attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2017-05-19 04:29 am

Shortfic: Neither Queen nor Pawn

Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar: the Last Airbender. If I did, there would be a a lot more Mai.

Summary: After escaping Ozai's school for the Gifted and Talented, Mai and Zuko fumble their way to love, trust, recovery, and redemption, and maybe, to learning how to be human. Superhero AU.

Author's Note: Written for May Maiko Week 2017. There is a five headcanons post for ths universe here: [link].


Neither Queen nor Pawn )


attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2017-02-14 07:15 am

Shortfic: Meltwater

Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar: the Last Airbender. If I did, there would be no dead mothers.

Summary: Ursa lets her secrets slip to Kya one by one, until the trickle becomes a flood.

Author's Note: Someday I will be able to fill a drabble request from avatarsymbolism.


Meltwater )
 
attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2016-11-23 02:01 pm

Shortfic: I’m an Engine and your Secrets are Gasoline (They Make me Run)

Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar: the Last Airbender. If I did, there would be girls dating in that as well as Legend of Korra.

Summary: Mai has a car and Katara needs a ride, or seven firsts for high school students Mai and Katara.

Author's Note: I'd say this was the Maitara high school AU nobody asked for, but somebody did, and I have the ask to prove it. For avatarsymbolism.


I’m an Engine and your Secrets are Gasoline (They Make me Run) )

attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2016-10-01 09:18 am

Shortfic: Where the Morning Light Shines

Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar: the Last Airbender. If I did there would have been a lot more boring politics

Summary: More than a hundred years before, when the Avatar disappeared, life began to ebb out of the world, plunging the world into chaos. With his return, hope and vitality returned, and with them, a mad rush for power by clan chieftains, eager to make kingdoms out of the ashes of the old order. In the old Fire Nation, two chieftains remain, Mai in the west, and Zuko in the east. Each awaits the day that the other will seek to claim all of the Fire Islands for themselves.

Author's Note:
Written for Maiko Week 2016. Takes place in the Life Spirit AU. You can find a masterlist of commentfics and some meta about the 'verse here: [link] and some additional meta here: [link].


Where the Morning Light Shines )


attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2016-06-13 08:21 pm

Fanfic: Until the Walls Break Like Waves: Part Two

Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar: the Last Airbender, for which we are all very grateful, I'm sure.

Summary: It was just before the winter solstice when Earth Kingdom soldiers captured the prince of the Fire Nation and his uncle, the Dragon of the West. It was the dead of winter when they were brought to Ba Sing Se.

Author's Note: Written for [personal profile] floranna for the hurricane Sandy auction. Thank you to [tumblr.com profile] aromantic-eight for beta reading. Any remaining errors are all mine.

Until the Walls Break Like Waves: Part Two )

Part One

attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2016-06-13 08:07 pm

Fanfic: Until the Walls Break Like Waves: Part One

Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar: the Last Airbender, for which we are all very grateful, I'm sure.

Summary: It was just before the winter solstice when Earth Kingdom soldiers captured the prince of the Fire Nation and his uncle, the Dragon of the West. It was the dead of winter when they were brought to Ba Sing Se.

Author's Note: Written for [personal profile] floranna for the hurricane Sandy auction. Thank you to [tumblr.com profile] aromantic-eight for beta reading. Any remaining errors are all mine.

Until the Walls Break Like Waves: Part One )

Part Two

attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2015-07-21 03:22 pm

Shortfic: Hope Like Ash Like Memory

Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar: the Last Airbender. If I did, it would never make a Y7 rating.

Summary: The first rule of the Spirit World is that Jet doesn't belong.

Author's Note: Written for [archiveofourown.org profile] lilpocketninja in the [community profile] trickortreatex Halloween Exchange.


Hope Like Ash Like Memory )

attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2015-04-13 01:22 pm

Ficlet: Queen of Gears and Sorrow

Written for the tumblr meme prompt, Mai, Steampunk.

Queen of Gears and Sorrow

Ty Lee cocked her head and looked at her sideways. Mai wondered if that made it easier or harder for Ty Lee to orient herself when looking at something, given that she was currently hanging upside down from a very ugly, very heavily reinforced iron chandelier. “What’s wrong?”

Even more disconcerting than hanging from assorted bits of architecture was Ty Lee’s gift for always knowing what Mai was feeling. In fact, Mai was tempted to go so far as to say it was the most disconcerting thing of all about Ty Lee, though it had remarkably stiff competition. Anyway, it meant there was no real point in denying it. “Some academy kid told me to tell my designer she’s amazed how realistic I am. Again.”

“That’s probably just because of where they saw you leaving from.” With a swing and a leap, Ty Lee descended to the floor, her feet alighting on the tile with flawless grace. “Don’t worry about it.”

That’s what Mai had told herself last time. They had probably seen her leaving her ancestral home, for a given value of ancestral, since families that had won their land in the conquest two generations back, and had only gained a title one generation ago, didn’t have ancestral anything no matter how grand. They had seen her leaving her ancestral home and now the home of the greatest clockwork inventor in the world. Yes, that was probably it, except: “I was leaving the tea shop.”

“Oh,” Ty Lee hummed, sympathetically. “Well if it helps, I’m pretty sure you’re real.” She wrapped her arms around Mai. “You feel real.” She squeezed. “Yep, I can feel your ribs.”

Mai squirmed. “You can feel my ribs crack.”

“Don’t be silly Mai,” Ty Lee chirped. “I’m not hugging you nearly hard enough to crack any bone in your body, including your ribs.”

Mai was pretty sure Ty Lee could tell her exactly how many pounds of pressure per square inch she was exerting, too. The six identical copies of Ty Lee in storage downstairs probably could too, and Mai had a sudden horrible vision of all of them hugging her.

Letting go, Ty Lee stepped back. “They’re idiots. You look perfectly human to me.”

“Thanks, Ty Lee.” She almost managed to keep the sarcasm out of her voice. Maybe next time she would succeed.

Ty Lee smiled as if she hadn’t noticed. “Like I said, don’t worry about it. Now, can you wind me up? I’m kind of at the end of my rope.”

Mai nodded as Ty Lee came forward and lifted up her braid. Deftly, Mai unbuttoned the little flap on Ty Lee’s jacket and pressed the key into the warm, living skin between her shoulder blades and turned. A shudder ran through Ty Lee’s body, her limbs curling tight into her body as if she really were made of the gears and springs she so skillfully manipulated. Her head bowed, and her braid flicked Mai’s arm, and when Mai was done, Ty Lee waited for her to button up her jacket flap before planting a quick peck on Mai’s cheek and darting away down toward her favorite workshop. Ty Lee was the greatest clockwork inventor in the world, and if she needed to pretend she was one of her own inventions sometimes, who was Mai to argue?
attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2015-04-12 01:54 pm

Shortfic: The Spirit of the Thing

Disclaimer: I do not own Avatar: the Last Airbender, which is why that show is actually quality.

Summary:
Zuko's pretty sure he has a ghost of a chance of escaping Azula's trap.

Author's Note: This was written for a tumblr meme, for which the prompt I was given was Zuko, modern fantasy/sci fi/horror.


The Spirit of the Thing )


attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2015-04-08 04:57 pm

The Three Pillars Theory Of Azula

So during an *ahem* discussion of Azula and her abusiveness, I realized I have never sat down and written a comprehensive version of my particular theory of Azula's breakdown. I've talked about it in comment threads a lot, but I have never dedicated a post to it. So in response to a user on Tumblr who blogs under the name fireroyals, I wrote it up. I figured I should probably post it here The discussion this post is in reply to can be found at my tumblr [link].

The Three Pillars Theory of Azula, or Ozai is Horrible, Azula is Scary (but also Scared), and I Will Hurt Anybody Who Claims Mai and Ty Lee Betrayed Azula )
attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2014-11-08 07:20 am

Shortfic: On the Wings of a Boar

Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar: the Last Airbender. If I did, I would never have time for my quest to write the Great American Novel.

Summary: Toph has always had people trying to help her and hold her back. Or, the story of a little girl in a great big household.

Author's Note: Written for [archiveofourown.org profile] Bonpri in the [community profile] trickortreatex Halloween Exchange.


On the Wings of a Boar )
attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2014-10-20 10:53 am

Vid: Mai/Zuko - As I Am

Disclaimer: The music for this vid is "As I Am" by Heather Dale" and belongs to her and her authorized distributors. The footage in this vid comes from Avatar: the Last Airbender, which belongs to Nickelodeon, as well as to Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.

Summary: Zuko asks Mai to see him as he is and love him anyway. She does.

Creator Commentary: It's my birthday, and if I want to make sweet, romantic vids about Mai and Zuko, well by golly, I'm going to do it.

attackfish: Discretion prevented me from saying that I thought she was a fiend from the underworld (Lin Bei Fong MWT quote)
2014-10-12 02:11 pm

Frozen, Legend of Korra, Avatar: the Last Airbender, and the Narrative Right to Trauma

Trauma in modern American media is a tricky thing. On one hand, the backstories of nearly everyone, heroes and villains alike are full of it. On the other, trauma is heavily shamed, and leaves characters open to accusations of weakness, or of being whiny. This means that while we want characters who go through traumatic experiences, we are extremely uncomfortable with expressions of trauma. Also, we are much more comfortable with some expressions of trauma than with others. Only certain kinds of traumatic expression are allowed, and like so much about culture, who and what a character is determines what kind of traumatic expression we as a society will allow them to have. Straight white men are given the most freedom to be traumatized, and stereotypically masculine trauma is the most widely viewed as legitimate within fandom in my experience. A character who was in battle and suffers symptoms of PTSD for example is much less likely to be called weak than a character recovering from an abusive relationship who has the same symptoms. A character who lashes out is much less likely to be considered weak than one who breaks down crying. A character who reacts with anger is seen as stronger than one who reacts with fear. There are very few roles for the traumatized woman or girl in American media. Traumatized women can be broken damsels in need of rescuing, but then once the danger is past, the damsel either recovers quickly, or disappears. They can be villains, who use their trauma as an excuse to hurt others, or they can... well. This isn't to say that portrayals of men coping with trauma are all that great either. For all there are so many more of them, they are usually not especially nuanced, though of course some are.

This is why I was so amazed and grateful when I saw Avatar: the Last Airbender for the first time, and why Frozen struck such a chord with me as a woman dealing with childhood trauma. Now, in Book Four of Legend of Korra, the narrative is once again giving a female character, this time its heroine, Korra, the space and the right to be traumatized. )
attackfish: Yshre girl wearing a kippah, text "Attackfish" (Default)
2014-09-19 07:47 am

Trick or Treat Exchange 2014 Letter

Dear Trick or Treat Writer,

General

I love politics.  I am one class away from a bachelors in Political Science, and I am a political junky.  I love fics that explore the politics and political wranglings of their settings, and all three of the fandoms I requested have lots and lots of room for thatkind of storytelling.  If this interests you, please feel free to write a political procedural.   You will not turn me off.

However, this doesn't mean that politics is  essential for my enjoyment, and I understand that a lot of writers don't go for it.  Other things I really enjoy are Alternate Timeline fics/Canon Divergence AUs, gen darkfic, gen more generally,  pushing characters past the point of desperation, fics where my favorite characters are held prisoner, disabled characters both in stories  discussing their disabilities, and in stories that don't, characters who belong to a gender/sexual minority, family strife, and families of choice. Also angst. I  eat angst up with a spoon.

DO NOT WANT - Rape, incest, character death, allegories to real world political situations, or "total AUs" like high school AUs or coffee shop AUs.  I am however A-okay with brutal psychological torture.
 

Avatar: the Last Airbender

It's not exactly secret that I enjoy torturing my favorite characters, especially Zuko, and making non-disabled characters disabled.  This is also my very favorite fandom for Alternate Timeline/Canon Divergence AUs.

Also, I'm kind of bummed by the fact that I found out about this too late to nominate characters, but Mai and Ty Lee are my babies and if you can find a way to include them, that would be amazing.

DO NOT WANT - Shipping Azula with anybody. She reminds too much of my first stalker, and it hits way too close to home.
 
Queen's Thief

Anything at all, but take special note about what I said about loving politics.
 
Old Kingdom Series

Anything, really, any wonderful thing you can come up with.

attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2014-05-19 10:11 am

Vid: Mai and Ty Lee Get Out Alive

Disclaimer: The music for this vid is "Get Out Alive" by the band Three Days Grace, and belongs to them and their authorized distributors. The footage in this vid comes from Avatar: the Last Airbender, which belongs to Nickelodeon, as well as to Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.

Summary: There comes a point for both of them in which they can no longer stay.

Creator Commentary: There are some rapid scene changes that may trigger seizures or migraines in viewers with certain medical issues.  Also, this vid highlights the abusive dynamic between Azula and her victims, Mai and Ty Lee.  And aside from one more vid I plan to make about Ozai and his children, I plan to stay far away from the Fire Royals and their massive issues in vids for a while.

Mai and Zuko Get Out Alive


attackfish: Yshre girl wearing a kippah, text "Attackfish" (Default)
2014-05-09 08:25 am

Another Tumblr meme

Send me any character from any piece o media you know I know about (fandoms, book review books, anything I've mentioned here, etc.)

character:
hate them | love to hate them | don’t really care | like them | LOVE them | THEY ARE MY PRECIOUS

ship with:

brotp:

general opinions:

attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
2014-05-06 11:05 am

Universe notes, Hufflepuff!Zuko and race

It struck me a while back that I accidentally made Hufflepuff!Zuko and Azula white, which is to say if their father is Voldemort, and their mother is Bellatrix, they have two white parents, and crap, I screwed that up.  I also made Mai half white for the sake of a silly pun, and connecting her to an old pureblood family.  So in the interests of not doing that with any of the other characters, here are my universe notes for race, ethnicity, and family in the Hufflepuff!Zuko verse

Uncle Iroh and Aunt Wu, who run the Wizarding orphanage where Zuko and Azula grow up are both some of the earliest Korean adoptees.  Iroh was very close to his adoptive parents, who were Ashkenazi Jewish and both a witch and wizard themselves and took him in after his first adoptive parents, their neighbors, were terrified by his accidental magic when he was still a baby.   His adoptive family raised him Ashkenazi Jewish, and did not attempt to help him forge a connection to his Korean heritage.  Since growing up, he has visited South Korea, and attempted to reclaim that part of his identity, and he had a few difficult years with his adoptive parents while they struggled to come to terms this.  He is still a practicing Jew.  While Iroh's relationship with his adoptive parents was good, though flawed, Wu's relationship with hers was not.  Her father was emotionally abusive to her mother, and her mother leaned on her emotionally, using her as a reassurance and human security blanket.  As she got older, her father became more and more sexually creepy with her, and began to molest her when she was ten.  After she blasted him off her in a burst of accidental magic a few months later, he mostly avoided her.  Then her Hogwarts letter came, and like Harry, she avoided telling her Muggle adoptive family that she couldn't do magic over the summer.  She left home as soon as she graduated, and later went to South Korea, and managed to track down her birth mother, who was a witch too.  They exchanged letters, floo conversations, and occasional visits until her mother's death from old age.

Mai' Nott's father is Theodore Nott's first cousin, and her mother is a Japanese pureblood woman that he met and married while abroad between the Voldemort wars.  She and her mother came to England with him when Mai was four, at the end of the second Voldemort war.  While her father was never a Death Eater, he is a pureblood supremacist.  Her mother, while more interested in social status more generally has her own pureblood biases as well.  Mai thinks they're both idiots.

Ty Lee is half Vietnamese, half Japanese, which is something she and Mai bonded over on the train to Hogwarts.  Unlike Mai, however, both Ty Lee's parents were born in the UK, and are Muggles.  Her family is very well off.  Her father owns a shipping company, and her mother is an investment banker.  Ty is actually her surname, and in primary school, she sometimes went by Leah.  Azula is the one who started calling her Ty Lee instead of Lee Ty, but now everyone t Hogwarts does, including her teachers.

Toph Bei Fong is Chinese by way of Hong Kong, and her family is a very old, very wealthy pureblood family.  She would have been sorted into Slytherin, but she found out Hufflepuff's mascott is a badger, and had a three minute fight with the hat before it gave in and sorted her into Hufflepuff.  She's extremely glad for this, as otherwise she would have shared a dorm with Azula.

Aang is 2nd generation Tibetan, and lives with his grandfather Gyatso.  Magic skipped a generation in his family, as his mother was a muggle and his father was a squib.  He has a cat named Momo as his familiar.

Sokka and Katara are in flux.  I can't decide whether to try to keep them as close to canon as possible and make them Candian Inuit and figure out a reason for them to be going to a British Wizarding school that didn't appear to have any non-british students, or draw inspiration from Katara's name and make them subcontinental Indian, which would make more sense witht he location.  Oy.

Jin, Song, and Teo are siblings in this fic, and they're third generation Chinese.  Their mother was muggleborn and their father was a half-blood, and both were killed in the war.

Haru Teo, Jet, Yue, Hahn, Hide, and On Ji round out the rest of the war orphans, and I haven't decided anything for them yet.