Story: The Deadlock
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Word count: 6,000 words
Summary: Set upon Darcy’s return from London after Jane and Bingley’s Engagement. Elizabeth and Darcy accidentally become locked in the Netherfield Library over night. (Some license has been taken with the timing of Jane’s illness.)
Sharni is one of my favorite JA fanfic authors, and this story is a perfect example of why I enjoy her style of writing. “The Deadlock” is light, it’s fluffy, it’s fun, it has a sweet, happy ending, the dialogue is witty and warm, and it helps me to understand the characters better. Without spoiling this short story, I can only conclude by saying it’s simply lovely!
My only critique: I don’t know that this could be counted as a critique, truly. But be aware that, as mentioned in her summary, Sharni takes an AU approach to the timing of Jane’s illness at Netherfield, placing it during the final act of Pride & Prejudice, shortly after Jane & Bingley’s engagement and Lady Catherine’s confrontation. As a fan of the usage of AU scenarios in fanfic, this troubles me not at all, but it may bother others who prefer a strict, canon-centric approach to fanfic.