I remember you saying a while back that you and a friend were writing some more DGHDA fic where the angst in it would put the angst from the 'Todd gets shot in Blackwing' fic to shame. I'm just wondering: on a scale from 1 to 'the current canon we're getting'- how angsty is y'all's newer fic?
We usually start off with an Angsty AU and halfway through, one of us goes “hey what if we took this horrible situation and made it worse?” and then we end up with an Angsty AU of an Angsty AU. That’s how we ended up with the Todd Gets Shot Verse while were working on the Soulmate Verse - when one of us mentioned that Wilson and Friedkin would totally make the most of having a project’s soulmate in custody.
I’m not sure exactly what AU you’re referring to here, because we have a lot of verses and they all have a lot of angst. Pretty sure at that point we were working on the Priest Verse (Dirk and Todd have been on the run for a few months, Priest and Friedkin are competing to see who can find them first but they can’t agree on whether they need to be taken Dead Or Alive, Todd’s constantly terrified that Dirk’s going to leave him behind for his own good and Dirk’s constantly terrified that they’re going to MK Ultra Todd into oblivion) and then we were like okay but what if Friedkin actually did manage to capture Todd after Dirk had stormed out on him after an argument?? So there’s an Angsty AU where Dirk gets back to the petrol station to find the car abandoned and blood on the pavement and Todd’s not anywhere to be seen?? And he doesn’t know whether Todd’s alive or dead?? And then he ends up giving himself up to Priest because he thinks they’ll let Todd go but of course they don’t because they’re the goddamn CIA.
I think the particular scene we were working on was when Dirk and Todd are asleep in Dirk’s cell after Dirk’s spent the entire day being injected with almost everything under the sun (because if he doesn’t cooperate they’ll start on Todd) and Todd wakes up at 3am to find Dirk lying next to him stone-cold and missing a pulse. We were so upset while writing this scene. I still have fond memories of wheezing at work. It’s not going to be on AO3 for a while yet but hoo boy, this experience has been a rewarding one.
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