Thank you so much for participating in this exchange and for offering one or more of my requested fandoms! Two important things I wanted to tell you before I begin the letter proper:

* Optional details are optional. I tried to offer a few possible hooks for a story in each of my requests because that's how I like to write for exchanges, but if your creativity is sparked in other ways, or if you just don't like any of my suggestions, then feel free to ignore them and write a different story for those characters.

* Yuletide tends to be a high-pressure exchange for a lot of people, and while I'm not trying to invalidate your feelings if you're one of them, I do want to encourage you to not worry too much. Three of my fandoms this year are quite rare even by Yuletide standards, and I've requested a (bewilderingly) rare pairing in the fourth fandom, so there's pretty much nothing you could write that I wouldn't coo over for the very fact of its existence.

As I said, I tend to prefer more info rather than less when writing for exchanges. If you feel the same, then please check out my general fic kinks and squicks post and/or continue reading:

Havemercy series - Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett. Kouje, Mamoru. M/M, mature.

I loveloveloved Kouje's and Mamoru's relationship in Shadow Magic: the moral conundrums it posed for Kouje, their reliance upon each other, their growing intimacy. What I'd really adore in a story would be more of that, whether it's done with backstory or missing scenes from the book or future fic or some combination of the above. Other things that I would potentially love to see: worldbuilding, Mamoru's relationship with his brother, Mamoru meeting Kouje's family, Xi'an politics. A sex scene or two would be excellent, but if you're not feeling it, don't force it; just the two of them together in any way would be lovely.

My request pretty much says it all. If you're interested in my thoughts on yaoi the series, you can read my (not entirely positive) goodreads reviews for Havemercy and Shadow Magic. (I haven't yet read Dragon Soul.)

Kitchen - Yoshimoto Banana. Hiiragi, Yumiko.

I'm interested in these characters both together and separately, so don't feel that you have to write about them both unless you want to. Gen, het, femslash (omg, bisexual!Yumiko would be awesome), or slash is equally welcome. Maybe something sweet and happy during the time that they're dating, or a character study of Yumiko's awesome tennis-playing self, or future fic in which Hiiragi is in college (and if you wanted to include Hiiragi/OFC or Hiiragi/OMC, that would be just fine). I'd prefer not to receive a story that relies heavily on supernatural elements, but other than that, I'm up for pretty much anything.

If this is the fandom we matched on, then I hope the minor characters didn't throw you. (Actually, I hope that's true for several of my requests.) Both of them are just fascinating to me, though. I love Hiiragi's self-confidence and his willingness to flout convention and his pride in Yumiko, and I love the contrast between Yumiko's cuteness and her inner fierceness.

Moby Dick - Herman Melville. Daggoo, Fedallah, Tashtego.

Moby Dick's one of my absolute favorite books, but the text is unbelievably racist in places, and I'd love a story that expanded upon the rather limited characterizations Melville gives the harpooners. Something like Taniwha only focusing on Daggoo or Tashtego or Fedallah would be amazing. (Though I listed all three of them in my request, feel free to just write about one or two of them if you prefer.) Or maybe a story about the interrelationships between two or more of the harpooners (including Queequeg, if you like), possibly with added adventure! or sex! or both! Or simply a story about one of the harpooners' life on the Pequod would be great, too. Gen, het, and slash all welcome.

Aeneid - Virgil. Euryalus, Nisus. M/M, explicit.

No death fic, please. I'd love a happy, romantic story about Nisus and Euryalus set anytime before that ill-fated raid. A courtship story would be amazing, but really I'd adore pretty much any story that focuses on their intimate relationship. Humor is nice but not necessary, as is ensemble-ish fic exploring their roles in the army, mild angst about whatever you want them to angst about, etc. It's all good.

I should perhaps specify that "no death fic" refers only to Nisus's and Euryalus's deaths. I'd prefer not to receive fic with very explicit descriptions of human or animal harm, but otherwise one can assume that a certain amount of death and destruction comes with the territory.
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