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NINE

Hey Ten?

 

TEN

Yeah?

 

NINE

Do people still write fanfiction?

 

JUICE

BAHAHA

BAHAHAHAHAHA

nine wants to get their pervy tropes on

 

NINE

My what?

 

JUICE

oh shit, ur from 1987. how do u even know about fanfiction?

did someone read u a zine or something?

 

NINE

I just like stories.

 

JUICE

yeah, but u werent like, does Shakespeare still exist? does Shonda Rimes still exist.

she does btw. broke a 2 year tie in game 4079. turned the whole thing around. ppl went wild

 

TEN

To answer your question, Nine, people write a lot of fanfiction.

More fanfiction than original fiction probably.

 

NINE

That’s kind of weird

 

TEN

Not really. There aren’t many new stories to tell anymore.

Humans don’t really have conflicts. Or endings.

 

NINE

Huh. I don’t know how I feel about that.

 

JUICE

ask for tropes, get an existential crisis, huh, bud?

 

NINE

...something like that.

 

JUICE

u need a minute?

 

NINE

Maybe. I don’t know.

 

JUICE

wait, I know what’ll cheer u up. check this out.

 

Five Games That Were Garbage and One That Changed Everything (4235 words) by last_bojangler for icymoons
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Garbage Football RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Roger/Thuy
Characters: Roger (Garbage Football RPF), Thuy (Garbage Football RPF)
Collections: 27Fest 10K
Additional Tags: Typo Game, Game 27, Huddling for Warmth, Huddling for Strategy
Summary: When Roger had brought up visiting history’s worst football games, Thuy hadn’t known what to think. On the one hand, Thuy thought garbage football was a sport best enjoyed at a distance. On the other hand, he’d be traveling with ROGER…

 

NINE

Whoa. Did you write that?

 

JUICE

did I write that? shit, I WISH I wrote that

 

TEN

Juice got it as a gift in an exchange

He still talks about it

When he’s not talking about lunchmeats or something

 

NINE

Is it…

Is it just text?

 

JUICE

is it just text??? it’s a fuckin TRIUMPH.

perfect character voices. gets every football detail right.

kinda steamy kiss at the end but like tasteful

Nine u have to read it

 

TEN

You don’t have to read anything, Nine. But if you’re going to read Game 27 fic, this one’s a good place to start.

 

NINE

Wait, Game 27?

 

JUICE

hell yeah game 27

 

NINE

The capitalist zoo game?

The one with rental units in the middle of the field and like, a statue of Sir Walter Raleigh in the corner?

 

JUICE

and storage units, and fans demanding brown mustard

 

NINE

I thought you hated that game, Ten.

 

TEN

It’s... complicated.

 

JUICE

it’s not. game 27 has the best fic. even Ten cant resist that siren call

though tbh she likes some weirdass subgenres

 

TEN

...Your favorite pairing is Last Steeler/Bojangles

 

JUICE

first of all, it’s called LastJangles. second, tell me thats not a beautiful love story

 

NINE

That one player who still visits the field and Bojangles the restaurant?

Seriously?

 

JUICE

Nine. Nine. have you ever had a Bojangles biscuit?

 

NINE

...can I do that? Can YOU do that?

 

JUICE

probably not. but you know who else cant? the Last Fucking Steeler.

 

TEN

Nine, feel free to ignore him.

 

JUICE

think about it. they can never touch. he can never eat those fluffy golden biscuits.

but every five hundred years, he comes back to the field, just to get as close as he can

 

NINE

Is it all like that?

 

TEN

Not all of it. Some are more plotty.

 

JUICE

Ten likes the ones where they resolve the game

 

NINE

That… makes sense, actually. But I meant fanfiction in general. Is it all just

Is it all just prose?

 

TEN

Mostly. There’s interactive fiction. Then there’s fan art, vids, that kind of thing.

 

NINE

I don’t get it.

 

JUICE

what’s not to get? people dig biscuitfic

 

NINE

I guess so. But like.

Football used to be straightforward, right? Every game had the same rules.

 

TEN

Pretty much.

 

NINE

But the people who invented football wouldn’t even recognize the football that gets played now

It’s this weird refracted game of a game of a game

 

JUICE

uh-huh

 

NINE

But fanfic is still fanfic. Different fandoms, different pairings, but the people who were reading and writing fanfic before people stopped dying would recognize it right away.

 

TEN

Huh. I guess that’s true.

 

NINE

So I don’t get it. How come some things change and others don’t?

 

JUICE

think about it though

 

NINE

Think about what?

 

JUICE

u said it urself a second ago

 

NINE

When? What did I say?

 

JUICE

football has become a refraction. an iteration. a thing of a thing of a thing

but fanfiction was already that

 

TEN

You know, Juice has a point.

 

JUICE

u write a story, based on a story, that half the time is based on another story to begin with

and then ppl write stories based on that story

and then u got a trope, and ppl writing tropes about ur trope

it’s always changing, but it always WAS changing

that’s what fanfiction does. it riffs on things

 

NINE

Okay.

So people from 15000 years ago would recognize fanfiction now because it’s doing what it always did.

 

JUICE

it’s what people do now—they play

fanfic was always about play

 

NINE

Huh.

 

JUICE

u still bummed out?

 

NINE

I don’t even know anymore.

Maybe not?

 

JUICE

u need anything?

 

NINE

Um.

Maybe a reading list.

 

JUICE

LOLOLOL

on it

 

TEN

I’ll get a list started too

 

JUICE

cool. only mine wont be crap

 

TEN

Nine can decide for themself.

 

NINE

Hey, thanks, you two.

 

JUICE

for hooking u up with the best LastJangles of the past 15000 years?

 

NINE

For making eternity make sense.

 

TEN

It doesn’t always make sense, even to us.

 

NINE

I know. I still have a lot of questions.

 

JUICE

hey, Ten, what do u think is longer, Nine’s list of questions, or ur list of good game 27 fix-it fics?

 

TEN

Well, since I haven’t started my list yet…

 

JUICE

TRICK QUESTION SUCKER. game 27 fix-it fics are uniformly garbage

 

NINE

Seriously, though, thanks. I’m gonna go think about things while you make your lists.

 

JUICE

aww. ur welcome lil buddy

TEN

Any time you need us, Nine, we’ll be here.

Any time, for all of eternity.