Jack and Aubrey
"Long story, prepare yourself a strong coffee or jump it over:
Before the rest of my “TFSOTW” upcoming doodles, some original idea first.
This has to do with Stephen’s tortures: First, he’s caugt by the French and Spanish on “HMS Surprise” , and tortured in a Port Mahon prision. Even if he didn’t tell anything to the guards, he was badly damaged ( The rescue scene = one of the best O’Brian chapters ever!) and, as the series continue, Maturin declares that if he is caught again and tortured, he wont be able to resist the pain long enough ( for several reasons). He said this specially on book 7 ( The surgeon’s mate) , while he was in prision with Jack and Jagiello. Thankfully, he wasn’t tortured then. But, what if he had?
In one of those moments where I have enough time to think up a picture, I imagined how would be the next time Stephen and Jack were captured by the enemy, and Stephen lacked his laudanum for several days ( Yes, I’m THAT twisted). He wouldn’t get any sleep or tranquility, so he would start to get nervous, tired and scared, precisely what his enemies want before the interrogation. The final moments to him would be crucial, trying not to loose his wits. I don’t know you, but if they came for me while I’m in prision, knowing what will happen next, I would be terrified, and would cling to the person next to me. That’s what I wanted to “transmit”: The door opens and Jack, as a true friend he is, has been calming down Stephen for hours (without success), they’ve come to search him, and we can only supose what’s going to happen next…”