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Series: Detective Conan » Annealed
Words: 6586
Character(s): Akai Shuuichi, Date Wataru, Furuya Rei, Matsuda Jinpei
Pairing(s): Akai/Furuya
Summary: Furuya is finally, if not prepared, at least willing to start dealing with Hiromitsu’s memory. Fluff, Angst, Characterization, Porn, I-4
Teaser:
Rei felt that he was doing pretty well at the whole ‘having a partner again’ thing, especially after several years of human interaction that was almost exclusively business. But sometimes he still couldn’t help showing how long it had been, or, he suspected, the echoes of who used to be his anchor to human connection.

Read: Back Burn
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Fandom: Detective Conan
Arc: Annealed
Words: 9196
Character(s): Akai Shuuichi, Furuya Rei, Jodie Starling, Kudou Shinichi, Miyano Shiho
Pairing(s): Akai/Furuya
Summary: Bits of the daily life of two agents and the people around them, how the work is wearing on Furuya, and what Akai plans to do about that. Humor, Definitely Romance, A Sprinkling of Porn, I-4
Teaser:
“There are no ‘should’s, for us,” Shuuichi said, soft and steady over Rei’s ragged words, fingers sliding slowly through his hair. “Only what can be done. Of the two of us, I’m the one who can make this promise, right now. So I do.”

Read: Crown Fire
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Fandom: Detective Conan
Arc Annealed
Characters/Pairings: Akai Shuuichi, Furuya Rei, Akai/Furuya
Summary: Their work finally pushes Akai and Furuya together once too often, and Akai forces the issue of what happened to Scotch. In the wake of it, they find in each other some of the understanding they’ve both needed.
Meta:Kinda Romance, Porn with Characterization, I-4
Wordcount: 8307

"You see so clearly, most times," Akai said, very softly, almost a whisper between them. "Remember what you saw, Furuya-kun. He didn’t do it on his own, no. Think about what he would have seen and heard, up on that roof. Already sure that the Organization would be coming for him, what did he hear right before he shot?"


Read: Ground Fire
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Clearly, having even a brief vacation makes all the plotbunnies perk up.

Example one:

*finishes the small bookend scene that closes the third Akai/Furuya story*

There, that went well!

Furuya: Yes, it did, except you missed all the hardcore smut that goes in this spot. *drops 2.5K of it on the author's head*

Example two:

*finishes up the third Akai/Furuya story, this time including smut*

You know, now I think about it, if Kazami is Metropolitan public security, he's probably an attempt by the higher-ups to get Furuya a replacement partner/liaison after Hiromitsu...

*clobbered by a small but very insistent plotbunny*

*bangs out 600 words while tea gets cold*
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And while I'm thinking about it, Furuya Rei is honestly a little terrifying.

If you look back, knowing who and what he is, well the first thing you notice is that he's survived undercover with the Black Organization for at least five, possibly six years. Which means he started this job when he was, at the oldest, twenty-four years old. And considering how utterly casual the Organization is about collateral damage and deaths vs how fiercely protective Rei is of his country and people, that's a phenomenal amount of stress to be under for that long.

Pursuant to which, it becomes very clear that Rei is intensely methodical. That's an interesting quality to match with his obvious intellectual brilliance and intuition, but boy howdy has he got it in spades. He tests, at every step, meticulously and thoroughly, to check his conclusions. Consider how often he appeared as scar!Akai, to Akai's allies and family, to test their responses and see if any one of them knew Akai was alive. Consider that his exposure to Mouri Kogoro started, not with the wedding case, but with the thirteen red shirts case. Rei observed Kogoro, clearly concluded that he was not going to solve this thing, and proceeded to email the right answer to him--closing with an impatient prod to hurry up and announce it so they could all get moving. And then Sleeping Kogoro puts in an appearance, which obviously gets his attention. He goes into that wedding case knowing that Kogoro is a world-class twerp, at least when he's awake, which means that Rei's own unusually aggressive insistence on his 'mistaken' deductions are a deliberate setup to push Sleeping Kogoro into another appearance, to save Kogoro's old classmate. Rei was there when the cake was stepped in, after all; given his later performances, he couldn't have missed that clue any more than Conan did. He stays close to Kogoro and, frankly, plays him like a violin, to place one test after another in his way until the tennis/dry ice case. At that point, he tests his conclusion for the last time by getting in the way of Conan's wristwatch tranquilizer. It isn't until Rei is sure of the intuitive leap he probably made by Detective's Nocturne, if not earlier, that Sleeping Kogoro is actually Conan, that he stops putting tests in Kogoro's way and starts using that lever to deflect Conan when necessary.

So we have someone with incredible discipline and self-control. Someone with Conan's (or Akai's) level of perception, intuition, knowledge, and reasoning ability, who also has the patience to test and check, to wait and see. He makes those brilliant leaps, and then proceeds to also track down his conclusions with the intellectual equivalent of persistence hunting. It's no surprise that Gin respects him, despite finding him endlessly annoying.

To be honest, if Rei weren't so impaired by his rage and grief over Hiromitsu's death, I'd bet on him over Akai, and so far Akai is the highest bar to clear, in canon.
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Okay, so we have very little on Hiromitsu, to date, but there's a very Hiromitsu-shaped hole in Furuya's life, so let's speculate.

cut because this got long )

In conclusion, wow is Rei probably a total wreck, emotionally speaking, at this point in canon.
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In your own space, talk about your creative process(es) — anything from the initial inspiration to how you feel after something’s done. Do you struggle with motivation or is it a smooth process? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to pull out when a fanwork isn’t cooperating? What is your level of planning to pantsing/winging it?

I like this one, too. Let's see, now.

I'm very driven by "do I need the thing that would fit in this space?". If canon already managed to put something there, more often than not I don't write for that canon. Unless, you know, the thing there is so egregiously wrong that it's actually worse than an empty space. That's when space + spite come together in a perfect storm of "the hell you say", and the next thing you know it's anywhere from 60 to 150K words later.

But mostly, I just really, deeply, vitally need the thing that would fit in this space, and the space is often relational. Maybe canon dangles absolutely dynamite chemistry in front of us, but never has realization. Maybe canon actually has significant realization, but I wanted sexytimes too, and also now the characters are stranded in different universes and I can't be having with that. Maybe it's just one perfect moment that canon neglected to actually show us. Those are the things that get me writing.

And, as every fanwriter knows, if you want something done right, you usually gotta do it yourself.
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Day 3 - In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much.

I'm a big fan of re-reading and re-watching, so this is actually kind of hard to narrow down. I've accumulated an /awful/ lot of favorites in forty-six years.

But let's take one that stands out a bit because it has a few things that would normally turn me off: Dantalian no Shoka.

Premise: there's a magical library of forbidden books that can twist causality, and this library is maintained (therein lies a tale) by three 'reading princesses', each of whom secures a human partner to assist her as her 'key keeper'. Many tales of their adventures ensue.

As for the things that are often my deal-breakers... First, this series has a significant dose of horror, and I'm not a fan of that. Second, it gets /awfully/ Gainax about the women. (Death. Doom. Mental dissolution.)

For me, the saving grace, and the hook that keeps me coming back, is that the horror isn't left dangling. It gets closure, and often justice of some kind, and the resolutions are sometimes quite thought-provoking. I like that. Then too, the men are often just as Gainaxed, and there's a really strong emphasis on consent, at least between the princesses and their key-keepers. I like how that plays out quite a lot.

Plus? It's just so pretty.
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Day 1 - In your own space, talk about your Happy Place—the things that give you joy, calms you or keeps you sane.

I quite like this one, especially since I wouldn't have been able to answer it as certainly a year ago. But now I am very sure: it's my own land, which is to say southern Michigan.

I seriously did not realize before I got back, but I sank so much of myself, my identity, my stability into this land. And the land held me and kept me safe through some pretty scary shit, to the extent that I've had more than one therapist start talking about angels.

This land is woven through all of my self-visualizations and mental anchor images. Land with water running just underneath, land with trees connecting the water and the sky. When I got back it was like meeting the other half of me, again.
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...with cheddar-bay biscuits, a pound and a half of crab legs all to myself, and a whole damn lot of champagne.

Also, with Detective Conan movies, because I've completed my selected re-watch of the regular episodes, and Rei is still being slow about forking over the up-against-the-wall porn, despite being /exceedingly firm/ about that being what he wants. Characters, eh?

*pours out the rest of the sparkling rose and throws the next bottle of bubbly in to chill*

Cheers, all! It's soon to be 2019, when we take the fear of us that we put into the Hill this year and grind it in.
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So, the thought of Akai and Furuya kind of won't leave me alone. (Unsurprising, given that, as previously noted, all the detective types have five times the chemistry with each other that they do with any official love interest.) So I pulled down the older eps and rewatched, to get a feel for them, and my goodness are these two made for each other.

it's been running for 20 years, do 'spoilers' apply any more? )

In conclusion: pairing catnip.
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I quite liked [personal profile] umadoshi's version, if only because it produced so many moments of "well, it depends on /exactly/ how you mean that", so let's base off that that.

first canon I felt fannish about: That would be... well, no the earlier one was... well, but that was actually kind of retroactive... No, okay, I got it: the earliest experienced canon I was, eventually, consumerishly fannish about is The Yellow Submarine. My first participatory fannish canon was Darkover.

first canon I wrote fanfic for: ...okay, so, are we talking the months-long oral saga that lives in your head and is elaborated on every night before you fall asleep? Because that was probably Star Trek. Or are we talking "makes it onto paper"? Because that was... wait, no... okay, that would have been Labyrinth, actually, that made it in about a year before the Roberson's Sword-Singer story.

thing I've been most obsessed with/fannish about without ever being even adjacent to its fandom: ...that, that would probably also be Darkover, actually. I had zero community contact on that one, but boy howdy did it last for years and years and imprint alarmingly deep on some things.

first online fandom: ...okay, are we talking online as in, the /fandom/ was online, or /I/ was online? Because the previous is probably Sailor Moon, but the latter would be Fullmetal Alchemist, with Gundam Wing being the slide between one state and the other.

online fannish trajectory: ...well, see, one of my American Lit students suggested I'd really enjoy a comparative analysis of the sub vs dub ending of Sailor Moon's first season, and then there was a period of VHS madness, and then there was Netscape Composer, and then I met this really fun author via GWing, and she invited me onto LJ, and I landed mere months before FMA kicked off, just at the explosion of digital subs, and well. *hands* Then there was Kenshin and Weiss and Digimon and Yuugiou and Fushigi Yuugi and Cowboy Bebop and Trigun and Utena and /then/ there was Prince of Tennis and Bleach, and there was FF7 in there somewhere, and, um, a furious summer of Naruto, and then work ate my brain so things slowed down a little.

online platform trajectory: See above; they're deeply intertwined. But, roughly, web-rings, geocities and Netscape Composer (the start of my online meta), LJ, DW, AO3, reluctantly Tumblr.

first fic posted online: Soooo, like, the first one I'll /admit/ to, or...? Let's go with the first /complete/ one, how about that? That would be... um... wow, it's been a while, hasn't it? I think that was "Air Feeds Fire" in 2003.

first meta posted online: Now, see, that's easier to nail down, because it was my Sailor Moon website round about 2000.

fandom with the most words written: I say words, because there was a /lot/ of all-up analysis for some of these. Naruto probably wins, thanks to the Summer of Furious Novelizing, followed by Prince of Tennis, which hit both meta and fic buttons.

OTPs over the years: Ahahahahahaha! Oh my goodness, so many. So, so many. Let's go, instead, for general shape of your OTPs: which tends to be Most Magnificent Bastard with Everyone, with a side order of Best Rivals. (In case you wondered, this means Anthy/Everyone, in that order.)

my favorite unfinished fic: That would unquestionably be Water's Woman, which is the FY fic of Yui years later, going back to the book world as an adult because she has some unfinished goddamn business, and Seiyruu is getting more than he bargained for in a miko, this time. *sighs* It's just such a demanding story, and I haven't had the brain for it for a few years, which is /really/ frustrating.

my weirdest fic: The Gilgamesh fic, hands down. Transformations of physical and mental modalities crossed with UST.

most upsetting research topic undertaken for fic-writing purposes: ...erm. I don't... actually know? I don't wig easily when I'm in research-mode, but on the other hand I also tend not to bind hard enough to characters that I find truly disturbing to ever fic them.

longest-held primary fandom: ...I think Darkover may still win this one, but Sailor Moon is definitely a contender, as are Utena and FMA and Tenipuri.

fannish activity I've never done and would like to: ...not many? I mean, I've done ConCom, I've done site building, I've done archive management, I've done some smashing image editing and collage-work if I do say so, I've done meta and fic, I've done verbally ripping people's nuts off with my teeth... not much I otherwise have a hankering for, fannishly.
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So, um, I know it's not the solution that a dedicated mobile app would be, but I did write the Mobility style specifically so that it would scale reasonably for use on mobile devices. (Including the top-bar menu.) In case anyone who browses mostly on mobile might find it helpful. If anyone happens to make a sweet-looking theme for it, think about making that public? I only made two, out of the box.

RIP Inanna

Dec. 5th, 2018 04:23 pm
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Today my cat, Inanna, was put to sleep, and for once that actually seems like the right phrase for it. The hospice vet was very good. That made it a /little/ easier.

So here's a leaf of catnip lifted to my calico baby )
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In case I get in-comers from the blue hellsite... Welcome to a much nicer site!

Profile pages will be a big help in navigating around; that's where you can see what communities and users someone you find interesting reads. That's a good way to hopscotch around to things that have a good chance of interesting you. Or, if you feel lucky, you can hit Random Journal under Explore in the site menu.

Security and visibility are completely in your hands here. If you want to make a post that three specific people who read you won't see, behold you can do that. I'm not saying it's incredibly easy, but it's also not rocket science; just hit Manage Filters under Organize in the site menu. First link on the page is the one you want.

Incidentally, behold the site menu! It doesn't disappear and reappear randomly, how cool is that!?

/heavy sarcasm

The equivalent of tracking a tag is, loosely, a community. Make sure you put the name of the topic (the show, the book, the singer, the team, etc.) in the Interests field when you make the community's profile. That way people will be able to find it when they search. Helps if you talk it up a bit, so there's a group of people who all subscribe and start posting.

Also, lots of questions have been answered on the latest [site community profile] dw_news post, and the FAQ has a lot of how-to answers.
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Okay, finally found the next thread to pull, for the Finals matches! This is definitely going to be all about the various kouhai and their continuing development, which means a whole lot of spectator POV. And who else to use for Fuji’s match than Yuuta?

Today’s snippet:

Mizuki-san nodded, and cast a brief, approving look at Yanagisawa, where he was leaning on the back of Yuuta’s seat. “I wasn’t sure until I saw it myself, but I think you were right. That wasn’t just an intensification of his existing style; that must have been a genuine breakthrough. Fuji Shuusuke has never been hungry to win, before, but look at him now.”

Yuuta was already looking, and the change was a little amazing. He’d never seen his brother stand like was now, as he and Yanagi shook hands, weight already on his toes, ready to move and leaning into the coming match.

“At one point, I thought that meant he wouldn’t be a true challenge,” Mizuki-san added in a tone that might have sounded neutral to an unsuspecting listener.

Given the brother he had, Yuuta hadn’t been unsuspecting since he’d been about seven, so instead of mentioning that it seemed like Aniki hadn’t been a real challenge to the top-level Nationals players, he said, “Will the change throw off Yanagi, do you think?”

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If I had ever questioned whether Yukimura is actually made of crazy, which I hadn’t really because that’s /always/ how he comes out, I would really, really not question it after today’s words.

And incidentally, Tezuka is just as crazy, because this was /exactly/ the outcome he was aiming for by throwing Echizen into a match with Yukimura.

Good grief.

Today’s snippet:

Ryouma frowned, remembering that match, suddenly wondering about that difference. Atobe had… he had… well, enjoyed it, yes, but not like he was enjoying his opponent being in pain or trouble. Ryouma did know what that looked like; that was the kind of opponent he’d always taken the most pleasure in crushing, when he met one. No, Atobe hadn’t been like that. He’d been… excited, that was close, but not just that. Fascinated? Delighted? In love? None of this was sounding any less borderline perverted, but it hadn’t been like that, he’d just looked at Tezuka-buchou like…

He glanced back up at Yukimura and lost his breath all at once. Yukimura was smiling, not broad but still bright and wild, completely intent on Ryouma. A smile that invited, demanded, dared him to step up and meet it. He actually took a reflex step forward in answer, and Yukimura laughed, softly.

Atobe had looked at Tezuka-buchou like that.

“If we don’t play all out, no matter what, then what are we standing on this court for, Echizen?” Yukimura asked, voice low, just between the two of them. “How is there any fun in holding back?”

This was crazy, completely crazy, he could still see the pained shortness of Yukimura’s breathing, from this close, but something in Ryouma still leaped up in answer, bright and wild and wanting what Yukimura was showing him right now. He thought Yukimura saw it, too, because he laughed again as he stepped past, toward his court. “Now. Come and show me what you’ve got, Echizen. All of it.”

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Very sharp

Sep. 27th, 2018 12:58 am
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Okay, I suppose I do get why Sanada was dragging his feet over this scene. Yukimura is kind of the definition of ruthless when he feels it’s called for.

Today’s snippet:

“You’re still breathing hard; Atobe definitely has the edge in endurance.” As Genichirou grimaced, a corner of Yukimura’s mouth quirked up. “He did the last time you played, also.”

Genichirou was quiet for a moment, looking down at his hands clenched tight around his towel. “You think he was already at this point, when we played before the National round started.”

“Yes.”

At that, Genichirou looked up, annoyed. “Then why didn’t you say so?”

Yukimura’s brows rose. “Should I have needed to?”

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Sometimes there are days when you’re so dragged out from work or school or life that you get home and just collapse, and your characters are likewise collapsed all over your brain, and no one has the energy to do anything, even if you know generally what happens next.

And then, sometimes, your characters don’t give a good goddamn about what kind of day you had, and go running through your brain yelling madly, grab you by the collar, and jump onto a word-sled to shoot down the story-mountain at a hundred miles an hour, and you’re left blinking, dazed, at a few thousand words, wondering what just happened.

So, yeah, that was a match that just happened there.

Today’s snippet:

Genichirou took a slow breath and let it out, and made himself look at the thought straight on. Yukimura was right. Six games in was far longer than it should have taken him to realize this. He glanced over at the coach’s bench, and snorted at the serene smile Yukimura gave him back. Normally it was Akaya who got that look, and it stung a little to have it directed at him, but he probably deserved it.

All right, then, enough fooling around.

He stood at his baseline and closed his eyes for a breath, feeling the flow of his breath down to the bottom of his belly and back, feeling the absolute solidity of the ground under his feet and the bounds of the court around him. He breathed out all his thoughts and expectations, and opened his eyes.

Across the court, Atobe threw his head back, laughing out loud, arms spread wide as if in welcome. “About time, Sanada!”

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Atobe is so much fun to write, seriously. He’s not actually unbalanced, at least not moreso than any of the tenipuri characters, which… okay, that’s not the strongest statement. But he’s just so much more flamboyant in his glee than most of them.

Also, Sanada is going to regret making assumptions, very much and very shortly, and their grudge match will probably be a 24/7/365 thing after this. But that seems to be their idea of fun, by and large, bless their insane little hearts.

Today’s snippet:

Sanada tracked the next serve closely, and straightened with a snort. “Interesting, but certainly not unbreakable,” he called across the net, and Keigo laughed, exhilarated by the solid weight of knowledge in his mind, the knowledge of what Sanada would do with this serve.

“Let’s see, shall we?”

Sure enough, Sanada dashed forward into the next serve to catch it before it bounced. That ball spun wild, nearly hitting the top row of the stands. The fourth ball went wild too, but not nearly as far, and new strokes layered themselves into Keigo’s vision of Sanada’s game. Sanada knew extreme topspin was the way to counter; the next time Keigo’s serve came around, he’d be ready.

Ready to be pulled up to the net, and sacrifice oh so much of his back-court.

Keigo laughed softly, delight singing through him. This… this was the full realization of the World of Ice, to see and to know and to use what he knew to build his whole game, not just individual shots.

This was his game.

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