Lilac (meatball42) wrote,
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Black is Beautiful 2021 Letter

Hello fellow fan!

Great to see you here for this wonderful exchange. I've offered up prompts and/or vibes for all the ships and characters I've requested, but if you get a brilliant idea that's not here then please go for it! Have a great time :)



General likes:
H/c, found family, polyamory, happy endings, fluff, friendship.
AUs: Mundane, sports, workplace, pack (with or without werewolviness), magic, creature (especially incubi/succubi).
Anything about scents, whether that's ABO-style scent-marking, more general scents on peoples' clothes or when near their skin, or the scents of things in the standard environment, like nature or food or fabrics.
I'd love to read the thing you've been working on but haven't had an excuse to finish.
Opt-ins: Background relationships, infidelity, first or second person POVs, A/B/O that isn't just a sex scene, identity headcanons (especially asexuality and polyamory), issue!fic.


General prompts:
Characters going to the gym or exercising (or talking about or referencing such)
Characters buying, creating, or exchanging gifts
Characters cooking or planning meals, characters smoking or drinking
Someone taking care of their partner after a long day, a battle, or another physically or mentally stressful event: getting their favorite food, a massage, renewing ice packs, changing bandages, putting on music or scents they like
Spending downtime together: a shared hobby, just laying around not getting out of bed, getting groceries
Love languages
Misunderstandings
Previous relationships (platonic or otherwise) being relevant to the characters
Cultural exchange- languages, food, music, holidays, Important Stuff, unimportant stuff, anything :)



Art likes:
Gonna just try on this section, apologies if it doesn't work or doesn't make sense.
I like it when art uses a color pallette and puts it on the side? I really like sky-like palettes, like blue-yellow-grays, or earth-like pallettes like red-brown-dark green.
For solo requests I'm totally down with an action pose or something of a character looking cool or heroic, or similarly just of them being comofy and happy, or doing something they find fun.
I don't go for wallpapers but I don't have anything as a lockscreen at the moment so if you like doing that sort of thing I'm totally here for it.
I'd love to see a new style you're working on that maybe you haven't mastered yet, or just whatever kind of materials/style you have the most fun working with.
Any sort of words or symbols in art is cool with me- speech bubbles or floaty things or sound effects are all awesome.
I don't super like manips that use images of actors when they're not being their characters, unless they still *look* like they're in-character.
I'm very down for AUs in art- if you want to, for example, create Hardison and Gus as teammates on a competitive chess squad I would cry with joy.



DNWs:
A broad DNW on anything related to suicide, from a character contemplating suicide or having ideation, to jokes like 'I'd rather die than...'
Chronic conditions or illnesses.
Significant inclusion of characters over 60. In contexts/universes with beyond-human-lifespan characters, please use your best judgement.
Themes of mourning for a dead person.
Firefights, guns beyond what is baseline necessary for realism in the canon.
Head or eye trauma, with the exception of concussions.
Use of the word 'broken' when referring to people (i.e. 'broken by his experiences,' 'just as broken as me').
Anthropomorphizing adjectives for genitalia (i.e. 'proud cock,' 'needy hole')
Use of the spelling 'cum.' It is fine to use 'come.'
Apocalypses or dystopias.
Mafia or mob AUs.


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Fandoms and ships are not listed in any particular order.


[Mens Hockey RPF]

Men’s Hockey RPF

Fandom note: In general for hockey fics, I tend to assume that RL romantic partners and children are ignored. My prompts won't include these people, but if you want to write fic that includes these people either as individuals or as a concept for whatever reason, I don't have a problem with that.

Hockey-specific DNW: Please no tentacle-dick ELC AU for people I'm requesting who are actually on their ELCs currently or in the near future.

Hockey likes:
I like that hockey has a lot of magic or creatures AUs, so if you're looking for something a bit off from the standard universe those would be great. I'm also a fan of more hockey-specific AUs like hockey gods or kneeling verse. I also like AUs that involve the team as an in-group of some sort. Those include team soulbonds, werewolves, anything with a strong focus on group hierarchy, basically anything that has team members looking to each other for socializing and support. Some of my favorite things about hockey fics are those that focus on the idea of bonds between teammates, how the specific set-up of a hockey careers can lead both to strong relationships with people, places, and organizations, and to sudden changes in circumstance.


Group: Zayde Wisdom & or / Any Flyer: Zayde is so super cute, here look at some pictures (and also a childhood photo bc it's so sweet). He's also such a hard worker and clearly has a lot going on upstairs, here read an article about him. I already love him and I would love to read fic about him training up with the Flyers, or something with a time skip as he gets to know the team. He was at the training camp this year and played in the televised scrimmage so he was there!! It's canon. I'd like to read anything shippy or friendshippy with anyone on the current team, especially TK and NoPat. I'd also love to read any of the common hockey AUs (see my hockey likes below) from the perspective of someone just coming into the league!

For current context, Zayde is going to be playing with the Phantoms in the AHL in PA until junior hockey starts up again, and technically can get called up to the taxi squad or the NHL (though the Flyers would have to be pretty darn injured for that to happen).

Zayde is also good friends with Wayne Simmonds, requested below, so I'd love to see him included as well. If the fic goes into the future and they end up playing against each other that would be amazing to read xD

Because Zayde is A Youth I'm not looking for fics with lots of involved sex. M-rated or fade-to-black would be the highest I'd prefer for a shipfic but if you prefer to write explicit please keep it, like, vanilla? Sorry I know that's not the best guidance but I won't be super criticial on it. If you're writing future fic I'd feel more chill about it.


Pierre-Olivier Joseph: A young defender on the Penguins who has just been called up due to our spate of injuries and is getting lots of minutes and looks really good! And is actually interesting to listen to in interviews unlike 75% of the league. Since he is very new, I don't know much about him but I look forward to learning more while our defense remains injured long-term he's playing on the big team, and am already interested enough to enjoy fic. I'd love to see something related to his first NHL assist, which he has made as of this writing, or his first NHL goal, which he has not. Maybe something about the team trying to keep up traditions for call-ups and rookies during a socially-distanced season. It would also be cool to see some bonding with other French-Canadians on the team!


Group: Marc-Andre Fleury/Ryan Reaves: Two funny, friendly guys who I think just missed each other? on the Pens and now are together on the GKnights! I don't watch much in the West, so I haven't seen anything of the two of them together, but I'm assuming this ship was nominated for a reason and I want to know!! What it is!! I feel like these two teaming up for pranks would be Excellent, like direst cruelty, but I'd also love to read anything about that first Cup run, or anything in last season or the current season, or future seasons. Also something where big mean guy on the ice is soft for his goalie would be :))


Wayne Simmonds: As a Penguins fan, I wasn't planning on requesting Simmer, but then I saw this picture and now I just want fic of him getting duly worshipped by the youth on the Leafs. Shippy or explicit or platonic and fluffy, up to you. Other Leafs can be included too but I'm here for fluffy camaraderie in that case.
If you're pretending him signing with the Leafs didn't happen, I get that xD I'd like to read something shippy, pairing is up to you, or something from my hockey likes (see above) or general likes. Happy ending, please!
If you just came here for Simmer prompts he's also good friends with Zayde Wisdom, see above, so that would make for excellent fic as well! Friendship/mentorship :)))



[Nailed It!]
Nailed It!

Fandom note: Although this is considered an RPF fandom on AO3, I prefer to approach it as a fourth-wall-secure show about people who make a TV show. For one thing, the way Nicole acts toward Wes would probably be sexual harassment if it weren't scripted. But also, I like the characters they play during the episodes and would prefer that characterization to any non-Nailed It! characterization of, say, Nicole Byer in her personal life or on another role.

Group: Nicole Byer/Wes: I love Nicole and Wes. She is so thirsty, and he seems to have a good sense of humor about it, and about the silly things he has to wear every episode. I also loved the one Holiday DIY episode where Wes wasn't there and Nicole was distraught and started calling the other guy 'Wes Two'.
Some prompts:
Their relationship is a secret... technically
A guest judge starts flirting with Nicole
Food poisoning!
Wes brings one of his costumes home after work
Anything about their hair
Something about how Wes doesn't talk on the show at all??
One of them tries to apply the cooking skills they've learned from working on the show, for better or worse
Anything fluffy or funny you can think of!



[MCU]
MCU
Group: Ava Starr/Shuri: Two very different upbringings! Shuri grew up with everything she could want, protected at the center of her country. Ava grew up as an agent of SHIELD, wracked with pain every day, her only protection herself and a single father-figure scientist. Can they find any middle ground at all? Where do their dreams, goals, desires differ?
When she looks at Shuri- happy family, friends, her talents supported- Ava sees everything that she could have had if her father's project hadn't gone awry. It makes her angry, it makes her envious, it makes her... covet.
The royal family of Wakanda has a secret project: finding all of the country's children spread out across the world and inviting them back. They don't want to make the same mistake twice. Shuri refuses to let one of her new citizens live in pain. They work together to find a cure for Ava's quantum issues.
A brand new member of the Dora Milaje under Wakanda's new immigration scheme, Ava wants nothing more than to protect the innocence she sees in Shuri; the innocence she never got to have.
On her first (extremely classified) mission outside of Wakanda, Shuri meets a young woman who none of her technology can understand.


Group: James "Rhodey" Rhodes/Nebula: I loved that these two were put together in Endgame. I think there are a lot of different facets to be explored between them. Nebula has a bloody and traumatic history, but she has recently been on a path toward a different kind of life: one involving close relationships, a new understadning of the universe, and healthy ways of living and looking at things. Rhodey has been career Air Force, but in just the last few years (before Endgame) superheros have appeared, he became an Avenger, and his life turned around. Aliens are new, too. And then, he had a life-changing injury while working as a superhero and had to adjust to a body that worked very differently from how he was used to, and then Stark tech got involved. I would like to see something set after the events of Endgame (though you can change them as much as you'd like, it's the setup and dynamics I like), involving these two building on the camaraderie or friendship that were built in that movie. If you wanted to write gen for this pair, I honestly wouldn't mind, it's their journeys and their dynamics that I'm the most interested in.
Some prompts:
Rhodey is the new leader of the Avengers, and they could use a member/consultant/contact who knows about the wide variety of species and cultue that they may soon meet. Rhodey gets to be the one to make pitch to Nebula. Yay?
Bonding over Tony's death.
The bracers Tony made for Rhodey are in dire need of repair, but no one, not even Rhodey himself, can make sense of the methods Tony used to build them. To Nebula, all of this Terran stuff is child's play.
After all the shit that's gone down, it's really nice to have someone else willing to just race you through the sky.
It's Rhodey's job to make Nebula ready to go in front of cameras as the newest member of the Avengers. He's got his work cut out for him.
Or anything you can think of! Honestly ignore the prompts if you're not feeling them If you offered this ship, write the story/create the art you were thinking of!


Group: 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.
Neither thought it was possible, but they help each other heal.



[Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)]
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Aaron Davis and Group: Aaron Davis & Miles Morales (ItSV): Aaron was a really interesting character to me. I think a lot of us had that cool older relative or family friend growing up who we admired, and maybe age altered our perspective of them. I would like to read a fic where Aaron didn't die. Maybe he wasn't working as Prowler, or he specifically wasn't working for Fisk. How would his relationship with Miles change as Miles grew up? How would Aaron's perspective on his work change if he had close family again? I also have a little headcanon that Aaron and Jefferson worked together before Miles was born. What does Aaron think about the paths he and his brother took, especially as they relate to each of them having a family? I think it would be cool to see Aaron having his own family, and how that would change him.
Alternately, I'd like to read a fic where Fisk's shot didn't kill Aaron. Would he be convicted for his work as Prowler? Does he have connections that would get him out of it? Maybe he would end up on the run? How would any of these scenarios affect his relationships with his family?



Miles Morales: Miles was such a loveable protag, especially when those particular aspects of him being a young teenager came out, like being uncertain about approaching girls, missing going to school with his friends, not wanting other kids he knows to see him being driven to school by his dad, or hugging his dad at the end in his Spidey suit. I would love to read something about him growing up and the changes he goes through in perspective and maturity. Outsider POV would also be cool for this, or one or both of his parents. I'd also be interested in reading about how his relationship with them changes, as it already was in the movie, including or not including the specific issues with him being Spider-Man. I would also love to read something about Miles being LGBT and having to do even more work on his identity and how he relates to his parents or other people, especially when he's already somewhat isolated as Spider-Man.
If you want to write something shippy, I like Miles with Gwen (maybe give it a few years after canon) or an OC. I think a relationship between Miles and Gwen would have some fun elements to balance; not just their work as the respective Spideys of their universes, but also their respective baggage and the secrets they'd been keeping from those around them. If he and Gwen do try to date, there have to be difficulties dating someone from another dimension, even socially: "I have a girlfriend." "Oh yeah, where is she then?" "She lives in... Canada." I also definitely think their traumas would be something they would be bonding over, but also something they'd have to work not to let isolate them.



[Crossover Fandom]
Crossover Fandom
Group: Alec Hardison (Leverage) & Burton "Gus" Guster (Psych): This could not be anything but entertaining. Hardison and Gus are both nerds, but in sort of different ways. Howeverm I could see them having a great time sharing Chinese food and orange soda, or going out to a nice restaurant, or meeting at a convention of some sort and having long involved conversations/arguments.
The questions:
How do they know each other? I would somehow love it if they met at college, but I am really open to anything, please.
How often do they talk? Hardison's job seems like it could occasionally get int he way of sustained contact.
How much about what Hardison does does Gus know? I feel like Gus wouldn't be super comofrtable being friends with a thief, even a computer thief, but a Robin Hood? Ic ould see that. Howeve if you want to prove me wrong go ahead!
Do they ever help each other out on cases/targets? Gus has lots of undercover experience xD and specific knowledge of certain things, and probably access to the kinds of places the Leverage crew may need to get to once in a while. Hardison obviously has access to all sorts of things, if Gus ever were to ask for assistance. I feel like he could aso score prime tickets to things Gus might want to go to, probably the most important skill for a computer-savvy friend to have xD


Group: Martha Jones (Doctor Who 2005) & Shuri (MCU): Oh wow, oh wow! Okay bias here because they're both just so smart and pretty, so right off the bat I'm sure I'll like anything created for this pair, but okay down to business.
I would love to see Martha find allies during the Year That Never Was either by passing by/through Wakanda herself, or sheltering there, or getting help while she's elsewhere in the world. Would Wakanda have been active outside of their borders? Or would they have hunkered down and protected themselves? Does Shuri or Martha have opinions about the politics?
I would love to see part of Shuri's exploration outside of Wakanda post-movie involve her meeting people from organizations watching the skies in oother countries. Maybe Martha is still with UNIT, or maybe she meets Shuri through some more secretive methods? Or perhaps they run smack into each other in the middle of a situation!
Really anything you come up with for these two would be amazing, they're both so smart and spirited and composed, I love them :))) The nomination is & but feel free to ship if you like!


Group: James "Rhodey" Rhodes (MCU) & Miles Morales (ItSv): Spider-Man was the only hero mentioned in the movie, but there are a variety of villains, so you have to assume there are other good guys, too. Maybe they just hang out in Manhattan.
But! I want Rhodey to show up in Brooklyn. Maybe the Avengers do a cursory meet-and-greet with every new smalltime hero, just to establish a relationship? Does Rhodey figure out how young Miles is? Or does the fake deep voice work on him? xD Does Rhodey try and follow Miles home or figure out who he is, or does a hero's respect for privacy win out? How far does that go if Rhodey thinks Miles might be in danger?
Or maybe Rhodey is in Brooklyn for a battle, and they have to work together? Or there's an all-hand-on-deck situation in Manhattan and Spider-Man has to come help out the Avengers. What do they look like in this verse? Go wild xD
Or maybe they meet in their civilian identites. Perhaps Rhodey comes to give a presentation to Miles' fancy new school, or there's a field trip to a science event.
Really I'm up for anything where these two get to interact! Very down for any comics inspiration you want to bring for Rhodey as well.



[Luke Cage (TV)]
Luke Cage (TV)
Group: Comanche/Shades: Ho-ly crap. This ship, oh my god. So much history, so many emotions, so much tension and drama and love and heartbreak! I would like to see something where Comanche lives a little longer and they have to wrestle with the changes in ther relationship that have occured and try to find a way to be around each other. Would Shades have to come to return Comanche's feelings, or realize that he already shared them? Would Comanche hae become bitter or angry? Could they have settled back into the patterns of lifelong friends? How long would that last?

I would love to see something set during their time in prison, or in an AU pocket of time afterwards where they were both out but still had to lay low together. Or maybe Comanche gets out before Shades starts seeing Mariah. Would Comanche have been more forward in his pursuit if Shades weren't already in a relationship/business partnership with a mob boss?

I'm also open to some sort of dual relationsip, whether that's Shades cheating on Mariah with Comanche or them having an agreement for him to have someone on the side. I would love to see an AU where being bi is normal and Comanche can openly play against Mariah- all of their scenes together were loaded and so much fun to watch. I think they're probably both too possessive to go for an equal split of Shades, but if you want to write something along those lines I'll eat it up with a spoon.


Group: Mariah Dillard/Shades: I really loved this pairing on the show. The dynamic of two 'bad guys' who seem to sincerely care for each other, but also might have conflicting goals, is very cool. I liked how Mariah was the boss, and Shades deferred to her on that level, but personally they were equals and did a lot of manipulating each other just because they could each see what the other was doing and respected them for it. It was something I've never seen before. If you write during the show, or go canon divergent, or embrace the S2 ending, I'll enjoy it regardless.
Some prompt ideas, please don't feel constrained to these:
Either of them suspects that their partner is cheating
Going out on lunch dates
Shades prides himself on being a gentleman. Outside of the spotlight, Mariah doesn't have much use for being a lady.
They're from different generations, but some things are universal
Someone cooking a romantic dinner
Planning for retirement


Tilda Johnson (Luke Cage TV): I loved Tilda so much that by the time I finishe season 2 I forgot that she hadn't been in season 1. I'll love reading anything about what you imagine her journey was like before she came back to Harlem, like her distant relationship with Mariah and her warmer relationship with her adoptive family, or how she came to be an herbalist. I'm requesting her individually because I'd love to read anything about her inner world or background or her future that you're interested in writing. I love her relationships with Bushmaster and her mother in the show- how would these affect her in the future? If Tilda had chilren some time in the future, what would she be like as a mother?

In the comics, Tilda is the villain Nightshade. Is that her future in this universe? Or might she go in a different direction? I'd also love to read crossovers with any character you're interested in, especially those who live in shades of gray themselves- the ones I think of immediately are Black Cat, Ava Starr, Black Widow, but really anyone. It doesn't have to be contained to Marvel, either, I just love Tilda and will enjoy reading about whoever you have her meet or know.


Group: Mariah Dillard & Tilda Johnson: Tilda's relationship with Mariah was so beautifully written on the show, loving but also wary and fraught and dangerous. The ending, my lord! How was Tilda feeling when she made that choice?? How did she plan it, why did she choose that method? How did it affect her afterwards, and how did she cope with it? Did it change her, or was she already changed? I'd also love to read an AU, where Mariah went to prison- or didn't! Or had a long, drawn-out prosecution. How does their relationship change? Does it grow sour? Does Tilda become more sympathetic to her mother as time goes on? Does she help her escape?


Group: Tilda Johnson & or / John McIver: I was surprised that these two had so much chemistry! I love that Tilda's willingness to listen to Bushmaster's
story and believe it without question won her a lot of respect. I'd love to read something where Bushmaster came to some sort of truce with Luke and stuck around, or where Tilda left New York behind and opened up another storefront elsewhere. Or maybe she just visits Jamaica to study the local herblore.
Tilda's kind of magic isn't what John is used to, and he's fascinated. But he's more fascinated by her.
Tilda is used to seeing people fight and take revenge and kill each other. She's not used to seeing someone voluntarily lay down their arms.
Kindred spirits.
Tilda could always have been a killer; she just needed the right push. Now that she's aware of it, she wants more. John has a list.
Power corrupts.
Tags: category: challenge letter, category: other stuff, challenge: other challenge, prompts: avengers, prompts: doctor who, prompts: hockey rpf, prompts: mcu, prompts: spiderverse, prompts: the defenders
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