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Title: With A Clouded View: Various Interludes
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia
Pairing(s): Lucy/Susan
Rating: PG for this part, NC-17 overall.
Summary: Just a few little scenes, from various POVs
Word count: ~2000
Warnings: None

A/N: Chapter 1 and initial notes are here, and Chapter 2 is here. Other parts can be found on the "fic: with a clouded view" tag.

These originally formed a bridge in part 9 between Lucy's return from the forest and her meeting with Susan and the centaurs on Christmas eve. They were intended as a revisiting of some of the other characters I'd grown fond of but in the end they completely unbalanced the chapter so I had to remove them. I still kind of like them though and didn't want to delete them entirely so I'm posting them as a kind of appendix :)

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9, and Epilogue

(For those of you who find white on black annoying, there are also copies at my Archive of Our Own page).



With a Clouded View - Interludes )
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Title: With A Clouded View (Part 9 of 9, and Epilogue)
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia
Pairing(s): Lucy/Susan
Rating: PG for this part, NC-17 overall.
Summary: In which there is, finally, a happily ever after.
Word count: ~7000
Warnings: Sibling (sister/sister) incest. Don't like? Don't read.

A/N: Chapter 1 and initial notes are here, and Chapter 2 is here. Other parts can be found on the "fic: with a clouded view" tag.

I recently found a document on my laptop entitled 'Untitled Narnia' dating from May 22 2010 that contained the first few paragraphs of this. Which is to say, from first words to final full stop, this story has taken me almost four years to write. It's the longest thing I've ever written and, while I can't really say that there was ever any doubt that I'd finish, I really didn't expect it to take this long. Regardless of how many people read it, I have to admit to being pretty proud of myself right now.
A lot happens in 4 years, and this particular 4 years has seen all sorts of ups and downs. This ridiculous little story has never been far from my mind, one way or another, however much I've failed at speedy or consistent writing. I'll miss it, but hey, now there's time for the next thing, so that's nice.

While this is written from Lucy's point of view, and while I've grown to love her more than I ever thought possible, I wrote it, in a very real sense, for Susan. I've never come to terms with Lewis's treatment of her, and this is my response. To say that Lewis wouldn't have approved is something of an understatement, but isn't that one of the joys of fan-fiction?

As always, I want to thank likecharity, for her betaing and general wonderfulness. Thank you! ♥♥♥


Dedication: And finally, this is for all the people I've ever met online, in one fandom or another, or just on the wild and woolly highways and byways of the internet. This is for the love, the friends and the friendships, however lasting or fleeting. This is for zagury, my first fandom friend who, I'm happy to say, I'm still in touch with, and smeetie, with whom I was so close for a short time at the end of 2009 and whom I still remember with fondness and sadness, 4 years after she vanished from the internet. And this is for perverbially, whom I miss more than I can say, and sushizuzoru too, and jules2112, despite the fact that we appear to have fallen out over a ridiculous political disagreement. And this is for Shan, and Sivi, and Morgan, and Graham, and Jack, and Anna, and Flis, and Helen, and all the guys from the heady, if slightly stressful days, of Skins. And for lash_larue and lokifan too, and all you others I met through Harry Potter :)
And this is for Jules, and Kati, and Hannii, and most especially, Briella <3

And yes, I'm going a bit over the top, but did I mention 4 years? I hope it's not that surprising that I'm a little bit emotional XD

Anyway, rambling over. If you're reading this on LJ, feel free to check out the last chapter, and if you're reading on AO3, it's possible that you've already read it. I hope you enjoyed. <3

Disclaimer: Obviously all the characters and pretty much everything else belong to the estate of C.S. Lewis, and Walden Media. This is just for fun!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Appendix (Various Interludes)

(For those of you who find white on black annoying, there are also copies at my Archive of Our Own page).


With a Clouded View, Part 9 and Epilogue )
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Title: With A Clouded View (Part 8 of 9)
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia
Pairing(s): Lucy/Susan
Rating: NC-17
Summary: In which there is a culmination and our heroine's life becomes immeasurably more complicated.
Word count: ~6200
Warnings: Sibling (sister/sister) incest. Don't like? Don't read.

A/N: Chapter 1 and initial notes are here, and Chapter 2 is here. Other parts can be found on the "fic: with a clouded view" tag.

I started this part some time round the end of February last year. What with one thing and another, including a major confidence fail and an extensive rewrite, it took something like 8 months to write. I've been holding off on posting till the story was finally finished, so I don't leave it another year to post the next part. Part 9 and the epilogue are now finished and betad. Part 9 needed a bit of tinkering so it's just being re-betad, but it's all over bar the shouting.
So close.
There'll be final comments when I post the last bits, which hopefully won't be long now. Yay :D


Endless thanks, once again, to likecharity, for betaing, encouragement, and being a wonderful person and an amazing friend. Thank you! ♥♥♥


Dedication: It seems a little wrong to dedicate this particular part to anyone in particular (what with the explicit sexytimes and all) so I'll dedicate it to all of you, and especially to all my friends: the ones I know in person and the ones I haven't had the pleasure of meeting IRL just yet. You're all wonderful, and I'm incredibly lucky to have you <3

Disclaimer: Obviously all the characters and pretty much everything else belong to the estate of C.S. Lewis, and Walden Media. This is just for fun!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 9, and Epilogue
Appendix (Various Interludes)

(For those of you who find white on black annoying, there are also copies at my Archive of Our Own page).



With a Clouded View, Part 8 )
prunesquallormd: (Effy - Lost in thought)
All packed and ready to roll to sunny Whitby. I hardly slept on Tuesday or Wednesday night though, so the prospect of a 3 or 4 hour drive isn't that attractive. As I finished packing at midday I've been dozing on the sofa for a couple of hours, which is nice. Just waiting for Brie to wake up so we can have a little chat before I go and then I should be ready to hit the road.
I'm going to be mostly offline for the next few days, I think (unless the place we're staying has wifi, which seems unlikely). I always feel slightly uncomfortable when I'm forcibly removed from the internet XD
(On the plus side, Skype works on my phone so, fingers crossed, I should still be able to talk to Brie on most days. We shall see).

I'll be back next Tuesday, and then we have another public holiday on the following Monday. Yay :D


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I hope you've all had a lovely weekend (and I hope it was restful and contained lots of chocolate :p).
I'm going to try and post properly soon, though it's possible that that's not going to happen till before I head off to Whitby on Thursday. We shall see :)

Have a few thematically appropriate songs. More than 20 years late, I seem to have developed a fondness for The Stone Roses. These are 2 of my favourites, and the bands fondness for Biblical imagery make them somewhat (if not entirely) appropriate XD






The City Harmonic are straight down the line evangelical types. Avoid if that's not your thing, but the song is very pretty.



Righty, I'm gonna have another cup of tea and watch the last hour or so of The Two Towers. If I can muster up the energy maybe I'll wander to the cathedral later, though it's looking less and less likely XD

Love and hugs to you all xxx
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- Actual inklings of spring this week. Yay! Of course, given that it's the Spring Equinox in less than 2 weeks it's kind of timely. (I'm just hoping that horrible Arctic vortex thingy that's been hammering North America all winter doesn't make its way to this side of the pond. Another super late spring after the winter we've had would be most unwelcome.
Still, I've managed to get through my least favourite month of the year relatively unscathed. Only one unpleasantness, so that's nice (though that unpleasantness looks like it's going to be indefinite, which makes me sad).

clicky for rambles )
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I think I dig out that title more or less every February, if not here then elsewhere. It's my favourite, mostly because I really hate February. Worst month ever. (It should come as no surprise to anyone who reads this even occasionally that October is my favourite).
This year, February has excelled itself, although to be fair to a much-maligned (by me, at least) month, at least some of my bad experience this week has had to do do with people (well, a person) than the time of year per se. Ho hum.

I didn't sleep on Monday night and I've been struggling to catch up all week. It's been a fairly hard one.
Gaming was fun last night though. For the first time in a while we role-played rather than board gamed, which was such a nice change (I really need to get my chapter 2 of the Call of Cthulhu campaign I'm running sorted, but currently energy and focus are kind of a problem). We played Werewolf. Not a game I've played much (or been much interested in) in the past but it was very entertaining, so.

slightly sleepy rambling )
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- Well, it's with no small sense of relief that I managed to get through Deuteronomy this week with my eyeballs intact. Oh, and surprise too, because (with the exception of the early chapters of Genesis which are kind of fun), the first 4 of the Books of Moses mostly left me wanting to stick pins in my eyes. Ugh, just horrible.

Deuteronomy mostly takes the form of a sermon, with the 120 year old Moses addressing the 12 tribes of Israel just before his death and their subsequent crossing of the Jordan into the Promised Land and, while God here, much as in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers, is portrayed in large part as being petty, vainglorious, arrogant, vindictive, and cruel (and murderous, don't forget murderous. I mean, honestly, the 12 plagues, anyone?), He's less to the forefront here than previously and mostly I found it a fairly interesting narrative of a People at a very specific time and place in their history.

Religion and whatnot )
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Nice quiet birthday, which is really the only kind that I like these days. My car breaking made sure I couldn't have done anything big anyway, even if I'd wanted to, but I like quiet, especially in January.
So, I took Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off and spent it reading, writing, watching TV and coming fourth of four at a game of Louis XIV (one of my favourites). I got to talk to a dear friend who's in Texas (so the timing can be awkward) on Tuesday night, so that was nice. She was Skyping on laptop rather than phone and it doesn't have a microphone so we did the me talking, her doing sign language and typing thing, which is surprisingly effective. For the first few months of our friendship we had to Skype that way all the time and while it felt strange going back to that now I've actually got used to hearing her voice, it was still lovely to talk to her.

Rambling and songs )
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Fields of the Nephilim, Leeds, 15th December 2013

The first time, I was 17 or 18 (1990-ish), I was a little too close to the front (it was so loud it was painful), their best album (Elizium) hadn't been released yet, and anyway I was in the middle of a fairly severe bout of depression so I wasn't really capable of enjoying anything very much. The second time was 2008 and they were wonderful but, for various reasons, the venue didn't really work for them.
So this was the third time, and everything - everything - was perfect. The venue (the O2 Academy) is big-ish but small enough to be reasonably intimate. And Fields of the Nephilim were, not to put too fine a point on it, fucking awesome. Carl McCoy is 50 this year and he doesn't look or sound the slightest bit different. Nothing at all has changed, apparently, except that he has, in my eyes, at least, become a god XD No seriously. Whatever he may be like in person, on that stage he's out of this world <3

Cut to save your friends page )

:D:D:D:D

Dec. 16th, 2013 12:39 am
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Best gig ever :D

Also, I didn't crash and burn driving back over the pennines in the dark and the rain, so yay \o/

There shall be more later in the week. Sleep now though. Long past my bedtime.
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Well, due to a positive masterpiece of scheduling on my part (AKA blind luck) I managed to see Catching Fire mid-afternoon last Saturday and get back home in time for Doctor Who. I'm very glad I did because they were both rather awesome. Having read Catching Fire before I saw it I enjoyed it slightly less than The Hunger Games, just because I knew what was happening. Cath was kind of annoyed by the whole 'it not finishing properly' thing, but then, that's second films of trilogies the world over (it's somehow less annoying in books, I don't know why).
As with the first one, it looked amazing, it was almost pathologically faithful to the book (and again, even the bits they added because the books are purely Katniss's POV were extrapolated very well), and it was brilliantly cast. All in all, I'm very much looking forward to Mocking Jay (which was actually the weakest of the books for me, though I still very much enjoyed it). Somehow I can't help thinking it'll work better as a film.

Doctor Who, despite my worries that it would be something of a let down, was all sorts of fabulous. Sufficiently so that I'd be entirely unable to be coherent about it, so here's a more lucid critique than I could ever give:-



And this made me alternately squee and cry :')



(And now I'm going to watch Maudryn Undead again and remind myself if the limit of 13 was on incarnations or regenerations. Cos if it was on incarnations then they've just hit the limit with John Hurt's 'War Doctor' and I'll be interested to see if they just ignore it or make any sort of nod to it in the next regeneration).
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It's been so long since I've posted properly. You know what it's like, the longer you leave it, the less it feels like there's anything of interest to write. And well, life is mostly kind of dull, so yeah. Oh well, I'll sit and type for a bit with American Horror Story in the background.
Clicky for rambly )
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I hope you're all having a nice day and a good week.
Mostly too zonked to post properly right now, so how's about I leave you with this: one of my favourite Youtubers (the other one is a Dutch guy who reviews fountain pens XD) talking about one of my favourite films, Shaun of the Dead. It's spoiler-tastic so if you haven't seen the film you'd probably best avoid this (also WHY HAVEN'T YOU SEEN THE FILM!?? No seriously, you should. It's awesome).

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Half-way through my traditional Halloween week off. There's been reading, writing, baking, and American Horror Story. Quite a nice way to spend a holiday.
Before the heavens open I really need to get some fresh air so I'll post properly soon.
Just dropping in put this here though. It's so pretty and I do love the video. I love to watch people write. It's very relaxing :)



Love and huggles, all :)
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Something - I'm not sure what - possessed me to book Samaritans overnights on two consecutive Fridays which just ugh. By the time I realised it was too late to get out of either of them. Last Friday's one was done in a general state of malaise and achy headedness and wiped out most of my Saturday. All I had the energy to do was wander to the Anglican cathedral for only the 3rd time in 20 years (it's nice though way too big and I must admit to always being shocked when people treat sacred spaces as simple tourist attractions, but whatever). And now I just have to do this coming Friday's one and I really, really don't want to. But once I have, I'll just have the one at the end of the month and then 2 more to take me to my 10 for the end of the year, and as I've never even managed 8 before I doubt I'll do those two (it's not mathematically possible for everyone to do 10 overnights. There aren't enough shifts). Next year I'm going to be more organised about it. Next year ...
Vids and stuff )
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As I type I have pictures from Scotland uploading to Photobucket. I honestly don't think I'll be bothered to post them tonight but I definitely will do at some point in the not too distant future. It was a lovely week and Scotland is beautiful (though, of course, somewhat soggy. You don't really go to Scotland in autumn (or Britain in autumn generally) and expect it not to be soggy). The house was amazing. A 4 storey Georgian mansion built around a 16th century tower. It was like no house I've ever been in, and I'll probably never stay anywhere quite like that ever again (though there is talk of next year staying in the gloriously named Fort Clonque, which is unique in a very different way).

clicky if you like ... )
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As of about 6 hours ago I now have an external wall that doesn't leak water when it rains. Yay! I've been meaning to get that done for ages and obviously with the winter on its way it was getting quite pressing. I have so much else to get done but that's the most serious external thing. It's such a relief that it's sorted. There's always something to stress about though.

But whatever, I'm off north of the border for a few days come Sunday. I've been so looking forward to it. Nice lazy evening tonight though. Possibly see the last couple of episodes of season 1 of Once Upon a Time (which I'm loving but which, for various reasons, has take me most of this year to get through) or Ponyo, or maybe The Princess and the Frog (I'm on a bit of a Disney kick recently, and I was taken by the New Orleans setting of that one).

Now then, let's see if I can remember how to link pictures from Photobucket. I'm sure it can't be that hard.
Ah yes, that's it. A lot easier than I remember. Yay :)
We'll see if I took any pictures worth seeing.
cut to save your friends page from the ridiculously sized pictures )
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It's been aaaaages since I last posted. So while I don't really have the energy to write a long post (been going to bed late and waking up at stupid o'clock in the morning for no good reason recently) I have a fairly free evening so I thought I'd check in and say hi.

Random question: what is everyone's problem with comic sans?
I know it's not the most elegant font in the world but it seems to be almost universally loathed and I'm really not sure why. It's not a font I'd choose, admittedly. I tend to go for Arial. Habit, mostly, and I like it. My mum's boyfriend, who's an artist and began his career in the printing trade when pages actually had to be set letter by letter, sings the praises of Gill Sans, and yes, it's elegant and well balanced but, well, there are so many fonts and there's only so much time you can spend thinking about how you want your letters to look.
I don't know. Much like so many things on the internet, it seems to me that someone, somewhere, decided that it's the done thing to despise comic sans and thus it must always be.

Sorry, that was very boring. It's just something I've wondered for a while.

Right now I have the photos I took at Daresbury Church on the August bank holiday uploading. It's taking a while and I know from the few times I've done it that linking photos in photobucket to LJ and DW takes me forever with a stupid amount of trial and error so I'll do that another time (maybe Friday evening. See how I feel). Hopefully some of them have come out ok.
Daresbury is the village where Lewis Carroll's dad was rector and way back in the '30s the parishioners clubbed together to have a stained glass window made with a few of the characters from Alice in the bottom panels and a main panel of Lewis Carroll at prayer with Alice standing beside him. It's really lovely, and the church is gorgeous too.
I only found out about it a couple of years ago. I can't believe I've lived 15 miles away for 20 years and didn't know before. I actually thought the Cheshire Cat was just named completely randomly and didn't even question that it might mean Carroll had some sort of connection to Cheshire.
I'm glad I finally got round to going. It was a lovely afternoon, and while there's not a whole load to see (just the window and a really lovely 12th century church) there's quite a nice little (well, pretty big actually) pub across the way, so it was perfect for an afternoon's visit and a very late pub lunch. There are worse ways to spend a bank holiday.

As I said, photos will be forthcoming, though they're not very good. I have no eye at all. I'm forever jealous of people with artistic talent of, well, any sort really. My photos have always kinda sucked.

My hand is still not great. I'm using a wrist splint for as long as I can bear to wear it and while I can type for longer before it gets really sore the numbness over the knuckles and the catching of the radial nerve at the wrist when I bend it is still as bad. It's only been a couple of weeks though. We'll see how it goes. It might be random nerve damage, I guess, though I don't see where from.
Oh well, there are worse things.

Off to Scotland for a week from Sunday for a lazy week of good company, walking, a little too much gin, and a lot of games. I'm looking forward to it.
I'll probably have no access to the internet *shudder* *twitch*
It'll be fine. I can deal with it ...
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I've done something to my right hand. RSI or tendonitis or a trapped nerve or the fact that I dropped my phone and in trying to stop it falling into the bath it bashed my knuckles really hard. Either way, the knuckles are numb and if I move the hand too much the radial nerve in the wrist catches and causes a really icky twinge all the way too my middle finger. Ugh :/
So I'm supposed to take ibuprofen 3 times a day for a month (yay indigestions :() and use it as little as possible. So yeah, that means my online activity will be far more limited than I'm used to (which makes me sad) and posts, emails, comments, whatever are going to be greatly reduced. Boo :(

So have some cool stuff instead )

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