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cold hill side AO3
Hooray, my Gimli/Legolas Big Bang story is live, with wonderful art from cybersuzy!

On the Cold Hill Side (24938 words) by marycrawford
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings - All Media Types, The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gimli/Legolas Greenleaf
Characters: Gimli, Legolas Greenleaf, Aragorn, Arod
Additional Tags: Dwarves, Elves, Dwarf Culture & Customs, Dwarf Courting, Slow Build, Slow Burn, Pining, Angst, Eventual Happy Ending, Tourism, fangorn, orthanc - Freeform, aglarond, Hurt/Comfort, Snark, Banter, Competence Kink, gimli is a BAMF, so is Legolas, Gimli/Legolas Big Bang, Big Bang Challenge, Friendship, Friendship/Love, Secrets, Canon - Book, Mythical Beings & Creatures, Ents, Talking Trees, Tree Climbing, Walks In The Woods, Caves, Dwarf/Elf Relationship(s), Missing Scene, First Time, Canon Related, gigolas bang 2014

In the end, Gimli thinks, Legolas will steal his heart and sail away with it, and even the wonders of the Glittering Caves are not enough consolation for that loss. But when Aragorn calls for Gimli’s help in dismantling the hidden traps of Orthanc, everything changes.

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I've been a bit absent from LJ lately, but that's because I was working on a Neat Fannish Project, and now I'm ready to open it officially, yay!

Delphi, the Hercules: the Legendary Journeys Fan Fiction Archive

What is it?
Delphi is an archive for stories about characters from Hercules: the Legendary Journeys and its spinoff series Young Hercules. And I do mean all characters: Hercules, Iolaus, Jason, Discord, Strife, Salmoneus, Nebula, the Sovereign, Ares...whoever you want to write about.

Gen, het, and slash are equally welcome. The archive does not accept anything involving underage sex or real people. Beyond that, everything else is fair game.

Why a new archive?
This archive isn't meant to replace any other archive, Zeus forbid; it's intended to be a base archive for the entire Hercules fandom, where all people's favorite stories can be found in one place, and a way for authors who don't have their own space on the web to reach more readers. And it's an automated archive, which means authors can upload their stories themselves.

Please upload your stories!
I'm hoping, requesting, and flat out begging everybody in the fandom to upload their stories. All you need is your stories, saved as plain text files; the upload form and the FAQ have the details, but it should be a pretty easy process, and you can preview your story to see if everything looks okay. You don't need to register or join or anything like that.

If you have any questions, please send email to delphi at squidge dot org, or comment below.

I'm crossposting this to [ profile] herc_iolaus and [ profile] hxyh_announce, and I'm going to look around for more communities which might be interested in this - I don't want to spam anybody, but I do want to let fans of various HtLJ characters and pairings know that the archive exists. Feel free to post this announcement elsewhere, or suggest lists/communities!

Huge galumphing great thanks to [ profile] astolat for writing the Automated Archive software, to [ profile] aka_arduinna for letting me steal all her own archive's nifty features and about 90% of her FAQ, and to Walter for his generosity in hosting the archive on Squidge. ♥
marycrawford: 13 hour clock icon (woot!) tells me that [ profile] flambeau has posted something wonderful.

Georgette Heyer fans should run (toward the story, not away). So should Star Wars fans. So should anyone who's ever read a Regency romance, because, oh man. I cannot tell you how insanely gleeful this story makes me.

[ profile] flambeau says "This is probably not what it would have been like if Georgette Heyer had written TPM fanfic."

She is of course completely wrong. This is exactly what it would have been like if Georgette Heyer had written TPM fanfic.

Here, a quote:
A few students, however, refused to adopt the languishing airs their fellows affected, and instead attempted to regard Qui-Gon Jinn with the same indifferent disdain he afforded them. In this latter group was a young man who watched the entrance of Master Jinn under long red-gold lashes, careful not to let the others perceive how intently he studied the man. It would not do to give the impression that he cared one whit for the presence, or absence, of the Jedi order's greatest champion, a man who, so rumor had it, only need smile faintly, or give a gracious nod, for more impressionable young students to scratch a tentative Q-G on the handle of their lightsaber; the bolder ones had even been known to tie love-knots in their hair, at the spot most commonly chosen for a padawan braid.
Go read Episode One: The Quiet Padawan, by [ profile] flambeau. Rated G or thereabouts. This is Heyer, after all. *g*
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This was going to be a WIP Amnesty post, because this story has been on my harddrive for two years while I poked at it and pestered other people with it. (Clearly, this is why I shouldn't write short PWPs; they just take too long.) But it has an ending and everything, and I like this version well enough to post it without amnesty. *g*

Thanks to everyone who looked at it and said helpful things, and especially to [ profile] elynross for the final beta and for convincing me to post it.

Title: Those Who Favor Fire
Fandom: Hercules: the Legendary Journeys.
Rating: NC-17, slash, Hercules/Iolaus.
Summary: Some rescues come a little too close to the bone.

Those Who Favor Fire )
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The Cold From Hell has me wrapped up on the couch in my favorite striped fleece blanket, sniffling and coughing and drinking tea by the liter.

The story I wanted to post for [ profile] 14valentines today is still unfinished; instead, here are some recs for stories that are warm and comforting and good to read when you're under the weather.

An Earthly Knight, by [ profile] ltlj. SGA, NC-17. Everyone on my friendslist who even vaguely likes Stargate: Atlantis is already reading [ profile] ltlj, right? If not, get thee over to the Retrograde universe and dive in; you probably won't come out for days.

"An Earthly Knight" is her latest, it's a stand-alone story, and it's fantastic in all senses of the word. Makes me want to curl up in a tree with a bunch of feral, yet very friendly elves. Mmm.

The Buried Treasure Racket, by Dorinda. The Sting, NC-17, slash. Yes, I already recced this after [ profile] yuletide, but this is a pippin and a peach of a story. Perfect for rereading when you're sick and want something that's beautifully written, warm, and deliciously right. Actually, that description pretty much goes for all of Dorinda's stories.

Teal'c's five favorite board games, by Komos. SG-1, G. Who'd think board games could produce a story this rich, this funny, this acute? All that and a fantastic Teal'c portrait. I just adore this from start to finish.

Some Enchanted Evening and extra scene, by Randi DuMois. Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, NC-17, slash. Set during one of my very favorite episodes, Hero's Heart (canon amnesia! badass gang enforcer Iolaus! pining Hercules!), full of wonderful characterization, snark and hotness.

Going Home, by [ profile] daegaer. Good Omens, G. I have this bookmarked as "Aziraphale is recalled to Heaven. Crowley is strangely upset. Hijinks ensue! Lovely, warm, gen, note-perfect" and I'm not sure what I can add to that. [ profile] daegaer's narratorial voice is devastatingly accurate, and this story is just everything I would ever want from Good Omens fic.

Matters of the Heart, by Valentin. Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, PG. A fun, lighthearted story about Hercules, Iolaus, Iolaus' girlfriend and a devious plot by Ares, with a lovely wallowy scene that I always reread and sigh over.

14 Valentines: Reproductive Rights
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So, [ profile] aka_arduinna gave out a deadline. "Post something every month!" she said.  "Deadlines help!" she said. "Get typing!" she said.


Luckily [ profile] falzalot gave me a great idea for something short while I was panicking, and so I wrote a tag to her wonderful Yuletide story Hercules Ex Machina, which you should definitely go read before reading this, if you haven't already.

Thanks to [ profile] therienne, [ profile] elynross and [ profile] aka_arduinna for beta.

Title: Under the Sun
Fandom: Hercules: the Legendary Journeys.
Rating: PG, Hercules/Iolaus.
Summary: Dealing with demigods. Spoilers for Hercules ex Machina by [ profile] falzalot.

Under the Sun )
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Participating in the Yuletide challenge was so much fun this year. I beta'ed some fantastic stories, did my best to keep deep and dire secrets, and wrote two stories of my own: my assignment and a pinch hit.

Here they are! I've linked to the Yuletide archive, but the stories are also available on my website.

Thank you so much to everyone who commented on my stories - you made my holiday so much brighter with your feedback. (And if you left an email address with your comment, you'll hear from me. *g*)

The Unexpected Affair of the Injured Detective. (Arthur Conan Doyle -- Sherlock Holmes).
PG, slash, Holmes/Watson. Written for Am-Chau.
Summary: Holmes comes home from work.

Imperial Audience. (Naomi Novik - Temeraire)
G. Written for Esteliel.
Summary: What if Laurence did not escape a meeting with Napoleon?
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First set of Yuletide story recommendations is here, second set is here.

The Buried Treasure Racket (The Sting). PG-13. Slash.  Johnny and Henry find another mark to con, but there's more than money at stake. Pick a couple of empty hours, find yourself a good chair, and read this long, satisfying, utterly wonderful story. In the giant heap of amazing stories this year, this one stands out. WOW.

For me, it arrived at a perfect moment: I had just rewatched The Sting and I'd also just read The Big Con by David Maurer, which IIRC was the basis for the movie. This story takes up where the movie left off, but it's an entirely standalone story where Johnny and Henry pull off another brilliant 'long con'. The author did her research - on cons, on sleight-of-hand, on the right kind of slang - and folded it effortlessly into the story, and it's like the best kind of caper story AND the best kind of subtle, warm, delicious slash story all rolled into one, and seriously, what do I say to make you all read this RIGHT NOW?

The Mostly-Secret Diary of Rick (The Young Ones). PG. Adrian Mole's diary, as written by snotty Rick. Hee! I think the poetry was my favorite part. I love this aspect of Yuletide - I wouldn't go hunting for The Young Ones fanfic, because I was pretty much content with the show itself (ditto Blackadder, AbFab and other British comedies), but I came across this story on the archive and it's just hilarious.

Cleopatra's Needle (The Addams Family). PG. Morticia as a young woman, gardening in the suicides' graveyard and meeting Gomez for the first time. There was a bumper crop of excellent Addams Family fic this year, and this one is my favorite. I always loved Morticia and Gomez' relationship in the cartoons and the movie; this story could be from either, though it has some movie references, and it's beautifully written and just as twistedly romantic. I believe they met just like this.

Four Things Howl Never Told Sophie and One Thing He Did (Howl's Moving Castle). PG. Howl and Sophie are growing older. When [ profile] therienne recs a Howl story I know it'll be good, and this was just adorable. Tender but not schmoopy, and Howl and Sophie's voices both felt very right.

Pimp and Pomposity (Blackadder). R. Blackadder procures some company for the Prince of Wales. Wow. Perfect Blackadder voice, lots of witty dialogue, references to other episodes and running gags, and even a dig at Austen. HEE.

Area 51 (Queer as Folk UK) NC-17, slash. Stuart and Vince make a road trip to Area 51 and have an alien encounter. People have been recommending this already, right? I just haven't seen it? I hope so, because it's a funny, sexy Vince/Stuart story, and then there's the bit near the ending where I died with glee. It turns into a crossover, and one that I have been wanting to read for the longest time. (Okay, a hint: Vince's last name is Tyler.)

Back Row Hecklers (Muppets). PG. Why do Statler and Waldorf keep coming back? Aw. Bittersweet and adorable. Small flaily frog!

Yes, Sir, Jeeves (PG Wodehouse -- Jeeves and Wooster). NC-17, slash. Wooster takes on the role of Jeeves' manservant. This is just wonderful - language and voice perfectly Wodehousean, which is a triumph in itself, and completely in character for both. Plus such a lovely plot that I wondered at Plum for not using it himself. I may have maiden-aunted my way through the explicit bit at the end, but that was very well written too, and I completely adored the whole thing. Just, YAY! I'll be rereading this, definitely.
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My first set of Yuletide story recommendations is here.

Crumpled Pieces of Paper Found in the Wastebasket of Count Rugen. (Princess Bride). G. Short and hilarious, and a fantastic title, too. Hee.

An Unwilling Heart (Diane Duane -- Young Wizards series). PG-13. Tom and Carl's first meeting. Long, plotty, wonderfully rich in worldbuilding detail, I just adored this, and it manages to feel fresh and original and still very closely linked to the original books in style and theme.

The Taste of Honey (Sandman). G. Death and Delirium visit a city. This is gorgeous, very Gaimanesque, with a wealth of little, odd details. Not many stories written in second person present work for me, but this one does.

darkness and beauty of stars was on my mouth. (Sandman). PG. What does the New Corinthian dream of? Shivery and lush, and I love the ending.

reflection. (Sandman). G. Delight meets Delirium. Bittersweet and true-feeling, plus a perfect Delirium voice, wow. Love the socks and the tiny elephants.

A Maze of Twisty Passages, All Alike. (Lois McMaster Bujold -- Miles Vorkosigan series). PG. Ivan and Gregor are in trouble, and they'll do anything rather than wait for rescue, especially from Miles. Sheer delight from beginning (the title!) to end. I love Ivan and Gregor's competence in the face of danger - they're both so much more than they seem, and this story delivers that beautifully. The clever dialogue made me laugh out loud, and the resolution warms my heart. Oh, Ivan. Oh, Gregor.

The Long Con. (Lois McMaster Bujold -- Miles Vorkosigan series). R. Ivan and Byerly go out on the town. For spy reasons, obviously. Hee. This was just so much fun;  I adored Alys' and especially Miles' reaction, that was just perfect.
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I feel like Scrooge McDuck swimming in his gold coin warehouse when I'm browsing through the Yuletide archive. So many good stories - I haven't even read all the ones in my very favorite fandoms yet, but here are some of my favorites of what I've read so far.

Hercules ex Machina (Hercules: the Legendary Journeys). PG. A lovely, funny Hercules and Iolaus adventure, full of great lines and true to the show and their characters - and I'm going to be a little vague about this, but they meet a character from another mythology in a way that just works beautifully. This story just fills me with glee.

No Fish No Go (Hercules: the Legendary Journeys). G. A drabble: Hercules and Iolaus go fishing. You know that's not going to end well. Hee. I loved this, it's perfectly them.

In the Dark (Dead Boy Detectives). PG. Rowland and Paine talk in the dark. Quietly warm, adorable and in character; this hit just the right note for me, and I loved the conversation about the comics.

In The Tracks Of The Bear (Elfquest). R. After a bear hunt goes wrong, Strongbow and Bearclaw find that they're more alike than they thought. Not a pairing I'd ever thought about (though as the creators said, the elves have all visited each others' dens at one time or another), but the author makes it work, and I really liked the imagery at the end.

True North (Elfquest). PG. Skywise and Shenshen talk at Sorrow's End. Skywise was always my favorite. I love Shenshen's sensuality here, but also her seriousness, and the way Skywise is both tied to the world and detached.

Days Gone By (Elfquest). PG-13. Cutter and Skywise slash, not explicit; set during their stay with Nonna and Adar. (There should be more Cutter/Skywise, people, OMG. Or Cutter/Skywise/Leetah. Why is there not a gigantic archive somewhere? And if there is, why has nobody told me?)

Death in the Tuileries (Dorothy Sayers -- Lord Peter Wimsey). G. Lord Peter Wimsey and Bunter meet in Paris during the War and deal with their first case. Love the setting, and the first glimpse of their working relationship.

At First Sight (Diane Duane -- Young Wizards). G. Awww. Tom and Carl acquire a pet. This is just the story equivalent of a Cute Overload post.

Day of rest and gladness (Avatar: the Last Airbender). G. Speaking of cute, this story just melts me into a puddle. Warm and happy and just so right. Oh, Momo. Oh, Appa. Myfavouritethingmyfavouritething!

A Thousand Miles (Avatar: the Last Airbender). G. Avatar isn't just about the cute, though, and I really have to do a post about this amazing show sometime soon. This story broke my heart into little pieces and then glued them together again, with the help of a certain conniving and altogether admirable uncle. This is Zuko at his lowest ebb, right after the Agni Kai, and this is Iroh at his finest, and this is just how it happened. I treasure this story.

Home for the Holidays (Terry Pratchett -- Discworld) G. Worth it for Vimes' reading of 'Twas the night before Hogswatch' alone, and an excellent Pratchett voice. Lady Sybil negotiates, and Angua meets the in-laws.

Please, if you read these and like them, comment to let the authors know!
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I had just enough time this morning to get online, find my story (YAY!) and throw it into my ebook; then I got to read it on the train.

It's an Invisible Man story, and I adore it. Thank you so much, dear Yuletide Santa! *dances*

It's got all the things I love about Iman plus some things they somehow forgot to add but that we all knew were happening anyway. In fact, this should so have been part of their Christmas episode. Did I mention this has an invisible Darien stalking Hobbes while he's doing his Christmas shopping? And that it's got a great snarky Darien voice, or that those bits near the end are making my glasses fog up? Yeah. Also, the connection between Hobbes and Fawkes is my absolute favorite thing about Invisible Man, and this story just nails that.

Don't know who he thinks he's kidding. Says Bobby Hobbes doesn't do Christmas. I remind him that I did Hanukah. Tells me he has some errands to run. I say why I don't go with you and we can catch the new Bond flick when you're done? And then he pulls some dumb excuse about getting the van winterized and dropping off the dry cleaning and picking up a fifth of Chivas for The Official and a box of ass-wipes for Ebert and he doesn't know how long it's all going to take and how `bout tomorrow? Yeah, right.
Read Coito Ergo Sum (PG-13, Darien/Bobby) - and please comment on the story if you liked it!

And if you happen not to be an Iman fan - there's a THOUSAND and FIFTY-TWO multifandom stories now live on the archive, people. Holy wow. *runs off to read*
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I've updated my website with two recent Hercules snippets/short stories:

Long Day
Both of them had been up since yesterday morning.
6 Kb, rated G, written for the International Nap Day Challenge.

Five things the legends got wrong about Hercules and Iolaus.
9 Kb, rated PG, Hercules/Iolaus, written for a Five Things challenge.

plus the twelve HtLJ Livejournal icons I posted earlier this week.
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I can take a hint! I was going to work on my yuletide story *cough* but you guys made me write a snippet for Internation Nap Day about Hercules and Iolaus.

I feel soooooooo sleepy now. *yawn* Night!

(PS: thankyouagain for the LJ time and icons. Yay!)

Go read!

Nov. 29th, 2006 11:31 pm
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Very quickly, as I really really have to go sleep:

[ profile] muccamukk has a great post about one of my all-time favorite Hercules stories: Home Is Where the Heart Is by [ profile] ltlj and Kimberly Rector.

In my mind, this story supersedes most of the actual onscreen fifth season of Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, and I know I'm not the only one.
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The last of the Five Things! Yes, I slowed down a little on these. *g*
Many thanks to [ profile] aka_arduinna for beta'ing.

For [ profile] swiss_kun:

Five things that make Hercules regret being a hero )

For [ profile] elynross:

Five ways in which Sarah met Jareth again )

And [ profile] therienne gave me "Five things the legends got wrong about Hercules and Iolaus", but it wouldn't stay in the numbered list format; instead it turned into a small story.

1200 words, PG, Hercules/Iolaus.

Legendary )
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[ profile] mickeymvt posted a slashy coda to the Hercules episodes Armageddon I and II:

Gratitude, Hercules/Iolaus, rated NC-17.

It wasn't all that long ago that she was saying "But I don't write fanfic." Heh. Yay, go encourage her!

(Disclaimer: I beta'ed this. :-)
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Okay, yeah. [ profile] therienne and [ profile] cesperanza have convinced me: [ profile] sgastoryfinders is the best LJ community ever.

(The comm is for finding stories in the SGA fandom. All these stories exist, and someone somewhere is looking for them.)

rodeny can't sleep because his brian won't shut down )
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I have the Vividcon DVDs, (WOoooOO!) so at some point this week there will be vid recs. Meanwhile, there is TOO MUCH LIGHT IN THIS BAR. Hee. Seriously, you should download this, especially if you are having a bad Monday. It's a Life on Mars vid, but you don't need to know even that much. Walks! No, wait...swaggers!

And there is a miniature Labyrinth vid in that same post, which you should also download and snicker at. And then kill [ profile] absolut3destiny for claiming he made the latter in 'a few hours', because OMG. I know how hard it is to make those bloody muppets lip-synch, okay?

Right, Five Things now:

For [ profile] roo2:

Five ways Iolaus didn't die )

For [ profile] spikeface:

Five reasons Ares only wears black leather )

For [ profile] cyloran:

Five (and a half) things Captain Jack can do better than the Doctor )
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Today is a frabjumptious day, for it's [ profile] ltlj's birthday, woohoo!

By way of a birthday present, here's "Clean", a tiny, somewhat slashy Hercules and Iolaus story, rated G. Happy birthday!

Clean )
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[ profile] flambeau is writing what she calls SGA snippets. I think of snippets as something incomplete, or incomplete-feeling, but these are finished stories, and they're gems. (Disclaimer: I beta'ed both of them, but it was more the sort of beta'ing where you tell the writer the bits you liked best. There were lots. *g*)

Over the hills and far away is disturbingly funny, and she has just posted another: Suburban consumption rituals, which is just hilarious. And, um. Horrific. And hilarious! Really, not many people could pull that off. It could also work as a straight SF story, with a little tinkering, since the worldbuilding is detailed and delicious. This just made me grin like a shark.
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This is something that just won't happen in a massive fandom like SGA: someone friends you, you go to look and discover with disbelief and glee that they are writing in your fandom, OMG! About your favorite characters! Eeeee! You fall upon them, starving!

I'm talking about [ profile] cyloran, who suddenly popped up on my fannish radar, and who is writing 100 Iolaus drabbles for [ profile] drabbles100. Good drabbles, too - I particularly like The Sky Is Falling, and Just Hanging Around (scroll down a bit), with a deliciously defiant Iolaus, and Journey's End, which is one of the best descriptions of That Scene I've read.

Turns out [ profile] cyloran is a HtLJ oldtimer - she has several challenge responses and two longer stories on the Iolausian Library. Brother's Keeper and The Peacock's Eye are classic Hercules & Iolaus stories, with that appealing mix of humor, banter and sword & sorcerous adventure that made the show so much fun.

The crowd cheered their delight. Equally pleased with himself, Iolaus offered his fans an elaborate bow and a wide grin that said, 'I meant to do that!'

"Eh-HEM," grumped a voice at his feet.

Iolaus looked down. Hercules, laying flat on his back on the ground, was covered from head to toe in flower petals.

"If you don't mind?"

(from Brother's Keeper)

"Have I ever mentioned you'd be a natural at horseshoes?" asked Iolaus as he critically observed the aftermath of his friend's throw.

"I tried it once," admitted Hercules as he dusted off his hands. "When I was six. It didn't go very well."

"What'd you do, throw the horseshoes too hard and break the pole?"

"Well, no. I sort of ... broke ... the horse."

(from Peacock's Eye)
I am hugely cheered that [ profile] cyloran is here, and still writing, and working on more longer stories. Go encourage her! *eg*
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Sometimes I haunt the old Hercules sites, just to see if maybe someone has happened to write a fantastic new story, full of action and h/c and sexy bickering, and posted it there. Hey. It could happen!

And then, for my sins, I get this:

"Iolaus coated both hands with the slick stuff and began messaging the god's ass."

[ profile] flambeau: BWA
[ profile] flambeau: wouldn't he drop the phone?

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I've updated my website with the results of the drabble request meme: six Labyrinth drabbles, three Stargate: Atlantis drabbles (one of which is a crossover with Labyrinth, yes, I am insane), and one Hercules: the Legendary Journeys drabble.

I reorganized the drabble part of the site a bit, so all the HtLJ ones are now on one page. Found to my surprise that I've done 21 Hercules drabbles. I'm still pretty pleased with some of them, too. *g*
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A Hercules: the Legendary Journeys story snippet to cheer up [ profile] marinarusalka, who has the world's worst cold. Hope she's feeling better by now.

Thanks to [ profile] elynross for beta'ing, and to one of my favorite movies for providing me with a last line. *g*

Rated G, gen.

In Sickness )
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My last three drabbles for the drabble meme. Thanks to [ profile] aka_arduinna for beta and for letting me steal all her lines!

[ profile] wickedwords asked for SGA, Rodney, and 'the stuff of legends'. I may have fudged a bit on that last one, but I did put a story element in that I know she likes...*cough*

In McKay's opinion, one of Sheppard's more annoying traits )

[ profile] ltlj asked for SGA, John, and comforty.

Sheppard stared up at the medlab ceiling )

And then someone asked for SGA/Labyrinth.

drabble backstory, or, who to blame )

'Look, Major--' )
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These three drabbles belong together, so I'll post them in a row, but the first is for [ profile] marici, the second for [ profile] svmadelyn (or so she claims), and the third is for [ profile] aka_arduinna, who gets a freebie on account of being a wicked enabler and beta for the first two. *g*

Thanks to [ profile] elynross for making the third all better!

The gilt-edged paper dangled from Jareth's fingers like a dead leaf )

Sarah hunted him through the dancing throng )

As they waltzed down the long gallery for a second time )

ETA: I have one no more drabble slots! Will post the last three drabbles later - other fandoms, mainly SGA.
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- I have tickets for MirrorMask tomorrow! It's opening the Amsterdam festival for fantastic (as in fantasy and horror) film. I'm really looking forward to it.

- Rache and Sandy's SGA vid "Stress". You've probably seen it already, but I managed to hold out until I got my hands on the Escapade DVD, so it was all new to me. It's a very funny, clever vid that encapsulates Rodney perfectly, and it just fills me with glee.

- [ profile] pentapus's story Planet Megalodon Wraith Defense Force. SGA, gen, adventure story with a focus on John, Rodney and Teyla in particular. I adore this story - it's got exploration of fascinating alien worlds, terrific character voices, hurt/comfort, snark, rescues and wild escapes aplenty, plus my all time favorite plot element of 'OMG he's dead?! No, wait'. All this by a new author! And she can draw, too. We should clone her.

“Yes, yes, fine, the handheld version is designed to be more easily navigable than the stationary versions,” Rodney said and poked helpfully at one bubble in the web diagram labeled “Cool! Puddlejumper controls!” in Ancient which was when Sheppard suddenly got interested and tried to poke a bubble of his own. He got an immediate response. Sort of.

“John?” Elizabeth sounded worried, leaping out of her seat to peer across the table. Rodney might admit, later, to an instant of coldness in the chest region, but he'd probably caught a cold bug somewhere.

“Oh my,” said Zelenka.

“Huh,” Rodney said, taking back the square. “That’s funny.”

Sheppard was blinking slowly up at him from the floor, his chair rolling sedately away from where he had fallen out of it. “The hell?” Sheppard said, grabbing the edge of the table. The effects, it seemed, were extremely fleeting.

“You fainted,” Rodney said and, as an afterthought, beamed. “Try again.”

- [ profile] ltlj's Retrograde series. SGA/SG-1 crossover. AU, gen. [ profile] ltlj is one of my favorite authors in any fandom, and she is on such a roll with her SGA fic. I want to jump up and down and cheer her on. Wheee!

These stories are incredibly satisfying, plotty and rich and fun, and I'm going to be rereading them a lot, snickering to myself at all the snarky bits and angsting over the plot twists. She manages to give all the various SG-1 and SGA characters their due in a way familiar to anyone who's read When Hellmouths Collide - I haven't watched SG-1 at all, but I particularly enjoyed seeing the SGA people from Jack's and Cameron's point of view. (I didn't have a clue who this Cameron guy was, but after reading these stories he acquired a distinct, likeable personality for me.)
"Hey." O'Neill popped into the doorway suddenly. The Athosians all flinched. "You got a pair of scissors?"

John stared. "General?"

O'Neill winced and waved a hand vaguely around his head. "I gave a little girl some gum, she put it in her hair...."

"Right." John looked at Elizabeth's ransacked desk. "I...have no idea."

"I will find the girl and take care of it," Teyla said hastily.

"Oh. Good. She's the one with the--" O'Neill made another vague gesture. "You'll be able to tell."

As he headed off down the gallery, Teyla stared after him. She said, "I begin to believe that he is not doing this to disarm us."
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[ profile] astolat asked for another Labyrinth drabble (the first two are here).

Thanks to [ profile] elynross and [ profile] aka_arduinna for beta.

It was only a matter of time before Sarah got bored )

Taking a leaf from [ profile] wickedwords' book: I have 6 slots left in the drabble request meme, so if anyone wants a drabble in Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, SGA, Invisible Man or Labyrinth, please comment. You can throw words at me, or characters, or settings, or all three, and be as specific or non-specific as you like. :-)
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I offered to write drabbles, and got three takers, so clearly the rest of you are determined to make my life easy. Heee.
Thanks to the versatile [ profile] aka_arduinna for beta on all three!

[ profile] ltlj asked for a Hercules: the Legendary Journeys drabble, with a missing scene for one of her stories. I chose Home Is Where The Heart Is, because I love it so.

Nesmut sidled into the bedchamber )

[ profile] elynross asked for Labyrinth, with grown-up Sarah meeting Jareth.

The second time )

[ profile] halimede asked for Labyrinth too.

The Labyrinth is growing wild, my lady, Sir Didymus said )
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Today is [ profile] merryish's birthday. Woo! Clearly this is squid party hats and balloons time. (Why squid? I don't know either. But Merry seems like a squid party hat sort of person to me. Happy birthday! *waves rubbery tentacles*)

Two SGA stories have been posted today in her honor. Both are hilariously entertaining and possibly a little whacked. I leave the reader to draw her own conclusions.

Candygram, by [ profile] aka_arduinna.
Rating: G, preslash (McKay/Sheppard)
Summary: "Do you think it ate Colonel Sheppard?"

I don't care if you read it before. This is the new, extra-shiny illustrated version, with fantastic art by [ profile] cynicatlantis. It will brighten your day.

Oh, God! by [ profile] flambeau
Rating: PG. Characters: Dr. Chasez, Carter the marine, Sheppard, McKay, Teyla, Ronon.
Summary: Birds do it, bees do it, Rodney McKay doesn't do it, and JC Chasez, intrepid scientist, witnesses a divine intervention.

This made me snicker madly. I love the Poptarts universe, but you don't have to have read those stories at all to enjoy this one, and the focus is on Rodney. I can't say much more than that without spoiling. Just - heeeee.
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[ profile] therienne and [ profile] aka_arduinna both pointed me to this SG-1 story. Short, hilarious and insane.
When Carter finished, Jack nodded firmly and said, "Great. Keep up the good work. When you do you think you'll be--" It was probably a little sad that he had a standardized vague hand gesture that meant "back to normal."

Carter talked some more. It was a speech full of eventualities and caveats and if-then statements. After a while, Jack turned to Daniel and said, "Maybe it’d be faster if you could, you know--" Sadly, he had a standardized hand gesture for this, too. "And then come straight back down. What? It’s worked before."
Yet Another SG-1 Adventure, by [ profile] minnow1212. SG-1, gen.
marycrawford: 13 hour clock icon (rodney and ronon wildthings)
Got the link from [ profile] therienne, read it, and laughed my head off.

The Exceedingly Sad And Very Touching Story of How Dr. Elizabeth Weir Died Saving Atlantis, by lavvyan. Slash, NC-17 (though I'd rate it R at most, myself). McKay/Sheppard.

Short, mean and very very funny.
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[ profile] merryish is home from the hospital, yay! I posted this short Hercules story for her in [ profile] merrymakings, the comm created to help her recover by the Power of Fandom™. Thanks to [ profile] aka_arduinna and [ profile] flambeau for beta'ing.

Rated R. Slash, Hercules/Iolaus.

After )
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[ profile] flambeau has posted her answers to the story summary meme, where people ask you for summaries of stories you haven't actually written.

Her summaries are a joy, and also very cruel because I want to read the full stories now. And they don't exist! Woe! She makes an Eroica/Highlander crossover sound like an utterly logical match, and she has a Jeeves/Wooster story with Aunt Agatha's son Thos. in it (I die of love) and then, for SGA, she begins thus:
It took them quite a while to find the games on the Ancient database, and even longer to realize that they were games. Multi-user games, even. Rodney had written the whole subdirectory off as a manual for several different models of sailing ships that were obviously millennia out of date; it was Simpson who figured out how to set herself up as a pirate captain.
And there's more, and in various fandoms. Go read. :-)


Mar. 2nd, 2006 12:27 pm
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Even though I only hang out in the suburbs of the fandom, I have now read SGA fic where John, Rodney or both transform into:
  • dolphins
  • penguins
  • dinosaurs
  • children
  • Wraith
  • beanie babies

and the terrifying thing is that they're mostly really good stories. On crack, yes, but it's the good crack. I don't know what it is about this fandom.

I've read Moonloon and Spaggel's Rodneysaur story a number of times (and looked at the illustrations!) and it never fails to crack me up and make me go aww.
"Oh God, no. Rodney! I'm pretty sure there were no java junkies in the Jurassic. Give me that." He managed to get the jug away from Rodney thanks to glass being slipperier than socks, but the sound of Rodney's little claws screeching across it put his teeth on edge.

"Rarr!" Rodney growled, obviously not happy at all.
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Just for completeness' sake, here's a link to all of the five Things.

Five Things That Never Happened to Iolaus of Thebes
Hercules: the Legendary Journeys. Slash and gen. Rated R, mostly for part V.

on Less Than Legendary Journeys
on Mary Crawford's Vices

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