Story: An Unexpected Flight
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Word count: 17,400
Summary: Elizabeth unexpectedly meets Anne de Bourgh alone, and they begin a friendship which will change Miss de Bourgh’s life.
This sweet, fluffy story has a great plot and some creative alterations to canon. I had read this story a long while back, but neglected to make note of the title, so I was excited to finally find it again. Because of Elizabeth’s correspondence with Miss de Bourg, as well as a small change in Mr. & Mrs. Bennet’s plans for the summer, the story brings about a resolution just a bit sooner, and with far less angst, than Jane Austen’s novel. However what really sells the story is the fact that Elke manages to achieve this without sacrificing any of the character growth that was necessary for Elizabeth and Darcy to find a lasting happiness.
My only critique: There are some technical errors in this story which lead me to believe that the author may not be a native speaker of English. For example, there are some errors in verb tense and some missing articles and commas. There is also an odd formatting glitch in which the opening quotation mark at the start of each sentence is replaced with a double comma. As in, ,,This is how the quote appears,” she said. I’ve had some experience with stories written by those who are gifted enough to write in a language not originally their own, and so such mistakes don’t bother me so long as the story is otherwise well-written and contains solid characterizations and an interesting plot. This story definitely meets that criteria.