Your Cover's Blown
Your Cover's Blown is a story written by Shinju Yuri and illustrated by sakkiarte. It originally ran in Issue 4 at http://s2b2.livejournal.com/10498.html, and is mirrored at http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/your-covers-blown/.
From Outlaw Reviews: "Frederick Rochester is a cat burglar. Walter Jennings is an absent-minded inventor. Easy pickings…or maybe not."
From pinboard.in: "walter is a mad scientist. frederick is the grey theif out to avenge his father against the people ho did him wrong."
From pinboard.in: "Mild mannered steam engineer Walter Jennings has fallen in love with a nobleman who has a secret"
Another sweet one from this author (and some darling illustrations to go with it). She manages to create beguiling and lively characters with economy and cleverness, and while the plot is on the slightly fantastical side (rather fairy tale like), I loved the descriptions of the devices and ideas, the fact that both characters surprised me at times with their reactions. It’s funny, and a jolly nice romance. Highly recommended.
normally I'm not too fond of the more yaoi-style original fic because the characters aren't strong enough for me. However, for this story I'll make an exception! Jennings is an inventor, both his creations and himself a puzzle that intrigues Frederick sufficiently that he plans to burgle him next. Or at least that's the original intention... m/m.
- http://ceanshinythings.livejournal.com/278936.html: "Also adorable."
- pinboard.in: "A goggles-and-lockpicks romance about Walter the off-kilter inventor and Frederick the prickly cat burglar. The most darling of all inventor fics, accept no substitutes. The happy ending wraps up a little too quickly, objectively, but the dynamic is so appealing I don't mind how quickly it was arrived at."
- duskpeterson.com: "This is a steampunk story (i.e. set in an alternative universe where Victorian technology still exists) about a thief who finds it's a bit more difficult than he thought to steal from his latest victim. The contrast between the worldly thief and his seemingly unworldly victim is especially well done."