Dear Trick or Treat writer,
Thank you for participating this year; I look forward to reading your contribution to a fandom I love. First, a few things about me.: I write what I like to read, so if you're ever feeling uncertain, you might give my AO3 profile
some perusal. I've provided prompts but don't mind if you deviate for a better idea, and please, please, please, don't confuse number of prompts, their degree of detail, or apparent enthusiasm for having favorites that I want more than the others. Everything is here because it's something I want.
My likes include but are not limited to time-travel mucking things up, family dynamics (including found families), and characters learning new things about each other or themselves. But I'm also pretty forgetful and don't want anyone to feel shackled to my arbitrary list of "likes I could think of today." So, in this letter I also have some Do Not Wants, some fandom-specific information and prompts that I hope will be inspiring in one way or another.
GENERAL DO NOT WANTS
A/B/O, soul-bonding, etc. (basically, no relationship dynamic forged by supernatural/mystical means)
Established relationships with no real basis in canon.
Sexual violence or humiliation
Alternate-setting AUs (no coffee shops, high schools, or peasant/royalty here)
Significant age-gap romance (especially between characters with a parent/child, mentor/mentee relationship)
STAR TREK ENTERPRISE
Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III, T'Pol, Lorian, Captain Jonathan Archer, Travis MayweatherWhy I love it:
Enterprise had some great characters and set up great stories for them, but rarely really paid them off. But I love, love, love Trip, T'Pol and Archer.What I wish were better:
Trip/T'Pol was dead-end after dead-end, and it was so frustrating. Also, after having such a great third season, it seemed like all these emotions that would "be with T'Pol for the rest of her life," kind of got relegated to the occasional weird expression and were rarely used to facilitate her relationships.Prompts (in no particular order of preference):
1. I love the Season 3, Ep. 21 E-squared verse so much. Fill in any gaps for the Tucker family. Lorian optional, in case you want to cover early parts OF Trip/T’Pol’s relationship or the pregnancy. But I’d also enjoy dynamics between the three. Or Trip and Lorian. Or T'Pol and Lorian. Or just a focus on the Lorian we get in the episode, who is clearly unsettled but kind of happy to be able to talk to his father again and full of tension with his mother. Or maybe early on when T'Pol and Trip are still being super stubborn about each other even though they both realize something's there, Trip and Travis have a talk upside down in the Enterprise sweet spot, since Travis certainly must have experienced relationship squabbles in space while growing up on a cargo freighter.For reference: More information on Lorian
. More on the episode
. For my thoughts on it, click here
. Pretty much anything you give me with these folks will be loved.
2. Ignore the series finale and show me Trip and T'Pol after baby Elizabeth. Do they find comfort with each other? Do they try to start a family? Do they leave their romantic attempts in the past and become great friends who would never be as frustratingly awkward around each other as they were in that not-too-distant future? Just give me all the Trip/T’Pol, because I love them so.
3. E2-Trip died when Lorian was 14, and it seems like Archer really stepped in to fill the role not just of captain, but as surrogate father-figure to his best friend’s son. Show me their relationship.
4. This one is only tangential to Trip, so I’m not really expecting it unless you're here for Archer, but Similitude
is another of my favorite episodes and it just glossed over the engineering team finding Trip, Phlox treating him and Archer getting the news. I’d like to see those scenes, but I don't ship Trip/Archer at all.Fandom-specific DNWs:
Explicit Archer/T'Pol, but if you take Prompt 3 and want to put them together (without a cheating element between whoever bore Archer's kid) as a point of reference, I wouldn't hate the idea.
Character: Frank Sullivan
Why I like it: This is one of my favorite movies, and it got the TV treatment last year, so I hope interest in it is renewed. It's a great father-son tale that turns into a nice (albeit confusing) murder mystery, and I just love it so much. If you were brought here by another a fandom or need a refresher, it goes like this: John Sullivan is 36 when he dusts off his dad's old ham radio, and thanks to some movie-magic-science-nonsense ends up using it to talk to his dad, Frank, the day before Frank died while fighting a fire 30 years ago. He stops that from happening, but the repercussion is that John's mom is missing from the future, having fallen victim to a serial killer in the 1960s. They work together across time to find and stop her killer before she dies.
Two pair of lines prompt three scenarios for me:
"She just died? Your mother just died?" "No, Dad. It happened a long time ago for me."
1. After this exchange, Frank considers a future without Julia and what it would be like to raise John by himself.
2. Lop off the last half of that conversation, and give me a story where Julia really DID just die in the future and Frank has to talk a devastated John through it.
"Time to die, soldier."
(Said on John's end, heard on Frank's)
3. Frank's forgotten a lot of things in his lifetime, but he's carried those four words in his head for 30 years. Show me Old Man Frank Sullivan, waiting for the day he knows is coming. The day the man who tried to kill his wife will try to kill his son.
Characters: Coach Bobby Finstock, Isaac Leahy, Chis Argent, Melissa McCall, Sheriff Stilinski
Why I love it: I've long had an affinity for the adult characters of this show and I love the earlier seasons when they all had regular contributions to the story.
What I wish were better: As the series has progressed, the adults seem less and less relevant, randomly showing up to do one thing and then disappearing into the ether -- even when it makes perfect sense for them to be around -- until some future point when they can drop wisdom and disappear again. And the baby pack may as well not even have parents, but that's not really relevant to my prompts (but I'd be open if you want to explore their relationships to these characters).
1. Coach’s conversation with Meredith in 3.23 Insatiable always made me feel like he knew a little more about Beacon Hills’ supernatural-ness than he ever let on. I'd love to see an exploration of that, either by way of inserting him more fully into the canon stories, as an observer with thoughts on said stories or in the form of Coach backstory.
2. Bobby has a lot of rough edges and isn't exactly the nurturing type. But he hates bullies, and he hates adults who validate bullies, and most of all he hates adults who bully their own kids. So when it comes to the Leahy family, there may not be much he can do, but he’s always got an eye out.
3. Finstock, Argent, Stilinski and Melissa all have their soft spots for Isaac, explore 1 or more of their views on why.
Characters: Axl Heck, Rev. Tim-Tom
Axl’s an adult now, and I’d like to see him wrestle with adult problems. Maybe he’s struggling in a job that’s not as awesome as he’d expected to get. Maybe living on his own for the first time is harder than he expected. Maybe he’s having girl trouble (or boy trouble, if you want to introduce it within the framework of Axl being closeted and just starting to really come to terms with his sexuality) or wants to get married (after finding someone so much better than April) or there’s an unplanned pregnancy in his future. Just give Axl some adult drama, and if you got here by way of a Rev. Tim-Tom offering (or are just so inspired) make him be who Axl reluctantly goes to for guidance when he realizes he doesn’t want to take these problems to his family. What sort of advice would The Reverend Timothy Thomas give? How does he see Axl compared to the rest of the Hecks? Would they bond over guitars and music?
They definitely fall under my age-gap general DNW, but I also don't want Axl to be nursing an unrequited crush on Tim-Tom, if his angst is sexuality based.
Character: Quentin Lance
Prompt: Quentin looks around the bunker at all the disguises and gear lining the walls and remembers when the kids used to put on masks to get candy, not criminals.
Drunken Quentin. Excessive Sarah or Laurel angst. You may want to set your story in a time where one or both of them are dead (or "dead"), and that's fine, but I'd prefer him to have a decent grip on his horses.
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