One day I intend to re-draw my fan & canon characters from my very first fanfiction, Musouka Dare to Dream (a Fruits Basket fanfic). I doubt I will ever re-create this fic or make a sequel like my younger self wanted to do, but I just got swept up in real life and other fandoms it never happened.
This fanfic certainly taught me much, I began writing it when I 14 and ‘completed’ it when I was 17, so I wrote it near the end of middle school and before the end of high school.
Wow. Topping 200+ reviews I thought I did well, at 50 chapters I put my heart and soul into it and this was before all of the FB manga came out (and before I knew the anime was so different from the manga too). I learned about trolls, about downright immature readers, great followers and understanding critics.
Despite all its flaws, I still love this piece of me, I have something from my 14-year-old self here and I was definitely one of those teenagers who arrogantly believed throwing out a Japanese word from a crappy internet translator meant I was legit. It seems that arrogance has transformed into a passion for actually learning the language and that’s why Fruits Basket and fanfiction will always have a place somewhere in my scrambled heart. :)