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Title: Broken Places [Link to story on AO3]
Fandom: The Musketeers, BBC
Author: gaelicspirit
Characters: d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, Aramis - GEN
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Nothing you recognize is mine. Title comes from Hemingway quote inside the story.

Summary: Set S1, between episodes 3, Commodities, and 4, Good Soldier. A voluntary mission turns d’Artagnan from a wayward recruit into a Musketeer in all but name. However, first things go very, very wrong. As they do. And the men are pushed to their limits to keep their brotherhood intact.

Author’s Note: To my fellow h/c junkies, this isn’t one of those stories that goes right for the hurt and lingers there. I love reading those stories; I just am not all that great at writing them. I realized a while back that I have to wrap my hurt in plot and make it mean something to me (which doesn’t work for everyone). So, once again, I wrote this for those of you who like some plot with your pain. Because there’s plenty of it here. Pain, that is. We hurt the ones we love, do we not?

Anyway, I was curious about something, so I decided to write a story to figure it out. What was it that shifted the men’s perception of d’Artagnan so early on in their growing friendship? Treville went from shrugging off d’Artagnan’s possible demise in the ruse with Vadim as an acceptable loss to trusting him enough that he included him in the King’s protection detail when the Duke of Savoy arrived. And then there’s that moment when Marsac lunges at d’Artagnan as if to attack and Porthos steps between them growling, “Don’t go there. Not if you enjoy breathing.”

This is my interpretation of the events that transpired to cement d’Artagnan’s place among the Inseparables. I hope you enjoy!

Comments

( 11 Tall Tales — Tell Me A Story )
thruterryseyes
Oct. 11th, 2014 06:43 pm (UTC)
Am I first??? COOL.

Since I already read it and told you what i thought I'll just roll around in being first.

Everyone else rush to read this!!!
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
You will never not be one of my favorite people. In fact, you've pretty much cemented your place in the top five, and you know that the hubs and Mo Chuisle reserve two of those spots, so.... :)
thruterryseyes
Oct. 11th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
I can live with being 5
jennierenee
Oct. 13th, 2014 04:00 am (UTC)
Great story. I'm waiting to get the show from my library, but I think I'm going to like it.
gaelicspirit
Oct. 13th, 2014 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! What a compliment that you've read (and enjoyed) it before watching the show! I think you'll really like it. The actors are very easy on the eyes, the banter makes you smile, and the action is fun to watch.

Plus...they make me want to write!! HAHA!

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 16th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
I have read your Supernatural stories and rambles for years and have only commented a few times, but I thoroughly enjoy your writing each and every time. (And the fact that I, too, tend to gravitate to the character of Dean Winchester certainly seems to help me enjoy them even more.)

When I saw that you are now writing about The Musketeers, I think my heart palpitated just a bit because I absolutely love this show, too, and I knew you would create something remarkable, which you did. I adore these Musketeers stories. Please continue! You have a wonderful gift.

Thank you!
Roberta
gaelicspirit
Oct. 17th, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Roberta! I'm thrilled that you've enjoyed the Supernatural stories. You're right; my Dean-girl flag waves high in those stories. :)

I'm so pleased that you not only enjoy this fandom but have enjoyed these stories as well. Thank you for letting me know, and I hope you enjoy future ones that you choose to read.

My best,
Gaelic
laurie_bug
Oct. 17th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
Another winner! Great plotline, lots of action, lots of INteraction (esp. loved that tense scene with Aramis & Athos near the beginning), and little Luca was a welcome addition to the cast of characters. I really enjoyed how you wrote Porthos -- his scenes with d'Art were very rich and genuine. And my darling Aramis....his PTSD was off the charts! The panic and self-doubt were visceral....I had to read the chapters in small doses. (I just wish you'd had Athos be a bit more in-tune with his distress, instead of expecting poor Porthos to "fix" him alone.)

Eagerly awaiting the next grand adventure!!!
gaelicspirit
Oct. 17th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
Hey - thank you so much! :) I'm so pleased you enjoyed this. I love writing these guys; it's an honest pleasure to be part of this fandom.

As for Athos noticing Aramis' stress, I actually really agree with you -- the story would have been better had Athos clued in to what was going on with Aramis rather than just noticing something was off. But, I had to keep in mind the opening scene in Episode 4 when they're standing at parade rest waiting for the Duke to arrive and Aramis is looking tense and troubled. Athos sees, asks Porthos what's the matter with Aramis, and Porthos has to remind him about Savoy.

If I'd written this story with him having remembered Savoy, that line wouldn't have made much sense. I was trying to keep it as in line with canon as I could.

Does that make sense?

Thank you again for reading and taking time to comment. Next adventure is on it's way. I actually have two in the works, one being a bit of a sequel to this one. :)

Take care!
laurie_bug
Oct. 20th, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC)
doh!
I was so into the story I forgot that it was set between actual episodes. So, we can blame the scriptwriters for Athos' cluelessness!

Yay for future adventures. Hmmm, does this

"one being a bit of a sequel to this one. :)"

mean that we'll find out what happened to Aramis and Porthos after they left Athos & d'Artagnan?!



Laura
gaelicspirit
Oct. 20th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
Re: doh!
It's not as direct of a sequel. This one took place just before episode 4; the next one will take place just after episode 8.

I'll work on that one after I finish the one that's currently eating up my brain, called Reckoning.
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