Feeling Sentimental: A Supernatural Fanfiction

Summary: Jessica’s younger sister looks back on her life with her sister, and the events occurring before and after her death.

Trigger Warnings: mentions of torture, loneliness, feeling inadequate

It had been years since I’d seen him, seen Sam. Not since before my sister, Jess died. After that, things…..changed in my family. Mom and dad split, dad drinking himself to death only a year or so later. Mom had decided to just give up completely it seemed. The light in her eyes just diminished completely. Jess was my older sister, the pride and joy of my family, the one with a bright future and a loving boyfriend. She was also the only one who truly seemed to love me. My parents had always compared me to her, saying things like “Why can’t you be more like your sister?” Or “Jess never would have done something like that” So once I had turned eighteen, I moved in with her at her college dorm, she had accepted me with open arms. Soon after, her boyfriend Sam had moved in. He and I got along well, teasing each other like siblings almost constantly. He was protective like Jess too, and I could honestly say I loved him like he was my own flesh and blood brother. But then, after about a year, Dean showed up. Sam’s brother. Their dad had gone missing, and Sam had reluctantly agreed to take a weekend and search. At the time, I hadn’t known why Sam didn’t want to search. That was his father. Sam had promised to be back by Monday, having a huge interview scheduled for that day. Jess and I agreed, wishing him luck and making him promise to be careful. So with a kiss to Jess’s lips, and a peck to the top of my head, he left. Then she died, pinned to the ceiling while I was bound to the wall by invisible restraints, forced to watch my own sister burst into flames. Dean had to pull us both out of the building, screaming and crying. I had passed out soon after. When I finally woke up, I was in a hospital, and my parents sat next to me, tear tracks down their faces. They told me Sam had disappeared, and that the fire had been caused by faulty wiring. But I knew better. What had happened to my sister was far from normal. I went home, researching and looking for anything that would explain what I’d seen. The only thing I could find, was demons. That’s how I finally found out what creatures lurked in the dark, but why Jess? Why my sister? From there I went looking for Sam, leaving home, training, hunting, searching for the only person that could explain why my sister had died. A few months after my departure, dad died of alcohol poisoning, and a year after that, mom died of cancer. I was really and truly alone. Yet I didn’t stop looking. Not until demons found out who I was looking for.
I laughed at the situation, looking up at the cement ceiling. Blood dripped from the wound in my temple, and practically every other part of my body. The door opened a few feet away, the usual black eyed freak stepping in. He smirked before he started tearing me open, blood pouring from new wounds and old. Screams bounced off the walls, but I was used to the pain. Like I said, I hadn’t seen Sam in years, and I seriously doubted I ever would again.

Stanford just made tuition free for students from families making under $125K a year.

Last week, Stanford announced that it was expanding the financial assistance program it created in 2008 to make tuition free for low and middle-income students. Originally, parents had to make less than $100,000 in order to qualify for free tuition. But wait, for students from families making under $65,000, it gets even better.

Question/s: Did anyone else notice how when Stanley and Fiddleford built the portal, it only took one year? As opposed to Stanford, who had to work on it for THIRTY years, even with the journals and everything? Also, the first time it was being built, they needed toxic waste to fuel it, right? Like the kind that Stanford got from a governmental facility? And if the portal took a lot of money for Stanford to make, and the mystery Shack wasn’t a thing until a year AFTER The Incident, how’d they get the money to create the thing in ONE YEAR?

Theory: They were GOVERNMENT FUNDED.

Think about it. That would explain why Agent Powers was familiar enough with the readings the portal was giving off in Scary-Oke to assume they were coming from Gravity Falls. (”We haven’t seen readings like these in 30 years.”) Plus, if the government knew about the machine, that would explain why Agent Powers is so certain that Grunkle Stan has (as he said) “A doomsday device”. Not to mention that Laptops first came around in the early 80′s. So guess who used them first?

The government. This article says that the “GRiD Compass 1100″ was released in 1982. This is what one looks like:

Might just be me, but you know what looks a bit like this?

Which we know belonged to,

Prof. Fiddleford Mcgucket. Did Mcgucket work for the government as a scientist? I think it’s possible. Especially if he was a part of NASA (which the above article said used the GRiD Compass in 1982) looking for aliens in Gravity Falls, which would make sense considering all the hints the show seems to drop about possible sightings.

(Notice the magazine in that last picture says “Full color!” as if it’s a big deal. Must be pretty old.)

TL;DR: I think the Stan Twins were sponsored by the government to build the portal with the help of NASA-scientist Prof. Mcgucket.

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Okay, so it’s obvious the swing set in Stan’s mind (Dreamscapers) is the same one from his childhood as seen in Not What He Seems. And it literally breaks my heart. 

The Swing set is a metaphor for Stan’s relationship with his brother, which was fine and good when they were kids, but broken and dark once Stan’s brother disappeared. 

But notice one thing; its STANFORD’s swing thats broken, not his brothers. HE is the one who feels broken and useless because of his brothers absence. He is the truly lost one. 

We knew he was guilty about something, but this shows just how ruined he was after Stanley was lost. 

Stanford just made tuition free for families earning less than $125,000 per year

If a student’s parents make less than $125,000 per year, and if they have assets of less than $300,000, excluding retirement accounts, the parents won’t be expected to pay anything toward their children’s Stanford tuition. Families with incomes lower than $65,000 won’t have to contribute to room and board, either.

Students themselves will have to pay up to $5,000 each year from summer earnings, savings, and part-time work. There’s no rule that parents can’t cover their students’ required contribution.

Stanford is much more generous toward middle-class and upper-middle class students than the federal government is. Most students who get subsidized loans and federal Pell Grants come from families making less than $60,000 per year. But it also enrolls an outsize proportion of wealthy students. In 2010, the university’s director of financial aid said the median family income at Stanford was around $125,000.

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As the cost of college skyrockets, one school has a radical new plan: a free education.

Stanford recently made news by expanding its program, waiving tuition fees for students from families making less than $125,000.

In addition, students from families making less than $65,000 per year will receive free room and board.

This comes as the cost of attending the highly touted California university creeps past $60,000 per year.

It’s great news for students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford Stanford. But the school’s admissions criteria is extremely selective (accepting around just 5% of applicants).

The school is only able to offer such deep discounts because:

  1. The more financially well-off students’ fees help offset the cost of those in need.
  2. And the school’s $21 billion endowment fund (compared to the average private-college endowment of around just $26 million).

But what about the rest of us who can’t (or don’t want to) attend Stanford? What can we do?

Well, here are a few ideas being tossed around now.