hello. I was reading your fic with exr where a person cough up flowers if their love is unrequited, and this quote "Sometimes they were carnations. Red like him" made me remember somtg: In portugal, we had what you call the "carnation revolution" in 1974. It is considered the most peaceful revolution. What began as a military revolution led by the army, quickly became a mass movement of civil unrest - part 1
part 2 - a revolt by idealistic young army officers quickly turned into a popular uprising when the troops were joined by jubilant crowds, They took less than 24 hours to bring down Europe’s longest-lived dictatorship and signal the end of the last colonial empire in Africa. It became known as the Carnation rev bc a flower vend. distributed carnations between the people and soldiers, almost no shot was fired, EVERYONE had a carnation in their gun or clothes, "It was a coup like no other,“ recalled Swiss journalist Werner Herzog, who reported on the revolution."The atmosphere was more like a party,” “It was the most original revolution of the 20th century,” veteran Socialist politician Jose Magalhaes told a parliamentary gathering. I JUST… Enjolras would’ve loved this. Sorry for the spam :) i just found it very symbolic that you chose that flower when it means so much for the freedom of my country. YES, WE GOT OUR FREEDOM LIKE THAT!! OK NOW i’m thinking about this revolution and Grantaire being the one distributing carnations ahaha :D
Ohhh my God this is actually amazing. For one thing, I’m the biggest slut for hearing true revolution stories, nothing ever gets me more excited. It makes my boyfriend roll his eyes because the moment I hear the word ‘Revolution’ It’s like my neck snaps backwards to attention and the kill bill sirens begin to play!
Secondly, I’m huge on history. Especially- you guessed it- history that involves revolution. But managing to successfully protest without violence is such a rare treat and it warms my little pacifist heart!
This is an incredible read, thank you so much for sharing.
And for the AU- imagine street merchant Grantaire falling in love with the idealistic soldier, the Hanahaki begins and to solve his overabundance of flowers he begins to sell them on the street. When he begins coughing up too many carnations to sell, he starts giving them away- at the exact same time Enjolras’ revolt is starting.
Enjolras falls in love with Grantaire during the uprising (the carnations becoming a talking point for the both of them- Enjolras is just so perplexed, how on earth does he seem to have more every day when he gives out so many? Where on earth are they coming from?) The flowers stop the same time the revolution does- due to overwhelming success, Enjolras can now focus upon other things. Like how the flower vendor has suddenly stopped selling flowers, is smiling so much brighter, and is selling paintings of the uprising on the street.