|snakeling (snakeling) wrote in snakelingsrecs,|
@ 2007-08-25 00:17:00
Title: A Maze of Twisty Passages, All Alike
Author: Merry merryish
Summary: Thanks to some rather unsavory family connections on his mother's side, Ivan Vorpatril had had occasion in his life to be half-killed by a truly impressive array of instruments and circumstances.
Characters: Ivan Vorpatril, Gregor Vorbarra.
There just isn’t enough Ivan/Gregor interaction in the books, but Merry remedies to that masterfully. A hilarious tale, completely in tone with canon.
“I’d like to tell you,” Gregor said sincerely. He raised his hands, palm up, a helpless what can you do? expression lengthening his narrow face. “It’s classified at the highest levels.”
“Do you know what isn’t classified? The real reason Taria Vorselka never showed up for that dance she promised Miles at your sixteenth birthday party.”
Gregor’s posture stiffened, almost imperceptibly. “How do you even know—?”
“Emperors don’t have secret trysts. Not for long, anyway. And Taria has always taken a craftsman’s pride in her conquests.”
Gregor paled, but said nothing. Ivan sighed, and shook his head in deep, counterfeit regret. “It’s a shame. Miles’s ego is so delicately balanced; I hate to think what might happen if—”
“All right!” Gregor said, his voice low enough to qualify as a growl.