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It's Halloween! Let's do a little trick or treating, shall we? Comment here (as many times as you like) with "Trick or Treat!" and a request (for a picture, or a drabble, or something!) or a prompt or whatever, and I'll either respond with whatever that is (treat!), or I'll give you something entirely different of my choosing (trick!).

:DDD

So here's the thing about me and scary movies: generally, if I'm watching them in daylight and with a bunch of other people, it's not too bad at first. Take this Saturday for example - I managed to get through Behind the Mask (which was more interesting than scary, admittedly), Paranormal Activity 2 (jesus fucking christ), and Trick r' Treat (again, pretty cool despite the scary elements). And it was fine! I mean, PA2 was fucking distressing, but I liked the story? and I thought it was shot in an interesting way? And I didn't have any trouble sleeping that night or anything.

But then, of course, last night I'm back in my apartment and I could barely make myself leave my room to walk two steps to the bathroom, AND I had nightmares until I woke up at 2. I pretty much refused to go back to sleep after that. Also, I had to keep my desk lamp on for a while because something in my room was making a weird pattern on my ceiling in the dark (it took me an hour or so to realize it was the status light on my phone projecting up from where it was sitting on my computer tower ><).

This will probably go on for another couple of days, and then eventually I'll be able to get the image of the possessed woman appearing in the house from nowhere and killing her sister and brother-in-law out of my head. My brain has a hard time letting things like that go for some reason. I know that it's not real, but. I dunno. :\

Anyway! Besides the nightmares and very little sleep last night, this weekend was excellent! I mean, there was at least a foot of snow on Saturday where we were, but it's not all that bad when you're warm and cozy and having fun with your jerk friends, you know? So we ate a lot of food and watched movies and did some crafts and all was well. [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash posted pictures of us in our costumes here - I was drunk!fanboy!Tony Stark, thanks to Kait's last minute awesome idea skills (and her color printer). I am still MOST amused by this, of course. \o?

Tonight after work I'm going to Harvard Square to chill and try to write for a while, and then [livejournal.com profile] chicleeblair and I are having dinner together! And then once I get home I have to do all the laundry and all the fandom things. Like my Big Bang Mix Up mixes. That are due tomorrow. And are only half done. Um. Oops? And I was doing so well with this. >.>

How are things, friends? Everyone hanging in there?

Date: 2011-10-31 02:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] fluffygremlin.livejournal.com
Trick or Treat!

I want a drabble of awesome awesomeness... or a picture... or whatever... I'm easy!

Date: 2011-10-31 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] metonymy.livejournal.com
Trick or treat! I will take whatever!

Why We Tell Stories

Date: 2011-10-31 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brilligspoons.livejournal.com
I
Because we used to have leaves
and on damp days
our muscles feel a tug,
painful now, from when roots
pulled us into the ground

and because our children believe
they can fly, an instinct retained
from when the bones in our arms
were shaped like zithers and broke
neatly under their feathers

and because before we had lungs
we knew how far it was to the bottom
as we floated open-eyed
like painted scarves through the scenery
of dreams, and because we awakened

and learned to speak

2
We sat by the fire in our caves,
and because we were poor, we made up a tale
about a treasure mountain
that would open only for us

and because we were always defeated,
we invented impossible riddles
only we could solve,
monsters only we could kill,
women who could love no one else
and because we had survived
sisters and brothers, daughters and sons,
we discovered bones that rose
from the dark earth and sang
as white birds in the trees

3
Because the story of our life
becomes our life

Because each of us tells
the same story
but tells it differently

and none of us tells it
the same way twice

Because grandmothers looking like spiders
want to enchant the children
and grandfathers need to convince us
what happened happened because of them

and though we listen only
haphazardly, with one ear,
we will begin our story
with the word and

-Lisel Mueller

Re: Why We Tell Stories

Date: 2011-10-31 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] metonymy.livejournal.com
That is BEAUTIFUL, thank you.

Also I am a total wuss about scary things. When I went to see The Ring I was so scared that I spent the night at a friend's house. Except she had multiple fish tanks in her room. Water burbling noises after that movie = NO SLEEP.

Date: 2011-10-31 02:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pocky_slash.livejournal.com
I'M REALLY SORRY ABOUT THE HORROR MOVIES D:

Trick or Treat!

Oh, haha, I wasn't paying attention!

Um, prompt is... "night terrors."
Edited Date: 2011-10-31 02:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-31 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brilligspoons.livejournal.com
STOP APOLOGIZING. I'm a grown-up! I knew this would happen! I could've retreated into the bedroom and been a jerk and ignored all of you all day! :DDD

***

Raven has to spend the whole month after they meet hiding in Charles' room while he weaves a story so tragic (the little orphan girl, abandoned in the city, starving and cold, making her way north and stealing to survive - though it's less fiction and more reality, honestly) into his mother's mind so that even she can't find it in her to turn the little girl away. Charles' powers, he tells Raven, take a lot out of him, and he wants to make sure Sharon will never have cause to toss her out.

"We're brother and sister now," he says, fierce and insistent despite his drooping eyelids. They lie close together, facing each other under the covers, to ward off the winter chill. "Not going to let you go, not ever."

"I believe you," she whispers back, and they both nod off shortly thereafter.

Once Sharon has accepted the story, Raven finds herself in possession of her very own room down the hall from Charles', along with new clothes, and more dolls than she knows what to do with, and an entire estate for her to explore alongside her new brother. She's never had so many wishes come true at once (well, she hasn't had any wishes come true before).

But the first night in her new bed, she's brought out of sleep and into wakefulness by a faint sound coming from somewhere in the house. Raven, just for a moment, wonders if the big house is haunted and Charles just didn't tell her, but she finds her robe (fleecey and soft and wonderful) and goes to investigate the noise. She doesn't have to go far - it echoes down to her from Charles' room, and when she tiptoes closer, the sound grows louder and louder. She swings the door open, and there, sitting up in his bed, is Charles, gasping desperately for air.

Raven rushes into his bedroom and climbs up next to him. "What's wrong?" she asks. Charles throws his arms around her and continues to shake and gulp down air furiously. Not entirely sure what's wrong or what she should be doing, Raven merely returns the embrace and makes shushing noises into his hair, lowers them slowly until they're lying down together.

It takes several long minutes for Charles to calm down, and once he does he slips right back into sleep. Raven pouts and wonders if she shouldn't pinch him awake to explain to her what had just happened. Instead, she wrestles his bedcovers over both of them and keeps watch for the rest of the night.

Date: 2011-10-31 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pocky_slash.livejournal.com
ALL THE HEARTS ♥ &hearts: ♥ ♥

Date: 2011-11-02 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joirerson.livejournal.com
OOOOOHHHHH MY FEELINGS.

This was fantastic!

Date: 2011-10-31 02:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] harborshore.livejournal.com
i am not entirely okay today? anxiety, whatever.

trick or treat! if you had any cuddling!drabbles in you they would be incredibly appreciated. erik/charles. or kittens. i would take a kitten.

Hugs and cuddles for you! <333

Date: 2011-10-31 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brilligspoons.livejournal.com
Erik crawls into bed well past midnight and groans into his pillow. Charles absently rubs his back with one hand and flips the page he's been correcting with the other, murmurs something vaguely comforting as he notes an error in the first sentence on the new side. "Children all abed?" Charles asks as he reaches for the red pen that had fallen between them a moment ago. He strikes another word before setting the stack of papers on the bedside table.

"Either the candy companies are putting more sugar into their products," Erik says, "or I'm getting old. Very, very old."

Charles laughs and rolls himself over as best he can, settling half on top of Erik. He kisses Erik's neck before nosing gently at the same patch of bare skin. "My poor, poor Erik," says Charles. "Run ragged by a gaggle of young, sugar-infused mutants."

"Pray, do not mock me: I am a very foolish fond old man," is his reply. Erik shifts onto his back and gathers Charles closer. "The children seem to get younger and younger every year."

"That does tend to happen," Charles agrees. He angles his head up for a kiss. "Do you regret it?" he asks once they've parted. He already knows the answer.

"Never," says Erik. "And I never will."

Re: Hugs and cuddles for you! &lt;333

Date: 2011-10-31 09:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] harborshore.livejournal.com
Oh my god, wonderful wonderful wonderful. Today was SUCH a clusterfuck of a day, and to find this as I'm climbing into bed--I love you? A lot? <33333333333333333333333 They grew old together! IT IS SO WONDERFUL.
Edited Date: 2011-10-31 09:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Hugs and cuddles for you! <333

Date: 2011-11-02 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joirerson.livejournal.com
OH MY GAWD I AM TORN OPEN BY THIS.

JUST. I'm choosing to think of this as a no!divorce AU, MMKAY. It makes me happy.

Date: 2011-10-31 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bessiemaemucho.livejournal.com
~* Trick or treat *~

My prompt is: CANDY. OBVI

Date: 2011-10-31 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mcwonthelottery.livejournal.com
TRICK OR TREAT! I WILL TAKE WHATEVS, YO!

Re: WHERE DID HE COME FROM?

Date: 2011-10-31 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mcwonthelottery.livejournal.com
If anyone was sleeping in my building, they are now awake from that laugh I just barked out.

NIXON, YOU ARE MY FAVORITE FOREVER (EXCEPT FOR WHEN OTHERS ARE MY FAVORITE)

Date: 2011-10-31 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paper-tzipporah.livejournal.com
Trick or treat! I demand something awesome.

Date: 2011-10-31 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] la-petite-singe.livejournal.com
Trick or treat! :D I'll take anything your heart desires.

Lord, I am very jumpy as well, and I enjoy scaring myself with certain movies, but then everything in my apartment freaks me out. And it's a pretty small apartment. >___> Sheesh.

Drunk!fanboy!Tony Stark sounds fuckin' AWESOME.

Date: 2011-10-31 10:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] kaaatie.livejournal.com
Just commenting to say yay for The Decemberists! (I'm always so excited to see someone listening to them!)

Date: 2011-11-01 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brilligspoons.livejournal.com
I love them! I only had The Crane Wife at first, but once I got my hands on The King is Dead, I HAD to have more. :D

Date: 2011-11-01 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 80sgirlie.livejournal.com
I know you don't like horror movies, but PA2? That movie is fucking horrible. The first one was "meh", but that one was just plain bad.

Date: 2011-11-01 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brilligspoons.livejournal.com
I disagree! I may not know a lot about horror movies, but I thought the build-up was effective, and while the story wasn't PERFECT, it was pretty interesting and tied into the first one (what I know of PA1, anyway) really well. *shrug*

Date: 2011-11-01 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joirerson.livejournal.com
TRICKER TREAT!!!!

And I hear you on the horror. I like reading horror, oddly enough, but watching horror movies is something I've learned over the years to just not do. Good horror gets under your skin and changes the way you think, but it seems like a lot of horror movies just seem to go for cheap creep outs. I watched a ninja movie a while ago with a lady I didn't know very well, and with the first decapitation I dived under my coat collar and said, 'I forgot that I hate watching violence!' because it had been so very long since I'd tried to watch anything with actual violence in it.

*waits patiently for her trick or treat*

Edit because I forgot to leave an actual prompt: Avengers carving pumpkins!!
Edited Date: 2011-11-01 03:18 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-01 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brilligspoons.livejournal.com
I'm the same way! I love a book/fic/whatever with horror/violent elements, but I suspect that with the written word you can temper your mental image of what's going on. As opposed to watching it happen on a screen and having it burned into your brain. XD

Anyway!

***

Tony eyes Natasha warily. "I don't think I trust you with this," he says.

"It's a pumpkin," she replies. She doesn't roll her eyes at him, but by now Tony's known her long enough to know that she probably wants to. "I'm not performing a lobotomy on you."

"You say that now, but I see that gleam in your eyes, Romanov. You're not fooling anybody."

"Give me the knife, and maybe I won't put you in the hospital."

"...Fine."

Date: 2011-11-02 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joirerson.livejournal.com
OMG PUMPKIN CARVING WITH THE BLACK WIDOW WOULD BE SO SUSPENSEFUL.

THIS STORY MADE ME SO HEPPI.

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