madimpossibledreamer: Paper lanterns floating over a fleet of ships. (lanterns)
Main Points:
Iron Man Genderbend (Iron Maiden)
Summary: It's Independence Day before Pepper sees his employer in a new light.  (pre-Iron Maiden)
Word Count: 590
Rating: Gen, bittersweet
AN: If I remember correctly, this was written on July 4th, but I wanted to post something more hopeful, so this got saved back instead.

         “Hey, Pepper,” Tony says, and she’s hovering on the edge of drunk but surprisingly has yet to go search out a warm body for the night.  “You think your beard will be salt and pepper?”
         She sniggers to herself, but there’s something quiet and lost about her at the moment, and after only a few months in her employ it’s vastly disconcerting, because he’s never seen her with all of her masks removed.
         “Excuse me?”  He raises an eyebrow, plays along.  It’s what he’s paid to do—up to a point, anyway.  Also, he’s used to Tony starting conversations midsentence and expecting everyone else to be on the exact same page.  He’d thought it’d been a trick to test his patience like a number of her other habits, but instead found that she does the same with everyone, from reporters to senators.  She usually doesn’t realize she’s left anyone she’s addressing far behind conversationally.
         “When you’re older and I’m dead,” she states bluntly, and he blanches, barely preventing the glass in his hands—picked up more for a need to fit in than a desire for alcohol—from falling and breaking all over the expensive carpet, drink and all.
         “Are you all right, ma’am?”  She hates the ma’am.  Well, sort of.  From anyone else, it earns a glare, but from him she’ll joke about ancient movies and gentlemen but she won’t throw a fit, which is usually synonymous with permission.  (He’ll do things without permission anyway.  Like force her to attend meetings with a hangover.  He will spare some of his ancient Aunt’s remedy then, which while it makes her face twist into the most amusing expressions also makes her not feel like she wants to strangle somebody, which is generally bad for business.)
         “Oh, now, probably.  My liver, maybe not, but I’ve got years yet for that.”  She takes another sip from the flute, staring pensive and subdued over the town.  “I just…you know how I am.  What I do.  I can’t hope to keep it up forever.  Someday,” she states solemnly, nodding in the direction of a few fireworks that appear to be dazzling appreciative guests, “I’ll be one of those.  Brilliantly engineered, exploding to the awe and wonder of the nation watching, and my legacy will only last long enough for the afterimage to fade on the inside of the watchers’ eyelids.”  She takes another sip, hands shocking, and it’s at this point that he realizes, My God, Tony Stark actually is human.  He has sudden, breathtaking compassion for his boss that he didn’t have just a day before.
         “You say that,” he responds dryly, trying to ignore the pain the thought of her lying dead anywhere is suddenly causing, “…but if you in your lab is any indication, you’re like the phoenix.  How you keep surviving all those explosions you cause is nothing short of a miracle.”
         There’s a breathless few moments before she’s beaming and has attached herself to him, like a limpet.
         He begins to walk as she sways by his side.  “Come on, Tony, let’s get you to bed.”
         “Is that an innuendo?” she asks, the yawn spoiling the leer.
         He shakes his head, doesn’t bother replying, summons her personal doctor to make sure she doesn’t have alcohol poisoning, and grabs one of his novels for fun as he settles beside her bed.  “Too bad,” is the last thing he hears, soft and lonely, and he pretends for the longest time that he never heard her say that.  It’s just easier that way.

madimpossibledreamer: Jiraiya|Yosuke jumping and using a throwing star (Default)
Main Points:
Iron Man Genderbend (Iron Maiden)
Summary: Pepper and Obie are enough to overrule Tony's desire to avoid the doctor following the events in Afghanistan.
Word Count: 1379
Rating: Gen, brief mention (at the beginning) of possible sexual assault (avoided in March of the Iron Maiden in which the threat was there but wasn't actually followed through on), thought I'd mention anyway so readers can make an informed decision

drowning on dry land )

madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (edgeworth)
Main Points:
Iron Man Genderbend (Iron Maiden)
Summary: faster to read
Word Count: 45
Rating: Gen

       The way to get her to actually work, she discovers, is to just let it happen and not comment on it (more than firm reminders), or to outright offer her some sort of bribe if she’ll actually get her homework done.  Brownies are surprisingly effective.

madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang concentrating and looking thoughtful. (red cliff)
Main Points:
Iron Man Genderbend (Iron Maiden)
Summary: Pepper's never bored.
Word Count: 343
Rating: Gen

         Tony, Pepper decides something like three months into his so-called promotion, is something like a magic eight ball.  You never know what result you’re going to get out of her.  Sometimes, she can be utterly charming, well-behaved even.  That’s the point at which close acquaintances, like Rhodey, will start to look for signs of plotting.
         There’s the part where she turns into an obstinate contrarian.  Doesn’t matter what someone says when she’s in that kind of mood, she will go out of her way just to prove them wrong.  Pepper suspects it’s something to do with her dad, but out of respect (since she hadn’t actually prodded about the elder Potts despite all signs and inclinations to the contrary) he doesn’t ask.
         There’s those times that she turns into an utter showboat.  It’s probably inevitable, since the only other way to deal with that much media all the time is losing your mind.  Despite the fact that he’s certain she’s a nymphomaniac, he suspects that a lot of it is just keeping up appearances, since he’s known her to get bored in the middle and wander out with an idea that just had to get done right there and then. 
         Generally when she’s feeling the most at ease, she’ll throw on comfortable clothes (like sweat pants and a t-shirt) and get covered in oil as she works on something or another.  There’s a moment that Pepper was very, very grateful for Jarvis, because he saw a completely honest, completely happy grin on her face as she surfaced from tinkering on one of the cars to talk to him, and it helps remind him that his boss is human somewhere under there, which is nice motivation for all the times she either seems like a robot or the most annoying person on Earth.  She likes lounging around like that, but it’s a little telling that very few people have seen her in the full outfit.  Sometimes she’ll wear t-shirts outside, but she always combines that with jeans so tight he wonders how she breathes.

madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang concentrating and looking thoughtful. (concentrating)
Main Points:
Iron Man Genderbend (Iron Maiden)
Summary: faster to read
Word Count: 150
Rating: Gen

         “I’m in the mood for hedgehog” means Tony wants Sonic.
         Pepper was shocked and a bit scandalized the first time he heard it, which pretty much is accurate for everything he had to get used to working for the Anthonia Stark.
         The phrase serves two purposes, he suspects.  First, he thinks that it’s put exactly the way it is precisely in order to get the reaction it does—shocked, scandalized, disgusted.
         Secondly, when Tony gets frustrated with her latest project and wants to take the edge off—assuming she doesn’t skip straight to the bottle or sleeping with the latest person to catch her eye—she breaks out her admittedly impressive collection of video games.  More than once Pepper’s actually fallen asleep to her swearing good-naturedly at the screen and absently eating a piece or three of utterly cold pizza.  It’s gotten easy to tune out.  Background noise.  Comforting, even.

madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock holding his violin. (sherlock)
Main Points:
Constantine Genderbend/legend of king arthur universe optional
Summary: Constantine and Chas find out why the immortality spell worked on Chas.
Word Count: 965
Rating: Gen

 

revelations )

 

madimpossibledreamer: Paper lanterns floating over a fleet of ships. (lanterns)
I wasn't too specific about things so you can go with whatever version of the King Arthur story you feel like.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Constantine Genderbend/legend of king arthur universe optional
Summary: Constantine really should have thought about a certain spell more...
Word Count: 810
Rating: Gen

answer the call )

madimpossibledreamer: Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) (seven)
Main Points:
Constantine Genderbend/Supernatural
Summary: Dean and Sam go to talk to Constantine after the show.  Dean and Constantine continue to flirt.
Word Count: 930
Rating: Gen

tell me who you are )

madimpossibledreamer: Izanagi|Souji in full costume holding out a hand (izanagi|souji)
Mostly, I got the image of Jane Constantine wearing the traditional magician's assistant attire, because of course she would (probably likes the feel of the tights on her skin), and then using that to break the usual expectations (because of course she would) and then it became a thing with Dean and exploring what some "normal" not automatically combat magic from Constantine would look like.
She's so flirty.  Also, sorry for lack of good ideas for title.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Constantine Genderbend/Supernatural
Summary: Dean and Sam have heard of an expert that might be able to help them research their latest case, but they're not sure they're in the right place...
Word Count: 1464
Rating: Gen

unexpected magic )

madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock holding his violin. (creative)
Main Points:
Constantine Genderbend
Summary: possibly faster to read?
Word Count: 170
Rating: Gen

           Jane Constantine has all sorts of tattoos.  Some are ones that she’d gotten to be the smoky singer of Mucous Membrane.  Anything to fit that punk trend, anything to get them all a good shag.  These days, the tattoos are more nostalgic.  She doesn’t miss those days; she’s a little more practical than that.  But still, she can think about those days with a little quiet smile, raise a glass in memory, and all roads don’t lead straight to Newcastle.
           Many of them are various spells of protection.  One, she’s particularly proud of, is the result of her using a spell to actually absorb a magical artifact, one that repels the impure of heart.  The wards don’t seem to work unless they actually attempt to physically hurt her, more’s the pity, but she didn’t expect too much from a dodgy spell like that.
           Some of the tattoos, in other words, are window dressing.  A misdirection.  Some of them are the real deal.  It’s rather appropriate, Jane thinks with a smirk.

madimpossibledreamer: Jiraiya|Yosuke jumping and using a throwing star (jiraiya|yosuke)
Main Points:
Constantine Genderbend
Summary: Chas as a modern-day knight is more appropriate than most think.  His love for Constantine is that of a knight for a liege--not necessarily sexual, more pure loyalty, care.
Word Count: 444
Rating: Gen

           Chas is used to surprises, but Constantine always manages to keep him on his toes.
           He walks out to what is otherwise a normal morning, opens his cab, and finds Jane bloody on the backseat.  Barely breathing by the sound of it.
           “Really, Constantine?” he asks hypothetically, and gets a moan in response.  At least he’s used to carrying her out of sticky situations.  He’s a bit worried by how little she weighs, though, and resolves to feed her more.  Fortunately, he can hide his worry underneath the aftermath of whatever this is.
           “Stabbed.  I bloody hate cultist wankers,” she mutters into his jacket, seeking the warmth.  She’s an utterly selfish woman, sometimes, but on occasion he feels it’s worth indulging her.  She needs reminders that just because he need not bow to every dumb whim, that she’s still a worthwhile person to know.
           “Anything specific about this particular wound I should know?”  He’s treated enough injuries in the past to be something of an amateur medic.
           “I’ll probably pass out for a while, and then it might be time for Lord of the Rings.”  That’s a reference he hadn’t expected, but then, Jane’s full of more surprises than usual today.  “Keep me warm.  Wrap both arms.  There’s a few saint’s bones on the mantle should keep me this side of eternity.”  And then she starts following her predictions starting off with passing out into his chest.  She seems peaceful enough.  Unmoving.  Only the movement of her chest gives any indication that she’s still alive.
           She twitches a little when he wraps her still bleeding arms, tucking a few of the bones into the wrapping.  He carefully wraps her in as many blankets as he can find. 
           It’s a good thing he likes to read.  He gets through a lot of his books like this, sitting, waiting for Jane Constantine.
           It’s about an hour or two in that she starts shivering and whimpering.  He knows that she likes to hold hands but never indulges, and it’s a perfect time to start.
           She seems to be a little calmer crushing his hand. 
           And then the seizures start.  They’re bad enough he places something between her teeth to protect her sharp tongue.
           She falls limp.  And then the moaning and screaming starts.  “So cold.  Chas.”  She is so vulnerable, which she’d hate.  But she could handle it.  Since it’s him.
           “I’m here, Jane.  I’m here.”  The words may not reach her, but he can try.  He can feel useful, for once.  Her grip only gets worse, but he can stand it.  It hurts to see her in pain like this, but he can stand that, too.

madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang standing with his fan, looking peaceful.  Army in background. (peace)
Main Points:
Constantine Genderbend
Summary: Zed has a question.
Word Count: 255
Rating: Gen

        “How do you do it?” Zed asks, reflective, and Constantine shrugs at the question.
        “You’ll have to be a little more specific, luv.  I do a lot of things.”  She leers, but Zed plays the game perfectly, better, even, than Chas—plays along, but doesn’t actually go along with any of the flirting they do in their little dance.
        “Sleep around but don’t get pregnant,” she says, bluntly, and Jane coughs, caught by surprise.  That’s another thing Zed does well, surprises.
        “It’s a neat little trick, innit?” the blonde responds, pulling out a cigarette.  It’s something to do with her restless hands.  It’s hard to sit still.  “Thing is, it’s magic.  I’ll teach you if you want.  A handy little spell all girls should know, in my opinion.  Thing is, those politicians, nasty little bastards who only want to tell the ones they don’t like what to do, they can’t outlaw magic because they don’t know about it.  Protects you from everything but the pleasure.”
        “Maybe you can teach me some self-defense spells, too,” Zed responds with a beguiling smile, and she finds herself smiling in return.
        “Only some of the non-lethal ones, yeah?  Don’t want to get you in the sort of trouble that would have Chas disappointed enough that he’d bugger off and leave us to our own devices.”  She always feels a little more alive when fighting the status quo.
        “You just don’t want to have to cook,” the psychic teases, and Constantine shrugs.  She doesn’t need to voice the Yeah, so?

madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock pointing at the side of his head. (the universe is unimportant)
A large part of my tendency to write genderbend is that I'm trying to get a better grasp on writing dynamic female characters.  Not sure if it's working, but hey, it's worth a try.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Constantine Genderbend
Summary: Constantine is sulking.  Again.
Word Count: 410
Rating: Gen

         “Are you done sulking?” Chas asks as he brings in the groceries, and in response Constantine flips him off, head still not visible from where she’s flopped face down on the couch that might have been stolen from the set of Dracula.  It’s an indication of how long he’s known her that he recognizes the British version of the gesture.
         “The next time that feathery bastard shows up, I’m going to take the opportunity to file a little complaint about how his bosses decided to treat the female half of the race.”
         Chas thinks for two seconds about his reply before he answers.  It’s no use pointing out that she complains about it a lot.  “Does it hurt as bad as dying?”
         That actually gets her to move more than her hand.  She narrows her eyes as she thinks about the question.
         “It’s…I’m not sure.”  It’s rare when he can get her to shut up.  He counts it as a success.  “I remember it hurting bloody awful, but without having actually gone all the way…”  She shrugs and sits up.
         It’s normal enough for her to be speaking in innuendoes, too, which is why he doesn’t react.  Privately he suspects that part of the reason she likes him so much is that he doesn’t react to her charm.  “Are you cooking today, then?”  She’s staring hungrily at the teapot he’s setting up.
         “I thought Zed would appreciate it.”  He’s not going to say he’s cooking for her.  That’s too domestic.  Too close to home.
         She smiles one of her trickster’s smiles at him.  “Ah, but you know I’ll steal some anyway.”  She catches the cheese he throws at her, eyes sparkling.  “What am I supposed to do with this, then?”
         “Cut it into cubes.  Don’t cut yourself again.”  She grins at that—always does, at a reminder that she’s self-destructive at heart—and gets up to join him.
         “Oh, hullo, luv.  Good timing.  You don’t have long to wait for Chas’s cooking.  It’s worth selling your soul for, if you still had one.”
         “I don’t accept souls as payment,” Chas reassures, ignoring the uncomfortable reference to the loss of Jane’s soul.
         “I’m just surprised you got her to do any work,” Zed says with admiration.
         “A little tip.  He doesn’t ask.  Gives me the chance to say no,” she responds, wielding the knife in a way that makes Chas uncomfortable, but he’s not about to take it away from her.

madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang concentrating and looking thoughtful. (red cliff)
Constantine was actually on today, and my friend pointed out my genderbends are missing a character with PTSD.
So this happened.
Also, no idea on ETA of Shadowed Suspicion.  I'd give one, but that'd be irresponsible, since I have yet to rewatch Part 4 to write Josuke, and I've got some stuff coming up including jury duty, so I'd rather not make any promises I can't keep.  I will make this one, though: I will finish.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Constantine Genderbend
Summary: Some natural questions show up.
Word Count: 235
Rating: Gen

        “Are you two together?”
        Chas can’t say that he hadn’t been expecting the question, given that their closeness (and other associated Constantine weirdness) had been a significant contributing factor to his divorce from his wife.
        As usual, Jane ignores the question like it had never even been asked.  “Just drop me off at the corner.  I’ve got a craving.”
        “Should I wait?” Chas asks, playing along, as always.
        “Are you two ignoring my question?” Zed asks.  A perfectly natural response.  She’s not used to the natural rhythm of living in Constantine’s orbit.
        “Don’t bother.  I feel like a wee bit of a stroll.”  Jane gets out before the taxi even stops moving, waves cheerily, and walks right into the convenience store.
        The relationship between Chas and Constantine works best when neither talks about it.  It feels weird to even voice it, but Zed’s just going to keep asking questions until they’re actually answered.  “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Jane’s not very good at dealing with feelings.  She keeps very few people around.  I guess I’m the closest thing she has to a friend, and it’s because I’ve never even considered her as anything more than a friend.  I am—was—married.”
        “Sure it didn’t have anything to do with Constantine?” she teases, and it’s in bad taste.
        “Not on my part,” he says and doesn’t elaborate.  Let her come to her own conclusions.

madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock pointing at the side of his head. (the universe is unimportant)
Please someone tell me they get this reference.  Please.  I'm extremely disappointed in my so-called 'geek club' at university.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Avengers Genderbend
Summary: faster to read
Word Count: 25
Rating: Gen

         “You don’t want to piss off most of the women here,” Tony says reasonably, and then squints and shrugs.  “Or Romanov.  I can’t explain Romanov.”

Purity

Apr. 18th, 2017 09:23 pm
madimpossibledreamer: Zhuge Liang standing with his fan, looking peaceful.  Army in background. (peace)
Main Points:
Avengers Genderbend (Iron Maiden + The Woman With a Plan)
Summary: faster to read
Word Count: 115
Rating: Gen

        Stephanie’s favorite part of working out, besides the happy glow of strength and satisfaction, is taking a shower afterwards, letting the warmth work through the soreness.
        And then she actually glances inside the showers, and gasps and almost drops the towel.
        “Come on, Cap, there’s room enough for the both of us, I’m pretty sure,” Tony drawls with an indecently amused grin and doesn’t bother to try to cover up her nakedness.  At all.
        She stands there, blond hair around her shoulders, until Tony opens her eyes and glances over again.  “Stop acting as if you’ve never seen a woman naked before.”  Silence.  Then Tony finally starts getting it.  “You’ve…never seen a woman naked before.”



madimpossibledreamer: Izanagi|Souji in full costume holding out a hand (personatown)
And this is why I didn't want to post this on Easter.  Easter should have happy, light, and fun.  None of which this is.  Well, maybe fun, figuring out how Tony was going to deal with the situation because she's awesome, and conversation between her and Yinsen, but.  Still.  And I didn't want to cheapen it.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Iron Man Genderbend (Iron Maiden)
Summary: The Ten Rings want something from Tony she isn't willing to give.  She calls their bluff.
Word Count: 434
Rating: Gen
Warning: Technically, nothing actually happens in this fic.  That being said, it's a female Tony in a cave full of terrorists with questionable morals.  (Partly, it's an answer to surfing through Ao3 and finding that most of the versions of female Tony have gone through sexual assault.  This Iron Maiden isn't going to just smile and go along with it and engineers her way out of the situation like she does everything else, so nothing actually happens; however I was slightly uncomfortable writing this so it might be problematic for others. 
Tl;dr: read at your own discretion.)

 



madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock pointing at the side of his head. (the universe is unimportant)
The fic originally scheduled for today was rescheduled because I didn't feel today was an appropriate day to post it.  (You'll see it tomorrow.)  I hope everyone had a great holiday, whether they were celebrating the Cross or just appreciating that candy exists.  Or both!
~Dreamer~
PS: Oddly enough, John has this weird habit of befriending everyone, even people from different fandoms.  Maybe it's the ability to take everything in stride while still retaining a backbone.
PPS: I don't know why the genderbend.  It isn't integral to the story.  I think it was just an extension of the 'Stephanie's bouncing around the multiverse'.
PPPS: If you haven't read Avengers: Heroes Welcome, do it.  It's amazing.

Main Points:
Doctor Strange Genderbend crossed with BBC Sherlock
Summary: John meets a kindred spirit.
Word Count: 311
Rating: Gen

         The stranger draws herself up, rallying her composure.  “Doctor Stephanie Strange, former neurosurgeon.”  She puts a hand out for a handshake and instantly John can see the problem, given that there’s a tremor that speaks of nerve damage.
         “Doctor John Watson, former surgeon,” he responds as he shakes the hand firmly, and instantly sees a kindred light in her eyes.  Not one of pity, as he’d seen in the eyes of so many others, but merely sympathy.
         She looks him over, eyes unreadable.  “Gunshot wound?”
         “Afghanistan,” he responds, used to these sorts of conversations from Sherlock.
         Her eyes instantly narrow.  “Soldier?”
         “Yes.  Problem?”  This time it’s challenging.  He doesn’t particularly like it, but a mere doctor would fit in to society, and he still sticks out like a sore thumb.  Sherlock may have thought of him as the normal one, but he meshes as well with ‘normalcy’ as a Holmes.  Why else would he have found sanctuary with a man whose idea of an everyday occurrence was a samurai invading the flat and a head in the fridge?
         She shakes her head, a brief smirk coming into play.  “You could say I’ve had my worldview expanded from merely ‘do no harm’.”  It fades as quickly as it comes, turning to a somber expression that suddenly makes her look old despite her physical appearance of middle age.  “I understand that sometimes it’s necessary to take one life to save another, or many.  That doesn’t make it any easier, and it’s good to find a better way, without simply just dismissing it as ‘there isn’t one’.  The impossible is possible.  Mental barriers are more of an obstacle than physical ones.”
         John hears the unspoken and covers her hand with one of his own.  A gesture of comfort, nothing more.  “We do the best we can.”
         The smile he receives in return is dazzling.

madimpossibledreamer: Eye from manga drawing. (edgeworth)
Main Points:
Iron Man Genderbend (Iron Maiden)
Summary: faster to read
Word Count: 140
Rating: Gen
Note: This version of Stark was mentioned in the Self-Made Hero story In a Crowded Room.  Also, it probably takes place in the same universe as the Dr Strange genderbend stories Soul is Screaming, Step Through a Doorway, A Strange Welcome (sorta), The Proper Care of a Sorceror Supreme, Hard Earned Wisdom, The Long Wait, Disturbing Equilibrium, A Stranger Path, and Maybe It's a Dream.  Also, the trend of PTSD genderbends continues.

          Pepper sighs and glances at the ceiling.
          “If I may, sir,” Jarvis cuts in, and he’s almost been employed long enough to not jump at that.
          “You think you could explain Stark’s temper tantrum to me?” he asks.
          “I can definitely try.”  There’s a pause, then, “You listed the name on the document as Toni.”
          “…That’s her name,” Pepper says, confused, and then a hologram appears in front of him and he definitely jumps.
          The word reads Toni.  Red crosses the ‘i’ out and it gets replaced with a ‘y’.  “I realize that it’s ‘Antonia Stark’, but she always prefers the nickname to be spelled with a y.  Please do not ask me to explain any further than that because I can’t.”
          “Well, you know, okay, that’s somewhere to start.  Thank you, Jarvis.”  It’s odd, but he’s dealt with stranger.


madimpossibledreamer: Sherlock pointing at the side of his head. (the universe is unimportant)
Guess what movie I went to go see.  Again.  Despite the fact that I now own it.
~Dreamer~

Main Points:
Dr. Strange Genderbend
Summary: Stephanie has a nightmare.  Chris tries to help.
Word Count: 775
Rating: Gen

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