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Flash Challenge: Random AUs

Do you like AUs but rarely find the time to plot out epic storylines that make use of every aspect of that of the world you built for your Fantasy or Sci-Fi AU? Or do period AUs intimidate you with their tripwires of historical inaccuracies?

How about something quick and easy?

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(Hope it's okay for me to use the banner because it's super cute!)

Flash Challenge: AUs You Never Knew You Wanted

My friend neurotoxia and I are holding our own private challenge to see how many AUs we can write this month. I wanted to invite you to join us in creating fanworks for your favourite scenarios or tell us what other AUs you'd like to see.

Here are some examples of what we'd like to see:
  • "Hi, can I borrow your knives? Mine suck" AU

  • "I'm in your yoga class and my God, are you flexible"

  • "I'm a web designer and you hire me to do the homepage for your company, but how do I tell you your ideas suck when your excitement is so adorable?"

  • “We’re rival wrestlers but the promoter thought it was a great idea to put us in a tag team and now the audience loves us.”

  • "I'm a physical therapist, and every time you come to me you're stiff as a board, seriously what are you doing? Bonus points for me using sexual innuendo about your stiffness to try and get you to relax."

  • “I’m the front (wo)man of a Death Metal band and you’re a violinist. Our label wants us to collaborate for a charity project, but we think the other’s music is stupid and fight all the time until we discover there’s a band we both like.”

Other ideas by other people can be found on tumblr, for example, but feel free to use any AUs from any source of your liking. In fact, you can start right here on 1mw. You can also use these prompts to help you create scenarios for your TV show or generate fanworks for it.

Give us an icon or a drabble or... whatever fits your idea best!

And don't forget to share what AUs you'd like to see. ;D

Flower shop across from a Tattoo shop AU (Hawaii 5-0) by heffermonkey
drunken dog petting AU (Batman) by crookedspoon
My knives suck AU (Supernatural RPF) by fairyniamh
Detective AU (Constantine/Batman) by crookedspoon for agdhani
Dangling from a window ledge AU (The Hobbit) by neurotoxia

If you're on AO3, you can add your fills to the 1 Million Words' Flash Challenge subcollection, as well as the gathering place AUs We'd Like to Share if you like.


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Apr. 3rd, 2015 09:33 pm (UTC)
Here's a good blog with lots of AU ideas: http://onetruepairingideas.tumblr.com :D
Apr. 4th, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, wonderful! Thank you so much! :D
Apr. 3rd, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC)
Awesome challenge, and could definitely help inspire some Tv shows for this month! Thank you! (and the banner is super-cute so it's absolutely perfect for this!)
Apr. 4th, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC)
I hope it will! We already got a cute fill, which makes me very happy! :D

Say, is there a collection for Flash challenges? I haven't seen it yet?
Apr. 5th, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)
Oh, that is a cute fill!

simplyn2deep usually does our AO3 collections, so hopefully she'll see this and add one in, but you can always PM her! I'm not sure how busy she is at the moment, but hopefully she'll find time! I'd have a look myself but I have to go out soon, so I'm just dashing in and out. ;-)
Apr. 5th, 2015 12:10 am (UTC)
I can make a collection right now.
Apr. 5th, 2015 12:26 am (UTC)
That'd be awesome, thank you! :D
Apr. 4th, 2015 11:43 am (UTC)
Title - Petals and Ink
This little flash challenge got my muse interested this morning as I had my morning coffee - the prompt I found was - 'Flower Shop across the road to a Tattoo Shop'.

Title – Petals and Ink
Fandom – Hawaii Five 0
Characters – Steve McGarrett, Danny Williams, Mary McGarrett
Summary – It’s Mary’s opening day as a florist and Danny stops in with a celebration treat.
A/N – Flower Shop across from a Tattoo Shop.


“Hi,” Danny said brightly as he walked through the door, balancing a tray of coffee in one hand and a cake box in the other.

Steve looked over at him from the counter, sizing him up and down quickly. “Hi.”

“Thought I’d officially welcome you to the neighborhood seeing as this is the first day of opening,” Danny said, putting the coffees and cake down in front of him before extending a hand. “Danny Williams, I own ‘Ink’ across the street.

Steve raised his brows in surprise, shaking his hand. “You uh – you own ‘Ink’?”

Danny looked momentarily offended but seemed to brush off the implication, “Yeah, it’s my place.”

“I’m sorry, it’s just you don’t look like a guy who owns a tattoo parlor,” Steve pointed out hurriedly, realizing as he said it how bad it sounded. He clamped his lips together, thankful Danny seemed to laugh off his remark.

“You don’t look like the type of guy who would own a flower shop,” Danny replied with a laugh.

“I don’t,” Steve quickly explained. “It’s my sisters.”

“I know,” Danny said with a nod, laughing again and Steve realized he was being teased. He wasn’t quite sure how to take the guy. “I met Mary as she was getting this place fitted out and set up.”

“Oh,” Steve frowned with a shake of his head, “Then why did you-.”

“Hey, if a guy like me can own a tat shop, why can’t a guy like you own a Flower shop?” Danny waved a finger at him.

“Sorry, didn’t mean to offend,” Steve apologized. “But c’mon man, you’re wearing a shirt and from what I can see – no ink.”

“Not where you can see,” Danny said with a knowing smile. “Anyway, I prefer to put them on people than get them myself. Nice inks by the way. Maybe you can stop by sometime and I can add to them.”

“Yeah maybe,” Steve nodded, looking at him curiously. He was itching to know now, where Danny had his tattoos but before he could ask, Mary appeared from the back shop.

“Danny, hey,” She grinned as she joined them.

“Hi, wanted to bring you a little opening day boost,” Danny told her. “Cappuccino and some chocowoccydoodah bites.”

“My favorites,” Mary exclaimed. “Ah thank you Danny.”

“No problem,” Danny said as she gave him a small hug. “Hey I gotta go, only skipped out for five minutes but I got an appointment coming. Go easy on the brownies and I’ll see you later. Nice to meet you Steve.”

“You too,” Steve nodded as Danny left. Steve watched him through the window as he crossed the street.

“Uh bro,” Mary said, nudging him with her elbow. “Earth to Steve, come in Steve.”

“What?” Steve blinked as Danny disappeared in his shop. “Sorry, did you say something?”

Mary giggled and picked up her cappuccino, “I said he’s cute isn’t he?”

“Cute, uh, yeah I guess, if that’s your type,” Steve shrugged, reaching for the cake box. “So what’s with these brownies.”

Mary laughed again and shook her head again. She imagined Steve would be talking about getting a new tattoo very very soon.

~ fin ~
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Apr. 5th, 2015 10:31 am (UTC)
Re: Title - Petals and Ink
:D I might be writing more, people are asking for a continuance so you never know, you might find out where Danny has his :D
Apr. 4th, 2015 10:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Title - Petals and Ink
Wonderful! (That was one of the prompts that caught my eye too!) I don't think you need to have ink to do it yourself, but it helps to sympathise with your clients ;)

I've created a new Collection on AO3 for all those random AU prompts, so if you're on AO3 too, feel free to add your work to the collection as well as the Flash Challenge one (if there is such a thing - I haven't found it yet.) :D
Apr. 5th, 2015 10:32 am (UTC)
Re: Title - Petals and Ink
Thanks for reading :D xx

And yey, I'll add it to the collection.
Apr. 5th, 2015 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: Title - Petals and Ink
Great little snippet and very intriguing too! I bet Steve can'd stop thinking about Danny and his tattoo for a long time!
Apr. 5th, 2015 10:32 am (UTC)
Re: Title - Petals and Ink
Thank you - It might end up becoming a bigger fic, depending on what time I can devote to it :D I think everyone is wondering about Danny's tat :p
May. 6th, 2015 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Title - Petals and Ink
I meant to read this ages ago! So sorry.

Apr. 4th, 2015 10:12 pm (UTC)
Apr. 5th, 2015 10:33 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this, and I don't really know the fandom. Very well written and great use of prompt x
Apr. 6th, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D I'm not familiar with H50 either, so we're even. ;)

I think the lovely thing about AUs is that by reintroducing the characters you know into a new environment, you give people who are unfamiliar with the fandom a chance to enjoy your work too ^^
Apr. 5th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
now on AO3
a collection for this and all future flash challenges:

1 Million Words' Flash Challenge.
Apr. 5th, 2015 12:33 am (UTC)
Re: now on AO3
Found it, thank you! :D
Apr. 5th, 2015 12:37 am (UTC)
Re: now on AO3
Great! You're welcome.
Apr. 5th, 2015 10:33 am (UTC)
Re: now on AO3
Yay! Thanks x
Apr. 5th, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
May I Barrow - R
Title:May I Borrow (798 words) by FairyNiamh
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Supernatural RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Alludes to Jensen Ackles/Jared Padalecki
Characters: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Serial Killers, Neighbors, Additional Warnings In Author's Note, Trope Bingo Round 4
Summary: Jensen comes over to borrow a knife.
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