My assignment ended up being Nancy Drew and the Hassled Heiress
, for the 1930s Nancy Drew fans. The recipient really enjoyed it, and left me a lovely compliment. As for the alliterative title, I may have been watching too much Perry Mason. This case involves the aforementioned hassled heiress, a greedy relative, and a house with a secret.
I also did an initial pinch hit for the Vorkosigan Saga called To Dance Again
, featuring Lady Alys Vorpatril and her memories of dancing...and her hopes of the future. Several known names seem to have found it, so I'm super happy to be able to claim it.
1. Left Unspoken
(Captain America movies) - Okay, if you totally felt like Cap 2 was setting us up for Steve/Natasha and then were totally frustrated by the lack of follow-thru (and the whole Natasha/Bruce thing), then this is a story for you. It's by the same person who wrote the really awesome Let The Water Wash You Clean, and... just read it. Assumes that everyone on Steve's side went with him. Story has spoilers for Captain America: Civil War.He’d always suspected Nat and Clint had ways of talking to each other that didn’t involve telephones or other usual means. And Sam was right that he wouldn’t have gone eighty-four days without at least finding out if she were okay. And the other way around too.
Steve’s patience was gone. “God dammit, Clint, I’m not going to have you tell her I love her in a coded message from you!”
There's some Steve/Bucky stories, a Steve/Peggy story, and a Steve/Maria Hill story as well.
2. Persephone Departs
(Greek/Roman Mythology) - A lovely piece about Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld, leaving her mother in the autumn. The language in this is lovely.
3. Feather on the Nile
(The Mummy series) - If you ever thought Ardeth should hook up with Rick and/or Evie... yeah, you need to read this. It's quite nice, sensual without being explicit.Ardeth understands only too well why O’Connell would forsake all others for this woman, if she looked at him as she looks at O’Connell, he’s certain he would too. The knowledge passes between them that they would burn cities for this girl if she asked. Better for both of them that her hunger is for knowledge rather than treasure.
“Are you dying?” Evy asks, voice utterly serious, “I’d like to think you’d tell me if the world was ending after everything we’ve been through but it’s worth asking anyway? Because I’ve been kissed by a desperate and doomed man before and I know what that feels like. Ardeth, what’s wrong?”
4. Victory Dance
(Star Wars Original Trilogy) - A Leia/Han/Lando piece set at the Endor celebration. Not my usual taste, but good. Not super explicit, but descriptive. Instead, to her surprise, he pulls her in closer for a second kiss, gentler and quicker than the first, then lets her go, gives her a wink, and turns to Han to say in tones of mock complaint, "See, now she knows how to welcome a guy home from a suicide mission."