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Nov. 24th, 2007 | 07:09 pm

Third of the gift-fics, this one for latin_cat.  Aubrey/Maturin, contains slash and legal Latin.

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"Stephen – " Jack began, a little hesitant, "I couldn't help but notice – that is – "

Sighing inwardly, Stephen turned on his side.  "What's worrying you, joy?"

"I noticed that you didn't – that is, there was no – " Jack, more red-faced than usual, struggled to find a way to express himself that wasn't the basest crudeness.

Stephen took pity on him.  "No penetration?  Why, my dear, did you particularly want it?"

"Oh, no!" said Jack, going redder still, " – or not unless you did," he added conscientiously.  "I only wondered if it were that you did not like to do that.  Or that – that you feared I would want a turn at it, and you did not like it done to you," he finished in a rush, and lapsed into awkward silence.

"Why, as to that, I am no habitual pathic (1), but I have in decency taken my turn.  But no, Jack; it is a matter of law, not of liking."

"Then it is not that you didn't want to do that with me," Jack said, obscurely relieved.

"Never in life, joy – only that I would not want to see you taken up as a particeps criminis (2).  The Roman law, of course, as Blackstone tells us, requires actualis penetratio et immissio seminis conjunctim, but of course men are taken up for less, and hanged for it besides – "

"Don't muddle me with your Greeks and Romans, Stephen, I beg you – you know how I am with languages and the Classics, though I do my best."

"Why, as to the Greeks – " Stephen began, amused; but then he caught sight of Jack's face and pulled himself up.  "Forgive me, Jack.  This is no matter for humour.  In plain words, then: in a trial for sodomy they will look for evidence of penetration, and the emission of seminal fluid inside the body, and I would not make matters so much worse for you if it should come to such a pass."

"Why, old Stephen," Jack cried, seizing his hand earnestly, "don't you know I don't care a fig for all that?  Should we be taken I shall be ruined anyway, or worse; I am resigned to that, and," he added in a low voice, "I would not have you hold back, Stephen, from – from loving me, in whatever manner you desire.  You are worth the cost, and more.  Unless," – Jack thought abruptly that he might have blundered, " – it is that you do not choose to run the risk.  Not that I should ever think you shy, of course – it is only that you've suffered enough – "

"Hush, my dear," Stephen said, very low, and put his fingers to Jack's lips.  "There is no fear in me now, not for myself – only for you.  But loving you – no, my course is set, to use one of your nautical phrases.  I have the wind in my sails, and I will not turn back unless you wish me to."

"Never, Stephen," Jack said.  He covered Stephen's fingers with his own and kissed them.  "We have sown the wind, as the Bible says, and if need be we shall reap – "  He broke off, reaching for the end of the phrase.

" – Hay while the sun shines," Stephen finished for him, and stopped Jack's objections with a kiss.

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  (1) C18th-19th slang: receptive partner in m/m intercourse
  (2) A partner in the crime.  The penetrated party in sodomy trials was often charged with this.
- Jack and Stephen's conversation is indebted to Rictor Norton's "Mother Clap's Molly House".

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from: sharpiefan
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Sown the wind and reap hay while the sun shines...

Oh how I love Jack and Stephen! *squishes them*

And it's not illegal unless they go all the way. Awww, bless....

*squishes you*

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from: sharpiefan
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
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And, are you planning on posting these (or links to them, at least) at mandc_watch or anything_aos? Because I know you'd get shedloads of nice comments and stuff, were you to do that.

Edited at 2007-11-24 07:27 pm (UTC)

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from: whiskey_johnny
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
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I've linked at anything_aos...probably will at mandc_watch too. Just need a cup of cawffee to get my brain in gear.... ;)

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from: sharpiefan
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Mmmm...coffee...

I might actually work out where my own little M&C fic is going, after imbibinng a good cuppa.

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whiskey_johnny

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from: whiskey_johnny
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
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Plotbunnies like coffee, I understand.... :D

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from: sharpiefan
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Mine certainly seem to! :D

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esteven

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from: esteven
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
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*has so completely melted*

It would be lovely for perfect_duet
Please...

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from: whiskey_johnny
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
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Certainly! I'll post it. :)

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esteven

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from: esteven
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Ta muchly! It is already archived. :D

Thank you again for my story. May I post it with sebastiane? ...and ask you to send it, so I don't have to type it up I love it and only wish you'd write more.
*sighs*
*is greedy*

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whiskey_johnny

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from: whiskey_johnny
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Of course you may! Should I email it to your normal email address? *is bashful because has never written any kind of RPF before*

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esteven

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from: esteven
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Yes please. :D
Has ever anyone told you how becomingly you blush when you're bashful? *veg*

You could admit that those two are perfect for each other and people much much better than I have written a gorgeous arc over more than two years over at the Est.

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whiskey_johnny

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from: whiskey_johnny
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
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The Est?

Now I *am* blushing. *facepalm*

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esteven

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from: esteven
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Does this mean you know the Est at jf or you don't?

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whiskey_johnny

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from: whiskey_johnny
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
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I don't know the Est. *is sorely puzzled*

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esteven

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from: esteven
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
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I have sent you links to the Establishment (short: The Est)

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whiskey_johnny

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from: whiskey_johnny
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I will email you the fic.

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esteven

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from: esteven
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Ta ever so. Let me know if and when you survive the Est. *g*

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from: esteven
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Awww. :) Yes, that's a good idea. (Between the lot of us - and including the co-authored crackfic of DOOM - we actually managed to write quite a lot for the weekend! Moots are obviously good for the fandom. We should have more. Tomorrow. *decisive nod*)
Splendid.:D
Tomorrow is a good day. It'll be so long until the next moot. Maybe then I can contribute something to, because this time I did not write anything.

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Sherwood Smith

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from: sartorias
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
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That was wonderful!

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from: snakey
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Glad you liked it! The present exchange was fun. I wrote this one while I was drinking coffee in Stansted Airport! :)

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esteven

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from: esteven
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
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...and nearly missed the plane, yes?

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from: snakey
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
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Well, they did have to make an announcement for us....

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from: sharpiefan
date: Nov. 24th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
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We weren't the only ones.. We made it; the other four who were summonsed didn't. To my knowledge.

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Tindómiel

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from: luthien13
date: Dec. 12th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
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You are wonderful. The Latin made me so happy I almost fell off my chair. Srsly.

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whiskey_johnny

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from: whiskey_johnny
date: Dec. 12th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
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So glad you liked it!

Also: iconlove!

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