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For a while I thought the Photobucket purge wouldn't apply to us... somehow... magically. But I'm afraid it did.

Prompted by a message from [personal profile] tidal_race this morning I've downloaded and re-uploaded all of the original comm banners. I used Imgur. No idea whether this is going to stay long-term, but it's worth a shot.

I've also re-uploaded the bases, if you want to do something new - like this!

Unconventional Courtship opens on the 18th August (less than a month!)
aralias: (riker is a babe magnet (not really))
[personal profile] aralias
It's late, but it's back -

Welcome to 'Unconventional Courtship 2017'!

'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 August and September 2017, from 18th August.

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 may also help (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 (N.B. Historically our banners were at Photobucket. I've re-uploaded to this post, but you should still see a lot of dead links around the place). Please do pimp where ever you think would be appropriate.

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

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

Rules )

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 all who responded to my previous post. I didn't get anyone saying 'don't run; waste of time', and I did get people who do want another Unconventional Courtship, so I can now exclusively reveal that...

Sign-ups will start in June
Posting through August

Hope that works! If it doesn't, just let me know and I can move it.
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[personal profile] aralias
Hi everyone!

I was planning to run Unconventional Courtship again (just significantly later in the year than usual), but I saw this on [community profile] fandomcalendar

Click the picture for more information!

Does this meet the need? Let me know your thoughts!

Happy to run UC again if we think it's different enough, but maybe I'll give it a few more months so that this has finished.
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[personal profile] liadtbunny
Title: The House of Cats
Author: Liadt
Fandom: Adam Adamant Lives!
Pairing/Characters: Adam Adamant, Georgina Jones, William E. Simms.
Rating: Teen.
Length: 5230 words
Summary: Simms is sent to jail for crimes he didn't commit. It's up to Adam and Georgie to find the culprit.
Notes: Inspired by The Harlot by Saskia Walker and then wandered off. But this fic wouldn't have been written if it wasn't for the summary.

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[personal profile] lost_spook
A very belated 2016 entry for the fest! (Posted to the collection.) I hope this is okay.

Title: Scandal of the Town
Author: [ profile] lost_spook
Fandom: Original Work
Pairing/Characters: Julia Graves/Edward Iveson (OFC/OMC)
Rating: Teen
Length: 26,067 words (3 chapters)
Summary: Thanks to one indiscretion, Edward Iveson's life and reputation is in ruins, until Julia Graves comes to his rescue with a proposal of marriage. Edward can hardly turn her down, but what is it that Julia wants from him?

From this summary, although it went seriously off-piste (but the mod kindly said the fic could still count; I just wimped out on the posting until now): 138) In the Flesh- Portia Da Costa

Victorian society already believes he’s a scarlet man. Why not become one? Edward’s reputation is in tatters. With scandalous photographs of him being scrutinized by the ton and his brother running them into debt, Edward’s only hope – a respectable marriage – is dashed. Then powerful, wealthy Julia offers an indecent proposal: for one month of hedonistic servitude she’ll pay off his brother’s debts. But nothing can prepare Edward for the worst, for discovering that he enjoys his degradation and delights in the dark fantasies that Julia has awakened. In fact, he’s fast becoming addicted to a life, and a woman, who can never wholly be his…

Notes: Also written for [ profile] runaway_tales (prompts "role reversal" and "settle") and [ profile] hc_bingo square "fall from grace). Some references to suicide and murder. With many thanks to [ profile] persiflage_1 for the beta!

Link: on AO3 | at Runaway Tales (LJ)
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[personal profile] wendelah1
Thanks to the mods for letting me post this update.

Title: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Author: [personal profile] wendelah1
Fandom: The X-Files RPF
Pairing/Characters: Gillian Anderson/David Duchovny
Rating: Mature
Length: 34,924
Summary: 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 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: Thanks to tree, idella and idunnoh for their invaluable help with this story. Credit for the story and chapter titles goes to the amazing songwriting team of Rodgers and Hart. Chapters 1-4 were written and posted for Unconventional Courtship 2015. Chapters 5-10 are new. This fic is complete.
Link: AO3
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Hi all,

Unconventional Courtship is over for another year, but feel free to keep writing Unconventional fics, and posting them in the AO3 collection. The fest will probably run again next year, but at another fairly random time i.e. when I remember. Give me a nudge if it's August 2017 and I haven't done it!

Some quick stats:
* 24 fics were written this year in
* 20 fandoms (including some fics with crossovers) and one original fiction universe
* As usual no fandom dominated, with most being single entries. The most popular was Doctor Who with 3 fics, 2 of which were crossovers
* The most popular days for posting were 13th and the 29th June, with 3 fics each. No fics were posted on 30th June!
* 'The Veiled Bride' by Elizabeth Bailey was the most popular summary this year, inspiring two fics, although 'Virtually Perfect' by Samantha Hunter remains popular with another entry this year! (5 thus far and counting - please do keep using this prompt and the other!)
* There are now 98 works in the Unconventional Courtship AO3 collection

Unconventional Courtship Masterlist 2016 )
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[personal profile] paranoidangel
Title: Second Chance with the Doctor's Companion
Author: Paranoidangel
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing/Characters: Sarah Jane Smith/Harry Sullivan
Rating: PG
Length: 1000 words
Summary: Everyone in the town could see they didn't belong together. Sarah Jane Smith was the adventurous outsider with a mysterious past, and Harry Sullivan was the wholesome doctor. And Sarah's sudden departure just proved the rest of the town right...
Seven months later the Doctor dropping her off brings Sarah back into Harry's life, and once again he finds himself charmed by her. Everything feels different, but the risk of heartbreak is just as strong. But doesn't everyone deserve a second chance at happiness — even him...?
Notes: AU, where Harry never met the Doctor.

Link: A03
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[personal profile] urami
Title: Chasing Secrets
Author: urami
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Pairing: Peter Quill/Garthan Saal
Rating: Mature
Length: 12,663 (5 chapters)


Peter Quill would do whatever it took to prove his innocence-and Garthan Saal was the key to clearing his name. His testimony had sent him to jail for a crime he didn’t commit and he could never forget what he had cost him. Peter had escaped to find justice...but his salvation meant marrying a man he couldn’t trust.

Newly wedded to an escaped con and on the run from the law, Garthan didn’t think things could get much worse-but he was wrong. When their quest to clear Peter’s name turned deadly, their need to believe in each other was suddenly a matter of life or death.

Other Notes: Chapter 4 has some graphic descriptions of the aftermath of a terrorist attack, so please keep that in mind as you read.

Read it here at AO3!

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 Title: I Will Not Ask You (Neither Should You)
Author: merryofsoul
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Pairing/Characters: Daniel Jackson/Jack O'Neill
Rating: Teen
Length: 5,848
Summary: When former USAF Colonel Jack O'Neill nearly hits a handsome motorcyclist in the thick Minnesotan fog, he never expects to be thrown back into a world of adventure and military secrets.

But archaeologist Daniel Jackson is desperate for an out-of-the-way place to hide, and Jack's run-down cabin is the perfect spot.

Notes: Based on summary #195 - Deadly Allure
by Elle James

Link (Registered AO3 Users Only):
tree: gillian anderson and david duchovny at wondercon ([people] which may not happen)
[personal profile] tree
Covert Agenda (1194 words) by tree
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gillian Anderson/David Duchovny
Characters: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny
Additional Tags: Community: unconventionalcourtship

Just when Dr David Duchovny thinks his blind date can’t get any worse, his insipid dinner companion pulls out a gun. Suddenly David is drawn into the middle of a terrorist plot. His only protection is Gillian Anderson, an agent with Tactical Executive Security. He desperately needs to trust someone, and Agent Anderson is 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?

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[personal profile] random_nexus
Title: Fairy Tale Wedding - ch 1/?
Author: Random_Nexus
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairing/Characters: Sherlaine Harris/John Watson, Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mary Morstan/John Watson, Mycroft Holmes, Harriet ‘Harry’ Watson, Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Molly Hooper, Misc. OCs.
Rating: PG-13, possibly NC-17 in later chapters
Length: 1,574 words in this chapter
Summary: Millionaire John Watson’s bride to be left him standing at the altar. Wedding planner Sherlaine Harris—secretly male consulting detective Sherlock Holmes—was dumbfounded when asked to fill in. Be John’s wife. For a year. What better way to escape his situation than by marrying a handsome, intriguing stranger?
Notes: I will be posting this first chapter to make the deadline (July 28th) and will be posting the rest as I go. Several chapters are already complete except for proofing, and I’ll be working on the rest in between my other projects. My plate is so full, it’s ridiculous, but this prompt really grabbed me. Send Muse Treats! ;D
Added Note: There are assumptions made by characters in this fic, based on their observations at the time. The word 'Transgender' is used in what the reader will know is in error, but the truth will out further along in the story. No offense or slur is meant in the use of this term, because there's nothing wrong with being transgender.
Links: DW:
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[personal profile] samuraiter
Title: Carried Off Without Complaints
Author: [personal profile] samuraiter
Fandom: Fire Emblem (13) – Awakening
Pairing / Characters: Sumia / Chrom
Rating: T
Length: 1,410
Summary: Sumia writes a self-insert story involving Chrom as a bandit.
Notes: From Prompt # 269Taken by the Highwayman by Amelia Casey :

"Stand and deliver!" The call of the highwayman made the pulse of Lady Sumia race, but not from fear. Tales of the 'knights of the road' had always piqued her curiosity, but Chrom aroused a new feeling: desire. With an arranged marriage looming, Sumia never expected to have control over who would be the first to bed her ... until Chrom took her to his forest hideaway, where they could give free rein to their wild passion.

Link: Carried Off Without Complaints
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[personal profile] autiotalo
Title: Mastered By His Slave
Author: autiotalo
Fandom: TVXQ RPF
Pairing: Yunho/Changmin
Rating: R
Length: ~7400 words. This is so far from being finished it’s not even funny; these are the first two chapters.
Summary: Rome, 65 AD. Torn between the emperor’s favour and the threat of assassination, Changmin is desperate to escape the cruel, dangerous world of the imperial city. But the greatest challenge the young poet faces is his forbidden desire for the one man who can save him—his fearless bodyguard slave.

A proud horseman brought to Rome in chains, Yunho’s hunger for freedom is almost as strong as his hunger for his beautiful dominus. Yunho’s fierce loyalty to Changmin soon leads him into the Circus Maximus, where he is prepared to sacrifice his life to defend Changmin’s honour...
Notes: Inspired by Mastered By Her Slave by Greta Gilbert.
Link: Mastered By His Slave
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[personal profile] john_amend_all
Title: Countess of Confusion, Duchess of Disorder
Author: [personal profile] john_amend_all
Fandom: Doctor Who, The Scarlet Pimpernel
Pairing/Characters: Clara Oswald fragment, Lucie Miller, Sir Percy Blakeney
Rating: PG for violence
Length: 15636 words
Summary: Seeking distraction after the death of her husband, Clarissa Pink accepts an invitation to a risqué house party. She certainly wasn't expecting an attack by a ruthless assassin — or assistance from a no-nonsense duchess by the name of Lucie Miller.
Notes: Based on summary 244: 'Darian Hunter: Duke of Desire' by Carole Mortimer.
Full summary )
Links: AO3 | Teaspoon
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[personal profile] sidhe_faerie
Title: Virtually Sterling
Author: sidhe_faerie
Fandom: Original (Silver & Gold verse)
Pairing/Characters: Cassandra Sterling/Paul Golden, Gail Rogers/Jonas Hawke, Ford Masters, Marie Benning, Roderick Harris
Rating: M
Length: 12,566
Her perfect man was just a click away. Or was he?

Cassandra Sterling thought she had found her perfect lover in an online chatroom. Her virtual lover's sexy words flew across the computer screen, he seduced her in a heartbeat. The hot, detailed images of them together feed her sexual fantasies but when they meet things go wrong...very wrong.

When her meddling best friend, Gail makes a call to Cassandra's old flame giving him the site and her user name, Cassandra's life changes drastically
Notes: Based on the summary of Virtually Perfect by Samantha Hunter. Cassandra Sterling is a character created by me for Get Your Words Out 2016.
Linked Chapters on Dreamwidth
AO3 (Registered Users Only)
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[personal profile] mara
Title: Most Shy and Ladylike
Author: Mara Greengrass
Fandom: Ultraman Mebius
Pairing/Characters: Marina/Konomi
Rating: PG
Length: 4695 words
Summary: Putting the personal in PA!

The unwanted advances of gold-digging socialites are an occupational hazard for racing legend turned tycoon Marina Kazama. So she extends her PA’s job description to cover evening events. Konomi Amagai has risen to her boss’s every challenge…

But being seen on her arm means spotlights, scrutiny, figure-flaunting cocktail dresses—and leaving the safety of her staid grey suits! Famous for her cool, Marina’s anything but when she sees her formerly frumpy PA dressed to kill! Konomi knows this playgirl well—she’ll arm her heart with the same steel used on the Kazama motorbike!

Notes: This was written for the 2016 Unconventional Courtship challenge. My fic is based on the book summary for Unnoticed and Untouched by Lynn Raye Harris, which is the summary above, except the tycoon is Lorenzo D’Angeli and his PA is Faith Black.

Thanks to Revieloutionne for the pairing suggestion! I'm thrilled to finally have the opportunity to write this adorable pair.

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[personal profile] torigates
Title: Stand in Groom
Author: torigates
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairing/Characters: Alex Galchenyuk/Brendan Gallagher
Rating: Teen
Length: 5,100
Summary: “I think they’ll notice if the bride is a groom!” Brendan hissed.
Notes: Based on the prompt: Millionaire Simon Pearce’s bride to be left him standing at the altar and wedding planner Megan Ashton was dumbfounded when she was asked to fill in. Be Simon’s bride. For a year. What better was to escape her situation than by marrying a gorgeous, powerful stranger?

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[personal profile] scifishipper
Title: In the Shadows
Author: scifishipper
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Pairing/Characters: James T. Kirk/Spock
Rating: Mature for Dark Themes
Length: 25K
Summary: Accused of treason and stranded on Vulcan, Cadet Jim Kirk is offered a solution to his problems: bond with Ambassador Sarek's son, someone he has never met. When he finally meets his betrothed at the ceremony, the Vulcan's face is disfigured by cruel scars. Now, penniless and trapped, Jim finds himself committed to a reclusive stranger with a dark past. Has he sealed his fate forever or is there hope for the two of them to find love?
Notes: Thanks to lanalucy for her wonderful and flexibly-timed beta! I could not have done it without you. Written for Prompt #25: The Veiled Bride. What a delicious temptation that prompt was!