INCEPTION / Never-Ending StoryTitle: dream a dream (and what you see will be)Pairing:
60,000Author on LJ: mizzy2kAuthor Website: masterlist of fics on author's journalWhy this must be read:
This is an astonishing fic. It begins with a complicated idea--that the main character of Never-Ending Story
, Bastian, was actually the book's author, and that he grew up to be Arthur--with, er, one extremely serious caveat. When the Inception team attempts to save a little girl's life by building her a dream of Fantasia, the world of Bastian's childhood, they're faced with a terrible truth that could destroy Arthur and everyone he loves. With Ariadne as this story's narrator, Mizzy plumbs all kinds of depths here, achieving remarkable feats of worldbuilding, plot mastery, characterization, and emotional development, all in one scary, gripping, profoundly moving story that will have you on tenterhooks and in tears. Above all, it will make you appreciate Arthur's quintessential Arthurness
so much--especially with Eames' love for him and Ariadne's belief in him serving as the driving forces as they embark on a quest that will either save or damn them all forever.
(Quoting a longish excerpts bc the fic itself is so long, and because I'm in love with Mizzy's writing, ahhh.)( She tries to follow Arthur's gaze, and he's staring at Eames. He swallows, and it's like he's having trouble scraping oxygen into his lungs, and he says, helplessly, 'He doesn't even know what he's asking me to give *up.*' )