First of all, thank you for agreeing to participate in this challenge and write a story for me! I am a seasoned Yuletider and it is definitely the highlight of my fannish calendar every year. The holidays are often a stressful time loaded with unpleasant family drama (as I'm sure they are for many) and Yuletide has become my happy place in all of that. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you in advance for being my writer.
Please take all my optional suggestions and fannish blatherings as just that...suggestions. If there's a story idea you have for these characters that you like better, go for it! I’m comfortable with any rating. Follow your muse and I know you'll write a great story! If you'd like to see the type of stories I write and like, please feel free to check out my work on AO3 or at fanfiction.net where I write as green lion. I’ve been spending a bit more time on tumblr lately where I seem to mostly reblog pictures of cute cats and Gillian Anderson these days. Very little of my journal is flocked, so feel free to explore my entries here as well.
General Likes: Humor, bittersweet emotions, missing scenes,“five things” fic, shades of grey morality, canon divergent AUs, competence, relationships where both partners learn from each other
Dislikes: I don't particularly like stories that involve non-con or death of a major character- if character dies in canon, that's fine. I'm also not a fan of tropey (coffeeshop, high school, dentist's office...) AUs.
On Porn: I often say that I enjoy "Porn With Plot." What does that mean? I take that to mean smutty sexytimes that feel true to the characters and their world. It doesn't necessarily mean that I want a well-plotted mystery with a sex scene thrown in ( though I'd probably read the hell out of that and really enjoy it!) but just that sex should hopefully reveal something about the characters and have some relationship to the larger themes of the story. As someone who has written everything from G-rated fluff to explicit BDSM, I'm pretty easygoing about sexual content. I don't think things need to be sexually explicit in order to be sexy. But I don't object to smut, either, if that is something you want to include. As far as kinks go, I don't particularly enjoy watersports, ageplay, furries, breathplay, or a/b/o. But anything else is fair game!
The Fall: Stella Gibson
Oh Stella Gibson, reigning ice queen of my heart, where do I even begin? I love her and her take no prisoners, unashamedly feminist and looking gorgeous while doing it approach to everything. Gillian Anderson said in an interview that “Stella is an island.” It is an island I desperately wish to be stranded on. In lieu of that, I’d love to learn more about what it’s like on Stella’s island, either from her point of view or from the people around her who are perpetually trying to figure her out. I don’t think Stella is lonely at all with her relatively contained solitary existence, but I wonder if she does, from time to time, let people bridge that island-ness. Backstory about other investigations or why she joined the police force would be totally welcome.
I would love femslash or gen for this. I nearly requested Dani or Reed alongside Stella, but couldn’t decide which one! And ultimately just went with Stella because I really love her the most. But I would be over the moon with Stella having a “sweet night” with Dani or Reed or even with Dani and Reed. It would be interesting to explore if Stella has the same “no strings attached” attitude with respect to women as she does to men. It’s not a question I really have a particular answer to—I would be happy with a fic that went either way.
I don't have much to add to this only to say that there have been some photos of Stella in her DS uniform circulating and let's just say that I love a lady in uniform. Lots of shiny silver buttons. And a tie! Yum. I will be watching s2 as it airs, so if you want to include stuff from the new season that is totally cool.
Boardwalk Empire: Arnold Rothstein, Margaret Schroeder
I felt really cheated by the time jump into the final season. Really really cheated. Because it looked liked last season they were setting up an interesting partnership and perhaps relationship between Margaret and AR and then AR got killed offscreen during the time jump. Boo. So I would love a fic that explores what happened between Margaret and Rothstein and the nature of their “business relationship” before AR’s death. I ship them and can imagine them having a delightfully awkward and also kind of hot courtship with lots of UST. If you don’t want to go for something shippy, I’d enjoy seeing AR mentoring Margaret in the ways of shady criminal entrepreneurship and developing a mutual respect for one another. It seemed to be such a contrast from how Nucky always treated her. One of the things I always loved most about Rothstein was how he could be such a gentleman and a seriously scary motherfucker at the same time. I wonder what Margaret would make of that and how she dealt with his death.
I have seen the latest season and I love that Margaret came out on top in the end. I do kind of read her last scenes with Joe Kennedy and the newfound confidence she has as dating back to her bargain with AR. So if you want to incorporate her longer arc, go for it!
Kushiel’s Legacy: Melisande Shahrizai, Sidonie de la Courcel
There’s a part at the end of Kushiel’s Mercy where Sidonie tells Imriel that she’d like to meet Melisande one day. I would love a fic about that meeting and I wonder what these two very clever, very capable, very powerful women would make of one another. It would be great to see Sidonie try to bargain with Melisande—and I think she’s shrewd enough to do it. Perhaps a political scenario where Melisande’s particular brand of underhanded diplomacy and Unseen Guild connections are the only solution? And, of course, I wonder what Melisande would make of her daughter-in-law, the woman who has brought Imriel such happiness. In my headcanon, I can imagine them both feeling some kind of attraction and a healthy appreciation for the other. If you want to take this in a more femslashy direction, feel free- though I’d be happy with gen. I think sleeping with her son’s wife might actually be the one line even Melisande wouldn’t cross—it might be interesting to see Melisande brush up against her own boundaries.
Ooh another thought- a canon divergent AU might work well here. What if Imriel was the one sent to Carthage to marry Astegal and Sidonie had to go to Cythera to ask for Melisande's help? (shit...Melisande would probably raze Carthage to the ground!) Just a thought.
I also wildly ship Phedre/Melisande and Sidonie/Amarante, too, to an extent. Other characters I enjoy: Mavros, Amarante, Ysandre. Seriously, there are so many characters in the Kushielverse and I like almost all of them, so include whichever ones you need to make the story work.
Mathnet: Kate Monday, George Frankly
Mathnet was prime time viewing for me as a 9 year old nerd. I loved and still love that the show was willing to be both smart and silly. Kate was always my favorite and I was sad when she left the show, but I really grew to love Pat as well. I'd love to know why Kate left Mathnet as the show never gave us an explanation. Did she move on to bigger and better things- working as a mathematician at the FBI? Perhaps she had unrequited feelings for her partner George that became too difficult to deal with? It might also be fun to see Kate reunite with George (and Pat too!) for some crime solving fun. Casefic would be wonderful if you feel up to it, especially if you can work in some math for old time's sake. Honestly, it's really too bad this show went off the air when it did because if Mathnet had been around when I was taking AP Calculus maybe I would have gone into one of those profitable STEM fields instead of becoming a woefully underpaid lady historian.
As far as shipping goes, I do kind of ship Kate/George in an UST way, but would prefer not to read a story where George cheats on his wife. I could definitely be down with Kate/Pat, though. My favorite episodes are "The Unkidnapping"- the one with the "Anything Goes" meets "42nd St" musical parody and "The Mystery Weekend" one that is a parody of And Then There Were None. I did kind of get some femslashy vibes between Kate and her pal Eve Adams, the star of Anything Went. So if you want to reference or use them as your inspiration, go for it. There are also lots of other episodes available on youtube if you want to revisit the canon.