Angst, sex, cross-dressing, and other
A practically novel-length story about Holmes and Watson encountering each
other at university in 1876, and what happens when they meet again in STUD.
Prelude is now available on Feedbooks as an
ebook. That means it can be downloaded for free in a number of formats.
You do not have to register at Feedbooks to download it, but you can register
if you choose to. There are updated footnotes, as well as a slightly altered
by Miss Roylott
Normally the story text would go here. However, since Prelude is long, I've
broken it up into parts that are linked to this index, and to each other:
Prelude, part 1
Prelude, part 2
Prelude, part 3
Prelude, part 4
Prelude, part 5
Prelude, part 6
Prelude, part 7
Prelude, part 8
Prelude, part 9
Prelude, part 10
Prelude, part 11
Prelude, part 12
Also, Prelude has now been translated into Chinese.
It's posted over 11 pages on one forum thread, so it's difficult to pick out the individual chapters for me
to link here. Chinese readers should probably have no problem, though. The translation follows the ebook version
of Prelude, including the footnotes.
Now there's a guestbook from which I
will copy the comments on the slash fiction. Sample comments would look like
- [Author]; [subject]; [date]
- FairyBoy; Prelude; 3 October 2002
Dear God woman, a 12 part story? Do you have any idea what you're doing to
my schedule? Here I go innocently meaning to spend a few minutes online,
and you get me sucked into another one of your beautiful stories for the
better part of an hour!
Really, if I don't get that blasted essay done I hope you know I'm
holding you responsible.
Just when I think that nothing could possibly make me adore the
wonderful Miss Roylott more, you go and prove me wrong again. I love you, I
worship you, I want to have your children ;). This story has inspired
another round of me pestering my friends online and off to visit your
wonderful site. The interactions between Holmes and Watson are superb as
always. Holmes' wavering between aloof and vulnerable is perfect, as is
Watson's sheer stubbornness. I do hope though, should you decide to write a
sequel (please, *please* write a sequel), that we maybe see Watson overcome
a little more of the guilt he still seems to be harboring at the end in
spite of himself? As realistic and understandable as I know it to be, given
the time period, I can't help hoping perhaps Holmes' apparent disregard for
this social norm among others will eventually wear off a little. Nothing is
quite as painful as undeserved guilt.
I also want to thank you for your delicate, understanding and
realistic treatment of Miss Cooper's position. You are among the best slash
authors I've ever had the good fortune to find, and you are the only one
whom I have ever seen write about trans people so well. I'm trans (though
ftm instead of mtf), and unfortunately the few other references to us in
fanfic I've found have been unflattering to say the least. Your work is
among the few diamonst that remind me why I bother sifting through the
mountains of crap out there. And thank you for the trans history link!! I'd
seen that site ages ago and lost the URL, you've made my week
- Cress; to FairyBoy; 8 October 2002
Dear God FairyBoy, what a long comment! :) You should have seen Prelude
before, when I divided it into smaller portions and got 20+ parts! I really
wanted to cut it down and skip the boring parts of the mystery, but Watson,
after all, is writing this journal, and would want to record lots of
detail. I hope you got your essay finished, anyway.
As for Miss Cooper, she was inspired by my reading stuff on the Gay
History website, where different writers tried to define gay men under
terms like "Urnings" and "inverts" and stuff like that. Someone argued that
such men had the souls of women, and I personally thought that was a good
definition for a mtf transsexual, not a gay man. So I decided to write Miss
Cooper this way, and I'm happy with how it turned out. It makes up for the
fact that in my earlier story "A False Position", I wrote myself into a
corner where I couldn't figure just who Helena Watson was, and whether
she'd be happier as a man or not.
Anyway, thanks for your visit and your recommending the site to your
friends. I'll see what I can do about a sequel, but can't estimate how long
it will take.
- Ryn; "Prelude" story; 22 January 2010
I would just like to say how well written this fic-series was. At first I
was a bit apprehensive when the affair-at-the-university idea was
introduced, but the characters were perfectly maintained and I soon began
to enjoy the story immensely :) also, must express my glee (!) over a
well-done trans character! The problem with trans characters is that they
are usually badly done or the focus of the entire fic. That Rose was not
really a main theme but still a good character was a pleasant surprise. And
you got the pronouns right! Anyway, now I must go away and mourn the fact
that I haven't got my own loving Holmes or Watson!
- TJaye; general; 17 February 2010
I'm reading "A Prelude to Partnership" and just wanted to say that I'm
enjoying it. Thanx
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