A house after a funeral is a strange thing. Ashfair, frozen in harsh winter snow, is even more so. It makes Grant half wish he’d taken a room at an inn instead of bowing to Merlin’s insistence that he stay here.
The servants have done their best of course, cleaning and tidying and lighting fires everywhere to banish the ghastly mausoleum atmosphere that he’d found when he first arrived. Their care is a cold mockery of a winter festival. No amount of firelight, candlelight or polished brass can lift the sombre mood or brighten the black clothes of those present. Grant, in his red coat, is an awkward point of colour. It makes him feel out of place and garish amid the mourners as they murmur condolences to one another. How sad, how sad.
Title: After the Funeral
Characters: Colquhoun Grant/Jonathan Strange, Arabella Strange/Jonathan Strange
Summary: Written for a prompt on the kink meme. Grant goes to Arabella’s funeral and must cope with a grieving Jonathan and his own feelings for the magician.
Prompt: Strange/Grant – Moss Oak Arabella’s funeral. Is this too morbid? I just want Grant to go to the funeral and be torn between feeling bad because Strange is in so much pain and a bit of something else because (although he doesn’t necessarily realise this is the reason) Merlin will never love him as much as he loved her… or will he?