In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pleased to Meet You.”
Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, from Pride & Prejudice, meets Christian Grey, the cold protagonist from Fifty Shades of Grey, when Darcy accidentally stumbles in the current century by stroke of luck , err bad luck. The two men couldn’t be more world apart, yet their personalities had many shades of similarities too. It was May and a warm breeze was blowing across London’s Thames. Grey was here for business but his mind was clouded. He wanted a respite and so here he was, on the banks of Thames, away from the whirlwind of it all. His fate had something else stored for him.
As his thoughts steer in the direction of his twisted love life, he feels a gentle tap on his shoulder, he almost didn’t feel it. He turns and sees a disheveled, almost comical in appearance, man standing there. He is dressed as if he just turned up from the 19th century. There isn’t much that shocks Christian but this is intriguing. The man, in the meantime is looking at Christian with suspicion. Warily Christian asks the man if he is lost or looking for someone. The man starts by introducing himself as Mr Darcy with a foreign accent, nearing British but not exactly so. His voice shakes as he speaks his next sentence, not waiting for Christian to introduce himself. He says he was reading in his garden and probably fell asleep and when he woke up he found himself here. In a foreign land.
What happens next?
Christian, exasperated by Darcy’s rustic manners, holds up his hands to indicate Darcy to stop speaking. He tells him, rather sternly, that this indeed is Britain and asks Darcy if he is on drugs. A confused Darcy looks even more dazed and so Christian finally takes pity on him and asks him if he would like to have dinner. A ghost of a smile flickers on Darcy’s face and he agrees.
Up next, their dinner conversation, who shocks whom?