Saturday, July 24, 2010

Admin Rec: Pastiche Finds Love (Between the Sexes)

Okay, ladies, this blog may be mostly inactive, but that doesn't mean just because angstgoddess-keeps-getting-really-busy-and-not-having-time-to-code that I can't sneak in with my basic HTML knowledge and post a rec.

BECAUSE...! oh-my-word, I read the most amazing slash fic ever, and even though it is complete (and wonderful), it only has like 600 reviews.

So, first off. Slash. That means a boy x boy pairing. Man sex. Cocks squared. The threat of buttsecks (but there is a PROSTATE!) If there is a Bella, she's "Bela" (spelled the Romanian way), and most likely there's no brown haired boy, but instead Jasper is the real rainbow hero to Edward's saturnine I-am-gay-someone-please-kill-me orbit.

Now. If slash is not your flask o' whiskey, please go drink your Shirley Temples on the pool patio. Thank you.

Okay, now I get to talk about why I am in love.

First, I mostly read slash in other fandoms. In fact, I'm a consumate Harry/Draco shipper in the Harry Potter fandom, which means that I actually prefer my characters to hate each other for at least a portion of the storytelling. I don't like it when they speak in endearments. I don't like it when they text emoticons ("fuck you's" are okay though...), and I especially don't like it when they fall in love without a struggle. Back in the day, when I used to do my searches through Twilight slash, I found that there was a lot of this: fluff. Granted, a lot of it was good fluff, but given that I'm partially evil, this did not appeal to me.

But this fic!!!!

Angsty sexual identity crises.
A wonderfully mad and outrageously gay step-uncle that you wish you could still to drink Appletinies with!!!

It's got it all!

Now, if this is enough to convince you, please click the button above, but if you need more, my descriptions below are mildly spoilerish. Very mild, though.

To explain, Edward and Jasper were college roommates. On their final night of college--before they leave for separate cities--there is a "moment."

Flash forward.

Edward is married with two kids. He and his wife are struggling. There's not much seckzy timez occurring since kid two. There's a lot of stress. His wife is dealing with post-partem depression for the looks of it. Now, you might be shrieking I HATE INFIDELITY fics, but the usual problem here, the villianization of the wife, does not occur. Instead, she's fairly portrayed as the marriage disintegrates. (This is a big deal to me.)

Anyhoo, so the big set up. Edward goes on a business trip and meets up with his buddies from college. This includes Jasper. Jasper, since he's planning staying out and drinking, makes plans to sleep in Edward's hotel room that night.


Anyway, the aftermath of their encounter is what fuels the rest of the story. You might think it's all angst, but it's not. Jasper's "uncle" Alex, who is something of a gay socialite, is constantly flitting in and out of the story, adding much needed doses of humor as Edward comes to grips with the loss of his marriage, his feelings toward Jasper, and his own sexuality. Moreover, Edward and his wife start to understand the other for who he/she is, and not for who he/she is not. It's really sweet, uplifting.

(I love themes...)

There's everything rolled into a ball here: angst, humor, and sexiness.

So, go READ.
Pastiche Pen is the author of such claptrap as If Love Could Light a Candle and Sin & Incivility. She's currently writing a multi-chaptered vamp!slash fic, Yesternight, as well as co-hosting the Slash Backslash 2.0 contest with Angstgoddess003.


  1. yay a new post. This sounds yummy, I may have to get back into reading!

  2. You're right - this was fantastic - I'm so glad you rec'd it!

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  5. I read this story while it was still a work in progress. It's one of my all time overall favorite fan fics. Love Between Sexes is a beautiful love story.


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