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28 March 2003 @ 07:23 pm
Closure.  
I fucked around.

http://www.drizzle.com/~eliade/xs_challenge.html

And now I need cheese and Charmed.

Edited to add: I fixed those inconsistencies with the jeans...sigh.
 
 
 
_valerie_z on March 28th, 2003 07:58 pm (UTC)
Every time I read something written by you I cry. But in a good way. Damn, I love you.

*Runs off to cry.*
Anna S.eliade on March 29th, 2003 11:58 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it. :) But really--you cried? Why? I'm curious. I guess this is one of those cases where I was pretty divorced from any real emotional investment while writing, because I'm not even sure I could pinpoint a likely point in the story that would invoke tears.

Cool, though.
_valerie_z on March 29th, 2003 01:37 pm (UTC)
I think it was the epiphany comment. The whole ending was beautiful.
still lavender from the blockwickedprincess3 on March 28th, 2003 08:34 pm (UTC)
::cries..sobs uncontrollably::
astolatastolat on March 28th, 2003 08:49 pm (UTC)
*fanning self*
Speaking as someone for whom this pairing normally has absolutely no appeal, *yowza*.

Anna S.eliade on March 29th, 2003 11:59 am (UTC)
Re: *fanning self*
Ah, another fly lured into my web of spander. Yay! {g} Thanks for the rec, love.
Loreleiloreleif on March 28th, 2003 08:53 pm (UTC)
Lovely! I'm with astolat -- I don't do X/S (or X/anyone else). But she recced it, so I read it. Glad I did! Very nice. Thank you muchly.
saussy: Smut Not War7spoons on March 28th, 2003 09:08 pm (UTC)
Damn, Anna, if that's "fucking around," you're an evil genius. That was very real, almost too real. I'm scared for those two. I need to go read something shmoopy now.
Jimmy Petstore: fuck warsnoopypez on March 28th, 2003 09:23 pm (UTC)
Guh.

Right. I am the worst reviewer ever. All I can say is.. guh. o.O

Have I mentioned you're just unspeakably awesome?
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Anna S.eliade on March 29th, 2003 12:02 pm (UTC)
I have no words to express my delight with this sixty minute excercise.

Thank you! I hop with excitement at your liking it! :)

Wish I did, cuz if I did I'd be finishing Nicolette Says Jump.

So, is that entering write-off territory...? Like, destined to remain an unfinished symphony? Because I killed myself waiting to read more until it was done, but maybe it's time for me to cave and go reread everything you've got of it. Sniff...

You are the Fucks Around Queen. With cheese. But I still can't watch Charmed. It makes me cranky. I can't even enjoy it for the ridiculous outfits on girls so thin their heads look much too big like cartoons.

You know, it's weird, but the last half dozen eps I've watched have all been pretty decent. Early ones, not later ones. It's disturbing. And I'm so bummed because I taped Friday's ep on my new VCR/DVD player and misunderstood the speeds and only got half of it. It was a big Cole ep, and he was sleek and evil and I'm still grumpy about it.
(Anonymous) on March 29th, 2003 01:33 am (UTC)
Closure
Good god woman! If this is something that you've just produced on the cuff then I'm horrendously afraid. Mind blowingly fantastic.
Estepheiaestepheia on March 29th, 2003 02:45 am (UTC)
Wow! And gah!
Anna, you cheeky thing! You give us a story titled 'Closure' and you build up towards something, give us sex and XXL sized angst and dismantle Xander but only to make him human and tangible, and then you withhold... closure.

And Spike? Definitely gives off a hybrid vibe, human enough to understand part of what's going on but in spite of his soul too remote, almost alien, to act on his vague empathic impulses.

Both are so weary. Well at least you give them a good orgasm.

While riding him, Xander said filthy things in a calm, sure voice, things nasty enough to make Spike feel the sharp astonishment of love taking shape somewhere in his chest.
I would have liked to hear those nasty things - mainly because I love reading dialogue, particularly if it's nasty...

This lack of closure is not nice of you. You tease! What *will* Xander say when he's sober again?

Oh and let me just say I :::heart::: you - not just because you answered the Sixty Minutes challenge (giving us another completely different version) but because you consistently combine pretty with evocative with snarky with bittersweet and hot. Thank you.
Please let me know if you need more challenges. :-D
Anna S.eliade on March 29th, 2003 12:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow! And gah!
Anna, you cheeky thing! You give us a story titled 'Closure' and you build up towards something, give us sex and XXL sized angst and dismantle Xander but only to make him human and tangible, and then you withhold... closure.

Heh. :) "Dismantle Xander." I like that.

I would have liked to hear those nasty things - mainly because I love reading dialogue, particularly if it's nasty...

Dirty talk is hard to do well without turning off a significant segment of readers, I think, who might tend to find it ridiculous or grow distanced. It's one of those things where if you're a participant--fictional or otherwise--it can be very exciting, but if you're a third party, listening in might just make you say, huh, if not ewww. Because of that it's also rather hard to sustain for more than a paragraph or so. I like dirty talk, though, in my head if nowhere else. I wonder if anyone has dirty-talk recs.

This lack of closure is not nice of you. You tease! What *will* Xander say when he's sober again?

"Ow. My head."

Oh and let me just say I :::heart::: you -

I heart you too, baby. It's good to have someone in S/X fandom with such boundless, dervish-making energy for the pairing.
Estepheiaestepheia on March 29th, 2003 01:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow! And gah!
It's good to have someone in S/X fandom with such boundless, dervish-making energy for the pairing.
Thanky. *Blushes* Boundless, huh? You know, a few months ago I didn't even know what the letters OTP stand for, and I would have reacted indignantly to the suggestion that S/X might be my one true pairing, but I'm beginning to think that maybe it is. Because somehow almost all my challenges are S/X related and I look out for moments of S/X friendship even in Spuffy fics. I need help.

The only other pairing I persue regularly is Spike/Anya - but that's a lot rarer than Spander. I'm also a total sucker for Spike/Anya/Xander, but that is even rarer.


As for the dirty talk, yeah it gets old fast. And some of the readers who don't normally read slash it's probably off-putting.

"Ow. My head."
Hey that's cheating. You know that's not what I meant. Go on, *nudge nudge* write a sequel. You know you want to.

lovessonglovessong on March 29th, 2003 06:25 am (UTC)
So good. So hot. Your stories are worthy of worship. Mmm, loved it.
sockkpuppett on March 29th, 2003 10:12 am (UTC)
Good God!
And thank you.

I can't think of anything even remotely pithy to say--just weird little choking noises.

Loved Spike. Loved Xander. They're both such assholes sometimes. LOL
xanphibian on March 29th, 2003 02:40 pm (UTC)
Really great. Totally messed up and lugging around all that baggage and not really connecting but understanding. Or is that not understanding but connecting? No, I think I had it with the first one. Thanks for sharing.
JaneDavittjanedavitt on March 29th, 2003 03:14 pm (UTC)
Loved this fic. Angel is a total tosser but as it was the spark that really got Spike going, I'll forgive him. Very hot, undercurrent of angst; perfect.
db: nospoilerdb2305 on March 30th, 2003 08:17 am (UTC)
Totally gorgeous
Yeah, that and evil, too. You do such a good job of opening up Spike's head and not making gooey sweetness come out but real unpretty but hot stuff. You're the one of the goddesses of Spander!
You're also one of the people that made me read X/S, because I was so Spuffy I cried the first time I inadvertently read a S/W story. Growth or regression? I don't know the answer...
benaresq on March 30th, 2003 03:14 pm (UTC)
You are quite, quite brilliant. I always imagine you as tired of hearing that so I don;t say it very often, but I think it quite a lot. Enjoyed that hugely, thank you.