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I wrote five stories for H/C Bingo 2014. I already linked to a couple of them individually, but here they all are together! (The links go to AO3.)

Title: Cold Comfort
Fandom: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Prompt: Poisoning
Wordcount: 515
Warnings: Non-graphic mentions of vomiting and illness.
Summary: Bobby wants to reassure Kitty that she'll be all right, but she's already thinking about what will happen when she finally gets taken down.

Title: Before You Leave This Home
Fandom: X-Men: Evolution
Prompt: Forced to face fear
Wordcount: 1,100
Warnings: Spoilers through the beginning of Season 3
Summary: Kitty's parents find out what she hasn't been telling them about life at the Xavier Institute.

Title: Still Here
Fandom: Doctor Who
Prompt: Dystopia (Wild Card)
Wordcount: 525
Warnings: References to the type of torture, death, and devastation that took place during the episodes "The Sound of Drums" and "The Last of the Time Lords."
Summary: Tish saw the world end, and almost nobody else remembered it happening.

Title:Branches to Hands
Fandom: Runaways
Prompt: Broken bones
Wordcount: 675
Warnings: Non-explicit reference to mental manipulation/gaslighting.
Summary: Molly Hayes falls out of one game of make-believe and into another.

Title: True or False
Fandom: X-Men: Evolution
Prompt: Brainwashing/deprogramming
Wordcount: 2,140
Warnings: References to institutionalization, neglect, and conditioning; spoilers for the entire series.
Summary: Five times that Wanda's forgotten past intruded on her new life.
nevanna: ([Doctor Who] My pleasure Mr. Smith)
Fandoms: X-Men: First Class and Doctor Who
Characters: Darwin and Mickey
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, and I do not profit from their use.
Summary: Darwin teams up with Mickey and Martha to fight a cybernetic menace.
Words: 160
Written For: [livejournal.com profile] john_in_boston, as part of Represent Fest.

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nevanna: ([Doctor Who] My pleasure Mr. Smith)
Fandoms: Doctor Who and The Middleman
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, and I do not profit from their use.
Summary: “Are you wondering about our organization’s long-standing and thus far unmentioned alliance with a time-traveling extraterrestrial being from a forgotten planet?”
Words: 615
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] john_in_boston
Notes: This fic originally had a much more Middleman-style title, but I'm keeping it in reserve in case I want to write a longer remix.

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nevanna: ([Doctor Who] My pleasure Mr. Smith)
What follows is an embarrassingly sincere love note to a particular storyline in Doctor Who, with digressions into musing about some of my own favorite narrative tropes.

If I had to pick a favorite episode/story from Russell T Davies' New Who (and I only specify because I haven't seen all the episodes from Moffat's reign yet), it would probably be the Season 3/29 two-parter "Human Nature/The Family of Blood." I could list any number of reasons: Remarkable performances from both lead actors. Memorable guest characters (particularly Joan, about whom I talk a bit more below, and Latimer, about whom I don't, though I love him lots and have even written fic about him). Creepy villains. A historical setting that - although history geeks can certainly feel free to nitpick - certainly felt plausible and authentic: warts, prejudices, and all. Romance. Hard decisions. Heartbreak. An ending that could possibly be viewed as gratuitously sentimental but still makes me tear up every single time. Tremendous potential for fanfic based on the premise alone (I know that I'm not the only one who has imagined what would happen if this or that character, from either within or outside Doctor Who canon, was "fob-watched"). And, last but far from least, the foreshadowing for and thematic ties with the rest of the season arc.

Spoilers for those who haven't watched. )
nevanna: ([SKU] mad scientist lurve)
Yet another story from my backlog. Feedback is always appreciated, and, since I have to do ALL THE SCHOOLWORK over the next week or so, would be particularly cheering now, even if said feedback is merely a variation on "please to be taking your creepy Moriarty obsession elsewheres." Sometimes I say the same thing to myself, guys.

At any rate.

Fandoms: Sherlock and Doctor Who
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/The Master
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, and I do not profit from their use.
Summary: "I want to know how you came to be sitting where you are today. The truth behind the fairy tale that you’ve fed all of Britain.” Just another blackmail scheme turned dark alliance between evil geniuses.
Words: c. 1315
Notes: This was written for a prompt on [livejournal.com profile] sherlockbbc_fic. Consider yourself warned for some sexually suggestive imagery.

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nevanna: ([X-Men: Evolution] Irene and Rogue)
"Other Battles." Doctor Who/X-Men: First Class, 225 words. For [livejournal.com profile] beccadg, who asked for Erik and the Ninth Doctor.

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nevanna: ([Doctor Who] My pleasure Mr. Smith)
"Where We Are Now." Doctor Who, 640 words, Martha/Mickey. Set somewhere between "Journey's End" and "The End of Time." For [livejournal.com profile] john_in_boston.

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nevanna: ([Doctor Who] My pleasure Mr. Smith)
The other night, while the Dynamic Duo and I were taking a break from writing in order to chatter about fannish things (as we inevitably do), we alit on the subject of Doctor Who; specifically, the Doctor's telepathic abilities. Now, it's no secret that I have a huge weakness for telepathy in fiction (though it most emphatically does not extend to all stories and characters; if that were true, I'd be going all gooey over Edward Cullen, which is unacceptable). In fact the promise of this in new Who was one of the methods that [livejournal.com profile] mllelaurel, wily minx that she is, deployed in order to get me to watch. (Disclaimer: I am only considering new Who here, since I haven't seen the relevant episodes of the classic series.)

When I started the Ninth Doctor's series, I didn't know that it contained only one reference to his having any psychic ability at all: in "Dalek," when Rose asks if there was a possibility that any other Time Lords survived, the Doctor points to his head and says, "I know. In here... Feels like there's no one." I didn't care; by that point, I was utterly enamored with the show. (Lily and I had talked about one of us writing a fic in which Nine delved into Jack's subconscious in order to locate his missing memories, and it would be intense and intimate and full of innuendo and totally awesome, but I could never make it work the way that I wanted, and, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] becky_writing, I didn't need to.)

For the most part, in the years that followed, the Doctor only used his telepathy once or twice per series, usually when there was absolutely no other way that he could gain or dispense information, or repair psychic damage. (I am actually still very bitter about Donna's fate, and the way that its juxtaposition against Rose's actually does both of them a disservice, but that's another rant.) Also, there was that one time that his psychic power ran amok and trapped both him and his companions in a false world within a false world - and, no, that's not a typo - in an episode that, among other things, showed how dangerous such power could be if it was unchecked, and, perhaps, why he kept sight a tight leash on it. But it doesn't cause him angst, and generally, it's just one more extraordinary tool in his vast arsenal of capabilities.

Ultimately, I think that this was the right choice on the part of the writers. Now, when we do get an onscreen mind-meld, whether it's the gorgeous scene with Reinette in "The Girl in the Fireplace" or Eleven's whacking his head against another character's in order to feed him alien memories, it's pretty awesome to watch. And, of course, I love when talented writers tackle the subject in fanfic. However, as somebody who came to the Who fandom straight from X-Men, I have to say that it was really refreshing to meet a telepathic character who was not defined by those abilities - far from it, in fact. More importantly, if the Doctor solved problems the same way every couple of episodes, he and the show would lose a lot of the energy and variety and inventiveness that, in many ways, have come to define them both. Less is more.

So that's what I think about that.
nevanna: ([Doctor Who] My pleasure Mr. Smith)
Fandoms: The Vampire Diaries/Doctor Who
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters.
Summary: “Putting your faith in something or someone outside yourself always gets you disappointed. If you survive that long.”
Words: 795
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] collectively, who asked for Damon and Martha, with the lyrics to Warren Zevon's "The Heartache."
Notes: This takes place during the Master's reign at the end of Season 3/29. I may be tempted to write more crossovers about what the TVD gang were up to during that year. I'm just saying.

And The Darkness Falls )
nevanna: ([X-Men] building something better)
Fandoms: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Doctor Who
Disclaimer: Characters do not belong to me.
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Summary: “Sunnydale?” the man with the ears echoes. He grins widely. “Oh, fantastic. Enjoy the next five years, lad."
Words: c. 365
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] bleemoo, who asked for Xander Harris and the Ninth Doctor, with the line, "Wait, bacon?"
Notes: Takes place between the second and third seasons of Buffy.

Intersection )
nevanna: ([Doctor Who] My pleasure Mr. Smith)
Title: Restless
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: TARDIS/Tenth Doctor's Suit

In nine centuries, the Doctor has filled her with so many beautiful things: fossilized lava from the time of the dinosaurs, flowers from a planet that was written out of existence (these things happen), and enough clothes to delight all of the companions that she can hold, no matter what era they visit. Of all the treasures that he's stored within her skin, her favorite is nothing more or less extraordinary than a plain brown suit that he bought during one of his centuries on Earth, likely as a disguise. The warm earth color, the cut, the softness of the fabric... So simple, and yet so exquisite. So many of his other outfits have been flashy and flamboyant, which is likely why he sets this one aside. Then again, even he doesn't always know a good thing when he sees it.

He never gets a chance to wear that outfit in their travels before the Time War, and afterward, he has little use for anything that he wore during his eight previous incarnations. The suit would have gathered dust until the end of the universe (and when is he going to take her to the end of the universe?) if she hadn't shaken it from its hanger, steamed it clean, and lain it on the heater to dry while every thread quivers and hums in happiness.

When the Doctor (having regenerated for the ninth time) wears it to Christmas dinner, she has to suppress her jealousy. From then on, they can only meet in secret, when he sleeps, which is rarely. The TARDIS wonders if he notices that in the years since he procured the suit, it, in turn, has acquired very thin pinstripes as blue as her walls. Possibly, but then again, it's no stranger than most of what they've seen in their travels.

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I blame [livejournal.com profile] zarhooie. And apologize to Joss Whedon for stealing the title from his awesome episode.

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nevanna: ([Doctor Who] My pleasure Mr. Smith)
"Closing Notes." Doctor Who. Set at an indeterminate time in the Daleks' (attempted) conquest of the universe. For [livejournal.com profile] marmota, who asked for "Daleks, karaoke."

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"Wallflowers." 575 words, PG, set between "The Doctor Dances" and "Boom Town." For [livejournal.com profile] beccadg, who requested "Captain Jack Harkness and the Doctor of your choice."

You have no idea how tempted I was to call this, "The Doctor Doesn't Dance."

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nevanna: ([X-Men: Evolution] Irene and Rogue)
Has been a slow week, schoolwork-wise. This is sadly about to change. But meanwhile, I can has writing time!

This is almost not a drabble. And it's not what I originally wanted to do for this prompt, but I wasn't sure whether the recipient had seen all of the latest episodes of Who.

Anyway.

"Elusive Illusions." 900 words, PG, set several years before Evo and between Series 2 and 3 (or 28 and 29, if you prefer) of Doctor Who. For [livejournal.com profile] obabscribbler, who requested a DW/Evo crossover, with no other qualifications.

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Trying a new fandom on for size.

Fandom: Doctor Who
Disclaimer: The fine folk at the BBC own these characters.
Summary: If Rose can't explain to Jack what he's stumbled into, it's only because she's not sure herself.
Words: c. 1400
Notes: This is set during the Ninth Doctor’s era, shortly after “The Doctor Dances.” Hopefully, more fic is in the works from between that episode and “Boom Town.” Some of it might actually contain plot. Many thanks to Lily for turning me into a budding Who fangirl and beta-ing this fic.

For The Time Being )

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