recrudescence: (visser kisser)
posted by [personal profile] recrudescence at 11:41pm on 09/10/2016 under
Hello, Yuletide author!

Let me just say first and foremost that the reason I got into fandom to begin with was due to a tendency to latch onto minor characters and milk the backstory out of them even if I had to fill in 90% of the gaps myself. I love getting to see other people's takes on their inner workings and I'm not picky about the direction your interpretation takes as long as you write it credibly. It can be the most outrageous space coffeeshop high school AU known to humanity and I'll eat it up with a spoon the size of Saturn if you sell me on it. One thing I love about Yuletide is how it stretches the creativity of everyone involved and I always enjoy seeing just how wildly different another person's approach to canon can be from my own. Any rating is fine by me, and you're free to write anything from happiness or horror.

That said, I'm not a fan of crossovers (especially if I don't know the source material), soulmate AU's (they just make me want to pick apart the plot holes and the idea of characters being literally made for each other does nothing for me), or fic being used as either a battering ram or a soapbox. Also here's the obligatory mention that I'd prefer no kinks that involve bodily fluids better suited for the bathroom. No shame in that if it's your thing, it just isn't mine.

If you need clarification on any point, I'm re-crudescence on tumblr and you're welcome to send me an anonymous ask. I'm less active on LJ and DW, but anon comments either of these places are fine as well.

Now that you know a little something about me, and I obviously know that you're here because you have impeccable taste in small fandoms...

1. Doctrine of Labyrinths - Sarah Monette

It probably says a lot about me that the first prompt I thought of was this: Felix fucks Mildmay sideways until he cries (or vice versa, why the hell not).

I'm dead serious, it's appalling that this fic (as far as I can tell) doesn't exist yet. My only request is that you keep it consensual and don't pin everything on the obligation d'âme. Feel free to make it humorous or heartbreaking or have Mildmay react to the possibility that maybe he's janus after all (even if not for his own half-brother), whatever floats your boat. If incest isn't your jam, any hijinks involving the two of them would be eagerly accepted.

2. Velvet Goldmine

Ewan McGregor's tweet about Curt/Arthur gives me wings and is totally canon as far as I'm concerned. Use that as a jumping-off point and I'll be over the moon. How did their relationship get off the ground? Yeah, things are all good for them now, but there must have been plenty of rocky patches along the way, right? I'd prefer it if it wasn't super fluffy, since the characters really aren't.

3. Marco Polo (TV)

I requested Ahmad, Mei Lin, and Khutulun for this and would be happy with fic that involves any or all of them. With Ahmad and Mei Lin, I want to know everything about how their relationship evolved during Mei Lin's captivity. I'd also love to see a scene between Mei Lin and Khutulun. Like I said in last year's letter, they don't have to make out or exchange self-defense tips or talk about which hairstyles they prefer on their men, but I would happily accept fic about any of these things. I adore them both so much and think they could take over the world if they joined forces.

Speaking of great hair, Jingim isn't a requested character, but I sort of figure anything involving Ahmad is going to touch on Jingim just out of necessity. How did Ahmad's plans for usurping Kublai first start taking shape? Did he still feel like Jingim was his brother after he turned against Kublai or did he write him off immediately? How many instances of Ahmad consoling Jingim when he felt inadequate were really undertaken with the aim of wrapping Jingim even more tightly around Ahmad's finger? Give me all the court politics and Ahmad's changing perspective!

4. The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison

Anything with Cala, Csevet and Beshelar getting to know each other. We see everything from Maia's perspective in the novel, so it would be refreshing to learn more about what's going on inside their heads. How long had they known one another before Maia entered the picture? How well-known is Csevet's past among the couriers and how does that impact him? I'm open to gen or any pairings here.

5. Penny Dreadful (TV)

So it's canon that Ethan and Sembene can both cook, both acknowledge each other can cook, and get along relatively well. I'm not saying to write a bakery AU (although I won't say you can't, either), but I'm definitely saying that I adored the scene where Ethan was amazed at Sembene's buttercream torte (and Vanessa always having dessert for breakfast). I would love more of that kind of interaction among the three of them. With Sembene in particular, we know so little about him. Why does he put up with Sir Malcolm? How has his relationship with Vanessa evolved? Where did he learn to cook, anyway?

I'm also requesting Lyle because seeing him interact with literally anyone is magical. But please don't feel obligated--choose to focus on one or all of these folks and I'll be ecstatic either way.


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