Everybody who snagged perfume samples from my last post, your packages are in the mail (except for [personal profile] commodorified, cuz we're still working out details). I very much hope that they will all reach you safely and in good time.

I'm quite tempted to participate in [community profile] unconventionalcourtship (panfandom challenge where you write fic using plots yanked from summaries of Harlequin or Mills & Boon novels), to the point where I've actually started nosing through summaries looking for prompts. I've found four I think might be fun to play around with (and several others that look hilarious or incomprehensibly weird; I REALLY hope somebody writes this one [and keeps the title, because it is amazing], especially if it's mpreg). Right now I'm only really feeling drawn and able to write MCU* or Game of Thrones, but that still leaves me a LOT of potential ships to play with.

The summaries I'm considering repurposing are (copied verbatim from the websites & apparently not proofread):

He can look…but he's not supposed to touch!

Bodyguard Noah Fraser hasn't seen diamond heiress Morgan Moreau for eight years—but the image of her naked body has been imprinted on his mind ever since! The sexy socialite was totally off-limits and it took every ounce of Noah's iron control to walk away….

Now he's been hired to protect her again, so picking up where they left off definitely isn't an option. But Noah's body doesn't seem to have got the memo—keeping his hands off Morgan is a 24/7 battle! And how can he resist the forbidden when giving in is so irresistbly tempting…?
*

Lottie Rosemount's top tips for dating:

1. Ignore all advances from inappropriate men. Celebrity chef and notorious heartbreaker Rob Beresford can flirt for England, but that doesn't mean his intentions are honourable!

2. Keep your cool. Rob is not a safe bet, so don't let him see that he gets you hot under your apron!

3. If 1) and 2) fail, indulge in a wild fling with said inappropriate man. Because remember: wild nights with no strings attached are this man's specialty!

Only Lottie is about to discover that Rob has a few secret ingredients to add to the mix--which could make her throw her tips out of the window for ever!
*

Teagan Harper doesn’t have much experience with guys. Her twin brothers have made sure of that. Until one night at a college party she gives them the slip, finding herself in the arms of the most amazing guy she has ever met. Now she's on a mission to find him since she ran from his bed. And forgot to ask his name...

Declan Sage has had control over his entire life. But that is all about to change when the girl who ran out of his bed turns his life upside down. She is about to throw that control out the window. But he’s pretty sure that’s a good thing seeing as she stole his heart...
*
Her Fantasy And His Reality. . . Classically trained actress Imani Gilliam is gifted beautifuland broke. Facing eviction her only hope of staying afloat is to do the reality TV show "Let's Get Married." The show pairs up single strangers and viewers vote for who should be united in wedded bliss. Imani is only looking to be united with a paycheckuntil she locks eyes with a fellow contestant. . . Are About To Create A Buzz. . . Dr. Raymond Thomas is determined to keep his struggling free clinic runningeven if it means appearing on "Let's Get Married." He can't imagine finding love on TVbut when he spots Imani he definitely finds lust. And their attraction isn't lost on the producers. But as the cameras start focusing on them Raymond wonders if he's just a tool in Imani's career. Only timeand a life-changing choicewill tell. . .

(and I thought I abused ellipses . . .)

Because I am basically incapable of making even relatively trivial decisions by myself, I throw myself upon the mercy of the dwircle and ask your help in narrowing down possibilities:
Poll #15145 unconventionalcourtship
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5


What would you like to see me (attempt to) write? Please check all that apply

View Answers

Sandor Clegane protecting Sansa Stark (basically canon)**
0 (0.0%)

Jorah Mormont protecting Daenerys Targaryen (basically canon)
0 (0.0%)

Brienne of Tarth protecting Jaime Lannister (basically canon)
0 (0.0%)

Natasha Romanov protecting Pepper Potts (basically canon)
2 (40.0%)

Natasha Romanov protecting Steve Rogers (arguably canon)
3 (60.0%)

Clint Barton protecting Darcy Lewis
1 (20.0%)

sensible Brienne has wild fling with (chef?) Jaime
0 (0.0%)

sensible Sansa has wild fling with (chef?) Margaery
1 (20.0%)

sensible Pepper has wild fling with (chef?) Tony Stark
4 (80.0%)

sensible James Rhodes has wild fling with (chef?) Tony Stark
1 (20.0%)

sensible Steve has wild fling with (chef?) Darcy
0 (0.0%)

sensible Phil Coulson has wild fling with (chef?) Clint Barton
2 (40.0%)

sheltered Jon Snow runs out on Ygritte
0 (0.0%)

sheltered Sansa runs out on Margaery
2 (40.0%)

sheltered Daenerys runs out on Drogo
1 (20.0%)

(actor?) Dany and humanitarian Sansa
1 (20.0%)

(actor?) Jaime and humanitarian Brienne
0 (0.0%)

(actor?) Margaery and humanitarian Sansa
1 (20.0%)

(actor?) Tony and humanitarian Pepper
2 (40.0%)

(actor?) Tony and humanitarian Rhodey
0 (0.0%)

(actor?) Tony and humanitarian Bruce Banner
0 (0.0%)

Sam Wilson and somebody TBD in one of the above scenarios
1 (20.0%)

something I haven't thought of yet
0 (0.0%)

Alternative suggestions?




*Or rather, I feel like I will be able to write MCU once I have seen Cap2; right now I am paralyzed by the looming proximity of Moar Canon and its sidekick Inevitable Jossing like a rabbit in the shadow of a hawk (or dare I say . . . a Falcon?). GoT presents a similar stress, given how soon season four will be starting, but between the fact that the books already provide a version of events past the aired point and the odds that anything I write will be either canon divergence or total AU, it's not as big a deal.

**NGL, I ship both SanSan and SanMar with some intensity, but with the proviso that fanworks have to either grant Sansa the necessary age & experience to give meaningful consent or acknowledge (& occasionally embrace) the inherent sketchiness of the relationship in the case of Sandor, and know where they stand on the "is Margaery totally playing Sansa with intention to exploit" question in the case of Margaery.
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