Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal, and a Happy New Year
taliahale
I'll be ringing in the New Year at work this year, guys (oh, hotel night audit you are such a glamorous thing), so I hope you're all out having fun in my stead.

 1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Moved somewhere new with an actual plan in mind.  This...probably shouldn't be the first time I've managed that?  I'm 24 years old.  But I'm pretty damn proud of myself, anyway.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Didn't make any last year. Won't this year, either.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My sister's sister-in-law.  I'm not sure if that counts, since we're neither geographically or emotionally close, but it got my sister and her husband talking about kids which is pretty big news.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, but it was a five-year anniversary of the deaths of two people with whom I was incredibly close.  It was rough in ways I didn't anticipate and didn't deal with particularly well.

5. What countries did you visit?
None.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Schoolwork.  I've finally got the money saved to finish my BA, which (depending on how many classes I can fit in around my work schedule) should take about a year and a half to two years.  So I want a degree, but I'll take the work that gets me there for now.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The anniversary of Lucy's death.  Bit self explanatory, there.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
The big move!  And also getting back to fandom, I think.  I hadn't realized how much I'd missed the active participation bit of being a fan, and the beta work and odd bit of writing has been a real joy.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Nothing huge, I don't think, but I didn't do a great job of taking care of my physical health.  I did a lot of work on my emotional well-being, but my commitment to healthy eating and exercise fell a bit by the wayside.  I didn't gain much weight, or anything, but I feel a bit sluggish and haven't been sleeping as well as I'm used to.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Tonsillitis.  It was the 8th time.  They still refuse to take them out.  Ugh.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A treadmill desk.  It's my new baby.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
All of you lot.  My sister who started her masters in archaeology.  My cousin who came out to his family, despite knowing how they'd react.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled?
Basically everyone I came in contact with at my old job. No. Really.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, food, gas.  I was pretty good about spending in 2013.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Figuring out what exactly I wanted to major in.  At my last school, I'd been working towards a Lit degree, which...it is mostly impossible to get a job in my area without a masters or phd, so--social work!  Yay!

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Uh...the Pacific Rim Soundtrack? I don't know, don't look at me.

17: Compared to this time last year, are you: 
(a) happier or sadder?
 Happier.  Not...not by a lot, but it's significant.
(b) thinner or fatter? Maybe five pounds heavier?  Not noticeably fatter.
(c) richer or poorer? Poorer.  Is anyone richer?

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
...not much?  I was pretty happy with what I managed to accomplish in the last year.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Putting up with being treated poorly.  I'm not sure when I got so terrible at sticking up for myself, but that's not happening anymore.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Quiet day in with my immediate family sans Indy (she had winter-term classes).

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?
No.  Thank fuck.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
...that's still on?  Nothing much.  I rewatched all of SG1 and SGA this year, so it was pretty much all Stargate all the time at Casa Hale in 2013.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
...no.  Like people significantly less?  yes, yes, yes

24. What was the best book you read?
That I was reading for the first time?  Human Division by John Scalzi.  Rereading?  To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.  (It was a spec fic kind of year.)

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
2013 wasn't a big music year for me.  I listened to a lot of my old standards, enjoyed the latest albums from a few favorite bands, nothing really new.

26. What did you want and get?
My treadmill desk.  Been saving up for ages and it was a great purchase.  

27. What did you want and not get?
Not...much?  Not anything that I was realistically expecting.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Just one?  Pacific Rim.  I saw a lot of good movies this year, but that was the fave.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Going back to school sooner.  The money situation just didn't work out.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
I...didn't have one?  I spent most of my year in sweats at home and a uniform at work.

31. What kept you sane?
Fandom.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Uh...it was sort of a Joe Flan resurgence this year.  Like I said, too much Stargate.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Baby Boomers shitting all over Millennials; educational debt; reproductive rights; same old bullshit.

34. Who did you miss?
My little sister, Indy.  Looking forward to seeing her this week at Disneyland!

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
Take shit from no one.

Teen Wolf/Stargate Crossover: Beneath an Unfamiliar Sky
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Title: Beneath an Unfamiliar Sky, sequel to Curly Fries and Other Little Obscenities
Author: [personal profile] taliahale
Fandoms: Teen Wolf (TV), Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1
Word Count: 1972
Ratings/Warnings: Gen, Archive Warnings Not Used
Characters: Stiles Stilinski, Aiden Ford, Captain Calliope Taylor (OFC), Madison Miller, Laura Cadman, Kavya Patankar (OFC), Sam Carter, Derek Hale, Jennifer Keller
Pairings: Various implied, Derek/Stiles (pre-slash)
Summary: Stiles spent the last eight days sharing a hut with his teammates and a handful of goat-like creatures on P7K-172. Dad’s going to be pissed he missed Thanksgiving.
Author’s Note: I don't know how this sequel happened. You don't need to read Curly Fries first, but feel free to. Things you need to know: Stiles works at Stargate Command and his team leader is Aiden Ford, Goa'uld are evil aliens who take over human hosts (they can be identified by medical scans for the symbiote and by their flashing eyes).

Available at AO3 if you prefer.
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Insta[REC]: more with less by liketheroad, Hockey RPF
taliahale
more with less by [personal profile] liketheroad. Unrated, 4,000+ words, Patrick/Jonny. Possibly I liked this because it hit so incredibly close to home for me. It happens occasionally. There's some seriously heavy shit being discussed here: religious guilt, family issues, internalized and societal homophobia, being so closeted you have no support system. It's not happy-times fic, and while it ends with the UST firmly in place it's quietly hopeful. You go read; I'll just be over here in my corner, weeping.

Johnny was raised Mennonite, which seems about as bad as being Catholic, except there’s less of an emphasis on guilt and more of a focus on the moral value of hard work and unhappiness. His mom’s a lapsed Catholic, though, converting when she married Johnny’s dad, and she still sometimes cries about how little he’s home, so Johnny’s probably got his bases covered, guilt wise.

They’ve never really talked about their faiths, except for the occasional cryptic, drunken reference, but Patrick figures they both believe in something, even if it’s just enough to keep them apart.

***

They’ve acknowledged their feelings for one another, but only once. They were in Vancouver, and Canada had just beaten America for Olympic gold. To this day, Patrick doesn’t know why he chose to bring it up then, except that it was an emotional moment, so happy for Johnny and so sad for himself, and when they met in the handshake line, all he could think to say was, “What I feel for you isn’t wrong.”

Johnny blinked at him and said, “I never said it was.”

Patrick nodded, tugged once on Johnny’s chinstrap, and kept moving down the line.

They haven’t spoken about it since.

Teen Wolf Canon Divergence AU: Detective Skills and Your Daily Life
taliahale
Title: Detective Skills and Your Daily Life
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters: Derek Hale, Stiles Stilinski, Scott McCall, Lydia Martin, Jackson Whittemore, Vernon Boyd, Erica Reyes, Allison Argent, Danny Mahealani
Relationships: Stiles/Derek
Rating: Gen
Word Count: 1064
Summary: In which three is a pattern and Derek knows the way to a man's heart.
Notes: This tooth-rotting bit of plotless fluff takes place in a nebulous, AU season 2 where the pack's a big, happy family and Jackson/Erica/Boyd are still around because I said so.

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Insta[REC]: Thou and You by pentapus and twentysomething, Hockey RPF
taliahale
Thou and You art by pentapus, fic by twentysomething. Explicit, 61,000+ words, Historical Fantasy AU, Sid/Geno, Maria Kirilenko/Alexander Ovechkin, Paul Martin/James Neal. I've read the Patricia C Wrede novels the magical society is based on, and while worth a read, this delightful Sid/Geno focused fic gives me what those were missing: porn. Not that there isn't a lot of lovely world-building and adorably Regency-esque wooing, but the sex scenes are pretty phenomenal.

"You are over-modest," Evgeni says, bringing Sugarpie into step with Teumessian. "You ride beautifully."

Mr. Crosby ducks his head with a smile. "Where I come from in Canada, there isn't much to do other than ride and skate. From the moment the ice became too thin, I was on a horse."

"My childhood was much the same," Evgeni says, grinning to think of it. "If only the weather would allow us to go skating, as well."

"The ice forms much later in Pittsburgh than in Cole Harbour," Mr. Crosby says with a sigh, and then, with the air of one admitting to a terrible secret, adds, "I have been known to speed the process along with a spell on Lord Lemieux's fish pond."

Evgeni is startled into laughing. "I hope it was not stocked at the time," he teases.

Mr. Crosby's guilty look is all the confirmation Evgeni needs to burst into another round of delighted laughter. "Oh, Mr. Crosby," Evgeni manages through his laughter, sighing it out.

"Mar- Lord Lemieux did not mind," Mr. Crosby mutters.

Insta[REC]: At the Edges by onrooftops, Teen Wolf
taliahale
At the Edges by onrooftops. Mature, Stiles/Danny, 93,000+ words, AU Canon Divergence Post Season 2. I don't really know how to summarize this. It's truly novel-length, narratively complex, and I've had it constantly at the back of my mind for months. I rarely read WIPs (and never rec them, which is why I'm only posting this now) so it speaks volumes that I've been going back to At the Edges since June. As much as I love Sterek, Stiles and Danny make sense as a couple in the canon's timeline in a way that Stiles and Derek really can't. Danny is criminally underused on the show, and onrooftops has used the barebones we're given and written a fully realized protagonist. Take the time to read this one, guys. It's phenomenal.

“Fucking werewolves, Danny!”

“I know.” He drops his chin to look at her again. “I do. I would have told you if you’d seen even half of what you saw tonight. If you saw Jackson with sideburns, or Scott with his eyes all lit up—I’d have told you.”

“Bullshit. You’re telling me now, and I thank you for that, I do, but—that was Erica tonight, right? The one who pulled Aiden off of me? That was Erica and she threatened me and you sided with her. You stayed, Danny. You sent me away, but you stayed.”

“Of course I stayed. You didn’t know what was going on. You needed to get out of there.” He looks at the dried blood spattered on his dark t-shirt, his jeans. “I needed to stay.” He can’t explain that compulsion, the fact that he didn’t even consider a different possibility, didn’t consider leaving to make absolutely sure she made it home all right. He feels a raw surge of guilt at that, but even so he can’t imagine having handled the night any differently.

“But once I was gone, what’d you do?” She fixes her gaze on a smear of brownish blood across his forearm. “You look like you killed somebody. You look like a psychopath. You’re a mess. How do you know Erica and the rest are the good guys, how do you know you want to side with them?” She takes in a shaky breath. “How can you want to risk everything for them?”

“What we’re doing—it’s right, Julia. I’m on the right side.”

“Say there’s not a right side,” she argues, “or say both groups of werewolves are wrong and the right side is the people who’re out of it.”

Danny pushes to his feet. “Staying out of it isn’t an option for me. People are getting hurt, and we need to stop the wolves who’re hurting them. That’s what there is. That’s all this is.”

Challenge Alert: Hockey Reverse Big Bang
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Just dropping this here. Sign-ups end on December 1st, and can be found here. You can also check out the rules and FAQ at the LJ comm.

Teen Wolf/Stargate Crossover: Curly Fries and Other Little Obscenities
taliahale
Title: Curly Fries and Other Little Obscenities
Author: [personal profile] taliahale
Prompt: Stiles Stilinski walked into a bar and meets…Aiden Ford.
Fandoms: Teen Wolf (TV), Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1
Word Count: 2068
Ratings/Warnings: Gen, No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Stiles Stilinski, Aiden Ford, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Pairings: Aiden Ford/Laura Cadman, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Summary: Stiles is wandering the corridors of Stargate Command in search of caffeine and calories when he meets Major Ford.
Author’s Note: Thanks to my mifus for all the encouragement. Written for A Ficathon Walks Into a Bar. Unfortunately, there is no actual bar in this story.

Canon compliant with Teen Wolf through 3a, though the accelerated education is farfetched enough that you can disregard that if you prefer. Aiden’s storyline diverges from SG:A canon pre-series. His grandmother fell ill and he never joined the original expedition. He’s a team leader at the SGC and his life has been all puppies and rainbows and Cadman instead of Wraith enzyme-induced psychosis and life on the lam. McShep because I seriously can't help myself.

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[REC]s: Hockey RPF, Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
taliahale
So. Real people fic. It's new for me. Hockey? Not so new. I'm easing into a whole new world of 'oh, Lee, what were you thinking' fics. And so we begin with my favorite Penguins, Sid and Geno. I love how fandom's collectively decided there shall be pining. The pining is great.
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Insta[REC]:Hitch A Ride On The Back of a Butterfly by torakowalski, MCU/Avengers
taliahale
 Hitch A Ride On The Back of a Butterfly by[personal profile] torakowalski.  Explicit, Rule 63!Coulson/Clint, 29,000+ words, Rule 63 AU (slightly kidfic).  Also contains background Teddy Altman/Billy Kaplan and Pepper/Tony.  Brilliant examination of how the events of the film would've gone down differently if Phil was Phillippa, and Clint and Phil had a child to consider when taking on assignments.  I don't really want to spoil it, but you should go read it.  As soon as you have time to sit down and read the thing in one go.   No really, I don't recommend reading this piecemeal.  I was on the edge of my seat and would have had an aneurysm if I needed to stop partway through.  Also, Billy the babysitter is the best shit ever.

"You're supposed to be in the ice," Stephanie tells him.  "How did you get out?"

"Stephie," Clint says, before Phil can, but Rogers shakes his head.

"The people your mom and dad work for got me out," he says, easily enough.

Stephanie considers that for a minute then smiles.  "Tony's making me a robot," she says, "come see."

She finally lets go of Clint and holds out her hand for Rogers, who takes it after a quick look at Phil.

"Aww," Stark says.  "Isn't that nice.  Steve and Stephie."  He stops, hands hovering over the tiny robot.  "Wait.  Steve.  Stephie.  Stephanie.  Steven.  Coulson, did you name your kid after Captain America?"

Phil shrugs and refuses to blush, so Stark turns his attention to Clint.  "Barton, you let her name your kid after Captain America?"

Clint shrugs in pretty much the same way that Phil did.  She thinks he might have taught her that move, come to think of it.  "What's wrong with that?" he asks.  "If she'd wanted to call her Antonia, then we might of had a problem."

Stark claps a hand over his heart.  "I'm wounded.  Relieved to see you can crack a joke, but wounded."


On the floor with Stephanie, Rogers is blushing, but he's looking at her and smiling, too.  "I'm honoured," he says quietly.

Phil doesn't entirely know what to say for a moment.  When she named Stephanie, she never in her wildest dreams imagined getting to tell Captain America about it.

Clint nudges her.  "Our lives are weird," he whispers.  "Also, you've got stars in your eyes."

"Shut up, I do not," Phil s, but she knows she does.


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