Alright, so, to any of you who might've been confused, The Book of Friendship is not over. That was an April Fools gag. We got a loooooooooong way to go. In fact, the actual chapter 22 should be out really soon.
In any case, that does bring me to the main thing, that thing that's been sort of the driving thing in this thing. The missionaries' sexual orientations. Yeah, the whole story has been predicated on "ambiguously gay," wherein the protagonists are so phenomenally buddy-buddy that, well, don't they just look like a couple lovey-dovey boyfriends?
Now, that brings me to the question I'm beating around the bush with: Should the missionaries actually come out and be a couple? I know a number of my readers are going to say "YES!" and y'know, I'd like it, too. I think there's a really good story in there. Problem is, if I choose to tell one story, and specifically if I take on that story without care, that locks out another one. Suffice to say that I've somewhat unintentionally blundered into a sort of pseudo-love-triangle. I understand that among my readers there are a lot of Scroll/White shippers and a lot of Scroll/Tap shippers.
I don't want to go into a lot of spoilers upfront, so I'm not going to give details on plans or possibilities for scenes. I will say that when I started thinking and writing this story back in August of last year, my initial idea was "Okay, so I'll have these two characters who are phenomenally buddy-buddy, be the source of tons and tons of gay jokes. And hmm... maybe at the very end they'll hook up." So that was my first idea. However, after I showed another ponyfic writer the first two chapters (yes, those problematic first two chapters), he tells me that I can't just rely on shock deaths for the whole thing. So I try to think of something else, and I figure "hey, why not have the dweeby one lose his virginity and then feel bad about it?" And so I write that up, and I come up with the character Tap. And, well, I had a character and I had to develop her, didn't I?
So ever since then it's been a dilemma - should Scroll end up with White? Should he end up with Tap? Should I take the Mormon parody to its logical conclusion and have Tap marry both of them?
I admit, given the way I've been promoting this story (such as posting it in ponychan's m/m shipping thread), it's a bit awkward.
Since the fimfiction irc got flooded with newbies I haven't been able to hijack the channel with this discussion, so I'm interested in hearing my readers' thoughts.