[Rating K9][Epistolary] [Slice-of-Life] [Drama]
This story is told in an Epistolary way, meaning it’s told through letters, diaries, or some other documentation, and I love it. It’s a really unique way to tell a story, which allows the reader to learn the crucial details and piece together the rest. It really allows the reader to take a part in the story, and, after reading it, I wouldn’t experience this couple’s experience with childbirth any other way. ~Nathan B.
Judy and Nick are on their way back from Bunny Burrow. What happens next is an absolute emotional roller-coaster.
Due to the unique nature of this story, and how it is presented and the fact it is in on Tumbler and littered with user comments inbetween actual story bits, you can read the full thing in image form right after the break! ~Darkflamewolf
Additional Tags: Emotional roller-coaster is an understatement
Wow… It takes real talent to pull off "found footage/notes/diary" stories, and this was incredible! ABSOLUTELY deserving of a feature here on ZNN, and I'm incredibly thankful to have had it collected here all in one place! (I probably would never have run across it otherwise.)
Part of what really draws you in are the subtle touches and visuals, like the receipts and the editing notes. It deftly accomplishes what a lot of these kinds of stories struggle with: Filling in the world around the characters. This author manages to set details and backstory in the scene and introduce side characters while keeping everything still feeling very REAL.
This is one of those stories that (as a storyteller myself) I find myself wishing I'd come up with! I give major kudos to the author, "JudithWilde", for this. Brilliant.
This confused me for a while but I think I got a handle on it.
Judy was pregnant, the stress puts her under. One of the kits doesn't make it but the other two survive. Hence the traumatic experience on both Nick and Judy's part.
That was my take, too. That the interspecies pregnancy had complications, and it took a while for the ambulance to find them because Nick had gotten them lost (hence his guilt after they lost one of the kits).
I honestly really like it when stories/movies/shows don't outline precisely everything that is going on right away, leaving me to try to fill in some of the gaps. There just have to be enough details revealed later on to pull the whole thing together in the end. I think this story dances on that fine line, and gives you just enough to "get it" by its conclusion.
This is both entertaining and torturous; I think I got together what happened overall but the format keeps making me ask "What? What happened?!" I need background, I need the story, I need…okay, I don't really need anything but I'm half-hoping now a tale to go along with this pops up somewhere.
Looking at the original source, it seems that the author had initially planned for it to be written as a standard story then came up with this concept instead. I think that actually heightens the tension here, as we're essentially bystanders left to wonder at the small tidbits we receive as they come in (just like Judy and Nick's friends and family would be).
And we're actually given quite a lot of detail due to the various sources of information. The rain and wind of the car ride, for one thing. Or the balloons, roses, and pillow in the hospital. There's the "200+" notifications of Judy's family freaking out, as well as the tidbit that at least one of the kits had to be put on an incubator. Etc, etc, etc. There's even backstory regarding the rarity of the pregnancy! The more you look, the more vivid the story actually becomes. It has about as much detail as a standard-format story, but it's a bit hidden and told from an outside perspective. Very neat.