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