clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
Title: Jammin'
World: robot rights
Word count: 1,066
Rating: PG (for brief mention of past violence)
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Fire Opal 3, Impassioned; Hills of Iowa 9, Here's hoping that the days ahead won't be as bitter as the ones behind you.
Notes: I was also inspired by the Thimbleful Thursday prompt "vale of tears," but I think I went too far beyond the wordcount for it to qualify!


Mo dragged herself towards home. She was exhausted after another long day of job searching. But she wasn’t discouraged; two people had said they’d contact her if they had any openings, after she’d declared herself totally willing to do any kind of manual labor. She’d emphasized that there was absolutely nothing too disgusting for her to take on, without actually telling them how she knew that.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: A cartoon eight-year-old boy holds up a book and looks at it with shock and anger. (Calvin & Hobbes: angry book)
Title: Fists and Faces
World: Ursulan Cycle
Word count: 1,166
Rating: PG for mild violence
Prompt: [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam, "It is difficult to be the first of your kind."
Notes: This prompt immediately brought to mind the first female knights in Uthyr's court. This story immediately follows Recruitment Day.


The other hirelings edged away when they saw Electra and Brandigen walking into the hall.

Electra had seen those looks before. Half of them were just trying to be polite, because there were ladies entering the room—even if those men were baffled by the militaristic clothing the ladies wore. The other half knew Electra and Brandigen for what they were, women knights, and did not want to touch them for fear their disobedience to the laws of the sexes should rub off and make them weak.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (HP: Neville: proud parents)
Title: Paris
World: The Wasteland
Word count: 1,566
Rating: PG-13
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Hills of Iowa 7, So if you want to see the world with me let's go.; Sulphur 16, fire; [community profile] stayintheroom Paris will still be there when you're twenty.
Notes: Apocalypses! They have a lot of death.


It was a perfect day. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and Jala and Anden had finally graduated from high school.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Skull)
Title: Cowardice
World: The Moonsisters
Word count: 1,952
Rating: PG-13 for some violence and blood
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Antique Brass 22, Oh my God, you're gay? Finally! Thank God, someone who will appreciate all this. It's a waste of time working out for these people. Here, I'll take my shirt off for ya.
Notes: I actually did not expect this to go as dark as it did...


Laura knew she shouldn’t have let herself be alone.

She’d gotten so confident since meeting her sisters, though. She’d never been this confident before moving here—always in Amy’s shadow. Not that she’d ever thought about it in those terms. She’d been happy to let Amy take the lead in everything; it was easier than making her own choices, even if she wasn’t entirely happy with how she ended up.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (HP: Neville: proud parents)
Title: Fealty
World: Ursulan
Word count: 3,458
Rating: G
Notes: I knew I wanted to write this, but I didn't know whose perspective it should be in. So I wrote it in four perspectives.


The court never failed to fill by suppertime. Of course, that had been by design, in part; Ursula wanted many people to see her as the queen, to know that they could come to her for anything. She would need that trust when she called on them to fight—and that would be sooner than later. She needed each and every one of the people crowding into her hall right now.

That didn’t make it any easier to face. Especially today. Less than a full day after discovering the news about her daughter—about her own past. The day she had to hasten her life along, make things happen that she was not ready for, all for political reasons.
Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Skull)
Title: The Geek
World: other (post-apocalyptic but not Wasteland)
Word count: 1,759
Rating: PG-13 for violence to animals
Prompt: 3WW: carcass, geek, slash
Notes: This is a fairly unpleasant story, but what did you expect with those prompt words?! It kind of feels like the start to a novel to me, but I'm not sure I could (or would want to) write a whole novel about Latanya.


Latanya had been waiting three years for this.

The first time the circus came through, she’d gone with her mother and her three older brothers. Her brothers had all gone into the tent to see the geek, and they’d all come out laughing and whooping. Latanya had asked—begged—to be allowed to go in to see it, but her mother had forbidden it and her brothers had forbidden it even more.

That night, Tony had woken them all up with his retching. There had been chicken feathers in his vomit. “The circus geek,” all three brothers murmured to each other (not knowing Latanya heard), and that was the last it had been spoken of.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Reading: books and tea)
Title: Lettered
World: The Ursulan Cycle
Word count: 1,262
Rating: G
Prompt: Crowdfunding creative jam: "The community of scholars/physicians, while Morgan is in school."
Notes: This is a rather quiet little story. It surprised me; I thought there was going to be a lot more dialogue. But I guess monks don't talk much.


Morgan did not want to go away to school. He hated the idea of being away from his daughter for that long—bad enough he was going to be away from everything else he’d ever known. But his mother insisted he learn to read and write Latin, and his master insisted, and eventually even Lot insisted, and he gave in.

His mother insisted on bringing him to the monastery in her finest carriage. He would have preferred to go alone, or with a servant or two, on ordinary horses, but she would have none of it. So he wasn’t surprised when the other boys, those few who were also studying at the monastery, gave him nasty or appraising looks.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Fringe: Walternate: evil)
Title: The New Queen
World: The Ursulan Cycle
Word count: 245 (total: 2,935)
Rating: PG-13 for mentions of incest
Notes: I've named Gwanwyn's sisters Grainne (Gaheris) and Melva (Gareth); I decided to keep Agravain as male. (I considered naming them all the other Welsh names for the seasons, but those don't really sound like names as much as Gwanwyn does.) This story deviates slightly from [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's timeline.

Also, I have a visual! I searched "lady knight" on DeviantArt and came up with many excellent pieces, some of which I may be using as visuals for other Ursulan Cycle characters, but in particular this painting struck me as fitting exactly the image of Gwanwyn I had.


Gwanwyn sat down beside Morgan at the table and smacked him so hard on the shoulder that he moved forward in his seat two inches. “So, little brother! How would you like to come to the new queen’s court with us?”Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: stories last longer)
Title: Fatherhood
World: The Ursulan Cycle
Word count: 1,227 (total: 2,357)
Rating: PG
Notes: To [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's commission for more Ursulan stories. I love Morgan so much, I just keep writing about him. (Which is weird, because normally I prefer to write about female characters!)


Morgan wanted to carry the baby home in his own arms, but his mother insisted that the wet-nurse take her, even though she would be walking and they were riding and the road was all mud from storms. That should, perhaps, have been his first sign. But he was so focused on little Morwenna, her tiny pink toes, her silky dark hair, that he couldn’t think of anything else.

He rode beside her all the way home, making the wet-nurse walk by his stirrup. “Isn’t she sweet? Look at her, sleeping so peacefully. Is she the sweetest baby you’ve ever met, Eleanor?”

The wet-nurse shook her head, smiling. “I wouldn’t know, master. I’m my mother’s youngest and I never had a baby of my own. But she does seem awfully sweet. What does her name mean?”

Morgan frowned. “I’m not sure. But it’s lovely, isn’t it? Mother, what does Morwenna mean?”Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Skull)
Title: A Watery Grave
World: prison planet
Word count: 1,118
Rating: PG-13 for dead things
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Antique Brass 12, Now, focus on something benign. Not me! I haven't been benign since 1956!; Moonlight 14, Antediluvian; [community profile] origfic_bingo, a hint; Tombstone by Suzanne Vega
Notes: I'm trying to flesh out a few of the worlds that I haven't written so much in, so here's a prison planet story! This is actually the same universe as robot rights, though it's hundreds of years in the future and thousands of lightyears away.


Carla didn’t really understand why the others were so wary of the cave. Sure, it was a weird cave. It probably hadn’t even been there when they’d built the museum—it had probably worn away in the hundreds or thousands of years since the building had been inhabited. And there were the freaky animals in it. But they were such useful freaky animals. Even if they did attack each other far more than they should have for food and whatever else it was they wanted.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
Title: Morwenna
World: The Ursulan Cycle
Word count: 2,477
Rating: PG-13 for underage (by modern standards) sexuality and childbirth
Notes: Another story about Ursula! One of the things I'm asking myself about this series is, "what makes this different from just slapping different names and pronouns on Arthurian stories?" The first answer that came to mind was "pregnancy and childbirth."


Ursula did not want to get out of bed. This was not unusual, but what was strange was the reason she didn’t want to get out of bed. She felt as though the room was going to start swaying if she did. And she hadn’t had anything to drink last night. Not at all.

“Come on, Ursula, wake up,” her sister Kate urged her.

Ursula shook her head into the bedclothing. “Don’t want to.”

“Are you sick?”

“Yeah. Feel like the room’s spinning. Like I’m going to throw up all over the place if I move.”Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (HP: Neville: proud parents)
Title: The Shield in the Flame
World: The Ursulan Cycle
Word count: 3,985
Rating: G
Notes: My first contribution to the Ursulan Cycle! This is a genderbent version of the Arthurian Cycle, dreamed up primarily by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It's an open source fandom, so anyone can participate and add stuff--or ask for stuff! I have another story in the works, but if there are any requests for Ursulan stories, I would love to fill them.


“Wake up, Little Bear!”

Something large and heavy hit Ursula on the side. She didn’t even have to wake up all the way to know what it was: her older sister, Kate, who was up earlier than she was as usual, jumping on her in the bed. She grumbled and tried to draw the featherbed up over her face to shut out the light and, hopefully, Kate’s voice.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (HP: Neville: proud parents)
Title: Acceptance
World: Extranormal Crimes
Word count: 1,186
Rating: PG for very mild violence
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Antique Brass 3, Yeah, my only pleasure left in life: concocting ways to embarrass you.
Notes: I had no idea that Maggie had started college a year early until I started writing this. Also, not sure it's actually canon as some things don't quite fit with other stuff I've written...


Maggie did not listen when her mother told her to start thinking about applying to colleges. She continued to not listen when her father lectured her that it was time to think about colleges. She also did not listen when her sister Grace called from her own college and told her to start worrying about college, for serious, because if you weren’t prepared your head would explode with stress and Maggie could hardly handle another problem getting in between her and her future.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
Title: Summer's Beginning
World: Falling Into Light
Word count: 2,016
Rating: G
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Antique Brass 13, Oh, you know, texting. It's what the kids do these days instead of going to dinosaur races.
Notes: Working out Sasha's life. This takes place not long before the start of the book.


“Come on, Sasha,” said Jodie, tugging on Sasha’s arm as they left the school. “Let’s go out for ice cream.”

Sasha made a disgusted face. “I can’t today. I have to go home. My mom wants something.”

“Ugh,” said Desiree sympathetically. “She probably wants to talk to you about responsibility or some stupid stuff like that.”Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (HP: Neville: proud parents)
Title: Girl Advice
World: Falling Into Light
Word count: 1,593
Rating: PG-13
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Antique Brass 10, John Adams was a farmer. Abraham Lincoln was a small-town lawyer. Plato, Socrates were teachers. Jesus was a carpenter. To equate judgment and wisdom with occupation is at best... insulting.
Notes: More backstory work. This time it's Dylan's turn!



“But, Mom, she doesn’t…”

“I know, honey,” his mom said. She sounded bored, even over the phone line, which just wasn’t fair. She should at least have the common courtesy to sound tired instead of bored, considering it was six hours later in London. “But not everyone is going to understand you, okay? You’re my special boy. Other people are just going to have to deal with the fact that you’re different.”Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
Title: Kraken
World: other
Word count: 1,542
Rating: PG
Prompt: Continuing with the prompts from K. Orion Fray, except I think I missed the point... so I'm just posting what I wrote. It was fun to write.


Zane had just started reaching down into an inexplicable box of old doorknobs when he hear the unmistakable whirr of a ray gun behind him. He raised his head slowly, then his hands above his shoulders, and finally turned around.

There was a woman standing in the doorway of the storage room; a woman dressed to kill in a tailored black skirt suit, heels that could probably literally kill, dark hair in a severe bun, and bright red lipstick. And, of course, she was pointing a ray gun at him, the barrel glowing ominously.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (HP: Neville: proud parents)
Title: Going Maying
World: Falling Into Light
Word count: 1,041
Rating: G
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Moonlight 16, Halcyon; We are all meant to shine, like children do; may day challenge
Notes: Backstory to a novel/duology I'm in the planning stages for. This story is probably really confusing because I tried to avoid spoilers--the stuff the mom is worrying about is a major part of the plot.


“Mama!” cried Sasha, running up from the school bus to the front step. Her mama was waiting there, as she always was, and scooped Sasha up in her warm, soft arms to give her a tight hug. Sasha shrieked with delight, hugged her mama back, and then wiggled to get down, clutching her drawing from school in her hand.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Skull)
Title: Really Bad Trip
World: Extranormal Crimes
Word count: 1,783
Rating: PG-13 for drugs
Prompt: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith mushroom spirits; [community profile] rainbowfic Sulphur 20, The souls of men are demons; [community profile] stayintheroom image prompt
Notes: I do not know whether this is real or just drug-induced. But please attribute any inconsistencies between Maggie's experience and real mushroom trips to Maggie being magic.


“I can see it all,” Maggie whispered. Her head felt hollow. The sound in her ears was a church bell, tolling once and going on and on, not fading away. “Everything. What are you?”Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: stories last longer)
Title: V-Day
World: Extranormal Crimes
Word count: 2,272
Rating: PG-13 for some underage sexuality (Maggie is 14) and brief physical violence/abuse
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Fire Opal 4, Ardent & V-Day Challenge
Notes: Maggie discovers the Vagina Monologues.


Maggie wasn’t allowed to spend the night at anyone’s house anymore, but she could still hang out after school—as long as her mom didn’t catch her hanging out. Johanna and Claudia were probably not the kinds of people Maggie’s mom wanted her hanging out with. They wore all black and sometimes smoked cigarettes. But as long as they didn’t do anything harder than that, Maggie was okay with it.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
Title: The Dream of the Lake
World: Extranormal Crimes
Word count: 2,479
Rating: PG-13 for seductive faeries
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Antique Brass 5, No, hey, hey, you know what? She's pretty scary. If we hadn't found something, she probably would have glared us to death.; Fire Opal 18, Hell or high water; Midsummer Night's Dream prompt [NSFW]; [community profile] daily_prompt image
Notes: This would appear to be a fairly early Extranormal Crimes case, before the team members know each other or their powers all that well.


Maggie spluttered as another—yes, yet another—branch hit her in the face. At least this one didn’t have thorns. She pushed it away, blinked to clear the bits of leaf from her eyelashes, and called back to Lynn, “Are you sure this is the right way?”

“You’re the one who’s supposed to have the great natural sense of direction!” Lynn called back. “This is not my element. I am a computer geek.”Read more... )

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