Friday 22 September 2023

Friday Fics Fix - Let Me Explain


'He’s engulfed in the shadow of midnight wings. In the dim lantern light, Izzy examines the damage.'


Title: F3. Background: shiny geometry - it's funky

Yes, I'm rec'ing an Our Flag Means Death (OFMD) fic for the second week in a row.

(You can check out last week's F3 here, if you want.)

It's just what the universe wanted, dearest nerdlets, what can I say? The blogger is beholden to the universe's whims 😅

So, this is the fic the universe gave me for this week. 

I don't know why - presumably someone, somewhere, needs to read it. Which is weird, but we live in a weird world, and I was raised by hippies.

This fic is a weird one.

Like, I know I say that a lot - but it really is a weird one.

It's a wingfic. And those are invariably weird to begin with.

Before you ask me 'what on God's green earth is a wingfic?' let me explain.

A wingfic is a fic where - and this is shocking - people have wings!

Yup, it's that simple.

Sometimes it's everyone who has wings, and sometimes just a few characters - this particular fic is an everyone has wings kind of AU.

(Fandom notes:

AU = Alternate Universe.)

I don't rec. wingfics very often because they tend to be... um...

Look, they clearly scratch a particular brain-itch for people, but I don't have said brain-itch, so I tend to find them just plain scratchy.

In non-fandom-speak: they're usually just not my thing. This one, though...

OK, before we go any further - there will be OFMD series 1 SPOILERS from here on out (and in the fic itself.)



OK? Great.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Lucius looking up from his ledger
Via Giphy

This fic starts with Ed's Kraken era and Izzy's toe-thing... only in this fic it's actually Izzy's wing feather thing.

Now, you might think that that sounds a lot less horrifying.

You would be wrong.

So, so, wrong.

Apart from the genuine general horrific-ness of the act itself, this fic is set in a world where damaging another person's wings is the ultimate taboo. 

...It's bad.

This fic's version of Ed is, frankly, an abusive a**hole.

And while the crew try to help Izzy out, and Lucius watches on from the hidden passages in the walls (the prevailing fan theory about how Lucius survived series 1,) things just keep getting worse...

Bonnet better be back soon, cos this crew is falling the f**k apart. And there might not be much of Izzy left, by the end.

This is a beautifully-written sweet-sorrow story that satisfied my emo goblin spaghetti brain.

It is dark and raw and beautiful.

So yes, the universe gave me no choice - I had to rec. it. 

To whoever the universe particularly needed to read this (and everyone else, for that matter,) - enjoy this beautiful, sad, gothic fantasy. I hope it brings you all the soothing angsty goodness.

Strong Content Warnings for this one:

- abuse (MAJOR warning)

- general violence

- injury and gore

- blood

- self-harm

- disordered eating

- self-blame and low self-worth

- suicidal ideation's entirely possible that I've forgotten something, so please be careful!

This week's fic, then, is:

The Swallow Still Falls by Sir_Bear, with art by LicorneAtelier

Do you read m/any wingfics?

Is there any weirdly-specific type of fic that you read a lot of?

Talk to me! 😅💬

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  1. I can't wait to watch the new season! (I know its premiered so maybe I should say I can't wait to find time to watch the new season lol).

    1. The new season hasn't premiered as far as I'm aware...? Only the trailers have, I think. Anyway, it's likely to be a long freaking time before we get it aired in the UK, we're still waiting for s5 of WWDITS *sigh*


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