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spookykingdomstarlight ([personal profile] spookykingdomstarlight) wrote2017-04-12 10:28 am
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Not Prime Time Letter

DNWs: adultery/cheating, character bashing, historical/mundane/modern/non-canon divergent AUs, kink, porn/smut (fade-to-black scenes are fine, scenes indicating sex is imminent are also fine)

Loves (in alphabetical order, no preference intended)

AUs: canon divergent AUs, canon-set AUs where characters might have another occupation, mirror!verse/dark side AUs, role reversal AUs
Themes: betrayal (except for cheating/adultery), characters presented with moral/ethical quandaries, finding and encouraging moments of joy in the midst of pain and suffering, loyalty, sacrifice (of self, reputation, others, etc.), "the road to hell is paved with good intentions," unrequited love, what makes good people good and what might make good people do bad things
Tropes: fake dating, five times fic, future/post-canon fic, misunderstandings and miscommunication, pining, power couples
Other Stuff: atmospheric/moody writing, character studies, close platonic relationships, confessions of love/confessions of love via actions taken, irreconcilable differences between characters, melancholic/bittersweet tone, moments of growing intimacy, pre-relationships and shippy gen, realistic romantic moments, sad/unhappy endings, sympathetic portrayals of flawed characters, unreliable narrators, unusual writing styles and POVs, worldbuilding details

Game of Thrones
Regarding Cersei, I love her to pieces, flaws and all. If you decide to write her, have at every single one of those flaws if you'd like.

Regarding Sansa, I love stories set in a post-canon world (feel free to handwave the White Walkers if you'd like, whether they're defeated or not is one of the less compelling things about the show to me, though if you'd like to include them I'm not opposed either) where she's Queen of the North and/or takes the Iron Throne.

If for some reason you want to go a War of the Five Queens style route (Cersei, Sansa, Dany, Yara, and Ellaria all pushing for the Throne) as a backdrop for any of these relationships, I would be infinitely grateful.

Cersei Lannister & Qyburn
• I love, love, LOVE Qyburn's weird loyalty to Cersei and how Cersei in return lets him do every strange thing that comes into his head basically. I would love to see more of their dynamic and whether Cersei has any genuine affection for him and what Qyburn gets out of it.
• What's it like serving as Hand of the first Queen of Westeros?
• Below I talk about how Sansa & Baelish are mirrored by Dany & Varys. In a way, Cersei & Qyburn are a third mirror for those relationships and I'd love to see how Qyburn jockeys and spies on behalf of his Queen.

Syrio Forel & Arya Stark
• I love the idea that Syrio is a Faceless Man (or maybe even Jaqen H'ghar), so if you want to go with that, I would love it. And exploring Arya's time in Braavos or her time in Harrenhal with Jaqen if she were to discover this fact would be AMAZING.
• I would love to see Syrio telling Arya some about what it was like to be the First Sword of Braavos. Or any stories really. I just want more of Arya and Syrio interacting at any point in time for any reason.
• Hell, even Syrio surviving season one and going with Arya on her adventures and how that would change what happened to Arya would be great, too.

Petyr Baelish/Sansa Stark
If these characters get together in the work you create, I would greatly prefer it if that work is set in the future when Sansa is older. If it remains a nebulous possibility/subtextual/similar to their current romantic dynamics in canon, then I'm fine with works that explore their relationship as it's presented.

• So season six makes it clear that Baelish wants himself on the Iron Throne with Sansa at his side, but it should so totally end up being Sansa on the Throne with him at her side. How is that accomplished and/or how does Baelish react? Does he secretly enjoy having been played by Sansa?
• I've always felt that the mistake Baelish made leaving Sansa in the Boltons' hands was a genuine one and rested on the fact that, whatever he'd heard about Ramsay (which I think was... nothing that Roose didn't want out there), he believed Sansa was more than capable of handling it. I think this is probably the first big misstep in what will become a bigger list of them in season seven, but how does he justify it to himself given what he wants from Sansa and what he feels for her?

Yara Greyjoy/Daenerys Targaryen
• Dany ends up being friendly with Theon for reasons no one entirely understands. This endears Dany to Yara (though Yara would never admit it).
• Dany and Yara get into "anything you can do, I can do better" arguments over the strangest things. Maybe especially over falling in love?

Mass Effect
I have no preference on Shepard's backstory if it happens to come up, but I do prefer paragon Shepards. However, if you spark on an idea involving a more renegade Shepard, that's fine, too!

I somewhat prefer default character names because they're less distracting to me, but this also isn't a super huge issue for me either.

EDI/Female Shepard
I was completely despondent by being unable to romance EDI. As cute as I find EDI/Jeff, I really do love the idea of femShep falling for EDI (and EDI's sense of humor) and EDI doing the same in return.

• How exactly does EDI learn how to be romantic with Shepard when Shepard was the one she'd gone to for advice when it came to Jeff? And how spectacularly does it fail (in the best possible way, of course) because femShep is kind of a dorky failure all the time. And how much does it frustrate EDI when her overtures are misunderstood? And then how amazing is it when it ends well for all involved?

EDI/Samantha Traynor
Look, I understand Sam Traynor's plight for I, too, find Tricia Helfer's voice incredible. So, like, I get it. And I feel for her. And I totally want Sam to be happy and what better way to be happy than getting an AI girlfriend?

• EDI learns how to flirt and practices on Samantha because she gets so wonderfully flustered. She keeps flirting so much that Sam starts to feel uncomfortable because she wants it to mean something, but she thinks EDI is just doing it because she can. EDI is not doing it because she can. EDI is doing it because she wants Sam to know she likes her.

Female Shepard/Garrus Vakarian
I love this ship like I love oxygen and anything involving them would make me happy. Down time. Mission shenanigans. Angst-y post-ME3 feels. Everything.

• In a situation where Shepard survives the end of ME3, I would love to see them reunited in the midst of the ramifications Shepard would have had to make. I'm particularly intrigued by what a post-synthesis situation would look like, but all three main options have their appealing points.

Kaidan Alenko/Male Shepard
I would prefer keeping them away from having had a relationship in ME1, but that's not a dealbreaker for me. I just really like the long-term quality a relationship starting so late in the series has for the characters.

• I'd love to see a post-control ending situation where the Shepard-flavored AI wants to contact Kaidan for some reason or another, whether because it feels compelled to offer comfort if possible or some other reason. I'm happy with angsty or hopeful versions of this idea.
• Kaidan and his trust issues are always an interesting thing to explore. I'd love to see more of how he wrangles with this as he comes to terms with his feelings for Shepard. Given how much grief he gives Shepard all the time, it always seemed a little easy for him to make the switch to wanting to be with Shepard.

Kasumi Goto/Female Shepard
So the thing I like best about Kasumi is how interested in people she is. I love that she observes the crew and wants to talk about them and seems genuinely concerned about their well being. I love, too, that she seems specifically concerned about Shepard's well being, too.

• Kasumi gets really nosy about femShep's life and femShep finds herself incredibly flattered despite usually not thinking much about herself. She's always so "on" about saving the galaxy from Reapers and whatnot and Kasumi manages to stop her in her tracks all the time.
• They have to pretend to date for a heist-y type situation? Maybe they're not pretending as much as they think they are?

Miranda Lawson/Female Shepard
I love leader/XO relationships and I was so sad you couldn't romance Miranda as femShep. I love the growth of their relationship over the course of ME2, going from being distrustful to being totally loyal. I love that femShep can inspire and make Miranda feel better about her own issues regarding who she was born to be versus who she is.

• I just really want to see Miranda and femShep being loyal to one another and saving each other's asses and keeping each other in line and being true partners.

Mass Effect Andromeda
For the relationships involving Ryder, I'd prefer that Ryder to be the Pathfinder rather than the sibling that had been in a coma. No deal breaker here either, but it is a preference I have. I also really like the default names, but that's also not a deal breaker.

I do like default Scott's appearance, too, but am indifferent about Sara's.

Avitus Rix/Male Ryder | Scott
• Being Pathfinder is a stressful job and there aren't a whole lot of people who understand that weight. Maybe in the future, they bond over it and grow closer because of it.
• Scott pines away while giving Avitus space to grieve for Macen. Meanwhile, Avitus begins pining for Scott and feels guilty about it at first.

Reyes Vidal & None
• How did Reyes end up on the Nexus. What was his role in the early days of the Initiative before he decided to leave?
• What did he get up to back in the Milky Way?
• Does being the Charlatan weigh on him? He seems like he has a moral core at the center of him, does he ever have problems dealing with what he's had to do or justify to himself? As a corollary, it seems like he sometimes doesn't have as strong a grip on his followers as he thinks he does. How does it affect him when they do something that goes beyond what he believes is right or justifiable?

Female Ryder | Sara/Lexi T'Perro
• I would love to see Sara pining for Lexi knowing they can't be together because Lexi's a professional.
• Lexi angsting about having to be professional and falling in love anyway.

Female Ryder | Sara/Reyes Vidal or Male Ryder | Scott/Reyes Vidal
• Post-saving Sloane scenario where Ryder has to contend with what from their perspective must seem like Reyes being unwilling to trust them and what that would mean for them going forward. Or perhaps they meet again at a later time while the Pathfinder is path finding and they have a messy and complicated reunion of one sort or another. Maybe misunderstandings abound? Reyes thinks Ryder siding with Sloane was an indictment of him and not just a split-second decision or Ryder thinks Reyes wants them to be through because of what happened.
• Ryder understands that Reyes has to keep secrets, but that doesn't stop Ryder from doing their damnedest to uncover them whenever they find a thread to pull on. Reyes can't say he's not proud or approving. Maybe it becomes a game between them?

Suicide Squad

Floyd Lawton/Harleen Quinzel
I love everything about Floyd and Harley and how they interacted throughout Suicide Squad and I find the sorta triangle between him, Harley, and the Joker fascinating, how Floyd encourages her to "stay evil" while also somehow encouraging by example the more heroic impulses in her as the Joker tries to drag her back to his world. That and this movie is just really fun and goofy and I'd love to see fun fic for these two.

References to past Harley/Joker are fine, but I would prefer that Harley and the Joker aren't together now within whatever context you might create something here.

• I'd love to see them bonding over minor annoyances they come across in their work as members of the Suicide Squad or about prison or something.
• Because they spend so much of their time separated in Belle Reve, they have to make the most of what contact they can get with one another when they're on the inside.
• How does Floyd react upon learning that Harley's been freed from Belle Reve?

George "Digger" Harkness/Amanda Waller
• "Why don't we start having some fun" though. I just want to see all the fic where Harkness tries standing up to Waller and keeps getting slapped down and falls in love or respect or something all the while and hates it. Whether Waller goes for it or not is up to you as I think the idea that Harkness nurses a hopeless, helpless crush on Waller—and she knows it and exploits it—is great, but so is Waller somehow getting to see his charms.

Harleen Quinzel/Amanda Waller
Harley Quinn: "Are you the devil?"
Amanda Waller: "Maybe."

The above was one of my favorite bits of interaction in Suicide Squad and I would love to see more of Harley and Amanda's dynamic explored. I imagine they'd make quite the pair.

• What happens when Amanda finds out Harley's been sprung from prison? Does she get her back? (Yes.) Is Harley happy about it? (Probably more than she should be.)

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