I was an exceedingly lucky child this year, since I got no less than SIX stories, two in the main collection and four in Madness.
Both my main stories were by fawatsonPrep School, which is a TC fic that shows Ralph as a child, and which was this delightful romp that still foreshadowed the coming trouble. Tiny Ralph was a delight and I wish he was non-fictional so I could hug him and feed him treats. Doubtless this would affront him.
The Beginning of a Love Affair, which shows the first meeting between Sisygambis and Alexander, which is a relationship that doesn't garner much attention. Which of course makes this even more precious (my precious). Fa, who presumably knows my weakness for it, also included a mention of Hephaistion's sisters, which was the cherry on top of a delicious cake. <3
Of the treats two were TC, both by naraht:
One of the white-headed boys was a snap-shot of Sandy's schooldays, which was very interesting. I don't think much about Sandy, and this was very unexpected, but the more I thought about it the more plausible and somehow right it seemed.
Beyond the Sea was an AU where Ralph is a PoW after his ship goes down, and sent chills down my spine with the last line.
The other two were Arthurian:
Once and Future was a modern AU-ish, with the last section flashing back to the original legendarium. I especially liked how the Jen/Arthur interaction spoke to the change in expectations and the dreams were deliciously creepy.
More than Blood is an AU where Mordred is killed as an infant, and is the sort of soft, sad thing that reminds me unbearably of T.H White. Inevitably, one feels sorrier for Arthur than he might deserve.
What I Wrote
I only wrote two things this year, and the second began life as a cut-scene from the first, so I'm hesitant to even claim its existence as a separate thing. Anyway.
I wrote, as my assignment, 1 Samuel 19, which takes off where Season 1 of Kings leaves off, and shows us the three main characters (well, the three main young characters, since Silas is very much a main character even if Rose arguably isn't) in detention, house-arrest, and exile. I... am actually somewhat conflicted about this fic. My recipient's request for an OT3 is one I was unable to fulfill, since my original plan for that would have required a 30-40k fic, which proved impossible for various reasons. However, I do rather like how it turned out, and I have hopes of continuing it over this year.
For a treat I wrote Family Planning, which was, if nothing else, an interesting experiment in writing a het scene from the p.o.v of the supremely uninterested guy.
If nothing else, I'm taking away from this Yuletide a great love for a rather minor and rather overlooked character, Lucinda Wolfson. It's not a bad take-away.