So, I was working my way through the wonderful world of Neil Gaiman's Sandman and I came to The Sandman Volume Eight: World's End. The blurb is this: "caught in the vortex of a reality storm, wayfarers from throughout time, myth and the imagination converge on a mysterious inn at Worlds' End. In the tradition of Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales', as the travellers wait out the tempest that rages around them, they share stories of the places they've been, the things they’ve seen… and those that they've dreamed."
There is a panel towards the end, specifically page 141 in the version I have, that shows far more people that we are introduced to in the story (and far more people than an actual inn could hold), which led me to wondering what other people might have been there. (Can you see where this is going? And I suspect it's probably been done before.)
This is the most crossed-over crossover piece of fanfiction I've ever written, but you only need to be familiar with Harry Potter. The setting, main idea and a pinch of dialogue are from The Sandman, but the two main characters, including the narrator, are from Harry Potter. (However, feel free to take a guess at which characters and fandoms you recognise. I've blanked out part of the disclaimer for those of you who don't want to 'cheat' at that game.)
Sadly, it remained un-beta read, so if you see any mistakes please do yell at me. :o)
Title: The Backs Of Their Heads
Total Length: 5,588 words
Rating/Warnings: PG13 (to be on the safe side) People talk a lot, with a little religion, a fairy tale featuring physical disfigurement, some mild swearing, and Crumple-Horned Snorkaks.
Summary: Dean and Luna get caught in a storm whilst staying at Shell Cottage, but this is a strange storm for April and the inn where they take shelter is a place where stories are told.
Disclaimer: The Harry Potter verse belongs to JK Rowling and Warner Brothers, with some dialogue at the end of this story taken directly from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling, page 413 of the hardback edition published in
Highlight the space between the starts to read the rest of the disclaimer: * There are characters and a story from 'Dogma', which belongs to Kevin Smith and View Askew Productions, and a retelling of a Celtic Fairy Tale, which probably belongs to the Celts. You might (if I've written them recognisably) spot Gibbs from Walt Disney's 'The Pirates of the Caribbean', Mal from Joss Whedon and Fox's 'Firefly', Rincewind from Terry Pratchett's 'Discworld' and a Shang warrior from Tamora Pierce's 'Tortall' books, as well as characters from Brian Jacque's 'Tales of Redwall' series, Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' series, Derek Landy's 'Skulduggery Pleasant', Marvel Comics and various fairytales.
Anything else could be mine. *
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