Hi again! Thanks only to Goodreadings‘ awesome people and, specifically, to Delia‘s incredibly kind soul, here we go with the translation into English of my QHUAY Spanish fic, “Lovers Released” ^^ This story is a fanfic based on the Black Dagger Brotherhood serie, by JR Ward, which I don’t own. I’m still writing the last chapter of the original Spanish version, but I guess it will be a 900 pages long story *gulps* With this I mean that Delia has a HUGE, TITANIC, COLOSSAL TASK ahead. Aside from this first chapter, the next ones have more than one part, with an average of 100 pages per chapter. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE: Cheer her up, send her coffee, hot chocolate, whatever… but don’t push her too much. She has a life and she’s already doing what she can, OK? I’ll post the links to each chapter on Goodreadings too, let’s see if I’m able to create a new Thread for this fic.
I have a lot of comments on this fic. First and more important: This is a MA rated story, so let’s be cristal clear: it contains highly graphic sex scenes between men, very bad language, dark situations, highly violent and bloody fighting scenes, and references to rape (never descriptions, but allusions). I’m pretty sure you’ll laugh with a lot of scenes (or, at least, I’ve tried to make you laugh) but there’s a lot of drama and suffering, both physical and emotional, awaiting you. So, if you’re underage, don’t like m/m sex scenes (or you do like, but not graphic ones) or you find violence offensive, DON’T READ IT. This fic has a lot more war (thus, a lot more blood and suffering) and a lot more sex than Lovers Redeemed (what you’re waiting for will happen as soon as in the second part of chapter 2, which isn’t necessarily good for the boys).
More with the comments.The story is settled three months after Lover Mine ended, with minor changes: Xhex and John are mated, they killed Lash, Blay and Sax are lovers and Payne lives at the mansion but she’s still in a wheelchair. Vishous kidnapped Saint Francis Trauma’s Chief, doctor Manuel Manello, and forced the human to take care of his twin. The fic is also settled in my own universe, in which V and Butch are mated, Jane never appeared and Marissa runs the Safe Place without being Butch’s shellan. So, Manello and Ehlena are the Brotherhood only medical staff.
The main focus of this fic are Qhuinn, Blay, their inner struggles and their painful evolution towards maturity, both as individuals and as a couple. But they bring another two characters attached to their lives: Layla and Saxton, who need their own share, so to speak. Besides, the fic deals with Mary and Rhage’s parenthood, a substory linked with the main plot, as well as with José De la Cruz reappearence (and the impact this has in Butch). We’ll see a lot of Vishous and Butch daily life and relationship; both Brothers will become a sort of godparents to the boys (even if V doesn’t admit it).
As for the main plot, I’ve put a lot of thought to it. This doesn’t mean the story is good, only that the plot is very complicated. It brings back to life a villain thought dead and Eckle, Qhuinn’s brother, who you met in Lovers Redeemed. The background of the story is a urban war between two gangs, the Almighty Kings and Queens (AKG or ALK) and the Bloods. The members of the first one are latin and the members of the second one are afro-american. Both gangs exist in the United States, so all the colors, titles names of the leaders, language signs and so on are real. Be prepared for racist comments and racial and territorial violence. I don’t hold anything against latin or black people, please don’t confuse my own believes with the plot. I simply thought that urban gangs war would be a nice background (and unexplorated in the books) to the story, nothing more. The private security company that I mention in the story of the Bloods leader, Blackwater, existed too (now it has another name), and the same applies to the Salvadorean guerrilla of the second in command of the AKG. Again, I’m not taking lighty gangs, wars or guerrilla problems, I just needed to create a life for the bad guys. You’ll meet that junkie from the Xtreme Park that we knew from Lover Mine as the Forelesser, I’ve just named him Carlos and gave him a personal story.
Because one of the gangs is Latin, I’ll keep the names of their members, titles and some expressions in Spanish, but I’ll include here the translation. Thus, “Rey Sol” (Carlos’ nickname) means “Sun King”, and “Corona Suprema” (his title) means “High Crown”. “Hermano” means “brother” and “amigo” is translated as “friend”. The same will happen with De la Cruz. We don’t get to know where he’s from in the books, but I’ve always pictured him as Mexican, so I’ll keep some Spanish expressions when he’s talking.
More things… as US readers will know faaaaaar better than me, the real Caldwells cities are small ones, while the Caldie in the books is suposed to be a medium town. Besides, we only know a few references: the river Hudson, Trade street, the Victorian neighborhood, the Commodore… But, to write a fully urban story with so many characters that are moving in so many different environments, I needed a detailed city… so I created it ^^; Basing on the plan of an existing US city (try to find out which, if you want), I made a lot of maps for Caldwell. Yes, I know the literary Caldwell has only one river, the Hudson, but I didn’t find any existing city with a river that would fit with my needs, so I took a town with two rivers, let’s pretend one is the Hudson and the other the Mohawk, an affluent. You’ll find these maps (with English captions), as well as pics of weapons, military devices, places, cars and tactical sketches embedded in the text.
Finally, you’ll see the pictures of two BDB Facebook role playing game families as the incarnations of the boys: Daganegralatina and Hermandad-Hispana, that kindly allowed me to use them. And all the titles chapters of this fic come from Linkin Park songs.
OK, I think that’s all, folks. There will be time to comment more details. Here you have the first chapter to download: 1. Easier to run