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Fic title: The Road to Awe and Wonder
Author name: [livejournal.com profile] twasadark
Artist name: [livejournal.com profile] orvaen_queen
Genre: RPF Gen (pre-slash) with het subplot*
Pairing: Jensen/Alona*
Rating: R
Word count: 35,000
Warnings: Infidelity
Summary: It is 700 ad and the world lies in ruin, the Dark Ages come to life. The Roman Empire has crumbled into something altogether new, Medieval Europe, hanging on to the remnants of Roman civilization while being shaped by the church.

In this land of relics and shrines knight Jensen of Ackerley wanders grief-stricken and purposeless until he takes on the challenge of guiding Lady Alona on a pilgrimage. Accompanied by the orphaned street thief Tristan of Jare, they travel from France to Rome to the center of the world - Jerusalem - across the glittering Mediterranean, facing dangers of the body and soul, the heart and mind.

Betas: Immeasurable thanks to [livejournal.com profile] corbyinoz for her encouragement, keen eye for detail, and passion for historical accuracy and [livejournal.com profile] jaimeykay for her honest critique and masterful understanding of characterization.
*Notes: Head over here if you'd like to know about the gen rating, the history of the era, the character names or if you'd like to ask questions or leave constructive criticism.
Thanks as well to [livejournal.com profile] wendy and [livejournal.com profile] thehighwaywoman for running such an amazing challenge - and to all the writers and readers who participate.

Check out the wonderful art masterpost by [livejournal.com profile] orvaen_queen  HERE.



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Background - This story has been stewing around in my brain for many years now ... I'm not even sure how many myself. It's something I've worked out in bits and pieces over time and I'm so grateful to fandom for this challenge so that I could get it all down on paper, so to speak. While I'm certainly no expert, my education and work has been in history for some time now, and I've spent the last few years in particular researching the time period written about here for another project that I may yet get to in the future sometime. It's been good to use that knowledge in a story such as this. That said, please do comment here or PM me if you have an objection to some of the historical choices I've made here. I'm always up for learning something if you happen to have specialized knowledge that you'd like to share. One of the challenges in writing a historical story is to get the "feel" of the story down - to engage in truthful worldbuilding - so that the reader is immersed in that alternate existence. While I've tried to do that in this piece, I'm may have flubbed up.

The period of Late Antiquity has been an area of particular interest and passion for me. The crown prince of Late Antiquity (the Mediterranean from 300 - 700 ad) - indeed the founder of historical specialization in that time - is scholar Peter Brown. Should you have an interest in learning more about the period, a good - at times lyrical - introduction to that era is The World of Late Antiquity. I must confess a great affection for Peter Brown, whose sheer love of history, sweeping vision, and dauntless scholarship have so inspired my own passion for history. Should you have 38 minutes and an interest, you can hear him expound about Late Antiquity and the Silk Road in the below video:



Story Rating - I realize that my rating of this story as Gen may conflict with the vision some readers may have of the genre since it includes a het storyline and indeed some pretty explicit sex. I thought long and hard about the genre and I chose Gen because the overall thrust of the story is not on a romantic relationship but on the adventure. The romantic relationship is an important part of the story, but it does not sum up the story. I view this as a "romance" only in the traditional sense of the word, as an adventure of the heart and mind, one that includes love relationships but is not defined by them.

Character Names - My lovely beta [livejournal.com profile] corbyinoz  has been instrumental in helping me choose character names that were true to the time period while still being recognizable to the reader. Alas, while the name "Jared" is apparently a biblical name, it seemed more likely that his middle name, "Tristan", would be a common for the time period. The Norse origins of the name "Jensen" seemed to argue for its use in the story.


Should you wish to ask questions about the story before you invest the time in reading it, or if you have other comments or questions, feel free to ask them here.
twasadark: (DA - Alec & Max faces close)
Title: Force
Author: twasadark
Fandom: Dark Angel
Pairing: Max/Alec
Rating: PG-13
Words: 1000
Prompt: Dark Angel, Max/Alec, forced to submit to her authority at [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic .

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twasadark: (DA - Alec "kiss kiss bang bang")
Title: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Fandom: Dark Angel
Pairing: Max/Alec
Rating: PG
Prompt: Dark Angel, Alec/Max, time is running out for comment_fic
Author's note: I suppose I can't call this unrepentant fluff ... maybe repentant fluff?  LOL. 

 

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twasadark: (DA - Alec looking sideways)
Title: Different Strokes

Fandom: Dark Angel

Pairing: Alec/Zack

Rating: NC-17

Words: 800

Summary:  Alec and Zack have a difference of opinion, among other things.

Note: written for the comment_fic prompt Dark Angel, Zack/Alec, different

 

 

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twasadark: (DA - Max/Alec nearly kissing)
Here, have some fluff. :-)

Title: Beautiful Mistake
Fandom: Dark Angel
Pairing: Max/Alec
Rating: PG-13
Words: 550
Prompt: Max/Alec, heat totally counts as a stupid mistake


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twasadark: (SPN - Castiel & Dean)
Title: Angels with Dirty Faces
Author:twasadark
Pairing/Characters: Gen; Dean, Castiel
Rating: PG
Summary: Castiel warms Dean's body and soul.
Note: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic prompt our souls are all we own before we turn to stone

 

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twasadark: (DA - Alec looking sideways)

Title: Right as Rain
Author: [livejournal.com profile] twasadark
Fandom: Dark Angel
Pairing: Max/Alec
Rating: PG
Words: 650
Prompt: Racing in the Rain, Max/Alec over at [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic

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twasadark: (SPN - Dean and Castiel side by side)
Title: City of Dis
Author: [livejournal.com profile] twasadark
Pairing: Dean/Castiel
Rating: G
Words: 600
Prompt: Supernatural, Castiel & / Dean, Castiel is actually one of the fallen angels set to guard the gates of the City of Dis, rather than an angel of Heaven. The City of Dis is also known as the Sixth Circle of Hell in Dante's Inferno, and the walls of the city are guarded by fallen angels.
Note: A sort of stream of consciousness thing written for [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic .


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