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Title: Alright
Author(s): bijoux_box
Date(s): 25 December 2007
Length: 417 words
Genre: backstory
Fandom: Mary Renault
External Links: archived on MRF

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"Alright" by bijoux_box is a ficlet based on Mary Renault's 1953 novel The Charioteer. It is set some years prior to the main events of the novel, at the time when Ralph Lanyon was living with Alec Deacon.


The stresses in their relationship become clear when Ralph comes home to Alec with perfume on his collar.


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

  • "[...] I like the tone you've chosen very much , and that its Alec who's speaking first (fits nicely with our vision for them)...and how quietly spare the whole piece is...."—comment by my_cnnr
  • "What a lovely scene! Alec is one of my favorite characters (never understood the Sandy thing myself either) and I love the idea of how he and Ralph were together. I think this, or whatever it was that caused the end, is exactly how they would have handled the end of their relationship - no melodramatics in the bathtub for them, indeed."—comment by poicale