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fic: Fraternal Visit

Title: Fraternal Visit
Fandom: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (TV)
Characters: Arabella Strange, Henry Woodhope
Length: 400 words
Rating: PG-13
Content notes: no warnings apply
Author note: Written for the Relative challenge at [community profile] fan_flashworks. Part of the same 'verse as Marital Disharmony; takes place some time after Plan of Action. AU for the book, where Henry's disappointing visit to his sister happens in Shropshire rather than London. This is for [personal profile] kalypso, without whom it would not have been written. Thanks to sevenswells for the lovely General Arabella icon.
Summary: Inviting her brother for an indefinite stay at Soho-square had been a sad mistake, Arabella reluctantly concluded.



Inviting her brother for an indefinite stay at Soho-square had been a sad mistake, Arabella reluctantly concluded. When had Henry become so dull? He seemed to think of nothing but his parish these days. She had longed to share the excitements of her life in London with him, and her disappointment at his indifference was acute. Henry did not seem to understand what it meant, any of it. Her encounters with the Duke of Wellington barely merited an “oh indeed?”, and Jonathan’s feats of magic in the Peninsula he evidently regarded as dangerous and improper. If any thing, the impropriety seemed to affect him more. She found it hard to believe that they had ever been close.

Of course there were some things she would never attempt to tell him. Henry had already remarked on the frequency of Major Grant’s visits to the house, and wondered aloud that Strange chose to maintain a connexion that must undoubtedly put him in mind of the most painful scenes. What her brother would have said if he could have seen how the three of them customarily disported themselves together, Arabella could not imagine; but the insupportable tedium of Henry’s company sent her mind in that direction very often, in sheer self-defence. They had not been able to enjoy a convivial evening à trois with Henry in the house, and she knew that Jonathan and Grant must feel the lack of it as keenly as she did.

Something would have to be done to shorten Henry’s visit, or at least to get him out of the way for a few hours. Perhaps Jonathan could use his influence with Sir Walter to find Henry a charitable errand – the inspection of some suitably distant almshouses, or a visit to another of the livings in his gift. She would discuss the matter with Jonathan in bed: the prospect of being freed from their fraternal chaperone would, she was sure, be as invigorating to him as it was to her. They would have to be quiet tonight, of course, with Henry still in the house, but the need for silence could add to the keenness of enjoyment, when rightly used.

Henry was still prosing on about some parish matter, apparently unconscious that his sister’s mind was elsewhere. Arabella bent over the tea-tray to hide a grin of delight, and added hot water to the pot.

“More tea, Henry?”



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brumeier
Dec. 2nd, 2015 01:39 pm (UTC)
Take that, stuffy ole Henry! I'm sure once Arabella sets her mind to something nothing will stand in her way.

Love how much she's looking forward to her time with both Jonathan and Grant, so much so that she's plotting against her own brother. ::grins::
fengirl88
Dec. 2nd, 2015 07:55 pm (UTC)
thank you - I'm glad you enjoyed it! *grins*

General Arabella knows what she wants and she knows how to get it - now I just have to write the fic where that happens... *cough*THREESOME*cough*

Edited at 2015-12-02 07:56 pm (UTC)
brumeier
Dec. 2nd, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, are you writing a threesome fic? I hadn't realized.

::taps foot impatiently::
fengirl88
Dec. 2nd, 2015 10:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not writing it yet but it is in the queue of fics to be written - this fic has skipped ahead in the timeline to the point where there's an established poly relationship between Grant, Strange and Arabella.
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