It was a dark day in our fandom when the classic story "Sweet Dreams," known more commonly as "Serial!killer!mermaid!Brian," was removed from the Internetz by its author, Angel.
Someone has taken pity on our darkness, however, and made this fic available to the QAF community once again.
For those who are new, please understand that this story has inspired more meta, commentary, artwork, and icons than perhaps any other single work in history. One of those graphics is in the banner for this very community; the others are posted below.
The story begins with this famous line:
Once upon a time, a beautiful mermaid named Brian, lived all alone in the ocean.
No, that's not an error in reproduction. Brian is, indeed, a mermaid in this story.
A mermaid, moreover, who doesn't operate at the highest ethical levels, and who would definitely never make it into a Disney flick:
Every night, he would sing loud enough so very pretty boys would come close to him, and be amazed by his beauty. And when the boy would come close enough, Brian would fuck him all night. Then, he would kill him and throw him in the sea. He had lived a miserable life, growing in a horrible family, mistreated by his parents. He was unable to love someone, that’s why he killed them. Until the day he would fall in love and be loved in return, he vowed to himself that he’d kill every boy he’d ever fuck.
I mean, who wouldn't want a hero like that in their fic?
I'm not going to spoil it for you; you have to read the rest, but only on the condition that you return here and share your thoughts and feelings after you do so. Please consider it your contribution to the ongoing body of work of our fandom's collective history and culture. Go read now, but you must, must return. Because, dear fans, it's true: there is more.
Now that you've read "Sweet Dreams," I refer you to an earlier discussion of the story, in which a speculative narrative of events likely to follow the story's beautiful and romantical conclusion was developed, with, of course, illustrations.
First was a discussion of exactly how and with what mermaid!Brian fucked Justin, and if and how Justin could demonstrate his considerable blow job prowess underwater.
Fortunately the author had established in her canon that Brian taught Justin to breathe underwater, so one would assume he had some kind of gills, and was thus able to suck mermaid!Brian's dick with even greater facility than in the television show's canon.
Brian's cock, it was deduced, probably is kept inside his finned tail, and pops out when needed, which is, of course, most of the time.
Those conclusions inspired flashfly to create this graphic illustration of the phenomena in question:
Speculation then turned, naturally, to a sequel. flashfly once again came through, identifying the unquestionable next step in the evolution of their relationship in the post-serial!killer seas.
Mermaid!Brian and mermaid!Justin have merbabies:
First, the birth, captured by mermaid!Brian and witnessed by, as you can see, a traumatized starfish:
Next, we meet the merbabies:
Please note that Brine, with his mix of brown and blond hair and one blue eye, one hazel eye, is the perfect genetic combination of his parents, and thus, everyone's favorite merbaby.
not_yet_defined took flashfly's magnificent art and turned it into a series of beautiful icons, including, of course, one of Brine:
This concludes this important recap of a fandom treasure that will now delight generations of Queer as Folk enthusiasts to come. Don't forget your promise to share your thoughts on "Sweet Dreams," particularly her characterization of mermaid!Brian, which I'm sure you will admit is unique, nearly rivaling his canonical presence in its power and complexity.