sternel: (space is disease and danger)
Title: Let Nothing You Dismay
Author: sternel
Rating: G
Warnings: shameless Christmas schmoop
Word Count: 1,800
Summary: Someone is leaving Secret Santa presents for Spock.

Written for Space Wrapped 2012. You can comment there or here.

It started, unexpectedly, with a book. )
sternel: (worf has discovered ontd)
Title: We Become New Yorkers (or: Five Times Steve Rogers Looked For Home, and One Time Home Found Him)
Author: [ profile] sternel
Rating: G
Warnings: love songs to cities
Word Count: 8,000
Summary: New York is a million cities at the same time. This is how Steve found his.
a/n: As always, my gratitude to [ profile] athena4lynn for ideas, hand-holding, and beta work; Hetre for moral support; and Seanchaidh for helping me figure out how to end it.

We Became New Yorkers )
sternel: (space is disease and danger)
Title: Light A Light
Author: [ profile] sternel
Rating: PG
Warnings: dystopia, AU, memory alteration
Word Count: 6,500
Summary: Ever since the discovery of the indigenous plant on Beta Capricorn that was developed into Reassignment, strife and disagreement have been relics of Earth’s savage religious past. Most people don’t even think about those days anymore

Dr. Leonard McCoy is about to meet one man who does, and it’s going to change everything.

Prompt: Dystopian World fic! In a society where Christmas has been banned there are still those who work to keep its spirit alive. But is the price of discovery - reeducation or death - worth the risk? Jim thinks so, but Leonard isn't sure. I'm not opposed to Jim being captured and re-educated. That sounds deliciously angsty to me. We could even go all the way and turn this into some good ole H/C, with Leonard taking care of Jim afterwards and trying to restore him to what he once was.

A/N: A huge thank you to my darling Vhary, who graciously allowed me to borrow the universe she’s created for her original fiction for this story. I hope I’ve done it justice, Vhary. This is all yours.
Jim’s carol is “I Wonder as I Wander.”
Lia Burke appeared in several of Diane Duane’s pro TOS novels. I apologize for the character assassination, DD!
Thank you to [ profile] seanchaidh for the beta. She suggests spiking your eggnog and getting some kleenix.

Light A Light )

Masterpost on [ profile] space_wrapped
sternel: (boldly go)
Title: All Of This Is Temporary (Walls Come Down)
Author: [ profile] sternel
Artist: [ profile] squarededdie
Mixer: [ profile] nexian
Series: ST XI
Character/Pairing(s): Spock/Uhura
Rating: PG
Word Count: 23,000
Warnings: politics, terrorism, off-screen deaths
Summary: It was supposed to be a diplomatic mission in the hands of Ambassador Sarek: convince Coridan it would be best served by joining the Federation, and go home. But somebody put a match to the tinderbox, and now Uhura was starting to wonder if Kirk’s infamous luck would get them out of this alive. Would trust be enough to save an away team – and an entire planet?

Link to Masterpost: Livejournal
Link to Fic: AO3
Link to Art: livejournal
Link to Mix: Livejournal - coming soon!

This entire story, complete with references to the TOS episode Journey to Babel, the ENT episode Shadows of P’Jem, and peppered with all sorts of tidbits and shoutouts to canon and novels as it amused me, came about entirely because of a song by Vienna Teng, “St. Stephen’s Cross”, which she describes as an attempt to show exactly what it might feel like to be the ordinary person standing in the middle of a extraordinary moment. I love the song and listen to it often, and one day an image popped into my head and wouldn’t go away. (It’s towards the end. You’ll know it when you get there.) Everything else here is just my attempt to tell the story of how we got to that moment.

Should I ever get around to finishing it, there might be more in this universe someday, because once they start talking in the back of your brain they never shut up.

Massive thank-yous to [ profile] seanchaidh, [ profile] athena4lynn, and Kitsa for beta-ing, handholding, and cheerleading, and a hip hip hurrah for my spectacular artist and mixer. These are all wonderful and talented folks and I’m very lucky to have them all around. Additional shoutout to Joey Ryan, who unknowingly provided me with the title thanks to his own song of the same name. And thank you, dear Reader, for your time. I hope you enjoy.

All Of This Is Temporary (Walls Come Down) - Part I )

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sternel: (this is where it starts [ENT])
Title: Whither Thou
Author: [ profile] sternel
Artists: [ profile] solara1357, [ profile] cruixe_chan
Series: ST: Enterprise
Characters/Pairings: Archer/T’Pol, Tucker, Phlox, OC
Rating: PG
Warnings: minor character death, AU, spoilers for ep. 3.08“Twilight”
Word Count: 26,200
Summary: Sometimes it was easier to imagine that Vulcan had been destroyed along with Earth. That her entire world was here: This house, this dog, this man.

It was easier than acknowledging that her entire world – house, dog, man – was hers by choice. Her choice: one that could not be undone, one that was driven by forces beyond herself. Sometimes she told herself it was not really a choice at all, but the only option available.

Sometimes she even believed it.

This is the story of everything that happened before breakfast.

Notes: I never used to think of myself as an Enterprise fan, but in the last year or so I have fallen hard for this little show, and I think it deserved far better than it got from Berman and Braga. There was a lot of potential that never got realized, but episodes like Twilight did some amazing things, and it was a hell of a lot of fun to play with it. I owe Mike Sussman huge props for a great writing job, and for sharing all the little tidbits from filming that then made their way to Memory Alpha for me to contemplate.

This is my first Big Bang and probably the longest single work I have actually gotten to a postable state, and there’s a few people who have a lot of my thanks for that, in no particular order: Vhary, Stephanie, [ profile] seanchaidh and [ profile] athena4lynn, who were cheerleaders and encouragers and let me bounce ideas off of them and were around for late-night chats when I felt like I’d never have another good idea, as well as being outstanding beta readers. Nemaio
to all of you, and <3!

Link to art: Fanmix by [ profile] solara1357
Link to art: Artwork by [profile] cruixe_chan site="">
Link to CTBB : Master Post

Whither Thou )
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I ended up with a playlist I kept coming back to as I wrote Comfort and Joy, and I decided it was worth sharing!

Zip file can be found here [megaupload].

Tracklist behind the cut )
sternel: (space is disease and danger)
Title: Comfort and Joy
Author[personal profile] sternel 
Rating: PG
Warnings: abuse of Dickens, ghosts, character death (after a fashion)
Word Count: 12,500ish
Disclaimer: All hail Roddenberry, Paramount, and the various people & corporate bodies who aren't me.
Summary“What are you going to measure your life in, Leonard?  Surgeries performed?  Eviscerating letters to the editor drafted?  The number of times you’ve snapped at Chapel in an afternoon?  All the chances you missed seeing your daughter?  The number of times you’ve pushed Kirk away when all he wanted was to make sure you’re all right?”  This is the story of a Christmas Eve.

A/N:  For [community profile] space_wrapped’s 2010’s2010 prompt #54:  A Christmas Carol-Trek style.  I’m glad somebody beat me to this prompt, because I was going to suggest it and instead I was able to write it. 
 Massive thank-yous to [ profile] athena4lynn , [ profile] seanchaidh , & [ profile] hetrez  for reading, thoughtful discussion, and being awesome, and [ profile] nnaylime  for the best LOC beta job in the Alpha Quadrant..  “A Christmas Carol” was originally written by Charles Dickens, whom I hope does not mind all the liberties I took with his plot, or that I borrowed some of his words for my Marley.    Christmas carol lyrics quoted include “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” a traditional carol; & “Sleep Well, Little Children,” by A. Bergman, L. Klatzkin, c 1956.  “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” is by Clement Clarke Moore, first published in 1823.

I ended up  with a mix of songs that I played during the writing of this story, which you can find here.

sternel: (this bitch defined fierce)
Title: Muscle Memory
Author: [personal profile] sternel
Summary: “Tactical proficiency benchmark 4a: Cadets must successfully dis- and re-assemble a phaser within 50 seconds.” It’s not as easy as it sounds.
Disclaimer: All hail Roddenberry, Paramount, and the various people & corporate bodies who aren't me.

Notes: For the [ profile] where_no_woman Uhura Is Awesome ficathon, prompt: 5. Nyota Uhura can take apart a phaser and put it back together in 36 seconds.
A huge thank you to [ profile] fredericks and [ profile] nnaylime for magnificent beta work, and [ profile] athena4lynn, who is always my biggest cheerleader.

Muscle Memory )