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Edward "Blackbeard" Teach is a grunge rock legend, a wildly successful outsider artist. Stede Bonnet is a conventional, clean-cut crooner with more than a few Christmas albums to his name.
They meet at the Oscars, when each of them is nominated for Best Original Song.
Things are about to get... weird.
“I heard you’re a writer,” Blackbeard says.
There’s a sudden rustling sound as Blackbeard kicks something across the floor. Frenchie bends down to retrieve it, and sees that it’s a notebook. Wide and empty, like that one Lucius used to carry around with him.
“Write us a better ending then.”
(Captain Blackbeard has heard about Frenchie’s ‘bit of fanfiction.’ He asks him to write a better ending for his and Stede’s story. Frenchie tries his best but soon other people want to tell the story the way it should have gone, including Fang, Lucius, Ivan, Jim, and ultimately Ed. In the act of surviving and telling stories together, relationships are considered, examined, and developed. Meanwhile, a ship trailing seagulls grows closer and closer on the horizon.)
Sailors call them watermarks. A gift from the sea, a name or symbol written on your chest, meant to guide you to your own true love.
But Stede Bonnet's mark doesn't look like anything at all. Not really. And it certainly doesn't look like 'Edward' or 'Teach' or 'Blackbeard' or a black beard and that's fine. Completely fine.
Ed's absolutely fine with it.
It doesn't mean anything.
And they don't fit into each other's lives.
And it definitely won't happen again.
The thing is, when you’re Blackbeard you’ve got kind of a reputation to uphold. When you captain a ship, when you lead a crew, when people look up to you, tell stories, build a legend – parts of that legend are always more accurate than others.
And maybe you just let it slide, some of the things people say. Some of the things they assume. Maybe you swagger around and wear black leather and are a handsy bastard and let the stories tell themselves.
Maybe you don't want to talk about it.
Behind Closed Doors by artificialmac, artificialmeggie (ohmymeggs), holtzmanns, IAmTheNightman98, mia_ugly, multifandomgeek, orphan_account, pinkgrapefruit, TheArtificialDane, writworm42
Fandom: RuPaul's Drag Race RPF
19 Jul 2019
The first Branjie Avengers Anthology. We all took a one-word prompt and turned it into a story, arranged those stories in chronological order, and posted them up here.