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    Holland can feel magic leaving him, like pieces of his soul, as he breathes out. He can feel it hang in the air around him, White London snatching it up and drinking it down its parched throat greedily. He lifts his hands and places them, still dusty, in his lap as he feeds White London.

    “Holland, what are you doing?”

    Holland considers turning toward the voice, but he has no need to. He knows Kell’s voice by now: clear, a thimbleful of friction, moderately deep but not as deep as Holland’s own. There it is, the way Kell speaks objectives. He doesn’t mean, Holland, what are you doing? He means, Stop.

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    This is a collection of short fics I’ve written within the Shades of Magic universe for the August Writer’s Month prompts for 2022. These pieces circulate several AUs -- a academia/professors AU, a Southern Gothic AU, a Mythology AU, and a Fairytale AU -- plus a few odds and ends, in canon and one-offs from the prompt list. Chapters will jumbled as I post, not in prompt list order. AU storylines will be posted in chunks, with the one shots in between for some breathing room.

    Enjoy!

    CW: I make no guarantees about the content of these chapters. I've outlined all of them, but am essentially writing on the fly. The rating I’ve given reflects the variety of content in here, including some pretty dark stuff and/or nsfw situations.

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    A short fluffy, angsty one-shot with Kell and Lila on their adventure taking place roughly two months after their departure from Red London. While Kell one nights find all the deaths of A Conjuring Of Lights resurface in his mind (So major spoilers ahead), he feels his emotions very deeply and Lila is there to support him.

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    The storm outside the ship continued to flare, Kell’s heart continued to beat, beat in sync with Lila’s. Eventually their breath’s mimicked each other’s as well. And it was easy to pretend everything was alright. That it always had been. Kell found it hard to believe his life had once been full of sorrow, death, destruction, pain and so much more. That it still was. Sometimes it surfaced. But never when Lila shared his bed. Just sometimes when sitting on the deck alone or wandering off to himself (because he did need alone time even though Lila was a formidable company). Then he could sit and wonder if he could have somehow stopped it all.

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    Holland has more than the Black London oshoc possessing him.

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    Alucard's extremely nervous about his second date with Rhy.

     

    Little bit of fluff to warm your heart.

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    After Kell recovered Holland's powers, he served the Red Crown to pay back such a huge favour. But now that he works alongside Kell, their feelings cannot be ignored anymore. At least Alucard has some sense about it, but Holland hardly wants to listen.

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    Alucard wants to be the one to propose, but he needs to get Kell's blessing and buy a ring.

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    Delilah Bard has threatened the magician Kell into taking her from her own boring dirty London, to this sharp, clean new one, and talked the pirate queen Astrid Dane into taking her aboard her ship.

    She has everything she wanted. Everything is going to work out now.

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    “How did I look at you, Luc? I’m dying to know.”

    And there it was. The old nickname. It sparked something in Alucard again—his eyes brightened, and the look was back, the searching in his eyes, searching for something in Rhy that he couldn’t see yet. It made Rhy feel exposed, naked in a way that he couldn’t describe.

    When Rhy was completing his bachelor's degree, Alucard Emery, the professor's assistant to his favourite class, was just out of reach. But now, years later, when they meet again at a bar, they both know that everything's changed.

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    On the evening of the two Antari's return from their year-long adventure, they find Rhy and Alucard having a precious moment. And yet, a moment even more precious is exchanged later that night on the king's balcony when Alucard shows him his insecurities.

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    Talya’s body was cold, but Holland’s heart felt colder than anything he’d ever felt. Colder than the snow on his cheeks as he made his way to the Scorched Bone and colder than the pint that was thrown at him as soon as he walked through the doors. He ignored it. The rejection he’d faced from his former lover that day was worse than anything else he’d face at the hands of the cruel White Londoners. He decided he wouldn’t have a drink and magicked the liquid out of his hair, skin, clothes and then crept out the back door, dodging a whistling dagger and a shot glass. As soon as he was out the door, he knew he was alone, so he cut thinly into his palm, pressed it against the marble wall, and whispered.

    “As Travars.”

    The back of the Rising Sun in Red London was also empty, but the din of the patrons inside leaked out merrily and danced around his head. He pressed his back into the stones of the building and sighed, crossing his arms. He couldn't believe it'd come to this.

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    “No,” Kell said, and crossed his arms, staring defiantly into Holland’s mismatched eyes.

    Holland let himself smile a little at the expression on Kell’s face. He paced behind him, leaning in and whispering to him so his breath tickled Kell’s neck.

    “Come on, humour me,” Holland whispered. He knew his cold breath unnerved Kell as well as did… other things. “You can’t have forgotten already.”

     

    In which Kell and Holland pretend to hate each other.

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    Daphne Wardling has always wanted a life of adventure, of daring stunts and knife fights. But growing up a street rat in London Daphne is nothing but a thief and liar.

    Until one day she pickpockets the wrong man, a man with mismatched eyes and hair the color of the deepest depths of the sea. A golden compass that seemingly points to nowhere except to a closet.

    But Daphne has gotten tangled up in something she shouldn't by taking that compass and is thrown into a world of magic, into another London.

    Agreeing to help the Traveler, the man with mismatched eyes, Daphne sets off on an adventure to find the Vivi Verre, a relic from when all Londons had magic as Shadows, magicians able to control darkness hunt down the Traveler...and Daphne.

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    "His nose curled as he walked the perimeter of the place, shaking out the last of his gas can on the back door. He set it down and reached for a stack of crates, where the top one sat open. Inside, seven bottles of Maresh whiskey sat waiting for the bar top and patrons inside. Holland had once frequented the establishment. In a way, he knew the doorman — walk around the back, knock twice, and ask for Fauna. The proprietress covered as a coffee shop during the day, locking up the front door to serve bootlegged booze out the back at five sharp. The back locked up at two every morning, roughly twenty minutes from right then."

    A Prohibition AU: Seven years of prohibition has made hypocrites and scofflaws out of everyone. The Dane twins got in on the ground floor and have carved out a pretty piece for themselves, becoming equally wealthy and infamous in the process. Young and seemingly untouchable, the Maresh brothers have decided to get in on the action by tapping into their family's name and their father's bootlegger connections. Kell soon finds himself in too deep with no easy way out.

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    Kell and Alucard have a chat about what's been, where they stand and what's going to happen in the future.

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    "There isn’t a night that passes where he hasn’t had to drink himself into a stupor to get near sleep. Not even the whiskey can’t keep him in bed. His brain won’t let his body just rest, not when it could parade gory image after vile memory after terror-laden vision in front of his eyes. Hours and hours worth of them. Successful nights ended in the small hours of the morning, his back soaked in sweat and lungs struggling to fill with air. The failures began and ended with him wide awake in his favorite worn armchair.

    Kell pulls his eyes away from the mirror, dropping his gaze to the polished wood. They drop to his hands. The left was flat, steady. The fingers of the right shook, a barely-there tremor that not even the drink could calm."

    Great War AU: It is December 1919 and Arnes is still reeling from five years of war. It's country, capital city, monarchy and people are left in pieces. In the midst of a struggling recovery, Kell struggles to work through his own memories, nightmares, and injuries.

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    Once, Lila's world had been limited to London. Just one London, because that was all she knew. Then her eyes had been opened, her world expanded, and Lila found the adventure she had always been searching for.

    But a strange girl with no memories invites Lila to expand her world even further, and everything she thought she knew once again turns on its head.

    AU featuring my OC. Takes place after A Conjuring of Light. Spoilers.

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    The sky above Arnes’ London had cleared. The blackness that had plagued it for weeks finally having burned away. Hundreds had died, many more were waking up from their trances to the wholesale devastation. Those scarred with the silver marks of resistance were not yet sure whether to wear them with pride or cover them up. It had been a few days, the gravity had not yet settled. Much was not yet known.

    One thing was.

    Without Holland’s taking on the oshoc, without his draining all the magic he had ever known into the Inheritor, the darkness would only have tightened its grip. It might have won.
    Wingfic: Holland has lost much in the aftermath of Osaron -- his magic, perhaps his life, and his aversion to Kell Maresh.

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    Kell stares at Holland as he speaks, clear and even. “There is going to be a raid tomorrow night on the Kiosk building. Ten-thirty exactly. They will be looking for anything they can find and have instructions to take anyone who is in the building. If you know what’s good, you, your staff, and your papers will be long gone by then.”

    In another flash, the seriousness is gone. Kell Maresh, a flippant young man with too much responsibility and knows it, re-emerges. He snuffs out his cigarette and stands, buttoning his coat. He smiles at Holland, pleasant as ever. “Have a nice lunch, Mister Vosijk.”

     

    A Cold War AU

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    Kell and Lila dock in Red London for a brief visit with Rhy and Alucard. Lila helps Kell when he spirals during a night of drinking, and asks if she can help him *relax*

    Oneshot

    This is the first fic I've ever published, so please be nice.

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