Story: Of Time Gone By
Story URL: Story Link 1
Alternate URL: Story Link 2
Word count: 228,700
Summary: A tragic childhood illness changed the life of Fitzwilliam Darcy. When he meets a young gentlewoman named Elizabeth Bennet, his world is transformed again.
This story surprised me with the way it so perfectly integrated both AU and canon-centric elements. The AU aspect – having Darcy sustain a disability through illness – made the familiar story completely new. The extremely canon-centric aspects – which would be virtually everything else in the story’s background and characterizations – kept it familiar and exciting. The excitement comes in seeing how the canon characters in Hertfordshire respond to this new Darcy.
Bekah does a great job of answering the obvious questions, such as how Darcy would be changed as a result of this disability, how Elizabeth would respond to him, and of course, whether Miss. Bingley would still pursue him. 😉 Her story is intriguing from the start and the deep glimpses she gives us into her characters’ minds make the story fun to follow. Best of all, there is a beautiful, inspiring romance here which makes one reflect upon the nature of abiding love.
My only critique: Toward the end of the story, in the section which the author labeled “PG-13,” there is a dramatic scene that confused me during a pivotal moment, as the author “jumped heads” repeatedly mid-scene, leaving me under the impression that Darcy’s disability had been cured. (It had not.) However, given the length of this story, I’d say one such occurrence was no big deal. Even JK Rowling committed this easy goof in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s [Sorcerer’s] Stone!
Please note: The OOC tag is in reference to Darcy’s disability, which naturally makes his characterization different than in canon. This tag is always used here to indicate a story element; never as a criticism. “Of Time Goes By” certainly does not merit any serious criticism of the writing quality and characterizations, as they are stellar!