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18 July 2013 @ 03:55 pm
30 Day OTP Challenge: Day 2  
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Title: Day 2: Gaming/watching a movie (#3)
Author: mashfanficchick
Fandom: Horatio Hornblower
Wordcount: 200
Rating: G
Characters: Horatio Hornblower
Pairing(s): Horatio Hornblower/a specific situation
Genre: Character Study, Challenge
Warning(s): Unbetaed
Beta(s): None. (Sorry)
Prompt(s): "Gaming/Watching a movie" (Prompt #3 from the 30 Day OTP Challenge)
Notes, pt. 1: From the "30 Day OTP Challenge": #3, "Gaming/watching a movie", as decided by the Roll Dice Online random number generator
Notes, pt. 2: For ioanite, who asked for Hornblower fic. Apparently, I meant it when I said I didn't have an OTP for Hornblower fandom, since this fic is basically about a Hornblower non-pairing.
Feedback: Always welcome, either on LJ (at the post or by PM) or at CartoonB@aol.com
Disclaimer: If they ever might've had a prayer of being mine, they certainly don't after this fic!
Summary: Hornblower isn't much of a social person...except when conditions are right.


Social is not a word that one generally associates with Horatio Hornblower. It isn't that he's antisocial, per se; rather, it's that he's simply closed off in a way that no man or thing seems quite able to get to. Of course, there are activities he enjoys--sailing, for one, and action, and playing whist--and he has, over the years, managed to make friends rather than acquaintences out of a few of his shipmates (though he would certainly deny it as improper if asked). But, overall, Horatio Hornblower is a man much happier to be left alone than included.

There is, however, one exception, and it is--possibly unsurprisingly--a mixture of things mentioned above. A good game of whist with friends and compatriots aboard ship, in the hours before an action...that is something that never fails to put him in a mood unlike any other, one where conviviality and geniality are words of the day, and satisfaction is taken not only from winning, but from games played and well-played. Which is why it's not so much orders as this transformation of their captain that leads the sailors to come and play, not knowing what might be just over the horizon.

Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: None
silver_chipmunk: Be happysilver_chipmunk on July 18th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
I like!
MASHFanficChick: Aw Shucks (Hutch)mashfanficchick on July 19th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
I'm glad!
ioaniteioanite on July 19th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
That was lovely! And it feels just right for Horatio too. Thanks for giving Hornblower fic a shot, even if you don't have an OTP; this will do just nicely.
MASHFanficChick: Always the Indymashfanficchick on July 19th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
Thank you! I am so glad you liked it! I really wasn't going to give it a shot this quickly; instead, I was going to figure out in my head who I see as my Hornblower OTP. But then I rolled "gaming" for my prompt, and Horatio (book- and movie-verse)
Playing whist popped into my head, and...well, there you go!

We'll see as I keep going if I do any more Hornblower fic. But, even if I don't, getting back to writing has inspired me to get back to writing these boys (and their occasional girls). :-)