amatara: (Vir Cotto - growth)
World Enough and Time (2150 words) by Amatara
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Vir Cotto & Londo Mollari
Characters: Londo Mollari, Vir Cotto
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Friendship
Summary: Putting on a show for Cartagia is all well and good, but sometimes even the best performers miss a beat. Missing scene for the season 4 episode Falling Towards Apotheosis, just after Cartagia reveals the contents of his 'Shadow cabinet' and his plans to turn Centauri Prime into an inauguration pyre.

Been going through some rough times lately (nothing that won't pass, though, don't worry) and writing hurt/comfort is still the best way to cheer myself up, so here you go. :)

amatara: (Londo and G'Kar - armies cannot stand)

Drink Deep (3194 words)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Summary: G'Kar struggles with his sudden status as a religious icon, and Londo realizes he can take some lessons from Vir in how to handle melancholy drunks. Missing scene for the season 5 episode "The Ragged Edge".
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: G'Kar/Londo Mollari
Characters: Londo Mollari, G'Kar, Vir Cotto
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Angst, Drunkenness, Awkward Conversations
Written for the prompt "For once, G'Kar is the one who needs comfort, and Londo tries to give it as best he can."
amatara: (Timov and Londo)
This was written less with the intention to show it to an audience than for my own amusement, but after showing it to a a friend, we came to the joint conclusion that (a) it does have merit as a story in itself, and (b) even if it didn't, it's hot and others might be interested in reading it anyway. Just be aware that this is by far the most idficcy smut fic I’ve ever written: we’re talking explicit tentacle sex involving pre-canon Londo with human lady OC, which is… every bit as self-insert as it sounds like, so please don't judge this by any other standards than what's advertised on the tin. :) Apart from that, hope you enjoy!

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast (4174 words)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Summary: Sometimes girls just wanna have fun. The same goes for Centauri ambassadors.
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Londo Mollari, Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Orgasm Delay/Denial, Dom/sub Undertones, Tentacle Sex, Femdom

Random note: I am extremely proud of these tags, I’ll have you know! And it says so much about me and how normal Centauri anatomy has become to me, that I didn’t even realize “tentacle sex” might be a thing that conceivably needed to be tagged until I was hitting the post button on AO3, haha. 
amatara: (Londo and G'Kar - armies cannot stand)
My other contribution to [livejournal.com profile] babylon5_love was something different altogether: for once, I made something that wasn't fic or something fanarty/crafty, but took a chance on music instead! Not an original song, but I did set new, B5-themed lyrics to an existing song, and recorded my own version of it to a karaoke track (as I lack the needed skill on acoustic guitar, woe). I ended up making a Londo and G'Kar version of "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's. The title, unsurprisingly, is "Hey There, Mollari", and the song is basically G'Kar writing a letter to Emperor Londo while traveling with Lyta. (The sound quality isn't great, but I did my best with the tools I had.) Hope you enjoy!

Hey There, Mollari: listen or download on Soundcloud.

Lyrics behind the cut )
amatara: (Timov and Londo)
Currently [livejournal.com profile] ruuger is hosting the annual Babylon 5 Love Month on livejournal: a month-long fannish celebration of all things related to B5 and Crusade! A bunch of lovely things have been posted already, with many more to follow, so don't forget to stop by [livejournal.com profile] babylon5_love and have a look if you'd like to join in the squee. 

This year I made two contributions, one of them a short Londo/Timov missing scene fic. I'd actually been planning on writing smut for this pairing, but the characters just kept talking and talking and refused to shut up - which, knowing it's Londo and Timov we're talking about, honestly shouldn't have surprised me - so I didn't actually reach the smut part, though I might remedy that in the future. Hope you enjoy this nonetheless!

Et Amo (2737 words) by Amatara
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Babylon 5
Summary: With Cartagia dead and the Shadows and Vorlons gone, Londo and Vir visit Timov just before their return to Babylon 5. Missing scene for the season 4 episode Into the Fire
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Londo Mollari/Timov
Characters: Londo Mollari, Timov, Vir Cotto
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Angst, Snark
amatara: (Londo and G'Kar - armies cannot stand)

So at one point during the past weeks I wrote this little snippet at the request of a tumblr friend, after which we got to discussing Londo’s issues with choking and asphyxiation and she pointed out that there should be Londo/G’Kar breathplay fic because omg yes, painful and screwed up and perfect. And I agreed wholeheartedly, and one thing led to another and… well, I wrote the thing! :) And I can honestly say it's both the hottest and one of the darkest things I ever wrote, and somehow I’m irrationally proud of it, so... I hope you’ll all enjoy it. *beams*

Undertow (4101 words) by Amatara
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: G’Kar/Londo Mollari
Characters: Londo Mollari, G’Kar
Additional Tags: Angst, Snark, Marsupial Sex, Tentacle Sex, Breathplay, Dreams, Death Fantasy, Asphyxiation, Revelations, Alcohol
Summary: After watching a performance in the Dark Star, G'Kar makes a request that sets Londo's teeth on edge. Set sometime between the season 5 episodes The Ragged Edge and Darkness Ascending.

amatara: (Londo and G'Kar - armies cannot stand)
So while on tumblr, I ended up writing two short Londo/G'Kar ficlets that I only now remembered to post at the AO3. The first one is a short humorous piece with a sprinkling of angst, the second is gratuitous hurt/comfort dealing with one of my favorite tropes. Neither are particularly deep, but I enjoyed writing them so here they are, for your reading pleasure.

We Are One (1119 words) by Amatara
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Londo Mollari, G'Kar
Summary: G'Kar may have become more tolerant of ridicule, but not when it comes to his Declaration of Principles, and not at all where Londo Mollari is concerned.

breathe in breathe out (1150 words) by Amatara
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Londo Mollari, G'Kar
Summary: Londo isn't as young as he used to be; or as whole. Set during season 5’s In the Kingdom of the Blind, just after the attempt on Londo’s life.


amatara: (Timov and Londo)
Though I Walk Through the Valley (46544 words) by Amatara
Chapters: 15/15
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Londo Mollari/Timov, Vir Cotto & Londo Mollari, G'Kar & Londo Mollari, Vir & Lennier
Characters: Londo Mollari, Vir Cotto, G'Kar, Timov, Lennier, Delenn, David Sheridan
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Not A Fix-It, Canonical Character Death, Canon Compliant
Summary: What really happened during those sixteen long years in which Londo waited for the prophecies to come true? A multi-chapter story, indended to bridge the gap between Londo's ascension to the throne and Centauri Prime's eventual liberation from the Drakh.

So, this is it! I just posted the last chapter of the fic that consumed my life for the past four months, ever since I gave in to that crazy impulse to write the one B5 story I've always wanted to see written. Well, 'consumed my life' is probably still an understatement. If there's anything that I learned throughout this, it's that I'm probably not cut out to be a writer - that is to say, writing is my passion and my joy but it's also my addiction, and the way I've been living these past few months to get this thing written... let's just say it wasn't very healthy, not for me and not for the people living with me and who were so kind to put up with me throughout this. It's still an experience I wouldn't have missed for the world, though. And I think I can say that, of all the stories I have written and may yet write in the future, this is the one story I hope I can be remembered by. Because every emotion that's in there is real, in some way, and mine, and because I am so fond of the story in itself and so proud of it too. So (I'm getting emotional now, dammit) if there ever comes a time that I need to leave fandom, and I hope that time won't come for many years yet... this is the story that I hope people will associate with me. It's by no means perfect, partly because I didn't get a beta while writing it (which I still think was a good call, or I would never have finished it) and partly because of the deadlines I had to keep setting myself to just get through it... But I think it still manages to do what I wanted it to, and even plot-wise, the puzzle pieces fit together pretty well with only a few ragged edges, so... yeah. I think I can safely feel proud of this thing.

And I really hope this won't sound presumptuous, but thank you so much to everyone who cheered me on through any part of this, whether it was with a few words or a thousand, and whether you actually read the story or were just passing through. It made all the difference in the world, believe me. And to everyone who was waiting to read this until you were sure I'd actually be able to finish it (which I don't blame you for, for a while I wasn't all that sure I would either :) )... Here you go, I hope it was worth the wait!

amatara: (Vir Cotto - growth)
So this is the last “real” chapter, with only an epilogue to follow and one final plot point to resolve, and it feels… so very strange. I still need to write the epilogue itself, which I’ll do in the next couple of days; by that time I’ll hopefully have gathered my thoughts about this story and how intense writing it has been for me. (In one word: very. *nervous chuckle*). In the meantime, I hope you’ll all enjoy this chapter, which brings the story back to our dear and brave Vir.

Title: Though I Walk Through the Valley (14/15)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Category/Rating: gen-ish (with some background pairings), PG-13
Story summary: What really happened during those sixteen long years in which Londo waited for the prophecies to come true? A multi-chapter story, intended to bridge the gap between Londo’s ascension to the throne and Centauri Prime’s eventual liberation from the Drakh.

(In which Vir learns the truth and, for once, doesn’t wait for the fight to come to him.)
amatara: (g'kar)
Even though this isn't the last chapter yet, it almost feels like it is, because so much happens in this one. And that's only the abridged version - if I'd put everything in this chapter that I originally wanted to, I'm pretty sure I'd have been writing forever. That said, I hope I didn’t rush things too much; at one point, it felt like I was just racing from plot point to plot point trying to tie it all up without losing momentum, and I’m still not quite sure if I managed to avoid that trap. Also, because I was fretting so much about not turning this chapter into a huge melodrama, I might have overcompensated and made it too clinical instead. But chances are if I’d have gone for more drama, I would have ended up being just as worried that I took it too far, because that's me as well. :)

Anyway, after this chapter there’s one more, and then an epilogue, but I have good hopes (fingers crossed) that, now the toughest bit is done, it’s just gonna be riding the rollercoaster all the way down!

Title:
Though I Walk Through the Valley (13/15)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Category/Rating: gen-ish (with some background pairings), PG-13
Story summary: What really happened during those sixteen long years in which Londo waited for the prophecies to come true? A multi-chapter story, intended to bridge the gap between Londo’s ascension to the throne and Centauri Prime’s eventual liberation from the Drakh.

(In which Vir is shocked; Timov has the last word; G’Kar makes a promise; and Londo prepares in the only way he can.)
amatara: (Timov and Londo)
I spent over a week editing this chapter before I no longer felt underwhelmed by it, but I've finally managed to finish it, whew! Is this something like end-of-story blues? I’m down to the final few chapters, and of course there’s a downside to writing a WIP: inevitably, at some point you find out that your story has gaps it’s just too late to fix. No huge plot holes so far, but a lot of smaller things, like having spent too much / little time on a certain character or plot point, that kind of stuff. But I’ve set up the plot a certain way, and with just a few more chapters to go, there’s increasingly little space left to maneuver. I just hope I’ll get it right. Only two more big chapters to go before we’re done! *flails*

Title:
Though I Walk Through the Valley (12/?)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Category/Rating: gen-ish (with some background pairings), PG-13
Story summary: What really happened during those sixteen long years in which Londo waited for the prophecies to come true? A multi-chapter story, intended to bridge the gap between Londo’s ascension to the throne and Centauri Prime’s eventual liberation from the Drakh.

(In which Vir raises the stakes, and Timov is forced to choose her allegiance.)
amatara: (g'kar)
These past few days I've been on a short but lovely trip to Berlin, and I think vacation has helped me to recapture just the mood I needed to polish this chapter: happy, kind of mellow, but with a touch of melancholy to sharpen the edges. A perfect Londo/G’Kar mood, in other words. :)

This is one chapter I feel quite nervous - not to mention slightly giddy - about, as it contains the only interaction Londo and G’Kar will most likely have in this story. (That is, unless I end up changing my mind about not writing the death scene itself, which canon has already shown us with such poetic perfection.) So any thoughts any of you have would be welcomed and loved!


Title: Though I Walk Through the Valley (11/?)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Category/Rating: gen-ish (with some background pairings), PG-13
Story summary: What really happened during those sixteen long years in which Londo waited for the prophecies to come true? A multi-chapter story, intended to bridge the gap between Londo’s ascension to the throne and Centauri Prime’s eventual liberation from the Drakh.

(In which G’Kar comes to Centauri Prime and there is a reunion of sorts, in the most fitting of places.)
 

amatara: (Timov and Londo)
Title: Though I Walk Through the Valley (10/?)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Category/Rating: gen-ish (with some background pairings), PG-13
Story summary: What really happened during those sixteen long years in which Londo waited for the prophecies to come true? A multi-chapter story, intended to bridge the gap between Londo's ascension to the throne and Centauri Prime's eventual liberation from the Drakh.

(In which Londo gambles and loses, and the wheel spins.)
amatara: (Timov and Londo)
Not a Londo chapter, like I'd planned, but a Timov one first!

Title: Though I Walk Through the Valley (9/?)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Category/Rating: gen-ish (with some background pairings), PG-13
Story summary: What really happened during those sixteen long years in which Londo waited for the prophecies to come true? A multi-chapter story, intended to bridge the gap between Londo's ascension to the throne and Centauri Prime's eventual liberation from the Drakh.

(In which Timov bends her principles, and there is some quiet before the storm.)
amatara: (Vir Cotto - growth)
Aaannd we're here with a new installment of our Centauri Prime saga.

This chapter got away from me a little - at first, I had a hard time getting into the flow of writing it, and then once I did I couldn't make myself stop. But anyway, this is where the plot slowly starts to thicken, and for the first time while writing this story I really felt that storyteller's thrill of seeing some of the pieces begin to come together. I have everything plotted out pretty tightly, in the sense that I have a decent idea of what should happen in each chapter, who will be the narrator, when certain characters will have to do certain things to serve the plot and how to get them into a position where they can do it. I've never written longfic before so this is a whole new experience for me, but I'm amazed at how satisfying I'm finding it. Exhausting too - I'm going to sleep and waking up with this story - but so far it's been very much worth it. I also think I've passed the halfway mark where the number of chapters, and I'm loving that nervous thrill of hoping I can get it all tied together. *crosses fingers it will stay that way*

Anyway, hope you all enjoy this! By the way, the chapter after this one will be Londo again, for anyone who wonders. :)

Title: Though I Walk Through the Valley (8/?)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Category/Rating: gen-ish (with some background pairings), PG-13
Story summary: What really happened during those sixteen long years in which Londo waited for the prophecies to come true? A multi-chapter story, intended to bridge the gap between Londo's ascension to the throne and Centauri Prime's eventual liberation from the Drakh.

(In which Earth is in shock, and so is Vir, though not quite for the same reasons.)
amatara: (g'kar)

Title: Though I Walk Through the Valley (7/?)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Category/Rating: gen-ish (with some background pairings), PG-13
Story summary: What really happened during those sixteen long years in which Londo waited for the prophecies to come true? A multi-chapter story, intended to bridge the gap between Londo's ascension to the throne and Centauri Prime's eventual liberation from the Drakh.

(In which G’Kar mourns Lyta, and meets an old friend on Minbar.
)

Also, I'm proud to say this story now has its very own cover art! *beams*

Cover art

Many, many thanks to ghanimasun for letting me borrow one of her beautiful graphics to make this!
amatara: (Londo and G'Kar - armies cannot stand)
It seems I'm more shallow than I thought, because for some reason writing 3000 words of the Drakh punishing Londo (well, not 3000 words of actual punishment, but a 3000-word scene of which about 10 percent is punishment and the rest is talking plus aftermath) went much more smoothly than writing a 3000-word scene about awesome Centauri ladies and politics. Which doesn't mean I spent less effort on the ladies and politics scene, mind you; rather the contrary, but... well, you know. *g*

Title: Though I Walk Through the Valley (6/?)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Category/Rating: gen-ish (with some background pairings), PG-13
Story summary: What really happened during those sixteen long years in which Londo waited for the prophecies to come true? A multi-chapter story, intended to bridge the gap between Londo's ascension to the throne and Centauri Prime's eventual liberation from the Drakh.

In which Vir comes to visit, Timov spills a secret, and Londo has to pay the price.


I have a question, too. Not too long ago I put up a poll asking if it would make a difference to any of you if I started posting fic exclusively on AO3, to which most of you replied no, not at all. Now that I've actually made the switch to just posting on AO3 and putting up the link here, I thought I'd ask once again. My personal feeling - though it might be based on coincidence - is that it doesn't make any difference in terms of who seems to be reading and/or commenting, but I do get the impression that it's harder, or at least less natural on AO3 to have conversations in the comments than it is on DW or LJ. Is it just me, or is this a feeling some of you share? I'm hardly complaining - any comment is very much appreciated, whether it turns into a conversation or not, and I'm not side-eyeing anyone for anything - but I do feel like there's a difference, so I'm really interested to hear other fic writers' thoughts about this. (Like, apparently on AO3 it is a thing that people complain about conversations in the comments inflating the comment counts? Personally, I don't mind this at all, but I can see how it might end up being a factor.)

amatara: (Timov and Londo)
And the story continues...

Title: Though I Walk Through the Valley (5/?)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Category/Rating: gen-ish (with some background pairings), PG-13
Story summary: What really happened during those sixteen long years in which Londo waited for the prophecies to come true? A multi-chapter story, intended to bridge the gap between Londo's ascension to the throne and Centauri Prime's eventual liberation from the Drakh.

In which someone takes matters into their own hands, and Timov is surprised but takes it all in stride. Most of it, anyway.

As always, any feedback is loved.
amatara: (Vir Cotto - growth)
And here we are with the fourth chapter - which also happens to the first one in which we're leaving the canon timeline behind and veering off into unexplored territory! It's Vir's thoughts we're delving into this time, as he receives a message from an unexpected source. Hope you all enjoy this! Next chapter, by the way, will focus on Timov again as we return to Centauri Prime.

Title: Though I Walk Through the Valley (4/?)
Fandom: Babylon 5
Category/Rating: gen-ish (with some background pairings), PG-13
Story summary: What really happened during those sixteen long years in which Londo waited for the prophecies to come true? A multi-chapter story, intended to bridge the gap between Londo's ascension to the throne and Centauri Prime's eventual liberation from the Drakh.

As always, any feedback is loved.

(He couldn't breathe. That was the first thought that went through his mind. He couldn't breathe, and there was smoke everywhere, thick, cloying tendrils seeping into his lungs. His footsteps thumped against the floor as he pushed his way past silk curtains and through gold-studded doors.)


amatara: (g'kar)
Another chapter is up and posted - this time, with G'Kar and Vir as our main protagonists. Writing G'Kar was hard, for some reason; I had to keep rewatching bits of the show before I could hear his voice in my head again, which made me a little sad (where is the time when I knew all of G'Kar's lines by heart and could pull out his voice whenever I needed it? *sniffs*). But I loved writing him again, especially in combination with Vir. Hope you all enjoy this!

Title: Though I Walk Through the Valley
Fandom: Babylon 5
Category/Rating: gen-ish (with some background pairings), PG-13
Story summary: What really happened during those sixteen long years in which Londo waited for the prophecies to come true? A multi-chapter story, intended to bridge the gap between Londo's ascension to the throne and Centauri Prime's eventual liberation from the Drakh.
Chapter 3 summary: As G'Kar is preparing to leave the station, Vir comes bearing brivari and a great many questions.
Chapter 3 characters: G'Kar, Vir Cotto.

As always, any feedback is loved!

(G'Kar had thought himself quite adept at masking emotion. But this time it must have been plain on his face, because Vir looked down and busied himself pouring the brivari – a generous swig for G'Kar and a more modest amount for himself.)

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