So I wrote three stories for Yuletide 2011.
My assigned recipient asked for Community, Jeff and Annie, and while I've written one of those before (plans and their opposite
), I had this grand idea for what I would do with this one... and then I ended up swamped with work until December 19. Like as in all of December 19. And stories were due December 22. So I didn't start it until December 20.
So I ended up with something that was practically
what I wanted - I didn't pull the trigger at the end, although it could easily be followed up, and I wanted something with a slow burn anyway.
(rated T, pretty much for language)
Annie isn't sure who she is yet, but Jeff likes watching her try to figure it out.
I had this idea I'm utterly incapable of writing, that in the background of this story Troy and Abed are using their film (the zombie movie, or Attack of the Clones) to infiltrate the HVAC annex and figure out Vice Dean Laybourne's evil endgame, which triggers the hostage situation that kicks off the story, and Britta is eventually roped into it (hence her cryptic voicemail to Jeff). Someone else would have to write it, though.
Then I started reading through the other prompts, hoping to find a Nancy Drew one I could write, but I couldn't write the very few requests that weren't mine. I found a request for Mad Men, and saw Peggy/Father Gill, and... well, that's one of my favorite pairings for the show, and I've found very few stories written that feature it, and I'd had a premise gestating for a while so I dusted that off. (I swore I wasn't going to offer Mad Men this year because I did Mad Men for the previous two Yuletides, but it was like this didn't count.)
(rated T, pretty much for... angst)
It had already been a rough day when John saw her across the bar.
This started in Father Gill's head and stayed there, because I think Peggy is a little hard to read. Sometimes I think that she does things and doesn't analyze too closely why she's doing them or what the implications are, and other times she seems deeply interested in repercussions. This takes place a few years after S2, the only season he was in; the Peggy he runs into is more of a late-S4 Peggy. I think S4 Peggy would be more likely to act on the attraction the two of them seemed to share than S2 Peggy, anyway. I really liked the mood of the bar in this.
Then I ran across a Jane Eyre prompt, and I don't turn down excuses to write Jane/Rochester. Even though I never wrote them until earlier this year for the Porn Battle.
(rated E, for sex)
Jane receives an entirely expected letter.
It was like 10pm when I started this, and I think it's a little uneven, but I went back and read basically the last chapter of the book and saw how Jane says she and Rochester were basically like two halves of the same brain during their marriage... and, given how easy it is to call Rochester a psychopath, I wanted to put them in a relationship that actually worked, and was the same kind of playful and loving that their courtship was. Jane says at the end that she'll soon receive a letter telling her of St. John's death, so this is her getting that letter.
All my recipients replied and said they enjoyed their stories, so hooray! That was pretty much all I was expecting, this year. I never thought any of them were going to get very popular, especially since I'm not good at the surrealism that the fandom likes to see in Community stories. I didn't read very much, either; I'm into pairings instead of gen right now, and since I haven't read Snuff
yet I don't want to look at any of the Discworld fic, and... yeah.
But, another plug for the two stories I received:
(Community) - Jeff takes Annie back to his place after she gets drunk one night.
This is one of those fics that, in a good way, left me wanting to find out what happened next. I really like the way Jeff and Annie play off each other here and the implications of their conversation.
-Ask Me No Questions
(Outlander - Diana Gabaldon) - Claire and Jamie's first time after he punishes her for disobeying orders.
As the author points out, this isn't how it goes in the actual book (it falls during the first book of the series), but given their relationship later, I can definitely see this fitting in. I adore
Jamie and Claire together. And it makes me want to read that book again. Mmmmm.
Hooray for Yuletide!