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Challenge: Dead Letter Variations
dead letters
To celebrate the month of June, the glory of summer, the beauty of nature in the wild, I bring you:

by squigglepie

Dead Letter Variations Challenge

The first Dead Letter Challenge originated with Kate Bolin AKA katemonkey circa early 2000s. I am reviving it because seriously, how cool are dead letters?

Here are your rules. Don't worry, they're easy. In fact, they're identical to the original.


take a character.

kill him/her.

let him/her write one last letter. it can be to the world. it can be to a particular person. it can be to no one.

s/he's died, and this is all that remains.

Rules II

1. Any fandom, any length, slash, het, gen, other, RPF and FPF welcome.
2. There are no limits on how many people can do the same character or same fandom.
3. You can do as many letters as you want.
4. Please link to the story in comments here so I can create a link directory. And you know, read it. Since I seriously seriously love these stories.

The challenge extends from June 2, 2008 through August 31, 2008 at midnight CST.

A huge, huge thanks to squigglepie for creating the image for this as well as three icons, which you are totally at your liberty to take. They're kinda--well, gorgeous. Really, really gorgeous. And deeply spooky, yes?

When posting the link, please give the following information:
Pairing (if applicable)
Spoilers (if applicable)
Character writing letter

Story List - updated 7/25/2008, 11:22 PM CST

***** denotes a story just added to the list

Famous Last Works by serendipityxxi
Fandom: Angel The Series
Pairing: N/A
Spoilers: Through Season 3
Character: Cordelia Chase to Angel

Death Letter Blues by forbloodysummer
Fandom: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Spike/Harmony
Spoilers: Takes place a few hours after Fool For Love, Buffy Season 5.
Character: Spike
Warnings: Strong language, major character death (obviously), 'disturbing' content.

Final Instructions by deird1
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: gen
Spoilers: Chosen (in terms of the world post-Chosen being mentioned)
Character: Giles

Little Girl Lost by blaithacs
Fandom: Dead Like Me
Pairing: none (it's gen)
Spoilers: none I .. think
Character: George

Message in a Grave by forbloodysummer
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: Read and find out!
Spoilers: Up to present at time of posting - near the end of Series 4.
Character: The Last of the Time Lords

Only Temporary by _medley_
Fandom: Doctor Who
Spoilers: Last of the Time Lords
Character: The Master

To Dance With by donutsweeper
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: Doctor/Jack
Spoilers: vague for "Utopia"
Character: Jack to the Doctor

Words of Wisdom (Or Something Like That) by awanderingbard
Fandom: The Dresden Files (TV)
Pairing: Harry/Murphy friendship and more if you so wish
Spoilers: None in specific
Character: Harry Dresden (to Connie Murphy)

Change of Command by smithy161
Fandom: Firefly/Serenity
Pairing: All canon pairings mentioned
Spoilers: For Serenity
Character: Mal

Child Killers by talim
Fandom: Gunslinger Girl
Spoilers: for the last episode of the first season
Letter: Rico (writing to Jean)

Loose Ends by blueraccoon
Fandom: NCIS
Pairing: Gibbs/DiNozzo
Character: Tony, writing to Gibbs

I still don't believe in the devil by proleptic_fancy
Fandom: Quantum Leap
Pairing: Gen
Spoilers: No
Character: Sam Beckett

*****Dear Son
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: Reference to McKay/Sheppard
Spoilers: Outcast
Character: Patrick Sheppard

Busy, Busy, Busy by erda_3
Fandom: Stargate:Atlantis
Spoilers: none
Letter: Rodney McKay

Last Broadcast by softgraysky
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: None
Spoilers: The Last Man, end of season 4 plus speculation
Letter: Atlantis

At The End Of The Road by dvshipper
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Rating: G
Pairing: Daniel/Vala
Letter: Daniel

Untitled by Last Scorpion
Fandom: Stargate SG1
Pairing: (if applicable) None
Spoilers: (if applicable) All of SG-1
Character: Loki

Untitled by Last Scorpion
Fandom: Stargate SG1
Pairing: (if applicable) None
Spoilers: (if applicable) All of SG-1, some of SGA
Character: Hermiod

this hope inside my hands by roguewords
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Spoilers:Exit Wounds
Letter: Ianto

Final Advice by daegaer
Fandom: Weiss Kreuz
Pairing: Nagi/Mamoru
Spoilers: Set after Gluhen, but no spoilers.
Letter: Naoe Nagi (writing to Takatori Mamoru)

Eat vegetables by urban_stoop
Fandom: The West Wing
Spoilers: Through Election Day 2
Letter: Leo (writing to Josh)

every other word by roguewords
Fandom: X-Men Movieverse
Rating: PG-15 for language
Spoilers: AU for the end of X1

Boy Scout by roguewords
Fandom: X-Men/Fallen Angel
Characters: RP characters
Spoilers: none
Letter: Scott

Questions, comments, remarks, ask away. Or you know, write. Examples from the previous challenge are at the original site here.

Now. Go out and kill a character, please.

Uh, hi. Did you intend to leave the image this big in an un-cut post? I don't mind, but I know lots of people who might. Just saying. ;)

..actually no. *blinks* This is probably why I should leave image turned onwhen posting. Fixed, I think.

Cool, yes....but wouldn't most of the letters be unbearably sad?


Well, a little. But also funny.*g*

Psst: I'm pretty sure you mean katemonkey.

*thoghtful* This is because I used preview function isn't it? First the cut-tags, then the name. I KNEW it was evil.

Wow, does that bring back memories. *feels old* But isn't she katemonkey?

The characters don't have to be aware as they write that their letter is the last they'll ever write, right? I mean, you can pick a character writing a thank you note to someone in the evening, and then getting hit by a bus culled by the Wraith the next morning unexpectedly?

Not exactly. They're dead while writing the last letter.

Stumbling in via friendsfriends, and I have to say this looks fascinating, and I'd like to play.

<3 Thanks!

Definitely excited to see what will come out of this!

What a great idea! I'm going to see what I might come up with, letters seem non-overwhelming in the blank screen kind of way *G*.

Off the top of my head, I can see that John's would be a post-it note "I never see this stuff coming. Sorry. Rodney - there are Twinkies in my sock drawer and if you don't give one to Ronon I will know."

Rodney would leave an entire three terrabyte flash drive *G*.


...All of the ones I want to write are inappropriately comedic.

*g* I totally dare you.

Dude okay, wait I love the idea of this challenge but I'm kind of confused. You said in a comment somewhere above mine that the letters are written after someone dies, right? Can they be written before as well, like if someone knows they're going to die? Also can we use other media such as drawings and illustrations, because I have this extremely complicated idea for the challenge but I'm not sure it fits into it exactly.

Hmm. I'll accept that. Mostly because now I *really want to see it*.

This sounds fun! I'm up for a little angst-fest. Count me in! Wait, one question: Are we limited to writing just one? Or can we write more than one if the urge overcomes us?

Edited at 2008-06-03 04:29 am (UTC)

As many as you want to. these fic are *fun*.

I am not asking what if the character you want to choose is canonically already dead? really I am not...

Edited at 2008-06-03 08:02 pm (UTC)

Ooh this is so tempting. For the challenge are you allowed to do more than 1 letter? I can think of a few I'd like to have people leaving...

Edit... just noticed you already answered the question.

Edited at 2008-06-03 08:33 pm (UTC)

Yes! And just added that to the main rules.

Here via mad_jaks, and this looks fascinating. I'm not writing much lately, but I'll at least be hanging around to read some of these.

I can't wait to see what people come up with. Ridiculously excited!

first response then?

this hope inside my hands

Torchwood, Jack/Ianto, spoilers for Exit Wounds.

Thank you for the challenge. It's just what i needed. I feel like I haven't written anything in years. Will definitely write more.

I *so* love you. *glee* I can't wait to read! Started list with you!