Catching up with spn_summergen, I opened all the ones I hadn't read in tabs, and starting reading one of them. I stopped at a section break to go get a snack, when, in the fic, Sam and Dean were on their way to Bobby's.
Picked up reading with Sam and Dean at Bobby's. The style was a little different, but it was a flashback to a different visit to Bobby's so that made sense; I figured the first part was some sort of frame narrative setting us up for nostalgic, timeline-stretching heartbreak and brolove. (:D!)
But it also seemed like the fic's project was entirely different, and it kept veering off into material that I seriously had not anticipated from that first part. And I was just like, "wow, I was not expecting all of this to come up in this fic! I'm so curious as to how it links up to that first part!"
But then I got to the end and I was like, wait. We never went back to the frame? And I don't get at all how the two parts of this fic link up. XD
So I scrolled back to the top to read through it again, to see what I'd missed.
And LOLOLOL, self. After I'd come back with my snack, I'd actually clicked on an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT TAB, and had been reading an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FIC, that just happened to also take place at Bobby's house. And I was just like, OH OMG. THIS ALL MAKES SO MUCH SENSE NOW.
But man, for a hot ten minutes I was apparently trying to do a crossover AU of two different fics. Good grief. Anyhow, reading Fic #1 and Fic #2 as SEPARATE FICS went swimmingly! And they are both lovely. :) And fic #1 actually did end up going someplace I had not expected after that first part I read, but the real twist made ALL the narrative sense in the world!!
Lesson #1: Fanfic is one of those genres that bends style and does experimental things so often that assuming "stream of consciousness flashback" and "frame narrative" and "hmm, noir structure" and just rolling with it makes more sense than thinking, "Clearly I must be reading a different fic, because this too strange to make sense." NOTHING IS TOO STRANGE TO BE A THING. <3
Lesson #2: Whoever wrote these two fics would probably make epic collab partners if they actually decided to write together for real, and on purpose.
Lesson #3: ngl now I'm kind of interested in cut-up fic. (See: cut-up poetry.) Either with just one fic, or several. Maybe I'll play with that for spnspiration! Except using my own fic, to spare unsuspecting souls that, uh, accidental mutilation. XD