Lyrics: Orleans – In My Dream (from the album Dancin’ In The Moonlight)

All right, Google swears to me that the lyrics to this song aren’t transcribed anywhere on the entire internet, so I’m writing them up myself.

(Yes, it’s for Moon Knight reasons. Shhh.)

Orleans – In My Dream

Once again my dream’s begun
The one where you admire what I become
Like a star in the distance you see me
I’m the one you wish upon

But the real world is far from a dream
You don’t see me, or so it seems
It’s just my fantasy

And it’s only in my dream world
That you wish upon my starlight
But the fantasy will come to life in my dream tonight

I see you nearly every day
Never knowing what to say
And there’s always this distance between us
But in my dream it’s not that way

You’re the Earth and I’m the sun
Each attracts the other one
And though there’s millions of miles between us
That won’t keep you from me for long

Irresistibly drawn to me
Overpowered by gravity
You eventually fall for me

But it’s only in my dream world (only in my dream)
And it can’t survive the daylight (only in my dream)
Still the fantasy will come to life in my dream tonight

Just imagine if this were reality

But it’s only in my dream world (only in my dream)
That you wish upon my starlight (only in my dream)
And it can’t survive the daylight (only in my dream)
And so I keep it on the inside (keep it in my dream)
And the fantasy will come to life in my dream tonight


Works roundup, 1/30 (Moon Knight + webcomics)

Leif & Thorn
Over the Moon (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

But I’m A Cat Person
Fox, Before and After (sketch | Fox | worksafe)

Moon Knight
moon-silvered, lunatic, cratered chapter 11 (fic, art | Jake/Steven/Marc, Steven/Marc/Layla | M, worksafe)
Moon Knight Clasped Hands Meme (art | Marc/Steven/Jake, Marc/Layla/Steven | worksafe)
Grantwich (art | Marc/Steven/Jake | NSFW)
Meeting the Team, Episode 1: Zoom (fic | Dr. Sterman, patient | G)
Love Advice With Steven Grant (comic | Steven, Steven | G)
Love Advice with Marc Spector (comic | Marc, Marc | G)
Like A Cool Sexy Action Movie (fic | Marc/Layla, Marc/Steven | T)

Attack Velin (reward art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Annotated pages from the “good thing Jany isn’t the kind of person to write 5000-word Tumblr callouts” scene.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
One of the servants is in the hospital, and it’s up to our favorite bilingual translator to help…

Multifandom fic recs, 1/18 (Villainess, Good Omens, Innocent Bird, Mysterious Stranger, Moon Knight)

  • Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley, Satan, God | T | Secrets of Wild Soho
    God and Satan, and Aziraphale and Crowley, wherein the former pair watches the second pair doing things they’ve never done and would be hideously embarrassed if caught doing by anyone else, especially, say, God and Satan.
    series:good omens,pairing:crowley_aziraphale,fic:one-shot
  • The Mysterious Stranger | Lucifer, OC | G | Genesis, Revised and Expanded
    “I was there for that ‘Let there be light’, and I tell you, there was ten million of us angels out there to gather it up, and not a steamer or a donkey-engine to haul it with, neither. I could write a whole book of the Bible about the hauling and the digging behind those ‘Let there be’s. For ten cents I would write one. That world of yours took us a solid week of work without so much as a dinner-break.”
    series:the mysterious stranger,genfic,fic:one-shot,series:religion
  • Moon Knight | Marc, Badr, cat | G | 100 words of accidental cat acquisition
    The Moon Knight suit was protecting him from the cat’s claws, but the undead strength with which it was kicking at his chest was nearly enough to make him drop it. No wonder Tigra always won their arm-wrestling matches, if this was what cats were like without the restrictions of the living.
    genfic,series:moon knight,fic:one-shot
  • Moon Knight | Khonshu/system | M | Tyrant Mouth
    I would not allow them to hurt you, my Avatar.

    Marc stops still. That tone… he remembers Khonshu being fervent, possessive, but that tone…
    series:moon knight,pairing:khonshu_marc,pairing:khonshu_jake,pairing:khonshu_steven,fic:chaptered,trope:polyamory,kink:bdsm

  • Moon Knight | Marc/Khonshu | M | Just a Storm
    In which Marc visits a synagogue, and Khonshu is not happy…with either his avatar’s transgression or the presence that might still want to claim Marc as its own.
    series:moon knight,pairing:khonshu_marc,trope:non-con,fic:one-shot,series:religion

…so, Yuletide!

I’ll start adding Yuletide fic to the regular multifandom rec posts at some point. And, as usual, all my fic recs are gathered on Tagpacker, where you can filter by fandom and pairing and other good things.

But first, a post on what I gave + what I got!

I was one of the people who originally nominated the Moon Knight comics to the tag set (and then went to the evidence post to distinguish it from the definitely-ineligible MCU TV series; here’s the disambiguation comment, since I’ll probably want to reuse it next year).

Got an amazing comicverse fic as my gift! It’s from the 2021 run, and it’s all about how the House of Shadows knows one (1) trick — manifesting dangerous horrors beyond mortal comprehension — but now that it has a Favorite Human to take care of, it’s going to use that trick to Help.

The Homes We Need (5131 words) by estelraca
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Moon Knight (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steven Grant & Jake Lockley & Marc Spector, Jake Lockley & Greer Grant Nelson, Steven Grant & Matt Murdock, Marc Spector & T’Challa
Characters: Jake Lockley, Steven Grant (Marvel), Marc Spector, The House of Shadows
Additional Tags: Character Study, Healing

The House of Shadows does its best to protect those who have offered it a home, though the people who visit don’t always appreciate the pains it is going through to do so.

Someone else nominated the 2021 (MacKay) run specifically, and everyone else’s Yuletide fic ended up being MacKay-era. But I pitched nominating the comics in general, just to keep my era options open…and it paid off when I found someone requesting a comicverse take on Layla.

Which is how I got this:

Scarlet and Moonlight (4767 words) by ErinPtah
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Moon Knight (Comics), Moon Knight (TV 2022)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Marlene Alraune/Steven Grant, Gena Landers & Jake Lockley
Characters: Layla El-Faouly, Marlene Alraune, Marc Spector, Steven Grant, Jake Lockley, Gena Landers
Additional Tags: Marvel 616/MCU Crossover, Comics AU Layla El-Faouly, Layla El-Faouly-centric, Multiplicity/Plurality, Team Moon Knight is in So Much Denial, Alternate Origin Story, POV Outsider
Series: Part 16 of standalone Moon Knight fics

Phantom thief Layla has finally tracked a stolen artifact to some rich couple’s collection. Shouldn’t be too hard to break into their mansion and retrieve it, right? This Steven Grant and Marlene Alraune are probably total pushovers.

(Spoiler alert: they are not total pushovers.)

In research for this, I also went and looked up the issues with the original 616 Scarlet Scarab. They’re, uh, not good. It’s a throwback-to-WWII book about a team consisting of mostly white-American and white-British superheroes, for these specific issues they’re fighting in Egypt, and they call themselves…The Invaders. This is not ironic! They earnestly think this is a cool Avengers-style name for a good-guy team-up!

So a researcher called Dr. Abdul Faoul gets himself some superpowers, calls himself the Scarlet Scarab, and starts fighting the Invaders. Namor is the only team member to say “uh, you know, this guy might actually have a good point.” The group’s only substantial selling point to Dr. Faoul is “we aren’t as bad as the Nazis,” and that’s not exactly a high bar to clear!

For all the other nonsense that shows up in the Moon Knight comics, at least they’re always clear on “Marc’s vigilante history as a white American mercenary in the Middle East/North Africa was a bad thing.”

The first big thing I wanted to do with comicverse Layla, then, was “she tries to retrieve an artifact that rightfully belongs in her home country, and once Marc-and-company figure out her deal, they agree 100% that Layla should have it.”

The second big thing was contrasting the comicverse Marlene/Steven-and-the-guys romance with the TV version of Layla/Marc-and-the-guys. Which is why I wanted to use a version of the 1980s status quo — it’s the point in the comics that’s most similar to Layla/Marc in the MCU, in terms of “their relationship is pretty good day-to-day, but Team Moon Knight is keeping some major secrets, even though their love interest is very firm that she just wants them to be honest (and has so far been cool with every weird thing she does know about).”

As a reader, you know that if this universe goes the same way as mainline canon did, Team MK is going to implode that relationship eventually. (Also their relationship with Duchamp, and Gena, and basically all the Avengers except Tigra, and, and, and…)

But it leaves the tantalizing possibility that they might not! The route to “being honest and forthright and developing actual coping skills” — the route that we hope MCU Team MK will take — is still open. At least for now.

…and Marlene is low-key aware that Team MK might blow everything up, and has made the conscious decision that the good times right now are worth having, whether they last forever or not.

I wrote one other Yuletide fic! And for once, it’s not related to Moon Knight at all!

Jeeves & Wooster is one of my standby offers, a thing I’m always confident I can write. (Along with the Oz books.) I wouldn’t have offered Wings, the 1990 TV series…but as luck would have it, it was on Hulu until not long before Yuletide assignments went out, so I had recently rewatched a bunch…and the recip requested both series, and said they liked crossovers, and wham.

There Once Was A Man From Whatsit (2704 words) by ErinPtah
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jeeves – P. G. Wodehouse, Wings (TV 1990)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bertram “Bertie” Wooster, Reginald Jeeves, Brian Hackett
Additional Tags: Crossover, Alternate Universe – 1990s, Canon Past Character Death, POV Bertram “Bertie” Wooster, Brother Feels

Columnist Bertie Wooster, accompanied by his PA Jeeves, catches a flight out of Nantucket on Sandpiper Air…during which Jeeves steers him into a surprisingly heartfelt chat with Captain Hackett.

(Canon setting for Wings, some time around the middle of the show. “AU where the whole series happened in the 1990s” for J&W.)

Brian’s parents were MIA from a young age, close to the general fanon about when Bertie’s died, which got me thinking about what a good conversation they could have (and how masterfully Jeeves could prompt them to have it!)…and the rest snowballed from there.

I didn’t remember the exact age, or all the particular details about what happened to each parent, so it’s a good thing there’s a Wings wiki. In the days after assignments went out, I was basically haunting the site during my commute, making sure all the details lined up.

A perfect case of “this fic never in a million years would’ve existed without Yuletide, and boy am I glad I got the assignment that prompted it.”

You can’t tell now, because I redated everything after reveals — but this was legit the 4th fic added to the Yuletide 2022 collection. That’s how fast it came together.

Webcomic fandoms you can offer/request in the Yuletide 2022 exchange

Yuletide, the annual small-fandoms fanfiction exchange, is open for sign-ups again!

I collected all the webcomic fandoms in the tag set (plus all the characters you can request for each one), and added links to where you can read them online. Fandom tags are in the order/format AO3 puts them, which is why they’re not totally consistent.

Tried to flag everything that was (a) NSFW and/or (b) at least partly paywalled. If I missed any examples of that, please let me know!

If you feel like getting involved, Yuletide sign-up instructions are here.

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