Alanna of Trebond, a plain but ambitious girl, seems to be developing a taste for famous men. Her latest prey, sources report, is none other than the Shang Dragon, Liam Ironarm. No word yet on how Jonathan of Conte is taking this latest emotional blow.
(Warning, spoilers for anyone who has not finished reading the series Song of the Lioness)
I’m rereading one of my favorite series, Song of the Lioness, and am at the second book, In theHand of the Goddess, when something struck me…
So Alanna is complaining about being at feasts and how when she’s there she really can’t do much since she’s shy around strangers and flirting with girls is excruciatingly embarrassing. This is when she’s still disguised as a boy: aka Alan of Trebond.
Then it dawned on me. If I was one of the Ladies at court I would totally think Alan of Trebond was gay.
I don’t know if this is accurate to the world, I don’t really care.
Alan would have been a lot of news in court. He helped heal prince Jonathan of a deadly disease, accompanied the Prince to defeat ancient evil beings in the Bazhir deserts; fought and defeated a Tusaine knight who was more experienced, older, and a full knight while Alan was still just a squire; and was also the Prince’s best friend and personal squire. So, I’m assuming that Alan would have been pretty standard palace gossip. And when that squire is heatedly against flirting/engaging with women in any way and has never had any interest in females, and shows fierce dedication to his prince above and beyond your normal squire-knight relationship…yeah, I would have been shipping them together since the Bazhir. Also, there had to have been some sparks between them when they started getting together. Even if they were small. Come on, Alanna blushes at the drop of a hat when it comes to anything sexual. Fangirls would have picked up on something.
I’m not arguing this was happening. I don’t care if its cannon. But now I’m imagining a little gaggle of noble girls standing around in a corner in their elegant, puffy dresses, during the feasts giggling over Alan as he desperately tries to get his knight friends to stop forcing him to talk to girls. I’m also imagining one of them just happening to be on Palace Way when George plants one on Alanna. To them it would have looked like little Alan getting a kiss stolen from him by some friend in town. And now that girl is off to tell all of her friends the news. They’ll be sitting around a sewing circle the next day with their heads drawn in close trying to decide if they should tell Prince Jonathan that some rogue from the city is trying to steal his secret boyfriend, then they would decide they need to figure out who this man from the city is.
Dude, this is becoming a full fledge anime in my mind.
I’m imagining someone like Renge from Ouran being the leader of the Alan fan club trying to figure out how to get the Prince and Alan to confess their feelings to each other, or dramatically reacting to Delia of Eldorne coming to court and causing strife between them.
And now I’m imagining her and her gaggle of fangirls following Alan around EVERYWHERE. Them figuring out who George is and going melodramatic on it: ”will Alan choose the Rogue King or his Noble Prince? The man who stole his heart or the man he pledged his loyalty?” Them being there when Jonathan kisses Alanna in the garden. Of course, they would not have figured out Alan was a girl–in this scenario they would think Alan was cross dressing…cause come on! How many people with violet eyes would have access to Palace grounds?
AHHH, now I just want an manga of these girls reacting to Alan’s love life. When Jonathan and Alan go to war and they hear about the Prince sneaking over to the enemy side to rescue Alan, against his father’s wishes. You can hear the ‘awwww’s. When Jonathan starts rejecting Delia’s advances and they all start drawing bets that he and Alan are finally together. Them standing outside Jonathan’s suits trying to find out if they were right or not (because, seriously, what else did you really have to do at court as a girl waiting there to get a husband? JK, I’m sure they had to do a lot…but still)
Except, they DO NOT KNOW that Alan is a girl. They somehow keep missing it. When Alan reveals herself to be female, they all do a jaw drop then a standing ovation (cause female power!)
I just, I don’t know what my mind’s doing these days. Its amusing in here.
No one had ever contested that. The Prince wrote bad poetry about her eyes. Of course no one had ever contested it. Delia was lovely as the hot late nights in the palace gardens, thick with the sweet perfume of the Queen’s favourite flowers. She was lovely as laughter in the afternoon, sunlight off water, snow on the mountains.
And she had Alan of Trebond exactly where she wanted him.