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Reed* is finally at a point where she’s ready to try talking about her feelings, she thinks she’s gonna be THE BEST at acknowledging the gaping abyss of sadness within her, and Viola** is like “what is a feeling don’t be silly those aren’t real” because she is a crotchety old woman who figures she’s going to die soon anyway, no point in being introspective and spending her last days crying.

(Little does she know.)

*40yo Bronx native and police officer
**70yo medieval Chosen One and dragonslayer
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Whittier, Alaska, is a town of about 200 people, almost all of whom live in a 14-story former Army barracks built in 1956. The building, called Begich Towers, holds a police station, a health clinic, a church, and a laundromat. Its hallways resemble those of a school . One can often find residents shuffling around in slippers and pajamas.

Because the winters are so ferocious, the town’s only playground is indoors.

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This is some dystopian young adult novel bull.

To be fair pretty much all of Alaska is some dystopian young adult novel bull in one way or another. 

I have only been to the outside of Whittier, that one time I took the ferry from Valdez, and it’s grim-looking as hell.

This also neglects to mention that the only ways to reach Whittier are either the aforementioned ferry, bush plane, or a 2.5 mile-long, approximately 15′x15′ tunnel through a mountain that looks like this inside:

The AKDOT website reassures us that “During the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake (the greatest magnitude earthquake ever recorded in North America) the tunnel suffered no significant structural damage and no cave-ins.”

Also please note that though most of the population now lives in the Begich Towers, the townspeople used to reside in the Buckner Building, which is now abandoned and just. Sitting there. Empty. The building that used to be a whole town. Looking super fucking haunted:

“The constant sound of cascading water echoes throughout the complex. Bears have been reported both wandering the upper floors in the spring and hibernating on the lower floors during winter.” 

that last building isn’t abandoned, it literally says the bears live there now.

This is some Metro 2033 shit. I love it.
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I’m writing about the collapse of the multiverse and people sort of falling from empty world to empty world without any warning or real predictability and I just realize HOW MUCH separation anxiety these characters are gonna feel about each other for … a while. Until the last two chapters. On top of processing losing their home planets.

The story isn’t *quite* as much of a Trauma Conga Line as it sounds, I swear, but I am gonna have to deal with that in an emotionally realistic way, so, that’ll be fun.


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