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Title: I Am the Hero of This Story (Don't Need to Be Saved)
Fandom: Inception
Pairing: gen, Cobb/Mal
Categories: Angst, Drama, Character Study, Mal-was-right
Length: Medium (4,101 words)
Warnings: Spoilers for Inception, Author warning for sadness (though it is hopeful)

Author on LJ: electrumqueen
Author Website: faviconelectrumqueen

Summary:
It's all right-- no one's got it all.
Mal wakes up; Dom doesn't.

Review:
This is THE Mal-was-right story; one of the (if not THE) first ones written in the fandom, and it stands the test of time. From the title, to the lyrical prose, and above all, to the characterizations (Mal!!), this story is powerful and intense. You're dragged into Mal's experiences, and what she would have had to deal with were she to awake: her grief and frustration, a husband trapped in a coma, her children's confusion, their friends, and the possibility of saving Dom. electrumqueen breathes life into Mal, fleshing her out into a complex being, and interweaves her story into the film. As the title says, Mal is the hero of this story, and she'll do the saving, and I want to cheer her at by the end.

She is thirty-two years old. Her husband is in a hospital bed, dreaming. They call him comatose and stumble around you can kill him if you like.

She tells them no. He is her husband, her partner, her friend; she knows him like she knows herself and she can do nothing else but hope that one day he will realize where she is and come to join her. He is not what he was; he is a creature of wires now, not flesh.

She swallows, looking at him. Her mouth is dry. She presses her totem into his palm and closes his fingers around it.

She wonders if he can hear the click of her shoes across the floor, if he thinks she has abandoned him. (She wonders if he would be right to think so.)

She shuts the door behind her and does not look back.


I Am the Hero of This Story (Don't Need to Be Saved) (AO3), (LJ), or the original inception_kink post
Also available as a podfic, read by faviconquintenttsy here.

Comments

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salmastryon
Jul. 19th, 2012 06:57 am (UTC)
Do you know of any other good Mal was right fics? I haven't seen very many I mostly see eamse/arthur stuff.
jenna_marianne
Jul. 19th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
I've bookmarked all the ones I've ever run into here, and all pairings are noted: http://pinboard.in/u:jenna_marianne/t:Mal-was-right/

This is one I'm planning to rec soon, and may be to your taste. It's Phillipa focused, but Mal plays a large role:
A Dream You Dream Together is Reality by faviconlady_ragnell: Phillipa Cobb grows up knowing that she’s not the only daughter her parents have with her name, and that only her mother knew which one was real. It’s not a nice thing to know.


All the below are Mal-centric, and are gen with some level of Cobb/Mal

Sworn to Lucidity by faviconGloriaMundi: Mal is awake. Dom sleeps on. At Miles' urging, she assembles a team to bring Dom back to reality, but he may be too lost and twisted to save. Written as Mal's diary entries.

Some Dream, Others Rise by faviconvictoria_p: Mal wakes up. Dom doesn't.

The Cold Side of the Pillow by lanyon: You never really remember the beginning of a dream, do you?

Life as a Ghost by faviconstaccato_ramble: The head-first impact with the concrete hurts, but not as much as it does when Mal wakes up to find Dom still asleep next to her.

And I Am Nothing of a Builder by faviconfeverbeats: Perhaps he's a brilliant architect after all. (it also contains Arthur/Eames)
mothlights
Jul. 20th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
This one was great. Your recs are so consistently the stories I enjoy reading, that I've gotten to the point where I go take a look even when they're not my usual fandom and/or pairing. Thanks.
jenna_marianne
Jul. 20th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Aw, I'm *blushing*! Thank you very much. I guess we have congruent tastes. ;)
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