Welcome to my pasture for plot-bunnies.
This is where I put plot-bunnies that I have no intention of developing further, either because the muse left or (more likely) because I just don't have the time. They are all free to a good (or a bad, or ambivalent) home. If one of these happens to pounce upon you and force you write it, then awesome! Let me know so that I can read whatever you've written, but you don't need to ask permission or even tell me, if you don't want to.
If you leave a comment on any of the plot-bunnies with a further development, I'll likely respond in kind.8/25/13 update: Blanket Permission
: This feel a bit self-aggrandizing, but on the off chance that there are people who will use this, I hereby give blanket permission for anyone to post translations, art, podfic, art, mixes, remixes, sequels, prequels, side stories, or any other type of transformative variation on any of my work, not just the released plot-bunnies, but any of my work posted on FF.net
or anywhere else it winds up. My one request (not a demand, just a request) is that you send me a link so that I can appreciate your creation.
I am once more back to reading a bunch of The Sentinel AUs around the idea that of what if Sentinels and Guides were a known thing. And it occurred to me that pretty much all of the stories have Sentinels as the primary powerful individual and the Guides as their support, to help them achieve all they can achieve and all that. Power dynamics and social situations vary, story by story, but the focus remains on the Sentinels.
But what about the reverse: There are these Guides, who just think outside the box and trail blaze new paths for whole populations and are destined to achieve great things if they can just survive long enough and avoid assassination by the power structures who don't want any new paths cleared.
And Guides just get themselves into so much trouble and the Sentinels are the ones who find them and imprint on them and become their body guards and their war leaders.
And so of course Daniel Jackson is a Guide, even though he's depressed and doesn't think he'll be able to change society because he got laughed out of academia; and Jack O'Neill is a Sentinel who thought he'd found his purpose in the military and lost it with his family. But then they meet and go through the Stargate and now Daniel doesn't even care about the whole Guide thing because he's too busy actually accomplishing amazing things and meeting amazing people to care about some stupid destiny marker or whatever. And Jack is scrambling behind him to keep him protected and going, come on, I'm your Sentinel I need to keep you safe, please stop throwing yourself into danger!
And Sam and Teal'c kind of look at this dynamic and are like, wow, Jack, you are not going to accomplish protecting that guide on your own. So, I guess you now have a team to help you with that because he's a guide that's a guide.
Meanwhile, Rodney McKay is a Guide who thinks any Sentinel within his immediate vicinity should be making sure he's safe and any Sentinel outside of his immediate vicinity is out of sight and out of mind.
And John Sheppard, who has always had mixed feelings about his Sentinel status because his father wanted him attached to an ambassador or politician, and he liked his freedom too much to want to be tied to a single person, finds himself just enthralled with Rodney who is accomplishing what no one else can do and manages to be super demanding and super accommodating at the same time to all of John's issues.
Despite the real world being really pretty terrible in a variety of different ways (my country, my family, and my body have all taken serious damage recently), I realized that I've actually written a number of fanfic that I forgot to post about here.
So, to catch up: A Lever and a Place to Stand
John doesn’t use his magic… except this once: Sherlock will live!Lone Wolf and Alpha
Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs sequel to: Leah's Happy Endingsummary:
Leah was far from the only female werewolf in a bad situation. They too get their chance at happiness.What Happens in Budapest... Comes Home to Roost
Avengers, Marvel Cinematic Universesummary:
Found family and unexpected allies, monsters that needed killing and recovering from brainwashing, … yeah, the New York alien invasion really did remind Natasha of Budapest.this is unexpected
a self-indulgent response to the many, wonderful time-travel Star Wars stories that send a more experienced and more knowledgeable Obi-Wan Kenobi back in time to change the many tragedies to comeEverybody Lies
James Bond movies (Spectre specifically) and BBC's Sherlock summary:
"Spectre" made a lot more sense once I considered: what if all the characters are lying?
Denbigh and Oberhauser, Bond and Mallory, and most certainly Q. Everybody. Mycroft Holmes is not best pleased.The Angel of Hell's Kitchen
Foggy struggles to come to terms with discovering his friend Matt is the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, and in the meantime, life happens.
“It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog.” -- Joseph Conrad
plus two illustrations I did, inspired by two other fanfic that I've read and enjoyed a great deal: Tyrant Queen of Mutant Ninja Were-Lemurs
Avatar, the Last Airbender, alternate universedescription:
in Chapter 6 of Kryal's amazing fic, The Dragon-King's Temple, Sokka is worried about what could have happened to Toph, since even if she was attacked by mutant ninja were-lemurs, she would just kick their butts and be taken back to their lair to become their queen, and the world just wasn’t ready for Toph, Tyrant Queen of Mutant Ninja Were-Lemurs. And so this happened.inspired by: The Dragon-King's Temple
by Kryalfandom of inspiration fic:
Avatar the Last Airbender and Stargate SG1summary of inspirational fic:
Through the spite of the spirits or plain rotten chance, a door that would have been better left untouched has opened. On the other hand, with Fire and Earth as one's allies, sometimes escaping is the easy part.
Even the Dragon-King's temple floods.Raincloud, the Rabbit of Caerbannog
The picture that Sephiroth took of Raincloud, the Rabbit of Caerbannog, in Chapter 22 of Off the Line by esamainspired by: Off the Line
fandom of inspirational fic:
Final Fantasy VIIsummary of inspirational fic:
In which Cloud gets a Virtual Reality Dream Console – ShinRa's latest in virtual reality technology. Aaand everything pretty much goes downhill from there.
Real life has been draining enough that I've largely reverted to fandom lurking even more than previously. (which is saying something, because previous levels of activity were not setting the bar very high.) And I've been reading a lot of really self-indulgent stuff that, for me, includes a lot of fanfic of the Sentinels & Guides Are Known AUs
Of course, there's no escaping rabid plot-bunnies when reading that much of a single topic area, at least not for me.
And thus I have a plot-bunny for a Stargate Atlantis fanfic set in the type of Sentinels & Guides are known and have various legal protections AU.
The idea starts with the standard trope of:
Rodney McKay is a Sentinel who doesn't think he should need a Guide and John Sheppard is a Guide who's been hiding his status in order to maintain his military position
However, it turns out that McKay is right, that he doesn't really need a Sentinel because:
1. he's very careful (and vocal) about policing his own allergies
2. the things he works on are so massive or so infintesimal that not even he could see them with physical senses anyway, so there's no need to push his senses since he's dealing with galaxies and electrons
3. his sense of "protect the tribe" is on just as massive a scale as his science, so he's determined to ensure that humanity survives on different planets and has the capabilities to protect themselves etc, and he's not interested in protecting any particular individual
Second however, is that Radek Zelenka didn't pass his background check to get onto the Atlantis expedition. He's from the Czech Republic and was part of the protests in the 1980s. Obviously this can't stand since McKay wants Radek on the expedition, and thus McKay declares that Zelenka is his Guide and thus has to come on the expedition regardless of the failed background check.
Everyone knows that McKay is lying, except that there's just this shadow of a doubt, because McKay and Radek really do work together extremely well, they're both super smart and can pass any of the variety of standardized tests to weed out fake pairings, and it's really a bit taboo to question a sentinel about the appropriateness of their guide as a guide. So, everyone *strongly suspects* it's a lie, but McKay is officially down as a bonded sentinel and Zelenka is officially down as a bonded guide.
Then along comes Sheppard, joining the expedition at the last minute, and unaware of all the unofficial versions of the official files.
So, of course, Sheppard and McKay are excellent matches for each other. But, and this is the thing, they're all adults. Not only are they all adults, but they're also completely disconnected from Earth for some time. So McKay joins Sheppard's SGA-1, and Sheppard starts hanging out more in the labs, and everyone side-eyes all three of them for a bit but mostly get distracted by trying to stay alive and generally running for their lives.
And then they get back in contact with Earth.
I'm not entirely sure what happens at that point, but I think maybe people from Earth (Blair and Jim maybe?) come in a delegation to make sure everything is okay and deal with all the psychological trauma that must have been experienced and are just kind of boggled by how well everyone is doing and how poorly any of this is going to fit into any sort of template report.
("You can't just declare that you have a sentinel-guide bond to every single person you want to make sure stays on the expedition, Rodney!"
"Why not? It's true!"
"It's not true!"
"But you can't prove it's not!")
Wow, it's been a long time since I posted here. So here's a bit of house-cleaning, with fic I've posted on AO3 but not yet posted here: Obi-Wan's Leap
fandom: Star Wars
summary: The Force is always there for the Force sensitive - there is no escape or avoidance. Obi-Wan has spent his life living with the Force and meditating on it. In the end, he leaps into it entirely.What's In a Name
fandom: Leverage, Highlander
summary: “Names come and go. People who know who, and what, you are… that is more rare.”Here We Belong
fandom: Highlander, Pretadors
“Hello, Earth,” Isabelle’s voice had been received by any radio directed to the stars. “We have an alien space ship, a partial list of humans kidnapped and killed by the aliens, and a long story to tell.”
Duncan MacLeod had left Paris to join the quickly growing community built up around the landed spacecraft three days after the first broadcast.
Joe didn’t follow.an ancient absent god
“Believe in yourself. You are an ancient, absent god, discussed only rarely by literary scholars. So if you don’t believe, no one will.” – @NightValeRadio, 7/4/13, 9:28 AMEvery miracle is a betrayal revealed
“Come on, miracles are just random good things that happen. How is that a betrayal?”
“It’s a random good thing, yes, but it always begs the questions: why didn’t it happen sooner? More often? Better? If it could happen once, what about all those times when it didn’t happen?”
“So the world isn’t fair or nice.” Joe shrugged. “We already knew that. A miracle just shows that sometimes there’s an exception.”
Real life has sort of sucked recently and while that hasn’t pushed me out of fandom, it has pushed me more towards the lurking and reading side of things rather than the commenting or writing side of things. On the other hand, Star Wars fandom caught me by surprise and created an immediate craving that was answered by a set of really awesome authors: First, there's Flamethrower
Flamethrower has an amazing, long, and completed series: Re-Entry
And a follow-up series, which is also amazing and long but
is also being actively updated: Re-Entry: Journey of the Whills
Plus a whole bunch of awesome
single stories, including: On Ebon Wings, Ere I Breathe
, which is a crossover between Star Wars and The Crow!In a Lonely Place
, which is just so good and I want to say is one of my favorites of all of these.Then, there's Dogmatix and Norcumi
who have an amazing partnership going on that has resulted in: A Star to Steer By
which is an amazing crossover with Stargate, and while it's not complete, it's still being updated and I love each chapter that comes up. Knock on Effect
, which is inspired by Flamethrower’s series
Plus a whole bunch of other short fic
that are all well worth reading. And then there's Esama
, who I've always loved for her Harry Potter, and Sherlock, and Temeraire stories, but now has some amazing Star Wars fic, too, including: Negotiator
, which is complete and awesome.Lost Reflections
which is theoretically unfinished but doesn't actually feel incomplete, so mostly that just means that there's potential for more sometime if Esama feels inspired to continue.
For the most part, I just wanted to escape from my own head, but then there's Fialleril's amazing stories
that are completely gorgeous and do not allow the reader to avoid thinking, but must be read all the more for that. Two of her series, in particular, are must reads: The Guiding Winds The Tatooine Cycle
Mentioning some of this to a friends also brought a Cracked.com article
, 6 Reasons The Jedi Would Be The Villain In Any Sane Movie
, to my attention.
Which, you know, makes some very good points.
Anyway, this all leads me to an idea for why the Jedi are the good guys, despite all their deeply questionable activities. However I’m not sure how to turn it into a story, so I’m going to release the idea into pasture and hope it inspires someone else.
The idea is this: Force sensitivity is like food sensitivity, ie, it’s not a good thing.
The Force is the power that holds the universe together and is life itself and all that, right? So, what if some children are just born sensitive to it, and by sensitive, I mean allergic, and the main symptoms are early death and/or raging psychopathy if they survive long enough?
There’s this massive ocean of power that reacts to emotions and most people who can sense it at all, much less manipulate it, drown before they gain any sort of control. The Sith manage to ride the swells and become one with the destruction, whil the Jedi manage to calm themselves enough so that the Force moves through them rather than breaking them.
So while, yes, Force sensitive children are taken away from their families, those families start grieving for that child as soon as they know they’re force sensitive. Acceptance into the Jedi temple is the child’s only chance of survival.
And Jedi knights are those Force sensitives who have mastered the ability to work with and around the Force without become either soulless puppets of entropy or mad power houses suffering constant allergic reactions to life itself. Members of the Jedi agricultural corp are those Force sensitives who can be trusted only under supervision and without the stressors that Jedi knights face.
So as much as the Jedi temple is admired from afar and the Jedi knights are considered celebrity heroes, no family wants to see a Jedi come for their child. But the families are also the ones who call the Jedi temple to come for their children before their children blow up the local preschool or kill a whole community.
And maybe under Palpatine’s propaganda, politicians forgot what sort of refuge the Jedi temples provided for innocent children who were just too dangerous to let live in regular communities, the absence of that refuge is going to have a major impact across the whole Empire.
When I first saw the preview
for Jupiter Ascending
, some months back, I was kind of ambivalent about the movie. It looked muddled and messy and fraught and while I still kind of wanted to see it, I wasn't all that excited about it. And then the reviews started coming in
, and I realized, okay, yes, I absolutely needed to see this. And it was AWESOME!
Oh, it wasn't a great film and it won't go down in history as transforming the storytelling process or anything, but it was an amazingly fun ride to be on and just stuff kept on happening (and I want a pair of those roller-blading gravity boots so much!) and it was just a whole lot of fun. I definitely need to go back and see it again. And I really hope there are sequels. And I hope those sequels are just as ridiculous as this one.
One of the real strengths of this movie, is that it does a wonderful job of walking that line between not taking itself too seriously but also not being too self-conscious either. It is what it is and it went with it.
Anyway, while this movie introduced us to three potential main bad guys, only one of them wound up (presumed) dead at the end. And there was a moment in there, where I thought one different decision on our heroine's part could have had interested ramifications.
One Different Decision
) (on FF.net
summary: The impact of one different decision: Titus Abrasax does not survive his attempt at marriage to Jupiter.
So 2014 sucked pretty badly. I am really hoping that 2015 is a massive improvement. (And please, please let it not be worse -- I have a finite number of family members.)
Anyway, the end of the year showed some improvement and the new year is starting off well. So I am paying a bit more attention to fandom and realized how long it's been since I posted here. Even when I had posted fanfic, I never got around to updating here. So, to correct this error: The Price of Secrets
) (or on FF.net
: Buffy and NCISSummary
: This fight for jurisdiction did not go the way Gibbs had expected.Leah's Happy Ending
: the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia BriggsSummary
:Everyone knew that Bran had only married Leah because she was too stupid and petty for him to ever run the risk of falling in love with her. No one thought about how Leah herself must feel that knowledge like a constant insult. No one deserves that kind of abuse.The Ambassador
) (or on FF.net
: Labyrinth and StargateSummary
: Ambassador Sarah Williams is brought in to the Stargate program to help deal with the Tok'ra. (set after Her Kingdom as Great
, and does not stand on its own.)Smooth as a River Stone
) (or on FF.net
: Highlander and StargateSummary
: Thousands of years later, Jake O'Neil's descendant looks out the temple palace to see what the god Methos sees. (This will make absolutely no sense if you haven't already read A Square Peg in a Round Hole
To everyone reading this: Happy new year!
Also, last year, (sigh, real life got and then remained intense), the wonderful pentapus
also made me a drawing from the Books of the Raksura
And here, finally, is the story I wrote for it: The Consort Bower of Indigo CloudSummary
: Before Moon arrived at Indigo Cloud Court, the consort bower had been empty for some years and the court as a whole slowly dying. Something had to change. The three consorts of Indigo Cloud (Stone, Moon, and Ember) had had very different expectations, but the reality surprised each of them.
Available on AO3
, and below: ( The Consort Bower of Indigo CloudCollapse )
Last year (good grief, time got away from me), the amazing pentapus
drew a picture of Taura and Methos on a space station.
Here (finally) is the story I wrote for it: Walking Away Whistling
Summary: Taura doesn't like House Bharaputra. She doesn't like Cetaganda. And she is extremely curious as to why they are both trying to acquire Dr. Pierce Argall.
Available on: AO3
, and below: ( Walking Away WhistlingCollapse )