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Dearest Yuletide writer, hello! I'm so happy we've matched, and I hope you'll enjoy writing for me and find something here to your liking. These four picks are very tiny fandoms very dear to my heart, and so whatever you choose to write will absolutely delight me. Here are some preferences and likes and prompt ideas, but really, at the heart of - anything goes! Just enjoy yourself and write what works for you.

With that in mind, here we go for generalities!

I like:
- You literally can't go wrong with hurt/comfort. It's my oldest and dearest bulletproof narrative kink, and if you're into it, just be as indulgent as you like. I love physical hurt/comfort, I love emotional hurt/comfort, I love various (AU or canon-compliant) captivity scenarios, I adore nursing-from-wounds-or-sickness stuff, I'm hugely into any opportunity for the characters to showcase their care and love for each other. I love hurt/comfort mostly within the context of the relationship (not necessarily romantic - filial ties, friendship, brothers-in-arms comradeship, whichever fits), as an opening for one character to be hurt and for other to be outraged/terrified/comforting on their behalf.
- Found families, everlasting friendships, us-against-the-world - I love the stories where people keep and find warmth and meaning in each other within the larger universe even when said universe is not generally benevolent. I love people holding each other against the dark.
- Complicated and deep relationship between women - love, friendship, family ties, rivalries, loyalties.
- Hope and kindness - I love, in general, Clair universes, stories where there is, ultimately, meaning and hope instead of just entropy and neverending misery. Sometimes against all odds and sometimes at a great price, but getting there in the end.
- Loyalty - there's pretty much nothing I don't love about loyalty kink in all it forms! From its ritualized forms (royalty AUs, knights, oaths, kneeling, whatever you want) to more mundane of being unquestionably and in all events there for the other person.
- Self-sacrifice and martyrdom - give me people sacrificing themselves for others and suffering for the sake of something greater or somebody they love, and I'm a happy, happy reader.

I would prefer not to read about:
- Character death.
- Infidelity and partner betrayal of any kind.
- Hurt not followed by sufficient comfort; it's a very well-respected genre, but it's definitely not my thing (as for grievous hurt followed by comfort, then yes, see above and go ahead!).
- Grimdark stories and unhappy endings.

I like gen and shipping fics alike, and porny shippy fics as well, but I would prefer not to receive a PWP story, if possible.


If you want some other info on my preferences or are just curious in a great Yuletide-stalking tradition, my previous yuletide letters and gifts are unlocked, and also there are: my greatly disorganized tumblr, my fics and bookmarks and some of my book reviews.





The Change series - Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith
Any

I wholeheartedly adore these books - the post-apocalyptic world that's not all about murder and mayhem and survival of the fittest. Change is all about communities and found families and courage and kindness; I love that it doesn't shy from the harder themes, or from portraying prejudice and tyranny, but in its heart of hearts still believes that people can and will do better.

The third book is not out yet, and I miss this universe greatly, so please, any story here that speaks to you! I adore Ross/Jenny/Mia's awkward and warm OT3 courtship and would read anything about it in any possible permutations; I'm fascinated by Felicite, both her ruthlessness and her fragility, and would read all the stories about the way she will come into herself; I love Yuki in his lonely outsider grief that doesn't get fixed so easily, and appreciate his wanderlust.

I would be especially happy if you are inclined towards hurt/comfort for these series, because, let's be honest, I want ALL THE HURT/COMFORT EVER here (especially for Ross, who's my woobie of choice - I'm forever smitten by the dungeon sequence in the second book) - but I would also be hugely excited about purely shippy fic, or an action/adventure casefic, or some exploration of the characters' many and varied issues and PTSD, or a quieter story about recovering in the downtime, anything dealing with families by birth or adoption, or something about Las Anclas social life. Anything, everything, as long as it makes you happy to write about and brings me these characters again.

(Feel free to include any other character from the books that didn't make it into the nominations, of course).


Baahubali: The Beginning
Sivagami

There's a lot of things to love about this magnificent movie, but my heart is forever given to Sivagami, a glorious regent queen who takes the throne with an infant in one hand and a bloody dagger in another (and who also delivers a most chillingly epic opening to a movie I have ever seen in my life). She's regal, unflinching, terrifying, wondrously competent, and she manages to combine it with fairness and decency and a certain sort of steely kindness and maternal love. She's, in short, the best ever.

Give me all the stories about her: a character study, or how her plans for the initial coup were made, or stories of her rule, or a canon divergence AU where she survives and helps to raise Baahubali, or some later historian's treatise on her reign, or a heroic song about her deeds, or a modern day AU that keeps her overwhelming badassery, or anything. Did she have friends? Did she have lovers? Did she have people she trusted implicitly? Did she foil any assassination attempts with the sheer force of her personality and a trusty dagger? Did she grind her enemies into the dust? Did she indeed love her children equally? Did she regret any of her choices?

I haven't nominated any other characters to give you the broadest possible choice of a timeline, but pretty much everybody in the movie was awesome, so feel free to use anybody else in the cast as you wish, as long as the story is Sivagami-centric (I must admit that I'm especially curious about Sivagami and Sanga interacting, if you're going the AU route).


赤髪の白雪姫 | Akagami no Shirayukihime
Zen Wistalia, Shirayiki, Obi

These three are my comfort catnip nowadays. Obi the snarky service ninja sub who just really wants to be useful and prefers to be sneaky about it! Zen and Shirayuki and their adorably awkward courtship conducted via kneeling and holding hands and earnestly Talking About Their Feelings! Court intrigues! Herbalist endeavors! Politics and sieges!

I'm of two minds about this fandom - on one hand, it's deliciously serene and unhurried and peaceful, with problems getting solved by tea and mindful conversations, and people being respectful and gentle about each other, and I'm all for more of that. On other, I'm here for all the excitement and hurt/comfort and dungeons and daring rescues and dignified suffering and nursing people to health and, you know, adventures and everything. So basically - whatever you'd prefer, as long as these three are, in some combination, together and endlessly loyal to each other, as they are.


Roundtable Rival - Lindsey Stirling (Music Video)
The Violinist, First Dancing Girl, Second Dancing Girl

There's nothing about this music video that doesn't make me ridiculously happy. Violin dance-offs! Steampunk Wild West! Dancing! Swirling skirts! Girls being friends and fighting villains together and having each other's backs! Riding victorious into sunset together!

What adventures are they going to have? What new villains to fight? Will Durango get out of jail and go after them again? Will they set up some kick-ass musical bar in some other town? Tell me all.

I'm hugely excited about the femslash possibilities here, but a friendship fic would work greatly too! But I'm not really interested in het (specifically, The Violinist/Durango Black) for this fandom.

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