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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.

Have a question? Check The FAQ first. If you still need help, feel free to contact the mods. Happy fanworking!
catlarks: (SASO: Cards)

FILL: TEAM MIYUKI KAZUYA/MIYUKI KAZUYA, T

[personal profile] catlarks 2016-08-04 11:57 am (UTC)(link)
tags: mild body horror (?), supernatural elements, implied hypnosis; monster AU, Maki is a human, Nozomi is a lamia / snake monster
Ship: Nishikino Maki/Toujou Nozomi (love live)
Word Count: 649


Maki suspects she's the only one who notices the scales that shift beneath Nozomi's skirts, the only one who realizes that she never wears pants because she hasn't the ability to pour herself down both of the legs. When Nozomi moves, she's graceful and agile, but Maki can never unhear the slide of her heavy body slipping over paving tiles, even when she looks down and her mind insists she's staring at two ordinary feet.

Nozomi has caught her staring, more than once, and she only stares back at Maki with the most secretive of little smiles curling at her lips. Maki doesn't know whether it means Nozomi is aware of what she sees, or whether Nozomi simply likes the attention, likes letting Maki know that she's been caught in the act.

Either way, she always yanks her gaze away, flushing so darkly that her face fades into the red of her hair.

"Maki-chan," Nozomi says, her voice sweet, gentle, as it pulls Maki around. "Did you want something?"

She's smiling again, a subtle curve of her lips. It mirrors the curve of her eyes, crinkling half-closed into happy half-moons that light up her whole face. There's something sinister about her, that much Maki tells herself with stubborn certainty. But there's something beautiful, too, a charm she exudes as comfortably as breathing.

Maki isn't envious of that ease, she couldn't be. She's simply curious about the trick to it, the way Nozomi glides through life as if she hasn't a care, coyly commenting on other's troubles and keeping none for herself. It doesn't seem possible, to live so freely. Maki is certain there's more to it, a mystery yet to unfold.

"I didn't want anything," Maki says, glancing away.

"Is that so?" Nozomi presses.

Maki tries to keep her gaze averted, holding herself aloof in the face of Nozomi's charms. But her resolve is fragile, cracking down the center at the merest of Nozomi's knowing, thoughtful hums.

"What?" Maki protests, crossing her arms over her chest.

"Oh, nothing," Nozomi says. But Maki's eyes are back on her, meeting her gaze, staring at the creases pressed into the corners of her eyes. There are laugh lines around them, sketched into her skin and drawn around her mouth, memories of happiness the likes of which Maki can only imagine.

She finds herself unable to look away.

Nozomi's eyes are too green, startlingly emerald as they shine with her smile, holding Maki's gaze easily in sway. There comes the sound of scales shifting over stone, the slick slide that Maki remembers to hear even when she can't see the jewel-bright, muscled length of Nozomi's tail. She's in Maki's face, leaning in close so that her eyes become all Maki sees, great green fields drowning her vision, like the waves of the ocean crashing over her head, like a field of stars, flecked through with bright glimmers that catch reflections of light.

"Are you sure?" Nozomi asks. Her fingers are on Maki's face, cool as they trace their way up the line of Maki's jaw, gentle as they tilt Maki's cheek to fit against the press of Nozomi's palm. "You spend a lot of time watching me, for someone who doesn't want anything."

Maki licks her lips, looks on like someone in a trance, submerged and drowning. The waters close over her and she sinks beneath the waves, descending into the depths of Nozomi's gently staring eyes.

The kiss she presses to Maki's lips is chaste, sweet. It's but a brief brush of her mouth before she's pulling away, her fingertips brushing against Maki's cheek as they retreat. The spaces where they touched burn hot, spark with smoldering warm sensation. Maki lifts her own hand, covering the places where her face burns in reaction.

"If you figure out what you want," Nozomi says, letting the spell break. "Just be sure to tell me."