Fic: Way Ahead Way Behind
"Y’know, there’s a lot of ways people deal with the death of a teammate," says the last person in the troop bay. He returns everyone else’s attention with a friendly nod, crossing his legs comfortably. "Not all of them healthy, obviously! And trust me, whoo, I’ve seen some pretty destructive coping methods." He laughs lightly. "I mean, it’s a stressful event, and the thing about stress is you’ve gotta burn it off somehow or it’ll fester, right here." He pats his chestplate. "Fighting, drinking, making jokes, making…well, I won’t be crude, but you all know where I’m going with this!"
"Is that your coping method, Florida?" York asks, with a wry twist to his lip.
Florida laughs again. “Who, me? Nah, I could never. Can’t really get into the spirit, you know? No, I put in a few hands of poker.”
Having just started watching RvB a month or so prior to epsilongrif posting this picture, I was pretty much not at all expecting to see it tagged “why is there no fic of this?” and think, wow, you know, I could really make fic of this. It’d be easy. Two or three thousand words, tops, just the thing to get back into casual writing with.
I can’t really justify my narrative choices in this except that they seemed like a good idea at the time and by the time I determined otherwise I was too many thousands of words deep into the sunk cost fallacy to do much more than adjust what I could. I’m especially disappointed with some problematic tropes that came up after I remembered Oregon was a woman three thousand words in. It’s probably bad policy to kill off someone else’s OC. I’m pretty sure that’s a thing. Let’s just…pretend it’s a different Oregon, entirely unrelated to any other female Agent Oregons out there.
The other thing I’m most disappointed about is my overall pace being much less impressive than it started out being when I got sick three days and five thousand words into writing. Instead it’s almost exactly a month later, which is kind of awesome but not as awesome as approximately one million words in a week.
York’s pun is probably “teleportland”, which is a hilarious pun and the main reason I could not bring myself to change the character involved. I’m sorry about a lot of things regarding this fic.
This post was originally made July 18th at noon. Editing it on mobile to add a few tags I had forgotten changed the timestamp for some reason. I can’t do anything about this.