"Reparations" by Erika Bloom (B7--Tarrant/Avon) Tarrant had thought that their relationship was poisoned forever when Avon pulled the gun on him, so soon after their first night together. (7 pages)
"Enclosure" by Cara J. Loup (ST Voy--P/K) The man beside him did not breathe. His skin was the shade of early morning snow, fallen back over high cheekbones in close imitation of a serenity that had never been there in life. Blond strands had dried plastered to his forehead, the smear of blood only another shadow amidst the tangles. He reached out to brush a cold hand, sculpted from bone-white marble, and whispered: Tom--
"Ace in the Hole" by ArenA (Red Dwarf) Lister awoke from the strangest dream of his life. He was appalled. Disgusted. Horrified.
"Twisted" by LS (Space: Above and Beyond--McQueen/Hawke) "I would help you, if you'd let me. We could make a deal. Let me tell you what I'll do. I'll give the supervisors a little extra in their monthly pay checks to leave you alone. Protection money if you will." "And what would you expect in return?" McQueen asked quietly. "I may only be a tank but I'm not dumb enough to believe you'd do that for nothing." "All I want is you."
"Beaten" (Blake/Avon) by Amethyst Lane (7 pages)
"One Look at You" by Natasha Barry (ST Original Series--K/S)
"Lost Boys" by Natasha Barry (Lost Boys)
"Body Search" by Gwendolen (Babylon 5--Sinclair/Garibaldi)
...and more stories from Highlander, Logan's Run, X-Files, and Star Trek: the original series. Poetry by Gwendolen.
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(One caveat: the layout for this story includes some double spacing that is not correct, or at least wasn't in the original ms. There is only supposed to be one actual break in the story, and it is marked with asterisks.)
"Beaten" also involves a bargain, but a much darker one. Blake gives himself up to Travis, knowing that he will be tortured to death, in return for the lives of Avon and Jenna. Travis makes Avon stay behind long enough to not only witness his sexual torture of Blake, but participate in it himself. The story ends bleakly, with Blake still in Travis's hands, and no prospect of rescue.
I'd very much like to hear what Blake fans think of this story. It's a lot like the darker sort of BUARA story (what Pred'x's drinking game in SC 11.5 calls "Poor little Kerr's been hurt-- and here comes some more!"), but with Blake as the sufferer instead of Avon. But does it give the same kind of erotic kick that BUARA does for its afficianadoes? Personally, I find myself feeling too sorry for Blake to enjoy it as a turn-on, but is that just because I'm not primarily a Blake fan and so don't love him enough to want to hurt him? (I =do= love both Avon and Tarrant that way, and Susannah Lucci-loves Vila that way, to judge by her deservedly prizewinning "Tears of the Sun.")
I've read two other stories in FF: the X-Files (Mulder/Krycek) story by Cora Dee, which I didn't care for; and the Voyager story (Paris/Kim), by Cara J. Loup, which is =excellent= and not particularly dark. I know a number of B7 fans are Voyager fans too, so you'll want to check this one out. I read the story because I had noticed that the author won some awards in Star Wars fandom as well. I can see why! Wish we could lure her into B7.
Erika Bloom, "Reparations" (S4, post-Headhunter; A/Ta)
Amethyst Lane, "Beaten" (S2; B/Tr, A/Tr)
Amethyst Lane p. 85 A/B
Other fandoms: ST Voyager, RD, ST (K/S), B5, Lost Boys, XF, HL, Logan's Run, SAAB
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