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PostPosted: March 10th, 2020, 4:02 pm 
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Extension: By Halves, by both of us.

20 – ​21 February 2018: Relationships are tested, strained and strengthened when Oscar and all his half-siblings get together for a family reunion.
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This "clean" version of the story contains all the character dynamics and feels of the full version, and it certainly earns its "M" rating even with the "dirty" (some would say positively filthy!) parts removed.


Interesting as always. As I can't help but do, I inevitably contrast it with the 8932 versions:

In an inversion of Emi being a lot less of a snob, 7545 Lars comes across as an enormous jerk. Of course, the story later makes it clear that it's actually because he's a mean (and horny) drunk. Afterwards, a nice talk with Oscar--he and Lars have a lot more in common in this version.

(The 8932 continuity isn't binding here, but it would seem to indicate that Lars's crush on Nathan Gilbert has a very good chance of being returned. Conversely, Emi's 8932 husband wasn't named Chris, but she's also a very different character, so here's another curve you've thrown at us.)

Jessica...wow, it's amazing how much less drama this version has. This installment just epitomizes that difference. I guess a lot of it comes from her being the key character in a lot of Rosey's solo GBOT work, while in this narrative she's a supporting character in The Oscar and Kevin Show. This universe's version of Charlene Zeddemore (if she exists) has a lot less embarrassing stories to tell about her, that's for sure. :lol:

(And the multilayer title was a very nice bonus touch)

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Way back when, this whole situation was something we really hadn't planned to go into at all, but I guess Emilia's eggs really opened up a can of worms (if you see what I mean). I don't believe I planned to develop the Wallance siblings that much in GBOT either, but we know how that turned out - and now, for the second time (though I did not confess it the first time), I slightly regret choosing one of their names purely on the basis that it is quintessentially pretentious. Still, once you get to know him, you become accustomed to it. :P

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(The 8932 continuity isn't binding here, but it would seem to indicate that Lars's crush on Nathan Gilbert has a very good chance of being returned. Conversely, Emi's 8932 husband wasn't named Chris, but she's also a very different character, so here's another curve you've thrown at us.)

Well, Emi's original husband was little more than a name, really - I think Chris is indicative of her overall better choices in this continuity. I did want Lars still to end up with Nathan, though, and I think he will (though this isn't to be confirmed in-story).

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Jessica...wow, it's amazing how much less drama this version has. This installment just epitomizes that difference. I guess a lot of it comes from her being the key character in a lot of Rosey's solo GBOT work, while in this narrative she's a supporting character in The Oscar and Kevin Show. This universe's version of Charlene Zeddemore (if she exists) has a lot less embarrassing stories to tell about her, that's for sure. :lol:

Of course, Jessica must have friends off-screen; as you say, she's pretty much a secondary character in this universe. I certainly did a hell of a lot with her in GBOT stuff, particularly where Hayden's concerned, and as such it's out of my system. One thing I didn't go into detail about until now, though, is the stuff that's been cut from the 'clean' version. Come to that, I'm pretty sure that most of the material in the version linked here is Jake's, while most of the material in the version at aff.org is mine - which should give you some idea of how keen Jessica (still) is on that side of things...

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'I remember going to a Bonfire Night party when I was sixteen and spending the whole of the fireworks display trying to get to grips with my sexuality. Emilia and Hayden and Christine – that was Hayden's girlfriend at the time – were really enjoying the bangers and the sparklers and the toffee-apples, but I was just worrying, worrying, worrying about whether the feelings I was having for my schoolfriend John were wrong!'

This passage very much enhances the experience of the looking at the Wallance siblings' pictures in our Character Index (also featuring Chris).

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'Man, just imagine what our family tree would look like if someone actually bothered to write it all down!' said Oscar. 'It'd be... really weird.'

Who would be stupid enough to do that...? :?

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PostPosted: March 13th, 2020, 6:51 am 
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I really love this story and one reason is that I think it's truly the most collaborative piece of work we've ever done. Obviously we've written a heck of a lot of stuff together, but nothing else we've both done parts of is so completely integrated and flows so well as a single piece of work in my opinion. I know we both enjoyed writing this one enormously and the meticulous teamwork we did along the way has really paid off.

The other reason I love this story is that I really like all the characters and everything they do and say! As I've mentioned, I've absolutely loved getting the Wallance siblings into the Collinsverse and I'm now a very enthusiastic Hayden and Jessica shipper. Lars was an absolute pleasure and a right laugh to write, and as for Emilia, one thing I tried to do with her was make it very clear that she really likes Kevin and Oscar, both individually and as a couple. Even though we won't get to hear the exact details of the whole egg donation process, could anyone reasonably say it would now be too much of a stretch to visualise Emi doing that for them in about four years' time? I don't think so!

Her romance with Chris really was an unexpected bonus that cropped up during the writing of the story. The messages about it that were coming through from the Collinsverse were extremely vague and sometimes a little confusing at first, but they soon cleared up and then came thick and fast! In the end, it turned out that the relationship between Emi and Chris was so close and so supportive that I seriously doubt they'll want to bring it to an end when it's time for her to go back to England in the summer, and we'll be looking at some kind of international arrangement leading on to something more settled in the future, exactly like Hayden and Jessica.

One of the strongest mental pictures I had before suggesting we should get together and actually write this story was of a drunken Lars coming on to Kevin and riling up Oscar. I reasoned that as Lars was stuck in the closet and probably very unhappy about that, his pent-up feelings would undoubtedly all come out in an unfortunate way at the family reunion, exacerbated by any pent-up feelings he still had about the whole situation with his long-lost half-brother. Having said that, the happy ending was of course inevitable, and I'm quite sure that Lars and Nathan are now living happily together in Buckinghamshire. Perhaps Emi even has some eggs for them too!

I like Lars's name now - I think it really suits him! By the way, it's worth noting that however horny he is when he's drunk, you'll see that he's even hornier shortly after he's sobered up if you read the "dirty" version of this story. In many ways it's a showcase for Hayden and Jessica (and rightly so) but as well as a hell of a lot of those two having sex in various highly titillating ways, there's a fair amount of Kevin/Oscar, one scene of Emilia/Chris, one scene of Jessica solo and one scene of Lars solo, which is the one I was alluding to just now. Just in case you didn't know, you can find the full version in the "Movies" section of aff.org under "Ghostbusters" or you can access it via the "Stories written" section of either of our profiles, for which our names are "EGBFan" and "Jake Collins".

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PostPosted: March 22nd, 2020, 8:22 am 
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Insert 15: The Dating Pool, by me.

24 – 26 October 2019: James compares love lives with Conchita, and spends quality time with Kevin.
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Much as the Wallances deserved their moment in the spotlight, we're very much back to 'The Riveras' now, and you could even say the Inserts are turning towards 'The New Riveras' as we've reached that point in the timeline where the younger generation are very much coming to the fore. I wrote this story to showcase my take on James and Conchita as a pair of special cousins, and also to explore some more of the brotherly love between James and Kevin.

I have quite a lot to say about James in my next post (the after-story one!) but for now I'll just say that this Insert sets him off on his own soap-opera-style journey that will be touched upon at least briefly in all but one of the remaining Inserts. It occurs to me that James, Conchita and friends would have been just as worthy of a teen comedy-drama series as Kevin and the gang were, as there are more than enough characters and feels to fill such a series with some pretty great material! (In fact I'd go so far as to say I think it would've been rather a good idea to do one, but would it really have qualified in any way as Ghostbusters fanfiction? Perhaps it would if there were a few ghosts in it, but that would be the part I'd struggle with by far the most!)

Certainly I can say that the main cast of such a series would be composed of characters who are now very, very nearly as dear to me as Kevin and the gang are. I have very strong personal feelings about James, Conchita and their contemporaries (some of whom we haven't met yet) and also how I think they all feel about each other and why, and this Insert should give you the first of many insights into these feelings, so I hope that's something you'll enjoy experiencing!

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PostPosted: March 24th, 2020, 9:35 am 
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It occurs to me that James, Conchita and friends would have been just as worthy of a teen comedy-drama series as Kevin and the gang were, as there are more than enough characters and feels to fill such a series with some pretty great material! (In fact I'd go so far as to say I think it would've been rather a good idea to do one, but would it really have qualified in any way as Ghostbusters fanfiction? Perhaps it would if there were a few ghosts in it, but that would be the part I'd struggle with by far the most!)

Certainly I can say that the main cast of such a series would be composed of characters who are now very, very nearly as dear to me as Kevin and the gang are. I have very strong personal feelings about James, Conchita and their contemporaries (some of whom we haven't met yet) and also how I think they all feel about each other and why, and this Insert should give you the first of many insights into these feelings, so I hope that's something you'll enjoy experiencing!


I can really relate to that. I did a non-GB story of my own recently and could probably write a lot more stories of that cast, but then I'm going far afield of what I'm "supposed" to be doing here.

Another good, thought-provoking story as always.

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I'm very pleased that Jake was inspired to write this story after I began to develop the interaction between Conchita and her special cousin James (in the Summer Special and a few Inserts, if I remember rightly). In GBOT she didn't have this, nor a wider circle of contemporaries; it's true that the Collinsverse is branching out into many different lives that, really, have nothing to do with Ghostbusters!

Movie night is always fun, and it makes a lot of sense that Kevin would enjoy having this with James, as he used to enjoy it with his friends (if in slightly different ways). In many ways, James has absorbed all our efforts to create a realistic Millennial (further evidence to come, if there isn't enough already), but I'm sure neither of us would want him to carry the often-seen trait of recoiling from movies that are more than a year or two old! Not that he's an old movie buff or anything; as he says, they come as part of a package deal - and that's a package not every youngster these days would consider, I can tell you!

Since I'm not massively into mindless escapism for boys, the most relatable thing for me comes at the end of the story: how many readers besides me know precisely how Conchita is going to use that eclectic assortment of rodent-catching equipment? I am also privy to the inspiration behind Ethan; I happen to know that some other douchebaggy behaviours were considered for the conversation about him, but ultimately rejected, as there really must be a limit!

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When our cat was quite a bit younger, I actually got to the stage of Christening one of our pencils "the mouse-catching pencil" and I can only hope Chita doesn't find herself doing the same thing! One thing Chita is going to do is have a romantic journey that's really just as much of a roller-coaster as James's in its own way, although we won't be hearing so many specific details about it. Let's just say Ethan isn't the only douchebag she'll have to contend with, even if he's the only named one!

James is the character we've most truly co-created, as we really did come up with the idea of him being brought into existence (by Carl and Beth) and what his name was going to be in a rush of shared inspiration. Since then we've both brought a lot of input to the character and I think Rosey's absolutely right to say it's been a very deliberate attempt to make him as realistic as possible in terms of being a product of his time. In my opinion, it's all come together really well, and I've been more than a little in love with James for quite some time. Personally I think Aimee was absolutely crazy to let him go, although of course you have to follow your heart in these matters and I shouldn't judge. But as she said herself, he is really nice and really cute, so what more could you reasonably want?

When I realised I wanted to write some Inserts (and adult stories!) about James in order to explore his interactions with Kevin, Conchita and his various romantic partners, I asked the Collinsverse to reveal an emotional base from which I could approach the character and really get to grips with him. The Collinsverse told me that I should always approach James from the point of view that he feels all his feels incredibly strongly, and enters into all his relationships with all his heart and soul. By the same token, if he was ever feeling confused about the exact nature of his feelings for anyone he was close to, he'd feel that very acutely and really take it to heart.

The other main point about James was that he would never attempt to hide these strong emotions from his loved ones, and would very much wear his heart on his sleeve. Compare and contrast this to Kevin, who very much played his emotional cards close to his vest when he was tweenaged/teenaged, and only really revealed anything of his deeper feelings to Oscar and Eduardo. You may notice that Kevin was actually judging James by his own standards in this Insert - Kevin found it hard to believe that James wasn't holding anything back about his feelings after breaking up with Aimee, but of course it wouldn't be in James's nature to do that. This is a difference between Kevin and James that I always try to keep in mind, but of course the foundation of love that binds them together is incredibly strong and utterly eternal.

I think the strength and prominence of James's feels make perfect sense as he has received a lot of love from a lot of different people in a lot of different ways throughout his life. (This very much includes Aimee, as you'll see if you read the first chapter of my latest adult story over on that other website!) As he's felt love so strongly, I figure his other emotions have intensified to match. He feels his negative emotions as strongly as his positive ones, which I think very much fits in with the events of the Summer Special, where he reaches something of a crux of negativity for very understandable reasons and consequences occur, one of them supernatural. Although not in that league, I think Aimee dumping him was the first personal punch in the gut that James ever received, though of course it's not the first piece of bad news he's ever had to process, as we know from one of Rosey's earlier Inserts in which he was informed about his grandmother having had a stroke.

I promised you I'd say a lot about James, and now I've got it out of my system! Next time Rosey will be revealing another way in which the Collinsverse makes more sense than our own universe, as we drop in on the year 2020 and find that there can't possibly be a coronavirus pandemic going on, as officials have managed to isolate any cases they did have and nipped the problem in the bud very early. (And that's just one more reason I wish I lived in that universe instead of this one!) The next Insert will also be the second entry in a what you might call a "Harry" trilogy, and while that's certainly not the main point of the story, you'll know how it fits in with some of the stuff I've just been saying if you remember from the Summer Special who Harry actually is.

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Insert 16: Reunion, by me.

23 June 2020: The Extreme Ghostbusters come back together for a special occasion.

As Jake has said, there is no coronavirus crisis in the Collinsverese. If there had been, this reunion would most definitely have had to be cancelled! It has many antendees, including some new faces in our Character Index (one of whom now heads the list, and always will).

This Insert also has an Extension, scheduled for release in one week, when we'll be taking quite a big jump into the future...

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Insert 16: Reunion, by me.

23 June 2020: The Extreme Ghostbusters come back together for a special occasion.

As Jake has said, there is no coronavirus crisis in the Collinsverese. If there had been, this reunion would most definitely have had to be cancelled! It has many antendees, including some new faces in our Character Index (one of whom now heads the list, and always will).

This Insert also has an Extension, scheduled for release in one week, when we'll be taking quite a big jump into the future...


Wow. A whole load of twists there compared to your previous lore. Still some familiar names getting used, but some very different contexts with them. Quite interesting.

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'Hey, you know what we should do?' said Garrett. 'We should all go to the firehouse and annoy the current Ghostbusters by taking their calls and insisting that we're better than them. We could turn it into a tradition.'


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