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dS fic: Episodic Romance

dS fic: Episodic Romance

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Episodic Romance

R 70,000 words
Find it at the Red Ships Green Ships ‘Zine ETA: Link down, back soon

Now Available at my website: Episodic Romance.


Ray almost wakes.

Ray doesn’t want to wake; he wants to drown in sleep. Sleep is cool and placid and leaches away every single thought, just as sure as the water sucked the warmth from his muscles in the Henry Allen. Ray doesn’t want strong arms grasping him, or hot breath forced between his lips and into his lungs; Ray kicks and tries to wrench free. He wants to go back, dive back under, burrow under his comforter to find the serenity of the drowning. That still moment when nothing matters any more, because everything is certain and everything is a long and dreamless sleep. But the more Ray struggles, the more Ray tries to wrench free and have the current take him; the more aware Ray becomes. The more awake Ray becomes.

The more Ray remembers.


I’d like to thank yeungmaisu for actually asking me to write something for the ‘zine, for lighting the blue touch paper and standing back, and for fanning the flames. torakowalski is still the most amazing beta known to man. shadowkitty needs love for looking over some of the text and, most importantly, letting me dance around her room possessed by Ray Kowalski when I first conceived the plot. papajoemambo needs thanking in more ways than I can count, I'd tell you, but then I might just be spoiling things. isiscolo was my pacemaker and our swapping of progress and writer’s block stories kept me going when times were tough. grey853 and bluebrocade saw an early draft of the opening and helped me with my Anglicisms. My entire livejournal friendslist deserve love for the support they’ve given me, and the hundred synonyms for vomiting.

I would also like to thank j_s_cavalcante who liked this enough to help me spork my britishisms and help me out writing a new and better ending and generally being a supportive (and really nice) person.

Thank you. Any flaws left are mine. Without you, this thing would have fallen apart long ago.

Feedback always appreciated.
  • 70 how many words? meep! it may take me a wee while to read!


    *considers abusing printer privileges at work*
  • Squeeeeee!!! *cough* That is all.
  • OMG yay!
  • OMG it's out! Yay!

    I am reading, and even as a reader it's tiring being inside Ray Kowalski's head in that fugue state! I totally understand now why you complained about writing it, which must have been much harder! But it's so worth it! Because this is another fresh and new and original angle on him (and Fraser) that still rings beautifully true to the characters. I love that about them. I think we all could write them for many more years and never plumb the depths, you know?

    So I'm reading happily! I just want to say, the Six Degrees cameos? Are brilliant and made of awesome. When Fraser asked the "movie director"--you know which one--the question he asked him--you know which one--I was yelling aloud how I seriously love you...

    ...and that was even before the dyslexic Canadian sign painter showed up.

    SO MUCH LOVE!!! :)

    Also? Oh, Ray...

    *reads on*
  • P.S.:

    Ray mumbles, "Canadian movie about chickens."

    I. Love. You.
  • I'm more than halfway through now. Just want to say the story is brilliant. Terrifyingly so, at points. :) Your Ray is brilliant. I'm loath to put spoilers here, but the part with the splitting--you know what I mean? Where there's "Vecchio" and there's RayK? I'm in complete awe. It scares me how clearly I can see this. Also his peeks behind the veil? I love this interpretation of Ray, which few authors have used, but I've always found it so true...I know he could/would. I adore how his thought processes gradually clarify, especially directly as a result of his insight. It rings absolutely true.

    Also, god, just about every other line is a gem...no, maybe all the lines. I marked so many to comment on that it will take me nearly forever, I think. I'm just floored that you could keep this up for 70,000 words.

    Just. Wow. Sterling work.
    • I am so glad that that scene worked, you know, the one with the "splittage", I was so worried that nobody would get what was going on, and as it turned out to be one of my BIG THEMES, that was faintly worrying.

      It was exhausting. It grew exponentially, while I started it about the same time last year, it started coming in faster and faster once I got past that point.
  • Buzzyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Congratulations! OMG. Wow. You finally finished it. !!!!!!!!!
  • Re: Find it at the Red Ships Green Ships ‘Zine

    Sweetheart, I wanted to tell you how amazing and special you are and to thank you again for all your hard work.

    You are incredible - never forget that. Ever.
  • Wow. What a ride. I finished reading today (I printed it out and was reading on a bus on my way to work and back for about a week) and let me tell you one thing: you are some kind of mad genius, surely. The story is absolutely brilliant. J S Cavalcante said it all before me and much more eloquently than I ever could, so I'll just say that you rock like a rocking thing and I enjoyed the story a lot. Like, A LOT. Thank you! \o/
    • *squees*

      *runs around and squees some more*

      It is awesome to hear from anyone who has read what I spent most of my time calling the bfp (uh, big fannish project, despite having the title right at the start, bfp is still how I think of it) and that it is you just makes things even more awesome. I think you are much more eloquent then I.

      There is a version with a slightly better (uh, much better) ending and more briticism weeding (j_s_cavalcante helped on that one) which is waiting in the wings for an update on RSGS. Matters are out of human hands on that front.

      (There's about a couple of thousand new words, would you like an email?)
  • I wanted to read 'Episodic Romance' but the link seems to be broken?
  • Uh oh! I should have checked all the URLs before posting ...

    I recced you in my latest ds_recsredux post, and the links isn't repaired yet. :-(

    I hope it goes back up soon!
  • I've been reading your story and it is absolutely amazing, but as I have no computer of my own and it's getting late, I went to print it out...and the last Episode doesn't seem to be fully there; what appears is a fraction of the size and cuts off rather strangely.

    It could be the computer I'm on, but if I'm having problems, other people might be too, so I figured you'd want to know.
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