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02 October 2006 @ 07:24 pm
Jeeves and the Tale of Abington Chase, Part II  
Title: Jeeves and the Tale of Abington Chase, Part II (Part I is here)
Author: Sky Blue Reverie skyblue_reverie
Fandom: Jeeves and Wooster
Pairing: J/W
Rating: NC-17 for explicit non-con
Word Count: Approximately 14,000
Summary: Jeeves tells Bertie about his past. Dark, but also hurt-comfort-y. A sequel to my previous J/W fics, which can be found here. This will probably make more sense if you've read those, but it's not necessary.
Author's Notes: Massive thanks to my beloved betas, rivers_bend, fenriss, weaselwoman13, and the utterly amazing Essie. I would never have posted this without all of your support and reassurance.
Disclaimer: Not mine, and I apologize for the blasphemy against Plum's happy little world. Total fluff next time, I promise!
Feedback: Always greatly appreciated.

ETA: I am deeply ashamed that I neglected to thank all of the wonderful, incredibly generous folks who jumped in to help with Jeeves canon-knowledge on indeedsir. This fandom is truly a fantastic, supportive one, and I couldn't have done it without all of your help. Extra special mega thanks to my darling canon-queen Essie. *blows kisses*

Part IICollapse )
Where am I?: home
How do I feel?: calmcalm
What do I hear?: Tears in the Rain - Joe Satriani
PumpkinClaireclairefry on October 3rd, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Oh... oh my God! I'm dripping tears all over my keyboard as I write! This is just perfect, so horribly sad when Jeeves talks about what happened to him, yet so beautiful when it gets back to him and Bertie. I loved it so much! It's funny, I was going to ask you if you were going to write about what had happened in Jeeves' past, as you had hinted at it in "Mr Wooster Takes A Job". This is everything I hoped it would be and much much more! Thanks so much and for all our sakes - keep writing!x xxxx

*hugs Jeeves* *hugs you*
Sky: [stephen] contemplationskyblue_reverie on October 4th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
*hands kleenex* So sorry about your keyboard, old thing! Er, don't short it out and hurt yourself, okay? :)

Oh, I'm very glad that it met your expectations and that you enjoyed it so much. I am always happy to be of service, and I shall certainly keep writing! These two inspire me so much that I can't imagine stopping. :)

*hugs Jeeves as well* *hugs you back*

Thanks so much for the lovely comment, my dear.
side pocket for a toadkewen on October 3rd, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
Both parts were just absolutely gorgeous, and it's rare that i'll start reading something, have to go out and think "I'm really looking forward to finishing that when I get back..."
Ah, beautiful. I knew from the beginning I'd love it and I did.
Sky: [stephen] bw thoughtfulskyblue_reverie on October 4th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much for your kind words. I am so glad that you enjoyed it, and wow, you looked forward to finishing it while you were out! *blush* I am very honored, my dear.
Fluffy: river fragile - meaninglessflufshepherd on October 3rd, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
I knew you'd do this brilliantly, but I had no idea it'd be *this* good. That was so painful and I just want to hold Jeeves forever and ever. I suppose it's a good thing he has Bertie for that.

And thank you so much for leaving this on a happy note so I could be smiling while writing this comment and not bawling my head off.

*gives you a raisin-less cookie*
Sky: [j&w] dark!fic and cupcakesskyblue_reverie on October 4th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much my dear. You don't know how relieved I am that you like it, after all of your support for my writing process with yummy dessert-parties! And appropriate iconage! *points*

Oh, I totally want to hold Jeeves forever and ever too. But yeah, we'll have to leave it to Bertie, sadly for us.

You're very welcome for the happy note. I couldn't have stood it myself if I ended it all sad and angsty. But they've got each other, so it can't really be too sad.

Awww, you are so sweet to remember my preference and save a raisin-less cookie for me. *munches cookie*
Someone, somewhere: Jeeveskrzcowzgomoo on October 3rd, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness, that left a feeling of windedness at the end. Like someone kicked me in the stomach, you know. Which is a good thing as it goes. This was great, a bit sad, but wonderfully written!
Sky: [stephen] scarf loveskyblue_reverie on October 4th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, old bean. I'm very happy that it had an emotional impact for you. That kicked in the stomach thing is just what I was going for, so I'm sorry for upsetting you, but, um proud at the same time? *offers you a cookie to make up for kicked in stomach feeling* Thanks again for the feedback, m'dear. :)
wemblee: my fandom has been co-opted by a corporawemblee on October 4th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Jeeves is breaking my heart! Bertie is breaking my heart! You're breaking my heart!

Putting aside for the moment that Character Reveals Traumatic Past That Makes Us See Him In A New Light And His Lover Comforts Him With Just The Right Words is my bullet-proof kink, I think this was really well-written and well-characterized. I love sweet first-time J/W stories, I really do, but I also really like it when someone in our fandom busts out and does something different. And a story like this -- on paper, it seems like it would be difficult to make it work, but you really did make it work, and work well.

It's structured really well -- you go in and out of Jeeves' memory at just the right times, punctuate it with Bertie's reactions at just the right times so we get that punch in the gut and are then allowed a breather, a respite... Bertie's not just grieving for two, he's grieving for all of us; he expresses what we want to say.

The way you have Jeeves describe the rape... he sounded so dignified to me. Which made it, if possible, even sadder. And I love that Bertie starts this out thinking he's getting a simple story about Jeeves' nose; because of the warning, we know what's coming, so it gives Bertie's statements this painful irony, and it's more satisfying when he gets that sucker-punch, but at the same time, we of course feel for him, because he's so empathetic and sweet.

Bertie realizing he had to be strong for Jeeves was a really sweet and satisfying moment. Again, I'm a sucker for stories where the character in the comforting role says Just The Right Thing, but his voice sounded right -- I just really enjoyed the characterization in this story.

Also, at first I expected Jeeves to murder the guy, but passing it along, orchestrating it from afar, getting someone else to do it, is such a Jeeves thing -- he does it all throughout canon. And this was a neat way of giving him a backstory, of watching how he became who he is. (And awwww, little quiet the Jeeves. Grown-up!Jeeves referring to the boys as "rambunctious." *hugs him* I mean, I could just as easily see, like, a Jeeves that acts like young "Ripper" Giles in Band Candy, but the quiet, studious kid hiding his sexuality makes complete sense to me as well and you completely sold it.)

So. A darker take, plus Jeeves' backstory, done in Wodehouse-esque style for the Bertie parts. That's really ambitious. And it was really good. And incredibly sweet. Thank you for writing it.
Sky: [j&w] jeeves sir animatedskyblue_reverie on October 4th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for the broken heart! *offers band-aids*

Hee, wow that's a really specific kink! I'm glad I was able to hit it, though! *g* And I'm so glad that you feel like it worked out well and was in-character for them. That was critical to me, so I am so glad that I didn't mess it up completely!

Thank you so much for the comments about the structure - I was nervous that it would be confusing, or jarring, switching back and forth between perspectives like that. I'm very glad that you thought it worked well. And I'm very happy that Bertie expressed for you what all of us devoted fans would want to say to poor Jeeves. He really did step up, didn't he? *luffs Bertie*

I'm glad you found Jeeves dignified when describing the rape. I definitely wanted to keep it in-character - I felt like he wouldn't get over-emotional about it, or describe it in over-the-top language - he'd just be matter-of-fact, in his usual Jeevesian way, which, as you say, is almost more horrifying than if he were in hysterics. (And anyway, Jeeves in hysterics? Just no.) And yeah, poor innocent Bertie, with no idea what was coming.

Oh, I am SO glad you thought he said Just the Right Thing. As I've said elsewhere, those bits were the absolute toughest for me to write, and I rewrote them several times, because I just didn't feel like I was getting it right. It was so important to me that it be authentic for both characters, but also that both of them got to take comfort and strength from each other.

Yes, the orchestrating it from afar felt much more Jeevesian to me. In one way, it makes him nobler, because in the end he could not commit cold-blooded murder. But in another way, it almost makes him less noble, because rather than taking that sin onto himself, he left someone else with that horrible decision, and the resulting guilt.

I felt like this backstory would really explain a lot about Jeeves. I'm really glad it made sense for others as well. Interesting comparison with Ripper/Giles - I guess that makes sense that he could've been a wild child who calmed down, but to me, somehow, I think that he's always essentially been quiet and reserved. I honestly can't really see Jeeves as a "Ripper" type - but then, obviously that's just me. :)

Ambitious - true! That's me - a fool rushing in where angels fear to tread. ;) Y'know, I really struggled with whether I should post this or not. I was not sure at all whether other people would want to see it, or whether I'd get flamed for daring to do this in the Wodeverse, but I really should have known that J/W fans would never do that - this fandom has the loveliest people I've ever met online. I am so happy that you enjoyed it so much, and I thank you so much for your incredibly thoughtful, detailed feedback. It means the world to me.
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wemblee: RtED icon by sotoyawemblee on October 4th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
Completely off-topic:

I just checked out your user info; holy crap, do we have a lot of common interests! If you ever want to chat about fandom or whatever, feel free to drop me a line on AIM. :)
Sky: [j&w] omgskyblue_reverie on October 4th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
Coolness, thanks! Common interests, indeed! I'd love to chat sometime. Although I'm not really ever on AIM - you're much more likely to find me on googletalk. Shall we be mutual friends? I'm never quite sure how to do this friending business. It feels so strange and elementary school-ish, somehow. :)
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maxine_penborne on October 4th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
In reference to one of the little plotbunnies that has been hopping amongst some fellow readers... I would pay BIG money to see Bertie smack that prick, Philip right across the mouth!! In any case, the sleeping drops were, in a word, brilliant. I need to get my mitts on some of that... XD
Sky: [stephen] tie and handsskyblue_reverie on October 4th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
Hee. Ooooh, exactly how much would you pay? And, gosh, I wonder if anyone else would pay too? Mwahahahah! I'll be RICH! Oh. A nickel, you say? And everyone else will kick in the pennies they found on the ground today? Okay, well, maybe not rich then. *g*

Yay for sleeping drops! Yeah, those would be useful in a lot of situations. 'Course, it's probably like, illegal or something. *le sigh* Too bad.
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She who adores SFAHLmsliz4857 on October 4th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
Perfect. I love how your writing so beautifully characterizes each of them becoming a better person because of their relationship. Jeeves becomes willing to risk being vulnerable, and Bertie pushes himself to be stronger while not losing his innocence. They have found a place to belong by finding each other (isn't that what most of us are looking for?). *Very* touching, and hits an extremely deep emotional chord with me. [sniffle]

All of your stories are fabulous and ring completely true for me. I've just found them tonight and read them all in one sitting. My heart has melted, and the lump in my throat will be there for a while. I know I'm going to carry these in my head all day tomorrow.

Your talent is amazing, please don't stop writing for us! And thank you for giving us what you already have! [presents a bouquet of roses]
Sky: [j&w] bathtimeskyblue_reverie on October 4th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much for your very kind words about this fic. Yes, you have articulated beautifully exactly what I was trying to do. I am so glad that it came across so clearly to you! You're right - that kind of relationship is what we are all looking for. May we all find it! :)

Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my other fics as well! Sorry about the melting and throat-lump thing, though I hope it's not an entirely bad thing! Oh, I am so incredibly honored that you'll be thinking about my fics tomorrow. I know just what you mean - I think about my favorite J/W fics all the time, so to have my fics be in that category for you is just such a thrill!

Thank you so much, my dear. I certainly will keep writing, never you worry. Oooh, roses, you are too sweet! *melts*
ckirby09 on October 4th, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)
looooved it. All of the stories in the series really.
You are one of the best J & W writers i have read in a long time.
props and i hope to read more from you!

Sky: [j&w] bath & spongeskyblue_reverie on October 4th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: ^_^
Oh, thank you so much! I'm very glad you have enjoyed this and my other fics! I certainly have more fic planned, I hope it is to your liking as well. :)
Wonkapoo the Indeliblecaptainpellew on October 4th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
OH! My heart weeps for Jeeves!
Skyskyblue_reverie on October 4th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Mine too! Thanks for reading & commenting, old thing. *hands kleenex*
karaokegal: boxsetkaraokegal on October 4th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
So far I've only glimpsed at a few paragraphs while printing this out and I'm already in awe at the wordage, the density, the intensity and the willing to go to the dark place. I may not get to it until the weekend to make sure I give it the attention such an epic is due.
Sky: [j&w] jw ampersandskyblue_reverie on October 5th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks so much, old bean! Certainly, take your time, no rush, and this is definitely NSFW! I hope it lives up to your expectations when you've read the entire thing. :)
karaokegal: boxsetkaraokegal on October 5th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
I don't even know how to comment on this series anymore because as I writer I try to avoid repetition and so much of what I have to say I (and so many others) have said before regarding your brilliance in getting the canon voices pitch perfect and then making them say and do things they would never say and making it believable. I now consider your work in this fandom and this work in particular among the best-written, most ambitious, well-executed, nearly life-changing "serious" fics, I've encountered since my House obsession drove me back to fanfic about a year ago. You made this so convincing that I'm glad I saw all the Hugh&Stephen J/W episodes on disc before you created it simply because if I'd suspected the horror behind the Jeeves we know today I wouldn't have gotten the blissfully ignorant happiness out of them that I did. Your writing leaves no doubt that this is exactly what happened to create the Jeeves we know today. Horrifying and painful as this was to go through, I'm actually not begging you to do fluff. IMAO, you've gone too far for fluff to be satisfying with these characters. I'm just not a great fan of fluff. It's the implicit angst that appeals to me in any J/W as well as the whole Hugh/Stephen fandom. But if you NEEd to write fluff to heal the boys and or yourself...by all means proceed to the fluff factory.
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Nonesanenonesane on October 7th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
Excuse me while I regain the ability to write...

I can't really express how impressed I am by this story and the ones before it ("The Matter of Mr. Wooster's Headaches" and so forth). To put it simply, you've taken acutely un-Wodehouse-ian plot bunnies and made them cannon!

This story is so far the most extraordinary one. I never thought I'd see the day when non-con would be included in a Jooster fic and work so beautifully. It really does explain everything about Jeeves and his personality/behaviour. The attention to detail was perfect - for example, the sleeping drops. Undoubtedly one of the best fanfics in the entire Jeeves & Wooster fandom (or rather fanfic-series, as I read through all your Jeeves/Bertie stories before commenting here).

As a side note: I just thought I'd mention that I'm joining the hopeful crowd that's wishing for a "Bertie vs Philip" fic to be written in a none too distant future. The thought of that spoiled brat getting his just dessert leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
Sky: [j&w] jeeves mouth animatedskyblue_reverie on October 8th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so, so much for such kind words. Really, that feedback means so much to me. I am very glad that you felt that this story fits in with the characters that we see in canon. I kind of felt that way too, but I'm never sure if I'm onto something or if I'm just insane. :D

I certainly am doing evil, evil things to these characters and causing poor Plum to spin in his grave. I was definitely intrigued by Jeeves' knockout drops, and I wanted to include that. :)

I'm already having the bunnies bite for the Philip!fic, so I'm sure I'll write that up one of these days. First, fluffy smut, though. :)

Thanks again for such lovely comments. I'm very glad you enjoyed this and my other stories. :)
Antony: (kamapon)Potter cosplay kissshikala_uzuki on October 8th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
I'm crying right now. I can't even begin to describe the incredible magnitude of your writing. It would be an insult to try.
I can't praise you enough for your contributions. You are AMAZING.
Thank God you're in our fandom.
Sky: [j&w] tie heartsskyblue_reverie on October 8th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
Oh, sweetie! *hugs you tight, wipes your face with a handkerchief*

Thank you SO much for such kind words. Really. It has been such an amazing and wonderful surprise to me to see how many people are willing to go to this dark place with me, when I was afraid (and somewhat guilt-stricken!) to bring this level of horror to the lovely innocent world of J & W. I am so glad that folks don't seem offended.

Your words mean so much to me, truly. I am humbled beyond my ability to express it. Thank you, my dear.
out_there on October 12th, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
Oh, this is delightful. Jeeves suffering in that quiet, stoic way that seems so suitable to him, and Bertie simply being one of the biggest sweethearts ever. I love your narrative style, and you captured both of their voice so well.

I really enjoyed this.
Sky: [j&w] bertie smile animatedskyblue_reverie on October 12th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! Bertie really is a darling, isn't he? (I love your icon, by the way!)

I'm very glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much again for your very kind words and for taking the time to read & comment. :)