lost_spook: (s&s - silver)
From [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1: Which Elements haven't you cast yet, and want to?


Something I hadn't thought about for a long while! When I first watched Sapphire and Steel and fell headlong in love with it and all its weirdness, I also became obsessed with other Elements.

I still don't see how you can not be - the four we know are all fascinating, inhuman, very different to each other and completely mysterious. They are even, we learn in Assignment Three, something of a mystery to each other. (While Steel speculates on Silver's unknown origins, Sapphire replies that she wonders much the same about him & we definitely get the impression that they were quite different.) So, how could I help but be intrigued by the others we hear about - the list in the opening credits, Copper (who is always having trouble with Silver, & in the audios, whom Silver nevertheless defends as being incapable of betraying them), Jet (who sends her love to Steel) and Mercury, who is a technician like Silver. There's always a sense of how important they are to each other, even if often accompanied by fear/mistrust of some kind. In addition, in the audios, we meet Gold and Ruby (even if I have still not yet met Ruby). And I forget what the exact number was stated to be, but there are well over 100 of them, and then there's the possibility of Elements who defected or who were lost/destroyed - and maybe Elements are still being 'made' (or found, or chosen, or whatever it is)? If, of course, 'Elements' is even the proper name for them, whatever they are.

So I obsessed and obsessed about it all, home alone and ill, and then generated a shiny list of 100 Element prompts for Sapphire, Steel, Silver and Lead and any other likely Elements and wrote lots of them. I made a post of my ideas about these other Elements once before, here (as I'd been asked) and included casting, because Elements are so - I don't know the best word - but visual? sensual? something? - anyway, it seemed to make sense to have a physical base for the character. (I notice that quite a lot of people who've also written original Elements seem to have done the same thing.)

I hunted up a further list of prompts I'd made and saved on my PC (what? 100's not many...) and according to that, it seems that these are the 'Elements' I was contemplating back in the day:

Zinc, Quartz, Tin, Emerald, Opal, Jasper, and Amber.

I assume that in my periodic table/alloy/jewel/whatever obsession I'd come across some interesting properties of these but it was so long ago now I have no idea, unfortunately, but that was generally where it began, if they weren't in the list from the intro - I browsed through Wiki looking for stuff that had interesting aspects for an Element. I hadn't got as far as casting yet, though! I hadn't even really written Mercury, who I'd had in mind for ages, let alone some new ones. I probably thought it was time to try and be sensible (and no doubt then got into something even more obscure, very likely Public Eye.)

But... fellow S&S fans (I know there are a few) how about you? I am seriously obsessed with Elements. Please tell me if you made any up and who they were and if you cast them and what your thinking was! I love how completely open the canon is and that I can write Copper and then read and enjoy someone else's totally different take on Copper - or Jet or Diamond or the Transuranics (they're unreliable and can't be counted, says Steel). What thoughts do other people have?

So, you see, I just love Elements. I made a masterlist of all the OC Element fic I could find. When I listened to the commentary for the last episode, PJ Hammond said that the thing he was sorriest about was that they didn't get to meet the others, Copper and Jet and the rest, and I was just: oh, me too, PJ Hammond, me too! (So, maybe I wouldn't hate a remake - if it was properly cool and weird and mysterious and had new Elements just every once in a while, the way they had Silver and Lead before.) I love Elements! I wanted more!! (Even if I really hadn't got around to any more casting.)
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
Well, it did go live, and even though I think it may have been quieter than some years, I got rather a lot of nice things in my stocking!

[personal profile] liadtbunny wrote me Public Eye fic, If I had a Million Pounds and posted a small picspam of James Maxwell from a thing called The Prison. (It looks like a great source for if I wanted Copper-related pics of him.) I also had a picspam from [personal profile] dunderklumpen, who went to all the trouble of finding pics of my random favourite old TV actors for me here.

Clocket made me a brilliant bit of art of Frank Marker; [personal profile] finisterre made me some old TV icons & [personal profile] rosied found me a link to a huge list of genealogy blogs, so I should be able to find something interesting in there.

Also there was more fic! It's been a bumper holiday season for Sapphire & Steel, that's for certain.

I had The Bright Side of Time (Silver, Sapphire, the TARDIS, Clara & Twelve) by [personal profile] kaffyr, Something Hungry Under the Stone (Silver) by [personal profile] annariel, and Just Passing Through (Silver/Liz) by [personal profile] john_amend_all.

Thank you, everyone! ♥


I did manage to write three little ficlets, as follows under the cut, but I'm sorry I couldn't do more!

Ficlets in New Tricks, OUaT & Historical RPF )
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
And progressing on with the bingos:

A Tear the Sun Lets Fall (4516 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bronze & Copper (Sapphire & Steel)
Characters: Bronze (Sapphire and Steel), Copper (Sapphire and Steel)
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Pre-Series, Community: hc_bingo, Elemental Weirdness
Summary:

For once, Bronze is afraid, and something more than time has been broken.



For the “tyranny/rebellion” square for Hurt/Comfort Bingo, and also the prompt Bronze & Copper – rescue + penance and reform. I always wonder about playing too much with the 'mythology' of the series (any explanations and the whole thing might break) but sometimes I can't resist poking at it.
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
One of the other fics I had written ages ago, awaiting editing. It took a while, because, really it wanted to escape and become fully-fledged fic, which it can't yet. (Maybe one day.)

Title: Genius Loci
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2552
Characters/Pairings: Sapphire, Silver, Copper
Warnings None.
Summary: There’s an ornamental fountain that’s slowing time down – and that’s not the only surprise hiding within it…

Prompt 70: silver & sapphire & copper - Supernatural AU & Fountain of youth. (1750s)

Genius Loci )
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
It's a side-effect of obsessing about Sapphire & Steel.

I made this post a while two months ago, partly for me, partly to share, but then again, it does feel weird going on about "my" Elements and mental casting sometimes seems a bit odd too. However, I have this post, I did cast actors (it's such a visual show; it seemed a logical step if I was going to make up Elements, and there was no chance I wasn't) and [personal profile] swordznsorcery asked me about it the other day. So here it is. If people are going to be patient enough to read the resulting 100 Element Prompt fics, I might as well share the pictures, after all. (Also with links to the relevant Wiki pages, mainly for my own convenience.)

Medium atomic weights are available )
lost_spook: (s&s - silver door)
Title: Vengeful Spirits
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1443
Characters/Pairings: Silver, Copper
Warnings Some non-graphic stabbing/bleeding. Pre-canon (early 1500s).
Summary: Copper and Silver are trapped in a crypt.

(prompt 51: copper & silver - Stranded/survival scenario & Hurt/Comfort)

Vengeful Spirits )
lost_spook: (b7 - dayna)
I'm too tired to talk/comment but I have fic what I wrote earlier, so I'm just going to post two of those now, excuse the slight spammage.

Title: Wired
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 745
Characters/Pairings: Jet, Copper (Jet/Copper)
Warnings None.
Summary: It was lurking in the wiring…

prompt 1: jet & copper - Hero and sidekick & Turning to the dark side

Wired )
lost_spook: (s&s)
Title: Memory
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 862
Characters/Pairings: Ruby, Lead, Copper
Warnings None.
Summary: He thinks of her every time he hears the song…

Prompt 15: lead & ruby & copper - Confession of love & Timeloops

Memory )
lost_spook: (james maxwell)
I'm sorry about spamming you all in the last couple of days, but I seem to have things ready to post.

Title: Imaginary
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2138
Characters/Pairings: Copper, OC
Warnings None.
Summary: Copper’s only here to fix a fault in the wiring, but the fault seems to have other ideas – and there’s an unwanted young human in the way…

Prompt 9: copper - Vampires & Soulmates.

Imaginary )
lost_spook: (s&s - silver)
Title: Daylight Robbery
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 739
Characters/Pairings: Silver, Copper, Jet
Warnings None. (Dubious historical silliness?)
Summary: Silver’s got a history with royal residences – and royal property.

(Prompt 97: silver - Snowed in & Noodle incident. It’s very likely I would have written this sooner had I known that a noodle incident was not necessarily a thing that involved noodles. These prompts are very instructive. Ha.

All incidents referred to in here, barring two which are my own invention, refer to actual historical/legendary items. At least, according to the internet.)

Daylight Robbery )
lost_spook: (s&s - steel)
Title: Evasions
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 491
Characters/Pairings: Steel, Copper
Warnings None.
Summary: Steel, Copper, a book and possibly flirting… (Pre-canon, 1850s).

(prompt 45: copper & steel - Missing scene & Woke up gay. Or: an impossible prompt I wasn’t going to bother writing, except of course once I thought that, I immediately went off and wrote it. Although this was as far as either of them were prepared to go.)

Evasions )
lost_spook: (james maxwell)
Title: Consequences
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1439
Characters/Pairings: Copper (some Copper/OFC)
Warnings Slight telepathic shippage, human/element, brief mentions of death/mortality/illness.
Summary: There’s something important Copper’s forgotten. (Pre-canon, 1860s.)

(Prompt 76: copper - College AU & Skeletons in the closet)

Refers back to Private Ventures (the “college au” therefore being the follow up from the school au – I’m not planning on writing that type of AU with Elements).

Consequences )
lost_spook: (Default)
Wait, I said I was going to post fic, didn't I? Here's one I made earlier... (Um, two weeks ago, I don't know. I hoard fic on Word or something.)

Title: Connections
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1045
Characters/Pairings: Silver, Copper
Warnings Pre-canon, 1600s (but it doesn’t make much difference down a mine shaft)
Summary: An assignment’s gone badly wrong and now Silver is missing.

(Prompt 5: copper & silver - Confession in desperate situation & Timeloops)

Connections )
lost_spook: (S&S - Sapphire no text)
Title: Reflections
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 879
Characters/Pairings: Sapphire, Copper (slight Sapphire/Copper)
Warnings None. Pre-canon, 1760s.
Summary: The assignment’s all but over, so Sapphire finds other ways to amuse herself. (Prompt 19: copper & sapphire - Pre-canon & Parallel universes)

Reflections )
lost_spook: (Default)
Title: Private Ventures
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1303
Characters/Pairings: Copper, Silver
Warnings None. Pre-canon, 1840s.
Summary: Charles Smith is a teacher, that’s all, but his life doesn't seem to add up... (Prompt 27: copper - Power reversal & Boarding school AU)

Private Ventures )
lost_spook: (S&S - very odd)
Title: Runaway
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 604
Characters/Pairings: Cerium, Copper (OCs)
Warnings None, or Circuses, wilful obscurity (again)
Summary: Cerium hasn’t run away; something’s run away with her. (Prompt 42: Cerium & Copper - Ran away to join the circus & Vampires.)

Notes & Ficlet )

(I promise the next one will at least have Elements We Have Met in.)
lost_spook: (S&S - Silver looks up)
It suddenly struck me, after my screen capping yesterday that James Maxwell was really not far off the idea of Copper I had in my head for a fic I wrote a while back. And I felt the need to draw Copper then, so I did, and scanned it in for today's 'naart' for [livejournal.com profile] naarmamo.

Copper )

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