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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!
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