it at all.”

Her sister’s voice was dismissive, as she handed the parchment back and Bethany found it hard to smile, though Marian had approved of it in her own way. Bethany frowned, because she knew it wasn’t complete. It wasn’t everything, but it would have to be enough. She turned it over, putting his name again on the other side so that when she rolled it, his name would show. Then, she placed it within plain sight on the desk in her room.

Strangely, once her fingers had left the parchment, she felt an odd sense of peace about it. This way, no one would know, but she and him. This way, it looked only like the Second Enchanter had assigned words of remembrance and peace in a dire time to the new Knight-Commander of Kirkwall.

Maybe in them, Cullen would find some strength.
cherith: Dragon Age Grey Warden Logo (Dragon Age: Grey Warden)
[Written for the DA_Land Community where the prompt this week was merely Dwarves]

“Lady Aeducan, if you don’t stop that, I’m never going to finish writing this.”

She looks up at Varric and trails a finger down the inside of the neckline of his open tunic. “Stop what, Tethras? This?” She twirls a strand of chest hair between her nimble fingers. “Or this?” Her other hand toys with the laces of his leggings, laces she’s already undone.

“Oh you do not play fair do you,” he chuckles and sets his parchment aside. “You know, I knew someone a bit like you in Kirkwall. Well, not quite like you, being human and all. But just as… determined.”

“Varric Tethras are you telling me that you…?”

“Oh, no no no. Not for me she wasn’t. No, Rivaini had her eye on lots of men.” His chest rumbles with laughter. “And I know she eventually had her way with many of them. Not my type though. Besides you know how Bianca can get. Still if it hadn’t been for her- I wouldn’t have gotten to writing all these things down in the first place you know…” He looks at his abandoned story, something he knows Isabela will enjoy when she sees the latest chapter.

Lady Aeducan spares a glance towards the chest at the far end of the bed, a chest she knows is locked and solidly so and that contains only one thing, a thing lovingly oiled and cradled with silks. Her eyebrow arches as she looks back at Varric. “Oh yes. I remember.”

With another chuckle he reaches out a hand and rubs at her shoulder. “Bad memories of what the big, bad crossbow did to you?”

Lady Aeducan huffs. “I’ll have you know Varric that my shoulder still gets sore in that spot. Stupid duster healer never set it right.” She pulls her hand from his chest, pushes his hand away and rubs at the spot with a feigned look of frustration and pain.

“I’m not getting any more writing done, am I?”

She grins and her hand moves from her shoulder to his, pushing him back into the pillows behind him. “Not if I have anything to say about it.”

“Whatever the Warden Queen commands.”
cherith: Dragon Age Grey Warden Logo (Dragon Age: Grey Warden)
[Written for a prompt at Commentfic over on LJ]

"Do you think she believed you?"
  
Marian is leaning back onto the bed, her hands behind her head. She gives him a cautious, but questioning smile and arches an eyebrow. Her hair has grown longer in her time away from Kirkwall and as she sits up, it falls forward over a shoulder.
 
 "No way to tell for sure, Hawke," he says as he slides on to the seat at the desk in the corner of their small room. "But, I'll know soon enough. Already have my eyes and ears open to find out where they move next. The Seeker hasn't exactly been quiet these days."
  
"And was she really with them?"
  
"Sunshine? Yeah, she was there." He grants her a sly smile and gently taps the side of his nose. "Knew she was there when they pulled me in. She made sure of it." He frowns slightly at the memory. "Did seem like they've picked up a lot of the Circle mages though."
  
Marian moves forward and slides her legs off the side of the bed. "Varric, is my sister okay? If they're going through all this trouble..."
 
"Hawke, I've been telling as many people as I can, but it's going to take time. It's not like I can just put out word that Hawke's looking for her sister."
  
He reaches out his arms to her and she goes to him. She kneels in front of the chair and puts her head against his lap, her brow creased with worry.
 
 "I just worry, Varric," she whispers against his thigh.
 
 He pats her head. "I know you do, Hawke. I'm doing the best I can, and I've told so many stories now about how you left- who you left Kirkwall with... " he smiles down at her. "Try not to worry, Hawke. You know how good my stories are."
  
That brought a small smile to her lips and she folds back to sit against her heels. She looks up at him. "You know I love your stories, Varric. But that's not what I'm..."
  
"Good," he says, cutting her off. With a nod he lifts a finger to her chin and tilts her gaze to his. "Then you should know that if they're listening to my stories, none of them really know the truth."
cherith: (Muses are Busy)
Title: Delicate Retrieval
Author: [personal profile] cherith[personal profile] cherith 
Artist: [personal profile] scarimonious[personal profile] scarimonious 
Genre: Fantasy
Pairings: n/a
Word Count: 2191
Rating: PG-13 (maybe Teen?)
Warnings: death (non-character)
Summary: A merchant gets a strange gift from a friend and then gets caught up in a very weird retrieval job. (Otherwise known as -- I'm bad at summaries!)

Link to artwork that inspired this story, by [personal profile] scarimonious  [personal profile] scarimonious : here
---
Delicate Retrieval )
cherith: (Muses are Busy)
I wish I could've done more this year, and in fact I applied for a TON of pinch-hits, but only got one of them. That's okay though, I got pretty wrapped up in on of my stories, and was writing down to the wire.

YULETIDE
I wrote two stories:
FairyTales: East of the Sun, West of the Moon: An Interstellar Search for Love in the Four Corners of the Universe for Phantom.
This is quite basically East of the Sun, West of the Moon IN SPACE!
Eastwick (TV): The Restorative Powers of Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows on a Winter’s Afternoon for roadmarks
I have never written Eastwick before, and might not ever again, but I enjoyed writing this.

And I received 3 stories!
FairyTales: Little Red Riding Hood: The Funeral Dress by antartic and Scarlet by calenlily.
Alice in Wonderland: The Queen's Special Tea by foxtwin.

I love them all.


I also participated in this year's Secret Swooper exchange at at [livejournal.com profile] swooping_is_bad.
Dragon Age: Origins: Cautiously, but Onward for jessicajones_1.

I have not as of yet received a SS gift in return, though I've been assured that I'm supposed to get one. *shrug* At this point, I'm not holding my breath.


With the Holiday totals, this means I wrote about 68k words in fic for this year, not including what I did in non-fiction for NaNoWriMo. That's not shabby. Though if I'd been able to do the Alice in Wonderland BB and the Inception BB, it would've hit 100k, or damn near close. Maybe I can try that for 2011. :)

[community profile] scifibigbang sign-ups are coming up soon, and I think I might try that again this year.
cherith: (Muses are Busy)
Okay, so the profit of course isn't monetary, but it's still my eternal gratitude for writing something I already know will be awesome.

Note: This is my second year of [community profile] yuletide, so I'm just excited to have someone writing for me. I want you to write what makes you happy, and enjoy your yuletide experience. About my notes and requests: I loved [personal profile] naraht's 2009 letter enough that I borrowed some favorite things and rather not seen things.

I'm all about the whim of the writer, consider my likes and dislikes as you would the pirate code (merely guidelines) and if the story takes you somewhere else, go with it. I will love it all the same.

My 2009 letter is here if you want to read it, though three out of four fandoms are the same with similar info.

Love: Dark comedy, witty banter, vivid imagery, literary & historical references, melancholy tone, religious: identities or references and subtle mockery thereof, character introspection & retrospection, reading and research, irony, gentle mockery, moral and sexual ambiguity, social commentary, emotionally intense relationships without an acknowledged sexual relationship, serious and/or goofy story twists (with or without red herrings), writing, characters with crazy hobbies, nostalgia, music, changes in power dynamics, unreliable narrators

Do Not Love: bad grammar, PWPs, mpreg, S&M, rape

And now for more Fandoms


Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland:
: Hatter & Alice preferably conversational, and not overtly sexual. I like implied encounters. Also any inclusion of the Red Queen or Queen of Hearts gets bonus points.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) If you check the tags at this journal, you can read the stories I've done - which differ greatly in tone. I'm really happy with anything Hatter and Alice related, dark is good, insane is better.

Carnivale:
: I love the mystery between Ben and Management. Including Brother Justin is awesome, but not necessary.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) I'm not into the Carnivale fandom, but I miss the show a lot. Mostly, it plays on all my religious brain kinks that I have and I love the dark and light dichotomies in the show. This is something that I'm fairly easy to please in.

Fairy Tales (Little Red Riding Hood):
: Red and the wolf, dark is good here, the original is supposed to be scary. For an extra challenge, mentions of other Fairy Tales (like Snow White and Rose Red, or Briar Rose) would be welcome, obviously, I like the color themes.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) I've been reading a lot of books of retellings of popular stories, as well as rereading the original Grimm's stories. I have always loved how dark the original stories are. Last year, a video game called "The Path" came out which was a Little Red story with a twist: instead of one girl, there were seven. And each girls worked her way to grandmother's house, but could encounter the wolf each time she ventured off the path. The wolf was a different creature depending on which girl was making her way to grandma's. I mention the game only to mention the imagery about the wolf being distinct to the Red Riding Hood, I love the idea and imagery that's involved in that -- because there's so many things you can do with it. I have a thing for the colors red and black and I've always felt this story was more about the visual than the written images in the story. I might not need to say it again, but I will, dark stories are okay here (and preferred).

Witchblade (TV):
: I absolutely love both the televisions series and the Witchblade comics. I would prefer something with Sara and/or Ian or Sara/Conchobar.
: (extra things that might be useful to know) If you use Conchobar -- I adore "Cathain" the song that Conchobar (Grant Lee Phillips) sings. If you use Ian -- well, I'm probably going to love it no matter what, because he more than Sara is what drew me to the story in the first place. Obviously, if you've read my other fandom requests you know that the dark vs. light elements in stories appeal to me, and Witchblade is no exception.

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