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Instrumental [22 Apr 2004|08:54pm]
NOTE: Neither movie nor book canon. I've adjusted the origin of the sword, but not the events that follow.

They called him "the Maiden" before the battle, before the wound took whatever innocent fairness of face he had and scarred him violently. Before Tom's life was changed forever by one stroke of the most beautiful cutlass he had ever seen.

It filled Tom's vision like nothing before. Everything he'd been told about the Turkish weapons, their imperfections and hurried design, disappeared the moment light hit the blade and the instrument—for Tom sometimes thinks of swords as instruments, as fine–tuned and graceful as any the Captain and the Doctor play—flew in front of his face, almost blinding him in more than the most obvious of ways.

There was little pain, at least at first.Collapse )

Dinner in the Great Cabin, through Tom's eyes (2 of 2) [09 Feb 2004|10:16pm]
[ mood | calm ]

Tom does not always sit at Jack's right hand.

Perhaps it's because he spends most of his time above decks in that position—at Jack's side, almost always on his right—that Tom occasionally makes himself just that small bit tardy for dinners in the Great Cabin. Mowett picks up his slack in this as he does in everything else, and Jack never seems to be the slightest bit disturbed by the change. If anything, Jack will smile down the table at Tom and nod, recognizing his need for the buffer between them. And what a buffer Mowett is—all bluster and cheerful aggression next to Tom's preference for contemplation and reason.

Tom is more than a touch aware that Mowett is the more natural lieutenant.Collapse )

Dinner in the Great Cabin ... through Tom's eyes (1 of 2) [22 Jan 2004|09:20pm]
[ mood | peaceful ]

Dinners in the Captain's cabin serve as reminders to Tom that there is a civilized, relaxed peace to be found on board even a ship so busy as the Surprise. Jack Aubrey makes the effort to pass as much wine as possible around the table, heckling gently anyone whose hand remains on the bottle for longer than necessary—which is to say, longer than it takes to pour and pass along.

But it is more than the food and drink that warms Tom at Jack's table.Collapse )

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Morning on the Surprise (a character sketch) [12 Jan 2004|09:41pm]
[ mood | awake ]

Morning is the only time during which it would ever occur to Tom Pullings to move slowly.

Part of it comes from his general stiffness. After years and years on boats, he should be more comfortable in the sleeping hammocks. He should know exactly how to settle himself down to rest and allow his long legs to hang over the edges of the fabric. For the most part, he does not notice his discomfort, tired as he is after a long day on deck.

And after the last six months on shore, looking for a commission, he is grateful to have a berth at all.Collapse )

Bio and Character Notes [07 Jan 2004|12:05pm]
First Lieutenant Thomas PullingsCollapse )
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