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December 15th, 2008

Huh.

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...so, apparently I won Best Angst over at sm_monthly for July.

Nifty.

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Brainstorming potential Christmas (nonfandom) ideas. May or may not come into fruition in the next week or so.

July 7th, 2008

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Title: In Sheep’s Clothing
Author: no_retreat
Theme: If Only Hotaru's Mother Had Not Died in the Explosion
Genre: Dark
Version: Anime
Rating: PG


Chibiusa tried to dig her feet into the carpet of the Tomoes’ hallway as Kaori Night pulled her hand along. “Hotaru-chan…we were playing!” she protested.

“The girl needs to rest.” Kaori turned around and glared down at Chibiusa. “Actually,” Kaori hissed, leaning down, “It’d be better if you didn’t come back at all.”

Tears brimmed up in Chibiusa’s eyes. “But…Hotaru-chan’s…she’s my friend.”

“You tire her out,” Kaori replied. “She doesn’t need a friend like that.” Chibiusa began crying silently, this wasn’t happening.

“Kaori-san.” The housekeeper turned around and Chibiusa noticed another woman standing there. It seemed like she had appeared out of the darkness of the hallway, her long, black hair framing the frail, white body. “Who is this?” she asked.

Kaori turned her face away. “She was here visiting your daughter, Tomoe-san.”

“Oh?” The other woman smiled at Chibiusa. “I’m Hotaru’s mother. It’s very nice to meet you…?”

“Usagi,” she blurted out, and then realized what she said. “Well, my name’s Usagi, but everyone just calls me Chibiusa.”

“I see.” Hotaru’s mother smiled wider. “Thank you for being friends with Hotaru, Chibiusa-chan. You must have a very pure heart.”

Chibiusa fidgeted. “Um, yeah,” she muttered. She looked between the two women. “Um…I better get home.” She quickly bowed to Hotaru’s mother. “Thanksforlettingmecomeover!” she said, making a break for the door.

Keiko watched the girl run out the door. “Kaori-san,” she said, her voice becoming soft and low, “How is Hotaru-chan?”

“She’s tired from playing with the brat,” Kaori spat out.

“Now, now.” Keiko patted the other woman on the shoulder. “I wouldn’t judge the girl harshly.” She continued to walk down the hallway. “I’ll go check on my daughter.”

Hotaru’s room seemed to be darker than the rest of the house. Keiko closed the door to her room, while her daughter lay motionless on the floor. “I see the Mistress made a friend,” Keiko said, kneeling down and brushing her daughter’s face. “How very nice…Perhaps she’ll help you find your pure heart.”

Hotaru’s body twitched as Keiko sat beside her, forming a plan. “You did well, Hotaru-chan,” Keiko said, “Pharaoh 90 will like this girl.”



*cackle* I love twisting characters sometimes.

July 6th, 2008

I'm Back (Or So She Says)

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It's an update! Omgyay!

Title: Tonight’s Promises
Author: no_retreat
Theme: If Only Someone Else Had had a Sibling
Genre: General, Slight Against
Version: Manga (Classic)
Rating: G

Are you staying up to watch ‘The Three Swordsmen?’Collapse )


Title: Minako’s Sick Day
Author: no_retreat
Theme: If Only A Character Hadn't Been at the Peak of Health
Genre: Comedy
Version: Anime (Stars)
Rating: PG

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I had a lot of fun writing the second one.

March 3rd, 2008

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*pops out from stacks of papers* O hai thar.

Title: Manners & Consolations
Author: no_retreat
Theme: Hino Rei/Sailor Mars
Genre: General
Version: PGSM
Rating: G
Word Count: 245

Rei frowned at the little box she was carrying. All that work- well, not too much, now that she thought more about it- and they were shuffled away.

Then again, it was rather an unexpected day.

“Should we tell Usagi we were there too?” She looked up at Makoto, holding up her own consolation prize.

“I’d rather not,” Rei said, her voice sharp.

“Oh.” Makoto smiled. “Right, because you wouldn’t do anything like a mascot contest.” Rei glared at the taller girl. “You have to keep up your appearance, don’t you?” Makoto finished.

Rei sighed. “I don’t have to. I just don’t want to hear about it.” The girls walked along silently towards the Hikawa Shrine, neither one of them saying anything.

“Y’know,” Makoto said after some time, “Consolation prizes aren’t that bad at all.” Rei glared at her again. “We gave it a good shot.” They stopped at the shrine gates. Makoto reached into her bag and handed Rei the charm Usagi had made. “Should put it up anyway, right?” Makoto said.

Rei took the wooden plaque. “I’ll find somewhere for it,” she said softly, “I’ll see you tomorrow.” Rei turned around and began to walk away.

“Hey!” She stopped and looked over her shoulders. Makoto was leaning up against the side of the gates. “Don’t you know not thanking people is bad manners?” Makoto called out.

Rei smiled, replying, “Thank you.”

“For what?”

Thanks for going with me,” she finished, turning back around.




*goes back to flurry of papers and midterms*

February 9th, 2008

Back from the pits....

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Title: Trading Barbs
Author: no_retreat
Theme: Cornered
Genre: Angst, Romance
Version: Anime/Manga
Rating: PG

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AN: Same storyline as Lightning Rose, just different perspectives.

September 14th, 2007

Hi there.

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Title: Rival Strategy
Author: no_retreat
Theme: Paragon
Genre: General
Version: Anime
Rating: G

YAY! Ami/Ryo!Collapse )

11. Title: ...From Somewhere...
Author: no_retreat
Theme: Remember
Genre: General
Version: Anime (First Arc R)
Rating: G

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September 10th, 2007

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Title: Requesting Your Presence
Author: no_retreat
Theme: Descent
Genre: Romance
Version: Manga
Rating: PG

Athena tapped the arm of her chair. Honestly, must there be a party for her? She wasn’t even deserving of one, what with was going on the Moon Kingdom and the Earth.

Yet her mother insisted for the party. "The princess could do without one protector, she has enough with Venus and Mars on her side." It wasn't even an important occasion to warrant for Athena's presence. The queen had simply requested her attendance, as "you ARE the crown princess, regardless of Serenity's interest in you. You could play some role in our entertainment."

The door to Athena's chamber opened. She turned around, her blue hair brushing against her cheek. "Jupiter," she said, as the tall Jovian entered, "I thought you would be tied up with our ambassadors."

"Your mother was sending a servant to get you, I offered my services instead." Jupiter flicked her hair. "This much different from what I've heard about the Mercurials."

"Mm." Athena stood up, her gown sweeping around the chair. "It's more of my mother's doing...she's gotten more into the social aspect of running the kingdom." She crossed the room towards Jupiter. "Honestly, I would prefer to be back at the princess's side."

"I would too." Jupiter looked behind her at the closed door. "However...Athena..." Athena paused in her steps. They had never called each other by their true names, only the formal titles of :Lady Mercury" and "Lady Jupiter" were used on the Moon. "I'd much rather have you by my side at the moment."

"Jupiter-" Athena shook her head. "Mother would be expecting us by now." Jupiter smiled, knowing that this was no time for intimacy, held out her hand. "Shall I escort you downstairs?"

Athena took her fellow soldier's hand, and then felt the girl's lips descend upon hers. Athena closed her eyes as Jupiter pulled away, stroking Athena's hair. "Hera..."

"You said your mother would be waiting." Jupiter opened the door.

"Yes," Athena went through the door, descending to her mother's ball.

September 9th, 2007

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Title: Siren Song
Author: no_retreat
Theme: Image
Genre: General; Dark
Version: Animanga
Rating: PG

AN: Partially inspired by Nightwish's "The Siren," particularly the 'song' bits.


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4. Title: Old Scars of Projects
Author: no_retreat
Theme: Experiment
Genre: General, Angst
Version: Manga
Rating: PG

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September 8th, 2007

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Title: When She Was...
Author: no_retreat
Theme: Divorce
Genre: Drama
Version: Animanga
Rating: G

When she was three, Ami"s most favorite thing to do was to paint with her father.Collapse )

September 4th, 2007

Now with more fic!

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Twice in one day...yeah, this is the way to kill myself over the month.

Title: New School Year
Author: no_retreat
Theme: Back to School
Genre: Poetry
Version: PGSM
Rating: G

Pens, paper, and books
All neatly packed
Schoolbag placed by the door
Uniform, pressed and waiting
A cool spring morning dawns
Still sleeping, alarm ready
She holds a scrap of paper tight
With smudged characters, wishing
Hopes for the new semester
I want to have friends
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