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I had like six or seven Sherlock requests left to fill, but the file in which I was keeping them got moved to the trash and accidentally deleted when I was shuffling around some PhD related stuff on my currently very cluttered desktop. I cannot remember who they were from or what they were; therefore, I owe people profuse apologies!

As you know, I've been camping a lot. About four weeks ago, I went camping in Cornwall. As it happens, the landlady of our campsite was, I kid you not, an actual descendant of one of the Lancashire Nutters. As in, descended from the Alice Nutter accused of witchcraft—as in, descended from the woman who was likely Gaiman's and Pratchett's inspiration for Agnes. She told me she had a 16th-century family will she was having trouble deciphering, at which point, as if I wasn't incoherent enough already, I told her that palaeography is my area of expertise, and that I'd be glad to transcribe the parts of the document that were giving her difficulty (i.e. around half of it, all told). She gave me a photocopy of the will and sent me off packing in the rain, back to my tent, with two bottles of Spanish beer.

This past weekend, I was sort-of-camping in the South Downs for a literary festival. I had never properly been to the South Downs, but you can imagine why I was spooked by a familiar sense of wonder. I wish I could've stayed longer than three days.

How these two trips are resulting in a three-way crossover, I won't explain.

(But it's what I'm writing now, and therefore what's next.)
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[User Picture]From: verasteine
2011-08-23 03:31 pm (UTC)

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Fandom and real life colliding always makes me boggle and squee at the same time in a bizarre attempt to give my facial muscles a workout.

(If you want to know, I think my request read something like, "John/Sherlock, first kiss after a long time apart", or thereabouts. I'm pretty sure you hadn't gotten around to me yet?)
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 03:33 pm (UTC)

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No, I had not got around to you yet - thank you for reminding me what yours was! It's helped me to remember the one from somebody else with which I'd paired it (they fit together so nicely I'll write them as a set).

I'm very surprised I managed to keep my composure while talking to this woman. She had never heard of Good Omens before. I told her exactly why she needs to read it ASAP.
[User Picture]From: verasteine
2011-08-23 03:38 pm (UTC)

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Ooh, double bill, always nice when stuff fits together!

She hadn't? Oh, man, that'll be an experience reading, then.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 03:43 pm (UTC)

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She stalked down my poetry books before she stalked down Good Omens, evidently. She also stalked me down on Facebook. I'm waiting to hear what she thinks of...well, all of them!
[User Picture]From: verasteine
2011-08-23 03:45 pm (UTC)

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Ooh, a potential fan! That's fun, too!
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 03:45 pm (UTC)

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She paid me in beer for the transcription. That is really awesome <3

ETA: Your request has just been posted!

Edited at 2011-08-27 01:48 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: snarryfool
2011-08-23 03:41 pm (UTC)

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I. Am just gaping at my screen, here. And you're quite, quite sure there isn't something important that you seem to have ... forgotten? Something, let's say, apocalyptic?
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 03:43 pm (UTC)

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I don't forget things even when I get royally smashed (which I did, both one night in Cornwall and one night in the South Downs) and wake up with a hangover. Believe me, sometimes I wish I could forget things *wry grin* It would make my head so much quieter.
[User Picture]From: lonelywalker
2011-08-23 03:46 pm (UTC)

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...holy crap.

Do tell Aziraphale and Crowley hi when you see them, won't you?
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 03:48 pm (UTC)

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*grins*

Oh, I will!
[User Picture]From: arcadiaego
2011-08-23 03:58 pm (UTC)

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Did you see the recent BBC4 documentary about the Lancashire witch trials? It's on iplayer for a few more days as far as I know. Disturbing stuff.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 03:59 pm (UTC)

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No, but somebody told me about it just a couple of days ago! I had better catch it while I still can...
[User Picture]From: kalypso_v
2011-08-23 05:20 pm (UTC)

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It's here - says four days to go...

Do you want me to remind you about my prompt? As I recall, it was Lestrade getting the better of Sherlock in some way.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 05:22 pm (UTC)

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Actually, yes, you're right about your prompt: it's the only one I could recall off the top of my head because it was so very distinctive!

And thank you for the link <3
[User Picture]From: katarzi
2011-08-23 04:04 pm (UTC)

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This is completely amazeballs. I guess life decided if it was gonna throw awful stuff at you, it had to toss some pretty awesome things, too!
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 04:06 pm (UTC)

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These past few weeks have more than made up for the fuckery. I'm in awe :)
[User Picture]From: angharadd
2011-08-23 05:21 pm (UTC)

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Wow, that almost-walking-into-the-book thing must have been one awesome adventure! :)
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 05:22 pm (UTC)

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It was bloody surreal, is what it was...
[User Picture]From: littlegothsin
2011-08-23 05:48 pm (UTC)

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Life stranger than fiction hey ? That is pretty amazing. Of all the camping sites in England, you went there, and of all the Good Omen's fans that could have gone camping there, you're one that does palaeography. Hee. (and I just uploaded a much needed GO icon for my lj this morning)

(I feel silly though. I'm sure I should now what the South Downs are linked to?)
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 05:51 pm (UTC)

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The synchronicity was astonishing, yes ;)

(The South Downs have to do with Aziraphale and Crowley sharing a cottage there.)
[User Picture]From: littlegothsin
2011-08-23 05:54 pm (UTC)

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Ah, yes, of course !
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 05:55 pm (UTC)

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;)
[User Picture]From: littlegothsin
2011-08-25 08:46 pm (UTC)

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Oh. See, I've just realized that would not be far from the place where another favourite couple goes to retire. (yes, my knowledge of geography is appalling)
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-25 08:47 pm (UTC)

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*grins*
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2011-08-23 05:56 pm (UTC)

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My goodness. The cosmic powers never cease leading you into these fortunate situations. :) Perhaps, Mrs. Nutter foresaw this?

(Just as a little reminder, this little anon requested something do with "Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still." )
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 05:58 pm (UTC)

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Your request has been restored to the list I'm slowly re-constructing, thanks to your reminders! I admit that yours is one I'll have to think hard about, as I do know the song, but I haven't yet figured out how to line it up with Sherlock. I will, though ;)

I've stumbled into quite a number of mind-bogglingly cool situations with respect to Good Omens, it's true. I hope I never take the tendency for granted!
[User Picture]From: sheerpoetry
2011-08-23 07:40 pm (UTC)

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Oh my, how interesting! I bet that was a fun job. :)
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 07:42 pm (UTC)

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I drank the beer while I started on the transcription (always fun) and gayalondiel was napping, listening to the rain falling on our tent. And finished the job in the morning over breakfast on our last day there.
[User Picture]From: tardis_stowaway
2011-08-23 09:03 pm (UTC)

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You appear to be having fun wandering around the borderlands between fiction and reality. Congratulations! Also, that is awesome that you happened to have the skill set needed to help out your camping landlady.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 09:07 pm (UTC)

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I have to wonder what territory I'll be stumbling into next! :) And as for having just the right skill in order to help out a Nutter descendant, I don't even...! gayalondiel and I kept exchanging looks during our first conversation with the landlady that I'm sure made us look completely nuts.
[User Picture]From: teithiwr
2011-08-23 09:09 pm (UTC)

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Oh my gosh, getting to transcribe that will? SO AMAZING. What's the script like?

Life can be proper brilliant sometimes. :)
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 09:11 pm (UTC)

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For a sixteenth-century script, the guy's hand was curiously legible! It was in English; he wrote it out himself instead of having a professional scribe do it. He was very generous to his son and his daughter property-wise, as well as to a couple of his friends and tenants :)
[User Picture]From: teithiwr
2011-08-24 04:36 pm (UTC)

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Aah yeah, c16 hands can be quite dire to transcribe sometimes. Nice that this one was more legible! And how cool that he wrote it himself, considering the time period. *excited*
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-24 05:18 pm (UTC)

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It resembled mid-to-late 15th c. hands more, to be honest!
[User Picture]From: girlingoldboots
2011-08-23 09:32 pm (UTC)

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Fandom and real life shouldn't collide, that's kind of how Geraint Wyn Davis and I ended up as Facebook friends at one point.

Thank you for teh orchid, by the way. They're on of my favourite flowers.

[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 09:49 pm (UTC)

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I love orchids, too, even when they're dormant/not blooming. Such glossy dark leaves!

Fandom and real life have an astonishing way of colliding for me quite frequently, but not usually in scary not-okay ways that involve the creators of said media :)
[User Picture]From: girlingoldboots
2011-08-23 09:54 pm (UTC)

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And the scent is just right. Not too heady and not 'whiff you miss it'.

When I lived near NY i used to have way too many random actor encounters. Some were great and some were not. It's kind of surreal when that happens.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 10:42 pm (UTC)

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I've seen my fair share in London, too, but it's never been weird or boundary-crossing.
[User Picture]From: thewritingblog
2011-08-23 11:34 pm (UTC)

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first paragraph, massive squee. try and keep in touch with this lady, she could be useful in the future! what a surname to have, nutter. awesome. all of it, squeeeeeeee.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-23 11:39 pm (UTC)

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Well, her name is not actually Nutter (much like Anathema!), but she is nonetheless a descendant :)
[User Picture]From: 2ndskin
2011-08-27 12:58 am (UTC)

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I love following your adventures from my perch far across the Atlantic, but this was especially amazing. I spent a little of last week exploring a bit of witch lore with my daughter in Salem, Mass, but had no such exotic encounters. Studied American history all the way to PhD, but had never realized that one of the accused, an old man, was not hanged but crushed by stones. Damn Puritans.
In case you need it, my prompt, I think, was along the lines of: John/Sherlock saying goodbye at the airport. John is leaving not forever, but just for some sort of do-good mission like Doctors without Borders. Your choice as to whether there's already a relationship or not.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-27 10:54 am (UTC)

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Oh, I love, Salem - and I can't wait to visit it while I'm Stateside and staying in MA! I'm a descendant of Mary Bradbury, one of the women who was fortunate enough to survive the ordeal, so it holds some particular interest for my family :)

ETA: Thank you for the request reminder - I could remember your request itself down to the letter, but not who made it. Yours, as it happens, is going to be paired with verasteine's as a set. Actually, I think I'll just write them today! :)

ETA2: Your request has just been posted!

Edited at 2011-08-27 01:47 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: ida_pea
2011-08-27 02:18 am (UTC)

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I can't believe your bizarre luck! I know great stories will come out of it all, though...
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2011-08-27 10:55 am (UTC)

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Well, in this case, a huge three-way crossover is in progress. A couple of the smaller requests may still appear before I manage to hash it all out :-P It's a crossover, but the framework is primarily Good Omens in nature, so that's good news for you ;)