Penname: Arcadii [Contact] Real name: Marilyn
Member Since: 10/25/2011
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Summary:

Post Deneva. Spock faces the realities of life without sight… but in the darkness he and Jim face new discoveries…


Categories: Fiction
Characters: Chapel, McCoy, Original Character(s), Scott, Sulu, Uhura
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Action/Plot, First Time, Hurt/Comfort
Trope (OPTIONAL): Hurt Kirk, Hurt Spock
Universe: ST:TOS Original Universe
Warnings: Caveat lector/Choose Not to Warn
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 21201 Read Count: 21975
[Report This] Published: 02/04/2008 Updated: 02/04/2008
Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 11/14/2011 Title: Chapter 1: "And In the Darkness Bind You..."

I know that in a one hour show, GR and company did the best that they could, but it was wonderful to be able to read what would definitely be considered the extended cut with a little something extra!  Thank you for fulfilling the need to finish this story.



Author's Response:

thee is most welcome; this has always been a favourite episode, and I *had* to fix the glitches!

Summary:

Doctor McCoy has detected a dangerous syndrome in two of his patients. He prescribes a novel treatment.


Categories: Fiction
Characters: McCoy
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: First Time
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: ST:TOS Original Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 37369 Read Count: 29856
[Report This] Published: 06/01/2008 Updated: 06/01/2008
Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 11/12/2011 Title: Chapter 1: This Deadly Innocence

Oh golly, I'm not ready for this to be over!  Their innocence was so sweet as they realized the depth of their feelings.  Please write more of this beautiful story!

A Chance to Walk in Dreams by mquester Rated: All Audiences starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 9]
Summary:

Basically, Spock Prime spends time observing the child of the AOS' Kirk and Spock.

Written for the following prompt:Nu! K/S is in the background, Spock Prime has the Enterprise take him on one of his diplomatic missions so he can bond with the 4 year old nu!K/S daughter on the way. Cue bonding and some secret 'you could have been mine and my Jim's' angst and him completely adoring the K/S offspring, who is already breaking her own little heart trying to be more Vulcan and cannot do it, in part because she is unable to deny the "I must explore every inch of the ship and see how everything works and then lets' climb on everything and -- OH MY GOD, I HAVE TO HANG OFF THIS!" urges that she got from Jim. In other words, Spock Prime babies the daughter he never had.


Categories: Fiction
Characters: None
Crossover Fandom: ST:XI Abrams Universe
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Angst, Established Relationship
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3596 Read Count: 31429
[Report This] Published: 09/29/2009 Updated: 09/29/2009
Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 03/07/2014 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

This was absolutely precious and I can't wait for the sequel!  Why would anyone think that T'Lema's move to New Vulcan would end badly?  Of course she will miss her home and her parents, but she will adapt to her new surroundings.  Selek/Spock will be a wonderful guardian as he has experience raising an energetic little girl already as well as knowing first hand of many of the problems that T'Lema will face as a mixed heritage child and I can't imagine a better or fiercer protector.  She will also have her grandfather, whom I'm hoping has mellowed with age and his many losses.  Also, New Vulcan is not Old Vulcan and with all of it's changes, I can't imagine a better place for T'Lema to grow up.  That being said, I'm sure it won't be easy because children can be cruel little beasts (adults as well), but somehow I think the Spock/Kirk genes will be dominant and look out for anyone who tries to get in that little girls way!  Thank you for sharing this! :)

Spock's Code by Ladyhawk Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 45]
Summary:

Spock has had a problem since he was very young...

 

Note: no cellophane was overused in the making of this fic.

 

Complete as of 1/18/2010


Categories: Fiction
Characters: None
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Character Study
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: AU Alternate Universe
Warnings: Explicit violence
Series: None
Chapters: 14 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 31291 Read Count: 48981
[Report This] Published: 10/18/2009 Updated: 01/18/2010
Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 12/10/2011 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14

What a lovely present to open!  I beg your pardon, but the summary really doesn't do it justice.  After reading only a few paragraphs, you had me hooked and I devoured the rest.  I'm very glad that I found it after it was finished, because I don't think I could've waited for updates.  Even though I've come to the end, I still hunger for more; have you considered a sequel?  I would love to see more of Jim helping his mate navigate the social soup that is being part of a crew, Spock integrating his emotions with his Vulcan logic and all of the interesting things that the universe or fate likes to cook up to torture heroes.  Thanks for sharing!

Winner Take All by waketosleep Rated: Mature Content (Teen) starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 15]
Summary: Kirk is engaged in a protracted battle with one of the ship's cats for rights of ownership to Spock's lap.
Categories: Ficlets
Characters: None
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Established Relationship, Humor
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 552 Read Count: 4633
[Report This] Published: 01/30/2010 Updated: 01/30/2010
Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 03/02/2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Boy, you've got cats pegged to a T (James T, that is)!  Loved it and thank you for sharing it! :)

It's a Wonderful Trek by tprillahfiction Rated: Mature Content (Teen) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 3]
Summary:

The life of James T. Kirk following the plot of "It's a Wonderful Life" (basically a mash up between ST XI and "It's a Wonderful Life".  Fluffy goodness for Christmas. Written for KS Advent 2010 on livejournal

 


Categories: Fiction
Characters: McCoy
Crossover Fandom: ST:XI Abrams Universe
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Romance
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 8899 Read Count: 1759
[Report This] Published: 12/18/2010 Updated: 12/18/2010
Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarhalf-star
Date: 12/17/2011 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

What a nice gift for Christmas!  I only wish it had continued a little longer and have Jim's dream come true . . . I love the idea of a little blonde Zu-Zu Kirk with pointed ears.

Summary:

Now all done!!!!

For those of you who wanted a longer story, here you go. This will be on-going; I'll try to have a new chapter up every couple of days. For those of you who wanted me to do a pregnancy fic, here you go. And for those of you--like me--who are tired of Jim always being the one who gets knocked-up, this time Spock's the mama. Enjoy.


Categories: Fiction
Characters: Chapel, Chekov, Chris Pike, McCoy, Scott, Sulu, Uhura
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Established Relationship, MPREG, Romance
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: None
Series: Spock's Baby Daddy
Chapters: 38 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 97055 Read Count: 415700
[Report This] Published: 01/30/2011 Updated: 03/09/2011
Reviewer: Arcadii Signed
Date: 10/29/2011 Title: Chapter 38: This Moment in Time

*claps hands, enthusiastically*  Yes, yes a sister (plural?) for T'Lira.  I think Jim should be blessed (or cursed, depending on your outlook) with several daughters, all close in age.  Whether he's juggling the Enterprise or clan business, I'd love to see him handling a gaggle of chattering Vulcan-Human daughters with Spock and his male version of a Mona Lisa smile, looking on.  Enjoyed it very much and will now go out to look for the mentioned sequels.  :)

Army & Navy by Amanda Warrington Rated: Mature Content (Teen) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 7]
Summary:

It's 1944 and serving in the U.S. Navy, Jim finds himself billeted in London, where he meets a tall, dark, handsome alien (in this universe, Vulcan made first contact at the turn of the 20th century).


Categories: Fiction
Characters: None
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: First Time, Romance
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: AU Alternate Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5537 Read Count: 6053
[Report This] Published: 02/10/2011 Updated: 02/10/2011
Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 02/17/2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

My husband is a WWII buff and I've watched scads of movies about war torn London surviving Hitler's madness and this story had the same flavor; very rich in detail.  I enjoyed it so much that I was totally dismayed to find myself at the epilogue.  I would love to know if Jim and Spock ever made it to San Francisco. *hint,hint*

The Squire of Eros by aldora89 Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 20]
Summary:

An old nemesis pays a social call to the Enterprise just in time for the annual Valentine's Day party.  On this occasion it's Spock who draws the brunt force of his irritating personality.  But when his holiday-inspired antics turn dangerous, it's up to the Captain and crew to take him down, and Jim is forced to confront his long-evaded desires regarding his first officer. (Written for the LJ K/S Valentine's meme.  Based loosely on prompt #31.)

Involves an attempt at a plot, a foppish villain, and copious amounts of TOS nerdery.

Beta: purple_spock at LJ, who put up with my procrastinating nonsense!

 


Categories: Fiction
Characters: None
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Pre-Slash, Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Action/Plot, First Time, Humor, Romance
Trope (OPTIONAL): Bottom Spock
Universe: ST:TOS Original Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 24659 Read Count: 20164
[Report This] Published: 02/20/2011 Updated: 02/20/2011
Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 11/21/2011 Title: Chapter 5: Part 5

What a fun fic you have served up!  I could actually hear William Campbell in my head as if he were doing a voice over - you know you've got your character down when a reader tells you that.  I think Jim and Spock owe Trelane a huge thank you, because goodness knows if they'd ever gotten together without it - Vulcan poetry, regardless.  And thanks to the visual at the end, I'm sure I know the heart-shaped object that the captain will be contemplating when Spock is checking out his viewer.  Enjoyed it immensely and thank you for sharing :)



Author's Response: Awww, I'm very glad to hear you say that! I tried very hard to channel that obnoxious, flamboyant voice when I wrote (which ended up being WAY too much fun). And how could I resist taking a stab at that ridiculous science station setup? ;D Thank you for commenting!

A Valediction by Tech Duinn Rated: All Audiences starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 6]
Summary:

After the end of the five year mission, things don't go according to plan.


Categories: Fiction
Characters: None
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Angst, Established Relationship, Romance
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1277 Read Count: 6316
[Report This] Published: 03/25/2011 Updated: 03/25/2011
Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 04/22/2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Is this the prequel to rain? I enjoyed both on their own, but they do seem to go together - kind of like the two slices of bread in a sandwich. Now we just need the filling . . . *whistles wistfully, staring off into the sunset*

Author's Response:

Sorry to disappoint, but Rain and Valediction are from two completely separate ‘verses. I picture Rain to be a glimpse at the aftermath of a scouting/diplomatic mission gone terribly awry, and Valediction to be a look at the inevitable consequence of the Klingons being in possession of 24th century technology for nearly three decades (beyond it being a deliberate bait and switch).

In all likelihood, I will return to these two ‘verses for future one-shots, but as of this moment I don’t have anything in the works.

Thank you for reading them both and reviewing :)

Traitors' Sons by Raven Knight Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 154]
Summary:

The Terran Empire responds to a planetary distress signal from Vulcan.  Their goal is not to aid, but to enslave the survivors.  Captain Pike’s capture leaves his young first officer, James T. Kirk, in command of the ISS Enterprise.  As the surviving Vulcans are subdued, one of them catches Kirk’s interest.  In that moment, everything changes, and the destiny of the Empire is forever altered.


Categories: Works in Progress
Characters: Amanda, Chapel, Chekov, Chris Pike, Gaila, Gary Mitchell, McCoy, Original Character(s), Romulan Commander, Sarek, Scott, Stonn, Sulu, T'Pring, Uhura
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Angst, First Time, Hurt/Comfort
Trope (OPTIONAL): Bottom Spock, Hurt Spock
Universe: Abrams Universe, AU Alternate Universe, Mirror Universe
Warnings: Dubious consent, Explicit violence, Non-consensual sex, Rape
Series: None
Chapters: 14 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 165533 Read Count: 58745
[Report This] Published: 04/01/2011 Updated: 06/02/2015
Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 08/27/2014 Title: Chapter 12: Summon the Future

Wow, I think it's coming along smashingly!  Thanks for the update and look forward to more!



Author's Response:

Thank you!  Glad you are enjoying it, and then continue enjoying it the further this goes.  More is being written.  Very excited about the next chapter.  Hope it comes out alright.  ~ RK

Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 01/13/2013 Title: Chapter 3: A Logical Proposal

This is so good, but until you update, I'm left with a bleeding and unconsious Spock decorating the floor of sickbay, McCoy proposing/blackmailing (you say potato and I say potahto) Sarek and a seriously pissed off Captain Kirk hunting the corridors for his escaped virgin Vulcan.  It's going to drive me CRAZY!  I hope your muse is back on duty, otherwise we may just have to get Chekov to whip out that agonizer he likes so much and use a little persuasion.



Author's Response:

Thrilled you are enjoying so far!  Thanks for leaving feedback!  Spock is not unconscious, however, just in pain and beaten.  McCoy's proposition hasn't been accepted, etiher, so things are at an impasse there, true.  Kirk is more mad at himself for underestimating his captive.  I'm working slowly on the next chapter now.  It's looking to be on the long side so far.  Lots to cover in it.  And it you think Chekov likes the agonizer, you have yet to meet its biggest fan...but you will next chapter.  Hope to hear from you again.  Thanks!  ~ RK

Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 06/09/2013 Title: Chapter 5: Chosen Rewards, Brave Sacrifices

Very glad to see an update!



Author's Response:

Thanks!  More on the way! ~ RK

Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 07/31/2013 Title: Chapter 7: Family Separations

Ah damn, right at the good part!  After being compared to food and the way Spock's behaving, I wouldn't be surprised if he thinks Kirk having his way with him is just to spice him up before he does eat him - like with a knife and fork.  I'm glad Chekov is being nice to T’Kyi’i!  Maybe he's knows that you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.  Really enjoying this and can't wait for next!



Author's Response:

The good part is pretty much all of the next chapter.  ;)  I just hope I do not fail spectacularly at the next chapter and disappoint everyone.  Thanks for reviewing!  Glad you are enjoying it so far.  ~ RK

Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 10/21/2013 Title: Chapter 9: The Cages

Very worth it, thank you!



Author's Response:

You are welcome! And thank you for reviewing! :)

Next update will take a while.  The computer and back-up drive both decided to die in almost the same day! I lost all notes, prompts, and stories I had.  Once I rebuild/rewrite/regather them into a semblance of working order, updates will resume.  Not a fun week. ~ RK

Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 02/15/2014 Title: Chapter 10: Dissension

Yay, a new chapter! I'm glad that McCoy is an ally, even if a reluctant one.  Kirk seems to be as good at drawing allies as well as enemies.  I hope he gets rid of Mitchell soon, and preferably in the agonizer booth (if he can't find something more painful); I never did like his character in any incarnation!  Spock's in deep doo-doo with his sending that message and I can't wait to see how he keeps Kirk from killing him.  Maybe Kirk will think Rand did it when she was changing the sheets.  I'm so loving this story! 



Author's Response:

Thank you!  I'm not fond of Mitchell, either.  Next chapter is started and there is a lot of Kirk, Spockh, Bones, and Sarek in it.  Hope you like it when it gets posted.  Thanks for reviewing. Glad you like it so far. ~ RK

Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 06/21/2014 Title: Chapter 11: Internal Conflict

I can definitely say it was worth the wait, and thank you for sticking with it!



Author's Response:

Glad it's worth it.  Thanks for reviewing again.  Hope you continue to stay interested. ~ RK

Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 12/10/2014 Title: Chapter 13: Demands and Compromises

Sorry about RL getting you down, and even through all of that you came back with this?  I'd give you a standing ovation if: a). you could see it, and b). if I could stand because you have completely blown me away!!!  Thank you very much for this chapter! :)



Author's Response:

Thank you! Yeah, real life was rough and chaotic, and I'm still struggling to adjust to an ever-changing schedule, which means I am always tired.  I'm thrilled you've enjoyed this last update!  This has been the most intense story I've ever undertaken, so I am always excited when someone responds to it so enthusiastically!  So, really, thank you for enjoying it so much and letting me know it's worth continuing.  ~ RK

Prism by Carolyn Spencer Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 21]
Summary:

 

 

This is my Spock-as-an-Amish-dude story. It was first published in Scattered Stars 8 in1996. I am most grateful to Robin for her support and belief in me, to Jenna Sinclair for her excellent editing skills, to Lyrastar for her amazing computer know-how, and to the movie Witness which was my inspiration.

I’ve made some very minor changes from the zine version.


Categories: Fiction
Characters: Sarek
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: First Time
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: AU Alternate Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 35133 Read Count: 5473
[Report This] Published: 04/17/2011 Updated: 04/17/2011
Reviewer: Arcadii Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 04/07/2012 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Long before Witness, there was a movie called The Angel And The Badman (1947 John Wayne/Gail Russell) Where a gunslinger is saved by a Quaker. With the wild west feeling of your desert, saloon and the rough miners, your story remind me a lot more of this movie. I enjoyed it very much, I only missed Spock's speech to Stonn about 'having is not always as pleasing a thing as wanting.' Thank you for sharing!

Author's Response: I'll have to see if I can find this movie. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks so much for your comments, Arcadii.

Agony by CMM Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 299]
Summary:

Now Done!!! Happy Ending here!!!!

This is in response to 'Make This Have a Happy Ending' by vicktblueeyez. The challenge goes like this:

Challenge: Make this sad prompt have a happy ending. (not my prompt, belongs to anon at the kink meme)

Difficulty: Very

Prompt: Kirk/character of anon's choice are in a relationship the whole crew knows about and accepts. Then, Kirk gets top!secret-super!classified orders from Starfleet basically forcing him to seduce a traitor/spy to get information for Starfleet. [OR Kirk's orders force him to gain trust from the traitor/spy, so Kirk is all friendly and the traitor/spy takes advantage of Kirk.] Kirk follows orders/is forced but he's horrified, disgusted, and seriously messed up mentally by the encounter. Instead of comforting him or trying to understand Kirk's side, his significant other dumps him for cheating and the crew blames/is nasty to Kirk, since they aren't privy to Starfleet’s orders. Much angst ensues!

Keyword: Redemption

I've seen many takes on this prompt, all seeming to end sad which is why I haven't read them. Sad as in a broken Kirk, a broken relationship and K/S not getting back together. Mostly because Spock never found out...or he did but it was too late (Kirk ended up with Bones). I find it interesting that so many think a happy ending cannot be done. Kirk didn't believe in no-win scenarios and he didn't settle for the impossible. Instead of thinking in the box, he not only thought outside of the box but reshaped it. Saying something couldn't be done made him want to do whatever it was, even more. Yet, many feel that this prompt can only end in one way, heartbreak and it can only be written if the characters were extremely ooc. I think that is BS. A good author can make one believe in anything. They can take something old, already done and reshape it. The challenge here is to reshape this prompt and for that, you have to have the Kirk mentality and be as equally stubborn.

Stuff I would like to see but not required:

-A groveling and tortured Spock. Tortured as in self loathing. Kirk being all "fuck u, you didn't trust me, abandoned me, don't talk to me" and Spock maybe falling to his knees crying? "I have wronged you t’hy’la in ways you/I cannot imagine. I'm so sorry." 

-Super awesome dramatic make up sex somewhere down the line is mandatory. Pretty please?

-Spock has to find out somehow. Kirk left and Spock is clearing the Captain's computer maybe? Kirk thinking his hacker skills is all that leaves the file there thinking it won't be found? Maybe Spock overhears a secret conversation from Starfleet officials? Maybe Spock and crew are on an away mission some angry person is all "I'll never forgive him for using me for information! I thought he loved me but he was only pretending to follow orders!" Spock, "What orders?" Angry person, "Oh you didn't know?"

-Big time angst. Things like K/S seeing each other from across the room. Accidental touching. Something with big time tension.

All is forgiven and it ends HAPPILY aka with Kirk/Spock together.

I hope this lets me work out some demons so I can go back to my happy stories. Here we go....


Categories: Fiction
Characters: Chapel, Chekov, McCoy, Original Character(s), Scott, Sulu, T'Pring, Uhura
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Pre-Slash, Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Angst, Character Study, Erotica, Established Relationship, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: None
Challenges: Make this have a happy ending
Series: Answered Challenges
Chapters: 24 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 66520 Read Count: 348772
[Report This] Published: 06/30/2011 Updated: 08/11/2011
Reviewer: Arcadii Signed
Date: 11/12/2011 Title: Chapter 1: Moving Day

I'm going out on a huge limb here, because like Vickeybleyez, I require a happy ending and the summary sounds very dangerous!  I freely admit that I cheat and read the last page of a book or story if I don't think it's going to have my type of ending (I didn't here, though).  I don't ask for a fairy tale . . . angst is ok, what would life be without it?, but no permanent death and the two leads must end up together; I think that life is good enough at churning out tear-jerkers without reading them for entertainment!  This isn't my first time sampling your stories, so I really don't think I'm in danger of being disappointed.  Now without further ado, onto the next chapter.