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15 February 2010 @ 03:53 pm
drabble meme, Mozenrath edition  
Someone should report me, seriously, 'cause the way I abuse this meme isn't even funny. But it's a good way to get a handle on a fandom/pairing/character. And that's exactly what I need right now, a better grip on Aladdin's Mozenrath. I have epic ficcage in mind, but I fail every time I try, so I figure maybe I should start out small and then my work my way to the bigger, more complex theories and ideas I hope to one day explore.

And anyway, above all else, this guy deserves as much love as he can get!


1. Pick a character, pairing, or fandom you like.
2. Put iTunes or equivalent media player on random.
3. For each song that plays, write something related to the theme you picked inspired by the song. You have only the time frame of the song: no planning beforehand: you start when it starts, and no lingering afterward; once the song is over, you stop writing. (No fair skipping songs either; you have to take what comes by chance!)
4. Do ten of these, then post.


Pairings: Destane x Mozenrath, Mozenrath x Aladdin, Mozenrath x Jasmine, Mozenrath x Saleen, Mozenrath x Sadira, and Mozenrath x Hercules (canon crossover; Hercules and the Arabian Night).

Warnings: minor spoilers, torture (half-hanging, waterboarding), manipulation, adult/youth, implied sex, treachery.

Also, I've hinted that Jafar's Mozenrath's father. Er, yeah. That's one of those theories I mentioned above. It stems from this one part in an episode where Iago asks Mozenrath how he knew Jafar/where Jafar's secret lab-place-thingie was, and Mozenrath doesn't reply. I dunno. I felt the implied connection there was deep, so I went with it.

Anyway. Onward.

Your Love is Like Poison – Elise Estrada (3:36)

Everything Mozenrath knew about love, he'd learned on his own, and the hard way.

His father had discarded him, favoring his duties to the Sultan, his closeness to power, over his own flesh and blood. Then Destane had used and abused and broken him to the point of no return. Now, It seemed only natural for him to have difficulty differentiating between love and pain.

To him, the two went hand-in-hand, and quite nicely at that.

So, now, when he has Aladdin bound and bloody and bruised at his feet, he grins. The boy thinks he's so clever, the Odesyus of the Seven Deserts, but really, he hasn't the slightest clue.


Cinderella – Sweetbox (3:19)

He decides the Princess is beautiful when she's angry.

“Get out of here, Mozenrath.”

The way she squeezes his name out between pursed lips and clenched teeth makes his blood boil.

“Princess, Princess,” he croons, stepping down from his cloud of dark magic and on to her balcony. Her tiger snarls, but all it takes is a flick of his wrist to send the beast back into the bedroom, paralyzed for the time being. “That's no way to treat a visitor. Really, where are your manners?”

“What do you want?”

Oh, if only she knew. He could go into a lengthy speech, but he really isn't in the mood to drag this out. With a smirk, he snaps his fingers, and dark fire weaves itself into a very real black rose, as lively as it will ever be. He offers it to her, and delights in the surprised gasp that escapes her lovely little mouth.

“To offer you something more.”


Paid my Dues – Anastacia (3:22)

It sends a horrifically pleasurable chill down his spine to see Destane on his knees, eyes wide in fear, trembling all over. He's begging and pleading for his life and his kingdom, apologizing, regretting, because he is no longer in possession of the Gauntlet.

Mozenrath is, and he's casting a spell and Destane can hear the bones of his fingers clicking together through the cursed leather as he weaves his magic upon him.

When he's finished, Destane is, quite literally, nothing more than a mindless walking corpse.

“I paid my dues,” Mozenrath whispers, and Destane's moaning, grasping at his robes with weak and useless hands, “now it's time you pay yours.”


You Are Water – Hayley Westenra (4:03)

He'd gone searching for an artifact said to be lost beneath the waves, but found something much, much more intriguing.

Her name was Saleen, and she was one of the most beautiful creatures he'd ever seen, with her bright red hair and deep blue eyes and sunset-colored fish-tail. He could think of many uses for her – he just hadn't expected one of them to be companionship.

With the promise of power and revenge on a mutual nemesis, she'd gone back with him to the Land of the Black Sands. There, even though she could give herself legs, he insisted she remain as she was supposed to be and stay within a pool he created just for her.

When she asked why, he replied casually, “what immortal thing should be forced to take on a human guise?”

It was then, she thought, that she fell in love with him. No other had ever been able to accept her as she was – not the sailors, the fishers, the princes, and never Aladdin. Changes had always had to be made, either on her part, or theirs.

But this dark and beautiful boy would have her just as she was, and that was all she had ever wanted to begin with.


Cinderella – Cheetah Girls (3:38)

For reasons he cannot begin to fathom, he stops her from plummeting to the bottom of the ravine. He uses his magic to bring her back up, to set her down on her feet, then promptly releases her from his hold.

“Don't thank me,” he says with an idle wave of his hand, because the last thing he wants is gratitude from this hot-headed and self-proclaimed sand witch. He's known Sand Witches before, and she has a long way to go before she can own up to the title she's chosen for herself.

“I wasn't going to!” she retorts, glaring, hands fisted on her hips as she follows, not because she likes him, but because he's promised to teach her how to wield her magic better.

He pinches the bridge of his nose. “Why couldn't you be a normal girl?”

“Helpless and dependent?”

“No, obedient.”

She laughs, loud and bold, and he cringes when she promises never to conform to the stereotype.


One Step at a Time – Jordin Sparks (3:26)

One day, he would show the world. One day, this would all be worth it.

As he hangs there in front of Destane, the older sorcerer's image beginning to blur as he loses consciousness for the third time, he swears things are going to change. That all of the torture he's been put through – mentally, physically and emotionally – won't have been for nothing in the end.

It will make him stronger, it will make him ruthless.

It will make him Destane's undoing.

But he's getting ahead of himself. Before any of that, he has to survive.


Playing with the Big Boys – Prince of Egypt OST (2:52)

”Do you know what I think, Aladdin?”

He watches the boy struggle against his bindings, listens to him curse and quite rudely ignore his question. He cocks an eyebrow, then grabs the front of Aladdin's vest, pulling him closer, close enough to feel those hot and ragged breaths on his lips.

“I asked you a question,” he states, and Aladdin, being Aladdin, simply opts to headbutt him. He stumbles backward, pressing his hand to his forehead, willing the dull throb and impending bruises away quickly.

Without a warning, he sends a stream of magic toward the street rat, knocking the air of him and breaking a rib or two.

He grabs the vest again, and then his hand meets Aladdin's cheek; maybe he'll be able to beat the insolence out of him one of these days. When Aladdin faces him again, he's glaring and panting and swallows hard because the boy is just so damn beautiful when broken.

“I think you don't realize just how in over your head you actually are,” the sorcerer finally croons.


Dirty Little Secret – All American Rejects (3:16)

It's experimental when he crushes his lips against Aladdin's. The boy stops fighting him, goes limp beneath him, and Mozenrath feels the need to take this as far as he can.

Just to see how easily manipulated his adversary is.

Aladdin is attention-starved, love-hungry, and Mozenrath is going to take advantage of that.

He drives his tongue into the other's mouth, and soon enough Aladdin's moaning and hard and breaking away from his cruel lips to gulp down some much needed air.

“Well, well, well,” Mozenrath muses, rubbing his palm over the tent in Aladdin's pants. “What do we have here?”

“Stop that – !” Aladdin hisses, and he's backing away with all of the vigor Mozenrath had stolen from him moments ago.

Mozenrath advances, shrugging nonchalantly. “It's fine if you like it, you know. I won't judge.”

“But – ”

Mozenrath pins him to the wall, too easily, but he relishes the momentary victory. He takes one of Aladdin's hands, presses it to his own hard crotch, and just like that he's won the game, convinced the other boy there could be something more than rivalry between them.

“I'll keep your dirty little secret if you'll keep mine,” Mozenrath idly promises.


Thanks for the Memories – Fall Out Boy (3:24)

“Now, where have I seen this before?” Mozenrath muses, smirking wickedly as he looms over Aladdin, who's bound to a slanted plank of wood.

“Oh, I remember,” he chuckles, shaking his head as he bends down. “Destane used to do this to me.”

And before Aladdin can ask what this is, Mozenrath pulls a lever, releasing a rush of water. It pours faithfully over Aladdin's head, fills his mouth and nose, and the boy is essentially drowning.

He stops the flow of water only when Aladdin stops moving. He uses magic to pump the water from his lungs, to give back the air he so desperately needs. Then he's straddling that slender waist, slamming his palms down on either side of Aladdin's head.

“Aren't trips down memory lane fun, street rat?” he asks tauntingly, and he revels in the fact that Aladdin's too dazed to even glare at him properly.

Now, he understands why Destane did it. There's something about being in total control, about taking someone to the brink of death and then pulling back violently, just to do it again in the future.

He could get used to this, now that he's not on the receiving end.


I Can Go the Distance – Roger Bart (3:12)

“So, you want to be a hero?” Mozenrath inquires, and the fiery youth in front of him nods and beams and begins to babble. Something about Gods and a mountain, and Mozenrath really doesn't care. He's just here to hold up his end of a bargain with the supposed Lord of the Dead.

Something about undoing this kid in return for an audience with his father.

“Well, I should warn you,” Mozenrath cuts in, and the kid cocks his head to the side.

“About what?”

For a demi-God, the boy is surprisingly easy to back up against the alley wall. One hand on either side of his head, Mozenrath keeps him there, and grins at him. “All that glory and stuff, it comes at a price, you know,” he breathes, and is only slightly amused when Hercules swallows hard and begins to squirm.

He drags his hands across those strong shoulders, then over his chest, down his sides, and stops at his waist. He pulls the boy closer, grinds their hips together, murmurs something about resisting all forms of temptation, then quickly kisses him with enough force to bruise human lips.

When they're on the ground, sated and sweaty, Mozenrath heaves himself up and dresses. A moment later, Hercules is caught in binds of dark and unbreakable magic.

Mozenrath sighs, shaking his head as he silences the boy's onslaught of questions with a finger to his mouth.

“Every hero has to fall sooner or later, kid. You just took the plunge earlier than most.”

feeling: goodgood
☆ Rini: ♣ Sirena_lovesuicide on February 16th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
:0 I love these.

I think the fourth drabble is my favorite. :D
amanda: Mermaid - White Dressshini02 on February 16th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)

neko_youkai04 and I both agree the fourth is the best, too - and it's our new favorite pairing. It'd say crack, but if Jafar can team up with Hades, everything else is normal in comparison. :) I'll be writing fic soon enough, just need to do some research first. :D
☆ Rinia_lovesuicide on February 17th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
amandashini02 on February 17th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
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amanda: Jubileeshini02 on February 19th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
...I totally agree about Jasmine/anything being sexy. She just, just... makes... everything sexy.

And apparently renders fangirls speechless. :D
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amanda: Arielshini02 on February 20th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Awww! <3

Mine was Ariel. ^^;
amanda: Mozenrathshini02 on February 19th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)

CantareinCminorcantareincminor on March 3rd, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
Very nice! It's awesome you could write each of these in such a short span of time. The plot bunnies for the Saleen one are quite intriguing. I hope you write more soon!
And I had to smile at the Mozenrath/Jasmine one. A black rose, how stylish. Are you going to write more for that one too?
amanda: Mozenrathshini02 on March 3rd, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)
Thank you! The Saleen one is my favorite, and I have every intention of writing a full fic for them some day. The Mozenrath/Jasmine one, I'm not sure about. I actually don't support the ship that much. XD I only write it because it went with the song, lol.
CantareinCminorcantareincminor on March 3rd, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
Sweet, I look forward to the fic. Let me know if you need someone to bounce ideas off of!

Heh, I don't know if you've ever come across my fic Antiphony, but I was a rabid M/J fangirl back then. Now I don't care for the pairing too much, but it's still fun.

There just needs to be more Mozenrath fanfic out there!
amandashini02 on March 3rd, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
...oh, holy crap. You're Cantare from FF.Net? I haven't read all of that fic, but I have read some of your work and it's amazing! I'm totally flattered you commented on these drabbles! ^^; And I totally agree with you about there needing to be more Mozenrath fics out there. He really needs more love.

As for the Mozenrath/Saleen fic and running ideas off of someone, thank you so much for the offer. If I need any help, I won't hesitate to contact you!

Also, would you mind terribly if I friended you? XD
CantareinCminorcantareincminor on March 3rd, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Haha thank you, I'm happy you like my fics. I'm revising Antiphony right now and it kind of makes me sick how fangirly it is. Funny how two years can change one's perspective so much.

I don't know if you've ever read Celeste Goodchild's fic "Asylum" but it remains one of the best Mozenrath background fics I've read. Highly recommend it.

While you think about the Saleen fic I hope you write some more drabbles! And post them on ffnet too.

Let's be friends :) but I never post on here actually.
amanda: Alucard x Integra - Reachshini02 on March 3rd, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
I've never read, or even heard of, Asylum. :O I'll take your word on it though and go hunt it down and read it as soon as I can. :D Thanks for the rec.

It's funny that you should mention the drabbles, 'cause I was totally thinking about doing this meme again, just to explore more of his character. XD

And yay for friends, even if you don't post. :D
amanda: Echoshini02 on March 3rd, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to say I found and read that fic and, omg, it was amazing! :| I really loved it, and thank you so much, again, for reccing it to me.
CantareinCminorcantareincminor on March 3rd, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Wow that was really quick. Happy you liked it! I tried emailing Celeste a while back and she never replied. Sad.

I really like fics that can portray a character so cruelly. Where even though the author likes the character, they're not afraid to write harshly and make the character unsympathetic. I think I'm still too biased to do that.
amanda: Hinata - Blushshini02 on March 3rd, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
I do that when writing. If a character is cruel, I write them so, even if I adore them. But I usually like them as much as I do because they're twisted. I used to be afraid to write the darker things when I was younger, but gave that up when I realized that holding back on those aspects of a person was like writing out of character at times. I can honestly say, and I'm not sure if it's a good thing or not, but I love being able to do that now. And that's exactly why I want to write more drabbles, so I can hopefully explore every inch of his genius and cruelty.

...wow, I babbled. Sorry. ^^;
CantareinCminorcantareincminor on March 3rd, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Hm what I mean is that it takes courage to write a character against the way you like them, and making yourself lose sympathy for them. I also like writing Mozenrath cold and dark and that often means having him torture people etc. but I haven't made him do anything that really turns me off from his character. I think I have yet to write a POV I don't sympathize with.
amandashini02 on March 3rd, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
That's very true. It takes a brave fan to write a character in a way that you feel no pity for them. I haven't written Mozenrath in that sense yet, either, but I haven written fics where I've turned myself off of a character completely, and downright disgusted myself afterward.
C: natheybear - mindless zombiesclaireoujisama on November 14th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
TOTALLY RANDOM DRIVE BY COMMENT MANY DAYS INTO THE FUTURE: ...I ran across this post by putting "Mozenrath" as a search term in teh Google because I was feeling nostalgic, I ran across this entry and loved on the fic, and then I saw this comment and felt bad. Because technically I'm Celeste. O_o Possibly you used one of my old emails that got eaten by the (black?) sands of time, but I apologise anyway. I know I hate it when I try to contact people and can't find them. But I'm glad you liked the story; for all I wrote it...I don't even know how long ago now, I loved writing it. And I obviously still love the character. Ah, nostalgia my old friend...

CantareinCminorcantareincminor on November 14th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thank God for random google searches. I'm sending you a PM right now.
toadstoolcouchtoadstoolcouch on March 27th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
holy fuck these are hot!!!! I love the dynamics you give Mozenrath. He really makes a hot dom, seriously. They're all gorgeous, but of course the ones with Al are my favorite lol. And I love the references to his past with Destane : }
amanda: Mozenrathshini02 on March 27th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)

I spend a lot of time piecing Mozenrath together, so that might explain the dynamics I've given him. Heh, in all honesty, I spend too much time figuring this guy out, but I won't stop until I understand him perfectly. That was why I wrote these drabbles to begin with, to try and get a handle on different aspects of his personality. XD

I personally like the one with Saleen. Not sure why. I have a soft spot for mermaids, though, so that might explain that. 'Cause of all the pairings presented, I really do like Mozenrath/Aladdin best. It's just so... so angry and screwy and - well, you understand, lol.

As for him being a hot dom? Fuck yes. I would pay to be dominated by him, dude. XD