Jan. 21st, 2008
Happy 15-days-belated birthday, misspamela!
I, uh, got a little over-achiever-ish, hence the lateness. But it's all tidied up now, with a few new scenes and something like an honest-to-God ending, so I hope you can forgive the delay.
For people who aren't Miss P, a little explanation: what follows began as a series of emails to missmollyetc, describing a sprawling historical AU I wasn't going to write (because if I did write it, it would be 500,000 words long, require massive quantities of research, and not get finished until 2013, sometime after My Chem had swapped out the entirety of their membership or left on their first interplanetary tour via stargate). There wound up being a lot of it, some parts more narrative than others, and I happened to show it to a few people, including misspamela, who fell in love with it right about the time I got terminally stuck about 15,000 words in.
So this cleaned up and tied off version isn't a proper story, and this also isn't the entirety of the saga of Gerard and Frank and the Chimerical Romantics--but I think it's enough to be more or less satisfying, so I'm posting what I've got. Caveat lector.
Many many thanks to missmollyetc for being the first audience for this story, to iuliamentis, strangecobwebs, fairestcat, and everyone else who's heard way too much about this for way too long. Extra awesome thanks to stele3 for invaluable and speedy beta help!
Gerard/Frank, 19th Century AU. 22,315 words.
Warnings for explicit sex, dubious historicity, vodka, sodomy, and the lash.
( Chimerical Romantics. I don't even know what that means. )