A Wheel Inside a Wheel
A Funeral Shroud for Laertes - A Preface to the Third Edition of A Wheel Inside a Wheel by natsinator for softboypassing
15 Nov 2021
- Part 1 of A Wheel Inside a Wheel
29 Feb 2020
Out of the blue, Reuenthal said, "You should be more ambitious." He looked across the table at Yang. "Other people will like you more if they see you have interests outside of history."
Yang hesitated a moment, picking up his teacup before answering. "I have ambitions."
"Oh? What kind?"
Yang hid a small smile behind his teacup. "The wrong kind."
When Reuenthal didn't say anything in response, Yang returned to his reading, though he could feel Reuenthal's eyes on him. After about half a minute of silent study, Reuenthal said, "I think I am a man with the wrong kind of ambitions, as well."
Yang didn't look up to meet Reuenthal's eyes, but he gave a quick nod.
[Roleswap AU, this is part 1 of a longer planned work. This part covers the years UC 782-787. Aside from the obvious, some mild liberties have been taken with the OVA canon. Spelling of character names is whatever I want it to be. This story may or may not manage to simultaneously annoy and please both reuyang and reumitt shippers so take that as you may. This work is being crossposted to royalroad.]
- Part 2 of A Wheel Inside a Wheel
18 Mar 2021
When Oskar von Reuenthal enrolls at the Imperial Officers' Academy, he doesn’t expect to make real friends. The IOA is a competitive place, and Reuenthal has never been well liked. But when a foreign student shows up to challenge him for the top spot in the class, Reuenthal can’t look away.
“Why do you have such an interest in me? You’ve been staring at me since the day we arrived," Leigh said.
“So has everybody else.”
“You know what I mean.”
Reuenthal was afraid that he did. Or, not afraid precisely, but surprised to acknowledge that his thoughts about Leigh stretched back, in some form, to before, even, than the brief moment they had spoken in the hallway outside the practicum where they had faced each other. Reuenthal had seen Leigh at the convocation dinner, seen his head tilted back to the ceiling, seen his throat bared— vulnerable— and thought, “So, this is the number two.”
“Isn’t it only natural for me to have an interest in my direct competition?”
This is part one (ish?) of a very involved roleswap AU. You can read either this work, Speaking in Tongues, or Life out of Balance first.
Some elements of canon are respected. Some are not.
- Part 3 of A Wheel Inside a Wheel
24 Apr 2020
“Do you take my silence as an admission of guilt?”
“What else can I take it as?”
“Silence, and nothing more.”
“I’m forced to imagine, Reinhard.”
“Are you so painfully curious? Will knowing satisfy you?” Reinhard’s voice was bitter. “Must I put into words for you something that I don’t dare to put into words for myself?”
Eventually, Annerose said, “Yes.”
[This is part two of a longer work (roleswap AU), though it can be read first. Liberties, both major and minor, have been taken with the OVA canon.]
- Part 4 of A Wheel Inside a Wheel
05 Aug 2020
“Unfortunately, Commander, on that point you might be wrong,” Yang said, smiling a little. “I’m a very lazy man, and I have no great desire to provide distinguished services to the Goldenbaum dynasty.”
“And yet you are one of the Goldenbaum dynasty’s servants.”
“I shall strive to be a humble one.”
“Why is that?”
“It seems strange that I would need to explain why I dislike the idea of being an effective weapon of war.”
“Sub-lieutenant,” Oberstein said, “you stand out by virtue of your being. It might be to your benefit to be above reproach in your actions, which by necessity means being successful.”
Yang scratched his head. “Maybe.”
“But perhaps all of this is dangerous talk,” Oberstein said.
This is part 3 of a longer work (roleswap AU). It is highly recommended that you read at least Part 1 (Speaking in Tongues) first. OVA canon is followed on a case by case basis. Tags/characters/pairings/etc will be updated as chapters are posted.
- Part 5 of A Wheel Inside a Wheel
23 Jul 2020
“I’m going to Kapche-Lanka,” Reuenthal finally said. “There’s going to be a ground campaign there, to try to retake some of the bases that were overrun a few years ago.”
Yang took a sip of his beer. “How interesting.”
“I’ll have a battalion of my own,” Reuenthal said.
“Congratulations,” Yang said. He had an odd expression on his face, one that Reuenthal couldn’t quite parse.
This side story is part of a longer roleswap AU. It takes place in 484/485 IC, between chapters 16 and 17 of Servants of the Pharaoh . It concerns Mittermeyer and Reuenthal on Kapche-Lanka. You should probably read at least Part One (Speaking in Tongues) and Part Three (Servants of the Pharaoh) up to chapter 16 before reading this story. Tags will be updated as chapters are posted. OVA canon is respected in the way that one might respect the speed limit on your local highway.
- Part 6 of A Wheel Inside a Wheel
03 Mar 2021
Three soldiers. Two bodies to be buried. One haunted house.
[Written for "A Momentary Ripple in the Stream" fanzine <3]
This story takes place immediately after the events of "Servants of the Pharaoh". You really have to read that one before this will make any sense at all.
- Part 7 of A Wheel Inside a Wheel
18 Aug 2021
“There is always somewhere higher to climb. And in the grand scheme of things, what I have accomplished was flashy and exciting, but not particularly tactically relevant. The loss of one ship for the imperial fleet is nothing, and while the saving of four hundred Alliance soldiers may mean much to their families, in a war where battles regularly involve the lives and deaths of millions of people, it’s insignificant.”
“You want to be in charge of the lives and deaths of millions?”
Reinhard’s smile showed teeth. “I would like to see the Goldenbaum dynasty destroyed,” he said. “And that is a goal that will involve a great many people, a far greater number than are on a single ship, or in a single fleet, even.”
This is part four of a very involved roleswap AU. At minimum, you should read part two (Life Out of Balance) before reading this part. Just as science fiction plays fast and loose with the laws of physics, so too do I play fast and loose with some elements of canon. Tags/relationships will be updated as chapters are posted.
- Part 8 of A Wheel Inside a Wheel
14 Jan 2022
After agreeing to help Duke Braunschweig put his daughter on the Imperial throne in exchange for Mittermeyer's life, Yang must figure out how to not just survive, but win the largest civil war in human history.
Part Five of A Wheel Inside a Wheel. At bare minimum, you must read Speaking In Tongues and Servants of the Pharaoh before reading this work.
- Part 9 of A Wheel Inside a Wheel