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Hello! I’m your host, brumeier. It’s my birthday next month, and I decided to treat myself to one of my favorite fic things: an AU! How do I define an AU? For me, it means taking canon characters and making a significant change in their circumstances. This can happen within the confines of canon (canon divergent) or the characters can be dropped into completely different worlds.

Basically, an AU is a fun way for me to see how I can keep canon characters familiar in wholly new surroundings or circumstances. As simple as ‘what if character A had done this instead of character B’ or as complex as ‘character A is now a barbarian with mystic powers’. And everything in between!

Starting April 1st, my lovely co-mod taste_is_sweet and I will be posting a monthly AU challenge here. We’re keeping it nice and simple, so here’s everything you need to know:

We’re multifandom! This challenge welcomes all fandoms, including RPF. All ships, romantic or platonic. I only ask that everyone remains respectful. There’s room for all of us here.

No minimum wordcounts! You can write as little or as much as you want to meet the challenge topic. In fact, you don’t have to write at all. Challenge fills can be fanvids or fanart or whatever outlet your creativity feels like using.

Prompts welcome! We will offer up some suggestions for each month’s theme, and encourage anyone else who wants to do the same. If you have a cool idea for how a particular theme could play out please respond in the comments.

No deadlines! Each month a new theme will be posted, but if you start working on something that takes on epic proportions, you can post it any time.

Must be a joiner! Only members of this community will be able to see posts and leave comments. We want this to be a safe place for ideas to be shared. We will also be cross-posting to DW and Tumblr to maximize participation.

That’s pretty much it, folks. I hope you’ll be inspired by each month’s theme. I’ll be trying to write something for each one as well because, as I mentioned, I love AUs!

You can post your completed works anywhere, as long as you link it back here. I will compile masterlists for each AU theme. And we can all revel in the loveliness of AUs!


Update: If you're looking for a beta reader or want to offer your services, please see this post.


Challenge #1: No-one Dies Masterlist

Challenge #2: Cowboy Masterlist

Challenge #3: Soulmates Masterlist

Challenge #4: Apocalypse Masterlist

Challenge #5: Time Travel Masterlist

Challenge #6: Historical Wars Masterlist

Challenge #7: Supernatural Masterlist

Challenge #8: Magic Masterlist

Challenge #9: Space Masterlist
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A Sea of Inspiration

How go those watery AUs, friends? I’m still plugging away at mine, which will also be pulling double duty for an additional challenge. My deadline looms! What I really need is some inspiration. Got any to share?

I would like to offer up the following for fun and inspiration and men really working their watery surroundings:

Hawaii Five-0: Danny and Steve stranded at sea with nothing but a dingy, a rope, and some finely naked torsos



Look at this Young Man and his pretty, pretty merman tail!



Man From Atlantis: a 70s show I never knew existed until a friend in Germany told me about it



Rock the Park: Jack and Colton getting their outdoorsy groove on

Recs From the Depths

It turns out I have a lot of lake fics, but not a lot of ocean fics. How about you? Have you written something ocean-related? Do you have a favorite fic someone else wrote that fits this month's theme? Time for sharesies!

Self-Recs

Tentacles and Misogyny (original): A lakeside tale of a misplaced monster just looking for some love. Part of my After the Eclipse series, but I think it can be read as a stand-alone.

Nightswimming (The Sentinel, Jim/Blair): A little nighttime skinny-dipping that leads to nighttime smoochies.

Surf's Up (Stargate Atlantis, John/Rodney): A short ficlet of Rodney at the beach watching John surf. Because who wouldn't want that? ::grins::

Massachusetts Sea Serpent (Stargate Atlantis, John/Rodney): Part of my Unexpected Discoveries series, which finds John, Rodney and the MU team out on the Atlantic Ocean looking for a sea serpent and finding trouble instead.

Other Recs

Through the Noise to the Sea, by sardonicsmiley and sherriaisling (Stargate Atlantis, John/Rodney): My favorite mermaid fic of all time, with Rodney as a Pegasus-native merman. I friggin' love this fic!

Stranger Tides, by nagi_schwarz (Original/Hawaii Five-0, Danny/Steve): I super love this series, and not just because Nagi wrote herself and me into it. ::grins:: Who better to be a merman than Steve McGarrett? Full of angst and awesomeness!

Sea Air, by ami_ven (Stargate Atlantis, John/Rodney): A historical sea-faring McShep ficlet that hits all the right notes!

The Lonely Sea, by tarlan (Stargate Atlantis, John/Rodney): The Waterworld AU we all deserve! Rodney is a man with many secrets, and John is the one who rescues him. So good!

Nantucket AU, by multiple authors (Stargate Atlantis, John/Rodney): John and Rodney live on the island of Nantucket, and each addition adds to the overall flavor of island living.
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Challenge 11: Like A Sweet Melody (NCIS)

Title: Like A Sweet Melody
Author: nagi_schwarz
Fandom: NCIS
Pairing: Tony/Gibbs
Rating: M to be safe
Warnings: Major Character Death
Word count: ~3000
Summary: AU after the end of Season 3. Gibbs goes down to Mexico and stays there. Tony follows. Fishing and a long game ensue, and the end is family and a sweet melody. Written for the whatif_au Challenge #11. Special thanks to my girl Sei for her awesome beta work.
Link to fic: On AO3

Challenge 11: Welcome to the SS Violet Holmes

Title: Welcome to the SS Violet Holmes
Author: thesmallhobbit
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Molly Hooper, Mrs Hudson, John Watson, Jim Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Word count: 465
Summary: One of the welcome leaflets for passengers on the Cruise Ship Violet Holmes

Welcome to the SS Violet Holmes on AO3

Sailing for Adventure



The ocean represents different things to different people, but I think we can all agree that adventure is right up there. It's a vast, wild space full of mystery (The Bermuda Triangle), danger (hurricanes), and discovery (sunken treasure).

When I was a young girl I loved the idea of mermaids. Splash was my favorite movie, but I would also watch any version of The Little Mermaid, even the one where she turned into sea foam at the end and didn't get her happily ever after. Alas, I'm not much of a swimmer so I had no future as a mermaid. But I have enjoyed some sea-related media!

seaQuest DSV: Also known as Star Trek under water! LOL! This series started when I was in college and I was immediately hooked. Big fancy submarine, talking dolphin, Jonathan Brandis...there was a lot to love! Well, at least until the third season when they had the time jump and new captain. Not to mention our old Stargate friend Peter Deluise as Dagwood, a dud from the supersoldier program. I loved this show!

Waterworld: This movie generally gets panned. It didn't make enough money at the boxoffice to cover the cost of production, blah blah blah. I love it! It's like Mad Max at sea! The world building, the characters, that map on Enola's back...I was all in. And with climate change issues being what they are it's definitely topical. Also, I'm not ashamed to say I enjoy Kevin Costner, even though his best bit of acting was way back when he did Silverado.

The Abyss: I initially watched this movie because I love Ed Harris and Michael Biehn, but it's a darn good movie all around. The special effects are good, the characters are compelling, and the fangirl in me loves the 'temporary death' scenes. So many feels! Gah!

Finding Nemo: Deep sea fishy shenanigans! Also a heart-felt story of a father's love for his son, which is always so nice to see. The characters are great (Dory! Vegetarian shark support group!) and this movie gives an interesting look into what life is like beneath the waves. With stoner turtles!

Cutthroat Island: My favorite pirate movie, bar none! (Well, except maybe for the Muppets.) I love Geena Davis as a badass pirate captain looking for her father's lost gold. The action scenes are awesome, she has a POC as her right-hand man, and Frank Langella is her evil uncle. What more could you ask for?

How about it, friends? Where do your sea-faring interests lie? Surfer movies like Point Break? Shark movies like Jaws? Perhaps a particular drunken pirate with a heart of gold? Or some old-school television like Seahunt?

Tell me all the things! ::grins::

Challenge #11: Big Blue Wet Thing

Hoist the sails! Get your snorkels ready! It’s time for the Ocean AU!



To me, the depths of the ocean are just as mysterious and unexplored as the depths of space. It’s a whole other world down there and the possibilities for ocean-adjacent fics are boundless.

There are a lot of ways to tackle an ocean AU:

• Pirates!
• Mermaids, mermen, and other sentient sea creatures
• Commercial fisherman
• Deep-sea explorers (present day or futuristic)
• Waterworld AU
• Surfing, swimming, and other water sports
• Working as a dive instructor/fishing charter captain/sea animal rescuer/etc

What stories can you tell? Steampunk pirates? Sailing off to find a new land? Scavenging sunken ships for treasure? Living in underwater mining communities? There are so many fun possibilities!

Pack up your nose plugs and your flippers, and let’s see what stories we can dredge up out of the ocean depths this month!

If you want to leave a prompt or other inspiration, please do so in the comments.

You’ve got a month till the next prompt goes up so have fun writing!

Please Note: If you post your work to AO3 please be sure to select the What If AU Challenge community.

Working It! Entry - X-Men - RoLo & More - Devoted

Title: Devoted
Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: X-Men
Character/Pairing: Wolverine/Storm, Sabertooth/Birdy, Banshee/White Queen
Rating: R/M
Challenge/Prompt: whatif_au 10: Working It!
Warning(s): None
Word Count: 2,872
Date Written: 31 January 2018
Summary: Ororo is torn between devotion to her girls at work and devotion to the man she loves.Collapse )

Challenge #9: Space Masterlist

Thank you so much to everyone who created something for the Space challenge! This list will be updated if more fics come in, so it's never too late to participate. ::grins::

FIC: Endless Darkness, by thesmallhobbit (Spooks-MI5, Lucas North/Adam Carter)

FIC: Feel the Black Reaching Out, by nagi_schwarz (NCIS/Firefly, pre-Tony/Gibbs)

FIC: A Spark in the Void, by brumeier (Hawaii Five-0, Steve McGarrett/Danny Williams)

Workplace Humor

I thought we'd wrap up Workplace AU month with some humor and silliness, which I definitely don't get enough of at either of my jobs.

Like this take on The Office, with characters from Lord of the Rings:



Or this Undercover Boss riff featuring Kylo Ren:



Also for your consideration, some Lowes vs Home Depot via John Oliver (I love this man sooooo much!):



And finally, this short piece on workplace meetings. For the SGA fans amongst us, Rodney McKay is definitely in the second category every time, because he always just says what he means. ::grins::

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