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fic: dark clouds gathering

My first fic of the decade, and it's the one where Simon fast-pentas Alys. This one involved a sudden panic this morning when I realised I'd messed up some of the canon details, but working out what really happens in canon has helped me figure out a bit more of what was going on, so that was helpful in the end.

So here it is:

dark clouds gathering (6805 words) by Philomytha
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Simon Illyan/Alys Vorpatril
Characters: Alys Vorpatril, Simon Illyan, Count Vordrozda, Count Vorhalas
Additional Tags: Barrayaran politics, Interrogation, truth drugs, Angst, Book: The Warrior's Apprentice
Summary:

The close relatives of suspected traitors must be questioned by ImpSec. For the most high-ranking, the Chief of ImpSec performs the interrogations himself. And everyone knows that Lord Ivan Vorpatril is ruled by his mother.



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Yuletide reveals

I wrote Peelian Principles, a Nightingale-centric missing scene set during Lies Sleeping for @luthien. Luthien's requests were perfectly up my alley, wanting missing scenes and Nightingale's perspective on Peter. I started writing this not sure exactly where it was going, with just the first line with Seawoll as a key to the story. The conversation with Chorley came out of nowhere, but after re-reading the section where Peter gets kidnapped and Chorley's efforts to persuade him to change sides, I wondered if Chorley might have thought Nightingale should be his natural ally, and made some efforts in that direction. And then I wasn't sure where the ending was for this, I overshot and started trying to write another scene of Nightingale clearing the warehouse and finding the prison where Peter had been held, but it wasn't working, and then I went back and edited the scene with Sahra and the whole thread about Nightingale's hair popped into my head and it just worked. So that's where that story came from. I keep thinking I don't have anything much to say about RoL, and then I keep getting these exchange assignments and discovering I have lots more, which is nice.

And my lovely Wimsey gifts, Good Morrow to our Waking Soules and As Their Wimsey Takes Him were by Jay Tryfanstone and tinx_r respectively. Thank you both so much for writing for me!

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Another fic: Four Swords

I seem to be doing a lot of finishing things off at the moment, which is making me happy. I suspect that procrastination about Philomythulus's DLA form is the reason - it's amazing how much writing I can do when I have something to procrastinate on, and the DLA form is a thing of horror and nightmares and I can only cope with it in small doses.

Anyway, I have finished another fic, this time fluffy and short and gen as a contrast to the last. Next up, if I can keep my momentum going, is probably the one where Simon fast-pentas Alys...

Four Swords (737 words) by Philomytha
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan, Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan Vorpatril
Additional Tags: Kid Fic, Mostly Fluff
Summary:

Miles and Ivan play duelling.



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Fic: Adrenalin Trap

I wrote another fic! One of my stranger ones: I feel like this story needs some explanation. I started it last year when I was writing Aral/Simon for Not Prime Time for @karanguni and found this prompt: Aral and Simon watch pornography together for SERIOUS security reasons. And I stared at that prompt and wondered, what security reasons could be serious enough that Simon doesn't just give Aral the precis? And then I thought, Escobar. And then I thought, this would be even more fun if Simon was both watching AND participating in the pornographic video. And then I thought about my favourite new ship from CVA: Simon/adrenalin. And then I wrote a lot and the plot got horribly tangled up and I gave up and wrote something different for NPT. But I untangled the plot recently and finished it off and now we have it, the worst way to negotiate a poly relationship ever seen.

Anyway, @karanguni, it's gone a bit off-piste from your original prompt, but here it is anyway:

Adrenalin Trap (7631 words) by Philomytha
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Simon Illyan/OFC, Simon Illyan/Aral Vorkosigan
Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Espionage, Drugs, Interrogation, Dubious Consent, Barrayaran consent issues, Time Period: Vorkosigan Regency, the largest collection of pornography on Barrayar, Escobar
Summary:

Simon Illyan likes to live dangerously. It's a bad habit for the Chief of ImpSec.



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Fic: Rising Tide

I wrote a fic for Trick or Treat as a treat for the lovely @frith_in_thorns, since I can hardly be expected to resist a request for Simon Illyan, h/c and loyalty. I also threw in Cordelia being Betan at people, kid!Miles, and Count Piotr, just in case there was any worry about whether or not it would be obvious who wrote this :-D

Rising Tide (4038 words) by Philomytha
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Simon Illyan, Piotr Pierre Vorkosigan, Miles Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Barrayaran politics, Storms And Floods, Hurt/Comfort
Summary:

Cordelia deals with the aftermath of a violent protest.



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tumblr fics

So I have two fics inspired by posts on tumblr lately.

The first is inspired by a post someone made a while back saying that Illyan should have reported immediately to his second in command when he started to have things go wrong with his memory chip. And I thought, yeah, but his second in command is Haroche. So that's the story of this fic:

Error State
Illyan attempts to report his chip problems to Haroche.

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The other is a ficlet as requested by twicelivedsummer here.

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twentieth century woman in the twenty-first century

Sometimes living in the future is great.

The seal on our shower screen is giving up the will to live. On my most recent trip to B&Q - a regular occurrence when you have all unknowing married someone whose favourite words are 'no, we don't need to call anyone out, I can fix that myself' - I was instructed to find a new one and given dimensions. Of course they don't have anything with the precise dimensions, so I get the closest of the four available options and bring it home. It doesn't fit, and so Mr P suggests there's probably a website called shower seals dotcom where I can find every possible variety of shower seal and they'll have one that fits our shower. I laugh in his face, because this is obviously ridiculous.

My friends, there is such a website, with a trifling variation of name (just in case you are ever in this particular situation, it's showersealuk.com) and they do have every possible shape and style of shower seal. Including one that will fit our shower, which is now in the post to us. I am just delighted that this is a sufficiently common problem that some enterprising person has discovered that he can buy up stock of every kind of shower seal imaginable, list them all on one easy-to-use website, and sell them across the country in sufficient numbers to, presumably, make a living. There are times when I am annoyed by the modern world, like when Philomythulus discovered that if he types the words on his favourite marble run box into Google image search he can find 10,000 other marble runs that he would like me to buy, but this, I have to say, is excellent.

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