Atmospheric Pressures

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Title: Atmospheric Pressures
Author(s): Aralias
Date(s): September 2015
Genre: slash
Fandom: Blake's 7
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Atmospheric Pressures is a Avon/Blake story by Aralias.

The story was published in September 2015 by Aralias in Pride and Prejudice, a Blake's 7 zine.

Reactions and Reviews

I love the way you slowly establish what's going on, yet in a way that isn't frustrating for me as a reader. The combination of fun and creepiness is really good. I know you feel like you weren't writing the characters, but it's still completely about them, and the contrast and OOCness still always says something and matters to who they actually are, so I think it completely works and is one of the best things about this fic. One of the things that's really interesting is that I think Avon's big change is that he stops taking himself so seriously and being so obsessed with his pride. Laughing at himself for sounding like a cross robot is amazingly not something he would ever do, although I do think the seed of it is there. Just not--quite to that extreme, and in that form.


Lovely work! I think this and Persuasion are some of your best--and I will tell you more about the latter soon, in another comment. Thanks for writing this and for making this wonderful zine :D :D :D :D [1]
Ugh, this fic hits me in all my favorite tropes and wrenches my heart around. The twist that only one of them can be sober at once, so they keep going out of sync and being miserable and scared and then back in--whew, that heightens the intensity so much. I was sad the ending wasn't a happy clinch, but it's also quite clear early on that Avon and Blake being who they are, this really is not a scenario that can lead (quickly at least) to anything like that. I don't think they're OOC at all when under the influence, it's just a different layer of IC that's harder to tease out, and you do it really well.

Children are laughing somewhere close by, and nobody is screaming.

I mean, this, for example, which is pure Blake in the most heartbreaking of ways.

If Avon wants to pretend to hate him, then he should be allowed to do so.

This is a sober line and maybe one of the most Blake lines ever--in one sentence their whole dynamic and both of their personalities are there. It's really great. And so is this story! The way the euphoria and horror shift and fade in and out is creepy and thrilling. [2]


  1. comments by elviaprose at AO3
  2. comments mithen by at AO3