Pairing/Characters:Emmett “Doc” Brown/Marty McFly; Ensemble Cast (Jennifer Parker, various McFlys, Tiff Tannen, Marty"s band-mates appearing as the OCs I"ve fleshed them as elsewhere, etc.)
Word Count: 13,880
Notes:Stand-alone. Unconnected to any of theprevious timelines/universes. Exhibit A: I"d somehownevernoticed before that, during the pan-around in the opening scene, we see that Doc has a jukebox in his garage-slash-lab-slash-residence. Exhibit B: Doc blows a kiss after the DeLorean from his vantage-point on the clock tower as Marty speeds off at the end of Part I. Exhibit C: When Doc"s seeing Marty off to 1885 at the start of Part III, he shouts "Vaya con dios!" I had discovered that this Spanish phrase ("Go with God") is a reference to the 1953 recording of a song by that title that was still wildly popular in 1955. I finally looked up the lyrics, which I had not bothered to do even though I"d used this piece of information (that it was a song reference) briefly inAs Easy As Love, read the lyrics, listened to the full song this time, got oddly emotional, thought about the jukebox, thought about more script deconstruction, etc. About 3/4 of the events of Part III hold true for this iteration (as you"ll see from where I start the first scene; this is another one with a definite cut-off/departure point likeOSA "Versehas got). The rest is more off-roading, which has been the point of this year"s epic experimentation. Past October 21st, I"ve got to buckle down onGood Omenscommitments or bust. Thanks for taking a chance on this! Happy 2015: there"s not much of it left.
Summary:Six days, six songs, and six ways to over-think your history.
New Fic: Open Your Eyes (Marty/Doc)
Mar. 15th, 2015 | 01:36 pmposted by:
Title: OpenYour EyesFandom: Back to the Future (canon divergence post-Part II)Pairing/Characters: Marty/Doc; Lorraine, George, Dave, and Linda McFly; Biff, Jo, and Tiff Tannen; Jennifer Parker; Louis Wilson; Trav; new minor OCsRating: Explicit Word Count: 14,000 <42,800 for sequence overall>Trigger Warnings: Encounter with medical practitioner who makes a really uncalled-for remark (read: queer individual being a jerk to an individual still figuring out his identity); older sibling being a jerk in similar fashionNotes: This piece follows One Step Away and As Hard As Consequence. Two people in particular, neverwhere and Hazelloop, kept asking questions; ask me the right questions, and I'll be compelled to continue the search for answers (i.e. to write more). I am run-down, grief-stricken, and generally out-of-sorts this week, so having these stories continue to run riot as a grounding influence / focal point has been a great help. I left AHAC on a minor cliffhanger; I'd hoped it would stand effective as a Schrödinger's-acceptance-letters type situation, but in actuality it needed resolving. Trust the timeline with the most theoretical complications to become the one I love most. I’ve done my best to bring a lot of the easter-egg running gags the other three parallel-yet-separate timelines and also with the films> full circle; one of them in particular is either the funniest thing that’s ever happened in one of my stories, or it’s going to outlive the N/H grapefruit dare in infamy. Let’s find out.Summary: I don’t want a Garden of Eden / I just want to bring you to life / If you've got a light inside, then open your eyes — “Garden of Eden,” Rob Cantor
(Read it AO3)
Here are links to the other three parallel-timeline BTTF stand-alones for any interested parties who missed them, as I was writing and posting at breakneck speed:
Time Bomb Town
I Am Waiting (Should I Be Waiting?)
(Serious thank-yous to the intrepid, time-travel-loving folks who prompted these stories to exist. I've never hit the first two months of any year running with this much new content in so little time, so you're all muses in the truest sense of the word.)
New Fic: As Hard as Consequence (Marty/Doc)
Mar. 6th, 2015 | 10:47 amposted by:
Title: As Hard As ConsequenceFandom: Back to the Future (canon divergence post-Part II) Pairing/Characters: Marty/Doc; Lorraine, George, Dave, and Linda McFly; Biff, Jo, Tiff, Don, and Doug Tannen; Jennifer Parker and her parents; Goldie Wilson and family Rating: Explicit Word Count: 14,000 <26,000 for dualogy overall> Notes: This is a follow-up / companion piece to One Step Away. This is exactly what happened with Time Bomb Town, so I shouldn't be surprised. A secret rarely remains such indefinitely, so a lot of what counts is how you handle others' reactions when they find out. This is an exercise in adjustment. Summary: A thing is as hard as its consequences, and Marty McFly should know.
New Doc/Marty Fic: Lyra, Burning
Feb. 27th, 2015 | 08:17 pmposted by:
bttf_slash Title: Lyra, BurningFandom: Back to the Future (set during Part III;events divert from film canon, but most aspects of such nonetheless stay in line with some version of canonical reality; I deconstructed the movie and put it back together again because it looked like funPairing/Characters: Marty/Doc; shades of Doc/Clara and even Marty/Clara, but probably more accurately expressed as Doc-Clara and Marty-Clara; Chester the bartender (who I’ve given a surname), the bath-house guy (who I’ve also named), those dudes in the saloon, Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen and his gang, the undertaker, Seamus and Maggie and William McFly, random citizens; a bunch of OCs (Linton family, grocers, and their daughter, Annabel Lee; James Wilson, ancestor of Goldie Wilson, errand-runner and jack-of-all-trades about town, including part-time gravedigger; Jonas and his brother, who would not tell me or Marty his name, native rail-workers and also part-time gravediggers; Zhihao, who is a long way from home, rail-worker and gravedigger; and finally, a handful of literary and scientific historical figures appearing in reference and in dream-space)Rating: Explicit Word Count: 17,560Warnings: Canonical<-ish> character death; two instances of period slursNotes: My anon pushed this challenge one step further; after writing a 1955 take, a 1938 take, and a 1985 take, they've asked if I thought I could make the pairing work in 1885. This is fragile territory on account of Clara, who is a person I like; after cycling through possibilities, I settled on the option that was, for me, the most challenging to execute (I hope that I've treated this scenario with the respect it's due). This tale is many different things, including an almost complete re-working of the third film, but, to my surprise, it is above all a ghost story with both stargazing and fascinatingly obscure U.S. social history in it. It’s my hope that anyone reading this might learn something. Some snippets of dialogue are borrowed from the film, but slightly altered (due to altered events).Summary: The kindness of strangers, the absence of strangers, the nebula-bright traces they leave behind—these things mean more the farther you drift from home.(Read it AO3) Link | Leave a comment | Share | Flag
Doc/Marty Fic: 3 Parallel Stand-Alone Timelines
Feb. 7th, 2015 | 08:30 pmposted by:
bttf_slash Title: Time Bomb TownFandom: Back to the Future Trilogy (Parts I & II, timeline divergence post-latter)Pairings/Characters: Marty/Doc, Copernicus the dog, George McFly/Lorraine Baines, Biff Tannen & Cronies, Goldie Wilson, Lou Caruthers, Marvin Berry & The Starlighters, Dave McFly, Linda McFlyRating: Mildly NSFW? Word Count: 10,880Warnings: Unfortunate period racism, hints at unfortunate period homophobia, unfortunate Billy Joel song references Marty keeps to himself because he thinks they're clever and nobody will know what he's talking about anyway, etc. But there are also happy things, like buddingfeministwriter!George.Notes: For my anons, neverrwhere, myfavoriteismike, nonsenseflora, havingbeenbreathedout, pinchofnutmeg, and wheredidiputmycigar. I re-watch this trilogy every other year; I saw all three films for the first time when Part III came out on VHS. As entrenched as I was in fandom culture by the age of fourteen, I didn't think to go looking for BttF fanfiction until 2007. By some strange twist of fate (I wasn't even looking for slash; I was looking for BttF fic, period) the first stories I read were several excellent Marty/Doc pieces by usedusernames and Kleenexwoman. This story is one of those wildcard pokes-with-a-stick in which I occasionally indulge; I've wanted to try my hand at these characters' voices for a long time, and what better year to do it than 2015? My predecessors played with the trope that happens to be my favorite line of what-if inquiry (i.e. Marty gets stuck in 1955), so I don't doubt they've influenced me greatly. Apologies to Lindsey Buckingham for borrowing his song title (it's the tune on Marty's clock radio in Part I).Summary: "I hate to wonder out loud," said Marty, slowly, "but do you think we're now in an alternate timeline like that other nineteen eighty-five all because I got stuck here and you got zapped to oblivion?"(Read it AO3)*Title: I Am Waiting (Should I Be Waiting?)Fandom: Back to the Future Film Trilogy / Telltale Games fusionPairing/Characters: Marty McFly/Emmett Brown; various Browns, McFlys, & other Hill Valley denizensRating: Explicit Word Count: 9,600Notes: On my first pass at writing BTTF, I was relying solely on the films and stranded Marty in 1955. This time around, I'm fascinated by the universe extension provided by the Telltale Games Back to the Future interactive adventure that was released in five episodes from 2010 – 2011 (watch the full 7-hour walk-through here; I didn't know this game existed till about four weeks ago), and I'm stranding Marty in the 1930s. I've tried to write this such that you don't need to have experienced the game; what you really need to know is that, in the game, we meet Emmett as a young man (seventeen-going-on-eighteen, just like Marty). Emmett and Marty interact a great deal in the game's 1931 timeline, but, for my purposes, I'm shifting it to 1938, because I'm stubborn enough to insist on film-'verse dates (i.e. Doc was born in 1920; that means that in the game universe he'd only be turning 11 in 1931, but clearly he's about to turn 18, so 1938 it is). The hilarity of it all was that I kept seeing fan art of Marty with this lanky redhead, and I kept thinking, What's going on here? This is freaking adorable. Is this how people picture Doc when he was young? I believe it. And then it turned out to be art referencing the game, etc. For myfavoriteismike (and neverrwhere), who eloquently prompted: The idea of Marty staying in the past and finding Doc before he’s really become Doc is fascinating. I can imagine Marty waiting around for teenage Emmett to turn into the person he remembers, just being so lonely, having Doc so close but not really himself. Maybe see how love unfolds in this scenario where Marty is trying to come to terms with the idea that the person he knew is still being formed? Title and section epigraph quotes taken from closing track (A Beginning Song) of the Decemberists' new album. All of the dialogue in the first few paragraphs, up through "I guarantee it," are lifted from the scene in the game that I use as a transition/divergence point for the proceedings of this piece.
Summary: "Life can be short, sometimes brutally so...so why not seize the day and grab your happiness while you can?" —Telltale Games, BTTF (Ep. 4: Double Visions)(Read it AO3)*Title: One Step AwayFandom: Back to the Future Trilogy(Parts I & II, timeline divergence post-latter)Pairings/Characters: Marty/Doc; Lorraine/George, Dave, Linda, Jennifer Parker, Biff Tannen (plus Tannen kids), Goldie Wilson, EinsteinRating: Explicit Word Count: 11,700Notes: Given I’ve gone so far as to have executed the premise of this relationship both in 1955 and in 1938, it didn’t seem right to walk away without completing the hat trick (a trilogy of stories for a trilogy of films, as it were, although the stories are only directly connected in that they play out the same endgame in three different timelines). This is number three; 1985 was the only remaining year in which I was curious to attempt this (I’ve cut out 1885 on all fronts; I regard it as the weakest of the films, and also the least probable in a sea of already improbable events, as much as I enjoy it). Anyone who’s legit bothered by significant age difference will probably want to bow out now; that said, I’m amazed that Time Bomb Town was so well received even with the gap closed to eighteen years (there’s no gap to speak of in I Am Waiting (Should I Be Waiting?), so, if bothered but still curious, maybe that’s the one for you). 2015 was a long time coming; consider these stories my attempt at celebration. Title this time stolen from the song playing on Red the Bum’s radio the night Marty gets back to 1985 at the end of the first film (Eric Clapton’s Heaven Is One Step Away). First few lines of dialogue are lifted from the end of the second film; after that, we’re off-road and flying. As a side-note, I’m not making up the fact that there are two beds in Doc’s garage-lab residence; they’re positioned in the space exactly as described.Summary: We searched all through the night / I couldn’t find it; you couldn’t find it(Read it