Ficlets - drabbles and other quickies.

Three-digit fic: everything here is under one thousand words.

This is a sort of potpurri: short ideas, briefly addressed ideas, often in answer to challenges or requests, usually entirely spontaneous.

The question of what is too short to archive has always plagued me. Drabble, above, is used in the loose sense: there's nothing here as short as one hundred words. For one, I write true drabbles (or, to take it further, nanofiction, which is fifty-five, title no longer than eight) very rarely, and for another, I as a reader usually feel gypped if I go to read a fic and find it's just a hundred words, so I don't archive them.

I've considered putting together drabble collections for each fandom, organized like a series, so that all this (and much more!) miscellany looks a little more controlled. But in the meantime, here are the little things.

  Collateral Damage
Fullmetal Alchemist

"The easiest way to destroy an enemy is to destroy those he depends upon."

   [ Archer and Kimberly, messing with Mustang and Havoc ]

  For - hallidae, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects
 abuse
 hardcore
 m/m
 2005 608 w. Canonlit. N 
  Confutatis
Fullmetal Alchemist

"Kimberly, it turned out, was a strange drunk, a ranting drunk, hunched over the table in the empty cantina muttering under his breath..."

   [ Mustang and Kimberly, one dark night in Ishbal ]

  Spoilers - general series backstory

Subjects
 m/m
 soc
 softcore
 2005 884 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Dance the Dead Awake
Fullmetal Alchemist

"It would figure, Ed thought, that he'd lose his virginity in the middle of a half-Ishbalan array for the Stone, to an ancient homunculus, still bloodstained and stinking from a pitched battle, with dead bodies in the corner of the room."

   [ Ed and Greed do weird sex alchemy ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 34
  Canon - AU from ep. 34
  For - lykomancer, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects
 hardcore
 m/m
 2005 868 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Deep Water
Fullmetal Alchemist

"They kissed only once. She tasted like ashes and brine."

   [ Roy and Sloth, though he did not know it ]

  For - forgottenlover, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects
 m/f
 softcore
 2005 802 w. Canonlit. N 
  Dominance Struggles
Fullmetal Alchemist

"Roy leaned back against the headboard with a deep sigh at the beautiful, hard, flailing naked boy in his bed."

   [ my take on the old 'fighting over who's on top' spiel ]

Subjects
 bdsm
 fluff
 m/m
 softcore
 2005 611 w. Canonlit. N 
  The Finest Golden Braid
Harry Potter

"Cranking the barred iron gate takes all the strength in his narrow back, one long strain with the mask clinging tight about his mouth as he sucks air."

   [ Lucius, in Azkaban, has a visitor ]

  For - Cassie, who wanted Lucius in a straitjacket

Subjects
 abuse
 hardcore
 m/m
 2006 836 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Go East
Harry Potter

"He has a terrifying amount of control over my body. It took him weeks to insinuate himself, to force my surrender into a habit."

   [ a brief look at Quirrell ]

  Beta - Ayla Pascal

Subjects
 gen
 horror
 soc
 2002 969 w. Canonlit. Y 
  A Half a Conquest
Harry Potter

"The locket's hinge is broken and the painting is empty. Tom Marvolo Riddle throws it into the lake without a backwards glance as he leaves Hogwarts."

   [ Tom, finding inspiration of sorts in Dumbledore ]

  Canon - written before bk. 6

Subjects
 abuse
 artsy
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
 2003 975 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Hundred Over One
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"For any number, divided by a solitary one, remains itself."

   [ a hexadrabble on Nemuro and the hundred boys ]

  Ref. - author's notes

Subjects
 bdsm
 m/m
 soc
 softcore
 2004 600 w. Canonlit. Y 
  In Silence
Fullmetal Alchemist

"It would be cruel, he thought, to speak when she couldn't. No words, no reasoning, no hesitation."

   [ Scar and Roze; my first het PWP ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 39

Subjects
 hardcore
 m/f
 2005 815 w. Canonlit. N 
  In the Shadows
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"This is the time of the uncanny, the inverted. The time of impossible things."

   [ in the time of the Black Rose, Touga wants Juri ]

  For - seitokaichou, during a challenge on utenadrabble

Subjects
 m/f
 softcore
 2005 723 w. Canonlit. Y 
  An Interlude for Angels
Cowboy Bebop

"Angels that are forced from heaven have to become demons. Isn't that right, Spike?"

   [ an experiment in explaining that line ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 5

Subjects
 m/m
 soc
 softcore
 2004 759 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Land of the Living
Final Fantasy X

"Wordlessly, Auron unhooked the bottle again, uncapped it, held it out to the boy. Tidus looked down at it for a long, long time before he took it."

   [ Tidus has emo at Auron ]

  Spoilers - through Zanarkand
  For - bard_linn, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects
 gen
 2006 827 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Lines
Final Fantasy X

"Auron gritted his teeth, hard, and pried his bottle out of Jecht's hand--and he was far gone not to protest, too far gone."

   [ preslash on the pilgramage ]

  For - delerone, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects
 m/m
 softcore
 2006 391 w. Canonlit. N 
  Little White Ears
Fullmetal Alchemist

"Sometimes, even, they both dared to strip away their gloves."

   [ Roy is never without an Elric ]

  Spoilers - through end of series
  Canon - movie canon included only by what's common knowledge, as I have not seen it
  For - devils_devotion, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects
 bdsm
 fluff
 hardcore
 m/m
 2005 719 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Los Alamos
Iron Man

"I mean--it's big. Bigger than you can possibly imagine. What we're making..."

   [ Obadiah Stane, and Howard Stark, and the Manhattan Project ]

  Canon - movie-verse
  For - [for] nevacaruso and cahalith, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
 2008 633 w. Canonlit. N 
  No Protests At All
Fullmetal Alchemist

"He didn't mind it; he loved it, loved losing control and himself and everything to the boy--and, now, to Havoc, whom Ed had dragged into all this."

   [ Roy has fun ]

  For - subtle_dusk, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects
 bdsm
 fluff
 hardcore
 m/m
 2005 482 w. Canonlit. N 
  Of Disguises and Hearts
Harry Potter

"Magic runs in wizarding veins. It is not a mere by-product; it suffuses a wizard's life, plays a role in everything he does, from the mundane to the sublime, from the pedantic to the erotic."

   [ Snape/Harry surreality ]

  Canon - written before bk. 5 and assuming Snarry-tinted lenses
  For - Icarus' ficdrive for Cybele

Subjects
 artsy
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
 2003 759 w. Canonlit. N 
  One Day in August
Harry Potter

"His mother drops by for afternoon tea and asks him why that awful girl is still here, and Tom snarls that she's his wife and doesn't answer when she asks why."

   [ Merope, sometime in 1926 ]

Subjects
 m/f
 softcore
 2007 718 w. Canonlit. N 
  The Right Hand of Light
Harry Potter

"This was his life, in five digits and a silver palm."

   [ Peter and his hand ]

  Canon - written before bk. 5
  Beta - Ayla Pascal

Subjects
 gen
 soc
 2002 971 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Running Strong
Fullmetal Alchemist

"They weren't supposed to do it, but they did."

   [ a brief glimpse of a different Roze ]

  Canon - AU from before beginning of series

Subjects
 m/f
 softcore
 2005 852 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Salt
Fullmetal Alchemist

"Envy stood barenaked in the window like the pillar of salt..."

   [ abstract Envy/Roy ]

  For - morningxstorm, by LJ ficlet request
  Ref. - recording (by myself)

Subjects
 m/m
 soc
 softcore
 2005 127 w. Canonlit. N 
  Schadenfreude
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"There is a part of me, a terribly small part of me, that loves to see you in pain."

   [ Mikage, on Mamiya ]

  Ref. - recording (by myself)

Subjects
 m/m
 soc
 softcore
 2004 770 w. Canonlit. N 
  Seeker's Fear
Harry Potter

"They walk on. Gellert kicks stones with his pointed German shoes; Albus is chewing on a blade of grass. The sun is blood-red between the hills."

   [ concerning the fear of death ]

  Spoilers - bk. 7

Subjects
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
 2007 484 w. Canonlit. N 
  She Hath Flourished Verdantly
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"There's a chain of leaves round her neck, green and black, dangling from a golden vine."

   [ years after Ohtori, two of the Black Roses find each other ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 20
  For - shellsong, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects
 f/f
 softcore
 2008 926 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Sparkly
Iron Man

"I think we have a new favorite word, dear."

   [ of course Tony Stark had a lab bench when he was two ]

  Canon - movie-verse
  For - neotoma, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects
 fluff
 gen
 2008 350 w. Canonlit. N 
  Too Beautiful
Fullmetal Alchemist

"Pride hadn't moved--he liked to freeze after a decisive blow, sometimes too still to be human, perfect deadly sculpture of a man."

   [ homunculi playing in the parlor ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 40
  For - mikkeneko, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects
 m/m
 softcore
 2005 577 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Uncertain Juri
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"Cold Juri she still was, cold and uncertain, because none of his touches had ever stirred her; something was missing, something had not yet awoken."

   [ an exercise in imagination - what happens if you remove one character from canon? ]

  Canon - AU from before series
  For - the body-snatchers challenge on utenadrabble

Subjects
 artsy
 f/f
 softcore
 2004 433 w. Canonlit. Y 
  Unity
Star Trek: The Next Generation

"She was a shadow and a whisper in his mind, chitter-sharp spine and red lights in the green steaming dark, promising the impossible, the unthinkable, what he had shied away from all his life--unity."

   [ angsty cyborg trippiness ]

  Spoilers - Best of Both Worlds, First Contact
  For - ursule, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects
 m/f
 m/m
 soc
 softcore
 2005 584 w. Canonlit. Y 
  The Usual
Doctor Who

"Trying to keep the most idiotic scientists I've ever met--right, well, second most idiotic, nobody can quite top Big D--from creating a miniature black hole in the core, that's what."

   [ Jack finds the Doctor, again, and it's pretty much the usual ]

  For - taffimai, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects
 m/m
 softcore
 2008 533 w. Canonlit. Y 
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