Welcome to the Writing Desk.
Here, I post and archive my fiction (no opera reviews, in case you clicked the wrong link on the menu above and are now wondering where you have ended up. Head back to opera writings here. (To reviews, here). – For queer romance, read on).
In this section, you can find all my stories (fan fiction, Über & novels – some originally written under aliases) archived for you to read. Some of them may be offline due to editing and/or publishing plans.
Many of these stories take place in historical settings, and all of them revolve around women falling in love with each other (but if you’ve made it to this page, you probably knew that already).
The current project – 2015-ongoing – is “Stages”, an opera romance set in Aix-en-Provence in 2015.
There are also parts of my sketchbook on this page, with projects that are further down on the list or that didn’t make it, and some extra material from and for stories that have been around for a while.
The stories are in reverse order, chronologically. I was seriously tempted to remove a few of the earlier ones, simply because they don’t reflect my writing standards any longer, but then decided to leave them available. This place is not about my writerly vanity, but about your reading interests. (Just be aware that the farther you scroll down, the less polished the writing may be.)
My two novellas “Timeless” (Warehouse 13, Myka/HG) and “Troubled Passage” (J/7 Über) are accessible through here for easier reading, but they’re still unedited. For the respective passwords, check the password page (as to why there are passwords: I’m tired of bots and thoughtless people stealing and reposting my work).
“Campus” – currently offline due to editing/publishing plans
“Small Steps” – currently offline due to editing/publishing plans
“Jungle Fever” – currently offline due to editing/publishing plans
Stages (Warehouse 13, Bering & Wells Über/AU, 2015) – [work in progress, on-going!]
Bering & Wells; Opera AU
“If you’re going to be my ex-lover, you’ll have to be more convincing than that.”
Helena Wells is an ambitious soprano moving up. Myka is a mezzo-soprano who still can’t quite believe she has stumbled into a stage career. Cue the music.
The Key (Warehouse 13, Bering & Wells Über/AU, 2014)
Bering & Wells; Early Modern Spain AU: Myka & Helena in 1492 (Columbus does not appear in this story)
María Blazquez does cross herself and kneel in church, but the most heavenly creature she can think of is Haya, daughter of Abraham ha-Levi Abenhayon.
The Goblet (Warehouse 13, Bering & Wells Über/AU, 2014)
Bering & Wells; Medieval AU: Myka & Helena as Tristan & Isolde
Oh, there is no shortage of stories about King Arthur’s gallant niece, not on all the islands. And Helena does not want to hear them, least of all the one where Lady Myka of Canoêl persuaded her uncle to stop paying toll. Where she headed a party to break the old contract on Irish soil. Where, in battle, she killed the Sir Nathaniel, the pride of Eire, only to return to claim his bereft bride as a prize for her vassal uncle. What a fine story that makes.
This one in particular, she has heard more than enough. Petrus Curvenal tells it on deck, time and again, to the roaring laughter of the seamen. He makes sure to tell it loud enough to carry down here.
It isn’t Curvenal who is keeping her under deck, though. The insults, she can handle. Whatever Petrus Curvenal throws at her, she will scoff at.
But going up would also mean seeing her.
The Abbey (Warehouse 13, Bering & Wells Über/AU, 2014)
Bering & Wells; Medieval AU: Helena is a knight, Myka is a nun.
Claudius’ whisper carries over to her. “A nun, my Lord? Do you want to send us to the fiery pits of hell?!”
Myka pretends not to listen as they walk away.
“She’s not yet a nun,” Sir George points out.
Claudius gives him a stern look. “She belongs to God.”
“Good,” Sir George replies. “You keep telling me that I should get closer to God, don’t you?”
Big Dipper (Warehouse 13, Bering & Wells Über/AU, 2014)
Bering & Wells; a Classical Mythology AU:
Myka is the Goddess Diana.
Helena has divine taste.
Warehouse Story (Warehouse 13, Bering & Wells Über/AU, 2013)
A Bering & Wells version of the musical West Side Story.
There’s a brick wall at their backs, blank and standing too close to the wired maze of fire escapes across the alleyway. Helena looks up. She has to tip her head back to see a spot where the sunlight actually reaches down and touches the windows behind the metal.
One of them is opened, despite the heat.
Someone is sitting on the windowsill, soaking up the sun. Helena can only make out a fall of curly brown hair and two hands holding a book, and one bare leg dangling low against the metal stairs, back and forth, back and forth.
She Walked Up To The Castle (Warehouse 13, Bering & Wells Über/AU, 2013)
Bering & Wells; medieval through a preraphaelite/symbolist lense; an exercise in rhythm.
“One tapestry she brings, as a dowry to prove her reign of the house. And there, in the faded yarn, the tale can be read: the king on the merlons and, down on the bridge, a figure with a crown and wild curly hair, and another one, pale, in a black hooded cloak.”
Crossroads (Warehouse 13, Bering & Wells Über/AU, 2013)
Bering & Wells in a WW2 setting:
It is dark underneath the city.
Next to Pavel, a woman steps up, willowy thin, black hair swept up. She’s pale in an elegant way, the kind of woman Myka would never have met if not for this war. She steps forward with reserve – Myka supposes that hesitation is not a trait that runs in her circles –, a suitcase clutched in both hands.
Myka looks at her and she knows she will lose that suitcase. Perhaps today, perhaps tomorrow. By the time she makes it out of here, she’ll be lucky to own the skin on her back. And she’ll know it.
Horizons On Fire (Warehouse 13, Bering & Wells Über/AU, 2013)
Bering & Wells in a WW1 setting:
The steps sound on the gravel road every afternoon. It’s not quite Tuscany. The colors of the fields are burnt by the sun, and the hillsides are not gentle slopes. There’s nothing around here, just the dust on the road and, set back among the crops, a finishing school for girls whose parents don’t want any distractions around them. In most cases, not any further distractions.
And there is the airfield.
And every afternoon, the pilots come down the gravel road, their flight jackets open, shirts stained by sweat under the burn of the afternoon sun.
Timeless (Warehouse 13, Bering & Wells, 2012)
an alternative Season 4 of sorts, setting in after 4×01 – with the Warehouse restored, Myka and HG get caught up in the side effects of Artie’s time reset. Time to solve some more puzzles and save the day. And apropos time…
Troubled Passage (Star Trek: Voyager, Janeway/Seven Über, 2012/2013)
[for password, check the link given at the top of this page]
an Über story based very loosely on “Killing Game” (episode 4×18): France, 1944. Catherine Jonville doesn’t want any trouble at her inn, but then an intriguing stranger appears on her doorstep, suitcase in hand.
Dare (Terapia d’urgenza, Marina/Esther, 2009/2010)
– edited version in ten chapters –
Since the short-lived Italian medical show ended with Marina being gunned down in the parking lot by a madwoman before she could patch up things with Esther, this is a novella-sized epilogue to the show, trying to give it a proper ending. – What happens after Marina is shot?
Lemon Cheese Cake (Desperate Housewives, Bree/f, 2005)
What would happen if Bree met her housewife match? Desperation of another kind ensues. (Season 1 timeframe)
Long River In Egypt (CSI, Catherine/Sara, 2005)
The events around the funeral of Catherine’s ex, Eddie, bring up old memories and new revelations for both Catherine and Sara.
Crash And Yearn (CSI, Catherine/Sara, 2004)
Catherine and Sara don’t like each other. But then Sara is caught up in an explosion at the lab together with Catherine’s daughter, and things begin to change.
Non Me Lo So Spiegare (I can’t Explain It To Myself) (Law & Order SVU, Alex/Olivia, 2005)
a short story settled around the episode „Ghost”.
Sere Nere (Black Nights) (Law & Order SVU, Alex/Olivia, 2005)
a “getting Alex back out of witness protection” story.
Game’s End (Star Trek: Voyager, Janeway/Seven, 2003)
an epilogue to the show’s final episode, “Endgame”.
Quando me’n vo (Star Trek: Voyager, Janeway/Seven Uber, 2001)
the result of a J/7 “Phantom of the Opera” challenge.
[update June 2016: sorry, I had some spammer/breach issue there and turned the page to private. If you want the story, just drop me a note (aniklachev [at] web [dot] de), and I’ll send you a copy/link, or, if you don’t live in a save LGBTQ* place, simply leave a comment – can be anonymous – below and I’ll respond with a password to grant you access. I’ll make the page public again once the spambots lose interest.]
Rykoe having some fun with the leading ladies of Campus:
Some “projects that didn’t (quite) make it” & Extra Materials:
“Capture“ (2000/2001)- a non-Über J/7 story, built around the question of what would happen if the power dynamics between Janeway and Seven shifted and Janeway would have to deal with a moment of weakness/helplessness. first 20 pages written, story layout. Definitely a case of “early works”.
“Prussian Blue” (2004) – first story layout for a “Mädchen in Uniform” tribute J/7 Über, set around 1900 in an all-girls boarding school (I still hope to get to write this, I really liked the idea.)
the unnamed Maca y Esther (Hospital Central) “gap fic” (2006) – a story woven into Season 8, filling in motivations and additional scenes for the Maca/Esther romance. Brainstorming file/tentative layout.
The original Campus 13 chapterboard
Sketches for “Timeless”:
Sketches for “Troubled Passage”: