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Today's rec is "Office Discipline" (part 1, parts 2-5) by Skink and Radthea. This is yet another story with a ridiculous premise but hot sex. In this case, it's an old-school X-Files, Mulder/Skinner, Mulder/Scully, Skinner/Scully, Mulder/Skinner/Scully story.
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Today's rec is the Chains series by Diana Williams (I told you you'd see her again). This is an old-school X-Files Mulder/Skinner BDSM club story. I don't think it's really complete, but each story in the series holds together on its own. I have to admit that after a while, I started getting bored with Mulder and Skinner in "Chains of Desire" and preferred Sean and Mason (the original characters who own/run the club) in the "Forging the Chains" prequel, and was sad that story never got to the point where they get together. Anyway, the point here is the kink, and since it's a BDSM club story, there's a fair amount of that. The thing I most remember is Skinner tying Mulder's thumbs to a pushpin with a piece of thread and saying he'll stop if the thread breaks. One of the things I've been thinking of in reading a bunch of these kinds of stories is how expensive they all portray BDSM to be. I think what stayed with me about the thread was how simple and inexpensive it was. (Of course, I'll have to laugh if one of you reads it and finds I'm remembering this from a completely different story.)
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Today's rec is "Afternoon Weirdness X: Shameless" (yes, there are nine others before and a few more after, but they're not really a series) by Te. This is an old-school (1998!) X-Files Mulder/Krycek story with crossdressing and a little spanking.
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So you know how I said I would do this until I ran out of fic or month, depending on which came first? Yeah, well, it's not going to be fic. I think part of the reason I didn't do recs before is that I was afraid I would forget something, and, as a completist, that didn't appeal to me. My quick list, which I've added to as I've thought of things over the last couple of days has well over thirty stories on it now. I thought about doing a poll to see how you think I should deal with this, but then I decided to just start doing some of the things I thought I could do. And so I am instituting three-day weekend bonus recs. That means Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are two-a-days, and the bonus recs will fit a theme. Friday's theme is fantasy.

Today's fantasy bonus rec is "Mistress Dana's Master" by Merri-Todd Webster. (It took me a while to find it, too, so you may want to save a copy; the place I used to go to read it no longer exists.) As you might have guessed from the title, it's an X-Files story, and it's Mulder/Scully, Scully/Skinner, Mulder/Skinner, all as part of Scully's fantasy as she gets off after a long day. (It's a sort of sequel to "Mistress Dana," but you in no way need to read that to understand this one.) Not only is the sex hot, but I love Scully's annoyed inner voice: Yes, they'd wrapped up the case successfully, but Mulder had contrived to lose his gun, her gun, his cellphone, her cellphone, his driver's license, her pumps, and control of the car, resulting in over a thousand dollars' damage in broken plate glass.
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I've had a rough summer, emotionally speaking, which required a lot of comfort. Consequently, I've memorized all of my favorite romance fics/books/movies that I didn't already have memorized.

This is where you come in. I'm looking for more romance. I want declarations of love, dramatic scenes in the rain, running through the terminal to catch the plane. Rec me your favorite romance fics, books, movies.

To give you an idea of what I'm looking for, and to serve as something of an exchange, here's a list of all the favorites I can think of:


Xander and the Magic Lamp by [ profile] tesla321, Spike/Xander.

Francesca, Jim/Blair. I like lots of Francesca's stuff, but particular comfort favorites are "Nature's Conferences," "Stands for Comfort," "Bother," and "Legacy."

Little Runaway and Little Runaway 2 by [ profile] tabaqui, Spike/Xander.

Conjunctions by [ profile] flaming_muse, Spike/Xander.

Entrenous (website, LJ memories), Spike/Xander, Xander/Andrew. Entrenous has written many good romances. I particularly like "Shacking Up," "Expecting," "A Living Growing Thing," "For the Count," and "Spander on Ice."

Spikedluv, Spike/Xander. Favorites include "When Visions Come True" and the untitled human-au cop-thingy.

Lilith Sedai's Elements series (fics at Master Apprentice), Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan.

LadyCat (website, LJ memories), Spike/Xander. I have some favorites, but what they are depends on whatever mood I'm in at the moment.

The Long and Winding Road, The Long and Winding Road II, and Missing Scene: The Long and Winding Road by Kassandra, Mulder/Krycek.

A Week of Wrong and Your Horoscope for Today by Anna S., Spike/Xander.

Loserville by Shrift, Spike/Xander.

Wordsmith, Spike/Xander. In addition to the "Reconstruction," "Restoration," "Reunification" trilogy, I also like "Spike's Boys."

Recoveries by Lianne Burwell, Vic/Mac.

Extraordinarily Resilient by Cori Lannam, Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan.

The Familiar and Transfigurations by Resonant, Harry/Snape and Harry/Draco, respectively.

Work With Me by Anne Higgens, Vic/Mac.


Dancer of the Sixth by Michelle Shirey Crean. One of my absolute favorite romances of all time.

Bellwether by Connie Willis. One of my other absolute favorite romances of all time.

"Spice Pogrom," "Time Out," and "At the Rialto" in Impossible Dreams by Connie Willis. One screwball comedy and two science romances.

Tam Lin by Pamela Dean. Fairy tale retelling.

Deerskin by Robin McKinley. Another fairy tale retelling.

Spindle's End by Robin McKinley. Yet another fairy tale retelling.

Silver Woven in My Hair by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. Yes, it's another fairy tale retelling.

The Complete Ivory by Doris Egan. Not a fairy tale retelling, but nicely romantic. (I actually own each of the books separately; they've now been re-released in one volume.)

Light Raid by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice. Yummy.

Promised Land by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice. A forced marriage on a farm love story.

The Merro Tree by Katie Waitman. Interspecies same-sex romance, which is not really the main point of the story, but which is very romantic.

Sable, Shadow, and Ice by Cheryl J. Franklin. Every time I read this, I feel like I shouldn't like it because it's so cheesy. And yet I love it.

Mel by Liz Berry. Another one that's cheesy, but I love. Alas, I discovered on Saturday that our local library no longer has a copy of either this or Easy Connections, which finally started to creep me out on my last reread.

Quest For a Maid by Frances Mary Hendry. Historical romance for kids.

The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye. A good new-school fairy tale.

Mara: Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. Teen romance set in Ancient Egypt.

Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith. Weak battle scenes, but a nice romance.


She's All That. My love for Freddie Prinze Jr. movies is well documented.

10 Things I Hate About You. Mmm, Shakespeare retelling.

Love Actually. Romantic movie with romantic music.

The Princess Bride. Everyone's favorite new-school fairy tale.

King Arthur. I love this, and one of the things I love is the way the romance is so toned down.

IQ. Einstein's niece and a mechanic in love.

Bringing Up Baby. Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant speaking very fast.


"Dramatic Spring," From Eroica With Love story. What I find so romantic about this is the last page where we see Klaus trusting Dorian to watch over him as he sleeps.

Daisy Kutter: The Last Train. Excellent, excellent western.

Uncanny X-Men 318. The arc that ended with this issue is what made me want some Bobby/Emma.


"Thespis" and "April is the Cruelest Month," Sports Night. Two very romantic Casey/Dan episodes.

Wonderfalls. Mmm. A great story premise with a very nice romance.

Keen Eddie. Fabulous romance in the midst of a cop show.

The O.C. Ryan and Marissa are everything I could possibly want in a teen TV couple.
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Generally speaking, I dislike the silly surveys that pass through LJ. But this one held my attention enough that I kept thinking about it on my way to work. I've emulated Dara's approach of eliminating the questions, and I've gone one further by renumbering, or relettering, the questions for my own convenience.

A. 1. A good From Eroica With Love story. Klaus/Dorian, with a plot, true to the spirit of the manga, no scent of roses unless in mockery, no wussification of anyone, and inclusion of all the important supporting characters.

2. A good rendition of the lotrips slave AU with all the missing scenes and a better written examination of the religion. Viggo/Orlando.

3. Fred Durst/Christina Aguilera. Something good, with a plot, realistic. Maybe the half-started thing where she has something of a breakdown and he takes care of her.

4. A really good Harry Potter story. I'm not particular about pairings or genre, but something good. It would have to be a true examination of the characters and involve some detailed magic.

5. Crossing Jordan/Law & Order/Law & Order: Special Victims Unit crossover. Munch/Briscoe. Briscoe freaking out about how much Jordan looks like Claire. Perhaps finding Jordan's mother's killer. Munch/Briscoe snarkiness.

B. Six months ago, more or less, yes. I haven't really done much fandom-wise in the past couple of months, so my interests haven't changed much. The farther back you go, the more my answers would change.

C. 1. A formula sci fi/fantasy novel. Something with one person protecting the other and they fall in love while doing so. If it were a het couple, the female lead would have to be a very strong, capable, intelligent person. Otherwise, I'd like to do it as a lesbian couple.

2. A British teen rock star book. It started life as a Spice Girls AU, but it would be better as an original story. Five girls, best friends, who can all sing. The mother of one of them dies in the opening scene, and they'd have to be on stage in the closing scene. I haven't decided whether two of the girls are going to be just extremely close or lesbians.

3. Something about religion.

D. The review of "The Road to Las Vegas" by Tricia in which I would praise the story and make snarky comments about both Tricia's stupidity and the idiocy of people who think her writing must be bad because she's an idiot.

E. I don't know, exactly. But the top contenders would be "Travail", "Not That Funny", and "Resolve".

F. "Latkes and Memories", the worst thing I've ever written, and written before I was smart enough to let bad fic languish on my hard drive. I leave it on my webpage to keep me humble.

G. 1. "L'Histoire d'Obi" by Lilith Sedai.

2. "Joined at the Soul" by Diana Williams.

3. "Kickoff" by Meredith Lynne.

Three is all I can come up with, and even that was hard to think of. Although, honestly, I wouldn't want to take any fan fic on an airplane; it's far too easy to read over people's shoulders on a plane.

H. Anthony Lane.

I. I don't know. He is a movie reviewer, so he has to have some respect for the enjoyment of a fandom, but I think he might think it's silly. And if I ever met Anthony Lane, I wouldn't want him to think I was silly.

J. Either Robin McKinley or Connie Willis.

K. X-Files.

L. At the moment, I'd be tempted to say Blue Crush. On a more long term basis, I'd probably say Fred Durst/Christina Aguilera or The Fast and the Furious.

M. Eden/Anne Marie for Blue Crush, Fred Durst/Christina Aguilera for Fred Durst/Christina Aguilera, and Mia/Letty or Dom/Letty for The Fast and the Furious.

N. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, with the caveat that the sequel ruins the impact of the book.
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I've been watching a lot of X-Files recently. What I like about it now is how different it looks after two years of not watching and two years of disgust with Chris Carter and the way the whole enterprise was run into the ground.

Early X-Files, those first few seasons that I watched on its original Friday nights, are dark and scary, even now. But now, instead of looking tragic or impassioned or brilliant, Mulder only seems silly. What stands out is Scully's extreme sensibleness,

Later X-Files, those later seasons I half-watched or didn't watch at all, are frankly absurd. "Jump the Shark", with its unbelievably bad plot and stupidly out of character death of the Lone Gunmen, is one of the worst-written episodes, if not the worst-written episode, I've ever seen. But again, what stands out is Scully.

Skinner calling Scully "Dana" at the Lone Gunmen's funeral shocked me. I saw the episode about the same time I read a story, and I can't remember which one, in which Scully talks about changing herself, losing her baby fat and dressing differently, so she's sleek and sharp instead of round and dowdy. I will remember those horror movie episodes until the end of my days, those terrifying stories like "Eve" and "Darkness Falls". But it is the Scully alone episodes that I think I like best. The times when she breaks free of the hold Mulder has on her and explores X-File territory on her own: "Chinga" with Scully's inability to escape the X-Files completely and Mulder's inability to amuse himself without her; "Never Again" with her escape into sex and recklessness; "all things" with its brittle opening and tender ending framing Scully's two-day settling of her own past.

What makes "all things" and "Never Again" such attractive episodes is the brittleness of their relationship as the episode opens. It is one of the things I like best in a TV show--the sharp sniping of people who are too close. Mulder and Scully in "all things" and "Never Again"; Daria and Jane as Jane's attention splits to include Tom, and Daria and Jane again as Tom leaves Jane for Daria; Dan and Casey and a simple hug on Passover that somehow fixes everything.

With this resurgence of interest in, if not outright love of, The X-Files, I've been rereading fic--JiM and MJ's "I Still Have Plans To Go To Mexico" today--and I find myself strangely unmoved. I like the stories, some of them, but they seem only marginally more connected to the actual show than the film version of The Bourne Identity is to the book. The characters are there, but everything else has been stripped away until all that's left is the relationship. But that's not all that the characters are made of. If you strip away the realities of their everyday lives, you strip away what makes them who they are.

I've lost my faith in slash, in its value as a way to examine the characters and their relationships, in the point of writing it, and nearly in the point of reading it.

I want more. I want characters I can recognize and who are fully rounded people. I want plots that support rather than ignore the reality of those characters. I want fic that starts with the characters, the reality of the universe, and moves into an exploration of those characters, that universe without such an obvious and single-minded agenda. I want fic that starts with what's there and expands out from that, not something that starts from an extrapolation of what might be that's based on one glance in one episode six years ago and which then moves on from there in some way based only on the logic of the author's desire to get the characters in bed together. I want gen fic and het that's closely tied to the reality of the universe and its characters. I want femslash that neither reads like a straight man's porn fantasy nor like some fourteen-year-old girl's idea of what romance ought to be.

I want my faith back.
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I've been re-reading X-Files fic, Mulder/Skinner to be exact, and wishing for the good old days of fandom. One of the things I've always loved about fandom is the way that fandom is a community, but there isn't much community feeling these days. So if anyone knows of any other non-Xanthe Mulder/Skinner BDSM fic or anything similar to Diana Williams' "Joined at the Soul," let me know. In particular, I'd really like to find a specific story I once read. Or perhaps it's two stories. In one scene, Skinner ties Mulder to the bedframe and Mulder protests. In another, Skinner's fucking Mulder over the coffee table, and then turns him over to see his face.

Although I'm stuck in a strong case of the blahs, I haven't completely given up writing. So here's a list. )
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There's something about Avril Lavigne's voice when she sings, "Take off all your preppy clothes," that gets to me every time. Am I the only one who thinks of her as April the Vine rather than Avril Lavigne? Why on Earth would anyone compare her to Alanis Morissette?

In rereading, I'm struck by the similarity between Kassandra's "Out of the Dark" and the early parts of Diana Williams' "Chains of Desire". Was there a discussion on a list that spawned both of them? Were they written completely independently or was there some sort of contact between the authors?

My love of Eroica has been revived, as has my disgust for the fanon depiction of Dorian as an untainted innocent.

I've been trying to read The Bourne Identity since Saturday. It seems to bear little to no relation to the movie, and I can't seem to read more than a chapter or so before falling asleep.

I got a job before breakfast.
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ER. I watched the whole stupid episode with all of the sappiness about Mark trying to fix Rachel and what makes me cry? The first shot of the funeral with Benton standing just behind Carter.

Separated at birth? Vanessa Carlton and Michelle Branch.

People. I not-quite-impulse bought People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People issue. Fun facts: According to Liv, Viggo had so many pictures of Henry on his mirror that there was no space for him to see his reflection. Nicole Kidman let Simon Baker stay at her house while his was being painted or remodeled or some such. No word on whether his wife and kids were there as well. They refer to Naomi Watts as Nicole's date for the premiere of The Others. Incidentally, I finally saw The Others, and was very disappointed. If you want to see a good Nicole movie, watch To Die For. If you want to see a good AmenĂ¡bar film, watch Tesis.

Entertainment Weekly. Thanks to Amy, I'm now seriously thinking about Jimmy Fallon/Tina Fey. This made me not-quite-impulse buy the issue of Entertainment Weekly with them on the cover. Inside, they're wearing some of the ugliest outfits I've ever seen. But they have some nice witty banter. Also, the Jimmy Fallon/Ian McKellan kiss was rehearsed, which means they got to do it twice. That bit made both Lorne Michaels and Rudy Giuliani laugh.

VH1. I think I've now seen all five episodes of 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders, although not in any particular order. Their number 1: "The Macarena" by Los del Rio. I'd never seen the video before. Very interesting collection of women they've got dancing. I now have Musical Youth's "Pass the Dutchie" in my head.

The X-Files. I caught part of "Eve" on TV last night. It was too creepy to watch at 11pm in a mostly empty dorm, and I had to switch to hour four of the aforementioned 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders. I was amazed at how creepy and dark that show used to be. I'd forgotten that it used to be good. Mulder didn't even annoy me, largely because instead of being all angsty he just seemed silly with his continual insistence that it might be aliens. Also, I have written on a piece of paper the following strange list: "Mulder kisses Scully. Scully kisses Skinner. Skinner brings Mulder flowers. Sk/Frohike." The last item makes me think that it may be notes from "Triangle." Does anyone remember if Skinner brings flowers at the end? Does anyone have any idea why I might have written this down?

Malcolm in the Middle. How sad is it that I found Frankie Muniz totally hot yesterday? His taking care of Dewey was too cute for words. Despite my earlier misgivings about the marriage, I find that I really like the relationship between Francis and his wife.

Alias. Jennifer Garner is hot, hot, hot with blue hair and red, red lips. I was nearly undone by Will hugging Jack.

Maeve Binchy. I was very surprised by Scarlet Feather. It's very different from most of her other books. Most notably, it takes place in a very definitely modern Dublin, full of such things as e-mail. The feel of it is also different, despite some of the stock Binchy plot devices. There's also a lesbian, although she's only talked about. All in all, I quite enjoyed it.

Eminem. His skit on Saturday Night Live was hilarious. Overall he seemed very subdued and rather determined to show himself in a good light. Something to notice if you see some of his early videos: He used to be much, much skinnier and younger looking. Theories: Being rich means he gets more to eat. Being rich and having leisure time means he can finally work out and make himself big enough and dangerous looking enough that no one will mess with him.

Crossing Jordan. Now that Di-Phi is done for the semester, I'm home on Monday nights, which means I get a chance to watch Crossing Jordan. I really like the show. It has some great characters and a brilliant use of music. I want to write a gen Crossing Jordan/Law & Order/Law & Order: Special Victims Unit crossover in which Munch and Lennie travel to Boston to investigate something or another and have to interact with Jordan. I think she'd like them, and they'd like her, except that Lennie would be freaked out by her resemblance to Claire.
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Title: The East Coast
Author: Ruth Sadelle Alderson
Rating: FRAO for m/m interaction.
Keywords: Mulder/Krycek, slash
Disclaimer: Even after all this time, the boys aren't mine.
Summary: Sequel to "The West Coast" and "The Gulf Coast." Mulder and Krycek finally get together.
Author's Note: I promised you I would finish this trilogy. :) It's been a year since I sent out "The West Coast" and began my career as a slash writer, so this is my anniversary present to you and to myself.

The East Coast )
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Title: Unbalanced
Author: Ruth Sadelle Alderson
Rating: FRT for m/m affection.
Disclaimer: Still not mine, but I use them so much that I should get a share.
Summary: The rescue of Byers from a mental hospital.
Author's Note: The hospital and the beach house are imaginary. As is Dr. Chase.

Unbalanced )
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Title: Injuries
Author: Ruth Sadelle Alderson
Rating: FRAO for m/m interaction.
Keywords: Langly/Byers slash
Disclaimer: They belong to Chris Carter, but they're having more fun with me.
Summary: Byers picks Langly up from the hospital and some emotional healing follows.
Author's Note: This has been sitting half-finished on my hard drive for two months. Dawn's snippet proved to be just the thing to push me to finish it.

Injuries )
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Title: Making Up
Author: Ruth Sadelle Alderson
Rating: FRAO for m/m interaction.
Keywords: L/B slash
Disclaimer: They're still not mine, damnit.
Summary: Langly and Byers make up.

Making Up )
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Title: Doppelganger: Pete
Author: Ruth Sadelle Alderson
Rating: FRAO for m/m affection and interaction.
Spoilers: X-Files--"Tithonus," Two Guys--"Two Guys a Girl and Barenaked Ladies"
Keywords: Crossover with Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place
Disclaimer: None of them are mine.
Summary: Pete finds out about Peyton.
Author's Note: Much more Two Guys than X-Files, but Peyton's still in it. Posted here as a shameless ploy to garner more feedback.

Doppelganger: Pete )
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Title: Doppelganger: Peyton
Author: Ruth Sadelle Alderson
Rating: FRAO for m/m affection and interaction.
Spoilers: X-Files--"Tithonus," Two Guys--"Two Guys a Girl and Barenaked Ladies"
Keywords: Crossover with Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place
Disclaimer: None of them are mine.
Summary: Peyton Ritter meets Michael Bergen.
Apologies: To Viridian. Yours is no longer the only page with Two Guys slash, but it was still the first.
Defense Strategy: Well, somebody had to write it. Or, alternatively, temporary insanity.

Doppelganger: Peyton )
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Title: Stranded
Author: Ruth Sadelle Alderson
Rating: FRAO for m/m interaction.
Category: Langly/Byers slash
Disclaimer: The Lone Gunmen belong to Chris, but they have more fun with me. The children's book thing is from The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson.
Summary: Byers has a little trouble getting home. Features Needy!Langly.
Author's Note: It must be working; L/B mentions are showing up in non-L/B fic.

Stranded )
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Title: Desk Sex
Author: Ruth Sadelle Alderson
Rating: FRAO for m/m interaction.
Category: Langly/Byers slash, PWP
Disclaimer: Not mine, no matter how hard I wish. :(
Summary: Geeksmut! Langly and Byers have sex on a desk.

Desk Sex )
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Title: Reckless Men
Author: Ruth Sadelle Alderson
Rating: FRT for m/m affection.
Keywords: Mulder/Krycek, Langly/Byers, Klaus/Dorian, slash, X-Files/From Eroica With Love crossover
Disclaimer: The only person in here who belongs to me is the waitress and she barely even makes an appearance.
Summary: The suits get together for a drink.
Author's Note: My first crossover fic! Three of my favorite couples in one PG rated fic. In this story, Klaus and Dorian are already involved.

Reckless Men )
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Title: A Late Night Phone Call
Author: Ruth Sadelle Alderson
Rating: FRT for m/m affection.
Disclaimer: I keep hoping, but they're still not mine.
Summary: Umm, well, it's a late night phone call.
Author's Note: Written in an hour during the baseball episode, but has nothing to do with it, except that the fact that the show was on inspired me to write.

A Late Night Phone Call )


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