thalialunacy2: (Team Envy: Awe & then Some)
This week was not much, lol, considering all the things going on.

Bonus Challenge was about DRINKING and of course I had to get kind of melancholy:

It's tradition. One of those traditions that started three years ago, maybe, but you really can't remember, because you're all thirty-something and those days of starting seem inexcusably long ago, even when they were just last week. And you're never really sure who started it, because they all could've, at moments in their lives, moments you were mostly there for and can see on each other's faces. And you never know who's going to start it because you can look around at all of them, all the people you call family, standing on a porch or around a kitchen counter, fags in hand on a bad day, eyes narrowed by drink and smoke and tiredness, arms slung over shoulders and around waists: huge Perce next to tiny Gwen, Gwaine's slightly sweaty hair and Arthur's drink-slack jaw, Leon's benevolent smiles and Elyan's protective eye, and you see them all swaying to the inescapable one-two-three, and you find you are, too. And then you will raise your glass with them, and bellow it out: 'THEY'RE SHARING A DRINK THEY CALL LONELINESS / BUT IT'S BETTER THAN DRINKING ALONE.'

Because it is.

'Piano Man' by Billy Joel


The actual challenge was a toughie. It was canon-era, with one 'tweak' allowed. I... am a hardnose bitch about canon, so I wrote Arthur/Gwen, which has been an OTP of mine since I was ten. It fulfilled a need I've had for a while. And I know at least one person voted for it, and I am content with that.

In Memoriam
In which Queen Gwen dreams of her late husband.
R for sexual situations and generally being depressing.
530 words
thalialunacy2: (Merlin: The Pendragon)
So, as you either know or probably deduced, I have been a little busy recently; real life is some of it but most of it, to be brutally honest, has been this thing called Summer Pornathon. It's a Merlin fandom thing that's gone five rounds, like its show did, and involves writing a 500-750 word thing, voting on ~75 of those written things, and usually writing at least a few sentences for a bonus thing -- all three, weekly, for seven weeks.

It's surprisingly intense. The sheer amount of writing and reading, and amount of social interaction, is daunting week after week, and, although it's pretty much the friendlist competition known to humankind, it's still a competition so comes with self-doubt and disappointment.

This week, though, reminded me of the flip side-- This year and last, some of my best writing ever, full stop, came from PThon. I think it's because I excel at short forms. Brevity is the one compliment I got on my writing from my high school teachers. (To be fair, I was a dick in high school, and barely did any homework.)

Anyway. Without further ado:

The bonus challenge turned into a thing longer than an actual challenge entry. >.> The theme was, essentially, Bring Your Merlin to Work Day.

Hidden Dragons
The one where Merlin reads books onto tape.
Merlin/Arthur pre-romance, friendship, gen, idk what to call it
R for language
835 words

The actual challenge was about beds and sleeping and such, and I wrote and wrote... and then I had a story with no porn that was over wordcount but to which I was incredibly attached. So here that is.

Like When I Noticed Your Nobility
The one where Merlin dreams and Arthur comes back.
Merlin/Arthur pre-romance? (seems to be a theme here) (with a plot twist which a warning would spoil, just...fyi)
R for language and sexual situations
949 words

I finished that like, four hours before the deadline, at my parents' house, and was like, 'Well... fuck.' So this happened, in like an hour. And I'm not sorry at all (okay maybe a little) because it tied for second place, and tied with [livejournal.com profile] tourdefierce which really is like having a tie with the Yankees, okay. She's just that good.

Once a Princess, Always a Princess
The one where Merlin's impatient with a newly-returned Arthur, and it gets kind of silly.
NC-17
908 words
thalialunacy2: (Team Envy: Awe & then Some)
I have a lot of thoughts, but none of them appropriate, so I'll just leave these here if anybody's interested.

Bonus Challenge was costume-themed, but I, uh, took some liberties. XB
He Shoots, He Scores!
Arthur/Merlin, PG, 248 words

FUCK OR DIE CHALLENGE meant I finally got to write a trope I first heard of in the J2 fandom, because I have only read the first Twilight book and had no idea okay.
Never Felt So Glad To Be So Beyond Repair
Arthur/Merlin, NC-17, 975 words

and that's it. TA-DA.
thalialunacy2: (Merlin: A&G forever&never)
[The last of the [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon entries. Working title: Gwendilocks & the Three Muffdivers. Merlin AU, NC-17, Gwen/Arthur OTP, 606 words.]


'I know you get points for every girl you convert, but we know how this goes.' )
thalialunacy2: (SN: Danny FistPump)
[Merlin, done Sports Night style. :D The challenge at [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon was fusion/crossover, and this entry was entirely obviously mine. AND IT WAS SO MUCH FUN TO WRITE OMG. 750 words, NC-17, humor plus some porn and schmoop. And a Neopets joke.]


Hope your CV is current, Pendragon. )
thalialunacy2: (Ludo)
[Well. There was a challenge at [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon to use Myths & Legends in a story. So here is a little story about Lilith, a demon, the first wife of Adam. Told in reverse, and a little off-the-charts weird, but I am in love with it.]


She kissed like she was the last person that ever would kiss, soft and slow and hurtful like the end of the world. )
thalialunacy2: (Merlin: Destiny)
(Merlin, Merlin/Arthur etc, crack, 750 words, title by Ern, written for [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon, prompt was fuck-or-die.)


It started with murmurs and whispers around the castle. )
thalialunacy2: (Merlin: 2 sides to the coin)
(Merlin, Merlin/Arthur, 739 words, NC-17. written for this image (nsfw) prompt at [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon for [livejournal.com profile] teamenvy.)


Maille does not a perfect warrior make. )

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