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Re-elect Jan Cooper, Mayor of Whoreville.
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This journal is now friends only (apart from the anon posts), since I have plenty of public spaces out there on the internet, and let's face it: the world is full of crazies ;) Oh, I don't mean you of course; you don't seem the type at all. If you want to add me, just drop me a comment here and I'll add back when I see all the cool stuff we have in common.  I won't add back if you don't say hi, just to give you a heads up.

If you're looking for my fanfiction, can I please direct you to fictorium?
26 May - Friends Cut
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Let's face it, I barely fandom here any more. This journal is still useful in that it's a mostly friends-locked place to share my feelings with friends so I won't ever get rid of it.

That said, if we don't really know each other personally or we've drifted, I've decided to call it a day. Please feel free to do the same as there'll be hardly any public entries. Also consider this friend amnesty - if you want to get rid of me, go right ahead.
[borgen] birgitte press podium
Because I'm doing that challenge. And they won't all be West Wing ;)
30 Dec - Link Dump
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Written for me by lovely and talented people:

These Holidays Won't Be Wonderful - Once Upon A Time - Regina/Emma (PG) written by girlie_girl_23
It's a lovely look at Emma Swan through the years, using Christmas as a check-in point. It's sad and beautiful but there are laugh out loud lines too. And the dedication made me cry :p

It Was Almost Like a Song - West Wing - Toby/Andy (PG) written by dancinginsane
She got me. She got me big time. I did not expect a full-blown story of loveliness and bittersweet amazingness, but look what I got. It's Andy and Toby hanging out in season 3 and there's some booze and some dancing. Also 'the coven' which is the best thing ever thought up - Andy and her two sisters who look like Michelle Fairley and Connie Nielsen. It's a thing.

That’s me in the corner, that’s me in the spotlight - The Good Wife - Diane, Alicia, Kalinda (PG)
It's titled with a line from one of my favourite songs. It opens with a Hillary Clinton quote. And it's about three of the best women to appear on a TV screen, ever. Genfic done right - read it.

Other People's Fic (including Yuletide finds):

Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better - Bridesmaids - Annie/Helen (PG13)
“I’ve got amazing lesdar, Annie. Ah-mazing lesdar and you pinged it right from the beginning.”

Or the exact moment Annie realizes she’s been in love with Helen the entire time.

Another Spell - Once Upon a Time - Emma/Regina (PG)
When a second spell is worked over the town of Storybrooke, everyone thinks Emma and Regina are a couple raising their son together. Everyone, that is, except for Henry.

Another post soon!
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Under the cut is all my fic writing for this past year (I'll update the remaining Giftathon fics as I post them).

Obviously I also edited/rewrote last year's Nano--Rogue Nation--and submitted it for a contest (hands up if you're sick of hearing about this project, huh?). Some of you have that second draft and I know a few of you wanted to share thoughts but weren't sure how to best go about it.

So this is feedback amnesty - anon comments on, IP logging off, and every comment screened. Say whatever you'd like (good or bad) about my writing this past year - things you wish I'd done better, things you want to see more of, or thoughts about the novel as well as fic. Of course, you can comment under your own name if you wish, but the option is there.

Now, on with the (freakin' scarily long) list:


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*=written for December's Big Gay Giftathon
16 Dec - In Memoriam
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You want to see me orchestrate this right now? You want to see me mobilize these people? These people who would walk into fire if you told them to. These people who showed up to lead. These people who showed up to fight. [points at Charlie] That guy gets death threats because he’s black and he dates your daughter.

He was warned: “Do not show up to this place. You’re life will be in danger.” He said, “To hell with that, I’m going anyway.”

You said, “No.”

Prudent, or not prudent, this 21 year old for 600 dollars a week says, “I’m going where I want to because a man stands up.”  

Everyone’s waiting for you. I don’t know how much longer.

It's December 16th. When you see this, quote Leo McGarry.

John Spencer, RIP
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Give to Receive Ficathon!

Come and play - think of it as a fic amnesty! Post something--anything!--you've written and then you get to prompt people to write the fic you're craving. You can post a story in reply to the prompts already written OR just post a brand new comment with a drabble, an excerpt, a story you haven't found a place for yet. Maybe you just wanted a nudge out of your blocked state, or maybe you just want a quick and dirty chance for some feedback. Either way? Get typing :)

Please, please pimp this. I think it could be a lot of fun!

PIMP code:

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The Seven Deadly Sins:

Lust, Avarice, Gluttony, Envy, Pride, Sloth, Wrath

A comment ficathon with a very simple theme - your prompt must relate somehow to one of the 7 Cardinal Sins.  Perhaps it's that character A can't control their attraction to character B?  Or does C have something that D desperately covets?  Does pride come before a fall?  And is there such a thing as too much of a good (or bad) thing?  Prompt away in the comments, and others should come along to write a story for you.
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Title: Witch Doctor
Prompt: Connie Britton - fairytale medical drama - like Grey's, but with fairytale characters
Type: Half-hour cable drama (à la Showtime).
Setting: Chicago, IL
Opening Credits Song: Terrible Things - April Smith and the Great Picture Show

Synopsis: Karen Marquez doesn't believe in anything--not God, not happily ever after, and especially not in herself.   Her therapy practice is struggling to attract patients and her lovelife has flatlined to boot. After an accident late one night, Karen wakes up and discovers that life is somehow, well, different.  Luckily for a certified therapist, though, there's no shortage of crazy people.

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Title: Manifest Destiny
Prompt: Archie Panjabi - space western
Type: 1 hour network drama
Setting:  This galaxy, somewhere. Year: 2352
Opening Credits Song:  The Charging Sky - Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
Synopsis: With the advent of private space travel, everyone and their dog is exploring the galaxy to find a new home as Earth struggles to sustain itself after centuries of overpopulation. 

Aasha 'Ash' Mistri (Archie Panjabi)


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14 Jul - Wingnuts!
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Let's play a game.

Say that, like the lesser Studio 60, The West Wing only got 22 episodes.  From all 7 seasons, which 22 would you pick to be the ones that survive?  You can provide reasons if you have the time.  (This has been a draft for ages, finally have the internet to publish!)

Here's my list of the 22 that make the cut:

01. Institutional Memory (I want us to talk because I like the sound of your voice // You need a frying pan to the side of your head)
02. Drought Conditions (Can this be one of those nights where we get sloshed and forget we work together?)
03. The Supremes (I love her. I love her mind. I love her shoes.)
04. Somebody's Going To Emergency, Somebody's Going To Jail (what Lincoln called the last full measure of devotion)
05. 18th and Potomac (Aspirin, my brother)
06. Night Five (I don't remember having to explain to Italians that our problem wasn't with them, but with Mussolini!)
07. California 47th (Uh-uh ladies, I saw him first)
08. The Women of Qumar (They're beating the women, Nancy)
09. The State Dinner (and an ego the size of Montana)
10. Mandatory Minimums (Making decisions is my birthright)
11. Take Out The Trash Day (by God, we are going to protect Julia Child.)
12. Debate Camp (Team Toby)
13. Privateers (It's real.)
14. Two Cathedrals (then God, Jed, I don't even wanna know you).
15. And It's Surely To Their Credit (when I write something, I sign my name)
16. 17 People (I would bet all the money in my pockets // I wouldn't stop for red lights)
17. The Leadership Breakfast (with the spicy bouquet that suggests a fine Merlot)
18. Dead Irish Writers (they were all American when I left!)
19. The War At Home (do you have any idea how good a doctor I am? And I can't tell you why.)
20. Ellie (the only thing you ever had to do // how can it be Thursday the whole time?)
21. Gone Quiet (a copy of the Constitutional Order of Succession)
22. Commencement (you're just sad).

That was surprisingly difficult.  Thank God I just made this game up and don't need to trim it down any more!
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Tracklisting (it's almost all about Olivia, if you hadn't guessed):

01. Jacksonville - Brandon Flowers

I've been to Jacksonville
I've been to Monterrey
I've felt a mother's love
I've seen the colors change

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19 May - Question
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For those of you who will continue to watch House next season:


This is not intended as an attack, I swear.  You know I don't pick fights with my friends (random trolls and evil people on the other hand...).  But how are you justifying it to yourselves?  Is it just a case of 'I've started so I have to finish'?  I mean, I know some of y'all would watch snuff for to Hugh Laurie if you had to, and I can't claim I'm any different when it comes to my women.

But I'm genuinely interested to hear what the defence is to the blatant misogyny (and/or casual racism), sharp decline in writing and all-round character assassination (including, most importantly, that of House himself)?  What is it that makes you say that's not how it is or it doesn't matter because.  Like I say, not picking a fight but I feel like I've only seen one side of this so far and I really don't know how the people not speaking up about this are rationalising the showrunners' decisions.

I'm putting this public and enabling anon so you don't have to feel awkward about it all.  Look forward to hearing any and all sides of the arguments outside of the general comm hysteria.

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4 Parks and Recreation - 3x12 'Eagleton'
17 The Good Wife - 2x17 'Ham Sandwich'

Thank you to sweetjamielee for the inspiration!

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22 Grey's Anatomy (7x20)
9 West Wing (3x15)

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Please comment and credit if you're taking?
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12 Body of Proof (1x07)
22 West Wing (1x20)
16 Game of Thrones (1x03)
8 West Wing (3x15)
8 Fringe (various, late s3)
2 The Good Wife (2x01)
1 Glee (2x19)

Please comment and credit if you snag any? Thanks.

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16 Mar - Upload
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MU link for Janney & James Taylor singing 'Song For You' - m4a audio
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And tell 'em damelola sent you! ;) Team Massive Dynamic FTW.
15 Feb - FNL Icons
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Total Icon Count: 35 - spoilers for 5x13

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Because Twitter and Tumblr will slip away after tonight. I wanted a more permanent place for us to have our ~feelings~.  Gif it, link your fic recs, or just wail as you see fit.

I can't believe you're almost over, show. Thank you for being amazing.
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This is the one 'private' place I have left online, since my Twitter is unlocked and Facebook is a vaguely regulated free-for-all.  As my use for Livejournal shrinks to just fandom babbles and personal discussions, I think it's only right to downsize accordingly.

So basically, if our interactions only happen somewhere else (e.g. Twitter) or if we just don't have the same stuff in common any more, then I've unfriended you.  It isn't personal really, just a case of managing certain conversations.  Since this journal is pretty much all f'locked, I totally understand if you wish to remove me in turn.

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Swiped from the lovely austen:

Ask me fandom-related questions in the comments. They can be fandom specific, general, or about fandom/lj stuff/fic writing/etc. in general. Questions can be as wacky as you want. Ask me about tv shows, characters, fanfic in general, fandom issues/meta, anything about any of my stories specifically. Whatever you want.

My full archive at A03 for reference (though the most recent few are still only at fictorium  if you have story questions)  You can anon if you need to.
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I changed my username. In case you're drunk and wondering what the hell is going on.  Since the Queen somehow overlooked me in the New Year's Eve Honours, I have made myself a Dame.  You'd best believe I am somehow expecting to get boozy with fellow DBE Harriet Walter as a result.   A girl can scheme, can't she...?  

(Also, I like that it could be Spanish for 'gimme Lola'.  Which I'm sure you all say on a daily basis, etc.)
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In no particular order, here are the shows you should have been watching in 2010:
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Please comment and credit if you find any snagworthy?
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I did it! I did it and it is done. 50026 I staggered across the line with tonight, and I swear to God there's an actual story in there somewhere too. Thank you to everyone for putting up with me, and good luck for the last day fellow Nanoers.

In celebration: ANONYMOUS MONDAY RIDES AGAIN! We can talk about books, personal goals, achievements, fuck ups, the price of cheese or any goddamn thing you like. Just try and be decent to each other, and if you can't be nice, at least be amusing.
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Thank you for writing me a story!

Here's a bit about the requests I made, in case it helps:

9 to 5 (Parton/Resnick Musical)

I am pretty much madly in love with this show, and especially the three women.  Violet, Judy and Doralee are wonderful in really all of the different ways, and I'd love to read fic with 'missing scenes' from when they have Hart hidden away, or when the whole mess is over and Violet is CEO, how they celebrate.  Very much down with Violet/Joe, any or all of the girls in a f/f(/) situation, or really anything about this lovely little show that I miss so much.


Obsessed with Patty Hewes, and I finally fell in love with Ellen over seasons 2 & 3.  I love them when they're sneakily attacking each other, when they're joining forces to basically defeat everyone, or when they're at one of their weary impasses where neither knows when the other will strike.  The power dynamics, how they dealt with the events at the end of season 3, anything where they get drunk and inappropriate.  Basically, if it's Patty/Ellen, I'm there and cheering you on.

The Good Wife

I love Alicia.  I love Kalinda.  I love Diane.  I love Will even when I don't want to.  I ship any combination of these four characters, but principally Kalinda/Alicia and Alicia/Will.  Whether they're working after hours to crack an impossible case, drunkenly celebrating, consoling each other in troubling times or trying to make a 'plan', I want to read about it.  

V (2009)

Erica Evans is my girl and I ship her with everyone, essentially.  Hobbes, Jack, Anna, her ex-husband, Ryan - all of these are a-ok with me.  Whether it's a fic where Anna acts upon her newly 'caught' humanity, or Erica is caught in a lie somehow, or Jack's faith is even more seriously tested, yes please.  Angst, anger, danger and tension are the things I love most about this show, so very pro-fics around those emotions.  Oh, and I have I mentioned how hot they all are?  Well.
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 This Is Why You're Awesome Meme!

Let's face it, who doesn't need a little cheering up?

♥ Pop your username in here as a comment, and then link to your thread to send people here and let them tell you exactly why you're awesome.

♥ Comments can be anonymous, IP logging is off. (not that I actually have any idea what one does with an IP address, but anyway.)

♥ Want to pimp? Here's the code you'll need:

Save the meanness and trolling for a hate meme, if I see it here it'll be deleted, no questions asked.
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Fandom: LOST
Red, Green, Blue: When You're Gone, Colours Seem To Fade
Spoilers for seasons 3-5. Warning: some images include blood.

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Caps taken with Video Frame Capture
Coloured in Photoshop CS5
Comments and criticism gratefully received.
Please do not repost elsewhere.
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Or the 5 best Sorkin Characters and why you should love them too

CJ Cregg

She's smart, she's sassy and everyone wants to sleep with her.  Despite her calm, professional exterior that allows her to hold her own with Kings and Presidents, she's a mess in her personal life.  We all want to be her when we grow up, no matter how grown up we're already supposed to be.

"The point is that apartheid was an Easthampton clambake compared to what we laughingly refer to as the life these women lead. And if we had sold M1-A1s to South Africa fifteen years ago, you'd have set the building on fire. Thank God we never needed to refuel in Johannesburg!"

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I already love you for being my writer, so just sit back and enjoy writing.  I can't wait to see which of these you write about :)  Details of my likes under the cut, etc.

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Five Words Ficlet Fest

Tell us a (very) short story

Open to ALL fandoms, ALL pairings or gen, and all ratings.
Post a new comment with the fandom (and pairing if applicable) in the subject field.

Then tell us a story in five words.
It really is as simple as that!


Feel free to pimp, the text box was making me crazy or else I would have provided one ;)
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Fic What I Wrote This Year:

(APPROX 56000 words of FIC)

+ 33,827 words of novel.

Another Late Night: Adelle/Echo, R
Medical History, Cuddy, G
It's Just Another Morning Here, Cuddy, Wilson, Taub, Cameron, PG
Crashing The Party: Cuddy, Cameron. PG.
Winning and Losing: Cuddy/Stacy, NC17
Apology: House/Cuddy/Thirteen, NC17
Stop Ruining Nadal Matches For Me: Cuddy/Amber, PG
All The Points Where Contact Fails Us: House/Cuddy/Stacy, NC17
Safety, House/Wilson, PG13

Mathematics of Regret: House/Cuddy, NC17
Midnight Coward, House/Cuddy, NC17
Catch Me, I'm Falling: House/Cuddy, NC17
Another Lost Summer: House/Cuddy, G
Remnants of Life: House/Cuddy, PG13
Icon ficlets: various, House, West Wing, Nurse Jackie
On The Warpath: House/Cuddy, PG13


It Was An Itsy-Bitsy Teeny Weeny (red) Polka Dot Bikini: Hugh/Lisa, NC17
Gentlemen, Start Your Engines (Part 1): Hugh/Lisa, PG13
Gentlemen, Start Your Engines (Part 2): Hugh/Lisa, NC17

What Happens In Vancouver: Hugh/Lisa, NC17

Privacy, Hugh/Lisa, NC17

Tonys: The Aftermath: Janney/Ripley, NC17
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God bless you all for prompting me, this was a wonderful exercise. Results under the cut, bearing in mind these were written in one sitting with no beta, mmkay?

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So I was finally sorting out my documents, and I found a completed fic that I wrote over a year ago, but for some reason never posted. It's House/Cuddy and well, here it is.  I'd be especially interested in hearing how you think this compares to what I'm writing lately, or really just any thoughts at all.

Title: Remnants of Life
Author: lauriestein
Rating: PG
Pairing: House/Cuddy
Words: ~1900
Disclaimer: Not mine, just borrowing. All characters remain the property of Fox, David Shore, etc.
Spoilers: Set in the hiatus after the season 4 finale.

Choose a book, doesn’t matter which one. From this book you'll take the 1st sentence on page 10, 20, 30, and so on, and write a story based on each of those sentences.

, pg 20

"Or, to put it another way: we have all become monsters, but there is almost no one without some remnant inside him of life as it once was."

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Title: Another Late Night
Author: damelola
Recipient: furies
Fandom: Dollhouse
Pairing: Adelle/Echo/(Margaret?)
Rating: R
Word count: ~1200
Disclaimer: If I were skipping I would hear 'not-not-mine'. No profit, no harm, no foul.
Warnings: (if any) Unless you view the whole 'doll' situation as dub-con, no.
Summary: Adelle is working late in the office, again. She gets some unexpected company. Written for femslash09

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Title: Medical History
Author: Lola damelola
Prompt/No Prompt: see prompt table below.
Pairing: Gen
Word Count: 2675
Rating/Warning: G - Spoilers up to 5x20 'Simple Explanation'
Summary: Cuddy, past and present.
Beta: None, as such
Disclaimer: I don't own the characters or the ideas, I've just thrown in a few extra details that popped into my head. Please, not to be suing, ok?
Written for house_of_fanfic challenge

01.First Operation 02.Scalpel 03.Oxygen 04.Roles Reversed 05.Patient
06.Death 07.Life 08.Sedative 09.Vomit 10.Med School
11.Stitches 12.First Job 13.Nerves 14.Surgical Mask 15.Incision
16.Residency 17.Shoe Covers 18.Retirement 19.Practice 20.Writer's Choice

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Oh my freakin' God you guys, it's finally done.

Title: There Will Be No Divorce Chapter 15/15
Author: Lola Lauriestein
Rating: NC17
Pairing: House/Cuddy
Spoilers: Everything up to Wilson's Heart, we're going to have to ignore s5 though, sorry!
Disclaimer: not-not-mine, House et al belong to David Shore, Fox etc. The song lyrics of the Mountain Goats belong to them, and if I could write like John Darnielle, I'd die happy.

Summary: The sequel to ‘No Children’, which you can read in its entirety here. How will House and Cuddy cope with pregnancy, therapy and the world getting in their way? Cuddy has had a termination and is dealing with the aftermath.  Having broken up before the problems with the baby, House is now determined to get Cuddy back.  Is she going to accept that?

“Sing for the flames that will rip through here
And the smoke that will carry us away
Yeah, sing for the damage we’ve done
And the worse things that we’ll do.”

“Alpha Rats’ Nest”, The Mountain Goats

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Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, Chapter 13, Chapter 14

Temp edit: Go HERE and tell me if you want a fic written for charity. Deadline for donations is June 11th 2009. ----------------

Now playing: The Mountain Goats - There Will Be No Divorce
via FoxyTunes   
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Written for a challenge a few weeks ago, I just realised I hadn't posted in my own journal.

: Car Trouble

Author: Lola Lauriestein

Rating: NC17 for sexytimes.

Spoilers: none, set in the past between seasons 2 and 3

Summary: Cuddy makes an unscheduled stop at House’s apartment

Prompt: Secret tattoo


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Temp edit: Go HERE and tell me if you want a fic written for charity. Deadline for donations is June 11th 2009.
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Title: There Will Be No Divorce Chapter 14/15
Author: Lola Lauriestein
Rating: PG 13 this chapter, overall up to NC17
Pairing: House/Cuddy
Spoilers: Everything up to Wilson's Heart, we're going to have to ignore s5 though, sorry!
Disclaimer: not-not-mine, House et al belong to David Shore, Fox etc. The song lyrics of the Mountain Goats belong to them, and if I could write like John Darnielle, I'd die happy.

Summary: The sequel to ‘No Children’, which you can read in its entirety here. How will House and Cuddy cope with pregnancy, therapy and the world getting in their way? Cuddy has had a termination and is dealing with the aftermath, House is trying to find his way of coping.

Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, Chapter 13

The reception’s gotten fuzzy
The delicate balance has shifted
Put on your gloves and your black pumps
Let’s pretend the fog has lifted.”

“Dilaudid”, The Mountain Goats

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Chapter 15 ==>
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Title: Another Lost Summer
Author: Lola Lauriestein
Rating: G
Words: ~820
Pairing: House/Cuddy-ish.
Spoilers: Right up to 5x24 and prompted by the events therein.
Summary: She's never known him in the summer. How Cuddy passes the time waiting for House to return.

Unbeta-ed because I'm impatient and timezones are against me. Getting this out of the way gets my attention back on the finale of There Will Be No Divorce.

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