April, 1944 AU. Scripps and Posner are Special Operations Executives in occupied France during the Second World War.
I Know of Nothing Else But Miracles Scripps re-affirms his faith in God and Posner after a near death experience. Enjambment is fucking amazing, and you should read everything they have written. Now goes by the handle linkia_blue.
Memento Mori In which stuff happens (as it is wont to do), Posner falls for a succession of Dakins, and Scripps finally figures things out. AMAZING.
Poetry for Professors The students discuss meanings and feelings and imagery and the use of juxtaposition or other wordy poetic techniques. Posner thinks of Scripps’s morning smile and the shapes his hands trace in the air when he does something he knows will make Posner happy.
to put away childish things “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
donald scripps:*turns the collar up on his blazer*
me:👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good shit go౦ԁ sHit👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌shit right👌👌there👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 👌👌Good shit
With Tremulous Cadence Slow Posner was trying to off himself in the boy’s bathroom with a plastic butter knife. Coincidentally, Scripps had to pee. A story of first meetings.Notes: Title comes from a line in Matthew Arnold’s poem ‘Dover Beach’.
The 47th fight The 47th fight that David Posner and Don Scripps ever had about Stuart Dakin.
The Dizzying Possibilities of Verticality They both discover that proximity is a double-edged sword – that it is possible to be both tender toward and irritable to a person with whom you live in very close quarters.
Put the Sun Back True to the play'verse. Posner is back from the hospital after a period of depression.
Able was I, ere I saw Elba “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (late 18th to early 19th century) “The history book on the shelf / Is always repeating itself” – ABBA (“Waterloo”, 1974)
Posner’s Reward In an attempt to let Posner know how he feels, Scripps decides to follow in Dakin’s footsteps. After all, a graduation deserves a reward too, doesn’t it?
considering they grew up under thatcher (who, fyi, fucked over the entirety of the north and was also really anti-gay) I find it impossible to believe that any of the history boys would be tories
scripps’ parents were probably always ranting about “the bloody tories,” and he probably never found out what it meant until primary school, where, if anyone was ever mean to posner, he’d call them a tory
Scripps, because Posner insists on trying to make complicated French recipes and nine out of ten times they end up failing - like the soufflés that looked like tiny mutated alien blobs or the herb-encrusted salmon that somehow managed to be burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. So usually Scripps cooks, boring plain ordinary food they both like.
(but sometimes the recipe actually works and Pos will spend at least a few days beaming proudly and telling everyone about it.)
how often do they fight?:
They often have heated debates about literature and poetry, obviously (like the Russians: Scripps thinks they’re needlessly gloomy and can’t take them seriously, while Posner adores them) and said discussion usually carry on until for example Dakin passes them and says something like “oh, just fuck it out, you two.”
what do they do when they’re away from each other?:
They both try to concentrate on their respective lectures and tutorials, but they always have a little corner of their mind free where they store things they’ve got to tell the other next time they see them.
nicknames for each other?:
Just Pos and Scripps, mostly, although Posner has been known to use ludicrously poetic endearments (A SECOND HELEN, FOR WHOM I WOULD GLADLY BURN TROY) which invariably makes Scripp’s ears turn red.
who is more likely to pay for dinner?:
Seeing as they both are pretty much skint it’s more a case of “who pays for the chips” than proper “dinner”, and they try to share their money as much as possible.
who steals the covers at night?:
Posner, whose long skinny limbs somehow get freezing cold during the night. At first she just stole the covers, but now Scripps makes sure she’s tucked in properly before they go to sleep.
what would they get each other for gifts?:
BOOKS. Scripps might get Pos a dainty piece of jewelry, and Pos has given Scripps an elegant rosary.
who remembers things?:
They both remember things for each other (“didn’t you have an essay due on Monday?” “Your tutorial is in ten minutes get dressed you floozy”)
who cusses more?:
Scripps tries not to curse because taking the lord’s name in vain and all that. Posner thinks cursing is a sign of lack of imagination, but has occasionally used a well-placed fuck to strengthen her argument.
what would they do if the other one was hurt?:
Posner would panic and flap about and babble. Scripps would go very quiet and pale and she might be heard uttering prayers beneath her breath.
who kissed who first?:
Posner, in something that looked very much like Gone With the Wind, although she’ll deny having re-enacted it on purpose.
who made the first move?:
Again, Posner, by storming into Scripps’ room and performing an anguished declaration of love, much to Scripps’ initial bemusement and subsequent delight.
who started the relationship?:
Dakin, growing tired of seeing them pine for each other for months, who then cornered Posner and threatened to try and seduce Scripps’ herself if Pos didn’t get on with it.
- Scripps who first realises at about 14 that maybe he doesn’t want girls in the same way Dakin does, but he also doesn’t really want boys like Posner does either. he figures he’ll grow into it, though.
- Scripps who kisses a girl for the first time at about 15, and it’s fine, it’s okay, nothing really special like the way Dakin makes it out to be, but it’s alright. nice, he supposes.
- Scripps who has his first proper girlfriend at 16, but she breaks up with him when he keeps making excuses not to sleep with her or even kiss her some days (Dakin jokes about it and Scripps laughs, but it bothers him)
- Scripps who is celibate for his religion, but also because it means no one will ask why he’s got to 18 and hasn’t ever done more than a quick kiss and held hands.
- Scripps, when all the other lads start sleeping with people, feeling out of place and half a step behind, waiting for the other shoe to drop and for him to suddenly understand why they’re all chasing a fuck in a bar.
- Scripps who gets a girlfriend when he’s 19 and he sleeps with her, just the once. he hates it, she can tell, and he doesn’t see her again after that. it takes him weeks to feel normal and okay again, but he’s not really sure why it knocked him for six in the first place. he doesn’t tell Dakin.
- Scripps who kisses a boy for the first time when he’s 20, and it still doesn’t feel amazing like everyone acts but it’s better than it used to be. Scripps who sleeps with him and still hates it and feels a bit sick and he just doesn’t know why.
- Scripps who sits with his friends in pubs and listen to them all recounting their conquests, or watches them on the pull in bars, and just feels so hopeless and wrong and is almost convinced something must be wrong with him, something must be broken inside, because when he thinks about sex he kind of wants to cry.
- Scripps who knows that Posner and Dakin know that something’s wrong, but they don’t know what it is and he knows neither of them will ask. he wants to tell them, really wants to know if he’s completely alone in this or if it’s something everyone has and he just hasn’t grown out of yet, but he daren’t ask in case they say no and it’s just him.
- Scripps who daren’t ask people out because he knows eventually they’ll want sex and he can’t give them that. Scripps who daren’t sustain relationships past the second date because he knows sooner or later they’ll expect to sleep together, and he knows he wouldn’t be able to do that, and he doesn’t want to lead them on or disappoint them at all.
- Scripps who stumbles upon the word ‘asexual’ by accident when he’s in his mid-20s and doing research for an article. he doesn’t think too much on it at first, but the more he reads the more he realises that it’s him, that’s what he is and there’s nothing wrong with him, he’s perfectly normal and not at all broken.
- Scripps who all but starts sobbing into his keyboard in the middle of the paper office at three in the afternoon, and the woman who sits at the desk opposite him goes and makes him a tea and sits with him til he calms down a bit, and when she asks why he’s crying the only words he can manage are “I’m normal”.
- Scripps who finally tells Dakin (who isn’t really that surprised –he hadn’t known there was a word, but he’d cottoned on that Scripps didn’t really do sex but he hadn’t wanted to push) who immediately starts doing his own research to try and work out how he can make sure he doesn’t make Scripps uncomfortable, because he might be a knob, but he’s his best mate and he wants him happy and safe.
- Scripps who tells Posner next, and finds himself with the most supportive best friend who helps him work out how to tell his parents, and the rest of their friends, and helps him muddle through romantic orientations and all the new terminology he doesn’t really understand yet.
- Scripps who, years after he first thought he might not want sex the same way as his friends, is finally comfortable in his own skin and has a supportive network of family and friends who will take down an acephobe in 4 seconds flat, who don’t pressure him or sexualise him and who generally make sure he always knows there’s nothing wrong with him.
(and a 2x ship bonus: Scripps who realises he’s panromantic after a bit of soul-searching and reading and analysis of his own attractions. Scripps who falls veeeeery slowly into a relationship with Posner, and who prefaces even their first kiss with a sentence like “Look, I know you’re allosexual and I am not, but I like you a lot and I want to kiss you stupid, but if we do this then you have to know I might never want to sleep with you. Ever. Some days I might not even want to kiss you. And it won’t always be nice and I’m sorry, but–” until Posner cuts him off and says “That’s fine. Do you want to kiss me now?” and Scripps goes red right up to his ears and just nods very quickly and Posner kisses him stupid.)