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Fic Battle Entry - FIRE AWAY



Authors:
apartment303, ayadec, bottecellie, brittaforthewin, butterbadger, _carly_, colonialburn, crittab, curlydots, firthgal, fluffyfrolicker, hematitebadger, htbthomas, krilymcc, lextersdab, malo_malo, ogwriter, palgrave_golden, piesek, rosepetal9, rowboatcop, supercapo, telm_393, virtual_toast


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.

GOOD LUCK, ALL!

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. :)

Comments

cherrycoloured
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Good Omens crossover- On a trip to London (most likely to see where IS is filmed), Abed ends up in Aziraphale's bookshop.
rosepetal9
Jun. 16th, 2012 07:40 am (UTC)
FILL: Errata (Good Omens crossover, Abed in Aziraphale's bookshop; prompted by cherrycoloured) 1/2
Buggre Alle this for a Larke. I amme sick to mye Hart of typesettinge. Master Biltonn is no Gentlemann, and Master Scagges noe more than a tighte fisted Southwarke Knobbesticke. I telle you, onne a daye laike this Ennyone with half an oz. of Sense shoulde bee oute in the Sunneshain, ane nott Stucke here alle the livelong daie inn this mowldey olde By-Our-Lady Workeshoppe. @*Ǣ@;!*

Abed blinked once, then read the verse again. Surely that couldn't be right.

He had passed by the nondescript bookshop twice before he got the chance to venture inside (the first time nothing could distract him from getting to Day One of the first ever official Inspector Spacetime convention, and the second was during the ill-fated search for Mexican food anywhere in London— there weren't any, at least as far as he and Troy could tell). It had caught his eye precisely because of how unremarkable it was, as if every brick of it had been laid, every stroke of paint had been brushed with the sole intent of saying Oh, don't mind me, keep moving along, nothing remotely interesting to see here.

It was, in short, fascinating.

Therefore, when the convention hit a comfortable lull and Troy was busy attending a panel with Devlin Fauntleroy, legendary fight choreographer and designer of Constable Reggie's zero-gravity martial arts, Abed made a point to go back and give the dusty little shop a thorough looking-over. He knew that, logically, the chances of wandering into an ancient-looking bookshop and finding a book of magic, or a kindly, somewhat eccentric mentor, or a portal to another world were quite slim, but if it were ever going to happen, London would be the city, and by the looks of it, this would be the shop.

He noticed distantly as he entered that, just as the exterior had seemingly been designed to be ignored, the interior was incessantly unpleasant and formidable, from the damp smell rising from the floorboards to the flickering lights and murky shadows obscuring most of the books on the shelves. It was scrupulously clean, and despite the gloom he could tell that all the books were in excellent condition, but the fact remained that anyone else would feel out-of place and likely make a quick exit to find more hospitable browsing elsewhere. This naturally only piqued Abed's interest.

Once actually inside, however, he found himself rather bored. Most bookstores, regardless of size, had some sort of organization, whereas everything Abed had seen so far suggested that every book in the shop was either a vaguely religious text or a boys' adventure manual. With a shrug, he had selected one off a shelf of old-looking Bibles and gently paged through it, thinking perhaps it might be an interesting translation or have illuminated pages Shirley might enjoy, or maybe some extra-awesome gory Medieval art Troy would find awesome...

Instead, he found himself trying to comprehend the page in front of him, the most blatant breaking of the Fourth Wall he had ever heard of in the history of the printed word. And in the Bible, of all things.
rosepetal9
Jun. 16th, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
FILL: Errata (Good Omens crossover, Abed in Aziraphale's bookshop; prompted by cherrycoloured) 2/2
“Ahem,” came a light, clear voice from behind him, and Abed looked up to see a round-faced blond man peering at him from behind the shop counter. He looked genial enough, smiling benignly as he stirred a mug of tea, but something behind his eyes, something very old and very powerful, made Abed go cold, and while those eyes never once flicked to the Bible in Abed's hands, it was overwhelmingly clear that his gaze meant the book was Not For Touching.

Abed closed the book with a snap, and the power behind the man's eyes relaxed a little. He looked Abed up and down, bowler hat to bathrobe.

“Here we are, I think” said the man, reaching his hand underneath the counter and pulling out a shiny new Inspector Spacetime Annual. He held it out for Abed to take, easing the Bible out of his hands in trade. Abed stared at the man with his own piercing gaze. He stared long and hard, and in that extended moment, he made a decision about what he had just seen. Mainly, that Life in general would go a lot more smoothly if this particular oddity were not his to prod.

“Cool,” he said with a nod, handing over some money. “Coolcoolcool.”

Later, when he realized the man gave him twice as much in change as he'd paid, Abed would blame unfamiliarity with the pound. Really, he was more distracted by the fact that the Annual he'd purchased was not to be published for another six months.
cherrycoloured
Jun. 16th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: FILL: Errata (Good Omens crossover, Abed in Aziraphale's bookshop; prompted by cherrycoloured) 2
This is so good! You captured the feel of Good Omens really well, how this is strange without being outlandish and huge. The characterizations of Abed and Aziraphale are perfect. Thank you so much for this :3
rosepetal9
Jun. 16th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Re: FILL: Errata (Good Omens crossover, Abed in Aziraphale's bookshop; prompted by cherrycoloured) 2
My pleasure; thank you for such a fun prompt to kick off this challenge!
musesfool
Nov. 21st, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
Re: FILL: Errata (Good Omens crossover, Abed in Aziraphale's bookshop; prompted by cherrycoloured) 2
Oh, lovely.

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