I wrote a treat story for an unusual fic and art exchange, Jukebox. The stories are based on or inspired by songs, so they're closer to original fiction than to fanfic in the usual sense.

The whole collection is worth checking out; in most cases knowledge of the songs adds to the enjoyment of the stories but you can enjoy them without it. But songs are easy to pick up. Here's a playlist. I found some great new songs on it, from hiphop (This Is The Opposite Of A Suicide Note) to French traditional songs (J'ai Vu Le Loup, Le Renard Danser.)

Some of the highlights of the collection include a Tarot card for Leonard Cohen's The Stranger Song and a beautiful moonlit scene for Loreena McKennitt's Courtyard Lullabye.. Of the stories, I especially enjoyed the post-apocalyptic fantasy Midnight, like a lost Stephen King story written between The Gunslinger and The Stand, and the excellent sf story Trajectory with cool aliens and immense sense of wonder. But there were really a lot of excellent stories in the collection. If you have time, it definitely rewards browsing. If you do, comment with your favorites!

My story, i swear by all flowers, was inspired by Simon & Garfunkel's wistful April Come She Will. Spoilery story notes below cut.

MiraMira made the inspired prompt of making the lyrics literal, so the woman really did fall in love every April and die every August. This was such a classic theme for me - brief lives, mono no aware, and even a seasonal link - that my main challenge was not rewriting stories I'd written already.

My first thought was a spirit of the seasons. My second thought was Persephone. Looking over MiraMira's request again, I saw that one of the other songs she'd requested was The Pogues' "A Fairytale of New York." So I decided to write Persephone in New York City. This worked perfectly, as New York has very distinct seasons. Hence the Farmers Market setting with the produce only available at specific times of year, and an equivalent of Demeter's "strike" in the garbage collectors' strike, timed for the worst possible season to have the city piled with garbage.

And in New York City, so famously full of eccentrics, who would blink an eye at a goddess?
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From: [personal profile] pameladean

This story is really lovely. And that -- that zooming-out at the very end, wow.

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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa

I really need to go look at the Juebox collection. Your story sounds great!
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From: [personal profile] zdenka

I recced some of my favorites in my Jukebox reveals post here, but in case anyone doesn't want to click through, I'll copy the links here. The first two were my gifts and they were lovely. The tarot card art was among my favorites too, but I won't include that since you already linked it.

The Knight and the Heart-Tree (1374 words) by FannyT
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Svarta rosor - Jean Sibelius (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply

The knight paced the corridor outside the princess’s chambers. He’d been sent for to see her, but there were dignitaries and diplomats in her antechamber right now, yelling and arguing, and he’d been asked to wait.

Burn Your Bridges Behind (2 words) by higuchi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: London Bridge is Falling Down - Peter Bradley Adams (Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Fanart

The End O't (1027 words) by Quillori
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: April Come She Will - Simon & Garfunkel (Song)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings

Cuts Through Curses (1459 words) by ExtraPenguin
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Diese kalte Nacht - Faun (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Winter, Magic, Fairy Tale Curses, Fairy Tale Style, magical transformation

He was a traveller from faraway lands, searching for a rarity. If he ever found what he sought, he would be immensely fortunate.


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