April 25, 2012

Heat by @ArcadianMaggie

Leah went from a young woman in love to the only female in a pack of mind-reading shape shifters, led by the Alpha Sam, her ex. Rated M. Contains mature content. See multiple warnings inside.


So, there's this one-shot... and it's intense and painful, it's as I described- "Beautifully fucked up." Really.

I was in a writing challenge, working on The Adventures of Peeperward and Stripperella, and ArcadiaMaggie started to tell us about what she was working on. She even posted a lil' snippet involving bathroom sex... it was HOOOOOOT! Wow. Nothing like angry, slam bodies around, wall humping, no? I'm no shipper of anything with Paul in it usually, but this scene had me panting.


Then I read ArciadianMaggie's warning: "AN: Please read WARNINGS - contains graphic content and possible triggers. I originally outlined this story for the Beyond the Pale contest (http:/www .fanfiction .net/u/2431148/BeyondThePale), which called for "stories inspired by images that imply secret desires,habits, and happenings. Fetish and deviance. The forbidden. Thesocially UNacceptable. What goes on behind closed doors only. What pushes beyond the pale. The otherwise untouchable. Thetaboo." Because I was in the middle of my multi-chapter and realized I worked best only writing one piece at a time, I set it aside. This story skirts lines, and some might say crosses lines, oft advertised in other contests: "No entries containing rape, bestiality, pedophilia, incest, or non-consensual sex will be accepted into the contest."


Please close the browser if you are under 18, or if you are uncomfortable with the statement above."

And thought.... "Ooooh... maybe not."


Then I read a review, one of the first saying that she took such a hard topic with all these taboos and grey areas and did an amazing, truthful job, so again, my interest was piqued! I am one curious kitty... so you know that was the wrong thing for me to see cos I wanted to read it again!

Then I saw her summary: Leah went from a young woman in love to the only female in a pack of mind-reading shape shifters, led by the Alpha Sam, her ex. Rated M. Contains mature content.

And thought, well, this could go really well and be a lil' angsty with a cool turn... OR it could go REALLY badly and I will be left heart broken!

Well, my friends, it was both. It was angsty, it had a cool turn (and some WTF?! turns), and there was a part that turned VERY badly that made my heart crack open, then another, then another, and another! All the while, Maggie is intermingling these incredible lemons that have you sweating citrus and this internal dialogue from Seth and Leah that just tears out your heart, rubs it in the dirt, then rinses it off and hands it back to you with Hello Kitty band-aids on it!

I don't want to ruin the story with too many details, but that summary and her warnings are right on. This story is NOT for the lighthearted or wusspervs. It is, however, incredibly pressing and intense... it pushes boundaries, yet even though I was uncomfortable and creeped out at some parts, it all made COMPLETE and TOTAL sense. I'm not kidding... if you read with an open mind, keeping in mind that they are wolves... it is achingly, painfully perfect! No, really!

Some of the most amazing parts are Leah's internal dialogue... so well written and emotional. And Seth! Oh, god! Seth. I need to know more of Seth. And the scene between Quil and Seth was in one word- WOW!

Truly, this was an incredible, mind-blowing journey all in about 10,000 words. In the end, I was left wanting more and I had so many questions. She said that she's thinking of continuing it in some way and I truly, truly hope she does.

Maggie, if you are reading this, doubtful, but whatever- Please write more. I need to know what happens to Seth!!! And Leah's journey was crazy and passionate and so much more than I thought it would be, but it's not done! Thank you for putting this out there and being so brave!

I hope you'll give this incredible story a chance. Remember, open mind! Let me know what you think. And if you go read, let her know I sent you.

<3 Rain

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