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02 April 2010 @ 04:16 pm
Lifted from life_on_queen

1) List 10 characters
(So this time, instead of choosing ten favorites (though I do like them all) I tried to pick with an eye to crossover potential. Except for Givens. He's there cuz he looks good in a cowboy hat and I'm shallow like that. *g*)

1. Jacob (Lost)
2. Sam Anders (bsg)
3. Kate Brewster (Terminator-verse)
4. Kara Thrace (bsg)
5. Ba'al (Stargate)
6. Will Turner (potc)
7. Sam Carter (Stargate)
8. Raylan Givens (Justified)
9. Markus Alexander (Jeremiah)
10. Stefan Salvatore (Vampire Diaries)

2) Write a fic of 25 words or less not-very-many-words for each of the following prompts:

(This turned into "Write as many of these people into a ROBOT APOCALYPSE AU as you possibly can". Possibly this was not the intent of the original meme. Possibly)

1. FIRST TIME: #4 & #6
2. ANGST: #7
3. AU: #1 & #8
4. THREESOME: #3, #6 & #9
5. HURT/COMFORT: #5 & #10
6. CRACK: #1
7. HORROR: #10
8. BABY FIC: #5 & #9
9. DARK FIC: #2 & #8
10. ROMANCE: #4 & #7
11. DEATH FIC: #2 & #3

Bonus - Author's choice: #8, #5, #9 & #1

(aw, no 2 and 4, or 2 and 7 pairing for me? boo.)

3) Write 12 fic snippets totalling not more than 300 words:
(* Robot Apocalypse AU fics)

1. First time - Kara and Will
"Welcome to the afterlife," a female voice said, as Will opened his eyes. "It's kind of a shock. I remember."

He put a hand to his chest, remembering Jones' sword going through it. Then he looked up at the woman with the yellow hair and the strange clothing. "Calypso?" he asked with a puzzled frown.

She wrinkled her nose. "No. She's moved on with Davy. So I'm here to offer you a deal. Do you want to go back? And are you interested in immortality with a price tag?"

* 2. Angst - Sam Carter

"Open the Stargate," O'Neill ordered.

Sam tried, but it was futile. "Sir, the computer's locked out. No response."

Then it got infinitely worse when the phone rang. O'Neill listened to whoever was on the other end, then grim faced he answered, "Yes, sir." Then he hung up the phone and told Sam and Reynolds. "That was Williams, upstairs. They've gone to Defcon 1. Apparently we've just launched nukes at Moscow."

"What?" she demanded. "Why?" Her eye fell on the recalcitrant computer system. and she pulled her hands back from it. "DefenseNet," she realized. "Oh my God, that experiment at Area 51..."


"Skynet," she told him hurriedly. "A way to boost the problem solving ability of things like UAVs, so they don't need to be remote controlled. They used some of that computing algorithm from the Replicators."

O'Neill stared at her aghast. "And nobody thought to tell them it was a really bad idea?"

"I ... I thought just the algorithm would be safe enough," she protested, and her voice choked in her throat. Not safe at all. Not if it was propagating through the internet and infecting every base computer. Not if it was nuking Russia.

Reynolds ran in. "Russia launched a counter-strike. And before the satellites went down, India launched against China.... "

"We're in lockdown. And Carter, I want you to do whatever necessary to wipe this thing from our system," O'Neill ordered. "Reynolds, get the gate open. Manual dial with a generator if you have to, but get it open."

Sam heard but didn't move, staring at the blinking cursor on the screen. It was already too late.

3. AU - Jacob and Raylan
(strangely this turned into the least AU of the bunch. Because hello, how hard would it be to make Raylan the Marshal who brought Kate on Oceanis 815? EASY PEASY)

"Are you going home?" The soft question made Raylan turn his eyes from the window and its view of the tarmac at Miami International and glance at the man who'd come to stand next to him. The guy was fairly nondescript looking, but seemed harmless. He wasn't even looking at Raylan, continuing to watch the planes outside the window.

"Yeah," Raylan agreed with a sigh. "Not by choice."

"There's always a choice, Raylan. But not everyone gets a second chance." The stranger with the sad eyes reached out and squeezed Raylan's shoulder once.

4. Threesome - Kate, Will, Markus

It shouldn't have been so easy. She'd been on the Dutchman only a few weeks when they fished a soul from the water, and Kate heard his story. It wasn't her apocalypse, but she was the only one on the ship that understood why he stared into the water, weighted down with his failure to fix the world after it had died. The captain handed her the key to his cabin. "Talk to him. I fear he will accept service and he shouldn't. His loved ones await him on the far shore."

She went to talk, and ended up staying. Then Will joined them, and for just a little while, these three who had lost everything found a little comfort in the others.

* 5. H/C -- Ba'al and Stefan
(a very peculiar form of H/C, given the two guys involved here)

Ba'al toed Stefan's ribs gently. "You can wake up now."

Stefan moaned a bit but his eyes fluttered open. "Damn, I hate that." His shirt was wet with his own blood from the bullet wounds, but he seemed unharmed as he sat up. "Are they down?"

Ba'al held out a hand to help Stefan to his feet. "Yes. The weapon disrupted their neural chips perfectly."

Stefan saw the two downed endos in the dirt. "You sure they're dead?"

"I took out the chips to examine in the lab." He held up the processor cores for Stefan to see.

Stefan still gave the metal a wide berth, dead or not. He was tired of playing bait and being shot at. "Good. Now we need to make more for the Resistance."

Ba'al smiled a little as they started back toward their lab. "What?" Stefan demanded.

Ba'al shook his head. "I find it amusing that two immortals like us are helping the Tau'ri. We should leave and find a planet without killer robots."

"I can't do that. This is my home."

"I know." Ba'al sighed. "Which is why I'm still here. Do you think the humans will be grateful enough to us, they'll give us a throne to rule them? Because they should -- they're so pathetic at ruling themselves."

Stefan just shook his head. "Let's save the planet before you make plans for world conquest, okay?"

And yet, for the first time in a long time, he had hope that they actually could save the planet.

* 6. crack - Jacob
(not very cracky, I admit. But Jacob is already kind of Crack Personified, so.)

Jacob was watching the bombs fall, the blinding light washing across him like facing the sun, when he felt a familiar presence beside him.

"How does it feel, Jacob, to know you've lost? utterly? Machines will wipe humankind from the face of the Earth. And the best part is they did it to themselves."

Jacob just smiled and laid his hand on the black-clad shoulder. "You found your loophole, brother. I found mine."

His brother turned to him with a frown. "What are you talking about? What loophole? There's no loophole that can fix this. It's ended. The whole world is ended."

"The Island is now everywhere," Jacob reminded him. "You've seen to that. Time is malleable now. And out there, is a man who will defeat the machines because his father was born after him. It's already happened. In every universe this will happen and in every universe he will defeat them and a new era will begin. It's not over; it's just begun." Jacob handed him a white stone, representing the soul of a human named John Connor. "See you around."

He walked across the radioactive sands in his bare feet, untouched, and returned home.

7. Horror -- Stefan
(You know Stefan's had this nightmare.)

He smiled at Elena as she came up to him. But her return smile was ... wrong. Horror and terror froze him inside as he realized who was wearing Elena's clothes. Then it was too late.

She had a hand around his throat, long nails like claws in his skin, and a familiar smirk on her face. "Hello, lover," Katherine purred into his ear. "Miss me?"

8. Ba'al and Markus -- babyfic
(ok, just the concept of Ba'al in charge of a baby is both hilarious and terrifying)

"System lords do not change diapers."

Markus was used to those lofty declarations by now and retorted, "If a former System Lord wants anything from the President of the Western Alliance, he had damn well better learn."

Ba'al muttered under his breath, but he did it. Markus smiled and went back to the reports.

* 9. Sam Anders - Raylan -- Darkfic

"Go, go!" Sam yelled, and threw his last grenade like it was a baseball. His aim was true, but the grenade was barely enough to slow the endo down.

"They're at the door!" Raylan yelled back, and fired at the approaching metal, trying to keep them back. "Stairs!"

The two pounded up the metal stairs, going for the catwalk and the high windows. The stairs began to shake as one of the endos started to thump up it, even as the others were still shooting at them. He saw Sam get hit on the shoulder, but the former ball player just kept going, searching for a way out.

Sam hit the door access with his foot and the door slammed open. He went through, machine gun ahead of him, while Raylan kept an eye on their backs. "Endos gaining. You got a plan?"

"Not getting killed?" Sam returned, panting. "Jump to another roof maybe?"

"You're fucking crazy," Raylan said, but not really disagreeing. "Go."

Sam led the way across the roof to the nearest neighbor at a flat run, leaping off the edge for a heart-stopping flight, and then landing roughly on the next roof. Raylan followed, knowing the instant his feet left the building that his jump was short. His arms hit the edge and clutched it, fingers scrabbling for purchase, as his feet dangled over the drop.

Sam knelt down to grab his wrists. "Got you."

Raylan looked up and barely had time to register the shiny skull and the gleaming red eyes. "Sam!" Its weapon fired. Sam's eyes flared and he pitched forward, right off the roof.

And his hands were still holding Raylan's wrists, pulling him down so they fell together.

10. ROMANCE: Kara and Sam Carter

Kara frowned at the woman quietly working at her computer. This was the next turning and it was going to happen again. So she was trying to find Sam now that he'd been spun out to his destiny again. She could feel his soul here - that inquisitiveness, brilliance, courage... all those things that she had loved through all the ages of time. And yet, the only one in the room was a woman. Kara flared her brows, curious. Sam had never before been reborn as a woman. This could be fun. Different, but fun.

Kara made herself corporeal and stood in the doorway. "Sam?" she asked, testing to see what the woman would do.

She turned and smiled a little absently, her mind still on her work. "Yes?" Then she frowned, puzzled. "Do I know you?" she asked.

"I'm Kara." Kara moved closer. And then, more for herself than Sam who wouldn't remember her yet, she added with a grin, "I'm glad I found you again, baby."

* 11. DEATH FIC: Anders and Kate Brewster
"You're gonna be okay, Sam," she said, wishing it was true. John needed him, both his fighting skills and his knowledge of the machines. But he'd taken two bullets from a 600 meant for John.

He shook his head once, blood bubbling in his lungs. "Tell John... I'm sorry."

"Hush. You saved his life," she reassured him.

But he wasn't soothed, trying to catch his breath enough to speak again. "I ... did this," he whispered. "Skynet... AI... was me. My program."

She stared at him in shock. "You were at Cyberdyne?"

He couldn't answer, but she read the deep guilt in his eyes, a pain deeper than his wounds. She leaned forward and with her free hand, caressed his face. "It's not your fault. No one could stop it."

He didn't seem to hear her as he slipped into shock. His face was waxen as he bled out onto her hands. His blue eyes looked up at the grey sky, fixed on something far away, and he murmured vaguely, "All this... happened before..."

His voice trailed to silence and she held his hand as death claimed him, hoping it would give him some peace.

(skipping 12 because I have a thought for that but it's long so I'm going to resist)

And I did this instead of finishing my remix. oops.
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Merry F: samivanolix on April 3rd, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Hee, I love the interpretation of Kara/Sam! Those two Sams really are alike.
lizardbeth: Samlizardbeth_j on April 3rd, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
:D I was trying to figure out a new and different way to put them together (since Lyssie's been-there-done-that) and it hit me as definitely plausible, with the whole 'cycle of time' concept and all. I'd already done most of a fic with the same concept except Anders is reborn as David from TBBT, so it felt a bit like stealing from myself, but it works!
entertaining in a disturbing waylyssie on April 3rd, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
Oh, #10. <3

I shall now have to do this one, since I made a list before clicking. Or possibly I should do my remix fic (oops)
lizardbeth: Derek and Sarahlizardbeth_j on April 3rd, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
As soon as I saw the prompt for 10 I thought of you. :D

it is good fun, and this time I didn't kill myself trying to cross people over. Apparently putting everyone into a robot war AU solves my issues with crossovers quite nicely!