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Summary: Brandon is not pleased that (a) Alex was gone when he woke up in the morning or (b) that he’s pregnant when no one in his family has ever been a carrier.

Notes: Title from Mumford & Sons' "Timshel." Many thanks to Lake for helping me make this story better, and thanks to everyone who answered miscellaneous questions on Twitter.


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You are not alone in this )
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This episode was a little more freeform than the last one. We saw a few women together, but for the most part, this episode was focused on women and their partners as Christmas approaches. My favorite reviewers from The National Post were entertaining again this week, although I didn't directly connect any of their points to the rest of this entry. I'm will warn you up front that most of this entry is about Brandon Prust and Maripier Morin, and I didn't think much of either of them or their relationship skills.

Recap/Review/Commentary )
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In a comment on last week's post, [livejournal.com profile] secretsolitaire said, "I found this episode a little more boring than some of the others -- not sure why exactly." I enjoyed last week's episode, but this week's is where I started to lose interest, to the point that I kept bringing up the controls on my video player to see if I was close to the end yet. I'm not sure what made this episode less interesting to me than the others.

As seems to be the pattern now, this week's episode follows five of the women around - Nicole Brown, Kodette LaBarbera, Emilie Blum, Tiffany Parros, and Maripier Morin - including a planned trip for two of them - Maripier and Tiffany - to spend time together.

Recap/Review/Commentary )
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This episode continued on with following women around without too much (obvious) staging of the action. This week's ep focused on Noureen DeWulf, Tiffany Parros, Brijet Whitney, and Maripier Morin. We also see a lot of Kodette LaBarbera, but most of her time is spent with Tiffany and/or Brijet, so I've put her scenes in with my comments on the two of them.

Content note: Tiffany uses a gendered slur. The show beeps it out, but I've reproduced it here as part of a quote from her.

Recap/Review/Commentary )
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Content note: this episode included a discussion about a modeling career, with all the beauty standards and weight talk that implies, and I've repeated some of those comments in this post. You can skip the two paragraphs about Martine if you want to skip that part and only read the rest of the entry.

Commentary )
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The idea behind this is that Alex and Brandon hook up off and on. They don't talk about it, and they don't tell anyone about it, but Alex keeps borrowing Brandon's clothes. I only wrote some of the snippets of this story.


Story )
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I wanted a fake dating story where the people who were fake dating were not the end game pairing. Like so many things, I wrote bits of this into emails to [livejournal.com profile] lakeeffectgirl, but never wrote the parts in the middle.


Story )
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This is a scene I wanted to write for Now I've got you in my space (Alex and Brandon date, and sometimes babysit Alex's nephew. 18,000 words, Explicit). It takes place after everything else in the story, but the last scene of the story felt like the ending, and this didn't fit.


Snippet )
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Summary: "You-" Maripier's mouth twists, caught between angry and amused. "You got married. To Alex 'Chucky' Galchenyuk." She makes the quote marks around the nickname with her hands.

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Ménage à trois )
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For the record, I loved the premiere of Hockey Wives. I watched it with focused attention (I closed both Firefox and my Twitter client), and with my knees clasped to my chest in delight. I know it's a manipulated reality show, and I still found it to be a fascinating look into the lives of a handful of women (there are ten on the show, but only five featured in the first episode) partnered to hockey players. That said, I think there's a lot of material there for critical commentary.

Commentary )
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Summary: P.K. comes home from a date one night to the TV on low and Brandon sitting on the couch with Alex stretched out asleep next to him, Brandon's hand resting in her hair.

Story on AO3


Perspective )
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I'm idly thinking about a name on the wrist story where Brandon's wrist says Alex and Maripier's wrist says Etienne, and they fall in love and make a life together anyway. Plot Bunny/Snippet )

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