Literature: Notting Cove

Notting Cove is a web original series by Erase Alpha (Diana Mourão), about a Mundane Fantastic world.

The main story is romantic shoujo-ai/femslash, focusing on the small town of Notting Cove, where forest fairies live. The main character is Devin, a 20-something who works as a waitress and has irresistible urges to help people. One day she finds a fairy in the woods, Saga, a mountain fairy that seems to have run away from home. Eventually, they get romantically involved and Saga moves in with Devin.

This series currently includes a six chapter story, two one shots and an ongoing side story:

  • Fairies of Notting Cove: The original story, six chapters posted along a week, about the start of Devin and Saga's romance.
  • Pet Cat: A short fluff oneshot about Saga wanting to adopt a cat.
  • March Flowers: A oneshot about Devin and her past with Kennedy.
  • A Villain's Song: An ongoing story about what happened to Kennedy after she fled Notting Cove.

The most important characters are:

  • Devin: A 24 year-old forest fairy that works as a waitress. She has a tendency to snark and frown but is also unable to refuse helping people.
  • Saga: A somewhat mysterious 21-year old mountain fairy who Devin finds in the woods, hurt. She's sweet and quiet, but knows how to fight. She's obnoxiously curious. Has a cat named Connor.
  • Kennedy: Devin's ex-fiancee, a cold hearted thug who physically abused Devin while they were together.

The stories in this series can be read on FictionPress or DeviantArt

This series provides examples of:

  • All There in the Manual: Subverted. There was an extra chapter with some info, but it was released alongside Chapter 6 of Fairies of Notting Cove. It was mostly meaningless but if you'd skip it, you'd miss the detail about The Cook and Flannan being married.
  • Cute Bruiser: Saga turns out to be quite the fighter
  • Dumb Blonde: Aiofe, apparently.
  • Framing Device: Calliope, the only muse left after all the others quit.
  • Has Two Mommies: As a result of One-Gender Race
  • Mundane Fantastic: The story is about fairies, centaurs are mentioned, and there's magic. Saga is the only one surprised.
  • Odd Name Out: Subtle. All the forest fairies have Irish names, while Saga's is from norse mythology.
  • One-Gender Race: The fairies. Commented in story when Aoife says she thought mountain fairies were guys.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The Cook of course.
  • Purple Prose: The start of the first chapter of Fairies of Notting Cove. Lampshaded by Calliope.
  • Those Two Girls: Aiofe and Darina, who only get two lines each and appear exactly once, together.
    • To a lesser extent, The Cook and Flannan, though they appear much more often and get referenced in an oneshot.