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12 October 2014 @ 11:06 pm
Meme (Palate Cleanser)  
The weekend was a bit up and down so I thought maybe doing some brief ficcing might help.


1. Pick a character (either a canon character or an original character) and ask me a question about him/her/it.
2. I'll answer the question with a fic snippet.


Feel free to ask more than one question or pick more than one character.
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The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 13th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
Gonna go a bit old school on you, since I've been thinking about this:

Did Harry ever make it over to visit the Lestrade-Murphies in London?

formerly lifeinsomniac: DresdenGuardianjoonscribble on October 15th, 2014 02:08 am (UTC)
Here it is! For the purposes of this verse, the Lestrade-Murphies are aware of Harry's wizardry. No one else is, though.

Travel Arrangements

"The news said that Heathrow and Gatwick are probably closing down because of the weather," Anna stated. "They're making it sound like it's some sort of snowpocalypse."

"Nah, it'll probably be like an inch of snow, max," Harry assured. "Mother Nature just likes to scare us on a regular basis to keep us humble. But either way my airline's Air Wizardry so the weather's no big deal." Harry covered the mouthpiece of the phone with his hand. "She saying there's a snowpocalypse hitting London. That's not going to be a problem, right?" he whispered to Bob.

Bob waved away a section of the travel spell he'd written up for Harry and drew in fresh sigils. "It isn't now."

"Did you just add bat urine to that spell?" Harry demanded.

"Well, I can always substitute in a more palatable ingredient," Bob mused. "You aren't too attached to the lower half of your body, are you? Only that is always a risk when one doesn't follow the correct-"

"Okay, fine, Bob," Harry interrupted. "Glad to see the holidays haven't made a dent in your usual attitude."

Bob gave him a genial smile. "You flatter me."

Harry returned to Anna. "Is Saturday still okay for me to arrive?"

"Yeah, that's perfect. You'll be just in time for the Christmas party. Everyone's coming, even Sherlock. But probably because John's making him."

Harry felt a little torn. On one hand he hated the guy. But on the other hand it was always funny to see how worked up he got at how not impressed Anna was by him every time they interacted.

"You figure stuff out by looking at things. My mom does that. Greg does that. I know someone who does magic," Anna had once said to the man. The fact that Sherlock had assumed Anna meant stage magic had only incensed him all the more.

Plus, Harry couldn't deny the evil joy he got out of the world's most irritating human never quite deducing anything correctly about him. Maybe he'll ask him Saturday night if he could figure out how he got himself to England. He'll stain his shoes with the bat urine to make things extra interesting.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 15th, 2014 02:19 am (UTC)
Hee! Yay! This is perfect. From Bob's snarkiness, to Harry's dislike of Sherlock to Sherlock's dislike of Anna's not being impressed. Spot on! I'm very fond of this verse. I especially liked this:

The fact that Sherlock had assumed Anna meant stage magic had only incensed him all the more.

Because I can just picture Sherlock being all 'I can tell you about a time I worked a case where there was a magician who murdered people and I learned all his tricks and it's not real magic, let me sit you down and explain to you why you are wrong about this, small wrong human'.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 15th, 2014 02:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for the prompt!

In my mind, Harry will never grow to actually like Sherlock but he'll sort of warm up to him a little. But still mostly find him completely irritating.

I learned all his tricks and it's not real magic, let me sit you down and explain to you why you are wrong about this, small wrong human'.

Haha! And after the whole explanation Anna would still be like, "You still just figure things out by looking at stuff."
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 15th, 2014 02:34 am (UTC)
Harry will never grow to actually like Sherlock but he'll sort of warm up to him a little. But still mostly find him completely irritating.

John: That's how we all feel. Welcome to the family!

I bet Mrs Hudson thinks Harry is a very nice young man. I bet he gets lots of tea and cake at Baker Street.

Haha! And after the whole explanation Anna would still be like, "You still just figure things out by looking at stuff."

And Sherlock is like, 'why are you the only person who isn't impressed by that?! Everyone is impressed by my ability to look at stuff and figure things out!'.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 15th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
I bet Mrs Hudson thinks Harry is a very nice young man. I bet he gets lots of tea and cake at Baker Street.

He totally does. And he loves to hear all about Mrs. Hudson's past with Mr. Hudson back in Miami.

And Sherlock is like, 'why are you the only person who isn't impressed by that?! Everyone is impressed by my ability to look at stuff and figure things out!'.

Anna: *shrugs*

Sherlock: I have a skull. On the mantelpiece.

Anna: Who doesn't?

Sherlock: ....
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 15th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
Anna: Who doesn't?

Sherlock: ....


Anna: Are those toenails in the fridge?
Sherlock: Yes.
Anna: Harry keeps his toenails in jars in a secret room.
Sherlock:...
John: We're not building you a secret room.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 15th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
Anna: Are those toenails in the fridge?
Sherlock: Yes.
Anna: Harry keeps his toenails in jars in a secret room.
Sherlock:...
John: We're not building you a secret room.


HAHAHA!!

I also randomly got this idea that Mrs. Hudson and Bob would probably get on. I mean, I think Bob would initially find her a little weird but after awhile just settle into it.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 15th, 2014 03:11 am (UTC)

I also randomly got this idea that Mrs. Hudson and Bob would probably get on. I mean, I think Bob would initially find her a little weird but after awhile just settle into it.


I was totally thinking the same thing. Mrs Hudson would chatter very happily to him, and he would smile and listen and be completely confused by her, and it would be adorable. In my mini!Dresdens verse Bob and Mira's mum totally got on, which I wasn't expecting. Maybe Bob just appreciates anyone with more maturity than Harry to have a chat with.

I also have in my head this dialogue:

Mrs Hudson: Would you like a cup of tea, dear?
Bob:...I'm a ghost.
Mrs Hudson: Oh, I don't judge, we have all sorts 'round here.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 15th, 2014 03:13 am (UTC)
Mrs. Hudson would probably ask what sort of tea Bob would like because even if he can't drink it, he should still get the tea he wants.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 15th, 2014 03:36 am (UTC)
Awwww!

Mrs Hudson: Do you take milk and sugar?
Bob: When I was alive, tea hadn't yet come to the British Isles.
Mrs Hudson: I'll give you two sugars.

Somewhat-to-a lot unrelated, I'm working on a Merlin daemon fic, and I had sudden idea of the Wizard Council playing up Sigrun over the generations to make her out to be more fearsome, and by the time it gets to Harry's generation, she's, like, a lion with three heads that all speak in different tongues. And then he goes back in time and meets Merlin and he's like 'that is a duck'.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 15th, 2014 03:40 am (UTC)
And then he goes back in time and meets Merlin and he's like 'that is a duck'.

HA!

I feel there is a LOT about Merlin that would make Harry raise an eyebrow. Bob would probably be mortified.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 15th, 2014 03:57 am (UTC)
I think Taika and Sigrun could commiserate on how hard it is to keep their humans from doing stupid things. And Arsinoe and Slana could commiserate on being mentors to daemons whose humans do stupid things.

I'm also getting a kick out of the spells they used on the show. There's a wiki that has them listed so I'm trying to find some to use in my fic. Some of them translate super elegantly: 'Oh, spirits, assemble together your skills! Make the sword heavy; make it heavy with the weight of a thousand years; overcome the swordbearer.'

And then you get others like:
I command you to be shaken! (Earthquake spell)
Leap onto your back! (knocking someone down spell)
On burning fire! (fire spell)
Sudden gust of wind, blow! (wind spell)

I don't know if it's purposeful, but all the other sorcerers have quite elegant spells and Merlin basically goes with 'literally what I want to happen, but in Old English'.

Edited at 2014-10-15 03:57 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 15th, 2014 04:04 am (UTC)
I don't know if it's purposeful, but all the other sorcerers have quite elegant spells and Merlin basically goes with 'literally what I want to happen, but in Old English'.

I'd like to think that because Merlin's got Old Magic steeped in his bones, he doesn't need elegant fancy spells to do magic. He can afford to just order things to happen in Old English. That's totally the mark of a true wizard. Yup. Totally.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 15th, 2014 04:10 am (UTC)
That sort of makes sense, actually. It's probably as easy to him as thinking, so he just thinks outloud in the Ancient Tongue.

Bob: I told you if you put a little more effort into your linguistic studies, you would be more proficient in spontaneous spellcasting.
Harry: Seriously? You're going to compare me with the actual Merlin and find me wanting?
Merlin: *knocks over a bookshelf*
Bob: I really don't think I'm putting too much expectation on you, Harry.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 15th, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
Merlin: *knocks over a bookshelf*

One of my favorite moments in the series is Arthur being completely confused as to how on earth Merlin can juggle but can't catch a shoe Arthur throws at him. And them actually illustrating the point was perfect.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 15th, 2014 04:25 am (UTC)
One of my favourite things about the series was Bradley and Colin's comedic timing. I think things got so much better once they realized they could have Bradley be funny and not just a royal arse.

I'm so tempted to write that crossover fic with Harry time-travelling. I think it could be quite sweet.

Because I need more crossovers. Definitely.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 15th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
things got so much better once they realized they could have Bradley be funny and not just a royal arse.

The episode where he gets enchanted to fall in love with that spoiled princess was one of my favorites only because of Bradley James' comedic acting.

Long, long ago I did sketch out a Dresden Files/Merlin time travel episode. Only I think in mine it was members of the Council also going back in time with Harry and they all felt this compulsion to fall prostrate Merlin, much to Arthur's confusion.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 15th, 2014 04:36 am (UTC)

The episode where he gets enchanted to fall in love with that spoiled princess was one of my favorites only because of Bradley James' comedic acting.


I like when Merlin enchants him so he'll flee the castle and there's as shot of Arthur in the background hugging a tree.

Only I think in mine it was members of the Council also going back in time with Harry and they all felt this compulsion to fall prostrate Merlin, much to Arthur's confusion.

And Merlin's too, I'm sure. He doesn't know he's going to be famous.

I still love the idea that Merlin invented the Law against time travel to stop eager wizards from coming back to meet him.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 15th, 2014 04:40 am (UTC)
I still love the idea that Merlin invented the Law against time travel to stop eager wizards from coming back to meet him.

"Someone really needs to make a rule about this sort of stuff. It's getting very stressful."
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 15th, 2014 04:49 am (UTC)
I'm picturing there being a sort of farce moment where Merlin is trying to hide a time travelling wizard in his bedroom and Arthur thinks he has a girl in there.

Arthur: I'm not judging, I just want my trousers pressed, so if you could come out here and do your job I would appreciate it.
Time Travelling Wizard: He can't speak to you like that!
Merlin: Yes, he can. And shhhh!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 15th, 2014 04:52 am (UTC)
This is totally like that time Arthur caught Merlin with a dress and was just like, "Whatever you do in your own time is your business. Just make sure I have food in the morning."
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 15th, 2014 04:56 am (UTC)
Arthur Pendragon totally respects your life choices as long as they don't interfere with your ability to do stuff for him.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 15th, 2014 05:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, that about sums up Arthur. I mean, he might have stronger feelings on the whole magic thing but cross dressing, hiding women or men in your chambers, etc. You do you.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on October 15th, 2014 05:04 am (UTC)
Hee! I bet the time travellers get a bit of a rude awakening that King Arthur isn't exactly the proud and noble king he's been portrayed as, either.

I like the idea of the Council rewriting history, because the show decided to change a lot of the original myths, so it's like the Council decided to spice things up and that's why there's a discrepancy.