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YULETIDE FIC: Les Liaisons Dangereuses-verse, Valmont/Danceny, ~7000 words

Yuletide reveals!

I discovered who created my Yuletide gifts! fyrie wrote my Mulan-Aladdin crossover, twistedchick wrote my 1776 Adams/Franklin, and _hannelore wrote my Rapunzel/Little Mermaid! You guys are wonderful. Thank you all again for a fabulous Yuletide!

So imma gonna reveal my own Yuletide fic and meta on it for a minute.

Title: Deuxième Appendice (Second Appendix)
Fandom: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) by Choderlos de Laclos
Pairing: The Vicomte de Valmont/The Chevalier Danceny (with background canon pairings)
Summary: An additional collection of letters reveals that the conquests of the Vicomte de Valmont were not confined to the ladies of the controversy.
Words: ~7,000

I wrote for Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) by de Laclos, which you probably know has been done in multiple movie versions (and put John Malkovich on the hot badboys actor map). But if you've read the original material, you'll know the book is epistolary. The recipient, v_v_lala, was asking for Valmont/Danceny slash, which made me think the obvious response was to write all the letters that revealed that particular relationship. And the entire thing was written in my head at that moment, really; it was just a matter of getting it down on paper. Which is what all the cackling was about.

I knew that the story was going to appeal to a limited audience because that sort of lofty, 18th-century-fake-letter-writing-style-in-translation would not be everybody's cup of tea, but the opportunity to imitate that style was like a dam bursting. Not just delight but relief. The sick thing is, I nearly write like this every day, in work emails. No, really. I have to rein myself in when I begin to type, "What is wanted by the parties requesting these concessions is our receptive ear," and then I sob and backspace the whole thing and instead type, "The people who say they want these things really just want to know we're listening to them." Which, yeah, may be better writing but it makes me sad that the English language is as rich as it is and I don't get to play with it in the way it deserves.

So, anyway, I got to play with it for this story. You'll either like that sort of thing or not. If you do happen to like the style in the book of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, check out my fic.
Tags: fic, slash, yuletide
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