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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: lean)

FILL: TEAM MIYUKI KAZUYA/MIYUKI KAZUYA, T

[personal profile] catlarks 2016-08-04 11:50 am (UTC)(link)
Tags: emotional manipulation (through impersonation), dubious (romantic, not sexual) consent, mild body horror (?), supernatural elements; monster AU, Hanayo and Maki are humans, Nico is a skinwalker/shapeshifter
Ship: Koizumi Hanayo/Yazawa Nico(/Nishikino Maki)
Word Count: 790


"It wouldn't be so hard," Nico says to herself, pressing her fingers to her chest as she poses. Her voice changes, shifting to the timbre of the girl she's been stalking for weeks. Or — not stalking, that would be desperate and sad. Watching. Examining. Nico is nothing if not thorough in the pursuit of things that interest her.

She changes her voice, saying, "It wouldn't be hard, being this girl with her pretty face and her lovely hair and that shy little girlfriend of hers."

It sounds wrong. She has Maki's tone down, mimicked by the magic that sparks beneath her skin, melting it into moldable putty at the least of her whims. But as imitations go, her impersonation leaves much to be desired. Nico would never settle for being anything other than the best.

"I'm Nishikino Maki," she tries again. "Young concert pianist and perfect specimen of the dutiful daughter. I would never do anything to jeopardize the perfect image of me that you see before you."

Nico's skin squirms, shifting over her bones and writhing above the meat of her muscle. That is also moving, reforming itself at different densities and layering onto different places, building her body out and transforming it. A ripple passes across the squirming surface of Nico, smoothing her skin into a perfect imitation of the girl she's been watching, down to the tiniest flecks of freckles dusted invisibly across Maki's nose.

She looks into the mirror before her, and smiles. Her impersonation might need some work, but the transformation is complete.

-

"M-Maki-chan!" Hanayo says, starting hard enough that she jumps where she stands.

Nico smiles at her, with a slice of a smirk that must be too smug for Maki's face. Hanayo settles, but her frown stays, sinking in with the wrinkles that have written themselves across her forehead. She's studying Nico, scrutinizing whatever it is that feels off.

But Nico is used to that. Her skin shifts as easily as breathing; she's learned the ways of growing into a new body, of settling into a role with ever-increasing surety.

"Sorry," Nico says, in Maki's voice, with Maki's almost-stutter of embarrassment. "I didn't mean to startle you."

"Oh, it's nothing," Hanayo says, small smile starting to blossom across her face. "I thought I wouldn't see you today! I thought you were too busy with rehearsals to leave the conservatory... I'm glad that you could come, even just for a little while."

Just for a little while, Nico hears, and tries not to think about it too much. She loves transforming herself, taking on the personas of other people and living in their lives for a time. She's a chameleon, fitting herself to foreign circumstances and proving that she thrives.

It's not that she isn't capable of living a life of her own, it's just — this is stardom, this is the stage she's made for.

"I still don't have very long," Nico says, because it feels like something Maki would say. She can't clarify how she knows this; it's a gut feeling, something she feels in her bones, something that vibrates beneath her skin on the same frequency as the shapeshifting magic. "But I did want to see you."

"Don't worry," Hanayo says. She ducks her head a little, looking up at Maki from beneath the spread of long lashes. "I'm happy to see you whenever I can, even if it's only a little while."

"Can we..." Nico glances away, and this time it isn't a performance of shyness. Her face heats up, flushed warm and pink with the uncertainty of what she's about to say. Her voice drops. "Can we kiss, just for a little while?"

Hanayo squeaks, and her arms jerk in against her body, so that she seems to shrink even as Nico watches. But her eyes pass across Nico's face (Maki's face, she reminds herself, always someone else's face, never the face that she knows in her heart) and something she sees there soothes her into unwinding.

She smiles, one of those secretive little curls of lips, like a look that isn't meant for anyone else. "I-If you want to," she says, voice trembling. "I wouldn't mind."

"I want to," Nico says. She leans in, tingling beneath her skin, shivers sliding down her spine. Hanayo feels warm, from only a breath away, human and real when Nico reaches out to clasp her hands.

"Then I want to," Hanayo replies.

So Nico kisses her, with Maki's pretty face, with Maki's trembling eyelashes fluttering closed. Hanayo's lips are soft, the breath that she sighs against Nico's mouth brief and warm. Nico kisses her, focusing on the moment. In the moment, there's nothing that she and her magic cannot have.