An especially joyful Yuletide this year for me: I had been morally certain that the count showing two
Yuletide stories for me was a system bug (the second showed up right after the restore of all those accidentally purged assignments), but lo and behold I discovered two stories under my virtual tree when the archive opened. And both of them are seriously nifty....
First we have Oz (well, technically, mostly Philadelphia with an eventual excursion ending up in Mo), featuring a really thoughtful and engaging look at two of my favorite characters, a very neat interpolation between several relatively obscure parts of Baum canon, and just exactly the right amount of emotional subtext between our protagonists. I have certain suspicions about the authorship of this one....Twin Properties Written by:
?? Fandom: Oz - L. Frank BaumCharacters:
Reunions, Pre-ship, (if you want to read it like that)
When Polly gets lost in the US, she seeks out her only mortal (actually, only in general) friend.
AKA How Button-Bright ended up in that popcorn snowdrift.
And then we have an equally entertaining tale of my very favorite Forgotten Realms characters -- this one mostly sorcery rather than swordsmanship, with deviously complicated magic and a cleverly executed meeting between arch-wizard and arch-rogue that catches both characters very well indeed. I have absolutely no idea who may have written this one, but I'm extremely happy to have gotten it.The Amethyst Gate Written by:
??Fandom: Forgotten Realms
, Songs & Swords - Elaine CunninghamRating:
Arilyn Moonblade, Danilo Thann, Elaith Craulnober, Khelben Arunsun
It's an ordinary-looking magical portal - but when Danilo steps through, it collapses in on itself, leaving Arilyn with a mystery that even the Archmage of Waterdeep and a guardian of Evermeet may not be able to fully unravel.