Margaret Josette Dupres, Chapter 41

 

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-LINK TO CHAPTER FORTY-ONE-

Some of this has adult content but most of it doesn’t. I didn’t anticipate it to go there but… you know… this couple.  (Very likely that portion will go over most readers heads.) Pardon that it gets wordy. Barnabas and I asked Edgar Allan Poe for a little help. 😉  I listened to a lot of music by Adrian Von Ziegler while writing this. (Also available on bandcamp, like Nave Artificial I mentioned for the previous chapter.)

For this we have the delving into Episode 70 of Dark Shadows written by Art Wallace. As said on this blog, Josette is not an under-developed character, if anything she is over-developed into a plethora of facets. Her ghost is one of these facets and what with Josette’s Ghost manifesting on Dark Shadows during times Maggie Evans has been asleep (or as near to asleep in her activities as makes no difference) we can see how astral projection comes into play. As Episode 70 is Pre-Barnabas Dark Shadows, I hope you delight in the catch-up time our couple shares here. To me their love is a continuous dance, and one I could never invent, only help to heal.

Please hit the link above if you would like to read.

(Same author’s notes are in bold before the chapter begins.)

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chapter 41 MJD

I couldn’t decide which image was appropriate to celebrate this one, so I’m using three that I created for this entry. ❤

The Promise of What Praise Can Do “Margaret Josette Dupres (A Novel)” [Note 9]

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All right, my readers. Back to this. I’ve been in such a creeped out, science-fiction mood by all the tech addictions, folks being programmed to stalk me (as well as each other,) and people wandering around putting “follows” on everything I do rather than just saying, “I liked this, this and this in your 14th Episode,” so we can move on to Episode 15, etc. I feel the need to try and focus on something positive.

Now where were we?

Ohhhhh, yeah. The Widows Hill love affair. That blew me away. I just thought, “Well, where else are you two up for making new memories to wipe out that bad stuff? A-ha! The big one!”

Chapter 18: A Warm Night On Widows Hill

This actually starts off with a sequence of Carolyn Stoddard and Tony Peterson making out with a glimpse of what our star couple is doing nearby. It’s always nice to gravitate to the first couple that I worried about on Dark Shadows. Of course they get distracted because Barnabas and Maggie (as Josette) are clearly having a trysting that is more intimate than Tony & Carolyn themselves. They decide to find another bench so all may enjoy the evening as privately as possible.

Let’s hit this old review from Osheen I love on the T-rated version:

Osheen Nevoy chapter __ Feb 4, 2014
Nice to see Carolyn and Tony Peterson together! I always feel that poor ol’ Tony deserves more attention than he gets … he does rather get sidelined once Jerry Lacy takes on the mantle of playing the repellent Trask family! Anyway, good to see him and Carolyn having a bit of fun, without angst, misunderstandings, and/or vampires and witches getting in the way. And cleansing Widow’s Hill is a great concept – extremely brave on the part of our hero and heroine, of course, so it just shows how, in this case, love really does conquer all. I wonder if this will make the Widows stop wailing and causing trouble!

That is just gold because it was exactly what I was shooting for. She knows the characters and she knows the score. I would say the Widows would go from wailing to having a good “Oh, my!” giggle for a change. ❤

myhrr chapter 18 . May 6, 2014

wonderful…as always!

Thank you!

Helena Clara Bouchet chapter 18 . May 6, 2014

Oh, what a brilliant idea for them. Widow’s Hill was that place of devastation for them. I believe that their lovemaking twenty feet from the cliff to be what they needed in their case in order to fade out what happened there almost 200 years before. It was also sweet to have Tony and Carolyn to be eyewitnesses to these “ravenous” lovers, and I found it interesting that Carolyn was glad that Josette/ Maggie entered the picture with reference to the weird relationship between her and Barnabas through vampirism (creepy as it is). I hope this is a healing factor for them. Very nice, Daryl 😉

And thank you again. Mostly what I’ve gotten is private discussion about this chapter, but yes, Helena says it straight. A healing factor indeed.

With Chapter 19: A Delicate Splendour, it was a race home to escape the previous tryst outdoors. Would there be more? Not as one might think. It’s more in the realm of “after-play” which I really hadn’t seen before in what romantic stories I delved into. Very often a couple may just go to sleep, or move away from each other as if the experience was a wipe out or needs to be discarded like finishing a film. I hear tell not a lot of folks know of this “after-play” experience in love. Gosh! No wonder the world of romance has dwindled! Then again people who do know about this are rather too busy engaging in it so we don’t hear from them much. 😉

As it happens there is discussion during this scene in Josette’s bedroom, about what Maggie’s existence with so many different memories is like for her. In my first draft I actually did get a critique I needed because originally Josette expressed the love would have been as wonderful if they had been married in 1795. My friend objected that she thought it wouldn’t, and it dawned on me she was very right. The reincarnation and conquering tragedies to reach each other almost two centuries later? That is what made it more spectacular. This was the kind of critique that was extremely helpful. Sadly many have drawn the conclusion about what constructive criticism is, believing it to be pointing out flaw after flaw to the result being that flaws are all the eye will search for. This really achieves nothing but the creator feeling her efforts are futile. However, when a good point is made regarding the depth of the characters? That is helpful. And so the change was made. 🙂

Helena Clara Bouchet chapter 19 . May 9, 2014

This was a beautifully-written chapter from Barnabas’ point of view. It’s nice to know that he could express his desire through the written word. Cool 🙂 (I wonder if Willie was getting complaints about the couple’s unavailability? 😉 )

Ah, yes. There is a little interruption on their way up the stairs by Willie who can’t get them to listen. He has good news, but realizes they’re at it again and it can wait. He’s got a gal of his own so he’s been quite understanding.

 katie chapter 19 . May 9, 2014

Beautifully written! You captured the passion of 200 years, while letting Barnabas remain the charming gentleman that is his true nature.

Thank you! It is very much what I saw when going over most of the program. Just finding a point to jump in and rearrange the variables for an upswing.

It used to puzzle, annoy and anger me to see stuff written about Barnabas Collins where supposed fans just don’t get him at all. It makes me feel as if I’m reading a Star Trek article that is gung-ho about Captain Jean-Luc Picard, only to discover the fan is intensely irritable about Picard’s love for Shakespeare or his playing Dixon Hill. Nowadays I find it sadly hilarious. Barnabas Collins pining for his lost-love? Okay, I’ve grown up on Edgar Allan Poe: “Boo-hoo, the lost Lenore…” I can dig it. In fact, I’ve been wanting to re-investigate some of Poe’s romantic work. It’s rather reminiscent of Barnabas and no wonder: Dark Shadows is based on the classics.

“Wretches, ye loved her for her wealth and hated her for her pride,

And when she fell in feeble health, ye blessed her—that she died!

How shall the ritual, then, be read? the requiem how be sung

By you—by yours, the evil eye,—by yours, the slanderous tongue

That did to death the innocence that died, and died so young?”

Hmm! Poe’s “Lenore”. Seems rather familiar here. Although many fans just hate Josette because she’s pretty.

Now back to the fun.

Chapter 20: Willie Toilet Papers Collinwood

Yes, you read that correctly! I had this sticky note clinging to our tea-cabinet that would remind me I really wanted to see Willie Loomis and Nurse Jackson TP The Great House. I wanted it for the radio drama but I had to hold-off for a long time to figure out why the audience was so blasted speechless. So the note kept looming for Mr. Loomis. And when this novel took over, I was still loving Willie and I thought, “Just write it like he’s remembering it and telling someone.” (Truth be told I needed a hard cider to get started. ha ha)

Nurse Jackson is about as close to a combo of original character and peripheral Dark Shadows character as I’ve had to ever flesh out. (Caleb Collins was easier as he has a lot of back-history and I understand ghosts and Victoriana.) I mainly recalled Nurse Jackson taking care of Willie Loomis when Barnabas and Dr. Hoffman go to retrieve him from Wyndcliff. It wasn’t much but I’m still working on her. No first name, so for a while I just called her “Jackie”, but then knowing Willie’s love of jewels I found it would be a delight to give her a gem stone name. Currently I’ve decided on Cora as shortened from Coral, which is a gem of the sea and not the most precious or expensive, but for Mr. Loomis? Perfect. (However I’ll manage her better in the third draft of this novel, I’m sure.)

Willie pretty

With Willie’s habits of making trouble to either get attention or from being so exposed to it socially in his past, the solution I see for him is a lady with the ability to appreciate his mischievous side and encourage more innocent versions of mischief. Would not a nurse understand him? I believe she would!

However, for a romantic novel? Toilet papering the roof led to other things. ❤

myhrr chapter 20 . May 14, 2014

Aww! Willie and his lady’s unbridled passion made me smile. Warmed the cockles of my heart it did!

Me too!

Ms. Karen Trask chapter 20 . May 14, 2014

I really enjoyed reading this. I was there with them as they enjoyed hurling the toilet paper over the side. They probably could hear me laughing along with them. I enjoyed hearing Willie describe his adventure with Josette/Maggie and really got the sense that they were friends and cared about each other. As to the lovemaking, it was great to hear Willie struggling to explain how it felt/he felt about being close to someone. As always at the end, I wanted to hear more about Willie’s adventure.

Nice story!

Yay! I actually got lucky with this one. There was a group page in which pornography was being discussed and the lady who wrote this review had asked, “What’s wrong with porn?” So I jumped in as I’d just posted this chapter and asked, “Hey! Wanna review my Willie Loomis porn?” Sometimes we just gotta be blatant, right?

Helena Clara Bouchet chapter 20 . May 14, 2014

I’m waiting for Elizabeth to find out and rant against Roger for allowing the toliet papering party to happen now 🙂 Willie has a companion to finally be with him. Although he called her Josette, I’m wondering if it was the Maggie part that was really enjoying his escapade. But then again, Josette was loosening up with port. This was a good Willie chapter, and I’m looking forward to more on the new couple 🙂

Me too. I’ve been working on Barnabas/Josette so long it really would be nice to get back to the other couples. And I must laugh with this idea Helena waits for. Elizabeth getting home and possibly seeing the toilet paper and declaring, “Roger Collins! I can see you’ve let the winds of indulgence overrule any common sense!”

Veritas chapter 20 . May 14, 2014

Aww Willie loves! I so looked forward to this chapter and now that I’ve read it I’m looking for more! This was so beautiful.

This girl is gonna be so good for him! I knew that if he got the right girl things would start looking up for him, and here she is!

I love that he finally called her Josette. After Barnabas and all his shenanigans what with the kidnapping and frantic obsession, you’d think Willie would either want to throttle someone or jump from Widow’s Hill if and when he heard it again.

So so soooo much love for this! Keep going!

I do aim to. It’s so wonderful to see kindred spirits coming out. I know these reviews are two years old and I am receiving some new ones which I love, but as I say I needed to focus on something positive today.

My husband and I are celebrating 23 years as a couple together this weekend. And no, it doesn’t make me feel old, it makes me feel good to see, after all our own struggles, here we are still, and so much better thanks to this creation and all the loving support for it.

Darkest blessings to all here.

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Peace.

 

The Promise of What Praise Can Do: “Margaret Josette Dupres (A Novel)” [Note8]

I rather wish I’d titled this correspondence or insight, but I suppose praise is fairly accurate. You know what is scary? More and more people have snuck me little tid bits of what they’ve had to endure in all of this waiting. Almost every Maggie or Josette fan for Barnabas wanted the reincarnation. Several didn’t do it or tried and then couldn’t identify to how that experience would avail itself. Here’s where I step in. Not only have I explored many fictional characters and blended my psyche with theirs, I’ve also studied reincarnation a great deal and for this project I did two years of heavy study into it. With channeling so much, taking what my cousin suggested, “Be them at 85% but keep %15 percent of yourself so that you can come back to reality.” Little did she realize I was doing that automatically, but it’s good advice.

Sadly, it doesn’t come into the realm of blasted audio editing. I barely got a scrap of that done for Episode 15 today. A needed phone call, sun hitting the screen, whatever distractions drive me batty, but thankfully I posted some original work for fun on fictionpress and have received the great commentary from my new buddies. ❤ I love me some new buddies, kindred spirits. That’s what I’m all about. ❤

View my Bloody Mary tale here


Now onto the happier things.

Hmm… this is fascinating. Chapter 16 of “Margaret Josette Dupres” is the altered poem by Edgar Allan Poe. I just went to find a link for that to place here to show the difference, but as I did I found an old book on gutenberg.org from 1903 about a friend named Annabel Lee. In fact it’s the title of the book by what looks to be a Canadian author. Ah, so many darn books and so little time. I hope I remember this one. A passage of it speaks to me deeply:

XXII
THE MESSAGE OF A TENDER SOUL

“THE MESSAGE of a tender soul,” said my friend Annabel Lee, “is a thing that will go far, oh, so far, and lose nothing of itself.

“When all things in the world are counted the beautiful things are in the greatest numbers. And when all the things in the world are counted the message of a tender soul counts greatly more than many.
“A tender soul receives back no gratitude for its message, and looks for no gratitude, and does not know what gratitude means. And the tenderness of the message is all unmade and all unknown, but is felt for long, long years.

–Mary MacLane

This goes on for some time. But therein lies the truth of what I’m looking for in “reviews”, “commentary”, and correspondence. (Mind you, it has to be written by the person. Memes don’t count. 😉 )

I wasn’t sure how well I’d altered the poem of Annabel Lee by Edgar Allen Poe as far as things like meter and form, but getting to that which was similar in the conception of Lolita with her first incarnation, Annabel, by Nabokov. What Poe described in this loss and the “kingdom by the sea”, and watching the growth of Barnabas and Josette reaching each other through her reincarnation, the pieces truly fell into place one day. As I express in a podcast, “We all deserve respite from evil and it is this constant that is worth pursuing towards a permanent and enduring peace.” — Michael Nesmith.

For me, with my sour and abusive history, I looked for spooky, but I also looked for what would enlightened in fiction. Whatever media entertainment might throw at us isn’t what I’m interested in and I feel it’s deeply important for each of us to understand ourselves rather than giving in to any kind of peer-pressure, asking oneself questions to find their own deeper meaning. What do I like and why do I like it? (I’d add “what do I hate”, but I think we’ve all been doing that too long and too plentifully.)

But of this taboo: reincarnation… I dunno, I’d think some forms of vampirism are likely worse, so some of us reach for more down-to-earth styles of it. But here is the tale awaited for decades with Barnabas and Josette, they struggle for nearly two-hundred years and then finally?

We’ve found one another, and here she is mine,

Reborn to me now,

dare I question how?

I don’t, I can not care any less

For our love is sublime

And we have all the time

To enjoy ourselves, ah, I am blessed

As the ocean waves roll

and the rocks take their toll

I turn away from them and what do I see?

Forever, my bliss

The fair woman I missed.

The Beautiful ANNABEL LEE.


Since I was using Nabokov for inspiration on this novel I went back to one of his own inspirations, fitting for a gothic story, Edgar Allen Poe. I thought over the poem and saw so many elements that touched this story too.

So in this strange way, again that number three, all these relationships might have peace.

Barnabas has his Josette in Maggie.

Perhaps a redeemed and better Humbert has a loving, willing (& older) Lolita, not necessarily Dolores Haze.

And Edgar Allen Poe may have his Annabel Lee. (Who was named the first incarnation of Lolita.)


This is not the end of the story, there is a great more to come, both in healing, passion and love.

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Helena  chapter 16 . 
That was soothing for this occasion. I am not a big fan of poetry (although I appreciate some), but this version of “Annabel Lee” for Barnabas and Josette was fitting. You did well on this Daryl, and I’m looking forward to the aftermath (mostly positive) of this chapter in their relationship. 🙂

Yay! Thank you. I wasn’t sure where to put that darn poem in the rough cut and then when I had to re-live the Healing chapters, I knew it was time. ❤

Helena, you’re likely the only one to review the poem because I grabbed a smooching shot of Barnabas and Maggie with the text of the poem, as well as the link and splashed the post of it all over the DS group pages. It was sort of, “At last! I’m done with the horror! YES!” spell of relief.

Uh-oh, this next chpater got rather intense… in fact… um… it’s likely the chapter that people go back to the most often. I remember I asked on facebook, “Everyone keeps hitting the sex-on-the-floor chapter. Can folks please go back and review it to tell me what they enjoyed about it?” A few like-clicks ensued… which could mean anything! Of course Osheen was the kicker with the question, “Okay, which one is the the sex-on-the-floor chapter?” Still, it didn’t garner me anymore reviews as to why people keep returning to it. My theory is it’s Barnabas in the more “masterful” view most people likely write him in. I just figured at this point our reincarnated Josette was simply wiped out from taking the initiative all the time.

Going back to when this was during my troubled rough-draft “I-don’t-understand-what’s-happening-to-me” phase as I couldn’t find any fans of this pairing at the time since they’d all given up even looking for it, I asked a few friends for help. As it so happens some of your best friends of many years can be just as lazy at commenting on what they like as everyone else who enjoys it ten times as much. I just figured they weren’t reading it at all. Well one friend came to visit and I showed her a  few chapters. She nodded to say she’d read them. “Um, and you didn’t put down a review?” This was after she was complaining right along with me of the laziness of people online. Oopsie!

I told her, “Well I tried to get ‘The Boys’ into it. [Meaning the artsy fellows we know who press and distribute zines and underground comics and have for decades.] I’d been shouting out, ‘Come on, guys! Help me out here! Say something! Say anything! Be dirty! Say you got a boner! I don’t care!'”

After our rare visit together she went home, and later that night I found an odd delight in the review pile of the original draft for this chapter:

Guest

I adore the words you use. It gives such luxury and great detail to your story. I’m rather bashful to say I had a dirty grin while reading this one. *cough*ladyboner*cough* Thank you.

Hmm… was this the friend who just visited or was it Nikki? Hmm… Well, knowing me I can hardly get a hold of any old friends or loved ones much in the last two years. I asked around and got nothing but people who wanted to claim this odd phrase.

Time passed, the work was taken down for the re-write. When I got to this chapter it was decided to throw in the shout-out:

“Okay, the LAST time this was posted SOMEONE reviewed with the phrase *ladyboner*. Was that YOU, Nikki? Everyone I’ve asked wishes they *could *claim that phrase! Nikki, if that was you, you better sign in to FF dot net and say so or I’m going to be ringing your cel phone until the battery dies!”

And then:

nikwil chapter 17 . May 4, 2014
It wasn’t me! It must have been the one armed man!..or Mark!

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Could a Dark Shadows project get more hilarious?

Okay, it was likely the gal who came to visit and then went home after confessing she recognized the chapters I was showing her…

Hee, hee, hee, moving on…

Chapter 17: To Love, To Speak, To Name

Josette is preparing for a romantic evening at The Old House while the staff are away and has set up an area with cushions and blankets in front of the main room fire. I still feel some of what she talks about is roughly out of character, but again, much of the original draft was created giving Maggie the fast-track on what being this reincarnation of her and Kitty Soames would be like. (I’m still hoping to explore that better in the radio drama along with everything else.)

Eventually the man of the house wanders in and gets the drift of what this means. What his mood is or how he would become masterful so swiftly? Well, maybe I’ll need another re-write. For now let’s just say he locked the door saw the scene she laid out and thought, “Mmm-hmm!

Helena chapter 17 
You already know what’s coming, Daryl…*cough* LADYBONER! LOL! This chapter had my imagination and desire to see JF’s half-naked pics again 😀 Wadsworth and Willie POSSIBLY at the strip club? I hope they have plenty of cash for the lovely dancers 😉 And Josette/Maggie referring to Angelique as an “old friend”? I’m curious to how she will reach out to her “former” nemesis. Hmm…Loved it, Daryl 😉

Ah, yes, there was that mention of Angelique. Still working on her redemption and likely seeing it somewhere in 1897 for The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. That’s the thing about Josette and Angelique, they were friends, so as bad as Barnabas got Angelique’s foul treatment, Josette getting maligned after being so warm to her really is a major component in creating a relief series. We also get to hear some love for Jonathan Frid’s winning charm, however much he wondered why on Earth everyone wanted to have sex with his character. But the thing about folks who dig this pairing is they are very often sweethearts with the adoration of, “Hey, Barnabas happy? Why not? He does look rather lovingly at this woman. It sure is turning me on!”

HOLY CRAP

Agreed. ❤

myhrr chapter 17 
Beautifully written!

Sandra chapter 17 
Very nice, Daryl :-). Love the romance and depth of love.

Thank you, thank you! Some of the words he was telling her was giving me the chills considering what was happening.

odiness chapter 17 
THIS is the most eloquently written, highbrow, classy porn I have ever read! lol 🙂

Oh, hey, another pal I rarely hear from, at least I think that’s who this is. Groovy, and fitting. And I do appreciate a number of these great smiles, especially considering that the trolls were about to come in droves, which I’ll save for a separate entry. I have a stack of about 20-30 troll reviews for this work. What the point of that is, beyond wasting time, is rather lost on me, but anonymous troll reviews have been expected for this marriage story for decades which is why no one put it together before nor posted it online to easily find.

You’ve heard my Roger performance, right? All the other words that come out of all the other characters? I’m hardly doing all of this on my own. What my adopted kids want I try to find their way to achieve but I let them speak. A three-in-one woman is a difficult undertaking which is why I’m having trouble with it, but then again, who else has done that with Josette Dupres and Kitty Soames as Maggie Evans?

triple incarnation of josette