Between the Pines: Portal Edition

GREETINGS WORTHLESS SKIN SACKS! THE NAME'S BILL CIPHER. I HAVE CAPTURED JET ENGINE AND TAKEN OVER HER BODY SO THAT I CAN ENLIGHTEN YOU ON THIS THING YOU CALL A FANFICTION!

Bill is a big, dumb Dorito.

AM NOT!

He did not possess me, but he did threaten my existence if I didn't let him do this with me.

WE'RE HERE TO TELL YOU ALL THE THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW OR CARE ABOUT THE "BEFORE THE FALL" TRILOGY. NOW, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO…

IT BEGINS!

General.

Way back before I even thought about starting this series, the concept was that Ford was traveling with just Tad Strange, and no one else. Then, I saw a YouTube video by Vailskibum94, which discussed a fan theory that the Tent of Telepathy symbol was actually a dream demon. So, I started thinking about Starclops. Starclops will eventually discover the symbol and be greatly offended by it.

WHO WOULDN'T BE? THE SYMBOL'S SO DAMN UGLY.

Wanna hear something even weirder? Starclops was the original love interest to Ford!

...

Hey, in my defense, her original character was more like Stanley than...the way she is now.

SO, YOU SHIP STANCEST, THEN?

No, that is not what I meant. I do confess that I read Stancest, but I will never write about it.

BUT, YOU DON'T HATE IT.

So, I was reading The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and I thought that the character, Cress, would be a good match for Ford.

AND, SHE'S IGNORING ME.

I decided to make Cress a human researcher who was sucked into her own portal and who would end up as Ford's love interest. Then, it occurred to me that I would just be copying someone else's character, so I nixed the idea. Then, I was looking up different supernatural creatures and thought that an imp could work. Then, I read more about them and realized that they did not sound or look anything like the character I had in mind. Actually, when I wrote the prologue, in my mind, Nadia was a banshee, because that's another paranormal thing that I think is cool. Then, at the last minute, I thought, "You know what? Let's call her a mutant. That's so broad, you can do anything you want with it."

At first, there wasn't really a plot in mind. It was just the three of them going on adventures. Then, a bunch of stuff started working its way into my brain. Honestly, I can't even tell you where half of this mutant stuff came from. I just sort of thought of it and liked it. Things like Bill's backstory, those actually came from somewhere. The elixir was inspired by The Immortals series by Alyson Noel. The Protector came from the Shadow Falls series by CC Hunter.

YEESH, YOU'RE MORE OF A BOOKWORM THAN SIXER, AREN'T YOU?

And, proud of it!

Stanford "Ford" Philbrick Pines.

You all know who Ford is. Author of the journals. Future great uncle to Dipper and Mabel. Twin brother to Stanley Pines.

SIX-FINGERED NERD.

But, in this fic, we allude to Shadow Falls by making him a Protector: a being that gains power from the need to protect his or her loved ones.

HOW CHEESY.

Some of you may feel that this is just some random thing I did to make Ford better-fit in with his new group. Actually, I've got a little something planned for that particular little trait.

Tad Strange.

If you're a Gravity Falls fan, you may be familiar with the Tad Strange Theory. It popped up before we found out that Tad Strange was just a brief gag in "The Stanchurian Candidate." Obviously, that doesn't stop people like me from turning him into a dream demon.

BECAUSE, YOU FANS HAVE NOTHING BETTER GOING ON IN YOUR LIVES, RIGHT?

I'd argue with you, Bill, but you're pretty much on the ball with that one.

WELL, I AM ALL-KNOWING.

You're also very full of yourself.

THAT, TOO.

Tad's that character on a TV show or a novel or, in this case, a fanfiction that the main characters can talk to. The approachable one. The one who'll listen to you and who'll keep an open mind and a level head. He's also the kind of person that I wanna be.

SO, YOU WANNA BE SOMEONE PYROPHOBIC? UH, PYROMANIC? HEY, JET, IS HE PYROPHOBIC OR PYROMANIC? I CAN'T REMEMBER.

I thought you were "all-knowing."

DUDE, I JUST FINISHED REGENERATING FROM GETTING KILLED IN CRESCENT'S MIND. YOU CAN'T EXPECT ME TO HAVE ALL MY POWER BACK YET.

Fair enough.

Stella "Starclops" Cipher.

Tad and Starclops met when they were small children. The latter was the new girl on the block at the time. Tad's older brother, Barry Strange, dared him to kiss her. Being the little that he was, Tad ran up to her and kissed her on the...let's call it a cheek. Starclops responded by kissing him passionately on the "mouth," punching him in the eye, and running away, laughing hysterically. Tad remembers that, but Starclops doesn't.

I GOT PUNCHED IN THE EYE ONCE. IT WASN'T FUN.

Starclops is the biggest goofball you'll ever meet. But, as we go through the series, we start to see her break down bit by bit. After what happened with Bill, she's deeply afraid of letting anyone in. Think of the song Because of You by Kelly Clarkson, and that'll pretty much sum it up. Pay special attention to the lyrics. There's a certain part of that song that will hint at some massive damage that's caused because of the walls that Starclops puts up. Eventually, all of those negative emotions that she's been hiding will come out. Trust me.

You're awful quiet, Bill.

STARCLOPS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GOOFBALL. IT'S IN HER NATURE.

...Moving on.

Starclops and Bill met in high school, when they both had detention on the same day. She got it for starting a food fight that nearly blew up the cafeteria, and he got it for actually - unintentionally, mind you - blowing up his science teacher, the ironically named Mr. Boomer. (Mr. Boomer was okay. Just some bruises and a ruined polo shirt.) The woman in charge of detention that day had fallen asleep, so Bill and Starclops started bonding over their shared love of most things odd.

Nadia Adaleen Blackburne-Pines.

Nadia tries to be kind to everyone, because she doesn't want others to have to go through the pain and suffering that she went through by being a mutant.

AGAIN, I SAY, HOW CHEESY.

She loves art so much, because it allows her to express all of the things that she can't put into words. It also gives her an outlet for when she's upset, so unlike Starclops, she doesn't keep her emotions bottled up. Plus, she thinks it's fun and is very passionate about it.

YOU'RE BRINGING STARCLOPS INTO THIS JUST TO SPITE ME, AREN'T YOU?

We learned in "Nadia's Labyrinth" that she inadvertently killed her parents when she was just a little girl. We also know that one of her powers did this. Obviously, it wasn't her healing ability. So, it was probably the ice, right?

OR, WAS IT SOMETHING WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YET…?

Hm. Food for thought, I guess.

Violet Pines.

A lot of you may be familiar with a show called The Powerpuff Girls. Not the reboot; the original. One of the early episodes is about a one-time character named Bunny. She'd turned out...wrong, because the girls used the wrong ingredients to create her.

THE "INGREDIENTS" PART MAKES MORE SENSE, IF YOU WATCH THE SHOW.

Long story short, she ended up exploding at the end of the episode.

My original plan for Violet was that she was a reincarnation of Bunny but without the deformities. Instead, she looks like a regular Powerpuff Girl. There was gonna be this crossover special, where the girls meet Violet and think she's Bunny, and she would be Bunny, but she wouldn't realized that…

Honestly, I don't think that's gonna happen anymore. It might, it might not. Who knows?

What's to Come.

Season One was basically just me figuring how I want the series to go and how I'm going to write these characters. Seasons Two and Three will get more into the underlying plot of the trilogy. We'll learn a lot more about Mallory and Guardian. There'll be more revealed about mutants and Protectors and the fallout between Bill and Starclops. And, of course, we'll get to watch Violet grow up and gain her own powers.

Oh, and for my fellow Star vs the Forces of Evil fans, we will be meeting Glossaryck.

BECAUSE ONE SIX-FINGERED WEIRDO ISN'T ENOUGH, RIGHT?

I know sarcasm when I hear it, Bill!

WELL, YOU USE IT OFTEN ENOUGH, SO YOU SHOULD.

Conclusion.

A lot's gonna be happening in this trilogy. There will be filler episodes, there will be important episodes, there will be just regular chapters. One thing's for certain: you don't wanna miss this.

WELL, THAT ABOUT WRAPS THIS SEASON UP IN A NICE LITTLE BOW.

That it does. See you all in Season Two.

TWO LAST THINGS. ONE: DON'T FORGET TO REVIEW. AND, TWO: IVZORGB'H ZM ROOFHRLM, GSV FMREVIHV RH Z SLOLTIZN, YFB TLOW, YBBBBBBBBVVVVVVV!

Bonus Fact: Whenever I get an idea I don't wanna lose, I write it on a sticky note and stick it on my bedroom wall.

...SERIOUSLY?

Seriously.