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fic: Billiards at the Bedford

Title: Billiards at the Bedford
Author: fengirl88
Fandom: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (TV)
Pairing/Characters: Major Grant, Jonathan Strange
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 270
Disclaimer: These characters are not mine.
Summary: Major Grant enjoys the pleasures of peacetime.
A/N: Based on a scene from episode 4; I haven't read the book (yet) and didn't think I was going to write fic for this fandom, but that's what happens when you watch five episodes one after the other...




A soldier has no business marrying, Grant had told Strange in the Peninsula. Though an answer most often deployed to discourage any ladies casting a matrimonial eye on his regimentals, it was also an article of faith with Grant. The softer affections had no place in the lines. Even friendship, such as his own reluctant and surprising friendship for the army’s magician, might prove a dangerous weakness.

In peacetime, however, one might safely enjoy the pleasures of society. A game of billiards at the Bedford, for example: when combined with good drink and pleasant conversation, what could be more agreeable? Grant did not truly suspect Strange of using his magic to cheat, but enjoyed teasing him with the accusation, almost as much as he enjoyed watching him play. Away from the mud and filth of the battlefield, the magician was a handsome fellow, his eyes bright with excitement and his face flushed with wine. Well made, too… Grant admired the lines of his back and thighs as Strange bent to line up a shot.

It was a mercy that Strange’s magic did not extend to thought-reading. At least, Grant hoped it did not; the mere idea made his face burn. A man need not be as uxorious as Strange evidently was to find cause for offence in being the object of his friend’s carnal thoughts. Such thoughts were damnably hard to dismiss once entertained, Grant discovered.

He was still trying to quell the riot in his brain when the two boobies from Nothing-ham-shire interrupted their game, Strange walked into a looking-glass, and Grant’s pleasant evening went abruptly to the devil.



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thesmallhobbit
Sep. 4th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
Don't know the fandom - although I have friends who watch/read - but I still enjoyed your descriptions.
fengirl88
Sep. 4th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC)
thank you - glad you enjoyed it even though you don't know the fandom!

there's a nice fanvid including bits of the billiards scene here.
thesmallhobbit
Sep. 4th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
Jamie Parker! and Bertie Carvel! *Adds to list of things I need to watch*
fengirl88
Sep. 4th, 2015 05:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly! I blame the two of them for this ficcage...
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