It begins with the phone call from his Mum. He should have known she was leading up to something from the first ‘hello’ but she distracted him, asking him how his work was going and whether he was eating properly. Then, after a meandering tour of the family news, she finally arrives at her point.
“The thing is, darling, we’ve got the Christmas market coming up and the WI stall has had a bit of a crisis. I told you about poor Alice, didn’t I? And then Irene is going on holiday to see her son and the new baby. Sue is in hospital still after that fall and I can’t ask Jenny. Nobody has the heart to tell her, but her cakes just aren’t up to standard. I said I’d handle it, but really, it’s all a bit much. I know you only have a student kitchen, but I know you bake. You said so, when you first moved in. Just a few things, darling, and I’ll send your Dad to pick them up tomorrow.”
Title: The Joy of Baking
Characters: William De Lancey & Colquhoun Grant
Summary: Student life is treating Grant well, apart from his hopeless unrequited crush, the threat of incriminating photographs on Facebook and his mother having a WI related baking crisis. Nothing is going to turn out quite how he imagined it. Part of the author’s The Twelve Days of (JSAMN fanfic) Christmas.
Author’s Notes: So, the modern AU from Chapter 7 had an unexpected prequel. In that chapter William was about to propose, this one is the story of how they started going out in the first place.
Fengirl88 encouraged me with this one, for Guys and Dolls related reasons, and also suggested the involvement of the WI. Everything else is my fault. It should probably come with some form of warning: may contain more than the recommended daily dose of sugar.