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AO3 Name: [archiveofourown.org profile] Morbane
Other Profiles: LJ, DW

General DNWs: Gifs. Please don't give me gifs. Otherwise - amnesia where not present in canon or used as a humorous or romantic set-up. Harm to hands. Substance abuse, especially narratives about people trying and failing to resist addiction.
General Likes: Worldbuilding, original characters, outsider viewpoints. Loyalty. Magical realism. Trains, cities, dramatic weather. Wishes and their consequences. Mentors and their protegé(e)s. Competent characters - or characters who screw up and then learn from their mistakes. Descriptions of skills and technical or practical processes, or things that are very specific to a location and time. Complicated consequences of simple things. Uplifting and hopeful messages. Cool gadgets and enthusiasm for scientific innovation. Beautiful animals or beautiful landscapes or beautiful homes. Wingfic. Vivid colours and textures. Multiple identities and identity porn (especially the kind where person A has secret reasons for protecting or helping person B, but to person B, A is an ordinary stranger).

I enjoy reading about functional and respectful romantic or platonic relationships, but I also enjoy really screwed-up relationships. I like stories about characters' relationships shifting - about those relationships changing due to changing loyalties, or simply due to time and life experience. Or in characters whose relationships to each other are determined from moment to moment by roles they are otherwise required to play. I'm just as interested in break-ups as get-togethers.

For porn specifically, my favourite tropes include: awkward sex, praise kink, telepathy, xeno, touch starvation, dub-con, non-con.

I like morally ambiguous characters - pretty much every shade of gray except Absolute Cartoon Villain, and even those are fun in works where the overall tone is appropriately cartoonish. I like stories that appear very differently when seen through different characters' eyes.

Use first, second, or third person, or past or present tense, as you prefer.

For art specifically, I like character studies, action poses, art that includes a room or a landscape, dramatic weather, textures of clothes or other objects... I like art deco and art nouveau styles, or art done like a stained glass window. I like earth tones and jewel tones. I love geometric/floral/etc patterns incorporated in an artwork.

The Dear Writer tag on my DW journal has further prompts for some of the canons below.


Fandom: The Shadow (1994)
Requested Media Types: Fanfic, Fanart
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Lamont Cranston/Shiwan Khan/Margo Lane; Lamont Cranston/Margo Lane; Margo Lane
Prompts: Complicated connivances, characters used as pawns against each other, unhealthy fascinations… V relationships or unrequited feelings as part of the 'relationship' welcome. For Margo/Lamont, Us against the world, using special powers together, TELEPATHY… Would also love art or icons of Margo that show off her wonderful wardrobe. For more prompts please see my 2016 Yuletide letter.



Fandom: Sucker Punch (2011)
Requested Media Types: Fanfic, Fanvid
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Rocket & Baby Doll; Rocket & Sweet Pea; the 5 ladies as a team
Prompts: Alternate endings, alternate universes, friendship, loyalty, backstory



Fandom: The Good Place (TV)
Requested Media Types: Fanfic
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Chidi/Eleanor/Tahani
Prompts: Becoming better human beings because of each other. Ridiculous shenanigans. Different parts of the afterlife. Interactions on Earth.



Fandom: Pokémon (All Media Types)
Requested Media Types: Fanfic, Fanart
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Original Characters (cameos from known characters are welcome)
Prompts: Worldbuilding and adventures! Esp. with Gen 1&2 Pokemon. Some faves: Raichu, Golem, Cubone, Mareep, Skarmory, Umbreon, Gastly, Mewtwo, Unown, but others loved too.



Fandom: Dollhouse
Requested Media Types: Fanfic
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Caroline/Bennett, Echo/Bennett, Topher/Bennett, Adelle, Adelle & Caroline, Adelle & Echo, Sierra/Victor, Anthony/Priya, Sierra & Victor & Echo, Whiskey, Echo & Whiskey
Prompts: Backstory, earlier years of the LA Dollhouse, different engagements, all kinds of what-ifs and canon AUs (particularly if Bennett and Topher and Whiskey survive). Or, what happens after the year underground?



Fandom: Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Requested Media Types: Fanfic
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Aurora/Phillip, Aurora/Maleficent
Prompts: All the sweetness & support & adventure for Aurora/Philip, all the dark kinky stuff for Aurora/Maleficent. Maybe Aurora was destined to grow up to be Maleficent's magical rival? Also curious about backstory. What brought about the plan to unite the kingdoms?



Fandom: Soon I Will Be Invincible - Austin Grossman
Requested Media Types: Fanfic
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Galatea, Lily, Fatale, Dr. Impossible, any shipping combo of the last 3
Prompts: Backstory, future encounters, ridiculous superhero and supervillain shenanigans



Fandom: Kingsman (Movies)
Requested Media Types: Fanfic, Fanvids, Fanart, Recs
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Harry/Eggsy, Eggsy/Merlin/Roxy, Eggsy & Merlin & Roxy, Merlin & Roxy, Eggsy & Roxy
Prompts: Loyalty, missions, fancy dress, canon-divergent AUs, setting change AUs where they have wings or are lawyers or environmental activists or something. Crossovers welcome!



Fandom: Danger 5
Requested Media Types: Fanfic, Fanart, Fanvid
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Ilsa, Jackson, Tucker, Claire, Pierre, Holly
Prompts: Terribleness and wacky shenanigans; killing Hitler; time travel; canon divergence.



Fandom: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Requested Media Types: Fanfic, Fanvid
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Heather & Rebecca & Valencia, Paula & Rebecca, Darryl/White Josh, Nathaniel, Rebecca, Josh, Greg
Prompts: Mostly hoping for people hanging out in a not totally destructive way. The show, while delightful, can be kind of tense, so happy endings please. Unexpected meetings? West Covina community activities? Darryl and White Josh go on dates? Greg writes someone an email / gets an email from someone? Paula and Rebecca do something fun together?



Fandom: Sunshine - Robin McKinley
Requested Media Types: Fanfic
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Sunshine/Mel, Constantine/Sunshine, Aimil & Sunshine, Sunshine & Yolande
Prompts: Just more of this world, please. Would be interested to see more of Mel as a character and what drives him. With regard to Mel/Sunshine and Con/Sunshine, would prefer no extended cheating - there can be loose & unspoken arrangements & messy break-ups but please no repeated, deliberate 'I said I wouldn't and then I did' sort of relationship overlap. BUT OVERALL, please just more of this world. Constantine needs to do something for an ally? More culture for more kinds of supernatural creatures? Yolande & Sunshine hang out? A problem at Aimil's library?



Fandom: Chalice - Robin McKinley
Requested Media Types: Fanfic
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Original Characters (cameos from known characters are welcome)
Prompts: Worldbuilding PLEASE! More about the elemental priesthoods, more about the City lifestyle, more about earlier days of the demesne, more from different demesnes.



Fandom: Songs & Music Videos - Miscellaneous
Requested Media Types: Fanfic, Fanart
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: All my past requests from Jukebox
Prompts: I’d love fic or art created for any of my past prompts for the Jukebox exchange, which is for songs and music videos. Link: all of my letters for the past 5 years of the exchange.



Fandom: Fairy Tales & Related Fandoms
Requested Media Types: Fanfic, Fanart
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: The Bear (source), The Lute Player (source), many others
Prompts: I'd love fic or art created for any of my past prompts for the Once Upon a Fic exchange, prompts here, here, and here. Crossovers or blends of other fairy tales also very welcome!



Fandom: Black Jewels - Anne Bishop
Requested Media Types: Fanfic, Fanart
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Original Characters, Wilhelmina & Jaenelle, Wilhelmina & Karla, Karla/Jaenelle, Karla & Jaenelle, Surreal & Wilhelmina, Saetan/Sylvia, Sabrina, Gabrielle
Prompts: Different personalities clashing & coming to compromises, what-could-have-beens, anything that explores worldbuilding or slices of life in the Realms



Fandom: Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffrey
Requested Media Types: Fanfic, Fanart
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Original Characters (cameos from known characters are welcome), Lessa, Debera, Mardra
Prompts: Especially interested in the changing economic structures between a Pass and an Interval, in the years after the colony's First Pass, and in the first Long Interval. Slices of life, worldbuilding, original dragon & rider pairs very welcome.



Fandom: Die unendliche Geschichte | The Neverending Story - Michael Ende
Requested Media Types: Fanfic, Fanart
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Gmork, Original Characters
Prompts: Art for ANYTHING. Worldbuilding! Other people visit Fantastica! Other signs of Fantastica in our world! What does it mean to be a lie and slip between the two worlds?



Fandom: Shoujo Kakumei Utena | Revolutionary Girl Utena
Requested Media Types: Fanfic
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Wakaba, Nanami, Shiori, Kozue, others
Prompts: AUs, character studies, afters and befores and slices of life. Pretty much any pairing OK including with non-requested characters. Recs welcome.



Fandom: Derkholm series - Diana Wynne Jones
Requested Media Types: Fanfic
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Elda, Callette, Querida
Prompts: Any 2+ of these characters, plus any others you feel like throwing in! The weird blend of objectifying possessiveness + admiration Querida has for Callette fascinates me. Would also like deeply mismatched teacher & student interactions for Querida and Elda, and the relationship as sisters and mages for Callette & Elda.



Fandom: Misc (Music themes)
Requested Media Types: Banners, Icons
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Music themes (people listening to music, musical instruments, concerts, jukeboxes, music boxes)
Prompts: I would be very grateful for music-themed icons or banners I could use for Jukebox DW, AO3. Thank you so much for considering this!



Fandom: Misc (Recs)
Requested Media Types: Recs
DNW Media Types: Any media not requested below

Character/Pairing: Fiction and nonfiction books. Nonfiction essays. Movies. Short anime series. Fics. Vids.
Prompts: Please feel free to recommend canons and works to me you think I would like. Regarding non-fiction, I'd be interested in history, politics, crafts, and material culture. Regarding fic, please feel free to rec works that fit my current and past exchange prompts, or the prompts in this sign-up. (Short notes on WHY you think I would like them would be appreciated, but are obviously not required.)



Fandom: Misc (Meta)
Requested Media Types: Meta
DNW Media Types: Unrequested media

Character/Pairing: Any canon I've requested in this sign-up
Prompts: I would love 100+ words on "hey I like this canon too, here are my thoughts about it". They do not have to be complicated or deep thoughts.



Fandom: Original work
Requested Media Types: Fanfic, Fanart
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Humans & dragons, or telepaths
Prompts: I love psychic powers and I love humans interacting with dragons. Would love original snippets on those topics.



Fandom: Original work
Requested Media Types: Fanart
DNW Media Types: Gifs

Character/Pairing: Winged monkeys
Prompts: I really like winged monkeys so would love a drawing or clip or similar of them. Heraldic style maybe? In flight, or perched? Somersaulting in air?

Date: 2017-07-29 11:47 am (UTC)
snowynight: Kino in a suit with brown background (Default)
From: [personal profile] snowynight
Rec for nonfiction books:

Political:

WHAT KIND OF NATION: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States by by James F. Simon

Detailing the decades of political and legal conflict between the president Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall to define what kind of government the Constitution was designed to establish, the book is a very interesting and informed read about how the United States is defined through the debates. The writer has a keen eye for context and impassive attitude towards these two historical figures, and is good at making the book informative and enjoyable to read.

Review: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-684-84870-9

History

Connections by James Burke is a very informative read on how instead of a series of isolated events, history comes from previous generations (an even eras) can give rise to new ideas and modes of thinking. It's both informative and a very good read. For example, who would have thought Chinese study of dynamites leads to Arabian invention of ice cream?

Review: https://theliteraryomnivore.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/review-connections/

I hope you will find them enjoyable, but I'm curious to know what you'd think about them, good or bad, but don't feel that it's an obligation.

Date: 2017-09-25 10:25 am (UTC)
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
Thank you very much! These are intriguing and thoughtful summaries. They both look really interesting. The second one in particular is exactly what I was thinking of. I've just checked and it looks like my local library offers it as an ebook.

Date: 2017-09-25 10:32 am (UTC)
snowynight: Kino in a suit with brown background (Default)
From: [personal profile] snowynight

You're welcome, and I hope you find them enjoyable. 

Date: 2017-08-04 06:11 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
pink ballet dancer music box four eighth notes

The base images for these, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Caja_musica.jpg and https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eighth_note_run.svg respectively, are Creative Commons licensed (the ballet box is BY, the musical notation BY-SA), and consequently the icons are licensed BY and BY-SA respectively. Credit [personal profile] alexseanchai and the respective original image creator in the icon notes field, I guess. :)

Date: 2017-09-25 10:26 am (UTC)
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
Thank you!! I'm really pleased this got filled and I'm glad I'll have more icons to play with for the fest. I didn't even know what a ballet box was so this is delightful.

Date: 2017-09-25 04:15 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
woot woot!

I used to have a ballet music box. I don't know what happened to it, otherwise I'd have taken some good photos and made more icons. :(
schlitzie_ramone: (Koba)
From: [personal profile] schlitzie_ramone
Dear Morbane, I hope you enjoy this ficlet!

Please find the AO3 link here:

https://archiveofourown.org/collections/FandomGiftbox2017/works/11883765

Happy Fandom Giftbox Day! <3
Edited Date: 2017-08-23 02:56 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-08-16 07:33 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] doranwen
I'm not sure if this is up your alley (and it very well may not be), but it's sort of history and a little politics all in one? I read it recently so it came to mind.

China's Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy - Kay Ann Johnson
This book goes into the effects of the one-child policy, and the history of the population control in China. There were a lot of things I didn't know about it and learned through reading.


Another book I read about a lesser-known tale in history:
Trail of Hope: The Anders Army, An Odyssey Across Three Continents - Norman Davies

For all I knew a lot about WWII, this is one part of it that I had never heard about until I read that book, and I found it interesting.

Date: 2017-09-25 10:30 am (UTC)
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
Thank you - those both sound like excellent discussions on specific topics while giving me context and ways of thinking about other things as well. I really appreciate this!

Material culture nonfiction recs

Date: 2017-08-23 04:39 pm (UTC)
lilymaid: pond lilies (Default)
From: [personal profile] lilymaid
I hope these recs are what you're looking for. I'm an interior design student so a lot of these were encountered from that perspective.

The Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton: it's pretty well explained in the title; the author tries to explain what makes architecture pleasing to people. It's thought-provoking even if you don't agree with it.
Infrastructure, Brian Hayes: Did you ever wonder what those things you see on the side of the road are? What those buildings are? A lot of things have to do with infrastructure, and this is a field guide to transportation and utilities.
Last Harvest, Witold Rybczynski: the story of an American housing development as it's in progress
Man of War, Charlie Schroeder: author goes to a bunch of war re-enactments and hangs out with the people who do them. and who buy and make a whole bunch of stuff in order to do it "correctly"
The Future of the Past, Alexander Stille: a bit on both material culture and history, how our technology and attitudes now affect the way we perceive and interpret history and historical artifacts
The Edifice Complex: How the Rich and Powerful Shape the World, Deyan Sudjic: on how what the rich choose to build influences everything around the structure
The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects, Deyan Sudjic: Yeah, he shows up a lot--most of his books are about how design and architecture influence society. This one is about design makes us want stuff.

Re: Material culture nonfiction recs

Date: 2017-09-25 10:32 am (UTC)
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
Oh, wow, AWESOME. Yes please! I think I'm particularly interested in Infrastructure and the Future of the Past, but these all sound wonderfully interesting. Thank you so much!

Lessa and Ramoth ficlet, Dragonriders of Pern, G

Date: 2017-09-01 03:51 am (UTC)
tonepoem: (Menolly)
From: [personal profile] tonepoem
Lessa was curled up beneath fur-lined blankets in her weyr, not quite awake, not quite asleep either. After years of sleeping in drudge quarters, she liked the luxury of blankets, and never took them for granted the way many of the dragonriders did. Even here, inside, the air smelled faintly crisp, of the weather turning winter-ward.

You need your morning klah, Ramoth said. Ramoth, for her part, sounded entirely awake, and serious with it, too.

Since when do you care about waking me up when it doesn't involve oiling all that hide? Lessa teased.

You like being warm. Ramoth sounded smug. Of course she would. Even mind-to-mind Lessa could feel the heat of the Hatching Grounds.

You mean you like being warm, Lessa said affectionately. Still, she oughtn't take Ramoth's good humor for granted, not when she had a clutch.

Klah, Ramoth said again. Because I can't get it for you.

Lessa blinked. It wasn't often that Ramoth remarked on things like that. "If it makes you happy," she said aloud, and slipped out of bed.
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
*wanders in from fills spreadsheet*

:-D
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
This is just where I got to before having to go to bed and I am looking forward to reading it tomorrow - thank you so much!
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
Thank you! I like the way their thoughts intertwine - Lessa observing the weather (I like 'turning winter-ward'!), and Ramoth building on that to decide that Lessa needs to be warmer - and how much they take for granted noticing and responding to each other's most basic thoughts and needs and reactions.

It is most pleasing to get this treat! (though now I wish I were back in bed too.)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - "Emory"

Date: 2017-09-09 01:53 pm (UTC)
mierke: (Silver lining)
From: [personal profile] mierke
FROM: Greg Serrano
TO: "Josh Chan"
SUBJECT: Emory

Emory is pretty much what I'd always expected it to be, except scarier. I swear this school is bigger than West Covina (okay, so, that's probably not true; still feels that way). People are young and vibrant, and I feel old and a little ridiculous. Classes are great, though. I'm truly learning something here.

--

FROM: Josh Chan
TO serrano.greg@emory.edu
SUBJECT: RE: Emory

Greg, my man! Good to hear from you! Father Brah always says that the best way to work through your fear is to focus on the positives that led you to where you are now, and be grateful for what you've been given. You can do this!

--

FROM: Josh Chan
TO "White Josh", "Hector"
SUBJECT: FW: Emory

Guys, it's Greg!

--

FROM: Hector & mom
TO: serrano.greg@emory.edu, “Josh”, “White Josh”
SUBJECT: RE: FW: Emory

Dude! How's partying life?

--

FROM: Josh Wilson
TO: serrano.greg@emory.edu
SUBJECT: Harvard of the South

Finally made it to the Harvard of the South, that's truly amazing man. Have you tried out some student groups yet? That might help with the feeling out of place. You can't be the only older guy who's going to college. Good to hear from you. Keep us updated!

--

FROM: Josh Wilson
TO: Darryl Whitefeather
SUBJECT: FW: FW: Emory

Hi babe,

I'm not sure I'm doing the right thing, but I know you're good friends with Rebecca, so I don't want to withhold this from you. Greg got in touch with Josh. Do with it what you want.

--

FROM: Darryl Whitefeather
TO: Rebecca Bunch
SUBJECT: FW: FW: FW: Emory


Josh sent me this. He thought you'd like to see. Don't I just have the bestest boyfriend?

--

FROM: Rebecca Bunch
TO: serrano.greg@emory.edu
SUBJECT: Goizueta Business School

Did you know one of the Goizueta Business School alumni actually used to be prime minister of Georgia? How cool is that, the prime minister of the country Georgia used to study in the state Georgia.
For the record, if you were to run for president, I'd totally vote for you.

--

FROM: Greg Serrano
TO: Rebecca Bunch
SUBJECT: RE: Goizueta Business School

DRAFT

When I graduate, I'll snatch you up and we'll tour the country to gather votes. We'll run the world together.

--

FROM: Greg Serrano
TO: Rebecca Bunch
SUBJECT: RE: Goizueta Business School

Lado Gurgenidze is now my idol. Thank you for the vote of confidence.

Re: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - "Emory"

Date: 2017-09-25 08:49 pm (UTC)
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
:D :D :D :D :D :D

Yes, perfect. Greg would totally be sensitive to being a 'mature student' (as they are called here) and declare himself an old man, Josh would definitely put earnest but a bit general/cheesy motivational messages into his emails, White Josh would have more specific & helpful yet slightly more patronising advice, Darryl would have no chill, and Greg and Rebecca would go back to trying to impress each other. A+ everyone.
caudipteryx: (Default)
From: [personal profile] caudipteryx
Okay, this is almost worth buying *just* for the cover art; I first learned about the book through the artist's website, weirdly, because he also illustrates covers for Star Wars books.

However, it's also quite readable and entertaining for an academic study, and the subject matter, the North American manga industry, ought to be of interest to anime/manga fans generally. It also has a gender studies/feminist slant to it, which I must say I appreciate greatly.

Publisher's link here.
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
Thank you!

That sounds very interesting and also not a topic I'd have picked up on my own (though I have watched some anime), so I appreciate this opportunity to branch out. Thanks again :)

A Little Gift

Date: 2017-09-13 03:28 pm (UTC)
neverminetohold: (Default)
From: [personal profile] neverminetohold
Dear Morbane,

I can't recommend you much, unfortunately, but this like of yours "Wishes and their consequences" stood out for me and made me immediately think of this 12 episode anime, that also happens to be an all-time favorite of mine: Madoka Magica (https://myanimelist.net/anime/9756/Mahou_Shoujo_Madoka★Magica)

Please be aware that the MAL site may contain spoilers - those should be avoided at all costs! Also, please trust me on this, watch at least up to the end of episode 3!

Happy further unboxing! :)

Re: A Little Gift

Date: 2017-09-25 09:04 pm (UTC)
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
Thank you!

That's actually a great rec for my tastes - because I saw it last year and ADORED it. That might be one reason I remembered to put in the line about wishes and their consequences. So thank you - I am pleased to be reminded of the canon.

Re: A Little Gift

Date: 2017-09-27 10:41 am (UTC)
neverminetohold: (Default)
From: [personal profile] neverminetohold
You're welcome! Ah, pity you already knew Madoka, but at least I was on the right track XD

Date: 2017-09-23 08:13 am (UTC)
shadow_lover: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shadow_lover
Random Jukeboxy things <3 Let me know if you end up using any and want dates edited in, etc <3





Date: 2017-09-25 09:06 pm (UTC)
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
Thank you!!

I appreciate the range - my favourites are the far right icon (it's so elegant!) and the top banner. I love the colour palette (so nice and metallic and warm) and the lettering in the top banner particularly, though I can see the second one being useful too.

Fill: Dragons

Date: 2017-09-24 02:12 am (UTC)
estirose: A girl in odd clothing dances in front of some fuzzy creatures (Erion)
From: [personal profile] estirose
Katida stared at her friend Cindro, who flapped a wing at her lazily, inviting her to come into his lair. It was a rare honor, she knew, even for people who had known a dragon for decades to be invited into a dragon's lair, and she bowed at the honor.

There was a smile on his face, she knew, because she'd spent her life around him and he her, and had deigned to accompany her on more than one of her adventures. The fact that a dragon could shapechange wasn't something commonly known to the people, but he'd told her. Maybe because he loved her, maybe because he knew that she could keep a secret. Had they been the same species, she thought, they might have married, but that was not in the cards.

But Cindro - Svedcindromerkredo, but that formal name seemed far too formal now - was a dragon, and she a human.

She stepped inside, making slow steady steps towards him. It was the same careful walk anyone would make towards one of the great ones because she wanted to honor him in the place where he lived. When she judged she'd walked far enough to be polite but not far enough to be dangerous, she stopped.

"Took you long enough," Cindro said, but there was a laugh in there, and only mild reprimand.

"I at least have manners when visiting someone's home for the first time," she retorted, but she made sure that her tone was light so that he wouldn't take offense.

"I only did that once." He stretched. "Ah, I miss those times. But duty must be tended to, don't you agree?"

"Yes." It was the main reason that Cindro had left their party. Cindro was now old enough to do the duty all good dragons had. Find a mate as well, eventually, probably long after Katida was dead. He would live for much longer than her. "Are you being pressured to find a mate?" she asked.

"Yes." He said. "I'll look for one, eventually. My sister Reika promises that she'll help me." He rolled his eyes.

"Teoreikaapogisinal? Really?" she asked. It felt like she was visiting a friend in his home, not a dragon in his lair.

"She'd thud you with her wing if you called her that! No need to be formal." His form shimmered, became smaller, became human. "You are practically a part of our family, after all."

Katida had to wonder how many people he'd say that to in his lifetime. Probably a lot - he was a kind dragon, after all.

He took her hands in his, though she was aware that they were transformed claws. "Go and see her," he said. "We both loved adventuring with you. I know she regrets having to go so far away, btt that was where she was needed."

"I will, she promised.

Cindro leaned down and kissed her, catching her by surprise. "And then hurry back. The town needs you, too."

"I know," she said, only managing that much after being positively stunned by his action. She wondered if he really was in love with her, and reminded herself that she was but a mayfly by his standards.

"Travel safe," he said. It wasn't a dismissal. That wasn't how Cindro worked. It was just a friend's words to another friend.

She just nodded and shouldered her pack. Reika's lair was a long trip, a very long trip, and to honor that wish she had to be prepared. Reika and Cindro would understand.

"Sing for me as I go?" she asked.

"I will do that." There was a pause in his words, as if he'd meant to say something else, but she didn't even want to think about what it could be.

As she left, she heard him singing her favorite song in his pleasant baritone. She smiled even more as she stepped out of his cave, one more step towards her home and her promise.

Re: Fill: Dragons

Date: 2017-09-25 10:34 pm (UTC)
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
Thank you! ♥

I like that this is a combination of significant moments (first invitation into home; preparing for a long journey) and slice-of-life-style comfort with each other.

The back and forth of are they friends, is this something more, is a lot of fun, and I enjoy all the many hints about the larger world.

Thank you! :D

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