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It's been two and a half months since my last ficpoll. Noes! Polls are such fun! I love the way I do exactly the opposite of what you vote for. Anyway, my weekend is looking like it's going to be hectic, but I have one quiet Friday evening to spend as I wish before I start running around. Your mission: to vote on how I'll spend it.

Poll #1332413 FicPoll Mark XX

Which kink meme prompt (none of them from me) would you most like to read?

Buffy/Giles/Willow/Xander - Post-Chosen, naked hot-tubbing leads to more. Extra love if a little game of Anywhere But Here or I Never leads to disclosures and sexiness. Alcoholic beverages wouldn't hurt, either.
1(3.7%)
Giles would never harness magic or demons or group sex for his own pleasure again. But he still has fantasies, that he plays out in the safety of his mind. They involve Xander. And maybe some of that other stuff.
1(3.7%)
Giles/Buffy - power games, with the Watcher in control.
4(14.8%)
Giles/Ethan - after Grave, in England, Giles needs his oldest friend and some sexual healing.
3(11.1%)
Giles/Jenny - School sex - can be sexiness, as opposed to actual sex, but the line where carried-away overtakes discretion is what I was thinking.
1(3.7%)
Giles/Joyce, post "Band Candy", "About that police car..."
0(0.0%)
Giles/Xander the night before Sunnydale falls. Xander needs to feel good and Giles needs something worth surviving for.
1(3.7%)
Xander/OFC with Xander/Giles or Giles mentoring Xander - Xander is attracted to his slayer.
1(3.7%)
You've oppressed me by omitting my favorite prompt.
4(14.8%)
Compared to other fandoms' kink memes, this one isn't very kinky, is it?
0(0.0%)

No, no, no. Instead spend your writing evening on:

"Liegeman part 4: Conversation" - Giles and Buffy talk on the phone
3(12.5%)
"The One About Giles's Hands" - Attic-verse, B/G smarm
0(0.0%)
"The One about the Barrow" - a Wiltshire Neolithic tomb and a barrow wight; G/X
0(0.0%)
"Montana" - working title of the post-Chosen all-gone-wrong story; B/G/X
1(4.2%)
"Back By Teatime" - Doctor Who crossover with the 2nd Doctor, Giles and Ethan as schoolboys
3(12.5%)
"The Schoolboy Kink One" - morally reprehensible G/X
1(4.2%)
"Giles & Ethan Go To Hell" - long post-Gift darkfic about rescuing Buffy from a hell dimension; G/E/B (an eternal golden braid)
2(8.3%)
You've oppressed me by omitting my favorite WIP.
3(12.5%)
Look, you realize that the Blackmail one is always going to win, right?
0(0.0%)

No, wait, let's really shake this up. Go off and write something really long.

Like that "Breaking Glass" verse story with the high magic stuff.
1(4.8%)
Never too early to write the second 10K words in your Big Bang story. Or re-outline it.
3(14.3%)
How about that Giles/Ethan/Buffy descent into hell story? I hear it's full of dark magic.
2(9.5%)
You need to be nudged into writing that Giles/Spike post-Chosen sanshu thing.
0(0.0%)
You've oppressed me. I'm not sure how, but I'm sure I'm oppressed
6(28.6%)
Do you want some more story ideas? Because I think you don't have enough stuff in progress already.
2(9.5%)

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I was looking at the results of your poll and happened to glance back up at your banner. I couldn't figure out why your Giles has a pierced eyebrow (it looked good on him, but still). I looked more closely and discovered the piercing was really a bit of shiny paper/lint clinging to the flatscreen.

(Well, I thought it was funny.)
Re: Completely off topic
That's hilarious! Now, of course, I am forced to clean my own screens off because I see nothing but smudges on them. AAAAAIGH!
I love the way I do exactly the opposite of what you vote for.

This is true. Made me want to vote for a pairing I wouldn't want to read, but I just couldn't do it, so I chose oppressed instead.
I'm tired of Giles/Xander. Everyone loves them but me. :( But I do love stories that are morally reprehensible, so if you feel compelled to write slash, that'd get my vote.

I'd also really like to see more Core Four, but, predictably, BG will always be my first choice. Don't care if it's Blackmail or Watcher's Child or anything else you've got brewing, I'll take it. :)
I never set out to write slash or write het (though I do set out to write gen at times). I'm not obsessed with the details of the plumbing in any particular pairing. It's the matchup of personalities. Sometimes I think the union of opposites that is Xander and Giles (heart and mind) is interesting, or lets me tell a particular story. Sometimes it's the youthful affair turned into, well, whatever it's turned into this time that grabs me, and I write Giles/Ethan. Sometimes I want stammering Giles ducking his head in abashed love, and I write Giles/Jenny. And sometimes I want to see what happens when destiny unites two people who'd otherwise never have reason to speak to each other, and I write Giles/Buffy.

My mentor/student fic kink kicks in for both BG and GX, so...
I've been looking for some AU Giles/Jenny/Joyce Band Candy goodness and not finding much around, so I voted for school sex or post band candy.

However, I'm not seeing the badness in an evening watching Top Gear. :)
Wow, that's quite an idea. I don't think I've read any fic like that. For some reason, AUs in which Jenny survives are rare. Baffles me a bit, because she's such a wonderful character: snarky, intelligent, fun, and with chewy conflicted motives. (Yes, been working on "Watcher's Child" a bunch recently, and thinking about Jenny.) Maybe it's that she was killed off so early?

I am wondering what in the world Jenny and Joyce would find to say to each other, though. Hmm.
Because I can't vote in the poll...
(Anonymous)
...I have to comment to be heard. Caveat, write whatever pleases you, moves you, etc... But, if all were equal, here would be my top choices for you, in order with a few extra pleas:

These first three are by far my preferance:

Buffy/Giles/Willow/Xander - Post-Chosen, naked hot-tubbing leads to more. Extra love if a little game of Anywhere But Here or I Never leads to disclosures and sexiness. Alcoholic beverages wouldn't hurt, either.

Giles/Ethan - after Grave, in England, Giles needs his oldest friend and some sexual healing.

Giles/Xander the night before Sunnydale falls. Xander needs to feel good and Giles needs something worth surviving for.

But these are very nice choices, too:

"Montana" - working title of the post-Chosen all-gone-wrong story; B/G/X

"The Schoolboy Kink One" - morally reprehensible G/X

:} Whatever you choose, enjoy...

~suki
Re: Because I can't vote in the poll...
Secretly, I already have a start on the GX night-before prompt. But the hot tub prompt also calls to me. All of those do, in one way or another.
Re: Because I can't vote in the poll...
(Anonymous)
Can I take perverse joy in the fact that your kink meme (well, in large part yours) got me out of fanfic retirement (or off the wagon, depending on how you look at it, I suppose), and my prompts tempt you? I like that symbiosis...

But, seriously, writer where you want - I'll read whatever - but those two prompts make me very, very happy (if I do say so myself) :}

~suki
Did you read nothorse's drabble from the other day? I keep thinking of introduction lines like:

Some say he's fatally allergic to sunlight, and that he's the one who sired Spike. All we know is, he's called the Stig.
LOL! I feel so stupid. I thought it was a crossover with Police Squad. I can't believe I didn't put that together...

: ) That's a great line! Maybe a drabble series?

Seconds the Top Gear crossover idea, then stares at your banner some more. Damn, that's a good picture.
Buffy or Giles as Stars in Reasonably Priced Cars in a short whacky piece? "A 1963 Citroen DS? Are you deranged?"

Or a plotty gen crossover? Perhaps an adventure with vampires. I am seeing Jeremy as getting himself in deep, deep trouble mouthing off to one, and James May as the sensible one who met a friend of a friend at a party once who seemed to know a thing or two about this sort of problem.
That's perfect! I can see Clarkson causing trouble and simply refusing to accept what was happening when confronted by a vampire. And I like your James May idea, the friend of a friend thing sounds about right.

We don't have kids, and aren't planning to, but if you write this story I'll totally give you my first born.

Edited to say that now I've thought about it, the genetic output of someone who didn't learn how to tie up their shoelaces until they were nine - true and embarassing - and a man who became an archeologist mainly, I suspect, in the hope of finding Middle Earth probably isn't much of bribe.

Perhaps me simply begging is a better option :-)



Edited at 2009-01-17 02:51 am (UTC)
I have nothing with which to bribe you, so I'll simply beg.

Top Gear crossover, PLEASE?????

Failing that, anything with Ethan. I have a bit of a thing for Ethan.
"Help! Help! I'm being oppressed! Witness the violence inherent in the system!!!"
(Anonymous)
Not as kinky? We'll have to do something about that.
I voted for B/G power games, with the Watcher in control.

Me luuuurves those kinds of stories in general, and I'd be interested to see if it can be done with these two. Especially in this case when their normal power balance is "turned" and Giles is in control.