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My claim for stories_a_z
Yes, of course I'm doing it *g* With the exception of one of my challenge comms (and I feel guilty about that) I do all my own challenges.

My claim if for Raffles/Bunny from Raffles The Amateur Cracksman - and this is the 'write from time to time' pairing I mentioned in the promoting post yesterday that has suddenly taken me over (yes, it is more than a wee bit obsessed as dear plutos_revenge kindly pointed out *g*).

I blame birggitt for the obsession (I did try to blame plutos_revenge for it, but really I had no grounds for that, as she 'reminded' me, I just felt like blaming someone *g*). However, I can blame  birggitt as she is the person who gave me a Raffles/Bunny prompt for my recent Alphabet meme, which just set my brain into a spin *Nods*

After writing  birggitt's story I reread the original stories and lo and behold all these ideas just kept coming at me hard and fast. Plus I was looking for, finding and reading stories and hunting down screen-caps, etc. etc. oh, and I rewatched the TV adaptation (staring Anthony Valentine as Raffles and Christopher Christopher Strauli) as well - which is not a bad approximation of the books, except they keep throwing women in when none existed in the books *g* Nonetheless the series really is very slashy.

Raffles is the creation of E. W. E. W. Hornung (Conan-Doyle's brother-in-law). The original stories are set in late Victorian England. Raffles (Arthur 'A.J.') is a gentleman about town who plays first class for Middlesex and England, but he is also a cracksman, it's how he makes his living. He and Bunny (Harry Manders) were at public school together some ten years before the books begin, in fact Bunny was Raffles's fag. They meet up again when Bunny goes to Raffles's rooms at the Albany, plays cards with two 'friends' of Raffles, loses money he doesn't have and returns to throw himself on Raffle's mercy, which is when he learns, after declaring to Raffles that if he names his crime he (Bunny) is his man, that his idol is a gentleman thief. Bunny begins his life by Raffles's side simply to get himself out of ruin, but soon follows Raffles into the life and they are pretty much inseparable.

Even given the era in which the books were written a time when it was perfectly acceptable for men of their class to walk around arm-in-arm and share rooms together (not that to begin with Raffles and Bunny did, although given Bunny seemed to spend more time at the Albany in Raffles's rooms than in his own flat, they might well have done) and use 'my dear' and other such affection terms, dine together regularly, visit the Turkish baths together regularly, etc. etc. without any thought of anything other than friendship, these books are quite something. They are told in the first person by Bunny and he waxes lyrical about how handsome and wonderful Raffles is, describing him in detail on more than one occasion, not to mention telling the reader on many occasions how much he loves him. And it is completely clear that Raffles adores his rabbit too and that they'd both do anything for the other - including dying for the other.

In many ways Raffles was one of my first 'fandoms' (long before I even knew there was such a thing) because when I read the books many, many years ago I saw slash (again long before I knew it existed) well as I said, it wasn't hard! And here I am quite a few years later about to embark on a challenge for the pairing.

I'm not quite sure what draw me to them after all when it comes down to it as dashing and handsome and gentlemanly as Raffles is, it cannot be denied he is a crook! He does steal - but he does have his own sense of morality. He doesn't steal from houses in which he's staying (he gets invited to all kinds of country house for his cricket and duly takes his Bunny with him) and he does limit his thefts to the really wealthy - which is not a justification, I know, but there you go.

I don't think this deep obsession will be a long lasting one, I think it will burn brightly for a time and then I'll return to writing the odd story here and there. But in the meantime with ten stories written, another four in progress (including a long one about their school days - something that seems to fascinate me, but no before you look horrified, this is gen, we don't have under-age sex between Raffles & Bunny, just a lot of very protective Raffles and maybe a kiss, but nothing more) and more than a dozen ideas, I think I'm going to just go with the flow and have fun with 'the naughty boys' for now. Oh, and I'm giving serious consideration to signing up to do a ship_manifesto essay for them (I even have a title *bangs head on laptop).

And of course now I need some more icons. I've made a few, but they aren't great (the one I'm using with this post isn't one I made). Ah, fun times ahead.

01. All Or Nothing 02.Bunny's First Kiss 03.Close Call 04.Don't Deny Me
05.Evermore With You. 06.For Him Whom I Love 07.Gaining Knowledge 08.Hard Habit To Break
09.It Happens 10.Just For The Summer? 11.Keeping Possession 12.Lost Innocence
13.Making A Choice 14. Name Your Crime 15.Obliging 16.Possession
17.Questioning Raffles 18.Rescued 19.Stories From School 20.Tired Of Waiting
21.Unexpected Courage 22.Verily I Love You 23.Watching Over You 24.XII Years To The Day
25.Your Man 26.Zealous Bunny

26/26 - Completed 21st December 2012

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epiphany_maria From: epiphany_maria Date: 30th March 2012 13:08 (UTC) (Link)

Oh yes

Raffles is wonderful isn't it? I've read 'Cracksman' and 'Thief in the Night' and they're good. The TV show was brill. Whatever became of Anthony Valentine and Christopher Strauli anyway? I miss actors being on TV instead stuff like Jersey Shore.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th March 2012 13:18 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh yes

Yay for another Raffles fan.

Oh, it really is. The only book I haven't read/finished yet (of the four, so few) is 'Mr. Justice Raffles'.

Anthony Valentine was in an episode of 'New Tricks' not that long ago and also in 'The Last Detective' and other British shows - plus, I've just seen 'Coronation Street'! Looking at his page in IMDB, he's pretty much always in work.

Christopher Strauli doesn't have anything listed on IMDB since 2004, but it's quite possible he does stage work with IMDB doesn't show.
doylebaby From: doylebaby Date: 30th March 2012 13:27 (UTC) (Link)
*g* I would have been surprised if you hadn't signed up! Now that I've done the groceries, I have time to do the same. ;)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th March 2012 13:31 (UTC) (Link)
*Giggles madly* You do know me, don't you, sweetheart?

Yay for signing-up. We have quite a few already - I was surprised when I saw them in my email earlier. So nice too - again I think I found a 'needed' niche *g*
doylebaby From: doylebaby Date: 30th March 2012 13:50 (UTC) (Link)
*grins* I certainly do!

I noticed it's going really well. A splendid idea, as I've said before. I'm just deliberating on the fandom and pairing. I know I can do multi, but I need to think it over properly. :)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th March 2012 14:56 (UTC) (Link)
It really is going well - I am chuffed.

Good luck with deliberating.
sharpiesgal From: sharpiesgal Date: 30th March 2012 13:44 (UTC) (Link)
Yay for new obsessions!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th March 2012 14:55 (UTC) (Link)
It is rather fun *g*

Even if the school bit is a tad surreal and very 'un-me'. *Eyes Six*
sharpiesgal From: sharpiesgal Date: 31st March 2012 03:11 (UTC) (Link)
Clearly all his fault.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 31st March 2012 11:43 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, most definitely.

*Eyes him carefully*

I think he rather likes the name 'Bunny' and the fact Raffles often calls him 'my dear rabbit'.
yehwellwhatever From: yehwellwhatever Date: 30th March 2012 15:19 (UTC) (Link)
I've sworn I would never take on another challenge, but this looks like fun... I might have to consider trying this out. Even though I shouldn't.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th March 2012 15:24 (UTC) (Link)
*Giggles softly*

I know all about swearing not to take on another challenge *Nods wisely*

I'm glad you think it looks fun.

How are you, BTW?
yehwellwhatever From: yehwellwhatever Date: 30th March 2012 15:28 (UTC) (Link)
I haven't been able to finish any of the prompt tables I've signed up for. I fail so hard. But at least I managed to finish picfor1000 on time, which is a first except for one birthday fic.

I don't want to fail yet another challenge, so I don't know if I should sign up. I think I'm doomed not to finish.

I'm okay, feeling a bit better these days. Though I haven't slept very well in my new apartment because of all the different sounds. (I live close to the hospital so the ambulance drives by a lot...)

How are you?
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th March 2012 15:35 (UTC) (Link)
You do seem to have this 'thing' about finishing things, don't you? (I'm thinking also of all the WiPs you have).

I can understand fully you not wanting to fail - at least there's no time limit for it.

I'm glad you're feeling a bit better - that is good news. Oh, dear :-( I do hope you get used to it soon, not sleeping well isn't good.

I'm good, thank you. Normal pain/tiredness levels, so I can't ask for anything more and very productive writing-wise.

When does your course start?
yehwellwhatever From: yehwellwhatever Date: 30th March 2012 15:41 (UTC) (Link)
I seem to have some kind of mental block when it comes to finishing things, yeah. I think I'm getting a bit better though. (Don't remind me about my WIPs, those are insane! :P )

That's good, and I also liked that you can sign up for multiple fandoms, that way if I get tired of one fandom I can write the rest of the stories for another fandom.

I hope so as well, and the blinds are white, so the sun shines in quite early which I'm also not used to yet. It might be good for when I start my course though.

That does sound good, indeed. I'm glad you've gotten back into writing. Right now I seem to be unable to write anything. I'm so behind on my GYWO it's not even funny.

The course starts on Monday and lasts until the 29th.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th March 2012 15:58 (UTC) (Link)
You really do. WIPs shall not be mentioned again. What WIPs? *g*

Two of my other comms [Bad username: 100_tales"] and 12_stories are very popular and I think a lot of that is down to you can claim multiple fandoms/pairings. 12 Stories is a tad more rigid, but with 100 Tales you simply sign up and write what you like. It's a nice mixture. So it seemed logical to go that route with this challenge. I like to keep things as flexible as possible for people.

I'm sure you will get used to it - and you'll probably end up finding if you sleep anywhere else without the noise you'll struggle to sleep well!

Thank you very much. I'm sorry to hear you're struggling though :-(

Oh, good. I really do hope all goes well for you *Good vibes*
yehwellwhatever From: yehwellwhatever Date: 30th March 2012 16:03 (UTC) (Link)
What is WIPs? I have never heard of such a thing, haha.

I might have started 12_stories without signing up, because I thought that would make me finish the prompts...

I think today has been extreme, there's been ten ambulances driving past in the last hour. I'm sure I'll get used to it eventually. My cousin was just saying that she couldn't sleep when they moved and the noises from the freeway were gone.

I'm more than 16,500 words behind on my claim already.

I appreciate it :) I will probably update my LJ about it.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th March 2012 16:42 (UTC) (Link)
*Grins* Exactly, nor have I!

Ah, clever thinking.

Oh, dear :-( That is a shame. I have every faith you will get used to it. That doesn't surprise me. I used to hate it when we were able to visit J's mother because she lived in a village without any street lights and at home there were several in the street and although we were in a really quiet street, there was still the odd car, whereas as J's mother's there was nothing. I never slept well at all.

Oh, dear me :-( I do feel for you.

Oh, good. I shall look forward to hearing about it.
yehwellwhatever From: yehwellwhatever Date: 30th March 2012 16:58 (UTC) (Link)

It's not going all that great, though. I've started 7 of them, but not finished any.

The first nights are always the most difficult. And it doesn't make things easier that my bed is completely new as well. I hope things will start changing tonight.

Hopefully I will get back into the swing of things very soon. I'm bored with all of my stories though, which is not a good thing when I have so many of them.

Now when I have something to say it will be easier to update, I hope.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 31st March 2012 11:38 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, dear :-(

Here's hoping things do start to improve soon.

I do hope so *Good vibes*

kendermouse From: kendermouse Date: 30th March 2012 16:19 (UTC) (Link)
i just recently discovered the joy that is Raffles and am THRILLED to know you're writing them as well as your other wonderful pairings. I listened to the first story on audiobook and absolutely fell in LOVE with Bunny and Raffles. And the slash! Oh My Goodness! SO wonderfully fun and sweet.

Then i found the TV show and those are the images i have of the boys in my head when i read/listen to the stories now and DAMN but they're nice images. ::grin:: Dashing Raffles and sweet, innocent but "game for anything for his Raffles" Bunny - always one step ahead of the cops and loving the edge of danger and excitement that brings. WHEE!

Can't WAIT to read your take on the boys and see what mischief they get up to under your kind touch. ::grin:: Should be wonderful!

the kendermouse
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th March 2012 16:48 (UTC) (Link)
*Waves to another Raffles fan* Oh, I'm so glad you've discovered them. Aww, thank you. It really is so slashy - I know part of it is the era, but the number of times Bunny says how much he loves his Raffles . . . And apparently Hornung based Raffles on a cricketer/criminologist who actually was a homosexual, whether that was done in pure innocence (again given the era) or if Hornung was having a gentle laugh, it's not known. Given it was a crime, it's difficult to say.

Ah, yes, the show . . . They really do make an almost perfect Raffles & Bunny - now if only the TV series had cut out the women *g* There are a few clips of some of the 'best' scenes on YouTube. Dear old Bunny, there's nothing he wouldn't do for his Raffles.

Thank you very much indeed. I'm really chuffed to hear you're looking forward to the stories.

angstytimelord From: angstytimelord Date: 30th March 2012 18:12 (UTC) (Link)
You always make THE BEST comms. :)

I know what you mean about new obsessions! Ever since I started watching A Gifted Man & discovered the BEAUTIFUL Rhys Coiro (see icon), I've been utterly obsessed with that man (& with the AGM fandom). When I turned on Person of Interest last night to find out that he was the week's guest star with a "character in trouble," I literally SHRIEKED with happiness!

Obsessed? Yeah, but that's NOT a bad thing!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 31st March 2012 11:41 (UTC) (Link)
Aww, thank you very much - I'm glad you think so.

*Giggles* I'm glad to hear you know what I mean about a new obsession! And I have to tell you this when going through my flist every time I see your icon I have a moment when I think it's Anthony Valentine and you're writing Raffles *g* I know the resemblance isn't that great, but on a quick glance there is definitely a passing one.

Obsessed is good *Nods*
angstytimelord From: angstytimelord Date: 1st April 2012 01:01 (UTC) (Link)
My god, you're RIGHT! I googled some pics of AV, & if you just look quickly and/or squint a little, Rhys DOES resemble him!

Of course, there's also my Jason Dohring obsession, my Eric Szmanda obsession, my Alex O obsession, my Tenth Doctor obsession .... And of course, my DIETZEN obsession! *g* Can't help it, there's just so many lovely men it's hard to stick to only one!

Edited at 2012-04-01 01:05 (UTC)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 1st April 2012 10:34 (UTC) (Link)
*Grins* Glad you agree - and when you're going through your flist you aren't really looking at the user pictures so as they go by I keep getting caught out *g*

*Giggles* And why stick to just one?
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