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Favorite love scenes?

A reader asks, "What's your favorite love scene that you've written?"

Wow, that's a hard question! Love scenes, which is a lot broader than sex scenes, are some of my favorite things to write. I can't pick one. So here are my favorites, more or less in order of publication.

1. Charmian and Emrys on the ship at Tarsus in Hand of Isis. I realize this scene is totally overshadowed by the later one with Dion, but this is the one I go back to reading. This is also the scene that was nearly cut and I had to fight like crazy to keep.

2. Lydias and Bagoas with the massage scene in Stealing Fire. Lydias is such a darling. A little dense, but not as dense as he looks!

3. John and Teyla on the desert planet in The Lost, when she keeps watch. Yes, that's a love scene. That's the scene that changes their relationship, and despite MGM's restrictions I think it's clear to the reader that this is the scene when John realizes that he loves her.

4. Elza and Therese in The General's Mistress, when Elza is being Charles. Ok, it's not love. It's sex. But it reveals so much about Elza.

5. Also from The General's Mistress, Elza and Bonaparte. I do love that scene, and it's one of the ones I'm proudest of because I was working real dialogue from Elza's memoirs into it, translating, and trying to make the blocking work with unblocked dialogue. And I think it worked beautifully.

6. Georg and Izabela's wedding night in The Ravens of Falkenau. Izabela is the best. Also, contrast this scene with Lydias and Sati's wedding in Stealing Fire.

7. Mitch and Stasi in the mausoleum in Steel Blues. I think this scene says everything about why they're perfect for each other.

8. Jack and Sam's letters to one another in The Furies. There's nothing in them that wouldn't be ok if they were read by Walter, General Landry, and half the SGC -- or the powers at MGM. And yet. Sam's last letter, the one unsent, gives me a catch in my throat.

9. Elza and Michel in The Emperor's Agent, pretty much all of it. Ok, most of all the scene toward the end when he just gives her his pistol. That's the moment when he's agreed to this relationship on her terms. He's not going to try to stop her or rescue her. He's going to trust her as a Companion, as his equal.

10. Mitch and Stasi and the dance rehearsal scene in Silver Bullet. Nuff said.

11. Cythera and Athain and Hereu and the masque of Sun and Earth in Cythera. I just love that scene. I got everything I wanted in it.

12. Osprey and Wind in Secrets, because even in their very brief scenes together you can see how they work, and how the future will be shaped by their devotion to one another.

So what are your favorites, my friends? The ones I chose or some others?



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Jul. 19th, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)
Lydias and Bagoas, of course. He *is* a darling.
Jul. 21st, 2015 01:11 pm (UTC)
I love Lydias. I think Stealing Fire is still my favorite book.
Jul. 20th, 2015 12:12 pm (UTC)
#10 is HOT HOT HOT.
Jul. 21st, 2015 01:11 pm (UTC)
*g* I'm glad you think so!
Jul. 21st, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
I quite agree with this assessment of #10. :)
Jul. 23rd, 2015 12:47 pm (UTC)
*g* I'm so glad!
Jul. 24th, 2015 02:03 pm (UTC)
I LOVE scene #3 (and pretty much every other John/Teyla scene in The Lost!). The way you wrote that scene moved me so profoundly. I think you yourself have commented that John's PTSD is an "unpopular" characterization, but the way you fleshed out John's emotional scars, the fears and demons that haunt him, rang SO true. You really hit the nail on the head throughout the Legacy series that John was always a misfit on Earth, but in Pegasus, he was able to find a home, a family... maybe even himself.

And of course, the way you wrote Teyla in this scene was note-perfect. Her non-judgmental adamance that she, Ronon, and everyone else who cared for him would not let him fall victim to the fate he feared the most. Plus, the way Teyla refused to be scared off by who John was (unlike Nancy, who was always a bit unsettled by it all). "She knew everything, knew him to the bone and still dared to look." Chills and goosebumps! So much love.

This is my favorite type of love scene to read. I am a sucker for all the subtext, humanity, and finding love in the trenches and the quiet moments. I love couples who fall in love fighting together and who aren't, well, mushy. The ending scene in The Lost is perfect because John's still as unable to actually talk about his feelings as ever! :p

I already loved John/Teyla from the TV series, but your writing took them to the next level by adding all these layers to their characters. Truly an underrated couple in some ways—one of my favorites—but I am so grateful you actually gave them the resolution (and justice) the TV series didn't get to. ;) Thank you!!! Gosh, I find it truly bittersweet that the Legacy series is really over; looking back, I realize how much they were part of keeping my love for SGA and John/Teyla alive in these last five years. Wow!
Dave M
Oct. 27th, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC)
Elza and Michel, first intimacy in The General's Mistress....
Since it's the only book of yours that I've read (so far! can't wait to read more), I could only pick from this one. To me, this was a very rich and sensuous scene, as they explored each other for the first time, and as she took the lead, which is a lovely fantasy. There was so much meaning in her words, "This can't be taken, it can only be given."
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