Episode spackle has to be one of my favourite things. So much was left unsaid. I've been reading a book about fandom, and the author poses that writers, especially women, are drawn by interpolation and extrapolation, the 'what happened after? what was she thinking? what happened in her early life that spawned that reaction?'
This amazing example of episode spackle was written in 2007. Warning: it's a bit like candy, once you start... :D
Warnings: mild MA -- sex, but not too graphic (the author marked where it is, so you can skip if you want)
Author's original notes: A relationship, like a fire takes time to develop. It doesn't spring fully formed but grows in intensity over time.
Why check this out: I remember reading this story as it was posted. Each chapter has a wonderful emotional build to it, adding detail and depth to some familiar moments and then taking them into unfamiliar territory. It has 13 chapters, but don't let that turn you away. Despite the build, each part is fairly short and stands equally well alone, and can be read at odd times, when you have time.Conflagration