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Genderswap Prompt Post
I'm experiencing a bit of writer's block on my current trio of projects, so I could use something to get the juices flowing again. So it's time for a fanfic meme...


* Each person can have one-three prompts. I may only pick one out of three given, or do all three. It depends on how they strike me.
* The prompts can range from one word to a whole situation.
* It has to be
genderswap related. What's the point otherwise? Time, place, or situation is all up to you.
* Pretty much anything goes, but if it doesn't, I'll let you know and you can prompt something else.

This post will have ten requester slots, with 9/10 filled. Each prompt will be written in the comments. Once the post is finished, there will be a complete list of each filled prompt in an upcoming post.

Go nuts. 


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Girl!Zuko/Mai, your take on it [1/1]

Returning from her summer sabbatical to Kyoshi Island was a relief to Mai. The tiny southern island felt frigid even at the height of summer, and moreover Ty Lee's cheery company began to grate after the third day, never mind the third month. Mostly, her relief was at seeing Zuan again.

The Firelord received her in court, as was befitting for any senior-level advisor returning from abroad. It's obvious to Mai's eyes -- but perhaps only because of the gap since they've seen one another -- that Zuan's robe drew tighter across her chest because her breasts were swelling in anticipation of the child growing within her. Her suspicion was confirmed later that night when Zuan pinned her to their bedroom wall and filled Mai's hands with her bosom.

It's only once their reunion cools and they lie together in the dark, that the awkwardness comes. Zuan tensed up in her shoulders and calfs, firmed up her jaw; the fight-or-fight instinct that kicked in for any nervous firebender. Mai laced one hand with Zuan's and used her other to stroke the soft swell of her lover's belly.

There was really nothing to say that wasn't stupid or wrong, but something had to be said. So Mai settled for, "Congratulations."

Zuan hummed softly. "Xinyi's happy."

He would be, Mai thought. Fathering the heir to the throne secured Prince-Consort Xinyi great honor for his family, an already distinguished blood with many allies. He was probably sleeping fitfully in his chamber at the other end of the royal family's private wing. "Are you?"

"I am." Zuan shifted against her, pressing as much bare skin against Mai as possible, slipping her hand from Mai's and taking hold of her bare wrist. Mai shivered at this much-missed feeling. She never allowed anyone else to touch the area beneath her wrist launchers. It'd mean she was unarmed. "It's good for the Fire Nation."

So that was a 'no'.

"I'm tired." Zuan laid a hand over her stomach. "It's been growing a lot this past week. Drains me."

"I missed you."

Zuan kissed her cheek. "So did I. It's not the same without you here, Mai."

She deadpanned, "I serve at the pleasure of the Firelord."

Which was true enough. A Firelord had license to conduct themselves however they saw fit, so long as they didn't father any bastards or carry an illegitimate child. Mai, a noblewoman, served as an advisor to the Firelord in a way that hadn't been done since Sozin and his male lovers. Roku's "betrayal" had been enough to do-in the tradition until Zuan revived it. And it worked, keeping them together, so long as Zuan wanted her and Mai didn't marry. Stealing a noble's spouse was a shameful dishonor, even for a Firelord.

Mai didn't fear. She had Zuan. Azula, disgraced, was rotting in an insane asylum for the rest of her life, just like her now-bendingless father would in prison.

Not bad for an ending. It was even a happy one if you squinted.

They lay in silence for a long time, neither able to drift to sleep. Mai watched Zuan stare at the ceiling, tried to recommit the curve of her face to memory. Finally, when Mai began to feel her eyelids leaden, Zuan said, "Uncle never talked about his wife."


"I... guess I just assumed it was because he missed her. And I didn't want to cause him pain. I still can't talk about Mother much." Mai gently ran her fingers through Zuan's long hair. "Spirits, what do I say? How will my child grow up knowing their parents don't love each other?"

"We turned out all right."

"I still remember figuring it out. I couldn't... didn't want to believe it." Zuan's jaw went tight. "What if they hate me? What if they hate you?"

"They won't," she said, shifting to lay her head on the Firelord's chest. Saying it aloud, Mai could almost believe it. "You'll be a good mother, Zuan, and Xinyi is honorable. You wouldn't have married him if he wasn't, politics or not."

"But what if--"

"We'll manage," she promised Zuan. "We always do."

Zuan exhaled. She drew her arms over Mai.

Together, they drifted off to sleep.

Re: Girl!Zuko/Mai, your take on it [1/1]

Iiiiiiiiiiinteresting. Very much so. I like how you alluded to Sozin, about his male lovers, and calling Xinyi "Prince-Consort". Bittersweet, but there's still love there. It's very realistic.

Re: Girl!Zuko/Mai, your take on it [1/1]

I mostly went down this route because I didn't want to copy Ever the Same. You covered the whole terrain of girl!Zuko/Mai in canon and post-canon, so I felt I had to go for something pretty different in my own take.

It came about because I was re-watching The King's Speech yesterday and there's a part where Bertie tells his brother, Edward VIII, referring to the twice-divorced American he wants to marry, "I don't care what woman you carry on with at night, as long as you show up for duty in the morning!" And that idea, of everyone being OK with a monarch carrying on an obvious affair, struck me as interesting.

(Rozin is totally canon.)

Re: Girl!Zuko/Mai, your take on it [1/1]

I like your take. It's neat.

Oh and hey, you're right. I totally forgot about that.

(I know. It's the show's real OTP.)

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