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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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Noncon/rape are my big squicks unless handled *extremely* well, and even questionable consent makes me--antsy. I kind of rationalized it as it *being* a choice, which it pretty much is. As a game, I can kind of see John and Rodney playing this on regular Atlantis--adn teasing each other mercilessly until one of them breaks. *grins*

God, addictive collar romance. *facepalm* Never thought I'd fall for it either.

I can see Rodney and John playing it as a game, and I that doesn't bother me. It's when a person gets punished, even in a good way, for doing something their bodies naturally do that bothers me.
I can definately see its a choice, and I'm cool with that. But for me, I can't see "our" John and Rodney taking it to this extreme, or outside of the bedroom. I see it as a game they would play, and if the other person breaks, well, there's nothing worse then getting teased.
I know my problem comes from living in an abusive household when I grew up, and I have a lot of issues with control and dominance. I've seen how they can destroy a person, and even if the submission is a choice, it borders on wrong for me.
But that's just me, and like I said, this story is wooing me with the romance, lol. Gods help me, I've been struck down by a collar!

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