Okay accidentally posted this in the Snape section above. Perhaps it is more fitted to this area...
So I finished reading Lousia May Alcott's "A Long Fatal Love Chase" a few nights ago, and ever since I've had the sniggling desire to turn that into a Hermione/Snape angst-fest fic.
If you have read/know anything about ALFLC, you know the basic plot. (The title is the only thing that gets to me--a little TOO explanitory, but not wholly a spoiler.) I believe the book was re-discovered in 1993, and subsequently published soon thereafter as it was considered too sensational to publish in LMA's time. At times, it is a great deal more entertaining than Little Women, a book which I dearly love.
Anyhow, if you don't mind spoilers, the basic plot runs thus:
An intelligent and headstrong young woman is bored with her life and takes her first chance to escape the taedium, an escape which comes in the form of a fascinating older man, whom she falls in love with and marries him quickly, setting off on a dazzling new life of love, wealth, and pleasure.
The young woman then discovers a shocking secret about her lover, a great betrayal of their love on his part, and she runs away into the night, vowing never to deal with him again.
Some months later, she is tracked down by her husband's spies, and, eventually, her husband returns to claim her. She refuses him, even though she knows she still loves him. He stands guard outside her room, giving her time to think about her "choice" and she once more escapes, beginning a new cycle of the cat-and-mouse game. She flees from place to place, always being found eventually, in spite of her many disguises, and even an attempt to fake her own death. During one of her times in hiding, she befriends a gentle, wise man, and over the course of time, they fall in love. They cannot, however, be together romantically. (In ALFLC, he's a monk.) The woman's husband finds out about the bond these two share, and jealously attempts to rouse the gentleman into a fight. The gentler man refuses and rebukes the other man for his behaviour towards the woman who is no longer his true wife.
The husband goes away for a time, but comes back eventually, obsessed with the beautiful and intelligent woman, even moreso now that she disdainfully refuses him time and time again, in spite of her lingering feelings for him, which he sees and tries to use to his own advantage.
Eventually the maddened husband sets a deadly trap for the woman's gentle love, but in a bizarre twist, this ends up killing the woman instead of the other man. The gentleman is distraught, and asks the husband if this is what he wanted--to pursue this woman to her grave?--and he states that they will share a love in the hereafter someday that will be sweeter than that they were denied while on earth. The husband goes mad with what he has done and his jealousy, and he insists that she will belong to him, even in death, as he gathers her body into his arms and suicides.
Melodramatic to a fault, I know, but I think it would be oodles of fun to translated into Snape/Hermione.
What do you think?
That sounds awesome...when are you starting?
I'm not sure yet. I made a promise I wouldn't start any new fics until I finished the 2 or 3 I'm on now...but some of them are just goood... I dunno.
I was thinking, just to make it more sinister, Lord Voldemort won the war, and Hermione is being kept as a servant/slave, and Snape's offer of marriage gives her an escape, at least. But to what? Is Snape faithful to the Order, still, or will he betray her?
That does sound very interesting. Tragic, but nonetheless interesting.
Wow... awesome. I made the same kind of promise, I have 2 fics to finish befre I can start on another that's brewing in my head very sinisterly (I know, not a word. I really ned to make my own dictionary...)
...in a sinisterial manner?
I'm worse, I think...