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New Doc/Marty Fic: Lyra, Burning

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Feb. 27th, 2015 | 08:17 pm
posted by: irisbleufic in bttf_slash

Title: Lyra, Burning
Fandom: Back to the Future (set during Part III; events divert from film canon, but most aspects of such nonetheless stay in line with some version of canonical reality; I deconstructed the movie and put it back together again because it looked like fun
Pairing/Characters: Marty/Doc; shades of Doc/Clara and even Marty/Clara, but probably more accurately expressed as Doc-Clara and Marty-Clara; Chester the bartender (who I’ve given a surname), the bath-house guy (who I’ve also named), those dudes in the saloon, Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen and his gang, the undertaker, Seamus and Maggie and William McFly, random citizens; a bunch of OCs (Linton family, grocers, and their daughter, Annabel Lee; James Wilson, ancestor of Goldie Wilson, errand-runner and jack-of-all-trades about town, including part-time gravedigger; Jonas and his brother, who would not tell me or Marty his name, native rail-workers and also part-time gravediggers; Zhihao, who is a long way from home, rail-worker and gravedigger; and finally, a handful of literary and scientific historical figures appearing in reference and in dream-space)
Rating: Explicit [NSFW]
Word Count: 17,560
Warnings: Canonical[-ish] character death; two instances of period slurs
Notes: My anon pushed this challenge one step further; after writing a 1955 take, a 1938 take, and a 1985 take, they've asked if I thought I could make the pairing work in 1885.  This is fragile territory on account of Clara, who is a person I like; after cycling through possibilities, I settled on the option that was, for me, the most challenging to execute (I hope that I've treated this scenario with the respect it's due). This tale is many different things, including an almost complete re-working of the third film, but, to my surprise, it is above all a ghost story with both stargazing and fascinatingly obscure U.S. social history in it. It’s my hope that anyone reading this might learn something.  Some snippets of dialogue are borrowed from the film, but slightly altered (due to altered events).
Summary: The kindness of strangers, the absence of strangers, the nebula-bright traces they leave behind—these things mean more the farther you drift from home.

(Read it @ AO3)
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