A/N: So I wanted to start a new fanfiction, so I thought I should try this out. This will include some slight history bending, but hey, it's a fanfic, I can do what I want within reason.

Disclaimer: I do not own Levithan, its characters, or mean men from the 19th century.


Alek brought Deryn back to Austria. Doctor Barlow had given them a few weeks off, and Alek had been invited to stay with his old friend. They hadn't been the closest, but he had been one of the very few people Alek had interacted with as a child. How many times had they joked about the boring niceties of royal courts? It had been a while, but with the war dying down, Alek thought it would be a great way to see his homeland and have some alone time with Deryn.