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Tomorrow I’m off down south for a week, but have a fic before I go.

Title: The Curse of Kuwana
Fandom: Onmyouji
Pairing: Seimei/Hiromasa
Rating: PG
Summary: Seimei and Hiromasa's journey home continues with a stopover at the Tado shrine, but their rest is disturbed by a haunted kin and a demonic serial killer.
Notes: Direct sequel to Three For Three, and the third part of the Tokaido series. Thanks to [ profile] diagon for the redirection when I was ready to kick it to the kerb and to [ profile] aitakute, who gave me the idea of the haunted kin.

Too long for one post, thus: Part One and Part Two.

Date: 2010-11-06 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am going to read now but you are listening to old school Duran Duran? Like OMG!

Date: 2010-11-07 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah I suddenly had the urge to dig out my old Duran albums so I wrote the fic pretty much listening to Rio!

Date: 2010-11-10 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
contented purr also.
I'm so glad that diagon and aitakute gave you the ideas so you could finish, because this is incredible!

Both Seimei and Hiromasa are much more verbal to one another this time and admitting their feelings - gulp. I really like the description of the insects on the brambles which made a light come on with how Pearl and the sailor were killed. I'm off to daydream about their trip home.

Rio! Man I love Duran Duran - and the video - ah the days when MTV actually played music videos!!!

Date: 2010-11-19 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! (and thank you for the emails, I LOVE the cover and hope the artist can add tats to her face, at least)


Date: 2010-11-16 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're not kidding when you said this is your best work for the year; I personally think it is! Very long, nothing short of an epic folk-tale with a good element of mystery and adventure to it; brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

Where do I even start? Firstly, plot-wise, I love the mystery of the haunted kin. I'm perpetually amazed at how you get to think of all these plots for your Onmyouji fics, but this particular mystery/plot tops it by a margin. (I could be biased; there's a kin, and how can I say not to that.) I like how it's Hiromasa who solves it (with Seimei's help, but nonetheless we see most of the mystery unfold from Hiromasa's POV), who puts his best in it despite not being as in-the-know as Seimei. It's not a complicated plot, granted, but I like the way how he pieces up the information gathered into a nice chain leading us from the gruesome murders to the conclusion that the shrike's the demon. Sure, there's the element of supernatural in this (demons and all), but it reads like a classic, folksy whodunit.

I've obviously missed out on one or two fics prior to this so I wasn't aware of what happened to Seimei - midway through I belatedly realised it'll probably make more sense if I start from where I've missed, but was too engrossed to just turn away - but the subtle tension between himself and Hiromasa was a lovely (and heartbreaking) subplot within the main plot of the kin-related murders. I think, relationship-wise, this fic is quite a landmark for them - it is when Seimei and Hiromasa address (not directly, but clear enough) what they meant to each other despite who Seimei is. Hiromasa didn't care if Seimei's a half-fox or whatever, and here Seimei gets much-needed reassurance that Hiromasa will not be yet another who just leaves, just because of who he is (that can't be helped). I think it's a big deal - to know you're just simply accepted as who you are, that it doesn't matter.

I thought the story of the kin-lady and the shrike-demon was rather sad, but their final reunion was touching. A happy ending to a tragic love story. Beautiful.

As usual, your descriptions are just so, so poetically rendered. I love the way you write the scenes with the kin. They felt so intimate, so fluid/melodic (as musical as a kin's mellow, subdued self can be) - and I think that's the way it should be written, given the nature of the instrument itself. It's not loud - it's just there, for a private audience, for very private thoughts.

Best work of the year? Absolutely. But at the rate you keep topping yourself this year, are we to expect something in December to knock this one off its pedestal? ;)

Re: Mindblowing.

Date: 2010-11-19 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you for such an awesome comment :) You have read the previous fics but the last one was posted back in April and a lot has happened in the interim, so I don't expect anyone (least of all me) to remember them - I had to keep checking back to make sure I wasn't contradicting what I'd already written!

I listened to several qin pieces while writing some of the scenes. They're so stately and they do fit Seimei's character rather well. I'm glad I got the intimacy thing right - I guess I see the qin as something that takes the place of conversation. A talkative instrument but not a garrulous one.

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