The fic I received managed to include one of my favourite things in fic without me even mentioning it (good footnotes) so that alone would have been thrilling, but it's a future fic, a historian looking back on the rule of the two Queens I requested. It was wonderful seeing what little details about the Queens' lives made it through to posterity, and the author even included excerpts of letters and histories and highly debated writings by the one character in the books who does actually write things down. And, of course, since the series had a potential future event as a major motivator for certain characters, it was fascinating to see how that worked out in both the person and writing of the historian.
The Two Queens (1782 words) by plalligator
Fandom: The Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eddis/Sophos (Queen's Thief), Attolia/Eugenides (Queen's Thief)
Characters: Eddis (Queen's Thief), Attolia (Queen's Thief)
Additional Tags: Meta, Original Character(s)
A Treatise on the Partnership Between Eddis Thēlykό and Attolia Έndoxē During the Golden Age (Excerpts from the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2)
compiled by the scholar Sophia in the year 1022
The fic I wrote was a lot of fun - Eugenides is a highly unreliable narrator, and when I got to the end of the first section which features an improbable feat of thieving, I realised that he was telling the story, so then I had to think about who was his audience, and that set up the rest of the fic for me. The title is from this poem by Rumi which I think is highly appropriate for the characters in question.
( A Ruby Held Up to the Sunrise )
Or here at AO3.