Ah, My Town

Feb. 21st, 2019 10:10 pm
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My friends, allow me to illustrate for you how posh my village is.

The bloke and I went out to the theatre tonight to watch some live comedy (Rob Newman; yes yes we are so Radio 4 and also old). We got there a bit early so I could have a glass of wine - my turn for the booze as I'm driving home from the rugby tomorrow night - and it was very quiet.

As we sat enjoying our drinks, a lad entered and uncovered the keyboard on the piano. He started playing, badly. Two of his friends followed. One of them pushed him out of the way and started playing, reasonably well. A few more friends trickled in, teasing him, as he continued to play, much to our amusement.

The theatre manager came over and politely asked to see their tickets to the show, which, being under the age of 35 (and that's me being generous; most of the audience were at least a decade older), they did not have. They left without a fuss.

And that, my friends, is an illustration of a Night Out interrupted by the Yoot in My Town. #cryingwithlaughter

Dear Subconscious, you are not subtle

Feb. 21st, 2019 01:42 pm
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One of last night's dreams involved being headhunted by the VP from my last job ... for a department manager at a some sort of futuristic slick version of Fred Meyer. There was a meal at a fancy restaurant to encourage me to sign the employment contract. The Devil and his fabulously-dressed henchwoman showed up and sat at the table with a drink for me, and the Devil said, "Come be a department manager for me instead. Our salary and benefits package is far better".

The Marriage Consummation Meme

Feb. 21st, 2019 01:57 pm
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The Marriage Consummation Meme
a smut meme

The wedding bells have rung - or the correct sacrifices have been made, depending on your culture. Whatever the case may be, you're married now, and the night is yours. However, there is one expectation on you: it's time to consummate the marriage.

Whether you're in love, in this marriage because it was arranged, or absolutely in hate with your new spouse, you're with them now. Have you two been intimate before this, or is your first time...with them or first time period? Do you know what you want and are you full of lust, or do you have no clue what's going on? Maybe you even have to seduce your partner who wants nothing to do with this!

...or, most forbidden of all, you're not the one getting married to this person. You just have to be with them on their wedding night, because you want them no matter what!
  1. Comment with your character and include your preferences.
  2. Comment to others.
  3. Thread out wedding night smut and shipping.
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I'm getting a horrendous wave of anonymous spam. I think. It's in Japanese.

Anyways, I've turned on Captchas for anon commenting, because I really don't have time for this right now.

If that doesn't stop it, I'll be turning off anon commenting.

Tell me what you think

Feb. 21st, 2019 12:23 pm
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1) I have a question that I've decided to turn into a poll.

Poll #21424 Author's Notes?
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Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 18

Do you read Author's Notes?

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12 (66.7%)

Some but not in every chapter
2 (11.1%)

For some stories but not others
2 (11.1%)

On occasion
1 (5.6%)

1 (5.6%)

Do you read a Vidder's Notes?

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9 (56.2%)

For some vids but not others
4 (25.0%)

On occasion
3 (18.8%)

0 (0.0%)

Do you read an Artist's Notes?

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10 (55.6%)

For some works but not others
4 (22.2%)

On occasion
2 (11.1%)

2 (11.1%)

Do you read a Podficcer's Notes?

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6 (46.2%)

For some works but not others
1 (7.7%)

On occasion
2 (15.4%)

4 (30.8%)

If you do read Notes for any of the above, how come?

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I find them fun
10 (55.6%)

I like getting to know the creator
14 (77.8%)

I find them informative
17 (94.4%)

I learn how to do my own work by reading what others say
4 (22.2%)

It increases my sense of community
6 (33.3%)

Something else I'll mention in comments
1 (5.6%)

If you don't read Notes for some or any of the above, how come?

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I don't have time
3 (37.5%)

I don't find them interesting
2 (25.0%)

I find them distracting
3 (37.5%)

I find them annoying
1 (12.5%)

I don't want to know more about the creator
0 (0.0%)

Something else I'll mention in comments
3 (37.5%)

2) I ran across this presentation on fanfic reading and wanted to share the following graphic for discussion: Read more... )

3) On Wait Wait Don't Tell Me a panelist joked that a better defense than a wall would be to send all the country's unvaccinated kids to the border. "We already have the cages, too." (Yes, we've had a measles outbreak locally.)

4) Does anyone reading this use Reddit? What fandom related groups would you recommend?

5) I was a Monkees fan many years ago (went to cons, the whole deal) so it was sad (though not unexpected) news that Peter Tork died. Here was my favorite song of theirs from their last album together, released in 2018: Read more... )

Poll #21425 Kudos Footer-22
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4 (100.0%)

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Breakfast for Dinner
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 1 of 2, complete
Word count (story only): 1467

:: This story begins after “Breathing Room,” (link to part one) when Bennett very abruptly decides that the talk of “getting away from it all” isn’t just idle chatter, but a very useful stratagem. Told from Jules’ perspective, this is the sea of uncertainty that he’s sailing in at the moment. ::

On to part two

Bocce teleported Jules and his father from the Finns’ living room to an enormous outdoor courtyard. They landed on a compass rose made of tiny pebbles, more than twelve feet from the tip of the red North arrow to the tip of the blue South arrow, and just as large from east to west, though both of those were made of small black stones flecked with white. “Welcome to my family home,” the teleporter declared, just as someone opened a sliding glass door and rushed out, chattering to Bocce in fierce, impossibly swift Italian.

“Oh, you’re making a great impression on our guests,” the teleporter announced dryly, waving toward Bennett first. “Taide, this is Bennett, and his son Jules. This, unfortunately, is my annoying younger sister, Taide.”

She stuck out her tongue at her brother, then whirled to sweep Bennett into a hug, despite the box of produce he carried. “It’s so good to finally meet someone Bocce wanted to bring home to the family!”

“Wait, uh! It’s not--” Bennett stammered, then caught the absolutely devilish grin on the young woman’s face. He snorted.

“Thanks for playing along,” she offered, in tones of apology, and hugged him again.

“And this is Jules. Jules, don’t let her behavior fool you, Taide is turning twenty-four next month and has been married nearly four years.” Bocce sighed, shaking his head. “I despair of her ever growing up, however.”

The teenager took a step back, holding up the box of produce in his arms in explanation. After a beat, Jules and the young Italian shared a merry grin. “Who wants to grow up?” they chorused. He offered a hand, but Taide pulled him into a fierce, swift hug as well.

“Glyn talks about you, quite well,” she whispered, then kissed Jules on both cheeks.

Blushing, the teen took a step back. “Woah, she like Edison, only taller!”

“Hmm?” Taide asked.

“A family friend, who is wonderfully tactile and high-touch,” Bennett explained. “Give Jules a second to adjust, please.”

Taide took a step back immediately, nodding. “We’ve got your rooms ready, and about half the household is asleep, but the other half is up and playing board games in the main room downstairs. It’s still evening where you were, right?”

Bennett nodded, draping an arm around Jules’s shoulders. “Come on, kid, let’s drop our bags and see if there’s something we can play without speaking any Italian. I wonder what their version of Candyland is?”

Bocce winced. “That game is miserable, and no one should have it inflicted upon them,” he insisted. “We’ve got all kinds of other games, though, and don’t worry about Italian; the household knows English and a few other languages. Dad has been hosting English-speaking college students every other semester since we were small, and my uncle’s business relies on a lot of foreign clients, making English a good option there, too.”

“What does your uncle do?” Bennett kept an arm around Jules until the teen nodded and took a half step away.

“I’ve got my balance,” Jules murmured to his dad.

“He does refits on small boats, sometimes on yachts.” Bocce shrugged. “If you ask him about it, bring a lunch, because he’ll talk your ear off,” he warned. He led the way through the same sliding doors that Taide had used, revealing a small sunroom furnished with more plants than furniture, and led the way to the right, past an indoor pool whose walls were largely made up of pairs of white French doors on the inner side, but whose outer windows were covered with white rolling shutters at the moment. Past them, as the hall branched, was a kitchen area, and a table large enough to seat six.

In the spacious, well-designed home, it seemed absurdly cozy.

Taide pointed down the hallway to one side. “On the left is the sauna, and the massage room. There’s a theater room down here, and then guest rooms on the other hallway.” She turned them toward the right again and stopped at the first door. She lifted a piece of chalk from the wooden tray mounted below a panel on the five-pane door, and grinned at Jules. “This one’s your room while you’re here. Put your name on it and any special instructions. Our sister’s says “Wake with coffee!” and has since she was a teenager.”

Jules eyed the cool blue surface framed by the same white trim as on the windows and French doors, then touched the chalk to it. Halfway through the long stroke of the capital ‘J,’ the chalk broke. He sighed, shaking his head, and quickly scrawled his name, before bending to retrieve the other half of the broken stick. He wobbled, and only his dad’s hand planting on the door stopped Jules from bumping his head on the way down to fetch the chalk.

He opened the door on a half-bitten off sigh.

His room held a double bed, with a thick ottoman running the width of it at the foot, and an armchair in the corner. Both of the windows were behind the metal blinds, and seemed to run from floor to ceiling. Bocce waved toward the wall switch below the shoulder-height one with a light in the toggle. “The plain switch is the control for the blinds, and you can open them after four in the morning if you want to watch the sun rise.”

Taide pointed to the right. “You and your dad share a bathroom, with a shower and toilet in separate stalls. The garden tub is in the main part of the bath. Everything locks, but the house has a medical override rule in case of emergency.”

She cocked an eyebrow at Jules. “Your housemates on this floor are in the other two downstairs bedrooms. Shall I warn you that sometimes people don’t remember to grab towels or robes when coming out of one private space on the way to another?”

Jules blushed as he shook his head. “No. I get it.”

“There was some talk about your friend Glyn needing therapy to, as you say ‘get it.’ That kid was truly too upset about it.” Taide ran a hand through her smooth, caramel-brown hair as a silent commentary.

Instead of agreeing, Jules flinched, dragging his fingers through eggplant purple hair. “Cut her some slack. Her parents wanted her to be some kind of perfect little…” Jules shivered. “Therapy would be a good idea, but nobody should be hassling her just because she doesn’t want to see naked people. I don’t either.”

“Enh,” Taide offered, shrugging. “Your loss.” She waved off the whole topic, and took a deep breath. “The outdoor pools require suits, but the indoor one doesn’t.” She added a warmer smile. “Don’t worry, the people most likely to be using it are our grandparents. The rule is that if you don’t have swimming certs, water safety and the like, come get someone. Nonna and Nonnino, our grandmother and grandfather, are excellent swimmers, and will usually be happy to have company at the pool.”

“Got it,” Jules nodded. “I have my certs for water safety. Dad insisted.”

“Do you blame me?” Bennett asked dryly.

Bocce opened the door to the last room in the corridor, revealing a larger room with a cluster of fat, rusty-red leather armchairs near the shuttered windows, and a flat screen television mounted on the side wall above a long dresser. “The remotes for everything in here are in the nearer night stand,” he told Bennett. “The bed act like a hospital bed, with the different controls marked with icons. Any questions, find somebody and ask.”

Bennett opened the closet door, then blinked in shock. “I had a smaller apartment than that when you were a baby, Jules.” The dark-haired man jerked a thumb toward the space. “Your travel crib fit where that short wall is.”

“Dad,” Jules offered, rolling his eyes, “that space is too small to put a twin bed in, and there’s no room for a kitchen!”

“Didn’t have either one,” Bennett admitted, shrugging. He set his bag gently on the floor, and pulled the closet door closed. “So, color me flabbergasted, which is several steps past speechless, Bocce.” He paused. “Names? Should I count the name you gave us first as the only one I should ‘hear’?”

“I like him,” Taide laughed, then shook her head. “Bocce’s the only one connected to… odd stuff. The rest of our family is pretty typical.”

Jules cast a long glance at the daylight programmable fixtures in the ceiling, then nodded. “Okay, Can deal.” He cleared his throat. “Would you mind stopping me before I make an enormous mistake, though? This isn’t… what we’re used to.”

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Chocolate Box reveals have happened! And surprise, I wrote Guardian for my assignment. This is set after Zhao Yunlan's trip to the past and deals with one of the things I love most about the drama.

Title: always already meant it
Fandom: 镇魂 | Guardian (TV)
Pairing: Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan
Rating: PG-13
Content tags Time Loops, New Beginnings, Bed-Sharing, Missing Scene, Episode 36
Summary: "Was the timeline always already fixed? Did we ever have a choice?"

Originally posted here at AO3.

always already meant it )

The Big Idea: Howard Andrew Jones

Feb. 21st, 2019 05:14 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

In today’s Big Idea, Howard Andrew Jones muses on the nature of heroism, and what it means for his latest novel, For the Killing of Kings.


I think a lot of us are inspired by heroism before we really know what it is. I still remember tuning into an original Star Trek re-run for the first time when I was five years old. Before long I saw Kirk and Spock stand against a horde of angry miners after they discovered that the creature everyone thought a murderous monster was simply defending its young from genocide. Those two faced their own prejudices and changed their minds when exposed to new information, then risked their lives to see the just thing done.

I wanted to be like THOSE guys. Episode after episode, even if they didn’t always have the right answer, even if they sometimes made mistakes, they struggled to do the right thing when there might be no reward but death. They risked everything for their friends, their allies, and those who had no voice.

Of course, at five, I didn’t quite get the weighty stuff, I just liked the adventure of it all. And I sure loved swashbuckling, probably because I imprinted on The Four Musketeers when I caught it in the theatre at about the same time. It may seem worlds away from Star Trek, but that movie and its predecessor, The Three Musketeers (which I caught later) were similar to my favorite TV show in the way that its characters stood as one against their foes.

Nowadays, when fame seems easily acquired by looking good, possessing a lot of money, or shouting loudly, heroism can be taken for granted, or seen as quaint: often the most celebrated modern figures are those who get away with things they probably shouldn’t, or those who act the most outrageously entitled. These are cynical times, I get it, and sometimes it seems that facts and truth are dead (along with irony) and that heroes are just people whose dark sides haven’t been scooped yet.

But I don’t think I’m alone in remaining fascinated with heroes, and wishing we heard more about them. Heroism can supersede our cultural wars because it isn’t about defending a narrow set of beliefs dictated by a few who want to stay in power. It isn’t defined by ideology, but by the selflessness of those who protect others. Above all, heroism stands in stark contrast with selfishness, that most common of evils that creeps into a person or a society too self-indulgent to keep it at bay.

Now that I look back on all my touchstones, both those early ones and later discoveries, like the accounts of brave soldiers and civilians in the Second World War, I’m not at all surprised that I’ve ended up writing about heroes. For the Killing of Kings takes the perspective of a corps of veteran soldiers as they stumble into a conspiracy that may lead all the way to the throne. Truths have been twisted, facts invented, and the less powerful silenced and ignored. When two of these warriors, sworn to lay down their lives to defend the realm, ask the wrong questions, they’re framed for murder, declared traitors, and are forced to flee for their lives, their own friends in deadly pursuit.

Over the ensuing pages their bonds strengthen as they best terrible dangers and cross terrifying lands. They have to make agonizing choices and risk everything both to learn the truth and to seek a just future for all. In short, sacrifices must be made. Sometimes, because of their actions, they discover allies where others would see only enemies. And because I loved the weird world building and the layers within layers I discovered in The Chronicles of Amber (a major inspiration for this series) they see plenty of peculiar sites and uncover multiple secrets.

Of course good heroes need good villains, but given that I want the unveiling mysteries of this book to be one of its draws, the real villains and their plans probably ought to remain hidden here – although I think the back cover mentions that an enemy invasion is taking place just as Elenai and Kyrkenall begin their journey into the shifting lands. The greatest heroes need the biggest challenges to rise above.

I love characters swathed in gray as much as the next guy, from Conan to Corwin of Amber to the Gray Mouser, and yet somehow I keep ending up writing about heroes. I just seemed programmed that way. I have an honest love of adventure stories, and I surely hope my fiction amuses and even thrills readers. But if my words can provide solace and, dare I hope, inspiration for someone to stand tall in the face of adversity, and to take right action when wrongs are being committed, why, that will be a pretty grand thing.


For the Killing of Kings: Amazon|Barnes and Noble|Indiebound|Powell’s|Books A Million|iBooks

Read an excerpt. Visit the author’s site. Follow him on Facebook, or Twitter.

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Feb. 21st, 2019 08:53 am
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* "Andrew McCabe Had Robert Mueller As A Boss:"

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* "White House prepares to scrutinize intelligence agencies’ finding that climate change threatens national security:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/white-house-readies-panel-to-assess-if-climate-change-poses-a-national-security-threat/2019/02/19/ccc8b29e-3396-11e9-af5b-b51b7ff322e9_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e194932e11ba

“We’re doing our best to try and counter this myth that CO2 is a dangerous pollutant,” he said. “It’s not a pollutant at all. . . . We should be telling the scientific truth, that more CO2 is actually a benefit to the earth.”

* "‘Sustained and ongoing’ disinformation assault targets Dem presidential candidates:" https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/20/2020-candidates-social-media-attack-1176018

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* I did manage to forage Wednesday, which was good because we needed the perishables. The line was huge and I had to park far away.

We went out to do the thing where he tries to drive the car to the mechanic, but it sure sounded like engine and nor starter or alternator, so it had to be towed. This may be it for his truck and his car needs about $2000.00 of work to be drivable, so idk what happens next.

* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

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[#008] Hometown (The Big Chill)

Feb. 21st, 2019 08:21 am
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Theme Prompt: #008- Schadenfreude
Title: Hometown
Fandom: The Big Chill
Rating/Warnings: PG
Bonus: Yes
Word Count: 960
Summary: (the AU where they just get together and stay together) Michael doesn't return to his hometown often. He's normally of the opinion that no news out of the old neighborhood is going to make him happy. This time, something does.
Read more... )

Chocolate Box Author Reveals

Feb. 21st, 2019 07:14 am
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Title: come down and kiss me fairly
Fandom: Kidnapped! by Robert Louis Stevenson (Davie/Alan)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2,300
Notes: Matched on something else, LOVED the prompts for this and read the book pronto. I regret nothing.
Summary: Five times Alan kissed Davie.

Title: At Your Door Heart in Hand
Fandom: Babylon 5 (Michael/Jeff)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,800
Notes: Picked this up as a pinch hit. Been meaning to write Michael/Jeff.
Summary: When Michael arrives on Babylon 5, he has no idea what to expect, least of all from Jeff.


Feb. 21st, 2019 07:45 am
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You can't deny you're interested in this person romantically, but normal, modern "dating" is not on the table. Whether you call a more classical or classical fantasy time period home or you're simply a sucker for the traditional, a courtship is what the two of you are about to enter!

  • Comment with your character, preferences, etc. You can OU, AU, what have you.
  • Reply to others.
  • Depending on what culture, era, and style of courtship you think would be interesting to play out, there are many different guidelines and traditions. Feel free to get inspired!
  • Is it an arranged courtship, or did everyone involved enter because they wanted to and it was their idea? That's up to you. You're also welcome to play this as the obvious shippy, bromantic, awkward, or something else entirely.

Reverse Location Search Warrants

Feb. 21st, 2019 12:33 pm
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Posted by Bruce Schneier

The police are increasingly getting search warrants for information about all cellphones in a certain location at a certain time:

Police departments across the country have been knocking at Google's door for at least the last two years with warrants to tap into the company's extensive stores of cellphone location data. Known as "reverse location search warrants," these legal mandates allow law enforcement to sweep up the coordinates and movements of every cellphone in a broad area. The police can then check to see if any of the phones came close to the crime scene. In doing so, however, the police can end up not only fishing for a suspect, but also gathering the location data of potentially hundreds (or thousands) of innocent people. There have only been anecdotal reports of reverse location searches, so it's unclear how widespread the practice is, but privacy advocates worry that Google's data will eventually allow more and more departments to conduct indiscriminate searches.

Of course, it's not just Google who can provide this information.

I am also reminded of a Canadian surveillance program disclosed by Snowden.

I spend a lot of time talking about this sort of thing in Data and Goliath. Once you have everyone under surveillance all the time, many things are possible.

2 Interesting articles

Feb. 21st, 2019 03:26 am
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Ariel Henly at the Washington Post:

Hollywood should know better: You can't tell evil just by looking.


Moviegoers are supposed to know that characters such as Scar in “The Lion King,” Freddy Krueger and Doctor Poison are evil simply by looking at them. And it’s an impression that lasts long after moviegoers leave the theater, conditioning the general public to fear individuals who, like me, have asymmetrical faces, burns or scars, and to believe that we are not worthy of equality, empathy and inclusion.

Andrew Todd at /Film:

Off the Deep End: ‘A Star is Born’ and Why the MPAA Needs to Include Depictions of Suicide in Its Ratings


Content warning: this article contains forthright descriptions of suicide and suicidal thoughts. It also contains spoilers for A Star is Born.

Live From Instagram

Feb. 21st, 2019 08:54 am
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Painting at midnight. #crosspost

the texting picture prompt meme.

Feb. 21st, 2019 03:39 am
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A picture says more than a thousand words...

You're in the middle of something, maybe not something important (though, who can say, maybe it was), but you were in the middle of this maybe unimportant thing anyway and it interrupts you, when your phone beeps and a message ticks in. It's a picture. Someone took a picture and sent it your way. Does it make you happy? Curious? Do you want to know more? If yes, text them back! Inquire! Tell them what the picture makes you think about, how it makes you feel.

And on that note, converse!

How to play:

1. Top-level with your character. Include prefs and the like, if you wish.
2. Others now leave a comment with a picture their character has sent to yours.
3. Have your character respond with a text, then go tag around as you wish.
4. They text back, you text back, everyone texts like their lives depended on it.
5. Be entertained!
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Theme Prompt: #008 - Schadenfreude
Title: Searching
Fandom: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Rating/Warnings: Sith Warrior storyline spoilers, references to violence/abuse, Sith bein' Sith.
Bonus: Yes
Word Count: 810
Summary: Misplacing a datachip is not good for your health when you work for a Sith.

Searching )

2019 Assignments Are Out!

Feb. 21st, 2019 08:32 pm
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Assignments are out! Check AO3 if you have not received yours. Keep it secret - this is an anonymous exchange. And enjoy!!

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