nonisland: Helen, as seen in the 2003 film Troy, standing alone in the middle of an empty sunstruck street ([Greek myth] Helen of Troy)
fandom: Troy
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Hector & Helen, basically gen with canonical pairings
length: ~1000 words
content notices: Canonical character death under non-canonical circumstances; war; reference to canonical domestic abuse; general sadness
tropes & things: alternate canon; character death fix; otherwise not a fix-it at all
summary: To Helen there is no honor worth death.
notes: If you care about Achilles and his narrative, this fic is probably even less something you want to read than everything else I have ever written about or referencing the Trojan War. If not, carry on. Title and cut-text from Suzanne Vega’s “The Queen and the Soldier”.
ao3 crosspost: here

but the crown it had fallen and she thought she would break / and she stood there, ashamed of the way her heart ached )
nonisland: Camelot in red and gold, with text "make your own destiny" ([Merlin] make your own destiny if you ca)
fandom: Merlin
rating: general audiences
characters/pairings: pre-Freya/Morgana, Gwen&Morgana, mentions of Gwen/Lancelot
length: ~3.2K words
content notices: Reference to offscreen character deaths, discussion of offscreen murder unrelated to those; reference to mind control (Freya is cursed much as she is in canon); Uther’s general existence; effects of offscreen homophobia; really unhistorical historical fiction.
summary: Morgana might be the only person in England who ever tried to befriend a deadly water-spirit.
notes: This is what I’ve seen called “costume historical” or “wallpaper historical” as a setting for romance novels, so if historical precision, detail, and accuracy are essential for your enjoyment this is not the fic for you. Written for [livejournal.com profile] untold_legends. Title is from Regina Spektor’s “Aquarius”. Many many thanks to [archiveofourown.org profile] lady_ragnell for an incredibly last-minute second pair of eyes on this; any errors that remain are entirely my fault one way or another.
ao3 crosspost: here

The water-spirit looks lost, and Morgana’s heart breaks for her even as she thinks, distant and cold, that it’s a good thing Gwen has the poker because if those slender deadly hands close around Morgana’s wrists she’ll be too distracted by the touch to pull away. )
nonisland: Camelot in red and gold, with text "make your own destiny" ([Merlin] make your own destiny if you ca)
fandom: Merlin
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Mithian/Vivian, Mithian&Rodor, Arthur/Vivian, mentions of Arthur/Gwen
length: ~7K words
content notices: deals heavily with canonical mind control and references canonical mutually non-consensual kissing due to same, also contains [discussed and agreed-upon in advance] kissing to break a spell
summary: Mithian is surprised at how much it hurts when Vivian comes back from Camelot talking of nothing but Arthur.
notes: Plot-compliant with 2.10 “Sweet Dreams”, but not quite with 4.11 “The Hunter’s Heart”. I owe a debt of gratitude to [archiveofourown.org profile] versaphile for their map of Albion, although I picked and chose as I wanted/needed from there and from canon both re: the layout of Albion. I would also like to thank [archiveofourown.org profile] lady_ragnell for continuing to be the most patient sounding board/cheer squad anyone could wish, for helping me sort out the politics of Albion, and for unsticking the story even before she beta-read it on appallingly short notice. Written for [livejournal.com profile] untold_legends, for the square “against all odds” on my [community profile] trope_bingo card, and for #6 (“Ours”) of [community profile] 100_women table #8. Title from Lady Gaga’s “No Floods”, because this is me writing Vivian. (I really ought to break that habit at some point.)
ao3 crosspost: here (contains additional worldbuilding natter in the endnotes)

And she’s too late, anyway, and a princess may love where she chooses but a queen never. It feels suddenly, terribly unfair that Mithian has made herself a queen-yet-to-be and never allowed herself to notice why she didn’t mind Vivian’s cheerful self-centeredness. )
nonisland: Helen, as seen in the 2003 film Troy, standing alone in the middle of an empty sunstruck street ([Greek myth] Helen of Troy)
fandom: Greek mythology (literature?)
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Cassandra/Helen of Troy; some canonical relationships mentioned
length: ~2000 words
content notices: referenced future canonical character deaths; discussion of Nice Guy™ism (Apollo, re: Cassandra, if that clarifies for you); war
summary: Two princesses of Troy, both used and discarded by the gods.
notes: Written for Femslash February, for [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon, and for the square “friends to lovers” on my [community profile] trope_bingo card. Title from Sara Teasdale’s “Helen of Troy”.
ao3 crosspost: here

The smile she tries to form is kind, the effort in it kinder still, and Helen values kindness so much more than beauty. )
nonisland: Atlantis (from the BBC show of the same name) with text "lost city" where "lost" is crossed out ([Atlantis] the city; found)
fandom: Atlantis (BBC)
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Ariadne(&Minos)
length: ~700 words
content notices: spoilers for 1.01 "The Earth Bull" and very minor spoilers by implication for 1.03 "A Boy of No Consequence"; references to offscreen ritual sacrifice, and actions which could result in martyrdom for the main character
summary: Ariadne doubts her father's faith.
notes: Written for #8 (“Privilege”) of [community profile] 100_women table #9 & for #33 (“Safe”) of the Women Are Awesome prompt table at [community profile] hooked_on_heroines.
ao3 crosspost: here

She takes a deep breath and uncurls her fingers, one by one. )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" (Default)
fandom: The Avengers
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Clint Barton/Natasha Romanov(/Phil Coulson)
length: ~400 words
content notices: mind control; imprisonment; canon-typical violence
summary: Natasha in the realm of the Frost King. [or: a (scene from a) The Snow Queen AU.]
notes: Originally written for a prompt from Nell—“fairy tale AU, Natasha/someone”—during a three-sentence AU meme. I’d originally planned to expand it into a full fic instead of just a slightly longer and more grammatical ficlet, but have since drifted away from the fandom.
ao3 crosspost: here

Natasha is always careful; it comes by now as easily and naturally as breath. )
nonisland: Gwen & Morgana, hugging ([Merlin] the lady & the queen)
fandom: Merlin
rating: general audiences
characters/pairings: Gwen/Morgana, background Arthur/Gwen
length: ~250 words
content notices: none that I am aware of
summary: Autumn is the worst time.
notes: Set between s4 and s5. Originally written for the prompt “Gwen/Morgana - but I miss you most of all, my darling / when autumn leaves start to fall” at [livejournal.com profile] dollsome's Autumn (2012) Commentficathon, and also for #18 (“Alone”) of the Women Are Awesome prompt table from [community profile] hooked_on_heroines. The title, like the prompt text, is from Eva Cassidy’s “Autumn Leaves”.
ao3 crosspost: here
related works: a podfic read by [archiveofourown.org profile] spaceelevator can be found here!

She wakes up cold and alone in the middle of the lengthening nights. )
nonisland: Atlantis (from the BBC show of the same name) with text "lost city" where "lost" is crossed out ([Atlantis] the city; found)
fandom: Atlantis (BBC)
rating: general audiences
characters/pairings: Ione, Pasiphae
length: ~1400 words
content notices: Spoilers through 1.12 “Touched by the Gods, Part 1”; additional warnings are spoilers (skip) canonical character death; mention of non-focal mourning 
summary: The palace of Atlantis is a dangerous place.
notes: (Will I have a better summary once I do not need to worry about spoilers? Yes I will.) Written for #5 (“Power”) of [community profile] 100_women table #9 & for #25 (“Fear”) of the Women Are Awesome prompt table from [community profile] hooked_on_heroines. Title and cut-text from Ellie Goulding’s “Under the Sheets”.
ao3 crosspost: here

in here the world won't bring us down / our plan is gold dust )
nonisland: the Impala, with text "the winding road is home" ([SPN] they always had a home)
fandom: Supernatural
rating: general audiences
characters/pairings: Charlie Bradbury(/Becky Rosen)
length: ~300 words
content notices: references to homophobia and workplace sexual harassment
summary: “This ain't the first time I've disappeared. You think my name is really Charlie Bradbury? Please.”
notes: I do not consider “Season Seven, Time for a Wedding” to be canon and reject it entirely from my personal interpretation of Becky Rosen. Originally left as anonymous giftfic for Ashley on Tumblr.
ao3 crosspost: here

She’s on a bus out of town, going going gone. )
nonisland: the Impala, with text "the winding road is home" ([SPN] they always had a home)
fandom: Supernatural
rating: general audiences
characters/pairings: Lisa Braeden&original female characters
length: ~400 words
content notices: none?
summary: Lisa, studying to become a yoga teacher, making a home.
notes: Written as a [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen treat for [archiveofourown.org profile] EllieMurasaki.
ao3 crosspost: here

Kitchen and food mean family to Lisa, whatever “family” means. )
nonisland: A warm-hued silhouette of a person in a skirt, standing against a floral background. ([*] ladies)
fandom: Greek mythology
rating: general audiences
characters/pairings: Arachne, Athena
length: ~250 words
content notices: non-graphic discussion/mentions of canonical violence, death, cannibalism, and rape & victim-blaming.
summary: Arachne knows of the gods’ deeds, and doesn’t believe she owes them anything.
notes: Apologies for any potential anachronisms beyond the concept itself. Title is from the quote “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act,” which I believe is George Orwell? Written as a [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen treat for [archiveofourown.org profile] Gehayi.
ao3 crosspost: here

The tapestry sings with fury. )
nonisland: the Impala, with text "the winding road is home" ([SPN] they always had a home)
fandom: Supernatural
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: (Amelia&)Claire Novak
length: ~600 words
content notices: themes of loss/abandonment; also, although this fic doesn’t contain actual self-harm, deliberate or accidental, it does contain some highly risky behaviors which might be triggering and which are treated within the story as dangerous/alarming.
summary: Claire doesn’t consider being released from possession an escape or a mercy. She’s never had anything like Castiel in her life, and she doesn’t know how to continue as purely human.
notes: Some credit for influence is due to [tumblr.com profile] crowleyshouseplant & [tumblr.com profile] applesarefuckinghealthy, as well as others whose names I’ve forgotten, whose Claire-related headcanons have shaped my opinion of her. Title from Sara Teasdale’s “I Am Not Yours”. Written as a [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen treat for [archiveofourown.org profile] xenoamorist.
ao3 crosspost: here

Claire curls and uncurls her fingers, remembering divine light spearing out of them. )
nonisland: Gwen & Morgana, hugging ([Merlin] the lady & the queen)
fandom: Merlin
rating: mature audiences
characters/pairings: Gwen/Morgana
length: ~1500 words
content notices: sexual content, solo sex, fantasizing
summary: After Morgana has a vision of herself having sex with Gwen, who is not and never has been her lover, she’s...uncertain.
notes: Written for the prompt “Gwen/Morgana, vision!sex. Morgana has a vision of her having sex with Gwen. How she deals with this is up to you. :)” (second fill down) at [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin. Title from the Cranberries’ “Dreams”.
ao3 crosspost: here

She has too few dreams of anything but disaster, and she’s not sure whether that’s because nothing else is as important or because that’s all her gift is good for. )
nonisland: Camelot in red and gold, with text "make your own destiny" ([Merlin] make your own destiny if you ca)
fandom: Merlin
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Gorlois/Vivienne, Uther/Vivienne, Morgause, Morgana.
length: ~600 words
content notices: adultery; pregnancy; non-explicit sexual content; references to Uther's campaign against magic and all that implies.
summary: Vivienne, her daughters, and their fathers.
notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_ragnell for looking this over for me and making me clarify some of my wilder verbal flights of fancy; any remaining errors are entirely my fault. Title is from Heather Dale’s “Three Queens”. Written as a [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen treat for [archiveofourown.org profile] Netgirl_y2k.
ao3 crosspost: here

Her grip is firm on Vivienne’s fingers, hard but not painful, like a claim. )
nonisland: the Impala, with text "the winding road is home" ([SPN] they always had a home)
fandom: Supernatural
rating: mature audiences
characters/pairings: Sarah Blake/Bela Talbot
length: ~1500 words
content notices: sexual content; mentions of minor original character deaths
summary: Bela isn’t used to having anyone other than her cat waiting for her. Sarah isn’t used to having someone to wait for.
notes: written for a quote prompt at [community profile] spnfemslashexchange. title from “The Colors of My Life (Reprise)” from Barnum: “And if from by my side / My love should roam, / The colors of my life / Will shine a quiet light / To lead him home.”
ao3 crosspost: here

Bela comes back from California, from Paris, from British Columbia, from the Caribbean. She comes back tanned, red-haired, paler again. She brings postcards but never stories. )
nonisland: the Impala, with text "the winding road is home" ([SPN] they always had a home)
fandom: Supernatural
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Bela Talbot/Sarah Blake
length: 500 words
content notices: brief sexual content
summary: The world where the supernatural overlaps with the antiques trade isn’t a large one.
notes: drabble sequence written for [tumblr.com profile] applesarefuckinghealthy.
ao3 crosspost: here

Sarah watches her go until she disappears into the light beyond the doors. )
nonisland: Camelot in red and gold, with text "make your own destiny" ([Merlin] make your own destiny if you ca)
fandom: Merlin
rating: explicit/adult audiences
characters/pairings: Gwen/Morgana, Gwen/Morgana/Vivian
length: ~3500 words
content notices: exhibitionism/dub-con voyeurism; light humiliation; explicit sexual content
summary: Nobody gets away with insulting Gwen while Morgana is around.
notes: written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Gwen/Morgana/Vivian, Morgana is decidedly not pleased by Vivian’s cutting remarks about Gwen and decides to give Vivian a taste of just what she’s missing by not taking advantage of Gwen being temporarily assigned to her.” title is a line from Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” with the pronouns juggled around, because I appear to be physically incapable of giving Vivian fics serious titles.
ao3 crosspost: here

Vivian is a princess. She deserves at the very least a nobleman’s daughter to wait on her, and she refuses to simply lie down and allow her hosts to insult her. )
nonisland: Gwen & Morgana, hugging ([Merlin] the lady & the queen)
fandom: Merlin
rating: explicit/adult audiences
characters/pairings: Gwen/Morgana
length: ~1900 words
content notices: explicit sexual content
summary: in which there is sex, outdoors, and everything is sweet and happy.
notes: written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Gwen/morgana One of them laying down outside nude, the other eating them out.” (second fill down.) title from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Love’s Philosophy”.
ao3 crosspost: here

It’s beautiful outside, golden with flower-flecked summer, the air sweet and clean with the scent of growing things. )
nonisland: Camelot in red and gold, with text "make your own destiny" ([Merlin] make your own destiny if you ca)
fandom: Merlin
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Gwen/Morgana, Gwen/Lancelot, Gwen/Lancelot/Morgana (+ brief Arthur/Merlin)
length: ~2500 words
content notices: serious/incapacitating illness of minor character (no details given); mention of canonical minor character death; light sexual content.
summary: Gwen never wanted to have to choose.
notes: canon AU spinning loose from the s1 finale. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Gwen/Lancelot/Morgana, sharing.” & for #24 (“Choice”) of the Women Are Awesome prompt table at [community profile] hooked_on_heroines. title from Vienna Teng’s “Now Three”.
ao3 crosspost: here

For whatever reason, she’d never dreamed of Lancelot. )
nonisland: A warm-hued silhouette of a person in a skirt, standing against a floral background. ([*] ladies)
fandom: Thor
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Jane Foster(/others, & Darcy Lewis, /Thor)
length: ~1600 words
content notices: some sexism; language; brief sexual references
summary: Jane loves her work, but there’s so much crap she has to deal with to be able to do it. Sometimes she wants to be in a different story.
notes: written for #16 (“Adventure”) of the Women Are Awesome prompt table at [community profile] hooked_on_heroines. title and cut text from Vienna Teng’s “Stray Italian Greyhound”. all novels mentioned within are the product of my imagination, and any resemblance to actual ones is unintentional; all math and science are…not my field, and I apologize for any errors.
ao3 crosspost: here

But you had to come along, didn’t you? / Break down the doors, throw open windows— / Oh if you knew just what a fool you had made me… )

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