Lilac (meatball42) wrote,

Femslash After Dark 2019 Letter

Hello, shaowy creator! Welcome to my dark letter! I hope you have as great a time creating your work as I did writing this!

If you make your work hit M/E with porn, that's cool. If you do it with violence or dark themes, that is also cool. If you would like to involve violence or dark themes in your porn, that is cool. Anything goes here!

Things I always like:
-Misunderstandings and miscommunication
-Trust issues, insecurity, a non-excessive amount of woobiefication
-Snark or banter
-Hurt/Comfort. I like emotional more than physical, but both are good
-Polyamory of pretty much any sort, with a vibranium star bonus for sedoretu.
-Happy endings
-Background characters, friendships, or pairings.
-Issuefic, especially queer issuefic. If your character has an obscure orientation/etc. and wants to explain it to their whole office, I'm here for it.
-Any inclusions of: specific recipes or dishes, marijuana, or cats.
-That random thing you've been working on but never had an excuse to finish.
-Crack or crack taken seriously.
-Structured kink. Casual kink is fine as well, but I like fics about people discussing their play, BDSM worlds, etc. I do not need for fics about kink to also include sex. Kink is great on its own, though if you want to write sex that is welcome! This is a list of kinks I like.

My favorite AUs:
-Professional workplace AUs, from a landscaping business to the UN (landscaping for the UN, hmm...). Massive bonus points if the author has RL experience in said setting
-Sports AUs are my jam, especially if the writer knows the sport and goes into detail about it <3
-Any gender-system-based worldbuildings, including ABO or D/s that's more than just kink (although just kink works fiiiiine as well)
-Pack AUs
-Animal-Human hybrid AUs
-Any kind of scent-based biology changes, canon-compliant or otherwise
-Racebending AUs are not often to be found, which is sad because they are awesome!
-Any magical realism AUs, especially those where characters are fantasy creatures; my favorite is incubus or succubus fic

Do Not Wants:
Instantaneous or inexplicably fast attraction/relationship/sex, unless you're intentionally going for PWP.
Psychological horror or psychological torture being thoroughly described in the text, character dealing with trauma is fine.
Extensive description of physical torture. I like H/C, but I prefer focus on the C rather than whump.
RPF in general, including the use of photos of actors for artworks.
Use of the words 'cum' in any context, 'broken' when referring to people (i.e. 'his broken past,' 'How can you love me when I'm so broken?'), anthropomorphizing adjectives for genitalia (i.e. 'his proud cock').

Prompts and fandoms are in no particular order:

[Avengers Academy]
Avengers Academy

Enchantress/Lady Loki, Enchantress/Wasp, Black Widow/Enchantress:
My first thought for this fandom was that the Enchantress's attraction magic does work, just... not on the guys. Whether she chooses to take advantage of this for sex or simple magic-induced slavery (or both) is up to you.

Or maybe it's not so cut and dry? Perhaps the spell induces a more insidious attraction, a slow-moving love spell. Maybe the victim is perfectly cognizant and just thinks they're developing a crush... what would they do to make Amora pay attention to them?

On the other hand, maybe Amora is very easy to manipulate due to her rather outstanding character flaws. Loki or Natasha needs something out of her. How far are they willing to go to get it?

Amora is just plain bored at this Midgardian school. She only got in to show that she could, and now there's very little to capture her interest. Oh, except for that bright-eyed young flying woman. Maybe there is a reason to be a 'hero' after all. Amora can act better than anyone, for the right reward.

[Crossover Fandom]

Crossover Fandom

Tilda Johnson (The Defenders)/Wanda Maximoff (MCU): Wanda's family was torn apart by war, and she volunteered for experiments with Hydra to destroy the man she blamed for it. Tilda grew up with a family who loved and supported her, but she knew her mother, and the more she learned, the more she wanted to get away. But she did love her mother enough to try to build a relationship, only for it to go very dark, very quickly. Now that what was keeping them anchored is gone- for Wanda, her brother and their dream of revenge, and for Tilda, her belief that she could be a healer- what's stopping them from wreaking the havok that's in their blood?
Wanda researches her roots and meets another witch just beginning to learn her power.
Like calls to like.
Part of Tilda still wants to pretend that she's never killed anyone. Part of Wanda still wants to pretend she doesn't ache to kill again. Together, they're good. For a while.
Tilda makes herself a potion and sees an incredible future.

Jeri Hogarth (The Defenders)/Wanda Maximoff (MCU): As we saw with Pam in JJ s1 and Inez in s2, Jeri is drawn to beautiful young women who have a spark, but are also vulnerable to her due to power imbalance. I kind of want to see Jeri being attracted to Wanda while she, for example, consults as a lawyer to the Avengers, and how that ends up going for her. Wanda might appreciate a strong woman to love her and support her, but she also may have issues with feeling manipulated. Plus, all of Jeri's relationships end up pretty immoral one way or another. Also, intermittent mind-reading? But Jeri is pretty good at twisting things to her advantage.

Wanda Maximoff (MCU)/Angel Salvadore (X-Men ATM): One of the reasons I like Wanda is that you can interpret her character a variety of different ways; I feelt lik the movies went for the blandest version. But Wanda volunteered for the experiments that created her powers, along with her brother. Why? Revenge? Ambition? Fear? Did she believe in Hydra's creed? And after the events of Ultron, is she angry about her brother's death? Torn apart by grief? Who does she blame? We never see that in the movies. Similarly, Angel has a whole life that never got explored. Was she kicked out by her family when her wings grew in? Or did she always have them? Did she run away to protect them? Is there anyone she left behind to go with the people she met who were like her?
"People keep dying around me." "That's why I never stay in one place too long."
The kind of power they have is isolating. It's nice to meet someone who understands.
They're Avengers, right? So they should avenge.
Maybe they were meant to be the bad guys. Or maybe they just have to start all over.

Angel Salvadore (X-Men ATM)/Ava Starr (MCU): Angel gets a bad rep for basically not wanting to die, I feel. And Ava spends most of her movie trying to not die. Both of them might have made different choices if they had been supported, or at the very least not exploited.
People who have never had nothing don't understand self-preservation.
Angel sees the girl flicker, but she doesn't think 'she's like me' until she sees how much it hurts.
They both end up at SHIELD's and/or the Avengers' secret 'training camp' for people whose powers or personalities aren't considered good enough.
SHIELD likes to pair their numbered agents up occasionally to see who's compatible. The trick is not seeming too compatible, because then you'll never see each other again.
Sometimes, it's kill or be killed. They both understand that.

Villanelle | Oksana Astankova (Killing Eve)/Sameen Shaw (Person of Interest): I have only seen the first season of Killing Eve at the moment, so my prompts are based on that, but feel free to incorporate plots or characterization from the second season, I'm sure I will finish it by the time this exchange opens.
From what I've seen so far, it seems like Oksana has developed her strong divorce from things like guilt or normal attachment through a traumatic childhood. Meanwhile, Shaw's very low level of attachment and emotions seems to be an inborn quality. If one of Villanelle's targets came up as a number, would their overlapping atypical mindsets help or hinder Shaw in stopping the assassination? What if Oksana was the number? What if someone on Team Machine were the target?
They meet undercover. Someone gets stabbed, but they both have a good time.
It definitely threatens OpSec when Shaw picks up a stalker, but other than that... Shaw can't say she minds.
The Machine decides that the team needs Oksana's skills. Oksana is willing to abide by the team's no-kill rules, as long as she gets paid... but she needs to get out the violence somewhere.

Villanelle | Oksana Astankova (Killing Eve)/Natasha Romanov (MCU): I have only seen the first season of Killing Eve at the moment, so my prompts are based on that, but feel free to incorporate plots or characterization from the second season, I'm sure I will finish it by the time this exchange opens.
Natasha sees far too many parallels between her and the new assassin who's caught the Avengers' attention. Worse that that, they see the similarities, too. Things Natasha has been keeping hidden start to show.
The one target Natasha never managed to kill turns up on the radar again.
Villanelle's new target is an Avenger. Obviously, Natasha can't let that happen, but it's going to take some creativity to dissuade Villanelle.
Villanelle agrees to help the Avengers on their mission... for a price. And it's not only money.

Patricia Walker (The Defenders)/Wanda Maximoff (MCU) Trish has so much passion for superheroing. Maybe Wanda shares that... or maybe she just knows a good opportunity when she sees one.
Trish will do whatever it takes to help people. Wanda simply... opens Trish's mind to the possibilities.
Trish thinks being a superhero means being alone in the dark. Wanda knows that's not true. You're never alone in the dark.
Trish joins the team and discovers she's not the only one who wants this, as opposed to having it thrust upon them. It makes a surprising amount of difference.
Wanda has a crush on the newest minor superhero in Manhattan long before she becomes a household name.

[Marvel Cinematic Universe]
Marvel Cinematic Universe

Wanda Maximoff/Ava Starr: So much destructive potential here. Both of these women have been through a lot- lots of science experiments, lots of loss. They see the world very differently than the people around them. They'd be very powerful together, for better or worse.
Wanda is the only person who's ever understood how much Ava wants to watch the world burn.
When their two youngest members first start getting close, the other Avengers think it's wonderful. That feeling... changes.
Wanda is learning how to use her powers to interrogate. Ava helps her do it slowly.
Ava is damaged inside. Wanda thinks her powers can help.
The more Wanda overhears Ava's dreams and thoughts, the more she feels like she's going crazy inside her own skin.
Wanda has never really trusted the Avengers, not completely. Ava has never trusted anyone. They do some investigation, and what they find could tear the whole thing down.

Brunnhilde | Valkyrie/Wanda Maximoff: Brunnhilde has a laid-back personality (aka drunk or Done with this cruel world, however your hcoose to interpret it) that I could see gelling well with a post-Ultron Wanda.
While most everyone Wanda knows is somewhat wary of her powers, Brunnhilde just wants to find out the biggest thing she can blow up with them. It's... nice.
Brunnhilde is the only one who realizes that Wanda's not only mourning a brother.
They get along because Brunnhilde doesn't look afraid when Wanda tries something new and creepy.
Brunnhilde was looking for a pick-me-up, and the sliver of a Midgardian witch is perfect.
Magic is relatively normal on Asgard. Brunnhilde doesn't know why these Midgardians aren't more appreciative of the witch who goes around blessing their rooms/countries.

Sharon Carter/Wanda Maximoff: Two underutilized, underdeveloped characters. Screw 'Steve and Sharon don't have chemistry,' maybe that's because Sharon doesn't have any fucking lines. Anyway. Let's take these informed abilities and let em play out.
Sharon is used to having a lot of eyes on her, a lot of expectations- for better or worse. She helps Wanda get used to it and focus on being who she wants to be and carving her own path.
When things with the Avengers get too tense, Wanda can always count on Agent 13 to show up with a mission.
Wanda learns sparring from someone who doesn't have superpowers, but does have kind eyes.
Because of her name and her shiny-clean record, people don't realize that Sharon is the kind of person who will charge the Winter Soldier or steal confiscated superhero costumes to get the job done. When Sharon joins the Avengers Initiative, her new teammates mostly aren't willing to look past her unsupposing smile. But Wanda has always known that nice-looking women can be the most vicious fighters.
No one who worked for SHIELD got out of it clean, even the ones who weren't Hydra. When Sharon starts working with the Avengers, she sees in Wanda the kind of grit to handle the missions she's used to, not the softball, clean-cut things the Avengers handle.

Maya Hansen/Wanda Maximoff: An interesting overlap of the two sides of human testing. Though Maya came to Tony with concerns over AIM's activity, that doesn't mean she was against all of it. There's a lot of gray morality between these two.
There's a new member of the science division at Avengers HQ, and she doesn't seem to have any friends. Wanda introduces herself and discovers they have more in common than anyone expected.
Wanda had more say in the way Hydra's experiments went than the Avengers know. She and Maya get along very well.
The Avengers seem to think that friendship will keep Wanda on the side fo the angels. She lets them think that. When she meets Maya, who's in the same situation... it's an opportunity.
What happens when you combine Extremis with the power of the Mind Stone? The world is about to find out.

Sharon Carter/Ava Starr: Two SHIELD operatives with high security clearances, around the same age and employed by SHIELD at the same time. It's quite likely they'd have met; what's less clear is how their different routes to working with SHIELD would have led them to interact. Did Ava believe in SHIELD while she worked for them, and only become soured afterwards? Or was she an unwilling participant from a young age, with study and treatment of her quantum issues held in random for her work? Did the pair work together? Was Sharon aware of Ava's history, and how she felt about SHIELD? Were they rivals?
Sharon and Ava were the first participants in a program (polarizing within the upper echelons of SHIELD) to train promising agents starting quite young.
Sharon discovers that Ava had supported Hydra in the takedown. After the fall, when Ava's SHIELD file is revealed along with all the others, she can't blame her.
Sharon was one of Ava's handlers. When the meet after SHIELD falls... are things different, or the same?
They meet up (again?) after Infinity War for... world-saving things.

Ava Starr/Janet van Dyne: Honestly I think both of them are going to have a pretty difficult time after the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp (if you ignore the Infinity War ending, which you can if you wish). Jan lived in a wasteland for 30 years? How did she survive? And now her husband is 30 years older, technology (of which she used to be on the cutting edge) is 30 years older, and she's basically been in solitary confinement for the whole time. She'd have to have massive culture shock. Meanwhile Ava's socialization has been in a quasi-military organization, and she's been living with intense pain which may or may not suddenly disappear post-canon.
Intense codependence because they each feel no one else can understand what they've been through.
The experience of transferring the quantum energy binds them together, either just because it's intimate, or in a soul-bond kind of way, or because of some sort of ~magic~ that may be fine, or may be seriously fucked up.
I'm interested in this relationship for its own sake, because there's a lot of twisted possibilities, but also because of how Jan's family and Scott and Bill migth react to this relationship. This could go from them just thinking it's nto cool, because Ava is younger than Hope, to reasonably horrified because Jan and Ava won't acknowledge that something seriously freaky is going on.
They have to have sex to pass the quantum energy along. At first, this isn't a problem. After a while...
Art prompts: Magic, bonded, vacation, flying, secret.

Brunnhilde | Valkyrie/Ava Starr: I love that both of these women have trauma in their past and the movies didn't shy away from showing it having effects on their personalities and the way they view the world. There's a lot fo nuance to each of them and I think it woul dbe cool to see them together, whether that's romantic or not.
Ava doesn't want to be a hero. Brunnhilde can relate.
They both wake up from memories of watching their loved ones die.
Ava has seen a lot of atrocities during her time with SHIELDRA, and she has a list of people who deserve to be torn apart. Brunnhilde isn't fitting in too well with modern Asgardian society. Going on a crusade sounds like a good deal.
Brunnhilde comes across a ghost-girl who's got a familiar relationship with alcohol. Maybe, for Ava's sake, she can be a hero again.
You're not supposed to get a date at an AA meeting.

Wanda Maximoff/Nebula/Ava Starr: I can see this going very dark, very fast. Or, to a place of healing, if that's your drift. Possibly the most traumatized tri in this universe, these three have abilities beyond the understanding of those around them, whether that's literal in Wanda and Ava's cases—their poweres are beyond current science— or Nebula's—people can't understand why or how she is the way she is. Together, they might tear the Earth apart, or be its greatest champions.

Wanda Maximoff/Natasha Romanoff:

Tags: category: challenge letter, challenge: other challenge, prompts: avengers, prompts: avengers academy, prompts: crossover fandom, prompts: mcu
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