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Subject:First Book Dribble
Time:05:18 pm
Current Mood:nostalgicnostalgic
Title: Saviour
Rating: PG
Word count: 100
Pairings or characters involved: Stephen and Jack
Character(s) to give rum to: Mr. Pullings
Author and notes: An answer to Challenge #8. Is it worse to base stories on the movies because you have read the books or to base them on the books even though you haven’t read them? From HMS Surprise. Thanks to sparowe for her quotes from that book. I’ll get to it soon. Stephen’s POV (as usual).


There seemed no dose that could banish fear. Even when laudanum freed him of pain, the screams haunted him.

Just a little more and I’ll sleep, he thought, “perchance to dream.” He smiled bitterly; unlike Hamlet, he was not shy.

But he could not reach the bottle. Despairing, he fell back into a fitful doze, echoes of their questions and phantom touches, keeping him from rest.

Then he heard it. He couldn’t place the sound. He knew it well, but it drifted tauntingly out of reach, calling him back. An Old Irish lullaby played soft and sweet on a violin.




Thanks also to my Father, who plays the wonderful music of Turlough O’Carolan on acoustic guitar.
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ghazalah
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Time:2004-02-27 06:36 pm (UTC)
!!!!!!!!!!!!

MahonFic! MahonFic! MahonFic!

*settles down*

Pick: looks like you need to delete the word "save" from the first sentence?

This must be on the voyage back to England, when Jack was still with him. The lullaby is heartbreaking: Jack must have learned it from Stephen in the first place, along with Stephen's beloved Lament for the Tir na-n'Og. What a precious gift to Stephen: it must seem as though his old nurse is near, watching over him in the night.

I have to go cry now.
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muccamukk
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Time:2004-02-27 07:07 pm (UTC)
Ta, fixed it. So hard to edit your own stuff, but not really worth having it bate'd for a hundred words.

I was thinking of Turlough O’Carolan's Eleanor Plunkett when I wrote this, though I'm not sure you could play in on the violin. My father sat in my room playing it when I was drugged up and stuck in the hospital (orthodontic surgery). It's about the only thing I remember from about three days.
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sparowe
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Time:2004-02-27 06:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is so sweet, so beautiful. -eyes filling- One more way to say "I love you", "let me comfort you".....

Anon
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acaciaonnastik
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Time:2004-02-28 05:18 am (UTC)
~swoons~

This, this is wonderful. I love this. Words cannot express how much I love this, so I won't try to make them.
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muccamukk
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Time:2004-02-28 09:27 am (UTC)
Thankyou very much, That's a huge compliment coming from you. I love you stuff. (If there were a M&C Mary Sue I wanted offed, are you two still in the business?).

I love yout icon, btw.
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acaciaonnastik
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Time:2004-02-28 03:33 pm (UTC)
Sadly, we've fallen off of late. It is not inconcievable that there should ever be another, but we're not working on it and there are no plans to. Sometimes I MST, if that helps.

And about the icon- thank you! ^_^

(There really should be more fic about the trip back from Mahon.. can't think why there isn't..)
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ghazalah
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Time:2004-02-28 04:51 pm (UTC)
(There really should be more fic about the trip back from Mahon.. can't think why there isn't..)

HEAR HER! HEAR HER!

I mean, there's yer treasure horde of mostly-unplundered Angst, right there. I conceive that there's a very urgent need for MahonFic of all descriptions.

MadeiraFic would also not go amiss.

DillonFic.

LilOrphanStephenFic.

BastardFic.

MonaFic.

BrigidFic.

UnitedIrishmenFic.

BastilleFic.

And that's just Stephen...

I can say suggest these things, because there's no chance in hell I'm going to write anything. *eg*
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muccamukk
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Time:2004-02-28 05:14 pm (UTC)
Someone on this site, my apologies for forgetting your name, suggested that there aren't very many fics about Stephen's past because he is such a private man and writing about him seems an intrusion.

In my case, I haven't read more than two of the books and have to know what is already known before I start making things up. Of the above, I have only read about two; I didn't much care for Dillon, so I shan’t write about him, and anything about the United Irishmen would require research, which I don't have time for.

Some of those issues would need more than a dribble to cover, and I'm already in the midst of a lengthy LotR fic.

But you do bring up a valid point, YOU could certainly write something :-D
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ghazalah
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Time:2004-02-28 07:19 pm (UTC)
there aren't very many fics about Stephen's past because he is such a private man and writing about him seems an intrusion

That's really a lovely thought, and in another mood (i.e. sober) I might agree. But as long as we're providing him with such an astoundingly rich and varied sex life (our chaste Stephen!), then why not provide him with a bit of backstory as well?

There's rich pickins. And perhaps drabble would be the correct way to approach some of the more delicate topics. Just a whisper, a hint, then gone.

Look at this very drabble for an excellent example of filling in a canonical blank with an evocative moment. There's nothing very specific in it, nothing in it that an O'Brian purist could say "humbug" to, but there's a wealth of suggestion about character.

Even the Irish lullaby is backstory, after all. Beautifully done! :-)
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muccamukk
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Time:2004-02-28 11:02 pm (UTC)
If I were not also sloshed, I would blush at you most generous comments. I must, however, find them rather ironic, as I haven't read more than a few passages of HMS Surprise.

I am not yet comfortable enough with the characters to do more than dribble. I don't think that many are (you could try harassing cruisedirector, who is probably the best qualified).

As to your own skills: I do not think that it would be possible to be any worse than I was when I started writing. I wrote some characters that Arcadia here would have rightfully tied to a cannon and sent to the bottom of the Atlantic (which would have been a shameful waste of a cannon). Fortunately, I didn’t have the ‘Net and only inflicted them on my family, who were two nice to tell me to give it up for a lost cause. I kept at it and my structure and characterization got better with every effort. Hopefully, they will continue to do so. You just have to allow yourself to write badly at first, like anything else, it just takes practice.
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ghazalah
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Time:2004-02-28 07:23 pm (UTC)
And as for me writing, I'll stand behind Kenneth Tynan, one of the great theater critics of the last century. Someone asked him why he didn't write a play. He said:

"My dear, I know the way, but I can't drive the car."

*g*
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acaciaonnastik
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Time:2004-02-29 06:27 am (UTC)
Oh, you just want as much Stephen as you can possibly get. :P
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ghazalah
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Time:2004-02-29 11:03 am (UTC)
Oh, you just want as much Stephen as you can possibly get.

Yes.

Yes I do.

*eg*
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muccamukk
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Time:2004-02-28 11:07 pm (UTC)
Ah, too bad, I always enjoyed your stuff. I sort of needed it after reading even the summaries in the LotR section of ff.net. Fortunately, M&C has a significantly smaller adolescent fan base. Thus far, I've only seen two Mary Sues. Long may it remain so.

It's funny you should say that, I've seen quite a few fics about Mahon, more than anything else really. I wouldn't want to over do it.
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dylant
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Time:2004-02-28 08:46 am (UTC)
Jack is such a dear, I don't even know how. love this.
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