Addressed to One Mrs. William Donovan
fandom: ars paradoxica
ship/characters: the donovans, leslie groves, chet whickman, assorted residents of polvo
for my dear @dunnetwins
notes: spoilers for all of season 1 of ars paradoxica. this fic requires so many notes, apologies to everyone at aP, the real people this fic is based off, and aP fans who are gonna be like ??? when they see this ksdljflg IM SORRY.
1. there are real ppl in this fic, but they are not portrayed at all like their real selves. i’ve messed with history Big Time. my deepest apologies to these people. and to anybody reading: please ignore reality. gwen groves is leslie groves’ second child, but for this story i swapped her and her brother’s birth order. bill donovan has been aged down, because i really dont think a 62 year old man could get hit by a car and be That Okay, or, frankly, live to 93. he’s been aged down probably too much to be realistic but. age gap.
2. where did this even come from? you may be wondering. during my first listen-through of aP, i was completely drawn in by bill’s 26th tape in ep 10i, when he tells himself to just ‘tell her what she means to you’. then, in my relistening of the show, sally briefly mentions bill donovan’s wife in episode 3. this threw me and my friend into Full On Conspiracy Mode and this story is the result of two possible explanations we came up with
3. nobody called leslie groves leslie. i dont know why. his family calls him DNO (deeno) and people who knew him well called him dick
4. i didn’t actually know bill donovan was a real person when i first started writing this
ok. i think that’s all. oh my gosh. will i ever write something for aP thats not super weird and niche? probably not. will we ever have enough aP fic for my niche fic to fall into the niche cracks? hopefully one day!
Ostensibly, Gwen Donovan’s place of residence was in Philadelphia, where her husband had been stationed since America had joined the war, working with the Navy. In reality, she’d only lived there with him for a few months before he moved her to his house in Polvo, New Mexico, a town no one knew existed save for the people living in it and, she assumed, high-ups like the President.
Ostensibly, Gwen Donovan knew her husband was there because of Lambert and Maraczek. She was never told otherwise, but she knew from the beginning there was something much bigger going on.
Ostensibly, Gwen Donovan was told a lot of things, but simple observance and common sense told her otherwise almost every time.