Okay, actually Thinkling writes a lot, sometimes we can’t get her to stop. So why would I consider this news? Perhaps I’ve just finally lost my mind. But no. Our own Thinkling has taken the plunge into fan fiction. Like many of us, she’s spent much time pondering the finale, and if you’ve spent much time at this site you’ve gone through the process with her. Well one clearly good thing to come from all of this is Thinkling has decided to organize her process into a story. And it turns out she’s a dynamite writer. Is anyone really surprised by that? (repeat after me; “no we’re not surprised at all…”) After the jump, we’ll look at exactly what Thinkling is writing.
The story is called “Sarah vs Finding Herself” and it begins with the concert hall scene from the finale. This is told from Sarah’s perspective as she deals with the unfamiliar world and feelings she has to deal with. We have Thinkling’s own comments on her story, this was lifted from an early version of her author’s note that I persuaded her to cut, mainly so I could post it as exclusive content here (!). Hey, she has her story and I have mine…
My Chuck This post Past Is Prologue … and Epilogue is the background and spring board for this story. My premise is that Sarah’s biggest obstacle to getting her life back, other than the memory wipe itself, is her perception of her situation. That is, she thinks that because she can’t remember her life, that it’s gone, and that all the things she so obviously feels are just phantom feelings of a life that no longer exists. The reality, of course, is that she is still Mrs. Bartowski. She still has a life, a husband who adores her, a family who love her, people who care about her, and a home in Echo park. Her subjective lack of memory doesn’t change that objective reality. The first hurdle to healing is a change of perception, which I believe begins to take place as she spends time with Chuck on the missions. She is reintroduced to her own reality and begins to consider that the feelings tuging on her heart are both real and accessible. Now, by the end of chapter 1, she has cleared the first hurdle and is ready to begin to heal. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. 😉
I’ve seen the outline, and this looks to be eight or so chapters long. But we all know how Thinkling loves to write, so don’t be shocked if it grows to twice that! The first chapter covers almost to the end of 5.13 and adds a few scenes/moments for Sarah to reflect on. The style is thoughtful and accessible as we expect from Thinkling, and she does a wonderful job with keeping Sarah in character. If the first chapter is any indication I think this will be fun and interesting for all of us who love both the show and the character.
Thinkling hopes to have a new chapter up once a week. If length remains consistent each can be read in about 20 minutes. I’m going to guess at a PG rating, really nothing objectionable, but some difficult subject matter.