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tarotgal
Date: 2015-06-28 11:52
Subject: Gifts for Donations Project!
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Tags:commissions

I'm participating in the Washington, D.C., Walk to End HIV again this year, and my goal is to raise $850. I thought I'd do something a little different this year to get donations. I'll be giving away fics, crafts, and other goodies in exchange for donations in a crowdsourcing sort of way, but all the donations are to be made straight to the Walk to End HIV.

Here's how it works:
Step 1: You make a donation via my page for whatever amount you're comfortable with: http://www.aidswalkwashington.org/participant/KateM
Step 2: You fill out a web form telling me what you'd like as a gift (or gifts) for your donation.

If you have a question, please ask me before donating: tarotgal@tarotgal.net


What sort of exciting things can you get for your donations?
Well, not only will I write you a fic, but I can mail it to you or you can get a gift card and redeem it for fic next year when you've decided on the perfect something. You can read large pieces of stories I will probably never finish but aren't too bad. You can sponsor me to finish one of my unfinished fics as well. (Previews of both of those are available so you know what you're donating toward or if you just want a little bit of yummy and don't want to donate, just enjoy). Feeling lucky? You can get a sneak peek at the very last unfinished thing I worked on. You can get a character named after you in a Strokes story. You can get a postcard from me with a plot bunny handwritten on it. You can even get some fun, fannish crafts mailed to you!


Get all the details on my Gifts for Donations Project page.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-06-22 20:41
Subject: Buffyverse Fic: Spike-Zero
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Tags:btvs

Title: Spike-Zero
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Buffy: the vampire slayer, post-Angel the series
Pairing: Spike/Xander, others
Rating: R for language
Disclaimer: Not my characters! Not at all!
Summary: Spike just can't win when he gets a bad migraine on top of a head cold.
Prompt: He's got a cold/allergies, but on top of that, he's got a migraine. And every time he sneezes it feels like his head is going to explode.

Spike-Zero )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-06-22 19:00
Subject: More
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More goods and bads...

Went to see Jurassic World. It was good, though I really didn't care for the main female lead. The rest of it was great. I definitely hope there is a sequel.

Gave my daddy his father's day presents on Saturday after the movie. He liked what I'd picked out but was definitely surprised by his last present, the bowl we'd been admiring together at Glen Echo park a few weekends ago. It's about a 40 minute drive from my place. I'd picked him up and we'd spent the morning exploring it together. Then I dropped him off at home where he remarked he'd wished he'd bought that bowl we'd been looking at. So I ended up driving right back to the park again and buying it for him. What I didn't know was that last weekend he'd tried to go there on his own to buy it but his GPS stopped working and he hadn't made it to Maryland before turning back and giving up. How terrible it would have been if he'd made it there only to find the bowl was gone! So I'm glad I got him something that was special to us and that he apparently really wanted!

Saturday night, I found that my ROOF IS LEAKING AGAIN. GAH! This makes the third time. All in different places. GAH. And my roofer has suffered a death in the family and isn't taking new jobs right now. So... fantastico. I've got a bucket right now. Luckily, the leak is in the bathroom, so not too much can get damaged, as long as it avoids the light fixture and medicine cabinet.

My hip started hurting again yesterday, out of the blue. Today it's been just as bad. I'm freaking out a little. Grrr.

My internet, phone, and cable are back!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! So much email to catch up on! Oh, Wikipedia, how I missed you! My voice mailbox for phone should have been set up today as well, but as of an hour ago, it's still not working yet. So we'll see. It's been 4 years; I'm kind of not holding out any hope on this one.

The grocery store near my house seems to have stopped selling the soy mac & cheese I like. ARGH! I'm so frustrated. I really wanted to eat that tonight. Damn it.

I finished Spander fic. Finally. Will post tonight, if all goes well.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-06-20 12:50
Subject: The good and the bad... ALL THE THINGS!!!!!!!
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Last weekend was one of the best of my life. On Friday I went to Panera and wrote for a few hours after work, getting through the part of my Spander fic where I was stuck and easing into the big melodramatic scene which should be easier to write. I'm nearly finished with it now.

I spent Saturday morning volunteering at the library, which always puts me in a good mood. Then I went home and had time to eat before heading over to [info]melydia's house where she, two other good friends, and I all had a project party (where we hang out and talk while working on our own projects). I managed to make two ATCs, one bookmark, get completely caught up in my daily journal, and start a book journal for a swap I'm in. Sadly, her adorable new kitties were too scared to come say hello and hang out with us, but I got to pet her other cat a few times. I felt bad for displacing the boys, and I hope they were all right after we left. Apparently four excited project-doing women were too much for them.

On Sunday I headed into DC with [info]cowboyguy where we visited the Smithsonian's two Asian art museums to see the original Peacock Room (created by Whistler, as in "Whister's Mother") and then the remix of the room.
Peacock Room: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/current/PeacockRoom.asp
Remix: http://www.asia.si.edu/filthylucre/
Seeing them back-to-back was just the thing and I loved the remix. It was just twisted and destroyed and haunted enough to be really creative and inspiring.

Then we headed to the DC Pride Festival, by way of the National Gallery of Art, where we headed into the cafe/food court there for much-needed lunch and air conditioning. We finally made it to the festival, which was overwhelmingly fun. It was my first pride, and the festival was a great way to get my feet wet. We had lots of fun picking up free swag and seeing all the people and just BEING part of it all. It felt like the experiences of being at a fandom convention or even a fandom meetup--you suddenly realize you're with YOUR PEOPLE. You were once just you and now you're part of this group of people like you and it's fun and warm and supportive and so many things you love all around you and in one place. I love feeling like that.

The only downside was that it was friggin HOT out. We ended up cooling off in the shade of the Newseum, close to the front door so we got a bit of the air conditining every time someone came out. After the festival, we went to the Air and Space museum and poked around there a little until Tut tut, it looked like rain. We got caught in a light shower on the way to the Metro, then headed home.

I don't think either of us wanted the day to end, so we stood in the parking lot talking/scheming about a project I'm working on. Then [info]cowboyguy looked over and right there in front of us in the lot was a car with the license place KAZ 2Y5. WHAT ARE THE ODDS?! We left a note on the dashboard in a plastic bag, because it looked like rain.

I drove home searching the sky for rainbows and even stood outside looking for one. But, alas, I didn't have one near me. Cowboyguy did though!! I'm jealous :-)


After that, I had a week only SLIGHTLY less terrible than the week before at work. And on Wednesday night I had one of the worst migraines of my life. I sometimes get headaches, but this was insane. I had horrible vertigo and was nausteated. Nothing good. My mommy ended up driving over around 10pm and staying with me until after midnight until the worst went away.


On Friday, everyone from work went to the movies as a way to celebrate our successful conference this year. We saw Spy, whch was filled with the word fuck and penis jokes, which was a little awkward to see with coworkers, but the movie was still funny. Definitely not anything I would have chosen to see in theaters, though I've seen worse. LOL There was a particular short but good moment in the beginning of the movie when Jude Law sneezes and there's discussion of him not having taken his allergy meds. So that was happy-making. But there's a v-ing scene in the middle and I had my eyes tightly closed during that and was humming to myself, so I don't actually know what it entailed. I highly recommend the first 10 minutes though. Afterward, we went to a fancy restaurant where I couldn't eat anything and everything was overpriced and it just made me sad. I had a call from Gallup Polls on Thursday, which was terrible timing, because the poll was all about race relations and I pretty much ended up crying through half of the poll. I watched Jon Stewart's monologue Friday morning and cried all over again. My country is so broken and can't even have a dialogue about it in a way that would affect change. I just feel so sad for those families in Charleston--and around my country--and feel stupid for sitting in a fancy restaurant eating rich people food while my coworkers discuss vacations to Hawaii and Rome and shopping at Anthropoligie and crap like that while other people are suffering.


Last night I went to cowboyguy's place and we played a game of Lord of the Rings DVD Trivial Pursuit. She crushed me :-) And then we attempted to play the Firefly board game. It took us something like 2 hours to figure out how to set up and play the game before we even STARTED playing. That's definitely the most complex game setup I've EVER experienced, and I'm still not 100% sure we completely understand it. But we had a good time figuring it out and playing, even though I was ready to PAY someone from the internets to come over and teach us how to play it at one point. Man that was complicated! I made a bunch of mistakes in the game (going after a worthless and low-paying job), but in the end we were pretty damn evenly matched and I came out slightly ahead to win.


I got home around 1:30am and walked into my house to find it smelled like smoke and my landline was rining. I FREAKED OUT and thought it was someone calling me to tell me my house was on fire (I know, that's stupid, but it's what I thought). It ended up being my mom and she and my dad came over at 2am and we finally decided the problem was the Verizon electrical unit that smelled kind of like a battery going bad/electrical fire. So we ended up turning it off and disconnecting the battery and then my parents headed home a little after 3am. Gods, I love my parents.

This morning the smell was gone, so it MUST be the Verizon unit. Which means I'm at the library using their free internet and won't be online the rest of the weekend. I'm on support chat with Verizon who keeps telling me to turn the unit on and I'm like "NO! I don't want my house burning down! I will NOT turn it back on!" Finally he was like "Okay, we'll send a guy Monday." And I'm like "Yes you will! Thanks!" So, I hope, all will be fixed then.

But, until then, no internet, sadly.

I'll have to survive the weekend without Netflix and email and phone and internet and cable! I'm off the grid, baby! Maybe I'll actually get some reading and writing done? I wonder if there's a writing meetup on Sunday at Panera I can crash...

Oh, and today I'm going to see Jurassic World with my daddy (and family). My dad took me to the first movie in theaters when it came out, so it makes me happy that I get to see it with him today.

Speaking of which, I need to head home from the library now, eat lunch, and wrap his Father's Day presents before driving to the movie theater for the 3:30 showing.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-06-05 17:42
Subject: Random Things are Random?
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I only just found Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Brilliant.

I'm watching the latest TableTop episode. They talk about male handmaidens... WITH FELICIA DAY. And not a single mention of Dean or Supernatural. Seriously!

I went to Mordor today to drop off my old computer and some other old electronics. It was sad to say goodbye to them, but I hope my throwing them "into the fires" means I've somehow helped to save the world just a little bit.

Did you know there are more than 50 fills for the comment meme already? This makes me so happy! *hugs*

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-06-04 21:27
Subject: AO3 Kudos Meme
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Saw this on tifaching's LJ most recently and some other LJs in the past and it looked like fun. I'm having a crappy day physically, so I needed some fun :-)

Here are my top 10 fics according to Kudos on AO3 (out of the 444 I currently have up there):

  1. Touch Starvation (691 Kudos, 10997 Hits) Marvel CMU, Tony/literally everybody in various combinations and all at once, hurt/comfort. 2,376 words. The Avengers figure out Tony secretly likes being cuddled. Written for the avengerkink community.

  2. With His Back to the Wall (249 Kudos, 6552 Hits) NCIS, Gibbs/DiNozzo, former abuse, angst & comfort. 2,087 words. DiNozzo doesn't like to cuddle after sex. Gibbs wants to know why. Written for a WWOMB prompt. There's a word in there I keep meaning to change, but otherwise, this is one of my favorites.

  3. Bouncing Pogo Sticks (148 Kudos, 2276 Hits) Supernatural, Hogwarts AU, Dean/Castiel, hurt/comfort sickfic. Dean isn't feeling well and wants a certain someone to notice. I had so much fun with this piece; I need more inspiration to write in this AU!

  4. Cherishing (104 Kudos, 6427 Hits) Lord of the Rings, Legolas/Gimli, hurt/comfort grief & sickfic. 21,311 words. Just following Gandalf's fall, the Fellowship set out for refuge in Lorien. Legolas, overcome with grief he must repress, falls ill and depressed and attempts to survive the only ways he knows how. Actually, this is one of my absolute favorites, despite the translations being rough/incorrect at times.

  5. Blush (99 Kudos, 2322 Hits) Marvel CMU, Clint/Coulson, pr0n. 545 words. Clint wants to make Coulson blush. Written for Porn Battle XIV based on these prompts: dirty, phone sex, professional, boss.

  6. Rule 18 (97 Kudos, 3295 Hits) NCIS, Xanthe's BDSM Collarverse, Gibbs/DiNozzo, hurt/comfort, BDSM. 2,065 words. Tony has just emerged from a freezing cold river, but he doesn’t care about his own health as much as he cares about Gibbs’. I adore Xanthe's universe and appreciate her letting other writers play in it a little from time to time. Writing Tony so single-mindedly focused on Gibbs is so much fun.

  7. Falling for It (90 Kudos, 4070 Hits) NCIS, hurt/comfort sickfic. 7,758 words.Tony and Gibbs are on a stakeout. Tony doesn't feel so good. This fic has a special place in my heart, even though it's weird. I had meant it to be a oneshot, but people wanted more. And then more. And then it started changing tenses and became a mini-casefic. Weird, but I kind of love it like Frankenstein's monster.

  8. Bathing Later (88 Kudos, 3857 Hits) Lord of the Rings, Legolas/Gimli, pr0n. 1,991 words. Add one tired swarf and one sexy elf to a hot sping and stir rapidly. I really dig some of the descriptions I came up with in this one. I thought it was pretty damn hot at the time.

  9. Collared (80 Kudos, 3835 Hits) Harry Potter, Remus/Sirius and Remus/Severus (and some Remus/other thrown in), hurt/comfort, collaring, rentboy!Remus with a touch of dubcon and angst/grief. 36,451 words. Unable to make ends meet after the war, Remus submits himself to the Ministry's program for werewolves. Written for pervy_werewolf's Lusty Month of May 2010 and my favorite piece written for that community/fest. I'm proud of it and think I accomplished a lot in just one month! I am beyond thrilled people are still finding and reading it.

  10. Point Blank (73 Kudos, 1762 Hits) Supernatural, Sam/John noncon child abuse, hurt/comfort. 1,152 words. Sam's been acting jittery during this visit to Bobby's. Written for a comment meme on ohsam. Possibly the fic I'm most proud of writing ever? I'm so happy it made the top 10. It was one of those fics that just flowed out the way I saw it in my head and needed very little fixing.

An interesting mix of fandoms and even a bit of a mix of genres (though you all know I mostly write the same stuff over and over again anyway LOL). A few of them surprised me, but as some are attached to collections or communities and have some pretty clear tags, I'm not stumped as to why they made this list.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-05-23 16:51
Subject: SPN FIC: Fnese Adora (Hogwarts AU)
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Tags:spn

This one just FLOWED out of me when I started to write it. And then I had to go meet some friends, so I jotted down my notes of where I saw it playing out in my head. I kept trying to pick it up for 2 weeks and it just was NOT working. I had it all in my head, but when I wrote it out, it was crap. I hate that! I should have just said screw it and stayed and written the whole thing. But oh well. It's all right now, after a little prodding. But it was like pulling teeth, trying to get this to come out. And then it didn't come out as perfect as it was in my head. I hope it's still enjoyable, though! This is a Hogwarts AU, though set several years after their graduation. That's also several years after the big battle, but there are still some death eaters that need rounding up.


Title: Fnese Adora
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural- Hogwarts AU
Rating: PG
Pairing: Now that would be spoiling things, wouldn’t it?
Disclaimer: I don't own this world. I don't own these characters. I don't make any money.
Prompt: Characters are cursed to be sneezy-allergic to the one thing they love more than anything else in this world.

Fnese Adora )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-05-23 14:25
Subject: SPN FIC: What He Missed
Security: Public
Tags:spn

I wrote this for [info]cowboyguy's birthday last month and never posted it, it seems. For some reason, I didn't write down the title. So maybe I remembered it right or maybe there's a better one out there I forgot.

Title: What He Missed
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG?
Disclaimer: Not my characters! No money made!
Summary: Sam's back at Dean's side after college. He has mixed feelings about that.
Notes: Written for cowboyguy's birthday.

What He Missed )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-05-23 14:07
Subject: SPN FIC: The Right Blanket
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Tags:spn

I wrote this last weekend when I wasn't feeling good.

Title: The Right Blanket
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Not my boys. Not at all. No money made.
Summary: Ever since they were kids, Dean could tell what was wrong with his little brother just by what blanket Sam wanted.

The Right Blanket )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-05-18 23:59
Subject: SPN FIC: More Cute?
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Tags:spn

Oh my gosh. I am COMPLETELY FAILING here. I tried to write a better cutefic for [info]cowboyguy and I thought "the only thing cuter than weechesters are weechesters with a kitten!" But then this happened. Oops.

Title: More Cute?
Fandom: Supernatural-Weechesters
Pairing: None
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Nothing's changed in the last few hours. They're still not mine.
Summary: Some more cute... and some heartbreak, too.

More Cute? )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-05-18 20:52
Subject: SPN FIC: Cute
Security: Public
Tags:spn

[info]cowboyguy requested cute. I wrote the first thing that popped into my head. Hmmm. I think I'm broken. I might try again? Sorry if this sucks.

Title: Cute?
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Disclaimer: for goodness sakes, do you think someone would actually pay me for this like I owned them? No. No way.
Summary: Sam's cute. That's all there is to is.

Cute? )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-05-16 18:51
Subject: SPN FIC: The Collection
Security: Public
Tags:spn

Title: The Collection
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Disclaimer: Not my boys or world. Not at all.
Prompt: Sneezekink Sam starts collecting handkerchiefs, without even really realizing that he's doing it. A pack at a Walmart, a bandana at a truck stop, and then one day he realizes he's got a huge stash of hankies in his duffel.

The Collection )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-05-14 21:20
Subject: Terrible night (v-ing trigger warning)
Security: Public
Mood:sick sick

Am having terrible night. Everything was good all day and then it was just NOT. NOT GOOD. All of the not. I fucking hate being an emetophobe. It's bad enough being sick suddenly but freaking the hell out in addition at the same time is NOT a good combination. The ensuing irrational panic attack is almost worse than the v-ing part.

Also, those stupid people who say things like "you'll feel so much better afterward" are jerkfaces.


I need something happy. Someone send me something happy? Cute wombat pictures or something? Please?

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-05-08 19:07
Subject: SPN FIC: One Long Afternoon
Security: Public
Tags:spn

Title: One Long Afternoon

Author: tarotgal

Fandom: Supernatural

Rating: G (so very weechester G)

Disclaimer: Not my boys!

Prompt: Nesting in the backseat of the Impala when sick is the best thing ever. I want to see a fic set entirely in the backseat. Stuff blankets, pillows, tissues, and anything else you can into the backseat with one or more of the boys and start your story!

Notes: Happy slightly belated birthday, [info]sinnerforhire! It's slightly different from the prompt, but I hope you still like it!


One Long Afternoon )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-05-06 01:04
Subject: SPN FIC: In a Perfect World
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In a perfect world, tg would have been able to come up with a better title. But it's 1am and this needs to get out of my head and I hope I haven't made too many terrible typos. Sorry in advance!


Title: In a Perfect World
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: none (Gen)
Disclaimer: Not my characters. Seriously. I make no money from this.
Prompt: Dean wears hearing aids. He's not totally deaf, he doesn't sign at all (or not very much), he's just hard of hearing. And he usually takes his hearing aids out at night to sleep. But that means he can't hear Sam sneezing in the middle of the night, and doesn't realize that Sam is miserably sick until Sam wakes him up in the middle of the night, feverish and shaky.

In a Perfect World )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-05-03 22:57
Subject: Great Weekend Recap
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My weekend was awesome. It's so rare that I have a day where I just feel good the whole day. Warm, awake, and happy with no downer or sad/depressed moments or any health problems mixed in. And I ended up having two of them in a row. It's been an excellent weekend--one of the best I've ever had. I've just felt so... good, you know? It's really rare for me.

My weekend of awesome )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-05-01 01:18
Subject: Sons
Security: Public

I just finished Sons of Anarchy.

I haven't cried this hard at a TV show since the end of SPN Season 5. I seriously lost it. It was beautiful, however much my heart just got ripped out.

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-04-28 01:49
Subject: SPN FIC: Aches and Pains (1/1)
Security: Public
Tags:spn

Title: Aches and Pains
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 for swearing and violence
Disclaimer: Not my characters! Not making money!
Prompt: Sam always powers through his colds, because there's usually a job to be done, and he's not going to let something like getting sick get in the way of that. He's up, he's dressed, he's researching and hunting baddies.
So when Dean finds Sam still in bed, wearing the same sweatpants and t-shirt he was wearing last night, he knows it must be really bad.

Aches and Pains )

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tarotgal
Date: 2015-04-26 20:42
Subject: SPN Fic: Pressing Pause (1/1)
Security: Public
Tags:spn

I started this fic for last year's meme, wrote some of it in September in a journal, lost the journal, went looking for the journal this month, found it, and finally finished the fic.

Title: Pressing Pause
Author: tarotgal
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Not my boys! No money made!
2014 meme prompt: Dean is getting a cold. He sneezes once. Then twice. Then three times...Hey, is there a pattern developing here? Apparently Dean has come under the influence of _____ (A curse? The Trickster? Crowley?), so that each time Dean has to sneeze, the number of sneezes keeps increasing by 1. And as the sneeze count grows higher and higher, Dean tries harder and harder to fight off the sneezing...of course to no avail.
2015 meme prompt: More fun sneezing curse ideas. Mix and match! -the number of sneezes increases by 1 each time
Author Notes: Thank you to [info]cowboyguy for the amazingly helpful beta. This is my first attempt at writing Charlie, and the first draft was a complete and utter mess and failure. Hoping this revised version is much better. That awesome line there in the middle of the fic? That one’s all cowboyguy’s ;-)

Pressing Pause )

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