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Title: The Scottish Play
Fandoms: Castle, Gargoyles
Rating: PG
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Humor
Warnings: Het, genre!crack, AU, crack, crossover, unbetad.
Characters/Pairings: Castle—Martha Rodgers. Gargoyles—What, are you crazy? I'm not going to say it. ;)
Wordcount: 380
Summary: "And some curses are real, like the Scottish play." (2x19, Wrapped Up In Death ) Or, an unusual take on "famously fatherless".
Details: Also, I'm not sure how, but I'm sure this is somehow [info]coffeebuddha's fault...



Manhattan, New York
August, 1968


Martha blamed the wine and her passion about the subject on the way her mouth had been running. Then again, while pleasantly warm she was still more than present, and had been careful to allow her companion the opportunity to change the subject.

So far, however, he seemed more than happy to listen to her chatter on at length about old theater traditions and superstitions.

Though he was tall and cut an imposing figure he wasn't the sort of man that would have normally drawn her attention. It was hard for her to guess just how old he was. His face was weathered, lines deeply etched into the corners of his eyes, his hair and short beard a solid steel-grey. Yet his large, rough hands were still strong, and his overall bearing carried with it an unmistakable aura of vitality. It was his eyes that confused the issue the most, however. They held an overwhelming sense of depth, of gravity despite his otherwise easy humor. And something else she couldn't name... Something magnetic, charming, almost otherworldly.

A man like that, she found herself thinking, could love a lifetime in a single night.

It was a strange thought to have for a stranger, a touch melodramatic even for her. Another thing to be blamed on the wine, perhaps.

Suddenly, her words startled a deep laugh out of him.

"I know it sounds ridiculous," she defended, feeling her cheeks flush hotly, "but I swear it's true. Why, when I was in high school I made the very mistake, not knowing. It was an utter disaster. Our director finally had me leave, run all the way around the theater building counter-clockwise, and knock on the door until someone else allowed me back in."

Smiling inwardly, Martha resolved to change the subject herself, lest the conversation turn tedious. If she didn't, she might just continue talking all night long. Surprisingly, that ending to the evening was looking less and less attractive by the minute.

"I'm sorry I've forgotten, what was your name again?" She asked, shoving aside her embarrassment without shame.

He let out another sharp laugh before he answered with a smile, his Scottish brogue as deep and as rough as he was.

"Perhaps I'd better not say."

Date: Friday, 24 February 2012 09:37 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] graycardinal
graycardinal: Shadow on asphalt (Default)
[glyph of delight]

That is lovely, and a remarkably clever weaving together of the source canons. (I have been noodling absent-mindedly at the question of how one might reconcile the respective chronologies, and this is an angle that actually hadn't occurred to me. Which it clearly should have....)

Some purists may argue that he'd have given her his modern civilian alias rather than his original name, but I don't think that's a problem. Martha being Martha, even the alias would have been much too direct an allusion, and set her on the road to asking Awkward Questions.

Bravo!

Date: Friday, 24 February 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] graycardinal
graycardinal: Shadow on asphalt (Default)
Clearly, synchronicity lives. (To what purpose, only the Three know.)

Although now I'm wondering about the potential complications should Castle have, somewhere along the way, become temporarily entangled with one Dominique Destine....

Date: Friday, 24 February 2012 11:32 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] indigocat.livejournal.com
Loved this.

Date: Friday, 24 February 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] hermione-vader.livejournal.com
*applauds* AWESOME.

Date: Friday, 24 February 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] elinox.livejournal.com
Now that I think about it, Martha and Hudson would get along splendidly! Very cute story! :)

OMG YAY!

Date: Friday, 24 February 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] coffeebuddha.livejournal.com
I accept all the blame and am not at ALL ashamed of that! This is great. :D

Pleasepleaseplease tell me that he's Castle's dad? Because that would just be awesome beyond words. &hearts

Date: Saturday, 25 February 2012 03:32 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] cathedral-junki.livejournal.com
Gargoyles! *loves*

Date: Sunday, 26 February 2012 04:02 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] fairest1.livejournal.com
Oh, this is perfect. This will remain headcanon until jossed.

Date: Sunday, 26 February 2012 04:14 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] fairest1.livejournal.com
And I'll probably still prefer it after the reveal. MacBeth could have pull with the CIA, for all we know.

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