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I have to leave Lily Dale today, and feel rather as though I am being pushed out of paradise. It is so quiet here! So quiet – and so many flowers – and I’ve gotten such a lot of work done – 7,000 words on a new novel!

Which is perhaps too similar to The Time-Traveling Popcorn Ball in some ways, by the by, but perhaps that one was not quite ready for prime time yet, poor thing.

But there are no rooms at the inn, so I must be moving on. I’m heading up toward Oneida, I think. We shall see if I actually make it all the way to my stated destination this time…

***

Oh, and also – I hope you’re happy, you monsters:

“Lord Peter Wimsey was one of your schoolfriends?” Troy asked.

“A schoolmate, at least,” Alleyn said, after a slight hesitation. “We investigated a case together at school.”

Under other circumstances, Troy might have laughed, or pressed for details. But now she simply smoothed the letter in her hand and frowned down at it again. “And now he wants me to paint his wife, the suspected murderess.”

“Acquitted,” Alleyn reminded her. “Not all suspects are guilty, you know.”

“Of course,” Troy said. Her own days as a murder suspect rose in her mind. She pushed them ruthlessly back. “But no one seems to have impressed this on the press. A suspected murderess painting a suspected murderess – soon I will be painting nothing but pretty murderesses for their rich foolish fans. So many criminals have the most boring faces.”

As she spoke, a newspaper photograph from the Vane case floated up in her mind. The girl had looked almost ugly, with a sullen mouth and a strong, dark brow.

It was the brow that made Troy pause now. There might be something in that. One could not tell from a newspaper photograph.

“I suppose,” she acquiesced, “it will do no harm to meet her.”

Date: 2017-07-14 12:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] evelyn_b
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, but hardly anyone suspects Troy of murder anymore! So it would only be a little bit sensationalistic!

“A schoolmate, at least,” Alleyn said, after a slight hesitation. “We investigated a case together at school.”

<3

Date: 2017-07-16 11:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] evelyn_b
Poor Troy was just trying to help promising young artists! At least she can tell the press-hounds she was never actually charged with anything!

But it's going to be a nuisance all around if anyone notices that she and Notorious Acquitted Murderess Harriet Vane both married a prominent investigator in their respective murder cases. Does this constitute a trend? Is someone going to write a trend piece? Is Scotland Yard going to have to have a series of awkward meetings about not fraternizing with murder suspects? I hope so.

Date: 2017-07-14 01:16 pm (UTC)
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
It was the brow that made Troy pause now. There might be something in that. One could not tell from a newspaper photograph.

Aw, very Troy! Also Alleyn's contained disapproval of Peter, because obviously that is no way to go about things professionally.

<3

Date: 2017-07-16 08:33 am (UTC)
lost_spook: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
LOL, yes, absolutely!

Date: 2017-07-16 03:24 pm (UTC)
evelyn_b: (Default)
From: [personal profile] evelyn_b
This is 100% plausible, but I hope you don't go around trying to tell Alleyn he was influenced by that obnoxious Wimsey kid. Good police work is its own reward and he hardly ever thinks about the o.w.k. at all except when some overzealous and underinformed reporter decides that all crime-scene-haunting poshos are the same person.

(Peter is all too delighted to tell the press about how Alleyn's sterling qualities and steadfast friendship have informed his career. Alleyn, needless to say, rather wishes he wouldn't).
Edited Date: 2017-07-16 03:30 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-07-16 10:08 pm (UTC)
evelyn_b: (Default)
From: [personal profile] evelyn_b
NEITHER HANDSOME NOR A DETECTIVE. >:( Poor Nigel. And his reporter bros think he's just mad because they scooped him. They can't understand the issue at all.

Peter probably plays up being dazzlingly oblivious to hide the fact that he's slightly hurt, maybe a little more than slightly, because he's always genuinely happy to see Alleyn (who is intelligent and conscientious and can be counted on never to want to talk detection shop or posh nonsense). And they used to be such good friends! Meanwhile, Alleyn is too polite to tell Peter he's a disgrace to the profession.

Date: 2017-07-17 01:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] minutia_r
Also this whole exchange makes me happy. Poor old Peter (who totally has it coming).

Date: 2017-07-14 03:32 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
From: [personal profile] sovay
"A suspected murderess painting a suspected murderess – soon I will be painting nothing but pretty murderesses for their rich foolish fans. So many criminals have the most boring faces."

Yay!

Date: 2017-07-14 04:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] missroserose
I love the story of your inadvertent discovery of Lily Dale! Here's hoping you return someday when you need it most.

Date: 2017-07-16 01:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ladyherenya
A suspected murderess painting a suspected murderess – soon I will be painting nothing but pretty murderesses for their rich foolish fans.

Ha! Oh Troy...

And Alleyn and Wimsey are around the same age and could easily have been at school together, I hadn't considered that.

Date: 2017-07-17 01:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] minutia_r
I am! I am happy. XD

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