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Happy New Year!

Time for the yearly wordcount recap!

Total words posted in 2016 was 394,729 (44k less than 2015, but 15k more than 2014).

That breaks down as 361,599 words over 22 Musketeers fics, 15,284 over 5 Musketeers RPF fics, 15,307 over 5 War & Peace fics (which I'd completely forgotten about) and 2,539 was one single New Blood fic.

I'd make a New Year's resolution to finish all my WIPs, but I've already been distracted writing something else, so...



Title: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
Pairings: Athos/Porthos and Aramis/d'Artagnan
Rating: 15
Wordcount: 29,627 (6 chapters)
Summary: Final part of the Fear No Evil series.

Athos is still looking for a way to break the demon Malphas' claim on Aramis' soul, but with Aramis trapped in the underworld following an accident, time is running out. In the search for answers, and plagued by his own doubts, Porthos is drawn into the risky world of ceremonial magic while d'Artagnan encounters a sinister coven in the catacombs beneath Paris - but help may be at hand from the unlikeliest of sources - a ghostly cat.

(There is also a pinterest moodboard for this fic here).
Title: The Alexander Affair
Pairings: Athos/Porthos (plus implied Grimaud/Marcheaux)
Rating: 15 (there's one vaguely explicit scene but the rest is mostly action/adventure stuff)
Wordcount: 76,209 (18 chapters)
Summary: 1920's Egyptology AU - Athos is an archaeologist working for the British Museum, Porthos is a tomb robber/black marketeer working for Richelieu. Whilst each is well known in his field, up to now they've never met - until both set out on the trail of the long-lost tomb of Alexander the Great. Athos has come into possession of an ancient inscription which indicates the possible location of the tomb - Porthos must steal it from him if he's to be in with a chance of getting there first, but Athos turns out to be not quite the academic pushover he's expecting. To make matters worse, they're not the only ones on the trail of the tomb - which might rather inconveniently also have a curse on it.


Musketeers - To Play The King

Muskies episode 5, in which everyone gets their own plotline except for Porthos, who is once more reduced to window-dressing.

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Latest fics posted to A03

Series 3 related:

Title: Appetite For Love
Pairings: Athos/Porthos, Athos/Sylvie
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 397
Summary: Set immediately after S03E02, The Hunger. Porthos reacts to seeing Athos and Sylvie kissing.

Title: A Helping Hand
Pairings: Athos/Porthos, Athos/Sylvie
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 444
Summary: Set immediately after S03E03 Brothers In Arms. Because who could resist Athos in that open black shirt? Certainly not Porthos.

Title: Conflicted Hearts
Pairings: Athos/Porthos, Athos/Sylvie
Rating: 15
Wordcount: 1101
Summary: Set mid-S03E04 (The Queen's Diamonds) following the scene where Athos declines to attend Sylvie's meeting and returns alone to the garrison.

Random AUs:

Title: Ends Of The Earth
Pairings: Athos/Porthos
Rating: 15
Wordcount: 44,671 (over 5 chapters)
Summary: On the run for a crime he technically didn't commit, ex-burglar Porthos holes up in the burnt out shell of an old manor house, assuming it to be abandoned. When the owner unexpectedly returns Porthos expects to be evicted, but Athos has a somewhat fluid relationship with the law himself, and takes Porthos on. Initially this is just to renovate the house, but when Athos goes missing on a mission, it may be that Porthos is the only one who can help him...

Title: Cast A Long Shadow
Pairings: Athos/Porthos
Rating: 15
Wordcount: 10,782
Summary: Sent to survey a ruined castle in the small border village of Undercliffe, after an awkward introduction Porthos starts seeing local author Athos de la Fere. But historical events overshadow their budding relationship, and after days of endless rain the countryside itself may be about to make the most catastrophic impact of all.

Title: Unconscious Desires
Pairings: Athos/Porthos
Rating: 15
Wordcount: 9,078
Summary: Modern AU. Athos is tricked into thinking he's slept with Porthos whilst drunk as a fairly unkind prank by Aramis, except it turns out that Athos isn't as horrified at waking up with a man as everyone expects, and when Porthos realises Athos is actually rather nice, they end up dating. But Athos is still oblivious to how it all started, and nasty truths have a way of coming out...

Title: Kissing Cousins
Pairings: Athos/Porthos
Rating: 15
Wordcount: 4,260
Summary: Reunited at the funeral of Athos' brother, cousins Athos and Porthos find they've both grown up quite a lot since they last saw each other... (Written for the prompt "Dumas based the Musketeers on real characters who were related so... kissing cousins" and incorporating the prompt "Athos and Porthos sitting in a tree K.I.S.S.I.N.G.")

So in the same vein as I did for series 2, I wrote a sequence of episode-specific Athos/Porthos-centric flash-ficlets for series 3 as I was watching, and I've just realised I can start posting them, so here's the first one, set part-way through Spoils Of War.

Title: Back To The Start
Pairings: Athos/Porthos
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 378
Summary: Porthos is feeling grumpy hurt. Athos tries to be the voice of reason.

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Catch Up

Having been avoiding 99% of the internet for about 2 months to avoid Musketeers spoilers (thank you BBC, you bunch of fucks) I have finally today caught up with the last two episodes and can emerge, blinking, back into normal life without having to flinch violently and slam tabs closed every time I see a mention.

(Anyway, non-spoilery opinionCollapse )).

Now I just need to catch up on two months of the internet. Piece of cake, right? Yeah, I shan't even attempt tumblr (half the people I follow seem to have changed their usernames, I have no idea who anyone is anymore!). And LJ will only let me go back 135 entries, I'm sure you used to be able to tab back as far as you wanted? Anyway, if I've missed anything dramatic or gossipworthy, let me know!

I also managed to miss the actual BBC series premiere of the Musketeers at the weekend but that was because I was seeing Howard Charles in King John, so that was okay! He was bloody amazing, and I recommend catching it if you can (if it's it still on? it seemed to be quite a short run).

Also unexpectedly got to go to ComicCon, as astrolabus had been given tickets for his birthday, where we stalked Peter Davison, and saw Erin Richards (Barbara from Gotham) and got completely spoiled for the end of series 3 of Sleepy Hollow by Tom Mison (Ichabod). Still, he was cute and funny so I'll forgive him, and his dodgy beret.

Also got to see the (Egyptian) Sunken Cities exhibition at the British Museum which was very impressive, and again would recommend, even at £16 to get in. There's something tremendously creepy about footage of giant statues looming up at you under the water, or a thing with golden eyes reflected in a diver's mask...





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