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Penname: TrueIllusion [Contact]
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Member Since: August 12, 2018
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I first started writing fan fiction before the internet was really much of a thing, and way before fan fiction archives existed. My best friend and I didn't even know that's what we were doing when we started crafting stories starring our favorite TV characters alongside original characters we'd created. I wrote *NSYNC fan fiction in high school, that bit the dust when the site I'd posted it on decided to no longer host RPF. Then I dabbled in Harry Potter fan fic in college. Then all of the reading and writing I had to do for grad school all but killed my love of reading, and it's taken me a long time to truly get back into it. Ten years later, I think I'm finally fully there, and I'm back to writing again too.


I've been a fan of QAF since college, in the early 2000s. Brian is my favorite character, because he's so complex, and I truly believe we owe a lot of that to Gale Harold and the way he interpreted the character. I'm a B/J shipper all the way. I'm not a Michael hater. And I love all of the hurt/comfort and the angst.


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Stories by TrueIllusion
Matriarch by TrueIllusion New! Rated: R [Reviews - 19]
Summary:

Justin's in his studio, working on a painting, when he gets an upsetting phone call from Brian.

This story fits into the "Changed" verse.

Thanks to SandiD and PrettyTheWorld for helping me make the story the best it could be, and to SandiD for creating the banner!


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Abuse, Angst, Brian/Justin, Drama, Family, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Minor Character Death, Post-513 Fic Characters: Brian, Justin, Original Character(s), Other Canon Characters
Challenges: None
Series: Stories from the "Changed" Verse
Chapters: 7 Completed: No Word count: 16240
[Report This] Published: April 05, 2019 Updated: April 20, 2019


Summary:

Fifteen-year-old Gus is spending the summer with Brian and Justin in New York. He decides to test the limits of Brian's relatively lenient parenting style, with unintended consequences.


Categories: Post-513 Fic, QAF-U.S. FICTION, Abuse, Angst, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Could be Canon, Family, Fluff, Hurt/Comfort, One-Off Fic Characters: Brian, Gus, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 11576
[Report This] Published: April 02, 2019 Updated: April 02, 2019


Normalcy by TrueIllusion New! Rated: R [Reviews - 6]
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 New! 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


Yesterday's Son by TrueIllusion New! Rated: R [Reviews - 7]
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 New! 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
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:

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


Summary: Feature

One shot. Set 25 years post-series. Standalone fic.

How do you feel your way through the darkness once the sun has gone out?

Brian's journey into the light.

Major character death. You'll want some tissues.


Categories: FEATURED STORY, QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Brian/Justin, Could be Canon, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, Major Character Death, One-Off Fic, Post-513 Fic Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 4552
[Report This] Published: December 03, 2018 Updated: December 03, 2018


No Carbs After Seven by TrueIllusion Rated: PARENTAL GUIDANCE -13 [Reviews - 2]
Summary:

One shot standalone fic.

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to Brian's ever-present food rule, "no carbs after seven."

Plot bunny by Sally. Thanks to SandiD for beta reading.


Categories: What If, Abuse, Angst, Could be Canon, Child Abuse, Family, Drama, One-Off Fic, Real Life Issues Characters: None
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 3229
[Report This] Published: November 26, 2018 Updated: November 26, 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


The Lost Boy by TrueIllusion Rated: PARENTAL GUIDANCE -13 [Reviews - 3]
Summary:

The first time Debbie Novotny heard about Brian Kinney, Michael was in the eighth grade. It was just after spring break. He’d come home from school chattering away excitedly about the new boy in his class who’d just moved to Pittsburgh from some town she couldn’t remember. All through dinner it was Brian this, and Brian that. Michael was clearly enamored with this Brian kid.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Abuse, Could be Canon, Child Abuse, Family, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, One-Off Fic, Christmas Characters: Brian, Debbie, Michael
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 9353
[Report This] Published: October 16, 2018 Updated: October 16, 2018


Summary:

What if, after overhearing the doctor leaving a message on Brian's machine, Justin had confronted Brian, instead of going to Michael? How would things have been different?

Canon divergence begins midway through episode 408. Plot bunny by Deb. Thanks to Sandi for being my beta.


Categories: QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Canon Divergence, Gap-Filler, Hurt/Comfort, Real Life Issues, What If Characters: Brian, Justin
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 14 Completed: Yes Word count: 61756
[Report This] Published: September 07, 2018 Updated: October 09, 2018


Changed by TrueIllusion Rated: R [Reviews - 21]
Summary: Feature

Justin returns to Pittsburgh for Christmas after his first year spent away from Brian in New York, and discovers that Brian has been keeping something from him.


Categories: FEATURED STORY, QAF-U.S. FICTION, Angst, Angst With a Happy Ending, Brian/Justin, Hurt/Comfort, Post-513 Fic, Real Life Issues Characters: Brian, Justin, Michael, Other Canon Characters
Challenges: None
Series: The Changed Series
Chapters: 12 Completed: Yes Word count: 77165
[Report This] Published: September 02, 2018 Updated: September 07, 2018