What the Frak is Wep Reading? Week 2
And now it’s time for the weekly reminder that Wep has no life. Er, I mean, it’s time for me to talk about some of my favorite Chuck fanfic. Yeah. That’s it.
You’ll notice this week (or I’ll just tell you), that I’ve decided to kind of change things up a bit. Instead of just telling you about one story, I’ve decided to go with two. Why? Well, in the world of fanfic, often times a reader will value a serial fic over a one-shot, or vice versa. For me, I tend to be a fan of the serial fic. I don’t know why, possibly because that’s where I cut my fanfic teeth, but I know I do.
So to balance that, I’m implementing a new rule for myself this week. Instead of one recommendation every week, I’m going to recommend two of the many, many fics I’ve read in the fandom. There will be one serial fic, and one one-shot. I figure that’s only fair, to make sure everyone is properly represented.
First, we’ll talk about the fic I promised you last week. One of my favorite action sequences I’ve ever read.
If I told you Sarah and Chuck were on a motorcycle, Casey was in an ice cream truck, there was gun play and explosions abound, and you could get it all in one story, what would you say? I’d hope you’d say that sounds awesome. I know I thought it was.
Back near the end of season 1, Sharpasmarble began an expansion of Chuck’s first season. Through a series of many fics, he told a story that, at first was something that could be happening off screen. Of course, when season 2 started, his entire series became very alt-canon (not to be confused with alternate universe…that phrase is horribly overused in the world of fanfiction).
In fact, there’s still a story he’s working on in that alt-canon. But for the action sequence in question, we have to go all the way back to the story that started it all.
Chuck vs Auld Lang Syne takes place after episode 1x11, and explores the Team Bartowski dynamics, the Chuck/Sarah relationship (still very much in its infancy at that point), Chuck’s growing aptitude as a spy, and many other fun factors. It’s a fast moving story, and relatively short, but the climactic action sequence is far and away one of my favorites to this day. If you haven’t read it (and I imagine many or most of you have), then you should go and check it out today. And if you have, go read it again. Casey in an ice cream truck? What part of that is not made of win?
So sticking with the season 1 theme (I’ll probably do a lot of these, as A) Season 1 was my favorite AND B) Those are the stories buried in the archives that probably need the most recommending), my one-shot recommendation this week is a little story called Five Idiots That Seriously Piss Agent Casey Off by hiding duh. Yeah, awesome title, I know.
This fic is listed as being of the Sarah/Casey pairing variety, but don’t let that scare you off if you’re adverse to that ship. That’s not really what this one is about. To me at least, this is much more a Team Bartowski tale. And on top of that, it’s not romantic at all. Well, unless you’re John Casey and gunplay turns you on.
This author has in fact written three supposed Sarah/Casey stories, but only one of them seemed overly romantic to me. Well, only one of them mentioned romance of any kind. I think he/she really understands the partners’ dynamic of those two, and writes it pretty well, in my opinion in the other two, including the one I’ve recommended.
Also, one of the great things about this short story is that it ends in a way that would probably make a fantastic story in its own right. But I won’t spoil it for you, just check it out for yourself.
Next Week: What happens when a serial one-shotter takes on a serial story? Awesomeness. And also, one time when some chocolate was mixed with a little peanut butter. Er, I mean one time Chuck was mixed with another of my favorite fandoms (featuring the prettiest Nerd Herder (except for that one time Sarah donned the gray tie)). All that and more coming up for you next time in What the Frak is Wep Reading?