The Art of Ungentlemanly Warfare

the artist; (c) Edmund Miller; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
(c) Edmund Miller; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Grant finds De Lancey asleep in his office chair with his boots on Grant’s desk, so Grant thinks it only fair to kick the chair away from the desk until it wakes him up.

“Is there a reason you’re in my office?” he asks, dropping a stack of reports down with a thud.  “Or are you just here for a quiet place to kip?”

De Lancey stretches lazily, his pale blue uniform shirt pulling tight across his chest.  “I’ve got news for you actually.  They’re sending you a new magician.”

Title: The Art of Ungentlemanly Warfare

Author: Owl_by_Night

Characters: De Lancey/Wellington, John Childermass/John Segundus, Colquhoun Grant/Jonathan Strange

Summary: Team Peninsular reimagined as combatants in World War 2.


Chapter 1: With World War II raging, a unit of the Special Operations Executive is dedicated to the use of magical espionage. They are Arthur’s Ungentlemanly Magicians.

Chapter 2: Very few people have a good night’s sleep and Jonathan Strange joins the unit.

Chapter 3: Strange arrives on a mysterious airfield in East Anglia and meets the rest of the Peninsulads. It does not got go quite as he imagined it.

Chapter 4: The team are sent to France to rescue Arthur and nothing goes according to plan. They also go to the pub, where everything goes according to Childermass’ plan.

Chapter 5: After the catastrophe of the last mission to France, plans are made, Strange gets his chance to shine and Childermass discovers that not all is as it seems behind enemy lines.

Chapter 6: An interlude from espionage. After events in France, leave is taken and three couples spend the weekend together.

Chapter 7: Leave comes to an end and the boys return. Meetings are held and Strange gets his new assignment.

Chapter 8: Cold weather and worry make for short tempers but fortunately there are phone calls from home and visits North to make things better.

Chapter 9: A mission is planned and Jonathan makes his first trip to wartime France.

Chapter 10: Death, and the aftermath

Chapter 11: Plans are made, explosives set and someone is going to get a shock…

Chapter 12: Dealing with the consequences

Chapter 13: The rescue mission

Chapter 14: The first twenty four hours after the mission.

Chapter 15: (The continuing repercussions of the mission).

Chapter 16: William adjusts, Arthur plans and Arabella enters negotiations.

Chapter 17: William goes back to work and Grant and Jonathan finally get some time alone.

Chapter 18: Arthur deals with a visit from Section X and Segundus does the magic.

Chapter 19: William deals with Arthur’s boys visiting, there are changes for the Ungentlemanly magicians, and thoughts turn to the future.

Chapter 20: An anniversary.

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(Listed in chronological order relative to the timeline of the main story).

The Great War: The impact of the Great War on the characters in The Art of Ungentlemanly Warfare.

Learning to Dance: Vignette set in the 1920s, when De Lancey and Grant were at school together.

Recruitment: 500 words to tell the story of how William came to be working for Special Operations Executive.

Grant: Five minute challenge backstory fic, set just after Grant returns to England, having escaped from captivity in occupied Europe.

It’s the Coat: Short fic set some time before Jonathan joined the Ungentlemanly Magicians, which also touches on the incident that Grant referred to in Chapter 9.

Emma and Walter: Cut scene from Chapter 15.

Arthur: At the end of Chapter 15, Laura has written to Arthur (cut scene).

In Dreams: Short snippet in which Grant dreams about the flight back from France when William was injured.

A Cornish Meeting: Grant meets Jonathan on his return from an overseas mission.

An Ungentlemanly Wager: Some time after Ungentlemanly Warfare ends, Merlin unwisely makes a bet with William.

Like Father, Like Daughter: Grant, Jonathan and Arabella raise a family after the war.

A Bath by Candlelight

bath by candlelight

Grant does not see Jonathan when he first enters the room. He is facing towards the window, already stripped and in his bath.  Jonathan, standing in the doorway from the servants’ corridor, allows himself the indulgence of watching for a moment.  Grant is efficient in his washing as befits a military man, scrubbing a cloth briskly over his arms to remove the dust of his journey. He has strong arms, strong enough to hold a man of Jonathan’s size down if he chooses, and the water curls around the curve of his muscles. It is an appealing sight.

Title: A Bath by Candlelight

Author: Owl_by_Night

Characters: Colquhoun Grant/Jonathan Strange

Summary: After a long journey, Major Grant takes a bath.

Author’s Notes: Set in canon-era, some time between the Peninsula and Waterloo, Grant pays Jonathan a visit at Ashfair. After the long journey there it seemed right that he have a relaxing bath, but Jonathan has other ideas.

Recently fengirl88 gave me the prompt ‘sharing a bath’ and this is the result.

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An Unexpected Vision

unexpected vision

“What the devil -?” Strange stared in bewilderment at the picture in his silver basin. He had been quite clear in his intention to find Lord Wellington’s whereabouts, so why was the wretched thing showing him Major Grant in a state of undress? If magic was beginning to play tricks on him, the consequences did not bear thinking about.

Grant lay on a bed such as Strange had not seen in many months; the room must be in some hotel. He was wearing his shirt and (as far as Strange could see) nothing else. Strange knew he should dismiss the vision and try again, but it was difficult not to let his gaze linger over the Major’s bare legs, or to refrain from admiring his well-shaped calves and powerful thighs.

Title: An Unexpected Vision

Author: fengirl88

Characters: William De Lancey/Colquhoun Grant/Arthur Wellesley, and Jonathan Strange

Summary: Strange discovers Grant in an unusual situation.

Author’s Notes: Written for a prompt on the JSMN kinkmeme; thanks to theicescholar and Owl_by_Night for their encouragement with this one.

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