Further: A Battle the Beast Story

Further: A Battle the Beast Story

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Amber K Bryant By amberkbryant Completed

In Fillory, the air you breathe will either give you the power of gods, or choke the life out of you...
  
  An entry for the #BattleTheBeast contest promoting season two of THE MAGICIANS on the SyFy channel. This story's characters belong to the world of The Magicians. If you haven't read the books or watched the show, be aware that there are spoilers below.
  
  There have been 40 time loops created to destroy the Beast, a force of immense evil residing within Fillory. Season one of The Magicians deals with the 40th loop. This short piece was written with the following prompt in mind: create a story exploring one of the first 39 loops.
  
  Towards the end of season one, there is a scene taking place in Ember's abode in which Julia and Quentin are both present. Ember expresses surprise at seeing Julia. As it turns out, in most of the previous loops, Quentin had usually killed her by now. Our heroes shift uncomfortably at this revelation, which seems intended as a bit of dark humor. I haven't been able to stop thinking about this. I wrote another story for this contest working in an entirely different vein of thought, but still Ember's declaration stuck in my head. Why would Quentin, of all people, kill Julia?
  
  If you're a fan of the show, you know that when Dean Fogg tells Quentin and Julia they are reliving a timeline, it's also revealed that this 40th loop is the first in which Julia was not accepted to Brakebills. The hope was that the inner struggle resulting from her feelings of rejection would make her stronger. Stronger than what, I wondered. What occurred for Fogg to feel she needed greater strength?
  
  I took Dean Fogg's and Ember's words as hints of what may have happened in one of the other loops and ran with it. I hope you enjoy the resulting story!

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tamoja tamoja Jan 17, 2017
I have no reference of the show, but I don't need it to feel the tangible forces at work here. She was tainted and he did what he had to despite his relationship. This was a wowzer of a tale. Great job Amber!  That ending was phenomenal!
samisinclair samisinclair Feb 05, 2017
Really interesting exploration of Julia's role! I especially liked the idea of her being "Further". Beautiful opening too.
Red_Harvey Red_Harvey Feb 10, 2017
Love how you play around with the looping idea. You really captured the Quentin/Julia dynamic.
SkarlitDawn SkarlitDawn Jan 17, 2017
Looks like I found the winner XD I still had fun writing my own ending to the show anyway lol best of luck Amber! ^-^
JesseSprague JesseSprague Jan 26, 2017
This was an amazing story :) Then I knew it would be. Good luck!
AlisonDeLuca AlisonDeLuca Feb 07, 2017
Bittersweet and breathtaking: a lovely addition to this hashtag. Love it!