“Bethany? I thought that was you I saw earlier,” Professor Orsino said, smiling warmly as he rose from his seat in the lounge.
Bethany had no choice but to stop and talk to him. Not that she minded having a chance to talk to Professor Orsino, but she could see a familiar bright-red leather briefcase on the chair beside his, and knew Meredith Stannard must be somewhere in the vicinity. Probably complaining loudly to some poor unfortunate about the delay, Bethany guessed. “Professor Orsino,” she said, smiling back at him with equal warmth.
“I was surprised to see you on board, until I remembered you’d once mentioned that you’d started school so late because of helping with the family business. I take it Hawke Airways is that business?”
I think you could convince me to ship just about anything - even just a throwaway comment makes me think so much about a pairing! And there is just something about Orsino/Feynriel that would be so… decadent, almost, and sensual, and, well, forbidden. In the game, at least. Is that part of the lure..?
A/N: For combination-nc on her birthday.
This could, if you wished it to, go along with the other Bethany/Isabela stuff I’ve written (not that there’s a ton of it, but it’s out there).
Title: The Whole Story
Rating: Not exactly what I’d call M, but let’s say NSFW?
Summary: Bethany asks Isabela to write a story about them, but Isabela suffers a bit of writer’s block.
Isabela sat her table in the Hanged Man with quill set to parchment and an a bottle of ink in just the right spot ready for when she needed it. Only she hadn’t needed it at all yet, and it was distressing her. At least once Varric had come over and pushed a tankard into her shoulder wondering if she had anything written yet. She hated that she only had a single line on the parchment to show him. Not that it was a race or anything of course, but there was always gold or drinks on the line when one of them finished a story, and Isabela didn’t like to lose.
She tapped the quill against the table, ink dropping in dark dots against the wood. It filled in divots from knives and mugs and she had to move her parchment more than once to keep from staining it.
Under some perfectly delicious amount of duress she had agreed to write Bethany a story. Writing fiction about one’s friends when it was understood that they might read it once it was published, where she could claim some ignorance over the matter? Well, that was one thing. Writing a story for Bethany - beautiful and despite her recent best efforts, still desperately naive Bethany - was another thing altogether. Especially if she was to keep their names intact.
Oh my goodness, as I say over and over, but this is so delightfully wonderful. And not only because it is both sweet and sexy as stories with Bethany and Isabela (the most va-va-voom of all the pairings!) are, but the very idea of writing someone you love a story, for and about them, and the meaning and weight and difficulty of names, and then letters. Ooh, letters! Thank you, thank you so much!
Attraction level: 10
Come on, it is Isabela! Va-va-voom! But she is attractive in more ways than her curvy way - yes, she has a very beautiful face as well, but the way she carries herself and knows herself, the self respect she has, and all that? That plays a great part in it.
Love for the character: 10
She is actually the reason I even bought the game. I, uh, I heard you could have a lesbian threesome in it. Yeah. Uhm. So! So there is a lot of love for her simply for that, that she got me into this whole thing at all, but I think she is a wonderful character as well. She is strong, and she did not settle for what life handed her but worked to get what she wanted, to go where she wanted to go. I love that about her. She is not the kind of person that gives up or in.
How much the character has grown on me: 10
She went from this casual encounter that lured me into the games and fandom to this amazing character with depth and background and dreams and motivations and everything, and I adore her. She could have been this one-dimensional one night stand, but she turned out to be so much more, and I am so happy she did! (If I had a dude’s body I could make a tacky joke here. I also think I would look a little bit like Ben Mansfield, and never leave the mirror. Not that I look similar to him now, I just have this feeling I totally would as dude!Combo.)
Badassness level: 9
Just the fact that she came back to an angry Arishok says a lot.
How upset I would be if the character got killed off: 9
I would live, but do not dare, Bioware. Do not dare. Do not touch her.