30 Dec 2013 10:01 am
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
I'll attempt to find some brain not occupied by Public Eye, and tell you about how lucky I was for Yuletide (again).

I had a marvellous gift fic in the main collection, from someone who dealt with my incoherent Chalet School request and wrote me a wonderful fic (involving Hijinks & Shenanigans no less) that took so many parts of it and used them to great effect. And Mary-Lou faces down a ghost - and tells it (not unkindly) that it needs to buck up its ideas and stop feeling sorry for itself. Anyway, it's great, and I love it. If you also like Chalet School stories, I'm sure you'd enjoy it too:

The avenues of time (4343 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chalet School - Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mary-Lou Trelawney, Original Male Character(s), Verity-Anne Carey
Additional Tags: Sister-Sister Relationship, Female Friendship, Ghosts, Murder, Indiana Jones Style Archaeology, Post-Canon, Hijinks & Shenanigans, Roman Britain
Summary: In which Mary-Lou Trelawney visits a town in the north of England; makes a surprising new acquaintance; and reminisces about her childhood.

I was also lucky enough to have three treats in the Yuletide Madness collection. Two of them were for the Ten Stupidest Things I've Heard Since Richard III's Remains blog post - which has taken off and had some marvellous and hilarious fic written for it. Dear flist, it's a thing! We made it a thing! (Especially [personal profile] akashasheiress who linked me to it and [personal profile] justice_turtle who did the important bit of actually nominating it, of course!) They are both excellent, one a great drabble, one a short, brilliantly biting satirical ficlet. I'll try to do a recs post, but you should definitely check out the rest of the fic for it!

The King of Tallstoria (429 words) and Delayed Interment (100 words).

Also, also - somebody wrote me Inspector Neele and Mary Dove from the Miss Marple story A Pocketful of Rye!

One Good Turn (966 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miss Marple - Agatha Christie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mary Dove, Inspector Neele
Additional Tags: Flirting, Banter, Cordial Adversaries, Ambiguous/Open Ending
Summary: They are getting some practice in saving each other. They just aren't either of them sure what the practice is for.

It's exactly what I wanted when I read the book! *dances a bit* It's a delight and I'm thrilled to bits.

Also, happily, my recipient seemed to like my story, thankfully, and my two treats (one in the main collection), one in Madness also. (There are no points whatsoever for anyone guessing which Yuletide Madness fic I wrote. I have never in my life been less anonymous in a gift exchange, but it had to be done.)

I did manage to do some reading while home and there are some glorious things in the collection and in Madness - I'll see if I can manage a recs post before reveal. In the meantime, my brain apparently belongs to Frank Marker. He doesn't deserve it at all, but what can you do?


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