More Fan Fiction

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!

~ Dave 

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About atcDave

I'm 54 years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I've been an air traffic controller for 31 years; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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13 Responses to More Fan Fiction

  1. Wilf says:

    Thank you Dave. I can honestly endorse your views … these are all excellent stories, especially Zettel’s (IMO), well worth reading. It’s great to have so (relatively) much Chuck fiction coming at us right now.

    • atcDave says:

      Yeah especially after a couple years without much. I think there were times I went over a week without seeing anything I wanted to read!

  2. Dave this all looks great! I will probably check out the shorter reads, I wish I had time to just sit and write/read but I don’t…another semester starts in a few weeks and college leaves no time to do much of anything else, especially read or pen a new story that is longer. I even took down the sequel I was working on because it was only two chapters in and the last update was nearly a year ago…I still work on it when I can but real life is just getting in the way and I felt it was best not to pretend otherwise…hopefully at some point I will be able to produce new and completed content. Ideas have not left me, I just don’t have time to update anything I have a desire to write so I am not going to publish or repost what was up until I have the free time.

    During my break, I did decide to check out Chuck versus love in the spy life, it was a fascinating philosophical look at Chuck and Sarah both individually and in terms of their key relationship moments that inspired an in-progress rewatch of the show, so thanks to.KDJ (aka Zettel) for that! As I am nearing the start of season 3 I hope it helps to soften my opinion on the shows um, less than stellar period…

    During my rewatch I have been struck by how much foreshadowing there is about the shows final arc in terms of its tone.Hints at this exist all over various episodes it is irony in full effect!

    I also have come to a recent revelation about why I want Chuck back in any compacity we may get it. Surprisingly it has nothing to do with the lack of a proper ending; I simply miss the world itself and the things the characters were up to on a regular basis…fanfiction is great but I want the world and its characters brought to life again as only everyone (cast is at the forefront here) involved in the project could do so well:)

    • atcDave says:

      I feel your pain on the time crunch, that’s always a special tyranny.
      I’m glad if the reference helped! It’s always amazing to me what an enthusiastic and committed fandom we have.
      I do agree on more Chuck. Although I would like to see all is well for Chuck and Sarah, more than anything I miss the whole crazy world. There is truly nothing else like it.

      • atcDave says:

        I’d also add that Cables to Aces, Zettel’s newest, may work better for you than you think. Although it’s a longer work, the chapters are short which makes it easy to pick up for short periods of time.

  3. Thanks for your faithful updates to the world of Chuck FanFiction, Dave. I always appreciate them, though I constantly disappoint myself for not keeping up to date on the wealth of reading opportunities.

    • atcDave says:

      It is definitely easy to fall behind!

      • Fall behind? I’ve barely scratched the surface save the work of Angus Macnab (sad the farm seems destined to remain incomplete) and a darker story whose title and author I can’t recall, but the plot was essentially a worse case outcome from phase three dealing with the aftermath. I did take your advice on Cables to Aces and it is a ton of fun and something I can stick with despite my busy schedule. This summer will be my time to catch up, and my first stop will be your many fanfiction suggestions!

      • atcDave says:

        Great to hear it Josh!

  4. Please check my story and tell me your opinion. As its my first story and I am searching for advice and maybe people who would appreciate my work.
    Thank you.

  5. Justin says:

    Hey, Dave. It’s been a while. Cables to Aces sounds interesting. I’ll take a look at it.

    • atcDave says:

      Yeah Justin, it was good to see a familiar name!

      Cables to Aces is complete now. Really terrific, well written story.

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