Log in

No account? Create an account
12 June 2011 @ 10:17 pm
You’ve got to lose to know how to win 1/?  

title:  You’ve got to lose to know how to win

author: ragelikeafire 

rating: m

pairing: andy/miranda

The Devil Wears Prada does not belong to me. No infringement intended to Lauren Weisberger and 20th Century Fox. All characters are purely fictional. Thanks to various crime fiction for the inspiration behind the dialogue.

Summary: It’s been almost six months since the Miranda and Andrea came hurtling back into each other’s lives.  They thought the battle was almost over, no, it’s only just started.


A/N: This is the second part of the Corruption, Purity and Desire Series. We left the last part on quite a cliff-hanger, or what I would like to think of as an exciting season end (whilst I sorted my life out!). We’re back on track now and the muse has her foot on the gas so here goes…

A/N2: This short prologue is currently unbeta’d, so all mistakes are mine.


The early morning summer-sun streamed rebelliously through the gaps in the Venetian blinds as Beatrice Sharpe dressed for the day.  She pulled up the zipper on her skirt as silently as the act would allow and reached for the fresh blouse, which hung over the wardrobe door. The sleeping figure in her bed stirred lightly as the shirt hanger clicked against the wooden door, and she couldn’t help but smile at the peaceful expression on the face of her friend and lover. 

It had been a long and treacherous road. There had been many sleepless nights over the past few months but they had final made it, today was the first day of the trial.

A day which would be harder for some than others.


The scalding water beat down on her face, washing away the free flowing tears. The constant stream thundered in her ears but failed to silence the raging thoughts that swirled in her mind. The heat of the water caused the healed scars on her chest and ribs to burn an angry shade of pink, but the pain felt good. It reminded her that she was alive.

Andrea’s hand formed a fist and pounded against the tiled wall. Once, twice, three times, stopping instantly as she felt a pair of familiar arms envelope her body from behind.

“Shhhh.” The voice breathed into her ear. “It’s ok, I’m here.”

Andrea felt the fight leave her body as she relaxed into Miranda’s comforting arms. After a few moments of unquestioning solace, the arms released her and allowed her turn around.

She looked deep into the Sapphire blue eyes as the water crashed around them. “When will this be over?” Andrea begged sorrowfully.

“Soon my love, I promise. Today, we begin to take our justice.”


Any thoughts, comments and feedback would be welcomed.

Current Mood: chipperchipper
ricciuta38ricciuta38 on June 12th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
Thoughts? Comments? How about I can't wait to read this!!!
ragelikeafireragelikeafire on June 13th, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for commenting. Really appreciate your support.
tanama30tanama30 on June 13th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
great start i can't wait to read more and see what happen to andrea and what justice is miranda talking about. update soon
ragelikeafireragelikeafire on June 13th, 2011 08:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading and commenting :)
icequeen1955icequeen1955 on June 13th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
ragelikeafireragelikeafire on June 13th, 2011 08:47 am (UTC)
Glad to see you are excited by this little teaser.

Thanks for commenting :)
mxrolkrmxrolkr on June 13th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
THANK YOU!!! That cliff hanger sucked! I am sooooo happy you're continuing the story!!! I can't wait to see where you take us on this new ride!
ragelikeafireragelikeafire on June 13th, 2011 08:46 am (UTC)
Don't mince your words there mxrolkr! *absorbs sucker punch*

I know that the ending of CPD was not well received and I regret that I did not give it a happy and complete ending. However, at the time I just couldn't see a way to resolve all their issues without making it another 10 chapters.

So, here we are. This way I get to keep the angst, the pain, the fear and the anger that I built all the way through CPD Part one and have no conscience over the fact that I left you all up in the air.

Thanks for taking the time to comment, I really hope you enjoy part two.

Rage Out!
ikbenniethierikbenniethier on June 13th, 2011 09:07 am (UTC)
You make my day! I loved your story and thought you didn't want to write a sequel, and here it is. I hope they get more time together before you spin your wheel of fiction and present a captivating fic.
May your muse be a daredevil!
ragelikeafireragelikeafire on June 13th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for coming back for more! I promise to give you lots of ups and downs and a big happy ending :)

Thanks for the comment.

Rage out!
vendetta17vendetta17 on June 13th, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
I am so glad to see this sequel. Though, I think I got to go back and read the original again, it's been awhile.

After reading the first one I was like, ok, she is ending it here? Why? But I kind of decided that M/A would get a happy ending, at least in my head.

I am curious to see where you are taking this. I do enjoy your writing. The shower scene is sad, but also very beautiful.

Great job!
ragelikeafireragelikeafire on June 13th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked this teaser.

Thanks for commenting :)

Rage out!
kthackthac on June 13th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
Part 2
It's great to see a second part to your wonderful story!
If however you are going to have a sad ending, I will come round and feed you cookies until you give in and write M/A the happy ending they deserve.
ragelikeafireragelikeafire on June 13th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Part 2
I can promise you an angsty rollercoaster of emotions in this next part but definitely a happy ending.

Thanks for sticking with me and the cookies! I may need them in a couple of chapters time!

Rage out!

flyhiwithme2flyhiwithme2 on June 13th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see that they are Alive and Together. Can't wait to read what happened since and what will happen now. Yay, a chance for a happy ending!
ragelikeafireragelikeafire on June 13th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading and commenting.

Angst, tears and dark and twisty tales are coming. But I promise you some laughs and above all a big fat happy ending.

Rage out!
punky_96: leg_by_foolish_iconspunky_96 on June 13th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Oh buddy! What a way to start the new ride!

Reading the comments so far, I am a little worried that your muse is being encouraged to be a daredevil! :) My heart is always in my throat when I read a new chapter. You always have me on the edge and I love it. I trust you with the angst bb, because you make it so beautiful.

I can't wait to see what you'll do to explain all that is hinted here in this little snippet! Beatrice and an unnamed lover? Or is it someone we know, bb? Hmm. And the shower scene... wow. What's going to be going here? Hmmm.

Will this be a long trial? Oh, yes, I can see it now.

Let get this roller coaster revved up and tick tick tick to the top of the roller coaster so we can ride the ride!!!

Wow bb. I can't wait to see how you bring it this time!

punky out! x
ragelikeafireragelikeafire on June 13th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
You do know how to make me smile BB!!

Have I got one messy pile of words coming to you!!!! Lord!!! Nah just kidding... I've actually impressed myself a little with how far I've got.

Thanks for sticking with me BB! Srsly, I couldn't do it without you. You are my rock!

Rage out!
jah728jah728 on June 19th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
I just finished C,P,& D. That was a wonderful story. I'm looking forward to seeing where you take Andy and Miranda now.
Thanks for the read.
l_grisul_grisu on July 6th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
Can't wait for more - you got me hooked to your writing.
dinakb on June 19th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
Just found this story today and read from beginning to here and it was great...but is there more? Please? Has your muse left you? Please tell me you are not one of those people of doesn't finish - I'll be so sad.
ragelikeafireragelikeafire on June 19th, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
Don't worry I have not abandoned this piece :)

RL is just manic right now and I wanted make sure the whole story was completely done (or virtually there) before I started posting. I know what a pain it is to have stories sat WIP for weeks at a time. So far I have 10 chapters layed out with 4 completed and the rest in draft.

Thanks for the comment. I am glad you liked it. It has definitely given my muse a kick :)
sosayweall_85sosayweall_85 on October 17th, 2012 07:57 am (UTC)
I also just discovered this story today and I'm glad you're working on it! I felt the first story ended too much like a cliffhanger. But as you said, it was like a season with a series, almost like a TV show. So I'm glad you're still continuing it. Whenever you post, I shall read it! :D
bsofthewest: DWPbsofthewest on May 22nd, 2013 06:30 am (UTC)
Just a nudge...Prologue is all so far? I hope you have your notes and muse lined up to jump into this again. I've done several re reads and I am ready for your magic...as are lots of your faithful readers.
Note to Muse...get it together!
00honeyb00honeyb on October 20th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
Part 2
You can thank the DWP LJ group for generating new interest in this story. Hope you are able to finish part 2. Part 1 was great.
edenxwpedenxwp on October 21st, 2012 08:13 am (UTC)

I'm another new reader, wonderful story. I'm very happy to hear that you are still working on this.

willowezrawillowezra on October 26th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
Have reread this story again and found it amazing as much the second time as the first. Please say you are closer to having this finished and starting to post. Will bribe the muse if I have too. I am dying to read more of this.