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*Takes a deep breath*

I am claiming my [livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen_fest fic.

That is something I can do, because I wrote a fic. I wrote a fic, for a fest, and although I have done that before (this spontaneous H/D collab with [livejournal.com profile] carpemermaid for Draco's birthday) I have never claimed a prompt before. I've never anonymously signed up for a fest and had a deadline, and wow, it was so bizarre but so much fun.

And here we are.

Title: (We’re Just) Different Colours
Author: [livejournal.com profile] maccadole
Pairing: Albus Severus/Teddy
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~12700
Content/Warnings: Unrequited Albus/James Sirius and Teddy/James Sirius, incest fantasy, handjobs, intergluteal sex, dirty talk.
Summary: They both want someone they can’t have, so why not have a drink together and settle for second best?
Notes: My eternal gratitude goes out to Kai and Q, my friends that I am on about all the time, so much that I felt it safer to call them their real names in the original author's note for the fest. They helped shape this fic into what it is. Thank you.



My friends Kai and Q helped alpha and beta this, for which I am beyond grateful. Not only were they very helpful, but it thrilled me to have non-fandom friends assist me with it so that no one on LJ would know what I'd written. (Well, they are/have been in fandom overall as well as HP specifically, in the past. We actually met through HP in 2003 and 2004 respectively.)

They had very helpful ideas and opinions, and Q helped me sort of many clunky sentences. ♥

The title comes from the song Different Colors by Walk the Moon.

There's also a part that goes we're coming awake, out of your spell / as long as it takes, we're coming awake in the song.

And no one can ever convince me that it isn't a giant metaphor and that the "spell" isn't referring to James and his allure. :D :D Try me, I'll fight you. (Thank you Q for pointing that out! Also thanks to Q for introducing me to the song in the first place.)

I'd already missed my opportunity to write for [livejournal.com profile] hp_crossgenfest because I let myself be ruled by fear, and I wasn't about to do something so foolish again. Therefore, I looked at the prompts at NGF once more and bam, inspiration struck with [livejournal.com profile] shiftylinguini's prompt.

Now, I was still nervous, so it was supposed to be a short fic. Something easy and light, you know? Written so that I'd have something to add the fest. Nothing too graphic, of course. Semi-smutty, yes, but nothing explicit I could embarrass myself with. This would be my first posted fic online since 2005, after all.

Yeeah... about that.

This is what I wrote to Q later:

My short fic of 2-5k containing flirty R-rated smut in a simple one-shot scene, just for the sake of having a simple submission to contribute to the fest in order to participate for shits and giggles.........? Is 12600 words of flangsty feelings with PORN EVERYWHERE. :) :) :) KILL ME

*snorts loudly*

I word vomited all of Different Colours without a plan. :D :D And people still liked it! ???? OMG ??? :D

I think I can safely say that my first time claiming a prompt for a fest was a success. *does a little dance*

I'm glad I did it. I'm not as scared now.

Cheers!


I'm terribly sorry I haven't been as active on LJ lately. I've been... Well, actually, like I told a friend – I haven't been busy so much as distracted.

I haven't read [livejournal.com profile] hd_erised at all yet, oh dear! But most of all I apologize for not commenting on your posts, dear friends. I'll try and do better in the near future.

I hope you're all well. And hello all new friends I've made lately!

Date: 2016-12-05 10:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gracerene
I'm so glad you were able to participate in the fest! I hope to see you around for [livejournal.com profile] hp_crossgenfest and [livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen_fest next year! :)

Date: 2016-12-05 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maccadole.livejournal.com
For sure. :D Now I'm excited and not anxious or scared, so absolutely.

Date: 2016-12-05 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carpemermaid.livejournal.com
*flails* Yay!!!!! I have to tell you, I am so so so SO excited to read this! I have the NGF fics to catch up on, all in my to-read queue, and yours has me all aflutter with excitement! It sounds so good and it sounds like it's going to kill me in the best way!!! *prepared to greet death* It sound deliciously divine! I'm so glad to hear you had fun and that you're glad you jumped in to NGF! ♥ I'm also cackling over what you wrote to your friend when you realized where your original plan had gone hahahaha, I have been there. Several times over. But you know, me and my wordiness. *shrug*

Date: 2016-12-05 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maccadole.livejournal.com
Hahaha, I do indeed. I am wordy too, no doubt about it, and wow, it was a nice feeling letting the fic take control. I mean, sure, that can be a bad thing at times... but it felt okay this time. I'm very proud of what I managed with this one, even without an outline.

Eee, I thought NGF was super quality, so you have plenty to look forward to.

Date: 2016-12-06 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cap-bookworm.livejournal.com
Ugh, this fic will never not make me smile. Also, I love that song! I had no idea that's where the title came from.

I read back over the warnings for the fic and started cracking up. It's so my kind of fic. I mean, when do I not love "unrequited love, incest fantasy, handjobs, dirty talk, and intergluteal sex" bahahaha :D

I hope you continue to write lots of things.

<3

Date: 2016-12-06 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maccadole.livejournal.com
Bahahaha, I'm so glad it's your kind of fic. I really, really enjoyed writing it so I'm happy that you had fun reading it and likedddd iittttt. That thrills me beyond belief.

I hope you continue to write lots of things.

For surrrrrre :D

Date: 2016-12-06 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shiftylinguini.livejournal.com
Ahhh, you claimed!!! So happy for you darling, and that your debut was such a success! (well, not your debut debut, but your anon debut! So it still counts :P)

I adore this fic (I don't think I've mentioned? Have I mentioned that? *snort*) and I'm SO happy you're participating in fests now! You're unstoppable, you lovely, distracted, mad thing.

<33333333333333

Date: 2016-12-06 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maccadole.livejournal.com
Ahaha, same re debut debut. When I said it's my first fic online since 2005 I obv didn't mean literally, because, well, there was the one with Carpe. But my first anon and VERY OWN one, yessss. *does a fucking jig* I'm so happy about it, hah!

Oh, wow, you liked it?? :D Aaw, why didn't you tell me that sooner? LOLOLOL. No, but seriously, I'm super glad you liked it both because it was your prompt and because we're becoming friendsssss. <3

Date: 2016-12-06 01:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] capitu
There were so many things I loved about your fic. <333

And I remember you being so nervous. :D

Date: 2016-12-06 02:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maccadole.livejournal.com
I WAS. Aahaha, aw, I was really nervous, especially when it was being beta read and it was almost time to submit it. I felt okay after sending it in, then I was mostly excited, and then riiight before reveals I got a little nervous again. Now I'm just ecstatic, honestly.

Thanks for being so supportive along the way. :D I'm thrilled you liked it.

Date: 2016-12-06 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cabinetcaligari.livejournal.com
Yay for writing and participating!!!! I know, I think, I started writing a year ago or so and the tension and anxiety over getting it to your beta, and especially when it gets posted... it's amazing and terrifying at the same time (although I have to admit I definitely didn't churn out a 13k porny tome like you did hahahaha).

Congrats, and here's to so much more writing in the future <3

Date: 2016-12-07 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maccadole.livejournal.com
Eeeee, thank you so much.

Yeah, it was pretty intense but it was definitely worth it in the end. And now that I've done it, I know it isn't as scary as I made myself believe.

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