frith_in_thorns: Diana Berrigan in a winter coat, looking down and smiling (WC Diana)
There is a Diana squeefest being held at [ profile] sholio's journal - go and play!

frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Diana 2)
Title: Sleight Out Of Hand
Author: [personal profile] frith_in_thorns
Characters/Pairing: Neal, Diana, June, Peter; Gen
Rating: T
Word count: 9000
Warnings: None
Notes: This is my SandyAid fic for [ profile] leonie_alastair, horrendously late! I really apologise, and hope you enjoy it.
I'm using this as my wild card square (smoke inhalation) in [ profile] hc_bingo. Thank you [ profile] helle_d and [ profile] sholio for advance reading!

Summary: An FBI agent, a CI and an ex-con infiltrate a party. Only one comes out.

Neal could practically hear Peter refrain from telling them that this wasn't a game. )

frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Fallen London - mushroom hat)
Everything long and with plot is currently stuck in Editing Hell, so have some quick Neal h/c in the meantime.

Fallen London 'verse Masterpost (fics by both myself and [ profile] sholio)

Title: The Itinerant Physician
Characters/Pairing: Neal, Diana/Christie
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 950
Warnings: None.
Notes: For the Accidents square on my [ profile] hc_bingo card.

Summary: There's not a great demand for doctors when death isn't permanent. So Neal's not going to complain about the one Diana's found to stitch him up. (Much.)

Next time you get me stabbed, maybe I'll ask you to cut my throat and just get it over with. )
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Default)
Fallen London 'verse Masterpost (fics by both myself and [ profile] sholio)

Title: A Matter of Spiders
Characters/Pairing: Diana, Mozzie
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 1800
Warnings: Spiders.
Notes: For the Poisoning square on my [ profile] hc_bingo card. I haven't written anything in this 'verse for way too long.

Summary: Someone is trying to kill Diana.

Sorrow-spiders can travel between mirrors )

frith_in_thorns: Diana Berrigan in a winter coat, looking down and smiling (WC Diana)
Title: Keep your feet on solid ground
Characters/Pairing: Neal, Diana; Gen
Word count: 1400
Warnings: Spoilers for 5x01, although actually set in the between-season gap
Notes: The idea for this came out of a chat with [ profile] sholio. It fills the "bruises" square on my [ profile] hc_bingo card.

Summary: Diana and Neal have a rather overdue conversation.

Read more... )

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frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (White Collar - Neal - hat steps)
For the 2013 White Collar Big Bang.

Title: Hold With All You Have
Characters/Pairings:Neal, Peter, Diana, others. Gen with mild Peter/Elizabeth, Diana/Christie, and Diana/OFC.
Rating: FRT
Word Count: 32,500
Spoilers: Plot points from early season 4.
Warnings: This is an apocafic, dealing with a pandemic. Quite a few warnings are included in that, including disturbing descriptions, violence, a lot of general background death, and death/implied death of canon characters. (Specifically: Christie's death is described; Satchmo dies off-screen; other characters including June, Jones and Hughes have unresolved fates.)
Author's Note: This fills the "apocalypse" square on my [ profile] hc_bingo card. It is also very much the longest story I have ever sat down and written. I very much hope you enjoy it!
Beta: [ profile] sholio, [ profile] florastuart and [ profile] helle_d, who were all wonderful and extremely patient with me. Thank you so much!
Art: The amazing art is by [ profile] sholio. Please let her know how awesome she is!

Summary: A lethal epidemic rips through New York. In the aftermath, Neal, Peter and Diana must work together to survive, and to search for those who left the city before lock-down. And after they have to keep on surviving.

On LJ: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 | On DW | On AO3

Hold With All You Have )
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Diana 2)
There is a growing prevalence at the moment for Neal/Diana fic. This upsets me a lot, and I'm going to talk about why.

Disclaimer: I am not censoring anyone (since I am not a government entity, it would be literally impossible for me to do so). It is everyone's personal choice to write what they write. I am just trying to explain why this particular choice is very loaded, and problematic, and capable of hurting people. Not everyone feels like this, obviously. I don't speak on behalf of any group.

(If you're going to comment with YKINMK, or some variety of "don't read, then", please don't bother. I don't need to read the fic to have it glare in my face as I scroll down my flist.)

Diana, you see, identifies as a lesbian, at multiple points in canon. Very clearly and unambiguously. She has expressed her lack of attraction to men in general and to Neal specifically.

Writing her otherwise is erasure.

The obvious (and very tired) retort is "but what about writing straight characters as gay/bi? That happens all the time!"

Firstly, I can only think of two characters I have ever seen who have actually stated themselves to be straight (Pete from Warehouse 13 and John from BBC Sherlock, if you're curious). Because we live in a heterocentric society, characters (and people) are assumed to be straight unless and until they state otherwise. Coming out is hard, and it isn't a one-time event -- if you're lucky enough to have passing privilege you have to come out again, and again, and again, to each new group of people. It's SCARY. Even then, it can be really hard to get people to respect your identity -- think of all the "you just haven't met the right man/woman yet" bullshit.

And secondly: writing a straight or assumed-straight character as queer is an act of subversion. In our heterosexist society, our media suffers deeply from an overabundance of assumed-straight characters, and a lack of meaningful representation for queer people. Taking assumed-straight chars and writing them as queer can be powerful: it's forcing ourselves into spaces which actively try to keep us out. It's saying, We can be main characters. We can be heroes. We belong here.

Taking a gay character, one of the very few textually gay characters, and writing them into a straight relationship is a fucking kick in the teeth. No way to sugar-coat it, I'm afraid, and I don't want to.

I was talking a moment ago about the lack of respect for queer people, and queer identities, and this is a part of that. Writing a gay character in a het relationship does not happen in a vacuum -- it happens in a context where gay characters are already crumbs compared to the spread of assumed-straight characters. Where we all know that creators can and do take them away from us at any moment (Moffat's Irene Adler, I'm looking at you). Where (usually) straight people feel completely justified in continually questioning self-professed queerness, and so many media narratives glorify the gay-identified person finding that they "just happen" to fall in love with someone of the opposite gender. Where "she'd like it if she just tried it" is a meme, one that makes people feel justified into coercing or forcing gay people into sex they don't want. Where we all know that you might not really be gay -- maybe you're just confused, or immature, or waiting for the right man.

There are reasons to write a pairing like Neal/Diana. Because you find the thought of them together hot. Because you enjoy their interactions, and want to write more of them, and a relationship is an easy way of doing that. Because you just feel like it.

There are reasons not to. Because it hurts people to see that one of the few characters they can identify with, that they can count as one of them, other people feel justified in claiming for the over-represented majority instead. Because you respect representations of queer identities. Because, whether you agree with them or not, you realise that writing het ships for gay characters makes people upset and hurt.

You can choose which of those reasons you care the most about. But you ARE making a choice. And you're displaying it in public every time you write this pairing. Please, consider choosing not to.
frith_in_thorns: Diana Berrigan in a winter coat, looking down and smiling (WC Diana)
Title: Safe To Shore
Characters/Pairing: Neal, Peter, Diana; Gen
Rating: PG
Word count: 2000
Warnings: None
Notes: For [ profile] sholio's prompt of drugged!Peter over on [ profile] whitecollarhc's Comfest.
This fic contains about my usual amount of context. Which is to say, not a lot.

Summary: Neal and Diana make a good team. Especially when it comes to unexpected situations, like looking after their boss.

Safe To Shore )

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frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Diana 2)

Title: this is the story of the boys who loved you
Characters: Diana
Rating: T
Word count: 860
Warnings: TW for serious consent issues (contains nothing explicit)
Notes: Apparently I have a lot of Feelings about Diana and the sorts of undercover work she gets.
Title from The Decemberists.

Summary: You don't put your feelings in the report.

this is the story of the boys who loved you )

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frith_in_thorns: Diana Berrigan in a winter coat, looking down and smiling (WC Diana)
Title: Lies That Set You Free
Characters/Pairing: El + team; Gen with Peter/El
Rating: T
Word count: 8100
Warnings: Spoilers through season 3.
Notes: This is what I spent a large portion of my November writing, with much encouragement from [ profile] helle_d. It counts for the Electrocution square on my [ profile] hc_bingo card.

This is for an absolutely awesome prompt by [ profile] sholio on [ profile] collarcorner.

Summary: Elizabeth gets a ransom demand for Peter and Neal. She also gets severely underestimated.

Lies That Set You Free )

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frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Diana 2)
Title: The Weight of Water
Characters/Pairing: Diana, Neal
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 3400
Warnings: None
Notes: Written for an excellent prompt by [ profile] dmk0064 in the current fest on [ profile] whitecollarhc. And [ profile] helle_d was a lovely beta, as always, even though I made her read this in 500 word instalments.
If you squint a bit this can totally go in the "accidents" square on my [ profile] hc_bingo card.

Summary: Diana and Neal have to swim for their lives. Or tread water, if that's all that's possible.

The Weight of Water )

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frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Books - Discworld - Words)
Um, so. This is a thing that I have written. You can probably read it without knowing The Hunger Games as it's a "characters from one canon put into the setting of the other" sort of AU, rather than a strict crossover - I've put some of the background for the Games below.

Context for the setting )

Title: life is fragile as a dream
Fandom: White Collar/Hunger Games AU crossover
Characters/Pairing: Elizabeth, Neal, Peter, Diana; Gen with hints of El/Peter
Genre/Rating: Action, angst; 15
Word count: 3000
Warnings: Graphic violence, character deaths
Notes: [ profile] hoosierbitch and [ profile] rabidchild67 encouraged me, and [ profile] helle_d beta-read (and listened to my long, long spiels of canon-geek justification for everything in this fic). I blame all of you guys for this *g*
Apart from the context of the Games (see above), I don't think there are really spoilers for The Hunger Games in here. (This is an AU for both canons.)
Also, I've just realised that I can totally use this for the [ profile] 10tropes challenge as my Beware The Nice Ones fic.

Summary: Elizabeth is no fighter. The only bets are on how soon she'll die.

life is fragile as a dream )

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frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (White Collar - Neal - worried shirt)
Title: Pressure
Characters/Pairing: Neal, Peter, Diana, Jones; Gen
Genre/Rating: Very fluffy h/c; G
Word count: 1300
Warnings: None
Notes: So, when I said I'd write a fic based on my experiences with blood donation, I was mostly joking. But then several people told me to actually write it, and I tend to do what people tell me.

Summary: The team take part in a blood drive. It goes a little less smoothly than expected.

How would I cheat at blood donation? )

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frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Neal 2)
Yes, I've produced more cliche hurt/comfort *g*

Title: Thin Ice
Characters/Pairing: Neal, Peter, Diana; Gen
Genre/Rating: Hurt/comfort; PG-13
Word count: 3500
Warnings: None
Notes: Written for a lovely anon on my drabble meme. I'm… not very good at writing drabbles. (And yes, I'm still working my way through the prompts, I promise!) Beta'd by the always-lovely [ profile] helle_d.

Summary: Hypothermia!fic. A blizzard during an undercover meet is a recipe for disaster.

Peter was trying to ignore his gut-feeling of anxiety. )

- - -
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (White Collar - Neal - worried shirt)
Title: Hold On Hope
Characters/Pairing: Neal, Diana; Gen
Genre/Rating: Angst, hurt/comfort; PG-13
Word count: 3000
Warnings: None
Notes: For the [ profile] 10tropes challenge, for the trope Getting Hot In Here. Slightly loosely.
Beta'd very kindly by [ profile] helle_d.

Summary: The metal and earth dampened any noises above them to nothing.

Afterimages lingered after the metal lid slammed shut, plunging them into darkness. )

- o -
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (White Collar - Neal+Peter - wake up)
Title: A State of Being Lost
Characters/Pairing: Neal, Peter, also Diana, Mozzie; Gen
Genre/Rating: H/C, angst; PG-13
Word count: 4,500
Warnings: None
Notes: For this prompt by [personal profile] kriadydragon on [community profile] collarcorner
I have been assured by [profile] helle_d that it's valid to screw around with tenses in this way (the story was sounding utterly wrong before I did this), and she says that as an English student her opinion is unequivocally correct. *gg*

Summary: Chasing a delirious Neal over town wasn't exactly how Peter had been planning to spend his afternoon. Not that Neal was terribly happy to be chased.

They found Neal in what looked like an ordinary motel room. )

- o -
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Diana 2)
I really had to write this after the latest episode of White Collar. Because, oh, Diana. So this is maybe a little rushed, but I just had to get it out.

Title: The Never We've Been Told Before
Characters/Pairing: Diana; Gen, mentions of Diana/OFC
Genre/Rating: Angst, PG
Word count: 700
Warnings: Homophobia
Notes: Mild spoiler for episode 3x14, 'Pulling Strings'. Title is from 'City Hall' by Vienna Teng, because.

Summary: "They wouldn't let me go to Prom."

She has already bought her dress. )

- o -
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (White Collar - Neal - smile hat)
Only a couple of days to go until new White Collar! I've just had to buy a new notebook to write more fic in since I've now filled my last one. Those two statements are really quite related. (I should really get around to typing up some more. And finishing some of the ones which actually have plots, but which I invariably abandon after about 4000 words in favour of shiny new plot bunnies...)

Title: See This Through
Characters/Pairing: Neal, Diana, Peter; Gen
Genre/Rating: Hurt/comfort; T
Word count: 3400
Warnings: None
Notes: Written for this prompt from [personal profile] sholio  on [community profile] collarcorner : Things go bad for Neal on an undercover job. Peter's on desk duty for some reason so isn't handling him, and can only help over the radio.

Summary: Any distance can be almost too far to cross when you're bleeding out and only have the voices in your ear to help you.

The bullet wasn't even meant for him. It's almost amusing. )

frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (White Collar - Diana - happy)
Fic! Now with 34% more plot!

Title: Party Trick
Characters/Pairing: Diana & Neal, Gen
Rating: T
Word count: 3000
Warnings: Some violence
Summary: Diana and Neal are undercover together. Of course, things don't go smoothly. For the 'hostage' square on my [ profile] hc_bingo

Note: Custom comment pages are currently turned on in my journal, due to LJ's fantastic break-everything update. I hope this doesn't cause problems for anyone.

It wasn't actually a bad party. Diana thought she might even have been able to enjoy herself, were she not on Neal Caffrey's arm. )

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