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rufus ([personal profile] badass_tiger) wrote2017-01-01 09:52 am
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Dear Chocolate Box creator

Thank you so much for looking into making something for me, I really appreciate it! Though I will get lengthy about my love for these pairings and tropes, please don't feel restricted by my prompts. These are just to inspire, and as long as you adhere to my DNWs, I'm sure I'll love what you create! (Also I'm afraid this is pretty cut-and-paste from past letters, I've run out of words by now ^^;)

General likes:
  • Fluff
  • Hurt/comfort (nothing too dramatic though)
  • Shenanigans
  • AUs (not crossovers)
  • Catalysts
  • Formal/sophisticated speech patterns
  • Fleshed out relationships/slow burn
  • Age differences (10 years is the least gap I'd consider an age difference)
  • Older characters (late-20s youngest, senior characters highly recommended!)
  • Older English settings, Wodehouse-an or something, but I'm good with mid-to-late Georgian-era too

DNWs:
  • Angst and sad tropes
  • Anything that requires a warning on ao3
  • Psychological tropes (including identity angst)
  • E rating on ao3
  • Crack
  • M-preg
  • Genderbending
  • Other ships
  • Graphics


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Discworld - Terry Pratchett

Rufus Drumknott/Havelock Vetinari

Ah yes, my loves, now and forever. I love Vetinari, always so cool, so detached and clever, with that hidden sentimentality inside of him. He probably doesn't need to have someone to take care of him, but I think he would find Drumknott caring for him useful all the same. And who else could care for him but his secretary, the man just as cool and calm, and knows him so well? Drumknott is so unquestionably loyal, what does it mean when that turns into love? Vetinari either cares for Drumknott or cares for keeping him by his side, what is it like when that turns into love?

Prompts: For fanfiction, I would adore some introspection into Vetinari's feelings for Drumknott. He probably never meant to get so close to anyone, so smack him over the head with the realisation, or let it creep up on him, I just love to see any interpretations of that realisation! Alternatively, show his plan of action after he realises his own feelings. I like the idea of him being honest with Drumknott instead of manipulating the situation to seduce Drumknott, but as long as you don't make it weird or creepy (mind the power/age gap!), then I'll be happy to see it. I also love AUs, as silly or as serious as you like them - coffee shop, boarding school, office, whatever - just no crossovers, please.

For fanart, visual representations of any AUs would be great! Other than that, I'm not a very visual person, so I'd be okay with seeing any interesting scenarios you might come up with. I headcanon Drumknott as having loose curls of reddish-brown hair, the red part because of his name, and the curly part because it symbolises purity of character to me. I've never seen fanart of Drumknott that conformed to my headcanon so it'd be cool to see that for once!

DNWs: Vetinari/Vimes, and power play - a little angst about what their relationship means to each other or mention/discussion of this aspect of their relationship is fine, but nothing where Vetinari takes advantage of Drumknott, please.

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Ace Attorney

Apollo Justice/Nahyuta Sahdmadhi

These two are my NaruMitsu! Apollo Justice has been my favourite character from the moment I met him (despite my initial misgivings about AJ), and honestly I'm so happy he finally has a friend who is not from the agency ... who is still alive. SoJ was horrible to these two. Please fix them up for me.

Prompts: I would prefer post-SoJ fic than anything during their childhood. I would love a fic where they become extra close after SoJ, confiding their troubles and comforting each other, especially after the events of SoJ, and falling in love through that. I know there are Klapollo fics where Klavier is jealous of Nahyuta, so how about a Nahyupollo fic where Nahyuta becomes jealous of Klavier as a catalyst to their relationship?

As mentioned above, I'm not a visual person so I really have no idea about art prompts, I'm afraid. Apollo is just so handsome and Nahyuta is so beautiful, so I would love to see any art of them at all.

DNWs: I don't view this couple as incest [insert a child psychologist's rant about childhood development of sexuality, normal person's rant about how Apollo wasn't even adopted, fan's rant about how the artbook says they're childhood friends, etc.] so I would like to stay away from that angle as much as possible.

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The Chronicles of Chrestomanci

Christopher Chant/Millie

I absolutely adore the relationship these two have. They're not a very expressive couple, but there can be no doubt of how strong their bond is. I am highly amused by the fact that Christopher is so vain and so handsome, he was probably the object of admiration of a lot of girls, but Millie came into his life so early that he most probably never even noticed. I love their relationship at all stages, whether it be when they've first started living in Chrestomanci Castle together, around the time of Conrad's Fate, or even during Cat's time, when they have a family and have already done so much together.

Prompts: I know there are quite a few lovely fics where they get together, but I honestly can never get enough of them! I'd also love fics where they realise their feelings for each other. Is it just the most natural thing in the world to them or would they be surprised? What would their honeymoon be like? How would they make it special to themselves? I don't mind case fic either, as long as the emphasis on their relationship remains!

DNWs: Don't have anything in particular for these two apart from my general DNWs!

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Original Work

Male Boss/Male Secretary

This is such a huge fetish of mine, it's mad. Call a man something vaguely resembling secretary/assistant, I will immediately sit up and pay attention. I just love how traditional it would be to have a male secretary who is highly intelligent and acts more as confidante and advisor than mere letter-writer or calendar-keeper. Loyalty turning into affection for the secretary, and needing someone professionally turning into needing someone personally for the boss, the potential for angst about not wanting to ruin a professional relationship ... There are a lot of ways you could take this, just make sure to choose one with a happy ending and I'll be hooked! I am also very fond of meek and gentle secretaries - not doormats, but a quiet and shy personality that hides a great deal of intelligence and skill. I'd love it if it turned out that the boss was the less experienced in relationships, he adheres to the secretary more when in an intimate setting, or basically, the secretary is the 'dominant' one in the relationship.

Prompts: I have previously created a list of potential boss/assistant AUs here, which you could use as inspiration! Alternatively, the secretary defends or saves the boss in a really unexpected way, or maybe it's just the boss who's been underestimating his gentle, unassuming secretary all along and this leads to one or both realising their feelings for each other. Maybe the boss is an emotionally detached character who, after some incident occurs, realises he's come to care for/depend on his secretary a lot more than he's ever cared for anyone. Relationship angst because neither wants to risk ruining the perfect working relationship? Maybe they both know their feelings for each other, they share a room when they travel, they subtly flirt all the time, but they don't think they can be together until some incident convinces them to just go for it?

DNWs: Just as with my inspiration for this kink, please no power play, the boss taking advantage of the secretary or anything like that. No need to baby either party and make sure they're okay with every single kiss, but just keep the relationship healthy and I'll be happy. I'm also not a huge fan of too much witty banter, although I'm all for friendly banter.

Male Prince/Male Prince

I enjoy fairy tales, I love the romanticism attached to royalty, and there are a lot of fun things you can do with a couple of princes! I won't say much here, there's a very wide scope for you to play with, so have fun! For this ship in particular, the prompts are very optional, so feel free to do something else if a good idea strikes you.

Prompts: Arranged marriage between the two princes! They could be betrothed at a young age and have lots of time to warm up to each other, or they could be betrothed as adults and only have a few months or weeks. This is one type of ship in particular where I love age difference. Perhaps one initially doesn't like his betrothed while the other is secretly smitten with his future husband? Maybe they try to completely ignore each other for most of their lives until something makes one or both realise how glad they actually are to marry each other?

DNWs: As stated in my general DNWs, I'm not interested in identity angst, so no 'We can't be together because we're both men' angst which seems to be so prevalent in this type of stuff, please.

Older person/Person

I have a big thing for age difference, but I love older people of the same age falling in love too, hence the slight ambiguity. In Bachelors Anonymous, the #1 member of BA falls in love with a widow and Wodehouse remarks that because Trout never fell in love before, all the passion he should have spent in parts during his youth came overflowing out of him when he met his lady, and I adore that concept. I do prefer m/m, but I accept m/f as long as the male is the older character, if you go the age difference route.

Prompts: I really love it if it's the first time the older person has fallen in love (or even if it's the first time in a really long time), making them feel really passionately, even if they don't show it. Maybe spontaneous asking out/marriage proposal like in BA if they are the same age, or if there is an age gap, quietly dealing with their own feelings because they think they’re too old until the younger asks them out, or just surprising the younger person with their romanticism because the older person is usually stoic or detached.

Actually, one thing I kind of ship is Lady Constance and Baxter from Blandings. Yes, shame me. But I love their close friendship and Lady Constance's admiration for Baxter despite their age difference. So a friends-to-lovers type of thing would be cool too, and if you are familiar with their friendship, a m/f pairing where the female is the older like with them would be acceptable to me!

DNWs: Just keep it the standard healthy relationship-type thing and I'm all good!

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Akemi Homura & Kaname Madoka

Puella Magi is one of the most exquisitely crafted pieces of art I have ever seen. I love Puella Magi for its artistic and narrative value ... and also for the nightmare fuel. In that vein, I love Rebellion for showing just how messed up this relationship became, and I adore the boldness of the narrative for going so far. I would love fics that focus on that messed up quality. I do like the headcanon that Homura has developed antisocial personality disorder from her obsession with Madoka. Careful handling is required in exploring this headcanon though, but I am a psychologist and I would be delighted if you managed to pull it off.

Prompts: What measures did Homura ever take to protect Madoka in the timelines where she tried to stop Madoka from becoming a magical girl? I would like going down the deep dark route, but I would adore it even more if you keep it just on this side of acceptable. Madoka really wasn't expecting Homura to go full yandere on her in Rebellion, and she was wholly accepting of everything Homura ever did to protect her when she became the Law of Cycles. Homura doing something that is understandable, but still questionable, and pointing to her growing antisocialness for Madoka's sake, would be amazing!

For post-Rebellion, I wholly embrace the headcanon that Homura is doing everything to make Madoka dependent on her. Making Madoka the transfer student so that she would have to rely on someone to show her the ropes is wonderfully disturbing. So Homura doing little things to make Madoka more and more reliant on her would be really interesting to see. Or maybe Homura battling against Madoka's unconscious struggles to break into the Law of Cycles again? Desperately doing anything to distract Madoka from that and make her stay?

Art of any of these things would be brilliant too!

DNWs: This is an & tag so I would prefer to stay away from anything romantic or sexual, and while I do think they had a good, healthy relationship at one point, they clearly don't anymore and I like them that way the best (oops, my problematic side is showing). Making Homura slightly creepy and a little too into Madoka's space post-Rebellion is all good, but anything farther than that I'd prefer to not see.

Kaname Madoka & Kriemhild Gretchen

The witches are, without a doubt, my favourite thing about Puella Magi. I love surrealist art, and witches and witch barriers are gorgeous - the symbolism in everything just gets to me. Kriemhild Gretchen is my favourite witch and I would so love to see her barrier and familiars!

Prompts: I love this picture of Kriemhild Gretchen's barrier, and I'd really love to see more of it! The chairs in Madoka are symbolic of individual lives, and as the witch of salvation, Kriemhild Gretchen's barrier would naturally be filled with all these lives she's imagined she's saved. Her centre and familiar are gorgeously symbolic and I would so love a picture of these things inside her barrier! Alternately, I also love fanart pieces of Madoka and Kriemhild Gretchen like this one. A redrawing of the scene at the end of the anime when Madokami destroys her own grief seed, perhaps?

DNWs: I'm not too into fanart that depicts Kriemhild Gretchen as just a darker version of Madoka. She is an eldritch abomination, and that is how I love her. I'd also prefer not to see too much gore. Bodies ripped apart, Mami's half-digested remains falling out Charlotte, and blood spilling out Elsa Maria are all tasteful enough to me, but I'd rather stay away from getting any more explicit than that.

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