FIC: Elegy in Six Voices

Feb 19, 2011 13:22

Title: Elegy in Six Voices
Characters: the S3 Ats crew plus Darla (in spirit)
Spoilers: Through Ats 3.9 "Lullaby"
Rating / Words: PG / 2100 words
Warnings: Plotless internal meanderings ( Read more... )

ch: wesley, ch: lorne, ch: gunn, ch: fred, ch: darla, length: one-shot, ch: angel, pairing: angel/darla, entry: fic

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brutti_ma_buoni February 19 2011, 22:53:40 UTC
I like this, you know. Especially Cordelia (brava!), Gunn and Lorne (though he's nicer about Darla than I'd expected - you sell that well). Fred's musings on souls are spot on.

I kind of see what you mean about the Angel section, but some of it rings really true. He should grieve; she was important to him for a very long time and in a whole different number of ways. It makes sense that he'd be mixed up and, of course, repressing some of them. Wouldn't be Angel if he were fully in touch with his feelings.

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snickfic February 20 2011, 01:18:18 UTC
Cordelia was the bit I've been stuck on all this time! I couldn't get her to talk. And then I realized, well, probably that means she doesn't have anything to say. Voila!

Lorne's usually very much a two-sides-to-every-story kind of guy. I think being an empath demon would probably do that to you. I'm glad I managed to sell you on it!

The Angel section does wander rather a lot, and that's after I took out several hundred words this morning. Sigh. As you say, I chalk a lot of the awkwardness and not-quite-rightness up to his lack of self-awareness, though. He's convenient that way. *g*

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shapinglight February 19 2011, 23:08:10 UTC
Well, I loved it, though have to admit the way I'm feeling about Angel these days, his bit makes me want to give him a good slapping (again!).

Also, I think it's not quite true that Darla is never mentioned again after Connor's birth. There's a moment in Home where she's mentioned that always has me in bits.

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snickfic February 20 2011, 01:21:18 UTC
Alas, I do not like Angel all that much, ever, and that probably shone through some here. I think at this point he's pretty confused about his feelings and is trying to arrange his memories into a narrative that makes sense to him and tells a story he can accept. Hence some of the jerk-facedness that might come across here.

Thank you for lovely comment! I'm glad you enjoyed it. If you hadn't asked for a snippet earlier today, it might never have been posted at all.

But you see, I still have never seen Home! Someday, maybe. Although what I saw of S4 last month did not exactly inspire me to watch the rest of it.

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shapinglight February 21 2011, 11:55:37 UTC
But you see, I still have never seen Home! Someday, maybe. Although what I saw of S4 last month did not exactly inspire me to watch the rest of it.

Well, I won't spoiler you in case you ever do decide to watch it, so suffice it to say Darla isn't forgotten.

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gryfndor_godess February 20 2011, 00:12:11 UTC
Cool! I almost chose this WIP over the Two Spikes, so I'm glad you posted it. I love Darla, and it's great to see the Fang Gang's different perspectives. Fred's ambivalence about the soul is great, as is her last line about Angel's feelings. Lorne's voice is really in character, and I like how perceptive he is. He definitely sees the shades of gray in her.

I think she’s finally gone this time.
I love this. Oh, Darla, you are a fantastic character.

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snickfic February 20 2011, 01:23:16 UTC
That worked out nicely, then! You've already read half of my entire Two Spikes document, and a completely separate 2k word fic. *g*

I do like Darla very much indeed. I can hardly say she was underused considering how much arc she got in S2 and early S3, but I do wish we'd gotten to explore her more.

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ever_neutral February 20 2011, 00:28:56 UTC
This is great! All the voices are spot-on, IMO.

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snickfic February 20 2011, 01:23:33 UTC
Hooray! Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

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ladyofthelog February 20 2011, 12:10:27 UTC
I like this, although I agree that Angel gets a bit rambly. You've really got everyone's voices pitch-perfect. Oh, Cordy. <3

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snickfic February 20 2011, 17:13:36 UTC
Yeah, I feel as though there should be much less Angel, or it should be condensed somehow, or something. But at that rate it was never going to get posted, and I do like a lot of the other bits.

Cordy was my hang-up, actually. I couldn't get her to talk! And yesterday I decided that maybe that was because she didn't have anything to say. Voila!

Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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