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Team: Sirius
Title: Burning Candles
Rating: PG
Warnings: A little bit of swearing and alcohol drinking
Genres: Fluff, AU
Word Count: 11,000
Summary: Being an adult isn’t anything like Sirius expected it to be, and birthday cakes with a growing number of candles on them is just a reminder that he isn’t on track. He’s not quite certain what to do about it, but sharing his worries with his friends might be a good start.
Notes: Thank you to the wonderful mods for making the RS Games happen once again, and to Team Sirius for being the best team mates. You’re all amazing! Last, but not least, thank you to the fabulous S for beta reading!
Prompt: #73 - picture of a birthday cake with lit candles.

Day 16 - Fic: Team Remus: Hiraeth

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:02 pm
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Team: Remus
Title: Hiraeth
Rating: R
Warnings: violence, a reference to suicide
Genres: Angst, hurt/comfort, AU
Word Count: 5000
Summary: Hiraeth, noun. Welsh. A feeling of yearning to return to a place that may never have existed. An earnest desire. During the first rise of Voldemort, Remus gets into the spying game. No one told him it would be quite this difficult to lie for a living.
Notes: I stole many ideas from John le Carré.
Prompt: #13 - "A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image." - Joan Didion
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Sign-ups end and claiming begins on Saturday!

Join the party by leaving a request here at any point up until 10:59 a.m. on Saturday, October 21. Claiming begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. (That’s 8:00 a.m. in Los Angeles, 10:00 in Mexico City, 4:00 p.m. in London, 5:00 in Berlin, 7:00 in Dubai, and 11:00 p.m. in Shanghai.)

Australia-Pacific folks--or anyone else who can't get to the computer and needs some help with claiming--please send us an e-mail!

Day 15 - Fic: Team Sirius: Temptation

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:18 pm
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Team: Sirius
Title: Temptation
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Genres: Fluff, Romance, Humor, Canon-Compliant
Word Count: 2600
Summary: Quidditch and a prank lead to Sirius acting on his feelings for Remus.
Prompt: #42 - "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it." - Oscar Wilde

Day 15 - Fic: Team Remus: Aduantas

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:18 pm
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Team: Remus
Title: Aduantas
Rating: Teen at best for mild references to violence and blood
Warnings: None
Genres: Adventure AU
Word Count: 26,000
Summary: ADUANTAS: a feeling of loneliness or unease caused by being in new or unfamiliar surroundings.
A fallen star might be everything Remus needs to turn his entire life around but tracking it down might mean biting off more than he can chew.
Notes: A loose Stardust AU. Anything you recognize might be Neil Gaiman’s. Thank you to anyone and everyone who helped me throughout this process!
Prompt: #4 - “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” - Douglas Adams, from the novel The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
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Team: Sirius
Title: A Different Man
Rating: R
Warnings: some talk of canon character death, angst, kinky smut
Genre: Angst, character reflection, non-linear timeline
Word Count: 2100
Summary: I had made my peace years ago with the knowledge that my Sirius was never coming back to me.
Notes: So this was genuinely difficult for me to write. I’m terribly out of practice when it comes to writing now and I decided to approach this in a completely different way than I would have before.
Hopefully I haven’t completely lost my touch and you lovely people out there enjoy this fic at least a little.
Prompt: #38 - "And the wheel that broke as the cart went by.
It is not a voice that is under the eaves.
It is not speech, the sound we hear
In this conversation, but the sound
Of things and their motion: the other man,
A turquoise monster moving round."
- excerpt from the poem “Continual Conversations with a Silent Man” by Wallace Stevens

Day 14 - Fic: Team Sirius: Honey

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:09 pm
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Team: Sirius
Title: Honey
Rating: PG
Warnings: Implied consensual underage sex, loss of virginity
Genres: Fluff/Romance
Word Count: 1500
Summary: Sirius’ reality has changed. And while he’s never needed sex to know that he loves Remus, now that they’ve done it, the world seems more concrete.
Notes: Thanks to the mods for their patience and for running this wonderful fest for so many years. Thanks also go to my beta for her patience and to R for her endless support. Also, please excuse an ace!author’s attempts at talking about sex-feels. The prompt kind of demanded it.
Prompt: #81 - painting: "Dans Le Lit" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1893
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Team: Remus
Title: The Purpose of Stonehenge
Rating: M
Warnings: unhealthy coping mechanisms (excessive drinking to cope), suicidal!Remus, homeless Remus, allusions to sex work, allusions to disordered eating (not really by choice), allusions to child abuse (Harry and Sirius) and neglect (Harry), symptoms of PTSD (agoraphobia, co-dependency, panic attack), strong allusions to sex, but nothing explicit
Genres: angst, hurt/comfort, partial au, happy ending
Word Count: 20,000
Summary: Follow Remus on a journey through the sacred summer solstice ceremonies in four different years, taking place at Stonehenge.
1977, when Remus and Sirius first started dating. 1982, the summer following the Potter deaths. 1992, the summer after Harry started at Hogwarts. And 1998, six weeks after the Final Battle.
Read along as they both sacrifice and receive gifts from the gods. Was it worth it? You tell me.
It is canon-divergent, but only where necessary. No graphic sex, but it is there, though it’s mostly skipped over.
Prompt: #105 - Picture of Stonehenge at sunrise.

Five days left!

Oct. 16th, 2017 01:42 pm
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Five days left until claiming begins!

Join the party by leaving a request here at any point up until 10:59 a.m. on Saturday, October 21. Claiming begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. (That’s 8:00 a.m. in Los Angeles, 10:00 in Mexico City, 4:00 p.m. in London, 5:00 in Berlin, 7:00 in Dubai, and 11:00 p.m. in Shanghai. Australia-Pacific folks, send us an e-mail, and we’ll help you out.)

Master List for 2016

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:57 am
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Yes, you read that right: 2016. We're still wrapping up last year as we get ready for Small Gifts 2017.

Your mods apologize. We were on the verge of finishing up last January when 2017 appeared in full force and, Dementor-like, sucked all the joy out of life. (I started off joking here, but honestly, 2017 has had some very Dementor-like qualities: political chaos, natural disasters, and tragedies large and small in the news almost every day. We hope you're safe out there. Someone teach us how to cast a Patronus charm!)

But we're back this year, now posting primarily on Dreamwidth, and stronger than ever. Last year's master list appears below. Forgive us for being late!

Your mods,
Maggie and Min

2016 by the numbers: we had 36 participants and 41 gifts ranging from 350 to 26,000 words in length. One quarter of these gifts were art or art-plus-fic. Most importantly, because one of the best things about Small Gifts has always been its sense of community, we left 847 comments for each other.

ART )

ART AND FIC )

FIC )

As always, we made our best efforts to get the master list right, but if you find typos or mistakes, we'd warmly welcome the correction.

Enjoy last year's party? Come join us again! Sign-ups for Small Gifts 2017 are still going on. They'll end as claiming begins this Saturday, October 21, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. (That’s 8:00 a.m. in Los Angeles, 10:00 in Mexico City, 4:00 p.m. in London, 5:00 in Berlin, 7:00 in Dubai, and 11:00 p.m. in Shanghai. Australia-Pacific folks, send us an e-mail, and we'll help you out.)
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Team: Sirius
Title: A Day Like Any Other
Rating: R
Warnings: non-explicit nudity, James Potter in his underpants.
Genres: humour, fluff, hurt/comfort
Image Count: 34
Summary: The one where Sirius keeps receiving unwanted mail, Remus drinks a lot of tea, Peter's out on a hot date, and James is offering unwanted make overs.
(Or the answer to the question of exactly how many cursed letters can you flush down the loo).
Notes: Huge thanks and enthusiastic hand waving to my team who all went above and beyond to make Team Sirius a super wonderful place to be. Thank you to all the usual people who prodded me along and made encouraging remarks, I couldn't do it without you, as usual!
And the biggest thanks of all to the mods for hosting this fest for so many years. It's been the highlight of my year for quite a while now, and I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to take part in such a gigantic labour of love. Thank you so very, very much!!
Prompt: #39 - "We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.” - from the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Day 13 - Fic: Team Remus: Nothing On

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Team: Remus
Title: Nothing On
Rating: T
Warnings: None
Genres: Comedy/Romance
Word Count: 1600
Summary: The two-way mirrors didn't always unite James and Sirius. Before doubts and decisions came into play in the shadow of Peter's betrayal, Remus was the keeper of the other side. And maybe, the keeper of Sirius' heart.
Notes: Summer before seventh year.
Prompt: #14 - "It's the friends you can call up at four a.m. that matter." - Marlene Dietrich

Day 13 - Fic: Team Sirius: Colours

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Team: Sirius
Title: Colours
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: none
Genres: Fluff/Romance, Angst, Smut
Word Count: 8700
Summary: Today is their wedding anniversary. It’s the first time Sirius has remembered it, since Azkaban. He decides to mark the occasion.
Notes: Tremendous thanks to N, S, and V for your sage input! And big love to my cracking team for being so very entertaining and supportive.
Prompt: E - "We are not the same persons this year as last; not as those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person." - W. Somerset Maugham
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Title: A Match Made on Witter (In Nine Weets)
Artist: [personal profile] magnetic_pole
Recipient: [personal profile] museinabsentia
Rating: Work-safe
Contents or warnings (highlight to view): *None, unless my dubious grasp of Twitter will spoil your fun*
Summary: It's 2007. Sirius is single, but he's got a fancy new mobile, and he's back on the market again after another failed relationship. Arthur Weasley keeps telling him how this new wizarding app Witter is going to revolutionize the wizarding world. Surely it can help him reconnect with that handsome werewolf from MuggleCon, right? (AU in which Voldemort never existed and Remus never attended Hogwarts.)
Notes: Thank you so much for pinch-hitting for us during the 2016-2017 round of Small Gifts,[personal profile] museinabsentia! I'm sorry this is the fest's most belated bonus gift EVER. This bit of silliness was inspired by a prompt you left here two years ago: "They met at a holiday party, but forgot to exchange anything but their names, and now don’t know how to find one another." Sorry the holiday party didn't make it--I just loved the idea of Remus and Sirius being fannish about Muggle culture and enjoying their Muggle technology.

Help connect a smitten wizard! )
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Team: Sirius
Title: Hope & Legacy: Black Brothers Edition
Rating: R (for language)
Warnings: an alarming number of swears.
Genres: Humour with brother issues
Word Count: 24,000
Summary: A few weeks before the start of the next figure skating season, Sirius receives word that his parents have kicked the bucket. He promptly travels back to England for no good reason at all, exasperated husband in tow.
Notes: AU; Sirius and Remus are 25, Regulus is aged down to 20. Also, magic figure skating!!!
Hope and Legacy is the title of Yuzuru Hanyu's 2016-17 season free skate. The technical composition of that routine is the inspiration for Regulus' programme, but the music is this version of Hopes and Dreams (youtube link). Sirius' technical composition is inspired by Yuzuru's 2015-16 season free skate Seimei. The music is One Winged Angel (youtube link).
ALL THE THANKS go to M, who did a stellar work betaing this thing. ♥
Prompt: #35 - "We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by." - Will Rogers

AO3 Unrevealed Works Bug

Oct. 13th, 2017 09:41 pm
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 There are some works showing up as Unrevealed in the collection. I've been told I can fix that on the mod end by unapproving and reapproving your fic/art. If your gift, or your work, is showing up as unrevealed, comment below with your username (and title of the work, if you're the gifter and not the giftee), and I'll see what I can do! Comments are screened, so only mods will be able to see them.

Small Update

Oct. 13th, 2017 09:25 pm
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 The collection is open again, continue treating as you will. It will be open until the beginning of the 2018 round.

Collection Revealed!

Oct. 13th, 2017 06:07 pm
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Works are now revealed, and the collection is closed! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to let us know via comment, PM, or email. Enjoy the collection, and let your author/artist know what you thought of your gift! 
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Team: Sirius
Title: Watch Me Go Blind
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Marauders’ Era, Werewolves, Dysfunctional Families, Masturbation, Mutual Masturbation, Oral Sex, Anal Sex, Come Play, First Time, Bondage, Bestiality, Brief Mention of Past Self-Harm, Voyeurism
Genres: Porn With Plot, feels, Marauder’s era
Word Count: 20,000
Summary: In which our heroes uncover a very well-kept secret. And about damn time, too.
Notes: Grateful thanks to S., for the eagle-eyed beta and infinite patience.
Prompt: #31 - "The smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us..." — Marcel Proust
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Team: Remus
Title: Let Us Compare Mythologies
Rating: M
Warnings: Angst, Smut
Genres: Mild smut
Word Count: 1700
Summary: Remus contemplates the time before, against his better judgement. Canon compliant, pre-POA.
Notes: With thanks to picascribit for the promotion and proliferation of the idea that Remus and Sirius are Leonard Cohen fans, a notion which helped to develop this fic and inspired the use of ‘Satan in Westmount’, taken from the titular Cohen collection. Beta-ed by the lovely BH, who always indulges my proclivity for slash.
Prompt:: #95 - Picture: A stack of old books, with a jar on top.

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