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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]
  • 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.

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catlarks: (SASO: heart)

FILL: TEAM MIYUKI KAZUYA/MIYUKI KAZUYA, T

[personal profile] catlarks 2016-08-04 11:13 am (UTC)(link)
tags: tentacles (of the vine sort), supernatural elements, body horror (plant related?), slight BDSM implications, bondage (it's hilariously SFW though I swear); monster AU, Maki is a human, Hanayo is a nature spirit
Ship: Koizumi Hanayo/Nishikino Maki
Word Count: 573


"Is it too tight?" Hanayo asks, a whisper in Maki's ear like the wind through branches, breathed out gentle as a sigh. Hanayo's breath is cooler than Maki's overheated skin; the sap that runs sluggishly through Hanayo's veins only warms in the sunlight, and they're in the shade now.

"It's fine," Maki says.

It is, and it isn't. Hanayo's vines curl around Maki, curve around her thighs and twist around her arms, pulling her snugly against the smooth trunk of Hanayo's body. There are ridges along the vines, raised patterns that press into Maki's skin. Hanayo holds her cradled like a child against its mother's warm chest, restrained yet protected. It's only afterward that Maki sees the designs pressed into her flesh as a result.

(She traces them with her fingers sometimes, after she and Hanayo have separated. They only stick around for an hour or two, disappearing past that point much as fallen leaves are scattered by the winds. Maybe that's why Maki takes the time to examine them; she wants to remember the gifts Hanayo has given her, while the marks that are her reminder are fresh against her skin.)

"Are you sure?" Hanayo asks. She can never be content with "yes," can never be too careful. Hanayo is a gentle thing, a forest spirit who loves every living creature with the entirety of her being. There's something warm inside of her, glowing like the sun.

Maki thinks, that's much of what she loves Hanayo for.

"I'm sure," Maki says. That much, she means.

Hanayo's vines twist tighter around her, extending fresh, fragile fronds of new growth to wrap around her forearms, to twine around her ankles. Leaves blossom between her fingertips and Maki can only just see them out of the corners of her eyes. She has only enough range of movement left to turn her head, and that, barely. She can't touch the soft new leaves that fit between her fingers, she can only allow them to touch her.

She allows Hanayo to grow over her, through her, covering her with the vegetation Hanayo brings about like breathing. There's something freeing to it — a joy that comes with giving up all control, with relinquishing her will to the whims of her girlfriend and the company of nature, much as she knows it. The brush of plants against her skin is calming, familiar. Hanayo grows flowers into her hair; Maki cannot see them, but she knows that this is Hanayo's last and most favorite thing to do.

"What are they this time?" Maki asks, whispering the words between barely-parted lips.

"Lily of the valley," Hanayo whispers back. "It's springtime, s-so I thought that would be nice."

Lily of the valley, Maki thinks. She's learned a thing or two about flower meanings, since meeting Hanayo — has started to look them up in her free time, voraciously consuming the hidden messages mankind has ascribed to plants. Lily of the valley means happiness, the return of happy feelings when something previously has been missing. It can also mean love's good fortune, or the feeling of someone else making one's life complete.

Hanayo doesn't say, I love you, not in that moment, not in words.

But she weaves the meaning of it into Maki's hair and spreads it bare before her heart, giving Maki the sweetest of gifts in a form where she can take it and hold it in her hands.