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Yuletide fic: Happily Ever Aftering (My Heartbeat, Ellen & Link McConnell, Link McConnell/OMC)

It's Yuletide Reveals Day, which some people celebrate as New Year's Day, and thus I can reveal that I wrote fic for My Heartbeat, which is a Prinz Honor YA novel with a rather unusual premise—in a way, it's kind of a love triangle among Ellen, her older brother Link, and Link's inseparable best friend James, and how her relationship with the two of them plays out over the course of their senior year in high school, starting when Ellen asks her brother a question that he very much does not want to talk about.

Happily Ever Aftering (3419 words) by mayhap
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: My Heartbeat - Garret Freymann-Weyr
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ellen McConnell & Link McConnell, Link McConnell/Original Male Character
Characters: Ellen McConnell, Link McConnell
Additional Tags: Christmas, Coming Out, Sibling Bonding

Ellen is still learning how to know her brother.

The thing I had never written before, incidentally, was a canon character/original character pairing, but as I was thinking about what kind of future story I might write about Ellen and Link, I kept coming back to the idea of Link bringing his boyfriend home for Christmas, which meant that I was going to have to invent a boyfriend for him. (I'd also never written Christmas fic for Yuletide either, but again, it seemed right.)

Also I love it when my Yuletide source is available as an audiobook. Especially when that audiobook is actually just a little over three hours, and you can listen to that audiobook repeatedly when you still haven't quite decided what to write yet. My writing soundtrack was the music from Camelot, as ended up being reflected in the title, because happily ever aftering is an ongoing process.

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