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June 2017 - Artwork Fanfic Challenge by Lurena
Travisina
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For our June artwork prompt, Lurena has sent us this picture of Soolin.

Can you come up with a ficlet featuring our favourite lady gunslinger? Of course you can! Post your stories here.
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There's no point being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes
 
Rainesz
Waiting on TT any minute. Wink (What's taking you so long?)

Excellent illustration, Lurena! What a great facial expression and so Soolin.
 
Lurena
Rainesz wrote:

Waiting on TT any minute. Wink (What's taking you so long?)

Excellent illustration, Lurena! What a great facial expression and so Soolin.

Thank you for your kind comment.
Honestly, I think I had to redo it a thousand times to get Soolin's expression right.

Come on TT, it is not that difficult is it?
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*No, I am not. I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.*
 
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Hugbot
Something is wrong this month. Brad writes a Dayna story, I write a Soolin story. It seems as if TT now has to write a Jenna story.

While He Was Bathing

Soolin heard the water splashing and Avon humming cheerfully behind the curtain, but she averted her gaze. Not that she wasn’t tempted; after all, the man behind the curtain was quite a dishy specimen, and the thought of his body only covered in foam made her blush.

Concentrating on the task at hand, she systematically exchanged the magazine of the gun by a dummy cartridge, but she wondered why she was doing this. She did not know much about this Avon guy or his friends. Dorian had told her that they could not be trusted and that is was thus prudent to render them defenseless. But could she trust Dorian?

Suddenly she realised how shallow her relationship with Dorian was. Technically, he knew very well how to please a woman, as if he had the experience of more than a lifetime. But there was also something very selfish about his way of treating her. Up to now, she had only known the company of her family, their murderers and Dorian, but Avon and his gang were people of a very different kind. Suddenly she saw Dorian in a new light. He was not completely honest to her and there was even something creepy about him. What was he up to when he ventured into space? What did all his frequent fits of sudden weakness mean? And what was he doing when he retreated to the cellar?

The relaxed humming of the man in the bath captivated her imagination. For a brief moment she considered disobeying Dorian’s instructions and instead talking to Avon (through the curtain, of course, as she tried to pretend to herself; although she knew very well that she actually fancied sitting playfully on the rim of the tub). Maybe it would be wiser to betray Dorian’s trust than Avon’s. While Avon appeared a little unhinged himself, he seemed to be more wholesome than Dorian. He might even turn out to be a much more pleasant companion.

But old habits die hard. She had obeyed her parents, she had obeyed the man who had killed them (well, at least until she shot him), and now she obeyed Dorian. Carefully and silently she put the weapon back onto the pile of Avon’s clothes and then slipped out of the bathroom as stealthily as she had entered.
 
trevor travis
Lurena wrote:

Rainesz wrote:

Waiting on TT any minute. Wink (What's taking you so long?)

Excellent illustration, Lurena! What a great facial expression and so Soolin.

Thank you for your kind comment.
Honestly, I think I had to redo it a thousand times to get Soolin's expression right.

Come on TT, it is not that difficult is it?


My Soolin tale has to be just right, so I'm taking my time thinking of ideas Wink

Fabulous drawing of our favourite lady gunslinger!!
 
Joe Dredd
Hugbot wrote:
Suddenly she saw Dorian in a new light. He was not completely honest to her and there was even something creepy about him. What was he up to when he ventured into space? What did all his frequent fits of sudden weakness mean? And what was he doing when he retreated to the cellar?


Before she could think about it any further, Dorian ran in and sprinkled some strange glittery sand on her.

What a hunk!
 
JustBrad
Leave it to Huggy to come up with the most logical and compelling tie in for the art while the rest of us are struggling for inspiration.
 
Rainesz
Oh Hugbot, what a terrible, terrible predicament to put Soolin in. How could you?

Avon humming cheerfully in the bathtub. Avon humming. Avon in the bathtub.

Now I understand Soolin's expression in Lurena's drawing. Wink
 
Information
Greetings from China Wink I felt in the mood to write some fanfic and remembered this lovely forum. This little attempt is partially inspired by the heatwave I'm currently experiencing here (British summers have nothing on Wuhan).


HEATWAVE

Soolin smiled as she finished making the modifications to the handgun.

The environmental systems on the Scorpio had been broken for five days. Five days stuck out in the middle of nowhere with no air conditioning, in a confined space and sweltering, intolerable heat.

Avon was occupied trying to fix the problem, while Tarrant spent most of his time at a loss, either peering over Avon’s shoulder demanding to know how much longer the repairs were going to take, or pacing impatiently around the ship after being sent away by a frustrated Avon. Dayna was busy building herself a new toy. It was a curious design. Soolin had taken a look at it earlier and hadn’t been able to work out whether it was a laser blaster or a sonic lance. Dayna had smirked playfully and said that perhaps it was both and then, after catching a glimpse of Tarrant hovering nearby, suggested pointedly that if he were to bother her again, he might find out for sure. She was ‘probably' joking however, evidently deciding that it was better not to test that theory, Tarrant had suddenly decided that it was about time to go back down and see if Avon had made any progress with the repairs.

Vila had, predictably, taken to sitting in a drunken stupor with a seemingly unending supply of drinks to hand. It was quite impressive how much of it he’d managed to hide away on the ship. If only he was willing to pay as much attention to basic hygiene as he did to finding creative hiding places for his Adrenalin and Soma. The environmental systems may be malfunctioning, but the water was still connected to the bathroom and the rest of the crew were considerate enough to take advantage of that fact. Even Avon, preoccupied as he was trying to fix the environmental systems, took regular breaks to freshen up. However, in Vila’s opinion that was apparently a waste of time. Until the air conditioning was functioning properly again he saw little reason to fight the effects of the heat. The discomfort to those around him seemed not to concern him. Vila was content so long as his supplies lasted and, while the Scorpio lacked the dimensions of the Liberator, he was of the opinion that it was still big enough for people to simply move elsewhere if it bothered them.

But Soolin was having none of it. The new high pressured H2O injector cartridges she’d designed slotted perfectly into place. If Vila wasn’t willing to bathe, he could have a shower instead. She grinned and made her way purposefully back to the flight deck.


Wink
I have never understood why it should be necessary to become irrational in order to prove that you care, or, indeed, why it should be necessary to prove it at all.
 
Hugbot
@Information: Good to see you back on the forum, and with such a funny story into the bargain! I also toyed with the idea of having Soolin insert a clip with a highly unusual type of ammo, but I couldn't come up with a feasible idea. It was great to see the basic idea now successfully fleshed out. Apart from the punchline, I also loved your meticulous and vivid descriptions of each crewmember's reaction to the simmering heat.
 
JustBrad
Is this the infamous 'Missing Shower Scene TT is always going on about?

Well done, Information.
 
Rainesz
Information: Soolin with water pistols at the ready. That's very clever, with great individual character moments.
 
Anniew
Huggy....very clever...loved it.

Information...nice story... funny...warm...spot on characterisation. Thanks
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
littlesue
Hmmm....just caught up with this thread as I'm preparing my little effort...
...hmm, bath, bubbles, sitting on the edge of said bath....nooooo, stop it!!!
I'd better go and have a cold shower......................Grin
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


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littlesue
That was a quick cold shower..
..now to my little effort.

Not Today…


Soolin had found the new arrivals intriguing.
But Dorian had told her to be wary.
And she had gone along with his plan; to render their guns useless.
So it had come as a surprise to her when HE had taken her arm and stood in front of her; as if to shield her from the coming horror.
Avon.
He seemed so different from the others.
Cold, aloof, almost uncaring, but she had seen him out on the surface of Xenon staring out into the distance; as if remembering.
But what were those memories?
She had watched as he had lowered his gaze, silently turn and walk back to the base.
Whatever those memories were; they were painful…and private.
She had never disturbed him.
Never stopped him mid- stride to ask.
No, he was a private man, completely at odds with the others.
Vila had his booze, his tricks and a determination to try and win her heart.
Tarrant seemed to regard the Scorpio as his own property and was content trying out its systems, usually in the company of Dayna who, although younger than herself, had an equal fascination with weapons.
In fact, she and Dayna had become friends, after a fashion, and could often be found trying out their shooting skills.
Which brought her back to Avon.
She pondered her next move.
In the quiet of her own quarters she removed the clip from her gun. Turned it over in her fingers and considered the future…her future.
There was a knock on her door.
Not intrusive, but gentle.
She smiled.
She knew who it was.
She replaced the clip, pressing it home.
She sauntered over to her door and opened it.
Sure enough, he was standing there.
“Soolin. We are needed on the Scorpio…”
“Something of interest?”
“Importance.”
“Why not? I could do with a change of scenery.” She brushed past him, just as she had done when they had first met. It was a knack that she had acquired over the years; it could momentarily stun a man; just enough to allow her to turn and kill him.
But not today.
If Avon had been momentarily stunned, he didn’t show it. In fact, as she glanced over her shoulder, she was certain that she saw him smile; but only briefly.
And then the cold, aloof man was back.
“After you,” Avon said, as they began to walk along the corridor.
“Don’t you trust me? I suppose you think I may shoot you in the back.”
“Would you?”
She stopped and looked up at him.
“It’s a tempting thought, if one was so inclined.”
“But not today.”
She looked into his dark, haunted eyes, “No…not today.”
“Well now, that is most reassuring.”
“I thought it would be. But then, you could shoot me, couldn’t you?”
“I could.”
“Without any qualms?”
“None at all.”
“How reassuring.”
And she strode off, leaving Avon to consider what fate had in store for him…and Soolin.
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


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sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
Anniew
Ooh Sue...the fic that launched a thousand ships!! Nice one.
Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I won't.
 
littlesue
Anniew wrote:

Ooh Sue...the fic that launched a thousand ships!! Nice one.


As it was noted during the rewatch of Gold, Avon and Soolin work so well together, but Avon knows he has to watch her...she would kill him at the slightest hint of betrayal. Her whole attitude in that hut in Blake speaks volumes.
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


sues stories http://sjlittle.w...
sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
trevor travis
THE SURVIVOR

She’d learnt how to look after herself from a young age. She’d had to, after the murder of her parents.

Sometimes she felt others viewed her as a little cold. But she knew it wasn’t true in reality. When Tarrant had so obviously fallen in love with Zeeona, who was the one who’d tried to help them stay together? It had been her.

However, she was also a pragmatist – a born survivor.

And she was willing to take action when necessary, even when others might shirk from that responsibility.

He had become a liability, and he’d nearly killed them all. It was a miracle they had come through the experience of Gauda Prime alive.

The group needed a strong leader, not a man whose grip on reality seemed to be fading. The group needed her.

She mulled over what she must do, as she loaded her gun. She remembered her recreational physical relationship with him, and the ghost of a smile came to her lips. But then she recalled the way he’d used her as bait on Gauda Prime.

She set off down the corridor to where she knew she would find him. This would be his final day.
 
littlesue
TT....I rest my case M'Lud.
You do not mess with that blonde lady gunslinger.
Edited by littlesue on 30 June 2017 21:04:07
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


sues stories http://sjlittle.w...
sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
trevor travis
littlesue wrote:

TT....I rest my case M'Lud.
You do not mess that blonde lady gunslinger.


Cheers Sue. My fanfic was inspired by your fantastic contribution, and by your subsequent comment. Once Soolin has a chance to mull over what happened in the hut, Avon's days are numbered. Don't mess with someone quicker on the draw than you are Wink
 
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