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Hi! I'm [personal profile] merryghoul I have a few media accounts here and there, but if you want to see what I'm into fic-wise as well as what things I've recced at other communities, you can check out my Pinboard: [pinboard.in profile] merryghoul.

In general, I like works that focus on:
  • crimes
  • hurt/comfort
  • noir AUs
  • fairy tale and/or mythology AUs
  • angst
  • fluff
  • the friends to lovers trope (where applicable)
  • magical people and worlds
  • sharing a bed
  • pretend couples

    For more sexually explicit fics, my favorite kinks are:
  • knifeplay
  • spanking
  • bondage
  • begging
  • femdom
  • the "aliens made them do it" trope
  • the "sex pollen" trope

    But if you want to write or draw something sexually explicit without any particular kink, I also like that as well. :D

    I would like to not see or read about the following:
  • character bashing
  • crossovers (with a slight exception for Doctor Who--please see note in that part of my letter)
  • excessive whump (what I would call "characters constantly getting hurt")
  • vomitplay
  • high school/college AUs
  • mundane AUs
  • AUs where related characters were never related in the first place (where applicable)
  • curtainfic
  • works focused on a character's pregnancy
  • works focused on child OCs (underage children already in the canon are okay)
  • second person fics

    For this exchange, I'm requesting fanfic only.

    Here are my prompts!





    Doctor Who

    Canon-specific notes:

    With any of these pairings, if you'd like to, Torchwood, Classic, and/or New Who crossovers are fine. Please, no Class crossovers. Please, no crossovers with fandoms other than Torchwood and/or Doctor Who.

    I haven't heard all the tie-in audiobooks, and I haven't read a lot of tie-in books/comics with Doctor Who and Torchwood. But I wouldn't be opposed to elements of those books and audios appearing in your fic, if you choose to include them. I have heard and/or read the following books/audiobooks/comics, if you're curious: The Legends of Ashildr, The Legends of River Song, The Diary of River Song (volume one), the Eighth Doctor Big Finish audios with Charley Pollard and C'riss, and the current Titan Comics runs of The Eleventh Doctor and The Twelfth Doctor.

    Please don't substitute Clara with one of her echoes (canon or author created) for the Clara ships. Please don't kill off Ashildr/Me if she shows up in your fic.

    Optional ship I couldn't add in my request: Ashildr | Me/Missy/Clara Oswin Oswald (See prompts for Missy/Clara and Clara/Me for ideas, or you can see my request from last year's exchange.)

    Ashildr | Lady Me/Clara Oswin Oswald: Despite the piped tag, I'm only interested in Me post-"Hell Bent." (The same applies to Clara for this specific request, without the piped tag business.)

    What I want with these two is that they're both competent and they treat each other as equals. I want to see Me use her skills (anything and everything she learned as a queen, an artist, a solider, a mayor, etc. al.) and her strength to overcome any obstacles that come in her way. And I want to see a witty, clever Clara who reminds Me of the awesome things in life, even though Me has literally lived billions of years. (I admit to paraphrasing a bit of this blog from the BBC's Doctor Who site for this portion of the letter.)

    Anything with these two would be delightful, but here are some scenarios I'd like to see for these two:

  • The two on an adventure similar to one in canon. I'm not picky on how the adventure unfolds and who and what else are in the adventure, but I want to see these two fighting foes like Sontarans and Autons and saving others from intergalactic threats.
  • Jenna Coleman thinks Clara and Me are still trying to navigate their TARDIS. I'd like to see a fic where Clara and Me attempt to get their TARDIS to go where they want their TARDIS to go and, quite possibly, attempt to get it out of a diner shape (and, more than likely, fail in the process).
  • Something where Me gets physically hurt and Clara comforts her until Me's body heals.

    Missy/Clara Oswin Oswald: Michelle Gomez that she prefers to play Missy as "a psychopath that really is quite charming, and you know, just wants to have a nice cup of tea, but having to kill people means that keeps getting interrupted" here. I see Clara being charmed by Missy's personality, but she hates her for the various things Clara believes Missy's done against her (like Danny's death, or trapping her inside a Dalek shell, trying to get the Doctor to kill her). What I don't want between the two is a total fluffy relationship, where Missy suddenly forgets she likes to kill people. (Oh! And despite what Michelle Gomez says about not wanting to portray Missy as "dark" in the quote above, I don't mind a darker, more twisted Missy.)

    I would prefer to see fic set prior to "Face the Raven," when Clara was still alive. I'd be happy with anything that has a (romantic, obviously) frenemies vibe between the two. Some ideas:

  • An AU where Clara becomes Missy's companion for a spell, and Clara struggles with being in a relationship with Missy and Missy's evil deeds.
  • Missy picking up Clara (while Clara was alive) while the Doctor is traveling alone just because Missy can. The two go on dates where Missy tries Clara's patience. (Or substitute "dates" with booty calls; I'm not picky.)
  • Missy needing Clara's help, and Clara accepting, because there's a part of Clara that cares for Missy.

    Missy/River Song: Like the Missy/Clara prompt above, I can see River finding Missy charming, but I can't imagine her approving of everything Missy does (and especially after "Let's Kill Hitler," when she breaks her conditioning to kill the Doctor). A Missy similar to canon!Missy or a darker Missy is welcome for this pairing for me. But I also don't want a completely fluffy relationship where Missy and River's past actions are ignored.

    Anything that isn't fluffy with these two would be awesome, but here are some ideas:

  • Missy coming up with schemes to intentionally draw out River for dates and/or a booty call.
  • River needs to work with Missy on several occasions or for an extended period of time. Despite initially being repelled by Missy, River finds herself attracted to her.
  • River reluctantly saves Missy's life. After that, she thinks about Missy constantly, and decides to find a way to see her again.

    Clara Oswin Oswald/River Song: Okay, so they technically met before Clara was split into echoes and River was dead. But I'd like to see the two of them meeting up when both of them were alive, sometime after "The Time of the Doctor," when Clara knew River existed, and, obviously, before the Library episodes for River. I see these two either bumping into each other by accident or on purpose, having trips when the Doctor's not around.

    Anything with these two would be lovely, but here are some ideas:

  • Clara opens the Doctor's TARDIS with her key, only to find River inside.
  • While traveling with the Doctor, Clara runs into River.
  • River is on Earth during Clara's time for some reason, and Clara investigates her presence on Earth.

    Donna Noble/River Song: They first met in the Library episodes; this is, once again, one of these couples I'm requesting without a lot of on-screen interaction. I'm a bit disappointed River and Donna haven't met elsewhere in canon; given that River doesn't have to live her life in a linear fashion, why couldn't she have met Donna before the Library? Or why couldn't she have found a Donna in an alternate universe? The possibilities are endless with this ship.

    Anything with these two would be lovely, but here are some ideas:

  • River meets Donna after she loses her memories of traveling with the Doctor. She helps Donna control her thoughts so she doesn't die from recalling her memories.
  • AU: Donna remains the DoctorDonna. River finds her and has adventures with her.
  • River meets Donna before Donna meets the Doctor, and River tries to liven up Donna's dull life.

    Heather (Doctor Who: The Pilot)/Bill Potts: My frustration with these two is that they had so little screen time together in the last series. I would've loved to have seen these two interact more and have more of a relationship than what was shown onscreen--more flirting, more dating, more romance. So anything you can come up with that explores their relationship is great with me. Some ideas:

  • Anything set around "The Pilot" that shows Bill and Heather dating.
  • Anything exploring their post-"The Doctor Falls" adventures.
  • A canon divergent AU where Heather was never turned into a spaceship--what if she was always a human, waiting for Bill to come back from her adventures? Or what if she was also one of the Doctor's companions? Or anything you'd like that diverges from canon.




    Game of Thrones

    Canon-specific notes: Show canon only. Please no canon from A Song of Ice and Fire. Also: this section has spoilers for the current season running now.

    Yara Greyjoy/Daenerys Targaryen: I was thrilled when the show reveal Yara liked women, and I really liked that little bit of flirting between the two of them in Mereen. (I'm even more impressed that the flirting between them was improvised.) Since there hasn't been a lot of on-screen interaction between the two of them, I'd be delighted with anything you can write between the two of them in canon. I do have some suggestions if you'd like to write from them:

  • Scenes between the two of them in Mereen, before going to Dragonstone.
  • The days before Yara sets sail for King's Landing (after Daenerys' army lands at Dragonstone). Like a slow-burning romance that lasts a few days, or something building up to a goodbye kiss or goodbye sex?
  • Canon Divergent AU: Daenerys decides to head to King's Landing to free Yara herself.

    Sansa Stark/Brienne of Tarth: Brienne is always looking for someone to declare fealty to. And although her awful experiences with Joffrey and Ramsay hardened her, I feel there's still a bit of Sansa left that imagines she's one of those courtly women in the legends and songs she heard while she was growing up. With these two, just go all out with the loyalty/fealty trope if you wish. I feel these two are perfect for it. But I'd be happy with anything with these two.

    Some prompt ideas, if you'd like to possibly use them:

  • Something set while Sansa was escaping Winterfell under Bolton control.
  • Brienne at Sansa's side after the Starks take back Winterfell. I'm not picky about the timing of when this happens; I'll be happy with anything set before or after Brienne goes to Riverrun.
  • Futurefic (canon divergent AU?) where Sansa is queen of King's Landing and Brienne serves under her. Is Brienne her Hand? Leader of the Queensguard? Something else?

    Arya Stark/Sansa Stark: I'd prefer future fic for this pairing, so anything set after season 6 would be great. Because of their differing points of view when they were younger, Arya and Sansa were not the best of friends. In my opinion, I feel that, because of what they've both been through ever since they were separated at King's Landing, they would be more open to having a relationship with each other. (In this case, more than a sisterly relationship, please.)

    Some prompt ideas, if you'd like to use them:

  • After the two of them reunited in Winterfell. Feel free to go AU if you'd like, because I have a feeling the show is going to go full throttle on the ~angst~ with these two instead of potentially shippy moments.
  • Canon divergent AU: For some reason, Arya can't reveal that she's still alive to Sansa. Arya visits Sansa in the guise of other women, using the things she learned from the Faceless Men.
  • I can't find the link for the interview, but I know in an interview Sophie Turner said she liked the idea of Arya as Sansa's hand if Sansa was Queen of the Andals. As possibly cracky as this idea sounds, I'd love to see it in fic. How does Sansa become Queen and how does Arya become her Hand? What do they do once they are Queen and Hand?

    Arya Stark/The Waif: This is another pairing I certainly don't want fluff for. I want the Waif to think she's better than Arya in every way, from her abilities to her pride in not being a noblewoman from a Great House. And I want the Waif to delight in tormenting Arya because she thinks she's better than Arya. Meanwhile, I want Arya to find ways to defeat the Waif, and I want Arya to be aware of the Waif's arrogance, something the Waif shouldn't have as a Faceless Man. Anything with these two would be awesome, but I have some ideas, if you'd like to write them:

  • The Waif is instructed to aid Arya in her training. What the Waif does with Arya is up to you.
  • The Waif stalking, and possibly encountering, Arya through Braavos. Not picky when this is set--you can have the Waif following blind Arya, or you can have the Waif following Arya when Arya's sent to kill Lady Crane, or when Arya is planning to leave Braavos.
  • Canon divergence AU: The Waif somehow survives her encounter with Arya in the little alcove in Braavos Arya lived in, and follows her back to Westeros.

    Ellaria Sand/Yara Greyjoy: Another GOT pairing where the flirting between the characters wasn't planned; Indira Varma and Gemma Whelan actually came up with the idea for Ellaria Sand and Yara to flirt. This pairing, to me, has so many fun possibilities that the showrunners never could have imagined. (I guess because the showrunners wanted to chain Ellaria up and just leave her there while everyone forgets about her [as confirmed by Varma], while I guess Theon will eventually rescue Yara.) Some plot ideas, and yes, all of these are canon divergent AUs:

  • The scene from "Dragonstone" with Yara and Ellaria on Yara's boat, but without Euron's forces interrupting.
  • Yara and Ellaria successfully wresting King's Landing from Cersei's control.
  • Yara rescues Ellaria.




    The Bletchley Circle

    Millie/Lucy Davis: This show only lasted two series, and there is so much the show couldn't cover because ITV canceled it. :( Millie and Lucy first captivated me when Lucy finally was able to leave her abusive husband, staying at Millie's place because Lucy had nowhere else to go. And now...now I want to read more about these two. I'm really interested in any type of missing scene fic for these two, but if you can't write missing scenes fic, anything with these two would be delighted. Some fic ideas for you:

  • Any fic focusing on their relationship prior to the start of the series at Bletchley Park.
  • What happened when the two of them lived together when Lucy was escaping her husband? (Would rather see more h/c than curtainfic with this prompt.)
  • Casefic! I'm not particular about when and where it's set--pre-series, post-series, between series. I'm also not picky about the other members of the Circle joining them or not. I'd like to see the two of them solving a case.



    Call the Midwife

    Delia Busby/Patsy Mount: I've always liked these two ever since they first started appearing on Call the Midwife, and I was initially devastated when the two had to cancel their plans to live together in a home because of Delia's car accident. Things are better now between them, now that Delia's well again and Delia's meddling mother seems to be out of the way. I still fear that some day someone might discover the two of them at Nonnatus House, but I'm enjoying their story so far.

    Canon divergent AUs where Patsy and Delia actually are living together in their own home would be loved, but I'm not opposed to anything set in the show's canon. Some ideas for you:

  • Patsy and Delia living inside Nonnatus House, keeping their relationship (and sex life) secret from the sisters and the midwives.
  • Pasty and Delia's adventures in Paris.
  • Pre-series (well, for them) fic where Patsy and Delia first meet each other while working together.



    Original Work

    Vampire/Human, Vampire/Human/Vampire Hunter, Vampire/Vampire, Vampire/Vampire Hunter: Of course you'll need a vampire for all these prompts, and for some of these a human. But the vampire hunter can be human, dhampir, or another vampire--it's all up to you. The setting can be modern or historical, in a place where people don't expect vampires or set in the usual places you'd find vampires (European castles, New Orleans, Paris, etc.). I'm welcome for gore and violence if your story finds itself heading in that direction. Go crazy with any of these pairings--I'm very excited to see what you'll come up with!

    Mermaid/Queen: I'd be delighted to see you take this any way you want, but I do have some suggestions. What if the mermaid wanted to become human to join the queen on land? What if the queen wanted to sacrifice her humanity to be with the mermaid? What if the mermaid was like a selkie--she lives with the queen on the land, but longs for the sea? What if the queen captures the mermaid, but the mermaid wants something in exchange for her capture? How about mermaids similar to the ones found in Melusina or Djullanar the Sea-girl? Anything in any setting for these original characters would be delightful. And if you want to go down a smutty route, I'm totally into sex magic and/or magical sex toys, tentacles, shapeshifting, underwater sex, and xeno.

    Spy/Spy: Have fun with this original character pairing! I'm equally excited to read about spies working together on the same assignment or rival spies working for different interests. Rival spies falling in love and giving up their assignments to be together, rival spies having plenty of hatesex--as long as there are spies, I'll be happy. The spies can be historical spies (Medieval/feudal era spies? Spies during some sort of war?), James Bond-style spies with fantastic gadgets (and minus the Bond-style sexism), Burn Notice-style spies where people versed in spycraft use their talents in an area that's not a military setting, or even real-world field operatives. Anything you write for this prompt will delight me.

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