While I haven't been reading Quality of Mercy for the longest time, I'm happy sarahtales was able to complete the story. Having said that, I found the discussion on the reactions to the ending rather interesting. Yes, some people read it as H/G and others read it as H/D (depending on if you were coming from reading Maya's het fic or were reading Drop Dead Gorgeous et all instead - and of course, shipping biases).
I do understand why peeps who were dissatisfied with the ending would have felt it was a bait and switch. The author never stated the actual pairings and if they'd known the pairing before hand or if the fic was labelled gen, they probably wouldn't have bothered.
Why is it though, that we find it so difficult to read ships different from our faves? What if a fic has subtext focussed on our OTP but also others? What makes it so hard to read, or in some cases, something we'd just skip?
I find myself doing that a lot, particularly when a fic has both Snarry and H/D and it seems to usually end as Snarry. I can't bring myself to read it because my OTP isn't present at the end. The thought of reading something like that sends me running in the opposite direction and I can't even explain my feelings which just seem to say "DO. NOT. WANT" - its such a gut reaction. And I know I'm probably missing brilliant fic because of it.
So, do we define ourselves as (H/D) shippers first and (HP) fans second? Why do we sometimes not enjoy a fic - no matter how well written - because it lacks our favorite ship or character(s). Is our involvement in fandom dependant on seeing those particular aspects that interest us? And when we don't get what we expect/want - it spoils the whole experience?