April 17th, 2016

A Short History of Eric Bittle and Closets by fragilehuge (PG-16)

Title: A Short History of Eric Bittle and Closets
Fandom: Check, Please!
Pairing: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Categories/Genres: Fluff, Romance, Character Study
Length: Medium (7834 words)
Warnings: An instance of homophobic language and bullying

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: fragilehuge

Summary:

When he’s a child, Eric’s favorite place in the world is inside the closet. He’s too young to understand the irony.

Review:

While there's no definitive source for the idiom's creation, the act of 'coming out of the closet' is thought to be a combination of two metaphors: that of 'coming out' as gay to the gay community, and that of the 'skeleton in the closet'. Over the decades, the meaning has become more streamlined, more based in the idea of coming out of hiding.

fragilehuge takes a more literal interpretation of the mixed metaphor, placing Bitty in physical closets and miscellaneous storage rooms at key points in Bitty's life from his early childhood to adulthood and how those moments tie into his sexual orientation. Some of these spaces are benign. Some are comforting, and some are not. But they all pale in comparison to the freedom of being out with Jack.

A Short History of Eric Bittle and Closets