Title: House Divided
Author: roseveare
Rating: Explicit
Length: Approx 70,000 words
Summary: In which Nathan still has A Plan To Rescue Audrey, Duke wants to know if it's as lousy/suicidal as the last one, and Mara also has plans, too many of them to count.
Relationships: Mara/Nathan/William, Audrey/Nathan, Duke/Jennifer
!Warnings: dubious consent, non-con.
Notes: Direct sequel to Eurydice's Adventures in the Underworld, which has a podfic version if that makes the catchup easier. To recap, in Eurydice, Nathan agreed to accompany Mara to help bring William back from the void after the season 4 finale. During their adventures on the other side of the gate, Mara forced upon him repeated Troubles to help their quest and bind him to her. In the major incendiary moment of that story, Mara, upon finding William again, decided to keep Nathan and physically share him with William, and in the fallout they returned to Haven still bound together while Nathan's plan to trap them all in the void to keep Haven safe unravelled.
NOTES #2: This fic is being posted for wipbigbang on livejournal. It originally stalled last year at the end of Chapter 2, when I did not have time to finish it before season 5 started. I am hoping to post it complete, a chapter per day and then Chapter 8 plus the Epilogue on the final day, by July 29th, but there is a lot of editing to be done to meet that goal.
You can download a very large version of the title image here: http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/roseveare/716494/865251/865251_900.png

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House Divided - Prologue )
I'm have conflicted feelings on the character of Jennifer Mason. A lot of it was because she kind of got in the way of the OT3 vibe which made me a bit ambivalent about her, and I don't particularly click well with Duke/Jennifer, because it tends to be rather more fluff-focused than I like (whereas Audrey/Nathan still retains the fact that they are cops with their dual obsession to be upon work). I'd have liked to have embraced her as part of an OT4, there was potential for that, yet the writers chose to split and keep her apart first from the potential Duke-Nathan-Jennifer trio that was budding in the first two episodes of season 4, and then from an Audrey-Nathan-Duke-Jennifer ensemble, preferring instead to limit the majority of her interactions to romantic ones with Duke, or cracky/friendly ones with the Teagues. Jennifer and Audrey rarely got to exchange any words (annoying) and Jennifer and Nathan... actually had a really interesting kinda-crazy-in-different-ways, totally rubbing each other up the wrong way, type interaction, but it saw limited screentime. In the main, season 4 opted to split the characters into two pairs rather than a true ensemble, with Jennifer being the much more isolated spar of the four, since Duke still continued to have more interactions with Audrey and Nathan.

Squared and Fortress (and even The Man Who Talked to Cats) exist in a way as an attempt to address the isolation of Jennifer, I guess? Because yeah, when it begins to feel like you have a female character whose supposed to be the 4th or 5th lead but gets little interactions except with a romantic interest male lead when there's this whole other ensemble around -- because she's kind of isolated with Duke on one side for any interactions of note -- that is not so good to me. Though the whole Jen and the Teagues thing was immensely cute. And then there's these lovable lil' critters (right):


Canon never did explain if Jennifer was the only one who saw them because of reasons or if there were other sightings, or if Audrey would have seen them if she'd not been preoccupied elsewhere. In fact, canon explained nothing about them whatsoever, and they've never appeared again. Come on, I wanted these things to be a nifty Haven mascot!

There are a bunch of things about Jen's character that were great -- the kookiness and crackiness that seemed to be inherent in a lot of the material given to her being the major one for me. The FREAKIN' CRABS being the obvious example of this, but the slightly daffy colourful outfits (and glasses!), the Poohsticks, the fact her powers came from a book and she'd read Harry Potter, the fact that she spends most of one episode upside-down... Yeah. I can grow to love that. The implication being that these things attach to her character because of her being slightly off kilter in the way she thinks, the visions and fear of going crazy, the hyperactive bubbliness, and the sort of joy in the kookiness and the wacky and... just look at the picture of her upside-down. And lovin' the Yoga and the funny hats and the checking out Duke's ass. Yep, I dug that aspect, it was different than the usually bubbly-nice-girl character type, and that they showed her facing her up to her fears and coming to Haven and accepting that the crazy stuff was going to be happening all around her.

I don't know that it's even worth saying anything about the fact that Haven killed off yet another female character, except... okay, the claim from the show is that the actress wanted to leave, which implies there would have been a role for Jen in season 5, so actually I do have things to say about this. Because I'm not quite sure where they'd have gone if they HADN'T killed her off... or if the actress hadn't left at least. Because the only way I'm seeing season 5 working with Jennifer still around is if she either split up with Duke -- in which case what would they give her to do; what would her plot arc be? They pretty much sealed her to his side in season 4. I can't see her working at Dwight's side, or Nathan's, putting up with any of the stuff they were doing... perhaps the Teagues again? -- or the other option would be if they killed her off anyway and she spent season 5 as some kind of ghost attached to Duke. Maybe that's me being weird, but I was racking my brain for how you could get this plotline where Duke is so isolated and lost as to turn to Mara and be used by Mara if Jen was around, and the one that clicked was if the gravedigger Trouble kicked in -- he kind of "buried her at sea" in 5.2 and might have been intended for that burial to be something more actual in the hypothetical season where the actress stayed -- and she was sort of there but forever out of reach. Which would transfer her role in season 4 from isolation from the other characters by the narrative into a LITERAL isolation from anyone but Duke in season 5. And that makes a lot of sense to me. Eventually, Duke's frustration and grief mounts up and he ends up seeking the physical solace in Mara that Jen can no longer give him, and Jen's left to watch his downfall and be unable to do anything.

Maybe there's a fic in that. I don't primarily write Jennifer fic unless a request lands on me. But I think it would be interesting.

Given that there are all these interesting aspects and possibilities to this character, short-lived as she might have been, what bemuses me is the sentiment I hate that Jennifer died... Poor Duke. Which, really, seems to be the sentiment of a good chunk of the fandom. Not grieving for Jennifer's possibilities, but Duke's loss. Not a distinct female character, but a relationship. Maybe that's another reason why Dukifer fails to quite click with me? Because so many people picked up the interest in the 'ship and how good she was with Duke, and not the character per se? I tend to be characters-first, and my interest in the relationships an extension of my interest in the characters. But either way, much as I like Duke, I think poor Jennifer for being dead is probably the more apt expression?

Anyway, this has become a probably nonsensical, rambling thing (hi! I am back from camping! And I feel like zzzzzzzz all the time now), but at least there were pictures. I need to rewatch season 4-5, and rewatch in general, so I apologise for any canon screw-ups.
Title: The Man Who Talked to Cats and Other Troubles
Author: roseveare
Written for thetidebreaks in Yuletide 2014
Rating: PG13
Pairing: Duke Crocker/Jennifer Mason (Haven)
Length: 5292
Summary: Jennifer sets about her own investigation of the Troubles, their reality or otherwise and its reflection on her sanity, and ultimately what it means to be Troubled in Haven.
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The Man Who Talked to Cats and Other Troubles )
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( Jan. 1st, 2015 03:59 pm)
Two Yuletide fics now that we're unanon:


The Man Who Talked to Cats and Other Troubles
Author: roseveare
Written for thetidebreaks in Yuletide 2014
Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Duke Crocker/Jennifer Mason (Haven)
Length: 5292
Summary: Jennifer sets about her own investigation of the Troubles, their reality or otherwise and its reflection on her sanity, and ultimately what it means to be Troubled in Haven.


Four Times Duke or Nathan Got Caught in the Crossfire (& One Time They Didn't)
Author: roseveare
Written for Lyrstzha in Yuletide 2014
Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Duke Crocker/Audrey Parker/Nathan Wuornos
Length: 7301
Summary: Audrey Parker is immune to the Troubles. Less so the two guys standing beside her...


I'll give these their own posts because I like to have all my fics available on-site at LJ/DW to avoid broken links and frustration, but this is the post where I come clean about them and natter a bit.

There's a great irony that after all the time I spent scouring the fandom list for things that I thought I could write and was willing and enthusiastic to try writing (Megamind was in there: loved that movie. And my old favourite show The Champions) that I ended up with a Haven request after all. I wrote a Jennifer casefile with a sprinkling of Dukifer and managed to get it posted in time and everything, which is definitely improvement from the last time I tried Yuletide and miserably failed to produce anything, so yay me! By the time it came to December 23rd I was still stuck in bed unwell and a bit loopy not having eaten anything in 3 days, but had a moment of insanity and "Gonna write Yuletide treats today!" I wasn't really up to trying on a new fandom so last-minute so Haven it was again. I only did one treat because it ended up being over 7k. And I was still editing that story 20 minutes after the archive had gone live.

Also I'd have to say I sincerely doubt that Four Times was particularly anon. Every Trouble in it was a body modification (not quite body horror?) sort of Trouble, which is my weird happy place, even without the crack factor. It was written so quickly it came out very unfiltered and I didn't have time to really do anything other than go with my first idea. (Although this was an old idea, in part, mulled over and forgotten when I first came to the fandom. It came back to mind when I was thinking about prompts, and the section with Nathan getting turned to stone in particular was harking back to old thoughts.)

So, a productive Yuletide, all in all, but no new fandoms. (The same thing happened with rare pair fest: got myself all geared up to write Old Who femslash and something else... I forget what else... and got an Audrey/Duke/Nathan request. But then I also managed to write something for these challenges and not fail miserably, on both counts, so there you go!)
This week's Haven episode cartoon is rather a change of tone from last week's.



I haven't seen Disney's version of Winnie the Pooh, I think it's kind of not so much in the UK? I borrowed the A A Milne books which were a part of my childhood from my dad and the style of the characters is closer to the illustrations in those.

The interesting thing about both this one and the Duke/Dwight illustration, they both have backgrounds. And I think I am getting better at those. (Although this had a stupid number of layers.)
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