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My letter for this year’s Yuletide is below the cut. Thank you in advance!

 

THE BASICS

I like: Character. Things like plot, structure, theme, making sense (!) are extras to me. I just want complicated, fully realized, damaged, imperfect, interesting characters doing things. Any things. It can be grocery shopping, seriously. I care about character.

And relationships! Complicated, fully realized, damaged, imperfect, interesting relationships involving two or more people. Romance, friendship, family, found family, all of it. I love best: siblings, BFFs who love each other, people who belong together but are afraid, people who are horrible together but can’t quit, soulmates. I love unresolved sexual tension. Two people flirting in a grocery store, seriously. I care about feelings.

I don’t like: smut/porn/sex. I generally prefer a ‘fade to black’ scenario.

THE SPECIFICS

General notes on specific requests: This year the overarching theme of my requests is family. Those people who get you and who've got you, no matter what. My perfect scenario for pretty much any fandom is: everyone in the group has to live together for some reason and they all squabble about dishes and TV rights and sneak around into each others bedrooms in the middle of the night.

Astronaut Wives Club

General Thoughts: This show. It's a mess and I love it. I have some very specific requests, but what I want is amazing women supporting each other through the years. AU it up. The show had to be careful with history -- you do not. To be very clear I am asking for the fictional versions even where I reference reality. Also, I really don’t care about any of the men except Alan and him only in regards to his relationship with Louise.

Prompts:

1. Trudy Cooper/Dot Bingham. See episode 5 "Flashpoint". Please make them girlfriends. During the episode, in the past, in the future, whenever it works for you, but I need them to be lovers and it would be great to also include them sticking it to the Man/NASA in some way. Feminist lesbian space pilots.

2. Louise Shepard. First off, I actually love her and Alan together. They are so so flawed and their relationship is so so messy and at times awful! But they stick it out and she dies of heartbreak just weeks after him and GAH I love it! Their sojourn with the hippies (episode 9 “The Dark Side”) was hilarious and plenty more could come of it. Or how does Louise deal with Alan's return to space/landing on the moon? Does Louise have regrets wrt Max? Does Louise ever tell Alan about Max or anything that happened with Max? BUT THEN how about Marge and/or Trudy? Marge and Louise have very similar situations with their grounded-and-now-in-charge husbands. And there's this:

Hands tho! And Marge went thru a divorce before and eventually divorces Deke but Louise never leaves Alan, maybe explore why those are the right choices for these two women? Note: I’m fine with bashing Alan’s terrible behavior but please don’t bash Louise for her choices or Alan&Louise in general. As for Louise and Trudy? How they hate each other for being complete opposites but it evolves into this wonderful close relationship based on respect because they finally understand each other's strengths?? More please!! Also: Trudy accompanies Louise & Alice on the trip to the grave mentioned in prompt 3 below and I wholly want to know what she thinks.

3. Alice Shepard. WHAT. Okay so her parents died when she was five and she went to live with her Aunt Louise. . .who changed her name from Judy to Alice because Judy was too much like Julie, Louise & Alan's daughter who was the same age and OMG WHAT. Teen Alice is a brat because why wouldn't she be, look at her family, and Louise decides to bring her to her mother's grave to connect and I cried (episode 8 “Abort”). There are so many possibilities for fic here. Little Alice's identity problems. A romance between Teen Alice and Ed White Jr. Alice growing up determined to be everything Louise isn't but actually being a lot like her in surprising ways. Alice becomes an astronaut. Or an astronaut's wife. Alice names her own daughter Judy Louise. Alice tries to seduce Alan but fails because gross and then he explains why Louise is the way she is and why he loves her so much. Alice and Julie resent each other for reasons but also have each other’s back because sisters. The obvious/amazing Wonderland AU (Louise as Queen of Hearts!!!).

I am just really seriously utterly fascinated by Alice Shepard.

4. Crossover with Mad Men. Louise Shepard and Betty Draper and Don Draper and Alan Shepard dinner party and/or weekend getaway. It writes itself. Trudy Cooper flies Megan somewhere for some actress thing and they bond (and make out). Marge and Joan. Peggy and Rene. Alice and Sally. I don't care if the timeline works, I just want them all to be friends (and make out).

Madam Secretary

General Thoughts: I love the McCords! Every single one of them. Again, I have a few specific prompts but what I’m looking for is close personal mainly familial relationships on parade.

Prompts:

1. I want a Joey and Lizzie at boarding school story. Joey, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, and Lizzie, she who will be Madam Secretary. See the 1st season episode “Chains of Command”. Can be romantic or platonic, elaborate hijinks (kidnapping plot?), special occasion (school dance?), or day in the life (study group?). Joey and Lizzie BFFs at boarding school.

2. Unpopular opinion: Stevie is my favourite. Any story from Stevie's pov is welcome. I absolutely ship the trainwreck that is Stevie and Harrison and any of the above scenarios work for them as well. OR I am completely on board with Stevie befriending Dmitri (the young Russian Henry’s handling) and getting dragged into a Russian/American spy plot that tests her convictions and her relationship with her parents. And they maybe go on the run and probably hook up because obviously. References to Anastasia (the animated film) very welcome.

3. McCord family dinner!! Invite over Elizabeth’s staff or one/more of the kids’ significant others or random dignitaries or stick to the family. The show can be so funny sometimes, go for it. A holiday party at the White House would also work!

Chicago PD

General Thoughts: I love fictional Chicago. ER, The Good Wife, and now the Fire/PD/Med triumvirate:

I’d prefer you don’t focus on romance for this fandom. I’m not against any ship and including them is OK but I want the focus to be on family.

Prompts:

1. Erin and Hank backstory. He took her in when she was 15 and she's a cop because of him and I want to know everything. What did he see in her worth saving? What did she see in him worth following? How did they bond? She said in a recent ep 'sometimes you get to choose your father' and my heart BURST. Tell me more! Tell me all!

2. Antonio is so underused! I don't get it, he's my fave. I would love a Dawson siblings fic with Antonio & Gabriela (from Fire). If Matt Casey is in it I'd like someone to punch him in the face. Or Antonio teaching boxing to Michelle and other troubled kids at the gym.

3. Mouse is too adorable. Exploring how he fits into the cop family would be great.

4. Perfect cast for my perfect scenario listed above.


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