Colonel William De Lancey is utterly exhausted but the last thing he wants to do is sleep. He rubs his eyes and turns his attention back to the map in front of him, squinting to bring the writing into focus and stop the contours from jumping around on the page. He knows it probably isn’t a good idea to plan routes for the next day’s march when he can barely keep his eyes open but he needs something to occupy his mind. Grant has been gone too long and there has been no news for weeks. He tries not to think about the fates that could befall a man alone in the mountains. He looks out the window and sees dark clouds beginning to cover the moon.
Title: The Darkest Hour
Characters: William De Lancey/Colquhoun Grant
Summary: Both Grant and De Lancey suffer from insomnia.
Author’s Notes: This started out as a fill for a prompt on the kinkmeme but I didn’t post it there because it doesn’t really meet the brief. I’m not entirely sure what it has become. Call it my experimental phase 😉
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He is a good friend to her after Italy. Such a great man in the eyes of the world, a hero. He makes a favourite of her and the world in turn looks on her with greater favour.
He provides a little brightness too: a dinner, a dance, a trip to the theatre. Small distractions from what was lost and what she is still fighting to regain. If he becomes a little too forward, she can forgive him for it. He is used to the adoration of women, of having his pick of the crowd to warm his bed. He has an easy charm that leaves her tempted, even as she laughs at his flattery and veiled offers.
Characters: Arabella Strange/Arthur Wellesley
Summary: Post-canon, Arabella finds herself the subject of the Duke of Wellington’s attentions.
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There had been a point on that flight home when Grant had been sure that William was going to die. The moment when he’d stopped thrashing, stopped twisting away from the pain and gone quiet. His hand, bloodied and shaking with shock, had fallen lax against his side and Grant had thought ‘he’s going to die’.
Title: In dreams
Characters: William De Lancey & Colquhoun Grant
Summary: Grant dreams about the flight back from France when William was injured.
Author’s Notes: Short snippet set sometime around Chapter 19.
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Related Fiction: The Art of Ungentlemanly Warfare
Colquhoun Grant’s time as the Intelligence Officer to Lord Wellington had bred in him a particular skill: that of concealment. That was all well and good when he was scanning enemy lines or attempting to move undetected through the undergrowth, but Grant found that his skill was put to best use in concealing his romantic disposition.
The truth was that Major Grant fell in love all too easily and all too quickly.
Title: The Skill of Concealment
Characters: Colquhoun Grant/Jonathan Strange
Summary: Grant reflects on how these feelings came about. He didn’t realise that it was bound to happen. There was never any question.
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