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The What If? AU Challenge is off to a great start! Thanks to everyone who participated last month, and those that might still be working on their No-One Dies fic.

The May challenge is one that I haven’t been able to get out of my head for some reason: the Cowboy AU!

As always, you are free to interpret this prompt however you like. Some suggestions:
• Cowboys Past: Old West settings with gunslingers and outlaws and all
• Cowboys Present: rodeo riders, cattle ranchers, cos-players, actors in a Western
• Cowboys Future: cowboys in space (Firefly AU), holodeck experiences

If you take a sexy route, keep in mind that May is the Merry Month of Masturbation at [community profile] mmom. You know. In case you want to multitask. ::grins::

So slip on those cowboy boots, plunk your ten gallon hat on your head, and mount up! Yee ha!

If you want to leave a prompt or other inspiration, please do so in the comments.

You’ve got a month till the next prompt goes up so have fun writing!

Please Note: If you post your work to AO3 please be sure to select the What If AU Challenge community.
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This scene has been in my head for the entirety of this month, every time I thought about this theme. ::grins:: It seems like a fitting end to the No-One Dies prompt.

(Didn't make this, just reposting.)

Reminder: The new AU theme will be going up on May 1st. But you can post a fill for this month's theme whenever you have one. Just make sure you tag it!
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Doctor Nine, how I miss you!

(Didn't create this, snagged it off YouTube.)
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Some characters are cursed (or blessed, depending on your point of view) with the ability to return from the dead with disturbing regularity. Do they have this ability because they’re immortal, or are they immortal because they have this ability? It’s a head scratcher!

Here are some of my notables:

Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood: Jack started off on Doctor Who as a fun-loving, time-hopping opportunist, until Rose bonded with the TARDIS. She brought dead Jack (killed by Daleks) back to life. Seemingly forever, because no matter how he dies – and once he was literally blown into tiny pieces – he always comes back. I don’t think it lessens the impact of dying to know it’s not permanent, because ow!

Daniel Jackson, Stargate SG1: Daniel, intrepid archeologist and member of the Stargate program, died so many times on the show that it became a running gag. There were probably as many reasons for his deaths as there were for his resurrections, though I know that Ascension played a part more than once.

Henry Morgan, Forever: We never did find out the mystery of Henry’s immortality before the show was canceled. He’d lived and died and lived again for two hundred years and was always working on the problem of why and how. It was particularly poignant because he lived with an older man that most people assumed was his father but was actually his son.

Charlotte Charles, Pushing Daisies: Chuck, as she was called by her friends, died and her besotted neighbor, Ned, brought her back with a touch. Unfortunately, Ned’s gift is this: one touch brings them back, another kills them. So he saved the life of the girl he loved but now he can never touch her again, even though she’s clearly in love with him too.

Who are some of your favorite characters who have died and come back?
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Thank you, tigertale7, for reminding me that members might need a place to request a beta reader or offer their services as same.

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Keep calm and beta on, AU Explorers!
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Picture it: 1986. Everyone sitting around watching the season finale of Dallas, a popular US prime time soap opera. Main character Bobby, played by Patrick Duffy, had been killed off in a car crash the previous season. But in that last ep of the season his wife, who’d since remarried, opened the shower door and there was Bobby, alive and well.

The whole last season, it turns out, had been a dream. And the millions of fans all said WTF? They’d invested time and interest in a whole season that turned out not to mean a darn thing, all because Mr. Duffy’s film career didn’t take off and he wanted to come back to the show.

That’s one way to bring a character back from the dead!

What are some of your favorite methods for bringing a character back from the dead?


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