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"Thirty in three months," Lanyon said, and nodded. "I know, I have rather a brutish face."
It was not that, precisely. In fact he had fine, decisive features of the sort one might expect incised on an old coin, half obscured by passing time and many hands, faintly unreal in full daylight and animated conversation. It was his manner that, once one knew his secret, smacked of a certain sententious reserve even beyond her years let alone his. Helen, all unknowing, might have approved, but it gave Harriet a case of social claustrophobia.
"You look as though you wish you were fifty already," she informed him, and stubbed her cigarette out in the proffered ashtray, "and it only seems polite to bring you as near it as possible."
He laughed a little, a soundless gasp she saw as much as heard, escaping in the frigid air. "I've been recalling as near as I could a very martinet of a captain I had very young; it's the only way I can get by without flattening Straike."
"We really ought to get hold of his credentials," she said, and waved off his offer of a third cigarette. "Pity he wasn't at Oxford."
"Cambridge man," Lanyon agreed, and drew meditatively on his own cigarette, cheeks hollowing. "I know a man who might have been up with him, and was a Fellow after, so a few years one way or another shouldn't affect matters. I can go down to the post office and call him tomorrow, since getting near the phone here is an ordeal and a half. He's still up there, can get hold of the records easily."
Something about the gesture had made Harriet's mind swing to fleshly matters like a magnetized needle north. What a filthy little mind I have under the sophistication, she thought, and having administered a quick reprimand, said, "Were you a Cambridge man?"
This time Lanyon's smile was all teeth and no humour, a bright slash. "I was a fishing trawler man, my lady. My father refused to pay for university after I got thrown out of school for touching children wrongly." He finished his cigarette in a long pull and flicked the ash and smouldering stub into the empty carton. "I'd ask you to keep it quiet in the house but you will regardless. Lord Peter knows already, of course."


Dec. 26th, 2015 09:46 am
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Thank you Yuletide Gods, my recip. likes my fic upto and including the mention of other characters and ships. whew!

Onto the goodies! I got three lovely stories, two in the main collection and The Least Anonymous Treat in Madness:

Full Spectrum, which is a long and polyamorous soulmates AU in the Check Please 'verse, and is full of snippets of college life and hockey and photography and baking and a gorgeous attribution of particular colours to each member of the polygon.

Long is the way and hard, where Andrew shows up to talk to Laurie and Ralph at the latter's flat and is driven back all roiling with angst and confusion. Poor Andrew. I loved the way Ralph looks through Andrew's eyes, and how clear-headed the boy is, really, considering the veil Laurie has been drawing. (I suspect this stands as sequel to last year's Corkscrew, at least in spirit, but of course it might turn out to be not intended as such at all.)

Acts of the Stomach, that Least Anonymous Treat is an iteration of Mahabharat set in a modern AU and is an absolute delight to read. I read it on my phone this morning and squealed and shrieked. Dearest We-Both-Know-Who-You-Are, you're not getting out of collaborating.
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I've been--for non-Yuletide purposes--reading The Charioteer yet again. That this novel and Hopkins' poetry satisfy me in a peculiar fashion probably points to some deep problems in my emotional and gender presentation and constitution, not least being my identification with neurotic white men I'd probably slap silly if ever I met. Anyway.

squacking sentimentally about TC )

I should probably quit reading TC and go have my anti-depressants.

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I'm extremely excited that we matched for Yuletide. I haven't requested any of these fandoms for a year, and one of them is extremely new and shiny! I like all aspects of canon, and am sure to like any story told in these worlds, so have at it.

General Notes:
  • All ratings acceptable.

  • All Alternate Universes loved in addition to canonical events.

  • I'm okay with het, slash, and femslash.

  • I like all sorts of fic, ranging from fluffy gen through dark and/or porny (though I haven't signed up for either Yuleporn or Crueltide).

  • I have no trigger warnings, and would in fact prefer any depictions of violence--a possibility in all my nominations to an extent--to be dealt with in a realistic manner; I don't freak out easily, so have at it if the story takes you that way; conversely, if you dislike writing sex or violence or violent sex, I'll be as happy with light-hearted banter and shenanigans--also a possibility in all my nominations.

Fandom-specific details:
  • Mahabharata - Vyasa. Karna, Amba | Shikhandi, Krishna. This is hard to request, because I know anything is vague and unhelpful, but honestly I'd like anything about the three of them. In my head they're roughly the same age, so if you want to run with that, awesome. They're not remotely all on one side, so frosty silences or attempts at persuasion or outright fights could be a thing. Something political would be wonderful, as would a slice of life, or character-explorations, or domestic fluff. Anything, really and truly.

  • The Charioteer - Mary Renault. Ralph Lanyon, Alec Deaxcon. Andrew Raynes. As I go on, I find that I like Andrew a lot more than on my first few perusals. I'd really like to see him interacting with Ralph and/or Andrew, in whatever circumstances. Ralph and Alec's relationship at any stage would also be welcome. I ship these three in all combinations, so if you want to write a shippy story I'd love that. I would equally love gen-fic. Future-fic, kid-fic, intensely-researched fic, complete AU, tropey fluff, buckets of angst, gobs and gobs of ketchup: all equally appreciated. Just gimme something about one, two, or all of these three.

  • Check Please! (Webcomic). Eric Bittle, Jack Zimmerman, Larissa "Lardo" Duan, Shitty Knight. This is the shiny new fandom, so I'm not up on everything. I've read the canon and jumped into tumblr, and of course Eric's twitter, so feel free to go into any and all of that. I know very little about hockey, but I'm willing to be taught, so if in-game stories are your thing, 'sawsome. If you wanna write about baking, or photography, or art, or an impassioned rant about gender justice, ditto. I just want a slice of college life at Samwell with these four, shipping entirely optional but entirely welcome (I ship them all in various combinations starting at queerplatonic bros all the way up to soulmates) so do your thing and rest assured I'll love it.

  • The Iliad - Homer. Achilles, Patroclus, Odysseus, Briseis. Anything! I'd like pre-war, in-war, post-war stories, whatever suits your fancy. I'm okay with gore and violence if that's where you want to go with it, and just as okay with domesticity in a long-term camp. I ship Achilles/Patroclus with great fervour, but I'd also like something about Briseis/Achilles just as much. If you want to bring Patroclus front-and-centre, I'm all for that as well. Culture clashes, claustrophobic cohabitations, late night conversations, battle strategy, nature red in tooth and claw, sylvan childhoods, anything and everything is loved.
If any of my fandom-specific notes don't work with the fic in your head, feel free to ignore the above. I'll like whatever you write, and Optional Details Are Optional. If you want to check up on details, message [ profile] filia_noctis, who knows me inside-out and is horribly good at keeping secrets from me. I hope you have fun writing!
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 is open for sign-ups! Bring us all the domestic-fic, AU, woke up other gender, married in Vegas, fake-dating, cross-over, cat-people in space fic your heart desires. It's not really a fandom without a barista AU, after all.
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The very talented februeruri made fanart for Conditions Best Suited! Specifically the bit where Lanyon kisses Andrew, and it is so *so* pretty, I can't.

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“Old man changed his mind at the last minute and was too cowardly to tell her about it,” Jerry said, and Fred, looking rather extinguished, nodded along.

“What was he ill with? If it was dementia or something like he wasn’t in possession of his faculties,” Hilary offered, and settled back at Peter’s approving nod.

Lanyon said, “The husband did it,” and to general uproar added, “ah, but I know the family. At least if it’s the people I’m thinking of, his name’s Straike and she has a grown son from an earlier marriage.”

“And that has made all the difference,” Peter said, and released Harriet, moving back into the room to clap Lanyon on the shoulder. “We’re done here. Go with Harriet and play the familiar face while she snoops.”

Under Peter’s eye, Lanyon’s face smoothed out of its stricken look. He might have been one of the effigies Harriet had taken rubbings of in church, calm and somehow primitive. Where a sensible man, feeling as much as he did, would have declined and tucked tail back to the Admiralty, he said, “Yes my lord,” and caught Fred’s flailing arm without bothering to turn around.

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despite the abundance of it (6178 words) by toujours_nigel
Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ralph Lanyon/Andrew Raynes
Characters: Ralph Lanyon, Andrew Raynes
Additional Tags: Post-Canon
Series: Part 10 of Conditions Best Suited
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I... seem to be writing explicit Ralph/Andrew fic.

In related news [personal profile] filia_noctis returns tomorrow. It's been four months.

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  1. Service top. And how. Works amazingly with Alec and Bunny, not really beyond a point with Laurie.
  2. Has a slow refractory period, and in fact a slow rate of arousal. (This is what inspired the list)
  3. Will ask for your consent non-verbally, verbally, and then at several points during.
  4. Gets bored and occasionally breaks to chat in between acts, often while his partner is gasping on the verge, if feeling particularly cruel or tarty.
  5. Is competent but unsophisticated when left to himself, but on the whole prefers not to be.
  6. Is prone to masturbation in a clinical sort of way and rare bouts of self-abuse. Yes the two are distinct. Only one involves thinking of other people.
  7. Kinks hard on domesticity, which has an oddly carnivalesque, or masque-like appeal for him. At some point plays house with Alec very happily.
  8. Quite kinky in general, in sufficiently-knowing hands. Bunny, therefore. Some others. Not in fact Alec beyond rare bouts of knife or needle-play, in large part because of the domesticity kink.
  9. Likes both middle-aged posh men, and rough trade. Consciously avoids both especially due to having been the one and on his way to being the other.
  10. Is a masochist. Though this feels rather like MR's head-canon, really.
Wanna know about anyone else? Ask.
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wrong's your wrong, and right's your right (1054 words) by toujours_nigel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ralph Lanyon/Hugh Treviss
Characters: Ralph Lanyon, Hugh Treviss
Additional Tags: Timestamp
Series: Part 4 of Conditions Best Suited
Summary: Timestamp for The Thousandth Man, later that evening.
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For [personal profile] lilliburlero, because writing a time-stamp for The Thousandth Man got me thinking about them at school.

your looks, or your acts, or your glory (1000 words) by toujours_nigel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Hugh Treviss, Extra-canonical Trevisses
Additional Tags: Schoolboys, Boarding School
Series: Part 1 of Conditions Best Suited
Summary: Choosing someone to share with in the common room might have been plaguing Hugh more than it ought. Big brothers to careless rescue.

FML, I am now thinking of tiny!TomFelton as tiny!Ralph. Lookit how small and pointy he is.

So small. So resentful.

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suffer a sea-change (588 words) by toujours_nigel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey
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I made an artstuff:

Text is from Richard Siken's 'Crush', which I've loved forever, but which I never connected to The Charioteer before this, apt though it is:
“You’re in a car with a beautiful boy, and he won’t tell you that he loves you, but he loves you. And you feel like you’ve done something terrible, like robbed a liquor store, or swallowed pills, or shoveled yourself a grave in the dirt, and you’re tired. You’re in a car with a beautiful boy, and you’re trying not to tell him that you love him, and you’re trying to choke down the feeling, and you’re trembling, but he reaches over and he touches you, like a prayer for which no words exist, and you feel your heart taking root in your body, like you’ve discovered something you didn’t even have a name for.”

Probably because the rest of the poem isn't much like.

I also made something else, not particularly fannish:

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For [personal profile] greerwatson,

suits a man to say (1482 words) by toujours_nigel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gareth Straike/Lucy Odell Straike, Ralph Lanyon/Laurie Odell
Characters: Gareth Straike, Lucy Odell Straike, Ralph Lanyon, Laurie Odell
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, effeminophobia
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er. Which is to say, fic for [personal profile] oonaseckar has been committed, here:

Vertical Plate (1012 words) by toujours_nigel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault, Return to Night - Mary Renault
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alec Deacon & Ralph Lanyon
Characters: Alec Deacon, Hilary Mansell
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, POV Outsider, Major Character Injury, Head Injury, Suicide Attempt

toujours_nigel: Dali (procrastination)
  1. My RenaultX assignment is stalled on a point of etiquette. I have got a lot more concerned about historical accuracy than the last time I wrote in this fandom, and that's not really fun right now.

  2. I just received and am already in love with my rarelywritten assignment, so that at least is all to the good.

  3. Being on the fringes of any fandom is often hilarious, and the Legend of Korra fandom right now is in a right state.

  4. I'm contemplating a Georgian/AgeofSail!Charioteer AU, a sure sign of impending illness.

  5. I... do think I should move off from Renault fandom as a whole, since I don't seem to be coping with fairly trivial things very well.


Mar. 11th, 2015 10:41 am
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I have found Age-of-Sail!Ralph's ship. The Doddington, which was wrecked in 1755. Now I just have to figure out whether I want him to have missed that memorable third voyage or to have spent seven months on Bird Island.


It's all very exciting.

ETA: No, of course he must be on the third voyage. Hero status, vast PTSD, not as handy as [he] used to be, excuse bad pun. Also he can come back and pitch up at Alec's *and* it gives Alec/Sandy time to have happened, since I figure the gap between the second and third voyage (nearly a year) Ralph's really getting domestic with Alec and trying to find an onshore-job. It doesn't work out, they break it off and Ralph sails off, Sandy and Alec cosy up to each other (Sandy having just arrived and they having known each other previously), and a few months into that (3-4) Ralph shows up again. ooof.
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for [personal profile] lilliburlero, to the prompt "Alec Deacon/Sandy Reid, historical AU". For something that took so long, this isn't terribly good. Well, that's everything outstanding, now onwards to Psychic Wolves!

Brighthelmstone Troubles (1657 words) by toujours_nigel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alec Deacon/Sandy Reid
Characters: Alec Deacon, Sandy Reid, Laurie Odell
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Historical, 18th Century
Summary: Sandy has a sentimental mother, an overwhelming aunt, and more sisters and cousins than a man knows what to do with. He's just glad for the six months respite.

(Like school, they keep him young.)

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the treadmill for his feet (1081 words) by toujours_nigel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Charioteer - Mary Renault
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ralph Lanyon, Sandy Reid
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Drugs, Clubbing

Modern AU Clubbing.


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