Shopping Date

[A/N: I got this idea shortly before S3 started (while I still thought S3 was starting on the 23rd) that Masuki would ask Rei to go shopping with her, and Rei would think it was a date, but Masuki just wanted help carrying all the merch she was going to buy. So I decided to write it down.

I have not yet watched episode 2 of S3, so I don’t know if there is any ship progression with regards to Masuki and Rei, be it with each other, or someone else. I’ll find out later.]

Wakana Rei was feeling excited, because someone had asked her out. Satou Masuki was Rei’s bandmate, who could seem gruff on the surface, but was actually a total sweetie. Rei had tried hitting on her, though with less success than she was used to. Girls had a tendency to fall over themselves even when Rei didn’t do anything special, while Masuki would at most blush cutely, and blow her off.

Until she had suddenly asked Rei if she wanted to go shopping on their next day off.

Maybe not the most exciting of dates, but it was the whole day with just the two of them. Eating together would be a natural part of it, and they would surely find other activities too. So Rei was determined to make the most of it.

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Awaken and Return

[A/N: So this idea sprung from a combination of two things. First, seeing this artwork of a long-haired Byleth that Intsys were too cowardly to do in the game. Second, the idea that Edelgard wouldn’t recognise a dishevelled Byleth coming back, except for the boobs she had stared at too much. It amused me so much I had to try to turn it into a fic.

Sothis’s speech felt like a good way of opening things. I wrote another scene after that, but ended up deleting it. Cutting right to Edelgard felt like a better option, even if it kinda sucked to delete all that work.]

“You… How long do you intend to sleep?”

“Your body is awake. Your eyes must open now, and you must find the strength to stand upon those legs of yours.”

“Like so much rain, a pool of blood has fallen to the ground… As spears and arrows pierce the ground, it weeps. And even now… it weeps.”

“In order to survive, they kill. And so, the people of this world are lost in an abyss of suffering. They weep as well.”

“The only one who truly knows the nature of such things is I… or rather, you.”

“I’m still sleepy…”

“You are a complete and utter fool! Have you not changed one bit?! Get on your feet. Right now! I will coddle you no more! You are just like a child, always needing me to hold your hand…”

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What I Had Hoped For From The Rise Of Skywalker

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything that isn’t a fanfic, though I guess this can be said to qualify as such.

This is not going to be an in-depth or detailed critique of The Rise of Skywalker, or any sort of dissection of its many flaws. A lot of other people have already done that, and likely far better than I could do. I find it hard to muster any strong feeling aside from disappointment, so I can’t exactly do any sort of entertaining angry rant either. But I feel it’s safe to say the general response to this movie has been one of disappointment. If you actually loved (or at least liked) it, I’m glad for you.

I merely want to share some quick ideas for where I thought/hoped the story was going based on where The Last Jedi left us. Nothing comprehensive, just a few things I almost expected to see, but did not.

Be warned that I can’t really do this without getting into SPOILERS! So that’s starting in the very next paragraph. If you don’t want any of those, I’m surprised you clicked on this to begin with.

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Mirrored Desires

[A/N: How long has it been since my last LL Sunshine fic? I remember saying last year that I wanted to stay on top of Aqours birthdays, but that didn’t happen. I tried to get this one ready by Dia’s birthday. And missed the mark by two days. Oops.

I want to do more with these two, but I feel like this is a good stopping point for now. Or perhaps a good starting point. Not yet sure where I want to take them next. I don’t recall if I’ve ever done YohaDia before, but I don’t think so. I probably characterised them a little differently than I usually do, but that tends to happen when exploring new ships. And it’s been a while, so I don’t fully remember how I used to do it.]

“One day the darkness will claim you, Dia. On that fateful day your heart will be mine!”

“And then? What will you do if you get it, Yoshiko-san?”

“Uh…”

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Helpful Advice?

[A/N: Originally this idea was just to have some goofy scenes of the four young girls asking someone older for advice, then I felt compelled to add a scene for that advice bearing fruit for each pair as well. Honestly didn’t expect to get this many words out of it.

I guess this is part me wanting to do a follow-up on the Alfin/Elise fic I put out before Chris-mas, and part me being a frustrated Renne/Tita shipper watching Cold Steel 3 push its Agate/Tita agenda heavily and explicitly. I didn’t like it in Sky, and I don’t like it now. I will never surrender, no matter what the canon says!]

Princess Alfin Reise Arnor had some new developments in her life that she desired some advice on. And her best (by virtue of being her only) option was her older brother prince Olivert. Maybe that was an unfair way of thinking about it. Unless his stories were all complete fabrication, this was an area he had some experience and insight into.

And it just so happened that the two of them were in the same place at the same time, which was rarer than Alfin would have liked. He had his faults, but she really liked her brother. So she knocked on his door.

“Come in,” said a voice from inside.

Alfin opened the door. “Good afternoon, brother,” she said as she stepped into the room.

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Christmas in Fodlan

[A/N: Listen, I know Fodlan doesn’t actually have Christmas, this is just a silly idea I got obsessed with. It would probably be Seirosmas, or maybe Sothismas if it was a thing. But this is not a story meant to be taken seriously.

Honestly I would rename the season Chris-mas, in honour of our floof and saviour Yukine Chris.]

Christmas had never been a big thing for Edelgard. At least not for as long as she could remember. Maybe it had been different when she was very young. Though she wouldn’t say she hated it either, she just didn’t feel any connection to it.

I guess it’s nice for the kids, she thought as she watched some children outside place a santa hat on a snowman. But it’s not really for me. I’m too old now anyway. Adults shouldn’t make a fuss about such things.

“Hey, El!” said a voice behind her.

“Yes?” She turned around to look, and what she saw nearly made her jaw drop.

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Tomoe Has Two Sticks

[A/N: I have a bunch of drafts sitting around that it’s taking a while to finish, and then I get this weird idea that I write up in a couple of days. I don’t understand my own writing process any longer.

This idea started with a couple of goofy tweets I made a few days ago (on the weekend I think?), and then it got stuck in my brain, and grew into a thing I just had to write down. It’s a little messy, but I still think it’s fun and cute, so at least there’s that.]

Udagawa Ako sat down with the two suspects: Uehara Himari, and Yamabuki Saaya.

“Uh, Ako-chan? Why did you ask me to come?” Himari asked, then glanced over at Saaya. “And why is Saaya here?”

Saaya shook her head. “I’m not sure either,” she said.

“I have been thinking about something,” Ako said solemnly. “And I’ve decided the only solution is to ask you. Which of you is marrying my sister?”

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Impossible Feelings

[A/N: Imagine me, playing Trails of Cold Steel 3, thinking a lot about these characters again, and trying to figure out a couple of ideas for writing a Laura/Emma fic, and also a Tita/Renne fic. And then I start writing Alfin/Elise instead. Why am I like this?

Perhaps this is in part due to the “what your favourite Trails/Kiseki ship says about you” list I saw on twitter the other day. Even with 32 ships on there somehow only one of my top three made it onto it, which I was a little surprised by. Like I don’t think either of the two first ships I mentioned above are so strange that they wouldn’t be brought up? Especially not compared to some of the really far out there ones on that list. And I would have thought Estelle/Joshua/Khloe as an OT3 would be blindingly obvious, but I guess not. While not in my top three, Elise/Alfin did make the list, so maybe that was enough to get my thoughts going in that direction.

So here you go. Just a short scene with the two of them featuring an accidental confession. I don’t really have a better/longer idea for now, but it was desperate to get out of my head and into text.

I stay away from spoilers tying this directly into the story in any way, except that Elise became student council president, I guess.]

Paperwork. Seemingly endless paperwork. Not that it had been entirely unexpected when Elise Schwarzer had become the student council president. She wasn’t so naive as to think it would be easy. Far from it. Yet some days it was harder than others. Especially those days where her thoughts were quite firmly stuck in a different place. It was like her eyes could see the words on the paper, but her brain refused to process them as sentences with actual meaning.

An idle thought made her wonder if situations like this were what made her father remove his glasses, rub the bridge of nose, and try cleaning said glasses before continuing to read. No, not these kinds of thoughts exactly. No way. Elise didn’t have any glasses to remove anyway, so she had to settle for letting out a deep sigh.

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Lessons

[A/N: No one asked for this, it was just an idea that fell into my head a little while ago, and I decided to write it up.

Something I’ve talked about with friends before is how it’s a moderately kept secret that Tae is probably the most skilled guitarist among the cast, if only she’d apply herself fully. And Sayo is very preoccupied with skill, so I thought… well, what if she figured out Tae’s skill level, and asked her for lessons? And that turned into this piece of heresy.

No one asked for it, but I hope someone enjoys it anyway. It was fun to write.]

“I see. But I was hoping we could start playing,” Sayo said.

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When We Grow Up

[A/N: “Working on long fics is too hard at the moment,” I said. “I should focus on shorter ideas until I get back into things,” I said. And then shortly after I start this thing which took me about three weeks to finish. Maybe some day I will learn to take my own advice when I know it’s what’s best for me.

I had the idea of wanting to do a modern AU fic where Byleth’s mother was still alive. Sadly the game never names her (afaik), so I had to make up my own name. I just wanted a happy family life for them. Which then expanded in scope as I wanted to add some Edeleth “fated reunion” + “childhood promise” romance to it too.

This is a bit different from my usual “modern AU” MO of just transposing as much of the setup as possible to a different setting, and not really changing much. Instead actually trying to think up new roles, statuses, and interpretations for the various characters for once. Not that I go completely off the wall with it or anything. Just tried doing something that fit the story better.

I did have to rein myself in a bit. I realised fairly early on that I couldn’t just add a bunch of the characters to this. Some are mentioned in passing, some are alluded/hinted to as being part of the wider setting, but the number of actively participating characters is kept pretty small. This is already long enough without trying to incorporate even more stuff. I do have to aim for actually completing my fics at some point. *quietly hides all my unfinished drafts in a cupboard*

My one big worry is that since it was written across such a long period of time, and some days I wasn’t able to write at all, it will not feel as coherent as it would if I had been able to write at a more steady, continual pace. Hopefully it still turned out okay. That’s probably enough of these author’s notes though, I should let you actually read the fic.]

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