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Chocolate 15, Papaya 29 [Divide and Rule]

Title: Some Enchanted Evening
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide & Rule)
Flavor(s): Chocolate #15 (passion), Papaya #29 (I wouldn’t miss it)
Toppings/Extras: None
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1034
Notes: Summer 1949; Edward Iveson/Julia Graves. (Day 2 of the honeymoon. Terrible fluff? I have no excuse for this but my determination to finish my original flavour sets. You should probably shoot me now. /o\)
Summary: Edward is lost inside the most charming illusion he’s ever known.

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Passionfruit 18 [Divide and Rule]

Title: Gambit
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide & Rule)
Flavor(s): Passionfruit #18 (Temptation had its way with my companions), White Chocolate #4 (corruption)
Toppings/Extras: None
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1284
Notes: 1960. Edward Iveson, Julia Graves, Diana Foyle.
Summary: Julia thinks Edward has gone too far this time – she thinks they both have.

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Banana Cream 8

Author: rustydragonfly
Challenge: Banana Cream 8 (lead)
Wordcount: 1098
Rating: all ages
Story: Manifestations (Arc 15)
Summary: A tale of breaking, entering, and stagnant water features.
Notes: Again... can you tell this was written during a heatwave?

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Kumquat #14

Rating: PG/PG-13
Flavors: Kumquat #14 (the sky is falling)
Warning(s): Nothing too bad, but there is hinted at
cheating and death.
Extras/Toppings: --

Word count: 1,952
Project: Tachycardia
Notes: University-age Cody. "I'm sorry I couldn't be the family you wanted...or needed."  Sorry, guys. This one isn't a happy one either (lol). I've had this one done for more than two weeks now, but I've been busy with my new job (wooh!) and have been struggling on how I could possibly continue the rest of Cody's story with less tragedy.

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Title: Second Time, Worse Than the First
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide & Rule)
Flavor(s): Prune #1 (a friend is someone who has the same enemies); White Chocolate #7 (embarrassment)
Toppings/Extras: Chopped Nuts + Gummy Bunnies (also for hc_bingo square “drowning”)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3914
Notes: Jan/Feb 1946; Edward Iveson, Julia Graves, Rudy Graves. (AU where Julia and Edward met in London, and not over her brother’s dead body. It still doesn’t go well, but at least history isn’t AU this time).
Summary: Edward’s assignment is proving to be more awkward than he expected (although Julia doesn’t think that’s a good enough excuse for having him in her flat uninvited).

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Title: Beneath My Dignity
Author: lost_spook
Story: Pirate Queen
Flavor(s): Flavour of the Day 26/09/15 – galumph; to move along heavily and clumsily; Peanut Butter #4 (earth)
Toppings/Extras: None.
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 444
Notes: I made up several fake TV shows a while back, not just Heroes of the Revolution. This is from one of the others. (I’m hoping I might do some pieces from it every now & then and eventually maybe work out what it is that isn’t gelling in the plot.) It’s supposed to be mostly fun space adventure.
Summary: Lio gets lumbered with his nemesis on an away trip.

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Banana Cream 26, Gingerbread 8

Author: rustydragonfly
Challenge: Banana Cream 26 (speak), Gingerbread 8 (golden egg)
Wordcount: 1186
Rating: teen and up
Story: Manifestations (Arc 15)
Summary: Sometimes it gets so hot out there, you start hearing things.
Notes: I wrote a lot of this arc during a July Camp NaNo session, and it was uh... Warm. I think you can tell. Reading this is bringing back memories of air conditioned coffee shops and fruit coolers... sadly no such things for this lot.

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Passionfruit 15, Prune 17 [Divide and Rule]

Title: Only Her Interests Are Eternal
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide & Rule)
Flavor(s): Passionfruit #15 (nature rejects the monarch not the man), Prune #17 (I aim to please)
Toppings/Extras: Brownie + Malt – Valentine Box (Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. - roisin_farrell )
Rating: PG
Word Count: 7513
Notes: Sept/Oct 1958; Edward Iveson/Julia Graves, Marie Werner, Lewis Evans. (Takes place immediately after Pen and Sword.)
Summary: Edward’s hosting negotiations he’s sure are doomed to failure, while Julia’s determined that if anyone’s going to scandalise the nation this weekend, it’s going to be her.

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White Chocolate 21 [Divide and Rule]

Title: Shadows on the Wall
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide & Rule)
Flavor(s): White Chocolate #21 (whimsy)
Toppings/Extras: Whipped Cream + Rainbow Sprinkles + Fresh Fruit: Peaches (“Today begins ten days of intuitive rapport. People tend to know what others are thinking without anything being said when Jupiter opposes Neptune. Don't play games tonight! Emotions aren't to be tampered with under the Scorpio Moon. Couples, beware of picking someone's weak spot and saying what will hurt the most.”)
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1601
Notes: 1927; Elizabeth Long, Julia Graves, Hanne Beck. (The Whipped Cream was meant for the Summer Challenge, but I didn't quite get there in time.)
Summary: There are many things that Elizabeth can’t fight, but she is at least excellent at tackling imaginary evils.

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Passionfruit 9, Prune 2 [Divide & Rule]

Title: Pen and Sword
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide & Rule)
Flavor(s): Passionfruit #9 (Bright is the ring of words/ When the right man rings them); Prune #2 (it might save your life one day)
Toppings/Extras: Malt – Birthday prompt (Who is the lamb and who is the knife? from likelolwhat )
Rating: PG/Teen
Word Count: 1547
Notes: Sept/Oct 1958; Edward Iveson, Lewis Evans.
Summary: On this particular Friday, the Foreign Secretary’s eleven o’clock appointment wants to kill him.

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Banana Cream 20

Author: rustydragonfly
Challenge: Banana Cream 20 (read)
Wordcount: 1596
Rating: teen and up
Story: Manifestations (Arc 15)
Summary: Life is a game where you can walk into a village, kill a bunch of monsters, and get gold. Or a city, perhaps.
Notes: I don't have much to say about this except WOO BALA. But that's the important bit anyway.

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Kumquat #13

Rating: PG
Flavors: Kumquat #13 (who will help me bake the bread?)
Extras/Toppings: --

Word count: 1,036
Project: Tachycardia
Notes: University. "Cody, I'd like you to meet Brad." Had this done for over a month now, I think. But I've been busy enjoying my freedom. I swear, I'll finish this flavor...

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Pomegranate 16 // David

Author: Olram
Challenge: Pomegranate [16 // an order]
Extras: Rainbow Sprinkles + Hot Fudge
Word Count: 2.052
Rating: PG-13
Story: A Companion to Misery, Volume I: On Judgment // The Directory
A/N: Rainbow sprinkles for the summer challenge! And it's actual novel material rather than silly side-story stuff. Though, I'm not sure I'll actually keep this in, ultimately. I was thinking of using it as a prologue, but maybe it's not really necessary. Meh. Anyway, it's plot-helpful, at least. Sorta.

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Author: Olram
Challenge: Cherry Chocolate Chip [6 // defeat]
Extras: Rainbow Sprinkles + Hot Fudge
Word Count: 2.726
Rating: PG
Story: A Companion to Misery, Volume II: On Restoration//The Directory
A/N: Hot fudge for the summer challenge! More or less follows Morskie Oko. You didn't really think that I'd kill someone off that simply, now, did you?

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Chocolate 14 [Divide and Rule]

Title: Settling Accounts
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide & Rule)
Flavor(s): Chocolate #14 (vengeance)
Toppings/Extras: Pocky
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 100
Notes: This is probably something Julia would like to have happened, rather than something that did, but who knows? (Pocky for the Summer Challenge.)
Summary: Julia has an encounter with Michael (who never could remember her name).

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Banana Cream 21

Author: rustydragonfly
Challenge: Banana Cream 21 (shine)
Wordcount: 624
Rating: teen and up
Story: Manifestations (Arc 15)
Summary: Jen can't sleep...
Notes: And this is the point where everything gets weird... sort of.

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Prune 22 [Heroes of the Revolution]

Title: Wait and See
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution
Flavor(s): Prune #22 (speak softly and carry a big stick)
Toppings/Extras: Hot Fudge
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 971
Notes: Feb 1991; Edward Woodfield, John Neville. (Hot Fudge for the Summer Challenge. And, gosh, look, it's a main canon piece. Amazing!)
Summary: The new leaders of the Opposition don’t exactly see eye to eye.

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Chocolate 12, Papaya 26 [Divide and Rule]

Title: Tea and Sympathy
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide & Rule)
Flavor(s): Chocolate #12 (understanding), Papaya #26 (when you least expect it)
Toppings/Extras: Brownie + Rainbow Sprinkles + Gummy Bunnies (“comfort food or item/feeding someone” square for hc_bingo )
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 8360
Notes: Oct 1973/Aug 1927/Oct 1938/May 1952/1960; Nancy Long/Isabel Andrews, Liz Cardew, Edward Iveson, Amy Long, Caroline Sheldon. (Rainbow Sprinkles for the summer challenge. Warnings for references to childbirth & death/suicide/grief, plus some mid-twentieth century attitudes).
Summary: Nancy was always close to her cousin Edward; it makes the betrayal all the harder to bear.

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Title: Splinters
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide & Rule)
Flavor(s): Chocolate #19 (solitude), Papaya #27 (wrapped around my finger), Sangria #25 (I don’t need my freedom when I’m dead)
Toppings/Extras: Malt – Birthday prompt ("I broke my bones playing games with you." - roisin_farrell ) + Gummy Bunnies (for hc_bingo square “broken bones”).
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1827
Notes: 1961; Julia Graves(/Edward Iveson). (Warnings for death, suicide, imprisonment, madness, abandonment, general angst. I’ve been hanging onto this for a while because it refs some plotty things that I haven’t written yet, but I think only so briefly that I may as well post it. I knew I had to write Julia’s fate, but didn’t know quite how to do it until I got the birthday prompt above & it all fell into place.)
Summary: Julia is left here alone after all the games have been played out.

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Cinnamon Swirl 24 // Warm Welcome

Author: Olram
Challenge: Cinnamon Swirl [24 // face to face]
Extras: Brownie + Gummy Bunnies [500themes // 193. calling you home] + Chopped Nuts + Malt [birthday prompt // don't forget you're mine]
Word Count: 5.924
Rating: Hard PG-13 (for sexual violence--not non-con or dub-con...I think the only real way to describe it is a fistfight with romance tucked in at intervals, with the two not being very related. I dunno.)
Story: A Companion to Misery, Volume II: On Restoration//The Directory
A/N: I haven't written anything in this AU-ish-thing in a long time, so here's the summary: Gen keeps having dreams about killing Mirk in a fit of terminal romantic frustration, so Niv, uh, in typical Niv fashion, suggests that it's time he gets laid. And Niv, in typical Niv fashion, volunteers for the task ostensibly because he's hard to kill. Lather, rinse, repeat. Eventually Gen can manage not to attempt to kill anyone he sleeps with and it just becomes a...thing? Sort of. More like it's a combo of Gen having no friends and Niv being...Niv. So. This would take place between the first and second parts of the piece posted just before this one. Right after Niv comes back from the dead (why and how is not as important as just knowing he was dead and now he's not).

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Author: Olram
Challenge: Black Currant [19 // old flame]
Extras: Brownie + Gummy Bunnies [500themes // 360. white wings] + Cookie Crumbs
Word Count: 9.699
Rating: PG-13
Story: A Companion to Misery, Volume II: On Restoration//The Directory
A/N: Minor change in canon--I've decided, due to the overabundance of works called "Anthem" out there, to go back to my old overarching title for the series, A Companion to Misery. It also makes more sense since said title actually refers to a book in the book (how meta!) in three volumes that plays an important role in the story (each of the three volumes of A Companion to Misery, in canon, contain one spell to raise the dead, each one suited for use in a different situation).

So, er, actual useful piece notes: this is a cookie crumbs of On the March, which is a pocky thing that exploded into...this. It's the first battle in main canon that K'aekniv and the hxc Russian First are back for.

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Gingerbread 17, Chocolate Custard 25

Author: rustydragonfly
Challenge: Gingerbread 17 (to grandmother's house), Chocolate Custard 25 (Memories Returned)
Wordcount: 2489
Rating: teen and up
Story: Manifestations (Arc 15)
Summary: It's time we all got caught up with one another..
Notes: Just patching up everyone's storylines. That's the problem with characters who haven't seen one another in years, they have to get everything straight again. Ahh.

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Orange 26

Author: rustydragonfly
Challenge: Orange 26 (the check's in the mail)
Wordcount: 804
Rating: teen and up
Story: Manifestations (Arc 15)
Summary: Lost in the depths of Sia Marhu, their money running low, the team try to answer a few questions. How do we get more money? Should we get more coffee? Just how terrible are Jen's joke telling skills? And... wait a minute, who's that over there?
Notes: It's so good to be back with these guys! Back to some plain old monster hunting fun. Well, not quite now. But you get the idea. (And sometimes I actually remember that Rosa and the boys don't share a native language. Sometimes.)

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Title: Summer Term Blues
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide & Rule)
Flavor(s): White Chocolate #13 (bitterness), Sangria #15 (After such knowledge, what forgiveness?), Prune #23 (more than meets the eye)
Toppings/Extras: Brownie + Cookie Crumbs + Whipped Cream
Rating: PG
Word Count: 5882
Notes: 1954/1925; Edward Iveson, Elizabeth Iveson, Nancy Long, Ted Long, Julia Graves. (Cookie Crumbs for The Past Is Neither Dead Nor Distant, for the Summer Challenge. And I, er, seem to have disappeared down the backstory to the backstory. Send help?)
Summary: Edward would rather avoid revisiting this particular time in his past, but it won't seem to go away.

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Author: Olram
Challenge: Bubble Gum [22 // customer service]
Extras: Gummy Bunnies [500themes // 133. don't you dare]
Word Count: 3.420
Rating: PG-13
Story: Fielding and Black //The Directory
A/N: Sixth gummy bunny for the summer challenge! The next part of the epic saga of Fielding and Black, following immediately after Keep Your Two Cents, this installment includes: a microeconomics lesson from a drug kingpin, bad nicknames, and a whole lot of bad ideas.

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Title: Last Ditch
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide & Rule)
Flavor(s): Sangria #4 (once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary), Passionfruit #12 (my candle burns at both ends, it will not last the night), Prune #12 (I could tell you but I’d have to kill you)
Toppings/Extras: Gummy Bunnies (hc_bingo square “bruises”) + Malt – Birthday Prompt (“War is not nice” from roisin_farrell )
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3174
Notes: August 1942; Edward Iveson/Peggy Venn, Nancy Long. (More WWII backstory.)
Summary: Edward gets a second chance with Peggy, but some things are never simple.

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Maple Syrup 8 // Name, Division, Rank

Author: Olram
Challenge: Maple Syrup [8 // in bad shape]
Extras: Cherry
Word Count: 1.867
Rating: PG-13 (combat-related issues discussed in a clinical setting)
Story: The Hammer Falls//The Directory
A/N: Cherry for the summer challenge! Cherry is for the odd format/tense shift of the middle of this piece that's essentially a transcription of a recording, though it's not done in script form. Takes place in 1944.

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