Another day, another two creators from Aim For The Heart: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers” for y’all to meet!
untitled by C
About the Artist: A massive drinker of coffee and a lover of old TV shows and movies, C is a small-time concept artist and illustrator who likes to dabble in all things literature and history. When she’s not busy drawing and nodding along to Bruce Springsteen while researching the Kentucky Cave Wars, she’s trying to save up for grad school to become to a forensic artist so she can draw some more.
Fast Times at Treville High by Aeryn Jemariel Knox
About the Artist: Aeryn Jemariel Knox first identified as a writer in second grade. With both parents involved in theater and a house full of bookshelves, they grew up surrounded by stories, and as soon as they could hold a crayon, they felt the urge to tell their own. In 2001, they discovered the wide and wonderful world of fanfiction; since then, they have gone by Jemariel in fandom spaces across the internet, engaging with their favorite media and communities in the best way they know. Previous fandoms include Harry Potter, Star Trek (The Original Series), Torchwood, and BBC’s Sherlock, but their most prolific writing and strongest community ties are in the Supernatural fandom. Now, nearly a decade after their last original fiction attempt, Aeryn is eager to explore the wider writing word.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Aeryn currently lives in the suburbs with their husband and 16-year-old cat. For a day job, they work as a tech writer and general paper-pusher for an energy drink factory. Their favorite stories, both to tell and to read, are stories about love, identity, and magic.
As the last bell rings, Dorian stands in an empty bathroom peering into the spotty mirror, fists against the cold ceramic edge of the sink. Three separate people want to decorate his face, all at the same time. He’s a scrappy asshole, but he’ll be lucky if he can get out of this as more than bloody pulp.
Whatever. He’s gotten this far on a devil-may-care attitude. Maybe if he can take the punk chick—Portia—the other two will fold. Athena hadn’t looked like the fighting type, and Leg-boy… that’s another story.
The others have already gathered by the time he finds the bleachers, the three of them in a loose clump under a banner proclaiming “Go Muskets!” strung across the back of the sagging wooden structure. The football team is practicing at the far end of the field, but the bleachers themselves are empty.
Portia catches sight of him first. “Look who didn’t chicken out,” she shouts, deliberately loud enough for his ears.
As one, the others turn to Dorian, who feels his legs turn to jelly and his stomach to ice. He should have expected this.
“You all… know each other?” he asks in a tremulous voice.
“Yeah. We freaks gotta stick together.”
Tags: alcohol use (casual), bullying, drunkenness, gay character, found family, friendship, high school setting, homophobia, homophobic slurs, homosexual character, lesbian character, m/m, misunderstandings, modern, pov third person limited, present tense, underage drinking