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SASO Referees ([personal profile] referees) wrote in [community profile] sportsanime2016-07-21 08:53 pm
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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]
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FILL: TEAM GRANDSTAND, [RATING]
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  • 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.
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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.
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catlarks: (SASO: Cards)

FILL: TEAM MIYUKI KAZUYA/MIYUKI KAZUYA, M

[personal profile] catlarks 2016-08-04 10:58 am (UTC)(link)
tags: major character death, drowning, hydrophobia, supernatural elements; monster AU, Nico is a human, Maki is a siren (I'm sorry mother)
Ship: Nishikino Maki/Yazawa Nico (love live)
Word Count: 924


"Tell me the secret to being so pretty," Nico says, sitting on a rock beside Maki's pool. "I know there has to be one. Magical creatures always have secrets."

She nods her head, like she's complimenting her own smart thinking, like things couldn't possibly be any other way. But her hand comes up the moment after, twirling a lock of hair that's come loose from one of her pigtails, pushing the stray strand to rest behind her ear. It's a nervous gesture; Maki knows about those well enough. Nico isn't fooling anyone.

Maki leans back in the water, flicking her tail slowly back and forth. There's something like a smile beginning to tug at her lips as she asks, "Oh? And how do you know we have secrets?"

"Well, it's obvious," Nico says. "Magical creatures are ethereally beautiful, beyond the dreams of mortal men, lovely enough to lure sailors to their deaths. That's how the stories go, everyone knows that. But no one stays beautiful like that without doing something about it. So there must be a secret."

The way Nico says doing, with that extra stress from her tongue and a subtle clenching of her fingers, speaks volumes. She's the sort who values hard work, who might pretend otherwise harder than anything but who will break her back in pursuit of a goal. Maki has seen that type, before. Those stubborn ones are always the most interested in sea creatures, the most susceptible to the seductive voices of the sirens.

Sailors aren't the only ones on whom Maki's people work their magic.

"It isn't anything like a secret," Maki says. "Anyone could do it."

"Anyone could do what you do?" Nico repeats, skeptical. There's an edge to her voice, her sharp little eyes immediately looking for the catch.

"I could show you," Maki says. Now she is smiling, a subtle little twist of her lips. "Would you like that?"

"It's not that I need you to," Nico says, drawing herself up on the slick stones lining the tidal pool, puffing out her chest with an importance it must be necessary for her to feel down to her bones, in every layer of her being. There's a ferocity to humanity that even Maki's people cannot match. "But if you're offering, of course I wouldn't say no."

"Come into the water," Maki says. "It's the only way for me to demonstrate."

Nico's skepticism resurfaces at that, her gaze dropping to the dress she's wearing, staring down at the delicately lovely print stamped across the fabric and the ruffles that have been gathered in bunches about her knees. She isn't at all dressed for swimming. But Maki smiles at her, slow and secretive and with the sort of seductive beauty she knows Nico envies at a level too deep to be fought, and Nico pushes her reluctance aside.

"You have to help me," she insists. "Since this is your idea and really, I'm doing this to humor you."

"Of course," Maki says, lifting her arms up to take Nico's hands, guiding her steps as she slips into the pool. The rocks form a natural stair, allowing Nico to slide into the water a step at a time, by shallow inches rather than swiftly enough to be a shock. When she does slide on the damp stones, Maki catches her.

Nico sprawls in her arms and she smiles, smiles smugly behind Nico's back where she knows she won't be seen. Her tail waves slowly in the water, stroking at a speed that won't give the game away. Her arms curl around Nico's waist and her nose presses in beneath Nico's ear, nuzzling gently at the soft curve of her neck.

"H-Hey," Nico protests. "I thought you were showing me something. This isn't... You didn't say anything about this, Maki, just..." She trails off with a huff, breathing out and rolling her eyes. "Just do whatever it is you were going to show me, alright? There will be time for—" she waves one hand vaguely out of the water "—other things later."

Later, Maki thinks, is a long ways away.

"There's really only one secret to eternal youth and beauty," Maki says, whispering the words softly into Nico's ear, winding her arms tighter about Nico's waist. "The secret is not to get any older than you are."

"Well how do you do tha—?" Nico starts to say.

But then her mouth floods with water, her head submerging beneath the surface as Maki drops like a stone. They've drifted just far enough from the tidal pool where Nico and Maki always sit together, meeting in a middle point between their two worlds to share stories, secrets, tiny little tidbits from their very different lives. Maki pushes out into open water and plunges into the deep, dragging Nico with her as she descends.

Nico thrashes a lot, as she fights Maki's hold. She's feisty as a fish jerking against the line, desperately grasping for a glimpse of the surface that's gone far out of reach. Maki cradles her, gently as she would a doll, tight as the closing of a steel trap. It takes a while, for all the fight to go out of Nico, for her to go limp and loose in Maki's arms.

There's little light, at the depths they've sunk to. What there is tints blue and purple, dapples across Nico's face in foreign, unearthly patterns. She's lovely in the sea light. Maki adores the look of her even as the last breath of life leaves her.