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The Great Pretender by addict_writer New! Rated: NC-18 [Reviews - 36]
Summary:

 

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The year is 2014. Just before gay marriages are voted as legal in the State of Pennsylvania, Brian runs a campaign pro-gay marriages. The aftermath lands him in a lot of trouble. The appearance of an old friend and their quick thinking saves him from prison. Is marriage worth it to save himself from prison? Especially when Justin is back in town after many years of absence.

 


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Brian/Other-Relationship, Canon, Canon Divergence, Humor, Hurt/Comfort, Justin/Other-Relationship, Post-513 Fic Characters: Ben, Blake, Brian, Cynthia, Daphne, Debbie, Drew Boyd, Emmett, Gus, Jennifer Taylor, Jenny Rebecca, Justin, Lindsay, Melanie, Michael, Molly Taylor, Original Character(s), Ted, Tucker
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 16 Completed: No Word count: 37297
[Report This] Published: April 28, 2019 Updated: July 04, 2020


Summary:

Brian contemplated what he wanted to say next; how personal he wanted to get. He still wasn’t sure whether or not Joan would hear a word of what he said -- she hadn’t reacted to anything thus far -- so maybe it was better to lay it all on the line. His lifelong mantra creeped back into his brain, and he scooted his chair a little closer to the bed. No apologies, no regrets.

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Against his original plans (and, perhaps, better judgment), Brian makes his way back to Pittsburgh to see his mother one final time.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Drama, Family, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Post-513 Fic Characters: Brian, Claire, Jennifer Taylor, Joan Kinney, Justin, Michael, Original Character(s)
Challenges: None
Series: Until At Last You Know
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 16587
[Report This] Published: January 23, 2020 Updated: January 23, 2020


Summary:

“I’m sorry,” Brian repeated, his tone serious and deliberate. “For a lot of things over the last two days. I… I didn’t know what to do with what happened before I left Pittsburgh, and I wasn’t ready to talk.” He paused, sighing. “And I don’t know how to lie to you. I haven’t for a long time, and you know that. So sometimes, it’s easier to piss you off, so you’ll leave me alone until I find enough of my remaining ball to face you -- as irrational as I know that sounds.”

“Or,” Justin said, a small smile playing on his lips, “you could say, ‘Hey Justin, I’ve got something on my mind that I’m not ready to talk about, and I need a little space.’” He gave his husband a meaningful look before continuing. “Brian, I know what you’re doing when you do it now… But what I don’t understand is why, almost two decades into our relationship, you still think the solution to anything is to push me away -- if for no reason other than it won’t fucking work.”

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Brian gets some unexpected and difficult news and turns to his usual coping strategies. Justin knows better.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Drama, Family, Hurt/Comfort, One-Off Fic, Post-513 Fic, QAF Gift Exchange LJ Characters: Brian, Daphne, Joan Kinney, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: Until At Last You Know
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 11180
[Report This] Published: January 03, 2020 Updated: January 03, 2020


Summary:

“Baking cookies shouldn’t take that long if we both do it,” Justin countered. “Or you can stand there all night, holding the things I need, because then we’ll both be fucked, and--”

“--not in a positive, life-affirming way,” Brian finished in a deadpan, then sighed and brought the bags to the counter. “Fine. What do I do?”

***

A semi-forced Christmas assignment gives Brian a little more satisfaction than he originally imagined...


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Fluff, One-Off Fic, Post-513 Fic, QAF Gift Exchange LJ, Christmas Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 2361
[Report This] Published: January 03, 2020 Updated: January 03, 2020


Summary:

The funny flipside of Brian's Season 4 line, "Of all the times we've fucked -- and by now it has to be well into the quadruple digits -- that has to rank in the top five." Five times when things didn't quite go as planned...

Standalone one-shot. PWP.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Bottom Brian, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Fluff, Humor, Hurt/Comfort, One-Off Fic, QAF Gift Exchange LJ, Toppy! Justin Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 7119
[Report This] Published: January 03, 2020 Updated: January 03, 2020


Summary:

No one had been more shocked than Brian when Melanie, of all people, had suggested that, since she didn't really celebrate Christmas, but J.R. was heading to Pittsburgh to be with her dads, perhaps Brian and Justin would rather come to Toronto to have a more subdued celebration with Lindsay and Gus.

"Lindsay never really gets to enjoy the decorations she puts up, since we're rushing around and then traveling during this time," Mel had explained. "I just thought it would be nice if you and Justin wanted to come to our place instead… You know, let Linds and Gus go all out, and then have a nice quiet holiday at home." 

"Quiet" was all Brian needed to hear before he agreed. 

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Brian and Justin travel to Toronto to spend Christmas with a small part of their chosen family.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Canon, Family, Fluff, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Mel/Lindsay, Post-513 Fic, Christmas Characters: Brian, Gus, Jennifer Taylor, Justin, Lindsay, Melanie
Challenges: None
Series: Fatherhood
Chapters: 11 Completed: Yes Word count: 33508
[Report This] Published: July 30, 2019 Updated: December 25, 2019


Summary:

“Let’s play ‘Never Have I Ever,’” Emmett exclaimed, clapping his hands excitedly. “We’re all drunk enough to be brutally honest.” 

 

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A Fourth of July party hosted by the Novotny-Bruckner's, numerous pitchers of margaritas, and a bonfire -- the perfect ingredients for an unforgettable night between longtime friends


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Emmett/Drew, Friendship, Humor, Mel/Lindsay, Michael/Ben, Post-513 Fic, Ted/Blake Characters: Ben, Brian, Emmett, Justin, Lindsay, Melanie, Michael, Ted
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 3236
[Report This] Published: August 15, 2019 Updated: August 15, 2019


Summary:

Brian Kinney is the editor of "Out & Proud," a well-known gay publication. Justin Taylor is a brilliant young journalist working for the same publication and Brian's life partner.  During their ongoing search for new, interesting items to write about, Brian sends Justin to meet with Vic Grassi, who was one of the prominent figures of gay life in the Pitts in the 1970's and 1980's.  Justin is somewhat reluctant to take the assignment at first, but after he learns more about Vic and his fascinating life story —as well as his special bond with Brian — he's more inspired than ever before.


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Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Alternate Universe, Brian/Justin, Canon, Hurt/Comfort, Romance Characters: Brian, Justin, Vic
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: No Word count: 1373
[Report This] Published: July 11, 2019 Updated: July 11, 2019


Summary:

Gus’ lips rolled inward, a carbon copy of Brian’s signature contemplative look. “I just like…” he sighed again, more heavily this time. “I just wish I could forget about this for, like, an hour or something.” 

Brian made a small noise of realization that made Justin look toward him, and as soon as he registered the intention on his husband’s face, he moved closer to Brian and hissed, “No. Brian, you can’t.” 

Brian gave Justin his most charming smile and said, “Oh, but I can!”

***

A heartbroken Gus spends a weekend in New York with Brian and Justin. In an effort to help his son, Brian turns to a tried-and-true method.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Family, Hurt/Comfort, One-Off Fic, Post-513 Fic Characters: Brian, Gus, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: Fatherhood
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 17410
[Report This] Published: June 04, 2019 Updated: June 04, 2019


Summary: Feature

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***Featured Story for June 2019***

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Post 513) Brian and Justin begin a new chapter in their lives. I'm affectionately calling this the lost episodes of Season 5.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, BEST FAN FICTION CLASSIC, FEATURED STORY, Canon, Romance, Song Fic Characters: None
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 31 Completed: Yes Word count: 134059
[Report This] Published: March 30, 2008 Updated: June 02, 2019


Summary:

After a motorbike accident, Brian Kinney, a 30-year-old successful ad executive and a motorcycle rider, suffers a near fatal head injury.


Once a rising star of the advertising circuit and a prominent figure in Pittsburgh's gay night, Brian is discharged from the hospital and admitted into a rehabilitation facility.  While in rehab Brian meets staff member Justin Taylor, a young therapist who's a neuro-injury survivor himself unbeknownst to Brian.  With Justin's guidance, Brian embarks on journey of self discovery that will reveal more than he ever expected to learn.


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Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Canon Characters: Ben, Brian, Chris Hobbs, Debbie, Justin, Lindsay, Michael
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Completed: No Word count: 11333
[Report This] Published: April 28, 2019 Updated: May 31, 2019


Summary:

Leaning back against the leather headrest, Brian let out a shaky breath, already feeling sweaty and a little disoriented. He realized he had two choices here, both potentially impacting his dignity in a major way. As much as he wanted to try to tough it out the additional half hour, to endure whatever happened next in the comfort of a Four Seasons Hotel suite, the reality of the situation was that Lindsay and Melanie’s neighborhood was much closer. And it was absolutely inevitable that Brian's body was going to revolt sooner than later.

Well, fuck.

***

Brian's planned trip to Toronto to spend time with Gus is interrupted by a very-much-unplanned illness, which gives him a lot of time to think, and leads to some unexpected revelations.


Categories: Friendship, QAF-U.S. FICTION, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Family, Fluff, Hurt/Comfort, Mel/Lindsay, Post-513 Fic, One-Off Fic Characters: Brian, Gus, Jenny Rebecca, Justin, Lindsay, Melanie
Challenges: None
Series: Fatherhood
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 22462
[Report This] Published: May 14, 2019 Updated: May 14, 2019


Summary:

“Sonny Boy--” Brian began, intentionally ignoring Justin’s question.

“--You had no idea why she sent me down,” Gus interrupted, his words more of a statement.

Brian shook his head. “Your mother neglected to inform me of her intentions.”

***

Lindsay has ulterior motives when she sends Gus for an unscheduled weekend visit with Brian and Justin.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Bottom Brian, Brian/Justin, Canon, Family, Fluff, Humor, One-Off Fic, Post-513 Fic Characters: Brian, Gus, Justin, Lindsay
Challenges: None
Series: Fatherhood
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 11391
[Report This] Published: April 23, 2019 Updated: April 23, 2019


Normalcy by TrueIllusion Rated: R [Reviews - 7]
Summary:

Sequel to "Simple and Straightforward"

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Counting down the days until Brian’s final radiation treatment was like counting down to normalcy -- at least, as normal as their life together ever had been or could be. At the very least, it would be an end to the runaway roller coaster ride of the last six weeks. Life had been speeding through a shitload of twists and turns, dragging a breathless Justin and Brian along for the white-knuckled ride as they both struggled to make sense of the scenery flying by.

This story was written in July 2018.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Drama, Gap-Filler, Hurt/Comfort, One-Off Fic, Season 4 Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: Walking the Tightrope
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 3018
[Report This] Published: March 22, 2019 Updated: March 22, 2019


Summary:

This was the same, only different.

This time, his filters were firmly in place, because Justin knew that kicking, punching, and destroying wasn’t going to fix this. It wasn’t going to take away the fact that his lover had cancer.

This story was written in July 2018.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Canon, Drama, Gap-Filler, Hurt/Comfort, One-Off Fic, Season 4 Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: Walking the Tightrope
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 3071
[Report This] Published: March 22, 2019 Updated: March 22, 2019


Flight by TrueIllusion Rated: R [Reviews - 7]
Summary:

This was why he didn’t do boyfriends. He didn’t do love. He didn’t do commitment. Because when you do boyfriends...love...commitment...you let yourself get attached. When you do boyfriends, you hope and pray they won’t ever leave you. Because if they do, you’ll feel like your soul has been torn out and you have nothing left to live for.

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This is a song fic based on Lifehouse's "Flight." It takes place shortly after the series finale.

It was the second fic I wrote for the QAF fandom in July 2018.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Hurt/Comfort, One-Off Fic, Post-513 Fic, Real Life Issues, Song Fic Characters: Brian, Justin, Michael
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 3687
[Report This] Published: March 22, 2019 Updated: March 22, 2019


Summary:

He could tell Michael that he loved him. Always had, always will. Brian wasn’t sure why saying “I love you” to Michael was so easy -- why it was different. Why the words flowed off his tongue with Michael but felt stuck in his throat with Justin.

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This is a song fic inspired by Lifehouse's song "Yesterday's Son." It's gap filler, and a peek inside Brian Kinney's head through several key story arcs in the course of the show's five seasons. It's the first story I wrote for the QAF fandom in July 2018.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Canon, Gap-Filler, One-Off Fic, Song Fic Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 4880
[Report This] Published: March 22, 2019 Updated: March 22, 2019


Familiarity by TrueIllusion Rated: NC-18 [Reviews - 128]
Summary: Feature

Brian asked Justin a very important question when the "Changed" series concluded. What will his answer be? Where will they go from here?


Categories: FEATURED STORY, QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Canon, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Post-513 Fic, Real Life Issues Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: The Changed Series, Stories from the "Changed" Verse
Chapters: 30 Completed: Yes Word count: 263228
[Report This] Published: October 22, 2018 Updated: March 17, 2019


Identity Crisis by TrueIllusion Rated: PARENTAL GUIDANCE -13 [Reviews - 1]
Summary:

One shot. Standalone fic. Introspective S4/S5 gap filler from Lindsay's point-of-view.

Written for the 2018 QaF Gift Exchange as a gift for TheaPink on LJ. Request was a story about the girls breaking up and getting back together in canon time, with the song "Just Hold On" as a prompt. The song immediately made me think of their S4/S5 breakup. This is a peek into Lindsay's thoughts during that time.


Categories: Season 5, QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Angst With a Happy Ending, Canon, Could be Canon, Gap-Filler, Mel/Lindsay, One-Off Fic, QAF Gift Exchange LJ, Season 4 Characters: None
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 2112
[Report This] Published: January 08, 2019 Updated: January 08, 2019


Summary:

On December 31th, Brian Kinney, a successful ad man, and his artist partner, Justin Taylor, stay at their country house to ring in the New Year with the entire 'gang' of friends and extended family. On New Year's morning, they all realize they can’t return to the city due to heavy snow.  During that time Brian, Justin, and their friends and family all learn more about their past than they could ever have imagined.

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Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Alternate Universe, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Canon, Romance Characters: Ben, Blake, Brian, Carl, Daphne, Debbie, Drew Boyd, Emmett, Justin, Lindsay, Melanie, Michael, Ted
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 5999
[Report This] Published: January 04, 2019 Updated: January 04, 2019


Summary:

One shot. Standalone fic. Post-513.

Justin comes home for the holidays. For good.

Plot bunny by BritinManor.


Categories: Christmas, QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst With a Happy Ending, Canon, Could be Canon, Brian/Justin, One-Off Fic, Post-513 Fic Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 4108
[Report This] Published: December 25, 2018 Updated: December 25, 2018


Home for the Holidays by guavejuice Rated: PARENTAL GUIDANCE -13 [Reviews - 12]
Summary:

Three Days before Thanksgiving Claire Kinney looks back on her life as things go downhill fast for her. She reluctantly arrives at her childhood home to join her mother Joan Kinney for Thanksgiving dinner.  Two unexpected guests who come to dinner change everything for Claire and the rest of the family.


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Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Alternate Universe, Angst, Brian/Justin, Canon, Gap-Filler, Hurt/Comfort, Thanksgiving Characters: Debbie, Jack Kinney, Other Canon Characters
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 3465
[Report This] Published: November 09, 2018 Updated: November 09, 2018


Summary:

Sickfic without plot. Justin gets sick. Brian takes care of him.

One-shot.

Set late season 4, post-cancer, pre-Liberty Ride.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Brian/Justin, Canon, Could be Canon, Fluff, Gap-Filler, Hurt/Comfort, One-Off Fic, Season 4 Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 3610
[Report This] Published: November 01, 2018 Updated: November 01, 2018


Three Days by TrueIllusion Rated: R [Reviews - 7]
Summary:

An account of the three days Michael and Brian spent at the hospital, after Justin was bashed. Takes place right at the end of episode 122 and moves forward from there.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Brian/Justin, Canon, Friendship, Gap-Filler, Hurt/Comfort, One-Off Fic, Rape, Real Life Issues, Season 1 Characters: Brian, Justin, Michael
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 11622
[Report This] Published: October 17, 2018 Updated: October 17, 2018


Summary:

Brian's perspective of saying goodbye to Justin.

Spoiler warning for ALL of Queer as Folk US right up to the very end.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Brian/Justin, Canon, Romance Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: No Word count: 5418
[Report This] Published: June 20, 2018 Updated: June 20, 2018