[A/N: “Working on long fics is too hard at the moment,” I said. “I should focus on shorter ideas until I get back into things,” I said. And then shortly after I start this thing which took me about three weeks to finish. Maybe some day I will learn to take my own advice when I know it’s what’s best for me.
I had the idea of wanting to do a modern AU fic where Byleth’s mother was still alive. Sadly the game never names her (afaik), so I had to make up my own name. I just wanted a happy family life for them. Which then expanded in scope as I wanted to add some Edeleth “fated reunion” + “childhood promise” romance to it too.
This is a bit different from my usual “modern AU” MO of just transposing as much of the setup as possible to a different setting, and not really changing much. Instead actually trying to think up new roles, statuses, and interpretations for the various characters for once. Not that I go completely off the wall with it or anything. Just tried doing something that fit the story better.
I did have to rein myself in a bit. I realised fairly early on that I couldn’t just add a bunch of the characters to this. Some are mentioned in passing, some are alluded/hinted to as being part of the wider setting, but the number of actively participating characters is kept pretty small. This is already long enough without trying to incorporate even more stuff. I do have to aim for actually completing my fics at some point. *quietly hides all my unfinished drafts in a cupboard*
My one big worry is that since it was written across such a long period of time, and some days I wasn’t able to write at all, it will not feel as coherent as it would if I had been able to write at a more steady, continual pace. Hopefully it still turned out okay. That’s probably enough of these author’s notes though, I should let you actually read the fic.]
[A/N: Sorry it’s been so long. After I posted the last chapter all my creative drive just dried up, and died off. I started writing this on the 14. September, over a month ago, and I remember noting that in the first week I only managed to write 87 words. Normally I’d be able to write something like this in a day or two. And even with all that time, it still feels kinda half-baked to me. Most days have just been zero output whatsoever.
Unfortunately AO3 doesn’t really have a way for me to post status updates, so I wasn’t able to keep you all updated. Tweets and fic notes are all I have. And the latter requires actually having something to post.
This is quite possibly the last chapter I’m posting to this fic, unless I happen to suddenly find some inspiration and motivation. I’m really sorry it isn’t any sort of a conclusion. I know some of you got a bit invested. But I just need to get it out at this point. Stick a fork in it, isn’t that what they say? Hopefully that will loosen up some things, and maybe I can at least move on to something else. At the very least I don’t have to keep thinking about finishing this chapter.
Right, I should definitely link to the member list considering how long it’s been.]
I managed to pay attention in class today
Huh? You haven’t been paying attention before now?
lately there have been
[A/N: This might be the most excited I’ve been to write anything in a while. Thank you very much to Rose for helping me brainstorm this whole thing. I hope it’s as fun for you as it was for me.
Edit: Right I should remember to keep linking the member list.]
What’s wrong with Edelgard?
Bernie! Shouldn’t you be resting? Are you feeling better already?
Not really, but I’m very bored.
It’s because of what happened during sports day today.
[A/N: After two chapters in rapid succession this weekend it was nice to take a day off, but I was too tempted to get back into it to stay away for longer than that.
Only really two things to note this time. 1) I am too fond of happy endings to keep drama going for very long. If you’ve followed my previous writing in other fandoms you’re probably aware. 2) Edelgard being an Edelgay disaster is much too fun.
Oh, and 3) This fic has now passed 400 kudos, somehow. You’re only encouraging me, you know.
If you need a refresher on who everyone is, here’s a link to the list.]
Quick! Someone ask me why I’m giddy!
okay. why are you giddy?
[A/N: I typically try to take at least a day’s break between chapters to give my brain a rest. To make it easier to come up with new stuff, and hope it’s actually good. But this time stuff just really wanted to get written, as I try to give a bunch of stuff some progress. Just a bunch of smaller ideas shoved together.
Dorothea shows a more vulnerable side for once, and Flayn is actually in the school! The transfer student idea wanted to make it in there, so I let it enter. Still not decided on whether she’s joining the chat. Not right away, at least. Like Ingrid she is rather lacking on the f/f A-rank supports. Heck, she has almost no f/f supports at all, so I’m not sure how she interacts with the other girls. I just like the idea of El getting a bit jealous. I’m evil.
If you want to know who’s who in chat, I made a list you can find here.]
how did it go with Ingrid @Primadonna? Mercie told me you went to speak with her alone.
Yeah, I did.
It didn’t go great. She felt I was just butting in where I had no business to, and didn’t really want to listen to me. So I had to play my trump card.
Your trump card?
[A/N: I had intended to keep this series as light and fluffy as possible, but once I entered exposition/world-building mode I got carried away. I couldn’t really find a way to fix it, so my two options were basically to either scrap it, or post it anyway, and… I’m sorry. I hope it won’t bore too many people.
Credit where credit is due: This chapter was built on ideas provided by other people. Ruff_Ethereal and I were talking about an MMO a while back, and I ended up adapting that, while the Ingrid idea came from Rose.
And since it could be useful, I created a list of everyone’s handles, and who’s behind them. Everyone who’s shown up so far, at least. More will be added as/if it becomes relevant.]
Hubert just confirmed it
professor Byleth is the Ashen Demon
She’s the what?
You don’t mean from Warcries?
yup, that’s exactly what I mean
[A/N: One chapter is all the break Edelgard is getting. Get back to your gay panic, young lady. I guess this is kinda based on an actual event in the game. Also trying to come up with modern analogies for how things work in the game is hard, but probably easier than trying to come up with entirely new backstories. At least that’s my excuse.]
So who’s coming to horror night this weekend?
I’ve gotten some really good ones this time.
I’ll be there.
I should be able to make it.
I’ll come if there’s homemade snacks.
I’m not great with that stuff, so no thanks.
[A/N: I figured I’d give Edelgard a break this time, and play around with someone else instead. I’m merciless. And fond of language barrier shenanigans.
I’ve actually been thinking a lot about how I want to divide up the ships for this AU, and I *think* I have settled on a chart. Though I might change my mind still.]
Congratulations on becoming school president, Edelgard.
thank you, Petra
but it’s student council president, not school president
Yeah, she hasn’t taken over the whole school.
[A/N: This idea I have basically stolen from one of the comments on the previous chapter, because the idea of a swimming session when Edelgard notoriously can’t swim was too good to pass up. Also figured Leonie could get in this time.
Oh, and I tweaked a couple of people’s colours after it was pointed out they were hard to see on the dark skin. So I made Marianne a lighter blue, so I could also change Quiver’s colour in chapter 1 to something a bit lighter, and not have those two look too similar. I should probably do more with Quiver, but it was always the intention to have her be a lurker. Disaster Edelgard is too much fun to worry about a lot else, hehe.]
[A/N: Back with more shenanigans, this time involving a couple of different characters, though I couldn’t entirely exclude Edelgard being a disaster, since that was the genesis of this idea in the first place. But I also wanted to include Annette and Lysithea for this one. Not everyone is going to be present for every conversation, after all.
As for their colours I kinda regretted already making Mercedes orange, since orange is a very Annette colour, but having two different shades isn’t so bad. The two of them are pretty close, so why not.
It took me a little while for Lysithea, but I thought that since she’s so preoccupied with seeming mature, she would probably think changing the text colour is childish. Same with using a nickname. Using her normal name is the mature thing to do, after all.
For Annette I wanted to do something along the lines of Study Wizard, or Study Wiz, even though she’s not an actual wizard in a modern setting. I settled on Wizard Annie because I figured it would make it easier for people to remember who she is, hehe…]
i’m in town, and wondered if there’s anything we need for tonight/
For the baking, you mean?