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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 19. Vampire AU
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Pre-slash
Rating & Warnings: PG (blood, past consent issues)
Words: This part 2177, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: Ever since Dr. Bashir started inviting Garak to Quark's for drinks, he's become very particular about who touches his glass. Garak intends to find out why.
Author's Notes: I really, really did not expect to enjoy writing this nearly as much as I did. There's just something about a lifelong vampire phobia that suggested to me that #19 would not be one of my favourites. And yet here we are.

If you're enjoying this series, please consider supporting me on Patreon. All funds go towards recouping the money from my cat's dental surgery and, as always, rent. Thank you!

But a conspiracy between Dr. Bashir and Quark was ABSURD . . . or so he wanted to believe. )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 18. Orphan AU
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Gen
Rating & Warnings: PG (reference to abuse)
Words: This part 3366, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: When "Torin" Garak's coworker asks him to get rid of the Human boy asking for a job at their Cardassian restaurant, Garak decides to do the manager's job for her and hire "Julian Banting" instead.
Author's Notes: ngl this was one of my absolute favourite fics to write out of the entire series, and like the Arranged Marriage one, I have a few more ideas for it kicking around the back of my head. Whether I'll get around to them remains to be seen, but I hope I'll have the time eventually.

'Garak, there's some Human boy looking for work out front and he won't leave.' )
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Title: Smiles and Botany
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Gen/Humour
Rating & Warnings: PG (mild language, mild sexism)
Words: 3073
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: Keiko has many beautiful smiles. The one she wears when she suggests that they should invite Julian and his new partner Garak over for a dinner party is not remotely one of Miles' favourites.
Author's Notes: I've been meaning to get around to posting this one for, um, over a year now. Whoops.

I don't think I've ever written anything from Miles' perspective before, actually! It was a bit of a challenge, in that I didn't want to write some of his more 90s TV husband traits but I also wanted to stay true to his character. Balancing his actual reasonable dislike of Garak with him also being grumpy was interesting as well.

I'm not sure if I'll be writing anything else from his point of view any time soon, but it was a good exercise in the meantime. And it was an excuse to write more about Keiko, as well as one of my OTPs, and I never say no to that!

Also: I've included a bonus wry joke for anyone who's read A Stitch In Time. Five points if you catch it. <3

Miles didn't like smiling. )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 17. Noble/Peasant AU
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Pre-slash
Rating & Warnings: G (classism, sexism)
Words: This part 1584, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: There is a new resident of the hamlet of Bajor--a Cardassian, they say. In spite of being warned against it, the Honourable Julian Subatoi intends to investigate these curious circumstances.
Author's Notes: I'll be honest with all of you: this is another trope that's not a favourite of mine, because, not to put too fine of a point on it, I am an old fart. Though I set this a fair bit farther forward in pseudo-history than was probably intended by the trope, the classism is still pretty intense in this and it's topped off with a sprinkling of sexism, so, well, be warned.

That said, I still had some fun with language and wordplay in this. Anybody who can tell me why Julian's home is called what it is gets a cookie (and no, it isn't named after Khan).

'He's a tailor.' Her brows drew together. 'From Cardassia.' )
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Title: Connections
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Romance
Rating & Warnings: G
Words: 4622 this part; 8707 overall.
Disclaimer: I don't own the above media.
Summary: To repair the damage done by its interference with its colonists in the Demilitarised Zone, the Cardassian government has proposed a marriage-enjoinment between one of its citizens and one of the Federation's to symbolise the renewed relations between the two governments. Julian had gladly agreed to marry Garak, Central Command's "volunteer," but now he's learning all over again that nothing to do with Cardassians in general and Garak in particular is as simple as it appears on the surface. This chapter: The wedding-enjoinment ceremony.
Author's Notes: Holy shit, y'all. I had not been expecting this level of response. I'm very glad to see that this has been well received, and I can only hope the concluding chapter is a satisfying one.

Anyone who's curious about the song Garak sings in this, click here once you've finished the chapter.

Thanks for reading!

Whoever had come up with the tradition of not seeing your partner before the wedding, Julian decided, had been a sadist. )
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Title: Connections
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Romance
Rating & Warnings: PG (reference to torture)
Words: 4085 this part; 8707 overall.
Disclaimer: I don't own the above media.
Summary: To repair the damage done by its interference in the Demilitarised Zone, the Cardassian government has proposed a marriage-enjoinment between one of its citizens and one of the Federation's to symbolise the renewed relations between the two governments. Julian had gladly agreed to marry Garak, Central Command's "volunteer," but now he's learning all over again that nothing involving Cardassians in general and Garak in particular is as simple as it appears on the surface.
Author's Notes: The sequel to Chapter 12 of my fic involving the 30=Day Cheesy Tropes challenge. The trope was, unsurprisingly, "arranged marriage." I had been trying to keep thing short, but by the time I finished writing that chapter, I had way more ideas in my head that were demanding I write them. Eventually, I gave in and got down some of them, and this is the result.

Who knew this trope could be so much fun?

'But the fact of the matter is, I can't make someone else do this. At the very least, I know Garak, and I know that, whatever he might have done, it's in the past. He's a different man now, I'm sure of it.' )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 16. Seven Minutes in Heaven
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Gen
Rating & Warnings: G
Words: This part 232, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: Julian knows that someone will rescue them from this supply closet soon. Garak knows that someone will rescue them from this supply closet soon. It's just Garak's claustrophobia that hasn't got the message.
Author's Notes: Another short one, but honestly, with one half of this couple excruciatingly claustrophobic, it would have taken some serious gymnastics to make this one any longer. Whoops.

Before we get going, I want to thank everyone who's commented to my fics over the past few months. My brain weather has been...less than ideal lately, so I haven't been able to respond to comments, but I hope you all know how much I treasure every one. When things are going a bit better inside my head, I hope to give all of you the thoughtful responses you deserve. That just may not be for a while. But until then--thank you. <3

He gave the door a cramped kick and probably came close to fracturing half the bones in his foot. )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 15. Office Romance AU
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Pre-slash/AU
Rating & Warnings: G
Words: This part 1084, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: Ever since transferring to this particular building of Deep Space Co., Julian has had an unusual problem: he's getting along too well with one coworker in particular. Now he and Elim are facing the (hopefully metaphorical) firing squad.
Author's Notes: Er...hi. :D;; I didn't mean to go on hiatus, but it's amazing what moving 1800 km, spending two weeks in another country, and apartment hunting will do to your free time. I don't think I'm going to be right up to my usual schedule for a while yet, but I do hope to post more often from now on.

Another contributing factor to the space between updates would be that this was yet another trope that I needed to rewrite. I just wasn't happy with how it had turned out and the decisions I had made about the AU, so there was a fair bit of reworking going on. It's still not my favourite, but I like it a lot more than I did when I first started editing! :D;

He'd never thought, before meeting Elim, that getting along well with someone could be a problem. )
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Title: Making Lemonade - 6. Tease
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Romance
Rating & Warnings: G
Words: 100
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: The way Julian and Garak tease each other has changed over the years.
Author's Notes: As always, I enjoy challenging expectations for prompts. :D

Early in their friendship, Garak often amused himself by seeing how outlandish he could make his falsehoods and still have Julian swallow them. )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 14. Stripper AU
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Pre-slash
Rating & Warnings: PG
Words: 484 this part, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: Julian is never, ever letting Commander Sisko foist a pack of ambassadors on him ever again.
Author's Notes: I had fun with messing with expectations in this one. I do so love messing with expectations. :D

This, Julian vowed to himself, was the very last time he would allow Commander Sisko to foist a group of ambassadors on him. )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 13. Handcuffed Together
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Pre-slash
Rating & Warnings: G
Words: This part 192, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: Julian thinks things are looking rather grim when he and Garak are captured by the Romulans. As it turns out, they aren't.
Author's Notes: This trope was made for these two and I was very amused when I got to it. (I also tried to keep this one short in reaction to the previous chapter. It worked for today's fic, then stopped working after that for the most part.)

'Now what? Without my combadge, we can't—Garak, what are you doing?' )
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Title: Everything Is Relative
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Romance
Rating & Warnings: G
Words: 100
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: Species differences between Humans and Cardassians are never more evident during a Cardassian winter.
Author's Notes: My entry for DS9 Tumblzine's Drabble Free-For-All! Species differences are my catnip, and considering I react to the cold pretty much like a Cardassian, I had no shortage of inspiration to draw on....

'. . . And with temperatures as low as fifty-six tUrlan in Kardasior, this winter is officially the coldest in nearly forty years.' )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 12. Arranged Marriage AU
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Pre-slash
Rating & Warnings: G
Words: This part 2415, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: After the business with the Maquis, Cardassia's Central Command suggests a grand gesture to demonstrate the renewed commitment to peace between the governments of the Federation and the Union. They also know exactly who will be making that gesture.
Author's Notes: So from about this point on, things started getting away from me. :D;; My fics started getting longer and longer, and a few of them spawned their own AUs for me to follow up on later.

This would be one of them. Normally, "arranged marriage" is a trope I'm rather tired of--before learning how to find good romance novels as a teenager, I read anything I could get my hands on and that rather burned me out. But this, however, is another of my very favourite pieces in the entire series. I've even written a follow-up, with one more planned (although when I'll get to it is anyone's guess). So, uh, there you go.

'I can't see many people lining up to marry a stranger!' )
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Title: Making Lemonade [5/?]
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Romance
Rating & Warnings: G
Words: 100 words
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: A collection of romantic drabbles featuring Julian Bashir and Elim Garak. Today's prompt: "Feather," otherwise known as "Julian and Garak in the snow."
Author's Notes: Well, it's time to update this again. Once again, I struggle with the one hundred-word limit. I can feel myself growing as a writer already....

It's too warm in the holosuite for snow, really, but Garak threatened to leave if he turned down the temperature. )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 11. Meet in a Dream
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Gen
Rating & Warnings: G
Words: 942
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: When a telepathic virus strikes DS9 in Julian's first week on the station, he couldn't be more excited--specially when he begins receiving the speech of one of the station's most notorious residents.
Author's Notes: This is another one I had to rewrite because I was dissatisfied with the way I had initially handled the trope. (Tbh it's another trope that, uh, pretty much does nothing for me.) The second attempt preceded to turn into one of my favourite fics of the challenge. Season 1 Julian, you are an adorkable mess.

'It's the spy!' )
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Title: Companionship and Klingon Cuisine
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Gen
Rating & Warnings: PG (alcohol)
Words: 926
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: A look in on the weekly night out of the dabo spinners of DS9.
Author's Notes: My submission to DS9 Tumblr Zine for the prompt "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"!

It didn't take me as long as I expected to think of what I wanted to do for this week's prompt. For all DS9 has so many amazing secondary characters, this popped into my head right away, possibly because I've been writing about Leeta a fair bit lately. I thought it would be nice to give the dabo spinners (because I absolutely refuse to call them "dabo girls") a chance to interact with each other and be more than eye candy. I figure they would get along pretty great, because there's nothing like a common foe *coughQuarkcough* to bring people together.

Not many businesses saw parties of eight turn up every week. )
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Title: Working Out the Kinks
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Romance
Rating & Warnings: PG
Words: This part 1970, 5984 overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: When it comes to dealing with muscle pain, Julian and Garak find that there's really nothing like physical touch. Featuring a trope played straight, subverted, and then resolved in three acts. This chapter: Communication occurs at last.
Author's Notes: So I've...kind of had this chapter written since something like last June--I've just had a lot of projects that have continually shoved this down the queue. But considering a lot of you seem to like this one a great deal (to my delight and bemusement), I figure it's probably time to put all of you out of your misery.

Thank you for your patience. <3

'Well, I assume you'd like to go to bed sometime this evening.' )
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Title: It's a Grudge Match, Ben Sisko!
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Gen
Rating & Warnings: G
Words: 943
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: When Dukat's baseball team beats Ben Sisko's at first recess, there's no way he's going to let it happen at lunch. There's just one problem....
Author's Notes: My brother Yosie and I created this 'verse during about 150 km of a road trip we took together last summer. We've had a lot of fun planning it, but this is the first thing I've actually written for it. Hopefully when we get a little more time, we'll be able to have other things to share, too.

'He told Lore in his class that he didn't have any honour in front of the teacher.' )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 10. Deserted Island
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Pre-slash/Romance
Rating & Warnings: G
Words: This part 493, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: When Garak and Julian get stranded on a remote Bajoran island, it isn't quite as much of a disaster as matters first appeared.
Author's Notes: Ever so slightly AU, so that these two can go on a trip without worrying about assassination attempts. Assume that Garak's exile included Bajor as well as Deep Space Nine. :D;;

'I should make a point of travelling with you more often, Garak.' )
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Title: Making Lemonade
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Romance
Rating & Warnings: G
Words: 100 words x 4
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: A collection of romantic drabbles featuring Julian Bashir and Elim Garak.
Author's Notes: It's been years since I last attempted to write strict drabbles, and since then, I feel I've grown quite a bit as an author. That said, sticking to exactly one hundred words is hard.

I have no idea how many of these I'm going to write--the list I'm working from has two hundred prompts, but I seriously doubt I'll fill all of them.

Concept of gavrUn ("gahv-roon") courtesy of tinsnip!

Now his breath caught and his heart skipped at the sight of one Cardassian man. )

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