The "Whisper" epilogue is now a full-blown sequel with its own title, namely "A Shade of Blue". (It's another lyric from the same song which inspired "Whisper", Katie Melua's "I Cried For You", not a reference to 50 Shades of Fail.) Once ASOB is finished it will lead into the Jack the Ripper story, as it effectively situates Erik and Christine in London and provides a more than adequate premise for the rest of the story. I think I might be putting off finishing ASOB properly because of the amount of research that will be involved, not to mention the lukewarm reception that "Whisper" got - with any luck ASOB might be E/C shippy enough to make people go back and read "Whisper" for context (because I know despite all warnings to the contrary, people will ignore any author's note about reading it first).
I do need to rehash a few bits of "Whisper" where my canon remembrance got confused, so really I should do that before I publish ASOB. There's one particular, key moment in the story which needs a bit of a rework, but hopefully it shouldn't be a problem.
I'm quite excited about the Jack the Ripper story and do want to get started on it, but I also don't want it to fizzle out halfway through. I'm hopeful cloudsinvenice will poke me about it and help to keep the momentum up, but of course it all depends on Real Life not getting in the way. At the moment the provisional title is still "The Phantom of Whitechapel" - I suspect this won't change because I really like it, despite the obviousness. :)
My asylum story is also still brewing away. I had a vague plan to call it "The Phantom of Charenton" (do you sense a theme here?), the name of the hospital where Quills is set, because I'm too lazy to come up with a new one. :P I toyed with the idea of having the Marquis de Sade there, too (if not perhaps anyone else from the film) just so he and Erik can each think the other completely mad, whilst both making similar demands as to comfort. :D Not sure if I could write the Marquis effectively, though the concept still amuses me.
Anyway, the new idea is for another songfic. POTO seems to lend itself quite well to songfics, I suppose because of the subject matter and location of the story. For some reason it also seem to fit Katie Melua songs amazingly accurately.
The song in question is "I'd Love to Kill You", lyrics for which are beneathwards.
I'd love to kill you with a kiss
I'd like to strike you down with bliss
I'd like to tie you up in knots
Until your heart stops
I'd love to kill you with a glance
I'd like to put you in a trance
I'd like to drug you with my scent
And use you in the moment
I'd love to kill you while you eat
The pleasure would taste so sweet
I'd like to open up your skin
And wander there within
I'd love to kill you by a stream
When no-one can hear my baby scream
Then I'd run away and be free
The sweetest victory
I love to watch you in your sleep
'Cause you don't have power over me
And when you're awake I'm undone
Under your spell - in hell
Cheerful, no? ;)
You can see it has a lot of POTO-esque elements to it. I picture it being a future-verse story of some kind, where Christine's "choice" has the usual fandom-directed result of her ending up with Erik anyway (perhaps in this case he doesn't send her away), but with the story itself not bothering with any of the usual "what happened next" stuff and just starting a year or so later.
As ever, I see it as Christine-centric, although I did toy with the idea of making the narrator ambiguous (so it could be Erik, or indeed it could be both of them - the middle verse in particular sounds too gruesome to come from Christine). It would be something of a departure from my usual E/C stories - definitely a lot darker and angstier, with Christine resigned to her fate despite making her choice and sticking to it: torn between loving Erik and hating him with equal passion. (Indeed, there is a very fine line between the two emotions - a concept I played with in "Cradle", the epic Spuffy-fic.) That last verse sums up my feelings about the mood of the story: she has free will when he cannot control her, but at all other times is powerless.
The penultimate verse adds an interesting dimension to it, also: Christine abandoned in the underground house trying to care for a screaming infant, with no-one to hear and come to her aid when natural mothering instincts have failed. Maybe that's the turning point. I don't know, but it's a potent image.
I love the idea, and the concept, but it's very far removed from my usual form. I'll keep it on a back burner for now and let it simmer. :)
In other news, we have a very busy few days ahead. Over the weekend the landlord's gardener came and sorted out the drive, patio and garden, all of which look amazing now. Much better than we could have achieved ourselves (and in any case it would have taken us weeks; killing the weeds was turning into an uphill struggle). The gardener also helpfully mowed the lawn and strimmed the hedge, and took out the big dead tree. Now my plan for a vegetable patch may come to fruition (ho ho)!
Also we went into Birmingham on Saturday so I could spend some of my back-pay - more kitchen bits from Livstil (two sieves, a new pizza cutter, two good-quality pie / flan dishes, and new measuring cups), and some bits from New Look (tartan shoes, a hoodie which is a bit too small so needs to be exchanged, and finally some jeans that fit). Had lunch in Cafe Rouge, which took bloody ages as usual because for some reason they cannot seem to cope when they have more than five customers. For tea we had scallops with black pudding and pea puree (courtesy of Paul), and a recipe from Jamie's Great Britain of pork and apple rice salad, which was lovely. (We picked up the pork belly from the markets for £1.95 - bargain!)
Oh, and yesterday I decided to rearrange the kitchen again, to minimise space in which to pile up washing up, and to maximise space elsewhere. Looks pretty good, actually. ;) (Other than that I have been mostly playing Red Dead Redemption on the X-Box.)
On Thursday, we're going to see the Killers. :D OMG SO EXCITE. Thankfully we have Friday off, but it'll be spent getting in food and cooking things for our Hallowe'en party, which was meant to be on Saturday but we got a last-minute invitation to a birthday party. Then next week I'm seeing Evanescence on the Thursday, and going to Paul's mum's for fireworks on the Friday. :)
Thankfully I am now on leave of absence from choir until next September, so will have a bit more spare time to throw at things like Christmas. I'm hoping to be able to go and see either the November concert or Messiah (just to see what it sounds like from the other side) but will have to see how things go.
So yeah. Probably going to be quite busy for the foreseeable.