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Dear Chocolate Box Writer,
Wishing you well! This my first time participating, and I'm very excited!
Characters being badass, characters surprising other people with their talents/competence, iron woobie/determinator who refuses to quit no matter what kind of horrible stuff life throws at them, characters turning the table on someone who's trying to trick them, characters fighting for and earning their happy ending, hurt/comfort, angst, pushing forward through/after a trauma, characters being put through secret tests of trust and passing them, characters making enormous personal sacrifices to save others, characters being recognized for their accomplishments, characters revealing hidden pasts/traits/skills, and characters offering compassion to those who need it.
Homophobia, biphobia, bi erasure, issue fic, misogyny, character-bashing.
I know homophobia/biphobia would/does exist in some of these canons, but I would vastly prefer if you just took the route where homophobia/biphobia is completely a non-issue and is just as readily accepted as heterosexual relationships.
To expand on my thoughts about bi erasure, I would prefer that if you are writing a same-sex pairing where one or both of the characters was presented with heterosexual inclinations in canon (ie, interest in the opposite sex, opposite sex love interest, etc.) that they be presented in the fic as bisexual rather than gay.
The Trixie Belden Mysteries (Books)
Just for reference, I see Dan being fifteen in canon (his age was never truly given) and Jim being seventeen (his age was inconsistent). I also picture Dan’s loss of his parents to be within less than a year of himself coming to Sleepyside, rather than when he was younger.
Fandom specific DNWs
Emphasis on Dan’s criminal past***, Jim/Trixie, Mart/Diana, Brian/Honey.
General prompts: Dan Mangan & Bill Regan, Dan Mangan/Jim Frayne
I would just love to see some Dan hurt/comfort. I know it might seem ridiculous, but any of the typical hurt/comfort tropes are fine with me. Maybe Dan gets beat up pretty badly as a result of Trixie’s detective work, or worse, sexually assaulted, and Regan or Jim has to comfort him. Or I’d love to see a fic with Jim or Regan bringing Dan out of his shell and just letting him know he’s safe around them. Or maybe Luke from Black Jacket Mystery was really Dan’s abusive boyfriend and Jim finds out once he starts trying to woo Dan? Perhaps Dan develops an eating disorder because of all the intense stress he’s been through, and Regan or Jim tries to him through it? I’d also like a fic about Regan trying to bond with his nephew.
Anything hurt/comfort for Dan, really. I would love it so much.
***One thing I ask you not to include is a heavy emphasis on Dan’s history as a gang member. I just feel like it’s done before, and I’d prefer a story that focuses on Dan healing, not one that ruminates on all the wrongs he’s done.
General prompts: Dot Murray/Trixie Belden, Dot Murray/Honey Wheeler, Dot Murray/Diana Lynch, Dot Murray/Brian Belden, Dot Murray/Jim Frayne, Dot Murray/Mart Belden, Dot Murray/Dan Mangan
What I want is a positive story about Dot Murray. I’d totally be down for a romance between Dot and any one of the BWGs. Do she and Jim meet up at college and start going steady? Is Dot the sultry singer in a slinky gown, stretched out on the piano and belting out torch songs, at the smoky nightclub where noir detective!Trixie goes to investigate? Dot and Dan are both talented ice-skaters, so do they have a romance on ice? Maybe they’re older and the setup is that Dot is an Olympic figure skater with Brian as her doctor, or Honey as her seamstress? Maybe an AU Diana is a fashion photographer whose big break is discovering Dot as a model, or where Dot’s a superhero who has serious chemistry with investigative reporter!Mart? Anything goes!
Archie Comics (Main Series) (Comics)
Fandom specific DNWs
Anything specific to the Archie Comics 2015 reboot series or the Jughead 2015 reboot series--characterizations, events, relationships, backstories, etc.
This is one of my favorite Betty and Veronica moments.
This is one of my favorite Reggie moments.
I really like it when Veronica and Reggie (especially Reggie) show their softer side. I see Reggie more as a sarcastic, cynical guy than a legitimate jerk, but there's no denying he can have a nasty streak sometimes. I love Kevin being class president and a member of the debate team, and I love Betty and her various community projects—my favorite stories are the ones where she teams up with Ronnie or corrals her into helping her.
Betty Cooper/Veronica Lodge
Betty and Veronica complement each other wonderfully. I love that Veronica is sly and not afraid to go ahead and take what she wants, while Betty has interests that vary between traditionally masculine and traditionally feminine. I'd love to see a fic with the two of them settling down and making a home, with planting a garden and inviting their families over for dinner. I feel like Mr. Lodge would really approve of Betty and see her as someone who would keep Ronnie grounded. Maybe you want to write about their first Christmas in their new home? Fics set in high school would be lovely, too—maybe you want to write about each of them going clothes shopping and planning their outfits for their first date together? Perhaps they tackle another service project together, and realize their feelings? You could do a Christmas fic here, too, maybe with one jokingly kissing the other under the mistletoe, which turns into something more?
Reggie Mantle/Kevin Keller
I'd like to see Reggie meeting Kevin, and Kevin just being his friendly self, which brings Reggie to fall for him. Maybe it's a gradual thing—Kevin was handsome enough for Veronica to fall for him right away, but maybe it takes sometime for Reggie to realize his feelings. I really like the idea of Kevin becoming involved in all sorts of extracurriculars, and Reggie signing up for them, too, as he realizes he wants to be around Kevin. Since Kevin's new in town, I think he'd be more willing than anyone to give Reggie a chance. If you read Kevin's origin issues, Kevin befriended one of the kids he used to be bullied by and helped him into a better home situation—he's just a really nice guy that I can see Reggie letting his guard down around without fear of looking weak or making himself vulnerable. By no means do you have to write smut for this pairing, but if there's sex, I'd like bottom!Kevin with top!Reggie.
Also, I love this page of Reggie helping Kevin choose outfits for a first date.
Reggie Mantle & Kevin Keller
I really want to see a fic with these two bonding. Maybe Kevin opens up to Reggie about the difficulties of moving all over the world all the time, and Reggie tells him how hard it is to have his parents gone all the time?
Or maybe a fic of Kevin dragging Reggie along to his various clubs and meetings, and Reggie pretends to dislike it, but secretly is glad for the companionship?
If you like, you could take inspiration from the comics’ canon fairytale AUs and place Reggie and Kevin in a fantasy setting. I would them as two knights on a quest, or for Kevin to be in the role of Snow White or Cinderella (instead of be stuck doing housework, he’s always moving away) with Reggie as Prince (maybe-not-so) Charming.
Jughead Jones/Kevin Keller
I think these two are really sweet together. I love the contrast between their personalities, and I’d love a fic that emphasized Kevin as the ultimate overachiever and Jughead as laidback and not at all bothered by anything. I can easily see Kevin becoming super stressed and running himself ragged with being involved in his various activities. Maybe Jughead does something nice to relax him, like plan a picnic or take him to the amusement park? Perhaps he cares for Kevin so much that he’s even willing to ask a favor from Veronica to help Kevin, and uses her influence to take Kevin to a fun concert or similar? Or maybe Jughead just does something to show Kevin he doesn’t have to be perfect all of the time?
Another idea is just to have other citizens of Riverdale commenting on the unlikeliness of the pairing while Kevin and Jughead have fun together. I love little bits and cameos from the various Archie characters throughout the decades.
Jason Blossom/Kevin Keller
I love the idea of Jason seeing Kevin in his preppie, overachiever glory doing something as school president or as an officer as one of his clubs, and instantly falls for him and starts trying to impress him. Kevin would probably be taken aback or dubious at first, while Cheryl and Cedric would be rolling their eyes, but I think Jason would persevere and try to convince Kevin through various grand romantic gestures (think of all that he could do with that Pembrooke money!) to give him a chance. Kevin’s friends would probably be skeptical, but I love the idea of Jason chasing after Kevin and trying to become a better person to impress him. Whether or not Kevin gives him a chance (maybe he’s already dating someone else?) is up to you.
Fandom specific DNWs
I really like idea of a setting similar to the original movie trilogy where Bobby and Jean-Paul are teenage students at the Xavier Institute and still learning how to control their powers. I would have requested the movies had Jean-Paul appeared, but alas, he did not.
I love Jean-Paul as a character. I love that he’s cold, sarcastic, aloof, and a little bit snobby, but I also love his tragic background. I thought his role in the Age of Apocalypse comics was kickass, and I also loved in the main comics when his powers got amped up by the Children of the Vault.
Bobby Drake/Jean-Paul Beaubier
I like the idea of Jean-Paul being completely unimpressed by Bobby and dismissive of him when they’re at school together, and so Bobby works hard to impress him and prove he’s worth Jean-Paul’s attention. Maybe he always goes the extra mile in training to make sure Jean-Paul notices him?
I also love hurt/comfort, so if you’d like to write a fic about these two being stranded somewhere together, or Jean-Paul coping with an eating disorder or a sexual assault, please feel free to write that.
Bottom!Jean-Paul if there’s sex, please.
Emma Frost & Jean-Paul Beaubier
I would also like to read a fic about Emma Frost teaching at the Xavier Institute and taking on teenager Jean-Paul as her own personal mentee. She not only could teach him how to use his powers to their full potential, but also how to thoroughly insult people in classy ways. I think the two would impress each other with their snark. I also believe that Jean-Paul would remind Emma of her own brother, Christian, to whom she was very close, and thus would have a soft spot for Jean-Paul.
G.I. Joe Cartoon
So, I know Duke basically died in the movie, but I’d really prefer to ignore that. Actually, if you like, feel free to ignore the movie entirely. I really love the idea of Duke being an overprotective older brother, sort of like Thor and Loki in this MCU fic, and Falcon tolerating it but also sometimes becoming exasperated with Duke’s antics. He joins the Joes to prove himself to Duke, but to prevent Duke from interfering, completes his initial training to be accepted into the Joes with Sergeant Slaughter and the Renegades rather than with Beach Head. Duke is less than thrilled when Falcon joins the Joes, but eventually accepts it.
I know it’s canon that Falcon often screws up and goofs off, but I’d really prefer any fic about him to portray him as a talented agent and someone who takes his job seriously and does it well.
I’m a hurt/comfort junkie, so feel free to use any hurt/comfort tropes you like for Falcon, as long as he’s able to recover from his injuries.
Fandom specific DNWs
Duke’s death, Falcon currently using drugs
Duke & Falcon
I really like the idea of Falcon being Duke’s unofficial and silent support assistant within the Joes, who goes the extra mile to ensure things run smoothly. I would love a fic where a visiting general comes along and the Joes need his approval to secure new funds or to continue operating, and the guy propositions Falcon, who agrees as long as the Joes get what they need in return. Duke then finds out and freaks out about it. Falcon feels guilty and ashamed, but he is also convinced he did the right thing to help the Joes.
If you’d like to use a different backstory for Falcon, I thought of this plot where he gets into drugs at 17/18 years old and becomes involved with the Headman, and, unbeknownst to his family, prostitutes himself for drugs or drug money. The Headman can either be his pimp, or just the abusive boyfriend he’s only staying with to score drugs. Sergeant Slaughter finds Falcon, helps him straighten out, and then brings him into the Renegades. Years later, this is revealed to Duke, who had no knowledge of the situation. I think it would be interesting for Duke to discover all of this and react to a scenario he was unaware of where his little brother was regularly endangered, but it’s been solved for years, so there’s nothing he can do. How do he and Falcon work through that?
I’d also be really eager for a fic with Falcon showing off his skills and proving his competence and gaining admiration from the other Joes, while Duke is forced to realize his baby brother isn’t a kid anymore.
Scarlett & Falcon
I love the idea of these two meeting after Scarlett has already been dating Duke for a while, and instantly hating each other, while Duke is totally oblivious. They would definitely make an effort to keep their antipathy from him, but that means they have to pretend to like each other when Duke invites them out to brunch or for a day out hiking, or whatever. A fic idea would be the two of them having to put aside their differences to rescue Duke from a dire situation.
This is a crack pairing if there ever was one, but I love it nonetheless. If you want it go with the idea of Sergeant Slaughter training Falcon before the latter is formally inducted into the Joes (See: General), I can see Beach Head initially being super unimpressed with Falcon and acting very harsh toward him. A fic I’d love to see is Falcon proving himself to Beach Head and the Joes, and Beach Head very grudgingly becoming impressed and then realizing he’s falling for Falcon.
If you’d like to write a mission fic, I would love to see Falcon and Beach Head needing to go undercover as a couple. I can picture Beach Head being really pissed that he’s working with Falcon, but then Falcon’s coolness under pressure and skills and talents impress him enough to start a romance.
Bottom!Falcon if there’s sex, please.
If you’d like to read about the history Gar’s character, or that of the various Terras, I found a very long and detailed analysis here.
Gar Logan is definitely my favorite DC character of all time. One recurring theme in later comics books and adaptations that continually frustrates me is when Gar is shown as incompetent, completely lame, or a total joke to make other heroes look more cool. I’d really like to have a fic where Gar’s leadership and/or strategy abilities are emphasized, as well as his kindness and generosity.
If you want to write Gar as being able to shift into a regular person/regular animals, please feel free.
I loved his characterization in Wolfman and Perez’s New Teen Titans: he runs his father’s company in his absence, he’s still traumatized from losing the Doom Patrol, he falls for Terra only to be betrayed by her, and then his pain from losing her is resurrected when Terra II comes along. I like that as friendly as he seems, he still has a dark side, as seen when he kills Madame Rouge and attempts to kill Slade Wilson. I also liked that Slade was sort of Gar’s mentor for a while.
Bottom!Gar if there’s sex, please!
Fandom specific DNWs: Beast Boy/Raven, Damian Wayne
During the Darkening plotline in the 90’s, evil!Raven raped Gar and brainwashed him into being evil. Maybe write a story where Gar is recovering from his rape with the help of his friends and teammates?
Gar is a character who I feel is often unfairly stereotyped and dismissed. Possibly a five times fic where a hero or villain underestimated Gar, only to have him prove them wrong? Or if you just want to have Gar interacting with other heroes and solving crises, that would be wonderful!
I would love a fic with Gar proving his competence to people, always being the team member with a plan, or simply being the supportive figure other characters can go to with their problems. I would love something with Gar cementing his badassness to the rest of the team.
At the beginning of New Teen Titans, Gar is a young teen (sixteen years old, and the youngest on the team) who has gone through enormous trauma. Maybe a fic with him working through the major changes in his life and coping with his resulting issues?
An AU where Gar is working for the bad guys, either through brainwashing, desperation, or being forced into it, and then helping save the world (or similar) during a crisis and being welcomed to the team.
I enjoy characters with dark pasts or inner turmoil, and I also like villains having a fascination for heroes. Maybe a villain is trying to sway or tempt Gar to the dark side, or something happens that Gar’s friends or other heroes begin worrying about this happening?
Dick Grayson/Gar Logan, Dick Grayson & Gar Logan
A fic with Gar killing Madame Rouge as he did in the comics and the rest of the team reacting to it. When Gar was sixteen years old, he killed Madame Rouge in a fit of madness, and immediately regretted his actions, denouncing the idea of murder as revenge. Yet even though most of his teammates, particularly Wally and Dick, would have had an issue with him killing someone, we never see their reactions, and it’s never really mentioned again. What do his teammates think? Is the Justice League more wary of him and deciding he needs to be assigned a mentor to monitor him? Maybe heroes unassociated with the League actually congratulate him on it, which upsets and confuses Gar?
Dick and Gar began working together when Gar was young, only sixteen, and Dick was several years older than him. Does Dick ever feel guilty or conflicted about involving a minor on the team when the rest of the Titans are adults?
Competence!kink: Gar runs around saving the world, stopping the bad guys, and impressing other heroes without missing a beat, while Dick is just proud and like, “That’s my (boy)friend!”
Dick reflects on how Gar has strengthened and improved as a hero over the years. Gar is badass and suave.
Slade Wilson/Gar Logan, Slade Wilson & Gar Logan
The conversation between Slade and Gar at the diner at the end of the Judas Contract was one of my favorites. I also liked how Gar was sorta-kinda Slade’s substitute son for a while. If you want, write about Gar being swayed or tempted to the dark side by Slade, or Gar’s friends or other heroes worrying about this happening.
Maybe an AU where Gar is the mole of the Judas Contract, and is either sleeping with Slade or just Slade is his adoptive dad, and then Gar falls for Dick or Vic, and decides to work with the Titans for real?
Vic Stone/Gar Logan
I love that these two went from antagonizing each other to being very close, despite Gar being only sixteen to Vic’s nineteen. I think it’s interesting that Vic wonders about the origin of his friendship with Gar after seeing the uncle-nephew relationship of Gar and Robotman. I love that Gar was the one to rescue Vic during the Technis Imperative.
If you want to make Vic more techno-organic, as he is in the New 52, with him being able to switch between appearing as human and cyborg, and Gar able to shift into a regular person/regular animals, please feel free.
Ideas are the moment when one of them started to fall for the other, or sixteen-year-old Gar trying to woo nineteen-year-old Vic, who is determined to wait until Gar is legal, or Vic and Gar shacking up somewhere in the countryside and opening their home to be a sanctuary for traumatized/injured/exhausted heroes. If you like, you could write a fic where Gar and Vic are the “parents” of the Teen Titans household, with the Young Justice Four (Tim, Kon, Cassie, and Bart) as their “children,” and super fun Aunt Kory dropping by for dinner every so often. Or if you want to write a non-powered AU to this effect, I’d like to read that just as much.
If you want to go dark with this pairing, maybe the Justice League (or a single hero) decided to kill Vic during the Technis Imperative because he posed too great of a risk, and now Gar must cope with Vic’s loss while struggling with the knowledge that his friends supported the idea of killing his boyfriend/husband?
Thank you so much for reading my letter! I really appreciate you taking the time.