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SASO Referees ([personal profile] referees) wrote in [community profile] sportsanime2017-05-28 06:52 pm
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Bonus Round 1: AUs

AUs

This round is CLOSED as of 7PM EDT on 10 June. Late comments are screened and will not receive points.


This popular round is back once again! To begin this year's SASO, we encourage you to let your mind run wild with alternate ideas and settings.


Please read this whole post before commenting to ensure that your team gets the most points possible. (There are changes from last year!)

RULES
  • Submit prompts by commenting to this post with an alternate universe idea, along with a ship from one of our nominated fandoms. There's a comment template below for your convenience.
    • Your prompt MUST include some kind of relationship. (This is not the sports anime gen olympics.) Platonic relationships are indicated by an "&" between the names (e.g., Izumi & Sakaeguchi). Non-platonic relationships use "/" (e.g., Izumi/Sakaeguchi). Please don't say "Any pairing," either!
  • An AU can be a canon divergence, e.g. "what if [character] was the Team Captain instead of the canon captain character?", or a completely different setting altogether, e.g., pop idol AU, coffee shop AU, superheroes AU, etc.
  • Fill prompts by leaving a responding comment to the prompt with your newly-created work.
  • Remember to follow the general bonus round rules, outlined here.


FORMAT
Bonus round shenanigans all happen in the comments below. Brand-new works only, please.

Required Work Minimums:
  • 400 words (prose)
  • 400px by 400px (art)
  • 14 lines (poetry)
There is no max work cap.

Format your comment in one of the following ways:

If PROMPTING:If FILLING:If FILLING as a TEAM GRANDSTAND participant:
PROMPT: TEAM [YOUR SHIP]
  • Replace [YOUR SHIP] with the name of the team you belong to. Any way you format it is fine.
  • Copy/paste/fill out the following form into your comment box. Delete the guidance text that's in parentheses. Make sure you use tags.

    Here is a BR Template Creator for your convenience if the textarea is confusing.

FILL: TEAM [YOUR SHIP], [RATING]
  • Replace [YOUR SHIP] with the name of the team you belong to. Any way you format it is fine.
  • Replace RATING with the rating of your fill (G - E)
  • Copy/paste/fill out the following form into your comment box. Delete the guidance text that's in parentheses. Make sure you use tags.

    Here is a BR Template Creator for your convenience if the textarea is confusing.

  • NSFW FILLS: Please cross-link these fills and tag them clearly. [community profile] saso_afterhours is open to all NSFW fills.
    • Written/text fills can be hosted on AO3 or [community profile] saso_afterhours ONLY.
    • Art/visual fills can be hosted anywhere; you may include a small safe-for-work thumbnail of the fill in your comment.
FILL: TEAM GRANDSTAND, [RATING]
  • Replace RATING with the rating of your fill (G - E)
  • Copy/paste/fill out the following form into your comment box. Delete the guidance text that's in parentheses. Make sure you use tags.

    Here is a BR Template Creator for your convenience if the textarea is confusing.

  • NSFW FILLS: Please cross-link these fills and tag them clearly. [community profile] saso_afterhours is open to all NSFW fills.
    • Written/text fills can be hosted on AO3 or [community profile] saso_afterhours ONLY.
    • Art/visual fills can be hosted anywhere; you may include a small safe-for-work thumbnail of the fill in your comment.


Posts not using this format will be understood to be unofficial discussion posts, regardless of what they contain. They, like all comments in this community, are subject to the code of conduct.

If you see anyone breaking the code of conduct (e.g., causing drama, being rude) anywhere (not just DW), please contact the mods immediately.


SCORING
These numbers apply to your team as a whole, not each individual teammate. Make as many prompts/fills as you want!

For prompts: 5 points each (maximum of 50 prompt points per team per round)

For fills:
First 4 fills by any member of your team: 20 points each
Fills 5-10: 15 points each
Fills 11-20: 5 points each
Fills 21-50: 2 points each
Fills 51+: 1 point each

All scored content must be created new for this round.


Etc.
If you're hunting through the prompts looking for what to fill, a good trick is to view top-level comments only (see the line of links below this post).

Have a question? Check The FAQ first. If you still need help, feel free to contact the mods. Happy fanworking!
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FILL: TEAM PRINCE OF TENNIS, T

[personal profile] fickle 2017-05-31 02:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Major Tags: None
Other Tags: sort of underage?, as in two teens together, discussion of age gap relationships
Word Count: 481 words

You don’t know how much I love Alexander the Great/Hephaestion, I WROTE A MODERN AU OF IT ONCE, I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Kept this short, I didn’t have the heart to write up to Oikawa!Alexander getting married and conquering and dying. Just teens in loves.

***

The heat of the room is sticky-humid, the fine linens of Alexander’s bed dampened with cool water to let the boys sleep in peace. Hephaestion cannot sleep for Alexander’s nearness; Alexander cannot sleep for Hephaestion’s beauty.

They linger there together, lying awake and longing.

*

“I want no erastes,” Hephaestion says, tickling Alexander’s chest with a daisy. Golden pollen smears over Alexander’s golden muscles; he is crowned by gold, even bare-headed, and the sight of Alexander always inspires Hephaestion to think thoughts most blasphemous.

(Should Apollo himself come down and ask Hephaestion to judge between himself, Eros and Alexander, Hephaestion would choose Alexander though he die for it. Eyes love-blinded cannot be dazzled by the glory of the gods.)

“Why not?” Alexander asks, stretched out on his side and watching Hephaestion fondly. “Many in my father’s court have already suggested they would be open to the honor.”

“So I have heard,” Hephaestion says, eyes on Alexander’s muscles rather than his friend’s face. “But I would have none of them.”

“They can help you rise,” Alexander cautioned but he reached out and let one hand rest on Hephaestion’s bare skin. The skin was sunwarmed, stretched thinly over developing muscle, and Alexander heard the catch of Hephaestion’s breath.

Suddenly, Hepheastion was on him, just as when they were children and play-wrestled. He leaned over Alexander and blocked out the sun, unholy and unrestrained.

“I want no favor that does not come from you,” Hephaestion murmurs and Alexander drinks the words down like the nectar of the gods.

Alexander would never be an eromenos, would never have an erastes. He was the son of a king and could never yield to another.

But to take Hephaestion, who was so close in age to him…

Hesphaestion’s tunic hem dragged against Alexander’s thighs and a rich moan spilled from Alexander’s lips. Under the sun, in his friend’s shadow, he was lost and found and remade.

*

“Would you have really wed her?” Hephaestion asks later, much later, when the elders of Alexander’s circle have been sent away and Alexander has received a proper tongue lashing from his father over the Pixodarus affair.

“No,” Alexander says bluntly, raising a goblet to his mouth and then to Hephaestion’s. “But I would have made sure of it that she did not marry my father’s bastard. He has no right to a throne, even if it is only the throne of Caria. I would not allow him to gain so much power.”

“But one day,” Hephaestion says, the wine bitter in his mouth, “You will wed.”

“Yes,” Alexander admits after a short pause, turning to press his mouth to Hephaestion’s, murmuring his words against Hephaestion’s mouth, “But I will never love any other but you.”

He brands his promise into Hephaestion’s lips with a fire-forged kiss and Hephaestion feels the truth of them settle into his very bones.
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Re: FILL: TEAM PRINCE OF TENNIS, T

[personal profile] dynamite 2017-06-01 05:03 pm (UTC)(link)
oh my god you DID THE ACTUAL THING, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR THIS GENTLEST POSSIBLE THING FOR THIS AU. suspend this moment in time for them as long as possible ;w; also related unrelated, but a friend of mine showed me am iwaoi reincarnation doujin and at one point they show them as alexander/hephaestion, and I feel so rip inside
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Re: FILL: TEAM PRINCE OF TENNIS, T

[personal profile] fickle 2017-06-01 05:19 pm (UTC)(link)
I was so mega into Alexander/Hephaestion, it was a DELIGHT to get to write them a little again if I flavored it with Oikawa and Iwaizumi too. XD And yeah, I just did not have the heart to make those babies grow up. Oikawa and Iwaizumi are teenagers. Let's let Alexander and Hepheastion be babies too.

(OH HEY. YOU'RE LIN. I'm the demon Lira keeps talking about on Twitter!)

And that sounds like an excellent doujin! Have you read Mary Renault's books on Alexander?
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Re: FILL: TEAM PRINCE OF TENNIS, T

[personal profile] dynamite 2017-06-02 04:52 pm (UTC)(link)
hi hello yes!! I hope it's ok to follow you on twt too... I've seriously been laughing so hard at all the friend shenanigans, when will hedge having to warn you about prompts ever stop being funny (never)

I haven't read those books yet, but they've been rec'd to me (nods toward dw user plumtea lol) and definitely on the To-Do list!!
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Re: FILL: TEAM PRINCE OF TENNIS, T

[personal profile] fickle 2017-06-02 03:25 am (UTC)(link)

THANKS FOR REASSURING ME YOU CAN SEE OIKAWA AND IWAIZUMI IN IT. I was a little worried because really, Oikawa and Iwaizumi bicker SO MUCH but I can't see Hephaestion being so disrespectful as to call Alexander shitty or anything, so when he argues with Oikawa as Hephaestion, it's more "i only want your favor" and "I subtly disapprove of the idea of you marrying the Princess of Caria" and less "you are a stupid shitty king".

They are just so smitten and forever and I want to hold to those golden movements of love.

(HELLO. :D I did not think so many of us liked sports too!)

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Re: FILL: TEAM PRINCE OF TENNIS, T

[personal profile] plumtea 2017-06-02 04:01 am (UTC)(link)
Understandable! Although to be fair, back in their times, Hephaestion probably couldn't get away with it, at least not without being heavily reprimanded (by everyone who isn't Alexander). Perhaps when they're older, I could see Iwa coming to the foreground more with bickering (in private)? Master of the subtle harsh insult Hephaestion-Iwa, maybe.
YES let them be happy, this little snapshot in their youth before everything happens is just- argh, I want this to last for longer!
(I didn't expect it either, but here we all are! Also I saw you mention the Renault books to Lin and mmmMMMMM)
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Re: FILL: TEAM PRINCE OF TENNIS, T

[personal profile] fickle 2017-06-02 04:15 am (UTC)(link)

Yeah, exactly! Alexander was a REAL prince, after all, as opposed to just a Grand King. But I could totally see their private bickering being both super adorable and super serious because Hephaestion won't let Alexander make the wrong decisions, prince or no prince.

I LOVE MARY RENAULT. I don't know where I got a copy of The Charioteer from but I was absolutely HOOKED. And then I read her Alexander stuff and was all ...yes please this is great. Charioteer is still my favorite though. She has such a knack for writing lines that stick in your head.

The description of Ralph as having the bleak courage of the self-disciplined neurotic just stuck with me forever. I want to write like that. Things that resonate and ring true and stay with you long after you've closed the book.

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Re: FILL: TEAM PRINCE OF TENNIS, T

[personal profile] plumtea 2017-06-02 05:12 am (UTC)(link)
Considering how Hephaestion was Alexander's confidant and also took no bs, I totally agree! He'd definitely know when and how to put his foot down. The parallels to Iwaoi just kill me.
She really has a way with words, and shows love so genuinely? Especially how it builds up over time, and I adore it so much? Unfortunately, I haven't read the Charioteer, just the Alexander trilogy, but I will definitely put it on my reading list!