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14 December 2012 @ 01:13 pm
Fic: Laying Ghosts  
It's been a Galeni sort of week here, because I've been tinkering with the Duv/Aral fic some more, and rereading Brothers in Arms and thinking that if anything I am underestimating the crush Duv has on Barrayar and its military. When you calibrate for him being an extremely cool, reserved, ironic sort of man, the way he drifts off into almost poetic exaltation of the Barrayaran service ethos can only lead me to the conclusion that he does, in fact, have a feudalism kink a mile wide. And even more daddy issues than I am taking into account. The things he and Miles talk about when they're locked up together are fascinating and revealing.

As well as that, I wrote, rather at the last minute, this fic for trobadora as a pinch hit for the blasters_wands fic exchange, which I can now own up to.

Title: Laying Ghosts
Content: major character death
Length: 1600 words
Summary: Duv on Komarr immediately after the end of Cryoburn.

Laying Ghosts (on AO3)

Crossposted at http://philomytha.dreamwidth.org/97926.html. There are comment count unavailable comments there.
bluejayfic: watercolorbluejayfic on December 14th, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oh. Oh. Oh.

Duv. And Delia. And Cordelia. And Aral. I've wondered before how Duv would react to Aral's death, but I forgot that they would have had to pass through Komarr on the way to Barrayar, and that Duv would have practical things to deal with. The way you describe his reaction is understated, but all the more powerful for that.

"It's my job to do the rest. And I will."

I want to give all of them hugs. Especially Cordelia. I've always been curious how Duv and Cordelia would interact, given the "invisible like air" conversation in Brothers in Arms, and you've given me a glimpse!

I completely agree with you about everything you wrote in your post, too. That part of BiA where they are captured by Galen is one of my favorite parts of the whole series, for many reasons, but in part because you suddenly see what Galeni, a painfully reserved man, really cares about.
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on December 15th, 2012 07:49 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it! Thank you! Yes, this fic wasn't exactly about Duv's personal reaction to Aral's death - as you say, it had to sneak in the corners around Duv dealing with everything else, including Delia's more close and personal grief. But they do all need lots of hugs.

I have a lot of favourites in the series, but yeah, Duv and Miles in the cell together is definitely one of them.
Trobadora: words christmastrobadora on December 14th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
You are made of so much awesome. *hugs*
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on December 15th, 2012 07:49 am (UTC)