I’ve been wanting to post an updated round-up of all of my X-men fanfic, and at last here it is. Behind the cut.

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With approval from a few folks who answered a poll I posted...

A friend asked me yesterday if I was working on any fanfic currently. I told her that my fanfic writing tends to go in cycles; I’ll write like a demon for a while and then go dormant for a while. I’m okay with that. It is coming up on a year since I’ve written anything, and although I haven’t been inspired to write, I kind of miss it. I can at least think back on the stuff I’ve written that I’ve really loved.

Feel free to roll eyes and/or skip right through this egoist post! But here are my thoughts on my favorites of all the fanfic I’ve written.

I will also include my least favorites at the end!

First, my fanfic on the X-men as they appear in X-men: The Animated Series:


Best short and medium length fics: Set Them Free and My Year of the Tiger


Set Them Free – This one has been favorited more than any other fic of mine on ffnet. It’s a classic Rogue and Gambit story, opening with Rogue having decided that since she can never touch Gambit, she needs to tell him once and for all that their relationship is over before it begins. I think I captured the characters and some angst well, while still giving this one a believable and good ending.

My Year of the Tiger – Jubilee’s narration about a challenging year for the X-men. This one hasn’t gotten anywhere near the number of reviews or faves that the one above has and it gets off to a choppy start, but I’d still say it’s one of my best. I liked focusing on Jubilee, and I liked showing small cracks of sunlight in a very dark tale.

Best long fics: Captive Hearts and Parallels

Captive Hearts – The X-men have been captured and imprisoned – not by some dastardly foe but by the US government which judges them a threat. I liked that I decided to focus just on the men’s prison and on their anguish at being separated from the women, I liked the creepy undertones about why they are really imprisoned, I liked the conflict between the X-men and the other mutant groups in jail, and there were some twists involving a prison guard. The ending wasn’t the strongest though.

Parallels – This was a re-write or a different take on my first-ever X-men fanfic, the mammoth-sized trilogy “X-men: Friends of Humanity”. I thought this re-write was much more crisp and focused, and did better justice to the characters and their relationships. I love the classic underdog theme which gets at the heart of the X-men: protecting and sometimes just surviving in a world that fears and hates them.

Least favorite:

This one is easy. Election Day is my least-favorite. Two main reasons:
1. Boring battle scenes (a longtime reader encouraged me to write more battle scenes, and he had a point but they weighed the fic down since my strength is just never going to be in this area), and
2. Just general failure to get at what I was aiming for: an exploration of homophobia and how it weakens a team. The exploration is there but really poorly executed.


And second big category, my favorite Azazel/Riptide fic:

I busted a shoulder and my back writing so much about them, so intensely for so many months. I am limiting myself to picking just three fics in this category. My selections are: Hestia, Riptide in Eight Acts, and Two Halves.

Hestia – My only multi-chaptered, longish fic in the AzRi realm, and I loved how it showed their lives and relationship over time, getting in and out of trouble, etc. I also thought I did a good job of giving meaningful glimpses of other characters in the XMFC realm: Angel, Mystique, and Magneto.

Riptide in Eight Acts – This one has the most faves on ffnet, and if you add in the reviews from LJ, I think it has the most reviews of any AzRi fic. I thought it was a simple tale of a mutant’s life, going from isolation to love and community, from passivity and fear to a measure of empowerment.

Two Halves – I though this one had the most unique spin on the relationship, and I also saw it as one of the most realistic. Sounds weird to say, but when I was imagining it and writing it, the story just felt “right” or true. Also, by this point my writing had improved thanks to a few beta testers, and I think I was writing more descriptively.


Least favorite:

Mouthing Off, - It was hastily-written, when I was first coming down with the AzRi bug and just wanted to get something out there. But it did serve a purpose: it showed me that readers wanted stuff on this pairing! Reviews were shockingly-good considering how slapdash it was.
Title: Soft and Hard

Summary: An addendum to Act Seven of Riptide in Eight Acts

Beta Testing: Thank you to Shar for your beta testing!

Word count: 2,900

Rating: NC-17 or hard R

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men, or Azazel or Riptide, unfortunately.

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Title: Distraction (209 word ficlet)

Summary: An explanation for Azazel's defeat in battle by the X-men at the end of the movie

Beta Testing: Thank you to Shar for beta testing

Word count: 209

Rating: PG

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

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Title: Henchmen (1/1)

Summary: Now that Shaw is gone, his former henchmen Azazel and Riptide work for Erik. Can they adjust to a different leader, especially one who feels strong emotions and painful memories every time he observes the two of them together? Azazel/Riptide, with references to past Cherik.

Inspired by a prompt from a friend who requested a fic with Erik walking in on Azazel and Riptide.

Beta Testing: Thank you to RD for beta testing this entire fic!

Word count: 4,500

Rating: PG-13

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men, or Azazel or Riptide, unfortunately.


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Title: Retreat (1/1)

Summary: Azazel and Riptide have fled Sebastian Shaw and the Hellfire Club to seek out a life together.

Beta Testing: Thank you to RD for beta testing this entire fic!

Word count: 2,500

Rating: PG-13

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men, or Azazel or Riptide, unfortunately.

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Title: Hestia (7/7)

Summary: Azazel and Riptide retire from the Brotherhood, with Magneto’s blessing. This multi-chaptered story chronicles their life together on their houseboat over a period of ten years. We will see a wedding, a birth, the relationship getting into trouble and getting out of it, and more. Angel, Mystique, Magneto and others will make appearances.

Beta Testing: Thank you to RD for beta testing this entire fic!

Word count: All together, the word count for the seven chapters comes to 16,000. Each chapter is around 3,000 words.

Rating: R

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men, or Azazel or Riptide, unfortunately.

Previous Chapters:
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five,
Chapter Six


Behind the cut to Chapter Seven )
Title: Hestia (6/7)

Summary: Azazel and Riptide retire from the Brotherhood, with Magneto’s blessing. This multi-chaptered story chronicles their life together on their houseboat over a period of ten years. We will see a wedding, a birth, the relationship getting into trouble and getting out of it, and more. Angel, Mystique, Magneto and others will make appearances.

Word count: All together, the word count for the seven chapters comes to 16,000. Each chapter is around 3,000 words.

Rating: R

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men, or Azazel or Riptide, unfortunately.

Previous Chapters:
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five



Behind the cut to Chapter Six )
Title: Hestia (5/7)

Summary: Azazel and Riptide retire from the Brotherhood, with Magneto’s blessing. This multi-chaptered story chronicles their life together on their houseboat over a period of ten years. We will see a wedding, a birth, the relationship getting into trouble and getting out of it, and more. Angel, Mystique, Magneto and others will make appearances.

Word count: All together, the word count for the seven chapters comes to 16,000. Each chapter is around 3,000 words.

Rating: R

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men, or Azazel or Riptide, unfortunately.

Previous Chapters:
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four



Behind the cut to Chapter Five )
Title: Hestia (4/7)

Summary: Azazel and Riptide retire from the Brotherhood, with Magneto’s blessing. This multi-chaptered story chronicles their life together on their houseboat over a period of ten years. We will see a wedding, a birth, the relationship getting into trouble and getting out of it, and more. Angel, Mystique, Magneto and others will make appearances.

Word count: All together, the word count for the seven chapters comes to 16,000. Each chapter is around 3,000 words.

Rating: R

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men, or Azazel or Riptide, unfortunately.



Previous Chapters:
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Behind the cut to Chapter Four )
Title: Hestia (3/7)

Summary: Azazel and Riptide retire from the Brotherhood, with Magneto’s blessing. This multi-chaptered story chronicles their life together on their houseboat over a period of ten years. We will see a wedding, a birth, the relationship getting into trouble and getting out of it, and more. Angel, Mystique, Magneto and others will make appearances.

Word count: All together, the word count for the seven chapters comes to 16,000. Each chapter is around 3,000 words.

Rating: R

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men, or Azazel or Riptide, unfortunately.


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Title: Hestia (2/7)

Summary: Azazel and Riptide retire from the Brotherhood, with Magneto’s blessing. This multi-chaptered story chronicles their life together on their houseboat over a period of ten years. We will see a wedding, a birth, the relationship getting into trouble and getting out of it, and more. Angel, Mystique, Magneto and others will make appearances.

Word count: All together, the word count for the seven chapters comes to 16,000. Each chapter is around 3,000 words.

Rating: R

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men, unfortunately.


If you missed Chapter One, click here. Chapter Two is behind the cut.

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Title: Right Where I Want Him

Word count: 3,300

Rating: R

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men, unfortunately.

Summary and Lots of Author’s Notes:

Written for the fanfic exchange over on [livejournal.com profile] azazel_riptide, this fic is somewhere between crack and smut.

I was assigned to write for [livejournal.com profile] kirstenlouise, who requested: “PG-13 through NC-17 (strong preference for R/NC-17). Well, I am hoping this prompt or this prompt gets filled eventually, but you’re not required to write either. In general, I like these things: underage, polyamory (I am partial to Shaw’s involvement, lol), switching, rough sex, biting/clawing/struggling/holding down, anal sex, fingering, jealousy/possessiveness, claiming, Azazel being an asshole, tail!kink, unhealthy/ unbalanced relationships, general badassery, AND LOTS OF SMUT OKAY? OKAY! ETA: Oh, and I just want to note that I like writing/reading both top!Azazel and top!Riptide. :)”.

Kirsten, I didn’t fill either of the prompts you requested, but I hope that this fic falls somewhere along the lines of what you were looking for anyway. On the other hand, I’m not sure I captured any of your ideas other than Azazel being an asshole, smut, unhealthy relationships, fingering, and (well, references to) anal sex. So if this doesn’t at all do it for you, let me know – I could extend one of the scenes and make this an NC-17 if you wish, and I also have a second fic idea that I could try out instead.

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Title: Hestia (1/7)

Summary: Azazel and Riptide retire from the Brotherhood, with Magneto’s blessing. This multi-chaptered story chronicles their life together on their houseboat over a period of ten years. We will see a wedding, a birth, the relationship getting into trouble and getting out of it, and more. Angel, Mystique, Magneto and others will make appearances.

Word count: All together, the word count for the seven chapters comes to 16,000. Each chapter is around 3,000 words.

Rating: R

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men, unfortunately.


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Title: Two Halves

Word count: 4,500

Rating: R

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Summary: Angel Salvadore observes that Riptide and Azazel have been a couple for over a decade. She asks Riptide to tell her how they first got together in the conservative 1950’s.

Warning: This fic contains a relationship between an adult and someone who is underage. The author does not wish to trigger or upset anyone, so please don’t read on unless you’re okay with this.

Inspiration: This fic was partially inspired by fanart I saw on Tumblr. I’m having a very hard time successfully linking to it unfortunately, but you can see it in this comment (scroll down passed the first four pictures). It depicts a young Riptide and an older Azazel, although in my fic Riptide is nowhere near that young when they first get together. Regardless, the fanart is exceptionally good and I thank the artist for partially inspiring this fic.

Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men.


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Title: Seven Days

Word count: 4,100

Rating: PG-13

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Summary: Shaw sends Azazel and Riptide away, to spend seven days alone together in a remote cabin. He hopes that they will emerge sick of each other and with their love affair over, so that they can better concentrate on fulfilling Shaw’s missions. Inspired by this prompt:

http://xmen-firstkink.livejournal.com/3278.html?thread=3487182#t3487182

It doesn't have to be kinky, per se, but I would love to see Azazel carefully braiding Riptide's hair for him, talking to him, maybe kissing his neck while he does it, etc.


Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men. If I did the world would be a more interesting place.

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My icon should say “insane and proud”.

Just to sum up then, the pairing I ship and write about from X-men First Class has a combined total of four lines and is visible in the movie for what cannot be longer than a combined total of 20 minutes. And yet I’ve written and posted:

- 9 fics

- 1 drabble and 1 ficlet

- 3 smutfics

- 2 crack!fics

- 3 other anon pieces I posted to fill prompts on the kink memes


Plus I have two other fics that are ready to go; they're at two different beta testers, and I have another WIP that I started today.

"Just because you have a plot bunny doesn't mean you need to actually turn it into a fic!"

I am forced to maintain a Word file just for myself so I can keep track of this.

I’ve been known to get fannish about stuff before but I gotta say that this is weird, even for me.

And...I guess it's good that I can't draw?
I bring you one ficlet (404 words) and one drabble (58 words)


Titles and word counts: Recruitment (ficlet - 404 words) and Never (drabble - 58 words)


Rating: PG-13


Pairing: Azazel/Riptide


Summaries: “Recruitment” takes place during the scene in First Class where Shaw attempts to recruit the young X-men; Azazel watches and speculates on his own mistakes. “Never” is about the unexpected hold that Riptide has on Azazel.


Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men.


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I decided to do a post with links to all the fic that I’ve posted anon. As with everything I’ve written lately, it’s all X-men First Class, Azazel/Riptide.

Of course, like most people, if I post something anon, there’s usually a reason. In fact, I think it’s fairly easy to say that the reason is the same in each case – the stuff I posted anon isn’t my best work. In a few cases, the anon stuff is my attempt at crack!fic, not a genre I’m good at, so I was particularly gun-shy. A normal person might be more shy in posting their smutfic instead of their crack, but, well then there’s me...

So even though this stuff isn’t my best – what the heck – I’ll share it with my f-list. I’ll also leave this post not f-locked; I don’t think too many people apart from my friends go in here, and if a few others do, no big deal.


First, the crack!fic

Both of these were written in response to one prompt. A dear friend of mine said she hoped I’d fill the prompt, so I was particularly motivated to do so. I wrote one version and then a little while later, thought of a different way to do it.

The prompt: “Raven and Riptide are fierce, classy, badass bitches, and get on spectacularly. They go clubbing and shopping and spa-visiting and committing acts of domestic terrorism together, and drink unforgivably expensive coffee while they smacktalk gossip talk about their fellow Brotherhood members. The fact that they have the same boyfriend does not change this. (Actually, it's really kind of awesome to be able to sit around and discuss favorite bodyparts/that thing Azazel does with his tongue/sexy applications of teleportation/other sexcapade-related shenanigans.)”

My first fill, Your Boyfriend’s Hot

My second fill, Crime and Punishment


Smutty stuff that I should be embarrassed of (Or, yeah, I spend my whole day thinking of a certain three-letter word, what of it?) Oh yeah, and warning - anything from here on down is explicit!


Prompt: “Gentle Sex. Just because they're the baddies doesn't mean that they can't have a stable relationship and have sex gently. Bonus points for top!Riptide. What? Just because Azazel is so manly doesn't mean that he can't/won't bottom. :D”


My fill, Untitled


Then I sorta filled a prompt which requested a fic where both dudes were virgins and their first time together was their first time with anyone. I didn’t quite fill it as the requestor requested, but he/she did leave some good feedback so hopefully I did something right.

My fill, Doing It All Wrong. I had to post this in two different comments, so to read the continuation you’ll have to hit “Parent” at the bottom to go up a level and scroll down to read the second comment/post.


And probably the best bad fic I’ve written, or the worst good fic I’ve written. I saw a prompt that said “Riptide” and “sex slave”, and I wrote something that I really probably should not have: Original Sin.
Title: Untrained

Word count: 3,500

Rating: PG-13

Pairing: Azazel/Riptide

Summary: Riptide is new to the Hellfire Club and has made a lot of mistakes. Can Azazel help him and keep him from Shaw’s wrath?

Disclaimer: I don’t own X-men. If I did the world would be a more interesting place. And Jason Flemyng would be having a heated discussion with his agent, asking when he had agreed to do full frontal.

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