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)
Title: Time Turns, Leaves Fall
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1352
Characters/Pairings: Ruby, Jet (OCs)
Notes/Warnings: Pre-canon, 1960s. S&S stuff happens. (Consider this an "Author Chooses Not To Warn" note, sorry.)
Summary: Time must go on, the leaves must fall. That’s why she’s here.

For [livejournal.com profile] element_flash September prompt “Falling Leaves”; [community profile] hc_bingo square “Trapped between realities” and 100 Element prompt 18 – Jet & Ruby – restrained & age regression.

Time Turns, Leaves Fall )
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: Missing Pieces
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 785
Characters/Pairings: Silver, Jet (Not-really-Silver/Jet*)
Warnings None.
Summary: Jet’s behaving strangely, and Silver’s worried…

Prompt 50: silver & jet - Wish-fulfillment & Confession of love. (1920s, immediately after Interrupted, although that isn’t important. As I said in my last post, there is a strange sort of backstory or two hanging around now…)

* I’m still working on whether fics are shippy or what warnings they need. S&S is weird/unique. It’s tough.

Missing Pieces )
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
Two S&S ficlets coming up (forgive the slight spammage) - they've been sitting around for a while, lacking only titles, which was silly.

Title: Purpose
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 405
Characters/Pairings: Jet, Steel
Warnings None. Pre-canon.
Summary: She is aware of darkness and of threads of light running through it…

Prompt 3: jet - Amnesia & Chromatic recasting (The second half of the prompt being redundant; take that, random generator.)

Purpose )
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 - 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: (b7 - dayna)
Title: Small Troubles
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 651
Characters/Pairings: Jet/Ruby/Silver (sort of)
Warnings None.
Summary: Jet, Ruby and Silver are in a tight situation and there’s only one thing left to do… (Pre-canon, 1950s)

(Prompt 26: ruby & silver & jet - Unresolved Sexual Tension & We're all going to die!)

Small Troubles )
lost_spook: (Default)
I did say I was going to post more S&S ficlets I wrote earlier on... Monday. Well, here they are now, two of them, because this first one is far too frivolous and flimsy to stand by itself.

Title: Interrupted
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 359
Characters/Pairings: Jet, Silver (mild Jet/Silver)
Warnings None. Pre-canon, 1920s
Summary: Jet and Silver in the closet. For reasons.

(Prompt 59: jet & silver - Deus Ex Machina & Closeted. Probably not the way either cliché is intended, really.) And I think my casting for Jet was Josette Simon from the first time she was mentioned, so much so that I feel as if that’s semi-canon by now.

Interrupted )

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