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Title: The Price That Keeps On Paying
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII & Final Fantasy XIII
Characters/Pairing: Lightning/Tifa
Rating/Warnings: PG-13; sex, violence, war
Prompt: Damage at [ profile] ff_yuri_drabble 
Words:  300
Spoilers?: None
Author's Note: Yet another AU.

Theirs is a courtship conducted in violence. Before they know each others’ first names, they know each others’ reflexes, each others’ strength and speed. They don’t even need to think to anticipate the flash of a bullet or the angle of a kick.

They’re assigned to drag an old satellite back to the base for salvage, and on the dilapidated bridge they share their reasons for fighting.

Government destroyed half my world. My family died. Radiation poisoning.

Took my sister for experiments. She died a monster.

They stare at the stars as they explain, wrapping details around the steely facts until they don’t sound used to it anymore.

The first time they hold hands, it’s on a rusty metal catwalk over a rotten, reeking swamp, and Tifa nearly crushes Lightning’s bones as the taller soldier fishes a bullet out of her comrade’s shoulder.

The first time they have sex, it’s in a hastily pitched tent on an ice cap. Neither of them sees anything they haven’t seen before, between sharing communal showers and emergency first aid and frantic disguise-changes in the first nook they can find.

What’s new is the hint of gentleness in Lightning’s lips, the faint glimmer of happiness in Tifa’s eyes.

And then the night is over, and they scramble into their clothes and hope that their comrades didn’t hear them, and there’s no time to think about anything but the trek and the bombs they have to plant.

When the war is over, they’ll work out what this means. Until then, they’ll hold on to each other however they can.

In a smoldering wreck of a ship orbiting a desert moon, they look at each other and realize that their side cannot win this war.

They cling to each other, because they’re going to try anyway.
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Title: Food On the Table
Author: [ profile] sour_idealist  
Characters/Pairings: Lightning & Serah gen
Written For: [ profile] ff_fortnightly's prompt #88: Food
Spoilers: Lightning's real name, nothing else.
Ratings/Warnings: PG
A/N: Yes, more pre-game Farron angst. Drabbles are just such a perfect medium for it, because (I find) the key to a drabble is what you don't say, and  their relationship pre-game is mostly about what goes unsaid.
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Fandom:  Final Fantasy XIII
Title: Delicious
Characters/Pairings: Serah/Snow
Written For: [ profile] ff_fortnightly, prompt #88 - Food
Spoilers (if applicable): Serah's fate.
Rating/Warnings: PG-13, implied sex
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Title:  More Than A Gun In The Hand
Fandom: Final Fantasy XIII
Characters/Pairings: Hope-centric, but the whole party appears in some way. Hints of Fang/Vanille, but only as much as the source.
Spoilers: Through Chapter 11.
Rating/Warnings: PG; exploration of the whole '13-year-old in combat' thing.
Written For: [ profile] ff_fortnightly; game mechanics prompt
Summary: Hope hates being support. A series of four drabbles.
Author's Notes: I did not ever expect to write Sazh, nor did I plan on writing Vanille without Fang. Strange things happen.  For purposes of story, assume they are not developed outside their primary three roles. Title from a quote from To Kill A Mockingbird.

In My Hands )


Fear )


Hardest Thing You've Ever Done )


And Holding It Tight )
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10 drabbles, which technically could stand alone but are tied together. It's called "Like Sisters", which is my pretentious reference to the way 'like' used to be used as 'alike' currently is, only with slightly different grammatical rules. It's also intended as a deliberately unhelpful description of their relationship. "They" being Lightning and Serah Farron from Final Fantasy XIII, and "Like Sisters" is an accounting of their relationship from small childhood to Lightning's twenty-first birthday, with emphasis on their time as each others' only family. I'm kind of proud of it. Be aware, though: death of parents (as in canon), mentions of sexual harassment and alcohol abuse, and spoilers for Lightning's real name and the events of her birthday. Originally posted to ff_fortnightly.
But it is ALWAYS a devil to format. )
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If Heroes Use Plans, They Are Elaborate. Final Fantasy XIII. Lightning/LeBreau, Snow, Serah, Hope, Maqui, Gadot, Yuj. G. Everyone is trying to set up the couple in question.

So It Was Really Lightning's Fault. Final Fantasy XIII. Serah/Snow, mentions of Lightning. G. Their first meeting.

Analogies Lost to Technology. Final Fantasy XIII. Lightning, Serah/Snow. G. Lightning's first impressions of three very important people.

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First order of business: Three drabbles up at [ profile] ff_yuri_drabble and one at [ profile] ff_xiii .

I'd be really happy if you could read them? )
Second order of business: a meme swiped from [ profile] imadra_blue.

Write down the names of 10 characters.
Write an one-sentence fic for every prompt, using the characters determined by the numbers. Do NOT read the prompts before writing the names.

1. Howl/Howell Jenkins (Howl’s Moving Castle, bookverse)
2. Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief)
3. Holden Caulfield (Do I even need to say it?)
4. Lightning Farron ( Final Fantasy XIII)
5. Rachel Berry ( Glee )
6. Kairi ??? ( Kingdom Hearts )
7. Allianne of Pirate’s Swoop and Olau (Tamora Pierce’s Tortall Universe)
8. Rue ??? ( The Hunger Games )
9. Rokuro Okajima ( Black Lagoon)
10. Agent Lux ( Protectors of the Plot Continuum)
(Note: As I am a member of the PPC and Lux is free for all use, I suppose this could technically be canon. But it really isn't.)

This was actually really fun. )
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Two drabbles posted today.

First, to ff_fortnightly, a true 100-word drabble.
Steel Against Lace [FFXIII, Serah & Lightning gen]

Second, to ff_yuri_drabbles, a 500-word crossover AU set at a festival loosely based on the Venetian Carnival
Champagne and Brandy [Lightning/Tifa]
I know, I know, Advent Children is not enough information to write a proper FFVII fic. It's a drabble; surely it can only be so bad. Right?

Also, on Tuesday I was introduced to Les Miz. Have you ever seen/read/heard a classic and thought "Why is that a classic?" I've had that reaction to Dickens. Now, have you ever seen/read/heard a classic and thought "Wow, I see why that's lasted so long?" The second was my reaction to Les Miz. "Do you hear the people sing, sing the songs of angry men/It's the voices of a people that will not be slaves again!" I was completely blown away - still am, in fact. What made it kind of surreal was that Marius was being played by one of my oldest friends on the planet (as in, we met when I was too little to remember.) I knew he could sing and act and all, but I had NO idea he'd gotten as good as he had. "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables..." Oh, dear Lord.
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Howl's Moving Castle: One day in the life of Sophie and Howl, somewhere between the end of the first book and the arrival of Morgan.
Why I Haven't Written It Yet: Haven't gotten around to it.

Graceling: Raffin/Bann and how they ended up together.
Why I Haven't Written It Yet: Haven't gotten around to it; also, lack of inspiration.

Tortall: Something, because I feel like I just ought to, because I love her books so much.
WIHWIY: Lack of inspiration.

Death Note: "Empty Patch of Sidewalk." AU. Ryuk never dropped the Death Note. Beyond Birthday is therefore able to escape from jail and try another insane plot, recruiting other disgruntled Wammy's kids to do it. L, Light, Mello, Matt, Near, Linda, the original taskforce, Naomi Misora, and anyone else I can cram in there all have to team up against him and his subordinate OCs. Would probably involve some side-slash too.
WIHWIY: Huge overwhelming project.

Death Note:
Another AU, wherein Light's plan with Higuchi did not go exactly as planned; a Light redemption fic, L/Light slash.
WIHWIY: Dubious about it; also, see above. Outline written, but nothing else.

Black Lagoon: Vague plans for more Revy/Rock at some point, a less mind-screwy one.
WIHWIY: Behind on the manga; lack of inspiration.

Video Games:
Final Fantasy XIII: "(Twenty) Second Try." Post-game; Lightning's 22nd birthday. Ridiculous funny fluffiness.
WIHWIY: Lack of inspiration; haven't gotten around to it; vague.

Final Fantasy XIII: Snow, Serah, and cooking. Domestic fluffiness.
WIHWIY: Actually, I have written some of it. And then never got around to writing any more.

Kingdom Hearts: Long complicated continuation fic.
Relatively lengthy Kingdom Hearts continuation fic. A former apprentice of Yen Sid starts going after Mickey and everyone he cares about. War at Radiant Garden ensues. Featuring lots of Kairi, resurrection of Sora's other selves, and darkness.
WIHWIY: They keep coming out with MORE GAMES that I can't play. Outline written, but it predated Days and BBS.

Kingdom Hearts:
"Balance." Kairi/Sora/Riku vague-continuation fluff.
WIHWIY: Well, I started. Pretty recently, actually. Haven't gotten around to doing any more of it. Also, a little bashful about the core idea.

Final Fantasy VII: Zack, Aerith, and sane!Sephiroth resurrection after Advent Children, focusing primarily around Sephiroth, Tifa and the kids.
WIHWIY: Oh let me count the ways. 1) I'm only familiar with the canon through Advent Children, the Final Fantasy Wiki, and other peoples' fanfic. This is a very good reason not to write it. 2) I feel guilty even contemplating "okay, let's bring them all back and just extract Sephiroth's crazyiness so I can write fluff involving Sephiroth dealing with normal life and being unsure how to respond to the kids." 3) HGATI.
Why I Am Even Contemplating Writing It: 1) Squee! 2) I do have a defense for the resurrection thing, at least of sorts. 3) The plotbunny won't leave me alone. 4) Pay attention, this is the reason you might not despise me after all. I have some scenes in mind involving Sephiroth, Tifa, and dealing with the issues that would obviously result from cohabitation. I have them lined up in my head and I kind of like them, not only because I think they might work, but because I like the idea of Tifa-related character work.
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I've been thinking lately.

My tastes in media tend towards action and adventure stories, rather than romance and drama, and let's face it: Most action-focused stories are aimed partly or wholly at a male audience. For me this is particularly highlighted when I'm watching anime or reading manga, since (as far as my understanding goes) those are more firmly sorted into the different demographics of shonen, seinen, shojo, and josei (teen boys, adult men, teen girls, and adult women, respectively.) Most of the shows I like fall into the former catagories; I don't watch many movies, but when I do, they're things like the new Sherlock Holmes or Star Trek XI, not chick flicks. As to video games, my current favorite is Final Fantasy XIII, and you know what they say about the Final Fantasy series: "The guys look like girls and the girls look like", well, I won't go into that, but it's complimentary in regards to their looks and uncomplimentary in regards to their modesty.

Which brings me to the point: it isn't just the video games. Most of the visual media I enjoy includes male-oriented fanservice, i.e. a certain amount of bared female flesh.


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