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11 March 2014 @ 09:55 pm
Musketeers Ficlet  
For a prompt on comment_fic. The Musketeers (2014) versions, more or less.

Title: The King's Madmen
Rating: PG
Fandom: The Musketeers (2014)
Characters/Pairings: Aramis, Porthos, d'Artagnan, Athos. Gen, team, maybe Aramis/Porthos and/or Athos/d'Artagnan if you squint
Summary: They are, to a man, insane. The whole bloody lot of them. Life is more fun, that way
Wordcount: 433
Warnings/Notes: Battle and friendship and cheerful insanity
Disclaimer: Not mine

The King's Madmen

There was a boom of cannon shot, followed by a peppering of musket fire that struck chips from the top of the wall and knocked Aramis' hat into the dirt at their feet. They exchanged wide-eyed glances, before engaging in a brief and hasty period of rearranging so that nothing vital should stick out somewhere unfortunate.

"Well," Aramis noted mildly, picking his hat up and dusting it off. "That's got my pulse racing, right enough."

Porthos, next to him, leered happily. "You love it," he growled, grinning. "Don't lie."

Aramis sniffed, dropping his hat back on his head where it belonged. "Certainly not," he said, his hands perfectly in time with Porthos' as they primed their pistols. "I am the very soul of caution and circumspection, I'll have you know. Destined for a life of peace and sober contemplation, before I fell in with a foul, rabble-rousing sort of crowd and ended up here. Where I am, yet again, being shot at. Hmm. I do wonder whose fault that is."

He looked up, his pistol warm and ready in his hand, and met the eager light in Porthos' eyes. Porthos, for his part, only smirked, and tipped his head backwards towards the top of the wall.

"So, you don't want to be first, is what you're saying?" he asked, the very picture of innocence, and Aramis laughed as he swung himself around into a crouch, light and deadly on his feet. Porthos followed him, smooth and ready at his side, and Aramis saluted him gently where he crouched.

"You just try to keep up," he chided brightly, and vaulted over the wall before anyone could even attempt to gainsay him. Porthos, with a bark of laughter, launched himself at his heels, grinning all the way.

Behind them, still crouched beneath the wall, d'Artagnan turned to look at Athos.

"They're insane," he said, with idle cheer as he brought his own pistols to readiness. "You do know this, yes? There is not a shred of sanity between them."

Athos shrugged, a soldier's grin playing gently at the corners of his mouth, and turned in unison with d'Artagnan, their shoulders warm against each other.

"Utterly insane," he agreed, soft and easy. "But then ... what does that make us?"

And d'Artagnan, following him hot into the breach, had to concede the point. Because they were Musketeers, were they not? They were all insane, every damned one of them he'd come across, and himself as well for good measure. To a man, they were all insane.

Life, he thought fondly, was so much more fun that way.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Kira: :D - Deadpoolkira_k on March 13th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
wheee <3 Dumas/Three Musketeers!fic! From you! Wheee! <3
I loved it. (Aramis's affront, Porthos's needling, Athos's agreement and d'Artaganan's realization that he is one of the crazy ones as well. :D )

(The original books is one of my earliest loves.)
icarus_chained: Fantomasicarus_chained on March 13th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
*grins* The books were one of my childhood loves too, followed by various adaptations of Monte Cristo, but my reconnection with Dumas as an adult was actually the Valois Romances (and the Russian TV series Grafinya de Monsoro). Musketeers is something you always come back to, though. Aramis is my favourite Musketeer the same way Donatello is my favourite turtle, almost regardless of incarnation. Hehe. I like the smart, sneaky, polite ones with darkness lurking beneath.

Glad you enjoyed!
dombihugi: shepi gotmedombihugi on March 14th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
I'm a too old fashioned Dumas-fan to love this new TV show, bit this fic is really good.:)
icarus_chained: Phileas Foggicarus_chained on March 14th, 2014 07:04 pm (UTC)
*smiles* I'm not a purist in this fandom, not the way I am when it comes to the likes of Holmes, so I'm easier about enjoying the new show. I always cycle back around to the Musketeers eventually, though. Heh. Aramis was a childhood love.

Glad you enjoyed. Thank you!
ghostdude101: nick furyghostdude101 on April 3rd, 2014 04:46 pm (UTC)
Ohh, you're watching The Musketeers! It's a very fun show, with some unexpectedly great moments in there.

I love this fic, the way it highlights the connection between Aramis and Porthos. (Their relationship in the show - the way they look at each other, the fact that they can communicate without words, just the friendship there - is fascinating to me.)
icarus_chained: Fantomasicarus_chained on April 5th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
Apologies for the late reply. Um. Stuff happened?

Their relationship in the show - the way they look at each other, the fact that they can communicate without words, just the friendship there - is fascinating to me.

So much this. I caught episode two mostly by accident, and it was the interactions between Aramis and Porthos that immediately caught my eye. I mean, they're always my favourite Musketeers, but these versions do seem to have a certain something ;)

Glad you enjoyed!