Author's Note: Alternate Timeline where Albus and Gellert stuck together and took over the world, or at least a part of it.

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The Good Wizard

Gellert was everyone’s favourite blood knight, people would seek him out when they wanted revenge.  Young witches came to him when they’ve been ruined quicker then they could draw wand, parents after parents brought before him the memories of their stolen children, and even the muggles were now learning that some of their wronged could rely on Lord Grindelwald’s wrath against those he judged unforgivable.

Albus was the good wizard, the one everyone appealed to for mercy, for moderation, and for an end to any of Gellert’s excesses.  For Albus holds the power to rescind Gellert’s warrants, and when that power was sparingly exercised – the people would call Lord Dumbledore the good wizard who was merciful – the one who could empathize and forgive in all of them, the flaws and fragilities of mere mortals.

But Albus knew, that what he was worshipped for was really weakness, that he hath not Gellert’s resolve to cut away those that craved and consumed the innocents among them like a cancer – that all Albus could do was look the other way as Gellert bloodied his own soul for both their goals – and then Albus, who had not the heart to sign death warrants could sign pardons for those that are easier to forgive – sparingly.
Albus is the ‘you’ who is ‘dyed in the wool’, he wants to be freer but ‘how will (he) learn to steer when (he’s) grinding all (his) gears’. The things he’s been taught are secrets, even from Gellert. Albus in his youth ‘used to be such a lion’ before trauma had him hesitating before breathing. I’ve always thought that Albus should have been in Ravenclaw, but I guess he must have used to be more of a Gryffindor, that being able to rush freely into things was his true nature, before he became so bound because of secrets and rules.
Every line of this song fits the Grindeldore pairing, the singer POV is obviously Gellert:
"Back when you never thought I’d never get this far / But did you really think I’d shut the door? / The futures calling and I’m going to answer"
Gellert who won’t rule out the means to power that Albus considered too dark, because the ‘potion’ he never drank was Albus’s restraint There is also a line where Gellert notes that Albus believes that ‘time will wash every tower to the sea’ (‘and now you got this worry in your heart’).

The Shins - It’s Only Life - Port of Morrow
Dyed in the wool, you’ve been cornered by a natural desire
You want to hop along with this giddy throng through life
But how will you learn to steer when you’re grinding all your gears?
You’ve been talking for hours
You say “time will wash every tower to the sea”
And now you’ve got this worry in your heart
Well, I guess it’s only life. It’s only natural
We all spend a little while going down the rabbit hole
The things they taught you
They’re lining up to haunt you
They’ve got your back against the wall
I call you on the telephone
Won’t you pick up the receiver?
I’ve been down the very road you’re walking now
It doesn’t have to be so dark and lonesome
It takes a while but we can figure this thing out and turn it back around
You used to be such a lion
Before you got into all this crying on my lap
Back when you never thought I’d never get this far
But did you really think I’d shut the door?
The futures calling and I’m going to answer
The wheels in motion
I never drank your potion and I know it breaks your heart
Open up your parachute
Something’s got to stop the free-fall
I’ve been down the very road you’re walking on
It takes a while but we can figure this thing out and turn it back around
It doesn’t have to be so dark and lonesome.
1. Viking!Gellert (99% authorial kink) - Convicted of witchcraft, Albus has been chained up under a cliff and left for the tide when Gellert’s ship arrived and Gellert decides to take Albus home as a bed warmer (it gets cold in the Nordic).  Frankly it would make more sense for British dark-age muggles to use ropes instead of rare metals if they were going leave Albus to drown because they were too lazy to gather firewood, but authorial kink demands that Albus be chained up like a maiden left for Cetus* and stuck shackled at the wrists till they get to a good Blacksmith so Gellert has to handfeed his new pet.

2. Roman!Gellert (because Albus is too English to be anything else  but Gellert has the mystery place of origin and the Roman army was multi-racial anyways) - Emperor Grindelwald claims Prince Albus as a spoil of war / gift to seal a treaty.  Albus would secretly or not so secretly like it because he was partly offered up because he wouldn’t marry a princess anyways. Pillow talk includes statecraft, trades standards, and alchemy.  Squee at the sweetness of  Gellert gifting Albus with a palm-size emerald so Albus wouldn’t have to squint to read small print.

3. Camelot-ish: Archmage!Albus has to convince the wayward royalbrat Gellert to take up the dreary responsibility of the throne.  Somehow Gellert would seduce Albus from a tragically wasted life of celibracy as Albus keeps catching Gellert naked in public (PS Jamie Campbell Bower frolics nude in the Camelot series on Hulu and CBC)

4. Paper Kingdoms (aka game-of-thrones-ish AU):  Albus and Ariana were on the run after the murder of a local lord that had branded the Dumbledores traitors to the hallowed throne, and they were suspected of letting in the raiders.  Then they fell into the clutches of the newly crowned just-as-mad King Gellert, who is suspected to have murdered his late cousin., and has the reputation of being a sadist.  Albus goes to Gellert’s bed in exchange for the promise that his sister would be left alone, and sometimes has to beg for the privilege and plead himself to Gellert as the better plaything.  Really though, Gellert only has eyes for Albus from the beginning, and only expressed interest in Ariana knowing that Albus would offer himself up (especially when Gellert heavily hints at it).

5. Triwizard AU (canon time period with a nail divergence) The tournament was never discontinued in 1792 – or it resumed in 1898 - just in time for Gellert Grindelwald to meet Albus Dumbledore.  Star student Albus goes to the tournament in Durmstrang!  Meanwhile it turns out the tournament only resumed because of a dark wizard/witch’s ploy to use the strong magic of the victor as a sacrifice.
*Cetus: in the school library version I read, Andromeda was to be eaten by Cetus the sea monster, but wiki cites a version where Andromeda was chained naked to a rock for Cetus the sea monster to /ravish/.  Because this myth is Greek instead of Japanese though, Cetus is described s whale or shark-like instead of having tentacles.  So have a fun brainmelt picturing Hoshigaki Kisame pawing at Toby Regbo or Lily Collins.
I really think Albus and Gellert would have done better in an alternative universe not modern, but older - or rather, with less set conventions, because both Albus and Gellert are ambitious reformers. The closer to our world it gets, the less they could do without a risk of breaking things, and being seen as tyrants I think the Grindeldore relationship have a better chance of being a good thing, in a Game of Thrones ish AU, where they’ll actually be good for each other. I have a plot idea where Percival Dumbledore was executed for either allegedly committing treason, or by association due to someone else in his family - and his children barely escapes that fate. It is growing up where diplomacy was Albus’s only protection against the world for himself and his siblings that makes Albus extremely skilled at manipulation, and lonely. Basically Albus stuck in Sansa Stark’s shoes.
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