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Healing Complete! 
12th-Sep-2006 03:16 am
rogue innocent
Here's my entire novel Healing all in one convenient post. 

Healing
 
Title: Healing
Verse: X-Men movieverse
Timeline: post X-Men: The Last Stand
Author: angelofsnow
Pairing: Eventual Rogue/Magneto
Rating: MA or NC-17
Disclaimer: I don’t own the X-Men. I am not making any money off of this.
Summary: The Cure is only temporary. While healing Rogue and Magneto find each other and realize they have more in common than they originally thought. 
Word Count: 134, 107
Beta: kumadapuma
 
Summary: This story is the author’s take on what might happen to Magneto and Rogue when the Cure wears off. As their mutations return, they meet. Magneto attempts to reunite the Brotherhood; Rogue attempts to control her deadly skin. Life is not easy for Rogue and she discovers Magneto may be the only one who can help her. This story features a romance between Magneto and Rogue eventually, so if you’re against that, read no further. This story also contains some really good smut if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s tastefully done too. 




Chapters:

Chapter One: Skillets 
Chapter Two: Sunburn

Chapter Three: Alcatraz
Chapter Four: Leather
Chapter Five: Share and Share Alike
Chapter Six: Lobster
Chapter Seven: A Kiss is Just a Kiss
Chapter Eight: BMW Z3
Chapter Nine: An Academy Award Goes To…
Chapter Ten: Aluminum Blinds
Chapter Eleven: Thank You Microsoft
Chapter Twelve: Always Blame Your X
Chapter Thirteen: Copper Plates
Chapter Fourteen: A Heaven Out of Hell

Chapter Fifteen: The Heisman Trophy
Chapter Sixteen: Chateaubriand con Vino Brodo
Chapter Seventeen: My Secret is Hidden Within Me
Chapter Eighteen: Tender Is the Night
Chapter Nineteen: Tropical Punch Kool-Aid
Chapter Twenty: Unbottled War, Canned Love
Chapter Twenty-One: Cruelly Handsome, Painfully Sweet
Chapter Twenty-Two: Black Nike Sports Bra
Chapter Twenty-Three: Chewy Eggs
Chapter Twenty-Four: A Match Made by Mistake
Chapter Twenty-Five: The Crock Pot Debacle

Chapter Twenty-Six: A Timex Wasted
Chapter Twenty-Seven: Of Mice and X-Men
Chapter Twenty-Eight: Slow and Thorough

Chapter Twenty-Nine: The X-Men Live on Jerry Springer
Chapter Thirty: Bubblicious Bubble Gum
Chapter Thirty-One: Tempest Torn Asunder
Chapter Thirty-Two: Snow White Fallen
Chapter Thirty-Three: Trust Uncertainty
End Notes

The links go to my personal journal which is the easiest place to read this story.
As you read through you may notice that there aren't many comments to the chapters. That is because this story was originally posted on fanfiction.net where it received medium success.  I really hope you give this story a try. Feel free to leave comments or recommend this story elsewhere if you like it.

Thoughts & Comments 
13th-Sep-2006 12:33 am (UTC)
I trust you recieved my ff.net review? It truly was an awesome story. It inspired me, and I'm sure others as well. And yeah, I gained lots of Magneto crazed friends like you and Puma!
15th-Sep-2006 03:50 pm (UTC) - Yeah! One easy place to read!
I started this a while ago but got to fed with searching demented allure to finish. I'm glad you consolidated it in one area. :)

BTW: The link for Chapter 1 also leads to Chapter 2.
15th-Sep-2006 05:31 pm (UTC) - Re: Yeah! One easy place to read!
Thanks so much for the heads up. I'm sorry about the link not working. That's just like me to get all excited and advertise my story then I find out no one can read it. I guess I'm still trying to get the hang of this LJ thing. If you have a moment check the link again and tell me if it works. I tested it myself and it seems to but I want to be sure.
9th-Oct-2006 03:01 pm (UTC) - Juri's Review
Hello again - like I said, I would review when I got to the end, so I have. I finished your story within 3 days! (I've just not had the internet all weekend so I'm late in replying.) I was up till 1am on Saturday night finishing it. Me and shadou44 watched X3 first, (during which she said "And Grace cries "Noo!" when Erik gets the four needles ^_~ LOL) then I carried on reading your fic.

First of all, well done for writing and finishing such an immense project - having written a 280,000+ word monster myself about an unconventional relationship, albeit in the "Star Wars universe, I know how hard it can be. So have a virtual pat on the back and open a bottle of Erik's fine wine! XD

The story overall I found to be very good. It was certainly a story sympathetic to Magneto and portrayed him in a kind of "tragic hero" light, a side of his character which we do see flashes of during all three of the "X-Men" films. I enjoyed following Rogue as she "made her pact with the devil", so to speak - you developed her fall from insecure mutant to confident lover very well, and you certainly write your sexual scenes with a most convincing skill and sensuality. (Where can us girls find a man like Erik, eh?) The research that went in to some of your chapters was also admirable, and I give you credit for doing your best to remain true to the locales where your events take place.

One thing I would like to say is that an author has to be careful when including details that relate to "reality" in their non-fiction and/or fantasy tales. Though it can add to the realism of a story, it can also detract from the fantastical elements of a universe, be it "X-Men" or "Doctor Who" or what-not. The X movies were very careful never to use real personalities or even dates in their films (except for the 1944 of Erik's shipping to the concentration camp) and it might be best to follow their example and not use dates like 2007, or use names of people like the president or actors. We don't know if these personages even exist in the X-film universe because it is, in essence, an "altraverse", a fantasy version of our own reality. (I don't think we are ever given the names of the presidents in X2 or X3, for example.) This is just my personal opinion, of course, so feel free to ignore it. :)

One bit of advice I'd also like to give you for your writing is not to use the headers like "Magneto & Rogue" at the start of each "section" in your story. It's just superfluous - the reader will find out who or what s/he is reading about soon enough, so there's no need to tell them in advance.

You're welcome to take or leave my advice as you will - I just like to try to be constructive about people's work where I can, because I know it can help. I'm a bit of an artist and fanfic writer myself so I know how vital honest feedback can be, and it usually helps one to become better at one's "trade".

Anyways, like I said, I thoroughly enjoyed your story and it has made "Rogneto" fanfics an attraction to me! I'm glad Erik managed to hold on to Rogue right to the end, too - it's just nice for him to end a story on a high note for once. (Even if Rogue didn't want him, though, I'm sure he wouldn't have a shortage of admirers lining up to take him home! ^_~) Keep up the good work.
10th-Oct-2006 07:32 pm (UTC) - Reply to Juri's Review
You read this in 3 days! That's really fast, considering its book length. I'm the slowest reader around. I try to multi-task as I read fic, so it takes me forever to finish things. I'm also curious about your Star Wars novel. I use to read a lot of Star Wars fic. What's the pairing?

I do think of my readers when I portray Magneto as a tragic hero. Obviously, I'm sympathetic to him myself, I don't think he's necessarily evil, just too ruthless about the way he pursues his goals for mutant supremacy. He's very pessimistic, unlike Charles, but in a lot of ways he's more realistic about human nature. At times in the story, I don't think he comes off as cold and ruthless enough. He becomes sort of “hero-ized”. For instance at one point I have a football player getting thrown out of the game for being a mutant and it’s never explained who outted him. In my mind, it was Magneto who betrayed his mutation to the NFL. He wanted to use the quarterback as a rallying point for mutants. But I felt like my readers would never back Magneto if he did that. They would think it was OOC. So I held back.

As to all the sex – well I have a sick mind, lol. A lot of time you read romance stories with your favorite character and there are 60,000 words of build-up until they finally get into bed and then you get one paragraph of quick description. It’s alright if you like to just use your imagination. But a lot of times, readers like me read these stories just for the characters to finally reach that moment. And then… there’s nothing there. So I created some very graphic long smut. I hope it comes off as hot and not just obscene. I tried to make the sex scenes sort of easy to spot and miss if people don’t like that. They’re also supposed to show Rogue’s transformation to getting control over her life and mutation.

I agree with you on most of “details/reality” thing. There’s a famous TV producer in the states called David E. Kelley. I’m not sure if they air his shows over in the UK or not. He’s produced L.A. Law, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, The Practice, and Boston Legal. He’s famous for ripping stories from the headlines and using them as annoying political messages in his shows. I refer to any story/TVshow/movie that uses too many real life events to make a political message as “pulling a David E. Kelley”. I don’t even really like the guy’s shows, though I watch them sometimes. And about half way through the story I realized, oh dear god I’m pulling a David E. Kelley.

There are some parts to the reality based stuff that I like. I like seeing the X-Men living in a real world that they can touch and feel. Such as having Rogue and her friends experience typical young adult problems and joys. I turned towards some of the reality stuff to make events seen plausible. I wanted Magneto to get away with the airplane, so I mentioned the National Guard troops were unavailable. But I really want to avoid falling into the David E. Kelley pit where reality based details become annoying. And I certainly don’t want to push my liberal views on people.

The President issue is a strange facet in fantasy stories and particularly movies. I always felt that the President was never named because they were using an actor who didn’t resemble the current President and they didn’t want to offend anyone if the President did something stupid in the movie. I’ve always kind of considered it a cop-out that made me remember in the middle of the movie, that no these cool events weren’t really happening, as there’s a dude who definitely isn’t the President on the screen. It interrupted the fantasy for me. I’ve never considered it to be helping the fantasy for others, but you’re probably right about that. It makes the X-Men more of a complete parallel universe.
10th-Oct-2006 07:34 pm (UTC) - Reply to Juri's Review - continued
There's a few formatting details that started with the beginning of the story and I was sort of forced into continuing them. One of them was the "Magneto and Rogue" tags. They were originally there to show whose POV the chapter featured and they sort of just stuck. Another formatting issue is the song recommendation. I did it for one chapter, to promote this rare song I loved, and then a few readers loved it over on FF.net and I felt like I had to continue and expand the song rec. Both formatting details seem a little sophomoric to me.

Healing was my first fanfic I published and my first X-Men story. It's probably the longest thing I’ve ever written and completed, so I forgive myself for some of its lacking. It’s certainly not perfect; I am very unhappy with how quickly I got Magneto and Rogue together. There should have been more build up to that. But it is what it is now.

And I do like constructive criticism. I'll admit it usually ruins my day and I feel a bit down in the dumps about it for a while. But I do want to improve what I do and get better and better at it. So I'm really, really happy to receive it and hopefully I don't make the same mistakes again.

You should read sionnain 's Magneto/Rogue. She has a beautiful, simple writing style and in one sentence she expresses more about a character than I do in ten. Her characterization of Magneto is very different from my own. He’s much darker and I like and dislike that at different times.
11th-Oct-2006 09:00 am (UTC) - Re: Reply to Juri's Review - continued
Criticism gets me down too, but I have to give myself a kick in the rear and remind myself that I'll never get better if peeps don't tell me where I cock-up. There's one person reviewing my Star Wars fanfic on-and-off at the moment and she goes into so much detail about what I've done right and wrong that it's more than a bit overwhelming! But hey, what are reviews for...? I hope I didn't get you down or ought. "To criticise is easier than to create", after all - I like to remind myself of that and then the pros always outway the cons. :)

I liked your song recs, BTW - I completely forgot to mention it! I always write my fanfics to songs or pieces of music so I find it helps if you pass on your recs to your readers on occasion, so that they can get into your mindset.

My Star Wars fanfic is what one of my friends calls a "Dookidala" - i.e., Dooku and Padmé. Twisted shit, I grant you, but I love Christopher Lee and his Dooku char', and I couldn't help myself. XD Heh. I'm very cruel to Padmé in it, but I've never really liked her that much, and I got to properly villainise Anakin in this version of events, which was fun. It's not a perfect fanfic and it took me over two years on-and-off to finish the beast, but it was good fun. Sick and perverted, but fun. (McKellen's a bit of a junior next to Chris Lee, come to think of it, isn't he? LOL.)

I'll have to check out sionnain 's fanfiction - it sounds intriguing, and it'll be good for comparison to see how things work out in a tale with a darker version of Magneto.

Anywayz, it's been a pleasure reading your stuff and chatting to you - thanks for taking the time. I've just about finished making a tribute fan-video about the movie-Magneto which I'll pass on to you when it's done. I'm sure that'll be right up your street, and you can take it in thanks for the entertainment you've provided me with. :)

Catch ya later!
~Juri'
14th-Oct-2006 04:48 am (UTC) - Re: Reply to Juri's Review - continued
You didn't even criticize all that much. Really your review was very flattering, but I've gotten so used to the fawnning, worshipping reviews of FF.net.

I sometimes write my fics to music, other times I like complete silence. It depends on the mood or emotion I'm trying to create and whether the song can help me feel that way. It's like method acting... err, method writing.

I'll admit I never got super into the Star Wars prequels -- I didn't even know a Dookidala pairing existed. But now that I think about it, it sort of reminds me of the Magneto/Rogue pairing. Older, handsome man with considerable power manipulates and romances younger, vulnerable female. There's a lot of similarity. I can see how intriguing it could be.

And I loved Christopher Lee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He was so wonderfully evil in that. *looks up his age* Oh my gosh I had no idea he was that old! He could almost be Ian's father. He looks very good for his age. I only thought he was in his late 60s when he filmed LotR. Poor Ian smoked for a lot of years and it shows on his face. But, wrinkled as he is, I love him all the more.
14th-Oct-2006 08:49 am (UTC) - Re: Reply to Juri's Review - continued
Heh - Dookidala doesn't really exist on a large scale. I think I wrote one of the first fanfics for that pairing. Granted, it doesn't make much sense, but anything's possible in fanfiction. And it's so much more fun than canon.

Chris Lee's a very fine actor, though he hasn't had many opportunities to properly show-off his acting skills, mostly thanks to his Hammer horror years and being typecst. I'vet been lucky enough to meet him twice and he's a real gent. I love the guy. :)
17th-Oct-2006 05:03 am (UTC) - Re: Reply to Juri's Review - continued
You got meet him! Twice! I'm so jealous here. That rocks!
20th-Feb-2007 02:57 am (UTC) - Healing Review
You did an excellent job. I am suitably impressed, as you seem to be both well informed and creative in your plot elements. Thank you for posting!
22nd-Feb-2007 02:39 am (UTC) - Re: Healing Review
Thanks for your kind reviews. I'm happy you liked my story.
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