But Then My Homework Was Never Quite Like This

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Title: But Then My Homework Was Never Quite Like This, also known as The Homework!Verse
Author(s): thenyxie
Date(s): 2008-2011
Length: 85,000 words (main story)
Genre: d/s
Fandom: J2
External Links: master post on LJ; Audiobook version
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But Then My Homework Was Never Quite Like This is a teacher/student AU J2 story with BDSM themes. The series is very popular and several writers have written companion pieces. It has been recorded as a podfic and is has inspired artwork. The story is also in the process of being translated into Russian by toffana.[1]

Author's Summary: Jared’s eighteen and in his senior year at a private school in San Francisco. He’s coasting pretty on his parents generous school donations—until his seventh period Physics teacher gets replaced with the maddening, infuriating, gorgeous Mr. Ackles. Jared’s gotten by all his life on his money and his charm, but Mr. Ackles seems to think he needs some... lessons in self-control. The journey their relationship eventually takes them on turns out to be far more than either of them ever bargained for. Toppy!Teacher!Jensen in glasses and Student!Jared in private school uniform included!


45 Facts You Didn't Know About 'But Then My Homework Was Never Quite Like This'

  • Jensen's List #11: Tied and True. Jensen doesn't get to do this nearly often enough. Rope play.
  • Timestamp: I Hold the Lock and You Hold the Key. Timestamp to the verse. Set two years after the epilogue. Intense, romantic intimacy with a healthy dose of D/s as an underscore and a final seal to love.
  • Open Up For All to See. Post-Timestamp. Jensen takes Jared to a fetish club with Jared’s collar locked. D/s, exhibitionism.

Anywhere But Here. Jensen POV. Set three years after the epilogue. Jensen and Jared take a vacation, meaning to leave it all behind… but no matter where you go, there you are.

Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before. Post-Anywhere But Here. Jensen POV. Jensen & Chad friendship fic with a touch of Jensen/Jared thrown in.

Remember the Time.Ten years later, Jared and Jensen both get invitations to Jared's high school reunion. Jensen is convinced to attend, and if that's not weird enough, Chad's excited and has appointed himself as their date. So much has changed, but there's so much more that hasn't.

No One Gets Me Like You Do. Post-Remember the Time. Chad/Misha, mentions of Jared/Jensen. Chad's not sure about this whole broccoli thing, but he IS sure he's in the least boring relationship ever.


  • Uncertainty Principle by cormallen. Set between parts 2 and 3 of the original story, Jensen goes over lesson plans at home.
  • Delete This by thenyxie. Set during part 3 of the original story on the infamous day of texting.
  • Bulletproof... I Wish I Was by nu_breed. Set during part 4 of the original story. Jensen has things to do.

devilc wrote a crossover story between But Then My Homework and bloody_adorable and eviltwin's Smoke & Lightning: My Heavy Metal Thunder Was Never Quite Like This


"The first story in the series mostly details the beginning of Jared and Jensen's d/s relationship. However, Nyxie takes their relationship beyond simple kink and give us a love that is gentle (but hot!) and eternal in the sequels. Jensen, for all his dominance and control, is often insecure, and Jared, the sub of this relationship, is who anchors him. Recommended for kink lovers and those who just want to enjoy a romantic story with hot steamy sex."[2]
"...this is the story I want you to point out to the police when I am found dead with a mouse in one hand and a vibrator in the other. ...I don't even know where to begin. Perhaps at the start: Part I. It's The Nyxie's first and it was just about the sexiest work of fan fiction I came across last year. If I wasn't a fan of RPS before, this would have been my damn-near deathbed conversion."[3]
"I just finished But Then My Homework Was Never Quite Like This. I loved it! It was soo hot! I loved toppy/Dom yet somewhat damaged Jensen in this story."[4]
"This story starts out as one of the hottest d/s epics I have ever read--I recently commented that thenyxie is like the Michael Phelps of porn, because you keep thinking the last chapter of the story was so hot it absolutely cannot be topped, and then the next section is even hotter--but it is also an amazing love story, and Jensen ends up learning as much from Jared as Jared learns from Jensen. The story itself is completely finished now, but she keeps posting new snippets from the 'verse , which is terrific because I could read this story forever."[5]
"TO ME, THIS IS LIKE…THE J2 VERSION OF THE DAILY GRIND. (In other words, one of THE best smut/romance fics in the pairing I’ve ever read)"[6]
"The Homework Verse not only pushes my student/teacher kink, but is one of the best D/s stories I've ever read because thenixie gets that a good D/s story is very cerebral and is ultimately about people pushing their limits and discovering things about themselves. And that's what makes it BYFO hot."[7]

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  1. translation list; translator's blog (locked).
  2. rec post on epic-recs.
  3. "rec post on dreamwidth". 
  4. "rec post on tumblr". 
  5. "rec post". 
  6. "tumblr post". 
  7. "rec post on Livejournal".