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18 February 2012 @ 11:00 am
Days of Love 5  
Annnnnnd it's another pair of recs. I can't help myself. But, okay, here's the thing. For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, I have a strong interest in soulbonding right now. I admit that for a few weeks of the specific soulbonding project of doom, I spent a lot of time reading soulbond stories and saying, "That's not how it works." Because, you know, this is fandom, where I will fight for my right to be incredibly dogmatic and dictatorial about a completely imaginary concept.

But then I started actively seeking out all the different depictions of soulbonding in fan fiction, trying to figure out what the key elements of a soulbond are. (Yes, I have a list. It is a short list. Soulbonds are mysterious and mutable, is what they are.) And I found some fantastic stories in the process.

#BOOM!, by 26miledrive. Hockey RPF, Ryan Kesler/Andrew Ladd. (Helpful pairing primer featuring everything you need know to read this story. Although to be honest you don't even need to know who the guys are.)

Okay, so, first, I just need to say that this hockey thing has gotten out of hand. I know this because of two interactions with Best Beloved.

Scene 1: I am watching old hockey videos on YouTube, which I suspect is just about the worst way there is to watch hockey, but, whatever, it's what I can do. I am absolutely not yelling at the screen, no matter what BB says. BB is taking a bath.

BB, from bathtub: *laughter*
Me, assuming her book is amusing: What's funny?
BB: You. What happened?
BB: *further laughter*
Me: It was! They are!
BB: I just can't believe you have opinions about this.
Me, sulkily: That isn't an opinion. It's a fact, and everyone knows it.1
BB: *laughs hard enough to displace a significant amount of water*

1 Yes, I said this even though I did not know it until very recently, and had to be taught by J. (Name redacted to protect the relatively innocent.) Thanks, J!

Scene 2: Dinner. I am breathlessly relating some hockey facts I have learned.

BB: Is the hockey season on right now?
Me: Yes! Of course!
BB: When does it end?
Me: Regular season ends in April. Why?
BB: Find out if there's tickets. Or whatever.
Me: But why?
BB: I can sense it coming. You're going to want to go to one. You might as well be prepared.
Me: Don't be ridiculous. I'm not going to a hockey game.

[Some days pass.]

BB: You want to go to a hockey game, don't you?
Me: ...Yeah, I kind of do.
BB: *does not say anything, but radiates smugness from every pore*

My point is, there has to be an end to this, and quickly, before I end up at a hockey game with no idea what is going on. (Keep in mind that I do not do well in crowds, do not like loud noises, do not process visual information all that splendidly, and have no idea what attending a hockey game might be like. I am basically the last person who should ever go to a hockey game. With luck I'll be able to hold out until April. If not - has anyone out there ever been to one? Any tips?)

But it isn't my fault I'm like this! Hockey fandom is just so great, is all, and this story - yes, we're back to the story now - is proof. Because, okay, I suspect that hockey doesn't actually, in real actual fact, have evil fairy godmothers nicknamed Biz Nasty. (Seriously. The man tweets as BizNasty2point0. On the one hand - if you were nicknamed Biz Nasty, wouldn't you try to pretend you didn't know? On the other hand, man, I wish every evil fairy ever invited to a christening was named Biz Nasty. That right there would improve most fairy tales by at least 50%.) And I also suspect that Mr. Nasty can't actually forcibly soulbond people to make them work out their differences. (Through hatesex. I mean. How else are you going to work out your differences? It's hockey.)

But, oh, it's so much fun to imagine a world where hockey does, and he can. And this story is where that happens. It's the comedy of the soulbonding world, filled with bad behavior in Vegas and poorly-chosen helicopter tours and some really, really questionable decisions made by your friend and mine, Bad Fairy Biz Nasty.

Read it for the giggles, my friends. Read it for the giggles.

Apres moi le deluge, by [archiveofourown.org profile] beyond_belief. Generation Kill, Brad Colbert/Nate Fick.

And then, when you're done laughing, read this one for the quiet beauty and totally fascinating soulbond. (Sorry. I am basically the world's foremost soulbond scientist at this point. I cannot help categorizing these things; it is just my way. Look for my upcoming monograph, The Unbroken Thread: A Taxonomy of Soulbonds and Related Fantastical Connections, available wherever really boring books are sold.)

I love this one because - okay, if you're going to give two people a soulbond, hockey players who play for different teams and hate each other are actually a better choice than Nate and Brad. Usually, in fan fiction, we're writing about soulbonds between two people who spend, like, 18 hours a day together. (Oh, god, I just thought of a key and important question: Did anyone ever write a soulbond story in Sentinel fandom? I mean, they must have, right? Except it would actually be sort of pointless since it's basically canon. Still. If it's out there, I need to read it. I can't believe I never have.) Nate is off in Harvard, engaging in serious study and working to Make Our Nation Better! Brad is off in England, trying to drown Royal Marines! They have lives, is my point.

(And, yes, I did actually have a really long digression here about the worst fannish characters to have in a soulbond. I deleted it for the good of the recommendation, and I want you to know it was very hard to do. But if you have any opinions, feel free to weigh in. I mean, Methos? Buffy? Mycroft? So many possibilities!)

But in this story, in addition to lives, they also have a soulbond, and it's fabulous. I love how they fight it, how they learn to adapt to it, how they learn to deal with each other. And mostly I just love this story. I keep re-reading it, because it's one of those ones I just never feel finished with, you know? I'll be wandering around picking up toys and trying to persuade the child that there is a limit on the number of muffins we can make in one day, and suddenly I'll realize I need to go read that story. Again. And then I will spend the rest of the day thinking about the story while I pick up toys and make muffins.

Really, my only complaint here is that I want at least 50,000 more words of this. At least.

Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.
muchadoabouthimmuchadoabouthim on February 19th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
I went to a college hockey game a few weeks ago, and it was awesome. I had almost no idea what was happening, but everything moved so fast and they kept hitting each other and it was awesome. It probably helped that students at my university got free admission and a free bus ride to the game, but I definitely recommend seeing at least one.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV Katamari Damacythefourthvine on February 19th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
YOU ARE SELLING ME ON THE GAME, I tell you what. Even though I will probably have to pay actual money for it.
celliacellia on February 19th, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)
I want to read that soulbond digression! And your upcoming soulbond treatise (which I assume will be filled with ~examples).

I think that there are few characters that wouldn't be awesome in a soulbond, but it's all about who the bondmate is.

And since one of (imho) cool things about a soulbond is that it can allow an intimacy/support for a more closed off character (see: all fanfic involving the word "t'hyla"), I guess it would only be boring if everyone involved already had a perfectly emotionally healthy, no-risk lifestyle.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV lettersthefourthvine on February 19th, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
So many examples. SO MANY EXAMPLES.

I guess it would only be boring if everyone involved already had a perfectly emotionally healthy, no-risk lifestyle.

And since I don't think there are ANY characters like that in fandom, WE ARE GOLDEN!
utterfrivolity: Red Wingsutterfrivolity on February 19th, 2012 02:42 am (UTC)

I mean, you know yourself when it comes to crowds and loud noises, and obviously you won't be able to avoid either of those things. But I wouldn't worry about anything else. Even if you follow nothing of what's happening, you'll appreciate the speed and the hits. I promise, there is NOTHING like going to an NHL game.

My main tip would be to get there in time for warm-up. That's the best time to see the players interacting (also stretching and things of that nature). Plus the arena's mostly empty at that point, so maybe it would be a good way to get acclimated before the game starts.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV menorahthefourthvine on February 19th, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)

Oooo, warm ups!
misspamelamisspamela on February 19th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Hockey games are SO MUCH FUN. They are pretty much the only sports thing I will sit through live. I haven't been to a Bruins game in forever and ever, and now it's ridiculously expensive, but I am dying to go back now that I'm reading fic!

(Though i can't read fic about the Bruins. That would be weird to me. IDK.)
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV shoesthefourthvine on February 19th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)
Though i can't read fic about the Bruins. That would be weird to me. IDK.

There is some! But, wait, so would any team you actually saw play be ruled out? Or just the home team, so to speak?
(no subject) - misspamela on February 19th, 2012 10:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
Orient Sand: Joelwindfallswest on February 19th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out
I second the request for the soulbonding disquisition. Because there has to be a way to do it right (there is a way to do everything right), it's just that people usually don't.

I'd put Angel up for worst partner in a soulbond, simply for the poleaxing experience of going from being stuck with a well-meaning if somewhat mopey guy to being stuck with a sadistic, armageddon-seeking psychopath who will probably be gunning for you. Or, you know, the other way around. Can you have a soulbond if you don't technically have a soul?
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV umbrellathefourthvine on February 19th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out
I second the request for the soulbonding disquisition. Because there has to be a way to do it right (there is a way to do everything right), it's just that people usually don't.

Hahahahaha. You have no idea why this is funny, but, okay, the reasons that do not need exploring at this juncture involve me currently midwifing the gestation and delivery of the world's LARGEST SOULBONDING STORY, which the author and I totally went into with the slogan, "Do it right or go home."

So, yeah, I am with you on the importance of doing it right.

And, whoa, ANGEL. Hadn't thought of that. And I don't see why you can't soulbond with the soulless; I mean, we don't actually KNOW what is mystically being connected to what, right? USE THE AMBIGUITY, is my motto.
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Proactively Untwist Octagonal Hippopotamus Pants: hockey - pottereddramaturgca on February 19th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
I love hockey games! And I've found that it's not too bad, crowdwise, generally. Unlike all the RIDICULOUS Kings fans you seems to know ;) I completely prefer Honda Center in Anaheim. Plus you get the added bonus of the ridiculously gay duo (aka Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry). If you like, I will even figure out if I can go to a game with you. And I will explain as much as I can, for reals. (I do it all the time for my parents)
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on February 19th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
OMG SERIOUSLY? When can you go?
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can't find my drink or pantsgeeklite on February 19th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
Whenever I attend sporting events that may bother me (I suspect that you and I share some of the same weirdnesses in viewing things), I always take a book. It's easy(ish) for me to get calm and block out things if I'm reading.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV brownthefourthvine on February 19th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
I think I will bring my Kindle, and also earplugs. Yes. *nods emphatically*
lynnmonsterlynnmonster on February 19th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)

Maybe bring earplugs? But then you'd miss all the neat shussh shusshhing sounds of skates on the ice and the thwacking noises of the sticks and pucks.

I can be pretty faily with the visual processing thing myself, and I actually find it easier to watch hockey games in person! I sometimes find it maddening to watch hockey on TV because your view is restricted to where the camera points, whereas in person you can see the whole rink and look where you want (and I find the puck really seems to pop visually in contrast to the white ice in RL, so that's not an issue, at least for me, and I like to see the line changes, etc.).

And the game will make more sense if you understand the offside rule before you go.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV dogtagsthefourthvine on February 19th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh, that line changes video was SO USEFUL, thank you.

I think I understand the offside rule and icing, too - anything else I must learn before trying?

(And I plan to bring earplugs but not use them unless I cannot deal anymore. The crowd shouldn't be that vocal anyway; our NHL teams aren't that good.)
Andrew Lambdin-Abraham: texas starskd5mdk on February 19th, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
(I was linked this from commodorified

I take it from all the Kings references you are in LA. Rather than go to an NHL game, perhaps you might start by going to a much smaller one, either:
who are a low level Junior team (under 20) and so probably the least amount of crowds etc
a ECHL (Think AA baseball) level team.
I checked, there's no AHL (Triple A) hockey in California.

Of course, this might not be your thing, you might want NHL level players and names you've heard of etc. But they should be easier.

Edited at 2012-02-19 06:43 am (UTC)
tried to eat the safe banana: Yay!thefourthvine on February 19th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
HOLY SHIT YOU ARE AWESOME! This is SO PERFECT, you have no idea. My sister's son practices at the arena where the Bombers play! I can go watch some hockey before I try the big leagues! YAY.

I love you right now, for real. (Marna too, of course, but when do I not love her?)
(no subject) - hockeysaurus on February 20th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
pslasherpslasher on February 19th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Soulbonding is one of my favorite things, so I'll be reading these, despite not knowing cannon.

And I would LOVE to read your soulbonding meta!
Zebrazebra363 on February 20th, 2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
I would be completely up for a bunch more soul/mind-bonding recs! My one and only disappointment with Supernatural fandom so far is that I can't find as many as everybody seems to say there are.
Zebra: Readingzebra363 on February 20th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
I should also have said, I read both recs despite not knowing the fandoms and enjoyed them!
lakeeffectgirl on February 20th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
!!! Thank you so much for the rec! I really appreciate it! (I'm trying to write a sequel but the problem with that is how much people like this one, and I'm basically paralyzed by the fear that the sequel won't live up.)
metaphortunate sonmetaphortunate on February 20th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
You are hilarious and adorable and I am so happy that you are reccing again!
lknomadlknomad on February 21st, 2012 08:09 am (UTC)
You do realize that your nephew is a figure skater at a center with 3 different rinks. There is ALWAYS hockey in the next rink. ALWAYS. You can see non professional games. You can see teams practicing. You can see 4 years olds with about 20 lbs of hokey gear. You can see adults trying to relive their youth. So much to do! It is not professional level but it is hockey. We are there between 2 and 3 times a week. There are never crowds so you can stand right at the ice level and watch.
sinclair_furiesinclair_furie on February 21st, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
I recently went to my first hockey game! It was super fun. Also being aware of hockey RPF made the experience much more satisfying, though I wish I had read up on the rules instead of spending the whole time asking my friends why everybody was booing/cheering.

If you have any friends who are huge hockey fans and wealthy, I would recommend watching in a suite/box to avoid the crowd. The noise is pretty unavoidable though, but earplugs can probably help with that.