Title: The Knowledge of All Things
Fandom: Good Omens
Rating: PG-13 [SFW]
Characters/Pairings: Crowley & Leonardo da Vinci; Aziraphale/Crowley
Word Count: 3,000 (208,760 series to date)
Notes: This is CoT #53. The first part is set in 1515, and the latter part is set in 2015 (picking up after the final section of #50: Garden Variety, which is set on 1 May 2015). I'm primarily a scholar of the Late Middle Ages, but the 1500s are just as familiar to me as the 1300s - 1400s. There's a book at Heidelberg University bearing some marginalia (in Agostino Vespucci's hand) that indicates da Vinci was working on a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo as early as 1503, although it's generally believed that he continued to work on the painting until about 1517. Several readers in the past few years have asked me if I ever intended to address the matter of Crowley's friendship with the great genius (given I've referenced it once or twice already, and given we have such tantalizing novel-based hints at the fact it might have been one of Crowley's most meaningful connections with a human pre-20th century). Have some historical fic, and I would also like to point out some recent research that strongly suggests LdV was half-Arab/Turkish; this needs to be much more widespread knowledge than it currently is. One line of dialogue in the conversation between Crowley and Leonardo is lifted from the footnote in the novel (as this is intended as a reconstruction of what's being related there); likewise, the bag-of-snakes quote is something Leonardo is actually known to have written down and/or said. He died in 1519, age 67.
Summary: "The knowledge of all things is possible." —Leonardo da Vinci
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Fandom: Good Omens
Characters: Aziraphale; mention of Crowley; a human being about whom we know nothing except his name and his trade (OC reconstruction of real person)
Rating: PG-13 (mention of certain historical violent crimes in London)
Word Count: 1,020
Notes: This flashback ficlet is CoT #54; it can be read as a stand-alone if you wish. I had intended to have the next longer story set in the present-continuum of this universe ready for posting today, August 26th, but seventy-two hours of high fever prevented me from getting the head-start I'd have needed over the weekend. This is, however, something I've been meaning to write for some time given an object in my possession, which many of you have seen. Happy Almost-Apocalypse in this, the year of GO's 25th Anniversary, everyone!
Summary: "That won't be necessary," Aziraphale demurred, stepping closer, the scent of grit, polish, and Garrud's nervous sweat filling his nostrils. "Let me see it, you silly man. Please."
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Title: As Easy As Love / What You Fight For
Fandom: Back to the Future (both Trilogy and Telltale Games)
Characters/Pairings: Emmett/Marty; the Brown family (Edith and Erhardt appear here as they appear in my other 1930s-set story, I Am Waiting (Should I Be Waiting?) / Make Us Better, but this story is a completely separate take); Arthur, Sylvia, and George McFly; [Douglas J.] Needles (briefly, in a flashback)
Word Count: 15,000
Notes: This stand-alone originates from two separate, yet related trains of thought; one, I've had the strong desire (since The Pursued and the Pursuing) to write another story featuring an intersex character, and two, a conversation with leaper182 re: the challenge of examining trans character possibilities and similar within the BTTF framework led to me sketching an outline for this story (with Leaper having contributed the focus character's birth first name; thank you, my friend). There's some obscure U.S. entertainment history in here (Emmett Kelly actually existed), as well as WWII-related content (no character death, so rest easy). Continuity-wise, this piece assumes that everything post drive-in scene of Part III does not occur, and neither do most events of the game (but aspects of the game remain relevant). This is another Marty-gets-stranded story, as I continue to find that premise compelling; it's best to look at this as an alternate take on IAW / MUB 'verse. Soundtrack by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, and Bing Crosby. Any errors surrounding life on an aircraft carrier are entirely my own. The mess of browser tabs and printed-on-the-sly-at-work medical case studies left behind in this story's wake will take a while to clean up. Special thanks to neverrwhere, who was one of the people I had intended to surprise with this, for doing a last-second continuity check (i.e. less than two hours ago) on the text. The title is, indeed, meant to have resonance with one of the sub-section titles here. Also for imaginedmelody, who's been an angel this week.
Summary: We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
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Fandom: Back to the Future Trilogy (w/characters from BTTF: The Game)
Pairing/Characters: Emmett “Doc” Brown/Marty McFly; Ensemble Cast (Jennifer Parker, various McFlys, Tiff Tannen, Marty's band-mates [The Pinheads] appearing as the OCs I've fleshed them as elsewhere, etc.)
Rating: Explicit [NSFW]
Word Count: 13,880
Notes: Stand-alone. Unconnected to any of the previous timelines/universes. Exhibit A: I'd somehow never noticed before that, during the pan-around in the opening scene, we see that Doc has a jukebox in his garage-slash-lab-slash-residence. Exhibit B: Doc blows a kiss after the DeLorean from his vantage-point on the clock tower as Marty speeds off at the end of Part I. Exhibit C: When Doc's seeing Marty off to 1885 at the start of Part III, he shouts "Vaya con dios!" I had discovered that this Spanish phrase ("Go with God") is a reference to the 1953 recording of a song by that title that was still wildly popular in 1955. I finally looked up the lyrics, which I had not bothered to do even though I'd used this piece of information (that it was a song reference) briefly in As Easy As Love, read the lyrics, listened to the full song this time, got oddly emotional, thought about the jukebox, thought about more script deconstruction, etc. About 3/4 of the events of Part III hold true for this iteration (as you'll see from where I start the first scene; this is another one with a definite cut-off/departure point like OSA 'Verse has got). The rest is more off-roading, which has been the point of this year's epic experimentation. Past October 21st, I've got to buckle down on Good Omens commitments or bust. Thanks for taking a chance on this! Happy 2015: there's not much of it left.
Summary: Six days, six songs, and six ways to over-think your history.
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