Kalliel (kalliel) wrote,

[Fic Rec] "Return" by citrusjava

Yesterday citrusjava posted a really remarkable outsider POV fic. The narrator interacts with the Winchesters only obliquely, but her story is so much of the fabric of SPN's world, and so much a part of that story--it's a really refreshing and necessary addition to the compendium of SPN outsider POV foci!

I like outsider POV fics a lot, but I do think its one of those tropes that doesn't benefit from familiarity. Like, H/C trope fic, if you're reading for a particular trope, is entertaining whether you've read four of them or four hundred--regardless of whether any of them are in any way different from the next. Outsider POV, only the other hand, I feel is a lot about the novelty of the perspective, or the language, the voice or the observations. The fact of the trope itself, at least for me, ain't no thang. So for me, new outsider POV fics I read have to press harder or dance to a little disorder in order to keep from doing the things that have been done before, becoming flat.

This fic so much itself, and so insistent in the unique story it needs told, that it made me feel like nothing of that genre has ever been written before.

Its tone is gorgeous, and the agency its narrator--who reanimates a wolf--ascribes to her creations, as well as to spirits and bodies others might need to ressurrect is so refreshing, and true, and important. And the fic itself is populated with so many details, conveyed through non sequitur; bodies that are transbordered and multiply described; Nick Minaj and 1978 Pintos.

This is the kind of fic that you want to read a few times, you want to linger in the language, experience all the bright, arresting phrasings that you'll miss if you skim, the way you are wont on a screen. It's a fic you want to remember--which is good, because you won't have a choice. It makes itself memorable:

Return by citrusjava, 800 words, gen, outsider!POV, mythopoesis. Outsiders would tell you, sometimes tell her at toll booths or rest stops, that she is fat, and hairy, and old. Some people call her things for that. She has many names.

And citrusjava, I'm currently planning the reading list for a group study course I'm designing with two of my cohortmates--intersections of environment/animal studies, feminist studies, disability studies, indigenous studies--and I am so lobbying to get Women Who Run With the Wolves on that list now!! Who said fandom wasn't conducive to RL productivity. That is a lie!! XD
Tags: fandom recs, fandom: spn

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