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Thanks so much for offering one of these ships! I know this is a crazy long letter (apologies in advance for the parts involving MCU, yikes), but it's just because I get so excited about these ships. My favorite fics are ones the author obviously had a ton of fun writing, so please don't feel pressured to stick to the prompts, or think I'm looking for a bunch of things I mentioned to be crammed in (I'm not!). You can twist a prompt around, or use just a bit of one, or ignore the fandom-specific prompts entirely and try to include a couple of the general likes in your own idea. I'm super invested in all of these pairings, so I'll be pleased with pretty much anything.

Things I Love
— Devoted Odd Couples: having one another’s backs; enjoying one another's company; laughing at one another; fond exasperation; characters with different speech patterns; secret relationships; forced or repeated proximity; self-sacrificing loyalty

— Earning Your Happy Ending: self-help; being jollied or distracted into a better emotional place; getting over some of your baggage; finding home where you least expect it; Groundhog Day loops

— Competence & Resourcefulness: complementary skill sets; badassery; laughing in the face of danger or absurdity; the pen is mightier than the sword

— Adventures & Journeys: exploring unknown territory; daring rescues or escapes; trains; ships; hotels; vacations gone awry; fish out of water; realm-hopping; captured (bonus points if they're tied up!) or stranded together

— Eagerly Doing It: first times; sloppy makeouts!; slightly awkward but fun and satisfying sex; laughter or friendly banter during sex; inexperienced characters who are into it and not completely clueless; too desperate to properly get clothes off; rough but loving; coming in pants; shower sex; outdoor sex; switching; body worship; using magic to make it even better

— Friends to Lovers: I love this even for pairings who don't canonically know each other; feel free to skip the meet-cute and start at a time when they've already become friends (fics that end shortly after the introductions make me sad). I love multiple kinds of getting together stories, including but not limited to:
1) Where they realize they have more than platonic feelings, or have been lightly crushing for a while, and resolving that UST.
2) Start the story right after the first kiss/declaration, setting it during the days or weeks that follow. The relationship does change; it isn’t simply friends + sex. Working through that transition and learning new things about one another—both wonderful and irritating—that didn't come up before.
3) Friends with benefits or 'sex before feelings' that becomes more serious during the story (I'm even cool with the FWB arrangement having started before the fic).

— Crossovers: Starting with, "Woah, where am I?" is totally welcome, no explanation needed. You could even skip past both the crossover logistics and meet-cute to write something that starts after they've already become friends and settled in. What I care most about are the relationships characters forge and how the crossover helps them grow/feel better. However, if you have the time and inclination to write the set-up as well, then great!

Do Not Wants
— romantic pairings other than the ones specifically requested
— goofy crack, fusions, and alternate setting AUs (but wild canon divergences are very welcome!)
— fics set entirely pre-canon/backstory
— fics where none of the main characters ever find out about the others' backgrounds or magic (the reveal doesn't have to happen "on-screen", but, for example, please don't let the story end with Bucky and Diana thinking the other is normal person)
Things That Upset Me: the afterlife; major character death; bleak endings; noncon; dark dynamics in my ships; destiny/fate; fourth wall breakage
Schmoopiness: plotless fluff; non-canonical pet names or terms of endearment; people saying "I love you" verbatim (but I love other words or gestures that convey the sentiment)
Sex & Relationship-Related: soulmates; D/s dynamics; OT3s; shovel talks, yentas, and matchmakers; pregnancy; adultery; hatesex
Writing Things: 1st & 2nd person POV; phonetically spelled dialogue
Crossover-related: tragic, Steve/Peggy-style age mismatches; crossovers of more than two canons at a time

Psmith - P.G. Wodehouse
Pairings: Psmith/Mike

I'm pathetically obsessed, and request them in every exchange. They're such loyal, clever, hilarious little shits. Their delightful odd couple dialogue and dynamic make me so happy. This time, for variety, I'm going light on prompting in order to impress how over the moon I really would be with almost anything shippy. If there's something you'd like to write, go for it. If you're the kind of person who needs specific prompts, you can check out one of my previous exchange letters (the Pmsith sections are pretty similar from letter to letter), but again, don't bother if you already have an idea.

The main thing is that I want something in which they are in a more explicitly romantic+sexual relationship than in canon. This doesn't mean it has to be M or E-rated (though it can be!). The shippy stuff can totally be the B-plot, if you want. I just I want it to be clear there's more than friendship going on, whether it's a kiss and/or some dialogue or narration confirming it. Other than that, go wild! As long as there's a happy ending and a sense of humour, I'm totally on board with anything, even if it's darker/angstier than the usual Wodehouse shenanigans.

There are two fandom-specific things I DON'T want:
1) Any hint that they will break up or have their canon het endings; please set it before they met their wives and/or pretend they never will
2) A romance would most likely have to be a secret relationship, per the time period (and a touch of quietly understood, low-key forbiddenness does add a certain delicious frisson); however, I don't want internalized homophobia, anguished coming outs, or ugly social consequences. Can they just... get away with keeping it secret, without having to talk much about the fact that they're keeping it secret? Other kinds of angst are fine, though.

Lymond Chronicles
Pairing: Francis Crawford/Christian Stewart

I will never be over them, and all their beautiful potential. I yearn for a canon divergence AU about Francis and Christian getting together and being okay after the first book. What kinds of hyper-competent hijinks would they have gotten up to? How would their friends and family react to them as a couple? The more UST (that gets happily resolved, please), the better. Feel free to ignore all the subsequent books, if you want.

The first book is far and away my favorite. Francis is so much more FUN in it—more random poetry and foreign quotes and clever pranks and self-satisfied snark and lucid drunkenness—while still being deliciously anguished and righteously angry. And they have so much fun together, despite all the drama and angst. I love their secret visits and correspondence and music. I love the way they conspire so dangerously, but at the same time, she's the only person he seems to truly relax around. I love how her blindness never stops her from being ridiculously capable. I love the way he understands how she wants to be treated, and quietly helps her get what she wants out of life. I love their equal amounts of self-sacrificing love for one another, and the way she sees right through him, and is somewhat over his bullshit.

I love all the characters from the first book, so anyone else you want can appear. Instead of bashing or hurting Tom, please pretend their engagement amicably fell apart, or never existed at all. Canon ships that don't involve Francis or Christian are fine to include in the background. I don't need a whole explanation for how Christian is still alive, unless you're excited to write about that. You can assume she recovered totally or was never injured, or whatever!

— The books skipped over the first year of Francis's reinstatement into Scottish high society. Tell me more about how that went. What if they'd gotten the formal reintroduction they had wished for? Their meetings in the book were always so (necessarily) isolated; how would they, as a unit, interact with the ensemble?
— Are they capable of settling into normal life, or would they quickly give up and run away for more adventures?
— One (or both?) in a Groundhog Day loop? No need to explain how it starts or why it ends (handwave away!); what I care about are things people learn about themselves and each other, and how they deal with the situation.
— Canon divergence about a totally other (Christian-involved) way that Francis learned about his heritage, and the two of them dealing with it together
— The chapter with the pseudo-scavenger hunt for the glove was amazing, as was the part where he writes to her via Agnes. Something involving another puzzle Francis sets up, that Christian has to solve? Or that she sets up for him? Or that someone else sets up they have to solve together?
— Something where magic is real. Like Johnnie Bullo's work not being a con, or Druids, or... IDK. Francis and Christian dealing with the ensuing adventure while also dealing with their feelings.
— Undercover as a couple in France or London? Arranged marriage or marriage of convenience that turns real? I love these tropes for the forced domesticity and day-to-day deepening of the relationship. You can handwave the set-up, if you want.
— I think Sybilla shipped it (Agnes and little Mary probably did, too... Mary and Francis's secret BFFness was too cute); while I don't like matchmaking, I do enjoy trope subversions where people try to set them up, not realizing the people are already secretly dating and didn't need any help after all.
— More reputation-saving quests or diplomatic shenanigans? Basically, any kind of canon-typical plot, but with the two of them working together while getting together.

• Bucky/Loki
• Bucky/Loki/Steve

I love seeing these three characters try to move beyond their baggage towards a healthier place, and retain of a sense of humour, despite everything. I have a pet peeve about Bucky (and Steve) saying things like “ain’t”; can they please speak as properly as they do in the films? Cursing's fine, though.

• Bucky/Loki/Steve: I like threesomes where everyone is equally into one another, even if - especially if! - the three sub-dynamics are different but complementary. You could take advantage of the various possible time periods to establish each duo separately before bringing them together (or just exposit that the sub-ships used to exist separately, and start the story at a point where they might combine?). I also like when there isn't really history and they're getting together all at the same time, like during a mission or forced proximity trope. Or skip over how/why they got together and focus on their developing poly relationship. I'm not into threesomes that 'solve' a love triangle (I don't like love triangles), or where an established couple invites a third to bed, or where the story is all about someone feeling insecure in the relationship.

• Bucky/Loki: While their stories share a few plot beats, I'm almost more fascinated by how their differences might work together. I think they would make such an entertainingly snarky, angsty and badass odd couple, with complementary skill sets and personalities, and maybe the ability to tough love each other to a better place. If you're writing just Bucky/Loki, please don't let Steve/Bucky have ever had more than platonic feelings for one another. Does Loki have to choose between his ambitions and Bucky? What does everyone else think about their relationship, or is it secret?

• Steve/Loki (as part of the OT3): I think they have things in common even though their similarities manifest in very different behaviors and outlooks. Instead of saint!Steve as woobie!Loki's (or woobie!Bucky's) emotional caretaker, I love when it's more like what I said for Bucky and Loki, kind of a give and take. Bonus points for Loki bringing out Steve's wily side.
• Steve/Bucky (as part of the OT3): I love how they've been through so much and have both changed, but remain devoted to one another. I love how they always fall back into sync, even though they still have issues to work through.

— I yearn for Bucky (and/or Steve) in Asgard or other realms, at any point and for any reason
— The Convergence left wounded Loki stranded on Earth, to be found and taken in by Bucky (and/or Steve), who's in hiding post-TWS
— Identity Porn: Does Loki not know that his crush object is the Winter Soldier (and/or Cap)? Does Bucky not know that the guy who frequents his favorite coffee shop is the villain from his superhero life? Please let them find out eventually!
— Stranded Together: In space? In an avalanche? On Lost Island? At a terrible party? On a mission gone awry? Anywhere!
— A deal or scheme or trick or dare leads to feelings? Maybe Loki cures Bucky for his own purposes and comes to like him?
— Sex pollen or something with similar effects (but not A/B/O): I like it to feel fraught in the moment (no lucid discussions of consent, please!), and then they find out later that they were both/all into it. Or you could even start after the sex and focus on the awkward aftermath/getting together that results.
— For Bucky/Loki only: Arranged marriage, undercover as a couple or marriage of convenience (but not "fake boyfriend for the holidays"). I'm into this trope for the domesticity and getting to know each other that happens during the arrangement. I don't care about the set-up; handwave away. You could even set it after the project ends and they're feeling wistful in a way that makes them want to make a move for real.
— A mix and match of: Steve and/or Bucky met Loki pre-war; Steve/Bucky in WWII; Loki with the Winter Soldier in the 70s; Loki and Thor coming to Earth together to defeat the Chitauri instead of Loki being the villain, and that's how he and Steve meet; Loki figuring out that he and Steve are looking for the same person; Steve/Bucky figure out that their old friend/crush isn't actually dead; or endless other options/variations I haven't thought of... ending in the three pairings coming together..
— And if these aren't enough prompts, I have infinitely more here (just scroll past all the general and character info)

MCU/Lost Crossovers
• Bucky/Juliet
• Bucky/Miles

This will always be my favorite show of all time. I love Lost's setting, adventures, magic/sci-fi stuff, humor, and hugs. I love how literally anything could happen, and how the characters rolled with the weirdness. I love the theme of broken people getting over their baggage via self-help and forced proximity friendships/romances. My favorite Bucky stories are ones where he's trying to move on and build a new life, and has retained a sense of humour. All of which makes him a perfect candidate (literally or figuratively) for the island!

Basically, I want Bucky in the 1970s DHARMA commune, being friends with the characters who were stuck there for three years, and/or post-series in the real world with the guys who escaped in the finale (plus Juliet, if writing Bucky/Juliet). Miles sneakily became one of my absolute faves. He's so chill and practical. He's a good person, but he's also got a cold, mercenary streak. I love how he was often the sarcastic voice of reason. I think he and Bucky would be so entertainingly dry and cool and stoically damaged together. And ♥♥Juliet♥♥. She's so caring, yet also has a cold, "get it done" streak. Her stoic suffering and badassery and deadpan snark... Love. She and Bucky would be perfect together.

For either pairing, I imagine a combination of tough love and pep talks, since all three characters have baggage. How could they (+Sawyer, Jin, and/or Richard, etc in the background) help each other? But please don't feel pressured to adhere to these characterizations or dynamics!! I honestly want any take on these pairings you want to write; I'm just spitballing here. The one thing I'll say is that I'm not really into crossovers set during characters' pre-island backstory or the earlier seasons (ex. please don't pretend Bucky was on Oceanic 815).

While I've left some premise prompts below, I don't actually care how Bucky gets to the island or meets the characters post-series. Feel free to handwave. If you're writing Juliet/Bucky, please pretend Juliet didn't die and that Juliet/Sawyer never happened; you can include background Richard/Miles or Miles/Sawyer, if you want. If you're writing Miles/Bucky, feel free to include background Sawyer/Juliet. But please pick just one of my two requested pairings; no triangles!

A few persnickety notes (sorry!) 1) Nothing set in the sideways universe, please. 2) While the afterlife is a massive nope for me, Miles's superpower and Smokey's projections are cool. 3) I have a pet peeve about Bucky (and Steve) saying things like “ain’t”; can they please speak as properly as they do in the films? Cursing's fine, though. 4) I'm not familiar with the MCU TV shows. 5) Instead of aging Lost characters up to match real life air/release dates, can you pretend Lost happened alongside the MCU movies (ex. TWS happened a few months after the Lost finale, or CW and the Oceanic 6 rescue happened around the same time, or...)?

— Bucky in the DHARMA commune, as a member of the secret time-travelers club. Experiencing some island mysteries, wearing a jumpsuit, sharing a yellow house with someone (roommates fall in love is one of my favorite tropes), getting a Sawyer nickname, maybe the Communists taught him Korean... You get the idea. What are his favorite things about the island and his new friends? And/or maybe they meet up again post-series/post-MCU canon divergence?
— Maybe the Winter Soldier was one of the mercenaries on the freighter (I mean, Lost DOES have a Hydra Island! and Widmore WAS on that council with Fury!), was the only one to survive, and he flashed to the 70s, too? You could even skip all that and start at any point after the last flash. Does the island cure him? Temporarily or permanently? Did Miles encounter him on the freighter (frozen or awake) during the voyage over, and that influences why the group takes him in?
— Maybe Hydra sent Bucky to the island in the 70s on a mission and he got stranded there?
— Maybe Bucky fell off the train and onto the island, which time-warped him to the 70s, no Winter Soldier stuff happening to him at all? Maybe he returns to the present (with or without) the others and finds Steve again?
— Instead of or in addition to the 70s, you could also write something where Bucky befriends Sawyer, Miles, Richard and/or Juliet post-finale, back in the real world (just pretend she didn't die). If he knew them before, does he recognize them? Or is he brainwashed again? Do they take the escaped Winter Soldier in and make him one of their misfit found family trying to readjust to normal life (or take him in again)?

Other Crossovers
• Frank/Edmund (David Blaize/Narnia)
• Bucky/Frank (MCU/David Blaize)
• Bucky/Diana (MCU/Wonder Woman)

General Notes:
— Narnia: The end of Narnia, train crash, and afterlife are my biggest DNWs. I'd like a Golden Age and/or 'everyone lives' AU.
— Frank Maddox: I love his cleverness, earnestness, and appreciation for everything from history to poetry and beyond. He's a fascinating blend of judgmental, whimsical, bossy, charismatic, and melancholic. I'd love a story in which Frank gets over David (and himself, to be honest), moves on, has his own adventures, and finds some happiness and self-acceptance. All that repression must leave him so sexually frustrated; can someone please help him out with that?
— Wonder Woman: I haven't seen the other DCU movies, but if you want to mention the existence of Superman and Batman, that's fine. Otherwise, I'm happy to pretend WW film is the only film. Lifespan incompatibilities depress me; maybe the serum makes you pseudo-immortal?

Frank/Edmund (David Blaize/Narnia):
I love that being redeemed and growing into a badass warrior king didn't entirely stop Edmund from being a cranky, sarcastic little shit. My biggest asks are a) for Frank to find out about the magic and b) for Frank and Edmund to be around the same age during the story (just pretend the Benson books took place later and/or send Frank to Narnia during the Golden Age). Does Edmund go to Marchester or Cambridge? Do they meet in Greece and discover ancient magic together? How does Frank discover Ed's secret and the reason why Ed doesn't think anything so terrible about m/m relationships?

Or maybe it's Frank's parents' house that Edmund burgles to get the rings, and that's how they meet and go off on adventures instead of Edmund dying. Or, if Frank goes to Narnia, what are his impressions of the place, what adventures does he have, and how do they get together? Does he find Edmund again back in our world, when they're the same age again? (I really don't care how he gets to Narnia; feel free to skip past that to focus on the ship)

Bucky/Frank (MCU/David Blaize):
Please pretend the books happened in the 30s/40s so that Frank and Bucky are the same age (but don't pretend Frank was born in the late 20th century, please). Do they meet during the war (maybe they run into Hughes, too?)? Falling in love while in captivity and being experimented on together? Does the desperation of war get them over their internalized homophobia enough to act on their feelings? Getting over their painful secret crushes on David and Steve by falling for each other (Bucky never having been attracted to Steve is just as welcome)? Frank as a Howling Commando? Bucky and Frank crushing on one another while using their combined smarts to lead a project (and eventually relieving some of that tension)?

Bucky/Diana (MCU/Wonder Woman):
I know Steve/Diana have more obvious parallels (and they'd be lovely; no knock on that pairing), but that's actually why I'm more intrigued by Bucky/Diana. I always fall for odder couples. I think they'd be charming and snarky and badass together, and could complement one another. I like that pre-WS!Bucky is driven by friendship and pragmatism, not by ideals as she is. What would they make of each other? Has being friends with someone like Steve prepared Bucky to understand and be with someone like her? Does he know she's a superhero when he starts flirting, or not? Or is she the one who goes after him? If so, why? Or is it more of a battlefield partners to lovers slow build? Maybe they meet during a mission he did without Steve?

Or maybe they meet in the future (or they meet again)? If the latter, I'm equally happy including the flashback or simply assuming the backstory and focusing the fic on the present day. What if he'd ended up in Paris with Diana after TWS, instead of CW happening? Can this previous fish out of water re-acclimate him to the modern world? Can she help him and/or clear his name? Can the lasso help the brainwashing/amnesia? Do they defeat bad guys, just the two of them? I'm also interested in what Diana is doing these days at the Louvre (and generally what she's been up to since WWI). Does she work there or was she simply doing archival research that day? About what? Does she take him to the island? Or maybe instead of TWS happening, she was part of how he got away from Hydra? Was she looking for him or did Hydra send him to try to capture her? Did they ever meet in the intervening years, while he was the Winter Solder?


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