dorinda: A color drawing of Henry and Johnny from "The Sting" (Henry_Johnny_art)
Authors and artists have been revealed for this year's Night On Fic Mountain exchange (welll, they were revealed a little while back, but then the weekend got away from me and hmm mutter mumble). Here was my contribution:

The Steel-Wire Tightrope (6609 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Sting (1973)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Henry Gondorff/Johnny Hooker
Characters: Henry Gondorff, Johnny Hooker
Additional Tags: Con Artists, 1930s, Rescue, Angst, Misunderstandings, Nonverbal Communication, Drugged Sex, Broccoli Test

Henry's in trouble. But when Johnny finds him, that's when their trouble really starts.

Awww yisssss, I got to write The Sting again! \o/ \o/ \o/ I rewatched the movie once during the writing process, and then I rewatched it last week with some friends, just because. I've seen it so many times, and show no signs of burning out or getting tired of it. I love the characters, and the milieu, and how amenable it all is to fannish extrapolation. Robert Redford glows like a sun god and runs like a deer, Paul Newman's eyes gleam a piercing clear sapphire, they both have arms and shoulders to make me weep in the best way, and Johnny and Henry come to care about each other SO MUCH you guys. So much. Not to mention that Henry is an Olympic-class secret worrier. ♥_____♥

Course, in this story, Johnny gets to do most of the worrying for a change. Just for a nice switcheroo. But this is my second story in which I was reminded that AO3 does not have a plain old "Drugged" tag! I mean, wat? "Drugged Sex", sure. But not just "Drugged". Which seems SO WEIRD, given the venerable age of the trope, you know--'oh no my partner got knocked out and doped and now I must rescue him', which was canon all the time at least back in the day, and which lends itself so well to tender h/c, and then perhaps sex that is not itself Drugged Sex, because everyone is now sobered up. So I used the Drugged Sex tag, even though that is not precisely how it goes (it sort of is at first, and then it isn't, and I think the story explains itself best).

Is there a way to propose they set up a canonical Drugged tag? I am ashamed to admit that my knowledge of the inner (or, in fact, outer) workings of the AO3 tag system is not the best.

Anyway, I'm excited to have had a chance to write these guys again! I fell into a weird throughline blockage during the writing process, but mary crawford and klia got me out of there and fixed it up, and I am really happy about it.
dorinda: Sinbad turns his head back toward Gunnar, both looking grave. (sinbad-gunnar_srs)
On the Shoulders of the Sea (2235 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sinbad (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gunnar/Sinbad
Characters: Gunnar (Sinbad), Sinbad (Sinbad)
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Sunburn, Huddling For Warmth

Gunnar suffers, and Sinbad discovers it's not only from the sun.

Another one of the pocket stories, for the pairing in the icon above, in which melancholy-Gunnar gazes longingly at Sinbad (in other words, THE SHOW). :D
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
Okay so, here's one of the pocket stories I was mentioning...

Irreplaceable (1299 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Almost Human
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorian/John Kennex
Characters: Dorian (Almost Human), John Kennex, Richard Paul, Rudy Lom
Additional Tags: Worry, Hurt/Comfort, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Flashbacks, Missing Scene, Episode Related

John has seen dead eyes like that before.

It's a missing scene set during ep 1x10, "Simon Says", aka The One With The Bomb Collar.

I've been mulling over the tags. Pre-slash, should it be? I never quite know about pre-slash. Hmm. Opinions are welcome!
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
In the course of writing this year's I-Man story for Yuletide, I suddenly (suddenly! without warning!) remembered that I had never put an older I-Man story of mine into AO3. Not on purpose--I just somehow forgot.

So I imported it and added summary and tags, during the lull after Yuletide story reveal but before author reveal, and here it is!:

Killing Bobby Hobbes (4811 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Invisible Man
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Darien/Bobby
Characters: Darien Fawkes, Bobby Hobbes
Additional Tags: Canon Related, Dreams and Nightmares, Hypnotism, Angst, First Time

The phony psychic insisted that Darien was going to kill Bobby, just like in Darien's nightmares. But screw him. They got past it just fine and everything was going great.

Then Darien's dream came back.

Originally written for the 2009 ficfest on the Invisible Man LJ comm [ profile] hot_donuts.
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
Happy New Year, everybody! And happy Yuletide reveals day, which I always enjoy.

I wrote one assignment and one treat this year. My assignment was "The Invisible Man" (TV 2000), and the treat was for "Rejseholdet | Unit One":

A Night at Harbour Gardens (20296 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Invisible Man (TV 2000)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Darien Fawkes/Bobby Hobbes
Characters: Darien Fawkes, Bobby Hobbes, The Official (Invisible Man), Albert Eberts
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Paranoia, Panic Attacks, Trapped, Surveillance, Hot Tub Sex, Post-Canon, Invisibility, First Time

Bobby and Darien are sent on an investigation at some high-end condos—sorry, sorry, "Luxury Homes"—where, apparently, they can check out any time they like...but they can never leave.

Restless By Day (2194 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rejseholdet | Unit One
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Allan Fischer/Thomas La Cour
Characters: Allan Fischer, Thomas La Cour
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Wrestling, Kissing

It's late at night after a solved murder, and Fischer desperately needs a smoke. La Cour, though...he seems to need something else.

As in Yuletide 2012, this year I got to write for my extremely-beloved-but-cancelled show from back in 2000, Sci Fi's "The Invisible Man", with long lanky Darien Fawkes, the science experiment gone wrong; and short intense Bobby Hobbes, his antagonistic teammate turned deeply loving partner. And oh, I just love the characters and their milieu so much aaaaaaa. This story actually came from the germ of an idea I had for my 2012 assignment but didn't get very far into at the time. It unfolded very differently this year than it would have before, so I'm glad I waited!

And I was dying to write a little Rejseholdet, to dip my toe in, hopefully in advance of writing something longer at a later date. (Me? Writing long? PERISH THE THOUGHT, she said, eyeing her 20K Yuletide assignment. *g*) I so wanted to give a little present to [personal profile] sakana17, who got me hooked on Rejseholdet to begin with.

Speaking of whom, it turns out she is the one who wrote my fantastic Rejseholdet Yuletide gift this year! She had me going for quite a while there, during our innocuous 'oh so what're you writing oh that sounds nice' chit-chat. Heh.

Anyway, I thought that the episode with the bondage cage, which both La Cour and Fischer end up folding themselves into at different times, really cried out for a little epilogue. With kissin' in. \o/
dorinda: Skywise and Cutter, bare to the waist, and with an arm around each other, look out at the viewer. (Cutter_Skywise_bare)
The authors for this year's Night on Fic Mountain have been revealed, and the story I wrote was perhaps one of my most obvious contributions to an anonymous fest yet!:

Beyond Moons and Sun and Star (13788 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elfquest
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cutter/Skywise, Foxfur/Skywise, Cutter/Leetah/Skywise
Characters: Cutter (Elfquest), Skywise (Elfquest), Foxfur (Elfquest), Rain (Elfquest), Bearclaw (Elfquest), Joyleaf (Elfquest), Pike (Elfquest), Leetah (Elfquest), Redlance (Elfquest), Strongbow (Elfquest), Treestump (Elfquest)
Additional Tags: Soul Bond, Soulmates, Canon Related, Missing Scene, Angst, Rescue, Trauma, Cuddling & Snuggling, Telepathy, Elves

Skywise knows Cutter's soul name--he has always known it. But he may not always have wanted to.

I suspect [personal profile] kerithwyn knew it was me maybe fourteen seconds in. Possibly because we'd had such a good time at Escapade, sitting down for a good chewy talk about Elfquest. I'd always wanted to write EQ sometime, but talking with 'rith definitely helped push me over the edge.

And of course Cutter/Skywise in particular has always been an interest of mine. I mean, they're kings of the hurt/comfort and have a canonical soulbond, what's not to like? [personal profile] marycrawford and I entertained each other during the writing process by sending links to various pages from the comics with, like, RESCUES and HUGGING and RESCUES WITH HUGGING, and CARETAKING and WORRYING and SOULTOUCHING, and man you just never run out of material.

I hadn't turned the transformative lens onto Elfquest before, but it felt great--I got to disregard the late-in-the-day/apparently-official version of Cutter and Skywise's bond the comics came up with, which I feel has tons of holes storywise and characterizationwise and culturewise, and substitute another option. Is this what the phrase sorry-not-sorry is for? :D

For those of you who haven't read it, all of Elfquest except for the current series "Final Quest" is readable online for free; my story note has a few relevant links, but it's also easy to start at the beginning and go straight through.
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
Happy New Year! And it is Yuletide reveal-time! *\o/*

I wrote two stories this year, one "Almost Human" assignment (a long one, in fact the longest story I've completed so far), and one "Sinbad" (2012) treat that just sort of popped up in my head right toward the deadline:

When a Man's an Empty Kettle (40429 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Almost Human
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorian/John Kennex
Characters: Dorian (Almost Human), John Kennex, Sandra Maldonado, Rudy Lom, Richard Paul
Additional Tags: Fake/Pretend Relationship, Undercover as a Couple, Robot Sex, Consent, Hand Jobs, Frottage, Intercrural Sex, Post-Canon, Robots, Free Will, Sex Robots, Science Fiction, First Time, Robot/Human Relationships, Canon Disabled Character, Prosthesis

It wasn't like John minded going undercover with Dorian. No problem posing as Dorian's owner. At a private sexbot show. Where he would have to...Oh, shit.

Bare Wood (1644 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sinbad (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gunnar/Sinbad
Characters: Gunnar (Sinbad), Sinbad (Sinbad)
Additional Tags: Boats and Ships, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Minor Injuries

When the rest of the crew is away, that's the time for Gunnar to tend to the ship. He doesn't expect to be tended to himself.

It was funny--I had a strong feeling for the whole week before assignments that I was going to get "Almost Human", so I was tossing around story ideas, and then I thought... OMG UNDERCOVER/PRETEND COUPLE. Because John is so emotionally repressed and lonely, and Dorian is thoughtful and communicative and observant. And I thought, if circumstances forced them to be intimate, John would panic (especially given all his canonical issues and history with 1) robots, 1a) sexbots, 2) synthetic tech, namely his prosthetic leg, and 3) being lied to/having an intimate relationship basically simulated). And to help with the panic, Dorian (very emotionally willing and fluent, and in this story having been privately developing deeper feelings for John) might try to increase the emotional depth of the intimacy, wrongly thinking that it would help John relax if he knew it was real on Dorian's part and not pretending. Uh-oh, problem. *rubs hands at the prospect of my beautiful slashpair suffering. Ahem.*

Faithful to my stated intentions to get started ASAP, I got the basics sketched out and started laying words down pretty soon. Which was a really good thing, as it turns out, given how long it got! *facepalm* But I ended up feeling good about the storyline, and about the OCs, especially the one who ends up being most important. It all sort of unfolded into many of the themes I seem compelled to chew on with robotslash (or more accurately I guess, self-aware-android-slash), like autonomy and consent and whatnot.

My poor betas [personal profile] marycrawford, [personal profile] klia, and [personal profile] mollyamory only had like a week, total, for reading, making suggestions, and giving me time for revisions. They were absolute troupers, and fixed some really big things (especially given my observed tendency toward the end to be like, "and then they worked some stuff out and were happy *handwave* *handwave* I am tired nao". Thanks, you guys! ♥

So I had uploaded my final edits, and was ready to unwind at last. ...But then I came home from work with an idea for a treat story in "Sinbad" (2012), and actually wrote almost all of it in one night, which for me is not usually a thing. I don't know what happened--I think my writerly-engine, having been revving so high for the entire Yuletide period, was still spinning. So I did a little scene between Gunnar (the responsible, protective, melancholy ex-Viking) and Sinbad (the impetuous, demonstrative, striving young hero), and felt happy and warm about the whole thing. [personal profile] marycrawford betaed again at super-short notice, and again fixed it right up!

I was delighted to discover that I have apparently not lost the ability to write things that weigh less than a metric ton. Whew! For a while there I was worried. :D
dorinda: Nathan Wuornos (from Haven) presses a plastic fork hard against his palm. (Haven_nathan)
TroublesFest authors have been revealed, and this is my story:

All That Time We Were Buccaneers (3857 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Haven
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Duke Crocker/Nathan Wuornos
Characters: Duke Crocker, Nathan Wuornos
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Mind Control, Injury, Alcohol, Kissing, Flashbacks, Hand Jobs, Missing Scene, Pirates
Summary: Duke has been mind-controlled into playing pirate, but Nathan is not playing. Duke is not a pirate, and neither is Nathan, dammit. ...Not anymore.

I'd been interested in writing this missing scene for some time (as you can tell, from my previous post about Last Year's Me). In episode 3x10, "Burned", Duke is mind-controlled for a while by a little girl with a Trouble. And eventually he's playing 'pirate' for her, dashing about, fighting off invisible enemies, with the stereotypical pirate yarrr and so forth. Audrey and Nathan arrive while Duke is swordfighting on the perilous top rail of the Gull's balcony, and Nathan races up the stairs to help him, but before Nathan can get there, Duke slips and falls. Nathan rushes to his side (to put his hands all over him, natch), and tries to look after him, while Duke unwisely staggers to his feet and then passes out. Commercial.

Then there's a scene where Duke and Nathan are both not present, while Audrey talks to the Troubled girl. When we finally see Nathan again, he says that Duke is "resting", and "at least he stopped thinking I'm an enemy pirate".

So, you know, nice hurt/comfort missing scene potential. But what pushed it over the edge for me is a little exchange toward the end of the episode. On the page, it's nothing special; they stand by the truck, Nathan asks Duke if he's good, Duke says he is and asks Nathan to keep the town from imploding until he gets back. But the proximity, the touching, the way they look at each other, the husky softness of their voices, it's a surprisingly intimate moment (and in that gif you can't even see low enough in the frame to see how Nathan is touching him). In season 3, they'd been having some rocky times (rockier than usual), so it was interesting to see their guard so willingly down here.

That was the endpoint I had in mind for the missing scene, then, positing some change that might have happened while Nathan was looking after Duke. Also I figured, what if the pirate thing took a little while to finish wearing off? (Yarrrr. :D)

This is also my entry in the "explain the old pirate sticker in Nathan's truck" sweepstakes--Killa noticed the sticker in season 1 episode 3 and put up a nice screencap: , and people have drawn (delightful) connections between it and Duke ever since.
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
dorinda: Gene Hunt holds Sam Tyler close by the jacket lapels, looking at him; Sam looks at the camera. (sam/gene clinch)
No kidding, I had a dream the other night about this Life On Mars (UK) slash story I wrote in 2006. It only ever went up in a little LJ community that [personal profile] cereta created, on the occasion of our friend [ profile] itsthewa having some surgery. And I didn't even have an LJ yet, so [personal profile] cereta had to post it for me!

Anyway, when I woke up, I remembered I had never imported that story to AO3, so I went and did that this morning over some oatmeal. (Bless the importing tool, soooo easy.)

Some Living After We Die (3893 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Life on Mars
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gene Hunt/Sam Tyler
Characters: Gene Hunt, Sam Tyler, Nelson (Life on Mars UK)
Additional Tags: Rain, scuffling as foreplay, Alley Sex, Mutual Masturbation, Near Death Experiences, Aftermath, Drinking, Kissing
Summary: It wasn't every day you discovered just how you'd die, when it came down to it. Or just who would die for you.

Man, I love those guys. Season 1 especially, just so fantastic.


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