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Bonus Round 5: Myth & Lore

Bonus Round 5: Myth & Lore


Summer's a time for swapping stories around the campfire. With that in mind, this round draws inspiration from the stories humanity have told each other over the centuries.

This round is CLOSED as of 7PM on August 4 EDT. Late fills may be posted, but they will not receive points.


RULES
  • This round does not have prompts. Instead, we ask you to draw inspiration from the wide pool of mythology, fantasy, folklore, and fable. An urban fantasy or supernatural AU? A re-imagining of your favorite folk tale? Characters swapping ghost stories or playing D&D? As long as your fill in some way incorporates the fantastical and/or supernatural, it's welcome here.
  • Your fill still has to be about a ship from one of our nominated fandoms. What ships you create work for is up to you, though.
  • To submit your fill, simply leave it as a comment as a reply to this post.
  • 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.

Remember, this is a NO-PROMPT round. Format your fill comment in one of the following ways:

If FILLING:If FILLING as a TEAM GRANDSTAND participant:
FILL: TEAM [YOUR SHIP], [RATING]
  • 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)
  • If no major content tags are applicable, make sure to state this-- even if including other additional tags
  • 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
FILL: TEAM GRANDSTAND, [RATING]
  • 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
  • If no major content tags are applicable, make sure to state this-- even if including other additional tags
  • 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.



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

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.


Etc.
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 2016-07-31 06:59 am (UTC)(link)
Kuga Kyousuke/Yagami Tomoe, Prince of Stride

major character death, murder, supernatural elements
760 words

Kyousuke hadn't expected to see Tomoe at the race against Kakyouin; he hadn't even known Tomoe had returned to Japan. The minute he saw Tomoe though, he knew something was horribly wrong.

If he had to pick a color for Tomoe, it would have been black. Black hair, black eyes, black clothes. But it had never been a flat black. Black clothing held areas of shadow in their folds, and Tomoe's eyes had glinted like obsidian, drawing Kyousuke in and promising secrets hidden in their depths.

When he saw Tomoe before the race, Tomoe's eyes were dead. They were flat and lifeless, as if all traces of Tomoe had been removed. He tried to speak to Tomoe, but Tomoe brushed him off stating that he needed to prepare. His voice was as flat and lifeless as his eyes, and Kyousuke worried.

He worried more during the race, when Tomoe ran with unmatched technical precision and an almost unnatural sense of timing. He didn't know what had happened while Tomoe was away, but whatever it was, it made him uneasy.

That night, Tomoe had belittled the value Kyousuke placed on his teammates and then said goodbye. Kyousuke remembered the times he and Tomoe had run together. He remembered the sense of connection that had run between the two of them, and he fought back tears.

He felt no such connection anymore. In fact, he felt nothing at all from Tomoe. No personality, no emotion, nothing other than an empty shell. He shared his concerns with Heath, who had been hiding in the shadows, and despite Heath's protests, he left to confront Tomoe on his terms.

He found Tomoe in the stands overlooking the Stride course. Riku knelt by his side, and Kyousuke was about to step back outside so as not to interfere with the reunion between brothers when he noticed the horrified look on Riku's face and the way he clutched at Tomoe's hand on his chest.

The moon came out from behind a cloud just then, and suddenly Kyousuke could see the knife in Tomoe's hand, the blade glinting in the moonlight where it buried itself in Riku's chest.

"What have you done, Tomoe?" Kyousuke asked as he stepped forward.

"He was weak," Tomoe said with the same flat affect, pulling the knife from Riku's heart and pushing his brother's body away. "He let his emotions interfere with his training, and he refused to see the error of his ways."

"What happened to you, Tomoe?" Kyousuke asked in horror.

"I learned the secret of Stride," Tomoe replied.

"This isn't Stride," Kyousuke snapped. "Stride is about connecting, about relationships, not whatever this mockery is."

"Stride is about winning. There is nothing else."

"You aren't the Tomoe I knew."

"The Tomoe you knew is gone. The Tomoe before you now is Tomoe as he should have been."

"No," Kyousuke whispered past the tears that threatened to spill from his eyes, "this isn't how it should have been. Do you remember what it felt like when we used to run together? Do you remember the first time we kissed?"

"No," Tomoe responded, seemingly immune to Kyousuke's emotion. "I told you, that Tomoe no longer exists. I know nothing but Stride. Everything else was a distraction; I discarded them."

"What did you do to Tomoe!?" Kyousuke yelled, closing the gap between them and slapping Tomoe hard across the face, startling Tomoe and knocking the knife from his hand.

"I did nothing," the flat voice-that-wasn't-Tomoe replied. "Tomoe requested this himself."

"No," Kyousuke said quietly but fiercely. "I won't accept it!"

"You are a fool if you think that changes anything. I chose Stride; you are nothing to me. Now go before you meet the same end as Riku. Or do you want Honan to be two runners short tomorrow?"

Kyousuke burned with a sudden anger, anger at what had happened to Tomoe, and what Tomoe had done to Riku. "You're not Tomoe," he snapped as he wrapped his arms around Tomoe's neck.

"I am what Tomoe chose," the not-Tomoe rasped before Kyousuke tightened his hold, cutting off Tomoe's air completely.

Tomoe never struggled. Kyousuke watched him the entire time, but he saw no flash of recognition in the flat, lifeless eyes that stared back at him. He wasn't sure how long he waited before he finally released his hold, setting Tomoe's lifeless body down next to his brother's.

"Forgive me, Tomoe," he said as he stood. "I don't know what happened to you, but you deserved better than that."
miyukitty: (blush)

Re: Fill: Team Grandstand, T

[personal profile] miyukitty 2016-08-01 05:36 am (UTC)(link)
ahhasdasdasdas ;w; this is so good and so sad
yrindor: Head shot of Ulquiorra Cifer on a black background (Default)

Re: Fill: Team Grandstand, T

[personal profile] yrindor 2016-08-01 06:27 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! The plot bunnies kind of ran away on their own with this one.