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09 April 2012 @ 05:59 am
The Things That Cost You Too Much  
Author:  Odd
Title:  The Things That Cost You Too Much [RPF]
Rating:  NC-17
Word Count:  22,600
Warnings:  Angst.  Lots and lots of angst.
Summary: They say you never forget your first love, and this is true.  They also say you never get a second chance, and this is slightly less true.
Notes: Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it took one to help me bring this to life.  Thank you to Birdie, Ashley, Fabrisse, Tara, Christine, and Lucie, for various levels of feedback and reassurance.  Thank you to Cass for being my partner in frustration and the most valuable sounding board ever.  Thank you to Pushplaytobegin for pointing out where I went wrong and the ways she thought I went right, and (as always), Laura for making it appear I have a basic grasp on the mechanics of the English language.  Title comes from the song 'True Faith,' by New Order. The entire thing is pretty much one New Order song after another (or at least, that's what made me write it), and you can hear all of them here.*

(Art by the lovely missduckiedear, who deserves a medal not just for this beautiful picture,
but for putting up with my scatterbrained self.)


Once upon a time, there were two very special boys. One grew up in a small house in a small town, with two loving parents and a younger sister he loved more than life itself. The other in a bigger house in a small city that had a big reputation, with two loving parents and the best big brother a guy could ever have. Both spent hours making up stories and playing pretend, dreaming of the day when someone would pay them to make those dreams feel real for other people.

One was willing to compromise.

The other one was not.

(Commentary / Meta post coming soon.)

This is a work of fiction. Though it uses real people, events, and in some cases, dialogue, it is not in any way intended to be seen as fact or implication thereof. It is, at most, a 'what if?' and should be treated as such. Additionally, some real life events have been altered for creative license and story purposes.

*apologies for the crappy cover art but it was totally a last-second thing.