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11 October 2011 @ 08:29 pm
The True Confessions of Raymond Doyle, or Sea-I5 -- story by Sarah K, artwork by Gvenanne  
Title: The True Confessions of Raymond Doyle, or Sea-I5
Author: Sarah K/tears_of_nienna
Artist/Vidder: gvenanne
Genre: AU, historical, slash
Pairing: Bodie/Doyle
Word Count: 30,500
Warnings: Temporary character death.
Summary: When Raymond Doyle boards a merchant ship to America, he expects a tedious but uneventful journey. He does not expect mutiny, murder, and the likes of William Bodie. When desperation drives Doyle to join the crew, he finds that a sailor's life suits him well, but there are enemies on board who will do all they can to see him fail.

Thanks: To gvenanne--what amazing, gorgeous, incredible artwork. I am still atwitter every time I look at her illustrations. From the front cover to the back and everything in between--thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To squeeful for endless encouragement and historical fashion advice--any remaining errors are my own.

And to the mods at ci5_boxoftricks for being crazy brave enough to take on this challenge again. Thank you all so much!

Note: This story is based shamelessly on The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi. I'm pretty sure this one's in no danger of winning a Newbery Honor, though.

A brief explanation of ship's time, including the watches, can be found here.


Fic and Art at AO3
On Livejournal: Part One | Part Two | Part Three
Art Master Post on Livejournal

One more note: Make sure you click on the images, as they won't fit full-size into the text. And they deserve to be seen full-size!
 
 
 
sc_fossil: Pros BB Cheerleader by Katsc_fossil on October 12th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
It's great seeing your story unveiled. The art looks fabulous. I'm looking forward to reading your fic.
Strike while the irony is hot: MISC -- ERROLdraycevixen on October 12th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)

Congrats on getting another BB story sailed safely in to harbour.

I'm now singing "a life on the ocean wave." It's all right, I forgive you. *g* It could have been "In The Navy." Bugger, now I think I've earwormed myself.
Squeefulsqueeful on October 12th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
Could be worse, I have "I Am the Monarch of the Sea" in my head,
(no subject) - draycevixen on October 12th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - tears_of_nienna on October 13th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
krisserci5krisserci5 on October 12th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
The art is wonderful and I just converted and DL so I can read tomorrow between programs. . . .so looking forward to it.
liriel1810 on October 12th, 2011 08:43 am (UTC)
The artwork is gorgeous! I'm a bit scared by that warning... might have to build up my courage to read this story, but the artwork is certainly piquing my interest.
Sarah Ktears_of_nienna on October 13th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
I sent you an LJ message with a (minor) spoiler if it that might help. If not, go ahead and delete it, it won't hurt my feelings. ;)

But yeah, isn't the artwork incredible? I keep going back to stare at it in awe. :)
(no subject) - liriel1810 on October 13th, 2011 05:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - tears_of_nienna on October 13th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
jaicen5jaicen5 on October 12th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
this was a very good story. I really like AU's and I very much liked the part of history that you chose. The pictures by gvenanne are superb and fit your story wonderfully and tastefully. Thank you.
Sarah Ktears_of_nienna on October 13th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad that you liked the historical setting. I had a lot of fun researching it. :)
catofwitch on October 12th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
Oops...
Why can't I open the pictures? I've tried both sites, but... Sigh...
Sarah K: professionalstears_of_nienna on October 13th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
Re: Oops...
Oh dear! Are they not showing up at gvenanne's master post either? This is the first time I've embedded images in a fic, so I don't know much about troubleshooting...
Re: Oops... - catofwitch on October 13th, 2011 06:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
inlovewithboth on October 12th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
I loved this story, thank you so much for writing it, it's going to be a keeper on my E-Reader! The atmosphere of the story really grabbed me, I could see everything really clearly and really enjoyed the read. And the artwork, well, what a masterpiece! (P.S. I use Round Robins at work, when I want teachers to comment on a particular student - I never knew where the expression came from until now!)
Sarah Ktears_of_nienna on October 13th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed it and that the setting worked well.

And see, fanfic can even be educational! :)
shooting2kill: pic#111989060shooting2kill on October 12th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
The story looks fascinating and the artwork is stunning and does its job of beckoning the reader in to discover more within the text. Really looking forward to this. Thanks and well done!
vic: Professionals - animated c'meresaintvic on October 12th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
*\o/* This looks brilliant, congrats on posting and I can't wait to read this.
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Sarah Ktears_of_nienna on October 13th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Thank you so so much! I'm glad that the wild AU setting worked for you, and that I got the relationship between Bodie and Doyle right. :)
merentha13: Darkmerentha13 on October 13th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
Great story! I have a special love for tales of the old, tall sailing ships. You did a wonderful job with growing the relationship between Ray and Bodie - had me worried for a bit, though! And a very clever draw using Sea I5 as part of the title. *g*

The artwork is beautiful and goes so well with the story. Congratulations to both of you and come join the others of us "post-posters", sitting with our feet up, eating chocolate and drinking wine...
Sarah Ktears_of_nienna on October 13th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I love the Age of Sail, too, so doing the research for this one was actually a lot of fun. :) I felt truly wicked for doing what I did to the lads, but but I hope they'll forgive me, since they did get their happy ending.

Oh, the life of a post-poster is lovely, isn't it? I'll be eating chocolate and curling up with a warm blanket and all the fics that I haven't read yet--because I've been freaking out over this one!

Thanks again!!
Rain: Wheee Caprimilomaus on October 13th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
I shouldn´t have done it, still working on my art, but I just couldn´t resist and I read the story and admired the art work!
And enjoyed both totally. I like your story very much, though using all the agents kinda flipped my brain, looks like I have issues if there are too many of them in an AU.*g*
On the other hand it was lovely to meet them again!
I so very much enjoyed the storm, and Bodie coming to the rescue! What a genial twist, to make the only alibi Doyle has a "dead" man!

And the Art!! I love the way it´s kept so simple and I couldn´t take my eyes off the cover and the back, I´m just so in love with the sea and sailing!

Wonderful combination, great eyecandy and such a very lovely story!!
Thanks you two for taking the time and making the effort! It is appreciated!
mollior cuniculi capillo: bodie eyebrowsineala on October 13th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
I have been looking forward to this story for a while and it has lived up to my expectations. Much like everything you write. :)

I haven't read the original novel, but I really really loved this. Apparently what I have secretly wanted is Age of Sail Pros, because this really worked for me. Bonus points for the inclusion of rum, sodomy, and the lash. (Actually, was there rum? Hmm. Whatever. The sodomy makes up for it.)

Basically, this was excellent and completely believable, characterization-wise and so on, and also now I have learned what a round-robin actually is.
moth2fic: pros_otpmoth2fic on October 18th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
I started this with some trepidation because Age of Sail isn't my favourite AU - but you carried it off very well and I believed in it all...(even, temporarily, in the bit that you warn for).And the sex was amazing. Lovely artwork, too! Thanks to both of you!
murphybabemurphybabe on October 19th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was great! I really enjoyed the story, even though AU is not my favourite, and the images were beautiful! Very well done to both of you - enjoy the feet-up-eating-chocolate stage now!