1 Work in Sedition - Katharine Grant
This is a fanfiction/alternate ending of Katharine Grant's wonderful novel, Sedition. Or should I say, wonderful right up until the end? For anyone who hasn't read the novel, I can't say more without spoiling it. So go read it, because it really is excellent, a strange blend of farce and more serious elements. (Trigger warnings: rape and incest.) Then, if you're as dissatisfied with the ending as I was, come back here.
My main problem with the ending is that the author seemed so bent on providing a twist on the typical romance's happy ending that she put her thumb on the scale of probability to get it not to happen. Or maybe she felt Alathea needed to be punished (I hope not). Or maybe she felt that two women going off to live happily ever after in the 18th century just wasn't realistic (not true). Whatever the reason, it seemed like authorial manipulation of the plot to have Annie's attempt to save Alathea end up killing her. Or maybe I'm just a hopeless romantic who likes couples to go riding off into the sunset.
This picks up as a new section about two pages from the end, right after the men decide to have a pipe.