Grief is a hard thing to deal with and when you are left
with only question marks the road can be even harder still. This is what
the rest of Team Trollhunters were up to after Jim disappeared from
their lives on that faithful night.
~ ~Those who walk in the light will still be pursued by shadow.
Sometimes they must turn around and acknowledge it’s there before they can walk away taller than before ~ ~
Stricklake, Hints of WarStaff, Trauma bonding
Chapter 2 of Ghost!AU is finally here!
I will be upfront in that this chapter point blank refused to do what I wanted and ran off to become the longest chapter I’ve ever written. It was originally intended to be a partial mirror of Chapter 1 and extending into Day 1 of the timeline following the other members of the Trollhunters, however it became a mirror plus more of that very first night of when Jim was lost. I think it’s for the best in a way? The timeline may have split but the Eternal Night is still coming, they’re running out of time and they have no idea how little of that there is left, this is one of the last chances for much of what occurs. I hope this won’t prove a disappointment for those who were looking forward to more Jim, will have to wait a little bit longer I’m afraid!
Grieving someone you’ve lost is an incredibly difficult thing and when you’re left with a question mark, it’s very hard to wade through the whats and whys because the answers are just not there. I pulled on a lot of my own experiences with this one and I hope it comes off okay as it’s very hard to explain unless you’ve been through that very specific mindset yourself, mean I’ve long passed the 5 year mark and still out the blue it’ll hit me.
I don’t know how well it’ll come across but one thing I want in this AU is Toby to never be left behind or forgotten about for the audacity of “not being part of the main ship” while events unfold. He’s part of the team too, there from the very start and he’s trying to navigate this mess as much as everyone else is while trying to keep spirits up which may or may not go well. He’s an absolute pleasure to write as a result and a certain Warhammer comment keeps cracking me up.
It’s really so hard to say things here that stay vague so I don’t risk spoilers, there’s a whole bunch of foreshadowing and hint drops I’ve been wanting to yell about for months fff Even if some of the payoff won’t be for a little longer yet.
I’d also like to extend a MASSIVE thank you to @silver-spider-art for this post (There is also one for Toby and Claire’s house!) as it has been an absolute god send for this chapter and I simply couldn’t have figured out the logistics nor tying things up properly with what Jim saw from the outside in Chapter 1 without it.
I hope you enjoy! Comments are as ever hugely appreciated and are used to smack anxiety back into it’s hole.