A/N: You guys!!! I’m totally overwhelmed by all the lovely things you’ve said about this fic! Thank you all for reading, liking, and reblogging, with extra special thanks with a cherry on top for you wonderful souls who commented! (Most especially:
- ch1darkcy (I can’t BELIEVE you graced me with a Beyonce gif! I’m not worthy!)
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- thisissomefreshbullshit (Your comments are always so comprehensively amusing and make me blush!)
- teastaindiary (I have little hearts floating around my head after your comments!)
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- lametwentysomething (I’d lend you some batteries any day!)
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- EVERYONE ELSE - You are all the best!)
Fair warning, this chapter is a little more interpersonal than travel/destination, but I plan much more of that for the next chapter … so watch this space! I hope you’ll like what I’ve written, anyway.
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Rae had smiled all the way back to her room, smiled as she dressed for bed, and around her toothbrush as she cleaned her teeth over the tiny sink in her bathroom. She was still smiling as she settled herself against the mattress and pulled the thin blanket to cover her. The moonlight shone in and made a glowing parallelogram on the white tile floor. She turned on her side, and just as she started to fall asleep, doubt crept in at the back of her mind.
“He won’t come back, you know. He just said that to be nice.”
“So? And, anyway, how do you know? He said he would.”
Now she was having a dialogue with herself. Wonderful. Where was Kester when she needed him?
“Boys like that don’t talk to girls like you. He’s just lonely. It’s his first night in a strange place. He’ll meet someone more interesting and beautiful tomorrow.”
“Well, so what if he does? Tonight was nice, and even if he doesn’t come back, he talked to me tonight.”
“Do you even realize how pathetic you sound?”
“Shut up!” she thought to herself, grabbing her headphones and pressing play on her Discman to drown out her thoughts with the sound of Eels.
Part I (if you haven’t read it yet)
I’m going to echo Shawn’s sentiment from earlier - there has been a lot of quality fics being posted and I’m woefully behind in reading a lot of them. I finally got to enjoy this beauty of an AU today and it took my mind on the most lovely (and needed) little vacation. I really like how their dynamic places Finn as a more emotionally open character from the jump, how their innocent actions reflect the real ways people connect in relationships, and your ability to capture Rae’s awareness of consciously accepting what’s happening and mitigating her responses (by that I mean you’re capturing the internal negotiating process so beautifully). I really connect with this dynamic on a personal level, because it resonates with some of my relational experiences. I realize at this point I’m just rambling because your fic was so enjoyable…it pulled me in…it makes me want more…LIKE THEY ALL DO! Shawna…STAHP it you poetic, noble land mermaid!
Yes. We shall always call Shawna a noble land mermaid from now on. Because that is what she is. A magical creature from a magical land who writes perfect fic always :’3