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fic: Waking (221b ficlet)

Title: Waking
Author: fengirl88
Fandom: BBC Sherlock, crossover with Merchant Ivory film of Maurice (1987)
Pairing: Lestrade/Maurice
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 221
Disclaimer: They're still not mine, and it was kopoushka's idea to put them together.
Summary: The trouble with posh lovers is they always want to improve your mind.
A/N: Same 'verse as The Old Bad Songs, and more particularly Nights at the Opera. Written (late) for blooms84's suggestion of a Rupert Graves birthday meme at dilestrade. Well, it's still his birthday somewhere, even if not where I am...
The lovely icon is by julie_izumi .


The trouble with posh lovers is they always want to improve your mind.

Worryingly, Lestrade's starting to get quite a taste for it.

Conditioned reflex, probably: watching opera DVDs on Maurice's very comfortable sofa leads to snogging, which leads inevitably to other things. Last time some bastard put on Classic FM while Lestrade was waiting to see the DCI, the trio from Così gave him an erection even Management Bullshit Bingo couldn't quash.

And now it's French film. Three hours of it. At the BFI, so not much chance of a shag. Have to see this one on the big screen, according to Maurice.

The film’s bursting with life: the backstage chaos of pierrots and lions, acrobats and strongmen, the rowdy audience yelling their pleasure and scorn up in the gods, the crowds swarming all over the Boulevard du Crime.

Finally there’s a quiet interlude, hero and heroine gazing down at the lights of Paris while she tells him about her childhood and he falls in love with her. Lestrade catches his breath: he knows that dazed just-woken-up look on the hero's face. It's the look Maurice gave him, the first time they went to bed together: Is it really you at last?

He kisses Maurice’s ear and whispers “Did anyone ever tell you you’re a dead ringer for Jean-Louis Barrault?”

[what they're watching: Marcel Carné's film Les Enfants du Paradis, particularly this scene. version with subtitles at 0:54:55 here]


( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 1st, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
Oh so lovely. Very lovely indeed.
Jul. 1st, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
thank you so much! I wrote it in a hurry and also in a state of brain-numbed tiredness, so I really wasn't sure about it - it's a great relief to know you like it.

Jul. 1st, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
You in the midst of brain-numbed tiredness are better than others' moments of brilliance! LOL. I especially loved the decription of how the film bursts with life. So amazingly evocative, I felt like I was watching it myself.
Jul. 1st, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
thank you - that's a lovely comment! *beams*

I love the film so I'm very glad you enjoyed that description.
Jul. 1st, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
I love the way in which Maurice is slowly refining Lestrade's tastes. Somehow, I'm not surprised that Lestrade would be worried about developing a taste for the finer things in life. *g* It's sweet that Lestrade initially resents having to see Les Enfants du Paradis on the big screen (because it vastly reduces the opportunity for sex) and then goes all gooey when he recognizes that familiar expression on the hero's face. Your description of this moment is written so beautifully:

Lestrade catches his breath: he knows that dazed just-woken-up look on the hero's face. It's the look Maurice gave him, the first time they went to bed together: Is it really you at last?
Jul. 1st, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
thank you so much! *glows*

I'm really glad you liked that moment - I was very pleased when I realized the similarity between that scene and how I imagined Maurice's look. it wasn't a conscious allusion, though I'd already mentioned the film in The Old Bad Songs. when I made the connection I realized it's partly about Maurice and Baptiste both being dreamers who suddenly wake up for the first time.

Edited at 2011-07-01 08:26 pm (UTC)
Jul. 1st, 2011 06:02 am (UTC)
Aww, this is so wonderful, Hon! 8D
Jul. 1st, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! *beams*
Jul. 2nd, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Jul. 1st, 2011 09:02 am (UTC)
Oh, lovely. What a great read first thing at work!
Jul. 1st, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - I'm really pleased you enjoyed it!
Jul. 1st, 2011 09:32 am (UTC)
It's lovely to revisit that early moment from the romance (which was what led me to order the DVD! I'm not sure my only Enfants icon fits, but it seems a shame not to use it.)

And I like the way that Maurice's perniciously artistic influence is now invading Lestrade's working life.
Jul. 1st, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
I do like your Enfants icon!

and I'm very glad you enjoyed revisiting that moment from the romance - it's a connection that made me very happy when I recognized it and realized that's why the film had cropped up in The Old Bad Songs.

at one point (before it went off into shameless romance) this fic was nearly called "Pavlov's DI". but I think that would be another story.
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Jul. 1st, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - so glad you liked it!

when blooms84 suggested posh boyfriends as one of the possible things to include in the birthday fic, I couldn't resist...
Jul. 1st, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I got to read this before heading out to work!
Jul. 1st, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
thank you - very glad you could and that you enjoyed it!
Jul. 1st, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
Best start of the month ever. I've been missing your fic.

Got to see Maurice last wkend and watched it over and over for hours. And then re-read all of your Maurice/Lestrade fic. Hoping to find the novel at a used bookstore today.

What an amazing talent you have! I think this couple has transcended fan fic into being real boys, and you are a real writer, a publishable one.

And what a great gift you are giving ppl to discover novels and opera and film right along with Lestrade. It's truly a whole universe. And you write Lestrade's reluctance so well that nobody has to feel judged or less educated.

It also feels like you are sharing your treasures. Thank you!
Jul. 1st, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
thank you very much for such a lovely comment!

oh, I'm so glad you've been watching Maurice. it's gorgeous, isn't it? I do hope you find the book.

what you say about this couple pleases me enormously. *glows*

re. sharing the treasures: it feels like an indulgence for me to write about things I love so much, so it's really nice to know that you're enjoying Lestrade's discoveries as well.

at some point I will get Lestrade into that penguin suit and off to Covent Garden! it's a bit too hot here at the moment to imagine that comfortably...
Jul. 1st, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
Ok you already know I love this, but, did I mention I love this?
Jul. 1st, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! *beams*

I see your drugs bust Lestrade icon and raise you one with text...

*points significantly and awaits fic*
Jul. 1st, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Jul. 2nd, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
thank you!
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