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It's time for the fest we've ALL been waiting for! YES -

Welcome to 'Unconventional Courtship 2016'!

'Unconventional Courtship' is a panfandom fic fest where you write and post a 1000w+ fic based on a M&B/Harlequin plot. Fics will be posted to this community, staggered through June 2016 (from the 1st to the 30th).

How to play:

It's as simple as:

1. Sign up! All you need to do is comment on this post with the day you want to post your fic. You can tell me which summary/pairing you're going with, but you don't have to. You can also ask me to assign you a summary, if you want. (You don't need a Dreamwidth to play - just comment with OpenID, although you will need to ask me to post your fic on the com. If you are on DW, please follow the community!)

2. Choose a M&B/Harlequin summary (or two etc) - we have hundreds of suggestions here, but there are literally thousands. Our prompt generator is even biggerer and betterer than last year! (thank you [personal profile] john_amend_all) You can write more than one fic, if you want. You can also combine prompts, if you like.

3. Replace the names (and pronouns if necessary) with the names (and pronouns) of the pairing of your choice. Any any all fandoms and pairings are welcome in this fest.

You can also replace place names and jobs as long as you keep to the spirit of the prompt. So, if you want to write Kirk/Spock, but you don't want to write a modern day AU, you could replace 'the Sahara desert' with 'a desert planet' and Kirk wouldn't need to be the boss at a law firm, he could be the boss... in the sense that he's the captain.

4. Write a fic based on your altered summary. You can take the prompt seriously or use it as an improbable basis for lols.

4.5. Pimp the fest far and wide. I'm hardly going to do this at all, so it's up to you - the players! I've re-uploaded the make-your-own banners and of course you can use any that I've already made. But please do pimp where ever you think would be appropriate.

5. Post the fic to this community on your assigned day. Use the header provided.

You can also post to our AO3 collection, but please post to the com whatever you do, and please post to the com first.

You can see some examples of Unconventional Courtship fic by looking through the collection, or earlier in the com.

6. Profit! Fics for all! I'll post a masterlist once all the entries are in. Crossposting is encouraged.

Any questions? Leave a comment or PM me or email me at


1. All fics must be over 1,000 words long.

2. You must use a modified Mills & Boon and/or Harlequin summary.

3. You don't have to use a beta, but it is strongly advised.

4. Please use the following header (or similar - the AO3 share function is fine) when you post to the community:

5. Please post on your assigned day. If you can't for whatever reason, please let me know either by PM or email

6. You can use this fic for another challenge i.e. [community profile] trope_bingo

7. You can sign up for any day you like, but if it is possible for you to sign up for a day that nobody else is interested in then that'd be best of all.

Days for posting )

If you have questions, feel free to ask! And/or consult the FAQs from last year, which are still mostly accurate.
aralias: (delgado!master come with me)
[personal profile] aralias
Thanks everyone who contributed to this year's Unconventional Courtship! It will probably run again next year. In the meantime, feel free to post any late fics or new UC fics to this comm or to our AO3 collection.

Here's the 2015 Masterlist )
wendelah1: David Duchovny about to kiss Gillian Anderson; strictly speaking it's Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (Bewitched)
[personal profile] wendelah1
Title: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Author: [personal profile] wendelah1
Fandom: The X-Files RPF
Pairing/Characters: Gillian Anderson/David Duchovny
Rating: So far, Teen.
Length: 13,997 words, but there's more to come.
Just when Dr. David Duchovny thinks his blind date can't get any worse, his insipid dinner companion pulls out a gun. On the brink of a scientific breakthrough, Dr. Duchovny was now running on borrowed time. He had knowledge that dangerous men would kill to possess. His only protection is Gillian Anderson, an agent with Tactical Executive Security. He desperately needed to trust someone, and Agent Anderson was it. But David senses that Gillian is keeping more secrets than she's revealing. With his life in chaos, can he trust the secret agent?

Notes: This is a work-in-progress. The first two four chapters are posted. Chapter Five is being edited. The rest of the story isn't quite ready but it's in the pipeline. Thanks to the mods for letting me post it anyway.

Link: AO3
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[personal profile] meridian_rose
Title: The Stars Shone Brightly
Author: [personal profile] meridian_rose
Fandom: Da Vinci's Demons
Pairing/Characters: Girolamo Riario/Lucrezia Donati, Leonardo Da Vinci
Rating: PG-13
Length: 13.5~k
Summary: Girolamo Riario’s multimillionaire Italian lover had ruthlessly informed him that she was getting married – to someone else… But when he inherits half her company, she plots to protect it by marrying him. This is the only woman he will ever love, but she needs to be taught a lesson.
Notes: Modified from Marriage at His Convenience by Jacqueline Baird

Link: AO3
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[personal profile] g_uava
Title: Courtship in the Kingdom of Nintality
Author: guava
Fandom: Shuriken Sentai Ninninger
Pairing/Characters: Momochi Kasumi/Katou Yakumo/Igasaki Takaharu
Rating: T
Length: 2382 words
Summary: Under the orders of King Yoshitaka, Mage Yakumo and astronomy scholar Kasumi have to find the newly arrived Sir Takaharu a suitable wife. The initially apathetic Kasumi becomes intrigued when Yakumo is against her putting herself forth as a possible candidate for the knight's wife.
Notes: Inspired by the summary of Lynsay Sand's "Knight of My Dreams", in which Kasumi is the lady, Takaharu is the knight and Yakumo takes the place of the disapproving mother as the disapproving friend.

Link: AO3
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[personal profile] tentaclesock
Title: The Next Best Thing to an Angel
Author: Sunchales
Fandom: Lovecraft, H. P. — Works
Pairing/Characters: Nyarlathotep/Randolph Carter
Rating: Mature (though it's a soft Mature)
Length: 1,825
Summary: Ruled by duty... A king amongst men, Sheikh Zafir Nyarlathotep cannot allow emotion to colour his judgement. But his control is tested by the feisty Fern Davenport Randolph Carter... Zafir Nyarlathotep must have her him. Driven by desire... Innocent Fern Davenport Randolph Carter tries to resist Zafir's Nyarlathotep's seduction -- she he knows that he can never marry her him. But under the blistering sun an incendiary thirst awakes, and one incredible night results in a very lasting consequence.

SEVEN SEXY SINS -- The true taste of temptation!


Some gods let you forget them after you see them. Nyarlathotep is not so merciful.

Link: AO3. Be warned, this is more depressing than the Mills and Boon summary makes it sound. Consider that "must have [someone]" and "very lasting consequence" can be interpreted in more than one way.
paranoidangel: Spike from Press Gang, Spike from Discworld, Spike from Buffy (Spikes)
[personal profile] paranoidangel
Title: Aggressive Aggrandizement
Author: Paranoidangel
Fandom: Press Gang
Pairing/Characters: Spike/Lynda
Rating: Teen
Length: 2000 words
Summary: What happens in even hotter in London!

After a fling in Vegas that was so wild even she can't believe it happened, copywriter Lynda Day has finally got her mojo back. Time to get back to London and win that promotion!

But things veer catastrophically off course when her new coworker Spike Thomson saunters in... and he's much too familiar. Even worse, Spike and Lynda will be competing for the promotion - and he's just as good in the boardroom as he was in bed! So what's a girl to do when Mr One Night becomes Mr One-Desk-Away? Stand her ground, of course - if there's going to be a war, she's going to make sure she enjoys it!

Link: AO3
liadtbunny: (japp cup of tea)
[personal profile] liadtbunny
Title: Time To Duvet
Author: Liadt
Fandom: Kaldor City
Pairing/Characters: Kiy Uvanov, Kaston Iago
Rating: Teen
Length: 4204
Summary: Uvanov had teased him, insulted him, but still he seemed to be stuck with Kaston Iago as his official chaperon! Iago had been appointed to look after him during a crucial assignment in the outer Zones, and Iago refused to leave his side - day or night... Just because Uvanov was paranoid and short-tempered didn't mean he needed Iago's protection!
And Uvanov simply refused to be seduced by Iago. At least, that was the idea. Until his twenty-four-hour bodyguard decided the safest place for Uvanov was in his bed!
Five times Uvanov annoyed Iago in the bedroom and the one time he didn’t.

Link: AO3
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[personal profile] ingridmatthews
Title: The Soldier and The Sea
Author: Ingrid Matthews
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (Downey Films)
Pairing/Characters: Holmes/Watson
Rating: PG
Length: 1,223
Summary: (NOTE: Modified from Her Royal Wedding by Cara Colter) -- Lord Sherlock Holmes, younger brother of Mycroft, Duke Sheringford, has unwillingly followed convention in public, while in secret he's been a consulting adviser to Scotland Yard for one of their most baffling, and terrifying murders. When the Duke believes his younger brother's life is in danger, he sends him off to a secret seaside hideaway to be protected by Major John Watson, who is there for duty, not love. But being with the handsome soldier makes Holmes feel happy and free for the first time, but can he find love in the midst of danger with this hardened soldier?


Read fic... )
asfriedhr: ron stoppable makes a very silly face. ([file photo])
[personal profile] asfriedhr
Title: Some New Shore
Author: [personal profile] asfriedhr/Barkour (AO3)
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Pairing/Characters: Dorian Pavus/The Iron Bull, Maevaris Tilani
Rating: T
Length: 7,000~ words
Summary: The first time Ser Dorian Pavus meets Captain Iron Bull he scales a balcony and kisses Dorian breathless! And, after years of trying to behave, Dorian can’t help but think the Qunari’s piratical wildness is just what he needs. (Original summary from Breaking the Rake's Rules by Bronwyn Scott.)

Read it at AO3. Notes and content warnings may be found there. :)
aralias: (sky)
[personal profile] aralias
Title: The Villain of Collinwood
Author: RobberBaroness
Fandom: Dark Shadows (1966)
Pairing/Characters: Quentin/Victoria
Rating: T
Length: 2572 words
Summary: Few defy Quentin Collins and come away unscathed.

Victoria Winters has grown up in the long, dark shadows cast by Collinwood. Yet when the master holds her sick friend’s fate in his hands, she must finally confront the man whose presence is as brooding as his windswept New England lands.

Men quake at Quentin Collins’ mere command, yet this slip of a girl defies him at every turn! His fury at her is matched only by his desire, and Victoria's pure innocence burns brightly in the darkness of the hall. But the light threatens to lay bare secrets that could ruin them both.
Notes: Inspired by the summary of "The Master of Stonegrave Hall", by Helen Dickson.

aralias: (sky)
[personal profile] aralias
Title: The Rogue and Her Lover
Author: RobberBaroness
Fandom: Dracula
Pairing/Characters: Mina/Jonathan
Rating: T
Length: 2425 words
Summary: Summoned to Transylvania for his skills as a librarian, Jonathan has already had more than enough of the wickedly decadent vampiric court. Though protected—for now—by the powerful Dracul family, he knows his very life depends on accomplishing the task he has been set. But perhaps the greatest danger Jonathan faces is his own desire for the darkly seductive Mina Murray, better known as the Rogue Assassin. And when he is implicated in a deadly plot, can he trust his lover with his secrets—or his heart?
Notes: Inspired by the summary of the novel "Borgia Fever", by Michelle Kelly.

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[personal profile] tielan
Title: Nothing But The Best
Author: [ profile] tielan
Fandom: MCU, Captain America Movies
Pairing/Characters: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers
Rating: NC-17
Length: 3,600 words
Summary: Returning to New York after a long stint out of S.H.I.E.L.D, Maria Hill discovers her connecting flight has been cancelled leaving her stuck in the city. Attacked on her way to her apartment, a stranger steps in to help - unnecessary, but appreciated. Usually, she'd just say 'thanks' and walk away, but something about him catches her interest. He's struggling with major life changes, she's looking for a connection - if only for a night. And then next morning, Maria Hill walks into the New York office and discovers her one night stand was with S.H.I.E.L.D's hottest new property: Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America.

Out of his time, in a city that is and isn't his, Steve Rogers accepted a strange woman's offer of sex on a whim - a woman who didn't need his help, who offered him a kind of sanctuary, who gave him something he needed - an intimate connection, however briefly. And then, the next morning, Director Nick Fury introduces him to a woman he didn't think he'd see again - Lieutenant Maria Hill, agent of SHIELD.

So how do you deal with someone you know more intimately than you should but less personally than you want?

Maria Hill and Steve Rogers are about to find out.

Notes: WIP, due to RL issues.
Link @ AO3: Nothing But The Best
john_amend_all: (angels)
[personal profile] john_amend_all
Title: Girl of Her Dreams
Author: [personal profile] john_amend_all
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing/Characters: Zoë Heriot / Victoria Waterfield
Rating: Teen
Length: 13534 words
Summary: Haunted by recurring nightmares of a young woman called Victoria Waterfield, Zoë decides to build a time machine and track her down. As you do.
Notes: Based on prompt 14: 'The Ninefold Key' by Rebecca Brandewyn. It started out so close to canon I couldn't resist.
The Ninefold Key )
Links: AO3 | Teaspoon
[personal profile] cybernetickitten
Title: Yours in Black Lace
Author: cybernetickitten
Fandom: Marvel Comics, Marvel Movies, Spideypool
Pairing/Characters: Spider-Man/Deadpool AKA Peter Parker/Wade Wilson
Rating: E for Explicit
Length: 18.3K words
Summary: "She" is in black lace…

P. I. Peter Parker just received the latest sexy note from his hot, anonymous admirer. Signed only as “Yours in Black Lace” the letters are becoming more illicit with every blazing word. Getting the cards at work suggests that she’s someone in the office, but he can’t be sure, and the not knowing is driving Peter crazy. When the admirer is discovered, he knows better than to mix business with pleasure, but the words are irresistible. And so is Wade.

Peter’s in paradise.

Wade "Deadpool" Wilson. Investigator, siren, letter writer. When Peter discovers it's him, he knows he should keep his hands off, but the words Wade wrote are unforgettable. And now Wade’s in jeopardy, he isn’t just a colleague anymore, he’s also a client. At an exclusive hideaway, Peter can't fight he attraction any longer, especially when Wade hands him a new card. How can Peter protect Wade from danger when he can’t even protect him from his own desire?

Notes: Summary from Yours in Black Lace by Mia Zachary

Link: AO3
[personal profile] terdactyll
Title: Under the Sheriff's Protection
Author:  [personal profile] terdactyll 
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing/Characters: Gabriel/Sam Winchester, Castiel/Dean Winchester
Rating: PG
Length: 5000 words
Summary: Sheriff Sam Winchester is having a bad day—two people were found murdered in his town, and the only witness claims to have no idea why. He takes one look at the witness and realizes he's none other than Gabriel Novak. His ex-husband.

But there's no time to find out what Gabriel is doing in Lawrence. Or why he left him so suddenly and disappeared. Because the killer might not be finished in Lawrence, and unless Sam Winchester can protect him, Gabriel is next on the killer's list.

Notes: WIP. Summary from Under the Sheriff's Protection by Delores Fossen.

Link: AO3
estirose: Mio and Taiga in a garden (King and Queen - KR Kabuto)
[personal profile] estirose
Title: Winterside Up
Author: [personal profile] estirose
Fandom: Kamen Rider Kiva
Pairing/Characters: Nobori Taiga/Suzuki Mio
Rating: G
Length: ~1100 words
Summary: Taiga is not really happy about his current guest.
Notes: From this summary (very loosely)
Her Unforgettable Royal Lover by Merline Lovelace
Undercover agent Nobori Taiga never expected to be dubbed a duke. The resulting media frenzy puts his name in the headlines and his undercover career on hold. And it's all the fault of his cousin's dowdy research assistant Suzuki Mio, who dug up the information… then showed up on Taiga's doorstep with a case of amnesia!
So why is Taiga suddenly finding her so unforgettable? Could it be that Mio isn't what she seems? One thing's certain: their undeniable magnetism is about to take them on a royally wild ride!

suzy_queue: (Autumn: Rainy Days)
[personal profile] suzy_queue
Title: Virtually Perfect
Author: Rina
Fandom: Green Gables Fables
Pairing/Characters: Anne Shirley/Gilbert Blythe
Rating: G
Length: 3646
Summary: Anne Shirley has found the perfect lover – online. A loose adaptation of the end of Anne of the Island, Green Gables Fables style.
Notes: Based on the summary of Samantha Hunter's Virtually Perfect, found at the link.

Link: A03
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[personal profile] fuchsian
Title: Not so corporate
Author: [personal profile] fuchsian
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing/Characters: Scott McCall/Stiles Stilinski
Rating: PG-13
Length: 1050
Summary: Scott wants Stiles to pretend to date him for the sake of his fledgling business.
Notes: Loosely based on The Corporate Marriage Campaign's summary, by Leigh Michaels.

Link: DW
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[personal profile] sidhe_faerie
Title: Her Duty, His Desire
Author: sidhe_faerie
Fandom: Original Fiction (Ogham-Duir: Atlantis)
Pairing/Characters: Lord Retalon Draconis/Lady Anna Caldra, Lord Mordon Caldra/Lady Letta, Lady Vena, Analla, Jonas, Marketplace Vender
Rating: Mature (non-consensual sex, drug use, abusive relationships)
Length: 13,984
Lord Retalon Draconis is to be bonded to a woman he has never seen in her human form. He only knows she is a beautiful golden dragon.
Lady Anna Caldra is not looking forward to the cruel life she will have as a Draconian wife. Tradition will dictate the course of her life from the moment she is bonded.
But traditions are not always followed especially by a man who looks to the future but has studied the past.
Notes: Loosely based on #62 His Duty, Her Destiny by Juliet Landon.
Written for Unconventional Courtship 2015
This is an Original Fiction written in the Ogham-Duir Universe. All characters are a part of that world and belong to me.
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