Coming Back (Charioteer story)

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Title: Coming Back
Author(s): dramadream10
Date(s): 13 May 2011
Length: 397 words
Genre: vignette
Fandom: Mary Renault
External Links: Coming Back at dramadream10's LiveJournal
Coming Back at maryrenaultfics (members-locked)

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Coming Back is a ficlet by dramadream10 based on Mary Renault's 1953 novel The Charioteer. It describes Ralph's POV at the end of Chapter Sixteen.


As Laurie sleeps, Ralph watches him and ponders: however happy the moment, can it last?


The story was written as maryrenaultfics's 2011 Unwritten Charioteer Writing Project drew to a close, but was not a response to any of its challenges.


Comments included the following:

  • "Oh! How lovely and poignant this is. Just the right amount of understatement and still with an emotional punch. Thank you so much!"—comment by trueriver
  • "I do like the subtlety of this - the way it isn't just a 'happy-ever-after' ending, for, of course, Ralph's inner demons won't just disappear with Laurie's reappearance."—comment by fawatson