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03 October 2014 @ 09:19 pm
Title: Fangirl´s Progress
Author: Mario/Laura Polonyi, Rachel Vanbora, Isabella Bertolli
Rating: Gen.
Fandom: Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes, Cabin Pressure
Summary: A fanvid. A tribute to great voices and great writing.

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07 September 2014 @ 10:25 pm
Title: Cold Water
Author: litlover12
Rating: G
Fandom: Person of Interest
Characters: John Reese, Harold Finch
Word Count: 106
Summary: An ice bucket gets the guys out of a tricky situation. For the Ice Bucket Challenge (and I apologize for having taken MUCH longer than 24 hours). Challenging anyone who wants to do it and hasn't done it yet.

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03 September 2014 @ 10:59 pm
The results have been calculated and re-calculated, and here they are:

Very solidly in first place,

avirra, for this awesome Star Trek TOS Fic:

"Everyone alright?"

"Affirmative, Captain."

"Aye, sir."

"Lieutenant Morris?"

"He's dead, Jim."

And in second place,

goldvermilion87, for this BBC Sherlock microfic:

Scrabbling Doctors




"Sherlock's more fun than you lot!"

Everything else was super close.  Congratulations, everyone, and thank you again for your participation!

And check out the Ice Bucket Challenge fics . . . you might be challenged next!
03 September 2014 @ 07:48 pm
Rating: G
Fandom: ST:TOS
A/N: both debriswoman and capt_facepalm have challenged me; capt_facepalm provided this specific prompt:
"ST:TOS, and Ice Bucket, and the quote: "Fascinating." (not delivered by Spock)"

I will challenge someone commenting on this and volunteering, or another willing participant,to do the same, within 48 hours.

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03 September 2014 @ 11:17 pm
Challenge completed

I now challenge med_cat to post an ice bucket fic or art work within the next 24 hours
03 September 2014 @ 04:26 pm
I'm hereby challenge:


I have completed my ice bucket fic, and I hereby challenge you to write a fic (or post art) featuring a character or characters of your choice, in a fandom of your choice, and an ice bucket. (There is no obligation to contribute to charity unless you wish to do so.)

You have 24 hours!

Once you have completed and posted, you may issue this challenge to anyone commenting on this post or on your resulting post.
01 September 2014 @ 07:51 pm
Hello fellow comm members,

After some thought and discussion, we've decided to make the Ice Bucket Challenge that capt_facepalm started into the comm challenge for this month. This is not for a charity, and there are no winners or losers -- this is just for fun!  I have changed the ice bucket challenge tag to  "challenge 309: ice bucket challenge"

But even fun has some guidelines, which are as follows:

1. If you choose to accept a challenge, you may nominate up to three people.
2. You may not nominate a person who has accepted a challenge already until one of the mods give the okay to do so.
3. You may nominate ANY comm member or friend, but please nominate people who commented to your fic, or other challenge fics first, as they have indicated that they want to be challenged.

There is no reason that this has to stay on great-tales, but if you were challenged on the comm, it would be great if you posted the story to the comm! You don't have to link to the comm, so in one sense anything goes. Just remember that this is a gen-het community, and anything posted to this comm must follow the comm guidelines.

Have fun!


October will be "Other Fanworks" month, in which you can make anything at all provided 1. it is not fiction/poetry and 2. it tells a story.  (See Challenge 110 as an example.)  You cannot post anything until October, but feel free to make/begin making your other fanworks now.
01 September 2014 @ 05:55 pm
Hello everyone!

Just a reminder that the voting for Challenge 308 -- Microfics ends tonight at midnight. Or more accurately, tomorrow at 6AM when I get up.

01 September 2014 @ 10:08 pm
Responding to goldvermillion87's challenge to write a fic containing an ice bucket. I will challenge someone commenting on this and volunteering, or another willing participant,to do the same, within 48 hours.

rating: general
fandom: ACD Sherlock Holmes.
notes: Holmes and Watson discuss the Abernetty case...

“The affair seems absurdly trifling, and yet I dare call nothing trivial when I reflect that some of my most classic cases have had the least promising commencement. You will remember, Watson, how the dreadful business of the Abernetty family was first brought to my notice by the depth which the parsley had sunk into the butter upon a hot day.”ACD...The Adventure of the Six Napoleons

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01 September 2014 @ 03:18 pm
I Hereby Fulfill goldvermilion87's challenge

Within 48 hours I will pick (at least) one person who comments on this fic and challenge them!

Title: For the Common Good
Author: imbecamiel
Rating: G
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Characters: Aragorn, Eldarion
Summary: Aragorn knows all too well that the sort of thing that seems like an excellent idea to a young boy... rarely strikes others in quite the same way.
Word Count: 760
Author's Notes: For the Ice Bucket Challenge. Turned out a little longer than expected, because I am apparently incapable of writing short things. :P

“It is very hot.”

“It is,” Aragorn agreed warily.

“And it’s put Master Rhinvan in a very bad temper all week,” Eldarion further elaborated.

“It has,” Aragorn agreed again.

That much was no secret to any who had come into contact with his son’s tutor of late. It did not, however, explain why his son had been lingering on this particular balcony, a bucket of ice water clutched in his hands, eagerly scanning the courtyard below. Or, rather—it brought to mind several possible explanations, none of which were remotely reassuring. His son’s earnest expression only set him further on his guard.

When no further explanation was forthcoming, Aragorn prompted, “And did Master Rhinvan ask you to bring some ice water?”

He did try to put the best possible construction on his son’s behavior until he’d at least heard him out properly. Unfortunately, that seemed to be growing increasingly difficult of late. Gilraen would no doubt have derived a great deal of amusement from the knowledge that her daring and mischievous son had in turn been gifted with a child who seemed determined to exceed even the deeds of his father.

“No…” Eldarion was hesitant, but still scrupulously honest.

“Ion-nin, you do not offer me very much hope that there is a better explanation for your actions than I fear.”

Eldarion wavered only slightly before taking confidence once again. “Ada, you did say that there are times when the morale of the people must be considered of greater importance than practicality, and sometimes sacrifices must be made for the common good.”

Aragorn raised an eyebrow. He had, in fact, said that. He had been speaking to Faramir at the time, and in regard to a very different set of circumstances. He was rather surprised, and impressed despite himself, that Eldarion had even remembered, much less chosen to employ it as an argument now.

“That is quite true,” he conceded. “However, I think you are old enough to understand that it is one thing when we are making those sacrifices ourselves, and quite another to decide that someone else should make those sacrifices—particularly without their prior knowledge or consent. I rather doubt that Master Rhinvan would agree that the benefit to general morale—great though it might be—is sufficient reason for his having a bucket of cold water poured over his head.”

Eldarion sighed, drooping. It was unlikely he had truly expected the argument to hold any real weight, but it had been a valiant effort nonetheless.

Aragorn shook his head, smiling. “Run along now, ion-nin. I believe there is some time yet before you need to wash for lunch.”

With a cheerful, “Yes, Ada,” Eldarion started off. Aragorn hastily caught hold of his shoulder and held out a hand for the bucket.

“I think,” he said mildly, “I’d best take charge of that. To avoid further temptation.”

(He should also, to avoid further temptation, look into which of the staff had seen fit to indulge his son’s request for the ice and gently suggest a little more forethought in future. Carefully kept as their supply of ice was, Eldarion could not have easily obtained it on his own.)

Eldarion’s second, obedient “Yes, Ada” was slightly less enthusiastic, but Aragorn held no illusions that his spirits would remain dampened for long.

Having watched his son race off with all the energy of youth, Aragorn was just in the act of turning away himself when a voice from the courtyard below caught his attention. Lord Sirion.

He could hardly fail to recognize that particular voice, having heard so much of it of late. The man had been a particular thorn in his side this last month or more. Stubborn, irrational, not only a determined obstructionist himself but stirring up arguments between others who had previously worked together with perfect equanimity.

If ever a man deserved a dousing in the name of the common good… And now he was passing beneath this very balcony.

Tempting. So very tempting.

But even if it might have been as a Dunedain chieftain, there were some things that were simply not excusable as a king. And as a father… “Do as I say, not as I do” only went so far. All other fallout aside, Arwen would never forgive him for surrendering the moral high ground to such an extent.

With a little sigh of regret, he hefted the bucket and turned away from the balcony. He’d just have to find some more forgivable use for the ice water.

After all, there was no sense in wasting it entirely.