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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!
yrindor: Head shot of Fuji Shuusuke with his eyes open (Fuji)

FILL: Team Imaizumi Shunsuke/Kinjou Shingo, T

[personal profile] yrindor 2017-06-09 04:17 am (UTC)(link)
Major Tags: character death
Other Tags: supernatural elements (ghosts)
Word Count: 1056

Sorry.

***

Kinjou is four when he learns that his father is terrified of ghosts. It's late in the fall, and all of his friends have been talking about what they want to be for Halloween.

"I want to be a ghost," Kinjou tells Kaidou over dinner.

Kaidou turns paler than one. "No," he says, his voice little more than a whisper.

"Why not?" Kinjou asks.

"No," Kaidou repeats, and he's shaking so badly Kinjou drops the subject, even though it's unlike his father not to give him an explanation for his decisions. Then again, its also unlike his father to be afraid. He's not scared of thunderstorms, or of the dark, or even of the big dog on the corner. Kinjou can't think of anything his father is afraid of.

Kinjou pays more attention after that and starts collecting more data. His father doesn't particularly care for the supernatural, but when Kinjou gets into a new action series with his friends, Kaidou buys him the vampires and werewolves and zombies that go with it. It's just ghosts that he refuses to touch, and Kinjou doesn't ask again.

Sometimes Kinjou thinks he hears Kaidou speaking to someone late at night, but when he's peeked into the room on the pretense of a trip to the bathroom, Kaidou has always been alone. Kinjou thinks he sees a weird haze in the corners sometimes too, but after Kaidou gives him an environmental analysis kit for his birthday, he records every metric he can think of and finds nothing out of the ordinary. He concludes it must just be the way the light refracts through the old glass in the windows.

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Kinjou is thirteen when he sees his dad for the first time. He's telling Kaidou about how he's thinking of joining the cycling club, and when he looks up again, there's an apparition hovering over Kaidou's shoulder.

He blinks and rubs his eyes a few times, but the spectre doesn't fade. Kinjou recognizes him from all of the photos Kaidou has shown him.

"Father," Kinjou says slowly, "I don't mean to alarm you, but…" He looks over Kaidou's shoulder. Kaidou's gaze follows.

Kaidou pales. "You can see him?"

"Just now, for the first time."

"Shingo, meet your dad," Kaidou says, choking on the words.

Kinjou learns that night that ghosts can cry too.

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Kinjou learns that he's inherited his love of data and spreadsheets from his dad, and he agrees to help him with his research. They're trying to come up with a theory on the visibility of non-corporeal beings to humans. They hypothesize that the ability to see Inui is somehow tied to relation so him, since the delivery people and utility repair workers never seem bothered by the ghost hovering over their shoulders.

They think they have a solid working theory, but then Kinjou invites Makishima over to work on a problem set partway through their first year of high school.

"Um, Kinjou," Makishima says casually as soon as he steps inside, "did you know your house is haunted?"

Kinjou sighs. Somehow, he's not really surprised at all, even if it means he and Inui are going to have to rework their entire theory.

"Makishima, meet my dad. Dad, this is my teammate, Makishima Yuusuke."

"Nice to meet you," Makishima says, as if meeting the ghost of a classmate's parent is a completely normal occurrence.

After Makishima leaves, Inui and Kinjou review their notes and decide that their current project is too difficult to test rigorously within existing parameters. The put it on holds and shift their focus to something that doesn't rely so heavily on outside observers.

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"I've been waiting for you," Inui writes in his notebook when Kinjou comes home for a weekend during college. "I've looked over all of your notes, and they agree with the data I've collected. A sample size of one isn't enough for definitive conclusions, but contrary to popular superstition, our data suggest that the presence of a ghost has no influence on the temperature or relative humidity of a space. I'd like to investigate the nature of incorporeal beings more thoroughly. Namely, whether the wave-particle duality of light applies. I've started working out some experiments we can use to test it that I could use your help to refine and run."

"Of course," Kinjou says, and Inui opens to another page of his notebook; it's filled with tightly packed equations and diagrams that glow faintly.

It's the glow that they're currently studying. Inui can observe the material world, but he can't interact with it directly. No cold spots where he's standing, no sound waves propagating through the air if he speaks, but he can write, and he can be seen by a certain subset of people. They want to understand what determines what can and can't be observed about him.

They spend the weekend refining their experimental design, and the next several years running experiment after experiment until they think they're finally beginning to understand how it all works. Inui's hypothesis centers around quantum entanglement; Kinjou decides he's going to need to finish his doctorate in physics before he can understand the finer points of Inui's hypothesis.

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Kinjou is twenty-seven the last time he sees Inui. He's finished his dissertation and is marrying Makishima. Inui is at the ceremony, and it's the first time Kinjou has seen him leave the house.

Just before Kinjou and Makishima exchange vows, Inui writes something in his notebook and shows it to Makishima alone. Makishima bites his lip as he nods.

When Inui goes, it's just as the data suggested. There's no sudden gust of wind or ghostly touch or anything of the sort. He just…disappears. He's standing next to Kaidou when the rings are exchanged. Then Kinjou kisses Makishima, and when he opens his eyes again, Inui is gone.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


It's not until almost a decade later that Kinjou finally learns what was in Inui's note. He's lying in the hospital after an accident, and Makishima won't let go of his hand.

"Don't die on me," Makishima begs. "I promised Inui I'd take care of you. It was the last thing he ever asked me to do."

"I'm not going to die," Kinjou promises. "We'll be out of here tonight."