May 22nd, 2016

Adornment by whitedatura (PG)

Title: Adornment
Fandom: Maleficent
Pairing: Diaval/Maleficent, Aurora/Phillip
Categories/Genres: Post-Canon, Fluff, Romance
Length: Long (21924 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: whitedatura

Summary:

After Aurora's coronation, Maleficent gives Diaval a gift for his years of service and tells him to go find happiness. He leaves. She might've phrased it differently if she'd known he'd take her so literally. Autumn and winter pass, as seasons do, and Maleficent finds herself in possession of a growing number of raven feathers. Meanwhile, Diaval discovers that roaming the countryside as a dragon is not without consequences.

Review:

It's hard not to enjoy a good dose of melodrama in romance, but where many would lean more heavily on the drama than the melo, whitedatura's crisp pacing and clever writing keeps the pining from bogging down the story while imbuing enough emotional complexity in the characters to give richness and body to the fic. whitedatura also goes out of their way to show off the many facets of Maleficent and Diaval's characters, some of which go overlooked even in the canon itself.

If you're looking at the word count and expecting a plot, you'll be disappointed. But the fic certainly doesn't suffer for lack of major machinations. It's a romance, through and through, and an easy, well-crafted read for anyone looking for a sizeable chunk of fluff to sink their teeth into.

Adornment