rare pair 2017

Before signups end, I’m going to add a few thoughts on the fandoms I requested, but for rl reasons, I probably won’t be writing a full letter.

Likes: I like plot and fluff and angst mixed up in various ways. Plotty fluff, angst with a hard-earned happy ending, case fics and adventures, characters enjoying each other’s company, imperfect people cautiously discovering each other, hurt/comfort with more of an emphasis on the comfort. Common fanfic tropes I enjoy are fake-dating & fake-married, characters writing books/blogging about each other, apocalypse, unrealistic amnesia, time travel, and vampires

Do Not Wants: explicit sex, extreme violence, bestiality, bdsm, genderswap, omegaverse, character death

Fandoms: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, T2 Trainspotting, Sherlock Holmes

T2 Trainspotting

sickboy renton T2

A couple of years ago, I was invited to a free screening of a film I was very excited about with the expectation that I would talk it up on social media. I agreed, but then I had serious problems with the film, so I didn’t post anything about it anywhere. So when I had the chance to see an early screening of T2 Trainspotting, I didn’t go. It seemed like an unnecessary nostalgia trip, and I thought I would hate it, especially as I didn’t really like Porno. Ngl, Sick Boy is my favourite character in Trainspotting, and in Porno he is a complete psychopath. A real psychopath, not a Moffat-psychopath.

Well… as a film, it’s not so great, but as the Sick Boy/Renton fanfic I’ve been wanting for 20 years, it is FANTASTIC.

veronica sickboy renton

Veronica: You are clearly in love and should take off all your clothes and fuck. Cheers!


Trainspotting T2

A bad man takes their clothes and makes them do bad things. Okay, that is my interpretation, but I think it is valid and so do the cows.

Sick Boy and Renton T2

First, attempted murder. Later, rescue, and then cuddling on the sofa. (In this context, too high to move counts as cuddling.)

In conclusion, the Sick Boy/Renton ship name should be ‘Rent Boy’ even though that is Renton’s nickname in canon, and I may have to reconsider my decision to stop doing Yuletide because that might be the only way to get fic for this film.

Gallifrey One 

First fandom convention since Anime Expo in 2009. It was pretty great, but my feelings of ambivalence and disconnection haven’t changed. I think part of the reason I enjoyed it so much is that I’ve always loved Doctor Who, but haven’t been actively involved in that fandom. 

villains with good hair


I finally finished Game of Thrones, episode 5. I feel so accomplished – it’s taken me approximately two months to watch five episodes and I have a feeling I may not make my goal of catching up before the new series airs. One reason that it’s taking me so long to get through the series is that I have to get used to seeing actual humans in the roles. As I was reading, I pictured Jaime Lannister looking like Griffith from Berserk and Cersei looks like Griffith as well. As I watch the show, I keep forgetting that they are twins and their love is oh so throw a kid out the window forbidden.

I was about to say that I would be into a Game of Thrones anime, but Berserk is right there if I ever feel the need for bloodthirsty medievalism.

Sherlock S4 (spoilers, nothing but spoilers)

Adding a spoiler warning in case someone looking for the lyrics to early Belle and Sebastian songs stumbles in here by accident and has their Sherlock experience ruined.

I just needed to express my happiness over the utter ridiculousness that was the end of The Lying Detective. Evil twins! Out of all the twists available, Mofftiss played the evil twin card. I hope it turns out that Lestrade’s mystery date in The Six Thatchers turns out to have been with the evil twin and that Sherlock is very 😦 about evil twin banging all his friends. I’m also hoping for an angsty discussion, ‘Perhaps you are the evil twin.’

In Lestrade news, I was concerned by his violation of correct procedure when he turned off the recording, but apparently he is aware that no one cares about rules in Evil Twin World, and judging by his tan, he already has his retirement villa in Spain ready and waiting.

Lestrade, answering uncomfortable questions that will lead to an early retirement.

Yuri!!! on Ice (aka GPF)

This episode was exactly like watching skating on television. After all, it is a sports anime, but I have trouble focusing when watching television unless I have something to keep my hands busy, like knitting. Unfortunately, I’ve been too sick to knit (working on Ravenclaw scarf), so I kept starting, wandering away for some tea, getting annoyed that I’d missed Yurio breaking Victor’s record, and then remember it was an anime and I could rewind at any time.


Victor gallantly kisses Yuri’s hand, Michele stares dreamily at the ring and says he and Sara should get matching rings. I guess they’re not broken up any more. Michele uses ‘washi’ to talk about himself because he is a creepy old man at heart.


Yuri’s eyes are alight with determination, while Kenjiro is really into cheering for senpai.


Serious ring kissing, and then Yuri skates. He does okay.


Yuri and Phichit, hanging out in Detroit, deciding to go for the gold. The grey hamster looks concerned because he is psychic and he knows that Yuri will break Phichit’s heart one day. Sometimes I think I should make gifs because this is cute, but would be approximately 86% cuter with the little hamster tail wagging and the hamster ears wiggling. I should make some gifs while I still have access to Adobe, lord knows it’s not something I’m going to pay for on my own.


Yurio literally kicks Victor and Yuri out of the kiss & cry and I start writing a fanfic called ‘A Yurio Christmas Carol’ where some ghosts take time out of their busy undead lifestyle to teach Yurio a valuable lesson about kicking things.


The other hamsters were cuter. Because the show is ‘Yuri!!! on Ice’, Yurio does much better than Phichit.


Much better, new world record, he’s the new Victor, etc. Is this going to end with Yurio getting the gold while Yuri gets Victor? Or will poor Yurio choke like JJ? Probably not, that would be a little too repetitive, but there’s always injury. If there were a season 2, then we might find out why Victor was warning Yurio about his knees.screenshot-871screenshot-874screenshot-877

Surprise 1: Chris wears glasses! I love glasses, total glasses fetish, if they’d stuck him in glasses earlier in the series, he’d probably be one of my faves. As it is, I feel fairly indifferent to people who slap their own asses.

Surprise 2: Chris has a hot boyfriend! He has to be a boyfriend, he’s holding the cat carrier and only true love would motivate someone to help out with the arduous and tricky task of placing a cat into a carrier.

The most disturbing moment in this episode and yes I am including the post-credit scene in my assessment.



Otabek skates… the Otabek & Yurio friendship doesn’t really work for me because it just happens. He shows up, they’re suddenly BFFs, and that’s that. It feels like he’s there so that Yurio doesn’t lose out on the relationship side–Victor and Yuri are together, so Yurio needs someone too.


Oh, JJ. I said they were setting you up as an asshole so that no one would be sad when you lost. It will be hella sad when Phichit loses, but no one will cry for you.


JJ chokes. Is it even called choking in ice skating? It seems that he got distracted and started overmonitoring his movements.


One mental-Yuri is disdainful, the other is leering.


Who cries for JJ? Canada does! Look at this poor guy. He went to a lot of effort, probably had to pay an extra baggage fee for that giant flag. But JJ recovers! He makes a (sort of) comeback thanks to everyone singing along with King JJ. It’s one of those clap your hands if you believe in fairies, sing if you believe in Santa moments.


There’s winning JJ-style and losing JJ-style.



I may not know very much about skating, but I do know that if that is the worst score of your career, then you are very, very good.


After the credits, Yuri dumps Victor. Why is this scene after the credits? Cliffhanger! Giri-giri drama! All through the episode, Yuri has been watching Victor watch the skaters. Is Yuri going to free Victor to return to skating? That would be silly because Victor is 28, which is like 82 in skating years. Even if the series ends with Yuri and Victor apart, there will be hints of reconciliation–it won’t be permanent. I hope it’s not some overly ambiguous smiling at each other on the beach at Hasetsu, but if it is, so be it.