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Asphodel is a type of lily and means ‘remembered beyond the tomb’ or 'my regrets follow you to the grave’.

Xeranthemum Immortelle – Chapter 80: Another God

Nico was scared to move, even to turn to look at the speaker. The massive dogs had clearly tried to attack him, and it didn’t seem their intentions had changed.

He listened to the sound of shoes crunching over grass until a tall, thin man in a dark suit with pale skin and hair so light a blonde it was nearly white came into view. There were dark circles under the limpid eyes that narrowed as they looked down at him.

“Well, are you?” His oily voice snapped with irritation, “You certainly look the part.”

Nico’s fingers clenched at the grass, and he grit his teeth, “I’m Nico Moretti.”

The man, most likely a god, turned to look over his shoulders at the dogs as he spoke, “And his name is even ‘Nico’. How romantic.”

He didn’t sound like he thought it was a good thing at all.

“You’re like Grace?”

“Don’t speak to me unless spoken to, Mortal.”

Nico pursed his lips and squeezed his eyes shut. This man clearly wasn’t like the other New Gods. He didn’t know what to do to get out of this safely.

The god paced, dogs growling intermittently

“How dare he appear now…” He whirled on Nico, “What are you doing here now? What do you want?!”

“I,” Nico hesitated. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

The god leaned in towards him, radiating menace like cold air, “Don’t pretend you don’t remember me!”

He clutched at the earth turning his face away from the god, wishing he could sink into the ground and escape, “I don’t.”

“DON’T PLAY INNOCENT. NOT WITH ME. YOU KILLED ME, NICO DI ANGELO. I HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN.” A hand gripped his hair, yanking him up to meet those cold, almost colorless blue eyes. “WHY HAVE YOU RETURNED NOW?”


Fun with re-designing a time travelling Bart and Jenni, 31st century speedster grandchildren of Barry Allen and Iris West, for CW’s The Flash universe. I’ve tentatively assigned them as both working for the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Barry turned a tight corner, and found himself in an old playground near where he had attended school back when his mother was still alive. He took a deep breath, trying to replenish his lungs from the merry chase he had just been lead on while the two smaller speedsters looked on.

They were both dressed in uniforms similar in basic style to his own, but the colors were white with blocks of red for the boy and blue for the girl. The girl’s skin was a slightly darker shade than the boys, and there was something familiar in the shape of their features. They both sported the lightning bolt insignia Cisco had designed for him barely a year ago.

“Hey,” He smiled nervously at the eerily golden eyes that tracked is movements, seeming to ready themselves to run off again. “I just want to talk, you know?” (cont…)

It's Human to Need to Properly Name Things

ShiroPidge Week 2016 - @shidgeweek Day 2: Katie Holt
The Paladins rescue Matt Holt, and Pidge’s other name finally slips out.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2368
Notes: Matt Holt and Lance cameos, beginning of realization for Shiro, female pronouns for Pidge  
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“So, that’s really her brother?”

“Yeah,” Shiro sat down heavily next to Lance in one of the Castleship’s many lounges. “Matt was on the Kerberos mission with me.”

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Dead, but not Gone

ShiroPidge Week 2016 - @shidgeweek Day 4: Angst
Concept inspired by discussions on twitter with @SarahKFetter
Rating: PG - character death, angst
Word Count: 2751 
Characters: Katie “Pidge” Holt, Matt Holt, Takashi “Shiro” Shirogane
Notes: angst, no relief, female pronouns for Pidge, romantic Shiro/Pidge, major character death
AO3: [link]

“We don’t have time to mourn,” Allura drew herself up taller, even as tears pooled in the corners of her eyes. “However much we would like to. We have to go after Zarkon. We must keep pressing this advantage lest we lose it.”

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Bad Diagnosis - Part 1/6

Rating: T - angst, facing mortality, friendship, lion-paladin bond
Word Count: 1742
Characters: Katie “Pidge” Holt, Green Lion, Takashi “Shiro” Shirogane, Allura
Notes: angst, female pronouns for Pidge
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She rolled over in the bed, pressing her forehead against the mattress harder, hoping the pressure might provide some relief.

She waited.

Two long breaths.


It didn’t help.

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Short Hair part 2

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Shiro/Pidge Fluff fic with meddling Lions

It was early morning around a week later when he made his way down to the Black Lion, only to find it had moved to sit so it was half in the Green Lion’s hangar. Its head rested on giant paws, watching over the Green Lion and her Paladin with a look Shiro would have called proprietary had the giant robot been a living, breathing animal. There was a smugness in the corner of his mind he identified as his connection to her.

“Was she up all night making modifications to the Green Lion again?”

He didn’t really expect an answer, but there was a sense of something very like a ‘yes’ from his feline partner.

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“It’s time I taught you the finer secrets of the Speed Force,” one corner of Max’s mouth lifted in a familiar smile.

“Says the man on the couch,” Bart replied, trying not to laugh at the echo of years coming full circle on his relationship with his mentor. For the first time since then, he might finally be ready to fully listen. To learn the things only Max knew.

ElfGrove’s Kid Mercury: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Thank you for the prompt babemagi!

Short Hair

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[Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3]

Just some quick, self-indulgent fluff themed around the changing hairdos of the two characters.

He woke slowly to the strange feeling of fingers running back and forth along the side and back of his head. It was a gentle thing, so unlike anything in recent memory. He could hardly remember the last time he’d had any sort of gentle skinship that he hadn’t initiated. The Team was making a coordinated unspoken effort to make sure there was more positive physical contact in his life. High fives, encouraging slaps and punches to his shoulder, bone crushing (and often desperately relieved) hugs. It was deeply appreciated and comforting in its own way, but none of that was particularly gentle. So now gentleness like this, seemed strange and almost alien.

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AU: Pidge is Alice Roosevelt

ShiroPidge Week 2016 - @shidgeweek Day 3: Alternate Universe
Historical AU re-imagining Katie Holt as the infamous Alice Roosevelt, daughter of US President Teddy Roosevelt during her 1905 diplomatic peace delegation to Hawaii, Japan, China, the Philippines, and Korea. We blame @osheamobile and @walkwthoutrhythm for encouraging this concept.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2703
Characters: Katie “Pidge” Holt, Matt Holt, Sam Holt, Lance McCain, Hunk Garrett, Takashi “Shiro” Shirogane, Shay
Notes: no Lions, not fully researched and thought out–just a fun proof of concept, female pronouns for Pidge, romantic Shiro/Pidge
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She swept into the room again, a sheaf of papers in hand. “In hand” was too gentle a description actually. A sheaf of papers brandished dangerously above her head, already being shaken in time to the tirade– impassioned speech they were surely about to be subjected to. 

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SPQR: Legion of Super-Heroes - 6

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Jason flipped through the air as he flew, landing behind the bank robber in a crouch. His purple cape flared behind him in a way that was a result of drilled in practice. He’d been trained not only to fight effectively, but to look good on camera while doing it. A corner of his mind was annoyed by the vanity of that part of his training, but he also knew it was a useful tactic. It intimidated his enemies that he seemed so flawless and composed, while it simultaneously endeared him to the average civilian and news media. Nothing to criticize. No bad photos to distract from the actual victories. What seemed like sheer vanity was part of the SPQR overall strategy.

The criminal turned midstep, clearly planning to move back the way they’d come.

Too bad.

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SPQR: Legion of Super-Heroes - 18

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He rolled over in bed, and blinked into the complete darkness of the room. He was relatively certain this wasn’t the first time he had half-woken up, and there was no way it was still that dark out. Come to think, even if it was still dark, some of the light from the city below should be partially illuminating the room since he hadn’t pulled the blackout curtains before going to sleep.

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SPQR: Legion of Super-Heroes - 9

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“No plan survives contact with the enemy.”

– NICO –

Nico stood under a crystal chandelier in one of the ballrooms of The Principia. He held a glass of red wine in one hand, and the other pinched the bridge of his nose as he tried to decide if there was an inconspicuous corner he could hide in.

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SPQR: Legion of Super-Heroes - 5

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The idea that somewhere out in the city Tempest was looking for him was like something out of a childhood fantasy. Nico had grown up watching Jason Grace grow up. Being one of the first second generation superheroes, Jason had very literally lived his entire life in front of the media’s cameras. He’d been raised by the government-run SPQR more than his own parents, groomed to be a superhero from birth. They were only three years apart, and a much younger Nico had once daydreamed about being a superhero right beside Jason, being his best friend and confidant.

Of course, so had almost everyone else in his generation.

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As requested, a rundown of the backstory for my CW Flash versions of Jenni and Bart.

“Okay Brainy, who are the twins out in the lounge?”

Brainiac 5 didn’t even bother looking up from the console he was working at to address Cosmic Boy, “The new Legion recruits you wanted. I’m encoding their rings and patches now.”

“I was drafting up an auditions announcement when I got your call. That’s how we recruit new Legionnaires, in case you’ve forgotten. You can’t just hand pick random–”

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SPQR: Legion of Super-Heroes - 11

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So the artist Leo and Piper were so excited about was missing in action. Jason smiled. Minor inconveniences like this were kind of endearing after the last few weeks. Sure, it was going to be a shame if the painter had skipped out before the presentation, but it didn’t really matter much. He wondered absentmindedly what might have caused him to disappear. Stage fright was the most likely answer. He could have had too much to drink or used his fifteen minutes of fame to make out with a celebrity. A guy about to graduate college would be a little younger than him, and without the kind of life and death experiences or scrutiny being Tempest brought. He could probably still afford to goof off or shrug obligations.

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SPQR: Legion of Super-Heroes - 8

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– NICO –

“He what?”

“Father wants me to go. He thinks it’s a great idea.”

“You have got to be kidding me,” Bianca sunk back into her chair.

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SPQR: Legion of Superheroes - 2

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Jason groaned when his communicator went off with the all-too-familiar alert tone. He was supposed to have the day off. It wasn’t exactly like he took a lot of them, and he’d just purchased a ticket to the movie he’d been wanting to get out to see. This was it’s last weekend in theaters.

Maybe it’s not that urgent. Or can be solved before the movie starts. I can miss the previews.

He pressed a button to display the message and bit his lip.

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