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More Anne and Gilbert.

I don't know what's come over me today. Such a romantic... Must be the birds chirping out of my window. Here's the next bit of schmoop. Thanks for the feedback. You never know who's going to like what...

Paring: Anne and Gilbert
Rating: PG (ooh!!)
Setting: takes place after Gilbert recovers from typhoid. They have just graduated from Redmond.
Spoilers: Anne of the Island, last chapter


Gilbert

The white dress with the puffed sleeves and flowing skirt that made her look like she was wearing a cloud. The pale yellow dress with the fluttery sleeves that let him catch a glimpse of the freckles on her upper arms. The sky-blue gown that hugged her willowy frame and gave him thoughts of dryads floating up from the depths of the sea. But today she wore the green dress. It was old, and not spectacular, but he saw her wear it at Redmond and had told her how becoming it was on her.

He imagined that she wore it especially for him, to remind him of what could have been had she not been so stubborn. Her auburn hair glinted in the sunshine, her lips were parted in a smile, and her hand was so near...

He knew that if she wouldn't have him, he would have no one. There would be no other woman in his life. The letter he received while ill with typhoid gave him hope. Phil had written that Anne wouldn't marry Roy, that there was still time to try again. And so he would. They made their way to the secret garden of Hester Grey and sat.

"I have a dream, " he said slowly. "I persist in dreaming it, although it has often seemed to me that it would never come true. I dream of a home with a hearth-fire in it, a cat and a dog, the footsteps of friends - and you. I asked you a question over two years ago, Anne. If I ask it again today will you give me a different answer?"

He felt he would never breath again, so desperate was he to hear her accept. Her hand crept shyly to his cheek and held it. He only dared to close his eyes when he saw her tears. He slowly let out his breath and allowed himself to touch her face. He hadn't tried since Diana Barry's wedding party. Silk. She turned her face into the palm of his hand and there placed a gentle kiss.

Surely it was not meant for man to feel so strongly, and it amazed him that his heart could feel so much joy without breaking. Gilbert leaned almost imperceptibly towards her, tilting her face to meet his.

"Sweetheart. My love," he whispered.

Their lips met and he felt that he would die, that he could carry the heaviest load, that he should cradle his sweet Anne in his arms and protect her forever. The gentlest of pressure caused her to encircle him with her arms. He pulled her closer into his embrace and traced a path from her ivory neck to her glorious hair.

"Oh, Gilbert, I've been such a fool. How much time I've wasted not loving you."

"Shh. We've each other now and forever." He wanted to kiss each and every freckle on her perfect little nose. He wanted to pull those silly combs from her hair and run his hands through it before the light faded and he was unable to see its fire. He wanted to pull her onto his lap and hold her firmly to him.

She giggled and he nipped at the soft skin under her ear. Watching Anne laugh was like watching a brook come to life. She stood and pressed her hands to her cheeks. He worried until he saw her eyes shining. She held her hand out to him and they lingered at the garden wall, breathing in the scent of the garden, Anne's head on his shoulder, and everything as it should be.

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The proposal is taken directly from the book, apologies to Lucy Maud.

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inlovewithnight
Jan. 11th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
You're making me all sniffly, and in the middle of a public computer lab! For shame!
::loves you madly::
God, the typhoid chapters kill me every time...WHY did I leave those books at home...::wonders how fast Mom could ship them::
stoney321
Jan. 11th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
GO RENT THE MOVIES!!!! They let Anne do what we want which is to rush to his bedside and claim her affection, which turns his fever around.

I cannot stress how much you need to sit at home this Saturday with ugly, fat socks, a bowl of popcorn and assorted sweets and cola (maybe some grapes and carrots - I'm a mom, don't forget) and a fat blanket, preferably with a cat sleeping on it. And watch them!!!

(Thanks, by the way. You know I'm writing them for YOU right?)
inlovewithnight
Jan. 11th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
Hee! I feel very special. :)

I kind of like the whole prayer-at-the-window sequence, but her running to his side would be MOST satisfying.

I'll hit up Blockbuster this evening, and if they won't help me out I'll shuffle my Netflix queue...::plots:: We have Monday off for MLK day, so that's a whole extra DAY in which there can be much movie-watching.

I need Anne icons so I can stop substituting Kaylee...
stoney321
Jan. 11th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
you mean like THIS ONE??

Shareable to lovers of Anne/Gilbert.

what HAS gotten into me today? I declare...
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stoney321
Jan. 11th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
That's why it's here! Would it be stinky if I asked you to credit me, though? It's silly, but maybe it'll make strangers come here and share in the love...
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kimberly_a
Jan. 11th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
As far as I can tell, Netflix doesn't have any of the mini-series. I am bereft! Reading these ficlets made me absolutely HAVE to watch the films again, but I can't.

*sobs*
stoney321
Jan. 11th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
you have a lovely Titian-esque icon!!
I feel your pain! I have the series on tape, and the VCR no workey.

I'm tempted to tell the dentist to cancel so I can buy a new one. Okay, that's just silly.

But, *sob!* anyway.
kimberly_a
Jan. 11th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: you have a lovely Titian-esque icon!!
Thank you. The icon is actually a close-up from a painting by Alma-Tadema. :-)
inlovewithnight
Jan. 11th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
What! Netflix fails to come through? That's just...cruel and terrible. I will be stalking the video stores of Boulder, methinks...
somecandytalkin
Jan. 11th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
Okay, here's the total sum of my knowledge on this couple - their names, and that she's 'of green gables'.
But this is lovely schmoop. They get teh sweet lollipop icon.
stoney321
Jan. 11th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
The lollipop! The books are quiet and nice and G rated. Not for everyone on my flist, but I read them as a girl, and find myself re-reading them to capture their sweetness every few years or so.

But we ALWAYS watch the mini-series on the day after Thanksgiving.
somecandytalkin
Jan. 11th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
Now you're making me think about books I'd forgotten. Like everything by Louisa May Alcott or Laura Ingalls Wilder...and I see it's Lucy Maud Montgomery. Three names per person. Hmmm....
stoney321
Jan. 11th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
<-- David will dance with your kitten of regime MADNESS
Okay, now we are connecting. Laura Ingalls Wilder and LM Montgomery were never far from my fingers. "Little Women" bugged me - weanie women. I like my women cute, spicy, spunky, and firey. And smart.

But I am ENCHANTED by the evil Hitler Kitty. ;-D
1, 2, 3, 4 (stomp stomp stomp stomp)
somecandytalkin
Jan. 12th, 2005 07:11 am (UTC)
Re: <-- David will dance with your kitten of regime MADNESS
David? He a good dancer!
Heetler Keety loves to dance as much as he loves to stomp. And I am under his stompy spell.
Weanie women?
That made me laugh, cause it's true and everything. And OMG, Little Men? the ickiest...But I had some weird literary crush on the 'dominant cousin' in Eight Cousins. Lame, but y'know, 5th graderish or something.
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stoney321
Jan. 11th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
Have I told you today that I love you? 'Cause I do.

You just made my whole year with that.
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mirasol
Jan. 11th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
Awwww.

So ruddy cute and schmooptastic.

So you reckon I should read the books then?
stoney321
Jan. 11th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
Hmm, let me think for a se- YES.

They will probably be in the Young Adult section and should be cheap. Just some lovely, happy, picturesque writing. And Gilbert!! He calls her carrots! She breaks a slate over his head, then breaks his heart!!

BEAR!! Read them, then we'll have a sleep over and braid each other's hair and eat sweets way too late and prank call ___ and stay up all night! OMG!
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stoney321
Jan. 11th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, Anne is big EVERYWHERE. And how fun to live in Japan for a while! I've been on a PEI tour (I almost convinced my husband that we should move there, or at least to Halifax.)

If you feel the need to read sweet, touching, funny, and post-Victorian tales, I couldn't recommend Anne any higher. She's particular (and known for) being Anne with an E.

Thanks for reading, even though this isn't you thing.
violethamster
Jan. 12th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
Just so pretty and summery and sweet. I really need to brave the librarians who will look at me funny and go check out these books.
stoney321
Jan. 13th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
Or buy them cheap on Amazon... Just saying.

(Thanks, babe.)
mskakaako
Jan. 13th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
*sigh*
Aw...they're going to get it on! He pulled her closer into his embrace and traced a path from her ivory neck to her glorious hair.

Oh! The hair! The reason they started their thang. I'm clutching my hands to my chest as I say this...which is amazing because I'm also typing at the same time. I love this. Absolutely love it.

You make me all nostagic for the old CBC mini series. Didn't like the third one though. Will forget it ever happened. Megan Follows IS Anne. Poor her, she can't get any work because of typecasting. OR the fact she's gets all weird and snippy about being called MEE-gan. It's so good. I'm going to pimp this to some peeps on my FL who looooove Anne and Gilbert. OTP! OTP!111!!!
stoney321
Jan. 13th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
Re: *sigh*
I. Love. Megan Follows. And I totally agree about the third one. it depressed me for days after seeing it.

Wanna know what I REALLY want made? Emily of New Moon. When I was a struggling actress in college, I wanted so badly to play Ilsa. I LOVE this series!!

I think I am a closet Canadian. Help me? ;D
mskakaako
Jan. 13th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: *sigh*
I think I am a closet Canadian. Help me? ;D
Tell me abooot it. Haha! I'm so not funny, for a Canadian. Hmmmm, I think you are more Canadian than I am. I don't even like beer. Also, I've never read Emily of New Moon. I suck.
sunbrae
Jan. 14th, 2005 08:35 am (UTC)
*swoon*

Thanks so much! I was grumpy earlier, and mskakaako sent me this link to cheer me up. It worked!

*sigh* School just started so I really don't have time to reread the series. But I really want to!
stoney321
Jan. 14th, 2005 10:21 am (UTC)
WHEE!! *points to your icon of cuteness*

I love me some Anne/Gilbert. Glad I could brighten your day... Hope it ends up better than it started!
cordelianne
Mar. 4th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
This is lovely and made me very happy!

I love Gilbert's reactions to the kiss:

Their lips met and he felt that he would die, that he could carry the heaviest load, that he should cradle his sweet Anne in his arms and protect her forever.
drvsilla
Aug. 10th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
Oh, Gilbert
Oh, the typhoid. That gets me, every time. ::bwa::

Puffed sleeves. hee. But none today because Anne is serious- this is- because it's Gilbert. I really enjoy this look into Gilbert's reactions, his thoughts on what's happening. His longing and love for Anne, and how it turns from anticipation to happiness to sweet contentment.

Watching Anne laugh was like watching a brook come to life.

Perfect!
stoney321
Aug. 10th, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, Gilbert
The typhoid gets to me almost as badly as Matthew... *sniffles* I swear Gilbert Blythe was my first crush. And that was from the BOOK! Hee hee!

Thank you again. Such a sweet thing to find in my inbox this morning. :)
drvsilla
Aug. 10th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, Gilbert
Yes, typhoid and Matthew and sniffly. Definitely. And- ha! Gilbert was an early crush for me, too. Book Crushes RULZ.

You are so welcome. :)
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