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qaffic: stumble and fall, 13 (WAS complete, qaf, Justin, Brian, Daphne)
children of dune - leto 1
I promised myself that if I was good and made serious headway into at least one other WIP, I would just post this thing, just to get it out of my folder for good. I did, and I was good, and now I get hot chocolate.

So. Stumble and Fall, QaF, Justin, Brian, Daphne, follow-up to my Echo and Steps by josselin. The thing that wasn't a thing, then grew.

In the future, I will never, ever let Josselin trick me into writing. Ever, ever, ever.



...Okay, maybe now would be a good time to go actually read it. But oh my god, I am so excited. Complete! Yay!

*grins* Glad to have the support!


wow! i've been waiting for that one. awesome

*off to read*

i'll be back with more coherent comment later ;)


Yay!! I am so excited you finally finished this. :)

I'm about to reread it for the like 10th time!!

*hee* Thanks for the vote of confidence! I hope you enjoy!

OMG! This was amazing. ♥

Your writing style is so, *so* great... I could actually see everything happening...and the ending...my god, the ending was just perfect.

*loves so hard* ♥

How It's Gonna Be it's next... right? *wink*

is How It's Gonna Be just as good as stumble and fall? damn.

what is it about?



I waited how long to update this? LOL. Wonderful, just wonderful. You did a great job on this one!

Tahnk you! I'm so glad you liked it!

I can't begin to describe the noise that I made when I read that you'd finished this. Nor can the two cats who scrambled to get to safety in the back of the closet LOL.

This story is truly wonderful, just filled to the brim with goodness. I wish I had the language skills to verbalize how much I adore this story. It literally thrums with life. You've tossed these characters into an improbable, yet not impossible, situation and explored it thoroughly all the while sustaining authentic voices and a perfect rhythm. There are too many scenes and lines for me to pull out and quote but I do have to say I loved that you mirrored Brian and Lindsay's scene at Gus' birth with Justin and Daphne's first shared moment after Aaron's arrival.

Thank you for finishing this. It's been one of my favourite QAF WIPs but knowing what a fickle friend the creative muse can be I was prepared to accept that it might never be finished. Given the end result I'm so glad I don't have to. Gah, I could truly go on for hours here but incoherency is lurking around the corner so I'll hit post comment now.

Thank you so much. I sat on it forever, and then it *finally* decided to move. *hugs* I'm thrilled you enjoyed it.

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okay, back from reading...

wow, just wow!

i hadn't read any of it before so it was all new to me, but i absolutely loved it. it was so intense, so gut-wrenching at times, so emotional and just...*guh*

i loved the way you portraied Justin and how he was feeling left out and hurt and just doubting everything about him (and brian and daphne).

i loved how you got them to communicate once again, slowly, taking it one step at the time. very realistic.

and i just loved the ending, glad that everything turned out allright (or at least has that potential)

and oh yeah, the sex scene (or the prelude thereof) was HOT...all these possible ways it could have happened and in contrast the way it actualy happened.
It won't be this.
His hands won't shake and his throat won't close, and he won't, he won't, he won't--
"Tell me you want me to stay."
Say it.

When he gets home, he takes out the acceptance letter and smoothes it on the desk with hands that won't be still.
Brian said stay.
this part just left me breathless...

thanx for writing


Thank you so much! I was just relieved I could finally finish it and get it beta'ed!

*hugs* I'm glad you enjoyed it!

That? That's the way words are supposed to be used. The whole thing whirls along and then bam, you're flat on your ass and everything's okay and the love is there and I'm just floored.

If I had a cookie icon, you'd be seeing it right now. =P

*giggles* Thank you so much. I honestly think this is probably the weirdest thing I've ever tried to write. I'm glad it made sense for you.

*hugs* Double thank you for the lovely feedback.

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*rolling on the floor* This entire conversation kills me. Just does.

*hugs* I'm glad you enjoyed it, chica. And see! I used the icon!

*happy shiver* This has been one of my favorite ow it hurts so good fics for a very long time. And now that it's done and done so damned good, I can die happy. Thank you. :*

Thanks so much! *hugs* I'm glad you liked it!

And deeply glad I finished it! *phew*

I have yet to read that. *is shameful* But QaF fic doesn't seem to do much for me right now. Dude, someone should slap my wrist. Hee.

::standing ovation!!!!::

You are the only person on earth who could have pulled this fic off and it was so worth the wait :-)

*laughs* Thank you! I am absolutely *thrilled* I finally finished it. Near the end there, I was getting freaked out about ever getting it out.


Totally worth waiting for--Thanks.

Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

I am soooooooooo glad I dropped in to check flist before going to bed. Yum-yum. Thank you so much! It's wonderful. Especially when Justin starts thinking of things he'll do for/with Aaron, and he thinks that he'll let Aaron roll in paint "in the loft". Yeah.

Hee! Thank you, honey. I'm thrilled you enjoyed it!