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Title: Fine Print
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide and Rule)
Flavor(s): Chocolate #29 (relief), White Chocolate #18 (anxiety)
Toppings/Extras: Cherry, Malt – Birthday prompt (I've left my past, it's lying at the door/ I've left my suitcase lying on the floor - Tonight I stay With You, by Texas, from ichthusfish).
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 3063
Notes: July 1949, Edward Iveson/Julia Graves. (Cherry for the summer challenge, for content, because getting even this near to a love scene kills me.)
Summary: Getting married was the easy part; it’s everything else that’s complicated…

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Chocolate 2, Papaya 2 [Divide and Rule]

Title: Other People’s Secrets
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide and Rule)
Flavor(s): Chocolate #2 (rivalry/jealousy), Papaya #2 (wouldn’t you like to know)
Toppings/Extras: Brownie
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 6975
Notes: April 1956; Edward Iveson/Julia Iveson, Diana Foyle, Marie Werner, Caroline Sheldon, Ronald Whittaker.
Summary: The past comes back to trouble Edward and Julia.

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Gingerbread 27

Author: rustydragonfly
Challenge: Gingerbread 27 (slow and steady wins the race)
Wordcount: 898
Rating: teen and up
Story: Manifestations (Arc 14)
Summary: It's tough, getting back to normal.
Notes: That's what you get for being minor characters, boys! I'll miss these two when it's time to move on. Make no mistake, they'll show up again, though!

It has been difficult to quantify the passage of time, and although that is how things should be, I cannot help but feel cast adrift, as if I am floating in the lake and the city has long since passed me by.Collapse )

Kumquat #8

Rating: PG
Flavors: Kumquat #8 (turn the other cheek)
Extras/Toppings: --

Word count: 337
Project: 1
Notes: Cody gets a send-off. Nothing big, really. More of a transistion than anything. Obviously never planning that far ahead (lol), but...I think the next few or so will be college Cody.

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Author: Olram
Challenge: Flavor of the Day [103 // quidnunc]
Extras: Pocky
Word Count: 100
Rating: PG
Story: Comrades in Arms // The Directory
A/N: A story that exists because the word of the day was apt, because I'm disinclined to spend flavor prompts on pockies, and because a pocky is required for the summer challenge. Mark my words: this will be cookie crumb'd later. Also, the character of Vincent hasn't been introduced yet since he's in the Comrades in Arms generation of K'maneda and I haven't gotten around to writing much of that yet. Essentially, he's the whole worldly, jaded teen-of-ill-repute type who unfortunately is only really good at healing and has (partially through the complex and bizarre mechanizations of the other two healers involved in this piece) decided to attach himself to Captain Awkward himself, Andreas. Who is involved in the only other two stories I've written in this arc. Er. Now that the AN is twice the length of the piece...

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Strawberry Banana 26 // Keep Your Two Cents

Author: Olram
Challenge: Strawberry Banana [26 // good advice]
Extras: Gummy Bunnies [500themes // 172. unheeded warning]
Word Count: 4.480
Rating: PG-13
Story: Fielding and Black //The Directory
A/N: First of ten gummy bunnies fulfilled! Remember the guys from this piece? Well, surprise surprise, they've gotten their own story. Thing. Ish. You can see from the above story that Black eventually becomes slightly less dumb, but not overwhelmingly so. Fielding, however...his suffering is perpetual.

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Kumquat #7

Rating: PG
Flavors: Kumquat #7 (now look what you made me do)
Extras/Toppings: --

Word count: 698
Project: 1
Notes: Been trying to finish this one for a while, finally did. Unless I change my mind for #8, this is the last part for teen Cody.

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Waiting for Player Two...

Title:【 Waiting for Player 2 】
Author: NIL » allseeingusagi
Story: Project Airhead
Flavor(s): Chocolate 11 » confusion | Banana Cream 3 » grind
Toppings/Extras: N/A
Rating: E for Everyone~
Word Count: 1'282

Notes: What happened in this story? Who knows! I'm making an outline for what I want to happen so I don't lose my place.


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Author: Olram
Challenge: Maple Syrup [7 // the gory details]
Extras: Cookie Crumbs + Brownie
Word Count: 7.270
Rating: R (descriptions of an active shock-trauma ward)
Story: Canticle//The Directory
A/N: The companion piece to Further Perplexities of Human Relations. Another piece that was fairly hard to write! But it's done, it's done, huzzah! And it knocks out cookie crumbs for the summer challenge! This piece has far too many ~feels~ and far too few bits of action in it for my liking, but, well, it's Mirk. Feels are kinda his specialty.

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A Struggle Past Midnight.

Title:【 A Struggle Past Midnight 】
Author: NIL » allseeingusagi
Story: Project Airhead
Flavor(s): Chocolate 3 » sympathy
Toppings/Extras: N/A
Rating: E for Everyone!
Word Count: 673

Notes: I'm having a rough time lately. Aaaaugh, what's being normal? The events of this story are a bit more in the future. This is close towards the end of their senior year. This is more or less of a standalone but will hopefully come together after a few posts. Is this making sense? Oh no. I'm rambling. [I also write the shortest stories.]

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Author: rustydragonfly
Challenge: Vanilla Custard 21 (The pattern of lights is all wrong!), Orange 3 (I couldn’t have said it better), Chocolate Custard 5 (Temporal Pinnacle)
Toppings: sprinkles
Wordcount: 1186
Rating: teen and up
Story: Manifestations (Arc 14)
Summary: Tilreve and Ferhas share a moment, high above the city.
Notes: But what happened to Bala? You'll find out soon enough. Or maybe you won't. Anyway, I liked how this scene came out. If I could draw cityscapes, I'd draw this.

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Title: Exit Strategy
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide & Rule)
Flavor(s): Chocolate #27 (determination), Passionfruit 17 (make of thy gentleness thy might)
Toppings/Extras: None.
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1847
Notes: late 1960, Edward Iveson, Sydney Elliott. Warnings for (mostly implied) discussion of suicide.
Summary: Whatever Sydney Elliott expected on being asked to meet the Foreign Secretary, it wasn’t this.

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Games We Play

Title:【 Games We Play 】
Author: NIL » allseeingusagi
Story: Project Airhead
Flavor(s): Chocolate 13 » humility | Banana Cream 7 » hush
Toppings/Extras: N/A
Rating: T for Teen (lawdy that language!)
Word Count: 2'152

Notes: You ever feel off about your writing? That's been me with my entire life lately. Not dead but incredibly dead like. Feeling kind of iffy about this one, so feedback definitely encouraged.

 

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Cinnamon Swirl 16

Author: rustydragonfly
Challenge: Cinnamon Swirl 16 (best foot forward)
Toppings: hot fudge
Extras: banana, milkshake
Rating: teen and up
Story: knights and necromancers
Summary: Reida's new project.
Notes: Thankyou Shayna for letting me choose a character to draw! Hope you like. I decided to have another go at MS Paint art because I like the pixelled look and playing with contrast.

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Cherry Chocolate Chip 19 // Duty

Author: Olram
Challenge: Cherry Chocolate Chip [19 // responsibility]
Extras: Brownie
Word Count: 6.675
Rating: PG
Story: Canticle //The Directory
A/N: Comes more or less after The Perplexities of Traditional K'maneda.

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Kumquat #6

Rating: PG
Flavors: Kumquat #6 (eating out of my hand)
Extras/Toppings: --

Word count: 408
Project: 1
Notes: I swear I'll finish this flavor before I do anything else really.

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Challenge alert!

Hey writers!

Summer is now upon us, which means it's time for the annual-ish Summer RaTs Challenge! Head on over to The Malt Shoppe (link above) to check it out! A perfect time for both oldies and newbies alike to get posting and have some fun!

The First.

Title:【 The First 】
Author: NIL » allseeingusagi
Story: The Descent of August
Flavor(s): Pistachio 2 » arrival/departure
Toppings/Extras: N/A
Rating: E for Everyone
Word Count: 681

Notes: Something I came up with out of nowhere. I'll work with this in tandem to “Project Airhead”.


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Title: Whatever is true, whatever is right
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution
Flavor(s): Papaya #28 (did I do that?), Passionfruit #19 (Deep roots are not reached by the frost)
Toppings/Extras: Cookie Crumbs (Alternate POV for (No) More Than Love & Prime Minister’s Question Time)
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2792
Notes: 1986-1992, Marian Dalton/Charles Terrell, Anna Miller. (Warning for mentions of institutional ablism, death of a child.) Marian's story which I can also post at last now. \o/
Summary: She tries to do what is right, what is practical – but never only what is useful at any cost. That’s their philosophy, not hers.

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Takes Me Back.

Title:【 Takes Me Back 】
Author: NIL » allseeingusagi
Story: Project Airhead
Flavor(s): Chocolate 26 » nostalgia
Toppings/Extras: N/A
Rating: E for Everyone
Word Count: 415

Notes: This is an incredibly short one. My mind has been all over the place lately. But this is in a set up style. Until the next one.


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Chocolate 21 [Divide and Rule]

Title: Daydream
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide and Rule)
Flavor(s): Chocolate #21 (luck)
Toppings/Extras: Malt – Easter Egg (May I have the next dream with you, dear?/ Just a dream between us two/ Who'd think that someday, somewhere, in some way/ I'd meet a dream like you - May I Have The Next Dream With You, by Malcolm Roberts)
Rating: PG
Word Count: 612
Notes: spring 1950, Edward Iveson/Julia Iveson. (Fluff, basically.)
Summary: Sometimes Julia likes to pretend to herself that things could have been different.

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Title: Prime Minister’s Question Time
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution
Flavor(s): Chocolate #30 (joy); Passionfruit #14 (summon a vision and declare it pure)
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 873
Notes: early 1992, Charles Terrell, Marian Dalton. (I’ve been hanging onto this as it’s set about a year after all the other main HotR stuff, but I decided to post it anyway. It is at least proof that sometimes good things happen to Charles, too. Refs back to (No) More Than Love.)
Summary: Charles Terrell reverses the practice of the past and uses official business as a cover for something more personal.

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Author: Olram
Challenge: Black Currant [6 // vertigo]
Extras: Cookie Crumbs + Brownie
Word Count: 8.813
Rating: PG
Story: Canticle//The Directory
A/N: The companion piece to The Perplexities of Human Relations. I thought it'd be interesting to rewrite the same scene from another point of view...especially considering how often people in this mess seem completely oblivious to what other people are trying to get at. It was harder than I thought. But! It's done. Expect a companion to the continuation of the aforementioned piece sooner or later.

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White Chocolate #8, Prune #13, Sangria #1

Title: Workings of Fate
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution
Flavor(s): White Chocolate #8 (helplessness), Prune #13 (give him enough rope), Sangria #1 (Two roads diverged in a wood)
Toppings/Extras: Malt – Valentine Box prompt (without a sound the glittering face of a glacier slid into the sealikelolwhat)
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2951
Notes: late 1960; Charles Terrell, Ronald Whittaker, Edward Iveson. (Warnings for imprisonment, interrogation, mentions of suicide). I seem to only ever write Charles doing paperwork or in prison, or in one case, both in the same fic. Mind, he’d probably claim that was a pretty accurate summary of his life, but still.
Summary: Whittaker sends Charles to see the Foreign Secretary in his place, and everything changes…

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Red Currant #10

Rating: PG-13/R
Warning(s): R-tagged for mentions of cannibalism (nothing graphic though)

Flavors: Red Currant #10 (fog)
Extras/Toppings: --

Word count: 1,730
Project: N/A; Standalone
Notes: I finally finished this one. It began as a 40 min quickwrite at school (while waiting for the bus) for FoTD brume (over a week ago), but wasn't done until now. Lazy to figure out what flavor to put this under, so I used the definition of brume. Just having fun, didn't even bother with dialogue/names. It took so long to finish this that I feel the protag's personality might have changed over the course of the story. Feels good to be done though!

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Fight or Flight Response Technique.

Title: 【 Fight or Flight Response Technique 】
Author: NIL » allseeingusagi
Story: Project Airhead
Flavor(s): Chocolate 16 » pride
Toppings/Extras: N/A
Rating: E for Everyone!
Word Count: 1'644

Summary: It's the last four months of senior year. No more high school. It was so close to being real. During a rather routine (and annoying) day of school, a brunet runs into a goodie two shoes he wants to avoid.

Notes: Thank you so much for your feedback on the last one! I hope you guys continue to enjoy. Hopefully, I'll give these two names.


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Partner Up.

Title:【 Partner Up 】
Author: NIL » allseeingusagi
Story: [pending] Project Airhead
Flavor(s): Chocolate 20 » caution
Toppings/Extras: N/A
Rating: T for Teen~
Word Count: 1'907

Summary: It's the last four months of senior year. No more high school. It was so close to being real. During a rather routine (and annoying) day of school, a brunet runs into a goodie two shoes he wants to avoid.

Notes: Sorry this is a bit of a nervous start for me. The characters don't have names. I hope you're able to follow along regardless.


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Chocolate 7, Papaya 17 [Divide and Rule]

Title: Goes Without Saying
Author: lost_spook
Story: Heroes of the Revolution (Divide & Rule)
Flavor(s): Chocolate #7 (regret), Papaya #17 (talking to myself)
Toppings/Extras: None.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1125
Notes: October 1949. Just a small thing that pretty much follows on from Under the Surface (and comes shortly before Sent to Coventry). Julia Graves/Edward Iveson.
Summary: Julia has regrets, and a wish.

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new member icebreaker;

Hello, hello there. I hate introductions because I never know the right thing to say. But here goes nothing!

I'm allseeingusagi, but please call me NIL. I've been lurking around RaTs for a little while now. The entire set up is dazzling, and you members are quite creative. I've finally sucked up the courage to make my stand. Here I am! I've been writing a lot of original content lately and sharing it especially on tumblr. Lately, I've been trying to build something of a following for my patreon. If I might get a tad bit more personal, I'm an agender POC, and I'm always playing around with different character identities and pronouns. The latter is mostly a self-indulgent compulsion of my grammatical study.

Strangely, I'm a bit nervous to post as it feels as though I might have a genuine auidence here. Hm. That aside, I have several stories that I'm currently playing around with, but here's the one that I'm going to share with you.

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To hold to tradition, here are three stories I recently read: one, two, and three!
Here are some pieces you can start off with for me! An Artist Amongst Peers and Unlikely Guardian.

If you need me to move this post or what have you, let me know.
I look forward to writing with you guys.

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Raising Hell

Author: Amata le Fay

Title: Raising Hell

Story: Danse Macabre – RP

Flavor(s): Fig 4 (wax wings)

Toppings/Extras: Hot Fudge

Rating: PG

Word Count: 878

Notes: “You've been telling us stories since the dawn of time, warnings not to build ourselves wings and fly too close to the sun. You treat us like children, to be scared into good behavior. But none of us are children anymore.” // Holy shit. Holy shit holy shit holy shit.

"Because I could not stop for Death, he kindly stopped for me."Collapse )

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