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Not Prime Time reveals are in, and I can now report what I wrote for this year's exchange -- a story I had a lot of fun developing, for a recipient I've written for before.  (I'll be back later to edit a bit for formatting -- I'm still learning how my new Bluetooth tablet keyboard  works -- but this will get the word out.

An Oblique Approach
 
Fandom: Iron Man (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Words: ~5300
Relationships: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark, Pepper Potts & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Pepper Potts, Tony Stark, Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Natasha Romanov (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Extremis Pepper Potts, POV Pepper Potts, terrible horrible no good very bad days, Footnotes

“Oh, Tony. Trust me, the very last thing I want to do is go out and shoot fire at things with stupid numbers of people watching. Also, I’m pretty sure ‘Human Torch’ is trademarked already.”

Tony sighed theatrically. “I get it,” he said. “But trust me, you don’t know what you’re missing.”


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Holmestice reveals are up, and I once again wrote a story that everyone immediately pegged as mine. (One of these rounds I will succeed at being sneakier.) I am amused and pleased that the story has been applauded both by those familiar with both obscure Holmes fandoms and by those familiar with neither.  I have not done a tally yet, but I also maintained a solid record of entertainingly wrong guesses about who'd written what.  Others did much, much better than I did at guessing this session.

So this one was my gift to [personal profile] language_escapes:

Charlotte Holmes in the 22nd Century
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century (Cartoon), Charlotte Holmes Series - Brittany Cavallaro, Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings:
No Archive Warnings Apply.
Presumes general knowledge of the two Cavallaro books published to date while avoiding plot-specific spoilers; extrapolates (sometimes sharply) from there.
Words: ~5800
Characters: Beth Lestrade, Charlotte Holmes, Martin Fenwick, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fusion, Crossover

One hundred forty-seven years.
Too long, I thought, and not nearly long enough. “I don’t imagine you’ve woken me just to chat about our respective ancestors. And the Yard has always had trouble with really creative criminals. Still—”

“We had hardly any criminals, period, for over fifty years,” Lestrade interjected. “Then about three months ago, things changed.

////

And I was gifted with a positively brilliant story focusing on a little-examined aspect of the Holmes-vs.-Moriarty conflict (no, [personal profile] trobadora , you are never going to stop blushing!).

The Question
Author: Trobadora
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Words: ~2000
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes & James Moriarty
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, James Moriarty
Additional Tags: appearances by Lestrade & Watson & Moran, Story: The Final Problem, Story: The Adventure of the Empty House

Of all the unanswered questions I had collected over the course of my career, none weighed upon me as much as that posed by the inexplicable inaction of Professor Moriarty.


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And now the reveal has gone live, and it's time to talk about what I wrote for Yuletide this year:

The Secrets of Isis
Fandom: Amelia Peabody - Elizabeth Peters
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: None for triggers.  Spoilers for Peters' novel Guardians of the Horizon (the second Lost Oasis adventure).
Words: ~1400
Characters: Nefret Forth Emerson, Daria (Amelia Peabody)
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge, Isis is a perfectly respectable goddess, Lost Oasis, Footnotes

As the Emersons prepare to leave the Holy Mountain for the second time, one Priestess of Isis passes her mantle to another.

This was an interesting project. The prompt specifically asked for a focus on Nefret, and although I initially considered looking at her time in Switzerland and/or medical school (and thus essentially on her own) I found I couldn't resist the call of the Lost Oasis.  That immediately made me think of Daria, who really doesn't get enough of the right kind of screen time in Guardians of the Horizon, and of using Daria's perspective to supply a different angle on Nefret's character.  In the end, the story is really pretty much evenly balanced between the two young women, which is not precisely what the prompt had called for, but the recipient seems to like the story and I'm reasonably satisfied with it.

I should mention that the bit of whimsy underlying the second footnote was a fortuitous happenstance.  I had typed in the title for the piece late in one writing session, and only realized what I'd done when I looked at it again on reopening the document the following day.  At which point I asked myself "Do I really want to go there?", to which the obvious answer was "Whyever not?"  (Mostly we should all be grateful that Sethos never got hold of the item in question.)

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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 Baum
Characters: Button-Bright, Polychrome
Rating: General Audiences
Words: ~4900
Warnings: none
Additional Tags: 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 Cunningham
Rating: General Audiences
Words: ~4500
Warnings: none
Characters: 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.
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And here's the story I wrote for this latest round: hologram!Moriarty several years on, not where (or who) you'd expect him to be. I did a good deal of chuckling with evil glee when I was writing this one.

A Policeman's Lot Is Not A Happy One
Fandoms: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Professor Moriarty Series - Michael Kurland, Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: James Moriarty, Madeleine Verlaine, Katherine Pulaski
Warnings: None for triggersSignificant spoilers for ST:TNG episodes “Ship in a Bottle” and “Elementary, Dear Data”.
Words: ~2200
Additional Tags: Holodeck Character, Sherlock Holmes References, For Science!

"I must say, Professor, you've come a long way since we first met. I daresay nowadays you sound more like Sherlock Holmes himself than you do an evil mastermind."

"As it happens," Moriarty said, "there's a reason for that, but it will probably confuse you."

 
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Playing catch-up: the story written for me in this season's Holmestice exchange was a delight -- all the cheerful roguery of the movie from which it's derived, plus bonus "Mary Morstan" and several cartons of canonical Easter eggs. 

The Design of the Four
Written by: SCFrankles
Fandom: Without a Clue (1988)
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Reginald "Sherlock Holmes" Kincaid, John Watson, Lily "Mary Morstan" Aspinall (OC)
Words: ~7800
Warnings: none
Additional Tags: Humor, Community: holmestice

Having recovered from the shock of Dr. Watson being the true detective and ‘Sherlock Holmes’ being an actor, Watson’s publisher has become more enthusiastic about the fictional aspect of the stories and is insisting Watson insert some romance by finding himself a temporary fiancée.

Luckily Kincaid has an old friend he believes is perfect for the job, and so ‘Miss Mary Morstan’ makes her entrance. True love does not ensue, but she does turn out to be most useful in the work that they do.

 

 
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A little late (real life has been...entertaining lately, in the may-you-live-in-interesting-times sense), but no less worth mentioning: as it turns out, You Can Do That In Fanfiction was a sufficiently small exchange that (1) my recipient and I were matched with each other in both directions, and (2) the stories we wrote each other were both in the same fandom -- specifically, Power Rangers Time Force.  This is in no way either a complaint or a criticism; it's something that can and will happen naturally, particularly in a smaller multi-fandom exchange wherein the fandoms themselves are small to start with.  If anything, I'm benignly amused by the happenstance and very much satisfied with both stories.

Here's the one written for me:

Changing Isn't Easy
Fandom: Power Rangers Time Force
Written by: [personal profile] rivulet027 
Characters: Nadira (Power Rangers), Lucas Kendall, Katie Walker
Rating: T / gen
Additional Tags: Redemption, Friendship
Warnings: none
Words: ~1,100

Nadira's having a difficult time adjusting to life back in the year 3000. Katie and Lucas help.

I like the character work here, and there's a good deal of thoughtful worldbuilding-by-implication lurking in the background.  Nadira is among the most interesting antagonists in the whole Rangerverse, and this story does a very good job of thinking through the characterization we were given.

#####

And here's what I wrote:

Red is the Color
Fandom: Power Rangers Time Force
Written by: [archiveofourown.org profile] Gray_Cardinal 
Characters/Relationships: Wesley Collins, Jennifer (Jen) Scotts, Circuit; Wes/Jen
Rating: G • F/M
Additional Tags: Time Travel, Temporal Paradox
Warnings: none
Words: ~2,000

“I’ve been doing some thinking since you guys left," said Wes. "Also, I got Dr. Zaskin at Dad’s lab to run a couple of tests. But I knew what they were going to tell me before the results came back – and so should you, if you think about it.”


The underlying premise of this story occurred to me almost at once after the assignment landed, but I couldn't arm-wrestle the AU that would logically follow from that premise into a story compact enough to be writeable in the time frame I had to work with.  So here it's purely a what-if, but one that still has a critical impact on our two lead Rangers.



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And here's the story I wrote for the round -- also a Mycroft-POV story, though with a quite different slant and tone, this one set in (mostly) traditional Conan Doyle canon territory.  There have been a considerable number of attempts to "explain" the events of "The Final Problem"; this one is mine.

Broken Silence

Written for: meredydd
Characters/Pairings: Mycroft Holmes, John Watson
Rating: G
Warnings: none

I shook my head slightly, levered myself to my feet – and, for the first and only time since the founding of the Diogenes, broke the club’s most cardinal rule. “Come,” I said to Dr. Watson, “and we shall discuss the matter.”

Note: The following narrative appears to be taken from the private papers of Mycroft Holmes, but its true provenance is likely to be the subject of considerable debate among Holmesian scholars.

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Written for me in the just-concluded summer round of Holmestice: an elegant and wholly convincing coda to (IMHO) one of the best 20th-century Sherlock Holmes films we have (starring Christopher Plummer and James Mason as Holmes and Watson).  Viewers may recall that Mycroft doesn't actually show up in Murder By Decree at all -- so it's entirely appropriate that this Mycroft is extrapolated as much from the Conan Doyle canon as from the events of the film...and that in this story, we see a Mycroft who's both utterly true to what we see of him in Doyle, and very different in some ways from many of the character's more modern renderings.

Art in the Blood
Author: rachelindeed
Characters/Pairings: Gen; Mycroft Holmes, John Watson, Sherlock Holmes
Fandom: Murder By Decree (1979 film)
Rating: G
Warnings: Major spoilers for the movie (the fic gives away the film’s ending)
Length: ~4,700 words

After the events of Murder By Decree, Mycroft Holmes leaves the British government and tries to decide what to do with the rest of his life.
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Here's what I wrote for the current round of Holmestice.  I am amused and gratified at the pleased responses it's gotten -- I was initially nervous as to whether I'd done right by the characters here, but the consensus seems to be that of course the story's central assumption must be accurate.

Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] mundungus42 
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Mycroft Holmes
Type/Rating: G • gen
Additional Tags: Australian Aboriginal Mythology, Case Fic, Minor Original Characters, Stealth Crossover
Warnings: none
Words: ~7900

The case of the vanishing boomerang appeared at first to be a trivial matter. But it revealed an aspect of Sherlock Holmes’ past that shed new light on his character – and only many years later did its true impact begin to come to light.


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Next, written for me in the current round of Holmestice:

to cradle the world in his hands
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
Written by: language_escapes
Characters: Tennyson, Wiggins, Deidre, Sherlock Holmes
Type/Rating: G • gen
Additional Tags: Ableism, British Sign Language, Canon Disabled Character, Character Study, Disability, Languages, Origin Story
Warnings: none
Words: ~7900

He does not feel limited.
A Tennyson origin story.

This story, like its protagonist, is enormously intelligent and immensely likeable, even as it tackles a complicated and prickly set of issues with deft and sensitive wisdom -- and reveals that even Sherlock Holmes is occasionally challenged.  Clearly I've won the story lottery this holiday season....
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I am behind by several acknowledgment posts (and indeed, one whole exchange), so don't be surprised if the order of the next few posts is a little odd as I attempt to catch up.

First up is the Yuletide story written for me:

This Soft World

Fandom: Tomorrowland (2015)
Written by: ???
Characters: Athena, Frank Walker, David Nix
Relationships: Athena & Frank Walker, Athena & David Nix
Rating: T / gen
Additional Tags: Friendship, Loyalty, Androids, Developing Autonomy
Warnings: none
Words: ~22,000 (!)

Athena has always been clear about her purpose in life and no amount of reprogramming will change that. It's what Frank likes most about her.

I am pretty much gobsmacked.  This is brilliantly-worked-out AI spec-fic, beautifully executed relationship fic, and a deep and intricate extrapolation of both movie canon and material from the prequel novel Before Tomorrowland (though you do not have to read the latter book to appreciate what's here).  I count Tomorrowland as the most underappreciated movie of the past year, and I think my mystery author must agree with me; this story is flat-out amazing.
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And this was my Fic Corner story.  This one surprised me a little, not so much in terms of where it went but of how it got there.  As it turned out, the story I wrote more or less answered one of my own requests as well as my recipient's.

Ten Grinches Plus Two
Fandom: Austin / Murry-O'Keefe Families - Madeleine L'Engle
Written For: katayla
Characters: Zachary Gray, Kali Cutter, Canon Tallis
Words: ~4000
Warnings: none
Rating: Teen (for intimacy, albeit non-sexual)

Notes: This story takes place during the summer following the events of An Acceptable Time, which I *think* should put both these characters in their early twenties. Like L’Engle herself, I have avoided tying the world in which these characters live to any specific date, although – also like L’Engle – I have silently adapted the level of background technology to align with slightly better-than-current versions of what’s commonly in use today.

Summary:
“Not much use, is it? I mean, what kind of a lighthouse doesn’t have somewhere to leap dramatically off of and end it all?”

The young woman – probably, Zachary thought, about his own age – looked at him sharply. “That wasn’t--"

He wagged a finger at her. “It isn’t now, maybe. But you were thinking about it before you got here. I’ve been there.”
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Out of a good many possible combinations, my story for Crossovering this year ended up being an MCU-meets-NCIS yarn -- more specifically, a hypothetical out-take from Ant-Man, which I think I'll count my second-favorite of this summer's movies after Tomorrowland.  I will observe in my own defense that this is, in fact, a case where the words popped out of the character's mouth before either he or I realized what he was about to say.

Say It With Me
Fandoms: Ant-Man, MCU, NCIS
Written For: sian1359
Characters: Hank Pym, Ducky Mallard
Words: ~1750
Warnings: none (but presumes you've seen Ant-Man)
Rating: G
Notes: This story constitutes a “missing scene” from Ant-Man, taking place following the implosion of PymTech headquarters but before Scott and Hope turn up in Hank’s hospital room. (I am assuming that at least a day passes between those two events.)
Summary:
Hank Pym's visitor shrugged. “I wouldn’t worry. After what happened in Sokovia, no one – well, almost no one – is likely to make much of your little kerfuffle. There are perhaps a dozen people on the planet who could look at that film and see what I did.”


“True, but at least three of them hate my guts.”
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And for Fic Corner, I have a really remarkable crossover piece featuring my favorite Tom Swift universe very neatly integrated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (including a lot of highly entertaining cameos) and featuring an answer to the question Madeleine L'Engle fans have been asking about Charles Wallace for simply ages.

Sandra Swift, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
by hhertzof

Fandoms: Tom Swift IV, MCU, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Austin/Murry-O'Keefe families - Madeleine L'Engle
Characters/Pairings: (F/M) Sandra Swift, Charles Wallace Murry, Tom Swift, Rick Cantwell
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Words: ~ 1500

Summary:

Sandra's path after high school isn't one she expected.


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First in a quick flurry of posts catching up on the current exchanges:

For Crossovering, I received a highly entertaining ST:TOS/Narnia yarn, complete with wardrobe and faun:

...To Coldly Go...
by foxtwin
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS / Chronicles of Narnia
Characters: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Tumnus, Digory Kirke
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Words: ~ 2600

....this is pretty clearly exactly what would have happened if Our Heroes had beamed down to planet!Narnia. The early-gen tricorder would indeed have gone slowly out of its tiny duotronic mind, Spock would have been mistaken for an Elf...and then, of course, there's the backwards journey into the wardrobe....
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And now that the reveal has gone live, here's what I wrote for Not Prime Time this year:

The Other Scottish Play

Fandom: Agent Carter
Written For: sandyk
Characters: Peggy Carter, Angie Martinelli, Dottie Underwood, Edwin Jarvis
Words: ~4700
Rating: T (for threats of violent death)
Summary:
After their last encounter, Dottie had every confidence that Peggy Carter would shoot first – probably with an elephant gun – and ask questions later. Even Red Room training and enhancement wasn’t proof against sufficiently heavy artillery, and Dottie had no desire to find herself on the wrong end of that sort of firefight. Subtler measures were therefore called for.

This was more than usually entertaining to write, as I got to indulge both my inner theater junkie and my fiendish-deathtrap design skills.

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Not Prime Time is open, and I have been officially wowed.  My gift story is a truly excellent, canon-wise deconstruction of a character who may never actually have been a supervillain after all.  There is much other good work in the collection as well, some of which I hope to rec later, but here's what was written for me:

Wreck My Mind While the Planet Turns
Fandom: Sky High
Character: Gwen Grayson
Rating: none
Warnings: none
Words: ~ 1600
Summary:
She’s still not exactly sure what she’s actually going to make of her life, but she knows that whatever she does, she won’t be wasting her potential.
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Time for a quick burst of updatery, as I dig out from a very busy couple of weeks.  Finished NPT story, spent a week visiting with visiting family (scarily, The Niece goes into her senior year in high school this fall), signed up for Fic Corner and Crossovering (but you knew that), and survived the Great Portland Heat Wave.

Now I can tell you what I wrote for Holmestice, based on Laurie R. King's "Mary Russell" series:

A Matter of Memoirs

Written for: amindamazed (hophophop)
Fandom:
Mary Russell - Laurie R. King
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock Holmes, Mary Russell, Holmes/Russell
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Words: ~ 1200
Summary:
Among all the possible reasons for writing one's memoirs, the best may be that one gets to tell the tale oneself.

As I said in comments for this, it certainly won't be my last Holmestice.  This was a fun and challenging exchange, and I definitely want to play again.

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I got not one but two absolutely amazing stories in this summer's Holmestice exchange (as the title suggests, focusing on the infinite variety of Sherlock Holmes).

Echoes of the Past

Fandom: Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes and Beth Lestrade
Word Count: ~3100
Rating: G
Warning: None
Summary: There’s more than one way to connect with a previous century.

and

On Verity and Verisimilitude
Characters/Pairings: James Moriarty (hologram)
Word Count: ~1200
Rating:
G
Warnings: None
Summary: Moriarty gazed on the stars, and trembled at the possibilities.
Author Notes: Alternatively, the one in which you know Moriarty is evil because he thinks Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem is funny. Severe spoilers for Star Trek: The Next Generation 6x12 "Ship in a Bottle."

I also direct the reader's attention to the following story, which was written for gardnerhill but which I certainly could have asked for.  (Note that the Author Notes are from the currently-anonymous writer, not from me.)

A Handsome and Generous People
Characters/Pairings: Holmes & Wt'sn, Holmes/Watson
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None
Tags: Hurt/comfort, angst, humor, copious ACD canon references, happy ending. 7.5K words
Summary:
“Watson,” Holmes said, reaching up to clasp my wrist.
“I’m sorry, old chap,” I said, giving him my hand. “It’s only Wt’sn.”


Author Notes:
Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century was a never-produced Filmation series; the pilot became a stand-alone two-parter within their space-western Bravestarr. (It's available on Hulu, although mislabeled there; skip to 1:10 to get past the obnoxious credits. There are also a few copies floating around YouTube.) Most of the backstory you'll need is in the first ten-to-twelve minutes; by the time Marshall Bravestarr shows up to ask for help you're pretty much set, although I do refer to the case once or twice.

Or, if you prefer a quick textual recap: During the fight with Moriarty at Reichenbach, with Watson too far away to give aid, Holmes is the one who falls. On the way down, he passes through a timewarp and into an 1890s-meets-the-1980s 23rd-century London. Holmes immediately meets Dr. Wt'sn, a green-skinned alien physician from a planet in the Rigel system, and the two get on well enough to solve cases together. Also, Holmes can shoot lightning from his fingers. (I dunno, it's a falling-through-a-timewarp thing.)

However, time warps, lightning bolts, and digital clocks aside: this is simply a canon-heavy story about being the wrong Watson.

Charter

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