Classicat #25:Meowrius Pont-Mew-Cy, Clawsette, and bonus confused dad Jean Meowljan, from Les Meowserables by Victor Mewgo
(Clawsette’s fur is naturally white. Meowljan’s fur turned white long ago from stress, so that many cats call him “Mewnsieur Leblanc” Or “Mewnsieur The White.”)
In the book Clawsette and her father walk to a park every day, and every day Meowrius Pont-mew-cy walks to the same park. One day, Clawsette and Meowrius make Dramatic Eye Contact and spend the rest of their days nonverbally flirting with each other. Clawsette flirts by owning fancy clothes and makeup. Meowrius just acts like a dweeb (he hopes Clawsette has noticed his new hat!!) Meowljan, meanwhile, is very confused.
Basically: all the cats involved in this subplot are complete dorks. Meowljan has never loved anyone romantically, and Clawsette/Meowrius are experiencing romantic love for the first time– meaning none of them know what to do because none of them understand romantic love. So the whole subplot is an adorable mess of awkward
As long as you are busting about in your native land, you imagine that you couldn’t care less about these streets, that these windows, these rooms, these doors, are nothing to you, that these walls are foreign to you, that these trees are any old trees, that these houses that you never enter are useless to you, that these cobblestones you are walking on are just stones. Later, when you are no longer there, you realise that those streets are dear to you, that you miss those roofs, those windows, and those doors, that those walls are necessary to you, that those trees are beloved trees, that those houses you never entered you entered every day, and that you left your blood and guts and your heart on those cobblestones
Victor Hugo, Les Miserables, Volume Two, Book Four, Chapter One.
enjolras: is nearly legally blind, the pool fool. he wears those hipster glasses with thick black frames unironically
courfeyrac: cant see things far away, which helped him overcome stagefright (if he canvt see the audience, its like he’s just in his room), prefers to wear contacts, but his glasses are thin frames
combeferre: 20/20 vision, but wears big round frames bc he overheard courf say he likes glasses on people
marius: fits the whole gangly nerd sterotype, he’s a tall lad with specs that are never clean
joly: takes such good care of his glasses he keeps them in the case and cleans the lenses every night, they’re little half moon glasses bc he’s an old man at heart
bousset: poor boy, he breaks his a lot. luckily musichetta always keeps a spare pair on her bc she loves her clumsy bf
musichetta: wears these elegant cat-eye shape glasses with clear plastic and bronze metal frames and always carries a small eyeglass repair kit with her
feuilly: grew up always squinting to see things because his family couldn’t afford glasses and ended up making his eyes worse. the forst time he got his eyes checked he cursed the doctor out when he did the air puff test thingy. he wears contacts mostly because he’s scared of breaking his glasses
bahorel: imagine a buff af dude. now imagine him with thin grey frames reading. that’s bahorel
jehan: has big round frames with a clear body. they make the wearer look like a fairy
grantaire: his glasses have bits on paint on them. he also wears thick black hipter frames, but he wears them ironically (also they were cheap and insurance covered them)
eponine: wears contacts bc glasses break easily and wouldn’t stay on her face during some intense fights
cosette: doesn’t really need glasses, her sight’s only slight affected, but she wears them to enforce the “sweet, demure girl” look she has going so people are unsuspecting and surprised when she fucking beats them up for saying shit about her dads
The only way I can see this trope make sense in canon era is Courfeyrac wanting to piss off his relatives, or crash an ultra gathering and cause some heartattacks, but honestly there are WAY more scandalous choices among Les Amis, who would serve this purpose better.
After the first shock has passed Courfeyrac would be apalled because now all his perfectly tailored clothes just… hang on his body. Well, Feuilly’s body, technically.
It would be a regular occourance for a gamin to turn up at Feuilly’s doorstep at 3 AM like…
‘M. Feuilly? M. Courfeyrac says, an’ I quotes ‘If you don’t shut the hell up about Poland right about now, I’ll shove an atlas up your arse’. His words, m’sieur!’
Feuilly would just pat the boy on the head, pass him a couple of sous and tell him that M. Courfeyrac is welcome to come over and try.
OH NO only one bed at the hotel
OH NO whatever shall they do! Well, Courfeyrac is friendly and cuddly and Feuilly is friendly and pragmatic (and secretly way clingier and cuddlier than Courfeyrac ever will be) so they won’t spend any time pretending they are bothered by the situation.
If they accidentally acquired a time machine (and after they gave Combeferre, who somehow manifested out of thin air, only to faint from excitement, some smelling salt) Feuilly would HAVE to check how things in Eastern Europe (and Greece and Italy) played out.
Their first kiss
Courfeyrac would be the one to initiate it. Feuilly has limited experience with women and none with men (he’s had some vague crushes on men before but never strong enough to do anything about them) but Courfeyrac is happy to take the lead in this respect.
Still, their first kiss is very shy and careful by Courfeyrac’s standards. He knows Feuilly takes commitment very seriously, that he won’t settle for a place in his ‘collection’ and it’s a bit intimidating.
Meeting the parents
Well, in canon era it’s unlikely that Courfeyrac would out and out admit to his family that he and Feuilly are romantically involved, and so there wouldn’t be an official ‘meet the parents’ occasion.
None the less Feuilly spends the days before a visit from Courfeyrac’s father a bunch of agitated nerves - even if he’s officially just a roomate. Thankfully Monsieur de Courfeyrac is ah… not the most observant person. He doesn’t even pick up that Feuilly is Jewish - despite the mezuzah he hung up when he moved in - let alone his involvement with his son. He’s judged as a Nice If Uninteresting Young Man and that’s about it.
Moving in together
Courfeyrac is one of those people who, while very particular about his looks, and about keeping his person and clothes immaculate, isn’t much bothered by the clutter in his flat. This would change. Quickly.
A crossover of my choice
I’m still very fond of the one where Les Amis are low-powered, ineffective mutants who get to meet (…or get in the way…) of the X-men if and when their latest throwdown takes place in Paris instead of some American city.
Courfeyrac would have the ability to control emotions - to an extent. He’d have the decency (and pride in his wooing abilities) not to use it for romantic endevours, but after they got together he’d often use it to cheer Feuilly up and help him relax after a long day.
…No one’s quite sure whether Feuilly is a mutant or just happens to be this extraordinary resilient, with seemingly limitless energy. (Hint: the emphasis is on ‘seemingly’. He’s very grateful for Courfeyrac’s help, he’d have a hard - even harder, that is - time to cope with Everything without his help.)
An au of my choice
…I’d read an AU where Courfeyrac, after spending many a year at the user end of romance novels tries his hand at writing them, and tries to find an illustrator to help him with his dream project.
If you like, another trope/scenario of your choice
The first time they share a bed is on one cold winter night, when Courfeyrac refused to let an already chilled Feuilly back out into the snowstorm and they spend the night huddling for warmth.