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Fic Battle Entry - FIRE AWAY

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The first shot has been fired - the Fic Battle will now begin! Full rules and guidelines here (please note the sign-up addition and the last prompt deadline edit), but the quick version is here:

1) Author A replies to this entry with their writing preferences (from here) to start their thread. Minor changes are allowed to preferences, if needed.
2) Prompter 1 replies to Author A's thread with a prompt
3) Author A fills said prompt with at least 300 words of fic and posts it in a reply to Prompter 1's comment.
4) Author A moves on to Prompter 2.
5) Prompter 1 may now give Author A another prompt if they so choose, continuing on until prompts close on Thursday, June 21st at 10am EST (7am PST).
6) Authors have until Thursday, June 21st at 12pm EST (9am PST) to post their fills.

The author with the MOST fills will be the Winner! Any author who fills EVERY prompt they receive will be a Survivor!

A few additional notes:
** The length of the battle is for two reasons: A) varying free time for writing (a work-a-day writer or a weekender), and B) varying writing speeds (a tortoise or a hare).
** As the battle goes on, try to spread your prompts among the authors. If you see an author who has completed all their prompts and there's plenty of time to the end of the battle, help them out!
** No ideas for prompts? Use resources like unfilled prompts at various comment fic memes and fests (even other fandoms which could be adapted), or random story idea generators.
** Anonymous comments are screened for the duration of the battle. Please prompt logged in.

Questions? See the first comment thread below.


CEASE FIRE! The battle is now over! No fills posted past 12:00pm EST will count toward the final totals. Masterpost with winners, survivors and breakdown will go up by tomorrow at noon.

Authors may continue to fill their prompts, just for fun, if they wish! And prompters, please continue to feedback. :)


Jun. 17th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: blithers, Jeff and Britta actually get married during Shirley and Andre's ceremony. More bickeri
Jeff laughs, a helpless-sounding chuckle. “You’re obviously the greatest thing since sliced bread. I never would have married you otherwise.”

That wrings a bark of laughter from Britta despite herself. “Face it, I got the short end of the stick out of this marriage. You still use paper checks and there are takeout containers in your fridge that are older than girls you’ve dated.”

He puts his hands to his heart, still laughing. “Low blow, Britta, low blow. You don’t see me making fun of you for smelling like patchouli.”

“It’s not patchouli, it’s neroli, sheesh. Get it straight.”

He sighs, catching his breath, looking at her for a moment that stretches out enough to make her nervous for some nebulous reason. It feels like forever since he’s looked at her like that: his blue eyes dark and serious. Sometimes she would wake to him looking at her like that, the morning light bouncing green off her bedroom walls, Jeff wrapped up in her blankets, as handsome and inscrutable as an underwear model.

“I still use paper checks because I love writing them out,” he says finally, slowly. “Writing out all the numbers. Because we had nothing when I was growing up, you know? Not even two food stamps to rub together to stay warm. There was so much stuff I wanted that I could never have.”

“I know what that’s like,” Britta says, looking away from him. Fireflies are sparking in the courtyard grass and a cab is slowly making its way toward them, the driver obviously taking his time in order to fully appreciate the handiwork of this semester’s Hedge Artistry 101 class. “When I was little we had to burn our food stamps to stay warm.”

He grins, standing up and straightening his tie. “What did you eat, then? Oh wait, your parents are hippies, you probably were breastfed until you were in middle school.”

“Kindergarten,” she clarifies, taking the hand he offers and letting him pull her to her feet as the cab arrives in front of the library.

Jeff shakes his head, opening the cab door and gesturing her in. As he slides in beside her she catches him still grinning in the moment before the dome light winks out.

The driver rolls down the partition. “Where to?”

“Her place first, it’s closer,” Jeff says, and rattles off her address. Britta curls up against the cold leather seat, and when Jeff slumps backwards, eyes shut, she impulsively pushes her feet into his lap. She feels him tense beneath her, and wonders about that in a scattered fashion, nerves frayed by this entire fiasco of an evening.

“I hope Shirley and Andre make it,” Britta says finally, as the headlights of passing cars zebra-stripe the cab’s interior.

“Me too.”

“I hope we make it,” she says, without knowing that’s what she was going to say.

His eyes open. “What do you mean?”

“I mean, I hope we will always be friends. That we will always be able to talk like this.”

“Oh.” His eyes close again. He waves a hand and then rests it on one of her ankles, rubbing it absently. “Once our divorce goes through we’ll totally go back to being BFFs.”

Britta catches the driver’s eye in the rearview mirror, and his expression—totally baffled, but smiling—makes her laugh all the way home.
Jun. 17th, 2012 06:18 am (UTC)
Re: blithers, Jeff and Britta actually get married during Shirley and Andre's ceremony. More bickeri
<3 <3 <3!

I love how easy and touch-y they are with each other while they're arguing - it's so old married couple. Just perfect! Oh gosh, I love it. :D

Thank you!
Jun. 18th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
Re: blithers, Jeff and Britta actually get married during Shirley and Andre's ceremony. More bickeri
Thank you so much!
Jun. 18th, 2012 08:19 am (UTC)
Re: blithers, Jeff and Britta actually get married during Shirley and Andre's ceremony. More bickeri
This gave me a serious grin. The only thing better than Jeff and Britta being best friends is Jeff and Britta sniping at each other, and this is both. Love it.
Jun. 18th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Re: blithers, Jeff and Britta actually get married during Shirley and Andre's ceremony. More bickeri
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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