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 woman's legs, knees together, text: Do you think I meant country matters? (Shakespeare: country matters)
Title: Held in the Palm
World: Ursulan
Word count: 813
Rating: PG-13 for implied sex and nastiness
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Sulphur 1, snake; [community profile] stayintheroom, "Your ends don't even justify your ends."; [community profile] dailyprompt, things that are painful to remember
Notes: This story follows one I have written but not posted, in which Morwenna has taken over Camelot while Ursula is away fighting the saxons and seduced Gwynn. At the end of that story, Ursula and the knights return; Ursula and Morwenna are both pregnant. This begins a few months later.


"Don't do this, Morwenna," Gwynn hissed, grabbing her arm. She snatched her arm away from him, almost overbalancing, gravid with their child.

"Why shouldn't I?" she growled back. "And how dare you try to stop me."Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Angels in America: prophet)
Title: She Would Follow
World: prison planet
Word count: 795
Rating: PG-13
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Fire Opal 6, Fiery speech/sermon; The Hills of Iowa 8, I was out here listening all the time.; Antique Brass 20, Hey, Big Brother's watching. / Yes, yes, and so can Little Sister.
Notes: A little background on why these people ended up imprisoned on this planet.


People had already been imprisoned for saying things like this. Natasha knew that. No one had, yet, been imprisoned for listening. But she was being careful anyway.

Maybe she could have been more careful. But it was a big campus. She’d set up a couple of reroutes, so no one should be able to trace her specifically. And she seriously doubted that she was the only one on campus watching this speech; anyone hunting for dissidents on campus would have a hard time finding her specifically.

Besides. She had to listen.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 (Skull)
Title: On the Internet
World: robot rights
Word count: 217
Rating: PG-13 for implied horrible things
Prompt: Thimbleful Thursday, icing on the cake; [community profile] rainbowfic Antique Brass 6, The Internet has everything.
Notes: This follows The Best Boutiques (locked) and comes before She Has Her Reasons.


“Hey,” said Lola, “your friend is on the Internet.”

“What?” Dylan leaned over the back of the couch to see what she was looking at. “What friend?”

“What friend do you think?” Lola pointed at her smart watch, then zoomed with her fingers so its hologram mode took effect and the screen appeared, large as life, in the air in front of them.

There, along with a few other photos of people he didn’t recognize, was Mo. The photo was a few years old, and clearly taken before whatever trauma she’d just escaped from—but there was yet more hollowness in her eyes, more pain in the twist of her lips, than when he’d last seen her in person, when they were students.

He scanned the text quickly. It described a major company’s neglect, the horror of many people being trapped in a small room for months, the anger when it was finally revealed that they were being kept there, the relief when they were released. Mo was one of them, but she was considered missing.

A lump thickened his throat as he tried to speak. “Don’t tell her we found this, all right?” He checked out the window to make sure Mo and Brooke weren’t back yet. “That would just be the icing on the cake.”

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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 (Fringe: Walternate: evil)
Title: Maureen
World: Moonsisters
Word count: 6,004
Rating: PG-13 for implied child abuse and possibly murder
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Antique Brass 1, Okay, could you sound a little more creepy?; The Hills of Iowa 2, Oh, my enemy, beautiful enemy.; [community profile] origfic_bingo silence
Notes: This is a lot scarier than it was when I first started writing about these characters. When I was, uh, twelve. Oh, and ...Squirrel takes place during this story.


“Oh my god, your hair is just so silky, isn’t it? How do you do it?”

There were hands in Ivy’s hair. She sat up straight and still. It was a pleasant tone of voice; whoever it was seemed to be just trying to be friendly. But still, they were touching her hair. She twitched her head so it came out of the person’s hands and moved slowly so that she could see who it was. She stayed silent.

It was Maureen, the most beautiful, blonde, popular girl in the school, now standing with her hands on her hips and a teasing smile on her face. “Ivy, right? I mean, your hair is just perfect. What kind of conditioner do you use?”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 (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 (Witchy: moon worship)
Title: A Rift
World: Extranormal Crimes
Word count: 842
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Antique Brass 8, I want you to know that you can tell me things.; Moonlight 2, Half-asleep; [community profile] hc_bingo: job-related trauma
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: (skip) Implied loss of a pregnancy.
Notes: To [personal profile] sharpeningthebones's prompt to pair the Antique Brass and Moonlight prompts.


“Shh,” he said, stroking her hair. “Shh. Shh. It’s all right. It’s just a nightmare.”

“Mmg,” she said, shuddered, and turned her face into his hand. He stroked her jaw. She opened her eyes.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... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
Title: Tumble
World: Moonsisters
Word count: 2,799
Rating: PG-13 for injuries, not too graphically described
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Moonlight 1, liminal; Sulphur 9, fallen; [community profile] stayintheroom Your character isn't strong enough.; [community profile] daily_prompt breaking a bone
Notes: This actually turned out to be a little happier than I expected.


“See?” said Charlotte. “From up here you can see everything, and they can’t see us.”

Ivy was not entirely convinced of that, but she climbed up after Charlotte anyway. Laura and Angel were right behind them. And once she’d inched out on the roof to sit next to Charlotte, she had to admit it was pretty cool. The whole schoolyard was stretched out before them, and more besides that. It was a little dizzying if she looked straight down, but she didn’t really want to do that anyway. From here she could just barely see the park.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: stories last longer)
Title: Guys and Girls
World: Moonsisters
Word count: 2,416
Rating: R
Warnings: (skip) Misogynistic language, underage drinking, attempted rape, ensuing violence.
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Sulphur 12, Manipulation; Moonlight 9, Ember; Fire Opal 7, Lusting after; hurricane; [community profile] stayintheroom "She's always the smartest person in the room, and she knows it."
Notes: When I saw the [community profile] stayintheroom propmt, I honestly thought this story was going to be about Ivy--and it is, but it's more about Charlotte. Also, I don't play video games and it occurred to me after I wrote it that Grand Theft Auto is probably not multiplayer. But it delights me to think of Angel and Laura playing a violent video game together.


“And furthermore,” Ivy said, “if you believe the theory about the butterfly, you understand that there’s really no point in worrying about your actions. The butterfly didn’t know it was causing the hurricane—it never even knew anything about the hurricane it caused, since it was so far away. You can’t control what consequences your actions will have. All you can do is try to survive however you can. If that butterfly hadn’t flapped its wings at that time, it would have fallen to the ground and been trampled or eaten. It didn’t have any choice anyway.”Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Skull)
Title: The Decay of the Mind
World: robot rights
Word count: 179
Rating: R for dead body
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Caput Mortuum 9, Advanced Decay
Notes: I honestly thought this piece was going to have physical decay in it.


There just didn’t seem any point anymore.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Fringe: Walternate: evil)
Title: The Power
World: Moonsisters
Word count: 2,968
Rating: hard R
Warnings: (skip) Multiple murders, sociopathic POV character, attempted rape, animal abuse.
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Caput Mortuum 4, Livor mortis; Moonlight 19, Sidereal; Antique Brass 17, There is no reality in which I would live in South Dakota.; novelty beads "We deserve beauty, love, respect, admiration, kindness and compassion. If we don't get it, there will be hell to pay." -- Margaret Cho; [community profile] dailyprompt "death and rebirth"; [community profile] darkfantasybingo sacrifice
Notes: Notes: Funny story about this character. I distinctly recall naming her after someone my friends and I hated when I was writing at least one version of the Moonsisters. However, I can't recall a single thing about this person we hated other than that her name was Maureen. I asked my best friend about it a few days ago, and she didn't remember anything, either ([personal profile] d_generate_girl, any recollection?). So I guess she didn't make that much of an impression! Hopefully this incarnation of Maureen is a more interesting villain than just someone to name after someone I hate; she's certainly more three-dimensional and way scarier after this story.


Maureen heard the sounds. She always said she’d heard nothing, suspected nothing, but she did. She heard it and she knew what it was. She was only twelve years old and she wasn’t supposed to watch television, but she’d heard those sounds enough times in her dreams.Read more... )

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