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10 December 2010 @ 06:58 pm
Discworld ficlet 1/1  
Written for Day 10 of consci_fan_mo and for stackcats who gave the prompt Discworld ; Granny Weatherwax and Sam Vimes ; Soirée. Hope this pleases.

Disclaimer: Discworld obviously belongs to Terry Pratchett, not me. Also, the views herein are those of Samuel Vimes, not me ;-)

Social Niceties

Sam pulled at the lace collar of the ridiculous doublet that Sybil had made him wear for this evening’s soirée. She insisted it was the height of fashion, ‘What the Ankh-Morporkian gentleman is wearing today’.

Sam had tried to tell her that no gentleman he’d ever seen wore anything like this velvet monstrosity, unless they were going into clubs that had names like ‘The Ruby Slippers’, but Sybil would not be persuaded.

This evening had been as awful as Sam had anticipated; a room full of toffs with less brain cells between the lot of them than your average pedigree dog. Or if they weren’t gentry, they were ambassadors. In Sam’s mind, the word ambassador was spelled with four letters.

To make matters worse, every time he managed to grab a drink from a passing tray, Sybil would take it from him, insisting that he meet Lord Haha or some other blithering idiot she knew from school. As such, he was still stone cold sober after two very long hours.

So it came as something of a pleasant surprise when he looked up and spotted Granny Weatherwax across the crowded ballroom. He couldn’t think what she was doing there, until he spotted Queen Magrat of Lancre and the penny dropped into place.

Carefully avoiding eye contact with anyone who might want to make idle chitchat, Sam made his way around to where Granny Weatherwax was standing. Unsurprisingly, there was a circle of empty floor of roughly four feet in radius, with Granny as the epicentre. Stopping just on the edge of the circle, Sam nodded to Granny.

“Mistress Weatherwax.”

“Commander Vimes,” she replied and nodded. Sam took this as an invitation and took a few steps into the protective circle of Granny’s presence.

They spent the rest of the evening stood not quite next to each other. They stood mostly in silence, although occasionally Granny would make a comment about the impracticality of a Lady’s dress, or Sam would point out that a Lord’s sword wouldn’t cut butter.

It was one of the best parties Sam had ever been to.
 
 
 
Black Rook: Susangrachonok on December 10th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Liked this:). (Definetely need to re-read some Withes books:))
But, I don't want to be a pie,: deathidontlikegravy on December 11th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yes you do. *g* Have you read any of the Tiffany Aching books? I know they're more for children but they're just as brilliant, especially the new one I Shall Wear Midnight.

glad you liked it.
Yamxyamx on December 10th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Lovely. Granny and Vimes definitely have an understanding. :)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: librarianidontlikegravy on December 11th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
Padawanpoohpadawanpooh on December 10th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Great stuff! I love both characters and you've captured them both perfectly
But, I don't want to be a pie,: librarianidontlikegravy on December 11th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
*bounces*

Thank you so much, that's great to hear :)
The other Weird Al: Discworld - DEATHaeron_lanart on December 11th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
Wonderful! Those two would definitely understand each other in that sort of situation
But, I don't want to be a pie,: librarianidontlikegravy on December 11th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
*nods* Never written Granny before, that I remember anyway. It was fun, if a little intimidating *g*
I'm a walking doodle: Jack/smilemad_jaks on December 11th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Granny would make a comment about the impracticality of a Lady’s dress, or Sam would point out that a Lord’s sword wouldn’t cut butter.
This. Just this *G*
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pleased hamsteridontlikegravy on December 11th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
*blush*

Thank you! :)
The Proverbial Quiet One: Discworldstackcats on December 12th, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
Ohmygosh, you used my little prompt! This is great, especially the last line - he's found a kindred spirit :D
Thank you for this, it totally made my morning!
But, I don't want to be a pie,: librarianidontlikegravy on December 12th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
And you just made mine! Never written Granny before, and I've not written Vimes often, so I'm really pleased it works for you :)
Rusty: ficrustydog on December 12th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
You've got down exactly what it must be like for Sam at those parties! He would totally gravitate to Granny Weatherwax.

As such, he was still stone cold sober after two very long hours.

Oh, the horror! Glad they found each other. :)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pleased hamsteridontlikegravy on December 15th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you very, very much!


And icon love! :)
karaokegal: bleacherskaraokegal on December 14th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
I passed this one on to hubby, who read all the books during his 2nd broken leg recovery. He said he liked it a lot.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pleased hamsteridontlikegravy on December 15th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
I'm very pleased to here that, thank you and your hubby! :)
nursemattnursematt on December 14th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
loved it
reminds me of myself and karaokegal at parties
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pleased hamsteridontlikegravy on December 15th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Re: loved it
Thank you! :)

It resonated with me as well, funnily enough...