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FIC: Normal [Monsters] (2/3)

Pairing: Emma / Regina
Fandom: Once Upon A Time
Rating: Overall, NC-17/Explicit. (This part R for coarse language and violence.)
Summary: This is a Swan Queen-focused re-write / re-imaging of the 4x07 - 4x09 arc because, as much as I loved Gay Elsa, bringing Emma back to herself and in control of her magic should have been done by Regina. Plenty of Swan-Mills Family feels abound.
Spoilers: 4x07 - The Snow Queen, 4x08-09 Smash The Mirror Parts 1&2.

A/N: I am leaving town in a few hours, and the sexy stuff needs an extra re-work, so I thought I'd put this part up now to tide you over. I'll get the finale up from the road as soon as I hit wi-fi again :) Thoughts and quotes in italics.

Disclaimer: I don't own Regina or Emma or any of the OUAT characters. This makes me very, very sad.
Archiving: Yes to P & P and I will also post to AO3. Anywhere else just drop me a line: syrensoul (at) g mail (dot) com.
~ Always open to concrit and very grateful for feedback. ~

Part 1 is HERE


NORMAL [Monsters]
by
Syrensoul_Red
*****

6. [ Without you, I ached ]

Regina returned to consciousness disoriented and in pain. She had no idea how much time had passed. Emma and the bug were gone. She was pretty sure her knee needed strapping, so she hobbled slowly back to the Merc and tentatively drove herself into town.Collapse )
*****
End Part 2

Part 3 is on its way, wi-fi gods willing

FIC: Normal [Monsters] (1/3)

Pairing: Emma / Regina
Fandom: Once Upon A Time
Rating: Overall, NC-17/Explicit. (This part PG(13) for coarse language and violence.)
Summary: This is a Swan Queen-focused re-write / re-imaging of the 4x07 - 4x09 arc because, as much as I loved Gay Elsa, bringing Emma back to herself and in control of her magic should have been done by Regina. Plenty of Swan-Mills Family feels abound, as well as a little Hood / Hook bashing. So enjoy!
Spoilers: 4x07 - The Snow Queen, 4x08-09 Smash The Mirror Parts 1&2.

A/N: Yes, I am aware it has been sooooo long since I last wrote. Shall talk about that later? For now, I hope this apologises nicely. Thoughts and quotes in italics.

Disclaimer: I don't own Regina or Emma or any of the OUAT characters. This makes me very, very sad.
Archiving: Yes to P & P and I will also post to AO3. Anywhere else just drop me a line: syrensoul (at) g mail (dot) com.

~ Always open to concrit and very grateful for feedback. ~

NORMAL [Monsters]
by
Syrensoul_Red
*****

The glancing blow of a dying star; uncontrolled magic crackled and tore through Emma’s palms. She shook one hand until the bones of her wrist ached but she could not drive it out. The weathered plastic of the steering wheel cracked beneath her grip and she felt the nip of metal.Collapse )

*****

End of Part 1.

PART 2 IS NOW UP!

A State Of Grace (9/?)

A STATE OF GRACE 9
SyrenSoul_Red

Pairing: Gabrielle/Xena (Classic)
Fandom: Xena: Warrior Princess
Rating: This part PG(13) for coarse language and violence. Overall, NC-18.
Summary: Set about a year-and-a-half post-finale. Gabrielle is back in Greece after her time in Egypt. She's headed to Thebes to watch Sappho perform. Xena, as always, is at her heels. A guest appearance is made. Hijinks ensue. This is NOT a ghost story.
Spoliers: In particular, Many Happy Returns, One Against An Army (best ep ever), Legacy and A Friend in Need I & II, but this is post-FIN so everything is up for grabs.

A/N: Um... Surprise! So it's been a little while, huh? I guess... I guess I got a little distracted with... things. Life and such. And every time I tried to get back here, well - things just seemed a little off. Perhaps some of you write, and know sometimes it takes a bit to get into the right frame of mind to do this. Or at least, to do it well enough that you'd want anyone else to read it. Anyway, that's all guff and fodder, because - I'm back. And, I have an update for you, with more on the way. I hope it was worth the wait...
Thoughts and quotes in italics.

Disclaimer: I don't own Xena or Gabrielle, which is why they are neither rumpled nor moist on your TV screen.
Archiving: Yes to P & P. Anywhere else just drop me a line: syrensoul (at) g mail (dot) com.
POV: Perving over Gabby's shoulder.

~ Always open to concrit and very grateful for feedback. ~

Dedicated to sr_m_grammatica .

Part I is here.
Part II is here.
Part IIIa is here.
Part IIIb is here.
Part IV is here.
Part V is here.
Part VIa is here.
Part VIb is here.
Part VII is here.
Part VIII is here.

*****

Sweat pooled in the hollows of her body - shoulders, hip bones and throat...Collapse )

SG-1 Sam/Vala Beta needed - character only

Well, we're two weeks out from the Epic Proportions challenge deadline and I'm struggling a little to finish in time.

I need a character beta!

Because a part of ralst rules declare I cannot post until it's appeared on P&P, I've been writing blind. Grammar etc - I have it covered. But I'd love someone to take a gander at what I've done from a character perspective. I'm looking for voice and believability, mainly, so if you've seen Season 10 (the final season) of SG-1 and have a pretty good grasp of Sam Carter and Vala Mal Doran (and wouldn't we all like to have a good grasp of these ladies) please let me know.

I need a quick turn around - someone who can read 10,000 words in a day or so with pro and con notes, though than don't have to be too detail-heavy.

Another 10,000+ words will be to you before March 28, so please keep this in mind.

Reply below, and thanks in advance.

Whoop whoop - yup, I'm still writing.

Oh, and when I'm done, we will return to our regularly scheduled XENA programming :)

xx

A State Of Grace – An Author’s Update

To those of you who have not yet abandoned my Live Journal, let me first of all say “Thank You”, and secondly, “I’m Sorry”. Many of you have sent me emails, messages and some of you have even located my Blog to find out where I had gone, which is overwhelmingly lovely. It also hopefully let some of you know I was both alive and, mostly, kicking.

For the rest of you, let me get you up-to-date.

About a month ago, I quit my job and, in a position of deciding what next to do with my career, I took my cats and set out on a fantastical adventure with a small tribe of gypsies. While they were a delightful and cunning people, their nomadic existence made it difficult to tap into the interwebz.

We gained most of our income by way of busking, and after a long day spent strumming my banjo while little Ava danced for coins, my fingers were often too raw to write the pages and updates I would then have had to attach to our lone, sickly carrier pigeon, in hope some compassionate soul would find my notes, follow my enclosed instructions and update my live journal.

Are any of you buying this?

Actually, the part about the job is quite true. Every cycle has its end, and I had come to mine. I set out to reconnect with family I had been sorely neglecting while being completely absorbed in my career. Few of them had internet access, and it was also important for me to surface in the air of the real world for just a while. Sometimes you need a little of the love only family knows how to give.

For those of you here who are authors, I don’t know how your writing process goes, but I always try to be completely honest and open on the page, because if I’m not feeling it, then my characters aren’t feeling it. And if they’re not, how could I expect any of you to feel anything at all? Writing ASOG has required a sustained period of submergence in some fairly rough emotions, and with all of the real-life goings on, I was feeling quite raw and exhausted.

Now, I’m feeling better. I have returned home from my sojourn and will have my internets reconnected shortly. Have no fear, ASOG will return soon.

Thank you all for your patience and every little snippet of support – It has kept me both grounded and grateful for all of you.

Love (and leather),

Syren x
I'm doing a series over on my blog, about awesomesauce lesbian web shows and I though y'all might like to take a look. Independent, femslash-tastic and rife with possibility for crack fic, these web-based shows give the stuff on tv a real run around. Parts one and two are linked below - hope you enjoy as much as I do. Venice: The Series will be up soon.

How web-based shows will change your view of mainstream media.
PART 1: Do We Really Have To Stop Now?
 
PART 2: Despe
rately Seeking Simone

A State of Grace (8/?)

A STATE OF GRACE 8
SyrenSoul_Red

Pairing: Gabrielle/Xena (Classic)
Fandom: Xena: Warrior Princess
Rating: This part M(15+) for coarse language and violence. Overall, NC-18.
Summary: Set about a year-and-a-half post-finale. Gabrielle is back in Greece after her time in Egypt. She's headed to Thebes to watch Sappho perform. Xena, as always, is at her heels. A guest appearance is made. This is NOT a ghost story.
Spoliers: In particular, Many Happy Returns, One Against An Army (best ep ever) and A Friend in Need I & II, but this is post-FIN so everything is up for grabs.

A/N: I... This week has left me quite speechless. I can't believe the amount of positive feedback I have received - it has just knocked me on my ass. So I want to take a moment to thank you all - those of you who comment every time I post (You are the foundations that keep me here); the people who took a chance on me this week (and made it clear they thought it paid off); and the stack of emails I received, anonymously or otherwise (and even a few BNFs - gah!) - really, you have all rendered me speechless. But the fingers are still working, so here's an extended update to prove my gratitude. Last part of the FLASHBACK; thoughts and quotes in italics.

Disclaimer: I don't own Xena or Gabrielle, which is why they are neither rumpled nor moist on your TV screen.
Archiving: Yes to P&P. Anywhere else just drop me a line: syrensoul (at) g mail (dot) com.
POV: Perving over Gabby's shoulder.

~ Always open to concrit and very grateful for feedback. ~

Dedicated to sr_m_grammatica .

Part I is here.
Part II is here.
Part IIIa is here.
Part IIIb is here.
Part IV is here.
Part V is here.
Part VIa is here.
Part VIb is here.
Part VII is here.

Madness had kissed her brow when Xena did.Collapse )

A State of Grace (7/?)

A STATE OF GRACE 7
SyrenSoul_Red

Pairing: Gabrielle/Xena (Classic)
Fandom: Xena: Warrior Princess
Rating: This part M(15+) for coarse language and violence. Overall, NC-18.
Summary: Set about a year-and-a-half post-finale. Gabrielle is back in Greece after her time in Egypt. She's headed to Thebes to watch Sappho perform. Xena, as always, is at her heels. A guest appearance is made. This is NOT a ghost story.
Spoliers: In particular, Many Happy Returns and A Friend in Need I & II, but this is post-FIN so everything is up for grabs.

A/N: We are still in the world of the FLASHBACK. (Again, I avoided using italics for this entire section due to worry of neck-kinkage, but thoughts are still in italics.) We're in the middle of a bumpy ride, folks. Once upon a time…

Disclaimer: I don't own Xena or Gabrielle, which is why they are neither rumpled nor moist on your TV screen.
Archiving: Yes to P&P. Anywhere else just drop me a line: syrensoul (at) g mail (dot) com.
POV: Perving over Gabby's shoulder.

~ Always open to concrit and very grateful for feedback. ~

Dedicated to sr_m_grammatica .

It was the strangest feeling - Though she had woken up alone every day since Xena had died, always there had been this sense of... not. Not alone.Collapse )

A State Of Grace (6b/?)

A STATE OF GRACE 6b
SyrenSoul_Red

Pairing: Gabrielle/Xena (Classic)
Fandom: Xena: Warrior Princess
Rating: This part M(15+) for coarse language and violence. Overall, NC-18.
Summary: Set about a year-and-a-half post-finale. Gabrielle is back in Greece after her time in Egypt. She's headed to Thebes to watch Sappho perform. Xena, as always, is at her heels. A guest appearance is made. This is NOT a ghost story.
Spoliers: In particular, Many Happy Returns and A Friend in Need I & II, but this is post-FIN so everything is up for grabs.

A/N: THIS ENTIRE PART IS A FLASHBACK. (I was going to do the whole thing in italics, but it made my neck hurt with constant tipping. However, thoughts are still in italics.) Please brace yourselves - we're in for a bumpy ride. Once upon a time…

Disclaimer: I don't own Xena or Gabrielle, which is why they are neither rumpled nor moist on your TV screen.
Archiving: Yes to P&P. Anywhere else just drop me a line: syrensoul (at) g mail (dot) com.
POV: Perving over Gabby's shoulder.

~ Always open to concrit and very grateful for feedback. ~

Dedicated to sr_m_grammatica .

The serpent of the khamaseen raised its windy head, crawled over her body with sibilant suffocation, forced sand into her clothes, her nostrils, her mouth.Collapse )

A State Of Grace (6a/?)

A STATE OF GRACE 6a
SyrenSoul_Red

Pairing: Gabrielle/Xena (Classic)
Fandom: Xena: Warrior Princess
Rating: This part PG-13. Overall, NC-18.
Summary: Set about a year-and-a-half post-finale. It's not a ghost story.
Spoliers: In particular, Many Happy Returns and A Friend in Need I & II, but this is post-FIN so everything is up for grabs.

A/N:
I would like to get a little personal here if you'll let me. A lot of you have commented that this fic is the first you've read in a long time, and the first that has really grabbed you, and that you don't know why. I hope - in this chapter in particular - that this will become clear. People (outside of fandom) don't get how intrinsically tied with Xena a lot of us became, (perhaps because the relationship they shared and the openness of it flooded into our loungerooms each week *meant* something to us.) and that it mattered. And a lot of us felt many things when it ended (hurt) - not just becasue had ended, but the way it ended. This show allowed more fan interaction than any other I have been hooked on. We were invited in. It's finale was a bit of a slap. That's why I'm doing what I do. I hope that it... helps, maybe. It helps me. But hey, enough of that - It's all about the characters, right? Lines in italics are thoughts or episode quotes.

Disclaimer: I don't own Xena or Gabrielle, which is why they are neither rumpled nor moist on your TV screen.
Archiving: Yes to P&P. Anywhere else just drop me a line: syrensoul (at) g mail (dot) com.
POV: Perving over Gabby's shoulder.

Always open to concrit and very grateful for feedback.

Dedicated to sr_m_grammatica .

And just like that, I am alone again.Collapse )