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Pirates of the Caribbean

James Norrington

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Debauchery by Ladybee

An AU set around a Boston fetish club, 'Debauchery' is surprisingly successful in recreating the characters, particularly Jack Sparrow, in the modern setting. Luscious descriptions, snappy dialogue and cheeky film references make this one hell of a read. (A sequel is now in progress, linked from the author's page)

[Added 17/12/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; Pirates of the Caribbean; Characters: Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, James Norrington, Anamaria, Barbossa, Minor]

Fortune and Favor by Firesignwriter

The Pearl is no more; Sparrow & Anamaria fall into Norrington's hands: what will he do with them? Jack's internal monologue is very believable, and Firesignwriter ably captures the complexities of Norrington's character. I'm not sure that the sequels quite match the power of the original, but they're also worth a look: Shorn continues Jack's story, while Days of Firsts & Nights of Lasts by Ladybee follow Anamaria

[Added 17/12/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; Pirates of the Caribbean; Characters: Jack Sparrow, James Norrington, Anamaria, Gillette, Groves]

Letter of Marque by Dee

Sharp dialogue, plausible characterisations and some lovely touches of detail place this little adventure a cut above the rest. Stands well alone, but a slashy continuation can be found in the Caribbean Cartography series

[Added 29/07/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; Pirates of the Caribbean; Characters: Jack Sparrow, James Norrington, Weatherby Swann, Anamaria, Gillette, Groves]

Negotiations by Marnie

'Hell tossed like a ship in a quartering sea.' Marnie's gift for description is harnessed here to a plot with a twist or two, and there are nicely written cameos from assorted minor characters. This is the author's first turn at the helm of the Pearl and I think it shows in a slightly wobbly voice for Jack, but still well worth a try

[Added 15/06/2005; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Pirates of the Caribbean; Characters: Jack Sparrow, James Norrington, Gibbs, Anamaria, Minor]

Three Bells and Cockleshells by Rex Luscus

'His face was the color of bone. A black boat cloak billowed from his shoulders like smoke from a pyre, and his body seemed to waver and ripple, like the air over a volcanic vent.' Unusual AU coda to At World's End, with gorgeous description and a real fairy story feel. Magical

[Added 09/06/2011; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Pirates of the Caribbean; Characters: James Norrington, Jack Sparrow, OC]