Out of Battle
|Title:||Out of Battle|
|Date(s):||16 January 2007|
|External Links:||"Out of Battle"|
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Out of Battle  is a short story written by AJ Hall that is a crossover between two of Mary Renault's novels: The Charioteer and The Persian Boy (the second novel in her Alexander trilogy). The story was originally posted to AJ Hall’s journal at LiveJournal on 16/01/2007.
Miss Haliburton (a minor character in The Charioteer) is nursing in Alexandria during World War II. There she meets Alexander the Great, who has unknowingly been transposed from his own time and place. She treats him for starvation and dehydration (suffered during his army's march through the desert of Gadrosia), and teaches him the exercises to use to ease residual problems from the chest wound he took in India. The next day he has disappeared from her world.
The timeline of the story then jumps to a time after Alexander’s death (“Funeral Games” timeline). Bagoas recounts his own interpretation of Alexander’s experiences with Miss Haliburton during the Gadrosia trek, which led to Alexander’s decision to send a forward scouting party to find their way out of the desert.
Comments received on the story include:
- Superbly-realised and seamless crossover. —grondfic
- Oh, beautiful. It's so nice to see more of Miss Haliburton; you've fleshed her out and made me love her even more. —lorie945