ASH (galerian_ash) wrote,

Dear Rare Pair Fest Writer...

Hi there, and thank you for coming to read this letter! Despite being a huge shipper, this is my first time taking part in Rare Pair Fest. I'm really excited, and I hope you feel the same way! Can't wait to see what you write — please just try to enjoy yourself, and I'm sure to love the end result :)

In general, I especially love first time stories — but I also like established relationships, so if you'd rather write that it's cool with me! I'm not all that into pure PWPs, but I certainly won't mind if you feel like including a sex scene. Aside from that, the things I like are all over the place — so I'll list a few for you below. But please don't worry if the stuff I mention aren't what you had planned! I just want to give you some ideas to go on; in no way should you feel forced to include any of these.

♥ Characters who are unflinchingly loyal, including betrayals that are actually done for the sake of the other.
♥ Stoic characters opening up and revealing feelings they normally wouldn't; the strong-and-silent type showing unexpected vulnerability. If crying is involved, all the better.
♥ Protectiveness — especially if the character being protected is quite capable of taking care of themselves, and isn't used to someone caring like that.
♥ Unrequited love and longing that ends up not being that unrequited after all. UST is great as well, especially if finally resolved.
♥ Lonely characters finding companionship.
♥ Characters who share a "I understand what you need without having to be told" bond.
♥ Differences between lovers — height, age, etc.
♥ Moments where one character is completely out of it (due to sleepiness or being wounded or whatever), but is still aware of the other just being there; a comforting and safe presence.
♥ Rivalries, both of the friendly sort and the more antagonistic kind.
♥ Desperate kissing in the rain. DON'T JUDGE MEEE~

And on the flip side, things I don't want:

★ Sad stuff involving animals (death, cruelty, and so on).
★ Focus on social issues.
★ Crossovers.
★ Crack.
★ Meta.
★ Alternate Universe fics. I actually like AUs, but since these fandoms are all pretty rare I'd like to get fic of them as they are.

Now then, here are my actual requests:

First Blood | Rambo

Samuel Trautman/John Rambo: I'll start by saying that if you've read the original book and the two subsequent novelizations, and would like to include some details from them, that's perfectly cool with me! Even though there are some big differences between the books and the movies, I pretty much consider them to be the same canon. But uh, there are some things I'd rather not have you include, obviously — i.e. keep Trautman away from shotguns!

That said, I'd love to see a fic set after the third movie. It's not that I don't like the fourth one, but in this particular case I'd prefer it if you could just ignore it. I like to think that Rambo and Trautman stayed together after driving off into the sunset leaving Afghanistan. They make such a great team (just look at how they instantly fall into a confident rhythm when they're breaking out of that Russian prison, or the deleted scene where Trautman spots for Rambo when he's struggling with aiming the Dragunov), not to mention that they care very deeply for each other. They're both so protective and willing to go to extreme lengths for each other, and I honestly think they want to stick together. Hell, take the second book for example — at the end when Rambo says he's leaving to live day by day, Trautman replies by asking "You want some company?"

One of the things that gets to me the most about Rambo, is how hard he is on himself. He pushes himself to the utmost, completely heedless of the damage he inflicts on his own body. Like that scene in the third movie, where he cauterizes his wound in order to be able to keep fighting. Or, in the third book, where he's basically killing himself trying to get everyone to safety. He can't see straight because he hasn't slept in days, and subsequently berates himself for being a "lazy bastard". (One of my favorite parts comes here too, where Rambo wonders just how much longer he can keep going, and then grits his teeth because: "For Trautman? Forever.") I'd love to see a moment where Trautman tells him to take it easy, and just shows that he truly cares. Maybe that seems OOC to you, but I honestly don't think it is. Trautman never hesitates to go out of his way for Rambo's sake, and judging by some of the things he says — "Seems like bailing you outta trouble's getting to be a lifetime job for me." — he's quite at peace with it, as well. And when Rambo is playing that tank-versus-helicopter game of chicken, Trautman pretty much panics. He yells at Rambo to get out of there, and then starts running towards him. And the look on his face when the explosion clears and Rambo crawls out of the tank...!

I love that Trautman calls Rambo by his first name. He's the only one that does, and I think it might actually mean a lot to Rambo. I also love that they both have such a good sense of humor! They manage to crack some dry, kinda self-deprecating, ironic jokes throughout the series — even when facing insurmountable odds, showing that they understand each other well enough to be able to do that.

Another thing I love about their relationship is the complete trust they have in each other. Rambo says it straight out; telling Trautman that he's the only one he trusts. Trautman, on his part, shows it. He does so more than once, but take the first movie for example — Rambo is clearly unraveling, yet Trautman fearlessly confronts him and even goes so far as to wrench the rifle from his hands.

Magnum PI

Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV/Jonathan Quayle Higgins III: I see so, so much subtext in their relationship. Hell, I'm almost tempted to use the word soulmates, however silly that may sound. They're often at each other's throat, saying some really hard-hitting things — but deep down there's genuine respect and caring. And when push comes to shove they understand each other's feelings and know just what to say/do. A good example of the latter is in "Distant Relatives", when Higgins — instead of countering Magnum's angry outburst — realizes that something is seriously wrong. Even though Magnum is crying and asks to be left alone, Higgins launches into an anecdote which ultimately ends up easing the pain.

I also love how teasingly playful they can be with each other, and their banter is just wonderful. The suitcase scene in "Who Is Don Luis Higgins... And Why Is He Doing These Terrible Things To Me?" is one of my absolute favorites.

There are so many amazing and important moments between these two throughout the series. Everything from Higgins writing a testament and leaving Magnum his model bridge (and the way he says Magnum's name while writing is just...! *flails incomprehensibly*), to Magnum faking an illness to get locked into quarantine with Higgins in order to protect him. And of course, "Limbo", where Magnum is dying and it's Higgins whose voice he hears, calling him back. Then there's all of "Paper War" and "Pleasure Principle" and — I could go on and on, as you can see!

To round things off, have a choice quote from Magnum himself: "Sure, I know, it's crazy to refer to whatever Higgins and I share as friendship, but it is. We fight and bicker like an old married couple, but somewhere, mixed in with the jibes, is a funny kind of mutual trust."

Streets Of Fire

Tom Cody/McCoy: I love this movie to bits! I've seen it so many times, yet it remains equally as good and entertaining as the first time I saw it. The fantastic music, the super-cool characters, the lush colors and evocative mood that permeates everything... I just really, really love it.

And speaking of cool characters, nobody is cooler than Cody and McCoy. They make a great team, and I think that — given time — they would be perfect for each other. As for Cody's relationship with Ellen... To me, it strikes me as an impossible first love; passionate and intense, but never going to last (Cody even says so himself). And it's not like it would've been impossible for them to be together, if they'd been willing to make sacrifices.

I'd love to see a fic set after the movie where Cody, despite perhaps still being hung up on Ellen, comes to realize what's right in front of him. Where he grows to love McCoy, slowly but surely, and then faces the problem of winning her over. He jokes about it at the end — "I guess this is my big chance, huh?" — but I'd love to see him actually taking it seriously.

One scene I think is really intriguing is the one where McCoy asks if he can put her up for the night. He assumes she wants a "quick tumble" and gives here this resigned, weary, almost disappointed smile. And then she promptly proves him wrong. She's quite possibly the first woman who didn't just immediately fall for his looks, and I think that's really important to him.

I love that McCoy is not only extremely capable, but also surprisingly even-tempered! Take the scene where Fish first meets her, for example. He's goading her and saying all kinds of crap, and she doesn't pay him any heed at all. Cody, on his part, is a genuinely nice guy. He may be rough around the edges, but he cares a lot about his friends and family, and tries to do the right thing. Like where McCoy is trying to cheer him up and he basically blows her off, only to later go hunt her down in the bar and try to make up for it. And McCoy accepts it, no grudges held, even giving him a lovely smile. Ah, just thinking about it makes me all flaily — they could be so amazing together!

On a very personal level, I'd also love to read a fic where they run into McCoy's ex-boyfriend. I have no doubt that he'd be an asshole to her, perhaps mocking her clothing or looks (as she mentioned their relationship being before she was a soldier). I'm not entirely sure McCoy would be able to respond in her usual style, and I'd love to see Cody stepping in. Just being protective of her, telling the guy a thing or two, and then trying to make her feel better.

I'd also be thrilled to read something where one of them is in trouble, and the other must come to the rescue. Or anything else you feel like writing! Honestly, I've wanted fic for these two for so long now — I'll be over the moon no matter what you write. So please go wild if you have an idea of your own!

The Expendables

Gunner Jensen/Barney Ross: I remember watching the first movie in the cinema, trying to contain my utter glee when Gunner calmly stated that the problem between him and Barney was a "lovers' quarrel". I love this pairing so much! It has the potential to be extremely versatile — they could be gruff, complete with rough sex and the whole shebang; tender and warm, sharing a relationship worn comfortable over the years; angst, angst, angst; playful and joking, complete with easy banter; and so on! However you want to write them, I'll love to read it.

Likewise, feel free to set the story whenever you want. Pre-canon, maybe a first meeting? Ooo, exciting! A missing scene during one of the movies? Awesome! Something set a few years in the future, perhaps with them retiring? Cool!

Barney Ross/Galgo: NGL, Galgo was my favorite thing about the third movie. I really wasn't expecting to fall for him as hard as I did, but man, I love the guy to bits. And I thought there was so much potential for this pairing, surely everyone would see it and there would be tons of shippers and fanworks! ...But no, that didn't happen. Not counting the fic I wrote (out of sheer desperation), there's nothing. Nothing! So, yeah, whatever you feel like writing will be absolutely wonderful.

Deep down, Galgo is a very lonely man. He covers it all with talking and acting the way he does, but — when Barney finally asks what went down with his old team — he doesn't shy away from it. He has the strength to allow himself to be vulnerable; to reveal that painful past of his. And Barney listens, and you can tell that means the world to Galgo. I'd really love to read something that builds on that, with him finding solace in building a friendship (and perhaps more *winks*) with Barney.

The Incredible Hulk

David Banner/Jack McGee: It still drives me crazy that this series was canceled, and left without a resolution (those final three movies don't count; in fact, I'd really prefer it if you could just ignore them altogether). I desperately want Jack to find out the truth about his John Doe! If David took a chance on him, how would he have reacted? Would he still have gone through with it all, or was there more to his obsession than just a story? Time and time again Jack saves David — sometimes at the risk of his own life, while also forgoing the chance of capture. David does the same, risking exposure and losing what little normalcy he has left in his life. It's heartbreaking that they made for such great friends in "Mystery Man", and I'd love to see them regain that someday. And, y'know, perhaps take their relationship a step further ;)

Carl Rivers/David Banner: These two hit it off so well! I really loved how quickly they became friends, sharing cute jokes and being protective of each other. I really, really would like to see them meeting up again. Perhaps the farm isn't right for Carl after all, and he hits the road — crossing path with a certain hitchhiker once more. Or maybe David seeks him out, tired and worn, unable to keep wandering? I think Carl did figure out that the Hulk was David — just look at the way Carl stares after him when the police arrive; it's not "wow, what a strange creature", but rather a look of genuine worry. But David never did open up, despite Carl's gentle prodding, and opted for heading east instead of taking Carl up on his invitation. Fix that, and I'll adore you forever!

The Silent Flute | Circle Of Iron

The Blind Man/Cord: This is one of my absolute favorite movies; I never get sick of watching it. It's not only visually stunning, but also has some real depth to it. It's funny, thoughtful, exciting, and — I honestly cannot praise it enough! I'd love to see a fic set after the movie, about the further adventures of Cord and the Blind Man. (And, uh, right off the bat I want to encourage you to name the Blind Man — provided you want to, that is! He has a name in the original script, but since the finished movie is very different I don't mind if you'd like to call him something else.)

I love how Cord latches on to the Blind Man almost immediately, all smiles and easy promises. The Blind Man, on his part, has a sharp tongue — but I think there's no mistaking the obvious fondness and affection he develops for Cord. The banter between them is wonderful; definitely one of my favorite aspects of the whole movie.

In the beginning, Cord stands alone. He is his own man, by his own choice — he needs no one, and no one needs him. But he grows as the movie progresses, in more ways than one. I think his character development is really great, and I'd like to see him continue to evolve under the tutelage of the Blind Man. To be honest, I'm not certain if they'd stick around and offer guidance to future Seekers... I almost think they'd be more likely to go off and wander the land. Maybe they experience adventure and fight intimidating foes, or perhaps they simply settle down and enjoy life? Wherever your story takes them, I'll be eager to read it!

I love how pivotal the Blind Man's music becomes to Cord. In the confrontation with Changsha, Cord is losing — then he, alone, hears the flute. He's grounded by it, and manages to prevail. And Cord knows damn well who it is that's playing it, which I think signifies just how important the Blind Man has become to him. Even much earlier, in the waterfall scene, you can see how utterly delighted Cord becomes when the Blind Man shows up again. That brilliant smile of his says it all, I think.

Their roles as teacher and student are obvious, but I'd be excited to see a moment where Cord is able to teach the Blind Man something. Doesn't matter if it's something small and silly, or hugely important (related to their deepening relationship, perhaps?) — I just think it'd be very interesting to see a reversal of roles. Or maybe the reversal can come from something a bit more dramatic? Like, for example, a moment where the Blind Man is in danger somehow, and Cord comes to his rescue.
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