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fic: A Night at the Opera

Title: A Night at the Opera
Author: fengirl88
Wordcount: 221
Category: 221b ficlet; crossover
Pairing: Lestrade/Maurice
Rating: PG-13 for swearing?
Warning: None in the conventional sense.  Does not contain Sherlock.  More shameless self-indulgence. More opera.
Disclaimer: I do not own ACD's or the BBC's Lestrade or E.M. Forster's or Merchant Ivory's Maurice.  It was kopoushka's idea to put them together in the first place. 
A/N: a brief postscript to the exchange between Lestrade and Maurice about opera in  Beginning To See The Light.   NB the 221b ficlet form must contain exactly 221 words of which the last must begin with B. 

 

A Night at the Opera

 

Lestrade's holding hands in the back row, a thing he hasn't done since he was seventeen and illegal.

 

“If you really hate it we can leave at the interval,” Maurice says, pressing a kiss against his ear.

 

Glyndebourne on Screen. A compromise. No dressing-up. No pompous prats showing off in the Crush Bar or whatever it's called. People nattering and eating popcorn during the trailer.

 

Definitely not going all the way.

 

Still, Lestrade braces himself.

 

The music's – odd, but not unpleasant. Set's fucking amazing, this huge incredible claustrophobic ship. Full of sailors, Christ, size of that chorus. Must cost a fortune.

 

And then the new men come aboard. And the one this is all about, see that even before he opens his mouth, is so vulnerable and full of life you can't take your eyes off him. Nor can that fucked-up closet case or the sodding captain who'll destroy him between them.

 

Lestrade's hooked, gaping like a kid as the story unfolds. Wants to shout at the screen but he doesn't, even when the beautiful boy calls out a final blessing on the man he loves, the man who's doomed him to hang.

 

Is it all like that?” he asks Maurice afterwards, still shaking.

 

That good? No,” Maurice says, smiling. “Not even Britten. But I knew you'd never resist Billy Budd.”

 

ETA: this is now the first of a sequence, Nights at the Opera. 

Lestrade and Maurice's next outing is here.

 

 

Comments

( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
2ndskin
Oct. 27th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
awwwwww! so happy for the return of Maurice and Lestrade! you ARE a shameless romantic! more, please: more Maurice, more Lestrade, more music, more romance!
fengirl88
Oct. 27th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
thank you! just can't help it so I expect there will be more sooner or later...
*grins sheepishly*
kalypso_v
Oct. 27th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, the place to start. I wonder what he'll pick for the first live one?
fengirl88
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
not sure about that myself - all suggestions gratefully received!

didn't think about it till I'd written this, but Forster's role in the libretto makes Billy Budd even more the place to start. a happy thought.

apart from L's resistance, which I don't share, his response to this film is much the same as my own (I had never seen or heard the whole thing before, only extracts). wonderful stuff.

kalypso_v
Oct. 27th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
Hm... not sure, I'm not really an opera buff. Though Lestrade did seem to like the trio from Rosenkavalier in Consequences, and that might be an interesting one for Maurice to try on him, as he would be a lot more resistant to the trappings. I also have an odd sort of weakness for Arabella (odd, because I can't remember a scrap of the music).

What production of Billy Budd is it?
fengirl88
Oct. 27th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
it's the Glyndebourne one from this summer - they filmed it and various arts cinemas around the country screened it in late August.

Jacques Imbrailo was Billy Budd - staggeringly good, as were all the leads. and the chorus. and that set.

more details here:

http://www.glyndebourne.com/operas/billy_budd/

I don't know Arabella (shame on me!) but if Rosenkavalier is too much of a stretch for Lestrade I suppose there's always Ariadne auf Naxos.
kalypso_v
Oct. 27th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
I think Maurice should keep Rosenkavalier for when he wants to take Lestrade all the way. And make him wear a dinner jacket for it. I want to see Lestrade in a dinner jacket.

Maybe work up to it by taking him to a live-but-shoestringy sort of production somewhere? eg an edgy version of Cosi, since Lestrade's had to put up with a lot of sexual shenanigans recently?

I've seen Arabella a couple of times on telly. I probably liked it because, the first time I saw it, Arabella was played by a very sensible-looking woman whom I quite fancied. Come to think of it, Arabella is one of the more sensible operatic heroines. The whole thing comes to a quietly intimate climax involving a glass of water.
fengirl88
Oct. 27th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
liking all these suggestions! thank you very much.

and now I definitely have to track down Arabella! who was the sensible-looking woman you quite fancied?

I have a soft spot for sensible heroines and feel they don't get anything like enough attention. so this sounds very appealing even before your last sentence...

kalypso_v
Oct. 27th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Can't remember. Long time ago.

I'm not sure that one has to do a great deal to qualify as one of the more sensible operatic heroines. I remember the first time I read the plot of La Wally I thought "Well, the title makes sense..." (I've never seen it - apparently it's not often staged, because there the climax requires an avalanche - but everyone knows the big aria because they used it in Diva. For some value of everyone implying familiarity with French cult films of the i980s.)
fengirl88
Oct. 27th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
...looks as if it might be Ashley Putnam (the other possibilities that came up for DVDs of this were Gundula Janowitz and Renee Fleming).

yes, I know that aria (because of Diva) but nothing else from La Wally. the avalanche ending sounds fun, like a lot of nineteenth-century theatrical spectacle.
dark_aura016
Oct. 27th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
ooooh I could live off little snippets like these. I love this little moment where class plays into it but once again its part of what makes this pairing so sweet and adorable. Thanks for writing this!

"warning: does not contain sherlock"
As lovely as Sherlock is, I am perfectly content without him when these two are around!
fengirl88
Oct. 27th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
hurrah - so glad you liked it! *glows*

I know you wanted more of these two, and this little fic just insisted on happening.
drachenmina
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
*hearts*
fengirl88
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
thank you! ♥
warriorbot
Nov. 1st, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad the boys are back!

I love this pair so much - and I'm loving the operatic education I'm getting from your fics too!
fengirl88
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
I love this pair too! so glad you do and that you're enjoying the fics. they're being great fun to write.

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