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Here's a trio of gifts that I wrote for the Not Primetime Exchange. The titles are links that go to AO3.

Title: Bad Ideas
Fandom: Leverage
Warnings/Ratings: None/PG
Characters/Relationships: Eliot/Parker/Hardison 

Summary: Parker and Hardison come up with bad ideas to celebrate their anniversary with Eliot.

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Title: The Journey
Fandom: Leverage
Warnings/Ratings: None/PG
Characters/Relationships: Eliot/Parker/Hardison 

Summary: A journey might start with a single step. This one starts with a conversation.

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Title: Feels like the first time
Fandom: Leverage
Warnings/Ratings: None/PG
Characters/Relationships: Maggie, Sophie 

Summary: Sophie helps Maggie prepare for her first real grift.

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Title: Tea and Emergency Biscuits
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fleurlb
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] alinaandalionfor the 2011 [livejournal.com profile] leverage_sesa exchange
Rating: G
Characters: Hardison, Sophie 
Word Count: 1,800
Spoilers: Vague spoilers for all seasons, but nothing specific. 
Warnings: None
Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this for fun.
Summary: Sophie and Hardison have a heart-to-heart over gross tea and a tin of emergency biscuits. 

Sophie returned to the office to find Hardison sitting at the briefing table, watching what looked like a live feed from Eliot’s personal gym. She paused for a minute and studied the scene, watching as the hacker watched grainy images of a small blonde throwing kicks and punches while Eliot coached her. 
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Title: Ranger School
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fleurlb 
Fandom: Leverage
Rating: PG (language)
Characters: Eliot
Word Count: 3050
Spoilers: None - set pre-series
Warnings: Um, there’s a snake. Also, my motto is 'never let the facts get in the way of a good story', so I may have possibly taken some small liberties with how Ranger training words.
Disclaimer: I own nothing here (besides Charlie Mac) and am just having some fun.

Author’s Note: So, [livejournal.com profile] ziplocless very graciously donated money for [livejournal.com profile] help_pakistan in exchange for a story from me. She gave me some great ideas, but the story just refused to be written. Then, my baby ate my life and I embarrassingly fell further and further behind. Now that I’m slowly getting a small fraction of my life back, I realized that the reason I couldn’t write the story I wanted to write was because I had to write this story first. Downside, ziplocless’s story is still depressingly and mortifyingly late. Plus side, at least I’m make progressive even if I can’t make promises on when the ‘real’ story will be finished.

Summary: His Ranger buddy has a major personality flaw, but maybe, just maybe, Eliot will be able to get through the training without hurting the guy.


Eliot rolled into Ranger school confident that he could make it through the grueling experience. He wasn’t being cocky. He was being realistic. In his unit, he’d been known as Steamroller: single-minded and unstoppable. Eliot knew that all he just had to keep putting one foot in front of the other no matter how much his body wanted to quit, and he’d have his tab.
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OK, so I just broke my rule about not signing up for any secret santa exchanges this year. But, but, but, it's Leverage. And it has early signups/assignments and then an entire month of posting, so I'm happy to give this one a go, especially since I can probably get the story written before Lil'Bit's arrival. (And yes, this is the point in any conversation when I feel compelled to speak to my belly and tell LB to stay in there as long as necessary. :))

Anyway, if you're looking for something to do while you're waiting for Yuletide signups to start, consider signing up for Leverage Secret Santa. The turn-out last year was apparently fairly small, so join in and make it bigger and more fun this year. :)

The Test

Aug. 13th, 2010 07:01 pm
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Title: The Test
Fandom: Leverage
Rating: G
Characters: Nate, Hardison, Parker, Sam. 
Word Count: 1,000
Spoilers: If you know anything about the show, you're golden.
Warnings: Not really, unless you have issues surrounding swimming lessons at the Y. (Yeah, don't even get me started on my own experiences with that. :))
Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this for fun.
 
Notes: Written for [info]whimoffate, as a result of a Guess the Story meme. Her prompt was “swimming.” 
 
Looking through his binoculars, Nate watches Hardison. The way the hacker is standing on the edge of the building, fidgeting uncomfortably in the tight harness, reminds Nate of Sam’s first swimming test. Hardison shakes his head, eyes wide and mouth pressed into a thin line, and this simple gesture peels back the years for Nate until he’s standing in the YMCA, breathing in humid, over-chlorinated air.
 
 
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Fandom: Leverage
Title: Striking in the West
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fleurlb 
Rating: PG
Characters: Hardison, Eliot, Parker. 
Word Count: 5,500
 
Spoilers: If you know anything about the show, you're golden.
Warnings: A bit of violence, but nothing too harrowing
Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this for fun.
 
Summary: When Nate and Sophie are kidnapped, Hardison has to step far outside his comfort zone.
 
Notes: Written for the fic-a-thon over at [livejournal.com profile] 36_stratagems. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ultranos_fic for inventing and running the community and also for graciously giving me a short extension. Special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] celtic_flicka for the thorough and speedy beta. All mistakes are my own.
 
 
6. Make a sound in the east, then strike in the west. In any battle the element of surprise can provide an overwhelming advantage. Even when face to face with an enemy, surprise can still be employed by attacking where he least expects it. To do this you must create an expectation in the enemy's mind through the use of a feint.
 
Hardison often thought that their work had no happy middle ground. They were either doing awesome, getting everything they needed and watching all their pieces fall into place. Or they were standing by helplessly while a vanload of thugs drove off with somebody. Which was damn funny when it happened to that fake psychic. It was a lot less funny when it happened to Nate and Sophie. 
 
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Title: Missing Scene, The Bottle Job
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fleurlb 
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairing: Nate, Eliot 
Word Count: 917
Spoilers: Up to and including The Bottle Job (211)
Warnings: Not really.
Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this for fun.

Summary: Nate returns to his apartment after the Bottle Job, and Eliot wants to talk.

Notes: Written for a [livejournal.com profile] leverageland challenge: Write a missing scene for an episode of Leverage as suggested by [info]sheryden.  
 
Nate stands in front of his apartment door, trying to pull his keys out of his pocket and open the door one-handed. His other hand grasps the half-full bottle of expensive Scotch that he’d bought for Doyle during the con. Cora had insisted he take it with him, he’d paid for it after all, and he was just too worn down and tired to resist.
 
 
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Title: The Holy Elephant Gun Job, Part One
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fleurlb 
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairing: Nate, Sophie, Parker, Hardison, Eliot, Dean and Sam Winchester, and Castiel
Word Count: 9,000
Spoilers: For Leverage - entire second season. For Supernatural - through 5.10
Warnings: Not really.
Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this for fun.

Summary:
Castiel’s last-ditch effort to save the world from the apocalypse is going to require some extra help.

Notes: This is an unbeta’d pinch hit for leveragexchange that was written in two days, so all errors are my own. Hope you enjoyed it, [livejournal.com profile] anntarot
 
 
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Title: The family you fell into
Author: fleurlb
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairing: Parker, primarily. 
Word Count: 500
Spoilers: If you know anything about the show, you're golden.
Warnings: Not really.
Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this for fun.

Summary: Parker's musings on her family history.

Notes: Written for a [livejournal.com profile] leverageland challenge: Write a fic that deals with the prompt, family. It can be a story about one of the team member's family or how you view them as a family, interpret any way you'd like.
 

By the time Parker ‘graduated’ from the foster care system at age 18, she’d set a dubious record for most placements within Illinois Children’s Services. In 14 years, she’d lived with an astounding 37 foster families, with the longest placement being eight months and the shortest just three days.
 
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1. [livejournal.com profile] rachel_wilder  just posted the story I 'won' in the [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti  auction. A Place to Be is a beautiful, heart-breaking story that answers the age old FNL question "Where the hell is Mama Riggins?". Please, go read it and love it, because that's all there is for it. :)

2. If you're into Leverage but didn't sign up for the 2010 Leverage Gift Exchange, please consider signing up to be a pinch hitter. I'm looking to compile a list of pinch hitters for all sorts of gifts, including the fic, art, and vid varieties. I've never run one of these things before and am pretty much already shitting bricks about making sure that everyone who signed up gets a gift on the reveal day. (Yeah, I'm way ahead of schedule on the worrying, but that's just part of my charm.)

3. If you're into Leverage and you belong to any of the Leverage comms, then I'm sure you've already heard about [livejournal.com profile] leverageland , the fun new team-based challenge community. I signed up and am on [livejournal.com profile] teamgrifter , which is still short a few people, so, if you're interested, please sign up. (C'mon, any team I'm on is going to be overloaded with awesome. And yes, modesty is another of my charms. Thanks for noticing. :))
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Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this to pass the time until Season 3 starts.
 
Spoilers: Set between “The Fairy Godparents Job” (204) and “The Three Days of the Hunter Job” (205).
 
A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] lovesrogue36‘s prompt on [livejournal.com profile] leveragekink : “Nate/Sophie, paint in her hair” Coming up with the title was the hardest part and it’s based on a mistranslation loose interpretation of a line in Edith Piaf’s song “Non, je ne regrette rien,” Balayées pour toujours, je repars à zéro.
 
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Nate knocked on Sophie’s door again, annoyed that she wasn’t answering. Their weekly meetings to select the team’s next client were a standing engagement, and Sophie was never late. Well, until recently, at least. Nate hadn’t met ‘The Boyfriend’ yet and was having a hard time working up any friendly feelings toward the guy. Sophie had been different and the only new variable was a guy whose name he didn’t even know.
 
 
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Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this for fun and to pass the time until Season 3. 
 
A/N: Special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] renisanz for asking the question and then drawing the brilliant art that led to the story. There’s a link to the art at the very end of the story.
 
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Hardison had spent six weeks cajoling Parker to play an elaborate guessing game about her birthday, then another two months before he guessed right. It was a moot point, since he’d hacked his way into learning her birthday before he’d even started his campaign, but he’d known he needed to come about the information honestly or else it would just seem creepy.
 
 
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Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this to pass the time until Season 3 starts.
 
Spoilers: None. Set pre-series, about two and a half years. Nate is married to Maggie.
 
Painting: Vincent Van Gogh, Wheatfield with Crows, 1890, Oil on canvas, 19.9 in × 40.6 in
 
A/N: Part four in a five-part series of one-shots focused on three of my favorite things: Nate, Sophie, and art. Although my brother has helped select the other paintings, this one was all my idea. Fifteen years ago, I had the opportunity to see this haunting painting at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and I’ve carried it in my head ever since. That’s art. 
 
 
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Nate watched as the coffin was lowered into the ground. He could feel Maggie holding onto his arm, feel her tears falling on his hand. But he was numb. Beyond numb, actually, and well into shell-shocked territory. 
 
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Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this to pass the time until Season 3 starts.
 
Spoilers: None. Set pre-series, about three years. Nate is married to Maggie, Sam is unwell.
 
Painting: Richard Diebenkorn, Cityscape 1 (Landscape No. 1), 1963, Oil on canvas, 60 1/4 x 50 1/2 in
 
 
A/N: Part three in a five-part series of one-shots focused on three of my favorite things: Nate, Sophie, and art. Special thanks to my brother, an art school graduate, for helping me pick this painting and for supplying the excellent description of Diebenkorn’s style. Any mistakes are my own, because as the older sister, it’s my birth-right to ignore him sometimes. :) 
 
 
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Sophie’s entire dating career had been something of a nightmare, which she attributed wholly to her pitiful selection of choices. As she saw it, she could either date a fellow grifter or date an honest citizen. The pitfalls of dating a fellow grifter were obvious: trust issues, paranoia, possible law enforcement investigations, double-crosses, and difficult schedules.
 
 
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I've been talking to [livejournal.com profile] dea_liberty  , who ran the [livejournal.com profile] leveragexchange   last year, about possibly doing it again this year. So, if you're interested, please take the poll and we'll see what happens. :) 


 EDIT: I've tried to add a supplemental poll to gauge femslash interest, but I am apparently made of LJ poll fail. So, if you're interested in femslash, you can use the text box to say so. :)


EDIT 2: It's now official that the new season starts 20 June. :) [Poll #1544087][Poll #1544087]
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Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this to pass the time until Season 3 starts.
 
Spoilers: None. Set pre-series, about six years. Nate is married to Maggie and Sam is healthy.
 
Painting: Edward Hopper, Office at Night, 1940, Oil on canvas, 22 1/8 x 25 inches 
 
 
A/N: Part two in a five-part series of one-shots focused on three of my favorite things: Nate, Sophie, and art. Special thanks to my brother, an art school graduate, for helping me pick this painting and for supplying all of the smart observations about it. Any mistakes are my own, because as the older sister, it’s my birth-right to ignore him sometimes. :) 
 
 
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Nate arrived at her room while Sophie was still getting ready. He always claimed that he was just punctual, but she thought he had it confused with “obsessively early.” She crossed the small hotel room in three long strides and opened the door.
 
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Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this to pass the time until Season 3 starts.
 
Spoilers: None. Set pre-series, about seven or eight years. Nate is married to Maggie and Sam is healthy.
 
 
A/N: Part one in a five-part series of one-shots focused on three of my favorite things: Nate, Sophie, and art. Special thanks to my brother, an art school graduate, for patiently answering all my questions and helping me select the perfect paintings for this series. Any mistakes are my own, because as the older sister, it’s my birth-right to ignore him sometimes. :) 
 
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Nate walked through the corridors of the museum administration building, greeting the familiar faces and commiserating with them over the broken air conditioning. Nate had always hated this modern monstrosity, condemning it as a blight on an otherwise perfectly respectable urban landscape. But since Maggie started working here as a freelance art authenticator a few weeks ago, he’d visited it often enough to develop a true loathing based on its many quirks and flaws. 
 
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A/N: Written to try to satisfy [livejournal.com profile] lovesrogue36 ‘s prompt at [livejournal.com profile] leveragekink : ‘Nate/Sophie, fugitives on the run.’  Part three of three. Read part one here  and part two here
 
Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this for fun and to pass the time until Season 3. 
 
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The next morning, Sophie invites him to have breakfast with her, a peace offering that he nearly feels churlish enough to refuse. But something about the way she asks through the door, tentative and uneasy, her feet making uncharacteristic shuffling noises, causes him to agree. 
 
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A/N: Written to try to satisfy [livejournal.com profile] lovesrogue36‘s prompt at [livejournal.com profile] leveragekink: ‘Nate/Sophie, fugitives on the run.’  Part two of three. Read part one here.
 
Disclaimer: I own nothing here and am just doing this for fun and to pass the time until Season 3. 

Spoilers: Entire series.
 
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Nate watches as Sophie drops her book and covers the space between them in three long strides. She settles herself gently on the edge of the bed. The look on her face reminds him of the time he ran away from home when he was seven. When he returned hours later, sheepish and hungry, his mother had looked like she didn’t know whether to smother him with hugs or slap him silly.
 
 
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