Leviathan High school AU (because every fandom should have one) where their school wants to put on a Twelfth Night play and Alek wants to try and audition but he’s too scared to do it alone. He asks Deryn to come with him but she doesn’t want to join the production, and he’s like “just do a bad job at it and you won’t get in, pleaseeeee” (Deryn complies because she’s hopelessly crushing on her best friend.)
So she auditions and intentionally does a horrible job at it, but Dr. Barlow (who is in charge of the play) casts her as Viola because Deryn has not only the looks to pull of ‘Cesario’, she has Viola’s swagger, wit and charm (and Deryn’s audition was sort of awkward which is okay because Viola is always stuck in awkward situations and her awkward would make this play the comedy it is.)
Alek is casted as Orsino and LILIT GETS OLIVIA. During one of their rehearsal of the scene where Olivia confesses to 'Cesario’, Lilit pulls Deryn into a surprise kiss and EVERYONE is stunned and all like “well someone is taking acting pretty seriously.” Lilit, on the other hand, is very proud of herself and Deryn is stunned but mostly because 'wow that was a quick one but Lilit is a good kisser. ’
Then during dress rehearsals, Alek is excited to see Deryn in her first costume which is used when Viola was just washed to shore because Deryn has to wear a dress and a wig to make her hair look longer, and Alek is oh so curious. But when he sees her for the first time in her Cesario uniform costume he’s just SO AROUSED FOR SOME REASON BECAUSE HOT DAMN DERYN SHARP.
And also, Lilit preforms her role all in beautiful Victorian styled dresses and her hijab on and she looks like the graceful queen she is UvU.
To some people’s surprise (cough volger cough), the play goes rather smoothly, but no one outside the production will ever know the horror they went through in staging this play.
Photoset of one of my favorite female book characters. It’s Dr. Barlow from the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld! She’s based off of the real Dr. Nora Barlow, one of Charles Darwin’s relatives and fellow scientist. One day, I hope I can capture the wonderful character in cosplay :)