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19 September 2012 @ 11:21 am
50-word stories  
Got a little busy yesterday, and ventured into some new fandom territories. I love the fixed-word challenges—those almost always pull me in. Six words, 42 words, 100-word drabbles, and 50 words was a new one. Fics under the cuts.

Bereft (Terminator, John Connor, lose the battle, win the war.)
The future-John would have expected this. He always made the hard choices.

Cameron is gone, incinerated by the blast that should have killed him. Victory is only days away, but does it matter?

She was both companion and protector, and John never imagined he'd have to finish this war alone.

Smallville, Clark/Lex
Unrequited (Any, any, 'I love you. One day, I’ll let you kill me.')
We were friends, once. I would've done anything for you, even transformed myself to be the man you admired.

But you lost faith before I'd hardly begun. As your nemesis, I ensure you won't forget me.

Someday, you'll see our history reflected in my eyes as I let you win.

Silence Of The Lambs:
Dr. Lecter (Any, any, 'The most dangerous man is he who does not appear dangerous')
His face is ordinary, but his voice is almost hypnotic. It helps his patients unburden themselves, sharing their terrors and secrets in his private office.

He knows which patients have no friends or family to miss them when they are gone.

How will they taste? Eventually, he'll know that too.

Chuck (Bryce/Chuck)
Bedroom Athletics
"How come we're staying? I thought you liked football," Chuck said.

"I do," Bryce answered. "And so does everyone else. Now, they're gone."

He pulled Chuck into his bedroom and locked the door.

"If they find out, they'll kill us," Chuck said.

Bryce unzipped his pants. "So don't tell them..."

Jas Masson: cap_ironmanjasmasson on September 19th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
I love the T:SCC one, and wow, the Silence of the Lambs packs a punch.

Also, ty for the v-gift, that was a delightful pick-me-up in an otherwise horrible day. <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Yay, someone read them!

Never though I'd be venturing into Silence of the Lambs territory, but that prompt brought Hannibal right to mind. :0

Glad you liked the v-gift, and especially glad that it helped during a bad time! :)
Danmuchtooarrogant on September 20th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
Was only familiar with Silence of the Lambs out of all of those, but that one made me grin. :) Cause, you know, I's got an evil sense of humor.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 20th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)

"Deceptively harmless-looking" describes Hannibal Lecter to a T.

I'm sure he made use of knowing which patients he could make disappear without people getting suspicious, too. He was in a perfect position to betray them, really. :0
devon99 on September 20th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
ooh. i don't follow any of those other shows but had a peek to see what you did with silence of the lambs. its such a strange thing. he is such a horrific character, yet Anthony Hopkins performance and his relationship with Claric e starling makes me like him!!

thank you for the panda!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 20th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
I never thought I'd write Silence Of The Lambs in a million years, but that prompt was made for it!

Have you ever seen "Manhunter"? That has a different version of Lecter, played by Brian Cox, and I find him more menacing than Hopkins. Cox has far fewer scenes, but there's more of the "show, don't tell" principle at work in that movie. The Agent (William Petersen) in that story has some minor ESP capabilities, and there's one scene where he visits Lecter in prison and Lecter makes it clear that he knows where the Agent's family lives, and that he can have something done to them as easily as he worked a disallowed phone call to the Agent earlier. There's an incredibly creepy vibe in that scene, and it ends with the Agent running off, around and around a spiral ramp trying to get out of that prison and out of Lecter's brainwave-space as fast as he can. Very effective!

You're welcome for the panda! Hope it brought you a smile. :)

Edited at 2012-09-20 07:48 pm (UTC)
devon99 on September 20th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have seen Manhunter, and enjoyed it a lot, mostly because of William Peterson, who is fab in it.

After seeing Silence of the Lambs however, I bought all the books and when I read them it is Anthony Hopkins I see as Lecter in my mind.
shaitanah: dexter/brianshaitanah on September 20th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous drabbles. <333 I kind of envy your ability to write such short thingies. I can't even manage a proper 100-word drabble, let alone half a drabble. >_< But these are so wholesome and spot-on. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on September 20th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

And I was so pleased by your prompt. It was just perfect for that fandom (an experience John Connor must have gone through again and again, wondering if the tide would ever turn).

I love the fixed-word challenges, for some reason. Half-puzzle, half-art. Must be the sudoku/anagram side of me that enjoys those. :D

Now, the "Write Big Thing! There's only a 10K-Word minimum!" challenge is another story. Those are daunting. Haven't cracked 10K on a single story yet. :0
shaitanah: zodshaitanah on September 20th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
I love John in all his incarnations (except maybe the one in T3 but that's largely the actor's fault, I'm afraid... or the film in general). I'm in awe of how you managed to express his entire tragedy in such a powerful yet succinct way. <3
I always exceed the word limit. I don't even set it for myself b/c I know I will exceed it! XD Hell, the latest example: I planned to write a "ficlet". 3 pages, no more. The result? 19 pages!!! XDDDD It's not 10K, but it's a little over 8K, close enough.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 20th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
The result? 19 pages!!! XDDDD It's not 10K, but it's a little over 8K, close enough.
Wow. I do not know how people do that!

The longest single stories I've written were one Michael/Lincoln story (7K) and a Die Hard John/Matt story (almost 8K). They both started fairly easily, for about a page, and then everything after that felt like it was forced out 3-10 sentences at a time until the end (months later).

I don't know why that happens, but it frustrates the heck out of me!