nevanna: ([SKU] we finally meet)
Fandoms: Scott Pilgrim and Revolutionary Girl Utena
Characters: Knives and Anthy
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, and I do not profit from their use.
Summary: "Our lives got pretty surreal for a while, and going home just reminds me of that. I figure that as long as there are no swordfights, we’ll be fine."
Words: c. 320
Written For: [livejournal.com profile] rigel, as part of Represent Fest.

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nevanna: ([Torchwood] owen say your line please)
I am now caught up on Sherlock, and while, yes, episode 2.03 tore at my heart from the very first scene and I have many hearts for John and Molly in particular, I really wanted to talk for a minute about (this version of) Moriarty, who didn't really impress me in his introduction, but now?

Now.

I've never made it a secret that one of my favorite villains of all time, in any medium, is Ohtori Akio from Revolutionary Girl Utena - an anime series that, much like this particular episode of Sherlock, makes ample use of fairy tale tropes. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, Akio is textually a Lucifer figure, manipulative and brilliant and selfish, willing to corrupt and destroy and seduce in order to get what he wants. And yet it's not just what he does to people that makes him a threat (though there's that, too). It's the things that he can convince people to do to themselves, and each other, by convincing them to believe the stories that he spins. Because he knows what both his victims and his adversaries want to believe, about him, about themselves and their place in the story, and can use that knowledge to nurture what is already in their heads and their hearts and to plant a few suggestions of his own, and -

Yeah, I get Moriarty now.
nevanna: ([SKU] we finally meet)
"Plenty of Revolutions Left." Revolutionary Girl Utena/X-Men: First Class, 1270 words. For [livejournal.com profile] sandoz_iscariot, who asked for Charles and Utena.

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nevanna: ([SKU] a garden of black roses)
Fandoms: Labyrinth and Revolutionary Girl Utena
Disclaimer: These characters are not mine, and I don't profit from their use. The title is from "The Stolen Child" by W.B. Yeats.
Summary: “This school stands at the crossroads of what is and what could be... The darkness beyond its boundaries is beyond your comprehension.” The King of the Goblins finds a new princess to rescue from her life.
Words: 615
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] onlyinthislight, who asked for Jareth and Kanae.

While The World Is Full of Troubles )
nevanna: ([Torchwood] owen say your line please)
"Wake the Dead." Revolutionary Girl Utena/The Vampire Diaries, 1250 words. Akio/various, slash and het. Some sexual references and (very non-explicit) allusions to incest. Probably not work-safe.

For [livejournal.com profile] sandoz_iscariot, who requested, "Damon, Akio, grave."

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nevanna: ([Torchwood] owen say your line please)
"Strings Attached." Revolutionary Girl Utena, third season. Written from a prompt on the Empty Movement forums: "Saionji, Akio, Pinocchio." (I love this fandom.)

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nevanna: ([SKU] we finally meet)
I should have posted this yesterday, as a story that features both a witch and a devil would have been appropriate for the holiday.

In any case, I hope that everyone had a good Halloween.

"Stargazing." Revolutionary Girl Utena (pre-series), 355 words. Anthy, Akio, Ruka, with innuendo every which way.

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nevanna: ([SKU] we finally meet)
... no, not that L. Sadface. Although we've discussed at length the resemblances between the two characters.

Title: Lie
Fandom: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Characters: Anthy and Utena, directly after Episode 33

Utena pauses several times during breakfast to stretch in her seat like a well-fed cat. It would have been so much simpler if it were genuinely smug satisfaction written all her face, but Anthy knows better than to attach such petty triumphs to her "champion," who, if last night registered clearly at at all in the fog of her mind, probably viewed it as another workout. She applies her knife to the ends of each flower stem, tapering the ends, and remarks aloud, "You were home late last night, Utena-sama. Did you have a pleasant evening?"

The first rose that she slips into the water, which it drinks eagerly, is only a shade redder than the blush that spreads across Utena's face like blood over sheets. "It was... I hope you weren't worried?"

"Not at all. I knew that I could trust you." That she could trust her to do what she believes is her duty, especially when, in her eyes, her duty involves carrying a token from her lady to their prince.

"Are those flowers for him, too?"

"No." The edge of the knife flashes against the stem of a sunset-colored bloom, which joins the red and green roses in the vase between them. "These are for us."

"Oh." Her blue eyes widen and she grabs her napkin. "Himemiya - your hand."

Anthy looks. The drops of blood fall into the vase, become puffs of red smoke into the water, and vanish. "I'm fine, Utena-sama," and she's no longer sure whether or not it's a lie.

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nevanna: ([SKU] freedom carries sacrifice)
So, now that my entire friendslist knows what massive dorks we are, we continue with our regularly scheduled alphabetical goodness.

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Title: Nothing
Fandom: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Character: Ruka

They tell him that his heart stopped, but when he tries to reach back and try to remember what it was like, he comes up with the blank space where two frames (or slides) were spliced together. No white light, no angels singing, and no moment of judgment.

When he's strong enough to be berated, they ask him what he was thinking, checking himself out of the hospital in his condition; did he have a death wish? He wouldn't have phrased it in exactly those words, but it's a fair assessment of the situation. And if wishes were granted without knots in the grain, the story wouldn't be worth telling, would it?

He asks for a pen and paper, and tries to write a letter to Juri, apologizing, explaining, reassuring, but for the first time since he arrived at Ohtori, so many years ago, words fail him. A plan fails him. Nothing that he could possibly say would be good enough for her now, if it ever was. In the end, he tears up every page, and then stays awake the rest of the night, listening for the bells or the scent of the ocean, knowing that, now and perhaps forever, the window is closed.

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Title: Talisman
Fandom: Revolutionary Girl Utena (post-series)
Pairing: Utena/Anthy

Utena discovers the ring by accident while cleaning house one day. She doesn't remember whether she was wearing it when she was found, or what happened to it afterward, and wonders for a moment whether it's a sign...

"That's silly," she whispers, but it's not. Wasn't that all the rose seal was to her, all those years? A sign that pointed her toward the prince that she'd lost, and the one that she was trying to become? A magic charm against any foe and obstacle she might face? And now that they're miles away from the end of that journey, what's it supposed to mean.

Anthy might be upset to see it again, which is why Utena almost doesn't tell her, but she wouldn't think that it was silly. As it turns out, she does neither. She just shakes her head, very seriously, and says, "You've had that ring ever since you left the school. I put it away for safekeeping." She raises her eyes to the window overlooking the lake. "These things are only as dangerous as we allow them to be. It's yours to do with as you wish."

The next day, they stand on the shore, fingers laced together, as Utena weighs the ring in her other hand and then - in perfect form that would make her old basketball coach proud - throws it into the lake. She squeezes Anthy's hand, and feels her squeeze back, the only talisman either of them will ever need.

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nevanna: ([SKU] a garden of black roses)
Fandom: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Pairing: Shiori/Ruka (/Juri)
Disclaimer: Characters are the property of Be-Papas and the brainchildren of Kunihiko Ikuhara and Chiho Saito. Title from "Out of the Shadows" by Sarah McLachlan.
Rating: PG13
Summary: "The princess always leaves the ball before her riches turn back into rags."
Notes: This takes place during episodes 28 and 29, with earlier flashbacks. It is also a re-vamped and re-imagined version of my very first attempt at Utena fanfic. I hauled it out recently, discovered that it did not entirely suck, and decided to polish it up. Here's the result.

Just Ash Remains )
nevanna: ([Torchwood] owen say your line please)
"Captive." 305 words, PG13 for mentions of boysex (probably NSFW), set during the fourth arc. For [livejournal.com profile] onlyinthislight, who requested "Saionji Kyouichi and Kiryuu Touga, bishounen." (This is my second consecutive story to feature Touga. I still don't like him, but even I have to admit that he definitely has his moments.)

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nevanna: ([SKU] freedom carries sacrifice)
"Protective," c. 275 words. For [livejournal.com profile] au_revoir, who requested "20-30 minutes before Yield."

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nevanna: ([SKU] freedom carries sacrifice)
Made some actual headway on one of my papers today, go me! With time left over for Actual Ficletting. This would be the story in which I interrupted my own writing to mutter, “Oi, Captain Forelock, this chick in front of you? The one that you said yourself was clearly ON DROG? Is making more sense than you. You might want to look to that.”

I sort of feel that I might be starting to repeat myself when it comes to writing about him. (“Starting to?” I hear you say.) I might want to look to that, too.

For now:

Fandom: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Characters: Ruka, Utena
Disclaimer: These characters are the property of Be-Papas and the brainchildren of Kunihiko Ikuhara and Chiho Saito.
Rating: PG
Summary: "She gave him the benefit of the doubt when he’d affirmed her suspicions about Juri. No longer any harm, either, in returning the favor." A meeting of almost-princes, set in-series.
Words: c. 800

The Bridges You Burn )
nevanna: ([SKU] we finally meet)
Fandom: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Characters: Anthy, Mamiya
Disclaimer: These characters are the property of Be-Papas and the brainchildren of Kunihiko Ikuhara and Chiho Saito.
Rating: PG
Summary: "It always begins the same way: the brother and sister lost in the woods, betrayed and abandoned, with nobody to rely upon but each other."
Words: 400
Notes: Answering a prompt from OnlyInThisLight: "Anthy, Mamiya, lost." Vague spoilers for the Black Rose arc.

The Breadcrumb Trail )
nevanna: ([SKU] freedom carries sacrifice)
Okay, so, you know how I said I was abandoning these crossovers? You know how I said I had issues with writing certain characters? You know how I said (to some of you) that I had a paper due this week?

At least one of those things was obviously a lie.

Fandoms: Firefly/Revolutionary Girl Utena
Disclaimer: All characters belong to Joss Whedon and Kunihiko Ikuhara.
Rating: PG
Summary: A leftover from the revolution searches for answers that may be closer than he thinks.
Words: c. 1,800
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] girlchild, who asked for Zoe and Ruka, with the lyrics, "I put an end to all your pain/ I want guilt, I want to drag you right through your past/ I'm on a roll and I'm moving way too fast/ Aren't we always looking over our shoulders?/ Aren't we always drawing guns from our holsters?"
Notes: This takes place before the main action of Firefly, and considerably after the end of Utena, however you interpret the relationship between the two realities. I have my own ideas, which I may tackle in a follow-up. (Sorry, no swordfights this time ’round.) Thank you thank you and an extra thank you to Tory and Lily for their inspiration and patience.

No Man's Land )
nevanna: ([SKU] we finally meet)
Fandom: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Disclaimer: These characters are the property of Be-Papas and the brainchildren of Kunihiko Ikuhara and Chiho Saito. Title taken from the Girlyman song of the same name.
Rating: PG (surprisingly, considering the narrator)
Summary: Anthy’s first night in the outside world.
Words: c. 1700
Warnings: Series spoilers.

Through to Sunrise )
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Fandom: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Pairing: Kozue/Miki if you squint
Disclaimer: These characters are the property of Be-Papas and the brainchildren of Kunihiko Ikuhara and Chiho Saito.
Rating: PG/PG13
Summary: "No perfume to mask the animal smell, no reason to pretend, and no need for anyone to catch her because she won’t let herself fall."
Words: 275
Notes: For the Made to Order Challenge at [livejournal.com profile] utenadrabble. [livejournal.com profile] sandoz_iscariot's third request: "Kozue draped in fur. Miki optional." Because she wrote for me, and this drabble snuck up on me when I was supposed to be working on a paper. As is inevitable, I suppose.

Untamed )
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Fandom: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Characters: Wakaba
Disclaimer: These characters are the property of Be-Papas and the brainchildren of Kunihiko Ikuhara and Chiho Saito.
Rating: PG
Summary: A cast-off sidekick remembers, sort of. Post-series.
Words: c. 700
Notes: For the Made to Order Challenge at [livejournal.com profile] utenadrabble. For [livejournal.com profile] girlchild's second request: "Wakaba, Kanae, Keiko, and/or Kozue, post-Ohtori, Black Rose themes in the 'real world'."

Waiting To Bloom )
nevanna: ([SKU] freedom carries sacrifice)
Fandom: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Characters: Juri and Ruka
Disclaimer: These characters are the property of Be-Papas and the brainchildren of Kunihiko Ikuhara and Chiho Saito. Title from "Let It Be Me" by the Indigo Girls.
Rating: PG
Summary: "If she were any other girl, she would give in, let go, lose herself in the dance and everything that comes after, let herself forget everything that came before."
Words: c. 635
Notes: For the Made to Order Challenge at [livejournal.com profile] utenadrabble. [livejournal.com profile] shishiomaru's fourth request: "any male character attempting (and failing) to seduce Juri." I should probably have gone for the less obvious route, but I just rewatched Juri's third-season episodes last weekend and this bunny bit me hard.

This Is Not A Fighting Song )

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