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calliopes_pen ([personal profile] calliopes_pen) wrote2017-01-01 07:27 am

The Time For Reveals Has Come

Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders (58042 words) by calliopes_pen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mina Harker/John Seward, Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker
Characters: John Seward, Mina Harker, Jonathan Harker, Lucy Weston, Count Dracula, Abraham Van Helsing
Additional Tags: When Vampires Attack, Exorcisms, Hypnotism, Possession, Bats, Temptation, Friendship, Mind Control, Jonathan runs away with Dracula, Van Helsing is clever, Mina protects Lucy, Seward needs a blood transfusion and blanket right about now, There's something in the basement, Vampire Bites, Hurt/Comfort, Character Turned Into Vampire, Elements of Lucy/Mina, staking, Vampirism Causes Irreconcilable Differences, Suspense, Nightmares, Fog, Journey to the Castle, Happy Ending, Blood Drinking, Adventure, Alternate Universe

What if Seward and Van Helsing told Mina about the danger Lucy was in sooner? What if Lucy wasn’t bitten a final time that night, because Mina was in the house? This gives them a reprieve. Everything changes for the better and for the worse. Each takes a more active role in their fate as they fight to keep Dracula away from Lucy, and the darkness closes in around them.

Yes, [personal profile] lost_spook. I guessed you may have written at least one (The Poison Tree) of the stories I received, but I didn’t guess that it was both of them. So thank you so much.

This story clocked in at a whopping 114 pages in Microsoft Word, for a grand total (no matter what Ao3 says—it might register the scene breaks) of 57,748 words. This is, by far, the longest thing I have ever written. The outline alone was 10 pages. I printed it, so I could have access to it at all times that I was away from the computer. I did not print the story, but I’m still genuinely amused that you did.*

I should have made it into separate chapters, but I didn’t even think of it at the time after all the edits were completed. Sorry about that. I do see in retrospect where a few chapter breaks could be, as one scene in particular was nearly 10,000 words.

I really must thank you, by the way, specifically for this post. The Picspam came in handy. So did the gif set in another post where you showed Seward fainting, and these promo shots in color. I might have used the fainting gifs for reference.

I can’t post the story to Livejournal, just like I couldn’t post it there last year, since it exceeds the word count limit. This year, I’m almost certain that I cannot post it to Dreamwidth, either, for that very reason. So…if someone ever feels the desire to comment on the story, you can do so in this post, or the cross-post on LJ, or just go to Ao3 by way of the link in this post if one happens to have an account there.

*Tomorrow or the next day, I plan another post about trivia from the writing process. I’ll try to make notes of all the random references sprinkled throughout the story that I alluded to in my author’s notes. There are a couple extra deleted moments that you can decide if you do or do not wish to see after they're described.

Edit: Or I could (and did) just post it today, since I gathered everything sooner than expected.
lost_spook: (dracula)

[personal profile] lost_spook 2017-01-01 02:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Ha, oh dear, I'm a little embarrassed about the picspam - I was being very silly and flippant in it & I've grown more sensible as a viewer since. Although it's a fairly accurate representation of my first very ill and foggy reaction to this black and white thing with everyone being very entertaining in it. But I'm glad some of them were useful. The colour pics are really kind of frustrating, because it's clear that the costume designer did a particularly excellent job on it. I do wish there were more shots on the disc, because there must have been at the time. I'd love to see more detail on Lucy's evening dresses and Mina's outfits. And I watched it four times while writing it (although the last two were mainly to catch a few specific points - the disc doesn't have subtitles, so working out things like which housekeeper is which and exactly what their names and things took a few times), and I, er, don't think I'd ever watched it when I wasn't in a brain-fog. It's a lot better when you have a brain, I have to say, and I still don't get that contemporary reviewer who thought it was as dull as a party political broadcast. (I've seen far duller 60s TV! The man had clearly never sat through some episodes of Doctor Who, for a start!)

I knew I wasn't exactly at my most anonynous - I mean, we pretty much are Dracula 1968 fandom between us - the treat was my only way to try and make you wonder which was me. And, ha, I failed. I'm not surprised. And don't worry about the chapters; once I had it printed out, I could see it just flowed as one big thing, and I still have problems reading a lot online, so I'd have printed it out anyway, really. (68 pages, double-sided, Georgia 9; it looks v nice, btw!) But I did sit there with my Mum's unfamiliar netbook going, ... oh wait... how do you navigate a thing this long? LOL. (If I had an e-reader, I wouldn't need to, but I don't think I'm in immediate danger of getting too many gift fics of that length.) Mine was the longest thing I've written since I've been ill and, lol, you dwarfed me by 30,000 words!

Anyway, thank you! I look forward to reading it again. And you can be fairly sure that I will naturally want to see deleted scenes. Yours was meant to have a bonus deleted scene, but it all wound up going in the fic. :-)
Edited 2017-01-01 14:19 (UTC)
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[personal profile] lost_spook 2017-01-01 06:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Heh, that's true dedication! Although, I suppose I had already watched it a couple of times this year when I was really ill, and then all the rewatching of clips to get the gifs - and I helpfully had another TV show to watch and give me a break while still keeping me in period!

I might have transcribed the entirety of the scene between undead Lucy and Mina in the graveyard. Otherwise, I've never spotted a transcript for this floating around online.

No, it's rare to find stuff like that for old telly! I worked out a reasonable timeline for it (because I was a little puzzled at first as to exactly when in the year it was taking place), but I don't think I have the notes. :-D

I think I got all the shots off the M&I gallery for Dracula, but I'll have to check. I didn't put two of them up on tumblr, though, and, yes, one of them is of the three Brides (showing some really nice set-work, too); the other one of Denholm Elliott and Susan George on location. I don't know why I didn't add them at the time, but I didn't!

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lost_spook: (dracula)

[personal profile] lost_spook 2017-01-01 09:52 pm (UTC)(link)
There must surely have been more at the time - it seems very weird not to have a shot of either Corin Redgrave or Suzanne Neve. But that's all that's on the disc! Still, they're nice little glimpses into some of the work that went into it that doesn't show up so well on b&w videotape.

Oh, well, you were well-covered as well. :-)
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[personal profile] lynndyre 2017-01-03 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
That is an amazing wordcount! Does it work if one only knows book canon, or should I be sure to watch the 1968 movie first? The picspam and Seward fainting look intriguing.
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[personal profile] lynndyre 2017-01-04 01:12 am (UTC)(link)
Cool! Thank you for the link- I don't know when, but I'll check it out. :)