Author: Abigail K. (aka Tam Nonlinear)
Story URL: Story Link 1 (non-working link; works Here via the Internet Archive)
Alternate URL: Story Link 2 (non-working link)
DOWNLOAD URL: Story Link 3 – click “Pobierz” to download (working link; tested safe)
Word Count: 12,000
Summary: Fate gives both Darcy and Elizabeth plenty of warning that the Meryton Assembly will be a momentous day for them both.
Had anyone told me about this story’s premise in advance, I would’ve laughingly dismissed it as silly, trite and pointless. I would have then subsequently missed out on an absolutely fantastic story. Oh! How I LOVED this story! I love seeing mystical or sci-fi elements included in Jane Austen fanfic, precisely because it is so unbelievable and unrealistic. So when I see an author play with adding a mystical element to canon, I’m automatically interested. The vast majority of the time, though, I’ve been very disappointed by the absurd results. “Omens,” however is an exception: it is wonderful. The story has an intriguing build-up with an exciting climax in which our protagonists have an unconventional and normally implausible choice before them as they struggle to respond to the strange omens of the day. The execution of this scene is flawless. In fact, the fic as a whole is just brilliant. I think I’ll go re-read that ending again now.
My only critique: I would love to see what happened next. While this story does end at a perfect stopping point, there’s now another story that could potentially still be told, and I’m deeply curious about that. Unfortunately, I can’t find any other stories online by this author aside from this one on firthness, so I assume that she has neither a sequel nor any other JA fics archived elsewhere. (Please correct me if I’m wrong.)