I re-read The Princess Bride
again today, for what must have been the millionth time (or more). It put me in the mood to use a bastardized High Tongue or what have you, and thus far I have exhibited admirable restraint in doing so.
In other news, here are a few links to some wonderful stories some Gravitation lovers might otherwise miss or overlook. They are, for the most part, wonderful, and I do highly recommend them. In no particular order...All I Want
, by our very own jinsai
, features Ryuichi and Mika -- an unusual pair by any means! Mika essentially breaks into Ryuichi's apartment and demands that he give her the one thing her husband cannot, and is not above using every asset she has available to her advantage. My favorite aspect of this story is definitely the light Ish sheds on both Ryuichi and Mika. She writes them both beautifully, and gave Ryuichi especially a few magnificent characteristics that I have every intention of stealing. The writing is beautiful, and this is a very easy read.
This piece, Morpheus
, is written by newcomer (or at least, new to me) Yaspis. Yaspis takes a quick jaunt into the darker side of Eiri's psyche, and does quick work of leading the reader through the twists and turns of Eiri's nightmares, all without ever describing exactly what it is he dreams. The story is brief, but wonderful. Eiri and Shuichi are beautifully characterized, and Shuichi's ability to read the writer is heart warming and wrenching by turn. The story features some beautiful lines, but it was really the last line that made the story for me. Creepy, but sweet. Those of you who love tip-toeing into Eiri's head won't be disappointed.
I feel a little awful recommending all these, but only because they're all by the same author (and I've been terrible about actually reviewing them). princeivy
, who posts under the writing journal cuethe_pulse
, has really blossomed as a writer, so far as I can tell. Which sounds patronizing, but really isn't meant as such. In any case, it should say something that these pieces almost always reference Gravitation EX (which I try to avoid at all costs) and are based out of that continuation of the series, and yet I love them anyway. So here goes:Family Dinner
. It's rare to see a writer explore the Shindou family, especially when the main focus isn't Eiri and Shuichi's relationship, and throwing Riku into the mix gave me a moment's pause. Still, the piece is lovely, albeit short, and illustrated a beautiful family dynamic.
I love Yoshiki, but don't particularly care for Riku. However, the Yoshiki-centric piece Touch
completely won me over. Faced with the burden of her dead brother's bastard, Yoshiki is at a complete loss. It's the wrong time for her, it's the wrong time for Riku, and there's nothing either of them can do about it. Sentimental without inducing cavities.
The last piece, Crash and...
is the first part of a series, and I'm anxiously awaiting the remainder. Bad Luck's plane goes down during a stretch of tour, and the rest of the crew is left to pick up the pieces. The best part of this, in my opinion, is that it doesn't focus on the main, central characters. Ivy touches on everyone who has any ties to Bad Luck, from the big characters (Eiri) to the smaller characters (such as Ayaka), and I finished this first part biting my nails and waiting for the second. A very emotional piece, and beautifully written besides. I'm looking forward to the rest of it.
I've clearly been a sweet sort of mood. *muse* Well, if you're into this sort of thing, I hope you enjoy it! I'm off to finish beta-work for various patrons, and perhaps have a bit of liquor. That makes everything better.