October 2017



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Dear Yuletide Writer...

The fandoms (and characters) of my heart I've requested (in alphabetical order :D)
Blade (Movie Series) - Abigail Whistler, Hannibal King
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - Hansel, Gretel
Terminator Genisys - Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese, Pops
Thoughtcrimes - Freya McAllister, Brendan Dean

First of all, thank you for writing for me!

The fandoms and characters I've requested are ones that are close to my heart. I'm a small fandom girl so I tend to write in some of these fandoms all year around. In many cases, Yuletide is my only chance to read fic that I haven't written myself, so please don't be disheartened by the fact that I often request these fandoms. It's not that I haven't loved what I've received in the past - it's just that I'm just greedy and I always want more. I'm sure I'll love whatever you write :)

I know some people like to have bullet points and lists and prompts, but all prompts are, of course, optional. I just want you to have as much fun writing your story as I'm going to have reading it.


Female characters. OMG female characters. Strong, capable, competent, caring, flawed. I have a massive competency kink which is pretty much doubled when it involves women, and I adore the trope of capable women and the still capable but slightly broken men who pretty much worship the ground they walk on. That might ::cough:: be slightly obvious from the fandoms I'm in.

I'm all about the relationships, whether those are romantic or not. I'm about loyalty and trust, characters who have each other's backs until the end of the line. People who love each other, but who aren't afraid to call each other on their shit. Found families, the ones that are small and broken but still good. Those are just my jam. And, oh, male characters who actually trust the woman in their lives to know their own minds and their own limitations.

Stoic characters who hide so much beneath the surface (especially if they're female). Smart characters who might occasionally do stupid things for the right reasons. Broken characters who just keep on going out of sheer stubbornness because they just can't quit. Partners who rely on each other, and friends who will always be there. I don't mind if it's casefic or shipfic, plot or porn or a combination of all of them, but I'm largely in fandom for the characters and what they mean to each other so I would love anything that explores that in any of the fandoms I've requested.

I especially love relationships that are all about the unspoken bonds, where a quiet touch or a simple exchange means so much, so even shipfic doesn't need to be all romantic declarations of love (not that I object to those :D).

I like happy endings, but I don't mind if they're bitter sweet. I enjoy hurt-comfort and injury is fine as long as it's not permanent and doesn't result in death. And if you want to go the porn route (and you're under no obligation to do so, but, you know, porn :D), I like stories that focus on female pleasure and I have a particular fondness for threesomes, cunning linguists :D and pegging, plus fem!dom (with male subs) as long as it doesn't involve humiliation or significant pain.


I don't have many hard do not wants, but the things below are pretty much guaranteed to stop me from being able to read your story:
  • I have a massive second hand embarrassment squick, so please, no humiliating characters or having them embarrass themselves.

  • non-con, whether that's actual, implied or somehow averted, unless it's happened in canon (and even then, I'd prefer it wasn't the focus of the story)

  • death fic, although I'm okay with a story dealing with the aftermath if it happened in canon.
For most fandoms, I'd prefer fic set in the canon universe rather than outright AUs, although I don't mind 'what ifs' if you want to explore what would happen if canon went in a slightly different direction. And please no fic with men dominating women in the bedroom, although I would be happy if it was the other way around :D

Phew. Hopefully that's not too offputting! Now to the fandoms:

Blade (Movie Series)

Characters I've requested: Abigail Whistler, Hannibal King

Background info: There are three movies making up this series, all of them about a half-blood vampire hunter, Eric Blade, who generally goes around being sullen and staking vampires, while also suffering some existential angst and looking cool in black leather and sunglasses.

Me, I like the sidekicks.

What it is that I love: Abby is my go to girl. She's stoic and kick ass, competent but with cracks that let the vulnerability shines through. I love Abby together with King, the way that they spark off each other, have each other's backs without a second thought, and the way she can silence him with just a single look. I love the way that their body language mirrors each other, the way they trade glances while Blade kicks ass, the way they move in sync while fighting.

I'd love a fic that explored the relationship between them, whether you see that relationship as romantic or best friends/partners. I ship them like burning, but even if you don't, the whole movie screems 'found family' to me, not just with the Nightstalkers when they're first introduced, but also with Zoe in the aftermath. It smashes every single one of my happy buttons in so many different ways.

If you want to include any other of the Nightstalkers in the fic, please feel free - Abigail and King are my favourite characters, but that doesn't mean that I wouldn't love something more team-related as well (see that whole found family thing). And even Karen Jenson - I know she doesn't appear after the original movie, so if you offered her and would like to write her interacting with the Nightstalkers, I did nominate her so please feel free to include her :)

Prompts/Optional Details: All prompts are, again, optional. Feel free to pick and mix, choose little pieces of prompts or ignore them completely and write something different. Have fun! :)

There can never be enough stories exploring the wider world of the Blade movies, particularly the third one. How does Abigail and King's cell fit in with the wider Nightstalkers' network? Are they the only cell active? Also, what about the feds? Was there any blowback after the Talos Clan were wiped out?

In one of the codas at the end of the movie, seen in the extended version, the vampires have been wiped out by DayStar and Abby and King are now hunting werewolves with Caulder, with the suggestion that the werewolves they're hunting have somehow been vampirised. How did they end up figuring that out? How to their hunts go? Have they had to refine their hunting techniques? Are there 'good' werewolves as opposed to the vamped ones? Does the cure even work on werewolves?

How does the first cell get set up? How/why does Abby save King the way he says she does? How does King end up working with the Nightstalkers?

What happens when a hunt goes wrong? What if Abby's hurt? Or King is?

Do they ever have to go undercover to find their mark? Who does that? Does King fit in seamlessly or can he not keep his mouth shut? Or is it Abby who takes the risk? How does it go? So may potential disasters, so much tension!

Do they ever take the night off? What does downtime look like to a vampire hunter?

Other things you might want to know: This is one of the fandoms where there is in canon character death and non-con (I'm convinced that Danica/King wasn't consensual), so I don't mind if the story explores those. If you're more comfortable with gen, that's absolutely fine! You don't have to try and stick some ship in just to make me happy :)

The only thing I would ask is no Drake/King, please. Definitely not my cuppa.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Characters I've requested: Hansel, Gretel

Background info: Completely over the top and joyful gorefest based on a the awesome premise that Hansel and Gretel grow up into Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner and proceed to kick witch ass while dressed in black leather and carrying anachronistic weaponry. \o/

You may have noticed a theme with the things I love :D

What it is that I love: Gemma Arterton in tight black leather, being head bitch in charge and not putting up with sexist bullshit. Jeremy Renner with a face like a kicked puppy but who has her back and knows she has his. Witches. Ass kicking. Loyalty to the end. Ludicrous plots and over the top magic. Women taking names and then crossing them off their list because they've killed the bastards. That kind of thing.

Seriously, it's just one of my ridiculous happy places.

I love the relationship between Gretel and her brother, the way it's messed up and yet so utterly functional on every single level. I just love how fierce they are about protecting each other, how brusque and yet still caring they can be. I love how it's them against the world, but at the end of the day they still manage to make some room for Ben and Edward and Mina. I love the way that she leads and he follows, trusting her and respecting her without question.

I do ship them, but I'm just as happy with a story that explores the 'families, you and me against the world, tightly knit and slightly offputting to outsiders' sibling relationship that they have.

Prompts/Optional Details: As always, optional details are optional, so feel free to mix, match or ignore.

Hansel says something about 'trolls being extra', which implies they've faced witches with troll servants before. Tell me about that.

Hansel and Gretel have been doing this a long time now. Are they growing complacent? Do they even bother to keep a count of the witches they kill any more? Is that a recipe for disaster, or just same shit, different day?

Gretel obviously has to deal with a load of crap from dirt bags. Just how many times has Hansel had to hold her coat? How does she normally deal with it? Is there ever a time when she gets the respect she deserves?

Does Hansel strike out with every barmaid he meets? Does Gretel have more luck with them?

What was their worst fight? What was their best? Just how many varieties of witches are there and are different tactics required?

Exactly who designs and makes their weapons?

What impact do Gretel's new found powers have on their dynamic, or even their fighting style? How many fires does Hansel have to put out, or how many towns does he burn to the ground to keep his sister safe?

What's the impact of the addition of Ben and Edward to what was previously just Hansel-and-Gretel?

Or, you know. Porn. Porn is always good :D (As long as that is your thing - if it's not your thing, killing witches? Just as good!)

Other things you might want to know: God, I love this movie, and the soundtrack is my go to for writing fighting scenes.

Terminator Genisys

Characters I've requested: Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese, Pops

Background info: Time travelling shenanigans and killer robots, this movie reboots the original into a different timeline. The one constant is that Kyle will always cross time for Sarah, will always love her, even if this version gets saved by her at least as much as he does the saving.

What it is that I love: I've always loved The Terminator, which I first saw when I was 18, and so I didn't expect much from this reboot, especially after the sequels so far. But I love this version of Sarah, the one who's been raised to be a warrior, how closed off she is, how hard she fights against fate. And I love this version of Kyle, still damaged in his own way, but not as closed off as the version in the original timeline, still being what Sarah needs - not the stone cold warrior, because she's got that covered, but someone more open than she is, someone softer, someone able to get behind her barriers.

And Pops, oh, Pops. All the little ways he's learned to care about Sarah, the growth he's gone through leaving behind the ghosts of a real father. I just love all three of them together, the way that they grow together - Kyle learning to trust the machine, Sarah learning that some things aren't to be feared, Pops learning about the world in Sarah's absence.

I love Sarah/Kyle - they were one of my first OTPs, and this iteration hasn't changed that - but would be perfectly happy with a gen story, particularly given my love of the found family trope.

Prompts/Optional Details: As always, all prompts are optional.

How about a story that compares and contrasts Sarah and Kyle's childhoods, raised by Pops and John respectively.

Has Skynet actually been destroyed - the post credits coda suggests not, so what's the next step? How does it cause problems for Sarah and Kyle in the future?

Judgement Day happens anyway - Sarah, Kyle and Pops in the aftermath.

How the three of them adapt to life in 2017 - it's a brave new world to Sarah and Kyle, but is Pops any better off given his inability to build a rapport with humans?

Pops through the years, waiting for Sarah.

Sarah and Kyle - how do you connect when everything is falling apart around you and grief is the only thing holding you together?

Sarah and Kyle, post movie. What happens now that Sarah's chosen Kyle?

Did John survive the destruction of Genisys? What impact does that have on Sarah and Kyle's future.

Other things you might want to know: I haven't yet seen the Sarah Connor Chronicles or T3, although I have seen the other movies.


Characters I've requested: Freya McAllister, Brendan Dean

Background info: After Freya McAllister starts hearing voices at her high school prom, she's unable to block them out and ends up being institutionalised, with a diagnoses of late onset schizophrenia. However, the voices are real - Freya is a telepath. When an NSA researcher, Dr Welles, realises this, he retrieves her and she's paired with FBI agent Brendan Dean to bring down a terrorist hitman.

What it is that I love: I'd forgotten how much I loved this movie until I saw it in the tag set. But I love Freya - how brittle she is and how strong at the same time, resilient and quick thinking as she plows forward in spite of her own pain. And I love Brendan, and the relationship between them, from his immediate distrust when she's forced to reveal her telepathy to him to his complete trust when they need to work together. Plus, you know, Scooby Doo :D

There were so many things they could have done with this scenario post movie. It was just tailor made to be a TV series, and yet the movie is all we have. So I would love anything about their partnership as it moves forward, the cases that they crack, the way that their trust in each other builds and builds. I love Freya's newfound confidence at the end, and the subtle hints about Brendan's attraction to her sister even though, in my heart, I think it's secretly Freya he wants.

Prompts/Optional Details: Optional details are optional :D

Anything about Freya and Brendan working together - what's their next case, or the one after that?

Does June ever find out about her sister's gift? How does she react?

What about Brendan's gift - how has an eidetic memory helped or hindered him? Plus, it might be hard to be partnered with someone who reads your mind, but how about someone who never forgets a damned word you said? Even the bad ones?

What about Freya's mother? From what her father said at the beginning of the movie, there are hints that Freya's mother also had the same gift and it either killed her or forced her to kill herself?

Dystopian future - how would Freya's gift be exploited? Is it more common than it is now? Would she find herself running for her entire life, and where does Brendan fit in?

How does sex work when Freya can anticipate every single one of Brendan's desires? Is it a plus, even if it means she can anticipate everything he's about to do to her?

Brendan and Freya sparring - he's more highly trained but that telepath thing sure comes in handy. How badly does she kick his ass?

What other cartoon theme tunes run through Brendan's head?

Other things you might want to know: Freya and Brendan sitting in a tree...