clare_dragonfly: Reid standing with his hands together, text: the profile suggests that the UNSUB is an itsy bitsy spider. (CM: Reid: itsy bitsy spider)
Maggie couldn’t believe she was back at her parents’ house. Not only that, she’d brought a vampire with her, and her mother had invited them—both of them—in as politely as you please. And now here they were, eating turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce at the comfortably crowded table.

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This story was written to mjkj's prompt, "pumpkin pie?"
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: typewriter & notebook)
Title: Coven
World: Extranormal Crimes
Word count: 616--I overshot a little bit!
Rating: PG-13 for drug use
Prompt: Thimbleful Thursday: quote unquote
Notes: Maggie is really a fun character to write.


There were three of them lying on the hood of the car, staring up at the stars--at least, the few stars they could see, between the trees and the light pollution.

But this was good. As good as it got. Melissa passed the joint to Maggie; she sucked in, held it in her lungs for a moment, and passed it on to Aric. The smoke didn't seem to do much for her, but she enjoyed the companionship.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: Reid standing with his hands together, text: the profile suggests that the UNSUB is an itsy bitsy spider. (CM: Reid: itsy bitsy spider)
The prompt post is here! This month's theme is "pumpkins and alternative living places."

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I appear to have failed to post a link to the June story, so here it is. It's a story of the Extranormal Crimes Division, written to the prompt "[s]he didn't become truly evil until caught."
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Curse Workers: too good to be true)
Title: Can't Cut It
World: Extranormal Crimes
Word count: 583
Rating: R for blood
Prompt: Thimbleful Thursday: cut the mustard
Notes: Hey, I managed to write a story with Tay in it!


“No! Dammit—“ Maggie scrambled over to the man, their only witness, whose shirt had suddenly bloomed with red. For no reason. Except in this job there was always a reason.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Fringe: Walternate: evil)
Title: For the Love of God, Montressor!
World: Extranormal Crimes
Word count: 375
Rating: R for mentioned horribleness
Prompt: Thimbleful Thursday: add insult to injury
Notes: The prompt is something that I first encountered in Poe, so it always makes me think of "The Cask of Amontillado." This story went more "The Black Cat," though. And I went past the wordcount, but this is still really short!


Maggie was no longer certain she was cut out for this work.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 (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: Stiff
World: Extranormal Crimes
Word count: 100
Rating: G
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Caput Mortuum 3, Rigor Mortis
Notes: This is rather silly.


“Wakey wakey,” Maggie said, knocking on the lid of the coffin.

It opened immediately and Hugh sat up, bright-eyed and smiling. “Are we there?”
Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Fringe: Astrid: nonsense men)
Title: Senses
Word count: 2,167
Rating: PG
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Tyrian Purple 16, dawn's rosy fingers; Heart Gold 6, Love is a beautiful dream. - William Sharp
Notes: More in the saga of Hugh and the vampires! This directly follows The Cave.


It was a beautiful morning. Hugh kept looking around as Judith led him out of the cave and through the woods, astonished at all the beautiful sights—and sounds, and smells, and things to feel (mostly Judith’s skin)—around him. His senses had never been so sharp or clear.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (HP: terrible but great)
Title: Terrible Children
Word count: 1,024
Rating: PG-13
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Tyrian Purple 30, mother of monsters; Heart Gold 11, There is no remedy for love but to love more. - Thoreau
Notes: It's not specified, but I think the cops that talk to the narrator are Maggie and Paul. Warning for violence.


“I am afraid of our son,” she told her husband.

“How can you be afraid of an infant?” he asked.

She had no answer, but she was afraid of him.

But she loved him too.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Alphas: Gary: respect the badge)
Title: Perfect Lover
Word count: 640
Rating: PG-13 for language
Prompt: [community profile] inkstains contest 50:
Notes: Woot, I wrote a story about Paul! Now I just need to write one about Lynn, and there will be a story about each of the main Extranormal Crimes characters (counting "Bigfoot Hunting" as a Darlene story). Lynn might be tricky, though...


Without taking his eyes off the television, Paul picked up the wine bottle and tipped it into his glass. When there was no noise of wine splashing, he turned his head, surprised. He’d finished the entire bottle. For a moment he considered opening another one, then sighed and let his better judgment take over. If nothing else, if he turned himself into an alcoholic, he'd lose his job.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
Title: The Cave
Word count: 1,648
Rating: PG-13 for nudity
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Tyrian Purple 1, chained to a rock; Heart Gold 19, It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all. - William Thackeray; Caput Mortuum 1, Pallor mortis
Notes: Sequel to Safety. I might write a whole series about Hugh and his newfound vampirism. This is fun. Also, I have a thing for caves. Senses follows this.


Hugh opened his eyes.

Well, he hadn’t been expecting that.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Gaiman: a hand in the darkness)
Title: Forever
Word count: 243
Rating: R
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic: Tyrian Purple 20, watcher with a thousand eyes; Heart Gold 30, Real love stories never have endings. - Richard Bach; Caput Mortuum 10, Dry/Remains. [community profile] daily_prompt: machete
Notes: I'm calling this Extranormal Crimes even though it has no inherent connection to that universe. It's just nice to imagine that the FBI will show up soon.


It’s a good knife.
Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: A woman's legs, knees together, text: Do you think I meant country matters? (Shakespeare: country matters)
Title: Country Matters
Word count: 5,612
Rating: hard R? for sexual activities between two characters who are both under 18 and some profanity
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Tyrian Purple 10, the face that sailed a thousand ships and Heart Gold 17, Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable. - Henry Ward Beecher
Notes: Written for the [community profile] rainbowfic Canvas challenge.


Maggie ducked into the school, darted into the girls’ bathroom, locked herself in a stall and pulled off her backpack. She changed quickly; she’d gotten pretty good at this, the last few years, since she’d begun to properly assert her independence and not actually wear what her mother picked out for her at school.

Of course, she couldn’t wear her real clothes out of the house. There’d been enough screaming matches over that. Maggie was learning to pick her battles.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Alphas: Gary: respect the badge)
Title: Safety
Word count: 1,652
Rating: R for suggestiveness
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Tyrian Purple 14, eternal sleep; Heart Gold 8, Talking of love is making it. - William G. Benham
Notes: Hugh has also appeared in Bigfoot Hunting and On the Trail; this story takes place about twenty-five years before those.


He’d lost the rest of his team, and it was getting dark, but Hugh wasn’t worried.

No, because being worried would mean admitting that maybe those backwards, superstitious locals were right, and there were vampires on this island. And that would be completely absurd.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Alphas: Gary: respect the badge)
Title: On the Trail
Word count: 405 (total: 2,591)
Rating: R for blood (not appearing in this section) and implied sex
Prompt: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's: The trail left by a unicorn
Notes: Look, it's Kaede again! Unfortunately, this story did not want to cooperate by being in the first person (as Bigfoot Hunting did), so I've switched pronouns instead--Kaede's gender is very flexible. I'm not sure how well it works.


Kaede’s cell phone rang in the middle of the night, waking him. That was never a good sign. Groaning, he extracted his arm from under the girl in bed with him and grabbed the phone. He fumbled it open and pressed it to his ear. “Hugh?”Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Witchy: lightning)
Title: The Interdimensional Antique Shop
Word count: 326 (total: 2,361)
Rating: PG
Prompt: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's: A fence who sells stolen goods across the dimensions by use of a portable gate.
Notes: This is interdimensional, so it's actually set in two of my worlds!


“You can sell it, right?” asked the small thief, not entirely without hope. Kerry wasn’t sure whether the grubby child was a boy or a girl, not that it mattered. In Garthier they taught all their children to steal.Read more... )

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