lost_spook: (dw - brig/liz)
Three more fills from the prompt meme:

Alone Out Here (238 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Characters, Sapphire (S&S), Steel
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic
Summary: “We’re in an abandoned lodge in the middle of nowhere. Sure, you’re totally right, nothing bad could ever happen here.”

Think of the Planet (502 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart/Liz Shaw
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Liz Shaw (Doctor Who), Third Doctor
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic
Summary: “Don’t panic, but I think we might have accidentally got married…” (Brig/Liz)

Under the Stars (627 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Missy/Clara Oswin Oswald
Characters: Missy (Doctor Who), Clara Oswin Oswald
Additional Tags: Dubious Consent, Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic
Summary: “Our first date is a picnic on a beach under the stars? Have you swallowed a romance novel? Do I need to call a doctor?” (Clara/Missy)
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
I finally finished typing this up a couple of weeks ago, so I thought probably I should also post it - the much-delayed TARDIS/Sapphire/Silver/Steel fic I've been promising. Nothing this short should have taken two or three years to type up, though. :loL:

Title: Time No Longer
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1386
Characters/Pairings: TARDIS/Steel/Sapphire/Silver
Notes/Warnings: Strange telepathic shippiness between Time-related inhuman beings. (I thought I’d seen a prompt for this somewhere. It turns out I hadn’t.)
Summary: The TARDIS has some intriguing visitors. She may never let them go.

Also at AO3 and the Teaspoon.

Time No Longer )
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
Title: April Shower
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1025
Characters/Pairings: Silver, Sapphire, Steel
Notes/Warnings: None.
Summary: Silver’s having trouble with a telegraph pole and a dead human – he’s not sure which is the most stubborn.

For [livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle in the 500 Prompts Meme: 365 – I walk out in stormy weather (Sapphire/Silver/Steel). Another fic fished out of an old notebook - my notes from the time suggest that I originally also meant this to be for an [livejournal.com profile] element_flash prompt “April showers”. (I’m, er, not sure which April… Probably 2014!)

(JT, don't worry if you can't read it for any reason - I took at least 18 months just to type it up; you can take as long as you need before you read it, or just not. ♥)

April Shower )
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
So, I wrote things for Yuletide. Somewhat more than I expected...

Firstly, and most importantly, my assignment, which was for [livejournal.com profile] paranoidangel42. I had, when signing up initially, looked at my list of fandoms I was willing to write and said to myself I might as well have just said I'd write for Paranoidangel. And then laughed, shook my head at myself, reminded myself that Yuletide is a big exchange and added in a bunch of other fandoms... and then got assigned to Paranoidangel! (So, erm, sorry about that - you just got yet more of me instead of somebody new! I had fun writing for you, though! ♥)

Backstitch in Gold (3948 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The House of Eliott
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Beatrice Eliott & Evangeline Eliott, Beatrice Eliott/Jack Maddox
Characters: Beatrice Eliott, Evangeline Eliott, Jack Maddox
Additional Tags: Yuletide, 1920s, Fashion & Couture, Sister-Sister Relationship, Misses Clause Challenge, Women Being Awesome
Summary:

What has been well-stitched together doesn’t easily fray at the seams.



I'd been rewatching HoE recently and was determined to write fic for it, because there's so little of it, and knew what I wanted to do - a sort of big Bea and Evie across-the-years, culminating in a fixit for the ending. But then it seemed to fall flat in various places, and the ending wasn't quite how I remembered it, thus scuppering my planned final section and I floundered for a while. (I had in my head that Bea and Evie had a big row and, actually, they don't. Evie is angry at everyone, but Bea is muted, almost defeated.) However, eventually, I beat it into shape & hopefully it wasn't too bad! (I've learned by now, though, that I pretty much always feel my assignments are terrible - until the next year, when suddenly I realise that last year's was quite good... but this year's is terrible.)

Anyway, it was fun to write Bea & Evie, and I am still very fond of the series. (Which follows the fortunes of a pair of sisters who set up a London fashion house in the 1920s and is good fun & all up on YT if anyone is interested). I did want to work in more characters, though, and more social history... and, yes, well, possibly being unrealistic? I think in my head I wanted to write a big HofE novel, that's all. At least I finally came up with a title I liked. I had the summary before the fic, but it was in danger of being posted as "Untitled House of Eliott fic" as the deadline approached. (Backstitch is the strongest stitch commonly used for sewing & in gold, obviously, but also because that's how Jack refers to Bea early on. Hmm, I'm not sure now why I changed it from "Backstitch in Gold Thread" because that makes more sense! I shall go change it back.)

And more under the cut! )


Also I now know that it was Clocketpatch who risked complete obscurity by writing me that last minute Public Eye/Sapphire & Steel treat. (Thanks so much, Clocket! You're amazing!) My other wonderful gift was by DesertScribe, who's new to me, but whom I hope hasn't written their last S&S fic, because that one was excellent. ♥
lost_spook: (s&s - silver)
This is a bit of an odd one, but it gets me a bingo, and it's apparently what happens when I realise I could get a bingo a different way if I could only think of something for "suicide attempt" and then enlist the help of Sapphire & Steel. But, um, yes...

Title: Something in the Wiring
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1358
Characters/Pairings: Silver, Steel, Sapphire
Notes/Warnings: Suicide, Elemental weirdness.
Summary: Trying to determine the source of the time break is always tricky & this one is causing Silver some problems – is it something in the wiring or merely the inconvenient dying man on the floor?

Written for the [community profile] hc_bingo square “suicide attempt”.

Something in the Wiring )
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
A Sapphire & Steel icon set I made the other day for [community profile] hc_bingo square "possession/mind control". (Icons all taken from Assignment 2.)


Icons under here )
lost_spook: (dw - eleven reading knitting book)
I said I might finish the other fic today. It is Public Eye, but it's also a series of crossover vignettes & (I hope) no real knowledge of PE is needed.

I said, when I first watched S4, that there ought to be a companion series where Mrs Mortimer sorted out people's problems at her B&B and though, really, she is too sensible for that to work in the same way, it's still enough for a fic.

Winter Where You Are (4595 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Public Eye (TV), Doctor Who (2005), Doctor Who (1963), Sapphire and Steel, Spooks | MI-5
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Ben Jackson/Polly Wright
Characters: Helen Mortimer, Sapphire (Sapphire and Steel), Steel (Sapphire and Steel), Connie James, Ben Jackson (Doctor Who), Clara Oswin Oswald, Frank Marker
Additional Tags: Crossover, 5 Times, 1960s, Implied/Referenced Suicide, Women Being Awesome
Summary: A seaside boarding house out of season can be a strange place at times - you never know who'll wind up staying for the night...


(Or, as ever, it seemed like a good idea at the time.)
lost_spook: (Default)
I also wrote stuff, shock, horror!

First, my assignment, which was for butterflymind, who (as it turned out) shares about twenty small fandoms with me, and I matched on two of them in this year's request. I badly wanted to write the one about the characters from the Miss Marple book A Moving Finger, but that didn't happen, and I did have the rough beginnings of a Jonathan Creek fic somewhere that matched the request exactly. Just one problem - I'd set up a typical Jonathan Creek mystery with no solution. (It's amazing what the brain does at need, because suddenly, I could at least come up with something to explain the ballerina, the clown and the vanishing motel...). I would have liked to have had more brain and add a little more mention of random Adam things, and just a smidgeon of something more serious to counterweight all the Maddy-Jonathan banter, but I hope that it is plain that there are feelings going on under here, as it is. Anyway, banter was what my recipient asked for, so overall I'm pleased with it (and very relieved that I caught a minor plot hole before Yuletide actually went live). Happily, my recipient seemed to like it too:

Persistence in Porcelain (4090 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jonathan Creek (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jonathan Creek, Maddy Magellan
Additional Tags: Yuletide
Summary:

Maddy's got a problem involving a ballerina, a clown and a vanishing motel. Obviously, there's only one person who can help. She just probably shouldn't have annoyed him first...



I also wrote two treats out in rough while the letters went up, and finally typed them up after I'd finished my main assignment (I could have done more with the Time Traveller's Guide one if I'd been badly behaved and written things the other way round, but it works. People seemed to like it.) Anyway, reading the letter requesting it, immediately made me think of writing it rather like The Tough Guide to Fantasyland (though it mutated a little from that starting point), and that was what I did. The other, well, the other was a bit of a joke and not exactly very hard to guess as being by me (to say the least), but it came out of a conversation with the recipient, and had to be done.

The Time Traveller’s Guide: Important Additional Information (1722 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England - Ian Mortimer
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary:

Because there are always some people who seem to need the obvious spelling out to them…



Striking A Balance (745 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steel (Sapphire and Steel), Sapphire (Sapphire and Steel), Silver (Sapphire and Steel)
Additional Tags: Curtain Fic
Summary:

In which Sapphire and Steel shop for curtains, for inscrutable reasons.



So, overall, it's been a good Yuletide. And thanks to thankyouturtle, recessivejean, [personal profile] lferion and the_alchemist, who wrote gifts for me!
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
Title: Of Life, Death and Liberty
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: PG/Teen
Word Count: 1426
Characters/Pairings: Sapphire/OFC
Notes/Warnings: Pre-canon, 1760s. References to death, weirdness as per canon.
Summary: Sapphire has run her prey to ground and now there’s only one thing left to do...

For [community profile] trope_bingo square “indecent proposal”. I hope it counts - I think it does (it has two proposals, and neither of them are what you’d call decent). Also 100 Element Prompt 24: Sapphire – road trip & learning to be loved.

Of Life, Death and Liberty )
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
For the crossover square at [community profile] trope_bingo. I'm not sure where this came from, except I think somebody somewhere said something about Lix Storm and River Song, and then this happened. It was meant to be all 21st Century fandoms, for a change, but inevitably with me, it didn't end up that way.

Possibly Not In Chronological Order (or Five Times River Song Flirted With Danger) (2325 words) by lost_spook
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005), Doctor Who (1963), Once Upon a Time (TV), The Hour, Spooks | MI-5, Sapphire and Steel
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Regina Mills/River Song, Romana II/River Song, River Song/Lix Storm, Ros Myers/River Song, Sapphire (Sapphire and Steel)/River Song
Characters: River Song, Evil Queen | Regina Mills, Romana II, Ros Myers, Lix Storm, Sapphire (Sapphire and Steel)
Summary: River doesn’t know any ordinary people, either.

Also on Teaspoon. No spoilers for the crossover fandoms (to the very best of my knowledge). Whether they therefore all make sense is another matter.
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
So, as I said, last weekend, or whenever it was, I wrote the "plane crash" square for [community profile] hc_bingo. I'm sorry. It's all a bit sadistic, but Sapphire and Steel - it just worked far too easily.

Title: Final Flight
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: Teen (for the subject matter)
Word Count: 1643
Characters/Pairings: Sapphire/Steel
Notes/Warnings: Plane crashes, death, disasters, mortality, mild hurt/comfort. Bleakness as per the fandom.
Summary: When Time keeps a plane in flight, Sapphire and Steel have to ensure it falls…

Written for the “Plane crash” square for [community profile] hc_bingo and the “deathfic” square for [community profile] trope_bingo.

Final Flight )
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
Title: The Cat, the Mouse and the Wardrobe
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1929
Characters/Pairings: Sapphire, Silver, Lead
Notes/Warnings: Pre-series, 1760s.
Summary: Completing an assignment is far more complicated when you’ve been forced to change shape.

For [community profile] trope_bingo Transformations square and 100 Element Prompts #4 sapphire & silver & lead - Crackfic & Physical transformation. (I should probably apologise for turning Silver into a mouse again, but if you’re going to turn Lead, Sapphire and Silver into different domestic animals, how else is that going to go?)

The Cat, the Mouse, and the Wardrobe )
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
I need to make a proper post again, but: I am better than last week, thanks to everyone who commented on the other post! ♥ It's still all been very limiting so I have mostly, when online, lurked, done some wrangling, and continued to edit this in snatches (which I had finished well before last weekend).

So, hopefully, I'll catch up presently, but I'm not sure I've not used up too much brain getting this finished, so I'm posting this now before I'm not even up to posting. (Probably this is unwise, because a thing I mostly wrote while slightly light-headed should have a beta, but I wanted to post and be damned for my typos. I didn't tag it with "Author Wrote This With An Overheated Brain" though. It would have given people the wrong idea altogether.)

Anyway, first [community profile] trope_bingo fic! It is Very Long for me these days. I'm fairly confident the other squares won't be... It's also very, very weird. (So, [personal profile] seriesfive, I hope you enjoy it! I blame you for everything: aiding and abetting, sharing a brain cell as regards Elements, lending me said brain cell when needed and luring me into trope_bingo via Round 1. And for all the lemurs.)

The Cornfield (7476 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Silver/Steel, Sapphire/Silver/Steel
Characters: Sapphire (Sapphire and Steel), Steel (Sapphire and Steel), Silver (Sapphire and Steel)
Additional Tags: Sex Pollen, Telepathy, Trope Bingo Round 2, Elemental Weirdness
Summary:

Time’s latest attack is taking an unusual shape - and Silver and Steel get rather more than they bargained for when they try to deal with 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: (Northanger reading)
As [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks were having another amnesty, I thought, in the absence of much brain, I'd try doing some graphics for it. Of course, the graphics turned out to be unusable and instead I accidentally wrote two ficlets, one another 100 Elements prompt ficlet, and the other a rather random Miss Marple meets Dracula crossover ficlet.

Misdirection (879 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sapphire/Silver
Characters: Sapphire (Sapphire and Steel), Silver (Sapphire and Steel)
Additional Tags: Pre-Series, Community: fan_flashworks, challenge: not what it looks like
Summary:

Sapphire’s got a plan, but Silver’s not at all sure where this is going...



So We Meet at Last (758 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miss Marple - Agatha Christie, Dracula & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jane Marple, Count Dracula, Abraham Van Helsing, John Seward
Additional Tags: Community: fan_flashworks, challenge: genre, Crossover, Women Being Awesome, miss marple is awesome
Summary:

Two genre legends meet. The outcome is inevitable. Someone really should have warned the Count never to trifle with fluffy old ladies.



Also, a ficlet for the flight challenge at [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50, Flight (675 words, Eighth Doctor, Mary Shelley).

(Edited because apparently I have trouble remembering what I actually called my fic these days...)
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
I wrote fic! What I count as proper fic! (It wasn't a good idea and was in some small part to blame for some of my recent epic tiredness and lack of brain, but only a small part. Anyway, that was two weeks ago; I've recovered enough to do editing.)

[personal profile] seriesfive has been (much to my delight) aiming for a Sapphire and Steel blackout on her [community profile] trope_bingo card and was discussing what to do for AU: neighbours, when I was struck with an idea - and I thought: I can write this S&S AU, it will be short and humorous and maybe [personal profile] aralias will like it (because I was quashing about AUs; I am a mean person at times). And then it struck me that it was perfectly plausible not as an AU and much funnier. And longer. And lo! Fic.

Cul-de-Sac (No hawkers, traders, cold callers, canvassers or purveyors of religious knowledge) (3583 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sapphire/Steel
Characters: Sapphire (Sapphire and Steel), Steel (Sapphire and Steel), Silver (Sapphire and Steel)
Summary:

Sapphire and Steel are living ordinary lives in a semi-detached house on a quiet street. Everything is fine. Or, at least, it is until somebody new moves in next door…



(Or, basically, this is fic where Sapphire and Steel are having a perfectly happy suburban life and then Silver moves in next door and is the worst neighbour ever. For absolutely canonically plausible reasons, obviously. Also Steel has a marmalade obsession.)
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
Title: time as it is
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3408
Characters/Pairings: Silver, Sapphire, Steel
Notes/Warnings: Spoilers for Assignment 6.
Summary: Time is relative, after all, and some things are better when they’re broken.

For [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 in the 500 Prompts Meme - Prompt 266: Take your practised powers and stretch them out – Silver.

Notes and Link to fic )
lost_spook: (s&s)
Title: Birthday Offer
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 917
Characters/Pairings: Lead, Sapphire, Steel
Warnings None.
Summary: Lead gets an unexpected birthday offer.

Prompt 46: lead - Deal with the devil & Birthday

Birthday Offer )
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/steel)
Title: Reconcilable Differences | on AO3
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages/PG
Word Count: 4954
Characters/Pairings: Silver, Steel, Sapphire (Silver/Steel)
Notes/Warnings: Some canon-type weirdness involving drowning and a ref. to suicide.
Summary: Steel’s lost inside the plot of a romantic novel and Silver’s been sent after him. It should be simple enough, but the narrative’s out to bend them to its will – one kiss and the world might end…

Written for [community profile] unconventionalcourtship from Mills&Boon/Harlequin summary #28. I also kept the title, because why not?
Original summary with altered names )

Reconcilable Differences )
lost_spook: (s&s - silver/sapphire)
Title: Leading Questions
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 890
Characters/Pairings: Sapphire, Silver
Warnings/Notes None. Pre-canon, 1800s
Summary: Sapphire’s in the wrong future and Silver’s trying to guide her back.

(Prompt 89: silver & sapphire - Confession in desperate situation & Parallel universes)

Leading Questions )
lost_spook: (s&s)
ETA: Whoops, somewhere in the edits I lost this note, but I scribbled this out ages ago and only came to type it up last weekend - and was rather amused (given the upcoming ficathon just started) that I'd apparently already got around to trapping S&S in a romance novel...

Title: Between the Covers
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 663
Characters/Pairings: Sapphire, Steel, Silver (if I was a different writer it would also be all the Sapphire/Steel. It isn’t. Sorry about that)
Warnings None.
Summary: Sapphire and Steel, trapped inside the pages of a book.

Prompt 88: steel & sapphire - Breaking the fourth wall & Everyone thinks they're doing it. (I’m sorry. Silver wouldn’t be left out for this one.)

Between the Covers )
lost_spook: (s&s - sapphire)
Title: The Sky I Choose Is Blue
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1870
Characters/Pairings: Cally/Sapphire (B7/S&S), Steel, Kerr Avon.
Notes/Warnings: Vague spoiler for B7 S4 (ep1). Telepathy.
Summary: Sapphire is assigned to retrieve a moment of stolen time – a moment that contains Cally. (Blake's 7/Sapphire & Steel).

I wrote this for [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon last year, but didn't manage to type it up in time. I thought I'd try again this year. (So it's actually one of my earliest S&S fics. Just because someone had to write it.)


The Sky I Choose Is Blue )
lost_spook: (pg lynda editor)
44 x Sapphire & Steel icons and 53 x Press Gang icons. The S&S icons seem to have been growing slowly on my PC since this time last year, so are a bit of an odd mix. The Press Gang icons were made in the summer, I think and about 20 or so were posted to [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks for challenges.

Teaser:

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket


Contents: Please note the Press Gang set includes an icon of a clown holding a gun. (There are 12 from S3 "The Last Word").

I'm not responsible for everything, I just make it look that way )


The usual rules apply: want, take, credit, no hotlinking. For texture credits etc., see my profile.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth -- Comments there: comment count unavailable
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
Title: Cake
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 799
Characters/Pairings: Sapphire, Steel, Silver (mild Silver/Sapphire/Steel)
Warnings None. Fluff.
Summary: It’s been a particularly draining assignment.

(Prompt 98: silver & steel & sapphire - Comfort food & Soulmates)

Cake )

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