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14 June 2004 @ 07:04 am
Slashy Nominations 52: Kiss the Boys  
Today, we pay tribute to an activity that is, too often, just a short stop on the way to somewhere else: kissing. You know. The lips-mouths-tongues thing. I realize that in many slash stories kissing is just the thing the guys do until the author can get something else in at least one participant's mouth, but a kiss can also be, you know, important. Pivotal. Worth at least a paragraph or two, in other words. These stories don't all stop with just the kissing - well, I mean, what kind of smutty recommender would I be if they did? - but they all have kissing that matters.

At least in my opinion.

Best FF That Uses Kissing as a Means of Dispute Resolution: Leap, by Kellie Matthews. Due South, Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski. My high school was full of suburban boys who appeared to have only one means of settling an argument - the traditional method, which inevitably led to mano-a-mano, bloody noses, and, in the fullness of time, the principal's office. If only they'd known that all such arguments could be resolved far more simply and quickly with a kiss. (Although, given my high school, I'm not willing to swear that wouldn't also have ended in the principal's office.) We all would have been spared the lingering ennui of the same old fistfights, and I would, I promise you, have been much more scrupulous about attendance. In this story (yes, I've gotten back to the story), Fraser and Ray argue about risk-taking behavior. And, of course, it leads to kissing. And sex. But kissing first.

Best FF That Uses Kissing to Explain a Confusing Religious Concept Far Better Than Any Theological Texts I've Read: Ineffability, by V, deepsix. Good Omens, Crowley/Aziraphale. This one is short and sweet, and if you don't get ineffability after reading the last line, read it again. Or, I suppose, you could seek out a member of the clergy. But, really, all things considered, I would just go with the re-read. And for those of you feeling squeamish about explicit sex between angels (as opposed to explicit sex involving Angel, which is a whole other fandom), this one does stop at (and start with) just kissing. So if you came here for smut rather than a religious education, you may want to skip this one. (But really, you shouldn't.) Note: this is a time-sensitive link; the host site is closing soon, and we will lose V's site, and Cimorene's site, and a lot of other good stuff. Read it and weep, folks.

Best FF That Uses Kissing as Ominous Foreshadowing: Trust, by the amazing penknife. X-Men movies, Magneto/Xavier. M/X stories just can't end happily. Oh, there have been a few authors who've tried. There're even a few who have succeeded, except that even as you're reveling in the characters' apparent happiness, you can't silence the small voice in your head saying: "If you two knew what's coming..." In this FF, Penknife doesn't try. We see Charles and Erik as they once were, but we also see the future coming in fast, like a fist, and we know how it will end. (For the record, in case you haven't been paying attention: in tears. Well, OK, actually in them developing major ideological differences and spending the rest of their lives on opposite sides battling each other for the title of King of the Mutants, but "in tears" is the short version. To the extent that there can ever be a short version in the Marvel universe.) Lends real poignancy to the kiss, let me tell you.

Best FF That Uses Kissing to Precipitate a Sexual Identity Crisis That Is, Frankly, Long Overdue: The Right to Remain Silent, by Kass and Justine - kassrachel and sanj*. The Sentinel, Blair Sandburg/Jim Ellison. There's a lot of competition in the Significant Kissing category in this fandom, but this one stands out because there's more than one Significant Kiss. Basically, Blair Sandburg goes over his nightly quota of said kisses, and finds himself switching teams before the week is out. Jim Ellison gets bitten and finds himself having sex in a car. All becomes right in the Sentinel universe. Readers everywhere cheer enthusiastically. And I end this set before I develop a tongue fixation.

* Thanks for the link, the_star_fish and kassrachel.
the upper echelons of mediocrity: sepiathe_star_fish on June 14th, 2004 08:41 am (UTC)
Justine is sanj
Kass: Blairkassrachel on June 14th, 2004 08:57 am (UTC)
Justine livejournals as sanj. :-) And thanks for the kind words about "The Right to Remain Silent"!
(Anonymous) on June 14th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC)
Another great dS story about a kiss is Unplanned by Beth H. Ray's thoughtless kiss is so easy to picture happening. :)

Unplanned: http://beth-h.mrks.org/DS_FICTION/UNPLANNED


color is the new danger: o'brian (by q_skud_)mmeguilotn on June 14th, 2004 06:40 pm (UTC)
I don't know deepsix, but Cim's site is moving to www.waxjism.org.
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on June 14th, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC)
YAY! Thanks for telling me; that is a serious relief, that Cimorene's site will still be with us. Although I, for one, will miss V's site; I have nine million of her stories waiting to be recommended, and now I don't know where they'll be.

*experiences the existential angst inherent in trying to maintain a recs blog and a bookmark file and a fanfic database in the face of an inherently transitory medium*

*thinks that there's probably a profound metaphor in there somewhere*

*is frankly too control-freaky and angsty about the transitory medium thing to care about profound metaphors*

*waves wistful goodbye to sanity*

Well, good riddance to that. More recs, less sanity will be my motto henceforth. Because, really, isn't sanity just so much unnecessary baggage?
 I'm not familiar with the thing I'm seeinglite_bright on June 15th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC)
Um...I stumbled across these lovely recs, and read a few of them. Then while trying very hard to not scream out in joy, I decided that you are God. I do hope you believe in God, or something like that. Because if you didn't, you'd be set up for a real inferiority complex. And that would not be very fun.

So, in conclusion, may I friend this journal?
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on June 15th, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
Luckily, I have a fully flexible belief system, so no worries there. Glad you're enjoying the recs. And please friend away; it will help stave off the whole existence question. (Descartes, reinterpreted for Livejournal: flist, ergo sum.)