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23 July 2013 @ 05:13 pm
Title: Magnificat
Characters: Clarice & Miata, with a cameo by Father Vincent
Rating: T
Word Count: 502
Warnings: Biblical references that may not be up your alley. Spoilers for manga chapters 138-140.
Summary: Clarice prepares Miata for battle as Rabona falls.

A low thump rattles the cathedral, raising dust, toppling candles burnt into totems of wax. Someone says the wall has been breached. Miata claws at Clarice’s arms.Collapse )

Notes: Written for the Claymore Short Story Project on Tumblr. 
25 August 2012 @ 02:18 am
Title: Gymnastics
Characters: Yoruichi and Sui Feng
Rating: T
Word Count: 887
Warnings: Some F/F. Spoilers for the Soul Society and Winter War arc.

Summary: You mount, twist, bend over backwards, fall and get up again - Yoruichi and Sui Feng in ten movements.

Yoruichi sees her every night, practicing....her body rebelling against gravity, legs scissoring with each bounding step as if cleaving through shadowsCollapse )

NOTES: It took a long time to write this. The inspiration for this idea came about during the Olympics: in particular, watching the mentor-student friendship between Russian gymnasts Alinya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova. Or maybe I was just reading too much into things. But from that came every gymnastics metaphor required for this.
24 July 2012 @ 11:49 pm
Title: The fall of Damascus
Characters: Unnamed Shinigami
Rating: Probably T
Word Count: 129

Summary: A Shinigami cleans up in the aftermath of war in Damascus in modern-day Syria

So his blade churns through them like meat/ a haloed steam/ a rush of departureCollapse )

Notes: I was reading the news and thinking about lye_tea's prompt. And this is what happened.
13 July 2012 @ 01:52 am
Title: Breakers
Characters: Mainly Tatsuki, with the rest of the Karakura High School gang. Implied Rukia/ Ichigo 
Rating: T
Warnings: Implied sex
Word Count: 1,110
Summary: Over three summers, Tatsuki defines her relationship with Ichigo. 

She feels the pressure of Ichigo’s thigh against hers, at the part of her leg where her shorts have bunched upCollapse )

Title: My Heart is a weapon the size of your photograph (1/2)
Rating: T
Word Count: 2,183 (part 2) & 4,138 (total)

Summary: Speculative fiction/ urban fantasy. A life for a war. A photograph for a friend. Just before he ends his National Service, Navin is sent to the rebels to negotiate for the release of a fellow servicewoman. But with the war still raging, all he has to give him hope is a photograph she gave him years ago. 

[Read Part 1]

Her hair is tucked into braids peeking out from the back of her peak cap. She holds a bouquet of blood red roses.Collapse )

NOTES: This short story was prompted by a short, sad episode. It was fun writing about NS again, even though this story is more wistful fantasy than reality. (For the record, if my country's female population had to serve national service, I don't doubt they will outperform the males in terms of physical endurance, achievement and meeting the mark when they are called to it).

Glossary of 'uniquely Singaporean' terms usedCollapse )
Title: My Heart is a weapon the size of your photograph (1/2)
Rating: T
Word Count: 1,930 (Part 1)

Summary: Speculative fiction/ urban fantasy. Singapore in a not-so-distant future is at war, and all National Servicemen/women are called to serve the country. With one of his fellow NSFs held hostage by the enemy, Navin is posted to be a negotiator in a deal that could end the conflict. There, he has to find out how much is one NSF's life really worth.

Her beret sits like a stationary tongue, fastened in the straps on her shoulder.Collapse )

NOTES: Mixing fantasy and NS experience (or what I can recall of it). There's also a short, very relevant story as to why I wrote this.

11 April 2012 @ 11:21 pm
As of February 2012, I have joined and begun posting my work at the Budding Writers League (BWL). The League is the online front for "a community-based, non-profit organisation set up to promote interaction, support and learning between writers in Singapore".

The fact that it's local and run by locals, is what attracted me to it. My work is posted under a familiar nickname: shelter.

In the interest of not doubling posting and maintaining a separate presence on both sites, I will not cross-post everything from BWL onto Hikayat Fiction and vice versa. BWL is for my smaller pieces, more fragments and pieces of random fiction. Hikayat Fiction has always been my unofficial portfolio online, and home to all my fanfiction, short stories and possibly, a novel.

But I'm still figuring out what to do with this community. Talks to get other writers to co-host stuff here never got off the ground, and I might want to convert this into a personal journal instead. Expect there to be more activity and change here in the future as I sort out my involvement posting at BWL and here.

11 March 2012 @ 06:36 pm
This story is 2 months overdue.

Title: DSLR
Rating: T
Word Count: 3,991
[The Tomorrow Series]/ [Tomorrow when the war began]

Summary: One-shot. AU-ish. What if there was no rescue, no bombardment of Stratton Prison, no escape? 12 moments from Ellie's last week on death row.

Disclaimer: The Tomorrow Series and its characters belong to John Marsden.

So she decides: she will exercise her right of movement by not moving at all. She steps into the middle of the yard and lies down.Collapse )

(EDIT) NOTES: I would like to ask if anyone has any ideas for what I can/ should try to write next.

28 November 2011 @ 11:42 pm
Six straight weeks of reading John Marsden's brilliant Tomorrow Series and this is the result. And there will be more.

Title: Lazarus
Rating: T (character death)
Word Count: 1,739
[The Tomorrow Series]/ [Tomorrow when the war began]

Summary: One-shot. As the battles rage around her, Robyn Mathers fights, cries, saves and leads. And at the very end, she dreams she's walking back home. Contains spoilers for Book Two and Three. Book verse.

Robyn remembers both these faces, their eyes faint in the piss-coloured light. She speaks first to herself, then to them, and she hauls them to their feet.Collapse )

Disclaimer: The Tomorrow Series is the property of John Marsden.

Notes: Was posted on FFN on 27.11.2011. Of all the characters, I think Robyn is perhaps a kind of ideal. Reading about her struggle to live faithfully in war is both jaw-dropping & instructional. John Marsden created one of the most memorable characters in young people's fiction.
28 November 2011 @ 11:13 pm
I think I'm going through a kind of golden age of fanfic-writing. Outside Mononoke-Hime, this is my first fic for any of the Ghibli classics.

Title: Young Bodies
Rating: T (implied sex & character death)
Word Count: 1,964
[Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind]

Summary: One-shot. We lived, we fought, we loved, we cried, we died - the lives of young people in a dying world. Nausicaa x Asbel. Warnings for spoilers and character death. Movie verse. 

There’s the scent of his body: a wave of sweat, linen, moist soil drying in the sun. She curls against him, folds her back into his embrace...Collapse )

NOTES: 'Young Bodies' was posted on FFN on 20.11.2011. Written in 4/5 paragraph style that I'm experimenting with. Seems a great style for short, multi-character fics.