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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: 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: 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: 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 - 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: 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: 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: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 9. Matching Soulmate Markings
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Romance
Rating & Warnings: PG (alcohol)
Words: 1599 this part, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: Julian has decided to at last take the big step of showing Elim his soulmark, but what's supposed to be a straightforward relationship event...isn't.
Author's Notes: I actually knew very little about this trope and had to look it up when I arrived at this point on the list. I then proceeded to NOPE pretty hard about it, particularly after a series of discussions with bendingsignpost about all the many unfortunate implications a trope like this has.

Actually, this is my second version of the fic. My first time through, I tried to eliminate as many of the aforementioned unfortunate implications as I could, but when I came back to what I had written after leaving it for a while, I realised that I'd only gotten rid of some of them and the result was still creepy. I'm pretty sure I've missed still more unfortunate implications in this rewrite (and sometimes Julian's thought processes don't help), but given the problematic nature of the trope, I figure there's only so much I can do.

So with that enthusiastic introduction...enjoy the fic?

'I wanted to show you my . . . my mark.' )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 8. Sex Pollen AU
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Humour
Rating & Warnings: PG
Words: 134 this part, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: The flora on alien planets can have unexpected properties, as Garak finds out firsthand.
Author's Notes: My apologies to anyone who had been expecting something of any length for this prompt. When I arrived at this point in the list, I read the trope name and went "NOPE." So--here you are.

The good thing about having a highly accomplished doctor as a friend was that, when he was dosed by what was no doubt the sexual cousin of the Omicron pod plant on the planet on which they had just crashed, within seconds Dr. Bashir had snapped out the tricorder from his salvaged medkit, scanned him, and hit him with the appropriate hypo. )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 07. Stuck Someplace Together in Winter
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Gen
Rating & Warnings: G this part, PG-13 overall?
Words: 268 this part, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: Crash-landing on a frozen planet in the middle of a blizzard is bad. But when one of your number is Cardassian...that would be worse.
Author's Notes: More or less, this is me having fun with both the trope and with species differences. I've played up the Cardassian intolerance for cold and the potential reaction to frigid temperatures for the fun of it, although possibly not too much--if room temperature is too cold and a desert planet is "bracing," then I think it's pretty safe to say that this is a species that would not enjoy snow in the slightest.

Julian fired his phaser. )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 06. Spin the Bottle
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Pre-slash/Humour
Rating & Warnings: G this part (alcohol), PG-13 overall?
Words: 919 this part, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: At a slightly tipsy gathering of most of the senior staff of DS9 (plus Keiko and Garak), it's decided that they really should play an old Earth game Sisko recently read about.
Author's Notes: I had originally been intending to post something else today, but then I realized at the last minute that I had left out an important scene, and so that's been put on hold until I can, uh, actually write it.

Instead, I decided to post this, which is basically me having fun with historical mix-ups. I really enjoy the idea of people in our future getting things in the present day not quite right, because, you know, if we can mess up stuff that went on much less than a hundred years ago, expecting perfect accuracy three hundred years in the future is a bit much.

Also, I really like the idea of the senior staff (and secondary characters) socialising in large groups. We mostly saw them pair off on their downtime, which was really nice, but the occasional mildly awkward night at Quark's would have been fun to see too.

This is totally silly, so don't think much more than that about it. :Db;

'There's an old Earth game I was reading about recently, Spin the Bottle.' )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 05. Bartender AU
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Pre-slash
Rating & Warnings: G this part (alcohol), PG-13 overall?
Words: 351 this part, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: Julian has never met anyone better at making him forget that the role of a bartender is to listen, not to talk.
Author's Notes: This one is just a little thing based on me once again thinking about the trope, seeing where my mind automatically assumed Julian and Garak would go, and then switching their places. Julian continues to have the weirdest career path, more or less.

'There's nothing sinister about taking an interest in people, is there?' )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 04. Angel/Demon AU
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Gen
Rating & Warnings: G this part, PG-13 overall?
Words: 366 this part, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: Jules isn't very good at being a demon.
Author's Notes: Can anyone tell I'm a fan of Good Omens?

Also, I had intended the use of "Jules" as more of a concept than anything else--the ages of angels and demons are rather hard to pin down--but it seems to have influenced me subconsciously, so this is more of a friendshippy fic than a shippy one, really. Oh well.

For the first few dozen centuries of his existence, he'd been fine with muddling along as best he could. )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 03. Anonymous Love Letters
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Fluff
Rating & Warnings: PG-13 this part, PG-13 overall?
Words: 816 this part, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: The moment the messages start, Julian knows it's going to be a dangerous shift.
Author's Notes: I am pretty sure this is not what was meant by "anonymous love letters." I am also pretty sure I don't care--I had way too much fun with this. Poor Julian.

He snapped his mouth shut just in time, for the next words on the screen, displayed in stark green letters, were: 'looked particularly handsome this morning.' )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 02. Idol/Fan
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Fluff
Rating & Warnings: G this part, PG-13 overall?
Words: 552 this part, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: This Cardassian fellow Julian has just met at a dull post-fashion show party is really very fascinating--but why does he make his date so flustered?
Author's Notes: This scenario is sort of loosely based on 24th-century canon--very loosely. It's not a prompt that interests me very much, so I didn't spend as much time as usual working out the details.

Instead, I took this as an opportunity to play around with the weird contradiction DS9's writers seem to have unintentionally introduced, wherein Bashir is a lovely human being but kind of an ass when it comes to dating. I'm not sure if I was able to keep that balance, but it was fun to try anyway.

'Julian, did you realize you've been talking with Elim Garak this entire time?' )
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Title: 30-Day Cheesy Tropes Challenge - 01. Coffee Shop AU
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Genre: Fluff
Rating & Warnings: G this part, PG-13 overall?
Words: 177 this part, ?? overall
Disclaimer: I don't own Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Summary: Julian is down to his last $20, but luckily someone is hiring.
Author's Notes: I started working on these as a way to nail down the voices of Dr. Bashir and Garak for my DS9 fic, and as a good mental exercise. While there are some exceptions, my goal has been to figure out who I would put in which role for each prompt--and then write the opposite. It's been tremendous fun and I'm looking forward to posting all of them eventually (I'm currently working on #17). ♥

He really was an extraordinary man to work for. )

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