Buffy reading

Oh noes! Never-written fic meme.

Ooh, clocketpatch just passed along this one:

Give me the title of a story I've never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.

I love the meta-invention required for this one. Let's do it!
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I just have to tell you I adored your fic The Recalcitrant Schoolboy and the Stern Mistress of Pain. You made me look at gender play in a whole new light, and that scene with Xander and the bastinado? Classic. I'm sure from now on all my kink meme requests are going to feature Buffy sporting a strap-on and Giles in a merrywidow.
My most popular Core 4 smutfic, that one. When I saw "crossdressing" on my kink bingo card, this story was the last thing I expected to write. I knew there was a trope in early Giles fiction to write him in drag, thanks to that ASH role as Frank N Furter, but I hadn't wanted to go there myself. But the image was strangely compelling, compelling enough to be the seed the rest of the fic crystallized around. Once I had Giles in drag, I had to find another way to buck the trend and give the topic my own distinctive slant. Buffy in suit and tie with that space-black strap-on, yeah, nobody'd done that. Pinstripes, mmm. Pity the suit didn't survive the night, huh?

Willow in the leather corset was pure fanservice, though. I admit that. But she has great breasts and I wanted to show them off.