Hey, would you maybe consider reviewing the writer's you critiqued and see if they improved? (If asked, of course.)
I'm going Anonymous for this, as I'm not a fan of public humiliation, haha.. ^^''
yea we would be up to that!
you can always put in the ask you would like it to be answered privately and we would be happy to comply
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some AU ideas
btw these range from like almost canonically acceptable to absolutely outlandish. each of these are mine and self indulgent.
amnesia (inspired from someone else's post I read): Ratigan survives but barely and with serious amnesia long story short-(christian mouses find him and take him in, priest lowkey adopts him but knows who he is so he sends him where no one will find him (his family ranch))
Basil hears rumors that he's alive and six months after the fall he shows up at a ranch and asks to take a look around. The head hancho calls for Ratigan to show the detective around, and Basil meets a very very different guy. (Que Ratigan wearing brown leather jacket and dirty white shirt/blue jeans complete with cowboy hat riding a border collie) "why howdy, you must be that Basil of baker street boy :)" (single most country accent Basil's ever heard- mouse has a mental breakdown but keeps it together on the outside)
Basil tells him he's there looking for evidence to support another case, rat doesn't believe him but lets it slide. Ratigan also recognizes him and is convinced by the end of the day that they used to date before he got amnesia and broke up on bad terms. Ratigan is determined to win him back.
mental breakdown (probably only a couple chapters)
so Ratigan finds out where Basil lives and decides to leave him a note to scare him. typical gay pining enemies stuff. so he stops by when he knows the detective is out. Mrs. Judson is smart so she just lets him right in and says to do whatever. pleasure to meet you all that- of course Ratigan is a neat freak to the highest degree and just about has a heart attack when he steps inside. spends like the rest of the day cleaning the stupid house cus he cannot relax until it's not a war zone. Basil gets home to a sparkling apartment and immediately assumes. kicks open his bedroom door on Ratigan taking a nap. Padriac cuts him off his tangent and scolds him like an angry wife about the condition of his home blah blah poor mrs. judson yadda-
Rat goes home and tells him to at least try to keep it clean. after like two weeks Ratigan is super super upset about something so he's stress cleaning and just cannot clear his head. once his entire lair is spotless he goes for a walk and finds himself at Basil's place. just lets himself in while their asleep and tidies up the living room. leaves a little note about how unkempt he is. Basil knows something's got him real upset. and after nearly a week of inactivity/disinterest from Ratigan Basil starts getting scared for him. He calls himself an idiot all day while he picks up a few things and tracks down his lair. sneaks past all guards and sits against the bedroom door with flowers and dark chocolate. (toxic to mice but very tasty and even beneficial to rats) >Basil reaches out to him and Ratigan writes ob paper and sends it through the door, eventually starts talking (He's just super lonely and depressed and feels like his life isn't going anywhere alla that) Basil confides in him as well, they cry silently for a bit, Basil leaves him the gifts and walks home, next day sends tickets to a play and they meet up and watch from the rafters. just a big emotional mess and a bittersweet learning to be okay again.
accidental date (probably only a couple chapters)
Basil knows the date that a massive heist is going to happen and knows Ratigan HAS to be there for it to happen but Basil has his hands tied with a big party he doesn't want to but has to go to at the same time. Ratigan denies the scheme alltogether. Basil is like "oh so you're free that day? cool." and that night sends him a letter and an invitation to a masquerade garden party as his plus one. Ratigan cancels the heist (this is the only opportunity they will have for it all year so it's a big deal) and the night of the party Basil's getting ready and hating everything when there's a knock at the door.
answers it. has a heart attack. they go on their way and have a great night but Basil is dressed as a lady bcus if someone at the party knows who he is then it'll mess up Basil's investigation (yes this party is also a good way for Basil to get intell for a case) so they go as a couple. and they actually have a really good time. and Ratigan, being extremely intelligent himself, even helps Basil.
Secret dance duo (probably only a couple chapters)
Basil dresses as a woman for a case at a party and Ratigan happens to be there, (recognises him instantly) and pulls the poor mouse to the dance floor. his whole case is screwed up and Ratigan promises that if he meets him at (location) he'll tell him what he needs to know.
They meet up and have a second dance, this time alone and this time they both actually have fun. Ratigan pays u on his promise and they keep meeting to dance under clear night skies.
(alternate version) Basil plays his violin on the roof one night and hears a harp in the distance pick it up. he knows exactly who it is.
almost every night, they play the city to sleep from far away. even speaking in a twisted musical version of morse code through it.
so one night Ratigan tries to steal from the wrong lady, a traveling gypsy who claims to be an enchantress. he laughs and says 'then curse me.' she does. Basil gets worried when his Napoleon of crime doesn't leave any new trace after a week, so he goes and finds him himself. Ratigan is like "oh sorry yeah I'm cursed and it's been really hard on me so I kinda forgot about our little thing-"
Basil gets mad at him so the rat proves it by turning into a rat- gryphon. they have to work together to keep him a secret and hunt down the witch to turn him back. after three whole months of this, they finally catch her and Ratigan sheepishly says that he's gotten full control over it now and would actually like to stay a gryphon shifter.
Basil is totally cool with it cus it's so cool and sure he still steals shiny things and Basil still chases him but they each owe the other their lives now so it's a lot more just play for them. yes they're dating and yes they're in denial.
a mistake gone so right
so on one of their many heists one of ratigan's lackeys comes back with a very suggestive sheer nightgown cus they didn't see what it was in the dark and thought it was a pink silk. Ratigan just cracks it up and sends it to basil as a joke. entire gang is just howling.
Basil is not. when he receives the 'gift' he has the breakdown of the century long story short, Ratigan and Basil have a face off at Ratigan's lair and Basil apparently has information he needs and vise versa. they talk in his office which is also his room and after a bit of arguing Ratigan says that if Basil gives him something he wants, then he'll give the twink detective the information. Basil begrudgingly undoes his coat and reveals the see through soft pink lace. Ratigan is shocked into silence for a good while and tries to think of what to do next. Y'all know where this one goes.
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