I'm just going to take a minute and say some quick thoughts about what this story has meant to me. I'm very grateful to have met Frea and Fates was what made that possible. As much as I enjoy the story and have a deep admiration for her talent, getting to know her personally is what I enjoy most about the whole Fates experience. I've learned a lot about being an editor since I started editing for her, as well as learned a lot about writing. She's a pretty good teacher, even if she might not realize it. Most importantly, I'm just glad to be able to call her friend. That's what I value most from the whole experience. And like I said, Fates made befriending Frea possible.
I don't regret it, even if she does let her status as the most(ly) benevolent overlord go to her head sometimes. :P
The show may be over (and I'm still going through Sarah Walker withdraw), but Fates lives on! And on. And on. Sorry, couldn't resist. I know that I'm grateful for the show for giving us so much, and I think Frea is too. Chuck made this story possible, made getting to know Frea possible (as much as this story did), and that's worthy of notice as well.
I think I'd be remiss in also not mentioning some of people who have either contributed in some way to Fates or helped to make reading the story and getting to know the fans of the story as such a great experience (Frea can correct me if I'm wrong, and I hope she doesn't think I'm being presumptuous): Aardie, Ayefah, Shoe, BDaddyDL, Crumbles, Neil, quistie, Peter, Katsumaro, Joel, Catrogue, and the list goes on. If I didn't mention your name, that's no slight, I probably just didn't remember. Ask Frea, my memory sucks. I had to think for five minutes just to come up with more people than Ayefah and Crumbles.
Now, I don't have any fancy statistics for you like Frea posted for the one year anniversary. I thought about asking Crumbles (aka Fates #1 fangirl) to put some things together, as she is obsessed with stats, the big French nerd, but I decided to just wing this little tribute post (if you can't tell). I do have some stuff for you, however:
Fates now contains 56 chapters and here is the latest: Chapter 56: You Only Leave Twice
Frea has posted two new additional side stories to the Fatesverse and here you go: Not in the Stars and Training, Lies, and the CIA
And here is a very handy link to Frea's AO3 page where you can view Fatesverse in the order it's supposed to be read in (as well as a number of her other stories, such as the That Which is Greaterverse): AO3 Profile
Oh and of course, what better way to show your appreciation for Fates and Frea's other works than by voting in the Fourth Annual Awesome Awards? Only a few days left for voting, so if you haven't done so already, here's your chance! Awesome Awards
I am not going to sit here and tell you that Frea will finish Fates. She will and people just need to have faith. I am going to ask you, though, to share your own thoughts about why you like Fates (assuming you do and if you don't, why are you reading this post anyway?) and how cool it is that this story has been such a large part of the fandom for two whole freaking years. Isn't that amazing?
So sound off, if you want, and let's hear what you think!