Every good story must have:

A naive but powerful “chosen” protagonist with messy hair

An idolized mentor who turns out not to be invincible 

A smart friend who keeps the protagonist in line 

A loyal friend who supports the main character

A brooding character with daddy issues who gets shipped with the protagonist by fans 

A pair of obviously in love best friends

A terrifying looking villain 

And a character who is not the villain but is universally hated

Me, typing furiously at 8 pm as I work my ass off on an important assignment due exactly tomorrow morning: “Nothing can stop me from finishing this paper tonight. Nothing.”

My phone, beeping seconds later: “[AO3] XXXX posted Chapter X of XXXXXX”

Me:

That moment when your favorite fics update at the worst of time