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Title: In Ourselves and Our Stars
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Pairings: Gwen/Morgana
Ratings/Warnings: PG, dire situations
Written for: this prompt at the Picture's Worth 1000 Words comment meme.
Wordcount: 1100
A/N: Spaceship!AU, because... I can.

You never know what's going to happen, after all. )
sour_idealist: (Dr. Who | Hello Sweetie)
First: A Softer World remixes!

2 x Brick, 1 x Sucker Punch )

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Second: there was a meme on Tumblr wherein one's friends proposed a hypothetical cast and then you created a false movie poster and synopsis with that cast and inspired by a randomly selected ("randomly") song. I ended up making three. Two had the casts suggested by [livejournal.com profile] 1st_eggokage; the first was inspired by "Turning" from Les Miserables (sort of), the second by "In My Veins" by Andrew Belle. The third synopsis was all me, inspired by "St. Stephen's Cross" by Vienna Teng.

I had a lot of fun with this. )

And finally, one Merlin wallpaper. )
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Title: Rescue
Fandom: Merlin
Rating/Warnings: Language
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] hs_bingo at the last possible minute
A/N: AUUUGH

Read more... )
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Title: The Luck of the Draw
Fandoms: MerlinThe Traitor Game
Characters/Pairings: Gwen, Tom, Merlin, Hunith, Morgana, Gorlois, Arthur, Francis, Francis's Mum, Michael, Michael's Mum, Uther, Luke, [Francis/Michael, Gwen/Morgana, Arthur/Merlin]
Rating/Warnings: PG-13, swearing, homophobia, hateful language (mostly self-labelling but not in a reclaiming sense)
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] hs_bingo, prompt "coming out" (last one! except I think I need to rewrite "blind date" ASAP, it isn't really close)
Wordcount: 1800
A/N: Hello, Michael's Mum, apparently you have repressed snarking instincts and a lot of insecurities and are maybe a bit more perceptive than Michael gave you credit for. Welcome to the list of People I Am Going To Write About.

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Six people. Six coming out stories - or not. )
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Title: In Lovers' Eyes
Fandom: Merlin (how did this one become my primary fandom? I feel so faithless to FFXIII - which, granted, is a few years younger yet).
Characters/Pairings: Gwen/Morgana(/Imagery)
Rating/Warnings: G
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] hs_bingo (almost done! I just have to finish today).
Wordcount: 500
A/N: No notes today. Except that my poor flist narrowly escaped angry Narnia meta with cussing, partly because of this fic.

She got lost in a haze of color and texture and shading and line; or sank into a maze of wire and paper and thin, translucent shadows; or became hypnotized with the soaked grey clay as it took shape under the half-conscious guidance of her fingers. )
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Title: Treasure Troves
Fandom: Merlin (I love the show, but I am so ready to write something else for once. Or at least canonfic.)
Characters/Pairings: Gorlois, Gwen/Morgana
Rating/Warnings: G, lots of talk of food, not Britpicked (which warning also applies to the rest of this verse.)
Written For: [livejournal.com profile] hs_bingo, prompt "sweet sixteen."
A/N: 1) I had to basically invent a father/daughter dynamic for this; 2) I never checked whether sweet sixteen is a done thing in the U.K., but assume that Gorlois was raised in the U.S. and moved to England when he married, bringing the tradition with him; 3) the song quoted at the end is Vienna Teng's "Harbor."

“Nothing but the best for my little girl’s birthday,” Gorlois chuckled, reaching for the towering coffeepot. “Although not so little anymore, I guess.” )
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Title: Unsaid
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Pairings: Arthur, Uther [mentions of Gwen, Morgana, and Merlin; Arthur/Merlin]
Ratings/Warnings: PG-13; homophobia, swearing, sexual references
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] hs_bingo, prompt "out past curfew."
Wordcount: 800
A/N: More about parents and children. (Also, I finally managed to at least reference Morgana's living situation.)

"You look debauched." )
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Title: To Adorn You In My Finest
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Pairings: Gwen/Morgana
Rating/Warnings: G, descriptions of clothing by someone uneducated in high fashion
Written For: [livejournal.com profile] hs_bingo, prompt "party." (I now have one full row, so I'll definitely be able to turn in a bingo.)
Wordcount: 1700 (AUGH. It was supposed to be little and finished by midnight. Yeah, I went to bed at 3 a.m last night. Bad choice.)
EDIT: Thanks to Remix Madness 2011, this has now been re-done as To Adorn You In My Finest [The Friend is a Four-Letter Word Remix], which is quite lovely. Go forth and enjoy!

"My father's throwing a dreadfully dull party for Christmas. Would you like to come?" )
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Title: Selective Use of Full Titles
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Pairings: Merlin/Arthur, one-sided at this point
Rating/Warnings: PG-13, foul & hateful language, mentions of homophobia/minor homophobic bullying, too many parentheses, overuse of the word "prat"
Written For: [livejournal.com profile] hs_bingo, for the prompt "class - p.e."
Wordcount: 660
A/N: Direct predecessor to "Inconvenient Insights," and set about two weeks prior.

The ball always served as an eye to a hurricane of unsportsmanlike elbows and feet ready to stomp, and anyone who flubbed a catch or missed a pass would be guaranteed a five-minute lesson on his genealogy and anatomy, with helpful and detailed instructions about how he could go about improving the arrangement of the latter.  )
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Title: Inconvenient Insights; or, He Got His (Lack of) Brains From His Father
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Pairings: Merlin, Hunith, one-sided Merlin/Arthur (discussed)
Ratings/Warnings: PG, mild crudeness but Merlin is trying to tone it down. (Because, you know. Mum.)
Wordcount: 570
Written for:  [livejournal.com profile] hs_bingo, prompt: blind date. (It wandered. Blind dates are tangentially mentioned. I have issues with the things, kay?)
A/N: First attempt at writing Hunith. Because Merlin is a momma's boy even when he's in a society that doesn't approve of that whole idea.

Merlin gave up on the aloofness of a self-respecting teenage boy and leaned back in his chair, sighing. “It’s just… there’s this prat. Arthur Pendragon." )
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Title: Learned from Gaps in the Lesson Plan
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Pairings: Gwen, OC, implied one-sided Gwen/OFC
Ratings/Warnings: PG-13, clinical discussions of sex, some foul language
Written For: [livejournal.com profile] hs_bingo, sex ed prompt
Wordcount: 500 (Finally! Something shorter!
A/N: Set several years before the rest of the Panfandom High verse, which I will organize and tag as soon as I a) get my last fandom in here and b) it is not 2:00 in the morning.


Gwen flipped open her notebook and began to doodle: swirls and arcs and curlicues in lines and clusters across the page. This entire class just felt... useless, really. )
sour_idealist: (Gwen Smiling)
Title: The Complex Mathematics of Two Plus Two
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Pairings:  Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Morgana
Ratings/Warnings: PG-13; innuendo, Arthur's driving, discussions of remaining closeted
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] hs_bingo 
Wordcount: 1500. Why can't I write anything under a thousand words for this challenge?!
A/N: This is a sequel to "Empty Houses, Liquor Cabinets, and the Desecration of Desks," which itself is associated with "From Either Side of a Closet Door."

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They piled into a corner booth, Arthur and Merlin on one side and Gwen and Morgana on the other, and argued over whether or not to order an appetizer. Morgana fed Gwen chips with surprising daintiness, and Merlin and Arthur stole each others’ onion rings. )
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Title: From Either Side of a Closet Door
Fandoms: Merlin/The Traitor Game
Characters/Pairings: Merlin/Arthur, Michael/Francis
Rating/Warnings: PG-13, Swearing like sailors (not in Latin), discussions of sex, homophobia, stress of remaining closeted, lack of Britpicking, and me trying to be serious and meaningful while the characters (particularly Arthur and Merlin) insist on being amusing and hot.
Wordcount: 1200
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] hs_bingo; it could count for several prompts and I haven't decide which one.
A/N: I think this may be the first fic for The Traitor Game ever to be written. I'm afraid they don't show up until about halfway down, but they are in there, I promise. I hope you'll be able to grasp what's going on even if you only know one canon. Now has a Merlin-specific tie-in/prequel here.

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The blond bloke was behind the darker-haired one, rubbing a hand along his companion’s hips; the darker one had his head turned back as if to say something. Or as if he’d only have to twist a little bit more and they would be kissing right in the middle of the dance floor. The bloody idiots. )
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Oh, MERLIN. What am I going to do with you?

Slashiness! Helpful signs for the highly literate populace and equal rights for different races and dresses Morgana and Nimue could wear to any modern party of their choice, all in the 300s in England! Femmeslashiness! Gwen BRINGS MORGANA FLOWERS! There is evidently PUBLIC EDUCATION since Merlin can use homework as an excuse for poking about in scrolls! Everyone is clean with shiny teeth! LANCELOT, who must be fangirled - even characters in the show cannot resist, even if male! (Did I mention the slashiness? Honestly, I think this show may trump Glee for that and Glee involves two canonically gay guys FROLICKING and SINGING TO EACH OTHER.) (Lancelot KISSES PEOPLE'S HANDS. I... have a thing for that.)

And oh my goodness, Gwen, please bring me flowers too! Everything about Gwen, especially when the sun is behind her. She isn't as movie-star glamor-gorgeous as Morgana, but she's real and non-icey and when she smiles the ENTIRE SCREEN lights up.  She GLOWS.
(I...may have a little bit of a crush.)

EDIT: This post has the following to say about Gwen and this reaction to her:
Hey, guys! The internet told me that Angel Coulby isn’t pretty given how she is not “traditionally beautiful” (but they totes like that she is “average”/”normal” looking and not “perfect” like Katie McGrath). And, you know, obviously the internet is just doing a really bad job at coding “NOT WHITE” so I could not call my reaction surprise, exactly.
So I feel I should clarify two things.
One, okay, she isn't traditionally beautiful (or, as I put it, movie-star glamor-gorgeous) the way NuSeries! Nyota Uhura is.  Because I don't, actually, mean "not white," I mean "not all narrow high cheekbones and arched eyebrows and pointed chin".
Second, I don't think she's even remotely normal-looking. Because "not traditionally beautiful" doesn't mean "not mind-bogglingly lovely and heartstopping."
If I were talking to Morgana, I would feel awkward and uncomfortable because she is intimidating.
Were I to talk to Gwen, I would trip over my own words five times worse than she does and yet be practically floating because I would be absolutely smitten.

(Okay, so more than a little bit of a crush. Anyway, I hope we are now clear on where I stand.)

I am 4.25 episodes in and I am capslocking this much. It's just so SILLY and almost takes itself seriously but not quite and I am just REVELLING in the RIDICULOUSNESS. It is sort of like Monty Python only with plot and no moose. (I mean, and lots of other differences. But in the way that a) they are King Arthur adaptations and b) you just have to lean back and bathe in the silliness.

(And yes, despite being this lack-of-farness* in I have read all of [livejournal.com profile] fahye's fic for it, and oh my gosh better than the show. It has the charm of the characters, first of all. And the thing is, I like the show half for the characters and half for the *snerksnerk oh you are not serious but you are CHARMINGLY SILLY.* Fahye's fic is freaking gorgeously written. Therefore, I actually enjoy it on a semi-serious level (I mean, a lot of the fic is funny, and then there is the James Bond AU. But I enjoy the fic for the story and the characters and the antics of the characters, whereas I enjoy the show for the characters and the antics and the ridiculousness.

This post probably makes no sense, does it. Anyway, back to watching. (And, I mean. 4.25 episodes in, all opinions subject to change.)

*12: 38. If I were coherent, I would be doing Work.

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