So, the Beacon Hills Reboot: Part One has been up for a couple of weeks now. I’ve gotten some amazing comments on it, and more kudos than I’ve ever expected. Thank you all so much! I wasn’t sure how much people would like it, considering it’s pretty much in the point of view of a character that had died before she had any screen time. Also, it had very little smut in it, which was another thing that I wasn’t sure would go over well. (The internet is for porn, after all.) So thank you all so much for your kind words. 😀
I am deeply grateful for my amazing friend, The Barenaked Critic for editing this behemoth for me, and for encouraging me to keep going when I felt like it was silly, or badly written, or that no one would care. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t thing this dumb thing would have existed at all–and certainly not posted online.
Also, through the course of the story, I cut out a few scenes and other little tidbits that, yes, dragged the story down, but, you know, weren’t bad or anything. For example, I had originally planned for Laura to meet Allison and Lydia at her coffee shop before the game… but the scene was unnecessary and ended up on the editing room floor. I also had a whole scene about Laura’s birthday that got similar treatment.
The parts that I feel most aggrieved about cutting, however, were some of the comments that were passed back and forth between myself and M (aka The Barenaked Critic) during the editing of this monster. So, to thank everyone for their comments and encouragement, I’m going to share some of those tidbits with you. (They’re probably really dumb, but… here you go anyway! :D)
In Chapter Three, when Laura and Derek head out into the woods to track down Peter’s howl, I had originally added a comment about Laura barely remembering to lock the motel door behind her.
M commented: “Don’t motel doors automatically lock?”
I may or may not have been slightly inebriated at this point. I replied back: “DON’T USE LOGIC AND REAL WORLD KNOWLEDGE ON MY STORY! I’M SUPPOSED TO BE EMULATING JEFF DAVIS.”
I believe she texted me later, when I emailed her the newest batch of edits, that she spit tea all over her screen when she read that. So, sorry M! I didn’t mean to inadvertently ruin your computer.
A little further on is this section, which I pretty much indulge of my love of meta and string theory both. If you can’t tap the fourth wall like a keg at a frat party in fanfiction, then when can you?
It suddenly hit Laura, as she walked with her brother in the dark forest, how glad she was she had Derek with her. If he hadn’t begged her to wait for him, she probably would have barreled off to Beacon Hills without him. And would, therefore, be walking around the woods, alone, trying to sniff out whatever werewolf had decided to just up and waltz into the territory. Their territory.
To which M, thanks to Teen Wolf Season 3a’s ending, adds this comment: “And you would get ripped to pieces because your uncle HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE AAAAAALPHHHHHHAAAAAAAAA. *dramatic thunder*”
I replied back. Once again, alcohol was involved. “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPPPHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA *cough choke wheeze* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!”
Later, M and I had a rather long discussion about the whole “hiding of Peter’s lifeless corpse” thing. We finally decided that since Derek had gone to art school, he’d probably be the best versed in the whole internet meme thing. So thus:
Laura had firsthand experience in how well a dog could smell. “We have to find a way to mask his scent.”
Derek grunted ahead of her. “We can bury a dead animal on top of him.”
“No, that wouldn’t–” She stopped herself. Actually, it could. “Wait.”
“I’d fool a human, anyway,” Derek offered.
Laura considered it. Bury Peter deep, then put an animal carcass on top–if the police used cadaver dogs and they scented something, the cops would see the animal–“How did you come up with that idea?” Laura question, suddenly curious as to when Derek became Mr. I Know How To Hide a Body. (It would match his serial killer fashion sense, she had to admit.)
“Internet,” was Derek’s only reply.
Yeah. That internet bit came directly from this. I commented that “Derek’s tumblr handle is “ImTooSexyForMyWolf.” M replied back: “Thank you. Now I’ve got that song in my head and I’m picturing him strutting down the catwalk to it.”
The first person to show me a Derek Hale blog to that handle is not only going to earn my undying gratitude, but also a prize as well. No really.
Anyway, those are all my silly comments. 🙂 There were others, but those were the ones that made us laugh the most. I’m sure there’ll be more.
Thank you again for reading!