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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 08:48 pm
I'm having a hard time coming up with a specific idea for a Leverage fanart because what I really want to do is something set during a con, preferably with some action going on, and these guys are so specialized it's tricky to come up with something that has all of them in the same frame at the same time. I'm wondering if I have to go with the split-screen approach instead. I mean, I have like half a dozen ideas for Eliot just off the top of my head. That one's easy. But I want team!

(If you're having any ideas for a teamy action scene, I'm all ears!)
But first I'm drawing Nate with a hat. Because I just noticed he's hat-less in all my sketches!

[livejournal.com profile] womenlovefest is posting right now. I briefly thought about snagging Jennifer, Sam, or Teyla for a week of recs, art and meta but I don't have any new material (and, well, loving the female characters in that fandom is just too damn frustrating.)

But. If you want to read good fic with any of the above women, I can recommend some really good stuff in my tags: Jennifer fic recs, Teyla fic recs, Sam fic recs. And I have a general tag I named ladies in fiction for lack of a better description, which covers a variety of fandoms and characters.
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Friday, September 9th, 2011 11:58 pm
If We Were a Movie by [archiveofourown.org profile] busaikko (SGA)
Jennifer/Rodney/John; PG-13; 2577 words
Summary: Jennifer and Rodney don't want to take the next step in their relationship without John, which is perhaps not the best conversation to have while babysitting Madison.
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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 11:00 am
another Yuletide rec:
This kid I once knew (Calvin & Hobbes)
(temporary link in case the servers are robust)
gen; Susie Derkins; post-canon; 1786 words
Summary: Daniel sends their whole improv group an e-mail saying "check this out its fun1!1" and a link to a web comic called The Adventures of Spaceman Spiff.

I read quite a few good C&H stories in which the kids grew up. This one from Susie's POV is one of my favorites.

and squeezing in some non-yuletide recs:
Chuck vs Five Men, One with a Knife by sharpasamarble (Chuck)
gen (with Chuck/Sarah UST, emphasis on 'U'); set in S1; adventure/drama; 70,687 words
Summary: On New Year's Day, Chuck contemplates his resolutions. But a group blunder on a simple mission has complex consequences for Team Chuck, leading each member down a road he didn't expect to travel.

It's rare to find a casefile-style fic with such a satisfying plot. The characterization is sharp and the relationship dynamics portrayed in an interesting way. The author captures the season one vibe well, and adds her own touch.

Love is written in Poetry, Marriage in Prose by Santa (SGA)
R; McKay/Keller/ pre-McKay/Keller/Sheppard; 4191 words
Summary: Rodney and Jennifer fantasize about opening up their relationship.

Looks like McKay/Keller/Sheppard has come to be my OT3, thanks to fic like this one. A well-written, fun exploration of the trio's relationship... during the course of which some popular fandom tropes get turned on their head (always a big plus).
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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 01:58 pm
The Hunters by To Be Revealed
gen (with just a hint of Jennifer/Rodney UST); PG-13; Jennifer, Teyla, Rodney, OCs; action-adventure; set early S5; ~26,500 words
Summary: On a diplomatic mission, Rodney, Jennifer and Teyla are overnight guests in a cliffside fortress. When darkness falls, an attack leaves Rodney a severely injured prisoner, and Jennifer and Teyla must get him back -- even if it means braving the lethal catacombs beneath the fortress with nothing but a couple of P90s plus wits, skill and luck.

I'd been feeling a little disconnected from SGA lately but this story restored my squee instantly. I love the author's take on the characters. The fic's got all my favorite things: Teyla and Jennifer kick ass (while saving Rodney's) in a gripping underground adventure setting with action, compelling OCs, and a creepy, scary enemy. (If anyone remembers that old C64 computer game "Impossible mission"... there's a scene in the fic that gave me flashbacks to a particularly nerve-wrecking part in that game. /digresses)
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Thursday, May 27th, 2010 12:55 am
[livejournal.com profile] sga_genficathon has started posting! And kicked off with an excellent Keller fic: Practicing Medicine by [livejournal.com profile] kristen999
gen; PG; Set Early S5; 6,000 words
Summary: Jennifer learns that accepting and upholding an oath, requires living it.
I like this story both for its thoughtful portrayal of Jennifer Keller and for the slice-of-life look at the work of Atlantis' medical department.

fma fic rec:
Tradition by [livejournal.com profile] raja815
gen; PG-13; humor; 1000 words
Team Mustang celebrate the Winter solstice the traditional way...
'Prominent among decorations include the traditional Solstice Candle, an ornately painted beeswax candle that is lit as the sun sets, and only extinguished when the next morning grows bright enough to see.'

The entire room filled with noxious purple smoke. Mustang, standing closest after lighting it, extinguished the flame with a douse from his glass of wine.
“That,” he gasped when he had breath enough, “was not a solstice candle.”
“I think it might’ve been a signal flare,” Fuery said, timidly.
“Oh, honestly…”
“Man, why are you guys dumping all over my solstice party?” Havoc grumbled. “I’m doing the best I can here…”

fma amv rec:
Nightlights - Royai
I like the mood of this vid.

I'm working on four different projects right now and I want to finish them all before I leave for Comic Con so when I realized last week that I had only eight weeks, I started flailing a bit. But I got a lot done this week, so I'm less with the flailing now. Just, I have a whole folder of stuff I want to link. Where to start... (and, argh, when to do my taxes which are due at the end of the month? *flails*)
Uh, also, I made FMA fanart (it just happened as I was sketching unicorns. I don't even know.) It's a little scene that stuck in my head when reading [livejournal.com profile] genarti's Firefight.
just a sketch, done with brush pen, fineliner & watercolor. Unicorn-free. )

I may have gone a little overboard with the FX *scratches head*. I gotta pay more attention next time Roy does that thing of his.

my roomie found this site with driftwood horse sculptures.
via [livejournal.com profile] kristen999: Strange Buildings and Alien Landscapes
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Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 09:12 pm
FMA meta rec: [livejournal.com profile] rawles wrote a really great post on Roy & Riza, on subtext and canon. (link)

FMA fanart rec:
TheOnlyWayIsDeath on DA made an Envy Motivational Poster that alternately cracks me up and makes me go Aww (and then slap myself for going Aww because, seriously, it's Envy!)
Spoilers for chapter 80 and up.

Driven by the desire to subsidize both Amazon and FedEx, I preordered Shounen Gangan. The shipping fee is outrageous but I just don't want to read the final chapter on a screen. (final chapter, waaah) I really dislike reading fiction on the computer. And it's a one time thing, so I figure I indulge. I just hope shipping really takes only a few days... once the chapter is out I'm not going online until I've read it.

a SGA fic I very much enjoyed:
Germination by [personal profile] thingswithwings
Jennifer/Rodney; kink: tentacles!; post-ep for 502 The Seed; words: 5600

It's interesting: the other day someone, I think friendshipper, said that her major story kink is to be surprised (or something like that) and that felt about right. It's why I prefer story warnings that are hidden behind spoiler tags.

I've noticed that after almost three years of reading in this fandom my plot kinks have largely been satisfied - I still enjoy reading them, but right now the kind of story that really hits the spot is one that goes somewhere unexpected, no matter how... by going wildly AU, or developing a minor character or pairing, or turning a common cliche inside out.*

And that's what this fic does, too: it takes some tropes and themes and does something different with them. It's sweet and funny, and her Jennifer voice is spot on. And, well, I can never get enough of well-written Jennifer/Rodney. :)

*That's also why propinquitine's fic Never Quite What You Expect was one of my favorite stories of the entire last year even though it's a pairing I generally feel I overdosed on.
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Saturday, April 17th, 2010 02:46 pm
I just read a wonderfully evocative Jennifer Keller fic that takes place during her childhood years. I'm going to write a rec for stargateficrec later, but I have to link it here right away:

Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade (even if you skipped it) by [livejournal.com profile] tartanshell
gen; pre-series; 1775 words
The summer before seventh grade, Jennifer has a lot to learn.
There's something very compelling about the way this fic is written. The characterization of young Jennifer is fascinating and really a great addition to canon.

In other news, my work project, the one with the April 18 deadline... yesterday I got some serious work done on it, yay! I worked until 3 am last night and it felt good! Still no chance in hell to make that deadline, but it's not my fault and there is two week's leeway so it's not really a big deal. And I think I can have it done in a week now. Fortunately the one technique I developed is a great timesaver.
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Sunday, March 21st, 2010 12:10 pm
I usually ship Jennifer only with Rodney or sometimes Teyla but after reading this I'm totally ready to board the HMS Cadman/Keller. This story is cute and funny. It's got Jennifer in competent! doctor mode, which I can really never get enough of. And we get to see what's going on in Laura's head (aided by yet another unfortunate incident with Ancient tech).

The Truth Will Get You Laid by [livejournal.com profile] thrace
Cadman/Keller; PG; 3,829 words
Summary: Laura Cadman ends up in the infirmary. A lot.

"Ah, scars are sexy," says Cadman, closing her eyes again. "Do your worst."
"Don't you trust my work?"
"Everyone in this city trusts your work." Jennifer's glad that Cadman can't see her ducking her head in embarrassed gratification. "I'm just saying, if I do happen to end up with a scar, I can make up as many stories as I want about how I got it in the name of national security."
"I won't leave a scar," says Jennifer firmly. "I like your face the way it is."

linkage: How it should have ended: new endings for famous movies. Cool stuff. Really well done.

I need better time management. Ever since [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper introduced me to Fullmetal Alchemist I've been short on time for reading fic and meta, because I'm finding myself actually reading and watching tv in Japanese for the fun of it and it is AWESOME because I'm making progress with the language for the first time in years. japanese & rl stuff )
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Friday, February 12th, 2010 02:17 am
Squee! [livejournal.com profile] siriaeve wrote me a story with Jennifer, Sam and Rodney: no universal world
mostly gen (with background Jennifer/Rodney); warning: not a light and fluffy story; 8100 words
Between the average success rate of the gate teams, and the skill the scientists had for finding new and interesting ways to blow up large chunks of the city, Jennifer spent most of her time cooped up inside the infirmary.
This is a tense and compelling scenario. I crave stories like this, that throw these three characters together and explore what makes them tick. And I love how Jennifer's and Rodney's relationship is portrayed in the negative spaces, for lack of a better word.

and on a lighter note, also by [livejournal.com profile] siriaeve:
Greater Love Hath No Man for his Friends
gen; John Sheppard; ~1400 words
His eyes widened with horror when he got there, though. It wasn't just a section—it was a whole aisle, both sides of it lined with packages in various shades of purple and green and blue and pink. He looked down at the list, but Teyla's neat handwriting didn't offer him any guidance beyond sanitary pads and tampons, several packets. What good was that to him, when there were all these different options? There were different colours and sizes and some of them apparently had wings; John didn't want to know, because he had a sense nothing good could come of asking why sanitary pads needed to be aerodynamic.
20/20 by [livejournal.com profile] mad_maudlin (Torchwood CoE)
gen; G; 250 words
Summary: Never again

Signups for the fourth Rodney/Teyla thing-a-thon close on the 14th. Come join, the more the merrier! (This year it's not just ship but friendshippy gen too, for those so inclined!)
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Saturday, January 16th, 2010 12:30 am
More squeeworthy ficlets from [livejournal.com profile] non_mcsmooch:
meeting of minds by [livejournal.com profile] siriaeve (1,100 words)
A pitch-perfect Sam/Rodney fic that has the two of them at a science conference. If you love the pairing, go read! (If you don't love the pairing, heck, go read anyway. :)

Osmosis by [livejournal.com profile] siriaeve (600 words)
“Smushed,” Rodney said and blinked at her—and really, it’s not like it’s that surprising. Jennifer might have drawn the line at eating raw gr’tak with Teyla, but she grew up in rural Wisconsin. She’s an old hand at dealing with bugs. “Is that a medical term?”
This was written for my prompt. I wanted Jennifer/Rodney, and bugs. *beams*
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Thursday, January 14th, 2010 08:24 pm
Ha. I just completed my Jennifer Keller set at stargateficrec with two weeks to spare so I have accomplished at least something this month.... And I still have a couple recs left (I found a Cadman/Keller one, heh. :). I could save those up for another full set, only then I might end up with two categories again because I already volunteered for AU. Hm... By the way, they're always looking for new reccers over at ficrec. It's fun, really. And I think their how-to-rec has gotten less confusing for newbie reccers since their recent changes of the rec format.
x-posted from ficrec:

pay off by [livejournal.com profile] siriaeve
Rodney McKay/Jennifer Keller; PG-13 (my guess); 600 words
Why this must be read: Written for [livejournal.com profile] non_mcsmooch, with a very cool take on the prompt and also on a quite popular fanfic theme :). This ficlet is just 600 words long but it's a delightful look at the relationship between Rodney and Jennifer, and at Rodney himself.

And for something different, here's another Yuletide rec:
Spaceman Spiff Goes To Chirrutzz by [personal profile] elf
gen; 2456 words
Summary: In which Spiff is not slashed with Harkness, Mal, Kirk, or Zapp Brannigan. Nor with anyone else. Because Spiff is really too young for those games. (Yet.) Instead, he's on a mission to a dangerous, distant planet. Which is dangerous. And distant. And mission-y.
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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 12:55 am
a longer fic, just posted to sga_santa:
Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Santa
Jennifer/Rodney; PG-13; Characters: John, Jennifer, Rodney; action/adventure, h/c, drama; post S5; 33,000 words
Summary: John is dealing with his teammates' love lives just like any other emotional issue: by ignoring the situation and hoping it goes away. But when a mission gone wrong traps John, Rodney and Jennifer a thousand feet beneath New Lantea's ocean -- injured and out of touch with Atlantis, with the clock running down and a mysterious enemy in pursuit -- they're either going to have to work out their differences ... or die trying.
why rec'd: I loved this story! Aside from the *extremely* creepy, scary action-adventure plot, I find the way it deals with the shifting character dynamics and the development in John and Rodney's friendship believable and emotionally satisfying. And I love how the relationship between Jennifer and Rodney is portrayed.

After reading the first few pages I realized that I'd been waiting for just this: a story that acknowledges and untangles the changes in the characters and their relationships... and I'm so happy this story found a writer who treats all the characters respectfully. Superb writing style and character voices on top of that. This is a real treat.
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Friday, December 11th, 2009 03:20 am
I have to do something about my sleep rhythm. For the past two weeks I never went to bed before 4am, and consequently barely got up at noon, which leaves 4 meager hours of sunlight (best case scenario). I tried setting my alarm to 11am for a start, but it's useless, I'll just fall asleep again. One morning I hit the off button in my sleep. And it's only gonna get darker. Two more weeks to go. I am so looking forward to winter solstice! At least tonight I'm really tired. It helps that I finished all of my Christmas-deadline work and as to the rest I'm stuck waiting for feedback.

I already started celebrating my free weekend by reading through my stack of short fics. (Everyone's talking about sga_santa and I've barely made a dent in my Big Bang reading. /o\)
I'll rec some longer stories later (sleep first...) but for now, a couple quick recs of short fic I liked:

In Sickness and In Health by [livejournal.com profile] linziday
gen; PG-13, John + ensemble; whump, humor; for Holiday H/C Comment Fic Exchange

Local Specialty by [livejournal.com profile] penknife
"What a large insect," Teyla says, her tone very carefully polite. She pokes the lobster with the tiny fork that came with it, as if making sure it will not move. (~1,250 words)

Sunlight on Broken Things by [livejournal.com profile] frith_in_thorns
gen; PG; h/c
Well-written tag for Storm/Eye

On The Shores of a Wine-Dark Sea by To be revealed
written for the Last Fiction Writer Standing challenge.

xposted from stargategenrec:
Shrine Tag by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
gen; PG; Rodney, John, Jennifer, Teyla; 2,850 words
Why rec'd? Excellent Shrine tag. Rodney is slowly recovering (too slowly for his taste). I love how friendshipper writes whumped&cranky Rodney, and his friends who're there to look after him. The writing style is great, and the voices are so spot on, it feels like it's part of the actual episode.

Battle Of Wills by [livejournal.com profile] laughtersmelody
gen; PG; John Sheppard, Jennifer Keller
Summary: Doctors make the worst patients. Jennifer Keller had always believed that was true -- she’d had to treat a few other doctors in her career and they’d all been awful patients. But that was before she’d met John Sheppard. He had to win the award for the worst patient ever. (Written for Holiday h/c Comment Fic Exchange at [profile] sgahcchallenges.)
Why rec'd? I like the look we get at Sheppard though Keller's eyes - it gives good insight into both their minds, and feels really in character.

Emblem by [livejournal.com profile] penknife (ST reboot, Uhura)
Penknife has this talent to convey a lot of meaning in very few lines. This is a short ficlet, but it just nails what I love about Uhura.
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Monday, November 16th, 2009 01:18 am
I'm a-squee, because [personal profile] penknife wrote a great ficlet for my prompt "Jennifer Keller, Star Trek." Jennifer, John, and Sam, bonding over Star Trek. :)
Reality Show
gen, set early season 4. ~400 words.

I uploaded my comics to the AO3. Finally, an archive that accepts comic format! Uploading is easy enough. After a day of browsing my impression is that it's very user-friendly and well-thought-out, perfectly tailored toward fanfic. As a reccer, I'm particularly thrilled with their bookmark/rec feature. And everything is tagged and interlinked, which makes browsing fun. Well, the fandoms aren't listed on one page, that makes browsing not so much fun. But that was the only detail that's bugged me so far. I ran into an "oops, we got a problem" error message twice when using the search engine but didn't take notes so I can't give helpful feedback. Will pay more attention to stuff like that in the future so I can be a more useful beta user.

Finished a cool genfic by cybercyd last night, but seeing that it was written in '05 and Big Bang has just gone live, I better wait with the rec. Have printed out a Big Bang fic to reward myself with after work. Should first get some more work done, so I deserve the reward.

Is it just me, or did Dreamwidth's preview button disappear?
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Monday, November 2nd, 2009 09:08 pm
this valley of dying stars by [livejournal.com profile] frith_in_thorns
Rodney/Jennifer; dark; 1,500 words
Summary: The flames are beautiful. It's almost worth it, seeing this.

You know the kind of fic that comes with the warning 'not a happy story' so you're almost afraid to click on the cut, and you click anyway and find it's true, and you don't even care because it's so beautiful? Yeah. This story is like that.
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Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 09:46 am
The winners of the Stargate Awards are announced and it looks like Rheanna's and my The Long Way Home won in the graphic fanfic category. Thanks to everyone who voted for us. :)

fic rec
Never Bend with the Rainfall by [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa
PG; Jennifer Keller/Teyla Emmagan; 1,650 words
Jennifer has never seen Teyla flee the scene, any scene, but no other phrase comes to mind. It's Jennifer's turn to blink because her eyes don't adjust that fast to the Teyla-shaped hole in the air in front of her. At least she took the gift flowers with her. That's good, right?

This is a really adorable fic about cultural misunderstandings and friendship and more. It's thoughtful, lighthearted, the characterization for both women is totally *on*, and the dynamic between them is very intriguing.

If you're, like me, craving fic that gets Jennifer's character right, go read! This brightened my morning.

I'm looking for Teyla/Jennifer fics in general. Friendship primarily, but femslash goes, too. Or Jennifer/Sam. Or the three of them together. Anybody know any? Self-pimps are fine.
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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 02:33 am
Okay, I keep babbling on about climbing but at least I'm putting it behind a cut )

fic recs:
If You Wrong Us, Shall We Not Revenge? by Jem
Gen; PG-13, possibly R (for violence); Characters: Bill Lee, Jeannie, Teyla, Rodney; 30,000 words
written for sga_genficathon, Prompt: Artificial Intelligence
Summary: Bill just couldn't leave her like that . . . but enlisting Jeannie Miller's help was a mistake. A mistake, because McKay was definitely going to kill him when he discovered the mess—well, mortal danger—Bill had gotten his sister into. Yeah. He was definitely a dead man. As soon as he managed to escape himself, that is. Of course, Bill really needn't have worried, because Jeannie, her brother, and Teyla were a little distracted by body swapping and explosions and terrorist attacks and the terrible question of what, exactly, constitutes human rights . . .

This is a really intriguing story that combines an engrossing plot and excellent characterization with ethical and philosophical musings... Science-fiction of the best kind. (Check out Jem's other fic as well; s/he's an amazing writer.)

Homecoming (Where The Heart Is Deep Beat Mix) by [livejournal.com profile] poisontaster
gen with background McShep; PG; Characters: Jennifer, Teyla, Ronon; 1,820 words
Summary: Home is where the heart is.

I really like the portrayal of Jennifer here, and it's good to see glimpses of her relationship with Teyla and Ronon... and with Atlantis.

By the time she's comparing her mother's chicken and noodles—unfavorably, mind you—to the mess hall's bird-like and ersatz-noodle substitute, the vacation is definitely over.
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Thursday, August 27th, 2009 12:55 am
I made a story illustration for [personal profile] sholio's fic Night Ops, in which Jennifer Keller and Rodney McKay are the reluctant heroes coming to Colonel Sheppard's rescue.

Preview:

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Check out the story if you haven't already; it's great! (And I'm not just saying that because she wrote it for ME. *beams*) It's a gripping action-adventure with a really intriguing Keller POV; gen with a hint of Rodney/Jennifer UST, PG-13.

[livejournal.com profile] naye asked for tips on drawing people, and I got carried away enough to exceed the comment limit... my comments almost never do that. I figure, maybe other people may be interested in this. (And I admit, I'm kind of proud of that one practice technique I came up with and want to share it; I really think it works. :)
copypasted & cut for wordiness )
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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 01:20 pm
Yesterday I got the cover feedback for my latest book. That was the only thing that was missing, so I sat down last night and finished it, and this morning I put it in the mail. That means I can go to Comic Con and Writercon without thinking about that unfinished thing on my desk. :)

Still haven't packed. Plan is to stay at my Dad's place tonight, since he lives closer to the airport, which hopefully means I'll get some sleep tonight. Also have to recharge my laptop. A list. I should probably make a list. And start packing. *twitch*

Instead I was lounging around in the garden (it's so sunny!) and reading fic. Found via [livejournal.com profile] stargategenrec:
Second Story by [livejournal.com profile] elementalv
gen; PG; 1,500 words.
Summary: Everything changed.

Amazing Sheppard character study. With time travel.

Spaces Between by [personal profile] sholio
gen; PG; team; 1600 words
Summary: The planet looked just like British Columbia, as they often do.

A beautiful story about team love.

These are xposted from [livejournal.com profile] stargateficrec (I was reccing Keller this month):
Uphill by [livejournal.com profile] penknife
Head High to the Finish by [livejournal.com profile] cinaed
So Much Trouble by [livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon
details under the cut )

gotta go packing...