coprime_recs: Chouji and Shikamaru on a roof cloud-watching (Default)
Three Ways To End an Acquaintance (Jack/Stephen | R | 1,363 words): Three ways a duel between Jack and Stephen might go. Oh, between the three outcomes, this is delightfully sad and angsty and sweet, with the sadness and angst just making the sweet all the sweeter.

Excerpt:
Stephen had taken off coat and shirt and folded them neatly on the ground; his bare skin was sallow in the fading light, his face unreadable and distant. Jack had loosened his neckcloth and nothing more, and stood stiffly in his best coat and breeches, ill and sad, all sustaining anger gone, leaving only a wretched pallor.
coprime_recs: Chouji and Shikamaru on a roof cloud-watching (Default)
At Dawn (Jack-Stephen | G | 1,741 words): Jack, looking for his cutlass, interrupts a sleeping Stephen. Ahh, this has such a feeling to it of the early morning hours when either you're just waking up, sleepy and warm and slightly befuddled (like Stephen), or you're already awake and bright-eyed and ready to take on the day (like Jack). Either way, it's a nicely serene time.

Excerpt:
Stephen opened an eye. In the broad palm before him lay a string of ten dark beads with a ring at one end and a slender cross at the other. He took it silently from Jack's hand and brought it beneath the folds of his blanket.

A bell chimed on deck, followed by other early-morning sounds. Jack coughed quietly and ran a hand through his loose hair. He moved his towel from one shoulder to the other, gazing about in the darkness, possibly for a hovering cutlass.

"Will you swim now? Or sit?" murmured Stephen after a time. "Or will you continue to loom above me in that inquisitive and toweringly naked fashion? I do not have your blessed knife. I returned it to you last week."

"Did you? Perhaps so." Jack wrapped the towel round his waist. "Stephen," he said casually, "may I see that again?"
coprime_recs: Chouji and Shikamaru on a roof cloud-watching (Default)
Vehicle-for-getting-places-across-water (Leonard of Quirm, Stephen Maturin | G | 249 words): How could anyone not want to see Leonard and Stephen working together?

Excerpt:
"Yes. It's called my Coffee-Keeping-Warmer-Thingy. It's in the -- the cabin where all the officers --"