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Tracy
31 December 2015 @ 12:05 pm
Welcome to my journal!

Please note that only my fics are public.  My other posts are locked and only viewable to people I add as friends - some things need to be kept private ;)




My fics are Connor/Abby unless otherwise stated

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Tracy
24 September 2014 @ 10:07 pm
11th October 2004.  Ten whole years ago.  A debut album was released to little fanfare, with a limited print run of 5000 copies and sold in a cardboard digipak format with a black cover.   That album was "Back to Bedlam" by James Blunt, and by July 2005, the album had been re-released twice (once in a traditional jewel case with the black cover, and then again with a bright, "summer blue" cover) and reached number 1 in the album chart, going on to sell over 2 million copies.

The team behind James Blunt just seemed to get it right.  A slow burning "word of mouth" rather than a huge in your face promotion onslaught struck a chord with fans of music that spoke of real emotion.

Even before the album release, James and the team had been slowly working the gig circuit, performing as a support act for the likes of Elton John and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions.

I'm proud to say that I was there in those very early days and my digipak version of Back to Bedlam (signed by James and his guitarist at the time, Paul Freeman) has pride of place alongside the summer blue version (which is the one I play, no-one is allowed to touch the autographed one)

I was initially introduced to Blunty's music by a member of his band that I knew from following another artiste.  "I'm working with a new singer, I think you'll like his music you should come along to a gig if you can.".... so I did.

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, Hammersmith Apollo, October 2004.   I stood at the front with about half a dozen other people, knowing nothing about this singer I was about to see.  On walks this young guy with a mop of dark, unruly hair, jeans, trainers and t-shirt and with a slightly nervous nod to his backing band he began.   The song was a little known track called "Dancing Days" which never made it onto an album or as a B-side, but by the time he'd reached the chorus, I was hooked!

Six songs later, after hearing about beautiful dawns and being fucking high, I knew I needed to find out more about this singer and get his album.   There was a buzz in the audience too.  I'd been so mesmerised that I hadn't realised that the crowd had increased somewhat, and there were a lot of positive comments going around.

So, I discovered that this singer had a past - as does everyone - a past that he deals with through the medium of song lyrics.  A soldier that served in Kosovo in 1999, a man that grew up within a military family with no music... Incredible to think that he was able to find music as his outlet.

January 2005.  James has a 3 week residency at 93 Feet East in London.  I dragged a couple of friends along to the first one, neither of them knowing anything about him but trusting my musical taste.  We arrived and having never been before, decided to look for the bar area for a quiet drink prior to the gig.  We couldn't find it, so my friend stopped a scruffy looking man to ask for help.  "It's just down the corridor and to your left," he says, not batting an eyelid and continuing on his way.  He was Blunty.  He actually came out to the bar a little while later and sat with us chatting for a few minutes, it was only then that my friend realised who he was!

That first night was pretty crowded, and it was obvious that a lot of people knew the songs - a very different experience to being the support act that no-one's actually come to see.  The second and third nights completely sold out, and now radio 2 were playing the first single, "High".  Enough interest was generated for James to tour the country, playing small club venues and mingling with the crowds afterwards.  I recall one gig at Bristol university where there wasn't actually a proper stage, and at one point my elbow kept hitting Paul's guitar - yes, it was that intimate!

March 2005 saw the release of the second single "Wisemen", and with James touring and gaining new fans, it reached the dizzy heights of no 44 in the chart.  The album was repackaged and bigger venues for the gigs were needed.  The roller coaster was now beginning to  gain momentum.

May 2005, Bristol St George's, and yet another gig.  There was a bit of excitement as the video for the third single "You're Beautiful" had just been released and everyone seemed to be getting behind it.  It was the one song on the set list that guaranteed a sing-along and there was just a feeling that this could be the one that would get Blunty noticed by the masses - a fact tinged with a little sadness as we knew he would no longer be our secret, and we would no longer be able to chat so openly with him and the band after a gig once everyone wanted a piece too.

"You're Beautiful" debuted in the charts at number 12, but carried along on a tide of more and more gigs, constant airplay on the radio and a video that seemed to intrigue and captivate people, it slowly climbed the charts.  "Back to Bedlam" rose slowly up the charts too with its new blue cover... and that reached number 1 in the album chart on 10th July 2005.  The double was achieved a week later when "You're Beautiful" got to number 1 in the singles chart.  
 
 
Tracy
21 October 2013 @ 07:49 am
Currently working on a fic that I'm not sure of the ultimate outcome, so would welcome some thoughts.  I don't think there's a "right or wrong" but I would be interested in general musings on the situation


We have a couple, soul mates if you like.  They've been to hell and back together, come out of it stronger than ever.  Finally things have calmed and they're able to start planning their future together, wedding, etc.   Then he disappears (through an anomaly) and she is thrown into turmoil.  She waits for him, of course she does, but after two years she starts to listen to concerned friends and colleagues and begins to try and move on with her life, accepting that the likelihood of him coming back is very slim.   She becomes good friends, close friends, with a colleague until they both suddenly realise its more than just a friendship...  they marry, have a child together.  She really has moved on... or has she?

It's not an easy relationship.  He sometimes feels that he is "second choice" and that he can never measure up to her previous love.  Cracks are beginning to develop,  but they can be dealt with.

Then, 9 years after he disappeared, first guy suddenly reappears.  He's under no illusions that he can just pick up where he left off and isn't surprised that she has found someone else, but it does shake him and he is upset no matter how much he thinks he's prepared for the scenario.

So the question is...  where does the relationship go?  She insists first love stays with them initially since he has nowhere else to go, and husband begins to resign himself to being dumped (I may even have him pack a bag)   But is first love still the same guy he was 9 years ago after being alone and seeing so much? Is loyalty to her husband and her daughter a stronger pull or does she drop everything for the man she was so in love with?  
 
 
Tracy
29 August 2013 @ 07:35 pm
Title: Call it Fate
Author: prehistoriccat
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Abby/Connor, Matt, Becker
Genre: Gen, angst, romance
Disclaimer: Characters not mine, no copyright intended


“How can there be two of you?”

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Tracy
25 August 2013 @ 04:24 pm
Title: Call it Fate
Author: prehistoriccat
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairing: Abby/Connor, Matt, Becker
Genre: Gen, Angst, Romance
Disclaimer: Characters not mine, no copyright intended




There was nothing else for it. He would have to try and escape, but he would need help.




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Tracy
21 August 2013 @ 09:37 pm
Title: Call it Fate
Author: prehistoriccat
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Connor/Abby, Matt, Becker
Genre:  Gen, Angst, Romance
Disclaimer: Characters not mine, no copyright intended



It was like a dangerous cocktail of drugs and alcohol that would ultimately lead to destruction.  



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Tracy
18 August 2013 @ 03:15 pm
Title: Call it Fate
Author: prehistoriccat
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Abby/Connor, Matt
Genre: Gen, angst, romance
Disclaimer: Characters not mine, no copyright intended




“Who are you?” Connor demanded. “And what do you mean? This was planned?”



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15 August 2013 @ 05:45 pm
Title: Call it Fate
Author: prehistoriccat
Rating: PG
Characters/pairings: Abby/Connor, Matt
Genre: Gen, Angst, Romance
Disclaimer: Characters not mine, no copyright intended




Had there been anyone other than Connor involved, he would not have given it a second thought, but anomalies and Connor just seemed to naturally gravitate to each other




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Tracy
12 August 2013 @ 02:38 pm
Title: Alpha Male
Author: prehistoriccat
Character: Matt
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen, friendship?
Disclaimer: Characters not mine, no copyright intended
A/N: written for Challenge 327 on primeval100 "The Morning After"



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Tracy
12 August 2013 @ 02:23 pm
Title: Call it Fate
Author: prehistoriccat
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Abby/Connor, Matt
Genre: Gen, angst, romance
Disclaimer: Characters not mine, no copyright intended



Connor mysteriously disappears whilst on an errand for Matt



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