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I’m sorry this letter is so late! If you’ve started something, please just go ahead, I’m sure I will love it!

If it’s helpful, here are some things about my general preferences:

I like slash, gen and het equally (I tend to read less F/F, but when it's right for the characters I enjoy it). I’ll be as happy with a G story as I will with one that’s NC-17—same goes for anything in between.

H/c is bulletproof for me, especially of the minor-injury/sick!fic/comfort!fic variety. Give character A the flu and have character B look after him/her and I’ll be yours for life.

If you do feel like writing porn, I’m quite partial to kink, if you can make it plausible for the characters. Any kind of sensation play/ pain play is great, including guns and knives, as long as it’s RACK. I have a soft spot for AMTDI and fuck-or-die fic.

If it's something you're interested in, I like fic that explores altered mental states, dissociation and the effects of PTSD.

I love crossovers, so if for some reason we’ve matched on more than one fandom, feel free to mix and match. I don’t really like AUs of any stripe, unless it’s in the service of a crossover.

Other things: being in dubious battle; unexpected moments of empathy; compassion; connection; courage; honor; competency--but also moments of uncertainty and failure.

Things I don't like: mpreg; incest; watersports; a/b/o; non-canonical character deaths; infidelity; kid!fic; and fluffy animal!fic.

On the theory that one writes what one likes, here's my list of fic on AO3.

Mission Impossible (Movies): Ethan Hunt & Ilsa Faust, Ethan Hunt & William Brandt.
Re-watching Rogue Nation, I loved the chemistry between Ethan and Ilsa—he hashes things out verbally with the other members of the team, but with Ilsa, it's just a raised eyebrow or tiny smile, and things are decided. I liked that the movie doesn't make their relationship romantic. I'd love to see that non-sexual (but maybe just on the verge of sexual) connection explored in fic. I also love the way he’s the damsel so often in the movie—I’d love to see her rescuing him again.
I've always liked Ethan & Will (and Ethan/Will, though that wasn't nominated). Anything exploring their somewhat tortured relationship would be great.

Imperial Radch: Breq & Sphene, Breq/& Seivarden, Breq/&Mercy of Kalr, Justice of Toren| One Esk/Awn.
The thing that made me fall in love with this series was the intense, but (to our eyes) unfamiliar contours of the relationships between Justice of Toren| One Esk and Awn, and between Breq and Seivarden. Love, surely, though mostly one-sided in both cases, but not any of our conventional ideas of love. Any exploration of those relationships pre-canon, or missing scenes, would be great. Also post-canon explorations of Breq and Mercy of Kalr (slashed or not) would be great.

I have one fic desire that’s a little outside what people usually write in this fandom: I’d love to see Breq and Seivarden have to visit a culture where gender divisions are the norm (their biological bodies are mentioned in the first pages of Ancillary Justice, though Leckie never brings it up again). I’d like them to stay true to their Radch gender identities, but to see them have to deal with the strangeness of gender divisions. I understand if that’s not something you have any interest in, though!

Rivers of London: Beverly Brook/Peter Grant, Peter Grant & Thomas Nightingale, Nightingale/Caffrey.
I’d be quite happy with the Peter/Beverly PWP in this fandom! I like Peter and Nightingale working as partners, as much as mentor/mentee, drawing on their different areas of expertise to get things done. And I’ve never thought about Nightingale/Caffrey, but when I saw the pairing in the tag set, I got curious, so, yeah, just show me how you think that relationship would work!

UnREAL: Rachel & Quinn, Rachel & Adam, Rachel/Adam.
I’m fascinatated by the messed-up, co-dependent relationship between Quinn and Rachel—any aspect of that you want to explore, no matter how disturbing, is fine with me. Rachel & Adam, too, whether you want to make the relationship sexual or not. What is it that attracts them to one another? A post-series encounter of some kind would be really interesting.

Many thanks, dear writer! I hope you find something you can have fun with!
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