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Title: A Proper Bride
Author: [info]iulia_linnea
Characters: Astoria, Daphne, and Madam Malkin
Rating: PG
Word Count: 461
Summary: No matter what Daphne might think, Astoria knows she's lucky.
Disclaimer: This work of fan fiction is based on characters and situations created by J. K. Rowling and owned by J. K. Rowling and various publishers, including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books, Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made from (and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended by) the posting of this fan work.
Author's Note: [info]leni_jess prompted me with Astoria contrasting/comparing her and her sister's loves and marriage plans. This ficlet takes place in the universe of the Thoroughly Inappropriate Series (see relevant tag below).



Astoria gasped with delight as Madam Malkin pulled her wedding gown free of its wrappings. "Oh, it's beautiful!" she squealed, clapping her hands.

"And you'll look lovely in it," Daphne said, smiling as she stroked the fabric.

"Indeed she will," Madam Malkin agreed.

"You could have a gown just as grand if only you and Everett would see sense. Sneaking off to be married—who does that?" Astoria asked Daphne.

"People who can't wait for their honeymoon," Daphne replied, with a glance at Madam Malkin.

"I'll just get the veil," she said, leaving them alone.

"Daphne, you didn't need to send her away. I'm not going to fuss, truly, I just want you to be happy."

"And I am, very."

"But it's so . . . secretive, so small. You're a Greengrass. We don't do secretive and small. It isn't proper."

"You'd prefer that my wedding outshone yours, then?"

Astoria frowned. "No, but . . . I can't like it. Mother hates it."

"Another benefit to having a private ceremony. Excellent."

"I don't know why you and Mother can't get along, but do try, for my sake, when Draco and I—"

Daphne put her arms around Astoria's shoulders. "Listen, I know your wedding to Draco will be the social event of the season, and I'm glad for you, but Everett and I don't like crowds."

"Everett doesn't like money, you mean."

Daphne pulled away. "Nonsense. He just doesn't want a fuss, and given the way Mother's behaved towards him, you can hardly fault us for wanting to avoid an occasion on which she would be purposefully difficult."

"It's hard for her to accept that he's not a pure-blood. You should understand."

"What I understand, Astoria, is that Everett's not a social-climbing coward who's looking to benefit himself by—"

"Oh, don't start! Draco loves me. I don't care why his parents are pleased about our marriage. It only matters that we're happy about it."

"Precisely."

"Daphne, you know I'm happy for you and Everett. It's just that it would have been so much more, oh, I don't know, cozy if you'd chosen someone from our set."

"I did better than that, I think," Daphne replied, smiling that irritating, secret smile of hers she always affected when thinking of her precious Everett.

Astoria rolled her eyes, disgusted and disappointed to know that Daphne no longer shared secrets with her, but before she could begin to sulk about it, Madam Malkin returned.

"Now, isn't this the sheerest silk you ever did see?"

"Oh, it's gorgeous, Madam Malkin! Simply perfect," Astoria gushed, as she allowed Madam Malkin to secure the veil to her hair and pull it over her eyes.

I'm going to be a proper bride, she thought, examining herself in the mirror, and everyone will know how lucky I am!

Comments

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missingkeys
Mar. 12th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
:/ I don't like Astoria at all here, but I do love how you wrote this. All the little jibes about 'our set', etc, are perfect. Great work, honey.
iulia_linnea
Mar. 12th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)

Sometimes, it's interesting to explore what the effects of a pure-blood mother might have been, and I agree, they aren't pretty.
missingkeys
Mar. 12th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
Not at all. Still, you've tackled this in a way that just works, whereas I've seen published novels with similar-ish themes that don't work anywhere near as well. I think you're a star.
iulia_linnea
Mar. 12th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
You are really good for my ego, babe. *loves*
missingkeys
Mar. 13th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
*squee* *loves back*
leni_jess
Mar. 12th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad that Daphne's sister isn't just making a convenient and let's please mother and let's dress up kind of marriage, even as she allows herself to have her choices compromised by her mother's influence. (Granted that for some reason she isn't the target of poison from her mother, either - just the poisoning of her mind.)

It does seem, though, that Daphne will be more content in choosing without all those restrictions, and in having a husband she can have true faith in. Sad that the younger sister doesn't even realise it – or understand that Daphne hasn't been sharing secrets for a very long time.
iulia_linnea
Mar. 12th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! :D

Diana's influence has clearly affected Astoria, and I wanted to explore that while not entirely damning her for it. I don't believe that she would have had as much exposure to Roger, which made all the difference with Daphne (I have major headcanon about all this :P). Oh, and as Roger's estate went to Daphne rather than Astoria, Diana wouldn't have benefited from poisoning her.

I'm really glad that this piece engaged you as much as it did; thanks for prompting me—and for all the feedback!
leni_jess
Mar. 12th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Ah, I'd forgotten all the lolly went to Daphne!

Bunny wonders whether Diana wouldn't have put some (more?) effort into influencing Asteria to persuade Daphne to cooperate better, though clearly she doesn't expect to get anywhere by herself. But perhaps she's content with having her second daughter marry what still appears to be wizarding money (though I don't see the Malfoys giving Diana a look in).
iulia_linnea
Mar. 12th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
I think that Diana knows better than to screw with Daphne in any way by this point because she would have no lolly at all if she angered her, and no matter what Daphne thinks of the Malfoys, Draco is a spectacular catch—the Malfoys are filthy rich, and I expect that, post-Voldy, they've used their Galleons wisely to rehabilitate their name. Allying themselves with the Greengrass family can only help their reputation, and I'm sure that Diana will appreciate the attention the union brings her.

Having written the TIS from Severus' perspective, I didn't have as much of a chance to explore Daphne's character quite as deeply as I might have wished to, and she is, to Severus' mind, perfect—but I don't know that I agree with him because no one is. Diana raised Astoria, not Daphne, so any benefit or influence over Astoria that Daphne might have had, and vice versa, is tempered by the standard sisterly rivalry, and the fact that Daphne knew better than to share all her secrets with her sister for so many reasons. And all of that is the long way of saying that Astoria wouldn't have had that much influence on Daphne, who is her father's child more than her mother's, and definitely Severus' in every way.
a_boleyn
Mar. 12th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
It seems that Astoria has been too protected by Daphne from the more unpleasant aspects of pureblood life. Luckily for her she will continue to be protected by those who love her so she can remain in blissful ignorance of the seamier side of life. Daphne and Severus have earned their happiness and don't need anyone else to see how happy/lucky they are.
iulia_linnea
Mar. 12th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
Daphne and Severus have earned their happiness and don't need anyone else to see how happy/lucky they are.

I couldn't agree more. :)
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