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fic: Nights at the Opera (3)

Title: Nights at the Opera (number 3 in an occasional series)
Author: fengirl88
Category: Crossover (BBC Sherlock; E.M. Forster, Maurice; Merchant Ivory, film adaptation of Maurice)
Pairing: Lestrade/Maurice established relationship
Wordcount: ~930
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None in the conventional sense.  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: Really not supposed to be writing this today.  This episode was caused by kalypso_v , aided and abetted by et_cetera55 .  The scene you asked for will materialize eventually but apparently this had to happen first.
Nights at the Opera 3

"Christ, I'd like to get my hands on that bastard," Lestrade hisses.

"I'll tell Gerry you said so next time I see him," Maurice says.  "I'm sure he'll be delighted."

On Maurice's very fancy TV, Countess Almaviva holds her hand to her cheek where her husband's just slapped her.

"You know him?" Lestrade says.

"He was in my year at King's," Maurice says.  "Nice man.  We don't see much of each other these days, but he's always friendly."

Lestrade's still getting used to this sort of thing from Maurice, but it's the first time it's happened with an opera singer.  Never mind one as scarily, hatefully good as Gerald Finley's currently being.

Another night at the opera.  Mozart again, since the Così outing was such an unexpected success.  But this time Maurice had suggested a night in.  DVD, nice bottle of wine (which from Maurice means, as usual, a very nice bottle of wine), and a light supper so they wouldn't be too sleepy to watch the opera.

Lestrade's not a bad cook himself but he can't keep up with Maurice, and quite enjoys not even trying.  Wash up after him, sure, though it would be easier to do that if Maurice didn't take the opportunity to kiss the back of Lestrade's neck when he's up to the elbows in soapy water.  Managed not to break anything, though, and now they're lounging comfortably against each other on the sofa watching The Marriage of Figaro.

Which is all about class, right from the overture.  Big room full of servants busy with this and that: stretching out their hands for inspection by the butler or whatever he is, mopping the floor, carrying baskets of bread, or slop-pails, or eating apples, larking about and being cheeky and getting told off, flirting, quarrelling, teasing.  Must be a fucking enormous house, staff that large.  So it's no wonder the master thinks he's God Almighty.  A God Almighty with a divine right to shag any woman he fancies, including Figaro's bride-to-be Susanna on her wedding night.  Shuttles between neglecting his Countess and psychotic jealous rage if he thinks she's so much as looked at anyone else. 

"You don't usually get a production quite this dark," Maurice says, as the Count works himself up to a fever pitch of rage and lust again, "but I think it works better this way."

"Mm," Lestrade says, shifting awkwardly.  Watching a vicious head-case like that really shouldn't be erotic, however good the singer is.  Particularly if the singer's an old college chum of Maurice's.  Fuck.

"Are you in trouble?" Maurice asks, clearly trying not to laugh.

"Don't you dare say anything about this to him," Lestrade growls.

Maurice looks surprised.  "No, of course not."  He glances at Lestrade, assessing the state of the problem.  Picks up the remote.

"Pause or stop?" Maurice asks, pushing his free hand through Lestrade's hair.

"Stop," Lestrade says thickly.  Pause isn't going to be enough.

Another good thing about a light supper: doesn't get in the way if your opera viewing leads to something requiring more active participation.

"You know what I'd really like to do with you?" Maurice says, some time later when they've put the DVD back on.  Amongst other things.

"No, what?" Lestrade asks.  He's still feeling a bit dizzy after that rather energetic interlude, and he's certainly nowhere near ready for another go, so he hopes whatever Maurice has in mind isn't too immediate.

"Rosenkavalier," Maurice says, looking dreamy.

Oh.  More opera.

"Another DVD?" Lestrade asks hopefully, leaning heavily against him.

"I was thinking more of the real thing," Maurice says.  "There's a new production coming on at Covent Garden."

Covent Garden?  Bloody hell.  If that isn't going all the way, Lestrade doesn't know what is.

"It's a very sexy piece of music," Maurice says persuasively, and kisses Lestrade's neck. "Always does terrible things to me."

Which does sound quite appealing.  But Lestrade knows there's a catch.

"Covent Garden," he says.  "Dressing up, right?  I don't have that sort of gear and I don't want it."

Maurice looks crestfallen.  Looks like he's kicking himself as well, thinking he's blown it by making his move too soon.

"I know it's not your sort of thing," he says apologetically.  "I shouldn't push you.  I'm sorry."

Lestrade kisses him, to show there's no harm done. 

Maurice kisses him back enthusiastically.

On the TV, the opera carries on regardless.  Lestrade's surprised to find he's getting to like Mozart, though he suspects that may be because it's starting to have some very pleasant associations.

Getting near the end now.  In the garden of the château, Susanna sings her song of desire, calling her love to come to her in the beauty of the night.  Of course her husband's overhearing the whole thing and getting the wrong end of the stick, typical stupid fucking operatic misunderstanding, but bloody hell the song is gorgeous.  Maurice's arm is around Lestrade, Maurice's breath is stirring his hair, and Lestrade feels so relaxed he's almost boneless.

"All right then," he says.

"All right what?" Maurice murmurs into his hair.

"All right, Rosenkavalier," Lestrade says.  "Covent Garden.  Penguin suit.  Whatever you want."

Maurice hugs him tightly, like he can't quite believe his luck.

"If you're sure," he says, a bit shakily.

"Still don't really know why it gets you going like that," Lestrade says.

"Rosenkavalier and you in black tie?" Maurice says.  "I may spontaneously combust."  He groans.

Lestrade picks up the remote and says "Pause or stop?"

"Leave it on," Maurice says hoarsely, pulling him closer.

Happy endings all round.

what they're watching: David McVicar's production of Le Nozze di Figaro

Susanna's song is here:


Previous instalments:  A Night at the Opera

Nights at the Opera (2) 

The exchange about opera that started all this is in Beginning To See The Light, a sequel to The Old Bad Songs (the long fic in which Lestrade first meets Maurice).


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Oct. 31st, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
I knew there was a reason not to go and watch Maurice for a few minutes more. And this was it. Now I will go and toast the crumpets. Thank you.
Oct. 31st, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
your timing is impeccable!

enjoy Maurice and the crumpets...
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Oct. 31st, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Oh I love you and this fic so much!
And Lestrade getting turned on by the production... so HOT!
Oct. 31st, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
hurrah! *hugs you*

very glad you're enjoying it. I must say I am having a lot of fun writing it...
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Nov. 1st, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
*claps* I'm so happy you wrote a maurice/sherlock cross over! Every time I see Lestrade I think of Alec. This was a really awesome story! ♥
Nov. 1st, 2010 08:57 am (UTC)
thank you very much! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it.

I've written several maurice/sherlock crossover fics now (if you would like to read more there are links to them in "My fic masterlist" on this page). there are also two earlier parts of this opera story, and I should put a link to them in this part...

this wonderful icon by eumelkeks is what got me started on writing a Lestrade who was in service at a big house in his youth before he joined the force. he first appears in Close Analysis, but does not meet Maurice until The Old Bad Songs.

I love that moving icon with Sherlock and The Coat!
Nov. 1st, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
"Rosenkavalier and you in black tie? I may spontaneously combust."

Being a total opera illiterate, the former doesn't mean anything to me (sorry); but Lestrade in formal attire, that I CAN properly appreciate.
Nov. 1st, 2010 08:48 am (UTC)
thank you! there will be something about Rosenkavalier in the final part, which should explain a bit about it. it's also the source of the music at the end of my earlier fic Consequences.

I think many people share this appreciation of Lestrade in formal attire...
Nov. 1st, 2010 09:01 am (UTC)
Classically trained musician working in the business I may be, but opera is my least favourite genre. However, I'm loving these little fics and maybe my listening or viewing of the operas just might be seen in a different light from now on ;-)
Nov. 1st, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
thank you very much! *beams*

I'm so pleased that you are enjoying these fics. I am sure that happy associations with Lestrade (and Maurice) would improve almost any genre, in music or otherwise...
Nov. 1st, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love your Maurice/lestrade. It makes me warm and fuzzy inside! I hope you keep writing for these two for a long time to come :)

Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! *glows*
I am so glad it does! I love these two and hope there will be lots more for them as well. there has to be at least one more opera!fic so that we can see Lestrade in black tie...
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Nov. 2nd, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
My goodness this was gorgeous! I just started reading all of these, and I love them. Very well done! :)
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
thank you! *blushes*

so glad you enjoyed them. I'm having a lot of fun writing them!
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Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
thank you! *beams*
well the washing-up follows on from our earlier conversation about such things, so I'm glad you liked it!
delighted you are enjoying the opera series. see what happens when I let myself write a 221b - the whole thing just gets out of hand...
Nov. 2nd, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
'"Stop," Lestrade says thickly. Pause isn't going to be enough.'


And at last - one I know (though please never stop broadening my horizons) - I saw and loved a version I saw at the ENO a few years ago.

I love this series so much!
Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
thank you - delighted you are enjoying it so much! *beams*

apart from anything else, it's been a great excuse for me to listen to/watch some of my favourite things)...

Nov. 3rd, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
I finally got around to reading this series and I wish I had checked it out sooner. Lestrade and Maurice make a really charming couple. I like that contrast in their backgrounds and the concessions they need to make (e.g. Lestrade wearing a penguin suit to go to Covent Garden) to get along. It's also really interesting to see their relationship develop around these opera productions. Lestrade in particular seemed to be very affected by The Marriage of Figaro. *g*

Reading these stories really makes me want to see Maurice. While I've seen quite a few of the Merchant Ivory films, I somehow managed to miss this one.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
thank you so much! I'm delighted that you're enjoying it.

and oh you MUST see Maurice.

another brilliant icon from you there!
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Nov. 30th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Well goddamn, this is freakin' sexy! It's so easy to picture them together, all nice and cozy. I hope you continue to write Maurice and Lestrade.
Nov. 30th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
thank you very much! I love writing these two and there should definitely be one more opera fic with the penguin suit, whatever else happens...

*admires your icon*
Dec. 4th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
I just read everything you wrote about this crossover and oh. my. god.

I absolutely ADORE all of it, ALL OF IT! The tension between Lestrade and Sherlock in The Old Bad Songs was so painful and thick and it worked, oh it worked marvelously! And these companion fics with Lestrade and Maurice... the word "perfection" can't even begin to describe what I think about them! You wonderful writer!
Dec. 4th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
your comment!!!!!

I have just been dancing around my kitchen at past 11 p.m. and I mean literally dancing...

*attempts to calm down*

thank you VERY much. *blushes*

Edited at 2010-12-04 11:13 pm (UTC)
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