scarlett_key: (Nine scruffy)
Title: Treasures of Lost Gallifrey
Rating: R for violence
Characters: Nine, Jack
Spoilers: None, really
Chapter: 7/7
Disclaimer: Characters and settings belong to the Beeb. I make no claim to them. I’m just here to have fun.

Summary: The Doctor, Jack, and Rose stop in a trade and resort town. During a shopping expedition, the Doctor finds something extraordinary, something rare, something that makes him very, very angry....

Comments: Jack comes face to face with the Doctor after he concludes business with Mischa. --Comments are love. Enjoy!

Author's note: And so he story concludes. It doesn't end the way I had planned, but the characters wrested the story from me and made it their own. It's not quite what I promised, but I think it ends in a way that makes sense for all concerned and is emotionally satisfying. Hope you agree and enjoy.

Series cross-posted to A Teaspoon and An Open Mind.

To story as a whole:
Chapter One: The Merchant's Wares
Chapter Two: Movement
Chapter Three: The Hunt
Chapter Four: The Trader
Chapter Five: The TARDIS
Chapter Six: A Fight Over More than Surfaces

Chapter 7: Reckoning )
scarlett_key: (DrWho: Jack Behind You)
Someone over in the [livejournal.com profile] doctorwho community took a moment to rank the third season's episodes. Since finishing "Treasures of Lost Gallifrey" has been so tough (but it is coming), I thought I'd kill time in the meanwhile by indulging myself this way. So this is how I'd rank the third season's episodes:


1. "The Family of Blood"
2. "Human Nature"
3. "Blink"
4. "42"
5. "Gridlock"
6. "The Shakespeare Code"
7. "Smith and Jones"
8. "Utopia"
9. "The Sound of Drums"
10. "Last of the Time Lords"
11. "The Lazarus Experiment"
12. "Evolution of the Daleks"
13. "Daleks in Manhattan"

Notes: I love "42." The more I watch it, the more I see great character moments and, in particular, a real turning point in the Doctor's relationship with Martha. I mean, gee, that moment in the medlab where he admits that he's scared? He would never have admitted fear like that to Rose; it's a moment of perhaps unprecedented vulnerability for him, and in that moment, he trusts Martha without even thinking about it. He puts his life in her hands completely. It's huge. He'll never love her the way he loved Rose, but he finally has to admit to himself that other people are just as capable, just as resourceful, and can be relied upon just as well. That moment at the end, when he pauses before giving her a TARDIS key, it's as though he's finally saying to himself, "You know, wishing for Rose won't bring her back, and you do Martha--who's smart and strong and resourceful--a real disservice by continuing to compare them to each other." I think this episode is underrated in so many ways.

I think "Gridlock" is a little overrated, in part because it's sort of a "End of the World" retread: Companion gets into trouble, realizes she's taken a ride with a stranger, pushes him to tell her who he is, and they become friends. The concepts are cool, and the secondary characters are fun and well drawn. It just doesn't draw my admiration the way "42" does.

I may reconsider the placement of the series finale trio, mainly because there are scenes I keep going back to watch again and again. Somehow, it's growing on me, despite some of the incredible stupidity. It still isn't as awful as the Torchwood episode "Cyberwoman," which I've finally seen and can now finally appreciate its awfulness.

Anyway, that's what I've got this morning. "Lost Gallifrey" will return, though it's taking a turn I hadn't expected--a good thing but a challenge.
scarlett_key: (Nine scruffy)
...is that they're hard to write. I've been hammering away at the next part of Treasures of Lost Gallifrey and it's just killing me. I wrote myself into this corner, I know, and I have to write my way out of it to get to the next good/hard bit. Writing this bit will make the next bits juicier and more interesting but, well, um, wow.

One of the things that's come out of all the workshopping and classes I've done is that I have a really hard time writing conflict. This is an old challenge of mine. I avoid it like the plague. (See? Even now, I'm procrastinating, not writing.) I've got to get over that.

And now, um, back to it. Yeah. Right. This is me, heading back to it....
scarlett_key: (Default)
Title: Treasures of Lost Gallifrey
Rating: This chapter, G; later R
Characters: Nine, Jack, Rose (later, Nine/Jack with lots of angst)
Spoilers: None, really
Chapter: 5/6-7
Disclaimer: Characters and settings belong to the Beeb. I make no claim to them. I’m just here to have fun.

Summary: The Doctor, Jack, and Rose stop in a trade and resort town. During a shopping expedition, the Doctor finds something extraordinary, something rare, something that makes him very, very angry....

Comments: The Doctor, Jack and Rose find the source of Mischa's contraband and the Doctor makes a choice about its fate. In the meanwhile, Jack is faced with an enormous problem--and realizes that there may be only one horrifying solution.... --Comments are love. Enjoy!

Chapter One: The Merchant's Wares
Chapter Two: Movement
Chapter Three: The Hunt
Chapter Four: The Trader

Chapter Five: The TARDIS )
scarlett_key: (Nine scruffy)
This story is going on hiatus while I'm out of the country. I'll be writing while I'm gone an hope to return with it completed. My apologies for leaving people hanging. :-(
scarlett_key: (Nine scruffy)
Title: Treasures of Lost Gallifrey
Rating: This chapter, G; later R
Characters: Nine, Jack, Rose (later, Nine/Jack with lots of angst)
Spoilers: None, really
Chapter: 4/6-7
Disclaimer: Characters and settings belong to the Beeb. I make no claim to them. I’m just here to have fun.

Summary: The Doctor, Jack, and Rose stop in a trade and resort town. During a shopping expedition, the Doctor finds something extraordinary, something rare, something that makes him very, very angry....

Comments: This chapter, the Doctor, Jack and Rose get closer to the truth: who Mischa is, what Mischa is, and where she's getting Vortex channels. Once the Doctor, Rose, and Jack have those answers, bigger questions--and one enormous problem--remain.... --Comments are love. Enjoy!

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction and A Teaspoon and an Open Mind

Chapter One: The Merchant's Wares
Chapter Two: Movement
Chapter Three: The Hunt

Chapter Four: The Trader )
scarlett_key: (Nine scruffy)
Title: Treasures of Lost Gallifrey
Rating: This chapter, G; later almost certainly PG or R
Characters: Nine, Jack, Rose (later, Nine/Jack with lots of angst)
Spoilers: None, really
Chapter: 3/?
Disclaimer: Characters and settings belong to the Beeb. I make no claim to them. I’m just here to have fun.

Summary: The Doctor, Jack, and Rose stop in a trade and resort town. During a shopping expedition, the Doctor finds something extraordinary, something rare, something that makes him very, very angry....

Comments: No comments at the moment except to say that one of the reasons it's taken me a couple of days to post this bit is that I've been writing the end of the story even as I write the middle part. Boy, am I enjoying writing that ending.... In the meanwhile, enjoy the build-up. --Comments are love. Enjoy!

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction and A Teaspoon and an Open Mind

Chapter One: The Merchant's Wares
Chapter Two: Movement

Chapter Three: The Hunt )
scarlett_key: (Nine scruffy)
Title: Treasures of Lost Gallifrey
Rating: This chapter, G; later almost certainly PG or R
Characters: Nine, Jack, Rose (later, possibly Nine/Jack with lots of angst)
Spoilers: None, really
Chapter: 2/?
Disclaimer: Characters and settings belong to the Beeb. I make no claim to them. I’m just here to have fun.

Summary: The Doctor, Jack, and Rose stop in a trade and resort town. During a shopping expedition, the Doctor finds something extraordinary, something rare, something that makes him very, very angry....

Comments: I'd hoped to move our heroes further along than I have here, but I find I'm trying to plot carefully. We'll see how it goes. In the meanwhile.... --Comments are love. Enjoy!

Chapter One: The Merchant's Wares

Chapter Two: Movement )
scarlett_key: (Nine scruffy)
Title: Treasures of Lost Gallifrey
Author: Me
Rating: This chapter, G; later almost certainly PG or R
Characters: Nine, Jack, Rose (later, possibly Nine/Jack with lots of angst)
Spoilers: None, really
Chapter: 1/?
Disclaimer: Characters and settings belong to the Beeb. I make no claim to them. I’m just here to have fun.

Summary: The Doctor, Jack, and Rose stop in a trade and resort town. During a shopping expedition, the Doctor finds something extraordinary, something rare, something that makes him very, very angry....

Comments: This idea started as a set-up for Jack/Nine. The deeper into I got into, the more I realized there was a real plot here. There are certainly going to be several chapters here. For Jack/Nine shippers, I intend there to be some hotness. For the rest, I hope you just think it's a good story. --Comments are love. Enjoy!

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction and A Teaspoon and An Open Mind

Chapter one )
scarlett_key: (Nine scruffy)
Two pieces in progress, each vying for my attention:

1) A piece set during the Year That Didn't Happen (for the [livejournal.com profile] telling_a_story ficathon). Martha is in Seattle, trying to find a pirate radio station that can help her get the word out. In the process, she meets a local radio personality who's had a very tough time and needs to be convinced that Martha's message is worth the bandwidth (in what may be the weirdest crossover fic this fandom will ever see). Former Microsoft employees are trying to hack the Archangel Network. The toclafane are using the top of the Space Needle as a hub for operations. Must finish this thing.

2) A piece that started out as a way to write an encounter between Jack and Nine but is turning into a proper adventure that may not have any sexual content at all . . . in which case, since I want to write at least one Jack/Nine smut (I still don't know why, except to get it out of my system), I have to come up with another idea. Or just write the smut sans plot and get it over with (which doesn't respect the characters but may make me happy).

And in a development I didn't expect, over at A Teaspoon and An Open Mind, more than 450 people have read "To Be Sure," and several have liked it enough to leave reviews. I'm sort of shocked. "Redecoration" got a quarter of that sort of attention.
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