|Celandine's Chronicle (celandineb) wrote in adventdrabbles,|
@ 2008-12-22 17:37:00
|Entry tags:||contributor: celandineb, dec22, fandom: jane austen, year: 2008|
Dec22, Jane Austen, Anne/Frederick, Once Burned
Title: Once Burned
Fandom: Jane Austen, Persuasion
Note: For stasia.
Frederick had been ardent in his first wooing. Like any young lover, he sent posies, composed (rather bad) poetry, gazed calf-eyed. He was naturally aware of her position; Anne the daughter of a baronet, and himself but a junior officer in His Majesty's Navy. It had not been her rank that tempted him, however, but the sweetness of her nature.
Afterward, he vowed never to act so again. His second courtship of Anne was far subtler, consisting of guarded looks and careful conversation, until he had assured himself that this time she would not be persuaded from following her heart.