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Trevor and Jason's 'Thing Wot's Sort Of Like An Advent Calendar', #26 - Diary of a Necromancer
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Trevor and Jason's 'Thing Wot's Sort Of Like An Advent Calendar', #26
Had a very strange dream about what was basically an AU scenario where Trevor was an actual time-traveller from 100 years ago rather than just taking the Slow Path, which concluded with Jason following him back through the time-rift. I mention this chiefly because it happened to clarify for me what seems to be one of my underlying insecurities about this project: is it possible in this oversexed day and age to tell a story where the fundamental bonds between the characters are almost all rooted in philia rather than eros, and have that be taken seriously as a motivating factor for their lives? Going to have to ponder that, considering that it's out-and-out textual that Jason generally has little truck with the latter sentiment most of the time...


26.) Second day of favorites! Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.

Trevor has a weakness for beans-on-toast that completely baffles Jason. He's not big on vices, but when he can lay hands on decent booze he does appreciate it. His favourite ensemble appears to be "something a little too threadbare to be an actual Hipster". He will talk your ear off about a proper cuppa. He's very much a 'first leaves of spring' person. As to holidays, he's not big on them either, but he does speak fondly of Armistice Day.

Jason tends to fall back on variations of macaroni-and-cheese when he's particularly stressed, which Jason had not actually noticed until Trevor pointed this out. His favorite vice is buying better-quality ingredients than he should really be trying to squeeze into his personal budget. He loves his chef-whites. He looks upon hot apple cider fondly as a memory of childhood outdoorsy activities with Susan's father. He's a winter sort of guy, happiest after the snow starts flying. For holidays he'd pick St Lucia's day, because in his mind it's always been the kickoff to the party-cooking-and-eating season.

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ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: December 22nd, 2011 12:14 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
is it possible in this oversexed day and age to tell a story where the fundamental bonds between the characters are almost all rooted in philia rather than eros, and have that be taken seriously as a motivating factor for their lives?

It works a treat in the Steerswoman books, which I highly recommend if you haven't read them.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: December 23rd, 2011 04:26 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
My library doesn't have them. {sadface} Does it get treated as a valuable arrangement in its own right, and not just something you mark time with until The One comes along like seems to be the usual default these days...?
ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: December 23rd, 2011 04:53 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Absolutely. There are a couple of passing lovers, but the friendship between the two female leads is the central relationship that drives everything else in the books. Interlibrary loan?
the_failed_poet From: the_failed_poet Date: January 29th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I'm actually really thrilled to have stories "where the fundamental bonds between the characters are almost all rooted in philia rather than eros". It's one of the biggest reasons I've really enjoyed Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who. I really appreciated that the Doctor and his Companions (besides Rose) never had *that* kind of relationship.
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