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Dear Night on Fic Mountain Author

Dear Night on Fic Mountain Author,

Thank you so much for writing for me! I love all of these fandoms and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you write!

First up, everything here is optional. If you have a brilliant idea for a story, please go ahead and write it, and don't worry about my specific requests. I'd rather just read a good story. (Although if you can try to avoid my "do not wants," I'd appreciate that.)

Second, I'm flexible on both genre and rating. Action, introspection, plot, character studies, slice of life, gen,'s all good. And so is anything from G to NC-17. Whatever the story calls for.

If you want more info:

Things I Like: In general, I'm a fan of first times of all kinds, competence (so much love for characters being competent!), friendship, understated romance, secrets being revealed (or concealed), stories that draw on the characters' pasts, and stories that pick up dropped plot threads. Happy fic is good, and so is mild to moderate angst with a happy or hopeful or bittersweet ending.

Things I'd Rather Not Read: Major power imbalances in romantic or sexual relationships (including Dom/sub and A/B/O), PWP, long and detailed descriptions of recoveries from traumatic events, permanent mental or physical injuries to major characters that don't occur in canon, and crack. I'd also rather avoid a complete AU (coffee shop AUs, high school AUs, et cetera). However, what-if, fork-in-the-road AUs are welcome. (The one exception to the no-AU rule is noir detective AUs. I'm always up for a good hardboiled detective story.)

Other Things: I have squicks but no triggers. I'm okay with character death, including main characters. Non-con is fine in the background if it's helpful for the story, but I'd rather it not be the primary focus of the story, and I'd prefer it if none of the protagonists were responsible.

I also have a bunch of rambling about what I like and don't like in fic here. Please don't think it's necessary to read that! I'm just dropping the link in case all of my specific suggestions have you pulling out your hair, and you're desperately seeking an alternative idea.

Almost Human
Character: Sandra Maldonado

Original Prompt: I'd love to see anything about Maldonado's past - her family or why she became a cop or what she does on her days off?

I'd also really love to see something about Maldonado's friendship with Kennex. How did they meet? What kind of history do they have to make her so willing to support him? Why did she match him with Dorian?

Maldonado is my favourite character on Almost Human, so mostly I just want to see more of her. Ideally I want to see more of her being awesome. I love that she's competent. I love that she's risen to a position of authority in the police force. I love that she takes care of her people, and is willing to think outside the box to do it. And I love that she wears pretty nail polish.

As I said in my prompt, Maldonado's friendship with Kennex is one of my favourite relationships on the show. They clearly respect and trust each other, and she stuck her neck out to get him back on the job, and to team him up with an android he could stand. Why? What's their history? How did they meet? How did they develop this kind of relationship? What did they do for each other to earn this kind of trust?

Alternately, I'm also curious if she has a history of some sort with Dorian, or the other DRN models. How did she know that Dorian would work as a partner for Kennex? What she trying to help Dorian too, or was that not a concern? What does she think of the MX androids?

I really like Valerie Stahl too, so something with the two of them would be fun. Exploring why Stahl became a cop, maybe. Or Maldonado mentoring Stahl. Or the two of them partnered up in some sort of gun battle.

Really, anything you want to give me about Maldonado - her home life, or her hobbies, or her family, or how she became a cop - would be great. So would filling in more details about the world since there's no longer any chance we'll get them through the show. (I really wanted to know what the Wall was!)

Fandom: The Collector
Characters: Morgan Pym, Maya Kandinski

Original Prompt: I'd love to see a story that explores Morgan and Maya's relationship after Maya finds out the truth about what Morgan does. Something that answers some of the questions left unanswered at the end of the show would be lovely, or something addressing the UST, or just a client of the week case where Maya knowing the truth enables her to help Morgan in some way. Gen/canon UST or full-out ship would both be awesome.

Morgan can be a difficult character at times, but I love his persistence in trying to help others despite having no hope that he'll ever achieve salvation himself. I also love Maya's stubborn efforts to rebuild her life and take advantage of her second chance, and her courage in being willing to go to hell to save someone else.

My main desire here is to see more of what happens after Maya learns the truth. Seeing her learn more about what collectors do, or hearing stories about Morgan's past, or just making use of the fact that Maya is the only person Morgan sees regularly who knows the truth would all be good. What does it mean for Morgan to have someone he can talk to? What does it mean for Maya to know all the truth? Does Maya ever meet any of the other people Morgan has saved?

From a ship perspective, Maya and Morgan's relationship seems to run hot and cold, largely due to Morgan pulling away at key moments (and confessing his love at the most inconvenient times). I'd love to see something that addressed that. Is it Morgan's attempt to protect Maya from the devil? From himself? Is he not used to the idea yet that he can talk to her without sending her to hell? Is there something else going on? Even if they don't end up together, it would be interesting to see them talk about their relationship.

If you want to go in a completely different direction, something about Maya's job or her friendship with Taylor would be awesome. I'd also enjoy something about Morgan's hobby as a medical researcher--how does he do it, what other discoveries really came from him, etc. If you're going this route, I'm okay with only including one of the two characters in the story.

If you're feeling ambitious, I'd adore seeing someone address one of the many plotlines left dangling after the show was cancelled. Gabriel's purpose, or why the devil agreed to let Morgan try to save people, or what the other collectors think of Morgan, or what role heaven is playing in all of this, or whether Morgan will ever achieve any sort of salvation, or why the devil wanted Morgan to take Maya to Europe. Again, I'm okay with leaving Maya out of this kind of story if the plot doesn't lend itself to her presence.

Earth: Final Conflict
Character: Liam Kincaid

Original Prompt: I'd love something that addresses Liam-as-protector or Liam-as-alien (or both). Alternately, something about his relationship with Sandoval--especially something that brings some sort of resolution to the father/son issue--or his friendship with Renee would be great too.

As I mentioned in my prompt, there are a few things I'd be interested in seeing.

1. Liam-as-Protector. What daily life is like for a Companion Protector. How he feels about his job. How he gets along with the other Protectors. (There were indications in "Phantom Companion" that some of the Protectors resent Liam's easy rise. Does that attitude continue after "Phantom Companion"? Does Lieutenant Roberts ever get his rematch?) Was there hazing? Other Protector rituals? Does he have any friends among the Protectors? Alternately, what is like for Liam interacting with other Taelons as Da'an's protector?

2. Liam-as-alien. The show often didn't seem to know what to do with this, so kind of ignored it except when convenient, but I'd love to see it explored more. What's it like to grow to adulthood in matter of minutes and take on an adult role immediately? How does one develop interests and personality and purpose in that time? How does his intimate knowledge of Sandoval and Beckett influence his interactions with them? Or with the people they know? What's it like living a life where so much of his knowledge is mediated by Sandoval's and Beckett's perceptions? Or what about dating? How does he integrate the memories and experiences of his parents to form a coherent basis for his own personality and decisions, and what does that mean in a romantic or sexual context? (Clearly he's an adult by our standards, but how does it actually work for him?)

3. Liam and Sandoval. Another storyline that was never really resolved. Clearly Liam has issues here (and who wouldn't have issues after their own father tortures them), so anything around this--especially if it involves Sandoval finding out something about the situation, even if he doesn't learn everything--would be great. Or Liam coming to peace with the relationship somehow.

4. I really love Liam's partnership with Renee, after they get past their initial mistrust. Anything about that would be great. Renee really dealing with Liam's alien heritage. Battling against some new Taelon technology. Dealing with issues within the resistance. Trope fic (Taelon-created sex pollen or a portal malfunction leading to a temporary body swap or undercover as a couple or whatever) could be fun too. Or post-series fic. I'll also take ship fic if you want to go there. Although again, of course...Liam and sex/romance are kind of complicated issues, given his background, but it could be fun to explore. It could also be fun if it's Renee who's concerned about it, while Liam is nonchalant.

Other characters are great too! Lili or Augur or Da'an or Zo'or. Whoever you want to write about.

Character: Gabriel Vaughn

Original Prompt: I'm pretty flexible here, because I really just want more Intelligence fic.

If you feel like writing Gabriel with Riley, I'm happy to go either gen or ship. Working a case, hanging out, or maybe some classic trope fic? Undercover as a couple or something? Or something with either of their families?

Something pre-series could be fun too. Maybe Gabriel's early relationship with Shen or Lillian? Or post-season one fic about CyberComm going after the other tigers?

Really, as long as it's not a complete AU or a PWP piece, I'll probably be happy.

So pretty much what the prompt says. There's only one season and not that much fic, and so many things I'd love to read, so just about anything you write is going to be loved.

If you want to write about Gabriel and Riley's partnership, gen and ship fic are equally welcome. I love that Gabriel and Riley both super-competent and both regularly get moments to shine. I love how protective they are of each other. I love the snark. I love that Riley is willing to protect Gabriel, but refuses to be the one to keep him in line--that she decides early on that he has the right to look for his wife, and she's not going to stop him. I also love that she pushes everyone, including him, to remember that he's human. I love that they both do what they think is right, rather than what they're ordered to do. And I love how much they respect and trust each other.

As far as specific ideas go, mission fic is always great, especially if it involves new and creative uses for the chip. So is family fic. Tropes like drunken confessions and undercover as a couple and minor hurt comfort (ideally with Gabriel doing the comforting) could be fun. I'd also totally read more about Gabriel's mother. Or make up a sister or cousin for him, or bring in Riley's family. A wedding? A funeral? A high school reunion?

I'd also love to see more about Gabriel's relationship with other people in Cyber Command, if you want to go there. Pre-series stuff about Gabriel and Shen or Gabriel and Lillian could be interesting. How he got into the program. What his early relationship with them was like. How Shen dealt with losing the earlier candidates. Or something more current, especially with Lillian, where there's a bit of tension along with a reasonable degree of trust and support.

Or anything that picks up threads from the show would be great. More about he Athens list, or finding the sleeper agent who's the potential presidential candidate, or maybe tracking down some of the other people/tigers from the photo, or finding out what Leland was up to with Mei Chen, or looking at whether Amelia really turned (and why she warned Gabriel about the hospital). Or have Norris or one of the people they helped turn up again. Or just more about how they go about rebuilding the intelligence community after stopping the initial rise of the Flood.

Or stay away from the Cyber Com stuff and write more about Gabriel's past or daily life. His hobbies. His neighbours. His pre-series relationship with Amelia. Why he joined the army and why he joined Delta Force. How he found out about his brother's death. His mother's implied breakdown, and how he dealt with her alcohol problems. Why she tried to keep him out of the army. Whatever you like.

Thanks again for writing for me! I hope you have fun!

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