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Title: State of Grace: the Despair That Slumber'd remix (4/4)
Fandom: The Colbert Report
Rating: R
Disclaimer/Warnings: Same as on State of Grace.

Final scenes from the Expectingverse-with-daemons. Plus some illustrated profiles of the daemons themselves, because I'm addicted to backstory.

One | Two | Three | Four&.

( 'Why didn't you tell me they were here?' he demanded, over the baby's anguished sobbing, threaded with the kitten-formed daemon's heart-rending mews. )
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Title: State of Grace: the Despair That Slumber'd remix (3/4)
Fandom: The Colbert Report
Rating: R
Disclaimer/Warnings: Same as on State of Grace.

Rushing toward the SoG climax from the Expectingverse-with-daemons. Stephen and company are finally out enough that they can begin to openly explore their system's rules for daemons. That still doesn't make it easy for their loved ones to accept, much less understand.

Illustrations: Jon and Avivah, Charlene and Renoir, and baby George and his daemon.

( 'She has bits of fur missing. Not so most people would notice, but I know where to look. Honeypie's been biting, hasn't she? All that time, you were putting up with....' )
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Title: State of Grace: the Despair That Slumber'd remix (2/4)
Fandom: The Colbert Report
Rating: R
Disclaimer/Warnings: Same as on State of Grace.

More scenes from the Expectingverse-with-daemons. This part skips ahead a bit, to the stage when Charlene and Jon each know important pieces of Stephen (and company)'s mental state, but the biggest revelations are yet to come.

ETA: The link now actually goes to the second part ^_^;

( The blocky scene had the same basic layout as the main stage, a bespectacled stick figure labeled 'Stephen' sitting behind the C-shaped desk at its heart, while an unlabeled Honeypie watched him from over by the wall. )
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Title: State of Grace: the Despair That Slumber'd remix (1/4)
Fandom: The Colbert Report
Rating: R
Disclaimer/Warnings: If you've read State of Grace, you know the drill.

Inspired by this epic subthread with [livejournal.com profile] w_thit on what TCR, and specifically the Expectingverse, would be like if everyone had daemons.

What follows is a sampling of scenes rewritten to fit that universe: one from Expecting, a bunch from the beginning of State of Grace. Stephen's daemon appears to be a kinkajou named Honeypie. But the closer he gets to Jon, the more of the truth begins to slip out.

The title phrase, like "his dark materials", is from Paradise Lost (book 4, line 23):
Now conscience wakes despair
That slumber'd,—wakes the bitter memory
Of what he was, what is, and what must be
Worse; of worse deeds worse sufferings must ensue.


( Jon had always thought he had a fairly robust libido, but it was his partner who half dragged, half carried him up the stairs, and all but threw him onto the bed before tumbling down after him. And though Avi was rolling about on the floor like an overgrown kitten, Honeypie was suddenly friskier still, darting and dodging and climbing all over her. )
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Title: State of Grace
Fandom: The Colbert Report
Rating: Through NC-17
Characters/Pairings: "Stephen"/Jon, Jon/Tracey, Tracey/Charlene, past "Stephen"/Lorraine and "Stephen"/others, Steve/Nancy(/"Stephen"), Tad/Bobby, families, OCs, various cameos from both shows
Disclaimer/Warnings: Follow the link.
Continued adulation for: marvelous beta [personal profile] stellar_dust

When he tries to commit all at once to taking care of a newborn, reconnecting with childhood best friend Charlene, and starting a relationship with Jon, Stephen begins to lose the tight grip he's kept on his past. He's going to need the support of his friends and loved ones more than ever, as he and all the other people he's been face down a hurricane of repression, trauma, pain, pleasure, hurt, loss, healing, and Hannah Montana.

Featuring 108,000 words of story, 8,000 of bonus meta, three new mixes, and half a sketchbook's worth of illustrations. Plus 175% more continuity, characterization, and consistency than the original version, all for the same low price.

A whisper at the back of his mind (don't listen to him don't let him scare you), and he almost missed what Jon said next: "Stephen, are you still having memory problems? Not just for the, uh, the stuff you used to do, but more recently?"
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Title: State of Grace
Fandom: The Colbert Report
Rating: R (this chapter); NC-17 (overall)
Disclaimer/Warnings: See the table of contents.
Endless thanks to: marvelous beta [personal profile] stellar_dust

The rewrite that's been a long time coming.

The beginning of this story picks up shortly after the final chapter of Expecting. "Stephen" has a new baby, a new marriage, and the love of a good man — so, naturally, this is when he starts to fall apart.

Should I crosspost individual chapters to this comm? I feel like anyone who's interested might just be watching my fic journal, but I don't know if that's actually true. Anyone with a strong opinion, feel free to speak up.

George stared around at the lavish décor with what his father declared to be a clear appreciation of platinum-level tastes, until he started whimpering. Stephen grabbed a spare diaper and hauled him off to the bathroom without comment.
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Title: Clover and Shadows (5/5)
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Trans issues, angst, character death, sex
Characters/pairings: "Stephen"/Jon, Gipper
Marvelous betas: [personal profile] stellar_dust and [livejournal.com profile] balljointed
Disclaimer: All television shows, movies, books, and other copyrighted material referred to in this work, and the characters, settings, and events thereof, are the properties of their respective owners. As this work is an interpretation of the original material and not for-profit, it constitutes fair use. Reference to real persons, places, or events are made in a fictional context, and are not intended to be libelous, defamatory, or in any way factual.

Now featuring one more illustration and a two-part soundtrack (all spoilerific). And I like to think trans!Stephen was the one who sent this tweet.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Transverse

( Jon had to hoist himself into a sitting position to let Stephen wrest the shirt over his head, and was shaking out his hair when Stephen pushed him back down. )


Medium: Television
Fandom: The Colbert Report
Subject: Jon/trans!"Stephen"
Warnings: Character death; major spoilers for the fic
Title: Trading Your Memories For Fortune And Fame

Soundtrack for the "present" half of Clover and Shadows. In which Stephen is living full-time as male, achieving undreamed heights of professional success, constantly missing the cousin who died in Chicago, and avoiding a relationship with Jon for reasons Jon can't even begin to guess.

As before, cover features this art by [livejournal.com profile] omelton.



( I can make it, I know I can / You broke the boy in me, but you won't break the man )
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Medium: Television
Fandom: The Colbert Report
Subject: FTM!Charlene and MTF!"Stephen"
Warnings: Character death; major spoilers for the fic
Title: Across The Border And Into The City

Soundtrack for the "past" half of Clover and Shadows. In which Stephen and her cousin Charlene are a couple of lonely kids who run off to the big city to get jobs, start a band, and try living as their respective actual genders.

Cover features this gorgeous art by [livejournal.com profile] omelton.



( And when you were born, they looked at you and said / What a good girl, what a smart girl, what a pretty girl )
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Title: Clover and Shadows (4/5)
Rating: R
Warnings: Trans issues, angst, character death
Characters/pairings: MtF!"Stephen", FtM!Charlene, Jon, families
Marvelous betas: [personal profile] stellar_dust and [livejournal.com profile] balljointed
Disclaimer: Follow the fake cut.

In which there is one cousin dead and one surviving, trying to make a future out of the pieces.

Now with even more gorgeous illustrations: the photos Stephen keeps in the office, by [livejournal.com profile] omelton.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Transverse

( 'I don't have time to play your little games here, ma'am. A man is dead, and we have work to do.' )
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Title: Clover and Shadows (3/5)
Rating: R
Warnings: Trans issues, angst, character death
Characters/pairings: MtF!"Stephen", FtM!Charlene, Jon, families
Marvelous betas: [personal profile] stellar_dust and [livejournal.com profile] balljointed
Disclaimer: Follow the fake cut.

In which there is a lot of singing, and a lot of stress, and, for Jon, a surprise discovery.

Stephen's giant gold balloon is from the beginning of this segment.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Transverse

( The producer mutters something containing the words 'prima donna' and a slur that would have earned a sock from Charlene if he hadn't been busy following his cousin. He doesn't really get worried, though, until Stephen ducks into a clearly-marked men's room. )
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Title: Clover and Shadows (2/5)
Rating: R
Warnings (highlight for spoilers): Trans issues, angst, character death, (skip) dubiously-consensual sex work
Characters/pairings: MtF!"Stephen", FtM!Charlene, Jon, families
Marvelous betas: [personal profile] stellar_dust and [livejournal.com profile] balljointed
Disclaimer: Follow the fake cut.

In the past, Charlene and Stephen find gainful employment during the day, and follow less-respectable pursuits during the night. In the present, Jon has Stephen's back. (For those of you keeping score, this is a wifeless AU.)

Now featuring marvelous marvelous art of Stephen and Charlene, by [personal profile] aybara_max!

Part 1 | Transverse

( Stephen eventually lands a job at the Hair Force. She has to dress as a guy when she's on the clock, but there's enough room for flamboyancy that she doesn't have to worry about checking her behavior to match. )
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Title: Clover and Shadows (1/5)
Rating: R
Warnings (highlight for the spoilery ones): Trans issues, angst, (skip) character death
Characters/pairings: MtF!"Stephen", FtM!Charlene, Jon, families
Marvelous betas: [personal profile] stellar_dust and [livejournal.com profile] balljointed
Disclaimer: All television shows, movies, books, and other copyrighted material referred to in this work, and the characters, settings, and events thereof, are the properties of their respective owners. As this work is an interpretation of the original material and not for-profit, it constitutes fair use. Reference to real persons, places, or events are made in a fictional context, and are not intended to be libelous, defamatory, or in any way factual.

Yes, I'm finally posting that story I've been referring to for months now.

An AU/variation on I'll Be That Girl. This time around, not only is Stephen MtF, Charlene is FtM. (So if you thought I was a pronoun ninja before...)

Part of the loosely associated group of fics which I have cleverly decided to refer to as Transverse.

( Charlene has to do a double take, but sure enough — it's just Stephen, the bratty cousin who cheats at checkers and once got run up the flagpole by the football team for making the mistake of paying too much attention to Hamlet. )

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