On his 22nd birthday, Sebastian receives a copy of a mysterious video game called SBURB. Unfortunately, playing the game triggers the end of the world as he knows it. Fortunately, he and his friend Kurt can make it right – if they can beat the game.
I can’t believe this is something I’m actually letting out into the world, but here it is. The deep extent of the whole ass nerd I really am.
I have been an avid secret consumer of fan fiction for almost a decade now. I’ve also penned some of my own works that I have kept horrifically under wraps. However, my original fiction suddenly took a back seat last year (2018) to a sudden burst of inspiration I had to develop a couple of longer stories based on shows and webcomics that I’m a huge fan of. Having been raised, as a writer, in a Capital L Literary Fiction creative writing undergraduate program, I’ve been a little embarrassed that the genres I enjoy creating most in now, four years later – LGBT romance, sci-fi, and fan fiction – are sort of a laugh riot in the eyes of traditional academia. Nevertheless, I’m here.
What’s below is a combination of my three favorite genres, mostly sci-fi at the front. If you know me really well, you know that I was at one point obsessed with a thing called Homestuck: the longest webcomic in existence about long-distance online friends who suddenly get trapped inside a video game. That game is called SBURB, a “sandbox-style [The Sims] game that takes place superimposed over the real world,” before destroying said world and sending its players on a quest to create a new one (x). Think Ready Player One, I guess…that’s the closest well-known thing I can think of that comes close. Sword Art Online too, maybe. Homestuck itself is its own long, very winding story, but the author’s lore surrounding the video game it’s centered on is massive, and gives those who read it lots of creative liberty to design their own hypothetical “sessions” of the game.
I was also a pretty big fan of the TV show Glee before Ryan Murphy ditched it for American Horror Story and, as you know if you’ve seen it, the quality of it sadly declined. Kurt Hummel and Sebastian Smythe of Glee are two characters with a rather fiery relationship in the canon that I always found potentially interesting, so I’ve borrowed them here, given them alternate backstories but maintained their original personalities, and dropped them into this universe.
As much as I can, I have written the following with SBURB as a backdrop that I explain in detail, so that you don’t have to know the Homestuck comic or Glee to read it.
I really want to get back to sharing what I’ve been writing recently, so this is a start. Happy New Year.
[S]: BE THE BIRTHDAY GUY
A young man stands in his bedroom. It just so happens that today, the 13th of April, is his birthday. Sebastian would like more for his birthday than what he’s gotten so far: a couple sweaters from his dad, an exploding cake that his brother left for him this morning, and a hypothetical check that’s supposedly coming in the mail from his grandmother.
Turning twenty two has felt boring and adult, unlike his twenty first birthday, on which he was plastered in a gay bar for the first time, legally anyway. As far as Sebastian’s concerned, after 21, every birthday you have is just you rolling that much closer to 30, and then 40, and then senility, and then death.
Sebastian doesn’t have school or work today, so he’s planning on sitting at home, maybe getting a little wine drunk, and doing exactly jack shit. He’s never really been a social person, on account of his patience for most people is nonexistent. His dad and his brother, when they’re not playing pranks on him, tend to leave him alone to his own devices. Today, he decides he’ll stay in his room and waste his glorious free time on gaming. Maybe online. He can probably bother Kurt to get in on one with him.
Sebastian looks out his bedroom window for the little red flag on the mailbox, which should’ve been erected hours ago. Finally, the postman seems to have come, so Sebastian goes downstairs and heads outside to his front yard. The check from his grandmother is there, along with a slick, grey envelope with four green boxes printed on it, addressed to his brother. He takes the mail inside to the kitchen, not above opening his sibling’s packages, as the same is often done to him. Most of the time, his brother gets sent advance copies of PC games which Sebastian can steal. It appears that this is another one.
He has no idea what the hell SBURB is though. Inside the envelope are two discs – labeled “SBURB: server” and “SBURB: client” – wrapped in thin white sleeves. There’s nothing else in the envelope.