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Keep Hoping Machine Running ([personal profile] thefourthvine) wrote2008-11-06 08:12 pm

Dear Yuletide Writer

Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hi! I love you. I just wanted to start out by saying that.

Also, my requests are MUCH LESS CRAZY than last year (with the exception of the request that's always there and always crazy, and since you've seen my request list I'm sure you know what I mean), so that's a very good thing, right?

Don't leave me, Yuletide Writer!

Sorry. I'm trying to make you like me and want to write for me, because my writer last year defaulted without notice and my writer the year before that defaulted with notice, and I am starting to feel like maybe I have a certain aura of undesirability about me when it comes to Yuletide. I got seriously awesome stories both times - I always get seriously awesome stories - but I worry that I, you know, have driven people away with my crazy wrongness.

So: please stay! I am a nice person and a nice recipient. I can provide references if desired.

And now I will tell you about me and my requests in excessive and disturbing length. If that's going to throw you off, no need to read. Instead I will just say: please please please do not harm children or animals in the story you write for me. Otherwise, follow your heart.



Me

If you're curious about what I like in fan fiction - this is mostly a recs journal. If it's recommended here, I loved it. So that's one resource.

But that might take more time than you have, so let me offer a summary for the busy Yuletide author on the go. I love:
  • Happy endings
  • Humor
  • Good grammar and spelling
  • Snappy dialog
  • Plot
  • Point of view
  • Smut
  • Many, many other things
My squicks include:
  • Animal and child harm or death. These are my absolute deal-breaker squicks; I can't deal with them at all.
  • Embarrassment
  • Misogyny and gratuitous abuse of women.
  • Incest. (This really should not be an issue with any of my requests, but, hey, I figure warning is always good.)
  • Vastly underage or serious underage/overage explicit sex.
Liz Williams - Inspector Chen series

There are three things that I think are awesome about this series.
  • The characters. I love Chen and Inari and Zhu Irzh, even if I cannot for the life of me figure out how to pronounce Zhu Irzh (I tend to go with Zoo Ers, but it sounds so much less demonic than it looks). I have special love for Inari, which is hard, because she doesn't appear in the books as much as the other two. I would especially love it if Inari got to be truly active - not reactive or passive - in your story.

    And I firmly, firmly believe that the best possible outcome for the three of them would be a threesome of some description. Chen is just the right guy to be involved with two demons, since he's clearly kinked that way - he's even attracted to Zhu Irzh at one point because of his demonic nature. Zhu Irzh has a conscience that is only going to get him into trouble in Hell, but that might serve him nicely in an earthly relationship with a human and a very nice demon girl. And Inari obviously loves Chen a lot, but she might also enjoy a taste of home.

  • The concept and the world. I love the way Heaven and Hell are portrayed in this world. I am especially curious about what other cultures' Heavens and Hells might look like, so if you want to take me on a tour of one or more of those, that would be fabulous.

  • The cases. Mysteries are awesome! When they are mixed up with theological matters and gods and demons and magic, they are even MORE awesome. I'm always up for more mystery.
E L Konigsburg - The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World.

I find what Konigsburg did in this book interesting; to me, she very clearly told us, "OH HAI THESE TWO ARE GAY," but she never actually said it. There's a lot she's not saying overtly in this book, a lot that she expects and enables the reader to infer, and I love that.

But, of course, I also want the overt text. Which is where fan fiction comes in!

I think Amedeo and William are adorable and sweet, but, you know, they're still kids. So I'd love to see them when they're older.

There's a huge difference between these two in terms of class and background, and I'd love to see how that plays out in their future relationship (or friendship, if slash is not something you can go for).

Pretty much anything else goes. I'd love to see more about the antiques business, more about history, more about art, more of their mothers, or more of their (very complicated relationships with) their fathers, but all this is totally optional. Mostly what I want is to see Amedeo and William growing up, and grown up - and maybe dealing with being queer with the same dignity and realism that Konigsburg gives them in the book.

Scrubs - Nick Murdoch/John Dorian

I love Scrubs for the humor, and also for the (do I get drummed off the cynics' block if I say humanity?) humanity inside the humor.

This is one of those rare TV fandoms where I've actually seen some of the canon, and some of what I have seen not only made me laugh but still makes me laugh when I remember it. And J.D.'s voice is what makes this show work a lot of the time. (I actually watched episodes of the show because I fell in love with the humor and the voice of it via fan fiction, and then there wasn't any more. I had no choice but to turn to canon.) So, you know, humor and voice: very important to me.

The humanity thing is equally important to me in this case, because I'm requesting a big ol' pile of romance, here. Nick! J.D.! A happy ending that involves the lovin'! So, you know, like the show, except more gay, with more stable romantic relationships, and a happy ending.

Oh, and two other notes: I am only vaguely canon compliant for the first and second seasons, and know virtually nothing about the later seasons, so do not feel constrained in any way. And, also - shameful confession time - I actually like Dr. Cox and Jordan together. They are my secret het OTP of love and barbed wire. So, you know, if you don't have to break them up or trample on Jordan, well, that will be even better for me.

RPF - Charles Baudelaire

These details are pretty much a repeat of last year. Because, well, I ask for this pretty much every year.

There's a reason why I always put this request fourth: it's certifiable. Or maybe I am. But still. I love Charles Baudelaire so much, and I find the world he describes in his poetry so fascinating, and I would love to see a story about him, especially if it's set in the world his poetry describes. (And, by the way - she wasn't in the character list, but if you want to include Jeanne Duval, by all means DO.) If you want to throw in a crossover, well, Angelus from the Jossverse seems obvious to me; in the Angel episode She he makes it clear he knew Baudelaire, and frankly that explains so much. But do whatever! The choice is yours!

I have no single favorite translation of his works; I think most of the translators rocked some of the poems and totally failed on others, so I kind of pick and choose. However, in case you're unaware of it, there is an awesome resource for Baudelaire's poetry online: fleursdumal.org. You can find translations of all the poems here, and there's at least one good one for almost all of them. I whole-heartedly recommend it.

(Oh, and I should note: I don't speak French. I know, I know, I'm totally pathetic, reading Baudelaire in translation. I own it. My point is - a realistic, period Paris background is desirable; I've done enough reading about Baudelaire that I would love that. But realistic language would be kind of a problem, since, you know, I couldn't read it.)

And, well - in general I love lighter, happier stories with happy endings. I crave the happy! Except here. Baudelaire's story is not happy, and neither is his ending, and I would in no way want you to change that. Go to town - go for creepy, go for tragic, go for crazy. Whatever you feel works. (Just, I know with Baudelaire it's tempting, but if you could try hard not to hurt animals or children, that would be awesome. Feel free to abuse Baudelaire all you want.) I will read with gratitude and wonder, and I will fully appreciate it, because Baudelaire's story is totally a lush, insane tragedy.

[identity profile] dormouse-in-tea.livejournal.com 2008-11-07 04:55 am (UTC)(link)
I am, obviously, not your Yuletide writer. This should be self-evident given that I do not write, nor am I signed up for Yuletide. But I like to be upfront about these things.

But I must comment, because WHAT WHAT WAIT WHAT. You have just edjumacated me about a new Konigsburg book I didn't know about. Must get.

And also, I live in hope that you will one day get your Baudelaire story. Because that would be a thing of incredible awesomeness and joy.

[identity profile] thefourthvine.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 07:17 pm (UTC)(link)
But I like to be upfront about these things.

*g* I wholly advocate this. (Of course, taken to an extreme, this would allow me to find my Yuletide writer by process of elimination. Fortunately, fandom has never been that organized.)

You have just edjumacated me about a new Konigsburg book I didn't know about.

It's interesting! It's linked to a couple of her other books, but in this book specifically she - okay. My thoughts while reading went something like this:

OMG SO SLASHY.
Wait, these kids are like 12. I am going to hell!
...But, really, this is SO SLASHY. I think he just drew mental hearts around William's name.
HELL. I AM GOING THERE.
Wait. Wait. Is she doing this on purpose?
She is! She's TOTALLY doing this on purpose!
William and Amedeo, sitting in a tree...

And also, I live in hope that you will one day get your Baudelaire story.

ME TOO OMG. I mean, obviously, I hope for all these stories, but that story has the potential for such awesomeness! In hands that are not mine.

[identity profile] dormouse-in-tea.livejournal.com 2008-11-09 05:22 am (UTC)(link)
oh really? Which books is it connected to? Any chance of A View From Saturday or Father's Arcane Daughter? *wistful* Those are my most beloved of her books.

You make me want to read this one so much. But it is not out in paperback yet. My life, made of woe.

[identity profile] jane-elliot.livejournal.com 2008-11-07 06:39 am (UTC)(link)
Just to prove that an English Lit degree means absolutely squat, I have never read anything by Baudelaire. But I can't really see how you can go wrong with a prompt that includes the line 'Feel free to abuse Baudelaire all you want.' Guaranteed good stuff there:)

[identity profile] thefourthvine.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 07:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Perhaps you were not sufficiently angsty as a teenager. That's where the reading of Baudelaire comes in. (I started with Anne Rice, when I was young and impressionable. From there, it's a very short jump to Baudelaire. But the Baudelaire lasted. Anne Rice pretty much lost me at Queen of the Damned.)

But I can't really see how you can go wrong with a prompt that includes the line 'Feel free to abuse Baudelaire all you want.'

*snerk* Normally, I wouldn't do that sort of prompt, but you kind of have to abuse Baudelaire. Life sure did.
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[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/solo____/ 2008-11-07 07:14 am (UTC)(link)
OMG you requested Mysterious Edge fanfic!! This is awesome. Starting to look forward to Yuletide now. :-)

(I don't request because I don't write, so I kind of depend on others to ask for things I'd like to see.)

[identity profile] thefourthvine.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 07:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Starting to look forward to Yuletide now.

*bounce bounce bounce bounce* I am in the happy state of Awaiting My Assignment! (That's followed by the Five Stages of Getting Your Assignment, which are followed by Yuletide Panic, which is followed, in the fullness of time, by an actual story. We hope.)

I don't request because I don't write, so I kind of depend on others to ask for things I'd like to see.

Then you should pimp, so other people are inclined to want the things you want! And comment, because if you comment a lot on stories you get to make requests for NYR, or at least last year people did. There is a Yuletide for everyone! (Although the first time I did Yuletide I had not completed ANY fan fiction. I just really really really wanted to participate. So even if you don't normally write, Yuletide might potentially be for you, although a sane person would try a NYR story first.)
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[identity profile] xparrot.livejournal.com 2008-11-07 07:24 am (UTC)(link)
I am not participating in Yuletide this year and know nothing about most of your requests - Scrubs is the only one I know, and I've got no clue who Murdoch is, but I wanted to say that Dr. Cox/Jordon is my secret het OTP, too - omg their love is so sadistically dysfunctional!

[identity profile] thefourthvine.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 07:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Not participating in Yuletide? WOE. (Added selfish WOE: this means there is no chance you will be writing a story for MEEEEEEEE.)

Scrubs is the only one I know, and I've got no clue who Murdoch is, but I wanted to say that Dr. Cox/Jordon is my secret het OTP, too - omg their love is so sadistically dysfunctional!

Murdoch was in only one episode, episode 1.07 - he was the perfect doctor who kept besting J.D. at everything until he just couldn't cope with the stress and dropped out. And, in my opinion, he was totally hot for J.D. (I have friends who will back me up on this.)

But YAY for someone else who will admit to wanting Dr. Cox and Jordan together! See, my thinking is that they broke each other. Their fault lines match each other's. Plus, if you hook either of them up with someone else, well, that's just one more person who will get broken. Whereas together, they're so dysfunctional they actually sort of function. It's a conundrum! Involving a lot of bitter sarcasm!
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[identity profile] bkwrrm-tx.livejournal.com 2008-11-13 03:46 am (UTC)(link)
Oh no, Dr. Cox and Jordan *need* to be together, so that all the broken bits fit just so.

Oh, hi. I just found your LJ and think that you have some nifty and interesting things to say, so I friended you. Hope you don't mind.

[identity profile] marycrawford.livejournal.com 2008-11-07 10:51 am (UTC)(link)
*waves* Your link to fleursdumal.org is br0ken. And I hope you get a writer who is not daunted by your fabulousness this year!

Clearly, I really need to read Inspector Chen books. I have one in my bookcase, even, patiently awaiting its turn...

[identity profile] thefourthvine.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 07:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi, you! *waves back enthusiastically*

Your link to fleursdumal.org is br0ken.

Whoops, and thank you for pointing that out. (Also, your icon is AWESOME. And FUNNY.)

Clearly, I really need to read Inspector Chen books.

[livejournal.com profile] brown_betty ordered me to read them. She is rarely wrong. About anything, I mean, but especially about books.

[identity profile] delurker.livejournal.com 2008-11-07 11:06 am (UTC)(link)
I love reading people's prompts and thinking about what stories might result. They all sound awesome.

Also, the Inspector Chen series sounds pretty cool.

[identity profile] thefourthvine.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 07:30 pm (UTC)(link)
I know. So much fun!

And the Inspector Chen series is quite good. I enjoy world-building and creative use of religion, so they are pretty much made for me. (As I said to Mary, [livejournal.com profile] brown_betty ordered me to read them, and she was right to do so. She's right about most things.)

[identity profile] margueritem.livejournal.com 2008-11-07 02:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Your post just scared me half to death! I was all, "Signing up is already closed? What do you mean it's already Nov. 11?!!!!"

*checks calendar* Ooof. *breathes again*

Scrubs! ♥

[identity profile] thefourthvine.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 07:32 pm (UTC)(link)
No, no, I'm just jumping the gun so I can put a link to my Dear Yuletide Writer letter in my story details. I saw someone do that last year and thought it was extremely clever. I'm sorry for having worried you!

Now go sign up before it's too late!

[identity profile] norah.livejournal.com 2008-11-07 02:56 pm (UTC)(link)
PROMPTS. OF. AWESOME.

We have come so far since our original "prefer slash" type prompts! I love getting prompts like these!

Sadly, I will not get YOUR prompts, as I did not sign up to write any of your requested fandoms. But, you know, you've inspired me to at least re-do my own while I am HOME SICK AGAIN TODAY GODDAMNIT.

[identity profile] thefourthvine.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 07:34 pm (UTC)(link)
ENTIRELY. THANKS. TO. YOU.

We have come so far since our original "prefer slash" type prompts!

I know! It's like one of those inspiring stories in Reader's Digest. We should write a book about our transformation from prompt wastrels to prompt queens!

And then we should conquer the mysteries of the story summary.

But, you know, you've inspired me to at least re-do my own while I am HOME SICK AGAIN TODAY GODDAMNIT.

Oh my honey. Become well!

And forward me a copy of your redone signup! Curiosity: I has it.
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[identity profile] bravecows.livejournal.com 2008-11-07 10:11 pm (UTC)(link)
This post totally made me so excited about Yuletide. Yuletide! \o/

(I tend to go with Zoo Ers, but it sounds so much less demonic than it looks)

*giggles* It is probably something like Choo Erch (Irzh is a really weird word, though; is it supposed to be Chinese? I read the book but wasn't sure). Only 'zh' is a harder sound than 'ch' -- it's sort of like 'tch'. I think!

[identity profile] thefourthvine.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 07:38 pm (UTC)(link)
YAY YULETIDE! I noticed you have signed up, and that is a VERY GOOD THING.

It is probably something like Choo Erch. Only 'zh' is a harder sound than 'ch' -- it's sort of like 'tch'. I think!

That helps some, although I wish it sounded less like a burp. Is the zh sound like chet or chaf in Hebrew? (You can sort of hear them here (http://www.njop.org/jsAlephbet/alephbet.htm), if you're curious.)

Irzh is a really weird word, though; is it supposed to be Chinese? I read the book but wasn't sure

I was hoping you would know. To me it looks like maybe demon Chinese? *guessing randomly now*
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[identity profile] belladonnalin.livejournal.com 2008-11-07 10:20 pm (UTC)(link)
This is SUCH A GOOD IDEA.

I'm totally going to do this for my [livejournal.com profile] 3_ships writer.

[identity profile] thefourthvine.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 07:40 pm (UTC)(link)
My philosophy is that you can never provide too much information for your writer in a story exchange. (I'm still recovering from the shock of going to a recipient's LJ and discovering that it was all in a language I don't read. WOE.) I figure, the writer doesn't have to use the information, but it's there, just in case.

[identity profile] tevere.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 12:05 am (UTC)(link)
Huh. What is this Inspector Chen thing of which you speak? It sounds very cool. I might have to go out and see if I can find myself a copy of some of the books. I've actually been AMAZINGLY restrained on my book-buying during this current work trip (probably because I've spent all my time watching SYTYCD, courtesy of queen pimp [livejournal.com profile] makesmewannadie), even though I packed so light to save room for books that I forgot to pack my underwear /O\

[identity profile] thefourthvine.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 07:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Snake Agent (http://www.amazon.com/Snake-Agent-Detective-Inspector-Novels/dp/1597801070/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226173227&sr=1-1) is the first one. It's very cool. I mean: world building. Religion. It might as well have been MADE for me.

probably because I've spent all my time watching SYTYCD, courtesy of queen pimp [livejournal.com profile] makesmewannadie

OMG SHE GOT YOU. Haven't you learned not to open your eyes when she's around?

even though I packed so light to save room for books that I forgot to pack my underwear

You know, BB and I once traveled to England with my mother, who spent the entire trip shopping because she'd forgotten to pack any trousers (or skirts, or anything else with which to clothe her lower half). And I thought that was pretty much the peak of forgetful packing. But not packing underwear is WORSE. *awards you prize*

[identity profile] tevere.livejournal.com 2008-11-11 12:53 pm (UTC)(link)
*accepts prize*

But, dude. I question your prize-giving. Is it worse to forget underwear, the lack of which is invisible to the outside world, or your PANTS?

Unsurprisingly, bookstores in the north of Australia did not stock Liz Williams. I'll order it off Amazon, though, because it sounds just up my alley.

And, hey, I loved SYTYCD from the get-go! MMWD, however, has opened my eyes to the slash potential *g*. She has also faciliated my consumption of so many episodes that now when I hear music, I SEE DANCE. Possibly a sign that I should take a break, watch a bit of Terminator...

[identity profile] thefourthvine.livejournal.com 2008-11-13 07:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Is it worse to forget underwear, the lack of which is invisible to the outside world, or your PANTS?

If she'd managed to get all the way to the UK without WEARING pants, my mother would still have the prize. But you can re-wear a pair of pants while you shop for additional pants. Re-wearing underwear is...ickier.

I'll order it off Amazon, though, because it sounds just up my alley.

I would be curious to hear if you liked it!

And, hey, I loved SYTYCD from the get-go! MMWD, however, has opened my eyes to the slash potential *g*.

She is a foul temptress. This is a proven fact.

She has also faciliated my consumption of so many episodes that now when I hear music, I SEE DANCE.

You have acquired a very peculiar form of synesthesia! Can you get compensation for that under your employment plan?

[identity profile] seshat-maat.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 05:31 pm (UTC)(link)
I, too, am crossing my fingers on your getting that Baudelaire story. But the Inspector Chen mysteries look neat! I'm going to the library today, so, yay for more things to look for. And speaking of reading lists, have you read Holly Lisle's "Sympathy for the Devil"? It has a fun view of Christian heaven and hell if you turned them into bureaucracies. It's also available online at http://www.webscription.net/10.1125/Baen/0671877038/0671877038.htm, and for download at http://www.baen.com/library/, so you don't even have to buy it.

[identity profile] thefourthvine.livejournal.com 2008-11-08 07:45 pm (UTC)(link)
The Inspector Chen mysteries are entirely neat, and I recommend them. Poke your librarian if necessary!

And, no, I totally haven't read Sympathy for the Devil. I will have a look for it, because I need things to read right now. Thank you for the rec!

[identity profile] paceus.livejournal.com 2008-11-09 10:49 am (UTC)(link)
Just commenting to let you know that I decided on Thursday night that I wouldn't participate, and then on Friday that I would, and now I've signed up and written my DYW letter (http://paceus.livejournal.com/94734.html). I read your helpful prompt guide from last year, thank you for writing that! I think the Frasier part of my DYW letter is still kind of insane because I'm so in love with Frasier, but I hope if I say four or five times that my suggestions are just suggestions I won't scare my Yuletide writer away.

Your letter is awesome and I hope you get a wonderful story this year. Happy Yuletide! Maybe we can bond over panicking and writing angst later. ♥
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[personal profile] starfishchick 2008-11-12 05:00 pm (UTC)(link)
I wish I knew enough about Baudelaire or the period to write that for you. Maybe someday...

[identity profile] resonant8.livejournal.com 2008-11-18 02:21 am (UTC)(link)
Just dropping by to wish you a happy birthday! If it is in fact your birthday!
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[identity profile] ignazwisdom.livejournal.com 2008-11-18 02:33 am (UTC)(link)
*off-topic*

Why hello there!

Happy happy birthday!
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[personal profile] perevision 2010-12-26 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm sorry, this is years late and not at all related to Yuletide. But I really wanted Mysterious Edge fanfic too, and after 3 hours on Google this was all I could find. So I wondered if you wanted to start the world's tiniest fandom with me.

I'm more an artist than a writer, so I hope it's ok.

--
They don't really talk at school.

It's been some years since Amedeo was the new kid in town. He's still invisible to most kids at Lancaster High School, but he no longer feels like a member of Aloners Anonymous. He does what he feels is required of him, and goes home satisfied. If Jake Kaplan ever found out his son went through school like a 35-year-old office worker, he'd have a fit, but Amedeo's happy to save his ninety percent for after school.

Sometimes he catches William's eye as the other boy is passing, on his disinterested way to somewhere else. Once or twice every year someone tries to make William interested, but he grays them out politely. There's no fuss. They're happy to admire his aloofness from a distance...as long as they're sure no one else has succeeded where they failed.

Amedeo understands how they feel. He still feels the exclamation points somewhere inside, whenever he says or thinks William's name.

Ever since the Summer of the Moon Lady he's known what that meant. Well, not exactly; he'd felt the world open up as he listened to the story of Peter's uncle and namesake, and he'd looked across at William and saw the world open up for his friend as well. It was later, on the loading dock in Wisconsin that December, when Amedeo watched William listen to the angel on his shoulder and thought about how William had part of his ninety percent now, and felt hot and cold at the same time. When William gave his jacket back Amedeo had hung it carefully in the closet, and held one fuzz-trimmed cuff for a moment as if it were someone else's hand. Then he felt silly, and shut the door.

It was as if the world had seemed infinite for a few months, and then closed like a fist again. It's not as if anyone would make Amedeo wear the Pink Triangle, but whenever he lets himself think about it, he feels helpless and hunted anyway. So he's tried not to think about it. For three years.

These days he's mostly got the anxiety under control. He's too busy with his part-time job at Wilcox Appraisals (which pays for his subscriptions to Creative Review) and running the website for the Sheboygan Art Center. Today it's a warm spring day, perfect for distracting after-school walks, and he's thinking about the new Russian Avant Garde exhibit opening in July (lovebug season), as he gets on the bus.

Thoughts of Rodchenko and Lissitzky evaporate when William takes a seat behind him.

Neither of them say a word all the way home; the bus is full of kids from school, and it's still half full when they reach Amedeo's stop.

He thinks hard about the website as he shoulders his backpack and steps off the bus. Peter will have a lot to write about, he says to himself. Neo-Primitivism. The End of Painting. Had the bus door taken longer to close than usual? The rise of poster art. Constructivism. He can't hear footsteps behind him, but the soft earth around here absorbs sound. 5 x 5 = 25.

"Why the multiplication table?" asks a voice in a Southern accent. "Could've sworn you were thinking of your Art Center."

Amedeo manages not to jump, and turns around. William ambles up to him, hands in his pockets, smiling his half-smile.

It was easier when he was younger. Puberty makes everything more urgent, somehow. Amedeo sighs. "Sorry, was I mumbling to myself again?"

William shrugs. Amedeo ignores the sudden twinge.

"5 x 5 = 25," he says, collecting his thoughts. "It was an exhibit of Russian abstract art, that claimed to herald the death of traditional painting."

"The summer show," says William, grinning. "So I was right."

Amedeo smiles. "You were right."

The early-May wind blows William's blond hair right into his eyes. His head full of red triangles, black lines, and squares of blue and yellow, Amedeo reaches up without thinking and brushes it back.

"Um," says William, and Amedeo freezes.

"Rosa Winkel," he says, through the lump in his throat. "I have to go."

Before he can even turn and run, William says, "Deo, wait," and grabs his hand. Amedeo just manages to think this cannot possibly be happening as William's other arm goes round his waist, and then he's getting his first kiss, good and proper.

His mother is going to kill him. Half the school is going to kill him. Even mild Mrs. Wilcox might put aside peacemaking and join the general slaughter when she finds out. Amedeo puts his arms around William's neck and opens his mouth, and he gets a tingle right down to his knees when he touches the tip of William's tongue with his own.

When they break apart, flushed and oxygen deprived, William leans his forehead against Amedeo's. "You might could have told me before," he says. "I was all braced for you to fall in love with some girl with a long swanny neck."

Amedeo laughs.

They walk back to his house holding hands, and never mind that anyone might see them.

--
One more:

"You're getting married again?" Amedeo considers throttling the phone, but that would be useless. It might make him feel better, though. "We haven't even met her yet!"

"Your mother knows her," says Jake Kaplan. "She might not approve, though."

"Which is why I would have greatly appreciated meeting this person myself!"

Will is lounging on the bed with a copy of Creative Review. He scribbles something on one of Amedeo's Post-Its and holds it up, grinning. You talk like your Ma when you're mad, it reads. Amedeo throws a pillow from the reading chair at him.

"You're coming up to the Art Center for the summer, aren't you?" his father says. "You can meet her then. Bring William, if you like."

Amedeo blushes. "Do you want to talk to Mother?" he says, changing the subject.

There's a short pause, then his father says, in tones of great dignity:

"I prefer not to."

Someone in the background laughs, low and delighted, and Amedeo begins to feel better about the whole business. He locks eyes with Will, and they're both smiling by the time he puts down the phone.
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[personal profile] perevision 2010-12-27 02:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay, thanks a lot! I just loved writing it, so I'm glad you enjoyed it too.
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[personal profile] jibrailis 2010-12-31 04:59 am (UTC)(link)
oh, this is so lovely and perfect. I've been wanting fic for this fandom ever since I saw thefourthvine's Yuletide letter some year(s) ago, and now it exists and I am so happy!
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[personal profile] perevision 2010-12-31 05:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I was craving fic and wondering if I should write some myself, but I didn't have any idea where to start, then I saw this prompt and went of course! and hit OpenOffice.

Bless the Internet.
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[personal profile] semielliptical 2010-12-31 05:07 am (UTC)(link)
William and Amedeo!!!! They fit together so well, in their strange and slightly awkward but mostly wonderful way. This made me so happy!!
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[personal profile] perevision 2010-12-31 05:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Something about thefourthvine's prompt coming right on the heels of my re-reading the book just boosted my very delinquent Muse (he drinks; it's a long, sad story). I love these boys.

[identity profile] dormouse-in-tea.livejournal.com 2010-12-31 04:21 pm (UTC)(link)
These are DELIGHTFUL. I love them! Eeeee!
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[personal profile] perevision 2010-12-31 05:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! Me too :D

[identity profile] dsidhe.livejournal.com 2011-01-01 08:40 am (UTC)(link)
This was amazing! I really liked the epilogue with Amadeo's father :).

I too wanted Mysterious Edge fanfic but didn't dare try writing it myself. Glad I found this!
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[personal profile] perevision 2011-01-02 01:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! Glad I found so many Mysterious Edge fans!
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[personal profile] ceares 2011-01-06 09:06 pm (UTC)(link)
just finished the book and this reads like a lovely epilogue. perfect, thank you!