Pride and Prejudice
This is a light hearted look at what might have happened had things gone just a bit differently at the Meryton Assembly. It begins after Mr. Darcy's infamous insult of Elizabeth Bennet. However, instead of mocking the gentleman behind his back, Elizabeth teases Darcy himself in retaliation. That "one small pebble" will change the pond.
This is another "happy what if" story. In this instance, what if Darcy had talked to Elizabeth instead of just staring at her. The story begins at Netherfield during Jane's illness and ends shortly after the Bennet sisters return to Longbourn.
A Fortunate Mishap begins the day after Fitzwilliam Darcy's first proposal to Elizabeth Bennet. In the original novel, Darcy hands her a letter that morning and their paths do not cross again for some months. In this story an accident allows the pair to resolve their differences before leaving Kent.
In Jane's great novel there is a lot of angst between Elizabeth's refusal of Darcy's first marriage proposal and their engagement. The first proposal occurs in April. Their paths cross briefly for a few happy days in late summer. Then Darcy and Elizabeth are ripped apart by a crisis, and it's October before Darcy finally dares to propose again. This story grew out of my desire to shorten their agony. Happily Ever After begins six to eight weeks after the first proposal when Elizabeth Bennet receives an unusual request from Georgiana Darcy.