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Joined 11-26-05, id: 937935, Profile Updated: 08-11-14
Author has written 5 stories for 24, and Ashes to Ashes.

I live a sort of double life at the moment, people who know me don't know that I write, and people who know that I write don't know me! - I think that's best. Plus I'm overly critical of my work so most of what I write is never read by anyone.

"Paper has more patience than people" - Anne Frank

Watching Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes has got me back into fanfiction again, and reminded me how great it is to know your work is being read!

The following poem is going to feature in my next Ashes to Ashes fanfic:

O Tell Me The Truth About Love

Some say that love's a little boy,
And some say it's a bird,
Some say it makes the world go round,
And some say that's absurd,
And when I asked the man next-door,
Who looked as if he knew,
His wife got very cross indeed,
And said it wouldn't do.

Does it look like a pair of pajamas,
Or the ham in a temperance hotel?
Does it's odour remind one of llamas,
Or has it a comforting smell?
Is it prickly to touch as a hedge is,
Or soft as eiderdown fluff?
Is it sharp or quite smooth at the edges?
O tell me the truth about love.

Our history books refer to it
In cryptic little notes,
It's quite a common topic on
The Transatlantic boats;
I've found the subject mentioned in
Accounts of suicides,
And even seen it scribbled on
The backs of railway-guides.

Does it howl like a hungry Alsatian,
Or boom like a military band?
Could one give a first-rate imitation
On a saw or a Steinway Grand?
Is its singing at parties a riot?
Does it only like Classical stuff?
Will it stop when one wants to be quiet?
O tell me the truth about love.

I looked inside the summer-house;
it wasn't ever there:
I tried the Thames at Maidenhead,
And Brighton's bracing air.
I don't know what the blackbird sang,
Or what the tulip said;
But it wasn't in the chicken-run,
Or underneath the bed.

Can it pull extraordinary faces?
Is it usually sick on a swing?
Does it spend all it's time at the races,
Or fiddling with pieces of string?
Has it views of it's own about money?
Does it think Patriotism enough?
Are its stories vulgar but funny?
O tell me the truth about love.

Your feelings when you meet it, I
Am told you can't forget.
I've sought it since I was a child
But haven't found it yet;
I'm getting on for thirty-five,
And still I do not know
What kind of creature it can be
That bothers people so.

When it comes, will it come without warning
Just as I'm picking my nose?
Will it knock on my door in the morning,
Or tread in the bus on my toes?
Will it come like a change in the weather?
Will its greeting be courteous or rough?
Will it alter my life altogether?
O tell me the truth about love.

W.H. Auden

If you've read one of my stories then I'd love a review to hear what you think (and be honest - good or bad I want to know). Criticism is more than welcome - after all it's the only way that I will improve.

Enjoy...

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Someone To Lean On reviews
Takes place post season two, a Tony and Michelle story, how their relationship starts and will it be strong enough to last? COMPLETE
24 - Rated: T - English - Romance/Suspense - Chapters: 8 - Words: 8,974 - Reviews: 63 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 9/16/2009 - Published: 11/29/2005 - Tony A., Michelle D. - Complete
O Tell Me The Truth About Love reviews
Can Alex and Gene work through their guilt and discover their true feelings for one another? Begins in 1982, then continues in 2008. Gene/Alex
Ashes to Ashes - Rated: M - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 16 - Words: 29,685 - Reviews: 144 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 60 - Updated: 8/2/2009 - Published: 7/10/2008 - A. Drake, G. Hunt
Trust reviews
A case gone wrong brings back painful memories of Gene's past. Three part story. Gene/Alex
Ashes to Ashes - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,247 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 19 - Published: 12/31/2008
Misdirection reviews
Alex Drake and Gene Hunt investigate a murder, but how can they focus on the job at hand when they can't keep their eyes off each other? Set after episode 8. Gene/Alex COMPLETE!
Ashes to Ashes - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 10 - Words: 17,593 - Reviews: 97 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 6/21/2008 - Published: 4/5/2008 - Complete
Healing reviews
Set during Season 4, how Tony and Michelle react when meeting each other again for the first time since splitting up... One-shot
24 - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,054 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 5/7/2006 - Published: 5/6/2006 - Complete