FIC REC ALERT OMG DO NOT PASS GO DO NOT COLLECT $200 STOP RIGHT NOW
I’ve been slowly dipping my toe back into reading fic after something of a very long break. A little while ago, I saw that @tetrahedrals had posted the last chapter of their fic, April Come She Will. It completely slipped under my radar, but the beginning of the chapter seemed really promising when I caught it on my dash (I think I didn’t realize it was a final chapter at first!), so I opened in in a tab to “read later.”
Later took a little longer than anticipated, but I finished the story today and…
I don’t want to give anything away. I really don’t. It’s predominantly Varric POV, talking about the events of DA2/DA:I (especially regarding Hawke). No matter where you fall on the “these are my usual/not my usual pairings” spectrum; no matter how you usually envision Hawke; no matter what Inquisitor you played, please give this fic a chance. It is brilliant. Varric’s voice as narrator is spot-on. It is full of absolutely gorgeous character moments and just plain beautiful language.
And the emotions.
When I got to the end, I was so overwhelmed by my emotions, I couldn’t actually process them. Really. No exaggeration (or hyperbole). @w0rdinista thought there was something wrong with me. (There was. Emotions.) I had to lie down on the floor. (The dogs were confused.) My hands were actually shaking. I felt like the world was closing in around my ears. I couldn’t actually form whole sentences.
April Come She Willis that emotionally powerful. It is a story, I think, that will haunt me. It’s definitely one I will read again. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Bravo, @tetrahedrals. Thank you so much for sharing this story. Truly.
Cullen: Champion, I have been charged with informing you that you need to get your apostaste friend Anders to apologize unequivocally and immediately. Hawke: Yeah? Well, go shit yourself, Long Tall Sally, because I lecture my friends in my own way on my own terms.