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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!
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Fill: Team Grandstand, G

[personal profile] yrindor 2016-07-20 01:33 am (UTC)(link)
character death, terminal illness
1124 words

Teshima was sick. Dying in fact, and there was nothing anyone could do to change that. He had been told he had six weeks to live, and that there was no cure, but that those six weeks could possibly be extended to three months with aggressive treatment. Treatment that would make him too ill to ride.

For Teshima, there had been no choice. He had received the news just under six weeks before the Interhigh that was to be his and Aoyagi's last; he wasn't going to miss it. His biggest fear was that his teammates would find out and worry or hold back on his behalf. As he lost weight, he wore his hair down more often to hide the growing shadows on his face. When he started feeling to weak to do anything other lie in bed outside of school and practices, he used the excuse of being a third-year with college entrance exams to focus on to skip team trips to Akiba.

Koga suspected something, but he was easy enough to brush off. Teshima thought Aoyagi suspected too, but he put on his best front and reassured Aoyagi that he was fine, that it was just a passing bug. That was his one regret, that he wouldn't be able to say goodbye to Aoyagi properly, but the future couldn't be changed, and he wanted their final memories to be happy ones, not ones marred by Aoyagi's worry and sadness.

On some level, he was glad Kinjou was no longer on the team. Kinjou had always been incredibly perceptive, and he would have noticed what Teshima was hiding. In fact he had noticed the minute he arrived to watch the Interhigh with the other senpai, and Teshima would be forever grateful that he had chosen to be discrete and not ask until they were alone later that night.

In response to Kinjou's inquiry, Teshima just said, "I made my choice; it's too late now."

"It's never too late until it's over," Kinjou replied, but he didn't push. Teshima could understand. On the one hand, hiding his illness from the team ran counter to how Kinjou had taught Souhoku to fight, but on the other, Kinjou had been in much the same situation two years earlier after his own accident.

All Kinjou said in the end was, "You've done well, Teshima," and that was enough.

When the morning of the third day came, Teshima knew it was the end. He had been warned that his body wouldn't hold up if he pushed too hard, but he knew what he had to do. The penultimate stage of the day was for the sprint checkpoint, and he was determined that Aoyagi would take that victory for Souhoku and carry the momentum forward to the finish.

Perhaps he shouldn't have been, but he was grateful that the most of the day's stage was winding through the mountains. It was difficult, but he wasn't responsible for pulling anyone; he could just ride in the middle of the group and focus on not burning himself out too soon.

Everything hurt. He had been told that would happen as his illness progressed, and he had been told he would need strong pain medication to control it. He knew what that would do to his coordination and his ability to ride, and he had refused for as long as he could. But sheer willpower could only bring him so far, and ultimately he had been forced to fill the prescription he had been given. He had experimented carefully before the Interhigh to find the fine balance between taking too little and having the pain interfere with his riding and taking too much and having the medication interfere with his riding.

He had perhaps taken slightly too little that day, but he hadn't wanted to risk any slight slip in his concentration ruining his synchronization with Aoyagi, and he had been counting on the adrenaline of the race to dull what the medication had not. Everything hurt, but he could ride through it, and he would. He would do whatever it took to bring Aoyagi to the sprint checkpoint.

Early in the afternoon, they finally broke free of the mountains and entered the flats leading to his goal. The atmosphere around them changed as all of the teams shifted into their new formations, and he could feel Aoyagi's determined excitement next to him.

"Certain victory," Aoyagi said as he pulled forward into position.

"Certain victory," Teshima echoed as he fell into place just in front of him.

His entire world narrowed to the sprint checkpoint off in the distance. They weren't into the true sprinting stage yet, but his time had come. He wasn't thinking of anything beyond that, knew there wouldn't be anything beyond that, at least not for him. All that mattered was that he pulled Aoyagi into the best possible position for the sprint.

They were only halfway to the point where Aoyagi would break away when he felt his body trying to give out under him. Even though he had ridden far longer distances in practice, his legs were protesting on every revolution, and his lungs burned with every breath.

He refused to listen. He pulled from strength he didn't know he had and through sheer force of will made his legs continue turning as fast and as hard as they could. His heart seemed to stutter in his chest, but he ignored it. All he could see was the final curve ahead that marked where Aoyagi's sprint would start.

By the time they approached the turn, his vision had narrowed to the road ahead of him and the goal off in the distance. Everything else had gone black. He forced out the last of his strength to accelerate around the turn.

"Aoyagi! Go!" he yelled, and Aoyagi leapt ahead.

Aoyagi had barely passed him when his body gave out entirely. He had burned everything he had to give. As his bike fell, all he could hope was that he had done enough.

Aoyagi never looked back. Teshima had been counting on that; looking back slowed Aoyagi down, and in a sprint, every fraction of a second counted. Aoyagi never looked back, because he trusted that Teshima would always follow. Teshima was counting on that trust to get Aoyagi across the finish line before he realized his other half wouldn't be coming this time.

Teshima didn't even feel it as his body hit the ground. He couldn't see anymore, but the cheering off in the distance told him Aoyagi had reached his goal.

Finish the race for me, Aoyagi, he thought. Even if I can't be there, I'll always be beside you.
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Re: Fill: Team Grandstand, G

[personal profile] fabflyingfox 2017-05-19 03:14 am (UTC)(link)