|Chante à Nouveau|
|Date||29 July 2011|
|Where posted||AO3 FK Fic Fest Collection|
|Genres||Ficathons, drama, historical fiction|
Written to the prompt: “"You can owe nothing, if you give back its light to the sun." — A. Porchia. There is a connection between what Lacroix feels for Urs and what he once felt for Fleur.”
- This story fits after “Sons of Belial” and before “Fever”.
- Flashbacks to 1239.
- In modern French, the title means "[She] Sings Anew." In the flashbacks, the characters largely speak medieval Occitan, the language of the troubadours in what is now southern France (and parts of Spain and Italy). I have often made a fuss distinguishing between the spellings "Nicholas" (English) and "Nicolas" (French), to match the actors' pronunciations but, here, I stuck with "Nicholas" throughout (I trust you know how Lacroix and Fleur each say it, regardless). For similar reasons, I generally used the British "your ladyship" instead of the French "madame le comtesse."
- This time, she would not serenade the whole stand-in crowd of wait staff arriving for work and basement dwellers waking for play. She would not sing for herself, her bandmates and their art. Instead, across the mostly empty club, through melody and harmony and steady beat, she sought the eyes of the one listener who mattered: the Raven’s owner, Lucien Lacroix.
- Lacroix’s agreement with Nicholas was his tithe to Hell.