Story: The Final Reason
Author: Ola (ardnaskela)
Story URL-Original, completed story: Story Link 1
Alternate URL-Original, completed story: Story Link 2
Alternate URL – REVISED story; WIP: Story Link 3
Word count: 29,800
Summary: Elizabeth is already promised to another when she meets Darcy.
This is a really interesting story, and I’ve frequently re-read it. Lizzy is engaged to someone else and Darcy very aggressively pursues her, against her will. But even while he is rather forceful and even domineering at times, there is a gentleness, a patience and concern for her, which drives his actions. His character definitely has some grey shades here, but it makes him all the more interesting. (There is no infidelity in the story.) Please note: I’m putting this under the “Non-Con/Reluctant” category because of Lizzy’s reluctance regarding the courtship, not because of any sexual situation. It’s a technicality, honestly.
March 2012 Update: I was delighted today to see that the author has a new version of this story in the works (See the third story link above.). Although it is still a Work-in-Progress, I am marking this story as completed, since the completed, original version is still available online (See the first two story links above). I’m eagerly looking forward to reading the new version when it is completed.
My only critique: The way in which Darcy & Elizabeth’s happy ending is secured struck me as OOC for Darcy and several of Elizabeth’s relatives.