So as promised on the 30th September at exactly midnight, the sequel to Public Affairs is here!!
And I am so angry with this site because, as you have probably found, email alerts aren't working atm so I'm guessing most of you aren't actually going to get to read this until it starts working or if you find it on the site. And although I'm posting dead on midnight I dunno when it's gonna show up. So there goes that plan. Damn it, would have to pick now to bugger up woulnd't it!? Grrr...
Anyway. It feels like it's been forever, I have missed you all soooo much!! Of course I've been talking to a lot of you, and seen some of you around Helena-world but still…I've missed all your lovely reviews and posting me chaps and replying to you and everything! It's been weird!
Just must quickly say this for anybody who hasn't read Public Affairs - this is a continuation of that story, and I really wouldn't read it unless you've read that because it probably won't make much sense to you and will seem ridiculously OCC etc - 'cause it's been a long old road for the pair of them to get to the point they are at in this story.
However, although a continuation, don't expect another Public Affairs (because hey, what would be the point in that?) Obsession is much darker - or it will be when it gets going a bit - but hopefully better, or at least just as good lol!
Now on that point I will put one warning here and one warning only: this story will contain mature material and dark subject matters that may not be suitable for younger readers. I say this because although this is rated M I know there are some younger people who read PA and will therefore possibly be reading this - I'm not going to say anybody shouldn't, it depends on the person not the age, so I'm just going to ask you to please judge sensibly for yourself.
Right I'll say everything else at the end cause I don't wanna keep you all any longer - you've waited plenty long enough as it is! ;)
So here we go…I hope you like it!!
Sweeney Todd was an obsessive.
Mrs. Lovett knew this as well as she knew the sky was blue (well, when it wasn't covered by the London smog that was.) It would take a fool not to realise this about the dark man to be blunt; he was an obsessive down to the very last meaning of the word.
Benjamin Barker was an obsessive too - although he would never have admitted it. But Mrs. Lovett knew it; it was always Lucy, Lucy, Lucy and then Johanna, Johanna, my little angel, how wonderful she is, isn't my daughter beautiful Mrs. Lovett?
Now Sweeney Todd she was fairly certain - in fact make that positive - knew he was an obsessive. And what's more, he didn't do anything to try to help this problem - in fact he did the exact opposite and dedicated his life to feeding his obsession every little scrap he could find.
Of course it was the judge - was being the key component in that statement. His obsession with the judge - and more specifically the Judge's demise - was one that took over his life and his mind - it was the very essence of what Sweeney Todd had been born from.
But the judge was dead now, dead and gone and Sweeney's obsession along with it. Of course this left the dark barber with something of a void where the obsession had previously resided in his mind. A very large void - and a void that needed to be filled.
The thought had first occurred to Mrs. Lovett about five months ago - four months, three weeks and six days to be precise - the night that Sweeney Todd had told her she was his whole life - along with their son, Jimmy. He'd told her he was truly in love with her and couldn't live without her and of course she was thrilled - he finally felt about her how she had felt about him for as long as she could remember. But there was something in the way he held her that night - in the way he made love to her - it was almost…desperately - possessively.
In fact, when his grip on her small waist had become vice-like as she'd snuggled against him afterwards and she had tried to wriggle free a little, he had clamped his arms tighter around her. And when she'd muttered softly, "let me go love," she could have sworn he'd mumbled back a sleepy, "never."
She had shaken the silly uneasy feeling she'd got that night - this was what she had always wanted wasn't it? Sweeney Todd wanting her more than anything?
Then the squashed feeling bubbled back to the surface a month or so later. Oh it had all been harmless - she'd just been chatting to some chap from the market who'd come in for one of her famous pies she'd offered him when she'd got talking to him over the orange stall on Wednesday. Well, he was stood in her shop conversing with her - about the weather of all things - as she leant on her arms on her counter, agreeing wholly with the fact that it had been ghastly lately, when her husband had strolled in.
"What time's the -" He'd stopped short in the doorway, his dark eyes quickly taking in the very normal and innocent scene in front of him.
"What was that love?"
Sweeney didn't reply, his eyes snapped to hers and she widened her own a little at the livid fury she could see suddenly burning there - she'd straightened with a puzzled frown - but not before she'd noticed his eyes rake pointedly downwards at her ample cleavage - which, she realised, had unintentionally been a little more on show than usual with her position - "Mr. T love, y'alright? Look like ya seen a ghost!"
He'd glared at her, his face livid for a few moments before he suddenly pasted the most sickeningly fake smile on his face, turning back to the man who was looking a little uneasy stood next to the counter -
"Would you care for a shave, sir? I notice you have a little - stubble - there…and seeing as you seem to be providing my wife with such good company - it'll be free of charge." Only somebody who knew him as well as Mrs. Lovett did would be able to notice the deadly threat in the words, they way he slightly stressed the word 'wife', the way his smile was far too pleasant to be real.
She opened her mouth - "Now love, I'm sure Mr. Clark 'as things 'e needs to be getting on with don't ya sir?" She said, only Sweeney would detect the pleading warning in her words.
"Mr. Clark?" Sweeney said, flicking his gaze back to the tall man.
"Well, er - iffen yer offering fer free sir - who am I to turn down a free shave?"
"Of course!" His smile grew wider - and she could see that it was now genuine glee. "Right this way sir!"
Mrs. Lovett opened her mouth to protest but she knew it was no good trying to stop him now without making a show of herself.
"Goodbye ma'am, nice talking with you!" Mr. Clark called as he followed her husband form her shop.
"Bye," she called back, forcing a smile on her face which vanished as soon as he was out of sight.
She'd sizzled all through the dinner rush about it - and Sweeney didn't appear until she had cleared away later that night.
He'd strolled into their bedroom, making her jump by encircling her waist from behind as she did up the ties on her nightgown, growling into her ear, "you're mine, Nellie Lovett, I thought you understood that?"
Something about his tone sent shivers down her spine. "What's all this - ya being bloody stupid 'bout nothing - I liked that bloke - why'd you 'ave to -"
"You know damn well why! I know you liked him - and I bet he liked you a whole lot more - I'll bet he especially liked the way you were flaunting yourself in front of him."
"I weren't! I were just chatting to 'im - I weren't thinking like that at all-"
"Well in future you had better think like that hadn't you or a whole lot more of your 'friends' are going to be finding themselves getting free shaves."
"Hey!" She protested, twisted herself in his arms. "Now wait a minute -"
"No - you're mine - that's the end of the discussion." Cutting her annoyed protests off with a deep kiss, he'd pushed her down onto the bed and took her deeply and she'd given in and let him, unable as always to resist his delicious hard body and the way he kissed and touched her so intensely he set her whole body alight.
When he'd made her come hard, gasping his name as she writhed beneath him, he'd growled 'mine' against her neck, his body shuddering violently against her as his own release came, his hands harder than was comfortable, one gripping at her hip as another twisted in her hair.
And since when had he spent so much time hovering around her as she worked? It wasn't like she sat in the corner of his room watching him shave all day - why was he suddenly breathing down her neck as she went about making pastry, grinding meat up and severing her pies out?
In fact it got to the point where it was getting to be a bit of a nuisance. He distracted her constantly with his presence - not to mention what he did when he was around, and she was finding everything was taking a lot longer to get done that it should.
Of course she'd tried to tell him - subtly at first - to let her get on with her work once or twice but after the fight that had led to a week or so ago she'd thought it best to leave him be.
"Love cut it out will ya, I got 'ardly any time to get this all done before we open -" She had protested as he'd placed kisses on the side of her neck, his arms wrapped round her slim waist as she'd stirred a pasty mix in the kitchen.
"Good." She dumped a load more flour in.
"Well…" He kissed her neck again, letting his tongue flick over her skin suggestively.
"I just told ya I got too much to do before we - can ya stop that!?" She shrugged him off, irritated at his attempts to get her aroused - and the fact they were working.
With an annoyed growl he tore himself away from her, giving her a light shove forwards as he did so - unfortunately she still had the bag of flour in her hand - and as she stumbled a little into the counter it jolted in her hand and went everywhere with a white 'poof'.
"For God's sake! Look what ya made me do!" She snapped at him.
"Well if you weren't being such a bitch it wouldn't have happened."
"Excuse me!?" She gasped, whirling round to face him with her hand son her hips.
"I dunno what's wrong with you lately! It's like you don't want me anymore or something," he spat at her.
She gaped at him. "What!? Where the 'ell as this come from!?"
"What are ya on 'bout!? We done it this morning!"
He clenched his jaw, ignoring her sentence. "You keep pushing me away!"
"I'm busy! For fucks sake Sweeney - it's like you can't leave me alone for two minutes these days!"
"And why is that suddenly a bad thing!? There was a time when you were desperate for one minute of my attention - now you don't even want me half the time - !"
"No! I do!" She took a deep breath, trying to calm herself before she spoke in a softer tone. "Sweeney…I absolutely adore that you wanna be all over me all the time you know that - but I don't adore the fact that you do it when I got other things I 'ave to do - you keep distracting me like this an' noting gets done! I 'ave got a business to run ya know!"
He stared at her for a moment before tensing his jaw again. "Fine. I'll leave you to it then." He'd said testily before stalking off.
Of course, it hadn't taken her much to make it up to him later that night, but she'd decided the argument wasn't worth the hassle and just didn't bother to protest when he was soon doing the same thing again, leaving him to it and trying to get on with her work best she could.
Of course, she did love it really, loved that he wanted to be with her so much lately, and that more often than not she seemed to be the sole focus of his attention now but…it was just a little weird. And unlike him. And there was something a tiny bit unsettling with just how clingy he'd steadily got with her lately and something that made her feel a little bit uneasy with it…but she bit it back. She loved him after all.
Yes, Mrs. Lovett knew Sweeney Todd was an obsessive.
And she also knew that his obsession was fast becoming her.
That narrative at the beginning and the end kinda sounded like a 'Desperate Housewives' episode huh? Lol I love that show.
And yes, this is set about five months after the end of PA, just in case you didn't quite absorb that. Making Jimmy eight months old. And there are reasons for the slight time jump as well as the fact that I just wanted to move it along a bit.
Sooo…how has everybody been? I hope you're all still here lol! It's been a pretty hectic month for me over here…basically I have decided to completely change all my plans I'd originally had for life and I've decided to go to uni next year. So I didn't take that teaching exam I was on about at the end of PA, the one I delayed releasing this for - but I'm still glad I did because I've managed to have some good thinking time and get the whole story basically mapped out - and I've got about a hundred pages of bits written for it so far (I write way too much lol) But yes, I'm gonna go to uni which I have never planned to do because I always thought I wanted to work with horses buuuut I think I'm better off keeping them as a hobby and doing something else I love as a career - and guess what that is? Writing! XD I've decided I want to screenwriting actually (uh - hopefully, gotta get in first lol) So I could be writing movies one day! XD
Anyway. Back to the story. You wanna know something? I wrote the first line and first few paragraphs and those last two lines absolutely ages ago. Like even way before he killed the judge when I was writing PA. It popped into my head randomly - originally I thought about including it in PA at some later point but it didn't really fit the story and then I realised recently that I could make a sequel out of the idea.
Yeah, anyway. Just thought I'd tell you that J
So of course, I am dying here to know what you all think of this first chapter! I'm so scared about this, I'm literally gonna be sat here biting my nails waiting to hear what you guys think cause I'm so worried you're all gonna hate it, sequels are so dodgy…eek! Sooo…I am going to be sitting here just, you know, having a nervous breakdown while I wait to hear what you think. So please put me out of my misery and let me know!!
And stay right there because I have so much coming your way!! ;) And I will see you all very shortly! (Unless, of course, everybody does hate it lol…)
x x x funkyflamingo x x x
Here's my replies to the un-signed in reviews for the last chap of PA:
Veronica - Aw I'm so glad you liked the ending love - I was crying when it was over too lol! Well it would be amzing if this one did reach as many reviews but I'm pretty sure that's impossible because it's not going to be 76 chapters long like PA lol!! Thank you so much for the review - and every review! Love ya swetie! (huggles) xx
Odette - Thank you love, I know a month was a terrible long itme to wait wasn't it? I'm so glad you enjoyed it hun, thank you for every review sweetie, love ya! (hugs) xx
Sarah brihene - Aww you were really crying that much? I was crying too L I was sad it was over lol…I'm so glad you liked it so much hun! Thank you swetie, I love you to! XD (huggles) xx
Jamie - I fucking love you too hun! Hehe so glad you've enjoyed it - thank you so much - for every review! (huggles) xx
S.M Hoffman - Yeah I felt kinda empty when it was over, it was so weird I was writing it for so long…I'm so glad you liked the ending though hun - and I'm glad you like the title obsession…hopefully this /is/ going to eb hardcore and epic lol! ;) Thank you so much for the review - and every lovely review you gave me! Love ya! (hugs)
Thea - I'm glad you liked the last few chaps love, especially the ending…thank you so much sweetie - for every review, so glad you enjoyed it! Love ya hun! (hugs)
Baby fratelli - Aw the best on here? Wow thank you love! And thank you so much for all you said, I'm so glad you liked it all so much ! XD Love ya sweetie! (huggles)
Megan - Haha French excused! ;) I'm so glad you thought so love that makes me very happy to hear! XD Hehe thanks so much for the review! Love ya! (hugs)
Tori - So Glad you liked the chap (and the whole story) and you almost cried! Hehe thanks so much hun - for this and every review! Love ya! (hugs)
MK - Perfect?? Aww thank you so much love! I'm so glad you liked the ending anf "thank you for being a badass" LMAO! Well you're welcome love! XD Thank you hun for every lovely review, I'm so glad you've enjoyed the story! Love ya! (huggles)
Cheyenne - Yay I'm so glad you did love! Thank you so much - for this and every review! Love ya sweetie! (hugs)
Lizzy - Aw well I'm so gald you enjoyed the story love, and that you liked the last chapter so much as well! Lol, bless ya leaving two reviews, but your first one was just fine anyway hehe ;) Thank you so much for the reviews! Love ya and happy birthday sweetie!! XD (huggles)
Candice Tarver - Thanks so much! I'm so glad to hear you've enjoyed it love! (hugs)
Jackie - Thank you so much for your wonderful review love and all the wonderful compliments! I am so glad to hear how much you enjoyed the story, and it means a lot to hear that you think I've managed to keep Sweeney IC whilst changing him believably because that was one of the most important things to me with the story. And I'm honoured that I received your first ever review! Hehe thanks again sweetie and I hope you like this one too! (hugs)