A 5-post collection

Challenge #01281-C186: Monarch of the Stage

[Person #1], along with the dry wit and perfect sarcasm and near-unflappable calm, is a secret drama queen. Like, [Person #2]'s a Drama Queen, but [Person #1]'s at least the drama princess of a small kingdom in disguise. -- RecklessPrudence

Kel had been attempting to unriddle Lord Auditor Vorkosigan for some time. An effort not even slightly assisted by the fact that he was training new staff. Far from home. In the middle of an emergency.

And, unfortunately for all of them, his chosen gopher/armsman/dogsbody was a complete drama queen. Everything that went wrong was an utter disaster. Even the slightest questioning of the Auditor's actions or motives was tantamount to treason. In fact, the only person who treated his role as the Emperor's Voice more seriously was Lord Auditor Vorkosigan himself.

And there were reasons why Vorkosigan had chosen Delwither for the role. The man had the energy to keep up with Vorkosigan's own forward momentum, go on his insane quests, and maintain his crown as monarch of all things dramatic.

He was such a dazzling distraction that it took Kel months to notice...

Lord Auditor Miles Vorkosigan was a secret drama queen himself. He may not be the chief monarch, thanks to Delwither's sparkling performances... but he was, at the minimum, the secret drama princess of a small kingdom in disguise.

But then again, the Barrayarans were a drama empire unto their own.

And, worryingly, Vorkosigan had a knack for stagecraft.

Kel just had to pray that this was not going to be a Grand Guignol.

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Challenge #01147-C050: One for the Books

Admiral [Name] was arrested for extreme tactical and strategic stupidity.

(maybe something on one of Miles' reports? Either as an ImpSec agent to Simon, or as an Auditor to Gregor?) -- RecklessPrudence

[AN: Well it certainly wouldn't happen in my pet universe... the Peter Principle has been rendered null and void]

Ensign Swinton chafed under the command of Admiral Voreckles. He would not promote without combat experience and he refused to allow female officers and staff into combat at all. He assigned

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Challenge #01014-B282: Know Your Enemy

"Damnit this attack wasn't supposed to actually succeed!" -- RecklessPrudence

It was supposed to be a feint. A sacrificial lamb to the slaughter. A potential method of getting rid of Lord Auditor Vorkosigan without allowing the blood to come near his hands.

What he didn't know - not until the Emperor himself told him shortly before his permanent exile in Camp Permafrost - was that Lord Miles Vorkosigan had a significant and classified history of commanding inferior forces against a superior enemy

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animalsandtrees: The Artificial Womb Is Born “In Tokyo, researchers have developed a technique called EUFI -- extrauterine fetal...


The Artificial Womb Is Born

“In Tokyo, researchers have developed a technique called EUFI — extrauterine fetal incubation. They have taken goat fetuses, threaded catheters through the large vessels in the umbilical cord and supplied the fetuses with oxygenated blood while suspending them in incubators that contain artificial amniotic fluid heated to body temperature.”

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Challenge #00202: Haunted

Your ghosts never really leave you

[Feels Warning: Contains imminent demise]

Miles fought for his next breath. He was dying. He knew it. Ekaterin knew it. His beloved little army knew it. Only his grandchildren were really still in denial.

In all honesty, it was surprising he lasted this long.

Damn meds they had him on were giving him some interesting reactions. Just as well, really, since the decor at ImpMil sucked dead donkey balls. Everything was very, very interesting. And he

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