Keywords and TriggerWarnings: non-con, slavery, violence, emotional and physical abuse, graphic descriptions of violence
Word count: roughly 70k
Summary: In a world where the British Empire is still strong and slavery is her economic backbone, John has become a terrorist for the abolitionist movement. He is caught by Mycroft, enslaved, and given to Sherlock for training. The goal: To test a new kind of slave collar with the power to break even the strongest willed fighter. One that will make even John learn to love being a slave.
Our opinion:Now, you don’t know this, but Velvet is my all-time-favourite author. I don’t know why, is it the dark themes? The casual yet not sloppy writing? The characters? The plotlines? The lengh? Probably all of that. Now you all probably know chameleon, but this is another very appriciated (yet not nearly enough) fanfiction. It’s a briliant, rather long, fanfic about John (the terrorist for the abolitionists) and Sherlock (the… Sherlock)’s relationship and development in this AU. Mycroft and Sarah come in, both taking a very nice role and.. I don’t want to spoiler. It’s one of the best settings I’ve come to read, you get to know the world as a part of reading, it doesn’t just slam down on you. Please note the trigger warnings! If none of these apply, you should definatly read it!
I just read VelvetMace’s Proposition series, and I find myself quite troubled by it. Can I really be such an innocent? (Especially after all this time in fandom and all the crazy shit I’ve read?)
I’ve never been drawn to BDSM, except in the lightest sense. I don’t know terribly much about it; I have no understanding of the deeper reasons for its ability to satisfy, but reading it done well usually makes me feel like perhaps I could get it, just a little bit. I do see the sometimes-related powerplay appeal. I ignore trigger warnings because nothing really bothers me. But this one… it just made me so very sad. It left me feeling something I can’t quite articulate.
I don’t know if I’m really looking for anyone to explain it to me, and it’s probably not something that could be done easily or even something anyone wants to attempt. But since we talk about things like this here, I wanted to share this tight feeling in my gut that I can’t seem to shake.