On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for a white passenger. This act led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and struck a huge blow for civil rights. It also inspired the line in "Malled," in which Jodie asks Mack, "Do you think it would dishonor Dr. King's memory if I went to sit in the back of the bus?" I bet if Rosa Parks had had to deal with two brainless teenagers making out behind her, things might have gone differently.
Beginning at sunset, today is also the first day of Hanukkah. To all those who observe it, I hope the Festival of Lights is a pleasant one for you!
Also, in obscure fandom-related history, the final scene of The Angst Guy's story Nine-Eleven and Counting took place on December 1, 2001.
And, on the topic of fanfic, here is today's Fanfic Update!
- The Cards You Are Dealt, by Doggieboy (part 5): "Conrad slowed the car and parallel parked it on the street they were on. He turned to John and jabbed his right index finger into his chest. 'Jenny and I will be watching you - like a hawk. If you do anything to hurt Scarlett - again, that is, I will beat you to within an inch of your life. Do I make myself clear?'"
- Daria/Dorian 11: So This Is Bonding, by LadieT (part 3): "Following their friend to her locker, Jodie and Mack watched as Jane's facial expression never changed. Finally, Jodie broke the silence between them. 'Jane - are you okay? Did she want to talk to you about Dorian?' Jane nodded. 'Yeah - but I cut her off and turned the tables. Bitch needed to know that she wasn't the only one in that room who knew how to tango.'"
- Eye on the Ball, by HolyGrail2007 (parts 6 and 7): "It didn't take any sort of special effort for Daria to move at the speed she did. The other kids just didn't want to work. Like her brother, who played sports so much his report card was bad. Like these kids, who thought school was supposed to be some place where you talked about their boring lives. Daria was the one who got all the answers right, and didn't want to hang around all the stupid kids who did the wrong thing. And now, she was the one who got in trouble." (Part 7)
- General Semantics, Private Angst, by gwrtheyrn (part 32): "Daria gasped, and waves of anguish lashed at her. She'd been a complete failure at warning Mars, and she felt it keenly. In her mind's eye, she pictured gleaming Imperial war vessels brushing aside what scant resistance the meteor control drone fleet could offer, and raining down fire upon the peaceful Martian cities. The null-As would no doubt be trying to organise resistance even now, but, with the judiciary and the detective profession already riddled rotten with Imperial agents, they were hamstrung before they could even start."
- Genesis, by VPrad (part 1): "Daria was staring at the floor, her mind was racing. Ideas were clashing, attempting to resolve themselves into a decision. Years ago she had sworn to herself that she wouldn't try inception again after what had happened. But this time was different, if Jodie was telling the truth, the lives of a lot of people were at stake. She couldn't say no, not with all those families depending on her."
- God Save The Esteem Ep13: Art of Darkness, by Charles RB (parts 1 and 2): "Laaaawndale High was a carefully balanced ecosystem. Everything was in its place and worked like an oiled clock, all to keep the school stable, safe, and under-budget. That way, its primary goal could be achieved: keeping her employed and giving her a lovely, lovely “pension” account in the Cayman Islands. She had to keep attention off the school. She needed to get good attention back. Unfortunately, that meant... that meant... 'I’m going to be sick.'" (Part 2)
- Holiday Roadtrip, by Chris Tucker (parts 1 and 2): "Connie was entranced by the falling snow. She had never seen such a thing in her short life along the Louisiana coast. The way the snowflakes felt on her face, the sound and feel of the snow under her shoes. Even the air smelled different. Her reverie was broken by the sound of her roommate screaming." (Part 2)
- In a State (Iron Chef: Lawndale State), by Charles RB (parts 1 and 2): "Well, the money just didn't exist for campus life, did it? She'd have to make do. All her life she'd been making do, what was a few more years? She could manage a bit longer. She just wished she hadn't gone to Houston for one glorious year, being given something great and then losing it." (Part 2)
- It's Eureka, Daria: Spiral Dynamics, by RLobinske (part 6): "Henry turned a knob and nothing happened. He returned it to its starting position and tried again. 'Uh-oh.' Jack said, 'Now that is one of the things I really don't like to here around here.'"
- Jane Morgendorffer, by LadieT (part 26): "Seeing what she would be looking like twenty-eight years down the road walking towards her, Helen walked up to Maureen and offered a hug. Maureen looked at daughter for a moment, then moved past her and headed for the luggage corral. Drawing a long breath, Helen followed her mother dreading the next two weeks."
- Legends Of The Metal, by TheExcellentS (part 8): "Suddenly, they both heard a crash near the entrance gates. After grabbing their various weapons, they ran down the dirt path to the gates, followed by Trent, Daria and a couple of headbangers woken from their sleep. There they found Upchuck, stumbling around in a daze. He had managed to get the Druid Plow home, but had crashed it into the gates."
- My Hero by Daria Morgendorffer, by malakite (COMPLETE!): "Some days a person gets up and flows along in blind serenity,oblivious to the world's many injustices,irritations,indifferences and outrages.On a rare day,however, a rare person may be moved to bold,adventurous, or even heroic action for justice against the rising tides of aggravation,annoyance,ennui,melancholy and that greatest of all outrages...Monday."
- Prom-Diddly-Prom-Pom (Iron Chief: The Prom), by Charles RB (COMPLETE!): "It was going to be just one night. Sure, years ago she'd have sneered at the very idea of going - and snarked, snorted, and snoozed - but she was 18 now, with a boyfriend, and.... And..."
- Scarlett the Fairy Goes out for a Pizza, by Aloysius (part 2): "There are some things in life that will take your mind off of discussing Titus Andronicus in class, you should know. Like the long, slender legs of a redheaded fairy as she’s trying to keep everyone from seeing too much of them. "
- Screams of Silence, by Jim North (parts 4 and 5): "I snapped out of my trance and spun the wheel wildly, taking the car off the shoulder of the road for a brief moment. Panicking, I turned back the other way and veered all the way into one of the oncoming lanes before finally regaining control. The second I saw a place to pull over, I did so, turning in and slamming on the brakes hard enough to leave squealing skid marks." (Part 5)
- Spirit Stick, by Brother Grimace (parts 5 - 7): "There was a quality in the blonde's voice that made Valkyrie's Ring-hand rise almost on its own; a bluish beam, one that seemed to come out of nowhere, played over her form for a few seconds as the Ringbearer went through a minuscule sprinkling of the young woman's memories ... always, from those same moments in time, from this room, across the universes - never being able to leave, like a toy in a box; taken out, played with, and placed inside once again – over and over again ... " (Part 6) (Part 7)
- Stacy Rowe the Fangirl (Scenes no Daria fanfic should have: Damn The Torpedoes!), by GlitterShrooms (COMPLETE!): "The young teen male had trouble speaking. Just minutes ago, he woke up to find himself chained up in what was essentially a Saw-themed torture chamber. He tried to scream, but no noise would come out."
- Unnamed story (Iron Chef: A Sparkle), by Smijey (COMPLETE!): "Daria backed away from Mr. O'Neill in a panic, noting the manic look in his eye and the sharp dagger in his hand."
- Unnamed story (Iron Chef: No Bromwell For Tom), by Greystar (COMPLETE!): "Every time that envelope in his pocket crunched with his steps, Tom saw the words of that incredible letter flash through his mind. Who cared that his family had donated the national budged of a small African nation to the school? Who cared that his uncle had donated an entire wing to the Arts and Sciences department? One lousy B+ on his final grades had done him in. Bribery and nepotism had lost out to one trick question on his History final."
- Unnamed story (Scenes no Daria fanfic should have: Damn The Torpedoes!), by DrNoGood09 (COMPLETE!): "Daria: In fiction there is such a thing as a WTF moment in which I or someone else would say What the Heck? Jane: Note that we have a different word then what is normally used thus to keep people happy."