Find Your Way Back : Chapter 5

Find Your Way Back : Chapter 4

Fandom : Divergent Series - Veronica Roth

Rating : Teen and Up

Relationship/s : Four/Tris

Chapters : 5/?

Summary : ”He could have lost this. He could have continued living a very different life halfway around the world not knowing he could have this - a family, a happy and healthy one so unlike the one he grew up in. And it makes him feel grateful that he decided to go back here and go through everything else that followed.” A Fourtris AU.

Author’s Note : Finally! After a handful of back-and-forths with my beta/best friend/nurse-on-call Eva, this is done and cleaned and ready for your reading. (grins widely) 

Chapter 5

After looking over the pantry and fridge one last time, Tris drags a chair near the kitchen window ready to make her grocery list, a hot cup of chamomile tea and a small pad of paper waiting for her on the windowsill. She runs her things-to-do silently inside her head: cleaning, groceries, cartoon DVD marathon, a few drinks over pizza with Will and Christina once Maggie’s asleep. This day is going to be dedicated to relaxing, something she hasn’t done in a long while. She smiles at the thought.

Tris woke up early that Saturday morning, three hours earlier than her usual 8AM weekend schedule. She is happy and carefree; had managed to, so far, stay that way even while she tackled the pile of clothes she will later wash after breakfast. Tris had been running on a good mood the past couple of days, an effect of her talk with her mother. It helped more than she thought it would. It unburdened her; made things somehow clearer.

She made two resolutions that night, the first of which was about Christina. Tris hounded her, sent her best friend text after text until she got a longer, more human reply than a moody okay. “Are you on something, Tris? Stop it! You are annoying,” Christina responded to one of her messages. Instead of replying, she quickly dialed her number and got her to agree to an impromptu coffee date with her. Tris even bought a box of chocolates, a bribe she knew Christina could never refuse because she’d always been a chocolate addict, and wrote 'Let's be friends again' in loopy, childish lettering on the card she stuck on the box. It made Christina guffaw in the cafe. It worked. They’ve started talking again after that like nothing ever happened.

The clock on the microwave says it’s 15 minutes pass six, which means there’s a good chance Christina’s done with work. Tris takes her chance and presses '2' on her speed dial, her best friend answers after three tries

"Come over for breakfast. I’m going to make pancakes," Tris cheerfully says without even bothering to say hello. "Chocolate chip pancakes topped with Nutella sound great this morning."

"Good morning to you, too, Tris," Christina snorts. "At least one of us is having a great morning. Can’t I go home first? I’m tired."

Oblivious to her friend’s mild refusal, Tris pushes. “You can shower and sleep here. You can borrow my bigger clothes.”. The other girl at the end of the line sighs heavily, a sign that she’s thinking Tris’ suggestion through. She knows she’ll break into her eventually.

"Beatrice Prior, are you listening? I’m massively, extremely, extensively tired," Christina whines. "My back aches like the devil himself has been poking it and my knees feel like they’re gonna give way any time. I won’t be any use to you even if I go there."

Tris fiddles with her pad and pencil thinking of other ways to bribe her. “Please, Chris. Please,” a lopsided smile on her lips, “You can have extra pancakes. I’ll even fix you a cup of real hot chocolate. You can have my bed. Go here.”

"Alright," Christina gives up, gives into her pestering, "alright, you win. I’m turning back." Her best friend lets out a short, airy laugh. "What is up with you? I’m starting to get really concerned."

"Well, you know," Tris chuckles, "sun shining, birds chirping."

"Dear, it has been raining for the last two days. What the hell are you saying?" Christina quips.

"Nothing," Tris laughs, the sound whole-hearted and full, "I’m just happy. Anyway, get your butt up here, alright? I’m going to prepare the batter already."

"That’s what I’m doing right now," her best friend retorts. "I honestly don’t know what to do with you. You’re pissy one minute then the next you’re as bright as the sun should be if it’s actually doing its job right now, and you ask me where Maggie got her moodiness," Christina chortles. "But seriously, Tris, I’m happy you’re happy."

Tris could imagine the smile on Christina’s face right now. She’s pretty with her dark skin, tawny eyes and curly hair. She’s even prettier when she smiles, but her friend’s not one to bestow anyone her smile if she doesn’t mean it. “Yeah,” Tris says gratefully, “I’m happy that I am happy, too. Does everyone good, right?”

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do you have something about plotholes and how to find it and also some ways to avoid it?

thewritingcafe:

Here.

To find and avoid plot holes:

1) Keep track of your plot. Make an outline or a map of your story. You can do this before, during, or after writing the first draft.

Try using a cause-and-effect method or something like bubbl.

2) Make sure every plot makes sense, does not contradict itself or something else, or has a reason behind it. Everything has to make logical sense.

If your character was seven when his grandfather died and eight when his grandmother died, your character can’t recall his grandfather being at his grandmother’s funeral because that would be impossible.

3) Ask yourself why your characters could not have done something simple if you think you have found a plot hole. Then come up with a good reason for why they could not have fixed the conflict that way. Put this reason in the story.

Why didn’t Harry take liquid luck and then go kill Voldemort? Because the Horcruxes were not destroyed and therefore even liquid luck would not have been enough to kill Voldemort. It might have mimicked what happened when he tried to kill Harry the first time, but he would have been able to come back.

A Writer’s Responsibility

theroadpavedwithwords:

Being a writer is awesome. You get to make up worlds, fill them with characters you love, and then kill them off one by one (because making your readers hurt is a special kind of drug). However, there is a lot of personal responsibility that comes with writing as well, and that’s something that a lot of writers don’t seem to realize. There are a lot of things I won’t discuss here that could fall under writer responsibility that people are sure to think should be included – the writer’s responsibility to their characters, to their readers, to agents or deadlines, his responsibility to inspire or change the reader’s life – those things are things that I believe differ from person to person and from writer to writer depending on your situation and beliefs. Instead, I’ll stick with things closely tied to the actual writing process. Onwards, brave companions!

1. Do your own work/writing/research. 

Writing is WORK. It is not easy. That being said, you can’t hand off that work to someone else. It’s wonderful to bounce ideas off of someone, but you can’t take credit for their ideas. You also can’t take bits of other people’s writing and call it your own. Plagiarism is gross, guys. Furthermore, writing itself is not the only work that a writer is a responsible for. I’ve written before on how freakin’ important research is, but there’s no doubt that research can be the suckiest part of writing. I know that. Really. I just climbed through a million articles on Shambhala. Research can be horribly boring. However, you still need to do it. You need to do it for the sake of your story, because facts are awesome. Furthermore, you need to do it yourself. Only you know exactly what you need, and only you can decide what is worth including or not worth including. If you can’t do your own research or writing, that also implies that you are lazy or that your story is not worth it, and those are not traits I see in any of the successful writers I personally know. You are responsible for that. It’s a brutal truth, but a truth nonetheless.

2. You are responsible for your successes, but you are also responsible for your failures. 

This is a big thing for me. I see a lot of writers that are super thrilled about when their writing goes well for them. It’s an awesome feeling. But I also see writers that love to play the blame game when things go wrong. “I didn’t sleep well last night.” “I just didn’t feel like writing.” “I didn’t want to do my fact-checking.” “My neighbours were being too noisy”. There are a lot of reasons why you might not be able to write, but I will bet that ninety percent of them are based around you. Blaming others does not one any good. If you can accept your successes, you need to be able to accept your failures as well. 

3. When you do have a failure, learn from it. 

I have what feels like a million writing failures. Really. I have made character mistakes, research mistakes, plotline and development mistakes. I cannot tell you many times I can look back on a certain piece of writing or something I did writing-related, wince, and hope to god that it stays buried in the shallow, cliff-side grave I covertly left it in during a moonlight gardening spree. Failures suck, but good does come from them. You can learn from your failures. Ignoring one of your weaknesses does not make the weakness go away. You owe it to yourself and your awesome writing ability to focus on your weaknesses like an angry shark until those weaknesses have been obliterated and devoured and you are cruising through an ocean of win.

4. Do everything to the best of your ability.

Because laziness sucks, and I KNOW you are better than that. You KNOW when something is not the best of your ability. Do you really want to let it out knowing that you half-assed it? That might work for school essays (guilty as charged over here), but it should never be acceptable for something that you are hoping to make into a career. 

5. ACTUALLY WRITE. 

This one is a no-brainer people. Seriously, just go do it. That’s the one thing a writer is pretty much totally responsible for. 

You can totally do this, guys. So go to it.

If you don’t agree with me on this, that’s cool. If you do, that’s also cool. I am by no means an expert and this is just my personal opinion. I also think that Sharktopus and Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus are legitimate examples of excellent cinema, so there you go.