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10 October 2011 @ 02:36 pm
YB Fanfic: "Salt Its Tail"  
I wrote "Salt Its Tail" for femgenficathon 2011 to the prompt:
“One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.” — Hannah Senesh (1921-1944), WWII commando and poet
.  Though I've loved Young Blades since its too-short run in 2005, this is the first time I've written it.  This prompt called out for YB's Jacqueline, the farmer's daughter who masquerades as a disinherited nobleman in order to join the Musketeers.

Thanks to [personal profile] celli for beta-reading!  Knowing I was against a wall, she improved the ending in time for the deadline, even though she's never seen the show.

I tried to make "Salt Its Tail" accessible for readers who haven't seen YB.  If you choose to read the story, might you do me the favor of sharing your opinion?  Did it work?  (Would you be interested in more YB in the future?)

Available: My Fansite | The AO3
Length: ~7,400 words
Date: Femgenficathon 10/07/11
Rating: PG
Characters:   Jacqueline, d'Artagnan fils, Ramon, Siroc, Duval, Mazarin, Bernard, Louis XIV
Summary: When the Musketeers apprehend some smugglers, the King’s reward is the cardinal’s ruse.
Quotation: “He’s a member of the Order.”  Jacqueline touched her sword, wet with blood.  “We can carry the fight to Mazarin, now.  The King will have to listen!”

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greerwatsongreerwatson on October 11th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed: in terms of accessibility, you succeeded. Granted, having read The Three Musketeers, lo! these many years ago, does help; but I think even someone who has only a dim familiarity with the "All for one and one for all" trio would still grasp the basic political situation underlying the plot.
Amy R.: Other Fandom YBbrightknightie on October 12th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for reading the story, and for the kind assurance on its accessibility! (Yes, Young Blades more or less respects The Three Musketeers canon, but diverges from Dumas's canonical sequels while occupying the same historical space.)