20 August 2012 @ 10:05 am

Title: Fac Fortia et Patere
Fandom: Halo
Artist: danceswithgary
Media Link:  LJ I  DW  I  AO3 
Characters & Pairings: John-117, Cortana, Thomas Lasky, The Librarian, The Didact, Original Characters
Rating & Warnings: T, Spoilers/Spec for Halo 4 (See author's notes.), character death
Word Count: 51,000
Genre: Gen, Action/Adventure, Angst, AU
Summary: Cortana's fighting rampancy, the Master Chief is fighting a new enemy, and, of course, it's up to them to save the universe. Again.
Author's Notes: I started writing this fic back in February, before E3.  Although the E3 trailer is referenced, I didn't alter my story's plotlines to make it fit within what we saw (much). So, this is an AU based on the random spoilers, articles, trailers, books, that came out before E3. 

There are references from just about everything: The Fall of Reach, First Strike, Glasslands, the Forerunner Saga, Human Weakness, Connectivity, the terminals from Halo: CE Anniversary and Halo 3, the Forward Unto Dawn trailer and every game from CE to Reach. I did, however, make it "user friendly". If you haven't read the books, there should be enough background information to get you through. (Although, you probably should read Connectivity to make the most sense of this fic.)

Thank you goes to my beta for finding typos, not letting me slack off when I rushed through the ending of a chapter, applauded me when I nailed it out of the park and made sure that John and Cortana didn't go out of character.  Another huge thanks to danceswithgary for creating some epic artwork. My f-list deserves a ton of virtual goodies for having to read my non-stop posts about this fic ("Dudes, this story will never end!!!") and patriot_jackie deserves a special shout out for helping me out with last minute questions.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
 
 
17 July 2012 @ 09:57 am
Title: Contemplating Mortality
Fandom: Halo: Combat Evolved
Characters: Cortana, John-117
Rating & Warnings: K+
Word Count: 1200
Genre: Gen, Angst
Summary: Unlike the Master Chief, Cortana did fear the idea of dying.
Author's Notes: This takes place during the beginning of the "Halo" campaign level during Halo: CE.  References to Eric Nylund's "The Fall of Reach" abound.

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16 July 2012 @ 12:32 pm
Title: Playing House
Fandom: Halo
Characters: Cortana, John-117, The Arbiter, Avery Johnson
Rating & Warnings: K
Word Count: 650+
Genre: Crack!fic, AU, humor
Summary: They might know how to shoot, kill enemies, and save the universe, but that didn't mean they knew how to cook.
Author's Notes: This is a 100% unadulterated crack!fic. Originally, I wrote this as a Yuletide treat back in 2010.  I pulled it before the reveal, wanting to revamp it. (The typos were terrible.) Finally, I thought it was time to go through it and polish it a bit.

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15 July 2012 @ 09:28 pm
Title: Racing Towards the Unknown
Fandom: Halo
Characters: Cortana, John-117
Rating & Warnings: K
Word Count: 850
Genre: Gen
Summary: As an AI, Cortana prided herself on her speed and precision.
Author's Notes: Written for patriot_jackie for the International Women's Day meme. I'd like to thank her for requesting this because it gave me the excuse to watch the Halo 4 trailer too many times.  There are major references to the Halo 4 trailer and the Legendary ending of Halo 3, a nod to "First Strike", and a very, very small reference to the screenshots of the MC that 343 released last week.

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12 July 2012 @ 09:22 pm
Title: The Cost of Victory
Fandom: Halo
Characters: John-117, Kelly-087
Rating & Warnings: K
Word Count: 750+
Genre: Gen, Friendship, Angst
Summary: But, there were Covenant and Sam had died. No amount of luck could make the hands of time move in reverse.
Author's Notes: Takes place during "The Fall of Reach" so if you haven't read it consider yourself warned.
Original Post Date: April 5, 2012

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Title: Coffee Time (or Four Times Brought Cortana Coffee & One Time He Didn't)
Fandom: Halo
Characters/Pairings: Cortana, John-117, Avery Johnson, Catherine Halsey, Jacob Keyes, Cortana/John UST
Rating & Warnings: T for language
Word Count: 6,100
Genre: Friendship, Angst, UST
Summary: It was a well-known fact around Reach that Cortana was obsessed with coffee. John was especially well-versed in that truth.
Author's Notes: Takes place in my "Under the Surface" universe.  A gigantic thanks to manniness who beta'd this sucker despite not being familiar with the universe.
Original Post Date: May 4, 2012


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05 June 2012 @ 09:30 am
Title: Reborn, Reunited, Repurposed
Fandom: Halo
Characters/Pairings: Cortana, John-117, Cortana/John
Rating & Warnings: K
Word Count: 600+
Genre: Angst, Shippy
Summary: Cortana wasn’t upset by John’s awkwardness around her.
Author's Notes: Written for the brilliant [livejournal.com profile] patriot_jackie. Takes place at some point after the events in Halo 4. Spoilers and speculation abound.

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28 March 2012 @ 01:14 pm

Title: Under the Surface
Author[info]yappichick
Media Creator[info]penny
Media Link: http://penny.dreamwidth.org/64129.html
Word Count: 36,300
Fandom: Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo: Reach
Characters/Pairing(s): John-117, Cortana, Catherine Halsey, Jacob Keyes, Avery Johnson, James Ackerson, with a tiny bit of John/Cortana thrown in for good measure.
Rating: T
Warnings: Very, very AU. If that sort of thing scares you, then this isn't the story for you.
Summary: The UNSC is fighting a failing war against the Covenant. Strongholds have been taken, hope is starting to fade. The only promising signs that the UNSC would ever would be able to stand against them are Halsey’s Spartans. Now, Cortana, Earth's first human-AI hybrid, has just been assigned to work with the Master Chief to try to stop the power that threatens to overtake the world and destroy those who will not follow them.
Author's notes: A big huge thank you for my f-list who listened to me moan and groan for months about this story. Thanks to [info]vangirl  for organizing the challenge and a HUGE thanks to my media creator, [info]penny , for all the goodies!  
Author's Notes (part 2): This story went through some rewrites and I added a completely new section (Playing Defense) which sets up things for the sequel, which I will write someday. :D
Part 4: Playing Defense
Part 5: Pushing the Boundaries
Part 6: Full Circle Part 1 I Part 2
 
 
16 January 2012 @ 04:55 pm
Title: Coffee Break
Fandom: Halo
Characters: Cortana, Johnson, John-117
Rating & Warnings: T for swearing
Word Count: 900+
Genre: Gen, Friendship
Summary: It was a well-known fact that Cortana was obsessed with coffee.
Author's Notes: This is a random snippet from my "Under the Surface" AU. There will be more ficlets coming so I'm going to tag them under "The Little Details".

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08 August 2011 @ 02:24 pm
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Title: Defying the Odds
Word Count: 25,000+
Fandom: Halo
Genre: AU, Adventure, Friendship
Characters/Pairing(s): Cortana, John, Catherine Halsey, Jacob Keyes, Avery Johnson, brief mention of past Halsey/Keyes
Rating: PG-ish
Warnings: None
Summary: In the aftermath of the Halo campaign, some realities are impossible to ignore.
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] drakulya was gracious enough to let me use this for the fic. The original picture is here. (Color was added by me.)
Author's notes:  Once upon a time there was a chick (let's call her [livejournal.com profile] yappichick) who wrote a Halo fic called Moving Forward for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide.  She posted it and thought that was the last time she would ever write in that universe.  Her muse, however, had different plans.
       This universe is based around the 2010 Happy Halodays card.  The concept of the AU in a nutshell: most everyone (with the exception of Miranda Keyes) in the UNSC survived the events in the Halo trilogy and John and Cortana, along with Johnson and the Arbiter, make it back to Earth through the Portal in Halo 3.
       There are references to all of the games (of course), The Fall of Reach, Human Weakness (from Halo: Evolutions), and Halsey's journal (from the Halo: Reach Legendary Edition).
         A huge thanks to my Babe for betaing this sucker and my f-list for listening to be rant and panic and squee throughout the process.
Original Post Date: August 8, 2011 (Written for the [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang)

Chapter 1: You Ain't Getting Rid of Me That Easily
Chapter 2: Denial Isn't Just a River in Egypt
Chapter 3: And You Thought Your Day Was Bad?
Chapter 4: Anger Management: Spartan Style
Chapter 5: Who's Driving This Thing Anyway?
Chapter 6: Don't Mind Me, I'm Going Rampant
Chapter 7: Backseat Driver
Chapter 8: Would Mr. Guest Please Sign In?
Chapter 9: What a Difference an Algorithm Makes
Chapter 10: What’s a Few Trillion Missing Terabytes Among Friends?
Chapter 11: Was There Something You Wanted to Tell Us?
Chapter 12: Lovely Parting Gift
Chapter 13: This Structure Is Not a Natural Formation
Chapter 14: Dude, srsly?
Chapter 15: Shock and Awe
Chapter 16: What's This Knife Doing in My Back?
Chapter 17: Did Someone Call for Backup?
Chapter 18: Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are
Chapter 19: Don't Make a Promise...Never Mind
 
 
08 August 2011 @ 02:24 pm
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Title: Defying the Odds
Word Count: 25,000+
Fandom: Halo
Genre: AU, Adventure, Friendship
Characters/Pairing(s): Cortana, John, Catherine Halsey, Jacob Keyes, Avery Johnson, brief mention of past Halsey/Keyes
Rating: PG-ish
Warnings: None
Summary: In the aftermath of the Halo campaign, some realities are impossible to ignore.
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] drakulya was gracious enough to let me use this for the fic. The original picture is here. (Color was added by me.)
Author's notes:  Once upon a time there was a chick (let's call her [livejournal.com profile] yappichick) who wrote a Halo fic called Moving Forward for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide.  She posted it and thought that was the last time she would ever write in that universe.  Her muse, however, had different plans.
       This universe is based around the 2010 Happy Halodays card.  The concept of the AU in a nutshell: most everyone (with the exception of Miranda Keyes) in the UNSC survived the events in the Halo trilogy and John and Cortana, along with Johnson and the Arbiter, make it back to Earth through the Portal in Halo 3.
       There are references to all of the games (of course), The Fall of Reach, Human Weakness (from Halo: Evolutions), and Halsey's journal (from the Halo: Reach Legendary Edition).
         A huge thanks to my Babe for betaing this sucker and my f-list for listening to be rant and panic and squee throughout the process.
Original Post Date: August 8, 2011 (Written for the [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang)

Chapter 1: You Ain't Getting Rid of Me That Easily
Chapter 2: Denial Isn't Just a River in Egypt
Chapter 3: And You Thought Your Day Was Bad?
Chapter 4: Anger Management: Spartan Style
Chapter 5: Who's Driving This Thing Anyway?
Chapter 6: Don't Mind Me, I'm Going Rampant
Chapter 7: Backseat Driver
Chapter 8: Would Mr. Guest Please Sign In?
Chapter 9: What a Difference an Algorithm Makes
Chapter 10: What’s a Few Trillion Missing Terabytes Among Friends?
Chapter 11: Was There Something You Wanted to Tell Us?
Chapter 12: Lovely Parting Gift
Chapter 13: This Structure Is Not a Natural Formation
Chapter 14: Dude, srsly?
Chapter 15: Shock and Awe
Chapter 16: What's This Knife Doing in My Back?
Chapter 17: Did Someone Call for Backup?
Chapter 18: Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are
Chapter 19: Don't Make a Promise...Never Mind