ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "I'm thankful for you" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This is really a romance, but it includes some serious (consensual) roughhousing in the gym. Consider your tastes and headspace before clicking through.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "criminal intent" square of my 9-30-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] curiosity. This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is a creepy telepath, really revolting use of superpowers, telepathic child molestation, telepathic violation of a nonconsenting adult, graphic violence, vigilante action by offended supervillains, mild cooperation between black and white capes, and between supervillains and police. If these are sensitive issues for you, consider your headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "no honor among thieves" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] curiosity. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some tense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is incarceration, reference to lingering damage from previous injuries, explicit self-harm, blaming others, psychological manipulation with intent to harm, negative coping methods in general, and use of superpowers for petty mischief. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "accidental mating for life" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calvin/Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem features some touchy topics. Highlight to read further warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is canon-typical supervillain activity, a superpower mishap resulting in a mental link, nonconsensual drug use, a whole heap of boundary violations and other consent issues, really awkward interactions, a supervillain trying to do at least some of the right things and getting smacked down rather hard, and other angst. There are some hopeful notes, but folks are by no means out of the woods yet. If these are sensitive issues for you, consider your headspace before clicking through.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with some intense material. The warnings are spoilers; highlight to read them. Hadyn is a survivor of child abuse, so extra alert to that kind of issue. She notices clues that make her suspect that her classmate Adriel might be abused. So Hadyn has to scrape up her courage to tell someone. It is scary and creepy. Plus Adriel gets mad at Hadyn for a while. It all works out in the end, though, and the environment is generally supportive. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your headspace before deciding if this is something you want to read.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills a square on my 7-4-14 Plot Challenges Bingo card for Situation: Remorse, Setting: Youth Center, Complication: Stumbling in the Dark. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was inspired by a comment from [personal profile] fred_mouse about superheroes with disabilities, especially dementia. It also fills the "Thank God It's Friday ... Again: Time Loops" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. This poem belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "vulnerability" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem deals with some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Stan's football buddies take exception to his relationship with Lawrence. Jealousy, possessiveness, homophobia and biphobia, bullying, verbal abuse, and other obnoxious behavior ensue. Stan has very little idea how to cope with any of this, because his experience focuses on protecting other people, not himself. He's always been able to rely on privilege and popularity, which are suddenly not quite as reliable as they once were. Fortunately Lawrence comes to the rescue, and Stan is a resilient fellow, but it's still very stressful. If these are sensitive issues for you, consider your headspace before deciding whether to read onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "abandonment issues" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "you are a blessing in disguise" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is flangst. The more detailed warnings contain spoilers; highlight to read. Sloane jumps on Lawrence without warning, and he dumps her on the floor by sheer reflex. And then he freaks out. Stuart follows Lawrence and very carefully talks him down. Lawrence goes back to talk with Sloane, who is also upset and wondering if she's just lost a good friend. Among other things, they discuss gender identity and roughhousing rules, and eventually they make up. There is a lot of stuff that hints or references neglect, abuse, bullying, and other stressful background. The current environment is supportive and the poem ends on a positive note. If these are sensitive topics for you, consider your current mood before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by a long string of outrageous news articles about the disgraceful state of local-American police service. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, showing how the Omaha police department -- and Terramagne in general -- manages such a high level of performance.

Warning: This poem features some intense topics. Among other things, this gives a really good look at what the characters consider to be normal, canon-typical levels of violence and appropriate ways of handling that. Highlight to read more of the warnings, which are spoilers. There is a frank discussion of a BASH raid on a supervillain, shown in considerable detail. The raid actually goes quite well, but with attention to what could have gone wrong because there turned out to be a toddler in the next house. Also one of the rookies is still pretty insecure about her job, and one of the senior cops is recently widowed. The departmental culture is very supportive, but the angst remains clear. The overall tone is upbeat and constructive. If these are sensitive topics for you, consider your headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] the_vulture. It also fills the "candle lit dinner for one" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, and takes place during Heron's freshman year at college so it's a few years prior to Damask's college adventures.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the March 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shipwreck_light. It also fills the "indefatigable" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] lb_lee. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta and Granny Whammy threads of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem features discussion of trust and war trauma. If those are sensitive issues for you, consider your headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "be still my beating heart" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This poem deals with some intense topics. The detailed warnings contain spoilers; highlight to read. Thanks to notably inept parenting, Cassandra has reached legal adulthood with minimal idea how to live a mature and functional life. In this poem she's struggling with sexuality and inadvertently steps all over Groundhog in the process. Inexperience, consent issues, misunderstandings, hurt feelings, confusion, angst, and other unpleasantness ensue. Then Groundhog overextends himself a bit and has trouble dealing with the outside world. But in the end, they manage to get through a conversation about healthy sexuality, and Cassandra selects some useful materials for personal exploration. If these are sensitive issues for you, consider your headspace before deciding whether to read onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht and further discussion with the person who drafted the character of Sintonizao. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] librarygeek. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and is a direct sequel to "More Anxious to Agree" so you'll need to read that one first in order for this one to make any sense.

Warning: This poem contains angst and emotional fallout from the recent activity as Alicia frets over what happened.  She's really upset, and it's not something that can be fixed in fast or straightforward ways.  If that's touchy territory for you, think before you click.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "unrequited pining" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem deals with intense topics that many readers may find uncomfortable. The detailed warnings contain spoilers; highlight to read. Amada is upset at not being able to reconnect with her daughter due to Rosita's impaired attachment. Faramundo is not dealing with superpowers at all well. So when Aidan offers to help, Faramundo flips out and tries to hit him. Obviously this is a sign of Amada and Faramundo's relationship unraveling further. Prejudice and hurt feelings all around, and the kids are scared by the violent outburst. Also Saraphina's harsh background from Haiti means that she doesn't know how to explore and play like a normal toddler, which worries Danso. Hannah is peeved about Aidan putting himself at risk too. All kinds of stress. But the sensible people try to deal with it in mature ways instead of yelling and hitting, because SOMEbody has to be the grownup. Consider your tastes and sensitivities before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "thief" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the Damask thread of the series Polychrome Heroics, and is a followup to "Fragmented and Disconnected."

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "coming out" square on my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage Bingo fest and the "nightmares" square on my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with some intense topics. Some of the more detailed warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. This is where Mallory discovers that Damask is a multiple system, and most of Damask are completely freaking out over that. There are nightmares, panic, dissociation, blaming, headmates sitting on each other, hostile language, identity issues, coming out, and other challenging stuff. They also talk about some of the rough stuff that has happened to both of them in the past. It has a happy ending, though. Consider your headspace regarding whether this is something you want to read right now.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the April 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "feudal ties / master and servant" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem features the characters introduced in the story "Atomic" by [personal profile] siliconshaman, and will make more sense if you have read that first. They belong to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Note: This poem features two women in an intimate relationship of unusual dynamics, with some major obstacles to overcome. The descriptions are vivid but not erotically explicit. Think about your tastes before deciding whether or not this is something you want to read.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This is the freebie for the April 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "sensual pleasures" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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