The Ballad Of Barefoot Robin, or The Ridiculous Seduction Of Lieutenant Worthington
The Ballad Of Barefoot Robin, or The Ridiculous Seduction Of Lieutenant Worthington is a story written by Roumonte Emi. It ran in Issue 11 at http://s2b2.livejournal.com/57246.html, and is mirrored at http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/the-ballad-of-barefoot-robin/.
From the Slash Pile: "Naval officer posted in a backwater gets trouble and more from the thief Barefoot Robin."
From varietyshow.tumblr.com: "more a sort of swashbuckling parody. Imagine something not entirely unlike Pirates of the Caribbean and you’re perhaps halfway there. I must say, however, that I found Thomas (the lieutenant in question) absolutely darling, what with his earnestness and awkward polite repressed sort of stubborn Britishness."
From pinboard.in: "A swashbuckling tale of a mischievious thief, swordfights, pirates, seductions and prison breaks - and the proper young Lieutenant who gets drawn into all these misadventures."
The Ballad Of Barefoot Robin is followed by The Song Of The Redbird, or The Fable Of The Crow And The Peacock and The Saga Of The Rajah Ten Rajah, or How Bartholomew Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Dutch.
Warnings: pirates, swordfights, banter, mild violence, suggestive behavior, eventual outright porn.
Does Ballad owe a debt to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies? Yes and no. While I certainly had seen the movies and enjoyed them all to a greater or lesser degree, the actual plot seed of the story was generated independently in the company of friends; however, I can't deny that the movies informed my consciousness to a certain extent. That being said, Robin, Thomas, and Shiang Hai are all indubitably their own men.
This story is ever so slightly different from the version that appears in ssb*b, as I have restored forty or fifty words that I originally had to cut out. Ballad came within a hair's breadth of being too long to fit in two LJ entries, and as such, I had to hack it shorter with vengeance and a machete. While most of these changes were ultimately for the best, a few turns of phrase just hurt to lose, and so I've restored them here. Oh, look. A director's cut. Hee.