Covert Cupid ’17 Fanfic: Liz

Note: This entry is part of this year’s Covert Cupid challenge, in which each host drew three characters from a hat and used them to write a romantic fanfiction short. You can hear them all read aloud in Episode 80 of the podcast.

I had seen maybe one episode of Deadwood, ages ago, and I had NO memory whatsoever of Calamity Jane (except for the actual historical figure). Happily, in my research viewings of the show, I immediately glommed onto her as my favorite character, and though I didn’t quite make it to the end of season 1 I felt like I had a handle on her. My one regret is not watching far enough to see her enter a romantic relationship with another WOMAN on the show—I suddenly felt rather like I was straight-washing Jane, but Karen and Caitlin reassured me that Jane is almost certainly meant to be bi. Still, if I were to do it over again, I might have shuffled the pairing—or at the least, smoothed out the narrative tone of the whole thing.

At least this particular instance of an underaged character was as easily solved as changing his uniform color. –Liz

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Ep 80 – Covert Cupid 2017

If you had forgotten Covert Cupid… damn, then we could’ve gotten away not hosting it and you wouldn’t have been the wiser.

But traditions don’t become traditions unless you keep participating, and since we’re working on making this a tradition that’s going to last…here we are.

It’s like looking down at a heart-shaped box of chocolates where there’s no key in sight and you’re just hoping with all you’ve got that you pick good flavors, knowing full well you’ve got to smile your way through whatever orange creme-filled nightmare you happen to actually get.

So join us this week for our big reveals, not safe for work language and situations, and more importantly…NO APOLOGIES.

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Covert Cupid Challenge: Mindy

by Mindy

This was, as I say on the podcast, my First Fic Evar!!!  I was so proud of myself for finally finishing something!  It was really intimidating to try to write 1) a character from a show I’d never seen (Boyle); and 2) an enigmatic, hard-to-pin-down character from a show I love (Rose Quartz), but I had a really really fun time once I got going.  After googling around for information about Boyle, I found myself wondering whether Karen’s Boyle/Rose pairing was inspired by the whole Boyle/Rosa situation.  A thinkpiece at the Onion AV Club definitely influenced the ending.  I can’t wait to write my next fic!  (I *might* have some ideas about inappropriate situations for Mulder and Scully to get themselves into.)

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Covert Cupid Challenge: Caitlin

by Caitlin

Oh, boy. I knew nothing about the X-Files, and frankly not much more about Star Trek: TNG. At the end of this experiment, all I now know that I didn’t know is that the Mulder and Scully work for the FBI, and that Data is the Chief Operations Officer on the Enterprise. Oh, and that Gillian Anderson played Scully, not Mulder, but I digress. In this fic, Jean Luc Picard uses the Holodeck to try and chase some tail – not unlike some TNG episodes I’ve seen – and finds himself trying to capture the heart of that damned elusive Pimpernel* the elusive Dana Scully. 

*sorry, wrong fic!

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Covert Cupid Challenge: Karen

By Karen

I knew crap-all about these particular canons prior to entering into this challenge. Oh sure there was the play I went to see last year, and some smattering of stuff on tumblr, but I wouldn’t dare to say enough to write any kind coherent narrative. So off to YouTube and Wikipedia I went. Several hours later I came up with this. 

Yes, it’s way longer than it needed to be. Like…twice as long. But…I just couldn’t stop writing. In fact, I’m itching to go back and correct stuff, and flesh out the story more. Maybe make it a trilogy… Anyway, I hope you like reading it nearly as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

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Covert Cupid Challenge: Liz

by Liz

WELP, this was interesting. As dramatically read in “Foxes” episode 31 by pair-establisher Caitlin, here is my (slightly corrected) entry for our first-ever fanfic challenge.  Alas, not the “ball-slapping” material Caitlin might have enjoyed to read, but it is what it is. (I will take this moment to remind you that both characters here are adults, not adolescents. Chronologically, at least. They’d not be the most mature at any age.)

And for those of you who indulge, here’s the link to the fic now posted on Archive of Our Own, because this is where my life has led me.

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