Huge thanks to the "Rule Changes"... especially to rule 18!!
First thing... for all those fan fiction author's, both new and old and the people thinking of trying their hand at writing I highly recommend taking a look at this website that has loads of useful writing tips given in a very clear and easy going manner... http://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/index.html
My Stories and what's happening with them...
Essence of the Hellmouth: Being rewritten... :(
Beauty and the Beast the Faerûn Way…: Being rewritten... :(
Willow Baenre of Menzoberranzan: Was taken down due to my writing Beauty and the Beast, will come back to it someday after quite a bit of reediting. Gonna flesh out the story and make the plot line a bit more realistic. Still will remain a Willow/Kendra/Tara triad though... ;)
Willow Destine: Was taken down due to the large number of complaints over having it on permanent hiatus. I initially put it on permanent hiatus due to having to make some very major storyline changes to it to avoid threats of disciplinary action taken against me from a site Moderator here, I had to add "hot lesbian sex" and such, thus it stop being 'my' story anymore. Sadly I doubt I will ever rewrite it, there are just to many bad memories associated with it.
The Key Unlocking a Broken Heart: This story is on hiatus for so I can do a bit, or in this case a lot, of rewriting and fleshing out the earlier chapters. In researching sexual predators (canon season 7 Kennedy) and victims of abuse (what my after season 7 Kennedy did to Willow) and paraplegia I feel I really miss some very dark and yet very real issues that would face Willow and Dawn while trying to build a relationship. See "Sexual Predation" below for my reasoning about Kennedy's character.
So I ask you for your patients and understanding and I hope to reward you with a far better story.
From the very first I saw Kennedy she came across to me as a female version of Parker Abrams, plus someone I knew who was a victim of abuse said that Kennedy's personality reminded her of the abuser. So before starting my story "The Key Unlocking a Broken Heart" I did some research into warning signs of abusive behavior. I wanted to make sure I wasn't letting my dislike of Kennedy's character make me see her in a worst way then she already was. Well I found out though she does exhibit some abusive warning signs, when it came to the warning signs of a sexual predator she's got 9 out of 13.
Here's the list...
"Tips on Spotting a Sexual Predator"
1. Often offend where they won't get caught — when they have misdirected people's attention.
2. Often married or in relationships.
3. Offend when the victim is handy.
4. Not always strangers, often family members, family friends and neighbors.
5. Most attracted to adults.
6. Good manipulators (seduction is an integral part).
7. Overly self-indulgent.
9. Sexualize, objectify women.
10. Users of various kinds of pornography.
11. Typically known as rationalizers, intellectualizers, justifiers.
12. Great helpers — are there to lend a helping hand — prey on people in need, when they can insinuate themselves in your life.
13. Use stressful and vulnerable situations to get in — they find a need they can fill and they use that to get next to the victim.
Below is references to the first two episodes that have Kennedy beginning "grooming" Willow... the behavior Kennedy shows are... 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13.
"Grooming" refers to actions deliberately undertaken with the aim of befriending and establishing an emotional connection with the intended victim, in order to lower the victim's inhibitions in preparation for sexual activity, or exploitation.
Warning Signs of Grooming:
Giving compliments - excessive
Being affectionate with the victim – hugging, holding hands, rubbing back, kissing then starts becoming more forceful with intended victim. Rushes victim into sexual intercourse.
Seeking vulnerable victims that are needy emotionally. This last fits Willow's character in season 7 to a "T".
Episode 10, "Bring On the Night"
Start about 16 minutes in, Kennedy makes her first hit on Willow, going so far to manipulate Willow into letting her make the sleeping arrangements and then letting Willow know she expects Willow to sleep with her in a offhanded way. Thus showing that Kennedy is both manipulative and apparently already knows about Willow being gay. You can tell Willow is very unnerved by it.
Episode 11, "Showtime"
3:00 minutes in Kennedy trying to get Willow in bed and it's very obvious Willow dosen't like the attention. Kennedy also "Accidentally" lets drops she comes from a very well to do family. This scenes once again shows how manipulative Kennedy is, she using Willow being uncomfortable sleeping to get her into bed with her. This in itself isn't bad but takes on a more sinister aspect when you take into account that Kennedy manipulative Willow into letting her make the sleeping arrangements thus showing that she plans to force Willow into bed.
25:00 minutes in Kennedy shows that she has a interest in Willow's powers and beginning to try to build a wall between Willow and friends by first acting supportive of Willow using magic and then "at first" being supportive of Buffy then instantly putting Buffy on the spot thus trying to create tension between Buffy and the rest.
The rest of the season continues along the same vein, even in the season 8 comics Kennedy still shows the same behavior patterns.
After researching that and finding what I found needless to say I didn't feel like I was "bashing" Kennedy in my "Key" story.
I highly recommend reading this article. I hope it will help people to learn what to watch out for so they can both protect themselves and loves one. Also perhaps it will change some people’s minds that there is no justification for sexual predation... Emotional & Sexual Predators by O. M. Grey… http://omgrey.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/emotional-sexual-predators
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