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14 April 2007 @ 04:29 pm
QaF Fic "Through a Mirror, Darkly" Chapter 18  
Hello everyone.

First off, I will get back to the rest of the feedback from the last chapter. Sorry about that - but my What If challenge fic is posted so that's a done and the kids are feeling better.

Also, if you're into dark humor and old 60's and 70's movies (and Quentin Tarantino), go see Grindhouse.

That's all I have to say about that.

I should devote a whole post to it because...damn!

So, here you go, next chapter.

Love you all!!!

Spoiler Warning for this fic - Enter at your own riskCollapse )

Title: Through a Mirror Darkly
Chapter: 18
Pairing: Brian/Justin - duh!
Genre: Angst/Horror
Warnings: Character Death but not what you think.
Summary: Takes a strange turn at the end of Episode 217, when Brian goes to tell Justin about his new partnership.

Disclaimers: I don't own Cowlip or the boys.

Author's Note: For the purpose of this story - Justin never went on the trip to Vermont since Mikey was a good friend to BOTH Brian and Justin and convinced Justin to stay and wait for Brian.

Author's Note #2: You can pronounce Cthulhu ka-too-la.

Chapter 1 Brian comes home from Chicago
Chapter 2 Brian tries to get some answers
Chapter 3 Brian confronts the blond in his loft
Chapter 4 Brian runs into Kip
Chapter 5 Brian learns who Justin is
Chapter 6 Brian and Michael learn more
Chapter 7 Brian gets some answers from Justin
Chapter 8 Brian goes back to the loft
Chapter 9 Brian talks to Lindsay
Chapter 10 Brian goes to the diner
Chapter 11 Brian reflects on the situation with Ben
Chapter 12 Brian keeps looking for answers
Chapter 13 Brian learns some hard truths
Chapter 14 Brian remembers something
Chapter 15 Brian fucks up
Chapter 16 Brian talks to Daphne
Chapter 17 Brian finds out about Justin

Chapter 18 - Brian gets helpCollapse )
Current Mood: draineddrained
Jude: happy in bedflashfly on May 10th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
The plot of your story is one of the most unique, creative and well-thought out ones I've ever read. Really well done!

From a writer's pov, I find it interesting to read the feedback to this chapter and see how many readers want you to 'do' something - either finish or let up on the angst. I've never written a multi-chaptered fic so it's not something I've ever had to think about - readers' expectations with regard to a conclusion. If it were me, I think I would've felt rushed or anxious to produce what the readers wanted as quickly as possible. This makes me nervous just thinking about it!

I'm along for the ride and so far you haven't disappointed. Although I know the fic is now finished, I'm content to let you take your time and spin out your yarn at your own sweet pace. :)
Maria: angst BJ Aloneslave_o_spike on May 10th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
I happen to be responding to fb from the last chapter and this popped up in my inbox. First off, I'd like to say THANK YOU for giving me fb every few chapters or so. I love to know what people think as they read along.

Yes, people wanted me to do something and yet they didn't want it to end. LOL! I just went at the pace I was planning before I even started posting, when I did the outline. I wasn't going to cut corners or give people what they wanted or thought they wanted just because they were grieving over the angst. I knew that they would eventually get through it and all would be okay.

I'm very happy you're enjoying this!
Jude: brianinbluegreenflashfly on May 10th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
<>I wasn't going to cut corners or give people what they wanted or thought they wanted just because they were grieving over the angst.</>

As it should be. :)
rosy5000: Brian bluerosy5000 on October 2nd, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
Still crying here. :(

I'm gonna be up late tonight finishing this or my heart will remain broken going to sleep.
Maria: angst BJ Stormfrontslave_o_spike on October 5th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
Imagine the people who had to wait for this to be updated.

This part is quite emotional.
Megbndjsfaghag15 on February 29th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
The only vision Brian had before he finally closed his eyes for the last time that night was that of his mother, telling him he would be damned for all eternity for the sole transgression of loving Justin.

He realized as he drifted off to sleep, that Saint Joan was right for once in her life.

Because this was his hell.

yeah, well, he's gonna get out of it, yes? YES??
yes. he is. you said happy ending. i trust you.
i think.

*continues reading*

ughhhhh, i wanna kick fake!brian too. "What do you think?" so KINNEY it's painful.
this wasn't a coherent comment. i apologize. your story seems to be melting my mind.
Maria: Brian scaredslave_o_spike on March 1st, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
LOL! Lots of readers were quite verbose and colorful with their comments, either online here or at my email.

There were quite a few who wanted to kick not our!Brian's ass.

I guess I'm glad. People were really getting into the story and were getting frustrated. :)

And yes, Joan had said his Hell would come because he loved a man. I wanted to show Brian's other hell, the hell where he couldn't love Justin.
Megbndjsfaghag15 on March 1st, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
yes, well, joan can back off, because if brian can handle a guardian, he can take on that heartless bitch.
Coll: bryantcolleen2328 on September 4th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
I didn't expect Father Tom, but the Central American parallel is an intriguing twist.
Maria: Justin smilingslave_o_spike on September 4th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Yowza
I actually liked Father Tom. They didn't have enough regarding people's faith in the show and I thought this was an interesting touch. But over so quickly. I liked the end of that episode where Tom is talking to Brian and then he looks at BJ dancing and he looks up and smiles. It was actually a heavy scene.

I don't think one needs to pound the God point in everywhere, it would just be nice every now and then to see where people's faith rest (like "Six Feet Under" did).

Thank you!
Collcolleen2328 on September 4th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Yowza
I don't think one needs to pound the God point in everywhere, it would just be nice every now and then to see where people's faith rest (like "Six Feet Under" did).

Word, hon! That was SO annoying. Ron must have been a seminarian, or at least an altar boy. There's SO much anger there that he must have been a true believer at one point. And SFU was usually so deft on this key topic.

I've been disappointed with Brothers & Sister, too: they had a opportunity to do the same thing, and all we got was one great speech by Ron Rifkin in the Hanukkah episode. They "repurposed" the Father Tom storyline (even cast an actor who could have been "Son of Father Tom," so to speak, which was CREEPY) and then fumbled it to play Musical Beds. I've given up on that show.

QAF is much more fun. So many cool-kid fans, so little time. Went to Stockbridge last month with friends I met through the fandom. Randy was mind-bendingly great in an All-American Waiting for Godot. Who knew this play was funny? Then we did karaoke. Good times.
Maria: Justin condomslave_o_spike on September 4th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Yowza
I love SFU and I just finished watching it about a week ago. (I saw all 5 seasons in about a month's time - it's the easiest thing to do on a hot summer's night when you can't sleep and hubby wants to do something with you).

It was incredibly deft, as you say, at handling the spirituality issue. I do not know of this Brothers and Sisters of which you speak. I pick about one show to watch every year in its entirety. I really don't have much time to wstch tv (I broke that rule watching Dexter though).

I think Dan and Ron either had bad experiences regarding the church or are just put out because the church doesn't recognize homosexuals, which is actually not true. We've seen otherwise.

It's not the church - it's individual people. I wish Dan and Ron had gotten that point. They seemed to write the show as if it were 'us' and 'them' sometimes. Many discussions on lj have brought this point up.

Anywho, QaF was a fun show to watch and I think Randy Harrison is an amaizing actor. I bet he's wonderful on the stage. You're so lucky and I'm so jealous! :)
Collcolleen2328 on September 4th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Yowza
B&S is on ABC, Sun. nights, but I watched online. Some people think it's just recycled QAF, which is true of certain characters (especially Sally Field's Nora; she channels Deb a lot) and storylines. B&S was my gateway to QAF: during the writers' strike, I heard the "repurposed QAF" complaint, started watching QAF, and they had me at "So, you're into leather?"

Yeah, "us v. them" really gets old fast. Paint-by-number agitprop.

Well, you can go see Bill Irwin in Seattle Rep's Godot this winter, and we'll be even. Or you can go see my friends in Cirque de Flambé. (Or did they go tits up? Can't find a current website.)
Maria: Buffy Angel was this big...slave_o_spike on September 11th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Re: Yowza
I really don't get out very much what with the kids and all. LOL!