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Ritual readers' guide
"An open-ended Petrellicest exercise in sheer depravity..."

All the Ritual stories in chronological order. Titles, links, and brief summaries (with ratings), plus a quick overview of this whole "Ritual" relationship - it's everything for the lightly confused, but still interested! Warning: Spoilers for all aired episodes and all published web comics. Now with story arcs delineated! Genre designations to come...
updated December 17 2009



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"Ritual" is a series of stand-alone stories slashing brothers Nathan and Peter Petrelli. Their characters are largely based on show canon, but there's a whole lot of backstory that I made up which has been contradicted by subsequent episodes. With the advent of Season 3, this has been severely Jossed (i.e. I speculated on things I didn't know, which were later canonically established as something different), and now can only be considered as having been "inspired" by the show, but canonically incorrect in dozens of ways. As they say, "Oops."

Only the events described in stories I have written will be seen here. (There are a couple of serious breaches of internal continuity; I apologize. In the interests of living with my mistakes, these will not be corrected - see if you can spot them!) Events in italics are either part of the internal structure of a story largely set at another time, or are important milestones in their lives.

TIMELINE
1969: Nathan Petrelli born.
1980: Peter Petrelli born.


Ritual (26): Crooked (part one)
Rating: PG
1981, August: While Nathan's feeding him, Angela notices that Peter's lip seems to be paralyzed.

Ritual (40): A Mother Always Knows
Rating: R
1981, September: Nathan teaches Peter the word "love".

Ritual (27): Dixon
Rating: NC-17
1983, September: Nathan enters high school at the Warburton Military Academy for Boys outside of Hartford, Connecticut, and immediately has trouble with the cadet commander in charge of his dormitory wing, Kenyon Dixon.
1983, October: Dixon catches Nathan cheating on a test, and blackmails him into submitting to sexual advances.
1983, November: Dixon has intercourse with Nathan for the first time, beginning a pattern of sexual encounters which would continue regularly throughout the school year.
1983, Christmas: Nathan has sex with a girl for the first time.
1984, April: Through Nathan's patient machinations, Dixon's virulent racism is exposed, and he is expelled from the Academy. Nathan takes over Dixon's command role for the rest of the school year, in effect becoming the youngest cadet commander in the school's history.

1985, January: Peter sees his parents having sex. Ritual (50): The Primal Scene

1986, September: On the evening of Peter's first day of school, Angela makes him dinner, and Peter tells her that he loves Nathan best of all. Ritual (40): A Mother Always Knows

1986, October: Angela brings Peter to a series of neurologists, who confirm that Peter has a paralyzed nerve in his lower lip. Ritual (26, part 1)

Ritual (3): The Moment When Everything Happens
Rating: G
1987, late spring: Nathan returns home for a visit just before he graduates from high school and begins college, and finds little Peter distraught at the idea of further separation.

1987, late summer: Arthur takes Peter and Nathan on a hunting trip to the Berkshires. Peter is unable to kill a buck deer, so Nathan does it for him. Shortly afterward, Nathan is given the ability-creating serum. [webcomic "The Truth"]

1987, December: A lonely and stressed-out Peter begins sleepwalking, and badly injures himself. Nathan brings comic books and Peter's book of Greek myths to his hospital bedside. Ritual (26, part 1)

1991, November: Angela accidentally witnesses Peter having a wet dream - and calling out for Nathan. Ritual (40): A Mother Always Knows

1992, July: During a vacation while Nathan is in officer training, he and Peter go on a camping trip in the Adirondacks. Peter is profoundly depressed and anxious about Nathan being away, and finds it almost impossible to enjoy himself. Nathan reassures Peter that he is loved. That night, Peter sleeps in Nathan's arms, and Nathan is profoundly moved by Peter's beauty, sensitivity, and trust, and by his own overwhelming feelings of love and protectiveness. Ritual (17) The next morning, Nathan points out Peter's imperfections, and Peter takes it hard. By the end of the night, they are friends again. Ritual (26, part 1)

1993, October: Nathan, on active duty in Bosnia, asks his mother to send him a photograph of Peter. Ritual (40): A Mother Always Knows

Ritual (16): Scars
Rating: NC-17
1995, winter: A badly injured Nathan, suffering from PTSD-caused nightmares and fugues, returns to his parents' home, and Peter does what he can to help Nathan heal. In the process, both brothers come to startling and important revelations about each other and themselves.

Ritual (49): Biological
Rating: NC-17
1996, January 2: Nathan and Peter stay up most of the night talking and lounging in bed.

Ritual (55): Sometimes I Just Really Need You
Rating: NC-17
1996, January
In a weird mood, Peter visits Nathan before he goes to sleep, but he is still more or less only interested in one thing.

Ritual (47): Physical Therapy
Rating: R
1996, January: Peter joins the high school wrestling team. Nathan undergoes physical therapy. As Peter seems to move further away from him, certain sexual memories of Nathan's unconsciously drive him closer to Peter, and a good-natured shoulder massage comes to a messy, embarrasing, frustrating end.

1996, March: Nathan moves to his new apartment, and Peter tries to be cheerful, but fails, getting himself grounded, and tipping Angela off to the true depth of his and Nathan's bond. Ritual (40): A Mother Always Knows

1996, spring: At Nathan's new apartment, a little innocent horseplay on the couch unexpectedly arouses both Nathan and Peter. Ritual (7): Christmas at the Coopers'

The Fall Break Arc:
Ritual (21): Just a Kiss
Rating: R
1996, November 18: Peter and Nathan share a few kisses, and quite a lot of unspoken frustration.

Ritual (22): Hot Cinnamon
Rating: NC-17
1996, November 19: Peter surprises Nathan at work, then they go out to dinner. In the meantime, they have a hard time trying to keep their hands off each other, and infuriate each other every time they try to make things better.

Ritual (23): It's Beyond My Control
Rating: NC-17
1996, November 20-21: Peter tries to put some distance between him and Nathan. Instead, Nathan comes over with ice cream and Dangerous Liasons, and demonstrates his superior wrestling knowledge to Peter.

Ritual (24): Let's Play
Rating: NC-17
1996, November 22: Peter goes to a party at a posh friend's apartment, and has a really bad time. Nathan drives him home, and tucks him into bed, where they have their first serious "What's going on?" talk. In the morning, Nathan enjoys the fact that Peter tends to get naked in his sleep.


Ritual (43): Bound
Rating: NC-17
1996, December 10: Peter goes to Nathan's house for a swim, and asks Nathan to tie him up. To his surprise, Nathan consents.

Ritual (7): Christmas at the Coopers'
Rating: NC-17
1996, Christmas: At a party at the home of a friend of their father's, Peter and Nathan find privacy in a basement bathroom.

Ritual (46): A Ride
Rating: NC-17
1997, March: Nathan gives Peter a ride home after dinner with the parents. Once home, they get up to their usual mischief.

Ritual (51): A Dream at Pinehearst
Rating: NC-17
1997, December: The Petrelli family goes to the Berkshires for the Christmas holiday, and Peter has vivid, frustrating dreams about Nathan.

Ritual (59): Song for Junior
Rating: NC-17
1998, July: Peter asks Nathan for a handjob for his birthday. To his surprise, Nathan provides, and even seems to enjoy it himself - and yet is distant, cold, and dismissive afterward.

Ritual (14): Trouble Slut
Rating: NC-17
1998, September: Forlorn and lonely at the end of summer, Peter comes to Nathan's apartment to borrow a movie, but mostly they end up talking about sex (and then having it).

1999, April: Peter and Nathan spend a day together, including a trip to the Statue of Liberty on the Ellis Island Ferry. Peter takes photographs. Ritual (40)

1999, May 22: Peter graduates from high school, suffers an emotional blow and Angela learns that the family must spend the summer vacation away from the usual house in the Hamptons. Ritual (40)

The Vermont Arc:
Ritual (4): Vermont

Rating: NC-17
1999, May 28: Nathan and Peter arrive for a weekend in Vermont, setting up a summer house for their parents. That night, Peter confronts Nathan about their mutual desire, and Nathan admits to it. Then they act on it. A couple of times.

Ritual (36): It's Now or Never
Rating: NC-17
Same time period as "Vermont", but with different details: All the songs playing on the oldies station were just too perfect, and Nathan's resistance crumbles.

Ritual (37): Seconds
Rating: NC-17
Same night as "Vermont": Nathan can't help giving Peter what he wants.

Ritual (10): Ten Times
Rating: NC-17
1999, May 29: Peter and Nathan spend the second day at the house in Vermont unable to keep their hands off each other.

Ritual (28): One on Sunday
Rating: NC-17
1999, May 30: Nathan has a nightmare about losing Meredith (and their unborn child) in a fire, while Peter has a whimsical dream of being literally eaten alive by Nathan. In the morning, Nathan emotionally shuts down and tries to break things off with Peter. Peter will have none of it.

Ritual (42): The Right Thing
Rating: R
1999, June 1: Angela and Arthur arrive at the house in Vermont to find Peter depressed and Nathan dismissive, and both of them lying about what happened over the weekend.
1999, Christmas Eve: Nathan has Peter stay the night at his apartment, and Peter confesses that he is in love with Nathan, and induces Nathan to admit the same. Ritual (17)

Ritual (53): A Smell Like New Houses
Rating: NC-17
2000, February: While the parents are out of town, Nathan brings Peter dinner, and a little something extra.

Ritual (54): Overlap
Rating: NC-17
2000, February: Later that same night, Nathan wants to act out a long-held fantasy, and Peter just wants Nathan to keep playing with him.

Ritual (38): Quiet
Rating: NC-17
2000, July 21: Peter's twentieth birthday party is a disappointment, but after it's over, Nathan gives Peter what he really wants.

Ritual (48): Shinnecock Hills
Rating: NC-17
2000, August: A college buddy of Nathan gifts him with a golfing weekend at the world-famous Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island, for Nathan, his parents, and Peter. The night before Nathan's birthday proper, Nathan and Peter head out for a little outdoors alone time near the golf course.

Ritual (9): Like A Tiger
Rating: NC-17
2000, September 10: Nathan and Peter pretend to be going to see The Sixth Sense, but instead hook up at Nathan's apartment.

Ritual (57): Peter O'Toole
Rating: NC-17
2000, September 11—13: Nathan and Peter attempt to see Lawrence of Arabia, but get drunk and distracted (and a hotel room) instead.

2000, September 14: In the midst of a hasty makeout session, Peter unwittingly makes a move that reminds Nathan too much of his abuse at the hands of Commander Dixon. Ritual (27): Dixon

Ritual (39): Both Sides Now
Rating: NC-17
2000, October 8-16: Nathan confesses a repressed, complex desire to Peter, and attempts to mediate the escalating animosity between Peter and Arthur. Peter struggles to find understanding of his father's choices in life, as well as trying to understand what Nathan is going through, when Nathan isn't particularly forthcoming with details.

Ritual (41): Masquerade
Rating: NC-17
2000, October 28: Nathan and Heidi attend a costume party together, and Heidi's cross-dressing costume highlights her resemblance to Peter. Nathan is so seized with lust that he forgets to take the necessary precautions until it's too late.

Ritual (5): What It's Really About
Rating: NC-17
2000, December 24: Nathan announces his engagement to Heidi. Peter gets violent. Later that night, Nathan returns to his parents' house and puts Peter in his place, but in the process, realizes just how strongly he is tied to Peter.

Ritual (19): Stag
Rating: NC-17
2001, January 21 (3-4 a.m.): After Nathan's stag party, he and Peter go to the family home, and reinforce their relationship. Naked honesty, reminiscence, and rough, drunken sex ensues.

2001, January 21 (noon): Nathan marries Heidi.

Ritual (15): Moving
Rating: NC-17
2001, May 11: Peter finally moves into his own place, with Nathan's assistance.

Ritual (6): A&T&FYSS
Rating: NC-17
2001, May 13-August 30: Peter and Nathan are growing apart - and Nathan gradually learns that he can't just ignore his desire for Peter. But Peter has gotten bored with Nathan's attitude toward their relationship, and engages in some self-sabotage to keep Nathan away. It takes a family emergency to bring them back together again.

Ritual (18): The Illusion
Rating: NC-17
2002, January 17-April 3: Peter is traumatized and clingy after 9/11. Nathan is first callous in response, but later makes it up to him.

Ritual (26): Crooked, part two
Rating: NC-17
2002, September 7: Nathan helps to rebuild Peter's self-esteem after Peter's just been dumped by a gold-digging girlfriend.

2003, March: By request, Nathan ties Peter up again. Ritual (43): Bound

Ritual (52): Unbound
Rating: NC-17
2003, March: Directly following the events of "Bound", Nathan and Peter snooze, shower, shave, order dinner in, make love, and misunderstand each other.

Ritual (44): Destiny and Desire
Rating: NC-17
2003, June: Nathan visits his parents, who are spending a fortnight as guests of Mr. Linderman at his estate in Connecticut. Over lunch, Arthur and Angela urge Nathan to run for Congress, and sooner rather than later. That night, Peter goes to a party in Brooklyn, gets hurt, and gets in trouble, and has to depend on Nathan to save him.

Ritual (20): The Milky Way
Rating: NC-17
2003, August 14: A power surge from an unknown source knocks out power throughout the northeastern US. Nathan is trapped in Manhattan, but he finds Peter, and they spend the night together, arguing, drinking beer, making love, and looking at the stars.

Ritual (45): Mutual
Rating: NC-17
2003, Thanksgiving Day: Nathan and Peter spend a day at play, and get very, very dirty in the process.

Ritual (33): Family Values
Rating: NC-17
2004, February 9-16: Nathan takes Peter with him on a trip to Aspen, in an attempt to display "family values" to a group of potential campaign investors, and Peter just tries to have a good time.

2004, July: Nathan and Peter get together for a sadly brief quickie at Peter's birthday party. Ritual (25)

2004, August: Nathan and Peter have plans to get together after Nathan's birthday brunch, but Nathan is called away at the last minute for a meeting. Ritual (25)


Ritual (25): The Game
Rating: NC-17
2004, November 23: Peter and Nathan go to a basketball game, then go back to Peter's to play a different kind of game.

Ritual (35): Left a Mark on My Soul
Rating: NC-17
Sometime in 2005, after Nathan announces his Congressional campaign bid: Peter makes love to Nathan's scars. (This may or may not have actually happened, but if it did, it would be at this time.)

2005, January: Nathan finds out that Kenyon Dixon was killed while on duty in Baghdad. Deeply troubled, he goes to Peter, and tells Peter about Dixon's twisted abuse, and how it twisted Nathan; but also how he prevailed. Ritual (27): Dixon

Ritual (50): The Primal Scene
Rating: NC-17
2005, March: Through hypnosis, Peter recalls the memory of watching his parents having sex, and appeals to Nathan to help him make sense of it in his own mind.

Ritual (1): Bring It Here
Rating: NC-17
2005, May 27: A nervous and tightly-wound Nathan calls Peter over to stay the night.

Ritual (2): Used
Rating: NC-17
2005, May 28: The next morning, Nathan returns Peter's favor from the night before, but in the process, uncovers uncomfortable parallels and memories from both his and Peter's childhoods.

2005, September: Arthur and Angela's 41st wedding anniversary. ["Villains"]

Ritual (13): Gratitude
Rating: NC-17
2005, Thanksgiving: A stressful holiday weekend with the family has Peter and Nathan at each other's throats. Unexpectedly, Heidi comes up with the solution to settling their quarrel.

2006, January 2: Nathan takes a long lunch break to go over to Peter's to answer a booty call. Ritual (49)

Ritual (8): The Pewter Monkey
Rating: NC-17
2006, June: [two weeks after the events in "Six Months Ago"] After the death of their father and the accident, Heidi is paralyzed in the hospital and Nathan is coming apart at the seams. Peter comes to Nathan's house to comfort Nathan, and in the process, and in order to relieve tension in Nathan's marriage, Peter takes back the object which has become Nathan's talisman.

Ritual (11): The Queen of Diamonds
Rating: R
2006, November 5: ["off-camera" during ".07%"] Angela tells Peter and Nathan that she's known about their relationship (and their powers) all along, but that it's time to end that part of their relationship forever.

Ritual (12): Not Without You
Rating: NC-17
2006, November 8: [immediately after "How To Stop An Exploding Man"] Peter loses control of his powers of radioactivity. In the interests of saving the city/"world", and also seeking escape from the web of lies and treachery his life has become, Nathan flies them both up out of harm's way. Through miraculous means, both survive and make it home - and remind themselves that they are still alive in the best way they know how. (non-canonical; basically AU; Jossed. Still a good story, though.)


The Adam Monroe Arc:
Ritual (30): Ganymede and Endymion
Rating: NC-17
2006, November 8–2007, March: [during "Four Months Ago..."] Peter is imprisoned in a Company testing facility. In the cell next to his, regenerator and "dangerous man" Adam Monroe strikes up a friendship with Peter that leads to shared intimacy.

Ritual (29): Truth Will Out
Rating: PG-13
2007, January 21: ["off-camera" during "Four Months Ago..."] Heidi visits a badly burned Nathan in the hospital, and asks him to tell her the truth about what happened. So Nathan does... about everything.

2007, February 12: Peter and Adam escape the Company facility, and consummate their relationship. Ritual (30)

Ritual (31): Montreal
Rating: NC-17
2007, Feburary 13: ["off-camera" during "Four Months Ago..."] Peter and Adam go to Nathan's hospital bedside, and Adam heals Nathan. Immediately afterward, they are intercepted by Elle and the Haitian, and the Haitian takes Peter's entire memory of himself. Nathan wakes, now healed, and vows to be reunited with Peter, no matter what. Ritual (32)




Ritual (17): I Don't Know Who I Am Without You
Rating: NC-17
2007, February: [during "Four Months Later"] Nathan sits in Peter's apartment alone and wallows in guilt and reminiscence of being in love with Peter. Peter, unconscious in the cargo container, has lost all his memories but those of being in love with Nathan. (slightly non-canonical; Jossed.)

Adam Arc continues:
2007, March: Peter wakes up in a shipping container in Cork, Ireland, and after a rough start, commits to beginning an entirely new life. ["Four Months Later"]


2007, March 17: ["off-camera" during "Truth & Consequences"] Peter goes to the warehouse in Montreal where his own precognitive painting led him, reunites with Adam, and regains his memories by thinking of Nathan. Exhausted, Peter lets Adam do whatever he wants. Ritual (31)

Ritual (34): On the Road
Rating: NC-17
2007, March 18-19: ["off-camera" during "Truth & Consequences"] Adam and Peter set out to find Victoria Pratt, and along the way, Peter babbles, Adam drinks, and they commit a couple of nefarious superpowered deeds.

Ritual (32): The Penitential Rite
Rating: NC-17
2007, March 20: ["off-camera" and "on-camera" during "Powerless"] Peter and Nathan reunite. Both of them are amazed at the change that's occured in the other, and Nathan demands an apology for Peter's broken promise.


Peter reminisces bitterly about his relationship with Nathan, and the inevitable betrayals while he is stranded on the ground in Haiti. Ritual (55); ["The Eclipse, Part One"]

Ritual (56): Because I Want To
2007, late May: After the death of Sylar, Peter goes home with Nathan, neither of them knowing that Nathan is now Sylar himself, merely occupying his shape and in somewhat imperfect possession of his memories. This new Nathan is eager to learn about and experience his relationship with Peter, and Peter relates to Nathan the way he always does.

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Ritual (58): Possession
2007, late May: The next morning, Nathan is both very much himself, and very much not.

Ritual (60): Connection
2007, fall: Nathan, having escaped from the Sullivan Brothers carnival, goes to Peter's apartment in search of the comfort of what he knows and loves best. Peter needs the connection, too, even if he has no real idea or understanding about the true nature of the Nathan standing in front of him.


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ON PETER AND NATHAN in RITUAL
Nathan and Peter have a loving, but consuming and obsessive relationship, full of strange patterns, codes, talismans, games, and roleplay. They are each other's exclusive outlet for the edges of their sexuality, thanks to their near-infinite trust in each other. They idolize, despise, and genuinely like each other; they are far more similar than either one thinks. The roles of the dominant and the submissive shift depending on their individual needs - Nathan usually takes an authoritative role in bed, but it is usually Peter who initiates the experiences, and who affects the most profound emotional breakthroughs.

Each time they acknowledge their mutual attraction, and the times that they act on it, reinforces their bond and also edges them further away from "ordinary" society. Their attraction to each other has a lot to do with their special abilities - Peter's ability in particular connects him to Nathan, but Nathan is also innately strongly attracted to others with abilities, whether he knows it (or it has manifested) or not. Years of repeated sexual contact and discussion have made them uniquely suited for each other - they have extraordinary knowledge about each other's bodies, preferences, and tendencies. Both carry on regular sexual activity with, and attraction to the opposite sex, but deliberately restrict male/male sexuality to each other. If not for each other, it should be assumed that they would satisfy their appetites for male/male sex with other people (in Nathan's case, most likely in secret, and with undoubtedly disastrous consequences). In this somewhat chauvanistic manner, they "keep each other out of trouble."

They hurt each other constantly, often deliberately, but they also love each other more than anything else in the world, and their times spent together are often blissful. Still, the bond is fragile... and now EVERYTHING is different...

"But in the end, all that matters is love." - Charles Deveaux

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From: practical_puss Date: September 22nd, 2007 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Ahhh. My inner geek is just basking. I love fanfic, I love time lines, I love meta and analysis. A time line and analysis of my all time favorite Heroes fic?
Bliss!
I'm very interested in this

Nathan is also innately strongly attracted to others with abilities

I love this idea. Any chance on you expanding on it?
I'm looking forward like whoa to this series continuing. It's just such an awesome interpretation, and so far, pretty canon-compatible.
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: September 22nd, 2007 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
my all time favorite Heroes fic?
Aw shucks! *blush*

depending on what happens in the future, yeah, I might expand on Nathan's attraction to other powered folks... I dunno, though. And yeah, it's canon-aligned, which is why I haven't gone into the future much at all - I want to see what canon tells me. It's so much fun for me to follow that path, even though sometimes it's a challenge making it work. But not really. If you know much about secret relationships (and fortunately or unfortunately, I do) it's really, really easy to make a relationship between Nathan and Peter possible. People usually really only see what they want to see. (Sounds like something Claude would say, huh?)
even_dusk_fades From: even_dusk_fades Date: September 22nd, 2007 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
You are a genius. :)
Oh, and thanks for friending me back.
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: September 22nd, 2007 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for friending me! Glad you like it! It's... well, you're looking at the last ten months of my life right here. ^_^
rogue_kane From: rogue_kane Date: October 1st, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
just found and started to read the story)
i really like it! thank you very much 4 that!!!!
it's a great work!
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: October 1st, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh thank you - I'm glad you're into it!
fabrisse From: fabrisse Date: October 1st, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear. What does it say about me that I really like the idea that Ritual 10 took place on my birthday?

I'm enjoying this series. I think you capture some interesting dynamics between the two of them even on the rare occasions that I disagree with the individual characterizations (and that's rare, btw). You always get the brothers right.
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: October 1st, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have been resisting placing stories on my own birthday, so it's all good. Glad to be of service! ^_^

Sometimes I'm not sure about the individual characterizations myself - and please, if you see something that doesn't ring true to you, call it out. I trust that you won't do the "YOU GOT THIS WRONG YOU SUCK YOU UGLY BITCH" style of "constructive criticism", and there's only going to be a few more stories, but I am always, always open to pointers. And if you respond fast enough I will sometimes go back and revise it after it's been posted!
eponineundone From: eponineundone Date: October 3rd, 2007 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Soooo.... as the writer of this series, do you think I should follow the original order of the stories, or do it chronologically? I'm curious, cuz I started reading these a bit, loved them, then had stuff come up but I want to start back with the beginning... Whatever the beginning may be.
Lol, I know I'm a nerd, but I want to read it RIGHT, haha.
Loved what I've read so far, look forward to reading up on it more!
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: October 3rd, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Much like with my pro novel series (also written out of "chronological" sequence) I recommend doing both, if you've got the time. Otherwise it depends on you - if you want a linear progression, read chronologically; if you want to see me progress as a writer, read them in numbered order.

I warn you - there are some inconsistencies, some of which are deliberate (Nathan is a very, very difficult person who constantly does and says one thing one day, then suddenly switches the next - not my doing, but Kring's) and some of which are just me screwing up and not being as familiar with my own material as I should be. Overall I did a pretty good job of remembering what happened when, but sometimes I messed up, especially in the stories written before I had my own timeline established (and which I refer to heavily, especially because I outlined potential future stories so I'd always have a germ of a story idea when I need one, like right now). The reason why I don't have the timeline as publicly viewable is because I've had to revise it because I wrote things that weren't originally on there, or changed things from how I'd originally thought they'd go.
keldjinfae_moon From: keldjinfae_moon Date: November 20th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I love your reader's guides. They refresh my memory/catalogue what my brain can't wrap itself around (timelines make me rip out my hair).
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: November 20th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh thanks - and boy, does it help me a lot, too.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 7th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

About the Ritual series

Ok, let me start out by saying that I've never commented on a fic before. At least not a Nathan/Peter one, but I think this one definitely needs some comment.
I'm brazilian and therefore have some problems with English, being that it's not my birth language and I kind of learn something new everyday on your fics. What I don't know, I can easily imangine..hehehhe.
I watched season 1 of Heroes only last month and immediately fell in love with the boys. I think your characterization of them is pretty accurate, if not a little over the top, especially regarding Peter's sensitivity. But it works perfectly with your story, and all the secret relantionship, and the fact that he can't be as honest as he would like to be. Nathan is just a total control freak in the show, and you make it sip into his sex life extremelly well. The way he deals with his own feelings regarding Peter are very real too. Guilt, confusion, protectiviness, this guy must be one big bundle of emotions, and since he's the repressed one, must be very hard for him to just let go of all that and just love his brother the way he deserves.
Ok, so I know about how secret relantionships work, and I'm definitely the stuck up one so I can usually relate to Nathan. I know where he's coming from (not the incest part, mind you...ahuahuahuah) and I know we "stuck up" people need someone like Peter around. To slap us in the face sometimes and make us pour our hearts out.
Well, loved your fic. My boss didn't like it so much as I haven't been getting any work done lately...ahauhuahauh...but keep them coming.

Suzana.
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: January 7th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: About the Ritual series

Thank you so much for your comment - it means a lot to me! I'm glad that Heroes is being so well received everywhere - it's a very universal story, and it definitely stimulates the imagination. I hope you'll continue to enjoy the stories, because I am going to continue writing them!
ozwich From: ozwich Date: January 12th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'm addicted to Ritual. Each story gives me a new insight and reminds me why I love this pair so much.
And god you can write sex. Totally. I'm so jealous.

I love your take on the relationship - often it seems that Nathan has the upper hand, but it's Peter who's really pulling the strings. Nathan just needs to be reminded every now and then, in interesting ways of course.
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: January 13th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee! I'm glad you like it - and it's been fun establishing that relationship, and elaborating on it. (and yeah, writing sex scenes is what I love to do, so I have lots and lots of practice...)
ibonekoen From: ibonekoen Date: February 11th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm really enjoying the Ritual series and I was wondering if it would be alright if I friend you, being that we're both Heroes fan and I like to write as well. :D
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: February 11th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely you can friend me - I'm glad for it!
miss_miso From: miss_miso Date: March 17th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Dear mystery_sock,

This is a very belated comment, which I realize you may not read, but I feel strongly enough about your work that I just need to express it. I simply wanted to let you know that I am a devoted (previously lurking) fan of the ritual series. The depth and scope of emotion in these stories is unlike anything else I have read, and the writing itself is beautiful, lyrical and moving. My superficial, girlie side also wants to say that, your Peter characterization is exactly how I see him: intelligent, artless, endearing, and of course, unbelievably hot! Nathan is also absolutely pitch-perfect.
I am catching up on fiction, after a several week absence, hence the tardiness of this comment. I have noticed your last ritual update was some time ago, and while I miss it, I don't begrudge you the break! Given the amount of heart and soul evident in every word, phrase and paragraph of each ritual story, I don't know how you have the energy to write as much as you have. I guess I can't ever really know just how much effort you must have put into creating this, but, regardless, I am extremely grateful.
And now, my long, rambling (and yes, I'm aware, perhaps irritatingly gushing) comment is complete.
I wish you the best in all your future endeavors...I hope that writing is your chosen profession? If not - it should be.
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: March 17th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of COURSE I read - and I reply to almost every single comment I get! I live on 'em in fact!

And yes, writing is my chosen profession - it's not what I do for a living, because I haven't been that lucky so far, but I am still hoping that someday I can just write fiction most of the time. (I think I'd probably always have a part-time job, at least - it gets me out of the house and forces me to interact with other humans, which is good for my sanity).

Thank you so much for the compliments - it is good to see my work has been appreciated. Ritual has really been my heart and soul for the last year. I am really pleased that you enjoyed it, and that you took the time to comment. (And there's MORE TO COME!)
phoenixjustice From: phoenixjustice Date: June 20th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

OH MY GOD (And I mean that in the best way possible)

O____O A Petrellicest that starts from Peter's birth and onwards, and I thought Trekker was the only one. O_O OMG I LOVE YOU MARRY ME NOW, lol. <3333333333333333333333333333333333333333

*now remembers why she has always loved Petrellicest, though she never actually forgot* <3

Do you plan to keep going on with Ritual through Season 3 after Season 3 is over? I would love to read that too. <33333333333333333333333

*is enveloped in teh Petrellicest and couldn't be happier XP*
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: July 4th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: OH MY GOD (And I mean that in the best way possible)

Actually, Trek's work inspired me to expand the story outward a lot... she's one of my favorite writers, so I'm glad to be included in her company.

I will continue Ritual for as long as I have ideas for it (and room to put it in); hopefully Season 3 will give me some nice juicy canon to munch on, and some more backstory that hopefully doesn't contradict what I've done!

I'm glad my unwholesome obsession brings you joy. It's just so fun to do.
shampoo From: shampoo Date: September 5th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
um.

congratulations, i think i ship it now. for real. |: like, i always thought petrellicest was a nice read, but this... this is seriously fucking amazing work and i'm superbly jealous omg.
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: September 6th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, don't be jealous - it was just something that I HAD to do. I'm incredibly glad you liked it!
scarlettnoire From: scarlettnoire Date: October 5th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
i just finished putting each and every one of these on my ipod using http://ebookhood.com/

it was a long and tedious process, but YAY!
im finally done!

I'm on Ritual (6): A&T&FYSS
( i cheated.. I started reading before I was done converting all the chapters :[ )
and I love it, I really do.
you do great work capturing the two. I really love their relationship toward each other and how they're both so headstrong at some times. And there's drama and humor and fluff :3

so many pretty awards! and you deserve each and every one of them.... and MORE!
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: October 6th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
You are too kind. I hope you like them all.
callisto24 From: callisto24 Date: December 22nd, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG! I craved for Nathan/Peter hotness just when I found this list. *beams*
Until now I only catched a glimpse but it's so amazing, I will read it all as soon as possible.

Would you mind if I add you as a friend? I don't want to miss any updates. *gg*

Take care! ;)
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: December 23rd, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Please add away!

And just in time, you'll get a new story today. Isn't that swell? :)
crashgirl82 From: crashgirl82 Date: January 14th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a little late to the Heroes thing, having only started watching it two months ago, not to mention the Petrelli love. I noticed your recent post and I read your timeline to see what "Ritual" was all about,and I must say I have a lot of reading to do. I'd like to say that the comment you left me on "Indestructible" means even more to me now that I have an inkling of the magnitude of what you've written. If you could possibly take the time to read my few other Nathan/Peter fics I would be indebted to you forever. Thanks again.
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: January 20th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll be happy to read more of your fics - I was very impressed! Thanks for checking this out!
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mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: January 25th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I appreciate that a lot - I love these stories so much, and I have no intention of stopping, even though I've had to slow down quite a bit. Still... it's always worth it.
From: lyxie Date: February 9th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have read most of the Ritual stories and I love them. There's no way I'd ever be able to name a favorite. They're also a great resource for a new Petrellicest fan. You have great characterization in all of them and, of course, wonderful sex scenes. :) The only complaint I have is that I would like to see more stories that take place during the series.

Also--on my lj I like to do a daily rec of the day with a link. Do you mind me having the link go directly to the story (or stories) here?

I hope you write more soon!

mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: February 9th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
The only complaint I have is that I would like to see more stories that take place during the series.
I'd like that too - but the way I have Ritual set up, it's very hard to make that work. In Season 1, they are either very separate, or Nathan is very busy; in Season 2, I did as much as I possibly could. In Season 3, everything's so jumbled up with Present Peter and Future Peter both having contact with Nathan, Nathan being hospitalized, Nathan taking the Senate seat, etc. that I haven't been able to get my bearings on what that would mean for the Ritual relationship - not to mention the fact that I have something like four hours a month where I can work on it right now (instead of hundreds of hours, like in the years past!). In-show fics take a LOT of studying - and I want the stories to be as plausible, and mesh as seamlessly with the show's canon, as possible. If I didn't care, it'd be easier - but I do, so there it is!

on my lj I like to do a daily rec of the day with a link. Do you mind me having the link go directly to the story (or stories) here?
Nope, be my guest - and do link to the Reader's Guide if you like, or to the "ritual" tag... and don't forget to check the "fic" tag, because I've written tons of Heroes NC-17 stuff that isn't Ritual, and it's easy to forget that!
abordantoinette From: abordantoinette Date: February 10th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
i friended you last week, because i was interested in these...i just started to read them today, and OH! my sweet jesus! i've found a new otp. i've found a new reason to put off my paperwork. i've found mystery_sock!

What you did with Ritual is the whole reason I read fic.

love love LOVE IT!! thank you so much for writing and sharing.
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: February 10th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
What you did with Ritual is the whole reason I read fic.
Me too, me too... I was so inspired by the possibilities (and by so many great fic writers - I mean, shit, read fabrisse! And 47_trek_47... even though as far as I know, both of them are off the show now... *sigh*)

Thank you for reading and commenting. It makes me happier than anything!
From: lyxie Date: February 14th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just noticed something. I read Ritual (51) for the second time and then went to the guide to see where exactly it's placed in chronological order. It's not there. I thought you might want to know. Off to read more Ritual...
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: February 17th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I did NOT know that - thank you so much for letting me know. I appreciate it!

The oversight has now been corrected.

Edited at 2009-02-17 07:04 am (UTC)
From: lyxie Date: March 22nd, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
There was something I wanted to mention.

My two friends were a big part of why I got into slash. I just *had* to know what the big deal was about it. It's kind of funny that I chose Peter/Nathan to be my first (and only) experience with slash because not only is it slash, it's incest too.

Anyway, I have raved to them about how amazingly hot Peter and Nathan are together and we decided I'd send them some so they could read it. I sent them a fanvid so they could see the looks between the two first...

And I sent them a link to Ritual because I see it as the best Peter/Nathan I have read and wanted them to have the best for their first time. I'm hoping I can make them a fan of the pairing too (even though they don't watch Heroes)

I just wanted to tell you that
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: March 22nd, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish I could make fanvids, but I want to actually direct Milo and Adrian in them... as hot as the looks and hugs and kisses and gropings on the show have been, I want there to be SO MUCH MORE.

I'm a slash fan from way back, but I tend to have only ONE pairing at a time that I write about - and Peter and Nathan have been the most inspirational OTP of my entire life. (Obviously! Hee... I don't think I've ever written anything this long about anything.)

I hope your friends like Ritual! It's my pride and joy!
mwmm23 From: mwmm23 Date: April 26th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been lurking around this ridiculously amazing fic for a while now, but now that I've finally got an LJ, I just wanted to say that you're made of 100% awesome. That is all :D

Do you mind if I friend you?
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: April 29th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
It would be my pleasure!
From: lyxie Date: February 11th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really love Not Without You--especially the implied future you mention in it. I was curious...would you ever consider continuing it into an AU Heroes story/series? I would love to see that...
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: February 17th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have considered it, yeah, sure, but right now there really isn't the time to do it justice. Left to my own devices, I would write Petrellicest all day, every day, and do all the stories I (and everyone else) would ever like to see. But there just isn't TIME. I'm sad about how little Ritual fic I've managed to do in the last six months; I have more stories planned and hoped-for, but I barely have time and concentration to get any writing done at all, and I'm mostly concentrating on the novel I'm writing that is directly influenced by this series.

I hope I can interest some of y'all in it, once I have something to show. :)
icalynn From: icalynn Date: April 3rd, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
A little late to the party, but I'm here! Over the last week I have read every ritual and I'm so sad to come to the end. I loved it all! Thank you so much for writing this and sharing it with us.
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: April 7th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
My pleasure! Thanks for checking it out - I'm very, very proud of it.
From: parikqywo Date: November 1st, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very happy I found your site. Will note it and return for more info.

blunt_hunter From: blunt_hunter Date: March 6th, 2012 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm not even sure if you'll get this message seeing as I'm about... Um... 5 years late? But I just want to say this in the hopes you'll see it - I love you for writing this. Ritual is perfect. Right after I watched season 1 I had to find some Petrellicest, and somehow I made my way here and I'm so glad I did. It's even gotten to the point where when I discuss Heroes with my friend, I have to stop and think about whether what I'm about to say actually happened, or if I read it in Ritual, because this just became canon for me. You wrote them both so well and kept so true to their characters and I adore every fic, wholeheartedly. I've got about 6 more to read, and I almost don't want to because I don't want it to end. Although I'm sure at some point soon I'll be back to read them all over again.
So, yes, once again, thank you for all this wonderful deliciousness. I really don't know what else to say except that. Thank you!
mystery_sock From: mystery_sock Date: July 30th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Nope - I saw it.

And I thank you.

This is the most major creative work of my life, and I'm glad it's still being read. :)
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