Grant and De Lancey are partners in everything at school, whether it be dissecting frogs, picking a team, reciting French verbs to each other or this latest torture of ‘dancing lessons’. There’s a lot of muted grumbling going on among the boys, jostling over who has to be The Girl in each pair. It’s a regrettable consequence of dance classes where there are only boys present, at an age where they are all trying to prove themselves to be as manly as possible. De Lancey can see from the start that he’s going to have trouble with Grant.
Title: Learning to Dance
Characters: William De Lancey & Colquhoun Grant
Author’s Notes: This entirely the fault of fengirl88 who asked me whether Grant and De Lancey danced together at the WW2 AU Christmas party and, if so, who went backwards.
To answer the question, we have to return to when the boys were at school (with all attendant horrors of growing up, being small, ‘phases’ and unexpected aunts). Other than the shift in time, from canon era to the 1920s, no knowledge of The Art of Ungentlemanly Warfare is required.