Summary: In 1945, the prison camp of Ettersberg is bombed from altitude. In 2009, Peter Grant graduates university with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.
It’s a magical new world.
Characters: Peter Grant, Thomas Nightingale, Beverley Brook, Lesley May, Jaget Kumar, Abigail Kamara, Sahra Guleed, but everyone ever in the books is in this okay you think I’m joking but I’m really not
Ratings etc: T, Peter Grant/Thomas Nightingale, past Thomas Nightingale/David Mellenby, mentioned Lesley May/Zach Palmer, mentioned Beverley Brook/Minor Canon Character.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL, IT’S HERE. My ridiculous thesis-length council flat story that started out as “but what if they all lived in council flats, wouldn’t that be funny?” and ended up…somewhere else. Where everyone still lives in flats, to be fair.
stardust-rain and maple-clef did most of the beta-reading on this one and they deserve a big share of the credit, trust me on this. They are the best.
Finally: yeah, I know, this is just the first part. The story ended up falling fairly naturally into four parts, and, you know, ninety-two thousand words, so I’ll be posting one every couple of days, rather than the lot at once. If you want to wait and read it all at one sitting, then you won’t have to wait long, and if you prefer your fanfic in slightly more manageable chunks, that’s the way you’re going to get it!
You’ve got to be fucking kidding me. You can’t be part of this, you’re…common. This is the Folly, this place is strictly toffs and monsters.
Zachary Palmer, Whispers Under Ground
I was thinking today - what does Zach mean by this, exactly? The “toffs” but is obvious, c.f. Nightingale and the pre-war Folly, full of upper-middle-class white men. The “monsters” part…does that just mean Molly, and anyone else like her the Folly has employed? Or is it connected to why the demi-monde in general are so wary of the “Isaacs”? The people who give them nicknames starting with “un” and moving on to “sub”? After all - Zach isn’t exactly the type of person to be put off by surface appearances.
And you don’t have to look very far in real-world history to imagine the sort of monstrosities that your average group of upper-middle-class white guys could perpetrate upon a class of people on the fringes of society, considered inhuman or subhuman or not human at all. Magic and the heavy-duty evil of the Faceless Man doesn’t even have to come into it.
I do wonder if we’re going to learn, eventually, if Geoffrey Wheatcroft passed on to Albert Woodville-Gentle and his other students an attitude to the fae, genii locorum, and other magical creatures that was much more typical of the Folly at large than Nightingale’s relative acceptance. (And that acceptance is relative, compared to Peter or Lesley.) Peter’s work uniting the Folly with the wider magical community might be more of an uphill battle than he realises right now.
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