1. How about a brief introduction?
My name is Denzil. I am learning to be a card magician. I work for the government. My life has not been sufficiently believable to relate. But please ask me anything you wish. I will probably answer. Privately.

2. What got you into fan fiction (and/or adopting muses)?
I had never heard of fandom until, apparently, July 2006. I was writing John anyway and Johnny Ringo found me and offered me a passport. I immigrated at once. Ever since I was a child though, I wanted more from books when I had finished them. Certain characters resonated, living on and speaking to me. When I was very young I used to write them letters. Friends.

3. What kind of fan fiction do you write?
I do not know. I have done a great deal of research. I use it. I listen to John. I am trying to write more stories. It is your (plural) stories that speak to me most and perhaps I wish to emulate you. I am jealous, wanting to speak to you in turn.

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John wraps his throat warm in his new long woolen scarf. It is novel to him and he is very pleased with it, almost proud. He tucks an extra flask in the inside pocket of his great fur-trimmed coat, for it will be cold in the snow. The whole idea of caroling with his friend makes him pleased and proud, as he thinks of it. He tugs on his gloves and picks up the music books and his cane.

The snow makes the streets and country and world look like a Christmas card. Large enough flakes are falling that he believes he could count their points. Their friends. It is a tradition he has always watched almost enviously, and now he will bring it to some of those he loves. With Hickey. He smiles, his heart open, glad and warm. He has been looking forward to this.

It's the evening, the one he's been looking forward to; Hickey realizes this much with a start.

He's been drifting. He's been singing, too, though he only realizes it now, and it hasn't been any sort of Christmas carol. The same damned tune over and over--He can't get over it. Seems it's been going through head since... Well, since a couple of days ago, whatever that was.

'Always jolly, heart that is true I know...'

Christ. That's enough of that, more than enough of that. As he rises (having less trouble about that than he might have expected... but then, he'd gotten sued to drinking early enough in life that it couldn't do too much damage now), he reminds himself of what he needs to do before going anywhere. Make sure he looks presentable--fix the vest, comb the hair--make sure he'll be warm enough--find a warm jacket; he has one around here somewhere, has to. Maybe have another drink, too.

But whatever he does, he'll shake this goddamned funk. This isn't any state to be meeting the Doc in, and Hickey doesn't want it to go like that, anyway. By all rights, this is going to be a good time. Caroling. Hell, he's never done it before--Evelyn (ahhh, Christ) had talked about it, but they'd never really gotten around to doing anything of the sort--and it sounds like fun. Something to get out and do. And it's with the Doc; helluva guy, so far as Hickey can figure (and usually, he figures pretty damned well).

All right, there. He's gotten himself into a presentable state. And his head's spinning a little, sure, but that's nothing; that'll go as soon as he sees the Doc, he knows. You learn to handle it. Not that he should've been drinking--he feels a twinge of guilt at that; hardly remembers when he started, but knows he shouldn't have even touched the stuff--but he can't deny it, and he can at least be glad that he can deal with it. Could be worse.

He's as ready as he'll ever be. Even feeling the excitement of it, and he's glad for that. Wouldn't miss this for the world--Though another drink might be in order.

No. Nuh-uh. He's said no, vowed off the stuff... But with the way he's been going, what's one more drink? He takes a quick one, then, before setting the bottle aside (almost violently, a rejection) and moving toward the door. Best be getting out before he decides to take another. Before anything--

'But a maiden so sweet, lives in that little street...'

Before any of that starts again. Hell. At the very least, those Christmas carols should get rid of that tune; there's some relief in that, too.

He heads out into the snow, finding that the sudden cold shakes into more of an awareness. Good. Now he's just got to find the Doc.

John sees Hickey coming towards him through the softly falling snow and fairly beams, holding out his friend's copy of the book. Carols. John remembers them, but has not memorised them, and in any case it is better to have something solid to hold and read. His friend looks less than absolutely steady, but perhaps the bracing cold, cheer and exercise will help him come to himself. Something almost sad there, or wistful maybe. John does not yet know, exactly and considers offering his flask, which steadies him, but it is perhaps too early yet to need its warmth. He pats his shoulder and offers his hand to shake after the manner of gentlemen. His eyes are focussed, keen and smiling in anticipation. Perhaps they can stop at a cafe for chocolate later, if they get cold.

Now, that's good.

Hickey smiles at the Doc, and it feels natural, like it should. It's good to see him, to take the book of carols--he's seen these before, but hasn't touched one in a while--and to shake the Doc's hand. That's real enough, and so's the way the Doc appears; looks like he should be there, and by God, that's a welcoming face he's got. Keen enough, sure, and honest. You can trust a guy like that, and already Hickey's feeling a little more himself.

"Good to see you, Doc."

Time for those carols.

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Leadville 1884

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John steps out of the saloon into the cold crisp Colorado air. He is 'Doc' here, almost anonymous with the weight of his reputation. There is no one to call him 'John.' It is the twelfth of October but, still thinking of his lost Georgia, he dubs it midwinter. Although he has ostensibly risen from his poker table to take dinner, that is only an excuse. He has often played through until dark morning before dawn, and it is an easy matter to arrange supper at the table. He has been winning gradually from skill rather than any great run of luck, so there is no imperative to remain. There is a feeling drawing him, almost restless, into the night. Outside, he leans against the rail and risks a deep breath. His ragged lungs fill carefully with air
that somehow manages to be both thin and rich, the pine almost reminiscent of metholatum, soothing and cleansing with a slight causticity. He is alone in a motionless town, the noise of the saloon muffled behind him. If he felt less charged and vibrantly alive he would wonder again if he were a ghost. Despite the stillness, there is something wild in the night that inspires John to stand straighter still and to want to search out adventures, though there are none tohand. Everything is touched with silver, like a photograph washed in blue-black ink. The light shines in the threads of his brocade waistcoat and winks from the diamond below his throat. John turns to the full moon and gasps, startled by the presence of the still life it
silhouettes on a bare tree. Crows for death. He counts to ten - one for sorrow. The perched forms exude an almost palpable aura of anger and relentless patience, but something still draws John. Something feels familiar. They have an awareness of him that emanates inexplicably. He is known and recognised. And watched, if not exactly watched over. Out here in the wild silent silvered dark, he is somehow 'John.' He stays a moment, then walks with his cane to the hotel, as he had stated that as his intention. Something feels incomplete, leaving the birds without acknowledgment, but he can think of no reasonable word or gesture.

Name: John H. Holliday, DDS.
Fandom: History.
Word Count: 376
Please comment if you wish.
Nulli Virtute Secundus
John smiles again with a pure light in his eyes that almost makes him shy for once.
At Easter.
At Easter I played with a great number of tiny black rabbits. So soft and shiny and clean, with big bunny feet and little pink bunny noses. I petted them and fed them. They nosed against me looking for special carrots and greens. I made one a little parsley wreath, which it ate so slowly, gradually nibbling it. One went to sleep and I tucked it into my waistcoat where it snored softly against my chest. They nibbled at my fingers and nuzzled against me. I lay down on my stomach and let them come up to my face to greet me, tickling my cheeks with their whiskers. I held the little paw of one of them like holding hands. I lay on my back and they hopped over me. I stroked their little ears and petted them as long as ever I wanted. There was one beautiful moment where all the little rabbits curled up in unison against my sides and on my chest and went to sleep, purring.
Gabriel made me smile - in innocent joy.

Name: John H. Holliday, DDS.
Fandom: History.
Word Count: 198
Please comment if you wish.
Nulli Virtute Secundus
From [insanejournal.com profile] onewingbloody, from his chat, and mine, with [insanejournal.com profile] smecker. Darkness and Light. That says it all. Oh, and deep and wrenching. Oh, yes.

Not exactly meta, not exactly RP-- somewhere in between. What started as a (rather silly) meta chat game of Skinning between [insanejournal.com profile] doc_holliday_tm, [insanejournal.com profile] smecker, and [insanejournal.com profile] onewingbloody shifted pace and ran away from us into stuff that was too deep and wrenching to leave merely as a chat. Featuring smashed!!Smecker (there was originally an actual reason he was getting drunk, but trust us, the details are not important).

Beethoven was fucking -mad-, okay? )
1.Your Middle Name:
2. Age:
3. Single or Taken:
4. Favorite Movie:
5. Favorite Song:
6. Favorite Band/Artist:
7. Dirty or Clean:
8. Tattoos and/or Piercings:
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Hey John. *raises a hand in greeting*

1) What do you imagine Heaven is like?

2) Is it better to be lucky or talented?

3) How would you define 'honor'?

4) If you had a choice of a time period to live in, which would it be?*

*assuming, if you want, that John has some knowledge of what the ages to come are like as well-- i.e., the things he has learned through talking to other muses in TM
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