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SASO Referees ([personal profile] referees) wrote in [community profile] sportsanime2016-07-07 08:59 pm
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Bonus Round 4: Quotes

Bonus Round 4: Quotes

A shipping olympics favorite, this round uses quotes of all sorts to fuel your creative endeavors.

This round is CLOSED as of 7PM on July 21 EDT. Late fills may be posted, but they will not receive points.

  • Submit prompts by commenting to this post with a quote attributed to a specific person or character, along with any ship/ot3/etc. from one of our nominated fandoms.
    • Example: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - M. Gandhi
    • The quote can come from anywhere. Famous people, poetry, songs, books, movies, your neighbor, etc.
    • 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., Makoto & Rin). Non-platonic relationships use "/" (e.g., Makoto/Rin). Please don't say "Any pairing," either!
  • Fill prompts by replying to the prompt with your quote-inspired fanwork.
  • Remember to follow the general bonus round rules, outlined here.

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:

  • Replace [YOUR SHIP] with the name of the team you belong to, including Grandstand or Sports Teams
  • Place the prompt's relationship in the first bolded line of the comment. Including the canon isn't required, but it's nice.
  • Below that, place applicable major content tags (when applicable; otherwise write "no tags" or "none")
  • Visual example
  • Replace [YOUR SHIP] with the name of the team you belong to
  • Replace RATING with the rating of your fill (G - E)
  • Place applicable major content tags and word count before your fill (when applicable)
  • NSFW FILLS: Please cross-link these fills and use clear tags in your comment. Written/text fills should be hosted at AO3 ONLY as a new, unchaptered work. Art/visual fills can be hosted anywhere. You may include a small safe-for-work preview of the fill in your comment.
  • To place an image in your comment, use this code: <img src="LINK TO YOUR IMAGE" alt="DESCRIPTION OF YOUR IMAGE"/>
  • Visual example
  • Replace RATING with the rating of your fill, G - E, as explained in the rules
  • Place applicable major content tags and word count before the fill, where applicable
  • NSFW FILLS: Please cross-link these fills and use clear tags in your comment. Written/text fills should be hosted at AO3 ONLY as a new, unchaptered work. Art/visual fills can be hosted anywhere. You may include a small safe-for-work preview of your work in your comment.
  • To place an image in your comment, use this code: <img src="LINK TO YOUR IMAGE" />
  • Visual example

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.

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 3 fills by any member of your team: 20 points each
Fills 4-10: 10 points each
Fills 11-20: 5 points each
Fills 21+: 2 points each

All scored content must be created new for this round.

If you're hunting through the prompts looking for what to fill, a good trick is to view top-level comments only.

Have a question? Check The FAQ first. If you still need help, feel free to contact the mods. Happy fanworking!
yrindor: Head shot of Ulquiorra Cifer on a black background (Default)

Fill: Team Grandstand, T

[personal profile] yrindor 2016-07-11 12:35 am (UTC)(link)
major character death, apocalypse AU, dystopia, violence
958 words

In a world where war was a near-constant, and peace was nothing more than a distant memory, there rose from time to time fighters whose strength gave some small glimmer of hope to those around them. Out of the rubble of what once was the capitol rose one such team. At first glance, they didn't seem like anything special. They weren't the massive warriors who made others cower in their shadow, or the silent assassins who could slip into dark places unseen. Alone, neither of them would have lasted long out in the wastelands, but together, they were unstoppable.

They seemed to come from nowhere one day. There was no pedigree, no great warrior they could name as a mentor, no army that had trained them, but it wasn't long before their name began spreading ahead of them. People called them the "Golden Pair," and they were seen as the best and perhaps last hope of a world that had almost no hope left.

They came from the old capitol, but it wasn't long before they were making their way across the wastelands, fighting towards the strongholds in the north. The strange sickness that was slowly destroying the world had spread out from there, though in the years since the world had started dying, no one had ever made it into the stronghold itself. It was only ever said in hushed whispers over dying campfires late at night, but the rumors spread of the Golden Pair that was going to finally defeat the source of evil.

For Eiji and Oishi, there was no such grand goal. They fought only to protect one another, and for the promise of a world where they could live without constantly fearing for the other's safety. They started each day with the simple goal of making it to the end intact, and each day, they made it a little farther into the barren wastelands that surrounded the northern fortress.

The bandits they had faced at the beginning of their journey had fallen away as they left the edges of civilization and been replaced by strange, feral creatures that circled their campfire hungrily at night. As they approached the monolith of steel and stone that loomed over them, the animals vanished as well, being replaced by strange, mutant beings that seemed to be born of the very materials that made up the land around them.

They lost track of how many moons they had been traveling and fighting before they finally found themselves standing before massive, rusted doors. There had been no sign of another human for days, and they were both starving, having scraped by on the few stunted plants and small creatures they had been able to find. That night in their cold camp, Eiji turned to Oishi. "Tomorrow," he said.

"Tomorrow," Oishi agreed. "It all ends tomorrow. Depend on me."

"I will," Eiji agreed, taking Oishi's hand in his own.

Neither of them slept that night, sitting hand-in-hand and reflecting silently on what had been and what was to come. By mutual, unspoken agreement, they rose and slipped through a gap in the rusted steel doors just as the sky turned grey with the weak pre-dawn light.

The empty hallways inside the fortress echoed with the sound of their footsteps as they made their way cautiously deeper and deeper. They didn't meet another living creature, but the strange hum emanating from deep inside the place told them they were approaching their goal.

It could have been hours or days later when they finally found themselves standing before a thick steel door that seemed out of place among the rest of the rusted metal and cracked stone. A sickly green light pulsed around the door, and they squeezed hands one last time before throwing the door open and sprinting inside, immediately falling into their standard fighting formation.

A massive machine took up most of the room, and they immediately knew they had found their target. As soon as they entered, the machine responded by sending thick cables whipping in their direction.

They fought as they always did, with Eiji taking the lead and pushing forward as Oishi defended his back and attacked through the openings he created. Eiji's stamina couldn't last forever though, and they were only halfway across the cavernous room when he stumbled. "Oishi," he yelled, and Oishi was immediately at his side.

"I've got it. I'll cover," Oishi promised, and Eiji crumpled from exhaustion. It was how they fought; Eiji was a strong fighter, but his stamina sometimes ran out before the battle ended, and in those cases, Oishi would fight for both of them until Eiji recovered and could take back the point.

It should have been no different this time, except the machine had more arms than anything they had fought before, and as it sent cables flying at them from all directions, Oishi knew he wouldn't be able to block them all.

He didn't hesitate before he moved, throwing himself forward and knocking aside the cables he could, using his body as a shield to protect his partner from the rest.

As the metal pierced deep into Oishi's body, Eiji jumped to his feet, ready to fight again. "I'm back!" he yelled, then turned pale when he saw the cables protruding from Oishi's chest.

GO! Oishi yelled, or would have yelled if it weren't for the blood filling his lungs. He fell forward, using the last of his strength to shove Eiji towards the heart of the machine and leaving a bloody handprint on his back.

The last thing he saw as he fell was Eiji sprinting towards the center of the room, intent only on destroying the infernal machine.
nobetterpicture: (Default)

Re: Fill: Team Grandstand, T

[personal profile] nobetterpicture 2016-07-11 03:33 am (UTC)(link)
I....I love this so much. The world you created is so cool (I WANT TO KNOW MORE!!!! what kind of virus, how it not only affects the world and land but the people and creatures living on it *_* and how they changed when Golden Pair got closer??)

It's a heartbreaking end, but leaving it there is even better because it just leaves that lasting impression of Oishi trusting Eiji to finish the job, even if he couldn't be there to see the end.

This is so good ;;; thank you!!!
yrindor: Head shot of Ulquiorra Cifer on a black background (Default)

Re: Fill: Team Grandstand, T

[personal profile] yrindor 2016-07-11 06:06 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you!

I was actually thinking of a sort of technology-gone-wrong apocalypse where the computer is draining all of the life out of the land to power itself, which kills the plants, which in turn starts starving the animals. And at the same time, it starts animating the inorganic material around it, so as Eiji/Oishi get closer, they go from seeing the animals that have evolved to live in very harsh/scarce conditions to seeing creatures that seem to be made entirely of rock and metal and who have a very strange and alien sort of sentience.

I'm glad the ending worked for you! I'll admit at least part of it was my not wanting to decide whether it would be worse to have Eiji die destroying the machine or let him live knowing he'd have to live with Oishi's death (or the completely downer ending option where he fails to destroy it), but I also liked the idea of Oishi passing the end of the story onto Eiji, even though he wouldn't be there to see it himself.

And now I'm going to go fill the major-character-death-free Golden Pair prompt to make up for this.