black_sluggard: (ryan and esposito)
Title: Weird
Series: Life
Fandoms: Castle
Rating: PG
Genre: Romance, Humor.
Details: Slash, AU, genre!crack, zombies, silliness, embarrassment, misunderstandings, arguments (almost), unbetad.
Characters/Pairings: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan, OCs.
Wordcount: 763
Summary: In which Javier does a very good job of not acting like a jealous idiot, but Kevin is bit of a boob, and somehow they almost wind up having a fight anyway.
Notes: What happens when I stay up past 6 am trying to squeeze the last few days of progress out of my NaNo? Why, I get ambushed out of nowhere by a ficlet for a series I haven't managed to complete anything for in more than two years.

"Will you at least stop smiling like a goddamned idiot?" )
black_sluggard: (ryan and esposito)
Title: Grimm Reflections
Series: Grimm Reflections
Fandoms: Castle, Grimm
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Fantasy, Angst, Romance, Humor
Details: Slash, crossover, AU, genre!crack, fairytales, mythical creatures.
Characters/Pairings: Castle―Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan, Richard Castle, Jenny O'Malley. Grimm―Nick Burkhardt, Hank Griffin, Monroe, Drew Wu. Mentions of Monroe/Rosalee.
Wordcount:
Summary: A close call on the job exposes Kevin Ryan to a hidden world that has always existed just out of sight―and leaves him viewing the people closest to him in a whole new light.
Notes: Follows Until Lambs Become Lions.


Chapter One: The Lion / Chapter Two: The Lamb / Chapter Three: The Shepherd / Chapter Four: The Huntsman / Chapter Five: The Wolf
Chapter Six: An Interlude / Chapter Seven: The Foxes (Part 1)
black_sluggard: (ryan and esposito)
Castle (Gen)
The Scottish Play—An unusual take on "famously fatherless". (Crossover with Gargoyles)
The Magician—Kevin Ryan's destiny holds more than his future plans anticipate. (Pre-series. Magical realism/urban fantasy AU.) [Teaser]
Vasa Jijri—A crossover with the Elder Scrolls series of games (specifically Skyrim). Barely Castle related (though it stars Kevin, as a kid), but it ties into a planned fusion series.

Castle (Esposito/Ryan)

Evidence
Which is not an AU so much as it simply happens to concern werewolves.
Evidence to the Contrary—In which Javier assures Kevin that there are no werewolves in Manhattan.
Stupid Questions (And Other Things That Don't Exist)—In which two drunk werewolves wax meta on the supernatural, and apparently everyone's adorable. (Fluff)
Magic Enough in Moonlight—A full-moon weekend in the Hamptons. (Fluff)
Trier of Fact—Angst for no reason (or, Kevin's view of the events which lead up to "Evidence to the Contrary").
(Not So) Secret Santa—There were times when Kevin thought the whole werewolf thing was kind of a drag. (Fluff)
As True as the Sky—Javier answers some of the rumors that have been circulating among the NYPD. (Friendship)

A Once and Future Thing*
Threads of fate, woven and rewoven.

Deja Vu*—"Forever, baby?" (CastlexFirefly)
Jamais Vu*—"I swore an oath of honor never to abandon you." (xover with CastlexThe Eagle)
'Til Underverse Come*—When Riddick crosses the threshold into Underverse, he sees all. (CastlexThe Chronicles of RiddickxVarious)
Keep What You Kill*—Riddick offers answers. Vaako should have been more curious about the questions. (The Chronicles of Riddick)

The Genus* Series:
Vulgar Latin and Xenophilia. (Or, what happens when the Sluggard mistakes John Carpenter's "The Thing" for a romance.)
Eadem Mutata Resurgo*—Most stories have a beginning and an end. Sometimes it's impossible to tell the difference. (Prequel to "Sui Generis".)
Sui Generis*—Javier confessed never expecting Kevin to believe him. Kevin didn't, but somehow, things still wound up spiraling frighteningly out of control...
Duo In Carne Una*—Months after the revelations which challenged everything he knew about his partner—and in the face of his looming wedding—Kevin makes his choice.

The Life* AU
A zombie AU in which an undead minority, called "post-vitals", have been in existence since the early '60s.
Quality of Life*
      Part One*/Part Two*
Life Goes On—Love can be a selfish emotion, and loving unconditionally the most selfish of all.

(See more in the Life Series masterpost.)

The Zeitgeist Series
A Castle-Heroes Crossover AU, featuring characters from NCIS.
One Giant Leap—Listen.  Javier Esposito has become unstuck in time.
InterludeOne Small Step—Just because you don't believe in ghosts doesn't mean they don't believe in you.
Black Edelweiss—Two weeks after Claire Bennet's televised leap from the Ferris wheel, the 12th handles it's first case delving into the strange world of specials.

Playlist

Quis Custodiet

Fools Rush In—When Javier went missing, Kevin refused to give up hope. (crossover with Supernatural)

Miscellaneous
Roach Motel:  A Post Modern Tale of Slashy Goodness—A slash fic about slash fic, and the reaction of muses thereto.
Caffeine Induced Madness—A cautionary tale about of the dangers of java, for both characters and those who write them.
Free Fall—Beginnings and endings must often coincide.
Pressure—A coda to Knockout.
        Fracture—A coda to Knockout.
No Dominion—Kevin Ryan is given a second chance.  Crossover with Phillip Jose Farmer's Riverworld novels.
Women Scorned and Other Natural Disasters—A night of public nudity and misunderstandings shakes the status quo.
12x13—Kevin's dodgy sense of fashion had never gotten him in this much trouble before...  (xover with Warehouse 13)
Lessons in Each Other—Oh my god, did I manage to write totally angstless fluff? I did. I did didn't I?
Roadkill on the Highway of Life—History can be a difficult thing to throw away.
Trick or Treat—A new case brings back memories of a Halloween night long ago and events Javier suddenly remembers he had forgotten.
       Ghoulies and Ghosties—It's past midnight on their first Halloween together, and Kevin and Javier are finally ready to talk about it. Sort of.
Personal Demons—In a loving universe, the "monster fight" after the disastrous dinner in "Demons" might have gone something like this... (Pre-slash)
Pinned—Because in some way, it always has to be Castle's fault. (St. Patrick's Day)
Of Mice and Men—In which a city mouse visits the country, which predictably leads to trouble, and Javier almost gets eaten by a panther. Crossover with the comic series Fables.
Until Lambs Become Lions—There are things Javier knows about his partner's wife—ex-wife—that Kevin doesn't. (Pre-slash. Crossover with Grimm.) [Teaser]
black_sluggard: (spider)
Title: The Magician
Series: Magic, When You Need It
Fandoms: Castle
Rating: PG
Genre: Angst, Fantasy
Warnings: Teaser fic. Minor warning going forward for involved religious themes being handled by an atheist. If you think that might offend you, this fic and its sequels will most probably not be for you.
Details: Gen, AU, genre!crack, pre-series, urban fantasy, magic, religion, atheism, prophecy, foreshadowing, unbetad.
Characters/Pairings: Kevin Ryan
Wordcount: 4,173
Summary: "If you want to know where a man's future will lead, you have to know where he's been..." A fateful encounter leaves Kevin Ryan with two futures foretold—the one that he hopes for, and another that he fears. Unfortunately for him, both lie down the same path.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] spook_me's Halloween Ficathon. The creature prompt was "Witch/Wizard". Unfortunately, the resulting idea demanded a longer story, but I was unable to finish it before the deadline. Therefore this prologue is another stand-alone preview of what will soon (hopefully) be a full-length fic.

"If you want to know where a man's future will lead, you have to know where he's been..." )

black_sluggard: (spider)

Title: Vasa Jijri ("Under the Skin")
Fandoms: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Fantasy, Family, Angst
Warnings: Racism, threats of racially motivated violence, mildly violent bullying, religious drug use, non-consensual drug-use, under-aged drug use, accidental poisoning, harm to children.
Details: Gen, pre-canon, prequel, fantasy, magic, demons, Faustian deals, tragic love, family, cultural differences, distant fathers, questionable parenting decisions, anthropomorphic animals, fantasy racism, angst, lies and deception, stealth crossover, unbetad.
Characters/Pairings: OCs, Frida, Fruki, Skald the Elder, Dro'marash, Bulfrek, mentions of others.
Wordcount: 31,937
Summary: The father he had never met had left him with a Breton name. Growing up in Dawnstar, his mother's people had bestowed the ignoble kenning of "Honeymilk". His mother's friends among the Khajiit caravans outside the city called him ja'ahn kriniit, which in Ta'agra meant "laughing boy". But the caravan leader, Ri'yaan, had always called him ahzi' ja'ahn—"my boy"—and when he was young, it was this name he had loved best.
(The story of a half-Nord boy growing up in Dawnstar, and his friendship with the Khajiit of the caravans.)
Notes: The Dragonborn does not appear in this story, nor does it have anything to do with the main quest.
Also, I know that "Kevin" is a really weird name for the Elder Scrolls 'verse. I originally set out to write a fusion fic with the TV series Castle, and this story grew out of trying to conceive a background for one of that show's characters. Other than that detail, this fic is rooted pretty firmly in Tamriel, so you don't need to know anything about Castle to understand this story. I kept the name because I do plan to finish that story someday, though by now the character is practically unrecognizable...
Finally, I use a reconstruction of Ta'agra (the Khajiit language), which is based primarily on canon and near-canon sources. Two exceptions to this are the words "vasa" and "jijri" (used in the title) which are neither, nor do they belong to me. They appear among a list of Ta'agra vocabulary that can be found in several Elder Scrolls sites online, which mixes fanon words with those from canon sources. This makes it difficult to know where they originally came from, but they were likely created by a fan-mod or RP community somewhere.
(More notes at the end.)

Chapter One - Chapter Two - Chapter Three - Chapter Four

black_sluggard: (ryan and esposito)

Title: Need
Series: Life
Fandoms:Castle
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Fluff, Friendship, Family.
Warnings: Reference to past medical recovery. OCs
Details: Slash, AU, genre!crack, zombies, hurt/comfort, platonic physical affection, emotional vulnerability, skin hunger, diabetes like woah.
Characters/Pairings: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan, Richard Castle. Reggie Simpson (OC).
Wordcount: 1,593
Summary: Sometimes the strongest thing a person can do is allow themselves to lean on others.
Notes: Revisits a few scenes from part two of "Quality of Life" and finishes immediately after "Heart Attack".

One thing he had absolutely failed to anticipate was how much he would miss being touched... )

black_sluggard: (ryan and esposito)

Title: As True As the Sky
Series: Evidence
Fandom: Castle
Rating: PG
Genre: Angst, Friendship.
Characters/Pairings: Javier Esposito, Ike Thornton, (background Javier/Kevin).
Details: Slash, genre!crack, werewolves, friendship, introspection, loyalty, moral ambiguity, altered mental states, unbetad.
Word Count: 3,312
Summary: Javier answers some of the rumors that have been circulating among the NYPD. What results is an examination of ghosts and werewolves, pack and family, fear, control, loyalty, friendship and trust.
Notes: Some version of this scene seems to take place in nearly every universe I write... Though, so far, the only other one I've completed appears as an interlude in "Black Edelweiss".
Oh, and props to anyone who recognizes where the title comes from.

 

"Three years can change a lot of things, Ike," Javier said, "but we both know it's more than that." )

 

black_sluggard: (xeno kink)

Title:Possession
Series: Life
Fandoms:Castle
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Romance, Angst, PWP.
Warnings: Explicit sexual content, religious intolerance, unbetad.
Details: Slash, AU, genre!crack, zombies, bigotry, religion, doublethink, blasphemy, personal identity, introspection, smut, orgasm control, fingering, oral sex, oral fixation, rough sex, rimming.
Characters/Pairings: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan.
Wordcount: 1,709
Summary: Patience is a virtue, but it can also be a vice...
Notes: This one was pretty much just waiting for Solo Duet to be finished to give it the necessary push. It takes place a significant time later, probably several months, but it doesn't make as much sense without that other fic.
Again, while I am myself an Agnostic (with Discordian leanings) I have nothing against respectful persons of faith, whatever their beliefs, and no offense is meant by the references to religion herein.

Javier felt his physical limitations gave him more than enough license to get creative. )
black_sluggard: (ryan and esposito)
Title: Solo Duet
Series: Life
Fandoms:Castle
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Romance, Humor, PWP, Angst.
Warnings: Explicit sexual content, unbetad.
Details: Slash, AU, genre!crack, zombies, awkwardness, naughtiness, teasing, sexual dysfunction, masturbation, exhibitionism, dirty talk.
Characters/Pairings: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan
Wordcount: 1,241
Summary: Life isn't always perfect, but it often doesn't have to be.
Notes: Just a little early-relationship snippet from the Life 'verse (maybe a few days to a week after the end of Quality of Life) that's been sitting around unfinished for ages. I believe it was initially inspired by MMOM atleast two years ago, but never finished until now.

And Kevin knew he was babbling, but seeing Javier looking uncertain like that did all kind of namelessly unhappy things to him. )
black_sluggard: (ryan and esposito)

Title: (Not So) Secret Santa
Series: Evidence
Fandom: Castle
Rating: PG
Genre: Humor, Friendship, Supernatural, Angst.
Characters/Pairings: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan, Richard Castle.
Details: Slash, genre!crack, werewolves, friendship, Christmas, Castle being Castle, unbetad.
Word Count: 808
Summary:Though their strange condition had turned out unexpectedly benign, there were still times when Kevin thought the whole werewolf thing was kind of a drag.
Notes: The

[livejournal.com profile] ryanandesposito Secret Santa didn't happen this year, so I thought I'd see about developing this Evidence 'verse crack-bunny that's been sitting around for ages.
For a relative time for this, I suppose that Trier of Fact would have taken place over September and October, Evidence to the Contrary in November.

 



Between the confirmed existence of things beyond the natural, his transformation into one of them, and the keen senses that transformation had granted, Kevin sometimes thought he might no longer even be capable of surprise... )

 

black_sluggard: (xeno kink)

Title: Duo In Carne Una
Series: Genus
Fandoms: Castle
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Romance, Angst.
Warnings: Squick, panic attacks/PTSD, and we'll say dub-con for various abstract reasons.
Details: Slash, AU, genre!crack, angst, body horror, xenophilia, starfish aliens, tentacles, kink, unbetad.
Characters/Pairings:Castle―Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan, Kevin/Jenny.
Wordcount: 9,079
Summary: Months after the revelations which challenged everything he knew about his partner—and in the face of his looming wedding—Kevin makes his choice. (Sequel to "Sui Generis".)
Notes: More weirdness from me. I'll pretend that you're surprised. This one is a lot more romantic than the first, but there's also a lot of...other stuff. Think Jerry McGuire meets National Geographic meets "At the Mountains of Madness" (or "You had me at 'shoggoth'.").
This is where I start pointing at the order in which the listed genres appear...but, I'm also incapable of writing a tragedy, and on the off chance I ever did I would definitely label it as such.
(Which is, I guess, my way of reassuring you all that no one is about to die or get eaten.)


Just thinking about what he had to do was gutting him. Still, it felt...right to him, just the same. )
black_sluggard: (xeno kink)


The Genus Series:
Vulgar Latin and Xenophilia.
Eadem Mutata Resurgo—Most stories have a beginning and an end. Sometimes it's impossible to tell the difference. (Prequel to "Sui Generis".)
Sui Generis—Javier confessed never expecting Kevin to believe him. Kevin didn't, but somehow, things still wound up spiraling frighteningly out of control...
Duo In Carne Una—Months after the revelations which challenged everything he knew about his partner—and in the face of his looming wedding—Kevin makes his choice.
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I've been following my usual pattern with the new crossover series. You know the one: Idea, then plotting a whole goddamned outline, then getting ideas for prequels, sequels, and assorted nonsense. Then I open up GIMP and start making graphics.

Because I'm mental.

This is the banner I've created for the Grimm crossover. I'm not entirely happy with it. I think that's mostly because of the corner bit... I was having trouble getting the lettering to look like it was printed on paper. No matter what I did, it either came out too blurry or too crisp. Also, Kevin seems...very boring in this image. Which sucks, considering the larger fic in this 'verse pretty much revolves around him.




I am, however, quite happy with how my manip of löwen!Javi turned out. I mean...it's cheesy as hell, but aside from the sheer hopeless nerdery of having spent an hour or so altering a pic to turn Jon Huertas into a lion furry, I think it looks awesome.




So, yeah. That's all for now. I think perhaps this is deserving of a Moment of Zen, so in the spirit of Grimm I give you...cellos.

black_sluggard: (ryan and esposito)

Title: Ghoulies and Ghosties
Fandoms: Castle
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Romance, Horror, Angst, Fluff.
Details: Slash, genre!crack, horror elements, folklore, scary stories.
Wordcount: 1,840
Characters/Pairings: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan.
Summary: It's past midnight on their first Halloween together, and Kevin and Javier are finally ready to talk about it. Sort of.
(Sequel to "Trick or Treat")
Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] spook_me challenge (a bit late, but not bad compared to my usual definition of "late"). Since I'd written several supernatural and horror fics in the past, I asked to be given a creature prompt instead of choosing one myself. The creature I was assigned was "bogeyman", which immediately had my mind leap back to this 'verse. So instead of an actual new story, you get a coda/sequel instead.
Also, I have to acknowledge that the scene was partially inspired by [livejournal.com profile] apodiopsys's story "Call It What You Want".

This year, they had each needed the silence—the normalcy—of a quiet night in. )
black_sluggard: (ryan and esposito)
Title: Fracture
Fandom: Castle
Rating: PG
Genre: Angst
Pairing: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan, Kevin Ryan/Jenny O'Malley.
Details: Slash, major spoilers, all around not-happiness
Wordcount:
Summary: Coda to "Knockout" Companion to "Pressure".
Note: Blame [livejournal.com profile] dedlit for this fic deciding to finish itself out of precisely nowhere... lol

Kevin felt...broken. )
black_sluggard: (dark crack)
Title: Impressed, Impression, Imprinted
Series: Life
Fandoms: Castle
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Romance, Angst, Humor, Smut.
Warnings: Light for biting/marking, blood-drinking, come eating (there's a warning I never thought I'd use) and omg smut.
Details: Slash, AU, genre!crack, zombies, PWP, hand jobs, infodump (a.k.a. "pornus interruptus"), biting, marking, possessive behavior, cheesiness, unbetad.
Characters/Pairings: Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan.
Wordcount: 2,521
Summary: In which Kevin shares a bit of history (and is an irredeemable tease, but we all knew this), and Javier gains the upper-hand (as it were).
Details: Inspired by a comment by [livejournal.com profile] hyuuganeji11. Immediately follows "You Bet Your Life".

"So, eleven," Javier finally managed. "That's...impressive." )

(Fanvid) Life

Wednesday, 1 August 2012 11:17 am
black_sluggard: (dark crack)
This has been up on youtube for a while now, but I figured I'd post this and the Zeitgeist video in their own post so they can be commented on here rather than having to brave the scary shores of tube-space.



black_sluggard: (Zeitgeist)
This has been up on youtube for a while now, but I figured I'd post this and the Life video in their own post so they can be commented on here rather than having to brave the scary shores of tube-space.

Warning for spoilers if you haven't read Black Edelweiss:


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