|Giorgia (giorgiakerr) wrote,|
@ 2015-11-30 18:17:00
|Entry tags:||fic, fic or die|
IT'S STILL THE 30TH IN MY TIME ZONE BUT I'M SO BUSY SO HERE IS THE FIRST CHAPTER OF EPIC FIC.
I'm not putting this on AO3 yet becase I'm not sure if I want to commit to it, because it's going to be like a multi-stream, multi-POV, fic-within-a-fic epic. So here is the intro.
Title: From an Antique Land - Preface
Fandom: Upstairs Downstairs, Blanche/Portia
Word Count: Can be done on one hand
Summary: Blanche had first set eyes upon Portia Alresford many years before she had made her acquaintance, many years, indeed, before she was Lady Alresford.
Blanche had first set eyes upon Portia Alresford many years before she had made her acquaintance, many years, indeed, before she was Lady Alresford. She had been lying when she'd told Agnes that she believed they had been debutantes in the same year - she knew perfectly well that they had been.
She recalled the way Portia’s pale skin had been set aglow by the white of her dress, her cheeks slightly pink from her first taste of champagne, the heat of a crowded room, and the slight embarrassment of a room of eyes all turned her way. Her hair had been set in the most inoffensive and becoming manner, fine blonde that glinted gold in the lights. It was impossible from a distance to tell where her hair ended and her tiara began. Her whole fair being seemed slightly luminescent, although it was in hindsight that Blanche recalled this.
It had not really occurred to Blanche at that time to be enthralled by this woman. She was beautiful, yes, but she was perfect. Perfectly boring, really; a shining example of what a Lady should be. And, indeed, the Lady she would be. Blanche put little stock in such people, whose smiling elegance always betrayed their petty and self-centred natures. She would rather be amongst books and artefacts, whose aesthetic beauty was rather a small taste of the beauty of their meaning.
It was years later, hundreds of miles away from home, from England, that she was officially introduced to Portia St Claire.