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Ficpollage (Extended Toast Mix)

Okay. Am deeply stuck because I cannot recover the headspace in which I was writing this GX story just recently.

Poll #1831403 FicPoll Mark XIX (Extended Toast Mix)

Giles and

Buffy
12(27.3%)
Ethan
1(2.3%)
Jenny
1(2.3%)
Randall
1(2.3%)
Xander
4(9.1%)
his father
2(4.5%)
his grandmother the Watcher
3(6.8%)
library Scooby ensemble
6(13.6%)
season 4 ensemble
5(11.4%)
Magic Box ensemble
4(9.1%)
post-series ensemble
5(11.4%)

Your prompt.

Genre.

action/adventure
8(23.5%)
angst
4(11.8%)
crack
4(11.8%)
horror
1(2.9%)
hurt/comfort
4(11.8%)
romance
13(38.2%)

Prawn level if applicable.

kinky
4(21.1%)
scorching
8(42.1%)
allusive
2(10.5%)
fade to black
1(5.3%)
a world without shrimp
4(21.1%)

Romance level if applicable.

null
1(5.3%)
angry
0(0.0%)
angsty
1(5.3%)
snarky
8(42.1%)
stammering
4(21.1%)
champagne-soaked
5(26.3%)
aleph-null
0(0.0%)

Fannish trope to include. Yes, I'm oppressing you with these radio buttons.

none at all: play it straight
9(47.4%)
age regression
1(5.3%)
alpha/omegaverse
2(10.5%)
arranged marriage
0(0.0%)
body swap
1(5.3%)
flufic
0(0.0%)
forced intimacy
0(0.0%)
huddling for warmth
0(0.0%)
knotting
0(0.0%)
mpreg
2(10.5%)
songfic
1(5.3%)
soul bonding
2(10.5%)
wingfic
1(5.3%)

No, wait, songfic?

I reserve the right to pick something surreal.
1(5.9%)
Like, say, that Brian Eno song "Sky Saw" I keep threatening you with songfic for.
1(5.9%)
Besides, it's a fannish trope that everybody hates. I have to prove it can be done well.
1(5.9%)
You're just conversing with yourself here, you know.
14(82.4%)

Tags this story will get when I post it. Don't check them all. I'm watching you.

alcohol
6(8.5%)
animals
0(0.0%)
cigarettes
4(5.6%)
guitars
5(7.0%)
library
5(7.0%)
magic
15(21.1%)
poetry
0(0.0%)
rain
7(9.9%)
religion
1(1.4%)
road trip
7(9.9%)
swords
8(11.3%)
tea
8(11.3%)
toast
5(7.0%)

Toast?

Yeah, toast. It's a tag I've used before.
1(3.3%)
More stories should include toast.
13(43.3%)
It goes with tea.
7(23.3%)
Also with "rain" and "flufic".
3(10.0%)
I can't believe you're complaining about toast.
6(20.0%)

Things that go on toast.

Butter
14(25.9%)
Jam
10(18.5%)
Jelly
4(7.4%)
Peanut butter
9(16.7%)
Toasted cheese
8(14.8%)
My homemade preserves; let me send you a jar or twenty.
1(1.9%)
What's the difference between jam & jelly anyway?
4(7.4%)
I can't believe you can't tell the difference, you philistine.
4(7.4%)


Bonus music: Röyksopp playing "Electric Counterpoint" live. Live guitar looping is pretty cool, I think. Have loved it since Eno & Fripp did their "No Pussyfooting" thing. Here you can see how it lets the guitarist improvise atmospherically over himself while the rest of the band does its thing around that central guitar phrase.
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