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FANFIC: For the Ones We Leave Behind – B is for Byzantine

Warnings (for this and later chapters): disordered eating, self-mutilation, drug abuse. Dark themes and heavy subject matter in general. Nothing too explicit, but please proceed with caution if you are triggered by these types of things.

Byzantine |ˈbizənˌtēn; bəˈzan-; -ˌtīn|
• (of a system or situation) excessively complicated, typically involving a great deal of administrative detail
• characterized by deviousness or underhanded procedure



Rule 1: There can only be one Archivist at any given time.

Rule 2: A new Archivist is chosen every fifty years or so.

Rule 3: Archivists do not marry; they do not have children.

Rule 4: After they finish school, archivists live in isolation at an undisclosed location.

Rule 5: Archivists are the ones who record and write our histories, the ones who make sure we don’t disappear when we die.

They’re thirteen years old when the rumors start circulating, sixteen when they actually become a reality.  The official announcement comes courtesy of GG, as if it were one of her usual gossip blasts: Attention New New Yorkers, do I have a secret to share with you!  The new Archivist has been chosen and tomorrow you will hear the first clue.  Can anybody guess who?  You know you love me, GG.

Not everyone wants to be The Archivist.

FANFIC: For the Ones We Leave Behind – Prologue


Full Summary: In a dystopian future, New York City has become a ghost of its former self, barely recognizable.  Economic class divisions have been obliterated, written language has been outlawed, and major life decisions are now predetermined by a faceless entity known only as GG.  Instead of proper names, newborns are assigned a Class Number and a Letter of the alphabet.  In Class 1111, D dreams of becoming the new “Archivist,” a prestigious career assignment that will finally allow him the rare opportunity to write freely without fear of repercussions, but when he gets his wish, the past slowly comes to light and the cracks in their perfect little world begin to deepen and grow.  Dan/Blair, Serena, Chuck.

Disclaimer: I don’t own Gossip Girl.  I also don’t own the countless dystopian, futuristic, and fantastical works of literature and film that I shamelessly culled inspiration from, most primarily Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, George Orwell’s 1984, Neal Shusterman’s The Dark Side of Nowhere, Mark Dunn’s Ella Minnow Pea, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Mary Karr’s poem “Winter in the City of Friendship,” Matt Groening’s Futurama, Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca, Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s Innocence, Patrick Wolf’s song “The City,” and Oceanship’s song “Hotblack”.




This is a story about a great many things:

The inexorable future of a city that never sleeps.  The flawed workings of a society governed by senseless rules.  A rusty old typewriter that holds the remnants of written language in its keys.  A secret underground tunnel that leads us to our past.

It’s a story about an elusive and all-seeing dictator known only by the initials TPTB…

WALLPAPER: I Still Sleep (1280×768)

Stop the presses! This is my first post of fresh new content since I started this blog last week! And it is my very first Dan/Blair wallpaper ever, as well as my very first Gossip Girl wallpaper ever. (There were many in the past I had planned to make and prepared images for and everything, but I never got around to it.)

Dan & Blair
Alternate version, in case you’re not a fan of birds: 1280 x 768

I’m also adding this to the Wallpapers > TV Shows > Other page and the Favorites page. Because it’s Dair and I like it.

FANFIC: Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down


Summary: September 2001; New York City: When Jack returns to NY and spends the night with Jill, neither is prepared for the changed world that awaits them in the morning. Part 1 of my multi-fandom series, “Somewhere in this Wide World.”

Disclaimer: I do not own Jack & Jill or its characters.

A/N: This is the first part of a multi-fandom series I’m working on called “Somewhere in This Wide World.”  It charts the interlocking lives of 5 couples from 5 different shows over the course of 20 years.  They are all “aftermath” stories that take place in the future, beyond the original time period of each respective show.  You can read more about the series on the Fanfic page.  There is no crossover in this first part.

Where the show left off: Jack & Jill are struggling with differing views regarding their future together when a hurricane in the Bahamas ruins their wedding plans.  Jack finds out she is pregnant but chooses not to tell Jill when he announces that they should postpone their wedding indefinitely.  The last episode aired April 2001.

Warning: This part takes place in NYC during September 2001.

Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down

September 2001 / New York, New York
She took the red-eye back to New York the night before the Twin Towers fell.