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The Control Job, Chapter 2

Title: The Control Job (2/?)
Fandom: Leverage
Pairing: Eliot/Hardison
Wordcount 5,000 (approx)
Rating: NC 17
Warnings: Bad langauge, slash, elements of D/s, secenes of an explicit sexual nature.
Summary: This story is another way of looking at Eliot and Hardison, at their relationship and how they define who the are. This chapter? is the morning after.


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Thanks for reading.





Writer's Block: Forgive and forget?

Has someone you loved and respected ever done something you consider despicable? If so, how did you deal with it? Did you try to forgive them? Did it permanently change your feelings for them?

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Title: Assumptions
Fandom: Glee
Pairing: Kurt/Finn; Kurt/Puck (background Finn/Quinn and Finn/Rachel)
Word Count: 5100
Disclaimer: None of it belongs to me
Warnings: The warnings for this story will give away too much of it before you read. Only look if you want to be spoilt. I will say that this is a dark story, and very un-Glee like. I don't really know where it came from. It also includes references to sex between minors, and serious angst. However, I think that if you are a customary slash reader, you will probably be able to deal with this story. So, the major spoiler warnings: This is not story for people who like Finn. He irritates the hell out of me. It also includes a relationship which some may consider to be sexual abuse. It kind of depends on your point of view.
Summary: People make assumptions, and they write fairytales. But in the real world, even in Glee world, there is no such thing as a hero, as Prince Charming. Damsels in distress have to rescue themselves, and there can never be such a thing as a happy ending, because either life goes on, or everyone dies. Kurt is just trying get as close as he can.

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I'll really understand if you don't like this story, if you stopped reading halfway through, because this is the kind of story I use Glee fanfic to avoid. I was in two minds about posting it, but I'm vain enough, and curious enough about the reactions to do it anyway. If you'd like to, I'd appreciate knowing what you think. Thanks for reading!


Welcome Home, Cariad

Title: Welcome Home, Cariad
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: R
Length: 3,391
Warnings: Character Death, slash
Spoilers: Through Children of the Earth
Disclaimer: All of it belongs to Russel T Davies and the BBC. I'm just borrowing them for a while. Please don't sue.

This is the second in a series of five stand alone stories, called the Senses Series. It began with a short story I wrote for Queer As Folk Years ago, It Just Helps, You Know?. They don't need to be read together, they all work alone, so if you're just looking for a Torchwood story, stop at the end of this fic. These stories are all just about the way people know each other. In this case, Jack hears Ianto. I'd really like to hear your thoughts when you're done, and I thank you in advance for reading.


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If you are interested in reading the other stories the links will be posted below as they are written. If you have suggestions or requests as to who the people should be I'd be happy to take them - I haven't decided on all of them yet. I hope you enjoyed reading.

Senses Series: Queer as Folk: It Just Helps, You Know?

The Control Job, Chapter One

Title: The Control Job 1/?
Fandom: Leverage
Pairing: Hardison/Eliot
Length: 5979
Spoilers: First two seasons, specifically The Tap Out Job and the Top Hat Job.
Warnings: Slash, D/S
Disclaimer: The characters, show and episodes aren't mine, only the original plot found within. No profit is being made from this story. Please don't sue.
Summary: A new way for Hardison and Eliot to relate to each other, and an exploration of their pasts. Not a PWP or a character study.

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Writer's Block: Sheldon and Penny 4ever!

Fanfiction: Do you love it or hate it, or are you totally indifferent? Why?

I am personally addicted to fanfiction, and will defend it to the death. That being said, when not being asked (or forced) to defend it, I can see why others dislike it. Some, like most fanfiction writers, are great fan of the show, and will not want the characters, plotlines, relationships, etc, whichthey love, to be ruined. In that case, I would have to say that these people should simply stay away, much as people who are not a fan of a particular genre - e.g. wincest, or het - are encouraged not to read these stories. Almost all writers and archives are respectful enough to put up warnings.

Others will, probably in a more abstract way than I will phrase it here, condemn fanfiction as a ridiculous obsession. It will often be looked on as another proof of a modern age where people are obsessed with things which have very little to do with them - much like the cult of celebrity. In answer to these people I would have to say that in many ways they miss the point of fanfiction. They are not (or are rarely) fictional versions of gossip magazines. They are stories which allow people to explore the world in a way hey might never think to otherwise - by looking at the psychological and emotional ramifications, analyses which most people leave behind in English class or practice on soap operas.

Fanfiction will often - though by no means always, and by not necessarily very well - delve into issues which are left untouched by the canon within fandom, and thereby lay many issues open for exploration by the community. The stories are often sensationalist and overly dramatic or tortured, but there are few other contexts in which people will openly, even through a fictional medium, discuss child abuse, which is implicit in fandsoms such as Harry Potter or Queer as Folk, but which is brought properly to bear in the stories people write about them. Fanfiction opened my eyes to many new ideas - my theories on BDSM, for example, have certainly evolved since I began researching outside of fanfiction, but it was a fanfic which first brought it to my attention as something beyond an issue which could be dismissed or joked about, but never discussed.

Having read this, you might wonder what fics I'm talking about - there is certainly enough gratuitious sex and violence in the stories, and plenty of bad grammer, but this is another reason in and of itself that fanfiction is a good thing. It gives writers a platform to try things out, to discuss their writing. They may or may not be any good, but by building on aonther writer's work, and placing their version in what is usually a forgiving forum, it makes a great first step. It also provides us with an outlet for imagination. We create in these stories, whether there's barely a deviation from canon, or you're sending Harry and Draco to meet Dr Who dressed as girls who have attended a musical, not a magical school.

There is certainly a danger of becoming lost in fanfiction - many have noted how addictive it is, and this, I imagine, could be a serious complaint from those who don't enjoy it. They lose their firends because they spend all their time online, or they can never talk to their girlfriend about anything but Supernatural. There is a danger here - you cannot get too deep. No matter how much of an escape or comfort it might be, it cannot be a replacement for real life. But it can be all the things I've mentioned - a creative outlet, a comfortable place to spend a few hours, a way to connect to people that think the same way, to have the discussion your boyfirend doesn't want to be part of, or just try out your writing skills.

I hope you'll forgive the long answer - I obviously need more creative outlets myself. I simple wished to clearly state my point that as long as one does not become too lost, or inflict too much of ones love of fandom on others, fanfiction is simply an amazing thing. What's not to love?

It Just Helps, You Know?

Title: It Just Helps, You Know?
Fandom: Queer As Folk
Pairing: Brian/Justin
Rating: NC17
Length: 2,588
Warnings: Slash
Spoilers: All five series
Disclaimer: All of it belongs to Cowlip and Showtime. I'm just borrowing them for a while. Please don't sue.
Summary: This is the first in my Senses Series, written years before any of the others, and the first thing I ever posted on LJ. This is just another way that Brian knows Justin.

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If you are interested in reading the other stories the links will be posted below as they are written. If you have suggestions or requests as to who the people should be I'd be happy to take them - I haven't decided on all of them yet. I hope you enjoyed reading.

Sense Series: Torchwood: Welcome Home, Cariad

Writer's Block: Agree to disagree

Have you ever stopped being friends with someone over differences in political views? Are there any issues that are so important to you that you cannot be friends with someone who holds a contrary opinion?

For the most part, I'm a live and let person, and a lot of people who I'm very close to have very different ideas to me, but it doesn't get in the way of friendship. However, there was one occasion where a difference in opinion did come close to ruining a relationship. I am a lesbian, and fairly involved in the political side of the LGBT community. I also read a lot of slash fanfiction, and at one point I was trying to illustrate to a friend the difference between stretching to create a relationship which isn't there - Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy, it makes sense, but it's definitely not there in canon - and reading between the lines to a relationship that could very easily be there - Batman and Robin, who according to one of the original comics share a bed.

This may seem like a very trivial issue to have such a major break over, but when I began talking about the Dark Knight, my friend told me to stop because he didn't want one of his heroes ruined for him - apparently he could 'never respect a gay hero.' Now, I'm willing to accept the fact that many of my friends are not quite as comfortable with homosexuality as I would like them to be - but in the end they have to have some degree of comfort or they wouldn't be my friends. But this friend, Hamish, was one of the best friends i've ever had, and also one of the guys Iknew who was most comfortable with the idea. I understand why straight guys are so uncomfortable with the thought of gay sex, but the idea that he could not respect someone who was gay hurt me a lot.

He has never been able to see the difference between that one opinion, and several others which we disagree on - the amount of weed he smokes, for example, or me being way too uptight for my own good. He's never seen quite how much that opinion hurts me, and he insists that it doesn't mean he doesn't respect me. But it's come between us in a way that I hate, although I doubt that he registers it. He's obviously not going to change my mind on the subject, and after attempting to change his for quite some time, I decided that he was entitled to his opinion. Most of the time, I manage to forget that he thinks that way.

Unfortunately, sometimes it comes up - he mentions it, or I remember, and it immediately feels as if there's a barrier between us that I can't push past. I feel uncomfortable with him, as if I'm not quite safe with one of the people who I'd say I trust with my life. I feel the hurt all over again, and what's more, I feel indignant on the behalf of a community which deserves respect - the LGBT community has come through a lot to get where we are now, and I feel that many people should get respect for it.

This view I have is partially personal and partially political, and I haven't let it get between our friendship. For the most part, I don't think many views should get between a truly strong friendship, but at the same time it's easier now to understand why some relationships go sour; if I always felt that way around Hamish it would be difficult to continue to spend time with him. But he's one of the best friend's I've ever had and I won't let this issue get in the way. I can be a handful sometimes, and he still puts up with me, so I can put up with this. Still, it would help our friendship so much, at least from my side, if I could get him to change his mind.

Holly Roberts