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I was hoping to have the Phèdre/Hyacinthe story I'm writing as a present to Bevy ready to post on my birthday, but between one thing and another, that … will not be happening today. Soon, though!

I think I'm finally completely over the crud I came down with on the 31st, as I managed to make it through my delightful birthday lunch without noisily rearranging any bodily secretions, which is not appreciated in public and especially not in intimate, classy restaurants. (I had the pheasant pot pie. Heaven.) Luckily, I was housesitting for a family friend until two days ago, so I was able to convalesce in peace with a nice fireplace, cozy dogs and vintage copies of the complete Swallows and Amazons books for lovely untaxing reading, but still.

Still have not made it to the Hobbit movie, or indeed through my re-read of The Hobbit. I literally do not understand what it is about The Hobbit that compels me to put it back down after maybe a chapter or two, whereas I find any of the LOTR books completely gripping. Maybe it would be working better for me if someone was reading it to me at bedtime? I'm well-past a third of the way through, though, so I suppose I'm fine for this installment of the movie regardless.

I have, however, seen the Les Misérables movie, and I am currently in a state of having far, far too many feelings about Javert/Valjean. I mean, I've sort of passively shipped it since I saw the show, which was also around the time I discovered slash fandom by googling LOTR things, and I've always enjoyed the music and can sing most of most of the songs and such, but lately I've been spending hours mooning about their doomed obsession (and also being annoyed by people who ship it wrong because Javert so clearly has a massively repressed desire to be dominated, argh).

I'm sure I haven't come close to plumbing the fandom's online presence, mostly because I'm pretty sure I don't know where most of it is, but I do have one insta-rec:

Three Days (or The One Where Javert and Valjean Take a Road Trip Through France and Raise a Child) (7184 words) by zamwessell
Chapters: 2/8
Fandom: Les Misérables - All Media Types, Les Miserables - Schönberg/Boublil, Les Misérables (2012)
Rating: Explicit
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Javert/Jean Valjean
Characters: Inspector Javert, Jean Valjean, Euphrasie "Cosette" Fauchelevant

Javert calls what he thinks is Valjean's bluff about needing three days to find the child Cosette and intercede for her. The Inspector comes along for the ride -- and gets much more than he bargained for, in the process.

It's a WIP, but it's already updated twice in two days, like almost as soon as I hit the subscribe button. ♥

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I keep you old people around to make myself feel young by comparison. ♥
You share a birthday with missbabyblue's daughter, who alarmingly turned FOUR. Meaning Caroline will be doing the same thing in 6 and a half weeks.