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Title: Afterwards
Author(s): pforte
Date(s): 14 January 2009
Length: 2292 words
Genre: missing scene
Fandom: Mary Renault
External Links: archived on LJ

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"Afterwards" is a short story by pforte based on Mary Renault's 1953 novel The Charioteer. It fills in the conversation between Laurie and Ralph at the end of the final chapter of the book, and continues into the night.


"Afterwards" was beta-read by fawatson.


The story elicited a number of comments, including the following:

  • "Lovely, thoughtful continuation of the final scene. Laurie's awkwardness and caution are just perfect." — comment by lorie945
  • "How lovely - intuitive and faithfully respectful of Renault's characters. Particularly appealing was the continuing shift in Laurie's awareness and understanding, and his control of his responses. [...]" — comment by my_cnnr
  • "It is lovely to see a well crafted story that is so true to canon while still giving us a 'missing piece'. [...] — comment by fawatson