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Keep Hoping Machine Running ([personal profile] thefourthvine) wrote2014-12-31 09:57 pm

The Magic of Yuletide, Revealed

You guys YOU GUYS I have been the recipient of a Yuletide miracle! Let me tell you my awesome Yuletide tale.

Okay, so some months ago I started playing 80 Days, the amazing interactive fiction game (on iOs and Android, not that I am suggesting you go download and play it immediately, except of course I totally am), and it was great. So great. So so so great.

I tried to convince all my friends to play it, as is the custom of my people. Most of them were like, "Well, uh, it sounds…interesting. I will definitely play it. Sometime." But that's mostly what happens when you try to persuade people to try the things you love, so I wasn't downcast. I just waited like a sea lion (although I hope I was slightly less annoying), ready to casually insert 80 Days into any conversation that seemed even marginally relevant. (I was probably not actually less annoying.)

One of the people I thought would love it immensely was [personal profile] norah. I've known her since I was just getting into fandom, and she is my real-life and fandom BFF, and I know her tastes, just as she knows mine. But, sadly, she did not bite on my delightful hook, baited with inclusive steampunk and robots and joy.

Well, she's very busy. Later, I figured. Someday I'd persuade her. I vowed not to give up. (Being friends with me is awesome, folks.)

A couple of months later, I requested 80 Days for Yuletide. And I got it, and it was amazing. I think I got two paragraphs in before I said to Best Beloved, "Wow. This is really good." Halfway through, I corrected myself: "This is really, really, really good. This is great." It was. Also it seemed tailored for me, well beyond Yuletide typical, as I noted in my incoherent and flailing comment to my Mystery Author.

There was much Yuletide joy in my heart.

And then. And then. Today, at 4:25, I got a text from Norah. She said, essentially, "Hey so stories are revealed and GUESS WHAT I WROTE YOURS."

I texted back, entirely coherently, "UM OMG WHAAAAAAAAT EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" (Text with me and get all the extra letters, free of charge!)

See, Norah and I exchange assignment emails every year, and support each other through Yuletide, and generally are all up in each other's Yuletide-y business. (One year we ended up co-writing both our assignments.) So I knew she was writing Moby Dick this year. I knew her recipient and everything! Her recipient wasn't me!

Except I did not know. She got a fake assignment from the Yuletide mods so she could conceal her true one. And then she spent two months pretend-complaining to me about her pretend assignment while actually writing her real assignment. And -- seriously -- sending said real assignment TO MY WIFE.

About two months ago, my wife apparently got a phone call at work from Norah. ("At first I thought someone had died," BB told me today.) Norah said, "Hey, I have TFV as my Yuletide assignment, so can you alpha-read?"

BB said, "I don't keep secrets from her! I'm really bad at keeping secrets from her! But -- okay, yes, I will. I will do my best." AND SHE DID. For two months, as she read and my actual Yuletide gift and cheered on my actual Yuletide writer, she gamely acted like she had no idea who was assigned to me or what I would be getting. (She even emailed Norah a play-by-play of me reading the story for the first time. Recruit your recipient's spouse(s) and profit, Yuletiders.)


It's a great story. I mean, it's lesbian robot airship pirates, which is, honestly, basically everything I look for in fiction and also would be my entire bucket list if I had one. (So far I've only managed the lesbian part, but look out, airships. I'm coming for you.) And now, every time I read it, in addition to reveling in the gorgeous story, I'm going to remember that I am loved, and by amazing, talented, kind, and generous people.

Truly, it is a Yuletide miracle, wrapped in secrecy, with a sweet and chewy lesbian robot pirate center.

My heart grew three sizes today.

Beside me singing in the Wilderness (15998 words) by norah
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 80 Days (Video Game 2014)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Behiye bint Kasim, Bulbul, Manussiha
Additional Tags: Steampunk, Robot Harm, Character of Color, Action/Adventure, Misses Clause Challenge, Pirates

The adventures of Behiye bint Kasim, Captain of the pirate ship Canavar, and her engineer and companion Bulbul.

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[personal profile] qem_chibati 2015-01-01 06:20 am (UTC)(link)
Hee! that does sound like a pretty awesome yuletide story. :)
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[personal profile] tyger 2015-01-01 06:20 am (UTC)(link)
Oooh that game sounds relevant to my interests! *searches app store* Is it the one by inkle?

Also WOW WHAT AN AMAZING STORY your people are super kind and sweet to you yessss. :D
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[personal profile] tyger 2015-01-01 09:48 am (UTC)(link)
I will play it when I am done with the game I'm playing now! Since it's a paid app and my brain doesn't like having two of those on the go for once. (My brain is kinda dumb sometimes.)

So lucky! :D
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[personal profile] andeincascade 2015-01-01 06:23 am (UTC)(link)
It is SO GREAT. You win at Yuletide. And friends. *downloads 80 Days*
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[personal profile] lovepeaceohana 2015-01-01 07:23 am (UTC)(link)
That is fantastic, and I'm so happy for you!! What an amazing story :3
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[personal profile] gwyn 2015-01-01 07:34 am (UTC)(link)
That is an awesome tale of Yuletide intrigue and subterfuge. I approve.
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[personal profile] shihadchick 2015-01-01 08:03 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, how absolutely wonderful of them both! That is some excellent, pro-level shenanigating. :D :D :D
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[personal profile] lobelia321 2015-01-01 10:15 am (UTC)(link)
What a lovely brilliant story!!!
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[personal profile] norah 2015-01-01 02:46 pm (UTC)(link)
You are very loved. And I totally sniffled and welled up with happiness at your happiness just reading this.

I only made BB keep the secret for two weeks, not two months, I'm not cruel! I called her when I was almost done.
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[personal profile] princessofgeeks 2015-01-01 03:44 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] laurashapiro 2015-01-01 03:57 pm (UTC)(link)
This is such a beautiful thing!!! I love you all!!! ::flail::
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[personal profile] j00j 2015-01-01 04:03 pm (UTC)(link)
This story was amazing! The story of how the story was made was amazing! Also, 80 Days is amazing.

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[personal profile] lunabee34 2015-01-01 04:39 pm (UTC)(link)
My dear, you are very loved. :) What an awesome surprise.
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2015-01-01 09:02 pm (UTC)(link)
How delightful!
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[personal profile] commodorified 2015-01-02 12:17 am (UTC)(link)
Those are some pretty awesome people. You should marry one of them and have a kid or something and be best friends with the other one forever.
Edited 2015-01-02 00:18 (UTC)
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[personal profile] kouredios 2015-01-02 04:24 am (UTC)(link)
That is the best thing I've heard in an awfully long while. :D
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[personal profile] silvainshadows 2015-01-02 05:52 am (UTC)(link)
80 Days, the amazing interactive fiction game (on iOs and Android,

OH MY GOD IT'S ON ANDROID NOW HELL YES. *stops reading to go download that* Last time I looked, it was only for iOS!

*finishes reading* also, wow, that is some awesome... awesomeness with the secret conspiring and whatnot, and this is probably a story I should read (bc lesbian robot airship pirates are also 1000% my kind of thing).

(sorry for any incoherence it is late and i have a sinus headache from hell soo my brain is not brain-ing right. I should sleep... but steampunk. so i probably won't, oops.)
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[personal profile] synecdochic 2015-01-02 07:02 am (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] sothcweden 2015-01-03 12:58 am (UTC)(link)
Just reading this account of love conspiring made me smile, so I hope your smile is currently broken at +10. What a great tale.

ETA: also? That game looks like a blast...
Edited 2015-01-03 01:01 (UTC)
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[personal profile] exceptinsects 2015-01-03 08:05 am (UTC)(link)
IT'S SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!
and OMG thank you for introducing me to 80 Days! (my family who I mostly ignored over Christmas may not)
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[personal profile] genarti 2015-01-05 07:25 pm (UTC)(link)
This is the VERY BEST kind of conspiracy, oh wow!