Posted by: cest_what
Fandom: Gunnerkrigg Court
Length: 6100 words
Creator Links: Sout
Theme: Small Fandoms
Summary: “What are you now, child?” Renard said. “Little shadow of the shadow men … I think you should remember, at least, that you’re not alone.”
Reccer’s Notes: Gunnerkrigg Court is an incredibly charming webcomic set in a school of magic and weird science. One of its best subplots is the anthropomorphic queer romance between Robot, who is a robot, and Shadow, who is a strange and super-appealing little shadow creature.
This fic (written for the Rare Pair fest that just happened) is a missing scene from just after one of the most dramatic parts of their story. The first half of the fic is super-interesting thinky stuff about character and identity and Shadow trying, overwhelmed, to adapt to his new circumstances; the second half is Shadow/Robot and it’s so sweetly odd and perfectly them that it nearly killed me.
Fanwork Links: The Other People @ AO3
comments & original content @ fancake
it is not possible to write ~*~naturally talented~*~ characters superior to ayase chihaya. it is simply not possible. it is not a realistic aspiration. there are none. there will possibly never be any. she is the platonic ideal of all the tropes and it is only downhill from here
#i cannot stand reading about any naturally talented characters these days because THEY’RE NOT AYASE CHIHAYA!!!!! #chihaya doesn’t have to pay for her talent with decreased social ability or lack of charisma or egregious trauma or something #as if they’re all interlocked character customization stats or something #she reacts to it in the most likely and infuriating manner a person would namely that she is unaware of it #and the process of becoming aware of it is not some heartening sports manga protag story #its deeply upsetting to her as she understands that she was lucky enough to want it and have it #but that doesn’t apply to others who possibly deserve it much more #and her blithe unawareness is not cute. she can come off as incredibly callous and she is uncomfortable with that #she is one of the most loving and generous people in the story and she is also one of the most abrasive and aloof #her extroversion does not negate her self-centeredness #and her talent doesn’t inoculate her from jealousy and insecurity and flat-out existential misery #it’s just different jealousy and insecurity and existential misery than it would be for someone who had to work harder for it #and best of all THERE ARE OTHER NATURALLY TALENTED GENIUSES AROUND HER #and she interacts with them!! and she isn’t pedestaled because she is special but she is not unique! #and the nuances of her brand of talent begin to shine that way #i love ayase chihaya. i love this future karuta queen who begins the story with her admission that she didn’t know anything about passion #and goes on to let an approximation of it sweep her up in a whirlwind for six years #and joined a sport because her name was in it. #all sports anime inexplicable boy geniuses who wear their talent like a random sticker on their forehead can go home (also transversely)