owlmoose: A bright blue butterfly (butterfly)
Title: A Home by the Woods
Fandom: Critical Role
Rating: G-ish
Wordcount: 1000
Characters: Percy/Vex
Spoilers: Set vaguely after episode 89, spoilers to that point (though nothing too specific).
Notes: Written for the "a picture is worth a thousand words" challenge, where participants receive a photo prompt and write a story of exactly one thousand words based on it. My photo was Silent Shadow (Finding Alice) by Alexandra Bloch.

Also on AO3.

Summary: On the eve of an important event, Vex goes for a walk in the woods.

Vex always feels most herself in the forest.

From their childhood, Vax preferred the hustle and bustle of cities and towns; while Vex acknowledges the many charms of urban life (good food, cute shops -- and cute shopkeepers -- soft beds...), every so often she needs a day away, needs to trade cobblestones and buildings and prying eyes for soft earth and ancient trees. A day to breathe deeply of fresh air, feel dappled sunshine on her cheeks, listen for the small sounds of abundant life -- wind brushing through leaves, insects creaking, birds chirping, the cry of a distant eagle. Alone, with her bear and perhaps her brother for company, Vex can journey into the woods and find solace there.

Not every day, but some days, she awakens to wooden beams over her head instead of the open sky, and knows she needs to make her escape. On one such day, she rises, dresses, and wakes Trinket -- all quietly, so as not to disturb the man still asleep beside her -- and then goes, snagging some bread and cheese from the kitchen on her way out. As she leaves the castle for the woods, she feels her breath come easier, her shoulders lighten as the trees rise around her and the rustle of wind in the leaves fills her ears. An hour in, she finds a likely fallen log, covered with moss and dead leaves, and sits, pulling out her breakfast and scratching Trinket behind the ears while they watch the sun rise.

Read more... )
owlmoose: (da - nathanial)
Title: The Rising Mist
Fandom: Dragon Age and Final Fantasy XII
Rating: Teen (moderate DA-typical violence)
Wordcount: 26,903
Characters: Ashe, Balthier, Basch, Penelo, Fran, Elissa Cousland, Alistair, Nathaniel Howe, Alim Surana, Sigrun, Leliana, Zevran, many others.
Spoilers: Yes, for all three games and Dragon Age 2. Contains a couple of DA:I references but no spoilers.
Notes: So. I kept saying I was working on it, and here it is. Only five and a half years later. Many, many apologies for the wait, but I'm really happy to be able to share it now. A couple of comments. First, because huge chunks of this were plotted and written before DA:I came out, it's not entirely compliant with its canon. Second, huge thanks to everyone who ever talked story meta with me (names that come to mind are [personal profile] sarasa_cat, [personal profile] lassarina, and [personal profile] alias_sqbr, although I'm sure that's not everybody), and especially to [personal profile] justira for providing an amazing and detailed beta read, above and beyond the call of duty. Finally, my love to everyone who left a review on Part One asking for more, or who commented with enthusiasm whenever I added WoI to my monthly writing goals. Knowing that people were looking forward to this second installment kept me pushing forward, and I look forward to being able to say it's finally completely done whenever I get to writing Part Three (currently targeted to publish in 2018).

Posted on AO3.
owlmoose: (narnia - edmund coat)
Hmm, I need some Critical Role icons.

Title: Sibling Rivalry
Fandom: Critical Role
Rating: GA
Wordcount: 2011
Characters: Percy and Cassandra, mention of Percy/Vex
Spoilers: through episode 73 ("The Coming Storm")
Notes: Written for the 2016 round of Winter's Crest gifts, to a request for a story about the complex relationship between the de Rolo siblings, especially in light of the revelations in episode 73. Set in a slight AU of Episode 74 (giving Vox Machina an extra day in Whitestone).

Summary: Percival and Cassandra sometimes have different ideas about how much information she needs to have to properly rule Whitestone. A conversation, a fight, a reconciliation.

On AO3
owlmoose: (B5 - Ivanova)
Title: Bridges
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: Gen
Wordcount: 838
Characters: Susan Ivanova, Elizabeth Lochley
Spoilers: Whole series
Notes: Written for the 2016 round of Fandom Stocking, to a request of Ivanova and Lochley meeting for the first time. Apologies for any canon errors, particularly station geography.

Also on AO3

The Warlock popped out of the jumpgate, and Captain Susan Ivanova's hands tightened on the rail at a too-familiar sight: Babylon 5, spinning off in the distance.

When the orders had come in to make a pit-stop at Babylon 5 the Warlock's last port of call before returning to Earth, Ivanova had been tempted to toss them out of an airlock, or send them back with a few choice words scrawled on top. She'd taken this assignment to get away from her memories, bad and good alike; she'd planned to come back for a visit someday, but not yet. Not when the wounds were still this fresh.

But she hadn't. )
owlmoose: A bright blue butterfly (butterfly)
Title: Those Who Wait
Fandom: Critical Role
Rating: G
Wordcount: 4317
Characters: Mostly OCs. Brief appearances by Kerrek and Vax.
Spoilers: Through Episode 56 ("Hope"). Set during Ep 54 through 56.
Notes: Written for the 2016 reverse big bang sponsored by [tumblr.com profile] critrolebang, and based on this artwork by [tumblr.com profile] cool-porygon. The art is also embedded at the end of the story.

Summary: A young woman of Westruun contemplates whether to flee the site of a terrible disaster, or stay and help rebuild her home.

On AO3
owlmoose: (book -- glasses)
Title: Past Time for Later
Fandom: Critical Role
Rating: PG-ish?
Wordcount: 1730
Characters: Vex/Percy
Spoilers: Yes, through Episode 73. Set vaguely afterwards; written between the airing of 73 and 74.
Notes: Like last time, this was a Perc'ahlia bunny that wouldn't leave me alone. Before it was an image; this time, a line of dialogue, but either way the story will be written. Once again, likely doomed to become non-canonical sooner rather than later, which is still not going to stop me. ;) Cleaned up from an earlier version that I posted on Tumblr.

Summary: Percy said they would "talk later"; Vex decides that the time for later is now.

On Ao3
owlmoose: (marvel - peggy serious)
Back in July, I took 15 Characters prompts on Tumblr, and wrote three stories, which I am just now getting around to cross-posting. Enjoy the wackiness; I know I did.

Title: Strange Bedfellow
Characters: Cassandra Pentaghast (Dragon Age)/Peggy Carter (MCU)
Prompt: "Fifteen and three discover a cat in their bed. Is it their cat? Did one of them bring home a cat? Is it a strange cat? you decide."
Notes: Bet you never thought of this pairing before. Bet you can't stop thinking about it now.

On Tumblr / On Ao3




Title: Gather Ye Lords and Ladies Fair
Characters: Cassandra, Bethany Hawke, Paine (FFX-2)
Prompt: 3, 13, and 7 at a Renaissance faire
Notes: Modern AU, of course. Title is a lyric from a Blackmore's Night song.

On Tumblr / On Ao3




Title: Insubordination
Characters: Peggy Carter, Natasha Romanoff, Carver Hawke
Prompt: Five and Fifteen are fighting viciously. Twelve steps in to break it up with a stunning revelation.
Notes: Set in the MCU, although don't think too hard about what timeframe. Let's call it an AU, since we're crossing it over with Dragon Age anyway.

On Tumblr / On Ao3
owlmoose: (quote - B5 avalanche)
Title: Opportunity
Fandom: Critical Role
Rating: PG-ish
Wordcount: 1309
Characters: Vex/Percy
Spoilers: Yes, MAJOR spoilers through Ep 69.
Notes: I rarely write my take on scenes that are probably going to happen soon in canon, but this bunny wouldn't leave me alone. Fully aware that this could be jossed as early as this Thursday. Cleaned up from an earlier version that I posted on Tumblr.

Summary: "Vex'ahlia felt a hand on her shoulder, and glanced up to see Vax'ildan staring down at her. Vax lifted his chin, flicked his eyes in Percy's direction, then back to her, followed by a nod so tiny that no one else would have seen it. But Vex knew her brother, and she knew exactly what that look meant. Talk to him. Don't let the opportunity slip away again." A quiet moment, a confession, a response.

On AO3
owlmoose: (ff12 - balthier)
Title: Another Round
Fandom: Mass Effect/Final Fantasy XII
Rating: Teen
Wordcount: 1142
Characters: Garrus/Balthier
Spoilers: Implied, for Garrus's recruitment mission in ME2
Notes: Written for the 2016 Final Fantasy Kiss Battle, to a prompt by [personal profile] lassarina. This is [personal profile] justira's fault, entirely. My first time writing any sort of ME fic at all, so be gentle.

Also on AO3.

---

Garrus flipped a credit chit at the bartender. "Another," he said.

The asari shot him a hard glare. "Haven't you had enough already?" In answer, Garrus glared back, and the asari picked up the chit with a heavy sigh. "Fine." She tapped the chit to the reader, then frowned. "Huh."

"What?" Garrus drained the dregs of his drink and pushed the glass to the side. "Something wrong?"

"It's been declined," the bartender said.

Garrus clicked his mandibles in irritation. "That can't be right," he said. "Try it again."

The bartender crossed her arms. "It won't work," she snapped. "Besides, like I said, you've had enough."

"Fine," Garrus rumbled. "I'm sure another bar on Omega would be happy to take my money."

"Be my guest." The bartender tossed the chit at his face, but before it could hit him, a hand snatched it neatly out of the air.

Garrus turned; the hand belonged to the human man sitting next to him at the bar. The man studied the chit, pushed it toward Garrus, and then pulled another out of his vest pocket. "Let me cover it," he said.

The asari looked at him, glanced at Garrus, then turned back to the man. "You sure?"

The man shrugged. "Why not? I hate to see a good fellow go begging for a drink. And I'll take another of these" -- he tilted his own empty glass in her direction -- "as long as you're at it."

"He's not exactly begging," the bartender grumbled, but she took the proffered chit and verified it before pouring the two drinks and handing them over. Then she slid around to the other side of the bar, as though to avoid any further conversation, not giving them another look.

Garrus turned toward his seatmate, who he thought might provide better company. )
owlmoose: (da - hawke)
Title: Landlubbers
Fandom: Dragon Age 2
Rating: M
Wordcount: 4697
Characters: Merrill/Isabela/f!Hawke, Bethany Hawke
Spoilers: For endgame of DA2
Notes: Written for the 2016 Wintersend Exchange (a lady-centric fanwork exchange for Dragon Age). This is the first time I've participated, and it was great fun. I need to browse more of the other entries.

Summary: After everything goes to hell in Kirkwall, Isabela whisks away her two girlfriends for a life on the high seas. Merrill and Hawke promise to obey their captain and learn to be good sailors -- a promise that lasts until the first time the ship is boarded.

Also on AO3.

---

Isabela stood on the edge of the dock, looking up at the forbidding stones of the Gallows for what she dearly hoped was the last time. "All right, that does it: we're getting out of here. All of us." She turned to face her girls: first Merrill, green eyes wide as she surveyed the damage, and then Hawke, whose face was unreadable. "Captain's orders."

Hawke shook her head. "But-- the mansion, I have to get--"

"Hawke." Isabela circled her fingers around Hawke's wrist, finding the bare skin above her gloves, and Hawke started, turning to face her. "Admit it: there's nothing you need in the mansion. Not really."

Her shoulders slumped in a half-sigh. "I suppose not," she murmured. "But-- Mother--"

"Mother would want you to be safe." Bethany stepped out from Hawke's other side and turned to face her sister. "Even if that means leaving all your physical memories behind." She half-smiled. "We did it often enough, before."

Hawke looked at Isabela, then back at Bethany. "I suppose you're right." She glanced at Isabela again. "The ship's ready, then?"

"Has been for weeks," Isabela replied, forcing a lightness into her voice that she didn't really feel. "Just waiting for some passengers." She turned to Merrill. "How about you, kitten? Do you need anything?"

'Everything that means anything to me here, is here.' )
owlmoose: (da - seeker)
Title: Grown
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 1278
Characters: Leliana/Bethany Hawke
Spoilers: Minor, for all three games
Notes: Written for the Tumblr giveaway I ran last year, as a gift for [tumblr.com profile] defira85. She requested Leliana/Bethany for Femslash February, in the context of Bethany joining the Inquisition as the leader of a group of mages, and having an old crush on Leliana from their days in Lothering. This is a lovely idea, which I adopted as headcanon for my Marian Hawke's universe from the moment I got the prompt. :) Defira, I hope you enjoy it!

Also on AO3.

"Bethany Hawke." Leliana regarded the newcomer with a smile, and an outstretched hand. "I heard you had come to Skyhold, but I wasn't sure whether to believe it."

Bethany returned the smile and shook Leliana's hand with a warm, sure grip. She was dressed in dark blue robes, a sandalwood staff strapped to her back. Leliana almost hadn't recognized her, but the gentle, shy girl that she remembered from the Lothering Chantry shone through the same brown eyes, the same sweet smile. "Believe it or not, here I am."

Read more... )
owlmoose: (da - seeker)
Title: Climbing Home
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 1910
Characters: f!Brosca/Leliana, Cole
Spoilers: Yes, for the Grey Warden quests in DAI
Notes: This is an extremely overdue fic for a giveaway run by [tumblr.com profile] womenofthedas something like a year and a half ago. I got an idea, then got stalled, then Inquisition gave me another idea, and then I got stalled on that one, too. But I determined that I would finish it, and now here it is. The giveaway winner, [tumblr.com profile] ezio-dafirenze, asked for a Brosca/Leliana story, to include a theme of dwarves adjusting to life on the surface. The Warden in this story is based on her description. Thanks to [personal profile] justira for beta reading, especially their help with the rock climbing part.

Also on AO3

Marali Brosca stood at the base of Skyhold and looked up, shading her eyes against the mid-afternoon sun. The climb didn't seem too formidable: the stones were rough-hewn, and she saw lots of good places for footholds. And high as they were, climbing them still seemed easier than knocking on the front door. )
owlmoose: (coffee)
Title: Acts of Love
Fandom: Gilmore Girls
Rating: G
Wordcount: 943
Characters: Luke Danes/Lorelai Gilmore
Spoilers: Yes, for the whole series but especially the last few episodes.
Notes: When the possibility of a Gilmore Girls revival was first rumored (it's still not confirmed as of this writing, but circumstantial evidence continues to be solid), I decided that it was time to watch the series again, not least because I never finished it the first time (I stalled out early in season 6, not because I wasn't liking it but because I had to set it aside for something else, and just never got back to it). It had been long enough that I thought it made sense to start over again, and I enjoyed it very much, even the controversial Season 7. I came out the series 'shipping Luke/Lorelai and Rory/herself, and although I don't know that I'll ever write fic for it again, this missing scene from the series finale has been buzzing at me since I finished a few days ago. So I wrote it down.

'I just like to see you happy.' )
owlmoose: (Default)
Title: Keeping Up Appearances
Fandom: Dragon Age 2
Rating: G/PG
Wordcount: 1516
Characters: Fenris, Isabela, Marissa Hawke. Fenris/f!Hawke.
Spoilers: For the Fenris romance
Notes: Written for [community profile] areyougame, to the prompt "Fenris, forced merriment". The due date was 12/26, but this is a First Day story, so either I'm almost a week late or right on time, depending on how you count it.

Summary: Fenris attends Hawke's First Day party, somewhat unwillingly. Isabela is determined that he will enjoy himself.

On Are You Game / On AO3
owlmoose: (da - alistair sword)
Title: Nothing's Impossible
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: Mildly T
Wordcount: 11,051
Characters: f!Brosca/Alistair, Nathaniel, Solas, Sigrun, Carver, Velanna, Leliana, f!Trevelyan
Spoilers: Yes, DA:I spoilers through the events of Adamant; even the summary is spoilery. So if you're still unspoiled and hoping to play, I recommend skipping this one for now. Set after Adamant and the Winter Palace, but before endgame.
Notes: Written for the 2015 Dragon Age Reverse Big Bang. I was inspired by lovely Alistair/f!Brosca fan art by [tumblr.com profile] lunafeather, entitled Reunited. There's also another story based on the art, Save Every Day by [tumblr.com profile] moodyrebelmage, which I haven't yet read, but I'm looking forward to it!

The Natia Brosca of this story was created specifically for it; she's not the Natia of my Justify the Means AU (although her personality is similar). The f!Trevelyan resembles Kendra physically but is otherwise not based on her.

Posted on AO3
owlmoose: (ff12 - balthier)
Title: The Fine Art of Etiquette
Fandom: FFXII
Rating: PGish
Wordcount: 1178
Characters: Ashe/Balthier
Spoilers: yes
Notes: Written for [community profile] areyougame, to the prompt "Balthier/Ashe, secrecy". Like I was going to be able to resist that one.

Also on AO3 and Are You Game?.

Everything goes according to plan at Ashe's coronation ball, until an unexpected dance partner makes his way across the floor. )
owlmoose: (da - brosca)
Title: Going Undercover
Fandom: Dragon Age (DA:O/DA:I)
Rating: Gen
Wordcount: ~1700
Characters: Kasia Brosca, Zevran, Leliana, Cullen, Scout Harding (briefly)
Spoilers: Yes, through Here Lies the Abyss
Notes: Inspired by a prompt on the [community profile] 21_days Dragon Age fest, but finished about a month after deadline. There's an amnesty period coming up, but I didn't want to sit on it that long, so here we are.

Also on AO3.

---

"Goodness." Zevran Arainai stopped at the top of the endless stone stairway and pulled out a handkerchief to mop at his brow, taking a few deep breaths. "Did they really have to build it this high up?"

Kasia Brosca shielded her eyes against the sun and peered up, up, and up some more, her gaze finally falling on Skyhold fortress where it loomed above them, flags snapping in the wind. "Would you want to lay siege to it?"

'Point'. )
owlmoose: (marvel - peggy hat)
Done, done, finally done!

Title: The Right Partner
Fandom: MCU (specifically TFA and Agent Carter)
Rating: Explicit (NSFW)
Wordcount: 18,517 (!)
Characters: Peggy/Steve, Peggy/Angie, Howard Stark, Edwin Jarvis
Spoilers: Yes, for both (although if you don't know this Captain America spoiler by now I don't know where you've been)
Notes: I started this story rather awhile ago, probably at least in February. Originally, the AU premise was a simple excuse to write OTP porn. Then Agent Carter ended, Angie inserted herself into the story, and things got complicated. I got so stuck, in fact, that in order to finish it, I had to sign up for the [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang, for the deadline and the artwork incentive. The lovely artwork, by [livejournal.com profile] icanbecreative, is embedded in the story as a cover image and also posted here.

On AO3
owlmoose: (da - alistair)
Title: Face the Music
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: M-ish
Wordcount: 12,051
Characters: Alistair, Fiona, Teagan, Bianca. Gen, with passing references to past Alistair/f!Cousland and Fiona/Maric
Spoilers: For the mage and Grey Warden questlines in DA:I
Notes: Written for the 2015 round of [tumblr.com profile] dragonagebb. My attempt to answer the question of what a exiled Alistair might have gotten up to during the events of Inquisition. Featuring wonderful accompanying artwork by [tumblr.com profile] stupidlullabies. Thanks to [personal profile] phdfan for a lifesaving beta read.

Summary: Over a decade after he walked out of the Landsmeet, Alistair never expected he'd end up back in Redcliffe as Arl Teagan's master-at-arms, training knights and guards, avoiding his memories -- and fighting the effects of the Calling, which came on more suddenly than he'd expected. As he begins to consider whether he needs to leave, a new responsibility falls on his shoulders: the security of Grand Enchanter Fiona and the other mages taking shelter in town.

On AO3
owlmoose: (da - flemeth)
Have some short fics I haven't crossposted here yet, including my stories for this year's Kiss Battles and some Tumblr memes. All links go to AO3.

Kiss Battles

Title: Learning to Lose
Characters: Lulu, Yuna
Prompt: "They get closer and closer to the end, and Lulu doesn't know if she'll be able to see the thing through when they reach the finish line."

Lulu thought she knew what she was getting into.
---

Title: Five Years and a Hundred More
Characters: Larsa/Penelo
Prompt: She sees he's grown up.

Dancing at the five-year anniversary of Larsa's coronation.
---

Title: Visitor
Characters: Flemeth/Solas
Prompt: The Old Days
Notes: Major, major DA:I spoilers.

Flemeth has an unexpected visitor in the Wilds.
---

Other Flashfic

Title: Minor Acts of Sedition
Characters: Malika Cadash, Sera
Prompt: "I have one word for you: sing-a-long!"
Notes: I haven't completed the quest this story references, so apologies for any missteps with canon. But I think it should be close enough. No real spoilers.

When Maryden the bard sends reports of scandalous songs being sung, Malika Cadash has to hear them for herself.
---

Title: A Different Life
Characters: Blackwall/Malika Cadash
Prompt: n/a
Notes: Written to dive a little deeper into a conversation that Malika and Blackwall never properly had about his past. Major spoilers for Blackwall's personal quest.

A conversation put off too long.
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Title: Good Company
Characters: Alistair/Sereda Aeducan (pre-ship), Duncan
Prompt: "Are you flirting with me?"

Alistair, Sereda, and a lighthearted moment at Ostagar.

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