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[CG] "Orchid and Rose" (Clovis, PG) [Sep. 16th, 2008|09:33 pm]
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Title: Orchid and Rose
Author: hopechan
Fandom: Code Geass
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Word count: 6,000. What the shiiiiit.
Music: "Sweet Esme" by Joanna Newsom.
For: vicks111 on cg_flashfic, who wanted Clovis so bad she did a little heart. So I tried to respond.
Comments: God, am I PMS'n or what? Because for some reason this fic gets me really emotional. DDDD= I dunno what it is, if it's that I'm listening to that song on repeat and it's so incredibly sweet, or if it's PMS, or if there's too much of my own relationships and fears and history in here or what, but somehow this story became deeply, deeply personal and UM YEAH. Jesus. Whatever. It's a story.
This fic could be improved some - the build is wrong, and the ending could be strengthened, and I should really go through and tighten up the thematic elements to make them more consistent. But I really need to post this shit up so as to not be working on it at all times when I need to be doing phonetic analysis of early 20th century Russian poetry, and calculus. FUCK TEST TOMORROW, FUCK IT.

Summary: Being caught between greatness and goodness will tear you apart.

She had pink lips and pink cheeks and hands that felt soft and fragile like flower petals. Her eyelashes were long and her eyes were blue and always open wide. Clovis knew a lot about her but very little of her, and he wondered if that should make him sad.Collapse )
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[CG] "Ys" (gen, PG-13) [2/?] [Sep. 10th, 2008|09:39 pm]
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i. Aprés Moi...
ii. Gambit

Author: hopechan
Fandom: Code Geass
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Gen(!!!)
Words so far: 8,000(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Warnings: Spoilers certainly for R1, eventually for R2. I'm gonna make at least an attempt to incorporate the canon backstory, though it might be difficult. LOL Marianne.
Comments: FUCK GUYS I'M SORRY. Please don't jump ship just yet. There will be something happening soon, I promise - something that isn't, you know, "banter" and "furious expositing" and "the life story of a character you don't give a crap about."
Music: "Language City" by Wolf Parade.
Summary: There's a city that stands at the intersection of her past and her future.


'Two this month and this month's hardly started.'Collapse )
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[CG] "Ys" (gen, PG-13) [1/?] [Sep. 5th, 2008|06:07 pm]
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Author: hopechan
Fandom: Code Geass
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Gen(!!!)
Warnings: Spoilers certainly for R1, eventually for R2. I'm gonna make at least an attempt to incorporate the canon backstory, though it might be difficult. LOL Marianne.
Comments: ...Oh, Lordy. What am I getting myself into here? ...A some 50,000-plus word plotfic is what I'm getting myself into here. It's AU from the end of season 2, and will be...huge. Probably. Certainly more epic than this supremely boring first chapter would suggest.
Also, if there's anyone out there who has a hunka hunka burnin' desire to help me out, I'm pretty poop with all visual media and I want to give every chapter a nifty header like the above, and it would be an awesome bonus if they looked good. So if any of you faboo artists out there would be willing to creatively tack on the header "Ys" to pictures that I send you, I would say nice things about you, and also perform sexual favors.
Music: "Colleen" by Joanna Newsom.
Summary: There's a city that stands at the intersection of her past and her future.


'Even tonight I can't pretend there won't be repercussions.'Collapse )
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[CG] "Salt" (Ougi/Villetta, PG) [Aug. 23rd, 2008|01:00 am]
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Title: Salt
Author: hopechan
Fandom: Code Geass
Rating: PG
Warnings: Spoilers to episode 18 of R2
Word count: 7,000 (!!!!)
Music: "A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left" by Andrew Bird.
For: tungwene on cg_flashfic, who requested Ougi/Villetta.
Comments: This fic should be better than it is. I have a completed draft of my first concept for the fic, which is where they meet at a restaurant, Villetta is cranky, Ougi is apologetic, they make up, etc., and I was going to post up this fic as an example of why sometimes you want to sit back and think and rewrite. In my head there's a city at night this fic sounded really good. It was solid and beautiful. What happened? It even has a solid start, and then it just...falls apart. But I've tweaked it endlessly, and the problems aren't resolving themselves, and I sort of want to move on to my psychophonetics C.C.-centric AU plotfic, so I'm afraid this is as good as the fic is going to get. D=
"Lot's Wife," the poem halfway through and then again at the end, belongs to Anna Akhmatova, or maybe her heirs, because she is dead.

Summary: Seventeen years and seventeen miles from where it started, they meet again.

It's not too late. You can still look / On the red towers of your mother Sodom, / On the square where you sang and spun, / On the barren windows of the home / Where you bore your dear husband children.Collapse )
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[CG] "The House of Usher" (PG, Rolo-centric) [Jul. 30th, 2008|11:12 am]
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Title: The House of Usher
Author: hopechan
Fandom: Code Geass
Rating: PG
Warnings: Spoilers for the early R2 episodes, spooooookiness
Word count: 3,000
Music: "Magic Doors" by Portishead
For: arence_heart on cg_flashfic, who requested (among other options) a Rolo fic. Or maybe a Rollo fic. How the eff do you spell the little bugger's name? W/e.
Comments: I had a lot a lot of difficulty with this one. Rolo's a mystery to me as a character, and I went through a lot of drafts before hitting on the idea for this one a few days ago and pumping it out in a few (extremely sleep-deprived) days. It was originally supposed to be AU, but it twisted itself back around to a straightforward fic, and it was supposed to be character study but it turned out more atmospheric...Oh, well.
The Haunted Palace and The Second Coming belong Poe and Yeats, respectively. Or maybe their heirs, because they are both dead.

Summary: Home is where your things are.

It started with the sight of Lelouch examining a book before him, running his fingers over the raised bumps of the Braille letters with an uncertain smile. 'How odd,' he said, and then looked up. 'Rolo, isn't this odd?'Collapse )
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[CG] "Struts and Frets" (PG, gen) [Jul. 6th, 2008|03:01 pm]
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Title: Struts and Frets
Author: hopechan
Fandom: Code Geass
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Word count: 6,666(???!!!!???!)
Music: "Ruby" by the Kaiser Chiefs. Thematically appropriate!
For: realms_of_life, just 'cause I ♥ her, and because I know she sort of likes the Lelouch-as-a-musician trope, and because I feel like she could use something a little cheerful in her life. DDD=
Comments: This one's old school. Quite literally. =D Anyway, the original concept was supposed to be entirely fun and funny, but a little bit of Lelouch being overdramatic and making himself and others miserable crept in. It happens. It's still mostly fun and funny.

Summary: Rivalz decides that the student council needs some distraction. Hijinks ensue.

'It's, uh, well, it's a game, a video game...but it's not going to be like that time I brought in Battle for Britannia IV, I promise, everyone's going to like this one,' he called over Shirley and Milly's groans. 'You get to be a rock star.'Collapse )
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[CG] "Hesitation Waltz" (Guilford/Cornelia, PG-13) [Jun. 27th, 2008|02:00 pm]
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Title: Hesitation Waltz
Author: hopechan
Fandom: Code Geass
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None. For once.
Word count: 3,300(??????)
Music: "Closing Waltz and Grand Finale" from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
For: bellumina on cg_flashfic, who requested this bomb-ass story. Well, sort of. She gave me four pairings, and after I tried and failed on the Lulu/Rolo and EPIC FAILED after working my fingers to the bone on the Lulu/Xingke, I finally gave up and went for the easy one. DDDDD=
Comments: This one's sort of sweet and unpretentious. I'm not the happiest with it - it's not spectacularly written, and the ending's too abrupt, and I sort of overshot my mark in going for "a kinder, gentler Cornelia" all the way into "a kind and gentle Cornelia," which, LOL bad characterization? But by the same token, I'm not unhappy with it. It's sweet and unpretentious. I sort of need to write more stuff like that.

Summary: Cornelia, recovering from a ball.

'Honestly, simply declaring war would be quicker and would most likely cost less in the end.'Collapse )
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[KHR] "Snow White" (Gokudera, PG-13) [Jun. 9th, 2008|02:20 pm]
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Title: Snow White
Author: hopechan
Fandom: Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Gen, pretty much.
Music: "Sacrifice" from the Buffy soundtrack. What's up?
Comments: Well, folks, you begged, you pleaded, you drew awesome art and wrote awesome fic, and finally you managed to drag me into this fandom. So here we have it, the long-awaited fic...that's really quite mediocre. *Facepalm* I'm actually a little hesitant to post this, 'cause frequently my first fics for a fandom end up my best, or at least among my favorites. This isn't bad, exactly, but it's quiet, and it's unremarkable - maybe that's why I'm disappointed? I've been awfully showy with my writing recently. DDDD= Oh well. It is what it is.
Word count: 829. Hardly even worth posting.
Summary: On fairy tales, and on death and hope.

Gokudera says nothing, and there's nothing in him except smoke.Collapse )
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[CG] Juniper (gen, PG) [May. 24th, 2008|04:17 pm]
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Title: Juniper
Author: hopechan
Fandom: Code Geass
Rating: PG
Warnings: Slight spoilers for R2 episode 7? I guess? If you squint?
Word count: 2,400
Music: "Prospector's Quartet" from the There Will Be Blood soundtrack and "Language City" by Wolf Parade.
For: kill_me_faster, because (a.) she was the one who first told me about Merlin's property of aging backwards, which inspired this fic, and (b.) because I think I have yet to not dedicate a CG fic to her even though she's not really...in...the fandom anymore. W/e. Love you Demi!
Comments: You may notice some resemblance between this and a few other fics of mine - notably The Fool Ascendant (obtuse, overly symbolic, essentially plotless, pretentious) and Royal Portrait (anticlimax, pretentious). This is a coincidence.
Anyway, this is based around the conceit (I think taken originally from The Once and Future King) that Merlin ages backwards. I sort of deliberately misinterpreted that, sort of along the lines of that one XKCD comic strip. W/e.

Summary: Guinevere and Mordred and living in the world.

History's no truer for you, but at least it's simpler.Collapse )
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[PW:AA] Turnabout from the Balcony (gen, PG-13) {1/?} [May. 17th, 2008|04:05 pm]
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[Current Location |No longer Russia(!!!!!)]
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Turnabout from the Balcony

Day One: Investigation

Author: hopechan
Fandom: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Gen
Warnings: Spoilers for the end of game 3
Comments: SO, UM. Remember how I started that genfic a while back? Turnabout Election? And it was...sort of interesting? Well, I was thinking to myself, "I'd like to do a couple of these, because it's good plot-practice even if it is only sort of interesting." So I started this one as a sequel to TE. And then liked this one way better than TE. So, sorry to those who liked the original story, 'cause you'll have to wait longer, I guess - TE is still planned as the second one in the series. So, with some degree of further ado, I present this still only sort of interesting fic that will get v. v. melodramatic later on.
Summary: An uncooperative defendant, a mysterious victim, and some shady witnesses combine to make what should be a simple trial very complicated very fast.


'Thing is, this goes beyond this trial.'Collapse )
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