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Dear Yuletide Letter 2016

Hello Yuletide! Right off the bat, let me say that I’ve never done Yuletide before – I’ve actually never even done an exchange before – so I’m a total newbie. Now that I’ve been persuaded to try it, I’ve been lurking a bit and reading other people’s letters (and have tried to match formatting and stuff), so hopefully this letter won’t suck too bad. If it does, just write me something that you think is fun! (Or if I’ve massively fucked up and it’s fixable, please send me an anonymous comment so I can fix it.)

Also, yes, I’ve been writing Tennis RPF for years now, but I don’t want you to think that that means that I’m really secretly most interested in my Tennis request. Of course I like it, but I like all my requests, and I don’t have a favorite one. Or rather, whichever one you matched on is my favorite. ;)

Okay, so, the important things you need to know are:

AO3 username – Margaery

Yuletide fandoms:
Women’s Gymnastics RPF
Decathlon & Heptathlon RPF
Tennis RPF
Chopped: After Hours RPF
Cutthroat Kitchen RPF

Likes: that bit where they’ve started falling in love but haven’t told each other yet, that bit where they tell each other, that bit where they have sex for the first time; established relationships that are super cozy and comfy; competitiveness; laughter; athletes; lightheartedness, happy endings.

DNWs: anything dark and/or heavy, especially for this slate of fandoms and characters. So noncon, dubcon, injury, animal harm, murder, character death, torture, etc. Also any kink that involves bodily fluids. (And scat, which I’m not sure counts as a bodily fluid? Let’s not think too much about that.)

Other preferences: G to NC-17 and everything in between is all fine. Gen and shippy are both fine. Past and present tense are both fine. Third-person POV only, please.

Women’s Gymnastics RPF

I’ve asked for Aliya Mustafina and Daria Spiridonova. If you ship them, great! If you don’t, great! Either way is fine with me. If you ship them, I want to read fic about how they got together, and what their relationship is like, and how stressful competitions are when it’s your girlfriend not just your teammate who’s up on the podium. Or just fic about them teasing each other, having a day off, going on holiday, having breakfast in bed, etc. Or kissing. All the kissing. (And more, if you feel like it…)

If you don’t ship them, I would love something about them being friends and competing for Russia together, whether that’s at the Olympics, another competition, or a made-up one. Lighthearted happy fic will always make me happy. You can include other gymnasts if you like, as long as Aliya and Daria are the stars.

Alternatively, if you like threesomes you could write Aliya/Daria/Nikita Nagornyy (Daria’s canon boyfriend, nominated in Men’s Gymnastics RPF). He’s like the exact opposite of Aliya – always grinning, calling everyone cutesy nicknames, really huggy – so I think that would be a cool contrast. (Plus I like threesomes.)

Decathlon & Heptathlon RPF

I’ve asked for Nafissatou "Nafi" Thiam, Jessica Ennis-Hill, and Brianne Theisen-Eaton.

While yes, a medallist threesome would be epic (and if you would like to write that, be my guest), I know not everybody loves threesomes as much as me. ;) If you ship any two of these, I’d love read fic about how they got together, and what their relationship is like, and how stressful competitions are when it’s your girlfriend not just your teammate who’s competing against you. Or just fic about them teasing each other, having a day off, going on holiday, having breakfast in bed, etc. Or kissing. All the kissing. (And more, if you feel like it…)

If you don’t ship them, I would love something about them combining friendship and competition, whether in Rio or in another competition (or future-fic set in Tokyo). Lighthearted happy fic will always make me happy. You can include other heptathletes if you want, as long as at least two of my requested characters are the stars.

Tennis RPF

I’ve asked for Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez.

I’ve always liked Rafa a lot – his intensity, excellence, and ready smile have always appealed to me – but watching him play doubles with Marc this year in the Olympics was really special. They were so flippin’ cute together.

So, if you ship them, I want to read fic about how they got together, and what their relationship is like, and what it’s like playing doubles with your boyfriend. (How is playing with Rafa different for Marc than playing with his usual doubles partners?) Or just fic about them teasing each other, having a day off, going on holiday, having breakfast in bed, etc. Or kissing. All the kissing. (And more, if you feel like it…)

If you don’t ship them, I would love something about them being best friends and competing for Spain together, whether that’s in Rio, at a Davis Cup tie, or in another competition (Tokyo might be too far away for Rafa’s knees – but you never know). Lighthearted happy fic will always make me happy. You can include other tennis players if you like, as long as Rafa and Marc are the stars.

Chopped: After Hours RPF

I’ve asked for all the characters in the tagset: Amanda Freitag, Geoffrey Zakarian, Scott Conant, and Ted Allen.

They come from this episode of Chopped: After Hours, which is 10 minutes long and quite funny. There’s so much laughter and giggling. I would honestly be very surprised if they’re all not a little bit tipsy.

I had never before shipped any of the judges from Chopped, but Amanda and Geoffrey’s chemistry in this episode leaped out at me and I am totally up for shipfic for the two of them. Do they adjourn after the episode for a little “somethin’ somethin’,” as Amanda would say?

If you don’t ship them, though, I’m totally into the general party flavor of the episode, with all the teasing and jokes and half-serious competitiveness. (Ribbing Scott about his sous chef, and Geoffrey about his extra prepping room.) The meatball theme is also pretty funny. (Geoffrey: “Do you want to taste my balls?”) They all really seem to be having fun.

So, as to prompts – anything set before or after this episode would work great! Or a fictional After Hours episode with whatever theme & ingredients you’d like. As long as the mood and chemistry stay the same, I’m up for anything.

Cutthroat Kitchen RPF

I’ve asked for Antonia Lofaso, Jet Tila, and Richard Blais.

Unlike in Chopped: After Hours, I don’t have a particular episode in mind here. I just love Antonia and Jet as judges a lot, and I love Richard Blais from his time on Top Chef an equal amount. (I haven’t seen Richard’s judging episodes on Cutthroat Kitchen yet, sadly! I only get to see the episodes on Netflix or the free ones on the Food Network’s website, and so far he hasn’t been in any of those.)

First off, do I ship any of them? I do! I ship any combo between them, including the threesome. If you want to include a ship either as a background or foreground focus, I’m completely game for that. If you want to tell me about five times Antonia and Jet flirted in the green room and one time they went beyond flirting (to take only one specific idea), go for it! One thing I should note: while I like Alton Brown as the host for Cutthroat Kitchen, I’m not interested in reading about him as part of a ship. Please no Alton romance/porn.

If shipping doesn’t sound like fun, I’m just as happy to read gen in this fandom. You could make up a ‘judges compete’ episode with the three of them! (Pick whoever you want for a fourth. Two of my other faves are Zakarian and Majumdar.) Get as dastardly with the sabotages as you like! Theme it if you like! (Christmas is fine but not required.)

Another gen idea: a judges’ Christmas party, in which hijinks, laughter, cooking-themed games, and white elephant presents are the order of the day.

If none of these ideas appeal, anything lighthearted and fun with these three characters is excellent.



That’s it! I hope that my lurking has paid off and that this letter has given you lots of things to go on. See you on Christmas!

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