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"The Music of the Spheres"

The Music of the Spheres
Prologue: Misunderestimations
Chapter One: Visitations
Chapter Two: Conversations
Chapter Three: Infiltrations
Chapter Four: Illustrations
Chapter Five: Disorientations
Chapter Six: Observations
Chapter Seven: Flirtations
Chapter Eight: Osculations
Chapter Nine: Transformations
Chapter Ten: Consummations
Chapter Eleven: Revelations
Chapter Twelve: Confrontations
Coda: Reverberations

Interludes and Preludes
Interlude: Mother-Not-Quite-in-Law
Interlude: Go! Fight!! Win!!!
Interlude: A Touch of Gingham
Interlude: Sound Affects
Interlude: A Few Good Men (And Junior)

Syncopation Prelude: Whole (Bruce/Harvey, NC-17)
Syncopation Prelude: Shattered (Bruce/Harvey, Superman mentioned, R)

Interlude: Pygmalion
Interlude: Five Times Bruce and Clark Had Less-Than-Earth-Shattering Sex

Syncopation: The Two-Face Arc
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six

Interlude:  Being Safe
Interlude:  A Wedding Waltz
Interlude:  The Memory of Music
Interlude:  Siren Song
Interlude:  Silken Ropes of Sound
Interlude:  The Staccato Sound of Typing
Interlude:  Contrasts

Gotham Nocturne:  The Scarecrow Returns
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten

Interlude:  Sandcastles
Interlude:  Seashell

The Jewel in the Lotus
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight

Interlude: Kaleidoscope
Interlude:  A World of Cut Glass

The Wonder That's Keeping the Stars Apart
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Epilogue

Interlude: A Kryptonian Roundel Interlude: Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional Interlude: Now and Always Interlude: Brucie Takes the Cake "The Music of the Spheres" is a series set in the combined universes of "Batman Begins" and "Superman Returns." It posits a situation where Superman and Batman are the only costumed heroes in the world, meeting for the first time. A few key notes:

--The series begins very shortly after "Superman Returns" (technically, the first meeting takes place in the middle of the movie) and very shortly after the as-yet-unknown events of the second Batman movie. Batman has been active for about three or four months now.
--The series takes "Batman Begins" as its departure point.  "The Dark Knight" was released after the series started, so those events don't happen as they do in the movies (in the case of Harvey Dent, they're quite different).

Thanks for reading it!

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jij
Oct. 23rd, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! It's always great to see one's stories recced. Though I went and looked at the post and now I must ask who Brodie is and why it's such a disturbing idea to point him toward my stuff? He must not like slash... *grin*

Thank you for commenting! It's a huge compliment to be told the voices are right, since the movie versions are so different from the book versions sometimes.
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haniel15
Nov. 27th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
I love 'The Music Of the Spheres' series.It's the wonderful relationship between Clark and Bruce.Sweet and also so real.

I'm wondering if you would permit me to translate the story into Chinese,because I want to share your story with Chinese readers.
If you let me do this,I'll try my best to translate your fic and when I post it I will give you the link.

Please write more superman/batman storys.
jij
Nov. 28th, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
I would be deeply honored if you wanted to translate these! I wish I could read Chinese to see the end results, but even my Japanese is not so good... @.@

I will definitely be writing more and I'm delighted you enjoyed them! Thank you so much for your sweet comments, they really made my day.
sori1773
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
wow. I read the entire first arc of this series last night and just...yay! I loved the story line and the characters and I love how they managed to fall in love in their 'real lives' while becoming friends as superheroes. Amazing! Can't wait to read the rest!

jij
Jan. 15th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I loved writing this series a lot...the whole process of watching characters fall in love is fascinating to me. I'm glad you came across it and there will be more arcs in this universe at some point, definitely.
vampsarecool
Jan. 28th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
dear lord I spent the whole weekend reading this and just wow. This was fantasic and now I'm off to read your other stuff. :)
jij
Jan. 29th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
*waves enthusiastically* Hello! And thank you for the comments! I hope you like the other stuff as well...how did you come across me, may I ask?
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summonercat
Mar. 27th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
I have to echo a lot of people here and really hope you come back to this series!
I don't remember when I started it, but I'm still up 2:34 in the morning addicted to it. I mean - Wow... I can't really put it into words eloquently enough to say how much I love your work. I had to keep myself from laughing out loud a bunch of times and ended up smiling like a loony through most of it. It was so masterfully written!
I should go back and write a comment for each chapter, but I was like "OMGOMG WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!" I'm jus' extremely happy I read the first arc after you already finished or else I would be dying, seriously dying (like I am right now with your "36 Views of Mt. Fuji"), to see what happened next.
I'm still on "Interlude V" because I read you intended to go for three more arcs in this universe and couldn't help but burst with encouragement on the idea! Well, gotta go read it. heehee :) 3 more hours until work.
jij
Mar. 29th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
I'm still on "Interlude V" because I read you intended to go for three more arcs in this universe and couldn't help but burst with encouragement on the idea!

Aw, thanks so much! I'm delighted you liked it and I always want to fall over with surprised happiness when I get feedback like this. :)

I'll definitely get back to this series, I promise! There's going to be an arc where Ra's comes back, and one with a focus on Jason, so two more at least. *hugs and feels encouraged*

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alexandrakrycek
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
Absolutely beautiful story. I just finished the entire thing so far.... and I must say, it's one of the best fics I've ever read. Very much in character, and oh so endearing. Keep up the GREAT work! :D
jij
Apr. 18th, 2007 08:23 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much, you really make my day. I had a lot of fun with the combined movieverse and am planning to get back to it in the future--hopefully the not-too-far future, even. :)
intrepidcat
May. 26th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
I just read the whole thing, and it was so awesome I had to comment. I have been looking for this story (well, a good combined movieverse story) for months now, and this is perfect.
I can't wait to read more.
jij
May. 27th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I really enjoyed writing this and am planning on writing at least two more arc in the not-too-distant future. In fact, I'm working on a story about Richard and Lois's wedding right now (well, as the setting, the real focus is Clark and Bruce, of course), so watch this space! :) It's a birthday present for a friend for June 4, so I'd better have it done by then...
mssupafan
Jun. 3rd, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
OMG...I just finished reading the WHOLE series...and I hope i'm not gushing too much, but it was AWESOMELY FANTASTIC! I mean..the WHOLE series not just a chapter or two..EVERYTHING flowed, it was GENIUS!!
mssupafan
Jun. 3rd, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
AND..you may find it interesting (or not) on the erotic/sex level, what "turned me on" the most, was the image of Clark at the club dress as a transgender and..dancing..sexily to the music..*gasp and drools at the image* I don't know WHERE you pulled THAT from..but OMG..I was just..um..speechless..That and the part where Bruce is washing his hair of the gold dust..Those two pieces stand out for me..erotically at least..then..I thought the IMing seqencing was GENIUS!!! OMG..I ROFL at it.. And the Faerie/Dragon chapter..Then Clark and Bruce's big reveal to each other who they really are..GENIUS I tell you! OMG..if this *isn't* your real profession, then it most certainly *should* be. EVERY story that I've read that you've written simply blows me AWAY totally..I don't know how you do it. I'm insanely jealous of your skills.. BRAVO for this series. Are you planning more?
jij
Jun. 3rd, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
I'm going to answer just this comment (LJ is being really flaky night, isn't it?)...thank you so much! *grins a lot*

The scene at the club happened when I read a description in a fanfic of Clark being very flustered and at a loss in a gay bar, and although he was really cute, I thought, "I bet, being an alien and all, that he wouldn't be THAT thrown by something like that." It really was the beginning of the whole series in some ways, so I'm delighted you picked it out! I have such a blast writing it....and Bruce taking care of him after delighted me very much as well.

The Faerie chapter was also a lot of fun--I love mixing in medieval imagery (I'm in the middle of doing it again in Nightwing & Flamebird, because it's been a while!)

I'm so glad you liked this series. I had so much fun writing it. And I'm definitely going to expand it--there are still two full arcs I want to write! In fact, I wrote another Interlude and will be posting it tomorrow! So good timing! *grins*
mssupafan
Jun. 3rd, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
Sorry I posted in 3 parts, but for some reason lj wouldn't let me post the whole comment as one..weird
sandia_spring
Jun. 30th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
Wow. I just discovered your fiction and indeed the Superman/Batman fanfic community on LiveJournal. What a treasure trove of gems! I've been devouring stories left and right but my hands-down favorite has been the Music of the Spheres story arc. What a fantastic universe you've crafted here, and a wonderful relationship between Clark and Bruce! And the love scenes....WOW!! I tried to pace myself and read only 2-3 chapters each night but of course I ended up reading the entire story arc in one evening. I hope to see you write more stories set in this universe!
jij
Jul. 1st, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
*grins madly* Thank you so much! I'm very delighted you enjoyed it. I've actually got four more stories pretty much plotted out and ready to go, and another full arc I want to write...I'm just finishing up a birthday fic first and then will start digging back into it. The birthday is July 7 (eek!) so it won't be long until I'm writing here again!

Really, you've made my day. *hugs*

Oh, have you visited worlds_finest yet? It's the base for a lot of the S/B in LJ and a great community... :) I hope you can find a lot you like!

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loqia
Jul. 29th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
Okay, this one was too coincidentally funny not to share.

So I'm sitting here, with my laptop, reading through your fics when what should start playing on the TV but this videoclip. No joke.

Glad you enjoyed Gods and Monsters. I'm totally in love with all your fics; you do just my brand of UST so well. Must. Read. More... ^^"
jij
Jul. 29th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
I love when the universe rewards you with synchronicity. :)

And, oh, oh, you're the author of Gods and Monsters! I really did not squee as much as I wanted to in my comment, I have to admit--I was struck with sudden shyness at how very awesome it was, I'm dead serious here. It's the best thing I've read in ages. I've only read the very first TPB, but the canon references didn't interfere with my ability to enjoy the wonderful characterization and slow build of trust (there are few characters for whom trust is as sexy as for Midnighter!) I loved it--um, so, will you be writing any more fanfiction? Of any sort? :)
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(Anonymous)
Aug. 6th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
I found this story last night, and read the first arch in one sitting. It's wonderful. Your Clark is just right, equal parts hero, lover, and geek. Bruce . . .We have a Bruce who doesn't fear his feeling more than the criminal element fears him. It's amazing!
jij
Aug. 7th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I'm so glad to hear the characters came across as I desperately wanted to portray them... *happy sigh*
altorogue
Feb. 6th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
I was bored, and trolling friendsfriends, and came upon this. And I LOVE it. I will admit that I dont really follow Superman/Batman fic, but I'm certainly going to now! I really like how they're portrayed, how they fit in together. Alfred is wonderfully in character. And I especially like how Clark interacts with Jason. Lovely lovely lovely. I've bookmarked this page, and will be waiting for more! :D
jij
Feb. 8th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Eeek, thank you! *blushes* Your timing is great, as a matter of fact, because I've just started a whole new arc with this series! *grins* It's a fun pairing with a lot of different permutations possible...glad you enjoyed it!
russianqueen
Mar. 5th, 2008 05:56 am (UTC)
I keep forgetting that it's actualy nice to tell the author that I enjoy what they're writing. So I decided I should do that now, since I've been coming here for awhile now :)

Actualy the thing is I don't even know how I really ended up here. I'm not much of a DC kind of girl, know enough to recognise most of the characters, but not necessarily much more. Have seen the movies of course, but... yes, my point was going to be that I don't really read any DC fanfic. And I don't think I've ever read any Bruce/Clark before. I guess there's a lot of that ship around, but that's probably why I haven't read it before. However this is quite wonderful and proves quite well that just because a particular pairing is quite popular doesn't mean there can't be quite amazing and original stories out there. Because this one is.

This was a realy long explanation to say that I love the whole story and can't wait for more, but since I'll probably forget to ever say anything at all again... well, I'll still be loving every part of this :)
jij
Mar. 5th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! Part of what's fun about the pairing is that just about everyone knows them, they're such icons, so they're incredibly accessible to even the most casual reader. Which means fun flyby comments like yours. *hugs* Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know you've enjoyed the stories, I really do appreciate it!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 3rd, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
An absolutly bueatiful story/series. I've never been a slash fan but the past 3 weeks I have read every B/S story I can find. I've been in bed with flu. Yours really are some of my fav's I love watching them getting together. Seeing the differing interpritations of thier dynamic.

I can't really singel out a single sence or story to compliment as I read ALL your stories so close together that I've over loaded on them. At some point i'll go back and read them at a slower pace and take the time to coment on them indervidually.

Please keep up the great work and feed my new addiction.

jij
Apr. 4th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
I've never been a slash fan but the past 3 weeks I have read every B/S story I can find.

Woot! Honestly, I think this pairing is an excellent slash-starter (well, if you can past the "augh, childhood icons making out" angle), because it's just a step away from the very intense friendship they definitely have in canon for each other. (I actually like writing the friendship about as much as the romance, lol)

Reading all my S/B at once would lead anyone to overdose! :) Thank you for taking the time to tell me you enjoyed them, it really made my day. *beams*

aiyokusama
Apr. 10th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
Link issue?
Just to let you know (if you don't already) that the link for Gotham Notcurne Ten doesn't seem to go anywhere.

Am very much enjoying the story :) Thank you for writing.
jij
Apr. 10th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Link issue?
Ah, thank you so much! *fixes*

*hugs*
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smilebackwards
Apr. 20th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
I have been sitting here enthralled for the last few days. This series is absolutely fabulous! I adore your Bruce and Clark and I hope you continue with many more arcs!

Also, if you did an arc in the Justice League timeline I would love you forever. I just have this scene in my head of Bruce and Clark -out of costume- making out in the Watchtower and getting caught by the rest of the League. At which point Bruce says something remotely plausible about having the Watchtower code since WayneCorp built the place and is generally feckless before pulling Clark into the transporter and disappearing. The League stares incredulously and Green Lantern says, "That guy has the code to the Watchtower?" and Flash cringes and says, "Do you think Batman knows?" while Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl discuss how cute a couple Bruce and Clark are in the background.

*ahem* Clearly I have spent too much time thinking about this. Sorry. Anyway, loved the fic!
jij
Apr. 21st, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
*falls over laughing* That...is a great plot. Sadly, it will never happen in MotS, because in that series Bruce and Clark remain the only superheroes--but you know, if you don't mind, I will happily put it on my list of things I want to write and give you credit for the idea! It would totally have to be movieverse-based--something about Bale is just perfect for that kind of behavior. :) I love it...*makes note in "bunny list" file pending your approval*
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ex_felonazc
Jun. 1st, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
Twice through, and I still find new things to love! This trend will undoubtedly continue. Also, thanks a whole lot for making me alternately stifle giggles and grin like a goon, and wibble and sniff like an overly-emotional teenage girl. My roommates all think I've gone insane. It's hard to explain shiplove to people who think my obsessions are idiotic. Jerks. Anyway, I love this series! :D Great job. I can't wait to see more of your work.
jij
Jun. 2nd, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
It's hard to explain shiplove to people who think my obsessions are idiotic.

Oh man, isn't it, though? I end up kind of waving my arms and making sputtering noises before learning to shut up. :)

I'm so glad you liked this! It holds a very special place in my heart, maybe because it's the only series I've written that feels so self-contained and demands more arcs all the time. :) *hugs* Thanks so much for the lovely comment, it really lifted my spirits!
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shadeof
Jun. 5th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you for great job!
I only now read this series and have wonderful time!
I very like how you represent relationship between Clark and Bruce, it's strong and sweet.
jij
Jun. 6th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
*beams* Thanks so much! I love this series a lot so I'm always delighted when someone tells me they enjoyed it. *hugs+
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tatyana_husam
Aug. 6th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
I found "Music of the Spheres" listed on a recommendation page, so I gave it a shot. This series has to be one of the most beautiful, skillfully done stories slashing these incredibly complex characters, even before you factor in the difficulty of keeping everything fresh and flowing despite the epic size of the work as a whole. And the rest of your work is just as amazing. Thank you for keeping up with this!
jij
Aug. 7th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! It's funny, this series started off just as a lark, mostly, and I fell in love with it and just kept embroidering. :) I'm so glad you enjoy it!
seiberwing
Aug. 28th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
Just popping in for a generic 'you are awesome write moar please' review, because it is true.
jij
Sep. 11th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
I...never responded to this comment! Shame on me! And thank you so much...*blushes*
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iheartboyslove
Sep. 10th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I feel SO dumb. When I first came to this page like a year ago it was for a rec on The Music of The Spheres. So I read that, loved it of course then LEFT, thinking that was the end of it.

It was only when I clicked on this bookmark today, then decided to read some of the "other" series on this page that I realized OMFG their all connected!! So I basically missed out on not one, but THREE sequels the last time.

Lol oh well better late (a year later!), than never :]
jij
Sep. 11th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
*grin* I think anytime is a good time to find more stories! And I'm glad you found them! There are a couple more arcs planned eventually as well...
caorthann
Sep. 24th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Ive just finished reading my way through this entire series (in 2 days!) and have enjoyed every moment of it. So many great lines and much love for including so many classic villains (Poison Ivy is a particular favourite of mine :D).

Ive never read Bruce/Clark fic before and Im so glad this is my first. Thanks for the great fic and I cant wait to see more in this 'verse!
jij
Sep. 25th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
*dances* Thank you so very much! I love writing Poison Ivy as well--she's a villain I can get into the head of (I can't even try with the Joker anymore, he's totally impossible, lol). I'm very glad you liked it!

If you would like to hunt down some more of the pairing, I would highly recommend checking worlds_finest, which is a good comm for the pairing--I also have a bunch of my favorites in my rather poorly organized memories section, under "S/B."
vwlphb
Feb. 28th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Hiya!

I am a huge fan of this series, and when I got my kindle recently it was one of the long fics I wanted to have on it for rereading. I made a giant ebook of the entire series (to date). Of course, I list you as the author and my name is nowhere on it.

I was wondering if you wanted a copy of the giant html file I made of all the series and the ebook I made out of that. The ebook is quite nice - it has a table of contents that links to each chapter and the cover page and everything.

I was also wondering if it would be all right to share the ebook with fanfic_ebooks (and maybe put it in their archive?) and worlds_finest or wf_slash? All credit of authorship to you, of course. I just thought other people might want it for their computers or readers as well :)
mithen
Feb. 28th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
!!!

I would love to have a copy of the ebook! I keep meaning to make one and my terrible laziness takes over, alas... Would you mind if I took a look at it before you posted it? You're very welcome to put your name on it, too--you deserve credit for all the work, without a doubt. Feel free to send it along to daeriel at juno dot com when you have the time...

(I'm a little overwhelmed, actually! Thank you!)
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