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Goodness me, it's a whole year since I posted anything here. It's been a really trying year, and maybe I'll post something about that another time, but for now, it's all about the I Will Remember You Fic Marathon.

Today, the story is mine, and it's all about remembrance. It's here:

Remembrances of the Rose

If you've missed all the other stories so far, they're here:

IWRY 2010

Enjoy

Jo
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From:velvetwhip
Date:November 12th, 2010 10:04 am (UTC)
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Your work always dazzles me and this was no exception! *is awed*


Gabrielle
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From:librarian2003
Date:November 14th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Has anyone ever told you, Gabrielle, that you definitely know how to give a person a nice warm glow! *Thank you*. I'm glad that it pleased you.

:~)))

Jo
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From:velvetwhip
Date:November 14th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
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You deserve to have a nice warm glow. Your talent more than merits it, as do you!


Gabrielle
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From:librarian2003
Date:November 14th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
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Glass of wine? Chocolate truffle?

:~))

*Hugs you*

Jo
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From:moscow_watcher
Date:November 12th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
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I loved the story to death. The construction is very unusual, and your story works both as meta and as a fanfic. Recently I'm thinking a lot about Joss' plans to Buffy and Angel now, when he can to whatever he wants without correlating his ideas to studio politics, actors availability etc. And I have the impression that most likely he will go in that direction, ending their story with them as spirits finally finding each other on the other side.
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From:librarian2003
Date:November 14th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
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If Joss pinches my story, I shall sue! :~))

*Thank you* for the lovely feedback - I'm so glad that you enjoyed it.

Jo
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From:taaroko
Date:November 12th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
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This story is amazing. I always love when religion plays a strong role in stories about Angel, because forgiveness and redemption mean so much to him, and the question of whether or not God wants him comes up in canon multiple times. The framework religion gives this is a particularly beautiful use of it. As a vampire, a creature considered to be damned by nature, the eve of his unavoidable death would likely be earliest he would be able to overcome his fear of God's wrath enough to go to pray for forgiveness. Canon never actually came out and said it, but it did strongly imply that he felt unworthy to approach God, so Buffy became his salvation. I love how you worked with that, too. I cried, reading this. I don't believe that forgiveness and salvation are as unattainable as he fears, and it always makes me ache to watch him despair that he will never have them and that hell is where he's going no matter what he does. But that's part of what gives him his great worth as a character--believing himself doomed in the next life and not even permitted happiness in this one, he still fights the good fight.

I also like the way it unfolds. At first, I thought this was an Angel in the far future who had Shanshued decades ago, but when it got to the real explanation, that was even better, partly because it was so original. A virus that ages vampires until they can't even move, but doesn't actually kill them? Effective, perhaps, but so, so horrible. Poor Angel. Of course he would try to free as many as he could from that fate, even if that meant giving them death instead. That was mercy, not murder.

I don't think a more perfect ending for this could exist. Even the strength to die eludes him, but Buffy arrives, the angel coming to release him and bring him home. Oh boy, there I go again with the crying. Thanks so much for this.
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From:librarian2003
Date:November 14th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
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I made you cry? *Happy now*... :~))

Thank you for such lovely feedback.

Like you, I think that he isn't beyond forgiveness - we have to believe that no-one is beyond forgiveness. But, it's so true that he's the Hero because he has no hope for himself after death, and no hope of anything better than low-grade misery in life, and yet he carries on fighting. That's why we love him...

I'm so glad you liked this.

Jo
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Date:November 12th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)

Bangel story Remembrance of the Rose

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I am not with this forum but I am a long time Bangel fan and have been enjoying the stories in this years IWRY marathon. Your story librarian 2003 was exquisite in it's beauty and after reading the ending I would want Bangel to end that way if there has to be an ending to Bangel at all.

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From:librarian2003
Date:November 14th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Bangel story Remembrance of the Rose

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Thank you so much for dropping by and giving feedback - it's lovely to know that you enjoyed the read.

:~))

Jo
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From:perpetual
Date:November 20th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
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Well. Jo. Now I have a little story for you: I am, I believe, the only one who read this fic with a rosary in her hands. Furthermore, as soon as I finished reading, I sat down and prayed it (Joyful Mysteries!). It's been a while.

It might be kind of weird to obtain spiritual inspiration from fanfiction, I ken. But the way you divided up Angel's thoughts to correspond with the mysteries, the way he kept trying to find the spiritual fruit in himself for each one even when he didn't think it was there, was just so true to life. The traditional devotions are a mixed struggle and blessing for believers, and belief is part of who Angel is.

Buffy fit right into the theme, not only due to her significance in every single aspect of Angel's life, but as his symbolic savior. As Taaroko said, it's implied in canon that she's a religion to him, but rather than being his god, I think the metaphor of Mary is a closer parallel. She's an intercessor, someone who guides him into righteousness through her own love and wisdom.

Her appearance at the end to welcome him into redemption was perfect, and beautiful, especially after you had set up her untimely death earlier and we were longing for a reunion right along with Angel. I'm curious, like he is, about what exactly happened to him, but the priest finding his body on the pew, young and human, sealed the happy ending with the Shanshu that Angel really and truly earned despite all his doubts.

I wish this was canon. Thanks so much for putting your care and attention into it. Your efforts paid off.
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From:librarian2003
Date:November 26th, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I'm sorry this is late, sweetie...

*Settling down* for the little story...

Oh...

You know, I really didn't intend to make this a religious story, and I was desperate for it not to be offensive. But that it should provide some spiritual inspiration for you (and for Kean as well) is... humbling. Truly.

I found this one unusually difficult to write, because of the mysteries. As someone who has never used a rosary, or ever understood exactly what it was for, perhaps a Catholic version of worry beads, the whole meaning came as a revelation. And then, in order to try and unravel how Angel might interpret the spiritual fruit, I had to try to understand them for myself. Halfway through, I almost gave up, thinking I was getting way too far into the religious side of the divide...

I don't think that Buffy is a religion to him, although he adores her. But I do think that she is a guiding light, and yes, the intercessor metaphor is much closer.

You're curious about what happened to him? You know what? So am I.

I'm so glad that it worked for you.

*Thank you*

Jo
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From:perpetual
Date:November 27th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
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Don't apologize for lateness (on anything); the other things on your mind are well understood.

Believe me, when a writer doesn't feel respectful toward religion, it shows. I don't think you could be offensive with it if you tried. :)

Funny. I just realized that after reading your post about tea on PP, I'm feeling the urge to get up and go make myself a cup. Between that and the rosary I have to wonder...have you put me under a hypnotic trance, Jo? (If so, I'm okay with it, btw.)
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From:librarian2003
Date:December 18th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
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See? Still tardy...

You are so sweet, you know? Thank you for the reassurance!

This hypnotic trance thing... Would you like any particular 'fluence to be cast? :~)))

*Hugs you*

Jo
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From:ares132006
Date:February 18th, 2011 08:34 am (UTC)
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*waves sheepishly* I hadn't realised you had posted here.

You already know how much I love this story. The detail is equisite. It was like I was sitting there in the church. I was confused at first, at who the old guy was, and it was Angel, appearing old and ill and dying. *sob*

I hate to see him so. But as the story unfolded I was drawn into Angel's brooding and his introspection. The rosary was a brilliant touch. That Buffy herself came to offer him redemption, hope in the afterlife was just...again I use the word brilliant.

Ares





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