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rec - coming home by xanthe
children of dune - leto 1
Okay, been up for an hour with--shocking!--tooth pain after *four hours* of sleep, so basically at this point, we can just go with I'm clinically insane and no longer responsible for what I do. My first act will be to declare myself queen of--hmm. Actually, I have no idea. But I would like to belatedly thank all the people on my buddylist for distracting me most of last night, since this has been getting steadily worse for the last couple of days. I love you all. Should I ever be queen of anything, I swear, brownies to everyone. And you know. Hot sex slaves. That sort of thing.

Okay, so comfort fic. Currently, and I honestly am still surprised I'm saying this, the prize for making me ungodly happy is Coming Home by xanthestories, prequel to General and Doctor Sheppard (link leads to part 1).

This isn't a conditional rec, but a--hmm. If you really liked General Sheppard, you'll like this one. You are group one. This is not aimed at you. If you, like me, did *not* get into the first one, okay, this rec is specifically for you. You are group two.

I didn't like the first one--nothing against the author, but I'm fairly specific on my bdsm and *really* specific on my John characterizations. The compare/contrast of universes did not work for me mostly because the AU was *too* different and I couldn't get context for a *lot* of the behavior. Coming Home, just for the fact that the author managed--and I have no idea how she did this--to build the freaking universe these people belong to? AWESOME. I mean--seriously, that is freaking *cool*. It's like candyland. Everyone's hot and wearing leather every day and being growly and possessive and seriously, who cannot love Miko in PVC boots, okay? Christ. The internal logic is sound, there are very intersting variations on characterization--but this is a strong enough AU I feel fairly comfortable with a wider field of characterization than I usually do. It's a wonderful, cuddly BDSM romance, Harlequin taking a trip to the toy store, but more than that, it's a good story. Just with floggers and collars and things.

I love that she's trying this, that she obviously put *thought* into this world and how this society might/could work, and frankly, she gets a ton of credit off the bat for attempting something this ambitious. I love how she keeps good internal logic. I love that she's hitting and bouncing on a lot of my kinks, period. I love that I am, for the first time in a long time, *obsessively* following a wip to see what on earth she'll do next. I am happy. I'm hitting *refresh* obsessively from midnight to one-fifteen--which seems to be her window of posting.

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So true. I almost cried when John asked Rodney to accept his collar. The romance! The angst! (And the hot sex *cough*)

OMG ME TOO! And oh my GOD sharing a plate. I was all melting into my bed.

Plus, the *collar*. That was just--guh.

I couldn't get into the General and Doctor Sheppard AU because the compare and contrast thing kind of made me feel embarrassed for our John and Rodney and I have a huge embarrassment squick. Coming Home on the other hand stands on its own so I can enjoy it as the alternate universe it is. And I really like that AU. Comfort fic indeed. :)

Yes. The embarrassment thing for John, and for Rodney *especially*--twitch. Here? I'm just *flowing* with it. All "aww, their first time with cuffs!" which seriously has never been a place I would go aww. God. I'm going to be teary-eyed at the romance of the first flogging, I swear.

OMG ME TOO! And oh my GOD sharing a plate.

It was so meaningful! Rodney giving up control over his food. And, and... he told Bates off! John was all possessive and growly (and he trained Rodney to get over his hangups with penetrative sex). *squee* I'm waiting for the day when Rodney moves in with John and walks around naked all the time so that John can take his sub whenever he wants. I think I should feel bad about my shameless enjoyment of this fic but somehow I don't. Heh. :)

God. I'm going to be teary-eyed at the romance of the first flogging, I swear.

ME TOO! The waiting is killing me.

YES! HE GAVE UP CONTROL OF HIS FOOD! That is freaking *love*, man.

And I can't wait until they get back to Atlantis and everyone sees the collar. I mean, just *really* want to see that. I have a suspicion that Miko of the Three Subs will be crushed.

Seriously. This story is setting all new benchmarks for me in romance.

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