wisdomeagle: (Mary Anne Spier)
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Working on the endless importing of all my fic into Ao3, and #Invisible Third why am I the only person using this tag? Is there some other phrase for it of which I'm unaware? ("Triangulation," but that only has one use.) Surely people frelling/kissing/dating/marrying each other because the person they're mutually interested in is unavailable/uninterested/inappropriate/dead (or alive, if characters doing the sexing are dead) is a thing? It's not even that it's a particular kink of mine, it's just... a thing. That I write a lot. Because of reasons.

(Icon on DW because Mary Anne is invisible third in the Kristy/Dawn that happens in my head sometimes. To choose an example completely at random.)

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Date: 2013-09-14 01:45 am (UTC)
yhlee: Angel Investigations' card ("Hope lies to mortals": A.E. Housman). (AtS hope)
From: [personal profile] yhlee
I'd simply never heard the term before you used it here! I was familiar with this use of "triangulation" from a paper presentation during Wiscon some years back, and I've written at least one fic where it was a thing (probably not very many, but at least one). It wouldn't have occurred to me to tag for it, but I tend not to use tags very well.

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Date: 2013-09-14 02:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likeadeuce
I feel like you and I had this conversation about invisible or absent thirds back when we were both writing Buffyverse? I know what you're thinking of, I'm just not sure I can think of a common term.

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Date: 2013-09-14 03:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lunabee34
I've heard it called "absent third" before.

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Date: 2013-09-14 12:40 pm (UTC)
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
From: [personal profile] kindkit
You can put in a request to have the tags un-merged; it does sound like there's an important distinction.

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Date: 2013-09-15 01:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lunabee34
*nods*

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Date: 2013-09-14 04:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] malnpudl
I don't recall running across the term before, but I like it. And wow, that's a whole lot of due South fics right there in one two-word summary, the Rays turning to each other because Fraser's gone, back up in the far north, and it's like they each get to connect to Fraser through the other guy who was close to him.

Re your comment below, "absent third" is very different from simply "absent," isn't it? And both are different from Invisible Third.

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