I actually wrote the original first chapter of Homecoming
as a one off, and I wrote it for Randall. I won't drag up all the negativity that was floating around the fandom in the aftermath of the screening of 513. Suffice to say that many of us felt that the glut of fics which hit the web immediately afterwards in which Brian upped stakes and moved to New York to be with Justin (and that's how nearly all the reunion fics were written in those first months) were just ... somehow not right.
After all the times Justin had left Brian, and all the times Brian took him back without question, it felt important to me to explore how it might work for Justin to come home to Brian and find a way to convince Brian that this time it was for good; that this time he was clearly and unquestionably choosing Brian.
So I wrote a short fic for Randall to show how I thought that might work.
From there, of course, it grew, and is still growing ... although along the way it morphed into the next phase - Homework
There is one further thing I should say ... writing Homecoming
I came to realise that I could not work with the legacy of S5 in terms of how it depicted these two characters. I just couldn't. So while I was writing the early chapters of Homecoming, I began a "prequel" that effectively became a sort of alternative S5. Most of the events are the same, but I've given a few of them a little twist.
The full story is indexed here:Reverberations
But if you'd like a quick summary of the differences between the two, you can find that here:Homecoming Background: Differences between Reverberations and canon
And now here is the fic, and once more, thanks, Ran, because without you it might never have been written.Homecoming#2: Morning After#3: Home Is Where
#4: Afternoon Delights#5: Just When You Thought ...#6: Moving On#7: Future and Past#8: Old Friends and New#9: Reunion Blues#10: Interlude#11: Next Steps#12: Opening Negotiations#13: Almost Ridiculously Romantic#14: Memories and Mementos#15: Riders on the Storm#16: Swimming With Sharks#17: My Dus#18: Play Time#19: Preparations for Battle#20: Heritage#21: Generations#22: Love and Hate#23: Friends in Need#24: Tall Tales and True#25: Confirmations and Conversations#26: Forging Family Ties#27: Friends and ... Not So Much#28: Fond Farewells#29: News From the Front#30: Don't Shoot the Messenger#31: Senses and Sensibilities#32: Out of the Mouths of Babes#33: Some Days You Eat the Bear#34: Tiger Twink#35: It's a Legal Matter, Baby#36: It Takes One to Know One#37: Telling It Like It Is#38: Miracles and Mariners#39: Galloping Grandmothers, Rage#40: No One Expects ...#41: Packing and Preparations#42: Putting Things in Perspective#43: Home at Last
I have made a decision to end Homecoming
at this point and move on to Homework
However, to make things easier to keep straight, I'll continue to index that story here as well.#1: Crazy is as Crazy Does#2: Dinner for Three#3: I'm a Man ... M-A-N#4: Domesticity#5: I've Got a Plan#6: Beware: Brian at Work#7: Not a Totally Horrible Weekend#8: Saturday at the Movies#9: Growing Up and I'm Fine#10: Meeting Megan#11: Surprises Don't Always Suck#12: Pre-Party Fireworks#13: Realities and Realizations#14: Celebrations#15: Visits and Visitations#16: The Fallout Begins
The next little lot are various one-off fics that fit loosely into the Homecoming
The first is a fic written for the Moonshadow Tribe Birthday challenge to write something about the celebration of some kind of birth or birthday:Birth and Rebirth
This one is one of my Halloween fics. It can be read as a stand alone, but very definitely fits into the Homecoming/ Homework
story line.The Old Man's House
This one was written for the Moonshadow Tribe's "Traditions" challenge. It's a Christmas fic that I originally envisaged taking place in the Homecoming
universe - probably their first Christmas in the new house. Since then, things have evolved, and now I think of it as a sort of Homecoming/ Homework
AU.Out With the Old
The next is another Challenge fic and is set sometime in the future in the Homecoming
'verse - or maybe a Homecoming/ Homework
AU *g* It's a Gus fic and can be read as a stand alone. The challenge theme was "full circle".Leaving Home
Another challenge fic which follows directly on from Leaving Home
. The theme for this was "complications".Changing Roles
Yet another challenge fic. (I'm addicted to them.) This one had the theme "milestones":Ten Year Itch
This is another of the Homecoming!future fics. It's a Halloween fic and falls before Leaving Home
. Gus is sixteen and Dani is about to turn three. Trick Or Treat
Another future!fic, this time a Christmas one. Gus is thirteen and Dani is just a few weeks old.Christmas Surprise