I really--I mean, *really*--want to devote a few hours to talking about this, but it's one twenty in the morning and basically I'm already screwed to zombiedom tomorrow at work.
This and samdonne are the reason the lure of the gen side of the force is so fucking *powerful*. ltlj, pentapus, and miss_porcupine gave me a taste for it, and in_wintertime and samdonne have just helped it along. This story is amazing.
And for our next assignment: compare and contrast Your Cowboy Days Are Over by samdonne with Scheherazade. Mull on character-based plot and truly alien species. When you get done, thank God this is our fandom and we get to *read these*.
Fifty five thousand words, give or take. Bring coffee and some food. You won't be getting back up anytime soon.