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03 June 2010 @ 09:06 am
May's Winner and June's contest  
It was a hard month to be a judge, but some great fic came out of it!

The entries were:

Doubt (Tony/Ziva) by abitofayla
Untitled (Jim/Pam) by goeungurl
Untitled (Mal/Inara)by filia_umbrae
Fairytale Ending (D/G) by embe11ished . Read these and leave the authors some love!

And the winners are:

1st place: Embe11ished for her wonderful Fairytale Ending. Jennifer will receive a handmade bag (Colors you like would be a help) a gift certificate to itunes (or Best Buy, if you'd rather, and a Lush bath bomb.)
2nd Place: abitofayla for some Tiva goodness in Doubt.
3rd Place: (A tie. COULDN'T be helped, they were equally as good, just totally different) For the Untitled Drabbles: a funny, perfectly IC offering by goeungurl and a swoon-worthy Mal/Inara (why didn't those kids just ADMIT they loved each other in the show?) by filia_umbrae .

You second and third placers will just have to be surprised by your prizes; and I think you'll be pleased, all the same. (If it's not too much trouble, would you leave me your addresses in a PM or send them to persephone3333@gmail.com? I'm notorious for losing addresses.) Congratulations to you all!

June's contest: Birthstones. I'm a little obsessed with birthstones, I'm drawn to all of them, and love them! I don't adore my own, funnily enough, but every time I go by a jewelry store in the mall, I linger over the birthstone section. :) SO. If this inspires you, feel free to write a drabble/story with your choice of any pairing, draw me a picture, make an (or a batch of) icon(s). Or whatever else you think of. I'm still a little punch drunk from being delirious with fever for the last two days.

Good luck to you all!

Edit:  I suck, suck, suck out loud.  In my fever-induced delirium, I forgot the very first person to submit for May. eustacia_vye   wrote Nearer to You, a cracky, naughty, fun D/G, R/P that had me giggling and smiling all the way through.  SO sorry, Mylan.  You know I love you, right?  You get a little something, too, just for being awesome.  Send me your address!
I am:: bed
Hyacinth Girl: Pamelaeustacia_vye28 on June 3rd, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Aw, hon. I didn't point out the omission to make you feel bad! *hugs* I figured it was the fever.

*hands over virtual TheraFlu*
Carrie Leigh: Dean handcarrie_leigh on June 3rd, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
Guilt is a part of my makeup. It's unavoidable.

Thanks for the meds. :)

Edited at 2010-06-03 03:17 pm (UTC)
O Demanding One: Urs: Ron! Muove With Pupheyurs on June 3rd, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)


This is another reason why I had that coffee cup signature made for you. You're giving, giving and deserve a little something yourself. And yes, I know there is a good feeling in the giving, but I felt you needed a little something, too.

Embellishedembe11ished on June 3rd, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
Wow! Thank you! I certainly didn't expect to win when I wrote the story--I was just looking for some impetus to write again. Thanks again for the fun prompt!
filia_umbrae on June 4th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Awwwww! I do hope that you feel better, hon, and thanks for the kind words on my little drabble. I'm glad that it ended up in character and in voice.

Congrats to everyone! Absolutely lovely stories all around!
goeungurl: happygoeungurl on June 24th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
I won something?? How did I miss this?? And btw, I love your contests. There's no pressure and yet I know that whatever I write will be read and (hopefully) enjoyed by at least one person. :)

I'll send my address in case you don't have it. Yay again! You made my night!
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on June 24th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
You did!

Of course, I haven't yet sent anything out, but I will, rest assured.

It makes me smile to have made your night.
Aylaabitofayla on June 24th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
It was her newest favorite possession - not that she'd let it out, but it was still second to the Star of David she had worn for years. Some things just aren't replaceable. However, the two items were swapped out on a regular basis.

The item that had wormed it's way into Ziva David's heart was a gift from her team for her birthday. Perhaps they knew how much she loved it, but they never said anything about; although they each wore a similar grin when they saw it resting against her shirt (or skin depending who you were).

It had become a habit to play with it when she was bored or thinking; the pendant just begged to be played with. It was at a moment when Ziva was playing with it that she really studied it. Sapphire, Aquamarine, another Sapphire, Diamond, Citrine, Ruby, and lastly another Citrine. It was an odd combination of gems, but she treasured it. It represented her not-by-birth Family. Ducky, Abby, Gibbs, McGee, Tony, and herself.

Abby had rambled on about how the diamond was just a 'filler' stone, but nonetheless a pretty stone.

It was a group gift, apparently. Instead of buying several small gifts that would get forgotten over time, they would give her something unforgettable. And it was. Although, they did give her something independently as well, which she found amusing as they approached her trying to be inconspicuous.

Along with the necklace, McGee had found the meanings of the stones and had printed the sheet out for her. Looking about the bullpen, she noticed that everyone was preoccupied and decided to look over the paper.

Sapphire. Ducky. Out of the list of traits, he was definitely wisdom and perhaps clear thinking.

Aquamarine. Abby. She was many of the traits. Hopeful. Beautiful. Friendly. Loyal. Perhaps perception was the right one. She could see the diamond underneath anything.

Sapphire. Gibbs. He was truth and faith without reasonable doubt. Purity just didn't seem applicable to the gruff man.

Citrine. McGee. He was courageous and strong. Even if he doubted his abilities when going against one of his team. With anyone else, it seemed that he could take down anyone, but it seemed a combat with the team would make him doubt his every move. Ziva thought it was silly.

Ruby. Tony. He was devotion and enthusiasm. She had never met a more loyal man until she started working at NCIS. But there was more to him than that. He was love. He was her love. Yes, she loved everyone on the team, but not like she loved him. Clearly he felt the same way otherwise he wouldn't have presented her with his other gift, one she couldn't wear quite yet at work. Perhaps in due time.

She hesitated about thinking about the final stone. The other Citrine. She wasn't wise like Ducky. Nor as serene like Abby. She wasn't as faithful as Tony. She didn't see herself as strong as Gibbs nor as friendly as McGee. She didn't see herself as being too provident. She didn't believe in good luck. That left her with courageous. Perhaps she doubted herself like McGee.

A soft slap at the back of her head, caused her to jump as she looked to see her boss standing beside her. "Welcome back. No work, Ziva? I'm pretty sure McGee or DiNozzo would like some help."

She stammered slightly, and looked over to the two males who ducked behind their monitors to try and conceal their amusement. "Oh...I was just thinking about a cold case, I had an idea about it."

Gibbs just looked amused as he walked off. Yes, she was courageous. Or maybe she had just spent too much time with Tony. Letting the necklace fall from her fingers she turned back to her computer, a grin on her face as she thought once more about her family.
Ayla: Amusedabitofayla on June 24th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Ayla: Tiva - loveabitofayla on June 24th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Oh... did you notice the hidden Tiva? Oh how I love them.
Carrie Leigh: getting Gibbs a coffeecarrie_leigh on June 24th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)

I DID see the Tiva. But I'm always on the lookout for it. ;)
Leigh: Coy Pansyleigh_adams on June 30th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Alright, here's my (late and not-so-hot) entry. :*

A Tale of Two Birthstones
goeungurlgoeungurl on July 1st, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
I have something in the works! I need another 30 min though! It's still June in Texas, right? I'm hurrying! Promise!
goeungurlgoeungurl on July 1st, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
Okay! Here! If it's too late, oh well. I had fun writing it. Sorry it's not in sooner. I've been up to my neck in papers work, classes, and law review. Actually need to go write one now. Hope you enjoy!
filia_umbrae on July 1st, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Fwwwwwwwwwwoooooooom under the wire, sort of
She found the box tucked away in her suitcase, in one of the side pockets she hadn't thought to unpack when she first arrived at the dig site.

It was wrapped neatly, in bright paper, and she couldn't help but smile and wonder if it was from Angela. It seemed like something that her best friend would do. She was still smiling as she carefully unwrapped the box.

A small sapphire glinted up at her, nestled in a modest silver ring.

"A year isn't much, and well, neither is this, but I'm going to miss your birthday and Christmas, and I didn't want to not get you anything so-" She could hear his voice, warm and rich, and caring. Maybe even a little bit embarrassed.

"It's supposed to mean 'clear-thinking, wisdom, truth, love'...probably some other stuff, but I thought of you. What it really means is, 'I miss you.' I know it's a ring, but it doesn't have to mean you know, what a ring might mean. I thought it might be easier to keep out of the way than a necklace.

"Happy Birthday, Bones. Merry Christmas. Happy every holiday you can think of. I'll be waiting for you."

The ring was on her finger before she even knew what happened, tears hovering at the corners of her vision. She blinked them back and read the note one more time before folding it up neatly and putting it back into the box.
Carrie Leigh: applausecarrie_leigh on July 1st, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Fwwwwwwwwwwoooooooom under the wire, sort of
Totally under the wire. :D

Gosh, I love these Bones drabbles. I want the next season to start YESTERDAY! And neither one of them better screw it up.

But I know they will. And you'll have to keep feeding me fluffy fanfic so I don't DIE.

Your Booth letter, and the descriptions of same, were perfect. *claps* I luuuurrrrved it. Thank you!

filia_umbrae on July 2nd, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Re: Fwwwwwwwwwwoooooooom under the wire, sort of
For REAL. It is killing me (softly). I'm really glad that you enjoyed this...I have no idea when Bones' birthday, but I get a kind of "Virgo" vibe from her, so I went with September.

Also, I think I can help out with a couple of cc's of Bones fic ^_^

(Also I just got a package in the mail, and oh, girl you shouldn't have!! I probably squealed for a good ten minutes; you are too good to me!)