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Title: Thicker Than Blood
Fandoms: Inception, Ouran High School Host Club
Characters/Pairings: Saito, the Hosts
Ratings/Warnings: PG, one of those '[character] and [character] are the same person' fics
Written for: [ profile] crossovers_las, prompt 'blood relations
Wordcount: ~800
A/N: This is the result of forgetting the deadline and being absolutely without the slightest idea of what to write. This should explain the strangeness of the fusion, a bit.

Saito's family - his real family, not his brothers, not his father - are the ones who keep him company through Limbo. )
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Two things. One: in the Internet equivalent of deciding I need a haircut, I have mucked merrily about with... almost everything about my LJ, actually. Apologies to anyone who clicked by while it was in the WHAT THE HELL WHERE IS MY TEXT phase of the project. Two, I am actually unveiling a bit of fic that hasn't been posted here before! (It's from the most recent round of [ profile] crossovers_las.)

Title: Festering
Fandoms:  Inception, Never Let Me Go (bookverse)
Characters/Pairings: Arthur, Eames
Rating/Warnings: PG-13, swearing, minor violence, MAJOR SPOILERS for Never Let Me Go.
Written for: crossovers_las, prompt "[character] gets lost."
Wordcount: 1500. (The  LAS version was cut to high hell.)
A/N: Well, this was interesting enough in the writing, at least.

Arthur lives his life digging out secrets. Statistically speaking, he's going to learn a few things he regrets. )
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So, when I signed up for remix_redux, I had two worries. One, what if I write a horrible remix? (I did. Haven't heard from the author yet, but I am just... ugh.) Two, what if the person who remixes my story writes something awful and I have to pretend to like it?

Yeah, that turned out not to be a problem.

Anyone remember that ridiculously stupid bit of crack I wrote called Just Five of the Many Times Eames and Arthur Disagreed on Matters of Taste? Yeah, someone took that and wrote Cause You're a Criminal As Long As You're Mine [And So Am I], which is basically just a thousand words of adorable ridiculousness and this massive perfect sense of family and Arthur being a ridiculous impish troll. You know that moment in the second level when he kisses Ariadne? It's like that, only instead of perving on his co-workers he's screwing with their heads slightly via music. And I won't gush too much because I want all the little moments to stand out, but the flashbacks to his adolescents, oh I want to smish him. And the way this mystery author describes dancing has me drooling in envy.

Okay, I'm maybe a little biased, but really this is just freaking charming.

(And someone wrote me something for Remix Madness! Today, Internets, is a good day.)
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Title: You've Seen How I Live
Fandom: Inception
Characters/Pairings: Ms. Eames/Abby, Mal Cobb, Dom Cobb, OCs [Genderbent!Eames, Genderbent!Arthur]
Rating/Warnings: R, sex, violence, swearing, references to past drug abuse, withdrawal, and prostitution, out-of-pairing domestic abuse (between OCs). NSFW art behind the cut.
Written for: [ profile] i_reversebang, for [ profile] ap421's prompt. NSFW.
Word Count: 17,500 total
A/N: So, here we are. This has taken a lot of work, but I'm actually pretty damn proud of it. Title comes from Vienna Teng's "Eric's Song," which is thematically (if not tonally) perfect for this. Infinite, infinite thanks to [ profile] ap421 for being so wonderful and for all of the incredible extra art that she drew; to [ profile] heith_30, the other artist for this piece, for letting me flail at her and for her encouragement, and most of all to [ profile] fae_boleyn, for again playing the last-minute beta and hero of the hour.

Most people know Eames and Abby as two of the best in the profession, male or female, but when they met they were two of a very few women in the business. Truth be told, they still are. Everything else changes, and between the deaths and the hard-won expertise a history builds up, with trust accumulating like unexpected dust. )

Part II
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I did finish the first draft of my monster-fic, which will be up tomorr... later today. In the process of procrastinating it, I also wrote a lot of other things, including some Sucker Punch meta and the following Inception drabble.

Title: Those You've Known
Fandom: Inception
Characters/Pairings: Implied Ariadne/Arthur/Eames, Cobb
Rating/Warnings: PG-13, character death, suicide
Wordcount: 100
Written for: The day's quota of bad time management
Author's notes: ...The header is sort of a reflex, okay? Title shamelessly pilfered from a Spring Awakening song; cut text shamelessly stolen from a Les Miserables song. The actual drabble has no relation to Broadway whatsoever.

Oh my friends, my friends, forgive me/That I live and you are gone. )
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Title: Cause I Can't See the Sun
Fandom: Inception
Art: Untitled by [ profile] dwn1s0ul
Characters/Pairings: Mal, Arthur, Eames, Ariadne [Mal/Cobb]
Rating/Warnings: PG (other than a lot of thoroughly obscene language.) Mentions of suicide on par with canon; also may be a bit triggery if you know (or have known) someone in a coma.
Written for: [ profile] i_reversebang
Wordcount: 7100 words
Author's Notes: Title and epigraph are from the Thriving Ivory song "Angels on the Moon." Also, my sincerest thanks to [ profile] dwn1s0ul for creating such a gorgeous prompt and being so kind about my typical last-minute approach to deadlines, and most especially to [ profile] fae_boleyn for her incredible spur-of-the-moment beta.

She wakes to the hissing of PASIVs echoing against the blank white walls. )
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Title: Neurons of Murderous Dancers
Fandoms: Inception & Black Swan
Characters/Pairings: Lily, Nina, Beth, Thomas, Erica, Ariadne, Arthur, Eames, Yusuf
Rating/Warnings: R, violence, disturbing imagery, symbolic references to canonical sexual assault (there's a common warning), Black Swan spoilers
Written for: [ profile] book_las, prompt "[character] dreams about [character]." I am amazed that there weren't more Inception crossovers.
Wordcount: 750
A/N: I was going to build on this (hence the delay in posting) but I've gotten enough caught up in other projects that I don't think I will for a while. Also, it's been forever since I posted anything.

Nina's dreams are, Arthur says, probably the strangest that Ariadne will ever see. )
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So... apparently [ profile] atomicskull deleted her journal.

She isn't someone I knew personally, but (I think?) she was kind of a BNF; she definitely had a lot of good fic for the Star Trek reboot, but what I really liked were two of her Inception fics: The Delphini Trials, which was a Philippa-centric piece about a future wherein dreamsharing was blown wide open and most of the crew got hauled in for trial. It was really beautifully, hauntingly written, between the sentences handed out and the way it forced the reader to confront the moral issues with what the characters do while still keeping us fond of them (because, you know, Philippa loved them). The other one was way happier, a Yusuf-centric backstory fic called Beni Asla Bırakma (the Turkish translation of "never let me go," as far as I am informed.) It was a really nice thing, about his family and how he got into dreamsharing and about his wife (who was not fridged!)

Anyway, I had both fics bookmarked for a while; then (I guess?) atomicskull locked down a lot of her fic, including these two; I was really sad about it, but occasionally randomly checked to see if they'd miraculously come back. A few days ago, THEY DID, and I immediately reread both fics happily and was reminded of how much I loved them. Today, I went back to reread Trials again, and, well, see the first line.

When they got unlocked, I actually thought I ought to save them, but I decided not to, for reasons I cannot now adequately recall. I am sure that they were not very good, seeing as how I have now been deprived of two of my absolute top ten Inception things.

So the purpose of this post - other than whining - was to find out if anyone else perhaps had more foresight, and could perhaps send me a copy. I'm not sure what the etiquette on this is, but I'm not going to repost it and it isn't going to end up anyplace where it could be traced to her.
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Title: Narrative Structure
Fandom: Inception
Characters/Pairings: Ariadne, Arthur, Eames, cameos by Yusuf and various OCs
Ratings/Warnings: PG-13; swearing, discussions of child abuse (not actually depicted, and not involving any canon characters), gratuitous literary references.
Written for: N/A
Wordcount: 8000 (Yes, I know.)
A/N: This was intended to be both a lot shorter, and focused entirely on Ariadne, but it quickly became about how she relates to the rest of the team, which meant Arthur and Eames drifted in a lot as well. (Yusuf is an uncommunicative bastard who complicates everything by not doing field work.) Nonetheless, it's still really about Ariadne getting her feet under her as a dreamer.

For Ariadne, the Fischer job is only the beginning. )
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Inception genderbends have been all over Tumblr, lately. This is easily my favorite.

Also, I've totally been casting them myself. Keira Knightley is Donna Cobb. Summer Glau is DEFINITELY ALICE NOW. I am less sure about Eames; I haven't seen Billie Piper in anything. I thought perhaps Mila Kunis plus five years (and around twenty pounds) if she can do the accent. She doesn't exactly match my mental image, but close. I don't have anyone else yet.
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Title: Just Five of the Many Times Arthur and Eames Disagreed On Matters of Taste
Fandom: Inception
Characters/Pairings: Arthur/Eames UST, Ariadne, cameos by Yusuf
Rating/Warnings: PG, minor swearing, Eames being crass, nothing serious
Written for: The [ profile] inception_kink prompt "Arthur really likes Glee. (He ships something, anything.) Eames is not amused." There was no way on Earth that I could resist. (It also makes a surprising amount of sense. Arthur has a stressful job; I could see him loving something ridiculous with cheerful music just because it was a great way to relax for once in his life.)
Wordcount: 1500
A/N: I have no idea why I'm churning out so much for this fandom, honestly. No clue at all.
EDIT: This now has an absolutely freaking adorable remix called Cause You're A Criminal As Long As You're Mine. Go read it. Really.

"That was one of the many inexplicably popular horrors that American televion has unleashed upon the unsuspecting world."  )
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Title: The Myth Is Not Supposed to Retire (We'd Rather It Lit Itself On Fire)
Fandom: Inception
Characters/Pairings: Saito, Ariadne, Eames, Cobb, Arthur, Yusuf [brief Saito/Ariadne]
Rating/Warnings: PG-13, swearing, repeated character death. (skip) Suicide, implied alcoholism, workplace accidents, and cancer.
Also, this is a story about dying young. Be aware.
Written For: [ profile] nessismore 's prompt "Saito outlives them all.".
Wordcount: 2200
Author's Notes: Title is borrowed from Vienna Teng's "Love Turns 40."


Saito is over a hundred years old, counting the years within his mind, and he is aware of every minute. )
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So, you want to write a fanfic! What are you going to do?

> Try to write the Inception genderbend.

You write the first forty minutes of the movie over some time.

> Try to write more.

It is slow going.

>Go to kink meme for no easily defensible reason.

You have accidentally started a WIP about the seven deadly sins. The individual parts are fairly short but you now have to write seven of them.

> Try to write more.

The start of that Ariadne gen you've been wanting falls onto the page. There are lots of literary references. Also Arthur and Eames are apparently in it, having backstories. It is still mostly about Ariadne trying to relate to the rest of the team, though, which is important.

> Try to write one of the above three.

You have written most of a fic about Saito outliving the entire rest of the team.

> I think I broke them...

Good. Keep writing.

> Try. It's hard to choose one.

More of the Ariadne gen makes an appearance. It is nearly 4000 words now and is going to require at least 2k more and some OCs. It may also want to be an Ariadne/Arthur/Eames story.

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Title: With Thanks to Apollo
Fandom: Inception
Characters/Pairings: Ariadne, OCs (family), mentions of the crew, hints of Arthur/Eames if you want to look
Rating/Warnings: PG, some angst
Written for: N/A
A/N: Because apparently if I can possibly write a fic about sisters, I must. A quick break from the genderbend project, since the idea wouldn't really go away. And of course now I want to rewrite this from Ariadne's POV.
EDIT: This has been remixed not once but twice: I Regret Nothing [The Colonel Mustard in the Solarium with the Wind-Up Victrola remix] and Postcards from Naxos [You Don't Have to Go Home, But You Can't Stay Here]. They're two very different fics, and both are incredible.

Bizarrely enough, Ariadne’s plane is on time. )
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Title: Photo Negatives
Fandoms: Inception & Howl's Moving Castle (strictly bookverse)
Character/Relationships: Ariadne, Eames, Arthur, Yusuf, Saito, Howell, Sophie, Calcifer; no relationships made explicit
Ratings/Warnings: PG, violence
Written for: [ profile] crossovers_las 
Wordcount: 930
A/N: Yes, I did actually write this one. EDIT: Oh for Pete's sake, did I just accidentally use the entire story as cut-text? Yes. Yes I did. Sorry to anyone whose f-list got eaten.
= )
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Title: So Much to Say
Fandom: Inception
Characters/Pairings: Ariadne/Arthur (this is apparently the fandom wherein I write things I don't ship)
Rating/Warnings: PG (R for cussing, but the rest is innocuous)
Written For: [ profile] inception_kink (don't judge me!), prompt: "I was addicted to saying things and having them matter to someone."
Wordcount: 900
A/N: So, a while back I found a link to some (plotty) fills on the meme. I liked the fills and lost the link, and went back today to hunt for the things. I assumed this would not lead to projects, as I normally avoid kinkmemes (being a pearls-clutching innocent me.) Then I stumbled across this prompt. I don't know if anyone knows this, but I am a sucker for prompts I can relate to. And although this isn't Ariadne gen, it is firmly focused on her.


Nothing she can say will dent the shell of being twenty-two. )
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Title: Blur (Minutiae)
Fandom: Inception
Characters/Pairings: Arthur/Eames after-the-fact (greatly to my own surprise)
Ratings/Warnings: Sexual references, violence (nondomestic), cussing, brief references to bondage kink, control-freak tendencies.
Written for: The characters, who would not shut up
Wordcount: 1500
A/N: A lot of this was inspired by ideas I saw floating around as semi-common fanon; some if it is me exploiting the ideas for all they're worth and some is me trying to understand ideas that I don't quite see. So I own even less than I otherwise might; I don't believe I've actually plagiarized any of it, though. And the basic premise is my own. The closing quote is from Andrew Bird's "Fake Palindromes."

And therein, Arthur thinks, lies the crux of the problem: Eames has never been professional save when he's forging someone with the capacity. )
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This is not an Inception fic, but it is an outtake from a fuller one. It detracts from the narrative rather remarkably, and this fic needs to be focused, but I'm sort of inexplicably fond of the dynamic. Therefore, rather than acting like a grownup and saving it for something productive, I am posting it here in hopes of entertaining my flist.

Eames,” she hisses, jabbing an elbow in his ribs. “How did I get in from the helicopter last night?”

“You fell asleep.” She bridles at the amused superciliousness of his tone, but forces herself to remember that it’s Eames. Nothing personal. “I carried you up to your room – which reminds me, I’m buying you lunch today. Evidently the ‘freshmen fifteen’ is a myth.”

“I’m not a freshman, and I actually did gain them,” she corrects, propping her chin on her hands to better study the scene before her: preparation for some introductory practice with their new associates.

“Then I shudder to imagine how fragile you must have been in high school. So, were you afraid this was a dream, or wishing it?”

“I’m not sure. It certainly looks interesting.”

“When you get to my age, lovey, you’ll realize that interesting is almost always a bad thing.” She’s fairly sure a snort escapes after that one.


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