“Austenland – Apologize.” YouTube. Video created for and uploaded to YouTube by Radina Steven, February 3, 2014.
It seems that Darcy often ends up apologizing for some slight or blunder, both in the original story by Jane Austen and in many JAFF stories. My current work in progress is no different in that regard. Elizabeth has heard the slight at the assembly, and during a walk, Darcy is attempting to explain why he said what he did. Here is a small snippet of how well that went.
From Her Father’s Choice
“I never said you were not handsome.”
Her eyes were wide with surprise. “You did not?”
He crossed his arms and glared at her. “No, I did not. I said you were not handsome enough to tempt me to dance.”
“You did not say to dance.”
He closed his eyes and tried to rein in his frustration. “It was implied. As I said, I was in no mood to dance that evening. You could have been Aphrodite herself, and you would not have been handsome enough to tempt me to dance for I had no intention of dancing.”
“I see.” She stepped passed him and began walking away. She needed space to think.
Darcy watched her walking away and silently cursed Bingley’s idea to be more open. Explaining himself to Bingley was never this difficult. This was like trying to reason with Georgiana.