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Valentine's day downer

Today I was in a part of town I don't go to much, meeting a friend after a doctor's appointment. There happens to be a really unusual booze-store there that sells this amazing rose-petal vodka that is wonderful with both soda and/or sparkling wine.

Me: (picking up my bottle in a store that has one window done up for Valentine's) You should totally market this on Valentine's coz it tastes wonderful as a dash in sparkling wine (that they have in Valentine's window), and it has a rose theme.

Assistant (man in 40s but quite trendy): That is if you don't think that valentines is a cynical ploy to get money out of the gullible public and a capitalist...(sorry I don't remember the rest, but was said seriously)

Me: Um, OK, but this is a business and I think you could probably sell this rose vodka on Valentine's, and I suppose anything that draws people in....

Him: (TBH a lot sneery) You have better things to do than try to market rose vodka when you are running a business, believe me. (yup, fur real, his emphasis)

Me: Well, you are cheerful today.

Him: Yes. Give me your money. (yup, no exaggeration)

I won't bore you with the rest of the conversation, but turned out it was his last day. Well, I feel sad for him, he kinda looked like the (me with judgemental hat on) guy who was doing a temp job and thought it was beneath him, but seriously? I am polite and used to working with difficult customers, not difficult shop-assistants so I rolled with it, but geeze, would it have killed him to be nice? Someone who was just passing and didn't know that the store sells unusual stuff may have been scared off forever. And that would have been a shame for the owners.

Gaila; 50 Shades of Red

Title: Gaila: Fifty shades of red
Word count: drabbles, 200-500 words, incomplete
Pairings: Gaila/Scotty
Rating: Teen
Summary: She's a stranger in a strange land, but she'll get by with a little help from her friends. Fifty Gaila drabbles about the colour red, prompt from the lovely teaoli

Part 4 - Tomato; Part 5 - Northern Cardinal; Part 6 - Rust; Part 7 & 8 - a Valentine (Rose / Corundum); Part 10 - Sailor's delight (aargh! I missed 9, and none of my reviewers noticed!); Part 11 - Titian; Part 12 - Poppy

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Or when did women lose their anatomical complexity?

Gaila, 50 Shades of Red

More Gaila tales, parts 10 and 11.

Parts 10 and 11

The Mirror Verses - Complete story

Author: spockchick  Beta: spocklikescats
Words: 9,000  Rating: nc17
Pairings: Scotty/Gaila/Chapel; Sulu/Chekov, Spock, T'Pring/McCoy, Uhura/Kyle.
Warnings: Abuse, murder, torture, major character deaths, truly evil Spock.
Summary: Experimental Mirror 'verse mini-story based on poetry, with some Shakespeare and The Bible too. Dark, but a tribute to the spirit, friendship, love and the resilience of the human body. Gentle reader, I beg do not judge this tale until the end, if you are kind enough to read that far. All poems are out-of-copyright and in the public domain.

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Gaila: Fifty Shades of Red

Title: Gaila: Fifty shades of red
Word count: drabbles, 200-300 words, incomplete
Pairings: Gaila/Scotty
Rating: Teen
Summary: She's a stranger in a strange land, but she'll get by with a little help from her friends. Fifty Gaila drabbles about the colour red, prompt from the lovely teaoli
Gaila: Fifty Shades of Red on LJ

More T'Pring

A bit of evil fun with my AU T'Pring, the lovely Prianka Chopra. There will be a story coming... eventually :-)


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I did my first photomanip!

Look at this gorgeous girl, Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood action woman, romantic heroine and she's won an award for best villain! But I took one look at her, that attitude, and thought... AU and Mirror T'Pring! BTW, I don't think of T'Pring as a baddie.


Mirror T"Pring
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Chapel and Priest: Husks

Title: Chapel and Priest: Husks
Author:[info]spockchick
Series: Star Trek AOS
Characters/Pairings: Masters/Scotty, Uhura/Spock, Chapel/McCoy, Gaila/OFC/Kirk
Warnings: Rights abuse, murder, violence, torture, language, abuse of canon, Harry Mudd.
Rating: R
Word Count: ~ 35,000
Beta: [info]spocklikescats and teaoli

Summary: Noir-Trek AU written for startrekbigbang; Chapel and McCoy run a branch of Starfleet Intelligence on the rough, rainy spaceport planet of New Glasgow. Disguised as a gum-shoe detective agency, they are investigating the disappearance of sixteen individuals, assisted by boy-genius Chekov, Scotty's dog Porthos, and all the usual suspects. Fedora hats, striped suits, Marcel waves, cloche hats, seamed stockings, garter belts, and phasers that malfunction in a malevolent manner. Charlene Masters is played by Janelle Monae, Chapel by Christina Applegate. Crimson Crest by Christina Hendricks (thanks to [info]i_am_32_flavors for that last idea).

Awesome fanmix With our Rain Washed Histories by [info]i_am_32_flavors

Beautiful character art by [info]theoreticalpixy

[Part 1-3] [Part 4-6] [Part 7-9] [Part 10-12] [Part 13-15] [Part 16-17] [Part 18-end]