Last time I went over a year between updates, now its only been a few months! There is quite a bit of life in Chuck Fan Fiction. This won’t be a huge post, but some of what’s coming out now is interesting so I felt a need to update.
Let me start with the most obvious, Zettel has finished Chuck vs The Beautiful Creatures. That was a fun story all the way to the end.
Perhaps the biggest news though is that he has started a new story. Cables to Aces is very different from his first work. It is an S1 AU that starts right at the end of Imported Hard Salami (1.09). We see significant decisions made by both Chuck and Sarah that make this immediately “alternate”. Chuck embraces his inner Piranha. Funny how in canon he didn’t really remember his hacker past until S5, well this time he will use his skills to work on taking control of his life quite early. Whether that means researching the Intersect or giving himself privacy when he wants it.
Sarah also makes a change, instead of denying the “incident”, she has an honest talk with Chuck. This has a far bigger impact on the story than just the obvious. Chuck and Sarah will still have some major issues to face, but this time that is done more together and at a much earlier date.
Things unfold rapidly from there, things that played out over a longer a period in canon, starting with Ellie being read in. But look for the 2.0, Orion, Frost all to come at them fast. It’s almost like the whole series in a few months which makes things breathless and exciting. The pace of the updates is almost as breathless as the pace of the story. Zettel has written 51 chapters in 51 days! Granted they are shorter chapters, but dang! This is a sort of excitement I haven’t felt in fan fiction for years. Every time I open my browser I’m thinking something new could be up, its awesome! (Devon would be proud!)
So far the story would be rated PG-13 for some mildly intense action and violence and would require a couple days to read. I believe we’re into the last act (maybe 10 chapters to go?) but only time will tell. And at this pace, not very much time!
The second story to mention is updating almost as rapidly. Sarah vs The Life Unexpected by David.Carner is the best sort of fluff piece. Really. It says so right in the author’s description, along with the warning it may cause diabetes. It almost shockingly sweet, and that is a big part of the fun of it. There are two major changes to canon right from the start. You remember in the Pilot when Morgan tells Chuck that Bryce remembered his birthday? Well no worries this time, when Morgan sees who the e-mail is from he deletes it without saying a word. Perfect. And apparently just before that when Sarah took baby Molly to her mom, Emma said “only if we raise her together”.
So the story starts five years later. Some not entirely happy things have happened in that time, but the upshot of it has a much more open and mature Sarah Walker running her own security business while raising Molly with Emma. And a likable and decent but sadder Chuck running a software company while raising Clara.
When Chuck and Sarah meet things unfold at a blistering pace. Molly is a big part in all the proceedings, beyond precocious.
This story would be rated PG, only for a lot of talk about where babies come from. It could be read in a few hours. It isn’t done and updates are coming at a rate of several a week, I’m not sure how much further it might go.
Just to make the point about where this is heading, a short add-in is already published and complete. Sarah vs The Life Unexpected: Christmas Time is Here is a holiday piece set only a few months after the parent story and starts with a Chuck and Sarah Bartowski. This could be no surprise after even one chapter of the original so it spoils nothing. But it deals with Sarah helping Chuck come to terms with his first Christmas without Ellie.
All of this is great fun, especially for those who just want to have fun with favorite characters.
Next I have a new story by a new writer, Crashing Castle by Dillwg. This is an action piece, of the sort ninjavanish used to write. Lots of gunfire and a reasonably knowledgeable description of weapons and capabilities. Fun in the BOOM sense of the word. It is nominally set in S3, but it feels more like mid S2 to me. At least to say Chuck and Sarah are fine but apparently still in a cover situation? It’s early, and I’m not sure yet what significance may be in the author saying S3. The story is straight forward, bad guys show up to attack Castle. Casey is in the Orange Orange while Chuck and Sarah are across the mall getting stuff for a weekend getaway. Gunfire ensues.
It might have been early for to me recommend this, its only two chapters in. But its well written and the style is fun. It might be PG-13 for violence, but again, its early and things could get more graphic? Currently it could be read in less than an hour.
Lastly, many readers may have noticed there was no update from KateMcK on Its a Wonderful Cover Life this Christmas. But that isn’t quite true. She posted a ten years later short one-shot called It’s a Wonderful Family Life. I could say it spoils a lot of the main story, but again, we all knew where that was heading anyway! Kate has not been very active in the community these last couple years but she insists the story will continue. The Author’s Note to this suggests maybe a new chapter before another full year passes? We can always hope!
These last couple months have been the busiest period for fan fiction in several years. Its been a lot of fun to tag along for the ride. At this rate, it may not be long before I have another update!