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Dear Black Sails Exchange Creator!

Some of this is taken directly from previous letters because my likes/wants really don't change all that much! Apologies for any repetition.

Aside from my DNWs (which aren't exactly extensive), go ahead and pick and choose through anything/everything below. I'm pretty easy to please so if you want to read the DNWs, skip the rest and write the fic of your heart (or indeed draw the art of your heart!) in whatever ship we matched on, that's totally fine by me.

Note: I'm completely happy with any rating ranging from the mildest G right up to the most explicit of explicit (for fic or for art). Also, length of prompts below doesn't indicate that I want one ship more than another - I just have more words for some and more incoherent squee for others. ;)

Fanart: All my requests are for fic or art, and I should probably make it clear that I'm 100% happy with either! But I'm terrible at giving art-specific prompts (I'm trying to improve!) so really, if we match on art and nothing from the prompts below grabs you then I'm totally fine with just my requested character appearing on the same page.

Kissing is good, sparring/physical activity is good, something reminiscent of a canon scene is good... also happy with something porny or dark. I love contrasting colours, bold lines, little details like jewellery or specific clothes people wore in canon, I like fingers twined together (or in hair), or anything from my list of likes below!


100% DNWs:
  • children/pregnancy (not even vague mentions of pregnancy at all, please, including mpreg and oviposition, and no children as main characters - I'm happy to read a bit about the characters themselves as kids in the past, but I'd prefer everyone involved be adults at the time the fic takes place)
  • D/s lifestyle (casual D/s without minute negotiation, or totally unnegotiated dubcon iffiness, are both A-OK!)
  • humiliation (as a kink or otherwise)
  • scat/watersports/emetophilia
  • A/B/O
  • ageplay/infantilisation
  • any mention of spiders/tarantulas or similar - other creepy-crawlies are fine

Things I'm not fond of:
  • character death, if followed only by someone else's unending woeful angst (death in general is fine, feel free to kill whichever characters you like)
  • threesomes/moresomes/poly, unless requested
  • pure fluff/curtainfic - happy is wonderful, holding hands while skipping through meadows not so much! (unless you're going for crackfic, in which case totally fine!)


Basically, as long as it's not in my DNWs, absolutely go for it - I mean that 100%. Zombie apocalypse? Really kinky porn? Gore? Random crack? Badfic on purpose? Wacky AUs? All fine, and more! But, if you want ideas about what I like:

General likes:
  • time loops
  • Pacific Rim fusions
  • snarky, sarcastic or tongue-in-cheek humour
  • banter
  • characters getting older; ageing
  • characters knowing each other really well (whether as friends or enemies)
  • futurefic/post-canon
  • competence, whether physical or intellectual (or both)
  • action scenes; battles; fights (fistfights and with weapons)
  • characters being forced to fight/kill (Hunger Games, Mortal Kombat, that kind of thing)
  • seemingly insignificant details that turn out to be super-important/significant
  • worldbuilding
  • ridiculous crossovers (or indeed sensible ones)

For shipfic (in addition to the above):
  • friends to lovers; enemies to lovers; enemies to friends to lovers
  • characters who know each other really well (or get to know each other really well) and show it without meaning to or really trying to
  • people not saying 'I love you' but clearly meaning/demonstrating it anyway (that's not to say I totally DNW people saying 'I love you', btw - for some characters it works!)
  • tough characters making themselves realistically vulnerable
  • differences and contrasts in age/height/etc. (especially when the smaller/younger one isn't actually small/young, only in comparison to the other character)
  • one character being physically stronger than the other (especially if the weaker one isn't weak, only weaker in comparison); manhandling
  • happy (or at least hopeful) endings
  • getting together
  • first time (first time together, or getting back together after years apart)
  • competence kink
  • loyalty kink; trust kink
  • jealousy/possessiveness/co-dependency/protectiveness
  • admiration (physical and/or intellectual)
  • me-and-you-against-the-world
  • identity porn (roleplaying; undercover; secret identities; amnesia)
  • characters wearing each other's clothes (fine either way for m/m or f/f, fine for the woman in m/f to wear the man's clothes, but I'd prefer no male crossdressing)
  • fake dating or undercover turning into something more
  • everyone thinks they're dating (but they're not, except maybe then they are)
  • dating but they don't realise (or one of them doesn't but the other does, for cultural/obliviousness reasons)

Explicit/kinky fic:
  • fight sex, or sparring/arguing turning into more
  • rough sex in general, and rough sex that turns slower and/or more intense from one time to the next
  • knifeplay, gunplay, weaponplay in general
  • breathplay/choking (preferably with hands)
  • bloodplay (preferably involving knives)
  • semi-clothed sex; clothed/naked; how awkward clothing (or armour, etc.) is removed
  • sex in showers
  • one character shaving a (male) character's face (preferably with a cutthroat razor but I'll adore anything!)
  • one character writing on another's skin; marking with cuts or bruises
  • stories behind scars/bruises/tattoos (and touching/kissing them, or reopening/reinjuring them)
  • characters kinking on differences in age/height/strength
  • sexual fantasies
  • voice/accent kink; phone sex; sexual situations where one character can hear the other one but not see them (e.g. in total darkness)
  • switching - I have absolutely no strict top/bottom roles in mind (and switching mid-scene is also great)
  • for m/m, first time topping/bottoming/with a guy
  • desperation; characters knowing they shouldn't but not being able to help themselves
  • characters who think they're just having casual sex ending up unexpectedly desperately in love, whether they like it or not
  • hard, desperate kissing; fingers in hair

If you fancy writing me a crossover, whether sensible or completely cracky, I'd totally encourage you to go ahead and do it. :D In terms of fandoms: if I've requested it for an exchange (my master list of exchange letters and fandoms I've requested is here) or I've written it (my AO3 page is here, you can safely assume it's fine to write for me!

Darker fic:
I enjoy darkfic and dark art so as long as it's not in my DNWs, go for it. Torture porn, ghost stories, scary magic, religious weirdness, twisted mindfuckery, non-con, gaslighting, serious body horror, all absolutely A-OK. Feel free to use bad/offensive/dirty language if it fits the fic, as much swearing as you like, etc. I'll read just about anything, including xeno, vore, serial killer AUs, whatever tickles your fancy. Basically: excepting my DNWs, feel free to try to weird me out!

All prompts below are just ideas - absolutely feel free to go in whatever direction you like!

General fandom info:

I marathoned the first two seasons of this show in about three days and discovered it's just so many, many things that I love, and since then it's been the only show I actually look forward to watching weekly. It's pirates and tall ships and gritty, dirty, bloody, strong characters with vast moral ambiguities, great dialogue, and fun, twisty plots. And Toby Stephens being an absolute badass (and getting covered in blood), which is something that just couldn't be wrong.

The two characters I'm not super keen on are Max and Miranda so I'd prefer they didn't turn up in a starring role - supporting parts are obviously fine, don't feel you need to pretend they don't exist! Everyone else is great.

I'd prefer no setting change AUs for this unless it's just canon divergence (though any degree of divergence is A-OK, to the point of Flint arriving in Nassau at a much later date having gone elsewhere first, Teach coming back to Nassau earlier so season 3 doesn't happen the way it does at all, other major character death, the Spanish razing Nassau, etc.), and I'm more than happy with the action taking place on any of the ships, in Nassau, in London, in any of the other locations, etc. I'm all caught up on the show (argh, why is it done?) so don't worry about spoilers.

Request-specific info:

"Calico" Jack Rackham & Guybrush Threepwood (Monkey Island):

I just couldn't resist this, honestly. Jack and Guybrush have a ridiculous amount in common and it would just be hilarious. They're oddly stylish! They're both oddly literate for pirates! I think they'd probably be either great friends or terrible enemies or potentially both.

Jack and Guybrush both on Melee trying to become pirates? Both going after Big Whoop and ending up stranded on Monkey Island together? I'm sure they'd have excellent insult sword fights and Monkey Kombat. Or Guybrush in Nassau telling his tales of derring-do and he and Jack start trying to one-up each other.

Maybe they meet later on after they're already pirates and Jack has a ship and crew and Guybrush comes along with a treasure plan? Caribbean shenanigans? Zombies and voodoo in the Black Sails world? No supernatural macguffins in the Monkey Island world?

(And Anne and Elaine would totally kick ass together so feel free to bring them both in!)

Charles Vane/Blackbeard | Edward Teach:

I like the idea of them being rough with each other (and the height/size difference) but knowing each other's limits, and I like the notion of pre-series power imbalance between them as much as them being more like equals later. Feel free to mention Vane betraying Teach or ignore it completely - a Vane who chose Teach instead of Eleanor might be interesting, for instance.

I like that Teach is basically a legend but he's looking for a legacy, that he's out for himself like a proper pirate, that he has a code the harks back to the golden age of piracy, that he doesn't seem to hold a grudge against Vane for choosing Eleanor and running him out of Nassau, that he's basically a stone-cold killer when necessary!

Ideas: Vane choosing Teach instead of Eleanor; Vane not going with Flint in S3; reunion when Teach comes back to Nassau; drinking games; Teach teaching Vane Very Piratey Skills (swordfighting, how to shoot, sailing, drinking); Teach remembering Vane. Or somehow Vane's death was faked and he's really elsewhere.

Charles Vane/James Flint:

Grumpy, grudging cooperation with gruff, irritable, semi-amused potential for hatesex (or enemies to lovers)! Prefer no unending Miranda-angst; happy to see backstory with Eleanor, Teach, Thomas. Also happy for this to include Vane's death, obviously, or a canon-divergent AU where Vane doesn't die, or they meet earlier during McGraw's visit to the Bahamas or perhaps Vane went to London at some point (drunken brawls turning into something shifty always work for me!).

I love Vane's self-assuredness and unwillingness to do anything he doesn't want to. For Flint, I like that he seems to be strangely more at ease with himself now that he's less McGraw and more Flint, because in all his McGraw scenes he seemed like he was trying very hard to restrain himself.

Ideas: Flint and Vane's first meeting (canon-divergent or not); meeting in another pirate port; drinking together; confessions; fist-fights and patching each other up afterwards; reluctantly working together; Flint remembering Vane as things move on; entirely optional: Vane doesn't actually die and he's there with Thomas at the end.

Eleanor Guthrie/Charles Vane:

I like to think Vane pretty much adores Eleanor, even though it's absolutely not in his best interests and he probably knows that. She's smarter than he is and more manipulative than he is and he can probably tell on some level that it's not going to go well for him, but I like the idea of him know that but either deciding to ignore it, or not being able to help himself.

I also like to think Eleanor does actually have genuine feelings for him, just she has other interests and she's not necessarily as tied to her desires as he is. He's very I-want-so-I'll-do and she has the business and Nassau in general to think about, and there's probably no one she wouldn't screw over to get what she wants (which is her strength as a character, I think! She's self-aware and self-possessed and doesn't really need anyone).

I like the idea of Vane being interested and attempting to do something about it but it ultimately being Eleanor who's the one that decides. A-OK with femdom here, pegging, roughness, the two of them being awful to each other, or Vane being on top as long as he's at least as interested in getting Eleanor off as he is himself! ;)

Eleanor Guthrie/Elizabeth Swann (POTC):

Okay, so they're basically the same character in different canons (see also: Elaine Marley from Monkey Island!). Eleanor has real pirates to deal with and Elizabeth has supernatural pirates (amongst other stuff!), but they both come at it head-on and don't flinch when things go sideways.

I'd kind of like to see what happens when their worlds collide: the supernatural happening in Black Sails would be horrible and grim and bloody and pretty much glorious. Elizabeth in Black Sails would probably be pretty grim and bloody, too. I'd also be interested in Eleanor and Elizabeth somehow ending up being (unlikely, I admit) governors of Nassau and Port Royal respectively and there being trade or some sort of interaction between them, or Eleanor taking up as a pirate with Elizabeth (and maybe Jack and Will and co).

Maybe a strange AU where Elizabeth married Norrington (who becomes governor of Port Royal), and Eleanor marries Woodes Rogers (as governor of New Providence) - you can see how that might lead to the two of them being in the same room, and then shenanigans! Of course, I'd still like them to maintain a sense of agency and not just sit around in pretty dresses and crochet or whatever, like they ever would. Or maybe Elizabeth has her own pirate crew and operates out of Nassau, under Eleanor's rule.

Maybe Elizabeth is older (telling tall tales to Eleanor?) or Eleanor is older (odd kind of role model to Elizabeth?), or they're totally contemporary. Also, I'm happy for Elizabeth to have known and/or married Will or not, for the timelines to be totally different, entirely up to you.

James Flint/Edward Rochester (Jane Eyre 2006):

I'm thinking of the Rochester from the 2006 Toby Stephens version of Jane Eyre here, because, well, both characters are played by Toby Stephens. Yes, I'm That Fan.

Black Sails and Jane Eyre are separated by something like 40-50 years, but I'm sure we can blur the lines a bit! A bit earlier/later and you never know, their paths could have crossed either in London or in the Caribbean, etc. Maybe Rochester ran into Flint instead of Bertha. Maybe Rochester knew the Hamiltons and was introduced to James McGraw, to whom he bears a spooky resemblance.

Maybe they're related - secret brothers, half brothers, cousins, whatever. Angst is fine, as I suspect there'd be angst anyway - Rochester seems to have poor luck in love and Flint is just a ball of grey-moralled, angst-ridden murder. And I do love that they're both Toby Stephens, so whether you go the slightly odd relations route or not (I'm absolutely not tied to it!), I'd very much like them to be very much aware that they look strikingly alike.

James Flint/Thomas Hamilton:

Okay, I'll admit I have three things I'd like equally from this:

1) Thomas lives, and they meet again once James McGraw is Captain Flint (either in canon style, or AU this and put it in London, in Nassau, another island, Virginia? Is Flint in chains? Is Thomas the Governor of New Providence?). What does Thomas make of Flint? Is he still the man he knew or not? What is Flint's reaction? Also: is Thomas actually as good a man as Flint remembers?

2) Thomas's plan somehow actually works and McGraw goes with him to the Bahamas. Does it work out? Is it everything they thought it would be? Does McGraw get promoted and get his own ship? I'd prefer Flint/Thomas without any Flint/Miranda at all, if possible - leave her in London or give her another lover, if you can.

3) A scene from their relationship in London, domestic or smutty or political or whatever! First-time, goodbyes, bittersweet endings... Maybe Thomas visits Flint's room like Miranda did. Maybe they attend a function together. Heck, maybe Flint breaks Thomas out of the asylum and they run away somewhere together and live happily ever after, avoiding the Caribbean completely.
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