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22 May 2014 @ 08:19 pm
Fic: The Nature of Kings  
Something about late, and a dollar? This was a fic for Tel for Winterfair 2010-11. Obviously that didn't work out, but it's done at last, and I hope you like it! I'm afraid it's not desperately slashy, but I couldn't get the story to work any other way.

Quite a few people helped with the beta-reading on this one, at various stages. Avantika, Ailis_fictive, Cahn: so many thanks to all of you for reading through this and poking holes and coming up with suggestions. An awful lot of the good ideas came from them. All the mistakes came from me :-).

Title: The Nature of Kings
Prompt: Plotty Aral/Galeni slash, with all the issues that both of them bring to the table regarding Komarr and Imperium and daddy issues and bisexuality, etc. I would prefer this fic set entirely within the Barrayaran masculine sphere.
Length: 17,000 words
Content: violence, colonial issues, mystery
Summary: The Prime Minister makes a visit to Komarr while Galeni is posted there, and the political becomes personal for them both.

The fic is too large for an LJ post, but you can find it on AO3 or Dreamwidth.
The Nature of Kings on AO3
The Nature of Kings on Dreamwidth.
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Her Hamsterness: Vorkosiverse -- Galenihamsterwoman on May 22nd, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
When I read your Vorkosigan fic, I always have to remind myself I'm not reading canon; I had to do that a LOT in this fic. Your Galeni and your Aral are amazing as always, and it was so great to get them interacting at such length.

I couldn't list out everything I loved about this fic, but for a partial list: the moment in the groundcar when Aral switches from addressing Galeni as Captain to "Dr Galeni", Aral's love for and admiration of Cordelia coming through so clearly even in second-hand observation, Duv using Miles as his point of reference for Aral (and all the differences there), Aral's interaction with his ImpSec detail and poor harried Major Tomlinson, Duv having to switch between thinking of Komarran freedom-fighters as rebels rather than patriots and other mental corrections, Galeni's POV of himself in command of Barrayaran men, and his flashbacks to the fast-penta interrogation with Ser Galen.

I love that the politics and the personal are both messy and jagged in this, and there are no easy solutions, but justice over genocide is still worth fighting for.
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on May 22nd, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's such a messy and jagged fic, really, no easy answers and no security or surety for either of them. And I had so much fun with Duv comparing his experiences with Miles to his experiences with Aral, and the ways they would seem similar to Duv. But really, the point of this fic was to write Aral and Galeni interacting at as much length as I could manage, because they react to each other so well. Writing them together is like attending one of those perfect dinner parties where the guests manage to provide non-stop erudite and fascinating and complex conversation all evening.