Apr. 15th, 2014


[info]leviathan0999

The First Reviews Are In...

And they are kinder than I could ever have imagined!

http://www.tangentonline.com/print--bi-monthly-reviewsmenu-260/221-fantasy-a-science-fiction/2386-fantasy-a-science-fiction-mayjune-2014

I'll quote the sections reviewing my story:

Martha Burns writes:


Popular prejudice is against fan fiction with its slashing and shipping. “The Shadow in the Corner” by Jonathan Andrew Sheen is set in the H. P. Lovecraft universe and it is an homage. A professor’s assistant, Agrawal, meets a grisly fate after an experiment goes awry and he begins to see a shadowy figure out of the corner of his eye. The story is gripping on its own merits and brilliant in the way it incorporates Miskatonic, madness, and Cthulhu.




C. D. Lewis writes:


Fans of H.P. Lovecraft will squee! when they learn in the first paragraph of Jonathan Andrew Sheen's “The Shadow in the Corner” that the narrator works at Miskatonic University but has not (yet!) succumbed to the madness that overtakes its faculty. The curious reader is referred to the accounts archived in the Arkham morgue – records go back to the '20s and Sheen assures us it's now all online. (So it must be true, eh?) Mention of the Internet and lasers proves the tale comes from the chilling nearness of our own era rather than the safely distant past.

Early disclosure that the tale ends in disaster serves to build suspense – what kind of disaster? The innovation involves String Theory and quantum entanglement – but for the good of humanity the narrator destroyed his notes and daren't say more. “The Shadow in the Corner” leverages Lovecraft fandom to quickly craft a creepy vibe suited perfectly to works of supernatural horror. And what a horror: modern tools and power sources have only brought within closer reach the Elder Things from worlds that lay parallel to our own; you can mail for the tools yourself, even. Not a comforting thought, is it?

Lovecraft’s own revelations of horror, being set in another century, feel distant from a world that knows about high energy physics; continuing their line in a setting that's aware of modern science and even tropes from horror lit delights precisely because it reinforces that indescribable Elder Things remain indescribable even when summoned in the presence of carefully recorded modern instrumentation. Technology doesn’t defeat horror. Sheen's tale mixes modern vocabulary and informalities with Lovecraft’s narrative style, making a mashup entertaining not only for its Lovecraftian content but for its incongruous juxtapositions. Perhaps the greatest delight is the last pair of sentences, and their surprising power to bring suddenly the horror Lovecraft lovers long to feel. If you love Lovecraft, you can't miss “The Shadow in the Corner."





I could not be more thrilled! What a great set of write-ups!

[info]shiegra

Black Dagger Brotherhood

For fluff reading and because I found a place to read them online, I've been reading J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It's...it's weird tough-talking id-fluff, full of violence and high emotional drama and emphatically white guys gratuitously appropriating someone's thrill-seeking idea of 'gangster' culture. (Bizarrely, for all this, it's a series that is one of the least problematic when it comes to patriarchal bullshit, consent issues, and gender role fuckery that I've read of late. Which does not mean it is perfect.) But it is pleasantly sincere about the emotions of the characters, treating sexual abuse of male characters seriously, and creating distinct female characters in each other their starring books that I find engaging and that I believe the author actually likes.

The latest book, Lover Avenged, is being really hard on me now because it's delving into the difficulty of caretaking for an infirm relative via the main female character - a nurse and a vampire, who has been tending to her father for decades - and I still feel emotionally and practically that I so profoundly failed my aunt when I went down to look after her. I was utterly unprepared and we both had complicated and inaccurate expectations of the situation, but by the end we were locked in a horrible situation and I should have stepped out earlier. It's just hard to read because it makes me feel even more acutely that I failed, and reminds me I would do absolutely anything to go back and do it again.

Ugh. I've been in one of the worst depressive slumps of the past couple of months in the last few days, and I've been responding with profoundly unhealthy behaviour and cravings I'm not up to talking about on a journal right now, and I was getting panic attacks over my memories of Ruth and taking care of her just a few days before I started reading the book, so...

I do like the main female protagonist - and I like that the wear and emotional unhealthiness of that kind of unrelenting commitment is being treated so seriously and thoughtfully - but this is, completely unfairly, making me respond badly to her too. Resentment is the least of it. I'd drop the book but I've been reading it in off moments in an effort to unwind a bit, and I'm totally invested in Beth figuratively peeling strips of Wrath's skin off in a very sad, mature relationship.

(That's another thing. Okay, naming the main character Ehlena is one thing, but did sehclusion really need that extra 'h'? I know 'ahvenge' didn't. But the overall effect of the series is such that I only find it kind of funny instead of being irritated.)

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[info]shiegra

30 Days of Books

I slacked off for four days. I AM AWFUL.

Day 14Favorite book of your favorite writer

The Fellowship of the Ring.

Day 15Favorite male character

I don't know if I should put Peter Pan here, because he's such a dreadful little shit and I don't generally fuss with him without Wendy (hence how I might not have bothered with the new Pan movie even before they cast Rooney Mara for Tiger Lily) but he's a delightful dreadful little shit and I think he was a hugely formative trickster and remains an example of the archetype that is my favourite of all character tropes still.

Day 16Favorite female character

Alice of Alice in Wonderland fame, thus introducing my tied-for-favourites character trope: the sensible, self-centred and adaptable little girl full of fantasy but firmly in the cranky category of Not Having With This Shit.

Day 17Favorite quote from your favorite book

A quote that stuck hard with me, from a book that I read when young and got buried in. (Ask me for quotes that resonate with me after years and I'll generally work back to this book.)

“Always learn poems by heart. They have to become the marrow in your bones. Like fluoride in the water, they'll make your soul impervious to the world's soft decay.”
― Janet Fitch, White Oleander


the rest of the days )

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Apr. 13th, 2014


[info]leviathan0999

In an effort to keep my self-promotion as obnoxious as possible...

As I feel I've missed out on being truly obnoxious, I felt that, while reminding you all that it's a mere twenty-three days before the May/June issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction hits the stands, containing my short horror story "The Shadow in the Corner," I should also reassure you that the task of writing the story took ABSOLUTELY NOTHING out of me, as can be seen in this "Before & After" picture:

Me, before and after writing "The Shadow in the Corner"


Just so you know.

Apr. 11th, 2014


[info]shiegra

30 days of book meme

You know the way stories occasionally hire people to stand outside on the sidewalk waving signs? Well, one of the stories on the main drag towards home has gotten the bright idea to purchase a mechanized doll and lean it against a tree to move the sign in circles. It's this weird department-store type dummy, and every time I go past it I see the motion, initially think it's a human being, and then catch sight of the bland, featureless oatmeal-gray face under the blonde wig and the thin stiff limbs under a half-assed attempt at clothing the dummy.

It's a little unsettling. Every dang time.

Day 12A book you used to love but don’t anymore

I'm going to have to say Blood and Chocolate. I can't read it anymore for all the gaslighting, rape culture and explicit sexual threat being dressed up as 'empowerment' and 'freedom.' I loved it to pieces when I was younger, and I still love Vivian glorying in her power and wolfiness, but the flavour of the misogyny is just too tough for me at this point.

Day 13Your favorite writer

I guess I'm just gonna say J.R.R. Tolkien. I took refuge in his books when I was little, and they still give me something no other book does. My dad read The Hobbit to us on a plane trip when I was seven and it made an irrevocable impression.

the rest of the days )

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[info]shiegra

Vampire Hunter D

Seriously, one of these days I've got to embark on a reread and make an index of all the monsters and Frontier phenomenon that are namedropped/briefly described, (not to mention materials, supplies and mundane detritus) because most of them sound so interesting I immediately want a whole book about them.

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Apr. 10th, 2014


[info]mysticnights32

Heroes mixed list -- one(slash mostly but het too.)

A Taste of Forever by yo_mawari--Peter/Sylar- au Vamp fic
Summary: Vampire AU!fic - He knew he shouldn’t be out this late. Warnings: random thug!deaths, general vampiric tendencies.

After a long silence by alicambs--Mohinder Suresh/Sylar
Summary:Mohinder is the weary fly caught in Sylar's malevolent web

At Faith's Door by cerebel--Mohinder/Sylar/Peter
Summary: Sylar can feel his heartbeat struggling, inside his chest, and he manages a breath. “Liar,” he hisses, and he catches just a glimpse of Mohinder’s face, twisted in disgust, as the world fades away.

Bricks in the Wall by Gamebird--Peter/Sylar--Warnings: Violence, sex, all the usual--Setting: The Wall-- alt link
Summary: This is a master list for a variety of otherwise unrelated Wall stories. Most chapters are one-shot/stand-alones.

Broken Glass , Any Other Night , and Victims of Circumstance by motsureru
Summary: These three stories represent a Mohinder/Sylar-centric departure into AU beginning with the end of season 1. Victims of Circumstance roughly follows the sequence of events given in season 2, but keeping in line with BG and AON's events.

Broken Connections by Gamebird -au to the wall episode
Summary: The Wall never happened. Sylar broke out of Matt's mind trap without anyone's help. But Peter still needs him – in more ways than he'll admit

Boom Boom by by Gamebird -- Peter/Sylar
Summary: Set right at the end of Landslide, Season One, as Sylar is on the roof testing out his newly acquired radiation ability when Future Peter shows up to try to change the course of history. Afterward, Sylar seeks out Present Peter to settle a few things.

By the Grace of God by perdiccas--Gabriel(Sylar)/Mohinder Suresh
Summary:Set in an AU version of the I Am Become Death future; a fic about sexual dysfunction. "He smiled to himself as he absently opened and closed the arms of the thick-framed glasses, remembering how he had slipped them from Gabriel's face the first time they had kissed. Six months had passed since then, six surprisingly happy and guilt-free months, but still the sex was far from effortless."

Fate, in the hand of men
by Ryuosen --Peter Petrelli/Sylar--slash/het and rape
Summary:Everything changed with Claire's dive off the Ferris Wheel, just not for the better. When life became unbearable, there was no choice but to rebel. Yet for all their power, they're still losing. One last chance and Peter is just the right man for the

Flares by black_hat_with_bells --Claire Bennet/Sylar Adam Monroe/Peter Petrelli Sylar/Peter Petrelli Adam Monroe/Claire Bennet
Summary:In which Adam and Claire play a game

Forgiveness by Mac_and_Lana--Peter Petrelli/Sylar--post Wall
Summary:PWP, aggressive Peter and a surprised but pleased Sylar. Rough sex.

Handle with Care
by Gamebird -- Peter/Sylar--
Summary: Peter is trying to figure out how to fix the many lives the Company has ruined when he discovers that a powerless Sylar was dropped off at the facility days earlier and has been unaccounted for all this time.

If You Were the Last Man on Earth by Seraphtrevs--Mohinder Suresh/Sylar--not really about but more less companionship and redemption.

Healing by Trekker--Nathan/Peter/Claire, mainly Claire/Peter, Nathan/Peter, Nathan & Claire
Warning: Fictional incest between fictional relatives; underage (Claire is sixteen); explicit sex; depression; some blood, gunshot wounds, and needles at the beginning in a non-sexual context

Mirror Mirror by cerebel-- Peter/Sylar- One of old faves
Summary: Walking is hard, especially days, weeks, months on end. And he’s been walking, hasn’t he? For so long.

More Between Us Than A Wall by Gamebird--Peter Petrelli/Sylar--the Wall--alt link
Summary:This is a collaborative writing project between myself (writing Peter's sections) and means2bhuman (who writes Sylar's sections).We begin as soon as Peter goes to enter Sylar's mind, initially following canon for The Wall and then taking up where the show left off. The expectation is that the relationship will eventually evolve into a romantic or at least explicit one.
Means2bhuman's other works (as well as this one) can be found on her LiveJournal page: http://means2bhuman.livejournal.com/

Omens, a Heroes/Good Omens by Doctor Caduceus (Lemniscate)--Mohinder Suresh/Sylar..Mohinder is Crowley and Sylar is Aziraphale
Summary: It really does explain a lot.

Seeing Stars by Gamebird -- Peter/Sylar--Dub-con (chapter 1 only)
Summary: Three years into being trapped in the same nightmare world, alone yet together, Peter and Sylar have drifted from fighting, to polite, to comfortable. They struggle through the difficult process of forgiveness and learning to love.

Shattered Salvation by Gamebird -- Peter/Gabriel, Angela Petrelli, Heidi Petrelli, Maury Parkman, Emma Coolidge, Noah Bennet, Arthur Petrelli, various others--please read the warnings the author has up.
Summary:This is the chronological compilation of the stories set in the Shattered Salvation AU, including Shattered Identity, Salvation of Acceptance, Bonus and Mature editions. It's a love story between Peter and Gabriel, set after The Fifth Stage.

Slave Verse by game-byrd--Peter Petrelli/Sylar
Summary: You get what's on the tin. In an alternate universe, the discovery of abilities led to a very different culture shift than it could have otherwise. Peter is captured - his memory wiped and his powers suppressed. Sylar and Nathan both are looking for him, but Sylar gets there first. It's told in four verses, with each verse being a self-contained story arc (though verse 4 is more of a collection of scenes from the passage of time).

Slow Burn by levitatethis--Mohinder Suresh/Sylar--slight au
Sylar's thoughts and feelings towards Mohinder change over time

The Prisoner by game-byrd --Peter Petrelli/Sylar- Fully resisted non-consensual sex, explicit sexual content, disturbing situations, moderate physical torture, other sex of a dubiously consensual nature
Summary: Peter lost the fight with Sylar at the federal building. His allies assumed Sylar killed him, as he did all specials he came across in the messy war they were fighting. Sylar though, had something else in mind.

The Underground Resistance
by levitatethis
Summary:After the first attempt to take down The Company failed those left standing went underground to organize the Second Wave

Three's Company bygame-byrd-- Sylar/Claire/Peter--implied incest since it's Peter and Claire ..real or imagined
Summary: Claire works for the Company now. Maury Parkman is alive and a director there. She's made a deal with him to let him siphon off some of her restorative blood for whatever shady purposes he has for it and in exchange he gives her a virtual reality tour de force of whatever subject she wants.

Three Little Words by T.L. Imela--Peter Petrelli/Sylar
Summary:"It is the unsaid words in a relationship that come back to haunt us the most." Post series, Gabriel grapples to understand his new relationship with Peter.

Walled In by game_byrd--Peter Petrelli/Sylar--The Wall, about three years in.
Summary: Sylar's been flirting with Peter for some time. Peter's resistance finally crumbles, but he's never been one for half-measures.

Wall Verse by game_byrd--Peter Petrelli/Sylar
Summary: This began as a collection of drabbles and point-of-view experimentation of Peter and Sylar's time within the Wall verse. Then it morphed into a story of growing closer. And now it is a romance.
Notes: Inspired by means2bhuman and More Between Us Than A Wall, but these are not to be considered canon for that project. This was previously called "Wall Verse Shorts", but as it's no longer short, I've changed the title. Beta credit to

Apr. 9th, 2014


[info]shiegra

30 Days of Books

Day 01 – Best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favorite classic book
Day 11A book you hated

Nalini Singh's dreadful, hateful Dmitri book. Archangel's Blade or something? WHO CARES. Every copy should be recycled.

the rest of the days )

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Apr. 8th, 2014


[info]shiegra

vampire hunter d - why are all my books packed awayyyyy

Okay, so yes, D is reticent, and cynical, and does whatever the hell he wants whenever the hell he feels like it. But levels of that reticence and indifference do super noticeably vary across the board depending on the person that he's talking to or interacting with. And when D is interested in someone or respects them he can be virtually chatty. He does it in a flat, deadpan way, but he's not at all hesitant to chat in canon, and not just for criticism.

On a related note: I don't remember Kikuchi being quite so over the top with adulations towards D's beauty in the earlier books. Maybe I'm remembering wrong. Either way it's a little hilarious.

(Lyra's in a perpetual state of side-eyeing him anyway.)

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[info]shiegra

30 Days of Books Meme

Day 01 – Best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Day 10Favorite classic book

ALICE IN WONDERLAND ALICE IN WONDERLAND ALICE IN WONDERLAND

the rest of the days )

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Apr. 7th, 2014


[info]shiegra

Anita Blake + shapeshifter rant

Now I'm also getting nostalgic for the old Anita Blake books, especially after finding series playlists (only a couple, wah) on 8tracks. But I don't know if I'm in the mood to deal with all the downsides of those books, aka the love interests and Other Women syndrome.

I know they had their problems, but I did love Anita. I read this series when I was actually very young - even before I read the Black Jewels trilogy - though I think I got the sixth book out of the library, read it, and realized it was a later installment.

She's just one of those characters I get a little wistful about, thinking about what she could have been in the hands of a better writer. A mixed race necromancer who has to deal with internalized racism, internalized misogyny, passive aggressive red tape and outright hostility in a white-male-dominated industry, struggles with her religion and her morals faced with the gruesome murders she consults on and her own task as judicial executioner/assassin, and also dragged into vampire politics she is terrified of/completely underequipped to deal with. She gets by with careful investigation, ties to the police reports, sheer doggedness and spite. She even had her own sidekick! And her best female buddy PI who went on buddycop undercover missions with her.

The most frustrating thing in the world to me about these books is a) how her female friendships were dropped, b) how many times Hamilton would lead into Anita confronting her own insidious devaluing of women and stereotypical values and grudgingly start to deal with that, and then she'd completely drop the ball and Anita would be completely back to being a jerk to other women in the next book.

Oh, also how Richard became a total Nice Guy (tm) Tool real quick and Anita never got to cut him out. And, in fact, he was given an entire pack to emotionally and physically abuse and exploit.

The most repulsive thing in the world about these books were her treatment of the kink community and werewolf packs.

I SWEAR TO ANYTHING YOU WILL NEVER HIT A HOT BUTTON WITH ME FASTER THAN ASININE PATRIARCHAL ABUSIVE POP CULTURE WEREWOLF ~~CULTURE. Your misogynistic, abuse-apologist onanism is not how wolves work, so don't you dare try to act as if it's natural or animalistic, when in fact that mythology of the social structure of dogs and wolves being dominance and fear based was literally created by a Nazi scientist for propaganda. (Will dig up source for that when on my laptop.) Maybe think about that next time.

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[info]shiegra

30 Days of Books

Day 01 – Best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad

Day 07Most underrated book

This is hard....I'm not really up and how popular books really are, and people like what people like so some books just aren't going to be anyone's cup of tea. I guess I'm gonna say Dust Girl, just because no amount of coverage is going to be enough until they're funding a major blockbuster movie the end.

Day 08Most overrated book

Anything by John Green.

Day 09A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

There probably is one but I'm having the damnedest time summoning it up. I guess what this meme is telling me is I don't do a lot of conscious thinking about the books I read. I just consume and react and occasionally spit out tangled thoughts on bits of them. Also that I'm crap at remembering trivia, especially personal trivia, when faced with a question.

But also...if I don't think I'll like a book, I usually don't bother? I have enough books to read that I think I'll love or am fully neutral on without pursuing stories I already had a distaste for.

the rest of the days )

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[info]denyce

Fandom update...

Yesterday I was bombarded with family obligations, so I didn't have time to post. Saturday was [info]da_reversebang's art claims. Very excited I have 2 claims by 2 truly gifted artists! Actually it was so difficult to pick as my muse created involved bunnies for ALL of the entries \o/

Anyhoo I have the amazing work of [info]dollarformyname & [info]meus_venator to inspire me- and they did!

Tentative working titles because I’m lazy! Werecat and Birds. So this morning I started with the werecat piece. If you know me you know I love were's and ABO verses. This will have both ;) I'm hoping to push through this one and start the other asap! Both fics need only 3k, but we’ll see where le muse takes me ;)

520 / 5000 (10.40%)

[info]shiegra

among other things, captain america

My squick for bodysharing/mindsharing/mind invasion or control/and above all 'can't trust the integrity of your own actions or thoughts' is so strong even the Drift from Pacific Rim makes me uncomfortable. Never mind bodyswapping (JUST SAY NO TO BODYSWAPPING, WHY IS THIS VIOLATION SO POPULAR. Not to judge you if you like it, I just wibble in intense horror whenever it comes up.) I feel like if I'd managed to put a name or explanation to it earlier, I could have saved myself some distress. I don't know what it is, maybe just that my brain lacks integrity and clarity enough as it is and the thought of losing further control is terrifying?

Mom and I saw The Winter Soldier on Saturday, getting in with no lines and okay seating at 5:20 or so. When we got out, there was a terrifying line stretched up and down the theater and we elbowed each other in insufferable smugness.

The whole movie I just wanted ONE THING.

spoilers obv )

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[info]shiegra

among other things, captain america

My squick for bodysharing/mindsharing/mind invasion or control/and above all 'can't trust the integrity of your own actions or thoughts' is so strong even the Drift from Pacific Rim makes me uncomfortable. Never mind bodyswapping (JUST SAY NO TO BODYSWAPPING, WHY IS THIS VIOLATION SO POPULAR. Not to judge you if you like it, I just intensely wibble in horror whenever it comes up.) I feel like if I'd managed to put a name or explanation to it earlier, I could have saved myself some distress. I don't know what it is, maybe just that my brain lacks integrity and clarity enough as it is and the thought of losing further control is terrifying?

Mom and I saw The Winter Soldier on Saturday, getting in with no lines and okay seating at 5:20 or so. When we got out, there was a terrifying line stretched up and down the theater and we elbowed each other in insufferable smugness.

The whole movie I just wanted ONE THING.

spoilers obv )

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Apr. 4th, 2014


[info]denyce

Claims open tomorrow - writers needed!

We have 12 lovely pieces (including 2 vids) to be claimed- if you'd like to partcipate and claim an art piece, head on over and sign up to join in on the fun =)



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[info]shiegra

I've tried popping back into Revolution periodically, but the sense I mostly get is that they abandoned Charlie as their narrative centre, and they don't really seem to have created a very strong new one - it's a bit frayed.

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[info]shiegra

30 Days of Books Meme

Day 01 – Best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05A book that makes you happy

The Hounds of the Morrigan, by Pat O'Shea. So full of genuine delight and magic and solemnity/sincerity perfectly blended with its humour. A novel detailing how a responsible young boy and his incorrigible little sister receive a mission/quest to save Ireland. (And the world.) Downside: Morrigan is wholly a villain, and the triple-sided facet of her mythology isn't dealt with in a very interesting way.

Day 06A book that makes you sad

The Prince in the Pond. Man, this book. A retelling of The Frog Prince from the point of view of the frog the prince meets while he tries to adjust to being a frog, I read it when I was very young and still remember standing around in the living room crying after it ended.

the rest of the days )

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