Title: Think Of England|
Author: Juxian Tang
Fandom: Hornblower, movies, The Duchess and the Devil
Pairing: De Vergasse/Horatio
Summary: What if de Vergasse's interests were somewhat unusual?
A/N: Written for Naval100 community, "a character is cross-dressing"
THINK OF ENGLAND
insane, Colonel!" Kitty's eyes flashed with anger. "Leave the boy
alone. We, two consenting adults, can solve it between ourselves..."
regrets." De Vergasse bowed slightly, both respect and irony in his voice.
"Neither a duchess nor an actress enchants me. As a matter of fact, I
don't find women attractive at all."
of candles danced in front of Horatio's eyes, fading and then growing huge and
bright again. He'd never thought it was so difficult to breathe wearing a
corselet. Kitty's face was like a pale stain swimming in an uneven light.
of it. Or do you want your young friend to be hanged as a spy and your pretty
head to fall to the basket under the guillotine's blade?"
when de Vergasse talked to Kitty, his fingers still slid over Horatio's cheek,
reached for the ribbon holding his hair.
realized vaguely that Kitty had given him a sympathizing stare, before leaving
the room. The heavy scent of perfume coming from the dress was suffocating. He
didn't want to wonder who had worn this garment before him. I have to do it, he
repeated. I have to. For Kitty. I will endure it.
look dazzling in this burgundy-red." De Vergasse's whisper touched his
temple while the fingers pulled the ribbon, until it slid off, letting
Horatio's hair spill over his shoulders. "It complements your beautiful
dark eyes so well, my little Englishman."
burning hot lips covered his mouth. Horatio flinched and gripped de Vergasse's
wrist, feeling how the Colonel's fingers caressed his face.
your eyes," de Vergasse whispered almost tenderly. "Close your eyes
and think of England."