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Master Post: Carrying Dangerous Goods

This is for my darling, softlyforgotten: a very very belated birthday gift (I started it thinking it'd be possibly 5000 words. AHAHAHA.) Mik, it is possible that no one else in the world will find this the slightest bit appealing, but I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it.

Title: Carrying Dangerous Goods
Fandom: Generation Kill/Temeraire
Pairings: Brad/Ray, Brad/OFC, Ray/OMC+one Temeraire character
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~46,000

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5

ETA: podfic by dodificus here!

Summary: From the Signal Code of the Royal Navy and His Majesty's Aerial Corps: B, or Bravo -- I am taking in, or discharging, or carrying dangerous goods.
 
Author's Note: This is a story about Ray and Brad growing up together. Also, there are dragons.

...

Okay, so basically I shoved the GK boys into 19th century Napoleonic England, added Naomi Novik's dragons, shook vigorously, and then RAN LIKE THE HELL hoped for the best. I tried to keep the dialogue as true to the characters AND to the period as possible, probably with mixed success. There's no spoilers for the Generation Kill series within; there is for the Temeraire universe, however, particularly the third book, Black Powder War, though most of the events of the books happen outside the parameters of this fic.

If you are unfamiliar with the Temeraire universe, basically the premise is this: humanity has always co-existed with an intelligent species of dragons, who form strong bonds with individuals, their captains, and were an instrumental part of the British military during the Napoleonic wars (and, uh, other wars, too, but that is not entirely relevant at the moment). Hopefully the fic is mostly self-explanatory, but there are a few key facts to keep in mind: one being that dragons choose their captains upon leaving the shell, and another being that the Aerial Corp is in some ways very different from average British society of the time. For example, one particularly important breed of dragon, the Longwing, which spits acid and was often crucial to military endeavors, would only take on female captains. Yes. The Corps has female military captains, with full equivalency to any male in any other part of the military. You can imagine this would cause a bit of a to-do in traditional 19th century British society, so it was kept a bit hush-hush unless absolutely necessary.

If there are any questions re: the Temeraire universe or draconic terminology, this wiki should help.

If there are any questions re: 19th century British slang, this e-book from Project Gutenburg should help. (PS THEY USED TO CALL THE PENIS A SUGAR STICK. JSYK, I AM HUGELY AMUSED. I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH WRITING THIS FIC.)

Also, now is the time I heap thanks on a billion people. Tons of you have read snippets and sometimes the entire shebang, and were utterly fantastic, and much thanks to you all, but I'd like to specifically thank laliandra, shiningartifact, and brimtoastlaliandra was a total darling and agreed to help me brit-pick this monster, despite having no idea who any of the GK boys are. I heart her forever. brimtoast, beta extraordinaire, who pointed out numerous typographical and pacing issues, and poked me until I elaborated on both plot and porn. Thank you for your pithy, insightful comments, as ever, bbdoll. And shiningartifact, who held my hand every step of the way and convinced me this wasn't all a load of total twaddle, and was a fantastic beta besides. I cannot thank any of them enough.



Also, one day there will likely be a sequel. One day. ONE DAY. I have it plotted out and everything, But, um, don’t hold your breath, because it will be a while for sure. :|

Comments

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shiningartifact
Apr. 21st, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
YAYYYY. I WANT TO READ IT AGAIN ALREADY!!!! I AM SO HAPPY THAT THIS FIC IS IN THE WORLD! &hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts&hearts

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
novembersmith
Apr. 21st, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
HOW ARE YOU THE MOST LOVELY PERSON <3<3<3

&YOU;
cupiscent
Apr. 21st, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
If I didn't already have enough reasons to watch Generation Kill (and feminesque going all shiny-eyed over it at successive beer outings is a lot of reasons!) then now I clearly have to so I can read this wondrous piece of conceptual awesome. *G*
novembersmith
Apr. 21st, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
GK is SO AMAZING. I mean, heartbreaking and painful and awful, but also AMAZING. You should definitely watch it. I ENDORSE IT FULLY. Also, I have your big bang open in a tab and I am SUPER EXCITED to start reading it, now that I've finally shoved this fic off my harddrive and out into the world.

♥ ♥ ♥
t_lyrical
Apr. 21st, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
OH GOSH OH GOSH, I JUST GOT BACK FROM WORK AND MY MIND IS COMPLETELY BLOWN AND I HAVEN'T EVEN READ IT YET, I AM SO EXCITED TO GET STARTED. first thing in the morning AFTER I SHOWER.

Because homework is irrelevant at this point.

Edited at 2010-04-21 05:31 am (UTC)
novembersmith
Apr. 21st, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
*twirls you* I HOPE YOU LIKE IT AND IT IS WORTH ALL THIS EXCITEMENT!

Heh, homework. PFF, DON'T YOUR TEACHERS KNOW THERE IS AN INTERNET OUT THERE?

<3
luzula
Apr. 21st, 2010 08:56 am (UTC)
Oh, cool! Putting this on my to-read list for when I need something long and absorbing. Will be back with feedback when I've read it.
novembersmith
Apr. 21st, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
:D! Hope you like it! <3
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novembersmith
Apr. 21st, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha, no worries, bb! I'm glad you liked it, and good luck on your exams! I hope my crazy fic and dragons and things didn't distract you too much from studying! *g* <3
strawi
Apr. 21st, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
I thought it was too good to be true when I opened my computer one morning and saw that an epic multipart fic with Brad/Ray had appeared, but apparently miracles do happen. I have never read the Temeraire series, but I really like the idea of the dragons. Especially Bravo, her hatching scene was my favourite. In my head I had a running commentary of "Ray and Brad are having a baby omg so cute!!!11one"
The characterization was awesome (except I thought that Ray's teenage girl angst might have been a bit exaggerated) and the way you made it work with the different canons was great.

......and now I spot with my little eye that there might be a sequel. YES PLEASE?? <3<3<3<3
novembersmith
Apr. 21st, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thank you, the hatching scene was pretty much my favorite part to write, too. Baby dragons! WHO CAN RESIST THEM!

Thank you! And yeah, possibly I could have toned it down a bit on the angst front, but then, Ray was a teenager for most of the fic, heh. <3

There will indeed be a sequel eventually! I cannot leave things as is, but it'll be a while, since I have another couple projects to deal with first. Probably this summer I'll start gearing up to work on it more.

Thank you for the comment!
meeks00
May. 6th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
I thought I'd drop you a line and thank you and your fic for leading me His Majesty's Dragon! :D I'm reading the first one and am almost halfway through, and I'm pretty HOOKED. Also, reading it kind of makes me laugh because when I see characters that you've mentioned in your fic, I get all excited -- it's like this novel is the fic and yours is the canon. ::sigh:: If only there was a Brad and a Ray in this series. And it's still continuing! YAY <3

Anyway, one instance is before they go to Scotland to train at a particular covert and everyone's all hush-hush about it, and I THINK I know why...is it because the training master is the DRAGON you mentioned?! a;sjga;gdjaldg It'll tickle me silly if it is.
novembersmith
May. 6th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
AREN'T THEY AWESOME? I love those books like burning. HOW ADORABLY NOBLE IS LAURENCE? And then there is Temeraire. ♥___♥ And you have gotten hooked just in time! The sixth book is coming out soon! And don't worry, there are tons of delicious pairings to look forward to in the books, IMO. *g*

re: the covert ...I AM PLEADING THE 5TH. >.>

<3<3<3
meeks00
May. 7th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
IT WAS CELERITAS! :D I like him LOTS.

I'm more than halfway through after a day of trying to sneak-read it LOL. Now I need to go out and nab the others from the store tonight...

THANKS.

I saw that there was a sixth book coming out :D I did that thing where you can request a free copy of the first book for a friend and be in the running to get a signed copy of the sixth. Did you do that?!

Temeraire is so SWEEEEET. About wanting Laurence over a nest of gold to sleep on, even if gold were really comfortable HAHA And how he pets the jewelry Laurence gave him. ANDAND Laurence is seriously the most gentlemanly man everrrrrrr. Teehee, Granby. I get excited reading about the characters you mentioned -- it's seriously like the book is fic to your story. Now I'm like, Granby, I know what you're up to when you're not in the scene! Sneakin' around with dear ol' RayRay! Bahahahaha

<3 Thanks again for leading me to the books!
luzula
Jun. 25th, 2010 11:27 am (UTC)
This was awesome! The crossover feels so natural, and I was grinning with glee so many times during this story. The bit where Brad and Ray are dancing, the bit where Ray gets Bravo, etc. Bravo is such an awesome dragon--I love how her vocabulary reflects that of her captain. Also, egg spurs FTW!
novembersmith
Jun. 27th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! It was sort of a beast of a crossover to wrangle, with all the different slang and such, but it was such fun and I had a blast writing it. I'm delighted you enjoyed it! I couldn't resist the dancing scene AT ALL, and oh man, BRAVO! I have such a heart for her, and I'm glad you liked her too. <3
cybel
Dec. 28th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
There's a podbook here. :-)
novembersmith
Jan. 1st, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
SO EXCITED! Ty for the link! I follow the comm, but somehow missed this one. \o/
cybel
Jan. 1st, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
:-)
emocezi
Mar. 7th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
So, firstly I feel I should apologize for being such a lurker, because I've read this fic at LEAST a dozen times and this is the first time I've left any sort of comment on it, and I get so mad when people do that to my work, but I just had so many feelings that I couldn't manage to get them into any form of wordage.

So sorry, for that.

ANYWAY.

This, is one of the most amazing works I have ever read. In my entire life. But then again, you're one of the most amazing author's I know, so it's not surprising.

I could go into detail about what I love, but then we'd be here for the next twenty years and the internet would probably explode, and then where would we be?

Anywho. I wanted to thank you for piquing my curiosity for the world you dabbled in while writing this. I bought 'His Majesty's Dragon' today on my phone, and I've been devouring the chapters, mostly at work cause it was a slow day.

I love fantasy, I love dragons, I love historical fiction. How the hell have I not seen this series before now?

So yes, thank you for being amazing and gifting us all with this majestic work, and also for giving me a new series to fall in love with and rave about and pimp out to all my friends. You are a god among mortals.

:D :D :D :D :D

*draws hearts and stars and a cowboy riding a T-Rex all over your arms and face*

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