Title: Taking Root
Rating: light R
Word length: roughly 24, 000
Warnings: rpf. a little angst. Chuck Criss cameo. boys with an abundance of ~feelings.
Summary: Darren’s having an existential crisis and drags Chris along with him while he tries to figure himself out. A road-trip of sorts happens, incidentally. vaguely inspired by Richard Siken, especially specifically You Are Jeff.
author’s note: well, okay, this was supposed to be part of the CrissColfer Big Bang but events transpired against me so here it is, months later. It’s the longest thing I’ve ever posted and I’m still trying to figure out why people let me post things at all. nonetheless, I hope you guys enjoy this and if you do I hope you tell me – you’ve no idea how appreciative and grateful I am when I get feedback.<3
there are a few quotes/references to Richard Siken and a song from Avatar the Last Airbender which I think is called Don’t Fall in Love with a Traveling Girl. the lyrics might be slightly off since I typed by ear.
effusive thanks to Certaintendencies, as always, who offered much-appreciated concrit and who also drew a piece of art for this because she’s lovely and wonderful;Aubreyli, who I can assure you was both ruthless and absurdly helpful while she read through and stripped this story down to what you see, which is impossibly improved from the mess it was before, and I am pathetically grateful to her; Mocha, my beta, who actually keeps me sane while I write and then proceeds to correct all my mistakes. I want to kiss all of you on the mouth. you’re lovely and if it weren’t for all three of you this would be a disaster.
disclaimer: i make no profit from this work of fiction. and it is just that - a very creatively licensed work of fiction that did not happen and is entirely made up by my over-active imagination. both Chris and Darren are actual people and this is not Stranger Than Fiction so this is not true, real, nor dictating or documenting anyone’s actual life, etc., etc.
art is here - go, see, stare, weep with envy. it’s perfect.
additional art is here - by my darling Deej - i can’t tell you how emotional i got or how much i love it to absolute bits.
and additional additional art: x x x x | there are literally no words for how floored i was by these - i am so grateful and so humbled and really, truly, thank you is not nearly enough but - thank you, all of you.<3