De Profundis
By San Antonio Rose

Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements
Word Count: ~25,000
Warnings: Depression, grief, suicidal ideation (but only two mostly-canon-compliant deaths); slight spoilers for recent canon
Notes: I've done my best to keep this one a "for want of a nail" canon-divergent AU, but there are a few bits of headcanon and some speculation and elements of deuterocanon that worked their way in. Also, despite the thematic grimness, I promise it has a happy ending!
And if you'd prefer a PDF, here it is.

Summary: "Oh, very good, sir. I'm sure you'll manage to damage yourself this time." -- Ardsley Wooster, Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork Princess

While Agatha is still on the road from Passholdt to Sturmhalten, a split second's inattention leaves Gil with a broken back and a crushed spirit. Wooster and Higgs rush him to Mechanicsburg, but can the Jägers get Agatha to him in time to restore his will to live? What will Klaus do when he learns of Gil's disappearance? And how will matters progress if Master Payne's players take the stage in Sturmhalten with the wrong actress playing Lucrezia?

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Chapter 1: Dead Man's Curve

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Chapter 2: Things Fall Apart

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Chapter 3: Don't Rock the Jukebox

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Chapter 4: It's Always the Crazy Times

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Epilogue

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