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Likes: I love tropes — some days, I browse AO3 by tropes rather than fandoms. A few favorites include: bickering/UST (belligerent sexual tension), enemies-to-lovers, fake/undercover relationships, forced proximity, friends-to-lovers, hurt/comfort, soulmarks, reincarnation/rebirth, secret identities, time loops. I also love apocalypses/post-apocalypses, time travel, alternate realities, and world-building. I prefer pre-relationship or building-to-relationship fic over established-relationshp fic.
Dislikes: I may love tropes, but there's one trope I hate: pair-the-spare. Throwing two characters together to solve a love triangle never works for me. I tend to shy away from tropes with consent issues, so I prefer not to read dub-con or non-con, incest, or voyeurism. For me, alpha/beta/omega and knotting often feel too gray where consent is concerned as well. I'm fine with some violence in fic, but I like to avoid graphic descriptions of gore.
I love world-building, and with this series, there's still so much left to discover. If you want to explore ALIE's nefarious plans, I'm here for it. If you want to delve deeper into Grounder culture(s), I'm here for it. If you want to focus on Camp Jaha, I'm here for it.
Okay, I'll admit: I decided I wanted these two together after their first scene. After Lincoln/Octavia and Clarke/Lexa, I think Bellamy falling into a relationship with a Grounder would be great — especially if Echo saves Bellamy's life first, just to draw a few Lincoln/Octavia parallels!
Jason Rothenberg has confirmed that Echo comes from the Ice Nation. Some people have speculated that without a common enemy, the alliance between the twelve Grounder tribes will struggle. I'd love to see that idea played-out, with the Sky People torn between the nearby tribe (and Lincoln) and the Ice Nation.
Or really, you could just throw Echo and Bellamy into another situation where they're forced to rely on each other to survive, and I'll love it.
Just look at these two! Until "Rubicon," I doubt Monty/Harper crossed my mind. Then there was touching! and protecting each other! and comforting each other! and then the hug in the finale! Now, I love them too much.
Post-season two, the Sky People have a brief window without enemies, and I would love anything that capitalizes on this. Harper and Monty exploring Earth, free from Mount Weather, would be great. But really, for these two, anything would be great.
Fringe was such great sci-fi. For this fandom, I'll read it all: casefic, parallel realities, time travel, anything.
ETTA BISHOP/SIMON FOSTER
If you give me a skeptic and the believer who upends their skepticism, I guarantee I'll ship it. (Thank you, X-Files.) Throw that skeptic and believer into a rebellion? Yeah, I'm a goner. Etta/Simon had great potential, but it was over too soon.
I'd love to read a canon divergent AU where Etta and Simon both survive throughout the last season. Alternatively, I'd like to see Etta travel to the alternate universe and encounter a Simon there.
And of course, there's the possibility that Etta and Simon meet in the new, Observer-free timeline. Throw in a trope from my list, if you like, and I'm sure it will be great.
Again, I love the rebels; and I love the idea of Etta/September because he comes from the people she's fighting, because they come from different races but have a common enemy.
Some of this requires working around canon, but I have two thoughts for these two: First, Etta survives throughout the final season, and works closely with September. When Peter, Olivia, etc, are away, Etta visits him. Maybe at first, she tells herself she's trying to understand her enemy, but ultimately, she realizes she likes talking to him.
Second, that the events of the finale only delay the Observers' arrival — or perhaps the finale changes the Observers, but they still time travel. Either way, Etta Bishop grows up happy, hearing stories of her parents' adventures, and then one day, she meets a time traveller. September, too, is changed by the altered timeline, but the fundamentals of each character are still there.
Mythology was the genre that first made me wish for more than our world. I knew that the myths reflected a culture's understanding of the world, that these ancient stories had no foothold in reality, and yet I wanted them to be true. Sure, some of the gods and goddesses were terrible as they were great, but the complexities of the stories drew me in.
Still, sometimes the myths shortchanged women, and I would love to read fic that paints a villainess as a heroine or one that gives depth and understanding to her choices.
One evening, I lost hours and hours searching for information that delved deeper into Pandora's origin. I kept coming back to how often her creation is linked to Prometheus and his habit of irritating Zeus. Before I knew that some Greek sources do in fact suggest Pandora and Prometheus had a child together, I found myself invested in the thought of them.
I love the idea that she was created to ruin humanity, that this often made her Zeus' revenge on Prometheus. I imagine Prometheus wary of her, suspicious of Zeus' "gift" to humanity (and in some cases, his brother). He knows she's meant to conflict with what he finds precious, but he comes to care for her, too.
Like I said, I'd love anything that gives Pandora more. Less of a hapless pawn. Driven by her own desires, stronger than Zeus gives her credit for. If you set it in the earliest days of humanity, with the Box, I'd love that. But I've also been craving fic set during Prometheus' time chained to the mountain, perhaps sometime around when Heracles frees him.
I started Killjoys on a whim. It airs on SyFy, so I expected almost nothing of it. Of course, I soon discovered that it's charming, surprisingly well-written sci-fi. I love all the characters — although I prefer John to D'avin — and I hope the show gets renewed.
DUTCH & JOHN JAQOBIS
I love Dutch's relationship with John so much. The depth of their love and devotion to each other is just fantastic. Probably what I want most for this request is pre-series fic. "Mission fic" would be great — anything like the first scene of the pilot, with the snark, and the rescuing each other, and the being an awesome team. Or fic set in their early days together, the two of them running from their problems together, learning to navigate each other, and getting used to Lucy.
I do ship Dutch/John, and I'd happily read shipfic, but I certainly don't expect it. All I ask is that you don't write D'avin/Dutch.
I wasn't sure how I'd feel about The Last Ship. Because on the one hand: Pandemic. I love pandemics (so long as they're fictional). But on the other: it felt so much like something my father would like, which I generally keep my distance from.
Obviously, I decided to give it a try, and I'm glad I stuck with it. As much as I hate Ramsey and his cult, I love the storytelling. I'm not sure what adversary they'll meet with next, now that it's been renewed for a third season, but I'm looking forward to finding out.
TOM CHANDLER/RACHEL SCOTT
I tried not to ship this. I swear, I did. But unfortunately, I couldn't resist it — especially after his wife's death. What I've learned from Battlestar Galactica and The 100 is that I will always, always ship the male leader with the female leader he bickers with.
To be clear, I ship Tom/Rachel for what they could become, not what they are now. Don't get me wrong, I love the dynamic as it is. But he's grieving his wife, and she isn't sure if she should grieve her boyfriend, and well…
… allow me this pun: with Niels' murder, Tom/Rachel has hit rough waters. (Of course, Battlestar Galactica taught me that the rough waters bring the best changes, so here's hoping?)
Anyway, what I'd love most is a glimpse at Tom/Rachel a few months down the road. Trust has begun to rebuild between them. He's grief is less sharp. Relying on each other, being this team, has become normal. I'd like to see them off-ship, stranded from everyone else (and not just their allies, but stranded from their enemies as well). Perhaps weather is to blame or something.
I finished Mass Effect for the first time a few weeks ago. I'm still a little shattered, if I'm honest. But I love the series, in all its sci-fi glory, and I'm already replaying. For this exchange, I'm mostly interested in post-series fic, although fic set during the game is definitely not a deal breaker.
I'll admit, I don't know the protocol for requesting Mass Effect fic, what with its three endings and all. Since I'm hoping for post-series fic, obviously, I'm also looking for fix-it fic or fic that simply ignore that Shepard dies.
I have a soft spot for the drell, apparently, and especially for Feron. Admittedly, I look at Feron/Shepard as a post-Thane/Shepard relationship, but I'm flexible there.
I wish I could provide more info here, but all I can say is I'd like to see them after the Reapers have been defeated (or whatever); perhaps they're both in the same hospital. Maybe Shepard goes to Kahje; or maybe she returns to Earth, and somehow, Feron ends up there, too.
KOLYAT KRIOS/ORIANA LAWSON
I like the idea of Kolyat/Oriana because they're two background characters whose lives are affected — and bettered — because of Shepard's connection to someone who cares about them.
I'd really like fic where Oriana comes into her own, learning to take care of herself instead of Miranda protecting her. Maybe she travels, maybe she joins the Alliance. Maybe she becomes an information broker, like Feron, and hears stories about Thane Krios.
Really, anything about the world after the Reapers, the world that Oriana and Kolyat inherit.
Oh, The Raven Cycle. Do I love the mythology best? Or 300 Fox Way? Or Blue Sargent? Or Blue Sargent and her Raven Boys? I don't know. I really don't. I love all of it though. All of it. (Except Kavinsky. I do not love Kavinsky.) But yeah, I think for this, especially requesting Blue & Noah, I'm really here for the found families element.
NOAH CZERNY & BLUE SARGENT
Blue's relationship with Noah is so… pure? I don't know. It's good. It's so good. The affection between them; the chapter in The Dream Thieves where they're alone Monmouth Manufacturing; all of it. Even when Noah draws too much of Blue's energy, and she has to rebuke him, their friendship feels strange and beautiful.
Sometimes, when I think of Blue, I think of those coming-of-age movies for girls, where they're all skinned-knees and sunburns and adventures and discovering that life is beautiful and horrible all at once. So what I think I really would like to see is coming-of-age with skinned-knees and sunburns and adventures with a ghost. Blue and Noah have their own adventure, maybe one afternoon when he feels particularly glum.
Each year at Christmastime, I have to watch The Cutting Edge and You've Got Mail. I don't know why they're staples of my holidays, but they are, and I have such a deep affection for both movies. With You've Got Mail, it's all about the enemies-to-friends-to-lovers, except as it turns out, they were already friends. Even Joe keeping the secret from Kathleen, something I'd probably hate anywhere else, is almost endearing.
ANY (JOE FOX/KATHLEEN KELLY)
Skipping straight to the prompts, otherwise I'm bound to write a novel about how much I love UST and enemies-to-friends-to-lovers and Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
First, with large, chain bookstores folding left-and-right, I always wonder how Fox Books survives. Does it adapt to rapidly advancing technology? Does it get squashed, too? If it survives, what role does Kathleen play in that? If it folds, how does Kathleen help Joe adapt to that, having experienced it herself?
Second, I've always thought it'd be great if perhaps Joe helped Kathleen open a Fox Kids (or something to that effect), a children's bookstore. Her values and affection for the magic of books combined with his business sense and his ability to move forward with the times could create a pretty fantastic bookstore.
Third, what if it was Kathleen who figured out who NY152 was, instead of the other way around? Would she keep the secret, too? How would the rest of the movie play out?
And honestly, I'd probably read a collection of missing scenes from Joe's attempts to earn Kathleen's friendship with as much enthusiasm as anything else.