stay gold tonight!!!!

Tonight I have rediscovered the joys of immersing oneself in a really detailed, well-written AU fic.

And I really feel for the author, man.  The total word count is almost 300K, 26 chapters.  At the end of chapter 13, when we’re about 125K into it, the author apologizes for having turned what was supposed to be a quick bit of fluff into this monstrosity, and begs the reader’s indulgence as she finished the last few chapters.  Keep in mind we’re not even halfway there.

I chuckled aloud at that point and said “Oh honey, oh sister, I feel you so hard.”

(the fic is “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” a Bagginshield modern-royalty AU and it is utterly charming)