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15 June 2009 @ 11:15 pm
Numb3rs Series/Universe: Otherwise Engaged  
Only I would decide to write a cestfic drabble series that cestficcers wouldn't actually enjoy reading - mostly because it has almost no cest in it!


I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, I have a history of writing stories I find compelling even if they're in no way popular. I don't cater to the masses who want loads of Charlie/Colby schmoop and I know my readership suffers for it, but I'd rather write challenging fic than be fawned over for writing something that means absolutely nothing to me or worse, makes my teeth hurt. /has a bad saccharine allergy/ ;-)

So given the Marriage month prompts at N100 what do I do but decide to write a cestfic series. And then I mess with it by de-cesting it and adding a ton of het. And then I throw on boatloads of angst for good measure. Throw in the ending and this will probably wind up with my least popular series to date.

Still, I'm glad I did it if only for the fact that it's what I felt for the prompts. It's a dark and hurtful tale where no one gets to truly live happily ever after, but sometimes that's how life is.

At least do yourself the favor of listening to the song that inspired the title of the series. The Dream Academy's fairly well known (back in the day) hit song Life in a Northern Town may be poignant and bittersweet yet The Love Parade is wistful and heartbreaking in a totally different way, but just as gorgeous.

So you sold your soul for a pocket full of sweet talk
Forget-me-not kisses at the end of a slow walk
And when it's done you put your world back on
'Cause she's otherwise engaged - married to someone

Oh the irony of being separated from the one you love by marriage - to someone else...

Series Information - Otherwise Engaged

Otherwise Engaged - Main (Published)
A Quiet Ceremony - Sequel (Published)
An Icy Reception - Sequel (Published)
When the Honeymoon's Over - Sequel (Published)
Lawful Wedded Husband - Sequel (Published)
boymommytotwo: eppes brosboymommytotwo on June 16th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
just when i think i can't love you anymore, you go and do something like this.

while i anticipating i'm going to be going thru some sort of d/c-sexin-it-up withdrawl... ::runs to read::
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 20th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)

Hey, I'm glad to have anyone read this series. At least the first fic in it was hot! After that? Boatloads of angst and het. Sorry! /hides/

I need to write some scorching Don/Charlie to get my Eppescest street cred back up to snuff. I do owe that comm some fic. I should get on that...

Thanks for reading!
tkdbbelt on June 16th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
Hey, I think this series will be more popular then you think. I seems like a more realistic outcome of an incestuous love. Most people in that situation would, I believe, try to move on with their lives in a similar way. ...If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with... etc. etc.

There are many angst addicts out there that will love it. ;)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 20th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
I fear realism doesn't sell well in ficdom, but I do tend to forget sometimes how many angsters are out there. I love good angst so I keep writing it even though other authors seem to do so much better writing schmoop.

Thank you for your supportive comments and for taking the time!
kelpietreekelpietree on June 18th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
oh man. i keep looking for more colby/ian or don/ian and damnit i can't find a thing more. so that is something that needs more writing. i keep thinking about it, but i've never really written anything like that before and i cant' help think id just come up with some dense crap. plus i don't know the characters or show well enough.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on June 20th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Hi there,

Check out rounds_of_kink. I know at least one Numb3rs author wrote Ian/Colby this round and recently.

RoK is a nice way to get good ideas for what to write as well. As far as knowing the show well? Hello DVDs!

If you haven't read fredbassett's Don/Ian she does a good job of it, even if it's not often. jestana might have some Ian/Colby as well.

I'm hoping to write more, especially of my Ian/Colby universes Air and Wilderness Bound, but at the moment I don't have any coming soon, sorry.