Epilogue: Page 09

25th Jan 1:40 PM, 2019 in Epilogue
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MsMegan 25th Jan 1:40 PM, 2019 edit delete
MsMegan
I tried in so many drafts to fit some dialogue about this in, but in the end it's better to go with an overview, I think.
So, here are my thoughts on the gossip Temperance spread:

There was an arrangement between families courtesy of good ol' Swan Mom, but which did not account for their financial ruin and subsequent relocation to the countryside. Beauty was sent to meet with her fiance, thus accounting for her absence, but upon learning of their reduced circumstances, the family preferred to dissolve the engagement. Argus had already fallen for Beauty in spite of her relative poverty and since he was determined to marry her, his family has completely disowned him, neatly explaining A) Why he's joining Beauty's family instead of the other way around B) Why he's staying on the homestead before they are properly wed (Scandal!) D) Why he's a wee bit out of touch with the common folk and D) Why their finances have abruptly improved.

Virtue is scandalized about lying, but Temperance rightly knows that neighbours who think you might be a hussy are better than neighbours who think you might be a witch. Both Beauty and Argus are like "well, it's not not true..."

Comments:

Chico 25th Jan 2:17 PM, 2019 edit delete reply
One of the best pages in the entire story.
Dad must be completely weirded out
the selkie wife 25th Jan 2:32 PM, 2019 edit delete reply
THEY'RE BOTH SHAKING FROM NERVES OF MY POOR HEART

the emotions! the blushes! i can't!

and yesss, temperance is such a canny woman, good on her for getting ahead of the gossip and spreading some of her own
Miss Elcia 25th Jan 6:13 PM, 2019 edit delete reply
I'm still not quite used to human Argus much less Beauty wearing lipstick!? But she is so pretty and his face is a perfect fit.

Also Virtue hush, Temperance has this neighbor approved version of the details down packed! And yeah, technically speaking Swan Mom did set them up, and witchy mother would certainly disown him right now.
Helena 25th Jan 9:01 PM, 2019 edit delete reply
Beauty is wearing her pearl-embroidered swan dress (well, at least the upper part, since the skirts were too short for a wedding dress). Nice touch.
Helena 25th Jan 9:01 PM, 2019 edit delete reply
Beauty is wearing her pearl-embroidered swan dress (well, at least the upper part, since the skirts were too short for a wedding dress). Nice touch.
Helena 25th Jan 9:01 PM, 2019 edit delete reply
Beauty is wearing her pearl-embroidered swan dress (well, at least the upper part, since the skirts were too short for a wedding dress). Nice touch.
Narnia4Aslan 26th Jan 12:19 AM, 2019 edit delete reply
Man, these are beautiful! I don't quite have the words. A very satisfying ending.:)
Guest 26th Jan 1:16 AM, 2019 edit delete reply
It ain't over until I see the words 'end'. So I am so anxious to see what the final pages hold.

This has been a lovely, unique retelling. I will miss it. Yet, I hope you have another fairytale retelling in store. You did so well with this one.
Guest 26th Jan 8:03 AM, 2019 edit delete reply
Aww i love this page!
Spoony Viking 26th Jan 9:51 AM, 2019 edit delete reply
Depending on the specific time and place, them living together would barely even raise an eyebrow as long as there was a marriage contract in place (which - again, depending on the time and place, could have been just a verbal one), and as long as neither Church nor State got involved. The most scandalous thing would probably be Argus breaking from his family.
Priscilla 28th Jan 10:46 AM, 2019 edit delete reply
"D) Why he's a wee bit out of touch with the common folk and D) Why their finances have abruptly improved." Shouldn't that be a C?
wright1 28th Jan 1:08 PM, 2019 edit delete reply
That explanation covers most of the bases. More importantly, like the best lies it tells <i>some</i> of the truth, allowing friends and enemies to fill in the gaps themselves. This tends to keep potentially dangerous (i.e., getting closer to what really happened) speculation to a minimum. Well played!
Guest 28th Jan 8:03 PM, 2019 edit delete reply
Awww I absolutely love this page. I never want this story to end but at the same time, I want to see it play out so everyone gets the happiness they need. T~T
AbigailBrooks 9th Feb 12:23 AM, 2019 edit delete reply
AbigailBrooks
Okay, Temperance's explanation of the family's improved financial state and how the relationship between Beauty and Argus worked out is both clever and hilarious at the same time. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, look how happy Beauty and Argus are! They both look so soft and gorgeous here, Beauty's tears match mine right now, AND HE GIVES HER A ROSE. AWWWWWW! What a callback to the start of the story, too!