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Two more Star Wars fics

Here are my last two Chocolate Box stories. For the past two years, I've really struggled to write anything short. Everything I write turns into some 10,000 word epic even when I don't mean for it to. It was a nice break to actually manage to write a couple small treats.

Title: A Human Resource Problem
Rating: Teen
Characters: Leia Organa, Kylo Ren
Summary: Kylo Ren captures General Organa. It does not turn out as planned.

Title: Useful
Rating: Teen
Characters: Leia, Han, Luke
Summary: Leia tries to figure out how to fit in on the Falcon.
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Game of Thrones Fic: The Oath Breaker Keeps His Word

This is the second longish story I wrote for Chocolate Box, and my first in a new fandom since 2015. I'd forgotten how nerve racking it is to try and get the character voices right, but also how much fun it is to explore a whole new world. Unusual friendships are one of my favorite things to write about, and I had a good time figuring out how Jaime and Arya could find common ground.

Title: The Oath Breaker Keeps His Word
Characters: Jaime Lannister, Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth, Sansa Stark, Jon Snow, Bran Stark, Lyanna Mormont
Rating: Teen
Summary: After arriving at Winterfell without an army, Jaime Lannister sets out on yet another mission doomed to certain failure: befriending Arya Stark.
Word Count: 6000
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Star Wars Fic: Squad Goals

In news that will surprise no one, my first post-TLJ fic is a little long! In hindsight, Chocolate Box is not the place to debut an 11,000 word story, and I'm kinda sad that not many people read it. On the other hand, my recip *loved* it, and I am very happy with it, so no actual regrets.

Title: Squad Goals
Characters & Pairings: Leia Organa, Poe Dameron, Rey, Finn, Rose Tico, Kaydel Co Connix, background Poe/Kaydel
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 11K
Summary:
"We should take the general on a mission," Rose said. "One that's useful and not fatal."

“We have those?” Finn asked.

“Probably not fatal if well-executed,” Rose amended.

The surviving members of the Resistance decide the best way to help Leia is to take her on a recruiting mission to Rose's home world.
spock: logic is sexy

Friday Five: Flying

1. Where did you go the last time you took an airplane ride?
Chicago

2. Are you a nervous flyer or a comfortable flyer?
I get very nervous about missing flights, but I'm pretty comfortable on the flight itself

3. Window seat or aisle seat?
Window, always. Looking out the window is entertaining, and I can't sleep unless I can rest my head against something.

4. What is the worst experience you've had flying?
It used to be the Air Uzbekistan plane that said CHOP HERE WITH CRASH AXE on the outside, but this summer the Air Moldova flight that attempted to take off without fuel in the tank topped it. If you're wondering what happens when you try to start a jet engine with no gas, it makes a terrible gagging noise much like your car does, except louder and scarier. The pilot tries a few times, the engine screams a few times, and then a flight attendant says "nobody panic but please take off your seatbelts in case evacuation is necessary." Then you look out the window and see a lot of emergency vehicles. The flight attendants never update you, but suddenly they start passing out drinks and cookies. Then you look outside and all the emergency vehicles have gone and a fuel tanker has appeared, and you can make a logical inference that the problem with your plane was that they forgot to fuel it.

5. What is the best experience you've had flying?
Probably any Middle Eastern airline. The food is lovely, and the customer service is so nice. Royal Air Qatar paid for me to have a transit visa and a stay in a lovely hotel when I had an overnight layover.
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Finished Star Trek: Discovery

Still 100% in love. It is not a story about a happy family of admirable people sailing into space and having wholly noble adventures. It is a story about kind of dysfunctional people doing questionable things and slowly earning one another's trust while figuring out how to be noble(ish). If what you loved about Star Trek was unrelenting optimism and clear ethical messages, you will probably not like this show. If -- like me -- you loved the setting and idea of Star Trek but felt like everything was just a little too perfect, you will probably love this show. Also, if you would like to see a smart black lady in charge of lots of things and receiving respect from her peers while driving the action of her universe, you will fucking love this show.

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Star Trek Fic: Rule 69 (McCoy/Uhura)

A long, long time ago, I knew how to write stories that were, oh, about 3,000 words long. That time has passed. This summer, when I was filled with Star Trek nostalgia, I saw a lovely McCoy/Uhura prompt at rarepair fest and thought I would write a small treat. 9,000 words and four months later, here we are... I'm a little frustrated that it took me so long, but I'm excited that I finally got to do justice to my favorite Star Trek rare pair.

Title:Rule 69
Rating: Teen
Characters & Pairings: McCoy/Uhura, Gaila, Sulu
Summary: When Nyota agreed to let Gaila set her up on a blind date, she never imagined it would be with Dr. McCoy -- and she definitely never imagined that she would end up liking him.
Word count: 9,000
Notes: Set in an AU where Spock and Uhura amicably chose to part ways after Into the Darkness
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Chocolate Box Letter

Hello and thank you so much for writing for me! If we matched, it's because we have a lot in common, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you write. Please rest assured that I genuinely want everything I requested, and I'll be happy to receive anything we matched on. I left lots of prompts because I find such letters helpful; please feel free to alter, combine, or ignore them as you see fit.

Where shipping is considered, I'm very flexible. I like the whole spectrum from UST to getting together to established relationships or just friends with benefits. Write whatever rating suits you, because I enjoy explicit and non-explicit stories equally well. That said, I'm a pretty vanilla fangirl, so nothing kinkier than a little fun with handcuffs please.

Do not want
1. Love triangles
2. Children who do not exist in canon
3. Anything kinkier than a little fun with handcuffs
4. Rape, noncon, dubcon, or incest
5. Alternate setting AU's such as coffee shops, high schools, etc. Canon divergent AU's welcome!

Do want
1 Lots of banter and snark
2. Having an adventure together, such as a mission or a case
3. Resolving a problem or miscommunication in a relationship
4. Five things fics for any scenario
5. Friends to lovers
6. Character A isn't one to admit that they're hurting or that they need help, but Character B figures it out anyway. (Variation: Character A doesn't usually admit they're hurting, but Character B is the one person they trust enough to ask for help.)
7. Women taking the lead in asking a guy out, admitting to feelings, or initiating sex
8. Characters being attracted to one another's competence
9. Character A has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day and Character B makes it better
10. Characters trapped in a confined space together and having interesting conversations, finally owning up to their feelings, making out, and/or working together to escape (no claustrophobia in this scenario please)

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STAR WARS

HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT.

You guys, I have a new favorite Star Wars movie.

Okay, so being slightly more rational: I think it is possible this is a love-it-or-hate-it experience. The Last Jedi feels very 2017, for lack of a better word. It's like a fresh new remix of an old song you loved, and maybe you will like the remix, but maybe you will not. The humor is a little drier, the story line is a little darker, and this isn't a movie where everything works out perfectly for the heroes just because they are the good guys. It is also not as linear as the other movies - there are lots of different stories unfolding in lots of different locations, something which I loved and my husband did not.

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Star Wars Fic: Flesh of My Flesh

Even though life has been awfully busy, I managed to write a couple treats for Trick or Treat. This one was actually meant to be a gift for EveryWoman, but I didn't finish it on time. [personal profile] acequeenking asked for a story about Vader finding Leia when she was young, and I was completely smitten with the possibilities for both cuteness and evil. Although I really, really loved the way it came out, I wasn't expecting too many people to want to read it, but I was pleasantly surprised!

Title: Flesh of My Flesh
Rating: Teen
Characters: Leia Organa, Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin
Summary: Leia was not adopted. She was stolen in the middle of the night and registered to House Organa with forged papers. This was kidnapping, a class one felony, and her parents could be executed -- unless she returned voluntarily to her rightful father. Immediately. A man called Grand Moff Tarkin explained this to Leia when she was eleven years old.
Word Count: 3600