I thought I would have read all the stories in the collection
by now; sadly, I haven't. But I have read my gifts. Twice. Three times. Maybe you should too!Mr. Tanner's Fourth Grade Class
(2622 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Big Science - Laurie Anderson (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Science Fiction, Snow and Ice
A friend sends you a link to a Youtube video. You're in the mood for some funny cat antics, so you click it. But the title to the page is not what you're expecting: Mr. Tanner's Fourth Grade Class, the banner reads.
Before you can hit the back button, the video begins to play.
There is nothing wrong with your computer. Do not attempt to control the screen.
This is a story with many layers, some obvious, some less obvious. (It is not actually written in second-person, for anyone for whom that's a turn-off.) It is mostly a story about a childhood friendship, and a particularly harsh winter, but the narrator is speaking from the present day, and has particular, odd, hopeful reasons for thinking back on that winter.
I wanted something surprising and something that used the town planning aspects of the song, and that is what I got. ^!^ Thank you very much, mystery author.In your day this moment is the sun
(300 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: One More Cup of Coffee - Bic Runga (Song)
, When Blackbirds Fly - Michael Franks (Song)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: Triple Drabble
And a crossover between two songs I was not
expecting crossed over - but once seen, it seems perfect. I always thought of "When Blackbirds Fly" as quite modern, but this has more of a Wallace Stevens feel to it. Thank you too, last-minute-under-the-wire treat giver.