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tarotgal
Date: 2015-04-24 10:10
Subject: SPN FIC: Finally (/1)
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Tags:spn

Title: Finally
Author: tarotgal
Rating: NC-17
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Disclaimer: Despite all the merch I've spent hard-earned money on, I don't own these boys or their world at all. I just play there.
Prompt: This is a bit different. Dean has a sneezekink for his OWN sneezes and illnesses and allergies.
Warnings: Wincest, angst, sneezing... you know, a normal tg fic ;-)

Finally )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-04-14 09:28
Subject: Home Sweet Home!
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I got home yesterday and thought I'd eat some lunch and then get a start on laundry. I did that. And then, at 8pm, I woke up. I crashed HARD. It was the most exhausting conference I've been to yet, draining physically and emotionally. My legs hurt all over still, as does my foot from where a car started to run it over on Sunday. The attempt destroyed my shoes, so I have to go shoe shopping today at some point. But I also have laundry. And unpacking. And some small swaps. And catching up on email. And registering 500 books for an upcoming book festival.

I'm utterly thrilled to be home, though. I missed my house and blankets and frige and my things so much. It's so nice not living out of a suitcase finally!

Oh, and starting a certain meme. Is everyone ready?

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-04-05 21:24
Subject: Home... the first time!
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It has been an excruciatingly long and busy week. I was dogsitting/housesitting all week. And even though I love the three little guys so much, they are exhausting, especially when they keep waking me up at 3am and 6am. Luckily, I remembered I had earplugs, so it was just a matter of trying to sleep through the guilt of not hearing them, knowing they were upstairs barking. I smelled so strongly of dog. I was covered in dog. I felt so yucky. I went to my house at 7am on Saturday morning and took a long ass shower and changed into clean clothes that didn't smell like dog and it was GLORIOUS! It only lasted until 11am though when I went back to the house after my library volunteer shift and run to the bank and then I was immediately covered in dog again. Yesterday I went into work to do conference stuff. Today I went into work again to get stuff done. I am actually feeling quite good about my level of preparedness right now, even though I've not yet packed. I got home from work a little before 8pm today and had dinner and started my MANY loads of laundry to get the dogness off all the things I owned. I've got a couple of "I need to pack this" piles. But right now I just want to bask in the glory of BEING HOME.

I love my home. I missed my home. I love that it isn't covered in oily dog fur, for one. For two, I love my blankets and pillows and Samoose stuffed animal on my couch and my house temperature EXACTLY where I want it to be and my food here at home and all my things! I missed my things.

Oh, but I have a new thing. To reward myself for working two extra days this week and surviving dogsitting, I bought myself the new Hawkeye Pop figure. Now I have no excuse and MUST own Coulson so they can bob their little heads at each other adorably. Yeah. I really, really needed that. Thank you, local comic book store (I only went in to buy a comic as part of the Star Wars swap I'm running right now and I left with the comic--which they had in stock YES!!-and Hawkeye and some Game of Thrones buttons for the other swap I'm running right now. Great success. I have no regrets about breaking my rule, especially as I got a bonus for the dogsitting because I was a last minute fill-in, so that bonus more than covers the entire purchase). Anyway, yeah, Pop!Hawkeye is adorable.

I'm watching Bloodline on Netflix. Is anyone else? I'm not really loving it, but I like it. I'm on episode 10 of 13, I think. So I'm nearly done. I might save the rest to watch on my trip if I need something to take my mind off work.

Also in the taking mind of work department? MEME! I made the silly graphic for it yesterday. And I've got a document of prompts going already. I hope you'll all join me in a week or so for some meme goodness when I'm back home!

HOME. I love my home. So nice to be back, albeit briefly.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-04-05 00:12
Subject: Birthday Drabbles for Lady K
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Tags:lotr, spn, sw, tw

I wrote these for Lady Korana's birthday last month. She's already read them, but this is the first time I've posted them here. There's some sneezing in several of them.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Qui-Gon )


Lord of the Rings: Gimli & Legolas )


Supernatural: Sam & Dean )


Torchwood: Ianto & Jack )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-04-04 08:48
Subject: Day 12 Fic for Sexualoddity
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Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, spn



Title: Day 12
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG
Pairing: None
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: This was the most important course in Sam Winchester's career as an undergraduate college student.
Notes: Written during my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2014 project for Sexualoddity

Link: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/12in12Day12.html

Whole series: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/index.html

I knew immediately how I wanted this to end, but I had such a hard time figuring out the presentation topic that I ended up asking a friend of mine who is a lawyer for lawyery-type words and possible court cases. She did me one better and handed me 20 pages of a briefing with notes scribbled all over to put the language into normal terms I could understand. But that specific case didn't work for my fic, plus it was way off with the timeline, so I ended up coming up with one on my own anyway. But I used lots of the terms she gave me. I probably got everything wrong. But the course case isn't the point of the story. The sneezing is! So I hope that you like this! Sorry again for the long wait in getting it to you.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-04-03 20:43
Subject: Day 11 Fic for Anonymous
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Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, merlin



Title: Day 11
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Whose idea was it to hide?
Notes: Written during my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2014 project for Anonymous

Link: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/12in12Day11.html

Whole series: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/index.html

I ended up rewatching the entire series of Merlin while writing this fic. Not sure it helped much. LOL But it was still a fun story to write. I had a mental image immediately of poor Merlin and wrote the fic around it. Hope you like it!

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-04-02 23:19
Subject: Day 10 Fic for SomethingClever
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Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, strokes



Title: Day 10
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Strokes
Rating: PG
Pairing: None
Summary: More of what happened during Christmas 2006 with the boys.
Notes: Written during my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2014 project for SomethingClever

Link: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/12in12Day10.html

Whole series: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/index.html

I set this during Christmas 2006, which I wrote about a little in this fic last year. So I had to work within that timeline (so no Sin/Ducky this time). I'm sorry this is SO late for a Christmas fic, but I hope you like it anyway. It's such a pleasure to work more with these characters and flesh out their stories more.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-04-01 23:24
Subject: SPN FIC: 5 Times Sam Was a Teddy Bear and 1 Time Dean Was
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Tags:spn

Title: 5 Times Sam Was a Teddy Bear and 1 Time Dean Was
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG-13
Pairings: None
Disclaimer: Not my characters!
Summary: See title!
Notes: [info]cowboyguy sent me a link to this adorable teddy bear named Sam. A few fic ideas immediately popped into my head. And then, suddenly, I was writing this fic!

5 Times Sam Was a Teddy Bear and 1 Time Dean Was )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-04-01 00:57
Subject: Dogsitting & Posting
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Mood:sleepy sleepy

I'm too tired after a super long day of work and dogsitting to do any fic posting properly tonight, sorry.

Fics will resume shortly.

In other news, how did no one tell me this was a thing that existed in this world? *in love*
http://sssmithington.deviantart.com/gallery/

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-03-31 00:20
Subject: Day 9 Fic for Lady Korana
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Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, spn



Title: Day 9
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG
Pairing: None
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Sam gets a harsh dose of reality at the worst possible time.
Notes: Written during my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2014 project for Lady Korana

Link: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/12in12Day9.html

Whole series: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/index.html

Again, thanks for putting up with the long wait for this. I actually started it three times before I had something I liked. The first version was Dean, Sam, and Bobby in a hotel like the Shining with SO MUCH PLOT that made no sense, even though you asked for no/little plot. And the second attempt... PLOT. The third time around, I had something I liked much more. I hope you like it too! *HUGS*

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-03-30 08:14
Subject: Day 8 Fic for x_posed_again
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Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, hp



Title: Day 8
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG
Pairing: None
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: Marcus Flint has recently joined Puddlemere United and is out to prove himself.
Notes: Written during my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2014 project for x_posed_again

Link: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/12in12Day8.html

Whole series: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/index.html

Sorry for the long wait! It was actually one of the first I wrote, but I needed to post fics in order. I hope you enjoy this. It is always a pleasure to write these two, so thanks for giving me an excuse. Have a great rest of 2015! (Hope it's filled with some "just for you" writing time as well as great reading).

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-03-29 19:17
Subject: Confession
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I think I've watched the same 5 minutes of this episode of Bates Motel (S3x3) something like 15 times now because the actor who plays Dylan has suuuuuuuuuch a stuffed-up nose in one scene. It's like I keep expecting that little throat clear to turn into a sneeze one of these times, but it doesn't. LOL Still OMG so stuffed-up. I love it.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-03-29 16:30
Subject: Day 7 Fic for gingerdean
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Tags:giftfic, holiday gift, spn



Title: Day 7
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG
Pairing: None
Disclaimer: Not my characters. I wish they were mine. I definitely don’t get paid for this.
Summary: A continuation of my fic "Dean Hearding" in which Sam and Dean weather the storm inside the cat-filled B&B.
Notes: Written during my 12 Ficlets in 12 Days in 2014 project for gingerdean

Link: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/12in12Day7.html

Whole series: http://tgsrealm.tarotgal.net/stories/12Ficlets12Days-2014/index.html

I am SO SORRY it took me so long to get this fic done. I guess some allergyfics are tougher for me to write than I had anticipated. Plus RL kept getting in the way. But I finally finished this up this morning and here it is! It's not my best work, but I hope it's worth the terribly long wait. Sorry about that! *HUGS* and *APOLOGIES*

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-03-26 23:27
Subject: Last Year's Meme
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In an attempt at feeling like I was accomplishing something tonight, I finally went through last year's meme and completed the master list. I think I got everything but please, please let me know if I missed something or put something in wrong.

There are some good fics on there that could use some feedback, because they're all amazing. Seriously amazing. And guess how many fills there were? Including two sequels, there were 84 fills!

2014 Meme Master List: http://tarotgal.livejournal.com/906128.html

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-03-26 21:36
Subject: SPN FIC: Thunder (1/1)
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Tags:spn

Title: Thunder
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: G? PG?
Disclaimer: Not my characters! Not my 'verse!
Summary: Dean finds refuge during a thunderstorm and kind of wishes he hadn't.
Notes: Written for my April 2014 comment fic meme to this prompt: Oh, Dean. It started off as just a cold -- annoying, but he can deal with it. And then there's a freak thunderstorm and maybe a tornado warning and the closest refuge is the animal shelter. On cat adoption day.

Thunder )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-03-26 20:03
Subject: Things
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1. Found out today that VA state employees are going to get a 2% raise this year. So, that's good after, like, 4 years of frozen salaries. Though 2% doesn't really go very far considering inflation over the past 4 years has well eclipsed that in northern Virginia. *sigh* But at least it's something.

2. Thanks to doing stupid (and secretly fun) online surveys, I managed to earn $25 to help fund the Con Man Indiegogo campaign. I have my eye on a second perk, but I don't think I'm going to make enough by the close of the campaign.

3. I'm having a rough week. I've been fatigued and depressed and all I feel like doing is curling up on my couch and crying and sleeping, so I've kind of been avoiding my couch because that's what happened the last time I was depressed and then I ended up on my couch for half a year and that wasn't healthy. But I did manage to watch a lot of Charmed and Angel and Judging Amy. Still, yeah, it was not a good thing. So I'm trying to keep myself from going there. And I should probably go see a doctor but... yeah. I'm me. Mom thinks I'm not getting enough iron and that's why I'm so tired. Might be. But I never get enough iron and I haven't felt like this in 10-ish years so... I'm thinking it's not just iron. Would be happier if I could get a proper sleep and not wake up with a headache, though.

4. WORK SUCKS. I mean, it's fine. It's no worse than normal. Except we have a conference in 2 weeks and one of the members of our conference department just up and left with no notice. SO MUCH WORK I need to get done. Not enough hours in the day.

5. Had an ultrasound this morning. Was INFINITELY less painful than my last one, so I can absolutely blame that horrible moment in my life on my stupid gallbladder. Good riddance, stupid hurty gallbladder! I brought a stress ball to squeeze at the parts that hurt the most and managed to make it through without popping all the blood vessels in my eyes this time. So that's good. Probably it won't have found anything, but it's worth a shot. Would be nice to know why the heck this spot on my chest hurts when I accidentally touch it or if I walk up and down stairs quickly or if I bend over for a while. I make no sense. LOL

6. My computer is starting to do bad things. I don't like that. It's started to not want to wake up from sleep after I close the laptop in the middle of the night. It makes sounds like it's trying to wake up and the screen turns on, but then nothing happens. Black screen. This has happened 3 days in a row. I am not amused. Also, one of my backups keeps failing (and I suspect it's partially to cause for the problem, screwing up the registry or something). That's no good either.

7. I'm still listening to All American Boy on repeat.

8. Apart from buying a Supernatural t-shirt this weekend that I only had $13 for when the thing was $20 with shipping, I've been really good about sticking to my budget this month. I'm feeling a little better financially. I'll feel a LOT better after I get back my tax refund and can put it straight in to replenish my emergency fund.

9. I keep spending all day wanting to write and then I get home and am WAY TOO TIRED to do anything but sit and watch stuff and play games. Which at least is keeping me from curling up on the couch and never getting up again, so that's something. But I feel bad because this story wants out of my head SO BADLY and I spend all day so excited about it and then I get home and nada. So, yeah. Giftfics. I'm trying, people. I really, really am.

10. I get to play with [info]melydia's cats on Saturday when she & hubby are up at the Doctor Who Convention. And I'm trying to tell myself that playing with her cats will be JUST AS AWESOME as the convention. That's right. I don't need to go to the convention. I will have cats to play with. Yep! I might be dogsitting all next week & weekend. Which will be some nice bonus money I need before going to Minneapolis. Plus I will get to spend some time with three adorable doggies (the problem being that I have only 2 hands and there are three of them fighting to be loved all at the same time and they're not good at taking turns).

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-03-24 23:10
Subject: Honeymooning with an All American Boy
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Tags:music

I pre-ordered Steve Grand's All American Boy album on iTunes (with a Christmas gift card I had) and it was just released on Sunday night. Since then, I haven't been able to stop listening. The album's been on repeat at work. [info]melydia calls this the honeymoon stage, when you're so in love with an album you listen to it over and over and can't get enough. So, yeah. I'm totally there.

I'm not sure why I like it so much. The songs are nothing overly special, though there are some I really love and others that are just okay. Some of the songs have a country overtone, which is not what I usually listen to. And some of the songs are clearly meant for people who love whiskey more than I do. And, yet, I still love this album.

There's just something about this midwestern gay boy that is genuine and honest and attractive to me. Some songs are fun. Some are dark. Some are a little heartbreaking. Some are silly. But they all feel real, like they came from the heart and paint this incredible picture of this time and place and character that's really interesting to get to know through the songs. And his sound is more pop than hardcore country, anyway. It's kind of a little bit of everything. I like that. It just feels authentic and real.

Okay, I have to admit the way he can't stop pressing his face against the other lad's face in Stay is pretty beautiful. (fuckyeahnuzzling) But I didn't even like the song that much until I started listening to the album on repeat, and now I adore it and dance around my office to it at work when no one is around. But All American Boy is definitely still my favorite. However, Soaking Wet is also kind of epic and is the kind of catchy I find myself singing to myself while in the library trying to find books off the missing list. Embarrassing if anyone else actually knew the song. LOL But I do really love his other songs as well, with call-outs to the trans community, to failed relationships, to childhood friends.

I really like it. And I'm in love. Which means I have to tell everyone. So consider yourself told. Then go buy the album and enjoy :-)

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/23/first-openly-gay-country-star-steve-grand-on-all-american-boy-lgbt-rights-and-pre-show-whiskey-shots.html


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tarotgal
Date: 2015-03-22 02:24
Subject: Future Fic Plans
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I've finally finished posting my NaNoFic. I had considered a bunch of different ways to post it (in large chunks, one chapter a week, all at once) before deciding to post one chapter a day for two weeks. I hope you had fun reading along with it or reading it now that it's all posted.

I have several stories that I've wirtten lately that I haven't posted here yet (fandoms include: Supernatural, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Torchwood, and my own Strokes). Some have been read by others offline already. I'll be posting those on my journal soon so everyone can read them.

I'm down to my last 2 giftfics (you guys are amazingly patient. I really appreciate that). I am making them a serious priority and hope to finish and post them all before I head to Minneapolis for my work's annual confernece in April.

Because our conference is in April this year, it means I'm working horrible hours and I'm stressed and nervous right now. Thus, I have no spare time with which to start the annual meme I usually host. Therefore, I plan to post the meme as soon as I get back from the conference, thprompte week of April 13-18. It will be multi-fandom again. I've already got a few prompts in mind to prompt, and I encourage you to join in with prompts then as well.

I always participate in a Harry Potter fic-writing fest in May, but this year I am planning to skip that. It's had such little participation lately, and it's been tough starting a meme and then taking time off for it. So I plan on writing memefics through May this year.

So that's where I am, fic-wise. I look forward to sharing more with you soon.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-03-22 02:01
Subject: Marvel NaNoFic: Assess & Acquire- Chapter 15 of 15!
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Tags:assess & acquire, marvel, nanofic

You've reached the end of this story with me. Thank you SO MUCH for reading! More notes at the end.

Title: Assess & Acquire
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Marvel CMU (Avengers & Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Pre-Clint/Coulson
Spoilers: For the first Avengers movie and the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Warning: Character death. A lot of character death.
Summary: When Clint Barton shows up unannounced on Phil Coulson’s doorstep, Coulson is forced to change his vacation plans. So when a simple mission to assess and acquire an object of unknown origin comes up, he figures there’s no reason he should turn that down. Naturally, things are never as simple as they seem.
Author’s Notes: Written for NaNoWriMo 2014 all in one month (a first for me!). This story is finished but will be posted in pieces. Total word count: 73,274.


Assess & Acquire- Chapter 15 )


Endnotes:
Thank you to everyone who read this! It was such fun to write, and it was exciting to finally get to share it with you. I hope it was a fun read. Thank you to those of you who supported me throughout last November and who waited patiently for me to get a chance to edit this. Thank you for those of you STILL waiting on giftfics from me (I swear, they're coming soon). I actually edited/added a tiny bit as I went along, so the final word count should be: 73,479 (but I'm not going back through all these parts to change that in all the headers).

This story contains nods to a lot of time loop stories in fiction as tributes, because I love the concept and their executions of it. This is nowere near as epic as what has come before it in that "genre"... but it's fun and it's got sneezing ;-) Seriously, every time I wasn't sure what to do next, I just made Clint sneeze a bunch until I figured out where to go with that. Of course, I made him sneeze on purpose as well. Build-ups are great for helping pad your word count during NaNoWriMo. LOL

I wouldn't have been able to have written this without: the company of fellow writers at local NaNoWriMo write-ins (including several people who read this journal) even though that stampeeding elephant was entirely the fault of those people; the writer at my first write-in on November 1, 2014 who had a tall, metal thermos that was the visual inspiration for the 0-8-4; the artist who created this amazing image because I kept it open next to my fic and used it as inspiration many times; Coulson & Clint of the MCU and Fraction's Hawkeye because the characters were such fun to play with for a month.

I really do hope you had fun reading :-) If you don't have time to comment on every chapter, I more than understand, but I'd love to hear what your favorite moment/scene was. Thanks for reading! *hugs*

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-03-21 22:31
Subject: Marvel NaNoFic: Assess & Acquire- Chapter 14
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Tags:assess & acquire, marvel, nanofic

Sorry I was a little late with this one. Hope it's worth it!

Title: Assess & Acquire
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Marvel CMU (Avengers & Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Pre-Clint/Coulson
Spoilers: For the first Avengers movie and the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Warning: Character death. A lot of character death.
Summary: When Clint Barton shows up unannounced on Phil Coulson’s doorstep, Coulson is forced to change his vacation plans. So when a simple mission to assess and acquire an object of unknown origin comes up, he figures there’s no reason he should turn that down. Naturally, things are never as simple as they seem.
Author’s Notes: Written for NaNoWriMo 2014 all in one month (a first for me!). This story is finished but will be posted in pieces. Total word count: 73,274.


Assess & Acquire- Chapter 14 )

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