Story: Having a Ball
Author: Sheridan (cherrybomb)
Story URL: Story Link
Word count: 2,300
Summary: Elizabeth is in agony after hurting her ankle as she arrives at a ball in London with Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner. As she tries to find a moment’s solace, she encounters a very unhappy Mr. Darcy.
What a delightful little story! After a stressful day, I was in search of something well-written and true to the canon characterizations, yet fluffy, happy and with a speedy resolution. This fit the bill perfectly! I can’t say too much about it without spoiling the short story. But I loved it so much that I re-read it immediately upon completion, absolutely soaking it up. Oh, that there were more of this story! I suppose I’ll just have to re-read through more of cherrybomb’s stories instead, as they are equally wonderful.
My only critique: It was probably a bit hasty for Mr. Darcy to respond to Mr. Gardner as he does, but I think that only the most stringent of canon purists will be bothered by this. The point of the story was best accomplished through his haste, and frankly, it’s part of what I liked best about this story. I’d kill for a sequel!