tielan: (AVG - Natasha)
Monday, September 18th, 2017 08:17 am
My fic for Franzi and Gecko's fic exchange - a small friends-oriented exchange. You would not believe how many times I rewrote this assignment before I finally settled on this story. Apparently I have sedoretu on the brain...
The Road That Leads To Home (1595 words) by tielan
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Laura Barton/Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton/Laura Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes/Natasha Romanov
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Laura Barton, Clint Barton, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie), Sedoretu
He surveys the land before them as the Wakandan plane hovers over the landscape, and Natasha tries to imagine it through his eyes.

“A farm?”

“A safehouse.” Somewhere to recover, with no lingering ghosts, with nothing to trigger his responses, even now the programming has been taken out.

The expression on his face is bleak. “And is it safe for them?”
tielan: Wonder Woman (WW - bracelets)
Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 09:42 am
One assignment, one pinch hit.

My assignment was for [archiveofourown.org profile] nasimwrites, who asked for Narnia, Cor/Aravis futurefic.

title: sons of kings, daughter of tisrocs
Aravis has renounced all else, but she cannot renounce the blood running in her veins. She is born out of the line of Tisrocs and Tarkaans, blood of Calormene rulers who have laid siege to Archenland by means both foul and fair through the ages, and she may not lay claim to Archenland’s heir.
tags: Aravis/Shasta|Cor, Aravis, Shasta | Cor, King Lune, Corin, Original Characters, Hwin.
notes: My assignment, which I left until the last minute, submitted about 4K of average fic, and over the next week wrote it into 8K of something I'm actually quite happy with. Man, trying to get the language right was difficult. As was imagining the politics of not only nationalism but also race and gender in a world that was written by a clueless white guy. I guess I pulled it off; the response appears to have been positive.


The pinch-hit was for [archiveofourown.org profile] DesertVixen who wanted a Wonder Woman/Captain America crossover.

title: Last Night I Dreamed Of Peace
Her first sight of Bucky Barnes is over the barrel of a sniper rifle in the hills to the west of Wroclaw, deep in German-occupied territory. He is young and martial then, frowning slightly as he watches the prison camp in the snowy valley below through the scope of his rifle.
Some seventy years later, Diana’s first sight of the Winter Soldier is sitting on a seat of carved stone in a tropical garden in Wakanda, leaning back so the hot sun falls across his body, the rough arm prosthetic a jarring sight in the fluid greenery of the garden.
tags:James "Bucky" Barnes/Diana Prince, Crossover, Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie)
notes: This was a mad-panic 'waiting on this story' pinch hit that I took up after I spent the week rewriting my assignment. Do you know how hard it is to confine a meeting, history, relationship, and changed world canon in under 2K with a satisfying resolution? It's HARD. Probably just as well I wrote it in four hours last Sunday night or I'd have spent a lot of emotional energy fretting about it. As it stands, I'm pretty happy with the result.

On the off-chance that someone was wondering about the unusual word I used in both (last post), it was "ablutions".
tielan: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
Monday, July 10th, 2017 08:05 am
It's a small collection this year, as usual Steve is the most-written about character with Natasha second. Somewhat surprisingly (probably due to the small sample space) Maria & Pepper friendship is in equal second place for 'relationship' along with Steve/Natasha, Loki/Steve, Loki & Steve, and Steve/Sam.

My big issue with writing AUs is always getting enough information into the story so the context is clear, while still establishing the characters. Which is one reason why my assignment got changed innumerable times and ended up coming down to the wire. *sigh*

My gift is:
title: dark side of the morning
summary: SHIELD has been infiltrated by HYDRA. Maria has a very small window of time to gather together a team she can trust to take them down before they try to destroy the world. She's also pretending to be dead, so that makes it a little more complicated. It's a good thing that she has a plan.
tags: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov (Marvel), Nick Fury, Clint Barton, Sharon Carter (Marvel), Canon AU - Maria Hill Director Of SHIELD, Canon Divergence - Post-Avengers (2012), Canon-Typical Violence
notes: It's a CA:TWS AU with Maria as Director of SHIELD and some Steve/Maria angles. It has BAMF Maria (okay, even more BAMF than usual), and all the usual suspects. Woohoo!

Some stories I rather like are:
title: don't go wasting my precious time
summary: The CEO of Stark Industries receives a visit from the Director of SHIELD. It's not a big deal. Nothing's wrong. There's no weird science or potential explosions... Yeah, right.
tags: Maria Hill & Pepper Potts, Maria Hill & Darcy Lewis, Maria Hill & Jane Foster, Jane Foster & Darcy Lewis, Darcy Lewis & Pepper Potts, Jane Foster & Pepper Potts, Maria Hill, Pepper Potts, Jane Foster (Marvel), Darcy Lewis, Special Agent Hagen, BAMF Maria Hill, Jane Foster Loves Science, Awesome Pepper Potts, Assistant Darcy Lewis, roadtrip playlists require 90's music, Mad Science, Dubious Science, Explosions, Female Friendship, who needs men?, Alternate Universe - Leverage Fusion, References to Leverage, Awesome Parker (Leverage), Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie)
notes: Lighthearted cross between a heist movie and a girls' night out.

title: Dreaming Of Dragons
summary: The army doesn’t allow women. The Dragon Corps, however, does.
tags: Peggy Carter & Daniel Sousa & Jack Thompson, Peggy Carter, Daniel Sousa, Jack Thompson, Alternate Universe - Dragons, Alternate Universe - Fantasy, BAMF Peggy Carter, Dragons
notes: I wasn't entirely sure what to expect of this. The title said "The Enchanted Forest" but the summary said "Temeraire" and the story itself is apparently taken from Tamora Pierce's ouvre.
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Monday, May 1st, 2017 01:33 pm
The sedoretu is coming along. I may have to skip Maria's "wait, wtf" scene with T'Challa, because I don't actually have enough space in this section. I'm trying to make each 'chapter' of the story ~3500 words, but so far we're at 1900 and I've just managed to introduce the complication. And Bucky has interrupted it as per the plan.

Now we need to have the conversation about Bucky and Steve, Maria and Steve, and Sharon and Steve, and then I was hoping there'd be room for T'Challa and Maria, but I'm doubtful.

After that, Natasha gives her opinion on EVERYTHING and starts trying to staunch the bleeding (metaphorically, not actually).

I guess this story is at the usual stage of "HIT THE PANIC BUTTONS, ALL RELEVANT PLOTBUNNIES TO THEIR STATIONS" given my life busyness right now and the due date for the [community profile] wipbigbang which is Mid-June (right around the same time as my quilts for the show are due; JOY).


I took a PH for a fic exchange that I can't specify because specifying it will instantly out me as the author (as though the story itself won't).

Why did I do this? Because...I don't even know why, only that I've made my situation a lot more complicated right when I don't need to.

Self? You suck.


Two fic exchange reveals (as though it wasn't immediately obvious).

[community profile] worldbuildingex

TITLE: All The Daughters Of My Father's House
SUMMARY: Lyra and Jyn Erso bouncing around a universe where the shadow of the Empire is growing longer.
CHARACTERS/PAIRINGS: Lyra Erso, Jyn Erso, Saw Gerrera, Chirrut Imwe/Baze Malbus
TAGS: Alternate Universe (canon divergence), Jedha, Lyra survives, Mother Bear, Celebrations on
NOTES: My assignment asked for "rogue one: give me those ladies *grabby hands* i’m super interested in the structure of the rebel alliance as well as seeing women in positions of power/getting to tell their stories *cough*lyra*cough*. alternatively, my gay azn fathers. (tell me about the jedi temple! and chirrut’s relationship with it! and chirrut/baze ofc)". There were two more chapters planned, where Lyra goes to the Rebel Alliance and tries to keep Jyn from becoming a child soldier, but I didn't get to them. The worldbuilding for Alderaan academical structures was just a little more than my brain could take at the time.

It wasn't particularly well received, but then, it's not a particularly stellar story, IMO.

My [community profile] smutswap was immediately identifiable:

TITLE: Trust Tease
SUMMARY: Going slow, going deep, playing games with someone you trust with your body and your vulnerabilities.
CHARACTERS/PAIRINGS: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Thor (cameo)
TAGS: Smut, Oral Sex, Multiple Orgasms, Fucked Raw, Sex
NOTES: I had [personal profile] sunspot on my treats list anyway, because I never get assigned the Maria/Steve prompts...and lo and behold, I got assigned to them! So I wrote smut. It's very vanilla smut at this point, although they discuss/negotiate kink for later times, and I was planning to write the later times, only again, the due date defeated me.

I got a bit of flak on this one for forgetting that it was smut and labelling it 'G', which then had a whole bunch of people clicking on the story to check that I hadn't signed up for a smut swap and then written non-smut. However, I found it somewhat amusing that someone on FFA apparently gathered their courage, closed their eyes, and searched for oral sex in the story - OMG THE HET SEX IT BURNS MY EYEN!


Otherwise, April was spent in Camp NaNo trying to write original fiction - back to the Shadowkids again. I have the structure, I just have to concentrate enough to write it, dammit.

So May: write fic, make quilts, seek job, get winter garden in, score goals for hockey, cook for self...
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, November 18th, 2016 05:59 pm
Series: sharp Evening stars and bright Morning flame
Characters/Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Bucky Barnes, Maria Hill/Natasha Romanoff, Steve Rogers/Maria Hill, Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers.
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 10621
Warnings: Choose Not To Warn
A sedoretu is a four-person marriage, an intricate mesh of six dynamics - sexual and non-sexual - between Morning man, Evening woman, Morning woman, and Evening Man, a bond of delicate trust.

When Steve Rogers makes Bucky Barnes a promise at age sixteen, he doesn't know that he'll be keeping it at age ninety-six.

When Bucky Barnes meets Natasha Romanoff in the course of their work at the KGB, he won't remember her for another seven years.

When Natasha Romanoff encounters Maria Hill in SHIELD, she isn't thinking of desire or fondness, only of trust - and that it's the first time she's been allowed the choice.

When Maria Hill lets Steve Rogers climb into her bed, she can't imagine the fall - but love is more than sex and emotions, a hard and sometimes lonely road to walk.

When a sedoretu consists of Captain America, the former Deputy Director of SHIELD, the Black Widow, and the Winter Soldier, things are bound to get downright complicated...
Notes: I started this series with the intent of writing eight short-ish stories, and then discovered it was actually going to be one prologue, six stories, and one EPIC FINALE. I’d written the prologue and the first of the six stories when the Marvel Bang came up, and wrote the remaining five of the six stories as my challenge.

The link above takes you to the series on AO3.

I was assigned two artists for the [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang ([livejournal.com profile] flipflop_diva and [livejournal.com profile] sandrasfisher), but I also commissioned Jiinsy Designs to make some art for some of the stories, because I had some money at the time and she was looking for commissions.

The EPIC FINALE is still a bunch of notes and 3K of Steve jealousy. I hope to get around to it before Christmas...
tielan: Hulk angry (AVG - wtf)
Thursday, August 25th, 2016 09:02 am
I received one fic, and wrote three:

My gift was:
accustom the eye to calmness by [archiveofourown.org profile] syllic: It's Pacific Rim: Stacker, Mako, and their first meeting from Stacker's POV rather than Mako's.

Go read it, it's sweet, simple, and uncomplicated. Sometimes you just want that.

My assignment was for [profile] crossing_hades | [archiveofourown.org profile] Persephones_Keeper (we seem to be meeting a lot in ficathons; can't imagine why...)

I ended up writing two stories, because I started writing one and posted it, but decided I didn't like it, so I wrote another one. Then I ended up rewriting the original one to be better, and now I'm pretty happy with both.
title: The Older Brother
summary: A parent should never have favourites.
relationships: Nick Fury & Maria Hill, Nick Fury & Natasha Romanoff, Nick FUry & Peggy Carter
characters: Nick Fury, Peggy Carter, Maria Hill, Natasha Romanoff
warnings: None
ratings: PG-13
notes: A retelling of The Prodigal Son, from a different angle. Or: most people don't care about the ones who do the duty; but good parents don't have favourites - just children they love in different ways, for different reasons. I'm not sure fandom actually gets this.

title: Fall In, Fallout
summary: "Sometimes it’s not being the only brother that makes the difference. Sometimes it's the company you fall in with. Caterpillars and all."
relationships: Nick Fury & Gabe Jones, Gabe Jones & Dum Dum Dugan
characters: Nick Fury, Gabe Jones, Dum Dum Dugan
warnings: Use of a time-period accurate slur.
ratings: PG-13
notes: I don't generally read Nick-focused fic, so I don't know how most people look at his background/upbringing. However, given SLJ's age, Nick would have been among the first generation post-Civil Rights, which I thought was worth addressing - and glimpsing, as a sideline, how Gabe Jones got through the 40s and 50s as a black American hero, and member of the Howling Commandos.

And a pinch-hit.
title: Frayed Edges
summary: It’s one thing to know that Steve would go to the wall for Bucky Barnes – hell, isn't that what Sam’s been doing hanging around with Steve for the last two years? It’s another to believe he’d do the same for Sam.
relationships: Sam Wilson & Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson & Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson & Maria Hill
characters: Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Bucky Barnes, various other Avengers
warnings: None
ratings: PG-13
notes: Like the rest of fandom, I tend to write Sam in as the helper and counsellor character, and I wanted to avoid that in this fic - particularly in light of several Tumblr posts pointing out how damaging it is to write 'perfect' black people, there to help the 'damaged' white people (where the stories naturally focus on the damaged whites and how they reach resolution).

I don't think it's quite what the recipient wanted - she actually requested Steve/Bucky/Sam and c/p'd her Steve/Bucky prompts from Smut Swap, just asking to insert Sam at the top. *shrug* This was what I had in me, and I'm kind of glad to have written it.

Now, I'm frantically trying to finish [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang: 7241/8000 (the minimum), to be handed in by tonight... And then I have to hope I get someone to do art who actually likes Maria, which I suspect is going to be an exercise in futility...
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Monday, August 8th, 2016 11:38 am
A lot of remixes that came out all at once! And the RemixMe and FemmeRemix were due pretty much within days of each other, which made things a little crazy while I was on holidays...

MCU Rolling Remix

title: there is no in-between (fight the good fight remix)
summary: We’d rather have you with us, than against us, Peggy Carter told her after Madripoor. At the time, Maria thought it foolish flattery – appreciated it, sure, but it was a sweetener, not the truth. Then again, she’s now Deputy Director of S.H.I.E.L.D, so it seems the former Director was right.
tags: Maria Hill & Peggy Carter, Maria Hill & Clint Barton, Maria Hill & Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Steve Rogers, Clint Barton, Peggy Carter, Melinda May, Backstory, Friendship, Parallels.
notes: Okay, so I seriously twisted the story around so that I could shoehorn Maria into the plot, because the original story didn't even mention her and, well, I knew that if I didn't rectify that, she wouldn't get mentioned for the rest of the remix. But apparently I spearheaded the charge into 'Team SHIELD' territory? At last according to the MCU Rolling Remix Masterlist. So, it's interesting to see where people took the original story and how they interpreted it.
original: Between The Wars by [archiveofourown.org profile] MarnaNightingale


fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel the Series
title: Dust From A Distant Sun (the Hellburned remix)
summary: Kate was never the kind to lie to herself. She picks the corner table because it means she can keep an eye on everything in the bar – and it’s definitely an everything kind of bar.
tags: Kate Lockley, Dawn Summers, Walk Into A Bar, Post-Series, Not comics compliant
notes: I had a brief panic attack when I saw my assignment, because the characters weren't my usual ones, then I got a grip and started writing. I think it turned out okay, even if it wasn't quite the story I wanted to tell ("a ghost, a cop, and the Key walk into a bar - and it ain't no joke").
original: Sunfaded by [archiveofourown.org profile] shobogan

fandom: MCU
title: holding onto what I haven't got (the sitting in an empty room remix)
summary: The hardest part of ending is starting up again.
tags: Natasha Romanoff & Maria Hill, Peggy Carter & Maria Hill, Steve Rogers & Maria Hill, Peggy Carter, Natasha Romanoff, Clint Barton, Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Sam Wilson, Wanda Maximoff, Soul-Searching, Natasha Romanov Is a Good Bro
notes: This came to me as a PH since the recipient has boasted that they don't kudos or comment on their gifts, and the person assigned them found this out and promptly deflated, quite understandably.
original: just a voice like a riot by [archiveofourown.org profile] meatball42

Remix Me

fandom: Angel the Series
title: Watcher, Resurrected (the Ascending Tartarus Remix)
summary: A lot can happen between death and re-life.
tags: Faith Lehane, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Lorne | Krevlornswath, Dawn Summers
notes: It was a little surprising to end up writing two Buffy&Angel remixes after such a long time since being in the fandom. But, yeah. This was seriously abbreviated from what I felt should be an EPIC STORY about the end of the world. (Again!) I really liked the idea of time having passed and the world of the Watchers and Slayers being very different to how it was at the time that the shows ended, but I was out of time.
original: Ascending Tartarus by [archiveofourown.org profile] Persephones_Keeper
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Monday, August 1st, 2016 07:41 am
So, it's been a week of Remixes live for me.

1. Remix Me 2016: a story-specific remix, where we submitted stories to remix, and someone picked one of our stories out to remix.

The remix of my story is amazing! The original is "And Miles To Go Before I Sleep" with a Stacker Pentecost focus, but its remix "See Me Stopping Here (a remix from away)" has done more than I would ever have asked for!

2. [community profile] femmeremix: AO3 Archive: a female-character centric remix. I wrote two stories - one assignment, one pinch hit, and while neither are brilliant, they're sufficient unto the day thereof. :)

3. MCU Rolling Remix 2016: The idea of this was that one person would write a story, then the next person would receive the story and remix it. The person after that would remix that story, and so on. So it's a chain of remixes, all down the line.

If you can guess any of the ones I wrote, then...you're doing pretty well, I think!


Finally, my fics for the Franzi and Gecko's Friends Write For Each Other exchange were:

title: still in it for the fight
summary: Anyone with any sense knows that the media storm around Mako Mori and Raleigh Becket is going to be a hurricane; their friends are mostly just hoping that the PPDC's newest pilot pairing don't capsize in the middle of it all.
tags: Raleigh Becket/Mako Mori, Alison Choi/Tendo Choi, Sergio D'onofrio/Caitlin Lightcap, Mako Mori, Raleigh Becket, Vanessa Gottlieb, Alison Choi, Tendo Choi, Sergio D'onofrio, Caitlin Lightcap, Hercules Hansen, POV Outsider
notes: I haven't written Mako/Raleigh in quite a while, so this was kind of a challenge.

title: Only Half Barton
summary: Lila Barton is bored.
tags: Lila Barton, Cooper Barton, Siblings, Kids say the darndest things, Before Dawn They're Your Children, parenting is hard, Post-Captain America: Civil War (Movie)
notes: A fun little bit that I developed after a conversation in YT chat. :D

title: weapon of choice
summary: She’s sharp and cold as the rocks of the Austrian Alps, a knife of a woman from the precise click of her bootheels across the institution floor to the icy condemnation of her gaze as it rests on Steve.
tags: Maria Hill & Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Steve Rogers
notes: Quite a few people asked for Maria or Maria/Steve, unfortunately, I only just squeaked in my assigned fic, and was trying to write my Remix fics (all three of them) at the time, so I didn't manage to do more than just one ficlet. Which I think is a bit of a pity...
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, February 26th, 2016 01:12 pm
TITLE: a practical acquaintance with bees (Part 1)
SUMMARY: The price of being the best is to always be the best, and sooner or later, the universe catches up. Maria Hill learns this the only way she knows how: one day at a time.
TAGS: Maria-centric, Maria/Steve, pre-Cap2:TWS, cast of thousands
NOTES: The Maria Hill epic I've been threatening for the last three and a half years. Still only half-complete, but at a decent resting point, with more to come.
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 10:58 am
Are you involved in [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon? Maybe think about producing something and posting/linking there?

I've gotten a bit distracted in the last day - haven't been able to put up the post for the LJ and DW comm - maybe at lunch today. And I have to finish off the Day10-Day14 graphics.

So damn tired.

Some fic:
Pre And Post
MCU: Maria/Steve
There are places Maria would rather be at 0200 hours – such as with Steve, and places she would much rather not be at 0200 hours – such as her office. Tonight, she’s managed both which should technically balance it out. Technically.
Next chapter in my Meeting Halfway series, which has been on a break for 18 months...

The Goddamned Batman
MCU: Maria, Melinda
In Maria's opinion, a prank that requires someone else to clean up after you isn't a prank; it's a dick move.
For Halfamoon Challenge - Women Being Awesome

Unexpected And Deadly
PacRim: Mako Mori & the women
She remembers her mother dampening her hair, then brushing it out to fall just so.
For Halfamoon Challenge - Choices

Gardens And Guys Next Door
MCU AU: Maria/Steve, Natasha
Maria personally finds it awkward to be perving on the neighbour.
The sequel to "Men and Mailboxes"

Trouble In Twos
MCU AU: Maria, Tony, Peggy, Angie
There’s a kid sitting on the stairs of the DC brownstone when Tony rocks up. Maybe six or seven, in a pink Rainbow Brite tee-shirt, clutching a Cabbage Patch Doll under one arm. But her expression is decades older – an old lady staring at him out of a little girl's eyes.
Someone wanted an AU where Tony and Maria grow up as siblings.
tielan: (books - shiny)
Friday, January 1st, 2016 11:34 am
So now that Yuletide has been revealed, these are my four gift-fics for the 2015 Season:

Yuletide Assignment

fandom: Mad Max: Fury Road
title: The Road To Legend
summary: Fair go, whisper the eddy currents, stirring the sands. Not easy pickings, but a fair go.
rating: PG-13
characters/pairings: Furiosa, Capable, The Dag, Corpus Colossus, Toast The Knowing, Cheedo The Fragile, Max Rockatansky
tags: Post-Movie(s), Slice of Life, Misses Clause Challenge

This was my assignment, and I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. It worked out pretty well, I think, but wasn't very popular. Someone else had written a better, more detailed version of this story, and their work was more recently posted (mine was the first Mad Max Fury Road fic posted in the YT challenge) and so by the time people got around to reading it (if they did), they were 'eh, not as good'.

Yuletide Pinch-Hit

fandom: Tokyo Crazy Paradise
title: Magnet And Steel
summary: The boy he used to be trapped her into service; the man he is becoming wants her to stay of her own desire.
rating: PG-13
characters/pairings: Shirogami Ryuji/Kozuki Tsukasa, Shirogami Ryuji, Kozuki Tsukasa, Shibuya (Tokyo Crazy Paradise)

Until two days ago (when someone posted three little ficlets), I had written the only two fics in this fandom on AO3. And, yes, last years YT Madness ficlet "Chrysalis" connects with this YT assignment fic "Magnet and Steel". I nearly linked the two, but decided, no, I wouldn't. I did anon Chrysalis after I posted, though. Just in case.

This was kind of fun to write - I've had some little bitty plot bits and pieces here and there for this manga ever since I read it back in...oh, 2009? Writing last year's Madness ficlet and this year's pinch hit forced me to actually complete them.

I guess I'll have to actually write the story where Tsukasa climbs into Ryuji's bed as an acceptance of their relationship, won't I?

Maybe next Yuletide....

Pacific Rim Secret Santa

title: together we are not optional
summary: Co-pilots, after the Drift.
rating: PG-13
characters/pairings: Mako/Raleigh, Caitlin Lightcap/Sergio D'Onofrio, Mako, Raleigh, Herc, Caitlin, Sergio
tags: relationship, love, friends, angst, fluff

The request was for Caitlin/Sergio taking Mako/Raleigh in during the holiday season. But the movie happens at the start of the new year, so the next 'holiday season' would be the Lunar New Year - which, given the strong focus of PR on the Asian countries, would be perfect.

However, there was the small issue of actually getting Mako and Raleigh together first. I've wanted to address the issue of previous sexual partners before in fic, particularly since I could write either Mako or Raleigh as ace, but since they have such a lovely respectful relationship, I really prefer them as het - and hot for each other, but working out how the whole issue of boundaries works.

So Part 1 is them getting together, and Part 2 is them working out how to balance it all in the midst of the crazy publicity that would be post-Pitfall in the Jaeger program. It's a very simple piece, which is just as well, because the Captain Hill Secret Santa was kind of crazymaking.

Captain Hill Secret Santa

title: Personal Is Not The Same As Important
summary: Personal is not the same as important. Maria Hill and Steve Rogers understand this far too well.
rating: M - canon-standard violence, flashbacks of physiological and mental torture.
characters/pairings: Maria/Steve, Maria, Steve, Rhodey, Akela Amador, Cameron Klein (Technician Guy), Melinda May's Mom, Original Male Character...and then we get into cameo territory, which is Pepper Potts, Nick Fury, Natasha, Sam, Vision, Wanda...
tags: Civil War (Marvel), Angst Action/Adventure, Happy Ending, Aftermath of Torture, Psychological Torture

Oh look, it's yet another Maria-in-Civil-War fic. Actually, the recip was a late entry into the Secret Santa. So I gave her my assignment and took hers on instead - and she wanted something that dealt with MCU Civil War. This was the short version and the happy-ending version. (Seriously, the long version involved a trip to Asgard, Maria picking up the Hammer, and ending up holding the universe together while pregnant with Steve's child to stave off Ragnarok. And it was angsty as hell, in case you couldn't tell.)

So, I wrote the Civil War section of the fic. Which featured Maria being awesome, because this is me and this is Maria Hill. And then, because there was no way that Maria was just going to forgive Steve and take him back...it turned into a two parter. With a side of torture and psychological angst, because it's kind of fun putting Steve through the emotional wringer. I was writing the penultimate scene when I realised the connection between the two (sometimes my brain does this; I'm writing something without quite knowing where it's going, and then BANG the connection to the beginning is there and it is Very Good) and then it was tea and happy endings.


So that was my 2015 Christmas Season.

Now to do the Year In Fic list... Sheesh.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 03:07 pm
Two fics for [livejournal.com profile] not_primetime:

TITLE: Keep Calm And Curbstomp HYDRA
SUMMARY: Maria Hill is not known as a people person.
TAGS: Maria Hill, Character Study, Post-Cap 2, Maria Hill is a BAMF.
NOTES: My assignment for [personal profile] rmc28 (who reliably asks for Maria). A sequel of sorts to 'Keep Calm And Carry On'. The 3rd story in the series will be post-AoU and is presently called 'Keep Calm And Manage Mayhem'.

TITLE: In The Shadow Of Superheroes
SUMMARY: Against the bright screens displaying the work of one of the most sophisticated – and secret – computer networks Fury could slide under the books at S.H.I.E.L.D – she looks small and dark, the merest shadow player in a game big enough to swallow the world whole.
TAGS: Maria Hill, Clint Barton, Laura Barton.
NOTES: A treat for [profile] jena Another of my attempts to level Maria's absence from the MCU Civil War. (Basically, you're going to get a lot of fic out of it, because I want as many of these ideas out before I get fully and finally jossed (russo'd?) by Cap3.

TITLE: Close Enough
SUMMARY: His job, then, is to put her on notice: message received, mission accepted – and then to return fire in kind.
TAGS: Maria/Steve, Meet Ugly, Sexual Innuendo.
NOTES: Tumblr has a 'meet ugly' set of prompts, which I guess are the counterpoint to the "meet cute" where couples bump into each other doing cute things like walking dogs or ordering coffee. As [livejournal.com profile] alphaflyer pointed out, they're not exactly ugly meetings, just a little less cutesy. Yes, [livejournal.com profile] geckoholic, you are on a site where people fuck fruit...

TITLE: Reborn of Ice And Fire
SUMMARY: The first time, Steve dies in ice. The second time, he dies in fire.
TAGS: Steve Rogers, Character Study, Steve/Maria, Maria Hill, Bucky Barnes, Natasha Romanoff
NOTES: Oh, look, it's another fic of Steve & Maria in Civil War... (I'm not kidding, you're going to be tired of them by the time the movie actually gets here.)
tielan: (PacRim - Mako)
Sunday, July 5th, 2015 08:53 am
new ficlet: The Tools To Hand
Civil War, the way it won't play out. Because Maria Hill. (*grumbles*)

Sometimes I feel like Hollywood, its producers and writers and directors and bigwigs all need to be told "step away from the franchise and let someone else take up the helm with new ideas". And no, the audience won't love those new ideas to start with (witness all the whinging about Mad Max: Fury Road) but a new batch of audience will go "gimme more!" And a large batch of the old audience will go: "hey, that looks interesting, I'd like to see where they're going with this."


Garden thoughts )


hockey )

Anyway, today:

- change of clothes for after hockey
- dress pattern and dress fabric for sewing group
- matching thread for dress pattern/fabric
- sharp scissors
- handsewing and bits for cutting
- a plan for the hexie flowers I'm making for a swap
- sewing machine (of course)

The reason I'm making this list here and not going off and putting it all together right now is because I have a cute, warm cat in my lap and I'm a horrendous sucker and can't quite bring myself to move her...
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 04:35 pm
So, I wrote two fics - one assignment, one treat.

They're pretty obvious when all's said and done.

Shiny And Dark
He doesn't kiss and tell; that's how he got this assignment.

This was my assignment for [livejournal.com profile] toucanpie and I'm not entirely happy with it. It's a Maria/Steve, BDSM World AU - namely, everyone has an orientation whether it's public or private - but still set pretty much in the Intelligence world of SHIELD/MCU. I wrote an extra 2K of sex, but I wasn't entirely convinced that it worked in the context of the story. (Yes, yes, I know, context of story is basically THEY HAVE SEX, but I wanted a something a little more and it's not quite.)

There were other options - the ones that interested me most were Canon AU – Prisoner(s)/Test Subject(s) of SHIELD and Canon AU - Role Reversal, and a possible Skye/Ward AU - Jaegers idea, but I couldn't complete those in time. I will, however. I think they would have been better options.

And the Role Reversal one was going to feature an ace Steve Rogers for [personal profile] beatrice_otter, but, yeah, didn't happen. (Sorry, hon.)


Between Destiny And Love
Maria Hill meets Clint Barton on her first mission as a full-fledged SHIELD agent, reared, geared, and ready to rumble. He walks with a swagger as most male operatives do, and she prepares to be paternalised as most female operatives are.
Sometimes love is complicated.

Pairings are Maria/Clint, Maria/Steve, and Clint/Laura. Plus, it's a Soulmarks AU, Age of Ultron compliant, and there's no cheating.

So, I'm skimming through the treats spreadsheet, basically looking to treat anyone who asked for Maria as a character. The shortlist is short, because most participants like Maria - only not that much.

And [livejournal.com profile] scribble_myname's request pops up - except she's asked for Maria/Clint which isn't one of my pairings and Clint's paired up in canon already...and then somehow, my brain comes up with the idea of "what if Maria and Clint are soulmates that can't be together?" And next thing I know, I'm 2.5K in and cursing this bunny which has invaded my brain.

I'm pretty satisfied with this one.


In spite of the generally tawdry treatment of Soulmark AUs, I'm deciding I rather like them, but not your straight up 'find your mate, live happily ever after' type; the kind that have complications and twists and maybe a little bit of heartache (but still a happy ending).

I also started a Soulmarks AU for [livejournal.com profile] galfridian because she asked for Maria/Steve, and I would have liked to write a Black Jewels AU for [livejournal.com profile] hiddencait because she was the only other person to ask for Black Jewels AU - even if I have no idea how to work Bucky/Jemma into it, but, alas, time...
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Monday, May 4th, 2015 10:47 pm
[community profile] space_swap pinch-hit: Augment (Young Wizards)

Not as detailed as I wanted it to be: I had too many ideas and they all pulled in different directions - or required rather more time than I had to give it. And it was tricksy and difficult and awful and...

It's good enough, but not brilliant. I feel like it needs a jolly good sand and polish. *grumps*

Still, in the end, the recip liked it. So, small and very grateful mercies!

[livejournal.com profile] ship_swap: Gravity's A Bitch (Pacific Rim)

I wrote this pairing once before, and while I like it and the sex is hot, I'm just not that into white males sexing each other. It's not that I dislike white males, I just think female characters are more interesting. (And the feminist in me insists that it's more important to stretch the boundaries for women than to retread the comfort zones for men. Plus, I have the emotional and psychological wherewithal to do so, as well as the will and desire, which I gather a lot of female authors don't.)

It's really just a scene in a bigger emotional picture. Believe it or not, there's enough a plot and a psychological profile behind the sequence. I put it off and put it off and put it off, and in the end, just finished the scene, polished it off, and put it out there.

Better than nothing, although I think it was the recip's "emergency fandom" - "break glass in case of lack of matches" - and it wasn't quite what she was hoping for. (All her other requests were for a single fandom with multiple branches - think Marvel comics.)


Other fics I have committed in the last couple of weeks:

The Odd Couple - Maria/Steve, Maria&Sam, Steve&Sam, post-AoU. WIP - 1/5. Or how a changed outlook on his life gives Steve new options.

People We Are Not - Clint & Natasha, Clint & other, with an intent to portend Clint/Natasha. Basically a fix-it (alternate universe?) for AoU. WIP - 1/2, although reads as complete.

Maybe Why - Maria/Steve, post-AoU. Comment fic for [livejournal.com profile] scribble_myname. A little mood piece - a quiet moment of interaction and intimacy.

Once Worshipped - Maria & Thor & kitten. Comment fic for [livejournal.com profile] geckoholic. Pretty much complete fluff.

His Mother's Son - original character, Maria, Steve, background Maria/Steve. I had a trope bingo square. And I started writing it. And somewhere along the way, this story happened.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 04:04 pm
sacrifice the queen
Sometimes wars are fought in words, sometimes they’re fought in subversion, sometimes they’re simply fought in carefully measured resistance.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 06:39 pm
The MCU Ladies Exchange is live! (And full of wonderful, wonderful stories.)

My recipient didn't leave me that much to work with in the beginning, and then defaulted (with silence) anyway. Nevertheless, this gave me a good opportunity to finish a fic that's been hanging around for about six months:

A Question Of Loyalty
Summary: Who is Maria Hill loyal to? (The answer is worth fifteen years, and takes some time to explain.)
Relationships: Maria Hill & Peggy Carter, Maria Hill & Original Female Character, Maria Hill & Phil Coulson, Maria Hill & Melinda May, Maria Hill & Natasha Romanoff, Maria Hill & Steve Rogers, Maria Hill & Pepper Potts, Maria Hill & Nick Fury
Characters: Maria Hill, Peggy Carter, Phil Coulson, Melinda May, Natasha Romanoff, Nick Fury, Steve Rogers, Pepper Potts, Original Female Character, Alexander Pierce
Additional Tags: Character Study, Friendship, Loyalty, What Makes Her Tick, Backstory, Post-Movie(s), Implied/Referenced Child Abuse

The MCU Ladies Treat Collection will go live at some point in the next 24 hours. If you're able to write a ficlet or prompt, please do!
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Thursday, February 26th, 2015 10:21 am
TITLE: No Fate
SUMMARY: This is not about their soulmarks. It never was.
PAIRING: Maria/Steve
CHARACTERS: Maria, Steve, Doc Fine, Sharon Carter, Melinda May, Skye, Bucky, Natasha Romanoff, Tony Stark
WARNINGS: childhood trauma (non-sexual)
NOTES: For the Trope Bingo square 'soulmates/soulmarks'. Inverted somewhat, and pokes a bit at the whole idea of One Person Bound To You Forever And Ever.

TITLE: Steve Rogers And The Inappropriate
SUMMARY: Kneeling is taking his mind off all the things he’s not doing. Mostly because his Inappropriate is filling his mind full of the things he could do while kneeling to Lieutenant Hill – assuming she didn’t punch him for it.
PAIRING: Maria/Steve
CHARACTERS: Steve Rogers, Maria Hill
NOTES: Part of me looks at that title and thinks "the inappropriate what?" But the idea of The Inappropriate comes from an advert that was seen around Sydney for a while, featuring fruit drink and...oh, I don't even remember what it was. Some CGI'd cutesy creature that was your Fantastic or your Impolite or your Something You're Not Supposed To Let Out In Public. What am I saying? IDEK.

For [community profile] pbam - Porn Battle Golden Oldies: PB15 prompt 'Steve/Maria, carpet'. I was hoping to write a sequel, but I don't think it'll get done before the PB ends.

TITLE: The Compressed Sense Of Eternity
SUMMARY: He wanted their first time to be slow and easy between the sheets so they could take the time to learn each other and how they fit together.
PAIRING: Mako/Raleigh
CHARACTERS: Raleigh Becket, Mako Mori
NOTES: For [community profile] pbam - Porn Battle Golden Oldies: PB15 prompt 'Mako/Raleigh, blue, smile'.
tielan: (PacRim - Mako)
Thursday, January 1st, 2015 01:22 pm
1. Pacific Rim Secret Santa (AO3)
fic: Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel (Only Different)
summary: "If an intelligent mind can reside in a body like mine, I see no reason that an intelligent mind cannot reside in a body like yours. Others may sum us by our physical characteristics – I the cripple, you the beauty – but we are more."
what: Hermann/Vanessa, pre-movie

2. Pacific Rim Secret Santa (Tumblr)
fic: to strengthen whilst one stands
summary: Family is not an important thing; it is everything. ~ Michael J Fox ~
what: Mako & Stacker, pre-canon (during the Tales From Year Zero comic)

3. Captain Hill Secret Santa (Tumblr)
fic: deep as the scar that's under my skin
summary: The stakes are higher than friendship - in more ways than one.
what: Steve/Maria, relationship