Amazing but true, there is still new fan fiction being generated for Chuck, some of it very good. What’s extra surprising is as choosy as I am, I still find plenty to enjoy. Some of it is as good as any we’ve seen, so after the jump, we’ll take a look at what I’ve found to read in these last few weeks.
You all know any story I choose will be pretty Charah friendly, well I’ve pretty much settled in on not reading much post series angst either; to my mind, that ship had sailed by S3,and I have no stomach for more of the same. It surprises me some how many fan fiction writers still want to go there, but it pleases me a lot that most do not. Complete AUs and breaks from various points of canon still seem to be very popular, and are often much fun.
The first story I’ll bring up this time really is a treat, that is Quistie64’s sequel “Chuck vs the Sound of Music II“. (I’ll assume you can figure out what it’s a sequel to!) This picks up several months after the end of the original story with an encounter between the recently married Sarah Bartowski and her old friend Carina Miller. There seem to be a few plot threads at play; from Sarah juggling her roles of wife, parent, and agent; to Chuck’s missing parents; to Carina’s need to lay low by hiding with the Bartowski’s for a while. I’m not sure how big each of those plots may become, but the story is starting off as a fun follow up for the characters and setting that were so much fun the first time around. Initially Quistie stated this story would not involve music, but she has changed her mind and been using songs from a variety of sources to continue the twisted style of the original. Of course, just like the first time around, the story holds up well with or without the songs. I’m not sure how long it will be, but the four chapters up so far can be read in about an hour. It would be rated PG for similar reasons to the first story.
The next story I bring up will not look like a story I would recommend, but trust me, it’s a lot of fun. This is “Enjoy the rest of your life, Chuck” by Doc in Oz. It starts, sort of, from the S2 premier (I say “sort of” because it later becomes obvious that some later events have already occured). In this AU, Chuck recognizes the threat that accompanies the title quote from Director Graham; and he quickly decides he needs to disappear off the grid. Although the first chapter ends with Casey and Sarah taking up the pursuit, it quickly becomes clear that they have actually been preparing him to do exactly what he has done. This leads to an interesting chase in which the pursuit is not quite determined. Ellie has a particularly fun part to play, that just gets better in the exposition heavy final chapter. Be sure to stick it out to the very end, even if you find the main plot obvious the details are amusing. This could be read in about an hour and would be rated PG-13 for some graphic/violent imagery.
The last new story I’ll discuss this time is also front loaded with some serious angst. Curiously, it started as a one-shot that I would have never recommended, but has become a very intriguing multi-chapter story. It is “Chuck vs The Reassignment” by TheKyrien. The first chapter is truly a tragic story set at the end of “Broken Heart”. Sarah is deemed hopelessly compromised by the 49B and reassigned to Washington. She does follow orders and does not contact Chuck. Very unfortunately, Agent Forest is a Fulcrum agent. So some time after Sarah has left, Agent Forest shoots Casey in the back and kidnaps Chuck. Sarah finds out what has happened after she had already submitted her resignation from The Agency, and the first chapter ends on that rather hopeless note. But for all of us who remember Phase Three the story can’t end there! The next chapters are about how far Sarah will go to make things right. It is a fun adventure in an S2 setting with Orion and Ted Roark as interested parties in Sarah’s personal mission. The story is exciting and well written. The four Chapters currently up could be read in less than an hour and would be rated PG-13.
Billatwork is rewriting another of his early classics. This time it’s “The Fake Relationship ReMastered“. Bill claims this remains his most popular single story by a wide margin (my favorite of his is “Negotiation“, but “Fake Relationship” is a close second). The basic set-up involves Agent Walker being ordered to break up with Chuck so a new agent/seductress can be brought in to do what Sarah would not. Those familiar with Bill’s work will know that his villains are rarely subtle and this is an excellent example of that; Agent Becky Ivan is as contemptable a toad as there is in fan fiction. And the ReMastering part of this is very well done. The original was one of Bill’s very early works, this time around he has restructured several scenes and created something much better than the first try. The improvements should not be controversial in a “did Han shoot first?” sort of way, Bill’s writing skills have clearly improved and the reader will benefit from it! So far the story would be rated PG-13 for some sex talk and bucket loads of angst, but Bill has suggested it may lean more towards R by the end.
Several stories previously mentioned continue. Thinkling’s “Sarah vs Finding Herself” is four chapters in now and has been updating on Saturdays. I’d call this the most completely satisfying post series story I’ve seen. Of course regular readers here know Thinkling and I often see things the same way; but I’m pleased with how many readers seem to agree so far. I can’t say enough about how much fun this story is.
I’m guessing I’ll have another of these posts before too long. As always, I look forward to everyone’s comments and discussion, thanks for always making these posts a lot of fun!