Shadowed Mediocrity
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Joined 08-22-04, id: 658001
Author has written 24 stories for Yu-Gi-Oh, Artemis Fowl, Shaman King, Inuyasha, Card Captor Sakura, Discworld, Harry Potter, Fullmetal Alchemist, Eyeshield 21, Labyrinth, Mediator, xxxHOLiC, and Dragonriders of Pern series.

We are all made up of the ashes of dead stars.
- John Polkinghorne

I'm young enough to be naive, old enough to be cruel and young enough (again) to believe that this is excusable. I write, enjoy writing, and will probably write for two hoots that are not given. I also enjoy drawing terribly, roleplaying, surfing the Internet, talking to you and Asakura Hao. I would like to believe in deities, any kind of karma or dogma that runs my way, and that beauty exists in people who can appreciate it.

I also enjoy playing guessing games with people about my age. Of course I'm very short of entertainment; what did you think?

Name: Shadowed Mediocrity is the name I chose for FF.Net because it was inspired by a patch of song lyrics my friend once pasted me, involving the phrase "shades of mediocrity". I was immediately intrigued by their phrasing, but had to twist it to fit myself- I'm not really a shade, a ghost, something cool (as in cold) to soothe a summer's sultry heat. I'm more of a shadow, I think- twisting everything to fit my own warped.. senses.. and everything I touch grows dark.
I generally go by Lasakura now, though.

Purpose: Ah, I appear to be on FanFiction.Net just for the fun of it, but actually I have an alterior motive! I plan to take over the world!
...Not particularly original, I realize. Actually, I'm working on a book. With Luck (TM), I may finish its editing this year, send it out to be minced into tiny bits by any unwilling passersby who instantly become my betas upon sight, and will send it to an editor as the holidays. Being on FanFiction.Net is to learn what to improve, what to keep, and to locate a few betas.
Although I don't mind admitting that a great deal of my other alterior motive is composed of loving to write about Hao and Yoh and Lust. (The Homunculus, not a relationship between them.)

Fandoms: I love a load of fandoms- most mangas and animes, for starters, except for the ones involving a ton of machines- can't stand those. (Like Digimon- it used to be okay, before they collapsed into merging and machinery.) But the fandoms I love.. hmm..
- Shaman King (naturally!) - I love all the characters. This probably explains why it exists as one of my favorite animes. Well that, the fantastic art, the wonderful plotline, and the ending that leaves you shouting at the producers.
- Yu-Gi-Oh - Seto Kaiba, Yami, Jonouchi/Joey.
- Artemis Fowl - Artemis Fowl, Julius Root, Foaly, Holly Short.
- Saint Tail - Meimi.
- Inu-Yasha - Everyone except Shippo. I have nothing against Shippo, he's just not a particularly striking character to me, and never has been.
- Harry Potter - I like it because I go with the crowd, because hey, it's fantasy for kids.
- CardCaptor Sakura - Sakura, Yue, Kero, Li, Meilin, Tomoyo. (A great love for the Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicle is attached to this fandom.)
- Digimon - I liked the first two seasons, appreciated possibly the first ten episodes of the third (mostly, I suspect, because the idea that a Digimon would appear because you created them was too fascinating to give up). I saw some other episodes, felt that the two brothers might be vaguely incestuous, and gave up from there.
- Ah! My Goddess! - Belldandy, Skuld.
- Yu Yu Hakusho - Yusuke.
- FullMetal Alchemist - It seems to be the year's current anime fad. The art is better drawn than in Shaman King - for which I have to blame the producers, the cretins - and the idea in itself is magnificent. I'll probably be coming out with a lot of fanfic for this, as the characters are astounding. Consider this the Shaman King for Older People who want a lot of blood in their animes.
- Terry Pratchett - His stories, not his characters, are the characteristics that draw me in.
- DragonRiders of Pern - This fandom has faded slightly for me over the years that I have adored it, due to the fact that Anne seems to have made a tragic mistake in passing the fandom onto her son. Still, it doesn't stop me from roleplaying her fandom with great vigor and enthusiasm, because judgment errors notwithstanding, she is still a brilliant woman who has created a vivid world.
- Trigun (a little) - This is mostly because of Vash. Who doesn't love a broomhead now and then?
- Cowboy Bebop - The art in the show just sold me (alongside the careless violence). I'm still waiting to see if the manga is worth it.
- Naruto - This also seems to be a popular fad at the moment. The manga's art is lovely (albeit bloody, which may be the same thing), and I'm in the process of acquiring the anime.
- Gordon Korman - I know, there's no fanfiction for this section anyway, but he may be one of the most hilarious writers I have ever known, barring Terry Pratchett. Also, he lives in Canada (and writes about small towns near Toronto, hurrah). He is a wonderful, wonderful man who deserves to live in Canada.
- Diana Wynne Jones - I love her books. My favorite so far has to be Howl's Moving Castle.

There are more, of course- I just can't be bothered to name them, or else I'd be up half the night trying to think of more.

Random Thoughts on 10/17/05

- I find it very fascinating how one of my fanfictions can make it onto someone's favorites list without garnering a single review from them. Or at all, for that matter.-amused-

- My gerbils are doing Strenuous Physical Activities with each other. Again. Considering they are both male, I think it's a wonder I didn't grow up slashier than I already am.

- Ocean's Eleven is an excellent movie. I need to write Asakura's Eleven, or something. It would be crackfic, but it would be holy crackfic. Edited to note: Oh my god. Am I writing Asakura's Eleven? I do believe I am not (yet), but in the meantime I'm writing Mr. and Mrs. Asakura. -dead-

- My teeth hurt. Also,I need a new fandom.

Look! Look look look! (Behold my drawings of doom.)

- Guess who?
- In case you're wondering who the person in the background is, let me assure you that a waitressing gig is not easy.
- I love Ed. And FMA. But not the way that his hair turned out in this picture.
- No, that's not Rock Lee. Props to whoever can discern who it is.

.Coming Fanfictions.

Wallets and Sodas - rated PG - (HoroTamao) How did HoroHoro manage to get enough of a clue to figure out that Tamao liked Yoh? Ah well - to comfort her, he takes her out for a soda. Being HoroHoro, however, he's managed to forget one very important thing on the 'date'... What kind of a cretin makes a girl pay?
Inspired by my rant on pairings, naturally. :P This is still heavily into the editing process, but I think it's a cute fic idea.
January 26, 05: Okay, it'll become a one-shot in the Every Pairing Under the Sun fanfic. Later. When I have time. After I stick HoroHoro with Hao, poor man.

Courtship - rated PG-13 - (HaoOC) Tentative title, WIP. 12-part story that will be completed before ever being submitted to FF.Net. Alternate story that starts at a certain point, deviates from the plotline, ends at a certain point that ties in with the original plotline, about Hao's first life. I will say no more at this point until I get the outline completed, but, depending on many things, it could work as a stand-alone, do-not-have-to-know-Shaman-King-to-read ficlet.

On Pairings

My take on the pairings in Shaman King? The popular ones are, for the most part, very, very unrealistic. The only pairing I actually believe in for the series is either Anna/Yoh or Hao/Tamao (and the latter generally doesn't have very good reasons for Hao coming back to life).

Even with the latter, the only way I could see the two is if Hao were using Tamao for something; probably antagonizing Yoh.

I believe in a one-sided Tamao/Yoh relationship.. Tamao does love Yoh, because he's strong and everything that she idolizes about men, but if they got together, she would be too indulgent of him for the relationship to survive. The reason that Anna/Yoh works for me is because they're opposites of each other; Anna would never let Yoh have his way, and Yoh's fine with that.. it helps his training, in any case.

I certainly don't believe in Hao actually falling in love with anyone; he takes too much care to exert control over himself to allow such a thing to occur. But for the sake of the plotline, I believe that he would pretend many things.. especially if he cared to keep the person happy.

Hao/Yoh I would like to pause a moment to discuss: I think that I can see why other people would dream it plausible, but I don't see it, myself. Hao does want Yoh, but in the sense that he wants more strength, that he wants his ambitions. He doesn't want him physically, regardless of what all those Yaoi fics out there say. And Yoh is too easygoing, too languid to engage in that sort of thing; particularly since Anna would shoot him through the head if he did.

I think Tamao/HoroHoro is a suitable pairing, because he's her opposite, and closer to Yoh in personality than anyone else in their group. I can honestly see him comforting her over Yoh's inability to like her back, and taking her out for an ice cream soda.. only to realize that he doesn't have any money with him, so he has to stick her with the bill.

Tamao/Manta should probably be considered as well.. although a pairing of timid/timid doesn't really suit me.

The only way an OC pairing could come in, I think, would be involving Ryu. He seems rather underplayed in fanfics, perhaps because he's just a goofy character and those don't fit well in romances. But what I'd like to see? Someone writing a romance fic involving Ryu, not getting him out of character, but allowing an OC to enter in the relationship. Or maybe one of the Lily five.. that would be cute too.

Faust/Anything-but-Eliza is out of the question. She's his bloody Spirit, for spirits' sakes. No. Leave that one alone.

Oddly, I can almost see Ren/Yoh.. in fact, I've had a little fluff-bunny nudging me with a scene for this pairingfor a while. (January 26, 2005: Going to stuff this into Every Pairing Under the Sun as a true drabble.)Maybe sometime I'll use it in a fic. But I can't see Ren with anyone currently in the series. He'd need a fighter-type girl.. someone like Anna, but not as controlling, because he wouldn't like being controlled. But she would need to be strong.. and so people would probably end up calling her a Mary-Sue. So Ren/OC romancefics would be almost impossible to write without severe criticism.

My favorite triangle? Hao/Anna/Yoh. It seems quite plausible, because Hao requires someone strong, and Anna/Yoh is perfect in my mind. Not to mention the English dub for where Anna first meets Hao makes Hao/Anna out to be quite reasonable. I might write a fic for it sometime.. or maybe just a spin-off of As Far as the Soul Goes.

Sorry for the rant. ; But it's one of my biggest subjects.

Original Character Pairings

Don't people think any more? Why is it that people write the most rhetorical summaries on Earth? "a gurl meetz ren on da street & beats him. will romance blossom b-tween them?" Well now that you've asked it probably will, won't it?

I no longer have an objection to OC fanfiction. OCs can probably be played right- and this, coming from a roleplayer,seems to me to be an enormous concession.What I do object is that people seem to foist their own unwanted dreams and thoughts into what are essentially characters that were granted life, but not for this purpose.

What I also object to: people writing gay love for the sake of the pretty pretty boys. I write characters together not because I think they'd look pretty, or I want to be original. I write them because they seem to fit what I want, and they just come together from there. I write because I believe, the way you'd believe in a religion, or that the chair will be there when you sit down.

What I object to is that people will write OC pairings for characters that they can't even keep in character. If you can't keep your character acting as their canon counterparts do while they're with their lovebunny, obviously there is something wrong and you shouldn't be writing that fanfiction in the first place.

For that reason, I strongly object to most Hao x OC fanfictions. Not to my own, obviously (hypocrite), but because I'm experimenting, and because Hao is a coy manipulator who deigns to allow me to do this to him.

Fic Requesting Status: For those of you who are kind enough to read my bio.. yes I do take fic requests, pairing requests (not for any of my present fanfics, but a one-shot or something).. Sometimes I run out of ideas. Thereby, I need other people to fill in for them. So go ahead and throw them at me.

Needing: A beta. I would love one so very much right now. Not someone who sits there and tells me my fic is good, although they're terribly helpful as ego-boosters as well. Obviously I think that my fic's decent, myself, or I wouldn't inflict it on everyone in the Shaman King section.

Drop me a line, for I am an unsocialized being who needs to be spoken to. :)

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Faulty Mirror by Lellian reviews
What Anna wants, Anna gets. When two people prove to be a threat to her claim over Yoh, the Itako takes matters into her own hands. HoroTamao YohRen
Shaman King - Rated: T - English - Romance/Romance - Chapters: 11 - Words: 52,394 - Reviews: 76 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 2/17/2005 - Published: 11/29/2004
Bare by Memphis Lupine reviews
What never happened: images as read in a fire. [Anna.]
Shaman King - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,682 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 25 - Published: 1/26/2005
Nightmare by DarkShadowFlame reviews
When Téa becomes the victim of a stalker, she turns to the Wheeler siblings for help. Much to Joey’s chagrin, Serenity suggests going to her boyfriend Mokuba’s home. Will the highsecurity Kaiba mansion be enough to protect Téa? [SetoTéa]
Yu-Gi-Oh - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Horror - Chapters: 8 - Words: 43,017 - Reviews: 272 - Favs: 158 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 10/1/2004 - Published: 8/6/2004 - Anzu M./Tea G., S. Kaiba - Complete
You and Me by Azurite reviews
He was just trying to test out the newly completed virtual systems of his company when EVERYTHING that could go wrong went wrong… and beyond.
Yu-Gi-Oh - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,932 - Reviews: 80 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 23 - Published: 5/24/2004 - S. Kaiba, Anzu M./Tea G.
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Weyr War reviews
[AU] Five hundred Turns span the time from the end of the second Pass to the beginning of the third – a long Interval that breeds mistrust and feuds among dragonriders. This is the story of the beginning, a path that will lead to the greatest war on Pern.
Dragonriders of Pern series - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 2 - Words: 7,406 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 1/22/2006 - Published: 11/1/2005
Mr and Mrs Asakura reviews
Premise taken from the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith if the universe had been created with the Shaman King characters, what sort of story might they have made out of that? [AU] How simple it is, to live by the side of another and never guess what lies beneath
Shaman King - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,948 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 6 - Published: 11/14/2005 - Hao A., Anna K.
If You Wish reviews
Asking for a dream may have more complications than first present themselves to the eye.
xxxHOLiC - Rated: K+ - English - Supernatural/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,038 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/15/2005
Fairy Tale reviews
[AU] Anna, a scholar Yoh, a lazabout. Set at a university, the fairy tale folds in about them, but fairy tales were made to break hearts...
Shaman King - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 7,722 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 10/8/2005 - Published: 10/4/2005 - Yoh A., Anna K.
Battle reviews
Involves Paul, Susannah, and the present rarity of mediators, as well as the invocation of an old, old tradition. She really should have guessed that the life of a mediator wouldn't be so peaceful.
Mediator - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,557 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Published: 9/5/2005
Here reviews
[dark postseries] What the world might have been like if Yoh had stayed dead, and what comes after for everyone who followed him. [chapter one, part one: Ren and Faust find Anna at last, and a proposal is made.]
Shaman King - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Supernatural - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,318 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 9/3/2005 - Published: 7/25/2005 - Anna K., Ren T.
Visions of Temptation reviews
Collected drabbles: updated irregularly, usually SarahJareth. [One: Man or Astroman]
Labyrinth - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 580 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/30/2005
Training reviews
A bullet sandwich. Callisthenics. Sena and Hiruma: the usual violence. [31 Days: Twiggy vs. James Bond]
Eyeshield 21 - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 504 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/27/2005
You're Mine reviews
[AU] “Just remember that you’re mine.” It begins with those words, but rapidly becomes something deeper and far more complicated than a mere promise to get back the boy of her dreams.. [Yoh x Anna x Hao x Tamao] [Chapter 14 Up]
Shaman King - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 16 - Words: 61,376 - Reviews: 407 - Favs: 60 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 7/18/2005 - Published: 12/22/2004 - Hao A., Yoh A.
Every Pairing Under The Sun reviews
Yoh's birthday. Tamao's present. Standards of beauty and the realization that they can change. [A series of requestfics. Just suggest me a pairing and I'll see.] [Anna x Tamao]
Shaman King - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 9 - Words: 22,387 - Reviews: 79 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 6/29/2005 - Published: 1/22/2005
Out of Canon and Fiction reviews
An odd dialogue between two people. What might happen behind the scenes of a fanfiction being written.
Shaman King - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,110 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/26/2005 - Hao A., Yoh A.
What They Know reviews
Seeing that he was awake, she ran her fingers over the edges of the ragged thing that arced like an angry strike over his features, deliberately softening the touch to something smooth and sensual, a silent taunt. [a scene before death]
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,267 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 12 - Published: 6/16/2005 - Lust, Scar
Moments in Neverwhere reviews
[Hao x Anna] A hundred moments that might have been. [Written for LJ's 100themes.] Current Theme: 071: Mark.
Shaman King - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Fantasy - Chapters: 3 - Words: 2,976 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 4/28/2005 - Published: 3/21/2005
Malfoy reviews
In the year that Harry Potter returns to the wizarding world, a young boy is put into the house of Slytherin. What none of them know is that he is bound to change the definition of ‘Slytherin’ forever… [Draco-centric]
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,141 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Published: 3/21/2005 - Draco M., Harry P.
Countdown reviews
What might have happened in the moments preceding Mort and Ysabell's deaths. [One-shot] Morbid humor abounds, along with the fact that Ysabell can't tell the difference between genocide and pesticide.
Discworld - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,404 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Published: 2/23/2005 - Complete
Apologies reviews
Yoh gets angry. Anna gets angry. Neither will say sorry, especially not on Valentine's Day. But there are ways other than speaking to get your point across... [Yoh x Anna One-Shot] [Commemorating a Saint's Decapitation]
Shaman King - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,123 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 2 - Published: 2/14/2005 - Complete
A Gift Ungiven reviews
A little one-sided MeilinLi angst-ficlet in time for Valentine’s Day. Involves a lot of if's and maybe's. [Implied LiSakura.]
Card Captor Sakura - Rated: K - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,149 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 4 - Published: 2/14/2005 - Meiling L., Syaoran L.
Shattered Stars reviews
[one-shot] She could forget, sometimes, that he didn’t love her. But in the end, it was too easy to remember that if he belonged to someone, it was not to her… [Kagome x Inuyasha x Kikyo]
Inuyasha - Rated: K - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,759 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/11/2005 - Kagome H., Inuyasha - Complete
Rites of His Own reviews
They had arrayed themselves in appearances appropriate to mourning, but he had mourning rites of his own to complete... [Implied SilvaChrom] [Re-take of a scene from Book 4.]
Shaman King - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,960 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 1/8/2005 - Complete
By Moonlight reviews
A lemon's aftermath sans lemon - and a discussion of sorts that ensues. Call it a very long drabble, if you like. [HaoJeanne]
Shaman King - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,551 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/29/2004
As Far as the Soul Goes reviews
If half a soul dies, there are chances that, with a will of steel, it will be brought back to its other half, irreversibly bound. And what if Hao were revived in this fashion..? [pairings undecided] [criticism welcomed]
Shaman King - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Supernatural - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,217 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 12/20/2004 - Published: 12/17/2004
Assumptions reviews
He had never thought of her as the married type- had never thought of anyone in “their group” as the type to be tied down. There was something so terribly.. -permanent- about marriage. [Seto x Téa x Joey]
Yu-Gi-Oh - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 4,888 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 9/15/2004 - Published: 8/29/2004
The True Book reviews
An excavation going on in Frond Castle has revealed a curious discovery.. a Book suspiciously similar to the ones that all faerie carry with them. Its contents are locked with a code that none can break- save one. And -his- memories have been locked away.
Artemis Fowl - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,017 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Published: 8/29/2004
A Doich, a Café, and a Pharaoh reviews
When Anzu confesses her love for Yami and is rejected, to whom can she turn when her best friend is the source of her misery? And, of course, her day only gets worse as she realizes that her only enemy is sitting in her favorite café..[SetoAnzu Oneshot]
Yu-Gi-Oh - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,724 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 5 - Published: 8/27/2004 - S. Kaiba, Anzu M./Tea G. - Complete
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