The Slings & Arrows ficathon
list is almost complete - I'm still waiting on three stories, but it might be a while before they appear, so, I'm just going to rec my favourites now. (Which isn't to say there's been a bad story in the ficathon, because there hasn't been a single one. It's all great and worth reading.) Anyway, ones I liked particularly:The One Without Any Shakespeare
Dreadful title, lovely fic. It's just a moment in the empty theatre, with Anna being enlisted to help with Geoffrey's blocking, and she's remembering a young, bouncy, pre-breakdown Geoffrey whom she nursed a fangirl crush on, and it's sweet and wonderfully wistful.More Fools Than Wise
This is Geoffrey's Hamlet and Geoffrey's Hamlet
, and a lot of what came in between. It's haunting and sad and ultimately, hopeful.Now Heaven Hath All
This is... well. It's a universe in which Geoffrey Tennant exists, and so does Benton Fraser, and so does Due South
. It's fun and wacky and deeply weird and oh, bloody hell, go and read it.Sever themselves and madly sweep the sky
Nahum is awesome. Anna is awesome. Ellen, of all people, is awesome. Geoffrey and Darren stand in a corridor and talk about curling. LOVE.No Place Like Home
Certain circumstances conspire to bring Ellen and Geoffrey back to New Burbage. Certain other circumstnaces - there are Munchkins - conspire to make it so Geoffrey
is the sane epicentre around which everything revolves. Lunatic and sweet and fun, and has the show's morbid sense of humour.I Would Rather Be Anywhere Else Than Here Today
It's canonical that Oliver loves Geoffrey and has done for a very long time. I hadn't seen a fic, though, that made much of this point. And here it is, and I shall believe that this is canon from now on. This is just so lovely. It gives us Oliver in a bar, telling and re-telling his doomed love story, and we get to see Geoffrey as "that lovely boy", a young, insanely talented, glitter-bedecked Peaseblossom, and you get
why Oliver falls so hard. And the writing is perfect - Geoffrey's so bouncy, so young, and Oliver so desperate, and just, yes
. Private Audiences
This is the story that was written for me, and it is - argh, I did something marvellous in a past life to deserve this. It's structured around five performances of five Shakespeare plays, and the single person for whom each is performed, and taken together, the whole thing is stunning. Not for nothing are the main characters in the show Geoffrey, Oliver and Ellen, and rillarilla
maps out their relationship, all the ways in which they love and hate each other, to perfection. It's all the details - a lovely image of Geoffrey laughing before Hamlet
opens, Ellen's fury and how she acts on it, an explanation for why Geoffrey carries razorblades in his pocket (that was my prompt!), and, finally, an ending that is just full of love. Beautiful. And, as yet, I am the only person to have commented, and this is a tragedy. Go, read this.At Every Corner Have Them Kiss
.“And it’s perfectly acceptable for a grown man to cry when he’s been stomping across the known world on a broken ankle, with a crazy German in tow and no big pills at all to take the edge off, while all that he loves in the world is being systematically dismantled by the prince of darkness.”
Together with the previous, this is my favourite of the ficathon. It's done in mixed-media, the prose interspersed with postcards, emails, memos and beautiful costume drawings by j_s_cavalcante
, and that just adds to the experience, because damn, this is good. troyswann
gives us Geoffrey in 2011, with a little grey in his curls, telling the story of the Theatre Sans Argent Ensemble's performance of The Plantagenets
. Darren is directing. Maria and Anna are noticeably harrassed. Ellen is quietly glaring, and Geoffrey, bless his wee heart, is adrift in France with an ankle cast, painkillers the size of Weetabix and a muscly German named Hans.
And that's all before the vomit and severed heads. It should be crack. But somehow, it isn't. It's so engaging and so very funny, the large cast of OCs are well-realised and totally believable, and under all the hilarity you get this lovely sense of Geoffrey as being happy and successful if still not quite sane and it gives you - well, me - the warm fuzzies. It's a delight. Go and read it.
In fact, given that a lot of the characters are OCs anyway and the whole thing crackles, go and read if you've never seen a single episode of canon. It's that good.
Also, when I start carping about why I volunteer to run ficathons, direct me at this post, 'cause this is exactly why I do it.