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A poll to entertain you on a Saturday.

Not a ficpoll, but another sort of poll: kinky fanfiction and you, cuppa tea, cuppa tea, Giles got shagged again edition.
Poll #1466060 Kinky fanfiction and you!

Kinky sex + fanfiction:

Yes, please.
4(12.9%)
When I'm in a certain mood.
6(19.4%)
Every now and then.
1(3.2%)
Fic is where I get to enjoy the wild stuff I'd never, ever get near in real life. So go all the way!
0(0.0%)
You're one of the few writers I'll read kink from.
3(9.7%)
No, thank you.
0(0.0%)
I skip over all the sex in fic to get to the plot.
0(0.0%)
Go together like tea and lemon.
1(3.2%)
Note that I don't like lemon in my tea.
0(0.0%)

Hardcoreness level of the fic I like best is:

I haven't yet found the limit.
3(9.4%)
The more hardware, the better.
2(6.2%)
How about some handcuffs and consensual sensation play?
3(9.4%)
A little bondage is okay. Silk scarves. Feathers.
1(3.1%)
I prefer to stay in fluffier territory, like h/c. Or flufic.
0(0.0%)
It's not the stuff the characters do; it's the way they feel about it that matters.
11(34.4%)
Eek. I'll just be in the kitchen putting the kettle on for tea.
0(0.0%)

Giles:

dominates.
4(12.5%)
submits.
0(0.0%)
switches.
5(15.6%)
rejects your overly-restrictive categories.
9(28.1%)
glares witheringly and retreats to the kitchen to make a pot of tea.
3(9.4%)

Giles and Buffy:

Buffy runs him like a railroad and always has.
2(6.7%)
Giles takes over and gives Buffy all the extreme sensation she needs.
2(6.7%)
I liked Giles's old-fashioned in-charge-ness in the "Show-off" story.
1(3.3%)
This relationship isn't kinky in the least.
1(3.3%)
That Watcher/Slayer stuff, it's weird and mystical. They're equals sharing a miserable destiny.
5(16.7%)
share a thermos of late-night tea and commiserate.
4(13.3%)

Giles and Xander:

Xander is so very submissive to Giles, dude.
3(9.7%)
Turn it around: Xander with the key to the handcuffs. Like, say, "Rough Boys".
1(3.2%)
Schoolboy kink!
2(6.5%)
This one goes hardcore.
1(3.2%)
This relationship isn't kinky in the least.
1(3.2%)
don't ever drink tea together, but share a beer now and then.
12(38.7%)

Giles and Ethan:

Are you kidding? Ethan taunts Giles into beating him up, and both sides seemed to enjoy it a lot.
7(22.6%)
Ethan's a sadist, and Giles said so himself.
0(0.0%)
Giles was too strung out on drugs to remember clearly.
1(3.2%)
This relationship isn't kinky in the least.
0(0.0%)
This relationship is all hearts, flowers, and gentle courtship.
0(0.0%)
Maybe not that, but it's much more a meeting of equals than this top/bottom paradigm describes.
4(12.9%)
drink tea together often, and Ethan usually spikes it.
2(6.5%)

Blackmail:

needs to go harder core.
1(4.2%)
has already gone about as far as I like reading.
0(0.0%)
should get more into that season 4 retelling already.
4(16.7%)
should avoid too much plot and stick with the sex.
0(0.0%)
should just tell us what happens when Buffy and Giles get home from dinner, already.
1(4.2%)
promised us a threesome with Wesley at some point. When is it going to deliver?
0(0.0%)
is a love story. With whips.
1(4.2%)
already has a detailed outline, so why are you asking?
1(4.2%)
hasn't had enough tea-drinking in it yet.
1(4.2%)

The kink I enjoyed reading in Blackmail most, so far:

bondage
4(18.2%)
whipping
1(4.5%)
orgasm denial
0(0.0%)
knives
1(4.5%)
hypnosis
0(0.0%)
that phone conversation
2(9.1%)
the part where Giles tasted like the strong tea he'd had for breakfast.
3(13.6%)

Tea plus:

lemon
0(0.0%)
sugar
2(6.9%)
honey
3(10.3%)
little cakes
2(6.9%)
whiskey
2(6.9%)
nothing
2(6.9%)
what is a crumpet, anyway? It sounds like a baroque instrument.
2(6.9%)
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*protests* Tea plus milk! Giles plus Faith!

Pah! Your ticky boxes are insufficient to encompass the rich variety of human experience to the full.
Pshaw. Giles is very disappointed in you too.

(But bonus points for the whiskey. Reminds me of my grandmother, in her eighties, when she would tip a 'teaspoonful' from her 'little bottle' into any cup of tea, at any time of day. She'd long since lost her sense of balance, so what the hell!).
My favorite bit in blackmail? When Buffy confronts him about the photos and makes him strip himself in front of her. That's amazing.
My favorite thing about Blackmail? That it exists. :)

Second-favorite thing is submissive-Giles tied up into his identity as Watcher-Giles. Me likey much.
I love you for the baroque instrument joke. *makes krummhorn noises through her nose*

Tea: very strong loose-leaf black stuff with soymilk and Splenda. Hubby prefers the soymilk, I need to use the Splenda.

The best thing I can say about Blackmail is that I'm always thrilled to see a new chapter.
If I have the choice, I'd rather put agave syrup in my tea. Lighter than honey and just as sweet as sugar. Nice neutral sweetness.
You're the second person I know who swears by agave syrup. I'm on the no-to-sugar yes-to-fat eating scheme at the moment, but if I ever eat real sugar again I'll give the cactus a shot.
Generally speaking I take my tea black, black, black. Sometimes I put honey in when I'm sick, but in such cases I'm more likely to skip the tea entirely and make up a hot honey lemonade, with or without whiskey. Sometimes I'll put milk in the morning cuppa to make it more of a portable meal, but even that's rare.

If, however, the tea is being made by someone British (or Irish or Scottish - no opportunity to check Welsh) by tea-training, if not citizenship, I often need to put milk in it, and I enjoy it.

(In the alternative-lighteners department, unsweetened almond milk is very good.)
I like my tea strong enough that milk is required as a counter-balance. I'm also a coffee-creamer, though these days I make the World's Best Amazingly Smooth Coffee using an Aeropress gadget. (That web page pegs the geeky meter. Nevertheless, the coffee is good.)

Dammit, now would be a good time for tea, since it's sort of cold tonight and the cats won't let me shut the door onto the deck. They tyrannize me, my cats do.
I have to say I didn't agree w/ really any of the choices for Buffy or Xander. I never quite got into the Giles/Buffy bandwagon, although I do read it, and Xander changes *so* much over the course of the show that it's impossible to pigeon-hole him into a category. And it wasn't really fair to have to pick between some of those on Ethan's...he'd spike the tea, they do seem to enjoy antagonizing one another (esp. Ethan antagonizing Giles)...

The only kink that I really don't care for (but not really so much that I won't read it *if it's done well*) is knife/blood play or any sort of strangulation play. I don't dislike them, and certainly not to the point where I skip over a section or it keeps me from reading, but...it also isn't my cuppa tea (to borrow a phrase).

If you wanna put tequila in your tea, by all means, go right ahead. I'll be on the other side of the table staring at you funny. Though maybe it depends on the tea!
I'm not a big fan of much of anything in tea, so whether it's whiskey or tequila becomes something of a wash as far as I'm concerned; and I like whiskey -- I just happen to like tequila more. I have put a shot of tequila into my Bengal Spice tea with okay results once in a while -- the cinnamon seems to complement gold tequilas in particular.

I gave you tickies instead of radio buttons so you could pick them all for Ethan if you wanted. Except for the "hearts and flowers" option, which was too silly for words.
Oohhhhh. And I've already learned something today. I didn't know that you could pick more than one. I probably would have picked most of them for Ethan. Who knows -- hearts and flowers might be just the thing to keep one or the other of them off balance! :)
Just got back from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and found this poll. I can't wait for a continuation of the Blackmail Stories. I just finished rereading Helios Hyperion. Need to go back and reread Tradition and Proticol again. Of course I will read any of your writings.