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Somewhere in the world, it is still Saturday.
Gilesficathon word count: 10,625.

Counts since work began --
Total Pixy Stix consumed: 14
Total Oatmeal Cream Pies consumed: 4
Total oz. various soul-destroying energy drinks consumed: 40

Status of fic: completed!
Status of pairing: still cracktastic!

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Title: The Waking
Written for: ascian3
Item/person/thingie requested: Ripper; deep background Giles
Thingies not wanted: No Buffy and/or Dawn sex; light on the Ethan content.
Thingies put in that were not wanted: Mileage may vary on what "Light on the Ethan content" actually means.
Spoilers: The whole of BtVS, though the strongest are for Never Kill a Boy on the First Date, The Dark Age, Grave and Chosen. Despite this, only one scene actually involves the BtVS-bar-Giles cast.
Pairing: Um. Hi. Giles/original female character. Sort of.

*prepares to to be drummed out of slash fandom*

(Actually, small slashiness. See above re mileage, comma, varies.)

Beta readers who have my eternal devotion: piedmargaret (who is not to blame for any bad commas or faux Briticisms after section three as that's when she had to go to bed) and justhuman (who is not to blame for anything but the alternate title, which should not be read until the story is over, I mean it, I *really* mean it, because the alt title is funny but the story is not -- and is contained inside this cut-tag.)

[Love Conkers All. She claims she found it on a website about a conkers festival but I think her twisted evil brain dreamed it up all by herself.]

Also, many thanks to the following peoples for patient support and not committing justifiable homicide on my neurotic self: wolfling, vylit, wesleysgirl, byrne, zortified, thebratqueen, maeyan.

And the story would be here: I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I learn by going where I have to go. ~Theodore Roethke (With appropriate apologies to Shel Silverstein)

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mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

(Ha! Re: redeveloping. I had thought possibly that the *willow* might get redeveloped, actually. And then given the timeframe, show up again as... insert cheesy reincarnation throwaway subplot here. Luckily, sanity time-constraints prevailed.)

wolfling

2004-02-01 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)

You didn't need us throwing ideas at you -- the one you came up with on your own is far better than any of those. :)

Simply wonderful -- not surprising, I've never not liked anything you wrote -- but this I think is destined to become a favourite. :)

Thanks for letting me bull- err for participating!

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mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

I did need y'all throwing ideas at me -- it got me to brainstorm, if nothing else! *smooch*

And thank you for bull- err for convincing me to participate!

chrisjournal

2004-02-01 07:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh that's so very beautiful. A story about love, all wrapped up in unique (and perfectly carried) point of view. This one goes in the favorites, without a doubt. Thank you for sharing!

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mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you so much!

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mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Gods' honest truth: I made the icon (the full version has animated text, with the other frame saying "Giles/Tree 4-evah!") long before I had the story idea, and didn't even think "OMGheeee I can use that icon!" until about two sections in. Whereupon it became a moral imperative to have drunk!Rupert say something very similar to the tree on his 18th birthday.

debvel

2004-02-01 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)

That was beautiful. Really amazing.

And I just noticed your icon - lol. :)

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mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you! Icon, ironically, was neither inspired by, nor inspired story -- complete coincidence that hit me when I was about 1/3 of the way through writing the story.

soundingsea

2004-02-01 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)

This tale is so unusual and lyrical and lovely. Her possessive love runs deep as her roots. Wonderful story.

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mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

(And possibly creepy -- stalker tree!)

Thank you!

baked_goldfish

2004-02-01 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

That was really an amazing story. I absolutely loved the ending, especially, where you use Willow's powers to reconnect the two. Brilliant.

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mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you - I'm glad (really glad!) it came across in a somewhat sane and entertaining manner.

tangleofthorns

2004-02-01 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Seriously wow. Recordbreakingly wow. It also reminds me of The Last Unicorn.

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mpoetess

2004-02-01 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

It also reminds me of The Last Unicorn

Heeegigglehee. Not just you. You have *no* idea how many times I had to stop myself from including the line "There's no love like a tree's love..."

Also, thank you!

minitrog

2004-02-01 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

God I'm so glad it turned out happily in the end -- I was getting all tearful and mushy.

Such a cool otherworldly feel to it all. Still, a bit sad though.

Loved the Ethan and the tree bits.

Now I have to go and read it again.

Thanks hon -- very different.

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mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

*smooooooch*

It is a bit sad still, I think. Interspecies romance with vast age-differences between the partners usually are.

Unless someone gets vamped.

Vamp!Giles/Tree 4-evah!

*hides*

I want to be... a twee - minitrog, 2004-02-03 04:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)

mogigraphia

2004-02-01 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

The nice thing about having to go hide deep in a dark bed when I did, was that so much of this was wonderful and new for me when I came to read it.

It's a gorgeous story. Very, very pretty and evocative. I'm going to send you some varnished conkers next autumn as a tribute.

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mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

*love you so much for holding my hand through this*

and also for being you....

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mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

I so ripped off The Giving Tree with this. Not completely, as I didn't want, well, the dysfunctional -- didn't want Giles to take everything the tree had, because that's so not Giles. But. Big loving rippage!

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Re: *sings* Bring it on, bang a gong, bring it on...

mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

I was thinking more for having an original female character who I had to resist declaiming "NOt a Mary Sue OMG Reeley read-n-revu plz!" about, than not being slash per se.

Also *smooch*

lovessong

2004-02-01 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, how wonderful. It's vaguely de Lint-ian, and I like it a good deal.

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mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I hadn't thought of deLint when I was writing (as I was mostly alternating between "You're on crack!" "You won't finish this until June!" and "You're ripping off Shel Silverstein!" with an occasional aside of "And the Last Unicorn!) but I love his stories, so it's not unlikely that I've ripped him off too been influence by them.

This was absolutely charming

kuzibah

2004-02-02 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)

What a wonderful, unique idea.

Re: This was absolutely charming

mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thankee, ma'am!

vylit

2004-02-02 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, P. I love this so much. I just had to comment.

It's an unbelievably unique idea, and I'm just... stunned. The writing was gorgeous, and I got got misty eyed twice. The first time when she started to feel so very lonely, and the second time when Ethan showed up.

*loves*

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mpoetess

2004-02-03 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

*returns love upon you*

*feels you up while she's at it*

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