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Countdown to the Avengers Ficathon!

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As we count down to the Avengers, let's celebrate! We're holding both a comment ficathon, and a drabble fest. Thanks to arysani for the comment ficathon idea.

The Comment Ficathon
* Prompt on this post.
* Any and all ratings, pairings, and genres welcome.
* Please, no spoilers for the Avengers. Later this summer, we'll hold a ficathon that will be a spoiler fest.
* One prompt per comment, but the number of comments you can make is unlimited.
* Prompt responses should have a header with the usual basic info.

The Drabble Fest
* Post your drabble or ficlet to the community, using the 2012 Drabble Fest tag.
* Drabbles may contain spoilers for the Avengers, just be sure to use a cut and a spoiler warning.
* If you like, feel free to use any of the prompts left for the comment ficathon for inspiration.
* Include basic headers.

Questions? Please post them here. That way, I'll see them in my regular email, as opposed to the one for the LJ account I'm using here. Hopefully you'll receive a prompter response that way!


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There's also a collection on AO3 for the ficathon, if you'd like to archive your creations.

Comments

( 44 Memos — Memo to SHIELD )
maevebran
Apr. 16th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
Is this where we leave prompts?

If so I'd like some Steve/Natasha. Friendship or Het ship works
ithildyn
Apr. 16th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yep, this is the right place.
ithildyn
Apr. 16th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
Loki - childhood memory with his mother.
spockside
Apr. 16th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
Song of Ymir - Spoilers for Thor but not for Avengers
Frigga sits beside a child's bed, sewing, singing a soft song. The child is not asleep, but ill, and he turns his aching head toward his mother.

"Mother," he whispers.

"Loki," she says instantly, laying her needlework in her lap and her hand on his ivory forehead.

"I would have gone with them."

"I know, love. They know it as well. It is not your heart that failed you, but this vile sickness."

"I've never been out with the boar hunters. Thor's been twice now."

Frigga looks down at her smaller son, all black hair and lizard-green eyes, and sees not a mighty hunter, but a scholar. A thirst for knowledge, for the "why" and not the "how", for words rather than weaponry.

"There's more to life than hunting beasts," she tells him, not for the last time. "And Sif has promised to bring you pears from the orchard when she returns with them."

Mention of Sif, his playmate, almost a sister, makes him smile, however faintly, but still he frets.

"Why didn't the healing stone work, Mother?"

Frigga smooths his hair back and replies, "We don't know, darling," although she could certainly venture an excellent guess. "But you are becoming stronger, every hour, and your pain grows less, doesn't it?"

Loki nods slightly. His mother smiles at him reassuringly, tidies his covers and gives him a little wine, then settles back to her vigil as his eyelids droop.

"Sing me a song, Mother, please?"

Frigga hesitates only briefly before choosing the song, one rarely heard in Asgard, a low, repetitive tune perfect for luring her son to sleep. It seems to have the opposite effect, however.

"What song is that?"

"It's very old, Loki, about the very beginnings of the cosmos."

"Who was Ymir, Mother?"

"The father of the jötnar, they say. His children were spawned from his armpits and his feet, and Bergelmir was his grandson."

"How do you know a song about frost giants, Mother?" Loki yawns, thus missing the expression that flits across his mother's face.

"I know many things, Loki Odinsson," she tells him firmly. "Not all of which I need explain to you. Now, go to sleep, young man."

"Will you keep singing the song?"

"Yes, I will, I promise."

She sits and sings, does not lift her needlework, and watches her son fall asleep.
ithildyn
Apr. 16th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Song of Ymir - Spoilers for Thor but not for Avengers
That was absolutely lovely! We got lots of Odin and Loki in the movie, but I wanted something with mom :)
spockside
Apr. 17th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Re: Song of Ymir - Spoilers for Thor but not for Avengers
Thanks!
bugeyedmonster
Apr. 17th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Re: Song of Ymir - Spoilers for Thor but not for Avengers
Aww that was lovely.
ithildyn
Apr. 16th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
Steve, Tony (gen please) - Steve's reaction after finding out his friend Howard wasn't that great a dad.
maevebran
Apr. 17th, 2012 07:18 am (UTC)
Steve watched Tony Stark walk away from him. What Tony had told him about his old friend was unsettling but not completely unexpected. Howard had been a terrible father. Steve wished it surprised him but the Howard he knew or more precisely had known was a womanizer who enjoyed his alcohol. Neither of those things ever made for a stable family man, Steve had observed.

Steve had expected to hear that Howard had reformed and made a good but distant father. But instead he had heard that Howard had been a distant and harsh father. Steve hoped that he would be able to help Tony learn about a different side of his father. Tony had mentioned that lately his opinion of Howard had started to change as he learned more about Howard’s work with S.H.I.E.L.D. and remembered the few good times with his Dad.
ithildyn
Apr. 18th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Cool! Thank you :)
spockside
Apr. 16th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
Bruce and any female. I don't know much about his background or who/where Betty Ross is, but dammit that man needs some loving.
spockside
Apr. 16th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
A girl in every port...I mean realm?
Jane/Thor/Sif, where Jane & Sif have a pact to share Thor. Thor may be bewildered by the whole idea, or delighted, or both.
ithildyn
Apr. 17th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
Re: A girl in every port...I mean realm?
No spoilers, rated PG13ish, Sif and Jane.

(I didn't get Thor worked in, but it's a start [g])

Girls Night Out

Jane took another swallow of the golden liqueur. It was so yummy! She didn't know what it was, but Sif had told her it was a favourite on Asgard. Jane could see why. Or taste why. Whatever. She realized Sif was speaking to her.

"What do you call this?" Sif motioned to the glass she held.

"Tequila. Girl's best friend when she gets dumped."

"Dumped?"

Jane giggled. "You know, when your boyfriend leaves you. Wants to be friends, you don't understand him, or he's found someone younger and hotter. Take your pick."

Sif drained the contents of the glass, an odd look on her face. Jane peered at her, feeling a little cross-eyed. Maybe she'd had too much to drink. Her hand swayed slightly as she picked up the tequila bottle to refill her guest's glass. Definitely too much to drink.

"I understand the concept," Sif finally said, not looking at Jane.

Ohhhh! Jane waved a finger. "Thor, you and Thor! Am I right?"

"He wishes to remain friends," Sif said, once more draining her glass.

She looked so sad, in an 'I can kill you with my bare hands' sort of way. Jane liked Sif. She didn't have a lot of girlfriends, and certainly, Sif was the first alien one. Jane slammed her glass onto the table. "Hell no! No one treats my friend that way."

"You make no sense, Jane Foster. Are you not the younger and hotter woman I have been dumped for?" Sif pointed out, sounding perplexed and a little tipsy.

"Me? No! Well, yes, technically, I suppose younger, but not hotter. You are one of the hottest women I've ever met. What with the warrior thing, and the hair, and armour…." Jane realized she was babbling – drunk and babbling. "Okay, what I'm trying to say, is why shouldn't we both have him? You, back home on Asgard, and me here in my realm?"

"You would be willing to make such an arrangement?"

Jane considered. "I suppose dating a god means making some concessions, right?"

"I suppose it might," Sif agreed. "And what happens, Jane Foster, when we are both in the same realm?"

Jane smiled impishly. "Well, if we don't mind sharing Thor, he shouldn't mind sharing us now, should he?"

Sif matched Jane's smile, though feral might be a better description than impish. "And if he does, we will just have to teach him the error of his ways, shall we not, my friend?"


Edited at 2012-04-17 12:24 am (UTC)
maevebran
Apr. 17th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Re: A girl in every port...I mean realm?
That is flipping brilliant.=)
ithildyn
Apr. 17th, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
Re: A girl in every port...I mean realm?
Thank you :) I have a hard time posting off the cuff - I tend to obsess.
spockside
Apr. 17th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
Re: A girl in every port...I mean realm?
What Maeve said. :P
ithildyn
Apr. 17th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
Re: A girl in every port...I mean realm?
Aww, thank you! I'm pleased you liked it.
bugeyedmonster
Apr. 17th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
Re: A girl in every port...I mean realm?
Hee! Thor is not going to know what hit him. *giggling*
jedimasterstar
Apr. 17th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
Re: A girl in every port...I mean realm?
Nice.
idontlikegravy
Apr. 17th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Re: A girl in every port...I mean realm?
My brain just exploded Jane/Thor/Sif FTW! :)
spockside
May. 1st, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Re: A girl in every port...I mean realm?
Over on avengerkink there is a delicious Sif/Thor/Jane pegging ficlet.
livejournal
Apr. 17th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Volume 074, Issue 010
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maevebran
Apr. 17th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
Steve and Pepper clothes shopping for him. Someone needs to update his wardrobe.
maevebran
Apr. 17th, 2012 07:21 am (UTC)
Steve/ Female SHIELD Agent
I want to see the SHIELD Agent from the end of Captain America come back and appologize for her part in the deception. And maybe they become friends.(If you want to call her Sharon Carter I'd love that but if you want to call her something else that's good too.)
idontlikegravy
Apr. 24th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
Kismet
There were a couple of days of debriefing, for her and him, before she was able to seek him out. She found him in the bowels of the helicarrier, beating seven shades of snot out of a defenceless punchbag as if it were the Red Skull himself. She stood in the doorway watching for a moment, entranced by the grace and power. He was everything she'd expected and more.

"Are you going to actually speak to me, or stand there all day?" Rogers asked. He stopped and grabbed the bag before turning to look at her. She smiled, embarrassed to be caught out.

"I did want to talk to you, to apologise, I guess. But I wasn't sure how to start," she admitted.

"Agent 13, isn't it?" he asked. She nodded. "Don't you have real names?"

"It's Carter. Sharon Carter," she replied. He stared at her and she could see the wheels turning in his head. "She was my grandmother," she answered the unspoken question.

"So she married. Good, I'm glad she wasn't alone."

Sharon approached Rogers and laid a hand on his arm.

"She waited. She came to the US and waited for five years. But they'd declared you dead. She met my grandfather and they fell in love, but she never stopped thinking about you. She spoke of you often when I was a kid," Sharon explained.

He nodded before withdrawing his hand and punching the bag a few more times, this time without any real conviction. He dropped his hands again and looked dejected.

"I'd be happy to talk about her some more, if you'd like to. Maybe over coffee, Captain Rogers?" Sharon suggested. He looked up and smiled.

"I'd like that, Agent Carter. Please, call me Steve."



Edited at 2012-04-24 11:10 am (UTC)
maevebran
Apr. 24th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Kismet
Awww. Very nice.
idontlikegravy
May. 3rd, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Kismet
Thank you! :)
silvercobwebs
May. 6th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Kismet
"So she married. Good, I'm glad she wasn't alone."
Aww, Steve. Always thinking of others' happiness before your own. ♥
idontlikegravy
Apr. 17th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Hawkeye; it would be too easy to feel intimidated
sunnymcgee
Apr. 24th, 2012 10:27 am (UTC)
Mini-Fill
He walks with Gods.

Ok, technically only one of them has ever been seriously referred to as a god, when really he’s from a super advanced alien race, but still. Out of this whole group with the gall to call themselves Superheroes, he is the only one completely au natural, without enhancements of any kind. It would be easy to feel intimidated.

He has never been one for the easy way.
idontlikegravy
Apr. 24th, 2012 10:51 am (UTC)
Re: Mini-Fill
Oh this is just perfect, thank you :)
sunnymcgee
Apr. 25th, 2012 06:27 am (UTC)
Re: Mini-Fill
:) Glad you approve!
spockside
Apr. 24th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Mini-Fill
Terrific, as is your icon.
sunnymcgee
Apr. 25th, 2012 06:28 am (UTC)
Re: Mini-Fill
Thank you!
idontlikegravy
Apr. 17th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Nick Fury, Steve Rogers; You don't remember me, do you Cap?
moogsthewriter
Apr. 19th, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
Tony severely injures his hands saving one/more of the team; cue angst all around as they wait to see if he'll be able to use them fully again.
maevebran
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:20 am (UTC)
Boy Soup --Natasha and the guys
So I was reading this inter view where Mark Ruffalo said "I just remember going to someone’s place with a group of half-naked stuntmen in a hot tub, and Scarlett Johansson standing over them with a giant ladle, making boy soup. " So I really want a fic where it is Natasha with the ladel and Steve, Tony, Bruce, Thor, Clint and maybe even Loki, Fury, and Coulson in the hot tub. I dn't know why or how but the idea of Boy soup ammusses me.=)
thy3tuth_iswon
Apr. 20th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
The Plan
Hank aka Ant-man is going to propose to Jan- his fellow Avengers help. Hi jinks happen.

Edited at 2012-04-20 05:17 am (UTC)
thy3tuth_iswon
Apr. 20th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
The Avengers have to do a photo shoot- Peter Parker is the photographer.
thy3tuth_iswon
Apr. 20th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
The Avengers watched all the Superman films, including Super-Girl and Superman Returns.
deancas91190dc
Apr. 20th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
Tony and Bruce, slash or Gen. Anything with these two awesome geniuses, preferably with Tony angst involved.
spockside
Apr. 21st, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
No angst, sorry!
Steve Rogers all but stomped out of the lab, after giving Tony Stark a piece of his mind about taking their mission seriously, being part of the team, playing ball, blah blah blah, and Tony was free to smirk with impunity. He was alone, Bruce having departed after getting the specs he wanted from the device and patently ignoring Tony's verbal harassment.

He decided to give Bruce a bit of a head start, then headed out, down the stairwell.

Tony didn't know what genius had decided to house Bruce Banner aka The Incredible Hulk in the basement. He'd tried to point out that, if the lower levels of the building got demolished - naming no names - the rest of the building was more likely to come down. Better to store the probable cause of the destruction at the top, where he - it - could bust out without endangering the rest of the inhabitants.

But no. This wasn't Stark Tower, and he wasn't the boss. He'd said he didn't want to be part of the Boy Band, played hard to get, had been a bit smug when finally called in. He didn't want to be the boss. He kept telling himself that.

Better to be the boss, though, than to get bossed by Mr. Legend In His Own Time, he of the moral fiber and patriotic costume. Seriously, did Rogers really expect people to follow a guy whose last mission had taken place before they were born? Did Fury?

At last Tony reached the bowels of the stairwell (having successfully avoided anyone's notice) and shoved open the double doors. Immediately he noted the difference between the upper residential levels and the lair of the Hulk. It was plain and pleasant, no carpet or wallpaper. At first he thought it was too obvious, a ploy to keep Bruce on the emotional even keel.

Then a quiet voice from a side hallway said, "It's easier to repair."

A man in khakis and a plain polo shirt was leaning against a doorjamb as if expecting him.

"Welcome to the dungeon," Bruce said with a smile. "Come on in. If you dare."

"Kind of a reverse penthouse, isn't it," Tony observed, following the scientist into a spacious living area. This was more comfortably decorated and furnished, lots of overstuffed chairs and rugs, kitchen, home theater system, the works.

He wandered around the room, trying to see it in the context of the man, not the creature. The colors were actually fairly bright, but not aggressively so; the furniture mismatched but obviously well used. The place was as carelessly put together as a typical bachelor pad; it looked, oddly, more comfortable than either of Tony's master bedrooms.

(Except when Pepper was in his bed. Then it was comfort times infinity.)

He dropped into one of the chairs and said, "So what do think of our new overlord, I mean, Captain?"

Bruce snorted. "You really should be nicer to him," he told Tony, getting some kind of fruit shake concoction out of the fridge. "He's a bit fragile at the moment."

"Funny, he said the same thing about you," Tony retorted. "He doesn't act fragile."

"He's overcompensating," said Bruce. He sat down on a stool at the kitchen counter. "I think you should let up a bit."

"On Rogers?"

"On me."
spockside
Apr. 21st, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Re: No angst, sorry!
Tony stared for a moment, then burst out laughing.

"What, you didn't like the line about the bongo music?"

Bruce was starting to laugh as well. "Don't do that. It's getting way too hard to keep a straight face."

"I have faith in you, Banner. We've got to see this thing through."

"You're not going to get him to lighten up this way. I told you that at the start."

"Maybe not. But you know, empathy is more your line than mine. I'm the court jester, and I swear, we're going to get the prince to laugh. Or at least smile."

"Or kick your ass, more likely," said Bruce, still grinning.

"Come on, just one more round. If I stop now he'll suspect something."

"And *still* kick your ass."

"I'll back it down bit by bit. You can say you're teaching me reiki or something."

At the thought of Tony as a reiki practitioner Bruce almost snorted his drink out his nose.

"That would give the whole show away," he said. "A straight face would be out of the question."

They sat smirking at each other for a minute. Then Bruce said, more soberly, "What are you really up to, Tony?"

"Who, me?" Tony shrugged. "Distraction, I guess."

"Since when do you need distraction?"

"I don't," said Tony. "I have plenty of ways to amuse myself. He doesn't have any. Fury says he's been brooding too long."

"So you're creating a diversion."

"Yep. Think about it. He's so annoyed with me most of the time that he doesn't have time to either brood on his past or worry about the future. Once this job is done, he and I will have a nice knock-down drag-out discussion and be bffs."

Bruce shook his head at Tony's approach to psychology.

"Just be sure to save the knock-down drag-out for after," he said. "And no lines about me teaching you reiki, or meditation, or TA, or..."

"I get the idea."
deancas91190dc
Apr. 21st, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Re: No angst, sorry!
This is great, Thanks!
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