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31 January 2014 @ 03:11 pm
little black dress  
As I think I've mentioned, I want ALL the Rivers of London crossovers. I don't know why, it just seems like they'd fit into a lot of other fandoms I know, and sparks would fly. Also I've been writing in Peter's voice a lot, and that means I'm hearing him in my head all the time, including when I'm watching other shows, and hence getting his opinions on everything.

I've done old!Nightingale meeting Morse, but there's plenty of mileage in having the Folly consulting on one of Lewis's cases and I already have a WIP to that effect, or as someone suggested in the comments, Hathaway needs something to do after the end of S7 of Lewis. And then there's all the other crime dramas. They could visit Manchester and cross paths and swords with Gill Murray's syndicate, which would no doubt involve a lot of swearing and excellent police procedure all around. Nightingale and Peter might come up against one rather irritating consulting detective and his blogger flatmate (and oh god, that would have to be titled 'The Improbable Truth', wouldn't it?). Lestrade could use the backup, and I don't think Seawoll or Stephanopoulous would take any bullshit. They could also introduce basic professional standards in Whitechapel and maybe do something about their plague of serial killers. And then they could go abroad: Castle and Beckett would take magic in their stride, and there could be more snark about professionalism. Or they could sort out some artefacts with the Warehouse, though there might be an interesting tussle over taking it back to the Folly or stashing it in the Warehouse.

And the great thing about Nightingale is that you've got the whole twentieth century to play with. In the 1930s, you could have Lord Peter crossing paths with the Folly in its glory days and meeting a truly young and relatively carefree Nightingale. Why not Bertie Wooster too, while we're at it? Jeeves and Molly: the world's most terrifying combination. And if you wanted to be grim you could probably add Nightingale and his doomed band to any World War II canon you wish, and all the other magical aspects of the war. And any other historical crime drama after 1900. Miss Marple would not be fazed by Nightingale and the Folly, and who knows what Poirot's little grey cells would make of them. And then there's the one where Polly Churchill meets Molly during the Blitz.

I don't know if there's any way to get Nightingale to New York to join our other feathered friend there, those universes don't mesh well and we wouldn't want the Machine to be reduced to silicon detritus because Peter conjured a werelight in it. But there's the one where Nightingale introduces Peter to the group that really does handle alien invasions and Captain Harkness propositions Nightingale. And of course there's the fusion where Nightingale is the improbably youthful sole survivor of a magico-nuclear disaster at Vorkosigan Vashnoi and drives Aral to distraction by still existing despite everything Ezar could do to modernise and rationalise Barrayar and get rid of the old magical traditions, and then just when Aral thinks he's gone, he takes on a cheery young Komarran student as his apprentice... that would be fun. And I'm sure there must be more possibilities out there.

Crossposted at http://philomytha.dreamwidth.org/113096.html. There are comment count unavailable comments there.
nnozominnozomi on February 1st, 2014 05:05 am (UTC)
I don't know if you've ever run across the Cynthia Harrod-Eagles murder mysteries, but if not I can heartily recommend them. It's a long series of police procedurals set in Shepherd's Bush, with some of the best dialogue I've run across, good characterization, and lots of really bad puns. I would go to town on a crossover featuring Nightingale and Peter meeting up with DI Slider and DS Atherton and their team. Or Superintendent Bone from the Susannah Stacey books, or Rebus and Siobhan Clarke from Ian Rankin, or a visit to Italy to see how Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti interacts with the Italian wizards...okay, so I spend too much time reading mysteries. Sorry to throw random names at you, please take them as reading recommendations if you need any!
And Nightingale working with Lord Peter--and/or Charles Parker?--oh my goodness, yes. Any time now please. ;)
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on February 1st, 2014 11:09 am (UTC)
Ooh, new authors to read! I haven't actually read much in the mystery line, so I'm happy to take recommendations :-).

Charles Parker and the Folly would be amazing. About the only thing that would make it better would be Miss Climpson getting a job as a typist there.
nnozomi: nodamecellonnozomi on February 1st, 2014 01:35 pm (UTC)
Remember in Gaudy Night when Harriet wants help from the Cattery and it turns out Miss Murchison has left to get married? Possibly "get married" was a cover of some kind for...
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on February 3rd, 2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
Ha, yes.

And thank you for the rec. I've just devoured the first Bill Slider book and am thinking that perhaps I should have named our new cat Oedipus...
Her Hamsterness: RoL -- Lesley's philosophyhamsterwoman on February 1st, 2014 07:24 am (UTC)
he takes on a cheery young Komarran student as his apprentice...

That is wonderful! This crossover/fusion wouldn't have occurred to me on my own, but it would be a lot of fun!

Would love to see the Sherlock crossover, too. (The other fandoms I'm not familiar with, or not fannish about, alas.)
philomytha: Beam me upphilomytha on February 1st, 2014 11:12 am (UTC)
I have actually started writing a Sherlock crossover, but I still don't know what the plot is. All I know is that it starts with Stephanopolous's partner approaching Sherlock because things keep being mysteriously moved around inside her grandmother's house. Also it contains Sherlock utterly failing when he looks at Nightingale and tries to establish his age. And John having heard about the legend of The Nightingale (because clearly there's some continuing military connection given Caffrey and the Paras). So if you have any ideas for what else should happen in this fic, go right ahead :-).