Sisyphean Effort
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Joined 10-29-09, id: 2129674, Profile Updated: 12-05-15
Author has written 27 stories for Fullmetal Alchemist, Death Note, Torchwood, Bleach, Doctor Who, and A song of Ice and Fire.

Hello, all!

About me: I work in a bookstore and I write fan fiction in my spare time. What kind of fiction do I write? Answer: It's slash, baby, slash (or yaoi, if you prefer)! And if that's what you're looking for, then I say to you: "Welcome! Pull up a seat! And while you're here, check out my fic.s..."

Update 1/19/13:

For the time being, I will allow unsigned/guest reviews. However, if I think any of these reviews are disrespectful or blithely dismissive of the actual narrative, then I will delete them. Flippant comments that have nothing to with my writing are also unwanted. As long as a review is respectful in tone and has something constructive to say about the actual story, then I will allow it to remain. So let's all try to be considerate, shall we? Respect me and I will respect you (and your comments).

My stories (grouped by fandom for easier reference)

Note: the letters 'MC' indicate it's a multi-chap.

Fullmetal Alchemist:

"Painted Truths" (art & romance, rated T, Roy/Ed, MC)

"The Denial Twist" (a surprise plot, sex, angst, rated M, Roy/Ed)

"Getting Religion" (romance, philosophical musings, sex, rated M, Roy/Ed)

"A Beautiful Asymmetry" (OC story from "Painted Truths", rated T, MC)

"Dangerous Angels" (adventure story set between "Painted Truths" and "A Thousand Words", humor, rated T, Roy/Ed)

"The Sound of Dying Embers" (written as an art trade, follow-up to "The Denial Twist", angst, character death, rated M, Roy/Ed)

"Why Can't I Be You?" (PWP, role-playing, bondage, sex, rated M, Ed/Roy)

"Clay Horses" (2nd person POV reflection, written for FMA day, rated T)

"A Thousand Words" (direct sequel to "Painted Truths," humor, adventure, romance, art, rated T, originally broken down into chapters, posted here in its entirety, Roy/Ed)

Death Note:

"Playing Hookey" (mystery, crime, romance, rated T, Mello/Near, Mello/Matt, MC)

"Love, Hollow Points, and the Big Easy" (crime, romance, sex, light bondage, rated M, Mello/Matt, takes place 4 yrs after "Playing Hookey", MC)

"Fear and Loathing and Chocolate" (violence, romance, sex, rated M, Mello/Matt, prologue to "Revenge, Roulette Wheels, and Sin City")

"Revenge, Roulette Wheels, and Sin City" (violence, romance, Matt/Mello, sequel to "Love, Hollow Points, and the Big Easy" MC)

"Night Blooming" (character study, reflective, mild sex, rated M, Near/Mello)

"One Art" (crime, mystery, currently on hold, MC)


"Crush with Eyeliner" (romance, humor, sex, rated M, Ichi/Ishi)

"Strange Currencies" (romance, poetic, rated T, Ichi/Ishi)

"Light of the Morning" (romance, angst, rated T, Ichi/Ishi)

"The Heart is Treacherous in Many Ways" (romance, drama, violence, sex, mainly Urahara's POV, rated M, Ichi/Ishi, Isshin/Ryuken, MC)

"URA Fever" (romance, fluff, sex, rated M, Ichi/Ishi)

"What Happens in the Sparring Room..." (humor, double entendre, rated M, Urahara and various characters)

"The Consolers of the Lonely" (sequel to "The Heart is Treacherous in Many Ways," romance, drama, violence, adult content, multi-POVs, Ichi/Ishi, MC, currently on hold)

Doctor Who/Torchwood:

"The Resurrectionists" (flips between 1800s historical setting and now, supernatural, romance, sex, rated M, Jack/Ianto, one-sided Jack/11th Doctor, MC)

"A Night Without Armor" (romance, angst, character death, rated T, Master/11th Doctor)

"Solace" (romance, angst, sex, rated M, Jack/10th Doctor)

A Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire:

"A Song of Love and Loyalty" (drama, reflection, rated T, Jon/Sam only if you squint)

About my writing: My writing runs the gamut from extreme angst to humorous, romantic fluff. I never stick to one style; I like exploring different options. Most of my stuff will revolve around a slash pairing of some kind, but other than that, the tone of each piece can vary wildly, so please pay attention to summaries and/or warnings. When I say 'mature themes' I mean either graphic sex or violence or both. If the rating is below M, then it's pretty safe for all audiences. Please read responsibly (or irresponsibly, if you will:)

This is my 'Thank You' corner...

My sincerest gratitude goes out to the following:

kiiroi yumetobu, for creating the wonderful avatar that I use on this page, and for the lovely doujin she's been drawing for my FMA story "Why Can't I Be You?" It can be found on my lj at this address: sisypheaneffortatlivejournaldotcom (just replace the at and dot with the appropriate symbols). Mature audiences need only apply for this one.

UP2L8, my lovely fan-fic. bride from the Great White North, who nominated me for Scimitar Smile's Green Lion Award for the FMA fandom. I didn't win first place, but I did make honorable mention (which was shocking enough). To see the results of the competition or to check out the archive, go to this page here. Also, if you want to read more great FMA fic.s, please check out UP2L8's profile below in my favorite author section. Her work is fabulous, I promise!

Just Funning, my good friend of many years, for working with me on three of the fic.s listed here: "Playing Hookey," "Love, Hollow Points, and the Big Easy," and "A Beautiful Asymmetry." He and I also collaborated together on a Chiaro Scuro story that can be found on my lj (see address above).

Jorgmund Piper, for editing all this crap (and doing a damn fine job of it), his irrepressible wit, and for being my own personal Tense Operator. Without him, my writing wouldn't soar to the (unfortunately) mediocre heights that it currently does...(heh-heh)

And lastly, thanks to all of you out there who have reviewed and/or favorited any of my stories! The gift of review is the greatest gift in the world, and I greatly appreciate those who take the time to do it. So I say again: Thank you! And if you have any questions or comments or requests or anything of the like, please feel free to PM me at any time...

Well, thanks for visiting, and happy reading!

Sisyphean Effort

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Intertwined by BloodyWar2411 reviews
Edward Elric had one of the rarest Cores in the world, but no one could know that. Roy Mustang had one of the only Cores in the world that Ed could bond with, but he was a bastard with a god-complex. Now, because of said bastard and the military's insistence that the academy was important, they had to live together for two months. Ed had survived worse though... right?
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 33 - Words: 181,878 - Reviews: 704 - Favs: 1,311 - Follows: 1,485 - Updated: 8/5/2020 - Published: 8/6/2014 - [Edward E., Roy M.]
Toy Story by UP2L8 reviews
"Can I help you?" Ed asked, with just a hint of 'let's get this over with' mixed in to his business tone to make it clear that he had better things to do than tall dark strangers. "I'm sure you can," Sex Voice answered, with just enough suggestive innuendo mixed in to make Ed want to punch him in the throat. "I'd like to speak to the manager."
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 8 - Words: 21,822 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 65 - Follows: 86 - Updated: 7/14/2019 - Published: 2/3/2019 - [Edward E., Roy M.]
A Trip to the Grocery Store by hxhfaithcommunity reviews
Gon, Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio take their weekly trip to get groceries. As usual, swears are thrown and mayhem ensues. Very minor hints of Killugon, Leopika, and HisoIllu.
Hunter X Hunter - Rated: T - English - Humor/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,233 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 26 - Published: 5/27/2017 - Gon F., Killua Z., Kurapika K., Leorio - Complete
The Totally Realistic Chronicles of Sexy Time at Stark Tower by totssrsyo reviews
All Tony ever wanted was to sleep with Steve. And Bruce. And Clint. And Thor. And Natasha. And Loki. And everyone else felt the same, coincidentally.
Avengers - Rated: M - English - Romance/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,436 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 6 - Published: 3/13/2013 - Iron Man/Tony S., Captain America/Steve R. - Complete
The Eye of the Beholder by BookkeeperThe reviews
Jack doesn't understand Ianto's fear. Ianto doesn't understand Jack's love. Coda to Damage Control.
Crossover - Doctor Who & Torchwood - Rated: T - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,809 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 90 - Follows: 8 - Published: 10/17/2011 - 10th Doctor, Ianto J. - Complete
The Ravages of Eternity by sariane reviews
The Master reluctantly agrees to help the Doctor on a desperate quest to stop the End of Time. Together, they travel across the stars one final time in a twisted truce that strains them both and crosses old boundaries. Slash. Doctor/Master. Complete.
Doctor Who - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 19 - Words: 70,754 - Reviews: 73 - Favs: 134 - Follows: 30 - Updated: 7/18/2011 - Published: 6/30/2011 - 10th Doctor, The Master - Complete
The Used TARDIS Salesman by Kakawot reviews
Way back, or way forward, before the Last Great Time War, all you had to do to get a decent TARDIS was visit the parking lot with the fluttering flags.
Doctor Who - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,601 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 4 - Published: 2/19/2011 - Complete
Object of Gossip by ZaKai reviews
Roy and Ed are sleeping together, and everyone knows it! Everyone... except for Roy and Ed. :Eventual RoyEd, Humor:
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 16 - Words: 43,899 - Reviews: 1048 - Favs: 1,094 - Follows: 1,209 - Updated: 10/24/2010 - Published: 9/5/2008 - Roy M., Edward E.
Ukes of the World, Unite! by Greenzaku reviews
The Brotherhood has gathered. Five uncommon Men have banded together for a common cause. Yaoi writers everywhere, beware! Yaoi fics as seen through the eyes of Bleach's biggest ukes.
Bleach - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,662 - Reviews: 94 - Favs: 188 - Follows: 23 - Published: 12/2/2007 - J. Ukitake, HanatarĊ Y. - Complete
Whatever Betty's Your Crocker by Faded Fallen reviews
All base personnel are to engage in tactical confectionary creation July 10, and bring the results to the Inaugural Hall by 08:00 hours on July 11, 1915. Any personnel neglecting this order will be punished by courtmartial. crackfic, light RoyEd
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,688 - Reviews: 39 - Favs: 97 - Follows: 12 - Published: 6/3/2007 - Edward E., Roy M. - Complete
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Revenge, Roulette Wheels, and Sin City reviews
Sequel to "Love, Hollow Points, and the Big Easy." In his quest to get closer to Kira, Mello makes a dangerous bet with a mob boss in Vegas. But it turns out the real danger is to Mello and Matt's own relationship. Will it (and they) survive the outcome of Mello's gamble? Mature themes, violence, sexual situations. Matt/Mello. REPOST/REWRITE!
Death Note - Rated: M - English - Crime/Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 14,522 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 12/5/2015 - Published: 11/28/2015 - [Mello, Matt] - Complete
A Thousand Words reviews
Sequel to my story "Painted Truths." Ed, Roy, and Al are visiting Liore when they run into a certain artist from Xing. What ensues is a comedy of errors involving a ruined painting, some ninja assassins, and a body guarding job that Ed really doesn't want to do. Written for LJ's FMA Big Bang. Originally 10 chapters, posted here all together. Roy/Ed, mild slash, full summary inside.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 14,088 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 56 - Follows: 7 - Published: 3/1/2013 - [Roy M., Edward E.] - Complete
The Consolers of the Lonely reviews
It's senior year and Ishida has a lot on his plate: he's class president, he runs craft club, he's writing college admission essays. Oh, and he's also responsible for slaying all the hollows in Karakura Town now that Ichigo's lost his powers. Will the pressure be too much for him? And how will it affect his and Ichigo's relationship? Ichigo/Ishida. Slash. Mature themes. ON HIATUS.
Bleach - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 9 - Words: 14,838 - Reviews: 60 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 50 - Updated: 2/14/2013 - Published: 2/11/2012 - [Ichigo K., Uryuu I.]
Asking For It reviews
Ichigo is over at Ishida's place for an all-night study session when he accidentally finds a certain kind of DVD left in the DVD player. After that things take a rather, er, interesting turn...Written as a request/prompt, starts off serious but ends in pure crack. Warnings: Slash, mature themes, Ooc-ness, cliched humor. One-shot. Ichigo/Ishida, various cameos.
Bleach - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,459 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 44 - Follows: 5 - Published: 2/8/2013 - Ichigo K., Uryuu I. - Complete
Solace reviews
Jack wanders the universe in despair after the destruction of Torchwood and the death of Ianto Jones. Can a chance encounter with an old friend put him to rights? Jack/10th Doctor. Slash, Sex, Angst & Mature themes. One-shot.
Doctor Who - Rated: M - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,782 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 69 - Follows: 11 - Published: 12/22/2011 - [Jack H., 10th Doctor] - Complete
What Happens in the Sparring Room reviews
Urahara's dirty mind gets the best of him. Humor, cliche, one-shot featuring Ichigo, Renji and Ishida.
Bleach - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 843 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 102 - Follows: 13 - Published: 11/16/2011 - K. Urahara, Ichigo K. - Complete
Clay Horses reviews
Ed's journey-it begins and ends in the shadow of one person, one figure: Trisha. Written for FMA Day, Oct. 3rd. 2nd person POV. Angst. One-shot.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: T - English - Family/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,260 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/23/2011 - Edward E., Alphonse E. - Complete
URA Fever reviews
Ichigo's sick and Ishida pays him a little visit out of concern...expect some M-rated fluffiness to ensue...Ichigo/Ishida. Sick bed cliche, one-shot.
Bleach - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,984 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 112 - Follows: 10 - Published: 8/19/2011 - [Ichigo K., Uryuu I.] - Complete
A Song of Love and Loyalty reviews
Sam reflects back on his life at the Wall with Jon while walking through the halls of the Citadel. Short. Angsty. Jon/Sam if you squint.
A song of Ice and Fire - Rated: T - English - Angst/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,410 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 9 - Published: 8/5/2011 - Jon S., Samwell T. - Complete
A Night without Armor reviews
"He stole my life from me! He drove me mad, and he stole my destiny! And what's worse, he stole you from me, too..." A little meditation on the Doctor and Master's enduring love/hate relationship, in all its complicated glory. Angst, mild slash.
Doctor Who - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,217 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 3 - Published: 3/12/2011 - [The Master, 11th Doctor] - Complete
The Heart is Treacherous in Many Ways reviews
History repeats itself. It's such a trite little bromide, but unfortunately true. Especially for Kisuke Urahara. Especially if it involves the last names of Kurosaki and Ishida. This is a story of love and betrayal, told across 2 generations... Slash. Mature themes. Ichigo/Uryuu. Isshin/Ryuken.
Bleach - Rated: M - English - Drama/Suspense - Chapters: 12 - Words: 19,487 - Reviews: 72 - Favs: 78 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 3/4/2011 - Published: 2/7/2011 - [Ichigo K., Uryuu I.] - Complete
Crush with Eyeliner reviews
It's just another night of alcohol-fueled fun and awkward encounters at Karakura Town's 'it' gay club! Ichigo/Ishida. Various other characters. Warnings: Sexual situations, yaoi & a Quincy in sultry smudged eyeliner.
Bleach - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,072 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 74 - Follows: 8 - Published: 1/28/2011 - [Ichigo K., Uryuu I.] - Complete
Light of the Morning reviews
While away training for his upcoming battle with the Arrancar, Ichigo leaves Ishida a letter. Does it contain salvation or heartbreak? Ichigo/Ishida. One-shot. Ishida's POV.
Bleach - Rated: T - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,408 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 3 - Published: 1/8/2011 - [Ichigo K., Uryuu I.] - Complete
Strange Currencies reviews
Ishida has lost his powers again. Can he get them back? Maybe, with some help from an unexpected place. Ichigo/Ishida. Lots of purple prose. One-shot.
Bleach - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,875 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 49 - Follows: 5 - Published: 12/18/2010 - Ichigo K., Uryuu I. - Complete
The Sound of Dying Embers reviews
He killed Hughes, so he had to die. He killed Roy was given the perfect excuse to burn away the object of his own corrupt desires. This is my re-imagining of the Roy/Envy stand-off below Central, with a twist. Warnings: Dark themes, slash, death.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: M - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,206 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/2/2010 - Roy M., Edward E. - Complete
The Resurrectionists reviews
Captain Jack and Ianto travel to Scotland to investigate a mystery involving ghosts, grave robbing, and body snatching. Can they figure it all out before they become the next victims? Maybe, with a bit of help from a certain Time Lord. Jack/Ianto. Slash, mature themes & some twisted history.
Torchwood - Rated: M - English - Supernatural/Mystery - Chapters: 15 - Words: 45,430 - Reviews: 95 - Favs: 44 - Follows: 27 - Updated: 11/18/2010 - Published: 8/13/2010 - [Jack H., Ianto J.] - Complete
Dangerous Angels reviews
After Ed saves a bunch of orphans at an Aerugoan mission, they all keep insisting that he is a genuine angel sent down from heaven...but why? An adventurous interlude that takes place between "Painted Truths" and "A Thousand Words." Mild slash, Roy/Ed. One-shot.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,466 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 90 - Follows: 15 - Published: 10/24/2010 - Edward E., Roy M. - Complete
One Art reviews
Who knew that something as simple as a single photograph could be so dangerous? Mello/Near eventually. ON HIATUS.
Death Note - Rated: M - English - Mystery/Crime - Chapters: 13 - Words: 29,888 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 9/22/2010 - Published: 5/27/2010 - Mello, Near
Why Can't I Be You? reviews
Roy and Ed decide to indulge in a little roleplay...Ed/Roy One-shot. S&M, PWP, mature themes.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,632 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 96 - Follows: 13 - Published: 7/27/2010 - [Edward E., Roy M.] - Complete
Fear and Loathing and Chocolate reviews
Mello and Matt have an interesting ride through the desert on their way to Vegas...One-shot. Mello/Matt. Warnings: violence and sexual situations, yaoi.
Death Note - Rated: M - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,983 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 4 - Published: 6/12/2010 - [Mello, Matt] - Complete
Getting Religion reviews
Roy always thought that Ed wasn't a religious person. Not so. It's just that Ed's idea of 'religion' is a wee bit different from everyone else's... Roy/Ed One-shot.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,179 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 234 - Follows: 23 - Published: 5/11/2010 - [Edward E., Roy M.] - Complete
Night Blooming reviews
Near can't resist a complicated puzzle. And Mello is, by far, the most complicated puzzle in the House... One-shot. Warnings: Mature themes, flowery metaphors and frenemies. Near/Mello.
Death Note - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,865 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 45 - Follows: 6 - Published: 4/9/2010 - [Near, Mello] - Complete
Love, Hollow Points, and the Big Easy reviews
Mello is busy cutting a bloody path through the criminal underworld, and Matt is hot on his trail. What happens when Matt finally catches up to him? Well. . . lots of guns, sex, and violence-that's what! All with a little Southern flavor . . . Mello/Matt. Mature themes, rated M.
Death Note - Rated: M - English - Crime/Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 18,517 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 58 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 3/25/2010 - Published: 3/11/2010 - [Mello, Matt] - Complete
Playing Hookey reviews
An unknown enemy is playing a sinister cat-and-mouse game with Mello that may cost him Matt's life. Can Mello and Near overcome their animosity for each other and work together to save him before it's too late? Wammy's House time period. Warning: some offensive language, sexual situations & violence. Mello/Matt, Mello/Near.
Death Note - Rated: M - English - Mystery/Romance - Chapters: 11 - Words: 31,205 - Reviews: 49 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 2/26/2010 - Published: 1/27/2010 - Near, Mello, Matt - Complete
The Denial Twist reviews
What happens when Colonel Roy Mustang casts off the hidden shackles of restraint and goes after the thing he wants most. . . Roy/Ed. Mature themes.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: M - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,638 - Reviews: 40 - Favs: 125 - Follows: 9 - Published: 1/6/2010 - Roy M., Edward E. - Complete
A Beautiful Asymmetry reviews
"What a terrible, callous little man!" A short story that is an off-shoot of the longer story "Painted Truths." A mix of Xing, art, and alchemy. OC's only-sorry, folks!
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 3 - Words: 6,377 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 12/18/2009 - Published: 12/16/2009 - Complete
Painted Truths reviews
The discovery of a hidden painting in the late fuhrer Roy Mustang's library leads to more questions than answers. . . what is the meaning behind it? A mysterious history begins to unfold. . . Roy/Ed eventually.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Romance - Chapters: 15 - Words: 29,973 - Reviews: 189 - Favs: 414 - Follows: 115 - Updated: 12/9/2009 - Published: 10/31/2009 - [Edward E., Roy M.] - Complete