Title: Lavender House--Initiation
Pairing: (Methos/Lord John Grey; Methos/multiple M)
Author on LJ: lferion
Archives: Highlander Fiction Archive; Archive of Our Own
Why this must be read:
I didn't realize I was reccing lferion twice in a row. But there are reasons for that. You'll know if you're familiar with her work, and you'll see if you sample this story.
I love historicals. In a fandom restricted to a single time period, they're an opportunity for the past to be explored. Or expanded. Or stretched into comfortable--and uncomfortable--shapes. In Highlander, the past and future are our playground--the time range is unlimited and key characters can roam far and wide. Historicals offer a chance for major and minor characters to be developed in different settings and different mores. Different clothes! Delicious clothes.
In this crossover, set in London in the mid-1700s, Methos is taken into the world of Lord John Grey, the gay British officer and noble who was first seen in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series of books. Lord John then graduated to novellas and novels in his own right. In a society with severe consequences for the crime of sodomy, he belongs to a gentleman's club and molly-house. The story shows Methos, as James Pierce-Smyth, being thoroughly initiated into membership in the club.
There is sex. There is much sex, and the author skillfully meets the challenge to keep the reader (as well as Methos-James) entertained throughout the proceedings. Methos splits his identity and POV, sometimes thinking as himself, the man of long age and experience, and sometimes observing himself, referring to himself, as James, his current persona in the immediate time and place, during the long, probing evening.
I loved the device, the writing, the clothing, the writing, the sex. It's not necessary to be familiar with the source, but if you are, you will be happy with the Lord John bits.
( A taste )
Lavender House - Initiation (Note: This story was written for the holiday exchange hlh_shortcuts.)