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Hello, dear writer or artist (whichever you are, I love both equally!)

Here are some ideas for you beneath the cut. I know I have re-used some prompts but all of these are general loves of mine! :D Feel free to go where your imagination leads you as long as my DNWs are avoided!

Things I do like in a story/artwork: fluff, romance, the deepening of emotional ties between characters, friendship becoming love, overcoming and healing from trauma with the help of a loved one (or loved ones), hurt/comfort, angsty scenarios that wind up with a happy or hopeful ending, strengthening of comradeship bonds and characters being willing to go the extra mile to help someone they care about. And dub-con situations are sometimes appropriate, especially for the American Horror Story prompts.

My hard Do Not Wants are: outright non-con, character death, unhappy endings and complete and pure angst with no hope in sight.

American Horror Story, Freak Show: Pepper/Elsa Mars - I love this canon for a number of reasons – it’s a rattling good story with some awesome characters! Pepper is my absolute fave! Here are some possible scenarios that might inspire you!

Pepper was the first performer Elsa recruited for her freak show, and Elsa and Pepper are shown in canon to have grown to think of each other as family, but what if the relationship deepened? What if Pepper developed desires and needs that her “spiritual husband” Salty could not fulfil and Elsa felt it was her responsibility to take care of Pepper in that regard? How would their love blossom and grow? Would Elsa have doubts and misgivings about what she is doing, or simply enjoy a change in her relationship with Pepper? And what might Pepper’s reactions and emotional state be?

Planet of the Apes Movies 2011, 2014: Caesar/Koba – This fandom and pairing has recently become a near-obsession! I am particularly drawn to the character of Koba and all that he has endured – he is a complex character with both horrific flaws and many redeeming features. He turned from an innocent victim into a villain due to his hatred for humans and all the terrible wrongs they had done him, but I believe there was a time when he was happy, especially those 10 years between Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He was devoted to his leader Caesar then and wanted to please him, before the canon of “Dawn” when he turned against Caesar and everything went to hell.

Some ideas: perhaps something set in that period between the two films, the happy times when Koba trusted Caesar and wanted to make him proud. It could be something to do with a brotherly-type love that deepens – the scarred Koba would likely associate touch with pain due to his sufferings at the hands of humans, but Caesar could persuade him to accept physical affection again (which does not have to include sex, but I will not object if it does, and Caesar re-awakens Koba’s bonobo passions). Or they could go on a hunting trip where the two get separated from the main group and have to huddle for warmth somewhere and rely on each other’s strength, perhaps… please NO AUs where the characters are human, I want them to stay apes!!!

Freaks (1932): Phroso/Schlitzie – I adore this beautiful old cult classic – so many fascinating characters, and a story that is not so much for me a morality or horror tale, but a slice of life where circus and sideshow folk go about their daily lives, find love, and deal with various challenges.

I see Phroso/Schlitzie (or Schlitze, I am fine with either spelling variant) as being a tender, old-fashioned romance-style relationship, so would prefer a delicate, innocent love story here (the kisses and flowers and handholding type), and NOT PWP! And I am fine with whatever pronouns you, if writing, want to use for Schlitzie, although the movie tends to use “she” and “her” (if you want to stick to movie canon in your method of writing). I tend to view Schlitzie as transgender or gender-fluid (in RL and the film, s/he was very fond of dresses and feminine finery and was always ecstatic when given new ones). Do feel free to include other characters from the movie in the story too, I love them all – even the horrible villains are fascinating! Possible (very optional) storylines could include:

a) Schlitzie somehow helps Phroso out with his clown act, and bonding develops.
b) Phroso takes Schlitzie shopping in Paris, or for a picnic, or some other outing
c) Phroso has to protect Schlitzie against some kind of threat, possibly from the story’s villains or from hostile members of the circus audience or the townspeople where the circus is visiting.

Vampire Chronicles – Claudia & Madeleine: I have loved this canon for more years than I care to count! Claudia is my favorite character, and I would love something which is canon divergent, where she doesn’t get killed, and lives and flourishes! Perhaps she survives to make a life with Madeleine as she was intending to do. How does the relationship progress? Does Claudia develop mental abilities to compensate for her lack of physical strength? Do she and Madeleine ever seek vengeance on Armand and the vampires at the theater for attempting to destroy them? What would a happy ending for Claudia look like in her new life? Artists may be inspired by the characters’ beautiful clothes, especially since Claudia has taken to dressing like a woman. I could see the relationship between the two vampires becoming more sisterly than like mother and daughter, so art or fic alike could reflect such a change.

Crossover Fandom: Elsa (Frozen 2013)/Ariel (The Little Mermaid 1989) - This idea has grown for me from a “hmm, I wonder if this would work” to a fully-fledged “I would totally love to see this”! I love the personalities of these two characters, both strong-minded, with their good points and flaws, and see them both having a sense of adventure and curiosity that could lead to them bonding with each other. Whether it’s something sweet and fluffy or epic and adventurous, I’d love to see these two as a pair, facing challenges from the world as well as each other. Perhaps they could go on a journey to rescue someone, or have a battle against a villain (Ursula, perhaps)? Or perhaps there is something that becomes an issue affecting both their kingdoms that they have to work out, and the only way they can succeed is by teaming up? Perhaps there is a skill that each can learn from the other? I would be intrigued to see what can happen here! There’s lots of scope here for artists as well, so many pretty images – Ariel exchanging her light delicate outfits for heavy velvet cloaks and dresses, Elsa learning to enjoy an ocean swim, cavorting with Ariel and her fishy friends… I can’t wait to see creativity bring these two to life! :)

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