Shadowcrest Nightingale
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Joined 08-08-16, id: 8146334, Profile Updated: 05-10-21
Author has written 32 stories for Phantom of the Opera, Cowboy Bebop, Psycho-Pass/サイコパス, Ancient Magus' Bride/魔法使いの嫁, and ID:INVADED イド:インヴェイデッド.

CURRENT WIP PROJECTS:

CURRENT WIP, part #5 for my ID:Invaded "Subconscious Files" FILE:SALVAGED

(Pre-series, The establishment of the Kura... dark Narihisago, promoted Momoki, meddling Hayaseura)

COMPLETED, Diving Deep Into the Night, in Cowboy Bebop

(post-series, the crew face their darkest foe yet in a strange place where dreams become reality ... will the crew of the Bebop all make it out alive?)

COMPLETED, Young Blood Remix in Cowboy Bebop

(AU where Jet meets Spike when he's still a troubled youth)

Rhythm and Bruise, in Cowboy Bebop Back-burnered, but will be completed

(pre-series, Spike and Vicious childhood training to enter the ranks)

It is not essential to read all my Cowboy Bebop fics, but I do love to hide Easter Eggs. So you may catch more if you do.


Honesty is rare, particularly brutal honesty. The best stories explore the depths of a spirit, they peel back the veneer that every living thing holds up as a shield protecting their vulnerable core. Only at those raw depths will the truth speak. An author who endeavors to force the truth from the character must back them into a corner savagely enough that only their instincts stand between them and oblivion ... in essence, if my subjects were alive they would hate me with a passion.

Shadowcrest Nightingale


A bit about me

I am apparently a rare extroverted writer. I enjoy chatting about writing and the fandoms I write in (plus some more I haven't yet). If you read any of my stuff I would love to hear what you think--either in a review or a private message.

I have wide interests ranging from science to creative arts. I hold a B.S. degree in Biology in Allied Health giving me acute knowledge of the body on a physical and chemical level. This helps to keep things real in writing. In the past I sang and performed on the stage and enjoy a variety of music from rock to Broadway. Music influences my writing. I'm also an artist in various mediums--often combining them.

When writing, one of my favorite things to do is intermingle reality. I enjoy reading a well constructed historical fiction, or fantasy that blurs the lines... I often learn a lot by researching afterward to try and pick apart fact from fiction. As much as I can I love to emulate this. Throughout all of my explorations in science, art, writing, and music I have benefited greatly from the sharing of those more skilled than I. My road to publication would have been longer without the generous sharing of others. In that spirit I am a firm believer that we are all simultaneously students and teachers. I strive to pay it forward in sharing what I have learned along the way to any who are interested in learning. I know the power of a constructive criticism, without it we cannot grow.

One of the most important things to me when playing in someone else's sandbox is keeping to the core of their work. I consider the psychological profiles of the characters when plotting--whether the storyline falls before, during or after canon, I try my hardest to arc things so they are a logical fit. That is my personal rule. As an original author myself I know how beloved the full worlds I create are to me, I consider it a bow of respect to honor the creativity of those who made what inspired me. (That is not to say that others have not made astonishing AU's--it is simply the mark I hold myself to).


Advice to those who wish to seek publication for original works, AKA, striving to become an author:

You're going to hear a lot of advice out there. A mountain of advice that rivals some publisher's slush piles. It's enough to boggle the mind and crush anyone's spirit, especially since a lot of it is conflicting. ;) So here's the trick: a lot of those tid bits are opinions. Some hold value, and some don't. The only way to learn which ones are valuable to you is to keep writing. Practice a lot, join a good writing group with folks who encourage each other and beta read for one another. Beta reading is huge for learning how to work with constructive criticism--you learn to recognize why something doesn't work, and given time will start to catch it in your own writing. It's like a magic mirror. That 'voice' that you hear about, the thing that distinguishes you from other writers? It comes from throwing sand around the sandbox enough times to develop. We aren't born with a voice, we take a journey to build it, discovering the stones we pick up along the way. Writing is a journey, never a destination. Stretch your wings, wander into uncomfortable territory, and know with earnest humility that not everything you write is gold. Don't worry, renowned authors don't spin gold right onto the page (if they say they do, they're lying--everyone edits.) The road to publication is long and fret with rejections. Sorry, that is the truth! I hang with some amazing writers. I've proofed breathtaking stories for them. I've watched those same stories get rejected; once, twice, ... a dozen times. I affectionately call rejections paper cuts. I have an admirable collection of the callus building emails. This is part of it. The quicker you get a thick hide in this industry, the better. And the biggest part of it all--readers are fickle. It's impossible to write something everyone will love, and it's impossible to predict what will become the next fad. Sometimes badly slapped together writing is lauded over painstakingly deep thought out works. It sucks harder than Mega Maid stealing Druidia's air (name that movie ... ), but there are plenty of New York Times Best Sellers out there with plots so full of holes they could double as sieves.

Soo ... the take away ...

Do your homework, hone your skills by working with a trusted group of fellow writers, then stick to your guns and put your best work out there. Write what you would want to read--not what's trending. If you aren't in love with your imaginary world--your readers will know it. Happy writing, hope to see your work join the ranks of the published someday! Your voice will develop, before you even realize it. ;) Seriously, I thought I could trick my fellow writing group members by disguising my work and failed--that was when I realized there was more to my writer voice than I knew. :D It comes out of the darkness, subconscious.


Nightingale's Odyssey- a Phantom of the Opera fanfiction series

When I was in Junior High I became enthralled with the musical "Phantom of the Opera". This led me to reading Gaston Leroux's and Susan Kay's-over and over again! I devoured the details and researched their history. Erik's character always fascinated me. In 2012 I was inspired to look at where Erik could have gone if things went a bit differently in Kay's epilogue. I began writing "Nightingale's Strain". This bled into five complete manuscripts. I went back and wrote "Shadowcrest's Hammer" which became the first.

I write more than fanfiction. The "Nightingale's Odyssey" was simply too much passion in writing NOT to share on wordpress under the same collective name. My art accompanying the stories can be found there as well. I also keep a FB page for writing called the Brass Quill.

Contains drama, historical fiction, murder, a bit of romance (non-steamy), action/adventure... a little something for everyone.

NEW RECENTLY FINISHED: novella length "Bowery Nightingale"

Set in the early events of "Shadowcrest's Hammer" and inspired by the pandemic: Trapped in the Bowery Erik embraces his current status as a shunned immigrant and does what he must to get by. He plays his violin as a street musician alongside another social outcast, Blanjini, a blind exiled Romanian Jew. Their sessions among the impoverished melting pot include the raucous Saturday night street parties. Bonds are tested when an unwelcome visitor threatens lives and it seems only thing can lift the spirits of those impacted: the Bowery Nightingale.

FINISHED: All SIX are complete and available


Cowboy Bebop fanfictions, my largest collection thus far

Chronological order:

Rhythm and Bruise Spike and Vicious training, pre-rank teenage punks

Dragons of the Darkwave Syndicate, rising through the ranks, partnered with Vicious

Dragons of the Darkwave 2 Spike and Vicious falling out, Spike and Julia relationship, Spike 'dying' to leave

Tharsis Threnody Spike and Jet team up for the first time

SERIES CANON

Dead Star Shine Bebop crew reunited after locating Spike, first post recovery mission

Gemini Jive Spike meets a young punk who reminds him of himself. Ed ends up wreaking havoc

Bloody Eyed Tango Bob asks Jet for help in an undercover mission, Spike poses as a Red Eye dealer and things get royally out of hand!

Acid Rock Riot What happens when the Bebop crew gets stranded in a space version of a robotic Jurassic Park--not for the faint hearted!

Alley Cat Shuffle Faye drags Spike into an elite dancing contest. No one is prepared for this show.

Bebop Redemption Someone went to great lengths to get the crew out of the way. They have escape, reunite, and stand in the way of a catastrophe ... again.

Diving Deep into the Night On a well earned vacation the crew takes the trip of a lifetime ... will they all return?

In college I was introduced to an anime series called Cowboy Bebop, the commercial for the second episode "Stray Dog Strut" intrigued me. I was instantly hooked and drawn into the complexity of Spike's character. Flawed, dynamic characters intrigue me--especially in writing. In watching shows like this I sometimes ask myself questions--like how could characters with such a diverse background as Spike and Jet team up? The question was never answered in the series. "Tharsis Threnody" became my reasoning through their volatile hook-up. It's as turbulent a trip as you'll find in the series and the movie.

Since then "Dragons of the Darkwave" a series in 2 parts, became the elaborate and researched answer to what happened for Spike to defect from the Red Dragons knowing what it would cost him. I poured over the DVDs for the umpteenth time (the whole series and then the key episodes). I pulled out the anime episode guides and prized out the details I needed from a canon source, including the critical detail that in 2071 Bloody Eye was a more recent, higher concentration of the drug. There were lesser levels like yellow and purple that the syndicate had dealt in previously.

Annnnnd since we can't leave well enough alone, that opened up some questions and dropped hints at previous scenes in their lives. After all, by those events Spike and Vicious had already grown apart and were well settled into their simmering rivalry. PMs dropped into my box from readers hungry to know more, to experience how it happened. Flip the hourglass over, let's go back in time to the adolescent years when two non-ranked upstarts maneuver the dark underworld, relishing every drop of blood they spill. Teenagers are different, dramatic reflections from the self we mature to be, thus Spike's and Vicious's personalities are still forming--they will eventually evolve into their adult selves. I used as much logic as possible to reverse engineer what they might have been like. Spike's fluid demeanor and Vicious fiery determination are ever in a delicate balance. When a grain of sand tips the scales, what once resulted in success starts a cascade leading to the eventual maelstrom that comes to a head in "The Real Folk Blues" episodes of the series. "Dragons of the Darkwave" is completely published! Trivia: Part 2 was by another name before, and written FIRST.

"Dead Star Shine" Set in 2073. Synopsis: Better late than never, Jet’s obsessive search locates Spike in the nick of time, reuniting the Bebop crew in a daring shot that, if uncovered, could cost them everything. Adrift without his guiding star, Spike dives into a muddle, chasing leads on a missing persons case that the ISSP failed to see the pattern. His attempt to deflect only hits a nerve when the team exposes a scheme aimed at perfection. Will Spike prove that he was worth saving? Post series.

"Gemini Jive". It closely follows on the heels of "Dead Star Shine" when the crew of the Bebop return to their normal antics. After a routine bounty head, the crew ends up with some unexpected baggage that no one knows how to handle, least of all--Spike. Completed.

"Bloody Eyed Tango" In a dangerous race to uncover corruption in the ISSP, Bob asks Spike to go undercover as a Red Eye buyer. No one expects how deeply this plan will run off the tracks as Spike embraces his role. It takes everything that Jet, Faye, Ed, and Ein have to chase down the rogue teammate. Jet faces the grim reality that he might need to bring down his partner. Things get out of hand in a hurry and continue on a crazy spiral into disarray in typical Cowboy Bebop fashion. Displays a darker, more volatile version of Spike. There is a very real reason I selected Tango for this one. The nature of the dance and how it developed is quite fitting once this story comes to its inevitable conclusion. References events in "Dragons of the Darkwave 1 and 2" and "Dead Star Shine".

"Acid Rock Riot" A hard luck bounty chase lands the crew of the Bebop on an abandoned asteroid. Stranded deep in the terraformed jungle, they soon learn they are far from alone and the usual tactics won't work against the denizens left behind. There's nothing 'amusing' about this thrill ride. Spawned by a wicked submission call, Bebop just cried out to be twisted into this concept. Enjoy!

"Alley Cat Shuffle" The crew catches wind that a pair of bounties are lying incognito for their next gig entered into an exclusive intergalactic dance competition. Exclusive because each competing couple is supposed to be married. Faye drags Spike into the contest and their hunt proves harder than anticipated--the elite have much to hide making it harder to flush their mark, but that's not the worst of it. Will Faye's competitive streak dash their progress as the focus shifts from rat-sniffing to winning? Will they succeed in stopping the information brokers' scheme or will this adventure lead the pair to Waltz Tango Foxtrot into another disaster? How much trouble can one get into in a ballroom, on a cruise ship, in outer space? Oh wait, this is the Bebop. Scratch that.

"Bebop Redemption" The Bebop crew find themselves on the wrong side of the bars. Now it's a race to recall what they don't know they know, and reunite to save the day. As clearly someone wants them out of the way so they can't crash a party.

"Diving Deep Into the Nightmare" Dreams, illusions that bear the power to enthrall and enslave. On a vacation the crew stumble into a world unlike any other, and a man hellbent on diabolical goals. Will they make it out alive, or will fate force them to leave someone behind?

ALSO CURRENT WIP "Rhythm and Bruise" In the year 2056 Mao Yenrai happens to get hustled by a remarkable young boy at a pool hall in the Mars slum crater of Deseado. He makes a deal with the hall owner and takes Spike to be trained along with a group of other acquired youths to be forged into enforcers. Here Spike and Vicious encounter each other for the first time. And here the seeds of their tenuous partnership are sown. Under the hammer of Mao's hired Sensei, it becomes clear that Spike is the only candidate capable of facing Vicious--and earning a grudged respect. But the young are stupid and reckless as hot heads and bravado lead to consequences that cannot be escaped, right up to their first kill shot. Earning entry into the Red Dragons is not a simple task, and Mao invests a lot for hopefuls to fill out his ranks. Inspired by flashback scenes from "Dragons of the Darkwave 1 and 2" and a few remarks Spike says throughout some of my other works. This is an exploration of raising both Spike and Vicious as well as what drives Mao Yenrai, Red Dragon Capo.


Psycho-Pass fanfic

"What Lies Beneath" was a manifestation that practically wrote itself after I stumbled headfirst into the world of the Psycho-Pass series. The theme of the world resonated with me on a profound level. The idea of society blindly trusting a system that is autonomically the judge, jury, and executioner (and how seriously fudged that could become) held the potential for some real exploration of character cores. Without adding spoilers to it, I'll say that the plight of the Enforcers struck me the most, Kogami's fate being the keystone there. A gifted Inspector with a brilliant intellect looses his rights as a citizen and is forced to live life on a leash because a coefficient calls him a risk to society. His ONLY options are permanent isolation, or to live a life in lock down in the Criminal Investigation Department (where he used to be an Inspector) with the task of undertaking monitored hunting runs to pull the trigger so the Inspectors who still have a healthy Psycho-Pass don't damage there own. Yes, it's brutal enslavement. And the Dominator's trigger has two results: either paralyze or kill mode depending on a crime coefficient that comes essentially out of the air. Those valid users behind the triggers have no control over the gun--save whether or not they pull the trigger. The system is built around making people feel safe and content. For the most part, society isn't even aware of these hunting dogs running among them. They believe all latent criminals to be in treatment facilities, or locked away in isolation facilities. The world has basically turned into a pit of emotionally numb snowflakes who can't express anxiety, fear, anger out of the risk of getting subdued or eliminated. Within the series, a new Inspector comes into the field and begins to spark questions of the status quo, giving Kogami latitude he didn't previously have as an Enforcer. My first story in the fandom explores events surrounding Kogami's turn for the worse ... when his grip on an unsolved case he feels responsible for tangentially seals his fate.

A side note about the title, I'm big on things having double/hidden meanings. Often that will be the case in the selection of my titles, "What Lies Beneath" is no exception. The obvious meaning is of course concerning the idea what one sees when peering beneath the surface, what is physically dwelling out of our sight. However, there is another meaning of lies--intent to deceive or mislead. Those who have seen the series know all to well What Deception Dwells Beneath the Sibyl System. I can't spell that out any clearer.

I am getting a few PMed requests to delve further into Psycho-Pass. I have a plot line congealing on the back burner. ;) Perhaps there will be another one coming.


ID: Invaded Fanfic

To say that this series hasn't tickled me is to put it mildly. The moment I first saw Akihito Narihisago I knew this was going to be a seriously deep series. And I was right. It played out in a world that reviles Psycho-Pass for a cruel setting, and borderline abuse for incarcerated characters. That and the surreal id wells were a recipe and an invitation to explore.

FILE: HUNTED

My first dive into the world leaps off the series ending where Narihisago has been shot and Momoki has suffered broken ribs from his efforts to rescue Kiki Asukai. The crew undergo essential recovery, but doesn't have time for to complete it before they are called upon. Momoki stands Wellside as Sakaido fumbles through a savage id well. It takes time for the crew to realize how compromised Narihisago is, and how that is effecting Sakaido. Once they get the dive they need, Momoki realizes that time is of the essence. A real life hangs in the balance. Pushing for the answers he neglects to factor in the impact on the pilot as the minutes tick by the toll keeps accruing ...

FILE: BUSTED

Take two into post canon. With Fukuda awakened from the coma Narihisago wishes for one thing: that he be returned to that state! After a particularly rough night, an ornery Narihisago couldn't imagine things getting worse … until by circumstance he and Fukuda become the only hope for Kura against a calculated infiltration. Can two serial killers who don't work well together manage to not murder each other in the face of this crisis? Faced with only one way to terminate the madman's plan, Momoki and the Wellside crew brace for the worst wondering if they will ever see daylight again. For once the trigger is pulled no one can intervene.

FILE: VIVISECTED

A pre-canon exploration of Narihisago and Momoki as newly minted detectives. The boys square off against senior detective Matsuoka while navigating a seriously long neglected Momoki family issue. In their first case Narihisago and Momoki go to examine a seemingly benign crime scene with a body in a field. The unusual corpse leads to a far larger case that had been under the radar for months and turns into a race to beat the murderer to creating the next victims of a deranged plot doing everything ... by the books.

FILE: ABDUCTED

On the heels of BUSTED, weaving in elements from VIVISECTED. Attempting to return him to diving again, when Momoki sends Narihisago to a research hospital for a specialized scan which should be a quick visit, something goes terribly wrong. He and his handler, Hondomachi, never arrive. Kura races against the clock to locate the missing pilots turning to the only one they have left, Fukuda. It's hard to stay objective when they fear for the worst, has Narihisago gone rogue and taken Hondomachi hostage? If he didn't, who has them and what are their plans?


Ancient Magus' Bride Fanfic

This Manga/Anime is so epicly beautiful. It plays with the fantasy realms I enjoy and the depth that means the more you rewatch it, the more hints in plain sight you pick out. I love the dynamics between Elias and Chise, and of course I'm a sucker for a menacing looking creature that isn't so evil after all. The tragic backstories emerging and the mystery surrounding them is a great hook that keeps things interesting. Not to mention the artwork is stunning! I love this world and look forward to each week's now episode.

"In the Shadow of the Flames" is an unusual piece. Writers Anonymous issued a challenge for an All/No Dialogue story. I tend to let my dialogue do most of the heavy plot lifting in a story, so I opted for the No Dialogue portion. I chose to go full bore into a plot rather than using first person POV and doing an introspection piece. The trick was to go third person with no direct thoughts in the narrative and have an action sequence that truly told a story and carried an emotional ride. The series itself plays around with ideas, themes, and concepts that writhe JUST beneath the surface. I took a stab at technique, I put the plot hammer away and let the images convey. It took me a couple washes to get it where I was content. Some perceptive readers may get the nuance on the first read, others may get it one a second. Still another group may just enjoy the images and not care to tease out the secrets... it's all good.


I'll keep writing, if you keep reading. ;) Deal?

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FILE: MEASURED reviews
Rising out of the tragic minefield left behind from FILE: ABDUCTED, the Kura conducts their first case since reactivating. It proves to be a rather moving one—Sakaido, Anaido, and Hijiriido combine their collective skills to unlock the strange code buried in the id well of a killer before the next movement threatens another lives. It seems this murderer shares a passion for music.
ID:INVADED イド:インヴェイデッド - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Crime - Chapters: 6 - Words: 9,123 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 9/21 - Published: 5/19 - A. Narihisago/Sakaido, K. Hondomachi/Miyo Hijiriido, F. Momoki, T. Fukuda/Anaido
Diving Deep Into the Night reviews
Dreams, illusions that bear the power to enthrall and enslave. On a vacation the crew stumble into a world unlike any other, and a man hellbent on diabolical goals. Will they make it out alive, or will fate force them to leave someone behind? Possible psych triggers. L&V
Cowboy Bebop - Rated: T - English - Crime/Suspense - Chapters: 47 - Words: 135,841 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 5/12 - Published: 7/21/2020 - Edward, Faye V., Jet B., Spike S. - Complete
FILE: SALVAGED
Pre-series. The Kura is about launch as Momoki taps into an old resource, recruiting Narihisago. The cutting technology isn't the only challenge the new team faces as the realize the full implications of their new tool-and the man selected to pilot it. Behind the scenes, Hayaseura's deft hands play them all. WARNING Psychological triggers!
ID:INVADED イド:インヴェイデッド - Rated: T - English - Crime/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 21 - Words: 58,545 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 5/11 - Published: 1/1 - A. Narihisago/Sakaido, F. Momoki, T. Hayaseura/Uraido, H. Sonoda
Young Blood Remix
AU Jet is a young cop sent to Mars to act as bait. Crossing paths with a hard luck boy named Spike the heart of gold Jet can't leave him to his fate in a slum crater. They both change each others life trajectories. Exploring the question What if Jet and Spike teamed up when they were younger? Canon characterization (younger selves), altered courses.
Cowboy Bebop - Rated: T - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 22 - Words: 62,837 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 3/11 - Published: 11/6/2020 - Jet B., Spike S. - Complete
FILE: ABDUCTED reviews
Narihisago is less than thrilled when Momoki insists on an offsite specialized scan offsite. He sends Hondomachi along to handle the ornery inmate. When word comes that the convoy never arrived, panic sets in. Matsuoka locates the vehicles and to the horror of Kura—Narihisago and Hondomachi are missing. Did he finally snap and go full rogue? Where are they now?
ID:INVADED イド:インヴェイデッド - Rated: T - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 24 - Words: 68,028 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 3 - Updated: 12/16/2020 - Published: 10/4/2020 - A. Narihisago/Sakaido, K. Hondomachi/Miyo Hijiriido, K. Matsuoka, F. Momoki - Complete
FILE: VIVISECTED
Before there was Kura, there was the First Division. Narihisago and Momoki are rookie homicide detectives, not long removed from the uniforms of typical beat duty. When an unusual case ends up in their hands, the more seasoned Matsuoka is less than thrilled with the chief's decision and stalks the partners determined to discipline what he deems as their roughest recruit.
ID:INVADED イド:インヴェイデッド - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Drama - Chapters: 15 - Words: 41,975 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 10/2/2020 - Published: 9/4/2020 - A. Narihisago/Sakaido, Ayako N., K. Matsuoka, F. Momoki - Complete
FILE: BUSTED
With Fukuda awakened from the coma Narihisago wishes for one thing: that he be returned to that state! After a particularly rough night, an ornery Narihisago couldn't imagine things getting worse … until by circumstance he and Fukuda become the only hope for Kura against a calculated infiltration. Can two serial killers who don't work well together manage to not murder each other?
ID:INVADED イド:インヴェイデッド - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 14 - Words: 43,123 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 9/2/2020 - Published: 8/11/2020 - A. Narihisago/Sakaido, K. Asukai/Kaeru, F. Momoki, T. Fukuda/Anaido - Complete
FILE: HUNTED
Narihisago and Hondomachi made it out of the id well, but the consequences come tumbling down. Narihisago with the GSW and Momoki suffering broken ribs. Kura stumbles to come back into operation in the aftershocks of the John Walker case. Taking the Wellside reins Momoki directs the first dive following ... no one expects the fallout. This is one savage well! PSYCH TRIGGER WARNING!
ID:INVADED イド:インヴェイデッド - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 22 - Words: 49,089 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 4 - Published: 8/10/2020 - A. Narihisago/Sakaido, K. Asukai/Kaeru, K. Hondomachi/Miyo Hijiriido, F. Momoki - Complete
Bebop Redemption reviews
The Bebop crew find themselves on the wrong side of the bars. Now it's a race to recall what they don't know they know, and reunite to save the day. As clearly someone wants them out of the way so they can't crash a party. L&V
Cowboy Bebop - Rated: T - English - Crime/Adventure - Chapters: 39 - Words: 108,623 - Reviews: 52 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 7/18/2020 - Published: 1/27/2020 - Edward, Faye V., Jet B., Spike S. - Complete
Bowery Nightingale A tale of Nightingale's Odyssey reviews
Trapped in the Bowery Erik embraces his status as a immigrant. He plays his violin as a street musician alongside another social outcast, Blanjini. Their sessions among the impoverished melting pot include the raucous Saturday night parties. Bonds are tested when an unwelcome visitor threatens lives. It seems only thing can lift the spirits of those impacted: the Bowery Nightingale
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 24 - Words: 77,296 - Reviews: 53 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 5/18/2020 - Published: 4/15/2020 - Erik, Persian/Daroga - Complete
Alley Cat Shuffle reviews
When Faye drags Spike into a covert op at an elite couples dancing contest the team get swept up in the competition while trying to flush their target. Will they manage to keep their true intentions under wraps from the contestants, or will they Waltz Tango Foxtrot into a swinging disaster? How bad could things possibly get on a cruise ship?
Cowboy Bebop - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Drama - Chapters: 28 - Words: 86,314 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 1/22/2020 - Published: 10/30/2019 - Edward, Faye V., Jet B., Spike S. - Complete
Rhythm and Bruise reviews
Red Dragon requires fresh young bloods. Mao takes them off the street and sequesters them in a brutal training regime designed to produce enforcers. When young Spike arrives at the dojo he enters a world of hazing, harsh trials, and the bitter partnership with another boy, Vicious. It's tough growing up. It's harder when Fate already has a bullet with your name on it.
Cowboy Bebop - Rated: T - English - Crime/Drama - Chapters: 9 - Words: 29,097 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/19/2020 - Published: 11/6/2019 - Mao Y., Spike S., Vicious
Acid Rock Riot reviews
A hard luck bounty chase lands the crew of the Bebop on an abandoned asteroid. Stranded deep in the terraformed jungle, they soon learn they are far from alone and the usual tactics won't work against the denizens left behind. There's nothing 'amusing' about this thrill ride.
Cowboy Bebop - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 26 - Words: 50,291 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 10/28/2019 - Published: 4/24/2018 - Edward, Faye V., Jet B., Spike S. - Complete
Nightingale's Requiem, Fifth Novel in Nightingale's Odyssey reviews
Charles finds Erik shot on the dueling knoll. Ghosts lurk in his father's past tangled in untied threads of Erik's by-gone rise to power. Charles never stopped to ponder the question, what would he do when faced with the mastermind behind the plot to kill his father? In the devastating wake he finds no solace in words of wisdom. Only an insatiable thirst for justice.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Drama/Mystery - Chapters: 25 - Words: 60,150 - Reviews: 100 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 8/29/2018 - Published: 3/14/2018 - Erik, Christine, Persian/Daroga - Complete
Bloody Eyed Tango reviews
When Jet's buddy, Bob, recruits Spike to pose as an undercover Red Eye dealer to expose a crooked ISSP agent hocking evidence, the dive goes deeper than any of the Bebop crew imagined. Unable to get close to the undercover ex-con they fear the worst. Like many undercover agents, has the role taken over Spike's senses? Will Jet be forced to bring down his partner?
Cowboy Bebop - Rated: T - English - Crime/Drama - Chapters: 17 - Words: 28,528 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 4/14/2018 - Published: 3/5/2018 - Edward, Faye V., Jet B., Spike S. - Complete
Lament of the Nightingale Book Four of Nightingale's Odyssey reviews
1899, Erik has been in Eurasia, or so the story goes. His family harbors the dark truth. Behind the mansion's walls a war has raged for over a year. The battle has only begun. For Erik's honor. For Christine's devotion. For Nadir's friendship. For Charles's passionate dream. What is the price of true love? Historical fiction. Leroux/Kay. LV.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 31 - Words: 86,844 - Reviews: 90 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 3/7/2018 - Published: 8/9/2017 - Erik, Christine, Persian/Daroga - Complete
In the Shadow of the Flames reviews
Writers Anonymous No Dialogue Challenge Entry. Beside a peaceful moonlit pond the night is shattered by a sudden threat. Unable to directly cleanse the haunted fae, Elias Ainsworth the Thorn Mage can only vaguely assist as his apprentice, Chise Hatori, faces the fires of hell.
Ancient Magus' Bride/魔法使いの嫁 - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,766 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 3 - Published: 2/14/2018 - Chise H., Elias A., Ruth - Complete
Drive, Nightingale's Odyssey 1-shot, WA One-word Prompt Challenge reviews
In 1882, Erik, the man once known as the Phantom of the Opera, struggles to make a living in the Bowery of Manhattan. But there is magic in the world. He and a fellow street musician turn discord into harmony. For the WA One-word Prompt Challenge, inspired by the word "Drive".
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,612 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/29/2017 - Erik - Complete
Gemini Jive reviews
After Spike fully recovered from the events of Dead Star Shine the Bebop team engages in business as usual. Which means their plans to snag a big bounty end up landing them with unexpected baggage. LV
Cowboy Bebop - Rated: T - English - Crime/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 12 - Words: 15,853 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 11/9/2017 - Published: 10/12/2017 - Edward, Faye V., Jet B., Spike S. - Complete
Gilded Cage for a Nightingale, Book Three of Nightingale's Odyssey reviews
1896, Erik and Christine are the toast of Carnegie Hall. Amidst navigating Charles's turbulent teenage years, Erik's erratic behavior leads those around him to believe he is simply paranoid. But Erik is adamant the signs reveal his life is in peril. Worn to the brink, in dire straits, he reaches deep inside to save all he loves. Endangering everything! Historical Fic/Kay based
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Drama/Mystery - Chapters: 30 - Words: 116,281 - Reviews: 59 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 8/2/2017 - Published: 1/18/2017 - Erik, Christine, Persian/Daroga - Complete
Shadowcrest's Hammer Book One of the Nightingale's Odyssey reviews
1882, Trapped in the Bowery after illegally immigrating to late nineteenth century America, the ever resourceful Erik feverishly poured everything into establishing himself as an elite architect. Erik's iron perseverance is the only thing capable of breaking through the barrier to lift him from a ragged laborer to an enigmatic man of consequence. Based on Kay/Leroux.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 49 - Words: 142,805 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 7/13/2017 - Published: 8/9/2016 - Erik, Persian/Daroga - Complete
Dead Star Shine reviews
Jet's obsessive search locates Spike in the nick of time reuniting the Bebop crew in an illegal move. Adrift without his guiding star, Spike dives into a muddle, chasing leads on a missing persons case that the ISSP failed to see a pattern. His attempt to deflect only hits a raw nerve when the crew exposes a scheme aimed at perfection. Can Spike prove he was worth saving? Year 2073
Cowboy Bebop - Rated: T - English - Crime/Drama - Chapters: 23 - Words: 40,291 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 7/1/2017 - Published: 5/18/2017 - Edward, Faye V., Jet B., Spike S. - Complete
The Non-existent Quotient reviews
Writers Anonymous Character Development Challenge entry. Under the Sibyl System any potentially harmful individual is removed from society before it can do any harm. At least, that's what the public believes.
Psycho-Pass/サイコパス - Rated: T - English - Crime/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,955 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 2 - Published: 6/26/2017 - S. Kougami, T. Mazaoka, N. Ginoza, S. Kagari - Complete
Dragons of the Darkwave reviews
Right from the beginning Mao glimpsed the dynamics between Spike and Vicious. Working together they were a ferocious, if volatile, team. But their partnership cracks under the strain of obsession as Vicious's ambitious streak takes off. A darker, early version of Spike. Direct line up to "Dragons of the Darkwave Part 2" Series/movie canon based. LV
Cowboy Bebop - Rated: T - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 33 - Words: 66,214 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 5/16/2017 - Published: 3/9/2017 - Julia, Mao Y., Spike S., Vicious - Complete
Between Darkness and Light
"I've come to comprehend that sometimes the mere act of protecting society requires an act violence. Ironic, huh. Yeah, I would be laughing about it, cept from my perspective the humor is entirely lost." Shinya Kogami considers his non-life as an Enforcer. American spellings used, rated for LV.
Psycho-Pass/サイコパス - Rated: T - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,210 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/5/2017 - S. Kougami, N. Ginoza - Complete
What Lies Beneath reviews
Flagged by Sibyl, Shinya Kogami is involuntarily subjected to treatment that ultimately fails him. When his Pyscho-Pass stabilizes, Ko is shamefully declared a latent criminal and is forced to face a harsher judgment subjugated under that of his former partner, Inspector Ginoza. POV triad, 1 per chapter. Rated for:LV
Psycho-Pass/サイコパス - Rated: T - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 4 - Words: 20,260 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 5 - Published: 5/2/2017 - S. Kougami, T. Mazaoka, N. Ginoza - Complete
Dragons of the Darkwave Part 2 reviews
As a Red Dragon syndicate member, Spike's decision to while away his time shooting pool leads to an epic disaster. When the price for his folly proves too hard to stomach, Spike is forced to make a dire choice. Connecting the trail in the anime series, the events leading up to Spike's dramatic fall from grace-Vicious rivalry, Julia's affection, Mao's pledge. LV. Edit/repost 3/2017
Cowboy Bebop - Rated: T - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 17 - Words: 37,039 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 3/7/2017 - Published: 10/12/2016 - Julia, Mao Y., Spike S., Vicious - Complete
Tharsis Threnody reviews
Drifting aimlessly on Mars two weeks after defecting from the Red Dragon Syndicate, Spike collides with Jet for the first time in a dive bar. Caught in a game of manipulation, neither have a clue where the solar winds will take them. "Tharsis Threnody" is a tribute to Spike's untold chapter in the spirit of the series and movie. Some language and violence. EDITED/Reposted 3/2017
Cowboy Bebop - Rated: T - English - Crime/Drama - Chapters: 10 - Words: 14,284 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 3/5/2017 - Published: 10/7/2016 - Jet B., Spike S. - Complete
Face to Face--a scene from the Nightingale's Odyssey series reviews
Young master Charles has lived for two years with his true father, Erik. When the boy's curious question about the reason for the mask hangs in the air, Erik is left unprepared to explain. What cannot be told, must be shown. Historic Fiction-Kay/Leroux based, and a one shot scene from my five novel series, Nightingale's Odyssey.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,703 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/25/2017 - Complete
Twin Spirits--from the Nightingale's Odyssey series reviews
Just before "Gilded Cage for a Nightingale begins" ... in the spring Erik wanders through a Five Points bazaar and discovers a source of inspiration. Discover the relevance of the nightingale in this teaser to the third novel in my historic fiction series. Kay/Leroux
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,903 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/15/2017 - Erik - Complete
Nightingale's Strain Book Two of the Nightingale's Odyssey reviews
1891, On the verge of opening the pinnacle of the arts, Carnegie's grand Music Hall, the hidden genius behind the project is swept up in a tidal wave from his past. Ten years was not enough to bury Erik's obsession. The famed Music Hall's grand opening holds a secret drama wrought with deception, passion, and murder. And danger to Erik. Historical Fiction based on Leroux/Kay.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 24 - Words: 176,902 - Reviews: 81 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 1/12/2017 - Published: 8/10/2016 - Erik, Christine, Raoul, Persian/Daroga - Complete
Feather Heart, a scene from Nightingale's Odyssey reviews
Aboard an ocean steamer in the mid-winter Atlantic, Erik and Nadir endure the misery of the voyage in the cargo hold to avoid emigration. In the darkness, Erik reflects on what brought them to this ruin, and the uncertainty of the future. Cut prologue from longer work. Based on Kay/Leroux.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,381 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 3 - Published: 9/14/2016 - Erik, Persian/Daroga - Complete