It took several months for the average party of English travellers undertaking the Grand Tour to reach Venice. Largely considered to be the jewel in the crown of the tour, the very apex of Italianate art and decadence, tourists longed to gaze upon Venice with that rather thrilling mix of awe and distaste.
Major Colquhoun Grant was, by the standards of these travellers, making a rather hasty go of it across the continent, approaching the city after little more than two weeks. He did not stop at Paris or Genoa to marvel at the sights and absorb the culture, as was considered the done thing, but rather marched through the cities with a look of singular impatience, barely stopping for fresh supplies and a luncheon before catching the next coach south.
Title: Perhaps I am too tame
Characters: Colquhoun Grant/Jonathan Strange
Prompt: Grant goes to Venice to try to talk Jonathan out of this nonsense. Or is sent to deal with the dangerously crazy magician, since they were friends. He wants to save Jonathan. Jonathan sees he’s distressed and wants to comfort him but can’t. Just give me all the sad sad ruins of their friendship/moreship.
Summary: Grant sometimes had cause to wonder of why he would spend so much of his time and somewhat meagre funds tracking a mad magician across Europe. He was not responsible for the man, or if he was, it was merely by default. Certainly not a responsibility he should hold so close to his chest.