Just for Jun!

Just for Jun!

I cannot remember the collection, but I remember reading a short story once where all the Pride and Prejudice characters were in a green room of sorts waiting for their call to enter a new story. It was funny because they physically changed based on how the new author described them. (Poor Mr. Collins seemed to get the worst of that.) This got the wheels in my head spinning and I wrote this short ditty which has been lost in a file on my thumbdrive since 2013. Enjoy!

 

“Oh, this is just too much!”

Fitzwilliam Darcy looked up from his ledgers towards his wife as she sat in her favourite window seat. Her shoes lay on the floor and her feet were drawn up under her skirts. She had returned to her reading, while one hand twisted a stray curl that had escaped its pin. Darcy smiled at the sight of her as she let out a single laugh and turned the page. Feeling his eyes upon her, she glanced up from her book.

“You will not believe how I am portrayed in this one, Fitzwilliam.” She chuckled.

“I still do not understand why you continue to read that drivel.”

Replacing his pen, he stood and crossed to her. Elizabeth sat forwards so her husband could slip behind her. He drew her back against his chest and she turned the page back so he could read with her.

“I do not understand why they must continuously put you in such brutal situations,” he whispered as he held her close to him. He would not admit that some of the stories had infiltrated his dreams.

Elizabeth leaned back against him and reached up to caress his cheek. “But you are always there to rescue me or remind me I am loved.”

He pressed a kiss into her palm.

“Here they are.” Charles Bingley stepped into Darcy’s study and his wife, Jane, followed shortly after.

“Lizzy was indulging in her dirty little habit again.” Darcy laughed as his wife elbowed him playfully.

“Oh no, Lizzy, not more of those variation and continuation stories,” Jane huffed as she took a seat. “They always make me sound so goody-goody.”

“And I always sound like an idiot who cannot make a decision without Darcy’s assistance.” Bingley dropped onto the sofa beside his wife.

“Now, Charles, I have read a few recently that give you a backbone.” Darcy chuckled. “I believe in one you ordered me from your home when you learned I separated you from Jane.”

“Yes, but you are everyone’s ideal man and other than your initial rudeness and pride, never do anything wrong.”

Elizabeth traced a finger over her husband’s cheek. “Even his rudeness and pride are explained by shyness.”

“I feel sorry for Caroline, Lady Catherine, and Wickham.” Jane shook her head. “They are made far worse than imaginable.”

Elizabeth nodded. “I am surprised how many times George has been hung. You may think it would cause him to change his ways. Though I must admit I have found the stories where Caroline goes insane quite humorous. Or that the only way she can get Darcy is when he is in his cups.””

Darcy snorted. “I was most distressed by the number of times my cousin attempted to have his way with you.”

“Well, I for one will never forgive the author who wrote of my infidelity.” Bingley slipped an arm about his wife’s shoulders. “It caused my dear Jane to doubt me.”

“There are good ones also,” Elizabeth admitted. “I quite enjoy the stories that allow our sisters to grow and find love.”

Jane nodded as she giggled. “You can tell the authors that have been touched by Miss Austen’s muse.”

Elizabeth looked thoughtful. “I wonder if we would have felt this way when dear Jane wrote her story. Would we have critiqued her motives or her story line?”

“As she is our creator, we shall never know.” Darcy kissed her temple and slipped the book from her hands. “It is enough for now. Let us take a walk in the garden.”

 

Wouldn’t it be amusing to know what the characters or even Jane Austen herself would think of what has come from her darling children and how she has inspired so many?

Hope you are enjoying beautiful weather which allows for refreshing walks in the garden, and being safe and well!

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DarcyBennett
DarcyBennett
April 17, 2021 4:05 PM

Enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing!

Cinnamon
Cinnamon
April 15, 2021 3:37 AM

Absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing.

Cinnamon Worth
Cinnamon Worth
April 15, 2021 3:55 AM

Thanks for sharing the title. That one too was a lot of fun

Caryl Kane
Caryl Kane
April 8, 2021 6:42 PM

Bronwen, Thank you for the delightful read.

J. W. Garrett
J. W. Garrett
April 7, 2021 4:56 PM

Was it Behind the Metada Wall?

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13030227/1/Behind-the-Metadata-Wall

Your short-one-shot was adorable. I loved it. Blessings, thanks for sharing it with us.

Linda A.
Linda A.
April 7, 2021 1:03 PM

I think I read that story too! If I recall when and where, I’ll let you know. Thanks for sharing.

Linda A.
Linda A.
April 8, 2021 9:51 PM

I agree, I believe it was on a fan fiction site, but I cannot locate it now. I checked a couple that I used to frequent and couldn’t find it. :s

And, I hear ya. I am waaaaay behind on my TBR pile. I have been reading ARCs a lot in the last few years so have determined, for every ARC I read, I have to read two of the books already on my Kindle. I may slowly whittle down the pile in a year. Maybe. … ¯_(?)_/¯

Robin G.
Robin G.
April 7, 2021 12:43 PM

I don’t remember reading a published version, but I read something on one of the fan fiction sites that sounds like the green room story. It was amusing. A few characters were playing a friendly game of cards waiting to see if they were in the next portrayal. It reminded me a little of the old cartoon with Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog whereby they were fine outside of work, but as soon as the whistle blew, they were fighting. (“Morning, Ralph.” “Morning, Sam.”) Thank you for the short story!

Diana J Oaks
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Diana J Oaks (@dianaoaks)
April 7, 2021 11:38 AM

What a fun post! I particularly enjoyed that although Darcy chided Elizabeth for reading JAFF, he turns around and admits that he has “read a few recently.” That gave me a good laugh, because it’s just human nature to do exactly that. Thanks for a delightful read.

Katie
Katie
April 7, 2021 11:33 AM

This was so fun to read! Thank you for sharing.

Regina Jeffers
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Regina Jeffers (@reginajeffers)
April 7, 2021 9:55 AM

This was certainly a fun read. I did a post a few years back in which I did an “Intervention” for Mr. Wickham. Think of ®Dr. Phil or some such show with Mr. Wickham being the target of a tongue-in-cheek intervention.
You can find it HERE: https://reginajeffers.blog/2019/04/24/an-intervention-with-jane-austens-bad-boy-george-wickham/

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
April 7, 2021 9:37 AM

What a delightful story!lol So cute you do wonder what her characters think and what Jane would think!

Riana Everly
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Riana Everly (@rianaeverly)
April 7, 2021 9:05 AM

Oh, that’s fun! I wonder what Jane herself would think about all this. Thanks for sharing that.

Mirta Ines Trupp
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Mirta Ines Trupp (@mirtainestrupp)
April 7, 2021 8:59 AM

This was darling! Loved it.

Teresa Broderick
Teresa Broderick
April 7, 2021 6:38 AM

Nice bit of fun. Thanks for sharing. The one about sitting in the green room waiting for the story sounds very interesting and fun!

Sam H.
Sam H.
April 7, 2021 5:49 AM

LOL so cute! thank you for sharing this. A chuckle in the middle of my work day 😉

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