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***Spoilers for Stranger Things Season 3, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and The Walking Dead below.***
Stranger Things is back, and chances are that you've binged it all by now in an '80s-fueled nostalgia marathon. If you're still left wanting about the creepy tales of our favorite supernatural fighting misfits, then you're in luck. There's plenty of great fic to go around to fill the void in your heart left by the seriously gooey monsters of the Upside Down.
The floor under Billy is solid, cool to the touch but not cold. Everything had been cold for so long, ice in his veins and weighing down his limbs. He couldn’t remember the last warm thing he’d touched except- the girl. With the dark eyes. She’d touched him. In that place, that dark empty place where he went whenever that thing took over. She’d taken his hand and asked him something, what was it?
The lights go out. Steve keeps his eyes fixed just left of the thing, can just barely make out a shoulder and sort-of head in the light of the moon, and tries to swallow back the sickening feeling of being hunted. He wants to run for his house but he can’t. He can’t, because if he takes his eyes off the thing for even a second, he won’t know where it is, and that’s scarier than seeing it.
Or: Steve Harrington gets dragged into the Upside Down instead of Barb Holland. Someone else comes out.
The party has split, but they all got their chance to say tearful goodbyes. Joyce and Jonathan try convincing Will and El that this is a chance for a fresh start, but they don't account for the fact that neither of them are very good at making friends. It doesn't help that both of them are being bullied at their new school. But they did plan to go back for Thanksgiving, didn't they?
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Peter Parker has a lot of feelings in Spider-Man: Far From Home, what with Iron Man being dead, his being snapped back into the world and in search of a father figure in Mysterio... which, spoilers, maybe wasn't such a great idea. He's not even graduated high school yet, for pity's sake. However, it seems most Spidey fans are angst machines, so if you're looking to twist that knife in your heart just a little more, here's a nice selection of sob-inducing fics for you to enjoy.
When Peter really needs help, people are lining up to offer it to him.
“I need to do something."
"You don’t have to take this. Peter. If you run, it'll make everyone think he's right."
"I'm not running."
She stops, Peter taking in her shocked face. "Peter, what are you thinking?"
Peter looks into her eyes. He bites his lip.
“Do you trust me?”
Unable to distinguish illusion from reality, injured and uncertain, Peter meets Happy onboard the Stark jet in the tulip field. Feeling like the events with Mysterio and the EDITH glasses prove he’s incapable of being a good hero, Happy reveals that Tony left him some final advice and words of wisdom in a video he made just for his mentee.
The Little Mermaid
Disney has cast its Ariel in the Rob Marshall-helmed live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, with perfect songbird Halle Bailey getting the gig. While it may be a touch premature for specific fic regarding her go as the princess of Atlantica, there are some wonderful stories under the sea where you can simply just imagine it's her (because, guess what, it's a made-up story).
Even if Ariel were to want to return to the sea, even if memories of shells and coral overshadow her restless nights, even if she were to look at her children, who speak only of land matters and never of the water -- even then, she cannot.
The one where Ariel learned how to grant her own wish.
Have you ever tried taking a princess sailing? It's a joke. Hence Eric stopped. Yet perhaps… AU.
The Walking Dead
It's over y'all. Done. Caput. Surprise. The comics, I mean. Robert Kirkman and Image Comics pulled the rug out from under the collective world when they suddenly ended The Walking Dead comic this week with absoloutely no warning. (The expanded television and soon-to-be movie universe will continue to milk that zombie for all its worth, though). If you're still in shock and maybe a bit of denial, fear not: there are some comic!verse stories to help soften the blow.
Paul Jesus Rovia has been cut down by the Whisperers. Those who truly loved him always thought there would be more time. The only time is now, in the apocalypse and they learn to seize the moment in the wake of losing their friend.
When Rick Grimes dies, he thought that was it. Until he woke up alive and well. With a redo of the apocalypse, Rick is going to change what he can and keep his people, his family, alive to the best of his abilities. He can only hope that it will go to plan this time. With a little luck on his side, he may find allies that remember too.
Inspired by Issue 193. Negan regularly visits the resting spot of Lucille, but is pining over a grave all that's left in his life?