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May. 13th, 2014

[Fic] Fly Away

Title: Fly Away
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Characters: Sephiroth, Hojo, Aerith, Genesis, Angeal.
Rating: R
Word Count: 4197
Contents: Offscreen violence and abuse.
Notes: A take on 'Sephiroth frees Aerith from the lab'.


Sephiroth struggles with the meaning of captivity and freedom, for a lab specimen and for himself. )
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Jan. 8th, 2013

Inspiration?

Nearing the end of Internal Med rotation, did decently well on the OSCE, I think, and hoping to have a little more time on my hands, so I went out and got a [community profile] trope_bingo card.

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fake relationship secret twin / doppelganger au: circus presumed dead handcuffed / bound together
road trip au: cop / detective alpha / beta / omega kidfic animal transformation
sex pollen rivals to lovers FREE

SPACE
mistletoe kiss slavefic
sharing a bed truth or dare au: fantasy day at the beach genderswap
au: apocalypse au: hooker / porn / stripper amnesia in vino veritas / drunkfic immortality / reincarnation
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Oct. 14th, 2012

Cherry Brandy Ham Glaze

Put this together and liked the results.

1 cup cherry brandy
2 Tbsp cherry preserves
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 cloves

Simmered it all down in a saucepan, never boiling, stirring constantly. Stopped when it looked on the way to coating the back of the spoon but wasn't quite there yet. Set it aside till the ham was ready for glazing, by which time the glaze had thickened up well on its own. It made a sweetly spiced caramelized crust on the ham, with the extra as sauce. Yay, I cooked a ham! XD
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Sep. 28th, 2012

[Fic] New Life (3/3)

Title: New Life
Fandom: FFVII Crisis Core
Characters: Aerith/Sephiroth, Genesis/Angeal, OC
Rating: M
Word Count: 3796
Summary: Sephiroth longs to share his deepest secret. When Genesis and Angeal decide to leave the company, he knows the time has come.
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The things that can't be told. )

Sep. 25th, 2012

[Fic] New Life (2/3)

Title: New Life (2/3)
Fandom: FFVII Crisis Core
Characters: Aerith/Sephiroth, Genesis/Angeal, OC
Chapter Rating: PG
Story Rating: M
Word Count: 3796
Summary: When Genesis and Angeal said they were leaving the company, Sephiroth knew it was time to reveal his deepest secret.
Chapter One

Adjusting to the situation. )

Sep. 23rd, 2012

[Fic] New Life (1/3)

Title: New Life
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Characters: Sephiroth, Aerith, Genesis/Angeal, OC
Chapter Rating: PG
Fic Rating: M
Word Count: 3197
Genre: Drama
Content: Choosing not to warn for story content; Proceed with care.
Notes: A 'one shot' that grew, for [profile] masamunes_song, [profile] tifastrife7, [profile] mihoyonagi, [profile] madcap_minstrel and anyone else sharing a love of the old AeriSeph.

Sephiroth longs to share his deepest secret. When Genesis and Angeal decide the leave the company, he knows it's now or never. )

Sep. 2nd, 2012

On a Jet Plane

I'm taking a short trip to get away from it all. Not that it will make that much difference on your reading pages, but I'll be home in about eleven days. ;p Take care, you all! I'm hoping to have some fic done when I'm back.

Jul. 15th, 2012

[Fic] The Mission (28): Wounded

Title: The Mission(28): Wounded
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core
Characters: Angeal/Genesis, Sephiroth, Zack, Lazard, Kunsel.
Rating: PG-13
Contents: Urination, medical issues.
Word Count: 2343
The Mission: Prequel | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27


A man can only SOLDIER through so much. )

Jan. 24th, 2012

[Fic] Made of the Missed

Title: Made of the Missed
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Characters:Zack, Aeris.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 230
Notes: Several years old, found it on a flash drive I hadn't checked in a while.

The Lifestream finally takes the last of Zack. He has one regret. )
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Dec. 25th, 2011

Happy Holidays!

A very Merry Mishmash to you all! I'm ever grateful for your company and wish you all the best for the season. I wish I could have done something a little more Christmas special for you too, but with my family 'tis the season for mayhem! XD

Have a great one!

-Ard

Nov. 30th, 2011

Yayzzzzzzz...

I finished my NaNoWriMo an hour or so ago, so now I can go back to writing SOLDIER porn.;p 50093, my first NaNo win ever and a real first for me to turn off the editing voice for a while and just let the plot roll. I hope that's not carpal tunnel syndrome I feel setting in. And I'm tired, but in a good way.

In other news, one should not whack a Terry's chocolate orange against one's own head. It's not the chocolate that will come undone.

Oct. 23rd, 2011

[Fic] Prey and Predator 1/?

Title: Prey and Predator
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core
Characters: Sephiroth, Cloud, Genesis, Angeal/Zack.
Rating: PG 13
Word Count: 1523
Summary: A desperate search-and-rescue mission goes awry, forcing Sephiroth to reconsider his first impressions of the situation and the cadet he dragged into it.
Previous: 0

He is tolerable; but not luscious enough to tempt me. )

Oct. 14th, 2011

[Fic] Prey and Predator

Title: Prey and Predator
Chapter: Prologue
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core
Characters: Genesis/Sephiroth, Lazard, Angeal/Zack, eventual Cloud/Sephiroth, Genesis/Cloud/Sephiroth
Rating: PG chapter, R overall
Word Count: 1175
Notes: For the extremely patient and generous [profile] lene_de.
Prompt: SOLDIER Monster Hunt
Summary: A desperate search-and-rescue mission goes awry, forcing Sephiroth to reconsider his first impressions of the situation and the cadet he dragged into it.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Sephiroth in possession of a friend-with-benefits must be in want of a love. )

Oct. 13th, 2011

Vanilla ice cream, Chocolate girl.

I don't like Cloud/Tifa.

I don't hate it. I don't have a problem that it exists. I understand the reasoning why they work together as a couple. But as a pairing they do nothing for me. They don't float my boat. Not my cuppa. The thrill isn't there. I'm sure we all have our little things that work like that, the things that are popular with others that just leave us feeling flat. Cloud/Tifa, to me, is vanilla ice-cream among fandom's wild array of flavors, and I've always been a chocolate girl.

Give me a choice between chocolate and vanilla ice cream, chocolate will always win. Show me something convoluted and strange, like a handpacked combo of Bailey's and Tiramisu in a waffle cone, I'm on it ('twas delish, btw). Show me something that might even be a little painful, like a super sour lemon sorbet, I'll give it a go. I'll try every new flavor once. But good old-fashioned reliable vanilla? Meh. It's too plain. Too simple. To easy. My tastebuds lean another way.

Obviously palates differ. There are people out there to whom a good Cloud/Tifa fic is like heavenly summer berries and cream. And there are some people who just flat out love vanilla above all else. I'm not one of them, never will be.

Even so, it's not that vanilla has no place in my life at all. Sometimes that smooth, simple sweetness is the perfect background to something more convoluted on top. Can you imagine Peach Melba served with Mint Chip ice cream? Or Rocky Road? Big as my sweet tooth is, I don't think that's quite my thing. To me Cloud/Tifa as a backdrop pairing to other plot works wonderfully. Even an exotic new twist on the old vanilla cone, like this fic, where Cloud's a lawyer trying to help Tifa get custody of Denzel in a messy divorce, can grab my interest and keep me coming back for the occasional scoop.

I love that the pairings that thrill me most on their own generally require a certain amount of effort to make believable, more than Cloud/Tifa for sure. That's part of the appeal. But trying to mix that kind of relationship wrangling with certain other plots can end up detracting from one or the other. It's too much of a good thing. White chocolate raspberry truffle deserves to be savored for its own sake. To those who have successfully mingled such flavors into a complex dessert, I salute you, but for the most part of my experience, less is more.

So you're more than welcome to your vanilla that to you may or may not taste like butter pecan, CloTi fans. I've already got my own favorite flavors and there's plenty of room in the shop for us all.

*This screed owes its existence to thoughts on yaoi and Haagen-Dazs.

Oct. 12th, 2011

[Fic] Red Light

Title: Red Light
Fandom: FFVII: Crisis Core
Characters: Genesis, Angeal
Words: 1935
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Contents: Prostitution, threats of violence.

Genesis has a hobby that Angeal doesn't like and the solution isn't much better. )

Sep. 11th, 2011

Where I was then and after

I've never put down in words my own experience of 9/11. The 'real me' still maintains only a rather bare semi-professional presence online. 'Ardwynna' was in her public infancy after years of anonymous lurking in fandom and I wasn't sure yet how much of my non-fandom life I wanted to attach. My 9/11 experience certainly wasn't the most harrowing and some of what I think about it is likely to get a certain kind of person very angry. But for my own sake more than anyone else's, and for the possible benefit of 'Bob', as I call my potentially-personal CIA internet tracker, I'm recording my own little sliver of experience here.

I was on a university shuttle bus heading to Calculus 1. )
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Jul. 30th, 2011

[Fic] The Mission (27): Deep Ground

Title: The Mission (27): Deep Ground
Fandom: FFVII: Crisis Core
Characters: Sephiroth/Cloud, Genesis, Angeal/Zack
Rating: NC-17
Contents: Fisting, voyeurism.
Word Count: 3916
The Mission: Prequel | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26

How SOLDIERs handle separation. )

May. 29th, 2011

Puppy Scamming

An inquiry into what appeared to be a simple ad to rehome some dogs yielded a puppy scam. The breed and names were different and there were some very nice and very stolen pictures of puppies sent along with it. The story did tug my heart, I won't lie, but things were odd - the insistence that 'you and i' pay shipping costs, the poor spelling and grammar, placing an ad from somewhere in Africa to the local papers. Even the email address seemed unprofessional before I asked but the ad appeared to be a local rehoming and people here are notoriously unsavvy about making an email fit for business so it wasn't an immediate dealbreaker.

What really stood out to me was the whole shipping pups from somewhere in Africa. I know the pet import regulations here. This 'next day' delivery thing would simply never happen. I started to wonder exactly what the hell kind of 'Diplomatic Courier Service' could possibly exist that would deliver a dog from an African country the next day and bypass the six months in Government lockup. The first thing to come up was confirmation that this is one shady venture. It's an utterly new one to me.

This makes two efforts into adopting a dog that have gone nowhere. The first wasn't a scam, just not a good fit. I'm tired of this. We've got two adopted dogs so I'm fine with actually buying a third. I'm going straight to a breeder and I'll willingly put down some cash for a pup we can choose in person and raise to fit the family. I'm sure we can remember where we put a certain German Shepherd breeder's number.
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May. 25th, 2011

[Fic] Floor Sixty-Six

Title: Floor Sixty-Six
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core
Characters: Cloud, Angeal/Zack
Rating: R
Word Count: 1916
Notes: A [info]help_japan auction fic for [info]slower_pen.
Prompt: Something with Angeal, Zack and Cloud.

Some say that floor is haunted. )
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May. 16th, 2011

[Art] Sundari

Title: Sundari
Fandom: FFVII
Character: Aerith
Rating: G
Notes: Art practice, long-hard-week recovery and scratching an old, old idea off the 'To Do' list all in one.

Aerith in a sari, right this way.
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