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Hi there! Thank you for signing up and writing for me. This is my most favorite fandom and I love all the wonderful explorations I have read in it. As long as you're having fun writing, I'm positive I'll love whatever you come up with. Thank you so much in advance! :)

I love stories about people talking and doing new things and being awesome and caring about each other. I love sending characters on adventures they didn't get to have in canon, or extending or reimagining canonical adventures. I love explorations of the neat concepts Lewis introduced but didn't fully explore. Tonally, almost anything goes; make me giggle, cry, shiver, think, cheer, swoon, gasp, etc.

My favorite characters are Edmund and Tirian, closely followed by Jill, Eustace, Lucy, Puddleglum, and Shasta. But I love all the 'nice' secondary/tertiary people and creatures almost as much. I'd be happy to see pretty much any sympathetic character who got at least a few pages worth of dialogue and personality as the 'star' (people like Lasaraleen, Emeth and the Hermit are my baseline). As long as someone I know is front and center, you can flesh out the story with as much worldbuilding and as many OCs as you want; however, I'd prefer OCs not be used for romance with canonically main characters. The only characters I’m less jazzed about are Jadis, Aslan, Polly, and Uncle Andrew, but even they are fine as cameos.

I'm less fond of plotless character studies, wholly quotidian stories set in our world, world-building focused on characters I don't know, and missing scenes (the Golden Age and things like that don't count as missing scenes to me). I don't care about the religious allegories. I'm mostly interested in The Magician's Nephew for the cool concepts that were introduced, like the Wood, the rings, the lamppost creation, dying worlds; less so for the featured characters. I love Peter as part of the foursome, but am not that interested in him on his own.

Canon divergences and handwaving are more than welcome. I know and like bookverse best, but I did like how the movies tried to show the realistic difficulties the Pevensies faced, both in England and when they returned to Narnia. Knowing there's more you're capable of than what you're being allowed to do. Trying to figure out what 'once a king or queen, always...' means.

I love everyone's competency, earnestness and courage when it counts, but also their flaws and sassiness. Where they are understandably frightened or make mistakes or get cranky because camping sucks. Something that keeps that balance would be amazing, as opposed to stories where everyone is preternaturally even-tempered and flawlessly badass. I love the same balance for Narnia itself—a land that's beautiful but rough around the edges in a way that's real, full of flawed people/creatures, and with magic that isn't always neat and cheerful.

I also really love crossovers, and have a metric ton of Narnia crossover prompts here, specifically for Narnia crossed with Atlantis (BBC), Game of Thrones (TV), MCU, and PG Wodehouse. And then even more prompts for crossovers with MCU, Game of Thrones, and Lost here/ Feel free to ignore the prompts below and write one of my crossover prompts instead.

Things I Love
Banter: literary, snarky, courtly, fondly exasperated, flirty, people with wildly different speech patterns
Friendship: hanging out and enjoying one another's company; having one another's backs; odd couples; happy and/or unexpected reunions; siblings being siblings; quietly heroic or self-sacrificial gestures
Badassery: competence and resourcefulness; characters using Narnian skills in our world; laughing in the face of danger or absurdity
Adventures: exploring unknown territory; daring rescues or escapes; reluctant allies; sea voyages; realm-hopping; time travel; the pen is mightier than the sword; fish out of water; stranded together
— dry humour
— angst with a happy or hopeful ending
— people who aren't in the know coming up with perfectly logical but hilariously incorrect theories
— people having a relatively nice time within the confines of the situation (i.e. no excessive brooding)

Do Not Wants
— You can ignore the ending of the Last Battle and keep everyone alive in both worlds, or you can do a story about Susan's life after the crash (or keep some people alive with her), but the afterlife is my biggest DNW. I don't even enjoy things like Caspian at the end of Silver Chair.
— goofy crack and alternate setting AUs (including stories that pretend Friends of Narnia were born later than they were)
— I'd prefer not to get Problem of Susan issue fic. Feel free to simply ignore the idea that there was any rift between her and the others.
— underage/overage; incest; pregnancy & babies; Caspian/Susan; non-con; slash pairings I haven't explicitly said I like
— Non-canon pairings that I'm simply told are together. I love non-canon pairings, but I want to be shown their development and sold on them over the course of the story.

Exceptions: 1) I ship Bacchus with everyone, including any male character you want, but in a revelrous, casual way, not as a relationship; no one should be "in love" or upset when he moves on. 2) This is ridiculously specific and you really shouldn't feel any need to go there... I have a thing for Edmund&Lucy or Edmund&Susan who maybe have some intensely sublimated something going on, but they never act on it and it's never discussed, or it's merely a momentary flash of confusion during the hormone-crazed years of adolescence when there were no other humans around... Or, have you read The Mists of Avalon? The enforced pagan ritual, unknowing incest, lifelong secret angst and repressed longing... YUM. Something vaguely inspired by elements of that (but not a copy, please) could work here, but without pregnancy, please.

**All of the below are cut and pastes from my sign-up. The only exception is the last one, which goes into more detail than what I wrote in the form.

Request 1: Tirian + Setting:England
It's too bad he's stuck in The Last Battle, because I love Tirian so much. He has his flaws, and he's a hot mess of a king, but he's such a great guy, and quite resourceful and clever when you rouse him out of his decadence. I love stories that show an alternate path to his personal growth, without the world ending. I love the scene where he half goes to our world. What if he actually went for real and spent some time here? Or perhaps assume he, Jill and Eustace worked things out so that real-life!Narnia continued, and then he comes to visit afterwards? Or something else of your choosing.

It can be a whole ensemble or you can focus on Tirian with just one or two of the Friends of Narnia. What do they do with him, both logistically and activity-wise? What are his impressions of our world and these historical figures vs. what he expected? What does he learn? Ship-wise, I’m open to either Tirian/Jill (just please pretend she was ~17/18 and he was ~20/21 during TLB so the age difference isn't too big), but I like gen friendships with anyone just as much. Does his visit help one of the other Friends with some problem or personal issue they were having? It seems like Tirian's parents died before he was ready to be king. An exploration of what led him to be the guy we met would be fun to include in the background of a dimension travel story, if you want (and if it fits organically).

Request 2: Edmund or Tirian + Dimension Travel
What if people lived and some combination of English characters used the rings to go on non-Narnia adventures? Or maybe there are portals directly from Narnia to other worlds the way there are from England to Narnia. Or maybe it's an exploration of the wood? You could even do some world-building about the mechanics of dimension travel and portal creation. How do the ponds decide where and when to spit you out? What if the time passage stuff varies depending on the type of portal you use? It could even be a crossover (see options here or here).

I tagged Edmund and Tirian because they're my favorites, but anyone else you want is welcome to join whichever one you pick. Or, if you get a fun idea for someone else I like, go with them instead! However, can you please make the dimension traveler(s) human, since I don't want to worry about people abusing talking animals or marsh-wiggles or whatever.

Request 3: Time Shenanigans
Anything that explores and plays with the time passage issues during and between visits, and/or the de-aging issues. Is there a reason why it's so erratic? Are there different rules depending on the directions you’re traveling or which combination of worlds you visit? What about a canon divergence AU exploring what might have happened had the time thing worked differently in some instance. For example, what if they’d tumbled out of the wardrobe as adults, but no time had passed? Or they tumbled out as adults, but it was ~15 years later. Or if things had happened as they did in the first couple of books, but then went unexpectedly differently for VotDT or Silver Chair? Something else, maybe focused on a Narnian human (Tirian, Rilian, Shasta, etc.)?

I tagged Edmund because the sign-up form required a character for each request. However, please don't feel obligated to make it about him. There are a lot of characters I'd be happy to see here. The only things I don't want are rapidly aging scenarios where people become super elderly, or anything else tragic.

Request 4: Edmund + Golden Age
I love cranky Edmund dealing with ridiculous situations. Pick a trope from the list below and spin me a tale of how it might have played out for him in Narnia. Wacky hijinks are welcome (but not too wacky); however, I really love stories that play a silly trope completely straight, and that thoughtfully explore the plot or worldbuilding ramifications or resulting character or relationship growth. As long as the focus is at least half on Edmund, pretty much anyone else is welcome to appear. Romance-oriented tropes get tricky, given my general Do Not Wants. But perhaps it happens to someone else and Ed has to deal with it, or the trope plays out platonically (ex. Narnian custom demands Lucy/Edmund marry, so they do, but they awkwardly don't sleep together).

Tropes: in vino veritas; stranded together; amnesia; marriage of convenience; arranged marriage; forced to share a room/bed; undercover as a couple; Groundhog Day; vacations gone awry

Request 5: Emeth/Tirian + Canon Divergence
**This prompt is longer than the others, not because I want it more, but because I copied from a different exchange letter where I went on about each request at more length than I usually do in my Narnia Exchange prompts.

I covered my deep love for Tirian in a different prompt. But Emeth should win a prize for the level of admiration and affection he was able to inspire in so few pages. I loved the conflict he faced between his reason, his duty, his devotion, and his desire to prove himself. I think they’re perfect for one another—brave, noble warriors who could come to respect and love one another despite their differences. I’m a sucker for enemies to lovers, culture clashes, espionage, secret forbidden love across enemy lines, brothers in arms, agent falls for mark... I also have a love of language and contrasting speech patterns; the differences between Tirian and Emeth's versions of courtly perfection are catnip to me. So long as you let me assume they'll live long lives with no apocalypse, I will love anything, even if the romance ends up being just a fling. Any rating welcome.

I love stories that pretend people met before, and that show how this change affects the later plot. We know Tirian has been to Calormen. Was it an official diplomatic trip, or did he use the tanning oil to go incognito, either for fun on the town or for espionage? How did he and Emeth meet and what did they get up to together? Did Emeth know who Tirian was, or was it identity shenanigans? If the latter, how and when does he find out, and what’s his reaction? You could include the flashbacks, or you could assume the backstory and start the fic when they meet again later on—either way!

Or maybe they first meet in Narnia while Emeth is undercover as a merchant, and their love changes the course of the story. Or maybe the fic starts after the war (no apocalypse! just a regular war!) and they meet and fall in love in the hostile détente? Or maybe it's a story about how they join forces to fight a common enemy and fall in love while doing that?

Or yet another angle… What if they went realm-hopping together? What if the stable was a portal to another realm (either ours or a different one), not the afterlife? Or screw the stable... is the lamppost still around? Whatever! Or what if, instead of a dimension-portal, it was a time travel portal, and they meet characters from previous books while completing some kind of quest together? Or Tirian in a Groundhog Day loop in which he slowly learns how to be a better king, with Emeth's help?

Do the two countries have different views about same-sex romance? It doesn't have to be "Calormen=repressed, Narnia=free love" (though it could); maybe Calormen has a complicated Ancient Greek-style undercurrent, or Narnia's never shaken its Victorian influences. Or some other approach? Or don't even tackle that at all; it's not a big deal.
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