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Title: Have This Dance With You
Author: Estirose
Fandom: Stardew Valley
Pairing/Characters: Shane & Maru
Rating: PG
Length: ~1500 words
Summary: Shane comes to visit Maru, after her wife Alyssa dies.
Notes: I wrote two fics this year! I wasn't expecting to, nor was I expecting this to come out more Shane & Maru than Shane/Maru.

Vaguely from this summary:
"Inheriting half of her late wife’s company means Maru is now Shane’s business partner – to their mutal dismay!

Working together, they are forced to confront their growing attraction. Then Maru discovers that Shane promised her late wife she’d take care of her.

Maru doesn’t want a relationship based on obligation. If she were to marry again, it would only be for love. But can Shane convince her that he isn’t acting purely out of duty?"

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[personal profile] estirose
Title: A Dance We Do
Author: Estirose
Fandom: Kamen Rider Ghost
Pairing/Characters: Fukami Chiyo (OC)/Tenkuuji Gako (OC)
Rating: PG
Length: ~3000 words
Summary: Chiyo can't remember anything, while Gako doesn't want to tell her everything.
Notes: Next-generation fic. From a Harlequin novel (The Unforgettable Husband, by Michelle Reid):
For a year, Chiho had been suffering from amnesia. Her body's instinctive response to Gako told her she recognized her. Gako insisted she was her wife. But why hadn't she found her until now -- and what was the secret from her past she was keeping from her?

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[personal profile] meridian_rose
Title: The Count's Physician
Author: [personal profile] meridian_rose
Fandom: Da Vinci's Demons
Pairing/Characters: Leonardo da Vinci/Girolamo Riario, Lucrezia Donati
Rating: Mature
Length: 13,435
Summary: Count Girolamo Riario was happy to stay with his cousin, Lady Lucrezia Donati, but his enjoyment was marred by meeting blunt Dr Leonardo da Vinci. Then, when Riario needed his professional help, they couldn’t help falling in love. But Leonardo knew, if Riario didn’t, that a count was out of his reach.
Notes: Inspiration was plot 26 Lady Jane’s Physician by Anne Ashley.

Link: AO3
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[personal profile] aralias
Title: Bride of Thorns
Author: RobberBaroness
Fandom: The Addams Family
Pairing/Characters: Gomez/Morticia
Rating: T
Length: 1330 words
Summary: Why does Gomez, Lord Addams, need to advertise for a wife? When Morticia Frump walks down the aisle towards this stranger, the truth is revealed - a cruel scar disfigures his otherwise handsome features. Penniless, orphaned Morticia finds herself committed to an embittered man who wants a marriage based on convenience alone...
Notes: Inspired by the summary of "The Veiled Bride", by Elizabeth Bailey.
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[personal profile] still_lycoris
Title: The Honeymoon Arragenment
Author: [personal profile] still_lycoris
Fandom: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Pairing: Charles Xavier/Hank McCoy
Rating: Teen
Length: 20,127
Summary: Hank Mcoy has bagged the honeymoon trip of a lifetime. The trouble is, after his world imploded two weeks ago, he’s now desperately in need of a husband! Depressed ex-party boy Charles Xavier needs to get out of the country and away from painful family memories – fast. Accepting Hank’s honeymoon arrangement is the perfect escape plan! He might have to pretend to be a loved-up newlywed, but it’s a strictly no-strings agreement. Except one knee-weakening, brain-melting kiss from Hank later Charles’s already struggling to remember what’s fake and what’s real. And that’s before they’ve even started their ‘honeymoon’… !

OR Charles and Hank both have problems they want to get away from so why not get away from them with each other on a fake honeymoon? Only there are some things you can't run away from and some things you can only work through with others ...

Link: Here
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[personal profile] roseveare
Title: The Witchfinder's Whore
Author: roseveare
Fandom: Haven
Pairing/Characters: Duke Crocker/Nathan Wuornos
Rating: Mature
Length: 18,500 words approx
Summary: Nathan Wuornos hid his magic and took up bartering his flesh for coin after watching his father burned at the stake. But one day, an aggressive client cries "witch!" and Nathan finds himself in the citadel jails. An unexpected reprieve appears in the form of shady priest Duke Crocker, who offers to release Nathan in return for his services… both physical and magical… in bringing down his hated enemy, corrupt Crown Inquisitor Lady Mara and her consort William. Nathan has no intention of betraying another witch, but he'll take the chance for freedom... and to play with the delectable priest's guilty lusts while he's about it...
Notes: Based on 'The Harlot' by Saskia Walker

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Title: Blackmailed Into Marrying
Author: [ profile] a_q
Fandom: X-Men: First Class / Days Of Future Past
Pairing/Characters: Raven, Alex Summers
Rating: pg
Length: 1500

Gentleman Beneath The Veil

When Dr. Henry McCoy lifts his new bride's veil he can't believe his eyes—this dark-haired dab of a boy isn't the blonde beauty he's been courting! Stunned, McCoy resolves to seek an annulment at the earliest opportunity, but to do so he must first make sure Alex Summers' virtue stays intact….

Blackmailed into marrying Dr. McCoy by his scheming friend, Alex is just as keen to keep his distance from his unsettling husband. But despite their good intentions the marital bed beckons — and a stolen kiss could prove to be their undoing!

Original: Lady Beneath The Veil by Sarah Mallory (Harlequin)

Notes: This is the blackmailing part of the story, though it turned out more like a few threats and an odd argument than true blackmail. Completely (pseudo-historical) AU, based on idea that Raven could've form her own team to help mutants.

Blackmailed Into Marrying )
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[personal profile] merryghoul
Title: Return of the Immortal Viking Woman
Author: [personal profile] merryghoul
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)/Vikings (TV)
Pairing/Characters: Ashildr | Me/Clara Oswald, Harald Finehair
Rating: Mature
Length: 2261

The Immortal Viking Claims Her Wife

Clara Oswald was giddy when she married her friend Me. But fearless raider Me has been gone so long, Me's proud arrogance is the only memory Clara retains of her. Now Clara must remarry to protect her TARDIS.

But then, on Clara's wedding day, the conquering warrior returns to gasps of horror and surprise! After all, Me was supposed to be dead, though to Clara's starved gaze Me seems very much flesh and blood...and less than impressed to find her beautiful wife intent on marrying someone else!

Notes: Fic based on the summary for Return of the Viking Warrior by Michelle Styles. Fic contains some references to The Legends of Ashildr, but you don't need to read that collection of short stories to understand what's going on.

Link: AO3
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[personal profile] aralias
You may have already noticed, but...

[community profile] unconventionalcourtship is live!

Thanks to all those who have already posted - looking forward to seeing many more amazing fics over the month! Keep up the good work all :)
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[personal profile] misslucyjane
My Favorite Mistake (1286 words) by misslucyjane
Chapters: 0/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Romance Novel, Snippets, Temporary Amnesia

(Adapted from My Favourite Mistake by Stephanie Bond)

When Bucky Barnes married Steve Rogers in a chapel in Vegas, he knew it was a mistake. So, despite an incredible honeymoon, he filed for divorce. Little did he realise that Steve would turn out to be his true Valentine...

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Carnal Desire (6102 words) by aralias
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Carnell/Deva, Background Kerr Avon/Roj Blake
Characters: Deva (Blake's 7), Carnell (Blake's 7), Roj Blake, Kerr Avon, Jenna Stannis
Additional Tags: Journalism, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Harlequin, Community: unconventionalcourtship

Carnell is exactly where he wants to be in life. He is known as the Carnal Comte, the resident sexpert for Suprême magazine, and his outrageous suggestions for flavouring sex have propelled him to semi-stardom. But when the magazine pairs him up with sexy Deva, aka The Duke of Desire, he knows where he’ll end up – in Deva’s bed. And he plans to enjoy it…

Deva isn’t happy to learn that he’s been set up to give sex advice to thousands of men. There’s only one man he wants, and he’d like to personally demonstrate just how much he knows. Still, this temporary partnership – in and out of bed – might be exactly what he needs to get Carnell out of his system for good. But it doesn’t look like there’s anything temporary about it…

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[personal profile] liadtbunny
Title: His Rebel In The Bedroom.
Author: Liadt.
Fandom: Blake's 7.
Pairing/Characters: Soolin/Bellfriar.
Rating: General audiences.
Length: 5196
Summary: Dr Bellfriar is pleasantly surprised to find a strange female in his hotel room wearing a bath towel! He isn't interested in Soolin's sob story. He's late for a party and she'll be perfect as his ready-made date!
Soolin's completely bewildered.... She thought pretending to be a loving couple would be easy, but the chemistry between her and Bellfriar is explosive! She's also left with no doubt that what Bellfriar wants, he gets, and it seems he wants her — badly
Notes: Post Gauda Prime. References to past illness and after effects.

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[personal profile] aralias
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.
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[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 )
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[personal profile] wendelah1
Title: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Author: [personal profile] wendelah1
Fandom: The X-Files RPF
Pairing/Characters: Gillian Anderson/David Duchovny
Rating: Mature
Length: 34924 words.
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 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.

EDIT: 8/23/2016 The story is completed!

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.
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[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
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[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